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Two Tickets To Paradise

Gail Hummel Dearest Princess Bride Kelly Delamater

Feature Ar ticle

A Rockford Wedding with a Touch of Scotland John & Nikki LiCausi

Setting the Scene

Erin Stoffregen

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Two Tickets to Paradise Gail Hummel

A Rockford Wedding with a Touch of Scotland John & Nikki LiCausi

Contents 2

About Us

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Jewelry

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Bridal Gowns

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Menswear

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Salons & Spas

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Receptions

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Honeymoon

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Wedding Planners

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Officiants

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Invitations

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Photography

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Videography

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Music

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Photo Booths

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Ice Sculptures

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Flowers

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Ceremony Locations

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Hotels

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Transportation

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Catering

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Cakes & Desserts

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Decor & Rentals

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Rehearsal Dinners

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Directory

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Wedding Checklist


About Us MATTHEW LONG Account Executive & Operations Manager

Matthew Long has been in the Wedding Industry for over 25 years having lead and performed at thousands of events over the years in many different capacities within his family’s business. Originally from Marengo, Illinois; he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Rockford University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Northern Illinois University. He currently serves as an active member of the Rockford University Alumni Board and is a part-time teacher at Madison Media Institute. His passion is helping small businesses with not only their advertising needs but also consulting. He loves spending time with his 5 year old, Aiden.

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CINDY ROWE Sales Executive

Cindy Rowe is a marketing expert with over 15 years experience. Her foundation of success comes from building rapport and providing customer support. Her passions are to inspire and to motivate people to strive to their highest potential. In her spare time she enjoys teaching spin class and wellness coaching at the local YMCA, blogging and attending her children's sporting events.

ANGELA DAUS Graphic Designer

Angela Daus has been in the print design industry for over 8 years. Her focus is on helping create advertising solutions for business through print material design services. With a background in photography, she loves travel and photographing interesting landscapes and places.

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Jewelry

EXPENSES $ Band

$

Stone

$

Styles

$

Metals

Timeline

12 Months purchase rings

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WHAT TO BRING WHEN MEETING THE CONSULTANT

✓ Budget

✓ Ideas for styles

✓ Know if you are allergic to any metals

WHAT QUESTIONS TO ASK

• What diamond shape do I want?

• What setting works best for me?

• What color do I like?

• What metal is best for me?

• What if I don’t like diamonds?

WHAT QUESTIONS TO ASK CONCERNING MENS WEDDING RINGS

• What style appeals the most to you? • Will you be wearing your

wedding ring while working?

• Will you wear your wedding ring everyday?

• Do you want matching wedding rings?

• Do you want gemstones in your ring?


Jewelry STYLES

• DOMED - The traditional style of ring that is

• FLAT - One of the more popular styles is the

• PATTERNED - Patterned rings come in a

simplistic and not flashy. This style suits men who are not used to wearing jewelry.

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contemporary flat style. They have squared off sides that make it look sleek and modern.

wide variety including two-toned (use of two different metals), woven, wave and milgrain (tiny beaded pattern around edge ring).

• GEMSTONES - Diamonds are the most

popular gemstones to use, but there are also sapphires, rubies, emeralds and more that can be used for a ring. Rings with gemstones require more care than the plain bands.

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METALS

• STERLING SILVER - The least expensive

• GOLD - The traditional choice for men is gold

• PLATINUM - It is a silver colored metal

• PALLADIUM - This metal is considered

• TITANIUM - This metal is lightweight and

metal and it is more prone to dents and nicks. Since silver is a soft metal it is mixed with another metal to make it more durable. In addition, it requires more polishing so it does not tarnish.

and polished to a shiny finish. It is a popular choice for engraving and easily maintained. It is also an affordable option for choosing rings.

described as white. It is considered the most valuable among all the metals and the most durable. Platinum is prone to scratches which can be buffed out.

platinum's cousin. Palladium is not as expensive as platinum. It became popular in the 1930’s when platinum was required for military purposes and hard to come by.

unbreakable. It has an industrial finish with less shine.

• TUNGSTEN - This metal is highly durable

and scratch resistant. It is a dark gray color that is different from the traditional silver, white and gold rings. Tungsten is an inexpensive alternative to the traditional rings.

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Bridal Gowns

EXPENSES $ Material

$

Alterations

$

Accessories

$

Shipping

Timeline

6-12 Months purchase wedding gown & bridesmaids dresses

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12 Weeks fitting & alterations

Wedding Day


WHAT TO BRING WHEN MEETING THE CONSULTANT

✓ Pictures of dress favorites, theme ideas, and unique items to incorporate into the wedding

✓ Color swatches

(bridal and bridesmaid gowns)

✓ Already purchased accessories

WHAT QUESTIONS TO ASK

• What is the price range of

• What is included in alterations?

• What is the average price for alterations?

• Are alterations an additional cost?

dresses at the bridal boutique?

• What is the lead time (the length of time the dress takes to be shipped to store) for the bridal gown or bridesmaid dresses?

• Will the store hold dresses until the wedding date?

• Are there any discounts or specials offered at the boutique?

• Does the consultant have additional suggestions?

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WHAT IS THE BEST DRESS STYLE FOR MY BODY TYPE? There are so many guides out there to help you. These are never exactly accurate. Every woman has qualities of certain body types but the truth is most women are a mix of a couple body types. The best way to figure out what works for your body type is to go to the bridal shop and work with a consultant. Tell your consultant the areas of your body you would like to accent or how you would like to look on your wedding day. Do you want to accentuate a skinny waist? Well then, the corset bodice is for you. Do you have broad shoulders? Well then, try a sweetheart neckline. Your consultant is the one who is the expert so use their knowledge to help pick out the perfect dress for you.

GUIDELINES TO GIVE BRIDESMAIDS

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• Give them a deadline • Specific details (color, material, length, accessories)

• The style, number name, color name and where they can purchase a specific dress

• Be honest about expenses • Include your bridesmaids in the process and make a fun girls day trip to try on dresses

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ORDERING IN-STORE

• What is the lead time on dresses?

• Will the store send the dress

• How long will the store hold the dress? • Is there a possibility of the

back if not picked up on time?

dress being backordered?

ORDERING ONLINE

• Is the website current?

• Do they have a unique sizing system?

• What is the average price for alterations?

• What is the return/refund policy?

• What do the reviews say about the website?

• How long does it take to get a dress?

• Are there any extra fees or cost to ordering online?

• Who will alter the dress?

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Menswear

EXPENSES $ Material

$

Alterations

$

Accessories

$

Rent/Buy

Timeline

6 Months purchase or rent groom's & groomsmen attire

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1 Day Before fitting & pick up

Wedding Day


WHAT TO BRING WHEN MEETING THE CONSULTANT

✓ Color swatches of bride and

✓ Pictures of ideal formalwear

✓ Pictures of wedding theme

bridesmaid dresses

WHAT QUESTIONS TO ASK

• Should I purchase or rent tuxedos/suits?

• How long do alterations take?

• What are popular combinations for ties, vests or suspenders?

• What is the cost breakdown? • Can the store do custom orders? • What is included in alterations?

STYLES

• Formal Daytime/Evening Wear

• Semi-Formal Daytime/Evening Wear

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Salons & Spas

EXPENSES $ Hair $

Makeup

$

Nails

$

Spa

$

Personal Trainer

Timeline

6 Weeks trial run with your preffered salon

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WHAT TO BRING WHEN MEETING THE CONSULTANT

Specializing in the latest wedding trends and styles, our talented stylists and make-up artists travel to you!

✓ Pictures of hairstyles, makeup and nails

✓ Hair accessories and veil

✓ Goal weight

Visit starrstyles.net to learn more! Samantha Sendele (815) 540-1885 starrr858@yahoo.com

WHAT QUESTIONS TO ASK

• Has the hairstylist or makeup artist ever done hair or makeup for weddings?

• Does the hairstylist or makeup artist have a specialty?

• How long will each appointment take? • How many trial runs does the

hairstylist or makeup artist insist on?

• Can the salon book a

wedding party appointment?

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STYLES

• Be sure to consider the weather on your

wedding day. If it is hot then it might be a great idea to wear your hair up.

• Consider the neckline of the wedding dress when considering hairstyles.


Receptions

EXPENSES $ Time of Year

$

Number of Guests

$

What's Included

Timeline

6-12 Months book your venue

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1-2 Months work with site coordinator

Wedding Day


WHAT TO BRING WHEN MEETING THE CONSULTANT

✓ Rough guest count ✓ Decor ideas ✓ Potential vendor layout ✓ Current vendor list

WHAT QUESTIONS TO ASK

• Is there a local noise ordinance that might

affect the type of reception you are planning?

Is the facility adequately heated or air-conditioned?

• Does the site carry liability insurance in case a guest is injured during the reception?

