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[ letter from the editor ] 2013 is here! As the New Year begins, I find myself looking forward to all of the exciting possibilities that a new year brings. I also find myself reflecting back on all of the great and not so great things that happened in 2012. Last year was trying for many businesses because of the economy. I feel fortunate to have had the year that we had here at Nola Wedding Guide. Although we had our fair share of challenges, many businesses had it far worse than we did. I would like to thank the following people who played a part in our success last year. Each of these people put their heart and soul into making this the best magazine that we could make it. I am grateful and appreciative. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart Suzy Marks Jessica Bayard Nonney Oddlokken Ole Oddlokken Selina Mortillaro Rachel Funel Stephany Geiling Cure Valerie Simoneaux Linda Blair Publication Printers The Pontchartrain Center Glenn Farley Ryan Munsey Dennis Papaleo J Kind Designs

CREATIVE DIRECTOR Nonney Oddlokken ART DIRECTOR Ole Oddlokken

SALES DIRECTOR Selina Mortillaro AD DESIGNER Stephany Geiling-Cure SPECIAL EVENTS COORDINATOR Rachel Funel

The Nola Wedding Guide is now available in Wal-Mart stores. We are proud to announce that through our distributor, we have made a deal to sell the magazine at Wal Mart’s throughout the state. Pick one up at a store near you. We hope you enjoy our current issue; it is filled with all the planning tools that you will need to plan your dream wedding. Be on the lookout for our brand new website debuting in February. It can be viewed at www.nolaweddingguide.com. May the New Year be filled with love and peace for all of you. God Bless,

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MANAGING DIRECTOR Suzy Marks

MARKETING DIRECTOR Jessica Bayard

I would like to announce a few changes for 2013. Nonney Oddlokken will be stepping down as creative director of the magazine. When I first bought the magazine over 2 years ago, I was new to the industry and desperately in need of guidance. Of course, I wasn’t aware of this small fact. Nonney came on board and helped me to re-brand, and turn the Nola Wedding Guide around with her creative vision and passion for pure artistry. She believes in the power and magic of creativity and artistry and is willing to fight or go to any length to capture it. She has an incredible spirit and is a true artist in every sense of the word. I will be forever grateful to her and Ole. With a daughter in college and the challenges of her photography business always looming, she thought it best that she step down at this time. She has handed the creative ball off to me and my goal is to keep the magazine at the level that she inspired. It will not be easy, but with the incredible inspiration that she has infused into our pages over the last two years, I will continue down the path of artistic freedom that she cleared for us.

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NOLA Wedding Guide is published quarterly in January, April, July and October, and distributed in the parishes of Southeast Louisiana. NOLA Wedding Guide is a registered trademark of Troy Marks Media, LLC. Copyright 2010. All rights reserved. Any reproduction, in whole or in part, is prohibited without written permission from the publisher. The advertisers in this publication are solely responsible for offers contained in their advertisements. NOLA Wedding Guide does not guarantee, and is not responsible for, any offers made by any of its advertisers.

TROY MARKS MEDIA, LLC NOLA Wedding Guide P.O. Box 640218 Kenner, LA 70065 504.469.7141 www.NolaWeddingGuide.com www.TroyMarksMedia.com On the cover: Alexandra Chaisson Photographed by North Photography and HD Video

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A Warning for all Brides Bakeries Vendor 411 Gigi’s Cupcakes Maid of Honor Duties Venues and Catering The Tech Savvy Bride A Tale of Two Brides Wedding Announcements Beauty A Wedding Analogy Mackie Says! Bridal Wear Wise Bride Temperate Flare Bride’s Checklist Louisiana Church Directory Event Planning and Decor Unplugged Weddings Florists The Bride’s Choice 2013 Wedding Almanac Honeymoon and Travel Limousines Featured Couple Men’s Formal Wear Men’s Fashion Formal Wear 2013 Get Your Game On The Groom’s Checklist Musicians Wedding Bands Ceremony Soundtrack Photographers Va Va Voom 15 Questions Videographers Directory of Services Budget Planner

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[ a warning for all brides ] I

am alarmed and concerned at what the wedding industry in New Orleans has become. When I started in the industry many years ago, there was a real sense of magic and honor about just being involved in the wedding industry. To be a part of someone’s wedding day is a privilege that should never be taken for granted. Greed, financial gain, and out of control egos have contributed to making the wedding industry in the New Orleans area less than it was. It has become less and less about the bride and more and more about money and material wealth. These are some examples of what the industry has become: Wedding vendors have become rock stars with the sanctity of marriage being lost on them. Vendor cliques have been formed that exclude and demean everyone not special enough to be included. A so-called wedding photographer was almost jailed for not giving multiple brides their pictures. A vendor in a specialized field is taking 6 – 10 weddings per weekend knowing that each bride is not getting what they are promised upon booking. Wedding bands have failed to show up to play music at weddings

Expect the service that you pay for. Don’t settle for being someone’s 5th wedding of the day. If the person that you are considering cannot be at your wedding due to a prior commitment, then find someone who can. Don’t allow your vendors to drink all night at your wedding. Make sure that the wedding band you hire has the same people in it all the time and has great references. Expect and demand professionalism of all of your vendors including the way they dress, their language, their communication with you, etc…If a vendor is not returning your phone calls, find one who will. You are simply not important enough to them. Do not always settle for the least expensive option when shopping for wedding vendors. Make appointments with vendors that intrigue you on all levels of the price spectrum to see the difference in their work. You can then discern whether the extra cost is worth it or not. Your wedding day should be one of the greatest days of your life and fill you with great thoughts and memories that last a lifetime. I want that to be your experience! There is some good news:

Reception halls are charging brides for a premium bar and pouring inexpensive alcohol into premium bottles

There are still many great, experienced, professional wedding vendors in this city who respect the sanctity of one’s wedding day! Do not settle for less!

The list goes on. It is more important than ever that all brides be extremely diligent in your wedding vendor hires.

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[ wedding tales ] Email us for details on how you can have your wedding tale featured in our next issue!

announcements@nolaweddingguide.com Email us or go online for submission details announcements@nolaweddingguide.com See our featured wedding tales

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Crystal Gisclair and Derek Millet Page 46

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Brianna Hunter and Jared Anderson Page 54

Chelsey Landreaux and Christopher Bonomolo Page 60

Amanda Saxxo and Alphonse Richard IV Page 68


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hen Christine Champagne was in the market for a new business venture, she knew that she wanted to open a franchise. She felt like a proven formula would increase her odds of success. As Christine researched Gigi’s Cupcakes, she fell in love with the product and thought the timing was perfect. She thought that the advantage of the Gigi’s Cupcake franchise was that it would appeal to our local market, which has always had a strong hometown bakery bond. Evidently, she was right. Christine has just celebrated her first year doing business as Gigi’s Cupcakes in Harvey and has had a tremendously positive response from the local community.

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Gigi’s Cupcakes was founded in 2008, in Nashville, Tennessee by Gina Butler. While pursuing a singing career, Gina cleaned houses by day and sang at night. She would occasionally bake for her clients and family and they would rave about her delicious cupcakes. Under the urging of her brother, she started her own bakery. Success was immediate. In just 4 years, Gigi’s Cupcakes is the fastest growing cupcake franchise in America operating over 80 stores nationwide. We recently sat down with Christine to ask her about her business and how she is enjoying working in the wedding industry.

NWG: What types of services can you provide? We cater to all types of events - weddings, showers, bridal luncheons, or corporate parties. We deliver, with a four-dozen minimum, so we can make things easier for you during your event. We definitely have an attention to detail. We can personalize your cupcakes both with decoration and flavor, with over 100 varieties to choose from. We also have monograming. We offer cupcakes as an alternative for your wedding cake and can decorate with feathers, pearls, flowers and more. We will certainly work with you. You may also give the cupcakes as favors at your wedding. The advantage of doing cupcakes over the traditional wedding cake is about a $4

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way. She was meticulous about every detail. She was just so happy with us, from the flavor choices to the pricing to the cupcake wrappers. Her fiancé was so sweet too. He even wanted to drive our delivery van! NWG: Is there anything that you want our readers to know about you or Gigi’s Cupcakes? Well, our motto is, “spreading love, one cupcake at a time.” The relationships that we build, coupled with the consistency in our product, makes for an enduring recipe. We are very family oriented and treat our customers as such. My daughter worked here while she was pregnant for my grandson and we had a customer who would always come in and talk to her. After she had the baby, the lady brought in a quilt and a teddy bear that she handmade. She always asks about my daughter and grandson when she comes in. It’s like she’s part of our extended family. I also have the best staff! I am very happy with them and proud of them. I have an A team!

difference in price per serving. Plus, you aren’t confined to just one flavor for the entire party. You may mix and match your individual servings. NWG: What is the largest or strangest order you’ve received? The largest order we’ve had was for 1200 cupcakes for a “Cupcakes and Cocktails” event. The most unique order we’ve had so far was for a little girl’s birthday party. She wanted 25 pair of stiletto heels cupcakes.

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[ online registry ]

by Allison Rose

The Tech-Savvy Bride T

he idea of a wedding registry once involved kiosks and long lines in department stores, but those days have swiftly come to an end. Technology has reinvented the way modern brides think of wedding registries forever. The steps that a bride takes, from announcing engagements to choosing a style of china, can now all be done online. Brides now have access to international stores and the convenience of linking all registries into one, central location. Timelines One should start the registry process about 6-12 months prior to the wedding. When beginning, it’s a great idea to send out registry announcement cards. These cards will help your guests to get an idea of what types of gifts you’re expecting, and to better manage their time in choosing one. Below is a registry timeline to help you with organizing and making your registry experience more efficient for everyone. Websites A few websites to help you with the registry process are: myregistry.com, weddingchannel.com, theknot. com, giftregistry360.com and amazon.com. Most of these sites contain options that allow you to create your own wedding page, send registry updates to social networking sites, and consolidate all registered stores into one. When choosing registry locations, be sure to check the exchange/return policy. This important step can save you trouble if you have to return any duplicate or broken items that you receive. Theknot.com offers an interactive checklist, which makes it virtually impossible for you to forget wedding registry essentials. The convenience of these websites is also shared with your guests in that they don’t have to leave the house to purchase a gift. Smart phones now have applications like “Gift Registry 360 Scan & Add,” which has the capability to scan and add items instantly to the bride’s registry.

items, but make it a point to have a wide range of gift options at varying price points—that way, everyone wins! Charity It has been said that it is better to give than to receive. Should you desire to do so, setting up a partnership with a local charity is a great way to start your new life together. Donating your wedding gifts to those who are less fortunate can bring you far more in return than the gifts themselves. This giving is also a great way for your guests to contribute money to an admirable cause of your choosing and possibly continue to give more in the future. Some local charities that have impeccable service records are: www.handsonneworleans.org www.vineyardneworleans.org| 504 467-3257 6-12 months: Begin the process by determining your registry locations and choosing what items you would like. Create a wedding website so that guests are able to keep up with your registry updates. 2-3 months: At this point, be sure that you have chosen items in various categories and price ranges. Send registry announcements and let your family and friends spread the word. 1 month: If you are moving, be sure to update your shipping address at all of your registry locations. Do a final update of your registry. 3-4 weeks post wedding: It’s thank you card time and most registry sites will include a tracker so that you won’t forget anyone.

