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10 Wedding Tips and Trends 12 Bridal Events in San Joaquin 13 Bride-to-be Book Reviews 16 Haute Items for the big day 20 Bridal Gown Trends 24 Fashion Aboard Bridal couture meets nautical flair on the

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38 wedding TIMELINE 42 LOCAL BRIDE AND GROOMS Six unique San Joaquin bride and grooms share the details of their big day. by Katy Berry

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From antique hair accessories to jewel-toned color palettes, it’s all about showcasing vibrant jewels of the aisle. In keeping with this retroinspired movement, brides have taken to repurposing their family jewels into unique wedding accessories. Our favorite ornament to emerge from this wedding trend is the heirloom brooch bouquet—a oneof-a-kind, pass-it-down floral arrangement made from vintage pins and statement-making brooches. Beyond sentiment, these darling charmers lend dash to alternative weddings with bold style.


Nothing sours a wedding like disgruntled bridesmaids dolled up in dresses that they would never wear unless forced. Rather than insisting your ‘maids adopt your aisle style (impeccable though it is), remember the days when you were strong-armed into donning inappropriate tulle and (gasp!) obnoxious peach organza, have sympathy, and rethink your dress code. Instead of trying to make everyone happy—you won’t, by the way—select a primary color and ask your bridesmaids to choose any dress they love in a shade of that hue. This chic refashioning of an outdated tradition gives your bridal party their moment without upstaging you, and lends dimension and a unique touch to the Big Day.

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10. Don’t work with a wedding planner who is unwilling or unable to produce a portfolio or testimonials upon request. 9. Don’t rush down the aisle. 8. Don’t enter into “verbal contracts” with vendors. 7. Don’t forget to ask the groom for his opinion. 6. Don’t blow off your budget. 5. Don’t order your gown late. 4. Don’t overdo the guest list. 3. Don’t treat photography as an afterthought; skimp elsewhere to splurge on heirloom memories. 2. Don’t lose touch with reality. You’re one person, accept help. 1. Don’t lose focus on what’s most important.


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2010 SAWP Summer Wedding Party Bash

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June 26, Stockton Party while you plan! This bash brings an array of vendors for you to explore, all while enjoying live music, cocktails, and appetizers. 6 p.m. $10 at the door or $5 if you pre-register at The Reserve at Spanos Park, 6301 West Eight Mile Rd., Stockton, (209) 477-4653, www.

July 14, Sacramento Forget stressful planning. This event has live music, champagne, and hors d’oeuvres to accompany the beautiful setting of the Vizcaya Pavillion. Sip on some bubbly while you browse vendors and speak with local exhibitors. 5-9 p.m. $20 at the door, $15 online. Vizcaya Pavillion and Mansion, 21st and T Sts., Sacramento, (916) 455-5243,

Kat’s Cakes Dessert Tasting

August 5 and November 4, Stockton Bring your fiancée to Kat’s Cakes for an open house filled with appetizers, drinks, music, and best of all, cake. You’ll be able to casually browse wedding designs, attire, and floral arrangements all while sampling Kat’s many delicious confections. Door prizes will be awarded. 5-8 p.m. $10 per couple, advanced reservations required. Kat’s Cakes, 2230 Pacific Ave., Stockton, (209) 466-CAKE,

September 12, Modesto With a fashion show featuring stylish new bridal trends, and an expansive array of vendors, the motto of this festival is “Why dream when you can plan?” Here you’ll find everything you need to create your special event and make it memorable for years to come. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $8. Modesto Centre Plaza, 1000 L Street, Modesto, (877) 700-BRIDE, www. September 19 and January 16, Modesto Showing almost 100 exhibitors, the Party and Wedding Faire is set up like a trade show and has an impressive array of vendors. From favors to honeymoon ideas, the bride and groom will be able to satisfy even their most exclusive wedding ideas at this exciting show. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $5 or free with donation to one of several non-profits at the show. Vintage Faire Mall, Sisk and Dale Rds., Modesto, (209) 527-3499,

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August 11, Stockton A great way to start planning your big day, this event includes a ‘Fashion Show Extravaganza’, door prizes, and local merchants including DJ’s, cake makers, photographers, and florists. 6-9 p.m. $8. Stockton Hilton Hotel, 2323 Grand Canal Blvd., Stockton, (209) 475-9161,


