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It’s said that once you are ready to make the commitment to marriage you should spend three months pay on the engagement ring. The decision can be a daunting tasks for men as they strive to get the perfect band that symbolizes their pledge to get married. It is every fiancé’s duty to make his future wife’s lifelong fantasy a reality and the engagement is the first step to a fairy tale wedding. So what types of engagement rings are trending in 2012? According to Karen Blair, manager of DBK Family Jewelers in Plainville, white gold is the most commonly purchased type nowadays. “More people are doing the white gold rather than the yellow gold,” said Blair. “About 10 or 15 years ago white gold was in, but then it went out. Now, it’s back.” Fred DiBattista, owner of

Polumbo’s Jewelers in New Britain says this is true at his store as well. However, he also says he sells a fair amount of platinum rings. He attributes this to the cost difference between the two metals. “Most people are buying white gold these days, but because it has dropped in price below gold, I do sell some platinum rings,” said DiBattista. “I’m selling more of the low-priced ones. Titanium and tungsten are popular alternatives.” Princess-cut diamonds are still and have been very popular for some time, Erin Nowak, associate salesperson at J.P. Jewelers in Plainville, said. Princesscut diamonds are either square or rectangular and sit like an inverted pyramid. “People like the antique look,” Nowak said. She also says that she hasn’t noticed a difference in what people are spending on engagement rings. The long-standing custom of two to three months pay being an acceptable amount

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Destination weddings are a great way for couples to commemorate their big days in an idyllic locale. According to the Association of Bridal Consultants, 5 to 7 percent of all weddings are destination weddings, indicating that couples no longer feel obligated to tie the knot in their hometowns. Though a destination wedding can create cherished memories for couples and their guests, couples must be realistic before they commit to walking down the aisle on a Caribbean beach or in a Scottish castle. For instance, couples who still hope their friends and family members can share in their special days must know that a destination wedding might drastically reduce the number of guests who can make it to the wedding. So when planning a destination wedding, couples would be wise to take a few things to heart. â– Make it an affordable affair. Couples often fret about financing their weddings, and the same concerns might come up for those

invited to a destination wedding. Don’t choose a destination that will require guests to spend a substantial amount of money for a single weekend. Doing so is unfair to your guests, and it might keep many of them from attending the wedding. ■Get the word out early. A destination wedding is typically held in an idyllic locale, and such destinations are usually expensive to visit. Couples should keep this mind and get the word out as early as possible, sending out their save-the-date cards earlier than they would if they were having a more traditional wedding. The earlier you get the word out, the less expensive and more flexible flights might be, saving you and your guests money. ■ Seek discounts. Couples who choose traditional weddings are eligible for hotel discounts, wherein the hotel will reserve a block of rooms for the couple and their guests. This is also true for destination weddings. Thanks to the growing popularity of destination weddings, many resorts now

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have wedding packages that discount rooms for all involved with the wedding. Vendors are often open to negotiation as well. â– Hire a wedding planner. Couples who choose a more traditional wedding can usually get by without the help of a wedding planner. However,couples going the destination wedding route will almost

certainly need a wedding planner, especially for those getting married in a foreign country where another language is spoken. In idyllic locales, there may be wedding planners who specialize in destination weddings. Many resorts even have wedding planners on staff or on call. Wedding planners can be expensive, but they’re a necessary

expense when planning a destination wedding. ■Stay calm. One of the best things about a destination wedding is that they are typically devoid of the stress that comes with planning a more traditional wedding. That’s especially true of island weddings, where vendors often move at a slower pace than mainland vendors. What’s more, options with respect to decor and cuisine might be more limited for island weddings, so couples won’t have to agonize over each and every decision. That said, couples need to adapt to this more laid back approach and make the most of it rather than stressing out over communication mishaps or other bumps in the road. ■ Don’t make your wedding day your first day there. While a Parisian wedding might sound like the stuff of fairytales, couples who have never before been to Paris should visit at least once prior to their big day, if not once before choosing the destination. This will give you a feel for the locale and a reason to enjoy a prewedding getaway.

