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Smoked on 3rd in Sterling offers various services for Champs Banquet Venue a great choice for couples brides on their special day ......................PAGES 4-6 who want reception downtown ......... PAGES 26-27 Other catering options in the area ...........PAGES 7-8

Check out these other venues .......... PAGES 28-33

Cake and dessert caterers ........................PAGE 10

A wedding checklist...................................PAGE 34

Dixon seamstress has been creating dresses since Groom’s checklist .....................................PAGE 35 she was young girl .............................PAGES 12-15 The bride’s trousseau checklist .................PAGE 36 Dress shops in area ...........................PAGES 16-17 Wedding flowers checklist .........................PAGE 37 Places to get a tux ................................. PAGE 18 Bride’s attendants checklist ......................PAGE 38 Ring shopping in the Sauk Valley ............. PAGE 19 Groom’s attendants checklist ....................PAGE 39 Where to get your flowers ................ PAGES 20-21 Reception checklist ...................................PAGE 40 Dixon photographer puts her focus on small, intimate weddings ........................................ PAGES 22-23 Service providers checklist ........................PAGE 41 More local photographers ................ PAGES 24-25

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From appetizers, entrees, and desserts, to the table decorations, centerpieces, and overall event coordination and planning, Michelle Francque-Burns and Chef John French offer it all at Smoked on 3rd in Sterling.

Settle in to Smoked on 3rd Sterling establishment offers more than just barbecue to brides



ichelle Francque-Burns has always loved to cook. She started out in the food industry as a dietitian, having fallen in love with the science of cooking. Now, she’s been catering for 31 years and offers a full-service restaurant, catering, and bar service for all weddings and events – big and small – along with her partner, John French, at Smoked on 3rd. Walking into Smoked on 3rd on a Friday morning is a little like arriving early to the summer family reunion – quiet, fresh, and clean, a couple of bright smiles coming to greet you, and the smell of sweet, smoky brisket hanging in the air. SMOKED continued on 64

5 Pork butt rests in the smoker at Smoked on 3rd in Sterling.

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Michelle’s enthusiasm for decor takes charge of the space, along with her hospitality, with wedding decor that she creates herself: floral garlands that wrap around the stairwell banister and peachy, summer wreaths dangling delicately from their rustic, wooden frames. Michelle and John have a “we’ll-takecare-of-it” philosophy for any wedding or event. From the appetizers, entrees, and desserts, to the table decorations, centerpieces, and overall event coordination and planning, Michelle says, “Relax. Don’t worry. We’ll take care of it.” Michelle offers brides wedding consultations, themed decor, and the advantage of catering to anyone’s dietary needs, from gluten-free to vegetarian. Food options are broad and not limited to just barbecue. “We can bring in anything and everything,” she said. Favorite meal options include brisket, pulled pork, shrimp, smoked turkey,

Smoked on 3rd – BBQ Bistro & Catering Company Address: 14 E. Third St., Sterling Phone: 815-632-3773 Email: Online: and Facebook smoked salmon, beef tenderloin, fresh vegetables and herbs, beans, potatoes, and nachos. Michelle is particularly aware of the food’s importance. “Two things that people remember from most weddings are ‘How long did I have to wait for food/drinks?’ and ‘Was the food good?’” she said. Providing quick service and attention to detail is part of her approach, along with making sure to keep the drinks flowing and the food ready to serve in a way that looks great. “People eat with their eyes as well as their stomachs,” she said. “I love to stage and make food beautiful.” Brides and grooms are welcome to reach out to the couple to meet and

Some decor at Smoked on 3rd. discuss their wedding plans, and when you’re on your way out of the restaurant, don’t be surprised if they send you home with a cold drink and some barbecue sauce, family reunion style.


More catering options Baker Street Address: 111 W. First St., Dixon Phone: 815-285-2253 Online: Facebook

Brenda’s Chicken Coop Address: 208 W. 10 the St., Rock Falls Phone: 815-622-4999 Email: Online: Facebook

Celebrations Catering Address: 402 E. Mason St., Polo Phone: 815-631-1123 Online: and Facebook

Coty’s Unique Cooking & Catering Address: 216 W. First St., Dixon Phone: 815-973-5117 Email: Online: and Facebook CATERING continued on 84

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Creative Cuisine Address: 1741 Industrial Drive, Sterling Phone: 815-626-7546 Email: 1creativecuisine@ Online: and Facebook

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Hillbilly Jack’s BBQ Address: 1516 Camanche Ave., Clinton, Iowa Phone: 563-242-5225 Online: and Facebook

Homer’s Deli and Sweetheart Bakery

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Address: 241 Main Ave. Clinton, Iowa Phone: 563-242-3959 Online: sweetheartbakery. com and Facebook

Address: 224 S Truman Ave., Lanark Phone: 815-821-4701 Email: Online: and Facebook

Address: 305 11the Ave., Fulton Phone: 815-589-4800 Online: and Facebook

HyVee Address: 901 S. Fourth St., Clinton, Iowa Phone: 563-243-6162 Online:

Manny’s Too

Salamandra Restaurant Address: 105 W. First St., Dixon Phone: 815-285-0874

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Chastity “Chas” Welch and Scott Heeren are the co-owners of Custom Catering and BBQ. Email: salamandradixon@ Online: Facebook

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Cake and dessert catering options Aurelio’s Bake Shop Address: 517 Locust St., Sterling Phone: 815-626-2253 Online: Facebook

Baked by Liz Address: 119 E Main St., Morrison Phone: 815-772-2253 Online: Facebook

Baker Street Address: 111 W. First St., Dixon Phone: 815-285-2253 Email: Online: Facebook

Cakes by Dolores Address: 110 W. First St., Mount Morris Phone: 815-499-2443 Email: Online: Facebook

County Market bakery Address: 201 W. Third St., Sterling Phone: 815-622-0180 or Address: 1380 N. Galena Ave., Dixon Phone: 815-288-2112 Online:

Folsom’s Bakery Address: 319 First Ave., Rock Falls Phone: 815-622-7870 Online: and Facebook

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Delores Wolber runs her business, Cakes by Delores, from her home in Mount Morris. She said baking cakes is something she’s truly passionate about, which is why she began her business. Email: Online: Facebook