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Fifth Annual ‘With This Ring’ Bridal Show

January 16, Merced This annual show has everything you need to plan the wedding of your dreams and features fashion shows, helpful planning ideas, and prizes for attendees. 12-4 p.m. $6. Merced County Fairgrounds Pavilion, 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Merced, (209) 966-3890,


book reviews compiled by Jenn Thornton Crazy Love

by Michael Bublé Crazy Love, the latest CD from retro-pop crooner Michael Bublé, vigorously swings with modern interpretations of swooning standards and jazzy new riffs on songs of love in all its heartbreaking and joyful states. Bublé’s energetic version of “Cry Me a River” and his chart-topping hit, “Haven’t Met You Yet,” are must-adds to any reception playlist.

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The Nest Newlywed Handbook: An Owner’s Manual for Modern Married Life

by Carley Roney Your wedding went off without a hitch. Your honeymoon? Everything you imagined and more. Domestic bliss? You’re crossing your fingers. While you and yours hope for the best, the editors of The Knot have written The Nest Newlywed Handbook, which offers nugget-upon-nugget about subjects that affect every newlywed post-altar—first-time homebuying, finances, and fanning the flames for life among them.


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by Mindy Weiss with Lisbeth Levine The bride-to-be looking for the ‘Bible’ on planning her dream wedding will find everything she needs (perhaps, more than what’s healthy) in Mindy Weiss’ massive undertaking, The Wedding Book. This Everest of planning how-tos is beyond comprehensive—schedules, budgets, timelines, oh my!—and packed with tips of the trade from one of Hollywood’s most soughtafter wedding planners.

Green Wedding: Planning Your EcoFriendly Celebration

by Mireya Navarro By all means, wear white for your Big Day, but when it comes to planning the actual ceremony, why not go green? Mireya’s Navarro’s Green Weddings contains valuable tips about how to throw an eco-chic but socially-responsible wedding from start to finish. Repurposing, reusing, eliminating waste, and finding ways to seek out environmentally-friendly products and services are featured topics in this insightful resource.

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. Addicted to Love Silver Bangle by Hot Diamonds. At Gary Long Jewelers, Stockton,

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. All About Us by Philipp Keel. At Tom’s Used Books, Lodi, or


. Dogeared ‘100 Good Wishes’ Gold-Dipped Beaded Necklace. At PDC the Boutique, Lodi,


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. Flip Mini Camcorder. At any local electronics store,

. Seventh Heaven Pamper Package. At Perfect Balance Day Spa, Lodi,


. Kashwére Robe. At Mon Petit Chic, Lodi,



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. Theatre Tickets to Dreamgirls. At the Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco,,


. Embellished Hanky Panky Thongs, ‘Bride’, ‘Mrs.’, ‘I Do’, or ‘Hitched’. At Theadora Lingerie, Stockton,

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After all the stressful wedding planning, the work is finally done and it’s time to party. Show your man that you’re ready to start married life in style by giving him one of these sweet gifts.

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. REI Half Dome 4 Tent. At REI, Stockton,

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Love on a Private Island

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San Joaquin Weddings lifts the veil on four private, romantic isles for honeymooners. by Jennifer Thornton | all photos courtesy the island resorts

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from it all and take passionate matters into their own hands. Increasingly, this means a quixotic escape to a private island marked by calm lagoons, coral gardens, fiery sunsets, overwater bungalows, minimalist lodging, and romantic seclusion. The following destinations are among our favorite private isle hotspots. >> Â


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If money is no object, and we mean no object at all, then Necker Island—the 74acre home of Virgin Records founder Sir Richard Branson—is the place for you, yours, and if you can swing it, 20 of your closest witnesses. Situated in the British Virgin Islands, the isle is a Balineseinspired paradise surrounded by coral reefs and immaculate white-sand beaches that sit in stark but complementary contrast to turquoise Caribbean waters. Necker Island is, as they say, Crusoe-fabulous (just ask Oprah, she’s a fan). Comprised of an eight-bedroom “Great House” and six smaller “Bali Houses,” the island provides a storybook backdrop for a small destination wedding followed by an unforgettable honeymoon—lovers enjoy privacy, while their guests idle away the days sunning, kite-surfing, sailing, exploring the island, or noshing on succulent, freshly prepared fish delivered by Necker’s very own sushi canoe. A Floating Shooter Bar with predinner shots also served from a ‘canoe’ (not the kind you’re used to piloting); sunset cruises by speedboat (this is Sir Richard Branson’s playground, after all); Bali Hi beach dinners; James Bond-style imbibing (think knocking back a Pink Flamingo martini while watching a classic movie); and donning pirate costumes for Pirates of the Caribbean night (rum included), is just some of what sets Necker Island apart from all other private atolls.