• How will the facility ensure privacy and ambience for your party?

• How many cars can the

parking lot accommodate?

• Is valet service available? • How early can vendors have access to the facility for delivery and set-up?

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s n o i t p e c e R CONSIDERATIONS FOR OUTSIDE FACILITIES

• Are the kitchen and bathroom

• Will the caterer need to bring portable ovens?

• Will the existing wiring support the added

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facilities adequate for your guests?

usage of electricity for outside lights, heaters, and DJ or band equipment?

• Are there enough electrical outlets for your vendors and guests?

• Is there a small area of the reception site

available for the photo booth for guests to take fun pictures with different props and costumes?

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Reception Types

• Very Formal - The most elegant and costly

reception features a sit-down, multi-course dinner with a champagne toast, live orchestra or band, head table for bridal party and modest to lavish flowers and decorations. The reception begins after 6:00 pm.

• Formal - This is a little less elegant reception type which features live music and a sit-down meal.

• Semiformal - This reception type features beverages and a buffet. Sometimes a live band will be included.

• Informal - This reception type may be held at home and features a simple reception dinner.

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Honeymoon

EXPENSES $ Airplane Tickets

$ Passport Fees

$

$ Travel Insurance

$ Other Transportation $ Lodging

Currency Planning

Timeline

6 Months book agent

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WHAT TO BRING WHEN MEETING THE CONSULTANT

✓ Budget

✓ Locations

WHAT QUESTIONS TO ASK

• What is the best time of year to travel? • What comes to mind when thinking about the perfect honeymoon setting?

• What are your preferences and what amenities are you interested in?

• What do you enjoy doing together? • How long can you be away for the honeymoon?

• What kind of luxuries are important to you?

• How much seclusion do you want?

• What type of climate do you want?

• Does the hotel offer honeymoon packages?

• What documentation will you need to travel?

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TWO TICKETS TO PARADISE by Gail Hummel - Camelot World Travel Jenn had spent days online looking at destination wedding and honeymoon options. By the time her fiancé Tim returned from his business trip, she was tense, confused and ready to give up. “Jenn, you’ve collaborated with a professional for everything else for our wedding. Why are you agonizing over this? Travel agents do this every day!” said Tim. The light bulb went on and her shoulders relaxed. She checked out agency websites for her area and found an agent at Camelot World Travel that specialized in exactly what they wanted. She called for an appointment. When Jenn and Tim arrived at the agency, they were greeted by a professional. The agent asked many questions: Do you like to scuba? How important is an ocean view balcony to you? Do you want an intimate boutique resort or a large and lively spot? Are you beach or pool people? When everything was answered, the agent showed them websites and videos of resorts she felt were the best fit. They then turned toward pricing. The budget narrowed their field but the agent assured them they could place a deposit and then make payments. The agency even had a wedding/ honeymoon registry so people could 'gift' money toward their trip! With everything sorted out, Jenn and Tim headed home relieved and full of excitement. They had brochures to look over, referrals for websites to check and a lot to discuss. Later that evening, they sipped wine and chatted over brochures while Tim searched the web for reviews. Blasts on social media had friends

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n o o m y e n o H adding in ideas and suggestions which also helped them decide. A few days later, Jenn went back with their passports and booked the trip of their dreams plus added a registry. Yes, she did pay a consult fee, but getting exactly what they wanted at a price they were happy with? They both knew it was a small price to pay. After all, two tickets to paradise wouldn't exactly be paradise if you end somewhere you don’t want to be. With so many options and only one shot at the perfect honeymoon or destination wedding, why not place yourself in expert hands? Call an agent!

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Wedding Planners

EXPENSES $ Staffing

$ Day of vs Full Planning

$ Overtime Costs

Timeline

12-18 Months book coordinator

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WHAT TO BRING WHEN MEETING THE CONSULTANT

✓ Philosophy and goals for

✓ Budget preferences for vendors ✓ Expectations regarding communication ✓ Theme and design ideas

wedding and reception

WHAT QUESTIONS TO ASK

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Do you offer other "a la carte" services? Will you have an assistant or staff the day of to help with setting up? How many weddings do you coordinate in a year? Are you familiar with our ceremony/reception site? Have you planned weddings there before? Do you have a list of vendors that you would recommend from past experience? How many in-person meetings will we have? How often will you be communicating with our vendors?

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DEAREST PRINCESS BRIDE... by Kelly Delamater - Backyard Soiree Weddings and Events Dearest Princess Bride…‘You don’t know, what you don’t know’ – let’s fix that! I have been planning, designing, coordinating and executing events for 25 years. I have worked with every kind of Princess Bride, Queen Mother and budget in the Midwest and beyond so, I am more confident than ever when I say – whether your wedding will be a $10,000 or $100,000 affair, you shouldn’t do it without me and the sooner that you contact me the better. I will save you time, money and a mountain of stress. I promise a JOYful Journey to I Do and I guarantee Your BEST DAY EVER. With that in mind, Dear Princess Bride, I hope you will take to heart what I am sharing, because it is coming from mine and it is key for your best day ever. This day has the same amount of hours as every other day and it is going to fly by. You need a detailed, realistic and well-constructed timeline. It is the first order of business when I meet with a Bride. As soon as we have a strong draft, I send it to her vendors. Then, I send it again the week of the wedding after all of the planning, details and vendors are confirmed. In addition, I like to be sure that at least one of her Maids and Groomsmen have a copy to help keep the Wedding Party on track, along with both of the Queen Mothers so that they can relax knowing that all has been thought through.

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BACKYARDSOIREE.COM

KELLY DELAMATER | EVENT PRODUCER

The reveal is ‘The REAL DEAL!’ Do It! You have purchased the most expensive and beautiful dress of your lifetime. You have Hair & Make-Up Stylists and a professional Photographer. You will look your loveliest. Why not spend as much of the day in this ‘Once in a Lifetime’ Dress, with your ‘Once in a Lifetime’ Groom? The reveal can be as private or ‘shared’ as you like. It allows the Photographer, the day to capture you, instead of a limited amount of time between the Ceremony and the Cocktail Hour. And, then, because of the reveal, when it is time to ‘Smile and Walk Down the Aisle’ you aren’t so nervous, therefore, able to be ‘in’ the moment and remember it. And then; You, Your Groom and Wedding Party are able to attend YOUR Cocktail Hour and celebrate with your Guests. The reveal allows you to have a Wedding day –

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and make the most of the investment of your Photographer. And – the reveal photos are the best. Hair and make-up are where the day goes wrong. A common mistake made by Brides is assuming that there is plenty of time for Hair & Make-Up if they have blocked the morning. The number of Maids that you have must be considered and then the number of Stylists and the time that they would like for each Maid. It depends if your Maids are timely or tend to run late. It depends if your Maids have thick hair or thin. And then, I like to allow for ‘Just in Case’ time. Just in case, your hair or a Maids hair isn’t cooperating. There is a method to the order and scheduling that I help my Brides think through, so that we ensure the morning is fun and the day is off to a good start.

The Bottom Line... Neither Queen Mother nor Princess Bride should have to be answering texts and calls from Vendors, watching the time and directing everyone. Princess Brides should awake on their wedding day filled with joy, excitement that grows, and able to be fully present in every moment with their Maids and Queen Mother. Queen Mothers should be able to enjoy the morning with their Princess Bride and be calm while hosting her guests. Of course, there is more, but, I have given you my BIGGEST and BEST Tips, Dear Princess Bride, to help ensure that Your Wedding Day is your best day ever.

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We specialize in creating those delicate, personal touches that leave your guests delighted and starry-eyed. We create, design, and coordinate the wedding of your dreams, an event your guests will be talking about for years to come. Whether you have a fabulous ballroom or a radiant tent, we provide the resources and creativity to make your wedding dreams a reality.

Laura Sanders Ahern, PBC Wedding & Special Event Consultant laura@accentonevents.com

AccentOnEvents.com (815) 979 -7214

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When choosing a wedding date you need to keep a few things in mind. The first thing would be to have a few different possibilities for a date. This will allow for flexibility in venues and will help you find the perfect location and day for the right price. Many times Saturday weddings are most desirable. This is a convenient day because it is in the middle of the weekend and the easiest for those who live out of town to travel. The downside to a Saturday wedding is that it is the most desirable wedding day for a lot of people, which can add to the cost and availability of venues. When booking a venue, you may face the problem that Saturdays are booked solid.

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Officiants

EXPENSES $ Marriage License

$ Possible Travel Charges

$

Rehearsal

Timeline

9-12 Months book officiant

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WHAT TO BRING WHEN MEETING THE CONSULTANT

✓ Special readings ✓ Your love story ✓ Potential wedding dates WHAT QUESTIONS TO ASK

• Does the officiant require you to go through counseling before he or she performs the ceremony?

• Does he or she have references? How many weddings has he or she officiated?

