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cleveland It’s impossible for me to believe that Today’s Bride has been around since 1989. And yet, here we are 30 years later, helping countless generations plan their dream wedding. We feel so lucky to share this part of your experience! Over these 30 years, we’ve seen a ton of changes – from shoulder pads to flash mob proposals. While the basics of wedding planning have stayed the same, the way couples plan brings a fresh perspective each year! That’s why we’re constantly working to redesign our magazine to make your process easy and enjoyable.

2019-2020

table of contents Bachelorette Parties . . . . . . . . 133 n Beauty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 n Bridal Gowns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 n Bridal Showers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132 n Bridesmaid Attire . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 n Cakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122 n Catering & Bar Service . . . . . . . . 46 n Ceremony . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 n

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CHEERS TO 30 YEARS!

This year, we embraced the new trend of Bullet Journaling. From scheduling appointments to tracking your budget, you’ll see interactive activities throughout the magazine to utilize your creative juices while staying organized and on task! Our hope is that this magazine will become your wedding planning Holy Grail. Keep track of your vendors, practice your calligraphy, take the quizzes, and peruse the ads. If you’re meeting with a vendor you see here, let them know that you saw them in Today’s Bride! Take it with you to appointments, ask the listed questions to prospective vendors, and take notes on the pages themselves! Post a photo of your Today’s Bride magazine at your vendor appointment on social media to win a Bride-to-Be swag box! Seeing your engagement and interaction with our magazine is why we do what we do and is what drives us to make each edition better. That being said, let us know if there’s anything you’d like to see in the next issue or what was most helpful to you! From all of us at Today’s Bride, thanks for letting us be a part of this exciting time in your life.

Decor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 n Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 n Flowers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 n Guest Accommodations . . . . 136 n Honeymoon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 n Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 n Linens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 n Local Loves . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148 n Marriage License . . . . . . . . . . . . 140 n Men’s Attire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 n Mother-Of Dresses . . . . . . . . . . . 24 n Photo Booth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 n Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 n Real Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 n Rehearsals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138 n Superstitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142 n Transportation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126 n Travel Wedding Theme . . . . . . 106 n Vendor Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150 n

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Venues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 n Venue Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 n Videography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 n Vows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134 n

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Wedding Planners . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 n Wedding Shows . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 n Wedding Stationery . . . . . . . . . . 62 n Front Cover Photo by: Torianna Brooke Photography see additional credits on page 90

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Color in the wedge as you complete the task to make sure you don’t miss a single deadline!

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DaTe you: got engaged:

Where to CHOOSE A DATE

start...

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Decide which season you want to get married in and then choose a month. Be flexible with the dates within the month you choose, as your venues may be booked on that specific date.

Create a budget

You can’t do much when it comes to planning your wedding without a budget. The average Northeast Ohio wedding can cost anywhere from $22,000-$50,000 or more. If anyone will be contributing to your wedding fund, get an idea of what they’re willing to provide so you know how much you should save.

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Create a wedding email

Over the next few months to a year, you’ll be meeting a lot of people while collecting tons of information. It’s super convenient to have everything stored in one inbox.

ASK your Wedding Party

Take our quiz on page 28 to find out who you should ask! Our advice: don’t ask someone to be in the party just because you feel obligated to.

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Look Local this one counts!

We’ve hidden pink Ohios throughout the magazine. Visit TodaysBride.com/cle19, take a quick survey, and submit the number of Ohios you found. If you find the correct number, you’ll receive a mega-ticket for five upcoming Today’s Bride Shows good for you and a friend! (Hint: you’ll find one on the next page!)

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vendors

Wedding Shows:

Magazines:

One of the best resources you can use to plan your wedding is a bridal magazine. They share all the new trends, give you advice and planning tips, and are full of gorgeous pictures to inspire! Plus, if you use a local magazine, you can find credible, lo al vendors.

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Websites:

What would we do without the internet? With everything from wedding planning blogs, Pinterest photos, printables, vendor reviews, and websites, you can spend hours sorting through all the ideas and inspiration! Visit TodaysBride.com for access to all this and more!

Wedding Shows are onestop wedding shopping events. Meet vendors, see the latest trends, and take advantage of show discounts… what could be better?! Wedding shows are perfect for the just-engaged bride or someone who’s a week away!


Q U E S T I O N S TO A S K These often overlooked questions are vital when it comes to booking each and every vendor. Here’s what you should find out before signing any agreements or placing a deposit.

Remember to ask all your vendors: YES

NO

1. Am I your only client that day? 2. Will you be working my wedding? If not, who will? 3. Do you have insurance options? 4. How many years of experience do you have? 5. Are there additional fees? Fees: 6. Can I get a contract in writing?

Never make a deposit without a written contract!

7. Is gratuity included? 8. How far in advance should I book you? 9. Will your staff require a meal? 10. Can I customize a package?

Other things to discuss: Dress Code Payment Plans/Due Dates

Cancellation/Refund Policy Equipment (who will be  providing it, and if there are any additional fees)

Arrival/Departure Times Emergency Plans

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Visit TodaysBride.com/plan for wedding planning tips & resources.

As you decide on which vendors you will be using, keep track of their contact information on the Master Vendor List on Page 146.

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Wedding date:

GOAL:!

SET A GOAL AND DIVIDE IT BY 10, THEN LABEL EACH LINE AND COLOR THE PIG IN AS YOU SAVE!

#of days until you say "I do":

Choose your wedding date Discuss your budget and who is contributing to it Budget, p.10 Create a Pinterest account and start a wedding board Check TodaysBride.com for the Wedding Show schedule A wedding show offers you the opportunity to meet with local wedding professionals while admiring all the latest trends. Wedding Shows, p. 104 Make a wedding email, binder, and/or spreadsheet You need a place to compile all of your thoughts, vendor hand-outs, contracts, and details. Choose your wedding party  Bridesmaids, p. 26 Begin compiling a guest list  Create an A and B list. Wedding Stationery, p. 62 Hire a Wedding Planner  Wedding Planners, p. 12 Start shopping for bridal, bridesmaid, and mother-of attire Bridal Attire, p. 14 Mother-of, p. 24 Bridesmaids, p. 26 Book your ceremony and reception venues Ceremony, p. 34 Venues, p. 38 Book the Offician Ceremony, p. 34

Bride Advice

There are plenty of ways to save on a wedding, and there are a lot of very helpful articles out there to give ideas, but take it with a grain of salt. Think about what's important to you and if you choose DIY for things, it can add up quickly with all the supplies.

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BUDGET ESTIMATES

At the start of each section, you’ll see an average price range for different services. Though we’ve researched and interviewed Northeast Ohio vendors to come up with these ranges, we encourage you to remember that they are not set in stone. Use these estimates to guide you in creating a realistic budget so you feel prepared when you meet with potential vendors!

CATEGORY

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Wedding Planner The Dress Ceremony VENUE

$500-$3,500+ $700-$8,000+ $100-$2,500+ $3,000-$10,000+

HOW MUCH DO YOU WANT TO SPEND?

FIND LOCAL VENDORS Alterations & Preservation

Bridal Attire

Alterations Express . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

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Cleveland Wedding Gown Preservation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142

Venues

Ceremony

Wedding Planners

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Always Eventful...Events by Tricia Dever . . 149

See directory on page 40


BUDGET

Groom's Attire

ESTIMATE

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Bridal gown Alterations Accessories Undergarments Shoes Hair Makeup TOTALs: Bride's Ring Groom's Ring Insurance Party Gifts Tips TOTALs:

CATEGORY

Stationery

Invitations often weigh more, so they'll cost more.

ESTIMATE

ACTUAL COST

Save-the-Dates Invitations Postage Thank You Notes PROGRAMS Miscellaneous

Site Officiant Music Flowers Rentals Transportation TOTALs: Formalwear AlterAtions Accessories Shoes Grooming TOTALs:

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Ask your DJ and other vendors about overtime fees.

TOTALs: Planner Photography Videography photo Booth Marriage License Honeymoon TOTALs: Venue Catering Bar Service Cake/dessert Rentals Favors Flowers Linens Music/DJ Lighting Decor TOTALs:

TIPPING Although not required by every vendor, small gratuity gifts for a job well done are a gracious way of showing your appreciation.

OFFICIANT/CLERGY $75 - $100 ‘donations’ are appropriate HAIR & MAKEUP 20% paid to each stylist PHOTO BOOTH ATTENDANT $20 - $50 per person

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LIMOUSINE DRIVER(S) 15% - 20% paid to driver RECEPTION SITE MANAGER 15% - 20% of entire bill CEREMONY SITE STAFF

(soloist, organist, church staff, etc.)

$20 - $30 per person

DJ/BAND 15% - 20% given to the band leader or DJ

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

RECEPTION WAIT STAFF $20 - $40 per person

(decorators, floral, cake, etc.)

BARTENDER(S) 15% - 20% of entire bar bill

DELIVERY/SET-UP PERSONNEL

$10 each if dropping items off $20 each if also setting up


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Special features like an ice sculpture and any additional gifts.

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MIscellaneous

Rehearsal dinner

TOTALs: +5% Buffer:

The buffer is a "just in case" fund. This will help cover unforeseen costs.

GRAND TOTAL: Prefer to work digitally? Join TodaysBride.com and get free printables and downloads including our budget Excel file or Google Sheet.

Jar of hearts Track what you still owe by coloring in each vendor heart as you pay them off!

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WEDDING PLANNER

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s r e n n Pla Planning a wedding is stressful. Finding and meeting with vendors, staying on top of payments, mastering DIY decor, and dealing with family drama is a full-time job! If you could use some help, advice, or guidance, you may want to hire a Wedding Planner. Just check out some of the roles they can play!

Q U E S T I O N S TO A S K YES

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1. How long have you been planning events? 2. How many weddings do you plan per year? 3. Do you have a portfolio and references? 4. Can you negotiate rates with my vendors? 5. Will you handle all aspect of the planning? 6. What kind of packages do you offer? Full-Service

Partial Day

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7. How often will we talk/meet?

Financial Advisor Wedding Planners have years of experience. From the numerous weddings they’ve planned, they’ve met various local vendors to connect you with. Whether you’re trying to stay on budget, are looking for a specific style, or want the best of the best, your Wedding Planner will be able to recommend some vendors. They may even be able to get you discounts, help you avoid costly mistakes, and advise you on budgeting. Fairy Godmother You have more important things to do than negotiate packages with vendors. You have a full-time job, a home to take care of, a social life to uphold, and a fiancé to adore. Planning your special day is your Wedding Planner’s full-time job! They will dedicate all their time, ideas, and experi-

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Stress Reliever Your wedding day is a once-in-a-lifetime event. You want to be relaxed, excited, and fully present on your wedding day – not rushing around perfecting final details and taking calls from your caterer! Likewise, hiring a Wedding Planner will give you free time to appreciate your engagement instead of stressing over napkin colors or menu options. Plus, he or she will ensure that everything gets done on time and according to your vision, will handle any crises, and will keep you and your wedding party on schedule on the wedding day.

Full-Service

PLANNING PACKAGES

NOTES

8. Will you be there the day-of?

ence to make sure no detail is overlooked. They know the latest wedding trends, etiquette and tradition, what works and what doesn’t, and will ensure that your wedding vision is made a reality.

Partial

Initial consultation Idea generation Budget creation Vendor suggestions Site tours Vendor selection Contracting Available for questions Etiquette knowledge Timeline development Vendor confirmation Direction of the rehearsal Distribution of timeline Day-of coordination *packages vary by company

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BRIDAL ATTIRE

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When you start shopping...

Bring someone you trust. Though you do not want your team to

swoon over every dress you try on – that’s not helpful when it comes to making a decision – having the support of people who know exactly what you want will make your decision easier. Bring 3-4 people who are honest but not harsh, know your vision, and will support your decision.

Don’t bring too many people. Avoid bringing your entire entourage. When shopping, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the contrasting opinions. You’ll get confused and question what styles you actually like. You never want to settle for a dress you don’t love just because everyone in your entourage loves it.

Keep an open mind. Your Consultant has years of experience and knows what they’re doing. Trust that he or she knows what styles will look good on you and be open to trying on dresses that don't necessarily fit your vision! You never know what you might fall in love with, and it won’t hurt your Consultant’s feelings if you hate it.

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Find your Style Bride Advice

This chart will give you an idea of what silhouettes to look at when shopping! If you love a style outside of your results, try it on anyway. It's your wedding day!

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Relax and enjoy the process (as much as you can). Wedding planning can be stressful, but it’s also such an exciting season of life! Don’t forget that this day is all about you and your fi ncé! Go with your gut and you won’t regret it!

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Jacket/Wrap

Hair Accessories (veil, tiara, etc.)

Shoes

Underwear/Shapewear

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Bra

Clutch

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Morilee – Style 8295 Available at Cle Bride by Expressions

Maggie Sottero – Style Charlene Available at Abbott's Bridal & Formalwear

Kenneth Winston – Style 1809 Available at Doreen Leaf Designs

Allure Bridal – Style 9601 Available at Galleria Gowns

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BRIDAL ATTIRE

Adrianna Papell – Style 31097 Available at Lavender Bridal Salon

Casablanca Bridal – Style 2332 Available at Koda Bridal

You’ve probably spent at least one afternoon binge-watching a marathon of "Say Yes to the Dress" and feel fully prepared for your dress shopping appointment. However, your scheduled appointment time will fly by quickly, and the last thing you want is to leave the store disappointed, discouraged, and empty handed. We have a few tips to prepare you for this experience and ensure you find the dress of your dreams!

Start looking 12+ months before your wedding day. It generally takes six months to receive your gown and you should allow for at least two fittings to ensure a perfect fit. However, allowing too much time between falling in love with your gown and walking down the aisle in it can lead to questioning your decision, FOMO, and nerves about it fitting properly. Twelve months will allow for enough time to find the gown, have it ordered, shipped, and fit ed.

Watters – Style Vervain Available at Abbott's Bridal & Formalwear

Limit your store selection to two or three. If you try to stop by every bridal shop in the area, you’ll end up forgetting what dresses you tried on, which dresses you loved, where you want to return, etc. Research beforehand to choose shops that offer different designers. This will make it easier to remember which store had the dress you loved and will allow you to see different styles rather than the same dress again and again.

Bring heels similar in height to your wedding shoes. If you find the dress, the Consultant and alterations staff will take your measurements to order your gown. It’s important to wear shoes similar in height to your wedding shoes so there are minimal alteration changes to be made when the dress arrives.

Wear nude underwear and a strapless bra. Remember, you will have a Consultant who will help you get dressed. If you don’t want to be completely exposed, we recommend forgoing a thong and wearing a strapless bra to the salon. They also have the least amount of padding, and since some of the dresses come with built-in padding, it will give you the best idea of how the dress will look and feel on your wedding day. Avoid wearing any bright colored underwear. It may show through the gown, ruining the impression of a dress you may have loved.

Tadashi Shoji – Style BBO18048 Available at David's Bridal

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Bring photos of gowns you love. Research beforehand to get an idea of what kind of dress you’re looking for. Do you like a lot of beading or vintage lace? Do you prefer a tight bodice or loosefl wing? What type of materials are you drawn to? Is there a designer you absolutely love? Coming to your appointment with details like these can help narrow down your selection quickly and make it easier to find our gown.

Incorporate alteration costs into your budget beforehand. You should absolutely have an idea of how much you want to spend before going to your first appointment. One hidden cost that most brides don’t account for when coming up with their wedding dress budget is the cost of alterations. Alterations can cost anywhere between $200-$1,000. If you don’t account for that within your dress estimate, you’ll end up going over budget because of the alterations.

Don’t try on dresses outside of your budget. Maggie Sottero – Style Luanne Available at Lavender Bridal Salon

It’s a common downfall to many bridal budgets. While falling in love with a dress that is a few hundred dollars over your budget can work for some brides, you’ll have to decide on your priorities. Where can you shift dollars and spend less in order for you to afford this dress? If it’s worth it to you, feel free to stretch your budget! But if you want to stick to a specific number, avoid trying on dresses you can’t afford.

Don’t order your dress in a size too small. Some brides order a dress in a smaller size to motivate them to lose weight. It’s a lot easier to remove fabric than it is to add more fabric in, so it’s smarter to order a dress in your current size and fit it to your new body after weight-loss. However, it can also be scary to lose too much weight and end up with a dress that’s too big only weeks before your wedding. Have a realistic goal of how much you want to lose, and talk to your Consultant and alterations team to decide what size would be best to order.

When you have your “moment,” stop. Shopping is addicting, and you will always wonder if there is something better out there just waiting for you to find it. Trust that the dress you love is "the one" and that you’ll look beautiful walking down the aisle. Is there a dress out there that you’d love more? Probably. But as long as this dress makes you feel absolutely perfect and gorgeous, stop looking for something better. Otherwise, you’ll never stop shopping.

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Q U E S T I O N S TO A S K Madison James – Style MJ503 Available at Galleria Gowns

There are some opinions that you value above any other – maybe your mom’s, your best friend’s, or even your own. But when it comes to wedding dress shopping, you should trust that your Consultant knows best. You may go into the appointment knowing exactly which dress you want and end up leaving the salon having bought a completely different silhouette. This trust is built by being completely honest with each other about budget, likes and dislikes, timeline, and extra costs.

YES

NO

1. I found this dress; can I get it through you? 2. Can I purchase a gown off the rack? 3. How long does it take to order a dress? 4. Will I have the same Consultant every time I visit?

Consultant’s Name: 5. Do you do alterations? 6. How many fittings will I h ve? 7. What is included? Garment Bag Other

Steaming

Dress Storage (prior to wedding)

8. D  o you provide gown cleaning?

NOTES

9. Do you provide gown preservation?

Morilee – Style 82261 Available at Doreen Leaf Designs

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Must-Have

ACCESSORIES After you put on your dress and do your hair and makeup, you may find that there’s something missing. These must-have accessories will take your look from wow to WHOA!

Veil The veil is one of the most iconic pieces to creating your bridal day look. Any woman can wear a white dress, but a veil makes you undoubtedly a bride. Whether you choose a cathedral length train or a blusher over your face, add a personal touch to it with lace appliques and embroidery. Though some modern brides have chosen to forgo this accessory, we still think it’s a vital piece to creating that classic look.

