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ON OUR COVER: Bride and groom Adam and Kelcie Wallen of Rock Falls are shown with Hanah Haeffner and Jeffery Wallen, taken by Nancey Dorner. Go to or page 36 for more info. Barn delivers rustic feel at K’s Korners........................................... 6-10

Sauk Valley offers different options for flowers.................................. 43

List of local wedding, rehearsal dinner and shower venues ......... 11-16

Red Stone Salon and Spa offers wide variety of services............. 44-47

That Place on Palmyra offers friendly vibe, good grub.................. 18-23

Where to go for dresses, tuxes and rings..................................... 48-49

List of local caterers..................................................................... 24-27

Destinations Travel Services can take you places........................ 50-51

List of local places for cake, desserts.......................................... 28-29

How to keep your wedding from breaking the bank..................... 52-54

Creative Cuisine, Woody’s Popcorn give brides options.............. 30-35

Big day approaches: A countdown list to keep you on track........ 55-56

Rock Falls photographer works closely with couples................... 36-39

Grooms have a role, too: Here’s your first honey-do list.................... 57

List of local photographers.......................................................... 40-42

Checklists to keep you organized – and sane.............................. 58-70

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o you have a business that caters to the business of love?   If so, please send us your information for inclusion in listings in our future wedding magazines. We continue to update our comprehensive lists of everything from bridal gowns to venues, to make our magazines as complete a planning tool as possible. If we missed you this time around, our apologies. Please email the name of your business, its address, hours, phone number, email, website and whether you have a Facebook page, along with a brief description of the services you offer, to and lpauley@saukvalley. com, attention weddings, and we promise we’ll do better the next time around. Sincerely, The staff at SV Weddings

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It is easy to get caught up in the stress of wedding planning, and lose sight of what is important - your love for one another. The day will be perfect, regardless of the details. With that in mind, let us make planning a breeze by offering you the full wedding experience to compliment your love. For the main event, The Dillon Home will provide the perfect setting. Unlike any venue in our region, the home features manicured, spacious grounds, a fountain and a towering twostory enclosed porch. We will transform the home, and the grounds, to make your day exactly what you envision. Just down the road, The Pavilion at Emerald Hill Golf Course will set the stage for a reception to remember. Our outdoor pavilion sits on a beautifully groomed, 95-year-old golf course. The Pavilion comfortably seats up to 150 guests, and has ample          Your wedding at The Dillon Home, and reception at Emerald Hill - the complete experience is yours for $1,750.



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Move it and they will come

Business owners continue to transform 67-year-old barn into unique venue



ouples looking for a touch of country in their wedding reception or an unusual place to tie the knot should mosey over to the barn at K’s Korners. The Loft at K’s Korners, with its impressive spiral staircase, provides a lofty location that will seat 300. But this 67-year-old barn wasn’t built to be a wedding destination or reception area. It was last used as part of the Wahl Equestrian Center/Double G Arena site and was among the buildings up for auction when that site closed. Owners Marion said Andy Younger went to that auction. “He bought the barn,” she said, because he didn’t want to see it destroyed. The couple had to move the barn to K’s Korners, a journey that took 1½ hours and involved ComEd having to raise and lower two wires, as the barn slowly moved along the highway toward its new home. COME continued on 94 RIGHT: K’s Korners owners Marion and Andy Younger stand on the spiral staircase inside their wedding venue at K’s Korners (above). (Photos by Scott Ide/ For SV Weddings)

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“A lot of people watched,” Marion said. In addition to the wires, a stop sign was moved and replaced, but one thing stayed put. “There was a coffee cup on the rafters and it was still there,” she said of the successful relocation. So, where did they put it? Well, the barn was 100-feet-by-35-feet and a section of their 1980s building was 100-feet-by-30-feet. Marion said all they had to do was tear the section down and rebuild a wall for the barn to rest on. That was done, and the barn has been at K’s Korners since May 7, 2014. “We put up two 16-foot I beams,” Marion said. “[Andy] and I did all the work.” The building first entered into its wedding reception role in the summer of 2015, with rentals in July and August. The barn didn’t have an elevator, so chairs and tables and everything else had to be hauled up the stairs.

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K’s Korners offers the room, a bartender and a full-service bar. The business can arrange for beer kegs or give guests drink chips.

Couples can bring in food, have it catered BARN


“We used it a couple of times before we first moved in, in 2015,” Marion said. “They were so hot, it was unbearable.” That situation no longer exists in the upstairs, which can hold 300 people. “We put in heat, air conditioning and an elevator,” she said. “In every big gathering, there’s somebody who has trouble with stairs. You need an elevator.” Among the barn’s assets are decks at both ends, restrooms, a dressing room and a spiral staircase purchased in Gale-

na from a bed and breakfast. It originally cost $40,000, but the new owner didn’t want it. “We got it for 100 bucks,” Marion said. Couples interested in renting the barn don’t need to meet any particular deadline to save the space. “It depends on availability,” Marion said. “I don’t need advance notice if it’s available.” K’s Korners offers the room, a bartender and a full-service bar. The business can also can arrange for beer kegs or give guests drink chips. It’s up to the customers to provide the rest, such as tables and chairs, band, music and decorations. “We don’t do food,” Marion said. “You

can bring in your own food or you can have it catered by anyone.” The customers need to come in a day or 2 before the event to set things up and then clean up afterward. “I’m not pushy about it,” she said. “You don’t have to clean up that night.” Marion said they’ve had some colorful wedding receptions in the past and have even had people rent the barn to renew their vows. Coming up, a couple will be married at the barn on the balcony, and this summer a Roaring ’20s-themed wedding is planned. “They do a lot of different things,” she said.

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SV WEDDINGS | VENUES Amboy Community Center Address: 280 W. Wasson Road 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


The Barn on the Hill offers an ideal backdrop for outdoor receptions, ceremonies and photo shoots. second floor is not handicapped-accessible.) Online: and Facebook

The Barn on the Hill Address: 7 E. state Route 72, Leaf River 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 comfortable, yet elegant, setting Capacity: Up to 250 Online: and Facebook

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The Crystal Cork in Dixon offers a banquet room for smaller gatherings, such as a rehearsal dinner or bridal shower.



Barnacopia Address: 2570 N. West Branch 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: 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: Online: and Facebook

Dixon Elks Lodge 779 Address: 1279 Franklin Grove Road 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 Online: and Facebook

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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. Deer Valley Banquets There’s an area for live entertainment, a Address: 3298 Hoover Road, Deer Grove dance floor, house catering and service available and large parking area in the back. Phone: 815-438-4653, ext. 13 Online: and Facebook Features: Five warm, elegant, spacious rooms, all with a view of the golf course, large ballroom with cathedral ceilings, outKapp’s Banquet Facility door gazebo, food, beverages, and whiteAddress: 201 W. First St., Rock Falls gloved staff to serve them. The Angus Phone: 815-625-1963   Room seats up to 80, has a center room Features: Indoor banquet hall near the fireplace. Rock River. Capacity: 450 plus. Online: and VENUES continued on 144 Facebook

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Latin American Social Club Address: 2708 W. 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: Online: and Facebook

Ma Maison Estate & Gardens Address: 1009 W. Third St., Sterling   Phone: 815-441-0344 Features: Elegant, 130-year-old 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


Phone: 815-622-6204 Features: Banquet room, beers, linens, Features: Outdoors, tents overlook the buffet-style catering, some gluten-free food. fourth tee, covered walkway to the clubCapacity: 150 house, portable dance floor, bar. Online: and Capacity: Up to 230 Facebook Online: and Facebook

Oak Lane of Oregon Address: 3261 Daysville Road 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

The Polo Room Banquet Hall Address: 712 N. Division St. Phone: 815-946-2886 Features: Built in the early 1950s, underground, to take advantage of natural cooling. Famous for its down-home, local atmosphere. 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: and Facebook VENUES continued on 164

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A few years ago, Salamandra, 105 W. First St., Dixon, opened The Gathering Place next door. The venue is a stunning setting for wedding receptions, showers or rehearsal dinners.



