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CONTENTS The First Steps Solving the Planning Puzzle . . . . . . . . . 10 FYI – Bridal Consultants . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Wedding Bands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Wedding Insurance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Marriage License . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Your Ceremony . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Idea Gallery – The Kiss! . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Bridal Extravaganza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Celebrating

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The Celebration Celebrating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 We Love This Idea! Poppers . . . . . . . . 28 Service Contracts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Great Ideas for Receptions . . . . . . . . . 36 Theme Weddings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Trend Watch – Pink . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Small Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Avoiding Stress. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

Choosing Your Caterer

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Questions to Ask the Venue . . . . . . . . 52 Showing Off San Antonio . . . . . . . . . . 56 FYI – Tipping Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Reception Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Green Wedding Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Historic Missions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Trend Watch – Wine Accessories . . . . 76 Out-of-Town Guests . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Guests Tell All . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Idea Gallery – Cute Kids . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Rehearsal Dinner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Wine 101 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 FYI – Beverage Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 Choosing Your Caterer . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Questions to Ask the Caterer . . . . . . 100 FYI – Catering Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104

Idea Gallery – Cakes

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Cakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 Fresh vs. Frozen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112 FYI – Icing Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 Idea Gallery – Specialty Cakes . . . . . 160 FYI – Cake Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 Idea Gallery – Cakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123 Trend Watch – Cake Toppers . . . . . . . 128 www.SAWeddings.com


CONTENTS The Finery Your Perfect Gown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130 Bridal Gown Terms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136 Buyer Beware! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138 Gown Preservation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140 Today’s Bridal Fashions . . . . . . . . . . . . 142 Journey to Greece . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144

Your Perfect Gown

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Trend Watch – Bridesmaids . . . . . . . . 157 Menswear Terms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158 Trend Watch – For the Guys . . . . . . . 160 Idea Gallery – Men’s Wear. . . . . . . . . . 163 Trend Watch – Purple . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168

The Images Booking Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170 Questions to Ask the Photographer. 172 Idea Gallery – Black and White . . . . . 178 DIY Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182 Great Ideas for Photography . . . . . . . 184

Idea Gallery – Formal Wear

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We Love This Idea! Tattoos. . . . . . . . . 186 Boudoir Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188 Videography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190 Idea Gallery – Different Views . . . . . . 193

The Entertainment Hit the Right Note . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200 Hiring a DJ. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 202 Dancing at Your Wedding . . . . . . . . . 204

The Beauty Look Picture Perfect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 206 Weight Loss Advice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 210

Booking Photography

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Makeup and Color . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211

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The Details Flowers Set the Mood . . . . . . . . . . . . . 214 Questions to Ask the Florist. . . . . . . . 216 FYI – Bouquet Guide. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 220 Trend Watch – Paper Flowers . . . . . . 222 Idea Gallery – Flowers. . . . . . . . . . . . . 225 Bouquet Comparison Guide . . . . . . . 232 Invitations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 234 Decorating Made Easier . . . . . . . . . . . 236 Choosing Linens. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 238 Great Ideas for The Details . . . . . . . . 240

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Look Picture Perfect

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Idea Gallery – Flowers

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Idea Gallery – Décor

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We Love This Idea! Personalized Glasses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241 FYI – Seating Arrangements . . . . . . . 242 Rental Experts Help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 244 FYI – Chair Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 246 Trend Watch – Signs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250 Idea Gallery – Décor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 251 Trend Watch – Favors . . . . . . . . . . . . . 256 Photo Booths and Flipbooks . . . . . . 260

Happily Ever After Why Use Travel Agents? . . . . . . . . . . 264 We Love This Idea! Sandals . . . . . . . . 265

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Honeymoon Checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . 267 Your New Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 268

The Wedding Professionals Venue Directory. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 271 Directory of Wedding Professionals . 283

ON THE COVER Journey to Greece . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144 Booking Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170 Decorating Made Easier. . . . . . . . . . . 236 www.SAWeddings.com

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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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FIRST STEPS

Solving the Planning Puzzle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Marriage License . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

FYI – Bridal Consultants. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

Your Ceremony . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Wedding Bands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Idea Gallery – The Kiss!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Wedding Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

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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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When you begin the process of planning your wedding, don’t underestimate the value a professional wedding consultant can bring.

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Track the budget

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■ How are you paid and by whom? ■ Will you work with new vendors? ■ Will you attend all events (showers, rehearsal, etc.) ■ What does your package include?

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keeping your wedding day on schedule and running smoothly. Packages vary from a day to a few weeks.

Finally, keep in mind you will be working closely with your consultant.

Make sure they listen to you and you’re comfortable with them.


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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Wedding Insurance

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

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

WHAT CAN BE COVERED?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alcohol liability insurance covers the bride, groom and immediate family

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

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

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

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Obtaining a Marriage License The cost for a marriage license is $60, plus local fees that range from $21 to $22.

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.

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.

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.

Marriage licenses are issued by each of the county courthouses and are valid throughout the state of Texas.

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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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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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Your Ceremony During the course of planning your perfect wedding, you will make many decisions based on what tradition dictates. One area of your wedding that is easily personalized is the ceremony. No longer do brides in formal white gowns have to walk down an aisle. Today marriages are conducted virtually anywhere, from parks and backyards to amusement park rides. Couples often choose a marriage location that represents how they met or mutual interests. Recently two senior citizens elected to marry at the department store where they met while employed. Periodically the news will carry stories of couples marrying while skydiving or even underwater. You don’t have to go to that extreme to have a personalized ceremony. Many couples find meaningful ways to make the actual ceremony personalized. Some will choose a song that has special meaning (but be sure to check with your church for permission); others may select a special reading, for example.

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

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

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Celebrating. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 We Love This Idea! Poppers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Service Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Great Ideas for Receptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Theme Weddings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Trend Watch – Pink . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Small Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Avoiding Stress . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Questions to Ask the Venue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Showing Off San Antonio. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 FYI – Tipping Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Reception Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Green Wedding Guide. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Historic Missions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Trend Watch – Wine Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Out-of-Town Guests. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78

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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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Service Contracts Once you’ve decided to work with a particular wedding service provider, get a written contract or letter of confirmation. It should include your name and address, their name and address, a definition of the specific service you’ve contracted, times of arrival and departure, goods that will be delivered and time of delivery, contracted costs, overtime costs, deposit paid, and balance due. Your contract should also include several important dates: Your wedding date; date contract was written; date your deposit was paid; and date the balance is due.

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

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on the day of her wedding, a bride would pass out mugs of ale to family and friends who would then give her money to set up housekeeping. Hence, the “bride’s ale” became “bridal.”

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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 enjoy.

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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THEMES ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

A Wedding Just for You


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

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

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

How early can you get in the building to decorate?

How early can the caterer arrive?

Do they have a list of approved caterers?

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

Is security required?

What are the alcohol policies?

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

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

What are the payment options and arrangements?

What are the setup policies?

Is parking available? Is it paid or free?

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

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

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

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

Are there any other restrictions?

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SAN ANTONIO

Showing Off Your City San Antonio is a city as individual in its culture as it is in its charm, perfect for a one-of-a-kind experience on your special occasion.

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.

Historic King Williams District, once the most elegant residential area now

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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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FYI Tipping Guide

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

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

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

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

Soloist, organist, church staff, etc.

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

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

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

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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.

RECYCLING ■

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rehearsal Dinner A dinner following the wedding rehearsal is traditional. It is a lovely way to begin your wedding festivities and allows your attendants and families to relax and get acquainted. The meal is traditionally hosted by the groom’s parents, and includes the immediate family of both the bride and the groom, the wedding officiant and members of the wedding party and their spouses. In some circumstances, you may want to include special out-oftown guests who have already arrived and the parents of younger wedding party members. The rehearsal dinner is the traditional time for the groom’s father to make a formal toast to the couple. It is also an appropriate time for the attendant’s gifts to be passed out. Seating plans and place cards are especially important to this dinner, probably a first meeting for more than one of the group. The bridal couple generally sits together at the head of the group, their parents flanking them. The members of the wedding party are seated throughout the rest of the family members and special guests. Presumably, they will feel more at ease and be able to assist in making the other guests more comfortable. For an entirely different twist, the latest trend in post-rehearsal events are more casual get-togethers. For a more relaxed evening try a backyard barbeque or a casual buffet. Because it is an icebreaker of sorts, relax and enjoy the rehearsal dinner. Don’t linger too long however. Brides look terrible with bleary eyes.

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

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. 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.

