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T Draw up a budget T Assemble your planning team, consider hiring a wedding consultant T Pick a wedding date and time T Research and book ceremony and reception sites T Ask friends and relatives to be part of your wedding day

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T Schedule to have your engagement photos taken T Book ceremony musicians T Shop for and order bridesmaid dresses T Start planning honeymoon T Send save-the-dates T Reserve hotel accommodations for guests T Reserve your hotel suite for night of wedding T Register for gifts

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T Attend pre-wedding counseling if required T Shop for and order invitations T Shop for wedding rings T Shop for formal wear T Renew or buy passports, if necessary T Begin cake testing and booking a cake designer

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T Present parents and each other with gifts T Give wedding bands to the best man and maid of honor to hold during the ceremony T Introduce your reception site manager to your personal attendant for questions or problems during the reception T Assign a family member to collect any gifts or cards brought to the ceremony and reception

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How Did You Meet? Our families always knew each other, but we were in 4-H together for nine years.

Who Proposed and How? Allen was in the navy in Maryland and hitchhiked home one week and proposed then.

How Long Were You Engaged? Eight months.

How Large Was Your Wedding?

We left for Maryland that night for Allen to go back to the navy.

What Do You Do to Keep Romance Alive in Your Marriage? A lot of teasing.

If you could travel back in time to your wedding day, what advice for maintaining a happy marriage would you give yourselves? Not to have to be right in a disagreement.

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What Was the Most Memorable Moment at Your Wedding? My Grandpa Weber walking me down the aisle as my dad had passed away.

What Was Your Most Memorable Wedding Gift? A four-quart stainless steel kettle, which we still use.

What Wedding Gift Do You Use the Most Today? That kettle and a griddle grill.

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Making the important decision to get married can fill couples with joy and excitement as they imagine spending the rest of their lives together. Naturally, brides- and grooms-to-be are anxious to share the good news with others and include family and friends in the festivities. One way couples exemplify inclusion is by asking their closest acquaintances to be part of their wedding parties. Being asked to serve as a bridesmaid or groomsman is an honor. Some couples may be tempted to ask every friend, sibling or cousin they have to be in their wedding parties, and some do. In fact, ancient Roman law required 10 witnesses to be part of the wedding ceremony. However, the larger the wedding party, the more people couples have to coordinate and the more personalities they must manage.

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While large wedding parties are in style, there isn’t any one-size-fits-all formula to decide which size party is right for a particular situation. Trends vary based on geography and culture. These tips can help couples decide on the size of their wedding parties. · Match it to scope and style. Wedding planners may use a standard ratio for a proportion of guests to wedding party members. That ratio

is one pair of wedding attendants for every 50 guests. This creates a balanced feel where the more people in attendance, the larger the wedding party and vice versa. · Consider your expenses. Wedding party members may be asked to spend considerable amounts of money to be in the wedding, but the couple will have certain expenses tied to the wedding party as well. These can include limousines to ferry people between the ceremony and reception, photography costs to arrange and photograph large wedding parties, the cost of boutonnieres and bouquets, attendants’ gifts, as well as extra mouths to feed at the rehearsal dinner. Small wedding parties can be easier on couples’ budgets. · Know your expectations. Couples should discuss what they expect from their wedding parties. Do

couples want their loved ones to be very hands-on or waiting in the wings? For those who want a lot of input from their wedding parties, asking distant friends or family to be included may be impractical. · Select reliable, easygoing people. Wedding party members should be people couples can rely on, and it only helps if wedding party members are not prone to overreacting. Choose a wedding party that can be trusted and people with whom you get along. Wedding party sizes are up to the couple, but bigger isn’t always better.


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Lynne + Peter JACOBSON

August 14, 1965 Nordland Lutheran Church, Paynesville

What was your most memorable wedding gift? A silver casserole holder with cover that holds a glass casserole, which we use every holiday for a hot vegetable dish. Also quilts from Peter’s grandmother Jacobson that is still in our car as part of our winter gear; and Peter’s parents’ quilt which our son Mike used for many years and Mike still has.

What wedding gift do you use the most today? We still use two Flint one-quart stainless saucepans with covers and Corning Ware casseroles with blue flowers on them – you see them now in antique stores and museums!

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Who caught the bouquet and did they have to shove to get it? I think Peter’s sister, Karen, caught the bouquet. She was married two years later on Aug. 13, 1967.

How did you meet? We both attended Paynesville High School. In October 195,9 when I was a sophomore and Peter a junior, the school held a Sadie Hawkins dance, so I asked Peter to go, he said yes, and as they say “the rest is history.”

