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Wedding budget hacks

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Expert shopping advice ‘Be you’

Where your fairytale can come true

Unique activities add a personal touch to your wedding

10 Men’s bling and the perfect ring Southern Oklahoma men

prefer a classic wedding ring

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Trending floral ideas

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From a fairy tale

Romantic touches and bold statements define 2020 bridal trends

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18 Eat & be merry Creating the perfect wedding menu

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20 Nontraditional readings For a modern ceremony

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eddings are a fantastic excuse to throw a lavish party, but just how does someone create a one-of-akind atmosphere for the couple and guests? Whether you are planning the big event and want to wow attendees or you are looking for a unique gift for the newlyweds, one family business in Ardmore may have the inspiration you’re looking for. Deanna Wright has owned Ink’d for almost three years and knows a thing or two about custom gifts. “When someone comes in, they tell us what they want,” she said. “If it’s something we can make happen, we’ll do it.” There is plenty that Ink’d can make happen, including screen printing and embroidery services for a range of shirts, hats, and bags. Wright said custom drink koozies, often printed with the married couple’s name, are

popular with wedding parties to give away at receptions. She said custom t-shirts for the bride and bridesmaids are popular with bachelorette parties, while custom hats are popular with the bachelor parties. Custom clothing has been a staple for custom shops, but the staff at Ink’d may also provide some inspiration for other gift ideas. “We’ve also done small blankets for winter weddings,” Wright said. “Not long ago, we put a couple’s wedding vows screen-printed on pillowcases,” she said. Custom items, like wine bottle tote bags, start at about $10.  Wright reminds customers that Ink’d isn’t a typical store with racks of clothing ready for sale. However, with an arsenal of embroidery, screen-printing, and thermal transfer machines housed on-site, turnaround for custom orders can be as quick as two days. “Depending on the order, we don’t need a big heads

Custom shirts for a bribe-to-be. Ink’d owner Deanna Wright says t-shirts are some of the most popular items for wedding parties, bachelors and bachelorettes alike.

up,” she said. “We can get things to you in about a week.” While some party planners or wedding guests may know exactly what gift they need, Wright knows many more people are starting from scratch and need some inspiration. Thankfully the staff at Ink’d has a variety of templates and nearly three years worth of designs from previous wedding parties that may get

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your creativity jump-started. “Look online and get some ideas of what you like, then come to us and let us know this is the general idea,” Wright said. “It always ends up being custom to them, one way or another.” “Just do what is personal to you and we can match anything to go with your wedding colors or your wedding theme.”

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wedding is usually the biggest and costliest party of a couple’s life. Plan accordingly and set a solid budget. “Setting a wedding budget is quite a challenge. While there are a lot of costs you can predict, like how much the venue will cost, there are other factors not so easy to predict, like how many guests will show up,” said certified financial planner Shannah Compton Game, host of Millennial Money Podcast. “Most wedding budgets turn out to be a loose guideline of how much the wedding will cost, which is why I always suggest adding a 20% to 30% pad in your budget.” No matter how well-planned and well-intentioned a budget is, things change, so it’s important to stay on top of expenses, Game said.

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Start with a spreadsheet and break it down into three sections: expenses prior to the wedding, day-of expenses and after-the-wedding expenses, Game said. When budgeting be sure to add in honeymoon costs. “Most people do neglect including the honeymoon on their budget, which can be a sizeable expense,” she said. “If you are paying out of pocket for the trip, you want to make sure and include not only your airfare but the hotel, food, activities and any transportation on your budget.”

• Where to cut If costs are adding up, cuts need to be made. “The most expensive costs for any wedding are the location, food, flowers and photography,” Game said. There are hacks to cut costs. “My suggestion is to pick one or two that really matter to you and then find ways to be resourceful in the other areas,” Game said.

• Take the long view “I definitely discourage couples from going into debt for their wedding. It simply isn’t worth it at the end of the day,” Game said. “Figure out how much money you can realistically spend and create an amazing wedding within that dollar amount. ... Be realistic and remember marriage is about the lifelong commitment and not just the wedding day.”

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While parents are often the No. 1 source of financing, couples also dip into personal savings, use credit cards and even turn to crowdfunding, Game said. “Credit cards offer so many amazing perks these days that it’s hard to pass up. If you plan on using a credit card to bank points for your wedding expenses, always make sure you can pay off the balance in full within 30 days so you never incur interest expenses,” she said. Plan wisely, and you might be able to bank enough points to use for your honeymoon costs or a one-year anniversary celebration, she said.

