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Wedding checklist and timelines 8

DIY Projects Rustic chic table numbers

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Florals

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Count down to your wedding

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Wedding Invitations

Beyond the traditional

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2012 Wedding Colors Hottest trends for summer

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Gourmet Catering

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Engagement Rings

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Find your perfect ring

Beauty in Macomb

Relax and be pampered

Enliven your wedding with the fragrance and colors of exotic flowers

Summer wedding tips


MacombCountyWEDDINGS

contents

Wedding checklist and timelines 8

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The Coordinators

Your front Line

27

Florals

Count down to your wedding

15

Wedding Invitations

Beyond the traditional

17

2012 Wedding Colors Hottest trends for summer

29

Gourmet Catering

20

Engagement Rings

32

Find your perfect ring

Beauty in Macomb

Relax and be pampered

Enliven your wedding with the fragrance and colors of exotic flowers

Summer wedding tips


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Wedding Timeline Checklist

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Countdown to your wedding

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Ten to Twelve Months Ahead

Introduce both families and officially announce your engagement. • Find out who pays for what and start a budget. • Create a guest list and manage it with our easy-touse tool. • Compare calendars and select a tentative date. • Choose your wedding party. • Create a wedding website to share your engage• ment. • Consider whitening your teeth for your engage• ment parties and photographs. • Conduct interviews and hire a wedding coordina• tor if applicable. • Decide if you want premarital counseling. • • Start looking at photos of wedding dresses for inspiration. • Send your engagement photo to the local paper. • • Begin thinking about where you want to honey• moon. • Visit and book your reception site, and arrange for • parking. • Visit and book your ceremony location, including • rehearsal time. • Create a save-the-date guest list. • •

Six to Nine Months Ahead

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Alert out-of-town guests of wedding date and/or send a FREE save-the-date email. Find a bridal salon and begin trying on wedding dresses and veils. Bring stockings, heels, a strapless bra, and a hair clip to each appointment. Get in shape for your wedding gown by starting an exercise routine. Get ideas for honeymoon locations and research pricing. Start looking at floral designs and interview florists for style and cost. Search for menu ideas and start meeting with caterers. Research wedding photography and interview wedding photographers/videographers. Get ideas for music and interview bands/DJs. Finalize flower and décor ideas, and select a florist. Includespecifics of each floral arrangement in your contract. Sign a caterer. Order your gown and wedding veil. Shop for and select the perfect bridesmaid dress. Book your honeymoon! Find out if your ceremony location requires liability insurance. Finalize contracts with your wedding photographer and videographer. Book your DJ/band. Browse and purchase wedding dress accessories, including shoes, lingerie, purse, and gloves. Choose your officiant and discuss ceremony ideas. Start thinking about all of your gift registry options. Select three hotels in varying price ranges and reserve rooms for out-of-town guests. Macomb County Weddings | 9


Four to Five Months Ahead • Start thinking about cultural traditions for your wedding. • View wedding invitation styles and research proper wording. • Look at photos to get ideas for wedding cake designs, and meet with bakers to taste samples. • Discuss menu ideas with your catering manager. • Shop for wedding rings. • Look for the groom’s tux and decide what groomsmen will wear. • Confirm your bridesmaids ordered their gowns and decide on accessories. • Have your mother and future mother-in-law coordinate and select their dresses. • Compare pricing, place your wedding invitation order, and book your calligrapher. • Purchase your wedding rings and send for engraving if applicable. • Get ideas for wedding favors. • Confirm dates for bridal showers and bachelorette • parties. • Make sure you’ve started your registries before • bridal shower invitations are sent. • • Choose your baker and finalize wedding cake. • Reserve rental equipment such as chairs, tables, • linens, tents, etc. • Research and book your rehearsal dinner location. • • • Get ideas for wedding hair and makeup. • Notify any family or friends whom you would like • to give readings, sing solos, serve as guest book • attendant, etc. • Interview and hire any additional management • staff and babysitters if needed. • Give your guest list to shower hostesses and check that your registry has enough items. Update • wedding website. • • Consider getting wedding insurance.

