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Rules of Engagement . . . . . . . . . . . 32 United in Love . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Decor We Adore . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Weddings in Wayne County . . . . . . . . 84 Perfect Petals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 For Keeps in Kent . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Local Loves . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118

planning A Flawless Finish . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 You Said Yes (The Pre-Parties) . . . . . . 42 What is a Wedding Show . . . . . . . . . 43 Catering by the Numbers . . . . . . . . 64 It Starts with a Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Invitation Etiquette . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Let’s Dance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Well Traveled . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Photography

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AJF Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 American Commodore Wedding Photography . . 29 Black Dog Photo Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 David Corey Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Ken Love Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 Klodt Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Lisa Scalforo Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 LMAC Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 OH Snap! Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Sabrina Hall Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

Beauty & Health

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Alterations Express . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 American Commodore Dress Shoppe . . . . . . . . 19 Banchee & Raskol Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 David’s Bridal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Doreen Leaf Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Dress Bridal Boutique, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 Lavender Bridal Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Saroli’s Bridal Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Vera’s Ladies Apparel . . . . . . . . . . . . . PLANNER

Men’s Attire

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American Commodore Tuxedo . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Men's Wearhouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Tuxedo Junction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97

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Carol Martin salonSpa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Declaration CrossFit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A White Pond Paradise Salon & Day Spas . . . . Perfectly Posh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tallmadge Family Dentistry . . . . . . . . . . .

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Receptions Akron Art Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Amish Door, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 Aurora Inn Hotel & Event Center . . . . . . . . . 48 Blue Jazz+ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Century Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Chenoweth Golf & Banquet Hall . . . . . . . . . . 51 College of Wooster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Courtyard by Marriott-Canton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 Cuyahoga Room Banquet Center . . . . . . . . . 69 DoubleTree Akron/Fairlawn . . . . INSIDE BACK COVER Embassy Suites Akron-Canton . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Exploration Gateway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 Firestone Country Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Galaxy Restaurant & Banquet Center . . . . . . . . 91 Gervasi Vineyard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Glenmoor Country Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Greek Community Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Greystone Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Hilton Akron/Fairlawn Hotel & Suites . . . . . . . . . . INSIDE FRONT COVER Hilton Garden Inn Akron . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 Historic Onesto, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Historic Zoar Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119 Holiday Inn Canton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Houston Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 Krassas Event Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112 Kent State Hotel & Conference Center . . . . . 105

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46 La Pizzeria Ristorante & Banquet Facility . . . . . . 35 Lock 15 Brewing Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 McKinley Grand Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 Musica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 New Center, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Nuevo Modern Mexican . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Occasions Party Centre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Peter Allen Inn & Event Center . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Quaker Station at the University of Akron . . . . 120 Ray's Place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 Roses Run Country Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Sable Creek Golf Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107 Sheraton Suites Akron/Cuyahoga Falls . BACK COVER Shisler Conference Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Silver Lake Country Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 Springlake Party Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 St. Barbara Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119 St. George Fellowship Centre . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Tangier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 TJ's Restaurants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Tozzi’s on 12th . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 Trailhead Event Space . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Uncorked Wine Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Venue Banquets, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Walsh University . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119 Water’s Edge Vineyard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94

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ACME Fresh Market Floral . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Beloved Floral Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Bouquet Shop, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Circle City Flowers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 Dietz Falls Florist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 Graceful Wedding Company . . . . . . . . . . . 101 Nikki’s Perfect Petal Designs . . . . . . . . . . . 119 Pretty Petals Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119 Timeless Moments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 White & Walnut . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118

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AA Executive Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 ACME Fresh Market Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Bistro on Main . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 Buehler's Fresh Foods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 HT Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Old Carolina Barbecue Company . . . . . . . . 103 Robert J. Events & Catering . . . . . . . . . . . 112

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Cipriano Productions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Dusk Till Dawn DJs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 Rock The House Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Russell Sound Lab Wedding DJs . . . . . . . . . 119 Silver & Strings Trio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 Sound Waves Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . 92

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Graham River Productions . . . . . . . . . . . . 111 Just Perfect Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103

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All Events Rental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . All Occasions Party Rental . . . . . . . . . . . . . Elegant Ice Creations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Event Lighting Design Group . . . . . . . . . . . . L’Nique Specialty Linen Rental . . . . . . . . . . . Lehman’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Miller’s Party Rental Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rock The House Entertaiment . . . . . . . . . . . Sitting Pretty Linens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Wedding Consultants

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Brittney Nichole Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Invitations by Kate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Pink Tomato Creative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 6

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ACME Fresh Market Cakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Chocolates by Erin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 Custom Cake Creations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 Natalie’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 Olive My Heart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Reeves Cake Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 Tiffany's Bakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111 West Side Bakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

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Moonlite Limo Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119

Honeymoon

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AAA Travel Agency Akron . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107 Donna’s Premier Lodging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 LoveShack Vacations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 UnlimitedTrips. com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117

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10% Discount Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 Today’s Bride Wedding Show . . . . . . . . . . . 59

Don Drumm Studios & Gallery . . . . . . . . . . 110 Union Home Mortgage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119

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Today’s brides are incredibly committed to finding the perfect gown — as is made evident by the range of choices available in bridal shops! Each bride has a very unique vision of what her wedding will be like and is looking for that one dress that will set the tone for the entire day. So what do you need to know? When should you start? Where should you go, and what can you expect once you get there? Read on for the answers to your most pressing questions!

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When should I start my gown shopping? Nine to twelve months before your wedding is an ideal time for shopping as it’s best to have about six months to spare for fittings and (sometimes multiple) alterations. If you have less than six months to work with, start shopping right away!

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How can I prepare for my rst gown shopping experience? You’ll want to start by looking at magazines, bridal websites, and yes, Pinterest to get an idea of what you’re drawn to in terms of style, shape, and attitude. Be sure to bring those photos to your first appointment; the overall feel — romantic, modern, beachy — is the key piece your consultant needs to pull a range of dresses that might work. Less excitedly – but more importantly – you’ll need to have a budget in mind. Most brides spend about 10 percent of their overall wedding budget on their dress, but consider this a starting point. You may need to stick to a hard-and-fast number, but you may also be able to increase your gown spending and scale back in other places.

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1. Casablanca Bridal - Style 2234 available at Lavender Bridal Salon and Saroli's Bridal Boutique 2. Essense of Australia Style D2126 available at The Dress Bridal Boutique and Doreen Leaf Designs 3. David's Bridal - Style MS251173 available at David's Bridal 4. Essense of Australia - Style D2031 available at Doreen Leaf Designs and The Dress Bridal Boutique 5. Casablanca Bridal - Tulip available at Lavender Bridal Salon and Saroli's Bridal Boutique

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Where should I go? Chances are you have a ton of fabulous bridal shops right in your own backyard! If you have specific designers in mind, find out which local stores carry them. Before you shop, you might like to check out reviews for your potential shops, as well as take notes on whether they advertise in any major bridal magazines, wedding shows, or local publications. Advertising displays a commitment to their business and usually means they’ll be here tomorrow to deliver on the promises they made today. Try to limit your gown shopping to three or four different salons, as it’s easy to forget which gowns you tried on where. Most places don’t operate on a walk-in basis so be sure to call ahead for an appointment at least two weeks in advance.

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Who should I bring with me? On reality shows, brides tend to bring a whole crew of friends and family members to join in on the shopping fun. And every time, you can count on there being tons of drama.

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The takeaway? Less is more when it comes to companions. Otherwise, you’ll spend too much time trying on gowns your party picked out and steering the conversation back to what you want. We’d suggest bringing no more than two or three people with you. It could be those whose input means the most to you, or you might even use this as a pre-wedding bonding event and invite your mom, best friend, and mother-in-law. If you can’t imagine not including all of your friends, try inviting them to your final fitting — and then make a dramatic entrance for the big reveal! 1. Casablanca Bridal - Style 2264 available at Lavender Bridal Salon and Saroli's Bridal Boutique 2. Martina Liana - Style 791 available at The Dress Bridal Boutique 3. Maggie Sottero - Kirstie available at Doreen Leaf Designs 4. David's Bridal Style CR341667 available at David's Bridal 5. Sophia Tolli by Mon Cheri - Style Y11552 available at Saroli's Bridal Boutique

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Any tips for helping me nd “the one”? Keep an open mind. Many times, brides choose dresses that look nothing like the pictures they bring in, so try on everything — even if it doesn’t look like “you.” Remember that it’s the consultant’s job to match you with styles you’ll like — so give her the benefit of the doubt and prepare to be pleasantly surprised. With that said, you also shouldn’t let a pushy salesperson (or your mom) sweet-talk you into a gown you don’t love. Be sure to jot down style numbers and even snap a few photos as you try on – it will help you remember the dresses you loved as well as where you found them.

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Do you have any other shopping tips for me? As a matter of fact, we do! When it comes to payment, keep in mind that most shops require a 50 percent deposit with the balance due either at your first fitting or when you pick up the dress. Be wary of any shop that asks for more than 50 percent before the dress comes in. ❤ 1. Stella York - Style 6285 available at Lavender Bridal Salon 2. Essense of Australia - Style D1934 available at Doreen Leaf Designs and The Dress Bridal Boutique 3. Mikaella Bridal - Style 2061 available at The Dress Bridal Boutique 4. David's Bridal - Style XS8491 available at David's Bridal 5. David's Bridal Style CWG748 available at David's Bridal

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As a mom, you have been the main support system for your daughter or son throughout their life. You wiped their tears on the first day of kindergarten, you kissed away the pain when they fell off their bike, and you shared in their joy whenever they succeeded. As their wedding day approaches, you will, once again, focus your world around supporting them emotionally, mentally, and financially. Try to remember, though, that this wedding day is about you, too! Every guest's eyes will be on you as you enter the ceremony and as you make your announcement at the reception. It's important to find a gown that flatters your sense of style and complements the essence of the wedding day. Wow the wedding guests by using these tips when shopping for your gown!

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Consider the Celebration As you’re shopping, it’s especially important to keep in mind the location, the time of day, and the type of wedding — all of which will dictate the formality required. An evening wedding requires long, formal gowns in subdued shades. An afternoon wedding, on the other hand, allows for shorter, more playful gowns in brighter colors.

Start Early Aim to make a decision at least one month before the wedding — definitely more if you’re trying to coordinate with the mother-of-the-groom or others in the wedding party. Be sure to allow even more time for a gown that requires special ordering. Every manufacturer is different, but a good rule of thumb is to allot 12-16 weeks for a special order.

Color Cohesive The key thing to remember is that you’ll want to complement (and not clash with) the day’s color scheme. You shouldn’t match the bridal party so much that someone mistakes you for the Maid-of-Honor, but you shouldn’t look like a wedding crasher, either. Consider choosing a gown in the same palette as the bridal party (such as, wearing a plumcolored gown if the bridesmaids are in lilac or lavender).

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Traditionally, you’d want to avoid anything in white, ivory, champagne, black, and red. These are becoming more acceptable as traditions shift, but awareness as you shop is always key. Metallics, navy, and jewel tones are all beautiful and safe bets for mother’s attire, but if you have concerns, be sure to ask the soon-to-be-weds for their input.

