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have it. You can also mix and match shapes and sizes to create an unusual cake. For a modern cake, select oval layers for the bottom and middle, and a heart layer for the top. Choose a large square for the bottom, a slightly smaller square for the middle and an even smaller square for the top. Then ask the baker to stack them on top of each other, and voila ... a stack of presents. After they are iced, the presents can be tied together with a bow of sugared fruit. Colored cakes. The icing on your cake does not have to be white, nor do the rosettes have




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to be pastel. You can have chocolate icing with red rosettes, or vanilla icing with a touch of lemon and tiny purple rosebuds. You can even match the colors of the icing on your cake to the colors of your flowers, bridesmaids’ dresses or decorations at the reception. Just make sure you take a color swatch to your baker. Designer cakes. Wedding cakes don’t have to be plain. Add a unique touch to your cake with fresh fruit or flowers. For a stunning look, ask the baker to put a single rose on top or a cascade of lilies down the side. If you prefer something a bit sweeter, toss on

some frosted nuts or chocolate candies. Bring in a photo of your gown and have the baker copy the pattern onto your cake. Personalized cakes. Feeling sentimental? Find a photo of your parents’ or grandparents’ wedding ca ke a nd have t he baker copy it. Then serve the first slices to your parents or grandparents at the reception. If you have extra layer cakes, find good photos of you and your fiancé, and have them transferred to the cakes. Choose an unusual topper, like two plastic gold wedding rings, or have your and your groom’s initials intertwined in icing. You can have just about any flavor and size of cake you want, and you can customize it to meet your needs and wants. If you are having an intergalactic wedding, you can order a cake that looks like a spaceship. If you are having a Christmas wedding

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Tips for including pets in your wedding Brides and grooms looking for signature wedding details that won't break the bank can make a n impression by inv iting a guest-of-honor that everyone is sure to remember: their pet.

Pet f i nder.c om, t he l a r ge st • Make sure your ceremony and online database of adoptable reception locations allow pets pet s a nd nu mber-one petbefore finalizing your plan. related site in the country, offers the following tips for adding a Do you have an “easily-excitable” pooch? Does your dog love furry friend to the bridal party:

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Wildflowers, antiques and pies add rustic charm to a wedding brunch By Deborah Conway Feature Writer They met about four years ago, when Sarah VanDer Linden applied for a teaching position at the Highlands International School, high in the Andes Mountains in the city of LePaz, Bolivia. Prior to being sent overseas, she was required to attend a training session in Memphis, Tennessee. Scott Cunningham, an administrator at Highlands, was sent to Memphis to meet the new staff. When they became engaged, they decided to get married near Sarah’s hometown. Although Sarah grew up in New Gloucester, Scott, who lived in Texas and Nigeria, had never set foot in Maine until a few weeks before their July 14 nuptials. “The hardest part about planning a wedding from Bolivia,” said Scott, “was not being able to see what we were committing to. But the logistical difficulties of planning a wedding from afar helped us focus on developing a healthy relationship ... and Sarah’s mom helped a lot.” A friend sent photographs to Sarah of flowers at Pineland, and the inspiration for their country-style wedding came from the pallet of colors they saw in those Maine wildflowers. The mauves, periwinkles and creamy florals found their way into Sarah’s bridesmaids’ dresses, and her flower girl wore a dress the color of dark lilacs. Although Sarah’s wedding dress, purchased online, was white, her “something old” included a pair of soft, dusty rose shoes that she had previously worn when she served as maid of honor for a dear friend. Scott wore a charcoal gray suit with a “bright blue tie that he had made in Bolivia.” His groomsmen wore blue suits with burgundy ties.

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Planning their Maine wedding while living in Bolivia enabled Sarah and Scott to focus on their relationship while Sarah’s mother helped with logistics back home.

“We wanted something outdoors,” said Sarah, and so the wedding took place in Picnic Grove at Point Sebago Resort on the shore of Lake Sebago. Although the setting was casual and rustic, the ceremony was traditional. According to Scott, “Even though it was outside, we wanted the seriousness of our vows to be ref lected in the ceremony. Generally, we’re both fairly casual people, so we wanted to make [the reception] a more casual celebration.” The tables in the Grove were laid with cloths matching the colors of the wedding part y and decorated w ith canning jars, buckets, and bottles filled with wildf lowers picked and arranged by a friend. Family photographs in rustic and antique frames depicting their youths, courtship, and parents’ and grandparents’ weddings decorated tables, trees and two antique ladderback chairs. More photographs were hung with clothespins on twine strung along a fence at the edge of the Grove. Rather than a traditional guest book, guests were invited to record their thoughts with permanent marker on a beautiful



wooden tray created by a Bolivian woodworker and set with inlaid Bolivian tiles. “Rather than having something that we put on a shelf or in a chest and never look at,” said Scott, “this is something that we will look at and use almost every day.” Small Bolivian tiles attached to magnets, similar to the tiles in the tray, were taken home by guests as wedding favors. A n a nt ique t r u n k, or ig i na l ly ow ned by Sa ra h’s g reatgrandmother, was set out to collect wedding gifts, and an old wine box was used for cards. The wedding took place at 10 a.m., and a country brunch was prepared by Ruth York and the chefs at Point Sebago Resort. The menu included eggs, waff les, potatoes, sausages, petite sandwiches, punch, iced tea, and coffee.