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reaming of looking flawless on your wedding day? Whether you’re shopping for a gown, a headpiece, a ring or location, here’s a little help from bridal experts.

• Be open “First and foremost, come with an open mind. You may have lots of photos saved and ideas in your head of what you’d like to try on, but you may surprise yourself,” said Jennette Kruszka, director of public relations and marketing at Kleinfeld Bridal in New York. “A gown may not be your favorite on the hanger but you love how it looks on, and vice versa. “We also recommend keeping the focus on you and bringing along a few of your nearest and dearest to help you shop. Too many opinionated people can make it difficult to make a decision.”

• Follow pro tips “Be open to the suggestions of the tailor or stylist. The professionals may have a dress in mind that fits none of your listed specifications but ends up being your favorite,” said Whitney Cox, wedding coordinator at Vegas Weddings. “There’s a reason trying on a wedding dress isn’t like buying other types of clothes. It is an important choice and there are professionals with years of expertise who want you to find that perfect dress.

• Shop early “Shopping for your wedding attire nine to 12 months before your wedding is ideal since you’ll likely need about six months to spare for fittings,” said Shelley Brown, senior fashion and beauty editor at The Knot. “Why? Unless you buy a FRIDAY, January 31 u The Ardmoreite

ready-to-wear dress or a sample gown, wedding dresses are custom-made, and once your attire arrives, it’s going to have to be altered — usually several times — to fit you perfectly.

• Top it off “The matching of your dress and headpiece is a fun consideration,” said Genevieve Foddy, designer and owner of Genevieve Rose Atelier in New York. “A more elaborate gown with intricate beading or lace is lovely paired with a more simple headpiece, whereas a white shift dress, jumpsuit or pantsuit for a city hall wedding can be dressed up and given a shot of personality with a more elaborate fascinator or large hat.”

• Book early “A lot of (wedding) venues are full during certain seasons in 2020 already,” said Rebecca Jones, owner of Pine Creek Escape in Oregon, Illinois, about two hours west of Chicago. “Brides are not afraid to do their research before they are engaged. The average couple has been engaged for less than a month when they start touring venues. “Natural beauty and outdoor locations are all the craze. Brides have ditched the fancy, dressed-up location in search of natural beauty and elegance. Think natural greenery, native plants and splashes of simple touches.”

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‘Be you’ Unique activities add a personal touch to your wedding As weddings have gradually shifted from typically being held during the day to starting later hen it comes to plan- into the night, the reception ning wedding activ- has become more like an event, ities, some stick to Maher said. Rather than just more long-standing traditions having music for dancing, some and others have found more will choose to have an actual unusual things for their guests performance or concert. However, for the most part, to enjoy. However, one current trend stands out among the things have become more carest, and the trend is simply to sual, Maher said. “Honest to goodness, the activity that I see ‘be you.’ Trish Maher, owner of Party most of all at pretty much every Fish, a local event rental and wedding is people hanging out party planning store in Ard- with their drinks,” she said with more, said the idea of ‘being you’ a laugh. Beer trailers have made their has become a national trend among those planning wed- way into the spotlight, with fun dings, with what you really want activities like mixology lessons and wine tasting following. at the focus of your wedding. “With teaching you how to use “No matter what the trends are, what you want is the cur- the liquors and mix them with rent trend,” Maher said. “That’s different flavors and that sort actually one of the trends right of thing,” Maher said, regardnow, ‘Be you.’ Don’t be Pinterest, ing the new trend of mixology. “That’s the new thing. You just be you.” Naturally, future brides and have demonstrations and then grooms have gotten creative they can invite someone back with this concept. While yard to try it.” While wine tasting has long games such as corn hole and giant Jenga will likely be around been popular at weddings held to stay, activities at weddings at vineyards, it has become more have branched out to concerts nationally on trend recently, and even playing in the mud at with a slightly more unusual weddings being referred to as twist at some weddings. “Some of the trendy things ‘mudder weddings.’ are vinegar tasting and gourmet oils,” Maher said. “They’ll have stations set up where they have artisan breads and you can do the dipping with the different oils and that sort of thing. It’s kind of weird, but if you drink wine, some of them have a real vinegary taste.” At Party Fish, A display of some of the traditional activ- Maher said they are ities available at Party Fish in Ardmore. constantly having These games make for a great way to pass to guess what the time at outdoor weddings, said store owner new trend might be. Trish Maher. SIERRA RAINS/THE ARDMOREITE “That’s what makes By Sierra Rains

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ered in mud,” Maher said. When it comes down to it, the biggest determining factor in picking activities for your wedding should come down to what you want, she said. “It’s still a matter of whatever your personal taste is and your special interests — whether you are a mudder or you are a tuxedo. It’s still about your wedding.”

