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D I R E C T O R Y publisher Litho Publishing, Inc. editor Beth Andrews art direction Brooks Graphic Design The Tuscaloosa Bridal Directory is a unique Directory full of useful information about planning your wedding. It includes checklists of what to do when, lists of who pays for what, and facts about invitations, announcements and much more. Your Wedding Day is very special and we encourage you to use professionals like those you will find in the Directory. When contacting those professionals listed in the Directory, let them know how you found them. Finally, please let us hear from you—your comments will help us provide a better service to you and others in the future.


The Tuscaloosa Bridal Directory, Issue 52 Fall/Winter 2014–2015, P.O. Box 530892, Birmingham, AL 35253, 205-871-6322 or info@tuscaloosabridaldirectory.com. Listing and Advertising rates available upon request. All rights reserved. Copying or reproduction, in whole or in part, of this publication is strictly prohibited. Every effort has been made to assure the accuracy of the information contained herein. However, the publisher cannot guarantee such accuracy. Listings and advertising are subject to errors, omissions, and/or other change without notice. ©Copyright 1995 Tuscaloosa Bridal Directory 2

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Mindful Eating Grooming the Groom Newspaper Requirements 10 Ways to Reduce Costs Addressing Formal Invitations Musical Menu Having Fun with Photos Feature Wedding/ Tuscaloosa Bride Groom’s Checklist Marriage License Wedding Planner Setting Your Budget Coming Home Checklist Directory of Services How To Cut a Wedding Cake Wedding Expenses Pilates Don’t Forget to Write Advantages of Friday and Sunday Weddings Reception Checklist The Perfect Wedding Toast Ask the Baker Wedding Program Pointers Dahlonega, Georgia

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Mindful Eating by Cindy Huggins, RDN, LD author of the blog “Newlywed Nutrition”


hroughout my journey of health and wellness, I have had to learn the power of mindful eating and finding balance with food. It is quite scary the extremes ladies will go through to fit in a dress. If I could give any tip it would be, diets don’t work. It is important to find peace with food. Food should be satisfying and provide fuel for the body. Depriving the body of essential nutrients only makes it want to store what little food it gets as fat. It does this because it thinks it is starving and wants to conserve the energy (food). This is why skipping meals is the worst thing one could do for their health. Avoiding favorite foods, like sweets, may also hinder keeping a healthy weight. Have you ever cut out something and for days on end it is all you think about? Then, you find yourself sitting on the couch inhaling a box of chocolate chip cookies. Let’s explore how to find balance with food and break the habit of overeating and restrictive eating forever! To begin finding balance with food, one needs to adopt the Mindful Eating Principles. Be in the moment when eating, paying attention in a non-judgmental way. Mindfulness incorporates both internal processes (emotion, behavior, motivation) and external environments (setting, surroundings, distractions). Listen to your thoughts and become aware of your emotional and physical state. Understanding The Mindful Eating Cycle will allow you to analyze habits and become more aware of your eating cycle. Think about a typical day and write down answers to the following questions. “Why do I eat?” Ultimately, food is needed for fuel, but often times this is forgotten. Are you satisfied with the food and how you feel?


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“When do I eat?” This is very, very important. It could depend on the clock, hunger cues, habits, emotional state, physical state, or the environment. Do you feel the need to head to the vending machine for a quick snack even if you are not hungry? “What do I eat?” Look at a typical day and write down what you are eating. Be as specific as possible from foods and beverages to supplements and medications. Take note of any patterns. “How do I eat?” Look at mannerisms. Are you eating too fast or too slow? Does the environment (watching TV, working, driving, and playing on your cell phone or computer) affect your eating habits? “How much do I eat?” The goal here is to aim to be satisfied, not full. That’s why it is very important to slow down when we eat and listen to our bodies. “Where do I invest my energy?” Think about where you spend most of your time. In front of the TV, taking part in a hobby, or at the gym? Since you are about to embrace a new life with your significant other, now would be a good time to have a conversation about personal goals, life goals, and marriage goals. Diets don’t work and often do more harm than good. Remember, one main goal of mindful eating is understanding that there is no “good” or “bad” food. It is finding balance with all food and learning how to use food to nourish the body. Good luck on your personal health and wellness journey.

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Grooming the Groom


here’s no disputing that the wedding is the bride’s day, but that doesn’t mean the groom doesn’t need to pay attention to his appearance. Take pride in knowing that you are a beautiful couple with a perfect sense of style. Whatever the style and degree of formality you choose for your wedding, there are a few key points regarding fit when ordering formalwear for groom and groomsmen.

With all the attention given to the men’s clothes, an important detail that is sometimes overlooked is the groomsmen’s hair. Men are generally more casual about haircuts than women, but they should be sure to get a trim two weeks before the wedding to add the finishing touch to their wedding finery.

Shirts: Whether pleated front panels or traditional smooth-fronted ones, shirts should fit snugly around the neck.

Tails: The ultimate formal attire, which should only be worn after 6 p.m., this ensemble features a winged-collar tuxedo shirt, ascot or bow tie, vest, tuxedo trousers and tailcoat. The full-dress ensemble comes in black, midnight blue, or grey, with a white shirt and matching or all white accessories.

Pants: The bottom hem of the pants should touch the top of the shoes. Jackets: As a general rule, you should be able to cup your fingers under the sides of your suit jacket. Jackets should fit snugly, but comfortably with some room at the waist. Vents on the sides of the jacket should lay smoothly and follow bodylines. Sleeves: Sleeves that drop below the thumb or come midway down the hand are too long; if the wristbone is showing, the jacket is too short. Collar: The collar should hug the neck and the lapels should not buckle.

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Tuxedo: Either single or double-breasted, this formal suit has satin shawl or notched lapels. Matching pants sport a satin stripe down the pant-legs. Tailored in silk, mohair, wool or blend, in black, grey, ivory or white, tuxedos come in a range of styles sure to suit any taste. Vest: This is often referred to as a waistcoat and comes in single- or double-breasted styles easily worn with nearly any tuxedo ensemble. With the open back vest, a band goes around the neck and another is fastened across the back. Tails, strollers, white-tie and director’s suits require a different style of vest. White tie: Worn only to the most formal evening weddings, this ensemble consists of a black tailcoat and black tuxedo trousers with a white bow tie, winged-collar shirt and white vest.


