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Nashville FROM THE PUBLISHER Dear Bride & Groom Congratulations on your engagement. This is one of the most exciting times in your life, and our wish for you is to enjoy every moment. Planning a wedding is not an easy task. With time, budget, and family pulling you in every direction it is hard to stay focused. Adding to this pressure, it’s probably the first time you have planned an event of this scale. Getting married involves a lot more than just your wedding day – it is a wedding experience! Planning your wedding will take a lot of time from picking out your wedding gown, meeting with wedding professionals, selecting the reception location, choosing the music, flowers and cake and so on. You should enjoy each other and this time of celebration. Premier Bride Magazine is here to help you with all your planning needs. Read the articles, get advice, and find ideas. You can find more helpful information, worksheets and the rest of the articles from this magazine online at www.pbnash.com. Planning your wedding is probably something you have thought about many times, and now it is your turn. Use Premier Bride Magazine to locate dedicated and talented wedding professionals who truly want to help you with your wedding plans. As you will quickly learn there are lots of options. You should consider enlisting the services of a professional wedding planner. At the very least, consider hiring a day-of planner, to help coordinate the many details of the wedding day. How can a wedding planner help you? They are familiar with the wedding professionals in the market, they have worked at many of the reception facilities and directed in many of the local churches. This knowledge is part of what you need to help plan your wedding and to make the right decisions. Your engagement and wedding will be one of the most exciting times in your life. With all the time and money involved with your wedding, a professional wedding planner can guide you through the decisions and details with grace and ease. And with all this planning and expectations for your wedding day, having someone else to make sure it runs smoothly will help you enjoy the day stress free. As you make contact with the wedding professional listed throughout this magazine make sure you mention that you saw them in Premier Bride Magazine. If you have suggestions or ideas for future issues please let me know. My goal is that through this magazine your wedding experience will be the best! Enjoy many happy years together.

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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 your first dance song? The first dance was Keith Urban, Only You Can Love Me This Way

Q: Tell us about “the” dress. Who was with you when you found it? When I found the perfect dress, my sister and mother were with me. It had just arrived as a new demo dress and I was the first person at the store to ever try it one. It was perfect…I knew the search was over!

Q: What was your favorite wedding moment? I think the favorite moment in the wedding was walking down the steps seeing my dad waiting on me and looking forward to see my future husband waiting for me. It was just one of those moments!

Q: What was your favorite part about planning your wedding? My favorite part of planning was deciding on the decorations. It was a fall wedding, I love the colors and

atmosphere in the fall, so everything I did I wanted it to me “natural” and not anything that wasn’t fall normal during October.

Q: Where did you go on your honeymoon? We waited until Christmas to take a honeymoon to the islands. With both our hectic schedules it worked out the best.

Q: Why did you choose your photographer? I chose Lane Photography because the package was a great offer and I liked his style of photos on his website. They were so creative and that’s what I was looking for. I wanted something out of the ordinary and nothing that was going to look generic, and that’s exactly what I found.

Q: Any other memorable moments you would like to share about your photographer? He will put himself in any position to take a great and creative picture. He can even fall over a flower pot backwards and still take a great photo!


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Q: How did he propose? My entire family was sitting around the Christmas tree at my parent’s house opening our presents. So we get to the last gift and I start to open it. A few weeks before Christmas, I sent Justin an email with a picture of a necklace from Tiffany’s & Co. that I wanted. So I am opening the gift and I see the blue Tiffany’s bag and knew it was the necklace. Justin has it monogrammed for me, but something looked off about it. I asked “Why is there an ‘A’ in the middle. Justin said “Well you can only get that one way, will you marry me?” and he opened the ring box. I was so surprised. I didn’t see it coming.

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What was the most important thing to you about your wedding? The most important thing to both of us about the wedding was having our friends and family really experience

Nashville. Almost all of our guest were from out of town and had never been here. We love everything about Nashville and we wanted to share that love with everyone. That’s why choose a venue in the heart of downtown and guest accommodation just a few blocks away.

Q: Why did you choose your photographer? I loved Gregory’s work the first time I saw it, but meeting him really sealed the deal. He listened to everything Justin and I wanted and really got to know us as a couple. He made us feel at ease about everything. We knew if we chose him to shoot our wedding day, we would love the pictures forever. Having Gregory shoot our wedding was the BEST decision we made in planning it. He is not only a superior photographer, but he has become an amazing friend as well.

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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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Q: How did he propose? He flew my best friend down to Nashville from Philadelphia. We were at another friend’s wedding and he conned me into leaving the reception early (I did not want to leave early) and drove me to Lover’s Circle in Nashville (there is a panoramic view of the city there). My best friend and his best friend were waiting on top of the hill for us as the sun set. He got on one knee and said, “In front of my best friend and your best friend I want to ask you to be my wife!” I was so excited. Afterwards we went to my favorite Mexican restaurant to celebrate and he had many of our friends waiting there for us! (I had told him months before I wanted to eat with my friends after he proposed and he remembered!)

Q: Did you have input on your engagement ring or was it a total surprise? A friend told me about moissanite (I decided in college I did not want a diamond ring because of the chance of getting a “conflict diamond” in my ring) and I found a beautiful, antique style ring on the internet. Before Jay and I started really dating I told my friend Whitney what

ring I wanted and when the time and person came along for her to let him know what ring I wanted. Jay got together with Whitney and Peter (without me knowing of course!) and she told him about the ring then. It is the most beautiful ring I’ve ever seen!

Q: Did you do any DIY projects? All 100+ origami cranes, all bouquets, tissue paper flower arrangements, center piece arrangements. My favorite part about planning my wedding was hanging out with all my friends who helped me make everything. There was some great bonding moments with friends that I’ll never forget.

Q: Why did you choose your photographer? I knew Whitney (who owns The Collection & Dove Wedding Photography) from college. I also worked with her for a while and greatly respect the creativity her companies have. When I met Erin from The Collection, I knew she was the photographer for me! I was not disappointed. I love the photo of Jay and me “running” through the back alley.


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Flowers the right bloom FLORAL CREATIONS

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. More than likely you have been planning your wedding day since you were a little girl. It is supposed to be the most spectacular day of your life. Nothing reflects that level joy and happiness better than beautiful flowers. Together you and your florist will design unforgettable floral creations that reflect your unique style and personality. Your wedding day will be everything you ever wanted and a day in which you will never forget.

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Q: How did you and your husband meet? My husband and I met through a past co-worker of mine. We were actually dating other people at the time and we were simply acquaintances. We saw each other just a couple of times before he deployed to Iraq with the Army in 2005. Shortly before that tour ended, we began talking through email and phone and became very good friends. We began dating after he returned to the states in September 2006 and we’ve been together ever since.

Q: What was the most anticipated moment of your wedding day? Seeing Mike at the end of the aisle. Even though we had opted to see each other before the ceremony, there was just something about that moment when my Dad and I turned the corner and I saw him standing there. It was perfect!

Q: Why did you choose your photographer? She had an awesome portfolio that spoke for itself. She was one of the vendors that my family never stopped raving about—2 months later, they are still talking about Kellie. She captured our wedding perfectly!

Q: What flavor was your cake? Which one!? We had 5 cakes and several mini desserts. Our center cake was 2 tiers and consisted of white cake with lemon curd and fresh strawberries with mango frosting. We also had coconut, chocolate with chocolate ganache, hazelnut and pistachio flavored cakes along with fruit tartlets and mini red velvet cupcakes. Dulce Desserts went above and beyond! Photographed by Red Letter Days Photography Wedding Planner Elissa Barfoot • Caterer Down South Delights • Florist Brocade Design Arts • Cake Dulce Desserts Invitations Papeterie Store • Calligrapher Penned and Pretty Bridal Shop Priscilla of Boston • Ceremony & Reception location Aerial • Ceremony & Reception Music Nashville Party Authority Rentals Music City Tents & Events • Linens BBJ Linens Engagement ring and wedding band Village Jewelers


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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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The planning is done, and the big day is here. You've survived the endless meetings, the contracts and confirmations, the guest arrivals and a multitude of other details that have nearly swept away all thoughts of romance and bliss. Somewhere in the midst of the celebratory frenzy you'll want to take a few moments to physically relax and mentally focus. Many brides find that taking the time to do something special for themselves helps to release built-up stress. What better way to refresh both body and soul than to treat yourself to a day-spa, where you can be pampered with luxurious salon treatments? Before the wedding, schedule a mineral body wrap, body massage, manicure and pedicure. While you're being pampered you'll have plenty of time to turn to thoughts of love and happiness and get your mind away from the logistics, details and contracts. Spa packages also make wonderful attendant's gifts and are more affordable than you may think. Treatment combinations can be customized to accommodate a variety of budgets. At a spa, you can indulge yourself and your bridesmaids in a number of wonderful treatments. From facials to pedicures to manicures to massages, there is no better way to relax. If a pre-wedding spa session doesn't suit your situation, try a little self-pampering. Begin with a good night's sleep and then wake up to a light and healthy breakfast. Smooth off the edges of stress or a case of nerves with a half-hour of vigorous exercise and then treat yourself to a long leisurely bubble bath. This day will only come once so relax and enjoy it.

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July 18th, 2009

Photographed by Andi Inc. Photography

Photographed by Andi Inc. Photography Wedding Planner, Caterer, Florist, Invitations, Ceremony Location, Reception Location, Music Cedarwood Bridal Shop The White Room • Cake Patty Cakes - Cedarwood


Q: How did he propose? At Walt Disney World, in front of Cinderellas castle!!

Q: What was your first dance song? Etta James, “A Sunday Kind of Love”

Q: What was your favorite wedding moment? When I was reciting my vows to my husband, I began to cry. He pulled his bandana from his pant pocket and wiped my tears away.

Q: What was your favorite part about planning your wedding? The fact that I had Cedarwood taking care of all the stress for me!

Q: Why did you choose your photographer? Because her work is super impressive and amazing!

Q: How did you choose your colors? I always knew they would be pink and peach

Q: Tell us about “the” dress. Who was with you when you found it? I found it at The White Room in Lebanon, Tennessee and my mother was with me.

Q: What was the most anticipated moment of your wedding day? Saying our vows to one another.

Q: Where did you go on your honeymoon? Walt Disney World!