Organizing Your wedding registry should be comprised of several categories, including: kitchen, bathroom, home improvement, décor, and appliances. Websites will help you narrow down and organize your needs by providing suggestions and subcategories. From these subcategories, it will be easier for you to decide on styles and other specifics. Consult with your fiancé on registry items and decide as a couple on the wants and needs of your future home. It can be tempting to choose only lavish, expensive things to furnish your new life, but it’s important to be considerate of your guests’ budgets. It’s okay to choose some big-ticket

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Mallory Materne & Clay Lunsford October 6, 2012 How/When did you meet? Five years ago at church he turned around and said, “Is it just a coincidence we always sit near each other or are you stalking me.” What was your favorite part of planning? My favorite part of planning was having the excuse to come home to NOLA every other weekend to plan with my sisters. Did your fiancé help in the planning process? My husband pretended like he had no opinion, but sometimes he was a little too helpful. What was your first dance song? Our first dance was to “Faithfully” by Journey At your reception, did you stay in heels or switch to flats? Once I hit the dance floor I never left; not even to take off my heels. What was your color scheme? Our colors were a variety of deep purples and grays. Ceremony: Rayne Memorial Methodist Church Photography: Stacy Marks Photography Hair/Makeup: Flawless Bride Transportation: Celebrity Limo Bridesmaid Dresses: Town and Country www. n o la we ddin g g u ide . c o m

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“Where the French Quarter Meets the Mississippi...”

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Nothing says you’re having a “New Orleans” wedding like the Riverview Room. Our location, views and attentive services await your special day. 600 Decatur 4th Level, Jackson Brewery Millhouse New Orleans, LA 70130

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Sheylynne Morgan & Stephen Stamm October 27, 2012 How/When did you meet? Steve and I met in May of 2010 while he was in town working. What was your favorite part of planning? My favorite part of the planning was setting the date because it will be a day to celebrate for the rest of our lives! Did your fiancé help in the planning process? My fiancé was very helpful planning the wedding and didn’t want to be left out of anything.  What was your first dance song? Our first dance was to Me and you by Kenny Chesney. At your reception, did you stay in heels or switch to flats? I switched to ballerina flats for the reception along with my daughter who had matching flats.  What was your color scheme? Our color scheme was red and ivory. Ceremony & Reception: Louisiana Castle Photography: Welch Photography & Video Transportation: A Regal Limo www. n o la we ddin g g u ide . c o m

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A Tal e of Two Brid es Photographers: GK Photography, North Photography & HD Video

Styled: Unique Weddings in New Orleans Location: Edgar Degas House Museum & Inn Candles: New Orleans Candlelight Weddings Candelabras: Dunn and Sonnier Antiques and Flowers Chaise Lounge: CK Design Works Flowers: Beth’s Flowers Dresses: The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe Jewelry: Bustles and Bows Bridal Boutique Models: Brooke Roberts, Alexandra Chaisson


Pleated bodice with jewel waist, ruffle skirt. Photo by North Photography and HD Video


Satin gown with lace overlay bodice with sleeves, emblished waist. Photo by GK Photography


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Sweetheart neckline with lace overlay and belted waist. Photo by North Photography and HD Video

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Caitlin Gilbert & Kenny Gagliano November 10, 2012 How/When did you meet? Our first meeting was at Ihop, about 5 years ago, but didn’t start dating till about 3 years ago. What was your favorite part of planning? Seeing it all come together, I had some traditional and not so traditional picks that mixed perfectly. Did your fiancé help in the planning process? He was supportive in my choices, but did pick the cake flavors.  What was your first dance song? We made it old school, Unchained Melody by Righteous Brothers. At your reception, did you stay in heels or switch to flats? Stayed in my heels all night! What was your color scheme? Elegant peacock, it was filled with purples, teal, hints of gold and even a little lime green. Rehearsal Dinner: Andrea’s Photography: GK Photography Videography: Suzy Marks Videography Bridal Attire: Bridal Boutique by MaeMe Transportation: A Regal Limos www. n o la we ddin g g u ide . c o m

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[ wedding announcements ] JANUARY 2013

SEPTEMBER 2013

Jonique Harrison & Jonathan Johnson Heather Jeffreys & Kevin Farmer Lauren Melancon & Max Cheramie

Jenna Mitchell & Thomas Turnage Taylor Mitchell & Jeffery Spansel

FEBRUARY 2013

Lindsay Belmont & Chase Favre

Andrea Alfonso & Craig Dunn Brittany Bergeron & Adam Roy Jennifer Brown & Todd Lane Amanda Maltese & David Bongard

MARCH 2013 Tanya Busch & Mike Hart Ashley Chopin & Barry Labarre Tara Lindsey & Daniel Ogden Candace Pizzalato & William Turnage Jessica Wiest & Thomas Breslin III

OCTOBER 2013 NOVEMBER 2013 Lindsey Bourgeois & Paul Bertuccini Marni Jacobs & Scott Herskovitz Megan Whitmer & Brian Seay

DECEMBER 2013 Nicki Mohr & Jason Hall

JANUARY 2014 Natalie Bordelon & Chad Zignes

FEBRUARY 2014

APRIL 2013 Sarah Dusang & Devin Lovas Hannah Fontenot & Kevin Wedge Ashley Gonsulin & Eric Strain Robyn Henderson & Stephen Johnston Raven House & Raymond Bourne Stacey Peltier & Reid Owens Angelique Sweeney & Joseph Buchta Kelli Tazawa & Nicholas Farney

Jessica Rome & Joshua Gros

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MAY 2013 Corinne Cortez & Brookes Weinstein Carrie Panter & Ryan Bean Brittany Reynolds & Donnie Thomas III Shannon Rogers & Justin Wilkes

JUNE 2013 Megan Armstrong & David Jensen Jessica DeCorte & Steven Reeg Sadie Elliot & Matthew Sedley Rebecca Erwin & Troy Glorioso Nicole Gonzales & Patrick Ditta Celeste Harvey & Derrick Mitchell Megan Jeanes & John Vindigni, Jr Sarah Pakron & Scott Dembowski

JULY 2013 Danielle Boe & TJ Bourgeios Carli Bordelon & Joshua Taylor Lauren Dailey & Steven Landry Amelia Irwin & Kevin Goding Cree Merriman & Bryan Jourdian

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Crystal Gisclair & Derek Millet October 12, 2012 How/When did you meet? I met Derek the beginning of my senior year of high school at a friend’s party. What was your favorite part of planning? Spending time with my mom and my best friends planning for my big day was my favorite thing about planning. Did your fiancé help in the planning process? Derek and I participated in the day for the engaged but he left the planning up to my mom and me. What was your first dance song? Our first dance was to “Angle Eye’s” by the Jeff Healy Band. At your reception, did you stay in heels or switch to flats? I definitely stayed in heels as well as 2 of my pregnant bridesmaids; they were champs. What was your color scheme? My color theme was pastel pinks and creams since I was going for the vintage glamour look. Ceremony & Reception: English Turn Country Club Photography: Sison Photography Videography: Professional Wedding Video & Photography Transportation: A Regal Limousine Bridal Attire: Town & Country Bridesmaid’s Attire: Pearl’s Place www. n o la we ddin g g u ide . c o m

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[ marriage licenses ] When you apply for your marriage license, at least one party must appear in person. He or she must have all the necessary information and documents outlined below. 1. State law requires a cerfitied copy of each party’s birth certificate, if born in Louisiana. Passports are not acceptable. If either party was born out-of-state, a waiver can be submitted. If either party was born out-of-country, a valid passport, naturalization papers, or green card, along with a valid state ID card or driver’s license must be presented at the office, and to a judge to obtain a waiver. 2. If either party is divorced, he/she must present a certified copy of the final divorce decree.

License Fee - $27.50 Cash or check CBD:1010 Common St., Suite 1245 ALGIERS COURTHOUSE (Cash Only): 225 Morgan St., Rm 201, Algiers Orleans Parish Police Escorts

JEFFERSON PARISH

License Fee - $31.25 Cash/check/money order WEST BANK: Jeff. Parish General Government Ctr. 200 Derbigny St., Suite 2300, Gretna EAST BANK: Joseph S. Yenni Building 1221 Elmwood Pk. Blvd., Ste 603-A, Jefferson Police Escorts (Anywhere in Jefferson)

ST. BERNARD PARISH

License Fee - $25.00 Cash/check 1101 W. St. Bernard Hwy., Chalmette Police Escorts

PLAQUEMINES PARISH

License Fee - $25.00 Cash/check Parish Courthouse (Clerk of Court) 301 Main St., Ste. 108, Belle Chasse Police Escorts

ST. TAMMANY PARISH

3. If either party is widowed, he/she must present a certified copy of a death certificate.

License Fee - $25.00 Cash only Parish Courthouse 701 N. Columbia, Covington Police Escorts

4. Each party must know his/her social security number, but no documentation is required.

ST. CHARLES PARISH

5. Both bride and groom will need to complete a marriage license application; forms can be presented by either applicant in person.

Age Requirements

General Info

ST. JOHN PARISH

License Fee - $30.00 Cash/money order Parish Courthouse (Clerk of Court) 2393 Hwy. 18 (River Rd.), Edgard Police Escorts

License Fee - $25.00 Cash only Parish Courthouse (Clerk of Court) 5800 LA Hwy. 44 (River Rd.), Convent Police Escorts

TANGIPAHOA PARISH

License Fee - $32.50 Cash/check/money order AMITE: Courthouse 110 N. Bay St. Police Escorts (Amite) HAMMOND: 318-A NW Railroad Ave. Police Escorts (Hammond)

TERREBONNE PARISH

A Louisiana license is valid in any parish in Louisiana for 30 days. There is a 72-hour waiting period between the time of issuance and the ceremony. Only a district judge or Justice of the Peace can waive this. Newlyweds should order a certified copy of their marriage license two weeks after the marriage to ensure that the license has been returned and recorded. | nola wedding guide |

License Fee - $35.00 Cash/check Parish Courthouse (Clerk of Court) 15045 River Rd., Hahnville 985.783.6632 Police Escorts

ST. JAMES PARISH

If either applicant is under 18 years of age, but more than 16, the marriage is lawful and a license may be issued if the applicants provide: written consent of both parents (or custodian), or an order from a judge or juvenille court. In the event the applicant is under 16, all the above three things will be required.

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ORLEANS PARISH

License Fee - $30.00 Cash only 7856 Main St., Houma Police Escorts

LAFOURCHE PARISH

License Fee - $28.25 Cash/check 303 W. 3rd St., Thibodeaux (985) 447-4841 Police Escorts (Thibodeaux) Police Escorts (Other areas)

WASHINGTON PARISH

License Fee - $30.00 Cash/check Courthouse Bldg., Washington & Main, Franklinton Police Escorts

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VEAL CHOP JILL:

2 (12-14 ounce) veal chops, on the bone ½ cup all-purpose flour Salt and black pepper 1/3 cup vegetable oil 2 cups arugula Lemon halves

Slicing down with a knife, butterfly the chops. Spread the “wings” on either side and pound out until very thin. Coat with flour, shaking off any excess, and season with salt and pepper. Heat the vegetable oil in a skillet and spread out each veal chop to brown, turning once, about 3 minutes in all. Set on a baking sheet and finished cooking in a preheated 425-degree oven, 10-12 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the uncooked sauce by combining all ingredients in a mixing bowl. To serve, top each veal chop with arugula and then spoon on the sauce. Garnish with lemon halves and drizzle with olive oil. Serves 2.