Whose relatives, or friends, had the most fun at the reception?

In the summer before my sophomore year, I had cut off my long hair, which I wore up in a ponytail. Peter later told me he wouldn’t have gone with me to the dance if I hadn’t cut my hair. He still likes short hair!

Where did you go for a honeymoon?

Who proposed and how? Peter did right after he signed a teaching contract with Breck School for $5,200. We thought we were rich!

High school and college friends who “stole” Lynne, took her for a ride during the reception, and also decorated the car. To the LuMar cabin next to Scenic State Park by Big Fork, Minn., which was owned by Lynne’s parents and three other couples.

What do you do to keep romance alive in your marriage?

Four months.

Make time to do things as a couple. When we were raising our children, we were fortunate to have grandparents who would watch our children so we could have couple time.

Where were you married?

If you could travel back in time to your

How long were you engaged?

Nordland Lutheran Church in rural Paynesville. I be- wedding day, what advice for maintaining a longed to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Paynes- happy marriage would you give yourselves? ville, but it was too small for all Peter’s relatives. Be patient with each other; we all have irritating However, a LeMasurier family friend and Episcopal habits. Above all be kind and loving – marriage is a priest married us. marathon, not a sprint.

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How large was your wedding? Between 200-250.

What food was served? Don’t remember the food, but the reception was held at Lynne’s parent’s cottage on Lake Koronis. There were three tents set up on the front (lakeside) lawn. One was for the food, one for the gifts, and one for eating and sitting. It was a beautiful day at the lake as have all the wedding receptions we have held there.

What was the most memorable moment at your wedding? Our friends decorated Peter’s car with cans, crepe paper, etc. They also put the front end up on blocks. When we went to leave the reception, of course we couldn’t drive the car, but Peter’s father had his car stashed at a neighbor’s, so we climbed into his car and drove away.

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The modern bridal shower may trace its origins to the 1890s. “The Old Farmer’s Almanac” says the first bridal shower hostess filled a paper parasol with small presents and turned it over the head of the bride-to-be. Soon the concept caught on, and many other women began “showering” future brides in such a manner. Naturally, as presents became larger and heavier, the tradition of literally showering the bride with gifts was modified - but the name has stuck. Bridal showers are designed to equip couples with many of the necessities to start their new life together. This custom is believed to have evolved from an old dowry system, in which a

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bride was expected to bring valuables to the marriage. The dowry was originally intended as compensation for the burden of supporting a wife placed on the groom. Some parents of the bride were not rich enough to afford an ample dowry, so friends and family members would offer small gifts to help offset this financial responsibility. Today, both the bride and groom are equal partners in the marriage, bringing together their collective wealth. However, showers are still held regardless of the financial need of the bride as a way to offer good wishes before she embarks on her new journey.


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Get the most out of bridal shows and wedding events Recently engaged couples may be excited to get a jump on wedding planning. Bridal shows can be a great way for couples to meet and familiarize themselves with local wedding professionals, all the while introducing themselves to the terminology of wedding planning. Though they’re a great source of information, contacts and samples, bridal shows also can be a bit overwhelming. Learning how to maximize time spent at shows can help couples plan their weddings as efficiently as possible.

on the list. But even if they’re not, keep an open mind and use the show as a chance to compare offerings. If an event map is available, marking off must-visit booths can help save time. · Pre-register. Pre-registering for bridal events saves time at check-in, and doing so may make you eligible for discounted tickets.

· Start small. If the idea of large crowds is unappealing, attend the more intimate, boutique shows that are often held at local reception halls and restaurants instead of the larger installations at convention centers and hotels.

· Come prepared. Chances are each vendor is going to ask couples for information so that they can follow up with a phone call or email with more detailed offerings and estimates. Couples attending the show can expediate the process by coming equipped with labels that feature their names, contact information and wedding date. They can then stick the labels on sign-in sheets or use them like business cards.

· Scout out vendors. Check the bridal show’s website for lists of exhibitors and see if your desired vendors are

· Dress comfortably. Bridal expos involve a lot of walking and roaming around. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

Consider a backpack or hands-free bag so you are not weighed down when collecting the swag and other handouts throughout the day. · Ask questions. When face-to-face with vendors, rely on their expertise but don’t hesitate to ask questions concerning themes, colors, recommendations for honeymoon locations, invitation paper suggestions, and much more. · Stay for the fashion show. Many shows will offer a runway experience to present the latest gown and tuxedo offerings. This can be an entertaining way for couples to formulate their wedding styles. Wedding shows introduce couples to vendors and set them on the path to making decisions regarding the planning of their weddings.