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Newspaper Guidelines The Tuscaloosa News

Engagement Announcements

Package A is $195, which includes a twocolumn announcement up to 5 inches tall, including a one-column photo printed in color or black & white, and online posting. Package B is $350, which includes twocolumn and up to 10 inches tall, including a two-column photo printed in color or black & white, and online posting. Wedding Announcements

Package choices for weddings include: • Free basic announcement with no photo, includes online posting. No additional information can be added to the announcement form. • Free basic announcement with photo for $125. One-column photo printed in color or black & white and online posting included. • Package A is $195 and includes a two-column wide announcement up to 5 inches tall, including a one-column photo printed in color or black & white, and online posting. • Package B is $350 and includes a two-column wide announcement up to 10 inches tall, including a one-column (more copy– 450 words) or two-column photo (less copy –225 words) printed in color or black & white, and online posting. • Package C is $495 and includes a two-column wide announcement (500 words) up to 15 inches tall, including a two-column photo printed in color or black & white, and online posting. Deadlines

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after wedding date for weddings. Payment is required in advance. You have to have an email address or will have to ok the copy in person after it is printed out. No corrections or permission to print of copy taken by phone. Call Peggy Skelton at 205-722-0199 or email peggy.skelton@tuscaloosanews.com for forms and information. Northport Gazette Deadlines for announcements/articles: • All photographs and text must be turned in the Monday prior to when it should run, no later than 5:00 pm. • The Gazette is published every Wednesday afternoon. • Photos and text can be emailed to: northportgazette@northportgazette.com or brought into our office at 401 20th Ave., Suite 5, Northport (phone 749-3091). Photos should be in the best and clearest form possible. Text may also be faxed to 759-5449.

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10 Ways to Reduce Costs by Shannon Reeves, Shannon Reeves Events


ometimes a gal just has to trim the budget, but there are some elements of your big day that should never be compromised (i.e. hiring quality vendors). Here are a few ways you can save as you try to manage your big day bottom line: 1. Trim the guest list. More guests always equals more money, so inviting just your nearest and dearest is the most effective way to keep your costs in check. Easier said than done, I know, but you’ll be glad you didn’t invite your whole office when you get down to the nitty gritty and realize how much you are paying per head. 2. Choose a venue that’s already gorgeous. The simple, blank reception hall may be inexpensive, but you’ll have to spend a bundle on flowers and décor. And chances are it still won’t be as appealing as the lovely waterfront venue that’s just full of natural prettiness. 3. Limit the bar options. Unless religious reasons are in play, couples should always offer their guests a hosted bar. But limiting the selections to beer and wine is a cost-effective way to make everyone happy. 4. Consider alternative days. Plan a Friday or Sunday wedding! Many times, vendors are able to lower their fees on days that are less in demand. 5. Hire a DJ instead of a live band. I love a good band, but the right DJ can keep the party going just as well. If you’re watching pennies but still want a live music element, think about hiring musicians to play during your ceremony and cocktail hour and let the DJ take it from there. 6. Wed out of “wedding season.” March-June are prime wedding months in Alabama. Vendors may offer lower fees during off-peak months, so it never hurts to ask!


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7. Stay in season. Give your florist an idea of the look and colors you like rather than a list of must-have blooms. Take their recommendations, stay with what’s in season, and save a bundle.

8. Nix the favors. Treat your guests to great food, a few glasses of wine, and a band or DJ who will keep the dance floor packed. Guests will be grateful and happy to have spent the day with you; a bag of monogrammed truffles isn’t going to make or break their experience. 9. Forgo RSVP enclosure cards. Since in most (all) cases, guests are terrible at popping that little reply card back in the mail, create an email address and ask guests to respond that way. It’s easier for them and you’ll save on paper pieces and stamps. 10. Offer food stations instead of a sitdown dinner. Offering a few perfectly-placed food stations — think a biscuit bar, a shrimp-and-grits station, cheese and bread boards with other pick-up hors d’oeuvres — is much more costeffective, social, and fun. A few places you shouldn’t touch? Don’t skimp on vendors. You only get one day — it’s important to hire the good ones you can trust. Don’t cut the bar, skimp on food or appoint yourself, friends, or family members to do jobs you should be trusting to professionals. You and your loved ones should get to enjoy the day, too! Budget is a tough one, but hang in there and stay true to your vision. And if you need to cut, do it where no one will notice. Woodland Fields Photography

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Addressing Formal Invitations Today by Andrea Watson, The Fine Hand: Calligraphy, Etc.


very issue of the Tuscaloosa Bridal Directory contains an excellent guide on “How to address invitations.” It is, however, necessarily brief, and inevitably questions arise as individual cases present themselves. Though formal wedding invitations maintain a sense of tradition, life in twenty-first century America has given rise to many changes in family life and nomenclature. Your guest list will have many variants from the usual Mr. and Mrs. As a calligrapher I have made a study over the years of correct traditional forms and contemporary practices. Following are a few special cases that should help you avoid common errors. When a married woman retains her maiden name, the invitation should have her name first, followed by the word and and the name of her spouse. The and indicates that this is a married couple: Ms. Mary Elizabeth Jones and Mr. Steven Smith Married couples using professional honorifics who share the same last name: Both are doctors: Drs. Kathryn Anne and William Edward Coates or The Doctors Coates If she is a doctor and he is not: Dr. Kathryn Anne Coates and Mr. William Edward Coates If she retains her maiden name: Dr. Kathryn Anne Turner and Mr. William Edward Coates Unmarried persons whose invitation will be sent to one address should have their names on separate lines: Dr. Kathryn Anne Turner Mr. Steven James Smith


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Using Mrs. with a woman’s given name is poor form. Whether married, widowed, or divorced, a woman should be Ms. Mary Smith or Mrs. John Smith. The Mrs. comes with the man’s name. If a divorced woman retains her ex-husband’s surname and wishes to continue to use the honorific Mrs. it should be followed by her maiden surname and her former husband’s surname. If Mary and John Smith divorce, she may correctly be Ms. Mary Smith or Mrs. Jones Smith, but never Mrs. Mary Smith. When using first names, it’s ladies first: Mary and John Smith. This isn’t merely etiquette, it logically keeps the man’s name together. When children are invited you will need to know their ages and sexes to list them properly. Age is a factor in deciding whether they should be sent separate invitations. The contemporary custom of giving surnames to girls as well as boys creates confusion. Note that double envelope sets make this somewhat easier, as children’s names can be listed on the inner envelope. Single envelopes can’t support more than two lines for names, so unless the children are of the same sex, separate invitations become a necessity. There are bound to be other special cases that are real stumpers. An experienced calligrapher can help you sort these out while maintaining good form.