Kroger Address: 2301 Locust St., Sterling Phone: 815-625-6405 Online:

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Sullivan’s Foods

Location: Serves northern and central Illinois Phone: 815-471-9034 Email: Online: and Facebook

Address: 300 N. Madison, Morrison Phone: 815-772-4696 or Address: 101 E. state Route 64, Mount Morris Phone: 815-734-6868 Online: and Facebook

Homer’s Deli and Sweetheart Bakery

Sweet Dream Desserts and Catering

Address: 241 Main Ave., Clinton, Iowa Phone: 563-242-3959 Online: sweetheartbakery. com and Facebook

Address: 1969B DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, Phone: 815-756-8150 Email: sddcatering@yahoo. com Online: and Facebook

HyVee Bakery Address: 901 S. Fourth St., Clinton, Iowa Phone: 563-243-6162 Online:​ and Facebook (

Jackie’s Delish Desserts Phone: 815-593-0783

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Aurelio Gallardo, owner of Aurelio’s Bakery in Sterling, decorates the side of a bridal shower cake.

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After some repairs and alterations, Cheryl O’Hare steam cleaned this dress before pickup. O’Hare runs Main Moments out of her home in Dixon.

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o you need some alterations done on your dress? There’s a woman in Dixon with decades of experience who can help you look perfect on your special day. Cheryl O’Hare, 57, of Dixon, started sewing before age 8, making doll clothes on her mother’s sewing machine. Raised in Amboy, she started making all her own clothes at 9 and wore them everywhere. “I remember Ms. Helen

Glessner’s sewing class in junior high,” she said. “I made my eighth grade graduation day outfit. I was very proud.” She had completed her first wedding dress the year before for her older sister’s friend. “I love to sew. I enjoy the ability to make something I like, with better quality than you can find in the stores,” she said. “It drives me crazy when plaids aren’t matched, and hems aren’t hemmed.” O’Hare also made bridesmaid dresses, matching multiples of different sizes for some of her 5 sisters. She added alteration services and similar projects in high school. MEMORIES continued on 144


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A few years ago, O’Hare moved to Dixon so that she could serve more customers. Along with new dresses, she enjoys re-making mother’s and grandmother’s wedding dresses into heirlooms for children’s baptism, first communion and prom. It takes her over a month to make a custom bridal gown. “Not everyone can sew or make a correct alteration. I have seen dresses sadly gape in the front, or seams not sewn straight,” she said. She also makes custom curtains, pillows, bedspreads, duvets, seat cushions and more. O’Hare started college in 1977, focused on fashion design, fashion merchandising, and retail management. She completed almost 2 years at the Minnesota School of Business, learning more cre-

Contact Cheryl O’Hare at 815-289-0970 or mainmoments@ to set up an appointment or for more information. ative ways to make her own patterns, sewing her own clothes to rival any style or fad. “Business classes taught me the art of selling, how to display and rotate merchandise, and my favorite – the history of fashion,” she said. She returned home with more motivation to expand her abilities. Through needing a job to pay her bills, Cheryl kept sewing her own clothes, and word-of-mouth kept her busy. From 1980 to 1983, Cheryl joined the Army in communications, and when she completed her service, she returned home to be close to her parents, still in Amboy. She worked for years in bookkeeping and since she had to dress up, she made her own suits.

“People noticed,” she said. “They’d ask where I bought it, and then, they’d want me to sew for them.” Cheryl’s family always supported her in business and the ups and downs of life. Her parents, the late William and Sophie O’Hare, raised 6 daughters. O’Hare, the middle daughter, cherished time with her family. “Dad worked at Amboy Leffleman’s more than 20 years, and my parents set good examples,” she said. “When Dad passed away, everyone wanted a tractor from his vast collection. They knew they were in perfect running order.” After both parents passed and the last house she rented came up for sale, one sister gave her good advice: move to Dixon.

So, she bought the house of her dreams and in the past 3 years, her client base has grown. “I really care about the customer – how the clothing fits, that she likes it, that she is comfortable in it, and that she feels like she looks good in it.” she said. “I love to use expensive fabric, intricate detail work, and antique lace. Every piece is unique. Even if you aren’t a bride, you should still feel beautiful.” O’Hare works at JCPenney in Sterling, but will be losing her job when the store closes. “I’ll be looking for something else, and I’ll keep sewing,” she said. It’ll surely be the lessons that her parents taught her that will help O’Hare continue to be successful. “I think I get my passion for sewing from my parents,” she said. “They taught me the value of hard work and integrity of spirit.”

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Address: 995 Galena Square Drive, Galena Phone: 815-777-2507 Online: and Facebook

The Dressing Room at Déjà Vu Address: 101 Fifth Ave., Clinton, Iowa Phone: 563-242-3356 Email: dejavu@iowatelecom. net Online: Facebook

Forever Starts Here Bridal Shop Phone: 563-242-2573 Address: 211 Fifth Ave. South, Clinton, Iowa Email: foreverstartsherebridal@ Online: Facebook

Marien and Mae Bridal Boutique Address: 749 First St., LaSalle Phone: 815-220-0844 Email: marienmae@gmail. com Online: and Facebook

Storybook Ending Bridal and Prom Address: 704 Sixth Ave., DeWit, Iowa Phone: 563-659-3983 Email: Online: and Facebook

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Flowers Etc. Address: 1103 Palmyra Avenue, Dixon Phone: 815-288-3335 Email: Online: and Facebook

Where to get your tuxes

Kaleel’s Clothing & Printing Address: 704 N. Galena Ave., Dixon Phone: 815-284-5033  Email: Online: Facebook

Petals To Parties Address: 123 W. First St., Dixon Phone: 815-288-7496 Online: and Facebook

Sauk Valley Cleaners and Tuxedos Address: 120 W. River St., Dixon Phone: 815-288-1322

Seno’s Tuxedos Address: 4015 E. Lincolnway, Suite A, Sterling Phone: 815-625-8247 Online: and Facebook

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Try these places when ring shopping Albert’s Jewelers Address: 128 Fifth Ave. S, Clinton, Iowa Phone: 563-242-8334 Online: and Facebook

Bruce Jewelers Address: 631 S. Main St., Princeton Phone: 815-875-2289 Email: Online: and Facebook

