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Whidbey Island Wedding and Events Tour Planning for your special day Tantalizing your guests’ taste buds Island grown floral splendor A special pullout section of the Whidbey News-Times and South Whidbey Record

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Whidbey: a wedding destination First ever wedding tour set for Nov. 9 By Betty Freeman | Staff reporter Wedding and event consultant Gloria Mickuna, of Coupeville, brims with enthusiasm for Whidbey Island as a destination for weddings and other special events. “I’m excited about where I live and want to promote events here,” said Mickuna, who has planned the first “Weddings on Whidbey and Events Tour” slated for Saturday, Nov. 9. The Weddings on Whidbey and Events Tour starts at 11:30 a.m. at the historic Crockett Barn Event Center where local vendors will gather for a

mini-expo of their specialties, ranging from flowers to food, cakes, formal wear, photography, wines and favors. “These vendors support the community and I want them to feel supported too,” said Mickuna. “More vendors will be present at each tour stop. We’re trying to promote Whidbey as a place for all types of events.” “For this first tour, we’re focusing on Central Whidbey venues,” said Mickuna, “but Whidbey Island as a whole has so many unique and picturesque places for weddings that we’re hoping future tours will feature north and south end venues as well.” On tour day, ticket

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Zach Wehner and Denise Flores exchanged vows at a private home overlooking Saratoga Passage in Fall 2011. This couple chose an idyllic setting with views of the Cascades and Saratoga Passage for their outdoor wedding.

holders will board a Whidbey Sea-Tac shuttle bound for six Central Whidbey venues for weddings and special occasions. First on the tour is the historic Crockett Barn. Day or weekend

rentals include the use of the barn, which can accommodate up to 200 guests, and semiformal garden areas for outside ceremonies. Out-of-town guests can stay at the historic Crockett Farmhouse,

reopened in 2012 as a fully licensed bed and breakfast, featuring five guestrooms. Mickuna describes Garrison Hall at Fort Casey, the next tour stop, as “a wonderful small event location,

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Michael & Jenna photo taken by Michael Stadler. The couple’s August wedding was held off Simmons Rd. at a private residence overlooking the ferry. Used with permission.

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which can accommodate up to 40 people for a reception and 25-30 for a seated event.” For rehearsal dinners and small gatherings, downtown Coupeville offers Bayleaf’s new wine bar and Ciao Restaurant’s upper floor, with intimate spaces and delicious, locally sourced food and wine. These two venues are the third and fourth stops on the tour. Next is the Captain Whidbey Inn on Penn Cove in the heart of Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve. Captain Whidbey Inn is a fullservice facility providing a variety of lodging and catering options, and both indoor and outdoor settings, which can accommodate up


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to 250 guests. The last tour stop is The Captain’s House in Coupeville, a private waterfront home Mickuna describes as “perfect for small, intimate gatherings with beautiful views of Penn Cove.” For outdoor ceremonies, Whidbey’s state parks offer stunning views and rustic settings. “Park rangers have generally been very accommodating about giving us access to the venue,” said Mickuna. Fort Ebey State Park and Deception Pass both provide natural beauty as a backdrop for ceremonies, though most couples opt for an indoor reception elsewhere after the ceremony, according to Mickuna. The bluff above the beach at Fort Ebey State Park provided the scenic venue for one wedding Mickuna planned, with toasts to the bride and groom

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enjoyed by guests under the covered picnic shelter near the ceremony site. Another unique wedding venue is the historic lighthouse at Admiralty Head. The newly restored lighthouse can be rented only when the lighthouse is not open to the public and is restricted to 15 participants. Some state and other public parks may have certain restrictions on events such as no amplified music or kegs of beer allowed. The Seattle Pacific University Events Center at Fort Casey does not allow alcohol to be served. Some churches also abide by the “no alcohol” rule. Other popular Island venues for weddings and receptions include scenic Greenbank Farm and Freeland Hall on Holmes Harbor. On Whidbey, the safest time for an outdoor

