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FROM THE PUBLISHER

Congratulations on your engagement. The Chattanooga Pink Bride magazine is filled with local weddings with great ideas.

Published by The Pink Bride P.O. Box 31568, Knoxville, TN 37930 865.531.3941

The entire magazine is online ( www.ThePinkBride.com ) so you can electronically look through the magazine and when you see something of interest you can mouse over the url and connect straight to the site.

President Fred Jacob Fred@ThePinkBride.com

This electronic feature means you can also share all or part of the magazine conveniently through the internet with family or friends all over the world.

Vice President Allison Jacob

Planning a wedding is not an easy task. With time, budget, and family pulling you in every direction it is hard to stay focused. Adding to this pressure, it’s probably the first time you have planned an event of this scale. Getting married involves a lot more than just your wedding day – it is a wedding experience! Planning your wedding will take a lot of time from picking out your wedding gown, meeting with wedding professionals, selecting the reception location, choosing the music, flowers and cake and so on. You should enjoy each other and this time of celebration.

Contract Manager Donna Jacob Chattanooga Advertising Director Kara Lovett Kara@ThePinkBride.com Marketing Assistant Tammy Hill

The Chattanooga Pink Bride magazine is here to help you with all your planning needs. Read the articles, get advice, and find ideas. Planning your wedding is probably something you have thought about many times, and now it is your turn. Use The Chattanooga Pink Bride magazine to locate dedicated and talented wedding professionals who truly want to help you with your wedding plans. Check out our new Wedding Resources guide in the back of the magazine. As you will quickly learn there are lots of options. You should consider enlisting the services of a professional wedding planner. At the very least, consider hiring a day-of planner, to help coordinate the many details of the wedding day. How can a wedding planner help you? They are familiar with the wedding professionals in the market, they have worked at many of the reception facilities and directed in many of the local churches. This knowledge is part of what you need to help plan your wedding and to make the right decisions. Your engagement and wedding will be one of the most exciting times in your life. With all the time and money involved with your wedding, a professional wedding planner can guide you through the decisions and details with grace and ease. And with all this planning and expectations for your wedding day, having someone else to make sure it runs smoothly will help you enjoy the day stress free.

Production Manager Karen Tobias Social Media Director Andrea McKee ©2013 Jacob Marketing Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction or use of editorial or graphic content in any manner without written permission of Jacob Marketing Inc. is strictly prohibited. All articles are property of Jacob Marketing, Inc. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission from Jacob Marketing, Inc is strictly prohibited. Photographs used in The Pink Bride are provided and copyrighted by their respective owners and may not be reproduced without the owner’s permission. Jacob Marketing, Inc., dba The Pink Bride, is not responsible for any errors, misprints, misquotes, or omissions. All rights reserved.

And a favor, as you make contact with the wedding professional listed throughout this magazine make sure you mention that you saw them in The Chattanooga Pink Bride magazine. If you have suggestions or ideas for future issues please let me know. My goal is that through this magazine your wedding experience will be the best! Enjoy many happy years together.

Congrats to our Cover Finalists Publisher Fred@ThePinkBride.com

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- Wedding Resources What do you still need to plan your wedding? Find local wedding vendors quickly by searching through alphabetized categories of popular wedding elements. Each wedding element is also grouped by color. Use the listing below to help you find a specific wedding vendor.

Bridal Salons

Receptions & Wedding Sites

Catering

Rentals & DĂŠcor

Consultants

Resources

Photography

Music & Entertainment

Tuxedo

Notes


Bridal Salons

Consultants

Chattanooga’s first couture bridal and special occasion boutique. Our designer gowns offer a unique elegance for those who seek fashion-forward style. Bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, prom dresses, evening gowns and cocktail dresses. You’ll find veils, headpieces, and other accessories to complement your perfect gown. For men, formalwear for weddings and other special occasions is available.

423.648.5246

Daisy Moffatt Photography

EverAfter

Blissful Moments

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www.theboutiquecouture.com

Blissful Moments offers a wide range of wedding planning, design & coordination services. We are dedicated, passionate professionals with high attention to detail. Our specialty is discovering how you anticipate experiencing your event and doing whatever it takes to bring your vision to life.

Alex Bee Photography

Boutique Couture

423.650.7098

The Finishing Touch

Ever After Bridal and Formal

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Bridal Consultant, Trinity Pearson, will take care of all the details on your wedding day to insure you have a stress free day! From “day of wedding” coordination to full planning services, Trinity will help each bride design and carry out the vision of their wedding day.

A former Miss Tennessee’s portrait looks down on Kendra Bailey’s romantic bridal boutique, “Ever After,” in downtown Cleveland, Tennessee, she behold’s the most beautiful shop in the “South.” A gallery of stunning wedding gowns of lace, silk, & blinged out Swarouski crystals, indeed even Princess Kate’s & Pippa’s gowns. She spies rhinestone encrusted Stilettos, ballet flats, shoes for every dress. We are a full-service formal wear shop. If you want to truly look & feel like a “Princess” step into “Ever After.” “I feel as it I’m in “Paris” or “Beverly Hills” to quote one of our recent clients.

423.478.5493

www.blissfulwed.com

423.255.4478

www.myeverafterbridal.com

www.finishingtouchtn.com

Music/Entertainment Monica’s

Sound Force

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Sound Force provides fun, professional wedding entertainment with keen attention to detail. With two decades of experience, we confidently guarantee your satisfaction! We proudly offer DJ and emcee services, event lighting, ceremony audio support and an interactive photo booth. Contact us today!

Monica’s is a full service bridal salon that offers a broad assortment of wedding apparel from the most trusted names in the industry. Brides are given creative assistance by our staff of experienced consultants who operate efficently in an informal environment.

423.752.0072

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423.265.7018

www.monicasbridal.com

www.SoundForce.net

Photography

Catering AlShabibi Catering

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America Henry Photography Inspired by life and the people I meet, allow me to help tell your life’s story through candid photographs. By capturing some of life’s precious moments, you can cherish those special days and memories forever!

With more than 18 years experience, AlShabibi Catering is a full service event caterer. From weddings, parties, and galas we offer five-star catering in venues around Chattanooga, Cleveland, and beyond, AlShabibi Catering is known for superb food paired with creative presentation. With wedding and party catering menus designed for every occasion, there’s a delicious menu to fit every budget.

Providing a professional, fun and relaxing atmosphere while creating unique and quality images. Please LIKE on Facebook. americahenryphotography@gmail.com

423.421.4218

www.alshabibi.com

423.650.0274 www.americahenryphotography.com Because it only happens once. 423.618.8441 bamberphotography.com

Impressions Catering

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Impressions Catering is a leading event specialist and wedding caterer serving Chattanooga and Cleveland Tennessee as well as the Southeast United States with a fresh approach to food, dynamic displays, and outstanding service! At Impressions Catering, we strive to provide you the very best, from the finest ingredients available to personal touches that will blow you away.

423.614.4051

www.impressionscatering.net

Bamber Photography

Back Cover

Working and photographing together is our passion. Each wedding is a new opportunity for us to bring our photographic strengths to light. Lindsey is the quiet, patient photojournalist, and John the out-of-the box, fashion-forward shooter. It is our utmost hope that our passion for creativity provides you with photographs that capture your lifestyle and personality. Our couples are not just clients; they are friends that have entrusted us with the privilege to tell their story. They do this not just for themselves, but for the families that become united, the friends that travel long distances, and the legacy that they leave for generations to come.

423.618.8441

www.bamberphotography.com


Photography

Daisy Moffatt Photography

Mason Farm at River’s Edge

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Mason Farm at River’s Edge is Northwest Georgia’s premier event and wedding venue. Our breathtaking southern charm setting provides an unforgettable experience for events of all sizes. From intimate groups to large events looking for that perfect experience, they need not look any further. Our unique venue is nestled in the heart of our 77 acres working cattle farm and is surrounded by rolling pastures making it the only one of its kind.

