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Exquisite Bride The Region’s Preferred Wedding Magazine

Premiere Issue Spring 2014

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Exquisite Bride

The Region’s Preferred Wedding Magazine

President & COO:

R. Tyler Moorhead

Publisher & Executive Editor: Jennifer K. Bergstresser

Letter from the publisher Welcome to the Premier Issue of Exquisite Bride! It’s finally here and we are so excited to share it with you! This has been a long and winding road but it has been worth every second. First and foremost I want to thank my partner in both this magazine and in my life, Tyler. Without your encouragement I don’t know if this would have come to fruition so thank you babe for believing in me. Second, to all the professionals that we have the opportunity to work with, thank you so much, you guys are the best and we look forward to working with you again. Last but certainly not least, to our staff. Thank you all so much for your hard work and dedication, we are honored to work with each and every one of you. In this first issue we bring you five local couples who said “I do” over the last year and have shared their special day with us. In our Venue and Catering 101 feature you will find beautiful photographs courtesy of Photographer, Kelly Planer, as we highlight some of the regions unique choices to celebrate your reception in and around the Lehigh Valley. Bridal gowns by some of the industry’s top designers adorn the pages of our fashion shoot as well as tuxedos, attendants and mothers’ dresses to make sure we outfit the entire wedding party. And this is just a sample of what you will find in this issue of Exquisite Bride. So while we get to work on the next issue, due out in July, we hope that this magazine helps you while working on the planning of your big day. Congratulations and All the Best,

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Art Director: Paula Hannam

Contributing Writers: Maureen Sangiorgio Jennifer Donscesz Scott Nicholls Laurin Fegley Jennifer Schimmel Samantha Parks

Contributing Photographers: Douglas Benedict Liz Miller Tim Miller Kelly Planer Account Executives: Michele Slaby Karen Somers

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Table of Contents 6 ~ Local Couples: Exquisite Bride highlights 5 couples who tied the knot in the last year 12 ~ Let the Music Play: Tips for picking the tunes

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14 ~ Hotel Accommodations: Not just for distant guests 16 ~ Celebrate Forever: Casablanca Bridal owners start non-profit for couples 18 ~ Freeze Frame: Photographs to last a lifetime 20 ~ Where the Boys Go: The New Bachelor Party

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24 ~ Venue and Catering 101: What you need to know when making the choice 36 ~ Fashion Review: Outfitting the crowd 52 ~ Buy vs. Rent: Real Estate Advice from the Pro 53 ~ Send Them Out: Invitation Etiquette

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56 ~ Honeymoon Help: Out of the ordinary hot spots 62 ~ Area Bridal Shows

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Local Couples Who Said “I Do” Reception Location: Iron Lakes Country Club, Orefield, PA

Ellie & Ad

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Where did you buy your Gown: Bridals by Sandra, Nazareth, PA Where did you rent your Tuxedo: C.E. Roth, Allentown, PA Cake: An Occasional Treat Chocolates, Germansville, PA Invitations: Maribeth Kradel-Weitzel, Graphic Designer and Professor at Philadelphia University Jewelry: Engagement ring from Freeman Jewelers - The bride and groom made their wedding bands together out of a titanium rod on the groom’s grandfather’s lathe.

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Florist: Ross Plants & Flowers, Orefied, PA Make-up Artist: Katelynn Walsh – friend of the bride, but you can book her through Tim & Liz Miller DJ: John Denny Photographer: Tim & Liz Miller Photography, Allentown, PA Videographer: Reiners Visual Productions, Bethlehem, PA Limousine or Transportation: The Groom’s grandfather’s 1964 Plymouth Sport Fury, and the Western Salisbury Fire Department’s Engine 481 an Antique 1965 American LaFrance Pumper Honeymoon: A cabin in the Great Smokey Mountains near Gatlinburg, TN Words of advice to engaged couples: As stressful and frustrating as the wedding planning is, it will all come together and your day will be perfect. Don’t sweat the small stuff no one will notice but you. Take it all in and enjoy!

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Local Couples Who Said “I Do” Reception Location: Normandy Farms - Blue Bell, PA Where did you buy your Gown: Stella Maris Bridal Boutique and Tuxedo – Holmes, PA Where did you rent your Tuxedo: Men’s Wearhouse – Springfield, PA Cake: Wedding Cake- Creative & Unique Pastry Creations- Blue Bell, PA; Groom’s CakeCakes & Candies by Maryellen - West Chester, PA Invitations: Minted.com Jewelry: Defino & Campagna Jewelers – Jeweler’s Row, Philadelphia, PA Florist: Pennypack Florist – Philadelphia, PA

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Erin & A.J

DJ: Diamond DJs – Berlin, NJ (these guys are amazingly entertaining!) – diamonddjsnj.com Photographer: Tim Miller Photography Travel Agent: CheapCaribbean.com Limousine or Transportation: Global Limousine Service – Philadelphia, PA

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Honeymoon: Riviera Maya, Mexico via CheapCaribbean.com Words of advice to engaged couples: Embrace and enjoy every moment!