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: and Facebook

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

buyers. If no buyer is found by Feb. 3, the site will close.) Capacity: 200-plus Online: and Facebook

White Pines LaBranche and White Pines Inn

Address: 6712 W. Pines Road Phone: 815-946-3817 Salamandra Features: Indoor and outdoor setAddress: 105 W. First St., Dixon tings, cabins, complimentary bridal Phone: 815-285-0874 consultant, nondenominational pastor, Features: Full-service Mexican restaurant horse-drawn carriage, wedding cakes, and bar, banquet room, brick walls, guests photographers, bridal bouquets, centercan decorate. pieces, invitations, boudoir photos, DJ Capacity: 100 services and more. Handicapped-acOnline: Facebook cessible. Capacity: Up to 340 at LaBranche; up to 200 at the inn. Timber Creek Golf Club Online: and Address: 729 Timber Creek Road, Dixon Facebook Phone: 815-285-2251 Features: Century-old venue with Willy’s Mexican Restaurant indoor and outdoor settings, wedding and banquet coordinators available, custom Address: 3210 W. Lincolnway, Sterling menus, linens, etc.; a sundae ice cream Phone: 815-626-0401 bar, and Sunday brunch for wedding Features: Food and beverages, alcohol guests. (Editor’s note: As of January Capacity: 70-80 2018, the owners are looking for potential Online:

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Quite the Place

Eatery hosts bachelorette parties, showers, rehearsal dinners



ust west of Dixon on Palmyra Road sits a place where lasting memories have been made for the past 80 years. The Brown Shingle occupied that spot for most of those years. Since 2015, it is home to That Place on Palmyra. The log cabin-like structure was built about 10 years ago by the owners of BombDigity Bar and Grill. After that venture failed, new owners Tom and Robin Canode of Dixon decided to change the feel up to more of a restaurant. They got that far, but couldn’t quite figure out a name.  “It came down to the wire and we needed to find something,” General Manager Courtney Edge of Sterling said. “People could never find this place, because it’s outside of town. ... So with Palmyra being the road where it’s at, that’s how we came up with That Place on Palmyra.” PLACE continued on 204

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Courtney Edge, general manager of That Place on Palmyra in Dixon, poses in the banquet room at the restaurant (shown above).

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Grilled chicken and strawberry salad from That Place on Palmyra.

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Edge and her staff of about 50 hope their establishment can become more known than just “that place” when it comes to hosting rehearsal dinners, gift exchanges or bachelorette parties. Patrons can enjoy the rustic appearance of the restaurant’s banquet room, which seats 50 people in a comfortable setting complete with a fireplace and sliding side doors, which gives the room more privacy. The banquet area can spread out to other places in the restaurant, with a maximum capacity of 300 people.  Events can be held outdoors as well. The restaurant’s outdoor patio, which

For more information The banquet facilities at That Place on Palmyra can cater rehearsal dinners, gift exchanges, bachelorette parties and other wedding-themed events. To schedule your event, email or call General Manager Courtney Edge at 815-625-6300.  That Place on Palmyra opens at 11 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and 11:30 a.m. Friday through Sunday. The kitchen closes at 9 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday through Thursday, and at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Cash, check, credit card, debit card are accepted as methods of payment for room reservations. However, checks are not accepted at the restaurant. Go to, find it on Facebook or email the restaurant for more information. holds about 100 people, provides a breathtaking, panoramic backdrop of the nearby Plum Creek Arboretum. Edge said the patio is a big draw and reservations are made often during warm weather.  “In the summertime, the patio is a

really big hit,” said Edge, who likens the scene to that of the Colorado outdoors. “Visually, it’s so nice. It’s comfortable having the birds, the weather, and the green.” OUTDOORS continued on 224

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Hostesses have good time with parties OUTDOORS


Edge has been in the restaurant business for 14 years. She worked at restaurants while studying marketing and business administration in college, and has ascended the ranks after starting out as a bartender under the establishment’s previous ownership. That Place on Palmyra strives to make the restaurant’s atmosphere and camaraderie as comforting as possible. Of the nearly 30 wedding-themed banquets the restaurant has hosted, one of the best bits of feedback Edge has received is how the staff becomes happily involved with what’s going on. “I really like to see the hostess having a good time,” Edge said. “A lot of times the hostesses can be stressed, but they actually get to enjoy it when things are going well and get to mingle with everybody,” she said. “Our staff really likes what we do. So it’s not like work. They get involved with it, too, and that makes a difference.” When Edge makes initial arrangements for prospective parties, she will ask how

The Texan Burger from That Place on Palmyra.

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many people will be attending, what the event is, and work with the customer on food options for parties of more than 25 people – which can include either light appetizers, full dinners or a buffet. Limited menu options include steaks, wraps,

flatbreads, burgers, salads, and finger foods. Pulled pork sliders, brisket sliders, onion rings and chicken tenders are popular buffet items. PARTIES continued on 234

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Manager: Staff ‘plans well in advance’ PARTIES


If it’s not on their menu, the kitchen staff will make arrangements. Assistance with meal options can be provided upon request. For those on a budget, Edge and her staff can help get the most out of what customers have to spend by going over all of the options. Planning everything out carefully is a process Edge takes a lot of pride in.  Locals know That Place on Palmyra for the mouthwatering food, but it’s aiming to provide more than just that. The banquet aspect of things wasn’t quite thought of a whole lot when marketing the restaurant, but reservations have picked up once the staff got a feel of how to excel at it. “That’s a market that we didn’t really hit at the beginning,” Edge said. “We didn’t realize that we could cater to people doing weddings, and things like that.” Now, with many successful events under the restaurant’s belt, that’s changed. “Our staff, since we’ve done so many parties, we plan well in advance,” Edge said. “It makes it so much easier to enjoy themselves and not worry about if things are set up. I go over whoever we have the party for a couple of days in advance and make sure things are in line. If there’s decorations, we’ll help out with that. Our staff is very hands-on, so that makes for a very good event.”

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SV WEDDINGS | CATERERS Baker Street Address: 111 W. First St., Dixon Phone: 815-285-2253 Online: Facebook

Brenda’s Chicken Coop Address: 208 W. 10the 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

Creative Cuisine Address: 1741 Industrial Drive, Sterling Phone: 815-626-7546

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With Coty’s Unique Cooking & Catering, Coty McGinn’s recipes are her own and are made largely from her own tastes. Email: Online: and Facebook

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SV WEDDINGS | CATERERS Scott Heeren cuts into a smoked pork loin as he prepares food for an event. Heeren and Chastity Welch are the co-owners of Custom Catering and BBQ.

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

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

Homer’s Deli and Sweetheart Bakery Address: 241 Main Ave. Clinton, Iowa Phone: 563-242-3959 Online: and Facebook

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

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

Smoked on 3rd BBQ Bistro & Catering Address: 14 E. Third St., Sterling

Phone: 815-632-3773 Email: Online: and Facebook

Sow Belly’s Address: 92 S. Peoria Ave., Dixon Phone: 815-288-1234 Email: Online: and Facebook

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SV WEDDINGS | CAKES AND DESSERTS 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 Address: 1380 N. Galena Ave., Dixon Phone: 815-288-2112 Online:

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The process usually begins with initial contact by phone. The steps include booking the wedding date, making a deposit and selecting the menu. “Sometimes, they’ll set up a meeting with us,” Scribner said. “Sometimes, they’ll do it over the phone,” Neubauer said. “If they’re not local,” Scribner added, “we set it up on the phone and we don’t ever see them until the day of the wedding. Nowadays, you can do all of that over the Internet and the phone.” Creative Cuisine’s website has the menus showing the wide variety of appetizers and main courses available. That’s where the June bride is looking to get ideas about appetizers. “She’s doing appetizers and a meal,” Scribner said. “We just initially set it up and booked her, so now we’ll go from there. She’ll make some decisions and as she makes decisions, they just let us know.” Customers look at the website, pick out

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what they want and tell Scribner and Neubauer how many guests. They also can feel free to request something that’s not there. “We try to find them what they want,” Scribner said. Almost everything seems to have a deadline when planning a wedding. Caterers, too, have an ideal lead time. “Ideally, probably a year,” Scribner said. “I only have a few dates now in June that are left. We book about a year ahead. If they would just book their date, that’s our big thing.” “We very rarely turn people down,” Neubauer added. “We have people calling about this summer. We usually get them in.”