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Why did you choose the facility you chose for your reception? Becase they are known for giving the most beautiful, impeccable weddings in town!

Q: What was the most important thing to you about your wedding? Simply being there with one another.


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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Cakes


CREATING YOUR MASTERPIECE Designing your wedding cake is perhaps the most fun and relaxed task you will encounter when planning your wedding. First, you want to schedule an appointment with a professional pastry chef. This meeting should take place 6-8 months in advance of your wedding date. As with all top professionals in the wedding business, the best ones book up first. When it’s time for your meeting, take with you a list of ideas you want to discuss with the chef. Include pictures you have found in magazines and on the Internet. Prepare a brief description of yourself, because the better the chef knows you, the better he/ she will be able to incorporate your personality into the ultimate creation. Most importantly, take your fiancée. The groom gets excluded from many of the wedding choices such as flowers and obviously the dress. So make it a date! The two of you go together and meet the pastry chef. It will be a fun, light-hearted experience that both of you will remember for a long time.

DON’T BE AFRAID TO BE CREATIVE! When you meet with the pastry chef chances are you will sample many different flavors of wedding cake. However, before you and your fiancée start fighting over chocolate or vanilla, consider a new or even exotic flavor such as amaretto, mocha butter cream, Bavarian cream, white chocolate truffle, almond praline, or even espresso for the coffee lovers. You can be just as creative with the icing. Chantilly cream, white chocolate, cream cheese, rolled fondant, or marzipan, are just a few examples. And who says the icing has to be white? Many brides are incorporating their color scheme into the color of their wedding cake. For example, the entire cake is a pastel pink with darker pink roses for a bride who is using a pink theme. This technique works just as well with darker colors. If your wedding is in January and your color is blue, you may choose a dark blue wedding cake decorated with white snowflakes. A February wedding cake may be red and decorated with fresh pink roses. The choices are endless! Fresh flowers are becoming very popular decorations as well as fresh fruit. You will need to put your pastry chef in touch with your florist if you choose fresh flowers. You will also need to check with the florist and see if the flowers you wish to use will be in season for your wedding date. Once you have reviewed all of the options for designing your dream wedding cake, what happens when you choose a favorite flavor and your fiancée chooses another? That’s easy. For a multi-tiered cake, choose both flavors and alternate the layers. It is possible to have a four-tiered wedding cake and choose four different flavors. There are no restrictions to your creativity. Discuss all your desires with your pastry chef and together you will design a beautiful creation that will captivate the eyes of all your guests and leave such an impression on their taste buds that they will savor every bite and remember the experience for a long time.

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christin miller

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September 26, 2009

Photographed by Forever Images

Q: What was the song to your first dance?

and tried it on again, and it was “the one.” Secretly, that was the one that everyone else loved the best.

I thought I loved You Then by Brad Paisley

Q: Where are you going on your honeymoon?

Q: Tell us about “the” dress. Who was with you when you found it? My mom, my grandmother, my matron of honor and her mother, and maid of honor were all with me when I tried on the dresses. The first one I tried on was the one that I had picked out from the pictures, but no one liked it very much. After trying on plenty more and tossing aside the ones I didn’t like, I picked two of my favorite to go home and think about. When I got home and looked through all the pictures of me in the dresses, I came across one, which I had totally took out of the running, and I loved it on me. The next day I went back

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Q: Why did you choose your photographer? She was the first photographer we talked to and I felt a connection. She actually set the standard for the rest of the photographers I talked to. I met with about 8 other photographers, but all I could think of was Ann with Forever Images. Her work was beautiful and nothing compared to her books. Her studio was awesome along with her property for the backdrop of her pictures. She was definitely worth the money. She was the best bang for the buck in other words.

Photographer Ann Thoni with Forever Images Wedding Planner Teresa Edwards with Grace Events • Caterer Providence Farms • Florist Teresa Edwards with Grace Events Cake My Mom, Debbie Miller • Invitations One of my DIY projects Bridal Shop David’s Bridal • Ceremony Location Triune Baptist Church • Reception Location My Mom’s backyard • Reception Music Provided by Family • Rentals DJ’s Party Rentals


Photography your best angle

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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A Stress Free Wedding 6 easy steps to making your day a little less stressful.

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Be sure to stay organized. Checklists are a great way to make this happen. They even have great wedding organizers, like The Pink Book, to help you stay organized and keep everything in one place. They have wonderful worksheets to help your process run a lot smoother.

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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MEET THE NASHVILLE PHOTOGRAPHERS “I love shooting at breathtaking, plus awesome. There’s great landscaping. other great spots!”

Bicentennial Park in the Fall. The trees are the architectural elements of the bells are also the water feature, farmer’s market, and I also love that it’s a quick walk to several

Kellie Fitzpatrick Red Letter Days Photography

“I have three favorite places I absolutely love , The Hermitage Hotel, Belle Meade Plantation, and Cheekwood. There is no place like Cheekwood in Tennessee. Their wonderful gardens, Reflection Pool, and the architecture of the Mansion all contribute to the most beautiful and incredible backgrounds for bridal portraits. Their extended hours to capture that beautiful golden light at the end of the day really makes the portraits unmatched in lighting and color. Dressing rooms on site are a great asset too.”

David Wright David Wright Photography

“I have to say the Christ Church Cathedral is the place that stands out the most in my mind! The history alone is a story in itself. The ancient carvings done by one of my ancestors, Melchoir Thoni, the memorial windows, and the architectural structures are amazing! It fits in with many of downtown Nashville’s beautiful, antique, architectural wonders! There are hundreds of fabulous places in and around Nashville for bridal sessions; this one is one of my faves!”

Ann Thoni Forever Images


MEET THE NASHVILLE PHOTOGRAPHERS

“We love shooting bridal portraits in the downtown alleyways of Nashville! The contrast between a bride in a white dress against the rugged and gray background is beautiful. This really makes the bride the focus of attention. It also gives the bride and groom a visual variation between their wedding photographs and their bridal portraits.”

Peter and Whitney Carlson Dove Photography

“I love Centennial Park, it accomplishes blending old architecture with the rest of the beautiful park and its trees, and gardens. It allows me to offer my clients hundreds of possibilities to get great pictures. Of course I really enjoy The Parthenon there, and “the ship”, a bronze ship front that is just awesome!”

Scott Barker Lane Photography

“The location of a photo shoot is something we always discuss and plan ahead for. Because every bride we work with is unique, we tailor every session to achieve the special images that everyone wants and deserves. While there are definitely some beautiful places where we love to shoot, the location is inconsequential. No matter where we go, we strive to capture the personality and individuality that defines our couples and really captures how much they love each other.”

Jonathon and Sharon Campbell Jonathon Campbell Photography


MEET THE NASHVILLE PHOTOGRAPHERS “I’m a country girl at heart, so it would definitely be the historic Leipers Fork, a modern day “Mayberry” surrounded by the most beautiful rolling hills, picturesque landscape, and a wide array of boutiques and art galleries. The quaint little town is engulfed in art, culture, music, etc. wrapped up in a white picket fence. The buildings are very vintage, but yet so colorful and modern, which present a wonderful backdrop to a white flowing dress, the rolling hills and stream makes for a beautiful natural scene, and you can’t forget the General Lee and Fife car. It’s true the community of Leipers Fork expels and overwhelming sense of energy, which makes for a perfect setting to photograph a bride.”

Valeisha Pedigo Visions Photography

“Bridal Portraits are one of my favorite things about being a wedding photographer in the south. Brides and moms love having a chance to get some great modern outdoor photos before the wedding day. A great, framed image is usually displayed at the reception. Even though we have photographed brides in many locations from country to urban city looks, Cheekwood Botanical Gardens remains a favorite of our brides and our studio for bridal portraits. There are many gardens, columns, trails, sculptures and water features to choose from. ”

Arline Beets Ace Photography

“Many of my bridal portrait sessions take place at my commercial photography studio in East Nashville. Complete with disco ball, large video projector, espresso machine, and large hair & make-up room, working in my pet-friendly studio helps create magazine-quality shoot where I am able to completely control the light to create the right level of drama and emotion. Rain, sleet, or snow, bridal portraits can still be made in comfort and with purpose.”

Gregory Byerline Gregory Byerline Photography


MEET THE NASHVILLE PHOTOGRAPHERS

“Nashville is full of surprises when it comes to fabulous locations for shooting. It is full of vintage walls, urban backdrops, and always a classic metro view. I love to take advantage of all of what downtown offers. The nitty gritty alleyways are always my favorite places to shoot. It is perfect when you time the lighting just right. Late afternoon, golden sunset days turn the hustle and bustle business scene into a beautiful array of the cityscape.”

Andrea “Andi” Skaggs Andi Inc. Photography

“I love to shoot at remote locations such as the Baber House at Kennesaw Farm. It has been beautifully renovated keeping with it’s 1800’s style. Each room has been refurbished with period pieces that sets the tone of romance. With little to no traffic coming into the home brides can be stress free and at ease. Just outside the house is a courtyard that is perfect for those brides looking for more of an edgy journalistic approach.”

Henry Scoobie Schneider Scoobies Photographic Images

“Two of my favorite elements in portraits are water and stone – so, the bluffs out at Long Hunter State Park provide the perfect backdrop for passionate color and texture. And it gives you a bridal image that makes people ask, “Where in the world did you go for your bridal portraits?” These cliffs are stunning regardless of the season, the site is free, and the drop-offs add a dramatic flare to these all-important shots.”

Kim Vetter Kim Vetter Photography


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lindsay jones

charles jackson

January 30, 2010

Photographed by David Wright Photography

Photographed by David Wright Photography Wedding Planner Cindy Clearwater “Sun Celebrations” • Florist Gloria Powell • Cake Dennis • Invitations Buchanan Ink • Calligrapher Kelly Smith • Bridal Shop The Bride Room, Designer : Amsale • Ceremony Location Beach at Carambola Beach Resort • Reception Location Saman Room and Terrace at Carambola Beach Resort Ceremony Music Steven Katz • Reception Music R & B Connection • Rentals BBJ Linens


Q: How did you choose your colors? I wanted to keep it simple since the Caribbean setting is already so beautiful. I love the color green and I love ivory as a simple but elegant accent color. Purple came into the mix unexpectantly. I wanted one Tennessee purple iris in my bouquet (since that is where I am from and my mother grew them in the house I grew up in) and then suddenly purple worked out to be a beautiful pop of color that I needed.

