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Creative Innovations H-E-B floral department

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Beautiful brides

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Melody models this all satin wedding gown with a slim fit and flare silhouette of stretch satin with a V-neck and a cowl back, side zipper and covered buttons to the end of the chapel train. Justin Alexander, Style #6183, Cost: $899. | 38 Photograph by JULIE NABOURS

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TexTalk CALENDAR Upcoming events in February and March

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Contributors SALLY GRACE HOLTGRIEVE is a full-time freelance writer in Central Texas. A few of her favorite things include traveling, hiking, camping, reading, cats, classic rock music and cheese. As a kid, Sally Grace could never figure out what she wanted to be when she grew up — astronaut, Celtic dancer, entomologist, Egyptologist — everything was interesting and she couldn’t decide on just one world to immerse herself in and study, so she became a journalist. She learns new things every day.

BECKY STINEHOUR is a portrait/wedding photographer who has lived in Central Texas since the early 1980s, after having grown up on several military bases. She has two grown sons. She is active in her church and enjoys gardening.

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February is the month of love and what better time to celebrate brides. In this issue, take a peek at the latest trends in bridal gowns. This year’s fashions offer clean lines, a demure neckline and a throwback to the 1920s. Styles from Cinderella Couture in Killeen, Page 38. Gretchen Williams is a professional harpist who offers couples a different kind of wedding march. She often plays for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Let the heavenly sounds of her harp take away any residual stress from all the planning, Page 10. Today’s wedding bouquets offer a simple elegance. Ginny Swalley of Creative Innovations offers fresh bouquets customized to a bride’s wishes. She also offers some variations on the theme with a lighter, softer Boho bouquet and the popular Undone bouquet, Page 26. Did you know that your local H-E-B can create beautiful wedding flowers? Most of us, from time to time, have brought home a bouquet of loose flowers for ourselves or as a gift for someone else, but not too many people know that H-E-B can create stunning wedding bouquets, Page 28. It’s time to get your sweet tooth on and wedding cake traditions seem to keep evolving. The semi-naked or naked cake is still in demand, as are personalized wedding and grooms’ cakes. A newcomer to the wedding cake scene is Nothing Bundt Cakes, which joins Lily’s Cakes, Sweet Eats, and Pink Tulips Cakery in this year’s issue. Another growing trend is the introduction of dessert tables that have popped up over the past few years. From cupcakes to bundtinis, cake pops to bakery bites, today’s brides offer their guests more choices for their sweet tooth, Page 30. About Face Anti-Aging Institute offers skin care from facials to Botox and an assortment of other procedures to help get a bride ready for her special day. Owned and operated by Jeff Garberich, PA-C, multicertified and licensed in the procedures of injectables and his wife, Stephanie, manager and health coach, About Face offers solutions for skincare needs, Page 50. Wedding etiquette rules have changed a bit in our digital age. Most people carry a smartphone that can do everything, including taking personal photos and posting them on social media. Certified wedding planners Beverly Moon of Unforgettable Events and Geri Schwartzman of Milestones, Memories and Events help us with some of the new common sense rules when it comes to cell phone use at weddings Page 54. Do people still elope? Some do. But like everything else in our new worldview even eloping has taken on a new meaning for young brides today. Elopement is a young couple’s way of skipping the big wedding and having a small affair with the closest of family and friends. It could be as small as four people, to a family of 15 or 26. It could remain local, with nuptials at city hall, or an escape to someplace exotic or familiar, like Las Vegas. Read about the new elopement on page 52. Ah, newlyweds. Just starting out in life and not a whole lot of pocket change to do some of the fun things you enjoy. Pogo Pass can help you change that. For one small fee, Pogo Pass offers a selection of activities to explore in your own backyard, or beyond, Page 60. Wherever you are in your wedding planning, take a break and pour yourself a cup or glass of your favorite beverage and enjoy the February Bridal Issue of Tex Appeal Magazine.

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retchen Williams brings a subtle sophistication Williams’ wedding music catalog is extensive. to weddings through the magic of her harp. The “Brides shouldn’t worry if they don’t know about moment she sits behind her elegant instrument and wedding music. I will help them through the process of begins to strum the chords, music seems to float choosing songs or music for arranging,” she said. through the room on a current of air. If a special love ballad or song is requested that is not Williams has been playing harp since she was 7 years old. on her playlist, she can arrange selected songs from piano She continued to take harp lessons through high school and music for the harp. up to her first day of college. The harp took a backseat to her Couples are welcome to bring their family for an initial education while she studied biology. She taught in public audition before choosing songs, but she reminds that she schools for 21 years and although she did keep playing her needs at least two to four months if a custom arrangement harp, it didn’t become a business until is requested. she retired. “Four months is optimal,” she Today she plays for weddings and said. an assortment of special occasions. Williams hires by the event. For “A lot of mothers had a harp at example, a ceremony is usually 45 their weddings, and they hope that their minutes to an hour. If a bride requests daughters will want one too,” Williams her to play during the reception and said. “At first, brides (and grooms) are dinner, which usually runs one and not sure if the harp is too high class. a half to two hours, that would be But when they listen, they are pleasantly considered extra time. surprised.” She arrives at the location 60 to — Gretchen Williams Williams knows how to guide a 90 minutes ahead of the event to allow bride to the appropriate song for a her instrument to sit in place for 30 wedding ceremony or reception dinner. minutes. Her harp needs to be tuned From the traditional wedding march, to sacred and classical, each time she moves it. to modern day love ballads, Williams knows how to work Because of the delicacy of her harp, she prefers inside with a bride to choose the right music. weddings, but will consider playing outdoors, weather permitting. The instrument should not be exposed to rain, Book six months out humidity or excessive heat. However, she will consider an And like other vendors, if you want a harpist at your outside wedding with a Plan B in place in the event of wedding, it’s best to book six months before the wedding day. rain. If a bride books on a short notice, there’s a good chance that “I am passionate about the harp. It is a beautiful date is already taken. instrument and I can create beautiful music for anyone who “Some brides will book one year out,” Williams said. A wants harp music at their wedding,” Williams said. non-refundable deposit is required to hold her services. Occasionally a bride will call her for a midweek ceremony. www. centexharpist. com If her schedule is open, she will play on a short notice.

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TexTalk calendar ONGOING EVENTS Russell Lee Photographs Now through March 10 Russell Lee was a renowned Texas’ documentary photographer. The exhibit offers a rare glimpse into the remarkable images he produced in 1935 and 1936 when he first took up a camera. It goes on to highlight the vast body of important work that he produced from 1947 through 1977. Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum 315 W. Avenue B, Temple Call 254-298-5172 or visit www.rrhm. org for more information. Bell County Museum Exhibition – Texas History Now through May 4 Annexation: Celebrating Texas Statehood; Alamo Images: Changing Perceptions of a Texas Experience; Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Visit the museum to learn about this great state’s history. 201 N. Main St., Belton Call 254-933-5243 for more information. First Fridays Stay Out Late in downtown Temple 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. First Friday of every month historic

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Yarborough campaign onlookers, Mount Vernon, Texas, 1954. Russell Lee Photograph Collection. The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

downtown Temple is transformed into a giant party. Join us for street music and performances, great drinks, amazing food and after-hours shopping. Main Street, Temple Call 254-298-5378 for more information.

FEBRUARY EVENTS Belton Senior Center Country Western Dance Feb. 1, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Larry Burgin, Texas Tradition


calendar TexTalk Feb. 15, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Out of the Blue Participants are encouraged to bring a snack dish to share. Potluck Supper Feb. 26, 5:30 p.m., the Good Ol’ Boys perform 842 Mitchell St., Belton Call 254-939-1170 for more information.