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Sounds good for kids’ parties but what’s that got to do with weddings? “Popcorn bars are really popular,” Scribner said. Brides and grooms can purchase the popcorn in a 10-gallon bag for a buffet bar or they can have custom labels on smaller bags to use as wedding favors. Popcorn can be included as an appetizer, in gift bags for out-of-town guests or part of a sweets table along with candy. “Candies are a big thing,” she said. Once the big day arrives, Creative Cuisine is ready for almost any location. Outdoor weddings and barn weddings are popular now. “They’re a big thing – private barns and barns like Livengood’s [in Chadwick], which is a barn venue,” Scribner said, “and Allen Acres [in Rock Falls].” She said they’ve done some unusual receptions as well. One of those involved an airplane and a field in Coleta. “They put up a big tent and the bride and groom parachuted in for the wedding,” Scribner said. The caterers have provided food for weddings at the homes of bride and grooms, Neubauer said, and in tents in the backyard. “Sometimes, we have a really nice kitchen and sometimes we’re working out of our van,” Scribner said. After all those years of business, whatever the venue, the bride and groom do not need to be concerned about the food with Creative Cuisine Catering.

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o Nancey Dorner, the arrival of 2018 meant more than just a new year, it capped the end of her first year in business as You In Photos By Nanc Inc. She’s done photos of newborns, high school seniors, reveals (parties centered around parents’ learning the gender of their baby) and, of course, weddings. “The weddings kind of accidentally happened,” she said. “It was for a family member, and they didn’t have a whole lot of money.”

They asked if she’d take their pictures. “From there, it’s been nonstop,” Dorner said. “Everybody’s story is different.” Before wedding photos, couples traditionally have engagement photos taken. “I offer a package for both, and give a discount if they do both,” she said. “I don’t care if a bride has $100. I don’t care if a bride has $2,000. I don’t have a preference. Every bride deserves to feel special on her wedding day.”

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And she’d like that feeling to continue. “I want everybody to have a picture on their wall that they can walk by and fall in love all over again,” Dorner said. For engagements, she recommends having photos taken at least a year in advance. If the couple are doing a “save the date” announcement, they need to have photos ready 6 months before the wedding so they can have something special made up in advance of their invitation. “For 2018, I already have 16 weddings and four tentative for 2019,” she said. “I love love. I cry right along with them. I cry at their vows. I cry if a mom cries. It’s like I’m right in there with them. I try my hardest to have a one-on-one relationship with each bride.” To make that happen, she meets with brides several times before she takes any photos. “I sit down and talk to them, offer advice, offer opinions, and really get to know what they want because that’s

You In Photos By Nanc Inc. Address: 31841 E. Thome Road, Rock Falls Phone: 815-718-5136 Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Online: Allaboutyouinphotosbynanc. and Facebook Owner: Nancey Dorner what I named my photography business ‘You In Photos,’ because it’s really all about you.” Brides don’t need to feel overwhelmed with Dorner around. “The first thing they need to think about is what do they want,” she said. “Do they want engagement pictures? Do they want the person taking their pictures to be there from the very first step of the day?” With some weddings, she starts with photos of women getting hair and makeup done and men getting ready. She can document the whole day, from there, to the wedding, to family pictures after the ceremony, to the reception afterward. It’s all about what the customer wants documented. Some want everything

documented and others just want the bare minimum, she said. “I really try to do their entire day,” Dorner said. “I try to persuade them to do their entire day, because it’s memories you’re not going to get back other than in your mind. But to tell the story for the rest of your days and for those after you with the photograph, there is just an amazing story.” Dorner said she’s had brides thank her for having so many photos to look over, saying it’s like going through the wedding all over again. “I don’t do it for a paycheck,” she said. “I do it for the bride and groom and for their families’ memories.” The process begins with contact from the engaged couple. Dorner will ask to meet with both the bride and the groom. “It’s not just the bride’s day,” she said. “It’s his day, too. He has input. He has thoughts.” She wants to help the couple feel comfortable with her, so they won’t feel too uncomfortable when she’s taking photos. DETAILS continued on 384

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“If you make them [grooms] feel more comfortable, then they’re going to cooperate a lot more with you on the wedding day and on the engagement day,” she said. “And then they’ll feel more comfortable with you to show more

affection, to show more love.” They’ll discuss pricing, the couple’s wishes and they’ll agree on a cost. Then, they’ll sign a contract and set a date for the engagement photos and a backup date in case of bad weather. The couple are given full copyright access to every picture she edits. “Everything is spelled out in great detail, so I’ll know what to expect and

they know what I’m expecting, and from there, we go into their wedding day,” Dorner said. “I try to be thorough, because you want to know that your photographer is going to have your back.” She said little things happen during the course of the wedding day.

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“They know that if their photographer is involved, they know that there’s one person who truly knows what’s going on for their day,” she said. “I give each of their wedding party a copy of the timeline that we’re doing pictures all day. That is what time we’re doing these. This is what

time you need to be dressed by, we’re meeting at this location at this time.” After the wedding, Dorner edits the photos and the couple get their pictures on a memory stick and with a photo release card. She also prints two to four of their favorites in 11-by-14 inches for them to put on their wall. “I try to accommodate in a timely fashion,” Dorner said. One thing’s for sure, each wedding day

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SV WEDDINGS | PHOTOGRAPHERS Bailey Lynne Photography – Oregon Phone: 815-871-3553 Email: Online: and Facebook

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

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hose brides who might want to save some money on florals might want to consider a pick-your-own option. After all, what are bridesmaids for? Maybe you and the wedding party just need a peaceful place to de-stress, and do a sweet picnic lunch. How about a combo bridal shower and picnic? Brill’s Penrose Flower Field in Sterling has been providing such a spot for a couple of years now. Maybe you want a more traditional flower shop, like Behrz-Bloomz (formerly known as Behrens’ Blumen’ Stuff), which moved in 2016 from its longtime Rock Falls location to a new location on the intersection of Locust Street and Lynn Boulevard in Sterling. Jim and Kathy Behren still work in the flower shop,

but after 45 years of owning and running the business they handed ownership over to Stephanie Dusing, who worked for Jim and Kathy for 15 years. There’s also been some changes recently at Dixon Floral Co. New owner Shelly Long said one of the most notable changes to the business is how attentive they are to each customer’s individual needs. The Sauk Valley provides many options for flowers. Here’s some to choose from:

Brill’s Penrose Flower Field (seasonal) Address: 26488 Penrose Road, Sterling Phone: 815-336-2053 Online: Facebook

Behrz-Bloomz Address: 2503 N. Locust St. Phone: 815-625-5115 Online: behrensblumenevents. com and Facebook

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

Flowers by Book Adddress: 507 Karen Court, Dixon Phone: 815-252-6891 Email: flowersbybook@gmail. com Online: and Facebook

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

Lundstrom Florist & Greenhouse Address: 1709 E. Third St., Sterling Phone: 815-625-0080 Email: lundstomflorist@ Online:

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

Selmi’s Weddings and Events Address: 223 First Ave., Rock Falls Phone: 815-622-8040 Email: Online: and Facebook

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hen Meggan Dickson-Grennan styled her first updo in high school, much of her inspiration came from either the latest magazines or an image from elsewhere that lodged in her memory. Sometimes, the ides came from others. “I was just playing around with friends’ hair,” Dickson-Grennan said. “A lot of it comes naturally. Either you’ve got it, or you don’t, but it can be taught.” These days, Dickson-Grennan, one of six stylists at Red Stone Salon and Spa in Oregon, has clients who come in for a simple cut and some who come in

Red Stone Salon and Spa The business, 206 S. Fifth St., is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. It is handicapped accessible, and parking is available streetside. Call 815-732-4766 for appointments. Go to or find Red Stone Salon and Spa on Facebook for more information. for a makeovers. Then there’s the wedding parties on trial runs, with options reviewed at the swipe of a finger. No matter the challenge, she’s ready to tackle it. “Instagram is the big thing now,” she said, “and Pinterest also.” Rita and Jim Hermes opened Red Stone in November 2000 and continue to oversee operations. Rita, a stylist, retired a few

years ago, leaving the day-to-day operations to her staff, which includes six stylists, two massage therapists and an esthetician (make-up and facial skin care). The building that houses Red Stone has a lot of history. The brick, two-story structure built in 1838 is one of Oregon’s oldest. SALON continued on 464

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Things are definitely a little more modern on the inside. Dickson-Grennan, a stylist at the salon for 15 years, has seen the trend in wedding hairstyles go from largely updos – or “ups” in styling lingo – to a mix of different ones. More organic styles have taken shape recently, ones that look a little more natural with not necessarily every hair in place and a softer look. Braided hairstyles are more popular now, too. “We’re seeing a lot of braids, and a lot of knots and messy buns,” Dickson-Grennan said. “Some girls like to wear their hair half-up and half-down, and some all up, and some all down.” Changes are common over the years, she said. “For a long time, it was all up and very tight, and the past 5 or so years it’s been a little bit more organic and a little more free.”

