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Western New England’s Monthly Wedding Magazine March 2010


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The Western New England Spring

Bridal Show


March 7, 2010 • 11am - 4 pm MassMutual Center • Springfield, MA

Don’t Miss This Spectacular Spring Bridal Event! • Featuring The Finest Wedding Service Providers in the Area • Western New England’s Best Bridal Fashion Show featuring the latest 2010-2011 styles • Food Samples from the area’s best Caterers & Bakers • Thousands of Dollars in Door Prizes and Giveaways Don’t Miss The Early Bird

$199 Designer Bridal Gown Blowout Sale ALL SAMPLE BRIDAL GOWNS PRICED $199 Originally Priced from $800 to $2000 • OVER 100 SAMPLES TO CHOOSE FROM Sale Runs From 10:30-2:30


Wedding Cake Design Contest

First 100 Brides to register on-site receive


Wedding Bands Details Online

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Exhibitor Opportunities Available (413) 737-7555

Preregister Online for a CJC Events Goodie Bag Advance Tickets Now On Sale Online Tickets are $5.00 in advance, $7.00 at the door

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Inside The Wedding Day Sourcebook This Month The Magazine For Western New England Brides To Be FEATURES Upcoming Events ................................ 4 Ask Rose Eileen..................................... 6 Real New England Weddings .......... 8 Great Wedding Giveaway ................. 28 Using Theatrical Lighting.................. 16 WNE Bridal Show ................................. 22 A Sandals Honeymoon ............................21 Get More Info Instantly! .................... 12 Jiminy’s Jumping ................................. 19 Things To Do.......................................... 29 Wedding Directory ............................. 30

BANQUETS Chandler’s .............................................. 23 Clarion Hotel ......................................... 25 Courtyard Marriott .............................. 25 Marriott, Springfield ........................... 9 MassMutual Center ............................. 31 Storrowton Tav. & Carriage House . 22

DJ After Hours DJ Entertainment ........ 26 Black Tie Entertainment .................... 29 Hard at Play DJ...................................... 25 Marx Entertainment ........................... 15 Nino’s Disc Jockey Service ................ 12 Peterson Productions......................... 11 EVENT LIGHTING CJC Event Lighting .............................. 32 FORMALWEAR & APPAREL Bancroft Bridals .................................... 7 Bridal Heirlooms .................................. 24 Formal Affair Tuxedos & Tailor......... 9 Sharon Verano Custom Gowns ....... 28

CAKES & CONFECTIONS Atkins ....................................................... 14 Moore Cakes.......................................... 29 Nina’s Cookies ....................................... 11 Why Cookies? ........................................ 5

MUSICIANS / BANDS Heavenly Elegance.............................. 28 Kurian / Nix Duo................................... 5 Melo Wedding Music ......................... 6 TRANSPORTATION Absolute Luxury Transportation .... 13

GIFTS & FAVORS Chocolate Works .................................. 21 Equus Candle ........................................ 6 HONEYMOONS Exclusively Honeymoons .................. 15 Magical Escapes....................................27

RENTAL EQUIPMENT Taylor Rental .......................................... 10 Jerome’s Part Plus ................................ 9

HOTELS / INNS Clarion Hotel ......................................... 25 Courtyard Marriott .............................. 25

UNIQUE ITEMS Rachel’s Table Food Bank .................. 11

CALLIGRAPHY Calligraphy by MaryBeth Reed ....... 22 Elegant Writing..................................... 6

INVITATIONS Lasting Impressions ............................ 5

DAY SPA Puffers Salon and Day Spa ............... 14

JEWELRY Rys and Shine!....................................... 5 Roxy’s Enfield Square Mall................ 11 JUSTICE OF THE PEACE Beverly A. Place .................................... 28


MAKEUP ARTISTS/SKINCARE Flawless Beauty Mobile Studio ....... 29 Jafra Cosmetics..................................... 5 Lynn Tassinari Wegiel ......................... 13 Mary Kay ................................................. 21

PHOTOGRAPHERS Becky Kusek Photography................ 28 Jennifer Corridan Photography...... 26 Karen Geaghan Photography ......... 15 Kerr Photography ................................ 13 Perkins Photography & Video ......... 5 Robert Charles Photography........... 14 Seth Kaye Photography .................... 20 Schaler Photography ......................... 10 Sweet Memories Photography ....... 29

