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Welcome to one of the most exciting and overwhelming times of your life: Planning your wedding. We understand you’re getting ready to spend more money than you’ve ever spent before on items you’ve never purchased before from people you’ve never met before. Don’t worry, we are here to help you every step of the way. Become a registered Wedding Guide bride. When you register, you will receive a variety of complimentary services, including: • A packet of helpful and money saving information from the area’s finest wedding professionals. • Receive regular updates on local bridal news, including information about upcoming Bridal Extravaganzas, the area’s oldest and most respected wedding showcase where you can touch, taste and experience everything you need for your wedding from hundreds of the area’s leading professionals.

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GUIDE ISSUE 52 SPRING/SUMMER 2015 For Advertising Information, Write: Texas Weddings Ltd. 6390 Granberry San Antonio, TX 78239 Or Call: Robert Lowman, Publisher (210) 599-0336 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

SPECIAL EVENTS WEB DEVELOPMENT

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CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS American Photography & Video

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Gerri Flory Photography Goen South Weddings

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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Diana De La Torre, Cherry Skin Studio The Wedding Guide is not responsible for any participating company in our publications, therefore, we do remind you to take normal and reasonable precautions when contracting, booking or purchasing any products or services. If you have a problem with any vendor represented in this magazine, please contact us in our San Antonio office. Member of the National Association of Catering Executives (NACE), Bridal Show Producers International (BSPI), Alamo Area Hospitality Association (AAHA) and International Special Events Society (ISES). Articles and advertisements are the property of Texas Weddings, Ltd. No portion may be reproduced without the written permission of the publisher. Ad content is not the responsibility of San Antonio’s Wedding Guide. © Copyright 2015

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CONTENTS The First Steps Solving the Planning Puzzle . . . . . . . . . 10 Marriage License . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Wedding Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

Celebrating

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Your Ceremony . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Wedding Bands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Bridal Extravaganza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

The Celebration Celebrating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Questions to Ask the Venue . . . . . . . . 34 Great Ideas for Receptions . . . . . . . . . 38 Rehearsal Dinner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Reception Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

Choosing Your Caterer

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Small Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Trend Watch – Unique Details. . . . . . . 54 Showing Off San Antonio . . . . . . . . . . 58 Guests Tell All . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Bachelorette Party. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Dancing at Your Wedding . . . . . . . . . . 68 Trend Watch – Favors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Green Wedding Guide. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Real Wedding Style . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Trend Watch – Signs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Theme Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Choosing Your Caterer . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Questions to Ask the Caterer . . . . . . . 98 Trend Watch – Interactive Catering. . 101 FYI – Catering Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 Trend Watch – Signature Drinks . . . . 108 FYI – Tipping Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112 Wine 101 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 Trend Watch – Wine Accessories . . . . 115 FYI – Beverage Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Cakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 Fresh vs. Frozen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122

Idea Gallery – Cakes

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FYI – Cake Guide. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124 Trend Watch – Cake Toppers . . . . . . . 126 Idea Gallery – Cakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129 FYI – Icing Guide. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134

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CONTENTS The Finery Your Perfect Gown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138 Bridal Gown Terms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142 Buyer Beware! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144 Bridesmaids’ Dress Tips . . . . . . . . . . . 146

Your Perfect Gown

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Second Wedding Dress. . . . . . . . . . . . 148 Lingerie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149 Bridal Fashions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150 Fit to Be Wed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164 Gown Preservation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167 Trend Watch – Shoes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168 Perfect Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170 Menswear Terms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172 Did You Know? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174 Trend Watch – For the Guys. . . . . . . . 176 Idea Gallery – Formal Wear . . . . . . . . 178

The Images Booking Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184

Idea Gallery – Formal Wear

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Questions to Ask the Photographer 190 Historic Missions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194 Great Ideas for Photography . . . . . . . 197 DIY Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198 Idea Gallery – Different Views. . . . . . 202 Boudoir Photography. . . . . . . . . . . . . 206 Trend Watch – Photo Prints . . . . . . . 208 Videography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 210

The Entertainment Hit the Right Note. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 216 Popular Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218 Hiring a DJ. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 220

Booking Photography

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Trend Watch – Unique Items . . . . . . . 222

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The Beauty Look Picture Perfect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 224 Makeup and Color . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 229 Salon Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 230 Weight Loss Advice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232 Trend Watch – Bling! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 234

The Details Flowers Set the Mood . . . . . . . . . . . . 244 Questions to Ask the Florist . . . . . . . 246 Popular Wedding Flowers . . . . . . . . . 248

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Idea Gallery – San Antonio . . . . . . . . 236

Idea Gallery – San Antonio

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Flowers Set the Mood

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Idea Gallery – Décor

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FYI – Bouquet Guide. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 254 Idea Gallery – Flowers . . . . . . . . . . . . . 257 Trend Watch – Bouquet Alternatives . . . . . . . . . . . . . 262 Invitations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264 Rental Experts Help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 266 Choosing Linens. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 268 FYI – Chair Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 270 Idea Gallery – Décor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 277 Photo Booths and Flipbooks . . . . . . 284 Arrive in Style . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 288 Selecting Registry Items . . . . . . . . . . 290 Registry Dos and Don’ts . . . . . . . . . . 295

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Decorating Made Easier . . . . . . . . . . . 274

Why Use Travel Agents? . . . . . . . . . . 298 Honeymoon Planning. . . . . . . . . . . . . 300 Honeymoon Checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . 302 Out-of-Town Guests . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303

The Future Your New Home. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 306

The Wedding Professionals Venue Directory. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 309 Directory of Wedding Professionals . 315 www.SAweddings.com

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Financial Planning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 308


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Solving the Planning Puzzle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Marriage License. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Wedding Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Your Ceremony . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Wedding Bands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Bridal Extravaganza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

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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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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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Wedding Insurance

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.

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.

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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.

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 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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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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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 your church for permission); others may select a special reading, for example.

During the course of planning your perfect wedding, you will make many decisions based on what tradition dictates.

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 to compose the vows. You may find a poem or a passage from a book that strikes a chord in your heart. You may want to write a letter to your partner outlining all the things he makes you feel, why you fell in love in the first place and what you see in your future. Once you have the feelings on paper you will be surprised to find writing your own vows is surprisingly easy.

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Whatever you choose to do, don’t let tradition stop you from having a personal ceremony that is meaningful to you.

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

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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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San Antonio”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.

Purchase your tickets in advance and receive a free VIP tote bag. Enjoying the Bridal Extravaganza: ■

Dress casually;

Wear comfortable shoes;

Be ready to take photos for inspiration;

Print out labels with your name, email (that you’ve created JUST for wedding related email), phone number, wedding city and date; and

Allow enough time to talk with exhibitors.

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Runway fashions shows let you see the latest gowns, bridesmaid dresses and tuxedos.

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Celebrating. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Questions to Ask the Venue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Great Ideas for Receptions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Rehearsal Dinner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Reception Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Small Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Trend Watch – Unique Details . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Showing Off San Antonio. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Guests Tell All . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Bachelorette Party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Dancing at Your Wedding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Trend Watch – Favors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Green Wedding Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Real Wedding Style . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Trend Watch – Signs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Theme Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86

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24 Choosing Your Caterer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Questions to Ask the Caterer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 Trend Watch – Interactive Catering . . . . . . . . . . . 101 FYI – Catering Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 Trend Watch – Signature Drinks . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 FYI – Tipping Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112 Wine 101 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 Trend Watch – Wine Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 FYI – Beverage Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Cakes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 Fresh vs. Frozen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122 FYI – Cake Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124 Trend Watch – Cake Toppers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126 Idea Gallery – Cakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129 FYI – Icing Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134

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Make Your Reception Special!

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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?

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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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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.

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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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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restored to its former glory. The area also borders Southtown, home of San Antonio’s most eclectic gathering of galleries and restaurants.

From lush gardens to historic buildings and unforgettable tours, San Antonio offers limitless options for your reception, wedding ceremony and bachelor/ bachelorette parties as well as entertaining out-of-town-guests.

Trolley Tours. Several local companies offer hop-on; hop-off trolley tours hitting all of San Antonio’s historic spots.

The River Walk. Take guests on a riverboat tour discovering the history of the River Walk or reserve your spaces for a sunset dinner cruise catered by one of the river’s many distinct restaurants.

Market Square, San Antonio’s authentic Mexican market, where mariachis play in the background and you can shop from more than 80 specialty shops.

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Rent a Segway to tour the Missions of San Antonio including the Alamo, at your own pace.

La Villita is a treasure trove of artisans, restaurants and several private venues for weddings and receptions.

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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 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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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. 64 • The Celebration

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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. 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. FOR MORE HELP PLANNING YOUR WEDDING, VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT

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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.

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.SAweddings.com

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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 $10 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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Hot trending catering options for the year will include this variation of a traditional buffet line. In keeping with the idea of making your wedding an “experience” for your guests, it’s all about their engagement. And the way to achieve this? Interactive food stations. All of the various items are displayed for guests to see what their choices/options are in the creation of their entrees, sides, and desserts. This allows the guests to personalize their own meal and have the best dining experience possible. Food stations: 1 Salad bar. 2 Chili bar. 3 Strawberry shortcake bar. 4 Gyro bar.

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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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PLUS PLUS!

Be prepared to pay additional amounts over the cost of the meal. It’s call “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.


FYI Catering Guide select your caterer 6 to 12 months prior to your wedding

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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A signature drink is a great way to give your wedding a more personal flair. Talk with your bartending service or caterer to come up with one that pairs perfectly with everything else you are serving at your reception. Here are some ideas: 1 Ultimate margarita features top of the line Jose Cuervo, Grand Marnier and a natural margarita mix. 2 , 4 , 5 Make your margarita a little fruity. Use a flavored margarita mix (mango/peach; strawberry and watermelon as some top choices) and garnish with the appropriate fruit. 3 Including a twist of Lucas (flavored salt) and Chamoy will result in this South Texas Margarita with a taste that is salty/sweet. 6 This Green with Envy drink includes vodka, lemonade, green apple liqueur and is garnished with a sprig of mint.

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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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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.

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TRANSPORTATION DRIVER(S)

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

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

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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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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.

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.

WHITE WINES 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.

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

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.

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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. 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.

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FYI Beverage Guide

165 12oz. servings= 1/2 keg (15.5 gallons) or about 14 12-packs

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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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Dress up cocktail rims with colored sugars or savory items like cucumbers!

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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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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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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.

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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.

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

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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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Most Popular Filling Flavors strawberry raspberry plum chocolate

Most Popular Cake Flavors lemon vanilla chocolate spice carrot

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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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the bottom layer of a wedding cake represents the couple as a family, and the top layer represents them as a couple. Each layer in between represents a child they hope to have.

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marriage. (www.urastarhouse.com) 3 We found a graphic designer that was simply just tired of giving pots and pans as wedding gifts and decided to use her art skills to create these unique and personalized cake toppers, making them look like the actual couple, adding personal touches, and unique characteristics of her clients. (lilcaketoppers.com) 4 For when you want to declare it official — on a cake. This little cake topper would be a perfect addition to your wedding or commitment ceremony and completely customizable. Made out of white acrylic or maple. (www.etsy.com/shop/OhDierLiving)

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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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Not overly sweet. Can take on a wide variety of flavors such as vanilla, chocolate, lemon, hazelnut, coconut or any variety of fruit flavors. Easily colored. Can be applied in a variety of textures from piped swirls or scrolls and flowers to a smooth finish.

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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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Gown Preservation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167

Bridal Gown Terms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142

Trend Watch – Shoes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168

Buyer Beware! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144

Perfect Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170

Bridesmaids’ Dress Tips. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146

Menswear Terms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172

Second Wedding Dress . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148

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Lingerie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149

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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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additional charges, as do headpieces and veils.

hat, a hair arrangement of flowers or fabric bows. 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

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

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(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.

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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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Buyer Beware! The Internet has become one of the most valuable tools a bride has to plan her wedding. Through sites such the San Antonio’s Wedding Guide site (www.SAweddings.com), couples can access information on everything they need for their wedding. While online shopping has become mainstream, brides should think long and hard, before purchasing their wedding gown online. It may seem like a great idea, price-wise, but there are many pitfalls. The most obvious draw back to purchasing a gown online is the fact you can’t try it on. Most brides will spend hours at various bridal salons trying on gowns.

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Many of the gowns offered online are not the same quality as gowns purchased in shops. Often gowns sold online are actually seconds, or not first quality gowns.

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Look at the price the gown is being offered at. If the price online seems too good to be true, it probably is.

CAREFULLY read the description of the less expensive dress you are looking at online. If the description says “imitation,” “inspired by,” “similar to,” or any such wording, be concerned.

Check out the photos on the site. If they are blurry or badly cropped, the site is probably a counterfeit site. Even if the images are clear, use google.com and search images. Counterfeit sites will often "steal" images off the actual designer site.

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Most times, the less expensive gowns you find online are actually copies of designer gowns. These gowns definitely represent a case of what you see (online) is NOT what you are going to get. Check the website of any known bridal gown designer and you will NOT find a link or opportunity to order a gown. You will find local retailers. If designers aren’t selling gowns from their own websites, why would they allow others to sell them at a discounted price? If you are looking to save money on the gown, you are much better served to shop at an authorized retailer. Sample sales and trunk shows are great ways to save. Designer sites will often list upcoming trunk shows. Not only will you see the dress you get, it is much easier to get disputes settled when you have person to deal with, not an email.

Check the spelling of the name of the designer. It is amazing how often the counterfeit sites misspell the names of the designers they are supposedly representing.

Read the entire site, carefully paying attention to where the company is located; return policies; and FAQs. Counterfeit sites often fail to include this information.

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Call the contact number listed on the site. If the site doesn’t list a phone number or if you can never reach a live person and messages go unreturned, it may be time to move on.

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Bridesmaids Dress Tips so Everyone is Happy them best. Neutral colors give mismatched dresses a more unified look than any other color.

Are you finding it difficult to pick out one dress that all of your bridesmaids love? Different body types, skin tone, hair color, and personal style all lead to every bridesmaid having a different opinion on what they want to wear to your wedding. The most recent trend in bridesmaid fashion is allowing the bridesmaid to choose her own dress or wear a convertible gown. You can allow your bridesmaids to choose a flattering style for them while still achieving cohesive look by following these simple guidelines. If your bridesmaids come in all shapes and sizes, try selecting a specific color, manufacturer, or fabric so your attendants can pick a silhouette that flatters

Choose a color palette that matches the mood of your wedding. Try using shades of one color to create a soft umbrae effect or use every color of the rainbow to create a bold vibrant look. Match the array of shades in the dresses to the flowers and groomsmen’s attire.

If you give your bridesmaids complete creative freedom on their attire use buzzwords as guidelines for when they are shopping. Words like elegant, girly, vintage, modern, retro, and classic will help create a cohesive yet mismatched look that matches the mood of your wedding.

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Convertible dresses offers one dress but multiple different wearable styles. A Manhattan-based company, Twobirds, offers four gorgeous convertible gowns in more than 20 vibrant colors. In addition to a convertible gown, the company Henkaa has a mix-and-match skirt “and convertible bandeau collection that offers an endless array of customizable dresses.

If you know your bridesmaids are on a tight budget, a wallet-friendly solution is to rent. Little Borrowed Dress is the first online wedding boutique to offer rentable bridesmaids dresses. The dresses come in a variety of colors and styles, all with built-in adjustment points for a custom fit without needing a tailor.

If you let your bridesmaid pick out her own dress, make sure you see the dress long before your wedding day. You want to have an idea of what your bridesmaids will look like once they are all together. Make sure the dresses and accessories compliment each other and more importantly compliment the bride.

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Worried your bridal party will look too chaotic? Adding coordinating accessories will help give your bridesmaids a unified look. Little extras can go a long way. Jewelry, clutches, shoes, and bouquets can all be used to help bring together your bridal party look. Make coordinating sashes as a gift for your bridesmaids to wear on your wedding day.

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Second Wedding Dress Thinking about getting a second dress to wear at your reception? Here are some tips to keep in mind.

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Use the opportunity to express two sides of your personality.

Use the same jewelry for both dresses.

Have a classic ceremony gown and a modern reception gown.

Look for a reception dress that has a smaller, or no, train.

Make sure your reception gown is comfortable for dancing.

Make it appropriate. Do not choose a reception gown that is more ornate than your ceremony gown.

Short dresses make perfect reception dresses.

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

be practical just this once, and try on sensuous negligees and peignoir ensembles for your wedding night.

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.

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.

Shop early, because it’s important to wear your intimate apparel to all your wedding gown fittings. While you’re there, why not browse through the shop for other lingerie to complete your trousseau? Forget to

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A semi-sweetheart neckline atop a draped bodice hand-beaded in either silver beads (standing model) or clear beads (seated model) makes this ball gown with a soft tulle skirt something special. (Style: Hera Clear & Hera Silver)


Every bride has her own vision of how she will look walking down the aisle. For some, that look is very traditional. For some, that look is very avant garde. For more than half a century, Japanese-born designer Yumi Katsura has been creating traditional looks that transform into something more.