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Well-Coordinated 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 conflict. 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. Alternatively, the bride could go shopping with each of you and relay any guidelines. ❤

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All available at Vera’s Ladies Apparel: 1. Madelina Gardner New York - Style 71313 2. Daymor Couture - Style 164 3. Daymor Couture - Style 371 4. Montage by Mon Cheri - Style 116942 5. Montage by Mon Cheri - Style 215911 6. Madelina Gardner New York - Style 71307

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Choosing who will stand beside you as you say “I Do” can be difficult, but what's even more challenging is finding a dress that fits all of their figures, styles, and budgets. While going bridesmaid dress shopping may seem like a great way for your girls to bond, it can often get overwhelming. Some girls may feel like their opinion is being ignored, they may agree on a dress that doesn’t fit your vision, or one may not be able to afford the cost of the dress you end up choosing. Managing your bride tribe means dealing with some drama, but if you keep in mind your bridesmaids’ feelings, a budget, and your timeline, you’ll be shopping like a pro. Christina Wu - Styles (left to right) 22731, 22732 available at American Commodore Dress Shoppe and Lavender Bridal Salon

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The Bridesmaid Budget Though it’s not the most glamorous of topics, determining your bridal party members’ budget is certainly one of the most important. Don’t put off having this conversation as it will enable you to search for bridesmaid gowns that fall in the right price range. We recommend doing so individually at least a few weeks — if not a few months — before bridesmaid gown shopping takes place. If one or more of your girls isn’t able to afford the dress you decide on, try to be flexible. Luckily, bridesmaids today have a variety of gorgeous options available at any price point. Is there any way you could open up your options to include dresses in a similar color palette and style? If you really have your heart set on a particular dress, ask yourself if there are other costs you could pick up — such as hair, makeup, or shoes — that will help alleviate some of the spending for your bridesmaids.

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Shop Early and Often You should start shopping for your bridal party at least seven to eight months before the big day. Not only will this timeline reduce stress for you and your girls, but it will also make it more likely for you to score a deal through a sale or trunk show. For your first appointment, we’d recommend that you don’t take your entire bridal party into the shop. Instead, go in with your mother and/or Maid-of-Honor and have them help you narrow down your choices based on the research you’ve done. Once you’ve decided on a few favorites, bring the rest of your ‘maids in (during a timeslot you schedule with your shop beforehand) to try on your selections and weigh-in on their favorites. After making your final bridesmaid dress selection (or selections!), be sure to have your girls put their order in at least four months before the big day — which allows three months for it to come in and another month for fittings and any alterations needed.

1 1. Watters - Style #9543 available at The Dress Bridal Boutique 2. Mori Lee - Style 11100 available at Doreen Leaf Designs 3. Christina Wu - Style 22739 available at American Commodore Dress Shoppe and Lavender Bridal Salon 4. Watters - Style #9361 available at The Dress Bridal Boutique

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1. Christina Wu - Style 22712 available at American Commodore Dress Shoppe and Lavender Bridal Salon 2. Chrisina Wu - Style 22737 Available at American Commodore Dress Shoppe and Lavender Bridal Salon 3. David's Bridal - Style F19328M available at David's Bridal 4. David's Bridal - Style f17063 available David's Bridal 5. Allure - Style 1474 available at American Commodore Dress Shoppe and Doreen Leaf Designs

Please note: Some styles (even those pictured) may not be readily available to try on at store locations. Please call ahead if you have your heart set on a particular gown style.

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Let's face it — when the couple stands up at the altar to say their “I Do’s”, everyone is looking at the bride and drooling over her stunning gown. You may not be the center of attention, but the only eyes that matter — your soon-to-be-wife's — will be locked on you. Make sure to greet her in style! Whether you opt for the classic three-piece tuxedo, or choose a more casual suit, sport a timeless windsor knot or rock a bow-tie, grooms have a lot of options available to them! Choosing the right shop and getting the best fit can be just as difficult for the groom as it is for the bride. If you use these handy tips when shopping for your style, you can be sure the bride will want to sprint down the aisle to stand next to someone looking so good!

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The Perfect Fit No matter how nice the tuxedo looks on the hanger, guys should choose their formalwear based on these standards for size and comfort: The jacket should feel comfortable at the neck and shoulders, and fasten easily. Also, try standing and sitting with it buttoned. The shirt should fit snugly around the neck, shoulders, and waist. About ¼ inch to ½ inch of your shirt’s cuff should show below the jacket sleeve. Your trousers should button with ease and feel good when you sit. Many styles have adjustable waistbands, or you can opt for suspenders. The hem should break just over your shoe tops. 1

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Vest buttons should line up with the front of your jacket, and the vest should button comfortably across your chest. The bottom should slightly overlap the trouser waistband. The vest’s waist usually adjusts with a slide strip for a good fit. If you haven’t checked your shoe size in some time, have them measured by an expert. Remember that the best time to try on shoes is at the end of the day, because if your feet swell at all, they’ll do it then. It's better for shoes to be too roomy than too tight. Always try on a tie before buying or renting one. It should fit snugly around your collar. And remember: no clip-ons! ❤

1. Sabrina Hall Photography 2. David Corey Photography 3. Klodt Photography 4. OH Snap! Photography.

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aptured at the right time in the right place, photographs can convey a message of love; so your wedding photos should reflect your love story. Hiring the perfect photographer for your special day will ensure that your memories are captured as a piece of art, forever. The Prep Work Researching to find the right photographer to fit your wedding style is no joke! Luckily for you, we’ve outlined three steps to make it simple. 1. Before you set out to find that perfect photographer, you’ll want to have key information booked and ready to discuss – including your wedding date and locations for the ceremony and reception. 2. Take a moment to learn about photography styles, then think about which one best suits the style of your wedding. Most photographers will have portfolios or online galleries, so browse their images for a style you like (learn more about photography styles at www.TodaysBride.com/styles). Or, meet photographers and view their portfolios on-the-spot when you attend a Today’s Bride Wedding Show! 3. Compile a list of your favorite photographers and interview the most promising candidates. This is the best way to assess their past work, their personalities, and what they have to offer you. To truly make an informed choice, meet with at least three candidates and plan on visiting them in person. Photographers have styles they may favor, but ideally your photographer should want to work with your vision to get the best results.

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Points to Ponder When deciding on your photographer, consider these points before making your decision: Evaluate the value of your photographer — not just the price, but the quality of the images that the professional will produce. After all, these images will be displayed and shared with generations of family, so they should be memorable and timeless. Photography is such an important aspect of the day; if you splurge on anything, this is the service to do so. Hire a photographer who specializes in weddings, as they’ll be more experienced in timing and procedures and may have even shot weddings at your ceremony or reception locations before. They’ll 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.

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Never assume that a photographer’s services are out of your price range simply by the quality of their work. Tell the photographer your budget up front and see if they can accommodate it. of the wedding; it’s a rather involved task that requires a great deal of planning and skill. Hire someone who will prepare, coordinate, and communicate every aspect along the way. Ask who will actually be documenting your day — you don’t want the unwelcome surprise of ending up with a photographer you’ve never met before.

handle any situation. Plus, they’ll have a written contract to protect your investment and ensure you’re getting exactly what you want. You might be surprised to know that most couples don’t actually own their wedding photos, meaning that they aren’t able to freely share or print their images without permission. As the

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day and how you’ll access your photos upon completion. Some packages may include a wedding album full of your best portraits while others may simply provide you with login access to an online collection. Once you’ve drawn up plans with your photographer, make sure that you confirm all of the details of the service within a contract. Keep in mind that, depending on what type of package you get, costs will range. Photographers price their work in different ways, so make sure you’re asking each candidate how he or she is coming up with their numbers.

Make a Wedding Day Plan Once you’ve made your final decision, there are a few details you and your photographer should hammer out together. Decide which shots are must-haves for you and your fiancé, and which shots you don’t mind leaving out. Discuss your sites and, if possible, visit them with the photographer ahead of time to scout prime settings. Try to go at the time of day that you will hold your ceremony/reception so you can see how the light falls.

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. Given the extent to which your photographer will be present and involved in your wedding, it’s a good idea to find someone who’s both enthusiastic about shooting weddings and a pleasure to be around. Which of your choices do you feel has the ability to draw smiles and poses out of people for hours? Who do you and your fiancé feel the most comfortable around? This is especially important, as you’ll be spending your entire day – and some of your more intimate and private moments – with your photographer. It’s best to find someone who makes you feel secure and comfortable.

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If you’ve ever considered going the friend/family member route, there are a hundred reasons why you shouldn’t. First, your loved ones should be able to truly enjoy your day, not work it. Beyond that, a true wedding photographer will have the experience, the professional equipment, and the right training to

creator of the images, your photographer holds the copyright, so it’s always a good idea to ask about their policy during your initial consultation. Gather details about packages and pr ice points. Typically, packages vary by the number of hours a photographer will be present on your wedding

When you plan the schedule for your wedding, don’t forget about your photography. If you’ve decided not to do a first look, make sure you allot plenty of time for a variety of shots between the ceremony and the reception. Depending on how big your family and wedding party are, and how many poses you have in mind, this process could take up to 90 minutes. If your reception is at a different location, we suggest scheduling no less than 45 minutes for photos and whatever time you need to travel to your reception venue. ❤ 1. Klodt Photography (p. 28) 2. OH Snap! Photography (p. 30) 3. LMAC Photography (p. 30) 4. Black Dog Photo Co. (p. 30) 5. David Corey Photography (p. 30)

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If you’re considering excluding engagement photos from your photography package, we have a lot of reasons to convince you otherwise (besides documenting what a good-looking couple you are!). First, it’s a great way for you and your fiancé to get more comfortable in front of the camera. You’ll eliminate any camera-shy jitters and learn more about how your photographer operates. Second, your photographer can get a better idea of your comfort level and your best angles, which will result in better pictures on your wedding

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day! Third, these photos can come in handy when you’re creating your wedding website, sending your save-the-dates, or creating a unique guest book or table numbers. This is a great opportunity to express your love for each other and share it with the people you love most. Get creative with your shots by showcasing things you both love (like Cleveland sports or your alma mater), or shooting at multiple locations (like the place you met or the lake behind your house) to make your photos even more special. �

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Flawless Finish

Feeling gorgeous on your wedding day is just as important as finding the perfect dress or booking your reception venue. Below, we’re answering your most pressing questions on perfecting your bridal beauty routine! Timeline Planning up to a year in advance ensures enough time for you and your stylist to choose your wedding day look and test it out. If you only have a few months to prepare, book deep conditioning treatments, facials, manicures, and trial hair sessions to feel comfortable and fabulous for your wedding day.

Appointment Prep Go into your appointment with a vision of yourself that you can share with your beauty professionals. With your ideas and their expertise, you’ll merge your inspiration into the perfect wedding day look.

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top-knot will set the scene. Keeping the style you’re going for in mind will tie all the details together.