FLORIST Durocher Florist ................................... 23 Atkins ....................................................... 14 FOOTWEAR Comfort Footwear ............................... 12

BRIDAL SHOWS /EVENTS bridalshownearyou.com................... 4 WNE Spring Bridal Show ................... 2 bspishows.com..................................... 20 WNE Great Wedding Giveaway ...... 18

LINGERIE Underlings Lingerie ............................ 5

VIDEOGRAPHERS Creative Video by Nelson.................. 14 KMJ Videography................................. 10 Myers Video ........................................... 20 Skyride Video ........................................ 28 Star Video ............................................... 6 T-Bo Productions ................................. 6 WEDDING CONSULTANTS Affiance-Events .................................... 22 LB Events & Marketing ....................... 11

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March 2010 • Volume 17 - Issue 3 Published Monthly by: Technigraphics P.O. Box 916, West Springfield, MA 01090 (413) 737-1152 Fax (413) 737-7999 Publisher: Jim Powers jim@weddingsourcebook.com Editor: Lisa Powers lisa@weddingsourcebook.com Ad Sales & Information: (413) 737-1152 info@weddingsourcebook.com Distribution Distributed at no charge to locations in the Greater Springfield area, including: Agawam, Amherst, Belchertown, Brimfield, Chicopee, Deerfield, Easthampton, East Longmeadow, Enfield, Feeding Hills, Granby, Hampden, Holyoke, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Monson, Northampton, Palmer, Somers, Southampton, Southwick, South Hadley, Springfield, Sturbridge, Suffield, Three Rivers, Westfield, West Springfield, and Wilbraham. Look for a new Sourcebook issue every month at your local public library, bridal shops, florists, bakeries, banks, and many other locations, including our advertiser’s businesses.



Welcome to March...I was hoping to say, “welcome to Spring,” but spring seems to be a little delayed. We can always hope the weather gets better in the weeks ahead! But in the meantime, the Western New England Spring Bridal Show takes place at the MassMutual Center on Sunday, March 7th from 11-4pm. It’s going to be the area’s largest one day bridal show and a good opportunity to do some planning and comparison shopping for wedding products and services. Plus, beginning at 10:30 there will be an amazing gown sale with bridal gowns starting at just $199. The first 100 brides to go through the doors will receive free wedding bands, a $600 value. I guess it’s not a bad way to start off the Spring season! As many of you may know, the Western New England Great Wedding Giveaway will be announcing the winner of a wedding package valued over $35,000 to one lucky couple. We want your opinion, so for the next few months we invite you back to the website at www.thegreatweddinggiveaway.com to help plan this couple’s wedding, to help in chosing all the options for their wedding, from bridal gown to tuxedos, to flowers, to honeymoon locations. It’s up to all of you to VOTE...to give your opinion! While voting you’ll also be registered to win some wonderful prizes! So stop in at the site, register your vote and win!

Jim and Lisa Powers Publishers, The Wedding Day Sourcebook

Policies The entire contents are copyright © 2009, and no portion of any article or ad may be reproduced by any means without prior permission of the publisher. Technigraphics shall not be liable for failure to publish an ad, or for typographical errors in publication, except to the extent of the cost of the space in which the actual error occurred.

Real New England Weddings On Our Cover This Month - See Page 8

Advertising Rates Display Ad Rates: As low as $28 per issue for a mini size ad (12-month discount included). All ads include a free link on our web site. Call Lisa at 737-1152 for more information. Discounts available for multi-month purchases. Additional charge for color. Deadlines: To appear in the next issue, your ad and payment must reach us by the deadline below. If you need our design services, or if you will be using 4-color, please allow an additional week.

Upcoming Bridal Events Sunday, March 7th, 2010 Western New England Spring Bridal Show Mass Mutual Center, Springfield, MA www.westernnewenglandbridalshow.com

Sunday, September 19, 2010 A Day Of Elegance Bridal Show Clarion Hotel Northampton, MA www.adayofelegance.com

April 2010 Deadline: March 15, 2010

Sunday, November 14th, 2010 Western New England Fall Bridal Show Mass Mutual Center, Springfield, MA www.westernnewenglandbridalshow.com

