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Helpful to know: Floral arrangement terms Corsage: A decorative f loral accessory typically worn on a woman’s garment. Boutonniere: a flower or cluster of flowers designed to be worn on the lapel of a man’s jacket.

Biedermeier bouquet: A bouquet similar to the nosegay bouquet and named for the German style of interior design from the early 1800s. The bouquet is typically designed with compact, spiraling or concentric circles, each featuring a particular flower or color.

Floral jewelry: Finely detailed fashion flowers created in the manner of select jewelry. Examples include floral necklaces, bracelets, anklets and rings.

Cascade bouquet: A hand-held wedding bouquet in which flowers are arranged to flow downward in a descending line below the main portion of the design.

Arm bouquet: A bouquet of bound flowers carried in the fold of the arm.

Clutch bouquet: A small hand-held bouquet composed of a cluster of flowers that have been bound together, suggesting a casually gathered bouquet. Colonial bouquet: The Americanized version of a round English nosegay. The design may be somewhat larger than a classic nosegay.

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Nosegay: A hand-held, usually fragrant cluster of flowers and describe your bridal bouquet needs to a designer. foliage designed as a small bouquet. Pomander: A sphere or ball of flowers and/or foliage suspended from a ribbon.

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What's that on your lapel? By Ann Bare Feature Writer

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Trad it iona l ly t he g room, g roomsmen, a nd ma le fa m i ly members of t he wedding couple wear a floral boutonniere on their lapel, but times change -- and so do boutonnieres. T he word “bouton n iere” looks difficult to pronounce. It’s actually a French word; however, t h in k BOOT-INEAR, and the word will just flow off the tongue. Boutonniere actually means “buttonhole” in French -the site of the men’s f loral contribution to the ceremony. Ho w e v e r, a s t r a d it ion a l styles go by the wayside in wedding planning, so does the traditional f lower/leaf/ ribbon/pearl-ended straight pin assembly. Free-style wedding décor ca l ls for f ree-st yle boutonnieres. Consider these options: For a sea side-t hemed wedding, a group of unique shells or a small starfish with

For a Fourth of July or other patriotic-themed wedding, a small flag or a red, white, and blue looped ribbon For a poolside wedding, a paper umbrella with a small ribbon accent For an Irish-themed wedding, a four-leaf clover (plastic is acceptable if it’s a fun-loving group) For a music-themed wedding, miniature inst r uments or eighth notes For a s u m mer w e dd i ng , bumble bees and butterflies For a Vegas-themed wedding, dice or dominoes For a sports-themed wedding, m i n i a t u r e b a s e b a l l a nd bat, basketball and hoop, or bowling pins and a ball F o r a t h e a t e r- t h e m e d wedding, comedy/t ragedy masks

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When's the big day? By Ann Bare/Feature Writer She said yes! The next question is, “When’s the big day?”

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When it comes to picking the date for a wedding, many factors could be considered. Some choices might include:

Beads t hreaded onto w ire and shaped like a flower, leaf, heart, etc.

The anniversary date of when the couple met The parents or grandparents wedding date (a great way to honor their marriage)

R ibbon color-coord inated with bridesmaids’ dresses/ accent pieces, stitched in a f loral shape with a button center Any of these items could be combined with greenery or simple floral pieces to create interest and fun. Most of the suppl ies requ i red ca n be found in craft stores; florists will happily include the piece with their creation, giving a unique f lair and personal touch to the grand occasion. Mo s t m e n c om p l y w i t h whatever “pretty thing” the bride wants to add to their attire, but how thoughtful and accommodating it would

Date when the desired reception site is available The least expensive night (anything but Saturday)

Big Day The word “boutonniere” looks difficult to pronounce since it’s actually a French word; however, think BOOT-IN-EAR, and the word will just flow off the tongue be to pin something less frilly and more suitable to their masculine side on their lapel. The personal touch will only add to their smiles as they stand in the receiving line and answer the question, “What is that on your lapel?”

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Get married. Give back. By Tresa Erickson Feature Writer W hen the wedding invitations start going out, one of the first things that comes to mind for guests are gifts. What should they get the bride and groom? What does the couple need? To solve the problem, many couples set up a registry at various businesses, which lists gifts on their wish list. Traditionally, these gifts are for the couple’s home, such as dishes, linens and small appliances. For the couple t hat wa nts to g ive back, these gifts can be charitable donations of some sort.

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a registry and ask for tangible gifts for the home, others choose to go a different route and ask guests to make a charitable donation in lieu of a tangible gift. When Prince William and Kate Middleton got married in April 2011, for example, the couple selected some of t hei r favor ite cha r it ie s a nd re que ste d guests to make a donation to one of them instead of purchasing them a tangible gift. Couples today are getting married later in life, often in their late 20s and early 30s, and many live together beforehand. As a result, they a l ready have t he d ishes, linens, small appliances and other items needed to set

up a home. In some cases, they may even be combining households and have more than enough. Rather than end up with a houseful of items they don’t need, it just makes more sense to give to those who are truly in need. There are many ways couples ca n go about cha r itable gifting. They can select some of their favorite charities and request donations to them in lieu of gifts, either through word of mouth, a forma l a nnouncement or a website. They can set up a cha r it y reg ist r y, which will allow guests to make a secure online donation to the organizations of the couple’s choice. The couple can even specif y a dol la r a mount.

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They can set up a charitable g i f t reg ist r y, w h ich w i l l a llow g uests to purchase an actual gift for them with a portion of the proceeds donated to charities of the couple’s choice. This option works really well for couples vying for a more traditional wedding. Depending upon the size of the wedding and their preferences, couples may even be able to set up both a charity registry and a charitable gift registry. For couples t hat ca n not bear the thought of asking guests to make a monetary donation of any kind, there are other ways to give back. They can donate any unused food from their reception to food ba n ks. They ca n make a charitable donation in guests’ names in lieu of wedding favors. This option is growing in popularity and there are many websites that now offer charitable wedding favors.

W hether a big wedding or sma l l, excha ng i ng vow s in front of loved ones can be magical. You can add to the magic by giving back. Explore the possibilities!

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Tips for writing your own wedding vows A wedding is a once-in-al i fet i me e vent for ma ny c ou p l e s , s o br i d e s a n d grooms wish for the event to be momentous a nd memorable. As such, couples are increasingly integrating personal nuances into their ceremonies and receptions to tailor weddings to their unique visions. The desire to i nc lude p er s on a l i z e d wedding vows continues to be a popular trend. If you a re consider i ng persona li zed wedding vows, f irst rea li ze t hat it may not be a simple task. That's because you want the message conveyed to be dear to your heart, and that can be challenging when faced with the pressures and planning of the rest of the wedding. That isn't to say that writing your own vows is impossible. Here are some guidelines for personalizing your ceremony with your own sentiments.

• Schedule time for writing. A m id t he bust le of dress fittings and interviews with photographers, it can be easy to put off the important task of writing vows for another day. But as any great writer can attest, it takes writing -- and rewriting -- to achieve a finished product you can be proud of. Give the task of writing your vows your undivided attention. Mark it in on your calendar or set a reminder on your computer just as you would any other appointment. • Be awa re of ceremony guidelines. It is best to check w it h you r of f ic i a nt a nd confirm that personalized wedding vows are allowed. D u r i ng c iv i l ceremon ies it's of t en a c c e pt a ble t o customize vows as you see fit. However, during religious ceremonies t here may be lines of scripture that need

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also are suggested wedding readings and other quotes a b ou t m a r r i a g e r e a d i l y available at the library or with a quick search online. • Decide on a tone. Although t he day is based on love and affection, you may not feel comfortable spouting words of adoration in front of friends and family. Feel free to tap into your unique p er s on a l it y. Hu mor c a n be used if it aligns with the way you normally express your affections. Be sure to weave this tone into more traditional passages to create a cohesive expression of your feelings. • Establish an outline. Put toget her a l l of t he words and phrases you've jotted down into an outline to help you organize the flow of the vows, using these words as a blueprint for the vows and building upon them. Make

sure the vows will be concise. Aim for your entire speech to be a round one minute in length to keep everyone engaged and the ceremony moving along. • Put everything together. Draft your vows and then practice them by reading out loud. You want to avoid long sentences or anything that trips you up. Although large words may sound impressive, they could make the vows seem too academic and not necessarily heartfelt. Enlist the help of a friend or two to act as your audience to see if the vows sound good and are easily understandable.