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Local Couples Who Said “I Do”

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Reception Location: The Old Mill, Rose Valley, PA Where did you buy your Gown: The Bridal Suite of Louisville, KY Where did you rent your Tuxedo: Top Hat Formalwear, Allentown PA

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Cake: Brown Betty Bakery, Philly Invitations: Trissy Harding Jewelry: Bride’s jewelry- Nordstrom, Bridesmaid’s jewelry and dresses: J.Crew Florist: Ross Plants and Flowers, Orefield PA DJ: Marc Fisher Entertainment Photographer: Douglas Benedict Photography Limousine or Transportation: Cescaphe Trolley, Philadelphia. Honeymoon: We “pre-wedding” honeymooned in Nevis Island in the Carribbean. Words of advice to engaged couples: During your reception- take a minute to stop, look all around you and really “take in” the moment.

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Local Couples Who Said “I Do” Reception Location: The Meadows Grove, Hellertown, PA Where did you buy your Gown: David’s Bridal Where did you rent your Tuxedo: Men’s Wearhouse Cake: Provided by The Meadows, Hellertown, PA Invitations: A.C. Moore (self made) Jewelry: Earrings, engagement ring, and wedding band from Helzberg Diamonds Florist: Deb Ragosta – Weis Markets

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DJ: Provided by The Meadows, Hellertown, PA Photographer: Tim and Liz Miller, Allentown, PA Honeymoon: Rustic Dreams Bed & Breakfast (stayed here the night of the wedding) Pocono Palace (remainder of the honeymoon) Words of advice to engaged couples: Keeping God at the center of your relationship and marriage will only strengthen the bond between you and your spouse while growing stronger in the Lord. Also, remember to have fun and laugh with each other everyday!

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Local Couples Who Said “I Do” Reception Location: Green Pond Country Club, Bethlehem, PA

Tricia & A

ndrew

Gown: Bridals by Sandra, Nazareth, PA Tuxes from: CE Roth, Allentown, PA Cake: Piece a’ Cake, Macungie, PA Invites from: Invitations by Dawn Jewerly: Adel Necklace from the David Tutera line, Kay’s engagement band, and Helzberg wedding band Florist: Nancy from Wegman’s in Warrington Pa DJ: Sonic Entertainment, CJ Schumacher

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Photographer: Tim and Liz Miller, Allentown, PA Videographer: Memories Unlimited, Allentown, PA Travel Agent: Sascha Koettig from Cruise One Limo: J & J Limousine, Allentown, PA Honeymoon: Cruise from Miami to the ports of St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Nassau Words of advice to engaged couples: Never give up on each other, there is nothing you can’t surpass together. Marriage is sacred and should always remain that way, let everyday be the honeymoon.

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The Beat Goes On Choosing the Right Music for the Big Day By Maureen Sangiorgio

It is said that music is a way of giving form to our inner feelings. Could this saying possibly be truer for your wedding? Music creates the mood and sets the tone for your special day. But how do you choose what kind of music to play for the ceremony, and the reception? Follow these quick and easy tips to find the right music for you. Choose a theme.

Think about what kind of musical message you would like your special day to convey. The music you choose should reflect you and your fiancé’s personality and preferences – after all, this is YOUR day! For example, if you both like classical music, you can walk down the aisle to a string quartet playing Vivaldi. Be sure to check with the venue to make sure whatever music you choose is allowed. If you’re getting married in a church, check with the celebrant.

Plan it out.

Think about what kind of music you’d like to have at key segments of your wedding. For example, for the bride walking down the aisle, traditional choices include the Wedding March, or Pachelbel’s Canon. Next choose a song for the lighting of the unity candle, and the newlyweds leaving the wedding ceremony. The next segment to consider is during dinner – ambient background music is a popular choice so guests can comfortably chat while eating. Following dinner, toasts, and speeches is party time! Best to choose either a DJ or live band playing upbeat dance music.

Fine tune your song choices.

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different ages and generations at your reception. A popular choice is to start with oldies, such as Big Band/Swing music, then progress through the years up to today’s hits, as some older people will be the first to leave.

Do your research.

Talk to other brides to find out what bands or DJ they had at their wedding, and check out their websites. Narrow your list down to two or three choices, and contact them to find out if they’re available on your wedding day. Meet the musician, and go over your theme, and song list. Music is key to any wedding, so you can’t spend too much time on this!

Set limits.