Sauce: 3 Roma tomatoes, roughly chopped 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1/3 cup capers 1/3 cup white wine ¼ cup red onion 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano 1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian parsley ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper Juice of 1 lemon

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[ if I were you ]

A Wedding Analogy

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“I want professional photos of my wedding, but my brother’s friend’s cousin’s daughter’s babysitter just got a really nice digital camera and she’ll take photos of us and give me a disk of all the images for only $90. She has a website and a Facebook page, so she is legit.” Here is an analogy for you: have bad hair. It’s too thick, and a bad ashy brown color. My brother’s friend’s cousin’s daughter’s babysitter, Jackie, will cut, weave and blow-dry my hair for $90. My other option is going to Jeff, the hair stylist at the salon across the street. He charges me $250 for a cut, weave and blow-dry. I decide to try both.

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I’m sitting in Jackie’s laundry room waiting for her to gather her things when I realize she’s going to wash my hair in the utility sink. Leaning over the sink while kneeling on a folding chair proves a little difficult; she gets shampoo in my eye and water drips down my neck into my shirt. We go into the house and she sits me down in her dining room; her husband is sitting on the couch watching NASCAR and drinking a 40. He leans forward to grab a bag of chips and I notice his butt-crack. I remind myself that since Jackie only charges $90, she probably can’t afford to rent a station in a salon, and so I divert my eyes and forgive her. She begins to cut my hair. It seems to be taking quite a while. She looks a little nervous. I remember that she’s still fairly new to cutting hair. I rationalize that she’s still better than I’d be at it. Plus, she has like 500 fans on her Facebook page, and that has to mean something, right? Jackie disappears to mix my color. She’s gone for a long time. I get nervous that she doesn’t know what she’s doing. What if she screws it up and my hair falls out? I start to wonder… maybe there is a REASON why she only charges $90. Is that

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the only way she can get clients? Then Jackie weaves a beautiful blond into my hair. I try to forget about my nerves and begin to get excited. A cut and color for only 90 bucks, I can’t wait to show everyone my hair! She finishes up the blow-dry and I turn to the mirror to discover that my hair is really yellow and brassy. The cut is uneven and boxy. I take a deep breath and calm myself down. Well, it looks better than it did before, I guess, and I only paid $90. The next day I meet up with some girlfriends for drinks. No one says anything about my hair, and I’m afraid to ask what they think because I know it just looks average, or maybe even bad. I feel disappointed. $90 seemed like such a great deal. I suppose it’s only a deal if the value is greater than $90. Two months pass and I find myself sitting at Jeff’s station in the salon across the street. The receptionist offers me a cold drink and the most recent issue of People magazine. Jeff comes over, introduces himself and asks me what I’d like to accomplish today. We talk for a few minutes about the specific color of blond I’m looking for. He asks me questions about how I style my hair, what I like, what I don’t like, and tells me a little about what’s in style right now. Jeff seems as excited as I am for my new look. I look around to see all the latest flat irons, blow- dryers, collections of brushes and combs. Jeff rattles off instructions to his assistant while examining my hair and she’s back in a jiffy with 4 bowls of color. As Jeff begins to weave in and out of my hair with light blond and medium honey and chestnut brown I close my eyes and listen to the calming music on the satellite radio. I feel relaxed and confident. I trust him. I sit with my hair under the dryer and once again I’m offered a cold drink and a magazine. Jeff comes over to inspect the progression of the

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The difference was the experience and the quality. The $250 that Jeff charged me included a cold diet coke, a comfy chair, state-of-the-art equipment and supplies, experience, knowledge, and a quality product. It included a feeling of pride and excitement that lasted until it was time to return for more. The $90 Jackie charged me included cheap dye, dull scissors, a wet shirt and a butt-crack. When I thought about it later, I thought, well wouldn’t it be great to find someone who was somewhere in between, you know, someone who is amazing and cheap? But the problem is there is no such thing as in between. When someone offers quality, they have to charge for it, they have to cover the cost of running the business, continuing education, supplies, marketing and they have to cut themselves a paycheck. Otherwise they are not running a business.

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The $90 Jackie charged me wasn’t a great deal. The $250 Jeff charged me was. How is that possible? They both gave me a cut, weave and blow-dry.

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color. He exclaims how perfect it looks and brings me to the shampoo station. There is a big cushy leather recliner. I put my head back and he begins to wash. The shampoo smells like mint and lavender and he spends an extra few minutes on a mini scalp massage. Jeff dries and styles my hair with ease. When he’s finished he spins my chair around and I hardly recognize myself in the mirror. I look like I belong in a fashion magazine. The cut frames my face perfectly. It’s sassy with a hint of modern, just the right amount to suit my style. The color shimmers as I turn my head. It seems almost as if there are thousands of shades of blond intertwined throughout the locks of hair. It reminds me of what my hair looked like when I was little, after spending all summer in the sun. I feel proud. I meet up with some friends for lunch the next day. They must have commented on my hair 10 times. One of them demanded Jeff’s phone number and asked me how much he charged. “$250, I told her. She replied, “Well it looks a-MAZE-ing, what a great deal.”

So if you find yourself presented with what seems like a “great deal” for a wedding vendor that tells you that their competitors’ prices are exorbitant, ask yourself if the $90 is worth an experience with Jackie. Personally, as a client, I’d rather pay $250 for an experience that feels priceless, than waste $90 on something sub par. Value is a magical thing. Written by: Clairealyse Photography Malibu, Ca.

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Brianna Hunter & Jared Anderson October12, 2012 How/When did you meet? On Thursday night, Oct 12, 2006, I went out with my cousin (maid of honor) to celebrate her birthday at Republic New Orleans and noticed “this guy” looking at me from across the room. I later sparked up a conversation, and the rest is history (we were married 6 years to the date of that first meeting). What was your favorite part of planning? Making memories with “Team Bri” as we explored NOLA and the surrounding area for the perfect dress and vendors to make my vision come true. Did your fiancé help in the planning process? Jared and I scouted all potential reception locations together, and he was very instrumental in the selection of our stationary, food, and entertainment. What was your first dance song? “At Last”, Etta James, played by a live saxophonist. As a child, I always said it would be the song I danced to with my husband...a dream come true. At your reception, did you stay in heels or switch to flats? I stayed in heels until it was time for our second line parade. What was your color scheme? My scheme was centered on the purple calla lily and gunmetal. Photographer: Atelier NOLA | photography Transportation: Big Easy Limos Décor: Event Rental www. n o la we ddin g g u ide . c o m

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Chelsey Landreaux & Christopher Bonomolo November 9, 2012 How/When did you meet?   We met, very unexpectedly, at Parlays Bar in May of 2010. What was your favorite part of planning? Everything... I loved wedding planning!! Did your fiancé help in the planning process? A little :) What was your first dance song? Our first dance was to Jimmy Wayne’s “You Are”.. It was perfect! At your reception, did you stay in heels or switch to flats? I switched to flats immediately, even before our first dance or any pictures! What was your color scheme? The girls wore royal blue dresses with gold shoes and jewelry and we complimented that with all fall colors... Beautiful! Ceremony: St Francis of Assisi Church Photography: Stacy Marks Photography Florist: Beth’s Flowers Tuxedos: John’s Tuxedos www. n o la we ddin g g u ide . c o m

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[ mackie says! ]

“Mackie Says!” is a recurring feature in the NOLA Wedding Guide, and include priceless words of advice from Mackie and his staff for brides who want to look their best on their big day.

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The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that aerobic exercise should be between three-to-five times per week. Depending on intensity of the workout, each session should last between 20 to 60 minutes, and performed in no less than 10-minute durations of time. They further recommend that for higher intensity workouts keep your heart rate between “55/65 percent – 90 percent of maximal heart rate, or for lower intensity workouts, a range of 55 – 64 percent of maximal heart rate.” A general rule to calculate your maximal rate is 220 – your age.

Top Five Reasons People Exercise s you plan a wedding, I feel it is always a great idea to plan how you are going to incorporate exercise into your life and marriage. As you try to fold into a program that works for both of you, remember that exercise is a very individualistic choice. Even in marriage we all have different goals, health status, time available, and motivations to stay or become fit. What I want everyone to know is that no matter what, it is vital that you carve time in your week to exercise.

Now that you know how easy it is to effectively exercise, let’s take a look at the reasons and avenues people take for exercise. The top five reasons are: Work – Although the amount of people getting the appropriate amount of exercise is decreasing, there was a time when manual labor was the bulk of the workforce. Now as more tasks are done with computers and equipment, there is less of a need for these types of jobs. But, for those who do, exercising through work is excellent. Health – Exercise is the best-kept secret for preventative medicine. It provides protection against many of the diseases that plague our society. Recreation – If you are having fun and exercising at the same time, you can easily fill your requirements. Recreational exercise is a very good stress reliever and helps to refresh the mind. Competition – Many choose exercise because they are competing in specific sport. Whether you are on a sports team, training for a race or participate in an organized “pick-up” game, learn how to build your exercise so that you peak when its time to compete. Appearance – Exercise for appearance is among the top reasons people exercise. Although you can’t selectively shed fat from your belly, butt or thighs, you can use calisthenics and strength training to firm up muscles. This will make you look thinner and better. One of the biggest hurdles people need to move past is the mental side of getting motivated. It is easy to come up with reasons why you can’t exercise today, but just know that putting off exercise today can significantly impair your health today, tomorrow and certainly down the road as you age. The most important thing to know, however, is that exercising is easier than you think. I recommend you mix daily activities, formal workouts, and sports play to get cardiovascular training along with the strength and flexibility training needed for health. And for best results, do some stretching nearly every day and some strength training two or three times a week. The older we get, the more we need these supplementary activities. And as the years roll on, most of us will also benefit from some simple exercises to improve balance and prevent falling, a major health problem for seniors.

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Before beginning any new exercise routines, I advise you to check with your personal physician for your health status and to get medical clearance. Mackie Shilstone, Executive Director, The Fitness Principle with Mackie Shilstone at East Jefferson General Hospital 3601 Houma Blvd. Suite 401, Metairie, LA 70006 Phone: (504) 457-3100, Website: www.ejgh.org

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ith every season, comes new inspiration in design and fashion. The season dictates the type of materials and textiles used and the shapes and cuts of garments. The change of season also brings a new palette of colors to creatively combine and coordinate. Pantone, the world-renowned authority on color, recently released its Spring 2013 Fashion Color Report. These will be the predominant colors for the entire fashion world this season, including wedding fashion. Since Pantone is the standard language for color communication, from designer all the way down to consumer, most bridal dress shops will carry dresses in these colors. You may want to consider this report when selecting bridesmaids, mother of the bride/groom and flower girl dresses. These will also be the colors for linens and other textiles such as plastics, so you will probably encounter them when searching for table linens, chair coverings and tabletop items.

The Spring 2013 colors are as follows: Dusk Blue - Pantone 16-4120 Nectarine - Pantone 16-1360 Tender Shoots - Pantone 14-0446 Monaco Blue - Pantone 19-3964 Lemon Zest - Pantone 13-0756 African Violet - Pantone 16-3520 Linen - Pantone 12-1008 Grayed Jade - Pantone 14-6011 Poppy Red - Pantone 17-1664 Emerald - Pantone 17-5641 According to Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, “consumers look to spring for renewed energy, optimism and the promise of a brighter day.� Perhaps incorporating some of these colors into your spring wedding will evoke those feelings and make your perfect day that much better.

