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Expecting the unexpected

By Drew Butler

Dealing with unforeseen issues that occur when planning a wedding

Expert beauty tips for the big day

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Let Your Journey Begin Here...

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Community Room at the Historic Santa Fe Depot

By Melissa Erickson

Honeymoon planning: Creating an unforgettable start to forever

By Tiffany Ditto

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Lace & grace

By Melissa Erickson

On-trend gowns reflect a bride’s personality, from traditional to daring

10 A weekend at the guesthouse The perfect location to get ready for the big day

By Drew Butler

12 What the style-savvy groom is wearing By Melissa Erickson 14 The bouquets of today Local florist weighs in on bridal bouquet trends

By Rhiannon Saegert

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Bridal suite essentials

By Melissa Erickson

By Melissa Erickson

The Art of the Invitation By Tiffany Ditto

Preparing for your wedding By Dr. Harry Galoob, MD

Wedding party expenses What to consider, when to communicate

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Expecting the unexpected Dealing with unforeseen issues that occur when planning a wedding didn’t end up being a big deal,” Huff said. Huff also brought up the athen Casey Huff mar- tention spans of younger wedried her husband ding attendants such as flower Buzz in October of girls and ring bearers. 2018, for the most part things “If they are younger kids, went smoothly. In retrospect, their attention spans are not however, there were a few going to last,” Huff said with a things she said could have been laugh. “So you’ve got to practice better planned out, but Huff with them, get them in there and her husband rolled with and get it done because they are the punches. not going to last long!” “Everyone told me that I was She shared the story about the chillest bride they’d ever her young nieces who served as seen,” Huff said. “I was flower girls. like, as long as I get “I actually encour“Everyone married at the end aged them to do is going to of the day, I don’t what they wantreally care. have an opinion ed,” Huff said. “I One of her about your wedding, told them you do first suggestions you!” is keeping out- and you just have to During Huff ’s of-town family realize that it’s your wedding she acand friends who day and do what tually had to walk have traveled to across the dance you want.” attend your wedding floor to get down the aware of your schedule. aisle, and the girls were “Let them know when you particularly excited about the are busy doing things for the dance floor and all the opportuwedding and also let them know nities for twirling it would allow the times you are free to hang in their poofy dresses. While her out,” Huff said. She also sug- oldest niece, who was four at gests coming up with a list of the time, took her job incredipotential activities for them to bly seriously, her younger niece do while they are visiting the embraced Huff ’s “you do you” area so they aren’t just sitting advice. in their hotel rooms bored, “She was twirling and throwflipping through television. For ing flowers as she went down people visiting southern Okla- the aisle,” Huff said. “It was homa, she suggests something adorable to me, but some people like visiting the Chickasaw Cul- might not have thought it was tural Center. so cute. Huff also stressed the imporFinally, Huff offered one more tance of remembering the ven- piece of advice to all those who dors and staff working at your are getting married. wedding and remembering to “One of the biggest things have cash on hand for a tip and to remember is you’re just not enough food for people like the going to make everyone happy,” Huff said. “Everyone is going photographer and the DJ. “I did not think about having to have an opinion about your a meal for them, but they need wedding, and you just have to to eat too! Fortunately it was realize that it’s your day and do fine, and it all worked out so it what you want.” By Drew Butler

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eauty trends may come and go, but looking beautiful on your wedding day will always be in style. Whether you’re newly engaged or getting married this weekend, the No. 1 piece of advice is to try to eliminate stress. “Stress plays a lot on our outer beauty, on our skin and hair. Stress-free, it’ll shine through any makeup,” said professional makeup artist and hairstylist Shannon Alexander of Omaha, Nebraska. “Hire a professional! They will be able to help you with the look you are trying to achieve. Quality over quantity for your big day.” Textured chignons are a modern take on a classic hairstyle. “Chignons are beautiful. Very classy,” Alexander said. “One thing with the chignon is, you don’t need to add much to it to update it. It’s always in style. Maybe add flowers or jewels, but keeping it simple is just classy.” For something a bit more extravagant, many brides are choosing a half-up, half-down look with curls. It’s a style that looks timeless yet brides still feel like themselves, Alexander said. Bring it over the top by adding jewels, flowers, tiaras or a long beautiful veil, she said. From oversize blooms to delicate blossoms, flowers real and artificial add a sweet touch to a bride’s look. “They can easily be placed in the hair and secured with bobby pins. Pinning the hair up in a low loose bun with curls and adding some floral is a high request,” Alexander said. For the ceremony, a veil can be placed on top of or below the curls and florals placed