Undergarments You probably got some lingerie at your bachelorette party that’s perfect for your wedding night, but they’re not practical to wear throughout the wedding festivities! When choosing which undergarments you’ll wear during the day, consider the features of your dress. If your gown has an exposed back, you’ll need to go bra-less or wear a sticky bra. If your bodice offers no support, consider wearing a padded strapless bra. If you decide to wear a garter, you’ll need to purchase two – one to wear and one to toss – and slip on the second one right before the garter toss.

Jewelry Casablanca – Style 2357 Aubrey Available at Galleria Gowns

It’s important to choose pieces that complement, but don’t detract attention from, the dress. Dangling earrings are great for sweetheart necklines, but you should wear studs with an illusion neck. Bracelets should be worn with strapless or halter gowns, but not with off-the-shoulder gowns. Try on different jewelry options while shopping or at a fitting to see which work best with your dress.

Shoes Deciding what shoes to wear on your wedding day can be difficult. You want to find a pair that is both fashionable and comfortable enough to dance in all night long. You may want to consider wearing heels to the ceremony and bringing flats to dance in at your reception. We suggest breaking in your shoes about two weeks before the wedding and adding gel or foam inserts. Don’t forget to bring your shoes with you when shopping or to a fitting to ensure that the length of your gown is just right!

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BRIDAL ATTIRE

Willowby – Style Galatea Available at Abbott's Bridal & Formalwear

Allure Couture – Style C507 Available at Koda Bridal

Chic Nostalgia – Style Electra Available at Doreen Leaf Designs

Sincerity – Style 44080 Available at Cle Bride by Expressions

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MOTHER-OF ATTIRE

MGNY by Morilee Style 71931

Montage The Ivonne D Collection - Style 119D46

Montage by Mon Cheri - Style 119936

Social Occasions by Mon Cheri Style 119821

SHOPPING FOR

Moms are there for so much: to ease your child's tears on the first day of kindergarten, to slap a Band-Aid on that bruised knee, to remind them that their homework still isn’t done, and of course, to celebrate with them. And at this stage, you’re there to celebrate one of life’s biggest occasions: your son or daughter’s wedding day! Choosing a Color When looking for a dress for the wedding, you’ll want to choose a color that is similar to the wedding party, but doesn’t match exactly. For example, if the bridesmaids are wearing lavender, you can accent them with a plum gown. You should also keep in mind the location, time of day, and formality of the wedding itself. For formal, elegant celebrations, you should avoid colors like ivory, champagne, black, or red and wear a long gown. For a more casual, outdoor get-together, bright colors and fun prints on a tea or knee length dress are perfectly acceptable!

Coordinating Outfit

MOTHER-OF CHECKLIST As a mom, you’ve already mastered the most important skills needed during the wedding planning process: to be a warm listener, chief cheerleader, and a source of support for your son or daughter. Though you will be there to help the couple make decisions every step of the way, there are a few tasks you’ll be responsible for. MOTHER-OF-THE-BRIDE: Help plan, host, and pay for the engagement party.

Typically, the mother-of-the-bride picks out her dress first, setting the tone for what the mother-of-the-groom will wear. You and your future in-law don’t have to match, but you should make sure your looks don’t clash, either. Be sure to discuss sleeve and hem lengths, necklines, colors, and styles with each other before shopping. If you already get along well, you may even want to go shopping together!

Help the bride find the wedding dress of her dreams, as  well as other wedding attire & accessories.

Where to Shop

 ossibly escort the bride down the aisle and participate P in other parts of the ceremony, such as unity ceremonies, when needed.

Act as hostess at the wedding and reception, ensuring

Now that you’ve got an idea in your head of what to look for, it’s time to shop! Plan to visit department stores, special occasion shops, and bridal shops. If a bridal shop doesn’t sell mother-of gowns, look at the bridesmaid dresses they carry! Often times, these double perfectly as a mother-of gown without forcing you to look or feel matronly. If you find a dress you love that needs to be ordered in a different size or color, we recommend doing so no later than 3-5 months before the wedding.

guests are comfortable.

Stand in the receiving line (if applicable), and make sure the bride has greeted all her guests.



Your child’s wedding day may be just as big of a moment for you as it is for them. All of your hard work at raising a wonderful person has paid off, and they’re ready to start a family of their own. Take pride in your accomplishment by finding a dress that will sh wcase your beauty!

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MOTHER-OF ATTIRE

MGNY by Morilee Style 71932

Montage by Mon Cheri - Style 119952

All gowns available at Vera's Ladies Apparel

MOTHER-OF-THE-GROOM: Help plan, host, and pay for the rehearsal dinner.

If there’s a mother-son dance, help choose a song for it and dance with your son at the wedding.

 articipate in parts of the ceremony, such as unity ceremonies, P when needed.





 BOTH: Assist in communicating with vendors.  Help book hotel blocks for guests. 

Help spread the word about where the couple is registered.  iscuss the wedding budget with the couple, including what you D are willing to pay for and the ideal total number of guests. Draw up the guest list for your side of the family. Help call any of your guests who have not responded. The mother-of-the-bride chooses her dress first. Share details about the dress with the mother-of-the-groom.

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BRIDESMAIDS ATTIRE BRIDESMAIDS

Morilee – Styles 21602, 21581, 21503, 21620 available at American Commodore Dress Shoppe

SHOPPING FOR YOUR

Start Early The Budget Though it’s not the most glamorous of topics, determining your bridal party's budget is certainly one of the most important. Don’t put off having this conversation with each bridesmaid individually, as it will enable you to search for gowns that fall in the right price range. If you have your heart set on a style that some bridesmaids can’t afford, see if there are some other costs - such as hair, makeup, or shoes – that you can pick up to help alleviate their financial obligation. 26

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Your search for the perfect bridesmaid gowns should start about twelve months before your wedding. When you first begin, ta e a small party consisting of your maid-of-honor, mom, and possibly your mother-in-law to narrow down your choices. Once you’ve chosen your favorites, you can invite the entire gang! We suggest having just a few try on and model the gowns for the others to avoid any chaos or disagreements. Your bridesmaids should order their gowns no later than four months before your wedding date to allow for shipping and alterations.

Shopping Online vs. In-Store Odds are, at one point or another you have ordered an item of clothing online that did not fit properly and had to return it. With bridesmaid dresses, you don’t get that option. We’ve heard one too many horror stories of dresses that came in and needed heavy alterations to match the silhouette you saw online, which only drives the cost up! Save yourself some stress and money - and support your local small businesses - by shopping local bridal shops. Find local dress shops on page 32.


BRIDESMAIDS ATTIRE BRIDESMAIDS

Allure Bridal – Style 1560 Available at Galleria Gowns

David's Bridal – Style 19950 Available at David's Bridal

Daymor – Style 550 Available at Abbott's Bridal & Formalwear

Sorella Vita – Style 9088 Available at Lavender Bridal Salon

Should _______ be a Bridesmaid?

Q U E S T I O N S TO A S K

(FILL IN NAME)

Most likely, your bridesmaids are spending a lot of money on these dresses! Make sure they know what they’re paying for and what they should expect by asking these important questions.

YES 1. How long does it take to order a dress? 2. Can bridesmaid dresses be altered? 3. How many fittings will th y have? 4. Will the dresses be pressed before pick-up? 5. Do you offer a discount to my bridesmaids if I buy my dress from you?

It can be really hard to choose who should be a bridesmaid, and sometimes you just can't decide! This quiz will help you determine which of your friends are bridesmaid-worthy.

NO

1. H  ow long have you known her?

A. We’ve been best friends forever. - 3pt B. She’s friends with my fian é. - 1pt C. We are family. - 2pt

2. When was the last time you hung out?

NOTES

A. Sometime in the past 12 months. - 1pt B. We don’t hangout, but we talk all the time. - 2pt C. We hangout almost every week. - 3pt

4. Will your friendship suffer if you don't ask her?

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A. Not all of them. - 1pt B. Yeah, she’s very likeable. - 3pt C. N  o, but she wouldn't cause drama. - 2pt

6. Do you see yourself being friends with her 5 years from now? A. Absolutely! - 3pt B. W  e've grown apart already.- 1pt C. I ’m sure we’ll still be in touch. - 2pt

3. She’s most likely to... A. cancel plans. - 1pt B. b  e on time, if not early. - 3pt C. show up late. - 2pt

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A. She would be so upset. - 3pt B. I really don’t think she would mind. - 2pt C. S  he’d probably be relieved. - 1pt

TOTAL: 7-12 Points

YES!

This person is an obvious bridesmaid.

0-6 Points

NO.

Extend an invite to the wedding but not as a bridesmaid.


BRIDESMAIDS

For your ’maids

Christina Wu – Styles 22889 available at Lavender Bridal Salon

Being asked to be a bridesmaid is a huge honor but also a massive commitment. A lot of time, money, and patience are required to make your best friend’s wedding absolutely perfect – not to mention all the responsibilities! Here are just a few things you should be prepared to tackle as a dutiful bridesmaid.

Planning and ho sting parties.

The bridal party is in charge of planning and throwing both the bridal shower and the bachelorette party. This means you should brainstorm game ideas, research locations, help decorate, assist with hosting duties, and chip in on the cost of decor, food, and prizes.

Morilee – Styles 21606 available at Cle Bride by Expressions

S hopping for bridesmaid dresses.

The bride may ask you to help her narrow down or choose bridesmaid dresses. She values your opinion, so don’t be afraid to let her know your thoughts about silhouette, color, and budget. Tread lightly, though. Ultimately, the decision is the bride’s, not yours.

Helping the bride with planning tasks.

Though this may not be asked of you, you should be prepared and willing to help the bride with any wedding planning tasks, like attending wedding dress shopping trips and fittings, and helping with a y DIY projects.

Attending pre-wedding events. Allure– Styles 1613H available at American Commodore Dress Shoppe

These include: engagement party, shopping trips, bridal shower, bachelorette party, ceremony rehearsal, and rehearsal dinner. Being a bridesmaid is a huge time commitment, but you should try your best to appear at each event.

Keeping the bride sane.

As the bride’s best friend, you’re going to have to deal with some bridezilla moments. Listening to some screaming or comforting an inconsolable bride is part of the job description, and it’s your responsibility to step in and make sure the bride remembers what really matters – marrying her fian é.

Bridesmaid's Day-Of Checklist: Morilee – Styles 21582 available at Doreen Leaf Designs

House of Wu – Styles 7903 available at Koda Bridal

Dress

Photo of Desired Hairstyle

Shoes

Hairspray

Heel Inserts & Band-Aids

Bobby Pins

Jewelry

Lint Roller

A Clutch

Nail Clippers & Emery Board

Undergarments

Compact Mirror

Double-Stick Tape

Hand Sanitizer & Lotion

Small Sewing Kit

Breath Mints

Instant Stain Remover

Medicine

Loose Tank Top or Button-Up Shirt

Feminine Products

Makeup

A Small Snack

Hair Tools Tissues & Makeup Remover Wipes Contact Solution/Eye Drops Deodorant Mini Perfume Spray

Mini Water Bottles Mini Umbrella Your Wedding Gift or Card Printed Itinerary Copy of Your Speech Phone Charger

More bridesmaid information is available on TodaysBride.com/maids.


BRIDAL SHOPS

Bridal Shop Directory Abbott's Bridal & Formalwear www.abbottsbridal.com See ad on page 32

Some designers they carry: Casablanca Bridal, Jasmine Bridal, Maggie Sottero, Morilee, Watters

American Commodore Dress Shoppe

Morilee – Style 8206 Available at Cle Bride by Expressions

Doreen Leaf Designs

www.doreenleafdesigns.com See ad on page 7 Some designers they carry: Essense of Australia, Chic Nostalgia, Kenneth Winston, Morilee, Maggie Sottero

Galleria Gowns

www.galleriagowns.net See ad on page 25 Some designers they carry: Allure Bridal, Casablanca Bridal, Madison James, Maggie Sottero, Sophia Tolli

Koda Bridal

www.acdress.com See ad on Inside Back Cover

www.kodabridal.com See ad on page 57

Some designers they carry: Adrianna Papell, Christina Wu, Allure, Bill Levkoff, Morilee* (*at select locations)

Some designers they carry: Ada James, Allure Bridal, Casablanca Bridal, Moonlight, Ursula

Cle Bride by Expressions

Lavender Bridal Salon

 ww.clebride.com w See ad on page 19

www.ohioweddingdress.com See ad on page 31

Some designers they carry: Lillian West, Morilee, Stella York, Sincerity by Justin Alexander, Sweetheart by Justin Alexander

Some designers they carry: Casablanca Bridal, Maggie Sottero, Moonlight Bridal, Simply Val Stefani, Stella York

David's Bridal

Vera's Ladies Apparel

www.davidsbridal.com See ad on page 134

www.verasapparel.com See ad on page 152

Some designers they carry: David's Bridal Collection, Galina, Melissa Sweet, Oleg Cassini, White by Vera Wang

Some designers they carry: Cameron Blake, Ivonne D by Mon Cheri, Jovani, MGNY, Montage by Mon Cheri

Find more local vendors at TodaysBride.com

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CEREMONY

Q U E S T I O N S TO A S K Make sure that every detail of your ceremony is planned and executed to unforgettable perfection by asking these important questions. Officiants

YES

NO

YES

NO

YES

NO

1. Will you give a speech/sermon? 2. Will we be able to read it before the ceremony? 3. Can we choose the readings? 4. Will you perform the marriage at our venue?

Ceremony

B. Frohman Imaging + Design

PLANNING YOUR

5. Do you have sample vow wordings? 6. Do you require pre-marital counseling? 7. Will you attend the rehearsal? Ceremony Venue: 1. May we bring in our own Officiant? 2. Do you have a bridal suite? 3. Are there any restrictions for decorations, vendors, or music?

4. Is there a dress code?

Know the guidelines before buying your dress.

Ceremony Musicians: 1. Can I choose my songs? 2. What instruments do you offer?

Genevieve Nisly Photography

4. How far in advance should I book?

NOTES

Jadie Foto

3. Will you be the performer the day-of?

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CEREMONY

too much awesomeness

FINDING AN

OFFICIANT

The ceremony is the most meaningful part of the wedding. Make sure it’s sentimental – and more importantly, legal! – by finding the perfect Officiant. LEGALITY The most important step in choosing an Officiant is making sure they’re legally allowed to marry you. In Ohio, ministers ordained online must register with the Secretary of State’s office for a marriage to be legally performed. It’s important to ask to see both proof of ordainment and registration. Some religious leaders are willing to conduct weddings outside of the church. Ask him or her what their regulations are and if they’re willing and available. A PERSONAL TOUCH You should choose an Officiant you feel comfortable around and who is a good public speaker. Someone who knows you well is always best, as they can add personal touches that a stranger can’t. You should also consider asking someone you admire. Whether they have a successful 25 year marriage or a strong moral compass, they’ll be able to impart great advice. GATHER OPINIONS You can search reputable sources, check out magazines, visit bridal shows, and ask family and friends for referrals to find your Officiant. Ask to see videos of previous weddings and talk to anyone you know who has been to a wedding where this person officiated. POINTS TO DISCUSS Go over sample wordings and the order of the ceremony, such as unity ceremonies, readings, and musical interludes. Ask if they have suggestions for readings and any sample vows you can refer to when writing your own.

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CEREMONY

ORDER OF EVENTS Nothing is set in stone! Use this as a guide to schedule your own ceremony!

4:00PM – Guests Arrive 4:25PM – G  room, Groomsmen, & Officiant Ta e Positions

4:28PM – M  other-of-the-Bride and Mother-of- the-Groom are seated

ORDER OF PROCESSION Find out who should come before "Here Comes the Bride"

4:32PM – Opening Remarks 4:35PM – Reading(s) 4:40PM – Vow Exchange 4:48PM – Ring Exchange 4:50PM – U  nity Ceremony & Musical Interlude

4:55PM – C losing Remarks and

1

Offician

Grandparents

(Escorted by ushers)

2

3

Parents-ofthe-Groom 4

Mother-of-the-Bride (Escorted by ushers)

5

Groom 6

Groomsmen and Bridesmaids

Ring Bearer 8 and Flower Girl 9

Bride and Fatherof-the-Bride

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•E  xcerpt from Les Miserable – “The future belongs far more to the heart…” • Shakespeare Sonnet 116 • “All I Ever Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” by Robert Fulghum •L  yrics to “How Long Will I Love You” by The Waterboys

•E  xcerpt from The Alchemist – “When he looked into her eyes, he learned the most important part of the language…” •E  xcerpt from Jane Eyre – “I have for the first time ound what I can truly love…” • “On  Marriage” by Khalil Gibran • Lyrics  to “Still Fallin’” by Hunter Hayes

7

Best Man and Maid-of-Honor

Pronouncement of Marriage

4:58PM – First Kiss as Newlyweds 5:00PM – Recessional & Receiving Line

SUGGESTIONS

• Bible Verses: 1 Corinthians 13: 1-8; Colossians 3: 14-20; Matthew 19: 4-6

4:30PM – B ridesmaids and Bride make their way down the aisle

READING

SPOTIFY

Check out Today's Bride on Spotify - just search todaysbride - for carefully curated playlists - from getting ready to your last dance!


CEREMONY

Unplugged Ceremony

REASONS REASONS TO HAVE AN TO HAVE AN Thomas Stewart Photography

You paid a lot of money for the photographer to get good shots and you don’t want someone’s head or iPhone messing them up.  You don’t want to be blinded by flashes when you are walking down the aisle.

You want your guests to be

in the moment — not documenting it.

Eureka Photography

You

don’t want someone’s phone to blare “Eye of the Tiger” halfway through your vows.



If anyone’s sharing photos on social media to all those frenemies who didn’t get an invite, it should be you – with professional quality photos – not your second cousin.