Besides telling your musician what you DO like, be sure to tell him what you DON’T like. It’s common for wedding guests to approach a DJ and make requests, so if you don’t want heavy metal or rap between the lilting strings of Mozart, make a “do not play” list.

Set the tone.

Your guests are there to share in your joy, so by this time of the night, kick up your heels and have fun! All the planning is over, so if you’re out there on the dance floor having a great time, your guests will enjoy themselves too!


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Guest Accommodations Not Just for the Out-of-Towners By Maureen Sangiorgio

After months of planning, the last thing you want to worry about is how your outof- town or tipsy guests are going to arrive home safely. Here’s why it’s important to have hotel accommodations for your wedding guests, and some helpful hints on how to make the perfect arrangements.

Time it right.

“Summertime and weekends are busy, so it’s best to block a group of rooms long in advance of the wedding,” advises David Urban, General Manager of the Comfort Suites Hotel in Bethlehem. “Everyone is so busy these days, we advise sending invitations out three to six months prior to your wedding.” If your wedding invitations won’t be ready yet, you can also send out a separate “Save the date” card listing the hotel info: Name, address, phone #, web site, discounted rate per night, and the cut-off date they should reserve their room by in order to take advantage of your group rate. Also note if hotel is pet-friendly.

Ask about group discounts.

“Your wedding guests all want to stay in the same hotel,” notes Urban. “They don’t want to be separated from the other guests, and stay at different hotels. And ask if the hotel will offer the bride and groom a free night for themselves if they block a certain number of rooms for their guests.” Exquisite Bride | www.exquisitebride.net

Seek shuttles.

“Some hotels offer free shuttle service to and from the wedding,” notes Urban. “That’s very convenient for out-of-town guests who don’t know their way around the area, or who may have had too much to drink that night

Look for convenience.

“The biggest mistake I see brides making when choosing a hotel for their guests is to pick a hotel that is too far away from the wedding,” says Urban. “When doing your research, check out the hotel, and find out how long it will take for guests to get to and from your venue.

Create a welcome gift.

Today some brides create a small welcome bag as a gesture of hospitality to their out-of-town guests. You can include maps and directions to and from all wedding events, and any keepsakes that may be special to the wedding party. Ask hotel management when you or a friend can drop off the welcome bags. You can even color-coordinate the bags to match your wedding colors.


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A Commitment for Life Celebrate Forever Strengthens Relationships

Passionate in the belief that “Happily Ever After” starts from me is the mantra of the new, non-profit organization, Celebrate Forever. Started by Kevin and Gloria Lu, Kevin is also the Founder and CEO of Casablanca Bridals and CB Couture and Gloria is the Chief Creative Director, the Lu’s believe that marriage is a serious commitment. With the success of their endeavors, Mr. and Mrs. Lu’s desire to give back has been a vision that “everyone who gets married in one of their wedding gowns stays happily married forever.

economic assets and have children who do better academically and emotionally. This is why it is so important to work on your marriage every day, to make sure that the commitment you make on your wedding day is the one that will last.

Based in Southern California, Celebrate Forever has a global cause to become a premier provider of relationship education and an enabler of With the influence of wise parents, Kevin and social change through the creation of world-class Gloria have a very unique story. They met and were resources for individuals, couples in relationships married in 7 days. They have since spent the last and in the world. 23 years learning, growing and understanding what that wedding day actually meant. Over the For more information on how you can take years the Lu’s have experienced many ups and advantage of the resources that Celebrate Forever downs and continue to learn and grow with each has to offer or to take the free online courses other every single day and through this learning available, please visit: www.celebrateforever.org. It is process the Celebrate Forever Foundation was a quick few questions to sign up and then you are formed. on your way to discovering how you can become a happier and healthier person yourself and in your At Celebrate Forever, they believe that individual relationship. change leads to improved relationships, healthier families and stronger communities with the power Remember that when the focus is shifted to make positive change in the world. They know from what the other is doing wrong, to what and understand that couples thrive when each the individual can do for him or herself to desires to be a better person, a better lover and a become a better person, RELATIONSHIPS ARE better spouse. So whether you are just planning TRANSFORMED. that walk down the aisle or you have been through the highs and lows that marriage brings, Celebrate Forever has resources for you. Each year nearly 2.3 million Americans get married, yet nearly 50% of these marriages end in divorce. Statistics show that married people tend to live longer, live healthier lifestyles, have more Exquisite Bride | www.exquisitebride.net


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Getting the Perfect Shot Five Photography Tips For Your Wedding By Maureen Sangiorgio

Planning a wedding is a daunting task. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when it’s time to choose vendors. Follow these tips to choose the best photographer for your taste, and to make sure your special day goes smoothly. Tip #1: Choose carefully.