• Are you allowed to customize your wedding ceremony?

• Is the officiant willing to work with a different denomination for a bicultural wedding?

• What states is the officiant licensed? • Does the couple have to be a member of

their faith in order to be married by the officiant?

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Officiants MARRIAGE LICENSE Marriage licenses are subjective to counties. Check with your local government and follow what they require to get a marriage license. Our website, www.rockfordbride.com, has a list of websites for the different counties within our area to guide you in obtaining a marriage license. Just look for our page underneath Marriage Licenses and Changing Names.

TYPES OF CEREMONIES

• Religious is usually a traditional ceremony that

already has a program and less opportunity to be creative. It is usually performed within a church, cathedral, synagogue, mosque, etc.

• Civil is a more casual ceremony performed by

judges, justice of the peace and state governors. Each county has different regulations about who can officiate a marriage ceremony and how to obtain a marriage license.

• Commitment is a ceremony between two

individuals who want to commit their lives to one another. This ceremony usually follows traditional wedding customs but allows for the couple to be very creative in how they would like the ceremony performed. Not all states will allow marriage licenses for commitment ceremonies.

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COUNTY CLERK OFFICES Winnebago County Clerk 404 Elm St #405 Rockford, IL 61101 815-319-4250

Carroll County Clerk 301 Main St Mount Carroll, IL 61053 815-244-0221

Boone County Clerk 1212 Logan Ave, Suite 103 Belvidere, IL 61008 815-544-3103

Ogle County Clerk 105 S 5th St, Suite 104 Oregon, IL 61061 815-732-1110

McHenry County Administration Building 667 Ware Rd, Room 107 Woodstock, IL 60098 815-334-4242

Whiteside County Clerk 200 E Knox Street Morrison, IL 61270 815-772-5189

Stephenson County Clerk 50 W Douglas St Freeport, IL 61032 815-235-8277

Lee County Clerk Old Lee County Courthouse 112 E 2nd St Dixon, IL 61021 815-288-3309

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Invitations

EXPENSES $ Calligraphy

$

Paper Type

$

Envelopes

Timeline

6-8 Months save the dates

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3-5 Months invitations

Wedding Day


WHAT TO BRING WHEN MEETING THE CONSULTANT

✓ Color samples

✓ Typeface choices ✓ Estimate of the number of invitations,

RSVP's and save the dates that you will need

WHAT QUESTIONS TO ASK

• How much will the total be?

• Are there any hidden fees?

• Does a specific invitation size or color of ink cost more than another?

• Do they suggest a calligrapher or envelope addressing?

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The theme of your wedding is going to determine the design or designer that you choose. There are hundreds of ideas out there, just look for the one that fits you and your significant other's personal preference.

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s n o i t a t i v n I Save the Dates & Invitations For a non-destination wedding, six to eight months is the appropriate amount of time to send save the date cards. For a destination wedding or a wedding that may be near a busy holiday weekend, six to twelve months is the appropriate amount of time to send save the date cards. Wedding invitations should be sent out three or five months prior to the ceremony. On a save the date card you typically would include your names, the date of the wedding, and a link directing people to your wedding website. On your invitations you will want to add more specific information. The wedding invitations should include the bride and groom's names, the date, time and location of the ceremony and the time and location of the reception. This would also be a good time to include an inserted card with local hotel information for out of town guests. Lastly, you should include the reply card with the invitation. It is polite to add a self-addressed, pre-stamped envelope. Don’t forget the RSVP date on the reply cards! It can be perceived as rude to include your registry information with your invitations or save the date cards. Make sure that those close to you, such as parents and the bridal party know where you are registered but do not include it in any printed material. It is okay to add this information on your wedding website because that is a less formal informational means of delivering updates and information.

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Photography

EXPENSES $ Equipment

$

Number of Photographers

$ Photo Printing

Timeline

9 Months book date with photographer

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WHAT TO BRING WHEN MEETING THE CONSULTANT

✓ Any ideas you have about poses for

✓ A time frame to give the photographer

pictures or themes that you like

for the wedding day so that estimates can be made correctly

WHAT QUESTIONS TO ASK

• Will there be a contract specifying what

• Will I have the rights to the digital files?

• Can I keep the proofs?

services you will provide for my wedding?

• What if I need you longer than we had planned?

• How soon will my pictures be ready?

Photography Styles Natural Light - This can be a challenging shot because it is taken using the sun’s natural light. This style gives a soft feel and is going to probably be a daylight only kind of shot. Candid - These shots are the “in the moment” kinds of shots. They are also known as "photojournalism.” These shots are very nice and original because they show the real moments in the wedding and the real joy associated with the day. 45 • rockfordbride.com


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Make sure that you are meeting with the actual photographer who will be taking pictures for your wedding. Some companies hire out, or send representatives to do all of the contract work with you prior to the actual event. Knowing your photographer will help considerably. Make sure you are working with someone that you like and get along with. You want a photographer that understands your wants and needs and can make that happen for you. If you like them, you are going to be comfortable with them and work better together to get the best pictures. Digital files may be an easy and convenient way for you to look at and access your pictures. If you are technology savvy, this will be a convenient way to show off your wedding photos without carrying an album around with you everywhere. Ask to see some of their work. If they can show you pictures from past work, you can make sure that you like their photography style. Don’t be afraid to ask, this will allow you to find out if they are going to take pictures you will like.

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PHOTOGRAPHY

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Sunday, January 17 2016 Giovanni’s Restaurant & Convention Center Stateline Splendor Bridal Expo 815-289-6867

The Stateline Splendor Bridal Expo is the only bridal show in the area to offer a fashion show, featuring multiple bridal shops! 2016 Event Prizes include a $500 Gift Certificate Towards Your Reception by Giovanni’s, a $250 Gift Certificate Toward the Purchase of a Wedding Gown at David’s Bridal, and a $500 Gift Certificate from Sara Grace. Go online to Register for tickets! Like us on Facebook for updates statelinesplendor.com statelinesplendor@yahoo.com


Videography

EXPENSES $ Equipment

$

Assistants

$ Editing

$ Raw Footage

Timeline

3-6 Months book date with videographer

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WHAT TO BRING WHEN MEETING THE CONSULTANT

✓ Wedding date

✓ Locations ✓ Hours of coverage

WHAT QUESTIONS TO ASK

• Does the videographer have current high-quality equipment?

• Do they have editing and dubbing machines, microphones and lights? Do they charge extra for this equipment?

• How many cameras will be used? • Will there be anyone

assisting the videographer?

• Can you view sample weddings and look for smooth editing and clear sound? Does the work have a professional feel?

• Who will be editing the footage?

• Can they include photomontages,

• Can the couple have an unedited master copy

• Can the couple have additional copies?

pre-recorded music, and titles? If so, do these cost extra?

to store as a raw record of the event?


EllaBella

Productions

Dates are Limited, Call 877.442.0271

EllaBellaProductions.com info@EllaBellaProductions.com


Music

EXPENSES $ Equipment

$

Hours

$ Number of Musicians

Timeline

9 Months book date with DJ/Musicians

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WHAT TO BRING WHEN MEETING THE CONSULTANT

✓ Wedding date

✓ Locations of the ceremony and reception

✓ Pre-selected songs

WHAT QUESTIONS TO ASK

• What is the appropriate music choice for a

• How will the musicians dress?

• How many breaks will they take? How long?

wedding ceremony?

• Who provides continuation of recorded or live music during these interludes?

• Will the band play requests?

• Do they have or require a special sound

• Does the band charge for travel, set-up time,

• Do the musicians have a list of possible

• Do the musicians need to be

system? Is it compatible with the reception site's system?

recorded break music, or overtime?

selections to choose from?

served at the reception?

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A ROCKFORD WEDDING WITH A TOUCH OF SCOTLAND by John & Nikki LiCausi It is 100% true that planning a wedding can take over a year to plan and coordinate. Even with that much time to make arrangements, it still seemed like we were finishing the loose ends of the planning in the final hour. It was a wonderful day, but we are now glad that it is a successful moment in our past.

About the Bride & Groom This particular wedding was a little more unique than a traditional wedding, as the bride to be was Scottish. Nikki Aitchison, now Nikki LiCausi, was born and raised in Eyemouth, Scotland until she moved to the United States with her mother and youngest brother when she was 15 years old. As a Guilford High School graduate with a Criminal Justice Degree from Rasmussen College, Nikki can be considered a Rockford area native. The groom, John LiCausi, was born in Toledo, Ohio and graduated from Belvidere High School in 2000. He was a member of the first


football team in Rockford University history in year 2000 as a college freshman, and graduated with a degree in business administration in 2004. It is hard to believe that two people that have spent so much time in the Rockford area never crossed paths until 2011 when they met on the 4th of July at Tad’s while boating on the Rock River. A mutual friend introduced them, and the rest is history.

