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Recently married brides were asked, “If you had to do it again, what would you do differently?” Some of their answers were; Plan more, delegate more, ask more questions, get written contracts, and simply enjoy the day more. Yes, your wedding day is a big day in your life and in many ways it will be the largest gathering you will ever plan. So you can imagine there will be lots of decisions. While you may be very good with details, and you may have all the plans made in advance, there will be some glitches on your day— guaranteed—and they may have the potential to get you very upset and affect the celebration. Your friends have told you stories about when they got married and how much planning it took. Believe their stories; they are all true! We recommend you purchase a wedding organizer, like The Pink Book, to help you stay organized. It is devoted to making your planning processes a bit easier. The big overview for your wedding looks like this: becoming engaged, setting the date, choosing the ceremony location, booking the reception location, and planning the honeymoon. And of course selecting: your dress, bridesmaid dresses, flower girl dress, your florist, your photographer, and on and on. As you consider all that needs to happen before your wedding day and on your wedding day, you may want to consider hiring a professional wedding consultant/coordinator to assist you. The wedding consultant will help create a stress-free wedding experience that you will remember the rest of your life. Not to mention that you and the groom are already very busy — adding to your life the total planning of your wedding can be overwhelming. As you will have hundreds of choices and decisions to make, having someone on the outside to help can give you a perspective that no one else will have. A wedding professional has worked with the wedding vendors and understands what they do, what they deliver and how much they charge. After consulting with you, the consultant can hand pick the right candidates to be interviewed for each of your needs and help guide you to a wonderful wedding.

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Q: What was the most anticipated moment of your wedding day?

Seeing my handsome fella for the first time! We had a “reveal” before the wedding with just the two of us (and our awesome photographers who were there to capture it all). I’m so happy that we chose to do that! It took off a lot of the pressure and we loved that we were free to share that moment without an audience.

Q: What flavor was your cake? I like cupcakes better, and my mom makes the best, so she made all our favorites: chocolate with chocolate candy bar frosting, strawberry with strawberry buttercream, and coconut.

Q: What was your favorite moment your photographer captured and why? Well, I LOVE the pictures of us seeing each other all dressed up for the first time. However, there was also this part just after the ceremony when we were hiding in the shade of a tree and they captured some beautiful images! I love that Jason and I got to spend our first married moments together and that Savannah and Philip were able to capture all the happiness and joy in them.

Q: What was your favorite part about planning your wedding? The anticipation! And being able to spent so much time bonding with my incredible family and new family. I am so lucky – I have the best in-laws in the world!

Q: Did you do any DIY projects? Basically the entire wedding was one big DIY project! My favorite thing I made was our “Thumbprint Tree”. I painted the tree on canvas and all of our guests left green thumb prints “leafs” on it and signed their names. It now hangs in our home – like a family tree, but bigger. Photographed by Ava Grace Photography Caterer Sandy Kelly • Florist Diane Halford • Invitations Jeff Glenn • Bridal Shop ebay • Ceremony & Reception Location Bonne Terre • Videographer Ben Bishop • Ceremony & Reception Music Urban Gypsies - Barney, Leta and Mike, Jeff Maxwell


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We had a traditional Methodist ceremony and included communion as our first act following the vows.

Q: What was your favorite wedding moment? There were so many. We will never forget the overwhelming sense of love, support, and happiness we had being surrounded by our dearest family and friends.

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Tell us about “the” dress. Who was with you when you found it? The dress was an off-white strapless ballgown with beadwork and a chapel-length train later captured in a French bustle. My mother helped me find the dress and my matron and maid of honor later helped me try a few more and confirmed this was definitely the one.

Q: Why did you choose your photographer? Mary Helen Bobo with Sweet Water Images came highly recommended and we were impressed with her samples. She immediately put us at ease and quickly became a dear friend.

Q: What were you thinking as you walked down the aisle? Yippie!!

Q: What flavor was your cake? The Bride’s cake was white with a layer of chocolate frosting and raspberry frosting.

Q: Did you have a groom’s cake? Yes – German chocolate with chocolate covered strawberries.

Q: Where did you go on your honeymoon? Hawaii

Q: What are you most looking forward to about being Mr. & Mrs.? Our favorite part of being Mr. & Mrs. is knowing that each of us will spend the rest of our lives with our best friend.


Beauty get the look BRING ON THE PROS

There are many benefits of hiring a professional makeup artist and hair stylist for your wedding. From the convenience of on-location service to the reassurance that you and all your bridal attendants will look the very best, enlisting the help of a makeup and hair stylist is one simple way to shorten the list of wedding-day worries. A true makeup artist will know trade secrets not only for fashioning a longer-lasting look, but also for accentuating your finer features. The end result is a picture-perfect bride. As for your hair, ever had a bad hair day? A hair stylist can help diminish your worries. An initial consultation with the stylist is generally recommended -- one to two months prior to the wedding. This gives the stylist an opportunity to discern what you’re envisioning and to create a look that complements your facial features, headpiece and veil. Bring a Polaroid camera, and take photos from several angles to assist the stylist in recreating a look you love for your special occasion.

DO-IT-YOURSELF TIPS If you don’t feel comfortable with someone else creating your wedding day look, use these tips to assure your hair and makeup last throughout your special day. You’re going to be kissing a lot, so choose a long-lasting lipstick. For precise lipstick application, use a lip liner, matching or only slightly darker than your lipstick, to outline the lips. Do not use a lipstick that contrasts too much; the effect tends to be unflattering. As an alternative use natural shades you feel comfortable wearing. A tip for longer lasting lipstick: once the liner and color have been applied, pull apart a two-ply tissue and place one layer over your lips. With a soft, fluffy makeup brush dust over the tissue with face powder. This helps set your lipstick for extended wear. If you want a shinny look, finish off with a gloss. When it comes to eyes, practice makes perfect, so start early. Try the following tips to create eyes with impact. If you’re using eyeliner, be sure to gently smudge it for a softer more refined look. Gently dust face powder over the applied liner to set the color for longer lasting, smear-resistant wear. Use an eyelash curler if needed and several applications of non-clumping mascara, remember to allow your lashes to dry between each application. When choosing waterproof mascara, look for a non-drying formula, as waterproofs tend to dry out lashes. Also be sure to gently separate eyelashes between each application.

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When selecting your shoes it is important to choose a comfortable shoe. You will spend a lot of time on your feet, and now is not the time to experiment with four-inch-heels when you usually wear flats! You should also practice walking in your shoes during the weeks leading up to the wedding. This will

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Q: How did you choose your wedding planner?

Q: What flavor was your cake?

My now mother-in-law told me about her as well as my florist Kim Gardner. She was amazing! Best decision I made was getting Amy as a wedding planner! She is incredibly sweet and has a very calming presence. Everything went off with out a hitch!

Strawberries and crème.

Q: How did he propose? He got side walk chalk and wrote “I love you will you marry me?” on my front porch while I was out shopping. When I got home he was standing there with the ring!

Q: Tell us about “the” dress. Who was with you when you found it? My mom, dad, sister and friend Stephanie Beliles went to NYC for a trip to find me a wedding dress. I ended up finding it very early in our trip at Priscilla of Boston. I knew immediately it was the one that I wanted! We spent the rest of the trip celebrating finding the dress!

Q:What was your favorite wedding moment? When we danced the funky chicken with the band!

Q: How did you choose your colors? I wanted something really colorful. My theme was “Moroccan Wedding”.

Q: How did you choose the rings? We went to Diamond Brokers of Memphis. Jules wanted a traditional gold band; Mine was more difficult. I had to do a lot of searching with my sister Lizzie Mulroy and my friend Stephanie Beliles before I decided on a ring.

Q: Where did you go on your honeymoon? Kauai. We stayed at the Grand Hyatt in Kauai. It was gorgeous!


Gowns

Of all the plans, preparations and purchases that you’ll make for the wedding celebration, nothing will more dramatically affect how you look and feel on your special day than your dress. Many brides find the purchase of their wedding gown to be an emotional experience, so it is essential to find someone you trust completely to assist you with this important selection. Gown styles have come along way ranging from beaded extravagance to tailored suits. When selecting your gown, consider the activities of the day and choose a style that is well suited. Comfort and convenience will allow you to enjoy your wedding day to its fullest. For example, a princess dress may look beautiful in the salon, but might not serve the purpose for a beach wedding. The professionals at your bridal salon will be able to help you decide on the style and fabric that best suits your needs, but remember, the determining factor is what makes you feel comfortable – and beautiful.

ABOUT BRIDAL SALONS

Unlike other fashion retailers, bridal salons require a more formal approach to shopping. You’ll want to schedule an appointment with the salon of your choice to ensure that a dressing room and personal consultant will be available to help you try on gowns. An experienced bridal fashion consultant will be invaluable in helping you select styles that flatter your best features.

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU SHOP

Be prepared to tell your consultant the important details of your ceremony: whether the wedding is formal or informal, traditional or modern, afternoon or evening, and the time of year. This information will give your consultant a starting point and enable her to suggest appropriate styles. Also be prepared to discuss your budget, as it will save time and frustration for both you and your consultant. The more information you give your bridal consultants, the better able they will be in assisting you in your decision. Bridal salons usually offer a wide selection of gown styles; however, they are often all in only one size. Limiting the number of dresses to one size per style allows them to carry a larger range of choices for brides-to-be. Because the salon has one gown from each style, they must take special care to keep the dress in good condition. To minimize damage from wear and tear, salon consultants always assist brides in trying on dresses. After selecting several styles you will be taken to your private dressing room. These rooms are normally large enough to fit you, a guest, and the consultant. A seamstress may be present as well to help fit the sample-sized gown to your measurements. Most salons will suggest that brides invite no more than one or two people when selecting their gown. The more people you invite, the more opinions there are to consider, creating inevitable frustration for yourself. On the other hand, the dress that you loved on the rack may not be the perfect style to flatter your figure and the honest appraisal of a good friend and the bridal consultant can keep you from making the wrong gown selection.

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Show me the bling You may already have some idea of what you like, but once you start shopping for your engagement ring you still may find the choices overwhelming. Solitaire, gold, platinum. Matte finish, satin finish. There are so many options, each beautiful in its own way, which means you’re faced with the difficult task of finding the perfect ring that feels and looks just right for you. After your selection then comes the often difficult task of also paying for it. Many people are aware of the two-month rule, which suggests the value of an engagement ring should equal two months of the groom’s salary. Therefore this makes your purchase a considerable investment. The groom will also be purchasing the bride’s wedding ring, and although tradition indicates that the bride purchase the groom’s wedding ring, some grooms purchase this as well. With such a great deal of money involved, it is imperative to get what you pay for, so here’s a quick guide.

THE STONE: DIAMOND BASICS The most important element to consider when shopping for a diamond is cut, color, clarity and carat--the four Cs. Contrary to popular belief, cut and not carat is the number one factor in determining the value of a diamond.

CUT A well-cut diamond beautifully directs rays of white light to the diamond’s facets, the small planes on the surface of the stone. The reflected light emanating from the facets defines a stone’s fire and brilliance. Fire is the intensity of the rainbow of colors cast outward in a prism-like effect, while brilliance indicates the amount of sparkle generated. Cut should not be confused with the shape of a diamond, which includes brilliant (round), oval, pear, marquis, emerald, square, heart and triangle.

COLOR The color of a diamond is the next quality to consider. The best color is no color at all, since an absolutely colorless diamond reflects light most beautifully. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) ranks diamonds on a standard 23-grade scale, from D through Z. D, the highest rating, indicates a perfectly colorless stone, while Z, the lowest rating, indicates a light yellow stone. The color ranges within this scale are colorless, near colorless, very light yellow, and light yellow.

CLARITY Next to consider is the clarity of a diamond, which is defined by the number, color, nature, size and position of natural marks (called inclusions) contained in the gem. Inclusions occur naturally during the process of crystallization, when minute traces of minerals are trapped in the diamond. To determine clarity, an appraiser examines a diamond through a jeweler’s loupe, which magnifies the stone 10 times. The fewer and smaller the inclusions a diamond contains, the greater its clarity and thus its value. Excellent clarity means light is able to pass unimpeded through the stone. The GIA judges clarity based on a standard 11-part grading scale, as follows:

CARAT The carat weight of a diamond is the final consideration. In ancient times, gem size was measured against carob seeds, which are remarkably consistent in weight. One carat equaled the weight of a single carob seed. In today’s terms, a carat is the standard metric weight of 0.2 grams, or 1/142 of an ounce.

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Platinum vs. Written by Stephan Stanley G.G. Designer/Owner of Diamond Brokers of Memphis

A common question that I always get is which is better White Gold or Platinum. It is hard to answer which one is better it is more the question of what are the Pros and Cons and which metal fits your needs. The downside to White Gold is color. 18kt white gold is 75% pure gold and 25% alloy. That is 75% yellow metal and 25% white metal. The pure gold is mixed with the alloy to get the white gold which after mixed will have a slight yellowish tint. The finished product is Rhodium plated to make it pure white for the showcase but after a period of wear the slightly yellowish tint will slowly show. Platinum is 95% platinum and 5% alloy. That is 95% white metal and 5% white metal giving a purely white finished product. Even though Platinum is the rarest metal and definetly more expensive there are still some downsides.

Hardness, Platinum will scratch, ding and bend easier than white gold. The Platinum won’t stay a perfect high polish finish like it does in the showcase of the jewelry store. It will get more of a dull worn finish or platina in the metal.

I have only touched base on a couple of pro’s and con’s of platinum versus white gold, keep in mind your white gold can be re rhodium plated and the platinum can be polished to that high shine at any time to bring the life back into your Ring. There is an alternative metal that is in the platinum family that you will be hearing more about in the future. That is Palladium it won’t shift or change colors like white gold and is harder than platinum all of that with the price hovering around white gold. Ask your local jeweler about the differences in the metal and what metal will work the best for your engagement ring of a lifetime.


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Q: Tell us about “the” dress. Who was with you when you found it? I was not one of those brides who found my dress right away. I was extremely picky and I didn’t settle until I found exactly what I wanted. After searching for nearly 6 months, I found it!! My mom, my sister who is my maid of honor and one of my bridesmaids was with me. I was insistent that my dress was white. My dress was lightweight as I wanted to be able to get around comfortably. It was tight until my waist and then it flowed out. It had some beading on the top and bottom. There was a broach around the waist as well. My dress fit me perfectly; simple and beautiful without being over the top.

Q: What flavor was your cake? My cake was a three tier butter cream cake. We had two flavors, strawberry and vanilla.

Q: What traditions did you follow? We did not see or even talk to each other on our wedding day. It was extremely hard but definitely worth it.

Q: Any memorable moments you would like to share about your photographer? Our photographer is a character! He was laughing with us and making the picture taking very enjoyable. We would recommend him to anyone looking for an amazing photographer!

Q: Why did you choose the facility you chose for your reception? We chose Club Windward because they had such a great price for everything they do for you. They have a beautiful facility that we fell in love with. Photographed by Starlife Studios Wedding Planner Kellee Michael • Caterer Club Windward Florist Angela Mullins • Cake Cakes by Carolyn • Bridal Shop Ballew Bridal • Location Club Windward Videographer Dawson Inman • Music Jordebella Entertainment • Formalwear Men’s Warehouse


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Q: What was your favorite wedding moment? Seeing Malcom’s face as I was presented to him for marriage was my favorite moment. Also, Malcom’s mom gave me one of his baby pictures moments before the wedding began.

Q: What flavor was your cake? The funny thing is I did not taste the cake beforehand. I relied on Angela and went from there. Harriet and I took some time to design the cake over the phone. She drew over 10 designs for me to select from. We decided to go with a design that incorporated the wedding invitations. On our way to Memphis for the wedding, Malcom and I had a slight detour and missed our tasting. So, I just called Harriet in the car and told her I like Lemon-Lime, Crushed Mango, Lemon-Zest, and a hint of Rum or something. I had to trust it would work out. She alternated the layers. It was the best tasting cake EVER! Our grandmothers were amazed. We were so happy to include them in our cake cutting!

Q: What was your first dance song? Jennifer Hudson’s “Giving Myself Over to You”

Q: What was your favorite part about planning your wedding? The best part was simply growing closer to Malcom and learning more about how we relate to one another. In terms of the actual event, it was such a relief having Angela to rely on for suggestions and feedback. She was truly a focused and topnotch event planner who reminded us about the importance of creating an experience to remember. Across the miles, Angela was able to sort through all of our ideas and arrive at a comprehensive and executable plan. She works with the best vendors and leaves no stone unturned!

Q: Where did you go on your honeymoon? When Angela suggested we do a honeymoon registry, we never dreamed someone would opt to bless us with the entire honeymoon. My aunt Denise surprised us with a wonderful weeklong stay at the Ko Olina Resort in Oahu, HI. It was such a relaxing and inspirational time, I did not want to leave.


