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In real estate, the old adage goes “location, location, location.” The same could be said when seeking a venue for a wedding ceremony, reception or dance. And as couples continue to pursue alternative locales to a traditional wedding scene, some niché businesses — like wineries — are seeing an increased demand for services. A number of wineries have cropped up in recent years in the rolling hills and bluffs of some of the Minnesota’s most picturesque landscapes, and there are more than 30 statewide, according to an online guide. Among them are Glacial Ridge Winery and Hinterland Vineyards, both located in west central Minnesota. Here’s a look at what these two wineries offer couples on their big day. BY DAN BURDETT | WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE

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Hinterland Vineyards “It’s just an ambient scene,” Aftan Koenen says of the winery she owns and operates with her husband, Aric. Nestled amid farm acreage and groves a jaunt north of Clara City, Hinterland Vineyards looks to provide a slice of Napa Valley to wedding-goers. The vineyard’s food menu, catering options and indoor eating area that can seat 60 guests attracted a number of parties in 2015 for bridal and groom suppers. But with its outdoor patio and tent space, a growing roster of wines and a 10acre vineyard, the Koenens are aiming for 2016 to be the year Hinterland expands as a go-to regional venue for weddings. “It’s just a great place,” she said. “We’re right here in farm country, but once you step into the vineyard, you’d think you were in wine country.” The winery is located at 3060 120th Ave S.E. in Clara City, one mile north of Minnesota Highway 23. Hours of operation are 5:30-9 p.m. Fridays and 1-9 p.m. Saturdays from September through May, and 5:30-10 p.m. Fridays and 1-10 p.m. Saturdays from June through August. For more information, visit www.hinterlandvineyards.com, email hinterlandvineyards@gmail.com or call 320-847-3060.

Other regional vineyards

Milner Heritage Vineyard 32025 Minnesota Highway 15, seven miles south of Kimball. Visit www.millner heritage.com or call 320-237-1958. Crow River Winery 14848 Minnesota Highway 7 in Hutchinson. Visit www.crowriver winery.com or call 320-587-2922. Grandview Valley Winery 42703 Grandview Ave. in Belview. Visit www.gvwinery.com or call 507-938-9463.

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Glacial Ridge Winery Located on 17.5 rolling acres shadowed by woodlands just north of Spicer, Glacial Ridge is owned by Ron and Kimberly Wothe and imparts the ambiance and earthen attributes couples seek in an outdoor wedding experience, Ron says. The winery played host to more than a dozen weddings last year between May and October. Central to the locus is a 5.5-acre orchard that provides a vivid canvas as a backdrop for couples to exchange their nuptials. Tent rental is also available for a ceremony or reception. However, those with larger guest groups can rent an adjacent pole barn. Open and airy, the barn features exposed beams and a tin frame in line with the winery’s rustic setting. Parties can also tour the winery, where the Wothes handcraft nearly two-dozen varieties of wine, all of which can be catered for receptions. Drinks menus are padded with beer, pop and water. The Wothes also provide the wait staff and servers for receptions. “For anyone seeking that grand outdoor experience, our venue is a special place,” Ron said. The winery is located at 15455 Old Mill Road, four miles north of Spicer.

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Red, White, or Rosé?

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A quick how-to Sparkling wine is a wedding fixture, but consider serving one red and one white still wine if the bash includes dinner. Wedding planners advocate serving equal amounts of red and white wine — if only so you don’t disappoint half the crowd. For those who want to pour just one wine with the meal, there is a compromise: dry rosé, a wine refreshing and also substantial enough to drink with sturdy foods. Source: epicurious.com

Schedule a haircut with a professional stylist roughly a week before the wedding to get your hair shaped and trimmed. Although trendy hairstyles may show off creativity, keep in mind that photos last forever, and it’s often better to stick with a classic cut. Resist the urge to wash your hair every day before the wedding. Allow some natural oils to build up and make your hair shine in a healthy way.

