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To the bride and groom, Here’s to your new life together! Since the most fun and memorable weddings are those that truly reflect your personalities, we’ve gathered the best of everything with you in mind. Anticipation often follows the excitement of the engagement, and we have everything you need for planning your special day. Let us help you celebrate your love in style with the newest wedding themes and trends. We’ve filled this 2018 issue of YOUR WEDDING— Iowa with photos that share special moments from many of the most memorable weddings from around our home state of Iowa. On the following pages discover the best sources for what’s hot now—rings, gowns, colors, cakes, flowers, favors and photos. We’ve featured dozens of experts who can show you hundreds of fresh new ways to personalize everything for this perfect day—from the rehearsal dinner to the ceremony, reception and long-awaited honeymoon. Whether you’re planning a large wedding for many guests or an intimate gathering for a few close friends and relatives—it’s all here at your fingertips. Within the pages of this must-have shopping and planning guide for brides, be inspired by these trusted local professionals as you dream of your new life together. Best of all, they’re only a phone call away! Wishing you years of love, laughter and memories to last a lifetime,

Sandy

P.S. Visit us on the web at

www.yourweddingiowa.com

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fashion

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flowers

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event planning & invitations

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cakes

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jewelry & gifts

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music

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photography

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photo booths

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videography

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venues & catering

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decorating

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health & beauty

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honeymoons & transportation

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directory

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wedding planner

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our Real Weddings sprinkled throughout the magazine!

On the Cover Red Door Photgraphy

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Katie McDonald Photography

P.O. Box 71531 • Des Moines, IA 50325 • 515.225

This handy reference and resource guide is offered as a free gift to brides in the Des Moines 16,000 and surrounding communities by our participating wedding professionals. It’s full of creative ideas to help you plan all the details of your wedding celebration. These local wedding professionals are experts in their field, and they are eager to assist you in making your special day perfect. All the photos used in this issue are of Iowa vendors work and taken by Iowa photographers. Please mention this planner and you will be sure to receive the special attention you deserve. PUBLISHER Sandy Davis DESIGN AND PRODUCTION Jennie Tischler CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Becky Johnston Connie Galbraith Shanley K. Rhodes Dawn Bormann Holly Jenks 6

For advertising information Contact us at: Rosewood Marketing Group, Inc. PO Box 71531 | Des Moines, IA 50325 515.225.6080 | info@yourweddingiowa.com www.yourweddingiowa.com © 2018 Rosewood Marketing Group, Inc. Reproduction of copy or artwork without permission is strictly prohibited. Ad content is not the responsibility of Your Wedding Iowa Magazine. Printed in USA. Photo: El Photography

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Amour • Affinity Bridals • Bliss Bridal & Formal Wear Bridal Elegance • Bridal & Prom Connection Dornink • Mara • Men’s Wearhouse Milroy’s Tuxedos • Modern Dress • Perry Bridal Schaffer’s • Stacey’s • Skeffington’s Formal Wear Transformations by Kerri Weddings by Design and the Tux Shop

Create your signature

Fashion

Buying the dress tends to be the first major wedding purchase. Try these priceless tips on keeping your budget tight but your eyes wide open when shopping for your wedding dress. • Stay clear of merchants that don’t have a permanent local address and phone number. You may never see your dress after the initial deposit is cashed. • Try your dress on in front of a full length, three-way mirror with the correct shoes. If you buy the dress in the wrong size or shape, alterations could end up costing more that the dress! • Ask your local salon about “safe bridal bargains” available at their store. Many times it is possible to buy sample gowns off the rack at the sale price. 9

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What goes under What you wear under your wedding gown is just as important as your dress. Properly fitting lingerie will help you feel and look great all day long. Once you’ve found the perfect gown, it’s important to visit a reputable lingerie shop with trained staff

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who can correctly determine the right undergarments for your particular style of dress. If you can, bring a photo of your wedding dress with you. Purchase intimate apparel before your first fitting so you can wear it when it’s time to try on and alter your dress. Take advantage of this special time in your life to take a look at some non-essential items as well. Bra and panty sets, nightgowns, and camisoles can make you feel beautiful and sensuous. What better time is there for you to splurge on yourself than now? Many lingerie shops now offer gift registries. Take advantage of this and let your friends and relatives know you’re registered. They’ll enjoy buying you these items as much as you’ll enjoy receiving them!

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Milroy’s T U XE DOS

Providing Brides and Grooms with the Best Fashion Choices is Our Number One Goal! It’s your wedding…Milroy’s will listen to provide the perfect look you want for your wedding! It is all about you wedding! Providing one of the largest selections in tuxedos, suits, and accessories in the best of today’s newest styles, modern and slim fit options, and guaranteed color coordination. Visit Milroy’s Tuxedo and see the difference. Offering what is new in fashion for 2018. Let’s start with Blue & Grey Milroy’s Tuxedo/ Suit Outfits; 5 Blue/Navy shades including the New Ike Behar Dusk Mid Blue Lane, 7 Grey shades including the new GiNovia Heather Grey Hamilton, and many other options in Tan, Black, White, Ivory and more. Plus, something completely new for the no coat look… The new Deco Vest Collection that match pants in a high button notch lapel with the same fabric on the back as the front in a full back vest (this vest is getting a lot of attention). The Deck Vest is also available in Boy’s Fullback Vests and in 5 Shades: Navy, Heather grey, Mid Grey, Charcoal, and Tan. Milroy’s Tuxedos has the fashions you are looking for. We always have everything on display in our Des Moines location at 3839 Merle Hay Road, and in our Ames store in the North Grand Mall. We invite you to visit us and see the real difference when you rent from the fashion leader in formal wear – Milroy’s Tuxedos. 12

“Wanted to make sure I took the time to write Milroy’s a 5-star review! We used them for our wedding party (Sept 10th wedding). From our first visit, we had a great customer service. Like many others we had visited several stores in the area, and Milroy’s was the best in terms of suit selection, price, and customer service. They were very helpful as we juggled some out-of-town groomsmen, and were able to handle my changes in shirt color with no problems. Thanks, Milroy’s!” —

515-270-2560 | www.milorystuxedos.com

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515.240.6523 • sewingkh@aol.com 312 5th West Des Moines www.transformationsbykerri.com

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Monday-Friday 10:00-6:00 Saturday 9:00-4:00 Call for appointment

Perry Bridal invites you to enjoy our relaxed atmosphere in historic Valley Junction. We are a full service bridal store with experienced and knowledgeable staff on hand to guide you through the process of fulfilling all of your wedding dreams.

