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TABLE CONTENTS OF

PREMIER WEDDING OF MOBILE BAY VOLUME I

BRIDAL GOWNS, BRIDESMAIDS, MOTHERS............................................... 25 Bridal Boutique Guide................................................... 94 Couture l’Amour............................................................ 29 CAKES............................................................................. 65 COVER BRIDE.................................................................... 5 DESTINATION WEDDINGS............................................... 15 Best Honeymoon Spots in the US.................................. 16 FEATURED WEDDING FORM........................................... 80 FLOWERS......................................................................... 74 GROOMS........................................................................ 43 Man Candy.................................................................... 45 INSPIRATION..................................................................... 9 Mad Love ....................................................................... 10 Luxe. Love. Lavish........................................................... 12

INVITATIONS: BE OUR GUEST......................................... 17 LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT!.............................................. 85 PHOTOGRAPHY.............................................................. 75 PREMIER BRIDAL GUIDE.................................................. 91 Planning Pages............................................................... 95 RECEPTIONS.................................................................... 47 Premier Venue Guide.................................................... 92 Venue Guide.................................................................. 94 RINGS.............................................................................. 23 STYLE PROFILE................................................................. 70 REGISTRY......................................................................... 81 Natural Elements............................................................ 89 Registry Guide................................................................ 94 Registry Raves................................................................. 83


COVER BRIDE


ELIZABETH

NALL KENNETH

EDENFIELD APRIL 30, 2016 | ORANGE BEACH, AL

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BRIDAL BOUTIQUE IVORY & WHITE CAKES COUTURE CAKES, FLOUR GIRLS BAKERY CATERER COSMO’S CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE HERON POINTE COORDINATOR SOUTHERN POSIES PHOTOGRAPHY KIM BOX PHOTOGRAPHY REHEARSAL DINNER VENUE COBALT’S RENTALS GULF COAST EVENTS & RENTALS RINGS STEED’S JEWELERS VIDEOGRAPHER LUKE LINDGREN


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Creel-Henning............................... 50-51 Johnson-Fain.................................. 62-63 Keifer-McKean............................... 20-21 Nall-Edenfield.................................... 5-7 Normand-Ratcliff........................... 76-77 Reed-Wallace................................ 58-59 Walker-O’Malley........................... 68-69

FEATURED WEDDINGS


Design Inspiration


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Photography: Martha Grace Gray Photography • Styling: Cortney Warren Gown: Lace Bridal Experience • Men’s Fashions: Belk Hair & Makeup: Kristina Myers for MOD Studio Portable bar/food station: The Karovan Bar • Vintage roadster courtesy of Morrell Richardson


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Florals & Rentals: Petals & Pails/Eventful Vintage china: Southern Elegance Event Design and Rentals Cake: That Special Touch • Cookies: Claudia’s Creative Cookies French Pastries: La Brioche • Styling: Cortney Warren Gown: Imaginations Bridal, WToo Hair: Tracy Harpe Branch • Makeup: Mallory Fitzgerald Photography: Tristan Duplichain Photography


State of Alabama Marriage Laws

• In order to get married in the State of Alabama, couples must

apply in person and present identification to obtain a marriage license application. • The minimum age for marriage in the State of Alabama is 16. • The Probate Judge is responsible for issuing the marriage license in the State of Alabama. • To obtain a marriage license in Alabama you must bring one of the following forms of identification plus your Social Security card: a valid driver’s license, non-driver’s license, passport, a copy of your birth certificate certified by the State or County, a military identification, or a certified school record. • The fee for an Alabama marriage license varies by county and payment is required at the time of application. Alabama marriage license fees typically range between $40 and $80. • A marriage license may be obtained from any county in the State of Alabama (regardless of where you live or where you are getting married), and may be used to be married in any county within Alabama. • Applicants do not have to be a resident of Alabama. The license is valid for 30 days and there is no waiting period to be married. • In Alabama, witnesses are not required. Also, blood tests are not required.

For more information, contact the Probate Court in any Alabama County.

Anniversary TRACKING TRADITIONS 1st Paper 2nd Cotton 3rd Leather 4th Linen 5th Wood 6th Iron 7th Wool 8th Bronze 9th Pottery 10th Tin 11th Steel 12th Silk

13th Lace 14th Ivory 15th Crystal 20th China 25th Silver 30th Pearls 35th Coral/Jade 40th Rubies 45th Sapphires 50th Gold 55th Emeralds 60th Diamonds

Many brides are thinking out of the box when it comes to venues for both ceremonies and receptions. A unique site can reflect the interests of the couple and help create an interesting and memorable event. Brides have an array of unique choices from historic homes, museums and rustic barns to lovely gardens and parks, picturesque beaches or even college campuses and sporting venues. Couples are selecting locations A W E D D I N G L I K E N O OT H E R based on their passions as well. Craft breweries are hosting beer lovers while local zoos offer facilities for animal activists. While interesting locations can provide a unique experience for guests, selecting a non-traditional locale can also present unusual challenges. Consider the size and style of your wedding. A historic home may not be able to accommodate hundreds of guests, while a formal museum might not be right for a very casual wedding. Choosing to get married in “your spot” in a park or on the beach may seem romantic, but the trek from the parking lot to your wedding location may be too much for your grandparents or relatives with small children. In selecting a unique reception site, consider the different restrictions regarding food, alcohol, smoking, music and hours of operation. Some locations may require that you use an in-house caterer or one chosen from a preferred list. Check the kitchen facilities - if there are any - as many sites have only a small kitchen or require caterers to bring a tent for food set up and service. Keep in mind that not all unique sites will allow you to have your reception inside the facility. Often historic homes are available for your guests to tour, but the event itself must be held in the gardens. If that is the case, be sure to include money in your budget for a tent to accommodate your guests in case of rain. If you’re looking for a really personal location the choices are almost endless. Plan the wedding of your dreams at Beau Rivage. Let our oceanfront property be the ideal backdrop for your perfect day. With spacious ballrooms and beautiful terraces, we’ll give your wedding and reception that impeccable touch of sophisticated elegance. Say “I do” to the wedding of your dreams. Call Michelle Kirn at 228.386. 7155.

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ore and more couples nowadays are planning destination weddings in lieu of spending time and money on a wedding celebration and a honeymoon. With a destination wedding you can do both in one convenient location and, in many cases, end up with less time spent planning and more money left for the exotic honeymoon you always imagined.

FOR ANYONE WITH A SENSE OF ADVENTURE Destination weddings, once a popular choice for brides and grooms walking down the aisle for the second or third time, are now at an all time high for couples getting married for the first time too. There is no limit to the fun you can have when you choose a destination wedding. That’s why many brides and grooms are no longer taking the traditional church route, but instead are looking for the perfect foreign country, distant mountain or secluded beach.

ALLOWS COUPLES TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES Destination weddings are, for the most part, meant to be convenient and fun. Often, for the second or third time couple, it is about making a statement and expressing to family and friends an idea of how they see their future together. Having already gone through the pomp and circumstance of a first wedding, relaxation and family are much more important this time around.

EVERYTHING IS TAKEN CARE OF AT ONCE Since destination weddings come complete with packages that include a wedding professional to take care of every detail, it’s really just up to you to decide on the big picture. Usually the wedding planner will handle the flowers, photographer, caterer, musicians and reception area, all with your input of course. In most cases the wedding planner will take care of the marriage license too. All you have to do is send the necessary documents.

EASIER FOR BUSY BRIDES AND GROOMS

IT’S ABOUT HAVING FUN

One reason so many couples are choosing destination weddings is because brides are busier than ever. Most destination wedding resorts around the world offer wedding planners who take care of all the details on site. Some resorts bring the couple down months in advance to go over the wedding arrangements including colors, special needs and instructions, and ceremony location. After the initial visit the couple does not arrive until just days before the wedding and usually with the guests and attendants.

When you choose a destination wedding you’ll find the mood to be more relaxed as everyone will be in vacation mode. In a traditional wedding at least one family is in their home territory. With a destination wedding, families come together in a resort setting to celebrate the wedding while also having a chance to spend time doing fun things. Remember, destination weddings are meant to be personal and meaningful, but not necessarily solemn occasions. The weddings are about the guests having a good time and the couple remembering their special day for many years to come.


The Best Honeymoon

spots in the United States

FOR THE BEACH LOVER LITTLE PALM ISLAND, FLORIDA For the couple who truly wants to get away from it all, this exclusive island in the Florida Keys is perfectly secluded boasting only one choice for lodging, the super-luxurious Little Palm Island Resort and Spa, where couples relax in a private bungalow. Spa services like couples’ massages can be ordered to your room or private deck on the water, and couples can choose to dine in one of the resort’s restaurants or at one of the romantic, private tables nestled among the palms on the island’s beautiful beaches. HAWAII A perennial favorite, Hawaii has served as a romantic honeymoon spot for couples for generations. With its gorgeous beaches, mountains, dense forests, and breathtaking cliffs, Hawaii offers diverse geography and activities for any interests. From lounging poolside, taking long walks on pristine beaches, hiking volcanoes and kayaking private lagoons, to island hopping and helicopter tours, there are enough activities and beautiful landscapes to fill a lifetime of honeymoons. ST. JOHN, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS The most intimate of the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. John sports white sand and crystal clear waters. Nestled in the Caribbean, this island oasis offers all the fun and relaxation of its neighboring islands without the need for a passport. St. John offers luxurious resorts and spas including a number of all-inclusive resorts and some designed only for couples. Spring is the best time to travel to the islands before the extreme heat and hurricane season begin.

FOR THE ADVENTURER ORLANDO, FLORIDA Not just for families, Orlando’s attractions go well beyond the mouse these days. The theme park capital of the world, the Orlando area is home to a number of parks from Universal Studios, Sea World, LEGO Land and nearby Busch Gardens. There are plenty of entertainment and outdoor activities in central Florida as well, and a day trip to the beach is just a short drive away. Luxury resorts and spas can be found both on and off park properties and flights into the city are readily available at reasonable rates.

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK Some of the most beautiful scenery in the country can be found in this western national park where couples can opt to lodge in beautiful resorts, partake in high-end camping or “glamping,” or rough it in one of the area’s rustic camping areas. Hiking, climbing, kayaking, fishing, and wildlife photography are just a few activities adventurous and outdoorsy couples can enjoy in the nation’s premier park.

FOR EXCITEMENT LOVERS LAS VEGAS, NV Nothing says excitement like Vegas! Super luxury resorts and spas line the strip. With gambling, top-notch entertainment and Broadway-style shows, world class dining, shopping and high energy night clubs, there is something for everyone any time of day or night! NEW YORK, NY Like Las Vegas, New York City offers honeymooners a mix of luxury and romance as well as non-stop action. With five distinct boroughs and a number of ethnic-based or culturally rich neighborhoods such as Chinatown, Little Italy, Soho, and Tribeca, a trip to New York City offers a glimpse into the countries and cultures that developed the United States. From Broadway to Madison Avenue, the Statue of Liberty to the streets of Brooklyn, New York City is an urban adventure lover’s dream.

FOR THE ROMANTICS NAPA VALLEY CALIFORNIA Rolling hills and world class wineries offer honeymooners a romantic locale in which to indulge in the finest French cuisines, fine California wines and luxurious European style spas without having to leave the country. Wine country tours have been attracting couples for decades with some wineries offering destination weddings and honeymoon packages designed specifically for newly married couples. Summer and fall are the optimal time to visit this area as the weather is the most advantageous, and the landscape is at its peak. CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA The slow pace of this beautiful southern city with its antebellum homes and tree lined streets is the perfect backdrop for a quiet, romantic getaway. Charleston’s historic district offers a glimpse into the past with stately B&B’s, boutique hotels and pastel mansions. Voted “Best city in the United States” for the third consecutive year by Conde Nast Traveler, Charleston boasts the best of low-country cuisine and wine, preserved architecture, and rich history. Protected by barrier islands, Charleston’s visitors can also enjoy beautiful beaches with just a short drive from downtown.