Groom’s cakes make comeback

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Guests and well-wishers expect to see at least one cake at wedding receptions. But wedding guests should not be surprised if they attend a wedding and notice two cakes sharing the spotlight on the dessert table. Groom’s cakes have existed for generations but have fallen out of favor in many parts of North America since the 1970s. Now groom’s cakes are experiencing a resurgence in popularity. A groom’s cake traditionally represents something masculine, providing a contrast to the oft-feminine features, such as floral bouquets and frilly gowns, that dominate many weddings. Groom’s cake are often chocoalte and reflect a particular hobby or interest of the groom’s. ­— Metro Creatives

Hey, guys ... look your best on the big day Weddings are a chance for couples tying the knot to be the center of attention. All eyes will be glued to the bride and groom on this special day, which makes it even more important for couples to look their collective best. Brides might garner most of the attention on a couple’s wedding day, but dashing grooms also will get their share of attention. As a result, grooms must be just as diligent as their blushing brides with regard to grooming and appearance on their wedding days. To look picture-perfect, grooms may want to include these grooming tips in their wedding day preparation.

Shaving

Shaving is another thing grooms must consider. If you have a beard, make sure it is clean, combed and trimmed. Men who shave the day of their weddings may find their skin is sensitive and irritated, which can lead to redness.

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Unless your facial hair grows especially fast, shave the evening before. This is a good time to splurge on a professional shave with a straight razor at a barber shop. A hot shave from a professional will produce a close shave with the least amount of irritation when done correctly.

Luckily there are no established rules when it comes to wedding day nail polish. Colors can range from neutrals and traditional shades to shades that are brighter and more exotic. See if one of these suggestions fits your style. Nude colors

Hands

Grooms also may want to book a manicure. Keep in mind that salons will do men’s nonpolish manicures and pedicures, and they can be well worth the investment. Photos of entwined hands or close-ups of the ring exchange will have guests zeroing

in on your fingers. Have hands look their best with clean, shaped fingernails and trimmed cuticles. Skin

Get plenty of sleep the night prior to the wedding. Being well rested will help reduce puffy eyes, dark circles and sallow skin. It will also put you in a more positive mood, which can help you enjoy the day even more. The day of the wedding, shower using water and a mild soap. Avoid

any skin irritation by patting your face and body dry, rather than rubbing it with the towel. Moisturize your skin to avoid dry patches. Stores sell many moisturizers geared toward men’s needs, often in unscented or more masculine fragrances. Reducing shine is key for wedding day photos. Rely on face and hair products that will not add unnecessary sheen to your skin or hair to avoid making you look greasy. Matte hair waxes and sprays will tame tresses. Also, ask your fiance a to pick you up a package of blotting tissues if you are prone to oily skin. These absorbent, typically rice-paper sheets will remove oil from your face and keep sheen to a minimum. Smile

Make sure your teeth have been thoroughly brushed and that you have used a minty mouthwash so you’re primed for that first kiss. Many grooms also opt for whitening treatments prior to the wedding so they have a dazzling smile. On their wedding days, grooms will likely be photographed more than any other time in their lives.

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How to achieve a perfect tone for your nails Certainly a bride’s gown receives its fair share of attention on her wedding day, especially in those first moments when she proceeds down the aisle to her soon-to-be spouse. But another part of the bride’s ensemble will be scrutinized ... her hands. Wedding guests will be anxious to see the wedding ring, and photographs of the couple holding hands typically are included in the wedding album. A bride’s hands need to look as polished as the rest of her wedding day ensemble.

Brides may want to downplay their nails and not let them detract from their rings or gowns. Using nude colors will help achieve this. Nudes can include blush pink, offwhite and beige-toned nail polish alone or in combination, such as with a French manicure. Some brides choose to go with clear polish and let their natural nails shine through. Bold and beautiful

Brides who really want to make a statement can select a bold color for their nail polish. Coral and deep pinks can be a stark contrast against a white gown and add a bit of drama to a bride’s look. Brides also may want to coordinate their

nail colors to the theme of the wedding. A blue or teal shade for an ocean-side wedding or a lavender shade for a spring wedding can look beautiful. Nail art

Polish can be enhanced further with nail appliques or painted-on designs. It’s common for nail art to only appear on one nail of each hand, and it’s usually reserved for the ring finger. As people admire the wedding ring, they also can grab a peek at some fun and flirty nail art. Glitter

For a bit more pizzazz, brides can have their nails done with a nude or clear color enhanced with glitter. The glitter will add a bit of sparkle that can complement the shine of wedding rings and any embellishments on gowns or veils. An alternative is to have tiny faux gems imbedded into the polish near the base of the nail where it meets the cuticle.

