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Bridal Guide

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A supplement to the Skagit Valley Herald and Anacortes American

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5 A Wedding Reception to Remember 6 Catering Q & A : - 10 Questions for your Caterer 8 Wedding Trends 10 Bridal Attire Checklist 11 Groom’s Attendants Checklist 12 Floral Checklist

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Ceremony Music Worksheet Photographer Worksheet Honeymoon Worksheet Before you say “I Do”, say “I Did!” Checklist 18 Make it Legal 18 After the Wedding Valley Portrait Photography

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The signature dessert - cake - is usually the centerpiece for this occasion, a continuing reflection of the wedding theme and colors. An assortment of cupcakes or a tower of layers allows today’s cakes to take almost any form - from square to round, even pillow or heart-shaped. This stunning all-white creation from the wedding experts at Wilton is both simple yet elegant. Cake layers are covered in pure white fondant, while additional bands of fondant glistening with white sparkling sugar decorate the bottom of each tier. Dots of sugar pearl sprinkles, resembling perfect pearls add a hint of texture, while a gem-studded monogram topper adds the finishing touch. This unique do-it-yourself wedding topper kit can easily be customized...with one initial, two or a trio. Self-adhesive crystal-like gems are used to trace the initials onto the clear disc.

Gems can also be used to create a border or other complementary design. After the reception, it makes a perfect keepsake for the couple that will be treasured for years to come. Guests will want to raise a glass in honor of the newlyweds with the timeless custom of a champagne toast. Decorated flutes for the bride and groom create a long-lasting memory of this special tradition. Individual boxes are ideal for truffles or other candies to send home with guests. Tie with ribbons reflecting the color theme of the wedding. Another fun memento is a mini champagne bottle favor that can be filled with small candies. Attach a label with a personalized message. Make it elegant or simple...and always make it meaningful and memorable.

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A great caterer will do more than just make good food. He or she will pay great attention to details, making sure the presentation is just right, the food and wine are served at the right temperature, the servers are well-groomed and attentive and that clean-up is efficient and thorough. So how do you make sure the caterer you hire is a great one? By asking the right questions.

■ May I have references? Most caterers get their business from word of mouth. Ask for at least 10 former clients and call as many as you can. Ask questions such as: • Was the caterer easy to work with? • Was the service efficient and nonintrusive? • Was the food delicious, and did it arrive hot? • Were there any problems that came up and how did the caterer deal with them? ■ Do you have a business license and liability insurance? Caterers should be licensed by the state. Usually licenses are displayed in the office, but if you’re not positive, then ask to see it. Make sure you see proof of liability insurance as well. ■ Can we sample from a typical wedding menu? Catering can be a large part of your wedding budget. Make sure you know what it is you’ll be getting for your money. Take your spouse-to-be and a friend with you to the tasting so that you can get varied opinions. Some caterers will charge a tasting fee, but it’s worth it. ■ May I see photographs of your table displays? Some caterers who provide buffets or

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food stations include floral arrangements and other decorations. It’s also a good idea to discuss your color theme so that decorations and floral arrangements coordinate

When you finally settle on a caterer, make sure you have a written contract to sign. This guarantees that they will provide the food, time lines and details you discussed.

■ What does the price per person include? Is the cost strictly for food, or does it cover tables, chairs, linens, tableware, punch service, table displays, etc.?

Asking these 10 questions will help you choose the right caterer to help make your wedding a truly special celebration.

■ What other fees do you charge? Are tips and taxes included in the price? Some caterers will charge a cake-cutting fee or corking fee for wines. Make sure you get all fees in writing up front. ■ Do you handle special menu requests? You may have guests with special menu needs, such as food allergies, vegan or kosher requirements. Make sure your caterer will accommodate these needs. Some couples want to have a special family recipe at the reception - grandma’s meatballs or foods from the family’s ethnic traditions. Find out if your caterer will personalize your menu with these kinds of items.

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■ Do you offer cakes? Ask if your caterer offers wedding and groom’s cakes, and find out if they are included in the price. ■ Will you pack us a “doggie bag” for after the reception? Sometimes the wedding couple is so busy at the reception that they have very little time to eat anything. Attentive caterers will prepare small boxes of food for the couple to enjoy when they are finally alone. ■ What are the payment arrangements? You need to find out how much of a deposit is required, and if it’s refundable or not. Ask when the final payment is due and what the caterer’s preferred form of payment is.