Claim to fame: Celebrity pedigree. Hollywood’s elite, including Steven

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Privacy perks: The list of amenities is ridiculously long, but it starts with unbelievably luxe accommodations and continues with advanced spa therapies from Leha Leha Spa; deluxe gastronomic delights; well-groomed trails; two tennis courts and a gym; trade winds perfect for watersports; and entertainment that can include live performances from an authentic Caribbean band and a fireworks display. Island hops: The single best thing about

Necker Island—and the reason people pay big bucks to visit—is that there is no earthly reason to leave its shores. There’s not a mainland anywhere in the world to rival its wonders. But if you must test this theory, board a helicopter or a boat headed for Tortola for an afternoon of conching and rum tours.

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Located off the eastern coast of heavenly but accessible Belize is spectacular Cayo Espanto, a quaint four acres of unspoiled ecstasy surrounded by the shimmering jewel-toned waters of the Western Caribbean. Five villas and one overwater bungalow perched at the end of a 150foot long dock—dreamy Casa Ventanas— accommodates a maximum of 16 guests, whom honeymooners will likely never lay eyes on. What they will see, however (and

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massage; customized gourmet picnics of fresh lobster barbecue served on a secluded beach; access to paddle boats; and one-on-one diving instruction from a bona fide dive master.

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in abundance to boot), are stunning tropical panoramas marked by empty beaches, exotic botanicals, organic beauty living in harmonious balance with the island’s indigenous wildlife, and fellow lovers walking hand-in-hand down the beach, basking in the warm glow of a marigold-colored sunset.

Claim to fame: Cayo Espanto is located just

15 minutes from the second largest barrier reef on the planet, and mere minutes from the world-famous Blue Hole, a 415-foot deep underwater sinkhole that Jacques Cousteau named one of the world’s top 10 sites for scuba diving.

Privacy perks: Temporary residents of Cayo Espanto enjoy inspired bungalow stays with a modern menu of amenities that include a private dock, plunge pool or Jacuzzi, and alfresco shower. Honeymooners will also enjoy personal butler service (epicurean cuisine at a moment’s notice); premium spa therapies such as a peaceful beachfront


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Island hops: Honeymooners with bungalowfever (not necessarily a bad thing, in this case) will find several day trips to wrest their antsy attentions. Scuba diving the Blue Hole and snorkeling at Belize’s nearby National Marine Park are givens, but islanders also will find solo and/or guided angling for bonefish and tarpon a worthy diversion. Birdwatching for spoonbill, pelican, and frigates on the neighboring islands of Cayo Rosario and Bird Caye is recommended, as are various cultural excursions that include exploring the ancient Mayan ruins of Lamanai. DESROCHES ISLAND, SEYCHELLES

Breathtaking in its splendor, the remote coral atoll of Desroches Island is the biggest of all the Amirantes islands, and arguably the Indian Ocean’s most beautiful. Gifted with an ideal climate, majestic views, and a beautiful landscape peppered with coconut trees, Desroches Island is comprised of 20 glass-fronted suites and 26 villas, complete with indoor/outdoor showers and any possible amenity you would ever need (but will probably never use), to complement the island’s sweet flavors and remarkable union of natural and manmade wonders. While more populated than most other private isles, Desroches Island makes good on its promise of privacy; honeymooners feel alone on its shores, at ease with its snail’s pace, and at home in its hospitable company.