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tips for toasting the happy couple

Keep it brief While there might be many things you want to say, try to express yourself concisely.

Avoid being too formal Even the most formal wedding can benefit from a toast that veers more toward the spontaneous. Practice, practice, practice Practice your speech ahead of time so you are not reading from cards or notepads during the toast. Stay appropriate Humor adds a lot to wedding toasts, but make sure to clean up any humorous anecdotes. Share well wishes Give your best wishes to the bride and groom before raising your glass, and inviting others to do the same. This is the last step. ­— Metro Creatives

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The details involved in wedding planning may seem overwhelming at times. Here is a helpful checklist to keep your planning on track.

❍ Select a wedding date & time ❍ Make a preliminary budget ❍ Select bridal attendants ❍ Plan reception ❍ Determine the type of wedding you want ❍ Reserve your ceremony & reception location

❍ Determine who will officiate at the ❍ ❍ ❍ ❍ ❍ ❍ ❍ ❍ ❍ ❍ ❍

ceremony Hire a wedding consultant, if you plan to use one Decide on your color scheme Determine the size of your guest list Start compiling names & addresses of guests Have fiancé select attendants Check catering facilities, if at a club or hotel Select a caterer, if one is necessary Select a professional photographer Select a reliable, creative florist Select your dress and headpiece Announce your engagement in the newspaper

❍ Address invitations and announcements. ❍ ❍ ❍ ❍ ❍ ❍ ❍ ❍

They should be mailed four to six weeks before the wedding Finalize all details with caterer, photographer, florist, reception hall manager, musicians, etc Order wedding cake, if not supplied by caterer Finalize ceremony details with officiant Make rehearsal arrangements Plan rehearsal dinner Plan bridesmaid’s luncheon Make appointment with hair dresser Arrange accommodations for out-oftown

❍ Have a final fitting for your gown and

bridal attendant’s dresses ❍ Have a formal bridal portrait done ❍ Complete all physical or dental appointments ❍ Get blood test and marriage license ❍ Make transportation arrangements for wedding day ❍ Purchase gifts for attendants

❍ Purchase gift for fiancé, if gifts are be exchanged

❍ Make final arrangements for ceremony

(deposits paid, contracts signed) ❍ Make sure all bridal attire is ordered ❍ Have both mothers coordinate and select their dresses ❍ Register at a bridal registry in the towns of both families ❍ Order invitations and personal stationary ❍ Complete the guest list and compile them in order ❍ Select the men’s wedding attire and reserve the right sizes ❍ Check requirements for blood test and marriage license in your state ❍ Make appointment for physical exam (if your state requires one) ❍ Shop for wedding rings ❍ Start planning the honeymoon ❍ Decide where you will live after the wedding ❍ Begin shopping for trousseau

❍ Have the bridesmaid’s luncheon ❍ Purchase going away outfit ❍ Keep a careful record of all gifts

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received (write thank-you notes immediately instead of letting them pile up) Make sure you have all accessories, toasting goblets, ring pillow, garter, candles, etc Select a responsible person to handle guest book and determine its location

❍ Attend to business and legal details.

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Get necessary forms to change names on Social Security card, driver’s license, insurance and medical plans, bank accounts; make a will Prepare wedding announcements to be sent to the newspaper Reconfirm accommodations for out-oftown guests Arrange to have possessions and gifts moved to your new home. Give a change-of-address card to the post office Finish addressing announcements to be mailed on the wedding day

❍ Contact guests who have not responded ❍ Give the final count to the caterer to review details

❍ Go over final details with all ❍ ❍ ❍ ❍ ❍ ❍ ❍ ❍ ❍ ❍ ❍ ❍

professional services you have engaged. Inform them of any changes Give photographer the list of pictures you want Give all musicians the list of music for the ceremony and reception Plan the seating arrangments Arrange for someone to assist with last-minute seating errands and help you dress Practice having your hair done to make sure it comes out properly, and deter mine the time it will take Practice using your make-up in the same type of lighting you will have on the wedding date Keep up with writing your thank-you notes Pack your suitcase for the honeymoon Make sure you have the wedding rings, and they fit Make sure all wedding attire is picked up and it fits Have a rehearsal with all participants, reviewing their duties Attend a rehearsal dinner party, stay calm and enjoy yourself