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Choosing the flowers for your wedding is a complex task that will require extra time and patience on your part. Once you have secured a location for your wedding ceremony and reception, you want to begin your search for a floral designer. Many people today are having short engagements, but if the time allows, you should book your florist nine months to a year in advance. It is important to meet with several florists and compile multiple ideas before making a selection. You should feel for your wedding flowers. He/she is the expert, but you should be completely comfortable sharing your own ideas with your florist. If you do not have this open line of communication with a florist, then choose someone else. This is your wedding, and the flowers will reflect the mood of the occasion from the moment the ceremony begins to the moment the last guest leaves the reception. When you first meet with your florist it is important to take a list and even pictures of your favorite flowers. You will want to ask to see pictures of arrangements your florist has created to give you a sense of how your florist works. It is important to take a list of arrangements you will need for your ceremony and reception including your bridal bouquet, bridesmaid bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, altar arrangements and centerpieces for the reception. Include flower petals for the flower girl as well as a headpiece for her if you so desire. Please consider grandparents, the soloist, guitarist, pianist, and any special friends who have helped you with your wedding when ordering boutonnieres and corsages. A “throw bouquet” is a must because no bride wants to toss her bouquet to her single friends, so discuss this little detail with your florist. Once you have selected the florist who will meet your needs and desires, your journey to creating the most beautiful floral creations begins. You will look at dozens of varieties of flowers. Your floral options are endless especially when considering the many combinations available to you. This is not a project you will want to take on yourself. Ask your friends who have offered to help you with the wedding for their opinions. Take your bridesmaids to visit your florist and don’t forget to bring along swatches from their dresses to match with flowers. Your mother will perhaps be the best resource for choosing flowers. There isn’t a mom out there who doesn’t know a little something about flowers.

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You’ve set a date, decided on a theme and flowers, and made countless decisions about the details of your important day. But what happens to your bridal bouquet as you leave for your honeymoon? With planning and a few decisions ahead of time, you can enjoy them for years and share your family traditions with future generations. Your flowers have the shortest life span, but with flower preservation you can enjoy their beauty for years. The freeze dry method is preferred for preserving flowers. Unlike air dried flowers, this process allows your blooms to retain their original shape and size, and often the vibrancy of the colors. The quality and freshness of the flowers used in your bouquet are essential – the fresher the flowers the better the preservation. At A flower for your thoughts we prefer to retrieve your bouquet as the reception ends. We can make a lasting keepsake with your flowers by sealing them in a shadowbox, oval frame or

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Q: What was your favorite part about planning your wedding?

Being able to do so much of it with Patrick and my parents. I realize that many couples plan their weddings while in different cities, or aren’t able to share in a lot of the decisions. We were blessed to be here in Memphis, together, to plan our wedding, and really enjoy the process!

Q: Why did you choose your photographer? I wanted a photographer who was “trained”. It seems like so many photographers now shoot because it’s a “hobby”, and that’s great. But I wanted someone who was trained and skilled. I was thrilled to find out that Lindsey went to school for photography, and got her degree in it. But apart from that, Lindsey has an incredible eye for every shot she takes. Her photos come out looking glamorous

and artistic, and just beautiful. I was so blessed to find her and have her shoot at our wedding!

Q: How did you choose your colors? Since it was a summer wedding, I knew I wanted to incorporate yellow. It is my favorite color, and it was so perfect to use it for the bridesmaid dresses, in the bouquets, at the reception, etc. It was a refreshing pop of color!

Q: What are you most looking forward to about being Mr. & Mrs.? Wow, where to start! Patrick is my best friend. He is my support, my confidante, my encourager, my everything! He makes my life complete and I know without a doubt that God created him just for me. I am thrilled to share every moment of my life with him!

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Invitations the first impression


The first impression your guests will have of your wedding is when they open the heavy, starched envelope containing your invitation. They will immediately form an impression of the ceremony to come, so selecting the invitation—the paper, the style, the wording—is an important first step in your wedding plans. Experienced stationers are your best advisors on wedding invitations and their knowledge is available at no charge when you purchase your invitations in their store. Stationers can also provide helpful hints on when to order and mail the invitations, how to determine proper postage budgeting and a myriad of other details. Take time to select your invitations. Feel the paper samples. What impression do they give? Understated elegance? Fun? Whimsical? Romantic?

THE ENVELOPE PLEASE… Wedding invitations do much more than simply request the presence of the addressee. The stationery is typically comprised of several components, each with a different purpose. There is the ceremony card, the reception card (if applicable), the response card with its stamped return envelope, the map (if one is to be included) and the inner and outer envelopes. Formal invitations are typically engraved on the first page of a double sheet of heavy paper, folded once or on card stock. The paper color is typically ivory or white with black ink, although charcoal gray ink is also acceptable. Paper size is either 5-1/2 x 7-1/2 (folded once, as described) for the embassy size, or 4-1/2 x 6-1/4 (also folded once) for the classic size. The paper is usually devoid of design: the rare exception when the bride’s father’s family has a coat of arms. One subtle way to distinguish your invitations is to select an unusual paper stock such as rice, linen or parchment and textures such as weave and moiré. You can even choose an unusual handmade paper with pressed flower petals or small leaves.

ETIQUETTE ADVICE Order your invitations three to six months prior to the wedding date, allowing ample time for reading and correcting the proofs, printing, addressing and mailing. Order enough invitations for each couple, family, or individual on your final list, each attendant and their guests, and the clergy. Then add at least 25 percent to the total number. Unless your budget is unlimited, you probably won’t be able to have absolutely everyone you’d like to invite however, you do want to have as many as you can. Start by making an “A” list, composed of family and friends you must invite, and a “B” list of those you would like to invite, but whose absence you can accept. Usually about 25 percent of invitees will be unable to attend, giving you some leeway. When you receive a regret from someone on the “A” list, send an invitation to someone on the “B” list. It’s acceptable to send invitations as late as two weeks prior to the wedding, but it’s best to send the last ones no later than three weeks in advance. This will help you handle any oversights and allow you to invite people from your “B” list as you receive regrets. If you’re pressed for time, have the stationer give you the envelopes early for addressing, and request an extra 50 or so of these to account for inevitable mistakes.

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A Contemporary Twist to Inner Envelopes By: Amber Abney, Owner of Socially Inked

Today’s brides are not afraid to break the rules and rethink the time-honored elements of their wedding invitations. Traditionally, formal invitations include an outer and inner envelope. The inner envelope would include only the names of the people to whom the outer envelope was addressed. Socially Inked, located in Germantown, Tennessee, is turning that customary tradition on its head and giving brides new, striking options to personalize their invites for their guests. This unique aspect of Socially Inked’s wedding services is called “Inner Inked.” The guest’s names are no longer an afterthought written on the outside of an envelope. Their names are designed to fit in with the entire concept of the invitation, allowing the guest to feel a personal sense of interest in the wedding itself. For example, if you are a bride who is interested in booklet style invitations, Socially Inked has created its Lindsay Collection with the “Inner Inked” option. This collection features multiple layers including (in order) Guest Names, Textured Transparent Love Notes, Ceremony

Information, Hotel Accommodations, and a perforated RSVP postcard, all bundled into a single booklet. This distinctive look creates a visual impact that will get noticed, making your invitation the most memorable and will definitely be the talk of the town. If a booklet seems too contemporary, another option Socially Inked offers is the use of ribbon or raffia tied around your invitation. The wrap includes a small tag with the guests names printed on the tag in a font and style that works cohesively with the invitation. Socially Inked used this method for its Lauricella Collection. The colored raffia and small linen tag worked perfectly for the bride and groom’s family farm ceremony. Personalizing your invitation is a sensational way of showing your personality. Your unique invitation will give your guests a sneak peak of what is to come on your big day! Want to know more about Socially Inked or our “Inner Inked” options, visit www.sociallyinked.com


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Photographed by Jonathan Blocker Photography Caterer Annette Nelson • Florist Expressions • Cake Jennifer Thompson • Invitations Expressions • Bridal Shop Cheryl’s Bridal • Ceremony Location First Baptist Church • Reception Location Montrose; Antebellum Home Transportation Horse and Carriage • Ceremony Music Organist—Marjorie McKinney; Vocalist—Dr. Mike Thompson Reception Music The Connection Band • Formalwear Mens Warehouse


Q: How did you and your husband meet? We went to school together since kindergarten and began dating in 8th grade. From then on, they were inseparable.

Q: How did you choose the rings? We picked each other’s out as a surprise. Neither of us knew what we were getting.

Q: Why did you choose your photographer? I loved his work and when I met him at the bridal show he was very enthusiastic and I knew he would be perfect. I hired him on the spot. He actually shot my engagement shoot the next day.

Q: What was your favorite part about planning your wedding? My favorite part about planning the wedding was driving all over MS, TN and AL, picking out all the important details with my mom.

Q: Did you do any DIY projects? Yes, my dad built a 30ft x 10 ft open type tent that went over the food tables outside. My mom draped white silk material over it. It was perfect for an outside reception and very elegant. It was a perfect touch with the 40 x 60 pole tent that accompanied the dance floor stage and seating tables.

Q: Tell us about “the” dress. Who was with you when you found it? The dress is sweetheart cut at the top with a very full skirt. Most people described it as “couture”. It was very unique and resembled feathers on the skirt. I found the dress with my mom and my maid of honor. After finding “the dress” , my dad and brothers came to take a peak and approve.

Q: What was the most important thing to you about your wedding? All of our family and friends that shared our special day with us.


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Q: How did you and your husband meet?

We met at Brookhaven Pub in Memphis. He asked me to stay and watch the Dallas Cowboys play a game against the Green Bay Packers. That night he got my number and a few days later took me on our first date. I don’t think we have spent a day apart since then.

Q: What was the most anticipated moment of your wedding day? I was really excited for Will to see me in my wedding dress as well as to walk down the aisle.

Q: Did you do any DIY projects? Yes, My mom and her friend Gaye McManus made the programs which were fans as well. And they also made water bottles. We also had a friend design our coozies we gave out as wedding favors and design some lanyards we had made for the BBQ tent.

Q: Why did you choose your photographer? She was nice, upbeat, and creative.

Q: Did you have input on your engagement ring or was it a total surprise? It was a total surprise! He gave me his grandmother’s wedding ring.

Q: What was your favorite part about planning your wedding? It was very quick and simple. I don’t like a lot of stress so we wanted something that would be easy and simple. Everything worked out great.

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Photographed by Studio J Photography

Photographed by Studio J Photography Bridal Shop Low’s Bridal • Ceremony Location Punta Cana, Domnican Republic


Q: What is your favorite wedding movie? 16 Candles

Q: Any memorable moments you would like to share about your photographer?

Q: How did you and your husband meet?

The moment Jake ran back to my room when I realized I forgot my vows.

A mutual friend introduced us.

Q: What flavor was your cake?

Q: What was your favorite wedding moment? The moment before Shawn and I realized there was an interpreter for the minister.

Q: Why did you choose your photographer? I wanted someone who had a more creative edge versus traditional.

Blueberry and Cheesecake filling

Q: What was the most anticipated moment of your wedding day? Our vows were the most anticipated moment of our wedding day.


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TrashD the ress THREE SISTERS TRASH THEIR DRESSES PHOTOGRAPHY BY SWEET WATER IMAGES


“I knew from the first time I saw a Trash the Dress session online, on a photographer’s website that I really wanted to do that! I mentioned it at the bridal show and then my mom said that she thought it would be awesome if all of “her girls” did a shoot together... and so it began! It was my step-dad’s idea to take pictures of everyone in front of the tractor and his 53 chevy that he and Jacob are fixing up. It was my mom’s idea for us to jump in the pool. Tug of war and the train tracks were just kind of a collaborative effort and fishing is one of our favorite things to do. But my very favorite, most special part...PAINT!” - Stephanie Cooper-Walley “To me, the Trash The Dress session was the perfect way to capture how close we are and how important we are to each other. We wanted to share the experience – to hear each others’ laughter, watch the interaction between

the couples, cheer for each other during our own personal shots, and watch the first moments of when our beautiful wedding dresses became pieces of art, each in their own way. And Sweet Water Images certainly made us into art! Stephanie & Jenn chose the way they trashed their dresses based on their interests. Frank & I did, too. Frank is an avid hunter & fisherman, with a great love of the outdoors.” - Mandy Cooper-Beloate “The trash the dress day was amazing to say the least. I had never had so much fun with Chris and my new sisterin-laws. The group trash the dress was the best decision we could have made. I will tell you that this family is THE best family you could possibly ever come to know. Having these pictures that show the love and unity that this family provides I will treasure with my heart forever.” - Jenn Cooper


Catering a flavorful feast

reception. Some locations Your search for a caterer begins once you have selected the site for your makes your choice fairly which nt, departme banquet or caterer in-house their use you that require and some of the more clubs country hotels, include nt simple. Locations that may have this requireme asked to select an be also may You homes. historical or boats museums, as such unusual facilities independent caterer from a pre-approved list. list to no more than three; If you are in a position to select your own caterer, try to narrow down your have as much information caterer, otherwise, you will be tasting food for a month. When you call each of guests and the number ate approxim day, of time date, ready as possible such as your wedding es, let the caterer know preferenc or ideas menu general any have you If style. and formality of degree send you some sample so they can be better prepared for your initial meeting. If possible, have them nd. beforeha review to s reference and menus wedding in detail. Your choices will At the initial meeting, caterers will want to discuss your tastes and budget hors d’oeuvres or food passed buffet, a meal, sit-down a options: most likely include the following teness for the appropria their and stations. Your caterer will be able to describe all of these options style. time of day, number of guests and arrange a time for you and When you finally narrow down your service style, most caterers will ask to place at the caterer’s takes usually it and tasting, a your fiancé to sample their cuisine. This is called simply prepare two will they and catering they’re event another with coincide may establishment. It may prepare some they however, ordinary, extra meals. If you’ve indicated a preference for the less . approval your for of their more unusual items

MONEY BUSINESS Most caterers base their Once you’ve selected a caterer, it’s time to get down to business. Money. cost. n prices on a per-perso or set-up fee, while an offFacilities with in-house catering departments may have a minimum charge budget. pon agreed-u le, reasonab any within work premises caterer will usually of guests multiplied by the It’s relatively easy to calculate the overall food cost, which equals the number and the cost of dinner party, bridal the including guests, cost per person. For example, if you have 150 offer lower prices or caterers Some $5,250. is cost food total your person, per $35 is s and beverage ce. Mentally attendan in children of number the special menus for children, so be sure to let them know appropriate. if gratuity, a for percent 20 to 15 and overage, for percent 10 add an additional cost. meal the Remember, typically the wedding cake is not included in will be the minimum number Your final guest count is usually required one week before the event. This on the addition of a few plan will caterers Most charged. be actually will you which for people of wedding. the after bill the to last-minute guests and will add the meals related personnel, such as Although it is not required, you may consider including meals for weddingask your caterer about issue, an is cost If t. the DJ, musicians, photographer and wedding consultan at a lower cost offered are and menu guest the than casual more are “vendor meals.” These meals per person.

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What’s your idea for the next popular trend for rehearsal dinners or catered events? From tapas to sliders, trends are constantly changing...What are you doing to make a brides dining experience new and fresh?

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar “There are many long-standing trends in rehearsal dinner and catering events. Typically you can choose from a sit down dinner or a buffet style meal. Either way is great for us to provide! However, these days brides are being more specific about what they want for their rehearsal dinner and I think more importantly they are having smaller more intimate weddings which carry over to their catered events. Smaller intimate dining experiences really bring the dining party together on another level. It’s not about designated menus or pre-portioned buffets but more about simple fresh foods with a twist. At Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, we stick with the traditional foods and put an elegant spin on the flavors creating a new taste. Brides are interested in the posh idea of food pairings as well, which create a truly personal dining experience for their beloved guests.”

Sharky’s Gulf Grill “The most important wish of every host is that those attending have a great meal, a good time, and a memorable experience. Many couples will be flying south to the islands for their dream honeymoon. Some couples we know have shared that experience with their guests by creating an island theme at the rehearsal dinner including a “tiki bar” design, and, of course, a tropical menu. Simple, or very elaborately-designed, both can be very effective. Add tropical flowers for effect. The most important part of the experience, of course, will be the food and beverages. That’s where Sharky’s fresh fish, shrimp, oysters, crab legs, and other seafood specialties fit the bill. Our bar can mix a selection of tropical drinks, and can serve regional beers that fit your island theme. Bring us your vision. We’ll make it a reality.”

Wade and Company Boutique Catering & Event Design “Long tables, passed serving dishes and an open set up. A friendly environment where two families can be comfortable engaging one another would make the perfect family style rehearsal dinner.”

Hog Wild “A Moveable Feast” “Some of the ‘trendy’ items that we have seen over the last two to three years are twisted ideas on some of our favorite comfort foods. Burgers to sliders, Caprese salad on a skewer to a Shrimp & Grits Bar; these are all old school ideas with a different presentation. I think these items will stick around for a while and I also believe we’ll see some new ideas for some old friends. I think the rehearsal dinners that are the most fun and unique are one’s that are ‘themed’ and reflect some of the bride and grooms favorite items. The bride and groom have to put a little thought into the party. What and/ or where are some of their favorite things to do, to go and to eat and drink? Make it fun and casual and relaxing. The food is usually easy to pair with the theme and can usually fit any budget level that the bride and groom wish to hit. Examples would be… “A Real Memphis Barbecue”, for a Southern or Backyard Theme; A “Crawfish or Shrimp Boil”, thinking of a Louisiana or Coastal/Beach theme; “Caribbean Fare” thinking of the islands/beaches; “A Fiesta”, reflecting a TexMex, Mexican or Southwestern Flair. You can book an $8.00 per person BBQ meal or you can really jazz it up and spend $20-30 per person on the food alone. The sky is the limit on designing a memorable rehearsal dinner.”

Me and My Tea Room “Future brides are looking for foods with essence. Comfort foods that the caterer can take in a new and different direction. For example, mini chicken tacos with pico de galo and avacado or mac’n’cheese cups. I also think action stations are going to be even bigger in the future with much more variety.”


