Page 1

Weddings Spring 2014

Spring Weddings

Thursday, April 24, 2014



Pre-Wedding Day Packages for Brides & Bridesmaids DIAMOND PACKAGE:

Includes hair trial & day of, makeup trial & day of, body bronzing, shellac manicure, weekapaug pedicure, elemental facial, & 60 minute massage


Includes hair trial & day of, makeup trial & day of, body bronzing, shellac manicure, misquamicut pedicure, upkeep facial, 45 minute massage


Includes hair trial & day of, body bronzing, vinylux manicure, weekapaug pedicure, elemental facial, 60 minute massage Please inquire about custom packages

Customize manicures, pedicure’s, massage and facial services to a package that fits your needs and budget.

MOTHER OF THE BRIDE SPECIAL Elemis Pro-Intense Facial: Shapes, Lifts, and firms. This facial helps to significantly reduce facial contour sagging. The service and home system sculpt cheeks and jowls; tightening and sculpting for visibly tighter skin.

Cellutox Body Sculpting Wrap: This therapy tightens skin, reduces the appearance of cellulite, contours the body. clinical tests show clients can loose up-to 3lbs of toxins in one service.

TEMPTU Airbrush makeup applications are available. Innovative cosmetics have been developed to ensure wear-ability and durability even in the most difficult conditions. Customized packages are available as well as discounts for two or more people.

EYELASH EXTENSIONS Get fabulous eyelashes that look and feel so natural, adding volume, length, thickness and style. Long, lush, and pre-curled, there’s no need for mascara or curling between services. Gentle enough to use on the most sensitive eyes and safe for contact lens wearers! GREAT BRIDESMAIDS GIFT IDEAS!

Alex and Ani bangles, Ficarre headbands and hairpieces, and JoJo of Boston’s, Swarovski crystal stud earrings.

To inquire About bridal and wedding services contact Uptown Salon 401-596-9100 or e-mail

We offer all natural vita liberata spray tanning applications.

Prepare you and your wedding party for the big day!

31 POST ROAD, WESTERLY • 401-596-9100

Arrow Paper Party Rental & Party Store

Table of

Contents wedding style insight


affordable yet elegant


bridal registry trends


did you know?


color your world with love

8 10

wow guests wedding disaster protections


role of best man and maid of honor


live happily ever after



Adrienne Altobelli


John Layton

Your Complete Wedding Headquarters Tents Arches Grills Dance Floors Silverware

Tables Chairs China Linens Glasses

Candy Melts Balloons Invitations Paper Goods Printed Ribbons

567 Colman St., New London, CT 860-442-4575 Monday-Saturday, 8:30-5:00





Spring Weddings

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Wedding style insight: What wedding invitations suit your personality best?


ou have the ring sized, the day set and the venue booked – now it’s time to send out invitations and make your wedding date official. The wedding invitations you select should match your wedding theme and perfectly suit your unique sense of style; after all, they give guests the very first glimpse of what they can expect from your big day.

In a sea of invitation options, it can be easy to get lost. The experts at Invitations By Dawn give insight into what invitation styles best suit the different personalities of each unique bride and groom.

For the classic couple with timeless style: Letterpress wedding invitations

Letterpress is a printing technique that is classically chic with origins that go back centuries. The timeless styling of letterpress is achieved by transferring ink with a metal press that is applied with pressure directly to the paper. The design and wording becomes heavily imprinted on the cardstock, creating an invitation that is truly a work of art. If you adore classic style and want to give guests a high-end first impression, letterpress wedding invitations are ideal.

For the glamorous couple who loves a little sparkle: Glitter wedding invitations

If you believe there’s no such thing as too much sparkle, glitter wedding invitations might be perfect for your big day. High quality glitter wedding invitations use only premium glitter that adds a glamorous touch to any type of cardstock while conveying elegance and fine taste. Whether your wedding is styled with vintage details or has an edgy and modern vibe, glitter can be just the detail to dazzle guests as they open that special envelope.