Planning the Wedding In our opinion, the most important parts of the wedding planning were securing a church for the ceremony and then a venue for the reception. It seems that Rockford area churches and wedding venues are being booked over a year in advance, which is when we did finalize our choices. It would be nearly impossible to plan a last minute wedding at a popular church or one of the elite venues in Rockford. We were lucky enough to have secured Court Street United Methodist Church for the ceremony and the Hilton Garden Inn for the reception. Both of those choices were excellent in our opinion! Our Pastor who is a long time personal friend, Eric Blachford, was welcomed back to Court Street United Methodist Church in order to officiate the ceremony. Choosing a friend who was a pastor to do the ceremony was key, as he was able to add additional depth and insight about us during the ceremony. Kelly Plath, the reception coordinator for the Hilton, was first class! She made sure that all of our needs were satisfied, and we had extra confidence that our wedding reception would be impressive as a result of her diligence.


DJ Magic Entertainment from Marengo, IL and Madison, WI was our entertainment that evening. Matt & Tyler, was another excellent choice that we made for our wedding reception. We could rest assured that the reception was well structured with their guidance. We were confident in our entertainment based on a personal relationship with the owner and a 24 year history of the company. This company provided us access to it’s client base over that 24 year period. Their clients all opted in to be references so we knew we were in good hands. Additionally, Tyler’s music playlist was perfect, with a healthy mix of traditional and brand new music. Most couples that work with Tyler’s company pick out their songs ahead of time using their exclusive online planning web site through Gig Centric. They had many tools to make our planning fairly easy. However, with our busy lives we decided to put our trust in our entertainer and trusted their abilities to not only emcee but also make sure our guests had fun.

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He also referred us to our wedding photographers, The Wedding Flashers that are also from Madison, WI. We cannot wait to see our finalized wedding day photos, as the portfolio from this husband/wife photography duo speaks for itself! We chose Ella Bella Productions for our wedding video. They provided us 2 professional videographers and multiple cameras with various special lenses. One of the things we are excited about is our participation in their Director’s Cut option. Once a rough edit is created, they allow us to watch it and provide live-feedback so that the final product exceeds our expectations.. The future is unknown and capturing our emotions and the people we care about with us was important on this special day to us. We debated about whether or not to have a photo booth, and we are very glad that we choose to have

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one. We opted to have our entertainment company provide the photo booth services so that we could make coordination easier along with having one single point of contact for multiple services. Timeless Memories Photobooths put our custom wedding logo onto each photostrip, which was definitely a nice touch. Being able to review the photo booth album collection was one of the most enjoyable things to do after the wedding. We also liked the fact that the photo booth company provided us and our guests access to a private online gallery which housed not only our photostrips but also the individual shots. Overall, having a photo booth allowed our guests to have a fun way of documenting their presence, and we would recommend it to any couple that is currently planning their wedding. There was hardly any planning or additional work to have the photobooth services at the wedding. Having a unique wedding reception entrance is also important in our opinion! Therefore, we had the City of Rockford Pipe Band perform behind us as we entered our wedding reception. They did an excellent job! One of the only mistakes that we made was with our wedding cake. We chose a popular bakery located off of North 2nd in Machesney Park. We thought the cake tasted fine, but the aesthetics of the cake were way below expectations for a $700 price tag. When we attempted to contact the bakery after the wedding to discuss the issues, we were further disappointed. It is hard to believe how a bakery with such a great tasting cake during the sales process can leave such a poor aftertaste due to the sub-par visual quality and impolite service.

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Final Wedding Advice from John and Nikki If you love Italian food, then Cia Bella makes a great choice for a rehearsal dinner! Be sure to finalize your church and wedding venue at least a year in advance! Do not be “hands off� with your wedding planning. If you want something to be done a certain way, then be explicit with your instructions. Those limo party buses may seem like a good option, but they are definitely expensive for the short amount of time that you are given. Regarding your groomsmen, make sure that they wear all parts of the tuxedo, including the shirt studs. If you are planning to take pictures in a public park, you may want to reconsider since you will be forced to wait for bystanders walking in the background of your pictures. At the wedding reception, be sure to formally announce your bar hours so that people know when they can/cannot get a drink. At your reception, be sure to make your rounds to say hello to guests as early as possible because some guests are probably planning to leave immediately after dinner. If you have many guests traveling from out of town, then having your wedding reception at a hotel is definitely an added convenience. Lastly, we had an adult-only wedding, and we believe that was an excellent choice so that parents can have a night off and enjoy themselves. We are excited for our futures together.

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Photo Booths

EXPENSES $ Memory Books

$

Additional Hours

$ Idle Times

Timeline

7-9 Months book photo booth company

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WHAT TO BRING WHEN MEETING THE CONSULTANT

✓ Map of room and preferred

✓ Event time line for start and end times ✓ Logo or graphic ideas for

location for set-up

the photo strip design

WHAT QUESTIONS TO ASK

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Is this a real photo booth or an open-air photography session? Are the individual shots and photo strips shared after the event?

Hundreds of Props Included! To Reserve a Booth, Call

877-442-0271 Reserve on our website at TimelessMemoriesPhotoBooth.com Email: smile@TimelessMemoriesPhotoBooth.com


Ice Sculptures

EXPENSES $ Delivery $

Dry Ice

$ Set-up & Take-down $

Design Fees

Timeline 3 Months book ice sculpture company

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WHAT TO BRING WHEN MEETING THE CONSULTANT

✓ Design ideas ✓ Color themes ✓ Delivery time ✓ Map of facility ✓ Placement preferences

WHAT QUESTIONS TO ASK

How long will my ice display last?

Where is the best place to have it displayed?

Do I want lighting?

What type of drip tray is needed? (permanent versus disposable)

What type of table or stand will be used?

How heavy is the ice sculpture?

Who will be responsible for clean-up?

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Do you have any recommendations for designs? What kinds of ice sculptures are available?

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877-442-0271 SolidIceDisplays.com Info@SolidIceDisplays.com


Flowers

EXPENSES $ Ordering Location

$

Floral Substitutes

$ Delivery Fee

Timeline

6-9 Months order flowers

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WHAT TO BRING WHEN MEETING THE CONSULTANT

✓ A general idea of what other

✓ A list of some flowers that you like or think

✓ Your wedding date and venue information ✓ Pictures of your wedding dress, bridesmaid

✓ Your color scheme

décor is necessary

would be practical and pretty in your venue and with your attire

dresses and the venue

WHAT QUESTIONS TO ASK

• How do the flowers come packaged? • Can you work with my cake designer or other designers I have?

• Can I make changes to my order after it is placed?

• Are you willing to provide me with examples and pictures of the product that I am requesting?

• What kind of materials can you work with?

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SETTING THE SCENE by Erin Stoffregen - Event Floral When envisioning your dream wedding, you start to picture a specific setting, color and mood. As such a visual element, flowers and décor truly help establish this tone of your wedding. They are present in the majority of your photographs memorializing your special day. As this day celebrates you, here are some examples of how to customize your decorations to reflect your unique style and personality. Although trends are enticing, especially with online exposure, stay true to your personal taste when selecting colors and themes. You will appreciate a timeless and classic look that retains its impression over the years. Consider meaningful details such as using favorite flowers or symbolic flowers or colors. Including personalized charms or family heirlooms in your flowers or as part of your attire keeps loved one’s memories near and with you throughout the day. Subtle nods to your unique background and love story such as places you’ve visited, favorite past times, or items you’ve collected as a couple are welcome and interesting features for guests to discover and experience throughout the occasion.

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To enhance the impact of your wedding, consider your chosen venues and how you can complement the spaces. If in a classic church setting, the scale of your decorations may be encouraged by the architecture of the interior. Are there areas to display large altar or welcoming arrangements at the start of the aisle? Possibly customized wreaths or staircase décor at entries? Religious and cultural traditions can also be infused outside of a standard sanctuary through use of iconic items such as a cross or chuppah and flowers or décor to highlight special ceremonial moments. Outdoor ceremonies or more transitional spaces provide the perfect canvas for creating a custom ceremony setting. Framing your ceremony area with a backdrop or side elements provides intimacy and adds interest in photographs. Consider hanging items from surrounding trees or structures such as fabric, lanterns, wreaths, ribbons, crystals, chandeliers and more. Arches, trellises, and draped backdrops can also be transformed for natural and organic looks using soft flowers or greenery, or styled for more glamorous, modern affairs with crisp fabric draping, lighting, and crystal or metallic accents.