19th Annual Father-Daughter Dance Feb. 2 and 3, 6 to 9 p.m. $12 per person, purchase online at TempleParks.com Tickets not available at the door. Photography and concessions available for purchase. Mayborn Convention Center 3303 N. Third St. Temple Call 254-298-5733 for more information. Tablerock’s 24th Annual Central Texas Poetry & Prose Reading Feb. 2, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Host Poet Thom Woodruff Invited poets and writers of prose will grace Tablerock’s inside stage to read five minutes of their works. The invited readers are Nancy Fierstien, Dripping Springs; Richard Egg, Salado; Jack McCabe, Austin; Donna Bowling, Temple; Steve Brooks, Austin; Barbara Cardinal-Sorge, Temple, and Sandi Horton, Waco. Two Salado High School Poetry Contest winners from Terri

Dads and daughters can dance at several special events in February and March in Temple, Harker Heights and Killeen.

Seaton’s English class will read as well. An open mic at 8:45 p.m. encourages new poets to read two minutes of their work. 409 Royal St., Salado Call 254-947-9205 or visit www. tablerock.org for more information.

Salado Legends Auditions at Tablerock Feb. 3 and 4, 3 p.m.

Director Donnie Williams will conduct auditions for the 18th performance of Salado Legends each day at 3 p.m. at Tablerock’s indoor stage, 409 Royal St. Those wishing to audition may attend either day. Call 254-947-9205 with audition questions. Continued

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Children’s Special Needs Network Father-Daughter Dance Feb. 3, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Free with reserved ticket This event is for girls up to age 21 and their fathers or special guy in their life (grandfather, uncle, brother or special friend). The dance is exclusively for girls with special needs (no siblings). Photography and concessions available for purchase. Mayborn Convention Center 3303 N. Third St., Temple Call 254-933-7213 for reservations and more information. Geek Out! Family Day Railroad and Heritage Museum Feb. 3, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All ages Free Calling all wizards, superheroes, princesses, galactic explorers and geeked out friends. Whether you’re into history, comic books, model trains, mad science, princesses, space aliens or mythic battles, this is the place to be. Make it extra fun by coming in costume and enjoy a variety of geeky activities. 315 W. Avenue B, Temple Call 254-298-5172 for more information. Harker Heights Parks and Recreation 9th Annual Valentine’s Family Dance Feb. 10, 2 to 4 p.m. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the

whole family. Enjoy dancing, light snacks and activities. Activities Center, 400 Indian Trail Call 254-953-5465 or visit the Parks & Recreation’s Special Events page at http://bit.ly/Heightsevents for more information.

Killeen Parks and Recreation present the 8th Annual Daddy Daughter Dance Sock Hop Feb. 23, 6 to 9 p.m. Ages 5 to 13 $50 per couple, $20 additional child. Tickets are limited. Purchase by Feb. 16. The Civic and Conference Center 3601 S. W.S. Young Drive, Killeen Call 254-501-6390 or visit killeentexas.gov/parks for more information. MARCH EVENTS Belton Senior Center March 1, 6:30 to 9:30, celebrate Mardi Gras with Old Friends Band March 15, 6:30 to 9:30, Good Ol’ Boys Participants are encouraged to bring a snack dish to share. Potluck Supper March 26, 5:30 p.m., Mike Mathis performs Harker Heights Parks & Recreation 2nd Annual Paws in the Park March 3, 2 to 5 p.m.

This free, fun and dog-friendly event for all ages will include demonstrations, adoptions, dog and owner games, pet advice and more. Purser Family Park 100 W. Mountain Lion Road Call 254-953-5465 or visit the Parks & Recreation’s Special Events page at http://bit.ly/Heightsevents.

Homespun History Day March 3, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All ages, free Take a step back in time and learn about traditional crafts. Watch the experts and try your hand at skills like weaving, spinning wool, pottery, leather working or basket making. Get hands on with the past and try a new craft. Railroad and Heritage Museum 315 W. Avenue B, Temple Call 254-298-5172 or visit rrhm.org. 4th Annual Spring Break Model Train Display March 13-17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All ages, free Central Texas Area Model Railroaders will be running model train layouts and be on hand to talk about their hobby. There is no fee to view the model train exhibit. Regular admission charges apply to view the rest of the museum. Railroad and Heritage Museum 315 W. Avenue B, Temple Call 254-298-5172 or visit rrhm.org. Continued

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The Five Hills Art Guild of Copperas Cove and The City of Copperas Cove present the 3rd Annual Five Hills Art Festival March 16, 6 to 10 p.m. March 17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free Artists from around Texas will showcase their work at City Park in downtown Copperas Cove. Enjoy food, fun music and art with local dance groups and entertainment from DJ Garris Entertainment, Rare Dog, Storm’s 1, and Katy Starr with Dmadness of Austin. Other acts include Central Texas Belly Dancers, Gymkix and other local talent. This is a family-friendly event offering many fine arts activities for all ages. 1206 W. Avenue B, Copperas Cove Visit www.fivehillsartguild.com for more information, including a schedule of entertainment, or follow us on Facebook at Five Hills Art Guild. Harker Heights Parks & Recreation 23rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt March 30, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Children age 8 and younger are invited to hop along with the Easter bunny. Participants need to bring an Easter basket or bucket to collect the eggs. Special prizes will be awarded in each age group. Harker Heights Community Park Ball Fields, 1501 E. Farm-to Market 2410 Call 254-953-5465 or visit http://bit. ly/Heightsevents for more information. In case of rain, call 254-953-5660.

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Artists Sherry Booth, left, and Crystal Orlando at the Five Hills Art Festival in Copperas Cove.

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Planning a wedding 9 TO 12 MONTHS BEFORE

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Set an initial budget Secure wedding date and time Consider type of wedding (day/night, indoor/ outdoor, formal/casual Research and select ceremony location Select reception location Select music: for ceremony and for reception Select caterer Select florist Consider printed materials: save the dates, invitations, etc. Confirm officiate at the ceremony Set aside blocks of hotel/motel rooms for out of town guests Book photographer Book videographer Consider other entertainment

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Prepare guest list for addressing invitations Select and order the invitations and stationery Confirm vendors Order personalized items: cake cutter, topper, guest book, all accessories Hire the limousine or other transportation

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Confirm the menu and catering details with the caterer Prepare all maps and directions for the ceremony and reception Set the dates and times with the officiate for the rehearsal Plan the bridesmaids’ luncheon and any other parties Design and print the wedding program for the ceremony Finalize the florist details, photographer, videographer, musicians, etc. Plan a rehearsal dinner Confirm the wedding cake details with the baker

Mail invitations and announcements Coordinate portrait sitting with photographer for the newspaper