accordingly, Alexander said. A radiant complexion with glowy skin is the perfect face-forward look. “Beautiful, flawless, airbrushed makeup is a good choice for her big day,” Alexander said. She suggests a subtle soft smoky eye using browns and adding lashes to make eyes pop. “Add some highlight and color to the cheeks and keeping it natural, you have a bride that will just glow,” Alexander said. For a more statement look, go for a heavy eye or a bold lip — but stick to just one, Alexander said. • “Before your wedding day, taking care of your hair and skin is important,” Alexander said. “Some brides feel growing their hair long and not getting haircuts for their wedding day will help their stylist. It’s not absolutely necessary to have long locks for an updo. Sometimes extra-long hair can be even harder to put all in an updo.” Extensions can help make hair longer and fuller and be absolutely beautiful, Alexander said. • Clean, dry hair is a must. Because a stylist will be adding products to increase texture, brides should wash their hair the day before to avoid greasy hairlines, Alexander said. • The night before the wedding, be sure to remove all makeup. “A good base will have a beautiful end result and help makeup stay on. This starts with skin. Exfoliate, even treat yourself to a facial a week before. This will help eliminate dead skin cells, hydrate the skin and give a nice canvas for makeup,” Alexander said. • Make sure to have your eyebrows waxed as well. “Eyeshadow will look 10 times better,” she said.

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ne may think the most important part of a wedding is the ceremony itself, but the experience is enhanced with a great honeymoon and ending those “I dos” with an unforgettable start to forever is something couples shouldn’t forget. “The honeymoon is a great chance for couples to have a new experience and escape from home,” said Sandra Pruitt, a travel consultant for Ruth Young Travel Service in Ardmore, Okla. “The most popular destinations are Hawaii and the Riviera Maya.” Pruitt said Southern Oklahomans often opt for a beach destination for their honeymoon — starting off their marriage with a little slice of paradise. But going somewhere tropical may not be the right honeymoon destination for everyone. Pruitt added that many couples opt to go on a cruise, to a mountainside cabin, or even to a city destination like New York City. When deciding where to honeymoon Pruitt said the first step is to consider your

budget and how many days you plan on vacationing. For those with only a week to spend, a trip to the other side of the world probably isn’t ideal since it can take up to 12 hours just to fly from Oklahoma to romantic cities like Rome or Paris. Not to mention the time it takes to recover from the jet lag. The second step is to pick a destination you and your new spouse will both enjoy that is feasible in the time you have to spend. “Try to be original,” Pruitt said. “Don’t just pick a location because your friends honeymooned there. Do what you like to do. And shop around. Don’t just jump on the first good deal you hear because there may be something else that gets you more bang for your buck.” After you have picked your destination the next step is to arrange transportation and hotel accommodations. Also, go ahead and pre-pay or pick out some activities or excursions you can go on while you’re there. Right before you leave make sure you have packed everything you need and don’t forget to take the time to relax, have fun and enjoy the love you both share.