Professional Makeup Artists We know it’s tempting to save money by planning to do your own makeup, but a professional is trained to deliver a flawless finish. By using only the best products, a professional can ensure that your makeup will stay in place all day (and night!) long. It’s important for your makeup to stand out in photographs but still allow you to look natural; a qualified makeup artist can do just that.

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You can model your look after Pinterest inspiration, a photo from a magazine, or your favorite celebrity, but focus primarily on what you love about yourself. First, choose your favorite photo of yourself and decide what you love about your own look. Is it the dewey glow of your skin or the way your hair falls? Use that knowledge to figure out your must-have style staples. Enhance your unique characteristics before looking to others for inspiration. Your wedding day is all about you! Take advantage of any opportunity to show off your favorite features.

If you want to look and feel your absolute best on your big day, start by planning weekly and monthly goals. Steam-room yoga classes, walking the dog, or a jog through the Metroparks all benefit brides by relieving stress and toning your muscles. Choosing healthier meal options — as well as focusing on portion control — will ensure a gown that fits perfectly and a more energized bride-to-be! Skip any “quick-fix” diets or exercise programs, as they can lead to long-term health problems!

Choosing a Beauty Style

Set aside some “me-time” to plan and prep for your desired wedding-day look. By hiring a professional, consulting with your stylist, and highlighting your favorite features you will look and feel fabulous for this special day! ❤

Let’s start with the overall theme of your wedding. Are you planning nautical nuptials? If so, consider a bronze palette and loose waves. If a hip downtown hotspot is your venue, a bold lip with a sophisticated

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Weddings tend to be an emotional event. Though ceremonies can differ in detail, the meaning behind the words spoken and the love shared between bride and groom are a constant presence. Adding one or more of the following customs to your program can enhance the heartwarming emotion of the wedding ceremony. Unity Candle Lighting: A popular choice for religious and non-religious ceremonies, lighting a unity candle combines the flames from two slender candles (called tapers) to create a single flame on a larger, central candle. Typically, the bride and groom each hold one taper that they bring together to create one flame; if family is important to you and your fiancĂŠ, consider having both sets of parents join you at the altar with their own tapers. The two tapers represent your individual lives and families uniting into one through marriage.

The Unity Sand: With similar meaning as the unity candle, unity sand compliments a couple’s individuality. Pouring two containers simultaneously into one represents the couple’s new union and a life devoted to each other. Just like you and your significant other will never be parted, once combined, the sand is impossible to separate. Planning beachside nuptials? This particular ritual is a must! 38

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Engagement Party announced your upcoming nuptials, and and Bridal Shower You’ve just said “yes” and

now your friends and family are already planning celebratory parties. Whether the celebrations commence with an engagement party, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, or bachelor/bachelorette party, find comfort in the fact that you won’t be putting much work into planning these early events! If you want to steer your loved ones in the right direction when party planning, let these pre-wedding

Should I have an engagement party or a bridal shower? An engagement party is a fabulous way to share the excitement of your pending marriage with friends and family! While this party offers time to introduce family members to your fiancé, the bridal shower is traditionally exclusive to the bride and her female family members and friends. The engagement party is typically thrown a few weeks after the proposal, while the bridal shower is planned for two to three months before the wedding date. Therefore, if you have a short engagement — a year or less — consider only throwing one party or the other.

Helpful Hint! It is not appropriate to include registry information on your wedding invites. Be sure to include it in the bridal shower invitations, as it is a gift-giving occasion!

event Q&A’s assist you. Who plans these parties? The planning guidelines are lenient when it comes to location and hosting responsibilities. Traditionally, the bride’s parents organize the engagement party; these days, however, anyone close to the family — like a relative or friend — can assume the role. For the bridal shower, generally the bridal party — led by the Maid-of-Honor — plan and execute the day’s events. 42

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What is a Wedding Show? You’ve seen the signs, and you’ve heard your engaged friends gushing about all the beautiful gowns they saw at the Today’s Bride Show. But what exactly is it? A fashion show? A presentation with multiple speakers? Simply put, a Today’s Bride Show is a wedding shopping experience where you can meet with Northeast Ohio’s premier wedding professionals to get advice, special deals, and inspiration! We think of it as a bride’s “happy place” where they can go to see their Pinterest wedding board come to life. A wedding show is a definite must when you are planning your special day. Not only do you have access to booths upon booths of experts just waiting to answer your questions and help you execute the perfect wedding, but you also get to view the latest bridal fashions, try out some of your favorite caterers’ and bakeries’ samples, and get inspired by emerging wedding trends in decor, photography, hair, makeup, flower arrangements, table settings, and so much more! Bring your friends, bridal party, mom, or fiancé to help you plan your wedding all under one roof! ❤

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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. 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.

Where should we hold the dinner? 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!

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Where you decide to have the rehearsal dinner depends on the budget of whoever is throwing it, who is in attendance, and what kind of party the host envisions.

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. The bride may follow with a toast to her groom and his family, but it is not common. You should make sure that all guests are introduced to one another, either by formal introductions or 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 is your party 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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BEST. IDEA. EVER. Top 5 Tips for Planning a Bachelorette Party to Remember

Keep the Bride’s Interests in Mind Bar crawls, jet setting to Vegas, a weekend glamping trip, or a spa getaway – the possibilities are endless! The Maid/ Matron-of-Honor and bridal party should ask themselves one important question when planning the festivities: What would the bride really want?

Get the Guest List from the Bride The bride doesn’t have many responsibilities when it comes to planning the bachelorette party. Just be sure to get a guest list from her of people she will feel comfortable “letting loose” with — sorority sisters? Yes! Her boss? Probably not. If there are concerns

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about inviting someone, it’s best to leave them off the list and enjoy their presence on the wedding day.

Timing is Everything The bachelorette party should be on an evening close to the big day, but it definitely should not fall on the night before the wedding. The bride probably doesn’t envision hungover bridesmaids or arriving late to her own wedding. Consider scheduling it for the weekend before the big day.

Take Budget into Account While it’s important to take the bride’s vision into account, the host(s) should

also consider the budget of the girls who are attending. If you’ll be staying overnight somewhere, going to dinner, and/or renting transportation, be sure to include the price when extending an invite.

Don’t Underestimate the Element of Surprise Given all the planning the bride and groom have put into the details of their wedding, it’s safe to say it’d be a welcomed surprise to not have to make decisions for another event! Ask the bride to trust you to know her expectations, and then take the reins! ❤

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Tying the Knot: This sentimental ritual perfectly complements any nautical themed union. Literally “tying the knot,” the couple works together to bind a rope signifying strength and support. We recommend the Fisherman’s Knot because, like marriage, it grows stronger under pressure. This ritual is super sweet and makes for a romantic keepsake that reminds couples to stay strong when times get hard. The Blessing Stone: This ritual usually takes place at the end of a ceremony held by the water. Each guest is given a stone as they arrive and are expected to hold it throughout the ceremony, infusing them with love and good wishes. At the end of the ceremony, guests are invited to move to the water’s edge for the casting of the stones. The ripples represent the love and good wishes for both the couple and the attendees. While this is perfect for an outdoor ceremony site, there are variations that use a vase to gather the stones if your ceremony is indoors. Overall, this is a great way to include everybody in attendance.

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Helpful Hint! Personal vows are a great way to increase the emotion of the moment! so they had to create their own customs and traditions to mark this special occasion among themselves. Others would lay a broom on the floor and the new couple would jump over it together, symbolizing the start of their life together.

Potting a Plant: In this custom, the seeds you plant as a married couple represent the beginning of your new life. The more care and attention you give to your plant, the more it will strengthen and blossom — just like your relationship. Taking soil from meaningful places such as your home's yard, the place where you met, or your first vacation spot will make the moment you see a bud sprout even more special. ❤ 1. David Corey Photography 2. Kim Lind Photography

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Whether you’re having an informal garden ceremony or a traditional church wedding, you’ll want the perfect music to say “I Do” to. Prelude Music – As doors open and guests filter into the ceremony space, this light, ambient melody will accompany them to their seats. Soft and subtle, this music allows guests to mingle as they wait for the bride’s entrance. Your professional musicians should be able to suggest prelude pieces to fit the mood you want.

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If you’re less focused on tradition, choose a contemporary song that is special to you and your fiancé – perhaps the first song you danced to or lyrics that reflect your relationship. Processional Music – The processional music plays as the wedding party walks down the aisle. Typically, the song will

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transition into Wagner’s “Bridal Chorus” when the bride makes her entrance, but some brides will choose to shock their guests by strutting down the aisle to a funky or contemporary favorite that everyone is sure to remember! Interludes – During quieter moments — such as a candle lighting ceremony, after the exchanging of vows, or between readings — interludes provide an understated elegance and are the perfect accompaniment to romantic reflections. Recessional Music – Played as you recede back up the aisle, this tune should have meaningful lyrics and an upbeat melody that mirrors your joy at having said “I Do.” ❤

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RECEPTIONS OH Snap! Photography

You may be hosting a garden barbeque of less than 100 guests or a grand gala for 300 – in either case, the key to a great party comes down to one important factor: the location! Choosing a wedding venue may seem like an intimidating decision right now. You need a place that fits your budget, accommodates your guests, and most of all, suits your wedding style. But rest assured: whether you’re a nature lover, a modernist, or a hopeless romantic, Northeast Ohio has the perfect wedding venue for you..

Where do I begin? One of the best ways to begin is by figuring out your style and asking yourself what kind of mood you want to create for your big day. Do you want something totally casual or incredibly elegant? Come up with two to three words that describe what you’re envisioning. Additionally, you and your fiancé can better determine your style by paying attention to your daily life. What’s the style of your home decor? What do you like to do in your spare time? There is no reason to give up what you love on your big day; in fact, you should be celebrating it! The small touches that make the wedding all about the two of you will also make the wedding memorable for your guests. Take some time to discuss your vision 46

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with your fiancé, and write out your wants and needs. Once you have an idea of what style works for you both, you’ll be able to find a venue to match.

What can I do to prepare before setting up venue tours? Ultimately, knowing how many people you want to invite is crucial when picking a location. It’s also helpful to have some idea of the details your reception will include; a spot that normally works for 150, for example, might only fit 100 if you want to have a large dance floor and/or a band. Then you’ll need to determine your budget. Venues typically charge per guest, so prepare a draft of your guest list and determine how much money you reasonably want to spend on each guest. Remember that you’ll spend around READ MORE AT TODAYSBRIDE.COM


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50 percent of your wedding budget on your reception. Once you have an idea of your budget and the number of guests you’ll be able to focus on venues that fit your parameters. Finally, please do yourself a favor and take the time to compare the sites in-person. Simply calling a possible reception site for a price quote does not show you what you’re getting for your money. Walking through the venue with your fiancé will help you visualize the details of your dream wedding coming together in the perfect setting.