For the bride who knows she IS the star of the day, this show-stopping, 3-piece gown gives you a look for every mood. Mix and match the exquisite hand-beaded bodice with the silk satin trumpet skirt with origami inspired, handmade flower covered train (left) for your ceremony and then switch into the mini origami flower mini skirt (center). Or make a really dazzling appearance wearing all three at one time. (Style: Sheba)


A Chantilly lace, knee length frock with sheer long sleeves, a tulle ball gown skirt, and satin belt with beadwork highlighting the natural waistline makes for the picture perfect traditional bride. Remove the belt and the tulle overskirt (inset) and you are ready for the party. (Style: Juno)


A softly draped organza skirt finishes off this strapless fit and flare gown that delicately showcases the figure with a sweetheart necklace. (Style: Rhea)


A sophisticated illusion hand-beaded bodice and layers of softly draped organza give this fit and flare gown a romantic, retro feel while the strapless neckline and close fit will appeal to the most modern bride. (Style: Fortuna)


Katsura’s designs allow for a variety of individual looks. Here, a classic ball gown of luxurious silk taffeta (above) screams elegance on its own. This gown features elegant draping along the bodice that enhances the beauty of its natural waistline. Add a Swarovski encrusted crystal belt (bottom right) for a little bling. Then top the whole look off with an exquisite caplet bolero elegantly adorned with Swarovski crystals in a starburst design (top right). (Style: dress – Carey; bolero – Aiko)


Exquisite hand beading sets off the beautifully scalloped edging on the strapless bodice of this A-line ball gown with a soft tulle skirt. (Style: Vesta) (next page) Two gowns in one. After the ceremony, remove the layered organza, lace and ostrich feather fit and flare skirt and enjoy the rest of the evening in the hand-beaded Swarovski crystal and the natural stone covered short dress. (Style: Isa)


For the goddess in every bride, this sultry sheath made of sustainable lace, lined in the most luxurious silk charmeuse is the perfect choice. This knockout gown is adorned with a dazzling Swarovski crystal neckpiece and waist inserts. (Style: Aphrodite)


Be the center of attention and have fun at your reception with a short fun and flirty dress (above). Featuring soft Chantilly lace and deep vee neckline and back with a duchess silk satin skirt, the Swarovski Crystal belt highlights the natural waistline. (Style: Inanna). For a little more drama, this knee-length ball gown skirt has alternating layers of stiffened silk and organza topped by a sheer illusion neckline accented with crystal beading. (Style: Manami)

Hand beading highlights the strapless sweetheart neckline of this sleek fit and flare gown. The bling is repeated at the top of the skirt. (Style: Demeter)


Yumi Katsura has always shown an insatiable spirit of inquiry into new materials and an unrelenting pursuit of new techniques. Starting in 1964, she launched dresses in a wide range of materials, developing many silk and lace fabrics into leading choices for Japanese bridal fashion. An example was her production of satin taffeta (satin fabric with a taffeta feel), previously considered impractical. She also poured her energy into pioneering new fashion techniques, especially lace hollowing, as well as the fisherman’s knot she used for airy hemlines. She aroused a sensation by introducing the showy marieé dress style to the world in a Roma Collection that featured the “phosphorescence” of fluorescent embroidery thread on a dark ground. The 2010 Paris Collection drew attention with her “marine reef” dress made with tens of thousands of specially prepared fish scales. Katsura, is one of Japan's and the world's most prolific designers, whose wedding dresses are considered modern masterpieces. Katsura is also currently the head of several organizations such as the Federation of Asia & Pacific Bridal Associations, The Japan Bridal Association, Yumi Katsura International, Co. Ltd., and Katsura Yumi Wedding System, Co. Ltd. (www.yumikatsuracouture.com)

Give any gown a custom look with the addition of a bolero. The high-necked, decadent addition of cascading rhinestones would be right at home at a formal event (top, Style: Asa). A more delicate portrait neckline of sparkle is perfect for an early evening wedding (bottom, Style: Astrid). Both are shown over a fitted trumpet style gown featuring bandage fabric with a beaded French Chantilly lace overlay. (Style: Artemis)

For the ultimate in understated elegance, this dropped waist ball gown featuring a box-pleated skirt is hard to beat. The deep sweetheart neckline and molded bodice feature vertical beadwork. (Style: Minerva)


Getting Fit to be Wed You’ve found your dream wedding gown, only its not quite perfect yet. Virtually every bridal gown will require alterations to give you the custom fit you want for your wedding day. Begin thinking about alterations when you purchase the gown. Ask your consultant how intensive she thinks the alterations will be and if she can give you an estimate on how much they will cost. Since most shops do not have a seamstress on staff they may not be able to quote you an exact figure, but they will have an idea.

Allow 4 to 6 weeks for alterations. The more intense the alterations are, the more time that is needed. Bridesmaid dresses take about 3 weeks.

Ask the your dress consultant for recommendations on who to use for the alterations. Making changes to a wedding gown require skill and experience most tailors don’t have. Altering a wedding gown can involve boning, linings and hems in a variety of different fabrics.

Be sure to take your shoes and undergarments (including petticoats) to all fittings.

Expect to have at least two, sometimes three, fittings depending on the complexity of the alterations.

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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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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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Welcome to one of the most exciting and overwhelming times of your life: Planning your wedding. We understand you’re getting ready to spend more money than you’ve ever spent before on items you’ve never purchased before from people you’ve never met before. Don’t worry, we are here to help you every step of the way. Become a registered Wedding Guide bride. When you register, you will receive a variety of complimentary services, including: • A packet of helpful and money saving information from the area’s finest wedding professionals. • Receive regular updates on local bridal news, including information about upcoming Bridal Extravaganzas, the area’s oldest and most respected wedding showcase where you can touch, taste and experience everything you need for your wedding from hundreds of the area’s leading professionals.

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Menswear 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.

JACKETS í˘ą & í˘˛ Tuxedo (a.k.a. tux): The most common and classic tux jacket. Worn at formal and semiformal events. Choices to make: singlebreasted (with a one- to four-button front) or double-breasted (with a two- to six-button front). There are three types of lapels: peaked, notched, or shawl. í˘ł Full dress (a.k.a. tails or tailcoat): Jacket is cropped in front, with two tails in the back and a two- to sixbutton front. Usually worn at ultraformal evening weddings.

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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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daddy’s little girl to give him and wear as he walks her down the aisle. Choose your favorite picture for a truly custom gift. (www.photojule.etsy.com) 5 Classic and sentimental, grooms can personalize this tie clip and keep loved ones near to their heart on your wedding day. (www.photojule.etsy.com) 6 In case there was ever any doubt, this personalized hand stamped tie clip proclaims the sentiment of the day. Add your special date stamped on the opposite side. (www.firedupladieshammered.com) 7 A great gift to give your love the night before the wedding, this survival kit is designed to help him navigate that big day and make it to the altar in one piece. All the essentials are covered. (www.events-with-grace.com) 8 Remind your guy that the making of your love story spanned the bringing together of two people from two cities. These custom cufflinks can be customized with your favorite two cities. (www.photojule.etsy.com)

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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

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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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One of San Antonio’s most unique attractions, next to the Riverwalk, are its historic missions. Overseen by the San Antonio National Historical Park, the Missions of San Antonio include: The Alamo (Mission San Antonio de Valero), Mission Concepción, Mission San José, Mission San Juan, Mission Espada. ■

The Alamo, located downtown, is most likely San Antonio’s most famous mission. While most of the original grounds and building have long disappeared, the central church remains, plus various outbuildings still remain and are now used as a museum. Mission Concepción 807 Mission Road; Church: 533-8955 The mission was relocated to San Antonio in 1731 from east Texas. With an attractively aged appearance of the central church, which is distinctly Spanish in design, has needed very little restoration over the years.

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Mission San José 607 San José Drive; Church: 922-0543 This is the largest and best preserved of the five missions in San Antonio. Founded in 1720, the mission is currently surrounded in most directions by trees and grassland along the river, providing an unspoiled picture of how it looked nearly 300 years ago.

Mission San Juan 9101 Graf Road; Church: 534-3161 One of the smaller mission complexes in the area, the church has a distinctive look, including the simple bell tower, typical of Mexico. The church is also smaller than most of the other missions and overall is muted in appearance.

Mission Espada 10040 Espada Road; Church: 627-2064 The southernmost church, it is surrounded by woodlands in a rural setting, although it is just yards away from a highway. Mission Espada is the oldest mission in Texas, originally founded in 1690. In 1731 it was moved to its present location.

The missions make excellent backdrops for brides to take their bridal portraits. Portraits taken at the missions offer a distinctive and elegant look that is symbolic of San Antonio. Bridal portraits and wedding photography may require advance reservations. Check with your photographer. Arrangements for wedding ceremonies inside one of the Mission churches are made directly through the individual mission’s parish. For more information as to how you can gain access to one of the missions, contact: San Antonio Missions NHP Headquarters (210) 534-8833 Visitor Center (210) 932-1001 Email: saan_administration@nps.gov

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

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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!

When the guests have gone and the dress is stored away...

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.

Your portraits will forever be the tie that reminds you of your special day.

Choose quality and experience.

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: ■

What are their privacy policies regarding your intimate images?

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

How do they feel about shooting full nudity?

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These custom-printed wood canvases are created using an innovative technology, bringing you a very natural looking, brilliant image, with UV coating (to protect against sun damage), all handcrafted in the U.S.A. (woodsnap.com) 5 Unique accordion books are perfect for the shelf, your purse, and the guestbook table, and go from “compact” to “display” mode in seconds! (Courtesy of Caitlin’s Creations) 6 Change the way you show your photos with a unique high quality glass impression. Using state-of-the-art technology your photos are printed directly on glass resulting in gallery quality images and remarkable color intensity. (www.symbolizeit.com)

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Choosing a Videographer unobserved, and is a poignant, often humorous, accompaniment to the traditional wedding photographs.

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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

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

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

Fees will generally depend on the number of cameras, editing time, and 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 footage of the rehearsal, the bachelor dinner, a bridal shower, you and your groom in final preparation

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Has the video you are viewing been done with more than one camera? 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. The technique should be smooth, not jerky — the scenes should not look contrived. Poor scenes should have been edited out.

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Experience and training: Ask how many years this person has been producing videos. How many weddings has he/she done (for payment — not family or friends) in the past year? Does he/she earn a significant portion of his income from this profession?

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.

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.

A flutist, harpist or stringed instrument player can improve the sound of the music played and enhance your wedding. Expect to pay between $400 to $650 for a string quartet, depending on the individual musician’s experience and expertise.

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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 “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.

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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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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? Gerri Flory Photography

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.

With a little time and effort, you’ll find the perfect DJ to make your wedding everything you hoped.

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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 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.

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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!

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.

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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!

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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.

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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. BE A HEALTH NUT FOR 3 DAYS BEFORE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS. 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.

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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

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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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Salon Services World famous make-up artists tell us, “To produce beautiful make-up, you must first start with impeccably clean skin.” Begin with a good esthetician for beautiful, radiant skin. Your hair, skin, make-up, and nails are just as important as your wedding dress. Your face is like a blank canvas and it takes an artist to produce the right colors, texture, and tone. Here are some tips to help make you a beautiful bride.

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Weddings are stressful. Schedule massages regularly during your prewedding days. A variety of massage techniques are available to help you remain cool and calm.

Part of your total beauty care is a manicure. Your hands must be soft, your cuticles and nails beautifully trimmed and polished when you greet your guests in the receiving line.

Paraffin treatments will soften both your hands and feet.

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A pedicure makes your feet feel wonderful. The color of polish you choose should be coordinated with your make-up; i.e., don’t use pink with red lipstick.

The final detail in being a beautiful bride is your hair. It must shine and radiate health like your face and your eyes. Make an appointment months ahead with the best hair designer you can find.

If you are going to try a new color or perhaps a perm, try it out months before your wedding. You don’t want to try something new, only to find you don’t like it, just days or weeks before your wedding.

Meet with your hair stylist several weeks before your wedding to practice styles with your veil to get just the look you want.

If possible, invest in on-site hair and make-up experts. You’ll have one less errand to run the day of your wedding and will feel extremely pampered.

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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.

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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.

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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Nothing will quite match the sparkle in your and your groom’s eyes on the day of your wedding, but we’ve found some great ideas to add a little more flash to your big day. 1 This sparkly garter is comprised of crystal appliques and long beads. Czech crystals are secured with a stretchy two-tone ribbon of shimmery satin and cotton elastic attached to the back so the garter fits securely. (www.AlisaBrides.com) 2 Here is a creative way to bring the bling to the cake. An adjustable ribbon and a band of beautiful rhinestones can make for an eye catching show stopper. (Courtesy of Beyond Cake) 3 Don’t just catch his eye, but everyone else’s too on your wedding day. These stackable rings slip on easy to add to your already fabulous shoes. Measures 1/2 inch tall. (www.wrapwithus.com) 4 Crystal covered ties on chair backs add a nice sparkle on

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another level. (Courtesy of ARA Photography) 5 Create a special sparkly keepsake with this silver and cubic zirconium heart bouquet charm that can be customized with that special photo, an initial, monogram or wedding date. This is a way to keep a special someone close to you on your special day. (www.etsy.com/shop/jYOUlry) 6 Easily accessorize your wedding shoes or let your bridesmaids customize their favorite shoes so all the ladies match. Clip and go. (www.EricaGiuliani.com) 7 This Tussy Mussy is completely embellished with Genuine SwarovskiÂŽ Elements and can be customized. (www.itscrystalicious.com)

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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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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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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.

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

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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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Posy A small, rounded bouquet, the posy usually consists of smaller flowers that can be tied together tightly by their stems.

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Most Popular Flowers (in no particular order)

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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1 This whimsical felt wildflower bouquet is full of ivory, swan blue, and blush pink flowers, perfect for any season. (www.MuncleFredArt.com) 2 Is steampunk your favorite right now? Then you need this bouquet filled with vintage drawer pulls, faucet spouts and an assortment of cool baubles. (www.etsy.com/shop/wendyandfriends) 3 Funky and hip, this bouquet is made from a durable duct tape with many colors to choose from to complement your colors. (www.etsy.com/shop/TUTreasures) 4 If comic books are your thing, then this is your bouquet. Select your favorite comic and a whole bouquet can be custom made for you from the pages of it. (www.etsy.com/shop/danaspaperflowers) 5 A classic collection of men’s ties can now be held in your hands as a bouquet of roses

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as you walk down the aisle with a boutonniere for him to match. (www.louellarose.com) 6 Custom made butterfly bouquets handmade by Just Ann’s Floral Design is a whimsical addition to your wedding. (www.justanns.etsy.com) 7 This felt bouquet is made from high quality Merino wool blend felt and made into a variety of Wisteria and Periwinkle Raelin roses. Can be made in any of 100 shades. (www.sugarsnapboutique.etsy.com) 8 This “Indian Summer” bouquet is created from a vibrant mix of buttons and beads and finished with orange, pink and red tulle edging with bound stems in green satin. (www.pumpkinpye.com)

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Invitations should be mailed six weeks before the wedding. 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. “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. 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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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.

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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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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. ■ ■ ■ ■

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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. 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) crisscrossed 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. 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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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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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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Fun Ways to Share Memories 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. 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

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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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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 San Antonio 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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Every giver wants to give a wedding couple a truly memorable and welcomed gift. Today, brides can register at a variety of different stores. In addition to major department and speciality stores, it is also possible to register at more and more discount department stores. Wherever you register, knowing what you want before going to the store helps make the registry process much easier. Many couples become confused when faced with the wide array of possibilities and choices. Here are some guidelines to help you decide on what type of gifts you want to receive. Let’s begin with the dinnerware.

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Bridal registry is an important part of the wedding process. Not only does it ensure you receive the gifts you want, it makes it much easier for those who will be buying the gift.

China comes in two types — bone and porcelain. While both types of china are delicate in appearance, they are extremely durable and chip-resistant. Good quality china has a glass-like texture and is actually translucent.

Most china, except those with metal trims, is dishwasher safe, although hand washing is preferable. They are not microwave safe, however. China should always be stored with paper between the individual pieces to prevent scratching.

For everyday dining, many brides select stoneware. Earthenware is another popular choice for casual dining. It is often glazed and decorated in bright colors for a pottery look. While not as strong as stoneware, it is still very durable and less expensive than stoneware or china.

Dinnerware is typically sold in five-piece place settings. Fine china usually includes a dinner plate, dessert/salad plate, bread and butter plate, cup and saucer. In stoneware sets a soup/cereal bowl is usually substituted for the bread and butter plate and a mug replaces the cup and saucer.

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First decide what type of dishes you want. Many brides select a formal pattern, usually china, as well as an everyday set of dishes, usually stoneware or earthenware.

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Most brides register for 12 place settings of fine china and between eight and 12 settings of stoneware. Don’t forget to include the accessory pieces, such as butter dishes, salt and pepper shakers, sugar bowls and other serving pieces. These pieces will help complete your look whether you are setting a formal or casual table.

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Before selecting your crystal pattern hold the stemware. Make sure it is comfortable to hold and use.

If you are selecting cut crystal, make sure the cuts are sharp and precise. Finally, crystal should be clear and sparkling, with smooth edges and a uniform shape. Fine crystal should have a definite ring when the rim is tapped.

Your glassware selections will fall into two categories: stemware and barware. Stemware includes wine glasses, water goblets, champagne flutes, sherry and liqueur glasses and brandy snifters.

Barware refers to crystal or glassware without stems that is used for everyday beverages or cocktails. Most barware includes old-fashioned glasses, highball glasses, juice glasses and Pilsners or beer mugs. A bare basic setting of crystal should include one tumbler or highball glass, a tall glass, a champagne flute and a wineglass.

Many couples today are registering for red and white wine glasses. (The red wine glass is fuller and rounder, the white wine glass is more narrow and tapered.)

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There are two basic types of glassware for your table — crystal and glassware. The difference between glass and crystal is that crystal contains a certain percentage of lead, while glass does not. The lead adds weight, clarity and resilience to the glass, as well as a higher cost.

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The final component in selecting your table registry items is the flatware — your knives, forks, spoons and serving utensils. Flatware generally comes in three types — sterling silver, silverplated and stainless steel.

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Sterling is the most expensive type of flatware, but also the most durable and valuable. A good set of sterling flatware will become a family heirloom for generations to come. Because federal standards imposed on sterling silver are very stringent, it holds its value well.

Flatware pieces are considered sterling only if they are 925 parts pure silver. The piece should be stamped “sterling.”

With regular use, it is surprisingly easy to maintain. Many people have visions of spending hours polishing the silver. Daily use helps maintain sterling’s luster and shine. Sterling used everyday only needs a light cleaning two or three times a year. Make sure to rotate the pieces to ensure even wear.

If you are going to register for sterling silver flatware you should also register for a silver chest to help prevent tarnishing and protect the silver.

Silverplate flatware is a metal alloy base coated with a thin layer of 100 percent silver through electroplating. Although silverplate feels different in your hand than sterling, it is still a perfect complement for fine china and will usually last as long as silver.

For everyday use, stainless steel is a good choice. It will not tarnish or wear out and it needs no special care. The best quality stainless is 18 percent chromium and 8 percent nickel.

You should register for the same number of flatware place settings as you have in china.

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Be careful what you ask for, you just may get it! China, flatware and pans, oh my! What fun it is strolling around your favorite department store choosing your wedding gifts imagining the dinner parties, holidays, and other occasions when you will put these items to use.

If you are like most newlyweds, you don’t know what some of this stuff is even used for. This is where you might find yourself if you don’t do a little research first. Be realistic when choosing what you need. Remember, if you do not ask for what you really need, you will have to pay for it yourself. Do not let your gift registry cost YOU money because you chose items that were unnecessary. Here are some solutions to ease you through the registry process. ■

Don’t forget the groom. If he doesn’t want to join you in the shopping, ask him if there are any items that he would like for you to add to the list that he would enjoy, such as bar supplies, electronics and tools.

Don’t go it alone. It can get pretty overwhelming dealing with department stores on your own.

Don’t register at every store under the sun. Pick just a few of your favorite stores or boutiques.

Register to fit your lifestyle and for what you will really use.

Don’t keep gifts you really don’t want or need. For some reason (or lack of reasoning), many brides think they need a place setting, glassware, and appliances from several different shops, but when the time comes to use all those items, they have way too many. The fact of the matter is you probably won’t use EVERY gift, and you’re really not expected to. Don’t feel bad about making returns. Everyone does it.