Aim for your entire speech to be around 1 minute in length to keep everyone engaged and the ceremony moving along. w it h some pr ac t ic e a nd inspiration, anyone can draft personalized vows. (Metro)

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Wedding planners:

Making sure your special day goes off with just one 'hitch' By Deborah Conway Feature Writer

A bride shou ld have on ly t w o r e s p on s i bi l i t i e s on her wedding day a nd those are to be happy and pretty. And that, along with t he mou nt a i n of det a i l s associated w it h gett ing a bride and groom successfully to the altar and through to the end of the reception, said Sa llie Tyler, of The Paper White Room, doesn’t happen by accident. Tyler is a wedding planner,

a profession that she says is not a lways g la morous. "Although magazines never really talk about the nuts and bolts of the day, there are also websites, books and other places, including hiring a wedding planner, that a bride can use to obtain information to keep on track with respect to the nuts and bolts.” Wedding websites, such as w w w.project wedding.com a n d w w w.w e d d i n g w i r e . com, have i n for mat ion on ever y thing from ca kes a nd wedding dresses, to br idesma id d resses,

centerpieces, cake tops and destination weddings. It’s a more do-it-yourself approach to we dd i ng pla n n i ng. A wedding planner will help you take care of all of these details — and more — and c a n pr o v id e a p h y s ic a l presence bot h before and during the wedding. Wedd i ngs are not inexpensive events and to determine the ultimate cost, Tyler suggested that a couple take the number of guests they plan to invite and add two zeros to that number. This is where they will need

to start when determining their budget. A lt houg h couples w it h limited resources may find a r t icles rega rding budget weddings helpful, a wedding planner can take your budget and help you stay on track by creat ively dist ribut ing t he available f unds. Tyler tel ls her br ides t hat t he most important things are the food, venue and music and t hat “ever y t hing else is just f luff.” Doing t hese three things right will make a wedding enjoyable a nd memorable for the couple and will send their guests home dancing w ith warm memories of their own. In many cases, the parents of t he bride a re t he ones paying the bill and a wedding

planner is always the bride’s advocate. “I make sure that t he br ide get s w hat she wa nt s.” Tyler a lso noted that the mother of the bride can often become stressed, emotional and overwhelmed. A we dd i ng pl a n ner w i l l help to make her day more enjoyable as well. Generally, a wedding planner is “a cool head” when things go wrong, and objective where brides and their mothers can be Although couples with limited emotional. resources may f ind ar ticles Websites like “weddingwire” and www.theknot.com offer useful checklists, advice and information on everything from planning basics such as creating a checklist and getting organized to sticky subject s. Accord i ng to "The Knot," whether you’re dealing with "tricky family

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Courthouse I Do's By Tresa Erickson Feature Writer S om e br i d e s h a v e b e e n dreaming of their wedding day since t hey were litt le girls and only a big to-do at their church or a resort will suffice. Others opt for smaller affairs with fewer guests at a local venue. Some abandon w it h t rad it ion a ltoget her and exchange vows at the courthouse.

major benef its. They cost substa nt ia l ly less t ha n a traditional wedding, require a lot le s s pl a n n i ng a nd involve less time and hassle all around. In most cases, all you have to do is go to the courthouse, apply for a marriage license and set up a time to exchange vows. You don’t have to find an officiant, you don’t have to find a venue, and most importantly, you don’t have to shell out big bucks.

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recommend a vendor that can perform the task at hand within the couple’s budget. A website can only list what is available in your area. After the vendor is retained, the wedding pla nner stays in touch with each vendor up to, during and even after the wedding day to make sure

“The most important reason to hire a wedding planner is to get you down the aisle.” More specifically, said Tyler, on the day of the wedding, the wedding planner is there to: Get the bride to the door Cue the music

be married in less than 20 minutes. Although brief, there are ways you can make the ceremony special: Dress up. You don’t have to go all out and spend thousands of dollars on formalwear. You can rent a wedding dress and tuxedo, or you can opt for something less formal, like a nice dress and suit. G e t s om e f l o w e r s . P i c k up some bouquet s a nd boutonnieres for t he o c c a sion . It i s y ou r big day a f ter a l l, a nd t he a r ra ngement s won’t cost a lot. You ca n even ma ke them yourself from fresh or artificial flowers.

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Obser ve some t rad it ions. We a r s omet h i ng old, something new, something bor rowed a nd somet h i ng blue. Wear your hair up or a strand of pearls around your neck if that is the tradition in your family. Inv ite loved ones. Choose a best man and a maid of honor to stand beside you a nd w it ne s s y ou r v ow s . Bring your kids, parents and grandparents. Fill up what pews are available with family and friends. Capture the memories. Hire a photographer/videographer or ask someone you k now to ser ve as photographer/

At t he recept ion, t he wedding planner will take c a re of det a i l s s uch a s making sure the bride eats and handing the wedding couple their champagne at the right moment. She will make sure the parents are there when it’s time to cut t he ca ke a nd spea k w it h the father of the bride and g room smen a bout t hei r toasts to avoid embarrassing

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Courthouse weddings may be quick, but that doesn’t mean they have to Courthouse weddings may be be sinple. quick, but that doesn’t mean they have to be uneventful. Do what you can to make yours special. And if you can swing

moments for the bride and groom. A lt houg h t he bu l k of her business is small gatherings, showers and parties, Tyler has planned over 100 events. She recently opened “The Paper White Room,” a space in dow ntow n Farming ton that is available for events and soirees, according to her brochure.

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Determining if a destination wedding is for you W

hen the time comes to walk down the aisle, more and more couples are choosing to make the procession in a far-off land. Destination weddings are on the rise, with researchers at TheKnot.com reporting that roughly one in four couples who tied the knot in 2011 chose to have a destination wedding.

Destination weddings may appear to be an ideal way to tie the knot, but couples should know that planning such a ceremony may be even more difficult than planning a more traditional affair. Couples who choose to have a destination wedding must be ready to put a significant amount of faith in a wedding planner, who is often affiliated with the resort where the couple will be staying. Though the wedding planner may handle many of the details concerning the ceremony and the reception, couples should know that some of that planning will still fall on their shoulders as well. That planning may not be so simple, so before couples spread the word about their island wedding, it's best to consider a few factors to determine if a destination wedding is truly the best way to go. • Guests: How many guests a couple hopes to invite is a great starting point when determining if a destination wedding is for you. Many couples who choose to have a destination wedding do so because they prefer a more intimate ceremony. Destination weddings are obviously more expensive for guests than a more traditional ceremony, so many guests won't be able to afford to attend. Couples

who intend to invite many guests might want to avoid a destination wedding. • Locale: The destination for your destination wedding should be a locale that holds a special place in your heart. A random location that you find on the Internet might work out, but having some prior experience with the destination can help you anticipate minor, yet potentially problematic, issues. These issues can include the accessibility of the airport, currency exchange rate and the weather. In addition, you can help guests have a better time on their trips if you have already familiarized yourself with the locale. If you haven't traveled much as a couple and don't have a particular place in mind, then you might find a destination wedding is more hassle than it's worth.

• Accessibility: A common problem many couples encounter when planning a destination wedding is the accessibility of their chosen locale. Couples will likely have to visit the destination at least once prior to their wedding, which will eat up some of your wedding budget and your vacation time (which you will need to save for the actual wedding and your honeymoon). If the locale is a remote island that's not very accessible, that can make these pre-wedding trips pretty stressful. Accessibility should also be a consideration for your guests. How far will your guests have to travel? How much money will guests have to spend on airfare and hotel accommodations? The less accessible the locale is, the more you and your guests are going to have to spend. Accessibility of the airport is another consideration. Some island locales and resorts are known for their remoteness, which can be a problem for wedding guests. If the resort is a long ride away from the airport, that's another expense for

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W het her planning an intimate brunch or a formal dinner reception, here are several delicious ways every bride a nd groom ca n add their own special touch to their wedding festivities. Greeting out-of-town guests —For a sweet way to surprise v isitors, have homemade cookies, a thermos of cold milk or hot cocoa and some Hugs and Kisses waiting for hotel guests. —Make guests feel pampered by leaving a goodnight Hug and Kiss on their hotel room pillow. Decorations and favors with flair —Spread Hugs and Kisses across the place card, guest book and wedding cake tables to add a sophisticated silver and gold touch. —Wrap several homemade sweets in colored cellophane or Hugs and Kisses in lace or tulle, and tie them with a satin bow to match your wedding colors. Dessert ideas for wedding festivities —For a sma ll wedding or rehearsal dinner, make your own Celebration Cake, and decorate it with a removable centerpiece made from Hugs and Kisses. —For an extra dessert treat, set a silver bowl filled with Hugs a nd K i s se s on t he dessert buffet next to t he wedding cake. — H o s t a p o s t-w e d d i n g br unch for t he br ide a nd groom at the home of a family member or friend, and serve h om e m a d e c o f f e e c a k e s ,

scones and crescents made with cinnamon chips. Chocolate Almond Wedding Celebration Cake You will need to triple this recipe to complete Wedding Celebration Cake. CHOCOLATE ALMOND CAKE: 2-1/2 cups (5 sticks) butter or margarine, softened 3 cups sugar 8 eggs 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1-1/2 cups finely ground blanched almonds 3/4 cup Hershey’s Cocoa 2-1/4 teaspoons baking powder 2/3 cup milk 2 teaspoons almond extract CREAMY BUTTERCREAM FROSTING (recipe follows) 1. P r e p a r e C HO C OL AT E ALMOND CAKE. Heat oven to 325°F. Grease and flour one 12 x 2-inch and one 6 x 2-inch round baking pan. 2. Beat butter and sugar in la rge bowl of heav y dut y mixer until fluffy. Gradually add eggs, beating until well blended. 3 . S t i r t o g e t h e r f l o u r, almonds, cocoa and baking powder. A lter n atel y add w ith milk to egg mixture; beat until well blended. Add a lmond ex t ract; cont inue beating until f luff y. Spoon 2 cups batter into prepared 6-inch pan; spoon remaining batter into prepared 12-inch pan. 4. Bake 45 to 55 minutes or until wooden pick inserted i n each c a ke c ome s out clea n a nd ca kes beg in to pull from sides of pans. Cool 15 m inutes ; remove f rom pa ns to w i re rack s. Cool completely.