Eureka Photography

Josh Elliot Photography

Ceremony Checklist:

You’ve probably spent a lot of time planning your reception, but don’t forget about the ceremony! From pretty to practical, there are a lot of details to consider. Refer to this list and don’t forget a thing. Seating

Readings and song choices

Aisle runner

R  ice, bubbles, lavender, confetti, or whatever else you plan to use for your exit

Pew adornments Altar fl wers Reserved seating signage Directional signage A  rch, backdrop, chuppah, or mandap R  ing bearer pillow and fl wer girl basket Flower girl petals

Vow book Programs Guest book Items needed for religious, cultural, familial, or unity ceremonies Rings

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VENUES VENUES

VENUE

Finding your

LOCATION While the location itself has to fit your theme and vision, there are other aspects that you should consider. For instance, how close are the nearest guest accommodations? Are there scenic spots nearby for your wedding photos? How far is it from your ceremony venue? Answering these questions will make the day of your wedding more seamless and stress-free. HIDDEN COSTS A venue may sound affordable at first, but then you realize that tables, chairs, and linens aren’t provided in that price. That’s a huge hit to your budget! Find

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out if you’re expected to use vendors from their preferred list and whether they require a minimum number of guests.

can cause a lot of stress on your wedding day. Ask about the number of parking spots available, handicap spots, and valet service.

PRIVACY Take note of renovations and whether you will have to share the building with other events. Similarly, if you're getting married in a public space - like a park, garden, or museum - you'll want to speak with the coordinator about privacy options.

MANAGEMENT & STAFFING Be sure to note where the coat check and restrooms are located and take a look inside. Are they clean and well-stocked? You’ll want the venue staff to be attentive and proactive on your wedding day, so it’s important to see what condition they keep the space in. Ask if you can visit when the space is preparing for another event so you can see how the staff is dressed and how the space will look on your wedding day.

PARKING & TRAFFIC Parking is something a lot of couples forget to consider when looking at venues. However, neglecting to prepare for any issues

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RECEPTION TIMELINE Your DJ/MC or Wedding Planner will keep everything on schedule, but it can help to have an idea of when things should happen. Just a reminder, this is your day and you can schedule it as you like.

5:00pm Cocktail Hour 6:15pm Introduction of the wedding party and newlyweds

6:20pm First dance 6:25pm Toasts 6:40pm Blessing over the meal (optional)

6:45pm Dinner service begins 7:30pm Father-daughter dance & mother-son dance

7:40pm Bouquet & garter tosses 7:50pm Dance ’til you drop! 8:30pm Cake-cutting 9:55pm Grand exit 10:00pm  Reception ends 10:01pm Vendors breakdown


Q U E S T I O N S TO A S K

With all of the gorgeous venue spaces in Northeast Ohio, it’s nearly impossible to choose just one! This quiz is designed to guide you toward a venue style that fits your vision best!

It’s important to visit each venue in-person to get a real feel for what they offer. You should have an idea of your wedding date, guest count, and reception activities – like a dance floor, photo booth, yard games, etc. – when visiting different sites.

When are you getting married?

Be sure to check out our venue map feature at TodaysBride.com

VENUES

Choosing your perfect venu

YES

NO

1. How far in advance should I book?

Between May and October

Between November and April

2. What is the room’s capacity? 3. Is there a facility rental fee? Fee: 4. Is there a fee if the reception runs long? Fee:

How do you feel about an outdoor wedding?

5. Do you have a ceremony space? 6. Will I be the only wedding that day? 7. Will you attend the rehearsal?

We’d prefer to stay indoors

We’re all for it!

8. Do you provide security?

Choose your transportation.

Valet

9. Is there valet service or a parking fee? Fee:

Parking

10. Do you have a: Bridal Suite

Which is your favorite trend?

Floral Wreaths

Neon Signs

Horsedrawn carriage

Limo

Vespa or motocycle

11. Do you offer/rent:

Stage

Dance Floor

Catering

Bar Service

Linens

Tables

Chairs

Centerpieces

2 or 3 cakes

12. Do you work with:

Coat Check

Preferred Vendors

Outside Vendors

13. What are your decorating guidelines?

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14. Do you have in-house decorators?

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15. When can we access the space to decorate?

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OUTDOOR

Spring and summer are beautiful in Ohio! Take advantage of the rare sunshine, blue skies, and blooming trees. Consider a tent as a backup, and add some bistro lighting, a lounge, and lots of flowers to complement the space.

For a chic and classy wedding, consider a ballroom. You could not ask for a more glamorous setting! Look for a ballroom that showcases features you love – like an amazing view – to leave a impression with your guests!

WAREHOUSE

Warehouses have grown in popularity because of their edgy vibe. Find an open space with exposed brick and hardwood flooring! Flowy white drapes, tropical fl wers, and macramé tapestries all look great in this industrial space.

NOTES

16. Do you have outdoor locations for photos?

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Local Venues

Choosing a reception venue can be nerve-wracking and overwhelming. Use this directory to quickly compare venues in the area to see which one is the best fit or you. Remember, you should always visit a site in-person before booking! # = See Ad on this Page

= Indoor Facility = Outdoor Facility

= Ceremony Space Available

at the Hilton Garden Inn of Mayfield illage

440-646-1777 | www.700beta.com

350

128

Ahern Catering & Banquet Center

440-933-7500 | www.aherncatering.com

500

83

AURORA Bertram Trademark Hotel by Wyndham 330-995-7624 | www.thebertraminn.com

500

5

Brennan's Catering & Banquet Center

216-251-2131 | www.brennanspartycenter.com 142

400

216-928-3232 | www.doubletreecleveland.com

60

350

440-937-0909 | www.emeraldeventcenter.com

48

40

350 |

250

133

216-785-1845 | www.arielinternationalcenter.com

45

300

440-729-7569 | www.fowlersmillgc.com

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225

Ariel Pearl Center

216-246-0721 | www.arielpearlcenter.com

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo - Stillwater Place

200

45

CLEVELAND MAYFIELD VILLAGE

CLEVELAND Crop Bistro

216-635-3304 | www.clevelandmetroparks.com/weddings 216-696-2767 | www.cropbistro.com

300

9

33

BEACHWOOD Embassy Suites – Beachwood

117

CHESTERLAND Fowler's Mill Golf Course

at the Residence Inn Avon

Ariel International Center

Information is subject to change. Please call to verify before making any decisions.

CLEVELAND MAYFIELD VILLAGE

CLEVELAND

440-458-1563 | www.elegantassetseventcenter.com 216-255-3157 | www.embassybeachwood.com

AVON Emerald Event Center

= Call for Details

ELYRIA Elegant Assets Historical Event Center

Cleveland Downtown Lakeside

= Bar Service Available

CLEVELAND

CLEVELAND DoubleTree by Hilton

= Capacity

AVON LAKE

MAYFIELD VILLAGE 700 Beta Banquet Center

= Catering Available

300

MAYFIELD INDEPENDENCE VILLAGE Embassy Suites Cleveland – Rockside

216-986-9900 | www.clevelandindependence.embassysuites.com

47

MEDINA Fox Meadow Country Club

330-723-4653 | www.foxmeadowcc.com BACK COVER

200

200

800

MAYFIELD VILLAGE CANTON Gervasi Vineyard

330-497-1000 | www.gervasivineyard.com 103

300


VENUES

CANTON Glenmoor Country Club

330-966-3600 | www.glenmoorcc.com

300

121

CLEVELAND Hilton Garden Inn

Cleveland Downtown & Gateway Conference Center

216-658-6400 | www.hgiclevelandweddings.com

35

LaCentre Conference & Banquet Facility

440-943-0087 | www.la-vera.com

440-250-2000 | www.lacentre.com

340

13

BACK COVER

700

Metropolitan at the 9

440-463-4192 | www.mallorcacle.com

200

139

216-331-6306 | www.the9cleveland.com 41

250

Nuevo Modern Mexican & Tequila Bar

440-526-3357 | www.neworleanspartycenter.com 216-737-1000 | www.nuevomodmex.com

270

131

119

440-498-8888 | www.signatureofsoloncc.com BACK COVER

42

500 |

St. Denis Golf Club & Event Center

440-285-2183 | www.stdenisgolfclub.com

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180

440-946-4400 | www.holdenarb.org

500

137

CHARDON

LOUDONVILLE Landoll's Mohican Castle

800-291-5001 | www.landollsmohicancastle.com

51

230

Legend Lake Golf Club

440-285-3110 | www.legendlakegolfcc.com

55

150

CLEVELAND

LOUDONVILLE Mohican Gardens & Conservatory

419-368-4024 | www.mohicangardens.com

81

300

Nautica Queen

800-837-0604 | www.nauticaqueen.com

270

147

PARMA

NORTH LAWRENCE Peacock Ridge

330-936-1266 | www.peacockridge.com

71

CHARDON

SOLON Signature of Solon Country Club

200

120

11

CLEVELAND

BRECKSVILLE New Orleans Party Center

Holden Arboretum

216-532-1199 | www.hofbrauhauscleveland.com

CLEVELAND

CLEVELAND Mallorca Restaurant

Hofbrauhaus Cleveland

WESTLAKE

WILLOUGHBY HILLS La-Vera Party Center

300

KIRTLAND

CLEVELAND

200

Pokrova Banquet Hall & Catering 440-212-2390 | www.pokrovahall.com

NORTH CANTON The Historic Onesto Event Center

330-458-3097 | www.historiconesto.com

21

320

450

109

GENEVA-ON-THE-LAKE The Lakehouse Inn Resort

440-466-8668 | www.thelakehouseinn.com 143

50


VENUES

The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake

866-554-0015 | www.thelodgeatgeneva.com

77

300

Union Club of Cleveland

216-621-4230 | www.theunionclub.org

64

250

MEDINA

WESTFIELD CENTER

CLEVELAND

GENEVA-ON-THE-LAKE

Westfield – Blair onference Center

Weymouth Country Club

330-887-6511 | www.westfield c.com

330-725-6297 | www.weymouthcc.com BACK COVER

220

127

500

OTHER VENUES TO CONSIDER for your ceremony, rehearsal, shower, or bachelor(ette) parties The Hotel at Oberlin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148 High Voltage Indoor Karting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139

Find more local vendors at TodaysBride.com

Date Option 3: Number of guests:

Join Today's Bride for access to our complete Northeast Ohio Venue Review!

Must-haves:

Lakemore, Ohio (330) 733-7666 www.springlakepartycenter.com

Be sure to set an appointment to see the venue! Venue 1: Date:

TIME:

Venue 2: Date:

TIME:

Venue 3: Date:

TIME:

Millersburg. Ohio (330) 551-3660 www.facebook.com/stablesatarrowheadlake

Akron, Ohio (330) 836-5533 www.stanhywet.org

150

Both

175

200

The Venues at The Ohio State University Wooster Campus Wooster, Ohio (330) 263-5501 www.shislercenter.com

88

Banquet Hall

Both

300

300

Todaro’s Party Center Akron, Ohio (330) 929-3377 www.todaros.com

89

Banquet Hall

Both

750

300

90

Historic Site/Mansion

Both

200

250

91

Historic Ballroom/ Hotel

Indoor

320

320

92

Mansion/ Historic Site

Both

250

250

93

Wine Bar

Both

90

94

Private Club

Indoor

250

250

95

Barn/ Farm

Both

150

200

Trailhead at Cascade Lofts, The Akron, Ohio (330) 957-0006 www.trailheadevents.com

Tudor Arms - A Doubletree Hotel Cleveland, Ohio (216) 456-2691 www.tudorarmsevents.com

Tudor House on the Portage Lakes Waterfront

New Franklin, Ohio (330) 644-1728 www.tudorhouseonportagelakes.com

Uncorked Wine Bar Akron, Ohio (330) 374-1850 www.akronuncorked.com

The Union Club Cleveland, Ohio (216) 621-4230 www.theunionclub.org

Vintage Barn at Creekbend Ranch, The

Bridal Suite

150

Mansion/ Historic Site

Overnight Accommodations

Outdoor

87

Facility Rental Fee

86

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

On-Site Coordinator

300

Special Diet Options

300

Bar Service Included

Both

Barn/ Farm

Outside Alcohol Allowed

Banquet Hall

Stables at Arrowhead Lake, The

Burbank, Ohio (330) 624-7205 www.facebook.com/Vintagebarnatcreekbend

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Date Option 2:

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Date Option 1:

Ceremony Capacity

Have this information ready when calling venues:

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400

Reception Capacity

27

Photograph y

150

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Woodside Event Center at St. Michael's

Wildwood Cultural Center

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GUEST COUNT EACH GLASS HAS 50 BUBBLES. DIVIDE YOUR LIST BY 100 AND COLOR THE BUBBLES AS YOU RECEIVE RSVPS.

Wedding date:

GOAL:

#of days until you say "I do":

÷100 EACH BUBBLE IS WORTH:

RSVPs

Hire a Caterer

Catering, p. 46 Bar Service, p. 50

Shop for men's attire Men's Attire, p. 52

Establish fitness and ski care routines Beauty, p. 56

Hire a Photographer and Videographer and have an engagement shoot This is a great way to get to know your potential Photographer and may be included in your package! Videography, p. 80 Photography, p. 84

Book your entertainment, including: DJ, band, ceremony musicians, and photo booth company Entertainment, p. 68 Photo Booth, p. 72

Shop for your invitations  and order and send save-the-dates Wedding Stationery, p. 62

Finalize guest list

 The final list should be a ompromise between your list, your fian é’s list, and your parents’ lists. Wedding Stationery, p. 62

Purchase wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses

It takes time to order and get alterations. Bridal Attire, p. 14 Bridesmaids, p. 26

Create a wedding website Hire a Travel Agent Honeymoon, p. 74

Bride Advice

Make eating a priority on your big day! Make sure to have snacks or a meal when getting ready, and ask if you can get part of your food early before you make your entrance before the reception if your schedule allows for it.

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BUDGET ESTIMATES CATEGORY

RANGE

Catering Bar Service MEn's Attire Beauty & Health Wedding stationery ENTERTAINMENT PHOTO Booth Honeymoon Videography Photography

$15-$100+ per person $1000-$8,000+ $75-$1000+ $50-$200+ $250-$5000+ $800-$10,000+ $500-$1500+ $1000-$5000+ $1000-$8000+ $1500-$5000+

HOW MUCH DO YOU WANT TO SPEND?

FIND LOCAL VENDORS

Beauty & Health

Honeymoon, Travel, & Lodging

Color Me Direct . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148

J Sullivan Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141

Haber Dermatology, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141

UnlimitedTrips.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75

Kato Loses It . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148

Men’s Attire

Studio Wish Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137

American Commodore Tuxedo . Inside Front Cover

Catering & Bar Service

Boumadi Men's Clothier & Tailoring . . . . . . . 37

Catering by Verba’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .133

Men’s Wearhouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127

Old Carolina Barbecue Company . . . . . . . . 145

Wedding Stationery

Entertainment

Paper Trails of Rocky River . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

Cleveland Music Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81

Truly Inspired Paper Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78

Marino Brothers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137

Photo Booth

Rock The House Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . 3

inFocus Photobooth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141

Roseann Canfora, Harpist Celestial Strings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131

TapSnap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145

Selective Sound Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . 76

Photography

Sound Precision Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . 148

See the directory on page 103

Steven Vance Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143

Videography

The DJ Crew . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71

Elite Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83


CATERING

Catering by the numbers

All Photos: Genevieve Nisly Photography

Sometimes, leftovers are even better than the meal; but if you leave for

Q U E S T I O N S TO A S K

your honeymoon right after your reception, you won’t get to enjoy them!

When you first meet with your Caterer, you’ll probably only care about the way the food tastes. While that is certainly important, there are a few other details you should ask before booking.

YES

NO

Ordering just the right amount of food will ensure that you don’t miss out on any leftovers (and that your fridge won’t be stuffed when you return).

APPETIZERS

1. How do you charge? 2. Do you offer special dietary options?

ENTRÉE

3. For buffets, are the portions fi ed? 4. Is clean-up included? 5. Can you customize a menu?

SIDE DISHES

6. Do you offer free tastings?

Family Style

Buffet

Stations

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9. Do you offer cake-cutting services?

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1.5 servings per guest

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What kind of dinner should you have? Choose the phrase that describes the feel of your wedding.

Glamorous and chic

How do you feel about leftovers?

Casual get-together

Traditional and formal

The more the merrier!

They’ll sit in the fridge. Yes

Will there be kids at the reception? No

Choose your favorite meal.

Salad, steak, and potatoes

Pizza. No, sushi! No, burgers!

Seated Meals

Food Stations Gideon Photography

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Buffet Buffet lines allow your guests to choose which foods they want and skip over those that would just get wasted. Elegant and classy, a seated dinner ensures that you have just the right amount of food. We suggest offering two different entrées for guests to choose from – one vegetarian and one meat.

Offer a wide selection of favorites, like sliders, pizza, and tacos. Perfect for both large gatherings and small, food stations will add a wow factor to your reception.


CATERING

1. Not having a budget in mind. Your caterer should be able to work with you to come up with a menu that pleases your taste buds and your budget.

5. Serving too much food at the cocktail

2. Thinking a buffet is cheaper. With a seat-

6. Requesting out-of-season dishes. Ordering side dishes or ingredients that aren’t in-season can do some major damage to your budget.

ed meal, there is a set amount of food prepared and served; you are only charged for those meals. With a buffet, caterers often cook too much food and welcome guests to seconds, which can cost you more money.

7. Ordering too much dessert. Not every

tions like mac and cheese, chicken tenders, or pizza to satisfy the children at your wedding (and their parents).

guest will eat cake, but we recommend ordering at least one piece of cake for each guest. If you opt to have a dessert station with cookies, cupcakes, candies, and other treats, you can offer less cake.

4. Not offering a filling vegetarian dish.

8. Not planning for leftovers. Ask your ca-

Your RSVP should include a space for guests to mark any dietary restrictions they have. Be sure to offer at least one hearty dish that isn’t meat-based. Serving soup or pasta will fill up your vegetarian guests without breaking the budget.

terer if they’re responsible for disposing of the extra food. If you’ve already paid for it, you should take advantage of the extra food by passing out any leftovers to your guests, wedding party, donating it, or freezing it for yourself.

3. Not thinking about the kids. Offer op-

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BAR SERVICE

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TO BAR SERVICE

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How long should service be available?

Q U E S T I O N S TO A S K There are a lot of variables and unknowns when it comes to bar service. What drink options should be provided? Who will be providing them? Is alcohol allowed at your venue? Will you have a champagne toast for everyone, or just the wedding party?

