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CONTENTS

Choosing Your Caterer

142

Cakes

156

Peach Veil Photography & Film

38

Cake by Classic Cakes by Lori

Celebrating

COMPLETE weddings + events

The First Steps Solving the Planning Puzzle . . . . . . . . . . 16 FYI – Bridal Consultant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Trend Watch – Metallic Gold . . . . . . . . . 20 Wedding Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Your Ceremony . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Wedding Bands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Marriage License . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Bridal Extravaganza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

The Celebration Celebrating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Idea Gallery – Game On! . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Questions to Ask the Venue . . . . . . . . . . 52 Great Ideas for Receptions . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Reception Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Idea Gallery – Cute Kids . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Small Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 FYI – Tipping Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Green Wedding Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Out-of-Town Guests . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 FYI – Beverage Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Theme Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Trend Watch – Signs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Idea Gallery – Animal Magnetism . . . . . 92 Guests Tell All . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Trend Watch – Black & White. . . . . . . . 100 Dancing at Your Wedding . . . . . . . . . . . 106 Idea Gallery – Best Day Ever! . . . . . . . . 108 Bachelorette Party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112 Theme Wedding Inspiration – Pretty In Pink . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Trend Watch – Rose Quartz . . . . . . . . . 120 Service Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124 Rehearsal Dinner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128 Trend Watch – Flame . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 Wine 101 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132 Trend Watch – Lapis Blue . . . . . . . . . . . 136 Choosing Your Caterer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142 Questions to Ask the Caterer . . . . . . . . 146 Did You Know?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148 FYI – Catering Guide. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150 FYI – Seating Arrangements. . . . . . . . . 154 Cakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156 We Love This Idea! Guestbooks. . . . . . 160 FYI – Cake Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164 Fresh vs. Frozen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166 Idea Gallery – Specialty Cakes . . . . . . . 168 Trend Watch – Cake Toppers . . . . . . . . 170 FYI – Icing Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172 Idea Gallery – Cakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175 www.AustinWeddings.com


CONTENTS The Finery Your Perfect Gown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182 Bridal Gown Terms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188 Royal Couture Fashions . . . . . . . . . . . . 191 Perfect Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201

Your Perfect Gown

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Peach Veil Photography & Film

Idea Gallery – Real Weddings . . . . . . 203 Gown Preservation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209 We Love This Idea! Tattoos . . . . . . . . 210 Lingerie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 210 Men’s Wear Terms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 212 We Love This Idea! For the Guys . . . 214 Idea Gallery – Men’s Wear. . . . . . . . . . 215

The Images Booking Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . 220 Idea Gallery – Different Views . . . . . . 227 Questions to Ask the Photographer. 236 DIY Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 240 Taking the Plunge! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 242

Idea Gallery – Formal Wear

215

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Boudoir Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . 244 Idea Gallery – Black and White . . . . . . 249

Great Ideas for Photography . . . . . . 256 Videography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 258

The Entertainment Hit the Right Note . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 262 Hiring a DJ. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264 Popular Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 267

The Beauty Idea Gallery – Pretty Maids . . . . . . . . 270 Look Picture Perfect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 272 Makeup and Color . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 276

Idea Gallery – Different Views 227

In Your Eyes Photography

Weight Loss Advice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 278 Avoiding Stress. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 279 Trend Watch – Bridal Hair . . . . . . . . . 280

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CONTENTS The Details Flowers Set the Mood. . . . . . . . . . . . . 284 Bouquet Comparison Guide . . . . . . . 288 Idea Gallery – Flowers. . . . . . . . . . . . . 293 Questions to Ask the Florist . . . . . . . 300 Popular Wedding Flowers . . . . . . . . . 301

Look Picture Perfect

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Peary Photography

FYI – Bouquet Guide. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 302 Invitations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 304 We Love This Idea! Lockets . . . . . . . 306 All that Glitters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 308 Great Ideas for The Details. . . . . . . . . 310 Photo Booths and Flipbooks. . . . . . . . 311 Rental Experts Help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 314

Flowers Set the Mood

284

Flowers by Sami’s Flower Shop & Event Services

We Love This Idea! Mugs . . . . . . . . . . 316 Theme Wedding Inspiration – Boho Renaissance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 317 Decorating Made Easier . . . . . . . . . . . 321 FYI – Chair Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 322 Choosing Linens. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 324 Idea Gallery – Décor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 325 Trend Watch – Favors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 332 Trend Watch – Serenity . . . . . . . . . . . 334 Trend Watch – Paper Flowers . . . . . . 336 Arrive in Style . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 338

Happily Ever After Why Use Travel Agents? . . . . . . . . . . 342 Honeymoon Checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . 344 Your New Home. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 346

The Wedding Professionals Venue Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 349 Directory of Wedding Professionals . 359

Idea Gallery – Décor

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Jingaling Photography

ON THE COVER Choosing Your Caterer . . . . . . . . . . . . 142 Royal Couture Fashions . . . . . . . . . . . 190 Booking Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . 220 Decorating Made Easier . . . . . . . . . . . 321

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Welcome to one of the most exciting and overwhelming times of your life: Planning your wedding.

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FYI – Bridal Consultant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

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Marriage License. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Wedding Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

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Solving the Planning Puzzle Wedding consultants offer brides and their families a wealth of support and information. Consultants listen to your ideas for your day and develop a realistic budget to guide you. You don’t have to spend weeks or months researching various vendors, your consultant has already done it. Their information does not come only from websites or well-chosen referrals from satisfied brides — it comes from personal experience with the vendor,

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experiences of other consultants, and the vendor’s industry reputation. A consultant can also advise on questions of modern etiquette. Want to do your own planning? Consider hiring a consultant for day-of services. They’ll coordinate all the vendors and keep everything running smoothly so you only have to relax and enjoy this special day. Consultants should be trained and independent (not affiliated with any particular vendor or venue).

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Wedding Insurance

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For wedding couples, or their parents, who have lovingly planned every detail and budgeted down to the last penny, even a relatively small loss can feel devastating, while a large loss or liability claim can bring true financial disaster. Most of the time, weddings go pretty smoothly, but when something unexpected does go wrong, it can be frightening how quickly the costs can add up. This is where wedding insurance can help you. Though you might not want to think about it, disasters can happen anywhere, anytime, including your wedding day. But what is wedding insurance and how does it work? ■

Wedding insurance policies can cost anywhere between $90 and $600 depending on the amount of coverage you want and the projected wedding budget.

WHAT CAN BE COVERED?

Rescheduling if the bride, groom or key members essential to the wedding get sick, injured or hospitalized.

Rescheduling or postponement would be covered due to any military called to duty. This policy would also cover any last minute company moves where relocation to another city is mandatory and without notice.

If the photographer cancels or doesn’t show up or if their film is defective, the negatives are damaged, stolen or lost, insurance could provide money to cover the cost of another photographer or even a restaging of the wedding including the new flowers and another cake.

All non-monetary gifts that may be stolen or damaged.

Wedding rings can also be covered and replaced or repaired if lost or stolen.

There is also coverage that pays to repair or replace the bridal gown or other special attire if it is stolen, damaged or lost. This also includes financial failure of the bridal store.

Alcohol liability insurance covers the bride, groom and immediate family

The typical time frame that you should purchase wedding insurance is from two years up until 14 days before the wedding date.

Wedding insurance helps protect you from the unforeseen circumstances that could threaten your wedding and reimburse you for monies lost. For example, what if your reception space goes out of business the month before the wedding or a specially designed bridal gown gets damaged or lost in the airport or a DJ or caterer doesn’t show up? These are all financial losses that could be covered by wedding insurance.

Weather conditions that prevent the bride or groom, key members of the wedding party and/or a majority of guests from attending the wedding. If vendors such as your minister or caterer do not show up, the cancellation or postponement of the wedding due to vendor mistakes can be covered under insurance policies.

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from alcohol related accidents, property damage or bodily injury due to an inebriated guest. This type of insurance is now required by many venues. Not all carriers have this policy, so make sure to shop around.

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When it comes to honeymoons, check before purchasing travel insurance. Your credit card company or homeowner’s insurance may cover you if your luggage is stolen or your trip is delayed or cancelled. If not, you can buy separate trip-only insurance but some agencies do include travel insurance for your honeymoon.

Before you buy wedding insurance, check to see which of your vendors have their own insurance and what it covers to avoid paying for overlapping coverage. Talk to your vendors to find out what they cover and what you should look into with your insurance agent. Every insurance policy and every wedding scenario is different. Be sure to sit down and discuss all the details with your insurance agent and tailor a policy that fits your needs. Ask questions and shop around to get the best deals.

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Your Ceremony During the course of planning your perfect wedding, you will make many decisions based on what tradition dictates. One area of your wedding that is easily personalized is the ceremony. No longer do brides in formal white gowns have to walk down an aisle. Today marriages are conducted virtually anywhere, from parks and backyards to amusement park rides. Couples often choose a marriage location that represents how they met or mutual interests. Recently two senior citizens elected to marry at the department store where they met while employed. Periodically the news will carry stories of couples marrying while skydiving or even underwater. You don’t have to go to that extreme to have a personalized ceremony. Many couples find meaningful ways to make the actual ceremony personalized. Some will choose a song that has special meaning (but be sure to check with your church for permission); others may select a special reading, for example. One of the easiest ways to make your wedding ceremony uniquely yours is to write your own vows. These can be included in the regular ceremony after the traditional vows or in place of the vows. Many couples shy away from writing their own vows fearing it will be too difficult. You do not necessarily have CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE FOR THE LATEST OPEN HOUSES & EVENTS!

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Wedding Bands Going round and round trying to decide on your wedding bands? Here’s where to start.

What can you realistically spend (usually about 3% of total budget)? Many couples will have “starter” bands; something that fits the budget now to be upgraded at a later date (usually an anniversary).

Do you want the wedding bands to match? His-and-her’s matching sets used to be the norm, but today the decision is more often based on the need for durability, and personal style.

Does the bride’s band need to match the engagement ring or just complement it? Buy a band that “goes with” but doesn’t necessarily match to create your custom look.

What is your lifestyle like? If you are active with sports or play certain musical instruments, you might want a slimmer ring with rounded edges, sometimes called a comfort fit.

Where do your hands spend most of their days? In dirt or grime? For people who work with their hands rings with carvings or filigrees can trap dirt, grime or germs (for those in the medical profession) and stones in rings can come loose and get lost.

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Considerations:

Gold: The traditional medal of wedding rings for centuries. Most come in 14k (more affordable and durable) and 18k. Any karat of gold above 18k is too soft for daily-wear rings. White gold is yellow gold mixed with other medals and coated in rhodium plating. While it looks like platinum, the plating does easily wear off.

Titanium: The hardest natural metal, it is a popular choice for men’s rings. Not only is it lightweight, it is extremely strong and durable and its silver-gray color will not fade. More affordable than platinum, it can be slightly more expensive than gold.

Tungsten Carbide: Hard, dense tungsten, when combined with a carbon alloy, becomes four times harder than titanium and can only be damaged through extreme force. In the same price range as titanium, it can be shined or brushed for a variety of finishes. It cannot, however, be resized so be sure to order the correct size.

Cobalt: A white metal, cobalt has a silver hue to it, and may be mistaken for platinum but the cost is much, much lower.

Once you’ve decided on the style of ring and price range, there are several alternatives for the metals: ■

Platinum: An increasingly popular choice in recent years, platinum is stronger than gold, but not as durable as several other choices such as titanium. Its bright, white color will not fade but it is usually the most expensive choice. Note, platinum can be a heavy metal to wear on a daily basis. Be sure to try one on before purchasing.

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Obtaining a Marriage License The cost for a marriage license is $60, plus local fees that range from $21 to $22. However, couples taking a stateapproved, 8-hour premarital course will have the $60 license fee waived. The course must be completed within one year before the wedding to qualify. Marriage licenses are issued by each of the county courthouses and are valid throughout the state of Texas. TO RECEIVE YOUR LICENSE YOU MUST… ■

Both apply in person with proper I.D. (i.e. Driver’s License, Birth Certificate, passport).

Have your Social Security card.

No blood test is necessary.

Pay cash only.

Legal age is 18; if under 18 bring a certified copy of your birth certificate and a parent or legal guardian with their proof of I.D.

You must wait 30 days until after your divorce is final but do not need to bring your divorce decree.

Your license is valid for 90 days.

There is a 72-hour waiting period after your license is issued before you may be married. Exceptions are if you are an active duty military person, have completed the premarital course or for any one who receives a waiver from any district judge.

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BRIDAL EXTRAVAGANZA ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

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Austin’s Wedding Guide offers useful, practical advice to the bride and groom, as well as a listing of local wedding services to choose from. But what better way to make your final decisions than to meet the professionals in person! At the Bridal Extravaganza, you will be able to shop and compare hundreds of these professionals at one time. These shows offer you the chance to shop for everything you will need for your wedding under one roof: gowns, tuxedos, flowers, invitations, photography, catering, gifts, limousines, wedding cakes, beauty services, wedding consultants, wedding and reception venues, and so much more! Engage your senses. Sample the offerings of caterers and bakers, enjoy the scents of floral arrangements, hold the bouquets and listen to DJs and classical musicians. Find inspiration. Nothing compares to the real thing when you are looking at table settings, décor and the latest in fashions. Let us pay YOU! Sign a contract at the show and you can enter our Cash for Contracts drawing. Be one of our 8 winners and we will pay up to $250 of that contract. Save money with Bridal Bucks. Now each bride through the door will receive hundreds of dollars in Bridal Bucks to use with participating exhibitors. Don’t forget the prizes! Photography packages, gift certificates, CASH and more are awarded at the end of the afternoon as grand prizes. Runway fashions shows let you see the latest gowns, bridesmaid dresses and tuxedos. Enjoying the Bridal Extravaganza: ■

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Wear comfortable shoes;

Be ready to take photos for inspiration;

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Celebrating. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Idea Gallery – Game On!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Questions to Ask the Venue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Great Ideas for Receptions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Reception Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Idea Gallery – Cute Kids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Small Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 FYI – Tipping Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Green Wedding Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Out-of-Town Guests. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 FYI – Beverage Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Theme Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Trend Watch – Signs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Idea Gallery – Animal Magnetism . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 Guests Tell All . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Trend Watch – Black & White . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Dancing at Your Wedding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 Idea Gallery – Best Day Ever! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 Bachelorette Party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112 Theme Wedding Inspiration – Pretty In Pink . . . 115

142 Trend Watch – Rose Quartz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 Service Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124 Rehearsal Dinner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128 Trend Watch – Flame. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 Wine 101 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132 Trend Watch – Lapis Blue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136 Choosing Your Caterer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142 Questions to Ask the Caterer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146 Did You Know? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148 FYI – Catering Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150 FYI – Seating Arrangements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154 Cakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156 We Love This Idea! Guestbooks . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160 FYI – Cake Guide. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164 Fresh vs. Frozen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166 Idea Gallery – Specialty Cakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168 Trend Watch – Cake Toppers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170 FYI – Icing Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172 Idea Gallery – Cakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175

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The services of a professional banquet facility or caterer can greatly enhance and expedite the planning of your reception.

When looking at sites, be sure you are looking at comparable costs. Some facilities include tables and chairs, others don’t. Be sure to find out what the total costs will be.

Reserve your reception spot well in advance, 12 to 18 months in advance.

Station the bar well away from the buffet or food service area so there won’t be any congestion.

Designate one table each for the wedding party and the parents.

Possible locations include meeting halls, hotels, restaurants or clubs. Churches sometimes have their own halls. Gardens and historical mansions also make for wonderful receptions.

Visit the reception site and map out how you’d like it set up. Consider grouping furniture to stimulate conversation without obstructing traffic flow.

Be sure to find out what limitations the venue has regarding other vendors. Do they allow only certain caterers?

Check out the parking. Is it free? If not, consider ordering parking passes and include them in the invitation. Arrange to pay only for those redeemed.

If you select a hotel, ask if for a discount on guest rooms for your bridal party, you and your new spouse and out-of-town guests.

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Decide your guest count, budget and what kind of location you would like, THEN begin looking for a venue.

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The wedding reception is the first time you formally receive your relatives and friends as a married couple. Properly planned, it becomes one of the most joyous parties you and your groom will ever host. It can be as simple and demure as cake and punch in the church parlor, or encompass a glorious fivecourse dinner and dance.

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Are tables and chairs included in the rental fee? Linens? What is included?

How early can you get in the building to decorate?

How early can the caterer arrive?

Do they have a list of approved caterers?

What is available for use by the caterer? Is there an additional fee?

Is security required?

What are the alcohol policies?

Who is responsible for cleanup? When must the hall be cleaned?

Can the facility cancel the date? If so, with what kind of notice?

What are the payment options and arrangements?

What are the setup policies?

Is parking available? Is it paid or free?

Does the facility require insurance? Who is responsible for providing it?

Dance floor/music allowed? Is there a piano available?

What hours do you have the facility? Is anything else going on during the same time?

Do they allow bubbles, confetti, rice, etc. to be thrown in/around the facility? Who is responsible for the cleanup?

Are there any other restrictions?

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Identify each table at the reception with words such as lines from your favorite story or poem, or locations of cities or countries you would like to travel to.

Place a note card with envelope and pen at each place setting for the rehearsal dinner. Have the mother of the groom invite guests to write notes on the first time they met the bride and groom. The cards may then be sealed, collected and presented to the couple to take along on their honeymoon.

At the reception, provide a coffee bar complete with Sambuca, Grand Marnier, Baileys and Amaretto to get the party hopping.

Tight budget? Consider a late ceremony followed by a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres, wine and a string quartet. Remember to state on the invitations “Cocktail Reception” so guests do not expect a full dinner.

Use floor-length table linens or custom linens with decorative overlays to accent centerpieces, flowers, and lighting.

Instead of feeding your guests wedding cake why not try dessert stands with berries, cookies and chocolates laid out at each table for your guests to relax.

Mix up the shapes and sizes of your guest tables. They don't all have to be round, they don't all have to seat the same number of people.

Have your wedding in the morning and do a brunch reception. You can have a fabulous event without breaking the bank.

One of the latest trends is to NOT do assigned seating and name cards. Let guests mix, mingle and move around.

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Reception Contracts Once you’ve decided on where to hold your reception and what it will include be sure the contract includes the following information: Total cost and a line-item breakdown of what’s included.

Amount of deposit and when it was paid.

Balance outstanding and when it’s due (payment schedule).

Exact date, time and location of your wedding. If using a venue with multiple rooms, be sure to include exactly which room your wedding will be in.

Detailed list of everything the facility will provide (tables, chairs, linens, amplifiers, etc.).

The name of the site representative who will be on hand on your wedding day, and the name of an acceptable substitute.

Proof of liability and liquor insurance.

Cancellation/refund policy.

Any other details that were agreed to orally you want to be sure are included.

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Locations for Small Weddings When planning your small wedding, try thinking outside the box. A smaller wedding offers a variety of options for locations that aren’t possible for receptions of more than 50. Here are just a few ideas. Bed & Breakfasts: With intimate and romantic settings, a bed and breakfast is a wonderful place for simple yet elegant wedding. Not only can you have the wedding on site, you can have a wonderful wedding night. Historic Sites: Nestled among the hustle and bustle of modern city life are many unique historical sites that can host your unique wedding. On The Water: The nautical charm of a floating celebration on a ship, yacht,

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or even old-fashioned riverboat and the breathtaking scenery floating offer a dreamy effect for a wedding on the water. The Great Outdoors: An outdoor wedding can range from a simple garden atmosphere, a picturesque river or lakeside event, or an elegant buffet design set up to watch the sunset. State parks as well as city parks make excellent choices. A Home Affair: Sometimes the perfect wedding site is one you’ve visited a hundred times — your parents’ backyard. The extra planning an at-home wedding takes is well worth the effort for brides who have their heart set on a romantic and memorable wedding.

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FYI Tipping Guide

Tipping is always a challenging issue to understand when trying to plan for it in your wedding budget, but we have some good “rules of thumb” to go by when trying to approach the task knowledgeably.

$20 – $30 per person, depending on amount of service.

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$75 – $100 ‘donations’ are appropriate. Mayors, judges or other public servants may not be able to accept gratuities.

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Decorators, floral, cake, etc. $10 each if just dropping items off, $20 each if dropping off and setting up to great extent.

Soloist, organist, church staff, etc.

............................................................... RECEPTION WAIT STAFF $20 – $40 each, depending upon quality of service.

TRANSPORTATION DRIVER(S)

15% – 20% on top of contracted fee paid to driver.

BARTENDERS 15% – 20% of entire bill for the bar.

............................................................... RECEPTION SITE MANAGER 15% – 20% of entire bill for the reception.

DJ/ BAND

15% – 20% of the bill should be given to the bandleader or DJ, more if they exceeded expectations.

PARKING ATTENDANTS $1 – $2 per car if they are not taking tips from guests.

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Ask the caterer you select to use readily available organic ingredients — eggs, milk, sugar, spices, herbs, butter — to create your wedding menu.

Work with your caterer to choose dishes that incorporate local, seasonal fruits and vegetables which will not only taste fresh and look gorgeous, but they’ll also be less expensive because of their abundance.

Find out how your leftover wedding food can be donated. Most food banks only deal with non-perishable food items, but food rescue programs pick up both perishable and non-perishable foods, and a good place to start would be America’s Second Harvest.

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Across the country, a “green” wedding is fast becoming the way to say, “I do.” So it’s no surprise that eco-friendly nuptials are one of the hottest trends around. Couples are looking for creative ways to lessen the impact of their big day by giving their celebration an earthy appeal.

Order locally grown in-season flowers, which are likely to be cheaper.

After the wedding is over, the flowers can be donated to a nursing home, hospital, or assisted living home.

Consider using potted plants in your decorating. Supplement with inserted fresh flowers for color.

INVITATIONS ■

Look for post-consumer or recycled paper for your wedding invitations. Some alternatives to look for include paper made from hemp or bamboo.

Ask your printer to use a soy-based ink; it’s a greener choice (made from renewable soy beans), and the end result can be brighter, clearer printing.

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Pluck leaves from trees and handwrite with a permanent-ink pen the guest’s name on each leaf; add an extra-skinny ribbon at the stem and tie the leaf around the napkin.

Stamp large river rocks with guests’ names using an alphabet stamp set available at

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any craft store; rest a rock at each place setting and ask guests to return the rocks to a river, or add them to a garden or planter in their own homes after the reception. ■

Use what you have: Lemons from a backyard tree could be marked with guests’ names using a permanent marker.

If you’re having an outdoor wedding, consider hanging solar lanterns (available at hardware stores) in the trees, or use them to line the lawn to create pathways. They charge in the sun all day long and cast a soft glow at night.

THE GOWN ■

All wedding gowns are eco-friendly. Just choose the dress you love the most, to be passed down to your children. Or, use the family dress passed on to you.

RECYCLING ■

Ask caterers to recycle cans, bottles and aluminum foil and insist on a no-Styrofoam policy. Ask the bartenders to save the wine and champagne corks from the evening; transform them into a beautiful keepsake trivet by encircling them all with a pipe clamp you can find in any hardware store.

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Try to have the wedding near the wedding reception. It saves on gas and makes it easier on guests who may not be familiar with the area.

For an occasion as momentous as a wedding, the perfect favor is a live tree. Small burlap-wrapped seedlings are readily available at most homeimprovement stores for less than $10. Embellish them with extra-wide grosgrain ribbon and attach a manila tag with the growing instructions.

Wildflower starters, in a variety of shapes, look lovely and when planted by your guests at home will provide beautiful flowers for them to enjoy.

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Out-of-Town Guests When planning your special day, take a few minutes to think about those special people in your life who will travel from far away to be with you on your wedding day. You will want to make their stay an enjoyable, as well as memorable, experience. Most out-of-town guests prefer not to impose on those involved in the hectic wedding schedule. Make this easy for them by negotiating a group rate with a local hotel. If you are holding your reception in a hotel, that may be the first stop to make when looking for rooms for your guests. Most hotels give discounts for groups of seven or more guest rooms. First, let the hotel know approximately how many rooms your guests will need. Then, send a letter to your out-of-town guests with the hotel’s special room rate and reservation number so that guests can arrange their own reservations. Please be sure to inform your guests that they need to contact the hotel at least two weeks prior to the wedding. By doing so, any rooms that are not booked can be released and you will not be held accountable for them. Remember, hotel accommodations are a special service you can provide your out-of-town guests. While allowing your guests the privacy of their own room, hotels also enable your out-of-town guests to spend time together and to easily coordinate transportation to your wedding and parties. In addition, the hotel concierge can arrange tours, shopping visits, or almost anything else your guests enjoy. This service lets your guests continue to enjoy their stay while you are off on your honeymoon.

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FYI Beverage Guide

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/ / hour Hot So if you expect to have a reception that lasts 4 hours with 200 guests, figure 800 total drinks.

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How many times have you been standing at a good friend’s wedding, albeit having a good time, but you couldn’t tell it from the other good friend’s wedding that you attended last weekend? Want to make your wedding stand out? Select a theme. Here are some ideas. A special place. Did he pop the question in Mexico? Do you both love the mountains? Use that as your décor. Special interests. If you both have theatrical backgrounds then choose your favorite piece of work by Shakespeare or Rodgers and Hammerstein and build your day around it. Heritage. Display your pride in your heritage or ethnicity. Host an English Tea Party. Use plaid and hire bagpipes if you’re Scottish. If you’re family is from Spain, serve paella and hire flamenco dancers. Favorite Show/Movie. Television buffs could host a We Love Lucy Party. Imagine recreating Ricky’s nightclub, the Tropicana, with everything in black and white and shades of gray and your favorite episodes on screens around the room. Work in some Technicolor reds (Lucy’s hair), some pink tulle and hearts (from the opening sequence).

Where you are or where you are going. Theme weddings do not have to be elaborate to wow. Having a casual outdoor wedding? Consider bales of hay and wildflowers in tin coffee pot centerpieces as décor. Planning on going to Paris for the honeymoon? Serve French food and use post cards from the city as table signs. Guests might be sat at the Eiffel Tower or Louvre table. A moment in time. Even something as simple as an era can be the perfect theme for your wedding. Go for an Art Deco design. Want something a little more vintage? Antique lace table clothes can make a lovely backdrop for photos. Love to dance? How about a disco ball and lighted dance floor. www.AustinWeddings.com

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Guests Tell All Every wedding couple wants their guests to have a wonderful time at their wedding. After all, a wedding is a happy occasion and in most cases means a terrific party! Like most parties, however, some weddings are more enjoyable than others. Some tips to keep in mind when planning your reception, courtesy of veteran wedding guests: Serve an entrée most people like, or at least recognize. Guests often enjoy trying something new, but most prefer exotic or unusual dishes be served as part of the appetizers rather than the main course. Remember your single guests. Single guests often feel panic when receiving an invitation addressed to “Jane Smith and Date.” Find out in advance of sending the invitations whether or not the guest

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has a significant other. If so, address the invitation to both. If you are unsure, address the invitation to the guest only. You can follow up with a phone call to let them know they are welcome to bring a date, if they like. Don’t play loud music throughout the reception. Guests find it extremely frustrating to try and talk over loud music. Keep music at a low, background level during the meal so guests can converse. You can always turn the volume up when it’s time to dance. Relax and enjoy yourselves. Guests generally have a better time if you are having a good time. Accept the fact that once the reception has begun, it’s too late to worry about what might or might not happen. Everyone who has ever been to a wedding will attest to the fact that the more fun the bridal couple is having, the more fun everyone will have.

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Dancing at Your Wedding With the advent of video and the internet, a newlywed couple’s first dance is almost always recorded, available to share with the world and down through the years for all of posterity to see. That’s why prospective brides and grooms who want to give a polished and graceful performance on their big day are increasingly opting to take dance lessons to help prepare for what may be the performance of their lifetimes.

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Start four to six months before the wedding to allow more time for practice, especially if you are a newcomer to dancing. Besides the waltz and other traditional dances, the mambo, salsa, swing and even the hustle are all popular at weddings today. Remember that dance lessons can actually be good exercise and a stress reliever.

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Like the bachelor party, the bachelorette party has become a celebration of the end of “being single” and usually includes the immediate wedding party and very close friends of the bride. The maid of honor is usually in charge of coordinating the event.

Be creative when planning your party. Many local businesses have suggestions that guarantee a night to remember. A room in a restaurant, a hotel or spa suite are popular party locations because they allow you to fully enjoy yourselves without disturbing other guests. Barhopping or nightclubs with comedy or live entertainment are other popular choices. And while you’re out enjoying the evening, avoid any problems with drinking and driving by treating yourself to a night out in a limousine. For a party at home, videos can provide fun and memorable entertainment. Wherever your party is held, you can cater it yourself with prepared party trays and “just heat and serve” entrees from local specialty stores or caterers. The bachelor and bachelorette party sometimes takes the form of a shower, with the bride or groom receiving small gifts. Lingerie, gag gifts, or things to use on the honeymoon are popular themes for this type of party. Be sure it is tailored to suit the style and personality of the guest of honor. This party is best held a week or two before the wedding; not the night before! That way you won’t be putting anything in the way of your enjoyable wedding day. 112 • The Celebration

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Service Contracts Once you’ve decided to work with a particular wedding service provider, get a written contract or letter of confirmation. It should include your name and address, their name and address, a definition of the specific service you’ve contracted, times of arrival and departure, goods that will be delivered and time of delivery, contracted costs, overtime costs, deposit paid, and balance due. Your contract should also include several important dates: Your wedding date; date contract was written; date your deposit was paid; and date the balance is due. Include all the details you’ve agreed upon. The more details you write in the contract, the more likely you are to receive everything you’ve discussed when the wedding CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE FOR THE LATEST SPECIALS!

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DID YOU KNOW? As part of an old English ritual, on the day of her wedding, a bride would pass out mugs of ale to family and friends who would then give her money to set up housekeeping. Hence, the “bride’s ale” became “bridal.”

arrives (which may be 18 months from the time your contract is made). List the specific type and number of flowers in each bouquet; the specified dinner menu; the flavors of the cake; the poses you definitely want for your photo album, or any other information. It is also a good idea to reconfirm the details several weeks before your wedding, especially for services that were discussed many months before the actual date.

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Rehearsal Dinner A dinner following the wedding rehearsal is traditional. It is a lovely way to begin your wedding festivities and allows your attendants and families to relax and get acquainted. The meal is traditionally hosted by the groom’s parents, and includes the immediate family of both the bride and the groom, the wedding officiant and members of the wedding party and their spouses. In some circumstances, you may want to include special out-oftown guests who have already arrived and the parents of younger wedding party members. The rehearsal dinner is the traditional time for the groom’s father to make a formal toast to the couple. It is also an appropriate time for the attendant’s gifts to be passed out. Seating plans and place cards are especially important to this dinner,

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probably a first meeting for more than one of the group. The bridal couple generally sits together at the head of the group, their parents flanking them. The members of the wedding party are seated throughout the rest of the family members and special guests. Presumably, they will feel more at ease and be able to assist in making the other guests more comfortable. For an entirely different twist, the latest trend in post-rehearsal events are more casual get-togethers. For a more relaxed evening try a backyard barbeque or a casual buffet. Because it is an icebreaker of sorts, relax and enjoy the rehearsal dinner. Don’t linger too long however. Brides look terrible with bleary eyes.

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Wine 101: Picking the Perfect Wine When selecting wines for your reception there is a wide variety from around the world. Here is a brief primer on the most well known. Take a little time and try them. Not only will it be educational, it will also be enjoyable. WHITE WINES

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Chardonnay is America's number one selling white wine. Chardonnays are considered a dry wine with little sweetness. They are usually known for their buttery taste and can have a wide range of fruit overtones. This white wine is capable of accommodating most palates and just as many food pairing combinations. Pinot Gris, also known as pinot grigio in Italy, is usually a medium-full bodied white wine. Not normally as dry as chardonnay, pinot grigio is often a favorite of those who don’t normally drink wine.

RED WINES

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Cabernet Sauvignon is the most popular of the red wines and considered a dry wine. Cabernets range from mediumbodied to full-bodied and are characterized by their oakiness. Merlots are usually a bit drier than cabernets with a medium-body. The oaks flavors are typically lower than a cabernet and the fruit flavors are typically a bit more pronounced. Merlots go well with just about all foods. Pinot Noir is typically a lighter-bodied, fruitier red wine. The fruitier taste of pinot noir make it another excellent choice to please a wide variety of palates.

Riesling wines come in a variety of styles, from dry to sweet (or off-dry), and light to full-bodied. A sweeter riesling is an excellent choice to pair with a chardonnay to offer guests two different white wines.

Champagne can only be called that if it is from that region of France. Otherwise it is wine in champagne-method. Usually very dry or “brut.”

Sauvignon Blanc is a dry white wine with a crisp, refreshing taste. It is usually a medium-bodied and pleasing to most palates that enjoy dry wines.

Asti Spumante is an Italian sparkling wine that is sweeter than champagne-method wines and also makes an excellent toasting wine.

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Consider your guests when picking menu. Keep reception food recognizable.

Know the date, location, number of guests and budget BEFORE calling caterers. Then you won’t expend precious time and effort on a caterer who doesn’t have your date available or is too pricey for your budget.

Locally, you can expect to pay anywhere from $15 and up per person, plus tax and tip, which usually adds another 15% to 20% to the total cost of the plate.

Smaller parties, less than 100, are best served by a sit down dinner while a buffet service usually works better for larger groups.

Always ask for a taste test of the proposed menu items.

Save money… change the time of your wedding and reception. After a morning wedding you could provide a brunch reception, which would reduce the cost of the food as well as the alcohol.

Be sure to ask your caterer exactly what services are included in your price quote.

Your caterer should not only select, purchase and prepare the food, but also do the set up, serving and cleanup as well.

Most catering services also provide table linens, china and silverware as part of their service as well as cake cutting and serving.

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Select your caterer between 9 and 12 months before the wedding.