In addition to one small traditional wedding cake decorated with fresh flowers, desserts included raspberry and blueberry coffeecakes and strawberry rhubarb, peach, apple and tripleberry pies, all of which were baked by Heather Keach of Heather’s Bakery. The desserts were set upon different-sized wicker baskets turned upside down, giving the delicious display both height and depth, as well as a rustic look. After the wedding and reception in Maine, the couple celebrated with family in Texas. Having been kept in the dark as to honeymoon plans, Scott surprised Sarah with a honeymoon trip to the Dominican Republic. “Our wedding was everything that we imagined and more.” Several weeks later, the new Mr. and Mrs. Cunningham found themselves heading home to LePaz, Bolivia, where, said Sarah, “We're busy making house ... cleaning out a bachelor pad and making a home.”

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Make the most of your visit to the bridal show by using the Most girls grow up dreaming about their wedding day. So when opportunity to really interview possible candidates you still that magical moment happens and prince charming slips a ring on need to book. Do your research before the show and bring a list of your finger you immediately beam with excitement. It has finally questions to ask. Be sure to bring your groom and anyone else who happened ... you are getting married. This should be a piece of cake, will be involved in the decision-making process. You will be able right? Then reality sets in, and the stress of planning can get in the to compare prices and products, personalities of the consultants, way of the excitement. Bridal shows are a great option for any bride- samples of their work, and even make reservations that day. With to-be. Whether you know exactly what they are looking for, or need any luck, you can get some of your wedding plans out of the way. help generating ideas, this is one stop you do not want to miss.

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The importance of music at your wedding By Tresa Erickson Feature Writer You’re gett ing ma r r ied in a few months, and unlike some of you r f r iend s, you v a lue convention and have planned a ver y t radit iona l wedding.

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alone and dance to their favorite song. After a few bars of music, the father of the bride cuts in on the groom to dance with his daughter, while the groom asks the mother of the bride to dance. The number of couples on the dance floor now numbers two.

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Pets in wedding from page 3 • If your dog has a favorite bed or perch, you can keep it right up at the front near the altar. That way, he’ll k now right away where his “spot” is, and will probably stay put throughout the ceremony.

your g uests a nd t heir pets feel special. Of course, you can always ride in on your horse, wear a snake around your neck, or use your several hamster wheels as centerpieces. But whether you go for something romantic, whimsical, weird, subtle, or totally over-t he-top, you r wedd i ng planning should be a reflection of you, your partner, and the life you’re building together with the people and pets you love. Plan whatever arrangements will make you the happiest.

• At the reception, you might consider a pet-safe wedding cake for your dogs to munch on, or even matching keepsake water bowls for your and your partner’s dogs and cats. Above all, remember this: just like that dreaded seating chart, • If you have a lot of pets, or a little careful preparation for plan on inviting any guests your pets goes a long way to with especially sociable furry making your special day relaxed friends, think about having an and memorable. animal zone at the reception – making space for everything Sources: Rebecca Phillips, from birdcages, to cat trees, to a small fenced-in dog run (if the reception is outside). Celebrity wedding • A nd i f y ou do de c ide t o welcome a large number of animal guests at your party, it’s probably a good idea to hire a dog sitter or anima l w rangler to keep an eye on them. That way, you spend no time worrying, and all your time celebrating. • A not her f u n idea is to i nclude persona l i zed petthemed gifts in your guests’ goody bags – and there is no shortage of specialty animal s w ag ava i lable across t he cou nt r y, a nd on t he web. Such treats as personalized puppy shirts, bone-shaped frames, or small bags of highqua lit y birdseed w ill ma ke

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Pet photos: If you think your dog is too rambunctious to participate in the wedding and reception, some brides have used photos of their dogs as table number identifiers by taking as many photos of the dog as there are table numbers, switching the number in the photo and then placing the photos on the tables. More ideas li ke t his ca n be found at

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This beagle walked down the aisle in this backyard wedding. The beagle then stood with the bridesmaids during the ceremony. If you know your pet is well-behaved and won’t bark or otherwise distract your guests, the choice is up to you as to whether or not you will include the pet in the ceremony and/or reception. Note the flowers on the dog’s harness and the harness itself match the color theme of the wedding. EDITOR’S NOTE: Information about the Creative Commons license can be found here: licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en/.

