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■ Research the marriage requirements in the place where you have decided to marry. Some foreign locales require a layover period before filling out the marriage papers and getting married. ■ Choose a location that has meaning for you. Don’t pick a place simply because of popularity. ■ Elope, but still invite a few people to witness the event. One or two close friends, your parents or siblings can stand in as witnesses at the ceremony. ■ If you choose to do it as a duo, hire a photographer to take pictures of the ceremony and mail out an announcement to your family and friends. ■ Host a reception for close family and friends so they can celebrate the betrothal. It doesn’t have to be a lavish affair. A cocktail party or barbecue is adequate. ■ If you elope in secrecy, don’t count on lavish wedding gifts. ■ Put the money you would have spent on a wedding toward the down payment on a house. Get If You Decide to Elope If you’ve assessed the pros and married in the backyard or living cons and have decided to elope, room of your new place and have a wedding/house-warming party. consider these pointers.

eloping, the only things couples must plan are the where, when and how of the event. Fewer people involved means fewer hassles. Disadvantages Eloping does have its share of disadvantages, as well. Primarily it’s experienced only by the bride and groom and perhaps a witness. This means others won’t be around to share in this momentous event. Some people who elope later regret the not having a more traditional ceremony. Chances are a few people will have hurt feelings if you choose to elope and not include them in the wedding. Remember, a wedding is a celebration not just for the bride and groom, but for their families as well. If you’re running off to get married because a family member doesn’t approve of your future spouse, you could permanently fracture the relationship this person will have with the family.

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couples do include out-of-towners (especially when the rehearsal dinner is the night before) is so they’re not left stranded in their hotel rooms. However, it’s your prerogative if you want an intimate party. If you know that the out-of-towners will be fine entertaining themselves, don’t worry about it. Or ask another relative or friend to host a cocktail party for the out-of-town guests that evening. Another option is to have your rehearsal dinner two nights before the wedding, leaving you free to hang out with your outof-towners the night before.

Q. Who is invited to the rehearsal dinner? My fiance says family, everyone in the wedding and all the out-of-town wedding guests. I personally don’t want to include all the out-of-towners. A. The rehearsal-dinner guest list can include just the two of you, your immediate families, the wedding party and the officiant and his spouse. Or it can be a larger event, including all the out-of-town guests (or at least all those who will have already arrived in town for the wedding). Carley Roney is editor in chief of The It’s up to you, but the reason many Knot at www.theknot.com

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What wedding is complete without flowers adorning church pews, in the hands of bridesmaids, in the hair of the bride, as dinner table centerpieces, and decorating the wedding cake? There are many florists in the Plainville area that are happy to provide beautiful bouquets as an accessory to any event, birthday, holiday, or apology to that special someone, but only one that specializes KELLY DALY in bridal flowers. “The Flower Girl” owner, The Flower Girl is both her shop’s name and her alias. Kelly Daly owns The Flower Girl on 1237 Shuttle Meadow Road. on the Plainville/Southington line. She opened four years ago in the building adjacent to her parents’ store, The Garden Path. Flowers are a family business, but Daly’s parents create arrangements for all occasions, while her focus is bridal flowers. She and her mother even created the flowers at Daly’s own wedding six years ago. “I kind of grew up in this business and it’s really creative and fun and comes naturally to me,” explained Daly.

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The most important part of any wedding ceremony is the bride’s dress, of course. Plainville is lucky to have a boutique in town that specializes in wedding gowns, as there aren’t too many dress shops around that do. Beautiful Bride Boutique is the name, weddings are the game. They offer dresses for the other important women in the wedding ceremony as well, like the bridesmaids, the mother of the bride and the flower girl. The essential accessories that adorn the lady in white are also available at Beautiful Bride, including the veil, head pieces, and shoes. Although they specialize in wedding gowns, they also have a wide variety of dresses for other types of occasions, and are busiest in the spring, summer and fall, as weddings and proms happen mostly during these seasons. The store opened in 1997, and