How many venues should we look at? Your reception venue needs to do so much: represent your style, be available when you need it, and fit your budget. But even with those restrictions, you’ll probably still have a sizeable list of places to consider. Your best bet is to check out at least three (but usually no more than six) venues in person so you’re able to easily compare sites. Keep track of each venue and try to schedule your tours close together (for instance, one whole weekend) so you can have a fresh memory of your visits.

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While it’s tempting to just drop by a venue, it’s never a good idea. The catering staff might not be available to show you around and answer all of your questions on the spot. Make an appointment and plan to spend at least an hour at each space. Keep in mind that it’s best to visit each venue around the actual

hours of your event, as it will allow you to see how the space looks naturally lit.

What should we look for as we’re considering venues? First impressions are everything! When you begin checking out potential sites, note how each location makes you feel

the second you walk in. One of the first things you’ll want to make note of is whether the site is large enough to accommodate the number of people on your list. The space may look large enough when it’s empty, but wedding essentials – like tables, chairs, a buffet, a bar, the band or DJ setup, and the dance

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floor – can take up a lot of space. Not to mention your guests, who will need some elbow room to move around comfortably, too. The best way to assess the size of a site is to visit while another wedding is being set up. Of course, if you decide you must have your wedding at your sentimental - yet smaller - favorite spot, you can always work backwards and tailor your guest list to match the venue capacity. Additionally, keep in mind your must-haves. Do you require an indoor/ outdoor facility? Or maybe your vision won’t be complete without a view of the water. Key factors like these can make your decision a lot easier when visiting possible venues.

the videographer? Whether it’s the city skyline or a beautiful body of water behind you, exceptional landmarks always make for definite eye candy. If there’s no view per se, look to the venue’s decor or architectural details to add a little personality and drama to your reception site. If you’re considering a certain theme and color palette for your party, take that into consideration as well. The site doesn’t have to be done in the exact colors as your planned decorations, but the walls, carpets, chairs, and curtains shouldn’t clash with your party’s theme, either. Quick tip: you can always incorporate your theme with up-lighting, linens, centerpieces, and accent decor.

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much time is allotted between bookings; there should be, at the very least, one hour between events. If the room is partitioned, find out what sort of group will be next door. If you’re having a daytime celebration in a public spot such as a park or garden, be prepared for strangers to trek past. They may even smile, wave, or come by to offer their good wishes. If this is okay with you, go for the park. If not, ask about privacy options, or opt for a lovely lawn on a private estate.

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When touring a facility, be sure to look around thoroughly and meet the staff. You may even want to see how your waiters and waitresses will be dressed. Also, make sure you know who the contact person will be for your event (i.e. the wedding coordinator, the catering manager, etc.). Get their name in writing as well as the name of an acceptable substitute.

How do I get an idea of what is included with our venue package? Select venues have their own tables, caterers, and pre-approved staff, and many provide chairs and linens. With other

spaces, you’ll need to rent all of these amenities. Not all venue packages are created equal; be sure to ask your site coordinator what is considered “extra.” If you plan on bringing in outside services, you’ll want to find out what limitations there may be as well what time you or your supplier can come in to set up.

We found the one! Now, how do we book? Usually a verbal confirmation is enough to hold the space for a day or two. Then you’ll be expected to pay a deposit and sign a formal contract outlining all the details of the reception package. Deposits aren’t always refundable, so find out before you sign the contract. Don’t be afraid to ask questions- that’s the reason you went to visit the hall in the first place! If the staff isn’t interested in helping with your concerns, chances are they won’t be interested in helping you have the wedding reception you want. The better informed you are, the more comfortable you’ll feel with your choice. ❤ 1. Sabrina Hall Photography, Inc. (p. 48) 2. Klodt Photography (p. 49) 3. LMAC Photography (p. 50)

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Despite what you may have heard, it is possible to have a beautiful wedding and stay within your budget! It all starts with the basics: Try a Friday, Sunday, or a Different Season You fina ly found the site you’ve always imagined, but the price tag for your dream June wedding is a bit high. Choosing the site of your dreams can still be within your budget if you are willing to be a bit exible with your date. The most popular wedding months traditionally fall between April and October. If you plan to marry during these peak times, you’ll need to keep an open mind, as your fi st choice may already be taken. Selecting a wedding date that’s “off-season” can bring about substantial savings and less competition for your preferred dates.

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Keep in mind that many venues and vendors will provide discounts for Friday and Sunday wedding receptions simply because these days aren’t always in high demand. Hosting a reception on a Friday evening or Sunday afternoon could allow you to have your party at your desired site with a considerable reduction in costs – and that’s money you can use for the honeymoon, your new home, or elsewhere!

Look for Free Decor Choose a place that has natural beauty — whether it’s wooded views, rivers and lakes, or a deck that overlooks the sunset. You can also take advantage of decorations that are already on site. Many

Keep in mind that many venues and vendors will provide discounts for Friday and Sunday wedding receptions simply because these days aren’t always in high demand. venues decorate for Christmas and leave it up through New Year’s, leaving you with cost-effective and fashionable decor for your wedding!

Do An Afternoon Brunch Instead of an elaborate evening event with a lavish sit-down dinner, consider

a sophisticated morning brunch reception or an elegant afternoon tea. These more intimate receptions mean a scaledback guest list, but allow for more time to actually interact with your guests. By being creative with a mid-day affair, you will be able to offer your guests a truly stylish and charming event. ❤

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nce you’ve made your decision on a reception site and an appropriate package, put everything in a written contract. Make sure you list the total price, including any deposits and payment schedules, as well as everything that will be included. Here are the critical points to review:

D Total cost & a line-item breakdown. D Amount of deposit & when it was paid. D Outstanding balance & when it’s due (a payment schedule). D Exact date & time of your wedding, as well as exact location. D Detailed list of everything the facility will provide (tables, chairs, linens, ampli ers, etc.).

D The name of the site representative who will be on hand on your David Corey Photography

wedding day and the name of an acceptable substitute.

D Proof of liability insurance & liquor license. D Cancellation/refund policy. D Anything else you agree to orally that you want to set in stone (special requests or accommodations, extra services, etc.). Not sure what to ask your event facility? Check out our list of must-ask questions in our Wedding Planner in the back of this issue! ❤

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Beating THE Elements HOW TO WEATHER-PROOF YOUR OUTDOOR WEDDING Remembering to grab your own umbrella is one thing, but it’s a much bigger task to worry about keeping your guests dry and entertained at an outdoor wedding. Sure, it’s impossible to know exactly what kind of weather your wedding day will bring. But with some planning, you can prevent bad weather from ruining your big day.

In case of heat D Y ou’ll need to weather-proof your makeup for a summer celebration – no bride wants to look back on her photos and see streaky foundation and sweaty brows. Talk to your stylist to come up with a look that works.

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DU  se fan-style programs – they’re creative and functional. DH  and out mini battery-operated fans as favors. Guests will defi itely appreciate the gesture on a muggy day!

D S erve beverages before and after the ceremony. Most guests won’t have

Informing your guests and vendors that you are having an outdoor wedding will allow them to appropriately prepare.

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time to stop and get a drink somewhere, but they might love to grab a lemonade on the way to their seats.

D S trategically place a few electric fans to blow over the crowd. DC  onsider getting air conditioning for an outdoor tent — especially if your guests will be dancing there.

D If your reception takes place during evening hours, the heat and lights in the tent could become a magnet for mosquitoes and other annoying insects. Your tent vendor may have suggestions on how to prevent this.

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In case of wind DH  ave hair spray and bobby pins on hand for your hair.

DD  esignate someone to smooth down your dress and veil, or consider purchasing veil and hem weights.

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oral arrangements with landscaping stakes to keep them from toppling over.

In case of cold DH  ave a shawl on hand for down time between shots.

DR  ent propane patio heaters to keep your guests warm.

DB  uy inexpensive umbrellas in your wedding colors for guests who forget to bring their own, or distribute among your bridal party for a fun photo-op!

DA  sk the coordinator at your ceremony/reception venue if they have an indoor back-up plan.

For any of the elements DA  party tent will keep your guests from getting rained on or sunburned. For a potentially windy or rainy day, choose a tent with walls. You always have the option to air condition or heat such tents, too.

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think coffee, tea, cocoa, and hot apple cider.

move an outdoor wedding indoors if conditions are too extreme.

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sitive to heat or cold. Your invites should clearly indicate that the reception is outdoors, so guests can dress accordingly.

D Y ou should inform all of your vendors that you’re having an outdoor wedding. Some vendors will want to take extra precautions, or use different equipment. ❤

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to you In order to keep your dance floor full, your guests will need proper sustenance. Here’s what you need to know to bring the best food to the table.

on which dishes you’d like to try, or may not charge for the service at all. Be sure to ask the price before scheduling your tasting, which you should book far enough in advance that you have the option of altering the menu.

When should we begin to search for a caterer?

you can consider which serving style fits best. Would a plated dinner be the most appropriate? What about a buffet, or even family style? The company you choose may have catered events at your venue before and may be able to advise you on which serving styles have been successful in the past. Above all, be open to new catering ideas you might not have considered before - like food stations or farm-to-table options!

Though you shouldn’t expect a complete overhaul of a dish’s recipe, don’t hesitate to make suggestions or ask if the chef can modify simple elements. If your guests have special dietary requests — like vegetarian or gluten-free options — be sure to mention it to your caterer early on. Some seasonal items you plan to serve may not be available at the time of the tasting, so you’ll have to trust your caterer with those dishes.

Is a taste test customary or considered an extra charge?

What do we need to know about our bar package?

Many caterers offer couples the opportunity to sit down and explore their culinary options with a taste test, though pricing may vary. While some include it in the price of the service when you book them, others charge based

Decide in advance how much you want to spend on alcohol and have an idea of what’s most important to you. Will you provide champagne for just the head table or for every guest? If you opt to include liquor, will you use

Start looking for a caterer early in your engagement – around eight or nine months prior to the wedding. This will give you plenty of time to research your options before making the final selection (which should be made four to five months before the reception date).

How can we prepare for our catering appointment(s)? Unless your wedding budget is unlimited, figuring out your guest count will certainly play a big part in deciding who to hire and what to serve. You’ll also want to determine the level of formality you want for your reception; from there,

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If a full bar is outside of your budget, consider having a soft bar that consists of beer, wine, and possibly a signature drink or two.

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well or premium brands? Typically it’s considered a faux pas to have a cash bar, so if you’re looking for a cheaper option, consider having a dry wedding or opting for a soft bar with just beer and wine options. When discussing the bar with your venue or caterer, find out what their standard bar package includes. If a full bar is outside of your budget, consider having a soft bar that consists of beer, wine, and a signature drink or two.

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Always know how you are being charged, as bar services price packages differently. If you have a full bar, you’ll be charged either by the drink (consumption) or by the bottle. If you are charged by the bottle, be sure to ask if you will receice a credit for par-

tial bottles or if you will be allowed to take home the bottles that have been opened. Also, find out how many bartenders will be on duty, whether there are any corkage fees, and whether the facility has liquor liability insurance.