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hen thinking of wedding rings, usually flashy diamonds adorning the hands of a smiling bride come to mind. In previous generations, men’s ring styles weren’t given much attention and fell by the wayside. However, as times change, men’s styles are gaining more importance and are becoming personalized statement pieces, as women’s have been for years. “Men are more interested in choosing the details in the design of their ring than ever before,” said Rhonda Newton, one of Tol’s Jewelers owners. “This includes everything from millimeter width to base metal.” Tol’s Jewelers has been nestled on Main Street in downtown Ardmore for 65 years, and during that time Newton has watched as men’s and women’s ring trends have evolved. Tol’s offers custom ring designs with the hopes of pleasing every customer that walks through the door. In the 1950s, men primarily wore simple gold bands. While those still prove popular, a wider variety of styles and metals have become available. In the 2000s we began to see more variety in shapes and metals for men’s rings. The traditional band evolved and had options like curved edges, unique designs like engraving a gear look to the middle, and mixing different types of metals. The 2010s brought the tide of the silicon bands that many men and women have taken to wearing, and that still prove a popular choice as we travel into the new decade. According to a 2019 study done by The Knot, the average men’s wedding band costs $510. The study also cited that the two most popular metals men choose are tungsten and white

gold. But Newton said she’s been seeing an increase in sales for a more traditional metal. “We are seeing more Ardmore men choosing a traditional yellow gold wedding band,” she said. “Most men are purchasing the metal bands and getting a silicone band if they are rough on rings at work. We provide our customers with a silicone band.” Silicon bands provide a cheaper option for those who are looking to stay trendy but don’t have hundreds, or thousands, of dollars to shell out. With most of the silicon bands costing around $15, the bands prove extremely useful for anyone that is hard on their hands at work. Silicon bands are bendable and often snap back to their regular shape, they are also easy to cut off should they get stuck on the hand. When it comes to traditional rings, custom is the newest trend. Tol’s offers Southern Oklahomans that small business feel, while also offering the customization found at the larger jewelry retailers. “We are a small, quaint store with a large selection and a wide range of prices,” Newton said. “We also do jewelry repair. There is no pressure here because we want you to love your purchase.” We can’t be sure what trends will prevail in the 2020s, but as the decade begins, one thing is for sure, the more unique the better. Men’s rings now feature textures resembling wood grains, marbling, unique colors and various colored gemstones. “We offer personalized service to each and every customer that comes through our doors,” Newton said. “We have done many custom pieces including rings, pendants and earrings. We have made several men’s rings with pink gold accents! It really looks sharp.”

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rom the bouquet to the boutonniere, table centerpieces to photo opportunities, flowers are a defining part of a wedding and a classic way to set the tone of the day. They may be always in style, but as trends change designers add new floral techniques to keep things fresh. “Floral designers have been bringing the outdoors in for a while now, creating trees and floral installations for luxury weddings,” said Lauren Grech, CEO and co-founder of LLG Events and adjunct professor in event production and design at New York University. “However, in 2020, we’re going to see this expand beyond the table arrangements to include more flower walls for photo booth backdrops, overhead installations either with flowers dangling from the ceiling or bridging over the tops of tables, and trails of flowers such as along the entire length of an aisled mirror.” Uniquely shaped low table arrangements, such as crescent-shaped structures and floral rings, are another emerging trend, Grech said.

• Reuse, recycle One of the hottest wedding floral trends is sustainability. In addition to choosing locally sourced flowers, more couples are opting to donate their flowers and extend the life of their blooms through companies like Repeat Roses or BloomAgainBklyn, organizations that recover floral arrangements that otherwise would have ended up in the trash, Grech said. It’s a service Grech offers all her clients “because some may not realize the legacy they can leave with their love by having their wedding flowers recreated into arrangements for people in need or nursing homes or hospitals,” 12 Southern Oklahoma Bride

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• No bouquets Brides are also getting more creative with their bouquets, with some ditching the nosegay altogether. Some brides opt for elaborate floral crowns so they don’t have to worry about handing it off to their maid or man of honor, Grech said. “This is perfect for outdoor ceremonies or couples who want a bohemian feel. Others are opting for smaller bouquets so that they can spend on bigger decor statements like a ceremony arch or chuppah with canopies of single, hanging flowers,” Grech said. Instagram-worthy backdrops are all the rage, but a full floral wall can be expensive. Budget-conscious couples can opt for a flower frame instead of a full flower backdrop, Grech said. Customize it with tiny fairy lighting throughout or LED lights with wording mixed in, Grech said.