For the trendsetting couple with discerning taste: Foil wedding invitations

Metallic accents are everywhere from cakes to dresses, so why not add them to your invitation too? One of the top trends for 2014 is foil wedding invitations. The rich visual appeal of foil wedding invitations is achieved by traditional embossing techniques that use foils to enhance script and design elements. Gold and silver foiling are the most popular options, providing a high-end look that coordinates with any wedding style.

For hopeless romantics who adore Old World charm: Vintage wedding invitations

If you’re having a vintage-themed wedding or simply prefer designs of yesteryear, vintage wedding invitations will convey Old World character and charm to your guests. Popular elements of vintage wedding invitations include damask, lace, flowers and distressed finishes. Within this trend is art deco designs that are making a big comeback with couples who love the energy of the ‘30s and ‘40s.

For the extravagant couple with style for miles: Laser cut wedding invitations

Laser cut technology allows printers to precisely cut paper into intricate patterns that wouldn’t be possible by hand or through other techniques. The results are amazingly clean lines, angles and details that allow each invitation to feature extravagant designs guaranteed to impress guests upon arrival in the mail. From gorgeous filigree to complex script to delicate flowers, laser cut wedding invitations bring design to new heights – something the extravagant couple is sure to appreciate. To discover more top designs in wedding invitations, visit

Windjammer Mariner Room Claddagh & Celtic Wedding Bands Hallmarked & Made in Ireland Celtic Unity Candles


Olde Mistick Village • (860 )536-9960 • Open 7 Days

318-321 Atlantic Ave., Misquamicut, RI Contact: Sally Sorensen 401-322-0504


Bridesmaid & Usher Gifts Irish Wedding Coin Bride & Groom Celtic Goblets

Our newly renovated event venue is directly on the ocean. Available for weddings, reunions and other private functions


Affordable yet elegant wedding themes


aving money is always smart, but can it also be romantic? When it comes to your wedding day, spending less doesn’t mean you have to give up elegance and romance. It’s all about wise choices, setting priorities and selecting a theme that is the perfect marriage of elegance and budget mindedness. “We’ve all heard how the cost of the average wedding increases every year, but it’s also easier than ever for savvy brides to save money and still have a smashing wedding,” says Tara Sikel, a wedding-planning expert with Ann’s Bridal Bargains. “Picking the right theme can go a long way toward making the most of your wedding budget. And the money you save on the ceremony can go toward something equally romantic and exciting, like the honeymoon or buying your first house together.” Certain themes speak of romance and elegance, but can easily fit into a leaner budget. As you’re planning your budget-friendly wedding, consider one of these themes:


Who wouldn’t love to say their vows on a tropical beach or on the lawn of an Irish castle? If going to the actual destination is beyond your budget, look for ways to recreate that location’s ambiance closer to home. Live near the shore? Potted palms, combed sand, an arch, bouquets of tropical-hued flowers and flickering torches can turn any beach into a tropical experience. Recreate the Irish countryside in a local park or your parents’ backyard with wildflower arrangements and decor in hues of emerald and cream. Whatever your special theme, you can set the tone for your wedding by choosing destination wedding invitations that evoke the spirit of your destination.


Even the truest love can sometimes be complicated, which may explain the appeal of a simple rustic wedding theme. On your big day, everything should feel easy and natural, and a wedding of simple decor and natural themes can accomplish that. The outdoors make a perfect setting for rustic weddings, allowing you to use nature’s beauty as wedding decor. You can also bring the outdoors inside, decorating a banquet hall with natural touches. Replace pricy centerpieces with artfully SEE AFFORDABLE THEMES / PAGE 14




EVENTS Event Design & Environments Delivery Available



360 N. Anguilla Rd., Pawcatuck, CT 860-599-4241 email:


Spring Weddings

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Bridal registry trends inspire new dinnerware traditions


hat are the hot trends of the season in bridal registry? For many bridal couples it is mixing something old with something new to create updated dinnerware designs. The table looks refreshed and renewed while allowing couples to enjoy treasured family heirlooms.