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rides should embody their personal best on their wedding day, whether that means taking the royal route in a princess-worthy ball gown or wearing a trendy jumpsuit or something with a touch of color. “Brides are now getting their inspiration from a variety of places, everywhere from celebrity weddings to traditional magazines,” said Cassandra Sethi, New York City personal stylist and founder of Next Level Wardrobe. Pinterest and Instagram are major sources of inspiration, said Sethi, who offers personalized wedding styling services from engagement shoots to the big day and brunch after. Options abound in gown styles, from conventional to fashion-forward. “While weddings are an exciting time in one’s life and a major moment, it can be a nod to

traditions within their culture and family,” Sethi said. “They may choose to wear traditional outfits from their culture and do traditional religious ceremonies. For those brides that want to be more fashion-forward, I noticed that they usually experiment with incorporating some color and/or choose a design that may not be as traditional, such as cutouts, 3-D applique and super-intricate beadwork.” Designers are going bold with embellishments, Sethi said. “The 3-D applique is a detail that will really make your gown stand out. It is also a great way to incorporate additional colors or metallics into your gown,” she said. Gold, pink, mauve and lavender may not seem like bridal colors, but maybe that’s why they look so good. “I advise for brides that want to incorporate color somehow to think about how much they want to do. Some want full-on color and some just want a SEE GOWNS, PAGE 16

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A weekend at the guesthouse The perfect location to get ready for the big day “A lot of times, we’ll move the dining room table out of the way and hang a big mirror inding a location for a on the wall,” Wilsonian said. bridal party to get ready “Then their hair and makeup can be a stressful event, person will bring in a pad, so particularly for those with many they can do all their hair and attendants. Fortunately the makeup here.” guesthouse at Maria’s She also said the Garden, offers 1,800 home lends itself to “The square feet of space house sleeps six photography. for a bridal party “I have seen comfortably. I’ve to make memomany pictures ries, have fun, had as many as 11 of bridal dressand primp bees hanging on bridesmaids in fore the big day. the door to the here though.” “ The house master bedroom,” sleeps six comfort— Maria Wilkinson, Wilkinson said. She owner ably,” owner Maria then described one of Wilkinson said. “I’ve her favorite memories of had as many as 11 bridesa bridal party. maids in here though.” “I was doing flowers for the Wilkinson went on to dewedding, and we were starting scribe some of the various ways to load stuff up, and I could see brides have utilized the space. probably nine girls peaking out By Drew Butler

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wedding. “Dress it up by adding a vest or take a non-traditionalist aphile all eyes tend to proach by pairing it with a fun be on the bride, a bow tie, a sweater or a pair of groom’s style needs suspenders. This is the perfect to be on point, too. choice for those who are look“While the bride will ing for a more modern be stunning, the option,” Abboud groom should “While said. “We are feel just as also seeing a tuxedos and suits special on his are the most popular lot of mixing wedding. A and matching attire for a groom, well-tailored with different suit or tuxethey don’t always patterns and do will suretexture, with have to be black.” ly turn some beautiful din— Joseph Abboud, chief heads as well,” ner jackets on creative director at Men’s said Joseph the red carpet.” Wearhouse Abboud, chief One big question creative director at to be answered is, rent Men’s Wearhouse. or buy. Start by thinking about what “Budget always plays a facthe ideal wedding looks like, tor. It will be cheaper to rent, said Brice Pattison, fashion dialthough you may get long-lastrector at The Black Tux. “If the vision is formal, wear ing value out of purchasing,” black tie. If not, wear a suit,” he Easter said. Men shouldn’t be afraid to said. “Once that is determined, stand out. then I would suggest consider“My favorite way to add a ing set and setting — meaning rural versus urban, day versus dash of personality to a suit or evening, spring versus autumn tux is to accessorize the lapel,” — and opting for color, pat- Easter said. “Lapel decor can tern and material that comple- range from the basic boutonments. A simple rule of thumb niere to a pin that represents I use is the more sunlight there the groom’s personality, interis at the event, the lighter the est or family. Think guitar, airplane, deer antlers, sports team color of suit.” “While tuxedos and suits are insignias, etc. This is instant the most popular attire for a personality that’s subtle enough groom, they don’t always have to not take over the look.” Just don’t wait until the last to be black,” Abboud agreed. “They can be navy, charcoal or minute. “The groom should complete light gray and are all equally as elegant, but offer an unexpect- his suit or tuxedo fitting no later than 60 days prior to the ed twist.” A suit is a great choice for a wedding,” Abboud said.