YES 1. How will we be charged?

Glass

Bottle

Other

What are my drink options?

2. Do you offer top-shelf liquor?

You can choose to have a full bar or simply serve wine and beer as a more cost-effective option. If you want to include liquor as an option but don’t want the cost of a full bar, consider a signature cocktail! If you’re holding a dry wedding, you can have more options than just

3. Will extras be refunded? 4. If no, can we take home the extras? 5. Is there a corkage charge?

Corkage is a fee to open wine that you supply.

6. How many bartenders will there be? Fee for additional bartenders? 7. Do you supply other beverages? Water Coffee Tea Soda

NO

Be sure to arrange for bar service that lasts as long as the reception itself (the average wedding reception lasts between four to six hours). Customarily, the bar will close during dinner service, which will save you money. Alcohol service should end an hour before the end of your reception, but you should make provisions for non-alcoholic beverages to be served until the reception is over.

Juice

Other

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water, soda, and tea. Try mixing things up with a mocktail! Pink lemonade spritzer, dry pomegranate cosmos, and virgin daiquiris are all great options to offer your guests!

How much alcohol do I need? Remember that only your guests that are 21 or older will be drinking alcohol and that each guest will have on average 1 drink per hour. If you’re having 100 guests over the age of 21, you can assume that 50% of them will drink wine, 20% will drink beer, and 30% will have liquor of some kind. These numbers are flexible, though, and vary depending on your guests’ preferences. Once you have your final guest list, use the calculator on page 51 to find out how much you need!

NOTES

Genevieve Nisly Photography

8. Is gratuity included in the package? How much? 9. Is a champagne toast included? Yes, for all guests Yes, bridal party only

No

10. Do you close during meal service?

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BAR SERVICE

BAR BY THE

numbers

This bar calculator will offer you an idea of how much alcohol you should expect to serve at your reception. Keep in mind that these numbers may change according to your guest list! If your friends and family typically favor beer over wine, you’ll need to adjust the proportions accordingly so as not to run out of the most popular drink! We also suggest using the total guest list count in order to calculate the amounts. Though guests under 21 won’t be drinking alcoholic beverages, it’s better to have too much than too little – just in case some guests drink more than one drink an hour.

+ Number of Guests

Liquor

Number of Hours

=

Total Drinks

AVERAGE SPLIT

30%

Beer

+ Total Drinks

+ Total Drinks

+ Total Drinks

20%

Wine

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Servings of Liquor

Servings of Beer

Servings of Wine

ONE BOTTLE OF....

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Bottles of Liquor

WINE

KEG

18 SERVINGS

4 SERVINGS

165 SERVINGS

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Servings of Beer

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165

Kegs of Beer

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Servings of Wine

4

Bottles of Wine

DON'T FORGET THE CHAMPAGNE TOAST!

8 SERVINGS

Number of Guests Over 21

8

=

Number of Bottles

Hate math? Download an Excel file o help you figure out your bar numbers at TodaysBride.com/drinks

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MEN'S ATTIRE

Karen Menyhart Photography

FIT TIPS Match the width of your tie to the width of your lapel. Your tie should end just above your trousers. There should not be a gap between your shirt collar and jacket collar. When you slip your hand between your shirt and buttoned jacket, it should fit, but be snug. The hem of your jacket should cover your pants’ zipper. The top button of a double-button jacket should never be clasped. If you’re wearing a vest, don’t clasp the bottom button. Tracy Heck Photography

Your shirt cuffs should surpass your jacket sleeves by about half an inch.

B Frohman Imaging & Design

Your socks should be long enough to cover your ankles and legs when you sit down. Jadie Foto

Bride Advice Do not sweat the small stuff! I know, it's cliché. But at the end of the day, all that matters is that you are marrying your truest of loves. Guests are there to relish in your love and happiness for each other.

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The perfect fit or any style wedding, we’ve made tying your bow tie a rather easy process with just 10 steps!

shopping list SHOPPING Tie

Shoes

Tie Clip

Socks

Cuff Links

Pocket Square

Jacket

Button-Down Shirt

Vest

Undershirt

Suspenders Belt Trousers

Q U E S T I O N S TO A S K Choosing exactly what you’ll be wearing on your wedding day is one of the most important tasks you’ll be given as a groom. Tackle it like a pro by asking your Consultant these questions!

YES

POP

2. Do you:

Color is one easy way to make a statement with your suit or tux. Instead of black or gray, look for an emerald, blue, or mauve suit. If you want to add color without sacrificing tradition, add a pop of color with playful socks or a pocket square. Another way to add your style and personality to your overall look is with patterns! Checked, floral, chevron, striped, or geometric patterns add interest and dimension to your tie or vest. The result will be a bold and adventurous ensemble that is sure to attract attention.

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4. Are items in stock? 5. If no, when do we have to order? 6. How do out-of-town groomsmen get fit ed?

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7. How many fittings will I h ve? 8. Do you have any discounts?

Ties.com

Lauren Fair Photography

Ties.com

Rent

3. Do you sell accessories?

OF PERSONALITY

Men often get forgotten or overlooked when it comes to fashion, especially standing next to a bride. If you want to feel confident and stylish at your wedding, it’s important to find an ensemble that will turn some heads. Besides securing the perfect fit – no groom wants too-long pants or a baggy jacket – the most important aspect in an eye-catching look is to add your personality to the details!

Sell

Suits

NOTES

A

Tuxedos

1. Do you carry:

NO

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How to tie a bow tie


MEN'S ATTIRE

The Cleveland Photographic Co.

American Commodore Tuxedo

B Frohman Imaging & Design

GROOM's Day-Of Checklist: Print off the itinerary B  ring a gift or heartfelt letter for the Bride B  ring the signed Marriage License  ring wedding bands and pass B them off to the Best Man right before the ceremony P  resent Groomsmen with gifts M  ake sure there are snacks and water in the Groom’s suite

LMAC Photography

Ally Allison Photography

C  reate tip envelopes and assign a Groomsman or your parents to hand them out M  ake sure ushers are aware of any special seating arrangements

American Commodore Tuxedo

 eet with Officiant, Musicians, M Transportation Driver, and any other vendors for any last-minute changes or questions G  et a close shave  ang your suit or tux so it H doesn’t wrinkle B  ring a steamer or iron for any last-minute touch-ups

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Pulsart Media

D  rop off your and your Bride’s luggage in the car or hotel room where you’ll be staying G  et portraits of you and your Groomsmen before the ceremony to save time for family photos between the ceremony and reception H  ave a good breakfast and keep hydrated


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BEAUTY & HEALTH

Q U E S T I O N S TO A S K You may consider doing your own hair and makeup, but trust us, hiring a professional is your best option. They will ensure that every strand is in place and make your skin glow for pictures.

YES 1. Do you provide on-location services? 2. Is there a travel fee? Fee: 3. How long will it take to do my hair? 4. H  ow long will it take to do my makeup? 5. D  o you conceal tattoos? 6. W  hat is included in a trial? 7. When should I schedule my trial? 8. How  much does a trial run cost? 9. W  ill you be my stylist the day-of?

NOTES

10. What size party can you accommodate? Jadie Foto

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BEAUTY & HEALTH

Gideon Photography

this

OR

offer a natural color, but are harmful to your skin. You can adjust your tone based on the length of time you stay in and the level of the bed, but they require pre-planning months before your wedding.

Tanning Beds

provides instant results and doesn’t hurt your skin, but you’ll need to supplement it with an at-home tanning lotion. Mix different tints and schedule several appointments to get the desired color.

Fake Lashes are easy to apply and

Lash Extensions can last up to 2

Acrylic or Hard Gel Nails are perfect

Natural Nails are the healthiest

Gel/Shellac Polish lasts up to two

is cheaper because it’s not as high in quality as gel. It will easily chip and won’t last more than a few days. However, you can bring the color with you on the wedding day or to the honeymoon for easy fi es.

Airbrush Foundation creates a smooth,

will ensure that you know exactly how your skin will react. You can touch it up throughout the night, but it may not be as long-lasting or photogenic as a professional’s preference.

remove based on the look you want. There are tons of options that can add length, volume, or drama. Rock a more subtle look for your bridal shower, then play it up big for your bachelorette party!

if you want to add some length to your nails, but they do major damage to your nail beds. The length can last months, but you’ll need a fill about very two weeks.

weeks and is super durable. You won’t have to worry about chipping, but you will have to make an appointment to have it removed. If you remove it yourself, you can damage your nails.

fl wless complexion. It provides the perfect base for the rest of your makeup and stays put all night. Hire a professional for proper application.

that Spray Tan

months, though the application appointment is a bit pricey. Each lash is hand-glued separately, resulting in natural-looking, long lashes. You can customize just how subtle or dramatic you want them to look.

and most cost-effective option, though they can easily break. You can’t guarantee the length you want, but you won’t have to worry about removing fake nails after the wedding.

Regular Polish

Using your own foundation

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inspiration

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HAIR

Finding the perfect hairdo for your wedding is hard work!

You have to consider the venue, your dress, any hairpieces you plan to wear, and the overall theme of your wedding. Will you be getting married outdoors? If so, you may want more of an updo to avoid any wind-related catastrophes. Do you have a backless dress? You may not want to wear

your hair down so you can show off this feature! Use these trendy ‘dos as inspiration, but remember to choose a look that works well with your veil or hairpiece!

Carly by Carly Romeo & Co

Botias Hair and Makeup

Botias Hair and Makeup

Botias Hair and Makeup

Rock N Roller Hair

Rock N Roller Hair

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Botias Hair and Makeup

Botias Hair and Makeup

Botias Hair and Makeup

Rock N Roller Hair


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Botias Hair and Makeup

Samantha Clarke Photography

Botias Hair and Makeup

Botias Hair and Makeup

Carly by Carly Romeo & Co

Botias Hair and Makeup

Botias Hair and Makeup

Rock N Roller Hair

Chelsea Anderson Photography

Rock N Roller Hair

Botias Hair and Makeup

Rock N Roller Hair

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beauty timeline 6-9 months

3-5 months

1-2 months

2 weeks

Week-of

• Decide on a hair color.

• Find hair and makeup stylist(s). • Have your first hair and makeup trial appointment. • Start using whitening toothpaste, strips, rinses, or schedule a consultation with a dentist.

• If you’re planning on using self-tanning lotion, begin use once a week. • If you’re planning on using tanning beds, visit a salon once a week for 10 minute increments. • Get a facial.

• Get final highlights • Have a final trial hair and makeup appointment to finali e your look.

• Get a manicure/pedicure. • Use your self-tanning lotion or visit the tanning salon twice this week. • Get a full body massage. • Get a facial.

Now is the time to experiment with new shades so you can tweak or fix a ything you don’t like.

• Schedule a conditioning hair treatment. • Plan a fitness an diet routine. • Develop a skin regimen.

Use your own lipstick so you can reapply as often as necessary the day-of!

•G  et a final trim, but don’t experiment with new styles or cuts.

Make sure to schedule a facial before this one. You don’t want to have a bad reaction!

• Schedule a waxing and shave (or wax) your legs.

EACH SQUARE REPRESENTS ONE WEEK OF THE MONTH, MAKING SCHEDULING AND TRACKING YOUR APPOINTMENTS EASY!

9 months

8 MOnths

hair color Hair Appointments Work out Skin REgimen Makeup appointments teeth whitening tanning Appointments Facial Appointments Manicure/Pedicure Waxing appointments Massage

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6 Months

5 Months

4 Months

3 Months

2 Months

1 MOnth


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WEDDING STATIONERY

Wedding Stationery Invitations have become so much more than the standard “who,” “what,” “where,” and “when.” As the first indi ation of your wedding’s style, they set the tone for your guests’ expectations!

Q U E S T I O N S TO A S K Your save-the-dates and wedding invitations are the first glimpse your guests will have of your wedding: formal or casual, traditional or modern. Let your invites make a statement louder than words.

YES

NO

GET STARTED WITH Engagement Party

invitations Save-the-Date cards  ridal Shower Thank B You cards

1. Do you offer custom designs? 2.Do you offer handwritten calligraphy?

Menus

5. How far in advance should I order? 6. What does it cost to order more?

NOTES

7. Can I order extra envelopes?

Outer envelope (#5) Envelope liner (#6) Belly band (#7)

AT THE WEDDING

Pew cards or “Reserved

Seating" cards

Invitation card (#1)

Thank You cards

Inner envelope (#4)

Ceremony program

THE WEDDING INVITATION

3. Can you help us with wording our invites? 4. Do you also offer: Programs Place cards

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

 uest Info card & Other G Information card (#2) These cards can include directions, your wedding website, and guest accommodations.  SVP card (#3) R If you're having a seated meal, include dinner options.

Escort cards Place cards Table Number cards Menu cards Favor tags

AFTER THE WEDDING Thank You cards

Envelope to return RSVP

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Invitation

Like most aspects of planning your wedding, addressing your invitations has traditions and guidelines to adhere to. When hosting a formal wedding celebration, use these tips to address your envelopes.

Timeline 1 year Begin guest list date:

10-12 months Use full names only, like Miss Rachel Johnson, not Miss Johnson. Abbreviating Mister and Misses to Mr. and Mrs. is acceptable.

Begin shopping and order save-the-date cards date:

Do not abbreviate titles like Doctor or Reverend. North, South, East, West is written in full if it precedes the street name. A comma is added after the street name and an abbreviation for North, South, East, West is used if it comes after the address.

Practice Calligraph Wow your guests when they receive their invitations with hand-written calligraphy! Join Today's Bride to download even more practice sheets.

9 months Mail save-the-dates Note: Do not send a save-the date to anyone who you might not extend an invite to.

date:

6-9 months Finalize guest list date:

4-6 months Order invitations date:

8 weeks Mail invitations to out-of-town guests date:

6 weeks Mail invitations to local guests date:

2 weeks Call guests who have not RSVPed Emphasis on call: A phone call is the polite way to obtain a response from your guest. Avoid using text or email.

date:

THE BIG DAY! date:

4 weeks later Mail thank you notes date:

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Be Our Guest! Or not?

One of the more stressful parts of a wedding can be deciding on the guest list. We know you don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, but you also don’t have an unlimited budget. Here is a quick and easy quiz to help you decide who gets an invite and who will have to see your stunning dress via Facebook.

1. How do you know them?

A. I don’t—my mom knows them. - 1pt B. They’re a friend. - 3pt C. They’re a colleague. - 2pt

2. W  hen was the last time you spoke with them? A. Last week or sooner. - 3pt B. Within the last few months. - 2pt C. Hmm...good question. - 1pt

3. Have they met your fian é? A. Yes, a bunch of times! - 3pt B. Never. - 1pt C. I think once or twice. - 2pt

4. Were you invited to their wedding? A. I was not invited. - 1pt B. I was in the wedding party. - 3pt C. I was invited. - 2pt

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5. Would you invite them over for dinner? A. If I was forced. - 1pt B. Absolutely! - 3pt C. Yes, but I would make something quick to eat. - 2pt

6. Do you talk about your wedding a lot in front of this person? A. They’ve heard every single detail. - 3pt B. I'm sure my mom has. - 1pt C. They’ve heard me talking about it in the offi e. - 2pt

7. Will you still talk to this person in fi e years? A. Yes, most likely. - 3pt B. Absolutely not. - 2pt C. I don’t really know. - 1pt

TOTAL: Yes!

10-14 POINTS

Of course this person should be invited! Why are you even taking this quiz? You clearly care about them and want them to be a part of your special day. Stop questioning it and send that save-thedate already!

Add them to B-Lis

7-9 POINTS

Send out your first round f save-the-dates to your “A-List.” If people start to inform you they can’t make it, send out the “B-List” invitations. This way you can make sure everyone you really want to celebrate your wedding day with has top priority.

No.

0-6 POINTS

Skip the invite and just let them enjoy the pictures when you blow up social media with them. You obviously aren’t very close with them, so they shouldn’t be offended—or surprised—that they didn’t get invited. They might actually be a bit relieved.


Who should get a plus-one?

Problems

When it comes to navigating the difficult “plus-one” situation, remember a plus-one is a must for anyone who is married, engaged, or in a long-term relationship. It’s also considerate to extend a plus-one to a single friend who won’t have any other friends attending the wedding.

& Solutions

What if someone doesn’t RSVP by the date on the invitation? One of the most frustrating things you can encounter on this wedding planning journey is when someone doesn’t RSVP. Whoever’s list the person falls under – i.e. your parent’s, yours, your fiancé’s, or your fiancé’s parents – should be the party responsible for calling them. Texting is a faux pas when it comes to asking for RSVPs, but it really depends on your relationship with that person. If it’s a friend, you can probably text. Someone from work, family, or family friends should be asked in-person or via phone call.

How do I make it clear I don’t want children at the wedding? When it comes to inviting children, you should never put “No Children” or “Adult Reception Only” on a wedding invitation. Instead, pre-write the invited guests’ names on their RSVP card so they’ll know exactly who is invited. Or, put a line beneath their name on the RSVP card with _____/2 so they know that two people are invited and can fill in how many will be there.

What do I do if our list starts to get too long? Blanche Paperie

It’s helpful to have an “A-list” and “B-list” (although you should never inform your guests of their status!) Send your first round of save-the-dates to your “A-list” only. If guests let you know they can’t make it, extend invitations to “B-list” guests.

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WEDDING STATIONERY

You, your fiancé, and both sets of parents should sit down to start compiling a guest list about 12 months before your wedding date and finalize it around 6-7 months out. Comprising a guest list is the number one thing couples disagree about when planning their wedding, so if you start to argue, check out these questions and answers for a solution.


WEDDING STATIONERY Danielle Harris Photography

Looks weLove Kristine Herman Photography

Fred Bolge Lux Wedding

The Right Moments Photography

Torianna Brooke Photography

Erich McVey Photography


WEDDING STATIONERY

Paper Trails of Rocky River

3 Eggs Design

Chelsea Anderson Photography

Britani Edwards Photography

Paper and Lace Boutique

Truly Inspired Paper Co.

Anna Delores Photography


ENTERTAINMENT

Genevieve Nisly Photography

From playing the perfect entrance song to keeping your guests dancing, your DJ, Band, or Musician will make sure everyone is having a good time.