423.386.5324

706.581.3150 www.MasonFarmatRiversEdge.com

www.daisymphotography.com

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Tennessee Aquarium & IMAX 25, 31

Known for a timeless aesthetic, Finch Photo is a Fine Art Wedding Photography Company located in East TN. Since opening in 2006, Finch has photographed features all over the world and has earned a reputation for professionalism and award-winning images.

Whether planning the wedding of your dreams or a rehearsal dinner to remember, let us offer a unique and memorable experience for you and your guests. Get married with riverfront views and enjoy hors d’oeuvres with seahorses and penguins at the Aquarium, or sip cocktails in a private garden and dance the night away at the IMAX.

865.408.8246

www.finchphoto.com

Life with a View Studio

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From the initial consultation to your finished wedding album, Life with View Studio is dedicated to providing you with an exceptional photography experience. As a married couple, we understand those one of a kind moments you want captured on your weddings day. Let us customize a photography package that showcases your wedding story, and most importantly, your love for one another. What sets us apart from the rest is our sincere interest in getting to know the couples we photograph. Not only can you trust us as your storyteller, but also as friends.

423.413.6559

www.lifewithaviewstudio.com

Rich Smith Photography

P H O T O G R A P H Y

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Conti.

Weddings are our passion! We thrive on providing brides, grooms and families with a fun and professional photography experience. Our goal is to understand how a couple is unique so that we can best capture the spark that makes each wedding day beautiful. Beau and Daisy adore meeting new couples. Personalities matter. Details matter. Memories matter. We are a full service boutique photography company intent on capturing your love!

Finch Photo

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Reception & Wedding Sites

Continued

423.785.3019

www.tnaqua.org

The Chattanoogan

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From intimate ceremonies to grand receptions, The Chattanoogan offers everything to make your wedding day uniquely yours. Our distinctive style, top-notch service and premier location will make every aspect of your wedding truly spectacular.

866.331.9577

www.chattanooganhotel.com

Reception & Wedding Sites Chattanooga Marriott Downtown 30, Inside Back Cover When you decide on a hotel wedding, our Certified Wedding Planners at the Chattanooga Marriott plan on making your wedding a dream come true by making everything perfectly yours. Every flower. Every morsel. Every song. Every moment. Because the perfect wedding means different things to different people. But they all want the same thing. Joy. The ever after kind. And, you’ll be glad to know, your hotel wedding means the same to us.

The Mountain City Club

Chattanooga’s Premier City Club and Special Event Facility. The Mountain City Club is your choice for Special Events & Life Celebrations Made Special Banquets, Wedding Receptions, Rehearsal Dinner, Bridal Shower

423.756.0002 www.chattanoogamarriottdowntown.com

423.756.5584

Grandview of See Rock City Inc.

The Waterhouse Pavilion at Miller Plaza

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www.mountaincityclub.org

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Weddings at Grandview are among the most beautiful in the South because of the magnificent scenery surrounding Chattanooga. Start your new life together with a dream wedding. Give your guests the best view possible with a ceremony or reception at Grandview high atop Lookout Mountain. Even better—host your entire wedding and reception here. You and your guests will remember it forever.

The Waterhouse Pavilion at Miller Plaza is available for private rental through River City Company. This open-air venue is able to accommodate those wanting an outdoor feel, while remaining indoors. Whether it’s a wedding, reunion, or other special event, the Waterhouse Pavilion provides a beautiful, versatile setting right in the heart of downtown.

706.820.7920

423.265.3700

www.meetatgrandview.com

www.waterhousepavilion.com


Reception & Wedding Sites Walnut Hill Farm Event Center

Tuxedos

Conti.

www.WalnutHillFarmEvents.com

Daisy Moffatt Photography

John Bamber Photography

706.259.6943

EverAfter

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Walnut Hill Farm is conveniently located just 15 minutes off of I-75; yet, it is totally private with beautiful mountain views and enchanting gardens. Our desire is to give exceptional personal service to all of our guests. Walnut Hill Farm offers unique and special opportunities for your most wonderful memories.

Ever After Bridal and Formal

423.478.5493

Notes Whitestone Country Inn

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Your Reflections

Whitestone Inn specializes in romantic facilities and attentive services to make your wedding day simply perfect, with everything you need in one fabulous location. Our 200 seat Chapel of the Good Shepherd, heartshaped courtyard gazebo and accompanying Lion & Lamb Banquet Hall overlook spectacular Watts Bar Lake. This majestic setting is unparalleled for both indoor and outdoor weddings.

888.247.2464

www.whitestoneinn.com

Rentals & Decor Luma Designs

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Luma Designs provides expert fabric draping and specialty lighting services for exceptional atmosphere. Romantic sophistication can be created in almost any event space, tent or outdoor setting. Contact us today to discuss your dreams!

855.488.LUMA

www.LumaDesigns.com

White Table White Table offers specialty linens & chair cover rentals to enhance any affair with creativity and sophistication. Our team of linen specialists will guide you through our wide variety of colors, textures and designs. Let us help you create an eye catching tablescape that suits your taste and personal style for a memorable event.

fabric draping • specialty lighting 855.488.LUMA | lumadesigns.com

423.877.2700

www.whitetable.com

Resources First Things First

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First Things First is a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening marriages and families. This mission is accomplished through a variety of skills-based classes (including premarital education) and media messaging. Tennessee and Georgia couples who complete our premarital education classes are eligible for a discount on their marriage license.

423.267.5383

www.firstthings.org

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A former Miss Tennessee’s portrait looks down on Kendra Bailey’s romantic bridal boutique, “Ever After,” in downtown Cleveland, Tennessee, she behold’s the most beautiful shop in the “South.” A gallery of stunning wedding gowns of lace, silk, & blinged out Swarouski crystals, indeed even Princess Kate’s & Pippa’s gowns. She spies rhinestone encrusted Stilettos, ballet flats, shoes for every dress. We are a full-service formal wear shop. If you want to truly look & feel like a “Princess” step into “Ever After.” “I feel as it I’m in “Paris” or “Beverly Hills” to quote one of our recent clients.

www.myeverafterbridal.com


Stephanie Hankins + Michael Slater September 7,2013

~ Congrat s to our ~

Cover Contest

Winners - PHOTOGRAPHY BY -

Bamber Photography

Photography by Bamber Photography


Behind theScenes Photographer Bamber Photography Ceremony Location Lee University Chapel Reception Location The Fillauer Lake House Wedding Planner Kendra Collins Cake The Bakery Catering Corvettes Bar-B-Que and Catering Florist Perry’s Petals Video Invitation RODANICHE FILMS Bridal Shop & Bridal Party Ever After Bridal Transportation Regal Carriage Music 176 Keys Dueling Pianos & Forte Strings Quartet

Rentals and Decor The Fillauer Lake House Officiant Frank Williams Hair Headquarters: Michelle McCulley Make-Up Kayla Snow Photobooth Just Shoot Me


Experience everything you’ll need to create your perfect wedding

Chattanooga Pink Bridal Show JANuary 5, 2014 & July 2014

Chattanooga convention center

For more information or to buy tickets call 865.531.3941 or visit www.ThePinkBride.com

Showcasing only the best wedding professionals!

See who will be at the Next show!


hey grooms

Don’t Say This During Wedding Planning!

“Sounds good, whatever you think.”

If it only mattered what your bride thought, than she wouldn’t take the time to ask you for an opinion. Contrary to popular culture, most brides desperately want their groom more involved with the wedding planning. While there will be some aspects that you have less of any opinion than others, it is important to not fall mute for a majority of the major decisions. After all, a wedding is the first step in your new life together, and I’m betting you want to have a say in that.

“How much?!”

Constant criticism of how much is being spent really takes the fun out of planning a wedding for all parties involved, particularly your bride. Instead, map out a budget that you can both agree on for the wedding so you both have a clear understanding of how much money is being spent where. Financial woes are the number-one precursor for divorce; start off on the right foot.