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Musical Menu

A Musical Menu for Marching Down the Aisle

For the Procession Down the Aisle • “Air on the G String,” Bach: contemplative, passionate. • “Allegro” from The Water Music, Handel: jaunty, uplifting ditty. • “Andante” from String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 29, Schubert: tender theme from the opera Rosamunde. • “Andante” from Piano Concerto No.21 K.467, Mozart: used in the movie Elvira Madigan. • “Arioso” from Cantata 156, Bach: nice, lessused substitute for “Air on the G String.” • “Bridal Chorus” from Act III of Lohengrin, Wagner: “Here Comes the Bride.” • “Canon in D,” Pachelbel: melodious round that keeps growing and growing. • “The Four Seasons,” Vivaldi: various movements that provide uplifting, classic touch. • “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” Bach: simple, swirling and sentimental. • “Largo” from the opera Xerxes, Handel: slow, moving melody that builds to majestic climax. • “Nocturne” from String Quartet No. 2, Borodin: passionate tune in the show Kismet. • “Romanza” from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Mozart: nothing more beautiful than this stately melody. • “See, The Conquering Hero Comes” from the oratorio Judas Maccabeus. Handel: bold tune. Perfect for the unabashed bride who idolizes her groom. • “Sheep May Safely Graze,” Bach: a heart tugger. • “Traumerie” from Kinderscene, Schumann: dreamy. • “Trumpet Tune,” Purcell, “Trumpet Voluntary in D,” Jeremiah Clarke: regal Baroque fanfares. • “Vocaluse,” Rachmaninoff: gorgeous love song with a hint of tragedy. For the Recessional • “Hornpipe” from The Water Music, Handel: noble Baroque tune. • “Ode to Joy,” Beethoven: solemnity meets hope. • “Rondeau,” Jean Joseph Mouret: theme from PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre. • “Wedding March” from Midsummernight’s Dream, Mendelssohn: a joyous conclusion to start the rest of your lives together. • “Hallelujah Chorus,” by Handel: if you really want to make a statement! By Martin Steinberg, The Associated Press


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ven though weddings are a testament of very personal love, sometimes the whole day can seem like a cookie-cutter event. But there is nothing more personal than a photo; so use them to make your day one-of-a-kind! Here are a few ideas for using images to express yourself in your wedding, from the fun and frivolous to the romantic and intimate.

• Save-the-date cards and invitations can seem stuffy and predictable—so spice them up with a photo of you two. From photos of the two of you when you were children to photos from when you first met. It makes a more interesting card and gets guests excited for your wedding. • Have posters made or large canvases from your engagement session to hang or display at the reception site. Surround your engagement photo with a large smooth white mat and display it with nice pens at the reception for guests to sign. You will have a personal touch around a beautiful photo of the day. • At pre-wedding parties, have guests bring

ANY photos of you and the groom (embarrassing or unflattering) and set them in a frame at the reception. Let everyone see all sides of your relationship! • Huge reception halls and banquet rooms can seem large and impersonal. By adding pictures from your parents’ and grandparents’ weddings framed nicely throughout the room, the room will become a little more intimate. It’s also a nice way to honor deceased relatives or long-standing marriages. • Many couples have a disposable camera or two at each table—let everyone from the flower girl to your great-grandpa snap a few and have them turn it in at the end of the night. Then see what everyone was up to and what you may have missed! • Here’s a fun, crowd pleasing, party-enhancing idea: rent a photo booth to have a great reception! Your guests will have a great time entering the booth posing for photos (both lovely and silly) and enjoying the black and white or color prints. • Looking for a wedding gift for your fiancé? Give him a chic, “for his eyes only” boudoir-style photograph of yourself that will capture the romance and affection that only you two can share. • Finally, before leaving your reception, have your photographer or a friend take a quick snapshot of bride and groom with your cell phones. What a fun screen saver to have on your honeymoon!


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Groom’s Checklist Checklist THR EE TO T W ELV E M O NTHS B EFO R E W E D D IN G

 Set budget and division of financial obligations  Buy engagement ring  Choose best man and ushers (one usher per 50 guests)  Set appointment with clergyman  Furnish family guest list to fiancée  Plan honeymoon with fiancée (check passports and visas, if necessary)  Order bride’s flowers  Order mother’s flowers  Plan correct formal attire with fiancée and groomsmen  Make reservations for rehearsal dinner  Take dance lessons


 Select your wardrobe for honeymoon  Select wedding rings with fiancée  Choose gifts for ushers and best man  Select bride’s gift  Reserve limousine and/or special transportation

O NE M O NTH B EFO R E W E D D IN G  Arrange all needed insurance and review legal/medical/religious documents  Arrange lodging and transportation for out-of-town guests  Have medical examination and blood test


 Get marriage license  Provide final guest count for rehearsal dinner to caterer or restaurant  Arrange for clergyman’s fee  Plan bachelor dinner or party with best man  Pick up wedding bands  Pack for honeymoon

Best Man’s Checklist  Take charge of ushers  Be responsible for wedding rings  Be responsible for clergyman’s fee


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 Be responsible for license  Check on all travel arrangements for honeymoon  Prepare to toast bride and groom

Marriage License T USC A LO OSA CO U NT Y M A R R I AGE L I CENSE R EQ U IR EM ENT S 1. You must be at least 18 years old. 2. If you are under the age of 18, both parents must come in and sign the application, as well as a Marriage Bond. We MUST see the parent’s driver’s license and the minor’s certified birth certificate issued from the Health Department in the last 30 days. 3. YOU MUST HAVE: a. Driver’s License; State issued Non-driver’s license or a passport for identification. b. Social Security cards are required if you have a social security number. c. If you do not have a social security number, a notarized affidavit attesting to the fact that you were never issued and/or have never had a social security number must be submitted at the time you purchase your marriage license. d. Divorce decrees if either party has been divorced or death certificate if spouse is deceased. e. $44.00 CASH for the license. (Checks, debit cards or credit cards NOT ACCEPTED.) f. $15.00 more if you are getting married here by the Judge of Probate. TOTAL $59.00 CASH 4. If you are interested in being married here, you must call that morning to make sure someone will be here to marry you. We DO NOT make appointments! 5. Blood tests are NOT required! 6. Marriage licenses are valid for 30 days in the State of Alabama. That means once the license is issued to you, you must get married within 30 days. The license is void after 30 days and valid ONLY in Alabama. You may purchase your license in any county in Alabama. It is not required that you buy it in the county where you are to be married.