there are tailors on site who do alterations on any dress, even if it wasn’t purchased there. Owner Sylvia Plummer loves helping a bride choose the dress that’s right for her. “I had a little tailoring shop but I decided I wanted to focus on wedding dresses,” said Plummer. “I love working with gowns and helping a bride pick out her dress, and its especially rewarding when I’ve picked it out myself to see her thankful and excited.” A future bride usually comes in for the preliminary appointment to discuss the dress they’ve envisioned and to try on some potential candidates that are similar. Then, any alterations needed are made before she returns for her final fitting, and leaves with the single dress she will remember for an entire lifetime. Beautiful Bride is located at 322 East St. in Plainville and dresses can be found online at www.beautifulbrideboutique.com.

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Approaching the issue of children at weddings

There are no etiquette rules regarding whether children should attend weddings. The decision is entirely up to the couple getting married. If you are a guest invited to a wedding and your children are not, there is no reason to take offense. You should certainly respect the wishes of the bride and groom. It is improper to turn up at the occasion with your children and put the couple on the spot. Young children are unpredictable and cannot be trusted to behave at all times. Couples may not want to have their festivities to be interrupted by children who may be a little too boisterous. Also, children may be an inconvenience to adults simply looking to have a good time. How much can you enjoy yourself if you are constantly keeping an eye on a toddler or tending to an infant? Chances are your wedding experience will be compromised. All in all, many other couples welcome the idea of having children at their weddings. Children represent the extended family and

the next generation. They can add life to a party and look adorable dressed in party clothes. If your child is invited to a wedding, or you are the happy couple tying the knot, consider these tips. ■ Although children of all ages may be welcome, it’s often better to limit children to ages 4 and older, especially if they’ll be participating in the ceremony as a ring bearer or flower girl. Children of this age are better able to take direction and are a little more mature. Check if your ceremony site has rules regarding children in the ceremony. ■ If you want to compromise when inviting children, allow them to be present at the church or synagogue, but restrict them from the reception. You can carefully word this on the invitation by saying “Adult Reception.” ■ Talk to the caterer to find out if there is a reduced fare on children’s dinners. This can save on costs, particularly if children aren’t likely to eat an adult meal. ■ Children invited to the wedding reception

should be dressed accordingly for the formality of the event. Now is not the time for sneakers and jeans. ■ Provide entertainment for children during the lulls of the event. Kids may love to get up and dance, but become antsy during dinner courses. Pack along a goodie bag of games, DVDs and toys that can keep them occupied. ■ Find out if you can bring along a kid’s chaperone, namely a babysitter or friend who can keep an eye on the kids while you enjoy yourself. ■ The bride and groom may want to set up a “kiddie corral” area in the reception room, particularly if they plan to invite a lot of young children. Put down foam interlocking mats and fence off the area so kids are contained. ■ If the wedding will be open to children, consider adjusting the hours so that it takes place earlier in the day. This way parents will have time to get their children to bed close to their normal bedtime

Tips for couples about to marry their finances, too Planning ahead builds a strong foundation for a new marriage

bringing more debt to the relationship than share the responsibility of being a couple. the other. How finances will be handled should be one of the first conversations — Budgeting expenses even before a reception venue is booked or a wedding gown is chosen. Even if each individual had a budWhen joining finances, consider these get before the marriage, the financial When two people decide to get mar- factors. status of a spouse will change the outried, they’re not only combining their look. Although each person may have possessions, but they’re also bringing their preferences on certain items, talking Bank accounts together unique ideas about personal through the best ways to pool resources finance. These ideas may bring challengGenerally couples will find that a com- and save money can be an effective start es to the relationship and should be bination of joint and personal accounts to their life together. discussed beforehand for the best start to makes finances easier. The joint account the marriage. is used for monthly bills, housing expensEstate planning Planning ahead can build a strong finan- es and things the couple does together. cial foundation for a new marriage. Before Separate accounts can be used for discreJust because a couple is relatively young a couple becomes a family unit, each per- tionary spending, like vacation accounts, and newly married doesn’t mean they son has his or her own way of saving and dabbling in investments or simply for shouldn’t begin planning for their future spending, as well as their own approach to splurging. This enables each person to — including a family — immediately. finances. Additionally, one person may be have an independent identity but also Couples should explore the options on

