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Vol. 8, No. 1

Spring 2011

inspired real weddings features 4 love notes 7 mane event 8 what’s the buzz? 10 something old 13 top 10 style predictions 14 good vibe 17 Ciao bella 20 home is where the heart is 23 role playing 24 color story 26 simplicity 29 family matters

wedding essentials 32 bride’s checklist 33 groom’s checklist 34 wedding gown worksheet 34 groom’s attire worksheet 35 ceremony site and music 36 caterer worksheet 37 reception worksheet 38 reception hall directory

on the cover Infinite Image Design Photographer Lisa Bushby and Jeff Zavala

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wrapped with love Cupcakes are cool offerings at modern weddings. You can dress them up, too, with wedding cupcake wrappers in cut-paper designs like this one featuring lovey-doveys in a lattice of leaves. These aren’t for baking — you slip them on the cupcakes before serving. Wrappers measure 3 1/4 by 2 inches; $13 for packs of 12,

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survival of the fittest The bride has one, so why not the groom? The Groom’s Survival Kit comes in an attache case and includes 26 day-of essentials to prevent wedding day disasters. Items are toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, mints, deodorant, pain reliever, antacid, facial tissues, razor, shaving cream, styptic pencil, nail clipper, adhesive bandages, interior mirror, lint remover, mending kit, scissors, safety pins, boutonniere pins, stain remover, wrinkle remover, black socks, extra wedding bands and stress ball keychain. What else could he possibly need? All for $55,

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mane event



Topknots, pixie cuts, ponytails and braids are trendiest styles Text | McClatchy Newspapers Image | McKenna McNelly


he hottest hairstyles include perfect and polished 1950s ponytails and pixie cuts inspired by Mia Farrow’s late-1960s crop. The trendiest styles are pulled up, swept to the side or simply chopped off. Plenty of young celebrities have cut off their hair for a 1960s-inspired gamine look that is evocative of Mia Farrow’s in “Rosemary’s Baby.� Celebrities including Emma Watson, Carey Mulligan, Hayden Panettiere, Michelle Williams and, most recently, Ashlee Simpson-Wentz have chopped their once long, extensionfilled and over-processed Hollywood hair to show off pretty faces and delicate features.

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This style seems to rule with leading ladies, as well as with tweens and 20somethings who love Audrey Hepburn’s hair in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.â€? Salma Hayek and Molly Sims have been spotted recently with their hair piled up on the tops of their heads and coiled around like a dollop of whipped cream. The look is reminiscent of the 1960s and shows off a pretty face and high cheekbones. Another pulled-back look seen on the runway is the perky and flirty “Barbieesqueâ€? ponytail like the kind that appeared in Louis Vuitton’s fall 2010 fashion shows. Stylish girls seem to be taking their cues from celebrities such as Kate Mara and Kate Bosworth by finessing their hair into side-swept braids. •

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ix it up. Don’t settle for one size-fits-all tables. The latest look is to mix up sizes and shapes of tables and use chairs that are different but complementary. Plus, seating arrangements are giving way to letting guests sit where they want, and loungelike settings.

Time for brunch? You can save money if you wed in an AM ceremony — about 10:30 or 11 a.m. — then opt for a fancy brunch. Breakfast-type foods, muffins, quiches, etc., are generally less expensive than a sit-down dinner or catered affair, and you can save more dough by opting for punches, a signature cocktail and champagne instead of an open bar.

Stick around. Set up a coffee bar to wrap up a nighttime reception, for example, or plan an afterparty for the younger crowd. Instead of a band, hire a DJ to keep spinning all night long.

Just give. For the couple who has everything (especially second time arounders and older newlyweds), make a donation to the couple’s favorite charity instead of giving a traditional wedding gift.

Loosen up. You don’t have to follow an etiquette book rigidly to have a lovely wedding. Be unpredictable. Instead of doing things by rote, have the first dance before the cake is cut or offer toasts throughout the reception rather than one spiel after another or make the toasts yourselves. Don’t plant yourself at the head table and wait for everyone to come to you. Circulate.


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Bridal fashion Gowns are embellished with crystals, tiny 3-D flowers inset with Swarovski crystals in the center, soft petals and oversized corsages accenting waists and shoulders. • Asymmetry is in — one-shoulder gowns and asymetrical draping on the bodice. • Look for texture, feathers and soft fabrics such as organza and lace. • Low waistlines and gathered, draped and ruched bodices that conceal figure flaws, and more flattering necklines. • Swarovski crystal and pearl bracelets stacked on the arm or even DYI necklaces.

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something old

Do vintage because you love it, not to cut corners Text & Images | The Associated Press


here’s something romantic about the idea of a vintage wedding dress, with the wonderful stories it could tell. Maybe there’d be some delicate lace, too, or exquisite siren-worthy satin. Reality, though, isn’t always so pretty. Some vintage dresses are those perfect gowns you dream of, says Mark Ingram, CEO and creative director of Manhattan’s Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier, but others are too costume-y, too dated or, more likely, simply ill-fitting. “You can reach back to some vintage eras and look as contemporary as buying a new dress. But,” he says, “you have to consider your figure first and foremost. If the dress isn’t flattering to your figure type, just don’t go down the road.” Cameron Silver, owner of the Los Angeles couture vintage shop Decades, suggests these questions to ask



— frankly — of yourself: Do you need to wear a bra? Do you have a boyish figure? An hourglass shape? What about your hips? All of these, he says, are factors in buying any wedding gown, but particularly those meant to fit women of previous generations. Silver, a resource for Hollywood redcarpet looks, also warns that finding a pristine white vintage dress can be hard, and that a good vintage dress, if it’s not an heirloom, can be more expensive than you’d think. Even with your grandmother’s dress, there could be pricey alterations. “Don’t do this because you think it’s the easy way out, or that it’ll be cheaper,” adds Ingram. “You have to want it — you have to want to have this look.” But if you do find that ideal gown from yesteryear, Silver says, it’s a magical moment. He once sold a full Chantilly lace wedding gown by Chanel. “It was such a thrill,” he says.

There was a more recent Olivier Theyskens for Rochas gown that practically brought tears to his eyes. (If you find a keeper, be ready to buy it right away — no wavering — because there’s not another one stuck in some inventory closet.) If you’re partial to embroidery, look at gowns from the 1920s-’30s, while sultry, satin gowns come out of the ’40s. Women with a full bust might look to the curvier ’50s silhouette, says Ingram, WE TV’s “gown guru,” while minidresses of the ’60s are cool, yet hard to pull off unless the event is casual or the bride prides herself an individualist. Silver says that’s usually the case with those who wear vintage. “This bride doesn’t want to look like everyone else.” Still, you can hit contemporary fashion trends. Something from the ’70s, a little bohemian but sexy, too, is probably the hippest look going. The period to stay away from is, no

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Elements borrowed from the past, such as the Grecian one-shoulder look, look fresh today.

