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earrings feature cushion-cut pink cubic zirconias and pave border, theknot.com
the floral decorations on this wedding cake make a whimsical statement.
of a dress in ivory with pink removable flower from Mori Lee (style 2322). It’s strapless with a sweetheart neckline, chapel train, wrap waistline and trumpet silhouette.
Stuck on you
Your attendants will appreciate a note pad cube of personalized sticky notes. Each note pad cube measures 3 1/2 inches square and has 700 sticky notes, theknot.com
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Elegant, short, strapless bridesmaid dress with fabric belt and flower detail.
Chic. Vibrant. Whimsical.
Poppy Flower from Coach mixes bright fruits with soft florals to capture the romantic side of your attitude. Citrus, lychee and cassis blend with water lily and jasmine petals to create an airy, light-hearted fragrance, $65, coach.com.
Peekaboo! Ruffled pleats and a peekaboo toe give ravishing beauty to the Nina Evelixa Pumps, $59.99, from Dillards. Platform styling and a 4-inch heel are perfectly proportioned. Colors include tearose, new navy, ivory, red and more.
Utterly feminine and pretty, wedding gown cookies are a fun touch at each place setting at your reception. Why not make some shaped like the groom’s tuxedo and give each guest a couple! Courtesy Photos
Artisan series has a 325-watt motor, 5quart stainless steel bowl and comes in pink, $349, in support of the Cook for the Cure breast cancer program.
Floral-themed ring pillow
A gorgeous way to invite color into your wedding theme. $19.95, theknot.com
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A cut above
Beaded braclets have a round charm encasing spherical wood beads that slowly release perfume as they are exposed to air. Each piece of jewelry comes with a jar with scented wood bead refills, from LisaHoffmanBeauty.com.
Be a radiant bride.
REN’s Radiance Range can reveal a renewed and glowing complexion. Four products ($30 to $55) such as Micro Polish Cleanser, can be used separately, but work best together in a radiance program, www.renskincare.com
Give your bridesmaids a reversible tote. On the solid-color side, “Just Married” is embroidered, but it reverses to a tropical canvas. Choose brown with turquoise floral print or green with pink floral print, $40 each, theknot.com.
Hearts on a string
Fill a pretty basket with cut-out heart shapes in brown craft or handmade paper. Punch small holes at the top and thread lengths of brown yarn through the holes. Let guests write their messages of love and tie them to branches arranged in a vase.
Leaves of love
Garden-themed or outdoor weddings need special favors, like this Tree Branch Place Card Frame favor. Comes with place cards, bulk pricing, theknot.com.
Perfect place setting
This elegant Sophie Conran for Portmeirion dinnerware works for everyday and special occasions. In Biscuit, $71 for fourpiece setting, Younkers.
bridesmaid dress in silk taffeta by Mori Lee (20202) in warm Truffle.
Take your style to new heights
with the Odell Wedding Shoe from Badgley Mischka. Sophisticated. Elegant. It features a matte satin sash finished with a gorgeous crystal ornament.
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eople love the wedding kiss, and they have definite opinions about how a couple should seal the deal. Some want passion; some don’t. Some like staged moments; others want to keep things natural. Everyone wants the kiss to be heartfelt. “There are extreme thoughts about the kiss,” said Kristin Koch, a senior editor at the wedding Web site TheKnot.com. “Some people think it’s too public and they don’t want to do too much. Others think, ‘This is your big declaration of love!’” Here are some tips to make The Kiss cheer-worthy instead of cringe-worthy: Talk about it. You talk through everything else about the wedding, from the guest list to the bridesmaids’ dresses. You and your partner should talk about what kind of kiss you want to share, or even whether you want to share one at all. Chatting beforehand can help things go more smoothly on the big day. Practice. It sounds silly. After all, most couples have a lot of practice kissing. But you might want to put in a little practice time, especially if you’re doing something you’re not used to, like having the groom dip the bride. Or don’t practice. Some people insist that the kiss should be natural, and that you should do whatever you feel is right at that moment. Do something you’re both comfortable with. Don’t put on an act Don’t plan a dip or any other acrobatics if you’re not sure you want to go through with it. Remember that you may already be nervous when you’re on the altar, and you don’t need the added pressure of a fantastic kiss. Don’t be gross. Just about everyone agrees that extra-long, over-the-top displays of affection are a no-no. They can make guests squirm. WEDDINGS Spring 2012
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Nosegays, posies and tussie-mussies
Densely arranged round bouquets are sweet for bridesmaids and flower girls.