Don’t return gifts one at a time. Wait to take them back in bulk, after the chaos of the engagement and wedding have subsided. You’ll save yourself time, effort, and, most of all, your sanity.

Keep your guests in mind. Register for items in a variety of price ranges so all of your guests can select something to fit their budget.

Say thank you. Take the time to send thank-you notes for gifts received before the wedding within a few weeks of their arrival. Notes for gifts received on or after the wedding day should be sent within a month of your return from the honeymoon. Be sure to mention the gift by name so your friends and family know how much it meant to have them share in your special day.

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Why Use a Travel Agent 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.

Whether it is for your dream destination wedding or your dream honeymoon, a certified, professional travel agent can be your best friend. Why? ■

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

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.

Using a travel agent will NOT cost you more money than booking the trip on your own. Travel agencies make their money off the commissions paid by the suppliers, not their customers.

Travel agents provide service before, during and after your trip.

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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.

Wedding and honeymoon planning can be stressful on its own. If those plans include travel, it can be even more so. Save yourself time and money. Hire a professional! FOR MORE HELP PLANNING YOUR WEDDING, VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT

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A little closer to home, Hawaii is hands down the most popular honeymoon destination. Hawaii’s resorts offer access to endless beaches and a tropical setting in a climate that’s temperate year-round. From Waikiki’s surfing to the Big Island’s volcanoes, the natural beauty of Kauai or Lanai’s luxury, to the remote resorts on Molokai, there is something for everyone on the Hawaiian Islands.

Nearer still to Texas, the beaches and resorts of Playa del Carmen beckon. On those days you want to go beyond your resort or the beach, world-class snorkeling, ecological parks and the Mayan ruins are all nearby. The allinclusive resorts in this fast-growing destination to the south of Cancun are an excellent choice for Texans, with convenient charter flights leaving for Cancun from Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston.

For the traditional, romantic city-stay, head for the famed hotels of Europe. Whether you prefer the historical romance of Vienna or Paris or the azure beauty of the Mediterranean, a European honeymoon is always a good choice. Paris, Rome, and Portofino are all popular honeymoon destinations.

Cruises are popular as a honeymoon option. Modern cruise ships have something for everyone: nightlife, spas, casinos and fine dining — all right on your ship. Cruises offer the opportunity to visit several exotic ports in one trip without the hassle of packing and unpacking. Also, cruises let you experience exotic cultures, cuisines and sights with the comfort of returning to the familiar surroundings on board.

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Your honeymoon will be the most memorable vacation of your life, so where will you choose to go? Hawaii? Paris? Las Vegas? Aruba? Greece? Fiji? Playa del Carmen? Tahiti?

Take a few moments to think about how you want to spend your honeymoon. Maybe it’s one of the places above, or maybe you have some other ideas in mind. Do you want to relax? Or islandhop? How much do you want to spend? Do you enjoy nightlife? Think about these things, and then call a travel agent to take all of the worry out of planning the honeymoon of your dreams. ■

If the first thing that comes to mind when you think “honeymoon” is the romantic image of you and your new spouse strolling down an exotic white sand beach, with not a soul in sight, then the islands of the South Pacific may be your best choice. For a few days on a beach, where there is nothing to bother you save the waves and tropical breezes, then look no further than Fiji.

Or maybe you’d prefer the overwater bungalows of Tahiti, where your day can be spent on a 4-wheel drive excursion or just letting the surf lap your ankles.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Finally, when planning your future make sure it includes a financial planner. Your financial planner can evaluate how much you need to save for retirement to accumulate wealth, savings for children’s education and an emergency account. Nearly every young couple has the problem of arranging financing for their first home. The following are several methods that may be available to you. REGISTRY/GIFTS: A new trend in home financing is a registry system. You can register a “down payment” account where friends and relatives can donate to your down payment for a home as a wedding gift.

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LOANS: You may borrow your down payment as long as it is a secured loan (such as a car, furniture, etc.). CO-INVESTMENT: Parents can join in a home purchase as tenants in common. Parents make the down-payment; you make the monthly payments as rent. Both share, eventually, in the capital gain from an appreciation at the time of sale.

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OUTRIGHT INVESTMENT: Parents purchase in their own name, rent to the couple, with an option to purchase, at cost, in the future.

Remember, whether it’s wood or brick, a townhome, condominium or a singlefamily dwelling, one thing is very certain about the first home you and your groom purchase, it is a symbol of your commitment to each other… and it represents the independence and freedom of choice you have exercised in beginning now to build the financial foundation of your marriage.

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Financial Planning want to purchase a home? How many children do you plan to have? How will you send them to college? And for yourself? Do you want to retire early? All of these things may seem to be years away, but the earlier your start, the better off you will be.

“Financial Planning” — Two words guaranteed to strike fear and boredom into the hearts of man. But, like death and taxes, financial planning is unavoidable, at least if you want to reach your goals for the future.

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For example, let’s assume you will save $200 a month and invest it at an 8% return of investment. Starting your plan now, in 30 years you will have nearly $300,000. Wait a year to begin your plan, and in 29 years your nest egg will only be about $272,928. The $2,400 you didn’t invest the first year will reduce your nest egg by more than $25,000. If you wait 10 years to start your investment plan, in 20 years you’ll only have $117,804.

Also, a good financial plan, worked out by both of you, can help you have a good marriage. Finances are the leading source of conflict in marriages. Whether you know it or not, you already have started your financial planning. Bringing together all the aspects of a wedding you learn a great deal about budgeting and finances. After your happy day, you can continue your budgeting and financial planning for your future together. While you are planning your wedding, you’ve probably planned where you will live, where you will work. Perhaps your future plans include buying a house and having children. Have you planned on how you are going to pay for your future? This is the time to begin your financial plan. Financial planning is the process of setting financial goals and objectives and determining how to reach them. What are your financial goals? Do you

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It may seem impossible to think about saving money. One key is to remember to pay yourselves first. When the paycheck comes in, immediately set aside money for savings. Consider the payment to your savings account just another bill to be paid. Once the two of you have determined what you want out of life and where you want to be down the road, the best place to begin getting there is with a financial planner. A financial planner can help you determine the best place to save and invest your money. A financial planner’s career is knowing how to help people manage their financial situation by staying abreast of the latest market conditions, tax law and the intricacies of the various investment options. A good place to start planning your financial future may be with your wedding. Your friends and family, to wish you well and get you started on your new life, will give you gifts, many monetary. Using a portion of those gifts is an excellent way to get started on your financial future. Enjoy these heady days of planning your wedding, but don’t forget to plan your future at the same time.

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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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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 __________________

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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.

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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

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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

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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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Budget Worksheet FLOWERS ■

Continued from Page P8

8%

$1,300–$2,600

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Ceremony

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Altar/huppah

________________

Pew markers

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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

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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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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

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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.,

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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

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■ 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

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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

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_______________________

# 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

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_______________________

Set-up time

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_______________________

Decorations

_______________

_______________________

Clean-up charge

_______________

_______________________

Champagne cost

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Corkage fee

_______________

_______________________

Valet parking

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Taxes & gratuity

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_______________________

Receiving line area

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_______________________

Wedding coordinator

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_______________________

Head count deadline

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_______________________

Menu selection deadline

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Deposit deadline

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_______________________

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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130 4041

111 W. Crocket Street #214 228-9876

Bella Springs

See Ad Page

Maximum Capacity

Bands/DJ Allowed

Security Required

Dance Floor

Free Parking

Garden/Patio

Valet Parking

In-House Liquor Only

B

Can Provide Cake

In-House Catering Only

Barriba Cantina

Indoor/Outdoor

Ceremony Site

Bridal Dressing Room

Venue Directory

B

B

B

320

65

150

34

85

2829

320

65

26 Bella Springs Rd., Boerne (830) 388-1642

Boerne Convention & Community Center

500 85

820 East Adler Rd., Boerne (888) 750-2811

Boulder Springs Weddings & Events 1723 Herbelin Rd., New Braunfels (512) 585-5899

Brackenridge Golf Course 2315 Avenue B 212-7572

I

B

O

B

B

Briar’s Suite at Pat O’Briens, The 121 Alamo Plaza 212-3951

Briscoe Museum

450 5253

450 56

210 W. Market Street 338-0140

Cana Ballroom, The

202 W. Kronkosky, Boerne (830) 816-5630

Club at Sonterra, The

200

1

901 Sonterra Blvd. 496-1560

County Line Barbeque, The

140 4041

IH-10 West, 641-1998 River Walk, 229-1941

Courtyard by Marriott Riverwalk

seated

B

I

I

120

35

207 N. St. Mary’s Street 246-7977

Crystal Room, The

200 70

10223 Sahara 342-2321

Devonshire Place 12475 Starcrest 545-2249

300

51

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

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Executive Center Ballroom ✓

B

B

See Ad Page

I

Maximum Capacity

Security Required

Free Parking

Valet Parking

In-House Liquor Only

Can Provide Cake

In-House Catering Only

B

Bands/DJ Allowed

Indoor/Outdoor

Dance Floor

Ceremony Site

Embassy Suites Riverwalk Hotel

Garden/Patio

Bridal Dressing Room

Venue Directory

450 45

125 East Houston Street 424-6208

Emporium By Yarlen

600 23

✓ 1500 64

250

55

80

109

61

2218 E. Chavaneaux Rd. 627-9800

200

350 57& 67

1319 March Rd. 825-5572

Fair Oaks Ranch

7900 Fair Oaks Pkwy., Fair Oaks Ranch 582-6700

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar 255 East Basse Rd. 824-9463

Gardens at Old Town Helotes

B

B

I

15060 Antonio Drive, Helotes 695-4777

Granberry Hills 6390 Granberry 590-8067

Grand Promenade at Pat O’Briens, The

300 2829

121 Alamo Plaza 212-3957 Legend: B = Both inside and outside I = inside only O = outside only * From Pre-approved List

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B

B

B

B

500 3637

250 66

See Ad Page

Maximum Capacity

Valet Parking

Can Provide Cake

In-House Liquor Only

In-House Catering Only

Security Required

Free Parking

B

Bands/DJ Allowed

Dance Floor

Indoor/Outdoor

Garden/Patio

Ceremony Site

Grande Hall @ Hofmann Ranch

Bridal Dressing Room

Venue Directory

448 Private Rd. 4742, Castroville 240-6704

Hacienda Santa Maria

2121 N. St. Mary’s St. 227-2121

Heirloom Blooms

200 62

900 FM 32, San Marcos (512) 847-5225

Hilton San Antonio Hill Country Hotel & Spa

300 32

9800 Westover Hills Blvd. 509-9800

Hotel Contessa Luxury Suites

120

63

306 W Market St. 298-8045 or 298-8065

Iron Cactus

400 85

200 Riverwalk, Suite 100 224-9835

Lambermont Events

B

300 20

B

500 39

950 E. Grayson 271-9145

Lodge at Bridal Veil Falls, The 2225 Bridal Veil, Spring Branch (830) 228-4880

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

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300 69

400 60

Magnolia Gardens

See Ad Page

17603 IH-10 West 451-6010

Maximum Capacity

Security Required

Free Parking

Valet Parking

Can Provide Cake

B

Bands/DJ Allowed

Dance Floor

B

Garden/Patio

In-House Catering Only

In-House Liquor Only

Indoor/Outdoor

Maggiano’s Little Italy

Ceremony Site

Bridal Dressing Room

Venue Directory

40– 100

92

300 47

2030 N. Main @ Ashby 737-2710

Mayan Dude Ranch

B

B

B

O

I

350 Mayan Ranch Rd., Bandera (830) 460-3036

Northern Hills Golf Club

13202 Scarsdale St. 655-4148 ext.12

Old Glory Ranch

600 48

200 49

230

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

Olympia Hills Golf & Event Center

12900 Mount Olympus, Universal City 945-4653

Plaza Lecea

33

5441 Babcock Rd., Ste. 200 615-0009 Legend: B = Both inside and outside I = inside only O = outside only * From Pre-approved List

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B

B

B

✓ ✓

Security Required

Free Parking

Valet Parking

In-House Catering Only

✓ 1500 46

125

500 70

See Ad Page

Maximum Capacity

Can Provide Cake

Bands/DJ Allowed

B

Dance Floor

Garden/Patio

Indoor/Outdoor

In-House Liquor Only

Ceremony Site

Rio Cibolo Ranch

Bridal Dressing Room

Venue Directory

1101 Ulrich Rd., Marion (830) 914-3325

Roszell Gardens

22

7561 E. Evans 651-6520

Rustic Gardens 14025 Hwy. 87 NE 410-9833

Sunset Station

400 26

1174 E. Commerce St. 222-9481

Tapatio Springs Golf Resort ✓

B

400 44

500 27

1 Resort Way, Boerne (877) 423-9408

B

B

B

Tower of the Americas, The

601 Tower of the Americas Way 223-3101

Veranda, The

✓ 1,000 78

1746 Lockhill Selma Rd. 366-1220

Woodward House, The

175

59

1717 San Pedro Ave. 732-4811 Legend: B = Both inside and outside I = inside only O = outside only * From Pre-approved List

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SAN ANTONIO AND SURROUNDING AREAS This map is provided as a quick resource to help you determine where our wedding professionals have their offices. Please keep in mind they will handle weddings and events in any part of San Antonio.

46 46

NC NE 35

NW

160 60 4 281

10 1604 604

410 281 410

DT

10 1604 604

90 410 90

35

37

SE 281 37

35 1604 604

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Directory of Wedding Professionals ACCOMMODATIONS Comfort Suites

NE 656-4600 11526 IH-35 North ■ Web site: http://www.comfortsuites.com/hotel-san_antonio-texas-TX917 Comfort Suites on IH-35 North is the perfect choice for your out-of-town wedding guests! When it comes to your special day let the Comfort Suites “All Suite Hotel” take care of your friends and family for you. (SEE AD PAGE 303)

BACHELOR/BACHELORETTE PARTIES S e e R e h e a r s a l D i n n e r s ; Ve n u e s

BANDS See Entertainment — Live

BANQUET FACILITIES S e e Ve n u e s

BARTENDERS & WAITSTAFF Bartenders4you

NC 889-0887 11230 West Ave., Ste. 1101 ■ Web site: www.bartenders4you.com Bartenders4you is here to help you take all the guessing out of planning your beverage menu for any event. Let us handle every aspect of your beverage needs from non-alcoholic to tasty cocktails. Hiring a professional bartending service allows you to maximize every wedding dollar and gives you the freedom to be creative with your drink menu. We will work with you to come up with your very own signature drink along with a customized drink list to satisfy all your guests and your budget. We are your mixology specialists, taking your event to that next level. (SEE AD PAGE 113)

Cheers Party Service 493-2168 Web site: www.cheerspartyservices.com We provide professional bar services. As San Antonio’s longest running mobile bar service, we offer end-to-end service for the bar at your event. From frozen drink machines to bartenders to keg equipment, we will help you determine your needs. Our professional staff is uniquely qualified to help you estimate the amount of beer, wine, liquor, mixers and bar staff necessary so you can stay within your budget and still have a party to remember. (SEE AD PAGE 287)

Cocktails 363-8025 Web site: www.cocktailservices.com Cocktails has been in the hospitality service industry for more than 20 years and we are committed to service and entertainment. Our bartenders and staff are professional, knowledgeable, friendly and efficient. We put forth the extra effort to ensure that your party is a successful one. If you are planning a special occasion and are seeking a reliable company, then look no further. Our goal is to provide you with the most unique and professional bartending service available today. (SEE AD PAGE 287)

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B a r t e n d e r s & Wa i t s t a f f C o n t i n u e d f r o m P a g e 3 1 5

Elite Bartending Services

NC 382-9228 1128 West Blanco Road ■ Web site: www.elitebartendingservices.com We at Elite Bartending Services offer experienced and professional bartenders. Whether it’s your wedding, a birthday party, a holiday party or a corporate event, we are ready to provide you with the great service you deserve. We have bar set up available and margarita machines for rent. We would be glad to offer you a complimentary consultation so that you can see what we have to offer. Call us anytime to set up your appointment. (SEE AD PAGE 113)

Heavenly Gourmet Bartending Services

NC 496-9090 5005 West Ave., Ste. 1103 ■ Web site: www.heavenlyg.com Heavenly Gourmet offers a full bartending service in conjunction with our catering service. With services ranging from bartenders and cash bar to hosted bar, Heavenly Gourmet will customize your package according to your needs. Our bartending services are available to you for any occasion, whether you have a wedding, corporate event, or private party. Please call us for a personal consultation. (SEE AD PAGES 90 & 91)

BEAUTY, SKIN CARE, MAKE UP & HAIR The Artistry Company

NW 370-9538 7271 Wurzbach Rd., Ste. #202 ■ Web site: www.theartistrycompany.net Your photos last a lifetime, make sure your have the right team beside you. The Artistry Company is built on creativity, passion, skill and individuality. Our team is made up of hair stylists, educators and celebrity artists. We look forward to helping you create the perfect color palette for you and your bridal party. Remember, once the bridal is booked, the bride receives her makeup trial and hair consultation at no additional charge. (SEE AD PAGE 227)

cHAIRish The Day

NE 632-3877 18816 FM 2252 ■ Web site: www.chairishtheday.com cHAIRish The Day specializes in creating timeless hairstyles for all special occasions. Our staff are licensed cosmetologists that have more than 10 years of experience. We can provide all of our services inhouse or on location for your added convenience. Weddings are our specialty and we know the importance of looking flawless on your big day. Our artists want to ensure the hair and makeup will look just as great in the last photo of the evening as it did in the first. We can also accommodate large parties. Please feel free to call or email with any questions or concerns you may have. We look forward to meeting you, and congratulations. (SEE AD PAGE 227)

Dermatology Associates of San Antonio 293-1835 NW 641-9500 15900 La Cantera Pkwy., Ste. 20270 ■ NC 490-4661 18540 Sigma Road ■ NE 657-9338 7832 Pat Booker Road ■ Web site: www.DermSA.com Established in 1985, DermSA offers comprehensive care in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. Our staff of board-certified dermatologists can be relied on to provide you with the most current and trusted treatments for the skin while offering the latest in dermatologic technology available. From facial rejuvenation to skin cancer concerns, DermSA’s team will tailor a solution to the individual patient with a commitment to continued education and training. (SEE AD PAGE 233)

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Indulge Vanity Salon 280 N. Business 35, Ste. 600, New Braunfels • (830) 214-6401 Web site: www.indulgevanity.com Our mission at Indulge Vanity Salon is to meet and exceed an unforgettable experience for the bride and her bridal party delivering superior services by our dedicated team of stylists, estheticians, massage therapists and makeup artists. We offer a variety of packages for your special day whether you are having a small intimate wedding or a wedding extravaganza! Services include eyelash extensions, tanning, massages and facials to enhance your beauty to the fullest. We look forward to being a part of your day here in the heart of New Braunfels or surrounding areas. (SEE AD PAGE 231)