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Wedding of Karla Good and Joseph St. Peter By T. S. Chamberland Feature Writer

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raditional weddings are still a popular choice for couples look i ng to t ie the knot, though there is some stiff competition when it comes to planning and executing the perfect ceremony these days. Far more options are available now to signify and celebrate coupling than most folks might have considered just a decade ago.

From left: Miranda, Karla and Joe.

Some of t he choices t hat ma ke up t hat competition range from destination weddings and backyard betrothals to extreme sport nupt ia ls a nd t hemed mat r imony. More than just an attempt to outdo someone else, ceremonies are becoming more and more inclusive of the couple’s identities both as individuals and together. For the guests, weddings can be nearly as memorable a day to them as to the happy couple. Nearly gone are the days of sending an RSVP out of obligation; friends and families have come to expect a surprise moment or two, and look forward to being part of an exciting celebration of unity. Even if an idea has been used before, there are several ways for a bridal couple to use it in their own special day. Decide on a budget, a date, and a location, and the rest is what makes up matrimonial magic. On July 27, 2012, Karla Good, of Auburn, and Joseph St. Peter, of Presque Isle, exchanged their vows on Squapan Lake near Presque Isle. W hat was their idea of the perfect day? Close family and friends gathering together in a location that holds many fond memories for the couple. But just having their ceremony in a much-loved place wasn’t enough for this couple. They wanted the day to be etched in the memories of family and friends, so they created a couple of unforgettable moments to ensure maximum imprint. “My parents bought that camp when I was two, and it has been the one constant in my life,” said Good. “It’s a very special place.” There is a trestle that goes over a part of Squapan Lake, and it was here that St. Peter proposed to Good. St. Peter reca lled he was ner vous about proposing there as a thunderstorm was brewing in the distance and the trestle ties were difficult to navigate in the dark. When Good told her mother that she and St. Peter were considering having the wedding

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From left: Miranda Martin, Eleanor St. Peter, Joseph St. Peter, Karla Good, Chase Martin. at the camp her response set the tone for their special day. “She said, ‘Why don’t you get married on the trestle and you can take the plunge’,” said Good. “Figuratively and literally.” Good and St. Pierre liked the idea so much that they decided to center their day around that concept. The location proved to be a beautiful backdrop for the wedding, St. Peter said. It also provided the means to play a practical joke on guests, as well as serve as a stage for the "grand finale." T he pl a n n i n g f or t h i s w e dd i n g w a s significantly less than with a traditional ceremony, said Good. Because the facility they were utilizing for the reception was limited, they found a way to keep dinner simple. It was here that the reception was held, prior to the ceremony, complete with a bean hole supper. This traditional meal consists of 30-inch-deep holes that act like an oven once a fire is lit and the bean pots are lowered in. “We did things a little backwards. We had guests arrive at 5 p.m. at a place we call The Landing,” said Good. Camp neighbors made sure the lawn was mowed and Good said when she mentioned making a potato salad for the reception,

Best man Ed Therrien and maid of honor Karen Byram jump, joining Karla, Chase, Eleanor and Joe in the water. Miranda Martin is on trestle. another neighbor took charge and had it done before she could lift a hand. One neighbor had a regular group of young girls at the camp throughout the summer and when they heard about the wedding, they were beyond excited. People wanted to be a part of this day, she recalled. “They could not wa it; t hey beca me t he ser vers,” ex pla i ned G ood. “T he whole function appeared to be catered and you wouldn’t have known it wasn’t.” “It was a nice sense of community, I mean it really was," said St. Peter. “It was simple and it was a nice sunny day.” As the sun began to set, family and friends boarded boats and set off for the trestle. The bridal party, including Good’s “forever stepdaug hter,” made t hei r way to t hat loc at ion. M i r a nda Ma r t i n bec a me a n ordained minister specifically to officiate the ceremony, just one of the special moments the day had in store. “We walked down to the trestle, and the guests went on a short tour of the lake,” said Good.

Splash down! “We had Karla’s son, Chase, set up to hand me the ring,” said St. Peter. “Unbeknownst to our guests, we had given him a fake ring. He tripped dropped the ring into the water.” The couple laughs when they recall the looks of horror on the faces of their guests below as the joke played out. “My girlfriend says that every wedding should start with a scare before the vows,” said Good. “Her boyfriend was so emotional through it that he was planning their wedding right then and there.” The wedding drew passing boats to the area, as the bridal party gathered on the trestle. Good and St. Peter originally planned to take the plunge with her son and his daughter, but the kids grew impatient as they prepared to jump and decided to jump in first. Once the wedding party, including the bride and groom

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on high speed until f luffy. If necessary, add additional corn syrup, one teaspoon at a time, until you get the consistency you like. About 6 cups frosting. To assemble: 1. Prepare a cake board or use large ser v ing platter. Place bottom layer of each tier on a cake circle or foil-covered cardboard piece cut to fit; secure each cake to a circle with a few strokes of frosting. 2. Fill and frost 2 layers for each tier. You will now have 3 frosted two-layer cakes: 12, 9 and 6 inches. 3. Place frosted 12-inch tier on cake board securing with a few strokes of frosting. Gently press 8-inch plate or circle into top of 12-inch tier to imprint circle; remove. Cut seven 3-3/4-inch lengths from a 1/4-inch diameter wooden dowel rod. Spacing evenly within circle guide, push rods down in cake to the base. 4. Place frosted 9-inch cake tier on base cake tier; top with frosted 6-inch cake. Decorate ca ke as desired. About 90 servings without top tier. Wedding Cake Topper and Kisses Rosette Decorations Completed cra f t is for decorative purposes only and should not be eaten. Materials Needed: — 65 each Hershey’s Kisses Chocolates and Kisses With Almonds Chocolates —Low temperature hot glue gun

—Floral wire —Clear cellophane wrap —2 packages white silk rose leaves, approximately 1-1/4 inches long —Floral tape —1 plastic bouquet holder w it h St y rofoa m center (available at craft stores) —5 yards 1/4-inch wide silver wired ribbon —1 bunch baby’s breath —3 yards 2-inch wide gold edged white ribbon Kisses Rosette Decorations: Spread glue on bottom of one foi l-w rapped K iss. Fi r m ly press bottom of another Kiss to it. Insert a 3-inch floral wire into one pointed end of double Kisses. Wrap 4-inch square of clear cellophane around the double Kisses, twisting tightly. At bottom of rosette, place one white silk rose leaf; wrap f loral tape around wire and leaf stem. Continue wrapping tape down the stem, adding second leaf approximately 1 inch below the first. Cake Topper: Create seven each of silver and gold Kisses Rosette Decorations. Arrange rosettes by inserting stems i nto St y rofoa m center of bouquet holder, alternating si lver a nd gold roset te s. Decorate with curls of silver ribbon and sprigs of baby’s breath. C ake L ayer Decorat ion s : Wrap 2-inch wide gold edged ribbon around base of each layer. Prepa re 9 –10 K isses Roset te clusters of t wo rosettes each (one silver and one gold) and 9–10 clusters of three rosettes each, tying

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each together with one white leaf and curled silver ribbon. Inser t baby ’s breat h i nto each cluster. Arrange on cake layers, alternating two and three cluster Kisses Rosette Decorations. Candle Ring Centerpiece Completed cra f t is for decorative purposes only and should not be eaten. Materials Needed: —15 each Hershey K isses Chocolates and Kisses With Almonds Chocolates —Low temperature hot glue gun —Floral wire —Clear cellophane wrap —1 package white silk rose leaves, approximately 1-1/4 inches long —3 yards 1/4-inch silver wired ribbon, cut into six 6-inch pieces, curled —1 bunch baby’s breath —1/4 yard silver sheer fabric —1 small bag plastic pearl beads —White pillar candle (8-inch height, 3-inch diameter) Directions: Using the Kisses Rosette directions, prepare 15 Kisses Rosette Decorations using both silver and gold Kisses. Create three clusters of two rosettes each and three clusters of three rosettes each; tie each together w ith one white leaf and curled silver ribbon. Insert baby’s breath into each. Cut fabric 12 inches wide by 20 inches long and roll lengthwise to form 20-inch long tube. To secure ends, tie with small length of ribbon to form a ring. Tie silverwired ribbons around ring

approximately 4 inches apart. Attach rosette clusters at each tied section. Glue pearl beads to outside of candle. Insert candle into fabric ring. Monogrammed Mini Chocolate Cakes 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine 1/2 cup water 3 t a ble s p o on s Her s he y ’s Cocoa 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 egg 1/3 cup dairy sour cream COCOA GL A Z E (recipe follows) Decorat i ng ici ng i n t ube, desired color 1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line 13x9x2-inch baking pan with parchment paper or wa xed paper. 2. Combine butter, water and cocoa in small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring consta nt ly, u nt i l m i x t u re boils; remove from heat. Stir together flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Stir in hot cocoa mixture. Add egg and sour cream; beat on medium speed of mixer until well blended. Pour batter into prepared pan. 3. Bake 20 to 22 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pan to wire rack; carefully remove parchment or waxed paper. Cool completely.