Be Our Guest

Your invitations are the first thing your guests will know about your wedding. The right paper products set the tone for your event. An ivory cardstock with traditional wording lets your guest know they can expect your wedding to be a formal, traditional affair. Brown paper, burlap and twine informs your guests that they can dress more casually and that they are in for a relaxed, good time. Brides are embracing specially designed paper products for all their wedding events. These custom designed pieces add flair to invitations for engagement parties, showers, and rehearsal dinners as well. Some couples carry the designs to placecards, menus, programs, welcome goody bags for out-of-town guests, and more. The variety of products and designs is limited only by the bride’s imagination.

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PLAN IN ADVANCE You just got engaged! Now what?

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

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Introducing the In-Laws merging families with different backgrounds Are you a bride worried about how her in-laws will gel with her family? You aren’t alone! Thousands of brides across the nation are worrying about the exact same thing. Here are some tips to help you through it and try to ease your woes. •U  sually the life styles, family structures, and habits of your in-laws are completely different from your own. This can be overwhelming or confusing until you get your bearings. This can be especially true if you’re marrying someone who is from another country or has a different cultural background. Don’t panic! Sometimes different can be good.  efore the wedding, it is important to get •B acquainted with the groom’s family if you don’t already know them. The same is true for your family as well. Everyone should meet before hand so there isn’t any nervousness. If you don’t know his family well and are looking for

a way to get to know them, try taking it slow, especially if he has a large family. Start with the groom’s mother, it’s usually easier to find things to do with another woman. Try going shopping together or eating lunch to get to know one another. For the father, take a little time to chat with him about his son. Usually, fathers aren’t too difficult to bond with; however, they don’t talk as much and won’t be as interested in your life’s history as his mother. This isn’t a bad thing either. His mom just wants to get to know you. Mothers love to share embarrassing stories and photos, so ask. You will receive a wealth of funny stories. Share some of your goofy moments, too. These things will help you bond with the groom’s side of the family, as well as show his family how much you love and care about him. • I f he hasn’t met your side of the family, you may be a bit nervous. Don’t worry too much, just brace yourself for the same things you received during the visit with his side of the

family. Embarrassing stories from your mom or jokes from your dad. Give him time to meet members of your family without being bombarded. Sometimes we have to keep family members occupied and entertained to avoid having your groom plied with a million questions. Again, don’t worry. Everyone will get to know one another soon enough. He will probably bond with your dad more easily than with your mom since men prefer to talk less and don’t usually delve too far into details.  o you have siblings? If so, they will want to •D meet your future husband and make sure you will be well cared for by him. Sit down with your groom and your siblings, monitor the conversation, and hope they don’t embarrass you as much as your mom. In all honesty, meeting the families is all about having fun and embarrassing moments. So relax and enjoy meeting some new people. After all, you’ll be part of their family soon.

DIVORCED PARENTS Dealing with the Situation If your divorced parents are on good terms, count your blessings. If they are not, or if their relationship is marginal, correct handling of these delicate matters can help avoid any unwanted tensions. There are several alternatives you should consider in planning your church wedding and reception arrangements to accommodate your divorced parents. According to protocol, the parent with whom you have lived the longest issues the invitations. The other parent is usually not mentioned unless both parties agree to each of their names being represented. Protocol, however, does not always create good feelings. Try to include both parent’s names on the invitation. When you’re introducing your parents to your future in-laws, it is usually proper to introduce the parent with whom you have lived the longest, then introduce your other

parent shortly afterward. The bride’s father should always walk his daughter down the aisle, except under extenuating circumstances. If that is not possible, a substitute can stand in for the father. A brother, uncle, step-father or close family friend will be fine. Special church seating arrangements can help smooth rough spots. The bride’s mother and her immediate family (parents, husband and children) are seated in the first row. The second row is left empty to afford a better view for the bride’s father, who, after giving her away, is seated with his immediate family in the third row. The same seating arrangement pertains to the groom’s family if they are divorced. The small amount of time and attention devoted to handling these matters will reward you with a day that is as free of tension as it can possibly be.


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Unique Unity CEREMONIES

A unity ceremony is a nice touch to add to any wedding ceremony. The lighting of one unity candle with two is a visible symbol of the joining of two lives into one united pair. There are many alternatives for unity ceremonies if you want to do something different than lighting candles. Some venues do not open flames, and trying to light candles outside can be challenging if there is a breeze. Other options that are just as meaningful can add even more impact to your ceremony as not as many of your guests have seen them before. Those unexpected touches are the things that make your ceremony unique. One of the most lovely unity ceremonies is done with a unity cross. Two pieces of intricately carved wood or resin are combined with gold pins to create a cross

which the couple can take home and display in their new home. There are some beautiful unity crosses available through wedding suppliers. Some even have unity hearts and trees for more secular ceremonies. Couples have replaced the candle ceremonies with sand and liquid combinations adding two colors of sand into a special bottle or hourglass which can be kept and displayed or combining two liquids that change colors when mixed together to symbolize the blending of two people or families. Taking a cue from the Celtic tradition of hand fasting, couples braid or tie knots in ropes during the ceremony to signify the unbroken bond they now share. These ropes can be beautifully displayed as art pieces in the couple’s new home as well.

“And the two, will become one” Mark 10:8

PARENTS’ RESPONSIBILITIES

Parents of the bride In addition to offering their love and support, and perhaps a bit of the green stuff, your parents also play a big part in the celebration of your marriage. Their responsibilities are generally as follows, though you may want to customize this list for your personal situation. •P  arents formally announce your engagement in the newspaper in your hometown, your fiancé’s hometown and the town where you’ve chosen to make your home.

• C  omposing their portion of the guest list as early as possible. If needed, they may tactfully remind the groom’s mother that you need her list too.

• Hosting the engagement party. • Inviting the groom’s parents to their home.

• Th  e mother of the bride should select a gown that complements the bride’s gown, and inform the groom’s mother of her selection.

•A  ssisting you with scheduling the rehearsal, ceremony and reception.

• P  arents inform the groom’s family on a regular basis of all RSVPs from their list.

•O  ffering opinions and advice during the planning, but respecting your wishes.

• Th  e father of the bride should offer a toast to the newlyweds after the best man, groom and bride have shared their toasts.

• P  reparing a list of restaurants should the groom’s parents ask for recommendations for the rehearsal dinner.


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Attendants’ Responsibilities

CHOOSING

DRESS STYLES

MAID OF HONOR

silhouette and length options

Just started looking at wedding dresses and not sure where to begin? Torn between a ball gown and a sheath style dress? Here are some descriptions of dress silhouettes to help you while shopping for the most important dress of your life!

A dress that creates a close silhouette to the body. Typically, a sheath style uses charmeuse or very soft and flowing material that fits close to the body, with some beading on an overlay. The sheath style gown is a perfect fit for casual weddings.

• Assist bride in setting a date to have bridesmaids’ dresses fitted and coordinate other bridesmaids to ensure they get to the proper location on time.

• Attend all pre-wedding parties and host a bridal shower with other

bridesmaids, preferably one in keeping with the bride’s own taste. Also known as a fit and flare gown, the mermaid gown looks great on girls with tiny waists and for those who want to show off their curves. Accentuate the waist with a belt for more definition.

A gown that resembles an “A” that creates a long line for your body. The A-line gown is universally flattering and will look great!

This gown has a fitted bodice and full skirt. It’s the perfect proportion for any bride with a bustier bosom.

This gown is flattering because it created a long line and disguises the hips. Extending from the bust line, this shape is youthful and elegant.

Believe it or not, there are different types of length when it comes to a wedding gown. You can choose a cocktail length, which is just simply above the knee. Knee length is at the knee, while tea length is just below the knee. Highlow length is just below the knee in front with a train in the back of your gown. A ballerina length dress is a dress that is cut just above the ankle, perfect for ballerinas!

• Arrange the bride’s veil and train before the grand walk down the aisle • Hold the bride’s bouquet during wedding ceremony.

• Hold the groom’s ring during the wedding ceremony. • Stand next to the groom in the receiving line and sit to his left at the head table.

• Sign the marriage license as a witness, if the bride asks. • May dance with the best man during

the first dance.

away outfit.

• Help the bride bustle her train, remove her headpiece and change into going • Attend to the bride throughout the day, running errands and tying up loose ends, calming nerves and otherwise ensuring the success of the wedding celebration.

• May assume responsibility for transporting the bride’s gown home or to the cleaners.

• May assist the best man with transporting gifts to the bride and groom’s home.


Attendants’ Responsibilities BEST MAN

THE CIRCLE OF

KNOW YOUR METALS

• 14-karat Yellow Gold Classic, durable for daily wear, polishes easily. • White Gold Made by mixing pure gold with white metals; can be a lessexpensive; alternative to platinum.

• Assist groom with wedding details such as accommodations for out-of-

• Platinum Very white; heavy, durable metal; ideal for engraving.

town groomsmen and ushers.

• Palladium Sister metal to platinum; naturally white metal; strong, non-tarnishing and hypo-allergenic.

time. Tie bow ties, provide drinks, if applicable and otherwise support the to-be-wed.

KNOW YOUR DIAMOND

• See that the groom is properly attired and at the church or synagogue on • Give the minister a sealed envelope with payment (from the groom)

immediately following the ceremony.

• Sign the marriage license as a witness, if the groom asks. • Hold the bride’s ring during the wedding ceremony.

• Sits to the bride’s right at the reception, providing charming conversation throughout.

• May dance with the maid/matron of

honor during the first dance.

• Propose the first toast to the newlyweds at the reception. • Hold luggage under lock and key until the bride and groom depart.

and groom to their limousine • Escort the orbride drive them to the hotel. • Return all formalwear rentals on time, and to the correct formalwear shop.

of honor in transporting gifts • Assisttomaid the bride and groom’s home.

Diamonds are measured by the “Four Cs.” All four features can make a dramatic impact on the quality, and therefore price, of a diamond.

• Cut Proportions of a diamond and its facets, as opposed to its shape. A diamond gets its brilliancy from the cutting which maximizes the reflection of light. • Color White diamonds are graded on a D–Z scale, D being the most colorless. • Clarity The presence of natural marks, called inclusions, in the gem. The Gemological Institute of America judges clarity based on a standard 11-point scale from “Flawless” through “Imperfect 3.” • Carats Diamonds are weighed in carats, which may also be expressed as “points,” where one carat equals 100 points.

Finding the

RIGHT WHITE SKIN TONE: Dark GO: Stark White, or almost any shade

SKIN TONE: Medium with olive tones GO: Champagne or diamond white

SKIN TONE: Medium with yellow tones GO: Off-white or creamy ivory

SKIN TONE: Fair and pink-toned skin GO: Ivory


S hopping FOR THE GOWN

For almost 25 years I’ve seen many brides with many different ideas of how they should shop for a wedding gown. Some appointments are just like brides imagined. They come in with their mother and all their friends. They try on dresses until they find “the one.” Everyone cries. Champagne is served, and the bride leaves happy having found the perfect, dream dress. Unfortunately, that is not how bridal shopping usually happens. Here are a few tips to help new brides have the wonderful bridal experience they are expecting at their bridal appointment. • Shop with an open mind. Every bride loves to look on Pinterest and in magazines for the gown of her dreams. While it is a good idea to have some styles in mind when you start your search, the dress you love in the magazine may not look like that on your body type. Remember, these photos are created by teams of people – professional photographers, hairstylists, makeup artists, photoshop artists, etc. Let your consultant help you in finding a style that looks great on you. • Limit the number of people you bring with you. This is probably the most important thing that can help you have a wonderful shopping experience. “Everybody” has an opinion and they will give it to you based on what “they” like. Bring your mom and maybe two people who fully understand your vision for a gown and support your decisions. Discuss your vision in advance, and do not bring along that friend who is only concerned with what she would choose for herself. I personally have witnessed brides getting so frustrated because too many opinions are coming at them. Choosing a gown is an

important decision, and it can be very overwhelming to have too much “help” with you. • Shopping in many different stores is not necessary. Limit yourself to two or three appointments, and only go to stores that carry different brands from the first store you shopped. • Don’t worry about the size of the gown. Typically bridal gowns run very small. It’s OK to wear a bigger size bridal gown. Nobody knows what size your dress is. All they will know is that you look gorgeous as long as your dress fits you well. • Make sure you understand the ordering procedure and policies of any bridal salon. Once a bride says “YES” she tends to forget everything else. Get payment details in writing, and make sure you have time to get your dress delivered with ample time for alterations.