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hen it comes to bridal bouquet trends for 2018 Hair pieces burgundy, pink, coral and peach are still colors Swalley creates bouquets to complement the bridal gown. of choice. White flowers with greenery remain This year’s fashions have changed from vintage lace to ball popular. gowns and satin sheaths. In lieu of traditional headpieces, “We’re still using eucalyptus, silver dollar Swalley said some brides choose to tuck a single rose into the eucalyptus, seeded eucalyptus and long-stem ruscus, which adds side of their hair. a touch of greenery with more flowers,” said Ginny Swalley, “Very natural and pretty,” she said. owner of Creative Innovations of Salado. “This keeps the Brides who choose to wear traditional headpieces still bouquet’s Boho look, but without the bulk. It’s more garden-y.” want to wear something in their hair at their reception and In previous years the Boho bouquet was Swalley said they request “a petite halo with overwhelming in size and heavy with greenery, flowers and greenery to put in their hair — she said. Now brides can keep the Boho look, very garden-y and natural, but not overdone.” but with a bouquet that is much lighter. For brides who prefer a little color in When to book a florist their bouquets, Swalley said they can create How far in advance a bride books “something more delicate. White with pops of depends on what time of the year she is color is very clean and simple, not complicated. getting married. May, October and November Bridal bouquets are elegant in their simplicity.” are the prime wedding months in Texas. Open pink garden roses, white dahlia and “I’m already booking for September and hydrangea are still popular choices. October 2018,” said Swalley, who prefers to “People walk into the door and love book her services a minimum of six months them,” she said. in advance of the wedding date. “Six months Baby’s breath is still a constant and out is minimal. But vendors book up fast.” veronica, a wildflower-looking bloom paired As soon as you think you have a date, with an anemone, a delicate white flower with secure your vendors. Not just the florist. You a black center, gives the appearance of freshly can always decide later if you want brisket picked wildflowers. or chicken for dinner, red or white flowers Most brides today turn to Pinterest for in the bouquet. But if you don’t book your ideas and bring their selections into the florist vendors, you may not get close to what you to replicate the look. Swalley said brides are want. Oftentimes a venue is booked a year more realistic; however, when it comes to in advance. Venues and vendors are already choosing flowers for their bouquets as the type booked for next October. of flower chosen could quickly increase the cost of the bouquet. Who pays for the flowers? “Eighty percent of the brides don’t know “This has not changed from time the flowers, but they know the look,” she immemorial,” Swalley said. “The groom’s said. “As long as we stay in their budget, or family pays for the bride’s bouquet, what they can afford, they are not picky with corsages for moms and grandmothers, and the flowers. Brides ask me what is seasonal or boutonnieres for the groomsmen. The bride FROM TOP: White hydrangeas, pink local, thinking that will make a difference. But peonies and anemone are popular in pays for her groom’s boutonniere.” in reality, you can get any flowers you want all bridal bouquets. Although there is still a bouquet toss, year round, except for peonies that are a cold Swalley said more brides are saying no to this weather flower. Flowers are international. There is no such tradition. thing as local blooms.” “They don’t want to do that anymore because most of However, sometimes a bride does request Texas their friends are married,” she said. wildflowers for her spring wedding. “I can go out and cut them, or a bride will gather them from her family’s ranch and bring the flowers to the shop,” Creative Innovations she said. 1211 N. Stagecoach The Undone Bouquet, another ongoing trend, Swalley Salado, Texas said, offers a natural hand-tied look, not a round bouquet 254-760-8620 that is tight and structured, but keeping along the lines of a www.creativeinnovationsweddings.com natural garden look. TEXAPPEALMAG.COM

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within your budget as well as meet your expectations for your special day,” said Garza. A quote will be provided within a few days once we confirm pricing with our vendors.” “If it’s in season, we will get it for them,” Roulhac said. Traditional flowers like roses, hydrangeas and lilies are still the flowers of choice for Roulhac’s brides. This year’s colors for bridal bouquets are hues of dusty blue, burgundy, peach, creams and softer colors, she said. “Last year it was bright green, orange, blush and creams.” When ordering wedding flowers from H-E-B, Roulhac said brides should call to set up a consultation at least two months before the wedding date. “This will give us time to place special orders for the flowers,” she said. When choosing wedding flowers at H-E-B, budget is a key element brides should consider, Garza said. “Price points depends on what type of flowers they choose, the time of the year, the size of the bouquets/ arrangements, how many pieces and if they want to add other elements like bling and special ribbon for their custom


Clockwise from bottom left: A sunflower bridal bouquet. A red rose bridal bouquet. Soft colors are still the trend for bridal party bouquets in 2018. This bridal bouquet comes with the Stargazer package. H-E-B does custom bouquets for weddings. Photos courtesy of H-E-B

designs,” Garza said.. “We will work within the brides budget and will offer alternative flowers,” Roulhac said. “If their wedding is two months out and they want pink roses, we need to special order those to be sure to get their colors.” On some occasions, Roulhac said she will work with a bride one month out. “We live in Killeen and people get married on a whim,” she said. “If they come in we will take care of them and even day of request.” Roulhac said most brides want a certain color or flower. H-E-B works directly with their growers to find the freshest flowers at the best price for the bride. When choosing wedding flowers at H-E-B, budget is a key element brides should consider, Garza said. “The look they want could be achieved with less expensive blooms than what they may see online,” Roulhac said. In addition to custom designed bridal flowers, Garza said the H-E-B floral department also offers wedding flower packages. “For brides who want a pick up and go, this is the

package for them,” Garza said. “The Weddings by Design by H-E-B packages include three different price points and seven different flower options. Brides can choose from our Hydrangea, Seasonal Mix, Alstroemeria, Rose, Sunflower, Stargazer or Carnation packages.” Roulhac said H-E-B designers are honored to work with brides for their special day, and make sure they are happy with her designs. A 10 percent deposit is required to hold a wedding date and payment in full is due two weeks before the wedding. Some H-E-Bs do offer a payment plan. “When you come in to see us, don’t rush it,” Roulhac said. “We want to spend time with you and give you all of our attention during a consult.” For more information, visit heb.com/flowers for store pick up/delivery and visit heb.com/weddings for Weddings by Design by H-E-B packages. TEXAPPEALMAG.COM

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ily Halabi of Lily’s Cakes in Harker Heights and Temple said all of the wedding cake trends she saw in 2017 seem to be carrying over into 2018. “With just a little more art in them, they are more artistic,” Halabi said. “Semi- naked cakes, marbled cakes, fondant and geode cakes are still popular.” Naked cakes are in high demand, and instead of making one big tiered wedding cake, some brides opt for three separate cakes with descending tiers, each tier with its own flavor. “We’re doing that a lot,” she said. Grooms cakes are still in fashion but have progressed over the years to reflect a groom’s personality. “Grooms cakes are becoming fancier and fancier,” Halabi said. Grooms today want carved 3-D designs. For example, if a groom wanted a whiskey barrel, Halabi said she would stack the cakes, let them cool, and then shave the cakes in the desired barrel shape. “One groom wanted a wild hog because he hunts. We make the cake, stack it and let it cool, then cut it into the shape of a hog.” Sea bass cakes are popular with fisherman, and Yeti cooler cakes are in demand. “Grooms are personalizing their cakes, especially if they are into something special like hunting or sports,” she said. Halabi said even brides themselves are becoming more personalized with their cakes. “Brides don’t want anything simple. They want elegant wedding cakes with several tiers and with different designs. Taste is not as simple as it used to be with just a white cake, now there are more details, more designs, edible lace, edible gold painting, cakes are trendier, more sophisticated now.” One trend that is adding more sugar to the party is the sweet table, traditional in some European cultures, the sweet table, or mini-dessert bar, has made its way to American weddings. Unlike the European tradition where pastries were made by family members, today’s sweet table offers a variety of miniature cookies, cakes, cake pops and even donuts. “We do mini cupcakes, cake parfaits that come with a spoon (two weddings we did requested banana pudding and Oreo pudding) and mini pies. My bakery specializes mostly in the cupcakes, cake parfaits and five or six flavors of pies, mini and full size.” Brides are still freezing the top layer of their wedding cake and to make is a little easier, Halabi makes the couple a separate five-inch cake in the flavor of their choice so they don’t have to take the top tier off the cake to freeze it. “It’s decorated the same as their wedding cake,” she said. When the time comes to celebrate that first year of marriage, Halabi said let the frozen tier defrost 24 to 36 hours in the refrigerator before serving.

