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The Waushara Argus

Bridal Guide Special Supplement - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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The art of setting a table The tables for a wedding reception are an important decorative element and should help to set the scene for this important event. Here are a few tips to inspire you. Theme and colors Choose a decorative theme that suits your personality, or use your favorite colors and make them your theme. But don’t go overboard; no more than three colors should be used or the result will be muddled and without harmony. Dishes Most establishments supply place settings (i.e., hotels, caterers, reception halls, restaurants). Renting

from a caterer or supplier is another option. Bear in mind that plain dishes, without patterns, are best.

as rose petals, baby’s breath, pretty fruits, ears of corn, pine cones, or simply water with floating candles.

Centerpieces For unforgettable centerpieces, floral arrangements are always fashionable. Before you choose a florist, contact several and ask them what they would suggest. If you’d like to show off your creativity you could always make your own centerpieces. But be careful; you’ll need a lot of time to create them as well as a good eye for deciding what would look best. Instead of flowers, you could use candles resting on small mirrors, or clear vases filled with objects, such

Guest favors It’s not easy to find something original to give as a wedding favor. Choose something that suits your personality and opt for quality rather than quantity. Of course, for classic weddings an embossed matchbook or wrapped piece of wedding cake is standard. A more contemporary option might be something like a packaged tea flower in a glass container, a miniature potted plant, or a mini-bottle of bubbly.

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Wedding invitations often provide guests with a first glimpse of a wedding’s style. Invitations also may serve as the means by which distant friends and relatives find out about a couple’s pending nuptials if a formal announcement was not made. Amid the flourishes of calligraphy and impressive paper stock is information that speaks to the importance of the day when two people will be joining their lives together. Guests will learn not only the time and the place of the wedding from the invitation, but also the formality of the event and the scope of the party that will follow. Couples should keep certain things in mind as they begin to design their wedding invitations. *Have a good idea of your potential guest list. Before shopping for wedding invitations, it is key to have a strong idea of just how big the wedding will be and how many guests will be invited. This way you will know how many invitations you will need. Invitations vary in price, so cost may be a consideration if your guest list is extensive. *Decide on the formality of the wedding. Will you be hosting a black tie affair, or will it be a casual gathering at the shore? Guests infer many things about the wedding from the invitations, which should match the formality of the event in style and the sentiments expressed. An ornate invitation written with classic wording suggests a more formal affair, while a whimsical invitation with less formal wording could indicate a more laid-back event.

* Dare to be different by playing with invitation sizes and shapes. Rectangular cards are standard for wedding invitations, but you can explore your creativity by choosing more modern, artsy invitations. Circular invites or scalloped edges can add some whimsy to the wedding mood. Invitations that fold out or are embellished with ribbon or other decorations can be appealing. Just keep in mind that cards that are not the standard shape and size could be more costly to send. Always have the entire wedding invitation weighed and priced at the post office so you will know what the postage will cost. *Choose a legible font and text color. Your invitation may look beautiful, but it may prove ineffective if it is difficult to read. Do not risk guests misinterpreting the date or the location because they cannot read the writing on the invitation. Steer clear of pastel or yellow text colors, and remember to have a high contrast between the color of the invitation and the text you are using for easy reading. * Keep the invitation simple. It may be tempting to load the invitation with lots of information, but all you really need are the key pieces of information, such as the “who,” “what,” “where,” and “when.” Crowding the card will take away from its aesthetic appeal. Most stationers will suggest a separate, smaller insert in the wedding invitation for the reception information and response card. Never put information such as where you are registered or “no kids

allowed.” This is material better reserved for word of mouth or on a wedding Web site. *Do some math. It is important to know your dates so you can receive the invitations on time, mail them out, and give guests enough time to respond. A good rule of thumb is to mail out the invitations at least two months before the wedding. Have an RSVP date of no more than three to four weeks before the wedding, giving ample time to the caterers and accommodating anyone who procrastinates in sending in a response. You will need the final headcount in order to confirm seating arrangements and plan for centerpieces and favors. *Handwrite the envelopes. Your invitation will look more impressive if you address them by hand, rather than printing them off of a computer. If your handwriting is not very neat, consider hiring a professional calligrapher to write out your envelopes. *Make it easy for guests to respond. Be sure to place a stamp on the response card envelope and have that envelope already addressed with your home address so that guests will have no excuses not to mail a response back promptly. *Always order extra. Mistakes happen, and you may need to send out a few extra invitations that you hadn’t originally counted. Always order extra invitations just to be on the safe side. And don’t forget you will probably want to keep one as a keepsake for yourself.