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Bridal & Prom Co n n ec ti o n

Designing Dreams…Making Memories Bridal and Prom Connection carry it all: wedding gowns, tuxedos, bridesmaids’ dresses, veils, jewelry, shoes and an array of special accessories and gifts for the whole bridal party. The bridal shop offers brides a luxury shopping experience when they visit our upscale boutique. Appointments ensure that each bride has personalized attention while they look through our breathtaking bridal gowns that have been personally selected from markets all over the country. Our collection of formal gowns include dresses perfect for prom, homecoming, military balls and parties too. We take great pleasure in helping you find the dress that says the most about you and your special day. We love taking your vision and bringing it to life by completing your party’s entire look. This picture is yours to remember and we pride ourselves in making the entire experience one you can remember fondly.

“Bridal Connection has been one of the best parts of my bridal shopping experience so far. Celina and her team have been on point and so helpful. They have helped everyone in my bridal party along with family so no one has to worry about anything. I am so lucky to have found such a great place! Come see them and let them work their magic for you! I am so excited for our special day in August and to finish our bridal experience with this great group of people.” —

Lyndsay

Schedule your bridal experience today!

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708 N. Ankeny Blvd. Ankeny, IA 50023 515.964.LOVE bridalconnectiondsm.com

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ALERT Buyer Beware! Don’t get scammed by counterfeit wedding gown retailers online. Know the facts prior to making the most important fashion decision of your life. Always visit your favorite bridal designer’s website for a list of authorized retailers.

Here are the Facts:

If the price seems too good to be true, then it is.

Online retailers might show you the same images you see on the designer’s website, but more often than not, these photographs are being used without permission, and you will not be receiving the same dress. If you receive the dress, it may be a cheap knockoff version of the gown you fell in love with.

Think stiff, itchy fabrics, uneven seams, discoloration, and unflattering cuts.

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If you have a problem with the gown, you’re on your own.

Counterfeit gowns often arrive in wrong sizes and lengths. If it’s even possible to alter the gown, the costs can often exceed the purchase price, negating any discount you received by ordering the gown online. What money back guarantee?

Often, counterfeiters promise a money back guarantee. However, you likely won’t be able to find any contact information on their website. No contact = no money back.

Always check the designer’s website before making a purchase.

For more information go to

On every designer’s website, you’ll find a list of authorized retailers. These are the only stores permitted to distribute the designer’s gowns.

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Skeffington’s Skeffington's FORMAL WEAR

Tuxedo or suit…It’s All About You.

When only the best will do... Thank you for making Skeffington’s Formal Wear a 60 + year family tradition of dependability, excellence, and service. Since 1951 Skeffington’s Formal Wear has been the name synonymous with service, style and selction. We are so much much more than tuxedo rentals. We offer the only local wear house in Des Moines with the capability of taking care of your last minute needs.

“Great place to go for your tuxedo rental. They are fast and easy to work with. We had absolutely NO problems with fitting or actually picking up the tuxedos! I would recommend them to anyone! Our bridal party looked amazing.”

With over 40 style of tuxedos and suits, Skeffingon’s Formal Wear has a fit and style for every body type. Standard, modern or slim fit, we have a look for everyone. Rent it or buy it. It’s all about your style and your wedding day. We not only carry the styles you love but, we only carry products we would be proud to wear ourselves. Stop in and visit us today so that we may extend our promise of “Worry Free Elegance”.

Des Moines: 515-283-0453 | West Des Moines: 515-224-2942 Ankeny: 515-964-3490 | Coralville: 319-625-2218 Davenport: 563-386-4010 www.skeffingtons.com

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FREE GROOM’S TUX + $50 OFF ALL OTHER RENTALS + $100 SKEFFBUCKS TOWARDS OTHER RENTAL ITEMS

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Des Moines 515-283-0453 West DM 515-224-2942 Ankeny 515-964-3490 Davenport 563-386-4010 Coralville 319-625-2218 WWW.SKEFFINGTONS.COM

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FLOWERS Left Page: Artisan Floral and Events Right page: Black Cap Photography


Antheia • Art Terrarium• Artisan Floral and Events Bella Flora Event Design • Boesen the Florist Doherty’s Floral Studio • Something Chic Floral

Flowers

Romance in bloom

The ideal floral arrangements will make a colorful, lasting impression in all the areas you want decorated for your wedding, from pew bows to the bouquets, to the reception centerpieces and even the cake. Trends include adding unexpected flowers into your bouquet like succulents, simple but stunning centerpieces, and bright, bold colors. Be sure to ask your potential florist to show you samples of their previous wedding arrangements. Don’t hesitate to ask for references regarding past service in timeliness of delivery and set-up on the day of the wedding. By making detailed arrangements in advance, love blooms best!

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ARTISAN FLORAL AND EVENTS

by Saley

Extraordinary floral and event production transforming your vision into unforgettable memories. One-of-a-kind florals and beautifully designed settings for memorable celebrations. Every detail is handled with exceptional care to ensure a flawless wedding day.

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“Saley’s special attention to detail is what made my wedding decor so incredibly stunning. My guests were in awe and my venue had never looked so beautiful. Her staff moved arrangements from my ceremony to my reception without us even seeing them. Saley’s vision for my wedding was much more than I ever could have imagined—I highly recommend her services.” —

Tara & Edgar

515-240-6662 www.artisanfloralandevents.com


FLOWERS

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FLOWERS

High class style, without the extra cost . Trendy, clean lined floral designs . Simple and sophisticated elegance

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FLOWERS

Make the moment mean more.