Q: What was your something blue? My mother embroidered my “old” name in blue on a handkerchief that I carried in my pocket (yes my wedding dress had pockets!)

Q: Why did you choose your photographer? He did my older sister’s wedding in Nashville and he blew me away so I knew he would have to come to St. Croix to do mine as well.

Q: Where did you go on your honeymoon? We took a “mini” moon to St. Kitts right after the wedding, but our big honeymoon is September 16, 2010 to Greece and the Greek Isles.

Q: What was your favorite wedding moment? After I was dressed and we were about to begin pre ceremony pictures, they brought me down to a part of the beach where only Taylor and David (my photographer) were. This was the first time we got to see each other and Taylor couldn’t stop smiling. When I finally reached him, he told me how beautiful I looked.

Q: Did you do any DIY projects? My mother and I made the cake topper, ceremony programs and my mother embroidered the isle runner.

Q: What was your first dance song? “Say hey (I love you)” by Michael Franti


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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Rachel Robbins & Zach Ferrell

07.12.09

Kristin Shotwell & Colton Gambill

07.11.09

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09.19.09

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Allison & Paul

11.07.09

Tara & Duriel

09.05.09

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11.14.09


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Photographed by Jonathon Campbell Photography

Q: How did you and your husband meet? We met on Match.com! I traveled extensively for my job and he was new in town trying to meet new people. I totally “picked him up” online!

Q: What traditions did you follow? We were fairly traditional when it came to the ceremony and reception. We did not have a traditional rehearsal dinner. We went alone to The Park Café for a private dinner then met all the friends and family at the wxyz Bar for what we called The Rehearsal Gathering.

Q: Why did you choose your photographer? Oh, I love Jonathon. Choosing my photographer was very hard for me. It was a much bigger expense than I ever knew! I thought photographers were around $1000 for the BEST. I had no idea. So, I did a lot of research and interviewed a lot of people. Jonathon took the time to explain how he works, described his process, his style – everything. After that meeting I understood why a good photographers costs as much as they do. We felt amazing with Jonathon and his wife, Sharon. We felt comfortable and good during our meeting. We based most of our vendor choices on if we were able to “click” with them or not. We clicked with The Campbell’s!

Q: What was your favorite part about planning your wedding? The little things. I didn’t enjoy the major decisions. However, once I got into all my little DIY projects, I had a blast! Photographed by Jonathon Campbell Photography Wedding Planner Tabitha Ong Tune • Florist Angela Sadler • Cake Sweet 16th Bakery • Invitations DIY with BRIDES brand from Michael’s • Bridal Shop Arzelle’s • Ceremony location Owen Chapel • Reception location Mere Bulles • Transportation At Your Service, Reggie Slaughter • Ceremony Music Rob Higginbotham • Hair/Make-Up Julie Marler at J.Bangs Salon


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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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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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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


Dave and Busters 540 Opry Mills Drive Nashville 615.514.1200 www.daveandbusters.com FACILITY TYPE....................................................... Restaurant EVENT OPTIONS..................... Ceremony & Reception LOCATION OPTIONS.............................................. Indoor CAPACITY............................................................................300 CATERING $ RANGE............................................$1000+ FACILITY FEE........................................................................ Yes PARKING.......................................................Complimentary Before you walk down the aisle, let Dave and Buster’s Grand Sports Café create an event full of possibilities. We are the perfect location for your rehearsal dinner, reception, or other wedding celebration. With five separate private event areas we an easily accommodate from 20-300. Chef crafted menus and hundreds of interactive games in our Million Dollar Midway mean there’s something everyone will enjoy. At Dave and Buster’s your special event is sure to be a day to remember! Speak to one of our Special Event Planners today to make sure your event is the most talked-about of the year.


hilton nashville downtown 121 Fourth Avenue South, Nashville 615.620.1000 www.nashvillehilton.com FACILITY TYPE................................................................. Hotel EVENT OPTIONS.......................... Ceremony/Reception LOCATION OPTIONS.......................... Indoor/Outdoor CAPACITY............................................................................800 CATERING $ RANGE................................................Varies FACILITY FEE...................................................................Varies PARKING....................................Valet & Regular Parking You’re about to experience one of the most important days of your life. Let the Hilton Nashville Downtown make it truly unforgettable. Located in the heart of the city, we’ve become a classicfavorite Nashville wedding location and reception site - perfect for all occasions. Serenade your guests with world-class luxury and service. This landmark Nashville wedding site offers an impressive array of venue options, including: 15,000 square feet of meeting space, accommodating up to 1,000 guests, our Grand Ballroom providing 7,450 square feet of elegant space, hosting 800 for receptions and 650 for banquets, eight smaller salons for more intimate affairs, and two outdoor terraces for breathtaking outdoor ceremonies and receptions.


Nashville city club 201 Fourth Avenue North, Nashville 615-620-1327 www.nashvillecity.com www.nashvillecityclub.blogspot.com FACILITY TYPE.................................................. Private Club EVENT OPTIONS..................... Ceremony & Reception LOCATION OPTIONS.............................................. Indoor CAPACITY............................................................................250 CATERING $ RANGE................................... $50 and up FACILITY FEE............................................... $650 non-mem PARKING............................................................................... Yes With panaramic views of the city’s skyline, the Nashville City Club is the premier site to host your wedding. With private event space available to accommodate up to 250 guests, our prestigious and initmate setting is the perfect place to host rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and reception. Our renowned culinary and event professionals woll expertly craft an enticing variety of custom menu ideas for you and your guests that is sure to impress every palate. In addition, we will guide you through all aspects of event planning and design, creating an unforgettable day. When hosting the event of your life, leave the details to us.


TENNESSEE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER/ WAR MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM Corner of 7th Ave and Charlotte 615.782.4000 www.tpac.org/weddings FACILITY TYPE...............................................Historic Venue EVENT OPTIONS.......................... Ceremony/Reception LOCATION OPTIONS.......................... Indoor/Outdoor CAPACITY............................................................................400 CATERING $ RANGE....................................................N/A FACILITY FEE........................................................................ Yes PARKING..........Convenient Parking/ Valet Available Experience classical elegance on your wedding day at TPAC’s War Memorial Auditorium, one of Nashville’s most magical and historic venues. Surround yourself on your special day with classic architecture, elevated ceilings, and intricate gilded borders. A striking outdoor marble plaza, column enclosed courtyard, crescent-shaped stage and gleaming hardwoods are the backdrop for your banquet or cabaret-style reception. These timeless elements create the setting and ambiance to fulfill your vision for a picture perfect wedding reception. The Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s renowned professional event and technical staff are committed to providing five-star service and creating memories that last a lifetime!


general jackson showboat 2812 Opryland Drive, Nashville 615.458.3900 www.generaljackson.com FACILITY TYPE....................................................... Showboat EVENT OPTIONS.......................... Ceremony/Reception LOCATION OPTIONS.......................... Indoor/Outdoor CAPACITY.........................................................................1200 CATERING $ RANGE................................................Varies FACILITY FEE...................................................................Varies PARKING...................................................... Valet Available Imagine saying your vows on a shimmering sunset cruise aboard the General Jackson Showboat or dancing the night away under the stars on the Music City Queen. Our wedding planners can make it happen for you.  One of the great showboats of yesteryear, the General Jackson Showboat is simply stunning bedecked in greenery and flowers. You and your guests can enjoy indoor and outdoor dining and entertainment as you set sail down the winding Cumberland River. Available exclusively for charters, the Music City Queen makes a grand setting for your wedding ceremony or reception. Three magnificent decks allow both indoor and outdoor festivities.


The hermitage hotel 231 Sixth Avenue North, Nashville 615.345.7107 www.thehermitagehotel.com FACILITY TYPE.................... 5 Diamond & 5 Star Hotel EVENT OPTIONS..................... Ceremony & Reception LOCATION OPTIONS.............................................. Indoor CAPACITY............................................................................450 CATERING $ RANGE....................................................Call FACILITY FEE.......................................................................Call PARKING................................................................Valet Only Making dreams come true since 1910. The Hermitage Hotel takes pride in providing Tennessee’s finest service and culinary expertise to you and your guests. Our exceptionally creative chefs and experienced caterers will work with you to make your wedding an especially personal celebration. From the moment you walk into our beautiful marble lobby to the time your head falls onto our soft down feather pillows, you will feel every inch the fairy tale princess on her most special of days. We look forward to assisting you with the planning of such a wonderful, special day and we thank you for allowing us to be a part of the beginning of your life together.


The Merchants 401 Broadway, Nashville 615-254-1892 www.merchantsrestaurant.com FACILITY TYPE.......................................................Restaurant EVENT OPTIONS..................Reception/Seated Dinner LOCATION OPTIONS.............................................. Indoor CAPACITY...............................................................up to 200 CATERING $ RANGE....................................$22 and up FACILITY FEE.........................................................................No PARKING.....................................Valet Parking Available Situated in the heart of downtown Nashville, The Merchants offers 3 floors of contemporary American dining: causal bar and grille, upscale fine dining and private dining. The third floor can accommodate groups of 10 to 150 people and anything in-between, or consider reserving the entire facility all to yourself for groups as large as 500. Our wide selection of group menus includes options for receptions, heavy hor’s d’ouevres, lunch and dinner. We can even create a customized menu for a theme party, an early morning brunch, or an after hours event. National historic landmark since 1892. Call today to check availibilty!


union station 1001 Broadway, Nashville 615.726.1001 www.unionstationhotelnashville.com FACILITY TYPE................................................ Historic Hotel EVENT OPTIONS.......................... Ceremony/Reception LOCATION OPTIONS.......................... Indoor/Outdoor CAPACITY............................................................................500 CATERING $ RANGE................................................Varies FACILITY FEE...................................................................Varies PARKING....................................Valet & Regular Parking Start your life together at Union Station-A Wyndham Historic Hotel, Nashville’s Premier site for dazzling wedding ceremonies and receptions. Profess your love among awe-inspiring towers, soaring arches, exquisite stone fireplaces, and elaborate winding staircases. Allow the staff at our timeless wedding reception site to handle everything - from menu selection, linens, and seating plans to photographers, decorations, and audiovisual needs. Let our master chefs cook up a menu that reflects your personality. Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life, and we take pride in celebrating it with you. So relax and focus on your day ... we'll take care of everything else.