• Natural look Popular wedding flowers like calla lilies, peonies and roses are mainstays of many weddings, but are now being passed over or accompanied by ornamental grasses and dried flowers. “Last year, pampas grass spread like wildfire. It was the floral trend for sure,” Grech said. “Elaborating on that, in 2020 you’ll continue to see a lot of mixed floral elements like feathers, berries, branches, eucalyptus, dried elements and vines.” Color makes an impact, and many couples are opting for more bold pops of color rather than muted neutral tones, Grech said.

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rom big, ruffled wedding gowns to sophisticated bridal blazers, boho-chic to floral fantasies, today’s designers offer brides the opportunity to express their individuality when they step up and say, “I do.” For inspiration, the vast majority of brides turn to Pinterest and Instagram because it’s easy to search by hashtags or designers, while others still like to flip through magazines to see what’s in style, said Laura Calderone, owner of Laura & Leigh Bridal in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

• Blurring the line “The main trend for 2020, which really has been consistently building for the last five years or so, is the blurring of the line between ready-to-wear and bridal,” said Kpoene’ Kofi-Nicklin, creative director of Mignonette Bridal in Chicago. “For some companies, like BHLDN, this means offering separates (tops, bottoms and overlays that can be mixed and matched) so that brides can personalize a look, and for other companies like Cecilie Bahnsen that can

mean offering pieces that blur the line between bridal and ready-to-wear completely and really can be worn again.” Affordability is important to the modern bride, Kofi-Nicklin said. This concept offers a bride new ways to make her wedding outfit unique and looks that can be worn multiple ways and on multiple occasions.

• Return to romance “If there was a prize for a bridal trend that is truly timeless and classical, it would definitely go to off-the-shoulder wedding dresses,” said Valeria Istomnia, content manager at Wedding Forward, an online guide for wedding planning, ideas and inspiration. “Their romantic image is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a fairy-tale princess attire.”

• Fun florals “I love that florals, especially in bold colors, are having a moment, and the best part is that anyone can look beautiful in this trend,” Kofi-Nicklin said. Want to make a floral splash? “Choosing a gown with a large floral print or even just a single large floral pattern on the skirt is a great way to show off your personality. Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera have shown some truly amazing floral wedding gowns in the last few years,” Kofi-Nicklin said. Want to embrace florals in a delicate way? “Picking a gown in shades of blush or champagne with floral embroidery is a great way to look like you just stepped out of a romantic garden,” Kofi-Nicklin said. A gown with a subtle floral lace detail is a great way to nod to the trend while keeping the overall look very classic, she said.

• Mix it up “2020 has a great mix of trends” like “fun necklines, low plunges, crescent necklines or off-the-shoulder, Calderone said. “There is also a lot of sparkle and fun laces with layers of shimmery tulle and bold modern laces. You’re going to probably see some keyhole backs and clean/classic A-lines have a little comeback, too.” “Bohemian style has been on top for more than one year, and it remains one of the hottest weddings dresses for 2020,” Istomnia said.

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“Your silhouette has never been more attractive,” Istomnia said.

A-line dresses or mermaid gowns give a bride the perfect opportunity to show off all of her curves. “Its low back will open up your fragile shoulder blades. The skirt will highlight your hips. Flowing fabric, delicate patterns, gentle lace: These dresses are sure to turn heads,” Istomnia said. A-lines and fit and flares are are some of the most requested styles. “It’s easy to see why. Fit and flares show off a bride’s curves without being too heavy or dramatic, and A-lines show off a bride’s tiny waist in an airy way,” Calderone said.

• Add some sparkle “Sequins are a spectacular choice,” Istomnia said. “For more traditional brides craving glamour, elaborate beading, pearl detailing and rhinestones make for an ultra-glitzy gown, from bridal white shades to shimmering silver and gold hues. Also, a glitzy gown is a perfect second look for a wedding reception,” Istomnia said.