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[ wedding dress storage ] It was love at first sight, the perfect fit for your perfect day - your wedding dress. Although you wore it only once, if you take as much care in preserving your wedding dress as you did in choosing it, then it can be enjoyed as a family heirloom for years to come-symbolizing love and family. Here are a few tips to keep your beloved garment as beautiful as the day you wore it. 1.

You can either have your dress professionally preserved, or you can do it yourself. Either way, your dress should be cleaned within six weeks following your wedding day. Even the smallest stains cause the dress to yellow over time.

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Professional gown preservation costs between $150 and $500, depending on the amount of soilage. It is recommended to bring your dress to a reputable dry cleaner who cleans about 100 dresses or more a year.

3. If you choose to take things into your own hands, then you must first decide between box and hanger storage. It may be more practical to store the dress in a box, but hanger storage is the best way to prevent hard-to-remove creases. Either way, buy plenty of acid-free tissue paper. 4. For box storage, line an acid-free cardboard box with the tissue paper and lay the hem of the dress in the box. Fold the dress like an accordion, putting tissue paper between each fold. Stuff the bodice of the dress with crumpled tissue. Put some layers of tissue on top and put on the lid (make sure the lid is solid and does not have a plastic window). Store the box in a cool, dry closet. Check the condition of the dress each year, and re-pack so the folds are in different places. 5. For hanger storage, wrap a wide hanger with cotton batting and cover it with muslin. Buy an acid-free cardboard “dress shaper� and place it over the hanger. Wrap it in tissue and place the dress over it. Stuff the bodice of the dress and any deep folds with the acid-free tissue paper. Cover the dress with a muslin garment bag and hang it in a cool, dry closet, taking care not to crush it with other clothing. Check the dress each year and wash the muslin cover. www. n o la we ddin g g u ide . c o m

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Amanda Sacco & Alphonse Richard IV December 1, 2012 How/When did you meet? We met on January 10, 2009 in New Orleans by a twist of fate at a wedding event for one of Alphonse’s friends.  What was your favorite part of planning? Cake tasting and designing our own cake Did your fiancé help in the planning process? Yes my fiancé was amazing and a part of the whole planning process.  What was your first dance song? “God gave me you” by David Barns. At your reception, did you stay in heels or switch to flats? I stayed In my heels and original dress the whole night! What was your color scheme? My Colors were sapphire blue and silver .  Ceremony: St Louis Cathedral Photography: GK Photography Music: Omega Sound & Entertainment Bridesmaids’ Attire: Bustles & Bows Bridal Boutique www. n o la we ddin g g u ide . c o m

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[ wise bride ]

“Wise Bride” will be a recurring feature in the NOLA Wedding Guide, and includes helpful tips and advice from our “Wise Bride.”

Q: I am a bit confused with the whole bridal registry thing. Do you make three different registries for your engagement party, bridal shower, and wedding? - Toni N. Gretna, LA Wise Bride: No, you should register only once but make your registry large enough so that your friends and family will have lots of choices for all of the events you mentioned. Q: My future mother in law has offered to pay for our photographer, which is extremely generous. However, she is insisting that we use one that she has in mind. I have had my heart set on another photographer who is more expensive than the one she has picked. How do I tell her that I want this other photographer and essentially ask her to put out even more money? - Jessica M. New York, NY Wise Bride: That really is a kind gesture on your mother in law’s part. However, this is your wedding and you should hire only the vendors that you are absolutely sure about. Communication is the key. Simply explain that you sincerely appreciate her generous offer, but you really want to use another photographer and list your reasons why. If she is agreeable, offer to pay the difference in cost. If not, go with your photographer and pay for it yourself. You will be happy every time you open your wedding album.

solely your responsibility to fully understand every contract that you sign. Q: I want to have our dog included into our ceremony somehow. We cannot have children and so he has become our “baby”. What are some ways that I can do this? We are having an outdoor wedding. - Jasmine S. Metairie, LA Wise Bride: It is becoming more acceptable and fashionable to have your pets included in the wedding festivities. As long as your dog has a good temperament and is not scared of crowds, this can be a very special way to add to your day. You may have your dog be the ring bearer if it’s male or the flower girl if female. Most importantly, you must assign someone to take care of your dog before, during and after the ceremony. You will be way too busy to give him/her your complete attention. Someone will have to walk your dog down the aisle anyway. An older, responsible child may be ecstatic to do the job for you.

Q: I do not like my fiancé’s sister. We do not get along whatsoever. Do I have to ask her to be a bridesmaid in my wedding? - Tia L. Meraux, LA Wise Bride: No, you are not required to have your fiancé’s sibling included in the wedding party. To extend an olive branch, you may want to include her in some other way. Perhaps invite her to be a reader or to bring up the gifts for offertory at the ceremony. It’s best to keep a friendly air surrounding your day and put aside differences so that you can truly enjoy your wedding.

Wise Bride: This actually happens quite often. It is imperative that you read all contracts very carefully before signing them. Most contracts have cancellation clauses. If you do not see a cancellation clause in the contract, inquire with the vendor about their cancellation policies and get something in writing to protect yourself. In your case, if the contract states that the vendor is not liable in the event of cancellation or date change, then there is nothing that you can do. It is

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Q: I have recently had to change my wedding date due to my fiancé’s military schedule. While most of my vendors have been gracious enough to either reschedule with me or give me my deposits back, one of them has been particularly troublesome. They will not reschedule nor will they return my deposit. What can I do? - Chastity C. New Orleans, LA

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Styled: Unique Weddings in New Orleans and Kim Starr Wise Floral Events Floral, Linens: Kim Starr Wise Floral Events Location: Bourbon Orleans Hotel St. Ann Cottage Rentals: Perrier Party Rentals Hair: Studio One Style Bar

Makeup: Make Me Up NOLA Models: Alexandra Chaisson Stephen Gioe Emmersyn Vicknair

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Satin gown with ruffled embellished top, lace bolero top The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe Tuxedo by John’s Tuxedo Photo by Stacy Marks Photography

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Strapless ball gown, jeweled belt, assymetrical pleated skirt. Dress by The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe Cake: Frosted Fantasies by Nikki

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Candles: New Orleans Candlight Weddings Photo by Stacy Marks Photography


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Flowergirl Dress: Satin with lace overlay. by The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe Tuxedo by Rome’s Tuxedos Photo by Welch Photography and Video


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[ louisiana church directory ] Catholic Churches Christ The King Church 535 Deerfield Road, Terrytown 70056 504.361.1500 www.ctkterrytown.parishesonline.com

Our Lady of the Rosary 3368 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans 70119 504.488.2659 www.ourladyoftherosary-no.com *6 months advance notice for weddings/extensive online info

Holy Name of Jesus 6220 LaSalle Place, New Orleans 70118 504.865.7430 www.hnjchurch.org

St. Agnes 3310 Jefferson Highway, Jefferson 70121 504.833.3366 www.stagnesjefferson.org

Immaculate Conception (Jesuit Church) 130 Baronne Street, New Orleans 70112 504.529.1477 www.jesuitchurch.net

St. Angela Merici 901 Beverly Garden Drive, Metairie 70002 504.835.0324 www.stangela.org

Mary, Queen of Peace 1501 West Causeway Approach, Mandeville 70471 985.626.6977 www.maryqueenofpeace.org

St. Anthony of Padua 4640 Canal Street, New Orleans 70119 504.488.2651 www.neworleanschurches.com/stanthony/stjanthony.htm

Mater Dolorosa 1228 South Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans 70118 504.866.3669 www.neworleanschurches.com/materd/materd.htm

St. Augustine 1210 Governor Nicholls Street, New Orleans 70116 504.525.5934 www.staugustinecatholicchurch-neworleans.org

Our Lady of Divine Providence 1000 North Starrett Road, Metairie 70003 504.466.4511 www.oldp.org * six month advance notice for marriages

St. Benilde 1901 Division Street, Metairie 70001 504.843.4980 www.stbenilde.org St. Catherine of Siena 105 Bonnabel Boulevard, Metairie 70005 504.835.9343 www.stcatherineparish.com

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church 411 North Rampart Street, New Orleans 70112 504.525.1551 www.judeshrine.com

St. Christopher 309 Manson Avenue, Metairie 70001 504.837.8214 www.stchristopherschool.org/stchristopherchurch.html

Our Lady of Lourdes 2621 Colonial Boulevard, Violet 70092 504.281.2267 www.olol-church.com *six month advance notice for marriages

St. Clement of Rome 4317 Richland Avenue, Metairie 70002 504.887.8721 www.scrparish.org

Our Lady of Perpetual Help 1908 Short Street, Kenner 70062 504.464.0361 www.archdiocese-no.org/olphlachurch *8 month advance notice for marriages

St. Cletus 3600 Claire Avenue, Gretna 70053 504.367.7951 http://stcletuschurch.myownparish.com

Our Lady of Prompt Succor 2320 Paris Road, Chalmette 70043 504.271.3441 www.olps-chalmette.org *six month advance notice for marriage Our Lady of Prompt Succor 146 Fourth Street, Westwego 70094 504.341.9522 www.neworleanschurches.com/olpswego/olpswego.htm Our Lady of the Angels 6851 River Road, Westwego 70094 504.436.4459 Our Lady of the Lake 312 Lafitte Street, Mandeville 70448 985.626.5671 www.ollparish.info

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St. Dominic 775 Harrison Avenue, New Orleans 70124 504.482.4157 www.stdominicparish.com St. Edward the Confessor 4921 West Metairie Avenue, Metairie 70001 504.888.0703 www.steddy.org *6 Month notice in advance St. Francis of Assisi 631 State Street, New Orleans 70118 504.891.4479 www.stfrancisuptown.com St. Francis Xavier 444 Metairie Road, Metairie 70005 504.834.0340 www.stfrancisxavier.com

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St. Joan of Arc 529 West 5th Street, LaPlace 70068 985.652.9100 www.sjachurch.com St. John the Baptist 1139 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, New Orleans 70113 504.919.0848 www.neworleanschurches.com/stjohnno/stjohnno.htm St. Joseph 1802 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans 70112 504.522.3186 www.stjosephchurch-no.org St. Leo the Great 2916 Paris Avenue, New Orleans 70119 504.945.8750 www.neworleanschurches.com/StLeo/index.htm St. Louis Cathedral 615 Pere Antoine Alley, New Orleans 70116 504.525.9585 www.stlouiscathedral.org St. Mary 1100 Chartres Street, New Orleans 70116 504.529.3040 St. Mary’s Assumption 2030 Constance Street, New Orleans 70130 504.522.6748 www.stalphonsusneworleans.com St. Mary Magdalen 6425 West Metairie Avenue, Metairie 70003 504.733.0922 www.stmarymagdalenchurch.com St. Patrick 724 Camp Street, New Orleans 70130 504.525.4413 www.oldstpatricks.org St. Peter 125 East 19th Street, Covington 70433 985.892.2422 www.stpeterparish.com St. Philip Neri 6500 Kawanee Avenue, Metairie 70003 504.887.5535 www.stphilipneriparish.org * six month notice in advance St. Rita 7100 Jefferson Highway, Harahan 70123 504.737.2915 www.stritaharahan.com *6 months advance notice St. Rita 2729 Lowerline Street, New Orleans 70125 504.866.3621 www.neworleanschurches.com/StRita/strita.htm St. Rosalie 600 2nd Avenue, Harvey 70058 504.340.1962 www.strosalieparish.org