Logistically, you will want to consider any restrictions or requests of your venue, but thinking outside the box can lead to unexpected décor that leaves a lasting impression. Nothing is more romantic than a glowing,

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candlelit aisle for an evening wedding ceremony. Or, a hanging canopy of flowers and candles guests pass under to enter a reception space dramatically sets the mood. If your reception venue boasts features such as mantles, staircases, and alcoves, these are perfect spaces to create visual focal areas. A mantle spilling with draping greenery and candles softens the space and adds organic romance. A mirrored lobby table with an overarching arrangement, perhaps with floral blooms, hanging votives or crystals, adds grandeur for escort cards, guest book or favors. Entryways, backdrops, lounge areas, and custom bars lead guests’ eyes to areas of importance and guide movement throughout the evening. If your venue does not offer much customization, consider renting furniture to create sitting areas, creating backdrops for photo opportunities, or encouraging your caterer or bakery to artistically display food and dessert tables. Often overlooked, selecting specialty linens and table settings adds another layer of interest and carries your unique style throughout the entire reception. Undesired chairs might be revamped with covers and sashes, or for a modern, streamlined twist, fitted with Spandex covers or chair bands. Even beautiful chairs can be accentuated with sashes for additional color or texture. A textured tablecloth, overlay, or table runner can reinforce a rustic or casual look and alternately a more reflective, or silky cloth can create an opulent, dramatic look. For a more formal dinner, charger plates add elegance and refinement to each setting. Even requesting a napkin fold other than what is typically provided can add the finishing touch to a table. While planning, don’t be afraid to suggest ideas that would make your day more meaningful and memorable to your personal tastes. Talented vendors can help you formulate the details and thoughts into a cohesive plan that makes for an unforgettable event.


Ceremony Locations

EXPENSES $ Time of Year

$ Staff

$ Decorations

Timeline

9-12 Months book venue

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Outside Ceremony Area Overlooking the Golf Course Reasonably Priced Rental Fee Includes Tent, Tables & Chairs, Lighting & Use of Firepit Patio & Clubhouse Bar Ceremony Fee Includes Carts for Golf Course Wedding Pictures

BALTIC MILL Weddings & Events

The Historic Baltic Mill is available for your unique outdoor wedding celebration! Schedule a tour to visit and reserve this beautiful venue for your special day.

Belvidere Park District

920 W. Lincoln Ave. Belvidere, IL 61008

(815)547-5711 x15

www.belviderepark.org

815-544-1935, Ext. #2 5750 Woodstock Road, Poplar Grove www.golfthepointe.com


LET YOUR LOVE

BLOOM IN THE GARDENS

PHOTO Van Laeke Photography

Now booking for meetings, special occasions , and weddings

ROCKFORD’S Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens is a facility of the Rockford Park District

TROPICAL TREASURE!

nicholasconservatory.com

1354 N Second St Rockford, IL 815-987-8858

TOURS • GIFTS • EVENTS • PROGRAMS • WEDDINGS • RENTALS

WHAT TO BRING WHEN MEETING THE CONSULTANT

✓ Calendar with potential wedding dates

✓ First draft of guest list

WHAT QUESTIONS TO ASK

• What is the maximum number of people allowed at the ceremony site?

• Does the site provide any items that can

be used for the ceremony (tables, chairs, candles, flowers, etc.)?

• Are there any regulations or restrictions associated with the site?


Hotels

EXPENSES $ Reward Programs

$ Time of Year

$ Room Types

Timeline

6-8 Months book rooms

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WHAT TO BRING WHEN MEETING THE CONSULTANT

✓ An estimation of how many rooms you will

✓ Know how many people in each family will

✓ Budget information

need to block off for your guests

be staying or will want to be in a room together

WHAT QUESTIONS TO ASK

• Is there a specific number of rooms that we can or must set aside?

• Do you offer any special deals for booking multiple rooms?

• Are there any additional fees that I should know about?

• Do you offer early check-in or late check-out?

• Are there any parking fees?

• What happens if not all rooms are booked?

• Is there a bridal suite?

What amenities are available to guests?

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Sunday, January 17 2016 Giovanni’s Restaurant & Convention Center Stateline Splendor Bridal Expo 815-289-6867

The Stateline Splendor Bridal Expo is the only bridal show in the area to offer a fashion show, featuring multiple bridal shops! 2016 Event Prizes include a $500 Gift Certificate Towards Your Reception by Giovanni’s, a $250 Gift Certificate Toward the Purchase of a Wedding Gown at David’s Bridal, and a $500 Gift Certificate from Sara Grace. Go online to Register for tickets! Like us on Facebook for updates statelinesplendor.com statelinesplendor@yahoo.com


DREAM WEDDINGS AT THE HILTON GARDEN INN ROCKFORD

As the premier hotel and banquet facility in Rockford we set a beautiful backdrop for your wedding.

Call today to set up a site tour and see where your dream wedding could be. 815.721.8522 7675 Walton Street • Rockford, IL 61108 815.229.3322 • rockford.hgi.com


Transportation

EXPENSES $ Number of Guests

$ Features

$ Locations

Timeline

6 Months reserve rental vehicles

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WHAT TO BRING WHEN MEETING THE CONSULTANT

✓ Wedding day time-line

✓ Transportation needs

✓ Number of guests

WHAT QUESTIONS TO ASK

• Is there an overtime fee? • Are there any additional costs? (miles, fuel or idle time?)

• What types of vehicles do you offer? • What is the minimum number of hours required for the service?

• Are there any add-ons available? • What size vehicles are appropriate for the number of guests we wish to transport?

Tidbit

Those limo party buses may seem like a good option, but they are definitely expensive for the short amount of time that you are given.

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Catering

EXPENSES $ Liquor

$ Wait Staff

$ Food for Vendors

Timeline

9 Months book caterer

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WHAT TO BRING WHEN MEETING THE CONSULTANT

✓ Potential wedding dates

✓ Cultural food ideas

WHAT QUESTIONS TO ASK

• What types of food do they recommend for

• What are their menu selections?

weddings of varying sizes and budgets?

• Do they specialize in any particular cuisine? •

Can they accommodate special food requests, such as vegetarian and kosher meals?

• In the event of extra guests, will the chef have more food prepared?

• • • •

How attractive is their manner of food presentation? What types of banquet service do they offer? What is the staff-to-guest ratio, including cocktail servers and bartenders? Do they provide linens? Do the linens cost extra? Do they have a color variety?

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Cakes & Desserts

EXPENSES $ Size

$ Flavors

$ Shape

Timeline

9 Months order cake

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WHAT TO BRING WHEN MEETING THE CONSULTANT

✓ Guest list ✓ Pictures of cake designs ✓ Color swatches

WHAT QUESTIONS TO ASK

• What size cake will be needed for the number

• Will this be the only dessert?

of guests?

• Will the type of cake the couple wants be one that most guests will enjoy?

• Does the baker have photographs of his or her creations?

• • •

Is a taste test possible? What are the cost estimates for different designs and types of cakes? Will there be additional charges for delivery, set-up, and/or rental fees for stands, columns or supports?

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Decor & Rentals

EXPENSES $ Rental Insurance

$ Delivery

$ Coordination

Timeline

6 Months choose rentals

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WHAT TO BRING WHEN MEETING THE CONSULTANT

✓ Estimated guest count ✓ A color swatch or description of your theme ✓ Any ideas you have on what you would like

WHAT QUESTIONS TO ASK

• How soon do I need to return my rentals? • What happens if my rented item

becomes lost, stolen or damaged?

• Do they deliver and if so, how does drop off work?

Common Rentals

• Glassware • Tables • Table Skirts

• Silverware • Chairs • Lights

• Dinnerware • Table Cloths • Archways

• Candelabras

• Chair Covers

Centerpieces

• Candle Holders • Decorations

Tents

• Napkins

• Lighting

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Rehearsal Dinners

EXPENSES $

Number of Guests

$ Date

$ Location

Timeline

2 Months book rehearsal dinner venue

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1 Day before

Wedding Day


e v a AgR O O M SEATS UP TO 35 GUESTS. GREAT FOR BRIDAL SHOWERS AND REHEARSAL DINNERS.

815.977.4319

LUCHACANTINA.COM/ROCKFORD /LUCHACANTINAROCKFORD

REHEARSAL DINNER A rehearsal dinner is an event that occurs the night prior to the wedding. There will be a wedding rehearsal prior to the dinner, allowing the parents, bridal party, and the bride and groom to do a run through of the ceremony and work out all the details for the actual ceremony the following day. Afterwards, the dinner party occurs. This is something that the groom’s parents traditionally host. Dinner is an opportunity for everyone to relax and have a nice time before the busy next day. During or after dinner the bride and groom have the opportunity to thank those involved in the wedding along with giving thank you gifts to those involved in the planning.