How long should bar service be available at the reception? 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). You can save some money by requesting that the bar stop serving alcohol at a particular time, but you should make provisions for non-alcoholic beverages to be served until the reception is over. ❤ 1-3. Klodt Photography (pg. 60)

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Most people are under the impression that food stations are meant for larger, more extravagant weddings, but they’re perfect for smaller weddings, too! A smaller guest list will allow you to splurge on foods that might otherwise be outside of your budget. Here are our tips for making the most of the food station experience: • Aim for five or six stations around the room, each featuring a different cuisine or dishes from different cultures. • Consider theming the food – for example, it could reference your first date, honeymoon location, or hometown.

Fab Food Stations Are you and your fiancé total foodies? Want your guests to mix and mingle? Consider forgoing the traditional buffet or plated dinner, and instead, go with interactive and chic food stations! These stations are particularly fun for your wedding guests because it allows them to sample foods they may not have tried otherwise.

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• Be conscious of family traditions as well as dietary restrictions when making your final choices. Also keep in mind your catering company’s specialty dishes. • Interact with chef-attended stations, like hibachi or customized crepes. • You can create a non-traditional environment by including space to mingle and setting up a variety of lounge areas, or adjust a more traditional seating arrangement by including larger spaces between tables so guests can easily stroll from station to station. ❤

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efore they see the dress, witness the first kiss, or taste the cake, your guests will assess your wedding by what their eyes first behold — which makes decor one of the most important elements of your wedding planning. From ambient lighting to organza overlays, there’s a lot that goes into wedding decor. Chances are, you’ll have countless questions along the way. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most common decor questions and the answers you need to know! How do I go about choosing the decor for my wedding?

The first step in planning decor is to envision your wedding day. Start with picking out a color scheme and possibly a theme. Which colors do you gravitate toward? While a theme isn’t required, it could end up inspiring all of your decor details! When considering a theme, try not to overthink it; instead, choose something that you and your partner love in your everyday lives. Do you travel often? Think about using a map for your seating plan. If you both love to read, you could incorporate books into your centerpieces. Once you have those two elements in mind, you can start searching for photo inspiration. Keep track of all of your ideas with a wedding binder, Pinterest board, or both!

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How much is too much when it comes to decor? Picking out your decor is an exciting part of wedding planning, but it’s easy to gather too much inspiration and become overwhelmed by all of your ideas. To prevent this, give yourself a timeline for your research stage and then cut yourself off. As long as you choose elements that make you happy, you’ll end up with a beautiful wedding and you’ll keep yourself from drowning in the endless possibilities! 1

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Helpful Hint! When considering a theme, try not to overthink it; instead, choose something that you and your partner love in your everyday lives.

Should I rent or buy items for my wedding? Renting all the way! Not only is renting often a more economical solution, it also helps eliminate hours of searching, stress, and potential storage issues. And let’s be real – are all 50 of those rustic votive candle holders going to do anything besides collect dust after your wedding? You can also 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!

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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: Picasso prints on the walls, fine Persian rugs on the floors, or an amazing crystal chandelier as the room’s focal point will add that something extra to your reception.

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Finally, you’ll want to focus on elements that will have the biggest impact. Dramatic uplighting, a dance floor marquee, or a pillar of flowers is sure to set the scene and create the effect you want. ❤ 1. Klodt Photography (p. 68) 2. OH Snap! Photography (p. 68) 3. David Corey Photography (p. 68) 4. Leeann Marie Photography - All Occassions Party Rental/ Marbella Event Furniture and Decor Rental (p. 69)

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A PERSONAL TOUCH A D D A " W O W ! " FA C T OR WITH THE S E IMAGINITIVE ACCENT S.

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Linens They say the first impression is a lasting impression, so wow your guests with stunning reception tables! It’s important to put some thought into your linens, as they’re a major part of the reception decor. Many couples choose solid linens for their reception tables — a decision that is completely appropriate given the formality of the day. If your reception is more on the casual side, however, you might want to consider patterned linens. Prints — particularly stripes, plaids, floral, and geometric patterns — are popular in weddings right now.

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Today’s brides are also seeking out more textured linens, such as chiffon, rosettes, ruching, and ruffles. Lace remains a popular choice for vintage brides, while metallic and sequins are a new trend. If you really want to wow your guests, consider mixing patterns and textures! Short on budget? Patterned runners can add a lot of impact for a fraction of the cost of a full linen. Or, you might try alternating tables — some with bold, bright linens and others with textured runners — to create visual interest.

Tents Tents are the perfect solution for Northeast Ohio brides who prefer a little weather insurance for their big day, as well as a beautiful blank canvas for decor. Tents can be decorated however you imagine — a nice alternative to adapting your vision to a pre-existing space. Bonus: you can even add heat or air conditioning, depending on the season.

Ice Sculptures Whether you choose to go with something elegant like a hand carved monogram, or something functional like a martini luge, an ice sculpture can add that special touch of glamour to your reception.

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Uplighting Uplighting is the art of using light to create a gorgeous background. Through a lighting designer, you’ll be able to use pin spots to illuminate centerpieces, as well as the head table, and cake table. You can amp up the ambience and completely transform the venue with beams of rich color and exciting patterns.

Dance Floor Decor Ditch the idea of line dancing across whatever general floor comes with your venue. You can opt to go as simple

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as a little bit of illumination spotlighting the center of the room, to an extravagant customized motif.

Signage While wedding signage may not be a “new” idea, it has certainly increased in popularity. Whether they’re directing guests to the ceremony site or saving seats for the newlyweds, wedding signs are a fabulous source of functional decor. ❤ 1. Lang Thomas Photography 2. Elegant Ice Creations 3. LMAC Photography 4. Danielle Perelman Photography - All Occassions Party Rental / Marbella Event Furniture and Decor Rental

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It starts with a plan... We’re very passionate about the fact that on your wedding day you can either be the bride or the Wedding Planner, but it’s very difficult to be both. You want to be relaxed, excited, and living-in-the-moment on your wedding day – not rushing around perfecting final details and taking calls from your caterer! Wedding Planners ease your stress on the wedding day and handle all the small details so the only thing you have to worry about is enjoying your day!

Why Hire a Professional Wedding Planner: 3 S aves Time & Money It takes a lot of time to perfect a wedding. If you and your fiancé are handling all of the details, wedding planning can pile up and take attention away from all the once-in-a-lifetime moments you have left before you’re married. A Wedding Planner will free up more of your time so you can enjoy the months leading up to your wedding. Not only do they manage your budget and negotiate prices, they are also known for being able to get you special deals with certain vendors.

3 A dvises & Organizes A Wedding Planner knows exactly what works and what doesn’t, so he or she will be able to accurately advise you. Plus, a professional planner will keep you organized and on schedule. All you’ll have to worry about is saying "I Do!”

3 E xecutes Vision Dedicated to executing your wishes, needs, budget, scope of imagination, and more, a Wedding Planner works to make sure the vision in your head becomes a reality. Discussing and determining these factors will ensure a successful and beautiful wedding. ❤

PLANNING PACKAGES Wedding planning comes in many different shapes and sizes – and one size does not t all. Read over the most popular packages below to see which one is the best t for you. Full-Service Planning

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COVER FEATURE

s g n i d d e W Real Prepare your eyes for the insurmountable beauty, artistic photography, distinctly individual styles,

and the most beautiful displays of real love stories found in the following pages. As you flip through these inspiring pages, remember that the wedding of your dreams can be just as breathtaking and magical as these Real Weddings with the help of Today’s Bride vendors.

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Autumn Picnic STYLED SHOOT JEFF BRUMMET PHOTOGRAPHY

The biggest trend this wedding season is to accent your wedding with details that reflect your own love story! This season’s brides aren’t afraid to break away from tradition and show off their personalities. Dressing your bridesmaids in complementing, yet different dresses and adding a little color to your own gown are huge trends for that one-of-a-kind bride. Pair these with contrasting bouquets to create a look that’s uniquely yours. READ MORE AT TODAYSBRIDE.COM

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& n a h g e M Roberto FEBRUARY 13 • CLEVELAND KLODT PHOTOGRAPHY

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e k i M & a Dan MAY 7 • AKRON LMAC PHOTOGRAPHY

Today’s Bride partners who made it happen: Bridal Gown: The Dress Bridal Boutique Caterer & Reception Location: Hilton Akron/Fairlawn Gift Registry: Macy’s Lighting & Reception Entertainment: Selective Sound Entertainment Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse Transportation: Shima Limousine Service READ MORE AT TODAYSBRIDE.COM

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k n a r F & e Carri JULY 2 • CANTON DAVID COREY PHOTOGRAPHY

Today’s Bride partners who made it happen: Caterer, Ceremony Location, Reception Location, & Event Coordination: Gervasi Vineyard Ceremony Musicians & Reception Entertainment: Beach Boyz Entertainment  Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse Registry: Bed Bath & Beyond, Macy’s Videography: David Corey Photography 80

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Jessica Ernie & JULY 2 • CLEVELAND AJF PHOTOGRAPHY

Today’s Bride partners who made it happen:

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Jacki&e Nicholas JULY 9 • WADSWORTH OH SNAP! PHOTOGRAPHY

Today’s Bride partners who made it happen:

Bridal Gown: The Dress Bridal Boutique Bridesmaids’ Gowns: David’s Bridal  Decor: All Events Rental Gift Registry: Bed Bath & Beyond Men’s Attire: American Commodore Tuxedo Photo Booth: InFocus Photobooths, LLC 82

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Today’s Bride partners who made it happen: Bridal Gown: Lavender Bridal Floral: Nikki’s Perfect Petal Designs Invitations: Invitations by Kate Men’s Attire: Tuxedo Junction Reception Location: Gervasi Vineyard Videography: Elite Entertainment READ MORE AT TODAYSBRIDE.COM

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Styling with Invitations have become so much more than the standard “who,” “what,” “where,” and “when.” As the first indication of your wedding’s style, they set the tone for your guests’ expectations! Whether traditional, funky, or colorful, remember: it’s never too early to make a great first impression — and gorgeous invites are one of the best ways to do so! ❤

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In the Mail: An Invitation Timeline When it comes to mailing wedding invitations, etiquette requires invites to be sent out at least eight weeks prior to the wedding for out-of-town guests and for local guests, mail six weeks in advance. Here are some other time frames to consider:

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Invitation Etiquette

We get it: times change and wedding etiquette evolves. In the age of limitless e-mail and social media access, it can be more difficult than ever to decipher what is appropriate. Your invitations serve as the official announcement of your plans, so of course you want to make a great first impression! We’re here to help with a list of some of the dos and don’ts of wedding invitations. DON’T use labels: Sure, it’s easier to stick a pre-printed label right on the envelope, but it’s impersonal compared to a handwritten address. If you prefer a professional’s script, hire a calligrapher.