ABOVE: A cake for the groom who enjoys playing roulette. BELOW: A rustic two-tier wedding cake topped with real flowers, surrounded by eucalyptus and gourds. OPPOSITE PAGE: A three tier semi-naked cake surrounded by greenery. Photos courtesy of Lily Halabi

Lily's Cakes 360 W. Central Texas Expressway #204 Harker Heights | 254-319-3555 2102 S. 31st St., #140 Temple | 254-813-9700 Lily Halabi is the guest speaker at the 2018 Day for Women on Feb. 17, in Temple. She is the winner of Food Network’s Cake Wars. TEXAPPEALMAG.COM

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alk into Nothing Bundt Cakes in Harker Heights and you immediately go into sensory overload. As soon as you open the door you are met with the aroma of freshly baked cakes of various flavors. Standing in front of the bakery case there is an assortment of Bundt cakes, bundtlettes (those all too-tempting individual cakes) and the sold-by-the-dozen bundtinis. Which one do you choose? Around the store are colorful displays with suggested decorations. But Bundt cakes are not just for birthday parties and individuals. Today’s brides have taken notice and are now choosing Bundt cakes for their wedding. Traditional round or square tiered cakes are still popular, now with added personalization that reflects a bride and groom’s personas. But the new cake in town is the Bundt. Nothing Bundt Cakes creates made-from-scratch Bundt cakes of various sizes and in a variety of flavors. General Manager Genesis Thompson said she gets a lot of requests for wedding cakes, as well as bundtlettes and bundtinis.

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ABOVE: A singe tier wedding cake with cream cheese icing, bundtlette towers and bundtinis make up this wedding’s cake table. OPPOSITE PAGE, TOP: A bride and groom cut a single-tier wedding cake, which is surrounded by bundtinis. OPPOSITE PAGE, BOTTOM: This two-tiered Bundt wedding cake has cream cheese icing. Each tier can be a different flavor. Photos courtesy of Nothing Bundt Cakes

Wedding cakes are two-tiered and serve 20 to 25 people. Thompson said white chocolate raspberry and red velvet are a favorite pairing, as are marble and cinnamon. “Brides can choose from any of the flavors we have,” Thompson said. Today’s brides like to give their guests variety and now include dessert or sweet tables at their receptions. “Popular right now is the bundtini towers, a full-size cake surrounded by bundtinis, or bundtinis by the dozen,” Thompson said. “We prepared 200 dozen for one wedding.” Wedding cakes are decorated with their standard, cream cheese frosting or drizzle frosting, which Thompson said is popular with brides. “It creates center lines all around the cake giving it a teardrop kind of look,” she said. Thompson said a 24-hour-notice is optimal, but in an emergency, she can do a day-of cake. There is no deposit required and cakes must be paid for in full at time of order or pick up. “Because we make our cakes here, everything is ready

to go. We can do a bridal tasting for flavors one week in advance. We provide one dozen bundtinis and eight bundtlettes of various flavors and a Bundt of their choice for $18.50, which is applied to the wedding cake upon order,” Thompson said. “The No. 1 thing is everything here is made daily and baked fresh. You are getting a high-quality cake that melts in your mouth. It is something different and unique.” Nothing Bundt Cakes offers wedding packages for 150 or 250 guests. Their free delivery reaches from Copperas Cove to Salado.

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ABOVE: Hand-painted peacocks on fondant-covered cake and topped with a peacock feather ornament. The cake layers are chocolate peanut butter, strawberries and cream, and vanilla Baileys. TOP LEFT: This vanilla cinnamon half and half cake is decorated in vanilla for the bride and chocolate with ganache drips for the groom. BOTTOM LEFT: Five tiers of alternating flavors of strawberry and lemon decorated in butter cream with silk flowers and topped with heart-shaped branches. Photos courtesy of Pink Tulips Cakery


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hellie Campos of Pink Tulips Cakery said bridal couples can be as creative as they want when it comes to their wedding cakes. “Brides today are not held to a strict tradition,” she said. “It’s really changed from decades ago when brides always had the three-tier cake with the bride and groom on top. That’s not the case any longer. The sky is the limit.”

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New is the half and half cake. Half of the tiered cake is lacy and delicate for the bride and the other half is chocolate or decorated for the groom. “It’s an all-in-one cake so both are on display at the same time,” she said. Multiple single-layer cakes are becoming popular, each a different flavor. “One bride wanted eight different flavors of cakes in different designs,” she said. Painted cakes are growing in popularity and Campos said, “It’s one of my favorite things to do. “I did a peacock wedding cake with lots of vibrant colors. Anything goes. There is no right or wrong,” she said. “I love painting on cakes. It adds a different dimension or option. It displays your personality.” Cakes can be as extravagant or as simple as you want. It can be an all white cake with sugar flowers, or something that reflects a hobby, like a world map cake she made for a couple who loves to travel. Some brides still want bling with a little bit of edible lace. “Not too many brides ask for pearls. Edible lace seems to be the trend,” she said. Campos said flowers as cake decorations don’t go out of style and price depends on what kind of flowers you choose. “Silk flowers will look realistic. You can use artificial or real flowers,” she said. “Cake designers are very creative when it comes to meeting whatever a bride’s budget is.” Butter cream has made a comeback. “It has a great flavor on its own or you can add flavor to it,” Campos said. “But it could be tricky if the wedding is outdoors in the middle of a Texas summer. It cannot be outside in 100 degree heat.” Fondant, which also can be flavored, holds well in warmer weather. “It tastes better then what people think.”

Traditions and trends

As much as some brides personalize the outside of their cake with something different, flavors remain traditional. “Some brides will pick different flavors for one of the other tiers,” Campos said. “More often than not, they are choosing French vanilla or one of the traditional flavors like lemon, strawberries and cream, key lime, cherry — we do all different kinds of cakes.” For a recent wedding Campos got a request for a new flavor. “We created vanilla cinnamon. It was really good. ...

There was no cake left over,” she said. Another new trend is the dessert bar. Brides are requesting mini-sweets in the way of cake pops, cupcakes and cookies, candies and homemade pastries. “Cake pops and mini pastries are popular for the rehearsal dinner. Couples don’t want a cake, just something a little sweet. They can design the cake pops to match whatever they like.” One of Campos’ wedding parties had an Alice in Wonderland theme. She said everyone dressed up in Alice in Wonderland costumes and the bride wanted cake pops to match. Other brides want mini cookies, and some brides want several cakes on the dessert table.

When to book

Book a baker as soon as you know your wedding date, and be prepared to make a deposit. “Have your baker booked so you get the cake you want and the baker you want, especially if the wedding is during April, May, October and November. Those dates book quickly,” she said. Campos recommends that brides have an idea of what they want when they come in to see her, but also to be realistic about pricing. “A lot of brides come in with their fiancé or parents. They’ve gone to Pinterest to find some ideas, but come with different ideas and themes in mind, which helps a designer make a cake specifically for you,” she said. “A baker will not copy a cake exactly. And keep in mind the budget. For a cake with all the bells and whistles — six tiers, elaborate design, botanically correct sugar flowers — be realistic of what your budget will be.” Campos said all bakeries will offer a cake tasting. “This gives you a chance to see which flavor you will like, and it gives the baker a chance to know you and you them.” Cakes range in price depending on design. A basic cake will cost $4 to $4.50 per slice. Campos said when you start looking at something more elaborate like hand-made botanically correct sugar flowers, expect a higher cost. “When you are looking at a cake on Pinterest that is absolutely stunning, think about how much time a baker has to put into that cake, which will reflect in the price per serving,” she said. “Keep that number in the back of your mind and think about budget.” And be upfront with your baker. Campos said there are other ways bakers can be creative to design the cake you want and work within your budget. “Compromise is not a bad word,” she said.