Chunky beading and silk charmeuse fabric contribute to the vintage look of this Jenny Packham wedding dress at Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier in New York.

surprise, the ’80s, with its oversize pouffy shoulders and tapered sleeves. “Right now, the ’80s looks so dated. Yes, 20-30 years back is ‘vintage,’ but if you’re going back, that’s a bad period to dip into. No ‘Dynasty,’ not even Princess Diana,” Ingram says. “There could be a big trend back to the ’80s if Kate (Middleton) wore it, but I can’t imagine that. It’s too big. The proportion was too big, and it wouldn’t look modern now.” A bride’s goal often is a timeless look, since the photos will hopefully last a lifetime, but each era still has its signature, says Michael Shettel, designer of bridal brand Alfred Angelo. You might be best off with a classic silhouette, while adjusting embellishments and details to current tastes, he suggests. Wedding-gown trends don’t swing as quickly as ready-to-wear fashion, he explains: Of course, white always dominates the market and the overall vibe is fancy, but when you line them up, you’ll see differences in the size and types of pearls and beads, changes in popular lace patterns, hemlines going up and down.

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Lace and beading contribute to the vintage look of this Monique Lhuillier wedding dress at Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier. “You want to make it your own, while still honoring whoever wore a vintage dress before. ... Maybe you’d like to make it a little more low-cut, a little more fitted, maybe give it a fuller skirt,” Shettel says. He also borrows from the past for new gowns. The tight-bodice, tealength ballgown, which “Mad Men” helped bring back in style, seems very fresh, Shettel says, and the asymmet-



rical neckline remains popular. Ingram says the best of both worlds might be vintage or vintage-inspired accessories on a new dress. “Add a fur piece — a shrug or a stole — and it looks vintage, even if it’s new, which probably means a better fit. The look could be 1910 or 2010,” he says. He also likes to add a beaded belt or sash, which also can give the illusion of a small waist, and carries

that retro feel. There’s no reason, though, to go back in time for your beauty routine. “If you do a vintage wedding dress, your accessories, hair and makeup have to be incredibly modern,” says Decades’ Silver. “You don’t want to be the bride of Frankenstein. If the dress looks ‘period,’ you have to play against it in your styling — unless you have a Renaissance theme, and who does that?” •

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Top 10 style predictions for bridesmaids Text | Weddings Staff Image | Studio D Photography 1. Bright hues and bold colors like lime, bright blues, yellow and fuchsia, especially in short party-style dresses. 2. Silver and pewter tones for late summer and fall weddings. Make sure fabrics have a sheen and nice elegance. 3. Details — frills, embroidery, fabric flowers, ruching and more. 4. Short, formal dresses in luxurious fabrics like chiffon. 5. Nude or white bridesmaids’ dresses that surprisingly don’t detract from the bride.

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6. Two-toned dresses to go with color scheme. Caveat: Play with tones, hues and shades of colors to eliminate the “matchy-matchy” look. 7. Assymetrical detailing or wraps to flatter all shapes and sizes of bridesmaids. 8. Solid colors are so last year. Look for florals, plaids, geometric prints in a simple style. 9. Low backs or backless dresses for evening weddings. 10. Black is back — especially short dresses worn with strappy sandals.


good vibe Special lighting can create ambiance and set mood Text| The Associated Press Images | The Associated Press, Barb Grabil


ou’d be hard pressed to find a bride who doesn’t make flowers, centerpieces and tablecloths a priority when it comes to creating a certain mood for the wedding. But talk to wedding lighting designer Bentley Meeker — whose clients have included Chelsea Clinton and Cathe-



rine Zeta Jones — and he’ll tell you that simple tricks, such as changing the color of light bulbs, can create the desired ambiance more effectively then roses and fancy tablecloths ever could. “Wedding lighting is really about what people are always trying to do with their weddings, which is to create a certain vibe and atmosphere,” the New York City lighting pro said. “Say you’re going to do a wedding in your office, and you bring in flowers

and the tables and you still have fluorescent lighting,” he said. “It will look like your office decorated for a wedding. “But if I came in and lit the office and didn’t do any other decorations, we would have transformed that space.” Diann Valentine, a Los Angeles wedding designer and expert on the cable station Wedding Central, agreed that lighting should top brides’ decorating priority lists because it “allows us to

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program the mood of an event.” That might mean changing the intensity of light throughout a wedding — dimmer for cocktails, brighter for dinner, for example — or using it to completely change the feel of a room. Rainer Flor, who married wife Candice last month at singer Gloria Estefan’s Costa d’Este in Vero Beach, Fla., said lighting effects enhanced the “Miami chic” atmosphere they were looking for. With floor lights and strategically placed LED lights, he said, the room, right off the beach, “looked almost like an aquarium.” Central Florida wedding planner Karry Castillo, who helped design the Flors’ wedding, said effects can range from simple spotlights on particular room features or decorations, to lighting motifs and patterns on walls, floors and ceilings. In addition, lighting effects can be relatively inexpensive, anywhere from a few hundred dollars to thousands, depending on complexity. “In many ways, lighting not only enhances the elements you have in place, but it can also give you a lot more bang for the dollar too,” Castillo said. Meeker is particularly fond of using pink and amber light bulbs, though he warns that those colors must be used

Top, lighting designed by Bentley Meeker for celeb Melissa Rivers’ wedding reception. cautiously (”There is ugly amber”). Dimmed incandescent light is another of his favorites. Particularly in closed rooms, he said, use lighting that’s appropriate for the setting — fixtures that can be absorbed into, rather than take over,

the larger setting. “It has to look beautiful so when the guests walk in they lose their breath,” Meeker said. Make sure light isn’t so glaring — or dark — that it distorts or distracts from the wedding party.

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Dim lights more than expected for visual impact. And choose soft, flattering colors to create a serene atmosphere, particularly by quelling strong lights. “Lighting can change so much that people really feel good about themselves,” Meeker said. Meeker sometimes works with crews 120 strong, and charges anywhere from $4,000 to $500,000 to custom light a wedding. But there is plenty that brides and wedding planners with more lim-

ited resources can do quite simply, he said. One cost-free suggestion: Dim the lights. “If you want to transform a space, you put everything on dimmers,” he said. Meeker says he dims lights somewhat darker than you’d expect (”Your eye adjusts”); whether you can see your shoes and laces clearly is a good barometer or

whether you’ve hit it right. Other wise advice: “Ask your mother or mother-in-law-to-be, and if it’s not too dark for her, there’s your atmosphere.” Meeker also suggests this fairly inexpensive trick: Use small spotlights (about $30 each, he said) to highlight architectural or decorative features around the wedding space. •



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details Sarah Wickett & Kale Larson wedding location Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy

reception Park Place Event Centre, Cedar Falls

gown Simply I Do, Cedar Falls

wedding cake Kathy’s Kakes

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Ciao, bella

Adventurous couple weds in romantic Italy Text | Melody Parker Images | Courtesy


any couples admit that the 15 minutes or so it takes to repeat their vows whizzes past in a blur. That’s especially true for Sarah Wickett and Kale Larson, whose vows were read in Italian. The adventurous couple wed March 11 at the 700-year-old Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy. The ceremony took place in the Sala de Rossa, once part of the private residences of the Medici family. Their officiant was the president of the Council of Florence.