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FACILITY TYPE................................................Country Club EVENT OPTIONS..................................................Reception LOCATION OPTIONS..................... Indoor & Outdoor CAPACITY............................................................................500 CATERING $ RANGE................................... $20 and up FACILITY FEE...................................................................Varies PARKING......................................Ample On-Site Parking

FACILITY TYPE.......................................................Restaurant EVENT OPTIONS.......................... Ceremony/Reception LOCATION OPTIONS.......................... Indoor/Outdoor CAPACITY............................ 120 seated/ 200 standing CATERING $ RANGE....................................$13 and up FACILITY FEE........................................................................ Yes PARKING........................ Valet Available/Parking Deck

The Bluegrass Yacht & Country Club is located in the lush, rolling, green-hills of Hendersonville, TN. Our elegantly appointed Glass Room (dining room) opens onto a covered terrace for indoor/outdoor entertaining overlooking the beautiful 18th green. The club’s Grand Ballroom can accommodate up to 500 Guests. The clubhouse at Bluegrass Yacht & Country Club is Hendersonville’s most desirable location for an intimate evening or a large scale event. Let our private event director serve as your personal wedding consultant to ensure that every detail is attended to with precision and care. Our commitment is to provide service, from the engagement party and shower to the ceremony and reception. Our team will help create a romantic and elegant experience for you and your guests.

Experience our breathtaking view of the downtown skyline while enjoying a personalized menu prepared by our award winning team of chefs. Our unique food displays leave a lasting impression. Whether you are planning a casual event or an eloquent reception, Copper Kettle has a variety of menus for any occasion, including signature “made from scratch” Southern cuisine as well as exquisite culinary delights from around the world.. From tailgate menus to formal affairs, entertain groups of up to 200 people on-site or 1000’s off-site. We can create a personalized menu for all budgets. Voted #1 caterer in Nashville Scene’s 2009 readers poll, we are honored to provide Music City with not only great food, but full service event planning. Let us create a unique experience for you and your guests.


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FACILITY TYPE............................................... Private Venue EVENT OPTIONS.......................... Ceremony/Reception LOCATION OPTIONS.......................... Indoor/Outdoor CAPACITY............................................................... up to 120 CATERING $ RANGE...................................$20 and Up FACILITY FEE........................................................................ Yes PARKING........... Free Self Parking & Valet Available A completely renovated facility in the midtown area of Nashville, Events@1418 is your private venue. Accommodating up to 120 guests, Events@1418 is the perfect place to host your rehearsal dinner or wedding reception. You can also host your ceremony for up to 50 guests on our roof top deck. Free parking, onsite catering and bakery as well as onsite liquor service is the perfect solution to your next event. A/V system is available; complete with overhead sound system, built-in projector and wireless microphone. Please visit Maineventpro.com to review complete packages available for your planning convenience. Please visit www.Maineventproductions.shutterfly. com to view additional photos.

FACILITY TYPE.......................................................Clubhouse EVENT OPTIONS..................... Ceremony & Reception LOCATION OPTIONS..................... Indoor & Outdoor CAPACITY............................................................................400 CATERING $ RANGE....................................$15 and up FACILITY FEE........................................................................ Yes PARKING......................................Ample On-Site Parking Experience the beauty of having two 18 hole championship golf courses as your wedding backdrop at the Hermitage Golf Course. We have 4 unique sites for you to hold your ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner, etc. Have your ceremony in our Celebration Garden surrounded by Endless Summer Roses, overlooking #10 tee. Enjoy the convenience of hosting your reception just steps away on the Pavilion which has a beautiful stone fireplace and cascading fountain. We also have a indoor Banquet Room with an adjacent Gallery overlooking the course. The spaces can be used individually or in combination. Hermitage Golf Course offers full service in-house catering with a wide range of items to satisfy your guest. Choose from our menu or we can customize one for you. Let us assist you in celebrating and creating memories.


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FACILITY TYPE................................................................. Hotel EVENT OPTIONS..................... Ceremony & Reception LOCATION OPTIONS.............................................. Indoor CAPACITY.................................................................10 - 325 CATERING $ RANGE....................................$22 and up FACILITY FEE........................................................................ Yes PARKING......................................Ample On-Site Parking

FACILITY TYPE............................................... Historic Home EVENT OPTIONS.......................... Ceremony/Reception LOCATION OPTIONS......................................... Outdoor CAPACITY..........................................................................250+ CATERING $ RANGE....................................................N/A FACILITY FEE........................................................................ Yes PARKING..........................................................................Other

Nestled in the hills of beautiful Williamson County the Hilton Suites is the only full-service all-suite hotel in Brentwood. Let our experienced staff create a magical setting for your wedding day. Whether you are looking for an intimate setting for your rehearsal dinner, wedding reception, wedding ceremony or bridal luncheon our flexible space is the ideal location. Our spacious, newly-renovated suites are available to accommodate all of your outof-town guests.

Planning a special event for your family, friends or employees? Maybe you’re looking for that perfect place to have your wedding. Historic Rock Castle has so much to offer! From the beautiful Castle sitting on the banks of Old Hickory Lake to 18 acres with a covered Pavilion. Everything you need for events from 50 to 500. Wedding Packages are available.


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Photography by Scoobie’s Photographic Images Caterer and Reception Location Casa Monica Hotel • Florist 57 Treasury • Cake Sweet Weddings Bridal Shop Long’s Bridal • Ceremony location Oldest House Garden • Transportation Golden Hinde Limo Service and Old Time Trolley • Ceremony Music Richard Kincicky • Reception Music KTG Entertainment Rentals St. Augustine Rentals • Hair Salon 192 • Makeup Jackie Neil • Salon/Spa Debbie’s Day Spa and Salon Child Care Kensington Nannies


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How did he propose?

Cory and I had planned a small cruise to the Bahamas with some friends. He began acting strange the second we got onto the boat. He kept walking away and leaving me in the room and to be honest, I was starting to get a little pissed at him. Finally, after coming back to the room after “making a phone call”, he told me that all of our friends were going out to the pool deck. We started walking towards the elevators when he stopped me in the middle of the atrium. He then got down on one knee and proposed and pulled out the most beautiful ring! Then, from up above, I heard people yelling “did she say yes!?” I looked up and found not only all of our friends, but my parents, grandmother, aunt, his parents, and sister looking down on us. He had kept it a secret from me for months! The rest of the weekend we all got to celebrate! I was so surprised, and it couldn’t have been more perfect!

Q: What flavor was your cake? The bottom layer was white cake with chocolate fudge, 2nd layer was chocolate cake with white chocolate mousse filling, third layer was white chocolate cake with mocha filling, and top layer was white cake with chocolate truffle filling.

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What was your favorite wedding moment?

The dancing. We had a fantastic band and everyone had a great time out on the dance floor!

Q: Where did you go on your honeymoon? We stayed at an all-inclusive resort in St. Lucia for a week. It was incredible. The island is absolutely beautiful and we had a great time!

Q: Why did you choose your photographer? Scoobie had photographed a friends wedding and I remember looking through her pictures and thinking how beautiful they were. So when I got engaged, Scoobie was the first photographer that came to mind. Scoobie is a lot of fun to work with and gets really creative when you let him take control. When we were having our engagement shoot in downtown Orlando, there was a homeless man following us around asking us for money. So Scoobie had him get in on some of the pictures. It was fun showing them to friends and families and getting the reactions.


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10.10.09

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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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You have found the perfect dress, now it is time to accessorize! It is important to remember to not over accessorize, you don’t want your accessories to take away from you or from the gown.

SHOES

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 help break in your shoes ahead of time. A recent trend in wedding shoes is having a little fun with the style, fabric or color. Many brides still choose a traditional white shoe to wear under their gown, but don’t be afraid to have fun and try something different such as a metallic silver or gold shoe. For the more adventurous consider having your shoes be your something blue; or wearing cowboy boots or a pair of funky flats!

VEIL

Whether you plan to wear a veil or not, you should still try one on with your gown. Veils come in a variety of sizes, styles and fabrics; ranging from simple to elaborate, and many brides choose to wear a long veil during the ceremony, and remove it or change into a shorter veil for the reception. You can choose a variety of finished for your veil including lace appliqués, pearls or crystals, ask your wedding consultant to show you a variety of styles to try. Be sure to bring a fabric sample of the dress to match the veil color to. Although the veil does not need to match your dress exactly, it should compliment it.

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Q: How did you and your husband meet? We were both students in the same graduating class at the University of Tennessee College of Law. We met in the parking lot as we walked into class together.

Q: What traditions did you follow? My “something borrowed and something blue” was a piece of lace with a tiny blue flower from my mother’s wedding veil, which she had cut from her veil and sewn inside my dress.

Q: What was your favorite wedding moment? During the ceremony I started to tear up and then, inevitably, my nose started running. I asked my sister to give me the tissue she had been holding for me. She couldn’t understand what I was saying, and thought I was asking if she had the ring. Eventually I said “TISSUE!” louder than I realized, causing the entire congregation to burst into laughter in the middle of the ceremony.

Q: What was your favorite part about planning your wedding? Planning the honeymoon to Hawaii!

Q: Why did you choose your photographer? A fellow student in our law school had used A Captured Photo for her wedding photography. We thought the pictures were beautiful, so we inquired about the price. A Captured Photo offered excellent photographs with, by far, one of the most reasonable prices in town. We spent countless hours searching for the perfect photographer that could meet our specifications, and we definitely found that in A Captured Photo.

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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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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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12. Everything I Do��������������������������Bryan Adams

3. Because You Loved Me���������������� Celine Dion

13. I Cross My Heart��������������������� George Strait

4. The Way You Look Tonight���������� Frank Sinatra

14. It’s Your Love����������� Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

5. True Companion�����������������������������Marc Cohn

15. You Had Me From Hello���������Kenny Chesney

6. Come away with me��������������������� Norah Jones

16. Have I Told You Lately��������������� Rod Stewart

7. My Best Friend����������������������������Tim McGraw

17. Wonderful Tonight����������������������� Eric Clapton

8. Can’t Help Falling In Love���������������������������Elvis

18. When You Say Nothing At All.....Allison Krauss

9. Could I Have This Dance������������Anne Murray

19. I Could Not Ask For More����� Edwin McCain

10. Grow Old With You���������������� Adam Sandler

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Q: How did you and your husband meet? My husband and I met in high school and remained very close throughout the years. It wasn’t until my early 30’s that we decided to date. Our friendship blossomed into a romantic love quickly, and now I am forever changed.