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amara Freeman of Sweet Eats in Killeen said when it comes to wedding cakes, what’s old is new again. “With a little modern twist to it,” she said. “It’s the Roaring 20s with flowers, feathers and bling; and the 1960s earthy.” Bling and a shiny finish that gives the cake a platinum or shiny gold look is still a favorite among brides. But traditional butter cream is making a comeback, with a twist. Cakes are created with mixed textures, with a little touch of something modern on it. For an updated look, fondant is the best choice. “People who are precise want the fondant for that smooth look,” she said. Trending this year is the duo textured butter cream cakes, edible lace and the half wedding and half groom’s cake, with chocolate frosting on one side and textured butter cream on the other. Personalized cakes that reflect a couple’s persona continue to evolve with painted cakes and simulated birch bark-looking cakes for the outdoor couple. Another new trend in weddings is the dessert table that gives guests other options for a sweet treat. “I have done brownie bites and assorted cookies, many cupcakes, cake pops, cake balls, cheese cake bites,” Freeman said. “Anything bite size that you can grab and take a bite out of it.” Personalized grooms cakes are becoming more elaborate. Freeman has created a cigar cake, a dirt mountain with trucks on it, the Tardis from “Dr. Who,” sports games, a favorite bottle of whiskey, tennis shoes, the theme from a favorite movie, a gambling table, or even a reproduction of the groom’s favorite food. “All that kind of stuff,” she said.

Flavors and fillings

For the bride’s cake, she said vanilla is still the flavor of choice, and chocolate for the groom’s cake. Fillings range from a white chocolate mousse-type filling, raspberry, strawberry butter cream. Also, each tier of a cake could be a different flavor. Freeman said the most important thing a bride should know when ordering the wedding cake is to request a tasting. “Please don’t come in and say ‘what do you make?’ I want you to come in and know what you want. What do you want to taste? You may not like what I like. Also, know how you want your cake decorated. Is the style round, tiered with pillars, or some idea of how you envision your cake? Have some idea of what you want. Bring in different pictures. Let me know what you like and I can sketch it out. If that is what you envision, that is what I’m going to try and create for you. Sweet Eats requires a minimum booking of at least three months before the wedding. Depending on what kind of cake you choose, supplies sometimes arrive broken and Freeman wants to make sure she has time to correct any errors. “I prefer no less than three months, and that’s pushing it in case we need to order things to put the cake together. If I have a date, then I won’t take anyone else on that date,” she said. “I want to make sure I have everything I need and not rush at

ABOVE: Half groom’s cake and half wedding cake. Top tier is strawberry, half vanilla and half chocolate fill, the second layer chocolate with raspberries, bottom vanilla strawberry cream for this “Dr. Who” inspired cake. OPPOSITE PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Three-layer vanilla wedding cake with butter cream frosting, each layer a different texture. Flowers, bows and bling are popular on wedding cakes. Variations on a theme include an edible lace wedding cake; a three-tiered turquoise design and a tuxedo grooms cake. Photos courtesy of Sweet Eats.

the last moment to try and put your cake together.” A 25 percent nonrefundable deposit is required, which is applied to the cost of your cake. The balance is due three weeks before the wedding. Keep in mind that cake prices vary depending on the design and materials for the cake. “It depends on details and how much work I put into it,” Freeman said.

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Venice lace adorns this dreamy creation. It’s made of lace with a stretch lining for effortless movement while hugging all the right places. Illusion straps with Venice lace creates a feminine feeling. Finished with buttons to cover the zipper closure. Lillian West, Style #6506, Cost: $1,500.

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edding gown color trends continue to move away from white by welcoming more champagne and other neutral tones. While long sleeves and heavy appliqués are slowly fading, understated and very clean lines are starting to appear in the wedding industry. Although today’s gowns are somewhat PHOTOS BY

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simple, the trains and earrings are not. Brides seem to be trading in dress bling for larger earrings. From jewelry to capes and jackets, accessories rule. Clean lines are often combined with lace and sparkle along with ethereal sleeves. In the midst of all the simplicity, it seems as though ball gowns and A-lines are coming to the forefront of wedding gowns in 2018.

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Lovely all satin, slim fit and flare silhouette of stretch satin with a V-neck and a cowl back, side zipper and covered buttons to the end of the chapel train. Justin Alexander, Style #6183, Cost: $899.

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Brides are pairing large earrings and showpiece necklaces with the simple lines of their dresses for an elegant look. The Jewelry Lady in Killeen.


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This sequin/lace illusion keyhole back with a full tulle skirt of beaded lace and a V-neck comes in coffee, ivory or light champagne. Justin Alexander, Style #1139, Cost: $999.

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An elegant lace motif wedding gown in ivory with lace straps. Hand-beaded motifs and beadings frame the beautiful illusion sweetheart neckline. The A-line gown also has a layer of sequined tulle underneath the motifs to give the gown a subtle sparkle. Also available in light gold. Sizes 2-28. Evelyn Bridal, Cost: $1,200. 44

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Ada James collection of sequin bridesmaid dresses (above), Cost: $199. The classic A-line chiffon sheath (seen at right in purple) features a strapless look sweetheart neckline cut modestly high, an illusion overlay to create a gathered, scoop neck in front, and an illusion keyhole for back interest. The floor-length skirt features a hint of fit and flare while a delicate satin ribbon waistband accents the slightly dropped waist. Da Vinci Bridal, Cost: $179. The understated tulle and lace A-line, knee length (seen at right in peacock blue) bridesmaid gown features a crisscross rushed bodice with lace straps with a lovely sweetheart neckline with a deep back that’s accented by a subtle rushed waistband. Da Vinci Bridal, Style #60281, Cost: $164. Bride: Look like a princess in this beaded/lace A-line wedding gown with an elegant Sabrina neckline, a natural waistline accented with beaded trim, a scoop back and a chapel train. Sincerity Bridal, Style #3943, Cost: $1,169. 46

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Boho Chic and Romantic is what this dress is all about. Softly draped tulle and lace trim combine to create this dreamy long-sleeved gown. With a V-neck, illusion sleeves and back, cotton lace appliquÊs, and finished hem lace are completed by a sweep train. Lilian West, Style #6453, Cost: $1,500. Groom: Michael Kors, Navy Sterling, Starting $150. Available at Jim’s Formal Wear. TEXAPPEALMAG.COM