life and medical insurance plans. Sitting down with a financial planner can help, and he or she may be able to spell out options in retirement savings or education savings. It’s never too early to begin investigating these scenarios. Keep the lines of communication open Money often makes or breaks a relationship. Having similar goals regarding saving and spending is often the key to couples melding together. The best way to work through difficulties and avoid problems concerning finances is always to talk through all of the options. Having an open line of communication about money — and participating equally in the household finances — can help equal marital success.


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Take two — top tips for taking trip down aisle for second time

A second wedding is a chance to focus more on what you want as a couple instead of the wedding your parents may had hoped for you. Today there are no rules in second weddings; the happy couple can customize it as they see fit. Chances are someone you know will make another trip down the aisle at one point in his or her life. Individuals who have lost a spouse or have divorced may eventually choose to remarry. Second weddings are a great way for couples to showcase their personalities and don’t have to be constrained by tradition. Here are some top tips for taking that trip down the aisle the second time around. ■ Put your first wedding out of your mind. Now is not the time to make comparisons. This wedding should be all about you and your new spouse-to-be. Go for something completely different than your prior wedding so there will be no side-by-side comparisons. ■ Choose a wedding party you really want. You can have a lavish wedding again, complete with a big bridal party. However, this time around you can choose the friends and family members you really desire to stand beside you,

instead of individuals you may have felt obligated to include the first time around. ■ Go ahead and wear white. Tradition once stated that take-two brides were not supposed to wear white. Toss tradition aside and go ahead and do what you want. Just be sure the gown compliments your age and body shape and doesn’t seem too virginal. If your previous wedding was annulled, you also may be able to wear a wedding veil. ■ Include your children in the festivities and planning. If you or your future spouse has children from a previous marriage, make them feel a part of this new blended family by including them in the second wedding. They may play a role in the ceremony, such as making a speech or reading a religious passage. Other brides and grooms choose to have their children walk them down the aisle this time around. Also, involve the kids in the planning. They may be excited to

help you choose wedding vendors or address invitations. ■ Personalize your event. Take the time to write your own vows, make handmade favors or single out the special people in your lives. ■ Feel free to be extravagant. You may be more established in life with a secure job and bigger paycheck. Therefore you can expand the wedding budget a little more. Go for all of the goodies you may have passed on with your previous marriage, such as exotic foods or that extra-long honeymoon. ■ Involve the groom as well. Today’s modern men want a say in their wedding just as much as the bride, say wedding experts. Make sure he is apprised of all the details and ensure that he is able to make it to vendor appointments and the like. Just as a second wedding is a second chance for happiness, it is another opportunity to throw the wedding of your dreams.

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• Fashion Bug • Michael’s Jewelers • Kathy’s • Feet First/ Hallmark Stride Rite Shoes • The U.P.S. • Oscar’s Tuxedo Store • Olympia Sports • Blockbuster • Once Upon A Child Video • Sleepy’s • Radio FINANCIAL Shack • Edward Jones • AT&T • CitiFinancial • Game Stop • H&R Block • Discount Tobacco

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Picture perfect This wedding gown by Claudine has an empire waist with double ruffle straps and an asymmetrically tiered full skirt with train.

