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THE ASHLEY INN

ASIAGOS RISTORANTE

500 N Main Street, Cascade theashleyinn.com (208) 382-5621 or (866) 382-5621

102 Main Street, Boise asiagos.com (208) 336-5552

Venue: ...................................................... Hotel Options: .................................. Indoor & Outdoor Types of Events: ............ Ceremony & Reception Indoor Capacity: ............................... up to 200 Outdoor Capacity: ............................. up to 300 Catering Services: ...................................... Yes Caterers Permitted: ....... Approved caterers only Bar Services: .............................................. Yes Onsite Coordinator: .................................... Yes Free Parking: .............................................. Yes

Venue: ............................................. Restaurant Options: ...................................... Indoor & Patio Types of Events: ............ Reception & Rehearsal Indoor Capacity: ................................. up to 80 Outdoor Capacity: ............................... up to 30 Catering Services: ...................................... Yes Caterers Permitted: ..................................... No Bar Services: .............................................. Yes Onsite Coordinator: ..................................... Yes Free Parking: ............................................... No

Experience the beautiful Ashley Inn nestled in the mountains of Cascade, Idaho. This unique hotel is the perfect location for your destination wedding or special event. Create lasting memories in our outdoor garden, along the scenic Payette River, or in one of our many other picturesque settings. We offer custom event packages, year-round outdoor recreation opportunities, and catering services.

Asiago's welcomes the opportunity to make your next special event unforgettable. From elegant dinners and simple receptions to engagement parties, and wedding dinners, Asiago's catering can provide a range of services for just about any size of event. Our chef's can prepare a feast to delight you, your friends and family. Choose from pre-tailored menus or create your own unique masterpiece with the chef, the choice is yours.

Nicely appointed guest rooms with warm fireplaces coupled with our distinctive service attitude pampers you and your guests in quality and comfort. A fireplace in every guest room provides warmth and relaxation with a touch of elegance and grace.

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The Cask Room is available for smaller parties up to 35 guests, the Piazza di Conundrum is available for parties up to 50 guests. Both rooms can be combined to accommodate parties of up to 80 guests.

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BOISE CENTRE

THE BOISE DEPOT

850 W. Front Street, Boise boisecentre.com (208) 336-8900

2603 W Eastover Terrace, Boise cityofboise.org/parks (208) 384-4228

Venue: ......................... Wedding & Event Center Options: .................................................. Indoor Types of Events: ............ Ceremony & Reception Indoor Capacity: ............................ up to 1,000 Outdoor Capacity: ...................................... N/A Catering Services: ...................................... Yes Caterers Permitted: ..................................... No Bar Services: .............................................. Yes Onsite Coordinator: .................................... Yes Free Parking: ............................................... No

Venue: ......................... Wedding & Event Center Options: .................................. Indoor & Outdoor Types of Events: ............ Ceremony & Reception Indoor Capacity: ............................... up to 300 Outdoor Capacity: ............................. up to 300 Catering Services: ....................................... No Caterers Permitted: .................................... Yes Bar Services: .............................................. No Onsite Coordinator: ..................................... No Free Parking: .............................................. Yes

From the airy, glass enclosed lobby, to the elegantly appointed meeting rooms, the Boise Centre blends the luxury of a first-class hotel with spaciousness of a major convention center.

The Boise Depot is a beautiful historic Spanishstyle structure operated by the Boise Parks & Recreation Department. Designed by New York architects, the building opened in 1925 to elaborate fanfare in the capital city.

The Boise Centre is designed with comfortable seating, artwork, plush carpeting and soothing colors in 20 meeting room combinations for total flexibility. The Boise Centre hosts a tremendous variety of events, including international, national, and regional conventions, academic conferences, corporate meetings, banquets, and consumer shows.

With a splendid panoramic view of the Boise Front, the building grounds include Platt Gardens, a lovely park with pathways, a gazebo and a koi pond. Depot amenities include The Great Hall, a soaring 3,542-square-foot multi-story atrium that once served as the building's waiting room. Capacity: 165 seated, 300 standing.

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BROADWAY EVENT CENTER

CASTLE GARDENS

893 E Boise Ave, Boise broadwaydanceandevents.com (208) 353-0632

2050 N Meridian Rd, Kuna castle-gardens.com (208) 922-3626

Venue: ......................... Wedding & Event Center Options: .................................................. Indoor Types of Events: ............ Ceremony & Reception Indoor Capacity: ................................ up to 130 Outdoor Capacity: ...................................... N/A Catering Services: ....................................... No Caterers Permitted: .................................... Yes Bar Services: ............................................... No Onsite Coordinator: ..................................... No Free Parking: .............................................. Yes

Venue: ......................... Wedding & Event Center Options: .................................. Indoor & Outdoor Types of Events: ............ Ceremony & Reception Indoor Capacity: ............................... up to 100 Outdoor Capacity: ............................. up to 300 Catering Services: ...................................... Yes Caterers Permitted: ....... Approved caterers only Bar Services: .............................................. Yes Onsite Coordinator: .................................... Yes Free Parking: .............................................. Yes

The Broadway Dance and Event Center is available Fridays-Sundays from September through May and any day June-August. An ideal location for gathering of up to 130 people, the Broadway Event Center provides the right atmosphere for your personal and professional special events.

Castle Gardens offers a unique atmosphere of romance and beauty for your wedding. The magnificent castle grounds and gardens will provide the peaceful setting to heighten the beauty of the wedding ceremony and begin the rest of your life. Family and friends will also appreciate the spectacular site chosen for their pleasure.

Types of Events: Wedding Ceremonies, Wedding Receptions, Anniversary Parties, Showers, Family Gatherings, Birthday Parties, Fundraisers, Business Meetings, Bazaars, Company Parties, and other special events.

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The castle can accommodate the most lavish wedding... from small and intimate to very large... creating moments and memories to treasure forever. Castle Gardens provides a wonderful and magical haven for a variety of events. The mystical castle atmosphere is perfect for hosting any corporate, wedding or family event.

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EAGLE HILLS GOLF COURSE

FOURTH STREET GARDENS

605 N Edgewood Lane, Eagle eaglehillsgolfcourse.com (208) 639-2949

1723 E Fourth Street, Emmett fourthstreetgardens.com (208) 398-8273

Venue: .......................... Wedding & Event Center Options:................................... Indoor & Outdoor Types of Events: ............. Ceremony & Reception Indoor Capacity: ................................ up to 220 Outdoor Capacity:.............................. up to 400 Catering Services:....................................... Yes Caterers Permitted:...................................... No Bar Services:............................................... Yes Onsite Coordinator: ..................................... Yes Free Parking:............................................... Yes

Venue:........................ Wedding & Event Gardens Options:................................... Indoor & Outdoor Types of Events: ............. Ceremony & Reception Indoor Capacity: ................................ up to 100 Outdoor Capacity:.............................. up to 350 Catering Services:....................................... Yes Caterers Permitted:..................................... Yes Bar Services: ............................................... No Onsite Coordinator: ..................................... No Free Parking:............................................... Yes

Eagle Hills is the ideal location for Boise weddings, receptions, and other special events. The Cedars Banquet Room offers an elegant setting with twenty foot vaulted ceilings, rich wood walls, a river rock stone fireplace and oversized crystal chandeliers. The Rose Garden Pavilion is available for outdoor wedding ceremonies or receptions with a beautifully landscaped patio area and grassy green.

Fourth Street Gardens is located near Boise, Idaho in the Emmett Valley. We provide an intimate natural setting for your event.

Executive Chef, Aaron Horsewood, prides himself on catering and creating a cherished event for you and your guests. You may choose from his catering menu or meet with him and the special event director for a private menu consultation.

Enjoy your day in our romantic botanical oasis on three plus acres. The acreage is landscaped into four beautiful and unique garden rooms. Each garden room is distinctively designed in size and landscaping so we may accommodate weddings from small and intimate to large and lavish. The property also includes a reception hall capable of holding 80 people and our large Victorian style turn-of-the-century home offers changing rooms for the bridal party.

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THE GROVE HOTEL

IDAHO BOTANICAL GARDEN

245 S Capitol Blvd, Boise grovehotelboise.com (208) 333-8000

2355 Old Penitentiary Rd, Boise idahobotanicalgarden.org (208) 343-8649

Venue: ...................................................... Hotel Options: ................................. Indoor & Outdoor Types of Events: ............ Ceremony & Reception Indoor Capacity: ............................... up to 250 Outdoor Capacity: ...................................... N/A Catering Services: ...................................... Yes Caterers Permitted: ..................................... No Bar Services: .............................................. Yes Onsite Coordinator: .................................... Yes Free Parking: .............................................. Yes

Venue: ....................... Wedding & Event Gardens Options: ............................................... Outdoor Types of Events: ............ Ceremony & Reception Indoor Capacity: ........................................ N/A Outdoor Capacity: ....................... up to 1,000+ Catering Services: ...................................... No Caterers Permitted: .................................... Yes Bar Services: .............................................. No Onsite Coordinator: .................................... Yes Free Parking: .............................................. Yes

Trust The Grove Hotel to craft an exquisite celebration for your special day. Experience the European-style romance, grace, and elegance of this picturesque Boise wedding reception site, with breathtaking views of the downtown skyline and rolling western landscape beyond. Exchange vows on our private outdoor pavilion as the sun fades into the hills. Dance the night away in the majestic Grove Grand Ballroom, where all eyes will be on you. Allow our wedding cake specialist to design the cake of your dreams. As one of the most cherished destinations for Boise weddings, we pair inspiring surroundings with refined hospitality.

The Idaho Botanical Garden is one of Idaho's premier destinations, and offers a naturally beautiful setting for outdoor weddings and private events year round. From small intimate gatherings to large celebrations, the Garden hosts a variety of specialty gardens and areas to choose from. Nestled at the base of the Boise foothills, the Garden provides a stunning backdrop for your special day.

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Self catering, or choose your favorite caterer. Alcohol allowed with required permits, or arrange with caterer. Decorations allowed following garden policies. Bride's room and groom's dressing area included. Wheelchair accessible.

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MURPHY’S SEAFOOD & STEAKHOUSE

THE ONE EVENT LOUNGE

1555 Broadway Ave, Boise murphysboise.com (208) 344-3691

6595 W Ustick Rd, Boise theoneboise.com (208) 345-9089

Venue: ............................................. Restaurant Options: .................................................. Indoor Types of Events: ............... Rehearsal, Reception Indoor Capacity: ............................... up to 70 Outdoor Capacity: ...................................... N/A Catering Services: ...................................... Yes Caterers Permitted: ..................................... No Bar Services: .............................................. Yes Onsite Coordinator: .................................... No Free Parking: .............................................. Yes

Venue: .......................... Wedding & Event center Options: .................................. Indoor & Outdoor Types of Events: ............ Ceremony & Reception Indoor Capacity: ............................... up to 100 Outdoor Capacity: ............................. up to 150 Catering Services: ...................................... No Caterers Permitted: .................................... Yes Bar Services: ............................................. No Onsite Coordinator: .................................... Yes Free Parking: .............................................. Yes

Murphy’s Seafood Steakhouse, a cornerstone in Boise dining for 25 years offers affordable cuisine in an elegant but casual setting. Murphy's has banquet facilities for hosting parties as small as 13 and as large as 70. Banquet Room - Located off our lounge, this room has seating for up to 60 guests. This private room is the perfect setting for your private party, rehearsal, reception or holiday party. Board Room - For slightly smaller groups, try our handsome board room with seating for up to 16 people with full linen service in a private setting off the main dining room.

The Perfect Place for your Event. Weddings, Receptions, Rehearsal Dinners, Bachelor or Bachelorette Parties, "Showers", Birthday Parties, Family Reunions, Art Galas & more. - Modern Decor, Chic Lounge Seating - Wine, Beer & Full Bar - Indoor Water Wall Feature - Ample Free Parking - Bridal & Groom Dressing Suites - Outdoor Water Wall - Outdoor Tent - Custom Lighting Effects - Special Decor rentals, Arches, Columns - We can add additional services as needed

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OXFORD SUITES

RIVER ROCK RANCH

1426 S Entertainment Ave, Boise oxfordsuitesboise.com (208) 322-8000

1011 S Star Rd, Star riverrockranch.net (208) 286-9851

Venue: ...................................................... Hotel Options: ................................................. Indoor Types of Events: ............ Ceremony & Reception Indoor Capacity: ............................... up to 250 Outdoor Capacity: ...................................... N/A Catering Services: ...................................... Yes Caterers Permitted: ..................................... No Bar Services: .............................................. Yes Onsite Coordinator: .................................... Yes Free Parking: .............................................. Yes

Venue: ......................... Wedding & Event Center Options: ............................................... Outdoor Types of Events: ............ Ceremony & Reception Indoor Capacity: ........................................ N/A Outdoor Capacity: ............................. up to 450 Catering Services: ...................................... No Caterers Permitted: .................................... Yes Bar Services: .............................................. No Onsite Coordinator: .................................... Yes Free Parking: .............................................. Yes

Oxford Suites Boise offers attractive and comfortable banquet room space. A variety of catering services to meet your groups' needs, whether large or small. Choose from breakfasts, lunch or dinner in addition to an extensive hors d' ouevres menu as well as an assortment of delicious sweets for your afternoon breaks.