“I’m really whipped... I just want to chill. Can all this planning stuff wait?”

Let me clarify... grooms get a hall-pass on this statement a couple times. By the third, fourth, every time we ask for help and you respond with another excuse to postpone, our patience wears thin. Brides see a mountain of work ahead of them when it comes to all the details of a wedding. From decor to family drama to slimming down for our dream dress, we see our own sacrifice everywhere and need you to pitch in. After all, the wedding is for the both of us.

“Didn’t I mention that? I must have forgotten.”

It is important that both bride and groom are kept in each other’s loop regarding the wedding, guests’ travel plans and Mom’s sudden one-eighty considering her help with the rehearsal dinner. A wedding can be a logistical nightmare, and “forgetting” to mention vital details can derail a timeline and add a lot of undue stress to your bride. When you have new wedding information, make a point to share this with your fiancé, pronto. I’m betting there’s an app for that...

“This really doesn’t matter to me. I don’t want to help.”

Agreed, tying ribbons around hundreds of wedding programs or filling custom seed packets for favors may not be your cup of tea. But your bride is excited and loves the details that make your day personal and heartfelt, including those that are somewhat time-consuming. And when you love a person you do things that are not important to you because they matter to the person who matters most to you.


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Fairytale in the woods

Photography by Daisy Moffatt Photography

Congrats to our

Cover Contest

Runner-up


Megan & Morgan Smith 10.13.13

Brooke & Drew Holland 07.13.13

Quinn Lewis & Jonathan Hagen 06.22.13

Bamber Photography

Bamber Photography

Life With A View Studio

Amy & Jim Hinds 09.21.13

Janice Babbs & KC Dyer 08.24.13

Cary Queen & Tim Ballard 05.24.14

Bamber Photography

Daisy Moffatt Photography

Finch Photo

View this magazine online at ThePinkBride.com

Emilee & Tucker Tipton 06.15.13

Erika & Jon Michael Taylor 06.22.13

Bamber Photography

Bamber Photography

Congratulations

To all of these Chattanooga couples


F I NC H PHOTO . C O M

F I NC H P H O T O G R A P H Y

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GR A N DV I E W Put your wedding high above the rest.

Fairytale weddings come true at Grandview. Treat your guests to panoramic views indoors or out. Work with the in-house catering staΩ to design your own menu. Enjoy accommodations for you and your wedding party just steps away from the property. Let Grandview help you create the perfect wedding experience from rehearsal dinner to wedding to reception. 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, GA • 706.820.7920 • Toll Free: 1.866.820.7920 • www.meetatgrandview.com


TIPS TO GET

THE MOST OUT OF

THE PINK BRIDAL SHOWS www.ThePinkBride.com

Create a wedding email address:

Bring a sheet of peel ‘n stick mailing labels:

This is a must do. Do not use your personal email address. You will receive lots of emails about your wedding and you want them all in one central place. Plus, after the wedding you simply never check your wedding email address again.

Many of the exhibitors will have in- booth registrations. On your label include your wedding date, your name and wedding email address. This will save you time!!

Show specials:

Many of the show exhibitors offer show specials the day of the show for brides ready to book. If you have done your research you may just snag a savings. Keep in mind vendors are not as busy during the fashions shows, so if you have your dress, use this time to talk one-on-one.

What to wear?

Comfortable shoes and layers of clothes in case it is too hot or too cold.

Come to the show ready to book or at least make an appointment: What do you still need for your wedding?

Go online to www.ThePinkBride.com and under the SHOWS tab click on your city. Then scroll down the category listings and review the exhibitors who will be showcasing at the show and link to their sites. Doing your homework prior to the show and having questions to ask exhibitors can help you be efficient and less stressful while at the show.

The Pink Bridal Show is like a wedding mall for the day. This allows you the chance to see lots of exhibitors without having to drive all over town. If you are not sure about signing a contract at the show, at least book an appointment. Why? You are not the only bride getting married and if you have decided on an exhibitor better secure your date before it’s taken by another bride. You do not want to be disappointed.

Can my Groom come?

YES – YES – YES. It is a great time to start making some decisions and clearly you want him to be part.

How long will I be at the show?

Assuming you still have needs, you can plan on 2-3 hours easily. There is so much to see and so many great ideas. Taking notes is a good idea so you can remember the important thoughts from the vendors you connected with at the bridal show.

Come and Enjoy yourself at The Pink Bridal Shows!! www.ThePinkBride.com Tickets are available online or at the door. If you have any specific questions call the Pink Bride office 865.531.3941 The Pink Bridal Shows are a lot of fun and a great opportunity to help you make good choices.


North Shore 423.752.0072


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Southern Elegance - on the water -

Photography by Finch Photo


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Touch

The Finishing

Weddings, Events & More

Why should a bride consider a day-ofwedding coordinator a necessity? Many brides today plan their own weddings. A day-of-wedding coordinator will insure all the bride’s hard work comes together flawlessly, so the bride can relax and enjoy her wedding day. A coordinator is a very affordable option, allowing family and friends to enjoy a stress free day alongside the bride and groom.

423.255.4478

www.finishingtouchtn.com trinitypearson2005@yahoo.com

Lori Line Photography

WATERHOUSE PAVILION A 3,600 square foot versatile event space in the heart of downtown Wedding Ceremonies, Receptions & Rehearsal Dinners

www.waterhousepavilion.com Book before May 2014 and receive $100 discount on your rental by mentioning this ad


Bridal Gowns

EverAfter Bridal & Formal Wear 423.478.5493

www.myeverafterbridal.com


English Whitehead + Dr. Charles Gomez Jr June 9, 2013

Photography by Daisy Moffatt Photography

Behind theScenes Photographer Daisy Moffatt Photography Wedding Planner Kendra Bailey Florist Grafe Studio Caterer Apron Strings Cake Kimmie’s Cakes & Cafe Invitations & Calligraphy Hindland Design Bridal Party Attire & Jewelry Ever After Bridal Formalwear Mercy Streams Ceremony & Reception Location The Barn at High Point Farm Music/Entertainment Priscilla and Little Rickee Officiant/ Minister Shawnessey Cargile


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Lemon Drop Celebration

Photography by Bamber Photography


A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. ~ Mignon McLaughlin


10

Steps To The Best Wedding Celebration Ever

by Pink Lady Andrea

If you dream of throwing the wedding of the decade, plan an event that focuses on honoring your guests throughout the evening. Follow the ten great tips below to planning a celebration your guests with thank you for later – and talk about for years to come!

1. Welcome your guests in style.

Besides stepping into a cozy, clean hotel room after a long day driving or flying to your wedding location, give your guests fashionable treats to make them feel more at home – and welcome! Include everything from local snacks and bottled water to area maps and information on local attractions. They’ll love relaxing with these treats before the festivities!

2. Choose an interesting locale.

Get expressive with where you tie the knot. This can be anywhere from your local zoo to even a museum or gallery nearby. Don’t limit your celebration to traditional venues! Guests will love the unique characteristics of your day because of the one-of-a-kind feel of the location.

3. Keep guests comfortable.

If you’re having an outdoor celebration during summer months, install fans to keep guests cool, and consider fan programs as wedding favors. If it’s during the winter, install heaters to keep the space warm and serve warm drinks. Rest rooms should be nearby no matter where your event is, and you should keep a check on the air conditioning and heat if your venue is indoors. The point is to never let your guests become uncomfortable!

4. Involve them in the ceremony.

Kick off the ceremony with a signature beverage as guests arrive, and allow them to sip and chat before the processional begins. This is a surefire way to break the ice and drum up conversations that will last throughout the evening. Not sure what to serve? A cool, refreshing cocktail (or mocktail) during warm months would be great, and good, old-fashioned hot chocolate would be wonderful during the cooler months. You can also ask guests to give you advice for wedded bliss as you start your new life together.