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Wedding Checklist THR EE TO T W ELV E M O NTHS B EFO R E W E D D IN G

 Determine budget with parents / number of guests  Create a website for your wedding  Type of wedding (very formal, formal, semi-formal)  Date, time and place for ceremony  Visit officiating clergy for consultation  Choose bridal consultant if desired  Type of reception  Reserve facility for reception  Wedding dress  Bridal attendants  Attendants’ dresses and mothers’ gowns  Guest list  Wedding invitations and announcements / calligrapher if desired  Thank you and personal stationery  Choose photographer and videographer  Registry for gifts: china, silver, crystal patterns  Buy a wedding album, gift and guest record file  Find a new home and plan furnishings  Start your make-up lessons, skin care, hairstyling program  Start workout program with personal trainer  Ceremony and reception music  Take dance lessons  Order flowers  Make appointment for pre-marital examination  Consult caterer  Discuss honeymoon with groom



 Check state requirements for marriage license  Order wedding and groom cake  Address and mail invitations  Arrange for display of gifts  Wedding gown fittings  Attendants’ gown fittings  Shop for trousseau  Coordinate men’s formalwear attire  Select attendants’ and groom’s gifts

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 Mail invitations  Have programs printed  Set appointment to have make-up and hairstyling for portrait  Check groom on wedding ring(s)  Final fitting of wedding dress and all gowns  Have wedding portrait taken  Send portrait to newspapers  Complete arrangements for reception  Arrange transportation and accommodations for out-of-town guests  Arrange for moving (if necessary)  Arrange for party rental equipment  Arrange transportation to ceremony and reception  Arrange for your joint or new checking accounts  Have all charge accounts changed / change of address to post office  Acknowledge each gift as it arrives  Arrange for insurance on wedding gifts  Arrange for yoga class to help with stress from the above  Arrange for preservation of bridal bouquet


 Arrange final seating for the reception  Write toasts for rehearsal dinner  Check all gowns and accessories / break in wedding shoes at home  Complete trousseau and going away clothes  Write checks to vendors, put in envelope and give to Best Man to pass out  Give caterer final estimate of attendance at reception  Discuss specific shots with photographer  Make arrangements with Best Man to return tuxedo rentals  Present gifts at and attend bridesmaid’s luncheon  Arrange any last minute transportation  Put all wedding clothes in one place  Arrange wedding day time schedule  Get lots of beauty rest


 Relax – Have a leisurely breakfast  Take time to bathe and dress leisurely  Make-up by an artist, manicure, hair styled  Leave all details to those responsible  This is your day – Enjoy! Wedding Checklists


Setting Your Budget There are many details to investigate before signing any contractual agreements for your wedding services. Once you’ve checked off the items listed below and made your decisions, get in writing everything you expect.



Stationery $________ ________ Invitations ________ Announcements ________ Thank you Notes ________ Reply Cards ________ At-home Card ________ Monogrammed Napkins ________ Matches ________ Photography $________ ________ Formal Portraits ________ Engagement ________ Wedding ________ Wedding Album ________ Parent’s Album ________ Extra Prints ________ Videography $________ ________ Reception $________ ________ Food ________ Beverage ________ Wedding Cake ________ Groom’s Cake ________ Gratuities and Taxes ________ Valet Parking ________ Officer ________ Music $________ ________ Wedding ________ Reception ________ Soloist ________ Bridal Attire $________ ________ Dress ________ Headpiece and Veil ________ Undergarments ________ Jewelry ________ Shoes ________ Trousseau ________ Garter ________ Preservation-Gown ________ Hair Stylist ________ Nails ________ Wedding Consultant $ ________ ________


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Transportation $________ ________ Limousines ________ Carriage, etc. ________ Parking ________ Wedding Parties $________ ________ Bridal Luncheon ________ Rehearsal Dinner ________ Out-of-town Guests ________ Fees $________ ________ Church/Synagogue ________ Officiant ________ Assistants (cantors, altar boys) ________ Gifts $________ ________ Maid of Honor ________ Best Man ________ Bridesmaids ________ Groomsmen ________ Other ________ Flowers $________ ________ At Ceremony ________ Bridal Bouquet ________ Attendants’ ________ (male, female) ________ Mothers’ Corsages ________ Reception ________ Miscellaneous $________ ________ Bird Seed Bags ________ Hotel Accommodations ________ (for out-of-town guests) ________ Honeymoon $________ ________ Transportation ________ Accommodations ________ Daily Allowance ________ Total Budget

$ _________________

Total Est. Cost

$ _________________

Typical Breakdown of Wedding Expenses Reception Costs Clothes and Gifts Ceremony Costs Photography Invitations & Stationery Miscellaneous

30% 30% 11% 11% 6% 12%

Coming Home  Notify parents and family you are home, Don’t forget to thank them for their cooperation.  Finish sending thank-you notes.  Check your wedding gifts. If you have duplicates or ones that don’t fit your taste, return them immediately.  Select your wedding photographs.  Change all previous addresses such as driver’s licenses, charge cards, insurance policies, etc.

 Notify business associates.  Discuss with each other and lawyer the need for insurance such as homeowner, jewelry and maternity benefits on your medical insurance.  Work up a budget on a weekly and monthly basis.  Invite parents to dinner.  Have a party inviting groomsmen and bride’s attendants. Show them the wedding and honeymoon photographs.

Changing Your Name Following is a list of whom to inform and what to modify when your name changes.  Driver’s License

 Lending Institutions

 Auto Registration & Title

 Medical/School records

 Auto Insurance

 Wills

 Social Security Card

 Accountant

 Credit Cards

 Securities Broker

 Checking/Savings Accounts

 Leases with Landlord

 Health Insurance Policies

 Library Card

 Life Insurance Policies

 Voter Registration Card

 Telephone Number & Listing

 Organization Memberships

 Post Office

 Passport

 Charge Accounts

 Safe Deposit Box

 Income Tax Deduction Status with Employer

 Magazine/Newspaper Subscriptions

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A CUTTING EDGE CATERERS www.acuttingedgecatering.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 633-1032 MARY’S CAKES & PASTRIES, LLC 412-B 22nd Avenue, N’port. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 345-8610 www.maryscakesandpastries.com

HOTEL CAPSTONE 320 Paul Bryant Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 752-3200 www.capstonehotel.com SOUTHERN HOUSE & GARDEN 15308 Shepard Park Road www.SouthernHouseAndGarden.com. . . . . . . . 345-5765 bridal registry