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If your wedding reception is being held at a facility that does not provide catering, you should hire a professional caterer. Because a caterer is experienced in planning and working with large groups, they have the knowledge and expertise to ensure that a sufficient quantity of food will be available and that it will be properly refrigerated and/or heated on your special day.

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Can you test taste proposed menu items?

Does the price include tax? Service charge? If not, what is the additional percentage?

What dishes/utensils will be used for the reception, plastic or china? Additional cost for either? Does bid include cake plates?

Are linens provided and included in the price?

How many staff/servers are needed for the wedding? How will they be attired?

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How often is the buffet refurbished?

What are the deposit and arrangements for payment?

What are the cancellation/ postponement policies?

What beverage arrangements have been made? Will liquor be served? Does caterer have proper licensing? Will caterer serve? Cash or open bar?

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Is the caterer familiar with the facility?

Who is responsible for table decorations including the buffet table if one is used?

Can box meals or a separate meal be provided for the other wedding professionals? (Photographer, DJ, security, etc.)? What is the additional cost?

Can the caterer prepare a going-away package with samples from the menu?

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When is the final head count due?

Will the caterer’s staff cut and serve the cake? Is there an additional fee?

Will caterer need access to a kitchen and how early?

Get all answers to questions in writing or in contract.

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Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a sixpence in your shoe… What does it mean?

“SOMETHING OLD” Wearing something belonging to her family represents a link to the bride’s family. Most of the time the bride wears a piece of family jewelry or her mother’s or grandmother’s wedding dress. “SOMETHING NEW” Wearing something new helps bring good fortune and success to the bride’s new life. The wedding dress, if new, fills this requirement admirably. “SOMETHING BORROWED” Wearing something worn previously by a happy bride brings the new bride happiness in her marriage. Borrow a piece of jewelry, a hand-kerchief or part of your wedding attire from a married friend. “SOMETHING BLUE” This tradition dates back to biblical times when blue stood for purity and fidelity. In times past the entire dress was blue, then it became a blue band on the hem. Today, most brides wear blue in their garter to satisfy this tradition. “SIXPENCE IN THE SHOE” Placing a silver sixpence in the bride’s left shoe was done to bring wealth to the bride’s marriage.

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If doing a buffet, go for…

quality over quantity! Four really excellent dishes are much better than 8 so-so dishes.

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When researching caterers be sure to compare “apples to apples”

Who will provide rental items? Plates, glassware and place settings?

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Be prepared to pay additional amounts over the cost of the meal. It’s called “plus plus.” The final cost of the meal is determined by the meal and server costs PLUS tax PLUS gratuity. Depending on the caterer’s rates that can add 20% or more to the actual meal cost.

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Select less expensive entrees

Ways to reduce catering costs: Reduce guest counts

Change time of wedding. A brunch after a morning wedding or heavy hors d’oeuvres for a cocktail wedding.


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Better for larger receptions (more than 100 people)

PROS: Fewer servers needed Guests can enjoy what they like

CONS: Less formal Guests have to stand in line May require additional food vs. plated (to ensure enough of each item for each guest, especially if there are two entrees offered)

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Seated Dinner

Best suited for smaller parties, but also appropriate for larger, more formal weddings

PROS: Guests are able to eat and visit with tablemates instead of standing in line More formal

CONS: More servers needed (usually 1 for every 20-25 guests) For large parties, service can be an issue (by the time the last tables are getting their food, first tables served are done)

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Confirm the deadline for your final head count. Some venues/caterers will over set for 5% of your head count. (If your head count is 100, they will prepare enough food to feed 105.)


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Making the Sweetest Decision


Cake fillings are as many and as varied as cake flavors. Whenever possible, taste the combinations you are considering to see if they complement each other well.

Traditionally, a bride and groom rest upon the cake. Cascading fresh or silk flowers, delicate blown glass tops and even porcelain teddy bears and crocheted wedding bells have been seen on today’s cakes.

Choose your baker by reviewing their design album and sampling their flavor.

Be sure to select your baker several months in advance. The baker will need to know the date, location, and time of your reception and how many guests the cake needs to serve.

Many cakes require assembly by the baker at the reception site, so be sure to allow time for this.

Your baker will generally require a deposit to hold your wedding date. Be sure to get a receipt describing the type of cake you’ve ordered, its filling, icing, style, color and cake top. It also doesn’t hurt to call and confirm your cake order about one week before your wedding.

Your baker will give you cutting instructions. Remember, when you make the first cut, hold the knife in your right hand. Your groom’s hand closes over yours and together you cut a slice.

In addition to your cake, other sweets can create lasting memories at your wedding reception. Don’t overlook the special touch that mints or chocolates can add to your cake table.

Many confectioners will customize candies engraved with your initials or wedding date.

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Wedding cakes go back in tradition as far as weddings. The Greeks baked mixtures of grain and honey, the Romans did theirs with grain and salt. The elaborate tiered cakes we know today came from the era of the pioneer bride. Her popularity was judged by the size of her cake. Guests used to bring layers of cake filled with applesauce, stack them, and then they were iced. The higher the stacks, the more popular the bride!

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We love this great alternative to the traditional guest book. With this idea (as well as many others), you can look and remember the family and friends who surrounded you with love all the time, not just when you dig out the guest book.

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It is customary to save the top layer of your wedding cake and a few of your confections for next year so you and your groom can share those sweet memories again on your first anniversary.

Many bakers freeze their cakes for 2 to 3 days before the wedding. Don’t let the idea of a frozen wedding cake scare you. Generally, if frozen properly, most people can not tell the difference between a fresh or previously frozen cake.

The groom’s cake is usually more casual in style and served at the reception as a second flavor choice for guests.

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Servings Per Layer Based on standard 2" deep pan, two-layer serving amounts are based on wedding-sized portions of approximately 1" x 2" x 4"h

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Did You Know? Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's wedding cake was 9 feet around, weighed 300 pounds and was 14 inches high. It was served at the wedding breakfast. Queen Elizabeth II had 12 wedding cakes. The one she cut at her wedding was 9 feet tall and weighed 500 pounds.

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Fresh vs. Frozen When it comes to the cake, which is better — fresh or frozen?

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Many bakers freeze their cakes for two to three days before the wedding. This is especially true of bakers who often have several weddings on one weekend.

Don’t let the idea of a frozen wedding cake scare you. Generally, if frozen properly, most people can not tell the difference between a fresh or previously frozen cake. Ask your baker if they freeze their cakes. Many find it easier to decorate and stack frozen cakes. If they freeze their cakes, ask about their methods. Ask how long the cake will take to thaw; are the fillings frozen; and if they freeze the cakes before or after icing them. Also ask that if they freeze their cakes that you have previously frozen cake at your tasting. When all is said and done, what matters is the taste. If you are happy with the taste of your cake, don’t worry about how it is created, just that it gives you all the flavor and freshness you are seeking. 166 • The Celebration

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FYI Icing Guide

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BUTTERCREAM This is a smooth, creamy butter-based icing that is generally used to ice the entire cake, giving it a traditional look.

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Buttercream icings do not do well in heat and must be kept cool. Can be smoothed out extremely well, but not as smooth as fondant. Does not work well to cover carved cakes.

ROYAL ICING

GANACHE

Royal icing is usually used to create leaves, flowers and other edible decorations, but rarely on the whole cake. When applied to the cake it is soft and pliable, but then dries to a hard finish, often seen used on professionally decorated cookies.

Ganache is more properly considered a glaze than a frosting. Made from heavy whipping cream and usually chocolate, the icing is poured over the cake. It dries to a finish similar to fondant, but is less labor intensive. Ganache itself is extremely rich and sweet and is also used as a filling for cakes.


Don’t know your ganache from your galoshes? Before you begin looking for your dream wedding cake, here are some definitions and pictures to help you decide what best suits your needs.

FONDANT It is a very smooth, matte, elastic icing that is almost dough-like in texture when being applied.

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Gives cakes a flawless, porcelain finish. Can be folded to create ribbons and swags. Various tools can be used to create textured designs such as quilting, stripes, etc. Also often used to create appliques applied directly to the cake. Covered cakes will stay fresh for days in the fridge.

GUM PASTE Gum paste is an edible sugar dough used primarily to create decorations such as flowers, leaves, etc. It is very often used to create figurines.

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Usually more expensive than buttercream. Errors in finish or texture often require starting from scratch. Considered not as tasty as buttercream, depending on brand and type. Newer fondant recipes are better tasting. Many bakers will put a layer of buttercream under the fondant.

WHIPPED CREAM & MOUSSE These use large amounts of dairy products. Both of these icings must be refrigerated until serving, so generally are not used on wedding cakes, which are usually on display throughout the reception until serving time.


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Order your gown and bridesmaids’ dresses six months to one year before your wedding date.

Call ahead for an appointment with a salon consultant, especially December through April and on Saturdays. An appointment will assure you the time and attention needed to make this important decision.

Allow the salon consultant to help you select the “correct” size, as each manufacturers size can vary. REMEMBER TO ORDER THE SIZE YOU ARE NOW, NOT THE SIZE YOU “HOPE TO BE” BY THE WEDDING. It is much easier to take in a gown than to let it out.

Ask the price of alterations on each piece ordered.

Be prepared to leave a 50% deposit at the time of the order.

Before you begin to shop SET A BUDGET and get ideas about the styles you like by paging through some bridal fashion magazines.

The formality of the wedding takes precedence in choosing the style: gowns with a train, whether a sweep, chapel length, or cathedral length are reserved for formal or semi-formal weddings.

A bride considering an informal ceremony may choose a floor length gown without a train, a tea length gown, a knee length suit or cocktail dress.

Satin, silk, taffeta, velvet, crepe and tapestry brocades are prominent for fall and winter weddings. Chiffon, lace, tulle, silk crepe and English net for spring and summer.

Any woman can wear a long white gown no matter what her age or if she has been married before.

Only first-time brides should wear a train and a veil. Encore and perhaps mature first-time brides should consider a bridal

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The shop will call you to arrange a date for your first fitting. Be sure to bring the shoes you’ll wear on your wedding day.

Some stores may include one fitting in the cost of the dress. Special alterations and extra lengths involve additional charges, as do headpieces and veils.

Attendants’ gowns should complement the bride’s gown in style and color. They can be floor length, or any length shorter than the bride’s gown — never longer.

When ordering bridesmaids dresses, bring in bridesmaids all at one time (or their exact measurements) as dresses will not be ordered until ALL bridesmaids are fitted to insure that the dresses will all be made from the same dye lot.

Allow at least one month for alterations. Try on your gown after alterations. A shop should be able to do minor alterations quickly if necessary.

After your final fitting, inspect the gown closely for any loose trim, beads, etc. BEFORE you leave the shop.

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BRIDAL Gown TERMS When you begin shopping for your perfect wedding gown, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by all the terms and descriptions. Here is a quick breakdown of some of the more common terminology used when discussing wedding attire.

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í˘˛ Halter: A top in which the straps wrap around to tie or fasten behind the neck. í˘ł Sweetheart Neckline: Open neckline that begins 2 inches inside the shoulder line and shaped like a heart.

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SKIRT SHAPES í˘ś A-Line: Typically refers to skirt design characterized by a flared hem and a close fitting waist, often gathered into a train.

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Nurit Hen, a well known Israeli designer, spent her career at the forefront of fashion and started designing wedding gowns and evening dresses in 1980, at the age of 22. After 20 years of designing and manufacturing for different leading brands in Israel, Nurit Hen decided to open her own flagship boutique and cater her unique designs to brides. Her collections world-wide that are well known for their sophisticated look and detailing, giving an exotic, modern look to bridal design. Her new collections come out 2-3 times a year as she get inspired with new visions that she wants to bring to life.


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Picking the Perfect Accessories Your wedding attire is more than just a dress. Take care when selecting your accessories. Take special care in choosing your headpiece and veil as they frame your face. When we envision a “radiant bride,” we see her face surrounded by her headpiece and veil. Custom-designed millinery is usually no more expensive than ready-made and does not have to be ordered months in advance. Choose pearls, sequins, beads, lace, bows, or a smart bridal hat. A milliner is like a hair stylist, he or she creates the style especially for you! NOW, let’s talk about shoes: They must be comfortable for standing, walking, and

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dancing. Break them in at home on a carpeted floor. Choose fabric shoes that complement your gown and those of your attendants — even lace is available and can be dyed to match the dress they will be worn with. Take your shoes to all fittings since hemlines are measured up from the floor when you are wearing your shoes. It’s worth repeating: buy for comfort, even if it costs a little more! When selecting the jewelry you will be wearing, take into consideration the type wedding (casual or elegant) you are having as well as the dress you will be wearing. Good jewelry should enhance, not compete with your dress.

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Preserving Your Gown Your wedding gown will undoubtedly be the most beautiful dress you ever buy and probably the most expensive. Before purchasing your gown we suggest you inspect it carefully and check the cleaning and storage requirements. Wedding gowns are usually decorated with beads, sequins, lace and other ornate trim. This decorative trim may cause problems during cleaning. At the time of purchase you may want to ask the retailer for any suggested cleaning procedures that may come with the gown since many gowns don’t even have a care label attached. After the wedding your gown should be cleaned and protected for future use. For best results have your gown cleaned within the next several weeks. Remember the longer stains and soil are left in your dress the greater the probability of their becoming permanently embedded.

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At the cleaners, brides should share any experiences like someone spilled champagne in a certain area of the gown. Dry cleaning solvents do not remove food and beverages. Such stains must be pretreated with special cleaners before the garment is immersed in solvents. If invisible stains aren’t pretreated they will become set with the heat of dry cleaning. Perspiration and alcohol are water soluble and won’t be removed completely by dry cleaning solvents unless they are pretreated. Alcohol dries clear but the sugar found in alcohol turns brown with age. When the wedding is over definitely have your gown cleaned and placed in a dust-proof, acid-free box suitable for storage. This will preserve the delicate laces, beading and fabric of your wedding ensemble. Store your boxed gown in an area that is cool and dry.

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To accessorize your wedding look in a way only you can, we love these haute couture temporary tattoos from Black Lace Skin Jewelry. Hypoallergenic, these luxurious jewel-like tattoos recall the sumptuousness of medieval Renaissance times with rich velvet fabrics, powerful staffs and gorgeous jewels. Designs include classic fleurs-de-lis, royal crowns, romantic roses and hearts, Gothic crosses, winged armor, snakes, thorns, and feathers and are available in a variety of colors and finishes. (www.blacklaceskinjewelry.com)

How to Choose Lingerie

A good lingerie shop will have just what you need. When you shop, bring an accurate description or picture of your wedding gown. Being properly fitted by a “lingerie expert” is vital. Correctly fitted lingerie will ensure that you’re looking perfect and feeling comfortable on your wedding day.

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Once you’ve chosen your wedding gown, it’s important to shop for the proper intimate apparel for your “dream dress.”

Shop early, because it’s important to wear your intimate apparel to all your wedding gown fittings.

Other items you should consider purchasing include teddies, camisoles, tap pants, nightgowns, and coordinated panty, bra, and slip sets to wear with your honeymoon outfits.

While you’re there, why not browse through the shop for other lingerie to complete your trousseau? Forget to be practical just this once, and try on sensuous negligees and peignoir ensembles for your wedding night.

Today’s bride can choose from a large variety of elegant lingerie. What better time is there to splurge on feminine beauty and luxury than for your wedding and honeymoon? Beautiful, sensuous lingerie should be your gift to yourself.

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Men’s Wear Terms The wedding couple has many decisions to make concerning formal wear. Several are based on outside factors such as time of day of the ceremony, the season and the formality of the wedding. Here is a quick breakdown of terms and types of formal wear for your wedding.

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For a formal tuxedo, trousers should match jacket in style and color. With a cutaway coat, wear gray or gray pinstriped trousers.

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Most photographers’ services are booked anywhere from 6 to 12 months in advance, especially during the busy spring and summer months. Keep in mind, most photographers can only shoot one wedding a weekend. That means on average they have only 52 available dates.

Begin by looking at photographs from the weddings of friends and family. Ask for their suggestions or recommendations.

Couples usually will visit three to four photographers before selecting one.

Know your budget BEFORE making appointments and share it with the photographer when you make the appointment.

Packages generally start in the $1,500 range and can go up to several thousand dollars.

Prepare for your appointment. In addition to the date, time, and location of the wedding, know how many people in the wedding party as well as any special photo requests you have.

Ask for references and a detailed list of what the wedding packages include.

Your photographer will be involved in your wedding and reception, all day. It should be someone you feel comfortable with and who you feel will do the best job for you.

Meet with your photographer shortly before the wedding to confirm the list of shots that will be taken at the wedding. If there is something special you want, for example if your great-grandmother will be there, you need to let the photographer know ahead of time.

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As important as finding the right dress, the right cake, and the right caterer are, finding the right photographer is just as, if not more, important and, like selecting a reception site and caterer, selecting and hiring the right photographer is one of the many planning tasks that should be faced early in the process.

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Assign someone familiar with the families to assist the photographer rounding up everyone for the different photos.

Be on time! If your photographer is arriving at the dressing location at 9 a.m. to take preparation shots, be ready at 9 a.m. Whatever amount of time you normally take to get ready, double it.

Taking portraits at the church immediately after the ceremony? Inform everyone involved the night before at the rehearsal dinner.

Many photographers are including all photo rights so you can have your reprints done anywhere, not just with the photographer. These packages may be more expensive going in, but they may save you money in the long run if you anticipate needing lots of prints for family and friends.

Photojournalistic photography creates a visual record of the wedding day as it happens, instead of posed shots. People are in motion — dancing, talking, laughing — accurately reflecting the ongoing activity and the excitement of the wedding day.

Most couples choose a blend of traditional and photojournalistic styles to get both posed and candid shots.

The key to successfully finding the right photographer is looking at a lot of photographers’ portfolios, and seeing a good sampling of an individual photographer’s work before you engage him or her as your wedding photographer.

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How long will the photographer be there?

Who will be there? Is there a backup photographer? Who is it?

What shots will be taken?

Who assists photographer in rounding up guests? Should you ask a family member or friend to assist them?

Do prices include rights to make your own prints?

What do additional prints and reprints cost?

When will the images be available? How long will you have to place your order? How long do orders take to be filled?

Can you post images to Facebook or other social media sites?

Are you required to feed the photographer?

Are they familiar with the wedding and reception sites?

Who will check photography restrictions in the church during the ceremony?

What does the bridal package include?

Can one size photo be substituted for another?

Is there a bridal sitting fee? Location fee?

What are the payment arrangements?

How will the photographer be dressed?

Are there any other restrictions in the contract you should know about?

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DIY Photography With the average cost of a wedding constantly on the rise, many couples are looking for ways to trim the budget. One area that seems like an easy place to save money is the photography. Today’s digital cameras allow anyone to take wedding photos, right? WRONG!

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Professional photographers generally have higher end equipment, as well as a wider variety of lenses, from large ones (for close-ups without getting too close) to wide angle for group shots.

Also, professional photographers have back up cameras. (Yes, sometimes things go wrong with cameras!)

Don’t base your decision on how many megapixels a camera has. Some cell phones have an 8 megapixel camera. Do you want someone to use a cell phone for your once-in-a-lifetime photos?

Professional photographers know from years of training and experience what makes a good shot great and even how to make a bad shot still look pretty good and access to all the special effects that you see in photographs today.

Professional photographers also know what shots are “must haves” such as shots of the bride and her bridal party, the cake cutting, etc.

Professional photographers also recognize an unexpected great shot, like when the flower girl decides to throw all the petals in one bunch.

So when it comes to your wedding day photography, let your friends and family enjoy your wedding and let the professional photographer work your wedding.

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Boudoir Photography Boudoir photography is the latest trend in wedding photography. This is typically a gift the bride gives to her future husband in lieu of the more traditional groom’s gifts (i.e. watches, cuff links, golf clubs, etc.). Imagine your groom as he unwraps his gift prior to the two of you walking down the aisle and he has a glimpse of what he can look forward to that night. The look you are going for will determine what to wear. Are you a girly girl? Think corsets, stockings and a great pair of stilettos. If you are a self-proclaimed tomboy, then maybe some strategically ripped jeans and a snug fitting white t-shirt will fit the bill. Incorporate your man in the wardrobe selection. Grab his favorite tie or sports jersey. Do what feels good to you and what will get your guy’s heart racing. Expect your photo session to be about two hours long depending on who is

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doing hair and makeup for you. Many photographers like to use their own team of professionals to help achieve the look they are going for. Ask for a preferred list of professionals they work with on a normal basis. The location will depend on your photographer and where you are comfortable. They might have their own studio, or recommend a venue that they have a great relationship with. Most will go to wherever you want to capture these special photos. Discuss options with your photographer well in advance so they bring all the necessary equipment. Questions to ask your photographer: ■

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Will they retouch all your photos as part of the package?

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Have the photographer capture party’s-over pictures such as the guests leaving the church or a waitress clearing off tables.

Ask the photographer to plan for one group shot of all the guests either panoramic or if possible from above.

Embrace the past and display framed wedding photos of parents and grandparents at the rehearsal or reception. What better way to commemorate loved ones past and present.

Most couples pass up the unique yet important table shots which may not be the most creative at the time however add detail to memories in years to come.

Have your photographer create a studio area at the reception so small groups of guests can have their pictures taken or book a photo booth.

Ask your photographer to be sure to catch those unposed, unscripted moments that happen.

Have the photographer take motion shots taken before the pose to catch expression and action.

Make your favorite wedding photo into next year’s greeting card or thank you notes.

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Choosing a Videographer A wedding DVD should never be considered a substitute for still photographs. However, by virtue of its sound and movement, a DVD can preserve a distinct and important part of your wedding. Imagine being able to see and hear your vows being said, reliving again the emotions of the moment. A DVD of your wedding and the following festivities will capture the “real life” that otherwise goes unobserved, and is a poignant, often humorous, accompaniment to the traditional wedding photographs. ■

To find a videographer, look at his work, and talk with him about his taping style.

Start looking at least six to 12 months before your wedding, and reserve a firm date as soon as possible.

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special production needs. Although most professionals do total packages, some videographers charge per camera, per hour. ■

Decide what you want captured. You may want to design your own package to include the rehearsal, the bachelor dinner, a bridal shower, or anything you want to be sure to remember in moving sight and sound for years to come.

Your demonstration should include examples which help you understand the difference between one- and twocamera coverage. Is the video you are viewing taken by the videographer who would cover your wedding?

Observe how the camera covered the ceremony and reception. Coverage should flow with the proceedings, interacting with guests, not intruding.

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Experience and training: Ask how many years this person has been producing videos and how many weddings they’ve done professionally.

Be sure there is a contract outlining all the responsibilities and costs. It should include specific coverage that you want on the video and when you will receive the finished video.

Ask what happens if a personal emergency arises for the videographer you’ve contracted. Most professionals network with others of comparable experience, so they will be able to assure you that their contract will be fulfilled.

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Hit the Right Note at Your Ceremony The music played at your ceremony does set the mood for your ceremony. Whether it’s a traditional hymn or something more personal, picking the perfect music is an important decision, so it is important to be creative in your planning. Here are some tips. Research your church or synagogue’s policy for wedding music to find out what is considered acceptable. Don’t set your heart on walking down the aisle to any music until you have determined the policy of the place you have selected.

A flutist, harpist or stringed instrument player can improve the sound of the music played and enhance your wedding. Expect to pay between $600 to $800 for a string quartet, depending on the individual musician’s experience and expertise.

Some brides arrange to have the church choir or the children’s choir sing. The choir usually sings during the ceremony and prelude, and on occasion for the processional.

If you are not familiar with classical and traditional church music, a good source to go to is the musician you have hired, organist or otherwise.

Many bookstores carry a supply of popular music specifically for wedding ceremonies in addition to music stores. You can also create your own compilation by purchasing individual MP3s and burning your own CD.

Many churches will not allow two pieces which are most familiar considering them inappropriate for a worship service. “The Wedding March” from Wagner’s “Lohengrin” is performed in the opera after the ill-fated wedding of Lohengrin and Elsa and the atmosphere it was meant to evoke is one of hatred and distrust. The correct title is not the wedding march at all but “Bridal Chorus.”

Traditionally, at the reception, the first dance is by the bride and groom to their favorite romantic song, whether it is a slow waltz, a classical piece or a popular current hit song.

Another important dance in the reception is the father/daughter and mother/son dance. During or immediately after the bride’s dance the groom dances with his motherin-law and then his mother.

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Approximately 20 to 30 minutes of music is played before the wedding ceremony actually begins. Discuss your choices of music with the musician or organist who will play at your wedding. Be prepared to provide sheet music for any music that is unfamiliar to the musician and allow advance preparation time. Attend a wedding at the ceremony location prior to yours to listen to the service and/or the organist.

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What to Know Before Hiring a DJ How in the world do you hire a DJ? You have never hired one before and probably will only hire one once in your whole life. What are the things to look for when selecting your DJ?

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Of the many expenditures for your wedding, the DJ will probably be the one that most affects your event positively or negatively. The majority of your guests will never know how good (or bad) your photographer was, but they will certainly experience your DJ throughout the reception, and the ceremony if the DJ will be providing your wedding music. The itinerary, music, and special details need to be worked out in advance. You do not need to worry about these details the night of your wedding! Choose a DJ that will help move the event along. Your DJ should help emcee and keep events flowing.

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You should meet your DJ in advance. See how your DJ’s personality meshes with yours. Feeling comfortable with your DJ is important. At this time you can usually find out how professional the DJ is. Look for DJs that have experience with weddings. You do not need a DJ who specializes in frat parties at your wedding!

Check references. Ask to speak with former customers and local wedding vendors that recommend this DJ. Wedding vendors are a great resource to find other great wedding vendors because they see the good, bad, and ugly.

Book in advance. The more professional DJ companies book 6 to 12 months in advance. Don’t save the DJ as your last vendor to book.

Look at their music list and make sure your DJ will play what YOU want and won’t play any type of music you don’t like. Provide them CDs or MP3s that they do not have. Get in writing any agreements made regarding what music is to be played and when, including the ceremony if the DJ is providing the music for that also.

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Ask about a back-up plan if the DJ has an emergency.

Ask if they have played at your facility before.

If your DJ is to provide your ceremony music, can he provide a wireless microphone system for your minister? This is especially important for large guest lists or outdoor events so that everyone can hear clearly what is being said. Nothing is more frustrating than attending a wedding and not being able to hear.

If your DJ is to provide ceremony music AND reception music for two different locations, find out how this will be accomplished and with what equipment. Do not hire a DJ to set up a system at the church and then find out he is rushing to tear it down and move it to the next facility. Your guests should not be watching a DJ set up his equipment.

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As tempting as using your own iPod for your music may be, hire a professional dj or band.You don’t want to be handling music at your own wedding or reception.

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Popular Music Music plays an important role in a wedding ceremony and reception. It is one of the more memorable parts of your wedding day. The music should convey a message of joy and celebration reflecting the personality of both the bride and groom. Some of the more popular selections include: “Ave Maria” F. Schubert “Flesh of My Flesh” Leon Patillo “Air on the G String” from Orchestral Suite No. 3 J.S. Bach “Romance for String Quartet” W.A. Mozart

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“Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun” C. Debussy

Traditionally, at the reception, the first dance is by the bride and groom to their favorite romantic song, whether it is a slow waltz, a classical piece or a popular current hit song. Another important dance in the reception is the father/daughter and mother/son dance. Typically, the new father-in-law asks the bride to dance during which the bride’s father cuts in and completes the dance with her. During or immediately after the bride’s dance, the groom dances with his mother-in-law and then his mother.

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Here are some really important guidelines to help you look phenomenal when considering your dress, skin and hair: CHOOSE TIMELESS, NOT TRENDY

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For many brides, it’s all about the wedding photos, and with good reason. Wedding photographs are lovely and permanent reminders of a grand day in the lives of families. It’s a physical reflection of the endless promise of love, partnership, and commitment to the future. So, of course, women want to look perfect hanging on the wall!

Ever gazed at a wedding photograph from the 1980s and thought, “Yikes!?” In the ‘80s, they looked just fine, in fact, maybe even gorgeous and sophisticated. When choosing your hair style, make-up, and dress, consider that certain trends that seem normal and beautiful today, may look silly in 10 years. Be wary of trends and navigate away from looks that will go out of style quickly.

SKIN CARE, SKIN CARE, SKIN CARE!!! Make-up artists and photographers don’t carry a magic wand and you don’t want to be the “photoshopped” bride. Consider that it takes a minimum of 3 months to get most skin problems under control with the help of licensed experts and quality products so start early. Taking the time and investing in professional treatments for your skin can make the world of difference in the final outcome of your photographs. If budget constraints don’t allow for monthly facials, most spas offer a free consultation and can recommend the home care products for a do-it-yourself option. GET SCHEDULED TO GET FIT Every lady wants to look as fit as possible for the big day, and it is no surprise that this isn’t an overnight accomplishment.

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You want to be proud of your wedding pictures, not ashamed of that painfully out-of-date trend that is now a permanent representation of your vows.

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There are countless weight loss and fitness plans for brides-to-be to choose from and it’s important to find a realistic plan for you and to avoid crash/fad diets that promise the moon. On average, it can take up to 3 weeks of diligent exercise and dieting before you can see and feel a physical difference. If you stay on track with a healthy regimen, you can safely lose 2 lbs. a week. Make sure that you schedule your weight loss goals into your life and into your dress fittings. Set time aside for working out and even for when you allow yourself to cheat! GET CREATIVE WITH YOUR WEDDING PICTURE POSES AND VENUES

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Remember that your photographs don’t have to be super traditional to be beautiful. Take some time to brainstorm with your photographer and family/friends on different poses. Consider the following variables to create unique and inspirational wedding photographs.

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Ask questions about your photography venue. What kind of flowers are in season when you marry? Are there any greenbelts in the vicinity that have a particularly large population of beautiful plants, trees, or flowers?

Action shots are fantastic. Incorporate some pictures where you jump, run, and leap around. You will be surprised how amazing some of these turn out.

What are the ages and heights of the wedding party? Can you create a fun dimensional arrangement with everybody? Try exploring different ideas and have fun with it.

Schedule a photography trial session with the photographer where you simply play around with your ideas. It may cost you a little extra, but it will let you know how creative, flexible and versatile your photographer is willing to be and help you feel more comfortable with them. This will help you get avoid cookie-cutter pics.

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BE A HEALTH NUT FOR 3 DAYS BEFORE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS.

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It is not uncommon for brides to risk their photographs or to have to postpone them due to a poor decision during the last few days before the wedding. Sunburns and hangovers don’t translate well in pictures and are easy to prevent.

You have every right to be excited and indulge in some celebratory pre-partying, but keep the days immediately before your wedding as sacred, healthy days with these tips: ■

Choose foods packed with nutrients that are low in preservatives and salt. Limit your alcohol and sugar, and increase your super fruits, veggies, and lean meats. This will reduce break outs, puffiness under the eyes, and bloating.

Wear sunblock if you are going to spend time outdoors and remember to cover up at every chance.

Ask your maid-of-honor to schedule your bachelorette party a couple weeks before the wedding, instead of a couple days prior.

Avoid trying new skin care treatments, make up lines, or exotic foods that aren’t time tested for you. The last thing you need to deal with is bad reaction to a new perfume or a botched spray tan. READ THESE OTHER GREAT ARTICLES:

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Makeup and Color Your wedding day will surely be one of the most beautiful days of your life. Your assurance that you will look your best is to begin a health and beauty regimen based on an expert consultation several weeks before your wedding. Set a beauty consultation where your consultants will advise you about skin care; getting your nails into shape to show off your special jewelry; body care for an all-over velvety feeling; hair care for that healthy, bouncy look (it’s important to have your hair styled one month prior); and planning your wedding day beauty schedule.

Whether your skin is “normal, oily, or dry,” you’ll learn proper cleansing and care techniques that will give you a radiant, natural glow. Your beauty consultant will help you choose makeup colors that are best for your skin tones.

Remember that your eyes are the focal point of your face. Eye makeup should be subtle; use just enough to enhance your natural eye color.

A color consultation will help you select the “right white” for your wedding dress, as well as the most flattering colors for your bridesmaids’ gowns and flowers. Carefully chosen colors will complement the bridesmaids’ skin and eyes; this will also create the correct color background for the bride.

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Weight Loss Advice Almost every bride, once she starts thinking about a gown, also starts thinking about her body. If like most brides you are looking to get slim and trim for your wedding, there are a variety of ways to do it. ■

The first thing NOT to do, is go on a crash diet. While you may lose some pounds quickly, odds are they won’t stay off over the months it takes planning a wedding. Not only can crash diets play havoc with dress fittings, they can also lead to dizziness, fatigue and a whole host of health problems. The first step to losing weight is checking with your physician. Once you have been cleared to start a weightloss program, you can start considering the many options available. Even if time is moving quickly you can lose weight fast. Some medically supervised weight loss programs average three pounds a week for women, and five pounds a week for men.

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No matter what program you decide on, make sure it includes exercise. If you don’t already exercise regularly, your upcoming wedding is the perfect opportunity — and incentive — for getting started. Why not start your new life with your fiancé by starting an exercise program together?

Once again, there is a wide range of options for exercising. Today, options for exercise include a variety of great fitness centers, health clubs, gyms, specialized yoga, martial arts, aerobic and dance classes, not to mention local parks, community education programs or even your own home. It doesn’t take much to make a difference.

As an added bonus, not only will a regular exercise program and sensible diet help you lose weight and look better, it is a great way to reduce the stress that comes with planning a wedding.