1. Who will be performing? 2. C  an I see you perform prior to my wedding? When?/Where? 3. Have you performed at my venue before? 4. Will there be an assistant to help? 5. How much space will you need? 6. How many hours will I have? 7. Do you require breaks? 8. Will you have music playing during breaks? 9. Do you emcee the reception? 10. Will you help structure the timeline? 11. Do you provide a microphone for toasts? 12. What if the reception runs long?

13. Do you have a standard music list?

NOTES

14. Will you take requests at the reception?

NO

Entertainment Contract Points

Ask about and confirm deposit requirements, payment plans, and final deadlines. Make sure a cancellation/refund policy is included. If something happens to a musician who’s not under contract, you could end up without wedding music. Find out about any hidden fees or extra costs they might have.

Attire Guidelines  your performers know the Let dress code.

Timing C  onfirm arrival times. You should expect them to arrive an hour in advance and plan on contracting them for at least four hours.

First Dance: Father-Daughter Dance:

Bouquet Toss: Garter Removal: Cake Cutting: Last Dance:

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Equipment

Figure out what the equipment requirements are, such as power outlets, space needed, speakers, and any equipment that you may be expected to supply. Ask your reception site whether the facility has any restrictions on the number of musicians and pieces of equipment you may bring in. You should also ask about electrical power supply and noise limitations.

Introductions Inform your DJ or bandleader before the reception on how to properly pronounce the names of your bridal party and their relationship to the newlyweds (Maid-of-Honor, parents of the bride, etc.).

Entrance Song:

Mother-Son Dance:

Don't forget to ask the general questions on page 7

Jadie Foto

Reception

Q U E S T I O N S TO A S K

YES

Artistic Photography, Inc.

Must-Play-Songs


ENTERTAINMENT

Artistic Photography, Inc.

Bouquet Toss Alternatives

Who has the key? –

Lock up your bouquet or a gift in a box. Pass out keys and whoever’s unlocks the box gets the prize!

Dance-Off -

Invite the women out to the dance floor for a dance-off. The bride stands as judge with the trophy (bouquet) and decide who has the best moves.

Gift Toss - Make a “bouquet” of scratch-off tickets, dollar bills, candy, or any other creative ideas you can think of. Both the bride and the groom can toss one to the crowd!

Dollar Dance Alternatives

Pay for a kiss –

Instead of clinking their glasses to get the newlyweds to kiss, have a jar near the entrance or head table where guests can make a donation! For each dollar or donation, the couple has to lock lips.

Kidnap the bride – Have the groomsmen “kidnap” the bride and hold her

for ransom. The groom has to run around the reception collecting money from guests in order to get her back!

Vote for who gets cake in the face – Guests have come to expect that the

couple will shove cake in each other’s faces during the cutting. Make things a little more interesting by having a jar for the bride and a jar for the groom on the cake table. Whoever has the most money in it gets the cake in their face!

Auction a dance –

Have your DJ host an auction where the highest bidder gets to share a dance with the bride and/or groom.

Do-Not-Play

SPOTIFY Check out Today's Bride on Spotify - search todaysbride for carefully curated playlists from getting ready to your last dance!

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band or DJ? Do you want to play mostly...

Current hits Do you have a lot of space available or is space limited?

Plenty of space

Do you like line dances like the Electric Slide?

They’re fine

Not much roo

How do you feel about concerts?

Love them!

Classics & oldies

A goo mix

Love them

Britani Edwards Photography

Yes

S trict

How long will your reception last?

Flexible 1-3 hours

too much awesomeness

band

For a one-of-a-kind concert of all your favorite songs, choose a Live Band!

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Why limit yourself to just a DJ or just a band when you can have both?! A lot of entertainment companies offer both services, so you don’t have to worry about working with two different companies or paying two deposits.

No, just dancing

What's Your Budget?

They're overrate

The Best of Both

Will you have other activities like a photo booth?

4-6 hours

Rock The House Entertainment

DJ

A DJ can cater their music to your tastes and ensure your guests have a good time!

Live bands bring an entirely different energy to every performance. Consider hiring a band to play at the cocktail hour and during dinner. This is the perfect time to include songs you love that may not be danceworthy or to have a fun karaoke option! Extend their performance into the beginning of the reception by having them sing the songs to your first dance, mother-son, and father-daughter dances. Because the song is being sung just for you, it is a truly one-of-a-kind moment, unlike any other wedding that has used that song. When you’re ready to open up the dance floor, have the DJ step in. He or she will be able to play all the current chart toppers, older classics, and hits everyone loves. They can easily transition from one song to another based on how the crowd is feeling. And because they’re not singing, they can interact with the crowd without pausing the music. DJs are perfect for requesting songs because their library is almost limitless! Odds are, they have whatever song your guests want to hear.


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PHOTO BOOTH Q U E S T I O N S TO A S K

Photo booths are a fun way to offer your guests a great souvenir. Sincere or silly, it’s impossible to not have fun posing with your loved ones!

YES 1. What is the standard number of hours? 2. How much space do you need?

3. Have you worked at my venue before? 4. Will your staff work the wedding? 5. Do guests get copies of the photos? 6. Will I get copies of the photos? 7. Do you provide a scrapbook? 8. Can the photos be posted to social media? 9. Is there a limit to the number of photos? Limit: 10. Will the photos be posted on your website? Timeline: 11. Will we be able to download them all? 12. W  hat customization can you offer?

Anna Delores Photography

NO Photo booths serve as the perfect guest book or party favor, and your guests will have so much fun posing. From props to backdrops and new technologies, we’ve laid out all the details you need to know before booking a photo booth.

Britan i Ed Photo wards graph y

SIZE & SPACE

Small kiosks allow for privacy. Guests can make funny faces and strike silly poses without worrying about an audience watching them. The downside to the classic booth is that there’s a limit on how many people can fit into one shot. With an open-air lounge, guests can pose in small or large groups. They have more freedom to pose, but they may feel self-conscious with others watching.

BACKDROPS & PROPS

If you’ve decided to have an open air photo booth, you can have a custommade backdrop or a green screen. Don’t forget about good old-fashioned props. Perfect for an enclosed kiosk or photo lounge, props add an element of playfulness and personalization to your photos.

NEW TECHNOLOGY 13. Do you provide props?

NOTES

13. Will you close during dinner?

PHOTO ALBUMS & SOCIAL MEDIA SHARING

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Other options that may be available are video or mirror photo booths. Video booths are a great way for guests to leave you a message or advice. With a mirror photo booth, guests can see what the photo will look like before it’s taken, because they’re quite literally posing in front of a mirror! Another benefit of this new trend is that the mirror can double as beautiful decor before the entertainment gets started.

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Both you and your guests will most likely want to share these fun photos on social media. Luckily, this option is included in many packages or can be easily added with most photo booth companies! Albums are a common way to collect and view all of the photos taken in the booth. Before booking your photo booth, ask your rental company if they provide either or both of these options. If they do provide a memory album, be sure that two sets of photos can be printed: one for your album and one for the guest.


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Honeymoon Q U E S T I O N S TO A S K Between passports, travel arrangements, and packing lists, you are sure to get overwhelmed. Trust us when we say, “Hire a Travel Agent.” Besides making your life easier, they offer discounted booking rates typically at no cost!

YES

NO

1. Do you charge a booking fee? 2.What kind of special deals can you offer?

3. Can you provide customized trips? 4. What travel services can you book? Cruises Flights Car Rental

Hotel

Excursions

5. How far in advance should we book? 6. Do you recommend one property or resort over another? 7. Are you available for questions during our trip?

Currency exchange

NOTES

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If you’ve ever made travel arrangements before, you know that it can be stressful and overwhelming – especially if you’ve never visited the destination before. Between your job and the stresses of planning the perfect wedding, you don’t have time to research resorts, book transportation, and schedule excursions. Handing all of that responsibility over to a Travel Agent will free you up to focus on other wedding details. They’ll organize all of the confirmations, arrangements, activities, and details so that all you have to do is relax and enjoy your vacation.

Travel Must-Haves

8. Do you have a honeymoon registry? 9. Do you provide:

When it comes to Travel Agents, a lot of people don’t realize that they don’t charge for their services! Because they work directly with the resorts, they can get you the best deals, discounts, and packages at no cost to you! Plus, they have experience traveling to different destinations, and know the ins-and-outs of the area and customs. Because of these experiences, they can recommend hidden gems and fun excursions you might not find on your own, as well as advise you on dialect, customs, travel restrictions, visas, and more.

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Book to read

Headphones

Passport

Change of clothes

Language dictionary

Snacks

Chargers

Lip balm

Water bottle

Guide books

Medicines

Hand sanitizer

Money/Currency


HONEYMOON

Where should you

Honeymoon?

Your honeymoon will be the most romantic and relaxing getaway of your life. It’s the first acation you’ll have as newlyweds, and after planning the event of the century, you deserve to de-stress and unwind! Take a deep breath and pull out your travel guide…this fl w chart is designed to help you choose between an international and domestic trip!

How long do you want your trip to be?

7

+ days

Do you plan on buying a lot of souvenirs?

no

yes

-

6days Would you like to stay close to home?

no

yes

Are you interested in learning a new language?

yes

no

Do you have a passport?

yes

no Do you have at least 4 months before your honeymoon to get a passport?

yes

International

International travel is a great experience for any couple, but it has a lot of requirements before you jet off! Be prepared and consult with a Travel Agent to have a honeymoon you will never forget!

no

Domestic

Domestic travel offers the variety of international places without the extra prep-time. There is also less travel time, so you get the most out of your vacation days when you spend them in the United States!

Sponsored by UnlimitedTrips.com

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What you need to et a pass ort: U.S. State Department's Form DS-11 (application) pptform.state.gov  Proof of citizenship (original Certified Birth ertifi ate, naturalization records, citizenship records, previous passport) Proof of identity (driver’s license, military ID, social security card) 2”x2” passport photograph. Some Post Offi es will do this for you or you can go to a pharmacy to get a photo taken.

BEFORE

4 months

3 weeks

WEDDING

2 weeks

Apply for passport

Get Marriage License

Celebrate!

Apply for a name change

It could take 4-8 weeks for your passport to be processed. Four months will cover you if you need to apply a second time.

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AFTER

4-6 weeks Submit your passport amendment application

10 years Renew your passport

If you already have a passport, make sure it is valid for longer than 6 months past your honeymoon date. Some countries may refuse you entrance if your passport expires sooner than 6 months.


Starting October 1, 2020, any Ohio state driver’s licenses issued before July 2, 2018 will not be accepted by the TSA for both domestic and international fl ers. Before this date, you will either have to obtain and bring identity documents approved by the TSA when you fly or acquire a Compliant state ID. This Compliant ID card isn’t physically different from a standard issue driver’s license, but it does require more in-depth information. To receive your new license, you’ll need to bring proof of these things to your BMV: • Your full legal name – make sure your license and passport match • Date of Birth • Social Security Number • 2 copies of proof of Ohio Residency • Proof of Legal Presence

Do you need a Visa?

While a US passport allows you to leave and re-enter the United States, some countries require a tourist visa to enter their country. You are required to submit your visa application to the nearest embassy or consulate of the country you’ll be traveling to 10-14 days before your departure date. Note that applications must be submitted in-person or via a travel or visa service as mailed applications are not accepted. A Travel Agent should be able to tell you about any necessary travel documents. POPULAR DESTINATIONS THAT REQUIRE A VISA: Australia • Brazil • China • Egypt • India • Indonesia Kenya • Russia • Thailand • Turkey • Venezuela • Vietnam

New! ETIAS VISA

If you’ll be traveling to Europe (other than UK, Ireland, or Western Europe) in 2021 or beyond, you will need to obtain a European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) visa. To apply, visit etiasvisa.com and be sure to have your passport (valid for at least 3 months beyond your travel date), a credit card, and an email address. *Any travel to Europe between June 2019 – December 2020 does not require an ETIAS visa.* POPULAR DESTINATIONS THAT REQUIRE AN ETIAS:

France • Italy • Greece • Spain • Portugal • Germany • Belgium • Poland • Norway • Sweden • Hungary • Czechia • Switzerland • Finland • Denmark • Austria • Netherlands • Iceland

HONEYMOON BUDGET

HONEYMOON

NEW TSA RULE

$ Flight

$ Lodging

$ Car Rental

$ Activities

$ Food

$ Miscellaneous

$

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Videography VIDEOGRAPHY

Q U E S T I O N S TO A S K

WHY YOU WANT A VIDEOGRAPHER

There is so much going on the day of your wedding that you won’t get to see. Make sure you don’t miss a second of the fun by hiring a Videographer.

YES 1. Have you ever shot at my ceremony location? 2. Have you ever shot at my reception location? 3. How many cameras will you use? 4. Will you be the Videographer the day-of? 5. Will there be an assistant on-hand to help?

NO

Your wedding day goes by so quickly that you’ll miss a lot and may not remember a good amount of it. A Videographer will ensure that the moments that mean the most are captured for you to relive and cherish for years to come.

Relive the moment in real time. Your wedding day will go by so fast and you’ll be so nervous at first that you may not remember the details! Videography allows you to relive each beautiful moment of your wedding day in a crystal clear way that photography can’t.

It offers a different perspective. You only enjoyed your wedding through your point-of-view, but with a Videographer, you can relive it through dozens of different perspectives! Seeing such emotional moments through the eyes of your loved ones and guests will allow you to draw a different meaning every time you watch it.

You can share your day with loved ones over and over again.

7. How will I receive my video?

Having a short video of the festivities allows you to share it on social media with family or friends that couldn’t make it. You’ll be able to watch your special day on your 50th anniversary and with future generations of your family.

8. When will I receive my video? 9. How long will my video be? 10. Will you interview my guests?

NOTES

6. Will there be an additional Videographer?

11. What shots would you recommend?

12. Do you offer a highlight reel? 13. Can I share my videos on social media?

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DON’T ask a friend to capture your vows or first dance on their phone A Videographer can overlay your vow audio over footage of the entire ceremony for easy viewing. They also have professional equipment to produce the best quality video. Plus, it’s not fair to ask your friend to concentrate on capturing memorable moments instead of letting them enjoy the day. DO capture the moments you may have missed or want to relive While you’re getting photos taken, your niece may break out in song and dance at the cocktail hour. In a few years’ time, you may wish you could hear your dad’s speech again. A Videographer will capture these moments as well as the ones you wish you could live over again and again!

Jadie Foto

DON’T assume you’ll never watch it Five minute highlight reels are super popular today and can easily be watched whenever and wherever! Relive your wedding day on your anniversary or even just a date night. They’re sentimental and emotional, and will allow you to remember family members or friends you may not have with you forever. DO make a list of shots you want While an experienced Videographer has a go-to list of emotional moments and angles that work, there may be something that you want that they don’t usually capture – like a performance by your bridesmaids or your pet walking down the aisle.

Genevieve Nisly Photography

Bride Advice

Relax and enjoy the process (as much as you can). Wedding planning can be stressful, but it's also such an exciting season of life! Don't forget that this day is all about you and your fi ncé! Go with your gut and you won't regret it!

Elisabeth P.

DON’T assume it costs too much A Videographer will work with your budget to deliver a product you’re happy with. Though you won’t be able to have 2 shooters, drone footage, and cinematic editing for a few hundred dollars, we recommend asking a Videographer you love what you can get within your price range or if there are a la carte options.

10 Can’t Miss Shots

DO research different video styles From storytelling to short form, full edits to highlight reels, there are a lot of style options when it comes to video! Do some research and find the style you like best before reaching out to Videographers. DON’T hire someone without watching previous work Before meeting with a Videographer, check out their YouTube or Vimeo pages to see past work. Not only does it show that they have experience, but you can see what their style is like and imagine your own wedding video! Plus, you’ll get a better idea of what shots you want included. DO meet with them beforehand to discuss your expectations You should never hire – or pay! - a vendor without meeting them first, especially if that vendor will be with you all day long. Your Videographer will be following you down the aisle and may get up close during the cake cutting. It’s important that you like their personality and feel comfortable enough to ask questions or make requests. DON’T think he or she will get in the way or be a distraction If you’re imagining big cameras, fuzzy microphones, and lots of wires, you’ll be happily surprised by how discreet wedding Videographers can be. With modern handheld cameras and discreet angles, you won’t even notice they’re there! DO hire a wedding Videographer All in all, hire a wedding Videographer. You spent so many months planning the perfect event, and in the blink of an eye, it will all be over! You’ll be able to watch the video years from now to see your loved ones, listen to your vows and toasts, and share the day with friends and family who couldn’t make it, as well as those who will become part of your life after your wedding. There are a million little moments that you’ll wish you could do or see again, and a wedding video allows you to do just that.

Your bridesmaids and family members helping you get ready The groom’s expression when he sees you walk down the aisle The movement of your dress A few shed tears in the middle of your vows Your joyous first kiss as newlyweds The father-daughter/mother-son dances Your guests catching the bouquet & garter Your grandparents dancing to their favorite song  our guests’ interviews or well wishes – perfect for capturing Y your loved ones’ voices and mannerisms

A pan over of your guests dancing the night away, celebrating your love and commitment

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y h p a r g o t o h

P

Photography Options Boudoir

Engagement Bridal Session

DON’T

First Look Wedding

Bride Advice

We chose the traditional route and did not go with a "first look." I wouldn't change that for the world, seeing my husband’s face as I walked down the aisle is something I will always cherish.

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DO ask to see a real wedding album. Because a Photographer’s samples represent his or her best work, it’s never a bad idea to ask to see actual wedding albums and get references from brides who have used their services.

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hire a Photographer solely based on price. If someone’s prices are drastically lower than most, ask yourself why. Typically, it’s because the quality of the photo isn’t as good. These images will be displayed and shared with generations of family; if you splurge on anything, this is the service to do so.

DO hire someone who specializes in weddings. Some Photographers prefer to shoot landscapes, family portraits, or work solely in a studio. A Photographer with experience in weddings will know how to pose the bridal party to create natural, candid-looking shots and how to make the bride feel comfortable and beautiful all day long.