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hen it comes to pre-wedding beauty routines, brides are choosing noninvasive procedures to be camera ready for their special day. Botox, facials, exfoliation, laser hair removal, dermal fillers, lip enhancement, facial peels and other methods of body and skin care are at the top of their list when it comes to medical spa treatments. “More and more women in their 20s are getting Botox,” said Jeff Garberich, PA-C, co-owner of About Face Anti-Aging Institute, with his wife, Stephanie, manager and health coach. “Botox is the most popular in the industry. The stigma is gone. People want to keep their natural expression and not look frozen.” It takes seven to 10 days to see the full effects of Botox, and it lasts three to four months. Lip enhancement is another popular choice for brides, he said. It can take a couple of days to see the full effects that can last up to one and a half years. Injectables can cause trauma to your body, however, and Garberich said timing is important. “There is downtime depending on procedures,” he explained. “Do you have events coming up? We go in-depth to qualify patients. Safety is our highest priority.” Garberich said brides should not book too far out or too close to their wedding, depending on the method they choose. “We can do Botox injections three or four weeks before a wedding. Don’t come in two weeks before your wedding or just before you have photos.” Stephanie Garberich said there could be some swelling and bruising involved, but it will go away. Mothers of the bride also need a break from all the planning. About Face Anti-Aging offers private parties for groups and that are a great way for the bridal party to spend time together. “It’s a controlled environment and should be booked two to four weeks out from the wedding,” Jeff Garberich said, depending on procedures. Some require a longer lead time. Brunch is provided, but no mimosas. “No alcohol, it’s a blood thinner,” he said. About Face also carries a full line of skincare products for home use. “It’s amazing what a good skin care regimen can do,” he said.

Free consultations

Before any procedures are done, Garberich requires new patients to fill out an in-depth consent form and list any past illnesses and allergies to rule out any contraindications. “We ask why they want to do this (a certain) procedure,” he said. “Educating our patients is huge.” “With each new patient we conduct a thorough consultation so we understand their goals and we can educate them on the best way to achieve that goal, which sometimes is different from what the patient thought they needed,” said Stephanie Garberich, adding that a patient may come alone or bring a friend or family member as a second pair of ears.

Jeff and Stephanie Garberich, co-owners of About Face Anti-Aging Institute in Harker Heights. Courtesy photos

Jeff Garberich spends time with his patients, listening to their needs. He explains procedures and makes recommendations, addresses concerns and generates a customized plan for each patient’s needs. “We believe in taking care of the whole patient. Are you drinking enough water, exercising, sleeping well? It’s all vital to the care of your skin.” Stephanie Garberich said the industry is changing all the time with new methods and About Face is keeping up with the latest discoveries. “They are changing the makeup of the products we use,” she said. “We also are learning new things about changes in the body and skin.” It’s important to educate our clients and get them the best results, she added.

A new career

Jeff Garberich is a 27-year veteran of the U.S. Army. As a physician’s assistant for more than 17 years, he diagnosed and treated urgent care issues, managed chronic medical illness and pain. He also treated women’s health and conducted procedures to save the lives of soldiers during his five deployments, and improving the lives of soldiers while working at home. In addition to being a certified physician’s assistant, he holds multicertifications and licenses for the application of injectables at About Face Anti-Aging Institute. He is a certified master injector by Allergan and an instructor at the Texas Laser Institute Injectable Academy. “Jeff has a passion for non-surgical aesthetics and loves helping clients feel great,” Stephanie Garberich said. “It’s the joy I get when seeing a patient come in down on him or herself and wanting to feel better, look better,” Jeff Garberich said. “They leave in tears, they are so happy with their results.”

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hen you think of eloping visions of Las Vegas come to mind with a couple being married by the King himself, Elvis Presley, or at least a good simulation. Others connect driving off in the middle of the night looking for a country Justice of the Peace to perform the nuptials. In the past, eloping was an alternative to a shotgun wedding, when the bride and groom were forced to marry due to a blessed event on the way. But for today’s brides, eloping has taking a whole new definition. Eloping is no longer a last-minute nuptial celebration. With just a little planning the couple can plan the elopement of their dreams—a sort of mini-version of a larger wedding but still with most of the trimmings. Basically, the new elopement is a tiny, small intimate wedding. “Millennials are redefining the wedding industry in their own language. Small weddings are redefined and categorized today as elopement,” said Beverly Moon, certified wedding planner. “Both sets of parents, the bride and groom, justice of the peace and close friends serving as the maid of honor and best man attend — it’s a small, intimate wedding.” Whether a bride opts for a smaller, intimate elopement wedding or a larger celebration, Moon said one thing that remains is their desire to have an elegant affair. Moon said brides still want the dress, a bridesmaid or two and bouquet, but not the price of a big wedding that can cost, at minimum, close to $27,000 52

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new elopement for a reception with all the bells and whistles. “Most likely they will choose a restaurant for an intimate dinner around the table with parents, maid of honor and best man,” she said. If the wedding guest numbers 25 or less, the couple may opt to have a dinner in a private room off the main dining area of a restaurant. “Couples also go off to locations like Vegas, or another intimate venue,” she said. “It’s really a small wedding millennials are classifying as elopement. They are just not sending out standard invitations and hold-the-date cards. It’s intimate without the headache of a big wedding cost.” A lot of military personnel who are away from family and want to marry their significant other use the elopement technique, Moon said. “Eloping couples want it to be

legal, they want the intimacy and some glamour of a wedding and maybe down the line will have a reception with family and friends,” she said. Moon recalled a couple she helped with their elopement. “The bride had a nice dress, a bouquet; the couple got their license at city hall on Monday and on Friday went back to the courthouse to get married. It included parents of the bride and groom, with best friends standing in as the maid of honor and best man. They had dinner at a nice restaurant in Salado.” Moon said locally some people will choose to be married on Belton Lake because they can’t get to a beach. She said couples hire her because her package for the day is affordable. “It’s actually Day of Coordination,” she said. “You don’t have to set up caterers, bakeries, flowers — they look at photos,

I call the vendor and it’s all done. It’s short and sweet and to the point.” Moon said negotiations are not a problem. There is no caterer, but the bride still wants a small cake. Some brides eschew a photographer, while others might book one for just 45 minutes to an hour. Usually one or both set of parents will pick up dinner for the small party and a wedding that could cost up to $30,000 now only costs $6,000 to $7,000, or less, depending on choices. “Those who choose to elope are young, not out in the world very long,” Moon said. “Their parents are a working family, barely middle class. Others can afford a bigger wedding, but a big wedding is not of interest to them. They may have the money, but all that extra stuff is not want they want. They just want to get married and get on with life.” TEXAPPEALMAG.COM

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oday’s bridal couples are free thinking and independent, and weddings are a reflection of a bride and groom’s personalities. Guests are included in festivities and to keep them entertained, bridal couples have incorporated lawn games into their outdoor receptions. Some brides bring in food trucks or ice cream trucks and dessert tables filled with mini delights, in addition to the wedding cake. Now, that doesn’t mean that some traditions and protocol aren’t still followed. There will always be a demeanor of elegance.

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Times have changed in this digital age in which we live. For many people their connection to the world is their laptop, smartphone, iPad and other electronic accoutrements that allow for a quick and easy way to communicate with one another. When it comes to weddings, however, guests should follow protocol for the tone of the wedding. Certified Wedding Planner Beverly Moon said when she sits down with a bride the first time she asks about cellphone use by her guests. “I ask them how they feel about their guests having their cellphones on during the ceremony or taking photos. Most brides say they don’t have a problem with guests bringing cellphones, but would like them muted during the ceremony,” Moon said. “I suggest that they put a sign at the front entrance that says ‘Please Mute Cellphones During Ceremony.’” “Follow the bride’s wishes,” added Certified Wedding Planner Geri Schwartzman. “If the clergy announces no cellphone use during the ceremony, put your cellphones way.” If you are tempted to take a photo during the ceremony, don’t. “Follow the bride’s lead in the use of cellphones for personal use and photos,” Schwartzman said.