Sometimes styles are combined. Dickson-Grennan has had clients who have a variety of different styles in mind and ask if they could make them all work. Even particulars from a certain style can be included in another style. Even with increased creativity, the updo is not on its way out. “It depends on the amount of hair you’ve got, whether or not it can be brought into an up-style,” Dickson-Grennan said. “Even with short hair, there are tricks that we have up our sleeve that we can still make it look like an up-swept formal style with not having a lot of hair to work with.” Red Stone also offers haircuts for men, women and children, as well as reconditioning services, blow-outs, perm waves, Brazilian blowouts, and solid, dimensional, and men’s color services. Full and mini manicures are also offered, as well as polish changes and no-chip manicures. Pedicures are available in both traditional and spa. Red Stone’s website,, lists all ser-

vices offered; and pamphlets with services and fees can be picked up on site. Wedding parties usually come in the day before their event to get their nails, facials and massages done. Hair and make-up is done the day of the wedding. Trial runs are available for those who can’t quite pin down exactly what they want. The staff will take pictures during those runs for clients to review. “We’ve seen a lot of brides that are pretty easy going,” Dickson-Grennan said. “That can be kind of surprising, because that’s a big day and those photos are going to be around forever, so you got to have the style right.” Salon services are on the main floor, and spa services are on the second floor. As one travels up the steps to the spa area, a sign greets them which reads, “May all who enter as guests, leave as friends.” “We have a good repertoire with all of our clients,” Dickson-Grennan said. “With the amount of time each of us has been here, you get to know each other pretty well.”

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

Main Moments (Dixon) Contact: Cheryl O’Hare Phone: 815-289-0970

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

Savy’s Chic Bridal Boutique Address: 111 S. Hennepin Ave., Dixon

Phone: 815-677-9579 Email: 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

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

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

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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

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The classic solitaire engagement ring – shown here at Venier Jewelers in Dixon – is making a comeback, partly because if its versatility.

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

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

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

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Owner Avril Winkle (center) poses with Lara Birnbaum (left) and Samantha O’Keefe at Destinations Travel Services in Sterling. The agency is ready to help plan your destination wedding, honeymoon or vacation.

Cut through the confusion Agency personalizes honeymoons, weddings



ith computers and phones at hand, setting up travel for a bride and groom’s romantic getaway seems easy. But there’s one problem - they lack the personal guidance couples can get through a local travel agency. Destinations Travel Services, owned by Avril Winkle, a graduate of Rupert Stanley College in Belfast, Northern Ireland, has helped many couples select those special locations. “I’ve always done travel,” said Winkle,

Destinations Travel Services Avril Winkle – Certified Travel Associate Address: 4015 E. Lincolnway, Suite C, Sterling Phone: 815-625-3500 Online: and Facebook who studied travel and tourism-business. “We’ve been in business quite a while. We opened in November 2005 and I’ve been in the industry 28 years-plus. Actually, I’ve done work experience for my parents’ travel agency, when I was in school, when they offered me an after-school and Saturday job. That’s where I kind of started.”

Winkle came to the United States in 2001, when she married for the first time. “I was brought to the United States by my ex-husband,” Winkle said. “I always say if I hadn’t met my ex-husband, I wouldn’t have met my now, wonderful, amazing husband. There’s always a light at the end of the tunnel.” She started work at Twin City Travel. Now, in her own business, she has two full-time employees and one part-time employee. “We have a good variety of staff covering all sorts of different areas, so I’m kind of confident that no matter where somebody wants to go we’ve got it pretty much covered,” she said. AGENCY continued on 514

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“I tell them the information online is only as good as the information put into the computer, and if you don’t know entirely what you’re putting in, it’s like WebMd (lots of choices, not knowing which one fits you).” she said. “Travel is kind of like that, too. You know you’re putting information into the computer and do you know you’re really going to get what you’re paying for?” The difference when a bride and groom come through Destinations’ door is a well-traveled staff. “It’s nice to know when people come in nine out of 10 times someone in this office has been there,” Winkle said. “And if we haven’t, we have so many friends in the industry, we all know who to call and who to get information from. You really can’t get that online.” The most popular honeymoon destinations for couples in the Sauk Valley tend to have warm weather and a beautiful beach, such as Dominican Republic. “St. Lucia has been very popular,” Winkle said. “Jamaica is always a very popular request in this area, as is Mexico.” She said she’s not an order-taker. She listens, but then she asks why. “I want to know what they enjoy doing,” Winkle said. “Do they like to sit in the hotel and sit around the pool and have a few drinks and enjoy the entertainment? Do they like to get out and do excursions?” She suggests a simple exercise. “I always tell my honeymooners to go home and sit down, get out a bottle of wine or a beer or whatever it is they enjoy,” Winkle said. “Sit at opposite ends of the table with a piece of paper in hand and write down what they envision out of this trip that they’re wanting to take together and then cross them over and look at each other’s list.” She said the lists can be very different, such as one wanting to take romantic walks while the other wants to party and fish. Winkle wants input from both because it may be the only time in their married life that they’ll be on their own to get to know each other. “A lot of times when couples are taking a honeymoon, it’s surprising that they may have only taken one or two trips together,” Winkle said. “Other times, they haven’t traveled internationally together, and so it’s very inter-

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Destinations Travel Services in Sterling has many magazines and pamphlets to help customers learn more about different locations. esting to see what each enjoy doing.” their budget,” she said. “They’re taking When it comes to destination wedtime out of their schedule, ... so they’re dings, Winkle had one herself last year taking time out of their vacation time to Cancun, Mexico. to come to your wedding. It’s got to be She stressed that while clients want a destination that they’ll have some the knowledge and experience of the kind of enjoyment out of, you know.” on-site wedding coordinator, they also Some of the more popular places are need to remember it’s their wedding Jamaica, Riviera Maya and Cabo San and to follow their dream. Lucas in Mexico, Turks and Caicos “I think the biggest thing that I Islands, and Saint Lucia. learned even after all these years of “Mexico and the Caribbean are probabooking destination weddings is not bly the two biggest destination wedding to be pushed into getting something areas,” Winkle said. “You know, we’ll book because the wedding coordinator says some people who want to stay in the it’s the right thing to do,” Winkle said. United States, but it’s not cost-effective Another reason destinations wedbecause they don’t have these big mega dings are Winkle’s cup of tea is that she’s all-inclusives in the United States. So if a destination specialist with many com- you’re bringing guests to Florida or the panies she works with and is a certified Keys, they’re buying their flight, they’re destination wedding specialist. buying their hotel, then they’ve got to Planning a destination wedding buy all their food on top of that and depends on many factors, she said. sometimes it’s more expensive than going How many people are the bride and out of the country, believe it or not.” groom bringing with them? Are they all Weddings aren’t cookie cutter. adults? Families with children? What are “It’s down to the budget,” she said. they looking for out of that moment? “What they imagine their day to be like, How long? their honeymoon to be like. I try when Winkle said brides and grooms also I’m dealing with hotels, I try to with have to keep in mind if people are resorts, to offer a little bit of something giving up their vacation days to come different, something they’re not going to the wedding having a destination to get everywhere, you know.” with three or four flight changes, when And don’t forget the paperwork. She a guest may have only 4 days off, may said couples will want to be sure the not be the best idea. marriage is recognized in the United “So destination weddings are a little States and what the marriage requiremore complex,” she said. “I think there’s ments are for the country they’re a lot that goes into it. These are the things getting married in. Winkle said, some you need to take into account when couples choose to get married in the you’re planning your wedding. If it’s just courthouse secretly in the United States two people, then it’s not a big deal. The before their destination wedding. bride and groom – they’re going to pick “Not every country is clear and dry,” up a couple of witnesses at the resort. Winkle said.”There’s a lot of red tape “If you’re bringing other people with sometimes. We try to make it as easy as you, then you have to be conscious of we can.”



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18 tips for an affordable wedding 1. Avoid guest list bloat For some people, it can be very tempting to invite hundreds of people to the ceremony. With each addition to your guest list, though, you’re adding a person that’s of lesser importance to you, compared to the people you’ve already invited. Instead of just adding more and more people, consider inviting fewer people and making the event more intimate. Try cutting your list in half, and see if you’re happy with it.

2. Ask for wedding help instead of wedding gifts Do you have friends or family blessed with musical talent? Ask them to provide the musical accompaniment for your ceremony. How about a pal who’s a good amateur photographer, or videographer? Let them give the gift of their talent, offer to pay for their supplies, or work out a nominal fee or a trade of talents (they shoot your wedding, you sing at theirs...) services.