Don’s Jewelry Address: 200 Main Ave., Clinton, Iowa Phone: 563-242-2663 Email: Online: and Facebook

First Avenue Jewelry Address: 323 First Ave., Sterling Phone: 815-626-8811

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Kay Jewelers Address: Sterling Commons, 4204 E Lincolnway C, Sterling Phone: 815-535-0437 Online: and Facebook

Frank Jewelers

Quinn’s Diamond Jewelers

Address: 19 E. Stephenson St., Freeport Phone: 815-235-3169 Email: Online: and Facebook

Address: 104 W. Main St., Morrison Phone: 815-772-4118 Email: Online: and Facebook

Trein’s Jewelry, Inc Address: 201 W. First St., Dixon Phone: 815-284-6626 Email: or linda@ treinsjewelry Online: and Facebook

Venier Jewelers Address: 117 W. First St., Dixon Phone: 815-284-3034 Email: Online: and Facebook

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Flowers for your perfect day Brill’s Penrose Flower Field (seasonal)

JJ’s Keepsake Gardens

Address: 26488 Penrose Road, Sterling Phone: 815-336-2053 Online: Facebook

Address: 6424 N. Howell St., Davenport, Iowa Phone: 563-386-6050 Email: Online:


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Address: 2503 N. Locust St. Phone: 815-625-5115 Online: and Facebook

Dixon Floral Co. Address: 116 E. First St. Phone: 815-288-2246 Online: and Facebook

Flowers by Book

Address: 1709 E. Third St., Sterling Phone: 815-625-0080 Email: Online:

Petals To Parties Address: 123 W. First St., Dixon Phone: 815-288-7496 Online: and Facebook

Selmi’s Weddings and Events

Adddress: 507 Karen Court, Dixon Phone: 815-252-6891 Email: Online: and Facebook

Address: 223 First Ave., Rock Falls Phone: 815-622-8040 Email: Online: and Facebook

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Scenes set by Cindy Photographer focuses on small weddings, offers ‘redo sessions’ Photos by Peter Balser/

Dixon’s Cindy Weidman poses for a photo at Lowell Park. Weidman is the owner of Photos by Cindy, and has shot all kinds of events during her 7 years in the business. Look to the right for examples of her work.



hotos by Cindy has got you covered when it comes to small weddings. Cindy Weidman, 35, of Dixon, started Photos by Cindy about 5 years ago, and after a small hiatus from covering weddings, she’s back at it. When the business first started off, she had done a couple weddings, but she stopped doing them because of the time commitment it required in her already busy session schedule. A wedding can be more than a 10-hour work day, and the editing after can include more than 40 hours of work. Wedding photography is much more than going to the event and snapping the photos. Weidman wants to make sure each photo’s great. Weidman will shoot before or after the wedding if someone doesn’t want a photographer for the whole day. She is only doing small weddings at this time because of her busy work flow. She’s not sure whether she’ll expand and do fullscale weddings in the future. In terms

of small weddings, she means ones that involve smaller bridal parties and family gatherings. Weidman plans to offer “redo sessions” for people who didn’t have a photographer at their wedding, but later wished they had. It could be for someone who was married years ago and wants new photos, among other reasons. She said when she got married about 14 years ago she doesn’t remember there being digital photography. “I bet there’s more people out there like me who would like to redo their wedding session again,” Weidman said. She tries to capture emotion in the people she’s photographing. “That’s what will make someone love the photo,” she said. Initially just a hobby, she’s been doing photography for about 7 years. She enjoys the details, the small things people overlook. For weddings, she’s drawn to the more candid moments of the bride and groom. She said she prefers to photograph outdoor weddings, a setting that’s always interested her.

She was worried she wouldn’t have the same love for photography after starting the business, but she still loves going to every photo shoot. She loves seeing returning clients, seeing them grow older. “I feel like I’m part of their family,” Weidman said. Her work hours vary, but she offers shoots every day of the week. She prefers evening shoots that take place during the last couple of hours of sunlight, when there aren’t as many harsh shadows and the sun isn’t making people squint. Those interested in booking Weidman for their wedding should contact her 6 months to a year in advance, to guarantee their date. She realizes this isn’t always possible, and she’ll do what she can if there’s a shorter notice. The operation wouldn’t be possible without the assistance and support from her family and friends, including her husband, Andy Weidman, 36, and their children, Austin, 11, and Alexis, 8.


More info Weidman can be reached at 815-440-3925 or Go to or find Photos by Cindy on Facebook for more information.

For weddings, Cindy Weidman’s drawn to the more candid moments of the bride and groom. She said she prefers to photograph outdoor weddings, a setting that’s always interested her.


More photographers available in area Bailey Lynne Photography – Oregon

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Phone: 815-871-3553 Email: Online: and Facebook

First Blush Photos – Dixon Phone: 815-440-3963 Email: Online: and Facebook

Brett Paul Photography – Sycamore Phone: 815-762-2390 Email: Online: and Facebook

Jodi Flynn Photography – Chadwick

By Mari Photography – Dixon Contact: Mari Trancoso Phone: 815-677-2187 E-mail: Online: bymariphotography. com and Facebook

Grot Imaging Studio – Dixon Contact: Jim Grot

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Rachael Osborn, owner of Rachael Osborn Photography, stands in her studio space at 1702 Westwood Drive in Sterling. She specializes in wedding photography. Address: 1119 Palmyra St. Phone: 815-284-3211 Email: Online: and Facebook

Dan Royer Photography – Dixon Address: 518 E. Second St. Phone: 815-284-9832

Address: 101 Snow St. Phone: 815-266-9955 Email: Online: Facebook

Just Cause Photography – Ashton Contact: Suzanne Paul Phone: 815-440-7982 Email: Online: and Facebook

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Contact: Misty Buskohl Address: 1428 Phyllis Drive Phone: 815-440-7574

MDR Photography – Dixon Contact: Brooke Slusser Phone: 815-501-8846 Online: and Facebook

Nikki Jean Photography – Morrison Phone: 815-513-8359 Online: Facebook

Pattie Hummel Photography – Dixon Address: 106 W. River St. Phone: 815-440-4800 Email: Online: and Facebook

Shuttered Moments – Sterling

Photography by Heather Lanell – Sterling Phone: 815-499-1307 E-mail: Online: and Facebook