Q: Tell us about “the” dress. Who was with you when you found it? My friend Lauren and her 10 month old Stella was with me when I found my dress. I tried on at least a dozen. The last dress I tried on was it. I started to cry. Lauren said “o.k. this one is your dress”. My dress was an Allure gown in a pearl white. It was covered in a antique lace. Also, the dress had these stunning swarovski crystals and large rhinestones at the empire waist. The dress was elegant, classy, beautiful, and a little old fashioned with an antique look. I was going for an old Hollywood theme, my dress could not have been more perfect.

Q: Did you do any DIY projects? Yes, my entire wedding was DIY! My Aunt Emily,

Mother, Sheila, and LaDonna did it all. The ladies worked incredibly hard for weeks perfecting the food and coming up with a creative menu. We had the most mouth watering, tender, cooked to perfection beef tenderloin one has ever tasted. The beef was prepared by my Uncle Rusty who I must say is a grill master. The food served was undoubtly a highlight of the evening. Also, my Aunt Emily organized everything from the lights, decor, flowers, and food. She has amazing talent and an eye for beauty. These loved ones made our wedding such a success. I could not have hired anyone to do a better job truely.

Q: Any other memorable moments you would like to share about your photographer? Arline and I were were looking in the closets trying to find a wooden hanger for my dress. While looking in the closet, she found this cropped, white, furry jacket. This jacket and my wedding dress were made to go together. It was like bread and butter perfect! I felt so glamorous because of the jacket. It was also special because it belonged to my mother.


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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.

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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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September 12, 2009

Photographed by Gregory Byerline Photography

Q: How did he propose? Andrew: “It was important to me to completely surprise Beth. I told Beth earlier that day that we would go to a showcase later so she would be somewhat dressed up. When we were ready to head out, I told her we were going to ride with our friends who lived just a few houses down the street. I told her we would just walk to their house at which Beth said “Are you crazy? It’s freezing outside!” I managed to talk her into it and we made our way to the beautiful fountain in the middle of my development in Westhaven. It’s a replica of the fountain found in Savannah, Georgia and Beth just loves it. When we reached the fountain, I stopped Beth in her tracks and told her I had something I needed to tell her. I can’t remember what I said because I was so nervous about saying everything right and getting her to the proposal sight, but she said yes and that’s all that matters! Beth was totally surprised which was my main goal.

Q: What was your favorite moment your photographer captured and why? Gregory captured this hilarious look of pure terror as I went up in the horah. The picture is both hysterical and priceless!

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Renting a room in a restaurant or hotel allows guests to fully enjoy themselves. It also makes planning easy since experienced staff handles most of the food arrangements and cleanup. some bridal showers/bachelorette parties have been combined into one event, especially if the same group of friends would normally be attending both. If a night of barhopping is in order, treat yourself to a limousine ride for elegance and safe partying. Consider having your bachelor(ette) party at a casino. Get the total Las Vegas experience. A professional staff and dealers, gaming tables and equipment can even be brought to YOUR location. Casinos offer assistants to help plan your event. Professional staffs of waitresses, bartenders and anyone else you might need can be provided. What a great NEW idea! A home party can feature comedygrams or other entertainment and can be catered with prepared party trays. it can take the form of a shower featuring lingerie, gag gifts or items to be used on the honeymoon. Be sure the event suits the style of the guest of honor. And preserve the evening in pictures, for laughs long after the party’s over. It is best held close to the wedding but not the night before!

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Photographed by Jonathon Campbell Photography

Q: What was the most anticipated moment of your wedding day? The First Look—we spent so much time trying to get all the details in place for our special day, but we’ve talked about how we both were most excited just to see each other for the first time that day.

Q: What was your favorite moment your photographer captured and why? I don’t know if I could pick just one favorite from all the moments that were captured that day. I love that so many of the pictures capture moments when Ryan is making me laugh. And I also love a special moment we had when Jonathon told us to close our eyes and then he told us that he wanted us to think about our future children and grandchildren. He told us that when we opened our eyes,

we needed to imagine ourselves looking at those children and grandchildren. Now every time I see those pictures, I think about our future together.

Q: What was your favorite wedding moment? One of my favorite moments was when I surprised Ryan before the wedding. He and all of his groomsmen and the ring bearers had red Chuck Taylors. His said “I luv Savannah” on the side. During our first look, I surprised him with a pair of my own that say “I love Ryan” on the side. His face was priceless!

Q: What was the most important thing to you about your wedding? The most important thing was that our wedding be a true reflection of our personalities and our love for one another. I think we pulled that off perfectly.

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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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ALL-INCLUSIVE

More than mere accommodations, all-inclusive packages generally include food and lodging, extensive recreational facilities and equipment, ground transportation, plus other amenities and services. Options range from couples-only resorts, which cater specifically to honeymooners, to family resorts. The average price for all-inclusive packages is $400 per day, but rates can vary significantly between companies and depending on the time of year. Whateve r your choice, the all-inclusive package is perfect for those honeymooners who want to pay one price and forget about everything else while concentrating on each other.

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

TRAVELING ABROAD

You will need a passport if you’re traveling abroad. If you don’t have a passport or it is out of date, apply for a new one at least three months before your wedding, preferably sooner. For travel in some countries you may need certain vaccinations, so be sure to ask your travel agent about such matters. Typically the process takes six weeks, but allow time for any mishaps or delays. If you are changing your name, you should also account for any discrepancies in the names on different documents by bringing along a copy of the marriage license. This will prevent any snags on entering or returning from a foreign country. If you should lose your passport during your trip, contact the nearest United States embassy or consulate immediately for instructions. It’s a good idea to make a couple of photocopies of your passport and keep them in different bags. Having a copy of your passport with you will expedite the replacement process if you should lose the real thing. If you are concerned about the potential safety risks of traveling to a particular country, be sure to do your homework. The U.S. State Department regularly updates its travel-advisory list; you can call 202-647 -5225 or visit the department web site at http:travel.state.gov/travel_warnings.html. For information about health conditions abroad, call the hotline for the Centers for Disease Control at 404-332-4559.

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Q: What was the most anticipated moment of your wedding day? When my husband to be first spotted me walking down the aisle. I made my entrance by riding in a vintage 1920’s Ford Tudor through the vineyards and around to the ceremony site, climbed out of the car and walked down the aisle with my father.

Q: How did you choose your colors? Fall colors are my FAVORITE. I decorated my house with these colors, and they are so vibrant and complimentary.

Q: What was your favorite moment your photographer captured and why? The emotions during the ceremony. I can feel the same thing every time I look at the pictures.

Q: Did you do any DIY projects? Many!! Caramel apple favors, photo table of all the parents and grandparents with their significant other, flower girl kissing ball, aisle décor, bride’s garter, reception centerpieces, bride & groom slideshow, bride’s “going away” dress – took mother’s wedding dress and made it into a short party dress, guest book (photo book), and more!

Q: Tell us about “the” dress. Who was with you when you found it? My mother was with me, I tried it on along with many others at a bridal shop in Lebanon, TN. She cried when I came out of the dressing room to model it, and everyone in the room was very quiet, and staring.

Q: Any memorable moments you would like to share about your photographer? We got to know each other very well, we did a “For His Eyes Only” photo session and created a book of photos for the groom’s wedding gift, we also did a prewedding bridal session, and then we did a day-after session with her. She is very helpful with posing us, helping us to relax, and makes beautiful photos!


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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, let’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 — 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 can’t do it over.

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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. •

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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 “mix it up� 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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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.

GORGEOUS HAIR

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.

PROBLEM SKIN

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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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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cakes continued... TO TOP IT OFF The final step in designing your one of a kind wedding cake is choosing the cake topper. There are just as many choices in toppers as there are cake flavors. You want to first consider the design of your cake and the style of your wedding. It is very important to incorporate your personality into the topper. For example, a cowboy and cowgirl bride and groom rather than the traditional bride and groom may suit a country and western theme wedding. Other theme toppers are available in sports, hobbies, costumes, or holidays. If tradition with a new twist is what you had in mind, consider glass hearts, porcelain doves, your initials etched in glass, or fresh flowers. Please consider the weight of your cake when choosing your topper. This is a detail you will need to discuss with your pastry chef. He/ she will know if the cake you have chosen will hold a heavy topper or require a lighter one. Remember that it’s your wedding and your cake. Choose a topper that will best reflect the love you and your partner share with one another. Make it elegant, fun, and most importantly YOU!

THE CONTRACT As with all the wedding professionals you work with, you will want to have a written agreement with your pastry chef. All the important details need to be on paper to ensure your pastry chef and cake decorator understands all your needs and desires. Let them know how many guests you plan to have, the date and time of your wedding and detailed directions to the reception location. Ask for the total price including any extras, such as delivery and set-up charges. Ask for a deadline date for making any changes. Don’t be afraid to ask any questions that come to your mind regarding your cake. Open communication is the best way to guarantee your wedding cake is everything you wished for and more!

YOUR WEDDING DAY You and your groom put many hours of work into designing your wedding cake. Your big day is here, so enjoy it. Savor the moment when the two of you engage in the traditional cutting of the cake. Make sure the cake is served to the guests. That statement may sound silly, but too many times after the bride and groom cut the first slice, the cake sits for hours while the guests admire it and then leave never even tasting a bite. Have small cake boxes for the guests to take their piece home if they opt not to have it at the reception. Many places where you order wedding favors and novelties will have boxes that you can have your names and wedding date engraved on them. Don’t forget to save the top for your first anniversary. Your pastry chef will have the best advice for preserving the top for a year. The Back to wedding cake is very symbolic on a new bride and groom’s wedding day. Main May your cake be as sweet and beautiful as the life you plan to share.

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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 partner’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 don’t generally buy the negatives, it would be wise to find out how long they will be preserved in the photographer’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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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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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.

