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By Lauren Jones Staff Writer

Since before she was even old enough to like boys, every little girl has fantasized of the most important day of her life. The day is already planned out in her mind, from the venue to the music, all the way down to that slice of heavenly wedding cake he will shove – ceremoniously – into her lovely face. But above all, more than the first dance song, more than the decoration ideas she’s collected on her Pinterest board, she has sculpted something in her imagination meticulously down to the very last crystal bead on the bodice: her perfect wedding dress.

The evolution of the wedding dress Thankfully, as fashion has evolved throughout the decades, so have the styles of wedding gowns. Gone are the days of 1980’s dresses with bulbous sleeves bigger than the bride’s head, as are the highcollared styles of the 1990’s. As the 2000’s have morphed into the 2010’s, local bridal shop and boutiques owners see new trends arise for those ladies planning for her big day. Brooke Nolan, owner of Snazzy Rags Boutique, located at 201 Glen Milner Boulevard, said she sees women moving toward the more form-fitting styles. “Everybody wants more of a fitted, sexy (dress), something that flatters them, whereas in the 80s, everything was‌ big,â€? she said, adding that more comfortable, light fabrics are in high demand. Nolan, whose shop is geared more toward an alternative, small wedding, recalled her own wedding dress and its designer. “Priscilla Boston is who I used,â€? she said. “It was super lightweight, the fabric was amazing.â€? “Dresses used to be so hot and bulky,â€? she added, wrinkling her nose, “and I don’t think anyone wants that anymore. Now the vintage look is so much more in style with the lace and the crochet look. Country chic is so in with the cowboy boots, which that goes a lot into my business. We do a ton of that stuff, cowboy boots with dresses.â€? Pam McAbee, owner of Top Hat Formal Wear and Bridal Shop on Broad Street, said she’s seen her patrons gravitate toward the chic, strapless gowns. “Now you see mostly strapless,â€? McAbee said. “I have a few that will have



ACTION RENT ALL Whether it’s a vintage, flowy gown, layered tulle creation or a more sleek, modern silhouette, wedding dresses come in all shapes and sizes. Local retailers say brides differ greatly in what they consider the “perfect dress.� sleeves, but not very many. The style right now does seem to be a little more fitted with a flare at the bottom.�

Vintage is vintage is‌ vintage? Fabrics have become considerably more comfortable for the bride, McAbee said. “They’re a little bit more lighter weight, easier to move in, they’re not as heavy, easier to clean,â€? she said. “Lace is still popular, or has come back recently, more than we have done in the last 10 years. It could be more in line with the vintage look.â€? Continued on Page 4


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DRESS from page 2 But another shop owner, Alison Smith of The Perfect Dress, 2301 Shorter Ave., said ladies are thinking less like their mothers did…and more like their grandmothers, instead. “It’s more like it was 40 or 50 years ago,” she said. “People are liking more coverage at the top now and they want some kind of sleeve with it, whether it’s a cap sleeve, or a strap, long sleeve, three quarter length sleeve or something like that. So the strapless is starting to fade away, finally, we’ve been doing that about 20 years now. We’re moving back to the 1940-ish look, the Hollywood glamour look.” She said while women come in throwing the word “vintage” around, but it’s a highly subjective term. “’Vintage’ is a word we’ve heard the last couple of years, people want that vintage look,” Smith said. “Of course, vintage means different things to different people. It depends on the person.” McAbee said that while the fitted look is more prominent, she still has some women come in searching for that princess-like dress, but it also all depends on where they’re getting married. “We still do some ball gowns, but that’s not as popular because girls are going to different venues now, they’re not just getting married in a church anymore,” McAbee said. “They’re outside, in a barn, or just outside under a tent. Even in the (Rome Area) History Museum, that’s become popular, or other places around town.” Smith said trends are moving away from incorporating color into dresses, a style that was more prominent three to five years ago. “People wanted to add the same color sash their bridesmaids were wearing, but a lot of people do not want to do the matchy-matchy anymore, she said. “They do like a different color gown. I do not do a whole lot of white, I do more ivory. Mostly because it looks better with their skin tone, but some girls do want a blush color or champagne color gown. People like it better than they used to.” Speaking of bridesmaids, Smith said brides are also seeking more coverage when it comes to those dresses, and earth tones are huge right now with the more blush pinks and taupes, with fewer bright colors. Nolan, on the other hand, said with more modern times come bolder choices when it comes to dressing the wedding party. Since more women are getting married outdoors, Nolan said she’s seen a burst of the short, lightweight dresses in tones such as brown, red and yellow, paired with cowgirl boots. “I’ve seen some brown bridesmaid dresses, that’s really cute,” she said. “People wouldn’t have done that back