St. Stephen 1025 Napoleon Avenue, New Orleans 70119 504.899.1378 www.goodshepherdparishnola.com *6 months advance notice Visitation of Our Lady 3500 Ames Boulevard, Marrero 70072 504.347.2203 www.vol.org BAPTIST CHURCHES Christian Unity Baptist 1700 Conti Street, New Orleans 70112 504.522.3493 St. Charles Avenue Baptist 7100 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans 70118 504.861.9514 www.scabc.org First Baptist Church of New Orleans 5290 Canal Boulevard, New Orleans 70124 504.482.5775 www.fbno.org First Emmanuel Baptist Church 1829 Carondelet Street, New Orleans 70130 504.524.8891 www.firstemanuelbaptistchurch.org Franklin Avenue Baptist Church 2515 Franklin Avenue, New Orleans 70117 504.488.8488 www.franklinabc.com Mandeville’s First Baptist Church 1895 Highway 190, Mandeville 70448 985.626.3217 www.fbcmandeville.org Parkview Baptist Church 6301 Camphor Street, Metairie 70003 504.888.1153 www.parkviewbc.com

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church 1222 North Dorgenois, New Orleans 70119 504.821.0529 www.stlukesnola.org

St. Matthew United Methodist Church 6017 Camphor Street, Metairie 70003 504.888.2228 www.stmatthewsumc.com

St. Martin’s Episcopal Church 2216 Metairie Road, Metairie 70001 504.835.7357 www.stmepiscopal.com

St. Timothy United Methodist Church 335 Asbury Drive, Mandeville 70471 955.626.3307 www.sttimothyumc.org

St. Michael’s Episcopal Church 4499 Sharp Road, Mandeville 70741 985.626.5781 www.stmichaelsla.org * one month advance notice for marriages

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCHES

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 6249 Canal Boulevard, New Orleans 70124 504.488.3749 www.stpauls-lakeview.org Trinity Church Episcopal 1329 Jackson Avenue, New Orleans 70130 504.522.0276 www.trinitynola.com METHODIST CHURCHES Algiers United Methodist Church 637 Opelousas Avenue, Algiers 70114 504.361.1334 www.algiersumc.com Aurora United Methodist Church 3300 Eton Street, New Orleans 70131 504.394.5483 www.aumc.club.officelive.com Carrollton United Methodist Church 921 South Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans 70118 504.861.7597 www.neworleanschurches.com/carrolltonumeth/ carrolltonumc.htm

EPISCOPAL CHURCHES

First Grace United Methodist Church 3401 Canal Street, New Orleans 70119 504.488.0856 www.firstgraceumc.org

Christ Church Cathedral 2919 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans 70115 504.895.6602 www.cccnola.org

Lake Vista United Methodist Church 6645 Spanish Fort Boulevard, New Orleans 70124 504.288.2242 www.lakevistaumc.com

Grace Episcopal Church 3700 Canal Street, New Orleans 70119 504.482.5242 www.gracecanalstreet.org

Metairie United Methodist Church 3741 Pontiac Street, Metairie 70002 504.888.4665

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church 1101 South Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans 70118 504.866.0123 www.standrewsnola.com St. Anna’s 1313 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans 70116 504.947.2121 www.stannanola.org St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church 3412 Haring Road, Metairie 70006 504.887.4801 www.staugustinesmet.com St. George’s Episcopal Church 4600 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans 70115 504.899.2811 www.stgeorge-nola.org

Munholland United Methodist Church 1201 Metairie Road, Metairie 70005 504.834.9910 www.munhollandumc.org

First Presbyterian Church 5401 South Claiborne Avenue, New Orleans 70125 504.866.7409 www.fpcno.org Canal Street Presbyterian 4302 Canal Street, New Orleans 70119 504.482.1135 www.cspcno.org Covington Presbyterian Church 222 South Jefferson Avenue, Covington 70433 985.892.4821 www.covingtonpres.org Grace Presbyterian Church 6129 West Esplanade Avenue, Metairie 70003 504.454.8905 http://web.me.com/pek83/Site/Welcome.html John Calvin Church 4201 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie 70006 504.888.1375 www.johncalvinchurch.org Lakeview Presbyterian Church 5914 Canal Boulevard, New Orleans 70124 504.482.7892 www.lpcno.org Metairie Ridge Presbyterian Church 215 Phosphor Avenue, Metairie 70005 504.833.6357 www.metairieridgepc.org New Covenant Presbyterian Church 3475 Highway 22, Mandeville 70471 985.626.4375 www.newcovenantpc.org Parkway Presbyterian Church 6200 Camphor Street, Metairie 70003 504.733.1644 www.parkwaypresbyterianchurch.com Redeemer Presbyterian Church 6200 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans 70115 504.894.1204 www.redeemernola.com

Newell United Methodist Church 229 Lamarque Street, Mandeville 70448 985.674.2486

St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church 1545 State Street, New Orleans 70118 504.897.0101 www.scapc.org

Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church 3900 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans 70115 504.899.3431 www.rayneumc.org

St. Roch Community Church 1738 St. Roch Avenue, New Orleans 70117 504.940.5771 www.strochcc.org

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church 5875 Canal Boulevard, New Orleans 70124 504.486.3982 www.saintlukes-umc.net

Woodland Presbyterian Church 5824 Berkley Drive, New Orleans 70131 504.394.7877 www.wpcno.org

St. Mark’s United Methodist Church 1130 North Rampart Street, New Orleans 70116 504.523.0450 www.frenchquarterumc.org www. n o la we ddin g g u ide . c o m

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NON-DENOMINATIONAL City Church New Orleans 13123 Interstate 10 Service Road, New Orleans 70128 504.246.5121 www.citycathedral.org

White Dove Fellowship 3600 Manhattan Boulevard, Harvey 70058 504.362.3379 www.whitedove.org

Temple Sinai 6227 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans 70118 504.861.3693 www.templesinaino.org

JEWISH SYNAGOGUES

Touro Synagogue 4238 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans 70115 504.895.4843 www.tourosynagogue.com

Hickory Knoll Church of Christ 2201 Hickory Avenue, Harahan 70123 504.737.4335 www.hickoryknollchurchofchrist.org

Anshe Sfard Synagogue 2230 Carondelet Street, New Orleans 70113 605.522.4714 www.anshesfard.com

Household of Faith 9300 I-10 Service Road, New Orleans 70127 504.347.0127 www.householdoffaithchurch.com

Congregation Gates of Prayer 4000 West Esplanade Avenue, Metairie 70002 504.885.2600 www.gatesofprayer.org

The Vineyard Church 4340 Sal Lentini Parkway, Kenner 70065 504.467.3257 www.vineyardneworleans.org

Northshore Jewish Congregation 1403 North Causeway Boulevard, Mandeville 70471 985.951.7976 www.northshorejewish.org

Watson Memorial Teaching Ministry 4400 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans 70115 504.899.4400 www.dkwmultimedia.com/watson/index.html

Shir Chadash 3737 West Esplanade Avenue, Metairie 70002 504.889.1144 www.shirchadashnola.org

GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church 1200 Robert E. Lee Boulevard, New Orleans 70122 504.282.0259 www.holytrinitycathedral.org

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[ unplugged weddings ]

By Troy Marks

Making Your Presence Felt Definition: An unplugged wedding is one in which all guests are required to turn off all cell phones, cameras, and video recorders.

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s the husband of a professional wedding videographer, I have heard my wife scream out in frustration on many occasions while editing her weddings. As I enter her work area, she would invariably show me the source of her pain. When the bride and groom share their first kiss as husband and wife and turn to make their way down the aisle, the crowd is cheering, the bride is smiling ear to ear, and the couple is elated as electricity fills the room. My wife’s camera is perfectly positioned to capture every beautiful detail of their celebratory walk down the aisle. It is a magical, once in a lifetime moment. And then it happens - a woman steps out of the congregation into the aisle, completely blocking the view of my wife’s, hi-definition state of the art video camera. With her video camera in hand, the woman shakily begins filming. My wife, who was carefully chosen and paid by the bride and groom due to her expertise, now has a beautiful shot of the back of the woman as the bride and groom make their way down the aisle. As the guest backs her way down the aisle in front of the bride and groom, she only stops when she bumps into my wife’s tripod and camera. “Oh, excuse me,” she says smiling directly into the camera as the bride and groom walk past, in the background. The moment is gone forever. I have seen it happen too many times to count. Frustration ensues. Are You Really There? There have also been many moments where a smiling bride on the altar will turn to make contact with her family and friends only to find them all staring at the viewfinders of their cameras, video cameras, and cell phones. They are all eager to capture the ceremony on their various devices. The assorted beeps and chirps from the devices are easily heard in the hushed atmosphere of the ceremony. The guests are all attending the ceremony, but are they really present? Unplugged weddings are growing in popularity as more and more brides seek to truly connect in a meaningful way with their family and friends, during their weddings. As the world grows more and more connected through the use of technology, we are also becoming less and less present as our attention is diverted from real world situations. A wedding ceremony is an intimate time of love, when guests should seek to be fully invested in the moment as opposed to

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their viewfinders. Rather than attempting to document every detail of the event, enjoy the event. Be present, smell the air, notice the little things, live the moment in real time. Uncle Bob Wedding industry insiders even have a name for the aggressive amateur photographer getting in the way at weddings: Uncle Bob. Uncle Bob has ruined many professional wedding photos with the flash from his camera, kneeling in the aisle and blocking the view of the vows, and even standing on pews. The professional photographer is busy attempting to do the job he/she was paid to do and often runs into very awkward situations with Uncle Bob. It is not the photographer’s job to act as a referee and call out obvious intrusions on his workspace. Escaping all of this is the true beauty of an unplugged wedding.

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Share Your Photos Should you decide to have an unplugged wedding, make sure that you share a few images with your guests within a couple days of the wedding — for a Saturday wedding, Monday or Tuesday is ideal. You can share them via email, your wedding website, or Facebook. Speak with your photographer beforehand to make sure that this is possible. Sharing even five wedding pictures with your guests so soon after the wedding is a way of saying thank you for abiding by your wishes. As soon as all your wedding photos are available, make prints to include with each thank you card. If possible, also make wedding photos available to guests online.

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Tech Geeks By no means am I suggesting that unplugged weddings are for everyone. Admittedly, these days, asking someone to part with their cell phone or camera is like asking them to cut off a limb. If you are a bride on a budget that has chosen a smaller photography package, you may be counting on getting some pictures from your guests. If you have mailed your invites via email, have a wedding website and would like your wedding tweeted in real time, then unplugged is not for you. It is simply an alternative to what has become the norm in the wedding industry.