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Ask Rose Eileen

A Column Of Questions and Answers From Springfield’s Miss Manners Dear Rose Eileen, We’re talking about wedding bands. It’s pretty divided here. Do we have to have matching wedding bands? I like the idea of something special to match my diamond ring. He wants ours to match. Throw your suggestion in please...thank you! Kelly G, by email Dear Kelly, While you and your intended don’t have to choose matching wedding bands — or even wear wedding rings at all — there’s something very touching about seeing your wedding ring’s partner on your beloved’s finger. If you love the idea of choosing and wearing matching wedding bands, think carefully when picking out a design. You wouldn’t want to choose too feminine a ring even if you adore the design when your husband will be wearing it, too. Look for complementary unisex wedding band designs like Celtic knots and simple patterns etched into relatively plain rings. You can always prettify your ring with the addition of a gemstone that’s worked into the pattern! Dear Rose Eileen, I’ve invited a person whom I’ve been friends with for a while to my wedding. She had already RSVP’ed to us as attending. However, at recent dinner with friends we had a falling out and haven’t spoken since. She didn’t come to my shower a week later and now I don’t know what to think. Do I ask if she’s still coming to the wedding without offending her or do I just assume she is still coming? Laura K from Springfield, MA

Dear Laura, You’re going to need to know if she’s coming. If you’re nervous about asking personally, get a third party to ask for you, like your mother or a maid of honor. It might help break the ice and get you talking again. One way or the other, you’re going to need to know. Dear Rose Eileen, UPS had been to my house a few times in the last few weeks with packages of wedding presents. Do I send the thank you note now or wait? Kate by email Dear Kate, You can open the UPS package now to ensure it arrived intact. Sen the Thank you note now, but don’t use it until after the wedding. Dear Rose Eileen, Is it normal to provide a dinner for the photographer or disc jockey when they are getting paid to work the wedding as a wedding service provider? My mother and I are having a disagreement. She wants to cheap out and not feed them! Amanda...an embarrassed bride! Dear Amanda, Yes! Oh please, yes, feed your photographer, videographer, disc jockey, wedding coordinator or any other service provider working on your wedding day. It would certainly be a kind gesture because by the time they get to the reception portion of the day, many have already put in three, four or five hours on your wedding, especially your photographer. It would be good to recharge for any vendor providing service on that day. It’s also just polite to do so.

Do you have a question about planning your wedding? Rose Eileen invites you to submit any questions about wedding planning by mail or email. Rose Eileen and the advertisers of the Wedding Day Sourcebook will do their utmost to answer them. Send Your Questions About Weddings To: “Dear Rose Eileen”, c/o The Wedding Day Sourcebook P.O. Box 916, W. Springfield, MA 01090 or email her at info@weddingsourcebook.com

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Calligraphy for Invitations, Announcements, Seating Scrolls Sandra Yarmac • (413) 596-8911


March 2010

Bancroft Bridals

Full Service Bridal and Special Occasions Boutique

Don’t miss our

Fashion Show At The Western New England Bridal Show At the MassMutual Center on March 7th!

New Location!

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Real New England As featured on the cover of The Wedding Day Sourcebook Photographs provided by Seth Kaye Photgraphy (See page 20 )

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Ceremony: All Saints’ Episcopal Church in South Hadley Reception: Chez Josef in Agawam Gown: Bancroft Bridal in Agawam Tux: Men’s Warehouse in Holyoke Photographer: Seth Kaye Photography Videographer: Tim O’Donell from Enfield, CT DJ: Stephen Warren from Party Zone Florist: All Occasion in Chicopee Cake: Cerratos in West Spfld. Hair and Makeup: Tranquility Day Spa in Florence Limousine: Deluxe limo in Agawam First Dance: “I Will Love You” by Fisher Honeymoon: Norweign cruise to Bermuda

Be Unique:

One of the highlites of the night (besides the wedding in general) was a game the dj played. He gave Nate and I a pair of flip flops. On both of ours, one said bride and one said groom. We had to sit back to back on the dance floor. The dj then asked questions (he had gathered from the audience earlier in the night). We had to raise the sandal with the person we thought was the answer. ie. who’s the better cook? who’s the bigger red sox fan?. If we said the same answer, we both won and moved to the next question. But when questions came up and ended in a tie, ie. who’s the better kisser, (obviously we both said ourselves) the audience then got to decide who was correct. It was a lot of fun and the audience loved to see our reaction when Nate and I decided to PROVE who was the better kisser.