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pringtime ushers in the glitz and glamour of wedding season, which lasts into late fall. This year, economizing is foremost on everyone’s minds, but betrothed couples want their weddings and the events leading up to them to be as special as ever. These wedding trends are how brides and grooms are turning bridal showers, couples’ showers and, of course, the wedding itself into priceless yet affordable experiences for everyone involved. —Revisiting food classics that are guaranteed to please the palate but don’t break the bank, sizzling Mini-Sliders. —Choosing fresh and flavorful wines that present incredible value for the price but don’t compromise a smidge on quality. —Serving food in smaller portions, a restaurant trend, is a hit for guests and a boon for the budget. —Conserving resources with 3L Wine bottles, a convenient, no-waste way to serve a crowd. Here are some stylish, budget-friendly food and wine options that allow happy couples to have their cupcakes and eat them too. Bridal Shower To create an elegant and festive party atmosphere, decorate the event space with fresh flowers and set aside a table where gifts can be presented. A buffet table lets guests serve themselves and also provides a tableau for food and wine selections to be artfully displayed. Arrange an inviting layout of fresh seasonal salads and bite-sized desserts, with a delectable angel hair pasta dish as the centerpiece. Pair with delicious Pinot Grigio.

Couples’ Shower A couples’ shower is the ideal way to informally celebrate the upcoming marriage. Commonly known as a Jack and Jill party, the event can be a luncheon, a laid-back barbecue or a party at a local park. A couples’ shower is a prime opportunity for everyone to take a break and enjoy spending time together. Miniburgers, or gourmet sliders, have universal appeal and offer up a new twist on an old favorite. Paired with a vibrant Red, they will easily satisfy guests. Wedding Reception As an alternative to the traditional wedding cake, a cupcake wedding tree is a sophisticated way to end the momentous occasion on the sweetest of notes. Paired with luscious, food-friendly Chardonnay from the prized Central Coast wine growing region, this spectacular dessert and the creamy, fruit-forward wine are a match made in heaven. Wine Planning Checklist for Parties —Use 3L bottles for large groups, as each botle serves up to 20 guests, each guest with a standard five-ounce glass. —Guests at daytime parties usually drink less wine. Serve approximately one glass of wine per guest every 90 minutes. —For evening parties, serve approximately one glass of wine per guest every hour. —Chill white wine for at least three hours before guests arrive. —Open and decant red wines about 30 minutes before guests arrive to allow the flavors to open up and breathe. —Be a responsible host and offer special non-alcoholic beverages and plenty of water for thirsty guests.

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Serves 6 Prep time: 30 minutes 16 oz. dried angel hair pasta

Serves 4 Prep time: 30 minutes 1 tsp onion powder

1 Tbs. 3/4 C 4 tsp. 3 tsp. 2 tsp. 2C 3 Tbs 24 4 Tbs. 1/4 C

extra virgin olive oil chopped onion (about 1/2 onion) minced garlic seeded and minced serrano chile (about 1 chile) finely chopped fresh rosemary and sprigs for garnish Pinot Grigio fresh lemon juice, about 1 lemon large shrimp, peeled and deveined Butter pine nuts, toasted in a 350°F oven for 10 minutes until lightly browned Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Cook pasta according to package directions. Set large saucepan over medium heat and add olive oil. SautĂŠ onions, garlic, chiles and rosemary about 4 minutes or until soft. Add wine and lemon juice, raise heat to high and boil until liquid is reduced by half. Add shrimp and cook until pink, about 2 minutes. Remove pan from heat, stir in butter and pine nuts, and toss with drained pasta. Add salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Pairing suggestion: Pinot Grigio

2 tsp minced garlic 1/2 C Red Wine 1 1/2 lbs ground chuck 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1/2 tsp kosher salt 12 3-inch dinner rolls Condiments  Caramelized onions (sautĂŠ in olive oil, very slowly, about 20 minutes) 1/2 C loosely packed watercress 1/2 C thinly shredded radicchio

In medium bowl, combine onion powder, garlic, wine, beef, salt and pepper. Shape into twelve 1/2-in. thick patties. Grill until browned, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Grill dinner rolls until slightly toasted. On bottom of each roll, place caramelized onions, patty, watercress and radicchio. Top with roll top. Pairing suggestion: Red Wine

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Designer Size Color/Fabric Train Length Headdress/veil

Style Color Veil Length Undergarments

Bra Slip Stockings Shoes

Size Style Color Dyeing Charge Accessories

Gloves Garter Hankie Fit tings/Alter.