Le-Vel by Thrive 865-7901 Web site: www.erickaivy.le-vel.com Do you want more energy? More focus? Do you want to be in a better mood? What about weight loss? Are you stressing about your big day and would love to drop a few pounds? This simple 3-step process is the answer. Two pills, a shake then a patch and done. The easy and effective way to live a premium lifestyle. (SEE AD PAGE 232)

Mary Kay Cosmetics Independent Beauty Consultants Lisa Bradley — 844-1886 Susie Carl — 215-5975 Valerie Lucio-Polk — 710-3388 Melissa Ozuniga — 392-3453 Web site: www.marykay.com As Mary Kay Beauty consultants, our expertise is teaching skin care tips and techniques, and color cosmetic application to make a more beautiful you. All brides and their bridal parties receive a free complimentary skin care analysis and color cosmetic makeover session to help prepare for picture perfect wedding photos. Also, giving a gift from Mary Kay is an elegant alternative to the ordinary gifts. Give a custom design basket with fabulous gifts for everyone on your list. Call today for great ideas that will warm the heart. (SEE AD PAGE 229)

Shavano Park Wellness Pharmacy

NC 226-1112 14603 Huebner Rd., Bldg. 26, Ste. #2602 ■ Web site: www.shavanoparkpharmacy.com The perfect face for your perfect day. Let us help you reveal your beauty. Indulge in a luxurious spa experience at home with our new FDA cleared Facial Spa. Unlock the secret to younger looking skin for a radiant youthful appearance that leaves people wondering your secret. Our Facial Spa improves skin tone, facial contour, and smooths wrinkles within minutes. Your beauty runs deep right at your fingertips with our Facial Spa. Let us show you how to reveal your beauty. (SEE AD PAGE 230)

Younique 288-1273 Web site: www.improveyourselfies.com Our mission is to uplift, empower, validate, and ultimately build self-esteem in women around the world through high-quality products that encourage both inner and outer beauty. Worldwide makeup artists are going to our natural based product line for flawless coverage without the harmful chemicals such as parabens and talc which are found in most other brands. (SEE AD PAGE 286)

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BEVERAGES S e e B a r t e n d e r s & Wa i t s t a f f

BRIDAL REGISTRY NutriChef USA Toll Free (866) 583-2686 Web site: www.nutrichefusa.com NutriChef USA focuses on products and services for the “After I Do.” We know that having the right tools for the job not only make it easier but more fun in the kitchen so we carry top quality kitchen tools that will last you a lifetime. (SEE AD PAGE 294)

Pampered Chef (305) 562-6406 Web site: www.pamperedchef.biz/myriam.portillo The Pampered Chef® is committed to developing multipurpose kitchen tools, providing expert cooking tips and creating simple recipes that enhance shared mealtime and suit busy lifestyles. As a bride-to-be you can create your own registry and choose from our product line that includes more than 500 offerings — from entertaining to cookware, cutlery to cookbooks, Stoneware to pantry products, we have the simple and affordable solution to get your meal on the table. (SEE AD PAGE 286)

BRIDAL SHOWS Bridal Extravaganza 654-WEDD Web site: www.SAweddings.com It’s a day of bridal eye candy at Central Texas’ largest and finest bridal event featuring more than 250 fabulous exhibits. Experience everything you need for your wedding. Taste the cakes; smell the flowers; sample the best of wedding catering by San Antonio’s best wedding professionals including bridal salons, photographers, videographers, consultants, limousine services, DJs, travel agencies, honeymoon resorts, and reception venues. Next shows are Sunday, May 17, 2015 and Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Call for more information. The Bridal Extravaganza: Where the pages of the Wedding Guide come to life. (SEE FOLD OUT)

CAKES & SWEETS Betty Jane’s Bakeshoppe

NC 492-1952 13425 Blanco Road ■ Web site: www.bettyjanesbakeshoppe.com Betty Jane’s Bakeshoppe is San Antonio’s newest designer bakery focusing on wedding and specialty cakes. This mother-daughter team focuses on every need for the sweetest day of your life. Our newest wedding cake software will help design a one-of-a-kind cake to dazzle your guests. With our third generation recipes and one of the most creative decorators in the city, your time with us will be as unique as the cake you choose. (SEE AD PAGE 122)

Beyond Cake

NE 657-CAKE (2253) 17323 IH-35 S., Ste. 108, Schertz ■ Web site: www.beyondcake.com At Beyond Cake we want your experience with us to be unforgettable by creating an edible work of art. When it comes to cake, it is not just cake anymore, it’s Beyond Cake. We love receiving wedding cakes and unique custom cake orders. Having a challenging design always keeps us on our toes. Bring us your custom design or choose one of ours. Call today and let’s get something baking for you. (SEE AD PAGE 126)

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Blanca’s Cakes, Catering & Decorations

NW 680-6333 7627 Culebra Road, #115 ■ Web site: www.blancascakes.com Blanca’s Cakes, Catering, & Decorations is your “one-stop event shop.” We are a family owned business providing quality service since 1990. At Blanca’s we give you the complete package and take pride in understanding each individual’s needs and work every step of the way with our clients to fulfill and accomplish your dreams. Our company is driven to accommodate every aspect from beginning to end for your special occasion and we strive to provide you with affordable services and prices. That’s why Blanca’s is your “one-stop event shop” at your service. (SEE AD PAGE 105)

Cake Art

NC 277-0308 18402 US Hwy. 281 N., #107 ■ Web site: www.cakeartsa.com Your wedding cake plays an important role in the wedding reception as well as helping create memories to last a lifetime. At Cake Art a professional pastry chef will guide you from your first consultation through your first anniversary where you can sample a selection of cakes, fillings, and icings. We will work out the details of your cakes and hand-deliver and setup your cakes to make sure every detail is perfect before we leave. (SEE AD PAGE 123)

Claire’s Sweet Treats

NE 393-3580 18408 FM 2252, Ste. 4 ■ Web site: www.clairessweettreats.com At Claire’s Sweet Treats we treat you like family and make your experience with us unforgettable. We are a family owned and operated business and our passion is to provide wedding cakes that will make your wedding memorable and are made to your specifications. Our cakes are made fresh and with the finest ingredients. We would love the opportunity to provide you with a free tasting and meet with you to make your special day unique. Please visit our web site for more information. (SEE AD PAGE 127)

D’Pasteles Cake Shop

NC 653-2024 8523 Blanco Road, Ste. #2 ■ Web site: www.dpasteles.com Perfection, that’s what our customer tells us when they find out that the cake they see is not fondant but butter cream. While we do beautiful fondant cakes as well, you should check both. We know you have options and we ask you not to take our word for it, but to check it yourself. With more than 400 pictures on our website, the ever growing fan list on our Facebook™ page, and with plenty of positive reviews, we are confident we will earn your trust with your wedding cake. (SEE PAGE 128)

Meemo’s Bakery

NE 390-1592 210 W. Sunset Road ■ Web site: www.meemosbakery.com You want your wedding day to be perfect. So do we. You’re planning your dream wedding, paying attention to all the details to make it a beautiful day. Your cake should be more than “just all right,” it should look like a work of art and taste even better. Let us work with you to create it and make it better than you could have ever imagined. At Meemo’s Bakery, we bake our moist, delicious cakes and make our frostings and fondants from scratch using only the finest ingredients. We love what we do and it shows. Sit with us for a complimentary tasting, and let’s talk about creating the cake of your dreams! (SEE AD PAGE 128)

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CATERERS A Gala Event Catering & Events

NW 264-1395 5317 Jackwood ■ Web site: www.agalaeventcatering.com A Gala Event Catering is a full-service family owned company. We feature the finest homemade dishes, full-service catering, a wide selection of linens and place settings, and fresh flower centerpieces. The complete dinner menu selection starts at $8.99/pp. Call today to setup a personalized appointment and complimentary taste testing. (SEE AD PAGE 93)

Absolutely Delicious Catering & Event Staging

NC 342-2321 10223 Sahara ■ Web site: www.absolutelydeclicious.com Through hard work and dedication, Veronica Esparza has created Absolutely Delicious Catering, a full-service catering company that specializes in preparing the highest quality meals. Let Veronica and her professional staff create a menu to impress your guests and more importantly meet your culinary needs. From hors d’oeuvres to multiple-course meals, Absolutely Delicious will offer a presentation that is sure to add splendor to your event. (SEE AD PAGE 111)

Anne Marie’s Catering

NE 545-2249 12475 Starcrest ■ Web site: www.annemaries.com Anne Marie’s Restaurant & Catering has been catering for San Antonio’s events since 1992. We started off catering backyard weddings and informal business luncheons for our customers. Our catering success is a direct result of our customer service and our fresh food made from scratch in our kitchen. We have full-time consultants who can help you plan every detail of your special event. (SEE AD PAGE 51)

Blanca’s Cakes, Catering & Decorations

NW 680-6333 7627 Culebra Road, #115 ■ Web site: www.blancascakes.com Blanca’s Cakes, Catering, & Decorations is your “one-stop event shop.” We are a family owned business providing quality service since 1990. At Blanca’s we give you the complete package and take pride in understanding each individual’s needs and work every step of the way with our clients to fulfill and accomplish your dreams. Our company is driven to accommodate every aspect from beginning to end for your special occasion and we strive to provide you with affordable services and prices. That’s why Blanca’s is your “one-stop event shop” at your service. (SEE AD PAGE 105)

Blanco BBQ

NC 251-2602 13259 Blanco Rd. ■ Web site: www.blancobbq.com We pride ourselves on our delicious food and wonderful atmosphere. We offer a variety of menus and services to fit your needs. We have a spacious rustic style “Party Room” with a capacity of 100 guests for your next event. We can cater your event at our establishment or anywhere you choose as we offer on and off site catering as well. It’s really pretty simple, you pick the menu, add the services you want and we will do the rest. (SEE AD PAGE 109)

Bon Appetit Catering

NE 885-0143 13777 Nacogdoches Rd., #107 ■ Web site: www.bonappetitsa.com We make catering your special event delicious and affordable. We strive to exceed expectations by preparing and serving the finest and freshest fare for catered events throughout South Central Texas. You will love our menu ideas and our professional staff, who understand working within a budget. Call us today for a personal consultation. (SEE AD PAGE 103)

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Catering By Celebrations

NW 732-5070 3307 Hillcrest ■ Web site: www.wecatersa.com Catering By Celebrations is a family owned and operated business serving the San Antonio area for more than 15 years. We are a full-service caterer offering tasty Texas favorites as well as traditional American platters. We also offer a wide selection of buffets appropriate for the simplest garden party or the most sophisticated formal affair. Call Catering By Celebrations for the finest in distinctive dining encounters. (SEE AD PAGE 104)

The County Line Barbeque

NW 641-1998 10101 IH-10 W., between Wurzbach & Huebner ■ DT 229-1941 River Walk ■ Web site: www.countyline.com Show your wedding guests what real Texas hospitality is all about. For almost 20 years brides and grooms have trusted The County Line’s friendly staff and legendary food to make their special evening a fun and memorable one. We have party packages to fit any size group and we’re always happy to customize anything to fit your needs. Just call and we’ll do all the rest. At The County Line we’re not happy unless you’re happy. (SEE AD PAGES 40 & 41)

Fusion Cuisine Catering 373-4480 Web site: www.fusioncateringsanantonio.com Fusion Cuisine Catering is quickly developing a reputation for freshness and uniqueness in the San Antonio area. Our love and passion for food allows us to blend a variety of ingredients well, creating a unique style. Each occasion is treated as the special gathering that it is. Our menus suit every occasion from corporate events, buffet receptions, formal sit-down dinners to wedding receptions and may include a variety of special event cakes and desserts. Thank you for allowing us to be part of your special day. (SEE AD PAGE 99)

Got It Covered Events

NW 967-3183 1868 Grandstand ■ Web site: www.gotitcoveredsa.com We specialize in catering and linens. From small back yard events to the most glamorous fairy tale party, we can help make your event memorable without spending a fortune. We’ve made it our goal to give you high quality products, a wide range of budget-friendly choices, and exceptional customer service. No matter how big or small, rustic or elegant, formal or funky your event is, we’ve Got It Covered. Contact us today for a free consultation. (SEE AD PAGE 96)

Heavenly Gourmet Catering

NC 496-9090 5005 West Ave., Ste. 1103 ■ Web site: www.heavenlyg.com Heavenly Gourmet offers the best in fine foods for any occasion. Whether it be wedding, social function, or luncheon, we will provide you with the best eating experience possible. At Heavenly Gourmet we excel at what we do, which is providing specialty meals and superb customer service. (SEE AD PAGES 90 & 91)

Lion & Rose 601-ROSE (7673) Web site: www.thelionandrosecatering.com The Lion & Rose is well known for our traditional British fare and authentic English atmosphere. We are proud to bring this unique and sophisticated dining element to your next event. Our experienced event planners and award winning culinary team will work with you personally to create the perfect menu at the perfect price. The Lion & Rose catering is dedicated to delivering a refined dining experience that fits within any budget. In addition to catering, we proudly offer professional bartending services featuring a wide variety of wines, liquors and beers, both imported and domestic. (SEE AD PAGE 98) Continued on Page 322

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Maggiano’s Little Italy

NC 451-6010 17603 IH-10 West ■ Web Site: go.maggianos.com/sanantonioweddings 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 92)

NACE President, Nikki Jarzombek • 736-5006 Web site: sanantonionace.com The National Association of Catering and Events (NACE) is one of the oldest and largest associations for catering and event professionals in the world. Our members include professionals across the wedding industry including caterers, event designers, venues, photographers, florists, entertainment professionals and more! Visit our website to view a list of members who are dedicated to promoting the professionalism of the industry and are interested in helping you on your special day. (SEE AD PAGE 110)

Simply Magnolious Catering 771-8131 Web site: www.simplymagnolious.com What does "Magnolious" mean? That is the best description for our service: It is both magnificent and fabulous. Simply Magnolious Catering has been creating events that linger long after the guests have left. We create memories that last a lifetime. Our distinct care and attention to detail will make your next event, whether an elaborate or simple wedding, intimate or grand special event, corporate function or office luncheon, remarkable. Our team is here to assist you in all facets of event planning, including site selection, menu development, rentals, entertainment, decor, staff and the food is Simply Magnolious! (SEE AD PAGE 85)

Spice of Life Catering

NC 366-1220 1746 Lockhill Selma ■ Spice Of Life is a full-service catering company offering a wide variety of menus and services. Chef Owner Mike Bomberg oversees a staff of skilled culinarians and professional servers in the preparation and service of creative, cutting-edge, restaurant caliber cuisine. Personalized service, imaginative menus, and savory creations inspired by Chef Bomberg’s worldwide travels give Spice of Life a truly distinctive flair. (SEE AD PAGE 78)

Tiago’s Cabo Grille

NC 881-2700 The Rim • 17711 IH-10 W., #101 ■ NW 647-3600 The Shops @ Westpointe • 8403 Hwy. 151, #101 ■ Main Catering Line • 342-2800 Web site: www.tiagoscabogrille.com Tiago’s Cabo Grille was voted one of the “Best New Restaurants in the 2008 San Antonio Express-News Readers Choice Awards.” Tiago’s continues to receive exceptional reviews from guests and fellow restaurateurs, providing delicious food with great service in a relaxing environment. Tiago’s began catering operations to deliver the taste of wood-fire grilled specialties to their fans across the city. In addition to weddings, Tiago’s provides catering for small charity events and large corporate events. (SEE AD PAGES 74 & 75)

Werner’s Catering Toll Free (888) 612-2837 Web site: www.wernerscatering.com Werner’s Catering offers a wide selection of menu items for your special event. Prime rib to juicy chicken breast to down home, mouth-watering BBQ brisket are some options to make a menu all your guests will enjoy. There is no travel charge within a 60-mile radius from Austin. We have been in business for 20 years and guarantee all of our food to be fresh and hot. (SEE AD PAGE 102)

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Zio’s Italian Kitchen

NE 637-7787 7824 Pat Booker Road ■ NW 697-7222 12858 W. IH-10 ■ NC 495-7722 18030 Highway 281 ■ SE 333-0175 2707 SE Military Dr. ■ Web site: www.zios.com At Zio’s, our casual and comfortable, open-air Italian piazza atmosphere is designed to provide you with a fun and entertaining place for parties, informal get-togethers, and evenings out with family and friends. Come on in and sit at our table. We look forward to welcoming you and your family into our kitchen…and into our hearts. (SEE AD PAGE 97)

CEREMONY SITES A l s o S e e Ve n u e s

Granberry Hills

NE 590-8067 6390 Granberry ■ Web site: www.granberryhills.com For more than 25 years the San Antonio Wedding Guide has been helping brides plan their perfect wedding. Now we offer the perfect wedding and reception site, Granberry Hills in Northeast San Antonio, off Weidner Road. Minutes from the highway, Granberry Hills offers views to make you feel like you are miles from the city. Two separate ceremony and reception facilities offer the perfect setting for any size wedding, and a spacious bride’s room will provide the perfect backdrop for those pre-wedding photos. Tables, chairs, and linens included with all bookings. (SEE ADS PAGES 57 & 67)

CONSULTANTS Blue Suede Events 687-5653 Web site: www.bluesuedeevents.com At Blue Suede Events, we take your wedding preparations off your shoulders but never out of your hands. That starts with a personal consultation where we get to know you both — your style, your stories, what you want and what you dream. Then we combine meticulous planning and impeccable attention to detail to plan and design the wedding of your dreams. We specialize in floral, décor and coordinating but have much more up our sleeves. (SEE AD PAGE 242)

SWC Consultants 201-5743 Web site: www.sarahsweddingcreations.com We love watching our brides smile as their day unfolds, knowing we’ve brought the many elements together to create a perfect and memorable day. Our consulting has been built on the idea of bringing joy to our many satisfied brides. Our creativity, affordability and commitment to ensuring your happiness and satisfaction have allowed us to grow into a successful bridal consulting company. Our consulting, and now complete reception and venue packages, makes wedding planning that much easier. (SEE AD PAGE 11)

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Wedding & Event Designs by Pamela 887-8327 Web site: www.wedbypamela.com Wedding & Event Designs by Pamela is a full-service company that offers full planning, coordinating and consulting services for your wedding. Our goal is to make the planning process for your wedding as stress free as possible. We are here to help you create your own “perfect” wedding from your vision. Let us assist you from the beginning of the planning process to the end so that you may enjoy your special day. Wedding & Event Designs by Pamela is dedicated to giving you our undivided attention, listening to your needs and working with you to create the wedding of your dreams. (SEE AD PAGE 13)