DOWN TO DETAILS As you’re find wedding locations that seem to suit your style, ask vendors about the following policies: catering, alcohol, bad weather, contingency plans, staffing availability, parking, decorating, deposits, refunds and insurance. Before signing the contract make sure Back to Main you’re comfortable with the answers they give.

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jewelry continued... Another way to indicate a diamond’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. You’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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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 don’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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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 stringer—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 you’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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honeymoon continued... TIPPING

If your only experience with tipping has been limited to restaurant meals and the occasional cab ride, it can become an embarrassing, unsettling proposition, especially in an unfamiliar place. Below is a list of typical services and acceptable gratuities, however ask your travel agent or a knowledgeable acquaintance about local customs if you are journeying to a foreign country. For instance, cab drivers are usually tipped 15 to 20 percent of the fare, but in some countries cab drivers expect only a nominal tip. Over-tipping is unnecessary, but when in doubt it’s better to hazard a guess and tip what seems fair, rather than offend a conscientious worker who could be helpful to you during your stay. Cruise lines and all-inclusive resorts may supply you with gratuity envelopes for the staff members who have assisted you throughout your stay. Ask about normal rates, and give these gratuities on the last day.

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Enjoy our 2010 fashion and the journey through our bridal fashion history. While revisiting our fashion archives, what struck us the most was how truly timeless most wedding gowns are… so many of them could fit in easily with today’s styles. And that’s the ultimate truth about wedding gowns: despite our endless fascination with what’s new, current and trendy, wedding gowns have a timeless and classic beauty about them.

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Chicago

Story By rachelle Dragini PhotoS courteSy city oF chicago / grc, hotel Burnham, W chicago-lakeShore anD the PeninSula chicago

It’s been the subject of songs, the backdrop of TV shows, a breeding ground for mobsters and the home to fanatics of some of the winning-ist and losing-ist teams in sports history. Sometimes gritty and blue collar, often corrupt – Chicago is rarely portrayed as a romantic getaway. But a new kind of town sprung up under the old and around every corner there’s a sense of vibrancy and adventure alive and well in Chicago. Catch a Broadway show, go for a romantic moonlit stroll on the shores of Lake Michigan or listen to live music over pizza at one of downtown’s fantastic eateries and you’ll be swept off your feet.4


Top MusT-see’s, MusT-Do’s Museums and Attractions chicago has numerous museum and attractions for all interests. art lovers will marvel at the excellent collections at the art institute of chicago. the museum of Science and industry has stunning displays on the country’s rise to industrialism. the Field museum of natural history could occupy even a casual history buff for days. couples who wished they could have gone on a beach vacation might get the closest thing with the Shedd aquarium, a multilevel aquarium with incredible varieties of sea creatures. Fans of architecture will be interested in the Frank lloyd Wright home and Studio, where you can see where the famous architect studied and examples of his work.

The Shedd A1uarium is located just south of downtown Chicago, along Lake Michigan.

The Wrigley Field marquee is an iconic Chicago image.

Sports Game chicago has a storied tradition in professional sports, from the ‘Dynasty’ chicago Bulls basketball team led by michael Jordan to the chicago cubs, rumored to be the victims of a curse that has prevented a World Series win for over 100 years. Figure out what sports season you’ll be honeymooning during and try to get some tickets for a baseball game at the historic Wrigley Field, home of the chicago cubs, or another event to see the passionate chicago fans in their element.

Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park during a performance.

Millennium Park Stunning art and architecture and quiet walking trails with a view of the chicago skyline make millennium Park a must for chicago honeymooners. Just a few steps away from downtown, it’s the perfect place to escape and admire giant outdoor art pieces and get a breath of fresh midwestern air. check local listings to see if there are any concerts or events in the park while you will be there.

More than 500,000 people ride Chicago’s elevated (‘el) train system every day.


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[ domestic ] Where To sTay Hotel Burnham you’ve got history and accommodations rolled into one if you stay at the hotel Burnham. Built in 1895, it’s maintained much of its character and the place has glamorous, mahogany feel. ask for a honeymoon room with a breathtaking view of the city.

W Chicago - Lakeshore from Lakeshore Drive

W Chicago - Lakeshore Perfect for honeymooners looking to be by the water – this hotel is just steps away from a walking/running trail along lake michigan and is just a short walk from downtown. the plush, incredibly large beds are perfect for newlyweds.

The Peninsula Chicago

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if you’re looking to spoil yourself on your honeymoon (and why not?) look no further than the Peninsula chicago. top of the line amenities, four restaurants, a lavish spa and fitness center and the best Sunday brunch in the city make this the perfect spot for the indulgent couple who aren’t looking to leave their hotel.

Where To eaT Giordano’s

Hotel Burnham Guest Room

italy or new york may boast that pizza is their own, but chicago took a deep dish and ran with it to create their own signature style pizza – and you can’t leave without trying it. giordano’s is the most popular, and there are a couple locations in downtown chicago, but ask around to see if someone at your hotel or a longtime chicago resident has a lesser-known suggestion for the impossibly delicious cheesy delight.

Kinzie Street Chophouse if pizza’s not your thing, let chicago serve you a steak. chophouses are found almost


as much as pizzerias, and chefs will prepare a steak grilled exactly to your order. kinzie Street chophouse is among the best, others include Sullivan’s, morton’s and gibson’s.

CocoPazzo you can’t go wrong with italian in chicago, and cocoPazzo is among the best. it’s one place you can find a thincrust pizza in chicago, or try one of their specialty pasta or meat dishes. there are also plenty of vegetarian options. almost as tasty as the food is the atmosphere, which is typical chicago – lively with a cozy, hometown feel.

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Top photo: A Chicago-style hot dog is topped with mustard, onion, relish, tomato, a dill pickle, celery salt and sport peppers – never ketchup. Middle photo: The famous Chicago-style pizza, also known as “deep dish”, is made in a deep round pan and features mozzarella cheese, chunky tomato sauce and meats or vegetables.

The famous marquee of the Chicago Theater lights up the night sky

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British Virgin Islands Story By rachelle Dragini

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You can sense it the second you arrive – this was a place created for sailing. Whether it’s the taste of the salt in the humid air, the white sand stretching for miles, or the ghosts of sailors past from the ancient wrecks along the coasts, it’s certain that the forty or so islands that make up the British Virgin Islands have seen their fair share of sea-worthy crafts. Today, honeymooners can take advantage of those trade winds and share a romantic sunset cruise or unwind on the white sandy shores that saw many a sailor embark on a journey. Whatever the activity, the crystal-clear water and the islands inviting shores and people will welcome you. 4

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Lay of The LanD tortola is the main island in the archipelago and the center of commerce. road town, the capitol, is located on this island. While bustling, it is a bit more touristy and less laid-back that some of the other islands. honeymooners might flock to anegada for its quiet, pristine beaches and unparalleled nature trails through beautiful fauna. Jost Van Dyke island is the perfect place to sip a rum concoction and munch on fresh lobster after a day in the sun or at sea. other, smaller islands make up the rest of the land and are accessible by boats that can be rented or chartered.

Top MusT-see’s, MusT-Do’s Go Sailing Steady trade winds and picture-perfect scenery make the British Virgin islands a hands-down, number one sailing destination. Whether you are a seasoned pro who wants to rent or a couple looking for lessons, there are plenty of options to hit the sea. Some companies offer chartered boats to hop from island to island or go deep-sea fishing, others offer smaller crafts that you can take for a romantic sunset sail. Whatever your level of expertise, don’t let your time in the British Virgin islands pass without a sail.

Scuba Dive Just like sailing, you don’t need to be a pro to appreciate the excellent diving that can be done in these islands. there are opportunities to see stunning underwater views and wildlife in the clear waters off most of the islands. if you’ve dived before, you can rent gear and get going, otherwise there are trained instructors ready to guide you on your first dive.

A fleet of boats is moored at Road Town, Tortola


Seagrape Cottage on Little Thatch Island a beachfront cottage on a private island, just off of the west coast of Tortola

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you couldn’t miss the beach if you tried during your stay in the British Virgin islands, but don’t forget to jump off that swinging hammock or beach towel for awhile, too. almost all the white sand beaches have romantic nature trails throughout lovely sections of the dense island flowers and fauna where you’ll see colors and patterns you never even knew existed.

Where To sTay Anegada Reef Hotel

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this hotel offers a one-stop shop for everything you’d want to do on the island of anegada. Deep-sea fishing excursions, snorkeling, and romantic nature walks specifically designed for honeymooners are just a few of the attractions here. Dining is great, here, too, with fresh seafood and other local delights available at the casual restaurant.

Blue Escapes Villas For a private villa in tortola, make sure to check out what Blue escapes has to offer. if you’d like the combination of being in the center of action in tortola while managing to maintain some privacy, a secluded villa in tortola is the perfect escape. With Blue escapes, you can search through different options to find one that matches your needs. Anegada Reef Hotel

Sandcastle Hotel if you’re looking for a truly tropical, care-free place to spend your days, head over to the island of Jost Van Dyke and stay at the Sandcastle hotel. the white sand beach, swinging hammocks and the beachside bar make this the perfect spot for honeymooners just looking to unwind.


Where To eaT Quito’s Gazebo located on the beach at cane garden Bay, Quito’s gazebo is open for lunch and dinner tuesday through Sunday and features a Wednesday night Fish Fry. you’ll be served a taste of the local flavor along with your meal at this restaurant set up on stilts at the water’s edge. Watch the sunset, listen to live local music and dine on fresh seafood and other mouth-watering entrees at this restaurant that is full of character. Be sure to visit on a night with live entertainment by singer/songwriter Quito rymer. most restaurants on the British Virgin islands are similar – nestled into the water, you can swim or sail right up to many of them and order a drink or some fried seafood. Don’t expect fine Blue Escapes Villas

dining experiences or to get dressed up for your meals, but the food will be delicious and the atmosphere even finer.

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fact sheet CLiMaTe: The islands enjoy a subtropical climate and although there is high humidity, the trade winds keep the temperatures comfortable. Temperatures range from 72 – 88 degrees. Rainfall is light. Language: You may hear some Spanish or French Creole on the islands, but English is the primary language and there should be no language barriers. TiMe Zone: The British Virgin Islands are in Time Zone Q and do not operate under Daylight Savings Time. eLeCTriCiTy: The primary voltage is 110-120 volts, the same as the US and Canada, so you do not need an adapter. CurrenCy: The US Dollar is used throughout the islands. Road Town has many popular banks, but if you’re going outside the capital be prepared with enough cash or credit cards.