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Avoiding Stress As anyone who has ever been through a wedding can tell you, the months leading up to your big day can be a time of stress as well as happiness, there’s so much to think about and do! You have to decide what to wear; where to have the reception; what flowers to order; who to ask to be in the wedding AND plan for your future home and life, all while having the inevitable doubts about getting married in the first place. Welcome to the wedding jitters. They are about as common as weddings. Luckily there are ways to control our anxiety. Here are a few common sense suggestions. Share responsibilities. Don’t assume you have to do everything yourself. This idea is old-fashioned, as well as exhausting. Ask your fiancé to go over the Groom’s Checklist in this book and handle as many of those functions as possible. Communicate your feelings. Be open and honest if you’re feeling upset. Tell

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your fiancé or family what’s bothering you. Don’t try to keep stressful feelings to yourself; they may transfer to something or someone else. Take positive action when possible. Worrying never solved a problem. Follow a planning timetable. It will give you the secure feeling that you’re not forgetting something crucial. Have a system. Try to break down each task into organized steps. Next, decide how long it should take and who will do it. Then, set a completion date and stay on schedule. Pace yourself. In the beginning stages of planning your wedding you have several major areas to decide upon. Don’t try to tackle them all at once. Try to accomplish one major job a day. Take care of your health. Eat right and be sure to get enough rest and exercise. Take advantage of time-tested soothers at night — a hot bath, warm milk or a back rub.

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Go prepared! Have the date, location and number of attendants ready when you go as well as your budget.

Selecting your gown, the bridesmaids’ dresses and the overall color theme is a must before visiting your florist. Take fabric swatches and descriptions (pictures are even better) of your selected wedding apparel.

It is always a good idea to request that your florist give you an itemized bill in advance and make sure that you in turn supply the florist with the names, addresses, and times for delivery of your bouquet, boutonnieres, corsages and floral arrangements.

Expect to spend at least $500 on flowers, although they should not be the largest expense of the day. Talk to several florists; many will offer special packages. Ask to see photos of their work, not just arrangements from a catalog, as well as references.

Traditionally, the bridal bouquet is composed of all white flowers but, if you would prefer, the addition of colorful blossoms is certainly appropriate.

The groom’s boutonniere, worn on his left lapel, is usually a spray of the same type of blossoms used in your bouquet. Ushers and groomsmen wear boutonnieres different from the groom’s and your attendants’ flowers are different, of course, from your bouquet.

Corsages for the mothers and boutonnieres for the fathers are coordinated in color and style within the general floral theme.

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Six months before the wedding is not too early to select your florist, especially if you’re planning an elaborate wedding. When you talk with your florist, be guided by these elements: the style and mood of your wedding, the season or environment, your budget and, more to the point, what you like.

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Think about including a smaller, toss bouquet in your floral order.

Consider including unusual greenery plants. Asparagus fern and multicolored coleus are attractive in summer bouquets. Holly and pine sprays are popular for December nuptials. Stalks of golden-brown wheat are a sentimental touch for harvest brides.

Flowers and greenery in season are more abundant and generally less expensive.

Some florists will rent silk altar arrangements and other pieces for a fraction of the cost of fresh flowers.

Ask your florist for guidance. His artistry, knowledge of wedding protocol and ability to listen to your needs will ensure that you’ll get a good value for your money, and have the perfect floral accents to enhance your wedding day.

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BRIDAL Bouquet COMPARISONS If your dreams are bigger than your budget for your wedding bouquet, do not despair. Here we show you three bouquets, all with a similar look. The only difference? Price. When it comes to creating your vision, it is can be done, no matter your budget. Just be open minded and upfront with your florist. They are the experts in helping you find the look but within your budget.

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BOUQUET TIPS The size, style and even color of your bridal bouquet is dictated by a number of things. Keep these tips in mind while picking your bouquet.

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Style of gown. Long stemmed, formal bouquets (cascade, arm presentation, crescent) go well with formal, fuller gowns. One exception: If the “wow” factor of your gown is the skirt and its embellishment, a shorter bouquet won’t hide those special items.

Season. While its your wedding and nothing is written in stone, Spring weddings usually use pastel colors/flowers; Winter uses bold; Fall uses warm tones and summer weddings call for bright colors.

Color Pitfalls. If you are wearing an all while dress, an all-white bouquet can get lost in photos. Darker colored blooms, such as deep blues and purples, can look like black holes in wedding photos.

Your body. Generally taller or more full figured brides are going to look better carrying larger/ longer bouquets. Shorter, petite women would do well to go with small bouquets.

Your style. Pick flowers/colors that have special meaning to you (Ivy for fidelity; Yellow irises for passion; red roses for love.)

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Once you’ve decided on the perfect bouquet, think about personalizing it by adding a memento or two. Your grandmother’s brooch or a photo charm can be added to the wrapping or use a strip of your mother’s wedding dress or the dress you wore when you got engaged. Still not sure what you want? Trust your florist. They have the knowledge and experience to steer you in the right direction. The Details • 289


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What flowers are included in the contract?

Do they provide a second bouquet for toss/photos?

Will they deliver? Where? For how much?

Will they take flowers from church to reception site? Is there an additional cost for this service?

Who will put up church décor flowers?

Does floral bid include reception/cake décor? Will they deliver flowers to the baker?

Can you rent arrangements for the altar, etc.?

Are the flowers you have selected suitable for the weather/season?

Will candles be allowed with the floral arrangements?

Exactly what does the price include?

Can you see photos of the florist’s work? Not just catalogs?

References?

Number of weddings done in a day?

Will they work with silk flowers? Is there an additional price for using silk flowers?

Are items such as vases and holders returnable for a refund?

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COMMON WEDDING FLOWERS AND THEIR AVAILABILITY


Curved like the shape of a quarter moon, the flowers in this bouquet are usually tapered at the two ends, extending from a larger grouping of flowers in the center. Flowers with multiple blossoms on long stems, such as orchids, are particularly suited for these type of bouquets.

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Pomander A pomander is a bloom-covered ball suspended from ribbon that is commonly worn over to the wrist. These are perfect for flower girls or other children in the wedding party.

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Did You Know? Ancient Roman brides carried bunches of herbs to symbolize fidelity and fertility… and to scare off evil spirits. ■ Stephanotis flowers represent happiness in marriage. ■ Violets represent faithfulness.

Cascade This bouquet is made with flowers forming a waterfall of blossoms, starting with a large gathering at the top and tapering to an end.

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Hand-tied Refers to the way the flowers are wrapped. It is usually a more casual arrangement of flowers that are loosely tied together by hand.


FYI Bouquet Guide Nosegay A nosegay bouquet is a small, round cluster of flowers that are all cut to a uniform length. A nosegay is usually made with larger blooms in the center surrounded by smaller blooms, all tightly tied together.

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Roses Tulips Calla Lilies Lily of the Valley Hydrangeas Peonies Ranunculus Stephanotis Sweet Peas Gardenias

Arm A wedding bouquet of flowers bound and carried in the fold of the arm. Calla lilies work well for this type of bouquet.


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Decide how many guests, based on budget. Divide that number into thirds: 1/3 for the couple’s friends and 1/3 for each of the two families. All guests should be invited to both the wedding and the reception. Invitations should be mailed six weeks before the wedding.

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The first impression your wedding is going to make on guests is the invitations. Your wedding invitation can help set the mood and style for your wedding, whether they are contemporary or classic; casual or formal. Once you’ve decided the style of your wedding, pick your invitation.

Remember, invitations are always written in the third person. Spell everything out… the wedding date, time, all numerals and names. Abbreviations, initials and nicknames are never used except for Mr. or Mrs., Jr. or Dr. and Lt. Colonel.

Be sure to order enough invitations… one for every married couple, each single adult guest, each attendant and their parents (if invited), your attendants’ dates (if single), everyone in the groom’s family and of course, your clergyman. Order extras for emergencies and keepsakes.

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“The honour of your presence” (spelled with the u) on the invitation indicates a religious ceremony, while “the pleasure of your company” indicates a civil service.

Extra envelopes are a must, this will allow for any mistakes you may make when addressing. For beautiful hand addressing invitations, a bride may turn to a calligrapher.

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Hand-address all envelopes in blue or black ink. Remember, use full names, no initials.

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Personalize your wedding with mini candies or chocolates with your names or wedding date on them. You can now order personalized M&Ms with your wedding date and initials.

Add sparkle to the first dance by placing bound sparklers at guests table instead of place cards. Once the lights go out sparklers are lit and couple can enjoy their first dance.

Personalized coasters with the bride’s and groom’s names and wedding date add a unique touch.

Save cuttings of your wedding dress from your fittings. The snippets can then be incorporated in a garter, ring pillow, or possibly later a baby's first blanket.

It’s easy to get caught up in the planning of the wedding and forget the things that really matter. Send your groom roses or a small surprise a couple of weeks before the wedding to remind him of your love.

Accent the church pews with petal cones filled with delicate flowers such as roses or lily’s.

Write a personal note to your mom and dad and slip it into their program at their seat. While you are walking the aisle they will be touched by your thoughtful words.

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Fun Ways to Share Memories with Family and Friends It seems everyone is looking for a new and different kind of wedding favor. Two of the latest trends are photo booths and photo flipbooks. PHOTO BOOTHS Photo booths bring a touch of fun to your reception. Guests can select black and white or color photo strips, several poses per session. Photos can also be customized with a logo or graphic, such as a monogram.

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In 15 seconds photo booths give guests a great keepsake. Or, the photos can be used to help create a picture guest book. Photo booths vary in style from the large, ‘50s-style enclosed booth to sleeker, more modern designs. Each has its own requirements (electricity, access, etc.) so be sure to check with your venue to determine which type of booth works best for you. The larger, heavier booths work best on ground floor venues, while the smaller, more modern set ups can be used almost anywhere. FLIPBOOKS With flipbooks, guests interact with each other using fun props to create a series of photos in a 10 foot x 10 foot studio setting. In about two minutes, images are compiled into a flipbook that mimics motion as the pages are flipped. With the use of green screens, any backdrop can be put in the book. With both items the process is the same as that used by professional photographers, so the photos last. Also, since both photo booths and flipbooks are based on digital photography, all the photos are recorded and electronic files can be provided for your use after the event. Whether you choose flipbooks or a photo booth, you’ll be giving your guests a favor they will never forget.

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Let Rental Experts Help If you have decided on a garden wedding or have rented an unfurnished hall, you will find yourself in need of some expert advice on setting up your reception or celebration party. Visit a rental store that specializes in party rentals. Many offer staff consultants to help you with every detail of arranging a truly comfortable and elegant wedding reception or rehearsal dinner. They can supply all of your chairs, tables, linens, china, crystal, and silverware needs. You will find beautiful serving accessories too, from champagne fountains to elegant silver chafing dishes. A fully equipped rental store will have a wide selection of wedding accessories, including: arches and huppahs, kneeling benches, candelabras in assorted sizes and styles, plant stands, aisle runners and standards, wedding canopies, gazebos, artificial greenery, and flowers.

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Tell your rental specialist how many guests you’ve invited to the reception and the square footage of the room where it will be held. With this information they can accurately plan your seating and serving arrangements. A deposit may be required to reserve specific pieces. Set tentative delivery, set-up, and pick-up times. Confirm these the week before the wedding. A word about renting — charges are usually for time out, whether used or not. Most prices quoted are for a one-day charge and you will be responsible for set-up and knockdown of all items rented, unless you make special arrangements with your rental store. Your rental professional will provide you with everything you need to create a truly memorable affair. Trust their advice; they plan more parties in a year than most people plan in a lifetime.

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Decorating Made Easier Today’s brides usually want to carry out the color and floral themes they have chosen for their wedding by decorating their ceremony and reception sites. You may choose to create an entire theme using elaborate decorations and backdrops. Or, you may simply want a few flowers and candles to enhance your ceremony site and dinner tables. In many cases decorations need to be set up just prior to the arrival of the wedding party at the church and taken down almost immediately after the ceremony. Likewise, reception tables are often not ready for decorating until an hour or two before the dinner. So, often there isn’t time for members of the wedding party to take on the decorating task, as well as to be relaxed and ready for the wedding. If you prefer to have a hand in your own decorating, look for decorations that

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can be prepared ahead and a very responsible person to arrange them according to your wishes. If you choose to have your florist prepare arrangements and decorations, be sure to discuss whether they will also set-up, decorate, and remove the items after the wedding. If you choose a professional decorator, they will take care of these tasks as a part of their duties, as well as create the decorations themselves. Professional decorators and florists generally have an inventory of rental items that can be customized to carry out your wedding theme. It’s a wise investment to rent table centerpieces, vases, mirrors, silk and dried flower arrangements, pedestals, archways, and plants that you will only use for one day. Similar items with ribbons, tulle, or lace swags, candles or wreaths make beautiful customized wedding decorations.

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Chiavari Separate chair pads can be attached in a variety of colors. Chairs look like bamboo. Usually made in natural but also available in other colors.

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One of the easiest ways to personalize your wedding reception is with linens. With a wide variety of colors and styles, there is something for every taste and budget. When considering specialized linens, here are some things to keep in mind. Size matters. To have linens go to the floor, you first need to determine your table size. ■ ■ ■ ■

A 72" table requires a 132" linen A 60" table requires a 120" linen A 48" table requires a 108" linen Rectangle tables require a drop over

Linens do not need to be satin, although most are. For a little variation, consider something with a little texture. Pin tuck, embroidered taffeta and crushed fabric are just a few of the choices available. Try combining any of these over basic satin linen in a complementary color for a look as unique as you are.

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Another option to consider is overlays. Available in satin stripes, organza and other fabrics, overlays are generally shorter than floor length linens that can add drama. Want a custom look on a smaller budget? Consider sashes. Two sashes (available in a variety of materials) criss-crossed over a white satin linen can be striking. Use more of the same sashes as chair ties for a coordinated look. When it comes to the chairs, you can get complete chair covers that look lovely on their own or add a sash tied in a decorative knot.

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Many venues can help you coordinate your specialty linens. If your venue doesn’t there are a number of excellent decorating and rental companies ready to help. Make an appointment to visit their showrooms and you’ll come away with great ideas and a beautiful reception that is uniquely you.

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Arrive in Style Rather than settling for the trusty family car driven by your father or a friend, how about a more elegant beginning to your most important day? Hire a limousine to transport you, your family, or wedding party to the scene of the festivities. This will leave your own car free for any last minute errands and save traffic hassles, ensuring that you and your gown arrive unscathed. For those who wish a touch of elegance from the past, consider a horse-drawn carriage along with your limousine needs. After the ceremony the limousine can easily and safely transport the wedding party and guests to the reception — party coaches carry 15 people or more. Talk with a limousine specialist about the type of service you will need. They may have special fleet rates available. Other questions to consider are if there are time restrictions, and who the specific driver(s) will be for your event. Your reservations

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should be made at least four to six weeks in advance. CAUTION! Every year in Austin we see new limousine businesses start up and then fail, stranding unfortunate brides on their wedding day. Before you book your limousine, call the Wedding Guide for a reference. If you are going to have guests flying in for your wedding, consider hiring a car service to do airport pickups and drop offs. Ask the limo or car service you have hired for your wedding day if they can offer a package deal to include airport transportation. Be prepared with at least an estimate of how many trips will be needed and for how many people based on your RSVPs. Another nice thing to do for your out-oftown guests is to arrange transportation from the hotel to the wedding and reception and then back again.

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Why Use a Travel Agent In a wired society where the world is literally at your fingertips and where online travel sites abound, it is easy to think you can make all your own travel arrangements. In some cases, this can be the worst mistake you can make.

Many online sites represent only a portion of the major airlines, resorts, hotels, etc. For example, many lowcost airlines such as Southwest, Jet Blue, etc., aren’t represented on the major online travel sites. A travel agent/agency can access all the best deals from all providers, saving you money.

Travel agents know the destinations; the facilities; the vendors and the rules and regulations of the place you are dreaming of. They know which local wedding professionals are reliable with the best prices and which aren’t.

A travel agent will handle virtually all the arrangements not only for getting you and your wedding party to your destination wedding but also your guests. They will track who has booked, who has called and what everyone’s travel details are. They will also handle all the details of your actual wedding, acting as your destination wedding consultant.

They don’t rely on online photos; they visit the locations and facilities. They know if the location, facilities and service are everything the brochure promised because they’ve been there themselves! The same is true if you are only seeking to book your honeymoon. A travel agent will have access to the best prices, the best packages and information on the best locations.

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Buying Your New Home Together In addition to a loan officer you are going to want to find a real estate agent to help find your home. A real estate agent you chose should have access to the Multiple Listing Service which will help you locate a home as per your requirements, such as number of bedrooms, bathrooms, square footage, size of lot, location, etc.

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When trying to decide whether to rent or buy…remember the advantages of buying. A home can be an important factor in building a solid financial foundation for your marriage.

Your once-a-month payment is no longer cash flowing into someone else’s pocket. For example, if you pay $600 rent per month, that is $7,200 in rent per year and that equals $72,000 if you have been renting for 10 years. You could have owned your own home by now. With each mortgage payment, you are “buying” something tangible, building equity. The longer you own your home, the larger your equity. To begin your home search, start with a loan officer at a reputable mortgage company or bank. Look for someone who can work with clients with very good credit as well as those with not-so-good credit. There are three credit bureaus and the mortgage industry uses the middle score of the three to qualify you for a loan. In addition to your credit score, the loan officer will review your monthly income in relation to your current debt and bills and see what the maximum price of home you can afford. There are three kinds of loans: VA loans for military buyers; FHA loans for first time home buyers and conventional loans.

Your real estate agent should also be able to guide you through every step of the process from placing your bid on a home to all the appraisals and inspections required. You are also going to want to find an insurance agent to handle the homeowners’ insurance policy to cover the home against hazard, fire, theft, water, mold, etc. Usually you get a better quote when you combine your home and car insurance under one umbrella. You can also include your life insurance so that if anything happens to you the home loan is paid off. One thing is very certain about the first home you and your groom purchase, it is a symbol of your commitment to each other.

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178 Pine Tree Loop, Bastrop (512) 695-0932

Angel Springs Events

1500 CR 267, Georgetown (512) 535-6584 or Toll Free (866) 771-1500

Antebellum Oaks 14913 Murfin Rd. (512) 423-0372

Arthur Murray Dance Studio

100 106

13945 Hwy. 183 North, C-1 (512) 454-7663

Austin Marriott North

500 79

430 49

125

200 103

250

200 73

250

2600 La Frontera, Round Rock (512) 733-6767

Austin Marriott South 4415 South IH 35 (512) 634-2006

Austin Party Cruises

42

2215 Westlake Dr. (512) 328-9887

Avery Ranch Golf Club and Event Center 10500 Avery Club Dr. (512) 248-2442

Balcones Country Club

59

8600 Balcones Club Dr. (512) 258-1621 ext. 231

Bastrop Convention and Exhibit Center

750 114

1408 Chestnut St., Bastrop (512) 332-8981

Berry Creek Country Club

30500 Berry Creek Dr. Georgetown (512) 930-4615

Blissful Hill

63

Barn at Dripping Springs Barn at Pedernales River (512) 757-9300 Legend: B = Both inside and outside I = inside only O = outside only * From Pre-approved List

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275

1213

120

40

B

230

77

B

275

80

B

Valet Parking

Can Provide Cake

In-House Catering Only

See Ad Page

Maximum Capacity

Security Required

B

Free Parking

Bands/DJ Allowed

I

Dance Floor

Garden/Patio

Indoor/Outdoor

In-House Liquor Only

Ceremony Site

Brodie Homestead

Bridal Dressing Room

Venue Directory

5211 Brodie Lane (512) 439-2981

Capital Cruises

208 Barton Springs Rd. (512) 480-9264

Casa Blanca on Brushy Creek 2211 Hairy Man Rd., Round Rock (512) 663-4441

Cedar Skies 617 Log Country Cove, Burnet (512) 627-5312 or (830) 798-5900

Cedars Ranch, The

506 Burnett Ranch Rd. Wimberly (512) 413-3537

Charles Johnson House

250 133 outside

200 inside

B

B

175

85

B

125

90

I

150

51

I

I

B

B

300 58

404 Atlanta St. (512) 767-0788

Chateau Bellevue

708 San Antonio St. (512) 472-1336

Chateau on the Creek

2601 Sam Bass Rd., Round Rock (512) 733-8484

County Line, The

6500 Bee Cave Rd. • (512) 327-1742 5204 FM 2222 • (512) 346-3664

Courtyard & Residence Inn by ✓ Marriott Austin Downtown

200 66

300 East 4th St. (512) 691-9225

Crowne Plaza Hotel Austin

500 46

175

6121 IH-35 North (512) 323-5466

Crystal River Inn, The

40

326 W. Hopkins, San Marcos Toll Free (888) 396-3739

Cypress Club at the Reserve, The

600 105

19926 Thurman Bend Rd. (512) 402-1400 Legend: B = Both inside and outside I = inside only O = outside only * From Pre-approved List

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O

B

B

B

B

I

B

B

B

B

O

✓ ✓

See Ad Page

Maximum Capacity

Security Required

Free Parking

Valet Parking

Can Provide Cake

In-House Liquor Only

Bands/DJ Allowed

In-House Catering Only

Dance Floor

Indoor/Outdoor

Garden/Patio

Ceremony Site

Dimebox Ballroom

Bridal Dressing Room

Venue Directory

150

121

715 Young Ranch Rd., Georgetown (512) 813-5911

DoubleTree by Hilton Austin

700 98

6505 IH-35 North (512) 454-3737

Embassy Suites Austin Central

350 64

5901 North IH-35 (512) 519-0466

Featherstone Ranch

870 Klein Ranch, Stonewall (830) 456-3990

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

300 125 inside

120 129

320 E. 2nd St. (512) 457-1500

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

100 129

11600 Century Oaks Terrace (512) 835-9463

Garden Grove

200 47

200 110

150

55

B

34

B

B

350

61

9770 FM 967, Buda (512) 638-7414

Golf Club Star Ranch, The

250 104

2500 FM 685, Hutto (512) 252-4653

Hacienda Del Lago 14000 FM 2769, Volente (512) 496-0099

Hamilton Twelve 18619 Hamilton Pool Rd. (512) 264-1533

Haven on Lake Travis

3404 American Dr., Lago Vista (512) 519-9429

Heritage House

165

300 67

5001 McGregor Lane Dripping Springs (512) 894-4933

Hidden River Ranch 1660 FM 2340, Lampasas (512) 755-9076

Hills of Lakeway CC, The

220

91

26 Club Estates Pkwy. (512) 261-7200 Legend: B = Both inside and outside I = inside only O = outside only * From Pre-approved List

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B

B

B

B

B

See Ad Page

Maximum Capacity

Security Required

Free Parking

Bands/DJ Allowed

Valet Parking

Dance Floor

B

Can Provide Cake

Garden/Patio

In-House Liquor Only

Indoor/Outdoor

In-House Catering Only

Ceremony Site

House on the Hill

Bridal Dressing Room

Venue Directory

150

5

319 Addie Roy Rd. (512) 327-5377

Inn at Wild Rose Hall, The

11110 Fitzhugh Rd. (512) 380-5683

Iron Cactus Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar

150 7071 150 128

10001 Stonelake Blvd. (512) 814-0213

Kindred Oaks

250

58

170

95

225

37

80

134

2100 C.R. 176, Georgetown (512) 260-9690

LCRA–McKinney Roughs Nature Park 1884 Hwy 71 West, Cedar Creek (512) 303-5073

La Estancia Bella

3401 Lone Man Mountain Wimberly (512) 550-6727

Las Palomas Restaurant-Bar

B

3201 Bee Cave Rd., Ste. 122 (512) 327-9889

Lodge at Bridal Veil Falls, The

B

B

B

B

O

B

500 48

2225 Bridal Veil, Spring Branch (830) 228-4880

Lotus Ranch

200 124

525 Fischer Trail, Wimberley (512) 847-6633

Memory Lane Weddings & Events

300 126

403 KC Memory Lane (512) 894-0700

Mercury Hall

200 135

615 Cardinal Lane (512) 236-1226

Merryvale Weddings & Events

300 119

13801 Carpenter Lane, Manchaca (512) 496-9640

Messina Inn

225

89

1000 Cypress Creek Lane Wimberley (512) 847-6000 Legend: B = Both inside and outside I = inside only O = outside only * From Pre-approved List

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I

B

B

B

B

B

B

B

B

B

See Ad Page

Maximum Capacity

B

Security Required

Free Parking

Valet Parking

B

Can Provide Cake

Bands/DJ Allowed

Dance Floor

B

Garden/Patio

In-House Liquor Only

Indoor/Outdoor

In-House Catering Only

Ceremony Site

Milltown Historic District

Bridal Dressing Room

Venue Directory

200 69

200 93

561 Oasis St., New Braunfels (830) 837-5480

Oasis on Lake Travis, The

400 113

300 42

150

400 127

150 103

200 43

600 53

250 109

300

6550 Comanche Trail (512) 266-9242

Old Glory Ranch

600 97

3633 River Rd., Wimberley (512) 847-3646

Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark 4140 Governor’s Row (512) 383-2628

Onion Creek Club 2510 Onion Creek Pkwy. (512) 383-2004

Pavilions at Rockport Beach, The

36

911 Navigation Circle, Rockport (361) 729-6661

Phillips Event Center

8140 Exchange Dr. (512) 926-2252

Railroad Ranch

230 65

412 Depot St., Elgin (512) 470-7841

Ranch House at Teravista, The

4333 Teravista Club Dr., Round Rock (512) 517-4609

Rancho Mirando

6600 FM 32, Fischer (512) 826-7847

Reunion Ranch

850 CR 255, Georgetown (512) 515-6200

River House on the Pedernales, The 24601 Pedernales Canyon Trl., Spicewood (512) 657-3801

River Place Country Club

111

4207 River Place Blvd. (512) 346-1114 ext. 3904 Legend: B = Both inside and outside I = inside only O = outside only * From Pre-approved List

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320 104

300 8-9

See Ad Page

Maximum Capacity

Security Required

Free Parking

Valet Parking

I

Can Provide Cake

Bands/DJ Allowed

Dance Floor

B

Garden/Patio

In-House Liquor Only

Indoor/Outdoor

In-House Catering Only

Ceremony Site

Sheraton Austin Hotel

Bridal Dressing Room

Venue Directory

600 107

701 East 11th St. (512) 404-6946

Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center

800 80

600 123

1101 Woodlawn Ave., Georgetown (737) 444-2726

Shirley Bird Perry Hall @ Union Ballroom

2247 Guadalupe (512) 475-6677

SPRINGS in Georgetown, The

O

B

B

300 8-9

B

700 8-9

O

250

B

500 OBC

5299 W. Hwy. 29, Georgetown (512) 850-7956

Sterling Event Center 6134 US-290 E. (512) 261-0142

Sterling Events at The Long Center 701 W. Riverside (512) 261-0142

Sterling Events at Pioneer Farms 10621 Pioneer Farms Dr. (512) 261-0142

Stone House Ranch

52

2708 McGregor Lane #B Dripping Springs (512) 993-8005

Terrace Club, The

B

B

300 99

B

350 40

2600 Hwy. 290 East Dripping Springs (512) 894-4009

TerrAdorna

200 57

10900 Hibbs Lane, Manor (512) 585-9105

Texas Federation of Women’s Club Mansion, The 2312 San Gabriel (512) 476-5845

Texas Old Town 1205 Roland Lane, Kyle (512) 396-1800

Legend: B = Both inside and outside I = inside only O = outside only * From Pre-approved List

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Free Parking

Security Required

Maximum Capacity

See Ad Page

250

52

275

✓ 200+ 81

Valet Parking

Bands/DJ Allowed

Can Provide Cake

Dance Floor

B

Garden/Patio

In-House Liquor Only

Indoor/Outdoor

In-House Catering Only

Ceremony Site

Thistlewood Manor & Gardens

Bridal Dressing Room

Venue Directory

1520 Roland Ln., Kyle (512) 426-9942

Trudy’s Four Star

138139

13059 Four Star Blvd. (512) 301-4300

Twin Creeks Country Club

B

B

O

76

3201 Twin Creeks Club Dr. Cedar Park (512) 250-3956

Twisted Ranch 7345 F.M. 243, Bertram (512) 553-5365

Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum

250 133 seated

600

605 Robert E. Lee Rd. (512) 445-5582 x105

cocktail

Uncle Julio’s

B

500 155

301 Brazos St. #150 (512) 518-2100

Villa Antonia

B

B

B

B

B

I

200 83

240 54

250

3

200

1

19039 Adrian Way, Lake Travis (512) 689-2157

Villa at Gruene, The 1190 Gruene Rd., New Braunfels (830) 625-9463

Vintage Villas Hotel & Events 4209 Eck Lane (512) 220-0185

Vista on Seward Hill, The 6414 West Bee Cave Rd. (512) 327-3843

Waters Point, The

300 IFC

13401 RR 12, Wimberley (512) 722-3848

Wyndham Garden Hotel

250

41

125

110

3401 South IH-35 (512) 448-2444 or (512) 448-4999

Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill

1110 W. 6th St. (512) 970-3834 Legend: B = Both inside and outside I = inside only O = outside only * From Pre-approved List

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PLANNING PLACE

Timetable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . P2

Bride’s Checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . P18

Event Information at a Glance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . P4

Groom’s Checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . P19

Financial Obligations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . P6

A Guide for the Best Man . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . P21

Budget Worksheet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . P7 Ceremony Site Comparison Chart . . . . . . . . . . . P10

A Guide for Ushers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . P23 A Guide for Maid/Matron of Honor . . . . . . . . . . P25

Ceremony Reading & Music Selections . . . . . . . P11 Reception Site Comparison Chart . . . . . . . . . . . P12 Record of Deposits. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . P14

Photography Checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . P27 Reception Checklist. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . P28

Balance Payment Tracking Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . P15

Reception Sequence of Events. . . . . . . . . . . . . . P29

Apparel Checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . P16

Important Phone Numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . P30

Flower Checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . P17

Name Change Checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . P31

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The Timetable Careful planning will enable you to truly enjoy every moment of your Wedding Day. Arrangements for a large formal wedding should ideally begin at least 8–12 months in advance; however, many beautiful weddings are put together in considerably less time. The important thing is to follow a timetable; read the articles in this guide; and let your contracted suppliers help you. Share the planning duties with your fiancé, your families, and your attendants — much of the fun is doing it together!

SIX TO TWELVE MONTHS ■

Decide budget; discuss sharing of expenses.

Decide type of wedding.

Choose location of ceremony. _________________ Phone ________

Discuss alternative dates with clergy or officiator.

Decide size of wedding party, choose attendants.

Select gown style and accessories.

■ formal

■ semi-formal

■ informal

Shop _____________________________________ Phone ________ ■

Select attendants’ apparel. Shop ______________ Phone ________

Choose reception facility. ____________________ Phone ________

Select caterer/wedding consultant. (see article)

Plan details of reception. (see article)

Select photographer. (see article) ______________ Phone ________

Have engagement photos taken. Date __________ Phone ________

Select music for reception. (see article) _________ Phone ________

Select videographer. (see article)_______________ Phone ________

Select florist. (see article) _____________________ Phone ________

Compile invitation list.

Discuss gown colors and styles with mothers of bride & groom.

__________________________________________ Phone ________

FOUR TO SIX MONTHS ■

Select men’s formal wear; order. _______________ Phone ________

Select ceremony musicians and music. __________ Phone ________

Make honeymoon plans. Travel agent ___________ Phone ________

Decide on new living arrangement: buying, renting, or leasing?

Register gift preferences with one or more bridal registries. Registries: _______________ , ________________ , _______________

Order invitations, programs, napkins, etc. Stationer: _________________ Del. date ________ Phone ________

Prepare and print map to include with invitations.

Set aside hotel rooms for out-of-town guests.

Buy wedding rings; order engraving.

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TWO TO FOUR MONTHS ■

Reserve rental items.

Arrange rehearsal dinner. _____________________ Phone ________

Shop for trousseau and apparel for honeymoon; prenuptial parties.

Reserve limousine, carriage, trolley, or coach transportation.

Address wedding invitations; consider professional calligrapher.

Review florists arrangements, finalize order.

Buy attendants’ gifts and your gifts for each other.

Experiment with hairstyles and makeup changes.

Buy bride’s and attendants’ shoes — send to dyer, if necessary.

Order wedding and groom’s cakes.

ONE TO TWO MONTHS ■

Schedule appointments for hair stylist, facial, manicure, massage.

Invite wedding party and guests to rehearsal dinner.

Mail invitations four to six weeks before wedding.

Call all your contacted services to confirm arrangements.

Final bridal fitting. Date ______________________ Time __________

Final attendants’ fittings. Date ________________ Time __________

Confirm honeymoon trip reservations.

Select reception decorations.

Select ceremony accessories.

Arrange bridemaids’ brunch or luncheon. Details __________________

TWO WEEKS ■

Review reception seating and order place cards from calligrapher.

Confirm out-of-town guests lodging with reserved hotels.

Confirm wedding party transportation and arrival times.

Record gifts as you receive them; write thank you notes.

Arrange for gown cleaning and bouquet preservation after wedding.

Buy marriage license.

ONE TO TWO WEEKS ■

Pick up wedding rings, check engravings and sizings.

Final consultations with wedding professionals.

Give final guest count to reception facility and caterer.

Remind men to pick up formal wear and shoes. Check for fit.

Make a wedding day itinerary and give everyone copies at rehearsal dinner.

Relax the day before; keep personal appointments; finish honeymoon packing.