Well Framed Events 294-0561 Web site: www.wellframedevents.com Well Framed Events can orchestrate your entire event or simply manage a particular part for you. We understand everyone has a budget and a limited amount of time and resources. We will work diligently to exceed each of your expectations. From finding the ideal venue to selecting the perfect design of your event, we will be there each step of the way. Let us help you in planning a Well Framed Event. (SEE AD PAGE 11)

DANCE LESSONS Wanda Deagan Dance Studio

NC 381-6625 2113 Vance Jackson ■ Web site: www.wandadeagen.com We have been teaching San Antonio to dance since 1984 which is why we believe your first dance as husband and wife should be memorable and meaningful. Our unique approach to teaching wedding couples will create the first dance just right for you. Already have your song selected? Bring it in and together we will design your first dance. We offer special packages exclusively for wedding couples. Don’t leave the dance to chance. Call today to set up your dance lessons. (SEE AD PAGE 68)

DÉCOR & LIGHTING Blue Suede Events 687-5653 Web site: www.bluesuedeevents.com At Blue Suede Events, we take your wedding preparations off your shoulders but never out of your hands. That starts with a personal consultation where we get to know you both — your style, your stories, what you want and what you dream. Then we combine meticulous planning and impeccable attention to detail to plan and design the wedding of your dreams. We specialize in floral, décor and coordinating but have much more up our sleeves. (SEE AD PAGE 242)

Cherished Design Décor 1200 Park Rd 31, Spring Branch • (210) 887-4982 Web site: www.cherisheddesignanddecor.com Cherished is a unique event decorating company that can meet your special event needs. We are passionate about providing an exclusive one-of-a-kind décor that will transform your event into a cherished memorable gathering. We decorate for non-profit events, birthday parties, holiday parties, weddings, reunions and more. Our services include custom centerpieces, linens, props, drapery, lighting, and various items to enhance your themes. Platinum, Gold and Silver packages are available. Please call today to receive a special quote. (SEE AD PAGE 268)

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Dream Decorations & Events 291-2673 Web site: www.dreamdecorations.com Your event is unique to you. We will create an event that is specific to your needs and your budget from small gatherings to large corporate events and weddings. Please call to schedule your consultation. Let us make your dream an unforgettable experience. (SEE AD PAGE 263)

Event Ignition

NW 379-8517 5417 Bandera Road, Ste. 608 ■ Web site: www.eventignition.com Event Ignition is dedicated to providing the absolute best lighting, sound, video and scenery to our clients in Central and South Texas. We have seen what the competition has to offer and feel that in addition to a creative team of professionals, our dedication to the most efficient path for your event is a winning combination. We deliver an incredible package at a great value. (SEE AD PAGE 273)

Goen South Weddings

NC 736-5006 1902 San Pedro Ave. ■ Web site: www.goensouthweddings.com We love weddings. From Texas ranches to Italian villas, we have created many amazing weddings. Our group of coordinators, florists, photographers, videographers and entertainers are the most talented and dedicated you will find. When we combine our wedding production experience with our beautiful linens, exceptional décor, lighting and floral we create a vision that is enjoyed by all on your day and is captured by our photographers for you to relive anytime you choose. (SEE AD PAGE 276)

Got It Covered Events

NW 967-3183 or 316-0104 1868 Grandstand ■ Web site: www.gotitcoveredsa.com We specialize in catering and linens. From small back yard events to the most glamorous fairytale party, we can help make your event memorable without spending a fortune. We’ve made it our goal to give you high-quality products, a wide range of budget-friendly choices and exceptional customer service. No matter how big or small, rustic or elegant, formal or funky your event is we’ve Got It Covered. Contact us today for a free consultation. (SEE AD PAGE 96)

Great Events & Rentals

NC 340-2007 2564 MacArthur View ■ Web site: www.greateventrentals.com Whatever the occasion may be, Great Events and Rentals wants to celebrate with you. Our dedicated event specialists will help you create your dream event. We have a large selection of specialty linens, napkins, tables, chairs, flatware, china, heaters, draping, staging, lighting, décor and more. We not only have the products to create your event, but the specialists to help make it come alive. Let Great Events and Rentals take care of all of your party rental needs. (SEE AD OUTSIDE BACK COVER)

Liz’s Events

NC 681-3303 926 Fredericksburg Rd. ■ Web site: www.lizsevents.com Liz’s Events is your one-stop-shop for all your party, quince, wedding or birthday needs. We carry a wide variety of linens for rental. Everything from chair covers, sashes, overlays, tablecloths and fabric treatment for any event. We also specialize in columns and prop rental as well. Our collection of lighted columns is the best in Texas and we can match or design our columns to match any theme or color. Call us today to see how we can make your next event an event to remember. (SEE AD PAGE 275)

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Touch of Elegance

NE 273-9948 3978 IH-35 North ■ Web site: www.touchofelegancedecor.com Exceeding your expectations is what we do best. For more than 12 years, Touch of Elegance has been delivering beautiful decor to thousands of events. From weddings and corporate galas, to family events and more. If you are planning an event and are seeking expert advice, ideas and design then give us a call today to schedule your consultation with us. (SEE AD PAGE 276)

TR Weddings & Events

NC 362-1998 19179 Blanco Rd #111 ■ Web site: www.trweddingsandevents.com TR Weddings & Events has decades of international experience in wedding decoration and knows what is best for the bride and groom. All our designs are custom made and reflect the desires and ideas of the happy couple. Visit our showroom and select from dozens of linen designs, floral decoration and other significant details for this important happening. We specialize in: unique high quality linen, tablecloths, chair covers and sashes, napkins and other table items, floral designs, special lighting and venue decoration. Call or visit us today. (SEE AD PAGE 253)

Yarlen Bridal Decorations

SE 732-6550 2218 East Chavaneaux Road ■ Web site: www.yarlenbridal.com Yarlen Bridal Decorations presents a new line of decorations for all social events. We also offer elegance and distinction. We offer large selections of elegant designs for your decorations that will make your day special and complete service and rental of accessories for any important event. We decorate ballrooms and churches. We also rent tablecloths, napkins, chair covers, and centerpieces. For unique decorations, it’s Yarlen. (SEE AD PAGE 269)

DOVE & BUTTERFLY RELEASE Earth’s Angels White Dove Release 838-8724 Web site: www.earthsangelswdr.com A dove release is a symbolic and breathtaking touch for any occasion. In some cultures, it is considered good luck for the bride to see a white dove on her wedding day for it is a sign of a long and blissful marriage. Doves are a beautiful representation of the commitment made by the bride and groom. Earth’s Angels White Dove Release enjoys being able to share the symbolism and the beauty of our precious doves with the people of San Antonio. (SEE AD PAGE 287)

ENTERTAINMENT — DJ Cutting Edge Entertainment 495-3900 Web site: www.texasdjs.net Cutting Edge Entertainment has been in business since 1976 and we’d love to help with the success of your wedding reception. We have professionally trained and experienced disc-jockeys with class. All of your ceremonies and announcements are handled with style and elegance by an articulate master of ceremonies in tuxedo. Our disc-jockey service also includes an unlimited music supply and a basic lighting setup. Please call us or visit our website if you would like a free information packet. (SEE AD PAGE 219)

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Four 40 Entertainment 607-3368 Web site: www.four40entertainment.com With 10 years of experience in the industry, we provide the highest quality in sound and lighting design for your special event. Our goal at Four 40 Entertainment is to provide the absolute best service in music and lighting design, to make your wedding reception the perfect one. We focus on creating the most memorable experience for the bride, groom and guests by providing you with services that will leave everyone with everlasting impressions of an enjoyable evening. (SEE AD PAGE 218)

JAB Productions

NW 364-9807 Wonderland of the Americas (formerly Crossroads Mall), Loop 410 & IH-10 ■ Web site: www.jabproductions.us More than just great wedding entertainment, we specialize in DJ services, uplighting and custom monograms. We also offer a full line of invitations, accessories and favors. We have several packages to choose from. We can put together a package that fits your needs and your budget. We give you the attention you deserve on your special day. Our event planning assistance will ensure a flawless evening, that will leave you with a lifetime of beautiful memories. Please call to schedule your free consultation. (SEE AD PAGE 221)

Lumen Events

NW 771-4107 8940 Wurzbach Road ■ Web site: www.lumenevents.net We are an events coordination and design company that provides lighting, sound equipment, and DJs for any size event. Our team focuses on fulfilling the visions of our clients through collaborative relationships. Our mission is to invoke deliberate feelings and thoughts in the attendees of our functions by capturing and producing the vision of its host. This is achieved with progressive technology alongside artful direction that is continuously developed and refined to meet our always expanding aspirations. (SEE AD PAGE 214)

One Sound Pro DJ Productions 213-4235 Web site: www.onesounddj.com Imagine a ballroom illuminated in your favorite color. Imagine your guests cheering as they wait for you and your groom to arrive. The room lights dim, a bright spotlight shines at the entry door as you and your groom enter for the first time as husband and wife. The room quiets as you dance the first song. You are now one. Let One Sound DJ Productions bring that image to life. (SEE AD PAGE 219)

VIP Entertainment 274-9485 Web site: www.djvipsa.webs.com VIP Entertainment caters to your wedding needs. Established in 1987, we have performed at countless events. We coordinate with your wedding planner to ensure that your wedding is the most memorable time of your life. We provide high-end services with elegant, professional set-ups that contain spectacular light shows, and up-lighting. When only the best will do. Please call for a free consultation. (SEE AD PAGE 218)

ENTERTAINMENT — LIVE Brenda Morgan — Vocalist 842-3008 Web site: www.brendamorgan.net Make your special event one to remember. Brenda Morgan will enhance the events of your life with the magic of music. With more than 30 years of performance experience, Brenda will take your requests for the perfect song to make your event unforgettable. Brenda is continually admired and appreciated for the beautiful atmosphere she creates with her memorable and moving performances. She is a professional who will work to meet your needs and is flexible to your accommodations. (SEE AD PAGE 221) Continued on Page 328

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FAVORS See Gifts; Photo Booths/Flipbooks

FLORAL PRESERVATION See Florists

FLORISTS BLOOMS™ (H-E-B)

NE 822-0156 Lincoln Heights • 999 E. Basse ■ NC 491-2400 Hwy. 281/Evans • 20935 Hwy. 281 N. ■ NW 479-4300 Alon Market • 8503 N.W. Military Hwy. ■ NW 408-1641 Blanco /1604 • 1150 N.W. Loop 1604 ■ NW 682-0165 Bandera /1604 • 9238 N. Loop 1604 W. ■ Boerne • (830) 816-2394 Fredericksburg • (830) 997-9950 Web site: www.heb.com/blooms Expect the unexpected. Think of your H-E-B BLOOMS™ shop as your personal floral boutique for your special day. With our premier collection of fresh cut flowers, plants, and expert designers, we’ll transform everything from an elegant wedding into something unique and unforgettable. Meet with a floral designer at one of our select San Antonio area locations. It’s as simple as your desires, our designs. (SEE AD PAGE 249)

Blue Suede Events 687-5653 Web site: www.bluesuedeevents.com At Blue Suede Events, we take your wedding preparations off your shoulders but never out of your hands. That starts with a personal consultation where we get to know you both — your style, your stories, what you want and what you dream. Then we combine meticulous planning and impeccable attention to detail to plan and design the wedding of your dreams. We specialize in floral, décor and coordinating but have much more up our sleeves. (SEE AD PAGE 242)

Botanika 733-8120 • By appointment Web site: www.botanika.com At Botanika we are professional wedding florists who can help you create the perfect theme for your wedding. From fall colors to bouquets that match your dress or decorations, we work hard to satisfy all your bridal needs. (SEE AD PAGE 247)

Enchanting Events

NW 607-8230 10203 Culebra Rd., Ste. 2 ■ Web site: www.mysaflorist.com We plan, coordinate and decorate for all types of events and we specialize in weddings and debuts. We have a staff consisting of dedicated professionals that have years of experience in the industry and knows what it takes to make your big day magical, special and unforgettable. Our business concept is built on the premise that we want to make it an easy and, most importantly, a fun experience in planning your next big event. Our business model is all about keeping our focus on you, the customer. (SEE AD PAGE 252)

Evember, Inc.

NE 710-4792 • By Appointment Only 900 NE Loop 410, Ste. E112 ■ Web site: www.evember.com We provide beautiful floral and décor pieces customized for each of our brides. Whether it’s traditional roses or exotic orchids, we can design floral pieces to fit your style. Exquisite designs customized especially for you no matter what your budget, exceptional customer service, and sharp attention to details are just a few reasons why you should remember Evember for all of your wedding floral and decor. Call us today to schedule a free consultation. (SEE AD PAGE 256)

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Floral Visions 394-6365 Floral Visions wants to make your wedding a dream come true. We have a full staff of designers who can customize your wedding to fit your style whether its traditional, elegant, fun, chic or the style you have in mind, we will make it come to life. We will customize your wedding with the budget you have. When you dream about your perfect wedding let Floral Visions make it happen. (SEE AD PAGE 242)

Flower Forrest

NC 822-6766 or Toll Free (800) 828-5855 7101B San Pedro ■ Web site: www.flowerforrest.com Celebrating life and love, Flower Forrest has been proud to feature fashionable floral designs for more than 20 years in San Antonio. We offer amazing florals to make your wedding unforgettable, providing beautiful flowers to fit any budget. Our highly skilled floral designers offer wonderful ideas to surround you with beauty on your special day. For gorgeous flowers, look no further. Call Flower Forrest today to make your flower dreams come true. (SEE AD PAGE 253)

Hana Hana Florist

NW 263-9654 9502 Potranco Rd. ■ Web site: www.hanahana-florist.com Hana Hana Florist proudly serves the San Antonio area. We are family owned and operated. We are committed to offering only the finest floral arrangements and gifts, backed by service that is friendly and prompt. Because all of our customers are important, our professional staff is dedicated to making your experience a pleasant one. That is why we always go the extra mile to make your floral gift perfect. (SEE AD PAGE 256)

Oakleaf Florist

NE 653-8180 or 655-9366 4185 Naco-Perrin ■ Web Site: www.oakleaf-flowers.com Since 1982 we have built a reputation for creating beautiful floral designs that keeps our customers coming back with praise and recommendations. As a locally owned, small business we understand the importance extraordinary arrangements can make. (SEE AD PAGE 246)

Rebeca Cox Floral Design 17130 Highway 46 W., Spring Branch • (830) 885-6963 Web site: www.rebecacoxdesigns.com Rebeca Cox Designs began serving the floral design needs of brides, of families and businesses in August 2013. Rebeca is creative, innovated and can design your floral needs with exquisite artistic precision, bringing your dreams to life. She focuses on modern design themes that will make your day absolutely stunning. Rebeca Cox Designs can take your ideas and give them legs. Call us so we can make your day beautiful. (SEE AD PAGE 253)

San Antonio Floral Designs

NC 834-6374 6534 Bandera Rd. ■ Web site: www.sanantoniofloraldesigns.com Welcome to San Antonio Floral Designs We are a full-service florist. At San Antonio Floral Designs we specialize in floral arrangements for all occasions. Weddings and quinceañera arrangements are our specialty. We also create beautiful floral arrangements for any occasion. We would be glad to offer you a complimentary consultation so you can see everything we have to offer. We offer the best prices and can accommodate any budget. Call us to set up your appointment. (SEE AD PAGE 256)

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TR Weddings & Events 19179 Blanco Rd., #111 • 362-1998 Web site: www.trweddingsandevents.com TR Weddings and Events has decades of international experience in wedding decoration and knows what is best for the bride and groom. All our designs are custom made and reflect the desires and ideas of the happy couple. Visit our showroom and select from dozens of linen designs, floral decoration and other significant details for this important happening. We specialize in: unique high quality linen, tablecloths, chair covers and sashes, napkins and other table items, floral designs, special lighting and venue decoration. Call or visit us today. (SEE AD PAGE 253)

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 243)

GIFTS Cordes Creations 1820 10th St., Floresville • (830) 534-7846 Web site: www.etsy.com/shop/cordescreations.com Our family owned boutique specializes in making one-of-kind gifts for the wedding party, the bachelorette/bachelor party, and even for the bride and groom. Our quality custom clutches are designed and sewn in our shop. Custom clutches add the perfect accessory to match the bridesmaids dresses. Check out our website for our other custom gifts at a price you can’t find anywhere else. (SEE AD PAGE 148)

Texican Gifts 381-0096 Web site: www.texicangifts.com Texican Gifts offers gift baskets, swag bags and party favors. We work with you directly to customize gifts for any budget and occasion. Gift baskets are a great way to show love to your special people. Swag bags with snacks and keepsakes are excellent for out-of-town guests. We provide creative favors for reception/rehearsal guests, showers, and bachelor/bachelorette parties. Don’t forget to thank your attendants for being a part of your special day with a perfect gift. (SEE AD PAGE 286)

GOWN CLEANING & PRESERVATION Clothesline Cleaners 404-0026 Web site: www.clotheslinesa.com Clothesline Cleaners has been helping brides recover from photo shoots for more than a decade. Our advanced process restores without toxic chemicals, and our Museum Quality Heirloom PreservationTM is the finest method to protect your gown and help you remember your day for years to come. Prepay your cleaning and preservation and enjoy a free gown pressing before your wedding. (SEE AD PAGE 165)

Comet Cleaners 8739 Bandera Rd., Ste. 100 • Toll Free (877) 430-5621 Web site: www.cometsatx.com Comet Cleaners of San Antonio is a locally owned and operated franchise. We have nine convenient locations throughout northern San Antonio. We also offer free mobile pick up and delivery service. All cleaning is done with state-of-the-art equipment for the best results. Certified To email any of these Wedding Professionals, please see our website: www.SAweddings.com NW North West ■ NC North Central ■ NE North East ■ SW South West ■ SE South East ■ DT Downtown ■ 330 • The Wedding Professionals

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Preservation Specialists on-site will use the latest industry techniques to clean, press and box your wedding gown to ensure the highest quality and to ensure your Preservation is flawless. Get your Keepsake Box today. (SEE AD PAGE 165)

Five Star Wedding Gown Specialist

NW 699-9464 or Toll Free (888) 301-9464 9606 Huebner ■ Web site: www.fivestarweddinggown.com Members of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists are certified fabric experts expressly trained to clean every fabric imaginable with the utmost care and know how to take precautions to protect the delicate pearls, crystals, sequins, lace, ribbons, flowers, appliqués or embroidery that make your gown uniquely yours. Five Star Wedding Gown Specialist is the only licensed specialist in San Antonio who is able to provide MuseumCare™ preservation.You can trust us to give your special gown the individual care and attention it deserves. (SEE AD PAGE 166)

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

New Wellness

NC 497-1111 18707 Hardy Oak Blvd., Ste. 550 ■ Web site: www.newwellnesssa.com Your big day is one of the most important memories of your life, and we can make sure you look and feel your best. New Wellness is a fully integrated weight loss, health and hormone balance center. We help you not only look good but feel better by offering comprehensive weight reduction programs that are professionally supervised for the safest results and nutritionally designed to develop proper eating habits. Your individualized program is structured so that our weight loss advocates can provide you with guidance, support, and encouragement for long-term results. (SEE AD PAGE 231)

HONEYMOONS Alamo Travel Group

NW 593-0084 8930 Wurzbach Road ■ Web site: www.dreamweddingsbyalamo.com Our leisure department is staffed by highly experienced travel consultants dedicated to providing our customers the highest quality and most attractively priced travel packages and cruises in the world. We specialize in honeymoons and destination weddings. Our agents have at least 10 years experience and will be happy to assist you. The Alamo Travel Group was established in San Antonio in 1982 and celebrated its 30th year anniversary in 2012. (SEE AD PAGE 299)

Perfect Beginnings Destination Weddings & Honeymoons 332-3444 Web site: www.perfectbeginningsdestinationweddings.com Perfect Beginnings Destination Weddings is an independently owned and operated franchise of Cruise Planners/American Express. We are travel industry leaders enabling us to provide you with the most competitive prices available and personalized service for your perfect day and honeymoon. We provide value in the products we offer and the services we provide for you. That means that we will personally meet with you to discuss your dreams and make them a reality. (SEE AD PAGE 301)

HOTELS See Accommodations

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JEWELRY & JEWELRY CARE Chloe & Isabel Web site: www.chloeandisabel.com/boutique/alizalivas#43775 We take great joy in designing gorgeous, finely-detailed and affordable pieces for the stylish women of today — jewelry you won’t find anywhere else. Let us help you find the perfect pieces for you and your bridesmaids. (SEE AD PAGE 287)

Origami Owl/It’s A Hoot (512) 423-6843 Web site: bonnieg.origamiowl.com Introducing The Bridal Collection. From the engagement to the wedding day, your friends and family have been by your side. Say thank you with a personalized living locket straight from your heart that tells their story. Visit us online and let us help you design a beautiful memory for your bridal party. (SEE AD PAGE 287)

Silpada (305) 562-6406 Web site: www.mysilpada.com/myriam.portillo Do you want to earn the jewelry that you will wear on your special day? Do you want to find the perfect accessory for your bridesmaids? Silpada has the perfect artisan crafted .925 sterling silver jewelry for your upcoming wedding. Featuring eye-catching gemstones, sleek sterling silver favorites and hot new pieces to mix and match, this can’t-miss collection is sure to inspire your style. Contact me today about throwing a party or placing an individual order!