Jessica Dean Photography

Beaverdale • Ingersoll • West Glen

515-244-ROSE • www.boesen.com

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antheia THE FLOWER GALLERIA

BOUQUETS | CENTERPIECES CORSAGES & BOUTONNIERES CHANDELIERS | BACKDROPS GARLANDS | WREATHS ARCH & ALTER DECOR CROWNS | WANDS CAKE FLOWERS AISLE DECOR

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Flowers play a defining role in every wedding At Doherty’s Floral Studio, we believe that being involved in such an important part of your special day is a privilege. We are passionate about weddings and are involved in all aspects of the day, assisting you through the whole process. Delivering exceptional weddings throughout Des Moines and Iowa since 1948. 1536 2ND AVE DES MOINES, IA • 515-288-6557 • WWW.DOHERTYSFLOWERS.COM

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Your Wedding Iowa Professionals Artisan Floral & Events • Someone Borrowed The UPS Store • White Willow Events

Event Planning & Invitations

Your invitation selection lets guests into what kind of wedding you are planning. Whether it’s modern, traditional or romantic, your invitation extends a first and lasting impression of your wedding style. An event planner keeps track of your wedding plans by attending appointments, handling communications from vendors, securing deposits and contracts, arranging transportation and hotel blocks, designing timeline documents, and more. Along with expert advice, your event planner also has a large resource of professionals to recommend and might even help negotiate better rates for you. A “day-of” coordinator calls all of your vendors during the week of the wedding to verify everything. Coordinating the rehearsal and ceremony, assisting the photographer, supervising vendors and handling any problems are all important in creating a cohesive event. Your coordinator will spend all day making sure everything about your day is as perfect as can be!


EVENT PLANNING & INVITATIONS

Artisan Floral & Events 515-240-6662

www.artisanfloralandevents.com Photo by Aly Carroll


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Coordinating your event to perfection

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VERY IMPORTANT PEOPLE

PARENTS OF THE BRIDE JANE & CARSON SMITH STEVE & MARY BETH MCCORMICK GRANDMOTHER OF THE BRIDE THELMA MCCORMICK PARENTS OF THE GROOM JERRY & KAREN FROST

the ladies

MATRON OF HONOR

TARA PAULSON (HONORARY SISTER)

the gents BEST MAN

DAN FROST (BRO-CHA-CHO)

BRIDESMAIDS

GROOMSMEN

DEE WALKER (LIFE BFF) JENNY PATTERSON (NEIGHBOR FOR LIFE) KAITLIN MCCORMICK (FIRST REAL SISTER)

MATT REICHERT (COLLEGE BFF) GARY REICHERT (COUSIN/BROTHER) JOE LISTERMAN (HIGH SCHOOL BFF)

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SEATING OF THE FAMILY BRIDAL PARTY HITS THE AISLE THE BRIDE ENTERS (stand and stare) WELCOME EXCHANGE OF VOWS & EXCHANGE OF RINGS LIFE CHANGING SMOOCH CHEERS FOR THE NEW MR. & MRS. FROST ADJOURN FOR THE PAR-TAY


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Your Wedding Iowa Professionals Brick Street Market & Cafè • Fareway Bakery Glorious Desserts • Mimi’s Sweet Cakes and Bakes

Let them eat cake

Cakes

The wedding cake is a tradition all by itself. Often, they are the focal centerpiece of the reception. Bakers are artists that can create a visual treat that is as elaborate or as traditionally simple as you choose. Your baker can help you by suggesting ideas that will draw together all of your wedding details to create a breathtaking cake. When visiting with potential bakers, take time to look through their portfolios, and share photos and ideas of cake designs you have in mind. Sampling several cake flavors may be helpful. Selecting your baker and ordering your cake several months in advance is important.


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Glorious Desserts | Blind Photography

Katie McDonald Photography


CAKES West Des Moines 515.274.9503

WEDDING CAKES & DESSERTS

Pleasant Hill 515.262.5951

MINDY BRYANT

515-991-1016 mimissweetcakesnbakes@gmail.com www.mimissweetcakesnbakes.com Follow us on Facebook!

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Kevin + Jessica


REAL WEDDINGS

They had dated since they were both sophomores

at their small-town, rural high school, while under watchful, hopeful eyes: her father, and his mother, were both among their teachers at the school. They survived a few challenges, not the least of which was that she became a Hawkeye and he became a Cyclone. Besides the obvious rivalry, they maintained their relationship despite the distance. In fact, it would also survive her studying one semester abroad and another in Boston. How could it go wrong? After all, he shared her father’s first name, and would later— also like her father—go on to become to be a teacher. They wanted their wedding to reflect them, their families, and their rural backgrounds, and so it would be rustic; a barn, boots, an antique truck, and at least one animal—their puppy—had to be involved. And it all came together on a beautiful, August day. from BLACK CAP

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Your Wedding Iowa Professionals Bed Bath and Beyond • Bride Star Fiamma D’Amore Wedding Glass Ceremony Younkers • Stella & Dot

The Bling!

Jewelry & Gifts Rings have long been considered an unbroken symbol of eternal love. The gift of an engagement ring often signals the desire to begin a new journey together, followed by the exchange of wedding bands by the bride and groom in the ceremony that confirms their commitment to share their future hopes and dreams. While wedding bands are gifts shared solely by the bride and groom, beautifully wrapped gifts ranging from practical to precious selected with care by family and friends also play an important part in launching the newlyweds into their new life together. Bridal registry makes it one-stop shopping and solves the potential problem of duplicates and the hassles of returns and exchanges. Since gifts have expanded far beyond the basics of china and crystal to restaurant gift certificates, garden centers and even honeymoon accounts, online shops work with hundreds of different retailers in a single registry.


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Color Your Day Find the perfect palette

From the invitations to the cake to the flowers, your color palette can create a cohesive look to your wedding day. When picking colors, think about: 1. Your favorite color combinations! Using colors that appeal to you already will help the day feel like you. 2. The location. Having a wedding in a chic hotel? Perhaps metallics will suit the location. Going rustic in a beautiful barn? Try a more muted color palette of soft greens and pinks, like above. 3. The season. Seasons lend themselves nicely to certain colors. Rich reds, grays and dark blues scream winter while bright pinks and purples compliment a summer wedding. For inspiration, look for the color palettes featured in our Real Weddings section, on pages 56, 96, 112, 142, 168.

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JEWELRY & GIFTS

SAY “I DO” TO OUR GIFT REGISTRY

Online at celebrationsregistry.com. Discover the perks of registering! Search keyword: registry perks

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JEWELRY & GIFTS

Jennifer Weinman Photography

Perfect Style for Your Perfect Day Give me your dream wedding to-do list and I'll shorten it — with simple, elegant Stella & Dot style for you and your wedding party.