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Wedding Planner Amy Miller Weddings & Events

Wedding Planner Amy Miller Weddings & Events Photographed by Trey Clark Photography • Caterer Currents Restaurant/River Inn of Harbor Town and University Club of Memphis • Florist Greg Campbell of the Garden District • Cake Lee Sanders • Invitations Stovall Collection • Calligrapher Kathy Crosby • Bridal Shop SAKS Fifth Avenue, Los Angeles: Melissa Sweet Custom Gown • Ceremony Location River Inn of Harbor Town • Reception Location University Club of Memphis Transportation McVean’s Coach and TN Limo Service • Ceremony Music Jonathan Kirkscey from Memphis Symphony • Reception Music Ruby Wilson and Shannon Preston • Formalwear Guys Formalwear Rentals Greg Campbell at Garden District and Liz Luxury Event Rentals • Bridesmaid Dresses Melissa Sweet Rehearsal Dinner Inn at Hunt Phelan


Q: What flavor was your cake? My cake was amazing! It was two flavors alternating at the tiers. It was strawberry cake and vanilla cake with butter cream icing then fondant over the butter cream. Lee Sanders was amazing to work with and as much as I didn’t want a wedding cake, I am so glad I ended up having one in the end - my matron of honor, Jane Aldinger Donahoe told me I HAD to have a cake – and I am glad I listened to her because the cake cutting photos are some of my favorites and the cake tasted amazing.

Q: Tell us about “the” dress. Who was with you when you found it? We went to Monique Lhullier on Melrose in LA and narrowed it down to my top 3 but I all of my friends kept telling me – you will know when you have found the one and I didn’t have that feeling yet. My Mom and I then went to SAKS in Los Angeles, where I probably tried on over 40 gowns. We narrowed the selection down to 2 Vera Wangs and I asked Kate our bridal consultant there to please call Melissa Sweet and see if

they could send their sample of a gown I had seen online. I was alone when the gown arrived at SAKS and tried it on and loved it. I wanted a custom gown, so Kate took measurements and then Melissa Sweet made a muslin that was then sent back to LA and we went from there!

Q: How did you choose your wedding planner? I chose Amy Miller because she came highly recommended from one of my friend’s mothers. I met with her and knew off the bat should she would be perfect for what I needed. She attended all my vendor meetings and did an amazing job catering to my needs. Considering the loss of my grandmother on my wedding day, a few more obligations flew Amy’s way and she would not hesitate to take care of them. Amy was wonderful to work with and extended beyond her duties for what I needed. I remember specifically at the meeting with our reception venue when we were going over menu choices, she helped me make a decision. I tended to be so indecisive when I was trying to plan and she said “you should do this” and I did and it turned out beautifully.


Rehearsal Dinner

before the big day

“Twas the night before ‘I do’”… With the main event just around the corner, it’s time to relax and celebrate! After the ceremony rehearsal most couples choose to spend some quality time with close family and friends during a rehearsal dinner. The details of how you do this – who, what, when, where – are up to you.

TYPES OF PARTIES

The first step is to decide on what kind of gathering you wish to have. Most couples stick with something a little less formal, since you will all be dressed to the nines the next day. Some couples may choose to do a glamorous cocktail celebration while others do a casual outdoor affair. But really, you can do anything you like that feeds the crowd and allows for a little mingling: a pig roast, dinner at a restaurant, a cocktail and appetizer cruise, a potluck, a garden party, or a cookout in your backyard. Brainstorm with your sweetie and your sweetie’s parents, if they’re involved, and choose your ideal party. If you’re having an affair at home or somewhere other than a restaurant, you will want to consider the added planning that comes with the event. This is, after all, the night before your wedding, and you should get the chance to relax and let loose. Knowing that professionals are taking care of all of the details, from the food to the setup, will make this day go much smoother, and you can be well-rested for your upcoming big event!

WHO PLANS IT? Traditionally, the groom’s mother plans this celebration since the bride’s family plans the big event. Before you start planning, check with your future mother-in-law and ask her if she would be willing to help plan the party. It’s a great way to have some bonding time before you get married. And while historically, the groom’s parents picked up the tab for the rehearsal dinner, you can no longer make that assumption. Nowadays you’ll often see couples include the cost in their overall budget. Another option would be to have both parents host the event. So – as with all wedding elements – it’s critical to be clear up front exactly who is paying for what. And never, ever assume! If you think you can’t afford the rehearsal dinner, reconsider your options. It doesn’t have to be a grand affair. All that is really required is that you and your groom have the chance to thank all of those who made your wedding day possible. Everything else is just icing on the cake, so to speak.

THE GUEST LIST In the past, rehearsal dinners were only for the wedding party and immediate family, but nowadays the guest list is open to any and all people you wish to be there! While it is certainly not required to invite others to the event, it is a nice gesture to include out-of-town guests. Since they have traveled from near and far to witness your happy occasion, they will be happy to have an event to attend in an unfamiliar city. If you don’t invite them, you can hand out a list of local restaurants and attractions to be handed out at the hotel where you have reserved a room block. As for invitations, printed invitations are normally mailed out a few days after the wedding invitation is sent. Since this affair is more casual, the invitations can also be less formal. They can even be coordinated to match your wedding colors, or they can match the theme of your dinner.

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Themes for your

One way to inject just a little more fun into your wedding weekend is throw a themed rehearsal dinner. The theme should be something that your guest will enjoy, as well as something that is personal to you. So, for example, if you all love the 50s aesthetic, you could have your guests wear poodle skirts and eat Elvis’s favorite Peanut Butter and Banana sandwiches. The options are unlimited, but here are a couple ideas to get your started.

1. City Specific Theme

3. Italian Feast

Many of you all live in great cities and towns with signature foods. If your town is like this, plan a dinner around your city featuring your local cuisine. You can name the tables all the main streets in your town or major landmarks. If you invite your out-of-town guests too, they may find that this is a fun way to get to know your city!

If your reception is going to be huge, and you want a more intimate affair for your rehearsal dinner, you might try an Italian family-style dinner. Nothing says good food and good times like a big bowl of pasta and a couple bottles of wine. And in an intimate setting, your guests will have plenty of opportunity to get to know each other.

2. Island Luau

4. Backyard Barbeque

When you welcome your guests with leis, you know it’s going to be a good time. Not only can you have fruity drinks, but many caterers offer great island cuisine, even whole roasted pigs on a spit. If you hire a fun island band, your guest will be dancing all night long!

Whether or not you actually host this in your backyard, you can host a party that’s just as casual. Be sure to have plenty of burgers and all the sides, as well as coolers of cold beer and wine coolers.


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“John & Jane Smith” HONORING

Appetizer JUMBO LUMP CRAB CAKES roasted red pepper and lime butter Salad THE WEDGE iceberg lettuce with grape tomatoes, red onions and crumbled blue cheese Entrees (Choice of One) NEW YORK STRIP 16 OZ. VEAL CHOP 14 OZ. TUNA MIGNON seared rare with poppy seed au poivre and tomato sherry vinaigrette

Sides GRILLED ASPARAGUS served with hollandaise sauce FLEMING’S POTATOES Dessert WALNUT TURTLE PIE


Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar 6245 Poplar Ave, 901.761.6200 www.flemingssteakhouse.com pdmemphis@flemingssteakhouse.com FACILITY TYPE...............................................................Restaurant EVENT OPTIONS.......................................... Rehearsal Dinner LOCATION OPTIONS......................................................Indoor CAPACITY....................................................................................250 CATERING $ RANGE............................................................N/A FACILITY FEE............................................................................... NO PARKING.................................................................. Valet Parking Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is available for Private Rehearsal Dinner from 2 to 200. Our on site Private Dining Director will walk you through every step of planning a perfect evening that is sure to be create lasting memories. Fleming’s has an unparalleled dedication to service and perfect execution of impeccable food. Stop by or call (901) 761.6200 to explore the possibilities of hosting one of your biggest nights with Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar.


judd grisanti’s 2855 Poplar Ave. 901.552.3050 www.juddgrisanti.com FACILITY TYPE................................................ Restaurant & Bar EVENT OPTIONS....Rehearsal Dinner & Bridal Luncheons LOCATION OPTIONS......................................................Indoor CAPACITY...................................30-70 seated 100 cocktail CATERING $ RANGE........................................................Varies FACILITY FEE............................................................................... NO PARKING................................................................Ample Parking Judd Grisanti’s Trattoria is the perfect setting to begin your wedding weekend. Whether your wedding is a casual gathering, or a formal affair, Chef Judd Grisanti and his experienced private dining staff can help you plan your event to the final detail. New takes on classic Italian recipes make for a menu that is both elegant and inviting. From bridal luncheons to rehearsal dinners, we can offer many dining options such as heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktail receptions, to full-scale multicourse meals to accommodate any wedding party. We will work with you closely to make things just right for your theme, party size, location and budget. With our flawless attention to detail and enthusiastic service, Chef Grisanti and his experienced staff will make your event truly memorable and unique. For more information, visit our website at www.JuddGrisanti.com or call us at 901-552-3050.


NAPE CAFE 5101 Sanderlin Avenue, Ste. 122 901.683.0441 www.napacafe.com FACILITY TYPE...............................................................Restaurant EVENT OPTIONS.......Rehearsal Dinners, Bridal Luncheons, & Receptions LOCATION OPTIONS......................................................Indoor CAPACITY...............................................................................15-65 CATERING $ RANGE..................................................$40-$50 FACILITY FEE............................................................................None PARKING..................................................................Parking Deck Perfect for your bridal luncheon, rehearsal dinner or even a mid-afternoon bridal tea - Napa Cafe is the ideal location. Brides can enjoy delicious creations by Cordon Bleu Chef, Ben Adams while surrounded by a warm inviting atmosphere. Napa Cafe can assist you with a seven course dinner experience, personalized event menus, or even a less intimate gathering with the perfect selection of hors de oeuvres paired with a large selection of aged wines and spirits. Our private dining area, accommodating up to 65 personal guests, is located adjacent to our “glass enclosed wine cellar” creating a one of a kind dining experience. Call us today to set up a mouth watering consultation!


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The secret to planning a fabulous, stress-free wedding 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 reception you’ve always dreamed of.

FINDING THE RIGHT LOCATION

The first step for any wedding is to begin by setting the wedding date, size, budget and style. Once these particulars have been established your next major decision will be the reception location. If you already have a place in mind contact the facility manager and confirm availability of the date you’ve selected. This is also a good time to schedule an appointment for you and your fiancé to view the site. Don’t procrastinate! Choice locations are often booked one to two years in advance and prime dates go fast. If you have no idea where to hold your reception, try hotels, banquet halls, restaurants, community centers and country clubs. Other less obvious options are country inns, historic homes or mansions, city parks, college or university facilities, art galleries, museums and boats. Each location offers its own unique style and ambiance.

TYPES OF FACILITIES There are two basic types of reception facilities: on-site and off-site. Most on-site locations provide the majority of services you will need for your reception: catering, beverages, tables, chairs, tableware, linens and serving staff, making this a very convenient option. The facilities normally charge on a per person basis, and have a minimum guest requirement. Such locations include hotels, private clubs and restaurants. Off-site 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 own way. Increasingly popular for outdoor receptions is the use of party tents. Tents 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 the 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 be no more than half an hour by car. Depending on the season in which you will wed, you might want to inquire about air conditioning or heating. Also 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 for the number in attendance.

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Your anticipation fades into delight as promises and kisses are exchanged. The toasts will be inspiring. But the feelings will be indescribable. Begin your journey at The Westin Memphis Beale Street, where new beginning are always celebrated. • Create your own or choose from a variety of thoughtfully designed and inspired wedding packages • Select an intimate venue suited for your rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception or day-after brunch • Rejuvenating guestrooms and suites for family and friends featuring Westin’s Heavenly Bed © Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. All Rights reserved.

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Venue Guide

This section was created to help you choose a reception site for your big day. When you are trying to decide what place is best for your event, keep in mind that every facility has different advantages. You can use the following pages to compare and contrast the benefits of different venues. Once you have narrowed the facilities down make sure you visit them. Take time to sample some of their food and take a tour of the facility. Make sure the place you choose fits all your needs. Many of these facilities can also accommodate your rehearsal dinner or other party needs


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brooks museum of art 1934 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 901.544.6222 www.brooksmuseum.org FACILITY TYPE...........................................................Museum EVENT OPTIONS..................... Ceremony & Reception LOCATION OPTIONS.......................... Indoor/Outdoor CAPACITY.................................................................50-1000 CATERING $ RANGE....................................$25 and up FACILITY FEE........................................................................YES PARKING.............................. Free Parking/Valet Parking

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The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable wedding. The museum is surrounded by a beautiful park located in the heart of Memphis. Choose from a variety of elegant settings such as a romantic courtyard, classical galleries, an expansive marble rotunda, and a beautiful dining room with breathtaking views. Whether you envision an intimate affair for 50 or a grand event for 1000, the Brooks Museum will exceed your expectations. Their full-service professional staff can handle every aspect of your event. On-site caterers and wedding coordinators are also there to assist you in creating your perfect day. The Brushmark Restaurant is known for its award-winning New American cuisine and offers extensive culinary choices so that you can design the ideal menu.


THE CADRE BUILDING 149 Monroe Ave, Memphis, TN 901.544.9103 www.cadrebuilding.com FACILITY TYPE..........................................................Ballroom EVENT OPTIONS..................... Ceremony & Reception LOCATION OPTIONS.............................................. Indoor CAPACITY............................................................up to 1000 CATERING $ RANGE....................................................N/A FACILITY FEE........................................................................ Yes PARKING........................................................Ample Parking Classic, unrivaled, elegance is what the Cadre Building stands for. Built in 1928, with architectural details recalling classical ideals of balance and beauty, this is an unexpected treasure in the heart of downtown Memphis and could easily be the site of your next unforgettable event. If you are planning a grand party, a wedding, a reception, or celebrating your success, the Cadre Building is an inspirational setting for every event. Luxurious features include intricately crafted columns, brilliant crystal chandeliers and champagne-hued draperies. With a 13,000 sq ft ballroom and 2500 sq ft mezzanine, all that you envision for your event can come to life.


CARAHILLS II 1960 Hwy 70, Gallaway, TN 901.861.2133 www.carahills.com FACILITY TYPE.................................................Event Center EVENT OPTIONS.......................... Ceremony/Reception LOCATION OPTIONS.......................... Indoor/Outdoor CAPACITY............................................................................275 CATERING $ RANGE................................................Varies FACILITY FEE........................................................................ Yes PARKING............................................................................... Yes Serving brides and graciously welcoming their guests since 1998, Carahills has relocated to Gallaway, Tennessee, minutes from Highway 385. Carahills II offers couples indoor or outdoor ceremony sites and two beautifully decorated reception facilities. Rental include tables, chairs, linens, centerpieces, a scenic outdoor wedding site with a one of a kind Round-a-Bout and outdoor Gazebo, a wedding planner, and a director to insure a worry-free wedding. You provide the caterer, florist and photographer allowing more control of your event budget. Please take a few moments to look us up and discover why for over a decade so many couples have trusted Carahills for their big day.


ESPLANADE MEMPHIS 901 Cordova Station, Cordova TN 901.753.3333 www.esplanadememphis.com FACILITY TYPE......................................................Private Facility EVENT OPTIONS............................. Ceremony & Reception LOCATION OPTIONS.................................. Indoor/Outdoor CAPACITY............................................................................50-550 CATERING $ RANGE........................................................Varies FACILITY FEE................................................................................ Yes PARKING..............................................................Valet Available Conveniently located between Germantown and Cordova Tennessee, but faced away from the hustle and bustle of Germantown road, Esplanade Memphis Banquet and Conference Complex is a picturesque 4.2 acre celebration facility. As you enter our stately building, experience the glamor of our glass-enclosed Sky Room topped with a stunning old gold and copper rotunda. From there you can proceed to the grand Presidency Ballroom or the Eden Gardens Courtyard, or the Lansdowne Terrace. In the 10,000 sq ft. Presidency ballroom, catch your breath while admiring the soaring ceilings, bathed in natural light coming in from 15 foot high windows, and crowned with unique, contemporary glass chandeliers. Choose from our menu or have us customize one for you. We use only fresh ingredients beautifully presented, selecting both traditional and creative new dishes, givng you the opportunity to choose items best suited for your special event.


Harrah’s Tunica Casino & Hotel 13615 Old Highway 61 N, Robinsonville, MS 662.357.6073 www.midsouthmeetingsbyharrahs.com

FACILITY TYPE................................................................Resort EVENT OPTIONS.......................... Ceremony/Reception LOCATION OPTIONS.......................... Indoor/Outdoor CAPACITY...........................................................up to 1,000 CATERING $ RANGE.......................................$25-$100 FACILITY FEE...................................................................Varies PARKING...................................................... Valet Available We’ve got your wedding bells (and whistles). Your big day is coming and Harrah’s Tunica is the perfect place for your wedding experience. We are the premier destination ~ from event space and award winning catering to world class sporting activities and a relaxing spa, there’s something special for everyone. Get in a round of golf, swim in our sparkling pools, stay in one of our spacious hotels, enjoy great gaming or dine in style in one of our amazing restaurants. An exciting destination only 30 minutes from Memphis.