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ceremony is July and August, Mickuna’s busiest wedding months. “But fall, winter and spring weddings can be just as beautiful on Whidbey Island,” said Mickuna. “When I plan a wedding, it’s all about marrying the bride and groom’s desires with all the other factors, including their budget and the needs of family,” said Mickuna. “Everybody should experience being in


love and having the wedding they want. The day is about the two of you. Nobody else and nothing else matters except what you want the event to be like,” she said. “I’m also a huge believer in supporting community suppliers and using local products,” said Mickuna. “The Wedding Tour is about vendors coming together to showcase what’s here and what we can do. If one of us succeeds, we all suc-

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Tastebuds Local products help reflect beauty of Whidbey’s wedding destinations By Betty Freeman | staff reporter

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This wedding buffet featured salads with local greens, edible flowers and locally-made artisan breadsticks, crackers and cheeses.

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Little Brown Farm goat cheese appetizers made by Midnight Kitchen Catering.

Part of the total Whidbey Island wedding experience is a memorable meal and dessert. Couples want their wedding fare to reflect local ties and tastes, so they choose Island raised beef and chicken, wild Northwest salmon, locally-made wine and beer, fresh salad greens, veggies, fruit and artistic cakes or desserts crafted by local bakers. Scott and Stephanie Pendell of Freeland, owners of Midnight Kitchen Catering, estimate that about 85 percent of their business is catering weddings, large and small. “The most obvious and universal trend for Whidbey Island weddings is incorporating local food and wines into the menus,” said Scott Pendell. “Clients want their wedding to represent where they live and to patronize local growers and suppliers.” “We like to offer foods that are seasonal, super-fresh and unique,” said Pendell. The Midnight Kitchen gets most of its produce from local farms such as Willowood and Prairie Bottom Farm, and Farmers’ Markets. For beef, Pendell buys from 3 Sisters Cattle and Long Family Farms. He also purchases fresh seafood from local suppliers. “Salmon is by far the most popular choice for wedding entrées,” said Pendell. The Pendells partner with local suppliers such as bayleaf and the Little Brown Farm for cheeses and Blackberry Moon Farm for fresh fruit. Stephanie Pendell uses Island Apiaries honey for Midnight Kitchen’s signature Turner & Bea Crackers, named after their two young children. “Our artisan crackers and bread are an important part of our menus,” said Pendell. Pendell said that most of the weddings they cater are served buffet or family style. “I’d say our style is modern American farmto-table,” Pendell said. “People come here to relax, and to enjoy ‘Island time,’ so weddings here tend to be less formal.” He recalled one memorable summer wedding on Sandy Point in Langley where the newlywed couple literally “took the plunge” into the water after they’d said their vows.

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This beautiful wedding cake featured fresh flowers matched to the bride’s bouquet, made by an artisan baker on Whidbey.

Trends for wedding cakes vary, said Pendell. Most brides usually want traditional, manytiered cakes, while others might opt for cupcakes and a small two-tiered cake for photos. One local cake artist decorated a cake with white chocolate seashells in keeping with a beach theme, a popular motif for Island weddings. Seasonal flowers also make stunning cake decorations. “About 40 percent of our wedding clients go for alternative desserts. We did one wedding with Whidbey Island Pie Company fruit pies and Whidbey Island Ice Cream instead of cake,” said Pendell. “We’ve also done dessert buffets and seasonal fresh fruit crisps for weddings.” Pendell is generous with his praise of local suppliers and other event-related services, using his website,, to refer prospective clients to other Island vendors and venues. “Using local caterers, bakers, produce, wines, beers, even honey – this keeps people employed and strengthens the community,” said Pendell. “When people and their guests come to Whidbey for a destination wedding, or if local people strive to use home-town services and products, we all benefit.”