3. Have the ceremony at home, or outdoors You might find that the cost of renting a building for your ceremony and reception is expensive. Instead, consider using your own home (or the home of a parent) for your ceremony, or perhaps a public park with a beautiful view. In each case, you can also have your reception outdoors, often eliminating the cost of renting a place as well as creating a memorable ceremony.

4. Do catering yourself, or hire a family-owned restaurant If you have a flair for cooking, you can handle your own food preparation with the help of family and friends. This drastically reduces the food costs for the ceremony. If this isn’t your forte, look around your community for a family-owned restaurant and ask the owners directly to cater your wedding. Family-owned restaurants are always the first place to check – they will almost always go the extra mile to make your wedding special and will also charge a reasonable rate. AFFORDABLE continued on 534


Forgo the cost of renting a venue and have your wedding outdoors, especially in a place that holds special memories

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Books, if personal, make great gifts AFFORDABLE


5. Go minimal with flowers Instead of having huge piles of flowers everywhere (something that will really last for only an afternoon), instead simply go with a single rose for each bridesmaid and a very small bouquet for the bride. If you know someone with a rose bush, you can actually easily make your own bouquets the day before the ceremony by cutting the roses yourself and trimming away the thorns.

6. Choose very personal books as gifts for groomsmen and bridesmaids It’s often customary to give gifts to one’s bridesmaids or groomsmen. One very effective (and frugal) gift is to give personally important books to each person. Choose one that expresses something personal that you feel is appropriate for each member of the wedding party and hand-write an inscription on the inside, noting that the gift is for the wedding and why it’s an appropriate book.

7. Make your own invitations With a quality home printer and some time, you can make very classy invitations on your own. You can also pick up a simple blank invitation kit at an office supply store and make your own invitations. No pictures or anything – just a very classic font and simple text. It looks stylish and doesn’t cost much at all.

8. Use a good home stereo system for the reception music Rather than hiring a DJ, just use your own home stereo (or the stereo of a close friend). Put speakers around the dance floor area – there’s no need to spread them around the reception room. Then just create a few mix CDs from your own collection, or set up a playlist in a program on your computer – there’s all the music you need.

9. Have vendor cards in exchange for reduced rates If you’re hiring people to provide services for your reception (musicians, a

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Melinda Moritz shows how to make a boutonniere, a wrist corsage and small bouquet at her home in Flourtown, Pennsylvania. Rather than springing for extravagant piles of flowers, a single rose for each bridesmaid and a very small bouquet for the bride can do the trick. If you know someone with a rose bush, you can easily make your own bouquets. DJ, florists, caterers, photographers, etc.), offer to advertise for them in exchange for reduced rates. At the reception, put a small card in each person’s place that lists the businesses responsible for each service at the wedding, along with their contact information. Since this tends to be very effective advertising, many businesses will happily provide services at reduced rates in exchange for this opportunity.

10. Contact a local university for musical accompaniment needs If you’d like live musical accompaniment for the ceremony (and perhaps for the reception), one place to look

for low-cost musicians is at the local university’s music department. Contact them and ask if there are any students who are studying a particular instrument or vocal work and see if they’re available to provide music for your wedding. It can help them with their resume and save you on this part of your wedding.

11. Patiently shop for any decoration needs Many area merchants have sales somewhat regularly throughout the year – and they all sell supplies that can be helpful with your wedding. Know what you’re looking for as far in advance as possible and let the sales come to you. AFFORDABLE continued on 544


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12. If you’re getting married in your church, ask the ladies’ auxiliary for help Most churches have a women’s organization that is very happy to help with wedding preparation in exchange for a reasonable small donation. Get them involved – they can take a lot of worry off your shoulders for a relatively low price. At our wedding, the “church ladies” were a great help with church decoration and other helpful things on the day of the ceremony.

13. Buy dresses together when a sale is on Similar to the tip for shopping for decorations, you can often save a significant amount of money by shopping patiently for dresses as well. Many dress stores have sales on holidays such as Memorial Day – keep an eye out for such sales. You may also want to shop together so that you can all save during the sale.

14. Rent tuxedos as a group Unless you have a specific reason for owning a tuxedo (and few people do), you should rent one. It’s often useful to rent the tuxedos as a group through the same business, as you’ll often get a group rate. It’s often useful to rent through a place that’s fairly close to the site of the wedding so last-minute adjustments can easily be made.

15. Make a simple honeymoon, not an ostentatious one A huge, over-the-top honeymoon might sound fun, but it’s far, far cheaper (and often more enjoyable) to have a much more laid-back honeymoon. Instead of planning a big trip, just hop in the car and spend a week or two together just driving around and enjoying being married. The fewer plans, the better – and the cheaper.

16. Involve your close friends and family in the preparation As you’re developing plans, you should get your closest friends and family involved with the details. Quite often,

they’ll have surprisingly good ideas that can save you money and effort – perhaps they’ll know someone that can cut you a deal on a certain part, or maybe they’ll just volunteer to help out with that piece. Good friends and family are always there to help, so you might as well use it.

17. Plan, plan, plan List everything you can think of and walk through these items step by step. The earlier you get started – and the more things you think about early on – the less “last-minute stress” you’ll have and the more time you’ll have to find sales and discounts and other good ideas.

18. Don’t stress Something will probably go wrong at the last minute – a little detail of some sort won’t work out. Don’t worry about it – just assume something little is going to go wrong and don’t respond by throwing cash at it. Most likely, no one will even notice the little issue, and quite often someone in your wedding party (or someone helping out) will come up with a pretty good solution to fix things. – Source:


To save money on the honeymoon, plan something simple and laid-back. Sometimes, the fewer the frills, the better.

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The countdown to the big day CTW Features

Congratulations! You’re in love, you’ve set a wedding date and soon you’ll be married. Between the romance and the ritual, however, you must survive a potentially harrowing experience: planning your big day. Pulling together a wedding celebration can be a hectic, intimidating task. But it doesn’t have to be. Planning for the perfect wedding starts with the bride and groom agreeing on a unified vision before they begin booking caterers, bands and photographers. This will deter stressful disagreements while planning the minutia of the ceremony and reception. When you’ve decided on the overall tone for your special day, it’s time to get down to business. Think of yourself as a project manager. Establish an overall framework for completing the work and set specific deadlines, schedules and goals. Taken one small job at a time, the detail-laden task becomes less overwhelming. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help keep the stars in your eyes, your feet on the ground and your wedding plans on track.

❐ Choose your musician(s). ❐ Book your photographer and videographer. ❐ Select your baker and order the cake. ❐ Choose your florist. ❐ Decide on your color scheme. ❐ Shop for wedding rings with your fiancé. ❐ Decide on your honeymoon destination. Work with a travel agent to book your travel and accommodations. ❐ Select your wedding invitations. Don’t forget to purchase personal stationery for the thank-you notes you’ll need to write.

4 months before your wedding

❐ Register for gifts at one or more bridal gift registries. ❐ Help both mothers to coordinate and shop for their wedding-day attire. ❐ Select music for the ceremony and reception. ❐ Choose readings for your wedding and write your wedding vows. ❐ Plan a rehearsal dinner for members of your wedding party, your family and out-oftown guests. Reserve the location. ❐ Arrange hotel accommodations for members of the 9 months before wedding party who live out your wedding Metro of town. Reserve a block of ❐ Choose your wedding date. Six months before your wedding is a good time to shop for rooms for other out-of-town wedding rings with your fiancé. guests, and let them know If you plan to be married in a the rooms are available. church or temple, clear the date cially in areas where you feel flowers and entertainment at Remember to ask for any and time with the clergy. you need support. your reception. group discounts or special ❐ Announce your engage❐ Compose your guest list. ❐ Interview caterers, musipackages. ment in local newspapers. Let out-of-town guests know cians, florists, photographers, ❐ Reserve your wedding-day ❐ Set your budget. Take time your wedding is in the works so videographers and cake maktransportation and any other for a heart-to-heart talk with your they can make travel plans. ers. Get written estimates of wedding-day rental needs. fiancé about the budget and ❐ Reserve your reception site. their costs. Keep track of your ❐ Make appointments for style of your wedding, reception discussions and their bids ❐ Choose your wedding gown fittings. and wedding-related parties, and in a notebook or with wedattendants. ❐ Check the requirements for who pays for what. Enlist help. ding-planning software. ❐ Select your wedding gown, a marriage license. Consider hiring a bridal consultant. If your budget won’t stretch shoes and accessories. ❐ Make sure contracts and 6 months before ❐ Decide on bridesmaids’ that far, don’t despair. arrangements are complete your wedding dresses. with all of your service providEnlist relatives and close ers. ❐ Determine the theme or ❐ Choose your caterer. friends to assist you in specific Remember to get a written tasks – selecting a dress, inter- mood you’d like to establish COUNTDOWN continued on 564 with the food, table settings, contract. viewing caterers, etc. – espe-


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3 months before your wedding

❐ Begin packing for your honeymoon.