• Cover up Long-sleeved gowns remain one of the hottest trends because they look classy, Istomnia said. For examples, see Meghan Markle’s wedding gown from 2018 and one of Hailey Baldwin Bieber’s three choices from October. Other options include a leather jacket for the chill bride who wants to have fun, or a beautiful faux or a vintage fur, Kofi-Nicklin said. “Capes in drapey tulle and net have been huge this year, and are an incredibly romantic way to make a statement without feeling like you are actually covering up your gown,” she said. PHOTOS BY KORBYN SKYE PHOTOGRAPHY

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o ensure that your wedding is a happy and joyous affair, plan for the tricky situations that can pop up and handle them with grace. “Greet the process with patience, curiosity, respect and love,” said celebration expert Kimberly Allen, co-owner of Something Fabulous event designers based in Detroit and Washington, D.C. “Remember that weddings are emotionally charged affairs that can trigger and excite. It’s not about the flowers, venues, menu or transportation schedule. It is about the memory you are making with and for each other and the ones that you love. That memory begins the moment someone says ‘yes’ and follows you through beyond ‘I do.’”

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bloom down the aisle to a keepsake vase set in a place of honor in the front of the ceremony, Allen said. Carry an item of a passed loved one with heirloom rosaries or jewelry wrapped into a bridal bouquet, Allen said. A tie pin or cuff links can be worn in honor of a loved one as well. “Another simple and popular gesture are photographs placed around the reception or on a special table. Everyone enjoys these, and often they act as conversation starters and provide storytelling opportunities to truly engage the loved ones in memory,” Allen said. If a formal program is printed, share the story behind the gesture so that guests understand the significance, she said.

• Letting guests know they should not take photos

“It’s perfectly fine to make an announcement or two beFlowers, heirloom keepsakes fore the ceremony or even and favorite photographs are some of the many ways to hon- post a tasteful sign in strateor deceased loved ones during gic entry points at the venue” the wedding ceremony and re- to let guests know the bride and groom don’t want guests ception, Allen said. “Flowers have had their spe- to photograph the ceremony, cial meanings for centuries, Allen said. “These can be effective. Chances are if a guest and often couples will is going to ignore select this symbol of you, another guest Carry an item remembrance as a way to honof a passed loved will help remind them of the no or parents, one with heirloom cell phone regrandparents rosaries or jewelry quest.” or other cherKeep in ished loved wrapped into a bridal mind that ones who bouquet. A tie pin or some people have passed on,” Allen said. cuff links can be worn may ignore in honor of a loved your request. Place a favor“If your usher is ite flower or bouone as well. comfortable with a quet on a chair or friendly, ‘Oh, hey, could pew to hold the space where a beloved parent or you please put your phone away? Suzie and Jim would grandparent would have sat. “This can be done ceremo- like to keep things unplugged, nially by the couple or as part thank you!’ That’s fine, but poof the procession during the licing doesn’t really belong in seating of honored guests,” Al- a wedding environment, so the tone and manner of the meslen said. Another option is for fam- sage must remain polite and ily members to carry a single gracious,” Allen said. 16 Southern Oklahoma Bride

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fter the wedding ceremony is complete, it’s time for the newlyweds to celebrate with family and friends at the reception. For many couples, this will be the largest party they will ever host, and for many guests, this is their favorite part of the wedding. This is especially true if the reception will be serving more than just the traditional cake. Rhonda Adams of Rhonda’s Catering said couples can really show off their personality with the food they serve, and she shared a few things to consider when planning the perfect menu. “Pick your family favorites and what makes you happy, and don’t forget to pick some of his family favorites, too,” Adams said. “There are lots of options available to you, so you need to decide on your budget, pick your favorites and go from there.” Adams said that though some couples may decide to serve small appetizers and others may decide to serve full, plated meals, many are choosing to serve heavy hors d’oeuvres — a sort of happy medium between the two. “People really like the heavy hors d’oeuvres,” Adams said. “I look at it as a mini meal because most of the time you’ll have your 18 Southern Oklahoma Bride

meat in the form of something like sliders or chicken skewers, and then your other items that are like the side dishes.” Adams said many couples particularly like this option because it allows their guests more choices than a plated meal. She pointed out there are an increasing number of vegetarians and vegans today, and many others are on various low carbohydrate diets. By serving a variety of appetizers, couples can have both tasty vegan dishes and high protein, low carbohydrate meats. Those with dietary restrictions will be able to find something they can enjoy, and those without can enjoy everything. Adams pointed out that even when serving “finger foods,” the wedding reception can include an item or two that require cutlery. “I had one bride who wanted heavy hors d’oeurves, and while we were meeting we happened to be making an orzo pasta with fresh lemon and arugula,” Adams said. “She had a bowl, and she decided she wanted it at her wedding. Even though she was doing finger foods, she wanted to incorporate the pasta, too. You can always mix and match.” Adams also said people should not be afraid to make unconventional choices, and she shared the story of a bride from out-of-state who chose to serve

