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A PUBLICATION OF THE CUMBERLAND TIMES-NEWS • MARCH 24, 2019

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Table of Contents

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Driving directions and campus map

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Wedding terminology

PAGE 5 Get the most out of bridal shows and wedding events PAGE 6

Choosing a wedding reception menu

PAGE 7 Things to consider when choosing a wedding party

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Just say“I do!” Ever wonder what it would be like to have photos of your weddings published in a magazine? Allegany Magazine will again in early 2020 print an edition dedicated to weddings and we are looking for your contributions --- your wedding photos and stories – past and present – and future (provided your wedding happens before our deadline). Early next year, we are planning an issue centered around what it means and what it looks like to get married in Allegany County and surrounding communities. Whether you said your vows 50 years ago or will be saying them later this year, we want your photos and your stories. Allegany Magazine is seeking photos and brief true stories from traditional, non-traditional, white wedding or alternative hues, indoor, outdoor, big affair, close friends and family, church or courthouse -- we want to see your wedding pictures. We want to print photos from all sorts of nuptials. And if those photos come with a humorous or heartwarming story, we want those too. We want to see skinny black ties from the 50s, pill box veils and chiffon from the 60s, tie-dye and sandals from the 70s, big hair and big shoulders from the 80s, plunging necklines of the 90s, and barefoot on the beaches of the new millennium. What made your big day so special? We want to know. This is your chance to share the wedding of your dreams with our readers and to be part of a county wide celebration of commitment! What’s it look like and what does it mean to be married in Allegany County? We want to find out. Show us. Readers are asked to submit their wedding photos and stories -- with as much written detail included as possible to sriggs@alleganymagazine.com. Hard copies can also be submitted to Weddings/Allegany Magazine, PO Box 1662, Cumberland, MD 21502. Photos and stories submitted must be of you and owned by the person doing the submitting. If not, legal permission to be reproduced must be submitted from the photographer who does own the photos. Not all submissions may be published and the Allegany Magazine staff reserves the right to refuse any material not appropriate for the edition. Submissions are being sought right now all the way through the end of business day, November 30, 2019.


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Driving directions: From Baltimore and east: take I-70 west to I-68 west at Hancock. Continue to the second exit for Frostburg, Exit 33 (Midlothian/ Braddock Road). Bear right and proceed approximately one mile to the main entrance to the FSU campus. From Morgantown, WV, and west: take I-68 east to Exit 33 (Midlothian/Braddock Road). Turn left onto Braddock Road and proceed approximately one mile to the main entrance to the campus.


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Get schooled on wedding terminology

(MS) – Couples about to embark on their wedding journeys will likely learn a thing or two about party planning once their engagements are over and they are newly married. Wedding planning can seem overwhelming and a tad confusing at times, but a crash course in wedding terminology can help couples make more informed choices along the way. • Blusher: A short, single-layer veil that covers the bride’s face before the

ceremony. • Boutonnière: A single flower bud worn by the men in the bridal party. • Canapés: Bite-sized appetizers served during the cocktail hour of a reception. • Civil ceremony: A marriage ceremony conducted by a council official or justice of the peace at a municipal location rather than in a house of worship. • Cocktail hour: Typically an hour-

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long interlude between the wedding ceremony and the main dinner of the reception. Guests have time to arrive and mingle before being seated. • Corkage fee: A fee some establishments charge to allow guests to bring their own wine. • Dais: A podium or platform raised from the floor where the bride and groom are seated. • Deposit: A percentage of the total cost of service given to a vendor to secure a date for their services. • Dragées: Round, small edible balls of sugar that appear on wedding cakes. • Escort (seating) cards: Printed cards that direct reception guests to their seats. • Fondant: A sweet, plyable product used to decoratively cover layered cakes. It can be used in lieu of straight buttercream. • Handle wrap: Ribbon or fabric that wraps around the stems of a bouquet the bride and wedding party carries. • Maid/matron of honor: The title given to the woman who assists the

bride and stands closest to her at the altar. “Maids” are those who are unmarried, while “matrons” are women who are. • Master of ceremonies: An individual who will work with the DJ or band to announce the various components of the wedding reception. • Nosegay: A small bouquet or flower arrangement typically given to the mothers of the bride and groom before the ceremony. • Processional/Recessional: Musical pieces that mark the entrance and exit from the wedding ceremony. • Receiving line: A line of the key people in the wedding who welcome and greet guests. • Stationery: All of the paper products used at the wedding, including invitations, programs and enclosures. • Tablescape: A word that describes the multiple components of centerpiece designs. Learning some basic wedding terminology can simplify wedding planning.