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4. Cut cake into small pieces, each about 2x1-3/4 inches. (Cake will be easier to cut if frozen for several hours or up to several days.) Place on cooling rack. Prepare COCOA GLAZE. Spoon over top of each piece of cake, allowing glaze to run down sides. Allow glaze to set. Garnish with monogram, using decorating icing. Place in foil cup, if desired. About 24 mini cakes. COCOA GL A ZE : Br ing 1/2 cup water and 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter to boil in small saucepa n. St ir in 1/2 cup Hershey ’s Cocoa. Remove f rom he at ; c ool sl ig ht l y. Gradua lly add 3 cups powdered sugar, stirring with whisk until smooth. Stir in 2 teaspoons vanilla extract. About 1-1/2 cups glaze. Easy Cinnamon Chips Brunch Crescents 2 c a n s ( 8 ou nc e s e a c h ) refrigerated quick crescent dinner rolls 2 t a ble s p o on s but t e r or margarine, melted 1-2/3 cups (10-ounce package) Hershey’s Cinnamon Chips, divided CINNAMON CHIPS DRIZZLE (recipe follows) 1. Heat oven to 375°F. Unroll dou g h ; s e pa r at e i nto 16 triangles. 2. Spread melted butter on each triangle. Sprinkle 1 cup cinnamon chips evenly over triangles; gently press chips into dough. Roll from shortest side of triangle to opposite point. Place, point side down,

on ungreased cookie sheet; curve into crescent shape. 3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Drizzle with Ci n na mon Ch ips Dr i z z le. Serve warm. 16 crescents. CINNAMON CHIPS DRIZZLE: Place rema i n i ng 2/3 c up chips and 1-1/2 teaspoons shortening (do not use butter, margarine, spread or oil) in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH (100%) 1 minute; stir until chips are melted and mixture is smooth. Tuxedo Brownie Hugs Cookies 60 Hershey’s Hugs Chocolates 1 p a c k a ge (1 p ou nd 6 . 5 ounces) original supreme brownie mix with syrup pouch 1/4 cup Hershey’s Cocoa 1/4 cup water 1/4 cup vegetable oil 2 eggs 1. Remove w rappers f rom Hugs Chocolates. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour cookie sheet or line with parchment paper. 2. Stir brownie mix, pouch of syrup, cocoa, water, oil and eggs in medium bowl until well blended. Drop by scant tea spoon s onto prepa red cookie sheet. 3. Bake 8 minutes or until set. Cool 1 to 2 minutes. Press a Hugs Chocolate into center of each cookie. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. About 5 dozen cookies. For more recipes and craft ideas, v isit w w w.hersheys. c om /k i s s e s or w w w. hersheykitchens.com

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Here's to you: Tips for a great best man toast Say 'I don't' to Few people are capable of standing in front of a crowd of people and speaking off the cuff. A best man should take this into account and practice his speech before the big day. A spur-of-themoment speech may provide an adrenaline rush, but such an endeavor may come off as if you didn't care enough to put the effort into writing a thoughtful toast ahead of time. In addition, practicing the toast once it's been written w i l l ma ke you feel more comfortable and confident in front of the crowd. If possible, practice in front of a friend or family member so you can solicit feedback. A friend or relative might be able to help you f ine-tune t he speech, which in turn can calm your nerves once you're handed the microphone.

The best man toast can be one of the most memorable parts of a couple's wedding. Somet imes a toast is memorable for its humor and heartfelt sense of appreciation for the groom and his bride, while other toasts are more memorable for all the wrong reasons. One of the reasons best man toasts can be so unpredictable is that giving a best man toast is such a unique experience. It's somet h i ng ma ny men never do, while those who do give a best man toast may only do it once in a lifetime. It's u ndersta ndable to be nervous when asked to give a best man toast, but there are a few tricks of the trade a best man can employ to calm those nerves and ensure his toast is memorable for all the right reasons.

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A rustic wedding designed for fun By Jackie Rybeck Feature Writer Jill Piper photos

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hen Lauren and Dan Masselli became engaged last spring, one thing was certain: their wedding would ref lect

their lifestyle.

and guests sat down to a family-style barbeque with all the fixings. “No t wo centerpieces were a like,” Lauren said. “Lanterns and vases sat on disks of sliced wood, and they were all decorated with flowers and sliced dried fruit. We used burlap runners and autumn floral prints. Mason jars were drinking glasses.

“We’ve always been drawn to anything rustic,” said Lauren. “It embraces the feeling of love, comfort and family, which is what we are all about. We wanted to celebrate our families, our new combined family with Dan’s two sons and, last-but-not-least, Dan’s Auburn firefighters family.”

The gazebo was the bar and lounge area, with hanging mason jars, hay bales and Adirondack chairs. As the sun began to set, a bonfire was lit.

Overflowing with creativity, Lauren pulled off a causalyet-stunning September wedding on a hill in New Gloucester, complete with a gazebo, a fruit-filled apple orchard and a view that went on for miles.

Having a romantic wedding with a rustic flair was the ideal way for the Massellis to display just who they are and the love that they share.

Combining a spectrum of earthy and fall colors, the late-afternoon wedding had an autumn rainbow of sage, burgundy, harvest gold, champagne and all the colors in between.

After dark, the couple and their guests released 50 lanterns in the sky and the evening ended with a display of fireworks.

“It was our kind of romantic,” explained Lauren. “Our life is rustic ... it was all about being comfortable and not stressing ... and most of all, enjoying our day with family and friends. It was all about the love we put into it.”

The Massellis' September wedding took place on a hill in New Gloucester, complete with a gazebo, a fruit-filled apple orchard and a view that went for miles. Pictured below the gazebo provided the bar and lounge area.

“The colors went perfect with my sunflowers, burntorange roses, wheat sprigs and dried eucalyptus,” said Lauren. Lauren’s dad drove her to the site in a bright-red, antique pick up with her bridesmaids in the rear, dangling their feet off the tail gate. Pictured below the couple share a moment beneath the apple tree.

The bride wore a beautiful, strapless white gown with blue heels and her bridesmaids wore short, champagnecolored dresses with burgundy heels. Dan and his groomsmen wore Class A firefighter uniforms, giving the wedding a unique aspect. “We even embellished suits for Dan’s boys, Kamden and Kade, with brass buttons, hardware and Auburn patches; they were so excited!” Lauren’s dad drove her to the site in a bright-red, antique pick-up truck with her bridesmaids in the rear, dangling their feet off the tail gate.

After the ceremony, guests entered a large, white tent to find rustic window sashes lined up on a long table with each pane numbered for seating placements.

“He even surprised me by leaning his shotgun on the fender of the truck as he helped me out. It really set the mood for the day.” The field where the ceremony took place had white chairs facing an amazing view and an arbor made of ladders and lace with a sign that read, "And they lived happily ever after." The aisle had rolled white paper, bordered with colorful mums in half barrels. After the ceremony, guests entered a large, white tent to find rustic window sashes lined up on a long table with each pane numbered for seating placements. Another antique truck was the backdrop for the band

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had made the leap, people began jumping out of the boats into the water to be part of the celebration. “It was more beautiful than I had anticipated,” said Good. “I wa s ver y plea sed a nd appreciative of ever yone's efforts.” The not-so-typical elements for t h i s c ouple d id not stop w it h t hei r wedd i ng ceremony. The two live in separate towns to limit the traveling for each of their children. St. Peter said that although miles separate the two, he believes that they communicate far more than some couples who live under the same roof every day of the week. And Good agreed that they don’t face many issues other couples face because they have a strong and rooted relationship. Enduring the t i me apa r t is d i f f icu lt at

times, but their love for one another and their children m a ke s it a l l wor t h t h at particular sacrifice. “Karla is a teacher and her summer sa nctua r y is t he ca mp, which is where we spend a lot of our time,” said St. Peter. T hei r ad v ic e to c ouple s planning a wedding? Make sure it comes from the heart, and write your own rulebook. The t wo adm it t hat even t houg h t hey weren’t sure things would come together the way they envisioned, they just had faith that it would all be right in the end.

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“Ou r vow s c a me f rom a spiritual, genuine place,” St. Peter explained. “We had the people we love the most come to share it with us, and I think that’s what made it work.” Something else the couple agrees on is that they and all who attended the wedding will remember the day for years to come.

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Favorite months to marry

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For decades the month of June held firm as the most popular month for weddings. But statistics now indicate that there may be shifting preferences in the time of the year for marriages. According to The National Center for Health Statistics, July and August are now the most popular months for tying the knot in the United States. September and October have also gained momentum as premier months. Explanations for this shift vary, but it may have something to do with changing weather patterns and warmer weather now arriving later in the season than in the past. Also, getting married later in the year may make it easier for couples to secure their first choice of wedding venues. (Metro)

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Catering Q & A: 10 questions for your wedding caterer By Family Features 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? Mo s t c a t e r e r s g e t t h e i r 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 non-intrusive? 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 bu si ne s s license and liabilit y 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 bu f fet s or food st at ion s include floral arrangements and other decorations. It's also a good idea to discuss you r color t heme so t hat decorat ions a nd f lora l arrangements coordinate W hat does t he pr ice per person include? Is the cost strictly for food, or does it cover tables, chairs, l i nens, tablewa re, pu nch service, table displays, etc.?