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ALLURE COUTURE Mimi’s Bridal


MADISON JAMES Tuxedo by Tuxes Too


JUSTIN ALEXANDER


WOO COUTURE, top row gown CHRISTINA WU, seated gowns Tuxes by Tuxes Too & Tuxedo Junction


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Take the Plunge

SELECTING THE PERFECT NECKLINE

Sweetheart

This heart shaped strapless look is a perfect option for fuller chested brides as it accentuates the décolletage. Shorter brides look good in this heart shape as it makes the torso appear longer.

Illusion

The illusion neckline features a strapless gown with either a sweetheart, straight across or curved neckline with a sheer fabric covering the décolletage to the neck. Most illusions form a halter or bateau line, but give the appearance of a strapless. Illusions can also be accented with beading, applique or lace.

Off the Shoulder

An off the shoulder gown creates the perfect silhouette to flatter collarbones, shoulders, and upper arms. This neckline is especially attractive on medium to full chested women.

Halter

The halter wraps around the neck exposing a bride’s shoulders. This look is best on taller brides who have broader shoulders.

Bateau

V Neck

The V-neckline can range from a simple, modest V shape sitting just below the collarbone to a deep, sexy plunge. This look is best for the average busted girl. The larger the chest, the smaller the V.

The gentle curve of the bateau neck follows the shape of the collarbone almost to the shoulders. This shape is especially good for petite brides with lovely collarbones

Your

BRIDAL STYLE 1. HIRE A PROFESSIONAL HAIRSTYLIST

half-up hairstyles. Headband pieces look great

3. CONSIDER THE VENUE

with any hairstyle. If you are going to wear

Planning a hairstyle that will hold nicely

The benefits of hiring a professional hairstylist bypass the possibility of a hair disaster. A professional hairstylist can also take on the task of creating a hairstyle that is picture worthy and worry-free.

2. HAIR ACCESSORIES VS. TRADITIONAL VEIL Hair accessories can be a nice accent for even

against any weather conditions is important

The perfect wedding dress needs to be accented with a hairstyle that is flattering to a bride. She can peruse magazines to get ideas for a bridal hairstyle, but the final decision can seem to be overwhelming. Consider these helpful trends, techniques, and tips to make the final decision effortless.

the most traditional to modern-day bride.

for an outdoor wedding. Being in the South, wearing your hair in an updo is recommended because there is a big chance your hair will not hold up if your wedding is outdoors due to the southern humidity. Indoor weddings allow a bride to be more creative and comfortable with her hairstyle. A bride should choose a look that complements her dress and can stay in place for her fun-filled day.

Bigger accessories look best when the hair is

a traditional veil, stick with a simpler hair

in an updo. Smaller accessories look best in

accessory in the back of the hair.


Vintage Bling Colorful, fun, and filled with historical and cultural relevance, estate jewelry offers a beautiful array of treasures to suit every taste. From a Retro-era necklace, an Art Deco vintage bracelet, or even a sparkling diamond ring, estate jewelry adds that one-of-a-kind touch to your wedding day look. All jewelry courtesy of Van Atkins Jewelry

Tristan Duplichain Photography


Tips for Choosing

Bridesmaid Dresses

Color

Do you want everyone in the same color? Are you open to different colors? Would you like to do something new like creating an ombré look? If you are thinking about mixing colors, the best way to choose the right color for each girl is to think about your bridesmaids’ hair color and skin tones.

Be Considerate

Your friends are excited for you and want to be part of your special day. Be conscious of what you are asking of them financially and personally.

After the Wedding

Think about what your bridesmaids can do with the dresses after the wedding. Reusable hues, classic styles and tasteful sequins like darkcolored dresses (black, navy, and neutrals) make it easier to wear again.

Style

Decide how you want your bridesmaids to compliment you and your wedding gown. Do you want all of your bridesmaids in the same style and/ or color? Let’s be honest: choosing one dress for all of your bridesmaids to wear will not always look the best on everyone. You have to consider each attendant’s height, weight, body shape. Is anyone expecting in your wedding party? All this impacts how the bridesmaids’ gown will look on that bridesmaid.

Maid /Matron of Honor

Put your maid / matron of honor in a print, beaded sash, or a totally different dress than the rest of your bridal party. After all that she has done for you, you want her to feel special and look fabulous.

Fabric Choice

Decide if you want everyone in the same fabric, or are you open to mixing fabrics to create texture? Mixing textures and using the same color is a great way to create a different look for your bridesmaids. It will give your wedding more of a unique look and feel.

Bridal Entourage

When going bridesmaid dress shopping, bring one or two with you so you don’t have to do the trying on; they can do this and you will have a better idea of how the dresses will look. More than four makes it hard for you to get what you really have in mind for your big day. Pick different sizes and shapes to try on the dresses so you’ll have a clear idea of what to expect on your wedding day.

Be Thoughtful Don’t try to make yourself look better by dressing your bridesmaids in something ugly. You want to choose options that compliment you, your wedding, and your gown. You don’t want your bridesmaids to take away from you.


GROOMS A WELL DRESSED MAN


Creative Lapels NO MORE BORING BOUTONNIÈRES

Let’s Hear It For The Boys FIVE TIPS FOR LOOKING GOOD.

1. 2.

Darker colors have a slimming effect.

Tuxedos should be reserved three months in advance and all measurements taken at least three weeks prior to the wedding.

3. 4. 5.

Rented formalwear usually includes a jacket, vest or cummerbund, pants, suspenders, shirt, cuff links, studs and a tie.

Ties, vests or suspenders that are the same color as the bridesmaids’ dresses bring the wedding party together.

Out-of-town groomsmen can have their measurements taken at a men’s formalwear store near them and forwarded to the formalwear store where you have reserved your tuxedos.

Grooms have been sporting boutonnières at their weddings for centuries. That little flower pinned to the left lapel has connected the groom to the bride’s bouquet for decades, but as weddings have become a reflection of both the bride and groom, this little detail is a wonderful place to allow the groom’s personality to shine. Grooms are sporting much more creative fashions, so why not get creative when you’re planning your groom’s boutonnière? Choose something that not only reflects who he is, but make it a keepsake that you and he can always treasure. If you still want to use flowers, skip the traditional rose and choose one simple statement flower like a calla lily. Combine non-traditional floral pieces like succulents and greenery or dried flowers tied with twine for a more masculine effect. Lots of brides are choosing to incorporate the groom’s passions by adding special touches and figurines which your floral designer can incorporate into your man’s floral piece. Does he love craft beer? Piece together dried wheat and hops with a bottle top. Is hunting his passion? Shotgun shells filled with floral sprigs make a cute statement. Sports lovers have unlimited options as do musicians, and outdoorsmen. Combine greenery with guitar picks, golf tees, or fishing lures. If your man has a geek streak, Lego makes little superheroes, knights, and a variety of characters from pop culture. Get as creative as you like. Your guests will love the special touch, and your groom will appreciate a special keepsake from your wedding that you created just for him.


Man Candy This season’s hottest looks in men’s tuxedos pairs traditional black or gray pants with suspenders and brightly hued jackets - most popular are the deep burgundy, navy blue or the white dinner jacket. Charcoal offers a nice alternative to black for ultra-formal affairs, but if traditional black is the look you’re going for, make sure to pair a slim pant with a modern cut jacket for a more stylish silhouette. Styles courtesy of Tuxes Too and Tuxedo Junction

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Unplugged Weddings The what and why of going unplugged In our technology-crazed world, it’s become a habit to check our phones every few minutes, to post a constant stream of status updates to Twitter and Facebook, and to document any and everything on Instagram. At an unplugged wedding, the couple kindly asks that everyone in attendance turn off cell phones, cameras, and other digital distractions during the ceremony and/or reception. A bride and groom might do this because they want their guests to be fully present, to avoid social media spoilers, and to eliminate competition on behalf of the professional photographer.

BE FULLY PRESENT In the midst of all this online connectedness, we’re viewing the world through our phone screens and camera lenses and missing out on true human connections. But people are beginning to wake up and realize just how immersed we all are in our phones and tablets, and there’s a movement to change that. This movement has reached the wedding industry. Brides and grooms want to have face-to-face connections with their guests — especially during the ceremony — instead of staring out into a sea of electronics. If guests are experiencing your big day from behind a screen, are they truly experiencing it? Your wedding is comprised of some of the most important moments of your life; making it unplugged encourages guests to live in the moment with you. Simply put: It encourages your loved ones to be here now.

SOCIAL MEDIA SPOILERS Imagine: You haven’t seen the groom all day. You can’t wait for that “first look.” While you’re getting ready, the Maid of Honor snaps a photo of you in your dress and veil. She has a few minutes of down time, so she posts the photo on Instagram. The groom, also with a few minutes to spare and out of habit, checks for Instagram updates and the first look is spoiled. A first look via social media

isn’t exactly the stuff of dreams! Brides and grooms are avoiding such spoilers altogether by declaring their wedding “unplugged.”

LEAVE IT TO THE PROFESSIONALS There are few things that annoy a professional photographer more than an amateur trying to do their job. Overly zealous uncles who jump in the aisle and cousins who stand on church pews can, at best, be an eyesore in your professional photos and can, at worst, completely ruin once-in-a-lifetime moments. Imagine your “kiss the bride” moment blocked by an uncle who stepped into the aisle to snap a photo. The professional photographer didn’t see it coming and his or her hands are tied. Nothing can bring that moment back — it’s lost to a grainy photo on Uncle Al’s smart phone. Another issue is wandering eyes. When your professional photographer stages a group shot of your newly combined families and Uncle Al decides to take the photo too, eyes will wander, not knowing which camera to look at first. This makes the final professional photo just look silly! One way to avoid all of these problems is to have an unplugged wedding, or at least an unplugged ceremony.


RECEPTIONS THE CELEBRATION BEGINS


Getting there in

STYLE Just Married

WEDDING DAY TRANSPORTATION The moments between the ceremony are exciting ones too, and it’s only fitting to be whisked off in style with your loved one. Here are some tips to make your transport as fun, affordable and memorable as the rest of your day. FIRST HOW MANY? First decide how many people you’ll be moving. Do you want just the bride and groom in a vehicle, or is the entire wedding party heading to the reception together? What about their spouses or dates? Once you make those decisions, you can start searching around for transport based on size. Whatever form of transportation you select, keep safety in mind for when revelers are bouncing from one location to another. LIMOS If there is a day to splurge on this iconic luxury vehicle, your wedding is it. Unlike some other forms of transport, a limo can be booked for an entire day, so you could get a high-class ride to pick you up at the house and deliver you to both the ceremony and reception. Most companies have a one or two hour minimum for their services. If you want a car for both going and leaving the ceremony, it might be more affordable to hire two separate cars rather than pay for the vehicle to sit during a long reception. Many options exist for limos. A formal limousine seats four, but to include the wedding party opt for a stretch limo for six to 10. For larger parties and a flashier mode of transport, sport utility models like the Hummer and Explorer are popular and unique both inside and out. The larger models are often posh, with flashy lights and decorative interiors. CATCH THE COACH For larger parties, a party bus or luxury coach is a great way to travel. Offering all the amenities of a luxury limousine, these elaborate options have room to spare. Or, for even larger groups, a passenger coach or party bus can seat 21 to 49 people. For a small wedding, this is a fun way to get all the guests in on the party right away. Like limousine services, passenger and luxury coach companies require a minimum number of hours. The size and type of coach will determine the hourly rate. Depending on the size of your party it may make sense to hire two coaches, maybe a luxury coach for the bride, groom and attendants and a passenger coach for the guests.

TAKING THE TROLLEY A fun and picturesque alternative to a limo or passenger coach is a trolley. They’ll generally accommodate between 20 and 35 people, so they’re great for larger parties or adding on some family members. With this antique look and old world charm, they’ll lend a lovely, elegant touch to this wedding day detail. Since most have outdoor decks, these are especially fun in small towns or neighborhood weddings so you can take a peek outside and watch onlookers wave at the newlyweds UNIQUE ALTERNATIVES Some new couples might opt for something more personal or creative. A horse-drawn carriage is a romantic, vintage option, especially if you can decorate it with your wedding colors. Vintage cars are also great photo ops and add a touch of class. An antique Rolls Royce or a ’69 Mustang are fun and unique. Ride in style like the royal couple did in a decorated navy soft-top Aston Martin Volante, or as with other details in the wedding, make sure your transportation reflects your personality. Does the groom ride a motorcycle? Ride off together on your own bike. Do you share a love of mountain biking? Don’t be afraid to wheel over on a tandem together. Personality is what makes weddings memorable.