Photography by Jami – Dixon

Onsite Photography – Sterling Address: 3917 E. Lincolnway, Suite B; P.O. Box 106 Phone: 815-716-3282 E-mail: Online: and Facebook

Patrica Puckett Photography – Walnut Address: 8356 2425 North Ave. Phone: 815-876-7514 Email: patriciapuckettphotography@ Online: Facebook

Phone: 815-538-4444 Email: Online: and Facebook

Contact: Jami L. Bonnewell Address: 1008 Woodlawn Ave. Phone: 815-618-8196 Email: Online: and Facebook

Rachael Osborn Photography – Sterling

Contact: Ann Newman Address: 1105 Sixth Ave. Phone: 815-499-6522 Email: Online: and Facebook

Steveo Studios – Rock Falls Phone: 815-622-8177 Email: Online: and Facebook

Timestilling Photography Phone: 815-441-5699 E-mail: Online:

Address: 1702 Westwood Drive Email: Online: and Facebook

T Entertainment DJ and Photography – Kewanee

Setchell Studio Photography – Mendota

Phone: 815-714-8335 E-mail: Online: and Facebook

Address: 723 Washington, Mendota

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Check out what’s new at Champs Champs Banquet Venue can seat up to 150 people

The venue is located at 9 E. Third St., which is the upper level of Champs Sports Bar & Grill, Sterling. To book a wedding, call 815-626-6003. Find Champs Banquet Venue on Facebook or email champs.banquetvenue@ for more information.


hamps Banquet Venue offers an affordable location with a rustic look in downtown Sterling. The venue, which has been open since 2015, holds up to 150 people. The outside patio seats 40. Since openinG, owner Denny Strader, 61, of Sterling, said the banquet has hosted about 20 weddings. “I enjoy seeing people have a good time,” Strader said. The venue caters food to smaller groups of about 20 to 30 people, but outside food service is available for larger groups. There’s a full-bar service, and people can bring in live entertainment.

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Denny Strader, owner of Champs Sports Bar & Grill, poses for a photo at Champs Banquet Venue (also shown on page 26) – which opened above to bar in 2015. Renting the venue for Friday and Saturday is $700. The venue is also available from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day, so people can choose different days. The price varies based on the day and the number of

people in attendance. Below Champs Banquet Venue sits Champs Sports Bar & Grill. Strader has owned that establishment for 26 years. He created the banquet venue because people weren’t

going out to bars as often as they had in the past. He renovated the entire upstairs, exposing the natural brick walls and original hardwood floors. He’s currently working on an addition to the venue, which will offer more seating. He said he hopes to have it open and usable around September or October. If you’re interested in this venue, act quick, because there are already more than 12 weddings booked for 2018.

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Venues for shower, rehearsal, wedding Amboy Community Center Address: 280 W. Wasson Road, Amboy Phone: 815-857-2324 Features: Full-service bar, full kitchen, tables and chairs. Capacity: 225-250

Arnie’s Happy Spot Address: 1667 Hoover Road, Deer Grove Phone: 815-438-5282 Features: Banquet room, ballroom, full-service restaurant and bar; hot or cold buffets; servers; set-up, decorating and clean-up included. Famous for their fried chicken since 1941. Capacity: Up to 400 Online: and Facebook

The Barn at Allen Acres Address: 2206 Prophet Road, Rock Falls Phone: 847-687-3348

Features: Historic, rustic dairy barn and/or country-themed farmhouse available for rehearsal dinner, the wedding, and the wedding night, vintage carriage for photos, plenty of acreage for tents, tables, dancing. Capacity: 150 upstairs in the barn, where the ceremony is held. (Note: The second floor is not handicapped-accessible.) Online: thebarnatallenacres. com and Facebook

The Barn on the Hill Address: 7 E. state Route 72 Phone: 815-703-0628 Email: Features: Tall pines, large shade trees, a lush lawn, and well-tended flower beds make an ideal backdrop for outdoor receptions and photo shoots. The barn’s sliding doors open to let in natural light, and thousands of tiny white lights strung from the beams create a com-

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Barnacopia Address: 2570 N. Westbranch Road, Polo Phone: 815-946-2500 Features: Three levels that include a bed and breakfast with bedrooms in a silo; ‘50s and ‘60s diner with a jukebox and an ice cream parlor; a quaint chapel that seats at least 75; a museum of local history; antique tractors and cars; handicapped-accessible and all in a rural farm setting. One-night stay in a whirlpool suite for the bride and groom, tables (no linens), chairs for up to 200; free Wi-fi. Capacity: Up to 350 Online: and Facebook

Brandywine Banquets Address: 441 state Route 2, Dixon

Phone: 815-284-8484 Features: Warm wood beams, stone fireplace, cozy lighting, elegant surroundings. Event consultant, buffet-style or sit-down meals, full bar in the Celebration Lounge, table linens, custom menus, staff, live music, floral arrangements. Capacity: 400 Online: brandywinedixon. com and Facebook

The Crystal Cork Wine Shoppe Address: 219 W. First St., Dixon Phone: 1-844-843-2675 Features: The wine cellar for private parties includes a private bar, wash room and is handicapped accessible. Crystal Cork also offers a traveling bar. Email: thecrystalcork@gmail. com Online: and Facebook VENUES continued on 304


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Deer Valley Banquets Address: 3298 Hoover Road, Deer Grove Phone: 815-438-4653, ext. 13 Features: Five warm, elegant, spacious rooms, all with a view of the golf course, large ballroom with cathedral ceilings, outdoor gazebo, food, beverages, and white-gloved staff to serve them. Capacity: 450 plus. Online: deervalleybanquets. com and Facebook

Dixon Elks Lodge 779 Address: 1279 Franklin Grove Road, Dixon Phone: 815-288-3557 Features: Full-service food and bar, linens, tables, chairs, dishes, servers. Suitable for everything from casual bingo to elegant receptions. Capacity: 480-500

Henry’s Double K Address: 834 S. Jackson St., Mount Carroll Phone: 815-244-0180 Features: The large event room has a private bar and lots of table seating. There’s an area for live entertainment and a dance floor. Catering is available. Online: and Facebook

Kapp’s Banquet Facility Address: 201 W. First St., Rock Falls Phone: 815-625-1963 Features: Indoor banquet hall near the Rock River.