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Style Color Size Ring/Train Bearer

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Fitting Date:

Balance Due:


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Each Attendant:

Each Father:

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checklist Florist

Contact Person Qty Item

Date Ordered_________ Qty Item Phone_______________

Description (style, color, flowers)


Bouquet________________________________ ______ Bride’s Throwing Bouquet___________________ ______ Floral Headdress for Reception_______________ ______ Going-away Corsage_______________________ ______ Delivered to_______________ Time_________ ______

bridal Attendants

______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______

Groom and Attendants

Groom’s Boutonniere______________________ ______ Best Man’s Boutonniere_____________________ ______ Ushers’ Boutonnieres______________________ ______ Ring Bearer’s Boutonniere___________________ ______ Delivered to_______________ Time_________ ______ Bridal Party Total ______ Family

Corsage for Bride’s Mother_________________ Corsage for Groom’s Mother________________ Corsages for Grandmothers_________________ Mother’s Roses__________________________ Other corsages (Stepmothers, Aunts)__________ Boutonniere for Bride’s Father_______________ Boutonniere for Groom’s Father______________ Other Boutonnieres (Stepfathers, Grandfathers) Delivered to_______________ Time_________ Family Total 12

Bridal Consultant Officiant Soloist Instrumentalist(s) Guest Book Attendant Gift Attendant Other Helpers Total Ceremony site

Matron of Honor_________________________ Maid of Honor___________________________ Bridesmaids_____________________________ Flower Girl_____________________________ Floral Headdress_________________________ Delivered to_______________ Time_________


Flowers for helpers


Description (style, color, flowers)

______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______

Arch/Canopy Candelabra Candelighters Altar Floral Sprays Pews Aisles Other

Ceremony Site Total

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Bride’s Table Parents’ Table Attendants’ Table Guests’ Table Cake Table Top of Cake Guest Book Table Gift Table Ladies’ Powder Room Other Reception Site Total (Total of all Categories) Subtotal Grand Total Deposit Balance Due

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Ceremony Location ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Contact Person ___________________________________________ Phone _________________________________________________ Wedding Date ____________________________________________ Arrival Time _____________________________________________ Appropriate Dress Rehearsal Date ___________________________________________ Time___________ Location ________________________________ Instrumentalists _______________________________________________________

Phone ____________ ____________


Soloists _______________________________________________________

Phone ____________






Cancellation Policy___________________________________________________


Total Cost___________________________________


Deposit Paid____________________________________________


Balance Due____________________________________________

Ceremony Music Selections Prelude ________________________________________________ During Ceremony _________________ ______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ First Solo ______________________________________________

Recessional _____________________________________________



Second Solo _____________________________________________ Postlude _______________________________________________ ______________________________________________________


______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ Processional ____________________________________________ Other __________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________

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Photocopy and provide a copy to the photographer and videographer Bride’s Name________________________________


Wedding Date_______________________________


Wedding Location______________________________________________________________________ Reception Date_____________________________


Reception Location_____________________________________________________________________ Photographer______________________________




Engagement Pictures_____________ Date_______


Location________________________________________________________________________ Bridal Portrait______________________________

Date_______ Time__________________

Location___________________________________________________ Wedding Day__________________ Arrival Time_______ Phone_____________ Location_______________________________________________________________________ Ceremony Site Restrictions/Guidelines______________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ Appropriate Dress_____________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ Videographer_____________________________ Phone_____________________________________ Assistant________________________________ Phone_____________________________________ Wedding Day________________ Arrival Time____ Phone_____________________________________ Location________________________________________________________________________ Ceremony Site Restrictions/Guidelines_______________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ Appropriate Dress______________________________________________________________________ 14

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Phone Room# Made


TRAVEL Reservations (airline, ship, train, rental car) Departure/ Pickup Date:


Carrier/ Number:


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Hotel Reservations

Arrival Date Departure Date Hotel Phone Address


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before you say ‘i do,’