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Local florist weighs in on bridal bouquet trends By Rhiannon Saegert rhiannon.saegert@ardmoreite.com

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ridal bouquet trends come and go, but personal taste and color theory will always remain. Misty Page, owner of Dodson’s Floral in Ardmore, said the internet has changed the bouquet game, as it’s changed every aspect of wedding planning. Brides-to-be come into the shop armed with color palettes, pinboards and photos and nearly always have a clear vision of what they want their weddings to look like. “A lot of times, when they come in, they have everything picked out,” Page said. “They plan ahead. They’ll at least have their colors chosen.” Page said while weddings might look more unique these days, certain trends still prevail. Flowing, airy, naturalistic bouquets that almost resemble freshly picked wildflowers are more popular than traditionally sculpted, compact bouquets.

“It looks like you just picked it out of a garden, and you’ll have greenery and different things going different directions” Page said. “Traditionally, it was either completely round or cascading.” Blush and wine colors were popular in 2018, and the trend has carried over, but peach and coral tones are taking over 2019. Other crowd-pleasing color combinations include cranberry and sage, navy blue and slate grey, and sunflower yellow and ruby red. “Sunflowers are always big in the fall, or even summer,” Page said. “But like I said, right now it’s really the blush, and very flowy.” Bouquets aren’t the only element where variety and spontaneity are catching on. Page said she still sells plenty of bouquets in more traditional colors, like ivory, white or cream, but they’re often being paired with bridesmaids’ dresses in different colors or styles. “If they do that, then they’ll have all their bridesmaids’ bou-

quets stay the same,” Page said. “Otherwise, they have each one in the wedding party with a different bouquet, and the same thing with boutonnieres.” Page said a similar strategy involves giving each bridesmaid a bouquet composed of just one of the flowers in the bridal bouquet. “Hers is so much larger,” Page said. “Of course, we can’t use all of those in the bridesmaids’. It’s really pretty, and that’s a very new trend.” The 90s put an emphasis on cascading-style bridal bouquets that were more flowing, but still styled. The early 2000s pushed things in a more structured direction, where bouquets were symmetrical and had very little greenery. Page calls the 2000s look the “Martha Stewart round.” “Now, you don’t want to match the color,” Page said. “You want a lot of different shades. It’s a natural flower, so it’s pretty much impossible to match a color perfectly.”

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touch of it. What’s most important is that they feel amazing in whatever they choose,” Sethi said. Beautiful bows are on trend. “From small, large, multiple — you name it, it is out there,” Sethi said. Sequins add sparkle and a fun twist on the traditional white dress. “My wedding gown was allwhite sequin for my outdoor wedding and was the perfect amount of bling for me. I was also (pleasantly) surprised to discover that it was very lightweight to wear so it didn’t feel weighed down as I greeted guests, sat down for dinner or danced the night away,” Sethi said. Intricate lace and beading can take a gown to the next level. “Berta Bridal is the top example of a designer that falls within this world. Their gowns are absolutely stunning and for the woman who wants to create an unforgettable look through intricate beading details and interesting lacework,” Sethi said. Capes are giving wedding 16 Southern Oklahoma Bride

gowns a regal vibe, and the longer the better. “The cape look is more modern and has an edge to it. Capes can also serve as an alternative to a veil and adds dimension to your gown,” Sethi said. Some modern brides are looking for an alternative to tradition when it comes to the wedding and their gowns, but Sethi advises first considering the season and context. “I would highly recommend a jumpsuit or pantsuit when in doubt about what to wear,” she said. These are comfortable and look elegant and sophisticated on many body types, Sethi said. Plus, it’s a great trend if you have multiple wedding events and want to switch up your looks throughout, and better for a destination wedding from a packing perspective, she said. “At the end of the day, this is your special day along with your partner’s. It is important to feel beautiful, comfortable and authentic in whatever you decide to wear,” Sethi said. “Also, remember that there will most likely be a lot of video and photos taken, so it is worthwhile to make sure every little detail is taken care of, from your clothing, coordination to your partner, hair, makeup and everything in between.”