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our wedding pictures are a way to relive the special moments of your wedding day for years to come. When your photographer gives you the finished pictures and it is time to get them printed, you have an important decision to make: you can either get them printed at a drugstore/discount department store or you can have them processed by a professional lab. Though the drugstores may have slightly cheaper prices, the professional lab has the more experienced staff that is dedicated solely to the printing of images. The professional labs do not have seasonal employees who get limited training. They also do not sell anything else other than photo processing. Primary Digital Imaging is a local imaging lab based in Kenner. They work with most of the professional wedding photographers in the city and have been in business for over 50 years. They are committed to providing the highest quality, color photographic services, along with dependable delivery and outstanding customer service. Robbie Holland, with Primary, says, “Your wedding is one of the biggest events in your life. You hired many professionals to make the event as special as possible. As a professional lab, we are making sure that you get the very best quality from your images. This is our primary focus. We are not a store with a lab in the back. Our equipment is state-of-the-art and our staff is fully trained to make sure that the images are printed correctly. Your photographer took extensive time to edit your images, giving you the very best. Therefore, you should make sure that those images are of the highest standard.”

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[ flowers speak ] Baby’s Breath - Innocence Calla Lilly - Magnificent Beauty Gardenia - Purity, Joy Iris - Faith, Wisdom Lily of the Valley - Happiness Magnolia - Love of Nature Orchid - Love, Beauty Rose - Love, Joy & Beauty Stephanotis - Marital Happiness Tulip - Love, Passion

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t’s been a wonderful journey. You started with finding your soul mate, then planning the wedding of your dreams and now you are settling in to start your life anew. Well, you still have one more wedding related task before you - thank you notes. Most people

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cringe at the thought of writing a personal note thanking each person who gave them a wedding gift. Keeping it simple and personal will make the task much less foreboding. Let your appreciation shine. Here are some tips to make the task a bit easier.

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T he Bride’s Choice Inspirational bouquets in spring colors Photographed by Atelier NOLA

Kim Starr Wise Floral Events solidago, yellow roses, freesia, scented geranium


Kim Starr Wise Floral Events purple roses, allium, scabiosa, iris


Le Grand the Florist White Calla Lilies, Yellow Roses, Mayfair Lilies, Green Hypericum, Hot Pink Wax Flower, Blue Hydrangea


Le Grand the Florist Sorbone Lilies, Purple Larkspur, Hot Pink Peony, Yellow & Blue Statice

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Flowers by Kori Light pink peony, medium pink ranunculus, yellow roses www. n o la we ddin g g u ide . c o m

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Flowers by Kori pink garden roses, mini plum calla lilies blue hydrangea, pink tulip, light pink roses

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Beth’s Flowers White alstroemeria, hydrangea, spray green, green coffee bean, lavender roses www. n o la we ddin g g u ide . c o m

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[ 2013 ]

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Almanac I

n New Orleans, outdoor ceremonies are as common as roast beef poboys. Our subtropical climate keeps our weather pleasant year round and contributes to making our city an ideal backdrop for your special day. However, an outdoor ceremony can sometimes be tricky to plan. Knowing some basic information, such as which months are the rainiest, the average temperature for each month, and what time the sun sets, may mean the difference in planning for a spring wedding or holding off until the fall to get your ideal climate conditions. Also, knowing the sunset times can be crucial for getting your wedding photos just right. We have put together a 2013 almanac to assist you in planning your outdoor wedding ceremony. Sunset Times (AVG) January 2013

5:12-5:30 pm Jan1 - 23 5:30-5:37pm Jan 24-31

February 2013

5:38-5:50pm Feb 1-16 5:51-5:59pm Feb 17-28

March 2013

6:00-6:05pm March 1-9 7:06-7:19pm March 10-31 (Daylight Savings Time starts March 10)

April 2013

7:19-7:30pm April 1-18 7:30-7:37pm April 19-30

7:38-7:49pm May 1-18 7:49-7:56pm May 19-31

7:57-8:04pm June 1-18 8:04-8:05pm June 19-30

8:05-8:01pm July 1-18 8:01-7:54pm July 19-31

May 2013

June 2013

July 2013

August 2013

7:53-7:38pm August 1-18 7:37-7:24pm August 19-31

Average Temperatures (in degrees, Fahrenheit) January 51.3 February 54.3 March 61.6 April 68.5 May 74.8 June 80.0 Average Rainfall (Inches) January 5.0 February 6.0 March 4.9 April 4.5 May 4.6 June 5.8

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6:45-6:26pm October 1-18 6:25-6:14pm October 19-31

November 2013 6:13-6:13pm November 1-2 (Daylight Saving Time ends Nov 3) 5:11-5:00pm November 3-30 December 2013 5:00-5:04pm December 1-18 5:04-5:11pm December 19-31

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*Infor mation gathered from climate-zone.com and timeanddate.com

September 2013 7:22-7:01pm September 1-18 7:00-6:47pm September 19-30 October 2013

July 81.9 August 81.5 September 78.1 October 69.1 November 61.1 December 54.5

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onnie Thomas III is the owner of the Crystal Plantation reception venue in Kenner and is about to get married. He is engaged to marry Brittany Reynolds on May 4, 2013 at St. Joseph Church on Tulane Avenue in New Orleans. Brittany is from Kenner, attended Archbishop Chappelle High School, and went on to graduate at LSU. Donnie is originally from Laplace where he attended Riverside Academy and then Southeastern Louisiana University. We recently caught up with them to discuss their upcoming nuptials.

NWG: Describe your courtship after the first date. Donnie: We made it official that we were exclusive on August 24, 2005, just days before Hurricane Katrina hit. During the storm, Brittany was in Baton Rouge at LSU and I evacuated to Kentucky. We could only communicate through texts for a while. I then moved to Baton Rouge where I found a job, and actually moved into an apartment around the corner from Brittany’s apartment. That’s when the relationship really blossomed. Then, I moved to Hammond to go to SLU for the next 5 years. We would travel back and forth on the weekends and holidays to see each other. NWG: How did he propose? Brittany: He asked my parents first. He took them out to dinner and surprised them. They gave him their blessing. He then told me that he had a Friday night off (which is extremely rare since he works weddings on the weekend) and that he was taking me to dinner at my favorite restaurant. He told me to get dressed while he was going to a dealership to look for a new car and that he would pick me up after. Donnie had my brother text him when I was upstairs

NWG: How did you meet? Donnie: It was July 16, 2005 and I was the DJ at the Crystal Plantation at the time. Brittany’s friend worked with me as a server and had Brittany pick her up from work. We started talking and decided that we would meet up later that night to hang out as a group with the rest of our friends. We were actually trying to get Brittany’s friend and my friend together, but WE ended up talking to each other all night. NWG: Describe your first date. Brittany: It was Donnie’s birthday and we went to a steak restaurant. It really wasn’t romantic or anything, but it was fun. We had become friends since the first night that we met. It was kind of a last minute date, just to see where it would go, if anywhere. There definitely was a spark there.

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Donnie: We decided to have our reception at Chateau Country Club instead of the Crystal Plantation because I wanted all of my employees (and friends) to have a good time and not have to work that night. They have supported me for a long time and I wanted it to be special for them too. NWG: Any advice for future couples? Donnie: Give yourself enough time to plan everything. Being the owner of a venue, I see so many last minute weddings thrown together. Pay attention to details and get what you want.

getting dressed. He then called me and told me to look out of my bedroom window, which looked out over the front lawn. He had spelled out “Marry Me?” in Christmas lights on the lawn, and was standing next to it, all suited up and holding a dozen roses. I asked him on the phone, “Is this a joke?” and he told me to come downstairs because he had to ask me something. I was so surprised and I started crying and ran down the stairs in my robe with my hair wet. He was down on one knee with the ring in his hand. I hugged him and kissed him and must have said yes a thousand times.

NWG: How has the planning gone so far? Brittany: It’s been fun and overwhelming. There are so many choices! Donnie helps out a lot and because he is in the wedding industry, he has so much insight on what to do. Donnie: I helped with the limos and the rehearsal dinner, and also with most of the logistics such as setting up meetings. NWG: Tell us about your vendors. Brittany: Well, I got my gown at Town & Country on St Charles Ave and my bridesmaids dresses at Bridal Boutique by Mae Me. The guys will be wearing suits from John’s Tuxedos. www. n o la we ddin g g u ide . c o m

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[ men’s fashion formalwear 2013 ] I

n the wedding world, one’s fashion focus is usually on the bridal gown, bridesmaids’ dresses and the mother’s dresses. We tend to neglect the male aspect of wedding fashion as many women are simply out of the loop when it comes to menswear. We present you with a look at the current trends in men’s formal wear on the national and local levels. When it comes to tuxedos, the classic, fitted silhouette look reigns supreme. Gone are the days of the baggy trouser and oversized jacket. The “European” look, slimmer cut pant and jacket, is definitely the chic way to go. The jacket with one button is trendier, while the two buttoned jacket is the most popular.

Of course, vintage looks still make a splash: the classic ivory coat with black pants and the full dress tails. These looks should be reserved for the truly formal occasions that occur after 7p.m., and should be worn by the groom and ring bearer only. Accessories As far as accessories go, we are seeing a nod to the classic as well. Vests are matching the tux instead of matching the bridesmaids’ dresses, exuding a debonair, timeless look that is not competing with the women’s wear. The bowtie has made a fierce comeback. According to Kevin Rome of Rome’s Tuxedos, “The biggest change that we are seeing is the bowtie and cummerbund replacing the long tie and vest.” Accessories are also where you can add your personal touch. Cufflinks with your favorite sports team are extremely popular here in the New Orleans area. Colored ties are commonly matched with the tan or grey suits. Colored or patterned socks are another way to make a statement.

Grey is In The hottest thing right now in menswear is the grey tuxedo. You can do the entire tuxedo in grey or just the grey jacket over black or brown slacks. There are two main kinds of grey tux: the light grey or heather, and the dark grey or steel. With these two suave looks, you can perfectly combine fashion and elegance while being a little more daring and outside of the box. Typically, the traditional black tuxedo is to be worn to events after 5p.m., while the grey tuxedos can be worn both day and night. They also bring out the man’s best features, and aren’t as contrasting to the wearer’s skin tone as the black tuxedos. They are also elegant enough for a church wedding and comfortable enough for an outside event.

One great thing about men’s formal wear is that it is slow to change fashion wise. When a new trend comes about, it stays around for a while. When you look back at your wedding photos in a few years, your husband will look as timeless and elegant as he did when he walked down the aisle.

The tan tuxedo, or destination suit, is very popular for the spring and summer both here in New Orleans and for destination weddings that take place on the beach or outdoors. It is very versatile and has both day and evening functionality. “Men’s formalwear designer, Jean Yves has teamed up with Allure Bridals resulting in the newest collection of grey and tan tuxedos to hit the market.  “What’s unique about this collection is it has a very small bead of satin on the edge of the lapel, which lends itself to a bowtie or a long tie giving it a suit look,” says Joey Hunter with John’s Tuxedos.

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[ the ceremony soundtrack ]

Living in New Orleans, a city that is full of talented musicians and singers, creates a vast and diverse pool of artists from which to choose your ceremony music. They vary from genres that include classical and contemporary, to specific artists like pianists, harpists, string quartets, vocalists, choirs and jazz ensembles.