Destination weddings at Bitter End Yacht Club. Enjoy dinner under the stars and dance to steel drums in true Caribbean style!

Tipping: At restaurants, a 10% tip will probably be added automatically to your bill, but if the service is good it is customary to add another 5%. Similarly, hotels will likely add a ‘service charge’ anywhere from 5 – 15%. You may want to check ahead of time if this is something that will be added at the end of your stay. When riding in a cab, a 5% tip is customary for good service. Marriage requireMenTs: If you’d like to plan a destination wedding in the British Virgin Islands, you must get there at least three days before the wedding will take place. To apply for a marriage license, you must go to Road Town on the island Tortola. A license will cost $110 if you are there three days in advance; if you stay for more than 15 days in advance, the price drops to $50. You will need passports and birth certificates for the license. After applying for the license, you will need to go to the Registrar General’s Office in Road Town to set up an appointment for the ceremony. If you would like to have a religious official and not the Registrar perform the wedding, you will need to make separate arrangements.


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South Africa

Story By rachelle Dragini

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Conflict might be one of the first words that comes to mind when thinking of South Africa. The country has seen its share of historical clashes, dating back to colonial imperialists and more recently the struggle with apartheid – but don’t let that stop you from discovering the beauty that lies beneath years of war. Although painful, South Africa’s turbulent history has made it into the rich and intriguing country it is today. Honeymooners will marvel at the sense of peace they can find in its scenic mountain trails, pristine beaches and wild plains. Explore South Africa on your honeymoon and you just might find the only conflict is trying to add more time to your adventure. 4


Abseiling on Table Mountain, Cape Town

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Elephants at Sabi Sabi

there’s no excuse not to come to South africa – they’ve truly got it all. in between two coasts with exceptional beaches, an untamed african wilderness, beautiful mountain hiking trails and sophisticated cities await honeymooners. transportation throughout the country is relatively easy, so it’s possible to trek through the mountains, take in the bustling city, explore the african wildlife on a safari and then take a breather at a luxurious coastal resort, all in one trip. top that off with the privilege of experiencing the unique blend of cultures that make the South african people, music and cuisine so vibrant, and you’ve got the vacation of a lifetime.

Top MusT-see’s, MusT-Do’s Safari

Greenmarket Square in Cape Town

Guests in safari vehicle watching cheetahs during game drive

you can’t do africa without the safari experience. there’s no other place in the world where you can begin the day getting up close and personal with exotic wildlife and end it with a six-course meal at a luxurious resort. there are plenty of safari tourism companies, so you can shop around and find the perfect fit for you, whether it be a 5-day camping excursion through the african wilderness, a day trip that ends at a coastal resort or something in between. you’ll probably find the most options at the best deal if you use cape town as your base. almost all tourism agencies offer a special honeymoon excursion or accommodation, so be sure to look for those offers when you’re planning the trip.

Adventure Tourism Besides going on a safari, there are endless opportunities for the newlywed daredevils. abseiling off table mountain, bungee jumping off river bridges, hiking to a cheetah farm, paragliding, sandboarding


[ international ] and shark cage diving are just a handful of the activities South africa has to offer. as with a safari, cape town is the best place to set up an adventure activity, since they will have the most agencies and transportation options.

The Garden Route if you’re using cape town as your base, head just a little bit east to the magnificent garden route. Stretching about 125 miles, a collection of picturesque towns offers something for every travel. they boast the best beaches in South africa, mountains, rivers, excellent hiking and outdoor sports, golf courses, ostrich riding, canopy tours and the world’s largest bungee jump into a river. Whale and bird watchers will find the garden route among the best places in the world to spot their favorite species. there is plenty of honeymoon accommodation in many of the small towns such as george, Storms river and knysna.

Where To sTay Rocktail Beach Camp For honeymooners looking for a more secluded spot, this camp is set back in and shaded by the sanctuary of the lush maputaland coastal Forest covering the ancient dunes that make up the edge of South africa’s kwaZulu-natal coast with the maputaland marine reserve just offshore. the camp has a honeymoon suite with wonderful views of the ocean and dune forest. you’ll also have access to a central dining room and bar/lounge with a wrap-around veranda with incredible views. the main area also has a large swimming pool and curio shop. couples looking for an active honeymoon will have lots of opportunities. With the marine reserve just offshore, couples can encounter huge shoals of fish, dolphins and whales by scuba diving and snorkeling. Guest Tent at Rocktail Bay Lodge


View from Tintswalo Atlantic’s deck

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The exterior view of Tintswalo Atlantic

the tintswalo lodges have three locations in South africa – one an exclusive safari lodge bordering the kruger national Park, one on the atlantic coast overlooking a quaint fishing village, and one just north of Johannesburg. all offer exceptional service, dining and amenities while still maintaining the special South african flair by decorating in thatched roofs or with african accessories. ask for special honeymoon accommodations, some of which include a private pool or special services. Tintswalo at Waterfall: • Views stretch through to the magaliesberg mountains • a stone’s throw from all major routes, but far enough away to be completely quiet • located in a totally secure estate

One of Tintswalo Safari Lodge’s Master Bedrooms

The Main Entrance into Safari Lodge

Tintswalo Safari Lodge and Manor House: • located on a dry riverbed overlooking a water hole. each suite has a viewing deck • Very few vehicles cross paths and there is a low human footprint • Big five game viewing is excellent Tintswalo Atlantic: • the only lodge on the atlantic coast that is built directly on the shore, at the foot of chapmans Peak • open plan kitchen, offering guests the opportunity to get involved • an uninterrupted view of the Sentinel

WhaT To eaT South africa’s cuisine is as colorful as its history. european, asian, arab and northern african staples have merged to form a deliciously diverse and unique South african menu. Don’t be surprised to find eastern spices on a British meat dish or French


[ international ] pastries served with an african flair. the mixture of cultures in their cuisine means some dishes are very provincial, but there are some staples throughout the country. one meal you probably won’t leave South africa without seeing is a braai, or barbeque. another staple is seafood. rock lobster is a specialty, served with lemon butter or in a salad with avocado. crayfish and cod are also popular and are often served with indian or asian spices. the British brought meat pies to South africa, but they’ve turned them into something the europeans wouldn’t recognize. South africans add more seasoning and ingredients such as raisins, a hard-boiled egg, or ham slices and are sometimes topped with a custard. ask around near where you are staying in South africa for local specialties, what is in season and the best place to get it!

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one of Safari Lodge’s master bedroom and en suite bathroom

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fact sheet

CLiMaTe South Africa is a relatively sunny place, and because of its subtropical climate temperatures are mostly agreeable throughout the year. On the coasts, the summer months (opposite ours because they’re south of the equator!) are the warmest, but there is often quite a difference in temperature between the two, with the east being warmer. Since there is such a difference, it’s a good idea to check the weather right before you go, and make sure you are checking your specific area so you’re prepared. Language Although there are 11 official languages in South Africa, English is spoken everywhere and is the language on all road signs, banking and hotels. TiMe Zone South Africa operates in the SAST time zone.

eLeCTriCiTy Electricity is 220/230 volt, so you will need a threepronged adapter, although many hotel rooms will have 110 voltage plugs for small appliances such as an electric shaver.

Aerial of Cape Town

CurrenCy South Africa uses the Rand. ATMs are available throughout the country, although there is a particularly high rate of petty crime through ATMs. Instead, many retail shops offer an ATM service through their cashier lines, and you can simply ask the cashier for cash after swiping your credit card. Tipping Tipping is customary in South Africa. The average tip can be closer to 10% and does not usually exceed 15%.

geTTing MarrieD in souTh afriCa You do not need to be a resident of South Africa to get married there. For a destination wedding, make sure your plans start at least two months before the wedding date. You will need birth certificates for both parties and passports if you are not South African residents. If you are under 21 years of age, you will need parental consent on your marriage license form. It should be noted that the ceremony must be performed in a building with open doors.


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

2-4 months ahead

decide on the budget

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

arrange ceremony rehearsal and notify participants

Compile guest list Choose attendants select bridesmaids’ attire Plan details of reception: colors, decorations, balloons select photographer select videographer select band or dJ for reception discuss honeymoon plans mail save-the-date cards if necessary get engagement photo taken

register for gifts at one to three stores select florist

reserve accommodations for out-oftown guests finalize honeymoon plans (get your passport if needed!) order men’s formalwear Book stylist or salon for bridal party hair, nails and make-up select and purchase guest favors find and reserve rehearsal dinner location

2-4 weeks ahead

select caterer

order invitations, personal stationery and thank you notes

arrange for final fittings on your gown make reservations for bridesmaids’ luncheon Confirm honeymoon arrangements record gifts received and write thank you notes promptly

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

Book musicians for ceremony

order wedding cake

mail invitations

start reception seating chart and placecards

reserve wedding day transportation

reserve party rental equipment (table, tent, chairs, etc.)