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Get the most out of bridal shows and wedding events (MS) – Recently engaged couples may be excited to get a jump on wedding planning. Bridal shows can be a great way for couples to meet and familiarize themselves with local wedding professionals, all the while introducing themselves to the terminology of wedding planning. Though they’re a great source of information, contacts and samples, bridal shows also can be a bit overwhelming. Learning how to maximize time spent at shows can help couples plan their weddings as efficiently as possible. • Start small. If the idea of large crowds is unappealing, attend the more intimate, boutique shows that are often held at local reception halls and restaurants instead of the larger installations at convention centers and hotels. • Scout out vendors. Check the bridal show’s website for lists of exhibitors and see if your desired

vendors are on the list. But even if they’re not, keep an open mind and use the show as a chance to compare offerings. If an event map is available, marking off must-visit booths can help save time. • Pre-register. Pre-registering for bridal events saves time at check-in, and doing so may make you eligible for discounted tickets. • Come prepared. Chances are each vendor is going to ask couples for information so that they can follow up with a phone call or email with more detailed offerings and estimates. Couples attending the show can expediate the process by coming equipped with labels that feature their names, contact information and wedding date. They can then stick the labels on sign-in sheets or use them like business cards. • Dress comfortably. Bridal expos involve a lot of walking and roaming around. Wear comfortable cloth-

ing and shoes. Consider a backpack or hands-free bag so you are not weighed down when collecting the swag and other handouts throughout the day. • Ask questions. When face-to-face with vendors, rely on their expertise but don’t hesitate to ask questions concerning themes, colors, recommendations for honeymoon locations, invitation paper suggestions, and much more. • Stay for the fashion show. Many shows will offer a runway experience to present the latest gown and tuxedo offerings. This can be an entertaining way for couples to formulate their wedding styles. Wedding shows introduce couples to vendors and set them on the path to making decisions regarding the planning of their weddings.

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Tips for choosing a wedding reception menu

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(MS) – Weddings are memorable for a host of reasons. While couples remember their weddings because they mark the day they officially tied the knot, guests may remember weddings for other reasons, including the food served at the reception. Some wedding venues are known for their stunning landscapes, while others build their reputations on unique interiors that provide unforgettable ambiance. But regardless of where weddings take place, guests are liable to discuss the food served at the reception. Guests might rave about the escargot or complain that the fish was flaky, but couples who choose reception menus wisely can go a long way toward ensuring there are more compliments than complaints once the dinner bell rings. • Don’t zero in on specialties. According to The Knot 2017 Real Weddings Study, a survey of nearly 13,000 brides and grooms who tied the knot in 2017, the average wedding hosted 136 guests. While couples might be tempted by specialty dishes when choosing their wedding menus, couples who are hosting dozens, if not hundreds, of guests should keep things simple. • Consider potential allergies. In regard to entrées, make sure guests with food allergies can choose something that won’t make them sick. According to Food Allergy Research & Education®, an organization devoted to improving the quality of life of individuals with food allergies, some common foods cause the majority of allergic reactions. Peanuts, soy, sesame, and shellfish are among the most common food allergies, according to FARE®. FARE also notes that allergies to wheat, milk and eggs are common in children. While such foods can still be served at wedding receptions, make sure to also include foods that are unlikely to trigger allergic reactions. Couples can even ask guests to inform them of any food allergies. • Don’t hesitate to offer a favorite food. While specialty entrées might not be a great choice, especially at large receptions where lots of mouths must be fed, a couple who has a favorite food that’s symbolic of their relationship should not hesitate to offer it during the cocktail hour. For example, a couple who met in Thailand may want to offer a favorite Thai dish. • Offer an elaborate dessert. The last bite guests will take is dessert, so couples who want their guests to go home raving about the food may want to offer something special after the entrées have been taken away. Some guests may not indulge, but those who do might end their nights thinking about the delicious dessert they enjoyed as the festivities drew to a close. If the dessert is especially unique, offer something more traditional alongside it for more hesitant guests. Choosing a wedding menu should be fun. Menus should reflect not only couples’ tastes but also include some popular foods so no one goes home hungry.

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Things to consider when choosing a wedding party

(MS) – Making the important decision to get married can fill couples with joy and excitement as they imagine spending the rest of their lives together. Naturally, brides- and grooms-to-be are anxious to share the good news with others and include family and friends in the festivities. One way couples exemplify inclusion is by asking their closest acquaintances to be part of their wedding parties. Being asked to serve as a bridesmaid or groomsman is an honor. Some couples may be tempted to ask every friend, sibling or cousin they have to be in their wedding parties, and some do. In fact, ancient Roman law required 10 witnesses to be part of the wedding ceremony. However, the larger the wedding party, the more people couples have to coordinate and the more personalities they must manage. While large wedding parties are in style, there isn’t any one-size-fits-all formula to decide which size party is right for a particular situation. Trends vary based on geography and culture. These tips can help couples decide on the size of their wedding parties. • Match it to scope and style. Wedding planners may use a standard ratio for a proportion of guests to wedding party members. That ratio is one pair of wedding attendants for every 50 guests. This creates a balanced feel where the more people in attendance, the larger the wedding party and vice versa. • Consider your expenses. Wedding party members may be asked to spend considerable amounts of money to be in the wedding, but the couple will have certain expenses tied to the wedding party as well. These can include limousines to ferry people between the ceremony and reception, photography costs to arrange and photograph large wedding parties, the cost of boutonnieres and bouquets, attendants’ gifts, as well as extra mouths to feed at the rehearsal dinner. Small wedding parties can be easier on couples’ budgets. • Know your expectations. Couples should discuss what they expect from their wedding parties. Do couples want their loved ones to be very hands-on or waiting in the wings? For those who want a lot of input from their wedding parties, asking distant friends or family to be included may be impractical. Wedding party sizes are up to the couple, but bigger isn’t always better.


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