“After years of leaning toward casual dinnerware, we’re seeing a resurgence in interest for traditional bridal china, crystal and flatware,” says Replacements, Ltd. Product Marketing Manager Keith Winkler. “Not only are bridal couples buying current patterns, we’re seeing them reinvent ‘something old, something new’ by embracing vintage china and crystal passed down through their families. In our retail store, we’re showing couples how to spice up grandma’s refined pattern, say from the 1920s, by mixing it with contemporary patterns to create unlimited design options.” Replacements’ Visual Merchandiser John Griffith has dubbed this creative push, “pattern blending.” Griffith suggests bridal couples begin with cherished, inherited china, then build their tablescape by blending additional patterns and pieces, complemen-

tary shapes and sizes, solid colors and designs, reflecting their own esthetic and lifestyle. It’s a great way to go from the china you like to place settings you love. “You can choose many different directions by blending current patterns with vintage dinnerware, from dressing up cherished older patterns for elegant formal entertaining to creating something fun and funky for a casual evening with friends,” says Griffith. “Some of the more popular trends for us have been pairing pressed glass plates in coordinating or complementary colors and using porcelain or ceramic plates with metallic finishes in pewter and gunmetal. I love to mix shapes like square and round plates or different edge shapes like smooth and scalloped.” Griffith says you can add a whole new dimension to a vintage place setting by switching out a salad plate; pairing a contemporary luncheon plate with an heirloom cup and saucer the couple already owns is great for creating brunch or a buffet setting. He also suggests blending crystal drinkware, which could be as easy as mixing colors or common characteristics such as bowl or stem shapes. SEE REGISTRY TRENDS / PAGE 14 ONE LOW PRICE

including shoes


SALES | RENTALS | LATEST STYLES Perry Ellis • Ralph Lauren • Oscar DeLaurenta

Groom’s Tux FREE

with wedding party of 5 or more Grooms Men.

Professional Dry Cleaning Available.

Celebrating 102 years in Business!

Our exceptional staff will create a day you will never forget!

, INC.

a t To s c a n o ’ s M e n ’ s S h o p

Wedding Gowns Cleaned, Pressed or Preserved

We are also ideal for hosting your memorable rehearsal dinner.

Professional Drycleaner owned and operated by The Paliotta Family since 1941


9 Canal Street, Westerly, RI 68104R

5153 Old Post Road., Route 1 Charlestown, Rhode Island • 401.322.1829


M E N ’ S



9 Canal St., Westerly, RI | 401-596-2584


Planning on a budget, whether you prefer a sit down dinner or customized buffet, our wedding planner is available to meet with you at anytime to create the perfect menu.

Accommodations for parties of 20-70!



If you are dreaming of a small intimate celebration, experience the beauty of this 18th century Tavern.



Did you know?

ymbolic gestures are commonplace during wedding ceremonies. The exchange of rings, stomping on a glass and lighting of candles are each among the various traditions associated with different faiths.

Couples who would like to try something a bit different can opt for pouring sand. Choose two different colored sands and decorative vessels that can hold the sand until a special time in the ceremony. You also will need another large, clear container that will contain the sand once it is poured. A glass vase or heart-shaped vessel works well. To symbolize the joining of two lives together, both the bride and groom can take one of the colors of sand and begin pouring them together into the larger container. The ribbons of sand will join and meld together, much as the couple’s separate lives will now become one. The finished sand art can be kept on a mantle as a remembrance of the wedding day for years to come.

It’s Your Day… For that Special Day, every bride should be radiant. Let Haircraft Designs take care of you and your bridal party by selecting the ideal makeup and hair design.


• Manicures • Pedicures • Makeup & Hairstyling For more information or to schedule your wedding party, please call 401-596-4400.

55 Beach Street Merchants Square • Westerly, RI



Closed Sunday & Monday


Spring Weddings

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Color your world with love: Top hues for 2014 weddings


lanning a wedding means making plenty of decisions, and one of the most important – and, hopefully, enjoyable – choices you’ll make will be to select your wedding colors. Yet even when it’s fun, choosing a wedding color can be challenging, as you strive for a look that’s both on-trend and true to your personal tastes. “Every wedding offers ample opportunities for personalization and your choice of wedding color will influence many of your other decisions, from the color of your groom’s boutonniere to the appearance of your wedding invitations,” says Heidi Smith, wedding expert with Invitations by Dawn. “Your wedding color should have special significance to you and your intended, and should set the tone for the overall look and feel of your wedding.” As spring bridal season approaches, Smith and the wedding consultants at Invitations by Dawn point to these hot colors for 2014:


The color experts at Pantone have dubbed radiant orchid as their feature color for 2014, and the hue is perfect for weddings, whether you choose a deep, rich violet or a lighter shade with pink undertones. Purple speaks of love, joy and health – all qualities every bride hopes for on her wedding day. Announce your wedding color with purple wedding invitations that give guests a sneak peek at the hue


Weddings are our Specialty!