5. The transition from ceremony to reception should be quick.

Let’s face it: if guests have to travel more than 30 minutes between your ceremony and reception site, or if they have to wait that long for your arrival to begin celebrating, they won’t really be in the partying mood by the time the reception starts. Choose venues that are near each other for your ceremony and reception, and cater your timeline to making sure your guests are entertained.

6. Let your guests make a grand entrance.

Treat them to a rock-star arrival by having each guest ushered into the reception hall with drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and lively music. This makes them feel like a true part of the celebration and sets a vibrant tone for the rest of the evening!

7. Keep them interested with a full itinerary.

The party should never hit a lull where guests sneakily start checking their watches. Make sure you’ve got plenty lined up for their entertainment by dispersing special dances, speeches, and toasts throughout the evening. Also consider having a photo booth near for guests to enjoy! Constantly change things up, rather than having long stretches of time with the same activity.

8. Food and beverages are the key to a great celebration.

People tend to chat more and feel more comfortable when food and drinks are involved, so make sure you foster that great sense of welcome and hospitality by ensuring that they always have something to snack on and drink throughout the evening. Ask your caterer to provide servers who will mingle with the guests, refreshing plates and drinks regularly.

9. Dance the night away with great entertainment. One of the biggest details of throwing the celebration of a lifetime depends upon your entertainment choice – meaning your band or DJ. This is so much more than just playing music! A professional band or DJ will be able to read the crowd and play music that will either get them up and dancing or relax them. If you want your guests talking about your celebration for years, put some work into finding the perfect entertainment choice!

10. Plan the after-party!

Give your more party-friendly crowd somewhere to take their dancing shoes after the big exit at the reception. Plan an after-party! This can be at a nearby locale, and food, beverages, and entertainment should be in ample supply. Just make sure that you have important numbers handy in case you need to call someone a cab or need to get in touch with someone fast!


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Downtown

Luxury at

Chattanooga

Marriott Downtown

Photography by Rich Smith Photography Location Chattanooga Marriott Downtown


Chattanooga WEDDING AND RECEPTION

GUIDE

This section was created to help you choose a reception site for your big day. When you are trying to decide what place is best for your event, keep in mind that every facility has different advantages. You can use the following pages to compare and contrast the benefits of different venues. Once you have narrowed the facilities down make sure you visit them. Take time to sample some of their food and take a tour of the facility. Make sure the place you choose fits all your needs. Many of these facilities can also accommodate your rehearsal dinner or other party needs

Chattanooga Marriott Downtown

GRANDVIEW

The Marriott Hotel Downtown offers beautifully appointed event space, 343 vibrant rooms for your guest accommodations and is complete with ample covered parking. Exceptional service is provided from Marriott Certified Wedding planners to Red Coat service for all rehearsal dinners, weddings and receptions. The Marriott offers over 10,000 sq ft of flexible event space including the beautiful Plaza ballroom that accommodates up to 500 guests for receptions. The hotel also has the unique Tennessee River Room a setting for a more intimate celebration complete with an outdoor terrace. Packages are available and can be customized specifically to meet the bride and groom’s budget. Let the Marriott help you in creating your special day filled with memories to cherish for a lifetime. 2 Carter Plaza, Chattanooga, TN 37402 423.756.0002 www.chattanoogamarriottdowntown.com

Adjacent to beautiful Rock City Gardens, Grandview shares the same world-famous views of the Georgia High Country and Tennessee Valley. Built in the 1930’s, the English Tudor-Style home features wrought iron detailing, hardwood floors and comfortable decor. Outside, you can relax and enjoy the view from the porch, deck or patio. Fairytale weddings come true at Grandview. Treat your guests to panoramic views indoors or out. Work with the in-house catering staff to design your own menu. Enjoy onsite accommodations for you and your wedding party just steps away from the property. Let Grandview help you create the perfect wedding experience from Rehearsal Dinner to Wedding to Reception.

Wedding & Reception Locations

1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, GA 706.820.7920 • Toll Free 1.866.820.7920 www.meetatgrandview.com


Rock City’s Group Pavilion

The Mountain City Club’s event facilities are perfectly appointed and private. Whether the celebration is an intimate dinner, a life celebration or a gathering of several hundred, it becomes the great occasion that you expect. We look forward to working with you in the design of your next “Special Life Celebration”.

Whatever your next event, Rock City’s Pavilion has it covered. Inspiring surroundings team with stunning gardens and legendary views for a most memorable event. With 3,200 square feet, the pavilion can accommodate 125 to 200 guests. The pavilion is just steps away from the famous Rock City’s seven state views. Cozy up by the fireplace in the winter, enjoy the breeze in the open air pavilion in the spring and take a stroll out to Lover’s Leap for the views any time of the year. The same excellent staff at Grandview will take care of any menu and catering needs.

729 Chestnut Street 423.756.5584 www.mountaincityclub.org

1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, GA 706.820.7920 www.SeeRockCity.com/pavilion

Tennessee Aquarium & IMAX

The Waterhouse Pavilion at Miller Plaza

Bamber Photography

Chris Willis Photography

Mountain City Club

The Tennessee Aquarium is the perfect place for your special day. Get married under a pavilion with gorgeous riverfront views. Take your time with the photographer for that perfect shot while your guests enjoy cocktails with butterflies, sharks, jellyfish, seahorses, penguins and more. The IMAX Great Hall offers unique modern architecture, vaulted ceilings, and access to a private garden. Already have a wedding venue, but looking for something out of the box for your rehearsal dinner? Host your friends and family for a dinner at one of the nation’s top Aquariums.

The Waterhouse Pavilion at Miller Plaza is a beautiful and spacious 3,600-squarefoot facility with a two story atrium and abundant windows that can create an open air space, or completely enclose the Pavilion depending on the weather or event.

1 Broad Street, Chattanooga 423.785.3019 www.tnaqua.org

850 Market Street, Chattanooga 423.265.3700 www.waterhousepavilion.com

Wedding & Reception Locations


Whitestone country inn

Your Reflections

Walnut Hill Farm Event Center

Walnut Hill Farm offers personalized care to every detail of each event planned. This gated estate provides ultimate privacy for every event. It has the feeling of denium and diamonds because of it’s country barn setting, yet elegance runs through every detail of the venue. We have amazing mountain views, dreamy sunsets, formal and informal gardens, orchards and fields, along with the most caring staff you will find anywhere. Between the Pond and Pavilion, Home Main Hall, Bridal Suite, Hill Top Barn and Pavilion, and with the Guest House there are endless options that can combine to make your event unique and amazing.

When booking a wedding location, perfection means Whitestone Country Inn. The Lion & Lamb Reception Hall, located adjacent to the Chapel of the Good Shepherd, is nestled amongst East Tennessee’s beautiful mountains, lakes and rolling hillsides. Inside this grand Victorian building, you will find the charm of an elegant banquet room equipped with state-of-the-art amenities. Your Whitestone wedding coordinator will help you choose from among the many extra services available to create the wedding of your dreams. Complete catering services, Hansom carriage rides, luxurious honeymoon suite, relaxing massage therapist and many other special touches make planning your wedding at Whitestone an enjoyable experience.