When searching for a photographer, talk to recent brides, and check out local listings. Research their websites and blogs to get a sense of their style and personality. Also use social media such as Facebook and Twitter to not only check out their postings, but to ask around for referrals.

Tip #2: Arrange a meeting.

If you like what you see on their sites, and their fees are in your budget, contact the photographer to see if they’re available for your wedding date. It’s also a good idea to meet several photographers to find the one that meshes with your wedding style, and what you envision with your photos.

Tip #4: Begin early.

Photographs taken at the start of the day are a great way to begin your wedding album. This is the only part of the day that the groom isn’t a part of, so it can serve to fill in the back story of how you prepared for your wedding. Examples include a shot of you sipping a mimosa while still in your bathrobe, pictures of you slipping in to your wedding dress, or getting your hair and make-up done.

Tip #5: Learn from the pros.

If you go with a professional wedding photographer, they’ll know the standard shots to capture, such as you walking down the aisle, and your husband slipping the wedding band on your finger. For the standing, posed shots, follow these tricks professional fashion Tip #3: Prioritize. models use to look tall, thin, and elegant: Lift Think about what pictures are important your chin to elongate the neck. When holding to you, and compose a list to hand to your your bouquet, hold your elbows away from the photographer. For example, if you’re the outdoorsy type, you’ll want to include several body to make your torso look thinner, and your bosom look fuller. Shift your weight to your shots of you and your wedding party in an rear foot to move your hips into a position that outdoor setting. If family is more important than the venue, be sure to include a list of all makes you look curvy and sexy. family members so the photographer can check If you follow these tips and just listen to your photographer, you are sure to have beautiful them off. photographs to be able to look back on and remember your fairytale day. Exquisite Bride | www.exquisitebride.net


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Where the Boys Go The New Bachelor Party By Scott Nicholls

You’ve heard the saying “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” right? Well why should it? The boozy, stripper-ridden bachelor parties of the last two decades or so are getting old, and more and more men are looking to do something a little different on their big night before the “big day.” The origins of the bachelor party are rooted in ancient history dating back to around 5 B.C and are believed to have been started by the Spartans. It’s thought that the Spartan men would celebrate their friend’s last night as a single man by holding a dinner, and making toasts on his behalf. So in honor of doing things a little differently, I set out to find a few out of the ordinary ways to celebrate that are right here in our backyard.

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to do just that. The Airsoft guns that you use look like real guns, and you’re kitted out with a facemask for protection. The one and a half hours of game time you get included in the price may not sound like a lot, but rest assured you will be feeling it after you’ve chased your friends around a 9,500 square foot arena and rattled off a few plastic BB’s in their leg. Afterwards, you can relax in the private party area where soft drinks and pizza will be provided before you head out to the bar! For more information or to book a date visit www.thegridcode.com Not sold on BB guns? Don’t worry! Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays caters for bachelor parties too. LV Sporting Clays is located on a 125 acre abandoned limestone quarry and has a large course on which you will be shooting your flying clay targets from unique stations. One of their signature stations has clays coming at you through the windows of what is left of the old limestone quarry building.


Where the Boys Go (cont’d.) This kind of unique station is what makes LV Sporting Clays more than just a simple “pull and shoot” clay shooting experience. There are three levels of courses so they have you covered whatever your level of expertise. There are four bachelor party options that LV Sporting Clays offer which start at $69.20 per person and range through to $117.20 per person. www.lvsclays.com If motor racing is more your style then obviously the perfect place for you and the guys is Lehigh Valley Grand Prix. Lehigh Valley Grand Prix is an indoor go kart racing facility.

LV Grand Prix A “race” at LV Grand Prix is approximately three miles of racing on a track that is a quarter mile long. Guests will wind their way through ten turns for roughly eight minutes. This normally gets you 10-12 laps depending on if you drive like Jimmy Johnson in a NASCAR race, or if you drive like Shaquille O’Neal in his Buick. What do you wear to race go-karts? LV Grand Prix says customers must wear closed toed shoes, and that the temperature on the track is similar to that of the temperature outside

LV Sporting Clays so you may dress accordingly. Although, from my own experience, long pants are a good idea even on the hottest summer day. The benefit of organizing your bachelor party with LV Grand Prix is that you get the place to yourselves all day – it’s just you, your friends, and the go-karts. All packages at LV Grand Prix include: private racing, an annual membership, safety briefing and instruction, the private party room for two hours and food. LV Grand Prix offers three packages; the Monaco (the basic package, 2 races), the Formula One (standard package, 3 races), and the all-inclusive “Grand Prix” package. After a tough day on the track there is no need to venture outside the building because LV Grand Prix’s “Octane” bar will be ready for you after your day of competitive racing and there are even “Open Bar” options. For pricing and further information on these packages you can email Kristine@ lehighvalleygrandprix.com

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Where the Boys Go (cont’d.)