DON’T hire a family member or friend. Your loved ones should be able to truly enjoy your day, not work it. You don’t want to look back at your album 10 years from now and regret not having cousin Susie in the photos because she’s taking them. Plus, a professional will have a written contract to protect your investment and ensure you’re getting exactly what you want. DO choose someone who you get along well with. Your Photographer will be up close and personal with you all day long. Hire someone who you feel comfortable around. DON’T

assume you own your wedding photos. Most Photographers include an album, USB, or CD of photos in their packages, but ask your Photographer if you’ll have the rights to print, download, and share your photos online after the wedding or if that will be an extra fee.


The images your Photographer captures will become a permanent reminder of your day, so choose wisely! Use the questions below to help you.

YES

NO

1. Have you ever shot at my ceremony location?

First Look Shot, or not?

2. Have you ever shot at my reception location? 3. What is your style of photography? 4. What sets you apart from others?

5. How many cameras will you use? too much awesomeness

It’s entirely up to you whether you want to uphold the superstition that the couple should not see each other until they meet at the altar or be rebellious and meet at a first look, but if ou need help deciding, take this quiz:

A. A  bsolutely! Probably my mom’s or grandma’s. - 1pt

B. No, I’m thinking a fl wer crown or sparkly clip. - 2pt

2. Which describes how you feel about your wedding?

A. Nervous. - 2pt

B. Excited! - 1pt

3. Are you having personal vows or traditional vows? A. Traditional. - 2pt

5. Are you an Early Bird or a Night Owl? A. Early Bird. - 2pt

A. No way! I can’t wait to see their reaction. - 1pt B. They had some input. - 2pt

TOTAL:

• Eliminate a double chin by pushing your neck forward a bit and tilting your chin upward.

11. I s there a fee for additional locations? Fee: 12. How many hours will I have?

YES!

13. When will you arrive?

A first look is per ect for you! You’ll still have a dramatic reveal and the photos captured are priceless. Plus, spending time with your fian é will eliminate those nerves!

NO.

1-5 POINTS

You don’t want to take away from your grand entrance, are a bit superstitious, and believe in traditions. Skip the first look and stick with the aisle reveal!

Look your best in photos • Angle your body about 30-45 degrees from the camera for a more bodyslimming look.

9. When do I need to book you by?

6-10 POINTS

Learn more about first loo s and photography at www.TodaysBride.com/photos

• Push your tongue against the roof of your mouth to elongate and slim the look of your neck.

8. Will there be a second-shooter?

10. Do  you have a standard shot list?

B. Night Owl. - 1pt

B. Personal. - 1pt

4. Did your fian é help you dress shop?

7. Will there be an assistant on-hand to help?

• Your “sun-kissed bronze” may photograph more orange than tan. Lay off the self-tanner a few days before photos to avoid an oompa loompa effect.

14. Do you have an emergency back-up plan? 15. Can I customize a package? 16. Do you do engagement photos? Included in package Add-on service

No

17. When can I expect to receive my images? 18. How will my photos be given to me? Disc

USB

FTP

Printed

Other

19. What is your copyright policy? 20. How long do you keep a copy of my photos? 21. Do you offer photo albums? Included in package

Add-on service

No

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6. Will you be the Photographer the day-of?

• Posture makes a huge difference in photographs. Stand up straight and pull your shoulders back and down. • Don’t forget to smile with your eyes.

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1. Get to know your Photographer. Your Photographer is the one vendor you will spend every minute of your wedding day with. They’re going to get up close and personal, be front and center for intimate moments, and will follow and document every move you make. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you get along. An engagement shoot allows you to learn how your Photographer works, get used to his or her style and rhythm, and will help you bond! 2. Become comfortable in front of the camera. Posing for photos can be awkward. Spending a few hours with your Photographer at your engagement shoot will make you more comfortable with posing and smiling for the camera. Plus, both you and your Photographer will learn your best angles to ensure you end up with gorgeous wedding photos.

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3. Use the photos for save-the-dates, your guest book, or wedding website. Instead of a generic save-the-date card, send a photo of you and your fiancé holding a chalkboard with your wedding date. You could also create a scrapbook of well wishes and advice from your guests next to your engagement photos to flip through after

your wedding! It’s true that engagement photos aren’t necessary to create either of these, but they add such a unique and personal touch. 4. Have professional photos of you and your fiancé. The majority of the photos you and your fiancé have together are probably selfies. There may be the occasional group shot with friends or on vacation, but this is your chance to have professional, quality photos taken of you! These sessions can capture playful, flirtatious, romantic, intimate, and candid moments shared between you and your fiancé. They show real emotion and are beautiful representations of your relationship. 5. Make memories with your fiancé. Planning your wedding can be such a hectic and chaotic time that you don’t get to enjoy a quiet moment with your fiancé! Having an engagement session will allow you to enjoy being engaged. You’ll get to have fun being goofy and romantic, and will create happy memories together. When you look back, do you want to remember how stressed you were or the laughs and smiles you shared with your fiancé during your engagement shoot?

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BRIDAL SESSION – This session is taken

with the bride before the ceremony. They’re typically close-up portrait shots that capture the details of her gown, bouquet, makeup, and hair.

BOUDOIR – These glamour shots are a sexy

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tribute to pin-up models, typically taken of the bride in lingerie or sleepwear. While the bride may be wearing little to no clothing, the posing and angles of the photos are very discreet and artistic.

DEPTH OF FIELD – This is a commonly used practice for photos where an object close to the camera is in focus while the background is blurry or vice versa.

FI LTER – Typically, filters are added to a photo during the editing process to create a more dramatic effect by enhancing or blurring certain lights or colors.

FIRST LOOK – A first look is a photo shoot shared between the couple before the wedding ceremony. Not only do you get great reaction photos, but you can save a lot of

photo time between the ceremony and reception by taking portraits at the first look.

FISHEYE LENS – This is an ultra-wide lens that provides a panoramic view, where the image is distorted to make the center look closer to the lens and the edges seem farther away.

LOW EXPOSURE – To capture those everpopular photos spelling out “love” or circling the couple with sparklers, the Photographer will set the camera to low exposure. This keeps the lens open longer before the shutter closes and allows more light to be captured. SECOND-SHOOTER – Some Photographers will include a second-shooter in their photography package. Just as it sounds, this is a second Photographer who will also capture photos on your wedding day to get more angles and a diverse selection of photos.

WATERMARK – A watermark is a translucent text or logo that is displayed across the photo to ensure no illegal copying or downloading takes place.


Q What is a boudoir shoot?

Q What are the details of the shoot itself?

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xA boudoir shoot is an intimate and personal session where the Photographer captures the body in a positive and sensual way.

Q What do I wear?

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xA boudoir shoot may be outside of your comfort zone. That being said, it’s important to feel comfortable! These photos are meant to make you feel beautiful and glamorous in your skin. Wear whatever makes you feel confident and sexy, whether that’s a dressing robe, lingerie, your wedding veil, or even nude. You can get creative by wearing your partner’s favorite sports jersey, leather jacket, work tie, or posing with a prop, like a guitar!

Q What if I’m self-conscious?

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xThe Photographer poses you in a way that captures the features you love most and hides the areas you’re not as confident about. They’ll direct you to arch, bend, and twist in a way that’s similar to yoga to add roundness to your booty and chest while making your stomach look toned and your legs look long. Using lighting and shooting from different angles to enhance your beauty, the Photographer will ensure that you are showcasing your best self!

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xTypically, the Photographer has a studio and props to use for this shoot, though it can be done in your own home. The shoot itself can take anywhere from 60-90 minutes, not including prep-time. Some Photographers may have a makeup and hairstylist included in their package, or may expect you to arrive ready to shoot. Most wedding photography packages don’t include a boudoir shoot, though some Photographers may be willing to replace the engagement shoot with this. Ask your Photographer about different options and review the details and expectations before signing a contract.

Q What else should I know?

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xAfter having boudoir photos taken, you’ll feel beautiful, empowered, sexy, and confident – all the things you want to feel on your wedding day! They’re designed to make you feel gorgeous, whether you’re about to say “I Do,” are celebrating a milestone, or just want to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. These shoots aren’t only for size-2 models. No matter your skin tone, weight, sexuality, or gender, a boudoir shoot will leave you feeling self-assured, fearless, and invincible.

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CONTRIBUTORS: Photographer: Torianna Brooke Photography | Event Designer: Magnolia Affairs | Floral Designer: Jardiniere Events | Event Venue: Swaids Field | Linens: BBJ Linen | Bakery: The Topiary | Invitation Designer: Interprintations | Rentals: Event Works Rentals | Handmade Goods Designer: Arrowhead Leatherwork | Beauty & Hair: The Blushing Belle | Dress Store: Modern Trousseau Savannah | Models: Katelyn Womack, Hannah Lee Yoder, Rodney Yoder, Atausch Nevigton, Ethan Garard | Jewelry: Kristen Baird Jewelry | Veils and Headpieces: Adele Amelia | Other: The Harrelson’s Piper Cub


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Travel-themed weddings are some of our favorites because they’re so diverse! You can have a vintage travel wedding with antique globes and suitcases, a bohemian travel wedding with decor from all over the world, a whimsical travel wedding with colorful maps and stamps, or a modern wedding with passport invitations and luggage tag favors. Choose a specific culture - like a Greece or French theme - display items you’ve collected from your travels together, or visualize the places you’d like to see someday! The possibilities of personalizing every aspect to your relationship are endless.

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3-8 months Wedding date:

100 DAY

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#of days unTil you say “I do":

Hire a Florist Flowers, p. 110 Buy or rent men’s attire Men’s Attire, p. 52 Purchase wedding bands Hire a transportation company Transportation, p. 126 Reserve decor rentals Purchase or rent: toasting flu es, serving utensils, guest book, fl wer basket, and ring bearer pillow. Rental Equipment, p. 116 Ice Sculptures, p. 117 Linens, p. 118 Lighting, p. 120 Choose bridal & bridesmaid accessories Choose a bakery and order your cake  Cakes, p. 122 Have a tasting with a Caterer and  finali e the menu Catering, p. 46 Book your honeymoon Make sure to give an itinerary to your family, apply for a passport, and find someone to collect mail, watch pets, and water plants. Honeymoon, p. 74 Remind mothers to order mother-of attire Mother-of Gowns, p. 24 Finalize playlists with DJ, Band, or Musicians Entertainment, p. 68 Find and book Hair and Makeup Stylist(s) Beauty, p. 56

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$500-$7,000+ $500-$5,000+ $500-$7,000+ $1.50-$10 per slice $400-$2,000+

Have final fittin for your wedding party and parents Order invitations Wedding Stationery, p. 62 Shop for favors

Bride Advice

Make the day what you and your spouse want of it! Just because something is trending or traditional doesn’t mean you have to do it. My favorite thing to hear after our wedding was our families and friends raving about how the wedding was so uniquely us. You could see each of us as well as who we are as a couple throughout the day. xxxxxxxxx Lauren L.

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Flowers by Season

One way to save money on your wedding is to request fl wers that are inseason. No matter when you get married, there is a wide variety of gorgeous fl wers to choose from. Even if your favorite fl wer isn’t in season, you can still have it in your bouquet! It just may cost a little more. Here are a few of our favorite stems that are available and budget–friendly for each season!

Q U E S T I O N S TO A S K With the different varieties and colors, choosing just one bouquet to fit your style and theme is nearly impossible! Choos-

Tulip Peony Ranunculus Lilac Lisianthus Calla Lily

Spring

Sunflower Zinnia Aster Ranunculus Delphinium Calla Lily Lisianthus

Summer

ing the right Florist will ensure that your fl wers are consistent, in-season, and exactly how you imagined.

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1. When do I need to order fl wers? 2. Do you have a portfolio? 3. How long have you been doing weddings? 4.What flo al decor options do you offer? Vases Candle Holders Ceremony Cake

Centerpieces

Pedestals

Arches Crown

Other: 5. Do you work with:

Fresh Flowers

Silk Flowers

6. What kind of fl wers do you recommend? 7. What is your substitution policy?

Fall

Winter

Best and Worst Flowers for Allergie No bride wants to be sniffling through her vows or sneezing all over the cake during the cutting. If you suffer from allergies, you’ll want to stay away from flowers with a strong aroma and those that are more apt to carry pollen – which will not only affect your allergies but will also attract more bugs. Though you should ask your

8. Is there a charge for delivery? 9. Who will set up the day of my wedding? 10. Will you stay at the ceremony for arranging and distributing the fl wers? 11. W  ill you transfer between the venues? 12. When do decor items need to be returned? 13. What is your policy for lost/damaged items?

14. Do you do flo al preservation? 15. When should I preserve my bouquet?

NOTES

Cosmos Asiatic Lily Dahlia Chrysanthemum Delphinium

Carnation Gardenia Orchid Lily Camellia Anemone

florist for recommendations of which flowers to avoid, here’s a list of the best and worst flowers for allergy-sufferers. Best: Dahlias

Worst: Chrysanthemums

Best: Tulips

Worst: Asiatic lilies

Best: Hydrangeas Worst: Hyacinth Best: Calla Lilies

Worst: Freesia

Best: Orchids

Worst: Daisies

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You may have rented your decor, linens, chairs, and tables – and we all know that all the delicious leftover cake and food isn’t a burden - but what are you supposed to do with your fl wers? It’s not like the fl wer shop will take them back. Here are some ways you can extend the joy of your wedding day with others!

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Donate them to a Senior Living Home or Hospital Flowers are still good a week or two after your wedding. Brighten someone’s day by calling up local senior living homes or hospitals to see if they accept fresh fl wer donations.

Use Them as a Gift Pass your bouquet down to your fl wer girl and gift centerpieces to those who played a huge part in making your day fl wless. You can even ask vendors – like your DJ, Photographer, and Caterers – if they want to take any home!

Preserve Them

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Create a keepsake like a shadow box, domed frame, rosary, ornament, and even jewelry. Every time you see them, you’ll think about all the special moments you had that day, and if you get jewelry or a rosary, it’s the perfect heirloom to pass down to future generations! If you plan to preserve your fl wers, though, don’t wait until after the wedding. Get in contact with a preservation specialist now to find out what you need to know about the timeline.

Put Them on a Loved One’s Grave If you have a family member or friend you’ve lost, placing your bouquet on their grave is a beautiful way to remember them and feel their presence on your wedding day. If you do this between the ceremony and reception, ask your Photographer to come along and capture photos of this sentimental and emotional exchange. Or, for a more private and intimate moment, stop by after leaving the reception with only your new spouse or family members.

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DECOR

Decor PLANNING YOUR DECOR

How do I choose a theme/style?

When considering a theme, try not to overthink it; instead, choose something that you and your partner both love in everyday life. Do you travel often? Think about using a map for your seating chart. If you choose not to have a theme, your wedding can center around a color scheme. To choose your colors, it’s important to know which season you’ll be getting married in. Bright, vibrant colors are great for summer, pastels are perfect for spring, neutrals work well for fall, and winter is perfect for muted shades.

How much pinning is too much?

The best way to avoid getting overwhelmed by all your ideas is to set a date when you’ll stop looking for decor inspiration. Before deciding whether or not to incorporate a piece into your wedding, ask yourself these two questions: Does this item make me excited or happy? Does it match the overall theme of my wedding? If either of these answers is “no” then move on.

Should I rent or buy decor?

We’re huge supporters of renting decor! Not only is renting often a more economical and sustainable solution, it also helps eliminate hours of searching, stress, and potential storage issues. And let’s be real – are all 50 of those vintage lanterns or geometric centerpieces going to do anything besides collect dust? You can also 116

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use rental companies as a source for ideas. Renting materials gives you access to the latest styles in decor, table settings, linens, chair covers, and more!

How can I pinch pennies while still making a big impact?

First, pick a venue that already has a chic ambiance of its own. When visiting, be sure to take in the details. Towering pillars, fine Persian rugs on the floors, or an amazing crystal chandelier as the room’s focal point will add something extra to your reception. You’ll also want to invest in elements that will have the biggest impact. Dramatic uplighting, a dance floor gobo, or a flower chandelier are sure to set the scene and create the effect you want.


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More decor to explore

Check out some of our favorite elements to bring your style and theme into every aspect of your reception space.

Tents

A tent offers you year-round outdoor access to beautiful Ohio scenery and is a blank canvas for you to decorate according to your theme!

Signage Give your guests some direction on where to sit at your ceremony, remind them to share pics on social media using your hashtag, and let them know what’s on the menu!

Furniture Whether you create a lounge space, host a cocktail hour, or simply dress up your dinner tables, you’ll need to rent furniture!

Dance Floor

Not only does this designate the dance area, but it can be quite helpful for outdoor weddings so your shoes don’t sink into the ground. Rent a checker-patterned floor, lay down rugs, design a custom acrylic sticker, or create a raised platform to serve as a stage!

ICE SCULPTURE If you want to stand out and elevate your wedding to the next level, an ice sculpture is the way to do it! An ice sculpture can add that special touch of glamour to your reception. You can make this decor element even more memorable by having the sculptor carve it throughout the reception! Have your guests guess what he or she is carving and give away prizes to the best guess. Some ice sculpture ideas are:

• A monogram of your initials • A sculpture of an anchor, intertwining rings, swans, hearts, etc. • A display of flowers in an ice block • A wine holder (keep your drinks chilled!) • A food bar for seafood • Ice bowls for a salad bar • An alcohol luge • A bar top (if not the entire bar!) • Ice Cake Pedestals TELL VENDORS YOU SAW THEIR AD IN TODAY’S BRIDE

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Q U E S T I O N S TO A S K Tie everything together with tablecloths, napkins, and chair covers that match or complement your color scheme.

YES 1. Do you offer: Sashes

Chair Covers

Tablecloths

NO Napkins

Other 2. Have you worked with my venue before? 3. How much do you charge for your linens?

4. Do you have samples of your linens? 5. How do you clean and press your linens?

6. Will you:

Dress the tables/chairs

Show me how

NOTES

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Linens play an important role in creating the base to a consistent look throughout your reception space. White linens are more commonly used for weddings because of their clean lines and blank canvas, but we love the idea of adding some color or texture. Try mixing things up by using an array of shades within your color scheme, adding a printed table runner across white linens, or placing colorful, folded napkins on each plate!