Something New Jewelry Care (281) 361-0873 The “pink” all natural jewelry cleaner with a wonderful non-abrasive metal polish. Strong enough to shine all your precious metals and yet gentle enough to use on soft stones like opals and pearls. Something New Jewelry Care will clean and shine every piece of jewelry you own whether gold, silver, copper or brass. Contact us today to keep your jewels looking brand new. (SEE AD PAGE 286)

South Hill Designs 627-7272 Web site: www.southhilldesigns.com/debbiek Create beautiful lockets with South Hill Designs to preserve the memories of your special day. Design personalized lockets for bridesmaids, flower girls and the mother of the bride. You will be able to choose from a variety of lockets and charms that will allow you to tell a story. Not only will this locket be a treasured keepsake, but will allow the recipient to later create unique looks with interchangeable charms. (SEE AD PAGE 286)

LIGHTING See Décor & Lighting

LINENS See Décor & Lighting; Rentals

MASSAGE THERAPY Mobile Hands 584-3732 Web site: www.mobilehandsmassage.com Wedding planning can be very stressful. The bride-to-be needs an escape from it all. The wedding is not only stressful for the bride but the entire bridal party. Bridal showers and bachelorette parties are our specialty. We will set up massage tables, wine, cheese & crackers, fruit and our special touch. Mobile Hands has several packages for the bride-to-be. Let us be a part of the most important time of your life. Contact us for more information. (SEE AD PAGE 230)

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MENSWEAR S e e Tu x e d o s & M e n s w e a r

MINISTERS See Officiants

MUSIC S e e E n te r t a i n m e n t — DJ s ; E n te r t a i n m e n t — L i ve

OFFICIANTS Pastor Jim Berrier 862-1756 Pastor Jim Berrier will spend as much time with you as needed to design a ceremony as unique and personal as: your dress, flowers, cake and reception. For 25 years Pastor Jim, an ordained minister, licensed in the state of Texas, has directed pre-marriage seminars, counseled and married hundreds of couples, specializing in interfaith and non-traditional weddings. “I promise the best wedding possible” — Pastor Jim (SEE AD PAGE 13)

Stardust Weddings 854-0453 Web site: www.stardustweddings.com Reverend Donna Jones is an ordained cleric of the Church of Spiritual Humanism and the Christian Harvest Church, authorized to perform wedding ceremonies in the state of Texas, offering spiritual, non-denominational ceremonies. She is a very creative, easy-going person with many years of experience in helping people understand, visualize and put their needs into words and actions. She knows she can create a ceremony you and your intended will cherish for years. (SEE AD PAGE 286)

Weddings by Christobel E. Hanz 279-5520 Web site: www.weddingsbychristobel.com Reverend Christobel E. Hanz is an ordained minister who will work with you to customize your ceremony for your special day, bringing a different style to each wedding and incorporating the bride and groom’s personalities to show through. Officiating in San Antonio, New Braunfels, Seguin and surrounding areas. (SEE AD PAGE 287)

PHOTO BOOTHS/FLIPBOOKS Loco Motion Flipbooks 367-7172 Web site: www.locomotionflipbooks.com Loco Motion Flipbooks is a mobile studio and guests are invited to step in front of a video camera and get “Loco.” Guests can blow kisses, dance or move anyway they know how. We bring props and plenty of ideas to help make a flipbook that will make your event memorable. We make the flipbooks while you wait and turn your Loco Motion video into a keepsake that can be enjoyed forever while you watch in amazement. Now also offering photobooths. (SEE AD PAGE 283)

The Memory Station 202-4323 Web site: www.thememorystation.com The Memory Station is sleek, stylish and crazy fun. Our open-air kiosk allows for more friends, more family and more action packed memories. Each of our packages includes a friendly, professional attendant, wild props, double print strips and a personalized message. We also offer additional features like digital copies and a social media option so your guests can post their pictures directly to Facebook, Twitter or email it to themselves for a great keepsake. That’s just scratching the surface! We can create a package works for you and your unique event. (SEE AD PAGE 282) Continued on Page 334

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PTP Photobooth 775-1973 Web site: www.PTPphotobooth.com PTP services include photo booths and souvenir photos for public and private events. Our photo booths look great in any venue and use professional photography equipment to produce stunning high quality images that are printed onsite in a variety of sizes with event and corporate logos included. We make your event a party to remember. (SEE AD PAGE 285)

Take 4 Memorable Imaging 563-3072 Web site: www.take4memorableimaging.com With our photo booths, we provide a state-of-the-art service for all occasions. Our print packages and scrapbook guarantee your guests get to add a personal touch to your event keepsake, filled with photos and comments from friends and family. We strive hard to be the best in quality, service and fun. Call today to check availability and schedule your personalized event consultation. Set the date. We’ll capture the moment. (SEE AD PAGE 283)

Wolf Studios Photography 542-4123 Web site: www.wolfstudiosphotography.com/photobooth Why go with a boring photo booth when you can have the best? Just compare our offerings to anyone else’s and you will see that our value is second to none. We pride ourselves on the total experience, and not just dropping off a booth to your event and picking it up at the end of the night. Please contact us to reserve your date or for more information. (SEE AD PAGE 283)

PHOTOGRAPHERS Also See Videographers

Al’s Photography Toll Free (855) ALS-FOTO (257-3683) Web site: www.alsphotography.com Al’s, the most trusted name in formal wear, now offers the best in wedding photography. Al’s Photography packages showcase award-winning, candid, photojournalistic artistry teamed with the finest service possible. Al’s also offers DJ services, wedding videography and wedding invitation packages along with formal apparel and rental suits. (SEE AD PAGE 186)

American Photography & Video

NW 699-9687 11806 Wurzbach ■ Web site: www.american-photography.com Cherish the moment. Trust American Photography to retell your wedding day stories both in print and in video, bringing the magic of your special day back to you again and again. Visit our studio and view our sample albums. See how we custom print every negative, guaranteeing you the best possible finish. Classic poses and custom printing ensure stylish, individual prints at very affordable prices. (SEE AD PAGE 187)

ARA Photography 683-2795 Web site: www.araphotography.com ARA Photography provides a combination of fine arts and photojournalistic style of wedding photography. Capturing precious moments in time through photography provides something that can last a lifetime or many lifetimes. These moments are priceless, ageless, and preserve history for future generations to enjoy and cherish. These moments can’t be replaced, that is why having the right photographer for your event is essential. My philosophy is to provide breathtaking photography while providing a fun, fresh, and enjoyable experience. (SEE AD PAGE 192) To email any of these Wedding Professionals, please see our website: www.SAweddings.com NW North West ■ NC North Central ■ NE North East ■ SW South West ■ SE South East ■ DT Downtown ■ 334 • The Wedding Professionals

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Ardore Photography and Video 418-0038 Web site: www.ardorephoto.com Ardore means passion and we are passionate about photography. We’re not just a business; we’re a team working together to give our couples amazing and creative photography. We use a mix of styles to tell your story, including photojournalism, artistic, and modern. We have more than 24 years of experience. We always offer full-day coverage to tell your story start to finish. We give a slideshow at your reception of wedding day photos. Now that’s ardore. (SEE AD PAGE 191)

Aria Productions 378-9517 Web site: www.ariaproductions.zenfolio.com Aria Productions captures your day through elegant, classic wedding photography and cinematic video production. Through photojournalistic style we tell the story of your day for you to cherish and share with your children and grandchildren. Aria Productions also provides a wide variety of custom designed photo products. From unique Save The Date cards produced from your engagement session to hard cover albums and metal display prints, we can deliver your vision. Call today to discuss your wedding or special event. (SEE AD PAGE 207)

Caitlin’s Creations 452-0784 Web site: www.ccportraitdesign.com Finally, a fresh new style in San Antonio wedding photography. You can afford beautiful, personalized, artistic photography for your special day and even keep your images. Caitlin personalizes your portrait experience in every way; from your first face-to-face meeting planning your package and photography schedule to fit your specific needs; to custom designing your beautiful portrait album after the big day to fit your unique style. Contact Caitlin for your consultation today. (SEE AD PAGE 199)

Celebrate Your Sexy (509) 332-2803 Web site: www.celebrateyoursexy.com A Celebrate Your Sexy photo shoot is not a one-size-fits-all boudoir session. We know most women have never done something like this before, so our photographers are more than just masters of their craft; they are trained to help you through every step of the way, whether it be choosing accessories for your outfits, helping you with expressions, or guiding you through all posing. We create artistic, classy, and tasteful images that radiate your confidence as a beautiful woman. We believe a woman can be sensual wearing her favorite jeans and tee or flirty lingerie; the choice is always yours. (SEE AD PAGE 206)

Cody-Harris Photography

NC 545-6088 12656 West Ave. ■ Web site: www.codyharris.com Cody-Harris Photography has been capturing weddings for more than 20 years. You owe it to yourself to come see our studio grounds and samples of our portraits. As professionals we strive to capture your story within your portraits. Our studio walls display the evidence of paramount love storytelling. Our team consists of courteous consultants, master designers, and incredible photographers. Ask about our Ambassador Specials and choose Cody-Harris Photography for quality that merits display. (SEE AD PAGE 198)

Digi Pix SA 643-6058 Web site: www.digipixsa.com At Digi Pix Photography, we make sure to capture your once in a lifetime fairytale event and transform them into a lifetime of memories. Digi Pix Photography immortalizes your magical moments to reflect your individuality and charm. Cherish your happily ever after forever with San Antonio's premier wedding photographer. Let us personalize your once upon a time. (SEE AD PAGE 196) Continued on Page 336

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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 expresses the true spirit and story of your wedding. (SEE AD PAGE 200)

Gerri Flory Photography 639-0803 Web site: www.gerriflory.com Gerri is an up-beat photographer who thrives on shooting in non-traditional locations with soft sunlight and wicked-cool power lighting to create dramatic portraits. With an eagle eye for intimate and candid moments she strives to develop an easy-going relationship with clients, their family and friends to capture each of them in their truest form. If you are looking for a personalized approach to your portrait and wedding imagery, then Gerri is your gal. (SEE AD PAGE 199)

Guys and Gowns 716-0742 Web site: www.guysandgowns.com Your guy; your gown. A lifetime of dreaming; a flurry of planning — choose Guys and Gowns to photograph your celebration. My clients say: “Working with Sam was a great joy. Being a professional photographer myself, I was pleased with his professionalism, courtesy, and talent. He was ever present and was always in the right place at the right time, he was upfront with his pricing, we received great photos of our day, I highly recommend this talented artist.” (SEE AD PAGE 190)

High Altitude Services Web site: www.highaltitudeservice.com 749-3489 See your wedding from a whole new angle. Using precise aerial photography, high tech machinery and camera systems, we provide both still photography and full 1080 video services with shots taken from altitudes of 2000 feet. We’ll give you a real life fly-by experience of your wedding. Get breathtaking shots you never dreamed of from your wedding with us. Let us help show you a new world. (SEE AD PAGE 213)

Imaginative Photography 653-9222 Web site: www.imaginativephoto.com With two photographers per wedding, we will capture the moments, people and every detail. We will capture the magic and excitement of your wedding day in a photojournalist and contemporary photography style. Available in San Antonio and surrounding areas. (SEE AD PAGE 195)

Joshua Michael Photography 896-7167 Web site: www.joshuamichaelphotography.com From vintage glamour to modern contemporary, we find your personal wedding style and create an enchanting illustration of your wedding day, just like you have always pictured. We customize all of our collections to your needs and more importantly your budget. We can do it any way you want. We would love to meet with you and find out more about your wedding. Call us now to set up a consultation. (SEE AD PAGE 207)

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Limelight San Antonio

NW 842-6620 7460 Callaghan Road, Ste. 205 ■ Web site: www.limelightsanantonio.com At Limelight San Antonio, we know weddings are a time for love and laughter, fun and enjoyment — and we want to help you create images that capture that once in a lifetime celebration. Remember, this is your day and these are your pictures. We will work with you in creating professional and affordable pictures that capture the real you. After all, this only happens once and you deserve it. (SEE AD PAGE 193)

Moments & Milestones Photography 320-6164 Web site: www.momentsmilestones.com At Moments & Milestones we know that you have a unique style and personality, so why shouldn’t your photography? We work alongside of you so that we can understand your vision and dreams so clearly that our work truly and completely represents you. When we arrive on your wedding day, we want to arrive as friends who just happen to have really nice cameras. Take the first step and contact us today to schedule a free consultation. (SEE AD PAGE 196)

My Wedding Shoppe 888-9665 Web site: www.myweddingshoppe.com It’s your day. They’re your pictures. That’s our philosophy. Not only do all of our packages include two photographers and online proofing, they also include a copyright release for all images. Make as many prints as you would like. They are your pictures. (SEE AD PAGE 201)

Pink Poppy Photography (830) 221-6005 Web site: www.pinkpoppyphotography.com I am a daughter, sister, soon-to-be-wife, best friend, and parent of two wonderful animals. (Mojo, our Boston terrier and Pancakes, our orange cat) I believe each wedding is unique and I want to capture the extraordinary individuality that makes your wedding so memorable. Still to this day, every wedding I shoot gives me goose bumps. It would be my honor to evoke that same awestruck feeling in you, even years into your happily ever after. (SEE AD PAGE 191)

Raul’s Photography

NW 725-7117 1868 Grandstand Blvd. ■ Web site: www.raulsphotography.com We don’t capture pictures; we capture emotions. Keep those emotions alive when you look at your wedding pictures. Raul’s Photography blends a combination of traditional photography with photojournalistic style, allowing us to capture beautiful spontaneous moments along with traditional photography. (SEE AD PAGE 211)

Say Zees Photo & Video Productions

NW 403-9337 8721 Grissom ■ Web site: www.sayzeesphotography.com Say Zees Photo and Video Productions takes great pride in our work. It is indeed our honor, privilege and utmost desire to serve all clients with respect. Having lived and ventured through various places in the world gives us the edge towards creativity. We are dedicated to bringing out the absolute best in every picture. Say Zees Photo and Video Productions stands firm on quality, exuberant service and reasonable prices. (SEE AD PAGE 213)

Sun Gold Photography (830) 609-9018 Web site: www.sungoldphotography.com Husband and wife team from two different cultures coming together to create one love for the art of wedding photography. We capture your timeless memories one click at a time. Our two cultures that brought us together have given our photography the best of both worlds when it comes to expertise on lighting, creativity and photojournalistic approach. Laugh — Love — Click. (SEE AD PAGE 186) Continued on Page 338

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PREMARITAL CLASSES Also See Officiants

Passport To Marriage 599-0336 Web site: www.saweddings.com/passport You are about to embark on a wonderful journey of love and life. Strengthen your relationship now to prepare for the inevitable challenges you will face in the future. These two-hour classes are held once a month, each month covering a different topic. Topics include: Myths of Marriage/Gender Gap; Communication/Conflict Resolution; The Mystery of Intimacy; and Heaven & Earth/Spirituality & Finances. You must attend all four of these free sessions to save $60 on your marriage license. Underwritten by San Antonio’s Wedding Guide, reservations are required. (SEE ADS PAGES 42 & 212)

RECEPTION FACILITIES S e e Ve n u e s

REHEARSAL DINNERS A l s o S e e Ve n u e s

Blanco BBQ

NC 251-2602 13259 Blanco Rd. ■ Web site: www.blancobbq.com We pride ourselves on our delicious food and wonderful atmosphere. We offer a variety of menus and services to fit your needs. We have a spacious rustic style “Party Room” with a capacity of 100 guests for your next event. We can cater your event at our establishment or anywhere you choose as we offer on and off site catering as well. It’s really pretty simple, you pick the menu, add the services you want and we will do the rest. (SEE AD PAGE 109)

The County Line Barbeque

NW 641-1998 10101 IH-10 W., between Wurzbach & Huebner ■ DT 229-1941 111 W. Crockett on the River Walk ■ Web site: www.countyline.com Show your wedding guests what real Texas hospitality is all about. For almost 20 years brides and grooms have trusted The County Line’s friendly staff and legendary food to make their special evening a fun and memorable one. We have party packages to fit any size group and we’re always happy to customize anything to fit your needs. Just call and we’ll do all the rest. At The County Line we’re not happy unless you’re happy. (SEE AD PAGES 40 & 41)