The bride is not the only one with planning to do! Here’s what the groom should do before the big day:

❍ Discuss with fiancé the date and type of wedding ❍ Start on your guest list ❍ Choose best man and ushers ❍ Start planning and making arrangements for the honeymoon

❍ Discuss all final details with fiancé, offer to assist if needed

❍ Pick up and try on wedding attire ❍ See the attendants get their wedding attire ❍ If flying, make sure you have plane tickets ❍ See to it that you and your attendants are at the rehearsal and that they know their duties

❍ Shop with fiancé for wedding ring ❍ Complete your guest list, including full names, addresses and phone numbers

❍ Go over special seating or pew cards with ushers ❍ Make sure luggage is in the car or the hotel where you will stay your first night

❍ Attend rehearsal dinner, relax and enjoy yourself

❍ Check requirements for marriage license ❍ Select and order men’s wedding attire with fiancé ❍ Finalize all honeymoon plans and send in deposits if required

❍ Meet with officiant to finalize ceremony details ❍ Assist parents with plans for the rehearsal dinner party

❍ Discuss the amount and the financial arrangement for the flowers that are the groom’s responsibility

❍ Arrange accommodations for out-of-town attendants

Weddings are all about the brides, or so it would seem. While all eyes are on the bride, the groom sometimes goes unnoticed. One person who shouldn’t fail to notice the groomsmen is the groom himself. Groomsmen can and often do have significant responsibilites. A good groom should recognize the efforts of his groomsmen and give gifts as an aknowledegment of their efforts.

Following are some gift ideas:

❍ See that all attendants have been fitted and wedding attire has been ordered

❍ Purchase gifts for groomsmen and ushers ❍ Purchase wedding gifts for fiancé, if gifts are being exchanged

❍ Pick up wedding rings and make sure they fit ❍ Take care of business and legal affairs (add fiancé’s

name to insurance policies and medical plans, make a will, add her name to a joint checking account, or joint charge cards

Men tend to focus on the celebratory aspects of the day. Grooms can give a personalized gift as a means of commemorating the day.

These days, weekend getaways are a common theme to many bachelor parties. Consider gifts that evoke memories of that special weekend where you were the guest of honor.

❍ Together with fiancé, gather necessasry documents and get your marriage license

❍ Arrange wedding day transportation ❍ Reconfirm accommodations for out-of-town guests ❍ If moving, give change of address card to post ❍

office; arrange to have utilities and phone service turned on in new home Have your hair cut

For grooms whose wedding will be an elegant affair, celebrate that elegance by giving each of your groomsmen and engraved pocket watch.