Weddings close to home Are you longing for some original ideas, now that the time has come to choose the setting where you and your loved one will unite your destinies? No need to panic. There are likely many beautiful and original places that can be found in your area. Here are five types of wedding venues that are sure to inspire the future bride and groom. 1. An agritourism enterprise Do you love the countryside? Choose a vineyard, apple orchard, or farm. Advantage: As well as enjoying the bucolic setting, you’ll also have the opportunity to make use of locally produced products (fruits, vegetables, wines, ciders, cheeses), either on the menu or as gifts for your guests. A real treat for the eyes and the taste buds! 2. A recreational area Did you know that many recreational establishments also host wedding receptions? Why not celebrate your wedding at a museum,

zoo, botanical garden, or amusement park? Advantage: By opting for one of these colorful sites, you won’t have to worry about keeping your guests entertained. Lots of fun, guaranteed! 3.An inn or hotel Hotels, bed and breakfasts, inns, and other establishments offering accommodation are wonderful places to host a wedding reception. What’s more, you’re sure to find something to suit your taste, whether it tends towards contemporary or country style, small or large crowds, or inside or outdoor gatherings. Advantage: To enjoy the festivities to the maximum, your guests can reserve a room at the same establishment. This way, they won’t have far to go to their beds once the party is over. Your guests, particularly those who have come a long way, will surely appreciate the arrangement. 4. A restaurant or reception room Whether it’s a traditional

restaurant or one situated in a hotel, a convention center, a concert hall, a marina, or even on a cruise ship, dining establishments are always available to host different types of celebrations. Advantage: Because your event is taking place in a restaurant, the menu choice is often more varied and the dishes more elaborate. Ideal for epicureans and other food lovers! 5. A resort If your heart is set on an idyllic setting for your big day, consider a ski center, mountain lodge, hunting club, golf club, or spa. All these establishments can usually accommodate a large number of guests and offer a caterer and accommodations as well. Advantage: Even if situated close to home, this type of establishment is synonymous with vacationing and getting away from it all. After all, there’s nothing like a pleasant and relaxing atmosphere to reduce the stress of your big day.

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Planning a wedding is often both fun and frustrating. While planning a party for friends and family can be fun, couples can easily be overwhelmed by the nuts and bolts of planning such a significant event. Interviewing vendors, negotiating prices and arranging for accommodations are just a few of the many tasks couples must complete before they can finally relax and tie the knot. The sheer volume of decisions couples must make when planning a wedding is one reason many men and women seek the services of wedding planners. The following are some additional reasons couples might want to ease their burdens and hire wedding planners as they get ready for their big day. *Planners are familiar with vendors. Wedding planners work for couples, and while planners often recommend certain vendors, they typically work with whomever the couples ultimately choose. As a result, veteran wedding planners tend to have worked with every florist, caterer, deejay, and venue in their areas. That makes them an invaluable resource to couples who don’t know where to begin as they start planning their weddings. Wedding planners can save couples time by suggesting couples avoid certain vendors, whether it’s