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BRIDAL SHOWS

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• STATELINE SPLENDOR

(815) 289-6867 | statelinesplendor.com email • statelinesplendor@yahoo.com

• SOMETHING BLUE

(815) 979-7214 | somethingbluerockford.com email • somethingbluerockford@gmail.com

CAKES & DESSERTS

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• CACAOCUVÉE

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• JADABUG COFFEE

(815) 965-4889 | cacaocuvee.com email • susan@thechocolatorium.com 613 Chestnut St, Rockford, IL 61102

(815) 262-9057 | jadabugroasters.com email • coffee@jadabugroasters.com email • jadabugroaster@yahoo.com

CEREMONY LOCATIONS

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• BELVIDERE PARK DISTRICT

BALTIC MILL (815) 547-5711x15 | belviderpark.org email • anhyland@belviderpark.org 1006 W Lincoln Ave, Belvidere, IL 61008

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• KILBUCK CREEK

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• ROCKFORD PARK DISTRICT

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• TIMBER POINTE

(815) 393-3247 | kilbuckcreek.com email • info@kilbuckcreek.com 6752 N Kilbuck Rd, Monroe Center, IL 61052

NICHOLAS CONSERVATORY (815) 987-8858 | nicholasconservatory.com email • ncg@rockfordparkdistrict.org 1354 N Second St, Rockford, IL 61107 (815) 544-1935x2 | golfthepointe.com email • timberpointe@comcast.net 5750 Woodstock Rd, Poplar Grove, IL 61065

FLOWERS

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• EVENT FLORAL

(815) 885-3900 | event-floral.com email • erin@event-floral.com 8181 Starwood Dr, Loves Park, IL 61111

HONEYMOON

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• CAMELOT WORLD TRAVEL

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• CRUISE PLANNERS-ED JENSEN

(815) 633-2200 | camelotworldtravel.com email • leisure@camelotworldtravel.com 2627 N Mulford Rd, Rockford, IL 61114 (815) 580-4441 | jensencruisetravel.com email • edjensen@cruiseplanners.com

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• HILTON GARDEN INN-ROCKFORD (815) 721-8522 | rockford.hgi.com email • kplath@nchhotels.com 7675 Walton St, Rockford, IL 61108

ICE SCULPTURES

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• SOLID ICE DISPLAYS

(877) 442-0271 | solidicedisplays.com email • info@solidicedisplays.com

INVITATIONS

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ROCK RIVER PRINTERS (815) 399-3837 email • rrprint@att.net 5411 E State St Suite 2A, Rockford, IL 61108

MUSIC

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• DJ MAGIC ENTERTAINMENT

(877) 442-0271 | discjockeymagic.com email • sales@discjockeymagic.com

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• DJ POWER PLAY ENTERTAINMENT

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• MADISON MOBILE DJ SERVICE

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(815) 560-1052 djpowerplayentertainment.com email • rockinreceptiontour@gmail.com (608) 770-6106 | madtowndj.com email • madisonmobiledj@yahoo.com

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• TRISTAN STRING QUARTET

(815) 793-4901 | tristanstringquartet.com email • tristan.quartet@gmail.com

PHOTO BOOTHS

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• TIMELESS MEMORIES PHOTOBOOTHS

(877) 442-0271 timelessmemoriesphotobooth.com smile@timelessmemoriesphotobooth.com

PHOTOGRAPHY

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• HOLLY JOHNS PHOTOGRAPHY

(815) 621-7530 | hollyjohnsphoto.com email • hjohnsphoto@aol.com

• MEG DUNN PHOTOGRAPHY

(815) 988-9620 | megdunnphotography.com email • meg@megdunnphotography.com

• PALETTE OF LIGHT

(815) 520-4233 | paletteoflight.com email • paletteoflight@gmail.com

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• R.B. FINE ART STUDIOS

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• THE WEDDING FLASHERS

(815) 347-4747 | rbphotography.net email • info@rbcorporate.com 5440 Newburg Rd, Belvidere, IL 61008

(608) 850-9295 | theweddingflashers.com email • chris@theweddingflashers.com

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• HILTON GARDEN INN-ROCKFORD

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• KILBUCK CREEK

(815) 721-8522 | rockford.hgi.com email • kplath@nchhotels.com 7675 Walton St, Rockford, IL 61108

(815) 393-3247 | kilbuckcreek.com email • info@kilbuckcreek.com 6752 N Kilbuck Rd, Monroe Center, IL 61052

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PRAIRIE STREET BREW HOUSE (815) 277-9427 | psbrewhouse.com email • info@psbrewhouse.com 200 Prairie St, Rockford, IL 61107

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• ROCKFORD ART MUSEUM

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• TIMBER POINTE

(815) 968-2787 | rockfordartmuseum.org email • staff@rockfordartmuseum.org 711 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103

(815) 544-1935x2 | golfthepointe.com email • timberpointe@comcast.net 5750 Woodstock Rd, Poplar Grove, IL 61065

REHEARSAL DINNERS

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• LUCHA CANTINA-AGAVE ROOM

(815) 977-4319 | luchacantina.com/rockford email • jbinning@luchacantina.com 1641 Suite 212 N Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61107

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SALONS & SPAS

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• NERIUM-CINDY ROWE

(815) 621-5214 | cindyrowe.nerium.com email • cindyrowe31@gmail.com

• STARR STYLES

MOBILE WEDDING STYLIST (815) 540-1885 | starrstyles.net email • starrr858@yahoo.com

TRANSPORTATION

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• STATE STREET TRANSPORTATION

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• ELLABELLA PRODUCTIONS

(877) 442-0271

VIDEOGRAPHY

(608) 432-5782 | ellabellaproductions.com email • info@ellabellaproductions.com

WEDDING PLANNERS

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• ACCENT ON EVENTS

(815) 979-7214 | accentonevents.com email • laura@accentonevents.com

• BACKYARD SOIREE

(815) 703-0006 | backyardsoiree.com email • k.delamater@comcast.net

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Wedding Checklist

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Timeline ~• ~

Just Engaged ☐ Have Engagement Party ☐ Choose Wedding Date ☐ Establish Wedding Budget

6 Months → 12 Months ☐ Book Ceremony and Reception Sites ☐ Select Vendors ☐ Choose Wedding Attendants ☐ Choose Style of Wedding ☐ Establish Guest List ☐ Groom's & groomsmen attire ☐ Select bridal party attire ☐ Send out save the dates ☐ Finalize wedding rings ☐ Prepare bridal registry ☐ Book accommodations for-out of-town guests ☐ Begin planning honeymoon

3 Months → 5 Months ☐ Order wedding cake ☐ Send out invitations ☐ Make wedding rehearsal arrangements ☐ Finalize honeymoon plans ☐ Finalize all details with vendors ☐ Make salon appointments

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1 Month → 2 Months ☐ Bridal gown final fitting ☐ Purchase gifts for attendants ☐ Track guests’ invitation responses

☐ Trial run at salon

2 Weeks ☐ Prepare name change papers ☐ Make seating chart and place cards ☐ Confirm musical arrangements for ceremony ☐ Pick up wedding rings ☐ Reconfirm accommodations for out-of-town guests

1 Week ☐ Reconfirm details with vendors ☐ Bachelor/Bachelorette parties ☐ Pick up wedding attire ☐ Final guest count to caterer

1 Day ☐ Give wedding rings to Maid of Honor and Best Man ☐ Make sure to eat breakfast! ☐ Hair and Makeup ☐ Music Begins 30 minutes before ceremony starts

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Ceremony Site ~• ~

Site _______________________________________________________________________ Address __________________________________________________________________ Contact Name ____________________________________________________________ Phone Deposit

$

_________________

Total

$

_________________

Arrival Time _________ : _________ Ceremony Start Time _________ : _________ Estimated End Time _________ : _________

Premarital Counseling Address ____________________________________________________________________ Contact Name _____________________________________________________________ Phone

Appointments Date _______ � _______ � _______

Time _________ : _________

Date _______ � _______ � _______

Time _________ : _________

Date _______ � _______ � _______

Time _________ : _________

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Details Officiant ___________________________________________________________________ Phone Deposit

$

_________________

Total

$

_________________

Musician(s) / DJ ____________________________________________________________ Phone Deposit

$

_________________

Total

$

_________________

Processional Song(s) _______________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ Ceremony Song(s) __________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ Recessional Song ___________________________________________________________

Options ☐ Personal Wedding Vows ☐ Unity Candle ☐ Guest Book ☐ Programs ☐ Flowers ☐ Decorations ☐ Doves, balloons, bubbles ☐ Receiving Line

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Bridal Fashions ~• ~

Bridal Gown Bridal Shop _______________________________________________________________ Address_____________________________________________________________________ Contact Name _____________________________________________________________ Phone Date Ordered _______ � _______ � _______ Date Due _______ � _______ � _______

$

Deposit

_________________

Total

$

_________________

Fittings & Alterations Appointments Location __________________________________________________________________ Contact Name _____________________________________________________________ Phone Date _______ � _______ � _______

Time _________ : _________

Date _______ � _______ � _______

Time _________ : _________

Date _______ � _______ � _______

Time _________ : _________

Total

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$

_________________

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Accessories ☐ Headpiece / Veil