800 Lee Bryant Road NE 706.259.6943 www.walnuthillfarmevents.com

1200 Paint Rock Road, Kingston, TN 37763 1.888.247.2464 www.whitestoneinn.com

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Wedding & Reception Locations


Chattanooga Venue Chart

room capacity

price range per person

outside catering permitted

outside reception area

overnight guest rooms

facility rental fee

ceremony site available

Chattanooga Marriott 423.756.0002

25 to 500

$25 to $50

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Grandview 706.820.7920

up to 100

Custom Pricing Available

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Mountain City 423.756.5584

12 to 225

$16 to $38

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Rock City’s Group Pavilion 706.820.7920

50 to 250

Custom Pricing Available

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Tennessee Aquarium 423.785.3019

Up to 2000

Varies

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

The Waterhouse Pavilion at Miller Plaza 423.265.3700

up to 400

Varies

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Depends on Venue

Varies

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

175 to 225

$24.95 & up

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Walnut Hill Farm Event Center 706.259.6943

Whitestone Country Inn 1.888.247.2464

valet parking


1269 Market Street

423.648.5246

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Mountain City Club The ambiance of the Club, its elegant charm, and the discerning attention to detail by the entire staff, create a warm, welcoming atmosphere not found elsewhere. The Club’s experienced professional catering team handles events and meetings with grace and elegance. Whether menu options, floral arrangements, AV, or music, the staff can assist with any and all aspects to ensure a flawless and memorable event.The Club’s event facilities are perfectly appointed and private. Whether the event is an intimate dinner, a life celebration or a gathering of several hundred, it becomes the great occasion that you expect. We look forward to working with you in the design of your “Life Celebration”. 729 Chestnut Street Chattanooga TN 37402 (Downtown)

I have found the one whom my soul loves

| 423.756.5584 |

www.mountaincityclub.org


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TIPS TO MAKE YOUR

Hair Sparkle ON YOUR WEDDING DAY!

1 HIRE A PROFESSIONAL.

We know some of your are very good at styling hair but hiring a professional is the way to go; especially for your wedding day.

2 DO YOU COLOR YOUR HAIR?

Make sure you talk to your stylist at least 6 months prior to your wedding. This will allow you and your stylist to achieve the perfect color on your big day.

3 OUTDOOR WEDDING?

Be sure to choose a hair style that can take the heat. Also be sure to use lots of hair spray (Maybe have one of your bridesmaids keep some hair spray with them at all times to fix any hair that might be falling).

4 PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT.

Be sure to set an appointment with your stylist a few weeks before your wedding. Use this time to share hair ideas with your stylist. This will help you see what you will look like on your wedding day and allows the hair stylist a little practice before the big day!

5 WANT TO BE SURE YOUR HAIR LOOKS AMAZING ON YOUR WEDDING DAY?

Be sure to start using a deep conditioner at least three months before your wedding. Ask your stylist for tips on which conditioner is best for your hair.

6 KEEP IT DIRTY.

Many times hair stylists like to work with dirty hair when styling. Dirty hair can often help the hair style last longer.

7 HAIR CHOICES.

Having trouble settling on one hair style? Try one for your wedding day and another for bridal shots or day after wedding shots.

8 VEIL OR NO VEIL?

This seems to be the big question facing the modern bride. This is your wedding day and only opportunity to wear a veil so why not wear one of the ceremony and switch to a beautiful hair piece or hair jewelry for the reception.

9 BE SURE TO BRING ALL YOUR HAIR ACCESSORIES TO YOUR TRIAL RUN.

This includes your veil and jewelry! You will want to see how this compliments your hair style.

10 CHOOSING THE RIGHT HAIRSTYLE FOR YOU!

You want to look naturally beautiful on your wedding day. If you don't wear you hair up then DO NOT wear it up on your wedding day! Start with your favorite everyday look and let your stylist take charge!

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Photography by Finch Photography

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INVITATION

SAVE-THE-DATES TIPS HOW MANY

RULES FOR

INVITATIONS TO ORDER

INVITATION WORDING

YOUR GUEST LIST per family/couple + 25 extra

WRITE OUT dates and times

PERFECT AMOUNT

CAPITALIZE the first word of the year (ex.Two Thousand and Twelve)

this will help avoid pricey reprints or rush orders

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DO NOT ABBREVIATE any words except Mr., Mrs., Jr. and Dr.

SHOULD YOU

DO NOT CAPITALIZE each line unless it is a proper noun (exception: Capitalize all Text)

ORDER SAVE THE DATES?

NO PERIODS at the end of each line

Is your wedding around a HOLIDAY? Do you have several OUT-OF-TOWN GUESTS?

“HONOUR” WITH A “U” is traditionally used for church weddings only

Do you have the CUTEST ENGAGEMENT PICTURES and want to share them?

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INVITE TIMELINE SEND INVITATIONS: 4-8 weeks before wedding

SEND SAVE THE DATES: 6-8 months before wedding

SEND WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENTS: Day after wedding

THE BIG DAY ORDER INVITES: 3-8 months before wedding

ADDRESSING

DON’T GO POSTAL

YOUR ENVELOPES

AVOID MAILING SURPRISES

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Mr. and Mrs. John Peterson 2000 Happy Hallow Drive Knoxville, Tennessee 37923

SPELL OUT ALL WORDS in an address on your envelope (spell out city and state names as well)

Street

or

St.

Post Office Box Apartment

or

or

P.O. Box

Apt.

If you want to hire a calligrapher to address your envelopes, be sure to reserve in advance, so she can schedule your wedding.

BRING A COMPLETED INVITATION TO THE POST OFFICE TO HAVE IT WEIGHED many require postage for at least two ounces, which exceeds the cost of a first class stamp ALSO... Have a reply card and its envelope weighed as well to ensure that you don’t go over - or underpay for that postage. Square or over-sized envelopes require extra postage, as well as invitations with multiple pieces.

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ask the expert Timing Is Everything

Celebration Options: What Kind Of Impression Do You Want To Make On Your Big Day?

Best time for a cocktail party is 8:00 p.m. - it clues guests to grab a bite beforehand, whereas a 5:00 p.m. start time signals supper.

Plated Dinner – Who should choose it: Couples who want a quieter, more formal atmosphere and to make a grand impression. Who should avoid it: Minglers / Social butterflies. Dinners take time – spent eating, not dancing or chatting with anyone outside your table.

Buffet / Performance Stations – Who should choose them: Those who want to offer several entrees with a free-flowing vibe. Anything goes, from Mac ‘n cheese and sliders to a carving, pasta station or an impressive mashed potato bar. Who should avoid them: Couples with limited spaced. You’ll need several buffet tables or stations to keep lines from forming.

Cocktail Party – Who should choose it: Minglers / Social butterflies and those who want multiple food stations with a variety of menu items. A heavy hors d’ oeuvre menu provides guests a meal but in a walk - around friendly impression. Who should avoid it: Brides seeking the spotlight. Socializing guests don’t always gather around for introductions or first dances.

Casual Barbecue – Who should choose it: Those on a smaller budget and those looking for the informality of a backyard or park surroundings.

Financial Planning

Who should avoid it: Those who are not into DIY weddings.

Remember catering will take up approximately 40% of your budget.

Price difference The price difference between seated dinners and buffets is not so much in the food, but in the staff needed to serve your guests.

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Honeymoon Checklist CARRY ON BAGGAGE:

CLOTHING:

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Names and phone numbers of people to contact in case of an emergency.

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Casual shorts/pants/tops

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Cash, credit cards and traveler’s checks

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Dressy shorts/pants/top/dresses

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Small US currency for tipping

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Jackets/blazers/ties

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Passport/visa and/or driver’s license

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Outdoor jackets/sweaters

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Travelers checks’ serial numbers

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Sweatshirts/sweatsuits

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Complete travel itinerary with addresses,phones #’s and confirmation numbers

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Belts

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Airline tickets

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Socks/hosiery

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Photocopies of all the above items as well credit card contact phone numbers to keep in hotel safe

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Shoes

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Underwear/panties & bras

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Thank you notes

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Walking shoes/sandals/loafers

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Prescription medication

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Athletic shorts/tops & athletic shoes

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Medical cards and physicians phone numbers

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Swim suits, swim suit cover-up

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Phone numbers to the local US embassy

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Sun hat or baseball cap

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Overnight toiletries and one casual outfit

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Accessories/jewelry

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Camera & chargers/batteries

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Pajamas

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Cell phone and charger

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iPod/MP3 player

OTHER ITEMS:

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Maps

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Backpack and/or beach bag and purse

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Antibacterial wipes

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Honeymoon gift for your spouse

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Currency converter chart or pocket calculator

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Extra tote bag for bringing home new items

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Foreign language dictionary

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Chargers/batteries for electronic devices

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Travel guide book

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Shout wipes (instant stain remover towelettes)

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Reading material

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Plastic trash bags for dirty laundry

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Eyeglasses/sunglasses/contact lenses

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Small sewing kit and safety pins

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Gum and/breath mints

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Electrical converter/adapter

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Motion sickness medicine

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Travel alarm clock and iron

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Umbrella

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Video camera and charger

CHECKED BAGGAGE/COSMETIC BAG: ¡

TSA-Approved locks

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Basic toiletries (shampoo, deodorant, razors, etc.)