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Shane + Brandi KAMPSEN

July 14, 2018 | Lake Henry Baseball Field popcorn bar, tons of cookies, and a “kid bar.” It was perfect height for the little ones and equipped with all their favorites from animal crackers to cheese balls and M&Ms!

How did you meet? We knew of each other from high school sports, but we met in college back in 2009 at Ridgewater. He was the catcher for the baseball team, and I was the catcher for the softball team. One day he was on his way to class, and he stopped by the couches where a bunch of my teammates and I were hanging out in between classes. We struck a conversation up about a party the night before. He said that he was intimidated by me, and I still don’t understand why! Maybe it was because I had the higher batting average!

What was the most memorable moment at your wedding? We both agreed it was when our daughter took off running from the pitcher’s mound to Shane at home plate. Her flowers were flying everywhere out of her bucket…it was perfect!

What was your most memorable wedding gift? The presence of our friends and family from every important stage of our lives from when we were little to now!

What wedding gift do you use the most today? Shane’s grill!

Who caught the bouquet and did they have to shove to get it? One of my bridesmaids Aimee caught the bouquet! There was no shoving involved!

Whose relatives, or friends, had the most fun at the reception?

After Ridgewater, he continued his baseball career at St. Cloud State, and I went Our reception was unique as well! We had it at the Lions Park in Lake Henry. to Bloomfield College in New Jersey. Fast forward to our senior year of college, The kids had the best time, from playing baseball, running on the playground, we met back up for a Ridgewater reunion in St. Cloud, and the rest is history! driving the cozy coupes and getting wagon rides, to shoveling candy and cheese balls in their mouths. There was something for everyone! Who proposed and how? Shane did on Dec. 20, 2016. We had just got home from our 12-week OB checkup when I was pregnant with our son. He had recently had knee surgery, and he told me he was going downstairs for something, which I thought was weird being he was on crutches. I heard a big bang, and I thought he had hurt himself! It turns out he had hidden the ring in the ceiling and was trying to get it down when the case of pop he was standing on broke open and he fell! Luckily, he was okay. Shortly after Shane, our daughter, and myself were sitting in the living room, and he handed the ring to Lilly to give to me. Being he had just had surgery, it was his excuse not to have to get down on one knee!

How long were you engaged? We got engaged Dec. 20, 2016, and got married July 14, 2018. So just over a year and half.

When did you tie the knot? July 14, 2018, because all the other dates I picked out interfered with baseball. We also picked a date where most of our family would be able to join us. We have family that live all over the United States and world!

Where were you married? Lake Henry Baseball Field, the only place I knew he would show up! Also, we joke that another reason he showed up was that I agreed to have Laker Blue (royal blue) as our main color. It turned out to be perfect!

How large was your wedding? We had an extremely large wedding. Our friends and family filled the grandstands. We would guess between 400-500 people throughout the day joined us!

What food was served? We wanted to keep going with the baseball theme and share a meal that we love! We had a gourmet hot dog bar and pulled pork sandwiches along with potato salad and baked beans! Our dogs were grilled on the spot! We also had a

Many people brought up their campers or fish houses. It was important to us that everyone was able to have a good time, yet going to be safe. If they weren’t staying with us, we made sure they had a safe ride home. We stocked up the booze and beer for almost an entire year prior! It is safe to say everyone had a great time. It was one heck of a party!

Where did you go for a honeymoon? Well, because of baseball, we didn’t go on one! Ha, having two kids under two might have been a factor in our decision to wait as well.

What do you do to keep romance alive in your marriage? We try to make time for each other and get away from our children every once in a while. We have hectic schedules between work, baseball, kids, traveling, and other events. We communicate a lot especially when he is working on the road. When we do get to spend time together, we do things we both enjoy, like baseball or football games, or just having a few drinks! We also love to joke around with each other. Nothing too crazy!

If you could travel back in time to your wedding day, what advice for maintaining a happy marriage would you give yourselves? Don’t sweat the small stuff and ENJOY every second of it. The day goes so incredibly fast! It is very easy to get caught up in wedding planning (or whatever it is you are doing) trying to make it perfect! Also make sure that you are always communicating and ask for help when you need it. At the end of the day, you getting married and sharing that special time in your life with your children or family and friends is what matters. Photos by Erin Rae Photography


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¡ Eat body-boosting foods. The foods we eat can impact everything from energy levels to skin radiance. Foods like berries, sweet potatoes, broccoli, greens, green tea, and dark chocolate all contain antioxidants that boost the immune system, states The Food Network. Avoid drastic diets that can do more harm than good. Simply cutting 500 calories a day can help the average person lose a pound per week if weight loss is a goal. Simple ways to trim calories are to choose skim milk over whole milk and choose low-calorie snacks.