SWEET TREATS Hwy 69 South. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 343-2262

ANNA KATE & CO. 80 McFarland Boulevard, Suite 7. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 349-2206

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HUDSON-POOLE JEWELERS 1111 Greensboro Avenue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 752-5535

J & S BARTENDING Marc Jones. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205-310-3104 jsbartending.com. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . jsbar1@comcast.net bridal/formal apparel/ formalwear BEAUTY MARK, INC. 1621 Skyland Blvd, East. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 556-2005 www.shopbeautymark.com CLASSY THREADS 900 Skyland Blvd. E., McFarland Mall, Ste. 4.. . 562-8776 LADY IN LACE 410 Downtown Plaza. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 349-5223 www.ladyinlace.net. . . . . . . . . . . . . . inquiry@ladyinlace.net SASH – A BRIDESMAID’S BOUTIQUE 1653 McFarland Blvd. N., Suite F-2 . . . . . . . . . . . 344-4033 (located within Part Two) www.shop-sash.com

calligrapher THE FINE HAND CALLIGRAPHY, ETC. Andrea Watson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 553-2715 findhand13@bellsouth.net caterers A CUTTING EDGE CATERERS www.acuttingedgecatering.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 633-1032 A TAVOLA CATERING chefs@atavola-catering.com. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 265-1110 southerndiningresources.com CASUAL CLASSIC CATERING LandNStation@bellsouth.net. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248-8386 CRIMSON CATERING 751 Campus Drive, Suite 1801 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 348-1752

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HOTEL CAPSTONE 320 Paul Bryant Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 752-3200 www.capstonehotel.com

CHUCK’S FISH 508 Greensboro Avenue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248-9370 www.chucksfish.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 799-1720

SOUTHERN HOUSE & GARDEN 15308 Shepard Park Road www.SouthernHouseAndGarden.com. . . . . . . . 345-5765

THE CYPRESS INN RESTAURANT 501 Rice Mine Road North . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 345-6963 www.cypressinnrestaurant.com DINAH WASHINGTON CULTURAL ARTS CENTER 620 Greensboro Avenue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 758-5195 ext. 7 cac.tuscarts.org

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MATT CLINTON DESIGNS 705 Paul Bryant Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 464-0488 www.mattclintondesigns.com SHANNON REEVES EVENTS Shannon@ShannonReevesEvents.com. . . . 850-341-2949 www.ShannonReevesEvents.com SIGNATURE EVENTS Keely Duke . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 454-0683 keelyduke1982@gmail.com SOUTHERN HOUSE & GARDEN 15308 Shepard Park Road www.SouthernHouseAndGarden.com. . . . . . . . 345-5765 SPECIAL EVENTS – A GAME DAY TENTS CO. 1209 James I. Harrison Jr. Parkway. . . . . . . . . . . . 469-0105 www.SpecialEventsAL.com florist AMY’S FLORIST 4521 Longview Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 345-2242 www.amystheflorist.com BEAUTY MARK, INC. 1621 Skyland Blvd, East. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 556-2005 MATT CLINTON DESIGNS 705 Paul Bryant Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 464-0488 www.mattclintondesigns.com SOUTHERN HOUSE & GARDEN 15308 Shepard Park Road www.SouthernHouseAndGarden.com. . . . . . . . 345-5765 SUE’S FLOWERS – Tyric Humphryes 405 Main Avenue, N’port. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 758-2100 TUSCALOOSA FLOWER SHOPPE 2208 University Boulevard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 758-3065 Tuscaloosaflowershoppe.com. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 861-7760 formalwear rentals MOBLEY & SONS 1657 McFarland Blvd. N., Suite G2E. . . . . .205-345-7929 mobleyandsons.com guest accommodations HOTEL CAPSTONE 320 Paul Bryant Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 752-3200 www.HotelCapstone.com

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SCOTTIE JONES PHOTOGRAPHY. . . . . . 372-3777 scottiejonesphotography.com. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . or 657-0104 STEPHANIE WHATLEY PHOTOGRAPHY www.stephaniewhatleyphotography.com.. . . . . . 553-3998 TERRI LANE PHOTOGRAPHY www.TerriLanePhotography.com . . . . . . . . . 205-799-4969 terrilnphoto@aol.com photo booths SPECIAL EVENTS 1209 James I. Harrison Jr. Parkway. . . . . . . . . . . . 469-0105 www.specialeventsal.com TOTAL ENTERTAINMENT TotalEntertainmentWeddings.com. . . . . . . . . . . . 301-7227 rentals ABZ RENT-ALL 1331 McFarland Blvd. NE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 759-5444 abzrent-all.com DREAMS—LUXURY LINENS K. Crawford . . . . . . . . . . dreamsbyk@aol.com / 393-0134 SPECIAL EVENTS – A GAME DAY TENTS CO. 1209 James I. Harrison Jr. Parkway. . . . . . . . . . . . 469-0105 www.SpecialEventsAL.com sparklers Light Up Your Special Night with SPARKLERS Cindy Wilson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205-242-6011 cindyhwilson@me.com

DINAH WASHINGTON CULTURAL ARTS CENTER 620 Greensboro Avenue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 758-5195 ext. 7 cac.tuscarts.org EVERHOPE PLANTATION Eutaw, AL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .205-500-0780 www.Everhope1852.com HOTEL CAPSTONE 320 Paul Bryant Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 752-3200 www.HotelCapstone.com SOUTHERN HOUSE & GARDEN 15308 Shepard Park Road www.SouthernHouseAndGarden.com. . . . . . . . 345-5767 THE CYPRESS INN RESTAURANT 501 Rice Mine Road North . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 345-6963 www.cypressinnrestaurant.com THE JEMISON MANSION 1305 Greensboro Avenue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 758-2906 THE L&N STATION 301 Greensboro Ave. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248-8386 LandNStation@bellsouth.net THE OAKS 430 Walnut St., Centreville, AL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225-0044 www.theoaksatcentreville.com


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TUSCALOOSA COUNTY PARK & RECREATION AUTHORITY www.tcpara.org . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 562-3220

HOLLOWAY PRODUCTIONS Lance Holloway. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 553-8656 www.hollowayproductions.com. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 242-9263 wedding & reception sites BATTLE-FRIEDMAN HOUSE 1010 Greensboro Avenue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 758-6138 BEAR CREEK MANOR 301 Bear Creek Cutoff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 210-5300 Facebook.com/bearcreekmanor BRYANT CONFERENCE CENTER http://bcc.ua.edu. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 348-3001 46

CHUCK’S FISH 508 Greensboro Avenue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248-9370 www.chucksfish.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 799-1720

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TUSCALOOSA RIVER MARKET 1900 Jack Warner Pkwy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205-248-5295 www.tuscaloosarivermarket.com rivermarket@tuscaloosa.com THE UNIVERSITY CLUB 421 Queen City Avenue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 348-4849 ucevents@uclub.ua.edu wedding gown preservation ROYAL FINE CLEANERS Tuscaloosa & Northport. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 391-0034 www.royalfinecleaners.com

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How to Cut a Wedding Cake


he most important info is to (1) remove the top tier which is usually saved and (2) obviously remove the topper and any other non-edible decorations, then (3) start from the top and work your way down the cake.