HEARTWOOD HALL 2665 Raleigh La Grange, Memphis, TN 901.854.2294 www.heartwoodhall.com FACILITY TYPE...............................Historic Wedding Site EVENT OPTIONS..................... Ceremony & Reception LOCATION OPTIONS..................... Indoor & Outdoor CAPACITY.................................................................250-300 CATERING $ RANGE................................................Varies FACILITY FEE........................................................................ Yes PARKING...........................................................Valet Parking Located on 25 wooded acres east of Collierville, Heartwood Hall is a grand, historic home built in 1840. With its stately oak trees and beautifully landscaped garden, Heartwood Hall offers a truly unparalleled site for your bridal luncheon, rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony and reception site in the Memphis area. In addition to its historic charm, Heartwood Hall offers a horse drawn carriage, a lovely swimming pool area with tastefully lighted fountains and a refurbished barn that offers rustic, yet elegant charm. With the variety of possibilities, let the staff at Heartwood Hall help create the perfect wedding that your guest will not forget.


Hillwood at Davies Manor 3570 Davieshire Drive, Memphis, TN 901.386.0715 www.daviesmanorplantation.org FACILITY TYPE.............................Museum, Banquet Hall EVENT OPTIONS..................... Ceremony & Reception LOCATION OPTIONS.......................... Indoor/Outdoor CAPACITY............................................................................350 CATERING $ RANGE..... List of Approved Caterers FACILITY FEE........................................................................ Yes PARKING...................................................... Valet Available

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Hillwood at Davies Manor Plantation is the ideal site for your dream wedding. Whatever the season or style, Hillwood can accommodate your plans. Situated on 35 wooded acres we offer a choice of sites for your outdoor ceremony from our vine covered gazebo, a wooded â&#x20AC;&#x153;cathedralâ&#x20AC;? on the front meadow, or the lawn and gardens in front of our circa 1850 log Manor Home. Indoors, the massive field stone fireplace with 8 ft mantel provides a perfect backdrop for your ceremony or reception festivities. Hillwood offers a 6000 sq. ft. banquet room including tables and chairs, two separate rooms for use by the bridal party and groomsmen and a spacious, well equipped caterers kitchen. Choose from our list of preferred caterers and vendors to create your very own special and unique event, or let us work with your choice of providers.


HILTON MEMPHIS 939 Ridge Lake Boulevard, Memphis, TN 901.684.6664 www.hiltonmemphis.com FACILITY TYPE................................................................. Hotel EVENT OPTIONS..................... Ceremony & Reception LOCATION OPTIONS.............................................. Indoor CAPACITY.........................................................................1600 CATERING $ RANGE..................................................$33+ FACILITY FEE...................................................................Varies PARKING....................................................... Valet/Self-Park The hallmarks of every Hilton ceremony, reception, shower or rehearsal dinner are beautiful elegance and uncompromising attention to detail. Our attentive planners will captivate your guests with a perfectly appointed location, then our chefs will tantalize their tongues with delightfully prepared cuisine. And surrounding it all will be Hilton’s luxurious accommodations, as well as a staff committed to making your stay as enjoyable as possible. Let us help you experience the wedding you’ve always imagined.


LICHTERMAN NATURE CENTER 5992 Quince Rd, Memphis TN 901.767.7322 www.memphismuseums.org FACILITY TYPE..................................................Nature Center EVENT OPTIONS.............................Ceremony/Reception LOCATION OPTIONS............................. Indoor/Outdoor CAPACITY................................................................................ 200 CATERING $ RANGE......Outside Catering Required FACILITY FEE............................................................................. Yes PARKING.....................................................................Parking Lot Located in the heart of our metro area, Lichterman Nature Center focuses on environmental education and interpretation of Midsouth wildlife living in lake, meadow and forest habitats. Environmental exhibits and live animal displays are housed in two exhibit buildings. The Center’s 65 acres are maintained as a living museum and outdoor classroom. Demonstration gardens and three miles of trailside plantings are designed to provide teachers, students and the public with multiple opportunities to experience the natural world. Lichterman’s trails feature an ADAcompliant surface and are designed to be accessible to visitors of a variety of physical abilities. As an urban nature center, Lichterman has a unique role in helping urban residents – many of whom are landless or whose school grounds are paved - develop a love and respect for the environment.


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MADISON HOTEL 79 Madison Avenue, Memphis, TN 901.333.1223 www.madisonhotelmemphis.com

FACILITY TYPE...................................................Luxury Hotel EVENT OPTIONS.......................... Ceremony/Reception LOCATION OPTIONS........ Indoor/Outdoor/Rooftop CAPACITY............................................................................150 CATERING $ RANGE..........................................$40-$80 FACILITY FEE.......................................................................N/A PARKING...................................................... Valet Available Make your big day a flawless one with a distinctive and sophisticated wedding at the Madison. Exchange vows on our breathtaking Rooftop Terrace as sunlight fades over the rolling river below. Toast true love and take to the dance floor in our elegant Iris Ballroom. Cut the cake among family and friends on our intimate Mezzanine. Enjoy Memphis’ finest catering from the award-winning chefs of Grill 83. Whatever your vision, the Madison’s experienced and eager staff of planners and caterers are here to make your dream wedding, reception, rehearsal dinner, and honeymoon come true.


THE MAGNOLIA ROOM 2078 Monroe at S. Florence, Memphis, TN 901.278.9080 www.magnolia-room.com

FACILITY TYPE........................................... Banquet Facility EVENT OPTIONS.......................... Ceremony/Reception LOCATION OPTIONS.......................... Indoor/Outdoor CAPACITY............................................................................150 CATERING $ RANGE....................................$12 and up FACILITY FEE........................................................................ Yes PARKING.........................................................2 Parking Lots The Magnolia Room is located in the heart of Memphis within minutes of downtown. Our staff is comprised of professionals that will work for you in creating the perfect setting for your wedding day! We can accommodate up to 150 guests with adequate parking for your wedding, reception, rehearsal dinner, or all three! The Magnolia Room is a complete place to have your wedding and/or reception! We even have a master carver on hand to create beautiful buffet tablescapes.


MEMPHIS BOTANIC GARDEN 750 Cherry Road, Memphis, TN 901.636.4106 www.memphisbotanicgarden.com FACILITY TYPE..........................Wedding/Banquet Facility EVENT OPTIONS.............................Ceremony/Reception LOCATION OPTIONS............................. Indoor/Outdoor CAPACITY.............................................................................Varies CATERING $ RANGE........................................................N/A FACILITY FEE............................................................................. Yes PARKING..................................Complimentary Parking Lot An oasis of beauty right in the heart of East Memphis, Memphis Botanic Garden offers 96 acres of scenic locations for outdoor weddings, and two banquet halls for indoor receptions and events. The newly-renovated Goldsmith Room will accommodate up to 150 guests. Hardin Hall accommodates 350 guests for seated receptions or, with Terrace and 4-Seasons Lobby, up to 600 guests for standing receptions. Select from a list of approved caterers for a wide variety of quality food service. Hardin Hall rental includes a beautifully appointed Brideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Room. All tables and chairs are provided along with free parking and security.


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THE MEMPHIS ZOO 2000 Prentiss Place 901.333.6571 www.memphiszoo.org FACILITY TYPE..................................... Entertainment/Park EVENT OPTIONS..................... Ceremony & Reception LOCATION OPTIONS......................... Indoor/Outdoor CAPACITY.....................................................................15,000 CATERING $ RANGE.................................................... Any FACILITY FEE........................................................................ Yes PARKING...................................................... Valet Available Take a step out of the ordinary and into the extravagant with a wedding at the Memphis Zoo. Whether you’re planning an intimate afternoon ceremony or a large evening of elegance, choose the perfect backdrop from any one of the Zoo’s extraordinary venues. Say your “I Do’s” under the stars in the Courtyard or invite an audience of sea lions and polar bears for a reception in Northwest Passage. Escape to the great outdoors in the allnew Teton Trek exhibit, inspired by Yellowstone or enjoy the ornate beauty of the CHINA exhibit with giant pandas Ya Ya and Le Le. A wedding at the Zoo gives you the opportunity to create a unique atmosphere that cannot be outdone.


Minglewood Hall 1555 Madison Avenue, Memphis TN 901.312.6058 www.minglewoodhall.com FACILITY TYPE............... Music & Private Event Venue EVENT OPTIONS......................... .Ceremony/Reception LOCATION OPTIONS.......................... Indoor/Outdoor CAPACITY..............................................................100-1200 CATERING $ RANGE..................................................... NA FACILITY FEE........................................................................ Yes PARKING...................................................... Valet Available Located inside a historical building in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Minglewood Hall possesses a renewed charm that will add a distinctive quality to your special day. Intricate wall sconces, elegant scored concrete floors, and walls draped with luxurious curtains create an ambiance that radiates romance. We can create any mood you desire with state-ofthe-art LED lighting and sound systems. If you would like a more intimate atmosphere, Minglewood Hall offers curtaining options for smaller gatherings. Also available, is our brand new 1884 Hall at Minglewood. The hall within the hall is a more intimate location for your special day. This separate area of 3000 square feet is outfitted with flat screen tv’s, it’s own sound system, and creative lighting that can be transformed for any occasion.


PEABODY MEMPHIS 149 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN 901.529.4154 www.peabodymemphis.com FACILITY TYPE................................................................. Hotel EVENT OPTIONS.......................... Ceremony/Reception LOCATION OPTIONS.......................... Indoor/Outdoor CAPACITY................................................................10-2,000 CATERING $ RANGE................................... $50 and up FACILITY FEE........................................................................ Yes PARKING...................................................... Valet Available The Peabody, the Southâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grand Hotel, will make your wedding day forever memorable. For over 140 years brides have placed their hopes and dreams into our care. Every detail is handled with the elegance and ease you expect of this worldclass landmark. Our 80,000 square feet of banquet space includes ballrooms with carved plaster walls, gold leaf, custom paneling and crystal chandeliers. Our rooms and suites are luxuriously appointed. Famous for oldworld elegance, exceptional service, and exquisite cuisine by an internationally trained staff, The Peabody offers the ultimate wedding experience.


THE RACQUET CLUB OF MEMPHIS 5111 Sanderlin Avenue, Memphis, TN 901.765.4456 www.rcofmemphis.com FACILITY TYPE.................................................. Private Club EVENT OPTIONS..................... Ceremony & Reception LOCATION OPTIONS.............................................. Indoor CAPACITY...............................................................up to 600 CATERING $ RANGE............................$16.95-$42.95 FACILITY FEE........................................................................ Yes PARKING......................................... Gated lot with guard Helping people entertain since 1957, The Racquet Club of Memphis has a professional staff with over 300 combined years of service and is expertly prepared to accommodate an event of any size. The Club offers an array of settings, menu choices and complimentary services from which to choose. A formal dining room, pub and special event room are available for use, and caterers can prepare full meals at a cost per plate. Additionally, The Club has gated parking, with a security guard, for guests. The Racquet Club of Memphis is the place to have your perfect wedding.


RIVER INN OF HARBOR TOWN 50 Harbor Town Square, Memphis , TN 901.260.3333 www.RiverInnMemphis.com FACILITY TYPE..............................................Boutique Hotel EVENT OPTIONS.......................... Ceremony/Reception LOCATION OPTIONS.......................... Indoor/Outdoor CAPACITY...............................................................................65 CATERING $ RANGE..........................$60-120/person FACILITY FEE........................................................................ Yes PARKING............................................................................. Free Overlooking the Mississippi River, the River Inn is truly the Southâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Most Romantic hotel. Upon arrival, you are treated to a glass of wine or champagne and at night, turn-down chocolates and Port wine. Our initmate and charming 28-room Inn offers perfection for any wedding event. Currents, the beautiful and luxurious fine dining restaurant, can accommodate up to 65 persons for a rehearsal dinner, wedding reception, or a bridesmaid luncheon. Attention to detail is the hallmark of our chef and every member of the very professional staff. The Rooftop Terrace, the River Hall, and our Courtyard (which can be tented) afford spectacular views of the Mississippi. All are excellent venues for receptions. For the exchange of vows, our Gazebo is perfect.


TUNICA RIVER PARK One River Park Dr. Tunica Resorts, MS 866.51RIVER www.tunicariverpark.com FACILITY TYPE...........................................................Museum EVENT OPTIONS.......................... Ceremony/Reception LOCATION OPTIONS.......................... Indoor/Outdoor CAPACITY.................................................................400-600 CATERING $ RANGE....................................................N/A FACILITY FEE........................................................................ Yes PARKING.......................... Parking with golf cart shuttle Your wedding could be set overlooking the Mississippi River! Located just 30 minutes south of Memphis, Tunica River Park offers spectacular views and great photo opportunities. It has more than 2,100 feet of celebration space and can accommodate up to 600 guests. The River Park is a true union of Southern hospitality and natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grandeur with an outdoor observation platform, terrace garden and nature trail available for your outdoor festivities. Or add a cruise down the Mississippi on the Tunica Queen riverboat to your celebration. Our friendly staff will make your eventplanning easy, and your event one to remember.


The Pink Palace 3050 Central Avenue Memphis, TN 901.320.6394 www.memphismuseums.org FACILITY TYPE.................................. Museum & Mansion EVENT OPTIONS..................... Ceremony & Reception LOCATION OPTIONS......................... Indoor/Outdoor CAPACITY....................................................................50-500 CATERING $ RANGE..................................................... NA FACILITY FEE........................................................................ Yes PARKING..................................... Complimentary Parking Whether you want an intimate setting for 50 or unrivaled elegance for 500, the Memphis Pink Palace Museum meet your needs. Centrally located, the Pink Palace offers convenience and amenities you will not find elsewhere. Your guests will be awestruck the moment they walk on to our beautifully landscaped grounds, and into our Grand Lobby with marble floors, staircase, and antique fixtures. Our full time, professional event staff is extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of event planning and is always available to help you plan an event worthy of royalty. Come hold your court at the Pink Palace. After all, every princess deserves a Palace. Image by Erin Browne Photo


TOWER ROOM EVENTS 5100 Poplar Ave. Suite 3300, Memphis, TN 901.767.8776 www.towerroom.com FACILITY TYPE........................................... Banquet Facility EVENT OPTIONS.......................... Ceremony/Reception LOCATION OPTIONS.............................................. Indoor CAPACITY.......................................................................6-600 CATERING $ RANGE................................................Varies FACILITY FEE........................................................................ Yes PARKING.................................Covered, Valet Available Located atop the Clark Tower in East Memphis, Tower Room Events offers rehearsals, weddings, and receptions that are truly above the rest. The breathtaking, panoramic views are a perfect backdrop for your special event. With a variety of private rooms, a full service bar and lounge area, and an expansive ballroom, Tower Room Events can host from 6 to 600 guests. We offer an array of menus, settings, and services from which you can choose, or our Chef and staff can create an event limited only by your imagination. The Tower Room is THE place to elevate your wedding above the rest.


THE VINE, Inc. 1819 Madison Avenue, Memphis, TN 901.274.8463 www.iamthevine.com FACILITY TYPE........................................... Banquet Facility EVENT OPTIONS..................... Ceremony & Reception LOCATION OPTIONS.............................................. Indoor CAPACITY............................................................................350 CATERING $ RANGE........................................ $15 & up FACILITY FEE........................................................................ Yes PARKING............................. Valet Available, Private Lot Located in the historic Idlewild Theatre in Midtown Memphis, The Vine has been renovated to acommodate up to 350 people for wedding ceremonies, receptions, rehearsal dinners or other private special events. A loft overlooks the main ballroom floor, two bar areas and a courtyard. The Vine provides catering and bartending services. Floral arranging is also available. Other amenities include private parking, DJ booth and decorated ceremony site. Building shown by appointment only Tuesday through Saturday.

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Westin Memphis Beale Street 170 Lt. George W. Lee Ave Memphis, TN 901.334.5924 www.westin.com/bealestreet FACILITY TYPE.....................................Hotel & Restaurant EVENT OPTIONS..................... Ceremony & Reception LOCATION OPTIONS.............................................. Indoor CAPACITY.............................................................. Up to 225 CATERING $ RANGE..................................$45 and up FACILITY FEE...................................................................Varies PARKING..................................Valet Available/Self Park An unforgettable walk down the aisle. A lifetime together. Experience the perfect blend of sophistication and renewal to create a celebration that is uniquely you and one that will long be remembered. Begin your journey at The Westin Memphis. Our hotel is located just behind the world-famous Beale Street, the perfect backdrop for your big day. Specializing in memorable events from your dream wedding to a bridesmaidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; luncheon and everything in between. From extravagant receptions to an intimate affair, we offer enchanting settings for weddings of all sizes. Special touches and contemporary design will transform the ballroom into a beautiful, romantic setting.


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FACILITY TYPE............................... Music & Event Venue EVENT OPTIONS.......................... Ceremony/Reception LOCATION OPTIONS.......................... Indoor/Outdoor CAPACITY............................................................................300 CATERING $ RANGE............ Preferred Catering List FACILITY FEE...................................................................Varies PARKING...............................................Private Parking Lot Located in East Memphis on the edge of Germantown, the Clark Opera Memphis Center offers a refreshing and contemporary setting for your big day. The 5400 square foot hall seats up to 300 with room to dance, and the lobby seats up to 50. From angled red doors to towering windows and pristine hardwood floors, the possibilities for a truly unique event are endless! Our lobby is a perfect fit for a small event or rehearsal dinner and the hall a stunning venue for a reception. Feeling adventurous? Hold your ceremony by our beautiful fountain!