9 to 12 months out:  Breathe.  Announce your engagement for Pete’s sake!  S end your engagement announcement information and photo to the Skagit Valley Herald.  Pick a date for your wedding  Decide on the type of wedding you want – large or small, indoors or out, black tie or barefoot  Decide on a budget and how expenses will be shared.  Set up a folder to keep receipts and a ledger to help you stay on budget.  Make a spreadsheet list of everyone you, your groom and your families would like to invite. Break the list into must invites, should invites, and would-be-nice-to invites.  Tactfully remove the would- not-be-nice-to invites.  Reserve your ceremony site.  Book your officiant.  Reserve your reception site.  Book your photographer.  Choose your color scheme  Go shopping! Find and order your wedding gown and veil.  Choose your maid of honor, best man, bridesmaids, groomsmen and ushers. 16

 Apply for a passport and visa if you’ll need them for the honeymoon.  Consider getting premarital counseling. The wedding is just one day, but marriage is the rest of your lives.You may want to prepare for both.

6 to 9 months out:  Breathe.  Send out save-the-date cards.  Choose your flower girl and ring bearer.  Reserve your wedding night suite. Sweet!  Choose your bridesmaids’ attire – dresses, shoes and accessories.  Go for tastings and book your caterer.  Book your florist.  Book your band or DJ.  Book your videographer.

4 to 6 months out:  Breathe.  Start shopping for each other’s wedding gifts.  Reserve rental items – tables, tablecloths, chairs, napkins, flatware, silverware, stem ware  Finalize your invite list

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 Order wedding stationary – invitations, thank-you cards, wedding programs, seating cards, personal stationary.  Address your invitation envelopes.  Register for gifts.  Start planning your honeymoon.  Reserve a time and place for your rehearsal dinner.  Arrange accommodations for your out-of-town guests.  Buy shoes and accessories.  Start breaking in your shoes.

2 to 4 months out:  Breathe.  Order your wedding cake.  Order party favors.  Order room decorations.  Shop for honeymoon attire.  Book transportation for the wedding day.  Check marriage license requirements.  Order your wedding bands.  Consider having your teeth bleached.  Plan pre- and post-wedding activities for your out-of- town guests.  Buy gifts for your bridal party.

6 to 8 weeks out:  Breathe.  Mail your invitations.  Record the RSVPs on your wedding guest spreadsheet.  S tart sending thank-you cards to early gifters. D  ecide on your hair style and makeup.  S chedule hair, makeup and nails for your wedding day. B  uy toasting glasses, a cake, knife, a ring pillow, a guest book, etc.  Reserve wedding attire for the groom, groomsmen, ushers, father of the bride and ring bearer.  Mail rehearsal dinner invitations.  Get your marriage license.  F ind the proverbial “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a sixpence for your shoe.”  Finalize your menu and beverage order.

2 to 6 weeks out:  Breathe.  Finalize ceremony details with your officiant.  Go in for the final fitting of your wedding gown & veil.  Arrange the final fitting for your bridesmaids’ dresses.  S end your wedding announcement and photo to the Skagit Valley Herald.  F inalize your rehearsal dinner plans and arrange seating.  S tart packing for your honeymoon.  Contact guests who haven’t responded.  Write out a detailed wedding day time line for your bridal party & vendors.

 Give the time line to your vendors.  Pick up your wedding bands and check for fit. M  eet with your photographer and outline the special photos you want.  Meet with your videographer and outline the special events or people you want videotaped. M  eet with your band/DJ and outline the music you want played during special events like the first dance, daddy-daughter dance, etc. R  emind bridesmaids and groomsmen when & where they can pick up their attire. D  ecide on ceremony seating for your special guests, and give the list to your ushers.  P lan your reception room layout and seating arrangement.

A  rrange for someone to return your rented items after the wedding.  Provide your bridal party with the finalized detailed time line. R  eview ceremony seating with the ushers.  Enjoy your rehearsal dinner.

The BIG day:  Breathe. G  ive the groom’s ring to the maid of honor.  Give the bride’s ring to the best man.  Breathe.  Follow your detailed time line.  Get to the alter.  Relax and enjoy your wedding.  Say ‘I do.’

The final week:  Breathe.  Pick up your wedding attire & make sure everything fits. T  ell your caterer the final guest count. R  eview the detailed time line with your vendors, and modify if needed.  Confirm your honeymoon reservations and accommodations.  Finish packing for your honeymoon.