DO write out names in full: When addressing an envelope, write Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smith rather than Mr. and Mrs. Smith, or Miss Rachel Jacobson instead of Miss Jacobson. For more tips on how to properly address your invitations, check out our free printables on TodaysBride.com! DON’T dictate dress code: Some couples want to include “Black Tie” on the invite, but the ceremony invitation is not the place to do it. This is perfect information to include on your wedding website. If it seems essential to include this information, it can be added to the reception invitation card and placed in the lower right-hand corner.

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DO write out numbers for the year or time of the wedding: Though you shouldn’t write out the full number for a street address, when writing the 4-digit year and time of events make sure to expand it to a scripted numeral.

DON’T state that you’re having a child-free wedding: Leave the “adults only” off the invitation, and rely on word of mouth instead. The way the invitation is addressed, whether on the outside or inner envelope, indicates who is invited (and by omission, who is not).

DO omit any registry information: A wedding invite is not the proper place to put your registry information, as it implies the gift is more important to you than the guest is. Bridal Shower invitations, however, can include registry information, as it’s typically a gift-giving occasion. ❤ 1. Pink Tomato Creative 2. Invitations by Kate 3. Brittney Nichole Designs

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Let’s wed in Wayne County Ohio

has some of the most beautiful venues to throw the perfect wedding. From sleek city skylines to rustic country barns, scenic rolling hills, and grand historic buildings, Ohio offers every bride her ideal backdrop. Wayne County is right in the center of it all! Just a short drive from the bustle of Akron, Canton, and Cleveland yet surrounded by breathtaking views of far-off horizons, Wayne County offers brides a unique character and ambience that can't be found anywhere else.

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When planning any wedding, the most important aspect is to cater every detail to reflect your personality. This modern philosophy is embodied in nearly every wedding hosted in Wayne County. From vintage suitcases and antique furniture to hay bale seating and mason jar centerpieces, Wayne County has the facilities and professionals to make even the most trendsetting, Pinterest-worthy weddings a reality. But it’s not just the perfect location for a rustic chic wedding. The professionals here are some of the best in the industry! Constantly researching and perfecting the latest and greatest trends, these wedding experts can cater to any bride’s vision! When you’re planning your nuptials, remember, weddings in Wayne County are where tradition and style come together to make a beautiful marriage. ❤

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Perfect Petals

From the bouquet to the boutonniere, centerpieces to aisle decor, flowers play a significant role in creating a beautiful event. They help set a casual or elegant atmosphere with their vibrancy, fragrance, and design, all while reflecting you and your fiancé’s personality and style! Selecting your florist and creating arrangements that are Pinterest-worthy may seem like a daunting task, but we’ve made it easy by answering all of your burning questions!

What should I look for in a orist? Creating wedding arrangements are labor-intensive and time-consuming projects, so find a florist who specifically works in weddings. While researching potential florists, pay attention to their portfolios — after all, you’ll want to work with someone whose talents match the style you have in mind for your wedding.

When should I start my search? You should begin researching potential florists up to a year in advance and reserve your florist at least six to seven months before the wedding. If you’re getting married between October and March, you can have a little more time when it comes to booking; about three to six months is all that is necessary for weddings in the off-season.

What kind of prep-work should I do when it comes to orals?

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Before you meet with potential florists, have some ideas in mind regarding types of arrangements, and more specifically, which flowers you would like to see on your wedding day. Research which flowers correspond with your color scheme, and whether or not

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they’re in season at the time of your wedding. Keep in mind, just because a flower isn’t in season doesn’t mean you can’t have it in your bouquet – it just may cost a little extra. Attending a bridal show is an excellent way to see (and smell) a variety of arrangements up close!

How should I go about interviewing orists I’m interested in? After you find some great ideas, set up an introductory meeting with a few different florists to see samples of their work and photographs of weddings they’ve done in the past. This is a time when you’re absolutely going to want to bring the planner at the back of this magazine to help guide your conversation, make sure you ask the right questions, and get all the info you’ll need to make an informed decision. It’s also helpful to bring along pictures from books, magazines, or Pinterest boards that illustrate your ideas. Additionally, give your florist photos of your gown and your bridesmaids’ gowns, swatches of your color scheme, and pictures of your decor.

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Generally, the bouquet is selected based on the overall style and formality of the wedding ceremony. It could be as extravagant as a large array of cascading orchids or as simple as a single rose.

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By incorporating other materials — such as lace and crystal — in the bouquet, you can add a touch of whimsical sophistication to not only accompany, but enhance your overall arrangement.

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A bouquet should complement your wedding gown and your personality, and it should be proportionate to your body. Provide your florist with a photo of your dress, along with some color swatches and details about your wedding, and you’ll be sure to walk down the aisle with a bouquet that’s designed specifically for you.

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If you choose to have bridesmaids’ bouquets, they are typically smaller replicas of the bridal bouquet. Keep in mind, however, that flowers have the tendency to blend easily with the color of the gowns, so choose something that will stand out for photos.

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Don’t be afraid to experiment. You may fall in love with an accidental arrangement you created as you picked up stems of your favorite flowers at a local flower stand or florist shop. Make your bouquet unique and personal to you! ❤ 1. Sabrina Hall Photography 2. Red Balloon Photography 3. Klodt Photography

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ou don’t have to be “alternative” or pinching pennies to want a non-floral bouquet for your wedding. Maybe the usual bunch of flowers is just not what you had pictured. And that’s okay – because you have a lot of options! Here are a few unique and inspiring ideas to get your wheels turning:

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Paper Flowers Feathers Broach Bouquets Buttons Sea shells Pinwheels Whether you decide to add a stem or two to these options or create a bouquet completely one-of-a-kind, there are plenty of choices when it comes to being unique! ❤ 1. OH Snap! Photography 2. Red Balloon Photography 3. Boho Bridal

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Which are in? It’s all about the greenery! From seeded eucalyptus leaves to luscious succulents, brides are opting for a more natural, organic feel when creating their floral arrangements. Adorning tables, hanging from arches, floating in water-based centerpieces, or carried down the aisle, this trend is taking weddings by storm. Additionally, long-time favorites like roses, ranunculuses, peonies, and poppies, are sparsely distributed to add a pop of color and create drama. � peonies

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After all is said and done, you’ll have a collection of wedding day keepsakes, and your bouquet will be among the most precious. With that said, you might want to think about drying and preserving your bouquet. Begin by scheduling a consultation with a local freeze-drying company to get everything set up beforehand. Pre-planning this service ensures a faster delivery and better quality for the finished product. The morning after the wedding, have your Maid-of-Honor drop the bouquet off at your florist or specialist. They’ll freeze-dry the bouquet and frame it according to your vision! ❤

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You can never underestimate the power of music to get the party started. The right music can add drama, heighten emotion, and most importantly, keep your reception (and guests!) moving. Our Q&A below is designed to help you nd that perfect performer who will create a dynamic playlist for your wedding day. Should we hire a DJ or live band?

it’s playing, they’re also free to interact with the crowd and make sure your guests are having a good time.

In our opinion, you can’t go wrong either way. However, there are specific benefits to each, so here’s our breakdown on the issue:

The energy a live band can provide to your reception, though, is contagious. Like having a private concert just for you, your closest friends, and family, your guests will witness something truly special and one-of-a-kind at your reception, as no live performance can ever be repeated.

If versatility is a priority, disc jockeys can’t be beat. Their repertoire can include practically every song ever recorded – and if they don’t currently have a copy of your favorite tune, a well-connected DJ will be able to get it. It’s important to note that disc jockeys do more than just shuffle songs – they also emcee the event and make sure that everything runs smoothly. If your guests don’t seem to be dancing or enjoying themselves, the DJ can easily and smoothly transition to a new song that gets your crowd excited. Because they can walk away from the music while 96

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Overall, the decision to hire a DJ or live band is up to you, as they each offer a completely different atmosphere for your reception. Though they’re both very different, you’re sure to make memories out on the dance floor either way.

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Never make a decision without a face-to-face meeting with the DJ or musician(s) who will be working your wedding. soon as possible – popular performers get booked far in advance, so planning ahead will help secure your first choice. You should start researching local DJs and bands about 12 months out. By the time you’re eight months away from your wedding day, you’ll want to make sure your favorite musician is booked! Keep in mind that researching should only be a small step along the way; you should never make a decision without a face-to-face meeting with the DJ or musician(s) who will be working the day of your wedding.

What else should we consider when choosing our reception musicians? First and foremost, you’ll want to consider the size of your reception site and number of guests attending. An intimate space won’t fit a 22-piece orchestra, just as a single speaker probably won’t cut it for 400 people. Additionally, you’ll want to make sure you set up the entertainment in a central area near the edge of the dance floor. It can be difficult for your musician(s) to 98

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keep the party going if you have tables set up between the dance floor and the stage/DJ booth.

How can I help my musician prepare for the big day? Whatever your choice, both bandleaders and disc jockeys can help you select the perfect songs to personalize your reception. Both DJs and live bands can read the crowd to adjust their music selection and cater it to the wedding style. After all, part of his or her professional expertise is being able to read the crowd and respond to its mood. Of course, you’ll need to provide them with a list of your staple selections, such as your entrance, first dance, and parent songs. If you have particular favorites that you definitely want to hear throughout the reception (like the Cha Cha Slide or Cotton Eye Joe) – or songs you absolutely don’t (think, Chicken Dance or Hokey Pokey) — give your musician a do-not-play list and a must-play list of specific songs, genres, and artists that you love and those that you’d rather not hear. A week or two before your wedding, you should reach out to your entertainer(s) to confirm the reception’s timeline, playlist (especially for required songs), and style. Making sure that you and your entertainer(s) are on the same page before your reception will make sure that your night is an unforgettable experience filled with killer dance moves, active guests, and all of your favorite songs. ❤ 1. OH Snap! Photography (p. 96) 2. Black Dog Photo Co. (p. 98)

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If you and your ancé aren’t really the dancing type, there are a lot of other options for reception entertainment! You shouldn’t ever feel the need to construct your wedding day to the conformities of tradition, so if a dance party isn’t the way you want to celebrate your new union, consider some of these fun alternatives! • One great way to celebrate your new marriage without feeling obligated to offer a dance oor is having a morning wedding followed by a brunch. This gives you time to mingle with your loved ones in a way that’s more comfortable for you. • Offering yard games like bean-bag toss, ladder golf, giant Jenga, Bocce Ball, Yard Yahtzee, and Croquet are fun and unique options to entertain your guests in a way that’s truer to your personality than a dance party. • If your wedding is inside, consider renting old arcade games to keep your guests active! A classic photo booth, pinball machine, or Pac Man game are crowd favorites that are sure to please

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your guests and keep them entertained! Or, set up a gaming consule for Wii champions, Guitar Hero battles, and epic Mario Kart races. • Have a theme for your wedding day as an alternative to dancing! A murder mystery dinner party, karaoke night, or a luau barbeque are all great ways to celebrate with your loved ones while keeping things a little more casual. Remember, this day is in celebration of YOU and the love you’ve found, so you should cater it to your interests. If you don’t love dancing, try out one of these options or think of your own way to celebrate! ❤ 1. LMAC Photography

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the Details It’s All in

Timing

Contact Info

• Confirm your musician’s arrival time. You should expect them to arrive at least an hour in advance and plan on contracting them for at least three hours. Be sure to ask about extra fees if the reception goes longer than anticipated.