FACILITY TYPE.....................................Hotel & Restaurant EVENT OPTIONS.......................... Ceremony/Reception LOCATION OPTIONS.......................... Indoor/Outdoor CAPACITY.................................................................10-1000 CATERING $ RANGE................................................Varies FACILITY FEE.........................................................................No PARKING......................... Parking deck/Valet Available The Hunt Phelan estate is the ideal setting for authentic and personalized events from 10-1000. We specialize in grand weddings to garden receptions, business and social luncheons, intimate dinners or all day business meetings. Your party will enjoy our restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quality food, individual service, staged within a true Memphis landmark. Arrangements can be made for all of your function needs; lodging, photography, transportation, rentals, flowers, as well as anything else that your unique event may require. Contact the Inn for questions regarding your event.


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Q: How did you and your husband meet? Todd and I met through a group of mutual friends from Germantown Baptist Church where we both attended. I was a sophomore at Collierville High School and Todd was a junior at Houston High School. We first hung out at a friend’s house over Thanksgiving break and went on our first date New Year’s Day to see Drumline!

Q: What were you thinking as you walked down the aisle? I’m not even sure if I can remember what I was thinking, all I know is I was smiling the biggest smile I think I ever had and told myself to stop cheesin’ it so much!

Q: Why did you choose your photographer? We chose Donny from Creation Studios for several reasons that include his amazing eye of creativity, loveable personality, personal interest in his clients and the ability to make their visions come true.

Q: Did you do any DIY projects? My mom, my aunt and I made our own candy station with personalized candy bags as our wedding favor for our guests. We used our favorite kinds of candy displayed in rustic tin pales and vintage candy machines.

Q: What was your something blue? My something blue was my garter my grandmother and I made together.

Q: How did you choose the rings? We chose our wedding bands together on a trip to Philadelphia for his grandparent’s 60th Wedding Anniversary. We went to the jeweler that he got my engagement ring from, which was also the same jeweler his dad got his mom’s ring.

Q: What traditions did you follow? We followed a traditional Christian ceremony with traditional vows and Christian music. We did not, however, follow the tradition of waiting to see each other until the ceremony. We wanted to take our pictures before to not keep our guests waiting, so we had our own special moment where Todd first saw me with just the photographer in the sanctuary with us. It was amazing how much it calmed me down for the ceremony!


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A professional photographer has the experience, equipment and know-how to make your photographs sensational. They understand the different moods created by lighting and posing. They use reliable techniques and equipment to create quality images that are likely to live up to your expectations. A novice—like a friend or acquaintance who dabbles in photography—won’t.

YOUR STYLE As you begin your search for a photographer, you will find a number of fine ones to choose from. Just because someone is well known or has a good reputation does not necessarily mean they are right for you. Experienced photographers develop their own unique style over time. One may specialize in elegant and traditional wedding images, while another may have an excellent photojournalistic approach or a flare for black and white. Your most important task will be to decide what style best suits you and your fiancé. Begin by viewing the albums of several friends, and try to determine what catches your eye, and why. Once you have a clear idea of what you like, schedule appointments with several photographers. Take this opportunity not only to view the photographer’s work but to establish your comfort level with their personality and style. Ask to see entire wedding albums, not just highlights of a number of different weddings. Pay close attention to the consistency of style and quality throughout the course of the entire wedding. If you do not see evidence of the style of photography you want, this photographer is not for you.

THE COMPLETE PACKAGE Once you like a photographer’s style, find out what wedding packages are available. Packages will vary, but most generally include an engagement photo, a bridal portrait, photographer’s fee, proofs, a wedding album, parents’ albums, and numerous enlargements for display. If proofs are not part of the package, and you cannot imagine not owning each and every photo from your wedding, ask the photographer if they can be purchased after you have seen them. Many photographers now offer a la carte pricing. This allows couples to customize their wedding package to include only the items and services they want.

A HELPING HAND One of the best tools a photographer can possess, in addition to the proper equipment, is an experienced, well-trained assistant. This person usually poses subjects, adjusting a hand position here, a facial posture there, creating the ideal look. While the photographer concentrates on lighting and equipment, the assistant is already setting up the next shot, arranging the wedding party and families with a smile. Although hiring a photographer with a qualified assistant may cost more, it will be worth the investment, especially if they will be dealing with a large family and bridal party. If you find a photographer whose style you love but who does not use an assistant, confirm that the photographs you admire were taken without one. Some photographers simply prefer to work on their own.

DIGITAL IMAGING After your wedding, some photographers will use digital imaging to correct any flaws in your photos, using computer scanning and retouching to produce photographic prints. Digital imaging offers more options than conventional photography, such as instant imaging and retouching and the ability to combine images. Digital images can be shown on your computer or TV screen, emailed to friends and kept in perfect condition for untold years on your hard drive.

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2. be the bride

You have one task the day of your wedding and that is to be a beautiful happy bride. Remember you hired your vendors for a reason. They know what they are doing so let them do their job. You can be sure to tell them anything you are wanting before the wedding but when that day arrives let them do what they do best!

3. have a simple rehearsal dinner

Remember the big party is going to happen the next day. For the Rehearsal Dinner hand over the reigns to your fiancee and let him create a comfortable simple night for you and your guests. Simple things like barbecue and a backyard picnic are great ideas for a rehearsal dinner. Also be sure you don't stay out too late. You have a big day ahead of you and the last thing you need is to be tired the next day.

4. decisions for the day

Find someone who is not in the wedding but really wants to help you on your wedding day. Be sure it is someone you trust and let them deal with all the little things the day of the wedding. They can answer any calls that come your way and deal with making sure everyone knows where to go.

5. don't forget to eat!

The worst thing you can do on your wedding day is not eat. It is a long day and you need to be sure you can keep up. Eat a good breakfast and be sure to have lots of snack foods around all day. Also remember that by this point you aren't going to be able to change how you look in your dress so eat up!

6. stay relaxed

Be sure you are enjoying this time and don't forget to think about yourself. It should not be a stressful time in your life. Don't stop doing your everyday things like hanging out with your friends and doing yoga. You can even schedule a few extra things in your schedule like taking a day off work to just relax or scheduling a spa day for you and some of your friends.


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It is not worth the by Norman Gilbert Norman Gilbert Photography, LLC So here is your dilemma, you have a very tight budget, and someone (friend or family member) has offered to photograph your wedding for free or for a very small fee. Your first thought is, “Great! I just saved all this money.” As a professional photographers with over 15 years of wedding photography experience, I have seen this trend develop over the past few years, often souring the wedding photography market for both brides and photographers. It can have huge repercussions if you are not aware.

images of wedding. At the wedding, problems need to be fixed immediately! What will Uncle Joe do if his camera dies or just isn’t working right; does he have a back up plan? What will he do if he realizes that he has bitten off more than he can chew after the day begins? How will his stress level affect his ability to take photos and affect you? Will the day be consumed with Uncle Joe trying to figure out his camera, or will the day be about you and your wedding? Do you want your wedding to turn into a 6-8 hour photo shoot because Uncle Joe insisted on getting all the photos he wanted or thought he needed instead of just enjoying the day?

Uncle Joe is the name I affectionately give to the family member or friend who either offers or is asked to photograph the wedding for free or at a severely reduced cost. But while Uncle Joe has good intentions, he is just not equipped or experienced enough to capture a wedding—which you will only discover when it is too late.

If you want an album from Uncle Joe he might not be willing or able to build one. Wholesale album suppliers do not sell to the general public meaning you or Uncle Joe won’t be able to get access to the same products as professional photographers. He said he was only going to take the photos, remember?

Photography is one place in your wedding budget where you really get what you pay for. Yes, professional photography will be more expensive, and budgets are tight in these turbulent economic times. However, your wedding photos are the only items (next to your rings) that remain after the wedding. The food is eaten; the flowers thrown out; the music stops; and the dress is put in a box never to be worn again. Therefore, you will want photos that you can cherish into the future!

When you pay for a professional you are paying for someone who realizes that the day is about your wedding and not a giant photo opportunity. Look for someone with experience, a creative vision, the ability to capture those iconic shots that will live on forever as a history of your wedding day, and deliver a finished album or book. If you even think that there is a possibility that you won’t get exactly what you want from your relative or friend, why would you take the risk of using them? I doubt you will remember or care how much money you saved years after the wedding but you will remember the experience every time you see Uncle Joe’s photos. You have one chance to shape your wedding photographic experience and it is decided months before the wedding.

Even many professional photographers do not photograph weddings—it is too difficult, too stressful, and the risk of having something go wrong is too overwhelming. It requires a high level of technical proficiency. Placing a camera on the ‘Portrait setting’ cannot duplicate the kind of experience needed to make great images. Just as knowing how to cook does not make you a professional caterer, there’s more to photography than pressing a button! The wedding experience is as important as the

Here is the question that should guide your decision, “How much is it worth to me to hire a professional for one of the most important days in my life?” Choose Wisely.


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Boudoir is quickly becoming quite the fabulous trend for husband/fiancé gift giving! These images are no longer the cheesy images of the past- no more Glamour Shots! Just as wedding photography trends have changed, so have the boudoir! Boudoir images should be of exceptional quality and truly show you in your best light. The purpose of boudoir is not to make you look artificial, not to make you look surreal, but to make you and all your curves look fantastic… for you and for your husband-to-be. The session itself should last around an hour or two and will include clothing changes. Your photographer should be able to help you with your clothing ideas and location for the shoot. I personally love to photograph my ladies in their own homes as that is where they are most comfortable, but I also love to photograph at bed and breakfasts and boutique hotels. There are several in the Memphis area! A talented photographer should make you feel comfortable and confident during the photo session,

so make sure you meet with your photographer first to ensure the comfort level and trust is there! Also make sure that you see images the photographer has done in the past. Furthermore, be sure to see images of ladies of all body types (not just super models)! A professional photographer will know how to pose and light your body in a flattering way. No amount of Photoshop revisions make a good substitute for naturally appropriate posing and lighting. Finally after the shoot there are many ways to showcase your new favorite images. You can present them in a large beautiful leather album or, my favorite, a small “take along” sized album. So please consider doing a boudoir session for your man! I’m sure he will think its just fabulous and your new found confidence from the session will be a wonderful addition to the beautiful images he, and you, get to cherish for a lifetime to come! Remember, You Are Beautiful!


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Q: What was the most important thing to you about your wedding? The most important thing about our wedding was our promises to God and each other.

Q: Tell us about “the” dress. Who was with you when you found it? I looked for a new dress one day but nothing stood out. I decided to wear my mother’s. It needed some work at the top but turned out beautiful.

Q: Why did you choose your photographer? I chose the photographer because they came highly recommended.

Q: What was your favorite moment your photographer captured and why? My favorite moment the photographers captured was getting ready and having fun before the wedding.

Q: Have you been planning your wedding since you were a little girl? I had always dreamed of a spring wedding. It worked out that it was in January but I went with spring colors anyway. I loved it.

Q: What was your favorite wedding moment? Watching Christopher’s face while I was walking down the aisle was my favorite moment.

Q: What was your favorite part about planning your wedding? My favorite part about the wedding planning was getting to spend so much time with my mom.

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Photographed by Creation Studios

Q: How did he propose?

He proposed at my favorite restaurant. He had our waitress to bring the ring out as dessert on a silver platter with rose petals surrounding the ring. He then proposed.

Q: What was the most important thing to you about your wedding? We wanted to enjoy ourselves and we wanted our families to enjoy themselves as well. We didn’t want anyone to be worried about anything on that day which is why we had Jaime with Social Butterflies to help us out on our wedding day.

Q: Why did you choose your photographer? We wanted perfect pictures and a perfect videographer and that’s exactly what we got. Creation Studios with Donny and his crew were easy and fun to work with. I’ll never forget when Donny told us, “I don’t take pictures, this is my art.” That said a lot about him.

Q: What are you most looking forward to about being Mr. & Mrs.? I look forward to growing old with my best friend.

Q: How did you choose your colors? Frankey and I decided on neutral colors. We both like neutral colors and wanted to keep it simple.

Q: What was your favorite wedding moment? The Soul-Train line at the reception. Everyone enjoyed it a lot, and it was very funny.

Photographed by Creation Studios Caterer Ferdinands Catering • Florist Perfect Designs by Paula Payton • Cake The Cake & Catering Company Invitations J Spot by Josephine White • Bridal Shop Low’s Bridal • Ceremony & Reception Location Cadre Building Videographer Creation Studios • Ceremony & Reception Music DJ Stan Bell • Rings Anthony Currie with Boston’s Fine Jewlry


Videography memories in motion


Videography memories in motion digital videographers It seems everyone is going digital these days, and that includes wedding videographers. The professionals who turn wedding day memories into miniature movies have jumped on the digital bandwagon and are offering their services in digital format more frequently than ever before. Until recently, wedding videos were shot only in analog format, which uses videotape that was susceptible to breaking, aging and quality issues. Digital video, on the other hand, records wedding images in a format that can be read by and stored in a computer, making it nearly indestructible and easy to manipulate. Brides and grooms have plenty to gain by employing a videographer to capture the special moments of their wedding day. One of the most important benefits to using digital videography is that it helps the couple keep down wedding costs. Digital videography is less expensive than analog videography for several reasons. First off, videographers who shoot in digital format are able to manipulate what they've shot using a computer instead of using older and more time consuming editing techniques. They can edit the video, incorporate music and add special features like slide shows, credits and titles in a much more efficient way. Because the video is digital and so easy to work with, all this can also be done inexpensively.

The Right Pick When interviewing digital videographers to shoot your wedding, find out how much experience each individual has shooting in digital format. Ask questions like how long has the photographer been working in digital format, how long has he or she been in business, and what is his or her background experience with digital video. Choose someone who has at least at two years of solid digital videography experience. If you live in close vicinity to the videographer, be sure to look at samples of his or her work, or find out if the videographer has a website with samples you can play online. When viewing the sample videos, look for a style you like, as well as quality.

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Q: How did he propose?

He brought over dinner, champagne, and flowers. We ate dinner and went onto my parent’s porch to listen to some music. The music starting messing up, so I went inside to fix it. When I came back outside I asked him if he noticed I was wearing the necklace he gave me from 2 Christmas’s ago? He said, “yes, and I have something else for you to wear.” He got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife.

Q: Tell us about “the” dress. Who was with you when you found it? My mom and I went to Nashville to look at dresses since we hadn’t found the right one anywhere in Memphis or Arkansas. We were lucky enough to go to B Hughes where a high school friend works, and she helped us find the perfect one!

Q: What was your favorite moment your photographer captured and why? Seeing Preston for the first time. He looked so happy to see me and it was captured beautifully.

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What was your first dance song?

Endlessly by Green River Ordnance

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What was your something blue?

A handkerchief my mother had made for my sisters wedding two years ago. It has my parent’s monogram and their wedding date in the middle, my sisters on one corner and mine on another (there are 2 other corners for my others sisters monogram and date and my brothers). It is monogrammed in blue Photographed by Christen Jones Photography Wedding Planner Eliza Tate Event Design • Caterer Germantown Country Club • Florist Boggan’s Florist Cake Lee Sanders • Invitations Wiley Valentine Calligrapher Melissa Sherrod • Bridal Shop B Hughes Ceremony Location Saint Louis Catholic Church Reception Location Germantown Country Club Videographer Starlife Studios Reception Music Dr. Zarr’s Amazing Funk Monster Formalwear All About Weddings


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Photographed by Shivley Photography

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Q: How did he propose? He gave me a miniature donkey for Christmas (I’m quite the animal lover), and while I was smiling and laughing about “Eeyore” and what a great surprise he had pulled off, he dropped to one knee right there in front of both of our families with the most beautiful ring I have ever seen. I thought my eyes were going to pop out of my head!

Q: Did you do any DIY projects? My sister, Casey, designed and printed the programs and they turned out even better than we hoped for. She also put together the favors. They were purple and gold Hershey’s Kisses with our names and date on them, and she packed them into small glass jars that had our wedding labels on the top then tied them with purple and white ribbon. They invoked lots of compliments.

Q: What was your first dance song? “Your Song” by Elton John. It’s our song.

Q: What was your favorite wedding moment? When I walked out onto the rooftop to wait for Bill to see me for the first time and I stood there just taking in all the beautiful decorations that transformed an already gorgeous rooftop terrace into something more breathtaking than I even dreamed about.

Q: Any memorable moments you would like to share about your photographer? Since we had the magnificent view from the rooftop of the Madison as a backdrop, Jan Shivley really made sure to use the natural light to capture the magic of the night.

Q: Why did you choose the facility you chose for your reception? Of all the places we checked out, the Madison staff was very pleasant to work with and the view from the rooftop was just what I was looking for to make our night special.

Q: What was your something blue? My sisters gave me a blue lace negligee.


M usic life of the party

If any one element is crucial to setting the appropriate tone and atmosphere for your wedding, it’s the music. Chamber music, classical guitar or perhaps a jazz ensemble can create a subtle background of entertainment without overpowering conversation. A well-seasoned pianist is another excellent choice, since he/she can supply a wide range of musical styles and perform your guest’s special requests.

Music for Your Ceremony

The music played during your wedding should do more than just entertain—it should evoke the deep emotion of your ceremony. The right music takes the right kind of planning, and by following a few guidelines you can ensure perfect harmony between your ceremony and the music you choose for it. Prior to selecting your music, it is best to decide if you want to use religious songs only or a combination of religious and popular tunes. Once you’ve decided, set an appointment with the director of music for your church or synagogue. This person will be able to make recommendations for music suitable for the acoustics (rarely a consideration) of the building and complement any of your wedding’s religious or cultural themes. Music for your ceremony should be divided into four parts: the prelude, the processional, interlude(s) and the recessional.