Berkleigh Golf Club If guns and racing aren’t your style and you are feeling more like a relaxing day on the golf course with you and your buds… Look no further than Berkleigh Golf Club. Situated on route 222 just a short ride outside the valley in Kutztown, Berkleigh offers you and your guys the option of playing either 9 or 18 holes on their beautiful championship course. Once you have enjoyed the greens and finished your round it is then time to step off the course and kick back a few cold ones and reminisce about the best and worst shots of the day. You will head back to the clubhouse and enjoy the pig roast that will be there waiting for you. The roast includes: BBQ chicken quarters, potato salad, cole slaw, baked beans, soft drinks and domestic draft beer. Reservations are needed 20 days in advance and price varies depending on the day of the week that you choose to play golf. For more information please contact Lisa at 610-683-7388 or visit berkleighgolfclub.com. Exquisite Bride | www.exquisitebride.net

A bachelor party doesn’t have to break the bank, and if you stay true to the traditions it is rooted in, it won’t. A fun day out at any one of the places mentioned in this article would be both inexpensive, awesome, and the “Spartan” thing to do.


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Who & Where Venue and Catering 101 By Laurin Fegley

You’ve got the ring! Maybe you’ve even looked at a few dresses, but ultimately you’re about to embark upon one of the most difficult, costly Burnside Plantation, Bethlehem and important components of your wedding. Choosing the right venue and caterer can make or break the design of your day. Quality venues cost money! Anywhere between $1000 -$7500 in the Lehigh Valley is in the ballpark. Here comes the confusion! No two venues are alike and include the same things. Some are a blank pallet with nothing included. Others include tables, chairs and maybe a dance floor. Most do not include the china, linens, table wares and accessories needed to create a proper reception. Many caterers are capable of providing those items but usually for a fee. Some may offer a “free” item, like chairs that don’t match you’re design and aren’t usually worth trying to work into your plan. Replacing that chair with a nicer one is worth doing rather than losing sight of your vision. Chair covers are an option but can create an overwhelming amount of fabric quickly. Choosing linens, china and a table top design should all be done with your caterer. Employing a separate rental company is an option, although frequently third party companies offer more than a caterer might need or would suggest. A good caterer or event planner is able Exquisite Bride | www.exquisitebride.net

to help you design a look and select the right rentals to achieve that look and take care of all the rest! The choices should always be yours, but don’t hesitate to ask for guidance if you are questioning your thoughts. An honest banter back and forth is good for so many reasons and may give you piece of mind with your decisions later! Keep in mind that the venue you choose should somewhat match your vision – it can become extremely costly to drape and cover things that you don’t really like or a carpet whose color isn’t complimentary to your color scheme. Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown


Who & Where (cont’d.) One other thing to keep in mind is that the venue of your choice may have limitations for cooking or heating which will hinder some of the options you will have available to you when it comes to picking your caterer. Some venues will not even give you an option for an outside caterer, you must use their in-house caterer. Some venues don’t permit open flame whereby sterno under a chafing dish might not be permitted at a buffet or hors d’Oeuvre station. Some caterers offer a mobile catering kitchen which can eliminate some of these issues. Also ask the venue about the possibility of candles on your tables or in centerpieces. Ah yes, catering…. Where to begin! The Vault, Allentown

Reputable caterers care about a budget and aren’t there to waste your precious dollars on lack luster items that are only profitbased. Fresh not frozen food, handmade, custom-produced, sustainable, eco-friendly, organic and uniquely designed plates are all factors in determining value at any caterer you might meet. If you can purchase the same foods in a club store, you’re probably not willing to pay good money to a caterer for your wedding menu! On the other hand, if the items are handmade, interesting and yummy… it’s not just about money any more! Now you can hire a caterer who your guests will want the name of as well!

One of the most memorable things that guests take away from a reception is the food. Whether with some constraints or with a sizable budget building a creative menu that suits your personality is a must! A simple chicken dish or a creative stack or duet entrée are all memorable if the quality and presentation are all there in the final product.

What better compliment could a guest pay than to ask who your caterer was after your wedding because they are having a party and loved what you did? Caterers are experts in pulling off your wishes, and a caterer worth their salt won’t over promise and underperform!

Today, most clients start on the internet to locate a caterer. It’s important that you can see some sample menus, pricing, etc. so that you have an idea of the food that a prospective company you are thinking about working with is capable of creating for your special day.

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Who & Where (cont’d.) Next, make the phone call or send an email. First and foremost, ask the questions. Is the company you’re considering available on your date? Has the company catered for a group of your size before? What does this caterer do best?

Is the company you’re considering available on your date?