CEREMONY ARRANGEMENTS

$_______

ENGAGEMENT PORTRAIT

$_______

BRIDE’S BOUQUET

$_______

WEDDING & RECEPTION

$_______

GROOM’S BOUTONNIERE

$_______

WEDDING ALBUM

$_______

BRIDESMAID’S BOUQUETS

$_______

PARENT’S ALBUMS

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CORSAGES & BOUTONNIERES

$_______

EXTRA PRINTS

$_______

(IF ANY)__________________________________________________________________________

FLOWER GIRL/RINGBEARER

$_______

VIDEOGRAPHY

$_______

1ST CHOICE_____________________________2ND CHOICE_____________________________

RECEPTION CENTERPIECES

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OTHER

$_______

1ST CHOICE_____________________________2ND CHOICE_____________________________

OTHER

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1ST

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❍ Elope 0-4 people

❍ Small 50-100 people

❍ Very Formal

❍ Formal

❍ Morning

❍ Afternoon

CHOICE____________________________

❍ Medium 100-200 people

❍ Semi-formal

❍ Large 200+ people

❍ Informal

❍ Evening

TOTAL $_______

TOTAL $_______ PROCESSIONAL_________________

VOWS________________________

RECESSIONAL___________________

OPENING WORDS__________________

RING EXCHANGE___________________

SYMBOLIC RITUALS________________

GIVING AWAY BLESSING______________

UNITY CANDLE____________________

MUSIC CHOICES___________________

RECEPTION SITE FEE

$_______

READINGS_____________________

BENEDICTION___________________

RECEPTION MUSIC_________________

DECORATIONS

$_______

PRAYERS____________________

CLOSING WORDS__________________

OT H E R _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

HOR D’OEUVRES

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MAIN MEAL

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WEDDING CAKE

$_______

OTHER DESSERT

$_______

CAKE TOP

$_______

CAKE KNIFE

$_______

WINE & CHAMPAGNE

$_______

OTHER BEVERAGE

$_______

TOASTING GLASSES

$_______

PLACE CARDS

$_______

MONOGRAMMED NAPKINS

$_______

RENTAL OF TABLEWARE, TENTS, FURNITURE, ETC

$_______

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❍ FAMILY ORIENTED ❍ FANTASY ❍ FESTIVE ❍ FUN ❍ GLAMOROUS ❍ INDOOR ❍ INTIMATE

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TIPS & FEES TO FOOD SERVERS, DOORMEN, COAT CHECK, VALET, ETC. $_______ OTHER

$_______ TOTAL $_______

Your complete wedding-day timeline for a stress-free day.

NOTES _______WAKE UP

_______FORMAL GROUP PHOTOS

_______FIRST DANCE

_______DRESSING

_______LEAVE FOR THE RECEPTION

_______FATHER-DAUGHTER DANCE

_______LEAVE FOR THE CEREMONY

_______COCKTAIL HOUR

_______MOTHER-SON DANCE

_______PHOTOS BEFORE THE CEREMONY

_______ARRIVE AT THE RECEPTION

_______CHANGE CLOTHES [IF APPLICABLE]

_______PARENTS & GUESTS ARRIVE

_______TOASTS

_______BRIDE & GROOM LEAVE RECEPTION

_______WEDDING CEREMONY BEGINS

_______RECEPTION MEAL

_______RECEPTION ENDS

_______RECEIVING LINE

_______CAKE CUTTING

WEDDING CONSULTANT

$_______

GUEST FAVORS

$_______

BIRDSEED / CONFETTI PACKETS

$_______

GUEST BOOK AND PEN

$_______

MISC. FEES AND TIPS

$_______

OTHER

$_______ TOTAL $_______

GIFTS TO EACH OTHER

$_______

MATRON (MAID) OF HONOR

$_______

BEST MAN

$_______

BRIDESMAIDS/GROOMSMEN

$_______

PARENTS

$_______

OTHER

$_______ TOTAL $_______


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DATE________________TIME_________________LOCATION______________________________________________

ADDRESS________________________CONTACT___________________PHONE___________________FEE_________

ADDRESS____________________________CONTACT_______________________________PHONE______________________

REHEARSAL________________________________________DATE______________________TIME___________________ OFFICIANT(S)_________________________________OFFICIANT(S) PHONE_____________________________________

FEE______________DEPOSIT_______________FOOD SERVICE TIME______________________________________________ CANCELLATION TERMS_________________________________________________________________________________

# OF ROWS RESERVED________________________# OF PEOPLE_________________________________________ PEW 1 _________________PEW 2__________________PEW 3__________________PEW ____________________ PEW 1 _________________PEW 2___________________PEW 3___________________PEW 4_________________ CEREMONY MUSIC SELECTIONS: __________________________________________________________________

ACCESS FOR DECORATING?_________________________

GROUP/BAND/DJ______________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________________

DANCE FLOOR?_________________________________

CONTACT_____________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________________

SECURITY?___________________________________

PHONE______________________________________

ADEQUATE PARKING?_____________________________

PLAYING FROM________________TO_______________

SETUP?_______________CLEANUP?________________

NEED EARLY SET UP TIME?_________________________

SERVERS?_________________HOW MANY?___________

COST_______________DEPOSIT__________________

BARTENDERS?______________HOW MANY?___________

BALANCE DUE_________________WHEN____________

PHOTOGRAPHER___________________________________

VIDEOGRAPHER_________________________________

ADDRESS______________________________________

ADDRESS___________________________________

EMAIL___________________________________________

EMAIL_____________________________________

CONTACT___________________PHONE_______________

CONTACT__________________PHONE_____________

NUMBER OF HOURS BOOKED____________________________

NUMBER OF HOURS BOOKED_________________________

PACKAGE DESCRIPTION____________________PRICE________

PACKAGE DESCRIPTION__________________PRICE______

NUMBER OF PHOTOS TAKEN____________________________

NUMBER OF HOURS TOTAL TAPING____________________

DATE PREVIEWS WILL BE READY________________________

DATE FINISHED TAPE WILL BE READY___________________

ADDITIONAL REPRINTS COSTS___________________________

COST OF ADDITIONAL COPIES________________________

TABLES & CHAIRS?_______________________________ HANDICAP ACCESS?______________________________ VALET PARKING?________________________________