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or the best wedding day, don’t leave anything to chance. Stock the bridal suite with the essentials to be sure you look good, feel great and head to the altar relaxed and in style.

• Pamper yourself pretty Freshen up quickly with express teeth whitening kits, essential oils and skin lotion, said Wendy Dahl, president and principal planner at Chic Productions, a wedding and event planning company with locations in Huntington Beach and Palm Desert, California. “Be sure you are not in your gown when using any beauty product,” Dahl said. An amenity kit with nail files, fashion tape, mints and any other type of item that wouldn’t typically be included with the use of the suite is also a great idea, Dahl said.

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your skin and baby powder to protect against chafed skin under tight gowns, Dahl said.

• Go for less stress “If gowns have a lot of buttons down the back, bring a crochet hook and leave it for the couple at the end of the evening. A portable steamer is also a good idea to have on hand to get rid of any wrinkling that happened during transport,” Dahl said.

a rolling garment rack for all of the gowns,” she added.

• Good advice “Never hang your gown on

the sprinkler heads in the room. You could set off a fire alarm, and everything you brought with you will get soaked in water,” Dahl said.

• Keep the energy up The wedding day can be so busy a bride may not even have time to eat, so set up a brunch to be served in the suite. “Wraps and sandwiches work well because you don’t need plates. Cheese boards and charcuterie boards are also great to have on hand because they are easy to eat a little here or a little there,” Dahl said.

• Work like a pro Beauty teams work in front of windows to create the best look in natural light, so power strips are always a great idea to allow more mobility in the room, as are directors chairs so you sit higher and closer to the stylist, Dahl said. “If the room doesn’t have a full-length mirror, I’d request one to be brought in along with

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The Art of the

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icking out the right invitations is a chance to not only show all the hard work you’re putting into your dream wedding, but also a chance to get creative and have fun — all the while giving your guest list a tease as to what’s in store during your big day. Invitations say a lot. Those few little words on a piece of cardstock not only tell your guests the date and time of your big day, where to go, and how to dress, but also set the tone for just how fun or extravagant your wedding will be. Adding your own flair to your invitation isn’t something to stress about, but rather, a time to let your personalities shine through. With custom designs, motifs, pictures, calligraphy, maps and other visual elements it can be hard for brides to narrow down just what to include — which is why some brides are turning to custom printing shops that have designers who will do all the heavy lifting for them. Don Black, owner of Specklemeyer Printing in Ardmore, Okla., has been in the custom printing business since he bought the shop with his father in 1983, and he’s printed his fair share of wedding invitations. “We know what it takes to create a modern invitation,” Black says. “And we will work with each customer to make sure they have the right invitation for their special event. “ Black said that throughout his years printing wedding invitations he’s seen the trends change dramatically. What used to be ivory white paper with black script has evolved into a full-color statement piece complete with engagement photos, additional cards with directions to the event or telling you to make it a date night and leave the kiddos at home. “We recommend keeping a simple design,” Black said. But simple doesn’t mean boring. Some of 2019’s hottest

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for designing your invitation: 1. Your list of potential attendees. 2. Photos you may want to include on the invitation. 3. Enough time — be sure you will have three weeks notice for guests after they receive the invitation in the mail. (They have to ask off work too.) 4. The address of your venue. 5. A color scheme in mind for your event. wedding invitation trends include using envelopes with patterned inside liners, cardstock not in the traditional rectangular shape (like the shape of the state you’re getting married in), geometric or floral designs and letter pressed invitations for a vintage vibe. Aside from putting the time, date, place and location of the wedding and reception, couples should include additional cards alongside their invitation and be sure these cards cater to your guests. For example, if you have someone visiting from out of town you may include a map card for directions and listings for hotel accommodations. Some couples also elect to include a menu card so that guests know what kind of meal to expect, and know if they will be eating at your reception or grabbing a bite to eat on the way home. Another great tip, is to include how you would like your guests to dress for the reception/ceremony. Wording SEE INVITATIONS, PAGE 27