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FYI Beverage Guide

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4 ounces/ guest/serving

1. Beer 2. Wine 3. Vodka 4. Whiskey 5. Rum

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Select less expensive entrees

Ways to reduce catering costs: Reduce guest counts

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


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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Buffet Style

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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DON ’ T FORGET

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.)


CAKES ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

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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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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.

PROS:

CONS:

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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.

PROS:

CONS:

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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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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

Round

6" 8" 12 24

10" 12" 14" 16" 38 56 78 100

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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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10" × 4"

12" × 4"

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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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1 Make a semi-circle cut in “next-to-top” tier in the same diameter and position as the top tier. 2 Cut slices approximately 1" wide and 2" deep. Serve slices from the “server” side of cake, serving approximately half of the tier. 3 Cut the next tier down in a semi-circle, following the edge of the tier above (from which you have just served). Cut and serve these slices also about halfway around the cake. When “back side” of all tiers to be served are cut, remove top tier and put aside. Continue serving the rest of the second tier, then the third, and so on.


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

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

Ask the price of alterations on each piece ordered.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The secret to choosing the perfect gown and assuring the proper fit is to start well in advance of your wedding date. Choose a well-established, reputable shop with a friendly and knowledgeable staff.

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

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

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

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

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

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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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BODICE SHAPES í˘ą Bateau Neckline: Boat-shaped design formed by a straight line between the shoulders, often dipping in front. May or may not reveal the shoulders and is usually trimmed with lace.

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

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

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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.

WHAT WAS ORDERED

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.

WHAT WAS ORDERED

WHAT ARRIVED

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

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Long after the wedding cake has been eaten; long after the flowers have wilted; long after the thank you notes have been written you will have one tangible remembrance of your wedding — the photographs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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DIY Photography With the average cost of a wedding constantly on the rise, many couples are looking for ways to trim the budget.

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.

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! ■

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?

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

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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.

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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 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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Choosing a Videographer ■

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 or the ceremony, interviews with your parents, special guests, activities, and groups of friends at the reception… all captured in sight, sound, and movement for years to come.

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.

Imagine being able to see and hear your vows being said, reliving again the emotions of the moment. A DVD of your wedding and the following festivities will capture the “real life” that otherwise goes unobserved, and is a poignant, often humorous, accompaniment to the traditional wedding photographs.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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 $600 to $800 for a string quartet, depending on the individual musician’s experience and expertise.

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

If you are not familiar with classical and traditional church music, a good source to go to is the musician you have hired, organist or otherwise. Many bookstores carry a supply of popular music specifically for wedding ceremonies in addition to music stores. You can also create

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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.

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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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? 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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Dancing at Your Wedding With the advent of video and the internet, a newlywed couple’s first dance is almost always recorded, available to share with the world and down through the years for all of posterity to see. That’s why prospective brides and grooms who want to give a polished and graceful performance on their big day are increasingly opting to take dance lessons to help prepare for what may be the performance of their lifetimes. Start four to six months before the wedding to allow more time for practice, especially if you are a newcomer to dancing. Sun Gold Photography

Besides the waltz and other traditional dances, the mambo, salsa, swing and even the hustle are all popular at weddings today. Remember that dance lessons can actually be good exercise and a stress reliever.

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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! Here are some really important guidelines to help you look phenomenal when considering your dress, skin and hair:

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

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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. SKIN CARE, SKIN CARE, SKIN CARE!!!

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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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.

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

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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.

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

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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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:

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

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

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

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

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

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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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should be subtle; use just enough to enhance your natural eye color. ■

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

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Underscore the drama of your wedding with the right flowers. Find a professional who will take the time to learn about you and the ambience you want to create.

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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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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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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Crescent

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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Keep your flowers in balance with your stature and dress. Large cascading bouquets can overwhelm a petite bride. A full ball gown wedding dress calls for dramatic flowers, not a posy.

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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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hand-painted natural branch Pink protea White narcissus White hydrangea Queen Anne's lace Astilbe Pink and lavender roses Orange ranunculus Yellow tuberose

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Once you’ve decided on the perfect bouquet, think about personalizing it by adding a memento or two. Your grandmother’s brooch or a photo charm can be added to the wrapping or use a strip of your mother’s wedding dress or the dress you wore when you got engaged. Still not sure what you want? Trust your florist. They have the knowledge and experience to steer you in the right direction. The Details • 233


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Make a Great First Impression

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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.

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.

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. 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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“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.

Insert the invitation into the inner envelope with enclosure cards, and printed side facing the back flap. Insert this inner envelope into your addressed envelope. Take note! NEVER include gift registry information in your invitation. www.SAWeddings.com

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

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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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Choosing Linens

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Wedding favors have been around almost as long as weddings. From love knots fashioned of fabric and lace popular in 16th Century England to the candy coated Jordan almonds tied in net bags we’ve all seen at one wedding or another, it is not only customary, but also considerate, to give your guests a small token of appreciation for sharing your special day. 1 Local specialties, like these milk or dark chocolate covered pecans (also available in savory flavors) are a delicious treat. (www.berdollpecanfarm.com) 2 These personalized boxes of tea will warm the hearts of your guests in a variety of flavors, and various box colors. (www.illustrationgirl.com) 3 The wildflowers that bloom from these seed bombs

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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 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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Registry Dos and Don’ts

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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

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. 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 destination wedding but also your guests. They will track who has booked, who has called and what everyone’s travel details are. They

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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.

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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Welcome party for out-of-town guests.

Their wedding attire.

Wedding gift for the newlyweds.

Rehearsal dinner.

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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.

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Travel expenses and lodging.

Wedding gift for the bride.

Parties for the bride and groom.

Bride’s engagement and wedding rings.

Wedding gift for the couple.

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

ATTIRE & BEAUTY

11%

AVG. COST

YOUR COST

$1,000–$2,800

________________

Bridal gown

________________

Headpiece/veil

________________

Alterations

________________

Shoes

________________

Undergarments

________________

Jewelry

________________

Accessories

________________

Hair & makeup

________________

Groom’s tuxedo/shoes/accessories

________________

Bride’s wedding band

________________

Groom’s wedding band

________________

CEREMONY

5%

$700–$1,500

________________

Church/ceremony site

________________

Officiant

________________

Organist

________________

Musicians/soloist

________________

Marriage license

________________

RECEPTION (150)

40%

$5,000–$10,000

Site rental

________________ ________________

Caterer/food

________________

Wedding cake & groom’s cake

________________

Beverages (wine/beer/liquor)

________________

Champagne

________________

Favors

________________

Decorations (other than flowers)

________________

Rental supplies (linens, china, tables, chairs)

________________

Additional services (servers, bartenders, valet parking)

________________

Taxes and gratuities

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8%

$700–$2,500

________________

Engagement photo

________________

Formal portrait

________________

Wedding album & photos

________________

Parents’ albums

________________

Extra prints

________________

Photographer’s fee

________________

Other

________________

VIDEOGRAPHY

5%

$700–$1,500

________________

Ceremony

________________

Reception

________________

Extra copies of video

________________

Other

________________

STATIONERY

4%

$500–$1,000

________________

Invitations

________________

Announcements

________________

Response cards

________________

Thank-you notes

________________

Ceremony programs

________________

Calligraphy/addressing

________________

Postage

________________

Printed napkins

________________

Guest book & pen

________________

Other

________________

REHEARSAL DINNER Site rental

25 people

$500–$750

________________ ________________

Food/caterer

________________

Beverages (wine/beer/liquor)

________________

Other

________________

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Budget Worksheet FLOWERS ■

Continued from Page P8

8%

$1,300–$2,600

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Ceremony

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Altar/huppah

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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

________________

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

________________

WEDDING CONSULTANT

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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.,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Guide for the Best Man

Continued from P21

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Guide for Ushers

Continued from P23

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Guide for the Maid/ Matron of Honor

Continued from P25

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other Responsibilities: ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________