$

_________________

☐ Undergarments / Bra

$

_________________

$ ☐ Garter _________________ $ ☐ Petticoat _________________ $ ☐ Shoes _________________ $ ☐ Wrap _________________

Other ______________________________________________________________________

$

_________________

Other ______________________________________________________________________

$

_________________

Other ______________________________________________________________________

$

_________________

Traditions ☐ Something Old __________________________________________________________ ☐ Something New _________________________________________________________ ☐ Something Borrowed

____________________________________________________

☐ Something Blue _________________________________________________________

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We d d i n g Pa r t y ~• ~

Ladies Maid / Matron of Honor _____________________________________________________ Bridesmaid _________________________________________________________________ Bridesmaid _________________________________________________________________ Bridesmaid _________________________________________________________________ Bridesmaid _________________________________________________________________ Flower Girl _________________________________________________________________

Attire Dress Shop _________________________________________________________________ Address_____________________________________________________________________ Contact Name ______________________________________________________________ Phone Date Ordered _______ � _______ � _______ Date Due _______ � _______ � _______

$

_________________ Jewelry

Handbags

$

_________________

Wraps

$

_________________

Shoes

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Parasols

$ $

_________________ _________________

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Men Best Man _________________________________________________________________ Groomsman _______________________________________________________________ Groomsman _______________________________________________________________ Groomsman _______________________________________________________________ Groomsman _______________________________________________________________ Ring Bearer _______________________________________________________________ Usher _____________________________________________________________________ Usher _____________________________________________________________________

Attire Formal wear Shop __________________________________________________________ Address_____________________________________________________________________ Contact Name ______________________________________________________________ Phone Measurements Due _______ � _______ � _______ Date Ordered _______ � _______ � _______ Date Due _______ � _______ � _______

$

_________________

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Hair & Beauty ~• ~

The Bride Salon ______________________________________________________________________ Address ____________________________________________________________________ Stylist ______________________________________________________________________ Phone

Appointments Date _______ � _______ � _______

Time _________ : _________

Date _______ � _______ � _______

Time _________ : _________

Date _______ � _______ � _______

$

Time _________ : _________

_________________

The Bridal Party Salon _____________________________________________________________________ Address ___________________________________________________________________ Stylist ________________________________________________________________ Phone _________________ $ Services __________________________________________________________________ Appointment Date _______ � _______ � _______

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Time _________ : _________

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Rings ~

~

Engagement Ring Jeweler ___________________________________________________________________ Address_____________________________________________________________________ Contact Name _____________________________________________________________ Phone

$

_________________

Wedding Bands Jeweler ___________________________________________________________________ Address ___________________________________________________________________ Contact Name _____________________________________________________________ Phone Bride's Band Groom's Band

$ $

_________________ _________________

Other Jewelry _______________________________________________

$

_________________

_______________________________________________

$

_________________

_______________________________________________

$

_________________

_______________________________________________

$

_________________

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The Rehearsal ~• ~

Ceremony Rehearsal Date _______ � _______ � _______

Time _________ : _________

Rehearsal Dinner Location ___________________________________________________________________ Address ___________________________________________________________________ Contact Name _____________________________________________________________ Phone Host / Hostess ____________________________________________________________ Date _______ � _______ � _______

$

Time _________ : _________

_________________

Menu Notes ________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________

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Rehearsal Dinner Guest List

Guest

Invite Sent

____________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

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Stationery ~• ~

Stationer __________________________________________________________________ Address ___________________________________________________________________ Contact Name _____________________________________________________________ Phone Date Ordered _______ � _______ � _______ Date Due _______ � _______ � _______

Quantity

$

Save the Dates Invitations Wedding Announcements Programs RSVPs

Menu Cards Place Cards Table Cards Guest Book Rehearsal Dinner Invitations Thank You Cards

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Decor Items •

~

~

Quantity

$

Ice Sculpture Balloons Candles Lanterns Chalkboards Mason Jars Japanese Fans Photo Frames Beads Books Ribbons

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Floral ~• ~

Florist ______________________________________________________________________ Address ___________________________________________________________________ Contact Name _____________________________________________________________ Phone Date Ordered _______ � _______ � _______ Date Due _______ � _______ � _______

Ceremony Flowers

Place Delivered ________________

Quantity

$

Bridal Bouquet Bridesmaid Bouquet(s) Jr. Bridesmaid Bouquet(s) Bridal Hair Flowers Corsages Boutonniéres Flower Girl Petals Pomander Ball(s) Flower Basket(s) Entrance & Aisle Flowers Altar Arrangements

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Ceremony Flowers

Quantity

$

Quantity

$

Quantity

$

Unity Candle Arrangements

Ceremony Flowers Memorial Flowers Presentation Flowers

Reception Flowers Entrance Flowers Room Flower Arrangements Head Table Arrangements Centerpiece Arrangements Food Table(s) Arrangements Other Table Arrangements Cake Top & Table Arrangements Toss Bouquet Other Room Flower Arrangements Vehicle Flower Arrangements

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Gift Registry ~• ~

Store _____________________________________________________________________ Address ___________________________________________________________________ Website ___________________________________________________________________ Phone Registry_____________________________________________________________________

Store _____________________________________________________________________ Address ___________________________________________________________________ Website ___________________________________________________________________ Phone Registry_____________________________________________________________________

Store _____________________________________________________________________ Address ___________________________________________________________________ Website ___________________________________________________________________ Phone Registry_____________________________________________________________________

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Items to Register for Bathroom __________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ Bedroom ___________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ Dining Room _______________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ Kitchen ____________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ Living Room ________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ Garage _____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ Outdoors ___________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ www.ROCKFORDBRIDE.com | P.O. BOX 8856, Rockford, IL 61126 | 815 • 596 • 9061 email: marryme@rockfordbride.com Copyright 2015 - 2016 Rockford Bride, No Duplication by Law

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Wedding Party Gifts ☐ Bridesmaids _____________________________________________________________ Quantity _________________ $

☐ Groomsmen _____________________________________________________________ Quantity _________________ $

☐ Ushers __________________________________________________________________ Quantity _________________ $

☐ Other Attendants ________________________________________________________

$ Quantity _________________

Parents Gifts ☐ Mothers _________________________________________________________________

$ Quantity _________________ ☐ Fathers _________________________________________________________________ Quantity _________________ $

Bride & Groom Gifts ☐ Bride __________________________________________________________________

$

_________________

☐ Groom __________________________________________________________________

$

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Favors ~

~

Store _____________________________________________________________________ Address ___________________________________________________________________ Website ___________________________________________________________________ Phone Items_______________________________________________________________________ Quantity _________________ $

Store _____________________________________________________________________ Address ___________________________________________________________________ Website ___________________________________________________________________ Phone Items_______________________________________________________________________ Quantity _________________ $

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We d d i n g S h o w e r ~• ~

Host / Hostess ____________________________________________________________ Location __________________________________________________________________ Date _______ � _______ � _______

Time _________ : _________

Gift Checklist Gift ________________________________________________________________________ Giver __________________________________________________

Thank You ☐

Gift ________________________________________________________________________ Giver __________________________________________________

Thank You ☐

Gift ________________________________________________________________________ Giver __________________________________________________

Thank You ☐

Gift ________________________________________________________________________ Giver __________________________________________________

Thank You

Gift ________________________________________________________________________ Giver __________________________________________________

Thank You ☐

Gift ________________________________________________________________________ Giver __________________________________________________

Thank You ☐

Gift ________________________________________________________________________ Giver __________________________________________________

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Thank You ☐

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Gift ________________________________________________________________________ Giver __________________________________________________

Thank You ☐

Gift ________________________________________________________________________ Giver __________________________________________________

Thank You ☐

Gift ________________________________________________________________________ Giver __________________________________________________

Thank You ☐

Gift ________________________________________________________________________ Giver __________________________________________________

Thank You

Gift ________________________________________________________________________ Giver __________________________________________________

Thank You ☐

Gift ________________________________________________________________________ Giver __________________________________________________

Thank You ☐

Gift ________________________________________________________________________ Giver __________________________________________________

Thank You ☐

Gift ________________________________________________________________________ Giver __________________________________________________

Thank You ☐

Gift ________________________________________________________________________ Giver __________________________________________________

Thank You ☐

Gift ________________________________________________________________________ Giver __________________________________________________

Thank You ☐

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Re c e p t i o n Ve nu e ~• ~

Site ______________________________________________________________________ Address __________________________________________________________________ Phone Contact Name _____________________________________________________________ Deposit

$

_________________

Total

$

_________________

Arrival Time _________ : _________

Details Caterer ____________________________________________________________________ Phone _________________ $ Beverages __________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ Menu Notes ________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________

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Musician(s) / DJ ____________________________________________________________ Phone Deposit