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Event Information at a Glance ENGAGEMENT PARTY Date: ________________________________ Time: ______________________________ Location: ________________________________________________________________ Host /Contact: ________________________ Phone:______________________________ Email: ____________________________________________________________________ BRIDAL SHOWER Date: ________________________________ Time: ______________________________ Location: ________________________________________________________________ Host /Contact: ________________________ Phone:______________________________ Email: ____________________________________________________________________ BACHELOR PARTY Date: ________________________________ Time: ______________________________ Location: ________________________________________________________________ Host /Contact: ________________________ Phone:______________________________ Email: ____________________________________________________________________ BACHELORETTE PARTY Date: ________________________________ Time: ______________________________ Location: ________________________________________________________________ Host /Contact: ________________________ Phone:______________________________ Email: ____________________________________________________________________ NOTES: __________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________

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Event Information at a Glance CEREMONY REHEARSAL Date: ________________________________ Time: ______________________________ Location: ________________________________________________________________ Host /Contact: ________________________ Phone:______________________________ Email: ____________________________________________________________________ REHEARSAL DINNER Date: ________________________________ Time: ______________________________ Location: ________________________________________________________________ Host /Contact: ________________________ Phone:______________________________ Email: ____________________________________________________________________ CEREMONY Date: ________________________________ Time: ______________________________ Location: ________________________________________________________________ Host /Contact: ________________________ Phone:______________________________ Email: ____________________________________________________________________ RECEPTION Date: ________________________________ Time: ______________________________ Location: ________________________________________________________________ Host /Contact: ________________________ Phone:______________________________ Email: ____________________________________________________________________ NOTES: __________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________

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Financial Obligations Tradition… a weighty word. In terms of wedding expenses, it once dictated that the bride’s family handled all the nuptial expenses. The changing scheme of society has made it possible for some ironclad traditions to loosen their grip a bit, and that certainly includes wedding costs. Probably the most useful approach for you, your groom, and your respective families to consider when you draw up the wedding budget is to be communicative, realistic, and courteous. Following is the traditional division of nuptial expenses. However, there are times when tradition bows to practicality. The question of who pays for what really boils down to who is most willing and able. Today, many couples pay for the wedding themselves. Often families will contribute a set amount to the couple to be spent as needed.

BRIDE’S FAMILY ■

Entire cost of the reception including: food, wedding cake, beverages, flowers, decorations, music, and gratuities for the bartenders and waiters. Entire cost of the ceremony including: rental of sanctuary, chapel or other facility, organist or soloist fees, aisle carpets, huppah, altar flowers and pew markers, and any additional decorating costs.

Marriage license.

Gifts for best man, groomsmen, and ushers.

Bridal bouquet and going-away corsage.

Boutonnieres for all men in wedding party.

Mothers’ and grandmothers’ corsages.

Gloves, ties, or ascots for men in wedding party.

Lodging for out-of-town attendants (optional). Fee for clergy or judge.

Wedding gift for newlyweds.

Bride’s wedding attire and trousseau.

Invitations, announcements and postage.

Honeymoon.

Engagement and wedding photographs.

Bachelor’s dinner (optional — may be assumed by best man and ushers).

Gift for parents.

Bridesmaids’ bouquets.

Transportation for bridal party to ceremony and reception.

Wedding consultant.

GROOM’S FAMILY

Welcome party for out-of-town guests.

Their wedding attire.

Wedding gift for the newlyweds.

Rehearsal dinner.

BRIDE ■

Wedding gift for the groom.

Their travel expenses and hotel bills.

Wedding ring for the groom.

Shipment of wedding gifts to the bridal couple’s new home.

There are many other expenses they may wish to assume which are optional.

Gifts for the bride’s attendants.

Lodging for her out-of-town attendants (optional).

Bridesmaids’ luncheon.

Gift for parents.

ATTENDANTS AND USHERS

GROOM

Wedding attire selected by the bride.

Travel expenses and lodging.

Wedding gift for the bride.

Parties for the bride and groom.

Bride’s engagement and wedding rings.

Wedding gift for the couple.

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Budget Worksheet The following information and worksheets are designed to help you anticipate the expenses associated with planning your wedding. To establish a budget first is very important to avoid disappointments and disagreements. One thing everyone agrees on is that the reception is the single largest expense — and can be controlled by the number of guests invited. You will find for many categories a percentage of the overall budget typically spent on those services. Be mindful that these are averages only, ranging from the simplest to the most elegant weddings. You will also find a dollar range spent by brides for many items. Remember these are averages designed only to help you in the initial stages of your planning.

ATTIRE & BEAUTY

11%

AVG. COST

YOUR COST

$1,000–$2,800

________________

Bridal gown

________________

Headpiece/veil

________________

Alterations

________________

Shoes

________________

Undergarments

________________

Jewelry

________________

Accessories

________________

Hair & makeup

________________

Groom’s tuxedo/shoes/accessories

________________

Bride’s wedding band

________________

Groom’s wedding band

________________

CEREMONY

5%

$700–$1,500

________________

Church/ceremony site

________________

Officiant

________________

Organist

________________

Musicians/soloist

________________

Marriage license

________________

RECEPTION (150)

40%

$5,000–$10,000

Site rental

________________ ________________

Caterer/food

________________

Wedding cake & groom’s cake

________________

Beverages (wine/beer/liquor)

________________

Champagne

________________

Favors

________________

Decorations (other than flowers)

________________

Rental supplies (linens, china, tables, chairs)

________________

Additional services (servers, bartenders, valet parking)

________________

Taxes and gratuities

________________

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8%

$700–$2,500

________________

Engagement photo

________________

Formal portrait

________________

Wedding album & photos

________________

Parents’ albums

________________

Extra prints

________________

Photographer’s fee

________________

Other

________________

VIDEOGRAPHY

5%

$700–$1,500

________________

Ceremony

________________

Reception

________________

Extra copies of video

________________

Other

________________

STATIONERY

4%

$500–$1,000

________________ ________________

Invitations Announcements

________________

Response cards

________________

Thank-you notes

________________

Ceremony programs

________________

Calligraphy/addressing

________________

Postage

________________

Printed napkins

________________

Guest book & pen

________________

Other

________________

REHEARSAL DINNER Site rental

25 people

$500–$750

________________ ________________

Food/caterer

________________

Beverages (wine/beer/liquor)

________________

Other

________________

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Continued from Page P8

8%

$1,300–$2,600

________________

Ceremony

________________

Altar/huppah

________________

Pew markers

________________

Bride’s bouquet

________________

Bride’s bouquet preservation

________________

Attendant’s bouquets

________________

Mothers’ & grandmothers’ corsages

________________

Boutonnieres (groom, groomsmen, fathers)

________________

Reception

________________

Cake table

________________

Buffet table

________________

Head table(s)

________________

Centerpieces for other tables

________________

Decorating

________________

Helpers /special guests

________________

Toss bouquet

________________

Other

________________

MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT

6%

$400–$2,000

________________

Ceremony

________________

DJ

________________

Live band

________________

TRANSPORTATION

1%

$300–$1,000

________________

Limousine/carriage

________________

Other

________________

GIFTS & FAVORS

2%

$250–$500

Attendants’ gifts

________________ ________________

Parents’ gifts

________________

Wedding favors

________________

Tips for services

________________

HONEYMOON

10%

$1,400–$2,600

Transportation

________________ ________________

Accommodations

________________

Daily budget

________________

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Ceremony Site Comparison Chart QUESTIONS

SITE ONE

SITE TWO

Site name Website/email Address Phone number Contact name Dates and times available Ceremony site fee Fee includes: Payment policy Cancellation policy Liability insurance required? Capacity (min. and max.) Denomination of site Officiant available? Cost? Allow outside officiants? Flower restrictions Photo/video restrictions Music restrictions Other restrictions On-site parking available Handicapped accessible Security deposit required? P10 • The Planning Place

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Ceremony Reading Selections WHEN

SOURCE

SELECTION

READ BY

Ceremony Music Selections WHEN

SOURCE

SELECTION

READ BY

Prelude Prelude Prelude Processional Bride’s Processional Ceremony Ceremony Ceremony Recessional Postlude

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Reception Site Comparison Chart QUESTIONS

SITE ONE

SITE TWO

Site name Website/email Address Phone number Contact name Dates and times available Site fee Fee includes: Payment policy Cancellation Policy Liability insurance required? Capacity (min. and max.) Flower/decor restrictions Photo/video restrictions Music restrictions Other restrictions On-site parking available Handicapped accessible Security deposit required?

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Reception Site Comparison Chart SITE THREE

SITE FOUR

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Record of Deposits DATE

PAYMENT MADE TO

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AMOUNT OF DEPOSIT

METHOD OF PAYMENT

BALANCE DUE

FINAL DATE TOTAL DUE

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Balance Payment Tracking Chart DATE

PAYMENT MADE TO

AMOUNT OF PAYMENT

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METHOD OF PAYMENT

BALANCE DUE

NET PAY DUE

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Apparel Checklist BRIDAL GOWN Bridal Shop Contact

Phone

Style #

Size

Price

Description Date Ordered

Date Promised

1st Fitting

2nd Fitting

Date Ready

Headpiece

Price

Date Ready

Undergarments

Price

Date Ready

Price

Date Ready

Jewelry

Price

Date Ready

Other

Price

Date Ready

BRIDAL ACCESSORIES

Shoes

Size

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Bridal Shop Contact

Phone

Dress Description

Style #

Price

Shoe Description

Style #

Price

Date Ordered

Date Promised

Attendant’s Name

Dress Size

Shoe Size

Attendant’s Name

Dress Size

Shoe Size

Attendant’s Name

Dress Size

Shoe Size

Attendant’s Name

Dress Size

Shoe Size

Attendant’s Name

Dress Size

Shoe Size

Attendant’s Name

Dress Size

Shoe Size

Flower Girl’s Name

Dress Size

Shoe Size

Dress Description

Style #

Price

Style #

Price

Shoe Description

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Flower Checklist ESTIMATE B

ESTIMATE A Name ________________

Name ________________

Phone ________________

Phone ________________

Number

Unit Cost

Total Cost

Number

Unit Cost

Total Cost

Bride’s bouquet Bride’s toss bouquet Maid (Matron) of Honor’s bouquet Bridesmaids’ bouquets Flower Girl’s bouquet or basket Floral headpieces Hostesses’ flowers Mothers’ corsages (and Grandmothers’) Groom’s boutonniere Fathers’ boutonniere Best Man’s boutonniere Ushers’ boutonnieres Ring Bearer’s pillow Altar or huppah flowers Aisle or pew decorations Reception flowers Head/guest table centerpieces Cake/buffet table decorations Misc. (aisle runner, candles) TOTAL

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The Bride’s Checklist The smallest forgotten detail can often create the biggest headache. Two weeks before the wedding, as well as the day before, simply review this list to ensure that you have not overlooked any of these easy-to-forget items.

WEDDING DAY APPAREL

WEDDING DAY ACCESSORIES

■ Gown pick-up and pressing

■ Guest book and pen

■ Shoes

■ Ring pillow

■ Bra

■ Cake knife and server

■ Slip/Petticoat

■ Toasting flutes/goblets

■ Hosiery

■ Favors

■ Jewelry

■ Other ___________________________

■ Garter

EMERGENCY KIT ■ A list of phone numbers of bridal party and vendors ■ Sewing kit: matching thread, safety pins and scissors ■ Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue ■ Makeup ■ Skin cleanser, moisturizer and makeup remover ■ Lotion ■ Deodorant ■ Toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash ■ Antacid ■ Breathmints ■ Fingernail polish: color to match nails, clear to stop nylon runs ■ Hair styling items: hair dryer, curlers, comb, brush, hand mirror, hairspray, bobby pins ■ Extra pair of hosiery for bride and bridesmaids ■ Handiwipes, Kleenex ■ Portable iron or steamer ■ Anti-cling spray ■ Tape ■ Extra cash, coins and bills ■ Camera ■ Stain Remover

LAST BUT NOT LEAST ■ Marriage license ■ Groom’s ring

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The Groom’s Checklist Today’s grooms are much more involved in the overall wedding planning than grooms of past. By assuming more responsibility most grooms see the reward in a calmer, happier bride-to-be. Here is a checklist to help you assist your lovely bride.

TWELVE MONTHS OR MORE AHEAD ■ Select and purchase bride’s rings (if not yet selected). ■ Discuss division of financial obligations with fiancée and parents. ■ Determine budget, date and number of guests with fiancée. ■ Choose and secure reception location. ■ Choose and book officiant

EIGHT TO TWELVE MONTHS AHEAD ■ Choose your best man & ushers (one per every 50 guests). ■ Start planning your honeymoon. ■ Start compiling your guest list. ■ Arrange to pay for bride’s bouquet, boutonnieres and corsages.

SIX TO EIGHT MONTHS AHEAD ■ Check passports & visas. ■ Find a new place to live. ■ Make reservations for honeymoon: buy tickets. ■ Consult with fiancée and arrange lodging for out-of-town guests and attendants. ■ Reserve limousine or special transportation for bridal party. ■ Reserve special transportation to ceremony and reception for out-of-town guests.

FOUR TO SIX MONTHS AHEAD ■ Select and order formalwear for yourself and men in wedding party. ■ Book room for wedding night. ■ Start planning rehearsal dinner with parents.

TWO TO FOUR MONTHS AHEAD ■ Confirm rehearsal dinner arrangements. ■ Select your gift for the bride and gifts for your groomsmen. ■ Review checklist items above to confirm completion of each detail.

ONE TO TWO MONTHS AHEAD ■ Confirm reservations for rehearsal dinner. ■ Pick up wedding rings and check engraving. ■ Help fiancée with thank-you notes. ■ Set a date with your fiancée to get the marriage license; have lunch afterwards.

(Licenses are valid for 90 days.)

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The Groom’s Checklist

Continued from P19

TWO WEEKS AHEAD ■ Confirm honeymoon details; tickets, reservations, passports and rentals. ■ Arrange to begin moving belongings to new home. ■ Give or attend bachelor party or dinner. ■ Schedule hair cut/styling appointment. ■ Arrange with best man for transportation from reception to airport or hotel. ■ Send change of address information to post office (if applicable). ■ Double check attire and confirm size reservations have been made for all groomsmen.

ONE WEEK AHEAD ■ Confirm time/place of rehearsal, rehearsal dinner and wedding with attendants. ■ Pack for honeymoon. ■ Get your going away clothes ready so you can change right after the reception.

DAY BEFORE WEDDING ■ Rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. ■ Present gifts to attendants. ■ Confirm pick up times with limousine and/or other transportation. ■ Explain special seating arrangements for family and guests to your head usher. ■ Pick up formalwear.

DAY OF WEDDING ■ Give best man the officiant’s fee, as well as other fees to be paid, i.e., DJ, limousine, etc.,

in sealed envelopes for delivery. Other Responsibilities: ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________

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A Guide for the Best Man Congratulations! An invitation to be in a wedding party is an honor. However, with this honor comes certain obligations and responsibilities. This page will help you better understand your role as Best Man. The information here is accepted procedure. Use it as a guide. You are the attendant with the most responsibility.

THE BEST MAN ■ Serves as a legal witness. ■ Is available for photographs. ■ Drives couple to the reception, unless other arrangements have been made. ■ Usually does not stand in receiving line but helps bride’s family in any way he can. ■ If there is a bridal table, sits at bride’s right and makes the first toast to her. ■ Dances with bride immediately after the bridegroom and the fathers. ■ Makes sure that women in the bridal party are not left unattended. ■ Sees that bridal couple gets away from reception. If no limousine, drives them himself. ■ Returns bridegroom’s wedding apparel as soon as possible. ■ Remembers to thank those responsible for the wedding and reception. ■ Organizes the bachelor party. Except for the bridegroom, this is normally Dutch treat. ■ Usually consults with ushers about a joint gift for the bridegroom, collects the money,

buys the gift and presents it to the bridegroom at the bachelor party or rehearsal dinner. This gift often has the wedding date on it and sometimes the initials or names of the givers. This gift is separate from the individual wedding present given to the couple by each usher and the Best Man. ■ Contacts all ushers (unless there is a head usher) and makes sure they know and

follow the drill for the rehearsal and ceremony. ■ Sees that the bridegroom has ushers’ presents purchased, wrapped and ready for the

bachelor party or rehearsal dinner. If special gloves and ties are used in wedding, reminds bridegroom to provide them. ■ Well in advance of the date, assists the bride’s parents in arranging cars and

limousines for wedding and reception. Gets ushers and friends to help if needed. ■ Receives instruction on attire from bridegroom. Gets fitted, picks up and pays for and

later returns clothes if rented. Reminds ushers to do the same.

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A Guide for the Best Man

Continued from P21

■ In accordance with the bride’s wishes, sees that the bridegroom orders boutonnieres

for the men in the wedding party. In some areas where it is the custom, sees that bridegroom orders bride’s bouquet. ■ Attends the rehearsal and the rehearsal dinner. Is first attendant to give a toast. ■ Makes sure bridegroom has his going away clothes packed separately and sees

that these get to the reception. ■ Sees that bridegroom’s suitcase is packed for honeymoon and keeps get away

plans a secret. ■ Takes charge of couple’s baggage and transportation for leaving reception. ■ Sees bridegroom is properly dressed and on time for the wedding. ■ Drives bridegroom to wedding. Sees that marriage license is in bridegroom’s

inside coat pocket. ■ Carries bride’s ring for bridegroom in his own pocket and produces it at the

proper time. ■ Has officiant's fee from bridegroom in an envelope in his own pocket. Sees that

officiant gets it before the ceremony or right after the recessional. Pays anyone else who should receive payment from the bridegroom on that day. ■ Follows instructions received at rehearsal during wedding.

Other Responsibilities: ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________

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A Guide for Ushers Congratulations, you have been selected to represent the bridegroom and bride as an Usher, an invaluable attendant which should be considered an honor. Here are a few guidelines to follow and some traditional instructions which may be helpful to you in fulfilling your new role. No two weddings are identical. The information provided is to guide you concerning accepted Usher procedures, and in no way should interfere with the wedding plans which have been described by the bride or wedding consultant. One of the most important things to remember is that your manner which should be friendly, polite and cheerful, will have a contagious effect on the entire atmosphere of the wedding. It goes without saying that you must be well-groomed, on time, and well acquainted with the responsibilities you have for this important occasion. In many cases, Ushers set the mood with their efficient ability and exemplary dispositions.

OBLIGATIONS ■ An Usher attends the bachelor party and contributes to a joint gift which is

presented to the bridegroom at the party. This gift is separate from the individual wedding present given to the couple by each Usher and Best Man. ■ Each Usher has the responsibility to dress according to attire and instruction of

the bride and bridegroom. Attire must be fitted properly, picked up and paid for then finally returned when necessary. ■ An Usher helps the best man especially during the week of the wedding when he

has so much responsibility, and the bridegroom who may need his services. ■ An Usher is required to attend the rehearsal for instructions and exercise of the

processional, ceremony and recessional. ■ The Usher attends the rehearsal dinner and is sometimes asked to give a toast in

honor of the bride and bridegroom. USHER RESPONSIBILITIES AT THE WEDDING ■ The Usher is required to arrive one hour in advance unless previously notified. He

must be properly dressed with his boutonniere on his left lapel. If gloves are part of the attire, they must be worn at all times especially for the photographs. (Note: This does not include wearing them for the reception.) ■ The Usher is required to carry out all the instructions that were previously appointed

to him at the rehearsal. ■ The Usher seats all wedding guests. Seating arrangements should be discussed prior to

the wedding to decide how the Usher should seat guests. It has been the custom in the past to seat friends of the bride on your left behind the bride’s parents, and the bridegroom’s friends on the right side. However, this custom is not followed as strictly as it once was. It is recommended to politely ask a guest if they are friends of the bride or groom, if the Usher is unaware of their association. ■ The Usher is usually aware of the names of relatives and special friends whom the

bride and groom have reserved space for close to the altar where parents will be seated. Selected Ushers may be asked to take care of pew ribbons and carpet and to stand at pews to indicate the order of departure.

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A Guide for Ushers

Continued from P23

USHER RESPONSIBILITIES AFTER THE WEDDING ■ The Usher is available for wedding photographs. ■ The Usher does not stand in the receiving line but mingles with the guests at the

reception. ■ The Usher sees to it that bridesmaids are not left unattended.

USHER ETIQUETTE ■ The Usher greets people with a pleasant “Good Afternoon” or “Good Evening,”

whichever the case may be. ■ To Usher a couple: The Usher extends his right arm to escort the woman down the

aisle. Her husband will either follow or the Usher can choose to say, “Please follow me,” and the husband will follow behind the Usher. ■ To Usher a group of women: Escort the older woman and the younger women will

follow behind the Usher. ■ To Usher Men: The Usher does not extend his arm, instead he walks beside them to

their designated seat. ■ Ushering the Mother of the Groom: The Head Usher escorts the Mother of the Groom

to the first row on row right, as her husband follows. ■ Ushering the Mother of the Bride: The Mother of the Bride is the last person to

enter the sanctuary before the wedding party. She is escorted by the Head Usher to the first pew on the left side. This is usually a signal for the wedding processional to begin. ■ The Usher does not seat anyone after the Mother of the Bride has been seated.

He politely informs any late comers to wait in the entry, or to go to the balcony, or rear side pew away from the aisle. ■ The Usher keeps a dignified manner throughout the reception, while enjoying the

celebration. ■ The Usher politely thanks those responsible for the wedding and reception.

ORDER OF ENTRY ■ Groom’s Grandparents (seated at the right facing the altar). ■ Bride’s Grandparents (seated at the left facing the altar). ■ Head Usher escorts the Groom’s Mother to the first pew on the right, followed by

her husband. ■ Head Usher then escorts the Mother of the Bride to the first pew on the left side.

ORDER OF DEPARTURE ■ Bride’s Mother (followed by her husband). ■ Groom’s Mother (followed by her husband). ■ Bride’s Grandmother (followed by her husband). ■ Groom’s Grandmother (followed by her husband).

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A Guide for the Maid/Matron of Honor An invitation to be in a wedding party is an honor and it carries with it certain responsibilities. This page will help you better understand your role in the wedding. The Maid or Matron of Honor is the counterpart of the best man. She is the bride’s helper and hand-holder. She should try to relieve the bride of as many tasks as she can before the wedding and especially on the day itself. Bridesmaids also should offer assistance, particularly as the wedding date draws closer. THE MAID OR MATRON OF HONOR: ■ Pays for her own gown, headdress and shoes. ■ If from out of town, pays for her own transportation to the wedding site. ■ If not a family member, usually gives or arranges for a shower, luncheon or party for

the bride or for the bride and bridegroom. It is considered incorrect under ordinary circumstances for showers to be given by the immediate family of the bride or the bridegroom. ■ Usually consults with the bridesmaids about a joint gift for the bride, collects the

money, purchases the gift and presents it to the bride at a chosen occasion. This gift often has the wedding date and sometimes the initials or names of the givers on it. This gift is separate from the individual wedding present to be given to the couple by each member of the bridal party. ■ Is on time for fittings, pre-wedding photographs, showers, parties, etc. ■ Attends rehearsal for instructions on processional, ceremony and recessional. ■ Attends the rehearsal dinner. May be asked to make a toast. ■ Before the ceremony, makes sure the bride’s going away and honeymoon clothes

are packed and at the right places. ■ Follows bride’s wishes on where and when to dress for the ceremony and show up

prepared and on time. Remembers to collect her own belongings afterwards. ■ Helps the bride dress. ■ Calms bride’s nerves! ■ Immediately precedes bride in the processional. ■ Normally stands next to bride at altar and holds the bride’s bouquet. ■ Turns back bride’s veil if necessary. ■ In a double ring ceremony, is in charge of bridegroom’s ring and produces it at the

proper time. ■ At the end of the ceremony, helps adjust bride’s train and veil when she turns for

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A Guide for the Maid/ Matron of Honor

Continued from P25

■ If there is a bridal table, sits to the left of the bridegroom. ■ Participates in reception activities such as cake cutting, bouquet ceremony, etc. ■ Helps bride change into her going away clothes and makes certain the wedding

gown is taken care of. ■ Remembers to thank those responsible for the wedding and reception. ■ Note: If the bride chooses both a Maid of Honor and a Matron of Honor, the Maid of

Honor usually takes precedence. The bride decides which attendant will assume the duties or how she would like them to be shared. A BRIDESMAID: ■ Pays for her dress, headdress and shoes. ■ If from out of town, pays for her own transportation to the wedding. ■ If she is not a relative of the bride or bridegroom, may give a shower for the bride or

the couple. ■ Helps bride run errands the week of the wedding. ■ Is on time for fittings, pre-wedding photographs, parties, showers, etc. ■ Usually contributes to a joint present for the bride from her attendants. This is in

addition to her personal wedding gift to the couple. ■ Attends the rehearsal for instructions on the processional, ceremony and recessional. ■ Attends the rehearsal dinner. She may be asked to give a toast. ■ Follows the bride’s wishes on when and where to dress for the ceremony and

remembers to collect her own belongings afterwards. ■ Looks her best and pays special attention to the bride. ■ If the bride requests, may be part of the receiving line or may be asked to mingle

with the reception guests. ■ Participates in reception activities such as cake cutting, bouquet ceremony, etc. ■ Remembers to thank those responsible for the wedding and reception.

Other Responsibilities: ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________

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Photography Checklist Your wedding memories are going to last a lifetime with proper attention to photographic details. Capturing the special groupings, events and guests requires careful thought and planning. Many photographers offer package plans or will tailor one to suit your budget and will provide digital images and release so you can do your own prints. Allow the following list to guide your individual photography needs: Photographer ____________________________________ Phone __________________ Budgeted cost ___________________________________ Photos due by ___________ Formal portraits: Date _____________________________ Appointment ____________

■ Bride dressing for ceremony

■ First kiss

■ Bride full-length solo

■ Recessional

■ Bride with parents

■ Formal bride and groom together

■ Bride with mother/father separately

■ Newlyweds and parents

■ Bride with grandparents

■ Newlyweds and entire bridal party

■ Bride with sisters/brothers

■ Close-ups of bride’s and groom’s hands

■ Bride with maid of honor ■ Bride with attendants ■ Bride with ring bearer, flower girl ■ Garter being put on ■ Groom full-length solo ■ Groom with parents ■ Groom with mother/father separately ■ Groom with grandparents ■ Groom with sisters/brothers

clasped together ■ Bride or groom alone with new

stepchildren ■ Receiving line — guests and bridal party ■ Cake table ■ Sweetheart table ■ Bride and groom cutting/feeding each

other cake ■ Best Man and Maid of Honor toasting

newlyweds

■ Groom with best man

■ Newlyweds toasting each other

■ Groom with groomsmen

■ Musicians

■ Groom, bride’s parents being seated

■ Father/Bride; Mother/Son dance

for ceremony

■ Newlyweds’ first dance ■ Guests dancing

■ Bridesmaids walking down aisle

■ Bride tossing bouquet

■ Flower girl, ring bearer walking down

■ Groom removing garter

aisle ■ Bride and father approaching altar or

canopy

■ Groom tossing garter ■ Guests during couple’s exit ■ Newlyweds getting into limousine or car

■ Bride’s father giving her hand to groom ■ Exchanging of vows

■ Post-reception party

■ Exchanging of rings

■ _________________________________

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Reception Checklist The choice for your reception is probably the most complex, as each facility differs considerably. The checklist below should help you determine if it meets your needs. Book your facility 6 to 18 months before the wedding. NEED

AVAILABLE/COST

Private room

_______________

_______________________

Room capacity

_______________

_______________________

Hours available

_______________

_______________________

Staff

_______________

_______________________

Head table

_______________

_______________________

# of guest tables

_______________

_______________________

Linens

_______________

_______________________

China

_______________

_______________________

Stemware

_______________

_______________________

Glassware

_______________

_______________________

Flowers

_______________

_______________________

Cake

_______________

_______________________

Cake cutting charge

_______________

_______________________

Stage

_______________

_______________________

Sound system

_______________

_______________________

Piano

_______________

_______________________

Guest book table

_______________

_______________________

Gift table

_______________

_______________________

Cake table

_______________

_______________________

Catering service

_______________

_______________________

Bar

_______________

_______________________

Bartender

_______________

_______________________

Air conditioning

_______________

_______________________

Set-up time

_______________

_______________________

Decorations

_______________

_______________________

Clean-up charge

_______________

_______________________

Champagne cost

_______________

_______________________

Corkage fee

_______________

_______________________

Valet parking

_______________

_______________________

Taxes & gratuity

_______________

_______________________

Receiving line area

_______________

_______________________

Wedding coordinator

_______________

_______________________

Head count deadline

_______________

_______________________

Menu selection deadline

_______________

_______________________

Deposit deadline

_______________

_______________________

Final payment deadline

_______________

_______________________

_______________

_______________________

_______________

_______________________

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Reception Sequence of Events Take note of the order and timing of the following events. 1. BEFORE THE BRIDE & GROOM ARRIVE Background music plays, refreshments, a gift table, the guestbook (from the ceremony) and decorations await the guests. 2. THE FORMAL INTRODUCTION (Bride & Groom and/or Wedding Party). Review names with announcer. Know where you are to go upon entrance. Don’t enter until you are certain the announcer knows you are entering. 3. THE RECEIVING LINE After your introductions, you may wish for time with guests. 4. THE TOAST TO THE BRIDE & GROOM To be given by the best man. Make sure the best man is aware of his responsibilities. 5. THE INVOCATION Following the toasts, you may wish to have someone offer a blessing for the meal. Name of person: _____________________________________ 6. THE MEAL SERVICE (Buffet or formal). Background music continues. The wedding party and families should be served first. 7. THE TRADITIONAL FIRST DANCE Song requested: _____________________________________ 8. THE CAKE CUTTING The newlyweds feed simultaneously or one-at-a-time. 9. THE BOUQUET TOSS All single ladies are assembled to the dance floor. Bride throws bouquet. The one who catches is thought to be the next to marry. 10. THE GARTER TOSS Single men are assembled to the dance floor. Groom removes garter from the bride’s leg. The Groom throws the garter. The one who catches is thought to be the next to marry. 11. THE MONEY DANCE This is optional and a way to help couples financially on their honeymoon. Things to remember: ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________

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Important Phone Numbers Reception facility __________________________________________________________ Church/temple ____________________________________________________________ Clergy __________________________________________________________________ Bridal salon ______________________________________________________________ Jeweler __________________________________________________________________ Caterer __________________________________________________________________ Florist __________________________________________________________________ Photographer ____________________________________________________________ DJ/band ________________________________________________________________ Videographer ____________________________________________________________ Singers __________________________________________________________________ Ceremony musician(s) ______________________________________________________ Coordinator ______________________________________________________________ Limousine/carriage ________________________________________________________ Rentals __________________________________________________________________ Cake ____________________________________________________________________ Makeup/hair artist

________________________________________________________

Formalwear ______________________________________________________________ Other

__________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________

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Name Change Checklist Today’s bride has the choice of keeping her maiden name, taking her husband’s name, or hyphenating. For example, women who have established a professional career using their maiden name may choose to continue legally using that name. It also is possible for a woman to socially use her maiden name at work and at careerrelated functions, yet legally take her husband’s surname. Hyphenating the surname, whether it is a husband-wife name (Smith-Jones) or wife-husband (Jones-Smith), is yet another option. You can pursue any of these options, however for any legal name change, (rather than just a social one), you should make sure that all of your important documents reflect that change. Regardless of which option you choose, couples who want to alter their names legally in any way should address this matter immediately upon returning from the honeymoon.

BEFORE THE WEDDING ■

Tell your employer what your new name will be — they can start changing company email, phone lists and business cards.

Tell family and friends — in case anyone is planning to give you a monogrammed gift.

Make honeymoon reservations in your current, pre-wedding legal name — your tickets must match your current ID, and you won’t be able to get a new passport or driver’s license until after the wedding because you will need the wedding certificate. The paperwork for your marriage license should be started before the wedding at the County Clerk’s office. See “Obtaining a Marriage License” in The First Steps section of The Wedding Guide for more information on the process of obtaining a wedding license and certificate.

AFTER THE WEDDING — THE BIG THREE ■

Get a new Social Security card — go to www.ssa.gov for information and forms. Don’t be fooled by those online companies that will “help” you for a fee — this is a free service.

Get a new driver’s license. Visit your closest Department of Public Safety office, and bring a certified U.S. marriage certificate, your old Texas driver’s license and your Social Security card (either old or new will work). A name change must be done within 30 days from the date of marriage. For more information and to locate the DPS office nearest to you, visit www.txdps.state.tx.us

Get a new passport. Visit http://travel.state.gov/for information.

Change name on all additional paperwork (see suggested checklist below.)

NAME CHANGE CHECKLIST ■ Auto registration

■ Internal revenue service

■ Stock certificates

■ Bank accounts

■ Life/health insurance

■ Utilities

■ Car insurance

policy

■ Voter registration

■ Credit cards

■ Memberships

■ Credit reporting agency

■ Payroll

husband’s and any

■ Deeds

■ Post office/mail address

others you may be listed

■ Doctor/dental records

■ Property title

on should be updated.