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Wedding glossary

Planning a wedding? There are certain terms that every bride and groom should learn so they can be more informed in the process. Ascot: A wide, formal tie generally reserved for formal daytime weddings. Blusher: A short veil that covers the brides’ face before the ceremony. Bodice: Close, upper-fitting part of the dress. Boutonniere: Flower or flowers that are worn by the men in the wedding party. The boutonniere always should be affixed to the left side of the jacket. Buttercream: Most common icing used on wedding cakes. Cathedral train: Train, or long piece of fabric that extends 61/2 to 71/2 feet from the waist. Cornelli: Decorative form of icing that resembles lacework on wedding cakes. Cutaway Jacket: Jacket that tapers from the front waist button to a long, wide back tail;

accessories include a wing-collar shirt with an ascot and a coordinating vest. Ganache: Rich chocolate filling or topping made from chocolate and heavy cream. Garland: Flowers and/or green leaves that are draped over railings. Girdle: The outer edge or the widest part of the diamond forming a band around the stone. Illusion: Fine netting used for veils, headpieces, and on the sleeves and necklines of dresses. Inclusion: An internal imperfection on a diamond. Nosegay: Small bouquet featuring posies. Tea Length: Length of dress or skirt that falls several inches above the ankles. Topiary: Flowers or foliage trained and trimmed into geometric shapes, often resembling miniature trees or animals. Tussy Mussy: Silver coneshaped holder for a bouquet.

ASK CARLEY Guest list Q. My parents are paying for our wedding and have agreed to host 100 guests at a seated-dinner reception with an open bar. But both my fiance and his parents are having a fit because they want to invite more guests than that. I feel this is unfair and I wonder how to resolve it. A. Your groom and his parents are being unreasonable How to handle it without causing a major blowout? They are your future husband and in-laws. You need to confront them calmly about this. Explain the facts: Your parents have volunteered to foot the bill for 100 guests. You can’t ask them for more than they are already giving,nor should you. If your fiance and his family want to invite more guests, tell them they’re more than welcome to do so — as long as they are also willing to contribute the money to cover those guests for the reception. End of story. It’s difficult to imagine what kind of rational argument they could make against that. The key is that if you’re calm and rational, they will feel silly not reacting the same way. It’s all in the way you present it. It sounds like you need to have a good talk with your man, too. Find out why he doesn’t understand that your parents are generous people, but don’t have bottomless pockets. This misunderstanding could be a sign of very different attitudes toward money matters, which isn’t the end of the world, but it’s definitely an issue that will come up in your marriage.

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Wedding Directory 2010 BANQUETS AND CATERING Bridal One-Stop Shopping Bristol Commons & The Annex 99 Farmington Ave. Rt 6, Bristol

The Cornucopia Banqueting Hall

371 Pinewoods Road Rt. 8, Torrington 489-5446 • 1-800-3 TO B WED www.cornucopiabanqueting.com

The Gallery

141 New London Turnpike Glastonbury, CT 06033 860-659-2656 thegallery141@aol.com

Mahan's Lakeview & Fine Catering

15 Grilley Rd. Wolcott, CT (203) 879-9363 www.mahanscatering.com

Manor Inn Restaurant

1636 Meriden Waterbury Tpke. P.O. Box 1636. Milldale (Southington) CT 06467 (860) 628-9877 manorinnrestaurant.com

Marinelli's Supper Club 175 Monce Rd. Burlington, CT. (860) 673-0406

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Nutmeg Restaurant & Banquet Facility

Tunxis Plantation Country Club

87 Town Farm Rd. Farmington, Ct 860-678-9523 www.tunxisbanquets.com

Stonewell Restaurant 354 Colt Highway (Rt.6) Farmington, CT exit 37 off I-84 860-677-8855

Vito’s Tavern

136 Main St. New Britain, CT 06051 860-801-6800 www.vitosct.com

CAKES & FAVORS Bolo Bakery 32 Whiting St. 860-410-4292 www.bolobakery.com

Harvest Bakery

84 Farmington Ave. Bristol, CT 589-8000 www.theharvestbakery.com

CATERING Angelo's Market & Catering

297 South Main St., Rt 5 East Windsor, CT 06088 860-627-7094 www.nutmegrestaurant.com

349 West Main Street New Britain, CT 860-223-7340 www.angelosmarket.com

Testa's Banquet Facility

Jeske’s Catering, LLC

26 South Center St Southington, Ct 860-628-8509 www.testas.net

380 Main Street Kensington, CT 06037 (860) 829-7766 Fax: (860) 829-1965 www.jeskescatering.com jeskescatering@yahoo.com

CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE CT Old State House 800 Main St. Hartford, Ct 06103 860-522-6766 ctoldstatehouse.org

