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Bridal Guide • 1C
2012 Multi-million dollar weddings
Though it’s difficult to call it official, the 2004 wedding
of Vanisha Mittal, daughter of steel tycoon Lakshmi Mit-
tal, is considered the most expensive wedding in history.
With a final tab of $60 million, the wedding included invi-
tations mailed in silver boxes, rooms at a five-star Paris
hotel and performances by pop singer Kylie Minogue.
Americans might recall a more recent and extravagant
wedding, that of former first daughter Chelsea Clinton,
whose 2010 wedding reportedly cost between $3 to 5 mil-
lion. A similar price tag was given to Beatles legend Paul
McCartney in 2002 when he married former model Heath-
er Mills. Unfortunately, that cost did not guarantee marital
bliss, as the couple separated in 2006, eventually divorc-
ing in 2008.
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latest Brides they visit a bridal salon and are able to try on gowns says Amber Chatelain,
American for the first time. There are certain tips that can make lead faculty for the Fash-
Wedding Study the day go much more smoothly and potentially reduce ion & Retail Management
prepared with a passion for great food
shows the average cost of the amount of time it may take to find the perfect gown. program at The Art Insti-
a wedding in 2010 was • Wear a supportive, well constructed strapless bra or tute of Tennessee - Nash-
poured with a professional touch
$26,501, a decrease of 5 corset in your correct size. If you will be wearing a pet- ville, a branch of The Art
percent from 2009, wed- ticoat, also have the right size available. Institute of Atlanta.
dings continue to be big • Go without face makeup when trying on gowns so Another interesting expertly overseen for effortless
business. But many cou- they remain clean. new trend in bridal wear
ples are opting to cut the • Try to wear your hair similar to the style you have is short gowns, especially
guest list instead of big for brides choosing des- made picture-perfect for you
and your guests
in mind for your wedding.
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$1,289 in 2010, a 20 per- • It’s best to limit the number of people with whom style. Some offer sophisti-
cent increase over 2009, you shop to 1 or 2 trusted friends or family members. cated laces, chic feathers
according to the study. An entourage can be confusing. or multilayered organza
This is no surprise to the • It’s always better to order a slightly larger gown and mini-skirts.
millions who were glued leave room for alterations if you are between sizes. Soft sleeves are enjoy-
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wedding of Lady Diana vier Kennedy.” ers opt to wear vibrant in florals and tulle, mod-
to Prince Charles. Many While not for every- hues of lavender, green See ROYAL page 2C
brides are now emulat- one, the use of color in and deep pink. Less bold
ing the elegant lace gown wedding gowns has been brides are more likely to
worn by Catherine Mid- growing in popularity. use hints of accent color
dleton, now the Duchess Rich and vibrant, or more on sashes, bows, embroi-
of Cambridge. subdued, color in bridal dery, hems, necklines or
wear is everywhere. Some beading. “The bride who
In addition to beauti-
ful lace, the newest trends brides choose soft pas- chooses to add color to
in wedding gowns include
color, soft sleeves, short
hemlines and eco-friendly
Whether it is Chantilly,
Alencon, duchesse, gui-
pure, or ribbon, lace has
become one of the hottest
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By Stevi Lee
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ROYAL one that will never go out
of style is a gown that fits
• Continued from 1C
well, is figure flattering
ern silhouettes using vin- and makes the bride feel
tage elements, sequin like she’s the most beau-
fringe and flutter sleeves, tiful woman in the world
and romantic off-the- on her big day.
shoulder versions. “The To learn more about
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mirrors today’s gener-
ity for prospective brides
al fashion trends, where
planning their big day.
designers are highlighting
the elegance and beauty
of the female form in very
soft ways,” says Char-
lene Parsons, who heads
the fashion programs at
Miami International Uni-
versity of Art & Design.
Bridesmaids’ gowns can be have also increased in
popularity. “There are
now numerous eco-friend-
ly designers whose sole
flattering for all your friends business is to create wed-
ding dresses made with
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From simple to elegant and
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Bridesmaids are an important part for all. And color scheme is integral depending on the season. For exam- niques that are in harmo- with the ideas that will ensure
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opt to have a handful of close friends Every well-planned wedding car- seem wintry during a summer wed- Crystal Shamblee, depart- picture-perfect.