River Rock Ranch offers a serene and unique outdoor setting for all occasions. Two acres behind our Colonial Style home are landscaped with a large pond, waterfall, antique replica lighting, English box hedges, a rose garden, a wisteria arbor, lots of trees and grass and flower beds that bloom in various colors throughout the spring, summer and early fall. Guests are to make their own arrangements for catering, servers, linens, entertainment, set-up and clean-up. We have a Bunk House for the wedding party to relax and dress for the occasion. The landscaped grounds are such that very little decorating is needed.

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THE ROSE ROOM

STONEHOUSE CATERING & EVENTS

718 W Idaho, Boise roseroom.info (208) 381-0483

665 E Park Blvd, Boise stinehouseidaho.com (208) 345-6790

Venue: ......................... Wedding & Event Center Options: ................................................. Indoor Types of Events: ............ Ceremony & Reception Indoor Capacity: ............................... up to 500 Outdoor Capacity: ...................................... N/A Catering Services: ...................................... Yes Caterers Permitted: ..................................... No Bar Services: .............................................. Yes Onsite Coordinator: .................................... Yes Free Parking: .............................................. Yes

Venue: ......................... Wedding & Event Center Options: .................................. Indoor & Outdoor Types of Events: ............ Ceremony & Reception Indoor Capacity: ............................... up to 150 Outdoor Capacity: ............................. up to 150 Catering Services: ...................................... Yes Caterers Permitted: ..................................... No Bar Services: .............................................. Yes Onsite Coordinator: .................................... Yes Free Parking: .............................................. Yes

The Rose Room's skylight, arched windows, birch bar, and maple floor provide an airy, graceful setting for a memorable event. Add good company, superb food & refreshments, and your occasion becomes unforgettable.

If you're looking for a fun and casual location for your rehearsal dinner and the perfect site for the reception and/or ceremony, look no further. The Stonehouse is the perfect setting for that once in a lifetime occasion and your special day deserves the very best. Enjoy our peaceful setting along the greenbelt and custom menu that you help our chef design. Let our dedicated and professional staff cater to your wedding day! We go the extra mile to make your day more than you ever dreamed.

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You’ve been pronounced “husband and wife,� so now it’s time to kick off those heels and celebrate! This is a time for you and your brand new husband to relax, mingle, dance, chat and thoroughly enjoy the company of your friends and loved ones. While finding the ideal reception location is one of the biggest and most important weddiing-related tasks, have no fear... we’re here to help. Here are six simple steps to finding the right reception site for your perfect day.

Taste Test Tips It’s easier to cook a great meal for two people than hundreds, so don’t rely on your taste testing alone – check references as well. Be sure to visit premierbrideidaho.com and search for catering.

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Fourteen acres of gorgeous gardens provide a stunning backdrop for your special event.

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he secret to planning a fabulous, stress-free wedding and reception is finding the right venue. By addressing several issues before you book your location, you can avoid costly mistakes and unwanted surprises, and have the wedding and reception you’ve always dreamed of.

Finding the Right Location Begin by setting the wedding date, size, budget and style. Once these particulars have been established your next major decision will be the wedding and reception location. If you already have a place in mind contact the facility manager immediately to confirm the availability of the date you’ve selected and to schedule an appointment for you and your fiancÊ to view the site. Don’t procrastinate! Choice locations are often booked one to two years out, and prime

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dates go fast. If you have no idea where to hold your wedding or reception, try hotels, banquet halls, restaurants, community centers and country clubs. Other less obvious options are country inns, mountain resorts, historic homes or mansions, city parks, college or university facilities, art galleries, and museums. Each location offers its own unique style and ambiance.

Types of Facilities Many locations provide the majority of services you will need for your reception: catering, beverages, tables, chairs, tableware, linens and serving staff, making them a very convenient option. They normally charge on a per person basis, and have a minimum guest requirement. Such locations include hotels, private clubs and restaurants.

Other locations offer the use of the facility only, providing no other services. You supply nearly everything yourself, paying a flat fee for the use of the site. The nice thing about off-site locations is the freedom to do everything your way. Increasingly popular for outdoor receptions is the use of party tents. They offer the ideal solution for couples who want to hold their celebration in a natural setting but would prefer not to have their guests wilting under a hot sun or melting under a drizzle. Amenities range from beautiful archways and parquet floors to air conditioning and emergency generators. In your search for the ideal site, keep in mind the convenience and comfort of your guests. The traveling distance from the ceremony to reception should not be much longer than half an hour by car. Depending on the season in which you

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will wed, you might want to inquire about air conditioning or heating. Also, be sure to check on available parking or valet service.

Space Issues While it may seem obvious to say so, the venue you choose for your wedding must have enough space to accommodate all your guests. There should be enough room in the dining area to allow for comfortably arranged seating and a reasonable view of the newlyweds for everyone. There should also be enough space between tables for you to move around the room and mingle with your guests. The facility coordinator will know the maximum number of people who can fit in the space, as well as the best table arrangements.

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Privacy & Entertainment Issues If your venue does multiple events, find out if there are other bookings at the same time or on the same day as yours. If so, ensure that there will be adequate privacy and separation for your party. There should also be ample time in between events to allow your caterer or other service people to set up or break down your party. Whether you intend to have a DJ or a band, enquire about any possible restrictions regarding the type, volume or duration of music. Be sure to confirm that there is an adequate power supply for speakers, mixers and amplifiers, or good acoustics for string and wind instruments. Some sites have built-in public-address systems which can be used for introductions and toasts. If your site of choice doesn’t offer this equipment, make sure your DJ or

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musicians can provide it.

First Impressions Your guests will get their first impression of your reception as they enter the building. But first they have to be able to find it. Clear signage indicating the way to the reception or cocktail area is a must. Whether your party starts with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres outside on the terrace, then moves indoors later on for the meal and dancing, or the entire celebration is held in one room, make sure there is adequate space to receive everyone and to serve your guests while they await your arrival. You don’t want a backlog at the entrance because the doorway is too narrow.

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designated person to keep the event running on schedule. This key person may be a wedding coordinator, your caterer or the facility manager. They’ll be responsible for timing of the cocktail hour, prompting your guests for the meal, cueing the musicians for the first dance, and coordinating with the emcee for the champagne toast, cake cutting, bouquet and garter toss. If this person is affiliated with the facility, make sure you meet them and are comfortable with their style before you book.

Cost Considerations Rates will vary significantly depending on the type of location, the number of guests to be accommodated and the time of year. Generally, the fee for a room rental is based on usage for a specific period of time, usually four to five hours. If you anticipate your

reception running longer, confirm all additional charges. Typically these will be based on half hour increments. All of the details for your reception should be delineated in a contract to be signed by you and the facility’s representative. To secure your date, a 50 percent deposit is usually required, with the balance due on the day of the event. You may want to check on the refund policy in the case of a cancellation.

Down to Details As you find wedding locations that seem to suit your style, ask vendors about the following policies: catering, alcohol, bad weather, contingency plans, staffing availability, parking, decorating, deposits, refunds and insurance. Make sure you’re comfortable with the answers they give. k

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4 Tips to a Beautiful Wedding & Reception #1 – Invest the time Take the time to experiment, and really try things out before deciding on your overall wedding dÊcor, table linens, etc. Some colors, fabrics and textures look completely different in different lighting, so how it looks in the bright fluorescent lights of the showroom is NOT how it will look in your dim, candlelit reception room. #2 – Come prepared When you meet with your wedding designer and/or linens provider, it’s most helpful and efficient if you come armed with as much detail as possible about your wedding, such as photos of your wedding dress and bridesmaids’ attire, any cake or floral information you have and so on. Also, if you have a specific color in mind, bring in an actual sample – verbal descriptions are

subjective and leave too much room for misinterpretation.

#3 – Handle strong color with care If you love a bright, vivid color but are concerned about it being “too much,� consider using it as an accent color in the room instead, such as in the napkins and chair ties. If it’s a small wedding, bright fuchsia table linens may work, but a grand ballroom filled with 40 hot pink tables may be a bit overwhelming. #4 – Make your own unique color By experimenting with different sheers placed over various colored fabrics, you may find your own unique combination that gives you the look you want. Ideally, do this in the same lighting that your reception will be in for an accurate vision!

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Party Rentals... every last detail Depending on where you choose to hold your reception, you may find yourself in need of certain items not provided by your reception facility. Should this be the case, you will need to enlist the services of a party rental company. The term “party rentalsâ€? covers a variety of rental items, including linens, chair covers, tables and chairs, tents, dance floors, fountains, plants, props and theme decorations. If you are holding your reception in a hotel, most of the items listed above may be included in the overall cost. The need for various rental items increases when the event is held outdoors or at an event facility where you are required to provide your own caterer. Before contacting a rental company it is recommended that you have the following information available: • Exactly what items are provided by the caterer: glass, flatware, china, buffet linens, and so on. • Any items provided by the facility: tables, chairs, portable bar, and so on. • Your event date, time and location • The number of guests attending • Any special requirements or themes Find out in advance what the delivery, setup, pick-up and payment policies are. Be sure to coordinate with the facility manager to ensure the location will open when your rental company drops off your order.

From the proper tent size for an outdoor wedding, to the portable dance floor complete with tables and chairs, a good rental company will work closely with you to determine exactly what and how many rental items will be needed to make your guests comfortable and your special occasion a complete success.

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Chair Covers an ambiance like no other When planning the details of your wedding or reception you should seriously consider chair covers and coordinating chair ties. Chair covers can create an ambiance like no other. They can transform an average folding chair into something elegant that will make a great impression on your guests. Covers & ties come in a rainbow of colors and a variety of fabrics from satin and organza to velvet crush. A good rental agent will work with you to personalize the details. Take advantage of their expertise. They will help you determine the best use of chair cover fabrics and colors to create the beauty and atmosphere which will make your wedding an affair you and your guests will always remember.

Photo Booths photo fun for everyone Are you wanting to personalize your wedding and keep it from being of the cookie-cutter type. There’s almost nothing more personal than a photo, so here's a fun, crowd-pleasing, party-enhancing idea: rent a photo booth to have at the reception! If you’ve ever been to a wedding with a photo booth you already know photo booths are lots of FUN. Conversation and interaction is a key component at any reception. Whatever is fun, new, exciting, personal, unique and refreshing will stimulate good conversation. A photo booth is all of these, plus it is something your guests actively do. We all have certain friends and family members that may be shy, but we love to do things with them. And how about those people that never dance? The photo booth is the perfect activity to break the ice.

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Planning the wedding feast doesn’t have to be complicated. A good caterer will deliver an excellent meal and impeccable service within the specifications of your contract and budget. A professional caterer should share your enthusiasm for pleasing each guest, but unfortunately, that’s not the only qualifier. You’ll want to address budget, service, the meal itself, and a variety of details with your caterer to make sure that the qualifications match the enthusiasm. Finding Professional Service There is no substitute for professionalism and experience. When selecting your caterer, get sound referrals and observe the professionalism of the staff. Extremely attentive service for a sit-down meal or cocktail party would require one server for every 10 guests; for a buffet the number is significantly less. Service is still quite good

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with one server for every 15 to 20 guests. A good caterer will be able to explain these ratios and make suggestions for the best service style and the appropriate number of servers for your budget. A Meal to Remember Ah yes, the food. To ensure a quality meal, schedule a meeting with the chef who will prepare it. It is also appropriate to request a private dinner sampling for you and your groom, remembering your enjoyment there will be the measure of your guest’s enjoyment at the wedding reception. Catering Budget Found a caterer whose food and service you like? Great. Can you afford them? The best way to determine the catering budget is to decide how much you will spend on each guest. Multiply that dollar amount by the number of guests expected. Then add an additional 10 percent to cover overage and approximately 17 to 20 percent for gratuities. Don’t forget to add your local applicable taxes and any extras that aren’t included in the price. Down to Details Once you’ve decided on a caterer then take the time to determine as many additional details as possible. Have a firm agreement, and thoroughly examine your contract. Make sure it clearly states dates, costs and when deposits are due. Your contract should also specify the food and beverages to be served and stipulate the number of servers needed. Check to see that all the services you requested are listed in the contract, such as centerpieces, the wedding cake, decorations for the room and head table and other labor intensive additions such as ice sculptures or any other additional needs. Carefully review postponement policies and cancellation policies. If you have any questions or concerns, this is the time to openly discuss them with your caterer.