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THE DETAILS

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WEDDING RECEPTION PLANNING AND PREPARATION BEFORE YOU BOOK As you’re searching for wedding locations, ask vendors about catering policies, alcohol policies, bad weather contingency plans, staffing availability, parking, decorating, deposits, refunds and insurance. • Book your wedding and reception site as soon as you set a date. To find your perfect site, call around. Ask for a description and a list of services: caterers, waiters, bartenders, and parking valets. Make an appointment to tour promising prospects. • Hotels, restaurants, private clubs and halls normally offer catering services and may not allow you to use your own caterer. • Make sure there is enough room for your guests and electric voltage for your entertainment, lighting and any decorative needs. • Churches and temples may have policies regarding alcohol and other restrictions. • For a garden wedding be sure you have enough room indoors in case of bad weather. • If you’re going to decorate, ask for a list of restrictions.

AT THE PARTY • You may want to ask several relatives or close friends to act as hosts, greeting your guests, assisting with seating and maximizing the mingling.

• Designate a table for the wedding party and another table for both of the families. The bridal couple may have their own Sweetheart Table or may choose to sit in the center of the table, maid of honor to the groom’s left, and best man to the bride’s right. Alternate men and women as space allows. • Just before the meal is served to the wedding party, it is traditional for the best man to propose a toast. All rise, except the bride and groom. After the toast, the groom may reply. Any other toasts are then appropriate. • Serve the meal or send people to the buffet in this order: bride, groom, maid of honor, best man, attendants, parents and then guests. • Your first dance as husband and wife should feature your special song, usually something romantic. The floor should be empty of other guests. Then come the dances for the bride and her father, the groom and his mother, the bride and the groom’s father, the groom and the bride’s mother. Lastly, the wedding party joins in, then the guests. • Traditionally, the bouquet and garter toss take place near the end. To keep your original bouquet, have the florist create a special arrangement to be thrown. • If possible, invite all guests to both the ceremony and the reception.

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DETAILS

Child’s Play

KID FRIENDLY WEDDINGS

Children can be a precious addition to a wedding. Whether they are in the wedding party or guests, keeping them entertained can be challenging! If you are expecting a lot of little ones, here are some tips to consider.

the wedding and gives them a job to be proud of! Have the ring bearer or flower girls hold a sign with something written to the groom.

• Create a craft table for the kids. Custom coloring books, bubbles, etc. Will keep kids occupied during the reception and allow them to get creative.

• For the bride and groom departure, have a glowstick area set up for the kids to take part in the ritual. They can spin and twirl the glow sticks as you skip to the get away car. The glow sticks look great in pictures!

• Throw a candy bouquet! Every little girl pretends to throw their wedding bouquet in their dress-up wedding dress. Make a candy bouquet just for kids and have them join in the fun!

• Hire a sitter for the reception! Use a private room at your venue as a place for young children to play, watch movies, or nap while their parents enjoy the festivities of your day!

• Kid friendly drinks are very popular. Add fruit and Kool-Aid to a large canister with a spout. The kids will love being able to get the drinks themselves, and it’s healthier then just canned sodas. Snow cone bars are perfect for kids to create their own desserts. Kids will love a snack bar filled with popcorn, twizzlers, and cupcakes. • Give small children in the wedding party a prop. A tricycle for outdoor weddings, chalkboard sign, etc. The prop makes the kids feel important in

MOST REQUESTED

SONGS BRIDE & GROOM FIRST DANCES 1. Everything - Michael Buble 2. At Last - Etta James 3. Remedy - Adele 4. You Are the Best Thing - Ray LaMontagne 5. Yours - Russel Dickerson

GROOM & MOTHER DANCES 1. Just the Way You Are - Billy Joel 2. God Only Knows - The Beach Boys 3. A Song for Mama - Boyz II Men 4. A Simple Man - Lynyrd Skynyrd 5. Forever Young - Bob Dylan

CEREMONY RECESSIONAL SONGS 1. Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours - Stevie Wonder 2. I Do - Colbie Caillat 3. This Will Be (Everlasting Love) - Natalie Cole 4. L. O. V. E. - Frank Sinatra 5. How Sweet It Is - James Taylor

BRIDE & FATHER DANCES 1. I Loved Her First - Heartland 2. Sweat Pea - Amos Lee 3. There You’ll Be - Faith Hill 4. My Girl - Temptations 5. I’ll Stand by You - The Pretenders

BRIDAL PARTY DANCES 1. Cake by the Ocean - DNCE 2. Sugar - Maroon 5 3. Cupid Shuffle - Cupid 4. Can’t Stop the Feeling - Justin Timberlake 5. Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson

WEDDING VIDEO SONGS 1. Mess Is Mine - Vance Joy 2. Home - Phillip Phillips 3. Ho Hey - The Lumineers 4. I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You - Ingrid Michaelson 5. Every Little Thing She Does is Magic - Sleeping At Last

CEREMONY PROCESSIONAL SONGS 1. Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley 2. Somewhere Only We Know - Lily Allen 3. Canon in D - Pachelbel 4. What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong 5. How Long Will I Love You - Ellie Goulding


DETAILS

Off the Leash

INCLUDING PETS IN YOUR CEREMONY Your dog is considered a family member and the most spoiled one. Tons of brides want to include their pup on the big day but first there are a few things to consider. IS YOUR DOG SOCIAL? Is your dog friendly? Is he comfortable around strangers and large crowds? You will not want to have to worry about your pet’s well being along with everything else on your special day. WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR PET Not sure where to place your dog in the wedding? The traditional idea is have the dog as the ring bearer. Use fake rings in case your dog eats them or runs away. If you are nervous about the dog acting up, you can have a groomsman leash the dog and walk him down the aisle.

DOG FRIENDLY VENUE First you will need to verify with the venue that your pet is welcome. Make sure your dog fits in with the setting. Outside weddings may be perfect for your pet, but even the cutest dogs may not be welcome in a sanctuary. CANINE COUTURE Male dogs always look adorable in a tuxedo outfit or just a bow tie. As for female pups, a cute tutu or flower halo around the collar are appropriate. PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT Be sure to practice the walk down the aisle many times with your dog and reward him with treats, so your pet will be ready for the big day!

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DRINK UP! giving your wedding day spirits a special touch “Cheers! Salud! Prost!” We all have a preferred way of drinking to the health of family and friends. What better time to toast life and love than at a wedding? Let’s look at beverage ideas, large and small, adult and kid-friendly, to bolster a day brimming with drink-infused merriment. At the reception, lead with refreshments. During the cocktail hour, greet guests with personalized drink glasses doubling as place cards. Try attaching a miniature name tag to paper straws or scrawl names on chalkboard-style stickers and stick them on rustic mason jars. Another way to individualize the drinking experience: Tiny bottles of champagne waiting at each table. Wedding favors for each guest might also be drinkable. If you’re a coffee-loving couple, gift a small bag of coffee grounds labeled “the perfect blend” or “love is brewing.”

To give potables even more personality, ask the bartender to create a signature drink for the bride and groom. Be sure to call the drink something clever, like “Marry Me Martini,” “Something Blue Punch,” or, a play on the couple’s last name. For a bride and groom who don’t agree on beverages, go for His and Her drinks…perhaps pink sangria (“Blushing Bride”) and a blue margarita (“Blue-eyed Groom”). If you’re connoisseurs of a particular type of alcohol, create an entire focal table dedicated to your spirits of choice. Add a fun touch to the table with handmade signs: “Whiskey for the boys!” or “Eat, drink, and be married!” And if you want things to get really personal (and your venue allows bringing in alcohol), be your own bartender. Premix drinks in mason jars and keep them on ice. Or, if brewing is your thing, brew your own beer. It doesn’t get much more unique than that! Beyond booze, incorporate nonalcoholic refreshments so there’s a little something for everyone. Kegs of root beer are fun for the kids. Large jugs of lemonade are not only thirst quenching at a summertime wedding, they also make for a very pretty picture. When it’s time for dessert or a late night second wind, consider a coffee bar complete with flavor shots and donut pops as stirring straws. In the winter months, a hot chocolate bar with all the marshmallow trimmings and peppermint stick trappings leaves a warm, lasting impression. Want an even more unique factor? Try soaking fruit in spirits. Popular combinations include champagne soaked berries and tequila-soaked watermelon wedges. Aside from fruit, any gummy candy can also soak up spirits for a yummy treat your guests are sure to be buzzing about long after the boozy gummy-bear buzz has finally worn off.


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GOURMET RECEPTIONS AT YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANT

“Honey, where would you like to eat tonight? I’m in the mood for something special.” This is a question you and your fiancé may ask each other often. Why not ask that same question when selecting a reception site? You want your wedding to be a special experience for you as well as your guests. You spend endless hours selecting the perfect dress, the perfect flowers, and the perfect venue. Why not treat your guests to a special meal? When planning your wedding you will discover endless possibilities for reception sites; hotels, country clubs, museums, backyard tents and more. Among those possibilities you should consider your favorite local restaurants, the restaurant where you celebrated your last promotion, your last birthday, and where you took your parents when they came to visit. Your favorite restaurant may offer all the style and amenities you require, and most importantly, have the expertise to serve you and your guests an exceptional meal. With your favorite restaurant, depending on the size of your reception, you may reserve a private room or you may be able to reserve the entire space. You, with the chef, may craft a

customized menu and wine selections of exceptional quality. The restaurant’s event coordinator will assist you with your reception planning, and because restaurants host many types of events, may be able to offer additional suggestions and assistance in securing other needed services from musicians, florists, transportation providers and audiovisual specialists.

When exploring restaurant reception options, you should: •C  ontact the restaurant’s event coordinator to discuss date availability, room capacity, additional services provided, and to receive copies of special event menus. • S chedule an appointment to inspect the proposed reception space and discuss menu options and customization. 3 • S chedule a tasting of your selected items (most restaurants will charge a small tasting fee). 4 • I f all is to your liking, be prepared to place a deposit securing the date as restaurants book up quickly with their regular clientele or other events.


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FUEL YOUR

GUEST DELICIOUS IDEAS

When planning a wedding, the right meal can set the mood and fuel your guests for a night of dancing. Here are six ideas that will make your food more festive and leave everyone satisfied:

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Healthy is in. Healthy meals can be tasty delights.

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Go ethnic! Food from around the world is becoming more and more popular at weddings. It’s a great way to get variety into your dinner. It also gives your guests the opportunity to feed their adventurous side.

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Beef: it IS what’s for dinner. Steak is in. Popular are South American style steaks seasoned with chile peppers and sofrito or different salsas and a side of Peruvian potatoes. Steak is also delicious tossed into a gourmet salad or thinly sliced on baguettes.

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Food Stations and Dessert Bars. They’re fun and flavorful, not to mention they add a whimsical touch to your reception. Brides have moved way beyond the pasta stations and candy or dessert bars and have started offering special food bars as part of their entrée and side dish selections. Comfort foods like potato bars with a variety of toppings are popular as are junk food bars laden with sliders, mini hot dogs and tacos. Even the sweet and dessert bars have transitioned from traditional cakes, cookies and tarts to tables laden with several varieties of gourmet popcorn with add ins, s’mores stations, make your own cotton candy and milkshake bars. There is no limit to the kind of food bars that can be incorporated into a reception. These special serving options can be as creative as a couple’s imagination and palate allow!

5.

Add a gourmet twist to a comfort food. Who says your meal has to be boring and formal? Take a casual comfort food like mac & cheese and spice it up by adding a gourmet cheese or lobster and a garnish.

6.

Have smaller portions, but more courses. This more European style is gaining popularity.

TAKES THE CAKE Asking the right questions about your special cake

• Do you specialize in any certain styles or flavors? • What do you recommend for an outdoor or seasonal reception? • Can you customize a wedding or groom’s cake from a photo/idea? • Can you match the cake colors to fabric swatches or flowers? • Can you create individual cakes to be used as wedding favors? • Can you create specialized cakes for certain dietary needs? • Do you offer a tasting? • How much time do you need to prepare the cake at the reception? • Do you offer instruction on how to cut the cake? • Will you supply a container to freeze the top of the cake? • Will you charge for any supports or bases on the cake? If so, may I return them for a refund?