Favorite Moments:

Jennifer: My best moment was entering the church with my father. It was that moment that it finally hit me (a little delayed reaction, I know) that I was actually getting married. Right when we were walking down and I saw Nate and my mom and the entire church with all my friends and family. It was a very surreal moment. Nathan: My best time was dancing with Jennifer. Half way through the dance we took a second to look around and take it all in. We were also able to catch a glimpse of our slideshow that was playing for the cocktail hour. Showing us growing up and then current ones of us together. Perfect. Overall, our day was perfect. Couldn’t have asked for better. It was also nice because the dj did this thing were he had every married couple on the dance floor. And after time he started to narrow it down to ‘if you’ve been married less then 5 years, you must sit down, ‘if you’ve been married 10 years, you must sit down, etc..Finally two couples tied for 42 years were left. We got to talk and get our picture taken with them. It was nice seeing what we could to. Perfect day and we would do NOTHING different! 8H The Wedding Day aspire Sourcebook March 2010

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You plan your wedding menu and .... Let Rachel’s Table take care of the leftovers!

We’ll distribute surplus food from your catered event to local shelters & soup kitchens that feed the needy. Share Your Joy! FOOD DONATION IS EASY! xDonate any surplus, unserved food prepared in a licensed facility. xNo home-cooked foods, please! xFood donors are protected under the Good Samaritan Food Donation Act. xSimple to pre-arrange with your caterer. Caterer packages surplus food in secure, transportable containers. Caterer freezes food if appropriate, or chills perishables to 40q F. Caterer calls Rachel’s Table 24-hour food donation line: 733-9165. xWe’ll arrange pick-up & delivery to a local emergency feeding program.

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The Wedding Day Sourcebook introduces our new Tag System. Simply snap a photo of the Tag with your mobile phone, using easily downloaded free software, and the browser on your phone takes you to a special page or offer from that advertiser! Our service is free, but you may incur charges based on your cell phone plan. From your mobile phone, simply snap or scan a Tag image anywhere you see it – in editorials, advertisements, anywhere in our magazine either in print or on line – and gain instant access to special content. All you need to do is download the free Tag reader on your web enabled camera phone and when you see a Tag, snap it! Works with the following phones : •Android •Blackberry •iPhone •Java 2 Micro Edition •PalmOS •Symbian S60 •Windows Mobile •Windows Phone.

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Using Theatrical Lighting To Personalize Your Wedding by Jim Powers CJC Event Lighting

“Theatrical lighting can enhance any event with almost any budget. “ Jim Powers

want to keep everyone’s eyes on the tables, dance floor, and each other. Ask if the site has dimmers for their overhead lights, and if there’s any florescent lighting at all, keep it turned off! Also, make sure there won’t be any service doors kept open, which could flood the space with light and ruin the effect. You’ll also need to discuss how much electricity your lighting designer is going to need. Your band or DJ will have to have an isolated power source and won’t want to risk

tripping a circuit breaker. In order to express your desires to your lighting professional, You’ll need to know a couple terms which will help to let the designer know what you want. A Pin Spot is a fixture that provides a focused beam of light to illuminate an object like a centerpiece or wedding cake. A Color Wash is basically a blanket of colored light covering an entire area. This can be accomplished with Uplighting.

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Robert Charles Photography

We’ve all seen those ultimate wedding shows. You know the ones where the budget just makes you blink a couple times. A common theme in most of those high end weddings is the use of theatrical lighting to create a mood in the venue. Once only reserved for the “platinum wedding” crowd, Theatrical lighting can enhance any event for almost any budget. The right lighting will create the right atmosphere and when it’s done well, lighting can make everything, including your flowers, cake, and guests, look better. Lighting can transform a venue. You can take an old church hall or a dated banquet room and completely transform it into a very high end looking room. Simple lighting solutions can be quite affordable. If you’re planning an evening reception, make sure to visit your site at least once when it’s dark outside. Look around the room and see where the fixed lighting is focused. Lights that illuminate the walls, windows, and ceiling can draw attention away from the center of the room. You

Uplighting is when there are fixtures placed on the floor shooting up on to the wall. Several different types of fixtures can be used to accomplish this effect. Your lighting professional will recommend the right fixture by taking into account power requirements and the type of color saturation desired. Gobo projections can include the couple’s monogram or an abstract texture pattern to add interest to a plain wall or ceiling. When using color, it is very easy to make your room look... um... tacky. You don’t want it to look like a high school dance or a rave (not until later on maybe when the DJ or band lights kick in). Use just one or two colors to set the mood. Usually a safe bet is a soft pink or a Magenta. Your lighting professional will recommend a color based on the venue and the colors being used in your wedding. We’ve done more than a few weddings where just white light was used and it looked phenomenal. Whatever you decide, Theatrical Lighting can be an affordable way to set the mood for your event.