To submit your wedding/engagement announcement please contact the Classified Department at 360.424.4567, email: or stop by our office: 1215 Anderson Road, Mount Vernon, WA. Monday - Friday 8AM-5PM. There will be a charge to run all wedding/engagement announcements. The rate will depend on the size of the announcement. The typical range is $20-$60.

Rehearsal day:  Breathe.  Rehearse the bridal party entrance order, exit order, standing arrangement and musical cues.  Give the best man the officiant’s fee and any other checks to be delivered the day of the wedding. 2011 Bridal Guide & Planner


General information about marriage licenses in Skagit County A marriage license can be obtained in Skagit County at the Skagit County Auditor’s Office. The cost for a marriage license is $60.00. Payment must be made in cash only, no exceptions. Neither a witness nor a blood test is required to obtain a marriage license. To obtain a marriage license: • Complete the marriage license application form (pdf) and affidavit (pdf). Both forms are also obtainable from the Auditor’s Office. • Both the bride-to-be and groom-to-be must sign the completed affidavit. The signing must be witnessed by a notary public or deputy auditor. • Pay the $60.00 fee. The license is not valid until the third full day after the application is filed at the Auditor’s Office. For example, if the

application is filed on Monday, the first day it can be used is Thursday. Marriage Licenses are void if not solemnized within 60 days of the valid date. If you file your application by mail, please mail it early enough to allow sufficient processing and return mail time. Please also include a contact name, address and phone number where you may be reached if necessary. PLEASE USE BLACK INK! Legal age for both bride and groom is 18 years old. If one of the applicants is 17 years old, that applicant must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The parent or legal guardian must sign the marriage application form, granting consent to the marriage, and must have the authority to do so. Legal guardians must provide either an original or certified copy of the legal guardianship documents. An applicant under 17 years of age must have

you mean there’s more to do

Honey, the wedding is only the beginning! Here’s what needs to happen next:  Return all rented tuxedoes  Return all rented equipment  Return all borrowed accessories Tip: have your mom or your maid of honor head-up these tasks while he whisks you away to paradise.  Write thank-you cards Tip: Make your notes as personal as possible. Thank the person for the specific gift and tell them how you plan to use it. Two sentences is plenty. Try something like, “Thanks so much Aunt Cordelia for your generous subscription to the Jelly of the Month Club.We can’t wait to savor all that sweet, fruity goodness on toast, pancakes, waffles, French toast, and all manner of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.” Include a wedding or honeymoon photograph of the bride and groom for a nice touch.  Preserve your bridal bouquet  Send your wedding gown to the cleaners and have it sealed in a vacuum box or bag 18

the consent of a Superior Court Judge. Such consent is indicated by a waiver, included with the marriage application, that is signed by the Superior Court Judge. Who is authorized to perform marriage? State law prescribes who can marry. Under RCW 6.04.050, active and retired justices of the supreme court, judges of the court of appeals, judges of the superior courts, superior court commissioners, any regular licensed or ordained minister or any priest of any church or religious denomination, and judges of courts of limited jurisdiction may perform marriages. For more information about marriage licenses please call 360-336-9311 or email: Obtaining a copy of a marriage license: For more information about obtaining a copy of a marriage license please call (360) 336-9311 or email: scauditor@co.skagit.

The endless game of name-change. You’ll want your new name and address to appear here:  Doctors  Social Security Card  Will  Property Titles  Dentist  Drivers License  Utility Companies  Employee Records  Passport  Post Office  School Records  Bank Accounts  Magazine  Club Memberships  Credit Cards Subscriptions  Anyone who bills  Safe Deposit Box  Car Registration you or sends you  Investments  Insurance Policies wanted mail.  Loans  Voter Registration Tip:Want to save time and minimize work? Plenty of web-based companies offer name change services for $15-$35. Simply fill out a brief form with your basic information, and they handle the necessary name and address changes for you. D  ecide if you want to file your taxes jointly or separately, and update your tax forms at work. A  dd your spouse to your employer’s health insurance. M  ake your spouse is the beneficiary of any retirement and 401(k) plans.  Purchase life insurance.  S tart financial planning, and consider meeting with an accountant and financial adviser to devise strategies that fit your goals as a married couple.

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