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Select bridesmaids' dresses to fit wedding theme By Doris A. Black Feature Writer

gowns from the perspective of the women she has chosen to stand by her side – after all, it is the bridesmaids who typically pay for the gowns.

Bridesmaid dresses do not have to be identical; as a matter of fact, very few dress designs fit a ll women equa lly. Because After choosing your everyone’s financial situation is wedding gown, look for In Julius Caesar’s time, it was different, it is now appropriate for each bridesmaid to select bridesmaid gowns. c u stoma r y for ever yone i n t hei r ow n gow n, fol low i ng t he wedd ing pa r t y to d ress The most common complaint the same. It was believed that guidelines set by the bride. This of br idesma id s i s t hat t he demons would descend upon allows the bridesmaid to spend br ide selects a cost ly d ress t he br ida l couple, c au si ng within her budget. inappropr iate for a ny ot her mayhem, so by dressing alike, As the bride, your main concern occasion, thereby dooming it t h e d e m on w ou l d n’t f i n d is the overall appearance and to spend the rest of eternity in t he brida l couple. Worr y ing tone of the bridal party. You’ll the back of a closet or sold for about demons is no longer want coordinated styles and colpennies at a garage sale. The a problem, but unt i l recent ors, not a mishmash of designs wise bride pursues bridesmaid years the trend has continued. that look more like pieces to a

jigsaw puzzle. Start by considering color. You’ll want the women in your party to be comfortable wearing their gown and looking their loveliest, so choose a color or a combination of colors or tones that will flatter them. Consider the setting of the wedding when choosing color. For an indoor wedding, note the colors of the walls or room decorations. For an outdoor wedding, know what, if any, plants will be blooming at the time of your wedding, so you can plan to coordinate with your surroundings. You might even consider the little black dress which is flattering and formal.

Once you have chosen a color or range of colors, decide on dress length. Floor-length dresses are appropriate for the most formal weddings, but they don’t offer many opportunities to be worn again. Mid-length dresses offer bridesmaids more versatility and can be equally elegant. Style is the next factor to consider. Do you want clean, simple lines or frilly lace and sequins? What type of fabric would you prefer? Sleeve length is important, too. A ll dresses should have sleeves of similar length. Short, long, spaghetti straps – it is up to you to decide.


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Accessories are another important consideration. The bridesmaids don’t all have to wear the same style of shoe, but they should be the same color. Jewelry should be kept to a minimum. For a coordinated look, some brides elect to give their bridesmaids matching necklaces as a token of gratitude. Once all the decisions are made, make a list of the characteristics you’d like the bridesmaids to look for when choosing a gown. Find an example of the dress style you like in a magazine or book to give the ladies some idea of what to look for.

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Far left photo: These bridesmaid dresses by Allure show how one style can be altered to suit the wedding style and other considerations. Offthe-shoulder dresses are popular for bridal dresses. Photo to the near left: Forever Yours bridesmaid dresses offer a variety of styles and colors so that the maid of honor can wear the same style as the other bridesmaids but in a different color. Also, many designers include styles for young flower girls.

Tr y to prov ide sma l l color and fabric swatches that the br idesma ids ca n ta ke w it h them when selecting a gown. Give the bridesmaids tips on where to look for the best deals. Once they’ve selected a dress, they’ll need to show it to you for approval, so be sure to tell them to ask if the gown is returnable before purchasing it. If you must have match i ng dresses, purchase them from shops t hat w i l l g ive you a group discount of 20 percent or more. Consignment shops are another alternative for locating matching gowns, but it may be difficult to find the color and si zes you need. Check w it h rental stores for gowns. Br idesma id d resses do not need to be specia l ordered. Many of today’s ready-to-wear manufacturers are producing beautiful, f lattering gowns in all styles and colors appropriate for a wedding or any number of other occasions. Talk to your bridesmaids and give them the option of buying off-the-rack. They will thank you for it.

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The name “Barbados” comes from a Portuguese explorer named Pedro Campos in 1536, who originally called the island Los Barbados (“The Bearded Ones”), after the appearance of the island’s fig trees, whose long, hanging aerial roots resembled beards. Between Campos’s sighting in 1536 and 1550, Spanish conquistadors seized many Caribs on Barbados and used them as slave labor on plantations. The others fled the island, moving elsewhere.