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Sweet Things

The Wedding

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Cake Where to start‌ Start out by considering your particular wedding style, the location, the season and the number of guests. All of these factors will influence any wedding decision! A casual, informal, outdoor wedding will have different requirements than a formal, elegant, winter evening wedding. What to do‌ Eat! Ask friends for referrals, visit wedding shows, surf the ‘Net – whatever you need to do to find some good potential vendors. Then, make some appointments for a tasting so that you can check out their work for yourself. Of course, the cake needs to be delicious. But you also need to feel absolutely confident that your cake vendor will do what they say they will do, pay attention to details, be on time, etc. Consider how promptly they return your calls or answer emails, how organized and efficient they appear at your tasting, their years of experience, and the overall impression they give. Ask if they’re familiar with your reception site, how they transport the cake and how much time they need to set up. When you meet with your cake designer about the cake’s colors and appearance, it helps to have as much wedding information with you for guidance, such as a photo of your dress, fabric swatches to show wedding colors, and any other specific wedding touches that have already been decided. Also, bring any photos or magazine clippings of wedding cakes that you love and share them with your designer. What flavor‌ The traditional white wedding cake with white frosting still makes its classic appearance now and then, but today anything is a possibility! Consider your guests – if you have a lot of kids or non-drinkers, maybe you want to avoid the alcohol flavors. Consider your menu – if you’re having lemon chicken, you may not want to select

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a lemon cake. And finally, consider what you love to eat! Carrot cake, hazelnut torte, deep chocolate with raspberry filling, cheesecake… If you and your honey have a favorite flavor, ask your cake designer about using it. The cake topper… Crown your reception’s edible centerpiece with a beautiful, unique, or meaningful cake topper. The classic bride and groom figurines – updated with an elegant, ceramic style – are always appropriate for couples who love tradition. Fresh flowers are gorgeous of course, and adding some thin, tall candles amongst them on the top layer would be romantic and visually appealing. If quirky fun is more your style, then how about incorporating some favorite things, hobbies or interests of yours, such as a surfboard and palm trees, the Eiffel tower, seashells, or a snow globe. Other ideas for a more formal wedding include your monogram, a wedding cake candle or tall tapered candles, a framed photo of you two, fall leaves, or elegant Christmas ornaments. And the cost… Cakes are typically priced by the slice, which is generally anywhere from $1.50 to $6.50 per slice, depending on the style, ingredients, size and decorating. Your reception site or caterer may also charge a plating fee as well, often $.50 to $1.50 per person, to cut and serve the cake. Ask about this, and if there is a plating charge see if it’s negotiable. Cutting the cake… Most likely your baker will provide tips for you and your new husband to accomplish the time-honored task of cutting the cake with ease. Plan ahead to have your cake knife and lifter engraved or decorated with ribbons or fresh flowers. As tradition has it, the bride grasps the knife with her right hand and the groom covers her hand with his. Together, the couple glides the knife into the delicious masterpiece while flashbulbs pop. Anniversary cakes… Some bakeries offer ‘anniversary cakes’ as part of their bridal packages. Instead of having to freeze the top layer of your wedding cake (which doesn’t always freeze well, or taste that great a year later), the bakery will make you a fresh cake, often in the same style and flavor as your wedding cake, for your one-year anniversary.

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Wedding Cake Alternatives Think outside the cake and consider some of these ideas for your wedding day dessert. Centerpiece cakes... Pull double duty and use a beautiful wedding cake as the centerpiece for each of your tables. Some ambitious newlyweds stop at each table to cut and serve their guests the cake, which is a beautiful idea, but depending on the timetable and the number of tables this won’t work for everyone. Mini cakes... Another dual action idea is to serve a mini wedding cake at each place setting – which would make your tables deliciously beautiful. Also, each cake could be adorned with the guest’s name (thus serving as a tasty place card!) Dessert table... Instead of a single wedding cake, perhaps you’d prefer a cupcake tower, or a dessert table with a tasty assortment of pastries, cookies, chocolates, dessert cheeses and/or fruits. Guests can browse, nibble and help themselves. Sundae bar... A fun idea for a more informal wedding… kids young and old will love it! Include a few different ice creams and a boatload of toppings. Don’t forget the whipped cream and maraschino cherries.

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Flowers

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electing flowers for your wedding may take considerable time and imagination on your part. Guidance and suggestions from your florist will smooth the process. When meeting with floral designers, it is a good idea to bring fabric swatches of your gown, if possible, and the bridesmaids’ dresses. It also helps to bring photographs or illustrations of specific flowers, colors and bouquet styles you really like. If you are unsure which flowers will last and look the best, ask your floral designer. Since you will want your floral arrangements to last throughout the day, this advice will be invaluable. Some flowers hold up nicely in the sun; others are better suited for indoors. For example, it probably would not be wise to select gardenias if you are planning an outdoor wedding at midday in June. Gardenias are as delicate as they are beautiful, and under such conditions they would wilt long before the minister says, “you may kiss the bride.” For You and Your Wedding Party The first item of consideration will be the

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bridal bouquet, since all other floral arrangements will take their cue from this piece. It not only sets the tone for the overall floral scheme but also provides the perfect opportunity for you to bring your own style and personality to the forefront. The Ceremony If you’re on a budget, it’s useful to reuse ceremony flowers at the reception site. Ceremony arrange-ments are usually ideal for buffet, gift and head tables if using them twice is an option. Reception Arrangements There is a vast array of options for reception centerpieces: elegant vases filled with cut flowers; towering candelabras; topiaries; or simple rose petals scattered around flickering candles. Use your imagination to design one-of-a-kind centerpieces that express your style. Keep in mind that the height of the arrangements should not interfere with the ability of guests to converse with each other. They should either be low enough to talk over or high enough to talk under. Placing the wedding party’s bouquets at equal intervals at the head table also provides excellent decoration. Share your ideas with your floral designer, who can help you refine them to create a memorable impression that won’t soon be forgotten by you or your guests.

Timing is Everything Coordinate the arrival of your wedding flowers with your photography schedule. You certainly want them to make the photos! Be sure to visit premierbrideidaho.com and search for florists.

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Invitations

the first impression

the perfect invitation

When your guests receive their wedding invitation, they will immediately form an impression of the ceremony to come. That is why selecting the invitation--the paper, the style, the wording--is an important first step in your wedding plans. Experienced stationers are your best guide, and their advice is available at no charge when you purchase your invitations in their store. Not only do stationers offer assistance on the invitations, but they can also provide helpful hints on when to order and mail them while also determining proper postage budgeting and a myriad of other details. Take time to select your invitations and put thought into the decision. Feel the paper samples. What impression do they give? Understated elegance? Fun? Whimsical? Romantic? An engraved invitation is distinctive and elegant; however, thermography printing is less costly and very acceptable. Your stationer will know the etiquette for proper wording, including unusual situations such as divorced parents, second marriages, professional titles, religious customs, and so on. Envelopes should be hand addressed in black or charcoal gray ink. You may also choose professional hand calligraphy or an automated calligraphy machine for the envelopes. To determine how many invitations to order, count each couple and single guest, each attendant, parents, family and clergy. Order extra invitations to handle surprises and extra envelopes for addressing mistakes. Be certain to pre-stamp reply cards, weigh the complete invitation to ensure correct postage and remember to select attractive stamps.

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Photography

There is simply no better way to capture and preserve the memories of your special day than with a collection of beautiful photographs that not only document the day’s events, but also capture the emotions and spirit of your wedding.

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hotography is simply not a component of your wedding planning to treat lightly! Invest the time, attention and budget necessary to ensure that your wedding memories will be preserved for the future.

WHAT’S YOUR STYLE? Start by determining which style of wedding photography is right for you and your fiancÊ. Here are brief descriptions of the three main styles:

Formal or traditional This style produces color, posed portraits of you and your groom, your wedding party, and your families, along with all of the traditional wedding moments such as the cake cutting and bouquet/garter toss.

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Photojournalistic This style is a popular trend in wedding photography, and it means your photographer will be shooting your wedding as if it’s a news event, capturing hundreds of candid moments on film. These photographers tend to use more black & white film, for a classic, timeless and emotional effect.

Artistic Artistic photographers use a variety of special effects to create a dramatic, one-of-a-kind piece of art. Effects could include double exposures, hand tinting, special borders and much more. Most photographers offer a blend of two or more styles, but tend to specialize in, and focus on, just one. If you like the photojournalistic style, but want some posed formal portraits to showcase your families or the day’s special moments, find a photographer that can comfortably do both. So which style is right for you? The first step is to think about the end product: What is most important to you, to have after your wedding? Do you definitely want to have beautiful, timeless, color portraits of you and your groom that you can elegantly frame and display? Do you want a large number of candid, heartfelt moments – many captured in black & white, to document your day? Are you envisioning a one-ofa-kind, artistic piece to hang on your wall after the wedding that incorporates one or more images from the big event? To help you, take a look at friends’ wedding albums, surf around professional photographer’s web sites, clip photos from magazines of photography that moves you, and spend some time in photographers’ booths at wedding shows. All of this research will help you zero in on what style of photography you seem drawn to, and ultimately, which one you want to use for your wedding.

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HOW TO FIND THE RIGHT PHOTOGRAPHER Once you’ve established the style that is best for you, it’s time to find a professional photographer that meets your needs. Start the process by collecting referrals from friends, reviewing helpful resources like Premier Bride, attending bridal shows and surfing the Internet. Create a short list of potential photographers that specialize in the style you desire, based on their work and your budget, and set up an inperson or phone consultation with them. Your goal at this consultation is to evaluate three main areas: 1. Do you like their work? Be sure to see complete wedding albums along with individual photos, to get the best idea of the end product you can expect to receive. Also, be very sure that you know exactly WHO will be shooting YOUR wedding – and view their work, as some larger studios have more than one photographer. 2. Do your personalities mesh? Of all your wedding vendors, the photographer is the one vendor with whom you will spend a good deal of time on your wedding day. You want to feel comfortable with this person! Even if he or she is a great photographer, if your personalities just don’t ‘click’ – you may want to keep looking. 3. Do they fit your budget? It’s so critical to have a budget amount in mind before looking for a photographer, so that you can feel confident that the one you’ve decided on, and love, also meets your financial requirements.

THE DIFFERENT PARTS OF A PHOTOGRAPHY PACKAGE As you’re selecting your photographer, it may help to be aware of the various elements generally included in wedding photography packages. Most photographers also offer these elements ‘a la carte,’ or can create a custom package that specifically meets your needs – so be sure to ask.

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Bride & Groom’s Album There are a wide variety of wedding albums available today, and they vary in size, color, material, construction and price. When comparing different photographers’ bride & groom albums, be sure you’re noting the quantity of photos and in what sizes, to make sure you’re comparing “apples to apples.”

Parents’ albums The parents’ albums are smaller versions of the bride & groom album, and have traditionally included about twenty 5x7 photographs. Photos should be carefully selected for each family, to create two (or more) custom family albums.

Extra prints You will probably want to order extra photographs in addition to the main album and parents’ albums, for yourself or your parents to have some framed

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portraits at home, for members of the wedding party, and for other close friends and family members. Don’t underestimate how many prints you will want after the wedding, as this will definitely impact your budget.

Proofs Ask your photographer how many proofs you will get, and in what format. They may be provided as small photos, in digital format, on the Internet, or on contact sheets.

Engagement photograph This is a posed portrait of the newly engaged couple, which can be sent to newspapers with information announcing your engagement. You may also choose to put a framed engagement photo by the guest book at your reception. k

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Your photographer’s personality is as important as their skill – you’ll be spending lots of time with them on your wedding day! • Will you be taking the pictures? If not, can I meet the person who will be taking the pictures? • How long have you been a shooting weddings? • What do your photography packages include? • What style of photography do you specialize in? • Have you photographed at my ceremony and reception location before?

• How many other weddings do you have on this date? How long can you stay? • Do you offer online ordering for my guests? • When will proofs be ready? How long can we keep them? • Can we purchase negatives or order additional prints later? • What happens if you are sick or have an emergency on my wedding day? • How far in advance must I book your services? • What is your cancellation policy? • Is a deposit required? If so, when and how much?

popping the question... making it romantic You may want to file this one under the heading “Believe it or Not,” but we promise it’s true. If your Romeo needs help in the romance department, it is out there and in the form of a professional proposal consultant. That’s right. The question-popping Casanova creators train your man in the art of proposing and presenting the ring, using three standard criteria: • How he can maximize all of his creative potential in planning the proposal, • What elements he can include in his proposal to make it a key part of family history, and • How he can combine his own ideas with those used successfully by others in the past. It seems to be working for some people. Extravagant proposals popped by the professionally consulted include

many options with one example being a young couple picnicking in the park when a knight in armor gallops up and delivers the ring. In another instance, four waiters presented the courses of a romantic dinner in covered serving dishes; the last one revealing the ring in its velvet box, surrounded by roses. Of course, we’ve all heard tales of the diamond in the champagne glass, the seashell, and around the cat’s neck instead of a bell. Well, maybe we haven’t all heard that one, but you know they’re out there, romantic guys who don’t seem to be plagued by the continual, “Er, um, uh,” a hallmark of many proposing men. So if your guy seems shy about asking that all-important question, or if you think he needs to ask again, subtly place this article in his sock drawer. He’ll get the hint.