“I like doing things a little differently,” said Sarah, explaining their choice for an Italian destination wedding. The bride, a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls with a bachelor’s degree in history, has traveled extensively. She works as an Estee Lauder consultant at Younkers in Waterloo. Larson, a graduate of Hawkeye Community College and UNI, works for John Deere. “Neither of us wanted the big wedding,” noted Kale. “But she wanted the big, pouffy princess dress.” Kale did most of the advance work via computer, hiring a wedding planner in

Florence, who arranged the ceremony and a photographer. Getting married in Italy required sworn affadavits that required a trip to Chicago, as well as updated passports. The couple, along with Kale’s parents, planned a 10-day tour of Italy, with stops in Rome, Florence, Venice, Pompeii and other areas. The wedding would take place at the end of the trip. They had to have the appropriate paperwork and arrive two days before the wedding. Her parents were unable to make the trip. “There was history, romance and great food — I love pizza,” Kale said,

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laughing. “The architecture, history, art and culture is fascinating and wonderful. We chose Florence because it’s smaller and seemed more romantic. We needed a location and ended up at a palace.” He bought a tuxedo on Ebay, and Karen found her dream princess dress at Simply I Do in Cedar Falls. “Kale said no tulle and I said it wasn’t tulle, it was organza. It was way over my budget but when I tried it on, I couldn’t see myself in anything else. It was perfect,” Sarah explained. Very full, fluffy petticoats made it look as if the dress was floating, but the look didn’t overpower her small frame. They stayed at a small hotel two blocks from the palace and shopped for flowers at a nearby florist’s shop. Sarah chose deep red Florentine roses that were large and open for her bouquet, and she wore a red rose in her hair. Kale surprised Sarah with a harpist who performed during the wedding ceremony. Afterwards, the couple walked across the piazza to a cafe for triple chocolate cake and a champagne toast. “People were clapping and following us, calling out in Italian, congratulating us and wishing us many babies,” Sarah recalled. “It was very romantic. I wasn’t stressed out at all. Our wedding day was actually relaxing.” Back home, the couple hosted a large reception for family and friends at Park Place Event Centre in April. A black-and-white color scheme got punch from Florentine red roses, and Kathy’s Kakes created a five-tier square cake with a classic damask pattern. The couple showed a video slide show from their Italian wedding and a DJ provided music for dancing, something the newlyweds love to

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do. There also was a babysitter, crafts and coloring for children, who wore top hats and tiaras for fun. Kale has only a few suggestions to couple’s planning a destination wedding: “Give yourself six months to plan it. I wish we’d had more time, but it worked out. My best piece of advice, though, is ‘Don’t let the bride bring a dress so big it won’t fit in a suitcase,’’’ he added, laughing. •

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details Jayne Saul & Aaron Hawks wedding location Parents Greg and Lea Ann Saul’s home

reception Park Place Event Centre, Cedar Falls

gown “Victoriana” by Maggie Sotero from An Elegant Affair by Amy, Cedar Falls

wedding cake Gloria’s Desserts, Des Moines

photographer Barb Grabil of Oelwein


is where the heart is for this couple Text | Melody Parker Images | Barb Grabil


EDAR FALLS — Aaron Hawks wanted to ask Jayne Saul to marry him, but he wanted to do something out of the ordinary. The couple loves going to movies, so he arranged for a special DVD to air during advertisements at College Square Cinema. In between promos, the words “Jayne — Will You Marry Me?” would flash up on screen. The catch? “Getting her to the theater early. I told her a lie about some buddies were coming into town and I had movie tickets. We were all going to see the new ‘Terminator’ movie. She said, ‘We’ve seen that,’ and I froze. I said ‘I meant ‘Transformers,’” Aaron recalled.

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He also prepared breakfast for Jayne, but his mind was in a mental fog and he put about one pound of sausage in the eggs. “And she doesn’t like sausage. She asked me what was wrong and I said I was tired. Lie number two was telling her we had to be at the theater early to reserve seats because my friends were running late. We were there super early and Jayne was hassling me — she said sometimes I’m not the brightest crayon in the box,” he said, laughing. Jayne sat munching popcorn and watching promos running across the movie screen when it went blank. “I thought what the heck? Then it happened again, then I saw my name on the screen and then ‘Will you marry me?’ Aaron got down on one knee, holding up the ring. I have no idea

what I said except yes,” she said. Aaron admitted, “My heart was pounding through my chest.” The couple decided to wed Aug. 28 outdoors at the Cedar Falls home of Jayne’s parents, Greg and Lea Ann Saul. “My parents have a beautiful home, and I’ve always wanted to get married at home. I thought it was romantic,” she said. Aaron, a Wyoming native, liked the idea of an intimate wedding. “Some weddings are uptight and very structured. I wanted something where everyone felt comfortable, could visit and have fun and enjoy the celebration.” An altar was built for the exchange of vows, but little else needed to be done except adding flowers. She worked with Vicki Rhea, a wedding planner from Sumner.


fire ice Jayne chose citrus green, pink and orange as her colors, mixing in deeper hues. Bridesmaids wore knee-length dresses, and the bride wore the dress of her dreams. “It made me feel like a princess. I made a scrapbook of wedding gowns from magazines that I liked. I went to An Elegant Affair by Amy in Cedar Falls to try on dresses and the dress I chose was in my scrapbook. I loved the beading, the little bit of a drop waist because I have long legs, and I just loved the way it made me feel.” She also wore a custom-designed veil and hair brooch and carried a bouquet with or-



chids. Officiant was Pastor John Fuller from Prairie Lakes Church. Aaron’s grandfather, Jim Cox, a professional country/western singer, performed at the ceremony. “Fire and Ice” was the theme for the couple’s reception and dance, which took place at Park Place Event Centre. “I wanted it to be clubby. I wanted people to move around and mingle,” she said. Food stations served guests salads and appetizers, breads and carved meats, including buffalo. The four-tiered butter cream cake was dressed in fondant loaded with butterflies. A mixture of tall and short centerpieces

were scattered on tables and festive paper lanterns dangled from the ceiling. Outdoors, fire shot out of the tops of ice pillars that changed colors and there were ice bars, fire pits and an ice luge. Fireworks lit the sky as darkness fell. All in all, the day was perfect. “I kept my cool. I didn’t realize how nervous I really was until it was over. I’d been waiting a whole year for this day to happen,” said Jayne. The couple honeymooned in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and are expecting their first child in late July. •