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Preparing for your wedding P lanning for your wedding, honeymoon and the new life ahead may not be the time for dramatic changes but there are some improvements that are relatively simple with rapid recovery.

nicotine replacement (patches, gum, etc.) and vaping are all helpful to overcome the nicotine addiction. While vaping is controversial, vapors don’t contain the carbon monoxide found in cigarette smoke. Dr. Harry • Consider imMaintain provements in your Galoob, MD a healthy body appearance. This can help you lifestyle feel better about yourself and • Exercise sensibly and regularly. A 15 minute brisk improve the way you look on walk every day can do the trick. your wedding day, honeymoon It will also clear your head from and provide many benefits for the day and combined with sen- your relationship. You should sible carbohydrate restriction be planning these activities well will help reduce and maintain in advance of the wedding day since there is some recovery weight. • Stop smoking — remov- associated with all cosmetic ing these toxins from your procedures. body will improve your energy, Minor office health and clear your mind (It is not easy to do, but it is procedures • Obagi™ skin care prodefinitely worthwhile). Medication prescribed by your doctor, motes facial softness and clear

skin. It is a proven and cost effective skin care program that gets results and keeps them. • Xeomin™ injections improve the softness of your facial expression. This muscle relaxer can dramatically reduce intense facial muscle action and that intense scowl that is often misinterpreted. Xeomin™ appears to be longer lasting and more effective than Cosmetic Botox™ since it does not contain protein. • Radiesse™ filler produces fuller lips, cheeks and brow elevation. Radiesse™ is safe, predictable and lasts 7-12 months. • NIW™ laser treatments — A gentle light laser applied to the skin surface causes improvement in skin texture, improves fine wrinkles and removes many surface blemishes, including Rosacea, brown spots, small skin growths and sun damage. (Recovery minimal, some redness during first week) • Plasma peels — light

chemical peels applied by the physician and combined with platelet rich plasma to enhance skin texture, remove sun damage and brown spots and produce a healthier looking skin. (Recovery minimal, very little redness during first week) • Derma Needling Procedures with platelet rich plasma enhances skin texture to provide the radiant appearance all brides would like to have on their wedding day. • Platelet rich fibrin fillers can enhance your facial features using your own platelet rich collagen tissues. It is a simple office procedure with minimum recovery. • Eyebrows and lashes can be thickened and hair growth enhanced using platelet rich plasma. These treatments are effective even if your brows are thin from long-term plucking. The plasma treatments are also effective in thickening scalp hair. SEE PREPARE, PAGE 27

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Wedding party expenses What to consider, when to communicate