It is perfectly possible to spoil oneself in one of the incredibly luxurious high-class resorts and spend the savings of a lifetime in a few days. Nonetheless, a bit of planning ahead can allow enjoyment of the majestic scenery with a tighter budget. Keep in mind that in any case Bora Bora is a tremendously pricey destination. Everything (catering and activities) ranges from “expensive” to “indescribably expensive.” Bora Bora is an island in the Leeward group of the Society Islands of French Polynesia, an “Overseas Country” financially assisted by France in the Pacific Ocean. The island, located about 140 miles northwest of Papeete, is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef. In the center of the island are the remnants of an extinct volcano rising to two peaks, Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu, the highest point at 2,385 ft. The original name of the island in the Tahitian language might be better rendered as Pora Pora, meaning “First Born”; an early transcription found in 18th- and 19th-century accounts, is Bolabolla or Bollabolla. The major settlement, Vaitape, is on the western side of the island, opposite the main channel into the lagoon. The products of the island are mostly limited to what can be obtained from the sea and coconut trees, which were historically of economic importance for copra. During the August 2007 census, the population on the island was about 8,880 people.

Barbados Barbados has experienced several waves of human habitation. The first wave was the Saladoid-Barrancoid group, farmers, fishermen, and ceramists who arrived by canoe from Venezuela’s Orinoco Valley around 350 AD. The Arawak people were the second wave, arriving from South America around 800 AD. Arawak settlements on the island include Stroud Point, Chandler Bay, Saint Luke’s Gully, and Mapp’s


Mauritius Mauritius is a small, multicultural island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar and southeast of the Seychelles. Mauritius also controls Rodrigues Island and the remote, sparsely populated Agalega and Cargados Garayos (Saint Brandon) islands.

Greece Greece is a country near southern Europe, on the southernmost tip of the Balkan peninsula, with extensive coastlines and islands in the Aegean, Ionian, and Mediterranean Seas. It shares borders in the north with Albania, the Republic of Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Turkey. It has an ancient culture that has had a significant influence on the arts, language, philosophy, politics, and sports of Western society, including the genres of comedy and drama, Western alphabets, Platonic ideals and the Socratic method, democracies and republics, and the Olympics. Furthermore, it’s a geographically appealing place to visit, with a mountainous mainland and idyllic island beaches.

constant trade winds from the Atlantic Ocean. The temperature is almost constant at about 81 degrees Farenheit. The yearly rainfa ll usually does not exceed 20 inches. Aruba is situated outside the Caribbean hurricane belt. A r uba is div ided into t he nor t heast a nd sout hwest coasts. The sout hwest has t he white sa nd beaches, turquoise seas, a nd warm waters. The northeast coast, exposed to the Atlantic, has a few white sand beaches, cacti, rough seas with treacherous currents, and a rocky coastline. The time in Aruba is Atlantic standard time; it is the same as Eastern Daylight Savings time all year round.

France France is a country located in western Europe. Clockwise from the north, France borders Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany to the northeast, Switzerland to the east, Italy to the southeast and Spain to the southwest, across the Py renees mountain range (the small country of Andorra lies in between the two countries). The Mediterranean Sea lies to the south of France, with the Principality of Monaco forming a small enclave. To the west, France has a long Atlantic Ocean coastline, while to the north lies the English Channel, across which lies the last of France’s neighbors, England (part of the United Kingdom). France has been the world’s most popular tourist destination for over 20 years (81.9 million in 2007) and it’s geographically one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy (particularly wines and cheeses), history, culture, and fashion.



Aruba is a Caribbean island 15 miles north of the coast of Venezuela. The island is an autonomous dependency of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It is 19.6 miles long and 6 miles across, at its widest point, with an area of approximately 70 square miles. This f lat, riverless island is renowned for its white sand beaches. Its tropical climate is moderated by

Tahiti lies in the South Pacific. It is the largest of the 118 islands and atolls that comprise French Polynesia. Tahiti is in the Society Islands, an archipelago which includes the islands of Bora Bora, Raiatea, Taha’a, Huahine and Moorea, and has a population of 127,000 people, about 83 percent of whom are of Polynesian ancestry. The legendary name “Tahiti” not only identifies

this island but also the group of islands that make up French Polynesia. Ta hiti is composed of t wo volcanic mountain ranges. In the shape of a “turtle,” it is made of Tahiti Nui (the larger part) and Tahiti Iti (the peninsula). The two islands are linked by the isthmus of Taravao and skirted by black beaches.

Singapore Singapore is a city-state in Southeast Asia. Founded as a British trading colony in 1819, since independence it has become one of the world’s most prosperous countries and boasts the world’s busiest port. Combining the skyscrapers and subways of a modern, affluent city with a medley of Chinese, Malay, and Indian inf luences and a tropical climate, with tasty food, good shopping, and a vibrant nightlife scene, this Garden City makes a great stopover or springboard into the region.

Seychelles The Seychelles were disputed between France and Great Britain during the age of colonialism, with Britain ending up in control in 1814 after the Napoleonic Wars. The islands achieved independence in 1976; however, free elections did not occur until 1993.

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The politics of this island group remain in something of a state of f lux, although this should not bother the tourist seeking a relaxing beach vacation.