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Remember things like, a barbeque caterer rarely produces a high end white linen affair with the attention to detail some others might be able to. Do you have a venue in mind? It’s always useful if the caterer has experience in the venue you’re considering or is at least willing to do a site visit to your special place. Ask some questions in this first phone call but don’t expect that caterer to be able to give you an immediate price!

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Who & Where (cont’d.)

Weddings & Special Events

A wedding is composed of hundreds of details and more information and choices are needed than what can usually be done on a phone call. If the phone call goes well proceed with a scheduling a time to meet. A site visit may or may not cost money depending on the caterer’s fee structure. Communication and honesty are imperative! If the caterer takes weeks to get back to you – MOVE ON!

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What does this caterer do best? If you are planning your wedding from out of town, most caterers will diligently work to obtain details from you over the phone or via email to create a menu and give you pricing (which may have some gaps in it to allow for choices later) but should give you a good idea of what you are looking at cost wise. Then, hopefully, around an upcoming holiday or a time when you might be in town, you can meet and finalize the remaining details. Another thing you might want to consider is booking the caterer on a contingency of meeting in person or based on a sampling later. Make sure you get the details of that contingency in writing before placing a “save the date” deposit! If you have a creative mind or a specific vision, a caterer who doesn’t want to work with you in creating a menu of your choosing is probably someone you want to leave behind. When you’re creating a menu for 50, 100 or more of your nearest and dearest, there’s no reason why the menu shouldn’t be a custom menu rather than being forced into a package.

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Who & Where (cont’d.) Cookie cutter menus where you pick 2 from column “A” and 3 from column “B” don’t fit every client. Maybe you find that you love a menu package from a caterer, but you want to tweak it a bit to match your tastes?

Do you have a venue in mind?

Most caterers will gladly allow that to happen with whatever cost differences may be associated with your changes.An initial meeting with a caterer will leave you with the knowledge you need to decide if this company is one you’d like to consider on the short list for your wedding. Hunterdon County Art Museum, Clinton, NJ

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No two companies build an invoice, handle samplings, or even do consultations the same way. Initially, a budget of sorts should be considered. Knowing what might be affordable is useful and saves both parties some time. This isn’t a car buying experience, so the “test drive” is more verbal and visual than pedal to the metal! The first meeting should be to gather details, preview additional images other than those on the website, maybe select a menu and rentals, and ask about staffing, fees and charges. After all this, some caterers will now be able to finalize their pricing.


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Tastings are the last step before you sign the contract, as a final assurance that this is the right choice for you. Asking approximately how long it will be before you can expect a proposal isn’t unreasonable – after all, you have a wedding to plan! More than a few days is not reasonable, unless there are extenuating circumstances. So, now you have a menu and some pricing! Is it affordable? Did you like the experience you had meeting the company representative? If all of these things make sense and you’ve narrowed it down to your favorite foodies – have a taste! Tastings are

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Who & Where (cont’d.) the last step before you sign the contract, as a final assurance that this is the right choice for you. Some caterers don’t charge for samplings while others do but credit you later for those fees if you book their services down the road for the same date and time. Whether an upscale reception with china, floor length linens and flatware or a more casual affair with plastics, bamboo or other eco-friendly products – let the caterer do their job! They will understand the needs on site, have adequate quantities without overages and will make your life much easier and the day enjoyable. Caterers are responsible for rentals every day and know the ins and outs of your specific menu and the exact items you will require. Burnside Plantation, Bethlehem

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So everything else has been worked out and now it is time to – GET IT ALL IN WRITING! Do not place a deposit with any caterer or facility without a written agreement and a signed contract!

Choosing the right venue and caterer can make or break the design of your day.


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The Gatsby inspired bridal is designed for Casablanca Bridals and features delicate gold lace on English netting. The sweetheart neckline and empire bodice make this the perfect fitting gown for all shapes and sizes. Also available in solid ivory or white, this gown is available at Bridals by Sandra, Nazareth, PA.

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This French Alencon lace over champagne satin bridal features the new batteau neckline with a natural waist and faux Swarovski crystal belt designed Casablanca Bridal. Exquisite Bride |for www.exquisitebride.net


Soft feminine organza accented with a swarovski crystal asymmetrical dropped torso is created by the design team for Casablanca bridal. This fashionable romantic bridal can be found at Bridals by Sandra, Nazareth, PA.

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“Breezie� Beautiful Alencon lace appliques adorn this trumpet fit and flair fashion by David Tutera for Mon Cheri Bridals. This gown features a modified sweetheart neckline and is available both white and ivory.