■ Employee records

■ Savings accounts

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Notes ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ For additional checklists to help with your planning visit us online. P32 • The Planning Place

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Directory of Wedding Professionals ACCOMMODATIONS Austin Marriott North at Round Rock 2600 La Frontera Blvd., Round Rock • (512) 733-6767 Web site: www.austinmarriottnorth.com Located in Round Rock at La Frontera Plaza, the Austin Marriott North is the premiere choice for Round Rock and North Austin brides. We can accommodate groups of 50 to 450 in awardwinning Marriott style, and offer a variety of packages specially tailored to your wedding dreams. Your guests can stay with us in style at special rates, with La Frontera shopping and restaurants only steps away. The Austin Marriott North can make your wedding everything you have ever imagined. (SEE AD PAGE 79)

Austin Marriott South

S (512) 634-2036 4415 South IH 35 ■ Web site: www.marriott.com/AUSAP Austin’s premier location to create the wedding of your dreams with more than 9,000 square feet of beautifully appointed event space to spotlight you on your dream day. Our catering and event teams have countless ways to impress your family and friends. The Austin Marriott South provides an oasis of casual elegance in South Austin. Our team delivers your dreams and visions in a stunning ballroom with exceptional cuisine and seamless service. Packages available for every occasion. (SEE AD PAGE 49)

Best Western Plus Blanco Luxury Inn & Suites 2218 Hwy 281 North, Blanco • (830) 833-5697 Web site: www.blancoluxurysuites.com Planning a wedding in the beautiful Texas Hill Country? You and your guests will love Blanco Best Western Luxury Inn & Suites’ central location. We are surrounded by beautiful scenic drives, some of the finest wineries in the state, art galleries, parks and recreation spots. You and your guests are sure to appreciate the friendly staff and excellent service we provide. The large, beautifully appointed guest rooms come equipped with refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers, irons and ironing boards. Guests can also enjoy the free breakfast, a beautiful pool and state-of-the-art fitness center. (SEE AD PAGE 7)

Courtyard & Residence Inn by Marriott Austin Downtown

DT (512) 691-9225 300 East 4th St. ■ Web site: www.hotelaustindowntown.com Located in the heart of downtown Austin, this uniquely designed hotel combines the distinctive comforts of two Marriott brands — The Courtyard and Residence Inn. This full-service hotel features 449 oversized guest accommodations, Champions Restaurant & Sports Bar, Starbucks Coffee Shop, and self or valet parking. Enjoy complimentary fitness center, indoor pool and wireless internet access. Pets are even welcome in The Residence Inn. Have your guests relax, play, and celebrate your special event all in one location. (SEE AD PAGE 66)

Embassy Suites Austin Central

E (512) 519-0466 5901 North IH-35 ■ Web site: www.austincentral.embassysuites.com Embassy Suites Austin Central is a full-service all-suite hotel that offers spacious two-room suites, featuring a private bedroom and separate living area with a kitchenette with wet bar, mini-fridge, microwave and coffee maker. Wireless Internet access is also available in all suites for your convenience. Included in your guest suite is a fully cooked-to-order breakfast each morning and a two hour manger’s cocktail reception each evening. (SEE AD PAGE 64)

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Hyatt Place Austin Arboretum

N (512) 231-8491 3612 Tudor Blvd. ■ Web site: www.hyattplaceaustinarboretum.com We offer an upscale, residential-style, all-suite hotel with amenities in-step with today’s traveler. Suites feature fully equipped kitchens, Hyatt grand bed, 32” flat panel television and Internet access. Guests may join us for a complimentary full hot breakfast, or access the pool/spa/barbeque area as well as the 24-hour fitness center. Located near the Arboretum, experience easy access to anywhere in Austin including downtown nightlife, top-notch shopping, award winning restaurants, Lake Travis, or a leisurely drive into the Texas Hill Country. (SEE AD PAGE 83)

Omni Austin Hotel Southpark

S (512) 383-2658 4140 Governor’s Row ■ Web site: www.omniaustinsouthpark.com From an intimate rehearsal dinner to a spectacular reception, the professional catering staff at the Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark will insure your special event exceeds your every expectation. The Omni features a Grand Ballroom, which can comfortably accommodate up to 500 guests plus additional space for more intimate celebrations. Relax, enjoy and savor the magic of your special day at the AAA four Diamond Omni Hotel at Southpark, luxury that’s surprisingly sensible. (SEE AD PAGE 113)

Staybridge Suites Austin Arboretum

N (512) 349-0888 10201 Stonelake Blvd. ■ Web site: www.staybridge.com/ausarboretum Our upscale property features 121 studios, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom suites. Staybridge offers the comforts of home and a prime location in the exclusive Arboretum area, close to great shopping and restaurants. Amenities include fully equipped kitchens, coffee maker, microwave, TV, free local calls, voice-mail, and Internet access, complimentary full hot breakfast, complimentary guest laundry, and 24-hour convenience store. Our gorgeous courtyard surrounded by trees overlooks an outdoor heated pool, barbeque pavilion and sports court equipped for both tennis and basketball. (SEE AD PAGE 83)

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Brass Ovaries Pole and Aerial Studio

E (512) 477-POLE 3111 Manor Rd. ■ Web site: www.brass-ovaries.com Our private parties are the perfect way to celebrate your bachelorette. Chose between four different parties of Twerk, Striptease, Pole Dancing or Aerial Hoop. We will help organize your party, including location logistics, what to wear, what to bring, etc. This valuable information alleviates the planning anxiety so all you have to do is show up for the party. Bring a fun attitude and we’ll show you how to provide the entertainment. (SEE AD PAGE 112)

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DivaDance (646) 450-1440 Web site: www.divadancecompany.com We’re the best bachelorette party idea ever! Our all-levels, easy to follow choreo will turn your squad into a dance team. No experience required! Learn a routine to songs from Bey, Britney, Bieber and more crowd-pleasing options. Turn your class into an unforgettable party — add champagne, cupcakes, boas, videography, hair/makeup, and squad gear. Featured in Refinery 29, InStyle, Galore Mag, named “Best Beyonce Class” by Time Out New York, and Austin Monthly’s “101 Fun Things to Do.” (SEE AD PAGE 269)

LOVEWINX – Tanya Ammons (979) 480-3104 Web site: www.tanya.lovewinx.com For a fun, exciting evening with your girls, there is nothing better than an LOVEWINX home party. You and your friends will enjoy learning about some of the newest trends in fun for adults. Stock up for the honeymoon. As hostess you will not only introduce your friends to some amazing products, you can earn money. Call today to book your party. (SEE AD PAGE 269)

Pure Romance – Mary Meador (512) 350-9323 Web site: www.LacyDiva.com Any time is a good time for bachelorette parties, birthdays, girl’s night-in, single and fabulous, relationship spice or any special events. I am your go-to for fun consultant that will help bring your party vision to life. I do in-home shopping parties where I show bath, body, bedroom, and lingerie products in a fun and educational way. Visit www.facebook.com/LacyDiva (SEE AD PAGE 268)

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BEAUTY, SKIN CARE, MAKE UP & HAIR Beauty On The Go Hair – (512) 431-5023 Massage – (512) 971-8234 Web site: www.austinbeautyonthego.com Get movie star treatment with the husband and wife team that can travel to come pamper you or visit their central Austin salon location. Lecia specializes in airbrush makeup that assures a flawless and smudge proof appearance that lasts all day, covers tattoos and conceals tan lines. Relieve your stress with a relaxing massage before the event or a non-surgical “lunchtime facelift.” Visit the salon for cuts and colors, waxing and facials, makeup and massage. (SEE AD PAGE 282)

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DT (512) 736-5953 1805 West Avenue ■ Web site: www.deborahlira.com Deborah Lira’s clean fresh style reflects the greater Austin setting where she is a pre-eminent artist for bridal productions along with local and national advertising campaigns. Her experience has landed her positions such as trainer for Revlon International. The combination of Deborah’s professional hair and make up service will reflect the beautiful, radiant bride you’ve always dreamed of being on your special day, delivering everlasting moments. (SEE AD PAGE 275)

It Works! (816) 617–5670 Web site: www.byou.myitworks.com It Works! Global is a natural health and wellness company that offers one-of-a-kind, safe, effective and affordable skincare and nutrition products that will change your life. Each of our products is formulated by leading scientists, herbalists and researchers who integrate innovative technology and the finest in naturally based ingredients into their work. The end results are amazing products designed to work together to tighten and tone, energize and nourish your body for your wedding day. (SEE AD PAGE 278)

Kaleigh’s Kisses (512) 750-2530 Web site: www.senegence.com/kaleighskisses Say “I Do” with Kaleigh’s Kisses. You should wear lip color, not your groom. We feature LipSense by SeneGence: lead/wax free, smudge-proof, waterproof and kiss-proof liquid lip color that lasts up to 18 hours with one application. We have something for every bride. There is a whole line of long lasting cosmetics and amazing skin care featuring patented anti-aging ingredients. Bridal packages available. Change the way you kiss. Visit www.facebook.com/kaleighskisses (SEE AD PAGE 269)

Luster Hair Lounge

W (512) 377-1792 3720 Far West Blvd., Ste. 107 ■ Web site: www.lusterhairlounge.com Whether you are looking for on-location stylists or you want to have a primping party at our salon, our award-winning team is here to help with all your hair and makeup needs. Each of our stylists are passionate about their trade, continually striving to provide the best service possible. We offer thorough consultations and exceptional service to help make sure you leave flaunting a personalized look you couldn’t be happier with on your special day. (SEE AD PAGE 275)

Mary Kay Cosmetics Independent Beauty Consultants: Nancy North • (512) 423-9867 Casey Martin • (512) 394-1694 Catherine Slezak • (512) 553-6212 Melody Wood • (512) 755-2483 Web site: www.marykay.com Complimentary facials and personalized makeover tips. Help with gift ideas and wrapping. With lovely gifts for everyone, it’s the ideal solution. (SEE AD PAGE 282)

Posh Queens Life 1513 Stonehill Dr., Ste. 100, RM 8, Pflugerville • (512) 699-3192 Web site: www.vagaro.com/poshqueens Congratulations on your upcoming celebration. If you’re looking for a gorgeous wedding hairstyle you have come to the right salon. We specialize in up-dos, hair extensions and on-location service for brides in Texas. (SEE AD PAGE 276)

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River Place Dermatology & Medspa

W (512) 767-7546 10815 Ranch Rd. 2222, Bldg 3A1, Ste. 200 ■ Web site: www.riverplacedermatology.com If you are looking for healthy skin, look no further. At River Place Dermatology you can expect comprehensive treatments that fit your needs based on cutting edge technologies. Dr. Snavely and his staff will help you decide what treatments are best to achieve your desired look. The results will leave you feeling beautiful and confident on your special day. Each experience is completely unique and customized to your needs. At River Place Dermatology, “We know the secrets to the youthful face.” (SEE AD PAGE 279)

Rodan + Fields – Traci Donovan (512) 952-0161 Web site: tracidonovan.myrandf.com Decide today how your tomorrow looks. Getting the luminous complexion you crave doesn’t require a trip to the dermatologist’s office. Founded by world-renowned dermatologists, Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields, the creators of Proactiv,® Rodan + Fields has created clinically-tested regimens that treat the most common skincare concerns. They are so confident in real results, all products come with a 60-day satisfaction guarantee. Look your best for your big day. Check out your custom skincare recommendation at our web site. (SEE AD PAGE 268)

Simply Organic Salon

N (512) 466-1744 7756 Northcross Dr., Ste. 105 ■ Web site: simplyorganicsalson.com Simply Organic Salon offers everything you need in one place with our team of highly talented stylists, massage therapists, facialists and make-up artists. We are here to meet your needs from head to toe using only the best quality organic products. Visit our salon or let us come to you on your special day. (SEE AD PAGE 277)

Younique – Carrie Marchese (512) 626-7306 Web site: www.carriemarchese.com Whether it’s our 3D Fiber Lashes+, smudge proof lip stain or our flawless foundations, Younique’s products can help you create your ideal wedding day look and the perfect bridesmaids gifts. Our nature-inspired products are formulated with high quality ingredients to provide healthy, clean and pure cosmetics, offering a worry-free 14-day Love it Guarantee. (SEE AD PAGE 268)

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BRIDAL REGISTRY & GIFTS PM Designer Collection (512) 299-7077 Web site: pmdesignercollection.com Enjoy 1200-thread-count sheets that are as soft as melted chocolate. Each set includes a top sheet, fitted sheet (with deep pockets and elastic all the way around for a proper fit) and two pillow cases (twin set has one pillow case). Be sure to register to receive all the beautiful colors that will turn your bedroom into a romantic and elegant retreat. (SEE AD PAGE 268)

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BRIDAL SHOWS BRIDAL EXTRAVAGANZA (210) 654-WEDD (9333) Web site: www.AustinWeddings.com The Wedding Guide’s Bridal Extravaganza features more than 300 fabulous displays by Austin’s best wedding professionals. Experience everything you need for your wedding. Taste the cakes; smell the flowers; sample the best of wedding catering. If you haven’t found that perfect gown for you or your bridesmaids we have runway fashion shows plus bridal and formal wear stores displaying the latest styles for the entire wedding party. The next show is Saturday and Sunday, January 14 & 15, 2017 from Noon to 5 p.m. The Bridal Extravaganza: Where the pages of the Wedding Guide come to life. (SEE FOLD OUT)

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CAKES & SWEETS Austin Gourmet Popcorn

N (512) 351-9059 13343 Hwy. 183 North, Ste. 250 ■ Web site: www.austingourmetpopcorn.com Austin Gourmet Popcorn lets you impress your guests with unique popcorn flavors, broad selection of candy and collection of more than 120 vintage sodas. We have 70 different flavors of popcorn, including our local favorites; the Austin Mix (white cheddar and sea salt caramel), the Dirty 6th (kettle corn with hickory-smoked sea salt) and the Zilker mix (sea salt caramel with white and dark chocolate). We provide bulk servings or individual packages with custom labels for your wedding, rehearsal dinner, or hotel treats for out-of-town guests. (SEE AD PAGE 269)

Classic Cakes by Lori 2400B Hwy. 290 West, Dripping Springs • (512) 829-4831 Web site: www.classiccakesbylori.com As a Christian-based cake shop, Classic Cakes by Lori knows how to take care of their customers. We specialize in delicious custom cakes for all occasions, in all shapes and sizes, carved or traditional at affordable prices. With more than 32+ years of combined experience, our award winning staff is dedicated in making the cake of your dreams. Call or e-mail for a free cake consultation and tasting. (SEE AD PAGE 161)

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Fluff Meringues & More

N (512) 387-0605 4807 Burnet Rd. ■ Web site: www.fluff-meringues.com At the Fluffery we like to delight our customers with a wide variety of gorgeous and unique sweets, cakes, and favors all of which are customizable to suit your every want and need. From our signature meringue drops and pavlova bar to our delectable cakes in all shapes and flavors we can undoubtedly help make your wedding an event to remember. Please call today to schedule a consultation. (SEE AD PAGE 158)

Gigi’s Cupcakes 1335 E. Whitestone Blvd., Ste. J200, Cedar Park • (512) 528-5164 1013 W. University Ave., Ste. 130, Georgetown • (512) 868-0396 Web site: www.gigiscupcakesusa.com Let us create a one-of-a-kind gourmet cupcake arrangement that will truly capture the beauty of your day. Whether it’s a bridal shower, rehearsal dinner or the wedding itself, we offer a large variety of boutique cupcakes from which to choose. From the traditional Wedding Cake to more exotic flavors like Raspberries and Cream, we can create the perfect complement to your special event. It’s no wonder more brides are saying “I do” to Gigi’s Cupcakes. (SEE AD PAGE 171)

Kayla Knight Cakes 603 Ranchero Rd., Leander • (512) 869-9807 Web site: www.kaylaknightcakes.com Kayla Knight Cakes specializes in custom-designed wedding cakes. Kayla will personally meet with every bride to discuss her vision for her ideal cake. Whether it’s a design she loves from a magazine, a creation Kayla has made in the past, or something the bride has dreamed up herself, Kayla will bring that vision into an edible masterpiece. (SEE AD PAGE 171)

Lovin’ Sugar Cakes (512) 638-1892 Web site: www.lovinsugarcakes.com Lovin’ Sugar Cakes specializes in hand-crafted sugar flowers and amazing cakes that happen to be gluten free. During your consultation and tasting, Kendall will gather information about your invitations, style, theme, dress and decor to inspire a custom designed cake that will leave your guests raving. Kendall has developed the perfect blend of flours to create the best cake in flavor and texture, always gluten free and so scrumptious that your guests will wish for seconds. (SEE AD PAGE 171)

Michelle’s Patisserie

NW (512) 433-6860 12233 RR 620 North, Ste. 114 ■ Web site: www.michellespatisserie.com Michelle offers an array of cake flavors and fillings, from tiramisu to chocolate amaretto and a variety of decorations to achieve the unique look that each bride has in mind. Michelle offers tastings where the client can choose up to four flavors for her consultation. She uses fresh ingredients like real butter, seasonal fruits and top quality chocolate to create fine cakes and pastries. Michelle is passionate about what she does and hopes to share that with you. (SEE AD PAGE 159)

Simon Lee Bakery 2700 West Pecan, Pflugerville • (512) 990-4888 Web site: www.simonleebakery.com With more than 30 years experience, Simon Lee Bakery is committed to creating the best wedding cake for your very special day. Select from uniquely-designed cakes or create your own customdesigned cake. We will work to ensure your cake will be a pinnacle of your wedding day, but still within your budget. Cakes are baked fresh the day of your wedding with the finest ingredients then beautifully decorated. We’ve received numerous awards for our cakes and pastry designs. Come judge for yourself. (SEE AD PAGE 167)

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Stregare Cheesecake Company (512) 563-2744 Web site: www.madaboutcheesecakes.com Stregare Cheesecake Company is Austin’s premier designer cheesecake company specializing in creating custom cheesecakes and savory tortes in more than 100 flavors. We work with you to create a display that is beautiful and delicious. We can match special colors, patterns and offer lots of decorating options. We take great pride in providing you with a high quality product and exceptional customer service. Special pricing on large orders is available. Schedule your free tasting today. (SEE AD PAGE 158)

Sugar Shaker Bakery (512) 243-6553 Web site: www.sugarshakerbakery.com Wedding sweets are not just about cake anymore. Today’s brides are expanding their horizons with a variety of desserts and sweet buffets. Sugar Shaker Bakery prides itself in staying abreast with current wedding trends. We serve everything from the traditional tiered wedding cake to dessert/candy buffets. Whether it’s an intimate affair or a 5,000-guest gala; we deliver the highest quality, freshest treats at a very desirable price. Always fresh, artfully designed, delightfully delicious. (SEE AD PAGE 162)

The Sweet Stuff 130 Kirkham Circle, Ste. B., Kyle • (512) 268-4737 Web site: www.thesweetstuff.com Whether it is a replication of your parent’s cake or from a bridal magazine, simple or intricate, owner/decorator Michelle Matthews can duplicate it. The Sweet Stuff also offers shaped or themed groom’s cakes, fitting the personality of your groom. Our prices include several beautiful design choices, along with your choice of our yummy fillings. We also offer a variety of other cake flavors, icings and fillings. Call for a personal consultation. (SEE AD PAGE 166)

Sweet Treets Bakery

SW (512) 892-2233 6705 Hwy. 290 West, Ste. 601 ■ Web site: www.sweettreetsbakery.com People eat with their eyes first and we know that. Our desserts are exquisite, but beauty is not just skin deep. We ensure every bite of our desserts are scrumptiously delicious and not to be forgotten. Whether it’s cake balls, cupcakes or a wedding cake, we can create your dream and make it even better than you imagined. Little things are what can make or break an event and we will go above and beyond to take care of all the little things as well as the big things. It’s your once in a lifetime event, Sweet Treets Bakery will make it nothing short of fabulous! (SEE AD PAGE 163)

CATERERS ACE Catering 15812 Windermere, #300, Pflugerville • (512) 589-6928 Web site: www.ACE.Catering Ace Catering provides full-service catering for all your special occasions including weddings, rehearsal dinners, box lunches and private parties. It is our pleasure to create a delicious custom menu that will fit your personal taste and special day. Ace Catering can coordinate your staffing needs, bar services and cake options. We pride ourselves with catering every event with unique style and elegance; we call it — Ace Service. (SEE AD PAGE 141)

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Alfred’s Catering (512) 785-8416 Web site: www.alfredscatering.com Alfred’s Catering is a full-service catering and event-planning company, with more than 30 years experience. Our goal is for you to, “be a guest at your own party!” No matter the occasion, or event, we work with you to customize the perfect menu that fits your taste, style, and budget. We work with each client, individually, to plan and execute every event detail — exceeding client expectations time and time again. (SEE AD PAGE 147)

Foodapalooza

N (512) 613-6155 12885 Research Blvd., Ste. 203 ■ Web site: www.foodapalooza.com Foodapalooza, a name that combines food with fun and that’s balanced by our excellent service. We are a locally owned catering company serving Austin and the surrounding areas offering a one-of-a-kind catering experience. We create food from multiple cuisines and offer both full-service buffet and plated meals, along with bar services. We look forward to taking care of you and your guests on your special day. (SEE AD PAGE 148)

Green Mesquite BBQ Catering

S (512) 865-0764 1400 Barton Springs ■ Web site: www.CaterAustin.com Green Mesquite offers catering for the great menu items our customers have come to love and enjoy. We’ve been “Smokin’ the Good Stuff Since 1988” and take pride in providing the highest quality food with prompt and attentive service. You can be confident in selecting us as your caterer. (SEE AD PAGE 149)

Haven on the Lake Weddings & Events 3404 American Dr., Lago Vista • (512) 519-9429 Web site: www.havenattheisland.com Our venue is located on the north shore of Lake Travis, on the Island Resort. You’ll love our panoramic views of the Lake and Hill Country as well as breathtaking sunset views. We have three lovely outdoor gardens to have your wedding ceremony, each accommodating up to 150 guests. For indoor ceremonies and receptions, our ballroom will accommodate up to 125 guests. We provide custom catering and cakes by our Chef Gaby. Lodging, salon/spa and a boutique are also available. (SEE AD PAGE 55)

Heart of Texas Barbecue (512) 297-3526 Web site: www.heartoftexasbarbecue.com Heart of Texas Barbecue is owned and operated by Dan Galbraith. After many years of working at North Main BBQ in Euless, with some of the best cooks in the nation, Dan has brought his style of low and slow cooking to Central Texas. The taste and quality of your meal is second to none. We cater events of all sizes and at any location. (SEE AD PAGE 155)

“I Do” BBQ 1005 W. Hwy 290, Dripping Springs • (804) 216-5419 Web site: www.ido-bbq.com Our passion for creating delectable traditional southern barbecue started with cooking for friends and family. It has taken more than 20 years to perfect our seasoning and hone our barbecuing technique to produce the ultimate taste sensation. We are intensely passionate about pleasing you and your guests on your special day. Let us help your engagement party, bridal shower, bachelor/bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner and wedding be deliciously memorable. (SEE AD PAGE 148)

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Iron Cactus Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar

DT (512) 692-8059 606 Trinity St. ■ N (512) 814-0213 10001 Stonelake Blvd. ■ Web site: www.ironcactus.com Let us bring the bold and unique taste of Iron Cactus right to you for your next event. All of our events, both full-service and delivery include disposable plates, plastic ware and napkins. Fullservice catering also includes: buffet set up, buffet table linens, service staff and two hours of buffet service. For a spectacular night of food and fun call Rhyann today and we’ll take care of all the details to make your event one to remember. (SEE AD PAGE 128)

Maggiano’s Little Italy

N (512) 501-7880 10910 Domain Dr. ■ Web site www.maggianos.com At Maggiano’s Catering we have one philosophy: When you don’t come to our place we bring the best of everything to yours. You will experience a brand of hospitality unavailable anywhere else. Let Maggiano’s help make the wedding of your dreams a reality, while you enjoy a fresh-made Italian feast your guests will remember forever. (SEE AD PAGE 137)

Morelia Mexican Grill Multiple locations • (512) 922-4022 Web site: www.MoreliaMexicanGrill.com Morelia Mexican Grill is an authentic Mexican restaurant bringing original flavors from Morelia, Mexico since 2005. We pride ourselves on our passionate food, specialty drinks and exotically designed restaurants. Whether you’re coming to one of our four locations or letting us bring the flavor to you, we guarantee a professional touch for every occasion. (SEE AD PAGE 153)

Noble Sandwich Co.

N (512) 666-5124 4805 Burnet Rd. ■ NW (512) 382-6248 12233 RR 620 #105 ■ Web site: www.noblesandwichescatering.com Your wedding is a day when your style and expectations come together for the perfect event. Whether your style is an outdoor, casual wedding or an upscale event, Noble Sandwich Co. provides wedding catering to meet your needs and create your perfect day. We make the food for your wedding fun, easy and affordable. From artisan charcuterie and cheese boards, to a whole hog roast, we will customize your menu and delight your guests. (SEE AD PAGE 146)

Pascal’s Catering

E (512) 447-4113 1924 E. 38 1/2 St. ■ Web site: www.pascalscatering.com Thoughtfully planned — elegantly executed. Pascal’s Catering specializes in a large variety of catered events for the Austin area, including Hays and Williamson counties. Whether your event is for 25 or 2500 people, we provide catering services for weddings, rehearsal dinners and private social gatherings. Why choose Pascal’s Catering? You can be confident of an event to remember — delicious menus, immaculate service and attractive presentations. Contact Pascal’s today! (SEE AD PAGE 134)

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Sterling Events Austin Catering

SW (512) 261-0142 6134 US 290 E., ■ Website: www.SterlingEventsAustin.com Sterling Events Austin has been Central Texas’ leading wedding cater for the past 10 years. We have performed more than 4,000 stunning weddings and receptions at Austin’s most beautiful venues. From the cliffs of Lake Travis to the skyline of downtown Austin, Sterling Events Austin caters at the finest wedding venues. We can work magic with all levels of budgets. Our chefs are world trained in all cuisines and our service is unsurpassed. (SEE AD PAGES 8 & 9)

Trudy’s

SW (512) 301-4300 13059 Four Star Blvd. ■ Web site: www.trudys.com Celebrate with the food and drink you love. Trudy’s Four Star brings an Austin icon to the Hill Country. This expansive location boasts 13,000 square feet on the main floor in addition to a private rooftop terrace with sweeping sunset views which is perfect for your next rehearsal dinner, reception or private event. We also cater so you can enjoy our food at the destination of your choosing. Ask about how to get 10% off. (SEE AD PAGES 138 & 139)

Uncle Julio’s

DT (512) 815-2100 301 Brazos, Ste. 150 ■ Web site: www.unclejulios.com/austin Located in downtown Austin on the corner of 3rd and San Jacinto, within walking distance of the Austin Convention Center, Uncle Julio’s is the perfect place to sit on the patio with a world famous swirl margarita or a sizzling plate of fajitas and leave your worries behind. (SEE AD PAGE 155)

Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill

DT (512) 970-3834 1110 W. 6th St. ■ Web site: www.ztejas.com Let us bring our rich blend of Southwestern flavors to you and your guests. We offer various catering options to either pick-up your order, have it delivered or have our full service staff take care of you. Our award-winning menu is sure to complement your special day. For information on our full catering menu, please email Banquets@ZTejas.com, and we will assist all your needs. (SEE AD PAGE 110)

CEREMONY SITES City of Buda 880 Main St., Buda • (512) 295-7170 Web site: www.budatxtourism.com Make Buda your wedding destination. Buda has an array of local services that will make your wedding day magical. Say “I Do” at one of our five unique venues or have a whimsical ceremony at our gorgeous amphitheater located in Historical Stagecoach Park. Our local services include catering, bakeries, guest accommodations, professional photographers, and more. Let Buda be the host of your special day. (SEE AD PAGE 25)

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CONSULTANTS Pink Denim Wedding Planning LLC (210) 849-9322 Web site: www.pink-denim.com Pink Denim Wedding Planning LLC offers customizable packages, personalized planning, budget friendly techniques, and effective time management. Jessica Bechtold, owner of Pink Denim, prides herself on successful communication and satisfaction of her clients. We always tailor the wedding to fit you. After all, it is your day! (SEE AD PAGE 17)

Platinum Dreams (855) 664-3737 Web site: www.platinumdreams.net Our full-service production team is able to manage the entire process from concept and design to production and installation. Monalisa takes a client’s vision and translates that into an extraordinary event environment with the use of the latest technology in lighting design, stationery and custom decor that makes each event a unique experience for you and your guests. (SEE AD PAGE 25)

Prosecco Weddings and Events (512) 518-3282 Web site: www.pweaustin.com Prosecco Weddings and Events opened its doors in January and owner Alexandria Patterson has hit the ground running. With more than eight years of wedding industry experience, PWE provides a variety of service to their brides, ranging from day-of event coordination to full-service planning, décor styling, budget management and every little detail in between. Your event deserves the experience, creativity and care we provide. When it comes to event and wedding planning, each event and the people involved are unique. PWE offers customized coordination packages to meet your unique needs. (SEE AD PAGE 19)

Silver Thistle Events (830) 613-1224 Web site: www.silverthistleevents.com Silver Thistle Events, owned by Kimberley Bentley, specializes in Austin area weddings. A native Austinite and former Interior designer turned wedding planner, she is aware of all the insand-outs of the wedding world and what it takes to make your event successful. She is exceptionally intuitive, getting to know her clients quickly and taking stock of all their needs to achieve success, on task and on budget. (SEE AD PAGE 21)

Trademark Weddings & Events (512) 649-9585 Web site: www.trademarkweddingsllc.com By combining New York City style with Southern charm, Trademark Weddings & Events brings a unique flare to Texas weddings. Whether you know exactly what you want your wedding to look like, or don’t know where to begin, we will create an event beyond your wildest dreams. (SEE AD PAGE 21)

Veritas Group (512) 426-9333 Web site: www.veritasaustin.com Veritas Group is a full-service wedding and event coordinating firm based in Austin. Our first class team of planning professionals handle planning and coordinating ceremonies and receptions with the care and attention to detail that our brides and grooms desire. With a specialty in weddings and other large scale events, we vow to make your visions a reality and will exceed the expectations of your wedding or next big event. (SEE AD PAGE 21)

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The Wedding Belles (512) 924-8852 or (512) 985-6364 Web site: www.theweddingbelles.net We believe every bride should enjoy her day, not stress over it. Turn your day over to us. We can help with as little or as much as you require, from directing the ceremony and overseeing day-of details, to helping plan and organize the entire event. Our goal is for you to have as perfect and stress-free a day as possible. Let us handle the details so you can relax and have a beautiful wedding, no matter what your budget. (SEE AD PAGE 25)

Wildflower Affairs (512) 749-9242 Web site: www.wildfloweraffairs.com Wildflower Affairs can meet all of your event needs. We can help you with every facet of your day including vendor selection, day-of coordination, event staffing, bar service and rentals to meet your vision and budget. We can also provide extra touches like s’mores bars, kids tables, and custom wedding favors. We want to help make sure that you get to fully enjoy your big day and have everything you hoped. (SEE AD PAGE 114)

DÉCOR & LIGHTING See Rentals

DESTINATION WEDDINGS Also See Honeymoons

Cruise Planners – Kimberly Speer-Warner (512) 677-7572 Web site: www.Deserve2Travel.com As a full-service travel agency, we can offer vacationers exclusive pricing on a wide range of cruise and destination wedding packages, private cruise sales, as well as cabin upgrades and special amenities including shore excursions, discounted fares, travel gifts and more. Cruise Planners also provides specialized land and tour packages to the most sought after destinations around the world. We do so much more than cruises. (SEE AD PAGE 343)

Vacations in Paradise (512) 388-6526 Web site: www.honeymooninginparadise.com Vacations In Paradise is a full-service travel agency that specializes in honeymoons and destination weddings in the Caribbean, Mexico, Disney and on cruise ships. You do not have to plan this very special event on your own. Our agents are certified honeymoon and destination wedding specialists, as well as Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts certified specialists. We work closely with the resorts to ensure your once-in-a-lifetime trip is everything you imagine. (SEE AD PAGE 345)

ENTERTAINMENT — DJ COMPLETE weddings + events 2407 S. Bell Blvd., Ste. B, Cedar Park • (512) 458-3535 Web site: www.completeaustin.com Get the best Austin Wedding DJ for the perfect soundtrack to the best day of our life, spun with your wedding and your guests in mind. From big days to school dances, bat mitzvahs to corporate gatherings, our DJs work with you to create the perfect event, with professional party motivation and expertly coordinated announcements. We’re what professionalism sounds like. (SEE AD PAGE 263) Continued on Page 372

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Exodus Sound Company (832) 655-5189 Web site: www.ExodusSound.co Exodus Sound Company (formerly known as Klentzman Entertainment) is consistently reviewed by brides, families, and other wedding vendors as one of top choices for your event entertainment needs. Mark plays piano and sings so that everyone gets their live music fix, then he DJs with a wide assortment of genres that perfectly fit your group. His interactive style keeps the night running smoothly and makes the party unique, personal and perfectly yours. (SEE AD PAGE 265)

Look No Further Entertainment (512) 270-9392 Web site: www.LookNoFurtherDJ.com Award–winning DJs and entertainment providers specializing in weddings, corporate events, and private parties. (SEE AD PAGE 267)

Music4Life DJs (512) 297-3575 Web site: www.Music4LifeDJs.com Music4Life DJs are full-time professional disc jockeys and masters of event production who deliver unsurpassed customer service with integrity, sincerity, and grace. Working closely with clients throughout the planning process, every event is tailored to fit their expectations. RJ Johnson, owner of Music4Life DJs, has been a professional disc jockey for more than 30 years. His love of music encompasses all genres from Classic Country, Classic Rock, Doo-wop, Jazz, R&B, Hip Hop, Funk, Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Reggae, and Drum & Bass. (SEE AD PAGE 263)

Texas Pro DJ (512) 670-7970 Web site: www.texasprodj.com A wedding is so much more than it appears. It’s a family reunion, it’s a joining of two hearts shared with friends and family, it’s a party and more. Let Texas Pro DJ be the entertainment and you will have the time of your lives. We are real DJs spinning on turn tables, we pay attention to detail, we mix different genres and most of all our brides and grooms just show up and have fun. (SEE AD PAGE 267)

Toast Entertainment (512) 468-3613 or (210) 201-6389 Web site: www.toastent.com Toast Entertainment is a full-service professional entertainment company specializing in high energy DJ/emcee services, timeless photography, vision-fulfilling wedding coordination, and unparalleled rentals, all at the most affordable rates in the industry. Toast Entertainment is the one company you can always count on to make your event live up to its full potential as a party, celebration and as a lifelong memory. (SEE AD PAGE 265)

ENTERTAINMENT — LIVE Angelic Strings with Harpist Michael Morris (512) 589-4075 Web site: www.angelicstrings.com Musical elegance, joyful energy, exceptional service. Sharing the joys of their musical marriage, harpist Michael Morris and violist Belinda Morris offer delightful music and excellent service with a personal touch. Testimonials: Their music is “magical to walk down the aisle to” and their presence “peaceful and elegant.” With a variety of styles on (your choice of Celtic or Concert) harp and viola, customize your ceremony music and add a touch of class to your cocktail hour and reception. Enjoy the many music samples online. (SEE AD PAGE 260)

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Barton Strings (512) 445-6864 Web site: www.bartonstrings.com The Barton Strings are undeniably the most sought after wedding musicians in Central Texas. With more than 20 years of experience, and thousands of flawless performances, it’s no wonder why we are consistently booked year after year. We pride ourselves in providing unparalleled service to those who employ us. We will assist you in choosing music (Classical, Rock, Jazz, and/or other styles) that will fit the atmosphere you wish to create and ensemble that will work for you. We can confidently say we will perform your selections with absolute perfection. (SEE AD PAGE 260)