Jim Powers is the owner of CJC Event Lighting in West Springfield, MA. CJC Event Lighting has created elegant lighting for ceremony and reception venues in Western Massachusetts, Southern Connecticut, Boston & New York, and specializes in affordable full service lighting for weddings. They are fully insured and have a large inventory of professional, high quality lighting equipment. The owners have been involved in the wedding industry since 1984. See their ad on page 32, visit www.cjceventlighting.com to see a gallery of some of their past work, or call them at (413) 737-7555.


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Jiminy’s Jumpin’! An engaged couple lists the reasons why they chose to head for the hills for their nuptial celebration.

By Jaclyn C. Stevenson Rachel Biron and Christopher Wells met at camp in Massachusetts, and were engaged overlooking the serene Wilson Creek Valley in North Carolina. With a love for nature in their blood and now part of their ongoing story, Rachel, a certified music therapist, and Chris, a Web developer, began looking for a venue that would continue and honor the outdoor tradition. After viewing a number of options, ranging from rustic barns to opulent banquet halls, Rachel and Chris paid a visit to Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, a four-season destination in the Berkshires with onsite accommodations, amenities, and activities for family and friends, and a strong commitment to environmental stewardship. In this issue of The Wedding Sourcebook, Rachel and Chris, who will marry in October, reflect on why they chose Jiminy Peak. What made you eventually decide that Jiminy Peak was the place for you? There are really so many reasons we chose Jiminy. For one, I think we were looking for the epitome of a fall New England wedding. Our families in some way or another grew up in the Berkshires, and we still live in Western Mass. Mt. Greylock has a lot of meaning for us as a couple –we hike it frequently – and Jiminy is equidistant for most of our family and friends. That helped us to get our geographic feet under us. www.weddingsourcebook.com

But we also found a good match of our personalities and functional needs at Jiminy. It could hold more than the number of people we wanted, and the top-of-the-mountain ceremony adds the perfect, memorable experience for our guests, as well as featuring the foliage. You mentioned you were looking for the ‘epitome of a fall New England wedding.’ What about Jiminy Peak exemplifies this for you? We originally thought of a barn wedding; one that would feature their love of the outdoors and the beauty of the region. But after looking at two barns, three country clubs, and two resorts in addition to Jiminy Peak, we realized featuring the natural beauty of the Berkshire hills but still having a venue with great service was not an easy combination to find. The barns were a little too rustic, not to mention too small. The other resorts were just not us – a little too glam to really represent who we are. The country clubs meant people would playing golf behind our ceremony. Jiminy offered a perfect blend of ‘rustic outdoor’ with a modern, elegant, but unpretentious ballroom.

Jiminy’s sense of stewardship, including the Zephyr {Jiminy Peak’s privately owned megawatt wind turbine} was really appealing to us personally. It was also really important to us that people could feel free to ‘party’ both because of the comfortable environment, but also because affordable rooms were available on-site. Was pricing a major aspect of your ultimate decision to choose Jiminy as your wedding venue? Absolutely. From the pricing perspective, we just were getting so much more included in the price at Jiminy than at so many of the other places we looked at. Everything we wanted was bundled into an affordable package that makes things simple for us, and included everything we wanted, if not more than everything – International Coffee Station, ice sculpture, two hours of open bar, outdoor fire pit, centerpieces, bridal suite...we keep adding to this list!

Jaclyn Stevenson is a writer based in Massachusetts www.writerjax.blog-city.com Engagement Photography by Ashley O’Dell http://www.aodell.com Venue photography provided by Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort www.jiminypeak.com