W hat ot her fe e s do you little time to eat anything. is due and what the caterer’s charge? A t t e n t i v e c a t e r e r s w i l l preferred form of payment is. prepare small boxes of food Are tips and taxes included in for the couple to enjoy when When you finally settle on a the price? Some caterers will they are finally alone. caterer, make sure you have a charge a cake-cutting fee or written contract to sign. This Some caterers who provide corking fee for wines. Make W h a t a r e t h e p a y m e n t g ua ra ntees t hat t hey w i l l buffets or food stations include sure you get all fees in writing arrangements? provide the food, timelines floral arrangements and other up front. and details you discussed. decorations. You need to f ind out how Do you handle special menu much of a deposit is required, Ask ing these 10 questions requests? and if it’s refundable or not. w i l l help you choose t he your wedding a truly special Ask when the final payment right caterer to help make celebration. You may have guests w ith specia l menu needs, such a s food a l ler g ie s, ve ga n or kosher re qu i rement s. from page 12 Make sure your caterer will accommodate these needs. Some couples want to have r e s p on s e s uc h a s , “ T h a n k s f or y ou r especially important during times of stress. a specia l fa mily recipe at suggestion, but we’re going in a different You’ll feel more energized, you’ll be able to the reception – grandma’s direction with the plans.” Feelings may get think more clearly and make better decisions. meatballs or foods from the bruised, but ultimately it’s your day and it only Besides, who wants to see a bride with dark circles under her eyes drag herself down the family’s ethnic traditions. has to please you and your fiancé. aisle? Find out if your caterer will Delegate, delegate, delegate. No matter how personalize your menu with capable you are, no matter how nifty your Keep t h i ngs i n perspec t ive. T he most these kinds of items. organizer is, you can’t do ever y thing by important thing to remember is that the yourself. Nor should you, so stop feeling guilty. wedding is only a one-day event. It’s just Do you offer cakes? It’s ok to ask friends, family and the groom a party to celebrate the beginning of a life A sk if your caterer of fers for help – as long as you do it nicely. Some together. Too many brides feel enormous wedding and groom’s cakes, churches or reception halls have a wedding pressure to make the wedding perfect and a nd f i nd out i f t hey a re coordinator available to help with details. they forget about building a solid marriage. included in the price. They’ve done this hundreds of times – you Don’t lose yourself in the details of this one haven’t. Use them! day. You have a lifetime of new memories to Will you pack us a “doggie create, this is only one of them. bag” for after the reception? Take care of yourself. It’s always important to eat right, get enough sleep and exercise, but it’s S omet i me s t he w e dd i ng couple is so bus y at t he reception that they have very

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Bouquet bravado:

Choosing your colors By Tresa Erickson/Feature Writer Brides have been carrying bouquets for hundreds of years. In ancient times, bridal bouquets generally consisted of garlic, herbs and spices to keep evil spirits away. By Victorian times, fresh f lowers had replaced the garlic, herbs and spices, and many of these flowers carried special meanings, like innocence, faith and love. Floriography, the language of flowers, continues to this day, with some brides researching f lower meanings and basing their bouquet selections on those meanings. Floriography isn?t the only trend in bridal bouquets. There are many others. Here is a brief review. Bridal bouquets are traditionally pale in color, but today’s brides are branching out and choosing bolder colors, like burgundy, red and purple. Bouquet color schemes can be monochromatic-all shades of purple, for example-or complementary. With bouquets getting brighter, they have become a real feature in wedding photography, in particular black and white photography with selective coloring. Roses remain a bridal bouquet standard, but other flowers are starting to make their way into the mix. Daisies, hydrangeas, lilies, peonies and tulips are popular choices, as are orchids. Many brides, in fact, are asking for more tropical flowers in their bouquets, either because of their theme or for a unique twist. While cascades of f lowers were once the norm in bridal bouquets, many brides today are opting to take a simpler

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Couples who have the environment in mind can choose to serve organic foods and look to catering facilities that purchase foods from local vendors and farms. If a banquet hall does not make such concessions, ask if specialty items that benefit organic and local food producers can be brought in. Some caterers will be happy to make the change, but it will likely affect the cost of the wedding package to do so. Food and drink will be some of the most costly portions of a wedding, and couples who are interested in keeping costs down can still offer quality foods if they make some changes. Varying the time of day that the wedding is held can enable a brunch or luncheon wedding to take place. These foods are often less expensive and labor-intensive to prepare, and therefore the cost savings are passed down to the bride and groom. Some couples opt for a cocktail and hors d'oeuvre-only reception -- which should clearly be indicated on the invitation so that guests can plan accordingly. An informal wedding may feature only a selection of desserts and specialty liquors. This may be the least expensive option. Food is an important factor at a wedding and it is in a couple's best interest to ensure that the food served is tasty, full of variety and acceptable to the majority of the guests who will be attending the reception. (Metro)

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Bridesmaids:

Finding a gown they all will love

Size matters The body shapes and sizes of the women in your bridal party will be different, and this should be kept in mind when selecting a gown style and cut. There are certain dress shapes that are universally flattering, such as A-line. Try to avoid gowns that are extremely formfitting, as only a few of the bridesmaids may be able to pull off this look successfully. The remainder could be left feeling self-conscious and uncomfortable. Plus, form-fitting clothing will be restrictive and can be difficult to move around in -- particularly considering the gown will be worn for an entire day. Flattering color As a bride you may have a colorscape in your mind for the wedding. But what looks good in table linens and flowers is not always the right choice for clothing. Take the skin tones and hair colors of your bridesmaids into consideration before choosing a dress. Green- and yellow-hued dresses may not look nice on women with olive skin tones, while very pale colors may wash out women with fair skin. Those with dark skin may need a brighter-colored dress.

Bouquet from page 18 route. Hand-tied bouquets are a popular choice. With the flowers gathered together and wrapped in ribbon, the bouquets are easier to handle and have a contemporary look to them. While today’s bridal bouquets might be somewhat simpler in design, brides can still add some dazzle to them with beads, crystals, feathers, pearls, sequins and other accessories. Brides with themed weddings can take it a step further and incorporate extra special touches into their bouquets, like miniature seashells, pinecones or butterf lies. Bouquets featuring vintage brooches are also becoming popular. Bridal bouquets can run the gamut from the traditional allwhite hand-tied rose bouquet drenched in crystals to the sassy gold, red and purple bouquet cuffed by feathers. It is up to the bride how she wants her bouquet to be. Brides should check out some samples, talk to their florist and select a bouquet design that speaks to them.

It is an honor to be asked to be part of a bridal party, but that honor can be very expensive. The bridesmaids are expected to pay for their wardrobe, hair styling, and makeup, as well as parties and gifts for the happy couple. As a courtesy to the women who already will be investing a considerable amount to be a part of your wedding, make every effort to select a gown that is affordable. There are plenty of retailers offering stylish options that may not be as expensive as some specialty stores. Other tips Once you've decided on the basic elements, consider the following suggestions to find a gown that the bridal party will enjoy. • Take one or two bridesmaids shopping with you. Try to select ones with opposite body types so you can see how the gown looks on a woman who is thin and one who may be more full-figured. • Think about choosing separates. The bridesmaids can mix and match tops and bottoms to find a fit that works. This may enable a woman with a larger bust size to select a top with supportive straps while another bridesmaid can opt for strapless. Many stores have increased their inventory of separates because of their growing popularity. • Choose one color and then let the bridesmaids choose the style they like the best for themselves. The look will still be cohesive, but it won't be boring with one type of gown. Also, each bridesmaid will be comfortable with a gown that flatters her shape. • Go with a tea-length gown. These gowns have become quite trendy and are less formal and cumbersome than full-length gowns. Plus, there is a greater likelihood that the gown can be used again at a later date. • Purchase the bridesmaid gowns at the same store where you will be purchasing your wedding gown. Most shops will offer a courtesy discount if the bridesmaid gowns are purchased at the same store. Ensuring bridesmaids are happy in their gowns takes a little work but will be well worth the effort. (Metro)

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The baby dilemma:

Pros and cons of including them at your wedding By Tresa Erickson Feature Writer You’ve been to weddings where babies are in attendance and you’ve been to weddings where babies are not in attendance. There are pros and cons to each. When they’re happy, babies can make wonderful additions to a wedding; when they’re out of sorts, they can be terrors. You would like to think your baby would be bubbly, but you can’t know for sure. What is a new mom to do? Will you arrange for your baby to attend your wedding, or will you find someone to care for your baby at home while you say, “I do”? Whether your baby attends your wedding depends f i rst upon you. W hat is you r preference? Is this your first baby? Would you be a complete and utter mess if your baby were not with you? Would you be wracked with worry? If so, you might want to arrange to have your baby somewhere onsite, perhaps not sitting next to you but with a babysitter in a room nearby. If you are bit more relaxed, you might want to consider leaving your baby with someone at home, especially if you think your baby might pose too much of a distraction. You’re going to be busy, and so are most of the people in the wedding party -- why add to the activity with a baby in need of constant care?