Italy Italy is a large country in southern Europe. Together w ith Greece, it is ack nowledged as the birthplace of Western culture. Not surprisingly, it is also home to the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world. High art and monuments are to be found every where around the country. It is also famous worldwide for its delicious cuisine, its trendy fashions, luxury sports cars and motorcycles, diverse regional cultures and dialects, as well as for its many beautiful coasts, alpine lakes, and mountains (the Alps and Apennines). No wonder it is often nicknamed Il Bel Paese (The Beautiful Country).


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Top wedding trends for brides on a budget For brides-to-be, the big day seems like it comes with a big price tag – but it doesn’t have to. The season's top wedding trends pair elegance and affordability with options to make an event that is uniquely “you.” To stay within your budget, follow these wedding tips.

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Once you add up the bouquets, centerpieces, boutonnieres and more, your floral expense can be shocking. Brides are choosing to take a personal approach by gathering friends and family to create the flower pieces. Get together and create the masterpieces for the big day while enjoying food, drink and each other’s company.

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Engagement rings and the perfect proposal You’ve found the right person. Now you just have to find the right ring and the right moment to pop the question. So how do you make your proposal turn out flawlessly? We have plenty of tried-and-true tips to help you, but overall, it all comes down to just one thing: effort. Putting real effort, thought, and love into your proposal makes all the difference. Remember, your proposal doesn’t have to change the world. It just has to show your partner that he/she means the world to you.

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Ask permission, not forgiveness. Before you take a knee, take the time to speak with your partner's father first. Asking permission is a tradition that we’ve carried since the Roman times, and it’s a great way to make a good impression on your future in-laws. Be creative. This is your chance to shine. No matter what you do, just put your heart into it. Here are a few ideas to get your started: Location, location, location. Propose via video or in person from an extreme location – atop a mountain, while skydiving, or on the shores of a romantic and faraway beach.

Know the answer. Your proposal should be surprising, but it shouldn’t come directly out of left field. Before you pull a ring out, Traditional. In an intimate setting, preferably one with family have a good idea how your partner will respond. “Will you marry and friends waiting nearby, drop to one knee and let your heart me?” shouldn’t be your first discussion on the subject. do the talking. The engagement ring. Here’s where a little bit of effort goes a long way. If you’re still deciding on a diamond engagement ring, consider doing some window-shopping together prior to making a purchase. If you want to keep things more secretive, talk to your partner’s friends and family, or family jeweler, to get a feel for taste and style. Another option is to use a stand-in ring for the proposal. Perhaps you can use a great-grandmother’s diamond engagement ring, and then go shopping later. We can tell you everything you need to know about how to buy a diamond. Peace-of-mind. Do your homework before buying the engagement ring. Most importantly find a jeweler you trust. Don’t have a jeweler? An AGS-certified jeweler is always ready to help. And, make sure you insure the ring. As soon as you get it, you should insure it. Your jeweler will be able to discuss this with you, or you may be able to insure it for an additional cost under your homeowner's or tenants insurance policy.

Spread the news. Your fiancé will most likely handle this for you, but make sure to share the big news with people you know. You might also consider sending out an engagement announcement. Celebrate. You did it! Consider toasting your engagement with a night on the town, a glass of bubbly, or a celebration with friends and family. Find a jeweler certified by the American Gem Society in your area for wedding proposal and engagement ring ideas. Visit or contact Brown Goldsmiths, 11 Mechanic Street, Freeport; phone: 865-4126 or 800-753-4465; Source: American Gem Society.

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Fun, formal, and beyond: What the groom wears When you think of a wedding, you probably think of the bride’s dress, the flower arrangements, the food and the music. But what about the groom? More specif ica lly, what about t he groom’s attire? It’s his special day, too. So it’s time to devote some attention to him.

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But other factors also come into play. “Now people are much more creative, with destination we dd i ng s a nd dude r a nch weddings, which are popular here in Arizona, and the attire Think back to all the weddings matches t he locat ion,” sa id of decades past. What was the Elizabeth Heuisler, academic groom wearing as he watched director for Fashion Design and his bride walk down the aisle? Fashion Marketing at The Art Most weddings were forma l Institute of Tucson. She advised occasions and the tuxedo ruled that grooms still lay out some the day. cash for a new pair of jeans if they wind up saying their “I dos” But times have changed. One at a dude ranch. of t he reasons for t his shif t could be the economy said Jane Cyndy McCoy, a Fashion Retail Carlton Hall, Fashion Design Management instructor at The instructor at The Art Institute Art Institute of Fort Worth, a of Houston. “When it’s time to campus of South Universit y, find a place to cut costs when added, “A nice light colored planning your wedding in this sh i r t w it h l i nen pa nt s a nd economy, a formal tux is one sandals or even barefoot works place couples start,” she said. ver y well for t he groom at a Hall pointed out that even if the beach wedding.”