(401) 596-7677

67311R 105 Franklin St Westerly RI


you’ve chosen for your big day. Purple works well in virtually every aspect of your wedding – bouquets to bridesmaid dresses, favors to table linens. You can even use purple in your wedding cake and desserts by incorporating fruit with purple hues such as plums or deliciously ripe blueberries.


For sheer femininity and spring-like appeal, it’s hard to beat the beauty of pink. A naturally nurturing and intimate color, pink imparts romance, whether you choose a bold fuchsia or a dainty pastel. The color will be popular in 2014, and is a central, recurring theme in designer Vera Wang’s 2014 bridal collection. In addition to working well for centerpieces and bouquets, pink is a great color to add to wedding attire, and more than one spring bride will walk down the aisle in pink-accented pumps this year.

has been a hot color choice for winter weddings, and is sure to show up in spring nuptials this year. As a choice for groomsmen’s attire, navy is classic and elegant, and pairs well with accessories in light gray, peach or pinks. It’s easy to convey this tasteful color throughout the wedding, from bouquets and centerpieces to stationery and shoes.


No shade is more strongly associated with weddings than white, and the color remains a top choice for bridal needs in all its variations, from cream to ecru and snowy white. As a wedding color, white speaks of purity and promise, and is the ideal shade to underscore the optimism and hope for the future that embodies every wedding. Mix shades of white to create


“Great Gatsby” inspired looks have brought metallics to the fore in this year’s bridal fashions. Gold, silver, bronze and coppers add both sparkle and class to a wedding, whether you choose to incorporate metallic hues in your wedding invitations or opt for bold, statement jewelry to pair with an elegant, period-inspired wedding gown. Combined with basic black or pure white, gold and silver shine with class in table linens and chair covers. Copper or bronze on foil wedding invitations shimmer, shine and seduce.

a singular effect. For example, pair cream table linens with ivory chair covers and blush-hued roses for a stunning, inspirational table. White wedding invitations can either be subtly classic or modern and evocative when accented with a pop of color. Modern technology has made it simple to find a wedding color that’s uniquely yours and convey that shade throughout every aspect of your wedding. Whether you rely on an online search to find the perfect wedding invitations in your chosen color, or use color matching to ensure your wedding shoes are dyed perfectly, it’s easy to color your world with love – and the perfect hue – on your special day.




Who wouldn’t say


PARCEL CENTER, INC. 62 FRANKLIN ST., RT 1, OCEAN PLAZA, WESTERLY, RI Next to Subway & Allen’s Health Foods • SINCE 1988


TEL: (401) 596-0644 • FAX: (401) 348-8310

...also wedding bands & gifts. 8 High Street • Westerly, RI • • 401-596-2314


For a nautical flair that’s both elegant and exciting, Navy makes a bold statement. The hue


Spring Weddings

Wow guests

Thursday, April 24, 2014

with original wedding reception touches


ost brides have a vision of a beautifully decorated and themed wedding reception. Luckily, it is easy to achieve the wedding decor you see in your mind’s eye with a few easy and inexpensive do-ityourself projects.

Tables they’ll talk about

You don’t have to settle for the same old table settings and centerpieces when it comes to putting your mark on your reception. Find knick-knacks or trinkets that mean something special to you and then use spray paint to turn them into a coordinated collection perfect for sparking dinner conversation. For example, paint mismatched candlesticks and Christmas bulbs with Krylon Shimmer Metallic and ColorMaster spray paint in your wedding colors to create a glistening and glamorous centerpiece. Similarly, turn lovebird figures and plain tins into one-of-a kind favors that are sure to please.