Mori Lee wedding Sitting Pretty
Chair covers and a pretty bow can transform plain chairs at your reception site. You can choose white or ivory for simplicity or add a pop with your own wedding colors.
dress (style 1667) is a beautiful, ball gown made of Alencon Lace and Tulle. The lace bodice is accented with a Satin tie sash with a flower applique. Courtesy Photos
No Shrinking Violet
Shades of violet are in soft focus, but repetition of the color scheme makes a big impact, from seat covers to fluffy napkins, votives, favors and flower arrangements. This idea works beautifully with monochromatic schemes, in particular, but might bowl you over if your wedding colors are bright and strong.
is the first glimpse guests have of your color scheme and wedding style.
dress (Style 7350) in irridescent lavender is taffeta with a natural waist bodice, A-line skirt, peplum skirt and soft bow.
is adorned with two satin bows in custom colors, $15.95, theknot.com.
Monique Lhuiller bridesmaid dress (Style 450031) is chiffon with a ruffled hem.
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Q Is there such thing as reusable wedding decor? A YES! One of my favorite wedding decor items is a moss wreath. You can use it for your wedding by adding different elements (ribbon, floral, buttons, fabric, etc.) that match your wedding colors. When the wedding is over you can decorate the wreath for each season and display it in your new home as a couple.
Q We have lots of kids attending our wedding. How can we keep them occupied? A Consider hiring a babysitter for the evening and setting up a “kid” section with coloring books, board games, and anything to keep the little ones entertained for the evening. If you have quite a few attending it’s definitely worth it!
We’re having a hard time figuring out what to get the groomsmen for gifts. Any ideas?
A It may sound cliché – but getting them anything bar-related is a safe route. Popular gifts are monogrammed beer pilsners, lights, wine stoppers, bottle opener, or even cigar cases. www.redenvelope.com
Q What’s trending for this year? A The vintage theme will be showing up a lot more at weddings. People are really em-
bracing the old Hollywood style, and also bringing back everything from the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s. Retail stores are really jumping on board to provide lots of options to make this theme possible. Events by Josie, owned by Josie Petersen is a full-service wedding coordination and consultation company.
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tip You’ve just gotten engaged! Now what? Start flipping through magazines and tearing out what you like or what grabs your attention. If you like searching the Internet for ideas, build your wedding inspiration board in www.pinterest.com. Having an inspiration board or a binder will help your vendors get a better vision of what your dream wedding looks like.
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An old chicken feeder held cones of confetti, bird seed and rose petals for guests. The cones were made from copies of pages from an old book and tied with pink ribbons.
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Mismatched antique dishes and crystal goblets dressed lace linen tablecloths with frayed natural and ivory burlap runners and flowers made of tulle, netting and burlap.
Seating arrangements were tacked to an antique door. A simple flower-filled glass vase was fitted with a crocheted sleeve found at a thrift store and fastened with a bow.
As if freshly picked from an English cottage garden, assorted roses and trimmings were gathered in an eclectic variety of glass vases as table arrangements.
Vintage and new lanterns were given a romantic touch with candles and flowers.
Crimped-edge programs, printed front and back, were made into fans by the bride with craft sticks, hot glue and ribbons. Icy cold Cokes — the “real thing” with pure cane sugar — were passed in antique Coke crates.
Crissa Stephens & Oscar Gromsch Wedding Empty beer bottles were washed and labels removed, wrapped in jute and tied to large, heavy branches pounded into the ground and filled with flowers.
This outdoor reception at an Iowa winery is sweetly sophisticated with vintage and rustic touches. The soft-focus color scheme — white, rosy pink, sea blue and sea glass green — played out to perfection in wedding designer Joan Ney’s blending of old and new. Easy tricks, crafty favors and a Chileaninfluenced meal, reflecting the groom’s heritage, created a homey and inviting celebration. Images | Catchlight Imaging WEDDINGS Spring 2012
Cutting boards made by the bride’s father were filled with bread loaves at each table, served with lime-marinated shrimp, raspberry pebre. Chef Blake Landau added Chilean flavor to various dishes.