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To Love is Not to Possess by James Kavanaugh “To love is not to possess, To own or imprison, Nor to lose one’s self in another. Love is to join and separate, To walk alone and together, To find a laughing freedom That lonely isolation does not permit. It is finally to be able To be who we really are.” From “Sex and the City” “His hello was the end of her endings. Her laugh was their first step down the aisle. His hand would be hers to hold forever. His forever was as simple as her smile. He said she was what was missing. She said instantly she knew. She was a question to be answered. And his answer was ‘I do.’”

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raditional, religious wedding readings like the Bible verse that declares “Love is patient, love is kind” are not for everyone. Regardless of whether a couple is not religious or hoping for a more modern wedding, they still want a heartfelt ceremony that expresses their love for each other as well as the joy they are experiencing and the desire to share that experience with friends and family, said wedding specialist Lynne Goldberg, founder of Ms Wedding Planner, with offices in South Florida, New York and Las Vegas. “Ceremony readings do not have to be religious to be beautiful and meaningful. There are so many incredible writers that have expressed the spiritual, inspirational and depth of emotion that beautiful wedding ceremonies are made of,” Goldberg said. Ceremony readings should reflect the couple’s personal vibe and love for one another. “Even religious couples sometimes choose a favorite nontraditional quote in addition to religious readings because they want their ceremony to be about them and not sound the same as all the other weddings they have attended,” Goldberg said. “Whether religious or not, readings are meant to personalize a ceremony, so it is imperative for the bride and groom to identify with the words they have chosen to be read.” There are many places to find inspiration. “Lyrics from a favorite song or a poem or a sonnet or a movie or a television show or a quote from Shakespeare or Plato or Maya Angelou or ‘The Prophet’ or Gandhi or Winnie The Pooh or Dr. Seuss, and the list goes on. It’s up to the bride and groom and what touches them,” Goldberg said. As a planner, Goldberg suggests artists based on her client’s personalities and tastes. “For example, some of my clients reference The Beatles lyrics in their ceremony quotes because they are familiar with them in addition to the written words. I often ask my bride and groom if they remember a story or a message from their childhood that they could add to the ceremony,” she said. “No one says the quote has to be a published one. There is no right or wrong when it comes to wedding ceremonies, as long as the sentiments define the moment.” Think about the message you want to convey before looking for the reading, Goldberg said. “Find something personal, something that reflects their values, their feelings, their tastes and the way they wish to live their life together while remembering that the more meaningful and personal the reading is to the bride and groom, the more it will touch the hearts of others,” Goldberg said.

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Stress-free ways to see the world Travel agents shoulder responsibilities, allowing travelers peace of mind By Robby Short robby.short@ardmoreite.com

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Preparing for your wedding Planning for your wedding, honeymoon and the new life ahead may be the time to make some positive changes in your appearance and lifestyle.

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n Xeomin™ injections improve the softness of your facial expression. This muscle relaxer can • Maintain dramatically reduce Dr. Harry a healthy intense facial muscle Galoob, MD action and that inlifestyle tense scowl that is ofn Exercise sensiten misinterpreted. Xeomin™ bly and regularly. A 15 minute brisk walk every day can appears to be longer-lasting do the trick. It will also clear and more effective than Cosyour head from the day, and metic Botox™ since it does not combined with sensible car- contain protein. n Radiesse™ filler probohydrate restriction will help duces fuller lips, cheeks and reduce and maintain weight. n Stop smoking. Remov- brow elevation. Radiesse™ is ing these toxins from your safe, predictable and lasts 7-12 body will improve your energy, months. n NIW™ laser treatments: health and clear your mind — it is not easy to do, but it is A gentle light laser applied to definitely worthwhile. Medica- the skin surface causes imtion prescribed by your doctor, provement in skin texture, nicotine replacement (patches, improves fine wrinkles and regum, etc.) are all helpful to moves many surface blemishovercome the nicotine addic- es, including Rosacea, brown tion. The nicotine is not so spots, small skin growths and much of the problem as is the sun damage. (Recovery minicarbon monoxide found in cig- mal, some redness during first week) arette smoke. n Plasma peels: Light n Consider improvements in your body appearance chemical peels applied by the that provide maximum im- physician and combined with provement with minimum platelet rich plasma to enhance recovery. These procedures skin texture, remove sun damcan help you feel better about age and brown spots and proyourself and improve the way duce a healthier looking skin. you look on your wedding day, (Recovery minimal, very little honeymoon and provide many redness during first week) n Micro-Dermal Needling benefits for your relationship. You should be planning these Procedures with platelet rich activities well in advance of plasma enhances skin texture the wedding day since there is to provide the radiant appearsome recovery associated with ance all brides would like to all cosmetic procedures. have on their wedding day. 24 Southern Oklahoma Bride