Claim to fame: Apart from North Island, Desroches Island is the only all-inclusive resort in the Seychelles, which forms part of the world’s longest reef system, making it a haven for scuba divers keen on exploring a colorful underwater world alive with amazing aquaculture. Privacy perks: Desroches Island boasts no mobile reception, making it easy for visitors to unplug and explore the isle by land (biking and fishing) or sea (scuba diving, snorkeling, and windsurfing). The island also offers its own boutique and luxury spa staffed by Balinese masseuses. Island hops: The nearby island of St. Joseph’s hosts beach barbecues, sunset boat cruises, and hydro biking for guests of Desroches Island. PETIT ST. VINCENT

Elegant rusticity amid a verdant tropical landscape make the tiny, privately-owned Petit St. Vincent one of the West Indies’ most enchanting natural beauties. Located 40 miles south of St. Vincent in the Grenadines, this quiet island resort surrounded by azure Caribbean waters and sheltered by a canopy of wind-swept palms provides indigenously posh accommodation in 22 chic, stone-quarried cottages scattered on hillsides and cliffs throughout the island. All are partially hidden by lush flower gardens, but still privy to spectacular picturesque vistas: sugary, whitesand beaches, wooden sun decks, and lazyday hammocks. In a charming twist, guests are asked to alert staff of their service needs (afternoon lunch or an in-room massage, for


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“I DO’s” Because even Happily Ever After begins with a plan, the following destination wedding tips will put you eight steps closer to the altar. Budget realistically: Know exactly what you have to spend, and what your guests can afford. Marrying abroad is not always the least expensive option, so monetary considerations must be a given, after which a nonnegotiable guest list should be compiled. Consult an expert: Hire a destination wedding planner to help navigate the cultural landscape, translate legalities, and facilitate details. Consider customs: Not every country recognizes civil ceremonies, for example, and only permits couples to marry on certain days, so do your homework. Don’t procrastinate: A far-flung wedding requires time management. Translating and processing required documents takes time in other countries, so don’t wait to get started. Post the details: Design a simple website with wedding details, required paperwork, and links to travel deals for guests.

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example) by running a yellow flag up a bamboo pole outside their cottage, as no modern-day connections (internet service, TVs, or telephones) exist on Petit St. Vincent.

Update documentation: Be aware of a country’s passport laws, and make sure that wedding guests have plenty of time to update their paperwork if necessary.

Claim to fame: What makes Petit St.

Arrive early: Don’t leave anything to chance, and we’re not talking about jet lag either. Land at your wedding locale at least two days before the wedding to finalize any lingering details. Get a written record: Make sure that you have a written confirmation of all agreements prior to payment.

Vincent so special is the fact that it is still, remarkably and uniquely, lurking far under the radar. Visitors that have been here rave about the island’s weekly beach barbecue, featuring fresh lobster and steak cooked over an open firepit, and accompanied by a lively steel band serenade.

Privacy perks: “Do not disturb” is taken literally on Petit St. Vincent.


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Warm waters and pleasant trade winds make the island perfect for tennis, snorkeling, sailing, windsurfing, scuba diving, sea kayaking in glass-bottom boats, and fishing, while a Yoga Pavilion and hiking trails flanked by groves of banyan trees provide holistic- and ecominded guests with restorative respite.

Island hops: Petit St. Richardson

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March 19, 2010 Galleto Ristorante, Modesto After Neal proposed at Disneyland, Tiffany decided she wanted the theme for her wedding to be 1940s Hollywood Glamour. Her mother helped fulfill Tiffany’s wish by surprising the happy couple with a 1941 Convertible Packard at the wedding, while Tiffany’s red lips and long black satin gloves made her look as if she had walked right off the silver screen.    The bridesmaids wore homemade pillbox hats, and the gentlemen wore tuxedos to suit the snazzy theme. For the reception, chandeliers and red velvet furniture helped to create a swanky lounge atmosphere. To top it all off, the couple had a 1940s-style cigar girl handing out stogies; and instead of giving out traditional favors, the couple rented a photo booth for party-goers to take home memories of the event.    When the day was over, all the guests could agree that Neal and Tiffany’s day was more than a wedding, it was a classic Hollywood event. —Katy Berry


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March 27, 2010 Wine and Roses, Lodi

Knowing that Carolyn had always wanted her family to be present at her engagement, Wes made a good choice by popping the question while on vacation with her family in Mexico. After proposing on a cliff overlooking the sunset, the two celebrated with Carolyn’s family by opening a bottle of champagne that had been hidden in the nearby bushes. Preparing for the big day was stressful, but plans finally came together when the couple found their perfect venue at Wine and Roses in Lodi.    They lined the foyer with childhood photos and chose rich purples to accent the affair. But for Wes and Carolyn, the most memorable aspect of the day was sharing it with their friends and family.    “There was a point during the ceremony when we turned towards everyone and asked for their support as we moved forward in our marriage,” says Carolyn. “It was a really priceless moment, seeing all the faces smiling back at us. I was overfilled with joy.”—K.B.