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role playing Grooms are more hands-on in wedding planning Text | Tina Hinz Image | Dan Phillips Photography


raditionally the bride-to-be happily takes charge in bringing to life her dream wedding. Believe it or not, plenty of tasks are cut out for the groom. However, more masculine duties tend to be most appealing. For example, Chris Heath of Des Moines, a computer systems analyst, created an online wedding planner and website for his bride, Bethany Wagner. “He kind of teaches me,” Bethany said. “If I ask his opinion about something he doesn’t care about, he’ll say, ‘It’s your wedding.’ And I’ll tease him back that it’s our wedding. The truth is, he just doesn’t care about a lot of stuff, like flowers or dresses. I think it’s actually more frustrating for him if I try to make him care.” When they got engaged, they discussed what parts of the wedding they were interested in getting involved. Chris has turned out to be more productive than Bethany expected. He even sought out her friend to make the cake for their March nuptials. The two have taken advantage of individual fortes. Bethany hates calling WEDDINGS Spring 2011

places, so Heath booked DJs and hotels and looked over contracts. “He’s just a helpful person,” Bethany said. “Like I’ve come over, and he was tying ribbons around bubbles and things like that while he was watching TV.” Lining up DJs, dance music, some decorations, tuxes and servers for alcohol were up Tyler Reedy’s alley when he married Amy Colwell in October at the Botanical Gardens in Des Moines. The couple consulted each other on those and larger decisions, like the food and venue. The more Tyler got involved, his excitement for the day grew, said Amy, formerly of Waterloo. Motivation is driven if guys are truly gung-ho about getting married, said Tony Skaggs of Waverly, who married Tiffany O’Brien at the Little Brown Church in Nashua in September. They worked side by side picking out the ring, centerpieces, food, dresses and flowers. “You can’t rope them into it,” he said. “I was so psyched it didn’t matter. Like, I was ready to do everything. She bounced ideas off me, I’d bounce them back.” Tiffany said sharing the duties was much more fun and less stressful than

when she married her first husband. “I did everything,” she said of the past experience. “One night I sat up until 2 in the morning painting centerpieces by myself while he slept. It should be all about what the two of you want. One person shouldn’t have a say more than the other. If that’s how you start out, your marriage isn’t going to go very well.” Planning such a large event gives couples an early taste of compromise, she added. When Tiffany picked out a pattern for bridesmaid dresses, she had envisioned purple fabric. Tony suggested blue. They went with blue. “It turned out to work perfectly because our accent color became hot pink,” she said. “It was a lot cooler than if we had gone with my choice.” The wedding industry unfairly caters to brides, Amy said. “I remember when we went to register, we were just discussing which color we wanted for our plates,” she recalled. “The woman who was helping us said to Tyler, ‘Maybe you should just let her have what she wants because she’s the bride and in the end that’s what matters.’ “I mean, she was just reinforcing all kinds of stereotypes, and I know Tyler has had frustration when we go places, and he gets a reaction like that.” •


color story

hot color combos

What your choices and combos say about you and your wedding Text | Melody Parker Images | Elden’s Photography


fter announcing your engagement and showing off that engagement ring to family and friends, one of the first questions asked — after how he proposed and when is the wedding — is “what are your colors?” Historically, wedding colors were divided by seasons: Pastels and bright colors for spring and summer; jewel tones for fall and winter. No longer. Today’s brides know that bright colors are the rule, not the exception. And dark colors can work, whatever the season. Colors have meaning. Color is “the catalyst for feelings,” writes Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of Pantone Color Institute, in “Colors For Your Every Mood.” Romantic, whimsical, bold, subtle, sensual, sophisticated, contemplative or classic, colors can send whatever message you desire. Bright colors — fuschia, orange and green — remain favorites in 2011. For vintage appeal, look toward muted tones of the same color — deeper pinks, bittersweet oranges, loden green, for example. Experts predict these will be the year’s hot colors: apple green, mauve, lilac, hot pink, slate grey, celadon, aged gold, coral, red, violet purple, mocha, chocolate, navy, emerald, clementine orange and yellow. Dark colors such as charcoal, brick red, dark green, dark orange, asparagus, deep purple, mocha and deep blues also are good choices. Nudes and gray emerged last year as mixers and remain trendsetting colors. •

cool colors

(and what they mean)

garnet & tangerine lavender, cream & chocolate

warm colors

(and what they mean)

Light blue — Spring, friendly

Red — Passionate

Dark blue — Faithful

Pink — Romance

Turquoise — Calm

Bright pink — High energy

Green — Fresh, generous

Yellow — Joy

Bright green — Vibrant, youthful

Bright Orange — Flamboyant

Dark green — Fertile

Orange — Radiant, warmth

Purple — Royal, luxurious

Peach/coral — Nurturing

Lavender — Elegant, feminine

Chocolate — Rich

Gray — Modern 24


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hot color combos aqua & chartreuse

lemon & celadon

blush & mauve

navy & fuschia

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04.23.2010 Ryan & Erica Graen Cedar Falls, Iowa 26


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Personal sentiments rule wedding day Text | Karen Heinselman Images | Tim Dodd ome girls spend a lifetime planning their very own dream wedding day. They spend years thinking about the color, the dress, the cake and the venue so that by the time a marriage proposal comes along, they know exactly what they want. But that’s not Erica (Adelmund) Graen. From the get-go, the Waterloo native valued simplicity and personal sentiment over glitz and over-the-top. She wanted to enjoy her wedding and not get caught up in the details. “Actually, I was never one of those girls to dream about my wedding and envision what it would be like,” Erica said. “I knew I kind of wanted something simple. I didn’t want a lot of the crazy. I didn’t want to go crazy with it.” And for the most part, Erica, 23, got her wish. She reflects on the big day — April 23, 2010 — and the process as


a whole with no regrets. “It was just a very comfortable, fun atmosphere,” she said. “I think that went really well.” That says a lot, considering her groom, Ryan, 23, helped plan the wedding from thousands of miles away. Cedar Falls High School graduate Ryan Graen is a corporal with the U.S. Marine Corps and spent the year leading up to his wedding stationed at Okinawa. In fact, he took 10 days off to get married, then flew back to Japan for several months to finish his deployment. Being apart was tough. But the lessthan-ideal situation forced the committed couple to get a head start on an area they identified as critical to a happy marriage. “The nice thing about the distance is it forces you to have good communication,” Ryan said. “Otherwise, your relationship won’t really last or stand.” In terms of planning the wedding,

Ryan pitched in by making a ton of phone calls. He called the band, the pastor and vendors. The time difference meant staying up until midnight to reach people, including Erica, at appropriate hours. Ryan doesn’t regret the extra effort to stay connected. “It’s worth it, and you just have to stick it out and trust each other,” Ryan said. From the wedding proposal to the custom-designed wedding invitations to a photo shoot in downtown Cedar Falls, the couple acknowledged places significant to their relationship. Erica and Ryan met as teenagers in 2004 while in New York City with Caravan, missions trips offered by Cedar Valley churches. Over the years, an unassuming friendship formed. By the time Ryan was headed off to boot camp in 2008, the relationship was blossoming into something more. The couple dated when he returned that fall.