Photography by Louis

Before deciding on music for your ceremony, you should consider several factors. The ceremony venue, your budget, and the mood you’d like to project are all critical to making a wise decision. Other aspects to keep in mind are the venue size, and your particular musical texture preferences. Likewise, it is essential to confirm that the musicians or singers are comfortable with your theme and their ability to render it. Do you want to set a fully romantic tone? Or are you partial to a fun out of the ordinary theme? Is religion going to be a central part of the ceremony? Parts of the wedding ceremony to consider for music include: the prelude, the processionals of the bride and the wedding party, the interludes, the recessional and the postlude. These parts of the ceremony are very reflective. It is important for the interlude music to compliment the mood of the ceremony. A traditional example for the bride’s procession is Wagner’s “Bridal Chorus,” also known as “Here Comes the Bride”. A classical suggestion for the wedding party’s recessional is “Canon in D” by Pachelbel. However, a couple of traditional reflective songs include, “Ave Maria” by Schubert, and “Meditation from Thais“ by Massenet. The contemporary bride may consider “From This Moment On” by Shania Twain. The playful bride may choose “When I’m Sixty-Four” by The Beatles. When attempting to select specific songs it may become a bit overwhelming. One way to ease that stress is to solicit your fiancés input. He may have a

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certain track or idea that is part of his family’s tradition. Although you may feel a need to choose every song, the good news is that you don’t. Allowing your musicians or singers the freedom to choose from within your genre choice gives them the freedom to perform at their best. Communicate with them and let them know what you would like. Let them do their job. After all, they know what they perform best. Nonetheless, when choosing your musicians or singers, be sure to request a demo CD and listen to the samples on their website. It is also a good idea to schedule a consultation before making a final decision. Bea, from Studio B Music adds, “The consultation is a huge part of getting a read on the couple’s want. There is nothing that takes the place of a face to face meeting.” Also, if you are planning to have the ceremony in a church, consult the coordinator or officiate as there may be rules regarding the ceremony music. Demitasse Weddngs

All plans are finished and it’s time to walk down the aisle. The brief moments during the processional can define your wedding and should be accompanied by the appropriate music. The music you choose will greatly affect the mood and remembrance of the ceremony.

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From traditional music to contemporary music, there are many ways to set the mood and include family and friends in the ceremony. Since the choices are so numerous, be sure to do your research before letting tradition get the best of you. Have fun with this aspect of planning and your ceremony will undoubtedly be a remarkable and harmonious memory.

Ceremony Music Quick Guide: • Confirm your budget for music and verify how much space your venue allows for musicians. • Discuss with your musician of choice songs that you would like included. Listen to their recommendations. It may bring pleasant surprises. • When researching musicians or singers, listen to demo CD’s or perhaps find live recordings of them on YouTube. • Decide on a genre or a subgenre that is appropriate for the mood you intend to convey. • Remember, it’s your ceremony and the mood should reflect your particular style. Choose wisely. • Have fun, remember to breathe

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Fine Arts Ensemble Atelier NOLA Photography

(504) 931-5450 • (985) 727-1303 www.FineArtsEnsemble.com info@fineartsensemble.com

• Live Music for your Ceremony/Cocktails/Reception • Solo, Duet, Trio, Quartet • Now serving LA, MS, and AL, will travel • Free sample CD, Free consultation

Violin • Cello • Piano • Organ • Voice • Trumpet • Harp • Trio • String Quartet Trust the professionals. Strings, wind instruments, harp and bagpipes to accommodate a variety of musical tastes. Ranging from Traditional/Classic to Romantic. Also Pop/Rock/Movie Soundtracks arrangements.

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Va Va Voom 1940’s Hollywood Inspired Glamour

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Model: Brandi Miller

Rubber Duckies, John’s Tuxedos


Deep V halter top, satin gown with rhinestone embellished bust, keyhole back. Birdcage veil. White above elbow gloves. Bustles and Bows Bridal Boutique.

Beer Mugs, Rome Tuxedos


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Pleated Roman style gown with cut away sleeves, jewel accented broach on shoulders and belted waist. Pearl’s Place.

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Swoop neck, satin gown. Faux mink shawl. Pearl’s Place. White above elbow gloves. Bustles and Bows Bridal Boutique.

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Asymmetrical, multi-ruffle layer gown with accented belted bow waist. White peacock feathered hair piece. Bustles and Bows Bridal Boutique. www. n o la we ddin g g u ide . c o m

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[ 15 questions ]

By Troy Marks

that will help you choose a wedding photographer

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ears after your wedding day, you will look back on that day through the eyes of the photographer that you choose. Choose wisely and your memories can be unbelievably vivid, vibrant, detailed and leave you breathless as you re-live the day. You will feel as if your family and friends surround you as you are transported through time to experience those magical feelings all over again. Choose unwisely and you will have a sinking feeling every time you look at your wedding album. You will wish that you had made the effort, spent the extra money, or knew what questions to ask, in order to get a better photographer. Unfortunately, the advent of digital photography has brought forth a slew of bad photographers onto the wedding scene in the New Orleans area. They are charging low prices and using social media to lure brides. Hiring an experienced, hard working, professional photographer is harder than ever. The great news is that we have some great photographers here in the New Orleans area. The questions below will help you to find them. 1. Get recommendations and referrals from friends. 2. Meet in person to view the photographer’s work. If they say, “We don’t meet with clients in person, all of our work can be viewed online.” This will give you an idea of how important you are to them. Move on to

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someone who is excited and eager to meet with you. 3. Ask to see a complete wedding, preferably their last one, including outtakes. All photographers will show you only their best work at first, but also ask to see the most current work they have done. 4. Ask about their experience level. How many weddings have they shot this year? May I see your last wedding? If their last wedding was 6 months prior, then you know that they aren’t working very much. There is probably a reason why. 5. If your chosen photographer or their assistant cannot be present at your wedding, do not hire them. Some greedy photographers are booking four and five weddings in one day and hiring amateurs to shoot the wedding for them. The quality will not be the same. 6. Ask how much time your photographer needs to shoot your pictures? Time is money. Right after the ceremony is not when you want to be standing around getting your picture taken. Everyone is waiting for you at the reception and valuable time is being wasted. Hire someone that can work quickly and still get great shots.

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7. Help your chosen photographer by communicating your shot list to them beforehand. Let them know what is important to you. Communicate with the bridal party as well, to let them know where and when they will be taking pictures on the wedding day. Locating bridal party members at the wedding is a costly task. 8. Strongly consider having an unplugged wedding. (see page 84 for details) 9. If possible, try to get a second shooter for your wedding day. Most photographers will have an assistant that will work with them. If they don’t, they can usually hire one for a small fee. 10. Ask what the photographer will wear to your wedding, as professionalism is a dying art in the wedding industry. Their answer to your question will help you to get a sense of their understanding of wedding protocol. 11. Make sure that you have a completed and signed contract from the photographer that states everything that you would like to happen that day. Make sure that the date and times are correct.

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12. Ask that you be given a copyright release on all of the photos taken on the day of your wedding. With the advent of digital photography, it is not uncommon for a photographer to take 1200 pictures on your big day. You should be given a C.D. with all of the pictures to use as you wish. Get it in writing. 13. Get it in writing! Anything that you deem important or essential, make sure that you have it in writing and signed by the photographer. 14. Ask about the amount of time that it will take to receive your photographs. Do not be overly anxious to receive your wedding album. I would rather wait a bit and have the best photos that the photographer can produce rather than rush them into an inferior product. 15. When meeting with a photographer, try to gauge their personality. Does it mesh with yours? Do you feel comfortable around them? Are they outgoing? All of these things are important in getting great pictures on your wedding day. You must realize that you will be spending your entire wedding day with this person. Make sure that you would like to be around them.

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[ directory of services ] BAKERIES GAMBINO’S BAKERY................................. Pg.6 1.800.GAMBINO www.Gambinos.com GIGI’S CUPCAKES .................................... Pg.7 504.304.9317 www.GigisCupcakesUsa.com NIKKIS FROSTED FANTASIES........................ Pg.7 504.638.8478 www.NikkisFrostedFantasies.com

VENUES/CATERING ANDREAS RESTAURANT........................... Pg.50 504.834.8583 www.AndreasRestaurant.com BOURBON ORLEANS HOTEL.................... Pg.18 504.523.2222 www.BourbonOrleans.com

JEFFERSON ORLEANS SOUTH.................. Pg.24 504.454.6105 www.JeffersonOrleans.com

MAKE ME UP NOLA................................. Pg.56 504.891.9688 www.MakeMeUpNola.com

LOUISIANA CASTLE.................................. Pg.24 504.455.8700 www.LouisianaCastle.com

SHEERS HAIR DESIGN............................... Pg.58 504.454.3468

MAGNOLIA PLANTATION........................ Pg.45 504.733.5020 www.Magnolia-Plantation.com MESSINA’S CATERING............................. Pg.28 504.469.7373 www.MessinasCatering.com N. O. STEAMBOAT COMPANY................. Pg.20 STEAMBOAT NATCHEZ 504.568.8777 www.NewOrleansSteamboatCompany.com PAT O’S ON THE RIVER............................. Pg.42 504.561.1200 www.PatOBriens.com

CEDAR GROVE................................. IFC & Pg.1 TCHOUPITOULAS PLANTATION 504.431.5743 www.Cgtplantation.com

PETITE BOURBON ..................................... Pg.30 504.250.3800 www.PetiteBourbon.com

CELEBRATIONS......................................... Pg.16 504.368.5466 www.CelebrationsReceptions.com

PRESIDENTIAL PALACE............................. Pg.39 504.467.3500 www.PresidentialPalace.com

COURTYARD ON THE RIDGE.................... Pg.21 504.737.6660 www.CourtyardOnTheRidge.com

THE RIDGEWAY......................................... Pg.42 504.833.2800 www.PartyPlannersInfo.com

CRYSTAL PLANTATION.............................. Pg.49 ROCK N’ BOWL........................................ Pg.14 504.861.1700 504.467.1636 www.RockNBowl.com www.TheCrystalPlantation.com EDGAR DEGAS HOUSE MUSEUM, COURTYARD…….Pg.39 & INN 504.821.5009 www.DegasHouse.com ENGLISH TURN COUNTRY CLUB..................Pg.18 504.392.2200 www.EnglishTurn.com THE FOUR COLUMNS............................... Pg.43 504.340.4109 www.FourColumns.com

RIVERVIEW ROOM................................... Pg.25 504.525.3000 www.RiverviewRoom.com ROYAL PALM............................................ Pg.19 504.644.4101 www.RoyalPalmRestaurant.com ROSY’S JAZZ HALL................................... Pg.20 504.896.7679 www.RosysJazzHall.com

SKIN SCIENCE.......................................... Pg.57 504.309.7048 www.SkinScienceLLC.com STUDIO NAILS........................................... Pg.58 504.455.6267 STUDIO ONE STYLE BAR........................... Pg.59 504.309.8227 www.StudioOneStyleBar.com UP ‘SA DAISY............................................ Pg.58 504.888.8466

BRIDAL SALONS BRIDAL BOUTIQUE BY MAEME........Back Page 504.266.2771 www.Mae-Me.com BUSTLES AND BOWS BRIDAL BOUTIQUE........... Pg.64 504.780.7090 www.BustlesAndBowsBridal.com HAIR CANDY............................................. Pg.65 www.HairCandyNola.com PEARL’S PLACE.......................................... Pg.67 504.885.9213 www.PearlsPlace.com TOWN & COUNTRY.................................. Pg.64 504.523.7027 www.TownandCountryBridal.com

EVENT PLANNING & DECORATIONS EVENT RENTAL........................................ Pg.86 504. 362.8368 www.YourEventsDelivered.com NOLA’S WEDDING NANNY..................... Pg.86 1.888.782.1722 www.WeddingChildcareServices.com