Music for the Reception Once the cocktail hour has ended and guests are seated at their tables, the main celebration begins. Whether you hire a band, small orchestra or disc jockey, your selection of musicians will be a guaranteed success as long as you provide a wide variety of music. From ‘50s doo-wop to disco, pop or rock, diversity is the key. When hiring live music, the size of the group needed is generally determined by the number of guests. For up to 150 guests, a five-piece band is generally recommended; 150 to 199 guests calls for a larger group of six to seven; and 200 or more demands full orchestra. Should your budget prohibit you from hiring live entertainment, consider hiring a DJ. DJ’s have the ability to play a wide variety of songs and are usually less expensive than live music. You’ll want to begin researching your reception musicians early in the planning process. You’ll need to hear prospective groups play to ensure that you like their sound, and that their talent is up to live performance standards. Never book entertainment without hearing the music live first. It is equally important to find out the range of their band’s musical repertoires. If you plan to keep all your guests in the party mood, you’ll need a little something for everyone. The type of entertainment you choose will ultimately depend on the size and style of your reception. For a large, formal dinner and dance reception, consider hiring a band or an orchestra; an outdoor garden wedding would be better suited to a string quartet or single performer.

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Q: How did he propose? On the 4th of July under the fireworks….which is also his birthday.

Q: What was your first dance song? “Follow Through” by Gavin DeGraw

Q: What traditions did you follow? I had something borrowed, something blue, something old, and something new. My something old was my mom’s veil that she wore 30 years ago, and it has also become a tradition because my older sister and I both wore it, and my little sister wants to do the same.

Q: Did you do any DIY projects? We embossed and decorated each mini Chinese takeout box filled with candy we used as the party favors for our guests.

Q: Why did you choose the facility you chose for your reception? Opera Memphis was so unique and beautiful and I loved the lighting packages they offered. The staff there also helped to make it such a special day! I loved everything about that place!

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What was your favorite moment your photographer captured and why? There were a lot, but he captured great moments with my whole wedding party! He got a lot of fun shots of the whole group that I will remember forever.

Q: What are you most looking forward to about being Mr. & Mrs.? I get to be with my best friend forever.

Q: How did you choose your colors? My colors were slate gray with accents of magenta. I knew I wanted something elegant and classy.

Q: Where did you go on your honeymoon? Riviera Maya, Mexico


Grooms the perfect man

Your bridal gown will turn heads as you walk down the aisle on your wedding day, but the groom, waiting patiently for you at the altar, deserves his share of the attention, too. The groom’s attire will be dictated by the ceremony’s time of day, since that dictates the wedding’s degree of formality. Proper attire falls into four categories, each with their own distinctive traditions and styles: very formal, formal, semiformal and informal.

PUTTING ON THE RITZ

Both very formal and formal men’s attire are governed by long held traditions. Morning weddings are considered very formal, calling for long-jacketed “morning suits” with gray waistcoats and pinstriped trousers, top hats, gloves and spats. The distinctive morning coat tapers from the waistline button to one broad tail with a vent in back. The groom and groomsmen may also sport walking sticks. Very formal evening weddings require that the men of the hour dress in what’s known as white tie and tails: black swallowtail coats and trousers, and white vests, shirts and bow ties. Black top hats and white gloves are optional. The traditional swallowtail coat is cut short in front and extends to two tails in the back. A formal afternoon wedding calls for classic black tie and tuxedos for the groom and his men. White dinner jackets are worn at a formal evening ceremony with black pants trimmed in grosgrain or satin ribbon and a black bow tie, vest and cummerbund. Proper footwear choices are opera shoes or formal lace-ups, always in black. In both very formal and formal weddings, while the men are dressed identically, the groom is allowed to distinguish himself from his groomsmen by a distinctly different boutonniere.

A MORE CASUAL ELEGANCE With semiformal and informal men’s attire, tradition loosens and almost anything goes. While the groom and groomsman may still wear tuxedo or dinner jackets (double breasted or single-breasted), a dash of coordinated color in their ties, vests, cummerbunds and suspenders can be added to complement the wedding colors. Most men’s formalwear shops offer a colorful variety of jackets and vests in brocades, iridescent and other textures and patterns. The groom may even distinguish himself from the groomsmen by wearing a different colored jacket altogether. Semiformal fashion allows the groom and groomsmen a bit more contemporary flair. While an everyday man’s suit is fine for an informal wedding, the groom and groomsmen should try to dress in the same color. Navy or dark gray suits or navy jackets with white pants are considered traditional informal wear, with white bucks or saddle shoes.

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Q: What traditions did you follow? We definitely had a very traditional, Southern wedding. Luke wouldn’t let me get away with anything else! We did eliminate the bouquet toss and garter throwing. I couldn’t handle that!

Q: What was the most important thing to you about your wedding? Luke and I REALLY wanted all the guests to enjoy themselves and feel comfortable. It was really important to us that everyone have a great time!

Q: How did you choose your colors? We wanted a vintage vibe to go with my dress, Luke’s white tux jacket, the invitation, the cake, etc., so Kim, our florist, put together these light pinks, greens, yellows, creams, and browns. She’s fabulous with colors!

Q: Why did you choose your photographer? How could we not choose him? I haven’t seen anyone’s work that compares to his photos. I love the honesty and freshness that he shows through his work.

Q: What flavor was your cake? I absolutely LOVE wedding cake! Mine was white cake with almond buttercream icing. They detailed the icing to create a vintage, lace motif and Kim Jameson, our florist, added a vintage topper. She also created a floral wreath that hung above the cake inside the cake tent. Breathtaking!

Q: What was your favorite part about planning your wedding? Definitely planning/creating the event with my mom was the highlight of the planning process. She was the perfect mother of the bride!

Q: How did you choose the rings? I wear my grandmother’s solitaire on my right hand, so I wanted a non-traditional engagement ring. I’ve always loved the Cartier Trinity collection, so I flew up to NYC and chose one that I absolutely love (with help from my best friend who lives there). Luke wears a gold band—simple and sexy!


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Registry gifting made easy

When you get married, you’re going to get gifts—whether you want them or not. Establishing your bridal registry early on will ensure that you get more gifts you want, and less that you don’t. It’s as simple as that. Taking the time to establish a bridal registry whether it’s for gifts or donations for charity and it will make your life much easier in the long run.

If you have a favorite retailer in mind, make an appointment with the store’s bridal registry consultant who will go over your wish list and help make specific gift suggestions. Don’t try registering for everything in a day. Try choosing tabletop items such as crystal, china and silver in one visit, domestic items such as sheets, towels and linens on another and kitchen items such as cookware and small appliances on the third day. When planning your registry, include a broad range of choices and prices so that all your guests will be able to purchase a gift they feel comfortable giving. Think carefully about your choices for your own benefit as well; these are items that will go together to make up your new home, and you want to make sure they’re what you really want.

THE CREATIVE REGISTRY Don’t feel bound to choose the traditional household items that are usually included in a bridal registry if you’ve already got the basics. Be creative. Call a travel agency and set up a honeymoon registry, or contact a mortgage company about establishing an account so friends and family can contribute to the down payment of your first home. While formal china, crystal and silver are still the cornerstone of most wedding registries, today’s couples can register for anything from hardware to luggage, stereo equipment to computers—even a new car! If you have your eye on something out of the ordinary, go for it. You might be surprised how many stores now offer this service, and how many guests are open to it.

THE HIGH-TECH REGISTRY Most stores today keep your registry in a computer database. This database will enable you to input your preferences with ease, usually with a hand-held scanner that will automatically update your list every time a gift is purchased, preventing duplicate purchases. Many retailers have a set length of time that they will keep your registry on file, sometimes up to two years. This feature simplifies gift giving for family and friends who will be buying you birthday, anniversary and holiday gifts over the next year or so. Once you’ve finalized your registry be sure to get a copy of your registry form and go over it to make sure there are no mistakes. Of course, nowadays you can also register over the Internet, though it might still be hard for some older guests to use this system. An online registry can, however, be a useful tool for many of your guests.

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Q: How did you choose your wedding planner? We chose to work with Amy Miller as our wedding planner for her attention to detail, organization, and personality. For example, she gives each bride a wedding notebook that really helps in remembering all the little details. She also was helpful in tracking down detailed information from a variety of vendors. Overall, we felt confident that she would have everything taken care of during the weekend of our wedding, which she did, and that gave us a peace of mind and we could relax knowing things would go smoothly!

Q: What was your favorite part about planning your wedding? I really enjoyed designing my invitations and programs with Lindsey at Lemon Tree Paper. She did a fabulous job and I loved them very much.

Q: Where did you go on your honeymoon? We were lucky to be able to go to the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean, and also visit France and Spain. We saw an amazing paradise in the Seychelles, after 20 hours of flying, and we enjoyed seeing friends in France and Spain.

Q: Tell us about “the” dress. Who was with you when you found it? I searched all over for my dress, and got a bit distracted by some at times! But I did know I loved dresses by Monique Lhuillier, and was happy to find a salon with several to try on. Chic Parisien in Miami was where my sister-in-law found her dress, and so we went there to look. At first, I wasn’t in love with the dress when I saw it on the hanger, and almost didn’t try it on. But when I did, it was so elegant and unique, that I knew it was what I wanted. My sister-in-law agreed, and we were happy to have finally found the one.

Q: What was the most anticipated moment of your wedding day? I was most anticipating seeing Todd for the first time in my wedding dress, walking down the aisle to him. Todd was anticipating his “family and friends” softball game before the ceremony, and THEN me walking down the aisle to him.


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wedding planners continued... As you go through your wedding process there will be a lot of questions on how to do things and what is right or proper. A wedding consultant has dealt with all these questions and can be very reassuring in a time that could become very emotional for you. While there are different ways to work with a wedding consultant, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s consider the consultant that helps you from start to finish. Of course there are wedding consultants that can do partial planning as well as direct the rehearsal and wedding day activities only. After first meeting with you the consultant will help you with your wedding budget. This will determine all the options and will guide the consultant as to advising you with future decisions. The consultant will assist with the timetables and checklists, starting with the selection and booking of the ceremony and reception venues. The consultant knows that all the wedding vendors first need to know you have a wedding date and a location booked. The consultant is now in a position to recommend vendors for each of your needs and will call to make the appointments and go with you to interview each. Ultimately, who you choose is your decision but be assured that the consultant has pre-selected those that fit your needs. Then after you make a decision, the consultant confirms all the information with the vendor and gets a contract for you to sign. The contract is necessary not because there is concern that the vendor will not do the job, but since each vendor probably has lots of weddings you want to make sure the details you have spoken about and agreed to are written down. Creating this paper trail will ensure a smooth wedding day. Throughout the entire process of planning, your wedding consultant is simply a phone call away. Your reaction to what kind of relationship you will have starts with how quickly she responds to your phone calls or emails. You must have a feeling of being very comfortable with the consultant. As your wedding day grows closer you will have more calls and meetings with the consultant confirming all the details. The consultant will be responsible to see that everyone knows what they will be doing and when. This may seem to be a minor point but there have been weddings where a vendor forgot because no one called them. As the family members come together for the first time the consultant can advise ways to make their meetings as warm and fuzzy as possible. The week of your wedding you want to be able to forget about all the details and let the consultant do her job. By this time all the pieces will be in place â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they will simply need to be coordinated and directed at the right time. Typically the consultant will direct the rehearsal but will not attend the rehearsal dinner. If there are circumstances that would require her attendance you simply need to discuss this. There are so many details the consultant will handle for you on your wedding day that you just to need to know she will take care of them. The most important factor in having a great day will be not getting upset or emotional over any changes to the wedding plans. The consultant will be able to handle them and make decisions based on her understanding of what you want. And at the end of the day after you have left for your honeymoon the consultant will make sure all the obligations are taken care of and transport all your personal items and gifts. What might you expect to pay a consultant? You can estimate that you will probably spend 35-50 hours in interviews and meetings. The consultant will spend another 15-20 hours on follow-up details. Fees can be based on a flat agreed upon charge or based on a percentage of the budget. Before you make the decision of whether you want to hire a consultant talk with some of your friends who have recently married. Ask them about their experience and then make a decision. While spending money for a consultant is an additional expense, you will realize after the wedding it was money well spent. Remember your wedding day is one day - you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do it over.

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accessorize yourself continued... HAIRPIECE You can choose to wear a hairpiece regardless of whether or not you wear a veil. A hairpiece may be a crystal tiara, an embellished barrette or a family heirloom. Veils can be attached to your headpiece, or attached separately.

JEWELRY It is important to consider the type of wedding you are having when selecting your jewelry. Often brides chose to wear a family heirloom as their something borrowed or something old. Something new may be a wedding day gift from the groom. When choosing to wear a necklace be sure the necklace is flattering to the neckline of your gown. Timeless jewelry is always appropriate, and consists of diamond stud or drop earrings, or a strand of pearls.

UNDER THE GOWN There are many varieties of garments to wear under the gown, and it is important what you wear is comfortable! For strapless gowns one of the best options is a strapless, corset style bra. This style hooks low in the back, and stays up much better than your typical strapless bra. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to spend your wedding tugging at your bra to hold it up. If you can wear a bra with straps, look into wearing clear straps, or having loops sewn into the straps of your dress to hold your bra strap in place. If you need a little extra help squeezing into your dress, or are wearing a form fitting gown, invest in a pair of Spanx. These are miracle workers in holding everything wear it should be, while still allowing you to breathe. Be sure to wear for your final dress fitting what you will be wearing at the wedding, as it can affect the fit of the dress.

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beauty continued... For blush, use two complementing shades to create a warm, natural effect. First apply a neutral tawny or sand pink shade on the apple of the cheeks using a sponge or brush to blend the color up and out. Then, using the same motion, apply a second more vibrant shade that balances your skin tone at the hollows of your cheeks. This technique will help the color last longer and make your cheeks more defined in your photographs. Use a lighter and more natural application for a daytime wedding and a slightly heavier, more dramatic application for the evening. The key to both looks is to blend, blend, blend, avoiding harsh lines or edges. It’s worth the few dollars it costs to have your eyebrows professionally shaped, especially if you pluck your brows regularly. Eyebrows frame the eyes and the shape impacts the overall appearance of your face. Eyebrows should not extend beyond the inner corner of the eye (near the bridge of your nose), and the eyebrow arch looks best when it peeks just outside the center of the eye. Before or after applying eye shadow fill in your eyebrows with an eyebrow powder that matches brow or hair color.

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The more elaborate your gown, the simpler your hair should be in order to avoid an overdone look. Try to avoid extremely trendy hairstyles because 15 years from now you won’t want your wedding photographs screaming “early 21st century.” A simple chignon is a good choice as it is classic and timeless. But if an up-do makes you feel like a librarian you won’t feel pretty or comfortable so go with a look that is right for you and your personality. Keep an open mind though, since you’ll want something a little different from your everyday look and a new hairstyle is a great start. This is not, however, the time to try a new haircut. If you do choose to cut your hair in a new style, do it at least two months before your wedding day to allow time for a bad cut to grow out.

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Estheticians are professionally trained and licensed to administer facial treatments to enhance the health and appearance of the skin. After proper analysis and treatment they can assist you in selecting skin care products that will enable you to maintain treatments in the privacy and convenience of your own home. Remember, though that healing and toning the skin takes time. If you have problem skin, begin seeing an esthetician at least eight to 12 months prior to your wedding day. The sooner you start the treatments, the better the results will be for the wedding.

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To take care of the skin and make your whole body beautiful, try a body wrap and waxing. Body wraps detoxify and soften the skin using minerals or other natural substances to help to heal acne problems on the back and chest. Body wraps may include a full body massage to encourage circulation, toning and relaxation. Body waxing is one of smoothest and longest lasting forms of hair removal. Your legs will be smooth and free of razor stubble and, you can even try bikini waxing to get rid of hair on a longer-term basis. Back to

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gowns continued... A WORD ON PRICE While it is only natural to want the best price possible, keep in mind that the gown cost not only covers the material and labor involved in creating your wedding dress, it must also cover the time invested by your consultant. Looking for your wedding gown can be one of the most enjoyable aspects of planning a wedding as you try on beautiful gowns and are pampered and waited on by your own personal consultant. If you push too hard for a discounted price you may lose that special service and attention to detail that you would otherwise receive.

DOWN TO DETAILS Your gown may need to be specially ordered, shipped and altered, so begin shopping for a gown at a minimum of four to five months prior to the wedding day. While you should inquire about any and all salon policies before ordering, you can expect a full-service salon to require a 50 percent deposit when you place your order. This is usually non-cancelable due to the fact that the orders are being processed immediately in an effort to expedite the delivery date. Alterations, extra lengths, headpieces and veils involve additional charges, and many stores accept only cash as final payment. â&#x20AC;˘

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jewelry continued... Another way to indicate a diamondâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weight is in points, with one carat equaling 100 points. So a diamond of 50 points, for instance, equals 1/2 carat. Diamonds of more than one carat are extremely rare (one in a thousand), and therefore very valuable. But remember that carat weight is only one factor in determining value. Two diamonds of the same size can vary considerably in value depending on the other three factors cut, color and clarity.