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December 19, 2009 Morris Chapel, University of the Pacific, Stockton Erika was working as a part-time clerk and attending college when she met Stephen, the office accountant at her job. After five months of working together, their cubicle flirtations finally evolved into a serious relationship when Erika was offered a new job on the East Coast. Stephen knew he’d be by her side, but he wanted to make it official.    While visiting Connecticut, the two took a hike and had a picnic on the lake, where Stephen proposed and they became engaged. The couple decided to have a formal winter wedding, and wanted to bring out the spirit of the season without “hitting you over the head with Christmas,” says Erika.    The garnet bridesmaids’ gowns conveyed the warmth of the holidays, while rich jewel tones and evergreen centerpieces created a natural, seasonal look. The outcome was a uniquely beautiful atmosphere, in which the two happily celebrated their new life together with friends and family. —K.B.

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Solloway May 8, 2010 Appleford Estate, Villanova, Pennsylvania Two years after meeting during a summer internship for the Philadelphia Eagles, Joshua took Kaitlin by surprise during a picnic by the river, and popped the question. After a moment of disbelief, Kaitlin said “Of course,” and they began preparing for the big day. The wedding took place at the beautiful Appleford Estate, a 300-year-old farm house on sprawling grounds filled with lush gardens, charming ponds, and brick walkways. It made sense that the couple chose a setting with such a rich history, as they happened to set their wedding date in the same year that all four of Joshua’s grandparents were celebrating their fiftieth wedding anniversaries. The happy couple honored both sets of grandparents during the reception by giving them a heartfelt speech and toasting to their success. This special coincidence was a significant way to celebrate Joshua and Kaitlin’s new journey, as they became part of their family’s history of long, loving marriages. —K.B.


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Joe & Gretchen


July 25, 2009 Eger Estate, Acampo On January 31, 1969, soon after their high school graduation, Gretchen and Joe Eger gathered in Roseville, Michigan for a quiet, modest wedding ceremony. Forty years later, the two are happier than ever, and decided to commemorate their marriage last July by hosting a fortieth anniversary party on their sprawling, 40-acre vineyard estate in Acampo.    Over one hundred friends and family members gathered from across the United States to party with the couple, who had a DJ spinning everything from doo-wop to hip hop to keep the dance floor full. After the party, Gretchen and Joe spent two weeks enjoying the company of their visiting friends with brunches, barbecues, and pool parties.    To all happy newlyweds, Gretchen offers this advice: “It’s not always a piece of cake, but don’t give up. You have to hang in there. We’ve had our ups and downs, but we stuck it out and now we’re happier than ever. Life is good.” —K.B.


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November 1, 2009 Palazzo Pretorio, Italy Carla and Donald initially planned to have their wedding in Lodi, but after Carla’s mother was unexpectedly diagnosed with cancer, the couple chose to wait until she completed her treatment.    When Carla’s family decided to plan a trip to Italy, she and Donald jumped on the opportunity to elope. “We called it the Amazing Race wedding because we had so many appointments to get approval,” says Carla. “At one point we had three hotel rooms in three different cities because we didn’t know where we’d be next.”    Their approval finally went through on a Friday, one day before the wedding. The ceremony was held in Tuscany, and the non-Italian speaking couple entrusted the chef to create their menu. He chose traditional fare: raw fish and chicken liver. Carla still laughs about the menu, but it was ultimately these cultural gaps that made the day special.    “The whole experience was memorable and different. It came down to the wire, but it happened, and it was perfect.” —K.B.


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Q: What related events should guests have to pay for at a destination wedding? A: In one abrupt but appropriate word: Nada. Part of throwing a destination wedding is being fiscally responsible for all that it entails. So if your vision includes sunset nuptials in a faraway locale but you are working within a skinny budget, keep it small, otherwise be prepared to cover expenses for everything outside of travel and accommodations expenses. Spa treatments? Check. Rehearsal dinner meals? That’s an affirmative. Q: Who is responsible for covering bachelorette party costs? A: So long as expectations are clear (meaning that all bridesmaids, friends, and loved ones have been fully prepped and are game and able to chip in), your girls should pick up the tab for all associated merriment. The same holds true for groomsmen and guests of the bachelor party.