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More and more couples nowadays are planning destination weddings in lieu of spending time and money on a wedding celebration and a honeymoon. With a destination wedding you can do both in one convenient location and, in many cases, end up with less time spent planning and more money left for the exotic honeymoon you always imagined. Destination weddings, once just a choice for brides and grooms walking down the aisle for the second or third time, are now at an all time high for couples getting married for the first time too. There is no limit to the fun you can have when you choose a destination wedding. That’s why many brides and grooms are no longer taking the traditional church route, but instead looking for the perfect foreign country, distant mountain or secluded beach. One reason that so many couples are choosing destination weddings nowadays is because brides are busy. Most destination wedding resorts around the world have wedding planners who take care of the details so that you don’t have to. Some resorts bring the couple down months in advance to go over the wedding arrangements including colors, special needs and instructions and ceremony location. After the initial visit the couple does not arrive until just days before the wedding and usually with the guests and attendants. Destination weddings are, for the most part, meant to be convenient and fun. Often, for the second or third time couple, it is about making a statement and expressing to family and friends an idea of how they see their future together. Having already gone through the pomp and circumstance of a first wedding, relaxation and family are much more important this time around. Since destination weddings come complete with packages that include a wedding professional to take care of every detail it’s really just up to you to

decide on the big picture and the rest will be handled accordingly. Usually the wedding planner will handle the flowers, photographer, caterer, musicians and reception area, all with your input of course. In most cases the wedding planner will take care of the marriage license too and all you have to do is send the necessary documents.

Another difference you will encounter when choosing a destination wedding is that everyone is in vacation mode. In a traditional wedding at least one family is in their home territory. With a destination wedding, families come together to celebrate the wedding while also having a chance to spend time doing fun things. Remember, destination weddings are meant to be profound, but not necessarily solemn occasions. The weddings are about the guests having a good time and the couple remembering their special day for many years to come.

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Honeymoon

Honeymoon. Just mention the word and you conjure up images of champagne breakfasts for two, lazy afternoons in the sun, candlelit dinners and passionate nights. Beaches, sunsets and overall romance. Oh yes, definitely romance…

Your Heavenly Honeymoon Making arrangements for your romantic escape will be one of the most enjoyable aspects of planning your wedding. You’ll love poring through the travel magazines and brochures, all the while knowing that you’ll soon have the chance to take the trip of a lifetime with the love of your life. It’s never too early to start planning your honeymoon. Not only will you have time to explore many options, but you’ll also find the best availability and value if you start planning early. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

All-Inclusive More than mere accommodations, allinclusive packages generally include food and lodging, extensive recreational facilities and equipment, ground transportation, plus other amenities and services. Options range from couples-only resorts, which cater specifically to honeymooners, to family resorts. The average price for all-inclusive packages is $400 per day, but rates can vary significantly between companies and depending on the time of year. The all-

inclusive package is perfect for those honeymooners who want to pay one price and forget about everything else while concentrating on each other.

Cruises Similar to an all-inclusive resort, cruise packages offer many services and amenities for one price. A cruise usually includes airfare, accommodations, meals health club facilities, sports, activities and entertainment. There’s also the added bonus of exotic ports of call. Overall, cruise packages provide good value for the money. For this type of honeymoon excursion you’ll want to select a travel agent that specializes in cruise packages. They will have the most extensive knowledge of what each cruise line offers.

Traveling Abroad You will need a passport if you’re traveling abroad. If you don’t have a passport or it is out of date, apply for a new one at least three months before your wedding, preferably sooner. For travel in some countries you may

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Guest Lodging

Guest Lodging & Honeymo ................................................. THE ANNIVERSARY INN

THE ASHLEY INN

GEISER GRAND HOTEL

1575 Lusk Avenue, Boise 208-387-4900 www.anniversaryinn.com

500 N. Main St, Cascade 866-382-5621 www.ashleyinn.com

1996 Main St, Baker City 888-434-7374 www.geisergrand.com

Hotel Rating: ...................... 3 Star Number of Rooms: .................. 41 Check-In / Check-out: 5:00/12:00 Group Rates: ............................ No Dining on Premises: ................. No Breakfast: .................... Continental Honeymoon Suite: ................... Yes Room Service: ........................ Yes Amenities:Sparkling cider, jetted tub, Large screen TV, cheesecake,

Hotel Rating: ...................... 3 Star Number of Rooms: .................. 67 Check-In / Check-out: 3:00/12:00 Group Rates: ............................ Yes Dining on Premises: ................. No Breakfast: .................... Continental Honeymoon Suite: ................... Yes Room Service: ........................ No Amenities: Indoor pool and hot tub, fireplace, terry robes

Hotel Rating: ...................... 4 Star Number of Rooms: .................. 30 Check-In / Check-out: 3:00/12:00 Group Rates: ............................ Yes Dining on Premises: ................. Yes Breakfast: ................................. No Honeymoon Suite: ................... Yes Room Service: ........................ Yes Amenities: Plush terry robes, fitness center, free videos and games

need certain vaccinations, so be sure to ask your travel agent about such matters. Typically the process takes six weeks, but allow time for any mishaps or delays. If you are changing your name, you should also account for any discrepancies in the names on different documents by bringing along a copy of the marriage license. This will prevent any snags on entering or returning from a foreign country. If you should lose your passport during your trip, contact the nearest United States embassy or consulate immediately for instructions. Having a copy of your passport with you will expedite the replacement process if you should lose the real thing.

Staying Local Not all newlyweds have the time or money to afford the luxury of an extended honeymoon in a far away place. However, no matter where the destination, confirm your travel and hotel accommodations well in advance, and be sure to double-check your reservation at least one week before your departure. It also doesn’t hurt to call

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the hotel on the day you’re leaving to confirm your time of arrival. Be sure to mention you were just married, as this often results in a nicer room or even an upgrade to a suite, depending on availability. You might also receive a special gift from the hotel like a bottle of champagne or a fruit basket waiting for you on arrival.

Romantic Travel Tips No matter where you’re going, when you’re traveling with someone you love, it’s important to remember a few very important pieces of information. 1. You love this person. Whether the airline lost your baggage, you got Dengue fever, or he accidentally had one too many tropical drinks, you love him. Remember that and your trip will be better for it. 2. Share the experience of your honeymoon as well. He wants to golf and you want to shop. If you can’t bear to be apart even for a few hours, then you try golfing in the morning and he goes shopping with you in the afternoon. ❦

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THE GROVE HOTEL

OWYHEE PLAZA

OXFORD SUITES

245 S. Capitol Blvd, Boise 208-333-8000 www.grovehotelboise.com

1109 Main St, Boise 208-343-4611 www.owyheeplaza.com

1426 S Entertainment Ave 208-322-8000 www.oxfordsuitesboise.com

Hotel Rating: ................ 4 Diamond Number of Rooms: .................. 254 Check-In / Check-out: 3:00/11:00 Group Rates: ............................ Yes Dining on Premises: ................. Yes Breakfast: ................................ No Honeymoon Suite: ................... Yes Room Service: ........................ Yes Amenities: Turn down service, valet, mini bar, terry robes

Hotel Rating: ................ 3 Diamond Number of Rooms: ................ 100 Check-In / Check-out: 3:00/12:00 Group Rates: ............................ Yes Dining on Premises: ................ Yes Breakfast: ................................ No Honeymoon Suite: ................... Yes Room Service: ........................ Yes Amenities: Newly remodeled rooms, shuttle service to airport

Hotel Rating: ...................... 3 Star Number of Rooms: .................. 132 Check-In / Check-out: 3:00/12:00 Group Rates: ............................ Yes Dining on Premises: ................. Yes Breakfast: .................... Full Buffett Honeymoon Suite: ................... Yes Room Service: ........................ Yes Amenities: Complimentary breakfast, soaker tub, indoor pool

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Bridal Registry

Bridal Registry MAKING GIFT GIVING EASY Bridal registries have come a long way since your mom and dad got married. The days of single store, housewares only registries are long gone. With the Internet and the ever-changing ways couples are living their lives nowadays, new and creative options are quickly taking hold and changing the face of bridal registries forever. With a traditional registry, you sign up for just about everything that could go into your new home, from china and crystal to table linens, cookware, luggage, and even yard equipment and power tools. By checking with your registry, family, friends and wedding guests are assured that the gift they bring will be needed and wanted, since you have preselected it yourself. In the case of fine china, sterling and crystal, guests help

you build the sets that will be with you for a lifetime. If you and your fiancé are from different parts of the country, it may not be possible to find the same retailers in each other’s respective towns. Although it is possible to order gifts by phone or over the Internet, many people prefer to shop in person. Feel free to split your registry among various stores if this is the case.

Non-Traditional Registries Don’t feel bound to choose traditional household items just because they are included in a bridal registry, especially if you’ve already got what you need. Be creative and call a travel agency to set up a honeymoon registry, or contact a mortgage company to establish an account so friends and family can contribute to the down payment on your first home.

Etiquette Tips The accepted way to inform your guests about your registry is for the bridesmaids, mother, fiancé’s mother and other relatives to get the word out. On shower invitations, it is perfectly acceptable to include, “Registered at __________.” It is not proper etiquette, however, to include such information on your actual wedding invitations.

High-Tech Solutions Most stores now offer a computerized bridal registry meaning that when you register in one store, the registries at all the other branches will be kept current by a computer network system. This helps prevent duplicate gifts, while also ensuring that anyone who is shopping for your wedding present will know exactly what you need and want. You can also register online with several major department stores across the country.

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Beauty/Health

Looking and Feeling Great FROM HEAD TO TOE

Many brides feel the "Big Day" is a huge incentive to make physical changes that will make them look and feel their absolute best. The changes can be big or small, but the goal is really to feel great, not just for your big day, but ideally for a lifetime! Read on for some ideas on how to look great from head to toe. 

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Be active With the wedding as a specific incentive, now is the time to adopt a healthy, active attitude for life. The key is to find some physical activity that you genuinely enjoy, and do whatever it takes to work it into your life on a consistent and regular basis. What do you like to do? Are you a "team" person, or a solo exerciser? Do you enjoy classes or working out at home? If you enjoy what you are doing, the chances are much, much greater that you’ll find the time and stick with it. Consider hiring a personal trainer, they can craft the most efficient workout for you and your goals – say, having strong, lean arms and shoulders for your strapless wedding dress. Also, making a commitment to a trainer greatly increases your odds of following through on workouts!

Healthy eating Every day you hear conflicting news on what’s good and what’s bad for you! While the experts may continue to

squabble over the details, we all know the obvious: eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats, and eat less fast food, processed foods, high fructose corn syrup, white sugar, white flour, and unhealthy fats. Following are two tips to adopting a healthy approach to eating: One, change one thing at a time, until it becomes a habit. For example, decide to give up soda completely and switch to water. Don’t worry about making other changes until this feels routine, then make another change in your eating and stick with it until it feels routine, and so on. Two, change your attitude towards food. In America, we’re all busy, and we’re all about convenience. In general, eating healthy is not nearly as "convenient" as eating unhealthy … It takes planning ahead, more food preparation, shopping in multiple locations or more frequently, eliminating fast food, etc. If your health is important to you, just adopt the attitude that it’s worth the time, and make it a priority. Involve your fiancé and make the time you shop for food and prepare meals quality "together time" where you can enjoy each other’s company and share your day.

Non-surgical skin procedures Just like cosmetic dentistry, the whole field of cosmetic dermatology has grown in the last decade or so. From chemical peels to microdermabrasion, from Botox to collagen, the options are endless! Again, the key is to find a dermatologist that you feel comfortable with, by scheduling consultations with at least two or three of them. Be specific about your goals: do you want to reduce wrinkles? Eliminate acne scars? Have fresher, brighter, smoother skin? Key considerations include how long does the procedure last, how much downtime/recovery time is needed, and the cost. If you do go ahead with a procedure, leave a cushion of time before the wedding, just in case your recovery takes a little longer than usual. ❦

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A smile is the universal sign of joy and congeniality. When we have teeth that make us self-conscious, it interferes with our desire to smile. There are two answers to this problem: either smile anyway, or repair the smile. While anyone looks better with a smile no matter what the condition of their teeth, it can be much more fun if you are proud of your smile. Veneers are a way to correct crooked, stained or otherwise unsightly teeth. A veneer is a little shell of porcelain that bonds to the front of the tooth. Sometimes simple bonding of a composite tooth-colored filling material can accomplish a limited task. In any case, the smile is improved, and people can change their whole demeanor if they are no longer afraid to smile. Different modifications to porcelain have overcome problems with strength, abrasiveness, accuracy, appearance, etc. Dentists are now successfully restoring

broken-down teeth with all-porcelain crowns and onlays that look indistinguishable from natural teeth and have great longevity. All-porcelain restorations seem to have “cemented” their place in the dentist’s repertoire. One way to brighten your smile inexpensively is to bleach. Most bleaching systems contain hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide in some concentration. This removes stain from tiny cracks and fissures in the enamel of the tooth. Dentists can prepare a custom bleach tray with a higher concentration of the active ingredient. Finally “in-office bleaching” can be performed by the dentist. This requires isolation of the teeth with a thin sheet of rubber and a high concentration of the peroxide. Often the teeth are sensitive to temperature afterward and the cost is significantly higher. Bleaching provides a safe and fairly simple way of improving the appearance of a smile. ❦

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Ahhhh… The Dress. Your wedding gown is probably the most expensive, most scrutinized, most photographed piece of clothing you’ll ever buy. No pressure, right? For many women, shopping for their wedding dress is the highlight of the wedding planning experience, but for some, it can be quite stressful. In the succinct words of one harried bride, “no one tells you how stressful dress shopping can be!” Hopefully the tips shared here will help you have a pleasurable shopping experience.