Two to Three Months Ahead

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Finalize guest list and submit invitations to calligrapher. Book makeup artist and hairstylist. Order your wedding favors. Candles, baskets, ring pillow… it’s time to start browsing and purchase wedding accessories! Consider signing up for dance classes. Schedule your last tasting and finalize menu. Find gifts for each other, your attendants, your shower hostess, and your parents. Confirm tuxes have been ordered for groom/ groomsmen. Prep for your honeymoon – do you have everything you need? Choose your getaway! Finalize wedding transportation. Take care of business: Look into joint bank accounts, insurance, and merging your money. Select your music for the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception, and review with musicians, singers. Check that there are enough options left on your registry, and update your wedding website. Finalize rehearsal dinner plans and order rehearsal invitations, menus, table numbers, escort cards, and any other stationery accessories. Mail invitations eight weeks before your wedding day.


One to Two Months Ahead Three to Four Weeks Ahead • Have your first bridal gown fitting. Remember to • bring stockings, shoes, the appropriate bra, hair accessories, jewelry, a camera, and your mom or best friend. • • Finalize ceremony readings and songs, and review with performers. • • Order liquor/beverages not handled by caterer. • Meet with your officiant to finalize the ceremony, • including attendant formations. • Begin writing your vows if applicable. • • Begin writing thank-you notes for bridal showers • and early wedding gifts, and update your registry at the same time. • Research where to get your marriage license. • • Prepare a photo and video shot list, naming impor- • tant family members and guests. • • Schedule the bridesmaids’ luncheon and buy attendant gifts if you haven’t already. • • Begin whitening your teeth for your wedding day. • • Consider liability insurance for your reception loca- • tion. •

Finalize your jewelry, which may include something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. Prepare a must-have shot list for your wedding photographer and videographer. Finalize your “must play” and “don’t play” music lists and review with musicians. Practice your first dance wearing your bridal shoes. Design and order your wedding program. Confirm honeymoon and travel arrangements, and give loved ones your itinerary in case of emergency. Call guests who haven’t RSVP’d. Pick up your wedding rings. Get your marriage license, typically no earlier than 30 days before the wedding. Research how to change your name. Mail your rehearsal-dinner invitations. Purchase small candles, candies, and mints for your guest powder room. Meet with your stylist to discuss and test the perfect makeup and hair for your bridal style.

One to Two Weeks Ahead • • Have your final wedding gown fitting. • Finalize your wedding-day schedule (including • receiving-line order) and share with attendants, parents, and all vendors. • Confirm all of your beauty appointments. • Confirm pick-up times, schedules, and addresses • with your wedding-day transportation. • Pick up your wedding dress and make sure all of your accessories are together. • • Pick up the groom’s outfit, make sure it fits, and • gather all of his accessories together. • Finalize your vows for the ceremony. • • Get your hair colored and trimmed (don’t wait until two days before the ceremony). • • Confirm final headcount. • Give final attendance numbers to vendors and con- • firm final date/time for deliverables and pick-ups • after wedding.

Pack for your wedding night and honeymoon. Create a “wedding box” to gather your ceremony accessories (marriage license, candles, ring pillow, basket, guest book) and assign someone to transport. Prepare a “reception box” for accessories such as guest books, cameras, toasting goblets, cake toppers, etc., and assign someone to transport. Prepare all of your wedding favors for transportation to reception venue and assign someone to move them. Finalize your seating arrangements (making sure you involve both sets of parents) and submit to caterer. Prepare place cards. Confirm dates/times/locations for all photo and video sessions the day of the wedding. Confirm dates/times/locations with all vendors. Macomb County Weddings | 11


Day Before

The Wedding Day

• Prepare a list of payment envelopes – including • Your day has arrived! You may be nervous, but try tips – earmarking who is responsible for distributto eat breakfast and drink plenty of fluids. ing to vendors. • Take a lavender bath – it’s very relaxing. • Hand out assignment lists and checklists to en• Be sure to wear a button-down shirt for your hair sure everyone knows their tasks, including person and makeup appointments. responsible for transporting gifts. • Hand out ceremony box to appropriate person. • Hand out reception box to appropriate person. • Hand out favor box to appropriate person. • Assign someone to mail your announcement cards. • Gather together your wedding dress, accessories, and bridal emergency kit. • Get a manicure, pedicure, and massage. • Rehearse ceremony with officiant and wedding party.