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Your Wedding Iowa Professionals A Special Event DJ • BCP Weddings DJ Lonumn • Select Entertainment • The Snacks Violinist Michelle Bell

Dance the night away

Music

Whether it’s a beautiful love song or a fun party favorite, it’s time to get you and your guests dancing. Don’t forget to spend some time picking out the perfect song for your first dance, and double check that your DJ or live band can play it. Have you thought about passing a notebook around the reception so guests can doodle a special message to the couple? Another fun idea is to present a slideshow at the beginning of the reception of fun photos throughout the years.


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BCP

WEDDINGS BCP Weddings – Celebrating 30 years!

What a ride the past 30 years has been! From our beginnings in 1986 to today, one thing is certain—we love weddings and we’re honored to help create cherished memories with you, your family, and your guests! WHY BCP? Our Experience: Over 100 years of wedding experience collectively on our staff. Our People: The best of the best. Highly trained and personable with a can-do attitude. Our Expertise: From big to small, formal to casual; from rustic to elegant and everything in between. Our Service: Planning an event is stressful—we make it easy. We’re fulltime and at your service!

“Nic was our DJ, and he was absolutely amazing to work with…Our guests partied all night long; there were literally no times when there was no one on the dance floor. That is exactly what my husband and I wanted; a non-stop party, and that is exactly what we got. I definitely recommend BCP and Nic! You will receive the best experience and won’t forget it!”

Stephanie

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SELECT ENTERTAINMENT Wedding DJs Photo Booth Lighting Officiants

515-943-2638 • www.SelectEntertainmentIowa.com

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Sheraton, West Des Moines

Central Iowa’s Largest and Premier Bridal Show

Life is about experiences. Bridal Forum wedding planning experience every bride deserves.

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The

SNACKS

The Snacks are the perfect choice for all your wedding music, providing classical piano for your ceremony, background music for dinner/cocktail hour and a live band to get everybody on the dance floor. They can personalize the set list to make sure you hear all your favorite songs from all genres and all years. They can also provide a DJ service for any special requests as well as an emcee service. Call THE SNACKS for all your wedding music needs! “THE SNACKS gave us the total wedding package playing from the beginning of the ceremony until the end of the reception, and with the tuxes and top hats, they looked great! WHAT A FUN BAND!! Highly recommended!�

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Photography You rely on family and friends to assist you on your wedding day, but when it comes to photography, it takes a great professional to preserve your big day. Do your research. Choose a photographer whose work you have seen and admired. Ask friends for recommendations. Forming a comfortable working relationship with your photographer is important. This person is going to spend a lot of time with the two of you. This is no time to be shy; ask lots of questions: How many posed shots? How many candid? Should the formal photos of the wedding party be taken before or after the ceremony? Are the albums and folder included in the price? When will the photographer leave the reception? 79


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One last tip Once you have worked out all the details on your special day, go one step further—get everything in writing. Make certain your contract includes a payment schedule and penalties, if any, for a date change or cancellation. Then relax, smile and have fun, you are in the hands of a professional. This page, clockwise from top left: Katie McDonald Photography, DeJong Photography

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Blind

PHOTOGRAPHY Classic. Clean. Candid. Capturing the energy and emotions that define your special day. Blind photography is devoted to providing truly timeless photography that transcends trends. With more than 10 years of wedding experience, we are highly skilled at anticipating and capturing the emotions of real people celebrating real moments, resulting in beautiful images that stand the test of time. We take a journalistic approach to capturing the authenticity of your day – not only what it looks like, but also what it feels like. And we work closely with you to make sure the process of photography doesn’t overshadow your special day or overwhelm you. Because we want to make sure you have as much fun in front of our cameras as we have behind them.

“| just wanted to thank you and Becca again for making yesterday so easy. Going into it, I was so worried I was going to ruin the whole shoot because I was still so frazzled from such a crazy week/day and I couldn’t get my head in the right place, but you both made everything so easy! You are both very gifted at what you do and I am so excited to have you photographing the day we begin our new life together :).”

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I couldn’t be more happy that we chose to do a destination wedding! We also held a reception in Des Moines for those that couldn’t join us in Jamaica. Every single vendor we worked with helped make both our wedding and reception beautiful and carefree. We were able to enjoy everything with virtually no stress.

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Your Wedding Iowa Professionals A Special Event DJ & Photobooths • Iowa Photo Booth The Original Traveling Photo Booth

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Photo Booths

Join in the fun with the hottest “must-have” at wedding receptions— a photo booth! Now sleek and small varieties go all out with costumes, props and changeable backgrounds. Bring along some of your wildest dress ups (everything from Halloween to The Great Gatsby) and listen to the laughter as you watch your guests vie for prizes for the craziest costume photos to share with friends on social networks.

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A Special Event DJ + PHOTOBOOTH

At the End of the Day…it’s all about the Memories! The next generation of Event Entertainment is here! Our Video Booth creates an experience for your guests that they can share with you and others via email or social media. Our Slow-Mo Video Booth takes six seconds of action packed video and slows it down to capture every moment of fun that can be viewed for a lifetime. Executing excellent events that build memories of a lifetime is our passion. 100

“One word to you and your team is WOW!!!! You were all so simply amazing from the setup to the presentation to the great choice of dance music! I have received over a dozen calls saying they had never attended something so fun.”

Lisa Alexander, Rockford Parks District Foundation —

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Videography Capture the moment

Remembering your wedding day is sometimes difficult for couples. Videography will refresh your memory of the sights, sounds and emotions that all blurred together on your special day. You’ll enjoy sharing the memories with your children and grandchildren. A good videographer is someone who has experience and is an artist at his or her craft. It’s important to view sample clips from multiple weddings during your meeting with the potential videographer, as this will help you to determine the quality and style of their work. 103


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Four Reasons To Create a “Wedding Only” Email Address

A new bride has a million things to think about. When getting wrapped up in planning the fun details, be careful not to overlook a quick step that makes a huge impact on the planning process: creating a wedding-only email address. Take a minute to set up a separate email account dedicated only to weddingrelated business. This simple trick makes your pre-wedding life easier by enabling you to do the following:

1. Minimize distractions. Mixing in bridal blog updates with your personal email creates distraction. Focusing on one thing at a time, whether it’s wedding planning or sending an important document to a colleague, is less stressful on you.