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because those vendors have poor service records or they simply don’t fit into a couple’s budget. Wedding planners also can make recommendations based on what couples want. For example, wedding planners may know which deejays are best for more raucous receptions and which ones are best suited for couples who want a more formal affair. *Planners know pricing. Wedding vendors often leave room for negotiation when making proposals to prospective customers. Seasoned wedding planners will know the going rates for various services, helping couples get the best rates possible and doing so with minimal effort. In addition, planners might be able to negotiate directly with vendors they have worked with in the past, removing one of the biggest stressors of planning a wedding, the negotiation process, from the list of responsibilities couples must handle before tying the knot. *Planners remember the small details you’re likely to forget. Many couples who have large weddings are getting married for the first time, and there are bound to be details they overlook along the way. Seasoned wedding planners are far less likely to

overlook even the tiniest of details, helping couples rest easy knowing that no stone has gone unturned as their big days draw closer and closer. *Planners keep you on course. The longer a couple’s engagement, the easier it becomes to put certain decisions off. But as the wedding day draws nearer, that procrastination often turns into panic, as couples realize their options dwindling and decisions need to be made as soon as possible. Wedding planners hired shortly after a couple gets engaged will be there to ensure couples stay on track, making decisions as needed and not putting important decisions off until the last minute. *Planners make the wedding day less stressful. Despite all the planning and preparation that goes into their weddings, couples often find their wedding days to be whirlwind days that seem to fly by. Small problems on a couple’s wedding day have a tendency to be magnified, but a seasoned wedding planner can address such issues before the couple is even aware they existed. This makes the day much more enjoyable for the bride and groom and their investment in a wedding planner that much more worthwhile.

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Careful timing helps your weddings go off without a hitch As any holiday host can attest, timing is crucial to getting a meal out hot and ensuring each course is ready for the table. Timing is equally important when planning a wedding. Various elements must come together in the right order to create a seamless day for couples and guests alike. In addition to organizing floral deliveries, ensuring the wedding party arrives on time, and getting hair and makeup done promptly, couples who will be having their ceremony in a different location from the reception will need to spend more time factoring timing into their wedding day equations. Factors like traveling to and from the site, as well as hunger pangs and potential weatherrelated complications, will need to be considered. Many couples choose to have their ceremonies and receptions at the same site, a decision that makes scheduling much easier. Once the ceremony is over, guests simply go inside or to another area of the grounds to begin the reception. Some traditionalists, though, prefer to have their ceremony in a place of worship and then travel to a separate reception location afterward. Both scenarios are acceptable, but the latter option requires a

little more planning. Couples will need to know when the church or temple is available for the ceremony and when the reception hall will be open to guests. Some weddings are held after daily masses or other religious ceremonies. An afternoon wedding may end a few hours before the cocktail hour begins at the reception site, leaving guests with time to kill before the reception. Couples can try to remove as much time between the reception and ceremony as possible by coordinating with their catering managers. If finances allow, couples can request the wedding reception begin early. This way guests can arrive at the cocktail hour and comfortably mingle among themselves. These requests are common, and many catering managers will be happy to meet requests to keep a bride and groom’s business. If this is not possible, couples have a few alternatives. If the reception site is a good distance away, the travel there may take up the idle time. Otherwise, the bride and groom may need to come up with another plan. In some instances, a family member opens his or her home up to some of the guests, who may enjoy light refreshments.

It may be possible to use a cafeteria or gathering space at the ceremony site for a little while as well. If the photographer plans to take outdoor photos between the ceremony and reception, the couple can invite some guests along to witness the shots or be a part of the photo shoot. Thoughtful couples also can provide other accommodations, such as letting guests know about local restaurants where they can spend a little time and grab a small bite to eat before the reception begins. Hotels affiliated with the wedding party may be able to host guests during these in-between hours as well. The hotel bar or a conference room might be ideal spots for guests to kill some time. Couples also can arrange something with the reception hall. While the party room or cocktail area may not be ready until the designated time, the site may have an attached restaurant, salon or gardens, where guests can relax as they wait for the start of the festivities. Timing all of the elements of a wedding day properly can be challenging. Guests’ comfort and needs should always be a priority

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A carefully planned seating chart A seating chart is essential if you want your guests to be able to find their seats quickly and easily at the wedding reception. A seating chart is also an easy way to show the wait staff where children’s meals have to be served and which of your guests have allergies or special diets.