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One: Shop early. Ideally, start 8-12 months before the wedding. If you have less time than this, that’s fine too, but starting as early as possible will make the whole experience less stressful and pressured. Also, in the unlikely event that a problem arises, you will have more time to solve it. Another tip about when to shop: bridal salons are busiest from January through April, and Saturday is their busiest day. If it’s possible for you to shop on a weekday, you’ll probably find it to be a more leisurely, relaxing experience. Be sure to make an appointment, if required, to ensure one-on-one service while you’re there. Two: Expect great service. Most negative experiences revolve around service. If you’re not happy with the service you’re getting, move on. Also, your idea of great service may be quite different from another bride’s idea. Two brides-to-be had very different reactions to the same bridal salon: one loved the attentive, very involved service, and the other felt it was too confining and restrictive. So it’s not always about good versus bad service, but also about the type of service with which YOU are most comfortable. Three: Remain open-minded. In one survey, 40% of brides indicated that they ended up with a dress style completely different than what they had planned on buying. It is so important to try on a variety of dress styles, to see how they look on your body type, and to see how you feel in each of them. Be openminded to the suggestions of your sales consultant – they have a lot of experience to offer! Also, a number of brides have found that when they saw the dress on the hanger, they didn’t care for it, but once they tried it on, it was “The Dress.”

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Four: Be clear about your budget. Save yourself time and heartache, and be upfront about what your budget is – not only with yourself, but also with your sales consultant. How stressful to find a dress you love, and discover it’s hundreds of dollars more than you planned to spend. Whatever your budget is, if you keep looking you WILL find a dress you love within it. And don’t forget about accessories and alterations! These two items can add up to a big part of your wedding attire budget. Five: Bring one or two supportive people with you. A large group of differing opinions can be overwhelming, so it’s best to keep the entourage to a minimum. On the other hand, having a couple supportive, helpful people with you can provide valuable feedback and suggestions. Do whatever works for you, and what feels most comfortable. Six: Get every detail in writing. Don’t leave the salon without a piece of paper that outlines every single detail, including the color, size, and style ordered, the deposit paid, and the estimated date of arrival. Two to three weeks after you order your dress, call the salon and verify that your dress was ordered, and that the estimated date of arrival has not changed. The bottom line is, if you’re having a stressful time shopping for your wedding dress, stop what you’re currently doing and make changes: visit a different salon, try a different time of the week, or bring different people with you. Or, just take a breather from shopping for a while! And remember, finding your dress is like finding your soul mate: sometimes they reveal themselves to us quickly and easily, sometimes they are more challenging to find, but we always find them in the end, and it’s always worth the wait.

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Keeping Your Dress Clean on Your Wedding Day • Use an antiperspirant, not just a deodorant in order to keep your dress clean on your wedding day. • If your bouquet flowers have stamens that could stain, ask your florist to remove them. • When touching up your makeup, be certain to drape something across your chest and over your shoulders in case of a dropped tube of lipstick or powder. • Gather up your long skirt to keep the hem off the ground. • Have someone make sure the car you are riding in is clean. Cover the seat and floor with a sheet or protective cover. • Bring a travel iron or steamer and an extension cord to the ceremony and reception. • Bring your garment bag to transport your gown after you have changed into your traveling clothes.

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Tuxedos

Here Comes The Groom... complimenting the bride The attire of the groom, best man and ushers should complement the bride’s dress. The men need not dress identically. The groom’s selection will depend upon his coloring and build, the bride and her attendant's dress color and style, the season, time of day and personal taste. Darker colors have a slimming effect. Ties, cummerbunds or suspenders that are the same color as the bridesmaid's dresses will bring the entire wedding party together. If the men in the wedding party are identically dressed, you may wish to set the groom apart. A slightly different boutonniere or neckwear accomplishes this effectively. Consult a menswear professional for ideas and to discuss what is available and most appropriate. Tuxedos should be reserved three months in advance and all measurements taken at least

three weeks prior to the wedding. Out of town groomsmen can have their measurements taken at a men’s formal wear store near them and forwarded to the formal wear store through whom you have reserved your tuxedos. Rented formal wear usually includes a jacket, vest or cummerbund, pants, suspenders, shirt, cufflinks, studs and a tie. Usually, shoes are rented from the same store to maintain consistency. Find out when the tuxedos may be picked up and when they must be returned. Have all the men try them on a few days beforehand for last minute adjustments. The groom also has the option of purchasing his tuxedo or having it tailor-made. Purchasing a tux gives the groom a suit of permanent pride for other formal occasions.

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A bride by any other name

UPDATING YOUR IDENTITY Nowadays, many modern brides are choosing to retain their maiden name. Some choose the addition of the groom’s last name and a hyphen, but this can be unwieldy. The movement back toward tradition has more brides than ever taking on their husband’s names. Legal wrangles can be minimized by quickly tending to the paperwork.



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Uncle Bob could pull out his video camera and tape your wedding. It is not likely, however, that you’ll ever want to watch it, because the picture will be shaky and blurry, and the sound will be muffled, or non-existent. The videography field has changed dramatically over the years and professional videographers have the technology, talent and time necessary to produce an excellent quality video, with clear audio; crisp, in-focus visuals; and snappy, efficient editing. (Besides, you want Uncle Bob to relax and enjoy your wedding – not work at it!) If you hire a good videographer, you’ll never even know when he or she is around. Watch a videographer’s sample

and they will fly by quickly. A wedding video will transport you back to that special day, in living color with real audio, and even let you catch special moments you would never have seen otherwise. And although you think you and your new husband won’t watch it much, if at all, wouldn’t your children and grandchildren love to see it? (Wouldn’t it be amazing to watch a video of your grandparents’ wedding?) The bottom line is, a professionally shot and edited wedding video is a priceless treasure to have, and you should certainly explore this option further. You may need to manipulate your wedding budget to accommodate this, but the end

videos closely. Do the guests look uncomfortable? Are they in a bright spotlight? Do they seem awkward and selfconscious, like they know they’re being taped? If so, look for a different videographer. The one comment you will hear from brides and grooms after their wedding, over and over again, “It went so FAST!” After months of planning, it is still just one day – in fact, it is just a few hours really,

result will be worth it. There is truly no better way to revisit your special day.

Budget Tip If your budget doesn’t allow for much now, invest in a good quality videographer and their bare-bones package, and you can always go back later to have extra elements added. You’ll never be able to go back and recreate your wedding day so make sure you get a high quality video to work with the first, and only time.

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For Your Listening Pleasure There are two aspects of your wedding music: music for your ceremony and music or other entertainment for the reception. Each will demonstrate your good taste and set the mood for your guests on this special day. Ceremonial music should suit the tone of the ceremony; romantic, sincere

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or something unique to you and your fiancĂŠ. An evening reception will be livelier with a pianist or other instrumentalists during dinner and a live band or DJ later for dancing into the night. To find the right musicians, call a number of booking agents who represent the kind of entertainment you want. Determine how many performers you need and if the ones you are hearing are the same ones that will play at your wedding. Find out if you can make requests, or if they play only preset arrangements. What will the performers wear? Will it be in keeping with the flavor of your reception? How often, and for how long, do they break? Are you charged a flat fee or an hourly rate? Can the length of time they play be extended, or is it carved in stone? Make notes on all these important items, but the most important question is do you really like this group? Do you want to share them with others? Your good feelings about the group are probably the most important qualifier of all. Book your entertainment as early as possible. The best will be booked well in advance, up to a year is not unusual. Finally, two weeks to a month before the wedding, confirm the date, location, time of set up, and when the performance should begin.

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DJ’s ROCK! Getting married is hard work. All that intricate planning and coordinating is very demanding and of course you'll want to take your wedding day off. That alone is the most compelling reason to hire a master of ceremonies. Brides traditionally engage DJs to emcee their wedding reception while also providing a wide variety of music at the same time. But even if you book the Rolling Stones, they may not know New York, New York. A less obvious benefit of hiring an emcee is the personal touch he will impart to duties you won't have to deal with. A veteran wedding DJ will smoothly line up your wedding party and introduce them. He'll arrange to have champagne poured before the toast and keep a jittery best man on an even and eloquent keel. He'll emcee your cake-cutting and bouquet-throwing at the appropriate times. In short, he'll keep the show running smoothly while you're basking in the spotlight. The key qualification is experience, not price. Most DJs cost less than the hors d’oeuvres, though they're remembered far longer. It's not out of line to ask for references, though, he'll certainly select satisfied clients. The best idea is to arrange a meeting. Talk your DJ through his conception of your reception and see how your ideas mesh. Ask about musical selections, old and new. Don't be dismayed if he doesn't have obscure songs, but gauge his willingness to track them down. Ask about lights and sound (the best systems sound superb at background volume). Most importantly, will he be a lump behind the turntables? Or will he be out front working hard, involving your guests in dancing after dinner?

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Idaho Marriage Laws Marriage licenses must be obtained in person at the new Ada County Courthouse Recorder’s Department on the first floor. Both parties must appear together in person. There is a $28 fee. An additional $2 fee is required if you want a certified copy of your marriage license for proof of name change. Only cash is acceptable. There is no waiting period and no blood test is required, however, Idaho Code requires both parties to read and sign a premarital AIDS educational pamphlet (available at the counter). If you are 18 years or older, you are required to provide proof of your identity and your age, if you are under 18 of age contact the recorders office for additional requirements. PLEASE NOTE: Non-U.S. citizens are advised to check with their local officials to ensure that the marriage will be recognized in their home country.

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Weddings on a budget DON’T BREAK THE BANK

If planning a wedding is a challenge, paying for it can be an even greater one. But don’t despair, here are some insider secrets to help you save money when you choose a full-service hotel as your reception site.

Menu Selection In comparison to a dinner buffet, heavy hors d’oeuvres or a station reception, a sit-down meal is frequently the most economical choice. Though many new brides assume that a hors d’oeuvres cocktail party will be the least expensive option, often the exact opposite is true. To host a hors d’oeuvres party at mealtime, you should provide 14 to 16 hors d’oeuvres per person. When all of the items are tallied, the total per person cost can be equal to or higher than a plated or buffet meal.

Time of Day Many hotels book receptions from noon to 5:00 p.m. or from 6:00 p.m. to midnight, and they may charge extra to host a reception that overlaps both time segments. To save money, choose one of these times. Better yet, choose the earlier time slot. Because evening functions tend to be easily booked, choosing the earlier time may give you negotiating power with the hotel, especially if their list price is the same for both time frames.

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require a minimum budget be met in order to reserve the space. At other times of the year, however, hoteliers are usually more than willing to haggle.

Beverage/Bar The largest contributing factor to your overall reception budget is the type of bar you host. Generally, if you are considering hosting a bar for your guests for the full reception (four to five hours), the price can equal or even exceed the meal cost. Many times a hotel will offer an “open bar” package price. These prices are based on a fixed per person cost per hour regardless of the amount consumed. The advantage of the open bar is having a fixed cost to factor into your budget. Do not assume that you will save money by serving only beer, wine and soda. Many people will drink more beer and wine than mixed drinks. If you need to save money on your open bar, close the bar during dinner, and reopen after the meal. This way you will have bar coverage when it’s needed most.

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Assist groom with wedding details such as accommodations for out-oftown groomsmen and ushers. See that the groom is properly attired and at the church or synagogue on time. Tie bow ties, provide stiff drinks if applicable or allowed and otherwise support the to-be-wed. Give the minister or officiant a sealed envelope with payment (from the groom) immediately following the ceremony.

wedding party You’ll find traditional configurations for Christian and Jewish wedding parties illustrated and labeled below. The bride meets the groom at the altar to initiate a Christian wedding, while her parents remain seated throughout the service. A Jewish bride is escorted down the aisle by her parents, who then remain standing.

Sign the marriage license as a witness. Hold the bride’s ring during the ceremony. Coordinate the ushers and make sure they are properly dressed and know how to seat the guests. Sits to the bride’s right at the reception, providing charming conversation throughout. May dance with the maid/matron of honor during the first dance. Propose the first toast to the newlyweds. Hold luggage under lock and key until the bride and groom depart. Help the groom change into going away attire. Escort the bride and groom to their limousine or drive them to the hotel or airport. Return all formal wear rentals on time, and to the correct formal wear shop— not the one three blocks away from the one you really rented them from. Assist maid of honor in transporting gifts to the bride and groom’s home.