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Eloping is more intimate in nature than a big wedding. Couples can share special vows amongst themselves without the need for a show at a larger wedding. If there are rifts between the families and coming together for a wedding may cause tension, an elopement is sometimes a smart choice. Couples can start out their new lives together in a special way, unencumbered by having to mingle with family members they may not have seen in years. Couples who have different religious beliefs or cultural traditions may find it difficult to blend these customs in a traditional wedding. Elopement may offer them the freedom to personalize their weddings in ways that cater to their desires. Some people simply do not like being in the spotlight, and traditional weddings put couples up on a pedestal. Eloping helps avoid that nervousness and anxiety.


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Planning a wedding is no small task, and most couples look forward to the day when they’re no longer fretting over floral centerpieces or agonizing over seating arrangements. Though weddings have become more complicated in many ways, the Internet has made some things simpler for couples planning their nuptials. Perhaps nowhere is that more true than with regard to sharing information. The Internet has made it easy for couples to keep friends and family abreast of the details that go into a wedding. Many couples have even developed their own wedding Website, updating the site whenever they make important decisions, such as when and where the wedding will take place, where guests can stay and all the other information guests might need. Such information used to be sent out via traditional mail, but now couples can simply direct friends and family to their wedding website, saving time and money while also benefitting the environment.

But before couples design their websites, it’s first helpful to determine if it’s actually necessary. Couples who are planning more intimate affairs with few guests might find a Website isn’t necessary. In addition, couples who are having a local wedding in which most of the guests live in town and won’t need to travel or make hotel arrangements, can probably get by without creating a wedding Website. However, couples who are planning a larger affair and/ or an out-of-town wedding and are expecting guests from all over the map can utilize the Internet to make it easier to communicate with prospective guests. When developing a wedding Website, there are some things a couple should consider. ■Timing: Don’t establish the Website until you have settled on a date and location for the wedding. The site can be a great way to share your story with friends and family, but its primary function is to act as a resource for guests. If no date or location has been picked, then the site won’t

prove too helpful to guests. But information. Those who want to information about members of once a date and location has been go the extra mile can include the wedding party and a guestchosen, set up the Website as photos, the story of how they met, book that well-wishers can sign. soon as possible, ideally several months to a year in advance of the wedding. Doing so gives guests plenty of time to clear their schedules and make airline and hotel reservations. ■Information: When designing the site, make it easy to navigate so all the information a guest might need is readily available. Couples who are not tech-savvy can utilize an existing Website like TheKnot.com, which allows its members to create a premium Website that can include exclusive designs, links to a couple’s online registry, photos, maps of the event location, and The Perfect Place a host of other pertinent details. For Your Special Day Some wedding Website services charge a relatively small fee to keep the site running for up to a year. Couples who feel they can create a site on their own should 66 CENTRAL AVE., WOLCOTT • www.LilyLakeInn.com be certain to include the date, location, directions and maps to Call (203) 879-7000 the event locations, hotel accomto speak to an event coordinator or schedule a viewing modations, and wedding registry 003456

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before to set up a registry. Couples can do so entirely via the Web or visit their favorite store or stores and use a hand-held scanner to add items to their registry. But even though registries are easy to set up, it might help couples to consider a few tips before they start clicking or scanning away. â– Register with multiple

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everyone can afford. Especially nowadays, when many weddings host guests from far and wide, it’s ideal to include lots of affordable items. That way guests who have already spent considerable money getting to the wedding won’t have to break the bank even further to gift the brideand groom-to-be. As for high-end items, keep those to a minimum. Parents, siblings or

other especially close relatives might ask to buy those items before you even establish the registry. But it is important to include at least a few expensive items, as some guests might pool their resources and buy these gifts, saving you money while giving them the satisfaction that you got something you might not have been able to afford after paying for the wedding.