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‘Green’ ideas for winter-white weddings (BPT) - You’re ready to say your “I do’s” in front of your family and friends. Planning a memorable celebration of your commitment to each other, however, doesn’t mean you have to compromise on your commitment to the environment. It’s possible to create the wedding of your dreams and stay “green,” even in the cold, white months of winter. Environmentally correct weddings are a hot trend, according to, a leading wedding-planning website. If your vision of the perfect wedding marries eco-friendly green with winter white, here are some tips and ideas to help you turn your vision into reality:

Friendly feasting Great food is an essential part of any wedding, whether you’re serving a sit-down dinner or just hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. When you’re planning your menu, however, keep in mind how the foods you choose may impact the environment. For example, is that fish entree net caught, line caught or farmed? A dish’s environmental impact depends on several factors, including how the product was raised and harvested, how it was transported and how far it had to travel from point of origin to plate. By choosing locally grown products or those grown and harvested using sustainable practices, you can reduce your wedding feast’s impact on the environment.

Reuse, recycle and revel Brides in bygone generations once gladly wore their mother’s wedding dress, but the practice fell out of vogue as more brides wanted their own unique look for their wedding day. But the green movement has breathed new life into the practice, since reusing and recycling eliminates the need to consume materials and energy making something new. More brides are finding that recycling a wedding dress has other advantages too. It’s possible to achieve a great vintage look with a used wedding dress whether it’s one handed down from your mother or one you found in a second-hand store. A new gown can cost thousands of dollars, while a repurposed dress can be had much more cheaply.

Cake. Dress up favors with decorative netting and ribbons, and you have a unique favor that’s good for guests and the environment, too.

Greener invitations The invitation is often the first impression guests will have of your wedding. While every bride wants invitations that will wow guests, keep in mind the costs - both monetary and environmental - of all that paper. Many eco-minded brides are switching to invitations made with recycled paper or, better yet, electronic invitations. No raw materials are consumed to create e-vites, and what’s more, you can find online services that not only help you create an e-vite, but send it and monitor responses all online. Using such a service can help you keep better track of RSVPs. There is the option of sending invitations printed on recycled paper with flower seeds imbedded in the paper. Your guests can plant the invitation in their garden, and remember your special occasion every time they see the beautiful flowers growing.

The little things that mean a lot Some other steps that may seem small - like choosing locally grown, in-season flowers rather than out-of-season ones that must be imported - can also make a big difference in how your wedding impacts the environment. Whether you opt to replace cut bouquets and centerpieces with artificial ones that can be reused, or choose acoustic music that requires no electricity to keep guests dancing, it’s possible to find green options for almost every aspect of your wedding.

Wedding favor wonders Sure it’s a cool idea and the groomsmen will likely use theirs often, but just how environmentally correct is that custom-imprinted beer cozy? Wedding favors are a way of thanking guests for sharing in your special day, but many popular items are made from less-than-eco-friendly materials. To green your wedding, consider favors that are useful and organic, such as organic baking mixes or spice mixes. You can find a plethora of these great-tasting, green-minded options from purveyors. Some even have holiday-appropriate varieties like Cranberry Bread and Pumpkin

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Flower choices reflect seasons, local blooms & Contributed photo/Mary Fisher

For an August wedding at Fireseed Catering, Fisher used local purple grapes, zinnias, garden roses, boxwood, osmanthus and asclepias.

By Betty Freeman | Staff reporter When choosing flowers for a wedding, there’s more to it than just ordering a bride’s bouquet, corsages and boutonniéres. Wedding flowers also adorn arbors, altars and entrances, and often the cake. Brides and attendants wear flowers in their hair, and reception table centerpieces often do double duty as favors for guests or thank you gifts to helpers. Marina Villareal of Fresh Flowers Express in Coupeville says most of her local clients want a “subtle, simple Island look” for their wedding flowers. “Mini calla lilies are very popular here,” said Villareal. “They come in all colors, while the larger white callas give a more elegant, streamlined look.” In summer, beach themes are often chosen. For one wedding, Villareal created centerpieces with driftwood and succulents. For fall and late summer weddings, sunflowers and dahlias are popular with her customers. In spring, hydrangeas, daffodils and tulips are often top choices. “Of course, roses are the most romantic flower for a wedding any time of year, as are orchids,” said Villareal. She appreciates ample lead-time before a big event, ideally at least three weeks, so she can order flowers. However, she can put together wedding flowers on short notice.