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highlights a specific inter- year should send save-the- a Vegas wedding. hint at the theme, and then
est or hobby or something date cards well in advance. • TV show: Some cou- special activities can fur-
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couples who want to tie the strip. In addition, an Elvis with horse-drawn carriage
Belmont offering couples a
chance to say ‘I do’ Feb. 14
Many brides already
know about the great
value of having their wed-
elopement wedding cere-
monies for couples all day,
even during regular tour
of the mansion’s Grand
Salon or, weather permit-
ting, outside in one of the Bridal Dos
ding at the historic and hours, on Valentine’s Day, mansion’s lovely gazebos.
elegant Belmont Mansion. without appointment. In The Grand Salon will be
In an effort to reach out to addition to wedding cer- set with candelabras, can-
a whole new group of cou- emonies, the mansion will dles and plant stands. Cou-
ples, Belmont Mansion’s also host vow renewals for ples should arrive dressed Getting married? Don’t leave your hair in the
Director of Weddings & married couples who want for their ceremony. The
Rentals, Rev. Brandon to celebrate their success- grand piano in the Grand
hands of just anybody. We’ll give you and your
Rich, is opening up the ful marriages. The first Salon will be available for bridal party the picture-perfect look for your
mansion for a day of walk- Valentine’s event was a ceremonies that take place wedding day. Whether you want your hair up,
in weddings on Valentine’s great success with a total before or after museum down, curly or straight, we’ll create the hairstyle
Day 2012. Normally, the of eight couples getting tours, but not during the
mansion only allows tradi- married at the mansion. hours of 10 a.m. until 4 to compliment you and your dress.
tional weddings and other Rich will provide stan- p.m. Couples are free to Plus we offer facials, manicures, pedicures,
rental events to be hosted dard wedding ceremony arrive without a reserva- massage therapy and more!
on the weekends after 4 vows for both religious tion and get married or
p.m. when the mansion’s and non-religious wedding renew their vows between
daily museum tours con- and vow renewal ceremo- the hours of 7 a.m. and
(931) 484-9765 724 Lantana Rd.
clude. For only the second nies. Couples will have the midnight.
year in its history, Bel- option to have their cer- See ‘i dO’ page 3C
mont Mansion will host emony in the bay window
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Bridal Guide • 3C
Put your best face forward
the hours of 4 p.m. and
midnight, with the last cer-
• Continued from 2C emony available to start at
Two packages will be 11:30 p.m. Rev. Rich will
Get engagement photos you’ll cherish forever available. For couples
arriving between 7 a.m.
provide his basic ceremo-
ny options and officiating
Newly engaged couples choose will have trouble coaxing the shots and 11:45 p.m., the Valen- services for these ceremo-
to capture the occasion in pho- that will produce the best results. tine’s Day Getaway Cer- nies. Couples do not need
tos that they can cherish. Often, He or she should also be a profes- emony will include can- a reservation for this cer-
one of these photos is used as sional and have some experience dles, candelabras and a emony option, but are wel-
an announcement to family and working with posing couples. This floral arrangement in the come to contact Rev. Rich
friends and might even be pub- way the photos don’t look stiff or bay window of the Grand in advance if they want to
lished in the newspaper. contrived. Here are some other tips Salon along with officiat- reserve a preferred time or
Engagement photos may be part that can lead to great photos. ing services and a witness, if they want to personal-
of a package negotiated with the • Find a photographer who fits if needed. Weather permit- ize their vows. Photogra-
photographer who will be cover- your style. If you’re a quirky cou- ting, these ceremonies will phy options are available
ing the wedding day. Some couples ple, go with a quirky photographer. also be allowed outside on-site from Ladak Pro-
enlist the help of a friend or a bud- If you’re reserved and a follow-the- in one of the mansion’s ductions and are charged
ding photographer to capture an book type of couple, then select gazebos. Five guests may in addition to the man-
engagement shot. The average cost a more traditional photographer. accompany the couple, sion fee.
of engagement photos can range Some photographers out there for- but no seating is provided. For more information
from $200 to $500. Some cou- get that this is your moment and Photography options are on these or other wed-
ples opt to use a photographer who want to impart their idea of what available on-site and have ding options provided by
might specialize in other areas (i.e. you want. Make sure he or she an additional charge. Rich Events at Belmont
fashion models) but may want to takes your ideas into consideration. Ladak Productions and Mansion or in other ven-
break into the wedding biz because Engagement photos don’t have to • Select one who is open to dif- are charged in addition to ues, please visit www.
of how lucrative it can be. Costs be posed portraits. Experiment ferent shoot locations and brain- the $200.00 mansion fee. RichEvents.org or contact
may be negotiated as a result. with looks that fit your personali- storming. Some of the best photos The Valentine’s Day Rev. Brandon Rich at (615)
When shopping around for a pho- ties for memorable photos. occur in natural settings, where Friends & Family Cere- 460-6589.