The first step is to use the right knife. Always use a sharp, thin knife. The cuts should be made by first inserting the knife straight down into the cake, and then by pulling the knife at an angle toward the outer edge. Before the next cut, wipe the knife clean with a damp cloth.

1. Start from the top by removing the 6" tier, which is usually the bride and groom’s cake to be saved. 2. Work from any side to cut a horizontal line about two inches from the outer edge of the tier. 3. Slice from right to left to make vertical cuts about one inch apart, until the entire row has been sliced. 4. Cut another horizontal line two inches from the new edge, and slice this row. 5. Repeat until the entire tier has been cut. 6. You should produce five rows in the 10" tier. 7. Move to the 14" and repeat the process for seven rows.

Three-Tiered Round Cake

Heart and Oval Cakes

Finally, if there are more than 3 tiers, remove the tiers before cutting to avoid having the tiers slip off while cutting.

General Guidelines

1. Start from the top by removing the 6" tier, which is usually the bride and groom’s cake to be saved. 2. Cut a circle about two inches from the outer edge of the 10" tier. 3. Work from this circle and make vertical cuts about one inch apart, until the ring is completely sliced. 4. Use the same starting procedure and cut another two-inch ring, again slicing into one-inch pieces. 5. Repeat the procedure until the tier is completed; then repeat entire process on 14" tier until all the cake has been served. Source: http://www.elegantaffair-ca.com/weddingcake.php 48

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Heart and oval shaped cakes are cut in a similar fashion as square and rectangular cakes.

Hexagonal and Petal Cakes Hexagonal shaped and petal shaped cakes are cut up in the same way as for round cakes.

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Wedding Expenses—Who Pays? The bride’s family is entirely responsible for the wedding ceremony. The groom’s family may offer to share in the cost of the reception, and the bride’s family may accept, if they wish. By tradition, wedding costs are divided as follows:

The Bride (or family) pays for: m Invitations and Announcements m The Bridal Outfit and Trousseau m Bridal Photographs/Video m All Costs of the Reception m Flowers for the Church, Attendants and Reception m Music at the Church and Reception m Sexton, Organist and Choir Fees m Bridesmaids’ Luncheon


The Groom (or family) pays for: m Bride’s Engagement and Wedding Rings m Marriage License m Clergyman’s Fee ($10–$100, inquire) m Bride’s Flowers m Boutonnieres, Gloves, Ties for Men of Wedding Party


m m m m m m

All Rented Equipment for Large Weddings and Receptions A Limousine for the Bride and Cars for Transportation Groom’s Wedding Band Groom’s Gift Gifts for the Bride’s Attendants Lodging (if necessary) for Out-of-town Bridesmaids Bride’s Personal Stationery

Wedding Gift for the Bride Complete Wedding Trip or Honeymoon Expenses m Gifts for Best Man and Ushers m Lodging (if necessary) for Out-of-town Ushers m

Optional Expenses: m Bride’s Bouquet, usually gift of the groom, may be purchased by the bride’s family m Corsages for mothers and grandmothers are usually provided by the groom, may be purchased by the bride for her mother and grandmother m Bachelor Dinner is usually given by groom or family, but may be given by the bride’s family or friends m Rehearsal Dinner is usually given by the groom or family, but may be given by the bride’s family or friends m Attendants’ Dresses are usually bought by each girl, but the bride may provide them, if she wishes


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Add Pilates to Your Planning by Robby Johnson, Pilates and More


eginning a pilates exercise program can have you trim and toned—both physically and mentally—in time for your big day.   “Elegance” and “grace” are often used to describe ideal posture, a lean, toned physique, and a comfortable, confident demeanor. In fact, this is the ideal most brides and grooms strive to achieve for their wedding day. It’s easy to see why, too. After all, every eye in attendance will be focused on them, and the event itself will be archived through a multitude of professional photographs and video.  But with all of the details which must be attended in order to execute a wedding, many couples overlook a physical fitness program to help them look and feel their best at the special event. Pilates is a strength and flexibility training method based on the teachings of Joseph H. Pilates, who called his original method “Contrology.” Pilates recognized many deficits in the body—rounded shoulders, obesity, lack of flexibility, etc.—were the result of modern living, and was inspired by historic anatomical development programs like yoga, martial arts, and even ancient Olympians, as well as ballet and modern dance, to correct posture, build strength, and enhance flexibility.

Pilates died in 1967, but his wife, Clara, who shared his passion and vision, and with whom he collaborated over their lives together, continued their collective mission and taught Contrology at their New York studio until her death ten years later. Known as “pilates,” since their deaths, there are now many variations of the original method, like Stott Pilates which incorporates modern knowledge of exercise science and kinesiology to modify original exercises, as well as teachers who continue to teach the original method exactly as Pilates left it. All pilates programs incorporate breathing to engage the deep abdominal muscles, and use the mind to control exercises in a precise manner of isometric, concentric, and eccentric contractions. The result is longer, leaner muscles and a flatter abdomen, which supports respiration and neutral position of the spine—and a refreshed mental outlook.

The basis for a pilates program is an exercise routine performed on a mat, usually over the course of an hour. An effective program will engage the core muscles by using proper breathing in every exercise, as well as articulate the spine into flexion, extension, lateral flexion, and rotation. The apparatus developed by Pilates—primarily the Reformer, Cadillac, and Chair—involve heavy-tension springs which offer resistance, enhancing And it doesn’t take long. Experts and aficio- muscular tone and overall strength.  nados claim significant changes can be apparent in as little as three sessions, with many To experience the maximum benefit of over benefits realized by the tenth session. Precise 500 exercises, and to prepare for that alland controlled, a pilates program works the important wedding ceremony, seek a credible entire body in about one hour, and can be studio which specializes in the full range of performed just two to three times per week. pilates equipment and instruction.