Wickham Park

1329 West Middle Tpke. Manchester, CT 06040 860-528-0856 email: info@wickhampark.org website: www.wickhampark.org

CHAIR COVERS & LINEN RENTALS Away To Go Designs 943 Silas Deane Hwy. 2nd flr. #3 Wethersfield, CT 06109 Diane Johnson www.awaytogodesigns.com

DISC JOCKEYS A-Sharp Wedding Disc Jockeys of CT, LLC 434 Berlin Rd. Southington (860) 426-1985 www.asharpdj.com email: info@asharpdj.com

FLORAL DESIGN The Flower Girl

1237 Shuttle Meadow Rd. Southington/Plainville line 860-793-9424

Weber's Nursery & Florist

33 Charles St. New Britain (on Newington line) (860) 223-7887

FORMALWARE Brides To Be

2277 Main St. Glastonbury, CT 06033 860-633-3639 www.bridestobe-cons.com

GIFTS Patrick Baker & Sons, Inc.

1650 West Street Southington, CT 06489 860-628-5566

GOWNS Bridal Bells Boutique, LLC

114 Mill St. Berlin, CT (860) 828-8462 www.bridalbellsboutique.com

HEALTH & FITNESS Big Sky Fitness 1185 West Main St, New Britain, CT 06053 860-224-110 58 Commerce Court Newington, CT 06111 860-667-3200

JEWELERY Shannon's Diamonds and Fine Jewelry, Inc. 74 Farmington Avenue Bristol, CT 06010 860-582-8858

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE Julia Massolin-Walas

(860) 673-3578 Cell: (860) 558-4505 juliawalas@msn.com Member of the Justice of the Peace Association

Paul LaFlamme

http://paullaflamme.webs.com pala1952@sbcglobal.net (860) 516-4496

PHOTOGRAPHY Bob Hennessy Photography (860) 635-3382 www.radialarts.com

Discovery Photo, LLC Modern Wedding Photography & Studio 321 Ellis St. New Britain, CT 860-874-6646 www.discoveryphoto.com

Events by Superior

20 Putnam Place, Cheshire, CT Off Rte. 322, Southington (203) 250-6600 Toll Free (888) 5EVENTS www.EventsBySuperior.com

TRANSPORT Bill Limousine, LLC

Southington, CT 860-426-1793 www.billslimousine.com

Valley Cab Co. 24 Hour Service (860) 793-0300

Wollenberg's/ TLC Limousine 436 Main St. Terryville, CT (860) 585-LIMO (5466) www.tlclimousine.net

TRAVEL Scully Travel

580 Wolcott Rd. Wolcott, CT (203) 879-2593 scullytravel@aol.com

TUXEDOS J. T. Ghamo

The Tuxedo Place 496 Farmington Ave. Hartford 3275 Berlin Tpke. Newington 304 W. Main St. Avon 981C Farmington Ave, W. Hartford 888-224-4441 www.jtghamo.com

Premiere Portrait

260 East St. Plainville, CT (860) 410-4303 www.premiereportraits.net

RECEPTION & BANQUET The Lily Lake Inn 66 Central Ave. Wolcott, CT 06717 (203) 879-7000 www.LilyLakeInn.com

RENTALS CT Rental Center 60 DeKoven Dr., Middletown, CT (860)347-4688

Party Plus/ Taylor Rental Center 346 East Street Plainville, CT 06062 (860) 747-6073 www.taylor-rentals.com

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