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Just as wedding dresses have evolved, so bridesmaid dresses have changed to suit the needs of the modern bridesmaid. Local retailers say dresses have changed because wedding venues have changed. No longer are weddings taking place exclusively in in a church. Ceremonies in old buildings, under tents, in barns and outside under the sun have demanded a change in fabric, style and color. then.” McAbee said her most sought designers are Mori Lee and Casablanca. Smith said Mori Lee is her top seller as well, but she also carried a line, Essence of Australia, that no one else in town has. Other popular designers are Stella York and Jasmine. But she said, it’s not necessarily the designers women are after, but the design that’s right for them. When it comes to finding that perfect dress for that most important day, McAbee summed it up perfectly. “Try on different styles,” she advised. “A lot of girls do come in here with a preconceived idea, and I tell them, ‘you need to try on different styles, different fabrics to see what looks best on you. And then, when you find that look, you can really narrow it down.” In the end, finding the perfect dress is a lot like finding the perfect man, right ladies? “You’ll either know for sure that that was the look,” McAbee said, “… or you might change your mind.”

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When buying a wedding or engagement ring, the visible symbol of your love, it goes without saying it’s the thought that counts. That’s where your local jewelers come in. “Buying diamonds on the Internet is tricky at best,” said Elaine Abercrombie, a certified gemologist at Greene’s Jewelers in downtown Rome. “And women want romance,” she noted. “They want to know he worked a little bit for it; that he made trips to the store, took some time and thought about it.” That said, there’s plenty of help available to get the Local jewelers say creative juices flowing. because of their Rows of glittering rings to catch your eye — mounted durability and price, with gems, or unmounted to tungsten, cobalt and allow for custom design — titanium rings are and specialists who can popular with men. show you metals and stones to fit your lifestyle and discuss the latest trends. White gold, platinum and colored gemstones remain popular choices, according to Whitney Langley, marketing assistant at Ford, Gittings & Kane Jewelers on Broad Street, but there’s been a revived interest in pairing yellow gold and diamonds. “Tradition is back,” Langley said. “We’re starting to see a lot of people buying yellow gold, and rose gold as well.” Halo settings that surround a larger center stone with a circle of smaller diamonds also are big sellers, she said, and there are a host of ways to personalize the presentation. Choose the shape of the center diamond, then mix or match diamonds and colored gems for the circlet. A plain band of your choice of metal, or one embedded with tiny diamonds, completes the suite. “When you customize a piece, the price can be whatever you want it to be,” Langley said. “We have an in-house jeweler and certified gemologists, so you can choose a setting and loose diamonds to fit your budget.” Abercrombie said vintage styles with micropave stones are the most popular this year, and Asscher cut diamonds — a square step-cut as opposed to round brilliant — are seeing a resurgence. “We also have some contemporary halo styles as well,” she said. “And we’re getting in a lot of wedding bands that combine diamonds and gemstones like rubies and sapphires.” Continued on Page 6