Freshly baked mini pies, chocolate dipped orange slices and cake balls were artfully displayed on stands at the dessert table.
An elegant wedding cake, adorned with sweet pink carnations, was displayed on a bejeweled cake stand that was a gift from the bride’s sister.
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Guests lounged on quilts on the lawn, and lemonade was served in milk bottles with striped straws before the ceremony. Candle-filled glass lanterns were hung from a greensand-flower-decorated ring to create a chandelier.
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when planning outdoor ceremony
ou have control over the guest list, the reception location and nearly every other detail of your wedding day. But not the weather. It’s innately chaotic, and no matter what anyone tells you, it can’t be predicted months in advance. So how should you plan for the weather, especially if you want to hold a ceremony or reception outside?
Window of opportunity Late April to early June and early September to early October are some of the more popular months for weddings. The wild card is precipitation. Consider a destination wedding at a location that has distinct dry seasons (such as southern California and some tropical islands or the desert. Choose the date and time Don’t let the wedding date slip too far outside the windows of opportunity. If you’re planning an outdoor reception at night, temperatures will be falling, so pick your date using low temperatures as the criteria. If your ideal temperatures range from 70 to 85 F, a summer wedding makes more sense than late spring or early fall. Back-up plan “Climate is what you expect, weather is what you get.” You have to be prepared. Determine how and where you’ll move your event if there’s rain or extreme temperatures. Discuss this back-up plan with caterers, florists, musicians and other key players ahead of time. Consider the comfort and health of your guests — especially the elderly. Check the forecast Reliable forecasts are not available very far in advance. You might get a general idea of what the day will be like a week ahead of time, but a detailed, reliable forecast probably won’t be available until a few days before the event. The most challenging forecasts to plan for are those that include a chance of thunderstorms because they are often widely scattered and develop unpredictably. Find the weather geek attending your wedding and give him or her radar duty. Embrace it! Just because you can’t control the weather doesn’t mean it needs to be a source of stress. Source: Washington Post
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I wanted different subtle pops of color without overdoing it. Everything blended together beautifully. It was a dream wedding.
wedding date July 15, 2011
ceremony Heartland Vineyard Church, Cedar Falls
reception Park Place Event Centre
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dress Maggie Sottero
photographer Gauper Photo
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ike many brides, Samantha Gass had a few items on her wedding wish list: To feel surrounded by the love and support of her groom, Derek Martin, and their families and friends; and for her reception to be glamorous and a bit dramatic. The couple wrote their own vows, interspersed with traditional vows, to recite to each other at Heartland Vineyard Church. The church’s large sanctuary felt intimate and small, perfect for their July 15, 2011 ceremony. The reception took place at the Park Place Event Centre. Inspired by a peacock feather, Samantha got her drama by blending multiple shades of blue, purple and green for her wedding colors. “I wanted those colors in the flowers and the fabrics at the reception. I wanted different subtle pops of color without overdoing it. Everything blended together beautifully. It was a dream wedding,” said Samantha. Many decisions were made long-distance — Samantha and
Derek live and work in Des Moines — in consultation with Samantha’s mom and wedding planner Joan Ney. The bride’s Maggie Sottero wedding gown made her feel like a princess, she said. “The second I tried it on, I was glowing. I liked the top with its overlapping criss-crossing and I liked how the fabric moved. It had a belt I made into a pin, and a headband that I used as a hair piece so it mimicked the pin at my waist,” she explained. The groom wore a tux with silver accents while his attendants wore blue accents. The bride was escorted down the aisle by her father, who also departed from the traditional “giving-away” of the bride to make a short speech that had all the parents giving their blessings to the couple. As beautiful and heartfelt as the ceremony was, the couple were enchanted by their romantic and glamorous reception.
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“I’m a very detailed person, and everything was thought out. We did gift bags with snacks and things to do for the kids, and I loved the place cards. We’d collected tons of wine corks, and my dad and uncle cut them so we could insert the place cards. A relative of mine made cake balls, and I loved people having something to eat before the meal,” the bride recalls. At the reception, Ney draped a canopy from the ceiling above the head table, extending it out toward the dance floor. Tables were topped with three different centerpiece styles with flowers and peacock feathers and votive holders. From a distance, cupcakes from Scratch Bakery in Cedar Falls had the appearance of a cake, and a groom’s cake replicated the board game of Life. “It makes me happy that everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. Hopefully, guests will remember different parts of the wedding, but mostly that they had a good time and they could see that Derek and I love each other, and that this marriage will last.”