You r decision a lso depends upon you r baby. What would your baby prefer? Is your baby rather congenial? Does your baby like people? If so, your baby might be perfectly at ease at your wedding and not mind being passed around and held by a lot of different people. If, on the other hand, your baby is not comfortable around people and tends to cling to you, you might want to reconsider having your baby at your wedding. Do you really want to walk down the aisle and say, “I do,” with a baby on your hip? You also need to consider the uncertainty factor. The best babies in the world have their moments. Your baby could be delightful right up until the exchange of vows and then let out a wail of terror and continue to fuss throughout the rest of the event. Babies are also prone to accidents, soiling their clothes and the clothes of anyone who might be holding t hem, including you in your expensive white bridal gown, your spouse in his tuxedo rental or an out-of-town guest with no ready access to a change of clothes. Only you can determine whether to have your baby attend your wedding. Should you do so, be prepared. Understand that you and your groom will be busy and arrange for someone to care for the baby, preferably someone not directly involved in the wedding. Your mother might adore her new grandchild, but

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remember, she also adores you and would probably like to see you get married. Your teenage niece, on the other hand, might rather be off in another room caring for your new baby. That’s right. You’ll want to set up a place onsite for the babysitter to take your baby for feedings, naps, and play. Don’t expect your baby to fall asleep and stay asleep during the reception in a ballroom with a lot of highstepping going on. Finally, make sure you have ample supplies for your baby. You’ll be far too busy to make a mad dash home for diapers or formula. Choosing what to do with your baby during your wedding is a big decision. Think it through carefully, and should you decide it would be best to keep your baby at home, don’t get wrapped up in the guilt. Your baby won’t know the difference, and you can always arrange to take some wedding photos with them later or have the babysitter drop by with them at the reception.

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What to expect with a civil ceremony Many people dream of a wedding in a church or synagogue before dozens of family members and friends, while there are others who prefer to forgo the fanfare of a large wedding ceremony and are content with a civil wedding instead. Civil ceremonies are often a choice for couples who may have different religious beliefs or do not belong to a particular religious persuasion. In lieu of being presided over by a pastor, priest or rabbi, civil ceremonies are conducted by an authorized official, such as a judge or notary public. Depending on where a couple lives, mayors can even solemnize a marriage. Pilots and ship captains also may be able to preside over the ceremony. Some states and provinces will allow anyone to solemnize a wedding, provided they have filed for a special permit for the day. In terms of location, the most basic of civil ceremonies take place at the county courthouse, where paperwork is immediately filed. Ceremonies also occur at City Hall. Couples can choose to hire an officiant to go to another location to oversee the marriage ceremony. The latter is the more expensive option and will be based on the officiant's schedule. The structure of a civil marriage is much more lax than those which follow the more traditional course. Rather than being required to wear a certain wardrobe or meet with the requirements of a particular church or other house of worship, couples often find flexibility with the civil route. Although some brides and grooms prefer to wear a tuxedo or suit and a wedding gown, it is not necessary to do so. There are many couples who have tied the knot in more casual clothing or even costumes. In order to participate in a civil ceremony, couples must secure a marriage license. This is usually obtained by a county registrar or another officer of records where the couple lives. Regulations will vary as to the time period in which the ceremony can be done after the mariage license is received. Some licenses may be voided if the couple does not tie the knot within a few days of securing the license.

When the ceremony will take place is generally up to the couple and, if a member of the judiciary will be overseeing the wedding, the courthouse. Some courts require an appointment for the wedding, while others may have a walkin policy. Determine these policies well in advance of the wedding day. There is often a fee collected for the wedding ceremony in addition to what was paid for the marriage license. For those hiring a private officiant, the fee will be much higher than what a clerk of the court will cost. The couple will need to bring the marriage license and photo identification. Two witnesses also will need to be present with their own photographic identification. These witnesses will be needed to sign the marriage certificate. Because there is no firm tradition with civil ceremonies, couples may need to be more hands-on when it comes to executing the wedding. Here are some tips to consider. • An officiant may not organize the wedding, meaning it will be up to the couple to choose vows, arrange where people will stand, request any clerical blessings, or include any other special elements. • Some officiants enjoy presiding over weddings, while others see it as just a part of public duty. Couples can try to find an officiant who meets with their approval and will keep with the tone that is expected of the ceremony. • For those adding personal vows, keep them brief and tailored to the occasion. • Know how many people can attend the ceremony in advance. Couples should recognize that space could be limited and restricted to only a few people if the wedding is taking place at the courthouse.

Many couples forgo a religious ceremony, opting instead for one that is presided over by a civil officiant at a courthouse or another location. • Arrange the venue for a party afterward. Couples may choose to record a video of the ceremony for playback at a reception to enable those who were not in attendance to be part of the special moment where the rings and vows were exchanged. Civil ceremonies are advantageous to those who have factors that may make a religious ceremony unfavorable. (Metro)

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n a 2 01 2 s t u d y o f destination weddings conducted by The Knot Ma r k e t I nt e l l i genc e, a research wing of TheKnot. com, resea rchers fou nd that 350,000 destination weddings occur each year. That figure means nearly one in four couples who tied the knot in 2011 had a dest i nat ion wedd i ng , a roug h l y f ive perc ent increase from 2009. Destination weddings have grown in popularity for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the appeal of getting married in an exot ic or unique loca le. In addition, 65 percent of sur vey respondents said they chose a destination w e dd i n g b e c au s e t he y wanted a more intimate affair with fewer guests.

W hatever t he reason behind a couple's decision t o h a v e a d e s t i n a t ion wedding, there are things such couples must consider that others who chose a local ceremony can afford to overlook or plac e a sma l ler emphasis upon. Packing is one aspect of a we dd i ng t hat's more i mpor ta nt to couples hav i ng a dest i nat ion wedding than those getting married closer to home. Once a couple boa rds a plane to head off to their destination wedding, any items left behind will stay behind. So it's important for couples getting married far away from their homes to develop a pla n w it h respect to packing so they don't forget or damage any important elements of the wedding.

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• Start w it h a check list. Couples should develop of checklist of items they will need to bring with them. Make this list as extensive a s p o s s i ble, i nc lud i n g everything that will have to be packe d, s uch a s clothing, toiletries, jewelry, reser vation information, a nd a ny t h i ng el se you expect to need on your trip. Check off items on this list as you pack t hem away, and check the list the night before you embark to make sure you have everything. • C a r r y on e s p e c i a l l y i mpor t a nt item s. Some items a re simply to important to pack. A bride's wedd i ng gow n a nd t he groom's tuxedo fall into this categor y. Unfortunately, checked bags can get lost, a nd no br ide or g room wa nts to a r r ive at t heir destination without their gow n or tu x. A n a irline may prov ide brides w ith a garment bag to store the wedding gow n, a nd t he gow n and tu x can likely be hu ng i n t he pla ne's closet without fear of other passengers putting items on top of them. In addition to the wedding day attire, don't store items

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How to find the right banquet hall for your big day Planning a wedding is no sma ll feat, as couples are faced with many decisions seemingly from the moment they get engaged right up until they walk down the aisle as husband and wife. One of the biggest decisions a couple will make is where to host the reception. Couples must consider a va riet y of factors when looking for the right banquet hall to host their reception. The wedding is a celebration,

and the banquet hall is where the couple and their guests will let their hair down and hopefully enjoy a festive and memorable night. Because t he reception is t y pica lly t he most leng t hy por t ion of a couple's wedding day, it's i mpor t a nt to f i nd a place where ever yone can be comfortable and enjoy themselves. The following are a few tips for couples look i ng to f i nd t he idea l banquet hall to host their wedding reception.

• Ask around. Word-of-mouth is a great way to find the right ba nquet ha ll. Ask f riends or family members who got hitched in the same tow n where your ceremony w ill be if they can recommend a reception site. These friends or f a m i l y mem b er s c a n provide a behind-the-scenes look at a reception hall, from how accom modat i ng t he staff was to how flexible the banquet hall was with regard to pricing to how open the sta f f wa s to suggest ions.

Wedding planning isn't easy, so if friends, family members, or co-workers recommend a hassle-free banquet hall, that recommendation can remove a lot of the stress from planning a wedding. • Consider the size of the facility. Some couples prefer a n i nt i m at e a f f a i r w it h relatively few guests, while ot hers w ill desire a la rge wedding party with lots of guests. Couples can find a banquet hall that's capable of catering to small or large wedding parties, but f ind one t hat f it s you r pa r t y specifically. If your wedding party is small, then avoid a larger facility that will appear empty. If the party is large, make sure there's adequate room so guests won't feel like they're sitting on top of one another during dinner and dessert.

• Don't dow nplay decor. A ba nquet h a l l w it h a n attractive decor is not only aest het ica l ly appea l i ng but can appeal to a couple's f i na nces a s wel l. Such a hall likely won't need any add it iona l decorat ions, while a banquet hall that's unador ned a nd lacks embellishments w il l, a nd t hose decorat ions ca n dip into a couple's overall wedding budget. Compare t he cost s of t he more decorated banquet hall with the one that's more plain in appearance, factoring in the cost to decorate the latter, and you might just realize the one with more aesthetic appeal is more affordable in the long run.

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The banquet hall is where couples can expect to spend most of their time on their wedding day, so couples should exercise their due diligence to ensure they find an inviting and festive facility.