APPRAISE IT Once the rings have been selected and purchased, request an appraisal. This is a written estimate of the value of your jewelry. Appraisals of diamonds should include specific indications of the four Cs. Immediately after the purchase, have your jewelry photographed for insurance purposes, and make sure your current policy has adequate coverage. If it does not, consult your insurance agent about amending your policy.

TAKE CARE Although diamonds are the hardest natural substance known to man (2,000 times harder than rubies or sapphires and 3,000 times harder than emeralds), you should not wear them when performing rough work. A hard blow can still chip a diamond. You should also avoid direct contact with chlorine bleach or chlorinated pool water, which could pit and discolor the mounting. On the rare occasions when you do not wear your diamonds, store them alone in a fabric-lined jewelry case or in a jewelry box with separate compartments. This precaution keeps your diamond ring from scratching against other jewelry, including other diamonds. Diamonds, like other gemstones, get smudged and dirty from natural oils, lotions, perfumes and hair spray. To keep your jewels clean, regularly soak them for about 30 minutes in either a commercial jewelry cleaner, or homemade solution comprised of equal parts cold water and ammonia, or a mixture of warm water and mild detergent. Brush the stones gently with an eyebrow brush, then rinse thoroughly under warm water and pat dry with a lint-free cloth. Have your rings checked annually by your jeweler for loose prongs or settings. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be repaid for these small precautions, and the gentle care you give your ring, with years of enjoyment and pride in this precious symbol of your marriage

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flowers continued... FLORAL TRENDS Although white has been the traditional flower choice for weddings for years, color is definitely in now, and we mean BOLD colors! Red, orange, deep purple, and bright yellow are quickly replacing traditional pastels. Even brides who choose pink are moving away from the soft, baby hue to brighter shades of the color. Gone are the matching bridesmaid bouquets. Now, anything goes. When it comes to color and style, variety is in. When guests arrive at your reception, the way the room is decorated sets the mood for the entire event. Many brides are choosing to â&#x20AC;&#x153;mix it upâ&#x20AC;? a bit by creating centerpieces in different shapes and sizes as well as display an array of blooms. They even take it a step further and add glitter, crystal beads, or faux jewels to the table. The sky is the limit when it comes to options, so discuss with your florist your ideas and budget. Together you will create a spectacular scene. Back to

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invitations continued... It’s acceptable to send invitations as late as two weeks prior to the wedding, but it’s best to send the last ones no later than three weeks in advance. This will help you handle any oversights and allow you to invite people from your “B” list as you receive regrets. If you’re pressed for time, have the stationer give you the envelopes early for addressing, and request an extra 50 or so of these to account for inevitable mistakes. Response cards help keep track of the number of expected guests for the reception. These cards, included with the invitations, ensure prompt confirmation or regrets. Be sure to include the matching postage-paid return envelope. If you don’t send a response card, the letters RSVP at the bottom left corner of the reception card will show that you expect confirmation or regret. A formal wedding invitation includes an inner and an outer envelope. The inner envelope holds the invitation itself and the enclosure(s), with the ceremony invitation on the bottom, the reception card in the middle, then the response card and the map, if any, on top. If your invitations are folded twice, the enclosures are inserted in the second fold. All of these items are then inserted into the inner envelope face up with the folded edge down. The inner envelope is addressed to the person, couple or family, using neither first names nor street address, just “Mr. and Mrs. Green.” However, if children are included in the invitation, write their first names on a second line, “Michael and Erinn.” Insert the addressed and stuffed inner envelope into the outer envelope with the addressee’s name facing the back flap so it will be visible upon opening. The outer envelope should have a return address engraved or printed on the back flap. Address the front of the envelope according to the following guidelines. To indicate both parties of a married couple, use “Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Green.” If every member of a family is invited, write “Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Green and Family.” If only the older children are included, their names are written below the parents’: “Miss Erinn Green.” When addressing an unmarried couple living together, use each of their full names: “Mr. Reginald Howard and Miss Angelica Thomson.” Street names, cities and states should be written out completely without abbreviations. When addressing envelopes by hand, use blue, blue-black, black or charcoal-gray ink. You may consider hiring a professional hand-calligrapher or paying for computer-generated calligraphy for your envelopes. Invitations should be mailed four to six weeks before the wedding. Mail them earlier if many of your guests are traveling a considerable distance or if the wedding is on a holiday to allow time for travel arrangements. Weigh the complete invitation to ensure correct postage, and confirm whether the envelope Back to is considered standard or oversized by the United States Post Office. Main

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catering continued... Remember to get specifics as to what extras are included in the caterer’s charges, such as table linens, plates, glasses, crystal, silverware and service pieces. You don’t want any surprises on your wedding day—at least not this kind. When selecting your menu items you might also want to bear in mind that these days many people are eating lighter and you may have a few vegetarians as well. Consider intriguing options such as an aromatic Moroccan couscous station or a Spanish tapas table laden with vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies. Additionally, an Asian stir-fry in a massive wok is definitely a great way to wow your guests.

SERVICE STAFF Once the menu is finalized, the next step is determining the number of wait staff you will need to serve your feast and keep your reception running smoothly. The general ratio is one server for every 10 to 12 guests for a sit-down dinner. When most of the food is butlered by wait staff (that is, personally passed to your guests for more than one hour,) you’ll need more staff at a ratio of one server to every eight guests. In addition, providing a full and open bar will require more staffing than a limited bar with wine, beer and soft drinks. Be sure to confirm the proper attire for the wait staff beforehand so it is in keeping with the degree of formality for your reception.

FINAL ARRANGEMENTS Ensure that your catering contract details all of the particulars of your reception. Specify the day, date and time; the address of the site; food items by course and the number of guests covered; provisions for special meals; the time of the cocktail hour; the time the meal will be served; contact people, including someone from your end with whom the caterers can consult; the number of servers and bartenders and their uniforms; linens; beverages to be served and bar guidelines; terms of payment; and liability insurance. Typically, an advance deposit is due when you sign the contract and remember to check on the cancellation policy for unforeseen events. Back to

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rehearsal dinner continued... MAKE THEM MINGLE The main purpose of the rehearsal dinner is for the two families to get to know each other better and enjoy each other’s company. So, whatever you and your groom can do to help with that, the better. Consider strategically planned seating with place cards or nametags with brief descriptions like “Mary Jones, Bride’s College Roommate,” and any other needed introductions. The rehearsal dinner is also an ideal time to give your attendants their gifts. If you have a large number of guests, consider a cocktail party with cocktail tables so that guests can mingle with others rather than only those seated at their table.

TOAST TIME The rehearsal dinner is more relaxed than the wedding, so the toasts can certainly be the same way! Often, the groom’s father will say a few words, followed by the bride’s father and then the bride and groom. Groomsmen, bridesmaids, mothers and other guests may also want to make a toast. Modern rehearsal dinners can sometimes even turn into a bit of a roast, with friends and family recalling the past of the bride and the groom. Don’t forget to create a toast yourself, to thank friends, family, and your parents for being a part of your special day. If you are planning on presenting gifts to your attendants, this is a good time to distribute the items while among friends. A nice touch is to include a personalized note to each attendant thanking them for their participation in your event, and recalling your past together as friends. Cheers!

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reception continued... PRIVACY 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 celebration. 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.

ENTERTAINMENT ISSUES Whether you intend to have a DJ or a band, inquire about 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 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 before moving indoors 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.

PEOPLE POWER As with any event, there should be a 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 charges will be based on half hour increments. All of the details for your reception should be delineated in a contract 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.

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photography continued... DOWN TO DETAILS You will want to secure your photographer eight to 12 months in advance. Provide the exact locations and times for the ceremony and reception and agree upon a time for pre-wedding photo sessions, such as those with the bride, bridesmaids and parents as well as the groom and groomsmen. Although there are certain requisite shots for most weddings, it still helps to provide your photographer with a punch list of these and other shots you absolutely must have and who should be in them. It is also a good idea to provide a general schedule of events. The arrival at the church, the receiving line, cake cutting and the first dance are very important. Be sure the photographer is in contact with your minister, rabbi or priest to avoid last-minute situations where his or her lighting is not allowed. If you have a large wedding party or family, you should designate a friend or family member who knows everyone to work with the photographer and ensure that no one is missing from large portraits. Remember to tell your photographer about sensitive situations in either partnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family, such as recent deaths or divorce, to avoid any uncomfortable situations. Lastly, be sure you understand exactly what you are buying when you purchase this intricate service. The end product is a variety of poses and prints, which you will need to stipulate. Confirm when the proofs will be ready and how you will receive and pay for the finished work. Since clients donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t generally buy the negatives, it would be wise to find out how long they will be preserved in the photographerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s filing system.

JUST FOR FUN In addition to the formal photographs taken by your photographer, consider letting your guests join in the fun. Place one disposable wedding camera on each guest table and let your guests spontaneously capture the revelry of the affair from their point of view. Ask your DJ or master of ceremonies to announce several times throughout the reception what the cameras are for, and encourage their use. To collect them, place a decorated basket by the door for guests to deposit them as they leave. Have a friend or family member take the cameras to a photo shop for developing, and by the time you return from your honeymoon, you will have an entire collection of special memories just waiting to be enjoyed.

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videography continued... Keep in mind that digital videography is relatively new, so don't expect videographers you interview to have been working in this format for a great many years. At least two years of experience, along with a review of a couple of sample videos, should be sufficient to know if the videographer has mastered this format. Keep in mind that the equipment the digital videographer uses is not as important as his or her talents in shooting. The camera the person is using is not that crucial to the quality of the video, but the videographer's talent is. The work of videography is virtually the same, whether it's done in analog or digital format. The mechanics of both types of cameras vary little. While some cameras are better able to perform certain functions, professional videographers typically buy higher end equipment, so you are also virtually assured quality of the equipment being used if you hire an experienced videographer. Professional videographers use their equipment so often, it needs to be of sturdy construction with features that allow for convenience and ease of use. The other questions you and your groom should ask a digital videographer are virtually the same questions you should ask any videographer you are considering for the responsibility of capturing your wedding "on film." Look for a videographer who has shot a lot of weddings, and ask to see a sample of his or her work. Find out if the videographer will be using a stringerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a part-time, freelance videographer who will be doing some of the shooting when your main videographer is busy. If so, ask to meet this person and see a sample of his or her work, since this person will be responsible for shooting part of your event. Find out if the stringer has extensive experience with digital videography, as well. Don't forget to see a copy of the videographer's contract, and understand up front all the fees you'll be charged for the videographer's work. Be certain you are comfortable with the videographer's appearance and personality, since this individual will be one of the more visible people at your wedding. A good videographer will not interfere with your activities, and will capture the event as you enjoy your special day. Back to

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music continued... CHAMBER MUSIC Ensembles of violins, violas, cellos, harps and flutes produce some of the most divinely melodious sounds in the world. Playing classical and contemporary romantic numbers, these groups are appropriate for your ceremony, cocktail hour or a more intimate reception. These ensembles work extremely well at outdoor affairs, since they do not require access to electricity. Male members are usually attired in tuxedos, while female members wear elegant black dresses or gowns. Meet with these music professionals early in your planning process to guarantee their availability on your date and to tailor a repertoire suitable to your budget and taste.

CLASSICAL GUITAR Either alone or accompanied by a flautist, classical guitar performances are elegant and distinctive. A well-versed classical guitarist, outfitted with a single amplifier, meets the needs of the ceremony and/or cocktail hour, since their repertoire often extends beyond strictly classical music to include contemporary tunes as well. Their singular presence also works nicely for small, intimate receptions. Most classical guitarists will readily perform a preview of their music upon request to help in the decision-making process.

BANDS & ORCHESTRAS Bands are typically multi-member ensembles that include vocalists, guitarists, a bass player, a pianist or keyboard player and a drummer. The lead vocalist may also act as emcee for the evening. Bands usually charge based on the number of members in the group. The size of the band needed will greatly depend on the number of guests you intend to invite. To find a band, elicit the help of a booking agent who represents the kind of entertainment youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for. The best groups will be booked well in advance, in fact, up to a year is not unusual so book your entertainment as early as possible. Two weeks to a month before the wedding, confirm the date, location, time of set up and when the performance should begin. Well in advance of the wedding day, provide your musicians with a list of songs you would like played at the reception. Be specific and include song titles and singers/composers. Make sure that your musicians can play the Back to song for your first dance, or that the DJ has a clean copy of the original Main recording. Article


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grooms continued... SHOPPING TIPS When the men visit their formalwear shop they should have a firm idea of the women’s wedding attire, and bring color swatches from the bridesmaid’s gowns. Pictures from the pages of wedding and men’s magazines of the preferred formalwear styles will aid in the decision-making process. The groom and groomsmen should reserve their rentals at least three months in advance of the wedding. Final measurements should be taken about three weeks before the ceremony. Tradition says that groomsmen pick up the cost of renting their own formalwear, but the discreet groom might offer to cover the accessories such as custom cuff links and shirt studs. Finally, someone should be designated to return all formalwear to the store on time in order to avoid late fees, which can get quite expensive adding up the per day, per outfit costs.

GROOMING THE GROOM With all the attention given to the men’s clothes, an important detail that is sometimes overlooked is the groomsmen’s hair. Men are generally more casual about haircuts than women, but they should be sure to get a trim two weeks before the wedding to add the finishing touch to their wedding finery.

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registry continued... THE LONG-DISTANCE REGISTRY 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. While it is possible to order gifts by phone or over the Internet, many people prefer to shop in person. In this case you might want to split your registry among various stores. Start a registry specifically for crystal and silver at a department store in your groom’s hometown, and open a separate registry for china in your parent’s hometown. In the city where you and your groom live you can register for non-traditional registry items.

THE CHARITABLE REGISTRY As more and more couples are marrying later in life, it’s becoming popular to register for gifts not for themselves, but for the good of the world. Couples have asked guests to donate to charities, contribute to rain forest preservation or any number of other possible philanthropic ways of celebrating their marriage without the presents.

GETTING THE WORD OUT Once you have decided on where to register and what items will be included, the next step is getting the word out to your guests. Your family, maid of honor and bridesmaids are invaluable assets in spreading this information by word of mouth. While it is perfectly acceptable to include the stores where you are registered on your shower invitations with the simple statement, “Bride is registered at _____,” it is not appropriate to include such information on your wedding invitations, as it implies that a gift is required for attendance.

KEEPING TRACK The tradition of keeping a gift log to record the gift, the giver, and the store it came from was once exclusively the task of the bride. Now many retailers provide this service. Computerized registries can keep track of the items bought and the purchaser. This information will come in handy when you write the many thank-you notes you will undoubtedly be sending.

SAYING THANK YOU Gifts received before the wedding should be acknowledged in the form of a thank-you note within two weeks of the gift’s arrival. It is proper to send thank-you notes for gifts received on the wedding day no later than one month after the honeymoon. Gifts received after the wedding should be acknowledged within a month. All notes should be handwritten since typed or printed cards are considered too impersonal. Because gifts are usually sent to the bride, she customarily sends the thank you notes. It is appropriate for the groom to share in this responsibility, especially when the gifts are from his close friends or family members.

REGISTRY BASICS Traditional bridal registries usually include these items: • Fine china, Crystal stemware, Sterling silver flatware, Table linens, Bar accessories, Everyday china/ dishes, Stainless steel flatware, Everyday stemware, Kitchen cookware, Cutlery, Kitchen and bath linen, Dining room sets, Home accessories, Outdoor barbecue accessories, Small appliances, Gardening accessories

CARE FOR YOUR TREASURES If you receive gifts that are of notable worth, you might consider adding a rider to your home owner insurance policy to cover all of your wedding treasures. The policy is fairly inexpensive and will be well worth the peace of mind it will bring.

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Ready to start your life together with the most memorable trip ever, time to head west to the city that is Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite destination, where the stars go to get away from it all. Beach front, mountains, wineries, and a dynamic downtown San Diego draws vacationers and tourists the world over.


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California’s second largest city and the United States eighth largest, San Diego’s year round mild climate has drawn people from all parts of the nation and world and from all walks of life. You will find a vast diversity among the local populace and those who travel to visit. Located just north of the Mexican boarder and tucked between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Rosa Mountains.

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Whale watching excursions

Sea World San Diego - www.seaworld.com Experience sea life, shows and interactive events and rides that will amaze, educate and entertain you.

Gaslamp Quarter - www.gaslamp.org Wander San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter for its shopping and restaurants but when the sun goes down it is one of San Diego’s premiere nightlife spots with themed nightclubs and bars including Stingaree a three story restaurant and nightclub with a floor to ceiling waterfall, Croce’s restaurant and bar showcasing the late Jim Croce with dinning and jazz music, and the Horton Grand Theater.

The Gaslamp Quarter - San Diego’s dining, entertainment and urban shopping district

Balboa Park - www.balboapark.org and the San Diego Zoo - www.sandiegozoo.org If you are in San Diego you will need at least a day to explore Balboa Park, the nation’s largest urban cultural park. Home of museums for every interest, performing arts venues, botanical gardens and of course the world famous San Diego Zoo. The Park has an ever-changing calendar of museum exhibitions, plays, musicals, concerts, and classes—all in the beautiful and timeless setting of this must-see San Diego attraction.

Whale Watching December through April are the best months to take advantage of whale watching

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off coast. There are many cruises to take you to the best locations to witness this awe inspiring site. Several incorporate dolphin encounters as well so it’s best to check with your concierge for more information.