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Attendants Responsibilities... T H E Assist the bride with pre-wedding tasks, including making tiny, tiny favors out of birdseed with a smile, because that’s what she really wanted. Assist bride in setting a date to have bridesmaid’s dresses fitted and coordinate other bridesmaids to ensure they get there. Attend all pre-wedding parties and host a bridal shower with other bridesmaids, preferably one in keeping with the bride’s own taste. Arrange the bride’s veil and train before the grand walk down the aisle Hold the bride’s bouquet during the ring exchange. Hold the groom’s ring during the ceremony.

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Stand next to the groom in the receiving line and sit to his left at the head table. Sign the marriage certificate as a witness. May dance with the best man during the first dance. Help the bride bustle her train, remove her headpiece and change into going away outfit. Attend to the bride throughout the day, running errands and tying up loose ends, calming nerves and otherwise ensuring the success of the venture. May assume responsibility for transporting the bride’s gown home or to the cleaners. May assist the best man with transporting gifts to the bride and groom’s home.

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receiving line The groomsmen are all mingling with guests. Fathers and bridesmaids who are not part of the line-up, should also be out mingling with guests.

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Directory of Services Accessories Kat’s Candle Co. Custom UNITY CANDLES in over 40 styles and 100’s of colors. FREE delivery in the Treasure Valley. We have been an Idaho business for over 15 years. Complete catalog & online ordering available at www.UnityCandles.com. (208) 286-4888 (See ad pg. 47)

Accommodations Ashley Inn Box

(See ad pg. 44) Geiser Grand Hotel Romantic, historic landmark hotel. www.geisergrand.com 1996 Main Street Baker City, Oregon 97814 (888) 434-7374 (See ad pg. 42) The Grove Hotel Located in the heart of Downtown Boise, The Grove Hotel offers the best in location and atmosphere for all your Wedding Event needs. 245 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, Idaho 83702 www.grovehotelboise.com (208) 333-8000 (See ad pg. 18)

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Beauty, Skin Care & Spa Mary Kay Look simply radiant for your wedding day. Schedule a free makeover. Call Amy Guerra today! Independent Sales Director www.marykay.com/aguerra (208) 371-0371 (See ad pg. 50)

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Dillard’s Your Bridal Registry Headquarters. A free service for engaged couples. www.dillards.com Boise Towne Square (208) 321-4646

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Lovin’ It Honeymoon The #1 Gift Registry for Honeymoons www.lovinithoneymoons.com www.lovinittravel.com (208) 412-7617 (See ad pg. 48)

Formal & Bridal Center With over 500 gowns in stock, every bride is sure to find”the gown of her dreams” at an unbelievable price. Gown sizes 2-36. Jewelry, veils, bridesmaid, tuxedos and more. 6515 Ustick Road., Boise ID 83704 www.formalcenter.com (208) 323-7900 (See ad pg. 56)

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Directory of Services Margenes Bridal Box

Rebecca’s Cakes and Catering A beautiful cake, Great Food and superb service...all at a reasonable price. www.rebeccascakesandcatering.com (208) 549-1655 or 550-0274. (See ad pg. 28)

(See ad pg. 72) Sweetheart Manor’s Bridal & Tuxedo Large selection of elegant gowns from strapless to temple ready, petite to plus sizes. Designer tuxedo rentals. 10205 McMillan Rd., Boise - 376-3264 416 12th Avenue S., Nampa - 467-4440 (See ad pg. 55)

Cakes & Cupcakes D’Arcy’s Catering, Bakeshoppe and Nutrition Service LLC 7509 E. Lewis Lane, Nampa, ID 83686 www.DarcysCatering.com (208) 922-9833 (See ad pg. 24, 28)

Sweet Perfections by Holly Kay Wedding Cakes, Cupcakes, Unique Desserts, Wedding Favors, Bridal Showers, Rehearsal Dinners. Free consultations and tasting. sweetperfectionsbyhollykay@yahoo.com (208) 571-5632 (See ad pg. 29)

Catering D’Arcy’s Catering, Bakeshoppe and Nutrition Service LLC 7509 E. Lewis Lane, Nampa, ID 83686 www.DarcysCatering.com (208) 922-9833 (See ad pg. 24, 28) It’s All About You Catering Box

Greg Marsh Designer Cakes Only the freshest and highest quality ingredients are used to create your wedding cake. Simple elegance to whimsical custom designed cakes. Enjoy the best in personal customer service. www.marshcakes.com (208) 938-6262 (See ad pg. 27) Lilly Jane’s Box

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Brad Robertson DDS Let us bring out your beautiful smile in time to look your best for your wedding guests and photographs. General and cosmetic dentistry from whitening to veneers and crowns. 12 55 W. Ustick Rd. Boise, ID 83713 www.BradRobertsonDDS.com (208) 322-1747 (See ad pg. 51)

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A Covered Affair It’s a Chair Thing. Chair covers, bows & specialty linen rental, non-floral centerpieces, back drops and lighted swags. Serving all of Idaho. www.CoveredAffairsIdaho.com (208) 850-9668 - Bridgit (See ad pg. 22)

Broadway Dance & Event Center and Pat Harris School of Dance We offer private and semi-private packages in addition to curriculum courses. 893 E. Boise Avenue, Boise (208) 342-6123 1225 McKinney Street, Boise (208) 375-3255 (See ad pg. 18)

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Aphrodite’s Garden @ Boise Floral Aphrodite's Garden is not your traditional wedding florist. Offering breathtaking flowers, unique elements, & our artistic/ modern flare. We will exceed your wedding dreams! 765 W. Idaho, Downtown Boise www.boisefloral.com (208) 345-6011 (See ad pg. 31)

(See ad pg. 44) Geiser Grand Hotel Romantic, historic landmark hotel. www.geisergrand.com 1996 Main Street Baker City, Oregon 97814 (888) 434-7374 (See ad pg. 42)

Disc Jockeys DJ Dave’s Mobile Disc Jockey Why us? Ultimately it’s people who make the difference. Let us develop an entertainment strategy that is right for you. Elegant, Fun, Memorable Weddings! www.djdaves.net (208) 571-9807 Rock ‘N Rooster DJ & Karaoke “Quality entertainment you wish would never end!” www.rocknrooster.com Call Rhonda at 208-573-0522 (See ad pg. 61)

Honeymoons The Anniversary Inn Boise’s Premier Inn featuring theme and luxury suites. 1575 S. Lusk Ave., Boise, ID 83706 www.anniversaryinn.com (208) 387-4900 (See ad pg. 3) Geiser Grand Hotel Romantic, historic landmark hotel. www.geisergrand.com 1996 Main Street Baker City, Oregon 97814 (888) 434-7374 (See ad pg. 42) Lovin’ It Honeymoon The #1 Gift Registry for Honeymoons www.lovinithoneymoons.com www.lovinittravel.com (208) 412-7617 (See ad pg. 48)

Sound Wave Music Professional DJs you can trust for the wedding of your dreams. Call today for your free consultation. Serving the Treasure Valley. www.soundwavemusic.org (208) 891-0094 (See ad pg. 61)

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Officiating

Ampersand Studios-Invitations Box

Carefree Weddings Box

(See ad pg. 32)

Online Resources

Cheers Box

PremierBrideIdaho.com Log onto Premier Bride of Idaho’s companion website and plan your wedding in your jammies. (See ad pg. 62-63)

Party Rentals & Sales Music Matthew Tutsky Harpist Graduate of Juilliard and Manhattan School of Music. Available for weddings and special events in Idaho. MatthewTutsky@gmail.com (203) 606-4489 (See ad pg. 60)

Brown Rental Party We are a locally owned company that has been serving the Treasure Valley for over 48 years. We pride ourselves on exceptional customer service and dependability. 2905 Overland, Boise. (208) 344-6581 (See ad pg. 21) Diamond Rental Parties • Tents • Events 627 N. Dupont, Boise, ID 83713 (208) 939-2925 Tates Tents & Events Everything you need for the perfect wedding. 3900 Chinden Blvd., Garden City (208) 336-5486 (See ad pg. 21)

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Directory of Services Photo Booths Photo Booth Boise Jazz up your Wedding and entertain your guests with our unique portable Photo Booth. Choose Color or Vintage Black & White double strip prints. Create wonderful memories. Your guests get a fun memento from the occasion and the second strip is for the memory/guest book of your special day. You will not believe the fun the booth creates at your reception. Reserve your date today. www.PhotoBoothBoise.com info@PhotoBoothBoise.com (208) 344-9918 (See ad pg. 22)

Photography Ampersand Studios- Photography Box

Holden Photography Having been in Boise since 1985 we are still passionate about weddings. We take great care in helping you create your dream wedding. Color, b&w, and/or infrared. Digital or medium format film. Robert & Sandra Amoureux 7236 W. Ustick Rd., Boise, ID 83704 www.holdenphoto.net (208) 322-1980 (See ad pg. 39) J. A. Blake Photography Wedding photography with passion and purpose. www.JABlakePhotography.com (208) 989-8032 (See ad pg. 35) Jennifer Coy Photography Capturing honest, authentic moments that eminate with the joy and love of your wedding day. www.jennifercoyphotography.com (208) 954-2189 (See ad pg. 39) John Phillips Photo Box

(See ad pg. 34) CKG Photography www.ckgphotography.net (208) 954-9408

(See ad pg. 34)

(See ad pg. 36)

Les Bois Photography I can help you capture the most important event in your life in many interesting and unexpected ways that will reflect your personality and will help you memorialize this day as the most unforgettable. www.LesBoisPhoto.com (208) 608-8055 (See ad pg. 38)

D’Earl Photography Box

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Lindy Photography Box

(See ad pg. 41) The One Photography Artistic. Modern. Photojournalism. Classic Portraiture. We offer stylish wedding albums, free engagement/ bridal sessions, and unlimited day coverage with every wedding package. Discounts offered when combined with Aphrodite's Garden floral designs. www.boisefloral.com (208) 921-7410 O2 Photography by Jerry & Jennifer Oates Specializing in fine art heirloom quality wedding photography. www.o2photography.com (208) 880-2525 (See ad pg. 38) Perfect Memories Photography Memories your heart can feel for a lifetime! Weddings • Engagements • Portraits www.PerfectMemoriesPhoto,com (208) 888-5544 (See ad back cover) Perkes Photography www.PerkesPhotography.com (208) 631-0813 (See ad pg. 37) Picture Perfect Photography Creating memories that last a lifetime... www.pictureperfectboise.com pictureperfectboise@gmail.com (208) 484-4378

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Rehearsal Dinners It’s All About You Catering Box

(See ad pg. 1) Murphy’s Seafood & Steakhouse Rehearsal dinners and receptions. Off site catering available. murphysboise.com 1555 Broadway Ave, Boise (208) 344-3691 (See ad pg. 20) The Ram Rehearsal dinners and off site catering available. 709 E.Park Blvd., Boise • (208) 345-2929 3272 E. Pine, Meridian • (208) 888-0314 theram.com (See ad pg. 24)

Transportation Showcase Limousine Dedicated • Professional • Courteous www.showcaselimousine.com (208) 938-1726

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Directory of Services Tuxedos Sweetheart Manor’s Bridal & Tuxedo District Large selection of elegant gowns from strapless to temple ready, petite to plus sizes. Designer tuxedo rentals. 10205 McMillan Rd., Boise - 376-3264 416 12th Avenue S., Nampa - 467-4440 (See ad pg. 55, 58) Tuxedo Warehouse Boise’s largest in-stock tuxedo selection. Large showroom with latest styles and accessories on display. Complete tux package only $59.98. Same day order and pickup always available. www.warehousetux.com 6515 Ustick Road., Boise ID 83704 (208) 375-9616 208B 12th Ave. S., Nampa, ID 83651 (208) 461-2102 (See ad pg. 58)

Videography

(See ad pg. 32) Story Book Weddings Offering full service planning, design & coordination. Our packages are customized to fit the needs of each client. 7326 Alpine Drive, Nampa, ID 83687 sarah@story-book-weddings.com www.story-book-weddings.com (208) 463-4774 Wedding Connections Event Coordinating, Planning & Design. Our services include; Day of Coordination. Planning, Decorating, Set Up and Clean up. Make your day memorable and stress-free. Call for a FREE consultation. www.WeddingConnectionsIdaho.com (208) 484-6903

Wedding Supplies

Thousand Words Videography Wedding videos done right. www.thousandwordsvideo.com (208) 630-3182 (See ad pg. 59)

Wedding Coordinators An Extraordinary Affair Box

Flawless Event Wedding and Event Planning. Call for a free consultation. www.flawlessevent.com (208) 250-9974

Zurchers Your complete discount wedding and reception supplies store. 1001 N. Milwaukee, Boise (208) 375-0850 1330 N. Eagle Road, Meridian (208) 955-0000 1605 E. Blue Lakes Blvd., Twin Falls (208) 734-5800