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The Suiteness of a Sandals Honeymoon Provided by Laura Felgate of Exclusively Honeymoons. Scattered through out the Caribbean (:Jamaica, Bahamas, St. Lucia and Antigua), Sandals will give Honeymooners and experience of a lifetime The Sandals Resorts offers just about everything two people in love could ever want. Did you know that each Sandals Resort is as unique as each couple? Whether you are a couple looking for adventure, romance, luxury or just to sitting together on one of the seven best beaches in the Caribbean or a little of everything, Sandals has the resort for you. Couples can revel in some of the world’s most breathtakingly romantic beachfront settings in an exotic island location over looking a sugary white sand beach and the crystal Blue Caribbean Sea. Honeymooners can do as little or as much as they want on their Honeymoon at Sandals. No other resort is the Caribbean is as devoted to the Honeymoon experience. Romantic walks on the beach , champagne toasts at sunset or sunrise, private candlelight dinners on the beach, romantic couples massages and stolen moments in any of the secluded spots, Sandals is meant for couples in love. Honeymooners can choose from an unparalleled array of res-

taurants that offers gourmet dining the can please even the most distinguished palates. Candlelight tables for two, unlimited beverages, both alcoholic and non are standard. Couples can embrace unimaginable luxury in incredibly oversized lavish, innovative and exquisitely stylish suites that can fit into just about any budget. Honeymooners can indulge in the very the height of award-winning service, highlighted by the ultradiscreet pampering the British-Guildtrained butler service offered on select suites. Everything is included in a Sandals Honeymoon from Golf in St. Lucia and Jamaica to Unlimited water sports including motorized water sports, scuba, snorkeling, kayaking windsurfing and sailing offer at all of the Sandal resorts. Nothing is left out or hidden The Value of a Sandals Honeymoon is legendary. No other resort will offer you the same level of service, quality and experience as a Sandals resort. Lets face it you are only doing this once so it has to be perfect!! See is believing, check out www.exclusivelyhoneymoons.com, visit the Simply Sandals area in which you can view actual photos not touched up or air brushed of these properties and what they have to offer.

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The Western New England Spring Bridal Show The Western New England Spring Bridal Show takes place on Sunday, March 7, 2010 at the MassMutual Center, downtown Springfield, MA. “We always recommend brides to come dressed comfortably and leave the heavy coats in the car,” says Lisa Powers, producer of this event. The largest one day bridal show in the area, this event gives many options, products and services for brides and grooms to consider for their wedding. “We have a wonderful Cake Design Contest in our pre-function area featuring unique designs in wedding cake. Brides can vote for their favorite cake design and the design with the most votes wins a booth for next year and the covetited Brides’ Choice trophy,” says Powers. Runway fashion shows, cake and food samples, prizes, giveaways and everything imaginable for your wedding can be found at the Western New

England Spring Bridal Show. Here’s some tips for attending this event! 10 tips for attending a Western New England Bridal Show: •Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes. You’ll be glad you did. •Be prepared to register at the door. Be patient! This is well worth it. •Bring preprinted self-adhesive address labels if you have them. Remember your name, address, phone, email, and wedding date. This will save you time when entering all the drawings and such. •Bring a pen and print very clearly when registering for anything. •Bring your checkbook in case you decide to book services or hold dates with a deposit. •Be sure to check on refund policies before giving any money, and red the contract carefully before signing. •Collect any information you are

interested in – take it home to look over again when you have some quiet time. If you cannot attend, send someone in your place to register you for prizes and collect information on services you need. It is nice if your fiancé attends with you IF he is interested. Many grooms attend, so he won’t be the only one there! •Arrive at least one hour prior to the fashion show. Seating is usually first come-first served and you can use this time to rest your feet. •Relax and have fun-this is your wedding.

The Western New England Spring Bridal Show is Sunday, March 7, 2010 at the MassMutual Center. Advance tickets online at www.cjcevents.com.

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Perfection The moment of your dreams. Celebrate it beautifully in the Valley’s most romantic atmosphere. Renowned for our awardwinning menus and wine selection, we offer you a perfect fit with flexible room sizes and seating from 18 to 90. And, our event coordinator personally works with you to take care of every detail so you can relax and focus on the joys of this most memorable occasion. Call us today for an absolutely perfect celebration.


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pectations. Call today for availability as we book months/years in advance.

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Heavenly Elegance Harp Music

by Tara Alterman

Professional harpist, Tara performs weddings and special events throughout Western Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and Southern Vermont. Her musical repertoire includes a wide variety of classical and popular selections to accommodate any personal taste and make any event a memorable one. Ensembles available upon request.