Hyde Park Strings (512) 454-0456 Web site: www.hydeparkstrings.com Hyde Park Strings, owned by cellist, Carrie Miller, has performed weddings in Austin and surrounding areas since 1995. We have years of experience helping couples plan the perfect music for their wedding. Our players perform regularly with the Austin Symphony, Austin Lyric Opera, Mid-Texas Symphony, and many other prestigious musical ensembles. You will find us to be consistently easy to work with, flexible, reliable, and utterly professional. We want your wedding or special event to be a memory of a lifetime. (SEE AD PAGE 260)

Musical Discovery (512) 923-7380 Web site: www.musical-discovery.com Welcome your guests to the beautiful sound of strings. The Musical Discovery Instrumentalists are professionals who will provide graceful ambiance. Providing quality string music for your wedding is only one service we provide. We offer you personal attention, our unique joy of music, a passion for quality and assurance of your piece of mind. Our list of musical selections includes the classical repertoire, popular love-themed music and the option of your own special arrangement. (SEE AD PAGE 260)

FAVORS Also See Photo Booths/Flipbooks

Berdoll Pecan Candy & Gift Company 2626 State Hwy. 71 West, Cedar Creek • Toll Free (800) 518-3870 Web site: www.berdoll.com Let us help make your big day even sweeter. We specialize in candied pecans. Buy in bulk or individual 2 oz., 4 oz., and 8 oz. favor bags. We can also customize a label perfect for your wedding. Contact us via email or phone for more information. (SEE AD PAGE 331)

FINANCIAL PLANNING & INSURANCE Watkins Insurance Group

NW (512) 637-4261 3834 Spicewood Springs Rd., Ste. 100 ■ Web site: www.watkinsinsurancegroup.com Watkins Insurance Group is a full-service insurance agency that has met the insurance needs of Central Texas families since 1949. Our dedicated insurance professionals are available to provide guidance from the day you become engaged to the moment you enjoy your retirement; and all the moments in between. Allow us to be your resource to protect those assets and special moments you’ve worked so hard to earn. (SEE AD PAGE 23)

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FLORAL PRESERVATION See Florists

FLORISTS Blooms™ (H-E-B)

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Bouquets of Austin (512) 257-2395 • By Appointment Only Web site: www.bouquetsofaustin.com Creating fresh and inspired wedding flowers, Bouquets of Austin is one of Austin’s most talented design studios. From intimate gatherings to spectacular soirees, we capture the essence of what is personal to you. Though our hand-crafted, organic designs are everchanging, our dedication to service is constant. Recognized and honored for their exceptional work, our designers have created beautiful weddings in almost every venue in Austin and across the Hill Country. (SEE AD PAGE 290)

The Flower Girl Dripping Springs • (512) 680–7946 Web site: www.theflowergirltx.com Kari Shelton’s commitment to every event and absolute love of all things floral, has helped her envision and design perfect events. Her experience as an event planner brings the level of detail that produces flawless floral. She is committed to excellence and prides herself on meeting her client’s budgets and giving them what they expected and more. She has gathered a team of talented artists to bring your dream flowers to life. From small and cozy, to large and grand, The Flower Girl is dedicated to you. (SEE AD PAGE 300)

Moore Design Styles 202 Walton Way, #198, Cedar Park • (512) 528-1192 Web site: www.mooredesignstyles.com We are committed to offering only the finest floral arrangements and gifts, backed by service that is friendly and prompt. All of our customers are important, and our professional staff is dedicated to making your experience a pleasant one. That is why we always go the extra mile to make your wedding perfect. Let us be your first choice for flowers. (SEE AD PAGE 292)

Sami’s Flower Shop & Event Services

S (512) 401-3921 8708 S. Congress, Ste. 570 ■ Web site: www.samisflowershop.com Sami’s Flower Shop & Event Services is a local family owned business specializing in weddings. We offer beautiful custom-designed wedding floral arrangements including wedding bouquets, centerpieces, corsages, and boutonnieres. We also offer décor rentals to accent your wedding details. Let our expertise help you put your own signature touch to your special day. Contact us today to set up a consultation so we can custom create your perfect wedding ceremony and reception floral arrangements. (SEE AD PAGE 299)

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N (512) 261-0142 8423 Research Blvd. ■ Web site: www.SterlingEventsAustin.com Sterling Events Austin offers floral and design services to add those final, spectacular touches to your event. We offer the full spectrum of floral designs, specialty lighting and trusses, linens, backdrop shears, LED furniture and candy stations. We have all the finishing touches for the perfect look for your special day. Best of all, we can beat the prices of our competitors every time. (SEE AD PAGES 8 & 9)

Weddings by Design by H-E-B Web site: www.heb.com/weddings We’re here, not only to help beautify your ceremony and reception, but to simplify your wedding planning process. By selecting one of our eight distinct flower packages and customizing by the size of your celebration, we can make your floral vision come to fruition, easily and elegantly. For more information or to order, visit our website or your local H-E-B store. (SEE AD PAGE 287)

Wild Bunches 403 KC Memory Lane, Dripping Springs • (512) 858-0868 Web site: www.wildbunches.net Artistry, passion, and knowledge are all elements that are essential when creating a stunning floral design. Coupled with striking colors, rich textures, and boundless creativity Wild Bunches creates a flowing, seamless landscape with a style that is unique to you. Wild Bunches is the in-house floral department to Memory Lane Event Center, yet they are the florist for many brides all over the Austin area. For your free consultation with our team please call our office. (SEE AD PAGE 290)

Wow Factor Design Company 14201 Ranch Road 12, Wimberley • (512) 395-7159 Web site: www.wowfactorfloral.com From the funky and couture to the classic and clean, our design team provides the wow factor every bride deserves. We pride ourselves in attention to detail going above and beyond the expected. The experienced team of Wow Factor Design Company offers floral design and event planning in each aspect of their wedding day. Whether an intimate gathering or an extravagant event, you are guaranteed the wow factor that leaves everyone breathless! (SEE AD PAGE 292)

ZuZu’s Petals 2100 CR 176, Georgetown • (512) 260-9690 Web site: www.zuzupetalsaustin.com ZuZu’s Petals is an innovative, full-service wedding and event floral design studio specializing in creating floral creations for your wedding. Our team helps bring your dreams to life. Whether your style is rustic, whimsical or formal, our passion for flowers, colors and a keen eye for design is what inspires us to continue creating breathtaking memories. Our seasoned team of designers will be sure to create an event that you and your guests will be talking about for years to come. (SEE AD PAGE 292)

FLOWER GIRL & RING BEARER S e e We d d i n g D r e s s e s & A c c e s s o r i e s

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HEALTH & FITNESS A l s o S e e B e a u t y, S k i n C a r e , M a k e U p & H a i r

ID Life – Christal McMillion (512) 619-8824 Web site: www.Customforyou.IDLife.com ID Life is a new generation of health and wellness products. Our program creates an individual, customized nutrition plan to help you be your best on your big day. (SEE AD PAGE 269)

Isagenix (512) 966-5392 Web site: www.ericalaws.isagenix.com Whether you’re looking to lose pounds and inches to make your wedding gown fit perfectly, improve performance and recovery to give you energy for your wedding day, or combat the aging process and improve overall health through your marriage, Isagenix has long-term health and fitness solutions for you. We look forward to helping you look and feel your best for your wedding day and for years to come. (SEE AD PAGE 269)

Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas Toll Free 1-800-230-PLAN Web site: www.ppgreatertx.org Are you honeymoon-bound ready? Visit one of Planned Parenthood’s three Austin-area health centers for a birth control consultation before the big day. Birth control is not one-size fits all. An IUD? The pill? A patch? Our caring experts can help you find the best method for your needs. Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas has been a trusted source of women’s healthcare in Texas for more than 80 years. (SEE AD PAGE 268)

HOMES, REALTORS & MORTGAGES Keller Williams Realty – The Murphey Team (512) 809-1107 Web site: www.murpheyteamonline.com Buying your first home together as husband and wife is an exciting time! We can help guide you through the process of buying your first dream home together. As first-time homebuyer specialists, we understand the fears you might have, the questions you need answers to, and the stress that could come with buying your first home. We are here to help you every step of the way and we will explain all the details of home buying in an easy, no-pressure environment. (SEE AD PAGE 347)

Keller Williams Realty – Tara Usrey 900 Quest Pkwy, Cedar Park • (512) 635-2731 Web site: www.taratut.kw.com If you are looking for your next home to buy or rent; or looking to sell your current home, please give me a call, I’d be happy to assist you. I’m a dedicated, resultsoriented, experienced realtor who can help you with all your realty needs. (SEE AD PAGE 347)

New Life New Home (512) 608-3000 Web site: www.NewLifeNewHome.com. It’s a great time to buy a home. Finding couples the perfect home and mortgage is our specialty. We are a family team providing you solutions for your home buying and/or selling needs. Our objective is to make your experience seamless while exceeding your expectations. We are licensed realtors working for Platinum Realty and a residential mortgage loan officer at Premier Nationwide Lending. Contact us today and let’s discuss your next journey — buying a home. (SEE AD PAGE 347)

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HONEYMOONS Cruise Planners – Kimberly Speer-Warner (512) 677-7572 Web site: www.Deserve2Travel.com As a full-service travel agency, we can offer vacationers exclusive pricing on a wide range of cruise and destination wedding packages, private cruise sales, as well as cabin upgrades and special amenities including shore excursions, discounted fares, travel gifts and more. Cruise Planners also provides specialized land and tour packages to the most sought after destinations around the world. We do so much more than cruises. (SEE AD PAGE 343)

Exotic Destinations & Honeymoon Co., LLC. (254) 247-1300 Web site: www.patriciacrowell.com Exotic tropical island vacations, luxury and adventure cruises, romantic getaways, honeymoon packages, safaris, and tours. You need a vacation and we’re here to help you find the perfect trip. (SEE AD PAGE 343)

Journeys by Patti (254) 294-7795 Web site: www.journeysbypatti.com We believe everyone should travel and create unforgettable experiences. Our experts are dedicated to providing you with a remarkable honeymoon and/or destination wedding planning experience, through one-of-a-kind customer service. We’d love to help you plan the trip of your dreams. So whether you are looking to enjoy a trip to the Caribbean or take a romantic cruise, we have you covered. Our prices can’t be beat. (SEE AD PAGE 345)

Love Shack Vacations Toll Free (888) 805–8108 Ext. 4165 Web site: www.LoveShackVacations.com/Denise Love Shack Vacations, part of KHM Travel, has been in business more than 20 years. Denise Dow has been a Romance Travel Consultant for more than 20 years and an avid traveler herself. She can lend personal knowledge to help you discover what destination awaits you. (SEE AD PAGE 345)

Vacations in Paradise (512) 388-6526 Web site: www.honeymooninginparadise.com Vacations In Paradise is a full-service travel agency that specializes in honeymoons and destination weddings in the Caribbean, Mexico, Disney and on cruise ships. You do not have to plan this very special event on your own. Our agents are certified honeymoon and destination wedding specialists, as well as Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts certified specialists. We work closely with the resorts to ensure your once in a lifetime trip is everything you imagine. (SEE AD PAGE 345)

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Al’s Formal Wear (713) 796-7226 Web site: www.invitations.alsformalwear.com As an authorized online retailer of Carlson Craft’s stylish and impressive product lines, we are proud to offer items perfect for inviting, announcing and celebrating all of life’s special occasions. The expansive collection includes invitations, announcements, save the dates, celebration supplies, greeting cards, personalized writing stationery, gifts, and much more. (SEE AD PAGE 214)

Medical Parkway Printing

N (512) 459-1339 4011 Medical Parkway ■ Web site: www.mpprint.net Centrally located, Medical Parkway Printing offers you the opportunity to produce a custom designed invitation package, or a more traditional set, to mark your wedding day. We have the knowledge and equipment to produce your order quickly. Our staff is ready, willing, and able to assist you in staying within your budget. Save time and retain consistency by ordering collateral material from this single location. We are open Monday through Friday, or by appointment. (SEE AD PAGE 307)

The Pink Tulip

DT (512) 323-2626 (Appointments Preferred) 1612 West 5th St., Ste. B ■ Web site: www.pinktulipinvitations.com With more than 12 years in the invitation business, the Pink Tulip promises personal service and professional guidance. Invitations range from simple to extravagant and traditional to contemporary with a wide selection of invitations carefully selected for their unique designs. We will answer all of your wording and etiquette questions with expert advice. Let us also help you with savethe-date cards, ceremony programs, shower and rehearsal dinner invitations, thank-you notes, napkins, cups and koozies, and calligraphy. Call today for an appointment. (SEE AD PAGE 307)

JEWELRY/JEWELRY CARE C. Kirk Root Designs

NW (512) 346-1780 10000 Research, Ste. 126 ■ Web site: www.kirkrootdesigns.com Austin’s only master gemological appraiser owns C. Kirk Root Designs and we are proud to have served Austin for more than 25 years. We offer exceptional quality, service and experience, all at unbeatable prices. C. Kirk Root Designs specializes in custom designs and can make anything you dream. For your special day let us help you create the jewelry you will have for a lifetime. We can also assist you with repairs and certified appraisals. (SEE ADS PAGES 27 & 309)

LIGHTING S e e D é co r & L i g h t i n g ; E n te r t a i n m e n t — DJ ; Re n t a l s

LIMOUSINES S e e Tr a n s p o r t a t i o n

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PHOTO BOOTHS/FLIPBOOKS Trailer Booth Photography (512) 944-0290 Web site: www.trailerbooth.com The Trailer Booth is a professional Austin mobile photo booth inside a totally renovated 1962 Shasta camper. It’s gorgeous and classy on the inside, yet funky and classic on the outside. Our mobile photo booth provides the perfect photo booth service for your wedding, company event, or any party that needs the extra bit of fun and originality. (SEE AD PAGE 311)

Wild West Casino Games

N (512) 350-3241 1106 Neans Dr. ■ Web site: www.wildwestcasinogames.com Wild West Casino Games now brings its unique events to weddings, bridal showers, and bachelor/bachelorette parties. Make your wedding event unique with Wild West Casino Games. (SEE AD PAGE 112)

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amy dang photography (818) 224-8471 Web site: www.amydangphotography.com As someone who is in love with love, I sincerely enjoy hearing happy couples’ stories. Starting with their first date, to their engagement and then their plans for the future together. My favorite couples to work with are those who are excited not only for their wedding, but also for their marriage. I work with a photojournalistic approach and artistic elements to capture natural, romantic, quirky moments that tell your love story. (SEE AD PAGE 248)

Bells & Whistles Productions (512) 801-7922 or (512) 415-4846 Web site: www.bellsandwhistlesproductions.com Bells and Whistles Productions is owned and operated by Austin natives, who photograph with a distinctive style that matches the city. With a goal of being your go-to photographer for all of life’s events, the team is ready when you need; beginning with the engagement, continuing on to the wedding, and then hopefully documenting your growing family. The Bells and Whistles family looks forward to getting to know you, and letting that shine through in your photos. (SEE AD PAGE 242)

Brian O’Neill Photography (512) 971-4330 Web site: www.brianoneillphotography.com When it comes to your wedding photos, the job of the photographer is to tell a story of the day. From the shoot to the editing of the images, every decision we make revolves around doing that in an efficient, compelling and cinematic manner. (SEE AD PAGE 254)

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Brio Photography (512) 698-4664 Web site: www.brioweddings.com I’ve been photographing weddings for more than 15 years and absolutely love it. Your wedding is as special and unique as the two of you, and it’s my privilege to be chosen to capture it. I treat each client as if they are my only client. I want you to love your photographs and the whole experience. Thank you for looking through my work, I can’t wait to hear about your wedding. Call, text or email me today. (SEE AD PAGE 226)

Brubaker Portraits (512) 593–1288 Web site: www.brubakerportraits.com I am a portrait and wedding photographer based out of Austin. I focus on photographing women of all shapes and sizes, and telling stories of their beauty inside and out. I have been photographing weddings since 2007, and have photographed brides of all kinds. On your wedding day I am there from start to finish — from when you are getting ready, to your grand exit — and I’m at your side every step of the way. I will make timeless art pieces that will last for generations. (SEE AD PAGE 236)

Captivating Weddings (512) 689-1368 Web site: www.captivatingweddings.com Captivating Weddings is Austin’s premier family owned photography studio. Backed with more than 30 years of experience, our national award winning photographers aim to provide the highest quality photography to perfectly capture the special moments of your extraordinary day. Whether planning an event for 5 or 500, our all-inclusive and custom packages will provide everything needed to preserve every ounce of your joyous occasion. Come visit our website and contact us to capture your captivating moments with Captivating Weddings Photography. (SEE AD PAGE 246)

Celebrate Your Sexy (509) 332-2803 or Toll Free (800) 352-7664 Web site: www.celebrateyoursexy.com Celebrate Your Sexy boudoir photography is a team dedicated to making you look and feel your best. We know most women have never done a boudoir photo shoot before, so our photographers help you every step of the way to feel comfortable. We create artistic, classy, and tasteful images that radiate your unique beauty. Leave your shoot with a rediscovered confidence in yourself, and give your groom a gift he will never forget. (SEE AD PAGE 244)

COMPLETE weddings + events 2407 S. Bell Blvd., Ste. B, Cedar Park • (512) 458-3535 Web site: www.completeaustin.com Wedding photography is all about capturing the details. From the smallest facet of the bride’s beautiful gown to the grandest panoramic scale of the wedding party group shots, our skilled Austin wedding photographers will capture those special moments and freeze them in time forever with unparalleled photographic expertise. Let your special day be about you and the love of your life. Don’t risk having to worry about whether or not your memories will be properly captured to last a lifetime. Just leave that to us. We are your wedding photography experts. (SEE AD PAGE 263)

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Creatrix Photography (512) 808-0220 Web site: www.creatrixphotography.com Creatrix Photography is known as your local bad-ass wedding photographer, specializing in quirky and adventurous weddings. We don’t offer anything cookie cutter, although we may bake you some cookies. We won’t bore you with the details of our awards or publications, but we’ll definitely share our bomb blueberry scones recipe if you ask. Give us the chance to capture the love and intimacy of your big day, as we promise you won’t be disappointed. (SEE AD PAGE 253)

George Street Photo & Video Toll Free (866) 831-4103 Web site www.georgestreetphoto.com George Street Photo & Video is a wedding photography company with a photojournalistic style and trained team of photography experts that have become the signature behind the breathtaking images we create for you. We employ only the best wedding photographers — passionate, contemporary artists who have made a career of framing and capturing the natural beauty of emotional moments. It will be this collection of moments that express the true spirit and story of your wedding. (SEE AD PAGE 240)

Glam Life Photography (512) 851-7231 Web site: www.glamlifephotography.com You’re getting married and it is almost time to say “I Do.” Weddings are beautiful, exciting, emotional, fun and an unforgettable day. Glam Life Photography is here to capture those special moments. We are a mother-daughter business, who love to take care of our clients. It is an honor for us to witness and provide you with memorable images for a lifetime. Your day will be perfect with Glam Life Photography. (SEE AD PAGE 234)

Gremillion Photography (512) 814-9871 Web site: www.gremillionphotographyaustin.com After years of dreaming and months of planning, you don’t want to forget a single moment of your wedding day. At Gremillion, we make sure every unforgettable moment is immortalized through beautiful, moving, and artistic photographs. We are dedicated and talented photographers who care deeply about our craft. Our passion for creating amazing photography ensures our work is always of the highest quality. With an extensive body of work, we combine artistic flair with technical skill to create amazing photographs. We know how important your wedding day is for you and you can rely on us to capture each and every smile, tear and dance move. (SEE AD PAGE 255)

Gypc Girl Photography (505) 480-3471 Web site: www.gypcphotography.com I’m inspired by the raw reality of everyday life; the fleeting beauty in the mundane and day-today moments we take for granted. I want those who see my photographs to feel the emotions and energy captured in them, and relate to the situations they depict. My goal is to seize not only the epic, but also subtle and evocative moments and capture them forever as a collection of snapshots of our lives. (SEE AD PAGE 218)

Heather Johnston Photography (512) 516-0275 Web site: www.hjohnstonphotography.com We find our couples are concerned about more than top quality wedding photos. They are looking for authentic images. Every moment, belly laughs to tears, define who you are together. You find yourself being their best friend, rock, and person they can’t live without; only to realize they are the same thing for you. We love getting you so comfortable those very moments, the fabric of your relationship, is visible and tangible through your photographs. (SEE AD PAGE 248) Continued on Page 382

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In Your Eyes Photography (512) 968-5937 Web site: www.inyoureyesphotography.com Formed in 2010, In Your Eyes Photography offers creative and affordable photography of all types, including weddings, portraiture, maternity, boudoir, family and events. We are proudly a local business owned and operated by lovebirds Audrey Alberthal and John McConnell. We work together to tell our clients’ stories and showcase clients’ unique personalities. We feel blessed to be able to follow our passion, and we hope our enthusiasm, vision and playfulness shines through the images we create. Please contact us to check our availability and reserve your date. (SEE AD PAGE 224)

Inspired Images (512) 721-9845 Web site: www.imspiredimagesaustin.com It’s crucial to trust the photographer that will be capturing the most important day of your lives, so lets meet. I’ve been photographing in and around Austin since 2003. Creating a canvas in print of your milestones is fun and brings a great sense of fulfillment to my work. The excitement, anticipation, and the raw emotion are why I love doing what I do. My photos will tell your wedding day story from start to finish. (SEE AD PAGE 255)

Jeff Loftin Photography (512) 944-5514 Web site: www.jeffloftinphotography.com I have a passion for the photojournalistic approach to wedding photography; being a “fly on the wall,” capturing the excitement, joy, and feelings of each moment. My wife, Andrea, is my partner in life and work. Our partnership offers a unique dual perspective to your wedding day. Our photojournalistic approach will have you reliving your moments and the feelings behind them for years to come. (SEE AD PAGE 238)

Jennifer Cote Photography (512) 842-7660 Web site: www.jennifercotephotography.com Jennifer Cote Photography focuses on capturing the whole story to your wedding. I want to catch the little details you never want to forget and the hidden smiles that you didn’t even realize were happening. In addition to creating breathtaking photos, I love to ensure that my clients feel they have someone in their corner to help on a moment’s notice to make the day flow perfectly. (SEE AD PAGE 239)

Jingaling Photography (512) 695-6668 Web site: www.jingalingphotography.com Jingaling Photography specializes in photography, living photos, and video captured in a documentary photojournalistic style. Austin-based photographer, Jing Yang, is also an award-winning filmmaker who is passionate about visual storytelling and loves capturing genuine emotion of real people. We also offer high-quality engagement, wedding, and honeymoon videos. We value the beauty of each individual and we love what we do, so we work for quality instead of quantity. Contact us to check our availability and our destination wedding specials. (SEE AD PAGE 243)

Katia Forero Photography (512) 294-7206 Web site: www.katiaforero.com Katia Forero Photography is an exclusive wedding and engagement photography studio, specializing in creative modern, romantic and timeless wedding photography. Our photography is much more than just images. We provide a photography experience that truly represents you and your style. We are committed to telling the story of your special day and to document those candid moments that make it unique. (SEE AD PAGE 225)

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Luxe Photography

S (512) 876-6365 2900 S. Congress Ave., Ste. 202 ■ Web site: www.photographyluxe.com My clients value beautiful photography. I do too. I strive to capture not only awesome memories, but also gorgeous, timeless images that are bursting with color and emotion. The coy smiles and laughter during our portrait session, the tear rolling down your cheek as you exchange vows, an intimate kiss amid a crowded dance floor and the wild dance moves of your friends as you celebrate the night away. Let Luxe turn your moments into tangible memories. (SEE AD PAGE 257)

Lyndsay Lyon Photography (210) 367-9477 Web site: www.LyndsayPhoto.com Lyndsay Lyon Photography is an engagement and wedding photography business based in Texas. She offers a completely unique photography service for the modern bride. She works with the bride and groom through all steps of the photography process including engagement photo shoot clothing guidance, Pinterest interests and full wedding day coverage to capture the best photos possible. Lyndsay earned her degree specifically in photography from Texas State University in an effort to show the world her view of what is truly beautiful. (SEE AD PAGE 224)

Melanie Caskey Photography (512) 769-1190 Web site: www.melaniecaskeyphotography.com We have a passion for capturing fleeting moments in a romantic and creative way. We want you to relive the joy and love of your wedding day every time you look at our photos. We specialize in using natural light to bring romance and whimsy to our photographs. Blending traditional photography and photojournalism to tell the story of your wedding day through candid photos while still providing posed portraits in a relaxed atmosphere. (SEE AD PAGE 233)

Michael Barker Photography

N (512) 415-2640 Georgetown ■ Web site: www.michaelbarkerphoto.com Your wedding day is extraordinary and you need someone you can trust. Michael Barker Photography is that trusted photographer, to be with you through this wonderful occasion. The dress, the venue, the details, the flowers, the friends, all of this planning will come together and nothing will be overlooked. You can relax and know when the day is complete; you’ll still have the images to look back on. Contact Michael Barker Photography about your special day. (SEE AD PAGE 237)

The Mill Photography Studio (512) 567-0336 Web site: www.millphotostudio.com We have developed our own distinctive, photojournalistic style focused on a single moment. That split second where experience, anticipation, and technical mastery come together to create stunning, unforgettable images that make your friends jealous. (SEE AD PAGE 235)

Mitchell Bahr Weddings (512) 501-9679 Web site: www.mitchellbahr.com I’m a photographer and videographer 15 years, I’ve worked in all aspects of the photographic industry. Weddings allow me to cover every kind of shot, adapt to different lighting conditions on the fly and deal with new lovely people every week. It’s a blessing to be able to work in the wedding industry and an honor to be an important part of one of the most pinnacle moments in a couples’ relationship. (SEE AD PAGE 234)

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Peach Veil Photography & Film (817) 739-2590 Web site: www.peachveil.com Ray and Chloé are a husband and wife team who have been doing wedding photography since 2011. They aim to be an all-inclusive, fully customizable option for photography and videography services. With competitively priced packages starting at $1700, they can provide photography for any budget. They also offer additional services such as: photo booth, boudoirs, trash-thedress, and more. (SEE AD PAGE 247)

Peary Photography (214) 763-1105 Web site: www.pearyphotographyblog.com Bill Peary has photographed weddings and events all over Texas and the United States. Working with his wife, Karen, they team up to photograph and deliver your special day with the utmost quality, detail and design. Their clients love them because they go the extra mile and work very hard to capture the spirit and beauty of your wedding day. (SEE AD PAGE 238)

Peter Feighner Photography (512) 695-9649 Web site: www.peterfeighner.photography I love to photograph people and am constantly on the hunt for authentic images that tell a powerful story. I love to shoot weddings because they are such an important day, not only in the lives of the bride and groom, but for their family and friends as well. I very much look forward to meeting you and designing a unique approach to document your special wedding day. (SEE AD PAGE 226)

Photos by 2 Generations (512) 545-2551 Web site: www.photosby2generations.com As a mother-daughter photography team, we love to capture our client’s inner and outer beauty in the various stages of their lives. Sexy, empowered, and beautiful is how we see our clients and how we want them to see themselves during and after their personalized boudoir photo session. Enjoy your hair and make-up preparation, and then prepare to be transformed during your hourlong photo shoot into a sexy, beautiful woman, empowered by your own beauty. This is a great present for the groom. Have an exciting time being pampered during your photo shoot, and then reap the benefits of providing him with a gift he will surely enjoy. (SEE AD PAGE 245)

Photos by Marti[na] (512) 910-5592 Web site: www.photosbymartina.net Every love story is special. Let me tell yours! I am a natural wedding photographer creating highquality, elegant and timeless photos that tell your unique love story. My documentary style of photography captures true emotion and allows you to be yourself in front of the camera. My technique is to make you look good, feel comfortable, and have fun in the process. I have a natural ability to think creatively. (SEE AD PAGE 257)

Riley Blanks Photography (210) 422-1142 Web site: www.rileyblanks.com This is your day, allow me to ensure you can forever relive each moment with photographs that speak their own beautiful language. I hold a fine arts degree from the University of Virginia and have traveled extensively as a photographer, both of which have formed my vision, which is to naturally capture the essence of your wedding. With each picture, the narrative of your day builds, producing alluring memories from which your story begins. (SEE AD PAGE 241)

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Sami Jo Photography (832) 758-1172 Web site: www.SamiJoPhotography.com I capture the details of your wedding and leave you worry free when the day finally arrives. My experience includes a BFA in Digital Photographic Imagining and managing 25 locations for a portrait company. Every moment has tangible feelings connected to it and I specialize in capturing these moments for you. Your wedding day is the most pivotal day of your life, and I will make certain you remember every detail. (SEE AD PAGE 243)

Steve Spencer Photography (512) 645-9910 Web site: www.stevespencerphoto.com Anyone can click a shutter; not everyone can click with people. I have always had a different perspective on life and the details of it. That peculiar perspective is what gives me an edge in my photography. You can take a great picture anywhere, it’s just a matter of noticing. It’s not what you see, it’s what you can’t see that makes a photograph. (SEE AD PAGE 223)

Tiffany Hofeldt Photography (512) 557-4377 Web site: www.tiffanyhofeldt.com We are a boutique wedding studio in South Austin focusing on attention to detail and delivering our personal best every time. Tiffany has a solid background in photojournalism and loves watching her clients relive their magical day through her images. She’s been called “The 11th Bridesmaid” because of her natural ability to multitask and go above and beyond in her work. Every image tells a story, every moment is natural and real. (SEE AD PAGE 253)

Toast Entertainment (512) 468-3613 or (210) 201-6389 Web site: www.toastent.com Toast Entertainment is a full-service professional entertainment company specializing in high energy DJ/emcee services, timeless photography, vision-fulfilling wedding coordination and unparalleled rentals all at the most affordable rates in the industry. Toast Entertainment is the one company you can always count on to make your event live up to its full potential as a party, celebration, and as a lifelong memory. (SEE AD PAGE 265)

PREMARITAL EDUCATION Luv Life Coaching (512) 413-3537 Web site: www.luvlifecoaching.com We all have dreams for a wonderfully fulfilling enjoyable life partnership. Giving couples the skills and tools to make that a reality for the long run, is the goal of Luv Life Coaching. Our Engaged and Newlywed Coaching Program takes couples from “falling in love” to a lifetime of amazing, lasting, deep connection. Luv Life Coaching is an official Healthy Marriage Service Provider for Twogether in Texas. Take our online coaching readiness questionnaire today. (SEE AD PAGE 29)

Twogether in Texas (512) 345-4967 Web site: www.TwoGetherInTexas.com Save $60 on your marriage license and make your marriage stronger and lasting. Complete eight hours of accepted pre-marital classes and earn a certificate with which your County Clerk will waive the state $60 marriage license fee. Studies show couples that take the pre-marital education classes have a 30% higher success rate and a better love life. *County Clerk fees may still apply. (SEE AD PAGE 268)

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DT (512) 480-9264 208 Barton Springs Rd. ■ Web site: www.capitalcruises.com/weddings1 Located on the beautiful shores of Lady Bird Lake, Capital Cruises provides the premier lake-based wedding and event facility in the downtown Austin. Specializing in rehearsal dinners, we also host weddings, receptions, and bachelor and bachelorette parties. Capital Cruises has many different options to choose from. Capital Cruise provides the ultimate Austin experience. (SEE AD PAGE 40)

The County Line

W (512) 327-1742 On The Hill – 6500 Bee Cave Rd. ■ W (512) 346-3664 On The Lake – 5204 FM 2222 ■ Web site: www.countyline.com The Original County Line! Located in an historic old “speak-easy,” this County Line offers an incredible 20-mile view of the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Spectacular sunsets make the perfect backdrop for your special evening. Engagement party, rehearsal dinner or reception, The County Line can offer your guests a true taste of Texas hospitality and barbecue. (SEE AD PAGE 51)

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

N (512) 835-9463 11600 Century Oaks Terrace ■ DT (512) 457-1500 320 E. 2nd St. ■ Web site: www.flemingssteakhouse.com For the perfect celebration, experience private dining at its finest. Plan your rehearsal lunch or dinner, bridal shower, Sunday send-off brunch, bachelor party, or reception at Fleming’s. Choose from a range of thoughtfully created menus to ensure your private event is a resounding success. Our private dining directors can also create customized menus for any budget. (SEE AD PAGE 129)

Freda’s Seafood Grille

NW (512) 829-4498 10903 Pecan Park Blvd. ■ Web site: www.FredasAustin.com At Freda’s we have two terrific spaces where brides and grooms can host their rehearsal dinners. Our private dining room seats up to 40 people without a buffet and seats up to 35 people with a buffet. The space includes a television with an HDMI connection, PA system and double doors for privacy. Our semi-private dining room seats up to 40 people in the middle of the room and 100 people including the booths surrounding the room. (SEE AD PAGE 130)

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Iron Cactus Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar

DT (512) 692-8059 606 Trinity St. ■ Web site: www.ironcactus.com The Iron Cactus wants to host your next party. Whether it’s a formal sit-down dinner, a buffet, or simply drinks and appetizers, we can accommodate you in a variety of ways and are happy to work with special requests. (SEE AD PAGE 128)

Las Palomas Restaurant-Bar

W (512) 327-9889 3201 Bee Cave Rd., Ste. 122 ■ Web site: www.laspalomasrestaurant.com Considered the “hidden jewel” of Westlake, Las Palomas Restaurant-Bar serves an authentic and distinctive cuisine from the interior of Mexico in a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere. Our high standards and attention to detail ensure patrons are served only the best, using treasured family recipes for our signature mole sauce, seafood and produce, as well as a full range of delicious dishes, premium margaritas, wines and beers. Our artfully decorated dining rooms, peaceful patio, full bar, and flexible private event rooms provide a relaxed and refined atmosphere for your special event. (SEE AD PAGE 134)