Novel napkin rings

Napkins are a necessary dinner table accessory, so what do you do to make them stylish and add another personalized touch? Custom-made napkin rings are just the right detail. Wood or metal rings are often available at your local craft store. Then make them your own by gluing on personalized tokens, such as small decorations ornaments or initials, and spray painting to coordinate with your other table decorations for a completely classy look.

Table numbers

Numbering the tables at your reception is an easy way to direct guests to their seats. It’s simple to add an elegant touch by creating your own table numbers using inexpensive photo frames. Whether you purchase frames from a store, garage sale or by collecting them from around your own home, you can create a cohesive and classy collection in no time. Once you have your frames, purchase house numbers (like those used to show an address) that will fit within the glass area of your picture frames. Remove the glass and wipe all surfaces with alcohol to achieve a clean surface. Spray paint the frame and numbers the color of your choice. Metallic paints create a classy look that complements your main wedding colors. While those items dry, spray the glass with Krylon Looking Glass Mirror-Like spray paint. Once all the pieces are dry, reassemble the frames and use an adhesive to bond the number to the front of the glass. When setting up for your reception, nest these numbers among your other table decorations for an exquisite presentation.

Card catcher

Looking for a creative space for guests to put cards? Convert an old bird house into a beautiful vessel to capture cards. Whether metal or wood, start with a clean surface and paint it in your wedding colors and complementary metallics for a surprisingly classy simple solution for cards. With a bit of inspiration and spray paint, you’ll have a wedding table to wow you guests. For information on these and other Krylon products and projects visit

SAY YES 67315R

Celebrate your country Wedding with us! ~ Beautiful 112 acre horse farm ~ White Fences

to a panoramic riverfront terrace and garden area with spectacular views of the Mystic River and over 1,000 square feet of sky-lit gallery space.

~ Indoor or Outdoor Full Liquor Bar ~ Our Caterers or Yours

201 Escoheag Hill Rd.West Greenwich, RI • (401) 397-3725 84075R


Lost dress? No-show caterer?

How to protect yourself from the worst wedding disasters


our wedding is supposed to be a magical day you remember for the rest of your life. It also is sure to be one of the most expensive days of your life. From the dress to the catering to the photographer, the average wedding costs nearly $30,000. With all that money and emotion on the line, you want to do everything you can to ensure this special day goes flawlessly.

1. Event liability insurance

The reality is most weddings experience a hiccup or two, many of which are minor and even laughable after the day has passed. But some can be more devastating, such as a reception hall that closes before the big day, a stained or lost wedding dress, or your photographer goes out of business right after taking your deposit.

You may never imagine a reason why you’d postpone your wedding, but between sickness, injury and natural disaster, it does force brides and grooms who may have no other option. This type of insurance can help reimburse the cost of cancelling and rescheduling your wedding day. It also -can help reimburse losses such as the cost of no-show vendors, closed reception venues, damaged wedding dresses and even stolen photographs.

2. Event cancellation and postponement insurance

A few additional tips for protecting yourself financially when planning your wedding include:

that are incorrect or for goods or services you never received.

2. Understand all contracts

Before signing any contract, read and understand all the fine print. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If something in the contract makes you uncomfortable, see if it can be adjusted. Areas to note include fees, deposits and penalties, as well as your rights if the vendor does not complete contracted responsibilities.

3. Consider hiring an accredited wedding planner

Wedding planners are an additional expense, but the expertise they provide can actually save you money that may surpass that cost. A good wedding planner will know the industry inside and out, and therefore be able to get you the best deals. They also know what is typical when it comes to contracts and can help you keep track of all the details of the big day so you can try to relax.