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From a distance, the layers of beautifully decorated cupcakes gave the appearance of a wedding cake.
White linen table clothes and navy runners made a dramatic statement running the length of long tables, topped with floral arrangements with peacock feathers tucked inside vases.
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Sisters spend busy year preparing for their weddings
nn Stark, the mother of two girls, knew one day she’d be planning their weddings. Emily, the youngest, got engaged first. She set her date to wed William Schuldt as Aug. 27, 2011 — more than a year out. “So I thought, ‘Well, I’m home free. I’ve got plenty of time,’” said Stark, a Greene resident. And then daughter, Amy, got engaged. Amy initially wanted a summer wedding, but decided Emily should go first. She also had to work around Cyclone sports. “It needed to be a non-game weekend because I got married in Ames,” said Amy, 26, a physical therapist in Webster City. Amy and Lucas Johnson tied the knot Nov. 12. Planning two weddings in three months turned out to be a family affair. Ann Stark made the bridesmaids dresses for both and took charge of invitations, decorations, silk bouquets and flowers, with help from the girls. The timing of both weddings added an element of excitement and togetherness. The sisters served as each other’s maid of honor. “It was exciting because we both got to be brides at the same time,” said Emily, 23, a intensive care unit nurse at Allen Hospital in Waterloo. Both girls were the beneficiary of memorable, creative proposals that went awry. William Schuldt proposed to Emily during a weekend getaway to Minneapolis. Early that day, the couple assembled a Build-A-Bear. Later he tried to draw her attention to the ring box he’d placed with the stuffed teddy. “He kept telling me to ‘put the bear away,’” Emily said. Amy was winding down after a busy day a game of darts. Lucas was beating her soundly. He planned to pop to the question when Amy pleaded for mercy, but she never did. The night still ended with a proposal. Throughout the planning process, the sisters swapped ideas about their nuptials. Different tastes, styles and locations meant they only shared a white clutch and vases. 20
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Rich autumn tones sounded the perfect floral note at Amy and Luke’s wedding.
Guests blew bubbles with bubble wands as newlyweds Emily and Will left the church.
Crisis averted Both weddings went smoothly, minus a few hiccups.
“lost” her wedding programs. Her personal attendant went on a search-and-rescue mission and eventually located the items in the bride’s car. Even after getting stuck behind a train, she arrived at the church with five minutes to spare. The programs — designed by the groom — were passed out to the seated guests. Crisis averted. “Don’t worry so much about the details,” Amy said. “It will work itself out in the end. I worried more than I needed to.”
At wedding, the flower girl’s dress got left in Greene. But the dress, and everyone else in the wedding party, made it to the church on time. Emily also advises other brides to try not to sweat the small stuff. “You want to remember good things and not being stressed out and freaked out the whole day,” Emily said. “ ... I did my best.”
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Different tastes, styles and locations for their respective weddings, however, meant about the only items shared between the two were a white clutch and vases.
amy & lucas emily & will
Above, a fishing-themed groom’s cake. Below, gerber daisies were a favorite.
mily wanted a traditional wedding in a familiar setting, officiated by a familiar face. She and her husband, William Schuldt, got married at Nazareth Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls, where both attend. Emily’s gown, a one-strap dress, featured a lot of beading and embellishments on the bodice. Her bridesmaids wore elegant black dresses and carried a “sunset bouquet” of orange, yellow, pink and red Gerbera daisies. The ceremony included its share of classical music, featuring a French horn and an organ. The most memorable moment took place during the ring exchange. William wanted to wear his deceased father’s wedding band and retrieved it from his mother during the ceremony.
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ceremony Nazareth Evengelical Lutheran Church, Cedar Falls
reception Janesville Riviera-Roose Community Center
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A folding game revealed facts about the couple.