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The way for a bride to make a statement at her wedding is not just with her dress. A bouquet of bright purple and orange can be just as eye-catching. Recent trends are bringing more color to the plain white days of the traditional wedding and local florists are ready to help make a big impression. “They’re doing unique,” said Whitehead’s Flowers and Gifts’ Carla Hyde when asked what brides are doing this season. “People are using lotus pods and different types of flowers. It’s not just roses anymore.” Hyde said she recently put together a bridal bouquet that was comprised entirely of succulents, green plants with thick and fleshy leaves that also includes ones that are native to desert conditions. She said that another one used ornamental cabbages. “All white flowers are traditional but it is not what brides are wanting right now,” Hyde said. “Orange was big last year and this year is seeing more golds mixed into the bouquets. One recently that we did had a mixture of oranges, purples and greens.” Wedding tip website The Bride’s Café (http:// used the examples of lush coral or hot pink peonies for the bridal bouquet. It also mentioned the use of texture by incorporating fruits, grasses, pods, berries and succulents into all floral arrangements. Amy Bennett at Brenda’s Silk Floral and Accents on Shorter Avenue says the first thing that is discussed and finalized is the bride’s bouquet. “The bridal bouquet is the biggest part of the floral arrangements for any wedding because that’s the most important thing for the bride and she’s the important one that day,” Bennett said. “Lime is a good color and purples are still good. Those are the colors I see a lot of brides look at when they come in.” Brenda’s works with all silk flowers and plants, an option that Bennett said could be beneficial for those working on a budget. “If you go with silks you can save a lot of money,” she said. “And they are different from using fresh flowers because you always know what they will look like on the big day. A lot of

brides comment on that.” As far as the expanse of flowers and arrangements for a wedding and the costs, Shorter Avenue’s West End Florist manager Kathryn Smith Stover said there is a minimalist trend that is emerging. “Lately, flowers for weddings only include the bridal bouquet and flowers for the family and wedding party,” Stover said. She said the average cost for this scenario is between $1,000 and $1,500. For receptions, people do something simple for table centerpieces with small plants or flowers. That can cost up to another $1,000 or $1,500. “A lot of times though, people are scaling back and not ordering any floral arrangements for the reception or the ceremony,” Stover said. Hyde said Costs can range anywhere from just $100 for a simple bouquet to a fully decorated ceremony for $2,000-$3,000. “Recently though, more and more times people are not concentrating on flowers for the ceremony or in a church,” she said. “They focus more on flowers for the reception.” She said the average cost for a typical church wedding is around $1,200.

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rides may be seeing more green this year. Each year Pantone, dubbed the global authority on color, observes the fall shows where spring fashions are debuted and releases its report. For spring 2013, emerald green appears to be the “it” color in fashion. Last year, tangerine was the “it” color. Just because Pantone has named the “it” color, that doesn’t mean that brides will be changing their hues and scrambling to be trendy, though. “People choose colors they love,” said Holly Lynch, owner of The Season, an event planning company that specializes in weddings. Lynch said she hasn’t seen a lot of emerald in the Northwest Georgia area yet. “I think it’s another year or so before we will see it in practical use,” Lynch said. “We may see that as the year Experts say greens, particularly emerald, will be the cornerstone of unfolds.” wedding themes this season. Brides are finding that the deep, rich color Wedding sites are featuring adds a touch of elegance. emerald green bridesmaids’ dresses in a variety of styles • An emerald ring. The right Try a table runner, napkins or that would fit a spring, fall or other linens. winter wedding since the color is emerald ring can match any wedding and add a splash of • Decorate with green. It can be expected to be popular for the color to your outfit. If you haven’t subtle, like a candle, or more remainder of the year. received your engagement ring, obvious, such as a table runner. While emerald green has not you can talk to your future Photo booths have become caught on in Northwest Georgia husband about an emerald ring. popular at weddings. Use a green yet, some popular colors are • Earrings. Many styles of background or a garland on a hanging around, Lynch said. emerald earrings are on the white or black background. That includes neutral tones market right now from simple • Use green in your invitations such as champagne, she said. studs to longer styles. or other stationery such as name Pretty blues are also popular, • Carry a green purse or clutch. cards. including peacock and navy. You can do this as you walk down • Of course there is a natural Plum has also been a color that the aisle if it matches you color way to incorporate green into is popular with brides. scheme or in your going away your wedding and reception. Use While it may be difficult to outfit. a lot of plants and other foliage to incorporate emerald green with • You may not like emerald accent your decorating. some colors, it’s not impossible. green clothes are accessories but For brides that are saying Brides who have chosen you can still incorporate it in “yuck” to green right now, they another color but want to be your wedding with your could change their minds. That’s fashion forward can do so by decorations. Add emerald green because sometimes brides, their adding a few accessories here vases to the tables to hold your minds, particularly when and there to their wardrobe or flowers or centerpieces. This can bridesmaids are trying on decorations. dresses. The popular wedding sites “The be done even by brides who are on a budget. Local dollar stores “They find themselves liking Knot” ( and often carry emerald green vases, something they didn’t think they Estate Weddings and Events as do higher end stores. would like,” Lynch said. ( • Use green table accessories. offer brides a few tips.