After perusing through rental warehouses or online galleries, ask your rental company if they’ll be setting up the linens or if they can teach you how to properly execute the look!

Dressing your chairs in covers or sashes will create a more unified look and a touch of elegance. There are a variety of ways to tie knots and sashes on chairs.

Your guests will spend a lot of time at their tables. Make sure they have something worth looking at by choosing lovely linens!

Finally, well-placed drapes can create an ethereal or elegant atmosphere. A solid, opaque linen is the perfect backdrop for a cake display, but somewhat sheer drapes tied to wooden pillars will add an effortlessly chic look to your venue.

LinENS YOU MAY NEED: Napkins

Table skirts

Tablecloths

Pew drapes

 able liners T (for sheer tablecloths)

Drapery for decor or backdrops

Chair covers

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Linens Table runners

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Chair sashes


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LIGHTING

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too much awesomeness

Q U E S T I O N S TO A S K From a dimly lit, romantic feel to a bright and colorful disco, the lighting will create the perfect atmosphere for your celebration.

YES 1. What kind of lighting options do you offer?

2.Will you help with the design options? 3. Can you match the lighting to our colors? 4. Have you worked at my venue before? 5. Will you visit my venue to get some ideas? 6. What kind of requirements do you need from my venue? 7. Do you own your own equipment? 8. How much space do you need? 9. How do you hide cables?

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The lighting design you choose will shape your event and set the right tone like no other element there. No matter what your theme, we’ve come up with an option to light your venue and keep the party going, even after dark. Chandeliers Chandeliers can add an air of class and elegance to any venue. For a whimsical, romantic feel, drape fabric, greenery, flowers, or crystals from the chandelier. You could also collect chandeliers of different sizes, metals, bulbs, and styles to create an eclectic space. Candles Candles are the ultimate “mood lighting.” The flickering flame creates a warm, cozy, romantic ambiance. Combine shapes, sizes, and heights for a centerpiece, use them to light up your cake table, or place them along the aisle of your ceremony! Use candles that are fragrance-free, so you don’t create an overwhelmingly perfumed environment. Lanterns Hang antique lanterns at different levels to create an enchanting ceiling display, or line the path to your venue with vintage or paper lanterns to guide the way. You can even have a helium paper lantern release at your reception departure!

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Bistro Lighting Bistro lighting is a favorite at weddings because of its versatility! String them above your venue space or dance floor. Hang them from your table or wall and cover with fabric for a muted backdrop. Wrap them around trees or pillars. The possibilities are endless!

Edison Bulbs An Edison light bulb is transparent with visible winding filaments. They may be uniquely-shaped or have an antique tint to the glass. Hang bulbs individually or in a bundle. The vintage tone will cast an inviting and warm hue at your reception. Neon signs This modern and edgy lighting option will make your wedding space truly unique! Hang “Cheers” on the bar, “Best Day Ever” above your head table, or get your new last name in lights for home decor after the wedding! Uplighting True to their name, these lights are directed upward, highlighting walls, pillars, cakes, centerpieces, and more. You can even place them under tablecloths, curtains, and drapery to add a colorful glow. These lights come in a variety of colors so you can choose a look that complements your color scheme or venue. Gobo Lights Gobo lights are stencils put over a spotlight that can be projected onto floors, walls, ceilings, or even fabric. Create a custom monogram of your name to light up the wall behind the head table or project a design onto the dance floor! Consult with an expert to get their ideas of what works best at your venue.


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CAKES

Cake

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t r e s s e d d an

Top 5 Things to Know

1. P  lan 1.5 servings of cake for each guest. If you're having a dessert bar, order less cake.

sary. Some cake shops may provide a box or wrapping for the top tier, so be sure to ask if this is included.

2. Fondant is a type of icing that is perfect for creating sculptures and adornments, and is often draped over the cake for a smooth finish. However, its clay-like consistency doesn’t agree with every couple’s taste.

4. You should start researching bakers in your area 8 months before your wedding and try to place the order about four to six months before.

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5. Most bakeries will be willing to host a taste test for you and your fiancé, though some may charge a fee or limit the number of flavor samples.


CAKES

How big of a cake do I need?

6" 8"

10 GUESTS 10 TOTAL SERVINGS

Q U E S T I O N S TO A S K

+12-14 GUESTS

From layers of heavenly flavors to crumbly cookies, your sweet

22-24 TOTAL SERVINGS

confections are sure to leave your guests satisfi d.

10"

+24-26 GUESTS

YES

NO

46-48 TOTAL SERVINGS 1. Do you have a cake portfolio?

12"

+38-40 GUESTS

2. Are your designs customizable?

84-86 TOTAL SERVINGS

14"

3. Can you match my colors? 4. What fl vors do you offer?

+54-56 GUESTS 138-142 TOTAL SERVINGS

If you’re trying to make a grand statement with a tall cake by adding fake layers of styrofoam, you’ll be disappointed to find out that the cost isn’t all that much cheaper! Opt for a layer of cake instead - it’s always better to have too much than not enough.

5. Can I do a taste test of the fl vors? Fee: 6. How far in advance are the cakes prepared? 7. Do you provide cake-cutting services? Fee:

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8. Are cakes charged by the slice or tier? 9. Do you offer cake accessories?

Slice

Cake Topper

10. Do you offer other options? Cookies Pastries Cupcakes

Tier Knife

Cake Pops

Other 11. Can you provide a box/wrapping for the top of the cake?

13. Is there a delivery or set-up charge? Fee:

Although you might choose to serve these confectionery favorites in addition to a more traditional wedding cake, these desserts can also hold their own.

Cupcakes or Cake Pops – Adorable, customizable, and so much fun to eat, miniature cakes are the perfect compromise of tradition and originality. Donuts – Who doesn’t love a fluffy glazed donut? This universally loved treat is the perfect party favor and can be stacked in a tier to resemble a cake.

14. When will the cake be delivered/set up? 15. Are you familiar with my venue?

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12. When do I need to order?

Macarons – Macarons are a tasty treat that will satisfy any sweet tooth! With an array of flavors – ranging from tart lemon to sweet raspberry to rich tiramisu – you'll want to have plenty of these, as your guests won’t be able to get enough!

Candy or Mini-Dessert Table – Whether you display an array of your favorite candy, offer up mini cheesecake bites, or serve a combination of the two, these scrumptious desserts are sure to be a hit with your guests. Assortment of Pies – Pies could very well be the comfort food of the dessert realm. In fact, it’s quite possible your guests won’t remember cake was even an option once they get their hands on a slice of apple crumb pie!

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Turquoise Squirrel Patisserie | ML Photography

Nadia & Co

CakeInk

! e k a c f o e c e A pi Cotswold Cake Kitchen

Shannon Bond Cake Design

CakeInk

Madison’s on Main | Kevin Paul Photography

Lima Cakes

Cove Cake Design

Sugar Bee Sweets

Turquoise Squirrel Patisserie | Studio40Six


CAKES

Kristine Herman Photography

Turquoise Squirrel Patisserie

Cake by Annie

WHAT IS THAT FROSTING?

The cake is one aspect of your wedding that guests will anticipate both seeing and tasting! Make sure you choose the right frosting for your design and taste. Here’s our take on the difference between wedding cake frostings: One Belle Bakery | Millie Holloman Photography

 ondant – This modeling-clay-like frosting has a thick consistenF cy but a smooth finish. It’s typically used to create fancier designs, figurines, and flowers. Buttercream – Buttercream is a more common frosting with a creamy and rich fl vor. You can texturize the buttercream for a dramatic finish or smooth it out or clean lines. Marzipan – This frosting is similar to fondant except that it is made with almond paste. This paste gives it more elasticity and a nutty fl vor. Lima Cakes

Paper Heart Patisserie | Charleton Churchill Photography

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TRANSPORTATION

Transportation

When booking your transportation, there’s so much more to consider than just a dramatic getaway!

Driving to the Ceremony. Ride to your ceremony with friends or parents so you don’t have to worry about picking your car up from the ceremony site the next morning.

Don't forget about the wedding party. If your party rides with you in a bus or limo, you may realize they have no way to get home. Provide a shuttle service to the hotel or hire the party bus long enough to get them back to their cars.

Don’t leave your guests to fend for themselves. It’s considerate to provide shuttle service for your guests, both to the reception and to the hotel.

Your wedding gifts need a ride home. Since you didn’t drive to the reception, you won’t have a car to take all your gifts home. Assign a family member or close friend to gather your gifts and drop them off at your house.

Your last impression. Danielle Harris Photography

This is your guests’ last impression of you! Don’t make your grand getaway in your 2008 Honda Civic…make it count by having a unique or fun vehicle!

Q U E S T I O N S TO A S K

GETTING REadY

From limos to classic cars, you can be sure that you’ll arrive to your wedding in style.

YES

CEREMONY ARRIVAL:

ARRIVAL:

DEPARTURE:

DEPARTURE:

NO

1. Are you registered with the Department of Transportation? 2. What kind of vehicles do you have?

3.Can we see the actual vehicle we’re renting? 4. What is your vehicle substitution policy?

HOME/HOTEL ARRIVAL:

Reception ARRIVAL:

5. Who will be the chauffeur?

DEPARTURE:

7. What does your insurance cover?

8. What is the minimum number of hours?

NOTES

6. How far in advance should I book?

9.Is there an overtime fee? Fee: 10. What kind of decorating can we do? 11. What is your policy on eating and drinking? 12. What music players are in the vehicle?

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TRANSPORTATION

The Good in Goodbye After you exit the ceremony to the throwing of rice or blowing of bubbles, your guests will watch as you depart for the reception. Get creative with your transportation and make your grand getaway a moment to remember! Take this quiz to see which untraditional vehicle you should escape in!

1. W  hich of these shoes will you be wearing?

4. Choose your first dance song:

A. Chucks – 4pt B. Sandals – 2pt C. H  eels – 1pt D. Cowboy boots – 3pt

A. Wanted by Hunter Hayes – 3pt B. A  Thousand Years – 4pt

2. P  ick a book:

D. What a Wonderful World – 1 pt

by Christina Perri

C. F  irst Day of My Life – 2pt by Bright Eyes

by Louis Armstrong

A. T  he Great Gatsby – 2 pt by F Scott Fitzgerald

B. Where the Wild Things Are – 1pt by Maurice Sendak

C. H  uckleberry Finn – 3pt by Mark Twain

D. Pride and Prejudice – 4pt by Jane Austen

5. Choose a cake fl vor: A. C  hocolate with peanut butter ganache – 4pt B. Lemon with raspberry filling – 2pt C. White with white buttercream – 1 pt D. We prefer apple pie – 3pt

3. C  hoose a form of entertainment.

6. When are you getting married?

A. Dancing – 1pt B. Yard Games – 3pt C. Caricaturist – 4pt D. Live Performance – 2pt

A. May – 3pt B. August – 4pt C. October – 2pt D. December – 1 pt

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classic car

6-10 POINTS

You love the classics and you don’t want to stray too far from tradition. A classic car can shelter you from unpredictable weather and leave a dramatic impression.

vw van

11-14 POINTS

You’re a free-spirit and you don’t like to blend in with a crowd. Break away from the trends and embrace your inner hippie with this colorful and unique getaway car!

vintage truck

15-19 POINTS

You’re country through and through, and it shows through every detail of your wedding. This ceremony send-off is perfect for a rustic or vintage reception!

vintage bike

20-24 POINTS

You prefer to make your own trends, and your wedding is a reflection f that! Like the song goes, you’ll look sweet upon the seat of a bicycle built for two!


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0-3 months

MOOD TRACKER

Wedding date:

IN THE FINAL MONTH LEADING UP TO YOUR WEDDING, TRACK YOUR MOOD BY COLORING IN ONE FACET OF THE HEART EACH DAY!

#of days unTil you say “I do":

Set up/update your gift registry Gift Registry, p. 132 Have a bridal shower Bridal Shower, p. 132 Reserve guest accommodations Guest Accommodations, p. 136 Purchase postage, send wedding invitations, and record RSVPs Wedding Stationery, p. 62 Apply for your Marriage License Marriage License, p. 140 Write your vows and review ceremony  details with your Offician Vows, p. 134 Finalize wedding day-of timeline and  details with your Wedding Planner and venues Day-of Details, p. 144 Book your rehearsal dinner space and send invitations Rehearsal Dinner, p. 138

2 WEEKS ‘TIL THE BIG DAY Pack for your honeymoon Honeymoon, p. 74 Review wedding day details with your Wedding Planner Day-of Details, p. 144 Follow up with guests who have not RSVPed Give a final guest ount to Caterer Catering, p. 46 Send directions to wedding day Transportation Driver Transportation, p. 126 Get Married! Day-of Details, p. 144

Bride Advice

Try to keep perspective! The perfect day doesn’t exist. Our wedding day brought with it a terrible snow storm that could have never been planned for, and it ended up being one of our favorite memories of the day. In the end, when you look back, the only thing that will matter to you are the small moments you shared with your spouse and loved ones. xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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 ave a bachelor/ H bachelorette party Buy gifts Bridal Party Groom/Bride Out-of-Town Guests Decide on Something: Old New Borrowed Blue

Plan seating arrangements Ceremony Reception  ive final guest ount G to Caterer Break-in wedding shoes Have a final dress fitti  ave your final hair and H makeup trial

Delegate wedding day duties  Send directions to wedding day Transportation Driver Pamper yourself Massage Facial Mani/Pedi Waxing


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BRIDAL SHOWERS

How Much Do You Know About Bridal Showers?

1. W  ho should plan and host the bridal shower?

A. Maid-of-Honor & Bridesmaids

B. Mother-of-the-Bride C. The Bride

2. When should you have the bridal shower? A. A month before the wedding B. 3 months before the wedding C. A week before the wedding

3. W  here should you have the bridal shower? A.A restaurant, winery, banquet hall, or golf club B. An outdoor theater, park, garden, or estate C. A family member or friend’s house D. Any of the above

4. When do invitations to the bridal shower get sent? A. 3 months before the shower B. Create a Facebook event a few days before the shower C. 6-8 weeks before the shower

5. Who gets invited to the bridal shower? A. Females only B. Friends and family of both the bride and groom ANSWERS:

C. A  nyone who isn’t invited to the wedding

1. A 2. B 3. D 4. C 5. B

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bridal registry

Shopping for gifts

At this point, your wedding registry should be available and updated for bridal shower guests to access. We recommend going to at least three different stores to register, but no more than six. Shopping for your home can be an exciting experience to share with your fiancé, but it should be catered to what you need. If you already have new pots and pans and microfiber towels but want a Bluetooth speaker or Wine of the Month subscription, then register for the items you need and want, not what’s expected of you. Some stores may require a store associate to accompany you to offer ideas and suggestions. Take advantage of their knowledge by asking about quality brands and warranties. It’s considerate to include items of different price ranges on your registry so guests can choose a gift within their budget. If you and your fiancé already live together and have the necessities to build your dream home, you may want to consider having a honeymoon registry. This is a great option where guests can gift you with room enhancements, excursions, or spending money!


BACHELORETTE PARTY

Planning the Want to plan something different than the typical bar crawl? Take this quiz for alternative bach parties everyone will enjoy!

1. How would the bride spend a Friday night?

A. At a bar or concert - 1pt B. At home binge-watching the latest Netflix hit - 2pt C. Spending time with family - 3pt D. A bonfire with friends - 4pt

2. W  hich group is the bride closest to? A. Her mom, sisters, & family - 3pt

5-7pts City Sightseeing

B.Her high school BFFS - 2pt C. Her work friends - 1pt D. Her college group - 4pt

3. What’s your budget? A. No more than $150 per person - 3pt B. $150-$300 per person - 4pt C. Money’s no issue - 1pt D. Each person can spend what they’re comfortable with - 2pt

8-11pts Spa Day + Slumber Party

4. What gift will you get the bride? A. Lingerie - 2pt B. An excursion or room upgrade for her honeymoon - 4pt C. A beauty subscription box - 1pt D. A personalized photo album - 3pt

12-15pts Glamping/Adult Camp

5. How long do you want the bachelorette party to last? A. A day-long event - 2pt B. Overnight - 3pt C. 2-3 nights - 1pt D. 4+ nights - 4pt

TOTAL:

16-20pts Beach Getaway

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VOWS

VOW TEMPLATE , from the day I met you I knew

YOUR PARTNER’S NAME

.

FUN FACT ABOUT YOUR FIANCÉ

ways, the more

The more I got to know you and your ADJECTIVE

Vows

DIFFERENT FUN FACT ABOUT YOUR FIANCÉ

writing your

ADJECTIVE

ADJECTIVE

person I have ever met. You bring out all my best qualities, and that is why I couldn’t imagine my life without you. I promise B. Frohman Imaging & Design

3. I f you get stuck, walk away from it to clear your head. 4. Practice makes perfect! Read your vows out loud at least 3 times to make sure it sounds smooth but not rehearsed and that you’re not talking too fast.

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and

ADJECTIVE

2. Don’t take it too seriously or stress out about making it perfect. They should reflect your relationship! Working too hard to find the perfect adjective or making your words sound poetic will come across as insincere, so just speak from your heart!

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,

You are the most

1. W  rite down a list of words that immediately come to mind when you think about your partner. Use those words as inspiration when you get stuck.

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.

I realized

,

to always be ADJECTIVE

, and

.

ADJECTIVE

ADJECTIVE

I promise to stand by your side and support PARTNER'S INTEREST

and even

. I promise to love you unconditionally

PARTNER'S GOOFY INTEREST

.

and without hesitation, even when you FUNNY THING YOUR PARTNER DOES

But above all, I promise to choose you every day of our lives. home where

I can't wait to build a family and a(n) ADJECTIVE

and

our child(ren) will learn what ADJECTIVE

ADJECTIVE

, and I can’t

really look like. You make me feel EMOTION

wait to feel that way for the rest of my life.


GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS

WITH GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS If you’re expecting out-of-town guests to attend your wedding, you’ll need to book a block of hotel rooms for their overnight stays. Reserving a block of rooms doesn’t mean that you’ll have a specific area for your guests to stay; it simply means that you have reserved a set number of rooms at agreed upon rates for your guests to book. You’ll want to look for hotels that offer Open/Courtesy Blocks. This means that you won’t have to pay upfront and won’t be charged for any unused rooms. Start out by booking a smaller number and adding more as you go. A typical rule of thumb is to count how

many out-of-town guests you have and divide it in half. If that seems like a small number, consider that some guests may make other arrangements or decide to drive home. Ask your hotel about any amenities they have – like complimentary brunch, shuttle service, or welcome bag deliveries. It’s considerate to leave a goodie bag in each guest room. They can be filled with local sweets, toiletries, or wedding weekend necessities! Most importantly, double check that everything you’ve agreed upon is on your contract and ask about their cancellation policy before signing.

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Q U E S T I O N S TO A S K Extend to your out-of-town guests’ visit by reserving nearby guest accommodations.

YES 1. How early should I block hotel rooms? 2. What is the minimum that I can block? 3. How much do the rooms cost? 4. What does the rate include?

5. When do you release the rooms? 6. Do we have to pay for unused rooms? 7. Can we put gift bags in our guests’ rooms? 8. Do you have a honeymoon suite? 9. Do you provide a shuttle? Ceremony Site

Reception Site

Airport

NOTES

10. What amenities do you offer?

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Erase any wedding day nerves by planning a ceremony and dinner rehearsal.

YES

Ceremony Venue: 1. What time will the rehearsal begin?

NO

The

REHEARSAL DINNER

Q U E S T I O N S TO A S K

Rehearsal

When does the ceremony rehearsal and dinner take place?

The ceremony rehearsal traditionally takes place the day before the wedding. You can host the meal prior to or after the ceremony rehearsal, or you can hold both on an entirely different day.

2. How long will the rehearsal take? 3. Who should come to the rehearsal?

Who should we invite? Everyone involved in the ceremony should attend the rehearsal, including: bridesmaids, groomsmen, parents, flower girl & ring bearer, Officiant, readers, and musicians. It’s considerate to invite the spouse or significant other of each attendant, also.

Rehearsal Dinner Venue: 1. How many can you seat? 2. Do you have a special menu? 3. How many servers will you provide? 4. Can you accommodate special dietary needs? Full

Limited

No

NOTES

5. Is there a bar?

Regarding the dinner, the guest list can be as simple as including your immediate family, the wedding party, and their significant others, though it’s becoming more popular to make it a larger event for out-of-town guests. If you prefer an intimate gathering but don’t want to exclude other guests, consider hosting the rehearsal dinner two nights before the wedding day and having a welcome party for out-of-town guests the night before the wedding.

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The rehearsal dinner should be held near or at the ceremony site. It’s considerate and fun to vary the dinner options from the wedding meal — such as offering steak or seafood

if you’re having an Italian menu at your reception — so guests can have different experiences! Where you decide to have the rehearsal dinner depends on the budget of whoever is throwing it (traditionally the groom's parents), who is in attendance, and what kind of party the host envisions. Most commonly, rehearsal dinners are held at local restaurants, though you can use a banquet hall or your reception venue, too.

What takes place at the rehearsal dinner? Traditionally, the best man offers a toast to the soon-to-be spouses. The groom then follows with a toast to his bride and her parents. You should make sure that all guests are introduced to one another, either by formal introductions or through mingling. A special touch would be to introduce your wedding party and say something personal about each one, like how you met or why you asked them to be in your wedding. Keep in mind, though, that this party is meant to be thrown to honor you and your fiancé. If you’d rather have a more relaxed and casual atmosphere with no formal speeches, that’s not required! The rehearsal dinner is a great time to relax with your family and friends without worrying too much about tradition.


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MARRIAGE LICENSE

ASHTABULA COUNTY • 440-576-3453 25 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson Hours: 8am-4pm M-F Fee: $45 cash, money order COLUMBIANA COUNTY • 330-424-9516 105 S. Market St., Lisbon Hours: 8am-3:30pm M-F Fee: $55 cash only CUYAHOGA COUNTY • 216-443-8922 1 Lakeside Ave., Room 146, Cleveland Hours: 8:30am-4pm M-F Fee: $60 cash, credit w/$2.95 fee, money order ERIE COUNTY • 419-627-7750 323 Columbus Ave., Sandusky Hours: 8am-4pm M-F Fee: $43 cash only GEAUGA COUNTY • 440-279-1830 231 Main St., Suite 200, Chardon Hours: 8am-4:15pm M-F Fee: $74 cash, cashier's check, money order

MARRIAGE LICENSE

HURON COUNTY • 419-668-4383 2 E. Main St., Room 106, Norwalk Hours: 8am-4:30pm M-F Fee: $57 cash, credit w/ $2 fee LAKE COUNTY • 440-350-2168 25 North Park Pl. Painesville Hours: 8am-4:30pm M-F Fee: $62 cash only LORAIN COUNTY • 440-329-5175 225 Court St., Room 611, 6th Floor, Elyria Hours: 8am-3:15pm M-F Fee: $57 cash only MAHONING COUNTY • 330-740-2314 120 Market St., Youngstown Hours: 8am-4pm M-F Fee: $43 cash only MEDINA COUNTY • 330-725-9703 93 Public Square, Medina Hours: 8am-4:30pm M-F Fee: $62 cash only PORTAGE COUNTY • 330-297-3871 203 W. Main St., Ravenna Hours: 8am-3:30pm M-F Fee: $57 cash, money order STARK COUNTY • 330-451-7759 110 Central Plaza South, Suite 502, Canton Hours: 8:30am-4:15pm M-F Fee: $42 cash only SUMMIT COUNTY • 330-643-2346 209 S. High St., Akron Hours: 8am-4pm M-F Fee: $50 cash, credit w/ 3% fee, check TRUMBULL COUNTY • 330-675-2521 161 High St. NW, Warren Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm M-F Fee: $44 cash only WAYNE COUNTY • 330-287-5577 107 W. Liberty St., Wooster Hours: 8am-4pm M-F Fee: $72 cash, credit, check, money order NOTE: Information is subject to change; please call to verify.

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•G  etting married is a legal act, and it will require one ba-

sic detail to make your union official: a Marriage License. Obtaining a Marriage License is a very simple procedure involving only a short trip to the probate court located in your residing county courthouse.

Basics

To apply for your license, you and your fiancé will need: Birth Certificate Photo ID

Proof of Citizenship/Residency

• I f either you or your fiancé reside in the state of Ohio, one

applicant must provide proof of residency in that county. Even though you may get married in a different county within Ohio, you must apply for the Marriage License in the county in which you live. If neither of you are a resident of Ohio but plan on getting married within the state, you must apply and get married within the same county. If you are an Ohio resident but are getting married in another state, you must apply in the other state. •S  ome counties in the state of Ohio do have a waiting

period to receive your license, so it would be wise to apply a few weeks early. •L  icenses are valid for 60 days only and must be sent in

within 30 days of your wedding. •A  fter the wedding, your Officiant will send your signed

license to the Marriage License Bureau. It is then the couple’s responsibility to request a copy of their Marriage License from the court for a small fee. •Y  ou will want extra certified copies of your license. They’ll

need to be submitted when applying to change your name and to update your social security card, driver’s license, and passport with your new married name.

Death Certificate if widowed Divorce Decree if divorced

Payment for fees – accepted form of payments vary from county to county

PLACES YOU’LL NEED TO CHANGE YOUR NAME: Social Security Card 

Driver's License



Bank Accounts



Mail Subscriptions



Voter Registration



Employer Records



Utilities



Doctors Insurance

•C  ontrary to popular belief, a blood test is not required

in Ohio. •R  equirements vary from county to county, so if you

have any further questions, call the Marriage License Department at your issuing county’s courthouse.

Social Media 

Passport*

*Passports take about 4-8 weeks to process and the names on your plane ticket and passport must match. Learn more about passports on page 85.


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SUPERSTITIONS

Superstitions

Have you ever wondered where some of those crazy wedding superstitions come from? Like, why is rain on your wedding day good luck and can your fiancé really not see you in your dress beforehand? We’ve scoured historical records (or…you know…Google) to find out where wedding superstitions originated and why.

Glasser Images

Why can’t a groom see his bride in her wedding dress? The origins of this superstition are actually as un-romantic as you can get. When arranged marriages were the norm, the father-of-the-bride would forbid the couple from seeing each other before the wedding day because he was afraid the groom would break off the arrangement if the bride wasn’t attractive enough. Similarly, brides would wear veils down the aisle and throughout the ceremony until the first kiss in order to blur her features and make her appear more ethereal and angelic.

Artistic Photography, Inc.

Why do we wear rings on the “ring finger”? The reason brides and grooms wear their engagement ring and wedding band on the fourth finger is because it was believed to be the only finger that has a vein that connects directly to the heart. But why the left hand instead of the right? Years and years ago, it was believed that a diamond paired with gold worn on the left hand would drive away the devil and any evil spirits; therefore, brides traditionally wore a gold and diamond engagement ring on the fourth finger of their left hand.

LMAC Photography

Is rain on your wedding day really good luck? Yes! Tradition says that rain on your wedding day symbolizes fertility and unity. Because rain brings life to plants, it is said that rain on your wedding day means that you’ll have many children. It’s also said that rain on your wedding day can strengthen your marriage and devotion to your husband or wife because getting married is often considered “tying the knot,” and a wet knot is always harder to untie. Read more about Superstitions at TodaysBride.com 142

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DAY-OF DETAILS

Planning makes perfect! Skip the stress and chaos on your wedding day by using our Day-Of Details sheet to keep you organized and on task.

TIMELINE

WEDDING DAY PREP Hair Time:

Length of time:

Manicure Time:

Length of time:

Makeup Time:

Length of time:

Getting Dressed Time:

Length of time:

Other Time:

Length of time:

ARRIVAL TIMES

Bride & Bridesmaids: Groom & Groomsmen: Parents: Planner:

FACE/MAKEUP

Bride's Checklist

 Makeup Face Wash & Moisturizer Makeup Remover Brushes Perfume Mirror Tissues Tweezers Cotton Balls & Swabs Lip Balm & Lipstick

HAIR

Hair Spray & Gel Brush/Comb Hair Dryer Straightener/Curling Iron Hair Pins Bridal Accessories

TEETH

Toothbrush & Toothpaste Dental Floss Breath Mints/Gum

HANDS

Hand Lotion Nail Polish (to match yours)

Nail Polish (clear) Nail Polish Remover Small Scissors/Clippers Nail File

SHOES

OTHER

 Weddings Shoes Comfy Shoes

CLOTHING

Bridal Gown Undergarments 2 Garters (keep 1 & toss 1) Change of Clothing Stockings Bath Robe Stain Remover Body Tape Needle & Thread Safety Pins Lint Remover Static Guard Iron Rain Coat

FIRST AID

Bandages

 Antibiotic Ointment Tums Aspirin Allergy Medicine Eye Drops  Cash/Credit Cards License Phone & Charger Clear Deodorant Razor Shaving Cream Sunscreen Insect Repellent Umbrella

IMPORTANT

Something to eat/drink P  hone Numbers (see page 146)

Groom's Ring Present for the Groom A more detailed list is available on TodaysBride.com/printables

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As you make your final decisions and book each vendor, it can be helpful to record their contact information in one place. This way you know exactly who to ask for and what extension to use when you have a last-minute question or change.

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Email

Bridal Attire

Cake & Desserts

Caterer

Ceremony Musician

Ceremony Site

Decor/Rental Company

DJ, Band, & Musicians

Florist

Guest Accommodations

Health & Beauty

Linen Rentals

Lighting

Men's Attire

Officiant

Photo Booth

Photographer

Reception Venue

Rehearsal Dinner Venue

Transportation

Travel Agent

Videographer

Wedding Planner

Wedding Stationery

Other

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Color Me Direct

www.colormedirect.com/makingmoney (216) 379-8512

Ohio is for lovers! Wedding experts in Northeast Ohio can offer you the best service, attention, and quality — all right here in your backyard!

BVIP Limousine Service www.bviplimo.com (330) 725-3108

Sound Precision Entertainment

www.spedj.com BVIP Limousine can accommodate any size party (216) 870-4513

From skincare to makeup, Color Me Direct products will have you radiating beauty and confiden e on your wedding day! Set up a party for your shower or bachelorette party and shop brands like Patti Labelle, Gale Hayman, Flori Roberts, and more.

Cindy Harder Designs

www.cindyharderdesigns.com (440) 832-0237 Custom and affordable forever fl wer bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, centerpieces, and more for your special day.

and is backed by years of experience! We service over 350 weddings per year. We have Sedans, Limousines, SUV’s, Party Buses, & Shuttle Buses.

Whether your tastes are simple and classic or chic and trendy, SPE can provide wedding entertainment that is unparalleled.

Kato Loses It

The Pretty Paper Petal

The Hotel at Oberlin

I’m a health and fitness advocate. Let me help you lose weight and boost your emotional wellness with exercise and essential oils.

Specializing in spectacular crepe paper bouquets and replicas. Rethink fresh, silk, & sola fl wers and imagine paper!

Provocative design-remarkable events – let our team help you create the wedding of a lifetime.

www.katolosesit.com (216) 772-3482

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www.thehotelatoberlin.com (440) 775-7001


Always Eventful...Events by Tricia Dever

Rising Star Photography

Pop Culture CLE

As your Wedding Planner, we believe this is YOUR event and we will simply assist you in every way possible! We will not dictate your decisions. We will provide “fl xible involvement” so that you will never be overwhelmed or frustrated!

The team, Darren and Erin, enter their 15th year of providing a wedding day that is natural, romantic, visionary - and most importantly - fun! Comfortable rates, no time restraints, elite albums, ownership of ALL your images, and a beautiful edited gallery.

We make gourmet, handcrafted popsicles for your special event! Using high quality, all-natural ingredients, low amounts of organic sugar, and local, seasonal fl vors, our pops are vegan and kosher friendly, dairy and gluten free, and - most of all - delicious!

www.alwayseventful.com (330) 244-0613

www.risingstarphoto.com (440) 590-0395

www.popculturecle.com (216) 245-7316

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VENDOR INDEX Alterations & Preservation Alterations Express . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Cleveland Wedding Gown Preservation . . . . . . 142

Beauty & Health Color Me Direct . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148 Haber Dermatology, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Kato Loses It . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148 Studio Wish Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137

Bridal Attire Abbott's Bridal & Formal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 American Commodore Dress Shoppe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inside Back Cover Cle Bride by Expressions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 David’s Bridal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134 Doreen Leaf Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Galleria Gowns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Koda Bridal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Lavender Bridal Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Vera’s Ladies Apparel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152

Cakes & Desserts Colozza’s Bakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 Nothing Bundt Cakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 Pop Culture CLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149 Rito’s Italian Bakery & Deli . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145

Cirino Photography

Catering & Bar Service

Flowers

Catering by Verba’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133

Cindy Harder Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148

Old Carolina Barbecue Company . . . . . . . . . . . . 145

The Pretty Paper Petal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148

Decor & Rentals

Honeymoon, Travel, & Lodging

Aable Rents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129

J Sullivan Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141

All Occasions Party Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69

UnlimitedTrips.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75

L’Nique Specialty Linen Rentals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112 Reliable Onsite Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 Rock The House Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121 Solus Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136

Entertainment Cleveland Music Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Marino Brothers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137 Rock The House Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Roseann Canfora, Harpist Celestial Strings . . . . 131 Selective Sound Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Sound Precision Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148 Steven Vance Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 LMAC Photography

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Ice Sculptures Elegant Ice Creations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119

Men’s Attire American Commodore Tuxedo . . . . . .

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Boumadi Men's Clothier & Tailoring . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Men’s Wearhouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127

Photo Booth inFocus Photobooth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 TapSnap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145

Photography Artistic Photography, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137 B. Frohman Imaging & Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Brittaney Brandt Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134 Cirino Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 Genevieve Nisly Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Jadie Foto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Jodi Hutton Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 John Patrick Images . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Karen Menyhart Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73

Pulsart Media

Venues - Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsals, Showers, & Bachelor(ette) Party La-Vera Party Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

LMAC Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79

700 Beta Banquet Center at the Hilton Garden Inn of Mayfield Height . . . . . . . 128

McNair Photographic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147

Ahern Banquet Center & Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83

LaCentre Conference & Banquet Facility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136, Back Cover

Pulsart Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

Ariel International Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

Landoll's Mohican Castle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

Rising Star Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149

Ariel Pearl Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

Legend Lake Golf Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

The Cleveland Photographic Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Bertram Trademark Hotel by Wyndham . . . . . . . 5

Mallorca Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139

too much awesomeness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109

Brennan’s Catering & Banquet Centers . . . . . . . 142

Metropolitan at the 9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Tracy Heck Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo - Stillwater Place . . . 9

Mohican Gardens & Conservatory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81

Crop Bristro & Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Nautica Queen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147

DoubleTree by Hilton Cleveland Downtown - Lakeside . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60

New Orleans Party Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131

BVIP Limousine Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148 Lake Erie Limo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131

Elegant Assets Event Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133

Shima Limousine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129

Embassy Suites Hotel Cleveland - Beachwood 117

Statement Limousine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73

Embassy Suites Cleveland - Rockside . . . . . . . . . 47

Transportation

Wedding Stationery Paper Trails of Rocky River . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Truly Inspired Paper Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78

Wedding Planners Always Eventful...Events by Tricia Dever . . . . . . 149

Emerald Event Center at the Residence Inn Avon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Fowler's Mill Golf Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Fox Meadow Country Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Back Cover Gervasi Vineyard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Glenmoor Country Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121 High Voltage Indoor Karting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland Downtown & Gateway Conference Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

Nuevo Modern Mexican & Tequila Bar . . . . . . . . . 119 Peacock Ridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Pokrova Banquet Hall & Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . .109 Signature of Solon Country Club . . . . . 145, Back Cover St. Denis Golf Club & Event Center . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 The Historic Onesto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 The Hotel at Oberlin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148 The Lakehouse Inn Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 The Lodge at Geneva-On-The-Lake . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Union Club of Cleveland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Westfield - Blair onference Center . . . . . . . . . . 127 Weymouth Country Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Back Cover

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Hofbrauhaus Cleveland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Wildwood Cultural Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141

Elite Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83

Holden Arboretum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137

Woodside Event Center at St. Michael's . . . . . . . 27

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