Maggiano’s Little Italy

N (512) 501-7880 10910 Domain Dr. ■ Web site www.maggianos.com At Maggiano’s Catering we have one philosophy: When you don’t come to our place we bring the best of everything to yours. You will experience a brand of hospitality unavailable anywhere else. Let Maggiano’s help make the wedding of your dreams a reality, while you enjoy a fresh-made Italian feast your guests will remember forever. (SEE AD PAGE 137)

The Oasis on Lake Travis

W (512) 266-9242 6550 Comanche Trail ■ Web site: www.oasis-austin.com Located 450 feet above Lake Travis, the view of the Texas Hill Country is breathtaking and the sunsets are spectacular. The Oasis offers a unique range of experiences to please the tastes of all. Large or small, formal or informal, inside or out, The Oasis welcomes your next gathering from 25 to 1000 people. (SEE AD PAGE 93)

Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark

S (512) 383-2658 4140 Governor’s Row ■ Web site: www.omniaustinsouthpark.com From an intimate rehearsal dinner to a spectacular reception, the professional catering staff at the Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark will insure your special event exceeds your every expectation. The Omni features a Grand Ballroom, which can comfortably accommodate up to 500 guests plus additional space for more intimate celebrations. Relax, enjoy and savor the magic of your special day at the AAA four Diamond Omni Hotel at Southpark, luxury that’s surprisingly sensible. (SEE AD PAGE 113)

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Uncle Julio’s

DT (512) 815-2100 301 Brazos, Ste. 150 ■ Web site: www.unclejulios.com/austin Located in downtown Austin on the corner of 3rd and San Jacinto, within walking distance of the Austin Convention Center, Uncle Julio’s is the perfect place to sit on the patio with a world famous swirl margarita or a sizzling plate of fajitas and leave your worries behind. (SEE AD PAGE 155)

Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill

DT (512) 970-3834 1110 W. 6th St. ■ Web site: www.ztejas.com Originally an old Victorian home on historic 6th street, Z’Tejas has been beautifully converted to host an array of events. From bridal showers to rehearsal dinners and weddings, let us charm you and your guests with our fresh, flavorful and innovative Southwestern cuisine and indulgent customer service to ensure your guests have an extraordinary experience. This downtown location features a private entrance, courtyard, bar, AV equipment and optional valet parking. Please ask about our North Austin location. (SEE AD PAGE 110)

RENTALS A Clean Portoco Toll Free (800) 499-4226 Web site: www.portoco.com A Clean Portoco provides high-quality luxury restroom trailers for the most elegant of weddings and events. We provide 4 different sizes/styles to meet your unique requirements. Whether it is our Elite or our Presidential stations that fit your needs, our experienced staff will reserve the following amenities: fresh floral, personalized music and full-service attendant to make your wedding the most memorable event. (SEE AD PAGE 94)

American Party Rental

N (512) 837-6500 8717 Burnet Rd. ■ Web site: www.americanpartyrental.com They consider themselves the Cadillac of the rental market because of the quality and condition their items are kept in. They work on conventions so they carry large quantities of most items. Everything you need including large tents. Separate showroom for their party items from equipment rentals. (SEE AD PAGE 315)

Esquivel Events 1320 CR 272, Leander • (512) 923–8028 Web site: www.esquivelevents.com Be stress and worry free with the help of our event team. Not only do we provide prompt delivery, but we also set-up and tear down your entire event. So sit back and relax while we take care of making your space look stunning. (SEE AD PAGE 316)

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N (512) 524-1228 5207 Airport Blvd ■ Web site: www.loudmouthrentals.com LoudMouth Rentals is a locally owned music, sound and lighting rental company dedicated to making the rental process simple, affordable and hassle free. In addition to rentals, LoudMouth provides full production services: delivery/pick up, set up/tear down and on-site run of show. Our mission is to provide unparalleled customer service with the highest quality gear at the best value. (SEE AD PAGE 269)

Marquee Event Group

N (512) 491-RENT (7368) or Toll Free (877) 21-PARTY 4616 West Howard Lane ■ Web site: www.marqueeeventgroup.com Marquee Event Group has the largest selection of linens in Central Texas. Our equipment consultants will assist you in choosing the items to make your wedding day beautiful and elegant. Come to our new expanded facility for a free consultation. We are the party professionals. (SEE AD PAGE 315)

Premiere Events

S (512) 292-3900 11810 Manchaca Rd. ■ N (512) 870-8552 8868 Research Blvd., Ste. 304 ■ 333 Hwy 290 E, Ste. 419, Dripping Springs • (512) 829-4498 Web Site: www.premierepartycentral.com With an exceptional selection and experienced event consultants, Premiere Events can make your vision a reality. Premiere offers wedding rentals and services along side retail wedding products to help you plan your day. Our mission is to bring a unique style, unparalleled customer service, exciting products and great value to the event rental experience. We work with coordinators or can assist you directly. For impressive celebration rentals and outstanding support service, come see us. (SEE AD PAGES 312 & 313)

Premiere Events – Dripping Springs 333 Hwy. 290 E., Ste 419, Dripping Springs • (512) 829-4498 Web site: www.premiereeventsonline.com Premiere Events is excited to announce the opening of its Dripping Springs’ showroom. Like Premiere’s North Austin location on Research Blvd., the new showroom features a selection of wedding and event rental options at different price points on the budgetary spectrum. Premiere is thrilled to be a part of the Dripping Springs and Hill Country events community and looks forward to being a part of your celebration. (SEE AD PAGE 312 & 313)

Sterling Events Austin Rentals

N (512) 261-0142 8423 Research Blvd. ■ Web site: www.SterlingEventsAustin.com Wouldn’t it be nice to sit with one event planner and get all the extra things you need to create your vision for your wedding and reception? Sterling Events Austin now offers rentals at a price you can afford. Tables, chairs, linens, pipe & drape, shear backdrops, A/V, lighting, photo booths, photographers, tents and HVAC. Let Sterling Events Austin make it easy and affordable for you. (SEE AD PAGES 8 & 9)

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TRANSPORTATION 281 Wine Tours 951 Altwein Rd., Blanco • (830) 202-0697 Web site: www.281winetours.com 281 Wine Tours will get your family and friends safely to your unforgettable destination wedding venue, offering flexible departure and arrival schedules to and from your designated lodging and wedding venues throughout our Texas Hill Country. We specialize in providing early departures for any rehearsals while ensuring guests arrive on time. We serve Austin, San Antonio and surrounding area in the heart of our Texas Hill Country. (SEE AD PAGE 338)

4 Leaf Limo/Austin Antique Limo (512) 633-0004 Web site: www.4LeafLimo.com When you celebrate your big day, you want every detail to be a part of your love story. That is why Austin Antique Limo, now 4 Leaf Limo, offers stylish Austin wedding transportation from beginning to end. Our classic and antique cars have dazzled weddings guests since 2000. You can even use one of our beautiful limousines for your wedding day photo shoot or bachelorette party. We’ll be there at every step to transport you, your sweetheart, and all of your loved ones as you celebrate a one-of-a-kind love. (SEE AD PAGE 337)

Lux Limo (512) 215-4971 Web site: www.Lux.Limo Lux Limo was created out of our desire to provide the finest luxury transportation service in Austin and beyond. Our fleet of Mercedes private-class Sprinters, limousines, exotics, private jet charters as well as Black Car services elevate your wedding experience with superior sound systems, mood lighting, plush interiors, multiple TVs and slideshow capability. We specialize in customizing packages for wedding day bridal party and groomsmen transfers to wedding venue, wedding party pick up, airport pick ups for out-of-town guests, rehearsal dinners, bachelor and bachelorette parties and even wedding getaway car. (SEE AD PAGE 339)

TRAVEL AGENCIES See Honeymoons

TUXEDOS & MEN’S WEAR Al’s Formal Wear Toll Free (800) 460-8500 Web site: alsformalwear.com We love weddings at Al’s Formal Wear and we offer multiple wedding services to make your planning easier. First, we offer beautiful wedding apparel for your men from tuxedos and suits to simple vest/shirt/slacks ensembles. Al’s has the exclusive Michael Kors tuxedo along with the new Slate Blue tux and all your favorite designer names. Al’s is the only place to access the Color Match™ system where you can find matching and coordinating accessory colors for any bridesmaid dress from any brand. (SEE AD PAGE 214)

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W (512) 327-5771 Barton Square Mall – 2901 Capitol of Texas Hwy. ■ N (512) 372-2494 Gateway Square – 9503 Research Blvd. ■ S (512) 891-0679 Homestead Center – 5207 Brodie Lane ■ NW (512) 257-7538 Lakeline Mall – 11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., F-13 (inside Lakeline Mall) ■ N (512) 459-4355 Lincoln Village – 6406 North IH-35, #2375 (IH-35 at 290) ■ Round Rock – 2711 LaFrontera Blvd., Round Rock • (512) 341-2120 S (512) 292-6044 Southpark Meadows – 9600 South IH-35 ■ Web site: www.menswearhouse.com Men’s Wearhouse’s expertise and customer service will help you create perfect memories for your special occasion. The latest formalwear styles. The newest accessories. The right fit. The perfect look. Men’s Wearhouse. (SEE AD PAGE 211)

VENUES The Allan House

DT (512) 478-8653 1104 San Antonio St. ■ Web site: www.allanhouse.com The Allan House is an elegant Victorian home built in 1883 in the heart of downtown Austin. The house is approximately 4,300 square feet with 1,700 square feet available on the first floor for events inside and large balconies overlooking the expansive oak-covered grounds, which are also available for special occasions. From the original antique etched and leaded glass to the warm heart-pine floors, The Allan House is the perfect place to have any gathering. (SEE AD PAGES 12 & 13)

Angel Mountain Events 178 Pine Tree Loop, Bastrop • (512) 695-0932 Web site: www.angelmountainevents.com Rising from the ashes of the Bastrop County fires that claimed our beautiful facility, we’ve rebuilt our dream. The new facility is uniquely beautiful and romantic. It includes a candlelit chapel, main hall for dinner and dancing, outdoor deck, bridal suite and groom’s room. Our passion is making your special celebration all about you. Stress-free is key, details matter. We make memories that will last a lifetime. Come see all Angel Mountain Events has to offer. (SEE AD PAGE 96)

Angel Springs Event Center 1500 County Rd. 267, Georgetown (512) 535-6584 or Toll Free (866) 771-1500 Web site: www.angelspringsevents.com Fall in love with the place you say I do! This German, Hill Country-styled setting is located on a secluded hill surrounded by huge oak trees. We are located only 10 miles north of Cedar Park. A courtyard and grand entrance welcome your guests as they arrive to share your special day. Soaring ceilings rise over the main hall, which can seat 200 guests. A private bride’s suite and groom’s den await them and their attendants. (SEE AD PAGE 94) Continued on Page 392

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Antebellum Oaks

W (512) 423-0372 14913 Murfin Rd. ■ Web site: www.antebullumoaksvenue.com Antebellum Oaks is situated very close to Austin, but tucked far enough away to be the ideal site for elegant and romantic weddings in Central Texas. Antebellum Oaks’ foundation is “service to others, before self,” and our goal has always been to facilitate the dynamics of family, community and tradition by helping each bride create their perfect wedding. (SEE AD PAGE 126)

Arthur Murray Dance Studio

N (512) 454-7663 13945 Hwy. 183 North, Ste. C-1 ■ Web site: www.texdance.com Arthur Murray Dance Studio has more to offer than just dance lessons! We are also the perfect location for your wedding reception or party. With more than 3200 square feet and 4 dance floors, we can accommodate up to 100 guests for your wedding ceremony and reception with plenty of free parking! We can provide full music and light systems. Bring your own DJ or use ours. Think of Arthur Murray’s as your one-stop shopping spot for your dancing and facility needs. (SEE AD PAGE 106)

Austin Marriott North at Round Rock 2600 La Frontera Blvd., Round Rock • (512) 634-4613 Web site: www.austinmarriottnorth.com Located in Round Rock at La Frontera Plaza, the Austin Marriott North is the premiere choice for Round Rock and North Austin brides. We can accommodate groups of 50 to 450 in awardwinning Marriott style, and offer a variety of packages specially tailored to your wedding dreams. Your guests can stay with us in style at special rates, with La Frontera shopping and restaurants only steps away. The Austin Marriott North can make your wedding everything you have ever imagined. (SEE AD PAGE 79)

Austin Marriott South

S (512) 634-2036 4415 South IH 35 ■ Web site: www.marriott.com/AUSAP Austin’s premier location to create the wedding of your dreams with more than 9,000 square feet of beautifully appointed event space to spotlight you on your dream day. Our catering and event teams have countless ways to impress your family and friends. The Austin Marriott South provides an oasis of casual elegance in South Austin. Our team delivers your dreams and visions in a stunning ballroom with exceptional cuisine and seamless service. Packages available for every occasion. (SEE AD PAGE 49)

Austin Party Cruises

W (512) 328-9887 2215 Westlake Dr. ■ Web site: www.austinpartycruises.com Cruises for weddings, receptions, and rehearsal dinners on Lake Austin close to downtown. Popular scenic backdrops of Mount Bonnell, Westlake Resorts, Loop 360 Arch Bridge, and Majestic Waterfront Estates make for a wonderfully memorable cruise! The “Celebration” is our newest cruiser featuring air-conditioned comfort. We offer full catering services or you can provide your own arrangements. Visit our web site for more information. (SEE AD PAGE 42)

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Avery Ranch Golf Club

N (512) 248-2442 10500 Avery Club Dr. ■ Web site: www.averyranchgolf.com Nestled along the banks of Brushy Creek, just minutes from downtown, this hidden treasure provides an awe-inspiring location for the outdoor/indoor wedding of your dreams. With breathtaking views of both Brushy Creek and the golf course, Avery Ranch Golf Club provides a beautiful and unique location for your big day. We offer a full-service professional catering staff with a passion for excellence. Make your dreams a reality at Avery Ranch Golf Club and Event Center. (SEE AD PAGE 103)

Balcones Country Club

NW (512) 258–1621 ext. 231 8600 Balcones Club Dr. ■ Web site: www.balconescountryclub.com/catering/weddings Beautiful beginnings start at Balcones Country Club. Let us create the perfect setting to celebrate your special day. Situated against a backdrop of lush greens, Balcones offers a great location to host indoor or outdoor ceremonies and receptions. We work with you to ensure your guests enjoy Austin hospitality, tradition and casual elegance that come with the private club experience. Conveniently located, our clubhouse offers two expansive banquet spaces personalized to fit your day with our packages, or create your own. (SEE AD PAGE 59)

Bastrop Convention & Exhibit Center 1408 Chestnut St., Bastrop • (512) 332-8981 Web site: www.bastropconventioncenter.com The beautiful Bastrop Convention & Exhibit Center is the perfect setting for your big day. At 26,000 square-feet, with a host of amenities, free parking and 16-hour daily rental time available, this attractive facility is ideally affordable for brides and their families. A flexible main ballroom, private bridal room and additional outdoor venue space sets the stage for an unforgettable experience for your wedding party and guests, while you’ll love our competitive pricing. (SEE AD PAGE 114)

Berry Creek Country Club 30500 Berry Creek Dr., Georgetown • (512) 930-4615 Web site: www.berrycreekcc.com Situated in an exclusive neighborhood, amidst a lush green golf course with fountains and lakes dotting the landscape, Berry Creek Country Club is the ideal site for all your bridal events. Recite your vows at an outdoor ceremony then retreat to our grand ballroom featuring vaulted ceilings, tiered crystal chandeliers and an expansive hardwood dance floor, perfect for your reception. Use our catering packages for easy planning, or have our executive chef prepare the customized culinary delight of your dreams. Full bar services are also available. (SEE AD PAGE 73)

Blissful Hill Barn at Dripping Springs Barn at Pedernales River (512) 757-9300 Web site: www.blissfullhill.com We are a family owned venue that wants to make your day the one you always dreamed about as a little girl. We have two new locations to choose from and believe that you can have your needs met at either location. Call, text, or email us to set up a tour. (SEE AD PAGE 63) Continued on Page 394

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Brodie Homestead

S (512) 439-2981 5211 Brodie Lane ■ Web site: www.brodiehomestead.com With the perfect balance of rustic charm and modern elegance, the Brodie Homestead will provide an unforgettable backdrop for your wedding and reception. It is ideally located just south of downtown Austin in Sunset Valley. The completely restored historic barn property has been a landmark in the eyes of Austin residents since it was built in the 1940s, and is tailor-made for your wedding. (SEE AD PAGES 12 & 13)

Casa Blanca on Brushy Creek 2211 Hairy Man Rd., Round Rock • (512) 663-4441 Web site: www.casablancatexas.com Casa Blanca is the perfect setting for your dream wedding located minutes from Austin in Round Rock. Between our gorgeous lawn on the creek, perfect for ceremonies, to our ballroom with floor-to-ceiling windows, our flexible venue allows you to custom-create whatever style of wedding you have always wanted. We host open house every Wednesday from 6 - 8 p.m., so stop by and let’s start planning your dream wedding. (SEE AD PAGE 77)

Cedar Skies 617 Log Country Cove, Burnet • (830) 798-5900 or (512) 627-5312 Web site: www.cedar-skies.com What better way to have your wedding than relaxing with friends and family all weekend by Lake LBJ at the newest rustic venue — Cedar Skies. We welcome you to enjoy your wedding day and leave the planning to us. We are more than just a venue; we are a destination-wedding getaway for the whole wedding party. On-site lodging allows guests to stay the weekend, not just a few hours. (SEE AD PAGE 80)

The Cedars Ranch 506 Burnett Ranch Rd., Wimberley • (512) 413-3537 Web site: www.TheCedarsRanch.com The Cedars Ranch, one of the Hill Country’s newest wedding venues, is an enchanting blend of modern green design and the elegance of nature. We are a 40-minute drive from Austin and situated on 20-acres of meandering live oak and cedar trees outside Wimberly. The Cedars Ranch is a beautiful, eco-conscious and architecturally inspiring wedding venue, accommodating 250 people on our plaza or 200 in our dance hall. We’re booking now for 2018. (SEE AD PAGE 133)

Charles Johnson House

DT (512) 767-0788 404 Atlanta St. ■ Web site: www.travispost76.org Our gorgeous, spacious and flexible 150-year-old “Gone with the Wind” mansion set on our beautiful lawn with 500-year-old oak trees is great for your ceremony with up to 300 people. We allow outside food and alcohol at no extra cost with lots of free parking. We give you ample time for set-up to make it the wedding of your dreams. The Ballroom (Hall of Honor) has excellent wooden dance floor and seats 150 guests. Tables and chairs included. (SEE AD PAGE 58)

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Chateau Bellevue

DT (512) 472-1336 708 San Antonio St. ■ Web site: www.chateaubellvueaustin.org Chateau Bellevue, built in 1874, is perfect for an intimate bridal luncheon, a rehearsal dinner celebration or a fabulous reception. Featuring a large ballroom with a stage, a spectacular outdoor patio reminiscent of an Italian villa, elegant parlors and charming dressing rooms, Chateau Bellevue, listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings, is located minutes away from all areas of Austin with free parking. Our professional full-time staff is known for excellent cuisine and gracious service. (SEE AD PAGE 85)

Chateau On The Creek 2601 Sam Bass Rd., Round Rock • (512) 733-8484 Web site: www.chateauonthecreek.com Chateau on the Creek is Austin’s newest wedding venue nestled in the seclusion of seven picturesque acres. Begin your life together in the ambiance of the Texas Hill Country. Enjoy your ceremony in the gazebo under the canopy of century old oaks. Then move to our indoor facility for your beautiful reception. Rely on the experience of Kathy Hunt, owner of Cakes by Kathy. (SEE AD PAGE 90)

The County Line

W (512) 327-1742 On The Hill – 6500 Bee Cave Rd. ■ W (512) 346-3664 On The Lake – 5204 FM 2222 ■ Web site: www.countyline.com The Original County Line! Located in an historic old “speak-easy,” this County Line offers an incredible 20-mile view of the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Spectacular sunsets make the perfect backdrop for your special evening. Engagement party, rehearsal dinner or reception, The County Line can offer your guests a true taste of Texas hospitality and barbecue. (SEE AD PAGE 51)

Courtyard & Residence Inn by Marriott Austin Downtown

DT (512) 691-9225 300 East 4th St. ■ Web site: www.marriottaustindowntown.com Our surroundings will inspire you; our personal attention will spoil you. Themed weddings, customized menus, and intimate details are no problem for our team of wedding planners. No single event merits more attention to detail than your wedding. When you choose the Marriott, you’ve selected experts to make your dream day come true. Set in the heart of downtown Austin, plenty of event space including a beautiful rooftop terrace and 449 sleeping rooms mean your guests can relax and take the elevator home to their spacious suite and our Austin hospitality. (SEE AD PAGE 66)

Crowne Plaza Hotel Austin

N (512) 323-5466 6121 IH-35 North ■ Web site: www.crowneplaza.com/austincentral The decision to be married has been made! Now let the Crowne Plaza relieve the anxiety of planning your wedding reception. We specialize in making the most detailed wedding receptions effortless. Our beautiful newly renovated main ballroom can accommodate up to 500 people and will insure this occasion is the most memorable. (SEE AD PAGE 46) Continued on Page 396

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The Crystal River Inn 326 West Hopkins, San Marcos Toll Free (888) 396-3739 Web site: www.crystalriverinn.com With calming fountains, breath-taking gardens, antiques, designer decor, and flawless catering our collection of historic buildings plays host to dozens of wonderful weddings every year. The Crystal River Inn offers big-city sophistication or down home simplicity at small-town prices. Our Inn is located in the Historic District of San Marcos and has 12 beautiful guestrooms to accommodate guests for a destination wedding. Our indoor-outdoor venue has a large courtyard for receptions. The adjacent dining room has a fireplace, piano, wet bar, and atrium. We are known for our comfortable elegant simplicity. (SEE AD PAGE 40)

Cypress Club at the Reserve at Lake Travis 19926 Thurman Bend Rd., Spicewood • (512) 402-1400 Web site: www.cypressclubatlaketravis.com The Cypress Club is an exclusive facility that offers breathtaking ambiance overlooking Lake Travis. Our pristine landscaped grounds offer the tranquil setting for your waterfront ceremony. Upscale design and intimate seating areas are offered in the club as well as a gourmet kitchen and custom brick pizza oven. Huge oversized oak trees and our spectacular sunset views, make the Cypress Club one of the most romantic settings for your special day. (SEE AD PAGE 105)

Dimebox Ballroom 715 Young Ranch Rd., Georgetown • (512) 813-5911 Web site: www.dimeboxballroom.com Dimebox Ballroom is a rustic cedar barn complete with vintage windows and doors, corrugated tin features, a second-floor catwalk that follows the perimeter of the venue, artisan railings and a lovely antique chandelier. Adjacent to the venue is our patio complete with a bandstand and portable bar. In addition to our indoor barn space and patio, we have an outdoor ceremony space under ancient oaks, a private driveway draped with strands of twinkling lights, a fire pit and; of course, our groom’s ice house and vintage bridal Silver Streak trailer. All packages include in-house catering. (SEE AD PAGE 121)

DoubleTree by Hilton Austin

N (512) 454-3737 6505 IH-35 North ■ Web site: www.austin.doubletree.com The DoubleTree Hotel Austin offers beautiful Spanish colonial architecture and delectable cuisine for your wedding day with both indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception space. Not only does our hotel provide the ideal setting, it is also an ideal backdrop for timeless and modern wedding day photographs. In addition, we offer special rates for guestroom needs. Let the wedding and catering staff at DoubleTree Austin help make your wedding dreams a reality. (SEE AD PAGE 98)

Embassy Suites Austin Central

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Featherstone Ranch 870 Klein Rd., Stonewall • (830) 456-3990 Web site: www.featherstoneranch.com Featherstone Ranch is Fredericksburg’s newest and grandest wedding venue. We are located three minutes from the Texas 290 Wine Trail and border LBJ State Park. The venue is situated on 50 beautiful, peaceful acres with gorgeous Hill Country views. The open reception area can hold up to 300 guests. Its well-appointed bridal suite, groom’s suite, caterer’s kitchen, vendor area, large patio area and beautiful ceremony sites must be seen. Schedule a tour! (SEE AD PAGE 125)

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

N (512) 835-9463 11600 Century Oaks Terrace ■ DT (512) 457-1500 320 E. 2nd St. ■ Web site: www.flemingssteakhouse.com For the perfect celebration, experience private dining at its finest. Plan your rehearsal lunch or dinner, bridal shower, Sunday send-off brunch, bachelor party, or reception at Fleming’s. Choose from a range of thoughtfully created menus to ensure your private event is a resounding success. Our private dining directors can also create customized menus for any budget. (SEE AD PAGE 129)

Garden Grove 9770 FM 967, Buda • (512) 638-7414 Web site: www.gardengroveaustin.com Garden Grove was born from a desire to wed green building practices with the luxury of a Mediterranean villa. We are an oasis of serenity in the outskirts of Austin. Our sprawling 12-acre estate with more than 10,500 square feet of indoor space, sits in the heart of the beautiful Hill Country, transcending the scope of other venues by offering a warm, inclusive environment for any event, couched in every conceivable comfort. (SEE AD PAGE 61)

The Golf Club Star Ranch 2500 FM 685, Hutto • (512) 252-4653 Web site: www.starrancheventcenter.com At Star Ranch we start with an elegant banquet facility with panoramic golf course views and provide a skilled staff with a passion for excellence. The result is a unique experience that will make your special day spectacular. We’re ready to help you plan a memorable event that you will cherish for years to come. Each wedding package is custom-designed especially for you. Star Ranch is ready to make your wedding an affair to remember. (SEE AD PAGE 104)

Hacienda del Lago 14000 FM 2769, Volente • (512) 496-0099 Web site: www.laketravisevents.com With spectacular views of Lake Travis and only minutes from downtown Austin, Hacienda del Lago, Austin’s newest wedding venue, offers a unique 10-acre sanctuary, surrounded by nature preserves. Specializing in multi-day packages, including lodging and full use of the grounds and facilities, Hacienda del Lago will help you feel relaxed as you prepare for your special day. The immaculately restored main house, gardens and outdoor spaces provide endless possibilities for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. (SEE AD PAGE 47) Continued on Page 398

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Hamilton Twelve

SW (512) 264-1533 18619 Hamilton Pool Rd. ■ Web site: www.hamiltontwelve.com Hamilton Twelve venue is a Mediterranean-style in the hills of Dripping Springs. Come find the splendor of vintage elegance just 20 minutes from Central Austin. Hamilton Twelve combines simple luxury with a romantic ambiance for a memorable and enchanting experience. Our locale is ideal for weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, bachelorette parties and engagement photos. With our full-service venue, your entire event can be taken care of in one gorgeous location. (SEE AD PAGE 110)

Haven on the Lake Weddings & Events 3404 American Dr., Lago Vista • (512) 519-9429 Web site: www.havenattheisland.com Our venue is located on the north shore of Lake Travis, on the Island Resort. You’ll love our panoramic views of the Lake and Hill Country as well as breathtaking sunset views. We have three lovely outdoor gardens to have your wedding ceremony, each accommodating up to 150 guests. For indoor ceremonies and receptions, our ballroom will accommodate up to 125 guests. We provide custom catering and cakes by our Chef Gaby. Lodging, salon/spa and a boutique are also available. (SEE AD PAGE 55)

Heritage House 5001 McGregor Lane, Dripping Springs • (512) 894-4933 Web site: www.heritagehouseds.com Venture west of Austin to Dripping Springs and discover Heritage House, a picturesque wedding venue nestled on a gracious 30-acre estate. Heritage House features Grace Chapel, a true work of art, framed by mature oaks. We also offer a charming gazebo beside a meandering stream, as one of several outdoor ceremony sites. You and your guests can enjoy the open-air pavilion and the event barn. There is so much for you to discover here. (SEE AD PAGE 34)

Hidden River Ranch 1660 FM 2340, Lampasas • (512) 755-9076 Web site: www.hiddenriverranchtx.com Hidden River Ranch is the newest wedding and event venue in the Texas Hill Country, opening in Fall 2017. We are located on 540 beautiful acres in Lampasas. The venue is located on Sunset Hill with incredible Texas Hill Country views. Offering a 10,000-square-foot barn sitting over a large pond with a bridal suite, groom’s loft, and more than 3,000 square feet of outdoor patio area. Outside of our event barn is a spacious courtyard area attached to the elegant chapel. (SEE AD PAGE 67)

The Hills of Lakeway Country Club

W (512) 261-7200 26 Club Estates Parkway ■ Web site: www.thehillscc.com The Hills Country Club is the perfect setting for all of your wedding events. All of the details will be given the extra attention your wedding deserves ensuring the wedding of your dreams. Our clubhouse offers a lavish lounge with a built-in bar, men’s and women’s private changing rooms, amenities for both indoor and outdoor events, competitive pricing and nearby sleeping accommodations. The elegant, intimate atmosphere of our country club will impress your guests and exceed your expectations. (SEE AD PAGE 91)

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W (512) 327-5377 319 Addie Roy Rd. ■ Web site: www.houseonthehillaustin.com House on the Hill commands spectacular Hill Country views from walls of glass, porches and balconies. This stunning 10-acre estate, conveniently located off Bee Caves Road near Loop 360, is a unique and ideal setting for your wedding, reception, rehearsal dinner, meetings, retreats and guest lodging. The main house and cottage, custom-designed by artist Bill Hoey, feature spacious rooms with views, vaulted ceilings, wood paneling, Saltillo tile and wood flooring. Use the caterer of your choice when hosting your event in our beautiful garden or 1,000-square-foot majestic indoor event room. Treat your guests to charming and unique lodging, complete with pool. For an event and memories that you will cherish for a lifetime call us. (SEE AD PAGE 5)

The Inn At Wild Rose Hall

SW (512) 380-LOVE (5683) 11110 Fitzhugh Rd. ■ Web site: www.theinnatwildrosehall.com A one-of-a-kind event venue nestled on 6 acres of gorgeous live oak trees, The Inn at Wild Rose Hall blends relaxing natural beauty with a truly Austin vintage Hill Country vibe. Just a short 20 minute drive from downtown, you’ll find yourself in a place you want to not only get married at but you don’t want to leave. Best of the Knot winner and winner of the Bride’s Choice Award 2010-15. (SEE AD PAGES 70 & 71)

Iron Cactus Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar

N (512) 814-0213 10001 Stonelake Blvd. ■ Web site: www.ironcactus.com The Iron Cactus wants to host your next party. Whether it’s a formal sit-down dinner, a buffet, or simply drinks and appetizers, we can accommodate you in a variety of ways and are happy to work with special requests. (SEE AD PAGE 128)

Kindred Oaks 2100 County Road 176, Georgetown • (512) 260-9690 Web site: www.kindredoaks.com Kindred Oaks touches the hearts of everyone who ventures in. We offer two country settings for weddings, receptions, parties, reunions and business meetings. Both are situated in a natural wooded wonderland. We invite you to visit us and select the location that best suits your needs. (SEE AD PAGE 58)

LCRA Parks - McKinney Roughs Nature Park 1884 Hwy 71 West, Cedar Creek • (512) 303-5073 Web site: www.LCRA.org/parks With stunning views and large outdoor spaces, McKinney Roughs is a perfect location for your special day. Our wedding packages can include full use of facilities for bride and groom preparations, the dining hall or amphitheater for ceremonies and/or receptions, a commercial kitchen for catering services, patios and various facilities for wedding rehearsals. A facility coordinator is available to discuss all wedding package options to suit your needs. (SEE AD PAGE 95)

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La Estancia Bella 3401 Lone Man Mountain Rd., Wimberley • (512) 550-6727 Web site: www.laestanciabella.com La Estancia Bella is uniquely situated in the heart of the Texas Hill Country on a stunning 100acre family longhorn ranch. A distinctive experience with a new 6500-square-foot grand reception hall, stage, dance floor, catering kitchen, courtyards, gardens, barn, plentiful parking, bride/groom dressing quarters, indoor/outdoor bars, lodging and gazebo with terraced seating. (SEE AD PAGE 37)

Las Palomas Restaurant-Bar

W (512) 327-9889 3201 Bee Cave Rd., Ste. 122 ■ Web site: www.laspalomasrestaurant.com Considered the “hidden jewel” of Westlake, Las Palomas Restaurant-Bar serves an authentic and distinctive cuisine from the interior of Mexico in a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere. Our high standards and attention to detail ensure patrons are served only the best, using treasured family recipes for our signature mole sauce, seafood and produce, as well as a full range of delicious dishes, premium margaritas, wines and beers. Our artfully decorated dining rooms, peaceful patio, full bar, and flexible private event rooms provide a relaxed and refined atmosphere for your special event. (SEE AD PAGE 134)

The Lodge At Bridal Veil Falls 2225 Bridal Veil, Spring Branch • (830) 228-4880 Web site: www.TheLodgeAtTheFalls.com The Lodge at Bridal Veil Falls is the Hill Country’s newest and most breathtaking wedding venue, architecturally designed for the most discriminating taste. The Lodge is situated at the base of a cliff with numerous waterfalls flowing into a spring-fed creek. Features include a gorgeous stone exterior, beautifully designed landscaping and lighting with two ceremony sights. There is a grand dance floor built right over the creek. Picture opportunities are everywhere you turn. (SEE AD PAGE 48)

Lotus Ranch 525 Fischer Trail, Wimberley • (512) 847-6633 Web site: www.lotusranch.org Nestled on 40 enchanting acres, Lotus Ranch provides several beautiful indoor and outdoor settings for your ceremony, rehearsal dinner, reception and family gatherings. Indoor we can seat 150, while outdoors up to 250 comfortably. Our lodge will sleep 22 and the bridal suite up to 5 more. You may choose your own caterer and vendors, or we can arrange it all for you. Lotus Ranch is where wedding memories are made. (SEE AD PAGE 124)