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Q: Should I send a thank you note to guests who attend my wedding but do not bring a gift? A: While sending a note to guests thanking them for a wedding present is not requisite in this case, it shows appreciation and gratitude for the gift of their presence. Perspective is important in this situation, so keep two things in mind: The first is that having friends and loved ones at your nuptials is a gift that can never be returned, exchanged, or regifted; and secondly, these are tough times. Despite the occasion, and the gift-giving tradition associated with it, the current economic climate has likely made it difficult for some of your guests to get together discretionary cash for a gift. Hopefully such matters will be discussed with you before you walk down the aisle, but if not, do not assume the slight means more than it does. Do what feels right. 56

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Q: How do I politely uninvite a wedding guest? A: Delicately and only if it is absolutely necessary, especially if save-the-date cards have already been mailed. If the only reason you need to uninvite a guest is because you are over budget, find ways to cut corners, not only to side-step an awkward situation, but because having a certain perennial table-topper is not worth sacrificing a relationship. If the reason is of a more personal nature, retract the invite with as much grace as possible. A face-to-face interaction is best, a phone call will suffice, but a text message is a no-go, no matter what the offense. Honesty, even in a wedding situation, is still the best policy. Q: Is it unfair to ask guests to attend a weekday wedding? A: It is not, as long as your expectations for a turnout are in line with the reality: Most people work and may not want to ask for time off to attend your wedding. If you can live with that possibility, proceed. Keep in mind, while you do not need to ask every guest for his or her opinion, do consult with those on your deal-breaker list as a courtesy. And remember, sending out timely save-the-date cards are essential in this situation. Q: How do I ask my fiancée’s Best Man to censor his toast for the sake of my conservative family? A: It is your fiancée’s friend, so he should be the one to have the conversation with the Best Man, not you. The news will be better received. But to be fair, you should also have a sit-down with your folks to prepare them for what could be an embarrassing moment. Hopefully everyone involved will understand, but if not, politely but firmly remind all parties that it is your day and that their understanding is very much appreciated. If all else fails, make sure the Best Man is stone-cold sober when he takes the mic.


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Why overpay for a great stay on your wedding day? Red Roof is the affordable way to keep you and your guests rested, relaxed and comfortable. You’ll find contemporary, spacious rooms perfect for out-of-town guests – or even your bridal party. More than you’d ever expect from an economy hotel: • FREE Wi-Fi and coffee bar • Waterfront rooms • Outdoor pool • Award-winning bedding • Rated top 2 in Overall Customer Satisfaction for the past 5 years, J.D. Power, economy hotels Red Roof-Stockton – #689 1707 West Fremont Street Stockton, CA 95203 209.466.7777 For reservations visit or call 800.RED.ROOF (800.733.7663)

Lighting accents for indoor and outdoor weddings, including tents and landscaping. Turn an


wedding into an

extraordinary one with unique lighting accents by K & T Lights. We can also bring in lighted topiaries for added ambiance on your special day. Our service includes all lights, installation & take down.

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• Bakery: Before settling on a particular cake maker, shop around. Find a baker who is open to your vision, and has the skills and experience to execute it.

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An ideal wedding cake should hit the sweet spot. To find the object of your confection, keep the following factors in mind.

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• Make it yours: A cake should complement your individual aisle style and your wedding’s theme, color, and attire. It should also reflect the couple it celebrates, so use monograms, bridal gown accents (think lace and ribbon), or another unique touch to personalize it.

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• Consider the logistics: It’s okay to be sweet on style as long as you’ve thought about the nuts and bolts of cake-making. Arrange a complimentary tasting, discuss plate/pillar rental fees and delivery costs, and be aware of payment and cancellation policies.

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• Eye before you buy: Don’t be in a sugar rush to make a decision. Ask questions, sample the goods, and be open to other ideas.


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• Do your homework: Collect wedding cake photos and other things that inspire you to share with your wedding cake confectioner.

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Modesto. Ideal for wedding settings from small, intimate ceremonies to

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accommodating up to 800 guests.

Offering 45,000 sq. feet


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We’ll capture the joy while you cherish the moments.