While she was being interviewed, Villareal was putting the finishing touches on a bride’s bouquet that had been ordered that morning for an afternoon courthouse ceremony. “I love a challenge,” she said. “Bring me a photo or give my your ideas and I can do it.” Another challenge is matching


what brides want with their total flower budget. She recommends visiting her website,, where samples and prices are displayed, before coming into her floral shop on South Main in Coupeville. Villareal said she appreciates that local customers choose her service

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Even the babies are blooming at Heather Wright’s summer wedding at Freeland Hall.

instead of going off-Island. “I love being here where people know me and my work,” she said. Mary Fisher, who has owned Cultus Bay Nursery in Clinton since 1986, finds her local wedding clients have very specific ideas about what they want and most choose seasonal flowers and greens that reflect Pacific Northwest gardens. “My style is to use seasonal materials for a natural, informal look. Because my background is horticulture and I have the nursery, I grow things that others don’t, and I love looking at plants in all their seasons, thinking outside the box to see what’s lovely and could be used,” said Fisher. Even when she uses non-seasonal flowers, Fisher said, “varying the greens can change roses from California, giving them a more casual and graceful look. I love combining wonderful textures in an arrangement.” “I usually like to know what colors the bride wants, then we start to look at flowers that have those colors,” she said. For a winter wedding, Fisher advises brides to “think berries, snowflakes, and starbursts such as white spider mums, accentuated with cedar tips.” A February wedding might include hellebores or “Lenten roses,” which bloom in late winter. At one summer wedding, Fisher paired dark red and purple flowCONTINUED ON Page 7


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Use seasonal materials for a natural, informal look. Mary Fisher


ers for a dramatic effect. Another wedding she decorated had an international theme, so she draped Freeland Hall with silk saris on the walls and used bronze vases for the multi-hued flowers. Fisher recalled a local bride who really loved crows, so they married the blackness of crows with sparkling snowflakes, pewter vases and silvery trim.

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“The real fun is figuring out what flowers and other decorations go with the theme or colors the bride wants,” said Fisher. Because she has a nursery, Fisher can also provide additional options, such as living trees that can double as wedding decorations and be planted afterward for a lasting reminder. Also popular are moss gardens centerpieces with living plants, she said. Like Villareal, Fisher does her best work with generous lead-time, and said brides should order flowers at least a month before the wedding. “The more time, the more creativity can be brought into play,” said Fisher. “It’s all a great art project for me.”


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the 4c’s of diamond shopping: Color: The closer a diamond is to being colorless, the more brilliant it becomes and it has a greater value. “Always go for color over clarity every time,” says Gloria Carothers of The Jewelry Gallery in Oak Harbor. Clarity: Grades are determined by the size and number of inclusions — another mineral, a fracture or a void — inside of it. Inclusions are considered anything that would interfere with the free passage of light. Cut: The number one factor when it comes to cut is the brilliance. The facets of the gem act as mirrors to reflect the light entering the stone back toward the observer. The round diamond tends to be the most brilliant. Carat: This is the size of the diamond. While a half to one full carat is a sought after standard, many styles such as micro pave afford the look of a larger carat.

Many couples personalize their weddings by using a setting and decorations that reflect their interests and values, or by writing their own vows. Those who choose to write their own vows as opposed to the traditional “love, honor and cherish” wording need to give themselves plenty of time to consider what they want to say and what they feel comfortable sharing with their guests. Before putting pen to paper, check with your celebrant to make sure writing your own vows will be allowed. Some churches require that you use the traditional wording, while others will allow you to write your own, as long as you include certain phrases. Others are more open to your creativity in personalizing the vows you take. If you’re having a religious ceremony, your celebrant can help you write wedding vows that honor your faith’s conventions. Whether you’re planning a religious or civil ceremony, check first. Next, make sure your intended is open to the idea of writing your own vows. Answer the question: Will we each write our own vows, or we will collaborate and both make the same pledge? Then, set aside some quiet, reflective time to consider what you want to say.