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And even if you are taking a more t rad it iona l route a nd pla n n i ng a for ma l even i ng wedding, you don't necessarily need a tux. “Nothing dictates that you have to wear a tux,” said McCoy. “A nice black suit works quite well.” Hall advised that even if you don't necessarily pl a n on w e a r i n g a t u x , a formalwear store is a good place to go for ideas and advice about current trends. Hall also said that the recent royal wedding that took place in Britain reminds us that classic looks are always in style. McCoy echoed, “You ca n never go wrong with the classics.” But according to Hall, when all is said and done, the special day is still about the bride. “In my opinion, the groom should dress in the same way that a museum frames a beautiful painting, so as not to detract from the bride.” – ARA Content

What the groom and groomsmen wear are determined by factors such as where the wedding is taking place. Formal wear might be better for an evening wedding held at a church and casual wear might be better for a beach wedding. It’s an individual choice.

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Shoe-selection tips to help brides avoid wedding day foot pain The ma n of your drea ms, a stunning dress and the most darling shoes to go with it – you have ever ything you need to ensure your wedding is perfect in every way. But at the end of your big day, will you be left with something less welcome than beautiful memories? Will you be sporting sore feet?

toes into unnatural positions, and can cause or contribute to a number of foot problems. A good rule of thumb – if you can’t wiggle your toes in your shoes, they’re too tight.

Opt for materials that have some “g ive.” W h ite patent leather pumps may look great, but those satin shoes may actu“Brides may think that aching ally be better for your feet if they feet at the end of their wedding have a bit of stretch. Never wear day is just something they'll plastic or vinyl shoes, which have to put up with,” said Dr. don't allow feet to breathe. Jacquel i ne Sutera, a doctor of pod iat r ic med ic i ne a nd Whatever shoe material you spokesperson for the American choose, the shoe itself should have a flexible sole that allows Podiatric Medical Association. your toes to bend natura lly “But while dancing the night when you walk, and have a rigid, away at the reception can tire cushioned heel counter to keep their feet, brides shouldn't end your foot from slipping around their big day w it h sore feet. inside the shoe. Consider purThe right shoe choice can help chasing inserts for your shoes to protect them from foot pain.” help cushion the heels, arches, and balls of your feet. Most women consider comfort over style or price when se- Don’t buy a gor ge ous but lecting a shoe, according to an uncomfortable pair of shoes APMA survey. Yet brides may be t hink ing you’ll “brea k t hem tempted to put looks over com- in.” Any shoe you buy should be fort, thinking they’ll wear their comfortable immediately, and wedding shoes so briefly a little you probably won’t want to wear discomfort won’t make a differ- them before the wedding day ence. Wearing shoes that irritate and risk getting them scuffed or your feet can cause long-term injury, however, and make existing problems, like bunions or hammer toes, worse. Keep these tips from APMA in mind: Lower heels are better. You may love how your legs look in those 5-inch stilettos, but very high heels can put a lot of pressure on your feet and even cause misalignment of the spine. If you know you’ll be on your feet for hours (and what bride isn’t?), consider choosing a lower heel of no more than 2 inches. Can’t go without your very high heels? Consider keeping a second, lower-heeled shoe on hand to slip on during down times. Wear your hot high heels for the ceremony and photos, and switch to the more comfortable, practical (but still pretty) lower heels for the reception. Shoes with wide, rounded toes tend to be more comfortable. Pointed or tight shoes pinch the

dirty. If it rubs or chafes in the shoe based on your end-of-day store, time and wear will not size will help ensure you get the improve how the shoe feels. best fit. E v e r y o n e ’s f o o t e x p a n d s throughout the day, so go shoe shopping in the afternoon when your feet are at their largest. Even if you plan a sunrise wedding, choosing your wedding

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ments are minor, and although mortifying at the time, they can be laughed about later. Here are some embarrassing moments Almost all weddings contain an that others have encountered. embarrassing moment or two. The most common include ei- A formal church wedding certher the bride or groom forget- emony: The bride unknowingly ting their vows, problems with caught her dress on a nail. With the bridal gown, a member of each step, the nail caught a little the wedding party being late, tighter and the dress tore a little or someone getting tipsy at the more until finally, the unaware recept ion. Most emba r rass- bride stepped up to the offici-

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ate near the altar and the whole backside of her skirt tore off. The guests would have had a fine view of her backside had it not been for the quick-thinking maid of honor who casually stepped up behind the bride, lifted the gown and held it in place for the duration of the ceremony. An outdoor meadow ceremony: The bride looked radiant walking down the aisle, her full-length gown rustling across the ground with each step. Suddenly she toppled over writhing in pain. Her

father, at her side, tried to help her to her feet but she’d sprained her ankle when she fell off her high heels. After a short delay to wrap her ankle, the ceremony continued with the bride and groom sitting side by side. A small country church wedding ceremony: The tiny church was adorned with fresh f lowers throughout. As the groom waited for his bride, he was pestered by a bee. Brushing it aside, he thought nothing of it. Minutes later, the bride arrived, the