1 week before your wedding

❐ Make final checks with all your vendors: officiant, musicians, florist, photographer, videographer, limousine or other transportation provider, caterers and baker. ❐ 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. Metro Provide the caterer or other food suppliers with a close esti- ❐ Wrap gifts for bridal attendants and have them ready for mate of the number of guests you expect. the rehearsal dinner. be played during your wedding locked in place with the caterer. ❐ Purchase traveler’s checks ceremony. ❐ Purchase a special book and reconfirm honeymoon trav❐ Meet with musicians who to keep track of wedding gifts el and hotel plans. will provide entertainment as they arrive. ❐ See that checks are written during your reception and ❐ Keep writing those thankand ready to be given to venorchestrate precisely what you notes on a daily basis! dors at the agreed-upon time. you want and when you want ❐ If you plan a formal dinner ❐ Inform your caterer of the it played. for your reception, it’s time to final number of guests. Confirm ❐ Don’t be shy to voice your draw up a seating plan and that out-of-town guests are preferences, down to the vol- make up place cards. set with hotel accommodaume, favorite songs you’d like ❐ Check with your florist to tions, transportation and wedto hear, or even songs you confirm dates and times of ding-day directions. don’t want played. flower deliveries. ❐ Plan your rehearsal dinner ❐ Review your wedding The day before and a brunch or fun activity day transportation plans and for out-of-town guests to your wedding make sure drivers are clear enjoy on the day after your ❐ Take time to relax and enjoy about addresses, times and wedding. a massage, manicure and pednumber of passengers. ❐ Buy special accessories for icure. ❐ Make name or address your wedding-day attire. ❐ Traditionally, this is the day changes official on docu❐ Plan a luncheon for your for your rehearsal ceremony ments, including driver’s bridesmaids. license, Social Security forms and rehearsal dinner. Have fun! ❐ Make appointments for and financial accounts. Fill ❐ Turn in early for a good a hairdresser, makeup artist out change-of-address forms night’s sleep. and manicurist. at the post office. ❐ Finalize honeymoon plans. ❐ Meet with your photogOn your If you’re traveling overseas, rapher to specify the formal wedding day check again that your passshots you want taken of the ports are current and that you bridal party, as well as spe❐ Allow plenty of time for dresshave any necessary visas. ing, makeup and hair styling. cific, candid shots you’d like taken during the reception. ❐ Gather necessary birth or ❐ If you plan on photography baptismal certificates you may ❐ Review the video plans with before the ceremony, allow need for your wedding license. your videographer. ample time so you’re not rushed. 2 months before ❐ Relax, and remember: This your wedding is your special day, the result of 1 month before 2 weeks before ❐ Mail out your wedding inviall your careful planning. Now your wedding tations and announcements. your wedding it’s time to enjoy. ❐ Have wedding portraits taken. ❐ Get your wedding license. ❐ Keep writing those thankTake a deep breath. Refuse you notes for wedding gifts! ❐ Send your bridal portrait ❐ Have a final fitting of your to let any glitch get to you. Savor and wedding announcement gown and make sure your ❐ Pick up your wedding rings. every moment of this sacred day. to newspapers for publicaattendants have theirs. Let your joy and happiness Make sure any special engravtion. shine through. ing appears precisely as you ❐ Check that your menu selections and service plans are wished. ❐ Finalize the music that will Best wishes! ❐ Carefully 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 to your wedding, consider assembling an information package on fun things to do and see in your area. ❐ 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. ❐ Give the caterer or other food suppliers a close idea of the number of guests you expect. ❐ Make sure all reservations are in place for honeymoon travel. ❐ Check with bridesmaids to make sure they have their gowns and are getting them adjusted. ❐ Shop for gifts for your bridesmaids. Offer to help your fiancé select gifts for his attendants. ❐ Select your “going away” outfit and special items for your trousseau. ❐ Make a date with your photographer for any formal portraits you desire. ❐ 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.

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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 months before

6 to 8 weeks before n Get a sparkling smile. Cut down on coffee and try a whitening toothpaste. Want to really shine? Consider a professional bleaching with a dentist or use an over-the-counter whitening system. n Don’t be cheap. This is one of the most important moments in your life, so put some real thought into the matter and then buy your bride a wedding gift. n Don’t be cheap, part 2. Search high and low for the perfect groomsmen gifts. These guys are going to put out come D-Day to make sure you look your best. Make sure you get them something decent to show for it. n Don’t lose it. Pick up your wedding rings and put them in a safe place. While you’re at it, check the engraving carefully for typos.

n Plan your honeymoon. If you’re leaving the country, now would be a good time to check or find your passport – or get them if you and your girl don’t have ’em – and see what kind of shots or visas you might need. n Who’s driving? Arrange for transportation to the ceremony and reception. Think limousine or horse and buggy. While you’re at it, figure out where 2 weeks before you’re going after the reception – airport? hotel? – and make plans for n Do something really romantic with getting there. FYI, tradition dictates that your wife-to-be. But before you do, your best man drives you. pick up your marriage license.

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 the honeymoon reservations, start packing your bags, and pick up traveler’s checks. n Pay your officiant. Put his or her fee in an envelope and give it to your best man for post-vow delivery. n You are expected to speak to the crowd at your wedding reception. Sound sensitive and intelligent, start coming up with that impromptu toast to her family now. n Rally the troops. Give your groomsmen the rehearsal dinner low-down and make sure everybody’s got his monkey suit pressed and ready. By the way, get a haircut already.

The day before n Make her cry. Write a sweet little “I love you” note (or other touching trick) and leave it somewhere she’ll find it on wedding morning, particularly if you won’t be seeing her before the ceremony.



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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: _______________________________

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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) Date/Time:_____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Date/Time:_____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Date/Time:_____________________________________________________________________________________________________

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



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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: _________________________________________

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The Supporting Cast

Asked to be part of a friend’s wedding? Here is a list of traditional responsibilities for members of the wedding party. Of course, it is up to the bride and groom to determine exactly what each attendant will do. Maid of honor Helps the bride select bridesmaids’ attire and wedding dress. ■ Helps address invitations and place cards. ■ Attends as many prenuptial events as possible. ■ May host a shower, but not mandatory. ■ Organizes bridesmaids’ gift to the bride and usually gives an individual gift to the couple. ■ Pays for own wedding attire and transportation to wedding. ■ Attends the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. ■ Walks in processional and recessional. ■ Holds the groom’s wedding ring. ■ Helps with the bride’s gown. ■

■ Arranges the bride’s veil and train before the processional and recessional. ■ Makes sure the bride’s gown is picture perfect throughout the day. ■ Holds the bride’s bouquet during the ceremony. ■ Witnesses the signing of the marriage certificate. ■ Stands in receiving line. ■ Helps the bride change into her going-away clothes. ■ Takes care of the bride’s gown and accessories after the reception.

and recessional. ■ May participate in receiving line. ■ Helps gather guests for the first dance, cake-cutting and bouquet toss. ■ Pays for own dress and transportation to the wedding.

Best man Organizes any pre-wedding party for the groom. ■ Coordinates the ushers’ gift to the groom and usually gives individual gift to the couple. Bridesmaid ■ Attends the rehearsal and ■ Helps the bride and maid rehearsal dinner. ■ Makes sure the groom of honor in many ways. has the marriage license with ■ Takes care of own dress him at the ceremony. and accessories fittings. ■ May help with a shower ■ Delivers any payment to for the bride, optional. officiant, sexton and cere■ Assists the bride with mony musicians, as prearerrands. ranged. ■ Contributes to brides■ Holds the bride’s wedmaids’ gift to the bride and ding ring during the ceremousually gives an individual gift ny until the vows are spoken. ■ Walks in recessional. to the couple. ■ Attends the rehearsal and ■ Witnesses the signing of rehearsal dinner. the marriage certificate. ■ Walks in processional ■ Offers first toast to bride ■

and groom at the reception. ■ Gathers and takes care of the groom’s wedding clothes after the reception. ■ Has a car ready for the bride and groom to leave the reception. ■ Pays for own wedding attire and transportation to the wedding. Usher Participates in the party for the groom if there is one. ■ Contributes to the ushers’ gift for the groom and usually gives an individual gift to the couple. ■ Attends the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. ■ Makes sure people receive their special flowers or corsages. ■ Greets guests. ■ Seats guests. ■ Hands out programs. ■ Puts the aisle runner in place after guests are seated, before the processional. ■ Pays for own wedding attire and transportation to the wedding. ■

Always be prepared for emergencies

While we hope you don’t have emergencies on the big day, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Here’s a list of all those just-in-case items that will ensure your dream wedding goes off without a hitch.