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“Peggy� Designed by David Tutera for Mon Cheri Bridals, this sleek mermaid style features the new bateau neckline with embroidered lace bodice. The natural waistline is adorned with Swarovski crystal trim. The low plunging back ads sophistication to this beautiful satin bridal shown exclusively at Bridals by Sandra, Nazareth, PA

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“Gabby� Sleek sophistication in this satin and French Alencon lace bridal featuring a jewel neckline of lace and crystals. The slightly dropped torso leads into a soft trumpet skirt highlighted by a scalloped hemline and court train.

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“Mary Lou” Soft, feminine styling is used in this all over French Alencon lace ball gown by David Tutera for Mon Cheri Bridals. The natural waistline is delicately beaded with pearls, crystals, and bugle beads. David Tutera’s Bridal Collection shown EXCLUSIVELY in the Lehigh Valley at Bridals by Sandra.

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Calvin Klein: Cadbury 31� suit jacket, self-faceted collar, satin notch lapel, two button front, non-vented back, 100% worsted wool. Tuxedos, suits and accessories avalable at C.E. Roth Formal Wear, Allentown.

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This beautiful soft chiffon by Jordan Fashions is figure flattering for sizes 0-34 and available in over 50 different colors. It features a shirred sweetheart neckline and full A line skirt. It is available in short, knee and formal, long length shown at Bridals by Sandra, Nazareth, PA.

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JOSEPH ABBOUD Regular suit length jacket with self-faceted collar, satin inset notched lapel. Two button front, slash flap pockets, non-vented, super 120’s, wool. Tuxedos, suits and accessories avalable at C.E. Roth Formal Wear, Allentown.

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A soft chiffon by Jordan Fashions features a shirred halter top and empire bodice with an A line skirt. Available short, or long.

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Calvin Klein: Legend Regular suit length, selffaceted notch lapels with a satin border. Two button front, non-vented back, 100% worsted wool. Tuxedos, suits and accessories available at C.E.Roth Formal Wear in Allentown.

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Shown in sapphire, this beautiful gown is figure flattering for all shapes and sizes featuring an asymmetrical shirred bodice with fit and flare skirt. Available in many colors and sizes ranging from 2-22 at Bridals by Sandra, Nazareth, PA

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Designed by Bill Pece for Caterina, this form fitting bodice is featuring a sweetheart neckline and trumpet skirt with bands of beautiful lace accents. The bolero jacket with feminine flounced cuffs and detachable straps are included.

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Designed by Bill Pece for Caterina, this form fitting bodice is featuring a sweetheart neckline and trumpet skirt with bands of beautiful lace accents. The bolero jacket with feminine flounced cuffs and detachable straps are included.

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Home Sweet Home It’s Better to Own

By Jennifer Schimmel

Purchasing a Home is one of the “Best Investments” you can make for your family. Right now, you can own a home for what you are paying in rent. You have the ability to gain equity over time and if you buy right, you have the opportunity to profit on the sale of not just your home but your investment. This will in turn give you the opportunity to put that profit towards your next homes’ down payment for a lower mortgage and payment. Another benefit of owning is that you can deduct the cost of your mortgage loan interest from your federal income taxes. This will be a savings to you each year because the interest you pay will make up most of your monthly payment throughout the total years of your mortgage. Another thing to keep in mind is that the property taxes you pay are also deductible as a homeowner. Below are three things you should know when starting to look for the new family abode? 1. Mortgage Lender - Selecting a local reputable mortgage lender is crucial to purchasing a home and is the most important step to the process. Remember that costs and payment are going to be calculated on the purchase price of the home and the type of mortgage and interest rate. There are many different loan programs now that make it more affordable to purchase a home and your realtor will be able to explain all of your options and can connect you with the most experienced and informative mortgage lenders in the business. Exquisite Bride | www.exquisitebride.net

2. The down payment - The consideration that is made by the borrower towards the purchase of the home in order to qualify for a mortgage. The minimum down payment can vary loan by loan. Usually 20% down of the total loan balance is required in order to qualify for a loan without having to pay private mortgage insurance which in turn will result in a lower monthly payment. There are other options outside of putting 20% down. Your other options could be FHA 3.5% down, 5% down conventional, 10% down and more! 3. Closing Costs - These are paid at settlement and are the costs involved with processing the loan and can be anywhere around 3% to 4% of the purchase price. This figure, along with an approximate monthly payment, will be presented to you before you even make an offer on a home. Being properly educated throughout the process will help you make informed decisions based on your monthly budget. Once you are Pre Approved and have an idea of what you are comfortable with in a monthly payment you are ready to say “YES” towards the next step of owning your new “HOME SWEET HOME!”