Your wedding day is likely to be perfect, but just in case something happens, a few simple steps prior will protect your financial and emotional investment. From 1. Pay by credit card when possible Credit cards offer protection that cash and check insurance to contracts to credit cards, thinking ahead payments do not, so it’s a smart idea to pay with one will help ensure everything is wonderful no matter -if you can. Keep in mind that the Fair Credit Billing what. Act allows you to dispute charges on your credit card

Pick the Perfect Ring Bridal Sets • Engagement Rings Anniversary Rings • Gentlemen’s Diamond Bands

featuring our new

Diamonds & Bridal Center 83033R

A Family Jeweler for 65 years! 68221R

When things go wrong during the wedding planning process, or even on the day of the ceremony, it can be extremely stressful and the costs can quickly add up. However you cannot go back and protect yourself after an incident occurs, which is why wedding insurance is recommended as soon as you begin placing deposits with your vendors and reception venue.

This type of insurance focuses on the event itself, providing protection to the couple and additional insureds, such as the venue. This type of coverage may include property damage at the reception venue, bodily injury should a guest slip and fall on the dance floor, and alcohol-related accidents. Visit for more information.

Downtown Westerly, RI • • 401.596.4421

Spring Weddings

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Best Man and Maid of Honor

the roles you play in your bride and grooms special day


eing chosen as a best man or a maid of honor is a significant and meaningful honor. Those roles have evolved over the years, but these special participants must still perform some of the traditional duties of the past, including serving as the official witnesses to the ceremony. The following is a rundown of the various duties maids of honor and best men are now expected to handle once they’re chosen for these distinguished honors.

Prior to the wedding

Before the wedding takes place, the maid of honor will closely assist the bride-to-be with many of the important decisions related to the look and the feel of the wedding. She typically accompanies the bride to dress shops to select gowns for the bride and bridesmaids. Much in the same manner, the best man will assist the groom-to-be with choosing tuxedoes or suits and also with coordinating with the ushers to ensure they know when to go for fittings. Although the best man will serve as a sounding board for the groom, traditionally the bride and her bridesmaids have taken on the majority of the wedding planning, so the maid of honor can expect to play a larger role than the best man. The maid of honor may

be asked to delegate certain assignments, such as helping to find wedding vendors or addressing invitations. She may go with the bride for makeup and hairstyle trials. Together with the bridesmaids, she will plan a bridal shower party and a bachelorette excursion. She may select a wedding gift for the couple and present it on behalf of all the wedding attendants. The best man will coordinate the bachelor party and may be asked to assist the groom with selecting a honeymoon site or to come along to book the trip.

Wedding day

On the day of the wedding, the maid of honor and the best man will act as a support system for the bride and groom. The maid of honor will help the bride get dressed and help iron out any mini-emergencies that should crop up. The best man will help ensure all of the ushers are dressed and get the groom to the wedding on time.

At the reception, the best man is expected to give a toast and the maid of honor may share some words as well. She also may accompany the bride to the restroom and assist her with managing the gown.

After the wedding

The best man will be in charge of returning the tuxedoes to the rental shop, if necessary. He also may drive the newly married couple to the airport so they can depart on their honeymoon.

During the ceremony, the maid of honor will hold the bride’s bouquet while she participates in the wedding. The best man will keep the rings safe until they are needed. The maid of honor also will help adjust The maid of honor will assist the bride in changing the bride’s train and veil as she sits and stands during out of her gown and into her travel clothes. Oftentimes the ceremony. Both will sign the marriage certificate the maid of honor takes the gown to the cleaners in as witnesses. the days following the ceremony so the dress can be preserved.

Melissa Ashley Brides Ltd.

Return to the time of fantasy & flair & have your own storybook wedding reception at the Groton Inn & Suites

In Beautiful Downtown Westerly

featuring Gowns by

Surround yourself with the romance of our historic inn. On your special day, come experience a staff and cuisine that will make your wedding an amazing memory you’ll cherish forever. Accommodating up to 400 guests, our elegant ballrooms have much to offer with their picturesque windows and bright skylights. Come discover the romance.

Casablanca and Allure

A preferred destination for over 40 years

401-596-1499 32 High Street

99 Gold Star Highway Groton, CT 860-445-9784 • 800-452-2191 84245R




Live happily ever after with tips on moving into your first home together


oving into your first home as a couple is a fun experience. But you will also face challenges like combining your household belongings and determining where you want everything placed. Handling these negotiations well can start your life together on the right foot. Your first home may just be a starter home, or it may be the place you raise your family. Once you’ve found the perfect location with good schools and neighbors, it’s time to plan your move. Many newlyweds face the chore of merging furniture, kitchen equipment and closet space from two households. To start your moving process, consider eliminating duplicate items and having a garage sale, or donating the belongings you don’t need, before beginning the packing process. It’s a great chance to upgrade household furnishings - especially if you received something new as a wedding gift.