DOCUMENTS TO LEAVE with a trusted contact:

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Makeup bag

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Perfume

Complete travel itinerary with addresses, phones #’s and confirmation numbers

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Insect repellent and anti-itch cream

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Band aids

Copy of credit cards numbers, travelers check numbers and passport/drivers license

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Aspirin

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Vitamins

Copy of your wills, life insurance-policy numbers, and pertinent financial info

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Sunscreen lotions and aloe vera

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Chap stick

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Antacid

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Antihistamine

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Diarrhea medicine

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Birth control

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Feminine hygiene products

NEED TO DO BEFORE LEAVING: ¡

Get passport and travel documents

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Stop mail collection

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Stop newspaper and other deliveries

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Leave contact information with neighbors

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Coordinate pet care

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Water plants

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Set light timers

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Clean out refrigerator

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Empty garbage containers

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Lock all doors and windows

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Set security alarm


Bridal Party Duties Groom

Best Man

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Help select a date and reception hall.

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Help with tux shopping.

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Choose your best man, groomsmen and ushers.

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Organize bachelor party.

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Meet with officiant, master of ceremony.

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Attend rehearsal.

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Help build a guest list as soon as possible.

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Sign marriage license with maid/matron of honor as witness.

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Research band and/or disc jockeys, and know the budget you have.

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Shop for wedding rings.

¡ If requested, get payments to the officiant, musicians, church; tip the DJ or help finalize other bills.

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Check requirements for marriage license.

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Get the transportation to the ceremony and reception handled.

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Select tuxes for groomsmen.

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Organize honeymoon and make all travel arrangements.

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Help create wedding website.

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Help with details and finalizing as requested by the bride.

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The groom’s parents typically cover and plan the rehearsal dinner. Decide how this will work and help by planning with parents.

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Buy the bride a memorable wedding gift.

¡ Make sure all business and legal affairs are handled. This includes name changes, medical plans, checking accounts, etc. ¡ Be sure to double check tuxedo orders and fittings. Make sure all groomsmen know when and where final fittings are. ¡

File for your marriage license with your bride-to-be.

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If moving get a change of address card to the Post Office.

¡ Pick out the groomsmen gifts. These men will be doing a lot of work for you on wedding day. Make sure you get them something they might enjoy.

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Keep groom on schedule.

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Know directions from the ceremony to the reception hall in advance.

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Drive groom to ceremony.

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Welcome guests and recognize the parents.

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Have a prepared toast.

¡ Dance with bride and bridesmaids. Be available for activities on the dance floor. ¡ Help the groom collect tuxes the next morning and offer to drop them all off.

Groomsmen Ushers ¡

Rent tuxedo and accessories as part of the wedding party.

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Assist best man with any parties or plans.

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Assist best man with any errands.

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Participate in all pre-wedding parties.

¡ Pick up your wedding rings and check the engraving to see if everything is spelled correctly.

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Arrive at dressing site according to time chosen by groom.

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Participate in photographs.

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Go over the final details with fiancée.

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Be a part of the processional.

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Pick up the tux, try it on and check yourself out.

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Sit at the head table.

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Make sure best man & ushers get their wedding attire.

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Dance with bridesmaids or other guests.

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Encourage single men to participate in garter toss.

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Help best man with bachelor party.

¡ Reconfirm all honeymoon reservations. If flying, make sure you have airline tickets & passports. ¡

Have your hair cut.

¡ Make sure your attendants are at the rehearsal, and know their duties. ¡ Make sure your ushers are aware of any special seating arrangements. ¡

Attend rehearsal dinner - relax and enjoy yourself!

¡ Bring your wedding license to the official at rehearsal, be sure it is filled out properly so it can be signed and returned to you after your wedding. ¡

Give the best man the bride’s wedding ring.

¡ Prepare the officiant fee or gift in an envelope, and give it to the best man so he can present it after the ceremony. ¡ Decide where you are going to dress and hang your suit, ready for the wedding day. ¡ On the wedding day, make sure your luggage is in the car or hotel where you will stay your first night.

¡ Arrive dressed at ceremony site according to bride’s schedule for the wedding for photographs and getting organized. ¡ Seat guests as they arrive at the ceremony. Check with bride for timing. ¡

Light any candles before the ceremony, if asked.

¡ See that programs/service booklets are prepared before the ceremony. ¡

Make sure all ceremonial items are ready.

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Help direct musicians and check that microphones are working.

¡ Distribute wedding programs and maps to the reception as guests arrive. ¡ Two ushers may roll runner down the aisle after both mothers are seated. ¡

At ceremony’s closing, escort guests out of the church.

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Stay in the church until all guests have exited.

¡ Pack all other items safely and securely into a travel bag and ensure that the wedding rings are safe.

¡ If pew ribbons are used, loosen them one row at a time after the ceremony.

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Direct guests to the reception site.

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Be prepared to participate in pictures.

Help with sending ‘thank you’ notes.


Maid/Matron of Honor ¡

Help select bridal gown and help address invitations.

¡

Plan bridal shower for bride.

¡ Optional: Plan a night out for the girls, based on what the bride would like. ¡ Arrange the bride’s veil and gown before the processional and recessional. ¡

May need to carefully situate train or veil during ceremony.

¡ Hold bride’s bouquet and groom’s ring, if no ring bearer, during the ceremony. ¡

Sign marriage license with best man as witness.

¡

Keep bride on wedding day itinerary.

¡

Dance with best man during the bridal party dance.

¡

Help bride change into her going away clothes.

¡

Mail wedding announcements after the wedding.

¡

Plan speech/toast.

Mother of Bride ¡

Main confidant and be there to support your daughter.

¡

Help your daughter select her wedding gown and accessories.

¡ Assist in selecting the ceremony and reception facilities and any other wedding selections she needs help with. ¡

Arrange a get together for you to meet the groom’s parents.

¡ Select your gown and accessories and let the groom’s mother know what you are wearing. ¡

Plan the wedding budget and what you can contribute.

¡

Plan the number of guests and your guest list.

¡

Reserve hotel accommodations for the out-of-town guests

¡

Spread the word about the bridal registries.

¡

Attend the wedding shower and rehearsal dinner.

¡ Hostess at the wedding and reception - make sure all guest are comfortable. ¡

Participate in receiving line.

¡

Assist the bride in greeting all her guests.

¡

Help your daughter when ever possible in planning this important day.

Tip chart No bridal budget is complete until nominal tipping charges are factored into the overall wedding costs. Although not required (nor expected), by every wedding vendor, small gratuity gifts for ‘a job well done’ by certain service or delivery personnel are a gracious way of showing your appreciation in making your wedding run more smoothly.

Important: Be sure to inquire if products or services you have already contracted for include a gratuity or service charge built into your price.

Officiant/Clergy

$75 - $100 ‘donations’ are appropriate. Mayors, judges or other public servants may not be able to accept gratuities.

Ceremony Site Staff

(soloist, organist, church staff, etc.) $20 to $30 per person, depending on amount of service

Delivery/Setup Personnel

(decorators, floral, cake, etc.) $10 each if just dropping items off, $20 each if dropping off and setting up to great extent.

Transportation Driver(s)

15% - 20% on top of contracted fee paid to driver.

Reception Wait Staff

$20 to $40 each, depending upon quality of service.

Bartenders

15% - 20% of entire bill for the bar.