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

■ Bride dressing for ceremony

■ First kiss

■ Bride full-length solo

■ Recessional

■ Bride with parents

■ Formal bride and groom together

■ Bride with mother/father separately

■ Newlyweds and parents

■ Bride with grandparents

■ Newlyweds and entire bridal party

■ Bride with sisters/brothers

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

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

clasped together ■ Bride or groom alone with new

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

other cake ■ Best Man and Maid of Honor toasting

newlyweds

■ Groom with best man

■ Newlyweds toasting each other

■ Groom with groomsmen

■ Musicians

■ Groom, bride’s parents being seated

■ Father/Bride; Mother/Son dance

for ceremony

■ Newlyweds’ first dance ■ Guests dancing

■ Bridesmaids walking down aisle

■ Bride tossing bouquet

■ Flower girl, ring bearer walking down

■ Groom removing garter

aisle ■ Bride and father approaching altar or

canopy

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

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

■ Post-reception party

■ Exchanging of rings

■ _________________________________

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

AVAILABLE/COST

Private room

_______________

_______________________

Room capacity

_______________

_______________________

Hours available

_______________

_______________________

Staff

_______________

_______________________

Head table

_______________

_______________________

# of guest tables

_______________

_______________________

Linens

_______________

_______________________

China

_______________

_______________________

Stemware

_______________

_______________________

Glassware

_______________

_______________________

Flowers

_______________

_______________________

Cake

_______________

_______________________

Cake cutting charge

_______________

_______________________

Stage

_______________

_______________________

Sound system

_______________

_______________________

Piano

_______________

_______________________

Guest book table

_______________

_______________________

Gift table

_______________

_______________________

Cake table

_______________

_______________________

Catering service

_______________

_______________________

Bar

_______________

_______________________

Bartender

_______________

_______________________

Air conditioning

_______________

_______________________

Set-up time

_______________

_______________________

Decorations

_______________

_______________________

Clean-up charge

_______________

_______________________

Champagne cost

_______________

_______________________

Corkage fee

_______________

_______________________

Valet parking

_______________

_______________________

Taxes & gratuity

_______________

_______________________

Receiving line area

_______________

_______________________

Wedding coordinator

_______________

_______________________

Head count deadline

_______________

_______________________

Menu selection deadline

_______________

_______________________

Deposit deadline

_______________

_______________________

Final payment deadline

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_______________________

_______________

_______________________

_______________

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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

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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 5051

111 W. Crocket Street #214 228-9876

Blanco BBQ

See Ad Page

Maximum Capacity

Bands/DJ Allowed

Security Required

Dance Floor

Free Parking

Garden/Patio

Valet Parking

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B

Can Provide Cake

In-House Catering Only

Barriba Cantina

Indoor/Outdoor

Ceremony Site

Bridal Dressing Room

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Cana Ballroom, The

450 82

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

Casa Rio

450 69

430 E. Commerce St. 229-1646

Club at Sonterra, The

200 27

901 Sonterra Blvd. 496-1560

County Line Barbeque, The

140 5051

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

Courtyard by Marriott Riverwalk

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207 N. St. Mary’s Street 246-7977

Crystal Room, The

200 80

10223 Sahara 342-2321

Devonshire Place 12475 Starcrest 545-2249

Embassy Suites Riverwalk Hotel

300 43 seated

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450 47

125 East Houston Street 424-6203

Emporium By Yarlen

600 55

2218 E. Chavaneaux Rd. 627-9800

Enchanted Springs Ranch

300 62

242 State Hwy 46 W., Boerne 226-6654 Legend: B = Both inside and outside I = inside only O = outside only * From Pre-approved List

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Dance Floor

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Garden/Patio

Indoor/Outdoor

In-House Liquor Only

Ceremony Site

Fair Oaks Ranch

Bridal Dressing Room

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

Garden Heights Wedding & Event Venue

38

18816 FM 2252 771-0296

Gardens at Old Town Helotes

200 63

200 102

350 22& 61

15060 Antonio Drive, Helotes 695-4777

Grady’s Bar-B-Que

737-3571

Granberry Hills

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6390 Granberry 590-8067

Grand Promenade at Pat O’Brien’s, The

300 7475

113 Alamo Plaza 212-3957

Hacienda Santa Maria

250

37

2121 N. St. Mary’s St. 227-2121

Hilton Palacio del Rio

400 57

200 South Alamo St. 224-3367

Hilton San Antonio Hill Country Hotel & Spa

300

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300

81

120

54

9800 Westover Hills Blvd. 509-9800

Holiday Inn Riverwalk 217 N. St. Mary's 272-1519

Hotel Contessa Luxury Suites

306 W Market St. 298-8048

Jack Guenther Pavilion at the Briscoe Art Museum

450 64

300 52

210 W. Market St. 507-4849

La Fontana Springs

27618 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd. 284-3095 Legend: B = Both inside and outside I = inside only O = outside only * From Pre-approved List

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Bridal Dressing Room Lambermont Events

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Venue Directory

300 26

950 E. Grayson 271-9145

M & M Plantation

500 38

250 96

13351 Sherwood Rd., Atascosa 378-1747

Maggiano’s Little Italy

17603 IH-10 West 451-6010

Magnolia Gardens

300 42

2030 N. Main @ Ashby 737-2710

Magnolia Halle

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10319 Huebner Rd. 469-0828, ext. 2

Moonlight Ballroom & Conference Center

450 65

7711 Guilbeau Rd. 549-4180

NOAH'S Event Venue

350 68

18918 Ridgewood Pkwy. 527-4401

Old Glory Ranch

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300 35

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

Olympia Hills Golf & Event Center 12900 Mount Olympus, Universal City 945-4653

Pavilion by Hilton, The

200 South Alamo St. 224-3367

Pavilions at Rockport Beach, The 911 Navigation Circle, Rockport (361) 729-6661

Plaza Club, The

100 W.Houston, Ste. 2100 227-4191

Plaza Lecea

230

77

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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Ceremony Site

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Bands/DJ Allowed

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29

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250

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Maximum Capacity

Free Parking

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Valet Parking

In-House Liquor Only

Bridal Dressing Room Rancho La Mission

In-House Catering Only

Venue Directory

60

7561 E. Evans 651-6520

Rustic Gardens 14025 Hwy. 87 NE 748-0950

Scenic Springs

19215 Scenic Loop Rd., Helotes 877-1558

Sienna Pointe

18826 State Hwy. 16 N., Helotes 722-1115

SPRINGS in Boerne, The

320 fold-

420 Upper Cibolo Creek Rd. Boerne (830) 388-1642

SPRINGS in New Braunfels, The

out

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320 foldout

1723 Herbelin Rd., New Braunfels (512) 585-5899

Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort

B

400 33

500 53

1 Resort Way, Boerne (866) 991-6165

B

B

B

B

Tower of the Americas, The

739 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. 223-3101

Twelve Oaks Hill Country Inn

125 IBC

✓ 1,000 100

4940 FM 1863 (830) 438-1862

Veranda, The

1746 Lockhill Selma Rd. 366-1220

Wyndham Garden Riverwalk

200 32

103 Ninth St. 515-4555 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.

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Directory of Wedding Professionals ACCOMMODATIONS Comfort Suites

NE 656-4600 11526 IH-35 North ■ Web site: www.choicehotels.com/hotel/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 78)

Holiday Inn Riverwalk

DT 272-1519 217 N. St. Mary’s St. ■ Web site: www.hiriverwalk.com Located in the heart of Downtown and on the banks of the beautiful San Antonio River, Holiday Inn Riverwalk offers 313 guest rooms (including 12 suites), with river-view and city-view options available. Amenities include: onsite valet and self-parking, laundry service, safety deposit boxes, heated pool and spa, and a 24-hour fitness center. Sleek, modern, and thoroughly stylish; come see what the new Holiday Inn Riverwalk is all about. (SEE AD PAGE 81)

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

Pure Romance – Mona Trouten 606-4525 Web site: www.pureromance.com/monatrouten Pure Romance is an in-home party plan that sells a fantastic line of lotions, lingerie and an exotic line of “mild to wild” relationship enhancement products. Guests can smell, taste, and feel different products on their skin. Plus, the more your friends buy, the more you get in free products. So why not send the bride-to-be off in style with Pure Romance. My name is Mona and I am a Pure Romance consultant. (SEE AD PAGE 249)

BANDS See Entertainment — Live

BANQUET FACILITIES S e e Ve n u e s

BARTENDERS & WAITSTAFF Bartenders4you

NE 889-0887 9330 Corporate Dr., #504 ■ 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 91)

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Cheers Party Service 979-7191 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 89)

Cocktails Bartending Service 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 249)

Elite Bartending Services

NW 382-9228 6533 Bandera Rd. ■ 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 249)

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 PAGE IFC)

Margarita Man

NC 979-7191 10818 Gulfdale ■ Web site: www.margaritamansa.com The Margarita Man has been a part of wedding celebrations for more than 30 years in South Texas. From intimate to large venues, The Margarita Man has enhanced the fun of wedding events and receptions, and we are excited to help you with yours. From the moment you book your wedding with us, we provide hands-on personal service to help deliver an award winning taste to your event. (SEE AD PAGE 89)