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How to Set Up Your Wedding-Only Email Address Use a free email provider, such as Gmail or Yahoo, to create your wedding-only email address. Naming your address can be as simple Tip: Check your wedding email regularly so you as “yourmarriedlastname-wedding”. To make don’t miss sales and specials. things even easier on you and your vendors, 4. Make it easier for your make an email signature with you and your wedding party. A message from your groom’s name, a phone number, wedding date wedding email address will stick out to and location. your bridesmaids, and they’ll likely check Creating a separate email address may seem it right away. Everybody involved in your J A N U A Rlike Y another 7 , 2nagging 0 1 8task, but doing so saves wedding will be able to stay organized10:30am with you time and stress. – 3:30pm Keep things straight by your wedding emails. getting a wedding-only Sheraton, West Des Moines email address right Tip: Give your party your wedding email address away. Happy planning!

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Every girl dreams about finding their someone special

to spend the rest of their life. They start dreaming about their fantasy wedding day when they are little. What has been so special for us, has been when all of your dreams really can come true and more! I have been so lucky to find my all-time man. Together, we were so lucky to be able to have wonderful people that could help us make our dream a reality, and create the best day of our lives. I think when you have a dream, and picking the best partners, you need to ask them questions about how they see your dreams, trying to find people that can share your same ideas and help bring them to life. For me, the location, flowers, cake, and photographer were most important. Bella Flora partnered so closely with us to bring our colors, flowers, the feeling of us being “in the clouds”, and bring those dreams to life for us. My mother and I loved their floral work, they made everything “grand”. We took our dream for a large floral cake to Gloria at Glorious Desserts, and she smiled and said, “I would love to make your dream cake come to life!” It was my dream to get my dress at Schaffer’s, because that’s where my mom got her dress almost 30 years ago. Meghan at Shaffer’s made me feel special, and was so close with us all of the way through. To really cap everything off, I wanted to find a photographer that could actually capture our expressions, and the real feelings we were experiencing. Katie McDonald put her heart and soul into documenting our story from beginning to end in the most special photos. They truly capture our day, and help us keep our memories fresh forever. I think it’s great to dream, and to find ways to bring your dreams to life. Isn’t that what your wedding day is supposed to be? from Katie mcdonald Photography

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A King’s Throne • Adventureland Resort • Baratta’s Catering Barnes’ Place • Carper Vineyard & Winery • Catering DSM Christiani’s VIP Catering & Events • Clover Barn Country Lane Lodge • Decades Event Center • Embassy Suites Forte’ Conference Center • Gateway Catering • Get Fit Grill Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden • Holiday Inn DM Northwest Hilton Garden Inn Des Moines/Urbandale • Hotel Grinnell Iowa Cubs Venue • Iowa State Fair • Jim’s Johns • Knotty Pine Venue • Limitless Events and Catering • Lincoln Club Catering Marriott Des Moines Downtown • Marriott West Des Moines Renaissance • Rolling Taps Beer Coe • Sheraton • Teachout Events • The Conservatory • The District Venue • The Keller Brick Barn • The Tangerine Food Company • The World Food Prize Vino 209 • Vivian’s • White Oak Chateau

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Start with the right questions. How many guests can be seated comfortably and entertained in the reception area? Make sure there’s enough room for the tables, dance floor, bars and other amenities, plus a little elbow room for the guests. What items are included in the basic room rental? Some places offer only the site, so you may need to rent the amenities. Other places may offer you everything from the silver to the cake. Be sure the inclusions are listed on your estimate, so you don’t have any surprises. What about additional service fees? Typical extras might include cutting your cake, uncorking your furnished champagne, and valet parking. What sort of restrictions are there? You may not be able to set up early or stay late. Candles may be restricted, so ask before you make any final decisions. 113


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NOTHING COMPARES TO A WEDDING AT THE FAIRGROUNDS

Celebrate your special day at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Historic buildings, modern facilities and picturesque outdoor settings await you and your guests. Enjoy free, close parking for your guests, an accessible location and a staff ready to assist you with every detail. To schedule your wedding at the incomparable Iowa State Fairgrounds, visit iowastatefairgrounds.org or contact Off Season Events at 515.262.3111, ext 282.

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ne of Iowa’s most spectacular venues, the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates offers a magnificent setting for any occasion. This historic building in the heart of Des Moines radiates a rich history with every modern amenity necessary for your event. The Hall has a variety of options for your wedding. Whether you want a ceremony, reception, or both, the Hall of Laureates is the venue that offers it all. You can choose to get married in the magnificent Rotunda, one of the ballrooms or even outside. Whatever your vision is, we can create it. We book only one event at a time in the Hall of Laureates so that you and your guests can enjoy the building exclusively during your gathering. Our staff and security personnel will also be present behind the scenes to ensure a seamless event. Contact: Nicole Barreca - nbarreca@worldfoodprize.org WWW.WORLDFOODPRIZE.ORG/WEDDINGS

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Tangerine is proud to announce The TheBig BigRoom Room at Mainframe Studios Convenienty located in downtown Des Moines at Convenienty located in downtown Des Moines at 900 Keosauqua Way, this window lined, contemporary 900 Keosauqua Way, this window lined, contemporary space accomodates 200+ seated guests and 400+ space accommodates 200+ seated guests and 400+ standing for any type of event. For rental, catering, and standing for any type of event. For rental, catering, and party planning information contact Susan or Cherry at party planning information contact Susan or Cherry at (515) 720–7510 or info@tangerinefoodco.com (515) 720–7510 or info@tangerinefoodco.com


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The District Venue

The Simplest Way to Celebrate

Ankeny residents Joe and Nicki are proud to open and offer their neighbors in the Greater Des Moines Metro area this beautiful 2 story all inclusive Reception Hall located in the heart of Ankeny’s Prairie Trail District. The 350 capacity venue has a vintage feel with modern day technology, stairwell and elevator access to 2nd level Mezzanine, fully stocked bar and plenty of parking. We offer exceptional onsite catering, set up and tear down of events, an awesome and friendly staff and worry free planning. Schedule a tour today and visit with our amazing Event Planners to see how we can help plan your next Day or Evening Events, Meetings, Celebrations and Wedding Receptions.

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Say “I Do” Against the Backdrop of Stunning Outdoor Gardens and a Tropical Conservatory Photo by Brooke Pavel Photography

Greater Des Moines

Botanical Garden 909 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines, Iowa 50309-2897 dmbotanicalgarden.com/events 515.323.6290


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FROM THE PROPOSAL TO THE RECEPTION ...