For help in making moving day go smoothly, use these tips from Penske. They’ve been in the do-it-yourself moving business for more than 40 years:

Save your muscles

Start early and group items together

Loading the truck

Get good, sturdy boxes of various sizes, and then fill them with items of a similar content. Some traditional ways to group items are by item type (i.e. photo frames) or by contents of a room. Label each box with the room name, and the contents. Make sure you have plenty of packing bubbles or towels and cloths on hand to keep breakable items from being damaged in the move.

Still unpacking your wedding Then determine what size moving truck you’ll need. A gifts?

good rule is to plan for 150 cubic feet of space for every fully furnished room. Many young couples moving from a small apartment or condo into a larger first home will find a 12- or 16-foot Penske rental truck more than adequate. Plan to reserve your truck at least two weeks in advance. Penske Truck Rental offers rental discounts for AAA members to help young couples with savings.

If space isn’t a concern, keep those wedding gifts in their original boxes, because the store packaging will help protect the items. But if space is tight in the rental truck, throw away the store packaging and carefully repack in your moving boxes - with plenty of padding to protect your new gifts.

Ask friends to help you with carrying boxes. If something is heavy, enlist some help to prevent injury or strain on your muscles. Load the largest items (i.e. bed, couch, dresser) into the truck first to ensure they will fit, and then start loading the heaviest boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on top. Having each box labeled with contents will help prevent you and your friends from packing heavy books on top of your new fine china wedding gifts. Penske features an online Truck Wizard application to assist. When you cross the threshold of your new home the first time as a married couple you’ll be surrounded by the excitement and energy of so many adventures to come in your future. Carefully unpack your moving truck, cherishing the memories of your personal belongings as you meld them to fit into your new home and life with your new spouse.

Holdridge Flowerland Experienced Designers, Exquisite Flowers! Weddings • Sympathy Parties • Proms Westerly’s Hottest Tanning Salon

OPEN Seven Days a Week

UV-Free Spray

Walk-ins • Appointments Welcome • Clean • Upbeat Atmosphere Friendly Certified Staff • Safe • Fast Results

Wedding Specials

30% OFF for Bride & Groom 20% OFF for Wedding Party



130 Granite Street (Behind Radio Shack & Vetranos) 401-348-XTAN •

LEDYARD, CT 860-464-9850 Rt. 117 Ledyard Ctr. Exit 88 off I-95


Spring Weddings

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Registry trends

Affordable themes


“Here’s another fun example. I created my own flatware place settings by combining pieces with the monogram ‘G’ as the common characteristic,” he says. “You could also mix patterns with floral designs on the handles or other shared similarities. Choose the design element you love and run with it.” Bridal registries are also trending back. In a new spin on tradition, Griffith says grooms are getting more involved in choosing registry selections. One of the hot items on their wish lists - barware. With the growing popularity of wine and the return to home entertaining, Griffith says couples are looking for the proper elements, such as stems and bowls, to complement various wine varietals. And they’re not limiting their barware to crystal; casual stemware, glassware and acrylics account for large percentage in the overall barware increase.

we’re selling are made by Lenox, Arthur Court and Wilton Armetale.” Griffith leads design seminars on creating trendy tables at the company’s retail store. Many of his insights appear on Replacements’ YouTube channel and Facebook page at One challenge bridal couples often encounter with heirloom pieces lies in the fact the name of the pattern may have been lost or forgotten through the years. Griffith suggests taking advantage of Replacements’ free pattern identification service. Additional information is available on the company’s website,