After The Wedding • • • • •

Get your wedding dress cleaned and preserved. Preserve your bouquet. Write and mail your thank-you notes. Complete your name-change kit. Check into your store’s bridal registry completion program. • Meet with photographer and videographer to finalize albums/video.

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Wedding Invitations

and Save the Date Ideas

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Macomb County Weddings | 15 “Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.” Over the past several years, orange has grown in popularity and acceptance among designers and consumers alike. A provocative attention-getter, Tangerine Tango is especially appealing in men’s and women’s fashion. Fashion designers featured in the PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2012, including Tommy Hilfiger, Nanette Lepore, Cynthia Steffe by Shaun Kearney, Elie Tahari and Adrienne Vittadini, are incorporating this attractive orange into their spring collections. A fun, lively take on a traditional autumnal hue, Tangerine Tango will surely carry through to fall fashion as well. A winner in cosmetics because of its versatility, Tangerine Tango is a bit exotic, but in a very friendly, nonthreatening way. Add a sultry flair to lips, cheeks and nails with Tangerine Tango. An unexpected eye shadow color, Tangerine Tango is a complementary opposite that flatters blue or green eyes. When paired with brown eyes, it brings out an amber cast. 18 | Macomb County Weddings


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The One

Choosing the perfect Engagement Ring

Finding the perfect engagement ring can be challenging for couples who plan to marry. In day’s past, the young man would choose a ring and present it to his intended, but today it is increasingly common for the future bride and groom to shop together to select the ring. No matter how you go about choosing a ring, we’re offering to you a brief lesson in diamond education to help you find that perfect engagement ring. Diamond Engagement Ring There are at least three rings many couples will choose over their lifetimes: an engagement ring as they plan to marry and wedding & anniversary rings as they wed and later celebrate an important milestone in their marriage. Many young couples go to a jewelry store with a budget in mind and choose their rings accordingly. Conventional wisdom suggests that the gentleman will purchase an engagement ring which equals one to two months of his salary, a measuring standard which is still in use today. Of course, you aren’t required to adhere to that standard, but it is a guideline which is useful for your consideration. Before looking at possible diamonds for the ring, you must select a setting. From traditional Classic Solitaire, Setting with Sidestones, Pave setting, Tension setting, Three Stone setting to designer jewelry settings, your choice is only limited by your budget, tastes, and imagination. You can also customize and build your own Three Stone Ring. Today’s jewelry designers, including Danhov,and Popov have created engagement ring masterpieces worth considering. With James Allen, you can choose the perfect setting and then find an attractive, certified diamond. The diamond you choose is priced according to four attributes: clarity, carat, cut, and color. Please read, “How to Choose the Perfect Diamond,” to learn about each attribute in detail and what grade of diamond offers the best value for your budget. Besides considering a diamond’s attributes, shape (e.g. round, pear, marquise, oval, heart, etc.), cleaning, quality (or grade), and light performance are other factors which will ultimately determine a diamond’s value. Once you have chosen the setting and diamond, your work is done. James Allen will then prepare your perfect engagement ring and have it ready for you to present to your beloved as you ask for her hand in marriage. 20 | Macomb County Weddings


Carat Weight: All other things being equal, the bigger the diamond, the more valuable it is. Traditionally, men often bought one carat stones for engagement rings (a carat is one fifth of a gram), but these days most people buy stones of less than a carat. Prices go up exponentially with size, and there is a particularly sharp spike at the one carat mark. A good quality stone of less than a carat may well represent better value for money.