Latin American Social Club Address: 2708 West Lincolnway, Sterling Phone: 815-625-8290 Features: Dance floor, bar, food. Online: Facebook

Livengood’s Barn Address: 21647 Thomson Road, Chadwick Phone: 815-499-5934 Features: Mid-century dairy barn, rustic loft, decks, dressing rooms, spacious outdoors with a scenic pond. The building is handicapped-accessible with a chair lift to the loft. There is lots of space outdoors for tents or other activities. List of vendors available. Capacity: 160 Email: livengoodseventbarn@ Online: and Facebook

The Loft and The Udder Room at K’s Korners Address: 13030 Galt Road, Sterling Phone: 815-626-2988 Features: Historic barn renovated for weddings, receptions and special events. There’s a

1920s bar and ornate winding staircase. It’s handicappedaccessible and climate controlled. Capacity: Up to 300

Ma Maison Estate & Gardens Address: 1009 W. Third St., Sterling   Phone: 815-441-0344 Features: Elegant, 130-yearold mansion (not handicapped accessible), china, flatware, linens, crystal, tables and chairs. Capacity: 30 (think bridal showers!)

Mama Cimino’s Address: 116 S. Peoria Ave., Dixon Phone: 815-288-4448 Features: Banquet room, beers, linens, buffet-style catering, some gluten-free food. Capacity: 150 Online: mamaciminosdixon. com and Facebook VENUES continued on 334

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Oak Lane of Oregon Address: 3261 Daysville Road, Oregon Phone: 815-871-0948 Features: 1800s-era rustic dairy barn with housing for the bridal couple, dressing rooms, bathrooms, an air-conditioned banquet room, two bars, reception hall, caterer’s kitchen. Bartenders, tables and chairs, vintage mismatched dishes and flatware provided as well as a list of preferred vendors, such as photographers and caterers. Capacity: Up to 300. Email: Online: and Facebook

Paper Moon Farm Address: 2423 S. Woodlawn Road, Esmond Phone: 815-246-2180 Features: Private setting among acres of farm fields and expansive prairie views. There are several ceremony sites to choose from. The wedding barn features a bar built with reclaimed wood. Online: and Facebook

The Pavilion at Emerald Hill Golf Course Address: 168 Prairieville Road, Sterling Phone: 815-622-6204 Features: Outdoors, tents overlook the fourth tee, covered walkway to the clubhouse, portable dance floor, bar.

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The Polo Room Banquet Hall Address: 712 N. Division St., Polo Phone: 815-946-2886 Features: Built in the early 1950s, underground, to take advantage of natural cooling. Restaurant, full-service bar, free jukebox, video games, pool table, Foosball, air hockey, bags, darts, big-screen TVs. Capacity: 225 Online: and Facebook

Post House Ballroom Address: 100 W. Second St., Dixon Phone: 815-288-0892 Features: Stately, elegant, historic, turn-of-the-century former post office, constructed of Bedford stone, marble, granite, steel and terrazzo. Full bar and bartenders, dance floor, tables, chairs, linens, china, glassware, arch, PA system, projector screen, full bar. Kitchen available. Handicapped-accessible. Capacity: Up to 250 Online: posthouseballroom. com and Facebook

Railside Bar & Grill Address: 207 S. Butler St., Nelson Phone: 815-251-4633 Features: Warm pine interior, casual and cool. Food, full bar, banquet or table service. Capacity: 200 Online:

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Rock River Center Address: 810 S. 10th St., Oregon Phone: 815-732-3252 Features: Round or banquet tables, staff, room set-up and tear-down, linens and china table service, coffee service, beverage dispensers, a grand piano, and a food service tower. The 10th St. Café in the center has a full-service menu and can cater. Menus can be customized to suit tastes and price range. Capacity: 284 Online: and Facebook

Rock River Supper Club Address: 3901 Dixon Road, Rock Falls Phone: 815-625-2322 Features: Three rooms, outdoor gazebo, three outdoor sites, full-service wedding and events coordinator on site; wedding packages; club memberships; bar, food, servers. Capacity: Rooms seat 250, 100 or 55, or can be combined. Online: and Facebook

Salamandra Address: 105 W. First St., Dixon Phone: 815-285-0874 Features: Full-service Mexican restaurant and bar, banquet room, brick walls, guests can decorate. Capacity: 100 Online: Facebook

Timber Creek Golf Club Address: 729 Timber Creek Road, Dixon Phone: 815-285-2251 Features: Century-old venue with indoor and outdoor settings, wedding and banquet coordinators available, custom menus, linens, etc.; a sundae ice cream bar, and Sunday brunch for wedding guests. Capacity: 200-plus Online: timbercreekdixon. com and Facebook

White Pines LaBranche and White Pines Inn Address: 6712 W. Pines Road. Phone: 815-946-3817 Features: Indoor and outdoor settings, cabins, complimentary bridal consultant, nondenominational pastor, horse-drawn carriage, wedding cakes, photographers, bridal bouquets, centerpieces, invitations, boudoir photos, DJ services and more. Handicapped-accessible. Capacity: Up to 340 at LaBranche; up to 200 at the inn. Online: and Facebook

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Before the big date: A wedding checklist 9 months before

o Choose your wedding date. If you plan to be married in a church or temple, clear the date and time with the clergy. o Announce your engagement in local newspapers. o Set your budget. Take time for a heart-to-heart talk with your fiancé about the budget and style of your wedding, reception and wedding-related parties, and who pays for what. Consider hiring a bridal consultant. If your budget won’t allow that, enlist relatives and close friends to help – especially in areas where you feel you need support. o Compose your guest list. Let out-of-town guests know your wedding is in the works so they can make travel plans. o Reserve the reception site. o Choose wedding attendants. o Select your wedding gown, shoes and accessories. o Decide on bridesmaids’ dresses. o Determine the theme or mood you’d like to establish with the food, table settings, flowers and entertainment at your reception. o Interview caterers, musicians, florists, photographers, videographers and cake makers. Get written estimates of their costs. Keep track of your discussions and their bids in a notebook or with wedding-planning software.