Reception Site Manager

15% to 20% of entire bill for the reception.

Bridesmaids ¡

Purchase dress and accessories as part of the wedding party.

¡

Assist maid/matron of honor in planning bridal shower.

¡

Assist bride with errands and addressing invitations.

¡

Participate in all pre-wedding parties.

¡

Arrive at dressing site according to time chosen by bride.

¡

Participate in photographs.

¡ Walk behind ushers in order of height during the processional, either in pairs or in single file. ¡

Sit at the head table.

¡

Dance with ushers, groomsmen and other important guests.

¡ Encourage single women to participate in the bouquet-tossing ceremony.

Dj / Band:

15% to 20% of the bill should be given to the bandleader or D.J, more if they exceeded expectations.

Parking Attendants:

$1 - $2 per car if they are not taking tips from guests.


Wedding Day Survival Kit

¡

Make-up Kit

¡

Stapler

¡

Make-up Remover

¡

Lint Remover

¡

Make-up Brushes

¡

Static Guard

¡

Perfume

¡

Iron

¡

Toothbrush/toothpaste

¡

Band-Aid’s

¡

Dental Floss

¡

Antibiotic Ointment

¡

Lip Balm

¡

Tums

¡

Breath Mints/Gum

¡

Smelling Salts

¡

Toothpicks

¡

Aspirin/Tylenol

¡

Mirror

¡

Benadryl

¡

Tissues

¡

Something to eat (cheese/crackers/granola bar)

¡

Tweezers

¡

Bottled Water

¡

Cotton Balls/Q-tips

¡

¡

Contact Lenses & Solution

Pack of matches, disposable lighter

¡

Eye Drops

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Pen and Pad of Paper

¡

Hand Lotion

¡

Bridal Gown

¡

Nail Polish - to match yours

¡

Weddings Shoes and comfy shoes

¡

Nail Polish - clear to stop hosiery runs

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2 - Garters (1 to keep and 1 to toss)

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Change of clothing for after reception

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Nail Polish Remover

¡

Groom’s Ring

¡

Nail Glue

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Extra socks for the

¡

Small scissors

¡

Groom/Groomsmen

¡

Nail File

¡

Cash/Credit Cards

¡

Hair Spray & Gel

¡

Driver’s License

¡

Brush

¡

Cell Phone (and charger)

¡

Comb

¡

Raincoat

¡

Hairdryer

¡

Umbrella

¡

Straightener

¡

Wedding Vendors - Phone

¡

Curling Iron

¡

Numbers

¡

Hair Pins

¡

Bridal Party - Phone Numbers

¡

Clear Deodorant

¡

Instant Shoe Shine Buff for the Bride

¡

Tampons/Panty Liners

¡

Tuxedo or suit

¡

Razor

¡

Cufflinks

¡

Shaving Cream

¡

Handkerchief

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Stockings/Pantyhose

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Shoes and socks

¡

Bath Robe

¡

Comb or/and brush

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Chalk (to cover small stains!)

¡

Hair gel/other products

¡

Stain Remover Spray

¡

Breath mints

¡

Shout Wipes(for stains)

¡

Toothpaste/brush

¡

Sunscreen

¡

Razor, shaving cream

¡

Insect Repellent

¡

Deodorant

¡

Glue

¡

Aftershave

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Sewing Needle

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Money, credit card

¡

Thread (black, white & color to match bridesmaid dresses)

¡

Drivers license

¡

Safety Pins

¡

Any medications

¡

Masking Tape

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Present for the bride/for the Groom


WEDDING DAY TIMETABLE

Rehearsal

Ceremony

____________ Rehearsal

____________ Music Begins

____________ Rehearsal Dinner

____________ Ceremony Begins

Wedding Day

Arrival at Reception Location

____________ Hairdresser

____________ Caterer

____________ Manicurist

____________ Rental Items

____________ Facial/Make-up

____________ Baker ____________ Musicians

Time of Arrival at Bride’s Home

____________ Florist

____________ Attendants

____________ Photographer

____________ Photographer

____________ Videographer: Guests

____________ Videographer

____________ Bride & Groom

____________ Limousines ____________ Florist

Timing of

____________ Departing Time

____________ Cocktails ____________ Hors d’oeurvres

Arrival at Church

____________ Blessing

____________ Ushers

____________ Toast

____________ Groomsmen

____________ Dinner

____________ Best Man

____________ Dessert

____________ Groom

____________ Start of Music

____________ Groom’s Parents

____________ First Dance

____________ Bride’s Mother

____________ Parent Dances

____________ Bridesmaids

____________ Special Dances

____________ Maid of Honor

____________ Cutting of Cake

____________ Bride’s Father

____________ Bouquet Toss

____________ Bride

____________ Garter Toss

____________ Guest Book Attendant

____________ Departure of Bride & Groom

____________ Florist

____________ Function Ending

____________ Rental Items

____________ Overtime Available Until

____________ Photographer ____________ Videographer ____________ Musicians ____________ Officiant: Other


Wedding Planning timeline 12 months before the wedding ¡

Choose wedding date

¡

Confirm date is available with ceremony site

¡

3-6 months prior to the wedding ¡

Take a completed wedding invitation to post office to be weighed for proper postage.

Work on Budget with both families

¡

Finalize honeymoon plans & arrange time off from work.

¡

Set budget and number of guests

¡

Make final decision & buy wedding rings.

¡

Discuss who will pay for what

¡

Shop for wedding guests favors.

¡

Choose type of wedding

¡

Finalize selected tuxedo styles for groom, groomsmen, father & ring bearer.

¡

Confirm officiant

¡

Discuss music selections for both ceremony & reception

¡

Buy wedding rings

¡

Instruct mothers to select their formalwear gowns.

¡

Consider wedding planner

¡

Reserve a block of rooms for out-of-town guests.

¡

Start checking reception sites

¡

Apply for passport (Required for any travel outside of the U.S.)

¡

Start guest list

¡

After you have your reception location chosen begin your search for your photographer, florist, DJ, videographer, etc.

1-3 months prior to the wedding

¡

Choose your wedding gown and get it ordered

¡

What about your bridal party? What will they wear?

¡

If you will have a band start looking now

¡

Ceremony music

9-12 months before the wedding

¡

Mail invitations to guests.

¡

Set appointment with hair stylist to practice different styles with veil.

¡

Discuss ceremony plans, include readings & vows, with officiant & complete premarital consultations.

¡

Book rehearsal at ceremony site & invite photographer & videographer to review setup locations.

¡

Shop for rehearsal dinner site at a local restaurant or have catered event at home.

¡

Inquire about marriage license requirements with county courthouse.

¡

Review details & arrangements with all companies involved, discuss last minute emergency options.

¡

Order correct length aisle runner from florist or equipment rental company.

¡

Order wedding accessories, guest book, pen, unity candle, ring bearer’s pillow, programs, garter, etc.

¡

Have wedding gown & bridesmaid dresses pressed and/or steamed.

¡

Select groom’s & bridal party gifts.

¡

Order wedding favors.

¡

Order wedding gown and bridesmaid dresses

¡

Hire ceremony musicians & reception entertainment companies.

¡

Interview, taste test & compare licensed wedding cake companies.

¡

Decide on additional decorating ideas, ice sculptures, special lighting, linens, etc.

¡

Begin process of selecting wedding rings.

¡

Begin process of choosing invitations and order when ready

¡

Investigate wedding gift registries at department stores, boutiques, specialty stores, travel agents, etc.

¡

Interview & decide on a rehearsal site.

¡

Send ‘save the date’ cards to guest list.

¡

Create a wedding-specific e-mail address for wedding related correspondence.

2 weeks prior to the wedding

¡

Create a wedding website for sharing details and information with your guests.

¡

Contact guests that failed to respond to invitations.

¡

¡

Choose wedding cake company

Give final “head count” to reception facility or caterer (Remember to include your wedding vendors).

¡

Continue working on guest list.