1. Seat guests in a logical fashion. Place families, colleagues, and groups of

friends close together. 2. Pregnant women and parents with young children should be positioned close to the exit and the bathrooms, but well away from any loudspeakers. 3. Try to seat guests with at least one person they already know. 4. Try to have an equal number of men and women at the same table. 5. Children nine years

old and younger should be seated with their parents. You could reserve a table for 10- to 17-year-olds, but be sure that it is situated toward the back of the room, as younger guests usually pay less attention to the speeches and prefer talking among themselves. t The completed seating chart can then be printed and positioned at the entrance of the reception hall.

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The five virtues of the ideal maid of honor Being a maid or matron of honor involves a lot more than just wearing a beautiful dress. Her role is also to personally ensure that everything goes perfectly for the bride, before, during, and after her big day. Do you have what it takes to fulfill this role? 1. Organization: One of the maid of honor’s responsibilities is to organize the bachelorette party and accompany the bride to a variety of gatherings and fittings. In other words, your good time-management skills are essential. 2. Honesty: The future bride is hesitating between two dresses and one of them is completely wrong for her. Now’s the time to be honest. You were chosen by the bride for this role because your opinion is important to her. Of course, you don’t impose your ideas, you just make tactful suggestions. 3. Patience: Even if

your friend is turning into a bridezilla (a bride-to-be whose wedding planning behavior can be regarded as obsessive or intolerably demanding), you still need to be patient and give moral support to the bride throughout the process. 4. Devotion: On the big day, your job is to ensure that the bride’s dress, particularly the train, is always arranged properly and that her hair is perfect for the photos. You accomplish all the tasks related to your role without complaint; you’re not just a guest, but one of the people in charge of the entire event. 5. Modesty: Be content to take the backseat on the wedding day; after all, it’s not you who is getting married. Think only of the bride while you’re wearing that formal dress and uncomfortable shoes that you’ll never wear again. Oh, what wouldn’t a maid of honor do to please the brideto-be!

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Five delicious and original desserts Are you in search of a creative and unique dessert to serve at your wedding reception? Even though the traditional wedding cake, topped by bride and groom figurines, is a tried and true alternative, you could also put other fun options on the menu. Here are five stunning and mouth-watering ideas. Cupcake pyramid. All your guests are sure to find something to tempt them if prettily decorated cupcakes are served next to the cake. Fruit skewers and sculptures. After a copious meal your guests are bound

to appreciate fresh fruit. For those with a true sweet tooth, chocolate or vanilla flavored dips or whipped cream would be a perfect finishing touch. If you think this menu choice is overly simplistic, remember that presentation is allimportant if an idea is to bear fruit!

If you’re part of a future bride’s inner circle of friends you might be expected to offer some tangible support during the wedding preparations. Of course, if you’ve been asked to be the maid of honor, the following list will also be of interest to you. The guiding principle in assisting the bride-to-be is to put yourself in her position and keep in mind her main concerns. Staying in an empathetic frame of mind will let you give her some good advice when she needs your opinion. She will likely be preoccupied by the following things: The gown. The dress has to be absolutely p-e-r-f-e-c-t. For some brides, the gown is

something they’ve dreamed about since childhood. Help her choose one suitable for a true princess. The invitations. The first step is to draw up a guest list, prepare the invitations, and then mail them in good time. The reception venue. As early as possible, the bride and groom will have to choose a venue that suits their needs. Do they want to celebrate their union in a reception hall, a restaurant, a marquee, on the side of a lake, or at a vineyard? The wedding bands. The rings are an important part of the wedding ceremony; they symbolize the love and commitment of the bride and groom. The flowers. What could be more beautiful than

Ice-cream bar. An icecream or gelato bar is a fun and refreshing option, especially for a summer wedding. Choose different flavors and embellish your bar with these small treats: whipped cream, fruit coulis, chocolate and

caramel sauces, diced fruit, multicolored candies, chopped nuts, and the list goes on. Chocolate fountain. A chocolate fountain is visually striking and spectacularly delicious. Serve some platters of small treats, such as diced fruits and cubed cake, for your guests to dip in the chocolate. Candy and truffle bar. To create a colorful table, set up glass containers full of candies and chocolates. If you’re afraid of not having enough, you could always combine them with skewers of fruit. This two-in-one option is sure to please your guests.