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August 2, 1980 Church of Our Lady, Manannah

Whose relatives, or friends, had the most fun at the reception? I think Tom’s family did. They know how to have a good time!

Where did you go for a honeymoon? We went to my parent’s cabin on Hunter Lake near Longville, Minn.

What do you do to keep romance alive in your marriage? How did you meet? We road the same bus, went to school together, and were neighbors

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Romance? What’s that? Just kidding, we enjoy taking long walks in our woods and hanging out at our cabin on the Crow River.

If you could travel back in time to your wedding day, what advice for maintaining a Tom on my 16th birthday. He gave me the ring and asked me while we were stopped on the gravel road happy marriage would you give yourselves?

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What wedding gift do you use the most today? The card table and chairs we got from Tom’s aunts and uncles.

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Wedding insurance can ease nerves Couples spend thousands of dollars on their wedding ceremony and celebrations. The cost of a wedding varies depending on geographic location, but according to the business and financial resource Business Insider and The Knot 2017 Real Weddings Study, the average wedding in the United States costs $31,391. Insurance policies can help couples protect their wedding investment. Special event insurance provides coverage for various scenarios, including extreme weather, damaged gifts, lost jewelry, vendor cancellations or no-shows, venues closing before the wedding, and canceled weddings, according to Travelers Insurance. Insurance also may cover other unforseen scenarios, such as unexpected expenses from injuries during the wedding or spoiled food.

Policies will pay directly for any damage or injuries that occur, or reimburse the couple if the wedding is postponed or canceled. If weddings occur at home, some people’s home insurance or umbrella policies may cover certain wedding liabilities. Most wedding venues carry their own liability insurance, so couples may not have to overlap there. However, for those who desire extra protection for vendor mishaps, it is wise to speak with an insurance professional about special wedding coverage. Prices for wedding insurance policies can start at around $100 to $200 for minimum coverage and reach $1,000 for more expensive ceremonies, according to the financial advisement website NerdWallet.

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Mary used to order the flowers for the church so, being the wedding took place so close to Christmas, the priest told her to use the same flowers – poinsettias – for both occasions. The red and white flowers were a beautiful choice for the winter wedding.

What was your most memorable wedding gift? Being it was Mary’s second marriage and we were both in our 40s, our invitations said “No gifts, please.”

Whose relatives, or friends, had the most fun at the reception? How did you meet? We met at church. Mary played the organ, and Vernon sat close by. Mary was a widow with four children and owned a home on Nest Lake, between New London and Spicer. Vernon also lived in the New London-Spicer area, on his home farm. One day in the mid-1970s, Mary asked Vernon, a carpenter, to look at her roof. He happily obliged. A week later, Vernon asked Mary if she would have supper with him, and she said yes. They enjoyed supper at a restaurant in Willmar. The following week, Mary asked Vernon to accompany her to Mankato to pick up her daughter, who was coming home to visit. The rest is history.

Who proposed and how? Vernon proposed, in a sense, though we had already talked about the prospect of marriage. Vernon presented an engagement ring in July 1976.

How long were you engaged? About five months.

How large was your wedding? We had about 70 guests. We each had one attendant. Mary’s was her sister, and Vernon’s was his brother.

What food was served? We had the traditional chicken and ham meal with wedding cake for dessert.

What was the most memorable moment at your wedding?

Definitely Vernon’s brother Charles, from Indiana. He hadn’t been to Minnesota to see family in several years and was so excited to see everyone. Several family members of Mary’s first husband (who passed away from cancer in the early 1970s) congratulated the couple and said Mary would still be part of the family – always. They accepted Vernon as part of the family, too.

Where did you go for a honeymoon? We got a hotel in Minneapolis.

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We’ve always been very close. We’ve went a lot of places together and always made time for one another. Our grandchildren did accompany us to a lot of the places we went, but they have always been our pride and joy – what we have enjoyed the most. Vernon is a proud grandpa by love and choice – not genetics. His title of grandpa has never included the word “step.”

If you could travel back in time to your wedding day, what advice for maintaining a happy marriage would you give yourselves? You have to stay close, no matter what. Share in everything, and be there for the other person through the good and bad. Thank each other, especially for the small things. Unconditional love and honoring your vow to do so “in sickness and in health” is so important, especially as you grow older.

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