details Erica Adelmund & Ryan Graen wedding location Orchard Hill Reformed Church, Cedar Falls

reception Park Place Event Centre, Cedar Falls

theme Japanese cherry blossoms

photographer Tim Dodd

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Ryan proposed on Feb. 17, 2009, his last day in town before preparing to head overseas. Ryan took Erica to a favorite hangout spot, Cup of Joe. The pair ordered coffee to go and headed down to the train bridge off Main Street in Cedar Falls. To Erica’s best recollection, the proposal went something like this: Ryan — “There’s only one more thing I want to do while I’m here. Erica, will you marry me?” Erica — “Yes.” “I was kind of speechless because I kind of didn’t expect that,” Erica said. In May 2009, Erica visited Ryan in Okinawa. Her time there inspired a loose theme for her wedding: Japanese cherry blossoms. Although she never got to see cherry blossoms during her travel, the flower symbolizes good memories. Aesthetically, the flower fit her scheme of keeping it simple. The cherry blossom showed up on her wedding invitations, the cake and as table decorations. Local artist Dan Hatala created an original painting for her invites, and Lori Poehler of Wartburg College helped with design and layout. On the big day, Erica wore a strapless white gown. Ryan chose dark blue military regalia to honor his family, including two grandparents who served in the military. “The one thing that was important is my family, my mom, wanted me to wear my dress blues to the wedding,” Ryan said. Erica majored in professional photography at Hawkeye Community College. Her experience in the field helped her select a photographer, Tim Dodd, and explain her expectations

clearly. Pictures with a more artistic, photojournalist feel are her favorite. The couple posed at Cup of Joe and strolled outside the beautiful, historic Black Hawk Hotel on the Cedar Falls Parkade. “We were very happy with his work,” Erica said. “He’s a great photographer.” The Graens didn’t have time for a honeymoon but plan to make up for it with a trip to Europe. A nine-month deployment to Afghanistan is also in the forcast for Ryan. One day, the couple hope to make a return visit to Japan. The Graens reside in Oceanside, Calif., where Ryan is stationed at Camp Pendleton. Most parts of the planning process went pretty well, she said, and she had help from her family, including her mother and mother-inlaw. At several points she felt a time crunch, such as when the six-week mark approached and she had yet to choose her final invitation design. “But we got things worked out,” Erica said. A bit of advice for brides? Erica recommends leaving plenty of time to plan and make decisions. The ceremony and reception went off, for the most part, without a hitch. Most importantly, she enjoyed the day and shared it with family and friends. Erica counts the photo shoot as a highlight and light-hearted moments leading up to the service. “And then right before the ceremony started everybody was kind of gathered in one room. We were playing hangman and that was fun,” Erica said. •

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03.11.2010 Amanda & Andrew Sadler Melvin, Iowa

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family matters

Hands-on bride creates wedding focused on what matters most Text | Holly Hudson Images | Anna Kosters


manda Rollefson and Andrew Sadler met two years ago, a setup courtesy of a college roommate of Amanda’s. Ten months later, Andrew popped the question on a visit to Hartman Reserve Nature Center in Cedar Falls. Amanda, the very definition of a hands-on bride-to-be, then set about creating a small, intimate wedding that focused on family ties and friendship. Amanda, who owns and operates AJ Designs Photography & Floral Design



and Landscaping, took the reins of the wedding planning while her fiance worked third shift at John Deere. Her inspiration was peacock feathers. She did all the flowers for the wedding, centerpieces and all of the other decorations. She even hand-lettered all of the invitations. Friends and family were eager to pitch in when something came up that Amanda couldn’t handle herself, she said. Friends performed all the music at the wedding. Additionally, a cousin and his wife who couldn’t attend the ceremony sent a CD of them playing

the violin and piano. Amanda’s trusted high school friend, Anna Kosters, took the photographs, and another friend, Dave Olson, who is certified to do weddings, performed the service. Fifty guests attended the May 22 wedding at Reformed Church in Melvin, the same church where Amanda’s parents were married. The bridesmaids wore aqua blue dresses while the men donned black tuxes with lime green vests. To round out their outfits, Amanda and Andrew gifted each with a pair of Converse tennis shoes, black and white for the men and aqua blue for the women.

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details Amanda Rollefson & Andrew Sadler wedding location Reformed Church, Melvin, IA

reception Melvin Legion Hall

gown by Maggie Sottero from The French Door

wedding cake Brenda Kruger

photographer Anna Kosters

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Amanda wore a strapless Maggie Sottero in diamond white with beading in an asymetrical design. A reception following the ceremony too place at the American Legion Hall in Melvin, just a block away from the church. Approximately 250 guests attended and were treated to a menu of pork loin, baby red potatoes and green bean casserole. Amanda’s father, Richard Rollefson, cooked all of the food for the event. The reception featured five cakes, each a different flavor, topped with flowers. Wedding pictures of the couple’s parents, grandparents and great-grandparents were on display. A second reception, attended by 175 guests, took place June 5 in Gilbertville for Andrew’s family members. Photos were taken underneath a sprawling willow tree in a park in Melvin, some featuring a 1928 Model A Ford street rod built by Amanda’s dad. The couple now make their home just outside Waterloo in what used to be Andrew’s grandparents’ house, with his uncle, parents and brother living nearby. •


bride’s checklist

the bride’s checklist SIX TO 12 MONTHS

❑ Announce your engagement. ❑ Decide on wedding details, such as style, time of day and location. ❑ Pick a date. Do this as soon as possible so bridal party and family members can make plans and reservations can be made for wedding location, rehearsal and reception locations, etc. ❑ Set a budget. ❑ Select the bridal party. ❑ Choose your colors. Your flowers, attire, linens and cake will reflect your choice. ❑ Choose and order the bridal gowns, bridesmaids’ gowns and accessories. ❑ Start planning the honeymoon with groom. ❑ Begin your bridal registry. ❑ Select the caterer, photographer, florist and musicians. ❑ Start planning the reception. Reserve a hall, hotel or facility. ❑ Schedule premarital counseling. Some churches require this for a marriage. ❑ Choose and order the wedding rings. ❑ Order the wedding cake. ❑ Select and order the invitations. THREE MONTHS

❑ Complete the guest list. ❑ Plan to have both mothers select their dresses. It’s customary for the groom’s mother to wait until the bride’s mother has selected her dress. ❑ Finalize reception plans. ❑ If reservations haven’t been made for the honeymoon, do it now. ❑ Confirm dates and times with the florist, caterer, photographer, musicians and church. ❑ Discuss transportation to and from the wedding and reception sites. ❑ Choose and order the tuxes. ❑ Schedule bridesmaids’ dresses for fittings. ❑ Choose and dye shoes if necessary.

Design and send thank-you notes as ❑Infinite RecordImage gifts received they arrive. ❑ Plan the rehearsal and dinner. This is the responsibility of the groom and his family, but all should work together on it. ❑ Purchase gifts for the bridal party. Brides often buy inexpensive earrings or necklaces for the bridesmaids to wear at the wedding. Popular choices for groomsmen are money clips, key chains or ball caps. ❑ Schedule final fittings for bride and bridesmaids. ❑ Schedule appointments at beauty salons for attendants, if needed. ❑ Hold the bridesmaids’ luncheon. ❑ Purchase a guest book and decide where it will go, either at the wedding or reception. TWO WEEKS

❑ Finalize wedding day transportation. ❑ Arrange to have names changed on driver’s license, Social Security card, etc. ONE WEEK

❑ Start packing for the honeymoon. ❑ Finalize the number of guests with caterer if not already done. ❑ Plan seating arrangements for guests. ❑ Have a hairdresser practice fixing your hair. You may want to practice applying your makeup. ❑ Make sure wedding rings are picked up and fit. WEDDING DAY

❑ Relax and enjoy your very special day. Studio D Photography


❑ Mail the invitations. ❑ Get the marriage license. ❑ Finalize the honeymoon plans. ONE MONTH

❑ Reserve accommodations for the groom.