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surroundings filled with flowers? The bride will want to choose with great care the flowers for her bouquet, centerpieces, and hall decorations. The wedding cake. Choosing a baker and a cake design is an important detail. The cake is a central element of every wedding reception. The guest favors. A small gift or wedding souvenir allows the bride and groom to thank their guests for celebrating with them. The music. The bride and groom will want to choose music that has a special meaning for them, whether it’s for the wedding march or for the couple’s first dance.

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Tips when toasting the bride and groom Toasting the bride and groom at a wedding reception is a responsibility that typically falls on the shoulders of the bride’s father as well as the best man and the maid of honor. Though it is an honor to give a wedding toast, it also can be nerve-wracking, as no one wants to give a toast that’s memorable for all the wrong reasons. While the best toasts are often those that veer off the beaten path, coming from the heart rather than from a howto guide found on the Internet, there is a certain formula men and women can follow to ensure their toasts cover all of the appropriate bases without offending the bridal party or fellow guests. *Acknowledge the guests. Families are more geographically diverse than ever before, so more and more weddings host guests who come from far and wide to celebrate with happy couples on their wedding days. It’s customary for men and women making wedding toasts to acknowledge the guests, thanking them for being there. This is often a great way for best men and maids of honor to break the ice and calm their nerves, especially at larger weddings where they may only know a small percentage of the guests. When thanking the guests, be sure to thank the parents of the bride and groom as well. * Explain your relationship to the bride and/or groom. Best men and maids of honor should devote a portion of their toasts to explaining their personal relationships with the bride and/or groom. Introduce yourself and explain how you met the bride or groom. *Aim for a jovial toast. Wedding toasts are typically given at the wedding reception, when guests and the bridal

party are ready to celebrate. Such an atmosphere lends itself to a jovial toast wherein best men and maids of honor focus on happy times with the bride and groom. Tell a funny anecdote that illustrates the special bond you have with the bride or groom. *Steer clear of alcohol before giving your toast. Many people overindulge in alcohol at wedding receptions, but best men and maids of honor should avoid consuming alcohol until after they have toasted the bride and groom. Horror stories about drunken, inappropriate wedding toasts may seem more like an urban legend than a legitimate possibility, but the tendency for alcohol to lower people’s inhibitions makes it dangerous for men and women to consume it before giving

their toasts. *Give your best wishes to the bride and groom before raising your glass. Raising your glass to toast the bride and groom is often the last step before your toasting duties officially end. But before you raise your glass, remember to offer your best wishes to both the bride and groom. Once those sentiments have been expressed, ask the guests to raise their glasses and toast the newlyweds. Toasting happy couples at their wedding receptions can be stressful for best men and maids of honor who are unaccustomed to speaking in front of large groups of people. But following a certain formula and speaking from the heart will ensure such toasts go off without a hitch.

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Helpful suggestions for organizing a peaceful and harmonious wedding It’s a well-known fact that bridesand grooms-to-be often end up arguing about the organization of their wedding. There are so many decisions to make that patience can quickly reach the breaking point. But these arguments can be avoided. Here are a few tips to help you organize your wedding peacefully and harmoniously. The groom’s involvement Some men may not be interested in certain aspects of the festivities. Choosing a theme or color scheme may be something they just don’t want to be bothered with. But don’t take it personally; it doesn’t mean they’re not interested in getting married! Take the

time to decide which aspects you’ll organize together and which elements you’ll take charge of individually, depending on your interests and strengths. The family’s participation Some families stay in the background, while others want to get involved in the preparations, or even make decisions for you. If someone tries to interfere in an unwelcome way, be firm but calm and polite when explaining that you don’t need their help. If that person is contributing financially to the wedding, perhaps you can work together on a particular aspect of the planning where you don’t mind

giving up control. Otherwise, reassure the person that you really want the day to reflect your own tastes as well as those of the groom. Sharing the costs Take care to spend your budget in a fair way. For example, if the bride spends a fortune on her dress, there will be a lot less money left over for the honeymoon, an expense that both the bride and groom will really appreciate. Agree on a budget at the start of the process and allot an equitable amount to all your planned expenses. The choice of guests You can’t invite the whole world to your wedding, so some kind of limit has

to be established. Discuss your ideal scenarios together and then draft a list of the people you want to invite. To avoid real conflict, it might be necessary in the end to limit the invitations to close family and friends. Be prepared to make concessions and keep the guest list balanced between bride and groom. Once you’ve established your list try not to alter it. Above all, keep this rule in mind: even if you devote yourself to the organization of your wedding as a precious once-in-a-lifetime event, it should never, ever become more important than your relationship.