6 months before

o Choose your caterer, musicians and florist. Remember to get written contracts. o Book your photographer and videographer. o Select your baker and order the cake. o Decide on your color scheme. o Shop for wedding rings with your fiancé. o Decide on your honeymoon destination. Work with a travel agent to book your travel and accommodations. o Select your wedding invitations. Don’t forget to purchase personal stationery for your thank-you notes.

4 months before

o Register for gifts at one or more bridal-gift registries. o Help both mothers to coordinate and shop for their wedding-day attire. o Select music for the ceremony and reception.

o Choose readings for your wedding and write your wedding vows. o Plan a rehearsal dinner for members of your wedding party, your family and out-of-town guests. Reserve the location. o Arrange hotel accommodations for members of the wedding party who live out of town. Reserve a block of rooms for other out-of-town guests, and let them know the rooms are available. Remember to ask for any group discounts or special packages. o Reserve your wedding-day transportation and any other wedding-day rental needs. o Make appointments for gown fittings. o Check the requirements for a marriage license. o Make sure contracts and arrangements are complete with all of your service providers.

3 months before

o Prepare directions, including simply drawn maps, if necessary, to help guide guests to the wedding and reception, and to hotels. For guests who will travel a long distance, consider assembling an information package on fun things to do and see in your area. o Begin addressing invitations and announcements. Select a special stamp at the post office. Invitations should go in the mail 6 to 8 weeks before your big day. o Give the caterer or other food suppliers a close idea of the number of guests you expect. o Make sure all reservations are in place for honeymoon travel. o Check with bridesmaids to make sure they have their gowns and are getting them adjusted. o Shop for gifts for your bridesmaids. Offer to help your fiancé select gifts for his attendants. o Select your “going away” outfit and special items for your trousseau. o Make a date with your photographer for formal portraits. o Make an appointment to have your hair done just before your portrait session and again the day or so before your wedding. Consider including your bridesmaids in a “day of beauty” before your wedding, with manicures, hair styling, massages and makeup sessions.

2 months before

o Mail out your wedding invitations and announcements.

o Have wedding portraits taken. o Send bridal portrait and wedding announcement to newspapers for publication. o Finalize the music that will be played during your wedding ceremony. o Meet with musicians who will provide entertainment during your reception and orchestrate precisely what you want and when you want it played. o Don’t be shy to voice your preferences, down to the volume, favorite songs you’d like to hear, or even songs you don’t want played. o Plan your rehearsal dinner and a brunch or fun activity for out-of-town guests to enjoy on the day following your wedding. o Buy special accessories for your wedding-day attire. o Plan a luncheon for your bridesmaids. o Make appointments for a hairdresser, makeup artist and manicurist. o Finalize honeymoon plans. If you’re traveling overseas, check again that your passports are current and that you have any necessary visas. o Gather necessary birth or baptismal certificates you might need for your wedding license.

1 month before

o Get your wedding license. o Have a final fitting of your gown and make sure your attendants have theirs. o Check that your menu selections and service plans are locked in place with the caterer. o Purchase a special book to keep track of wedding gifts as they arrive. o Keep writing those thank-you notes on a daily basis! o If you plan a formal dinner for your reception, it’s time to draw up a seating plan and make up place cards. o Check with your florist to confirm dates and times of flower deliveries. o Review your wedding-day transportation plans and make sure drivers are clear about addresses, times and number of passengers. o Make name or address changes official on documents, including driver’s license, Social Security forms and financial accounts. Fill out change-of-address forms at the post office. o Meet with your photographer to specify the formal shots you

want taken of the bridal party, as well as specific, candid shots you’d like taken during the reception. o Review the video plans with your videographer.

2 weeks before

o Keep writing those thank-you notes for wedding gifts! o Pick up your wedding rings. Make sure any special engraving appears precisely as you wished. o Begin packing for your honeymoon. 1 week before your wedding o Make final checks with all your vendors: officiant, musicians, florist, photographer, videographer, limousine or other transportation provider, caterers and baker. o Ask a friend or family member to arrange for wedding gifts that may be brought to your reception to be delivered to your home or another safe spot. o Wrap gifts for bridal attendants and have them ready for the rehearsal dinner. o Purchase travelers’ checks and reconfirm honeymoon travel and hotel plans. o See that checks are written and ready to be handed out to vendors at the agreed-upon time. o Inform your caterer of the final number of guests. Confirm that out-of-town guests are set with hotel accommodations, transportation and wedding-day directions.

The day before

o Take time to relax and enjoy a massage, manicure and pedicure. o Traditionally, this is the day for your rehearsal ceremony and rehearsal dinner. Have fun! o Turn in early for a good night’s sleep.

Wedding day

o Allow plenty of time for dressing, makeup and hair styling. o If you plan on photography before the ceremony, allow ample time so you’re not rushed. o Relax, and remember: This is your special day, the result of all your careful planning. Now it’s time to enjoy. Take a deep breath. Refuse to let any glitch get to you. Savor every moment of this sacred day. Let your joy and happiness shine through.


Groom’s Checklist BY ROBERT MORTIZ The Knot

So, you finally got up the nerve to pop the big one. Now it’s time to start doing some heavy wedding lifting. Here’s a list of your most essential to-dos.

12 months before

3 months before

n Figure out where you’re going to have your ceremony and reception. The best spots fill up fast, especially for summer and fall, so decide your wedding size and start looking. n Organize your guys. After you ask your best man to do the honors, make up your groomsman list. For crowd control, you’ll want at least one usher per 50 guests. n Get what you want. Crazy as it seems, people start buying you gifts immediately, and registering may be the only way to keep your friends’ and relatives’ questionable tastes in check.

n Get ready for the freeloaders. Your out-of-town guests need a place to stay, so unless you’ve got a couple dozen spare bedrooms, decide on a hotel and reserve a block of rooms. Let them know this in your invitations. n By this time, the guest list should be finalized – i.e., it has the bride, groom and parents’ approval. Time to send out the invitations. n Get dressed. So what will it be? Tails and top hat or traditional Scottish kilt? Decide and buy (or rent), then pick out your groomsmen’s getups. n Give a jeweler your finger to be measured. Let your fiancée do the same, and then order your wedding rings. Decide on inscriptions. n If you’re going to tie the knot, you may have to get your blood tested. It’s the law in some states.