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Holly Lynch Professional Bridal Consultant He asked. You said yes. And now it’s time to plan the wedding. If you’re like many of the brides we meet, you’re anxious to plan the wedding RIGHT NOW. So, to keep yourself from going a bit crazy, here’s a few basic steps to get the planning started on the right path. Step 1: Hire a wedding planner. Planners exist to make your life easier during this exciting time. A wedding is one of the largest and most costly events you and your family will ever host. So get help from someone who’s entire job is to know the wedding industry. Most wedding planners charge either by the hour or by the job. Interview the planner, ask (and check) for references, find out what kind of continuing education she pursues, and get a written proposal. If you would pay to have your oil changed because you don’t want to ruin an expensive car, why wouldn’t you pay to have a professional help you with the most expensive event you’ll ever host? Step 2: Make the guest list. You may think you shouldn’t have to do this step just yet, but the number of guests you’re expecting is very important at this stage. The venues you select must accommodate the number of guests you

would like to include. Nothing spoils an event like trying to fit 400 people in a venue made for only 100 guests (and likely against a few fire codes, too). Furthermore, the guest count is the biggest contributor to wedding expenses, as each guest (or household) requires an invitation, a seat, food, beverages, plates, forks, etc. And almost every vendor you meet will ask you how many guests you’re expecting. So, make the guest list first. The easiest way to generate the list is to divide the list into thirds – the bride and groom’s list, the bride’s family’s list, and the groom’s family’s list. Then, compile the three lists into an excel spreadsheet or into an online guest list tool such as the one available on Of all the names on the guest list, typically about 70% will attend the wedding. Step 3: Choose a venue for the ceremony and reception. The guest count is important to this decision, but also consider the venue’s strengths and weaknesses. Consider whether the venue has adequate parking. Do they provide enough tables and chairs (and do you like the tables and chairs)? Is there heat and/or air conditioning? If it’s an outdoor space, what provisions are made for inclement weather? Are there insurance requirements? Is alcohol allowed, or are there requirements and fees associated with having a bar? If you’re having the ceremony and reception at the same location, find out if there are people from the venue to assist with converting the ceremony to the reception. Lastly, ask if there are time restrictions on the

venue. Many venues require that the music cease at a certain time, or that the bar close earlier than the event ends. Make sure to consider the time your vendors need to clean-up at the end of the reception when choosing a venue that has time restrictions. Step 4: Select vendors who can only work with one wedding a day. These vendors are typically photographers and musicians. So, if there’s a band you have your heart set on, make sure they are available when you are selecting your venue (and therefore your wedding date). Photographers also often only commit to one wedding per day. So, once your date and location are determined, start looking at photographers as soon as possible. Find out what their packages include, how many hours they will be with you on the wedding day, how long it will take after the wedding to get your photos, and any special requirements they may have. For example, you should include your photographer into your head count for the caterer since he or she will need to eat at your event (most photographers are on the job for well over 8 hours, so making sure they have some nourishment). Step 5: Go shopping for wedding clothing. I know — you’ve waited this long to do the ONE thing you really wanted to do first, right? The reason for doing this step now is that you are clear about where and when you are getting married. The location may determine if you want a long train

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z Make it a process. Plan to interview a number of caterers, review their menus, then schedule tastings with your top choices to pinpoint the best.

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z Service with a smile. Can the caterer hook you up with a photographer? A florist? What kind of wait staff will be included in the rate? Do you want them to set up a buffet and step back, circulate among the guests with trays, serve a full-course meal? z Know whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in charge. What happens once your decision is made? Will you work with a designated person throughout the preparations, or with whomever answers the phone? How involved will they be on the big day?