(203) 264-7735 • (413) 896-4738

tara@heavenlyelegance.com • www.heavenlyelegance.com Master of Music: Harp Performance, Yale University


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The Western New England Great Wedding Giveaway The Western New England Great Wedding Giveaway brings together some amazing wedding professionals in promotion of giving a whole wedding away to one amazing couple. To enter, couples from this area filled out a questionaire submission including a photo. The top ten couples were chosen after a meeting with many of the wedding professionals, each picking their top favorites. “We received many wonderful entries and it interesting to read everyone’s story,” said Jim Powers of CJC Event Lighting. Next, the Top 10 Couples were chosen and their stories went online for public voting. “For the past few weeks the general public, family and friends of the couple have been voting for their favorite,” said Lisa Powers contest team coordinator. On Sunday, March 7th at the Western New England Spring Bridal Show, the winner will be announced and that couple will receive the entire wedding package. The general public, friends and family are now invited back to help the couple plan their wedding by voting on the very elements that make up this special day. “Everyone will get to vote on the bridal gown, bridesmaids’ gowns, tuxedos, flowers, speciality drink, party favors and so much more...right down to the honeymoon accommodations!” says Powers. “Every week will be a new item to view and vote on, plus voters will have the opportunity to win some wonderful prizes also!” So check out the website at www. thegreatweddinggiveaway.com and meet the winners and begin to choose your favorites for their wedding. Details of The Western New England Great Wedding Giveaway as of February 2010: Ceremony & Reception: Springfield Marriott - rooftop ceremony location, plus wedding reception consisting of a three course average wedding package meal for 75 guests. Bridal Gown: Bancroft Bridals will provide a bridal gown for the winning couple. Photography: Seth Kaye Photography is the official photographer. DJ Entertainment: After Hours DJ Entertainment of Enfield, CT for the reception, value $1500 from Bert Fonseca Tuxedo

Rentals: Formal Affairs Tuxedo & Alterations will provide the Groom, Best Man and (2) Ushers, tuxedos. Wedding Flowers: Durocher Florist will provide a value up to $3000 worth of wedding flowers that will include, bride’s bouquet, Maid of Honor and (2)bridesmaids, Groom, Best Man and (2)ushers along with complimenting pieces Bridal Jewelry: Roxy’s Jewelry Boutique will provide a combination of necklace, earrings, tiara, or bracelet. Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bridal Heirlooms will provide gowns for the maid of honor and (2) bridesmaids. Makeup: Mary Kay Cosmetics Pam Borghasani and her staff will be providing makeup for the bride, maid of honor and (2) bridesmaids. Hair Stylists: Salon Karma will be doing hair styles for the bride, maid of honor and (2) bridesmaids. Lingerie: Underlings Lingerie will provide beautiful lingerie choices for the couple. Bridesmaid’s Tea Luncheon: Chandler’s Restaurant will provide a Tea luncheon for the Bride, Maid of Honor and (2) bridesmaids. Groom’s Beer Dinner: Chandler’s Restaurant will also provide a Beer Dinner for the Groom, BestMan and (2) ushers. Limousine Transportation: L&L Limousine will provide transportation to and from Chandler’s Restaurant for both the Bride’s Tea and Groom’s Beer Dinner. Invitations: Lasting Impressions Invitations will put together a beautiful wedding invitation set for 75 guests. Bridesmaids’ Jewelry: Rys and Shine will be providing complimentary jewelry sets for the Maid of Honor and (2) Bridesmaids. Event Lighting: CJC Event Lighting will be transforming the reception room with uplighting, pinspotting, and a custom gobo. Rehearsal Dinner: The Delaney House will provide a rehearsal dinner package at The Delaney House. Photo Booth for Reception: Marx Entertainment will provide a photo booth for the wedding reception for 2 hours Wedding Cake: Moore Cakes will design a beautiful wedding cake. Honeymoon: Michelle Mangio of Magical Escapes as put together an amazing Almond Resorts 7-night All-Inclusive getaway (airfare is not included)