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While some newlyweds can still afford to cap off their big day in grand style with a trip for two to someplace exotic, there are many who can’t. Once they’ve paid for the wedding, there is little left for a honeymoon. Fortunately, you can still have a great honeymoon on a shoestring budget. Here’s how. Leave at a later date W ho says you must leave for you r honey moon immediately following your wedding reception? Enjoy your big day and postpone t he honey moon of you r dreams until you can afford it. Wait six months or a year to book the trip. You’ll have more cash to spa re a nd more time to find the best deals. Go during the off-season Off-season prices are far

cheaper than peak season pr ices. Schedu le you r honeymoon during the offseason, and to save more cash, consider going to a less popular destination. The rates will be cheaper, and there will be less people to contend with. Book way in advance Generally, the earlier you book you r hone y moon, the cheaper the rates will be. St a r t look i ng for a destination long before your expected departure date and shop around for the best deals. Cut costs where you can You don’t have to go all out to have a good time on your honeymoon. Think about your plans and find ways to save. Choose less expensive accommodations, especia l ly if you intend to be out and about much

Honeymoons don’t have to break the bank. You can still have fun and celebrate the beginning of your life together on a shoestring budget. of the day. Pack lunches instead of eating out. Take advantage of all free or lowcost activities.

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More tips from local jewelers

Wedding Bling The man's guide to selecting wedding bands By NewsUSA

Congratulations to all you soon-to-be grooms. Now that your wedding is only months away, your jewelry collection -- just a watch, huh? -is about to increase by as much as 50 percent. Meaning, it's time to start thinking about what kind of wedding band you want for yourself. Wedding bands have become the norm for men in recent years -- 97 percent of grooms in The K not Market Intelligence's "2011 Engagement & Jewelry Study" opted for one -so even if you have any doubts, your bride will probably set you straight. That means your only real decision is what kind of band best suits you. To hear CNNMoney.com tell it, there are basically two camps: those who "don't want to compromise" when it comes to quality (platinum bands), and those who feel they cannot afford the best and therefore need to settle (bands made from alternative metals). But, as jewelr y expert Michael O'Connor points out, that doesn't really give the whole picture. "It's true that platinum is so rare -- 30 times more so than gold -- that if all the world's supply were melted and poured into an Olympic-size pool, it would barely reach your ankles," O'Connor says. "But men's platinum bands start at $500." That turns out to be pretty comparable to the cost of the two most popular alternative meta ls: tita nium a nd tungsten ca rbide. Both are perhaps best known for being used to make fighter jets. Cool, right? Well, yes, but that also means they're intrinsically lightweight and lack the heft of platinum. "Most men prefer somet hing t hat feels masculine on their finger," says O'Connor. T here a re ot her facts to consider, too. Tungsten and titanium jewelr y will need

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These men's wedding Wo m e n's we d d i n g bands are available in bands at Republic Gold alternative metals at Coin. Republic Gold Coin.

Choose a necklace of gleaming, faceted tourmalines in shades of pink ranging from cranberry to carnation, with alternating pink and green roundels, like this one at R. D. Allen Freeport Jewelers.

To add a slightly “vintage look meets contemporary sparkle” to your bridal party, consider a crystal barrette with many shades of “something blue,” created by B.P.S Productions and available at Earrings and Company.

Imported “Stellar White” sterling silver earrings are handmade by Italian craftsmen and can be found at R.D. Allen.

McBride, of Earrings and Company, recommends vintage-style clips and barrettes, with flowers, hearts, crystals and pearls, for the bride and her attendants.

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According to Annette Evans, proprietress of R.D. Allen Freeport Jewelers, you can add a bit of Maine flair to your wedding with a Maine tourmaline ring in 14kt white gold with a matching shadow wedding band. Evans said, “This ring can be made especially for you with your choice of diamond, authentic Maine tourmaline or any colored gemstone,” all in a 14kt white, rose, yellow gold or platinum setting. This ring can be accessorized with a special matching pendant for a more complete wedding jewelry ensemble.

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Luscious beaded tour ma line neck laces, bracelets and earrings can be customized to fit your wedding party needs. Choose a necklace of gleaming, faceted tourmalines in shades of pink ranging from cranberry to carnation, with alternating pink and green roundels. With so many shades, you are sure to find bridal party sets that will complement your wedding colors perfectly, adding light, grace and a bit of Maine to your attendants’ ensembles.

Tips for selecting wedding bands Choose something that both appeals to you aesthetically and fits your lifestyle. This ring is worn at work, play and at rest. Love it and live in it.

Not all metals are created equal. Precious metals, including gold, silver and platinum can be sized and re-sized. A lternative metal, titanium for example, cannot be re-sized if the ring size changes over time. Another ring would need to be purchased to replace the original. If price is a challenge but quality is non negotiable, consider estate jewelr y. A wedding band when purchased as an estate

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The bi-color watermelon tourmaline is the most rare of all Maine tourmaline. Each can be set to the bride’s liking in silver or gold, and in a variety of pendant styles. The rich hues of pink with a hint of green make this rare gemstone a perfect piece of jewelry for a rare and perfect bride, as well as the perfect gifts for her bridal party, and the mothers of the bride and groom. Match these lovely pendants with a pair of exquisite tourmaline earrings for a set that will be cherished for a lifetime. Evans suggests the Maine Coast Bracelet for your bridesmaid gifts. This bracelet is comprised of an Italian-made Zable sterling

With silver star fish, gold shells and other embellishments, these bangles will provide light and affordable flair for your wedding party, as well as a well-crafted piece of jewelry that each of your attendants will wear to remember your special day.

R.D. Allen Freeport Jewelers has an extensive collection of watermelon tourmaline for brides to choose from.

This necklace features three circles of diamonds and a 7½mm cultured pearl drop, all on a white gold chain, making this piece an elegant and perfect complement to the bride’s wedding ensemble, according to Brown of Brown Goldsmiths.

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silver bracelet and the original Maine bead. It can be matched with your choice of sterling silver beads featuring Swarovski crystals, aut hent ic gem stone s i nclud i ng Ma i ne tourmaline and genuine semi-precious stones.

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For the bride, Carrie McBride, of Earrings and Company, recommends a classic and affordable string of fresh-water pearls with a silver clasp, created by Sun Sales. This necklace pairs nicely with pearl drop earrings created by Maine artist Kavi Cohen. This pairing is both elegant and timeless and can be worn with many ensembles and on many special occasions for years to come. Jewelry for your hair For the bride's and bridal party's hair styles, there is nothing that complements an elegant wedding day updo, twist, braid, ponytail, chignon or just about any other hairstyle better than a classy clip or barrette. McBride recommends vintage-style clips and barrettes, with flowers, hearts, crystals and pearls, for the bride and her attendants. As bridesmaids’ gifts, these most useful

Selecting Bands from page 24

piece c a n save t he buyer half the cost of the same ring when pu rcha sed new. For newlyweds, the considerable savings can be used toward the honeymoon, furniture or a deposit on a home. Think outside the ring box. The days of matching bands has given way to couples stylizing

their rings. While many brides continue to choose precious metals with diamonds, many grooms select affordable rings of durable metals detailed with pattern, texture and color. Ideas for the wedding party Whatever the choice of gift for attendants, make it personal.

To add a slightly “vintage look meets contemporary sparkle” to your bridal party, consider a crystal barrette with many shades of “something blue,” created by B.P.S Productions and available at Earrings and Company. Complete the look with another little blue “something,” a blessing or wish to be worn about your (or perhaps your attendants’) neck, the Guardian Angel Pendant by Mariana. Bracelets “Silver and gold, silver and gold” are not just appropriate at Christmas time. McBride suggests contemporary Cape Codstyle bracelets crafted primarily by New England artisans to grace your bridesmaids’ wrists. With silver starfish, gold shells and other embellishments, these bangles will provide light and affordable flair for your wedding party, as well as a wellcrafted piece of jewelry that each of your attendants will wear to remember your special day.

Among the choices for men a re t he t rad it iona l money clips, watches and tie tacks with chains. Engraved gifts including stainless steel flasks, shot glasses and beer mugs are a fun alternative. For women, jewelry is always a good choice. Pearl pendants and gold bracelets are classic a nd t i me le s s . Bi r t h s t one earrings and neck laces are personal to each attendant. For a true reminder of the special

Gifts for the groom and groomsmen “William Henry money clips and pens give new meaning to the word ‘unique’,” said Steve Brown of Brown Goldsmiths. “These unusual money clips are made in the USA, and fashioned from Mokume, a Japanese word for wood grain, as well as mammoth bone, gemstones, ebony and fossilized walrus.” In addition to being visually appealing, the William Henry writing implements are perfectly balanced, making writing a pleasure. These traditional and unique items make perfect gifts for the groom and his groomsmen. Make-your-own wedding bands “The Brown Goldsmiths’ Wedding Ring Workshop allows couples to make a wedding ring for each other,” said Brown. “ This stunning set is an example of the fine workmanship that has come out of these workshops." Under the thoughtful guidance of Master Goldsmith Deane Frank, couples may choose from a number of designs. Prior metal working experience is not necessary – simply come and enjoy the experience.

day select a beaded bracelet or chain from lines including Chamilia, Zable or Pandora. Add a bead in the wedding colors, choose from weddingt hemed beads i nclud i ng wedding rings, champagne bucket, or bride and groom, or choose a bead specia lly s ele c te d for e ach u n ique attendant. Photos and tips courtesy of Day’s Jewelers, Goldworks, and Republic Jewelry, all of Auburn.