Memory Lane Weddings & Events 403 KC Memory Lane, Dripping Springs • (512) 894-0700 Web site: www.memorylaneweddings.com Located amongst the rolling hills in Dripping Springs lies a unique setting designed to cater to your special event. At Memory Lane you have the opportunity to spend three days and two nights in celebration with family, friends and loved ones. Our 18 acres provides a peaceful, quiet atmosphere with accommodations for 20 people. Our covered pavilion has seating for up to 250 people. (SEE AD PAGE 126)

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Mercury Hall

S (512) 236-1226 615 Cardinal Lane ■ Web site: www.mercuryhall.com Mercury Hall is a beautiful restored building, moved more than 120 miles to three private acres in South Austin from Mercury, Texas. With its 13 cathedral-style stained glass windows and beadboard lined heart pine walls and ceilings, Mercury Hall offers classic old-fashioned elegance and charm ideal for wedding ceremonies, receptions or both. We also provide the following: 100 white metal folding chairs. 12–60” round tables, 4–6’ banquet tables and 2–8’ banquet tables. (SEE AD PAGE 135)

Merryvale Weddings + Events 13801 Carpenter Lane, Manchaca • (512) 496-9640 Web site: www.merryvaleaustin.com Your together forever begins at Merryvale Weddings, South Austin’s best-kept secret. Tucked away at the end of a country road, Merryvale sits on a 5-acre secluded country estate offering a bridal suite, beauty salon, dressing suites, a groom’s den with access to the outdoor swimming pool, ample parking plus on-site lodging. Our all-inclusive ceremony and reception packages include everything from the first kiss to the last dance and everything in between. (SEE AD PAGE 119)

Messina Inn 1000 Cypress Creek Lane, Wimberley • (512) 847-6000 Web site: www.messinainntx.com Messina Inn is a one-of-a-kind Wimberley venue on Cypress Creek. Our Italian-inspired villa offers old world charm and modern elegance on 13 Hill Country acres. Located just under 2 miles from the iconic Wimberley square and approximately one hour from Austin or San Antonio, Messina Inn is the perfect destination for your special day. (SEE AD PAGE 89)

Milltown Historic District 561 Oasis St., New Braunfels • (830) 837-5480 Web site: www.milltownhistoricdistrictnb.com A unique property located in famously historic New Braunfels, Milltown Historic District offers two ceremony sites, three reception venues, on-site photography, floral design, lodging and much more. All spaces are located either on the river bank or in a private garden area. The surrounding area is packed with fun things to do with family and friends. Milltown has everything you need to offer your guests the time of their life. (SEE AD PAGE 69)

The Oasis on Lake Travis

W (512) 266-9242 6550 Comanche Trail ■ Web site: www.oasis-austin.com Located 450 feet above Lake Travis, the view of the Texas Hill Country is breathtaking and the sunsets are spectacular. The Oasis offers a unique range of experiences to please the tastes of all. Large or small, formal or informal, inside or out, The Oasis welcomes your next gathering from 25 to 1000 people. (SEE AD PAGE 93)

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Old Glory Ranch 3633 River Rd., Wimberley • (512) 847-3646 Web site: www.oldgloryranch.com Begin your life together in our breathtaking Chapel Hall, under the graceful arms of our Live Oak grove, or on the banks of the crystal-clear waters of the Blanco River. Your wedding and reception will be a captivating experience at Old Glory Ranch. We have redefined hospitality and entertainment to “glorify” your special day and create a classic celebration. We are a fullservice facility offering a selection of caterers, live music, photographers, designers, and carriage/wagon rides to customize your event. Providing you and your guests with first-class celebrations in simple, unique country elegance is our mission at Old Glory Ranch. Old Glory Ranch is a premier Hill Country event facility in all its glory. (SEE AD PAGE 97)

Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark

S (512) 383-2658 4140 Governor’s Row ■ Web site: www.omniaustinsouthpark.com From an intimate rehearsal dinner to a spectacular reception, the professional catering staff at the Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark will insure your special event exceeds your every expectation. The Omni features a Grand Ballroom, which can comfortably accommodate up to 500 guests plus additional space for more intimate celebrations. Relax, enjoy and savor the magic of your special day at the AAA four Diamond Omni Hotel at Southpark, luxury that’s surprisingly sensible. (SEE AD PAGE 113)

Onion Creek Club

S (512) 383-2004 2510 Onion Creek Pkwy ■ Web site: www.onioncreekclub.com Our legendary private clubhouse with dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking our greens is a perfect backdrop for your bridal luncheon, rehearsal dinner, ceremony and wedding reception. We offer impeccable full-service catering based on your style of wedding and the number of guests. Menus can be specially designed by you to add a personal touch to your wedding day with anything from hor d’oeuvres to a formal plated dinner. (SEE AD PAGE 42)

The Pavilions at Rockport Beach 911 Navigation Circle, Rockport • (361) 729-6661 Web site: www.rockportbeach-texas.com Located on Aransas Bay, the Pavilions at Rockport Beach offers breathtaking waterfront views and sunsets perfect for any event. With a variety of four venues to choose from you’re sure to find the perfect one for your needs. We offer indoor and outdoor facilities, mature palm trees, cabanas, umbrellas and picturesque walkways over bridges. The only thing holding you back is your imagination. We look forward to helping you plan the perfect event. (SEE AD PAGE 36)

Phillips Event Center

N (512) 926-2252 8140 Exchange Dr. ■ Web site: www.phillipseventcenter.com The Phillips Event Center is Austin’s newest event venue. Located near downtown Austin, the center boasts more than 4,800 square feet of space and can accommodate up to 400 guests The space is perfect for wedding receptions, ceremonies, rehearsal dinners and other special occasions. Amenities include a catering kitchen, bridal dressing room, hardwood floors and a circular drive perfect for valet parking. With parking on site and additional street parking, the Phillips Event Center is the ideal place for your next event. (SEE AD PAGE 127)

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Railroad Ranch 412 Depot St., Elgin • (512) 470-7841 Web site: www.RailroadRanchTexas.com Railroad Ranch is in the heart of downtown Elgin, just 20 minutes from Austin. Our new venue is located on six gated acres of green pastures with a wall of red roses, space for an outdoor ceremony and indoor ballroom. We also have a string-lit patio area, bride’s quarters, groom’s room, catering kitchen, and plenty of parking. Perfect for weddings of 50 up to 230 guests. We only book one wedding per day, so it’s truly your special day. (SEE AD PAGE 65)

The Ranch House at Teravista 4333 Teravista Club Dr., Round Rock • (512) 517-4609 Web site: www.teravistagolf.com From the moment you walk through the front gates of the The Ranch House at Teravista, you will be inspired by the rustic elegance and the beauty of the grounds. Enjoy everything that this Hill Country venue has to offer, from the rich colorful history to the panoramic views of the rolling hills. Let our catering and special events staff take care of every detail of your big day. (SEE AD PAGE 103)

Rancho Mirando 6600 FM 32, Fischer • (512) 826-7847 Web site: www.ranchomirando.com Rancho Mirando is a luxurious 50-acre guest ranch and special event venue located an hour from Austin, between Wimberley and Blanco. Breathtaking views overlooking the Wimberley valley, lavender and olive punctuated outdoor spaces, and mission-style stone architecture set the stage for flawless entertaining. Outdoor features include an intimate entertaining pavilion, expansive lawns, flagstone veranda, several arbors and a grotto pool. The eclectic and colorful indoor living spaces provide creature comforts to rival the best hotel for up to 14 guests. (SEE AD PAGE 43)

Red Oak Ballroom

N (512) 451–3700 2525 W. Anderson Lane, Ste. 365 ■ Web site: www.redoakballroom.com At the Red Oak Ballroom, we understand every couple is unique and want their wedding reception to capture the spirit of their love. We are here to make that dream a reality. We know you’ll need help, so we assign you an event coordinator who works with you on every detail of your event — from the decorations and linens, to the DJ and photographer — and anticipates problems and offers suggestions. Let the us worry about making your day perfect. You have a life to plan. (SEE AD PAGE 94)

Reunion Ranch 850 CR 255, Georgetown • (512) 515-6200 Web site: www.reunionranch1.com Experience Texas Hill Country elegance nestled among a grove of live oaks. Our Texas-sized hospitality and native Hill Country appeal provides a unique alternative to other more traditional venues. Saddlecreek Crossing, our spacious indoor facility, has the capacity to seat 50 to 600 guests. The on-site catering staff offers a variety of menu options. Our wedding coordinator will be all you need to help plan the most cherished event of your life. Let us share in your special day. (SEE AD PAGE 53) Continued on Page 404

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The River House on the Pedernales 24601 Pedernales Canyon Trl., Spicewood • (512) 657-3801 Web site: www.theriverhouseonthepedernales.com Nestled amidst the Texas Hill Country, find yourself in awe as you gaze upon the Pedernales River winding hundreds of feet below you. Perched along the cliffs overlooking the river lies this oneof-a-kind venue. Come enjoy a rustic, yet completely modernized five-bedroom main house, swimming pool, party barn, honeymoon cabin, and extra single bedroom cabins. This 36-acre property will be the enchanting setting for the wedding of your dreams. (SEE AD PAGE 109)

River Place Country Club

W (512) 346-1114 ext. 3904 4207 River Place Blvd. ■ Web site: www.riverplaceclub.com Our casually elegant clubhouse, with awe-inspiring views of our championship Tom Kite golf course and the Hill Country, provides endless possibilities for your wedding ceremony and reception, rehearsal dinner, golf outings and more. At River Place, you and your guests will always notice our warmth and professionalism, along with our attention to detail and genuine concern for providing outstanding service. Our remarkable staff is devoted to anticipating guest needs, rather than just fulfilling them. (SEE AD PAGE 111)

Sheraton Austin Hotel

DT (512) 404-6946 701 East 11th St. ■ Web site: Sheraton.com/austin Your big day is important to us too, ordinary just won’t do. You want a venue as unique and distinctive as you and the perfect location for your engagement party, rehearsal dinner, and wedding reception for up to 400 guests. We are excited to unveil our ballroom transformation, completed this Spring of 2016. For an event that will sparkle like the diamond on your finger, there is no reason to look any further than the Sheraton Austin. (SEE AD PAGE 107)

Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center 1101 Woodland Ave., Georgetown (737) 444-2726 Web site: www.sheratongeorgetowntexas.com Celebrate your wedding where legendary small-town Texas hospitality blends with the worldclass service and style of Sheraton. Whether you are planning an intimate gathering surrounded by a few loved ones or a grand celebration for 800 revelers, we have the flexible indoor and outdoor venues that can bring your dream wedding to life. From your first tasting to your last toast; our wedding specialists will be by your side, planning, overseeing and executing every detail of your wedding, leaving you free to enjoy the celebration. (SEE AD PAGE 80)

Shirley Bird Perry Ballroom at Texas Union Hall

DT (512) 475-6677 2247 Guadalupe ■ Web site: www.universityunionscatering.com Dazzle and entertain your loved ones in our historic Shirley Bird Perry Ballroom or in our stylish Santa Rita suite. Our professional event planning and catering staff will oversee every detail to make sure your wedding is a momentous occasion. From buffets to seated dinners, we will customize an event that will surpass your expectations. (SEE AD PAGE 123)

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THE SPRINGS in Georgetown 5299 W. Hwy. 29, Georgetown • (512) 850-7956 Web site: www.gabriel.thespringsevents.com THE SPRINGS in Georgetown is your dream wedding venue. Among the many amenities offered, THE SPRINGS allows you to choose your own vendors, use the facility for 15 hours, and set up a personal payment plan. At our Georgetown location, your lifetime commitment to your sweetheart will be breathtakingly, accented with a cascading waterfall leading up to the outdoor ceremony site, as well as a gorgeous view of the rolling hills of the Texas Hill Country. (SEE AD PAGE 104)

Sterling Event Center

SW (512) 261-0142 6134 US 290 E. ■ Web site: www.SterlingEventsAustin.com The Sterling Event Center has three ballrooms, a private solarium, and a spectacular courtyard, creating a total of 8,000 square feet of event space. The ballroom space can be divided by LEDlit frosted-glass retractable walls into three separate spaces. We also have a quaint solarium perfect for the bridal dressing room or staging a buffet. Lastly, we have a lovely outdoor courtyard event space with a water wall, fire features, and picturesque gazebo. (SEE AD PAGE 8 & 9 )

Sterling Events at The Long Center

DT (512) 261-0142 701 West Riverside Dr. ■ Web site: www.SterlingEventsAustin.com Situated in the heart of our lovely city, the Long Center has been the center of everything Austin for 50 years. The Long Center is capable of handling intimate weddings and receptions in the Kodosky ballroom or glass-topped Skyline Tent, and up to 1,000 guests on the City Terrace with spectacular panoramic cityscape views of Lady Bird Lake. (SEE AD PAGE 8 & 9)

Sterling Events at Pioneer Farms

N (512) 261-0142 10621 Pioneer Farms Dr. ■ Web site: www.SterlingEventsAustin.com Pioneer Farms is available for elegant Texas weddings and receptions complete with town square, historic church, carriage tours, wedding facilities, and indoor banquet hall capable of accommodating any size reception. Choose a reception at one of five historic areas. In each area you can immerse yourself in a piece of history. (SEE AD PAGES 8 & 9)

Stone House Ranch 2708 McGregor Ln #B, Dripping Springs • (512) 993-8005 Web site: www.Stonehouseranchweddings.com Nestled on 33-acres in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, Stone House Ranch offers a unique destination to host your big day. Stone cottages dating back to the 1800s accent the property, tucked amongst 100-year-old oak trees. Our climate controlled event barn offers a perfect setting to share your special evening with the ones you love. Choose from several outdoor locations to say your “I-Do’s” or dance under the stars for that perfect reception. (SEE AD PAGE 52)

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Stonehouse Villa 15110 FM 150, Driftwood • (512) 608-3166 Web site: www.stonehousevilla.com Stonehouse Villa offers the perfect setting for your special day. The original limestone building, reception hall, 2,700 sq. ft. tented deck, and manicured lawns are perfect for parties of any size. We’re a boutique venue and value each of our customers individually. We strive to provide the best customer service so you get the attention you deserve. Whether looking for a touch of luxury or a comfortable romantic venue, we welcome you to join us in the heart of Texas Wine Country. (SEE AD PAGE 90)

The Terrace Club 2600 Hwy. 290 East, Dripping Springs • (512) 894-4009 Web site: www.theterraceclub.com The Terrace Club features sweeping canyon views along with all the charm and elegance the Hill Country offers. Step out onto our deck for cocktails, enjoy the use of the indoor ceremony room, or use the garden gazebo for your intimate ceremony. The Terrace Club is a full-service catering facility with exceptional menu selections and great service. Our wedding professionals are devoted to working with you in every aspect in creating a wonderful reception with memories to last a lifetime. (SEE AD OUTSIDE BACK COVER)

TerrAdorna 10900 Hibbs Lane, Manor • (512) 585-9105 Web site: www.terradorna.com TerrAdorna’s contemporary Texas eclectic style, shady landscaped grove, and expansive view are perfect for celebrating your special occasion. Designed with flexibility in mind, our open, allweather veranda will keep you cool in the summer, snug from the winter chill, or open up completely to the wrap-around deck, truly bringing the outdoors in. With soaring ceilings, open style architecture, and use of natural materials throughout, the facility and grounds are well-suited for intimate weddings to accommodate up to 150 guests. (SEE AD PAGE 57)

The Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs Mansion

DT (512) 476-5845 2312 San Gabriel St. ■ Web site: www.themansion.info Built in 1931, the Mansion is one of the country’s finest examples of Georgian Revival architecture. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is a Texas Historic Landmark. The ceiling in the 4,000 square-foot grand ballroom soars to 30 feet, and antiques furnish the elegant victorian parlor, library, and formal dining room. You may rent just the ballroom or the entire mansion and, as always, choose your own caterer. (SEE AD PAGE 99)

Texas Old Town 1205 Roland Lane, Kyle • (512) 396-1800 Web site: www.texasoldtown.com At Texas Old Town your special celebration will be enhanced by our value and all-inclusive service. Take your first dance under the stars on our outdoor dance floor, or inside our temperaturecontrolled rustic dance hall, while the Texas Old Town Wranglers play and the guests enjoy a barbecue dinner or meal of your choice, all part of our all-inclusive package. We can also arrange other services such as flowers, cakes, linens, horse drawn carriage rides, and photographers. (SEE AD PAGE 40)

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Thistlewood Manor & Gardens 1520 Roland Ln., Kyle • (512) 268-1900 Web site: ThislewoodManor.com If you dream of timeless elegance, amazing chandeliers, a gorgeous staircase and marble-like floors; Thistlewood Manor will create this extraordinary setting. Viewing through the glass doors, enjoy our beautiful lawns and gardens, perfect for a large or intimate wedding. It’s all yours for the whole day, so plan to be pampered in our luxurious bridal suite. We work with you and your planner to ensure a delightful day for all. You may also choose one of our great onsite inclusive plans. (SEE AD PAGE 52)

Trudy’s

SW (512) 301-4300 13059 Four Star Blvd. ■ Web site: www.trudys.com Celebrate with the food and drink you love. Trudy’s Four Star brings an Austin icon to the Hill Country. This expansive location boasts 13,000 square feet on the main floor in addition to a private rooftop terrace with sweeping sunset views which is perfect for your next rehearsal dinner, reception or private event. We also cater so you can enjoy our food at the destination of your choosing. Ask about how to get 10% off. (SEE AD PAGES 138 & 139)

Twin Creeks Country Club 3201 Twin Creeks Club Dr., Cedar Park (512) 250-3956 Web site: www.twincreeksclub.com Nestled among rambling creeks, hills and canyons of Northwest Austin, Twin Creeks Country Club is a full-service banquet facility that provides breathtaking views with indoor and outdoor locations that will provide endless possibilities for your special day. Our experienced banquet staff and culinary team will assist you in coordinating a memorable event including tables and chairs, linens, china, glassware and flatware. Our special services also include complimentary parking. (SEE AD PAGE 76)

Twisted Ranch 7345 F.M. 243, Bertram • (512) 553-5365 Web site: www.twistedranchweddings.com Twisted Ranch is a 200-acre ranch nestled in the heart of the Hill Country and located only 40 miles Northwest of Austin. It is a scene straight out of an Old West movie set. Imagine a winding road staged with rustic cabins, a sheriff’s office, general store, white wedding chapel, and a fabulous event barn. It is a gorgeous location where rustic meets elegance. Come experience why Twisted Ranch is like no other venue. (SEE AD PAGE 81)

Umlauf Sculpture Gardens & Museum

DT (512) 445-5582 605 Robert E. Lee ■ Web site: www.umlaufsculpture.org Whether you desire a casual or an elegant affair, Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum can be customized easily to indulge your every whim. Little is needed to amplify this already beautiful space. We are ideally suited for parties between 80 and 200 guests, but our gardens are designed to accommodate a party of any size while keeping the same intimate feel. We can host wedding ceremonies, receptions and rehearsal dinners for a true Austin experience. (SEE AD PAGE 133) Continued on Page 408

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Villa Antonia 19039 Adrian Way, Jonestown • (512) 689-2157 Web site: www.villaantonia.com Villa Antonia is known for its romantic and timeless setting, nestled in the natural beauty of the Texas Hill Country. Every rental includes a seasoned venue coordinating team to take care of every detail during the wedding, exclusive use of the venue during your event including a chapel, ballroom and multiple outdoor spaces, plus 5,000 sq ft of indoor space to bring the celebration inside if the weather doesn’t cooperate. Tours available, please email elizabeth@villaantonia.com. (SEE AD PAGE 83)

The Villa at Gruene 1190 Gruene Rd., New Braunfels • (830) 625-9463 Web site: www.villaatgruene.com We are nestled in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, approximately 300 yards east of Gruene Hall in the lovely town of New Braunfels. Our facility can hold up to 250 guests with both indoor and outdoor layouts. We are happy to work with you on your budget, catering, design and special requests. We want you to have the freedom and flexibility to design the venue your way for your special day. (SEE AD PAGE 54)

Vintage Villas Hotel & Events

W (512) 220-0185 4209 Eck Lane ■ Web site: www.vintagevillas.com Just a short drive from Austin and another world away is Vintage Villas — the perfect setting for all your wedding needs. With a dazzling combination of chapels, gazebos, decks, landscaped grounds, reception facilities, and exquisite, antique-filled hotel rooms your stay is designed to shower you in romance. Above the soaring cliffs of beautiful Lake Travis, enjoy a view of tranquil waters, panoramic hillsides, and daily sunsets that are certain to take your breath away. (SEE AD PAGE 3)

The Vista on Seward Hill

W (512) 327-3843 6414 West Bee Cave Rd. ■ Web site: www.thevistaonsewardhill.com The Vista is located among the hills of Westlake. A stone bridge and stream lead into a European-style courtyard containing statues and columns of fire. The stone waterfall buffet, gazebo for registration and ponds add to the landscaping. The Grand Room, with tapestries and crystal chandeliers, make an elegant formal setting for dinner. The 130-year-old pavilion provides a romantic rustic ambiance for dancing and an evening your guests will never forget. (SEE AD PAGE 1)

The Waters Point 13401 RR 12, Wimberley • (512) 722-3848 Web site: www.thewaterspoint.com The Waters Point is a premiere destination wedding venue in the Texas Hill Country, nestled along the breathtaking banks of the Blanco River and Cypress Creek. Located within walking distance to the downtown Wimberley Square, this private 34-acre resort also features multiple ceremony and reception sites, as well as luxurious lodging for you and your guests. (SEE AD INSIDE FRONT COVER)

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The Wildflower Country Inn & Event Center 900 FM 32, Wimberley • (512) 749-9242 Web site: www.thewildflowercountryinn.com The Wildflower Country Inn and Event Center is the perfect place to host your Hill Country wedding. Located outside of Wimberley on 40-acres, we have an event hall, outdoor altar area, pond and fire pit for hosting your indoor/outdoor celebration. You can also spend the entire weekend on property in our 7 bedroom, 7.5 bath B & B with beautiful common areas and a pool. Wedding planning and coordination included in all packages. (SEE AD PAGE 114)

The Wyndham Garden Hotel

S (512) 448-2444 or (512) 448-4999 3401 South IH-35 ■ Web site: www.wyndham.com/austin At the Wyndham Garden Hotel, our focus is personalized service and commitment to quality. Whether you want a full buffet, plated dinner or cocktail reception, our experienced staff will be with you every step of the way. We will customize any event to fit both your wants and needs, as well as your budget! Our dedicated team is here to ensure you have the special day that you have always dreamed of and memories that will last forever! (SEE AD PAGE 41)

Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill

DT (512) 970-3834 1110 W. 6th St. ■ Web site: www.ztejas.com Originally an old Victorian home on historic 6th street, Z’Tejas has been beautifully converted to host an array of events. From bridal showers to rehearsal dinners and weddings, let us charm you and your guests with our fresh, flavorful and innovative Southwestern cuisine and indulgent customer service to ensure your guests have an extraordinary experience. This downtown location features a private entrance, courtyard, bar, AV equipment and optional valet parking. Please ask about our North Austin location. (SEE AD PAGE 110)

VIDEOGRAPHY Also See Photography

2nd Generation Productions (512) 589-7372 Web site: www.2gvp.com 2nd Generation Productions will preserve the memories of your wedding forever. Using four cameras and two videographers, we professionally edit your video with music of your choosing. Your video can be available on the web for your family and friends. Consider a “Love Story” segment where you can capture your entire story in your own words from how you met and fell in love to your honeymoon plans. 2nd Generation Productions is a member of WEVA — Wedding and Event Videographers Association. (SEE AD PAGE 258)

COMPLETE weddings + events 2407 S. Bell Blvd., Ste. B, Cedar Park • (512) 458-3535 Web site: www.completeaustin.com Complete Austin’s wedding videography has told unique stories — and tugged heart strings during wedding receptions — in vivid, high-definition video for more than 10 years. We make choosing your video package easy, with up-front pricing and no hidden costs.Our wedding videography makes memories that last forever. Just press “play.” (SEE AD PAGE 263) Continued on Page 410

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Double Knot Pictures (512) 730-0343 Web site: www.doubleknotpictures.com Double Knot Pictures is a team of seasoned photographers and videographers joined together to create imaginative, quality wedding photos and video. Double Knot is also a company of contradictions — relaxed yet professional, young yet experienced, humble yet unbelievably awesome. By incorporating methods from our work in fashion photography, narrative and commercial films, portraiture and more, we create wedding media unlike any other. Contact us if you would like to work together on creating something exceptional. (SEE AD PAGE 241)

Erik Carlson Video & Photography (512) 656-0251 Web site: www.erikpcarlson.com Congratulations on your upcoming wedding. Your wedding can only be captured once and it has to be done right. Investing in a superb wedding film can save your cherished moments of that day and allows you to relive those memories together after the wedding. I’ve spent the last 3 years honing my craft and striving to raise the bar for wedding filmmaking. I look forward to working with you and telling your story. (SEE AD PAGE 254)

Jordan Bunch Productions (972) 880-2981 Web site: www.jordanbunchproductions.com We are the only company this magazine offering a photo+video fusion package. We have the fastest turn around in the business, usually getting your video back to you while you are still on your honeymoon. As a photography professional for 5+ years, I video weddings from the perspective of an artist, not a broadcaster. Check out our videos. We believe they speak for themselves. Give us a call and lets meet up to discuss how we can make the memories of your special day last forever. (SEE AD PAGE 259)

WEDDING ACCESSORIES See Cakes & Sweets; Invitations & Announcements

WEDDING DRESSES & ACCESSORIES Belle Saison Bridal

N (512) 452-1199 2203 West Anderson Lane ■ Web site: www.bellesaisonbridal.com Belle Saison is the “biggest little salon” in Austin. We have more than 500 unique gowns from a variety of bridal designers that are available for special order or purchase off-the-rack. Each gown purchase includes special package discounts from other Austin-area vendors. Whether it’s a large traditional wedding or a destination location for brides who only need the gown and a few accessories, we have the gown as well as head-to-toe apparel for your bridesmaids and flower girls. Come see our new showroom on Anderson Lane — exquisite gowns, exceptional service and exciting prices. (SEE ADS PAGES 185, 186 & 187)

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Index of Advertisers 281 Wine Tours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 338

COMPLETE weddings + events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 263

2nd Generation Productions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 258

The County Line Barbeque . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

4 Leaf Limo /Austin Antique Limo . . . . . . . . . . . . . 337 ACE Catering. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141

Courtyard & Residence Inn by Marriott Austin Downtown. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66

Al’s Formal Wear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 214

Creatrix Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 253

Alfred’s Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147

Crowne Plaza Hotel Austin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

The Allan House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 & 13 American Party Rental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 315 amy dang photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248 Angel Mountain Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Angel Springs Event Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Angelic Strings with Harpist Michael Morris . . . . 260 Antebellum Oaks Venue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126 Arthur Murray Dance Studios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 Austin Gourmet Popcorn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 269 Austin Marriott North at Round Rock . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Austin Marriott South . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Austin Party Cruises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Avery Ranch Golf Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Balcones Country Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Barton Strings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 260 Bastrop Convention and Exhibit Center. . . . . . . . . 114 Beauty on the Go . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 282 Belle Saison Bridal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185, 186 & 187 Bells & Whistles Productions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 242 Berdoll Pecan Candy & Gift Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331 Berry Creek Country Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Best Western Plus Blanco Luxury Inn & Suites . . . 7 Blissful Hill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Blooms ™ (H-E-B) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 291

Cruise Planners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 343 Crystal River Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Cypress Club at The Reserve at Lake Travis . . . . 105 Deborah Lira, Hair & Makeup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 275 Dimebox Ballroom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121 DivaDance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 269 Double Knot Pictures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241 DoubleTree by Hilton Austin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 Embassy Suites Austin Central . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Erik Carlson Video and Photography . . . . . . . . . . 254 Esquivel Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 316 Exodus Sound Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 265 Exotic Destinations & Honeymoon Co., LLC . . . . 343 Featherstone Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125 Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar . . . . . . . 129 The Flower Girl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 300 Fluff Meringues & More . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158 Foodapalooza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148 Freda’s Seafood Grille . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130 Garden Grove . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 George Street Photo & Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 240 Gigi’s Cupcakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171 Glam Life Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 234 The Golf Club Star Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 Green Mesquite BBQ Catering. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149

Bouquets of Austin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 290

Gremillion Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 255

Brass Ovaries Pole and Aerial Studio . . . . . . . . . . . 112

Gypc Girl Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218

Brian O’Neill Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 254

Hacienda del Lago . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Bridal Extravaganza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fold Out

Hamilton Twelve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110

Brio Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 226

Haven on the Lake Weddings & Events . . . . . . . . . 55

Brodie Homestead . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 & 13

Heart of Texas Barbecue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155

Brubaker Portraits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 236

Heather Johnston Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248

C. Kirk Root Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 & 309

Heritage House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

Capital Cruises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

Hidden River Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67

Captivating Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 246

The Hills of Lakeway Country Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91

Casa Blanca on Brushy Creek . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77

House On The Hill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

The Cedars Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133

Hyatt Place Austin Arboretum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83

Cedar Skies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80

Hyde Park Strings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 260

Celebrate Your Sexy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 244

I “Do” BBQ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148

Charles Johnson House. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

ID Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 269

Chateau Bellevue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85

In Your Eyes Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 224

Chateau on the Creek . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90

The Inn at Wild Rose Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 & 71

City of Buda . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Inspired Images. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 255

Classic Cakes by Lori. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161

Iron Cactus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128

A Clean Portoco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94

Isagenix. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 269

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Omni Austin Hotel Southpark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

Jeff Loftin Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 238

Onion Creek Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

Jennifer Cote Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 239

Pascal’s Catering Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134

Jingaling Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 243

The Pavilions at Rockport Beach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

Jordan Bunch Productions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 259

Peach Veil Photography & Film. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 247

Journey’s by Patti. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 345

Peary Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 238

Kaleigh’s Kisses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 269

Peter Feighner Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 226

Katia Forero Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225

Phillips Event Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127

Kayla Knight Cakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171

Photos by 2 Generations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245

Keller Williams Realty – The Murphey Team . . . . 347

Photos by Marti[na] . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 257

Keller Williams Realty – Tara Usrey . . . . . . . . . . . . 347

Pink Denim Wedding Planning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Kindred Oaks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

The Pink Tulip . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 307

La Estancia Bella . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas . . . . . . . . . 268

Las Palomas Restaurant – Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134

Platinum Dreams Designs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

LCRA Parks – McKinney Roughs Nature Park . . . . 95

PM Designer Collection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 268

The Lodge at Bridal Veil Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

Posh Queens Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 276

Look No Further Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 267

Premiere Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 312 & 313

Lotus Ranch, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124

Premiere Events – Dripping Springs . . . . . . 312 & 313

Loudmouth Rentals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 269

Prosecco Weddings & Events. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Love Shack Vacations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 345

Pure Romance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 268

LOVEWINX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 269

Railroad Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

Lovin’ Sugar Cakes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171 Luster Hair Lounge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 275 Luv Life Coaching. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Lux Limo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 339 Luxe Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 257 Lyndsay Lyon Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 224 Maggiano’s Little Italy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137 Marquee Event Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 315 Mary Kay Cosmetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 282 Medical Parkway Printing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 307 Melanie Caskey Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233 Memory Lane Weddings & Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126

The Ranch House at Teravista . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Rancho Mirando . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Red Oak Ballroom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Reunion Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Riley Blanks Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241 The River House on the Pedernales . . . . . . . . . . . 109 River Place Country Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111 River Place Dermatology & MedSpa . . . . . . . . . . . 279 Rodan + Fields . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 268 Sami Jo Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 243 Sami’s Flower Shop & Event Services . . . . . . . . . . 299 Sheraton Austin Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107

Men’s Wearhouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211

Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80

Mercury Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135

Shirley Bird Perry Ballroom @ Texas Union Hall . 123

Merryvale Weddings + Events. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119

Silver Thistle Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Messina Inn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89

Simon Lee Bakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167

Michael Barker Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 237

Simply Organic Salon and Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 277

Michelle’s Patisserie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159

THE SPRINGS in Georgetown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104

The Mill Photography Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235

Staybridge Suites Austin Arboretum. . . . . . . . . . . . 83

Milltown Historic District. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69

Sterling Event Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 & 9

Mitchell Bahr Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 234

Sterling Events at Pioneer Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 & 9

Moore Design Styles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 292

Sterling Events at The Long Center . . . . . . . . . . 8 & 9

Morelia Mexican Grill. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153

Sterling Events Austin Catering. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 & 9

Music4Life DJs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 263

Sterling Events Austin Design & Floral . . . . . . . 8 & 9

Musical Discovery Chamber Players . . . . . . . . . . . 260

Sterling Events Austin Rentals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 & 9

New Life New Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 347

Steve Spencer Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223

Noble Sandwich Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146

Stone House Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

The Oasis on Lake Travis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93

Stonehouse Villa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90

Old Glory Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97

Stregare Cheesecake Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158

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Index of Advertisers Sugar Shaker Bakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162

Vacations in Paradise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 345

The Sweet Stuff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166

Veritas Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Sweet Treets Bakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163

Villa Antonia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83

The Terrace Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . Outside Back Cover

The Villa at Gruene . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

TerrAdorna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

Vintage Villas Hotel & Events. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs . . . . . . . . . . . . 99

The Vista on Seward Hill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Texas Old Town. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

The Waters Point . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inside Front Cover

Texas Pro DJ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 267

Watkins Insurance Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Thistlewood Manor & Gardens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Tiffany Hofeldt Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 253 Toast Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 265 Trademark Weddings & Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Trailer Booth Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 311 Trudy’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138 & 139 Twin Creeks Country Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76

The Wedding Belles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Weddings by Design by H-E-B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 287 Wild Bunches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 290 Wild West Casino Games . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112 Wildflower Affairs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 The Wildflower Country Inn & Event Center . . . . 114 Wow Factor Design Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 292

Twisted Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81

Wyndham Garden Hotel / Woodward Conference Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Twogether in Texas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 268

Younique. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 268

Umlauf Sculpture Gardens & Museum . . . . . . . . . 133

Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110

Uncle Julio’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155

Zuzu’s Petals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 292

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