What promises do you want to make to each other? What promise do you most want to hear from your significant other? What does the other person mean to you? What does the commitment of marriage mean to you? Get inspiration from poetry, consulting with other couples, or start with the standard vows and update them with your own words. A standard wedding ceremony usually contains these words: I, (Name), take you (Name), to be my wedded (husband/wife/ spouse), to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until death do us part. Google “writing wedding vows” to get inspiration from other couples, look in books of poetry, or talk to other married people to get ideas. In the days leading up to your wedding, look in the mirror and recite your vows aloud. Familiarity with your words will inspire confidence when the time comes to say them for real. Write down your wedding vows on a note card (and give an extra copy to the best man and maid of honor) so that nerves won’t keep you from saying what’s in your heart.

Obtaining a marriage license Marriage licenses can be obtained through the Island County Auditor’s Office. The cost for a marriage license is $56. This fee is payable only by cash, check or money order. The bride and groom must fill out proper paperwork, including an affidavit verifying the couple is of age to marry. It should be noted couples should complete paperwork with their current names. Getting married does not automatically change a person’s name. The license will not be valid for three days from its issue date. The waiting period cannot be reduced for any reason. Licenses are good for 60 days and may only be used in Washington state. Once the marriage is officiated, the couple has 30 days to return the final paperwork to the auditor’s office. Once the marriage has been certified, couples can purchase a marriage certificate for $3 through the office in person or by mail. If the couple opts for a name change, certified copies of the marriage certificate will be required. For any questions, call 360-240-5540.

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ust engaged? Wondering about all the things you’ll need to do and when? Here’s a month-by-month snapshot of all your wedding to-dos.

12+ months before  Envision your wedding and draw up a budget.  Assemble your “planning team.” Consider hiring a wedding consultant.  Pick a wedding date and time. Select several options, then check with your venues, officiant, important guests before finalizing.  Start planning the guest list.  Look for and book ceremony and reception sites.  Ask friends and relatives to be in the wedding party.  Optional: Have an engagement party. You may want to register beforehand for gifts. 8-10 months before  Bride: Think about, shop for, and order your gown.  Envision reception food.  Decide what type of entertainment you want. A pianist for the cocktail hour, strolling violinists, a DJ, or band?  Think about your floral decor.  Research and book your wedding professionals. Interview vendors: photographer, videographer, reception band or DJ, florist.  Research a wedding insurance policy to

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 Research and reserve accommodations for out-of-town guests.

 Register for gifts.  Contact rental companies if you need to rent anything for ceremony/reception, such as chairs, tables, and tent.

6-8 months before  Book ceremony musicians.  Order bridesmaid dresses.  Start planning honeymoon.  Send save-the-date cards. This is a particularly good idea if you’re marrying during a tourist or holiday season or having a destination wedding. 4-6 months before  Attend prewedding counseling, if required.  Shop for and order invitations and wedding rings.  Shop for formalwear.  Renew or get passports, if necessary.  Envision your wedding cake and research, interview, and book a cake designer. 3 months before  Order wedding cake.  Hire a calligrapher, if you want your invitations professionally addressed.  Attend your shower. (It may be earlier, depending on when hosts decide to have it.)  Groom: Rent the men’s formalwear.  Hire wedding-day transport: limousines, other cars. Look into transportation sooner if you’re considering renting streetcars or over-the-top travel. 2 months before  Mail your invitations.  Write your vows.  Purchase gifts for parents, attendants, and each other.  Book your stylist and try out big-day hairstyles.  Book a makeup artist and go for a trial run. 1 month before

 Apply for a marriage license. Check with the local bureau in the town where you’ll wed.