Colour: Very few diamonds are perfectly white; most have a hint of colour in them. Colour is graded from D (the best, perfect white) down to Z (severely discoloured). You could do worse than focus on stones in the range E-H. If you go for a D, you are likely to be paying a premium for a barely discernible improvement. Any lower than H and you will probably notice a hint of yellow in the stone.

Clarity: Most diamonds have small imperfections or impurities trapped inside them, known as inclusions. The bigger, more central, and more numerous these are, the lower the diamonds clarity is said to be. Clarity grades are IF, VVS1, VVS2, VS1, VS2, SI1, SI2, I1, I2, I3, in descending order. Stones graded I1 and below contain inclusions that are visible with the naked eye, should be avoided. At the top end of the scale, differences are very subtle, and might not be worth the extra cost. Ideally, you would aim for at least VS2 clarity, but if your budget is stretched you could consider dropping to SI clarity without it being a big problem.

Cut: Jewellers might be referring to more than one thing when they talk about a diamonds cut. It could be a reference to its proportions and symmetry - the better these are, the more effectively the stone will reflect and refract light. A stone with a poor cut will not sparkle nearly as well as one with a good cut. This is one area where it is not worth compromising, you shouldn’t accept anything less than Good grades in this area, ideally Very Good. The term cut can also be a reference to the stones shape, whether it is Round Brilliant, Princess, or some other fancy shape. This is very much a matter of personal taste. One thing to bear in mind though is that the round brilliant cut has been evolved over decades to maximize a diamonds sparkle and, everything else being equal, will sparkle more than other cuts. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t choose a different shape if you particularly like it but if you don’t have a strong preference, then you wont go far wrong with a Round Brilliant Cut.


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DIY This one is for all you planning a pretty rustic wedding. These cute vintage wood table numbers are super easy to make and add the perfect bit of chic rustic-ness to your tables. You could even use this idea for other design elements for your wedding too – endless possibilities!

You will need: • Pieces of wood • Cardstock paper • Inkjet printer • Scissors • Elmer’s glue • Modge Podge • Foam brush

How to create the table numbers: 1. First you will need to determine the design you want to transfer on the wood. We created a 2 with a garland wrapped around, but you can do whatever you’d like! 2. With your foam brush paint a smooth layer of Elmer’s glue on a piece of card stock. Be sure to fully cover the area where your design will be. Let the glue has completely dried. 24 | Macomb County Weddings


3. Print a reversed inkjet image on the glue side of the cardstock. Once you have that paint a thin, smooth layer of Modge Podge on the wood and stick the inkjet image face down on the wet Modge Podge. Make sure to press down hard and smooth over. Let the glue dry for 8 hours. 4. After the transfer has dried for 8 hours let it run under warm water from the faucet until the cardstock is completely saturated and peels off from the wood on its on its own.

Once it is off, it should reveal your rustic design on the wood! Designed by Wednesday - http://www.wednesdaycustomdesign.com/

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RealMacombCountyWEDDINGS Kyle Protor, Romeo, to Jena Edwards, Belleville Date: November 5, 2011 Wedding: St. John Lutheran Church, Romeo Reception: Tina’s County House, Macomb Photographer: Todd Schaffer Photography


Florals

Ideas that bloom

A summer bride is a lucky bride when it comes to picking flowers for the arrangements and bouquets. It is always cheapest to choose flowers that are in season, and the summer season offers an incredibly diverse array of blooms. From the lilies of the field to hothouse roses, there are flowers that will suit every summer wedding from the most casual beach bash to the most elegant formal soiree. There are a number of considerations to take into account when choosing wedding flowers. Summer Bridal Bouquets When choosing flowers for your bridal bouquet, be sure to take your own coloring into account. Blonde brides tend to look best with blue, lavender or pink flowers; brunettes can carry off richer, deeper colors like red, bronze and orange; and redheads really shine with lots of greenery, white flowers and small touches of color. Keep scale in mind as well – a petite bride can carry a pretty little nosegay of delicate flowers. A taller bride or larger bride can carry off a more elaborate bouquet, or a stunning, simple arrangement of longstemmed calla lilies. With that in mind, here are some of the flowers that are in season for summer that can be used in your bouquets: Stock, asters, stephanotis, calla lilies, Asiatic lilies, oriental lilies, baby’s breath, dendrobium orchids, anthuriums, ginger, heliconias, hydrangea, white gladiolus and white snapdragons.