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priest asked if anyone objected to the marriage, suddenly there was a bright f lash of light. The church was plunged into darkness except for the few candles lit by the altar. Everyone looked around, bride and groom included, to see what had happened – was it a joke or a sign from the almighty? As it turned out, it was a bolt of lightning hitting a transformer that took out the lights for miles around. The ceremony ended by candlelight – how romantic. A destination wedding: Guests a rrived on schedule only to find they had no reservations. The bride, frantic, scrambled to find out what had happened to the reservations she had made. As it turned out, one couple who were unable to attend the wedd ing at t he last m inute ca lled to cancel t heir room, but inadver tent ly, t he hotel cancelled the reservations for the whole group. A cross-cultural destination wedding reception: The groom, anxious to surprise his bride and impress his new in-laws, attempted a toast in their native language. Halfway through the toast, he began to wonder by the looks on their faces if he had made a grave error but plowed ahead without missing a beat. Indeed, he had inadvertently called his motherin-law, father-in-law, and bride unflattering names. His intentions were honorable though and all was forgiven. A wedd i ng recept ion : T he groom approached his motherin-law to ask her to dance. As she rose from the table, her napkin fell to the floor. He, being a gentleman, bent down to pick it up. As he rose, the tablecloth brushed the top of his head and made his toupee askew. The dance began and moments later, the bride cut in and the couple quickly danced their way to a private corner where an adjustment took place. If at your wedding, you drop the ring or trip over your own feet, don’t feel too bad. You’re not alone.

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Flowers for your big day Celebrity wedding flower choices From royal weddings to celebrity marriages; we just love seeing pictures of the whole day, especially the bride, her dress, and her bouquet. Flowers play an important role in the theme of a wedding and every bouquet is carefully considered and arranged to have just the right impact on that special day.

f lowers, she opted for a larger bouquet when she wed her first husband Nicky Hilton.

ies, but added a personal touch of thistles in honour of the location: Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh.

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Not ever yone has a celebrity bank balance to pay for their Save wedding these days, but budget doesn’t necessa r i ly have to Chose one sing le, beaut if u l mean cheap or low quality. f lower and add a little foliage for a rea lly unique wedding Inter f lora ha s put toget her the best money-saving tips for Zara Phillips your wedding day that will still In the Victorian language of flowers, lily-of-the-valley trans- When Zara Phillips wed Mike ensure your wedding day is one lates as ‘you have made my life Tindall, she opted for a tradi- to remember. complete’ and so it has become tional bouquet of white calla lila popular choice for celebrity weddings around the world. It is only available in April and May, but modern alternatives for year-round sweetly scented blooms are freesia, tuberose and stephanotis. A summer wedding can have gorgeous sweet peas to add a splash of scent, as LeAnn Rimes chose for her pretty wedding posy, mixed in with roses, hydrangea, and freesia. Here we have selected a short list of memorable celebrity weddings with details of the flowers they chose for their big day:

Audrey Hepburn Audrey chose a simple headdress of large white roses when she ma r r ied her f i rst husband, Sean Ferrer, and for her second wedding to Andrea Dotti, she chose a scented handtied posy of freesia and lily-ofthe-valley.

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For her wedd i ng to P r i nce William, Kate Middleton chose a bouquet of my rtle, lily-ofthe-valley, hyacinth, and Sweet William, arranged in a small yet stylish design.

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Marilyn held a simple posy of three white orchids when she wed Joe Di Maggio, and whilst Elizabeth Taylor chose the same


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Bridesmaid’s flowers Splurge You can tailor individual bouquets to suit your bridesmaid’s personalities and styles. This works particularly well if you have chosen different dress styles for each of your bridesmaids.

Spend Smaller versions of your wedding bouquet look wonderful when carried by your bridesmaids and helps tie all the flowers together.

Save Keep it simple and give your bridesmaids wrist corsages or f lowers in their hair. They will still look beautiful and it will make your bouquet stand out even more.

The Wedding Splurge Flower garlands strung across t he pew s a nd la rge f lower arrangements decorating the altar or register desk will add a touch of sophistication to your wedding day.


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Society of American Florists photo

Contact your florist once you've selected the date, time and place for your wedding and reception. If you aren't familiar with the florists in your area, ask for recommendations from other brides, reception halls or churches. If possible, set up an appointment with the lead designer who will be in charge of filling the order for your wedding flowers. Look through bridal books and floral guides. Sketch ideas, cut out pictures or take photographs of flowers you like and share them with your florist. Seeing your ideas and personal style will help your florist translate your concepts and special requests into workable floral designs and arrangements that are just right for you. It will be helpful if you know the colors and style of the gowns you and your bridesmaids will be wearing. Bring pictures of your gown and the bridesmaids dresses, along with swatches of fabric if you have them available. During your initial consultation with your florist, discuss specific design ideas that fit both your personal style and budget.