• Make sure you have the names and contact info of the musicians who will play at your wedding, plus the names of acceptable substitutes in case of an emergency.

• Ask about breaks and “continuous flow.” As your reception will most likely last around 4 hours, odds are that your performer will have to take a break at some point. Ensure that music will continue to play whether it’s by the remaining band members or recorded music.

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. If the musicians are bringing all of their own equipment, record any extra charges. • Verify with your reception site manager whether the facility has any restrictions on the number of musicians and/ or pieces of equipment you may bring in. You should also ask about electrical power supply and noise limitations.

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Song Selections • You don’t need to outline the entire reception’s playlist, but discuss song choices for key events like your entrance, first dance, bouquet toss, and cake cutting. • A do-not play list is perfectly acceptable to include if you have certain artists, genres, or even specific songs you’d like to avoid. • Similarly, a must-play list is okay to request, as well. Any songs that you definitely want played at your reception should make it to the playlist.

Attire Guidelines • Let your performers know the dress code beforehand so they dress appropriately.

Contract Points • Ask about and confirm deposit requirements, payment plans, and deadlines. • Make sure the cancellation/refund policy is included. If something unforeseen 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 you might have. Above all, don’t be afraid to ask all the questions you want answered. ❤ READ MORE AT TODAYSBRIDE.COM


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Can you think of anything more fun than grabbing your guests, donning a fake mustache, oversized glasses, and a tiara and striking hilarious poses for a mini-photoshoot? Serving up hours of fun to guests while recording a wedding’s memorable moments, photo booths are the ultimate party starter. Plus, guests will leave with a souvenir photo strip that they can display at home! Use these helpful tips to take this customizable wedding favor up a notch. • Customized paper or printer settings to fit your wedding—such as your names and wedding date—will remind guests of where the photos came from and the good time they had taking them. • Provide custom sleeves or frames for guests to use with their keepsake portraits. You may also want to ask your guests to take two sets of photos in the booth or have your photo booth attendant print two copies of their photo strips – one set for themselves and one set to put in your memory book. • Envision what kind of props you’d like to use. If you’re going for a funny, laid back theme, then bring on the oversized glasses and boas! Want a more refined collection of props? Choose “team groom” and “team bride” signs along with mini chalkboards for sweet sentiments. • Talk to your photo booth expert about any possible video capturing and social media-sharing options they offer. • Looking for a photo booth design that matches your decor? Talk to your photo booth expert about customizable screens with your wedding monogram or even a full-blown photo lounge with plenty of room for your guests to spread out.

Photo booths will charm your guests and capture those unforgettable memories that will last for a lifetime – book yours and let the fun begin! ❤ 2

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WOW! The staff was so amazing! The food was great, the guests raved, and it was very affordable. I can’t say enough about how wonderful they were to work with!

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Visit oldcarolina.com to contact a wedding catering specialist. Or, sample the menu at one of our 10 restaurant locations in Northeast Ohio.

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Kent offers brides something different; from hip downtown venues, to stylish salons and spas, to artistic and innovative photographers. Kent has everything you need to make your wedding day uniquely yours. Whether you met your soulmate on Kent’s campus, had your first date at one of the many legendary restaurants, or just love the support of the knitted community atmosphere that Kent offers, we guarantee that this is the perfect place to say “I Do.” The ideal blend of urban attitude and small town community mixed with the creativity of talented artists allows brides and grooms to create a personalized wedding that guests won’t soon forget. Eclectic or traditional, casual or formal, Kent accommodates every bride’s personality and sense of style. If you’re looking for a location with character, personality, and attitude, Kent is the place to turn just any other day into your wedding day. ❤

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words. A video, on the other hand? That’s priceless. On what can be considered the most important day of your life, preserving the details is vital! Once the garter’s been tossed, the cake has been served, and the guests send you off on your honeymoon, the day you’ve been planning for months—maybe years!—is over. With the help of an expertly edited wedding video, you can relive the absolute best moments from your big day whenever you’d like! Given the heightened emotion of the big day, it’s nearly impossible to take it all in. Nothing will be able to bring you back to the sights and sounds of your wedding more than a professional video. If you’re trying to decide if you need a videographer in addition to your photographer, you should consider this: although you’ll cherish the images from your special day forever, still photography can only capture particular moments in time. Videography, on the other hand, will show the emotions on your face as you walk down the aisle and the smiles exchanged by you and your new spouse as you share your first dance.

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whose style you admire. Ultimately, a great wedding video is created when your videographer applies strong technical skills, artistic shot composition, sensitivity in editing, and most importantly, an understanding of your wishes and ideas for your video. A qualified videographer should be able to offer suggestions to complement your ideas. You should feel comfortable with your videographer and be assured that he or she will meet with you in advance to go over all the details and, if requested, attend your rehearsal. Inquire about various package deals the videographer may offer. If you want something special, don’t be afraid to ask for it. Although many vendors only work

within their set packages, some only use them as a tool to create what you really want.

Hiring a Videographer After you’ve experienced the different styles of videography, it’s time to pick your videographer! It’s standard for a videographer to cover the ceremony, the first dance, and the cake-cutting, but there are many moments that might go unrecorded unless he or she is instructed otherwise. The video company you choose should draft a contract that will be signed by you, your fiancé, and the videographer stipulating the specifics, including: name and contact information for you and the videographer, correct date, ex-

act number of hours, starting time, locations where the videographer will work with exact addresses, name of the videographer who will shoot your wedding, the number of assistants, how long the finished product will be, and when you’ll receive it. When all is said and done, choosing a videographer whose style and tastes complement your own will ensure that your wedding video becomes a priceless memento. Just because your wedding day has passed doesn’t mean you and future generations can’t relive the happiness and love shared. ❤ Check out TodaysBride.com Real Weddings Videos!

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Wedding videos capture the story of your wedding. From the bride getting ready in the morning and guests arriving for the ceremony to the happy couple leaving the reception, these special moments are all accompanied with special effects, music, and a variety of camera angles. The story of your wedding, however, can be told in a number of ways. Here is a quick look at a few popular wedding video styles:

Full-Length Edits (or Documentary Style) Full-length “edits” actually entail minimal editing. As a result, completed videos tend to range from two to four hours in length. A documentary style wedding video unfolds in chronological order with different angles to add flavor. It’s usually the longest type of wedding video. Because there is less editing involved, this style of video is usually the least expensive option and suited for the budget-conscious.

Short-Form Edits (or Cinematic Style) This style is for couples who prefer an artistic take on their big day. A shortform edit wedding film is the closest to a major motion picture. Your wedding day is filmed and subsequently edited to approximately 30-60 minutes in length. This “movie” will draw heavily on elements of cinematic style filming techniques. Additionally, dramatic READ MORE AT TODAYSBRIDE.COM

music, color enhancement, and even special effects may be used to enhance your wedding film.

Storytelling Style Similar to a documentary-style video, a storytelling video will use a fairly straightforward approach, but it will also incorporate interviews and dialogue (not necessarily recorded on the wedding day itself) in order to both build and push events of the storyline.

Highlights Style A highlights video is the shortest video style, as it generally only contains selections of the best shots from each portion of the day. It can be edited to a song – perhaps the music used for the couple’s first dance – or added to audio of the vows or toasts. Your videographer is the expert, so ask for their feedback on what kind of video would fit your vision and budget best! ❤ TODAY’S BRIDE

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Have your cake

& eat it, too!

The perfect wedding cake should balance delicious flavors with creative design, but it can be hard to find a baker that can execute both well. We’ve compiled a list of steps to help you find the perfect bakery!

Finding the one: Research experienced cake designers in your area. Start your search at TodaysBride.com, where you can search through a list of some of the best Northeast Ohio cake designers. When reviewing local bakers, be sure to visit their website and social media accounts. Look for pictures of their previous work and read reviews from real couples who’ve used their services before deciding on your favorites.

Get in contact with your favorites to set up a time to meet and discuss your options. You can begin to interview and compare licensed wedding cake companies up to a year in advance. (Don’t forget to bring this copy of Today’s Bride – there are plenty of questions you can ask in our wedding planner!) We recommend narrowing it down to your top three choices before setting up a meeting – that way, you can easily keep track of pricing, flavor options, and cake displays at each place.

Ask to see a portfolio of recently decorated cakes.

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RIDING IN

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fter making hundreds of decisions, one of the last things

on the mind of an already overwhelmed couple is actually one of the most important details: transportation!

Your chosen mode of transportation can help set the mood, make you feel at ease and, most importantly, get you to where you need to be. Follow these steps to get the most out of your wedding day transportation: Plan Ahead

Consider the Cost

Typically, six to seven months before your wedding is a good time to reserve your transportation, but if you’re getting married during a popular month – like June or October – or during prom season, you may have to book it farther in advance.

The cost of your rental will depend on the type of ride you choose, the length of time you’ll need the rental, and the time of year you want it. Weekend prices are usually firm, but a weekday rental can sometimes be negotiated. If you need more than one vehicle, ask if a discount applies.

Narrow Down Your Ideas Do you want a chic Hummer, an elegant vintage car, the ever-popular party bus, or something completely different like a horse and carriage? To make the best choice, you’ll need to consider your sense of style as a couple as well as the size of your wedding party. Remember that a 14-passenger stretch limo may not always fit 14 people as easily once they’re in wedding attire. Avoid a potential wedding day blunder by considering the space you’ll need for your gown as you’re choosing your transportation. READ MORE AT TODAYSBRIDE.COM

Some operators have straightforward charges while others may have secondary costs such as gratuities or fuel surcharges. Many companies expect a deposit, so it’s important to find out if it is refundable, and if so, under what conditions. Almost all companies have a minimum number of hours to rent, and during prom season some may demand a higher minimum. You should never feel pressured to give your credit card number to “hold” your chosen transportation if you’re not sure about the transportation company. Only leave a deposit once a concise contract has

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Compare companies, but don’t book by price alone. Shop around; check how long the company has been in business, ask about extra perks that might come with your vehicle, and most importantly, see the vehicles in person. A company might have the best price but they should have the equipment to back it up, too.

Almost all companies have a minimum number of hours to rent. During prom season, some may demand a higher minimum.

Be Attentive & Ask the Important Questions First and foremost, make sure the company doesn’t delegate work to third parties. Although this is an acceptable practice,

having a middleman leaves the door open for tardiness or, even worse, a no-show. If you have your heart set on a particular car, you’ll be better off finding a vendor who actually owns the one you’ve got in mind.

Carefully inspect the vehicle you’ll be using beyond just its features. Make sure your company is registered with the Department of Transportation and has all the required insurance. Look for the livery sticker issued by the State of Ohio – this proves that the company’s insurance has been approved. If you’re interested in renting a party bus, check for an upto-date PUCO (Public Utilities Commission of Ohio) sticker, as it ensures the vehicle passed inspection from the highway patrol.