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Broadway Dance & Event Center An ideal place for any special event for up to 130 people. Reasonable rates. Furnished tables and chairs. Sound and light system available. Show your event on our marquis. Call for availability and/or tour. Discounted rates for Fridays and Sundays. 893 E. Boise Avenue, Boise (208) 353-0632 or (208) 342-6123 (See ad pg. 18) Castle Gardens Where you are the King and Queen and your guests are treated like Royalty! Accommodating the most lavish wedding... from small and intimate to very large events. www.castle-gardens.com (208) 922-3626 (See ad pg. 15) Eagle Hills Golf Course Featuring the elegant Cedars Ballroom and Rose Garden Pavilion for the perfect indoor or outdoor setting for weddings and receptions. www.eaglehillsgolfcourse.com 605 N. Edgewood Ln., Eagle, ID (208) 939-0402 (See ad pg. 19)

Boise Centre The perfect setting for your wedding, reception, banquets, and anniversaries. Accommodating groups of 50 to 1000 guests. Exclusive catering services. Call for available dates & proposals. Visit us online: www.boisecentre.com Email: info@boisecentre.com 850 W. Front Street, Downtown Boise (208) 336-8900 (See inside front cover)

Fourth Street Gardens Elegance in the Country Weddings, Receptions, Catered Events 1723 East Fourth Street, Emmett www.fourthstreetgardens.com (208) 398-8273 (See ad pg. 16) Garden Valley Retreat Box

The Boise Depot A unique Spanish-style building with a scenic view of the foothills. The Great Hall, a soaring 3,542 ft atrium, once served as a waiting room for train passengers. Amenities include a brick plaza, bell tower and a lovely park. 2603 W. Eastover Terrace, Boise (208) 384-4228 (See ad pg. 14)

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Directory of Services Geiser Grand Hotel Romantic, historic landmark hotel. www.geisergrand.com 1996 Main Street Baker City, Oregon 97814 (888) 434-7374 (See ad pg. 42)

River Rock Ranch A serene and unique outdoor setting for all your events including weddings, receptions, special events, anniversaries, and more. Tables & chairs for rent. Jeannie Nail 1011 South Star Road, Star, ID 83669 (208) 286-9851 (See ad pg. 17)

The Grove Hotel Located in the heart of Downtown Boise, The Grove Hotel offers the best in location and atmosphere for all your Wedding Event needs. 245 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, Idaho 83702 www.grovehotelboise.com (208) 333-8000 (See ad pg. 18)

Rose Room This elegant Idaho landmark features arches, skylights, and arcaded second-story windows making the Rose Room the perfect location for your event. 718 W. Idaho Street, Boise (208) 381-0483 (See ad pg. 17)

Idaho Botanical Garden Fourteen acres of gorgeous gardens provide a stunning backdrop for your special event. 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise www.idahobotanicalgarden.org (208) 343-8649 (See ad pg. 14) Murphy’s Seafood & Steakhouse Rehearsal dinners and receptions. Off site catering available. murphysboise.com 1555 Broadway Ave, Boise (208) 344-3691 (See ad pg. 20) The One Wedding & Event Lounge A new chic wedding & event venue. 6595 W. Ustick Rd., Boise, ID 83704 (208) 345-9089 (See ad pg. 16) Oxford Suites BOX

StoneHouse Catering & Events Banquet facility with outdoor patio, river view, offsite catering, capacity of 300 people. 665 E. Park Blvd., Boise, ID 83712 www.theram.com (208) 345-6790 (See ad pg. 24)

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THE PREMIER BRIDE PLANNER

THE WEDDING TIMELINE

WEDDING DAY CHECKLIST

THE WEDDING BUDGET

SHARING THE COST

PLANNERS FOR CAKES, CATERING, FLOWERS, MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT, PHOTOGRAPHY, RECEPTION & VIDEOGRAPHY

WEDDING ATTIRE PLANNER

IMPORTANT INFORMATION & NOTES

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■ Shop for and order wedding gown, veil and accessories

■ Reserve ceremony site and officiant ■ Work on guest list for a rough count ■ Visit reception sites and reserve one ■ Hire wedding consultant (for help with all planning, certain aspects of it, or day of coordination only)

2-4 months ahead

12 months ahead

■ Decide on the budget

9-12 months ahead

Organized advance planning will ensure you enjoy every minute of your special day. Start planning your wedding 12 months ahead of time if possible and use the following timeline as a guide through the process. Once the planning is complete, relax and get plenty of rest - the festivities are about to begin.

■ Buy and wrap attendants’ gifts ■ Buy wedding rings and order engraving ■ Announce engagement in local newspapers ■ Confirm delivery dates of bridal gown and bridesmaids’ dresses ■ Meet with caterer to discuss menu

■ Arrange ceremony rehearsal and notify participants

■ Select bridesmaids’ attire ■ Plan details of reception: colors, decorations, balloons ■ Select photographer ■ Select videographer

■ Mail save-the-date cards if necessary

1-2 months ahead

■ Choose attendants

■ Discuss honeymoon plans ■ Get engagement photo taken

■ Register for gifts at one to three stores ■ Select florist

■ Reserve accommodations for out-of-town guests ■ Finalize honeymoon plans (get your passport if needed!) ■ Order men’s formalwear ■ Book stylist or salon for bridal party hair, nails and make-up ■ Select and purchase guest favors ■ Find and reserve rehearsal dinner location

2-4 weeks ahead

■ Select caterer

■ Order invitations, personal stationery and thank you notes

■ Arrange for final fittings on your gown ■ Make reservations for bridesmaids’ luncheon ■ Confirm honeymoon arrangements ■ Record gifts received and write thank you notes promptly

■ Purchase wedding accessories (guest book and pen, unity candle, toasting glasses, cake knife and server, and flower girl/ring bearer accessories)

■ Book musicians for ceremony

■ Order wedding cake

■ Mail invitations

■ Start reception seating chart and placecards

■ Reserve wedding day transportation

■ Reserve party rental equipment (table, tent, chairs, etc.)

■ Call county clerk’s office for marriage license details, and schedule date to obtain

■ Prepare printed program for ceremony

■ Arrange for professionals to preserve your gown and bridal bouquet ■ Follow up on missing RSVPs and finish seating chart/place cards ■ Confirm final guest count to caterer and reception site ■ Write rehearsal dinner and wedding toasts ■ Confirm honeymoon arrangements

1 week ahead

6-9 months ahead

■ Address wedding invitations

■ Select ceremony music, readings and vows and meet with officiant

■ Compile guest list

■ Select band or DJ for reception

4-6 months ahead

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■ Have final consultation with caterer, florist, musicians, photographer and videographer ■ Host bridesmaids’ luncheon ■ Begin packing for honeymoon ■ Put fees due on the wedding day in envelopes, for the best man to distribute

■ Reserve accommodations for wedding night ■ Finalize guest list

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don’t forget...

wedding attire

■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■

Rings & marriage license Ring bearer pillow/flower girl basket Wedding programs Cake knife & server, toasting flutes Favors Guestbook & pen Unity candle, kiddush cup Pay officiant & vendors Assign person to collect/transport gifts

wedding day emergency kit

■ Phone numbers for wedding party, wedding coordinator & vendors ■ Sewing kit (thread, needle, safety pins & scissors) ■ Personal emergency kit (including Shout wipes, tampons & a small snack such as a granola bar) ■ Skin care (cleansers, moisturizers & lotion) ■ Hair care (hair dryer, curlers, brush, comb, hair spray, bobby pins) ■ Nail polish (color for nails & clear to stop nylon runs) & super glue ■ Makeup ■ 2-sided tape & scotch tape ■ Extra earring backs ■ Extra nylons ■ Toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash

honeymoon checklist

■ Airline tickets (note flight number & departure/arrival time) ■ Cruise tickets (note cabin number(s) & departure/arrival time) ■ Resort/Hotel phone & confirmation number ■ Passports/Visas ■ Camera & film ■ Credit cards ■ Traveler’s checks

updating your name

FOR HIM: ■ Coat, shirt, vest & trousers ■ Cummerbund ■ Neckwear ■ Cufflinks ■ Socks & shoes

■ Auto Registration

■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■

Portable iron or steamer Hand mirror Disposable wipes & tissues Anti-cling spray Something old, new, borrowed & blue Deodorant Antacid, aspirin, allergy medication & bottled water Breath mints Cash (coins & bills) Disposable camera Plastic bags White tailor’s chalk for gown fixes Toupee tape for fallen hems Spray-on spot remover

■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■

Sewing kit Medicines/Prescriptions Extra contact lenses or glasses Toiletries Electrical plug adapters Travel iron Clock radio, travel size Hair dryer

■ Investment accounts

■ Bank & credit card accounts ■ Life insurance policy

■ Stock certificates

■ Car insurance policy

■ Medical/dental records

■ Tax agency records (state/federal)

■ Credit reporting agencies

■ Memberships

■ Voter registration records

■ Deeds/titles

■ Passport

■ Wills/trusts

■ Driver's license

■ Post Office records

■ Employee records

■ Social Security records

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FOR HER: ■ Gown - be sure it is pressed ■ Headpiece & veil ■ Lingerie (bra, bustier, slip, petticoat) ■ Hosiery & garter ■ Shoes ■ Jewelry & accessories ■ Wrap/Jacket ■ Gloves

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Bride’s Wedding Ring

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Groom’s Wedding Ring

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Ceremony Site Fee

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Officiant

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Marriage License

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Aisle Runner

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Candles/Candelabra

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Other

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reception

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music

rings

Engagement Ring

ceremony

Know your overall budget BEFORE you start planning your wedding - it’s one of the first issues you and your fiancé should discuss. Set your priorities based on what is most important to both of you and spend accordingly. For example, if the meal is the most important element of your wedding, you’ll want to allocate a greater portion of your budget to it.

Reception Site Fee

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Food, Service, Tax & Gratuity ______________ Beverage/Bar Corkage Fee

______________

Cake/Cake Cutting Fee

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Rental Items

______________

Other

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Ceremony

______________

Reception

______________

Other

______________

Photographer’s Fee

______________

Engagement Portrait

______________

Formal Wedding Portrait

______________

Proofs

______________

BRIDE: ______________

Alterations

______________

Headpiece & Veil

______________

Lingerie, Hosiery & Garter

______________

Shoes

______________

Jewelry & Accessories

______________

Wrap/Jacket

______________

Hair, Makeup & Manicure

______________

Other

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GROOM: Groom’s Formalwear

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Neckwear & Cufflinks

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Accessories

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Shoes

______________

Other

______________

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Bride’s Gown

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Wedding Album

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Candids

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Parents’ Sets

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Other

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Wedding VHS/DVD

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Additional Copies

______________

Photo Montage Video w/Music______________ Reception Entertainment: Edited Highlights of Ceremony _____________ “Love Story” Production

______________

Projector Rental

______________

Other

______________

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Attendants’ Bouquets

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Groom’s Boutonniere

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Attendants’ Boutonnieres

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gifts

flowers

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Bridesmaids’

______________

Best Man

______________

Groomsmen

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Ushers

______________

Child Attendants

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Ceremony Flowers

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Bride & Groom

______________

Reception Flowers

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Bride’s Parents

______________

Decorations/Balloons

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Groom’s Parents

______________

Other

______________

Hosts for Out-of-Town Guests ______________

Save-the-Date Cards

______________

Cake Cutting Attendant

______________

Invitations & Envelopes

______________

Gift Table Attendant

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Calligrapher

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Guest Book Attendant

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Postage

______________

Thank You Notes

______________

Soloists/Musicians (who are friends)

______________

Other

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Wedding Coordinator

______________

Disposable Cameras

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Attendant Accommodations

______________

Informal Stationery

______________

Ceremony Programs

______________

Placecards

______________

Announcements

______________

favors & accessories

______________

Wedding Party Transportation: Limousine, Carriage, etc. ______________

______________

Bridesmaids’ Dresses/Shoes ______________ Flower Girl’s Dress

______________

Groomsmens’ Formalwear

______________

Guest Transportation

______________

Ring Bearer’s Attire

______________

Parking

______________

Bridesmaids’ Luncheon

______________

Other

______________

Other

______________

Other

______________ Rings

______________

totals

transportation

Other

optional items

stationery

Pre-Wedding Party Hosts

Ceremony

______________

Reception

______________

Cake Knife & Server

______________

Music

______________

Cake Top

______________

Wedding Attire

______________

Favors

______________

Photography

______________

Flower Girl’s Basket

______________

Videography

______________

Guest Book & Pen

______________

Flowers

______________

Ring Bearer’s Pillow

______________

Stationery

______________

Toasting Glasses

______________

Transportation

______________

Unity Candle, Kiddush Cup

______________

Favors & Accessories

______________

Other

______________

Gifts

______________

Other

______________

Optional Items

______________

Maid/Matron of Honor

______________

GRAND TOTAL

______________

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Helper Corsages/Boutonnieres ______________

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■ Groom's wedding ring ■ Wedding gift for groom ■ Gifts for maid/matron of honor & bridesmaids

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bride

It is no longer expected that wedding costs will be assigned according to tradition. Discuss your plan and budget with your families to determine whether to follow a traditional division of financial responsibility for the wedding costs. If circumstances don't allow the families to follow tradition, the proper rationale in deciding who pays for what portion is basic: whoever is most willing and most able to pay for a wedding expense assumes responsibility for that expense.