Contemporary bouquets are inspired by unconventional ideas, styles and patterns and are designed with no specific geometric form. They are usually created with flowers that have definite form and add character to a bouquet (such as calla lilies, orchids and anthuriums). Contemporary bouquets represent the individuality of the bride and are perfect for a sophisticated, cosmopolitan style wedding. They're simplistic but have the added grace of asymmetrical design. Flowers Featured: roses, tulips, mini callas, star of Bethlehem, veronica.

If you order flower decorations in movable containers for your wedding ceremony, they can then be transported to your wed- you can add scattered rose petding reception with ease and als for an extra finish. placed around the head table.

Save Ask your florist to decorate pews and chairs with ivy and ribbon. It is a simple yet stylish solution that really saves the pennies.


Flowers f rom t he church or register office can be brought over to decorate your wedding venue. If you want them to look a little different, simply change the containers or swap coloured ribbons to give them a new look.

Budding news for brides: Wedding flower fashion and fundamentals Brides need not worry about matchmaking when it comes to wedding flowers. From the bridal bouquets to the boutonnieres, wedding flower trends include diversity of choice, boldness of color and distinctiveness of design, according to a leading expert.

day, individuality, rather than convention is in style. No longer do the bridesmaids' bouquets need to match the bridal bouquet, the boutonnieres and centerpieces.” In some cases, each bridesmaid may have a different bouquet, according to Cole.

Colorful blooms, in contrast to traditional white, also are en vogue, with lavenders and Venue plu ms beaut i f y i ng br ida l pa r t ies. Bold a nd power f u l Save Splurge arrangements dominate over Flora l a nd interior desig ner Tall vases with f loral arrange- Natural plants and cut herbs Rebecca Cole is author of Flower t he t rad it iona l ly roma nt ic. ments on either side of the head make a wonderful alternative Power, co-host of Discover y “ M o d e r n , Z e n a n d e v e n table will look incredible and to f lowers and, if you source Channel's Surprise by Design m o n o c h r o m a t i c d e s i g n s you can add an air of elegance varieties in season, they can ,and a regular contributor to the featuring only one f lower or with a couple of candelabras. make quite a saving, too. Today show. She described top Flower arrangements on the trends in wedding flowers. Source: Flowers & Plants by guest tables should not be too “Wedding f lowers follow fashbig as to obscure their view but Interflora. ion trends,” Cole said, “and topage 19 ‰



Hand-tied bouquet of white flowers.

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Beyond the most established uses for wedding flowers – room from page 18 and table decor and corsages – flowers of all varieties are being color will in many cases replace used to enhance the special day traditional delicate mixes of in many non-traditional ways. flowers headed down the aisle,” For example: Cole said. • Decorations for the wedding When it comes to dramatic and transportation, distinctive design, hand-tied French-twist bouquets incorpo- • Rehearsal dinner and wedding rating bold ribbons and pearls brunch, will make a striking statement. • Welcome gifts for out-of-town Cascading bouquets, a current guests and members of the popular selection for brides, will bridal parties, continue to add drama. And, table decor will become even • T ha n k you g i f ts for t hose people who make the bride more of a central focus. and groom’s day special,

Think outside the bunch

• Float ing a r ra ngements for ponds or pools, and

“The containers that hold the f lowers and what surrounds them, the candles, are attracting significant attention from brides,” Cole said. “Even for smaller, more intimate weddings, flowers can make a big design statement, on any budget.”

• Accessories for the bride’s hair, in some cases replacing the more traditional veil. T he Societ y of A mer ica n Florists, the trade association that represents thousands of U.S. florists and other members

of the f loral industr y, wants every bride’s day to be perfect and offers helpful advice for brides-to-be. Some key pieces of information brides should share with their florists include descriptions of the wedding dress, bridesmaids d r e s s c o l o r s , c hu r c h a n d reception rules and pictures of arrangements they like and don’t like. “Seeing your persona l st yle will help your f lorist translate your concepts into workable f loral designs that will make you r wedd ing day look li ke you’ve always imagined,” said Jennifer Sparks, vice president of marketing for the Society. The organization also suggests some questions brides should ask during a floral consultation, such as: • Do you have any pictures of your work at my wedding/ reception location? • Will the newest floral varieties

be available in the colors I have chosen? “Flowers are one of the most

impor ta nt elements of your wedd i ng day,” Cole added. “They set the mood and tone for the event and will remembered

for years to come.”

Source: Society of American Florists

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Flowers for the guys in the wedding are called boutonnieres and are pinned to the lapel or tucked in a buttonhole in the lapel. Choose flowers for the groom and groomsmen that follow your color scheme.

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