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checked baggage to additional on-site travel accommodations. “This is where our expertise come in,” Morris said. “Who do you call if there is an issue? We are here if you have any questions and help them every step of the way until they return.” Paying for the trip is another stressful, often inhibiting aspect of traveling, but it doesn’t have to be. Travel agencies offer payment plans, and can help you stay within budget while avoiding unexpected charges, often costing the same or even less than booking on your own without all the added stress. “If they change their date (of departure) by one day it can end up costing them a lot less or a lot more,” Morris said. And it’s not just money they stand to lose, in some cases, extra time spent dealing with unforeseen obstacles can force the traveler to miss their trip all together. “For cruises, it’s easy for them to pull up their phones and book it,” Morris said. “But there is no one there to advise them. You’ve got to bring your passport, birth certificate and other information. You’ve also got to do an online check-in and print a boarding pass. So many people think they can just book

it on their phones and show up, then face delays in boarding.” Travel agents can also provide a bit of variety in your annual travel plans. Those looking to shake up their yearly escapes can provide details as to their wants, needs and expectations for a trip and let the agent take care of the rest. “If I know you are really interested in a beach, but you don’t have a passport, I can provide some options for you,” Ruth Young Travel agent Becky Walker said. “The world is just too big to get you somewhere on some date. If you like the beaches but don’t like mountains, we don’t want to send you to the mountains.” Local travel agencies can also help set up local travel packages in addition to international travel. “There isn’t a fee, the only thing we charge additionally is when we book an airline ticket separately, for everything else there is not a fee,” Morris said. “We are paid by the cruise company, the hotel or the car rental company. It’s all commission based, so it’s not anything that is marked up for the consumer.” Agents can also advise the traveler on the quality of hotel, airlines and other services they would be using along with active travel advisories and otherwise known dangers when traveling to specific areas.

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Engagement Announcement Form This form helps assure accuracy. Please type or print all information. Spelling and legibility are the responsibility of the person submitting the information. Only the information on this form will be used, as space allows. To ensure your engagement announcement receives the special attention it deserves, this form must be received by noon on the Monday prior to desired Sunday publication so that we may process and verify the information in adequate time. Supply only the information you want published in the paper. Please feel free to call (580) 223-2200 or (800) 873-0211 to ask questions.