■ Bride's engagement & wedding rings ■ Bride's bouquet & going-away corsage ■ Boutonnieres for men in wedding party ■ Mothers' corsages

■ Gift for parents (optional)

■ Wedding gift for bride

■ Gowns for maid/matron of honor & bridesmaids (optional)

■ Gifts for best man, groomsman & ushers ■ Gift for parents (optional)

■ Accommodations for out-of-town attendants (optional)

■ Formal wear for best man & groomsmen (optional)

■ Luncheon for bridal party

■ Accommodations for out-of-town attendants (optional)

■ Informal stationery

■ Marriage license ■ Honeymoon ■ Engagement party

■ Fee for officiant

■ Bride's wedding attire & trousseau ■ Bride's parents' wedding attire ■ Wedding gift for newlyweds ■ Invitations, announcements, thank you notes, postage ■ Engagement & wedding photographs ■ Wedding ceremony site fee & decorations ■ Wedding ceremony programs ■ Wedding reception ■ Flowers for ceremony & reception

groom’s family

bride’s family

■ Bridal party bouquets & flowers for flower girl

■ Engagement party (optional; following party by bride's parents) ■ Groom's wedding attire ■ Groom's parents' wedding attire ■ Wedding gift for newlyweds ■ Groom's informal stationery & thank you notes ■ Rehearsal dinner ■ Shipment of wedding gifts to couple's home ■ Welcome party for out-of-town guests (optional)

■ Transportation for wedding party to ceremony & reception ■ Videographer ■ Musicians/vocalists ■ Security & insurance for gifts ■ Welcome party for out-of-town guests (optional)

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■ Bridal shower for bride ■ Bachelor(ette) party ■ Accommodations for self ■ Wedding attire & shoes

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groom’s cake

Type & flavor of filling: Type & flavor of icing: Date to taste samples:

setup details

cake accessories

Description

Cake topper: Cake flowers: Cake decorations: Cake stands: Cake boxes: Cake knife & server:

Type of cake: Type & flavor of filling: Type & flavor of icing: Description:

Location: How to decorate cake table: Part to save for Bride & Groom: Person to save & freeze the cake: Person to store cake top, knife & server: Person to return cake stand to bakery:

■ Tea ■ Lunch ■ Cocktails ■ Dinner

■ Regional ■ Seasonal ■ Exotic ■ Ethnic

service

■ Breakfast/Brunch

flavor

type

CATERING PLANNER

■ Thematic

■ Entrée

■ Seated meal (Family style, American, French, Russian, white glove)

■ Dessert

■ Beef ■ Chicken ■ Vegetarian ■ Pork ■ Seafood

dessert

■ Salad

■ Hors d’oeuvres tables

■ Regional

rental items

■ Soup

entrées

courses

■ Appetizer

■ Passed hors d’oeuvres

■ Buffet (formal staff-served, casual self-serve)

■ Dessert

■ Hors d’oeuvres

■ Cocktails

RENTALS AVAILABLE

■ Seasonal ■ Exotic ■ Ethnic ■ Thematic

■ Lamb

■ Full Bar ■ Beer & wine only ■ Wine with dinner ■ Champagne toast ■ Specialty cocktail *Some states do not allow caterers to carry liquor licenses. Please check the laws in your state.

special

alcohol*

■ Pasta

■ Vegetarian ■ Kosher ■ Halal ■ Other

■ Tables ■ Chairs & chair covers ■ China, glassware, silverware & serving dishes ■ Linens Ratio of guests to servers: ___________

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cake style

Type of cake:

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CAKES PLANNER


terminology flowers by season helpers

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FLOWERS PLANNER Boutonniere . Corsage . . . . Cascade . . . . Hand tied . . . Nosegay . . . . Pomander . . . Spray . . . . . . Toss Bouquet

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. . . . . . . .

Single flower for men worn on lapel Single flower for women worn on wrist or pinned to breast Blossoms & greenery in teardrop shape Cut flowers tied with ribbon or fabric, carried Single flower or small bouquet, carried Round bouquet on a cord usually for flower girls Small bunch of gathered flowers, carried Bouquet or flower thrown to the bridesmaids & bachelorettes

SPRING Cherry blossom Daffodil Dogwood Forsythia Hellebore Hyacinth Lilac Lily of the Valley Muscari Peony Quince Rose Sweet pea Tulip Viburnum

SUMMER Anemone Astilbe Azalea Calla Lily Camellia Cosmos Daffodil Dahlia Daisy Delphinium French Tulip Hollyhock Hyacinth Hydrangea Jasmine Lady’s Mantle Larkspur Lilac Lily of the Valley Marigold Mimosa Pansy Peony Primrose Ranunculus Scabiosa Snapdragon Sweet Pea Tulip Violet Zinnia

FALL Autumn Leaves Celosia (cockscomb) Chinese Lantern Chrysanthemum Crosnia Dahlia Hydrangea Seasonal Berries Statice Sunflower Yarrow

WINTER Amaryllis Anemone Casablanca Lily Evergreen Forced Bulbs Freesia Gerber Daisy Heather Narcissus Holly (ilex) Paper-white Poinsettia Rose Stephanotis

In California, most summer flowers are also available in the fall.

description Wedding Coordinator Cake Cutting Attendant Gift Table Attendant Guest Book Attendant Officiant Soloists Musicians Other

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YEAR ‘ROUND Baby’s breath Calla Lily Carnation Cattleman Chrysanthemum Daisy Freesia Gardenia Gerber daisy Gladiolus Iris Lily Orchid Protea Ranunculus Rose September Aster Snapdragon Stephanotis Tuberoses


Bride’s Toss Bouquet Bride’s Going-Away Corsage Maid/Matron of Honor’s Bouquet

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Bridesmaids’ Bouquets Flower Girl’s Bouquet or Basket Groom’s Boutonniere Best Man’s Boutonniere Groomsmen’s Boutonnieres Ushers’ Boutonnieres Ring Bearer’s Pillow Ring Bearer’s Boutonniere Mothers’ & Grandmothers’ Corsages Fathers’ & Grandfathers’ Boutonnieres

ceremony

Other

description Altar/Chuppah Candles & Holders Pew/Aisle Markers Other

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description Entryway Head Table Centerpiece Parents’ Table Centerpieces Guest Table Centerpieces Reception Room Flowers Cake & Cake Table Champagne/Punch Table Gift Table Guest Book Table Restroom Other Absolutely everything for your wedding! • THE PREMIER BRIDE PLANNER • P9


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Make song choices before your wedding day. Give a copy of these choices to your musicians and DJs so they can plan accordingly. Include those songs that you do not want to hear that day. Also think about who you want to emcee the event; inform the DJ of these assignments as well. song/performed by

start time

song/performed by

start time

Prelude Processional Service Recessional Postlude Other Other Other

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MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT PLANNER

Cocktail Hour Arrival of Newlyweds Couple’s First Dance Bride & Father Dance Groom & Mother Dance Guests’ First Dance Dinner Cake Cutting Tossing the Bouquet Throwing the Garter Last Dance Other Other Other Other

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■ Guests at cocktail party

■ Bride putting on veil ■ Candid shots of bride preparing & relaxing ■ Bride’s attendants getting ready ■ Groom getting ready ■ Groom’s attendants getting ready ■ Front of ceremony location ■ Guests arriving & being seated

■ Guests signing guest book ■ Placecards ■ Centerpieces, place settings & plated meals ■ Favors ■ Toasts

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portraits pre-wedding

■ Bride getting ready

BRIDE & GROOM PHOTOS: ■ Bride & groom together ■ Bride & groom with each set of parents ■ Bride & groom with entire wedding party ■ Close-up of couple’s hands displaying rings ■ Signing the marriage certificate

■ Musicians ■ Attendants walking to enter ceremony ■ Parents being seated ■ Candids of parents’ expressions ■ Attendants walking down the aisle ■ Child attendants walking down the isle

■ Bride & Groom listening to toasts

■ Groom coming down the aisle

■ Group pictures & candids throughout reception

■ Clergy, groom & best man at altar

■ Musicians

■ Bride & father walking down aisle

■ Bride & Groom’s first dance

■ Father giving bride’s hand to groom

■ Bride & Father, Groom & Mother dance

■ Guests watching the ceremony

■ Guests dancing

■ Vow exchange

■ Cake, cake table & cake cutting

■ Ring ceremony

■ Couple feeding each other cake

■ Candids of bride’s/groom’s face

■ Bouquet toss ■ Garter removal & toss

■ Unity candle ceremony, kiddush cup ceremony, etc.

■ Sweetheart dance

■ Signing of wedding certificate

■ Going-away vehicle (especially if decorated)

■ Groom kissing the bride

■ Bride & groom in going away clothes

■ Recessional

■ Newlyweds departing & guests’ farewell

■ Guests throwing rice, flower petals, etc.

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GROOM ’S PHOTOS: ■ Groom, full-length ■ Groom with parents ■ Groom with mother & father separately ■ Groom with grandparents ■ Groom with siblings ■ Groom with best man ■ Groom with each groomsman ■ Groom with all his attendants ■ Groom with bridesmaids

BRIDE’S PHOTOS: ■ Bride, full-length ■ Bride, back of dress ■ Bride’s bouquet ■ Bride with both parents ■ Bride with mother & father separately ■ Bride with grandparents ■ Bride with siblings ■ Bride with maid/matron-of-honor ■ Bride with each bridesmaid ■ Bride with all her attendants ■ Bride with groomsmen ■ Bride with ring bearer, flower girl

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location

DATES AVAILABLE

SIZE ■ Small (<100) ■ Medium (100-250) ■ Large (250+)

LOCATION ■ Indoor ■ Outdoor ■ Same site as ceremony ■ Walking distance from ceremony

site services

miles of ceremony site

SERVICES PROVIDED ■ Rooms ■ Food ■ Beverage/Alcohol ■ Disabled access ■ Adequate parking ■ Valet ■ Coat check ■ On-site wedding coordinator ■ Staff to cut the cake ■ More than one event at a time

RENTALS AVAILABLE ■ Tables ■ Chairs & chair covers ■ China, glassware, silverware & serving dishes ■ Linens

decorations

Within

USED FOR ■ Ceremony ■ Reception ■ Dressing ■ Overnight rooms

PROVIDED ■ Head table ■ Guest tables ■ Cake table ■ Guest book table

BRINGING OWN DECORATIONS

style

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RECEPTION PLANNER

RECEPTION ■ Old-world, ornate ■ Modern ■ Formal ■ Rustic ■ Fun, funky ■ Casual ■ Intimate

Ratio of guests to servers: ___________

What are decorating restrictions?

When can decorations/favors come in?

COLOR SCHEME SITE FEATURES ■ Pastels ■ Great entrance ■ Jewel tones ■ Chandeliers ■ Neutral tones ■ Marble ■ Bold/bright ■ Piano ■ Balcony ■ Fabulous staircase ■ Fireplace ■ Hardwood floors ■ Great view ■ Stunning windows/window treatment ■ Nice changing area/restrooms ■ Dance floor meets my size requirements

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Date: Time: Location: Special Requests:

Date: Time: Location: ■ ■ ■ ■

■ ■

Guests arriving Wedding party preparing Ceremony Guests leaving

Early days as a couple Bachelor/Bachelorette parties

Other:

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photos for slideshow bride dressing at home ceremony

Bride as baby Groom as baby Bride’s childhood Groom’s childhood Wedding photo of bride’s parent’s Wedding photo of groom’s parent’s

Date: Time: Location: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■

Guests arriving Announcing newlyweds & wedding party Toasts First dance Cake cutting ceremony Bouquet & garter ceremonies Wedding wishes from individual guests Guests dancing Guests dining tables Bride & Groom saying good-byes & leaving

Special Requests:

Special Requests:

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Gown Headpiece Veil Lingerie (bra, bustier, slip, petticoat) Hosiery Garter Shoes Jewelry & Accessories Wrap, Jacket or Gloves Other

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WEDDING ATTIRE

description

size

size

size

size

name

name

name

name

Gown Lingerie (bra, bustier, slip, petticoat) Hosiery Shoes Jewelry & Accessories Other

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Coat

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size

Shirt Vest Trousers Cummerbund Neckwear Cufflinks Socks & Shoes Other Other

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description

size

size

size

size

name

name

name

name

Coat Shirt Vest Trousers Cummerbund Neckwear Cufflinks Socks & Shoes Other

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vendors

Payment Information Name / Phone

Date

Amount

Cake Catering Ceremony Site Flowers Formalwear Gown Hair/Makeup Music - Ceremony Music - Reception Officiant Photographer Reception Site Rental Transportation Videographer Wedding Coordinator

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KEEPING TRACK

Name

Phone

Bridesmaids

Groomsmen

Ushers

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Idaho' Guide to the Perfect Wedding. This handy resouce guide is full of informatin and ideas to help you plan the perfect Idaho Wedding.

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