¡

Reconfirm rehearsal time & dates & be sure to share with bridal party.

¡

Ask a family member or friend to be the guest book attendant at ceremony site.

¡

Discuss with photographer & videographer a list of special people or events to be captured.

¡

Make an appointment at a spa for a massage, facial, manicure & pedicure.

¡

Begin packing for honeymoon (If leaving the country, you need a passport or original birth certificate.)

¡

Reconfirm with travel agent about honeymoon plans.

¡

If applicable, begin name & address change on all official documents.

¡

Make arrangements to pick up or have your gown delivered.

¡

Confirm tuxedo rental order & set fitting appointment for the men.

¡

Catch up on writing thank you cards for wedding gifts received thus far.

¡

Choose final makeup & hair style for wedding day & set appointment with salon for your wedding day.

¡

Have bachelor & bachelorette parties prior to rehearsal & definitely not the night before the wedding.

6-9 months prior to the wedding ¡

Choose wedding day transportation for bridal party & out-of-town guests.

¡

Finalize wedding gift registries.

¡

Choose accessories to wedding gown including veil, shoes, jewelry, lingerie, etc.

¡

Begin process of formalwear attire for groom, groomsmen & fathers.

¡

Investigate honeymoon options with travel agent.


One week prior to the wedding

After the wedding

¡

Relax... you’re almost there!

¡

Open gifts while keeping a gift record.

¡

Make sure you have your marriage license.

¡

Have gown cleaned & preserved.

¡

Write check(s) for officiant’s fee, ceremony musicians or soloists.

¡

Write thank you notes.

¡

Confirm balance due with each company involved & transfer funds into account to cover final payments.

¡

Check with photographer & videographer.

¡

Have bridal bouquet & other wedding mementos preserved.

¡

Finish packing for honeymoon.

¡

¡

Order travelers checks from travel agent or bank.

Freeze top layer of wedding cake to be eaten at your first anniversary celebration.

¡

Finalize seating plan & place cards for reception.

¡

Make sure all vendor bills have been paid in full.

¡

Review wedding day details with wedding coordinator/consultant.

¡

¡

Meet with entertainer(s) & review proper pronunciation of names & finalize reception sequence.

Apply for a name change, beginning with Social Security card and driver’s license, and then bank accounts, credit cards, employee records, etc.

¡

Prepare wedding day itinerary with times & locations for the wedding party, family members, & wedding vendors.

¡

Confirm transportation & review wedding day schedule with times & location with driver.

¡

Hold rehearsal of wedding ceremony & attend rehearsal dinner.

¡

Have bridal party gifts ready to be given away at rehearsal dinner.

¡

Send wedding announcement & photograph to local newspapers.

¡

Go home early after the rehearsal dinner & get a good night sleep... you’re going to need it!

Additional things ¡

_______________________

¡

_______________________

¡

_______________________

¡

_______________________

Your Wedding Day ¡

Sleep in & relax... all your months of planning are about to pay off.

¡

_______________________

¡

Enjoy a good breakfast & take the time to reflect upon your new adven ture that is about to begin.

¡

_______________________

¡

Have someone take a completed invitation to the post office & have it stamped with your wedding date as a keepsake.

¡

¡

Go to the salon for your makeover & hair styling at least three to four hours before the ceremony.

_______________________

¡

Be sure everyone is dressed about two hours before the ceremony & ready for photographs to be taken.

¡

_______________________

¡

Have groomsmen at church at least one hour prior to the ceremony to start seating guests as they arrive.

¡

_______________________

¡

Begin your music thirty minutes before the ceremony.

¡

_______________________

¡

Send a love note to your fiance before the wedding begins.

¡

The groom’s parents are second to the last people to be seated before the ceremony.

¡

_______________________

¡

The bride’s mother is the last to be seated, just a few moments before the ceremony begins.

¡

_______________________

¡

Have two ushers or groomsman roll out the aisle runner.

¡

Take your position with whomever is giving you away.

¡

_______________________

¡

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¡

_______________________

¡

_______________________

¡

_______________________

“Here comes the bride.....”

Don’t forget ¡

SOMETHING OLD: _______________________________________________

¡

SOMETHING NEW: ______________________________________________

¡

SOMETHING BORROWED: ________________________________________

¡

SOMETHING BLUE: ______________________________________________


must-have photos Wedding Photography Shots BEFORE THE CEREMONY

Posed Wedding Photography BEFORE THE RECEPTION

___ Wedding dress lying over a chair

___ Bride alone (full length)

___ Zipping up or buttoning the wedding dress

___ Bride with Maid of Honor

___ Mother of the bride fastening the bride’s necklace

___ Bride with bridesmaids

___ The bride’s garter

___ Groom with bridesmaids

___ The bride’s veil

___ Bride with parents

___ A close up of the bride’s shoes peeking out from under the dress

___ Bride & Groom together

___ Bride looking into a mirror

___ Bride & Groom with parents

___ Bride looking out window

___ Bride & Groom with families

___ Bride and bridesmaids putting on makeup

___ Bride & Groom with entire wedding party

___ Bride pinning corsage/boutonniere on mother/father

___ Bride & Groom with flower girl and ringbearer

___ Bride hugging parents

___ Groom with parents

___ Bride touching up

___ Groom with best man

___ Bride and parents leaving for ceremony

___ Groom with groomsmen

___ Groom tying tie

___ Bride with groomsmen

___ Groom looking into mirror ___ Bride looking out window

DURING THE RECEPTION

___ Groom pinning corsage/boutonniere on mother/father

___ Outside of reception site

___ Groom hugging parents

___ Bride & Groom arriving

___ Bride and parents leaving for ceremony

___ Bride & Groom greeting guests

Wedding Photography Shots AT THE CEREMONY

___ Table centerpieces ___ Table setting

___ Outside of ceremony site

___ Bride & Groom’s table (head table)

___ Guests walking into ceremony site

___ Musicians or DJ

___ Bride and father entering ceremony site

___ Guest book

___ Parents being seated

___ Place card table

___ Grandparents being seated

___ Closeup of bride and groom’s place card

___ Maid of honor walking down the aisle

___ Wedding cake

___ Bridesmaids walking down the aisle

___ Groom’s cake

___ Flower girl and ring bearer walking down aisle

___ Gift table

___ Groom waiting for bride

___ Decorations (specify which _________________________)

___ Ceremony musicians

___ A shot of bride & groom with guests at each table

___ Officiant

___ Bride with college alums

___ Altar or canopy during ceremony

___ Groom with college alums

___ Close up of bride, just before she makes her entrance

___ The buffet or, if having table service, a dinner serving

___ Bride and father walking down aisle

___ Bride & Groom’s first dance

___ Groom seeing bride for first time

___ Bride & Father dancing

___ The back of bride and father walking down the aisle

___ Groom & Mother dancing

___ Bride’s father and Bride hugging at end of aisle

___ Guests dancing

___ Shot of the audience from the bride and groom’s point of view

___ Bride & Groom cutting the cake

___ The unity ceremony

___ Bride & Groom feeding each other cake

___ Close up of bride and groom saying the vows

___ Toasts (specify who is giving them: ____________________)

___ Wide shot of bride and groom saying the vows

___ Bride & Groom drinking champagne

___ Exchanging the rings

___ Signing the marriage license

___ Close up of hands

___ Bride throwing bouquet

___ The kiss

___ Groom retrieving garter

___ Bride & Groom walking up the aisle

___ Groom tossing garter

___ Receiving line

___ Garter/Bouquet dance

___ Bride & Groom outside on steps

___ The getaway car

___ Guests throwing confetti/rose petals/birdseed

___ Bride & Groom leaving party

___ Bride & Groom hugging guests, laughing, getting congratulations

___ Bride & Groom driving away

___ Bride & Groom getting in car ___ Bride & Groom in back seat

Guests the photographer shouldn’t miss: (provide your photographer with a seating chart so that they can easily identify them)


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