BEAUTY, SKIN CARE, MAKE UP & HAIR Amazing Lash Studio

NC 693-1804 427 N. Loop 1604 W., #108 ■ Web site: www.amazinglashstudios.com Amazing Lash Studio Sonterra is the place for long, gorgeous eyelash extensions in San Antonio. Get thicker, longer lashes instantly with our high-quality lash extensions expertly applied by our lash specialists. You can choose the length, volume and material of your new lashes. Personalizing your set means you’ll leave our studio with the lashes you’ve been wanting. Don’t waste any more time with mascara, eyelash enhancers or store bought false eyelashes. Call now for your appointment. (SEE AD PAGE 249)

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cHAIRish The Day

NE 632-3877 18819 FM 2252, Ste. 5 ■ Web site: www.chairishtheday.com cHAIRish The Day specializes in creating timeless hairstyles for all special occasions. Now featuring our new Beauty & Blow Dry Bar. Our staff are licensed cosmetologists with 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 208)

It Works! – Alexis & Vincent Hernandez 803-1932 Web site: www.alexis2016.myitworks.com Named after product reviews, It Works! weight loss, fitness, and beauty products are changing people’s lives. Have you heard of “this crazy wrap thing?” This one-of-a-kind body treatment will tighten, tone and reduce cellulite in as little as 45 minutes. Sound too good to be true? Let us prove you wrong. We have a wide range of products to fit every budget and health goal. Contact me today to get started. (SEE AD PAGE 210)

Kaleigh’s Kisses (512) 750-2530 Web site: www.senegence.com/kaleighskisses Say “I Do” with Kaleigh’s Kisses. You should wear lip color, not your groom. We feature LipSense by SeneGence; lead/wax free, smudge-proof, waterproof and kiss-proof liquid lip color that lasts up to 18 hours with one application. We have something for every bride. With our whole line of long lasting cosmetics and amazing skin care featuring patented anti-aging ingredients. Bridal packages available. Change the way you kiss. Visit www.facebook.com/kaleighskisses (SEE AD PAGE 249)

Mary Kay Cosmetics Independent Beauty Consultants Lisa Bradley — 844-1886 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 211)

Rodan + Fields Independent Consultants Alanna Partin — 787-0031 • www.alannapartin.myrandf.com Lacey Koehler — www.lkoehler.myrandf.com Rodan + Fields is an effective skincare line designed by two of the most respected dermatologists in the country, with the ability to truly transform your skin. We have personally witnessed the difference these products have made on people's skin and in their lives. Let us help you, and those you love, achieve flawless looking skin for your "big day," by taking our 60-day challenge. This is a risk free, full money back opportunity. (SEE AD PAGE 249)

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Rodan + Fields – Emma Matsumura (915) 539-7474 Web site: www.ematsumura.myrandf.com Rodan + Fields multi-med therapy products, created by the same doctors who created Proactive, are now the #1 anti-aging brand, the #1 fastest growing company in the U.S and the #1 acne treatment globally. Along with R+F I am committed to help you achieve healthy, clear, flawless skin for your "big day," guaranteed or your money back. Take our solution tool to find out what the dermatologists recommend for you. Change your skin today. (SEE AD PAGE 249)

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

BRIDAL SHOWS Bridal Extravaganza 654-WEDD (9333) 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, Sept. 25 and Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017 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 Rd. ■ 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 116)

Blanca's Cakes, Catering & Décor

NW 680-6333 7627 Culebra Rd., #115 ■ Web site: www.blancascakes.com Blanca's Cakes, Catering & Décor 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 103)

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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 113)

The Cake Shop

NW 561-1700 9871 W. IH-10 ■ Web site: www.thecakeshopsa.com The Cake Shop has entered its 13th year of creating beautiful as well as delicious cakes. This year has been our best yet, as we are introducing a lot of new and different techniques to our designs. One of our biggest strengths is being completely versatile. We accomplish this by working closely with each couple to bring their vision to life. Our artistic and elegant designs will be remembered by your family and friends as a wonderful touch to your event. (SEE AD PAGE 112)

Cakes & More Bake Shop

NC 494-3959 5525 Blanco Rd., Ste. 122 ■ Web site: www.sacakes.com Your wedding cake makes a statement about you. At Cakes & More good taste is everything. From the flavor and freshness to the beauty of the presentation, Cynthia at Cakes & More offers cakes from the traditional to the unique that will reflect each couple’s personality and style. Specialty designs can be easily incorporated into your wedding cake. (SEE AD PAGE 112)

Claire’s Sweet Treats

NE 651-0719 18408 FM 2252 (Nacogdoches Rd.) ■ 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. (SEE AD PAGE 122)

D’Pasteles Cake Shop

NC 653-2024 8523 Blanco Rd., 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 117)

Letty’s Cakes

NW 837-6315 1717 Fredericksburg Rd. ■ Web site: www.lettyscakesandmore.com Letty’s Cakes takes pride in delivering wedding cakes that will take your breath away. We know family, friends and photographers alike will look forward to the cake-cutting moment, and why not? It is a classic wedding moment. Our cakes are made from scratch with the finest ingredients. Whether you want it to be classy or modern, chic and sophisticated or one-of-a-kind, we can do it. Call us to make an appointment for your free cake tasting. You won’t regret it. (SEE AD PAGE 116) Continued on Page 286

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Meemo’s Bakery

NE 390-1592 210 W. Sunset Rd. ■ 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 117)

CATERERS 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 101)

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 43)

Blanca's Cakes, Catering & Décor

NW 680-6333 7627 Culebra Rd., #115 ■ Web site: www.blancascakes.com Blanca's Cakes, Catering & Décor 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 103)

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 34)

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Catering By Celebrations

NW 732-5070 3307 Hillcrest ■ Web site: www.cateringbycelebration.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 92)

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 50 & 51)

Everybody Eats Events & Catering

NW 496-0828 10333 Huebner Rd. ■ Web site: www.magnoliapancakehaus.com/catering-san-antonio Whether you are looking for a rehearsal dinner location, a caterer for your wedding or that day after brunch location, Everybody Eats Events and Catering by Magnolia is a no brainer. With 16 years of service in San Antonio, you can be sure that the quality of our food and service will make your special day effortless and one that your guests won’t forget. (SEE AD PAGE 83)

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 107)

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 93)

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 INSIDE FRONT COVER)

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Maggiano’s Little Italy

NC 451-6010 17603 IH-10 West ■ Web site: www.maggianos.com At Maggiano’s Catering we have one philosophy: When you don’t come to our place, we bring the best of everything to yours. You will experience a brand of hospitality unavailable anywhere else. Let Maggiano’s help make the wedding of your dreams a reality, while you enjoy a fresh-made Italian feast your guests will remember forever. (SEE AD PAGE 96)

NACE President, Michelle Moon • 362-0286 Web site: sanantonionace.com The National Association for 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 96)

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

NC 821-5051 7720 Jones Maltsberger, Concord Plaza ■ NW 538-8792 17803 La Cantera Terrace, Ste. 8110 ■ DT 227-8847 600 E Market St., Riverwalk Grand Hyatt ■ Web site: www.RuthsChrisSA.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 a wedding reception, bachelor dinner, bridal party or an 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 looks forward to helping create your perfect occasion. (SEE AD PAGE 87)

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 96)

Smokey Mo’s Bar-B-Q 760-2321 Web site: www.smokeymosbbq.com Smokey Mo's is the definition of old fashion Texas bar-b-que. We pride ourselves on our professional and friendly staff, and of course, our excellent bar-b-que. We have packages for any sized group. All you need is tables and guests with an appetite — we take care of the rest. Smokey Mo’s Bar-B-Q fullservice catering is great for weddings and rehearsal dinners. Those who know, eat at Smokey Mo’s! (SEE AD PAGE 106)

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

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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 100)

TNT Tacos and Tequila

DT 436-9778 1915 Broadway St. ■ Web site: www.tacosandtequilatnt.com TNT has a full-service catering department with three basic rules: great quality food, seamless service, and excellent value. We create intense flavors with marinades, glazes and accompanying relishes with steak, chicken, ahi tuna, chimichurri beef tenderloin or chili rubbed shrimp. Taste our fresh, bold flavors right off the grill. That is the essence of the simple grill at Tacos and Tequila. Let the elements speak for themselves. (SEE AD PAGE 91)

Zio’s Italian Kitchen

NE 637-7787 7824 Pat Booker Rd. ■ NW 697-7222 12858 W. IH-10 ■ NC 495-7722 18030 Highway 281 ■ SE 333-9467 2707 SE Military Dr. ■ Web site: www.zios.com As well as accommodating our guest’s bridal showers and rehearsal dinners at any of our four San Antonio locations, we are well known for our catering services at many beautiful San Antonio venues. Let us wow you and your guests with our delicious food and impeccable service at a very modest cost. (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 22 & 61)