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Clever ideas for an inexpensive wedding

Elizet Martinez & Lucas Marks June 15, 2013

Are you in search of some ideas for a wedding that won’t leave you and your new spouse in debt for the next ten years? Here are a few tips on how to organize a delightful wedding that will not break your newly joined budgets. First of all, it’s not necessarily a thrifty move to limit the number of guests you invite. In theory, inviting someone to a wedding doesn’t cost you anything; by giving you a gift (usually money), the guest is likely giving you more than the cost of his or her meal. Rather than opting for traditional invitations, you could choose the electronic option. Your photographer or a graphic design service could put together a pretty digital

invitation that would save you mailing costs and delays. Bear in mind that quality can be cost-effective where guest favors and decorations are concerned. If you order some beautiful centerpieces from your favorite florist, they can decorate the reception hall all by themselves, especially if the room you’ve rented is already attractive. What’s more, your decorative elements or centerpieces can also be used as guest favors. If there is only one on each table, you could hold a draw for them, or they could be given away as prizes for entertaining games organized by the master of ceremonies or the DJ. When planning how to integrate alcohol into your reception, moderation is

the key word. Formulas such as open bars can lead to indelicate behavior from some of your guests and can be very expensive to boot. Instead, opt for a cash bar with a complementary glass of champagne for toasting or else a limited number of free drinks per guest. Lastly, think about choosing a wedding date just before or just after the high season. Between May and September costs increase astronomically for limousines, caterers, reception halls, florists, and the list goes on. Don’t let anybody tell you otherwise—a magical wedding is still possible in April or October!

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Pastels for the bride It’s dress-shopping time— do you feel like exploring new horizons, perhaps looking for something a little off the beaten path? If so, be sure to keep in mind two simple things: you don’t want to end up looking like a peacock, and you don’t need to shock in order to stand out from the crowd. In fact, all you need is a simple pastel palette. How about a little review of recent styles: just a year ago, the ultimate avant-gardist, Oscar de la Renta, presented a 2013 bridal collection strewn with clear blue tones. Some of his majestic creations were wrapped in powder blue organza that were simply divine. Vera Wang, the celebrated bridal gown designer, used the same theme when she unveiled a diverse collection with “nude” tones

as the star attraction. The color theme, both glamorous and romantic, continues to be of interest this year, with pastel tones very much in the spotlight. Sea green, pale pink, quartz pink, peach: we are seeing a veritable bouquet of soft, delicate colors that give real feminine charm to the bride. Complementary tones include gold, green, and gray. A colored gown can be complemented with tone on tone accessories in order to stay neutral, or contrasting colors to add dimension. Have you always dreamed of getting married in your grandmother’s fur stole? Vintage pieces combined with a pastel gown will help you create an original yet modern look.



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Before you reserve your reception hall The question’s been popped and the answer is “yes”! Now, all you have to do is organize the wedding. Have you reserved a reception hall? If you haven’t, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get down to work. Date The date is absolutely the first thing to be decided. Don’t forget that you’re not the only one who would love to have her wedding reception in that beautiful hall at the height of summer. Indeed, it is often the availability of the reception hall that determines the wedding date, rather than the reverse. In other words, the earlier you reserve, the more options you have. Site Ideally, your reception hall should be close to where the majority of your guests live or to a hotel where they can stay. It is also crucial to book a hall close to the church or town hall where the wedding ceremony is going to take place. Capacity Find out if the hall is big enough to receive all your guests. Also, be careful not