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Don’t Forget to Write! by Andrea Watson, The Fine Hand: Calligraphy, Etc.


ou lucky girl! You’ve got a great guy, a stunning diamond ring on your finger, fabulous wedding plans in the works, and tons of people offering to give parties and showers for you. No princess ever led such a charmed life, and you deserve it, don’t you? We’ll see. All these people who are being so wonderful to you are going to have to be thanked, and thanked promptly. Don’t think for one minute that you have a year in which to acknowledge wedding gifts. That particular etiquette theory applies to gift-giving only. Gifts, once received, should be acknowledged within two weeks. Two, count ‘em, weeks!!!!! So…don’t forget to write! In this era of electronic communication, it’s tempting to send thanks via e-mail. That may be adequate for some of your contemporaries, but those who truly love you will treasure a handwritten note, however brief, that is heartfelt and timely. Your own immediate reaction to a present (provided it is not “EEUUWWW!!!!”) is the best subject matter for your thank-you note. For those writer’s-block days, here are a few stock phrases to get you started:

Dear Aunt Patrice, You were so kind to offer to house two of my bridesmaids during the wedding weekend. It’s nice to know that they will be staying under your protection in your beautiful home… Dear Uncle Harry, You are the most generous of uncles! Josh and I are going to use the money you sent us to buy …. Lay in a supply of attractive informal notes and pens you like to write with. Don’t forget to buy lots of pretty postage stamps. Keep an organized list of each gift or special kindness (remember, not every gift is tangible), its giver, date received, and the date thanks were sent. When you’ve been to a shower and received fifty gifts, write three or four notes a day, and you’ll be finished in two weeks. Think of the motherly chiding you’ll spare yourself. Think of the good will you’ll create with your mother-in-law to be. Best of all, think of how smug you’ll feel!

Dear Katie, Leave it to you to pick the perfect gift for us! The luxurious towels are our favorite color and will look wonderful in our new place… Dear Mrs. Urquhart, Josh and I are honored to have received the crystal epergne that belonged to his great aunt Arabella Stanhope. We will cherish this heirloom throughout our lives, and it will remind of us of our heritage…”

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Advantages of Friday and Sunday Weddings


f you decide to have your wedding on a Friday or a Sunday, you’ll reap several rewards: both financial and otherwise. You’ll save time, you’ll probably save a significant amount of money, and you’ll find that your guests may appreciate having a Saturday free to spend time with you and the other guests they know.

Maximize Your Dollar For Friday or Sunday weddings, the majority of banquet facilities, photographers, video producers, musicians/entertainers and limousine services are much more willing to negotiate in order to reach a price that suits your budget. Vendors tend to see Friday and Sunday as bonus days, a time when they can earn income. Savings on these services can really add up, making this option a great way to save money without having to sacrifice the quality of your wedding.

Save the Date Planning for a Friday or a Sunday wedding makes it much more likely that you will be able to reserve the church, hall, music and other services on the date of your choice. Choosing a Friday or Sunday date allows you to avoid making several calls to numerous vendors, only to hear, “Sorry, we’re booked on that date.”

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Restaurants are usually thrilled to have rehearsal dinners booked on Thursdays or other evenings during the week, since those are typically their slower business days. You will find a more relaxed atmosphere and the staff will be more attentive to your party’s needs. In selecting a Friday or Sunday date for your event, you’ll help both your budget and your odds of getting exactly the wedding you want, while also allowing for more time dedicated to finalizing last minute details. You Save Time can use the extra day to catch your breath, On a Friday, you’ll probably have your wed- and use the extra money to purchase someding in the evening, which means that the thing special. ceremony is followed immediately by dinner. This means that you will avoid the extra cost and hassle of a one-to-two hour interim reception or cocktail party. Having the ceremony and reception back to back may ensure more people at the church ceremony. Additionally, a Friday/Sunday wedding frees up at least one day of the weekend, generally making your family, friends and guests more appreciative of the extra time, especially if they are traveling. 56

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Reception Checklist

When planning your wedding, set a budget and stick with it. The following checklist will help you keep track of your expenses.

The Location ❍ Proximity to the ceremony site ❍ Date availability and discount days to consider ❍ Rental fee and what it includes ❍ Time allowed to decorate the space for the day of the wedding ❍ Using the location for a ceremony as well, if desired ❍ Whether there will be other receptions that day ❍ Number of guests the space will accommodate comfortably ❍ Terms of liability insurance ❍ Ratio of staff to guests ❍ Overtime charges ❍ Postponement/cancellation refund policy ❍ Gratuities and taxes ❍ Availability of valet parking ❍ Clean restroom facilities ❍ Room for changing ❍ Means of handicapped access ❍ The availability of a nursery or babysitter Food and Drink ❍ Meal options, from a seated dinner to a dessert-only reception ❍ Special meals to accommodate restricted diets ❍ Price per guest ❍ Method of payment ❍ A date for tasting menu and tour of the site with a wedding in progress ❍ Dessert table policy ❍ Availability of non-alcoholic beer, wine, and beverages ❍ Top-shelf wine and alcohol vs. house brands ❍ Cost of open bar vs. one/two hour cocktail service or host’s per-drink tab arrangement


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The Perfect Wedding Toast


erious, humorous, or poignant, toasts are an integral part of almost every wedding celebration. Every toast is different, and on such a special occasion, many will be eager to share their sentiments. You’re not alone if you fear public speaking, but at your best friend’s wedding, you’re bound to want to say a few words in her (or his) honor. If you’re truly prepared to speak in front of people, you’ll find it’s much easier to let the words flow. Here are some tips to help you get ready: The best toasts are those that are heartfelt. So start by pouring your heart out. List everything you want people to know about your friends. (Remember to talk about both the bride and the groom in your toast.) Start with the best qualities. Include memories of good times together—especially the first time they spoke of their beloved. Scribble some thoughts about what makes them a great couple and your wish for their future. You have two audiences. One is the bride and groom, and you can make them happy by not saying anything that would cause them embarrassment. Your other audience is the assembly of friends and family. Stories of drunken revels and bad relationships may be appropriate at the bachelor(ette) party, but not at the wedding reception! A toast is a speech. It should have a beginning, a middle, and an end, and make sense throughout. When you stand up to speak, it’s best to have a single card with a few notes written down to help you remember the key points. Rehearse before the big day. Many wedding toasters aim for lyricism in song or rhyming poetry. That’s a great idea, if it’s you. But a direct, from-the-heart talk works well also. Be sincere and be yourself. One of the classic rules of public speaking Tuscaloosa Bridal Directory