$

_________________

Total

$

_________________

Entrance Dance ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ Bride & Groom's First Dance_________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ Father - Daughter Dance ____________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ Mother - Son Dance _________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ Other Requests _____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________

Photo Booth ☐ Photo Booth Company ___________________________________________________ Time Ordered For _________ : _________ Deposit

$

_________________

_________ : _________ Total

$

_________________

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We d d i n g C a k e ~• ~

Bakery ____________________________________________________________________ Address ___________________________________________________________________ Contact Name _____________________________________________________________ Phone Deposit

$

_________________

Total

$

_________________

Date Ordered _______ � _______ � _______ Date Due _______ � _______ � _______

Other Confections Bakery ____________________________________________________________________ Address ___________________________________________________________________ Contact Name _____________________________________________________________ Phone Deposit

$

_________________

Total

$

_________________

Date Ordered _______ � _______ � _______ Date Due _______ � _______ � _______

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Photography ~

~

Photography Studio _________________________________________________________ Address ____________________________________________________________________ Photographer's Name(s) ____________________________________________________ Phone Deposit

$

_________________

Total

$

_________________

Before the Ceremony ☐ Bride’s hair (during and after styling) ☐ Bride’s make-up application ☐ Bride looking in mirror ☐ Bride putting garter on ☐ Bride’s gown prior to wearing ☐ Brides shoes ☐ Something old, new, borrowed and blue ☐ Bride and bridesmaid’s bouquets ☐ Bride, bridesmaids and mother getting ready ☐ Mother helping the bride get dressed ☐ Corsage being placed on the bride’s mother and father ☐ Bride and bridesmaids ☐ Bride and maid of honor ☐ Groom, groomsmen and father getting ready ☐ Groom and groomsmen ☐ Groom and best man ☐ Wedding bands (close up) ☐ Ceremony site (inside, outside, altar) ☐ Bride walking to (arriving at) ceremony ☐ Groom walking to (arriving at) ceremony www.ROCKFORDBRIDE.com | P.O. BOX 8856, Rockford, IL 61126 | 815 • 596 • 9061 email: marryme@rockfordbride.com Copyright 2015 - 2016 Rockford Bride, No Duplication by Law

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At the Ceremony ☐ Guest arrival ☐ Parents arrival ☐ Parents seating ☐ Grandparents seating ☐ Groom and groomsmen entering ☐ Officiate ☐ Groom waiting for the bride ☐ Those in the bridal party walking down the isle ☐ Flower girl and ring bearer walking down the isle ☐ Bride waiting to enter ☐ Bride and father waiting to enter ☐ Bride and father walking down the aisle (front and back) ☐ Groom’s reaction to seeing his bride ☐ Father giving away his daughter ☐ Bride and groom walking up to altar ☐ Bride and groom at altar ☐ Entire wedding party at altar ☐ Altar from the guests view ☐ Special moments during ceremony: readings, any sort of unity ceremony ☐ Bride and groom as they are saying their vows (close up and normal shot) ☐ Bride and groom during the exchange of rings (close up and normal shot) ☐ The first kiss ☐ Bride and groom walking out together ☐ Bridesmaids and groomsmen walking out together ☐ Flower girl and ring bearer walking out together ☐ Receiving line: bride and groom hugging guests

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Before the Reception ☐ Bride ☐ Groom ☐ Bride and groom ☐ Bride and mother ☐ Bride and father ☐ Bride with mother and father ☐ Bride with immediate family ☐ Groom with mother ☐ Groom with father ☐ Groom with mother and father ☐ Groom with immediate family ☐ Bride and groom with bride’s mother and father ☐ Bride and groom with bride’s immediate family ☐ Bride and groom with groom’s mother and father ☐ Bride and groom with groom’s immediate family ☐ Bride and groom with both sets of parents ☐ Bride and groom with both sets of parents and immediate family ☐ The bride with her maid of honor ☐ The bride with her bridesmaids ☐ The groom with his best man ☐ The groom with his groomsmen ☐ Bride and groom with the flower girl ☐ Bride and groom with the ring bearer ☐ Bride and groom with the whole wedding party ☐ Signing of the marriage license ☐ Bride and groom with rings ☐ Bride and groom leaving for reception

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At the Reception ☐ Venue prior to guest arrival (indoors and outdoors) ☐ All important items in reception (guest book, décor, table settings) ☐ The cake (prior to cutting, while being cut, after cutting) ☐ The head table ☐ The gift table ☐ Place card table ☐ Guest table ☐ Bride and groom’s place card ☐ Any special food or drink prior to the meal ☐ The meal ☐ Bridesmaids and groomsmen entrance ☐ Bride and groom’s entrance ☐ Toasts given (maid of honor, best man, etc.) ☐ Bride and groom at head table ☐ Bride and groom as they walk around venue to speak with guests ☐ The first dance ☐ The bride and her father’s dance ☐ The groom and his mother’s dance ☐ Parents, grandparents, wedding party and guests dancing ☐ Entertainer ☐ Bride and groom dancing with wedding party ☐ Special dances (dollar dance) ☐ Bride and groom cutting and eating cake ☐ Bouquet toss ☐ Bride with bouquet catcher ☐ Groom getting garter ☐ Garter toss ☐ Groom with garter catcher ☐ Bride and groom’s vehicle ☐ Bride and groom leaving

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Videography ~

~

Studio ____________________________________________________________________ Address ___________________________________________________________________ Contact Name _____________________________________________________________ Phone Deposit

$

_________________

Total

$

_________________

☐ Rehearsal

☐ Before the Ceremony

☐ Ceremony

☐ Reception

Notes ______________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ www.ROCKFORDBRIDE.com | P.O. BOX 8856, Rockford, IL 61126 | 815 • 596 • 9061 email: marryme@rockfordbride.com Copyright 2015 - 2016 Rockford Bride, No Duplication by Law

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Rentals ~• ~

Store ______________________________________________________________________ Address ____________________________________________________________________ Contact Name ______________________________________________________________

$ Phone _________________ Items _____________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________

Store _____________________________________________________________________ Address ___________________________________________________________________ Contact Name _____________________________________________________________

$ Phone _________________ Items ______________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________

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Accommodations ~

~

Bridal Suite Hotel ______________________________________________________________________ Address ____________________________________________________________________ Contact Name ______________________________________________________________ Phone

Wedding Party Hotel ______________________________________________________________________ Address ____________________________________________________________________ Contact Name ______________________________________________________________ Phone Room Types ___________________

Other Guest Accommodations Hotel ______________________________________________________________________ Address ____________________________________________________________________ Contact Name ______________________________________________________________ Phone Room Types ___________________

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Transportation ~• ~

Bride & Groom Transportation Company ___________________________________________________________________ Contact Name ______________________________________________________________ Phone Date _______ � _______ � _______

Time _________ : _________

Vehicle Type __________________ Rental Length _________ : _________ ☐ To the Ceremony Additional Time

$

$

_________________

_________ : _________

☐ To the Reception

☐ To the Hotel

_________________

Guest Transportation Company ___________________________________________________________________ Contact Name ______________________________________________________________ Phone Date _______ � _______ � _______

Time _________ : _________

Vehicle Type __________________ Rental Length _________ : _________

☐ To the Reception Additional Time

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$

$

_________________

_________ : _________

☐ To the Hotel

Capacity

_________________

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Honeymoon ~

~

Bride & Groom Transportation Travel Agency _______________________________________________________________ Address ____________________________________________________________________ Contact Name ______________________________________________________________ Phone Destination _________________________________________________________________ Departure Date _______ � _______ � _______

Time _________ : _________

Return Date _______ � _______ � _______

Time _________ : _________

Packing Checklist

☐ Her Casual Outfits

☐ His Casual Outfits

☐ Her Formal Outfits

☐ His Formal Outfits

☐ Her Underwear

☐ His Underwear

☐ Sleepwear

☐ Swimwear

☐ Jackets

☐ Dental Supplies

☐ Deodorants / Perfume

☐ Hair Care

☐ Shaving Supplies

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Changing Yo u r N a m e

● Make sure you have a copy of your marriage license. You need the original or a certified copy. This will have the raised seal and your last name on it. If your state has a long-form certificate make sure to request a copy of that one.

● Change your Social Security Card. Go to the Social Security Administration's website and print out the necessary application, then take the form and all necessary documents to your local Social Security Administration’s office.

● Change your drivers license. Go to your local Department of Motor Vehicles with all the paperwork you have; marriage license, old drivers license, and your new Social Security card. Make sure that you do not need any additional paperwork.

● Change your bank accounts. Bring your new drivers license and marriage license. Make sure to request new checks and new credit and debit cards.

● Change all other accounts and memberships. This list includes, but is not limited to: the post office, your employers, any sort of agency that sends you bills, doctors offices, your attorney and your insurance companies.

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