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

Prepare printed program for ceremony

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

1 week ahead

6-9 months ahead

address wedding invitations

select ceremony music, readings and vows and meet with officiant

shop for and order wedding gown, veil and accessories

1-2 months ahead

9-12 months ahead

12 months ahead

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

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rings & marriage license ring bearer pillow/flower girl basket Wedding programs Cake knife & server, toasting flutes favors guestbook & pen unity candle, kiddush cup Pay officiant & vendors assign person to collect/transport gifts

don’t forget...

wedding attire

for her: gown - be sure it is pressed headpiece & veil lingerie (bra, bustier, slip, petticoat) hosiery & garter shoes Jewelry & accessories Wrap/Jacket gloves

wedding day emergency kit

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

honeymoon checklist

airline tickets (note flight number & departure/arrival time) Cruise tickets (note cabin number(s) & departure/arrival time) resort/hotel phone & confirmation number Passports/Visas Camera & film Credit cards Traveler’s checks

updating your name

for him: Coat, shirt, vest & trousers Cummerbund neckwear Cufflinks socks & shoes Portable iron or steamer hand mirror disposable wipes & tissues anti-cling spray something old, new, borrowed & blue deodorant antacid, aspirin, allergy medication & bottled water Breath mints Cash (coins & bills) disposable camera Plastic bags White tailor’s chalk for gown fixes Toupee tape for fallen hems spray-on spot remover

sewing kit medicines/Prescriptions extra contact lenses or glasses Toiletries electrical plug adapters Travel iron Clock radio, travel size hair dryer

auto registration

investment accounts

stock certificates

Bank & credit card accounts

life insurance policy

Car insurance policy

medical/dental records

Tax agency records (state/ federal)

Credit reporting agencies

memberships

deeds/titles

Passport

driver’s license

Post office records

employee records

social security records

Voter registration records Wills/trusts

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Bride’s Wedding ring

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groom’s Wedding ring

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Ceremony site fee

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officiant

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marriage license

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aisle runner

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Candles/Candelabra

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other

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reception

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music

engagement ring

reception site fee

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food, service, Tax & gratuity _____________ Beverage/Bar Corkage fee

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Cake/Cake Cutting fee

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rental items

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other

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Ceremony

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reception

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other

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Photographer’s fee

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engagement Portrait

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formal Wedding Portrait

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Proofs

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Wedding album

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Candids

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Parents’ sets

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other

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Wedding Vhs/dVd

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additional Copies

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Bride’s gown

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alterations

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headpiece & Veil

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lingerie, hosiery & garter

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shoes

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Jewelry & accessories

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Wrap/Jacket

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hair, makeup & manicure

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other

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groom: groom’s formalwear

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neckwear & Cufflinks

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accessories

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shoes

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other

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photography

Bride:

videography

ceremony

rings

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

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Projector rental

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groom’s Boutonniere

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attendants’ Boutonnieres

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Best man

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groomsmen

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ushers

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helper Corsages/Boutonnieres _____________

Child attendants

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Ceremony flowers

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Bride & groom

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reception flowers

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Bride’s Parents

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decorations/Balloons

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groom’s Parents

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other

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hosts for out-of-Town guests _____________

gifts

Bridesmaids’

Pre-Wedding Party hosts

_____________

save-the-date Cards

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Cake Cutting attendant

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invitations & envelopes

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gift Table attendant

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Calligrapher

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guest Book attendant

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Postage

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Thank you notes

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soloists/musicians (who are friends)

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informal stationery

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other

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Ceremony Programs

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Placecards

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Wedding Coordinator

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announcements

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disposable Cameras

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attendant accommodations

_____________

Bridesmaids’ dresses/shoes

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flower girl’s dress

_____________

groomsmens’ formalwear

_____________

ring Bearer’s attire

_____________

Bridesmaids’ luncheon

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other

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Rings

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Ceremony

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transportation

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Wedding Party Transportation: limousine, Carriage, etc. _____________

Reception

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favors & accessories

other

optional items

flowers stationery

_____________

attendants’ Bouquets

Cake knife & server

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Music

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Cake Top

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Wedding Attire

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favors

_____________

Photography

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_____________

Parking

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other

_____________

other

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totals

guest Transportation

flower girl’s Basket

_____________

Videography

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guest Book & Pen

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Flowers

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ring Bearer’s Pillow

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Stationery

_____________

Toasting glasses

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Transportation

_____________

unity Candle, kiddush Cup

_____________

Favors & Accessories

_____________

other

_____________

Gifts

_____________

other

_____________

Optional Items

_____________

maid/matron of honor

_____________

GRAnd TOTAL

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

gift for parents (optional)

Bride’s engagement & wedding rings Bride’s bouquet & going-away corsage Boutonnieres for men in wedding party mothers’ corsages Wedding gift for bride

gowns for maid/matron of honor & bridesmaids (optional)

gifts for best man, groomsman & ushers gift for parents (optional)

accommodations for out-of-town attendants (optional)

formal wear for best man & groomsmen (optional)

luncheon for bridal party

accommodations for out-of-town attendants (optional)

informal stationery

marriage license honeymoon

engagement party

fee for officiant

Bride’s wedding attire & trousseau Bride’s parents’ wedding attire Wedding gift for newlyweds invitations, announcements, thank you notes, postage engagement & wedding photographs Wedding ceremony site fee & decorations Wedding ceremony programs Wedding reception flowers for ceremony & reception

groom’s family

bride’s family

Bridal party bouquets & flowers for flower girl Transportation for wedding party to ceremony & reception Videographer musicians/vocalists security & insurance for gifts Welcome party for out-of-town guests (optional)

engagement party (optional; following party by bride’s parents) groom’s wedding attire groom’s parents’ wedding attire Wedding gift for newlyweds groom’s informal stationery & thank you notes rehearsal dinner shipment of wedding gifts to couple’s home Welcome party for out-of-town guests (optional)

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groom’s cake

cake style

Type of cake: Type & flavor of filling: Type & flavor of icing: date to taste samples:

setup details

cake accessories

description

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

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

location: how to decorate cake table: Part to save for Bride & groom: Person to save & freeze the cake: Person to store cake top, knife & server: Person to return cake stand to bakery:

Tea lunch Cocktails dinner

regional seasonal exotic ethnic

service

Breakfast/Brunch

flavor

type

CaTering Planner

salad entrée dessert

hors d’oeuvres tables seated meal (family style, american, french, russian, white glove)

Beef

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

Chicken Vegetarian Pork seafood

dessert

soup

entrées

courses

appetizer

Passed hors d’oeuvres

Thematic

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hors d’oeuvres

Cocktails

seasonal exotic ethnic Thematic

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

Vegetarian kosher halal other

rental items

full Bar

special

alcohol*

Pasta rentals available Tables Chairs & chair covers China, glassware, silverware & serving dishes linens ratio of guests to servers: ___________

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terminology flowers by season helpers

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

spring Cherry blossom daffodil dogwood forsythia hellebore hyacinth lilac lily of the Valley muscari Peony Quince rose sweet pea Tulip Viburnum

summer anemone astilbe azalea Calla lily Camellia Cosmos daffodil dahlia daisy delphinium french Tulip hollyhock hyacinth hydrangea Jasmine lady’s mantle larkspur lilac lily of the Valley marigold mimosa Pansy Peony Primrose ranunculus scabiosa snapdragon sweet Pea Tulip Violet Zinnia

fall autumn leaves Celosia (cockscomb) Chinese lantern Chrysanthemum Crosnia dahlia hydrangea seasonal Berries statice sunflower yarrow In California, most summer flowers are also available in the fall.

winter amaryllis anemone Casablanca lily evergreen forced Bulbs freesia gerber daisy heather narcissus holly (ilex) Paper-white Poinsettia rose stephanotis

year ‘round Baby’s breath Calla lily Carnation Cattleman Chrysanthemum daisy freesia gardenia gerber daisy gladiolus iris lily orchid Protea ranunculus rose september aster snapdragon stephanotis Tuberoses

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Bride’s Bouquet Bride’s Toss Bouquet Bride’s going-away Corsage maid/matron of honor’s Bouquet Bridesmaids’ Bouquets flower girl’s Bouquet or Basket groom’s Boutonniere Best man’s Boutonniere groomsmen’s Boutonnieres ushers’ Boutonnieres ring Bearer’s Pillow ring Bearer’s Boutonniere mothers’ & grandmothers’ Corsages fathers’ & grandfathers’ Boutonnieres

reception

ceremony

other

description altar/Chuppah Candles & holders Pew/aisle markers other

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ceremony

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

song/performed by

start time

song/performed by

start time

Prelude Processional service recessional Postlude other other other

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Cocktail hour arrival of newlyweds Couple’s first dance Bride & father dance groom & mother dance guests’ first dance dinner Cake Cutting Tossing the Bouquet Throwing the garter last dance other other other other

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guests at cocktail party

groom’s photos: groom, full-length groom with parents groom with mother & father separately groom with grandparents groom with siblings groom with best man groom with each groomsman groom with all his attendants groom with bridesmaids bride & groom photos: Bride & groom together Bride & groom with each set of parents Bride & groom with entire wedding party Close-up of couple’s hands displaying rings signing the marriage certificate

Bride putting on veil Candid shots of bride preparing & relaxing Bride’s attendants getting ready groom getting ready groom’s attendants getting ready front of ceremony location guests arriving & being seated

guests signing guest book Placecards Centerpieces, place settings & plated meals favors Toasts

ceremony

portraits pre-wedding

Bride getting ready

reception

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

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

Bride & groom listening to toasts

groom coming down the aisle

group pictures & candids throughout reception

Clergy, groom & best man at altar

musicians

Bride & father walking down aisle

Bride & groom’s first dance

father giving bride’s hand to groom

Bride & father, groom & mother dance

guests watching the ceremony

guests dancing

Vow exchange

Cake, cake table & cake cutting

ring ceremony

Couple feeding each other cake

Candids of bride’s/groom’s face

Bouquet toss

unity candle ceremony, kiddush cup ceremony, etc.

garter removal & toss

signing of wedding certificate

sweetheart dance going-away vehicle (especially if decorated) Bride & groom in going away clothes newlyweds departing & guests’ farewell

groom kissing the bride recessional guests throwing rice, flower petals, etc.

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location

dates available

location indoor outdoor same site as ceremony Walking distance from ceremony

used for Ceremony reception dressing overnight rooms

site services

miles of ceremony site

services provided rooms food Beverage/alcohol disabled access adequate parking Valet Coat check on-site wedding coordinator staff to cut the cake more than one event at a time

rentals available Tables Chairs & chair covers China, glassware, silverware & serving dishes linens

decorations

Within

size small (<100) medium (100-250) large (250+)

provided head table guest tables Cake table guest book table

bringing own decorations

style

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reception old-world, ornate modern formal rustic fun, funky Casual intimate

ratio of guests to servers: ___________

What are decorating restrictions?

When can decorations/favors come in?

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date: Time: location: special requests:

date: Time: location: guests arriving Wedding party preparing Ceremony guests leaving

early days as a couple Bachelor/Bachelorette parties other:

reception

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

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special requests:

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size

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name

name

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size

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name

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vendors

Payment Information Name / Phone

Date

Amount

Cake Catering Ceremony site flowers formalwear gown hair/makeup music - Ceremony music - reception officiant Photographer reception site rental Transportation Videographer Wedding Coordinator

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Phone

Bridesmaids

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ushers

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