The essentials

❐ Aspirin (or pain reliever of

choice) ❐ Band-Aids ❐ Bottle of water ❐ Chalk (to cover up any last-minute smudges or smears on your dress)

❐ Clear nail polish (for stocking runs) ❐ Corsage pins ❐ Dental floss/toothpicks ❐ Eyedrops ❐ Extra earring backs ❐ Extra panty hose ❐ Hairpins/ponytail holder ❐ Hand towelettes ❐ Hem tape ❐ Matches ❐ Mini sewing kit ❐ Safety pins ❐ Scotch tape ❐ Sedatives (don’t ask!) ❐ Small folding scissors ❐ Smelling salts (for fainters) ❐ Spot remover ❐ Static-cling spray ❐ Straws (so the bride can stay hydrated without messing up her lipstick) ❐ Tissues ❐ Tweezers

In the MOH bag The maid or matron of honor should keep the following items on hand for the bride: ❐ Breath mints/spray ❐ Cellphone ❐ Comb/brush ❐ Cash ❐ Hair spray ❐ Linen handkerchief ❐ Makeup (for touch-ups) ❐ Mirror ❐ Nail file ❐ Perfume ❐ Tampons/sanitary napkins Optional items ❐ Granola bars or other

easy-to-carry snacks ❐ Krazy Glue (for nail fixes, shoe heels, etc.) ❐ Sunblock



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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: _________________________

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Photography Checklist Of the Bride ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐

Bride Alone Bride with her Mother Bride with her Father Bride with Both Parents Bride with Maid of Honor Bride with Bridesmaids Bride Fixing her Make-up and Hair Attendants Receiving Flowers Parents Receiving Flowers

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Groom Alone Groom with his Mother Groom with his Father Groom with Both Parents Groom with Best Man Groom with Groomsmen Groomsmen Getting Boutonnières Parents Receiving Flowers

Of the Groom

At the Ceremony Guests Outside of Church Ushers Escorting Guests Bride’s Mother Being Seated Groom’s Family Being Seated Bride and her Father Entering the Church ❐ Groom and Groomsmen at Altar ❐ Attendants Coming Down Aisle ❐ Bride and her Father Coming Down Aisle ❐ Giving-Away Ceremony ❐ Altar During Ceremony ❐ Bride and Groom Saying Vows ❐ Ring Ceremony ❐ Flower Girl and Ring Bearer ❐ The Kiss ❐ Bride and Groom Coming Up Aisle ❐ Bride and Groom Leaving Church ❐ Bride and Groom Getting Into Car ❐ Bride and Groom in Decorated Car ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐

Of the Couple ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐

Bride and Groom Bride’s and Groom’s Hands Bride and Groom Looking at Each Other Couple with Honor Attendants Couple with Wedding Party Couple with All Parents Couple with Bride’s Parents Couple with Bride’s Family Couple with Groom’s Parents Couple with Groom’s Family

At the Reception ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐

Couple Arriving Couple Entering Reception Receiving Line Couple in Receiving Line Parents in Receiving Line Buffet Table Cake Friends Serving Punch Couple Seated at Table

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Bride Dancing with her Father Groom Dancing with his Mother Couple Talking with Guests Couple Cutting the Cake Couple Feeding Each Other Cake Couple Toasting Bride Throwing Bouquet Groom Removing Bride’s Garter Groom Throwing Garter Couple Dancing

Other ❐ __________________________________ ❐ __________________________________ ❐ __________________________________ ❐ __________________________________ ❐ __________________________________ ❐ __________________________________ ❐ __________________________________ ❐ __________________________________ ❐ __________________________________ ❐ __________________________________ ❐ __________________________________ ❐ __________________________________ ❐ __________________________________ ❐ __________________________________ ❐ __________________________________


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





Bridal Bouquet





Maid of Honor Bouquet





Bridesmaids’ Bouquets





Flower Girl’s Bouquet





Floral Headpieces





Mothers’/Grandmothers’ Corsages





Hostesses’ Flowers





Groom’s Boutonniere





Fathers’/Grandfathers’ Boutonnière





Groomsmen’s /Ushers’ Boutonnière





Ring Bearer’s Pillow





Altar/Chuppah Flowers





Aisle or Pew Decorations





Reception Room Flowers





Head Table Centerpiece





Guests’ Table Centerpieces





Cake/Buffet Table Decorations










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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__________________________________________________________________________________________________



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Decorating Details Balloons Decorator: __________________________

Phone: ___________________

Address: _____________________________________

Salesperson: ________________________

Delivery Date/Time/Place: __________________________________________________

Description: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Rentals Store 1: _______________________________________________

Store 3: _______________________________________________

Phone: _______________________________________________

Phone: _______________________________________________

Address: ______________________________________________

Address: ______________________________________________

Salesperson: __________________________________________

Salesperson: __________________________________________

Items to Reserve for Ceremony/Reception: _________________ ______________________________________________________

Items to Reserve for Ceremony/Reception: _________________ ______________________________________________________

Pick-up/Delivery Date: _______________ Time: _____________

Pick-up/Delivery Date: _______________ Time: _____________

Return Date: ___________________ Time: _________________

Return Date: ___________________ Time: _________________

Deposit: _____________________ Cost: ___________________

Deposit: _____________________ Cost: ___________________

Store 2: _______________________________________________ Phone: _______________________________________________ Address: ______________________________________________ Salesperson: __________________________________________ Items to Reserve for Ceremony/Reception: _________________ ______________________________________________________ Pick-up/Delivery Date: _______________ Time: _____________ Return Date: ___________________ Time: _________________ Deposit: _____________________ Cost: ___________________

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Music Ceremony DJ/Musician(s) 1: _____________________________________________ Phone: _____________________ Price: ______________ DJ/Musician(s) 2: _____________________________________________ Phone: _____________________ Price: ______________

Musical Selections Processional: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Ceremony: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Recessional: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Reception Entertainer(s) 1: ______________________________________________________________________ Phone: ___________________ Contact Person: ______________________________________________________________________ Price: ____________________ Entertainer(s) 2: _______________________________________________________________________ Phone: ___________________ Contact Person: _______________________________________________________________________ Price: ____________________ Entertainer(s) 3: ______________________________________________________________________ Phone: ___________________ Contact Person: ______________________________________________________________________ Price: ____________________ Entertainer(s) 4: _______________________________________________________________________ Phone: ___________________ Contact Person: _______________________________________________________________________ Price: ____________________ Entertainer(s) 5: ______________________________________________________________________ Phone: ___________________ Contact Person: ______________________________________________________________________ Price: ____________________ Entertainer(s) 6: ______________________________________________________________________ Phone: ___________________ Contact Person: ______________________________________________________________________ Price: ____________________

Musical Selections Couple’s First Dance: ________________________________________________________________________ Wedding Party Dance: _____________________________________________________________ Couple/Parent’s Dance: _________________________________________________ Other Requests: _____________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ __________________________________________ _________________________________ _________________


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Gifts Stores where gifts are registered

Bedroom Color Scheme: ____________________________________ Bed Size: _________________________________________ ❐ ____________________

Phone: ___________ Website: _____________________

❐ Bedspread ❐ Blanket ❐ Breakfast Tray ❐ Comforter/Duvet ❐ Electric Blanket ❐ Flat/Fitted Sheets ❐ Mattress Pad ❐ Pillows ❐ Pillowcases/Shams ❐ Throw Blanket

❐ ____________________

Store: __________________________________________

Other ❐ ____________________

Phone: ___________ Website: _____________________

❐ ____________________

❐ ____________________

Store: __________________________________________ Phone: ___________ Website: _____________________ Store: __________________________________________ Phone: ___________ Website: _____________________ Store: __________________________________________


❐ ____________________ ❐ ____________________ ❐ ____________________ ❐ ____________________ ❐ ____________________ ❐ ____________________ ❐ ____________________ ❐ ____________________