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groom’s checklist

checklist One day before

Vorland Photography Three months before

❑ Decide what you and your groomsmen will wear. Go tux shopping or reserve rentals for you and your posse. One month before

❑ If you’re buying a tux, make sure alterations are finished and go in for a final fitting. If the tux still doesn’t fit quite right, the shop will still have time to make final alterations. One week before

❑ Get a haircut! ❑ Get a manicure (no polish — just clean, buffed nails). ❑ Buy new boxers for the big day. Surprise your bride with something stylish.

❑ If you’re renting, pick up your tux. Make sure your groomsmen, your father and the ring bearer get their tuxes, too. ❑ If you’re renting or buying, double check that all the elements are included in the correct size: jacket, trousers, shirt, tie, vest or cummerbund, shoes, cuff links and dress socks. ❑ If you will be dressing somewhere other than at home, pack up your outfit and grooming products today. You should gather: Hair products, deodorant, tie, cummerbund or belt, vest, coat or jacket, cuff links and studs, dress shirt, watch, trousers, undershirt, underwear, socks, shoes and last, but definitely not least, the wedding rings. Wedding Day

Get a close shave. Take a hot shower. Remember your deodorant! This might be a high-sweat day. Remember the rings. Place them in your pocket to entrust to your best man sometime before the ceremony. ❑ If possible, ask your mother to pin on your boutonniere. This mother/son moment will bring a tear to her eye. ❑ ❑ ❑ ❑

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wedding attire worksheet

wedding attire your wedding gown Locations to try on wedding gowns 1. 2. 3. Gown style/name/designer Store name Address Phone Website Consultant Cost Deposit Refund Policy Dress Size Color Description

Fitting Date Veil/headpiece Cost

Dress pick-up date

Acccessories Shoes Size Color Style/manufacturer Store Cost Purse Cost Jewelry checklist Engagement ring Earrings Necklace Bracelet Hair accessories

Groomsman Name Tux size Color Vest Fitting date Pick-up date Deposit Balance due Groomsman Name Tux size Color Vest Fitting date Pick-up date Deposit Balance due Groomsman Name Tux size Color Vest Fitting date Pick-up date Deposit Balance due Groomsman Name Tux size Color Vest Fitting date Pick-up date Deposit Balance due Usher Name Tux size Color Vest Fitting date Pick-up date Deposit Balance due

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groom’s attire Store Address Phone Website Consultant Tux size Color Vest Fitting date Pick-up date Deposit Balance due Best Man Name Tux size Color Vest Fitting date Pick-up date Deposit Balance due



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ceremony ceremony music

Location Address Contact Phone E-mail Web address Denomination Officiant Personal vows OK Seating for guests Available dates & times Cost Earliest arrival time on wedding date Floral arrangements/set-up What is not allowed (rice throwing/pew decorating, etc.)

Pianist/organist Phone Soloist(s) 1. Phone 2. Phone Instrumentalist(s) 1. Phone 2. Phone Readers Scripture/poetry/literature readings

Rehearsal time Photographer set-up time Available amenities Altar Arch Chairs Candelabra Candles Aisle stanchions Kneeling bench Dressing room Organist Soloist Audio/video equipment Coatroom Handicap accessibility Parking

ceremony worksheet

ceremony site

Fee Fee Fee Fee Fee Phone

Prelude songs



During ceremony



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caterer worksheet

hiring a caterer option 1

option 2

Caterer Address Phone Contact/manager E-mail & Web address Hours Samples (Yes No) Date for sampling

Caterer Address Phone Contact/manager E-mail & Web address Hours Samples (Yes No) Date for sampling

FOOD Type service: Appetizers/hors d’oeuvres Buffet Sit-down Menu choices (appetizers/meat/side dishes

FOOD Type service: Appetizers/hors d’oeuvres Buffet Sit-down Menu choices (appetizers/meat/side dishes

Samples? Observe an event catered by the caterer? What is the ratio of servers to guests? Multiple food stations? Price per person Wedding cake included? Cake cutting fee? Leftovers / cleanup

Samples? Observe an event catered by the caterer? What is the ratio of servers to guests? Multiple food stations? Price per person Wedding cake included? Cake cutting fee? Leftovers / cleanup

EQUIPMENT How will food be displayed or served? Tables/chairs provided? Table linens/napkins provided? How will servers be dressed?

EQUIPMENT How will food be displayed or served? Tables/chairs provided? Table linens/napkins provided? How will servers be dressed?

BEVERAGES Will caterer serve alcohol? Choices of beverage Alcohol cost Champagne/wine cost

BEVERAGES Will caterer serve alcohol? Choices of beverage Alcohol cost Champagne/wine cost

OVERALL COST Sales tax included in quoted price? Gratuities included? Cancellation policy Overtime charge Total cost Deposit Balance



Non-alcohol cost


OVERALL COST Sales tax included in quoted price? Gratuities included? Cancellation policy Overtime charge Total cost Deposit Balance

Non-alcohol cost


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choosing a reception site option 2

Location Address Phone E-mail Web address Contact person Dates/times available Minumum/maximum number of guests Band stage/dance floor | Yes No Bar facilities | Yes No Bartenders | Yes No Tables & chairs Linens | Yes No Kitchen facilities | Yes No Service (Hors d’oeurves, buffet, sit-down) Outside caterers allowed | Yes No Fees for linens, tables, chairs, etc. Floral/candles/other decorations allowed Tent Parking Valet | Yes No Cancellation policy Deposit Balance Due Total cost

Location Address Phone E-mail Web address Contact person Dates/times available Minumum/maximum number of guests Band stage/dance floor | Yes No Bar facilities | Yes No Bartenders | Yes No Tables & chairs Linens | Yes No Kitchen facilities | Yes No Service (Hors d’oeurves, buffet, sit-down) Outside caterers allowed | Yes No Fees for linens, tables, chairs, etc. Floral/candles/other decorations allowed Tent Parking Valet | Yes No Cancellation policy Deposit Balance Due Total cost

option 3

option 4

Location Address Phone E-mail Web address Contact person Dates/times available Minumum/maximum number of guests Band stage/dance floor | Yes No Bar facilities | Yes No Bartenders | Yes No Tables & chairs Linens | Yes No Kitchen facilities | Yes No Service (Hors d’oeurves, buffet, sit-down) Outside caterers allowed | Yes No Fees for linens, tables, chairs, etc. Floral/candles/other decorations allowed Tent Parking Valet | Yes No Cancellation policy Deposit Balance Due Total cost