 Bride: Have final gown fitting. Bring


your maid of honor along to learn how to bustle your dress. Have the dress pressed and bring it home.  Call all bridesmaids. Make sure they have their gowns ready for the wedding.  Make last-minute adjustments with vendors.  Create a wedding program to hand out to guests.  Order and plan in-room welcome baskets for out-of-town guests.

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an emergency phone number to call on the day of the wedding.  Write checks and/or talk to wedding hosts (usually your parents, if not you) about any final balances to be paid at the end of the reception.

 Review final RSVP list and call any guests who have not yet sent a response.

 Deliver must-have shot lists to photogra-

pher and videographer. Include who should be in formal portraits and determine when portraits will be taken.  Deliver final song list to your DJ or bandleader. Include special song requests and songs you don’t want played.  Bride: Get your last prewedding haircut and color. 1 week before

 Give reception site/caterer final guest

head count. Include vendors, such as the photographer or band members, who will expect a meal. Ask how many extra plates the caterer will prepare.  Supply location manager with a list of vendor requests such as a table for DJ or setup spaceneeded by florist.  Plan reception seating chart.  Print place and table cards, or finalize list with the calligrapher you have hired to do so.  Call all wedding vendors and confirm arrangements.  Give ceremony and reception site managers a schedule of vendor delivery and setup times, plus contact numbers.  Groom: Get your hair trimmed.  Attend bachelor/ette parties.

pany for pickup times and locations.

 Arrange for guests without cars to be

picked up from the airport or train station. Ask friends, attendants, or relatives to help.  Deliver welcome baskets to the hotel concierge; make sure to include names and delivery instructions. Day before

 Provide all wedding professionals with

Night before

 Rehearse ceremony. Meet with wedding

party, ceremony readers, immediate family, and your officiant at the ceremony site to rehearse and iron out details.  Bring unity candle, aisle runner, yarmulkes, or other ceremony accessories to the site.  Give your marriage license to your officiant.  Attend rehearsal dinner.  Present attendants with gifts at the rehearsal dinner. You’ll want to do this especially if the gifts are accessories to be worn during the wedding.

 Groom: Go for final fitting and pick up

Day of  Present parents and each other with gifts.  Give wedding bands to the best man and the maid of honor to hold during the ceremony.  Give best man the officiant’s fee envelope, to be handed off after the ceremony.  Introduce your reception site manager to your consultant or maid of honor for questions or problems during the reception.  Assign a family member or attendant to be the photographer’s contact so he knows who is who.

 Groom: Ask the best man to make sure

 Prearrange for someone to return any

2-3 days before

 Bride: If you need to, have your gown pressed or steamed. your formalwear.

all groomsmen attend fittings and pick up their outfits.  Determine wedding-party positions during ceremony and the order of the party in the processional and recessional.  Hand off place cards, table cards, menus, disposable cameras, favors, and any other items for setting the tables to the caterer and/or reception site manager.  Reconfirm final details with all vendors. Discuss any necessary last-minute substi-

Postwedding rentals.

 Preplan for attendants to take the bride’s

gown for cleaning and return the groom’s tux to the rental shop.  Write and send thank-you notes to giftbearing guests and vendors who were especially helpful. Just how much will this day cost? When it comes to financing a wedding, you should figure out how much you’ll need to spend to get what you want. Here is a basic breakdown of what you can expect to pay*: Reception: 48%-50% Ceremony: 2%-3% Attire: 8%-10% Flowers: 8%-10% Entertainment/Music: 8%-10% Photography/Videography: 10%-12% Stationery: 2%-3% Wedding Rings: 2%-3% Parking/Transportation: 2%-3% Gifts: 2%-3% Miscellaneous: 8%

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* To avoid stress, allot about 5% of your budget for a “just-in-case” fund. * If you’re paying for your honeymoon yourselves, remember to budget for those expenses as well.

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