9 months before n Meet and greet suitable officiants. Priest, rabbi, justice of the peace, officially sanctioned Elvis impersonator – the choice is yours. n Book the talent. It’ll probably fall to you to choose the band or disc jockey. Be sure to get references and hear music beforehand – and run it by your bride before you sign on the dotted line. n Start drawing up your guest list. This is something you’ll probably want to get your parents in on, too.

6 to 8 weeks before

n Have a good time, but don’t do something stupid. It’s your bachelor party and last chance to go crazy without the ball and chain legally attached.

1 week before

n Get ready to relax. Double-check n Get a sparkling smile. Cut down on the honeymoon reservations, start packing your bags, and pick up travelcoffee and try a whitening toothpaste. Want to really shine? Consider a profes- er’s checks. sional bleaching with a dentist or use an n Pay your officiant. Put his or her fee over-the-counter whitening system. in an envelope and give it to your best man for post-vow delivery. n Don’t be cheap. This is one of the most important moments in your life, so n You are expected to speak to the put some real thought into the matter crowd at your wedding reception. and then buy your bride a wedding gift. Sound sensitive and intelligent, start 6 months before coming up with that impromptu toast n Don’t be cheap, part 2. Search n Plan your honeymoon. If you’re to her family now. high and low for the perfect groomsleaving the country, now would be a men gifts. These guys are going to put n Rally the troops. Give your groomsgood time to check or find your passout come D-Day to make sure you look men the rehearsal dinner low-down port – or get them if you and your girl your best. Make sure you get them and make sure everybody’s got his don’t have ’em – and see what kind of something decent to show for it. monkey suit pressed and ready. By the shots or visas you might need. n Don’t lose it. Pick up your wedding way, get a haircut already. n Who’s driving? Arrange for transrings and put them in a safe place. portation to the ceremony and recepWhile you’re at it, check the engraving The day before tion. Think limousine or horse and carefully for typos. n Make her cry. Write a sweet little “I buggy. love you” note (or other touching trick) While you’re at it, figure out where 2 weeks before and leave it somewhere she’ll find it you’re going after the reception – airon wedding morning, particularly if you n Do something really romantic with port? hotel? – and make plans for won’t be seeing her before the ceregetting there. FYI, tradition dictates that your wife-to-be. But before you do, mony. pick up your marriage license. your best man drives you.


The Bride’s Trousseau Bridal Gown Store: __________________________________________________________________ Phone/Email:__________________________________________________________ Address: ______________________________Consultant:___________________ Gown Description: __________________________________________________ Date Ordered: ____________________Date Promised:___________________ Price: __________________________________________________________ Fitting Appointments: (Bring proper undergarments and shoes to fittings.) Date/Time:____________________________________________________ Date/Time:____________________________________________________ Date/Time:_____________________________________________________ Date/Time:______________________________________________________

Bridal Accessories ❐ Headpiece and Veil – Price: ______________________________________ ❐ Bra/Bustier – Price: ______________________________________________ ❐ Teddy/Body Stockings – Price: _____________________________________ ❐ Stockings/Pantyhose – Price: ____________________________________ ❐ Garter – Price: ______________________________________________ ❐ Petticoat/Slip – Price: ______________________________________ ❐ Shoes – Price: __________________________________________ ❐ Jewelry – Price: ______________________________________ ❐ Wrap/Cape – Price: _________________________________ ❐ Other – Price: ___________________________________ ❐ Something Old – Price: ________________________ ❐ Something New – Price: _____________________ ❐ Something Borrowed – Price: _______________ ❐ Something Blue – Price:__________________


Wedding Blooms Florist___________________________________________________Address:______________________________________________ Contact Person:__________________________________________Phone/Email:__________________________________________





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Floral Headpieces





Mothers’/Grandmothers’ Corsages





Hostesses’ Flowers





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Bride’s Attendants Bridesmaids Name: ________________________________________________Phone/Email: ____________________________________________ Name: ________________________________________________Phone/Email: ____________________________________________ Name: ________________________________________________Phone/Email: ____________________________________________ Name: ________________________________________________Phone/Email: ____________________________________________ Name: ________________________________________________Phone/Email: ____________________________________________

Flower girl Name: ________________________________________________Phone/Email: ____________________________________________

Gowns Store: _________________________________________________Phone/Email: ____________________________________________ Address: ______________________________________________________ Consultant: _____________________________________ Gown Description: ______________________________________________ Price:___________________________________________ Date Ordered: __________________________________________________ Date Promised: __________________________________ Fitting Appointments: (Bring proper undergarments and shoes to fittings.) Date/Time:_____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Date/Time:_____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Date/Time:_____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Accessories ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Shoes:________________________________________________________ Price:___________________________________________ Jewelry:_______________________________________________________ Price: __________________________________________ Undergarments: _______________________________________________ Price: __________________________________________ Handbags: ____________________________________________________ Price: __________________________________________ Wrap: ________________________________________________________ Price: __________________________________________ Other: ________________________________________________________ Price: __________________________________________


The Groom’s Attendants Tuxedos Store:____________________________________________________ Phone/Email:______________________________________ Consultant: _________________________________________________________________________________________________ Description:________________________________________________________Price_____________________________________ Date Measurements Needed By: ________________Pick-Up Date: _________________ Return Date: ______________________

Groomsmen Name: ________________________________________________ Phone/Email: _________________________________________ Name: ________________________________________________ Phone/Email: _________________________________________ Name: ________________________________________________ Phone/Email: _________________________________________ Name: ________________________________________________ Phone/Email: _________________________________________ Name: ________________________________________________ Phone/Email: _________________________________________ Name: ________________________________________________ Phone/Email: _________________________________________

Ring Bearer Name: ________________________________________________ Phone/Email: _________________________________________

Ushers Name: ________________________________________________ Phone/Email: _________________________________________ Name: ________________________________________________ Phone/Email: _________________________________________ Name: ________________________________________________ Phone/Email: _________________________________________ Name: ________________________________________________ Phone/Email: _________________________________________


Getting A Good Reception Where it’s at Reception site___________________________________________________________________________________________ Address__________________________________________________ Price:_________________________________________ Contact person:____________________________________________ Phone/Email:___________________________________

The caterer Name: ___________________________________________________ Phone/Email:___________________________________ Cost__________ Deposit: _______Balance Due:_________________ Per-person rate________________Flat rate: _________

