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How to tie the knot in 2013

Monday, January 14, 2013


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impression of your wedding, so you want to make sure it’s fun, grabs their attention and gets them excitAs soon as you have your wedding ed about your big day. date set in stone – the venue is You can look at your stationery booked – you should send out a savein three parts: the save-the-date, the the-date. It doesn’t matter if it’s a year wedding invitation and enclosures, out from the wedding or nine months and the day-of pieces. Whether out or seven – the point is you want you’re getting your stationery proyour guests to get your wedding on fessionally designed or going the their schedules ASAP. DIY route and designing and printYou don’t need to go overboard on ing them yourself, you’re going to need to visit a stationery shop to get $IWHUWKHLQYLWHLWVHOI\RXVKRXOG your hands on some LQFOXGHDQ5693FDUGZKLFKVKRXOGEH paper and check out VHOIDGGUHVVHGDQGVWDPSHG7KHUHҋVD design styles.Typically, OLQHZKHUHWKHJXHVWVILOOLQWKHUHQDPH expect to spend around DQGKRZPDQ\ZLOOEHDWWHQGLQJ'RQҋW 5 percent of your budget on your stationery, IRUJHWWKLV :HҋYHVHHQLWGRQH  including postage, but




details; just your names and the date to keep open. If you have a wedding website already set up with details about the ceremony, reception and accommodations, include the URL. And, of course, you can mention that a formal invitation will follow.

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You’re Cordially InviteG ding date. As mentioned, you might have all the pertinent info on your wedding website, but you’ll want to include a card separate from the invitation that lays out the wheres and whens for your reception and accommodations.

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The invitation might be the main attraction, but there are still some paper pieces you need for the big day: ‡3URJUDPVIf you’re having a ceremony in a house of worship, this will list info for the officiant, readings, the wedding party, etc. s7DEOHQXPEHUVQDPHV ‡(VFRUWFDUGVDQG3ODFHFDUGV Escort cards tell the guest which table

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Do not include registry information on the invitation – anywhere – it is uncouth! You’re inviting your friends and family to join in your wedding celebration; you’re not inviting them to bring you gifts! (You can list registry info on your wedding website.) The actual wedding invite is where you officially invite your guests. Plan to put these in the mail around two months prior to your wedding. For some more creative ideas for wording your invites (and a quick primer on the basics), visit and search “wedding invitation wording.” The RSVP card (self-addressed and stamped) is where guests will accept or decline invitation and, if you’re having a seated dinner, mark their dinner selection (see sidebar). List a date in which you’d appreciate their reply by, usually four weeks before the wed-


they are at. Place cards show them where at the table they are sitting. ‡0HQXVAn outline of dinner, set with their place card, is a nice touch.

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Give Your Event a

Fresh Feel By Anna Sachse CTW Features

Just as a stunning piece of jewelry can really set off a wedding gown, beautiful blooms are like accessories for your big-day décor. But we’re not just talking decoration here - with countless colors, textures and options for arranging, your florals also are an easy way to create the vibe for your event.

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If you’re a fan of flowers, booking the shop or event designer who will create your arrangements may be at the top of your to-do timeline. “But don’t hire the florist until after you’ve selected your venue and date, and secured your main vendors - band, catering, and photographer,” says Karen Bussen, author of the “Simple Stunning Wedding Organizer” (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2011), which has a section on what to ask prospective florists and how to calculate costs. “Then you’ll have a better sense of what your décor budget is and what kind of ambience you want to create.” Six or seven months out should be a safe bet. Before meeting with vendors, peruse magazines, books and websites for ideas. Rachel Bowes, owner of Seattle-based Finch & Thistle Event Design, says that blogs are her primary source of wedding inspiration because there are so many, and they update daily. “But I also like the British Wedding Flowers magazine, which is available at craft stores in the U.S.” As for the average bill, you can expect Available Now! For Your Wedding Reception, Reunions, And Special Events. Full Heat And Air. It’s Your Venue, So Bring In Your Own Food And Enjoy The Comforts! 16 Camper Spots Available For Your Guests!

to pay out about 8 to 10 percent of your total budget for blooms. However, the actual number varies widely, depending on factors like your desired aesthetic (e.g. lush and glamorous versus minimalist and chic versus simple and rustic), the type of flowers (think seasonal and locally grown blooms to save money) and the size of the event. In addition to reception centerpieces, for a traditional wedding you’ll likely want bouquets for the bride and bridesmaids, boutonnieres for groom, groomsmen, ushers and dads, corsages or small posies for MOBs and MOGs, and possibly petals and head wreaths for flower girls. But you can use flowers

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FLOWERS anywhere, from chair-back garlands, alters and the cake, to windows and restrooms. Once you have an idea of the approach, color palette and price-range you want, Bussen recommends meeting with a couple vendors who seem like a good fit before making your choice.