An engraved flask from A w a t c h d i s p l a y a t Goldworks If the answer’s what we think, then know that platinum has Republic. traditionally symbolized a relationship that will endure since it doesn’t fade or change color. “That’s the kicker for a lot of You Are Special • We Are Unique couples,” says O’Connor.

Men’s Guide from page 24

special reconditioning if scratched, and cannot be resized. Even the more popular white gold will require rhodium replating to restore its white color due to wear over time. And while platinum -- as all precious metals -- can scratch, the metal is simply displaced on the surface of the ring, meaning very little metal is lost in wear. That makes it the most durable family heirloom that will last generations.

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Save-the-date card etiquette Mor e a nd mor e c ou ple s planning to walk down the a isle a re embracing savethe-date cards to give guests adequate notice that there is a party on the horizon.

periods, a growing number of destination weddings and the growing number of couples with guests from all over the cou nt r y, if not t he world. Consider i ng people of ten plan business trips, vacations and other excursions several mont hs in adva nce, savethe-date cards help secure a greater number of attendees at your wedding.

Save-the-date cards do more than let guests know when you're getting hitched. The cards are a preliminary way to ke ep g ue st s i n for me d a nd let t hem k now t he y a re, i n fact, on t he g uest l i st . T hese c a rd s haven't a lw ay s be en so popu la r, but have risen in popularity due to longer engagement

door. If you desire a cohesive t h e m e t o y ou r w e d d i n g stationery, select the save-thedate cards at the same time you choose your wedd ing i nv itat ions. T h is way you can ensure that either the patterns, fonts, colors, or style of the cards will match. It will also help convey the tone of the wedding. Guests often ta ke t hei r cues rega rd i ng the level of formality of the wedding f rom t he t y pe of stationery couples choose.

S a v e - t h e - d a t e a n nou ncement s ca n va r y in many ways. They may be postcards or magnets that can be attached to a refrigerator

When to send out the savethe-date announcements is

important as well. As a general rule of thumb, it is wise to mail out the cards six months in adva nce for a sta nda rd wedd i ng. I f t he wedd i ng requires travel or extended overnight accommodations, you may want to mail them out eight months to a year in advance to give guests the time to investigate flight costs and hotel arrangements. A wedding also may necessitate pla n n i ng a vacat ion or personal time off from work. Therefore, ample advanced notice is advisable.

to the wedding. Remember to include any members of your planned wedding party in the list of recipients. Just because a person has verbally c on f i r me d at tenda nc e at your wedding doesn't mean they should be excluded from subsequent announcements. G ue s t s m a y t a l k t o one another and it is best to avoid hurt feelings and any added drama before the wedding by treating everyone equally.

Be sure to make your guest list in advance of sending out save-the-date cards. Everyone who receives a card should also be sent an invitation prior

Be su re to i nclude t he wedding date, your names, a nd t he lo c at ion of t he wedding on the save-the-date cards. You do not need to offer RSVP information or detailed specifics at this time. You may want to include a Web site

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Save-the-date cards inform guests that a wedding is on the horizon, making it easier to arrange travel plans. URL on the card so guests can check it frequently for updates on wedding information. Be sure to also include that a formal invitation will follow at a later date. You do not want to cause confusion by having guests think that the savethe-date card is the actual invitation. Also, make sure you address the save-the-date cards correctly to show your intentions w it h respect to guest invites. For example, be clear about whether children will be invited and whether a boy f r iend/g i rl f r iend or another guest can tag along. A lt houg h save-t he-date ca rds a re not a necessit y, they have become a popular part of wedding planning to eliminate confusion about inv itations as well as help guests plan time off for your wedding. (Metro)

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Stay close to home If you are really short on cash and can’t afford to go away, stay in. Check out the deals in your area and arrange for a mini staycation. Book a room at an inexpensive hotel and spend the day checking out attractions and activities you’ve never had time for. If you can’t afford a hotel room, stay at home and have a candlelit dinner. It doesn’t really matter where you are as long as you are together. Honey moons don’t have to break the bank. You can still have fun and celebrate the beginning of your life toget her on a shoestring budget. It just takes some adva nce pla n n i ng a nd creative thinking.

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Prepa ring for t he big day means planning a multitude of details; everything from the f lower arrangements to that something blue must be decided upon well in advance of the ceremony. Here are some tips to help ensure your big day goes off without a hitch. The big decisions The decision to get married is the first of many big decisions you will be making in the weeks and months to come. Here a re some t h i ngs to consider right away: • Pick a date. Ta l k w it h your fiancé and family (and your fiancé’s family) about potential wedding dates to ensure the important people in both your lives will be able to take part. • Select your guests. T he number of guests you invite will directly inf luence the cost of your wedding. • Set a budget. Budgeting for your wedding is crucial, as this will have a great impact on ever y ot her a spect of your day, as well as your honeymoon. Plan for a little wiggle room for unexpected expenses. • Choose a location. Because most popular bridal spots are just that — popular — you may want to start searching for a location quickly. • Organize the bridal party. Make careful decisions about who you want supporting you leading up to the big day, and who will be displayed in front of everyone in your life. • Pick a style. Many brides choose wedding styles that are ref lected in their savet he-dates, i nv itat ions, ceremonies, receptions and thank-you cards. Choosing a theme and color scheme

in the beginning will help narrow down options later. • Hire a caterer. Take into account the dietar y needs of your guests by offering a variety of menu options, including a vegetarian dish. • Order the cake. W hether you choose a large multit iered ca ke or cupca kes, rememb er to ke ep y ou r budget in mind—and pick f lavors you and your fiancé truly enjoy. • Make the announcement. Decide how you want to let the community know of your planned nuptia ls. Do you want to ta ke professiona l engagement photos? Do you plan to contact your local paper? Will you include a link to a wedding day website on your save-the-date or your wedding invitations? • Get the gown. On you r wedding day, everyone will be awaiting a glimpse of your gown. Listen to your instincts a nd choose a gow n t hat “feels right” and reflects your personality and style. • Dress your party. Once you have chosen t he wedding dress of your dreams, speak with your fiancé about his wishes for his suit, as well as the bridal party attire. • Hire a ph ot o g raph e r. Choose your professiona l photographer wisely. With a walk down the aisle, father/ daughter dance and toast, your fat her is sure to get photog r a phe d, but y ou r mother might get overlooked. Ma ke sure to ask t he photographer to get shots of your mother throughout the day as well. • Choose your flowers. Once you set the date, discuss with your f lorists which f lowers are in season to help narrow down your selection. You may love tulips, but if you have a winter wedding, they may be hard to come by, and may be more expensive.

• Book the entertainment. Do you want a DJ or a live band? Talk with your fiancé about your music preferences, as well as the types of tunes you want played at your reception to keep your guests on the dance floor. Before the big day • Create a website for your we dd i ng to ke ep g ue st s i n for me d of e v ent s a nd for easy access to registr y information. Prov ide accommodation information for t hose g uests traveling from out of town. • Insure your engagement and wedding rings against loss, da mage, t hef t or mysterious disappearance. Accord i ng to a su r vey conduc ted by Jeweler s Mutual Insurance Company, 44 percent of married women eit her don’t i nsu re t hei r engagement ring, or don’t k now for certain whet her t hei r engagement a nd wedding rings are insured. For a f ree, no-obl igat ion jewelry insurance quote, visit w w w. i n s u r e y ou r j e w e l r y. com. • Make sure your m a r r i a ge l ic en s e, t r avel documentation and insurance information are ready to go and stored in a safe place in advance of the wedding day. • Practice reciting your vows and speeches until you feel comfortable. • Wear your wedding heels around the house to “break them in.” Pack a back-up pair of f lats to wear during the reception. • Remember to ask for help. Designate members of your family or close friends to specific assignments. Wedding day details • Provide bottled water for y ou r w e dd i ng pa r t y. To ensure no one gets over-

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heate d, h ide w ater nea r your bridal party during the ceremony for emergencies. • Choose meaningful gifts for you r wedd i ng pa r t y. Neck laces, ea r r i ngs or bracelet s a re g reat for bridesmaids; cuff links are perfect for groomsmen. • Create individual envelopes for tipping drivers, caterers, mu sicia n s, etc. Sepa rate envelopes will help ensure you don’t forget anyone. Plan for weather: In case of rain — Order a tent or choose a venue with indoor space for last-minute protection from the elements. Of fer ex t ra u mbrel la s to u sher people f rom t hei r vehicles to the venue. In case of heat — Place fans throughout the venue and provide plenty of water for guests. In case of cold — Space heaters ca n be placed t h roug hout t he space to warm up the room in advance of the event. • Over-estimate the amount of parking needed for guests. Following the honeymoon • Open wedding gifts and keep an accurate list of each

guest in correspondence with their gift. • Write thoughtful, personalized hand-written thank you cards. The big day bridal kit supplies Bobby pins, elastic hair bands Hairbrush Hairspray Panty hose Nail file, nail polish, remover Baby powder Makeup Stain remover Tissues Sewing kit with scissors Ballet flats Pocket mirror Extra post-earring backs Static cling spray Antacid Pain reliever Bandages Deodorant Dental floss Eye drops Bottled water Breath mints

Duct tape — for last-minute dress fix-ups and to adhere to the bottom of slippery dress shoes For more i n for mat ion about protect i ng you r brida l jewelr y, v isit w w w. insureyourjewelry.com.

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