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Free Wedding Consultations Unique Centerpieces Bridal Party Bouquets Reception Decor Linen & Chair Rentals Invitations & Favors

2425 Geer Rd. Turlock, cA 95382 209-664-9325

Wedding Sets Loose Diamonds Custom Design On Site Repair Lifetime Warranty

Turlock 2485 Geer Rd. 209-656-9219

Modesto 1809 McHenry Ave. 209-578-5454

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Your Local Wedding Planning Resource Guide

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When it comes to picking out flowers for your wedding, don’t be a late bloomer; plan ahead to make sure that everything will come up roses on your big day.


• Make arrangements: Find a collaborative floral designer with whom you connect. Reputable florists will be able to supply references and a work portfolio.

• Identify your needs: Simple backyard weddings may call for a do-it-yourself bouquet of wildflowers and a discreet boutonniere, while formal occasions of size usually require a long list of intricate florals for everything from groomsmen and ring bearer corsages to botanical-rich tabletoppers and cake-accenting rose petals.


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• Set a budget: Although fiscal demands of weddings vary depending on their elaborateness, plan on setting aside about 8 to 10 percent of your total budget for flowers.

• Stick to your style: Not only should blooms be season and style appropriate, they should also complement bridal party attire (especially the bride’s gown), venue, theme, and color palette. Bring fabric and/or color swatches to meetings with florists.




Special Occasions, Glamour, Airbrush, Avante Garde, Spray Tanning, Wedding, Birthday Parties

We Can Customize Your Event Receptions • Bridal Showers • Quinceaneras Dinner Parties • Proms/Formals Baby Showers • Company Events Holiday Parties 209.814.1279

Contact us for pricing information 209.765.2218 • 209.981.7342

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ACCOMODATIONS Red Roof Inn Stockton, (209) 466-7777 DoubleTree Hotel Modesto, (209) 526-6000

AUTO DEALERS Big Valley Ford Lincoln Mercury Stockton, (800) 867-1516

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BRIDAL APPAREL & TUXEDOS/CLOTHING Bliss Bridal Salon Stockton, (209) 473-9200 The Elizabeth Bridal Salon Lodi, (209) 369-9046 Formal Connection Stockton, (209) 477-2442 Manteca, (209) 239-5511 Mira Bridal Couture Modesto, (209) 338-9333

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Randall’s Fine Clothing Lodi, (209) 327-2015


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Theadora Fine Lingerie Stockton, (209) 474-7407 Tuxedos of Lodi Lodi, (209) 339-8897

CAKES Kat’s Cakes Stockton, (209) 466-CAKE

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After Six • Calvin Klein Chaps Ralph Lauren Claiborne • Jean Yves Perry Ellis • Seven Collection Black Tuxedos White Tuxedos • Tuxedos & Suits • Vests & Ties Shirts & Shoes • Extras

Randall’s menswear 211 Lakewood Mall • Lodi • 368-2575 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Where Planning Your Event Is Only the Beginning of the Story Weddings • Anniversaries • Receptions • Birthday Parties • Showers Milestones • Conferences & Meetings • Wine Tours • Business

CATERING/ RESTAURANTS The Alder Bistro & Catering Co. Stockton, (209) 943-1921 B & T Catering Lodi, (209) 327-6075 Bud’s Seafood Grille Stockton, (209) 956-0270 Casa Flores Marina Stockton, (209) 451-1116 Papapavlo’s Stockton, (209) 477-6133 Revolucion 1910 Lodi, (209) 334-1519

Exceptional Events


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Sparkles Delight & Ravioli Tracy, (209) 835-8383

FLORISTS Cazale’s Flower Shop Stockton, (209) 466-7971 Belle’s Lodi Flower Shop Lodi, (209) 369-4709 Fiore Floral & Gifts Linden, (209) 887-2019 Ancar Designs Oakdale, (209) 480-7162 Designs by Karen Riverbank, (209) 869-8676

Stockton Joe’s Stockton, (209) 951-2980

The Thoughtful Flower Modesto, (209) 521-1451


San Francisco Floral Stockton, (209) 466-4973

Creating Elegant Events Elk Grove, (209) 765-2218

3331 Santa Fe St.

Rent-a-DJ (888) 264-5860

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Manteca, (209) 823-6500

Dennis Specht, Cazale’s Flower Shop Stockton, (209) 466-7971

Karen Bickford


Bridal Event Productions Stockton, (209) 475-9161

Yonan’s Floral Turlock, (209) 664-9325

HAIR/PAMPERING Acacia Wallenburg Makeup Tracy, (209) 814-1279 Jillian Brizendine Lodi, (209) 210-7687