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photographer, immediate family and wedding party this time to themselves. “They do not want guests in there. It’s their time to let down, release, take a breath from the hyper mode they’ve been in. It’s time for parents to hug and welcome kids in each other’s family.”

Posting photos on social media at the reception

“If you see a sign that says ‘Please #hashtag photos’ to a certain website, honor that request,” Schwartzman said. “Don’t upload your cellphone photos on your Facebook page. The bride and groom don’t like photos posted before they approve them,” Moon said. “While some brides create #hasthags for their guests to post images, other couples are private and want to wait until the professional photos are published.” “There is no real written rule,” Schwartzman added. “It’s common courtesy. So use common sense when it comes to cellphone use at a wedding.”

Invitations and the RSVP

“If you see an RSVP card in your invitation it is imperative that you send it back,” Schwartzman said. “Return it as directed by the date stated on the card,” Moon added. “These counts are important for catering guarantees. And don’t respond via social media unless otherwise stated on the card.” Schwartzman said some couples do use social media to invite family and friends to their wedding, and it’s OK to RSVP via their page; however, not all guests use social media and may not see the invitation until it’s too late. “We see conflicting articles about etiquette crossing three generations: Baby Boomers, Generation X and Millennials,” Schwartzman said. “A Generation X mom could suggest that their Millennial child send out a few traditional invitations to their grandparents, aunts and uncles. That’s only 25 paper invites compared to 200.”

Do not bring a plus-one unless stated on the invitation

If your invite is addressed to John Smith and guest, and you plan to bring a friend, RSVP for two and include your date’s name. Schwartzman said there will be two names on the seating chart when you arrive. If you RSVP with a guest and the guest cancels at the last minute, that leaves an open plate, already paid for. Do not bring a last-minute guest without first checking with the bride.

Adults only

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should politely state that children are not invited and that you are invited to enjoy a couples day with the bride and groom.” “If a guest cannot leave their child(ren) at home due to lack of a sitter, the bride should provide a sitter at the reception,” Schwartzman said. “Have games available and be sure to serve dinner to the children and sitter.”

What not to wear

“Do not wear white, off white, ivory or champagne unless the invitation states: ‘Black and White Wedding,’” Schwartzman said. “This is the bride’s day. The dress sets her out among everyone so it’s in very poor taste to show up wearing white or any similar color to her dress,” Moon said. “You don’t want to upstage the bride,” Schwartzman added.

The little black dress

Once taboo, a black cocktail dress, or a variation of the color, is OK to wear to a wedding. “Black has gotten a little more leisure in being worn at weddings because there are some weddings that start late afternoon and into the evening,” Moon said.

Drink responsibly

“Pace yourself,” Moon said. “Don’t hang out at the bar, and be courteous. Make that first drink last 45 minutes to an hour before you head back for a second. And drink slowly, don’t rush your drink.” “All banquet bartenders are TABC certified and can cut someone off if they think that person has had too much,” Schwartzman said. “Guest responsibility is to have a good time. But know your limit. It’s rude to get totally sauced. It’s not good guest etiquette.”


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MANY DETAILS FOR COUPLES TO CONSIDER WITH

wedding gift registry

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By SALLY GRACE HOLTGRIEVE Photos by ERIC J. SHELTON

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he wedding gift registry process should be fun and stress free. Dillard’s Killeen ensures this by helping local brides and grooms to-be with several of the many details they must take into consideration. Dillard’s representatives will be on hand at the Killeen Bridal Showcase to display the top collections from the home department and to answer any questions. According to Killeen Store Manager Anna White, the collections will feature Kate Spade, Mud Pie and Waterford — all popular brands. The items will consist of housewares and home decor, White said. For example, there are appliances, picture frames, and a lot of the Kate Spade goods that have “Mr.” and “Mrs.” printed on them — like mugs, glasses, and salt and pepper shakers. If expo visitors have any questions about the items or registration process, Dillard’s representatives will be ready to help. If an engaged couple decides they want to register at Dillard’s, they can visit the store and meet with a home department associate to set it up. Next, the couple is given a scanner and sent to walk the store, quickly scanning any item they want to have automatically added to their registry. The list can be added to and changed at any time. Consider turning the registry creation into a date — it’s an outing that can be both productive and fun. Dress up, have dinner before or after, and ask the home department associate to snap a picture of the two of you armed with your scanner, ready to make decorative decisions. Take your time strolling through the store — you don’t want to forget anything — and don’t be shy about asking associates questions about the many options that are available. You’re probably going to have that Crockpot, silverware or ottoman for a long time, so why rush the decision? If you get a little scanner happy, that’s OK. In the future you can purchase any leftover items you realize

you still want but perhaps didn’t receive. “The best thing we offer is that after the wedding, any items not bought from the registry can be purchased for 10 percent off,” White said.

Check your list

In addition to the bridal registry, Dillard’s Killeen can help check other to-do items off the list for an impending wedding. Though they don’t sell wedding dresses, they do have formal gowns ideal for the mother of the bride or groom. Dillard’s also offers dress alterations for the perfect fit. “We have a wide selection of lingerie items and dresses perfect to take on a honeymoon, too,” White said. “We also have gift options brides and grooms can get for their bridesmaids and groomsmen.” White said brides will often purchase each of their bridesmaids a thoughtful gift; much of the time these presents match or complement each other. Examples include bracelets, necklaces or perfume. Grooms sometimes get matching ties or cuff links for their groomsmen. “We have a lot of fun dress socks that a lot of guys have been buying for that purpose lately,” White added. “Dress socks complete with all the designs are a big trend right now.” Brides can also hire Dillard’s Killeen makeup consultants to create their desired look for the ceremony. The bride typically comes into the store in advance, White explained. She’ll have the makeup consultant of her choice do a test makeover on her, and if she likes it she can book that specific counter — both the brand and consultant. Regardless of a couple’s top need — be it the registry or gifts for others — Dillard’s Killeen looks forward to meeting local brides and grooms at the Bridal Showcase, and the store.

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Pogo Pass: A NEW WAY TO PLAY

By SALLY GRACE HOLTGRIEVE

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erhaps you just spent money on a wedding and honeymoon. Maybe you recently got engaged and need to start saving and planning for your wedding. Regardless of where you and your partner currently find yourselves, you probably want to save money. But you are in an exciting relationship — the adventure has only just begun — and you don’t want to stop partaking in couples activities. Pogo Pass may be the thrifty solution for the active couple. The pass, paid for in total at the time of purchase, acts as a gift certificate for an assortment of entertainment options in Central Texas. “It’s like a season pass,” explained Chrissy Scoffield, Texas representative for Pogo Pass. “It gives you a taste of lots of different venues, indoors and outdoors, for a very low price.” The cost is usually $99, but Tex Appeal readers can use the code KDHBRIDAL for 60 percent off, making the pass about $39 instead. If you did everything offered on the pass, the value would be greater than $500, if you were to pay 60

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regular price for each activity separately, Scoffield said. “With the discount, one visit to the water park practically pays for the whole pass,” she added. “Same with Austin’s Park N’ Pizza. It all adds up to the cost of the pass quickly, so you basically get the rest of the stuff for free.” The pass expires one year from the date of purchase. Most of the options on the pass are in Austin, though there are activities in Round Rock and Waco as well. Separate passes are available in areas around San Antonio and Dallas. There is no expiration date for using the discount code. “It’s an excuse to get you out of the house,” Scoffield said of the benefits. “It’s really family-oriented, from bowling to laser tag to bounce houses. University of Austin Athletics options were just added, as well as Austin Spurs basketball and Texas Stars hockey games. There is something for everyone on there.” Even if you don’t have kids, the pass makes for great date night options, Scoffield said. It helps couples switch things up and not do the same activity many times. “It also takes you to local places to eat,” she said. “It’s a great way to get out instead of television every night.”