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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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CONSULTANTS Celebright 986-2559 Web site: www.celebright.us By considering your way of life, your likes and dislikes, and even your personality, we create authentic events by combining design, decor and experience to fit your budget. From the moment we meet with you to talk about your experiences, to the day of the event and the lights go on, we will take care of each and every detail so you and your guests can enjoy a memorable experience. (SEE AD PAGE 11)

Moments & Milestones Wedding Planning & Photography

NC 320-6164 11230 West Avenue ■ Web site: www.momentsmilestones.com From simple to extravagant, the team at Moments & Milestones specializes in creating spectacularly innovative celebrations that are more fun, less stressful, and custom-tailored to your personal desires. Everyone can use a little help now and then. Our coordinating team is absolutely committed to taking your stress on to their shoulders so you get to focus on all of the mushy, gushy, pretty parts. (SEE AD PAGE 185)

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 204)

DÉCOR & LIGHTING Events by 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 16 years, Events by Touch of Elegance (formerly Touch of Elegance) has been delivering beautiful décor to thousands of events. From weddings and corporate galas, to family events and more. If you are seeking expert advice, ideas, and design for your next event then call today to schedule your consultation with us. (SEE AD PAGE 241)

Freesia Designs

NC 362-1998 151 W. Rhapsody ■ Web site: www.freesiadesigns.com Freesia Designs 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 216)

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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 backyard 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 93)

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)

Mirage International

NC 712-0929 6609 Blanco Plaza, Ste. 260 ■ Mirage International, an international company all along the border of Mexico and the U.S. is identified by one simple phrase, “Un evento Mirage, es un evento único,” meaning that any event we plan, it’s a one-time show. Our services cover everything from exclusive weddings to any type of celebrations, all with our customer’s budget and taste in mind. Select from our various floral designs for your special occasion knowing that you are getting help from floral experts with more than 20 years of experience. (SEE AD PAGE 245)

Yarlen Bridal Decorations

SE 732-6550 2218 East Chavaneaux Rd. ■ 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 237)

ENTERTAINMENT – DJ Cutting Edge Entertainment

NC 495-3900 By appointment only. 227 N. Loop 1604 E, Ste. 150 ■ Web site: www.cuttingedgeentertainment.com 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 201)

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E n te r t a i n m e n t – DJ Co n t i n u e d f ro m Pa g e 2 9 1

Four 40 Entertainment P.O. Box 40474 • 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 201)

JAB Productions

DT 364-9807 6326 Sovereign, Ste. 143, Bldg 2 ■ Web site: www.saweddingvendor.com Are you planning your dream wedding? We are here to help you. Let us show you how to make your special day a memorable one. We specialize in wedding photo booths, uplighting, custom monograms and DJ services. Our attention to detail ensures a flawless evening. Call or text to check availability and schedule your free consultation. We look forward to hearing from you. (SEE AD PAGE 201)

Lumen Events

NW 771-4107 8940 Wurzbach Rd. ■ 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 203)

ENTERTAINMENT – LIVE Chris Guerrero Music (702) 788-7129 Web site: www.chrisguerreromusic.com Smooth vocals combined with masterful piano performance have made Chris Guerrero a firstcall entertainer not only in South Texas, but around the world. With a repertoire from Frank Sinatra to Bruno Mars and everything in between, some of Chris’s residencies include Las Vegas, Milan, Kyoto, Hong Kong, and many more. Well versed in love songs in English, Spanish, Italian, and French, Chris always has the perfect song at the perfect time. (SEE AD PAGE 198)

Platinum Strings (469) 774-1380 Web site: www.platinumstrings.com Platinum Strings began in 1999 with an emphasis on unparalleled customer service and a friendly, accessible approach to planning wedding music. They appear throughout Texas, bringing concert hall quality performances to each wedding or event. With a huge selection of both classical and contemporary music, they can provide custom arrangements of almost any song requested. Expect a touch of elegance with a friendly Texas face. (SEE AD PAGE 198)

FAVORS See Gifts; Photo Booths/Flipbooks

FLORAL PRESERVATION See Florists

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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 223)

Botanika 733-8120 • By appointment. Web site: www.botanika.com Botanika is known to show unique-design sensibility with every brilliant statement. Floral to décor, we understand all elements must be cohesive from the color palettes and decorative fabrics, to the ceiling treatments and ambiance lighting. We can make a raw space feel ultrapersonal by providing custom arrangements, contemporary furniture, lanterns, arbors, vintage pieces and more. Our hands-on team also specializes in full-service wedding planning to cover all the details and logistics of your special day. (SEE AD PAGE 217)

Evember, Inc.

NE 710-4792 • By appointment only. 9330 Corporate Drive, #604 ■ 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 216)

Freesia Designs

NC 362-1998 151 W. Rhapsody ■ Web site: www.freesiadesigns.com Freesia Designs 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 216)

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 231)

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GIFTS & GIFT BASKETS MBellish Engraving 559-8330 Web site: www.mbellishengraving.com Let’s get personal. I can help make your wedding table stand out with personalized champagne flutes or wine glasses. Personalized glasses make perfect wedding favors and our custom engraved glassware are ideal for toasting to the happy couple on their special day. Looking to give a wedding gift that will stand out and create lasting memories? Then give a personalized or monogrammed gift that will bring memories for years to come. Whether for a wedding or an anniversary, personalized gifts are perfect gifts. (SEE AD PAGE 249)

GOWN CLEANING & PRESERVATION Five Star Wedding Gown Specialist

NW 699-9464 or Toll Free (888) 301-9464 9806 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 141)

HEALTH & FITNESS 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

HOMES, REALTORS & MORTGAGES Keller Williams Realty – The Castillo Group

NC 410-5556 1840 Lockhill Selma, Ste. 102 ■ Web site: www.mysanantoniohomeguide.com The Castillo Group understands the unique qualities of our city and enjoys helping homeowners locate the perfect area for their needs. With the help of a young and energetic team, The Castillo Group has quickly gained ground within San Antonio's real estate market having helped more than 150 families since their start. TCG continues to rank as one of the “Top 20 Teams in Keller Williams City View” month-after-month. (SEE AD PAGE 269)

HONEYMOONS Alamo Travel Group

NW 593-0084 8930 Wurzbach Rd. ■ 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 will celebrate its 35th year anniversary in 2017. (SEE AD PAGE 265)

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HOTELS See Accommodations

LIGHTING See Décor & Lighting

LINENS See Décor & Lighting; Rentals

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 ; 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 16)

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 249)

Texas Wedding Ministers 802-8097 Web site: www.txweddingministers.com Texas Wedding Ministers represents Texas’ premier team of professional wedding officiants servicing San Antonio, Austin and surrounding areas. Our ordained ministers can customize your ceremony to fit your requests. We have male and female officiants with ceremonies performed in English, Spanish or both. Our officiants specialize in religious, non-denominational, spiritual, secular, non-religious, interfaith, same-sex and more. With more than 4,000 ceremonies performed, rest assured we will have the talent, knowledge and professionalism every couple needs on their wedding day. (SEE AD PAGE 249)

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PHOTO BOOTHS/FLIPBOOKS Black Tie Party Rental 887-2373 Web site: www.blacktiepartyrental.com Black Tie Party Rental, locally owned and operated, has been providing professional event rental services in the San Antonio and Austin area since 2006. We pride ourselves on providing the most advanced equipment, technology and the friendliest customer service to you. We want to ensure that your special day is as stress free as possible. We will make your photo booth completely unique for your big event and will have your guests talking about it for years to come. (SEE AD PAGE 261)

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 261)

Pappa Rotzi’s Photo Booth

NC 979-7191 10818 Gulfdale ■ Web site: www.papparotzis.com Pappa Rotzi’s Photo Booth is a fun way to remember your event. Our photo booth is an open booth and we have backdrops in many colors. The photo booth allows for Facebook uploads, printing strips or full photos, custom labeling and logos on the photos and a download of all your photos from your event. Photo booth rental starts at $575 for your entire event and includes an attendant. (SEE AD PAGE 261)

Party Time Pictures Photo Booth 775-1973 Web site: www.PTPphotobooth.com Party Time Pictures 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 259)

PHOTOGRAPHERS Also See Videographers

Al’s Photography Toll Free (855) ALS-FOTO (257-3686) 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 161)

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

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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 177)

Aria Productions 378-9517 Web site: www.ariaphotovideo.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 187)