Darts on the wedding cake was a reminder of the groom’s proposal.
hometown wedding in Greene would have been nice. In the end, Amy, who lives in Story City, settled on a more convenient location that also held sentimental value — her maternal grandparents’ church. Admittedly not the crafty type, Amy deferred to her mother and sister Emily for assistance in the decorating department. The season inspired her choice wedding colors of red and orange. Prior to planning, she didn’t have a set vision for her wedding. Attending eight weddings the summer before highlighted personal likes and dislikes. Amy and Lucas found creative ways to personalize the wedding and keep the guests entertained. A fortune-teller, paperfolding game revealed facts about the bride and groom. A word game spelled out the location of their honeymoon — St. Croix.
wedding date November 12, 2011
ceremony United Church of Christ Congregational, Ames
reception Hickory Park Restaurant Co.’s banquet facility and event center, Ames
photographer Maisie Leigh’s Photography, Lehigh
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Bootcamp can kick brides into top shape
ll eyes are on the bride for her big day, and one who looks and feels great will dazzle in the spotlight. Bootcamps to shed pounds or merely tone and tighten also create bikini bodies for the honeymoon. Kristi O’Connell hears from lots of brides signing up for ROC Fit, a six-week program designed to boost one’s strength, fitness and confidence. High-intensity kickboxing is combined with weight training to work the overall body for an hour Monday through Thursday, with optional classes Saturday. O’Connell, who founded ROC Fit with her husband, Russ, said besides a smaller waist, they want to target back, shoulders and arms for strapless gowns. “Sexy muscles is what we tell them,” she said. “No one wants that big, bulky muscle. They want that long, lean (look), but you
can still see a little bit of that definition. That’s really the resistance training, and the cardio is what’s going to get rid of that little fat over it.” ROC Fit is not a weight-loss program, she said. Those who are overweight likely will see more results on the scale than their leaner counterparts. Trainers focus on inches lost. “I’ve had people gain like three or four pounds, but they’ve lost 10 inches (around the waist),” she said. For those not looking for huge weight loss, O’Connell recommends 12 weeks. Others may need longer. One bride measured at a size 14 purchased a size 8 dress for her summer wedding. She has some work to do, O’Connell said, and “clean and healthy” nutrition is a must. Five to six meals a day rev up the metabolism and transform the body into a fatburning machine. “Even your skin looks better when you’re eating healthy, and you want that glowing
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bride,” O’Connell said. Tiffany Bigler, 24, of Evansdale started a new session of ROC Fit in late February. She last participated about a year ago while getting ready for a friend’s wedding in Mexico and is now preparing for her own nuptials. She will wed Andy Bergmann at the Janesville Riviera Roose Community Center in September.
Bootcamps to shed pounds or merely More about tone and honeymoon’s, on page 28! tighten also create bikini bodies for the honeymoon. “I really wasn’t even giving it my all (the first time), and I still lost 10 pounds,” she said. “This one’s going to be pretty amazing, and it’s a really good stress reliever.” Before ROC Fit, she took kickboxing with Spring 2012 WEDDINGS
O’Connell and has dropped from about 200 pounds to 145. She hopes to possibly lose another 10 pounds and firm up her arms, stomach and thighs to squash insecurities when she dons her fitted, sleeveless dress with it V-back. On the other hand, Angie (Hileman) Webb, 29, of Waterloo opted for a personal trainer once to twice a week starting in August. Exercises included running up and down stairs, pushups and walking lunges. Sometimes her trainer tagged along. She also was involved in abs classes, instructed by her trainer, and did cardio workouts on her own to ensure she was Try this for a healthy kick! Serve a creamy fruit smoothie beverage at your weekend breakfast or brunch.
moving every day. She lost about 20 pounds and maintained healthy eating habits. “I really wanted to look good in a (strapless) beach dress,” she said. “I kind of needed that personal motivation and challenge.” She married her husband, Luke, on a beach in Coronado, Calif., Nov. 19. She continues with her personal trainer, Cathy Robb, and values the direct, one-on-one support for the hourlong sessions at the Cedar Falls Rec Center. “I like it. It’s fun,” Webb said. “She knows her stuff, and I want to maintain my weight loss.” Peaches ’n’ Cream Cooler 2 cups frozen peach slices 1 cup fat-free half & half 2 (11.5- to 12-ounce) cans peach nectar or 3 cups orange juice, chilled 1 teaspoon vanilla Place all ingredients in 5-cup blender container. Cover; blend until smooth. Pour into glasses. Variations: Substitute 2 small sliced bananas and 3 cups pineapple juice for nectar/orange juice or add 1 cup frozen whole unsweetened strawberries to bananas and 2 cups orange juice. Makes 6 3/4-cup servings
Beauty trend Matte makeup doesn’t necessarily mean flat — think sheer or satiny. Avon’s global color creative director Jillian Dempsey says play up the eyes. “Matte skin with a little bit of a lined eye, some eye-shadow contrast and maybe some minimal black-brown, soft-lash look.” 1. To prevent a cakey foundation and chalky lips, start with an oil-free moisturizer for your face and dab on lip balm with your finger. Choose a lipstick or stain that doesn’t bleed. 2. Hide zits. Match the color of powder to the face, press the powder and help it disappear. 3. Don’t be too literal, says Jean Ford, co-founder of Benefit Cosmetic. “A matte complexion does not mean layering on a heavy base.” A velvety, creamlike powder achieves the right balance. Oh, and that very tanned, took-alot-of-effort bronzed look? Forget it.