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“Things to Do” A Bridal Checklist 12 to 24 Months Ahead • Subscribe to the Wedding Day Sourcebook • Attend every Bridal Show you can! Check www.cjcevents.com • Announce your engagement in hometown newspapers • Decide on the atmosphere you’d like at your wedding • Talk to family & fiancé about budget • Decide wedding size • Talk to clergy or J.P. and arrange ceremony location & date • Find a reception location available on your date • Plan wedding theme and colors • Choose your wedding party • Compile your guest lists and set up a system to track RSVP’s. • Select all your formalwear • Select bridesmaids dresses • Select tuxes and accessories • Register for wedding gifts in your hometowns • Choose a photographer • Choose a videographer • Choose a cake • Choose musicians for ceremony • Choose musicians /DJ for reception • Choose a florist • Send deposits to all your vendors; keep all your contracts in one file with your payment schedules. • Arrange transportation from your house to the ceremony, from the ceremony to the formal photography location, from there to the reception, and from the reception to the honeymoon night location. 4 to 6 Months Ahead • Reserve accommodations for your out-of-town guests • Select and order your invitations and thank- you cards • Arrange your honeymoon travel • Order rings and engraving 2 to 4 Months Ahead • Address and assemble wedding invitations • Buy enough postage for invitations and RSVP envelopes 1 to 2 Months Ahead • Make hair and makeup appointments • Have final dress fittings • Attend showers and send thank-yous • Plan a get-together with your bridesmaids • Get blood test and marriage license (fewer than 30 days before the ceremony) • Mail invitations 2 Weeks Ahead • Plan to change your name on your Social Security info, driver’s license, credit cards, & bank accounts -- you will need a certified copy of your wedding certificate. • Make a seating plan for the reception; write placecards 1 Week Ahead • Pack for honeymoon • Pack an emergency kit for the wedding day containing a sewing kit, extra nylons, comfortable shoes, hairspray, bobby pins, kleenex, Pepto Bismol, etc. • Rest and relax -- you’re getting married! Have a massage or a facial - just for yourself and your sanity.


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Moore Cakes “Cake Decorating For All Occasions”

Wedding Cakes A Specialty Karen Moore (413) 436-7350 www.karenmoorecakes.com www.mooreyummycakes.net

Flawless Beauty Mobile Studio Distinctive Hair Design & Custom Cosmetic Artistry

Belinda & Irene Makeup Artists & Hair Stylist

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Wedding Day Directory A Comprehensive Listing Of Greater Springfield’s Wedding Services BALLOONS AND DECORATING Amazing Balloon Decor

(413) 530-0326

JUSTICES OF THE PEACE Maryann DeLoria Ceremonies Of The Heart (413) 789-2798

BANQUET FACILITIES Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, N’ton

(413) 586-1211


(413) 737-7555

MUSICIANS A Trumpet For Any Occasion, Robert Ravosa Decorator Music, Andrea Kwapien Gary S. Jones, Singer/Guitarist/DJ John McIntyre, Bagpiper Laurie Festa, Pianist Sheldon Ross, Trumpet Services Starshine (Mr. C) Entertainment Sue Kurian, Flute Services, Northampton Warm Winds

(413) 567-7470 (413) 584-4991 (413) 786-8748 (413) 537-5579 (413) 782-6732 (413) 256-4243 (413) 245-4544 (413) 586-2854 (413) 364-2310

CAKES & CONFECTIONS Atkins Farm/Country Market, Amherst Moore Cakes, Warren

(413) 253-9528 (413) 436-7350

CALLIGRAPHY Elegant Writing

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DISC JOCKEYS After Hours DJ Entertainment, Enfield, CT Always Starshine DJ Entertainment Gary S. Jones, Agawam Jammin Jim’s DJ Service, Somers, CT Peterson Productions, Northampton, MA “The” Dance Party, Greenfield, MA

(860) 749-1630 (413) 245-4544 (413) 786-8748 (860) 763-1164 (413) 586-3183 (800) 987-0350

PHOTOGRAPHERS Jennifer Corridan Photography, Chicopee Karen Geaghan Photography, Wilbraham Michael C. Mislak Photography, Ludlow Photography by Donna, S. Hadley Sweet Memories Photo & Video, E. Long.

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TRANSPORTATION Royal Coach Limousines The Limo Connection

(413) 594-1940 (413) 746-LIMO

VIDEOGRAPHERS Star Video, Chicopee

(413) 539-9769


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FLORISTS Atkins Farm/Country Market, Amherst Durocher Florist, West Springfield, MA FORMAL WEAR & APPAREL Bancroft Bridals, Agawam Bridal Barn and Tux Shoppe, Deerfield Bridal Heirlooms, South Hadley

(413) 789-3073 (413) 774-2691 (413) 532-4848

GIFTS AND FAVORS Equus Candle, Easthampton Chocolate Works, E. Longmeadow

(413) 529-0800 (413) 525-8121

GUEST ROOMS Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, N’ton

(413) 586-121

HORSE & CARRIAGE Hollow Brook Farms, LLC

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