• Do you provide a plateau or stand for the cake? If so, what is the charge? May I return it for a refund?

• How far in advance must I book your services? • What is your cancellation policy? • Is a deposit required? If so, when and how much?


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PARTY RENTALS every last detail Depending on where you choose to hold your reception, you may find yourself in need of certain items not provided by your reception facility. The term “party rentals” covers a variety of rental items, including linens, chair covers, tables and chairs, tents, dance floors, fountains, plants, props and theme decorations.

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

If you are holding your reception in a hotel, most of the items listed above may be included in the overall cost. The need for various rental items increases when the event is held outdoors or at an event facility where you are required to provide your own caterer.

Before contacting a rental company it is recommended that you have the following information available:

Find out in advance what the delivery, set-up, pick-up and payment policies are. Be sure to coordinate with the facility manager to ensure the location will open when your rental company drops off your order.

• Exactly what items are provided by the caterer: glass, flatware, china, buffet linens, and so on. • Your event date, time and location • Any items provided by the facility: tables, chairs, portable bar, and so on. • The number of guests attending • Any special requirements or themes

Hermitage Rippy E S T A T E

Replica of the 19th Century Home of Andrew Jackson, where hospitality was legendary and it continues today. s s s Available for weddings, receptions, luncheons, private parties and wedding portraits.

3151 Newman Rd, Mobile, AL 36695 (251) 391-0162 • jodyrippy@gmail.com


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O’MALLEY APRIL 30, 2016 | MOBILE, AL

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ooking for some creative ideas to add some fun to your reception? Today’s receptions are all about the guest experience, and creative brides are raising the bar with interactive games and activities that keep their guests engaged and their receptions lively. Let’s face it. A big chunk of your bridal budget is spent on the reception. It is what most people remember about a wedding, and everyone wants their wedding to be memorable. Brides have found ways to put a modern twist on even the most timeless of wedding reception traditions. Choreographed dances are popular for the entire wedding party. Some brave couples even work with instructors to prepare a special first dance for their guests. The tradition of simply tossing the garter over the groom’s shoulder has given way to launching a garter clad football. Brides are even finding creative ways to record the names of their guests tossing out the traditional guest book in favor of guests writing their names on puzzle pieces or words of wisdom written on smooth river stones. While served dinners are still in vogue for the most formal affairs, many brides are opting for buffet-style serving with special stations or food bars as a way of including cuisine special to the couple.

Signature cocktails have become popular as well often mimicking the colors of the wedding and having creative names such as the White Wedding martini or Blushing Bride champagne cocktail. Brides are utilizing the station concept for fun activities for their guests as well. Special lounge areas with comfortable couches and occasional tables that are perfect for intimate conversation are being staged in venues. Grooms are requesting cigar bars and craft beer flights for their friends. Receptions that include young children and teens now offer a special room for video games, wedding piñatas or movies. Outdoor weddings incorporate lawn games such as croquet or cornhole (bean bag toss) or oversized versions of kids’ games like giant Jenga or Connect Four that keep the fun going all day long. Temporary tattoo stations with specially designed art that reflect the wedding’s colors or flowers are cute for tatted couples, and the inclusion of a caricaturist to create favors for guests adds a special flair. Even the photo booth has evolved with companies offering elaborate photo or video pods, selfie stations or character cut outs for fun photo opportunities. The possibilities for a fun and active reception are as unique as each couple and as endless as your imagination.


The Big

SEND OFF The church send-off is one of those time honored traditions that never fails to elicit great enthusiasm from wedding guests and makes for wonderful photos for the happy couple. Traditionally rice was thrown at the newlyweds as a symbol of prosperity and fertility. When guests threw rice at the bride and groom, they were wishing them a life full of good fortune and children. Somewhere in the mid-eighties, the idea that rice was harmful to birds began to make the rounds. Rice was rumored to swell in birds’ digestive tracts causing the birds to explode, which was proven to be complete nonsense as rice is a natural substance consumed by birds and other animals for centuries without incident. Regardless, the tradition of throwing rice was quickly replaced by wedding guests throwing bird seed at couples as they left the church. The tradition continues to this day, but brides have become quite creative with their send-off incorporating a number of fun items turning the tradition into an even more special and personalized part of their wedding.

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FLOWER PETALS

Biodegradable and fragrant, nature loving brides love lavender or dried herbs.

Choose petals from your favorite flower or to match flowers in your bouquet.

SPARKLERS

BUBBLES

Confetti cones are given to guests in fun shapes or shades matching the bridal party attire. Glam brides prefer the sparkle of glitter although it does get imbedded in hair and clothing. We love the fairy dust idea for princess brides.

Sparklers have become a very popular send-off item especially for night weddings.

SEASONAL AND HOLIDAY

Fall leaves are perfect for an autumn wedding. Snowflake confetti or fake snow highlight a Christmas or winter fete. Use red heart balloons or heart shaped cutouts for a Valentine’s Day event.

Toss tiny beach balls for a seaside wedding, or shake pompoms in your favorite team colors. A tunnel of balloons makes for a beautiful send off. Some beach areas ask you not to release balloons as they can be harmful to sea life.

Some venues do not allow guests to throw confetti and other items that will leave a mess on the grounds. Bubbles are a great option.

RIBBON WANDS

Ribbon wands in the colors of the wedding party are a fun touch and are a great backdrop for photos. Adding a tinkling bell to the end of each wand adds a musical note.

GET CREATIVE

Think outside the box and get creative with your send-off choices. Glow sticks, silly string, sprinkles, small candies, or paper airplanes make for memorable send-offs, or use something that spotlights your personal hobbies or interests. When it comes to your wedding send-off, you’re only limited by your imagination!


Florals

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ALLIE

NORMAND WES

RATCLIFF APRIL 2, 2016 | MOBILE, AL

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• If you order monogrammed stationery,

• The best way to handle thank you

• Always mention the gift you have

offering, one that links the name of the giver with the gift, and indicates which cards you have already sent.

Expressing

THANKS When friends and family give you a gift for your wedding, you naturally want to thank them. Here are a few tips for achieving a personal, yet dignified, tone and creating a beautiful expression of your thanks.

• Use a system to keep track of every

notes is to write them the moment gifts are received.

• If you must delay writing your thank you notes, strive for a delay of no more than three months.

remember to have some made up with your maiden initials for notes that must be written before the wedding.

received specifically in each letter.

• Let your natural warmth pervade your writing.

• Thank you notes are the

• A hand written thank you note will

bride’s responsibility.

always have the most impact when compared to a printed sentiment.

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All Brides Need Swag!

Don’t forget to add gift cards to your registry.

Register for fun stuff too: games, camping gear, BBQ accessories. . . Don’t be afraid to register for an investment piece like furniture. Register for things you’ll use on your honeymoon (like beach towels).

Visit The Swag Shop at

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Update your registry periodically so guests have enough to choose from.

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of nuptials are destination weddings

is the average number of bridesmaids a bride chooses to be in her wedding


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Bliss Bridal

19 Church St., Fairhope, AL • www.beablissbride.com •

251.990.3244

Mobile Bay has some wonderful bridal boutiques where local brides can find the gown of their dreams and have their “Say Yes” moment surrounded by their family and friends. Bliss Bridal in the chic shopping district of Fairhope has a beautiful salon area for a bride’s family to wait in anticipation for her to step from the dressing room to model her carefully selected gown. The bridal selection at Bliss looks couture, but with all gowns in the store under the two thousand dollar price point, brides are free to fall in love with any gown without fear of breaking their budget. Bliss brides can also find perfect gowns for their bridal party, mother-of-the-bride dresses, and tuxes for the men as well. With a long list of exclusive designers, I Do Bridal and Formal in Mobile offers a bride fashions for everyone in her party and for every occasion. Bridal consultants work with their brides to find them just the right gown and accessories for their wedding day look. They specialize in customer service and can help with bridal party attire, mothers’ gowns, even cocktail attire for rehearsal dinners, engagement parties and showers.

I Do Bridal & Formal

6920 Airport Blvd, Ste 103, Mobile, AL • www.idobridalformal.com • 251.447.2784 •


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The Ivy Cottage

9 DU Rhu Dr., Mobile, AL • www.itheivycottageonline.com • 251.345.1731

Left to Right: • Annie Glass serving platters in copper • Sandview Engravable Cutting Board • Juliska Pewter

Clockwise from left:  • Sterling Silver cufflinks • Limoge France - Legle • Royal Crown Derby • Murano Glass sculptural bowls and vases

Zundel’s Jewelry

3670 Dauphin St., Mobile, AL • www.idobridalformal.com • 251.344.8300 •


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Jan 28 Chinese New Year

Mar 17 St. Patrick’s Day

May 14 Mother’s Day

Feb 14

Valentine’s Day

Feb 20 Presidents’ Day

S 4 11 18 25

M 5 12 19 26

T 6 13 20 27

Earth Day

Mar 12 Daylight Savings Time May 5 Cinco de Mayo Apr 1 April Fools’ Day Apr 15 Tax Day Apr 16 Easter

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MARCH F 3 10 17 24

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Mar 1 Ash Wednesday

Feb 12 Lincoln’s Birthday

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MAY

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THE ADMIRAL HOTEL

FORT CONDE INN

251 Government Street • Mobile, AL 251-432-8000 • www.theadmiralhotel.com

165 St. Emanuel Street • Mobile, AL 251-405-5040 • www.fortcondeinn.com

FACILITY TYPE . . . . . .Full Service Boutique Hotel EVENT OPTIONS . . . . . . . Ceremony, Reception, & Rehearsal Dinner & Overnight LOCATION OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . Indoor/Outdoor CAPACITY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250 CATERING PRICE RANGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $26 FACILITY FEE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes PARKING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . .Valet & Self Park With a hip, cool vibe in the heart of Dixie, the historic Admiral Hotel is now a contemporary boutique hotel proudly flying a Curio by Hilton flag while also sitting on the registry of historic hotels. The Crystal Ballroom eludes to elegance of a time gone by. Dine, dance, and celebrate in true Southern style and class. Take the elevator home for the night to one of our art deco inspired modern rooms or even to one of the 5 most prestigious suites in town. With a touch of industrial minimalism, Launch is the perfect restaurant to host your out of town guests for a dinner after your rehearsal or a brunch to send off the new Mr. & Mrs. Whatever brings you to our slice of Heaven, know you will have the time of your life!

FACILITY TYPE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Boutique Hotel EVENT OPTIONS . . . . . . . Ceremony, Reception, & Rehearsal Dinner LOCATION OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . Indoor/Outdoor CAPACITY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 450 CATERING PRICE RANGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N/A FACILITY FEE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes PARKING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Free Fort Conde Inn is situated in a private enclave of historic homes mere blocks from downtown Mobile. This renovated landmark offers the luxury and privacy of a modern boutique hotel with 23 rooms and suites available for guests. Four large parlors flank the Inn’s center hall, featuring soaring ceilings and beautiful architectural detail. The Inn’s interior spaces open onto a marble-tiled front veranda, and two courtyards. Beneath the canopy of live oaks, the surrounding cobblestone streets can also be reserved allowing for events of up to 500 guests.


HERMITAGE RIPPY ESTATE

THE HISTORY MUSEUM OF MOBILE

3151 Newman Road • Mobile, AL 251-391-0162

111 Royal Street • Mobile. AL 251-208-7508 • www.historymuseumofmobile.com

FACILITY TYPE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Estate EVENT OPTIONS . . . . . . . Ceremony, Reception, & Rehearsal Dinner LOCATION OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . Indoor/Outdoor CAPACITY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 500 CATERING PRICE RANGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N/A FACILITY FEE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes PARKING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Free

FACILITY TYPE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Museum EVENT OPTIONS . . . . . . . Ceremony, Reception, & Rehearsal Dinner LOCATION OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . Indoor/Outdoor CAPACITY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250 CATERING PRICE RANGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N/A FACILITY FEE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes PARKING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Free

This beautiful estate is located on 70 acres in west Mobile. The Hermitage Rippy House is a replica of President Andrew Jackson’s 19th Century home in Nashville. The grand columns of the Greek Revival home greet guests after a long drive down the quiet, winding driveway.  The circular staircase and elegant décor provide a perfect setting for bridal photography sessions.  The beautiful grounds include a spacious home surrounded by lush foliage, a serene lake and large open areas for outside entertainment - all just outside the city limits!