LET US HOLD YOUR HAND EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. Our Certified Wedding Specialist

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detail and every step of your magical day. When asked if they love the special role they play, the reply is always "I do!".

1250 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines, IA 50266 T 515.267.1500 | marriott.com/DSMWD

Private tasting room and cafe perfect for bridal showers, groom dinners, rehearsal dinners, gift openings, private wine tastings and get-togethers.

Wine. Beer. Coffee. Food. Desserts. Live Music. Wine Classes and Dinners. 209 5th Street, West Des Moines, IA 50265 www.Vino209.com Phone: (515) 255.1209

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Setting

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You’ll Enjoy: Complimentary suite for newlywed couple with breakfast for two Group guestrooms at special rates Professional planning assistance including to-scale diagrams of event

Call today for a personal consultation and a chance to win complimentary reception upgrades!

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Full service and upscale event company locally owned and operated for over thirty years offering fine dining and bar service along with unique design and décor rentals. Central Iowa’s choice for your one-stop event shop. Venues, food, bars, décor and rentals. Put our expertise and experience to work for you.

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500 E Locust Third Floor East Village Des Moines Iowa 515.720.2050 teachoutevents.com

A space that allows creativity and freedom to design an event all your own in the heart of the Historic East Village.

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VENUES & CATERING Let our dream barn make your dream a reality! We are MORE than just a VENUE as our experienced event team will make this once in a lifetime celebration a dream come true!

www.barnes place.com barnes.place.ia@gmail.com 515 360 9589 or 515 360 6188 Call today to schedule a tour!

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Perfect for weddings, rehearsal dinners, showers, conferences & more! Wonderfully affordable.

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Vivian’s is the exclusive caterer for the newly renovated private Lewis Room at the Hotel Kirkwood. It accommodates groups from 25-350 and offers a full range of catering services.

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LINCOLN CLUB CATERING

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700 NE 88th Street Bondurant, IA 50035 located 20 minutes east of Des Moines

John & Heidi Baratta, Owners

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C O UN TRY L A N E LO DG E Wedding & Reception Venue Select 2018 Dates Available

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Minutes from Des Moines Indoor/Outdoor Options Seating for Up to 400 Full Service Bar

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Visit us at: CountryLaneLodgeIowa.com or call 515.336.9939

CATERING: WE OFFER QUALITY FOOD AT REASONABLE PRICES, CONTACT US TODAY FOR YOUR NEXT EVENT! RENTALS: EVENT DECOR, SET UP & TEAR DOWN, LINENS, CHAIR COVERS, BACKDROPS AND SO MUCH MORE! EVERYTHING YOU'LL NEED IN ONE SHOP! 105 2ND ST SE | ALTOONA, IA 50009 515-957-8683 LIMITLESSEVENTSANDCATERING@GMAIL.COM WWW.LIMITLESSEVENTSANDCATERING.COM

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WEDDING EV EN BET T E R From our all-inclusive packages to our dedicated event coordinators, we’ll make sure everything goes smoothly for your special event. 101 E. Locust St., Des Moines, IA 50309 desmoines.embassysuites.com

EMBASSY SUITES OFFERS COMPLIMENTARY COOKED-TO-ORDER BREAKFAST TWO-ROOM SUITES, OPEN-AIR ATRIUMS AND EVENING RECEPTION* FOR ALL RESERVATIONS *Subject to state and local laws. Must be of legal drinking age. ©2016 Hilton Worldwide


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Lena and Ben. They were made for each other. Meeting at the University of Iowa thru a mutual friend – they figured out that they had actually met each other years before at a camping trip. Ben’s best friend is Lena’s cousin. Such a small world, isn’t it? Who knew that their worlds would connect again and they’d be each other’s forever. Ben and Lena were together for a little over 2 years when Ben popped the question although they had talked about getting married long before that. Ben had taken Lena to look at engagement rings so he could get an idea of her style. Then he surprised her in Las Vegas with that exact ring she had picked out! Of course, she said yes. It was meant to be. There wedding ceremony was a gorgeous celebration of their love! With Baqara as the backdrop, Ben and Lena waited to see each other until the ceremony. The day had been cloudy but when the ceremony began the clouds broke a little to let the sun shine down on their vows. A day that will be remembered fondly by many. from Red Door

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Decorating Professional decorators can handle all the duties themselves, from creating your vision to the clean-up. The best part? It’s a major task you won’t have to worry about. If you have people you can rely on, you may want to handle the decorating yourself. It’s important to remember that you may not have much time to get decorations up and ready. Sometimes it’s hard to find the time to get everything as perfect as you deserve, and you may not have much time to tear down once the ceremony is over. If you go this route, try to think simple and look for decorations that can be prepared ahead of time and easily put into place. 151


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Health & Beauty There may never be another time in your life as exciting and exhilarating as the months leading up to your wedding. This may also be one of the most stressful times you experience because there are so many details to think about. Although it’s easy to say “relax” it’s not always easy to do. Now more than ever you need to use common sense to keep the anxiety under control and not spend too much effort worrying. Be realistic...every bride has the highest expectations for her wedding day. You may have dreamed about the “perfect wedding” since you were a little girl. Just don’t get so caught up in the dream that you miss out on the fun of the wedding planning. Keep everything in perspective and don’t sweat the small stuff. Pace yourself...planning should be done over a period of time. In the beginning it’s tempting to try to do everything at once, but stick to your schedule and spread the job out so you don’t over do it. 161


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In September 2016, my life was forever changed. Jason, my best friend and dream come true asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. After a local family dinner, Jason and I walked down to the Fort Worth Water Gardens before calling it a night. Jason proposed, and I was completely shocked, surprised and flooded with happy tears. Just then I noticed off in the distance was my sister, Stephanie DeJong…all the way from Iowa to Texas at 9:00 on a Monday night! There she was…photographing a wonderful moment in our life. On our wedding day there were the obvious butterflies, stressors and wardrobe malfunctions, and quickly became one of our most favorite days. As I walked down the aisle with all our family and closest friends there in support…I got to marry my best friend…and a kiss that is forever documented by my sister (the best photographer I know). Every time I look through my wedding pictures I cry. My sister captured perfectly every second of us on our favorite day.