Alternative metal serveware is also trending on today’s registries. Griffith defines these serving pieces as the perfect marriage of form and function. “Not only do these pieces come in fun designs - once heated, the alloy retains warmth to keep food warm longer or cooler if you chill these pieces. Alternative metal serveware is very durable and easy to clean and, with just a little care will maintain its shine for years. Some of higher quality and most popular patterns

ten heels and a full tulle skirt for you, and a skinny tie for arranged branches accented your bridegroom. Depending with sprays of wildflowers or on what decade you choose, traditionally rustic fruits such you can find great decoration as apples, pears and peaches. pieces and even bridal favors Choose colors that evoke a at second-hand shops and country setting, like soft but- vintage stores. Or, raid your tery yellows, gentle greens parents’ and grandparents’ attics to see what period treaand rich browns. sures they may have stored and forgotten. Vintage Your mother’s beautiful, well-preserved wedding Garden gown may be more than a Outdoor weddings are money-saver – it can be the wonderful for spring and fall, perfect centerpiece for a vin- but you can recreate a gartage wedding theme. One of den atmosphere at any time the best things about a vintage of year, indoors or out. If theme is that it can pay hom- you’ll be saying your “I do’s” age to virtually any decade. beneath the open sky, choose A sparkly flapper-girl gown, a setting with a striking, older pink and black table linens tree and make it the backdrop and some art deco accesso- for your vows. In warmer ries can recreate the roaring months, the tree’s natural ‘20s. Salute the ‘50s with kit- greenery will create a lush, FROM PAGE 5

garden atmosphere. In autumn, dress up bare branches with strands of lights or paper lanterns. Indoors or out, renting lawn chairs for guests to sit on is not only an economical option, it’s a great way to underscore your garden theme. Instead of a pricey white runner or costly flowers, define the aisle with simple lanterns lit with candles. Floral wedding invitations are a versatile, beautiful way to announce your wedding’s garden theme. “Elegance and romance can be achieved without breaking the bank,” Sikel says. “Choosing a budget-friendly theme can help ensure you’ll invest more creativity and less cash to achieve the wedding of your dreams.”


With over 30 years of catering experience, Dunns Corners Market is available to help you plan the next big event in your life, whether you are planning a wedding, your parent’s anniversary, milestone birthday’s, etc.

We are here to assist you every step of the way. We are licensed in CT and RI.

Contact Chef Eric Perrin for your custom catering event or gathering

Custom Bridal Jewelry

Check out our website for some of our catering menus & venues

by Amber Bettez

140 Boon Street Narragansett, RI


5 Langworthy Rd., Westerly, RI



Open 7 Days • 401-322-1660

Contact Amber to book a consultation


TOYOTA/SCION OF COLCHESTER 100 Old Hartford Rd. • Colchester, CT 1-855-869-2721


Route 184 • Groton, CT 1-855-866-6251


500 West Thames St. • Norwich, CT 1-855-867-5187



Broad & Colman Sts. • New London, CT 1-855-867-3415

691 West Thames St. • Norwich, CT 1-855-868-5427



Route 12 • Groton, CT 1-855-867-5195


450 West Thames St. • Norwich, CT 1-855-866-6217

Just Married? Your just in time!

Route 184 • Groton, CT 1-855-866-3281


Broad & Colman Sts. • New London, CT 1-855-867-3415

Any of our 9 dealerships will make it easy for couples just starting out.



Spring Weddings

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Beautiful Cakes • Gorgeous Flowers • Full Service Catering

Let McQuade’s specialists put the icing on your Perfect Day! Creative Wedding Cakes

• Custom Designs • Lucious Pastries

Dazzling Floral Arrangements

• Bouquets, Boutonnieres & Corsages • Inviting Table Centerpieces

Customized Accessories

• Truffle Favors or Cordial Boxes • Colorful Napkins, Ribbons & Gift Tags

Full Service Catering

• Hot or Cold Buffet • Sit Down Dinner with Wait Service • China & Linen Service • Cocktail Parties & Tent Service


Consult with McQuade’s in person or on-line Westerly, RI - 106 Main St. • 401-596-2054 Mystic, CT - 14 Clara Drive • 860-536-2054

Spring Weddings, 2014  

Sun Publishing Co. & The Westerly Sun

Spring Weddings, 2014  

Sun Publishing Co. & The Westerly Sun