Encounter the past while celebrating your future. Hold your special day in the History Museum of Mobile’s uniquely picturesque courtyard or atrium. The museum’s iconic marble lobby with historic murals (dating to the 1930’s) is the perfect place to start your event. Make a grand entrance from the monumental marble staircase, socialize with guests, toast the newlyweds and dance the night away in the atrium, formerly home to the Southern Market.


VENUE GUIDE CEREMONY SITE FACILITY VALET AVAILABLE PARKING FEE

COMPANY NAME/ PHONE NUMBER

ROOM CAPACITY

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THE ADMIRAL HOTEL

250

$26

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700

$90

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500

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500

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450

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500

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250

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800

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Mobile

OUTSIDE CATERING OUTDOOR ALLOWED AREA

REGION/ AREA

251-432-8000

THE BATTLE HOUSE RENAISSANCE HOTEL & SPA 251-438-6000

BEAU RIVAGE CASINO & RESORT 228-386-7155

BELFOREST POINTE 251-621-1233

BRAGG-MITCHELL MANSION 251-471-6364

FORT CONDE INN 251-405-5040

HERMITAGE RIPPY ESTATE 251-391-0162

HISTORY MUSEUM OF MOBILE 251-208-7508

RENAISSANCE MOBILE RIVERVIEW PLAZA HOTEL 251-438-4000

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Couture: Atelier Pronovias Haue, Kitty Chen, Matthew Christopher, Allure, Sophia Tolli, Robert Bullock, Justin Alexander, Wtoo, Modeca

Accessories

Allure Bridals, Enzoani, Kenneth Winston, Maggie Sottero, Mori Lee, Pronovias

Find us everywhere!

In stores and online

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social media

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--twelve month timeline-TWELVE MONTHS

FOUR MONTHS

TWO WEEKS

Choose the date & time

Choose ceremony music

Plan the budget

Order men’s formal wear

Start reception seating chart & place cards

Reserve ceremony site

Reserve rehearsal dinner location

Start your guest list Hire a wedding consultant Meet with officiant to discuss premarital counseling Visit reception sites & reserve one Choose your attendants Shop for gown

NINE MONTHS Order wedding dress, veil & accessories Take engagement pictures Select dress for bridal attendants Decide wedding style - formal with a sit-down dinner or afternoon wedding in the garden Interview & book photographer, videographer, caterer, & florist Discuss honeymoon plans (get passport if needed) Select a band or DJ for reception

Book stylist or salon for bridal party hair, nails, & makeup

Order wedding bands

Meet with photographer & videographer & submit a list of must-take shots

Meet with a premarital counselor Purchase mothers’ dresses

TWO MONTHS

Confirm honeymoon arrangements

Address & mail invitations

ONE WEEK

Plan a trial run with hair & makeup

Pick up your gown

Confirm ceremony details Arrange rehearsal dinner plans Complete proper documents for changing your name Confirm delivery date for your gown Announce engagement in your local newspaper

ONE MONTH Obtain marriage license

SIX MONTHS

Buy gifts for the wedding party

Finalize guest list

Break in wedding shoes Write rehearsal dinner & wedding toast

Arrange for final fittings on your gown

Choose your baker & order your wedding cake & groom’s cake

Contact guests who did not RSVP

Discuss menu details with caterer

Send Save-the-Date cards

Reserve rental equipment

Confirm rehearsal dinner plans

Make reservations for bridesmaids’ luncheon Purchase wedding accessories (guest book, unity candle, cake knife)

Pack for honeymoon Confirm transportation details Notify caterer of final head count Review timetables & details with vendors Put fees in wedding day envelopes

DAY BEFORE Deliver gift baskets, if you have them, to hotels Host bridesmaids’ luncheon Have manicure and pedicure Attend ceremony rehearsal Hold rehearsal dinner & hand out special gifts to wedding party Prepare tip envelopes & arrange for someone to distribute them

Register for gifts Order invitations, stationery, & thank you cards Reserve accommodations for out-of-town guest Finalize honeymoon plans Choose favors

Now that you have said “yes!” it’s time to get organized! Use our checklist as a guide to help you through the wedding planning process.

Eat breakfast Arrange to get checked in & have luggage delivered to your hotel Get hair & makeup done Relax! You’re getting married!!!


--wedding day checklist-HONEYMOON CHECKLIST

WEDDING DAY EMERGENCY KIT

WEDDING ATTIRE

Airline tickets (note flight number & departure/arrival time)

Phone numbers for wedding party, wedding coordinator & vendors

FOR HER:

Cruise tickets (note cabin number & departure/arrival time)

Sewing kit (thread, needle, safety pins & scissors)

Headpiece & veil

Personal emergency kit (including Shout wipes, tampons, & a small snack)

Hosiery & garter

Resort/Hotel phone & confirmation number Passports/Visas Camera, SD cards & charger Credit cards Traveler’s checks Sewing kit Medicines/Prescriptions Extra contact lenses or glasses Toiletries Electrical plug adapters Hair dryer

Skin care (cleansers, moisturizers & lotion) Hair care (hair dryer, curling iron, curlers, brush, comb, hair spray, hair gel, bobby pins, hair elastics, barrettes) Nail polish, nail file & polish remover (in shade worn & clear to stop runs in nylons)

Gown Lingerie (bra, bustier, slip) Shoes Jewelry & accessories Wrap/jacket Gloves FOR HIM: Coat, shirt, vest, trousers Cummerbund Neckwear

Makeup & makeup remover

Cuff links

Double stick tape

Socks & shoes

Extra pair of nylons Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss & mouthwash Steamer or iron

UPDATING YOUR NAME Auto Registration

Hand mirror, tweezers & small grooming scissors Tissues & disposable wipes

DON’T FORGET

Anti-cling spray

Rings & marriage license

Credit Reporting Agencies

Deodorant, perfume & baby powder

Ring bearer pillow

Deeds/Titles

Cotton balls, cotton swabs

Driver’s License Employee Records

Headband or clips for pulling hair back while applying makeup

Investment Accounts

Small hand towel

Life Insurance Policy

Lint brush

Medical/Dental Records

Breath mints

Memberships

Cash

Passport

Something old, new, borrowed & blue

Bank & Credit Card Accounts Car Insurance Policy

Post Office Records Social Security Records Stock Certificates Tax Agency Records Voter Registration Records Wills/Trusts

Flower girl basket Wedding programs Cake knife & server Toasting flutes Favors Guest book & pen Unity candle, kiddush cup Pay officiant & vendors Assign person to collect gifts


REGISTRY PREPARING FOR A NEW CHAPTER


All Brides Need Swag!

Don’t forget to add gift cards to your registry.

Register for fun stuff too: games, camping gear, BBQ accessories. . . Don’t be afraid to register for an investment piece like furniture. Register for things you’ll use on your honeymoon (like beach towels).

Visit The Swag Shop at

.com

Update your registry periodically so guests have enough to choose from.

May is the most popular month for weddings.

of nuptials are destination weddings

is the average number of bridesmaids a bride chooses to be in her wedding


Registry Raves P LA T E SET T IN G S

1

3

1. B Canvas Home 2. Zundel’s Jewelry Limoges 3. Evans 4. Gold wood charger, Royal Crown Derby salad plate, Herend dinner plate

2

4


5

6 5. Zundel’s, Skyros Designs 6. Belk, Lennox 7. W Campbell

7

9

8. Etta B 9. Annie glass charger, GE dinnerplate and rice bowl, Juliska dessert plate 10. Southern Living

8

10 Photography: Martha Grace Gray Photography


love it BRIDAL

Bliss Bridal

19 Church St., Fairhope, AL • www.beablissbride.com •

251.990.3244

Mobile Bay has some wonderful bridal boutiques where local brides can find the gown of their dreams and have their “Say Yes” moment surrounded by their family and friends. Bliss Bridal in the chic shopping district of Fairhope has a beautiful salon area for a bride’s family to wait in anticipation for her to step from the dressing room to model her carefully selected gown. The bridal selection at Bliss looks couture, but with all gowns in the store under the two thousand dollar price point, brides are free to fall in love with any gown without fear of breaking their budget. Bliss brides can also find perfect gowns for their bridal party, mother-of-the-bride dresses, and tuxes for the men as well. With a long list of exclusive designers, I Do Bridal and Formal in Mobile offers a bride fashions for everyone in her party and for every occasion. Bridal consultants work with their brides to find them just the right gown and accessories for their wedding day look. They specialize in customer service and can help with bridal party attire, mothers’ gowns, even cocktail attire for rehearsal dinners, engagement parties and showers.

I Do Bridal & Formal

6920 Airport Blvd, Ste 103, Mobile, AL • www.idobridalformal.com • 251.447.2784 •


love it

REGISTRY

The Ivy Cottage

9 DU Rhu Dr., Mobile, AL • www.itheivycottageonline.com • 251.345.1731

Left to Right: • Annie Glass serving platters in copper • Sandview Engravable Cutting Board • Juliska Pewter

Clockwise from left:  • Sterling Silver cufflinks • Limoge France - Legle • Royal Crown Derby • Murano Glass sculptural bowls and vases

Zundel’s Jewelry

3670 Dauphin St., Mobile, AL • www.idobridalformal.com • 251.344.8300 •


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Apr 22

Jan 28 Chinese New Year

Mar 17 St. Patrick’s Day

May 14 Mother’s Day

Feb 14

Valentine’s Day

Feb 20 Presidents’ Day

S 4 11 18 25

M 5 12 19 26

T 6 13 20 27

Earth Day

Mar 12 Daylight Savings Time May 5 Cinco de Mayo Apr 1 April Fools’ Day Apr 15 Tax Day Apr 16 Easter

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DECEMBER F 4 11 18 25

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MARCH F 3 10 17 24

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W 1 8 15 22 29 JUNE

Mar 1 Ash Wednesday

Feb 12 Lincoln’s Birthday

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MAY

Jan 1 New Year’s Day Jan 16 MLK Day

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FEBRUARY

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NOVEMBER

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SEPTEMBER

May 29 Memorial Day Jun 14 Flag Day Jun 18 Father’s Day

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Jul 4 Independence Day Sep 5 Labor Day Sep 11

Grandparent’s Day

Oct 17

Boss’s Day

Oct 10 Oct 31

Columbus Day Halloween

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Nov 6 Daylight Savings Time Nov 11 Veterans Day Nov 24 Thanksgiving Day

Dec 25 Dec 26

Christmas Day

Kwanzaa Begins Dec 31 New Year’s Eve


THE ADMIRAL HOTEL

FORT CONDE INN

251 Government Street • Mobile, AL 251-432-8000 • www.theadmiralhotel.com

165 St. Emanuel Street • Mobile, AL 251-405-5040 • www.fortcondeinn.com

FACILITY TYPE . . . . . .Full Service Boutique Hotel EVENT OPTIONS . . . . . . . Ceremony, Reception, & Rehearsal Dinner & Overnight LOCATION OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . Indoor/Outdoor CAPACITY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250 CATERING PRICE RANGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $26 FACILITY FEE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes PARKING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . .Valet & Self Park With a hip, cool vibe in the heart of Dixie, the historic Admiral Hotel is now a contemporary boutique hotel proudly flying a Curio by Hilton flag while also sitting on the registry of historic hotels. The Crystal Ballroom eludes to elegance of a time gone by. Dine, dance, and celebrate in true Southern style and class. Take the elevator home for the night to one of our art deco inspired modern rooms or even to one of the 5 most prestigious suites in town. With a touch of industrial minimalism, Launch is the perfect restaurant to host your out of town guests for a dinner after your rehearsal or a brunch to send off the new Mr. & Mrs. Whatever brings you to our slice of Heaven, know you will have the time of your life!