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 187)

Expose the Heart 549-7427 Web site: www.exposetheheart.com We are a husband and wife photography team that takes pride in providing a boutique experience. All of our packages include plenty of hours of coverage as well as a beautiful archival quality album. With our form of lifestyle photography, you will receive timeless photos that reflect who you are as a couple and capture the candid moments that fill your heart. Visit our website to meet your photographers and set your consultation today. (SEE AD PAGE 185)

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 176)

Jen Brazeal Photography (979) 485-9485 Web site: www.jbrazeal.com Natural light, capturing a story with one photo and becoming friends; that's what we are all about. Jen Brazeal and her personally trained team will showcase your photos as well as the beautiful Hill Country and San Antonio area they love. (SEE AD PAGE 180)

Jessica Elle Photography (970) 708-0481 Web site: www.jessicaellephoto.com Jessica Elle Photography specializes in fine art heirlooms with a timeless, elegant, chic style. All collections include a custom engagement session, 2 photographers, a USB of digital images, and a 14-day photo return time. We take pride in helping curate fine art heirlooms for your new home that can be passed down for generations. Contact us for a no obligation meeting for coffee or dessert on us. (SEE AD PAGE 180) Continued on Page 298

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Limelight San Antonio

NW 842-6620 4711 Shavano Oak, Ste. # 100 ■ 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 ADS PAGES 181 & 192)

Mensan Studios

NE 737-6275 13483 Wetmore Rd. ■ Web site: www.mensanstudios.com From daddy's little girl until he walks her down the aisle, we can help you every step of the way. We specialize in quinceañeras and weddings. Our elegant and personalized specialty items are designed with your special day in mind. Why go all over town when you can get everything in one place. We offer fine art photography, photo booths, invitations, party favors and apparel. Let us be a part of your very big day. (SEE AD PAGE 183)

Moments & Milestones Wedding Planning & Photography

NC 320-6164 11230 West Avenue ■ 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 185)

Photos by 2 Generations (512) 545-2551 Web site: www.photosby2generations.com As a mother-daughter photography team, we love to capture our client’s inner and outer beauty in the various stages of their lives. Sexy, empowered, and beautiful is how we see our clients and how we want them to see themselves during and after their personalized boudoir photo session. Enjoy your hair and make-up preparation, and then prepare to be transformed during your hour-long photo shoot into a sexy, beautiful woman, empowered by your own beauty. This is a great present for the groom. Have an exciting time being pampered during your photo shoot, and then reap the benefits of providing him with a gift he will surely enjoy. (SEE AD PAGE 189)

Quiana Photography 816-2155 Web site: www.qphotographysa.com Your wedding is your time to shine and relax. We specialize not just in professional portraits, but in the comfort and ease of making sure all of your photo needs and wants are met. You can be confident in knowing that your wedding photos will represent the essence of who you are and how you want your wedding story to be told by having expression, personality and creativity come to life through precious still moments. (SEE AD PAGE 172)

Raul’s Photography & Videography

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 & Videography blends a combination of traditional photography with photojournalistic style, allowing us to capture beautiful spontaneous moments along with traditional photography. (SEE AD PAGE 173)

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Say Zees Photo & Video Productions

NW 403-9337 8721 Grissom ■ Web site: www.sayzeesphotography.com Say Zees Photo & 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 & Video Productions stands firm on quality, exuberant service and reasonable prices. (SEE AD PAGE 191)

Sun Gold Photography (830) 609-9018 Web site: www.sungoldphotography.com Our mission is to document and preserve the love, the laughter, the relationship and those once-in-a-lifetime moments in a professional, unobtrusive manner for you to treasure in the Happily Ever After. Let us help you preserve those memories as we welcome you to the evergrowing, very happy, Sun Gold Family. (SEE AD PAGE 182)

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 34)

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 more than 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 50 & 51)

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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 more than 60 years. 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 102)

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

NC 821-5051 7720 Jones Maltsberger, Concord Plaza ■ NW 538-8792 17803 La Cantera Terrace, Ste. 8110 ■ DT 227-8847 600 E. Market St., Riverwalk Grand Hyatt ■ Web site: www.ruthschrissa.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 a wedding reception, bachelor dinner, bridal party or an 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 looks forward to helping create your perfect occasion. (SEE AD PAGE 87)

RENTALS 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

NE 494-9700 3660 Thousand Oaks, Ste. 208 ■ Web site: www.marqueeeventgroup.com We are a full-service event rental company serving San Antonio, Austin 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 239)

Vision Lounge Rentals 560-0102 or (956) 771-4500 Web site: www.visionloungetx.com Vision Lounge Rentals is ready to take your event to the next level by adding prestige, elegance and luxury to it. We will provide you with the best service in town in a professional way and

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with quality above all standards. We can assist you with lighting, linens, furniture, dance floors, portable bars, pipe and drapes and much more. (SEE AD PAGE 243)

RESTAURANTS S e e R e h e a r s a l D i n n e r s ; Ve n u e s

SALON SERVICES & SPAS 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

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 161)

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 162)

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 161) Continued on Page 302

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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 50 & 51)

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 34)

The Briar’s Suite at Pat O’Brien’s

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 74 & 75)

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 82)

Casa Rio

DT 229-1646 430 E. Commerce St. ■ Web site: www.casa-rio.com Casa Rio has three beautiful event spaces: The Texas Room, The Rio Room and The Veranda, plus a river barge dining option. Each space is different in style and size, and we are confident that we have a unique space to fit your vision. From ceremonies and receptions to rehearsal dinners and more, our spaces are a hidden gem right on the River Walk for your special day or any occasion. (SEE AD PAGE 69)

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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 27)

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. We are 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 59)

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 as a spectacular place to host a wedding reception. (SEE AD PAGE 80)

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 43)

Embassy Suites Riverwalk

DT 424-6203 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 47) Continued on Page 304

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Emporium by Yarlen

SE 627-9800 2218 East Chavaneaux Rd. ■ 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 55)

Enchanted Springs Ranch

NW Boerne 226-6654 242 State Hwy 46 W. ■ Web site: www.enchantedspringsranch.com Enchanted Springs Ranch, located in Boerne, in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, offers a touch of class with a hint of the Old West. The ranch is home to a stunning spring-fed lake nestled amid a grove of trees, making it an ideal backdrop for your ceremony. At Enchanted Springs Ranch, our wedding coordinators are here to make sure your style and personality shine through on your special day. (SEE AD PAGE 62)

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 45)

Garden Heights Wedding & Event Venue

NE 771-0296 18816 FM 2252 ■ Web site: www.gardenheightsweddings.com Garden Heights is a gorgeous country venue complete with iconic little white chapel, cottage reception hall and free-standing terrace. The vintage-chic chapel includes a working bell tower, separate bridal and groom suites and can seat 150 comfortably. The terrace boasts a beautifully lit gazebo and offers a lovely outdoor alternative for your wedding or reception. The cottage reception hall has a newly installed dance floor, caterers’ kitchen, covered porch and much more. (SEE AD PAGE 38)

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 Bride’s Dressing Room

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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 63)

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 more than 60 years. 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 102)

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 22 & 61)

The Grand Promenade at Pat O’Brien’s

DT 212-3957 113 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 74 & 75)

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 37)

Hilton Palacio del Rio

DT 224-3367 200 South Alamo St. ■ Web site: www.PalaciodelRio.com Nothing will make you happier than celebrating your special day along the romantic River Walk at the Hilton Palacio del Rio. We have the perfect location for every style, offering fabulous views of the River Walk and downtown skyline. Leave the intricate details in our experienced hands. Take a virtual tour of the Hilton at www.visitpalacio.com. (SEE AD PAGE 57) Continued on Page 306

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Hilton San Antonio Hill Country Club & Spa

NW 9800 Westover Hills Blvd. ■ 509-9800 or 767-5304 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 1)

Holiday Inn Riverwalk

DT 272-1519 217 N. St. Mary’s St. ■ Web site: www.hiriverwalk.com Sitting on the banks of the picturesque San Antonio River, Holiday Inn Riverwalk offers more than 12,000 square feet of beautifully appointed banquet space in addition to 313 newly renovated guest rooms to meet all of your needs. We can accommodate intimate engagements of as few as 14 people, or grand receptions of up to 400 guests. Our team is dedicated to ensuring all of your wedding dreams come true. (SEE AD PAGE 81)

Hotel Contessa Luxury Suites on the Riverwalk

DT 298-8048 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 54)

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 PAGE 64)