Around the House

Color Scheme: __________________________________ ❐ Bath Mats/Rugs ❐ Bath Towels ❐ Facecloths ❐ Curtain Rings ❐ Hair Dryer ❐ Hand Soap Dispenser ❐ Hand Towels ❐ Laundry Hamper ❐ Soap Dish ❐ Scale ❐ Shower Curtain ❐ Showerhead Massage ❐ Toothbrush Holder ❐ Towel Rack ❐ Wastebasket

❐ ____________________

Other ❐ ___________________ ❐ ___________________ ❐ ___________________ ❐ ___________________ ❐ ___________________ ❐ ___________________ ❐ ___________________ ❐ ___________________ ❐ ___________________ ❐ ___________________ ❐ ___________________ ❐ ___________________

Color Scheme: Table Size: ❐ Broom ❐ Camera ❐ Camera Equipment ❐ CD Player ❐ Clock ❐ Dustpan ❐ Fire Extinguisher ❐ Home Computer ❐ Iron ❐ Ironing Board ❐ Lamps ❐ Luggage ❐ Photo Frames ❐ Planters ❐ Sewing Machine ❐ Telephone

❐ Television ❐ Toolbox ❐ Vacuum/Sweeper ❐ Vases ❐ VCR/DVD Player ❐ Video Camera Other ❐ ____________________ ❐ ____________________ ❐ ____________________ ❐ ____________________ ❐ ____________________ ❐ ____________________ ❐ ____________________

Fun stuff ❐ _____________________________________________________________________________ ❐ _____________________________________________________________________________ ❐ _____________________________________________________________________________ ❐ _____________________________________________________________________________ ❐ _____________________________________________________________________________ ❐ _____________________________________________________________________________ ❐ _____________________________________________________________________________ ❐ _____________________________________________________________________________ ❐ _____________________________________________________________________________ ❐ _____________________________________________________________________________

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Dining and Serving Formal Color Scheme: _________________________________ Formal Dinnerware Manufacturer/Pattern: _____________________________________________________

Kitchen Color Scheme: ___________________________________ Table Size: ______________________________________

❐ Baking Dish ❐ Bakeware ❐ Blender ❐ Bread Machine ❐ Can Opener ❐ Coffee Grinder ❐ Coffee Maker ❐ Cookbook ❐ Cutlery Set ❐ Deep Fryer ❐ Dish Towels ❐ Dutch Oven ❐ Electric Skillet ❐ Food Processor ❐ Hand Mixer ❐ Ice Cream Maker ❐ Juicer ❐ Measuring Cup ❐ Measuring Spoons ❐ Microwave Oven ❐ Mixing Bowls ❐ Oven Mitts ❐ Placemats ❐ Roasting Pan ❐ Saucepan ❐ Skillet ❐ Slow Cooker ❐ Stand Mixer ❐ Steamer ❐ Stockpot ❐ Tablecloth ❐ Tea Kettle ❐ Toaster ❐ Toaster Oven ❐ Utensil Set

❐ Wire Racks ❐ Wok ❐ Wok Utensils


❐ ______________________

Formal Glassware Manufacturer/Pattern: _____________________________________________________ Casual Color Scheme: _____________________________________________________ Casual Dinnerware Manufacturer/Pattern: _____________________________________________________ Casual Glassware Manufacturer/Pattern: _____________________________________________________

❐ ______________________

Table Size: _________________________________________

❐ ______________________

❐ Tableclothes

❐ Placemats

❐ Cloth Napkins

❐ ______________________ ❐ ______________________ ❐ ______________________ ❐ ______________________ ❐ ______________________ ❐ ______________________ ❐ ______________________ ❐ ______________________ ❐ ______________________ ❐ ______________________ ❐ ______________________ ❐ ______________________ ❐ ______________________ ❐ ______________________ ❐ ______________________ ❐ ______________________ ❐ ______________________ ❐ ______________________ ❐ ______________________ ❐ ______________________ ❐ ______________________ ❐ ______________________

❐ Bread Tray ❐ Cake Plate ❐ Candlesticks ❐ Chafing Dish ❐ Cheese Board ❐ Coasters ❐ Coffee/Tea Service ❐ Corkscrew/Opener ❐ Covered Casserole ❐ Cream/Sugar Bowls ❐ Decanter ❐ Dessert Dish Set ❐ Gravy/Sauce Boat ❐ Ice Bucket ❐ Napkin Rings ❐ Nut Dish ❐ Pitcher ❐ Punch Bowl Set ❐ Salad Bowl ❐ Salt/Pepper Shakers ❐ Serving Bowl ❐ Serving Platter ❐ Serving Tray ❐ Soup Tureen ❐ Trivet ❐ Wine Rack


❐ ______________________ ❐ ______________________ ❐ ______________________ ❐ ______________________ ❐ ______________________ ❐ ______________________ ❐ ______________________ ❐ ______________________ ❐ ______________________ ❐ ______________________ ❐ ______________________ ❐ ______________________ ❐ ______________________ ❐ ______________________ ❐ ______________________ ❐ ______________________ ❐ ______________________ ❐ ______________________ ❐ ______________________ ❐ ______________________ ❐ ______________________



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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

Estimated cost

Actual cost

___________ ___________ ___________ ___________ ___________

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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

Estimated cost

Actual cost

___________ ___________ ___________ ___________

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Estimated cost

Actual cost

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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...........................3 Holiday Inn Express.......28 Lincoln Way Inn B&B......21 Quality Inn & Suites........19

Appetizers & Sides The Butcher Shop............9

Beauty Salons & Day Spas Joanne’s Total Image......32

Bridal Gowns Alexis Day Designs & Bridal .......................................38

Bridal Showers

Ceremony Sites Cont. Deer Valley Country Club .......................................72 The Dillon Home...............5 Dixon Riverfront..............34 Dixon VFW Post 540......22 K’s Korner Trading Post .......................................13 Hornbaker Gardens........26 Lincoln Way Inn B&B......21 Livengood’s Barn............35 Post House Ballroom......15

Clothing & Lingerie Lavendar ’n’ Lace...........42

Engraving Fine Line Engraving.........2

Event Planner

Aurelio’s Bake Shop.........8 Baker Street...................30 Village Bakery................45 Woodys Popcorn............36

Elizabeth Ann Event Design & Rentals........................41 Selmi’s Weddings & Events..............................7

Financial Institutions Catering Services Baker Street...................30 Brenda’s Chicken Coop.....35 Creative Cuisine.............33

Ceremony Sites Amboy Community Center. ......................................34 Barn On The Hill.............37 Days Inn...........................3

Oregon Soap Shoppe.....12 Petals to Parties.............40 Fine Line Engraving.........2

Home Furnishings Sweetwood Interiors.......39

Insurance Agents Country Financial.............7

That Place on Palmyra......27

Cakes & Treats

Gifts & Gift Registry

First National Bank in Amboy............................23

Invitations SBM Business Equipment Center.............................30 Fine Line Engraving.........2 Sauk Valley Printing.......49

Photographers Onsite Photography........17 Rachael Osborn Photography...................45 You in Photos by Nanc ................................ 1 & 11

First Ave Flowers & Gifts..36 Flowers Etc.....................10 Lundstrom Florist Inc......24 Selmi’s Weddings & Events..............................7

Dixon VFW Post 540......44 Hornbaker Gardens........26 K’s Korner Trading Post..13 Livengood’s Barn............35 The Pavillion at Emeral Hill .........................................5 Post House Ballroom......15 Quality Inn & Suites........19

Rentals Big John Portable Toilet Rental.............................25 Grummerts Hardware.....31 Elizabeth Ann Event Design & Rentals........................41 Flowers Etc.....................10 Midwest Tents And Events............................29 Sauk Valley Love Doves.37 Selmi’s Weddings & Events..............................7

Transportation Quad City Int’l Airport.....42

Travel Services Rehearsal Dinners That Place on Palmyra...... 27

Reception Sites Florists

Reception Sites Cont.

Amboy Community Center .......................................34 Barn on the Hill...............37 Byron Forest Preserve....33 Deer Valley Country Club .......................................72

Destinations Travel Services..........................47

Tuxedo Rental Flowers Etc.....................10 Kaleel Clothing...............31 Seno Formal Wear.........32

No Ordinary Love. No Ordinary Reception.

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We invite you to schedule a tour with our wedding coordinator. We’ll help you create a memorable reception that captures your unique style as a couple.

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