is to open with a joke. One of the classic rules of wedding toasting is to end by tugging on the heartstrings. If you can’t be sentimental at a wedding, where can you be? On the other hand, while a couple of well-placed jokes can win the crowd, you’re not there to do a stand-up routine. A toast should last no longer than three minutes, which translates to no more than five double-spaced pages. Rehearse your toasts with a stopwatch. If it’s five minutes or under, don’t worry, since under the glare of the spotlight, you may speak faster. At the Rehearsal Dinner, the first toast is made by the dinner’s host, usually the groom’s father, during the main course. The toast is often met by a “return toast” from the bride’s father. Then it’s open season—the mothers of the bride and groom, the best man and maid/matron of honor, other wedding attendants, family, and close friends. The Groom’s Toast: Keep it short. Be sincere. Thank everyone for coming, including your parents and hers. Share a brief personal (not too personal) story of experiences shared with your bride, but don’t tell embarrassing stories or go on and on. Turn to your bride and look her in the eye, tell her how proud you are to be her husband, how happy you are today, and how much you love her!

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Ask the Baker by Mary Cesar, Mary’s Cakes and Pastries Q1. How much wedding cake do I need? The general rule is to order enough bride’s cake to serve all guests, and enough groom’s cake for half. So, if you expect 100 guests, order a bride’s cake that serves 100, and a groom’s cake that serves 50. That being said, the more guests you invite, the less cake you need, especially if you have two cakes. While you don’t want to run out of cake, you also do not want to have the entire bottom tier of cake left over. You may cut the cake order by 10% to 20% for medium weddings (150 guests), and by 20% to 30% for larger weddings.

Decorations for the cake table, such as linens, a server and knife for cutting the cake, plates, forks and napkins are also not included.

Q2. How big is a serving of wedding cake? A standard slice of two layer wedding cake is one inch wide by two inches long. You may cut smaller slices to serve more guests.

Q7. Who pays for the groom’s cake? Usually the groom’s family does.

Q3. Who cuts the wedding cake? The bride often designates a friend or family member to cut the cakes. You may have one or two people to cut and serve each cake. If you are expecting the caterer to cut the cakes, be sure to arrange this in advance. Q4. When should I order my cake? Order your wedding cake soon after you book the reception venue. In most cases, this is six to nine months in advance. This is especially important when ordering cake to serve 150 or more. Brides are competing for cakes as much as reception venues. Many bakers limit the number of wedding cakes they make each weekend based on size and complexity. Q5. What is included in the price of a wedding cake? You should ask your baker if the quoted price includes: • Delivery and set-up to reception venue • Cake stand rental • Different flavors and fillings • Edible decorations such as fondant flowers, fresh fruit, candies or chocolate Non-edible decorations such as fresh flowers or a cake topper are almost never included in the quoted price of a wedding cake. 64

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Q6. What styles of cake can I choose from? Besides the size of the cake, bakers will ask your preferences regarding: • A square or round cake (or combination) • A stacked cake or separated cake • Cake flavor, icing and filling between layers • Color and type of decorations A professional baker will draw a picture of the cake design and attach it to your contract, so there is no misunderstanding.

Q8. How can I get the best value? There is no rule that you must to serve every guest from the main cake. Supplementing your main cake with more economical sheet cakes cut in the kitchen is one way to stretch your wedding cake budget. Q9. Does fondant taste bad? And why does it cost more? The taste of fondant depends on the quality of the ingredients and the skill of the maker. Most people have only tasted the inexpensive white fondant sold at hobby stores, which tastes like sweet cardboard. Fondant made from better quality ingredients, such as white chocolate, tastes infinitely better. Q10. Can I mix flavors and fillings? Yes. However, when you offer more than one flavor or filling, be prepared for your guests to have more than one slice as they may want to try both flavors. We suggest ordering 10% more cake when multiple flavors are offered. www.doroughphotography.com


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Wedding Program Pointers by Andrea Watson, The Fine Hand Calligraphy, Etc.


edding programs are becoming increasingly popular today. Although they may not be absolutely essential for a traditional wedding ceremony, they are a virtual necessity for ceremonies that combine elements from different religions and cultures or if the bride and groom have written their own vows. Should special songs or prayers be included, a wedding program will enable guests to participate more fully in the service. In any case, an attractively designed and carefully thought-out wedding program that complements your other wedding stationery will serve as a lovely record of the event and its participants. Essential items to include are (1) the title of the event, (2) the names of the bride and groom, (3) day and date, (4) place, (5) the order of the service which also notes titles of musical selections and soloists if any, as well as citations to sources of readings, (6) officiants, (7) parents and grandparents, (8) members of the wedding, and (9) any helpful translations and explanations of rituals. The first four elements can easily be combined in a title phrase with appropriate line breaks, e.g. The Celebration of Marriage / uniting / Anna Kathryn Leigh / and / William Arthur Wells / Saturday, the eleventh of August / Two thousand twelve / at half after five o’clock / First Presbyterian Church / Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Other optional elements that you may wish to include are expressions of thanks to parents, tributes to deceased relatives, a special verse of scripture or poetry, and other useful information, e.g. directions to the reception venue and/or your new names and address following the phrase At home.


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If your wedding will be in a church, the pastor will likely want to approve any artwork you wish to use and proofread your program to check terminology and the citations to scripture readings. Take advantage of this free expertise. Marriage may be properly called a sacrament in some churches, not in others. Presbyterians have cross bearers; Episcopalians have crucifers. Your clergy will know the correct forms and be happy to help you. Music directors can also provide advice for the accurate listing of musical selections. It is possible to produce an attractive wedding program yourself at very little cost using your own computer and printer. You should be proficient with word processing or layout software and be absolutely certain that you have the time and patience to do a thorough job. Good design skills and meticulous attention to spelling and punctuation are essential, also. Cutting and assembly require tools and time. If you are unsure of your abilities and resources in any of these areas, seek help from a professional graphic designer or a reputable printer who offers these services. Even when working with a professional, you must still exercise your own best judgment and taste. When it comes to creating a wedding program that will become a treasured keepsake, remember always that there is much elegance in simplicity.

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