CATERER_______________________ADDRESS____________________________CONTACT____________________________ PHONE__________________________SERVICE DATE____________________________________TIME_________________ RECEPTION LOCATION__________________________________PRICE___________________________________________ BRIDAL SHOP______________________________________

FLORIST_____________________________________

CONSULTANT________________________________

ADDRESS___________________________________

PHONE_______________________________________

PHONE____________________________________

ADDRESS____________________________________

CONTACT____________________________________

ALTERATIONS_________________________________ FITTING DATES_____________________________________ PHONE______________________________________

PRINTER/STATIONER___________________________

ADDRESS___________________________________

ADDRESS__________________________________

PICK-UP DATE_____________________________________

PHONE_____________CONTACT___________________

TUXEDO STORE_____________________________________

NUMBER OF GUESTS_________

SUPPLIER______________CONTACT________________

PER PERSON______

DATE READY____________________________________

ADDRESS____________________________________

=TOTAL_____________________________________

#CEREMONY GUESTS_______#RECEPTION GUESTS_______

PHONE_______________PICK-UP/DELIVER___________

ORDER DATE___________________________________

OPEN BAR FROM__________________TO_____________

CONSULTANT________________________________

CASH BAR FROM__________________TO_____________

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ALL NECESSARY EQUIPMENT?_______________________

FITTING DATES_____________________________________

BAKERY____________________________________

ADDRESS___________________________________

ADDRESS__________________________________

PHONE_______________________________________

PHONE____________________________________

TAXES & GRATUITY?______________________________

PICK-UP DATE______________________________________

CONTACT___________________________________

CAKE CUTTING?________________________________

CHAMPAGNE FOR TOAST______WINE(S) FOR DINNER______ OTHER BEVERAGES_____________COST_____________

CHINA & FLATWARE?_____________________________ ROOM SETUP__________________________________


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nerves to work with someone they trust in such situations. Florists with significant wedding experience will no doubt make a host of recommendations based on couples’ budgets and preferences, so couples might be more inclined to listen to that advice if they are working with someone they trust. Ask relatives, friends or coworkers if they can recommend any florists whose wedding work they are familiar with. m Choose in-season or native flowers. Couples working with tight budgets may want to choose in-season flowers or those native to the area where they will be tying the knot. In-season and native flowers won’t need to be ordered or shipped in from afar, which can be costly. In-season and native flowers tend to be more abundant as well, and the greater their availability the less couples are likely to pay for them. m Repurpose floral arrangements. Another way to save on floral arrangements is to repurpose flowers

m Go big. Some flowers simply bloom larger than others, and choosing such flowers may help you save money since you won’t need to buy as many flowers as you would if you were to go with smaller blooms. Once you find a florist to work with, discuss your options with regard to doing more with less. Many florists embrace the challenge to be creative within a budget, so you might just be surprised and impressed by what they come up with. — Metro Creatives

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m Wedding party members fulfill certain roles during the ceremony, but they are not limited to those tasks alone. Consider asking wedding party members or other friends or family members to take on specialized roles in the wedding. They may be able to do certain readings, escort guests to their seats, light candles, or sing and participate in other ways. m Musical interludes connect with your

personalities as a couple rather than selecting standard songs merely because they are the easier route. Work with the organist or other musicians and request that they perform or play musical pieces that you enjoy.

Submission of engagement and wedding stories and photos is preferred via email to weddings@wctrib.com. Please include the name of a person who can be contacted if there are questions about the submission and either a daytime phone number or an email address that is checked regularly. Forms are available by request at the above email for both engagement and wedding stories, which are published according to Tribune guidelines. Parties may contact advertising if a specifically worded announcement is desired. Engagement and wedding stories are published Saturdays. The deadline is noon Monday for consideration that week. However, publication date is not guaranteed. Engagements will be published free of charge. A good rule of thumb is to submit engagements at least two months before the wedding date. Wedding stories will be published free of charge provided they are received by our office no later than three months after the wedding date. Wedding announcements submitted after the three-month deadline will be handled by display advertising at advertising rates. Photos will be published if quality is satisfactory for reproduction. Professional photos are not required, and color or black and white photos are acceptable. Print photos will be returned if a self-addressed, stamped envelope is provided, or they may be picked up after publication. Information and photos also may be mailed to West Central Tribune, P.O. Box 839, Willmar, MN 56201, or brought to our office at 2208 Trott Ave. S.W., Willmar.