❑ Standard Announcement: Published FREE ❑ 1 column photo: $10 Bride-elect’s name ___________________________________________________ City ________________________ State______ Bride-elect’s parents (married_____ divorced_____ father deceased_____ mother deceased_____ ) Mother’s name _______________________________________________________ City ________________________ State_____ Father’s name _______________________________________________________ City________________________ State______ Grandparents of bride-elect___________________________________________ City________________________ State______ _____________________________________________________________________City_______________________ State_____ Prospective bridegroom’s name ________________________________________ City________________________ State_____ Prospective bridegroom’s parents (married_____ divorced_____ father deceased_____ mother deceased_____ ) Mother’s name _______________________________________________________ City________________________ State_____ Father’s name _______________________________________________________ City________________________ State______ Grandparents of prospective bride-groom ______________________________ City_________________________ State_____ _____________________________________________________________________ City________________________ State_____ Wedding will be (month/day/year)__________________________ Location of wedding place___________________________________ ❑ Expanded Announcement: $35 (includes “Standard Announcement” plus following information, 2 column photo and Internet) Bride-elect’s education: High school _________________________________________________________ City________________________ State______ Check one: graduated_____ attended_____ student_____ College/technical school_______________________________________________ City________________________ State_____ Check one: graduated_____ attended_____ student_____ Degree_______________________________________________________ in (subject)___________________________________ Post-graduate college_________________________________________________ City________________________ State_____ Check one: graduated_____ attended_____ student_____ Degree_______________________________________________________ in (subject)___________________________________ Current employment (company name)________________________________________________________________________ Job title_____________________________________________________________ City________________________ State______ Prospective bridegroom’s education: High school _________________________________________________________ City________________________ State______ Check one: graduated_____ attended_____ student_____ College/technical school_______________________________________________ City________________________ State_____ Check one: graduated_____ attended_____ student_____ Degree_______________________________________________________ in (subject)___________________________________ Post-graduate college_________________________________________________ City________________________ State_____ Check one: graduated_____ attended_____ student_____ Degree_______________________________________________________ in (subject)___________________________________ Current employment (company name)________________________________________________________________________ Job title______________________________________________________________ City________________________ State_____ ❑ $40 Combo package: Would include the enhanced engagement announcement ($40) plus the enhanced wed-ding announcement (No Charge). (Payment must be paid in full when engagement is placed. Receipt of purchase will be needed upon ordering the wedding announcement with this package.) No Refunds. Please list the daytime phone numbers of two people who can verify the information on this form: Name ___________________________________________ Phone number _______________________________ Name ___________________________________________ Phone number _______________________________ Person’s name and phone number submitting the form:_________________________________________________ Engaged couple’s phone numbers __________________________________________________________________ FRIDAY, January 31, 2020 u The Ardmoreite

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Wedding Announcement Form This form helps assure accuracy. Please type or print all information. Spelling and legibility are the responsibility of the person submitting the information. Only the information on this form will be used, as space allows. To ensure your wedding announcement receives the special attention it deserves, this form must be received by noon on the Monday prior to desired Sunday publication so that we may process and verify the information in adequate time. Announcements received three months after the event must be paid. Supply only the information you want published in the paper. Please feel free to call (580) 223-2200 or (800) 873-0211 to ask questions.

❑ Standard Announcement: Published FREE ❑ 1 column photo: $10 Bride’s maiden name _________________________________________________ City________________________ State_____ Wedding date _________Church name or place__________________________ City________________________ State_____ Person who officiated (full name and title) ___________________________________________________________________ Bride’s parents (married_____ divorced_____ father deceased_____ mother deceased_____ ) Mother’s name_______________________________________________________ City________________________ State_____ Father’s name_______________________________________________________ City________________________ State______ Grandparents of bride________________________________________________ City________________________ State______ _____________________________________________________________________City________________________ State_____ Groom’s name________________________________________________________ City________________________ State_____ Groom’s parents (married_____ divorced_____ father deceased_____ mother deceased_____ ) Mother’s name_______________________________________________________ City________________________ State_____ Father’s name_______________________________________________________ City________________________ State______ Grandparents of groom_______________________________________________ City________________________ State______ _____________________________________________________________________ City________________________ State_____ Maid/Matron of honor (circle one) _____________________________________ City________________________ State_____ Groom’s best man ____________________________________________________ City_______________________ State______ Couple will live in (city)______________________________________________ (State)_______________________ ❑ Expanded Announcement: $35 (includes “Standard Announcement” plus following information, 2 column photo and Internet) Bride’s attendants _________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Groom’s attendants ________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Flower girl ______________________________________________ Ring bearer ______________________________________ Other attendants (reader, candle lighters, ushers, etc.) __________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Soloists/musicians ____________________________________________________________________________________________ Description of wedding decorations Description of wedding dress _________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Honeymoon trip to (city and state or country) _________________________________________________________________________ (optional for enhanced wedding announcement) You may provide, in up to 60 words, further description of the wedding dress, or other events of the wedding. ___________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ❑ $40 Combo package: Would include the enhanced engagement announcement ($40) plus the enhanced wed-ding announcement (No Charge). (Payment must be paid in full when engagement is placed. Receipt of purchase will be needed upon ordering the wedding announcement with this package.) No Refunds. Please list the daytime phone numbers of two people who can verify the information on this form: Name ___________________________________________ Phone number _______________________________ Name ___________________________________________ Phone number _______________________________ Person’s name and phone number submitting the form:_________________________________________________ Married couple’s phone numbers __________________________________________________________________ 30 Southern Oklahoma Bride

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