Where to stay The del Coronado - www.hoteldel.com Sample flights of fine wine, cheese and chocolate at the trendsetting ENO Wine Room at the del Coronado

Historic San Diego hotel rooms, located in the Victorian Building of the del Coronado

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Come experience the romance of this California icon where Hollywood legends came to escape the spotlight and where Marlyn Monroe and Tony Curtis filmed Some Like It Hot. The new state-of-the-art facilities feature massage and treatment rooms, hydrotherapy tubs, a relaxation area for both men, and women, steam rooms and California spa treatments. Spa treatments also include the ocean inspired heated shell treatments, the Shell Coronado Massage and the Shell Coronado Facial. Guests are able to unwind at the Spa’s expansive private terrace with a fire pit and vanishing edge pool overlooking the magnificent Windsor Lawn and the Pacific Ocean. Try ENO the hotels new wine, cheese and chocolate bar with sixty wines by the glass. Head to the beach for surfboard or bike rentals or even your own private beach cabana, sailboat, jet skis and paddleboats are also available at the Boat House.

The Catamaran Resort Hotel on Mission Bay www.catamaranresort.com Enjoy beachfront activities including sailing, surfing, waterskiing or just relaxing under a beach umbrella at the Catamaran Resort, minutes away from San Diego’s most popular attractions, Sea World, and the San Diego Zoo. Enjoy a picturesque cruise across the bay on the stern wheeler riverboat The Bahia Belle which features dancing and live music. Or just enjoy the breathtaking Pacific sunsets.


The Catamaran Resort Hotel has a full fitness center that overlooks the beach. If the view doesn’t keep your attention there is a 15-inch flat screen t.v. and complimentary headsets available. The Catamaran Spa offers a full range of massage, skin care, therapies, nail care and salon to pamper your body and senses.

Hotel Solamar - www.hotelsolamar.com Located in the heart of the Gaslamp district you are a short walk away from San Diego’s best entertainment shopping, and dinning. The Hotel Solamar offers many in-room spa services including massage, revitalizing hot stone massage, calm mind massage blending oils with a temple and scalp massage, as well as aromatherapy, and gentleman’s facials. The fourth floor Solamar Terrace offers a stunning view of the city and Petco park and the Solmar’s Sun Jsix Restaurant at the Hotel Solamar

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Sea and Moon deck with lap pool, cabanas and firepits to enjoy the sun or the city view at night. Check out all of the amenities on their website.

Where to eat San Diego boasts some of the best restaurants on California many with unique specialties. George’s California Modern, with its ocean front view, is one example Chef Trey Foshee frequently tops the “Best of San Diego” list with fresh ingredients straight from local farms which influences his specialty menu choices with anything from curry to coconut. Luna Lounge offers a Pan-Asian menu, Café Chloe is light French. Downtown, the Gaslamp district and the East Village will tempt your pallet with culinary samples from across the world.

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Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve just hosted the most memorable event of the century, your friends will be complementing you on for years to come now it is time for you and your love to escape to the Caribbean treasure Christopher Columbus discovered on his last trip to the new world. It is time to bask, relax, rejuvenate and discover each other in the gentle azure waters and luxurious climate of Grand Cayman.

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the Lay of the Land At twenty two miles long and eight miles wide Grand Cayman is the largest of the Cayman Islands named â&#x20AC;&#x153;Caymanasâ&#x20AC;? word for crocodile. Traditionally joined with Jamaica until 1960, the Cayman Islands elected to become a British Overseas Protectorate upon Jamaican independence. The main industry is fishing and banking. The Queen appoints a Governor, that presides over the Cabinet whose members are chosen from the 15 member legislative assembly. The Cayman Islands also offer a Hurricane Guarantee which covers any cancellations made prior to arrival and or if a vacation is cut short due to inclement weather. Strict environmental laws ensure that the delicate coral formations and local wild life are protected for all to see and enjoy. Consequently no objects, living or dead, are allowed to be removed from the islands, heavy fines and even jail terms accompany violation of these laws.

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Explore the Sea The crystal clear waters of Grand Cayman are protected from strong ocean currents by the reefs which provide a beautiful, gentle and safe swimming experience. Snorkeling is the best way to experience the incredible life off shore. Novices can learn the basics from experienced operators and be ready to take the plunge immediately. Charters are available to take snorkelers to the best sights often providing lunch. Meander with life under water as you join in up close swimming with stingrays and gliding over stunning coral in the underwater conservancies. For those who want to explore the depths, welcome to the birth place of recreational diving! 200 marked sites offer diving excursions in calm clear water with up to 100 feet visibility for divers from

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novice to Nitrox and Tec diving. Unspoiled coral reefs and off shore wrecks with 119 mooring sites allow diving excursions to disperse and reduces anchor damage to the coral. If you want to stay dry the Cayman Islands feature four different types of vessels to experience life under the sea. The Seaworld Explorer’s glassed lower deck provides views just under the surface, or submerge to 100 feet in the Expedition. For the once in a life time experience, there is the Deep Explorer Research Sub which will take two passengers down to a thrilling 1,000 feet, intimate and exciting.

Explore on Shore

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Explore Grand Cayman’s tropical beauty over hiking trails into the interior. The Mastic Trail is a two mile trek through a dry subtropical forest, with animals and plants unique to the Cayman Islands. Experience Grand Cayman below ground at Peter’s Cave with its view of the south side bluffs, the stalactite and stalagmite formations in the Great Cave and the aptly named Bat’s Cave. Enjoy a romantic horseback ride on the beach at sunset with Nikki’s Beach Rides who caters to riders of all skill levels.

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Don’t forget the best the Caribbean has to offer, the beaches! Grand Cayman has ten beaches with varying levels of activities and privacy. Seven Mile Beach offers the most with water sports operators, beachside dining and the resorts you will find a bit of everything, especially lounging and watching the ocean waves roll in. Public Beach offers a watersports operator with food and drinks at Calico Jack’s including restrooms, showers and changing facilities. Escape the mainstream and discover each other at the secluded East End Public Beach with only the sound of birds, waves


and each other interrupting the stillness. Rediscover the party life of spring break at Cayman Kai with beach volleyball and New Orleans style Kaibo bar and grill.

Where to stay Many of the resorts are dive resorts set up for the convenience of those who visit solely for the diving experience, though well appointed and luxurious. Other resorts offer a diversity of activities including tennis, golf and spas.

The Reef Resort - www.thereef.com The Reef Resort has all beachfront suites offering views of palm trees sand and sea. Located on the east end of the island away from the crowds, The Reef Resort offers a more secluded private and romantic experience. An excellent choice

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for divers since the Reef is affiliated with Red Sail. Non-diving guests have two swimming areas, two fresh water pools, beach volleyball and tennis plus two restaurants, the Rusty Pelican and Pelicanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Reef. Contact The Reef in advance and they will set up your excursions depending on your tastes and interests including rentals and dive excursions. Kayaking, and a power snorkeling tour which begins up the coast and ends back at the resort with a glass of rum or punch and the chance to relive the sea life you experienced. All manner of fishing is abundant throughout the island and The Reefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s staff can assist you in charters. When your body is tired from all there is to do, regenerate at the Le Soleil Spa featuring aromatherapy, phytotherapy, fruit therapy, and marine therapy. Wi-fi is available throughout the resort.


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The Ritz-Carlton - www.ritzcarlton.com Located on seven mile beach, the Ritz-Carlton offers Blue, Eric Riperts signature restaurant and four other dining experiences, a tennis center designed by Nick Bollettierei, and nine hole golf course designed by Greg Norman. In celebration of Grand Cayman’s natural wonders Ambassadors of the Environment, designed by Jean-Michel Cousteau showcases the natural local beauty and highlights human stewardship of these wonders. Two truly unique spas the Silver Haven and Silver Rain a la Prairie which “celebrates the healing energy of water in all its forms”. Two pools with luxury cabanas, a fitness center and beach front Jacuzzi also with beach front luxury cabanas. There are also nightly movies under the stars available to all guests.

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Grand Cayman Beach Suites provides ocean views for its suites and hotel rooms. Coconut Joe’s and the Kaibo Beach Bar and Grill two restaurants located in the resort and the Vivendi Cabaret, and four pubs provide an abundant night life. La Mer Spa offers relaxation and revitalization to prepare you for your Caribbean adventures. Red Sail Sports has on sight watersport equipment. Two pools, a water bar and whirlpool overlooking the pools are complimentary, as well as the fitness center. The Britannia Golf Course is the only Jack Nicklaus signature course in the Caribbean. Where ever you roam on Grand Cayman, on land or under water, the first memories you forge of your marriage with the golden back drop of the Caribbean’s most stunning local will be the treasure you return with. So who needs pirate gold you’ve got Grand Cayman.

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Climate Temperatures range between 73 to 88 degrees Fahrenheit. The rainy season is may to november with an annual rainfall of 46 inches, though rain showers are typically short and sporadic and don’t impede outdoor activities language english is the official language time Zone eastern Standard

eleCtriCity The Cayman islands use a 110-volt electrical system; U.S. visitors will not need adaptors tipping While goods and services aren’t taxed in the Cayman islands, hotel rooms are. expect a 10 percent government tax to be added to the cost of your room. Hotels may include an additional 10 percent service charge as well. restaurants often add a gratuity but those that don’t expect tips of 10-15 %. Cab drivers expect 10-15%. restaurants often add a 10 to 15 percent service charge in lieu of asking customers to tip, however, if the service charge is not added, a tip is expected. Taxi drivers also expect a tip of 10 to 15 percent.

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman - Exterior

CurrenCy The Cayman islands have their own currency the Cayman island dollar, although the U.S. Dollar is accepted. The exchange rate is roughly Ci $1.00 to US $1.25. Traveler’s checks and major credit cards (except Discover Card) are accepted. aTms are available at the airport and local banks. Some grocery stores and will accept Visa and masterCard with Cirrus affiliation. marriage requirements Couples can marry the same day they arrive, they require 1) a non resident marriage license, and 2) a letter from the authorized marriage officer who will officiate. To obtain a marriage license you will need a U.S. Passport or certified copy of a birth certificate with photo iD, proof of marital status, divorce decree or death certificate if applicable. Cayman islands immigration Department card or Cayman islands international embarkation/ disembarkation card (for cruise ship passengers) and two witnesses for the ceremony. HurriCane guarantee Check out The Cayman islands’ Free Hurricane guarantee which covers any cancellations made prior to arrival and compensation if vacation time is cut short because of inclement weather.


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Story By norman Shonkwiler PhotoS CourteSy deBBie daanen PhotograPhy, hotel gritti, loCanda CiPriani and hotel CiPriani

If your wedding celebrates the union of your love, your honeymoon celebrates the romance. Leave the twenty-first century behind and step back in time to the most romantic place on earth where your desire can take flight in the wandering waterways of Italyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heart of romance; Venice.


Lay of the Land Venice occupies several islands and islets connected by bridges and canals but most people identify it as all one island. The city traces its origins back to ancient Rome when citizens fleeing invasions of Germanic tribes built a town they thought would be impervious to attack. What followed was centuries of growth, commerce, intrigue and romance, the home of Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus and Casanova, and the subject of theater, art and cinema from Shakespeare to Indiana Jones. The city is connected to the mainland via the railway and Ponte della Liberta highway, but in the city the best method of travel is by boat or on foot.

Gondolas on the Grand Canal

The Grand Canal

top Must sees, Must dos The best way to get a first look around is to take a vaporetto from the Piazzale Roma and ride along the Grand Canal to get a feel of the city then wander at your leisure. Venice has two dozen museums and galleries showcasing the rich history of art and architecture of the city through its centuries. Waterside cafes and gastronomic restaurants will dazzle you with Italian cuisine and Venetian seafood stylings. You won’t find a hopping nightlife in Venice, but the city after dark is breathtaking and who needs a crowd when you have each other in the center of Italian romance. The most famous view of Venice is the Piazza San Marco, or St. Mark’s Square, and a photograph in front of the domed Bascilica di San Marco is a must for your honeymoon album. Tour the city via its famous bridges the 400 year old Rialto Bridge designed by Antonio da Ponte, who beat Michelangelo to be awarded the task, is also one of Venice most famous sights. You will find exclusive shops and boutiques on the Rialto Bridge and at the Piazza San Marco incase your eyes become too accustomed to the stunning architecture and beautiful surroundings.

The famous Rialto Bridge

St. Mark’s Square


Facade and terrace of the Hotel Gritti Palace

Grand deluxe room with canal view

Kiss as you Glide beneath the Bridge of Sighs at sunset in your gondola and you will be assured eternal love. Prisoners on their way to the dungeons caught their last glimpse of the canal through the grill work, perhaps the bridges legend of romance comes from one of the prisoners, Cassanova, passing over the very spot. Visit the island of Murano and witness the artistry and craftsmanship of world famous glass blowers who create art in glass, and while you are there tour the Glass museums and shops showcasing their works. Beyond the city on the mainland you will find vineyards and castles of Verona, Padua, and Vicenza to explore and experience. Here too you will find a rich history of Italy and the rich and famous who have come to visit.

Where to stay Hotel Gritti - www.gritti.hotelinvenice.com Locanda Cipriani

Located on the Grand Canal, Venice most famous five star hotel has hosted many celebrities and dignitaries over the last century. This former residence of the Doge of Venice offers rooms decorated in elegant Venetian style with views of the Grand Canal and Santa Maria del Giglio square. The Club del Doge restaurant provides fine dining with fresh foods and ingredients from the Rialto market and views of the Grand Canal.

Locanda Cipriani - www.locandcipriani.com

Hotel Ciprianiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s swimming pool at sunset

A favorite destination of many celebrities and made famous by Ernest Hemingway in Across the River and Through the Trees, which he partially wrote while staying at Locanda Cipriani. Three single rooms, two junior suites and one senior suite with garden views, canal or courtyard, each room is named for an ancient Roman city on the mainland or the canal it over looks, and each possesses its own history of famous guests who have stayed there. The Innâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s restaurant has dinning in the garden in the


fall and summer and in Rooms Gritti and Portico year round provide foods with the “Cipriani Style”. A truly elegant romantic site to focus on the most important aspect of your honeymoon, each other.

Hotel Cipriani - www.hotelcipriani.com Across the Giudecca Canal on the tip of Giudecca Island offers a panoramic view of Venice as well as the amenities of a resort. A heated Olympic sized pool and tennis court, right off the bay, and fitness center are available on the grounds along with access to the only golf course in Venice, on Lido Island. To reach the golf course and tour the canals Hotel Cipriani offers their private boat the Shirley, available through the concierge. The Casanova Wellness Center, named for the legendary lover who held trysts in the same gardens, offers the pampering and skin care that will draw gasps of awe from your own Casanova.

Hotel Gritti Salon with a banquet set up

your Venice Wedding Planning a wedding in Venice can be daunting but engaging an event planner is can help avoid the pitfalls of red tape involved. Venice Events (www.veniceevents.com) can handle the details of your special day and offer suggestions to transform it into a truly Venetian event. Let them help you “turn the wedding celebration into a 2 or 3 day event, in true Italian style. The night before, hold a party in a traditional or rustic inn or a palace beside the water - the wedding can be in any number of incredible venues. Then the day after, take brunch in the skyline bar of the new Hilton Molino Stucky, with its birds-eye view of Venice”. Lindsey Coleman and Jayne Seddon, both originally from the U.K., have lived in Venice for many years, know the city and have gained a good reputation with local suppliers. They offer very personal and friendly service, with great attention to detail and are fluent in Italian – another great advantage.

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Climate The summer months of July and august are sometimes very hot and often humid with maximum temperatures of 80˚F. april, may, June, September and october are all more mild with temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s. Winters are relatively cool and often rainy. Snow is infrequent, but possible, usually December through march. During the Winter months fog is also possible, particularly in the morning. There is very little tourism traffic between the months of november and January, you may manage to feel you have Venice all to yourself.

language The official language of Venice is italian, while many native people speak Venetian, a “romance language” that is closely related to italian. english, French and german are often spoken in many of the resorts and by people connected with tourism. time Zone Central european time gmT+ 1hour eleCtriCity The electrical current in italy is aC - the cycle is 50Hz 220V. if you plan on bringing electrical appliances to italy, be sure to also pack a transformer or a plug adaptor. electric sockets and plugs in italy are round and not flat; therefore an adapter plug is required. Transformers and plugs can be also bought at a local shops in italy. tipping in restaurants leave 5-10% in cash, bell boys a couple of euros, gondoliers negotiate their prices on the spot

CurrenCy italy is one of the twelve members of the eU, and in 2002 changed it’s currency from the italian Lira to the euro. Traveler’s checks are accepted in all of italy’s major cities and tourist areas. most reputable establishments will accept major credit cards and will display logos of accepted cards in their front windows. getting around Venice is the world’s only pedestrian city - it is easily walkable. The rialtine islands, the “main” part of Venice, is small enough to walk from one end to the other in about an hour. if you want to get around a bit more quickly, there are numerous vaporetti (water buses) and water taxis. if you are going to be in Venice for a few days, it is more economical to get the vaporetti than to get private water taxis. Be sure to experience Venice by gondola! sHopping each U.S. tourist may bring back $400 worth of goods purchased abroad to the U.S. duty-free. The goods must accompany the traveler. a flat rate of 10% is assessed on the next $1,000 worth of goods purchased. Parcels containing gifts may be shipped to the U.S. duty-free, providing the total value of each does not exceed $50. each package should be marked as “Unsolicited gift”. The amount paid and the contents of the package should be declared. destination Weddings Handled via Venice events at www.veniceevents.com.


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