PARTY PLANNERS CATERING....Directory Only SOUTHERN OAKS PLANTATION................ Pg.13 50.4.833.2800 www.PartyPlannersInfo.com FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON................... Pg.29 504.245.8221 www.SouthernOaksPlantation.com 504.885.5700 PERRIER PARTY RENTALS, INC................... Pg.86 www.FourPointsNewOrleans.com TARAVELLA MANOR..................................Pg.17 504.834.8570 www.PerrierPartyRentals.com GALVEZ RESTAURANT............................... Pg.15 504.340.7797 www.TaravellaManor.com 504.595.3400 UNIQUE WEDDINGS IN NEW ORLEANS.......Pg.87 www.GalvezRestaurant.com BEAUTY 504.212.6480 www.UniqueWeddingsInNewOrleans.com IMPASTATO’S RESTAURANT...................... Pg.20 BRIDAL BOOT CAMP............................... Pg.56 504.455.1545 504.457.3100 YUR EVENT RENTAL................................... Pg.28 www.Impastatos.com www.ejgh.org/thefitnessprinciple 504.218.0726 www.YurEvent.com JACKSON BREWERY BISTRO BAR............ Pg.16 FLAWLESS BRIDE....................................... Pg.59 504.333.6914 504.473.3621 www.JacksonBreweryBar.com www.Flawless-Bride.com

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FLORISTS BETH’S FLOWERS....................................... Pg.90 504.455.2353 www.BethsFlowersOnline.com

ORLEANS LUXURY LIMOUSINES.............Pg.110 504.282.LIMO www.OrleansLimos.com MEN’S FORMAL WEAR

NORTH PHOTOGRAPHY &..................... Pg.128 HD VIDEOGRAPHY 504.883.8060 www.NorthProductions.com

ELOQUENT FLOWERS...............................Pg.100 504.371.4006

J&L FORMAL WEAR...............................Pg.120 504.340.4544

ON-LOCATION PHOTOGRAPHY........... Pg.144 504.833.0402 www.StewartJohnson.com

FLOWERS BY KORI ...................................Pg.90 504.468.2672

JOHN’S TUXEDOS.................................. Pg.120 504.455.5353 www.JohnsTuxedos.com

OSCAR RAJO PHOTOGRAPHER............ Pg.144 504.837.6611 www.OscarRajo.com

ROME’S TUXEDOS.................................. Pg.119 504.957.8885 www.romestuxedos.com

PHOTOGRAPHY BY LOUIS..................... Pg.139 504.734.0070 www.PhotoByLouis.com

MUSIC

SISON PHOTOGRAPHY..........................Pg.146 504.250.2400 www.SisonPhoto.com

KIM STARR WISE FLORAL EVENTS............ Pg.91 504.315.5607 www.KimStarrWise.com LE GRAND THE FLORIST............................Pg.90 504.362.5757 www.LeGrandTheFlorist.com

HONEYMOON/TRAVEL DAYS INN NEW ORLEANS AIRPORT.......Pg.103 504.464.1644 www.DaysInn.com HAMPTON INN METAIRIE.......................Pg.103 504.831.7676 www.HamptonInn.com HARMONY ADVENTURES......................Pg.102 504.836.6070 www.HaTravel.com HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS &.......................Pg.103 SUITES NEW ORLEANS AIRPORT 504.466.1355 www.HiExpressNola.com LAGNIAPPE TRAVEL SERVICES...............Pg.102 504.582.2220 www.LagniappeTravel.com MAISON ST. CHARLES............................Pg.103 HOTEL & SUITE GARDEN DISTRICT 504.620.5466 www.MaisonStCharles.com

FINE ARTS ENSEMBLE............................. Pg.125 504.931.5450 www.FineArtsEnsemble.com OMEGA SOUND & ENTERTAINMENT......Pg.125 985.966.6378 www.omegasounddjs.com REFRIED CONFUZION.............................Pg.125 504.377.9258 www.RefriedConfuzion.com TROY MARKS & NO IDEA.......................Pg.123 504.469.4002 www.NoIdeaBand.com

PHOTOGRAPHERS ATELIER NOLA PHOTOGRAPHY.............Pg.137 504.452.8168 www.AtelierNOLA.com BILLIOT PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO.........Pg.147 504.669.3082 985.727.3535 www.ChuckBilliot.com

INVITATIONS & SUPPLIES

DEMITASSE WEDDINGS..........................Pg.136 504.289.1028 www.DemitasseWeddings.com

ABBEY PRINTING.................................... Pg.88 504.392.7774 wwwAbbeyPrinting.com

GK PHOTOGRAPHY...............................Pg.145 504.737.5557 www.GKPhotography.com

SUZETTE’S..................................................Pg.56 504.888.7722 www.Suzettes.com

GOOD TIMES PHOTOGRAPHY..............Pg.148 504.393.0819 www.GoodTimesPhotography.com

LIMOUSINES

KERRY PITRE PHOTOGRAPHY, INC........Pg.148 504.834.3266 www.KerryPitrePhoto.com

ALERT TRANSPORTATION........................Pg.107 504.712.5466 www.ARegalLimo.com A REGAL LIMOUSINE............................. Pg.108 504.712.5466 www.ARegalLimo.com BIG EASY LIMOS....................................... Pg.107 504.466.4477 www.BigEasyLimos.com

LA STUDIOS............................................ Pg.148 504.669.5711 www.LaStudios1.com The MACK PHOTOBOOTH..................... Pg.146 504.421.1596 504.975.5037 www.TheMackPhotobooth.com

BILL’S BLACK TIE LIMOS............Directory Only 504.828.3550

MARENGO PHOTOGRAPHY.................. Pg.148 504.952.3444/504.279.2458 www.MarengoPhoto.com

CELEBRITY LIMOUSINES......................... Pg.109 504.888.5466 www.CelebrityLimoService.com

NOLA AVE STUDIOS............................... Pg.140 504.338.6391 www.NolaAve.com

SONNY RANDON PHOTOGRAPHY.......Pg.140 504.837.1215 www.SonnyRandon.com STACY MARKS PHOTOGRAPHY............ Pg.141 504.237.2173 www.StacyMarks.com WELCH PHOTOGRAPHY........................ Pg.147 504.250.2400 www.BrendaSisonPhotography.com

VIDEOGRAPHERS BILLIOT PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO.........Pg.144 504.669.3082 985.727.3535 www.ChuckBilliot.com DYLE FILMS.............................................Pg.150 504.813.4183 www.ChadDyle.com JAMES A. PERRY VIDEO.........................Pg.150 504.340.5471 NORTH PHOTOGRAPHY &..................... Pg.128 HD VIDEOGRAPHY 504.883.8060 www.NorthProductions.com PROFESSIONAL WEDDING..................... Pg.150 VIDEO & PHOTOGRAPHY 504.347.2922 www.NolaVideo.com STUDIO VIEUX CARRE............................ Pg.150 504.528.8888 www.StudioVC.com SUZY MARKS VIDEOGRAPHY................ Pg.151 504.469.4069 www.SuzyMarks.com

OTHER CLARION HERALD....................................Pg.38 504.596.3035 www.ClarionHerald.org

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[ second line parade ] If you want a traditional New Orleans wedding, you want to hire a brass band for a Second Line Parade. It is a way of expressing the unique local flavor of the city. The Second Line is the parade of people following the musicians, who are called the “First Line”. The sounds of the instruments (trumpet, tuba, trombone, sax, banjo and clarinet) are coupled with a snare and bass drum. A Grand Marshal will lead your wedding guests around a French Quarter block announcing and celebrating your event. These parades began back in the 19th century, with organizations advertising for burials and honoring the deceased all in one announcement. Many newlyweds can be seen with their umbrellas, white for the bride, black for the groom, and their guests holding handkerchiefs as they follow the band. Photography by Louis

For more information on booking a second line band, call Stu at the Howlin’ Wolf, 504-522-9653.

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STREET PARADE PERMIT INFORMATION: COST: $50.25 - The Application for Parade Permit, paid for only by Cashier’s Check or Money Order payable to the City of New Orleans. COST: $100.00 - Per Officer needed for your escort, payable in cash due on the day of the wedding. The parade route and size will determine the number of officers needed. CONTACT: Sergeant Walter Powers, Jr. New Orleans Police Department Special Events Section Off:   504.658.6201 Fax: 504.658.6240 Cell: 504.421.4571 wpowers@nola.gov

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[ budget planner ] Keep track of all your wedding expenses by using our handy wedding budget worksheet.

 

Description Amount Wedding Parties

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Engagement Party / Dinner

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Bachelorette Party

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Bridesmaids’ Lunch

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Rehearsal Dinner

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Brunch for out-of-town guests

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Wedding Stationery Invitations $..............................................

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Announcements $..............................................

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Save the Date cards

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Thank You Cards

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Reply Cards

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Stamps $..............................................

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Calligraphy $..............................................

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Bridal Attire and Personal Grooming Wedding Dress

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Headpiece/Veil $..............................................

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Shoes $..............................................

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Accessories $..............................................

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Dresses for Other Parties

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Undergarments $..............................................

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Hairdresser, makeup, nails, etc.

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Trousseau $..............................................

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Alterations $..............................................

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[ budget planner ] Photography/Videography Formal Portraits

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Engagement $..............................................

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Wedding and Reception

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Wedding Album

$..............................................

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Parents’ Albums

$..............................................

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Extra Prints

$..............................................

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Videography of Wedding

$..............................................

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Notes_________________________________________________________________________________________________  

Flowers Ceremony

$..............................................

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Bride’s Bouquet

$..............................................

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Groom’s Boutonniere

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Bridesmaids/Groomsmen $..............................................

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Mothers’ Corsages

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Reception Arrangements

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Reception Food/Caterer $..............................................

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Drinks $..............................................

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Wedding Cakes

$..............................................

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Rental of Facility Rentals ( tents, furniture, etc.)

$..............................................

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Place Cards

$..............................................

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Tips $..............................................

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Decorations $..............................................

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Music/Entertainment Ceremony $..............................................

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DJ $..............................................

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Band $..............................................

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Transportation Limousine/Carriage $.............................................. Parking $..............................................

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Gifts For the Groom (optional)

$..............................................

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Maid/Matron of Honor

$..............................................

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Bridesmaids $..............................................

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Bride’s Parents

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Groom’s Parents

$..............................................

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The Groom’s Ring

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Fees Church / Ceremony Location

$..............................................

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Officiant $..............................................

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Officiant Assistants

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Miscellaneous Wedding Consultant

$..............................................

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Attendants Accessories

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Guest Favors

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Bridal Toss (confetti, bubbles, etc.)

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Monogrammed Napkins

$..............................................

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[ budget planner ] Cake Accessories (knife, top, etc.)

$..............................................

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Hotel Accommodations

$..............................................

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Guest Book and Pen

$..............................................

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Champagne Flutes

$..............................................

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Garter $..............................................

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Unity Candle

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$..............................................

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Honeymoon Travel (plane, etc)

$..............................................

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Cruise $..............................................

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Accommodations $..............................................

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Spending Money

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$..............................................

Rental Car $.............................................. .......................................................   Notes_________________________________________________________________________________________________

Other Expenses not listed above __________________________________ $..............................................

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__________________________________ $..............................................

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__________________________________ $..............................................

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__________________________________ $..............................................

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