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Embellish plain chairs at your reception with one of these ideas for sashes, bows and covers. Choose tulle, organza, satin, raffia, flower garlands or pomanders, ribbons or other fabric and materials that incorporate your color palette.
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early every faith tradition has a wellscripted formula for wedding ceremonies. There are specific prayers to be offered, scriptural passages to be read and vows to exchange. But wedding letters bring something different. Through their own words, the couple essentially writes their own sermon about life, love and their expectations for marriage. They add a personal touch to a ceremony much like self-written vows, a trend that began in the 1960s as some couples moved away from religious tradition, said Diane Warner, author of the “Complete Book of Wedding Vows” (New Page Books, 2006). Warner said that, especially in stricter faiths where customized vows are discouraged, they might be a way to
satisfy both clergy and the couple. “And for those who have children, someday those letters will be a really valuable gift,” said Warner, of Tucson, Ariz. The letters can reveal more about a couple’s individual personalities and tell the “truth about what’s really going on” between hearts. A carpenter one pastor married, for example, scrawled his thoughts on a bid sheet, while his bride carefully penned hers on beautiful stationery. The contrast made the congregation giggle. Another groom, a naval officer, compared the bride to his favorite sandwich, peanut butter and jelly. “He said all these things about the stickiness and the sweetness and the savory, how all the right elements for a perfect dish had just hap-
pened to show up in her,” said the Rev. Constance Redding Sidebottom of Polson, Mont., who confesses the letter is her all-time favorite. “We couldn’t stop laughing and we couldn’t stop crying.” The simple act of reading the letters out loud can add emotional heft to a ceremony. Sidebottom often hears from couples she’s married that the letters have had a lasting impact on their marriage. At a visit to a church where she once was pastor, Sidebottom was approached by a man whose wedding she performed more than 16 years ago. “He and his wife are still married — always a relief to me — and they read their letters every anniversary, and at times in between when life was so hard that they had to remember why they wanted to marry,” she said.
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Five ways to kindle honeymoon romance Chill-ax on the beach and let all your wedding worries disappear as you enjoy your Hawaiian honeymoon. Escape on a cruise A cruise ship is the perfect place for couples to skirt reality for a while. Pretty much anything you could want is at your disposal and you hardly have to lift a finger. The top cruise lines have really upped their game in the culinary realm, so try a few different entrees and a few different desserts, and splurge for a drink package. For uber-relaxation, book a couples’ massage. Celebrity Cruise’s AquaSpa, for example, pampers its guests as they literally watch the ocean float by.
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Splurge on Hawaii Hawaii embodies the words dreamy, romantic and sensual like almost nowhere else. The Big Island of Hawaii was named by Away.com as a top-10 destination for a honeymoon vacation on a budget. “Hawaii is a great choice for a honeymoon, but many people think they can’t afford it. The trick is to look beyond the name-brand places on the Big Island, like Kona, in favor of a hidden-gem like Kealakekua Bay,” says Away.com’s senior editor Kate Chandler. Hawaii is known for its sandy beaches, but it has so much to offer, such as snorkeling expeditions, rolling golf courses, interesting cultural and natural history and plenty of yummy food choices. You can also choose to do nothing at all besides just basking in your love somewhere indescribable. Take a ride What better way to experience the beauty of Napa and Sonoma wine country than with a bird’s-eye view? Book a sunrise or sunset tour, complete with a mini-picnic and local sparkling wine to set the mood as your drift above the vines and wineries. Very few things can match the serene energy you feel as you watch the first rays of sun begin to paint the morning sky.