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ing to be in the wedding party means a person is agreeing to some level of financial commiteing an attendant is not ment, often including costs for only a big responsibility, attire, travel (if needed) and a it can be a huge expense. gift for the newlyweds. “In fact, wedding attendants “Finances are always a touchy topic, so it’s important often spend much more on the to have conversations about wedding gift than other guests. expectations early on to avoid Additionally, members of the any tension or surprises be- wedding party are also oftentween to-be-weds and their times expected to cover the wedding parties,” said Maggie costs of bridal showers, bachSeaver, assistant digital editor elor and bachelorette parties,” Seaver said. at The Knot. But every wedding and wedWedding party members spent an average of $928 on ding party is unique. “While some to-be-weds exgifts, travel and accommodations, attire and accessories if pect their wedding party to they traveled for a wedding, help plan various pre-wedding according to The Knot’s 2018 events like bridal showers and bachelor/bachelorette parties, Wedding Guest Study. “It’s no surprise that figuring and at times cover the costs out where that money is com- of those events, others may ing from can be stressful and a be more laid-back with their sensitive topic among members wedding party’s involvement,” Seaver said. “We definiteof the wedding party,” ly encourage couples Seaver said. “While to maintain open being a wedding “We definitely lines of commuattendant can be an expensive encourage couples nication with honor, couples to maintain open lines their wedding party and distypically are very under- of communication with cuss expectastanding and their wedding party.” tions for who is paying for sensitive to the — Maggie Seaver, what as early financial conassistant digital as possible.” straints of beeditor at The Knot Tension arising in a wedding es when the bride party, especially if selects things such as they’ve had the honor dresses and jewelry that are of being in a wedding party on the pricier side, said certhemselves.” Who pays for what is a com- tified wedding planner Kevmon cause of confusion. Agree- in Dennis, owner of Fantasy

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hen you start rocking a ring on your left hand, the first thing you think about probably isn’t insurance, but an engagement ring is one of the most important and valuable items a person owns. Most often consumers “are truly not informed of the implications of their engagement ring not being properly insured,” said Tyler Krowiorz, brand marketing manager at Jewelers Mutual Insurance Group. The average value of an engagement ring is $5,700, according to a 2017 The Knot survey. “It makes sense to do due diligence around insurance options for that new engagement ring before making a decision,” Krowiorz said. “It’s worn every day, everywhere. And the bride-to-be may not be used to wearing a ring. So the chances of it getting lost or damaged during day-to-day activities as seemingly benign as washing your hands, going to the gym or removing gloves in cold weather

are quite high.” Policies vary from carrier to carrier, but an engagement ring is usually covered under a standard homeowners insurance or renters policy. “However, the limits are what becomes important here,” Krowiorz said. The standard limit ranges between $1,500 and $2,500. “That means if your ring is over that value, and you lose it, you’ll be responsible for the balance out of pocket if you want to replace it,” Krowiorz said. One option is to add a “floater” or “rider” to your policy that provides additional coverage specific to the ring and its amount, Krowiorz said. The danger is if you make a claim on a lost, damaged or stolen ring, it could raise your rates, he said. “An additional option would be insuring your engagement ring with a carrier who specializes in jewelry. This ensures you’re getting comprehensive coverage specific to your piece that would cover you against loss, theft, damage and mysterious disappearance,” Krowiorz said.

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INVITATIONS Continued from Page 20

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want them to dress. Lastly, and most importantly, once the invitations are designed make sure you have enough printed. “Always print extra because even if you don’t think of someone else to invite to the wedding, your mother will,” Black said. in 1 week, some bruising and swelling for 2-3 weeks. Most patients resume normal activity in 3-4 weeks. • Thigh tucks tighten and firm the upper thigh with minor surgical procedures under IV sedation. You are back to 70 percent normal activity in 2 weeks, some restricted activity for 1 month. Discuss your plans fully with your fiancée and plan ahead to allow adequate recovery, (even from minor procedures). Choose a provider who has experience, training and a good reputation in your area. Facility accreditation assures the facility meets approved safety standards. Get feedback from friends who have been to the provider and make sure that you are comfortable with the provider and their practice (If your doctor’s consult time is only three minutes, that may be an indication of the care you will receive after the procedure). Board certification, physician information, history of corrective actions and practice specialty can be verified by contacting the Oklahoma Board of Medical licensure. www.okmedicalboard.org Dr. Harry Galoob, MD has been in the practice of cosmetic surgery for more than 30 years. He performs surgical procedures both in his AAAHC surgical facility and in a local hospital. He is board certified by the American Board Of Cosmetic Surgery. Resources for information. — American Board of Cosmetic Surgery: www.americanboardcosmeticsurgery.org — American Board of Plastic Surgery: www.abplsurg.org — Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care: www.aaahc.org

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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, February 1, 2019 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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