Location Address Phone E-mail Web address Contact person Dates/times available Minumum/maximum number of guests Band stage/dance floor | Yes No Bar facilities | Yes No Bartenders | Yes No Tables & chairs Linens | Yes No Kitchen facilities | Yes No Service (Hors d’oeurves, buffet, sit-down) Outside caterers allowed | Yes No Fees for linens, tables, chairs, etc. Floral/candles/other decorations allowed Tent Parking Valet | Yes No Cancellation policy Deposit Balance Due Total cost

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reception worksheet

option 1


reception hall directory

reception hall directory H is proposal was music to your ears. Now it’s time to put your florist, cake baker and caterer on speed-dial. When choosing a reception site, check out its size and determine whether it will fit your style of reception and number of guests expected to attend. Find out what services are provided. Will you have to bring your own frills to make it a pretty backdrop for wedding photography? Think budget and remember to read each contract before signing on the dotted line. Ask about cancellation policies, deposit amounts and when the balance is due. To assist our readers, here’s a listing of metro area reception halls:

American Legion Post 138, 619 Franklin St., Waterloo, 234-8511 Details: Open to public, accommodates 100-150; book early; $250 per floor, $50 deposit; kitchen, bartender costs extra; no on-site catering; tables, chairs included, linens not; decorating one to two hours before; dance floor. Beaver Hills Country Club, 8230 Beaver Hills Drive, Cedar Falls, 266-1975, Details: Open to public, booking upon availability; accommodates up to 250; $500 for room; set up, clean up included; on-site buffet or sit-down style catering, about $15 per person; tables, chairs, linens provided; bar; decorating early depends on availability; dance floor. Cedar Falls Womans Club, Third and Clay Streets, Cedar Falls, 266-1431 Details: Beautifully restored 1860s home with ballroom, parlor and boardroom. Catering available. Call for booking details and services. Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, 1927 E. Orange Road. East of Hawkeye Community College. www., 226-4966 Details: A variety of garden settings will accommodate 200 guests. $300 for six hour period. $100 non-refundable deposit to reserve date a minimum of 60 days in advance; $200 balance and damage deposit due one week prior which will be refunded in case of rain. On site dressing room; restrooms and limited electrical access to the gardens. Gardens remain open to the public. Smoking and alcohol prohibited. No rice, bird seed, confetti, rose petals or balloons. Centennial Oaks Golf Club, Eagle Ridge Drive, Waverly, 483-1765, ask for Lisa Details: Accommodates intimate gatherings to large receptions up to 400 guests; on-site catering and bar services; customized menus; chairs, tables, linens provided; outside ceremony site, on-site event coordinator, professional wait staff, dance floor, complimentary set-up and tear-down.



Center Inn Banquet Facilities, 209 Main St., Readlyn, 279-3839, www. Details: Dining room accommodates up to 75, ballroom accommodates up to 400; banquet room rental Sunday-Thursday, $150, Friday and Saturday, $300; dining room rental Monday-Sunday, $75; basement rental $50; deposit and credit billing $100, required to confirm all bookings, non-refundable; post-event clean up, $100. The Centre Hall, 1211 4th St., SW, Waverly, 352-1386, www.thecentrehall. com Details: Accommodates up to 600 guest; day prior to event setup $175; day after cleanup $175; event date, 250 chairs & 30 tables $400, each additional 50 chairs and 5 tables $100; kitchen access $40. Electric Park Ballroom, 310 W. Conger St., Waterloo, 233-3050, www. Details: Accommodates 600 banquet style, fire code allows 1,200; book at least six months in advance; $660 for facility, $250 deposit; on-site catering only, buffet and sit-down; $9 cold meat buffet, $13.75 two-meat buffet, $13 to $18 per plate; set up, clean up, two bartenders included; tables, chairs provided, linens rented at $4 each; smoking permitted; decorating day before depends on availability; no decorations from ceiling or light fixtures; wood floor, stage.

bookings one month in advance; room rental $900 with $250 deposit (nonrefundable/applied toward rental), includes setup, cleanup and bar, dance floor; additional charges for linens and place settings. Catering available on-site, $18.95 per person buffet-style, no room rental fee if club does the catering (linens included); decorating at noon the day before wedding.

Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, University of Northern Iowa campus, Cedar Falls, 273-3660, www. Details: Lobby hall accommodates up to 120 banquet style, 300 standing; book six months to a year in advance; $600, $300 deposit; on-site catering only by UNI catering; tables, chairs, linens provided; balcony, grand central staircase; decorating day before event; dance floor. Grout Museum District, 503 South St, Waterloo, 234-6357, Details: Main building accommodates up to 300, $300-$700 for facility, $100 damage deposit. Tables, chairs, linens, set-up and cleanup included. Cash or open bar available. No on-site catering. Kitchen and dance floor available. Snowden House accommodates up to 150, $50 an hour; $100 damage deposit. Tables, chairs, set-up and cleanup included. No on-site catering. Kitchen available. No dancing at Snowden House. Hartman Reserve Nature Center, 657 Reserve Drive, Cedar Falls, 277-2187, Details: Accommodates up to 100; booking at least six months in advance; weekends $45 per hour, weekdays $40 per hour; $200 deposit, more to bring in alcohol; no on-site catering; kitchen access, tables, chairs included; PA system; non-smoking; decks with scenic overview, bridge, outside amphitheater seats up to 100, fireplace; decorating early requires rental; no dance floor. Hickory Hills Park, 3338 Hickory Hills Road, La Porte City, 266-6813,

Details: Accommodates 125; book up to two years in advance; pricing varies, two-day wedding packages available; $100 deposit, more if bringing in beer keg; no on-site catering; restrooms, kitchen facilities (pots/pans not provided); tables, chairs for 125 are provided, additional seating allowed; beer, wine coolers allowed; lakefront view; decorating early requires rental; outlets for DJ; cement floor; attached deck, air-conditioning.

Clarion Inn, 5826 University Ave., Cedar Falls, 277-2239, ext. 324, www. Details: Enjoy the convenience of your reception and hotel accommodations under one roof; mezzanine and plaza seat up to 350, banquet hall seats up to 300; full service catering, $16.95 to $22.95 per plate; free honeymoon suite with whirlpool for bride and groom; special overnight rates for wedding guests; rehearsal dinner, gift opening, bridal shower available; tables, chairs, linens, skirting, security, bar, bartender provided; some decorations provided, decorating 8 a.m. day of event; dance floor, table for disc jockey. Knights of Columbus, 1955 Locke Ave., Waterloo, 234-6908, ask for Jim Details: Accommodates up to 264 guests; rental fee includes bartender, chairs, tables, paper tablecloths, set up and clean up; food options include buffet dinners, sandwiches and/or appetizers; hall includes dance floor with stage for band or DJ; handicapped accessible; private parking lot; located near Crossroads Shopping Center and numerous hotels. Oster Regent Theatre, 103 Main St., Cedar Falls, 277-5283, www.cedarnet. org/regent Details: Accommodates 80-100; book early; $175, $50 deposit; no on-site catering; can serve own alcohol but cannot sell to guests; kitchen with serving area, sink, refrigerator, microwave; tables, chairs provided for 100; linens rented for $3 each; room overlooks Cedar River; decorating day before depends on availability; hardwood dance floor.

Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center, W. Fourth Street and Commercial, Waterloo, 233-7560 Details: Accommodates 100 to 1,100; book up to 18 months in advance; $600 for facility, $600 deposit; full setup, cleanup, bar included; draped, skirted head table on risers with microphone; on-site catering only; dinner or hors d’oeuvres buffet, sit-down dinner, $15.95 to $23.95 per person; can bring wedding cake; round tables, cake table, chairs, white linens provided; dance floor. Fox Ridge Golf Club, Highway 20, Dike, 989-2213, Details: Accommodates 320 people;

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Pepsi Pavilion, National Cattle Congress grounds, 232-5801, Details: Accommodates 100-500; $550, $250 deposit; on-site buffet-style catering only, starts at $11.50 per plate; tables, chairs included; linens rented for $3 each, 50 cents per napkin; full bar; smoking permitted; decorating afternoon before depends on availability; dance floor. Riverview Conference Center, 439 N. Division St., Cedar Falls, 268-0787, Details: Accommodates 200; recommended booking six months before; per person fee $1.25 for groups 150 or fewer, $1 for more than 150; $80 minimum, $50 deposit; on-site catering only, $5 to $6 per plate; no alcohol allowed; tables, chairs included, linens not; non-smoking; decorating day before depends on availability; patio block floor, stage. Riviera-Roose Community Center, 307 Maple St., Janesville, (319) 987-3512. Recently remodeled, the community center features a well-lit, wide open space with easy access to an outdoor grassy area. Rotary Reserve, 5932 N. Union Road, Cedar Falls, 266-6813, Details: Accommodates 300; book up to two years in advance; $650 for all day Saturday; package deals include $800 for both Friday and Saturday night, $925 for all day Friday and Saturday, $650 for Thursday night and all day Friday; weekday times range from $195 to $275, $100 increase on holidays; $200 deposit two weeks prior to event; no on-site catering; kitchen, restrooms; tables, chairs provided for 300 guests; linens, cooking utensils not provided; beer, wine, champagne only; uniformed security officer required if serving alcohol; non-smoking; remote location on banks of Cedar River, deck, gazebo, fireplace, PA system, concrete floor, air-conditioned/ heated; changing rooms for both men and women available. Sky Event Centre, Black’s Building, 501 Sycamore St., Waterloo, 277-1255, Sky Event Centre is a premier event centre in downtown Waterloo opening later this summer. The event centre, located on the 8th floor of the Black’s building overlooks the entire Cedar Valley and is available for reunions, wedding receptions, fundraisers and all kinds of special events. Call Bridget Bryson at 319-277-1255 or email Sunnyside Country Club, 1600 Olympic Drive, Waterloo, 234-1707, Details: Members only; ballroom seats 270; booking depends on availability; no rental fee for members; onsite sit-down or buffet-style catering only, average $23 per plate; tables, chairs, linens provided; bar; decorating early allowed; dance floor. The Supervisors’ Club, 3265 Dewitt Road, Waterloo, 233-6069, ask for Donna or Casie Details: Accommodates up to 400 in a non-smoking environment; $900 rental includes bartenders, chairs, tables and cleaning; linens extra; full bar and food capabilities; option of appetizers, sandwiches, two-meat buffet or served, sit-down dinner; DJ or band stage and dance floor; handicapped accessible; close parking; located off of Ridgeway Avenue between Waterloo and Cedar Falls.

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University of Northern Iowa Slife Ballroom and Georgian Lounge, 1227 W. 27th St., Cedar Falls, 2732333, Details: Ballroom seats up to 220; reservations accepted up to two years in advance; $500 for ballroom, $200 for neighboring lounge; half of estimated cost paid in advance, remainder due at event; set up, clean up included; on-site catering only, dinner $15.55 to $22 per person, buffet, sit down or cocktail reception available; will cut and serve cake; tables, chairs, linens provided; bar; non-smoking; no open flames, nails or excessive glitter; can provide centerpieces, bouquets, card basket; patio attached to lounge; sound system in ballroom; portable risers for band, DJ, head table; wood dance floor.

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Park Place Event Centre, 1521 Technology Parkway, Suite B, Cedar Falls, 277-1255, park_ place/weddings.php Details: Intimate gatherings to grand receptions accommodating up to 500 people (seated). Services range from customized menus and personalized favors, and event coordinators can coordinate the entire wedding. For customized prices, packages and deposits, call Park Place.

University of Northern Iowa Maucker Union Ballroom, 1227 W. 27th St., Cedar Falls, 273-2256, www. Details: Ballroom features flexible options that can accommodate groups as small as 50 to as large as 480; reservations accepted up to two years in advance; $300700; deposit half of rental; linens, tables, chairs, risers, microphone, set up, clean up, included; additional A/V equipment available; bar, on-site catering provided by UNI Catering; decorating day before depending on availability; dance floor included. Wartburg College, 100 Wartburg Blvd., Waverly, 352-8453, ask for Margaret, Details: Open to public; accommodates up to 400 banquet style; booking depends on availability, usually book during summer or student breaks; mobile partitions divide three rooms, $100 for each room, half of estimated total paid ahead; on-site sit-down or buffet-style catering only by Wartburg food service, $11 to $18 per person, appetizer reception $1.90 to $3 per person; tables, chairs, linens provided; bar serves wine, beer only; decorating day ahead costs extra; can provide centerpieces; staging for head table provided for extra fee; DVD, Power Point, video, sound equipment; dance floor can be rented. Waterloo Center for the Arts, 225 Commercial St., Waterloo, 291-4490, Details: Accommodates up to 250; book as far in advance as desired; $350 to $485; $200 non-refundable deposit; no on-site catering; kitchen available; set up, clean up included, kitchen clean up not; round or square tables, chairs provided; additional charge for alcohol, beer, wine, champagne can be purchased prior to or with a cash bar; water fountain in front of building for photos; decorating day before costs extra; stage, microphones, sound system available; dance floor. Waterloo Elks Lodge, 407 E. Park Ave., Waterloo, 234-7568, Randi Leuenhagen randi290@qwestoffice. net Details: Room rental with member sponsor; $600 guest fee; accommodates up to 375; on-site catering only, $15 to $25 per person plus tax and gratuity; tables, chairs included; fee for bartender, linens; decorating day before depends on availability; luxurious atmosphere, stage for bands or DJ, dance floor; plenty of on-site parking. Waverly Golf and Country Club, 705 Eighth St. SW, Waverly, 352-3855, Details: Open to public for rental; accommodates 3500; book about a year in advance; $600, $100 deposit; on-site sit down or buffet-style catering only; one-meat buffet $12.95, two-meat $14.95, three-meat $16.95 per person, call for sit-down meal prices; can bring in wedding cake; tables, chairs, bartender, waitresses, linens $1 per person; decorating night before depends on availability; dance floor. To list or update your reception site listing for the next issue of Weddings, call 291-1429 or e-mail melody.


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