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Hear a gig The saying goes that it takes two to tango. But in Austin, Texas, you might well swap in the two-step instead. Orbitz.com named Austin one of its 2012 Hotspots, and for good reason. Austin is the self-proclaimed “Live Music Capital of the World,” and this music mecca is living up to its reputation. It’s home to more live-music venues per capita than anywhere else in the United States, so any time, day or night, just follow the sounds to find something playing. While you listen, loosen your belt and enjoy the good eats that Austin has to offer. The city is well known for its barbecue and Tex-Mex dishes. Watch the stars For those who prefer to experience the outdoors with a touch of luxury, head somewhere like Amangiri in Canyon Point, Utah. This resort rests on 600 acres and was consciously designed to blend into its surroundings; every window has a sweeping view toward Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. One of the best aspects of the American Southwest, whether you’re staying at a ranch or roughing it in a tent, is that you’re never too far from an unobstructed view of the night sky. Grab a blanket or two and snuggle up for some truly romantic stargazing. Source: ARA content
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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.
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Two Months ❑ Mail the invitations. ❑ Get the marriage license. ❑ Finalize the honeymoon plans.
One Month ❑ Reserve accommodations for the groom. ❑ Record gifts received and send thank-you notes as 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.
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is proposal was music to your ears. Now it’s time to put your florist, cake baker and caterer on speeddial. 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, www.beaverhills.com 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), 226-4966, www.cedarvalleyarboretum.org Details: A variety of garden settings will accommodate 200 guests. $300 for six hour period. $100 nonrefundable 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.centerinn.com Details: Dining room accommodates up to 75, ballroom accommodates up to 400; banquet room rental SundayThursday, $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.nationalcattlecongress.com 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 30
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. Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center, W. Fourth St. 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, www.golffoxridge.com Details: Accommodates 320 people; 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.gbpac.com 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, www.gmdistrict.org 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, www.hartmanreserve.org 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, www.co.black-hawkia.s/depts/conservation 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.kinseth.com 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. Janesville Riviera Roose Community Center, 307 Maple St., Janesville (319) 987-3512 or (319) 231-7660. The center is a modern, fully accessible facility managed by the Janesville Community Center Board of Directors. Its small town location on approximately 10 acres of land near the Cedar River provides an ideal setting for weddings and receptions, as well as reunions, anniversaries, retreats and business meetings. The center features a large hall with banquet seating for 350, a wood dance floor, commercial kitchen, bar and a large outdoor patio. Parking is adjacent to the building. For more details, visit www.jvrrcc.com. 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. Park Place Event Centre, 1521 Technology Parkway, Suite B, Cedar Falls, 277-1255, www.barmuda.com/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. Pepsi Pavilion, National Cattle Congress grounds, 232-5801, www.nationalcattlecongress.com 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, www.riverviewconferencecenter.com 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; nonsmoking; 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 Spring 2012 WEDDINGS
well-lit, wide open space with easy access to an outdoor grassy area. Rotary Reserve, 5932 N. Union Road, Cedar Falls, 266-6813, www.co.black-hawk.ia.us/depts/conservation 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. Sunnyside Country Club, 1600 Olympic Drive, Waterloo, 234-1707, www.sunnysidecountryclub.com Details: Members only; ballroom seats 270; booking depends on availability; no rental fee for members; on-site sit-down or buffet-style catering only, average $23 per plate; tables, chairs, linens provided; bar; decorating early allowed; dance floor. The Supervisorsâ€™ Club, 3265 Dewitt Road, Waterloo, 2336069, 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, sitdown dinner; DJ or band stage and dance floor; handicapped accessible; close parking; located off of Ridgeway Avenue between Waterloo and Cedar Falls. University of Northern Iowa Slife Ballroom and Georgian Lounge, 1227 W. 27th St., Cedar Falls, 273-2333, www.uni.edu/dor/dining/catering 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. University of Northern Iowa Maucker Union Ballroom, 1227 W. 27th St., Cedar Falls, 273-2256, www.uni.edu/maucker 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; $300-700; 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, www.wartburg.edu/studentcenter/ conferences.html 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, www.waterloocenterforthearts.org 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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Waverly Golf and Country Club, 705 Eighth St. SW, Waverly, 352-3855, www.waverlycountryclub.com 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 sitdown 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Infinite Image Design
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