to choose somewhere that is too big, as an oversized room can make it difficult to create a welcoming atmosphere. Check for possible layouts of the tables as well as the shape of tables that are available. Keep in mind that round tables facilitate socializing. Equipment and services Does the hall provide all the services you need? Look for ample parking, attractive washrooms, a children’s playroom, room for a band or a DJ as well as a dance floor, kitchen facilities, and suitable heating or air-conditioning. Check what is included in the price and what isn’t, such as tables and chairs, tablecloths, place settings, decorations, centerpieces, meals, alcohol, service, tips, a coordinator, or audio and video equipment. Payment The cost will, of course, influence your choice. Find out about the methods of payment accepted; do you have to give a deposit? Can you pay in installments? If you only have a small budget, an out-of-season wedding or a weekday evening can save you a lot of money.

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Choosing the right wedding reception favors

Stephanie Lind & Colin Looney September 28, 2013

Planning a perfect wedding is no small undertaking. From scheduling venues and hiring vendors to tasting menus, lots of decisions must be made when planning a wedding. But when the pieces fall into place, the entire day can be magical. One of the final components of weddings are the favors guests will take home with them as mementos of the festivities. Though favors don’t require immediate attention, that does not mean couples should wait until the last minute to made decisions regarding their wedding favors. Brides- and grooms-to-be should not underestimate the importance of handing out wedding favors, a tradition with a rich history. A wedding favor is considered a symbol of good will to guests, and there are many different wedding favors on the market. Finding the right one can take a little work. It is usually a good idea to find something that suits the theme of the wedding and is both long-lasting and practical. Try to avoid anything that is too kitschy. A couple’s budget should

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be considered when choosing wedding favors. A couple may want to give their guests lavish gifts but should only do so if their budget allows. It may be challenging for couples to find favors that fit the theme of their wedding, as well as their own personalities and budgets. But it can be done. The following are some favorfinding guidelines. Wedding favors can be just about anything, so there’s no need to stick to Jordan almonds or wine bottle stoppers. The more creative couples are, the more receptive their guests will likely be. For example, for an autumn-theme wedding, fill mason jars with the ingredients for a spiced cake and give the recipe directions on a tag. For a summer wedding, gift guests with a sun and surf survival bag, full of sunblock, a beach towel and sunglasses. Some weddings follow a particular theme from start to finish, and wedding favors should stick with that theme. Couples who will showcase their love of travel on their wedding days may want to



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Glittering wedding bands

What kind of wedding band are you going to choose when the time comes? Will you give free rein to your creative dreams or will you opt for something more practical and restrained? Whatever the case, the ring seals your union on the big day, so be very careful about what you choose. A lot of importance is attached to this little piece of jewelry, and with good reason. So relax and take the time to establish your priorities; doing so will allow you to make a good choice. First of all, be sure to consider your own personal

needs and tastes. Close your eyes and visualize your wedding day. What do you see on your finger? One or two overlaid rings? White gold or yellow? An embedded single clear diamond or a cluster of emeralds? There are lots of questions to think about before you get down to some serious shopping. Keep in mind that the trend in engagement rings and wedding bands for 2014 is towards diamonds and geometric shapes, such as squares and hexagons. What’s more, the 2014 ring is definitely on the large side—

dainty diamond solitaires, move over! Because of the impressive size of the central stone, it is also referred to as a cushion-cut ring. If you love a clunky cocktail ring, then you will love one of these; it will not go unnoticed on your finger. Diamond pave wedding bands are also very much in evidence this year, featuring single or double halos. With this style, either the ring or the central diamond is highlighted by a tangle of small diamonds dancing around it. Wow! Enjoy your shopping!

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Symbolic gestures are commonplace during wedding ceremonies. Couples who would like to try something a bit different can opt for pouring sand. Choose two different colored sands and decorative vessels that can hold the sand until a special time in the ceremony. You also will need another large, clear container that will contain the sand once it is poured. A glass vase or

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The Waushara Argus Bridal Guide 2014  

Waushara County, WI guide to bridal planning, venues, catering, apparel, and more.

The Waushara Argus Bridal Guide 2014  

Waushara County, WI guide to bridal planning, venues, catering, apparel, and more.