FACILITY TYPE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Boutique Hotel EVENT OPTIONS . . . . . . . Ceremony, Reception, & Rehearsal Dinner LOCATION OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . Indoor/Outdoor CAPACITY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 450 CATERING PRICE RANGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N/A FACILITY FEE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes PARKING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Free Fort Conde Inn is situated in a private enclave of historic homes mere blocks from downtown Mobile. This renovated landmark offers the luxury and privacy of a modern boutique hotel with 23 rooms and suites available for guests. Four large parlors flank the Inn’s center hall, featuring soaring ceilings and beautiful architectural detail. The Inn’s interior spaces open onto a marble-tiled front veranda, and two courtyards. Beneath the canopy of live oaks, the surrounding cobblestone streets can also be reserved allowing for events of up to 500 guests.


HERMITAGE RIPPY ESTATE

THE HISTORY MUSEUM OF MOBILE

3151 Newman Road • Mobile, AL 251-391-0162

111 Royal Street • Mobile. AL 251-208-7508 • www.historymuseumofmobile.com

FACILITY TYPE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Estate EVENT OPTIONS . . . . . . . Ceremony, Reception, & Rehearsal Dinner LOCATION OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . Indoor/Outdoor CAPACITY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 500 CATERING PRICE RANGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N/A FACILITY FEE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes PARKING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Free

FACILITY TYPE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Museum EVENT OPTIONS . . . . . . . Ceremony, Reception, & Rehearsal Dinner LOCATION OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . Indoor/Outdoor CAPACITY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250 CATERING PRICE RANGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N/A FACILITY FEE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes PARKING OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Free

This beautiful estate is located on 70 acres in west Mobile. The Hermitage Rippy House is a replica of President Andrew Jackson’s 19th Century home in Nashville. The grand columns of the Greek Revival home greet guests after a long drive down the quiet, winding driveway.  The circular staircase and elegant décor provide a perfect setting for bridal photography sessions.  The beautiful grounds include a spacious home surrounded by lush foliage, a serene lake and large open areas for outside entertainment - all just outside the city limits!

Encounter the past while celebrating your future. Hold your special day in the History Museum of Mobile’s uniquely picturesque courtyard or atrium. The museum’s iconic marble lobby with historic murals (dating to the 1930’s) is the perfect place to start your event. Make a grand entrance from the monumental marble staircase, socialize with guests, toast the newlyweds and dance the night away in the atrium, formerly home to the Southern Market.


VENUE GUIDE CEREMONY SITE FACILITY VALET AVAILABLE PARKING FEE

COMPANY NAME/ PHONE NUMBER

ROOM CAPACITY

AVERAGE PRICE/ PERSON

THE ADMIRAL HOTEL

250

$26

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Mobile

700

$90

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Mobile

20-1000

$60

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Gulf Coast

500

N/A

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Eastern Shore

500

N/A

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Mobile

450

N/A

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Mobile

500

N/A

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Mobile

250

N/A

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Mobile

800

$75

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Mobile

OUTSIDE CATERING OUTDOOR ALLOWED AREA

REGION/ AREA

251-432-8000

THE BATTLE HOUSE RENAISSANCE HOTEL & SPA 251-438-6000

BEAU RIVAGE CASINO & RESORT 228-386-7155

BELFOREST POINTE 251-621-1233

BRAGG-MITCHELL MANSION 251-471-6364

FORT CONDE INN 251-405-5040

HERMITAGE RIPPY ESTATE 251-391-0162

HISTORY MUSEUM OF MOBILE 251-208-7508

RENAISSANCE MOBILE RIVERVIEW PLAZA HOTEL 251-438-4000

B R I DA L B O U T I Q U E G U I D E HOURS

SIZES

LACE BRIDAL EXPERIENCE

M-Sat 10-6 Sun Appt. Only

0 - 32

MIMI’S BRIDAL

M-F 9-5:30, Thur. 9-8, Sat. 9-3

0 - 32

SHOES & ATTENDANTS’ ACCESSORIES WEAR All

All

DESIGNERS

Both

Couture: Atelier Pronovias Haue, Kitty Chen, Matthew Christopher, Allure, Sophia Tolli, Robert Bullock, Justin Alexander, Wtoo, Modeca

Accessories

Allure Bridals, Enzoani, Kenneth Winston, Maggie Sottero, Mori Lee, Pronovias

Find us everywhere!

In stores and online

www.pbalabama.com

social media

www.idoyall.com


--twelve month timeline-TWELVE MONTHS

FOUR MONTHS

TWO WEEKS

Choose the date & time

Choose ceremony music

Plan the budget

Order men’s formal wear

Start reception seating chart & place cards

Reserve ceremony site

Reserve rehearsal dinner location

Start your guest list Hire a wedding consultant Meet with officiant to discuss premarital counseling Visit reception sites & reserve one Choose your attendants Shop for gown

NINE MONTHS Order wedding dress, veil & accessories Take engagement pictures Select dress for bridal attendants Decide wedding style - formal with a sit-down dinner or afternoon wedding in the garden Interview & book photographer, videographer, caterer, & florist Discuss honeymoon plans (get passport if needed) Select a band or DJ for reception

Book stylist or salon for bridal party hair, nails, & makeup

Order wedding bands

Meet with photographer & videographer & submit a list of must-take shots

Meet with a premarital counselor Purchase mothers’ dresses

TWO MONTHS

Confirm honeymoon arrangements

Address & mail invitations

ONE WEEK

Plan a trial run with hair & makeup

Pick up your gown

Confirm ceremony details Arrange rehearsal dinner plans Complete proper documents for changing your name Confirm delivery date for your gown Announce engagement in your local newspaper

ONE MONTH Obtain marriage license

SIX MONTHS

Buy gifts for the wedding party

Finalize guest list

Break in wedding shoes Write rehearsal dinner & wedding toast

Arrange for final fittings on your gown

Choose your baker & order your wedding cake & groom’s cake

Contact guests who did not RSVP

Discuss menu details with caterer

Send Save-the-Date cards

Reserve rental equipment

Confirm rehearsal dinner plans

Make reservations for bridesmaids’ luncheon Purchase wedding accessories (guest book, unity candle, cake knife)

Pack for honeymoon Confirm transportation details Notify caterer of final head count Review timetables & details with vendors Put fees in wedding day envelopes

DAY BEFORE Deliver gift baskets, if you have them, to hotels Host bridesmaids’ luncheon Have manicure and pedicure Attend ceremony rehearsal Hold rehearsal dinner & hand out special gifts to wedding party Prepare tip envelopes & arrange for someone to distribute them

Register for gifts Order invitations, stationery, & thank you cards Reserve accommodations for out-of-town guest Finalize honeymoon plans Choose favors

Now that you have said “yes!” it’s time to get organized! Use our checklist as a guide to help you through the wedding planning process.

Eat breakfast Arrange to get checked in & have luggage delivered to your hotel Get hair & makeup done Relax! You’re getting married!!!


--wedding day checklist-HONEYMOON CHECKLIST

WEDDING DAY EMERGENCY KIT

WEDDING ATTIRE

Airline tickets (note flight number & departure/arrival time)

Phone numbers for wedding party, wedding coordinator & vendors

FOR HER:

Cruise tickets (note cabin number & departure/arrival time)

Sewing kit (thread, needle, safety pins & scissors)

Headpiece & veil

Personal emergency kit (including Shout wipes, tampons, & a small snack)

Hosiery & garter

Resort/Hotel phone & confirmation number Passports/Visas Camera, SD cards & charger Credit cards Traveler’s checks Sewing kit Medicines/Prescriptions Extra contact lenses or glasses Toiletries Electrical plug adapters Hair dryer

Skin care (cleansers, moisturizers & lotion) Hair care (hair dryer, curling iron, curlers, brush, comb, hair spray, hair gel, bobby pins, hair elastics, barrettes) Nail polish, nail file & polish remover (in shade worn & clear to stop runs in nylons)

Gown Lingerie (bra, bustier, slip) Shoes Jewelry & accessories Wrap/jacket Gloves FOR HIM: Coat, shirt, vest, trousers Cummerbund Neckwear

Makeup & makeup remover

Cuff links

Double stick tape

Socks & shoes

Extra pair of nylons Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss & mouthwash Steamer or iron

UPDATING YOUR NAME Auto Registration

Hand mirror, tweezers & small grooming scissors Tissues & disposable wipes

DON’T FORGET

Anti-cling spray

Rings & marriage license

Credit Reporting Agencies

Deodorant, perfume & baby powder

Ring bearer pillow

Deeds/Titles

Cotton balls, cotton swabs

Driver’s License Employee Records

Headband or clips for pulling hair back while applying makeup

Investment Accounts

Small hand towel

Life Insurance Policy

Lint brush

Medical/Dental Records

Breath mints

Memberships

Cash

Passport

Something old, new, borrowed & blue

Bank & Credit Card Accounts Car Insurance Policy

Post Office Records Social Security Records Stock Certificates Tax Agency Records Voter Registration Records Wills/Trusts

Flower girl basket Wedding programs Cake knife & server Toasting flutes Favors Guest book & pen Unity candle, kiddush cup Pay officiant & vendors Assign person to collect gifts


-- wedding budget -CEREMONY

MUSIC

STATIONERY

$_______ Ceremony Site Fee

$_______ Ceremony

$_______ Save-the-Date Cards

$_______ Officiant

$_______ Reception

$_______ Invitations & Envelopes

$_______ Marriage License

$_______ Calligrapher

OPTIONAL ITEMS

$_______ Postage

$_______ Wedding Coordinator

$_______ Thank You Notes

FAVORS & ACCESSORIES

$_______ Attendent

$_______ Ceremony Programs

$_______ Cake Knife & Server

Accommodations

$_______ Placecards

$_______ Cake Top

$_______ Bridesmaids’ Dresses /

$_______ Other

$_______ Favors

Shoes

$_______ Flower Girl’s Basket

$_______ Flower Girl’s Dress

TRANSPORTATION

$_______ Guest Book & Pen

$_______ Groomsmens’ Formal

$_______ Wedding Party

$_______ Ring Bearer’s Pillow

Wear

$_______ Guests

$_______ Toasting Glasses

$_______ Ring Bear’s Attire

$_______ Parking

$_______ Unity Candle,

$_______ Bridesmaid Luncheon

$_______ Other

STATIONERY

PHOTOGRAPHY

$_______ Videographer’s Fee

$_______ Photographer Fees

$_______ Additional Copies

$_______ Engagement Session

$_______ Edited Highlights

$_______ Proofs

$_______ “Love Story” Production

$_______ Candles/Candelabra

Kiddish Cup

FLOWERS $_______ Bride’s Bouquet $_______ Attendants’ Bouquets $_______ Groom’s Boutonnière $_______ Attendants’ Boutonnière $_______ Ceremony Flowers $_______ Reception Flowers $_______ Decorations/Balloons

FLOWERS $_______ Maid/Matron of Honor $_______ Bridesmaids $_______ Best Man $_______ Groomsmen $_______ Ushers $_______ Child Attendants $_______ Bride & Groom

$_______ Wedding DVD

$_______ Wedding Album $_______ Disk of Images

RECEPTION

WEDDING ATTIRE FOR HER: $_______ Gown

$_______ Reception Site Fees

$_______ Alterations

$_______ Food & Service

$_______ Headpiece / Veil

$_______ Tax & Gratuity

$_______ Lingerie & Garter

$_______ Beverage / Bar Fee

$_______ Shoes

$_______ Cake / Cake Cutting Fee

$_______ Jewelry & Accessories

$_______ Rental Items

$_______ Hair, Makeup, &

$_______ Other

Manicure $_______ Other

RINGS

$_______ Bride’s Parents

$_______ Engagement

FOR HIM:

$_______ Groom’s Parents

$_______ Bride’s Wedding Band

$_______ Formal Wear

$_____ Pre-Wedding Party Hosts

$_______ Groom’s Wedding Band

$_______ Neckwear & Cufflinks

$_______ Cake Cutting Attendant $_______ Soloist/Musicians

$_______ Accessories $_______ Shoes $_______ Other


totals for cost $_______ Ceremony

$_______ Music

$_______ Stationery

$_______ Favors & Accessories

$_______ Photography

$_______ Transportation

$_______ Flowers

$_______ Reception

$_______ Videography

$_______ Gifts

$_______ Rings

$_______ Wedding Attire

sharing the cost BRIDE

GROOM

WEDDING PARTY

Groom’s Wedding Ring

Bride’s Engagement & Wedding Ring

Bridal Shower for Bride

Wedding Gift for Groom Gifts for Bridesmaids Gift for Parents Gowns for Bridesmaids (optional) Accommodations for Out-ofTown Attendants (optional) Informal Stationery

BRIDE’S FAMILY

Bride’s Bouquet Mothers’ Corsages Wedding Gift for Bride

Formal wear for Groomsmen (optional) Accommodations for Out-ofTown Attendants (optional)

Bride’s Wedding Attire

Honeymoon

Bride’s Parents’ Wedding Attire

Fee for Officiant

GROOM’S FAMILY

Engagement & Wedding Photographs

Engagement Party (optional; following party by bride’s parents)

Wedding Ceremony Programs

Groom’s Wedding Attire

Wedding Reception

Groom’s Parents’ Wedding Attire

Flowers for Ceremony & Reception

Wedding Gift for Newlyweds

Bridal Party Bouquets & Flowers for Flower Girl

Shipment of Wedding Gifts to Couple’s Home

Transportation for Wedding

Welcome Party for Out-of-Town Guests (optional)

Party to Ceremony & Reception Videographer Musicians/Vocalists Security & Insurance for Gifts Welcome Party for Out-of-Town Guests

Wedding Attire & Shoes

Gift for Parents (optional)

Marriage License

Invitations, Announcements, Thank You Notes, Postage

Accommodations for Self

Gifts for Groomsmen & Ushers

Engagement Party

Wedding Gift for Newlyweds

Bachelor(ette) Party

Rehearsal Dinner

It is no longer expected that wedding costs will be assigned according to tradition. The proper rational in deciding who pays for what portion is basic: whoever is willing & most able to pay for a wedding expense assumes responsibility for that expense.