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Your Wedding Iowa Professionals Absolute Transportation • Allied Travel Chauffeurs of Distinction • Creative Vacations Humble Travel • Lucky Bus • NPI Limousine Rundall • Travel and Transport

Honeymoon & Transportation Old-fashioned romance

No matter where the honeymoon of your dreams is, your vacation of a lifetime is possible when you plan ahead. Do you enjoy taking in museums, watching a breathtaking sunset while resting on a beach, hiking and biking? Think about what you enjoy doing together as you narrow your list of destinations. Airlines and hotels will only make a limited number of reservations, so it is important to make your reservation plans early. This will help you ensure your first destination choice. Consult with a travel agent to coordinate the many logistics of your travel details. You will be busy making extensive plans for the wedding, so delegate these plans to someone who makes a living scheduling vacations every day. Your final wedding celebration is the honeymoon and the beginning of your life together. Plan ahead and ENJOY! 173


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All You Have to Do is Pack Your Bags Planning your wedding can be overwhelming: so much to do, so many decisions to make. Whether you are considering a destination wedding or exotic honeymoon, vow renewal or special anniversary celebration, the agent experts at Allied Travel can help. You should be savoring the moment, not juggling details – leave that to us. There are hundreds of romantic destinations to choose from. How do you know which one is right for you? An all-inclusive resort or boutique hotel? Tranquil beach or action-packed adventure? There are as many options as there are couples. A good travel agent will guide you through the decision-making process, and make recommendations that stay within your budget.

Why should you use a travel agent? Good question! These are just a few of the advantages: • We get you the best combination of destination, resort, price and schedule • All aspects of your trip are handled for you • Every detail is checked and double-checked by agents with decades of travel experience • We provide assistance with schedule changes, delays and cancellations • We can get amenities and upgrades that are not available on the internet

The best part is that we don’t charge you extra for these services! On land and cruise packages, we are paid by our suppliers, not by our clients.

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With over 17 years of experience I get to know my clients and create custom experiences specifically for each couple. Destinations and resorts are not created equally. Just because your friend went there and loved it, doesn’t mean it’s the best option for you! “I was overwhelmed trying to pick a location for my wedding. I told Michaela what I was looking for and she found the perfect resort location in Jamaica. The price was very reasonable and everything was up to our expectations! She made my destination wedding so easy!” —

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A King’s Throne..........................127

Phone 515-288-5464

Website www.akingsthrone.com

A Special Event DJ ....................72,100 515-971-5482

www.aspecialeventdj.com

Absolute Transportation ............179

800-712-8518

www.absolutetransportation.org

Adventureland Resort ................140

515-265-7321

www.adventureland-inn.com

Affinity Bridals............................23

515-961-2105

www.affinitybridals.com

Allied Travel ...........................174, 175 and Postcard 515-270-7070 www.alliedtravel.com Amour.......................................... 14

515-244-0928

www.amour-is-love.com

Antheia ......................................38, 39

515-868-1788

www.theflowergalleria.com

Art Terrarium .............................44

515-346-4155

www.artterrarium.com

Artisan Floral & Events......................... 34, 35, 48 515-240-6662

www.artisanfloralandevents.com

Baratta’s ......................................123

515-281-4658

www.catering.barattas.com

Barnes’ Place ..............................134

515-360-9589

www.barnes-place.com

BCP Weddings ............................70,71

515-986-3300

www.bcpwedding.com

Bed Bath & Beyond..................67

www.bedbathandbeyond.com

Bella Flora Event Design ........ 45, 155 515-554-6964

www.bellafloraeventdesign.com

Beyond Elegance........................157

877-353-4623

www.beyondelegance.com

Black Cap Photography ............91

515-490-8669

www.blackcapphotography.com

Blind Photography.....................82, 83

515-865-0655

www.blind-photography.com

Bliss Bridal and Formalwear ....24

641-201-1032

www.blissformalwear.com

Blonde Blur Designs - Make-up Artist 164,167 515-240-7048 blondeblurdesigns@aol.com

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Blue Sky 515 .............................51

515-975-3131

Boesen the Florist .....................37

515-244-ROSE

www.boesen.com


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Phone

Website

Brick Street Market & Cafe......57

515-967-2220

www.thebrickstreetmarket.com

Bridal & Prom Connection.......16, 17

515-964-LOVE

www.bridalconnectiondsm.com

Bridal Boutique..........................Inside Front Cover 515-244-2266 Bridal Elegance ..........................27

515-276-1374

Capture Life Portraits................87

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bridalboutiquedm.com

www.bridalelegancedsm.com www.capturelifeportraits.com

Carper Vineyard & Winery ........133

515-491-2367

www.carperwinery.com

Catering DSM..............................125

515-508-0829

www.cateringdsm.com

Chauffeurs of Distinction ..........177

515-993-1996

www.chauffeursofdistinction.com

Christiani’s VIP Catering.............131

515-287-3169

www.christianiscatering.com

Clover Barn @ Irishman Acres 140

515-782-3689

www.irishmanacres.com

Complete Wedding Des Moines 88

515-266-1355

www.completeweddingdesmoines.com

Country Lane Lodge..................142

515-336-9939

www.countrylanelodgeiowa.com

Creative Vacations ...................... 178

515-963-4458

www.creativevacations.com

Decades Event Center ...............134

515-255-3238

www.thepickerknows.com/decades

DeJong Photography..................93

515-975-4650

www.DeJongphotography.com

District Venue..............................120

515-490-6655

www.districtvenueankeny.com

DJ Lonumn .................................75

515-518-0580

www.djlonumn.com

Doherty’s Floral Studio .............42,43

515-288-6557

www,dohertysflowers.com

Dornink .......................................25

515-255-7528

www.dornink.com

Embassy Suites...........................143

www.desmoines.embassysuites.com

Emily Harney - Spray Tan........164

515-240-7048

Fareway Bakery .........................57

515-274-9503

www.fareway.com

Fiamma D’Amore .......................66

515-979-6514

www.glassweddingceremony.com

Forté Banquet & Conf. Center .128

515--333--5057

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Gateway Market Catering .........137