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Invitation Etiquette What to Do and Not to Do

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Addressing wedding invitations can seem a bit confusing, but the rules are relatively simple for most of the people on your guest list. Spell out titles and degrees (“Doctor”), and always use “Mr. and Mrs.” for married couples. If a couple is unmarried but living together, or is married but uses different last names, put their names on separate lines in alphabetical order. (Unmarried couples who do not live together should receive two separate invitations.) And, if a guest is in the military, the title of an officer whose rank is equal to or higher than a captain in the army or a lieutenant in the navy is placed next to his or her name with the branch of service below. You should also include titles for retired high-ranking officers, inserting (Ret.) after their names. And the branch of service should always be listed below the names of reserve officers on active duty, noncommissioned officers and enlisted persons. As for children, it is unnecessary to include their names on the outer envelope of a wedding invitation. Instead, list them on the inner envelope with their parents (“Mr. and Exquisite Bride | www.exquisitebride.net

Mrs. O’Brien and Peter”). The absence of a child’s name altogether implies that he or she is not invited. However, many guests may not realize this and assume their children are invited. If you don’t want kids to come, be sure to spread the word that you can only accommodate adults at your reception, and do not leave a space with “Number of guests” to be filled in. Finally, inner envelopes should be addressed to “Mr. and Mrs. Markham” without first names or addresses. Close relatives can be addressed as “Aunt Sue” or “Grandmother Smith” on the inner envelope only. And if a single person is invited with an unspecified guest, add “and Guest” to the inner envelope to indicate that he or she may bring a date (however, it’s always preferable to send an individual invitation to someone’s guest if you know who the guest will be).


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Honeymoon Hotspots Don’t Just Dream About Them

Honeymooners today are looking for unique, exotic and out of the ordinary. Unlike the days of our parents when Niagara Falls or the Poconos served as the honeymoon hotspot, the locations that seem to be trendy lately are often viewed as bucket list destinations that provide huge WOW affect! Here are the top 5 most sought after honeymoon destinations! 1-Tahiti/Bora Bora. Picturesque over the water bungalows and outrigger canoes are the images one envisions when considering Bora Bora. The St. Regis, Bora Bora; which was the resort featured in the movie “Couples Retreat”, is the largest and most opulent of all the resort in Bora Bora. However, getting to this dreaming destination is no easy feat.

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a Flights from Los Angeles are 8 hours and then one must fly on a smaller plane to Bora Bora (which will take another 2 hours). Budget savvy couples might faint at the costs as a 7 night stay with flights average about $10,000 without meals! 2-Greece. Dreaming of white-washed buildings clinging to the side of a cliff and the gorgeous blue Aegean Sea beneath? Add a splash of ancient history and architecture and traveling to the Greek Isles is the perfect destination for jet setting honeymooners who long for the beach but want the flair of Europe. Windstar cruises sail around the Greek Isles and are perfect for honeymooners because they offer an adults only experience as well as white glove service.

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Honeymoon Hotspots (cont’d.) Their smaller engine powered sail boats are perfect for docking in the small ports of the Greek Isles and there is no better feeling than waking up in a gorgeous new location without having to unpack every day. To experience this trendy destination you should budget about $7500 for flights and the gourmet included cruise!

3-Cabo. Lifestyles of the rich and famous often depict Hollywood actors and reality TV celebs partying around the desert meets beach destination of Cabo San Lucas! Fabulous new adults only resorts that are all inclusive make this hot destination very appealing to honeymooners. The brand new Secrets Marquis with its lavish infinity pool, Jacuzzi rooms, and amazing dining options combined with the stunning sunsets create the perfect honeymoon atmosphere. This destination is priced right for those with a honeymoon budget of about $5000 with airfare and all inclusive 7 night stay! Exquisite Bride | www.exquisitebride.net

4-Grenada. The spice island was always considered one of those far flung Caribbean destinations that looked amazing but was hard to get to and offered little in resort options. However, in Dec 2013, this all changed with the opening of Sandals La Source. Now couples who are

eager to stay at a Sandals but yearn for a new destination can venture to Grenada and experience the fabulous infinity pool suites (a Sandals first). Delta airlines also has been adding more nonstop flights from NYC airports so getting to this exotic destination isn’t as hard as it used to be! Sandals offers different incentives and sales so honeymooners should expect to budget about $5000 for Nonstop flights from JFK and a 7 night all inclusive stay.


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Honeymoon Hotspots (cont’d.) 5-Thailand. Nothing says exotic more than a honeymoon to the Far East. The US dollar goes far in Thailand which means that staying in paradise is even more affordable too. The beach locations of Koh Samui or Phuket are postcard perfect and relatively affordable. Beach bungalows that include breakfast and Thai massages cost about $250 per night. Traveling to Thailand takes over 15 hours and includes traveling over the International Date Line. This means that a honeymoon to Thailand should be planned to last at least 10 days. Currently with airfare, a honeymoon couple should estimate to spend about $6000 with flights.

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