Calla Lilies

Asiatic Lilies

Dendrobium

Anthuriums

Gladiolus

Summer Wedding Floral Arrangements To bring everything together, carry over some of the flowers from your wedding bouquet to your table and room arrangements. While you may want to keep your wedding bouquet in the white range, you can add a lot more color to your table arrangements. Keep the theme of your wedding in mind when choosing the flowers for your arrangements. Simple arrangements of wildflowers like daisies, stock and lavender can be perfect for a simple garden wedding, while stunning vertical arrangements using gladiolas or stargazer lilies can add a touch of drama to an elegant evening affair. 28 | Macomb County Weddings


Summer Weddings

Catering Ideas


So many fabulous foods are especially suited for the summer months, so it can be hard to choose the menu for your summer wedding. Just think of all those great memories of savory cookouts and sweet treats at carnivals. We’ve consulted some top wedding pros to get the trendiest food and drink ideas for your summer wedding. Refreshing Drinks Let guests slake their thirst -- and get the party started -- by offering a fabulous selection of drinks. Nonalcoholic lemonade or iced tea bars are very popular. Displaying different flavors (and colors!) of lemonade or tea in giant glass jugs along with cut fruit for garnishes makes for a lovely, decorative setup during your cocktail hour or reception. • More ideas: When it comes to cocktails, think light and refreshing. Two new favorites: hibiscus iced tea with raspberry liqueur and citron vodka; and spiked cucumber-mint lemonade. For the latter, take vodka and simple syrup pressed with mint (similar to making a mojito), mix with lemonade, and garnish with a slice of cucumber for a fun signature cocktail. Cool Appetizers Icy apps can help hot guests cool down during your cocktail hour or reception. Shrimp cocktail on ice is always refreshing. While ice sculpture raw bars remain popular, if that’s not your style, consider serving individual shrimp set on cups of shaved ice. • More ideas: Anything miniature is hugely popular for weddings of all seasons. For a summer wedding, think of seasonally inspired options like shots of gazpacho served in carved-out cucumber cups or mini Caesar salads. Sizzling Entree Selections Summer is the season for barbecuing, so consider serving a grilled entree for instant seasonal style. Rather than going for heavier fare like steak or pulled pork, stick to the lighter side with chicken or fish. Bringing in fruity flavors will add even more seasonal flair -- think chili-lime rubbed chicken breasts or grilled tilapia topped with mango salsa. • More ideas: Go for upscale picnic-style fare, which is both a low-maintenance and high-style way to go. One example menu we love: coconut-fried chicken served with dipping sauces, red bliss potato salad, and mandarin orange and mesclun salad with raspberry vinaigrette. The options are endless (and delicious!). Desserts Double as Decor Serving a dessert in addition to the wedding cake is more popular than ever and a great way to season-ize your menu. Give your dessert double impact by choosing a sweet treat that echoes the ambience of your event. Consider serving a mini-scoop trio of sorbet that mimics the colors of your wedding. With so many flavors to choose from -- melon, lime, raspberry, mango, and more -- you’re sure to find something yummy that suits your style. • More ideas: Create “dessert gardens” by having your caterer attach small pieces of cheesecake or chocolate to lollipop sticks and displaying them in a fresh bed of wheatgrass. They’re as cute and chic as they are easy to eat for a late-night snack to polish off a perfect evening. Read more: Summer Weddings: Catering Ideas for Summer WeddingsTheKnot.com http://wedding.theknot.com/real-weddings/summer-weddings/articles/summer-wedding-catering-ideas.aspx#ixzz1s2mBVAfn

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Beauty Relaxation

In Macomb Pre-wedding Pampering and Beauty Tips

Relax and Get Pampered

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