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

NE 824-9463 255 E. Basse Road ■ Web site: www.flemingssteakhouse.com/sanantonio Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is an ongoing celebration of exceptional food and wine. Indulge yourself with the finest aged prime beef and discover new tastes with our awardwinning wine list, featuring 100 wines by the glass. Adjacent to the main dining area are private dining rooms that can comfortably accommodate small or large groups. Fleming’s lively atmosphere, gracious service and dedication to excellence turn evenings out into memorable times. (SEE AD PAGE 109)

Bride’s Dressing Room

In-House Catering Only

Can Provide Cake

Ceremony Site

In-House Liquor Only

Valet Parking

Indoor Only

Garden/Patio

Free Parking

Outdoor Only

Dance Floor

Security Required

Both Indoor & Outdoor

Bands/DJ Allowed

Virtual Tour Online

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Grady’s Bar-B-Que 732-3571 Web site: www.gradysbbq.com Grady’s restaurant and catering company has been a San Antonio tradition for almost six decades. We are dedicated, friendly and provide quality meals and service for any size occasion, with Texas homestyle portions at a value our customers have grown to expect. We still slow smoke our barbeque using Hill Country Oak the same way Grady did when he started out in the 1940s. Please visit one of our restaurants to experience true Southern Hospitality along with our outstanding family recipes. (SEE AD PAGE 100)

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

NC 821-5051 7720 Jones Maltsberger, Concord Plaza ■ DT 227-8847 600 E Market St., Riverwalk Grand Hyatt ■ Web site: www.ruthschris.com Ruth’s Chris events delivers the service, the expertise and, of course, the flavor wherever you and your guests gather. Whether you are hosting your wedding reception, bachelor dinner, bridal party or off-site catering event, our signature steak experience starts with a dedicated Private Event Manager and a team of executive chefs, certified bartenders and Ruth’s Chris trained servers. From choosing your menu to overseeing the smallest details, our Ruth’s Chris team look forward to helping create your perfect occasion. (SEE AD PAGE 43)

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 four 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 arrange the following amenities: fresh floral, personalized music and full-service attendant to make your wedding the most memorable event. (SEE AD PAGE 272)

Great Events & Rentals

NC 340-2007 2564 MacArthur View ■ Web site: www.greateventrentals.com Whatever the occasion may be, Great Events and Rentals wants to celebrate with you. Our dedicated event specialists will help you create your dream event. We have a large selection of specialty linens, napkins, tables, chairs, flatware, china, heaters, draping, staging, lighting, décor and more. We not only have the products to create your event, but the specialists to help make it come alive. Let Great Events and Rentals take care of all of your party rental needs. (SEE AD OUTSIDE BACK COVER)

Marquee Events 4616 W. Howard Lane, Austin • (512) 491-7368 Web site: www.marqueeeventgroup.com We are a full-service event rental company serving Austin, San Antonio and all of Central Texas. We provide furniture, tables, linens, tents and more and have the services and experience to support any sized event. In our showroom or online, you’ll find the largest selection of chairs, specialty linen, china and wedding accessories in all of Central Texas. (SEE AD PAGE 272)

Premiere Events 444-9517 Web site: www.premiereeventsonline.com Premiere Events is the place for all your wedding and event rentals. Premiere works with brides and their family, and with event industry professionals to satisfy every rental need. Our friendly and knowledgeable event rental consultants make it easy to rent tents, linens, chairs, tables, china, glassware and more. Visit us online or experience the convenience of "live chat” to learn more. Our mission is to provide an outstanding event rental experience! (SEE AD PAGE 267) Continued on Page 340

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TENTS See Rentals

TRAVEL AGENCIES See Honeymoons

TUXEDOS & MENSWEAR Al’s Formal Wear Toll Free (800) 460-8500 Web site: www.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 186)

The Men’s Wearhouse

NE 658-1700 The Forum • 8235 Agora Pkwy., Ste., 101 ■ NC 349-0722 La Plaza del Norte • 125 NW Loop 410, Ste. #401 ■ NW 691-1952 Huebner Oaks Center • 11745 W. IH-10, Ste. #755 ■ NC 403-0248 The Legacy • 1903 N Loop 1604 E., Ste. 101 ■ NW 647-0396 5531 Loop 1604 N. ■ Web site: www.mwtux.com For weddings, proms or any special event, Men’s Wearhouse is your formal wear solution. With a wide selection of suits and tuxedos from classic to contemporary, it’s never been easier to create the perfect look. And with more than 500 locations nationwide, it’s never been more convenient, either. Wedding parties can order, pick up and return their tuxedo rentals just about anywhere. Of course, our expert formal wear consultants are always happy to offer suggestions and advice to help you look your best for your next formal occasion. (SEE AD PAGE 175)

Rex Formal Wear

NC 824-ATUX (2889) 7219 San Pedro ■ SW 921-ATUX (2889) 1326 SW Military Dr. ■ Web site: www.rexformalwear.com As San Antonio’s most trusted tuxedo rental, our associates are committed to making your occasion pleasant and easier with our wide selection of latest colors, vests, and ties for every occasion. Rex has the newest styles of tuxedos from Perry Ellis to Oscar De La Renta. Not only do we have same day walk-in service, we have our warehouse located in town. Not only can we save you more, we can beat any competitor’s prices. (SEE AD PAGE 174)

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VENUES Barriba Cantina

DT 228-9876 111 W. Crockett St., #214 ■ Web site: www.barribacantina.com Set above the scenic County Line Barbeque, Barriba Cantina on the River Walk, our newest venue, is a wonderful setting for your ceremony, reception or rehearsal dinner. From the covered outdoor area your guests will enjoy the night time “city lights” view as well as the river view from the other side of the patio. And for your convenience, your menu can be created by the Barriba Cantina or The County Line or a combination of both. (SEE AD PAGES 40 & 41)

Bella Springs

NW (830) 388-1642 26 Bella Springs Road, Boerne ■ Web site: www.thespringsevents.com Bella Springs by The Springs Events helps you choose your wedding venue by providing a rustic, elegant backdrop for your special day. Among the many amenities offered, Bella Springs allows you to choose all of your own vendors, have the facility for up to 16 hours, and set up personal payment plans. Bella Springs showcases breathtaking Hill Country views, which are enhanced by The Springs Events’ beautiful stone bridge and signature water feature. (SEE AD PAGE 65)

Blanco BBQ

NC 251-2602 13259 Blanco Rd. ■ Web site: www.blancobbq.com We pride ourselves on our delicious food and wonderful atmosphere. We offer a variety of menus and services to fit your needs. We have a spacious rustic style “Party Room” with a capacity of 100 guests for your next event. We can cater your event at our establishment or anywhere you choose as we offer on and off site catering as well. It’s really pretty simple, you pick the menu, add the services you want and we will do the rest. (SEE AD PAGE 109)

Boerne Convention & Community Center

NW 820 East Adler Road, Boerne ■ (830) 249-2811 or Toll Free (888) 750-2811 Web site: www.boerne-tx.gov Fifteen minutes north of Six Flags Fiesta Texas in the Hill Country, the Boerne Convention & Community Center offers your wedding reception 15,000 square feet of space. Choose from a variety of meeting rooms, perfect for both large and small groups. Custom table set-up is provided, as well as clean-up. Also, a full kitchen is the perfect option for your choice of caterers. Call today for your planner’s packet. (SEE AD PAGE 85)

Boulder Springs 1723 Herbelin Road, New Braunfels • (512) 585-5899 Web site: www.thespringsevents.com Boulder Springs provides a beautiful, rustic and elegant backdrop for your special day in the Texas Hill Country. Among the many amenities offered, Boulder Springs allows you to choose all of your own vendors as well as a 16-hour rental. Make your grand entrance to the outdoor ceremony site as you cross a beautiful stone bridge over the picturesque waterfalls. Boulder Springs offers two unique and completely separate Texas Hill Country venues, each with a reception hall, outdoor ceremony site, dressing suites, all with no extra costs or fees. Flat rates and easy payment plans are available. Contact us to set up a tour. (SEE AD PAGE 65) Continued on Page 342

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Brackenridge Golf Course

NE 212-7572 2315 Avenue B ■ Web site: www.alamocitygolftrail.com Thank you for considering The Borglum Studio and Pavilion at Historic Brackenridge Park Golf Course. The Borglum Studio is a beautiful and unique venue, perfect for weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners or bridal showers. The Borglum Studio can host an intimate party of 30, or a formal seated dinner for 100 guests. Our Pavilion can accommodate 150 people for a beautiful outdoor wedding or reception with the golf course as its backdrop. Either venue can be arranged to meet your needs on your most special day. (SEE AD PAGE 34)

The Briar’s Suite at Pat O’Briens

DT 212-3957 121 Alamo Plaza ■ Web site: www.thegrandpromenade.com The Briar’s Suite, decorated in French-European style, will lend sophistication to any event, from engagement dinners to receptions and everything in between. Complete with a full bar and copper-topped grand piano, each parlor features massive wooden mantles, highly polished wood floors, and beautiful antique chandeliers. (SEE AD PAGES 28 & 29)

Cana Ballroom

NW (830) 816-5630 202 W. Kronkosky St., Boerne ■ Web site: www.canaballroom.com Nestled above historic Boerne, the Cana Ballroom provides a magical setting for any special event with breathtaking views of the Hill Country. With floor to ceiling windows and spacious outdoor patios, this new venue accommodates any type of event from business to leisure with space for intimate gatherings of 50 to an elaborate affair for 450. Spacious kitchen with flexible catering options, individualized table set-up, mahogany chiavari chairs, advanced audiovisuals and custom dance floor provided. (SEE AD PAGE 56)

The Club at Sonterra

NC 496-1560 901 Sonterra Blvd. ■ Web site: www.clubatsonterra.com The Club At Sonterra offers elegance, prestige and exceptional service. You can select a wedding package or customize a package for you. Wedding packages include valet parking, bar, butlered appetizers, seated gourmet meal or buffet, and more. The Club At Sonterra also offers our brides several areas to choose from and a personal wedding consultant. Come and experience the casual elegance of The Club At Sonterra. Please call us to arrange a personal tour. (SEE AD PAGE 1)

Courtyard by Marriott San Antonio Riverwalk

DT 246-7977 207 N. St. Mary’s St. ■ Web site: www.courtyardsanantonio.com A hotel as special as the day. Located in the heart of downtown San Antonio and nestled along the historic River Walk, we offer a breathtaking venue dedicated to enhancing your once in a lifetime celebration. Be one of the first to experience a feature distinctively unlike any other Courtyard. With more than 9,000 square feet of premium event space, allow our professional event management team to guarantee an unforgettable event on your special day. (SEE AD PAGE 35)

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The Crystal Room

NC 342-2321 10223 Sahara ■ Web site: www.theoldsanfrancisco.com Surround yourself in the breathtaking and unique atmosphere of our beautiful Crystal Room. With a backdrop of nature, featuring five waterfalls and tropical plants, the Crystal Room is the replica of the famed Tavern on the Green in New York. This room has been known for a spectacular place to host a wedding reception. (SEE AD PAGE 70)

Devonshire Place

NE 545-2249 12475 Starcrest ■ Web site: www.annemaries.com Anne Marie’s Catering has built a reputation as one of San Antonio’s premier catering companies. As our catering clientele has grown throughout the years so has the need for our own banquet facility. Today, our dream is a reality with Anne Marie’s at Devonshire Place. A facility that is unsurpassed in design, features and elegance. Choose from two beautiful banquet rooms. The Celebration Room can accommodate up to 300 guests and the Starcrest room accommodates up to 120. (SEE AD PAGE 51)

Embassy Suites Riverwalk

DT 226-9000 125 E. Houston St. ■ Web site: sanantonioriverwalkdowntown.embassysuites.com San Antonio’s newest River Walk hotel would like to invite you to the most important event of the year…your wedding day. We’d love to talk to you today about our exquisite Majestic Ballroom, one of the largest in downtown San Antonio, and our exclusive, outdoor River Walk Terrace with breathtaking views of downtown San Antonio available for ceremonies. Luxuriate in rich colors and textures, feast on culinary creations, relax knowing each detail will come together with perfection. Visit us online to begin your experience. (SEE AD PAGE 45)

Emporium by Yarlen

SE 627-9800 2218 East Chavaneaux Road ■ Web site: www.emporiumbyyarlens.com San Antonio’s newest premier event facility, Emporium by Yarlen, offers two ballrooms. The Baroque Room with seating for up to 250 features round tables and chiavari chairs and custom dance floor. The Renaissance Room has seating for 300 to 600, mezzanine and two grand spiral staircases. Round tables with chiavari chairs surround the marble dance floor lit by chandeliers. Free parking and full-service, in-house catering make your special day easy to plan. (SEE AD PAGE 23)

Executive Center Ballroom

SE 639-4126 1319 March Rd. ■ Web site: www.executivecentersa.com The Executive Center is a new private venue located just south of downtown San Antonio and about 15 minutes from the convention center and downtown hotels with an open floor plan of 9000 sq ft. Our outdoor grand pavilion is complemented by landscaped grounds, a quarter mile walking path, a large koi pond and is fully gated for your privacy. Elegantly affordable best describes our facility. Call to schedule an appointment. (SEE AD PAGE 64)

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Fair Oaks Ranch Golf & Country Club

NC 7900 Fair Oaks Pkwy., Fair Oaks Ranch ■ 582-6700 Web site: www.fairoaksclub.com Whether it is simply elegant or elegantly simple, every wedding reflects the care and attention it deserves. Boasting an exquisite interior as well as exterior locations, we offer every bride and groom the options and personalization to create the wedding day they envisioned. The Club’s beautiful ballroom with a river rock exterior accommodates up to 300 guests, while our main dining room is a historical masterpiece with its original crystal chandeliers, hand carved woodwork and tapestry-covered walls. (SEE AD PAGE 55)

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

NE 824-9463 255 East Basse Road ■ Web site: www.flemingssteakhouse.com/sanantonio Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is an ongoing celebration of exceptional food and wine. Indulge yourself with the finest aged prime beef and discover new tastes with our awardwinning wine list, featuring 100 wines by the glass. Adjacent to the main dining area are private dining rooms that can comfortably accommodate small or large groups. Fleming’s lively atmosphere, gracious service and dedication to excellence turn evenings out into memorable times. (SEE AD PAGE 109)

Gardens at Old Town Helotes

NW 695-4777 15060 Antonio Dr., Helotes ■ Web site: www.gardensatoldtown.com Plan your fairytale wedding in a fairytale setting. Our premier location for your special event in a tastefully unique Hill Country setting in the heart of Old Town Helotes. The Gardens at Old Town Helotes is the perfect place to begin your life together. Our beautifully decorated facility and areas within our property provide the perfect backdrop for your wedding. You’ll also have easy access to the many facilities and activities in Helotes. Be sure to take some time to visit our unique location. Call us to schedule a personal tour. (SEE AD PAGE 61)

Grady’s Bar-B-Que 732-3571 Web site: www.gradysbbq.com Grady’s restaurant and catering company has been a San Antonio tradition for almost six decades. We are dedicated, friendly and provide quality meals and service for any size occasion, with Texas homestyle portions at a value our customers have grown to expect. We still slow smoke our barbeque using Hill Country Oak the same way Grady did when he started out in the 1940s. Please visit one of our restaurants to experience true Southern Hospitality along with our outstanding family recipes. (SEE AD PAGE 100)

Granberry Hills

NE 590-8067 6390 Granberry ■ Web site: www.granberryhills.com For more than 25 years the San Antonio Wedding Guide has been helping brides plan their perfect wedding. Now we offer the perfect wedding and reception site, Granberry Hills in Northeast San Antonio, off Weidner Road. Minutes from the highway, Granberry Hills offers views to make you feel like you are miles from the city. Two separate ceremony and reception facilities offer the perfect setting for any size wedding, and a spacious bride’s room will provide the perfect backdrop for those pre-wedding photos. Tables, chairs, and linens included with all bookings. (SEE ADS PAGES 57 & 67) Bride’s Dressing Room

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The Grand Promenade at Pat O’Briens

DT 212-3957 121 Alamo Plaza ■ Web site: www.thegrandpromenade.com The Grand Promenade is our newest banquet addition. This facility was designed to respect the historical qualities of the building. Features include a magnificent rock and brick wall that is original to the building, a stage, a private entrance, hardwood floors and a brick bar that compliments the accent wall. The balcony overlooking the magnificent San Antonio River Walk promises a spectacular view for any celebration. (SEE AD PAGES 28 & 29)

Grande Hall @ Hofmann Ranch 448 Private Road 4742, Castroville 240-6704 or (830) 931-9257 Web site: www.hofmannranch.com Hans and Charlotte Hofmann present this brand new facility that sits atop 350 acres of lush Hill Country with views to the Medina Valley. Built in the style of an old Texas dance hall, The Grande Hall at the Hofmann Ranch is adorned with beautiful chandeliers in contrast to the rustic cypress exterior. It is the perfect location for that special Texas royal wedding. The Hofmann Ranch also has a beautifully appointed bed and breakfast for you and your guests. (SEE AD PAGES 36 & 37)

Hacienda Santa Maria

NC 227-2121 2121 N. St. Mary’s St. ■ Web site: www.haciendasantamaria.net Hacienda Santa Maria offers the perfect location for your reception or rehearsal dinner. Featuring authentic cuisine of interior Mexico, this restaurant near downtown has a beautiful Spanish ambiance with courtyards and fountains that can accommodate up to 200 guests as well as a dance floor and ample parking. Call today for more information. (SEE AD PAGE 66)

Heirloom Blooms @ Acres Wild Ranch 900 FM 32, San Marcos • (512) 847-5225 Web site: www.heirloomblooms.org/weddings Celebrate your wedding in Hill Country style. Our event center seats 150-200 and includes a commercial kitchen, dance floor, bar area, stage, and outdoor altar. Four cottages await your bridal party for a weekend to remember. Just an hour from Austin or San Antonio, Heirloom Blooms at Acres Wild Ranch is a perfect location in the Hill Country. We work with each bride to provide the setting of her dreams at an affordable cost. Acres Wild Ranch is home to miniature horses, heirloom vegetable gardens, fruit trees, restored Texas native habitats, and nature trails. As a green event venue, we compost, recycle, conserve energy, and harvest rainwater to minimize our impact on this little slice of heaven. (SEE AD PAGE 62)