-- cakes -CAKE STYLE

CAKE ACCESSORIES

GROOM’S CAKE

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

Type of Cake: _____________________ Flavor of Filling: _____________________ Flavor of Icing: _____________________ Date to Taste Samples: _____________________ Description: _____________________ _____________________

Cake Topper: _____________________ Cake Flowers: _____________________ Cake Decorations: _____________________ Cake Stands: _____________________ Cake Boxes: _____________________ Cake Knife and Server: _____________________ Cake Napkins: _____________________

Type of Cake: _____________________ Cake Theme: _____________________ Flavor of Filling: _____________________ Flavoring of Icing: _____________________ Cake Decorations: _____________________ Description: _____________________ _____________________

Wedding Cake Location: _____________________ Groom’s Cake Location: _____________________ Cake Table Decorations: _____________________ Part to Save: _____________________ Person Responsible for Cake Top, Knife, & Server: _____________________ Person to Save & Freeze Cake: _____________________

-- catering -TYPE Breakfast/Brunch Tea Lunch Cocktails Dinner Dessert

ALCOHOL Full Bar Beer & Wine Wine with Dinner Champagne Toast Specialty Cocktail

COURSES Hors d’oeuvres

Appetizer Soup Salad Entree Dessert

SERVICE Cocktails Passed Hors d’oeuvres Hors d’oeuvre Tables Seated Meal Buffet

ENTRÉES Beef Chicken Pork

-- notes --

Fish/Seafood Lamb Pasta

SPECIAL Vegetarian Kosher Gluten Free Other

RENTAL ITEMS Tables Chairs & Chair Covers China, Glassware, Silverware & Serving Dishes Linens

BOUTONNIÈRE | Single flower for men worn on lapel

NOSEGAY | Single flower or small bouquet, carried

CORSAGE | Single flower for women worn on wrist

POMANDER | Round bouquet on a cord

CASCADE | Blossoms & greenery in teardrop shape

SPRAY | Small bunch of gathered flowers, carried

HAND TIED | Cut flowers tied with ribbon or fabric, carried

TOSS BOUQUET | Bouquet thrown to the single ladies


-- flowers -FLOWERS BY SEASON SPRING

FALL

Cherry Blossom Daffodil Dogwood Forsythia Hellebore Hyacinth Lilac Lily of the Valley Muscari Peony Quince Rose Sweet Pea Tulip Viburnum

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

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

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

DESCRIPTION OF WEDDING FLOWERS HELPERS

CEREMONY

Cake Cutting Attendant _____________________ Guest Book Attendant _____________________ Officiant _____________________ Soloists & Musicians _____________________

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

WEDDING PARTY

RECEPTION

Bride’s Bouquet _____________________ Bride’s Toss Bouquet _____________________ Bride’s Attendants’ _____________________ Bouquets _____________________ Flower Girl’s Headpiece or Baskets _____________________ Groom’s Boutonnière _____________________ Groom’s Attendants’ Boutonnière _____________________ Ushers’ Boutonnière _____________________ Ring Bearer’s Boutonnière _____________________ Mothers’ & Grandmothers’ Corsages _____________________ Fathers’ & Grandfathers’ Boutonnières _____________________ Other _____________________

Entryway _____________________ Head Table Centerpiece _____________________ Parents’ Table _____________________ Centerpieces _____________________ Guest Table Centerpieces _____________________ Reception Room Flowers _____________________ Cake & Cake Table _____________________ Champagne/Punch Table _____________________ Gift Table _____________________ Guest Book Table _____________________ Restroom _____________________ Other _____________________


-- music --

-- reception --

CEREMONY

VENUE

Prelude __________________________________________ Processional __________________________________________ Service __________________________________________ Recessional __________________________________________ Postlude __________________________________________ Other __________________________________________

LOCATION Indoor Outdoor Same Site as Ceremony Within Walking Distance

RECEPTION Cocktail Hour __________________________________________ Arrival of Newlyweds __________________________________________ First Dance __________________________________________ Father/Bride Dance __________________________________________ Mother/Groom Dance __________________________________________ Guests’ First Dance __________________________________________ Dinner __________________________________________ Cake Cutting __________________________________________ Tossing the Bouquet __________________________________________ Throwing the Garter __________________________________________ Last Dance __________________________________________ Other __________________________________________

USED FOR Ceremony Reception Dressing Overnight Rooms SIZE Small (<100) Medium (100-250) Large (250+)

DECORATIONS PROVIDED Head Table Guest Tables Cake Table Guest Book Table

SITE SERVICES SERVICES PROVIDED Rooms Food Beverage/Alcohol Disabled Access Adequate Parking Valet Coat Check On-site Wedding Coordinator Staff to Cut Cake More than One Event

RENTALS AVAILABLE Tables Chairs & chair covers China, glassware, silverware & serving dishes Linens Ration of guests to servers: _________

STYLE RECEPTION Old-world Modern Formal Rustic Fun, Funky Casual Intimate SITE FEATURES Great Entrance Chandeliers Piano Balcony Fireplace Great Views Stunning Windows Nice Changing Area Dance Floor COLOR SCHEME Pastels Jewel Tones Neutral Tones Bold/Bright Black/White

BRINGING YOUR OWN DECORATIONS Bringing own decorations?________________________ _____________________________________________ _____________________________________________ When can decorations/favors come in?_____________ _____________________________________________ _____________________________________________


-- photography -PRE-WEDDING PORTRAITS Bride Getting Ready Bride Putting on Veil Candid Shots of Bride Preparing Groom Getting Ready Attendants Getting Ready Front of Ceremony Location Guests Arriving & Being Seated

BRIDE & GROOM PHOTOS Together With Each Set of Parents With Entire Wedding Party Closeup of Hands Showing Rings Signing Marriage Certificate

BRIDE'S PHOTOS Full-length Gown Back of Gown Bouquet With Parents With Grandparents With Siblings With Each Bridesmaid With All Her Attendants With Groomsmen With Ring Bearer, Flower Girl

GROOM’S PHOTOS

CEREMONY

Full-length With Parents With Grandparents With Siblings With Each Groomsman With Bridesmaids With All His Attendants

Musicians Attendants Walking to Enter Ceremony Parents Being Seated Candids of Parents’ Expressions Attendants Walking Down the Aisle Child Attendants Walking Down the Aisle Groom Entering Room Groom, Officiant, & Best Man at Altar Bride & Father Walking Down the Aisle Father Giving Bride’s Hand to Groom Guests Watching Ceremony Vow Exchange & Ring Ceremony Candids of Bride’s/Groom’s Face Unity Candle, Kiddush Cup Ceremony Groom Kissing the Bride Recessional

RECEPTION Guests at Cocktail Party Guests Signing Guest Book Placecards Centerpieces & Place Settings Favors Toasts Bride & Groom During Toasts Group Pictures & Candids Musicians First Dance Bride & Father, Groom & Mother Dance Cake Table, Cutting Cake, Feeding Cake Bouquet Toss Garter Removal & Toss Going-away Vehicle Bride & Groom Departing

-- videography -PHOTOS FOR SLIDESHOW Bride as Baby Groom as Baby Bride’s Childhood Groom’s Childhood Wedding Photos of Bride’s Parents Wedding Photos of Groom’s Parents Early Days as a Couple Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties Other: ____________________________ ____________________________ ____________________________ ____________________________ ____________________________

BRIDE DRESSING

RECEPTION

Date:_________________________ Time:_________________________ Location:______________________ Special Requests:_______________

Date:________________________

_____________________________

Location:_____________________

_____________________________

Guests Arriving Announcing Newlyweds Toasts First Dance Cake Cutting Ceremony Bouquet & Garter Toss Wedding Wishes from Guests Guests Dancing Guests Dining Tables Bride & Groom Leaving

CEREMONY Date:_________________________ Time:_________________________ Location:______________________ Guests Arriving Ceremony Special Requests:_______________ _____________________________

Time:________________________


-- keeping track -VENDORS

NAME/PHONE

DATE

CAKE CATERING CEREMONY SITE FLOWERS FORMAL WEAR GOWN HAIR/MAKEUP MUSIC | CEREMONY MUSIC | RECEPTION OFFICIANT PHOTOGRAPHER RECEPTION SITE RENTAL TRANSPORTATION VIDEOGRAPHER WEDDING COORDINATOR

WEDDING PARTY BRIDESMAIDS

GROOMSMEN

USHERS

NAME

PHONE/EMAIL

AMOUNT

BALANCE DUE


directory of services

ACCOMMODATIONS

JEWELERY

The Admiral Hotel Mobile, AL | 53

Belk Mobile & Spanish Fort, AL | Back Cover

The Battle House Renaissance Hotel & Spa Mobile, AL | 55

MOTHERS’ FASHIONS

Beau Rivage Casino & Resort Biloxi, MS | 3 Fort Conde Inn Mobile, AL | 49 Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel & Spa Mobile, AL | 55

Belk Mobile & Spanish Fort, AL | Back Cover Lace Bridal Experience Brandon, MS | 24

PHOTOGRAPHY/PORTRAITS Deborah Michelle Photography Chickasaw, AL | 79

Boutique Hotel The Admiral Hotel Mobile, AL | 53

RENTALS

BRIDAL ACCESSORIES

Gulf Coast Events & Rentals Daphne, AL | 57

Belk Mobile & Spanish Fort, AL | Back Cover

BRIDAL BOUTIQUES Lace Bridal Experience Brandon, MS ⎜24 Mimi’s Bridal Laurel, MS | 1

BRIDAL REGISTRY

Blue Rents Mobile, AL | 61

VENUES The Admiral Hotel

Mobile, AL | 53 The Battle House Renaissance Hotel & Spa Mobile, AL | 55 Beau Rivage Casino & Resort Biloxi, MS | 3

Belk Mobile & Spanish Fort, AL | Back Cover

Belforest Pointe Daphne, AL | 57

CATERING

Bragg Mitchell Mansion Mobile, AL | 61

Naman’s Catering Mobile, AL | 67

GIFTS

Fort Conde Inn Mobile, AL | 49

Paper Jubilee Mobile, AL | 18

The Hermitage Rippy Estate Mobile, AL | 67

GROOMSWEAR

History Museum of Mobile Mobile, AL | 57

Belk Mobile & Spanish Fort, AL | Back Cover

INVITATIONS/PROGRAMS/STATIONERY Paper Jubilee Mobile, AL | 18

Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel & Spa Mobile, AL | 55

WEDDING COORDINATORS/PLANNERS Gulf Coast Events & Rentals Daphne, AL | 57


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