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Kharma Spa and Boutique Stockton, (209) 469-2009 Let’s Make-Up, by Emily L. Shaw Modesto, (209) 402-2438

HOSPITALS St. Joseph’s Medical Center Stockton, (209) 943-2000

JEWELERS Danz Jewelers Lodi, (209) 368-0424 DeVons Jewelers Stockton, (209) 951-9610 Gary J. Long Jewelers Stockton, (209) 477-6881

Guaranteed Credit Approval Apply Online: 1720 Cherokee Lane, Lodi • 209-333-3900 4950 Pacific Ave. Stockton (Weberstown Mall) • 209-952-9850


Geiger’s Fine Jewelry Turlock, (209) 668-4653


John Borelli Jewelers Lodi, (209) 368-5757

Fresh Food Prepared On Site • Custom Menus • Smoker Runs with Real Wood Pellets • Reasonable Prices

Prestigio Jewelers Lodi, (209) 333-3900 Stockton, (209) 952-9850 Rankin Jewelers Stockton, (209) 477-1055 Yonan’s Jewelers Turlock, (209) 656-9219 Modesto, (209) 578-5454

Weddings Private Parties • Birthdays Corporate Parties Anniversaries • Reunions

ORGANIZATIONS Stockton Assoc. of Wedding Professionals Stockton Brides


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Roberts Union Farm Center Weddings, Receptions, Banquets, Corporate Events

PARTY SUPPLIES/DÉCOR Diamond Ice Stockton, (209) 943-9422 K&T Lights Stockton, (209) 957-0829


4925 W. Howard Rd Stockton Ca. 95206

Ancar Designs by Charlene Smith

Wedding Floral Design Party Floral Design 209 480 7162 4925 W. Howard Rd. Stockton Ca. 95206

See us for wedding invitations that have incredible design, unique paper and the lastest concept.

Perfect Custom Gifts and Engraving Stockton, (209) 565-2010

Larsa Banquet Hall Turlock, (209) 634-7096

Tipton’s Stationery and Gifts Manteca, (209) 823-7644

Oak Farm Vineyards Lodi, (209) 365-6566



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Roberts Union Farm Center Stockton, (209) 480-7162

Briggs Photography Stockton, (209) 239-7542

Stockton Golf & Country Club Stockton, (209) 466-4313

Caroline Photography Stockton, (209) 477-4363‎

The Reata Oakdale, (209) 845-9855

Lori Makabe Photography Rio Vista, (707) 374-5272

The Reserve at Spanos Park Stockton, (209) 477-4653 stockton-the-reserve-at-spanos-park

Stephanie Baker Photography Turlock, (209) 648-4844

Van Ruiten Winery Lodi, (209) 334-5722

Weddings by James Lodi, (209) 329-9597

Ceres Community Center Ceres, (209) 538-5629


Harmony Wynelands Lodi, (209) 369-4184 Hutchins Street Square Lodi, (209) 333-6782

Bare Ranch Lodi, (209) 482-8725

Manteca, CA 95336

The Rivers Edge Knights Ferry, (209) 881-3466

Paper Habit Modesto, (209) 567-0605


Tipton's 169 W. Yosemite Avenue

Diablo Grande Golf &Country Club Patterson, (209) 892-4653

Vintage Gardens Modesto, (209) 545-9232 Waterloo Banquet Hall Waterloo, (209) 931-4020 Wine and Roses Lodi, (209) 334-6988

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Beautiful Grounds Overlooking the Stanislaus River

Small Intimate Affairs 50-100 People Grounds & Food Starting at $2,000


477-1055 • 702 PORTER AVE. STOCKTON, CA

The Rivers Edge

17525 Sonora Rd. Knights Ferry, CA 95361

(209) 402-0108

We can tailor a quality menu to suit your occasion & budget!


Fiore Floral & Gifts 209.887.2019 18817 E. Main St. Linden Ca

Alder Bistro 151 W. Alder St. (209) 943-1921

Serving San Joaquin County for over 30 years

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Something borrowed, something blue, something old...

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