Each pass will get you one visit to Hawaiian Falls Waterparks or Splashtown San Antonio; two Austin Spurs games; one visit to the Austin Aquarium; two Texas Stars games; two visits to the Cameron Park Zoo in Waco; two visits to the Urban Air Trampoline Park; two visits to the Austin Rock Gym; one visit to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame; one visit to the Dr. Pepper Museum; one visit to the Mayborn Museum; two visits to Quest Austin; one visit to Wonder World Park in San Marcos and quite a few more options in the Central Texas area. You and your partner will each need to purchase your own Pogo Pass (don’t forget the 60 percent off discount code). You can print a physical copy from home or keep the pass on your mobile device. Then, you just show your pass each time you visit a participating venue, enjoy being active and keep doing new things together.

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How to obtain a Who and when

marriage license

Texas Law requires couples to obtain their marriage license at least 72 hours before they are to be married. Exceptions to the 72 hours: Active military status — OR — a waiver issued by a judge.

Expiration date

Senate Bill 1317, Sec. 2.201 now allows 90 days before a marriage license will expire.

Where

A marriage license can be obtained in any county clerk’s office in Texas and can be used in any Texas county. For example, a couple may purchase their marriage license in Travis County and be married in Williamson County, Dallas County, or any other Texas county they choose. Contact your local county clerk’s office for location, hours and acceptable payment types.

Identification

Couples will need at least one form of ID to obtain their marriage license, such as a current driver’s license, certified copy of their birth certificate, or current passport/ visa.

Absent applicant or proxy

If either of the couple cannot be present to obtain the marriage license, an “Absent Applicant” form can be used. If the “Absent Applicant” will not be present to exchange wedding vows, then a “Proxy” needs to be named on the Absent Application form and on the marriage license. Be sure your “Proxy” will be available when you need them. Contact your local clerk’s office for information.

Your marriage license

Be sure to proofread your marriage license before leaving the clerk’s office. The spelling of your name on a marriage license legally affects you. Brides — your name will not change on this document. You have to get married first. When your officiant signs the license and the county has recorded your marriage, then you may have your last name changed on your driver’s license, bank account, Social Security Card, etc. 62

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Where to obtain a license in Central Texas WILLIAMSON COUNTY: $72 405 Martin Luther King St., Georgetown 512-943-1527 or 512-943-7526 Open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday www.wilco.org TRAVIS COUNTY: $81 CASH OR $84 CREDIT 5501 Airport Blvd., Austin 512-854-9188 Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday www.traviscountyclerk.org

BELL COUNTY: $67 301 Priest Drive, Killeen 254-634-0768 Open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday 205 E. Central, Temple 254-770-6806 Open 8 to 11:30 a.m., 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday 1201 Huey Road, Belton 254-933-5165 Open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday www.bellcountytx.com

TWOGETHER IN TEXAS CLASSES You can save $60 by completing a pre-approved 8-hour premarital counseling class (www.twogetherintexas.com). Check with your county clerk’s office to seen when and where the next class is being held.


DOOR PRIZES

The Daily Herald would like to thank the following businesses for donating more than $5,000 in prizes to be given away at this year’s Bridal Showcase!

SportClips ............................................................................. Free haircut/Free double MVP upgrade (for returning clients) Hilton Garden Inn ...............................................................................................................One night stay, breakfast for two TGIFridays .....................................................................................................................................Two free entrées up to $40 .......................................................................................................................................................Free appetizer or dessert (2) Pogo Pass ..................................................................................................................................................................Gift Cards The Monarch at Downtown ...................................................................................................................Gift Cards & Baskets Cinemark at Market Heights ................................................................................................................................Guest Passes Cinemark (Temple) ...............................................................................................................................................Guest Passes Longhorn Steakhouse (Temple)................................................................................................................Gift Cards ($10 off) Bill French Jewelers........................................................................................................................................................Jewelry NuBody MedSpa .....................................................................................Gift Cards (Free Body Wrap & $10 off any service) KDH Media Group........................................................................................................... Gift Voucher for (4) Canvas Prints Cracker Barrel ......................................................................................................................... Complimentary Meal (for two) Selfiezz ................................................................................................................................................... Coupons ($100 value) Olive Garden ........................................................................................................................................ Bonus Cards ($10 off) Old Chicago.................................................................................................................................................. Free appetizer (5) Red Robin ....................................................................................Gift Cards (Free appetizer, dessert, or monster milkshake) Buffalo Wild Wings .................................................................................................................................................Gift Cards Logan’s Roadhouse .........................................................................................................................Gift Cards (free appetizer) Applebees ........................................................................................................................................Gift Cards (free appetizer) and more!

EVENT VENDORS About Face Med Spa Jennifer Anderson Dee Jay Handyman Exquisite & Elegant Designs HEB #581 Journeys Travel Association Rodan & Fields (Rhea Robinson) Mililani Woods

Nothing Bundt Cakes Pink Tulips Cakery Scott Darling Photography Sweet Eats Toast Entertainment True Texas BBQ Rodan & Fields (Stephanie Kinch) NuBody MedSpa

Elegant Expressions DJ Straight Blaze Cinderella Couture VK’s Model Group/DVA Enterprises Glam & Pop Events by Kim & more!

Every effort is made to list vendor information correctly. The publisher is not responsible for errors or omissions.

QUESTIONS? Call (254) 501-7500 or email donna.sypion@kdhnews.com


ADVERTISERS INDEX Atmos Energy.......................................................................... 7 Bell County Museum.............................................................. 5 Bill French Jewelers............................................................... 57 Blends Wine Bar....................................................................11 Budget Blinds.......................................................................... 7 Crotty Funeral Home........................................................... 65 Document Solutions..............................................................16 Earthscapes Garden & Home.............................................. 23 Ellis Air Systems.....................................................................18 English Maids........................................................................17 Exquisite & Elegant Designs................................................ 65 Extraco Banks.......................................................... Back cover H-E-B No. 581......................................................................... 5 Killeen Daily Herald Bridal Showcase............................... 3,63 Killeen Vision Source............................................................. 9 Lastovica................................................................................ 59 Metroplex Hospital................................................................. 2 Mililani Woods..................................................................... 57 My Giving Tree..................................................................... 23 Nothing Bundt Cakes........................................................... 65

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Temple Area Builders............................................................67 Temple Daily Telegram......................................................... 20 Temple Heat & Air................................................................14 Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum................................... 9 The Mustard Seed................................................................. 23 Total Retirements...................................................................17 True Texas BBQ...................................................................... 7 Union State Bank................................................................... 5 Visiting Angels.......................................................................17 Z Medical Aesthetics............................................................. 65 The Advertisers Index is published for reader convenience. Every effort is made to list information correctly. The publisher is not responsible for errors or omissions.

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A special thank you TO ALL THOSE WHO HELPED WITH OUR BRIDAL PHOTO SHOOT! Inn on the Creek, Salado

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Tex Appeal Magazine | February/March 2018  

This issue features the latest looks for brides and what you need to know to plan a wedding in Central Texas.

Tex Appeal Magazine | February/March 2018  

This issue features the latest looks for brides and what you need to know to plan a wedding in Central Texas.

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