Hilton San Antonio Hill Country Club & Spa

NW 9800 Westover Hills Blvd. ■ 509-9800 or 767-5309 Web site: www.hiltonsanantoniohc.com Hilton San Antonio Hill Country Hotel & Spa is the ideal destination for weddings and special events featuring indoor or outdoor banquet facilities, spacious hotel accommodations, full service spa and salon, and fine dining restaurants. A beautifully remodeled bar overlooking our outdoor courtyard and mesquite burning fire pits makes the perfect pre- or postwedding gathering place. Allow us to introduce you to our different wedding packages and different ideas that will make your special day the most memorable as you say your “I do’s” in the Hill Country. (SEE AD PAGE 32) Continued on Page 346

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Hotel Contessa Luxury Suites on the Riverwalk

DT 298-8045 or 298-8065 306 W Market St. ■ Web site: www.thehotelcontessa.com Say “I Do” to Hotel Contessa for your unique wedding celebration. As San Antonio’s premier Riverwalk hotel, from the elegance of our open-air atrium lobby overlooking the Riverwalk to the warmth created by the Mediterranean interior design, Hotel Contessa will captivate you and your guests from the first moment you arrive to make it the most unique and memorable occasion. (SEE AD PAGE 63)

Iron Cactus

DT 224-9846 200 Riverwalk, Ste.100 ■ Web site: www.ironcactus.com Iron Cactus is located on the River Walk. Our cooking style is assembled from various regions throughout Mexico and Texas. We blend these attributes with a progressive attitude towards cooking to create our own special style of food. A unique space for your special event, the Agave Room is the bar portion of the restaurant which includes our special open tapas grill. It is completely separate from the main dining area, providing privacy, but maintaining the ambiance of the Iron Cactus. (SEE AD PAGE 85)

The Jack Guenther Pavilion at The Briscoe Art Museum

DT 507-4849 210 W. Market St. ■ Web site: www.briscoemuseum.org Perfectly placed on the banks of the San Antonio River Walk, the Jack Guenther Pavilion at the Briscoe Museum blends culture with modern architecture. Each of the three expansive indoor spaces is brimming with elegance and sophistication, while canopies of oak trees, colorful plants and a beautiful Italian pergola create the perfect outdoor courtyard. Our experienced team of event professionals will work with you every step of the way to ensure your wedding day is magical. (SEE AD PAGES 52 & 53)

Lambermont Events

NE 271-9145 950 E. Grayson ■ Web site: www.lambermontevents.com Lambermont is nestled in the heart of San Antonio just north of downtown. It is considered a true historic jewel that offers unmatched character and warmth for any special event. Our luscious grounds are ideal for larger events, whereas rooms inside offer a more intimate setting. Combine both for the perfect feeling. Lambermont also offers other amenities similar to a private hotel. (SEE AD PAGE 20)

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 39)

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Maggiano’s Little Italy

NC 451-6010 17603 IH-10 West ■ Web site: go.maggianos.com/sanantonioweddings Your wedding and Maggiano’s are a match made in heaven. Whether it’s an intimate candlelit ceremony and dinner for 20 or a lively reception in the ballroom with guests dancing the night away, Maggiano’s can deliver that special day you’ve always dreamed of. You’ll enjoy the wedding of a lifetime with great food and warm hospitality in the beautiful setting you deserve. (SEE AD PAGE 92)

Magnolia Gardens on Main

NC 737-2710 2030 N. Main Ave. ■ Web site: www.magnoliagardensonmain.com Magnolia Gardens on Main is a beautiful and elegant banquet and meeting facility. Our facility can accommodate up to 300 guests for buffet meals and 250 for seated events. There is also two shaded outdoor areas, a hardwood dance floor, a full-size and fully equipped bar and an elegant dining area complete with chandeliers and a grand piano. Schedule a viewing of our facility to fully appreciate the unique atmosphere Magnolia Gardens has to offer. (SEE AD PAGE 47)

Mayan Dude Ranch

NW (830) 460-3036 350 Mayan Ranch Rd, Bandera ■ Web site: www.mayanranch.com Whether you imagine your special day to be a spurs-and-stilettos soiree or a blue-jeanand-bridal-gown event, the Mayan Dude Ranch, a resort nestled on 350 acres in the Texas Hill Country surrounded by the Medina River, offers the intimacy of a personalized wedding in an all-inclusive package. You and your guests will experience the ultimate Texas destination wedding: rock cottage accommodations, chef-prepared homemade meals, and authentic western experiences. (SEE AD PAGE 69)

Northern Hills Golf Club

NE 655-4148 x12 13202 Scarsdale St. ■ Web site: www.northernhillsgolfclub.com Our banquet facility has the ideal setting for your special celebration. Northern Hills Country Club offers three grand rooms to accommodate small parties of 60 or larger events of 400 guests with high ceilings and panoramic views of the golf course. Room rental includes: set up of tables and chairs, table centerpieces; six hours of entertaining, dressing area for the wedding party and clean-up. Need more? We’ll help you arrange every aspect of your ceremony and reception. (SEE AD PAGE 60)

Old Glory Ranch 3633 River Road, 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 create a classic celebration. We are a full-service facility offering a selection of caterers, live music, photographers, designers, and carriage rides to customize your event. Providing you and your guests with a first-class celebration is simple. Unique country elegance is our mission at Old Glory Ranch. To schedule a tour of this beautiful facility, please call our onsite office. Old Glory Ranch, a premier Hill Country event facility in all its glory. (SEE AD PAGE 48) Continued on Page 348

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Olympia Hills Golf & Event Center 12900 Mount Olympus, Universal City 945-4653 Web site: www.olympiahillsgolf.com Olympia Hills Golf and Event Center is ready to host your special occasion with a sophisticated space that is complimentary to any event décor or theme. Featuring 168 acres of pristine views a beautiful banquet hall that accommodates up to 200 guests and on-site catering, events at Olympia Hills are stress free, elegant and affordable. (SEE AD PAGE 49)

Plaza Lecea

NW 615-0009 5441 Babcock, #200 ■ Web site: www.plazalecea.com At Plaza Lecea, our commitment is to provide you and your guests with a memory which will last a lifetime. Your guests will be spoiled by the charming views of the Texas Hill Country and captivating sunsets. Our elegant venue is fully equipped to provide a complete range of audio-visual presentation capabilities to further enhance and complement your special day. From caterers to entertainment, we offer a complete listing of experienced partner service professionals equally dedicated to your successful event planning experience. (SEE AD PAGE 33)

Red Oak Ballroom

NC 731-0645 618 N.W. Loop 410, Ste. 207 ■ Web site: www.redoakballroom.com You have a lot of options when it comes to choosing a venue for the most important day of your life. We will listen to your needs and wants, not simply push you into cookie-cutter packages. We care about your event, and we’ll make the planning and event processes simple and stress free. At the Red Oak Ballroom, we are there every step of the way. Call our sales manager to set up a tour and discuss your perfect day. (SEE AD PAGE 48)

Rio Cibolo Ranch 1101 Ulrich Rd., Marion • (830) 914-3325 Web site: www.riocibolooutdoorweddings.com Located on the banks of the Cibolo Creek with majestic pecan orchards and the low rolling hills of the Cibolo Valley, Rio Cibolo Ranch offers the most enchanting Texas wedding venue location for the celebration of your lives together. Rio Cibolo Ranch is the ideal setting for your ceremony and reception, indoors or out with six gorgeous ceremony sites and three unique and original ranch reception venues. Now brides have even more options to help create the perfect wedding, including choosing your own caterer. (SEE AD PAGE 46)

Roszell Gardens

NE 651-6520 7561 E. Evans ■ Web site: www.roszellgardens.com Roszell Gardens is the perfect place to book your wedding or event. The property features acres of breath taking greenery and endless gorgeous flowers. With a wide array of outdoor spaces, buildings and patios we can accommodate any event, big or small. Contact us today to book your special day. (SEE AD PAGE 22)

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Rustic Gardens

NE 410-9833 14025 Hwy. 87 ■ Web site: www.rusticgardenweddings.com With three different garden settings that change with the seasons and five water features covering four acres Rustic Gardens is the perfect indoor/outdoor facility that accommodates 300-500 guests for your special day. Come out and tour the facility. By appointment only. (SEE AD PAGE 70)

Scenic Springs Weddings & Events

NW 877-1558 19215 Scenic Loop Road, Helotes ■ Web site: www.scenicsprings.com Scenic Springs is a beautiful 10-acre, oak-studded landscape in historic Grey Forest. The estate features a gorgeous outdoor grand lawn with a charming bridge, natural stream, waterfall and gazebo. A brand new indoor Grand Hall affords panoramic views of the surrounding hills. The beauty of the landscape is enhanced by the elegant peacocks, deer and birds that inhabit the site. Scenic Springs is the perfect place to hold your special event and make it truly unforgettable. (SEE AD PAGE 71)

Sunset Station

DT 474-7640 1174 E. Commerce St. ■ Web site: www.sunset-station.com Creating lasting memories since 1902. Sunset Station offers several versatile and unique venues to hold your special day. Amazing architecture provides an unforgettable setting that is unique to Historic Sunset Station. We welcome you and your guests to an evening of Texas hospitality and San Antonio charm. (SEE AD PAGE 26)

Tapatio Springs Golf Resort

NW Toll Free (877) 423-9408 1 Resort Way, Boerne ■ Web site: www.TapatioResort.com Tapatio Springs Resort & Spa is a destination for weddings and special events featuring banquet facilities, hotel accommodations, full service spa, 18-hole golf course, fine dining restaurant plus indoor and outdoor event space. Owned by George Strait and Tom Cusick since 2011, Tapatio Springs Resort has recently undergone a full renovation and the team continues to enhance the property making it one of the most beautiful destinations in the Texas Hill Country. (SEE AD PAGE 44)

The Tower of the Americas

DT 223-3101 601 Tower of the Americas Way ■ Web site: www.toweroftheamericas.com Take your wedding celebration to new heights. The Tower of the Americas offers the most spectacular views of San Antonio from 750 feet high. With three private dining rooms, a beautiful outdoor plaza and the renowned Chart House Restaurant, we feature only the finest cuisine served in an elegant setting. We can accommodate receptions from 25 to 3,000 seated guests. Allow our banquet team to help you create the wedding of your dreams in this unique skyhigh venue. (SEE AD PAGE 27)

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Bride’s Dressing Room

In-House Catering Only

Can Provide Cake

Ceremony Site

In-House Liquor Only

Valet Parking

Indoor Only

Garden/Patio

Free Parking

Outdoor Only

Dance Floor

Security Required

Both Indoor & Outdoor

Bands/DJ Allowed

Virtual Tour Online

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The Veranda

NC 366-1220 1746 Lockhill Selma Road ■ Web site: www.theverandasa.com The Veranda is San Antonio’s hottest new venue. It’s centrally located in Castle Hills on the grounds of the former Lodge Restaurant. This historic estate dates back to the roaring 20’s and features classic architecture and décor plus totally modern amenities. The park-like settings includes various sites for your ceremony and reception including the mansion, covered pavilion and fountain patio. Spice of Life, one of San Antonio’s top caterers, provides catering services. (SEE AD PAGE 78)

The Woodward House

NC 732-4811 1717 San Pedro Ave. ■ Website: www.thewomansclubofsa.org The Woodward House has been the home of The Woman’s Club of San Antonio’s since 1926. Its old world warmth and charm lends itself to a romantic and unique setting for a small to medium sized wedding or reception. The house is located close to downtown. The first and second floors of the house offer a variety of ways to design your rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony, seated dinner or buffet, and a dance if you prefer. Call us today to schedule a tour. (SEE AD PAGE 59)

VIDEOGRAPHERS Also See Photographers

American Photography & Video

NW 699-9687 11806 Wurzbach ■ Web site: www.american-photography.com Cherish the moment. Trust American Photography to retell your wedding day stories both in print and in video, bringing the magic of your special day back to you again and again. Visit our studio and view our sample albums. See how we custom print every negative, guaranteeing you the best possible finish. Classic poses and custom printing ensure stylish, individual prints at very affordable prices. (SEE AD PAGE 187)

Christian Ellis Images 373-8660 Web site: www.christianellisimages.com Video recreates the moment in a way that no other media can. In years to come, you will want to be reminded of the way you gently spoke to one another, the way you gracefully walked with one another, and most importantly, the way you loved one another. Here at Christian Ellis Images, we cherish the opportunity to serve you on the most important day of your life. Your invitation to us means that we have the unique privilege to passionately capture the moments of your day with romance and meaning. (SEE AD PAGE 210)

WAITSTAFF S e e B a r t e n d e r s & Wa i t s t a f f

Bride’s Dressing Room

In-House Catering Only

Can Provide Cake

Ceremony Site

In-House Liquor Only

Valet Parking

Indoor Only

Garden/Patio

Free Parking

Outdoor Only

Dance Floor

Security Required

Both Indoor & Outdoor

Bands/DJ Allowed

Virtual Tour Online

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Index of Advertisers A Clean Portoco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 272

Comfort Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303

A Gala Event Catering. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93

Cordes Creations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148

Absolutely Delicious Catering & Event Staging . . . 111

The County Line Barbeque. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 & 41

Al’s Formal Wear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186

Courtyard by Marriott San Antonio Riverwalk . . . 35

Al’s Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186

The Club at Sonterra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Alamo Travel Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 299

The Crystal Room. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70

American Photography & Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187

Cutting Edge Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219

Anne Marie’s Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

D’Pasteles Cake Shop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128

ARA Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192

Dermatology Associates of San Antonio . . . . . . . 233

Ardore Photography & Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191

Devonshire Place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

Aria Productions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207

Digi Pix SA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196

The Artistry Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227

Dream Decorations & Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 268

Barriba Cantina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 & 41

Earth’s Angels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 287

Bartenders4you . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

Elite Bartending Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

Bella Springs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

Embassy Suites Riverwalk Hotel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

Betty Jane’s Bakeshoppe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122

Emporium by Yarlen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Beyond Cake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126

Enchanting Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 252

Blanca’s Cakes, Catering & Decorations . . . . . . . . 105

Evember . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 256

Blanco BBQ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109

Event Ignition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 273

Blue Suede Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 242

Executive Center Ballroom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64

Boerne Convention & Community Center . . . . . . . 85

Fair Oaks Ranch Golf & Country Club . . . . . . . . . . 55

Bon Appetit Catering. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103

Five Star Wedding Gown Specialist . . . . . . . . . . . . 166

Botanika . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 247

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar . . . . . . . 109

Boulder Springs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

Floral Visions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 242

Brackenridge Park Golf Course. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

Flower Forrest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 253

Brenda Morgan, Vocalist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221

Four 40 Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218

Bridal Extravaganza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fold Out

Fusion Cuisine Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99

The Briar’s Suite at Pat O’Briens . . . . . . . . . . . 28 & 29

Gardens at Old Town Helotes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61

Caitlin’s Creations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199

George Street Photo & Video. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200

Cake Art. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123

Gerri Flory Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199

The Cana Ballroom at St Peter The Apostle Catholic Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

Goen South Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 276

Catering By Celebrations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104

Grady’s Bar-B-Q . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100

Celebrate Your Sexy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 206

Granberry Hills Event Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 & 67

cHAIRish The Day. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227

The Grand Promenade at Pat O’Briens . . . . . 28 & 29

Cheers Party Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 287

The Grande Hall at Hofmann Ranch. . . . . . . . 36 & 37

Cherished Design & Decor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 268

Great Events & Rentals . . . . . . . . Outside Back Cover

Chloe and Isabel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 287

Guys and Gowns Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190

Christian Ellis Images . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 210

BloomsTM (H-E-B) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 249

Claire’s Sweet Treats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127

Hacienda Santa Maria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66

Clothesline Cleaners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165

Hana Hana Florist. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 256

Cocktails . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 287

Heavenly Gourmet Bartending Services . . . . 90 & 91

Cody-Harris Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198

Heavenly Gourmet Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 & 91

Comet Cleaners and Laundry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165

Heirloom Blooms at Acres Wild Ranch. . . . . . . . . . 62

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Got It Covered Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

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Index of Advertisers High Altitude Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213

Plaza Lecea . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Hilton San Antonio Hill Country Hotel & Spa. . . . . 32

Premiere Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 267

Hotel Contessa Luxury Suites on the Riverwalk . . 63

PTP Photo Booth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 285

Imaginative Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195

Raul’s Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211

Indulge Vanity Salon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231

Rebeca Cox Floral Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 253

Iron Cactus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85

Red Oak Ballroom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

JAB Productions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221

Rex Formal Wear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174

Jack Guenther Pavilion at The Briscoe Western Art Museum . . . . . . . . . 52 & 53

Rio Cibolo Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

Joshua Michael Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207 Lambermont Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Roszell Gardens. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Rustic Gardens Weddings & Events . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Ruth’s Chris Steak House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

Le-Vel by Thrive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232 San Antonio Floral Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 256 Limelight San Antonio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193 The Lion & Rose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 Liz’s Events. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 275 Loco Motion Flipbooks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 283 The Lodge at Bridal Veil Falls, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Lumen Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 214 Maggiano’s Little Italy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 Magnolia Gardens on Main . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Marquee Event Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 272 Mary Kay Cosmetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 229 Mayan Dude Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Meemo’s Bakery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128 The Memory Station . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 282 Men’s Wearhouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175 Mobile Hands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 230

Say Zees Photo & Video Productions . . . . . . . . . . 213 Scenic Springs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Shavano Park Wellness Pharmacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 230 Simply Magnolious Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Something New Jewelry Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 286 South Hill Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 286 Spice of Life Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Stardust Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 286 Sun Gold Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186 Sunset Station . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 SWC Consultants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Take 4 Memorable Imaging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 283 Tapatio Springs Golf Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Texican Gifts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 286

Moments & Milestones Photography . . . . . . . . . . . 196

Tiago’s Cabo Grille . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 & 75

My Wedding Shoppe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201

Touch Of Elegance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 276

National Association of Catering Executives . . . . 110

Tower of the Americas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

New Wellness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231

TR Weddings & Events (Tuscan Rose/Freesia Designs). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 253

Northern Hills Golf Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 NutriChef USA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 294

The Veranda . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 VIP Entertainment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218

Oakleaf Florist. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 246 Old Glory Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Olympia Hills Golf & Conference Center. . . . . . . . . 49 One Sound DJ Productions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219 Origami Owl / It’s a Hoot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 287 Pampered Chef . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 286 Passport To Marriage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Pastor Jim Berrier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Pat O’Briens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 & 29 Perfect Beginnings Destination Weddings and Honeymoons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 301 Pink Poppy Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191

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Wanda Deagen Dance Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Wedding and Event Designs by Pamela . . . . . . . . . 13 Weddings by Christobel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 287 Weddings by Design by H-E-B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 243 Well Framed Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Werner’s Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102 Wolf Studios Photography. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 283 The Woodward House. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Yarlen Linen & Decorations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 269 Younique. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 286 Zio’s Italian Kitchen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97

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