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z The price is right. While the menu may be what piques your interest, avoid lastminute surprises by discussing the cost-structure up front. Is there a flat rate, or will you be charged per item?

z Ultimate tips. What are the extra charges youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re likely to run into when having the reception of your dreams? Will the catererâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rates include gratuities for the wait staff, clean-up fees, corkage? What happens with any leftover food or drink? z Lest we forget. Specialty websites such as The Knot and The Wedding Channel offer a host of ideas on wedding receptions and what to look for in a caterer, along with tools to ensure your plans remain on track.

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centerpieces that truly bring your wedding vision to life. Choose a caterer that makes and serves food you and your guests will enjoy. Try the food, if possible, and select a menu appropriate to the type of wedding youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re having. If you are getting married after five oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;clock in the afternoon, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need to provide enough food for your guests to replace their evening meal. The catering ticket should be one of the largest items on your budget. After all, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re taking 150 people out for dinner! Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve often said that the flowers really make the church or the reception site come alive. The flowers should complement the overall design of the wedding, and enhance the venues youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve selected. Your florist and wedding planner and rental company can also help with other design elements needed to

really make the day uniquely yours, such as lighting, linens, and specialty dĂŠcor items. Invitations should be ordered three to four months before the wedding, and mailed six to eight weeks prior to the wedding. When ordering invitations, be sure to review a proof before they are printed. Include a response card. If you are also collecting responses via a wedding website, that information should be included on the response card. The invitation sets the tone for the wedding, so choose one that reflects your style. When planning the wedding, remember to include the help of your trusted friends and family. This is a time to celebrate, so reduce all the planning tasks into manageable pieces. Trust your instincts, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t rush into any decision, and most of all, have fun!

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ore and more, non-traditional settings are moving ahead of the traditional church and fellowship hall in terms of being booked for the big day. These options can be found nearby and are able to fit any budget whether it is a classic banquet hall, a downtown loft or a spot in the country. Here are just a few local venues that may be perfect for your special day: Rome Area History Museum Address: 305 Broad St., Rome Phone: 706-235-8051 Amenities: chairs, tables, catering kitchen, extra set-up and cleaning time if available Capacity: 250 Reservations: No advance limit, are made one to two years in advance. Cost: $650 on a weeknight, $750 on a weekend; extra security and cleaning fees may apply, $100 deposit goes toward rental Website:

Tilley Mill Farm Address: 10 Yellow Brick Road, Taylorsville, Phone: 770-387-6046 Amenities: On Euharlee Creek, screened-in building for reception, restrooms, bridal room, picnic tables, grills, rental assistance available, open from April-October Capacity: 250 Reservations: Can be booked a year in advance Cost: Starts at $500, can be more with extra tables, chairs, etc. Proctor Farm Address: 2591 Fouche Gap Road, Rome, Phone: 706-232-3250 Amenities: tables, chairs, linens, outdoor chapel with 24 wooden pews with sound system, pavilion with patio and two outdoor fireplaces, barn for reception activities, catering kitchen, have exclusive access to facility for entire week of wedding, wedding director Capacity: 300-350 Reservations: no advance limit Cost: $5,000, includes set-up and clean-up fees, $1,500 deposit applied to cost Website:

Claremont House Bed and Breakfast Address: 906 E. Second Ave., Rome Phone: 706-291-0900 Amenities: Victorian historic venue available for all wedding events, overnight accommodations, event planning, in-house catering, chairs, tables Capacity: 200 Reservations: No advance limit Cost: Packages start at $2,000, set-up and cleaning fee included Website:

Forrest Place Ballrooms Address: 436 Broad St., Rome Phone: 706-238-2246 Amenities: full catering kitchen, chairs and table for 200, eight serving tables, free parking Capacity: 400 Reservations: no advance limit Cost: $1,800 on Saturday, $1,000 Sunday through Friday, $300 refundable deposit Website:


Coosa Country Club Address: 110 Branham Ave., Rome Phone: 706-238-8911 Amenities: all set-up and take down included, food prepared in-house, full service, table and chairs, linens, specialty linens available for order, bridal room Capacity: 450 Reservations: suggested nine months in advance Cost: Room fees associated with non-member rental plus cost of food and drink Website:




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