La Fontana Springs Event Center

NE 284-3095 27618 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd. ■ Web site: www.lafontanasprings.com La Fontana Springs is an enchanting Hill Country venue for weddings and receptions in a peaceful country setting. We are conveniently located 10 minutes from IH-35. We offer an outdoor ceremony area set amongst towering oaks and a spacious 6,000-square-foot ballroom with spectacular views for receptions up to 300 guests. Enjoy our inviting multi-level decks with an outdoor lounge and service bar for your guests. Sparklers and candles are always Bride’s Dressing Room

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welcome here. Our inclusive packages come with wedding planning assistance or create your personal package. (SEE AD PAGE 52)

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 26)

M & M Plantation 13351 Sherwood Rd., Atascosa • 378-1747 Web site: www.mandmplantation.com San Antonio’s premier wedding venue is nestled on more than 15-charming acres in the country, just minutes from downtown. Studded with pecan, and 300-year-old oak trees, the M & M takes you back in time, featuring a newly renovated vintage barn. We bring more than 40 years experience together, giving brides what they want, the way they want it. Come out and see what the fuss is all about. (SEE AD PAGE 38)

Maggiano’s Little Italy

NC 451-6010 17603 IH-10 West ■ Web site: www.maggianos.com 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 96)

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 42)

Magnolia Halle

NW 496-0828, ext. 2 10319 Huebner Rd. ■ Web site: www.magnoliahalle.com Magnolia Halle has been designed with you in mind! Minutes away from the heart of San Antonio, Magnolia Halle is the perfect idyllic setting for the rustic but modern romantic wedding of your dreams. Our number one priority is to make your special day effortless. Nestled on 4.3 acres and surrounded by 200+ year-old oaks, Magnolia Halle offers the most desirable features of the Hill Country for your wedding without the drive. (SEE AD PAGE 83) Continued on Page 308

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Moonlight Ballroom & Conference Center

NW 549-4180 7711 Guilbeau Rd. ■ Web site: www.moonlightballroomsa.com The Moonlight Ballroom is the newest venue in San Antonio, offering all-inclusive wedding packages. We believe your special day should not only be memorable but also stress free. Let us host your event and help you plan every detail along the way. Our goal is truly to make this experience as enjoyable and fun as possible, all while we have a little fun of our own doing what we love — making people happy! (SEE AD PAGE 65)

NOAH’S Event Venue

NE (844) 662-4738 or 527-4401 18918 Ridgewood Pkwy. ■ Web site: www.NOAHSweddings.com Transform your dream wedding into a breathtaking reality at NOAH'S. Our versatile, contemporary design, unique ceiling technology and open-vendor policy offer unprecedented freedom on your big day. NOAH’S includes all of your event essentials and our staff will be there every step of the way to make sure your day runs perfectly. NOAH’S is the largest nationwide event venue corporation and features 9 locations in Texas. We would love the opportunity to host your wedding. (SEE AD PAGE 68)

Old Glory Ranch 3633 River Rd., Wimberley • (512) 847-3646 Web site: www.oldgloryranch.com Begin your life together in our breathtaking Chapel Hall under the graceful arms of our live oak grove or on the banks of the crystal-clear waters of the Blanco River. Your wedding and reception will be a captivating experience at Old Glory Ranch. We have redefined hospitality and entertainment to 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 on-site office. Old Glory Ranch, a premier Hill Country event facility in all its glory. (SEE AD PAGE 48)

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)

The Pavilion by Hilton

DT 224-3367 200 South Alamo St. ■ Web site: www.pavilionsanantonio.com Welcome to The Pavilion by Hilton, a premier downtown San Antonio wedding and reception venue. This brilliantly re-cut jewel is located just steps from the River Walk in HemisFair Park. The historic limestone and wood structure has been completely renovated into an elegant,

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self-contained venue. Nothing will make you happier than celebrating at The Pavilion by Hilton. Leave the details in our experienced hands. (SEE AD PAGE 57)

The Pavilions at Rockport Beach 911 Navigation Circle, Rockport • (361) 729-6661 Web site: www.rockportbeach-texas.com Located on Aransas Bay, the Pavilions at Rockport Beach offers breathtaking waterfront views and sunsets perfect for any event. With four venues to choose from you’re sure to find the perfect one for your needs. We offer indoor and outdoor facilities, mature palm trees, cabanas, umbrellas and picturesque walkways over bridges. The only thing holding you back is your imagination. We look forward to helping you plan the perfect event. (SEE AD PAGE 39)

Phoenician Ballroom at St. George Maronite Center

NW 696-5937 6070 Babcock Rd. ■ Web site: www.stgeorgemaronitecenter.com/venues Perfectly sized and styled to fill a void in San Antonio’s premier event venues, the Phoenician Ballroom comfortably hosts up to 550 with an elevated stage and a full-sized dance floor. With elegant lighting, drapes, and architectural details, your guests will be delighted at your one-of-a-kind event. (SEE AD PAGE 68)

The Plaza Club

DT 227-4191 100 W. Houston, Ste. 2100 ■ Web site: www.plazasanantonio.com Located atop the 21st floor of the Frost Bank Tower, the Plaza Club offers an unforgettable setting for any of your wedding events. Featuring eight beautiful private rooms, and a main dining room with dance floor and band shell, the floor to ceiling windows offer an unsurpassed view of downtown San Antonio. Enjoy the character and charm of our traditional décor and warm refined atmosphere. Our friendly staff will handle everything: food, beverage and bar arrangements, set up, tear down, décor and linens. (SEE AD PAGE 35)

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 77)

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Rancho La Mission

SE 889-9000 14047 Henze Rd. ■ Web site: www.rancholamission.com Rancho La Mission is a beautiful, rustic ranch located only 15 minutes from downtown San Antonio. Our outside venue offers a country atmosphere with the perfect touch of elegance for your wedding day. A gorgeous gazebo sitting in the middle of the island surrounded by a fishing pond and a cedar-made bridge welcomes and invites love to any special day. A Spanish-style mission wall with an old cast iron bell centered above, gives a stunning focal point to any wedding ceremony. Water fountain, petting zoo and playground are just a few amenities Rancho La Mission has to offer. We offer several reasonable packages for all budgets; an event planner is also located on site to assist in making your event memorable. (SEE ADS PAGES 70 & 71)

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 82)

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 60)

Rustic Gardens 14025 Hwy. 87, Adkins • 748-0950 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 28)

Scenic Springs Weddings & Events

NW 877-1558 19215 Scenic Loop Rd., 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 29)

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Sienna Pointe Wedding & Event Venue

NW 722-1115 18826 State Highway 16 N., Helotes ■ Web site: www.siennapointeweddings.com Sienna Pointe is a new wedding and event venue conveniently located in Helotes. Our property features a beautiful outdoor ceremony site and modern indoor reception space. Also included in the rental: bridal dressing suite, groom’s dressing suite, tables/chairs, stage with lighting, outdoor cocktail hour space and outdoor bar. Our staff is committed to providing the best service to our clients and we look forward to hosting your special day. (SEE AD PAGE 79)

THE SPRINGS in Boerne

NW (830) 388-1642 420 Upper Cibolo Creek Rd., Boerne ■ Web site: www.thespringsevents.com THE SPRINGS Events in Boerne is a beautiful wedding venue providing a rustic, elegant backdrop for your special day. Among the many amenities offered, THE SPRINGS allows you to choose all of your own vendors, have the facility for up to 15 hours, and set up personal payment plans. We showcase breathtaking Hill Country views, which are enhanced by THE SPRINGS beautiful stone bridge and signature water feature. (SEE AD FOLDOUT)

THE SPRINGS in New Braunfels 1723 Herbelin Rd., New Braunfels • (512) 585-5899 Web site: www.thespringsevents.com THE SPRINGS provides a beautiful, rustic and elegant backdrop for your special day in the Texas Hill Country. Among the many amenities offered, THE SPRINGS allows you to choose all of your own vendors as well as a 15-hour rental. Make your grand entrance to the outdoor ceremony site as you cross a beautiful stone bridge over the picturesque waterfalls. We offer 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 FOLDOUT)

Tapatio Springs Golf Resort

NW Toll Free (866) 991-6165 1 Resort Way, Boerne ■ Web site: www.TapatioResort.com Your wedding is the most extraordinary event of your life, and should be as unique as you. From an intimate Texas Hill Country wedding gathering with close friends and family, to a grand ballroom wedding reception, Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort will deliver the wedding of your dreams. Allow our professional Hill Country wedding planners to guide you through the exciting planning process and ensure your wedding is everything you’ve dreamed of and more. (SEE AD PAGE 33)