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Edible wedding favors make a fine choice for mementos A token of appreciation for guests is requisite at wedding receptions. Wedding favors enable attendees to walk away from the event with a memento and also a small thank you for their participation and celebration of this momentous event. Brides- and grooms-to-be have different ideas when it comes to wedding favors. Guests have their own opinions, too. As customs and trends change, so do the options in wedding favors. In the past, wedding favors were not much different from the items offered today, and not every guest was privy to a takehome trinket. In the 16th century, wedding favors were a sign of extravagance and showed off the family’s wealth to the guests. Only rich and prominent people during those times could afford and provide sophisticated gifts to their guests. Some favors symbolized luck, and sharing them with guests ensured good luck to all as well. Almonds were common favors because they symbolized fertility, health, happiness, wealth, and longevity. Bonbonnieres were once a popular wedding favor. A bonbonniere is a small, decorative box made of porcelain, crystal or gold. It is embellished with colorful

and precious gems. Inside the box houses a sweet delicacy, often called a bonbon. In modern times, many couples are returning to the tradition of giving bonbonnieres or other edible favors as their wedding celebration thank-yous. Edible favors are often economical and guests tend to appreciate them. After all, guests have to find a nook in their homes in which to house an engraved ice cream scooper or yet another small statuette. Edible gifts can be as varied as a person desires. Candy-coated almonds are still popular, but many couples have expanded their choices and have created new trends in favors. For those couples seeking a unique edible favor for the wedding, here are

some suggestions. ■Cake or brownie pops: Food on a stick has long been a favorite of many, but the concept has been taken to new heights with the creation of cake pops. These are small balls of cake or brownie that are made from cake crumbs and frosting. The balls are covered in candy melts or chocolate and served on a stick. Chocolate artists can transform ordinary cake pops into works of art with intricate piping designs on the hard, outer shell. Clear cello bags and decorative ribbon may be all that’s necessary for a classic wrapping. ■ Cookies: Pastry arts continue to be popular favors for any occasion. Many bakeries offer intricately designed and decorated Bristol’s Oldest Florist Designing for Brides since 1916

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Drop off floral arrangements at nursing homes, where they can brighten up the environment.

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for several days before they wilt. While friends and family members may take some home, several centerpieces will likely be left at the end of the night. Think about bringing them to a hospital, hospice center or nursing home. The flowers can help brighten the day of others who are in somber settings. If you cannot find a place that will take them, consider dropping one or two of them off at the home of an elderly relative who might be confined to his or her home. Favors: Provided your favors have not been engraved with a date or names, you may be able to return extras to the store. There’s also the possibility of making them available to a couple who is planning their wedding and is looking to cut costs wherever possible. Or, take the favors home and send one out to any person who gives you a gift or a card but wasn’t able to make it to the wedding. Weddings do not have to be wasteful. If you put your mind to it, you can find ways to reuse items featured on your big day.

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Krause Caterers

Shannon’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry, Inc.

Jeske’s Catering, LLC

E. Hartford, CT 860-568-5000 fax: 860-568-5322 www.krausecaterers.com

Teresa’s Catering

175 Gold St. New Britain, CT 860-223-8609 www.teresascateringllc.com

DANCE LESSONS Arthur Murray Dance Studio

623 Hartford Rd. New Britain, CT 860-224-0625 www.arthurmurray newbritain.com

JEWELRY 41 East St., Plainville, CT 06062 860-747-3374 438 East Street New Britain, CT 860-223-8886

74 Farmington Avenue Bristol, CT 06010 860-582-8858

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE Thomas F. Carey

860-539-6355 Realtor/Justice of the Peace tomc19@comcast.net

RECEPTION & BANQUET Indian Hill Country Club

111 Golf St., Newington CT 06111 860-666-5600 ihcc@lessings.com

To Be Included In This Directory In The Future Please Call 860-225-4601 Ext. 207 Ask For Joanne Reynolds.

1601 Meriden-Waterbury Tpke. Milldale, CT 860-620-9523 www.southington chiropractic.com


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WEDDINGS

MahanÂ’s Lakeviewhas created a Complete

Wedding Package that will make your special day everything you ever hoped it could be! At Mahan's Lakeview you may choose a Garden Ceremony in our large gazebo surrounded by our manicured gardens or a Chapel Ceremony in our picturesque, non-denominational High Point Chapel: featuring a wood & marble fireplace and breathtaking natural views, itÂ’s perfect for winter ceremonies, portraits or inclement weather. Please ask about our new complete package for showers, birthdays, proms, retirement parties, holiday parties and corporate luncheons/dinners!

Built-in accent lighting now available!

The Herald Press

Bridal Guide - The Bristol Press - 06-24-2012  

Plan the perfect wedding! From reception to honeymoon. Serving the central Connecticut area.

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