Flower Forward

While the over-the-top, romantic look still resonates with plenty of couples, more and more modern pairs are preferring a simple, clean and/or less formal aesthetic that’s still striking. For example, instead of one large, elaborate centerpiece, Bowes suggests using lots of small-bud vases and bottles in varying heights and shapes.

“That way your florist can showcase a few amazing blooms, such as peonies, garden roses and orchids, to their full potential, and use less expensive flowers and foliage as accents in the majority of the vases.” As an alternative, Bussen loves submerging exotic flowers. “One stem of bird of paradise or heliconia makes a great table accent when turned upside down in a glass vase,” she says. For eco-friendly couples, Bowes recommends using a small potted tree (citrus, olive, cypress) in a lovely pot as a unique centerpiece, while Bussen is a fan of live phaelenopsis or dendrobium orchids interspersed with a few votive candles.

Alternative Arrangements Real flowers are glorious, of course, but if you’re crafty, there are numerous ways to personalize your “floral” design. For example, Bussen suggests making all your bouquets out of ribbon remnants, coiling the pieces into rosette-style shapes and wiring them together. Or you could fashion the bride’s bouquet and groom’s bout out of vintage brooches or buttons. Paper blooms provide a rustic look, while fluffy ostrich feathers feel elegant. “Just make sure your bouquet suits your dress and the overall spirit of your celebration,” Bussen says. As for alternative centerpieces, Bussen recommends collections of different candles (pillar, votive, even floating), stacks of favorite books, vintage picture frames, or mixing and matching these elements. Want a more natural vibe? Bowes likes piles of gourds and pumpkins in the fall or seasonal fruit in clear vases for a modern look year-round.

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Party Rockin’ By Anna Sachse CTW Features

Sure, you want the ceremony to be meaningful and the dinner to be memorable, but what really makes a wedding a party - be it refined or rollicking - is the entertainment. And to get this party started, the most important element, of course, is this music. According to &’s 2010 Real Weddings Study, most couples begin researching bands and/or DJs nearly eight months before their wedding, and book the music maker six to seven months out. The study also found that, on average, couples nationwide spent $2,920 for a band and $854 for a DJ. That said, prices vary widely depending on experience, notoriety and location, with large, popular bands in big cities often costing $20,000 or more. To find great, reliable performers, first ask your friends who’ve recently gotten married what they thought of their band/DJ, advises Anne Chertoff, contributing editor for You also can search the vendor listings in city-specific bridal magazines or on weddingrelated websites. If someone strikes your fancy, try to see them in action at a wedding, bridal event or individual show; but if a live viewing is impossible, Chertoff recommends requesting a DVD or video so that you can get a good idea of their professionalism and stage presence as well as their sound and musical range. If you find that a particular band or DJ’s vibe is music to your ears, the next step is to set up an interview. “Explain

what you’re thinking in terms of musical selections and see if they get excited,” says Anja Winikka, site editor for You’ll also want to ask about their experience with weddings (hopefully lots!), what kind of sound system they use, what requirements are included in their contract, if you can create a do-notplay list and if they’re willing to learn/ acquire songs that aren’t already included in their repertoire. Have ample funds? In addition to the band or DJ that can offer something for everyone, personalize your event with a ukulele, harpist or trio for the ceremony (consider classical renditions of rock songs for your walk down the aisle!), and a line dance, swing or salsa band that could play during the cocktail hour and/or part of the reception. But if you’re on a tighter budget, you’ll likely be better off opting for a DJ (who also can emcee and play many genres of music) or springing for a single band that’s capable of playing ceremony, cocktail hour and both dinner and dancing, says Chertoff. Filling up an iPod or laptop with your favorite tunes is another way to save money, and about 9 percent of couples now choose that route, according to the 2010 Real Weddings Study. But take note: You’ll still need an emcee, you should be prepared for technical glitches, and it’s key that you assign a point-person to start and stop the device for special dances and toasts, or to skip to the next song if the current one just emptied the dance floor. (c) CTW Features

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