Hammering Out the Details Next, you’ll want to get a signed contract. This spells out what the carrier will provide, its cost, cancellation options, and what happens if the company fails to deliver as promised. If the professional transportation service you select is reputable, you will find that the driver is experienced at delivering the bridal party on time and with minimal nerves – and in some cases, with a little champagne! That’s all you need to be riding in style. ❤ TODAY’S BRIDE

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Remember, your baker has years of experience and may be able to incorporate more flavors if you just can't decide.

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Of course, you’ll be comparing prices between cake companies, too! Charging per serving is standard in the cake industry, but some companies will charge based on the cake itself or the flavors you select, so be sure to ask how they’re coming up with their numbers. You’ll also want to find out if the bakery will provide someone to cut and distribute the cake, whether they box and freeze the top tier for you, and if these services cost extra. Your instinct might be to choose the cheapest baker, but your decision should depend greatly on what the cake looks like, tastes like, and whether or not it fits your wedding style!

Now comes the best part… Arrange a tasting.

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Though some bakeries may ask for a service fee, most will offer free cake tastings, so call ahead of time and let them know that you’re considering them for your wedding! Though tasting is obviously everyone’s favorite part of choosing a wedding cake, it’s also a very important aspect in choosing the right bakery for you. Though you may favor chocolate cake, you might find that you fall in love with the most divine carrot cake when going to tastings. While your guests will “ooh” and “ahh” over its appearance, it’s the taste of the cake itself that your guests will remember, so make sure not to neglect this important step.

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No worries! You just might be able to have them all. Most wedding cakes have more than one tier, and sometimes each tier can be a different flavor with a

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different filling. You might even consider serving cupcakes, in which case, you could have each individual serving be a tasty new adventure. Remember, your baker has been doing this a long time and has seen everything, so discuss some of your ideas with them for different ways to incorporate more flavors.

Time to reserve that cake. Book your bakery at least six months before the wedding. Design, flavor, and decorations don’t have to be decided upon until three to five months before your wedding day, but ensuring that the bakery you want has time to devote to creating your perfect cake is important. You may want to ask how many weddings they already have scheduled for your weekend, and discuss design timelines and head count deadlines with them before booking.

Choosing a design: Consider how you want your cake to reflect other elements of your celebration. Is your wedding more traditional or is it laid-back? Do you want it all white or to complement your color scheme? With the myriad of possibilities these days, bakers can match the cake to anything from the invites to the bouquet.

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Once you’ve gathered a couple ideas, start comparing your favorites. Does a pattern emerge? You may notice that most of your favorite designs are covered in a simple buttercream frosting rather than fondant, or that they each have a bold, geometric design. Chances are, you’ll be drawn to a particular look or design element. 6

Schedule a design consultation after you’ve made your final decision. Make sure to bring swatches from your gown and your bridesmaids’ dresses, samples of the flowers, or colors used at the reception, as well as photos of the cake designs you love to inspire your cake decorator!

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WHICH IS FOR YOU? BUTTERCREAM is the traditional type of icing used to frost birthday cakes and other conventional desserts. A classic buttercream recipe calls for powdered sugar, butter, milk, and vanilla extract. Many cake enthusiasts would agree that they’re team buttercream because of its avor and texture, making the cake easier to cut compared to fondant. However, if you’re planning on having an outdoor summer wedding, this soft selection might not be the best for you, as it tends to melt in warm temperatures.

FONDANT

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modeling clay-like consistency with an ever-so-smooth fi ish that envelops wedding cakes perfectly. Made from sugar, hot water, and corn syrup, fondant is typically rolled thin and draped over the cake. It can be sculpted into other decorative elements—like owers or gurines—as well! Fondant tends to be used to create a awless nish with sharp, dramatic lines, or soft, rounded edges. This frosting’s strength is also its weakness, though: the texture isn’t agreeable to every couples’ tastes.

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structure. The almonds also give the marzipan a delicate, nutty taste. Bakers sometimes mix fondant and marzipan together to create the perfect substance of elasticity and subtle avor. After placing marzipan onto a wedding cake, it’s important to cover it until you’re ready to serve so it doesn’t dry out. ❤ READ MORE AT TODAYSBRIDE.COM

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ince many couples are choosing to have nontraditional wedding celebrations, it only makes sense that they would opt for sweet treats that also stray from the norm. Although you might choose to serve these confectionery favorites in addition to a more traditional wedding cake, these desserts can also hold their own at any wedding: Cupcakes or Cake Pops – Adorable, customizable, and so much more 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.

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

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Candy or Mini-Dessert Table – Whether you display the newlywed’s favorite candy in mason jars, offer up mini caramel 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 delicious slice of apple crumb pie! These five alternatives to cake are deliciously distinct and they’re sure to satisfy the cravings of hungry wedding-goers everywhere! ❤

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HONEYMOON PLANNING

PASSPORTS Did you know? Travel agents are FREE to use!

To visit any country outside the United States and its territories (such as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands), there’s one “must-have” you’ll always need: a passport. Plan ahead and a passport is a cinch to get; it’s valid for 10 years and is the ultimate proof of citizenship. Passports normally take about ve weeks to process, but during the busy travel months – May through August – it can take up to eight weeks to get your passport by mail.

Traveling to a new location can be scary on any trip, but when it comes to your honeymoon, you don’t want to doubt your confirmations and question your excursion guides. Here’s why you should trust your travel itinerary to an expert.

Why should I hire a travel agent? The same exact reason you hire a professional photographer or hairstylist – to get the best benefits and up-to-date information straight from the expert! Those “low-cost, all-inclusive, time-limited” honeymoons online may seem attractive, but they’re bound to come with hidden fees, taxes, and charges! One thing they don’t come with? A knowledgeable agent who will be on-call to answer questions every step of the way. Plus, a full-service travel agency doesn’t charge extra fees for their time and knowledge!

How should I prepare for a meeting with my travel agent? It’s best to go into the meeting with a clear idea of what type of trip you and your fiancé are interested in and an approximate budget. If you haven’t picked an exact location, an agent can help pinpoint a place that will enchant you and pacify your wallet. Plus, agents can offer deals you might READ MORE AT TODAYSBRIDE.COM

not find on your own. The more specific your destination and activity wish list, the less time you’ll waste on imagining fantasies that are beyond your budget.

What should I ask my agent during our meeting? Meeting with your travel agent is the perfect time to take advantage of the Wedding Planner in the back of this magazine! Important details to consider include airport connections, bus and taxi services, tipping, foreign currency conversion, and safety concerns such as government-issued travel advisories. Ask for a phone number to use after-hours for emergencies while still in the country and a toll-free number to use when abroad!

What should I look for in a reputable travel agent?

If you’re taking your ancé’s name, plan accordingly. You need to book your airline tickets and secure your passport before your honeymoon; the name on both must match. To avoid any confusion, we recommend booking your ticket and applying for your passport under your maiden name. Once you’ve returned from your honeymoon and received your marriage certi cate, you can le a Passport-Amendment Application with the nearest passport agency. Keep in mind that if your original passport was issued less than 12 months ago there are no fees to have your name changed. If your original passport is more than a year old you will be charged a renewal fee with your application. When applying for your passport, you may need to have the original copy of your birth certi cate for it to be processed. If you don’t have the original document, contact the Vital Records Of ce in the state you were born in to request a copy. Passport forms can be downloaded from your computer or picked up at major post of ces, county clerk of ces, or passport agencies. You should be able to get the required 2” x 2” passport photo shot at a one-hour photo shop or your local drugstore.

View your travel agent as you would any other wedding professional. Look for an agent who is knowledgeable, read reviews and testimonials, and choose someone who responds to your questions, emails, and phone calls quickly.

If you already have a passport, note that some countries require that it be valid for at least six months or longer beyond the dates of your trip. Some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met. Try to renew your passport approximately nine months before it expires.

Unlike the ceremony, there are no rehearsals for the honeymoon, and let’s face it, your honeymoon is a time where you should be looked after! An agent can make sure your vacation is as close to effortless as it can be, from start to finish. ❤

For each country’s entry requirements, visa instructions, and contact information, visit the U.S. State Department website or refer to your travel agent. Keep in mind that passports are required for the Caribbean, Canada, and Mexico. ❤ TODAY’S BRIDE

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Helpful tips from Unlimited Trips advisor, Julie Miller

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What’s the most important thing to remember when I’m packing for my honeymoon?

Pack as if you may not receive your checked luggage for a few days! Always bring along a carry-on filled with a bathing suit and cover up or casual outfit, an evening outfit, casual shoes and evening shoes, and basic toiletries. Remember, if you’re going on a beach vacation, you’ll be spending the majority of your time in a bathing suit, so you won’t need to pack many “day outfits.” By omitting these items, you’ll make more room for souvenirs!

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How can I pack “light?”

Be conscious of items that you’re packing that are heavier. Do you really need those wedge sandals, or will a lighter and less bulky pair work with your outfit just as well? Omit any blue jeans as they’re made of a heavier fabric and are usually quite uncomfortable for traveling. Toiletries like shampoo, conditioner, and deodorant can add extra unwanted weight to your check on, as the Travel Security Agency prohibits anything over 8 ounces to be carried onto the plane. Look into travel sizes or travel-friendly solutions like powdered toothpaste and solid shampoos.

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We’re going on a cruise for our honeymoon. Do we need passports?

Though a passport is not required for closed loop cruises – a cruise that departs and returns to the same U.S. port – we always like to be cautious. Research in advance, or ask your travel agent, if the countries you’ll be visiting do require a passport from U.S. citizens and keep in mind that, in the case of an emergency, it’s always better to be prepared.

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How can I pack formal clothing without wrinkling it?

Some people swear that rolling your clothes will save space, but it usually results in some extreme wrinkles. Fold your formal outfits normally and place them on the bottom, and cover with any rolled casual outfits you’re bringing. If your suitcase comes with straps, use those to tighten the contents down to keep them from moving and bunching up into a wrinkled mess. If you’re shopping for formal outfits, look for fabrics that are less likely to wrinkle to save you the hassel of having to iron and hang all of your clothing.

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Any last piece of advice?

Of course! If you’re travelling abroad, be considerate of a country’s customs. For instance, it may be 90+ degrees in Italy, but women are still required to cover their knees and shoulders when entering a church, so be sure to pack a sweater or scarf. Most Caribbean Islands don’t allow camo print – even pink! – so leave those items behind on your Caribbean getaway. Remember, you’re visiting these peoples’ home, so try to learn about some of their traditions ahead of time to show respect for their heritage and customs. Editorial is courtesy of UnlimitedTrips.com READ MORE AT TODAYSBRIDE.COM

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St. Barbara Church & Banquet Center Perfectly Posh

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Pretty Petals Design

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Text “FHA” to 330-990-5749 for more details. When the celebration ends, cross the threshold to your new house with Union Home Mortgage! We’ll make your house buying process easy!

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