Wedding day tokens of good luck come in many forms, but “the something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue (a sixpence in your shoe)” adage remains one of the most popular luck-enhancing wedding traditions. According to the bridal resource The Knot, this tradition stems from an Olde English rhyme. Something old represents continuity; something new is for optimism for the future; something borrowed stands for borrowed happiness; and something blue is for purity, love and fidelity. The sixpence in your shoe is a wish for good fortune and prosperity, but this is not a tradition widely celebrated outside of the United Kingdom or British territories. These traditions can add some creative flair and personality to wedding ceremonies. There’s no end to the inventive combinations of items brides can carry to increase their good fortunes.

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Something old Something old is one of the easier mementos to obtain. There is a good chance that someone in the family is willing to pass an item down to the bride that she can include in her wedding wardrobe. It also can be something the bride may have in her own memory box. Beads taken from a grandmother’s dress or a swatch of fabric from a beloved toy doll are creative ideas that can be sewn into inconspicuous places on gowns.

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m Candle lighting, particulary the lighting of unity candles, can blend two families together into one in a symbolic way. Other couples choose different traditions, such as mixing two different-colored sands in a new vessel, to represent the joining of two lives together. You can consider these types of additions for your wedding ceremony or come up with your own unique tradition. ­— Metro Creatives

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Something new Brides already purchase many new items for their wedding day looks, so “something new” should not be too hard to find. Couples may want to work together to find something new they can both carry so they have a matching set upon tying the knot. Interlocking charm bracelets or keychains may work. What about the groom carrying a small padlock and the bride the key? Quirky couples can each wear one sock from a pair. Get clever and have fun. Something borrowed Much like something old, something borrowed is yet another way to pay homage to a friend or family member. It’s also one way to add a sentimental twist to everyday items. Borrow a grandfather’s handkerchief to wrap around the stems of the wedding bouquet. Exchange vows with the original rings used by a distant relative at their own wedding. Flatter a close friend by wearing the same veil she did. Something blue There are many ways to incorporate “something blue” into your wedding ceremony. Brides can paint their toenails blue or wear blue shoes under their gowns. Sew a patch from a pair of denim jeans into the bodice of the dress. Paint the bottom of your shoes bright blue so they stand out when kneeling at the altar. Blue sapphire or topaz jewelry can add an exotic look to the wedding wardrobe. — Metro Creatives

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Lodging PAYNESVILLE INN & SUITES 700 Diekman Dr., Paynesville, MN 320.243.4146

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Venue AMERICAN LEGION 220 19th Ave. SW, Willmar, MN 320.235.8136 GREEN LAKE LUTHERAN MINISTRIES 9916 Lake Ave. S., Spicer, MN 320.796.2181|http://www.gllm.org JOHNNY O’NEIL’S GREEN LAKE SOCIAL 152 Lake Ave. N., Spicer, MN 320.796.6524|oneilsbar.com KANDI ENTERTAINMENT CENTER 500 19th Ave. SE, Willmar, MN 320.235.3800|kandientertainmentcenter.com SPICER CASTLE 11600 Indian Beach Rd., Spicer, MN 320.796.5870|spicercastle.com WILLMAR CONFERENCE CENTER 240 23rd St. SE, Willmar, MN 320.235.3312

Extras CREATIVE DETAILS 29251 West Hwy 212, Danube, MN 320.826.2535|www.creativedetailsmn.com EVENTS BY BEVERLY 414 Becker Ave. SW, Willmar, MN 320.214.7646|http://www.fabricsourceonline.com LAURIE’S DESIGN~KIM BROUWER 11801 142nd St. SW, Raymond, MN 320.967.4775|lauriesdesign.com THE PARTY BUS St. Joseph, MN 320.293.0670|thepartybusonline.com WEST CENTRAL MN BRIDAL SHOWCASE Jan 17, 2016|Willmar Conference Center 320.231.1600

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