The Tower of the Americas

DT 223-3101 739 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. ■ 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 sky-high venue. (SEE AD PAGE 53) Continued on Page 312 Bride’s Dressing Room

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Twelve Oaks Hill Country Inn 4940 FM 1863, Bulverde • (830) 438-1862 Web site: www.HillCountryVenue.com Twelve Oaks is the intimate wedding location as extraordinary as you, nestled in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. No need to worry about separate wedding and reception venues, because at our idyllic hideaway you can enjoy your very special day from the wedding ceremony into a secluded late-night romance. Ask about our inclusive, intimate wedding packages. You'll soon find yourself adjusting to our relaxed pace, surrounded by 100-year-old oak trees and the luxury of our country house estate. (SEE AD PAGE INSIDE BACK COVER)

The Veranda

NC 366-1220 1746 Lockhill Selma Rd. ■ 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 ’20s 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 100)

Wyndham Garden Riverwalk

DT 515-4555 103 Ninth St. ■ Web site: www.wyndham.com/hotels/21563 Located just steps from the charming, historic Riverwalk, this newly constructed Wyndham Garden San Antonio Riverwalk/Museum Reach hotel is the ideal location to host your special event. This beautiful hotel has various indoor event spaces as well as outside patio options. Exclusive in-house catering is provided by Bourbon Street Seafood Kitchen, serving up a variety of tasty options for your event. The Salon Ballroom can accommodate up to 200 guests seated and boasts two beautiful patios overlooking the Riverwalk. (SEE AD PAGE 32)

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 177)

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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 191)

Limelight San Antonio

NC 842-6620 4711 Shavano Oak, Ste. #100 ■ Web site: www.limelightsanantonio.com Beyond shooting, beyond directing, there is producing. It requires vision and technical expertise in audio, lighting, storytelling, patience, and timing. In order to rise up from videography to motion pictures, and true cinematic quality it takes teamwork. It takes a crew, a film crew. Enjoy and relive all the intimate moments of your day for years to come. Now producing in Ultra HD 4k! (SEE ADS PAGES 181 & 192)

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

WEDDING DRESSES & ACCESSORIES Agatha Marie (956) 244-3300 Web site: www.AgathaMarie.com A woman has been dreaming of her wedding day since she was a little girl, what colors will her bridesmaids wear, who will she marry, but most importantly, what her dress will look like. I’m Agatha Marie and my focus is on loving you, the bride, and loving who you are. As an experienced designer, I can walk you through the initial sketch, draping, and final product. Have your bridal party custom designed with your bridal vision, in your bridal size. (SEE AD PAGE 135)

Brides by Elizabeth

NC 408-4560 1120 West Blanco ■ Web site: www.BridesbyElizabeth.com We are the newest bridal shop in San Antonio. A hidden treasure located in the Stone Oak area, without the Stone Oak prices. We carry bridal, mother of the bride/groom and bridesmaids’ dresses. Our experienced seamstress offers in-house alterations. There is no charge for steaming or storage services for gowns purchased in-house. Let our qualified staff help you find the gown of your dreams without breaking the budget. We are Veteran-owned and honor our military family. (SEE ADS PAGES 133 & 143)

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Index of Advertisers Absolutely Delicious Catering & Event Staging . . 101

Four 40 Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201

Agatha Marie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135

Freesia Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 216

Al’s Formal Wear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161

Fusion Cuisine Catering. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107

Al’s Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161

Garden Heights Weddings & Events . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

Alamo Travel Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 265

Gardens at Old Town Helotes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

Amazing Lash Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 249

George Street Photo & Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176

American Photography & Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177

Got It Covered Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93

Anne Marie’s Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

Grady’s Bar-B-Q . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102

Aria Productions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187

Granberry Hills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 & 61

Barriba Cantina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 & 51

The Grand Promenade at Pat O’Briens . . . . . 74 & 75

Bartenders4you . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91

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

Betty Jane’s Bakeshoppe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116

H-E-B BloomsTM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223

Black Tie Party Rentals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 261

Hacienda Santa Maria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

Blanca’s Cakes, Catering & Décor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Blanco BBQ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

Heavenly Gourmet Bartending Services . . . . . . . . . . . . Inside Front Cover

Botanika . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217

Heavenly Gourmet Catering. . . . . Inside Front Cover

The Briar’s Suite at Pat O’Briens . . . . . . . . . . . 74 & 75

Hilton Palacio del Rio. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

Brides by Elizabeth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133 & 143

Hilton San Antonio Hill Country Hotel & Spa . . . . . . 1

Caitlin’s Creations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187

Holiday Inn Riverwalk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81

Cake Art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

Hotel Contessa Luxury Suites on the Riverwalk . . 54

The Cake Shop, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112

It Works! – Alexis & Vincent Hernandez . . . . . . . . 210

Cakes & More Bake Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112

JAB Productions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201

The Cana Ballroom at St Peter The Apostle Catholic Church. . . . . . . . . . . 82

Jack Guenther Pavilion at The Briscoe Western Art Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64

Casa Rio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69

Jen Brazeal Photography LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180

Catering By Celebrations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92

Jessica Elle Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180

Celebright LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Kaleigh’s Kisses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 249

cHAIRish The Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208

Keller Williams Realty – Castillo Group . . . . . . . . . 269

Cheers Party Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89

La Fontana Springs Event Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

Chris Guerrero Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198

Lambermont Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

Christian Ellis Images. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191

Letty’s Cakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116

Claire’s Sweet Treats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122

Limelight San Antonio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181 & 192

The Club at Sonterra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Loco Motion Flipbooks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 261

Cocktails Bartending Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 249

Lumen Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203

Comfort Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78

M&M Plantation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

The County Line Barbeque . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 & 51

Maggiano’s Little Italy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

Courtyard by Marriott San Antonio Riverwalk . . . 59

Magnolia Gardens on Main. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

The Crystal Room . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80

Magnolia Halle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83

Cutting Edge Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201

Margarita Man . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89

D’Pasteles Cake Shop, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117

Marquee Event Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 239

Devonshire Place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

Mary Kay Cosmetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211

Elite Bartending Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 249

MBellish. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 249

Embassy Suites Riverwalk Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Meemo’s Bakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117

Emporium by Yarlen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

Men’s Wearhouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162

Enchanted Springs Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62

Mensan Studios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183

Evember, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 216

Mirage International . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245

Events by Touch Of Elegance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241 Everybody Eats Events & Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83

Moments & Milestones Wedding Planning & Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185

Expose the Heart. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185

Moonlight Ballroom & Conference Center . . . . . . . 65

Fair Oaks Ranch Golf & Country Club . . . . . . . . . . 45

National Association for Catering and Events . . . 96

Five Star Wedding Gown Specialist . . . . . . . . . . . . 141

NOAH’S Event Venue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68

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Index of Advertisers Old Glory Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

Ruth’s Chris Steak House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87

Olympia Hills Golf & Conference Center. . . . . . . . . 49

Say Zees Photo & Video Productions . . . . . . . . . . . 191

Pappa Rotzi’s Photo Booth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 261

Scenic Springs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Party Time Pictures Photo Booth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 259

Sienna Pointe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79

Pastor Jim Berrier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Simply Magnolious Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

Pat O’Briens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 & 75

Smokey Mo’s Bar-B-Q . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

Pavilion by Hilton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

Spice of Life Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100

The Pavilions at Rockport Beach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

THE SPRINGS in Boerne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Foldout

Phoenician Ballroom at St. George Maronite Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68

THE SPRINGS in New Braunfels . . . . . . . . . . . Foldout

Photos by 2 Generations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189 Platinum Strings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198 The Plaza Club. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Plaza Lecea . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77

Stardust Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 249 Sun Gold Photography. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182 Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Texas Wedding Ministers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 249

Pure Romance – Mona Trouten. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 249

TNT Tacos and Tequila . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91

Quiana Photography. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172

Tower of the Americas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

Rancho La Mission. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 & 71

Twelve Oaks Bed & Breakfast . . . . Inside Back Cover

Raul’s Photography & Videography . . . . . . . . . . . . 173

The Veranda. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100

Red Oak Ballroom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82

Vision Lounge Rentals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 243

Rex Formal Wear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161

Wanda Deagen Dance Studio. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 204

Rodan + Fields – Alanna Partin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 249

Weddings by Design by H-E-B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231

Rodan + Fields – Emma Matsumura . . . . . . . . . . . 249

Wyndham Garden Riverwalk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

Roszell Gardens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60

Yarlen Linen & Decorations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 237

Rustic Gardens Weddings & Event Center. . . . . . . 28

Zio’s Italian Kitchen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97

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