515-422-5108

www.gatewaymarket.com

Get Fit Grill................................134

515-255-6976

getfit-grill.com

Glorious Desserts .......................54, 55, 515-279-4944

www.gloriousdesserts.com

Greater DM Botanical Garden .122

515-323-6290

www.dmbotanicalgarden.com/events

Hilton Garden Inn: Urbandale..130

515-270-8890

www.desmoinesurbandale.gardeninn.com

Holiday Inn Des Moines Northwest 126 515-278-4755

desmoinesiowaweddings.com

Hotel Grinnell.............................121

www.hotelgrinnell.com

Humble Travel ............................182

515-421-4101

www.humbletravel.com

Iowa Cubs Club..........................121

515-280-2650

www.principalparkevents.com

Iowa Photo Booth .....................101

877-353-4623

www.iowaphotobooth.com

Iowa State Fairgrounds .............114

515-262-3111 ext. 282 www.iowastatefairgrounds.org

It Works! by Sadie.....................162

515-783-4581

www.unwrapanewreality.com

Jim’s Johns ..................................126

515-288-0924

www.jimsjohnsinc.com

Katie McDonald Photography...89

515-422-3688

www.katiemcdonaldphotography.com

Keller Brick Barn.......................129

515-708-6595

www.kellerbrickbarn.com

Kintzer Video...............................105

515-205-0782

www.kintzervideo.com

Knotty Pine Venue .....................132

515-681-8901

www.knottypinevenue.com

Limitless Events and Catering..142

515-957-8683

www.limitlesseventsandcatering.com

Lincoln Club Catering................140

712-210-6311

www.thelincolnclubglidden.com

Lucky Bus ...................................182

515-207-7288

www.luckybus.com

Maggie Gulling Photography ....92

www.maggiegphoto.com

Mara ............................................20

641-228-3301

www.marabrides.com

Mariott West Des Moines ..........124

515-267-1500

www.marriott.com/dsmwd

Marriott Des Moines Downtown 129 Mary Kay Cosmetics ..................162 188

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MDL Events.................................86

Phone 641-203-3314

Men’s Wearhouse ........................18

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Website www.mdlevents.com www.menswearhouse.com/tuxedo

Milroy’s Tuxedos .........................12, 13

515-270-2560

www.milroystuxedos.com

Mimi’s Sweet Cakes and Bakes 57

515-991-1016

www.mimissweetcakesnbakes.com

Modern Dress .............................11

515-432-7433

www.modern-dress.com

Nobbies .......................................156

515-457-7100

www.nobbiesparties.com

NPI Limousine............................182

515-864-1515

www.npilimoservice.com

One Source Event Rentals ........152

515-953-2500

www.onesourceevents.com

Perry Bridal ................................15

515--274--9721

www.perrybridalboutique.com

Red Door Photo & Design 81 , Back Cover 515-639-0733 www.reddoorphoto.net Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel

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515-244-2151 renaissancedesmoines.com

Rolling Taps beer Coe ...............132

515-418-6790

www.rollingtaps.com

Rundall Real Estate Group.......182

515-346-6086

www.rundallgroup.com

Salon Spa W ...............................163

515-280-5358

www.salonspaw.com

Schaffer’s......................................21

515-288-0356

www.schaffers.com

Select Entertainment .................72

515-943-2638

www.selectentertainmentiowa.com

Serenity Couture ........................165

www.serenitycouture.com

Sheraton Hotel ...........................115

515-223-1800

www.sheraton.com/westdesmoines

Signature Nails & Spa...............164

515-331-9025

www.signaturenailsandspaiowa.com

Silverwings Productions.............106

515-285-9800

www.movingvideo.com

Skeffington’s Formal Wear.........28, 29

515-283-0453

www.skeffingtons.com

Someone Borrowed....................49

515-401-2807

www.somoneborrowed.org

Something Chic Floral ...............36

515-556-0835

www.somethingchicfloral.com

Stacey’s ........................................26

515-226-9336

www.staceys.com

Stella & Dot ...............................66

gracevancleave.com 189


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Stuart Alexander Productions...153

515-953-2500

www.stuartalexanderproductions.com

Sunshyne Photography ..............86,88

515-975-1128

www.sunshynephoto.com

Teachout Events .........................133

515-720-2050

www.teachoutevents.com

The Conservatory Events & Art 136

515-599-7787

www.theconservatoryev.com

The Snacks..................................74

515-321-9812

snackswedding@gmail.com

The Tangerine Food Company-Mainframe Studios 118,119

515-720-7510 www.tangerinefoodco.com

The Temple for Performing Arts 125

templeforperformingarts.com

515-508-0829

The World Food Prize ...............116, 117 515-245-3735

www.worldfoodprize.org/weddings

Todd Hugen Photography.........90

515-401-9819

www.toddhugenphotography.com

Transformations by Kerri ..........14

515-240-6523

www.transformationsbykerri.com

Travel and Transport .................180, 181 515-224-7619

www.travelandtransport.com/vacations

Traveling Photo Booth ..............99

515-979-5925

www.thetravelingphotobooth.com

Trixies Salon ...............................167

515-287-4220

www.trixiesalon.com

UPS Store....................................51

515-987-7424

store5625@upsstore.com

Vino 209.....................................124

515-255-1209

www.vino209.com

Violinist Michelle Bell ................75

515-201-6581

www.fiddlechic.com

Vivian’s.........................................136

515-282-8936

www.viviansdm.com

Weddings By Design and The Tux Shop 19 515-222-9662 www.weddingsbydesigndm.com White Oak Chateau ..................141

515-367-7933

www.whiteoakchateau.com

White Willow Events .................49

515-650-3393

www.whitewilloweventsia.com

WOW Weddings .........................154

712-210-7198

www.wowweddingscarroll.com

Younkers......................................65

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Iowa Marriage Licenses

What you need to know

Congratulations on your engagement and upcoming wedding in Iowa! To make sure you understand the marriage laws and requirements before setting your wedding date, we recommend verifying information with the Recorder’s office. Here are some important details you should know: • You do not have to be a resident of Iowa. Picture identification is required. You also need to provide Social Security information. • Iowa has a three (3) business day waiting period. PLEASE NOTE:

• The fee for a marriage license in Iowa is $35+ and cash only. The fee and acceptance of checks or credit cards varies from county to county. • You need to have one witness (over 18 years of age) with you when you apply for the license. • No other tests are required in Iowa for a marriage license. • You can use any ordained or licensed clergymen or justices of the peace. • An Iowa marriage license application expires after 6 months if you don’t use it.

State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice. It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.

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Plan your central Iowa wedding with wedding professionals featured in our planning guide and on our website yourweddingiowa.com!