Reception style: ❐

Formal _______________________________________________________________________________________________

❐ Hors

d’oeuvres ________________________________________________________________________________________

❐ Buffet


Cake and Punch _________________________________________________________________________________________ Estimated Number of Guests: ________________

Catering services Numbers of wait-staff___________How long will they serve at the reception?_______________________________________ Services they’ll perform___________________________________________________________________________________ What type of equipment does the caterer supply?_____________________________________________________________ What beverages will be supplied?___________________________________________________________________________ Will table service and linens be provided?_______ Who will provide cleanup?______________________________________

What’s on the Menu? Hors d’oeuvres__________________________________________________________________________________________ Soup/Salad_____________________________________________________________________________________________ Main course_____________________________________________________________________________________________ Side dishes______________________________________________________________________________________________ Breads/rolls_____________________________________________________________________________________________ Beverages______________________________________________________________________________________________ Extras__________________________________________________________________________________________________


Service Providers Beauty Care Salon: ____________________________________________________ Phone/Email:_________________________________________ Stylist:__________________________________________________________________________Price: _________________________ Appointment Date/Time: ________________________________________________________________________________________

Cake Bakery: __________________________________________________ Phone/Email:_________________________________________ Salesperson: ______________________________________________ Price: _______________________________________________ Appointment Date/Time:________________________________________________________________________________________

Invitations and Stationery Name of Store: ____________________________________________ Salesperson:_________________________________________ Phone: _________________________________________________________________________Price: _________________________ Quantity Ordered:____________________________Date Ordered: _______________________Date Promised: _________________ Manufacturer:______________________________________________ Style Number:________________________________________

Jeweler Name of Store: ____________________________________________ Salesperson:_________________________________________ Phone/Email: ____________________________________________________________________Price: _________________________

Transportation Company Name: ________________________________________________________________Salesperson:___________________ Phone/Email: ____________________________________________________________________Price: _________________________ Type of Vehicle: _________________________________________________________________Capacity:______________________ Pickup Date: ____________________________________________________________________Time:__________________________ Length of Rental Time: _________________________________________________________________________________________

Travel Agency Agency Name: ____________________________________________ Salesperson:_________________________________________ Phone/Email: ____________________________________________________________________Price:__________________________ Destination: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Departure Date: ___________________________________________ Return Date: _________________________________________ Airline:____________________________________________________ Flight Number: _______________________________________ Travel Notes: __________________________________________________________________________________________________

Videography Studio Name: _____________________________________________ Videographer’s Name_________________________________ Phone/Email: ____________________________________________________________________Price: _________________________


Balancing The Budget


Announcements Invitations Thank-you cards/notes Stamps Other


Bridal gown Headpiece and veil Shoes Jewelry, gloves Other accessories Groom’s tux Bridal dresses Trousseau Other


Engagement Wedding/reception Wedding album Parents’ album Additional prints Videography Other


Groom’s gift Bride’s gift Groomsmen gifts Bridesmaids gifts Parents’ gifts (optional) Other

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Engagement party Bridesmaids’ lunch Bachelor party Rehearsal dinner


Church, synagogue Officiant fees Organist, soloist fees Janitorial fees


Ceremony arrangements Bride’s bouquet Groom’s boutonnière Wedding party Family Reception flowers Host and hostess Reception arrangements Other Reception Facility rental Catering/food Beverages Table decorations Rentals (tents, chairs) Rentals (tableware, linens) Band, DJ, pianist Coat check, valet Tips and fees Janitorial Guestbook/pen Cake knife Unity candle Monogrammed napkins Mementos for guests Birdseed or confetti Other


Travel clothes Airfare, tickets Hotel reservations Car rental Meals Souvenirs Other

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Index of Advertisers

Here’s where to find the wedding planning professionals, shops and services needed to plan your wedding day

Accommodations Days Inn of Rock Falls.......... 3 Holiday Inn Express........... 21 Comfort Inn....................... 11 Lincoln Way Inn B&B ........ 19

Beauty Salons & Day Spas Joanne’s Total Image ........ 15

Bridal Gowns The Dressing Room at Deja Vu......................... 33

Cakes & Sweets Woody’s Popcorn ............ 32

Clothing & Lingerie Lavender & Lace ............. 32

Dresses The Dressing Room at Deja Vu ............................ 33

Event Planner Selmi’s Weddings & Events ........................................... 17

Florists Selmi’s Weddings & Events ........................................... 17

Gifts & Gift Registry Oregon Soap Shoppe ..... 26

Catering Services Creative Cuisine................. 8 Brenda’s Chicken Coop . 30

Ceremony Sites Barn On The Hill ................ 14 Byron Forest Preserve....... 31 Days Inn of Rock Falls.......... 3 Deer Valley Country Club ........................................... 44 Dixon VFW Post 540.......... 30 Henry’s Double K................ 5 Heritage Canyon ............. 35 K’s Korners ........................... 6 Livengood’s Barn ............. 29 Oak Lane of Oregon ....... 16

Insurance Agents Country Financial............. 17 Schuneman Insurance .... 26

Invitations & Supplies SBM .................................... 24 Sauk Valley Printing.......... 25 Seno Formal Wear............ 27

Reception Sites Amboy Community Center ............................... 29 Arnie’s Happy Spot .......... 27 Barn On The Hill ................ 31 Byron Forest Preserve....... 28 Days Inn of Rock Falls.......... 3 Deer Valley Country Club ........................................... 44 Dixon VFW Post 540.......... 30 Henry’s Double K................ 5 K’s Korners ......................... 13 Livengood’s Barn ............. 29 Oak Lane of Oregon ....... 16 Post House Ballroom ........ 14 Timber Creek Golf & Banquet .............................. 2

Rentals Big John Portable Toilet Rentals............................... 28 Midwest Tents & Events ... 18 Sauk Valley Love Doves .. 24 Selmi’s Weddings & Events ........................................... 17

Transportation Quad City International Airport ................................ 31

Tuxedo Rental Photographers

Onsite Photography .......... 9 Rachael Osborn Photography ......................................... 1, 7

Seno Formal Wear............. 27

Wedding Planner Bridal Fair October 22, 2017 1:00- 3:30 pm.

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I Do Bridal Guide 2017-2018  
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