tographer, there are certain things ing a photographer you can relate things aren’t entirely planned. If a mony will be available for
couples should keep in mind. The to. If you don’t feel a connection photographer simply works out of couples who want a longer
first and most important is select- with the photographer, he or she ceremony with seating for
See PHOTOS page 4C
up to twenty friends and
Cut costs by doing it yourself
family. This option pro-
vides a 30-minute wedding
or vow renewal ceremony know!
and photo session between
Those thinking about
tying the knot in the months
to come may be discour-
Get creative with your invitations Engagement & Bridal
aged by how expensive wed- Cost-conscious couples today seek nuptials. Photography
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tle ingenuity and a hands-on es on their weddings. Do-it-yourself it comes to making invitations oneself. Cathy Largent - Owner
approach, couples can have weddings have grown in popularity, Couples can be as hands-on or hands-
a wedding that is inexpen- and creating personalized wedding off as they like. Here are some choices
sive and memorable at the invitations is one way to save money to consider.
same time. and dream up something special. • Design it yourself, but hire a print-
According to CostofWed- Wedding invitations can range in er. Couples can visit websites that
ding.com, on average, U.S. prices depending on the service used. enable them to choose paper type, 931-787-9358
couples spend $26,542 for Many brick-and-mortar printing com- ink color, a certain template, word- 140 North Main Street - Located inside The Shanks
their weddings. Wedding- panies have gone by the wayside, and ing, color scheme, embellishments, Center for the Arts, across from The Depot
bells magazine states that the online printing sources have replaced dye-cutting and many other differ-
average cost for a wedding them. The reduced overhead means ent options. Then the couple sits back
akes & C
’s CSpecializing onfection
in Canada is $23,330, up that many online retailers can produce and waits for the invites to come in the
from $20,129 in 2010. These wedding invitations at a lower cost mail where they are put together before
amounts do not include the
cost for an engagement ring
or wedding bands. With
than in years past. That doesn’t mean
they are cheap, however. Couples can
expect to pay anywhere from $150 to
being sent out. These may be the most
expensive of the DIY invites because a
printer is still doing much of the work.
such a high price tag, some $500 on invitations depending on style • Use wedding invitation kits. Many
couples may wonder if they and quantity, according to estimates stationery shops, craft stores and office Wedding &
can afford their dream wed-
ding or if there are ways to
from many printing company Web
sites. Expect to pay around $90 (U.S.)
supply retailers offer all-in-one kits
that can be purchased. These feature
cut costs. Having a back- for postage if mailing 100 standard a standard design with the accoutre- Cakes
yard, DIY wedding can be invitations that do not require extra ments of that particular design. Most
the answer. postage and include stamped response will come with envelopes and small Like Us On
Although some may envi- cards. response cards. The couple simply uses Facebook For A
sion a backyard wedding In order to avoid overpaying for the template provided to create text on
with picnic benches and Discount!
wedding invitations, or simply to cre- a personal computer and then the invite
Dad at the grill, it can be ate a personalized invitation, many can be run through a home printer.
a much classier affair than couples are opting to go the do-it-your- • Mix and match components. Cou-
Call Barbara at
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izing that the money they more common thanks to the popular- on can purchase card stock and enve- If no answer leave message
would normally spend on a ity of scrapbooking and papercrafting. lopes separately and design their own
big wedding at an outside Although people may have different invitations according to color scheme.
venue can be put to better standards in terms of quality for their Clip art included with some word pro-
use, either through buying a invitations, it’s important to realize the cessing or design software can embel-
new home or fixing up one invitation is the first thing guests often lish invites that are then printed on
they may already own. Fur-
see concerning the wedding, and they
thermore, for couples who See CREATiVE page 4A
will help set the tone of the upcoming
are picky about details, hav-
ing a DIY event ensures that
they can control the details
and have them as personal as
they would like.
ponents can be bought and
stored. Then items can be
assembled at leisure. Wed-
Set up the tables and
chairs to finalize place-
cards in wedding invites.
The postage is less, and you
don’t have to spend money
Getting Started ding stationery is one thing ment the day before. Fig- on an extra envelope.
A DIY wedding is one that will have to be bought ure out where the ceremo- Be sure to check with
that will take much more well in advance so there will ny will take place. A small your town if you need a per-
work than simply hiring ven- be time enough to printout arbor can mark the area and mit or variance for having You’ll look your absolute
dors and leaving the details save-the-dates, invitations make a nice photo backdrop. so many cars parked by the
and response cards, as well Dress the tables with linens house in the event of a back- best on your big day when
to them. But the money saved
with sweat equity can be as mail them. and settings the morning of yard wedding. Otherwise you rent your tux from us.
An informal wedding the wedding. you could be facing a fine.
substantial. A well-planned
may mean couples can get One splurge couples may Many different foods can
We feature a large
wedding is the best start.
Grab a notebook and start simple attire. Buying off the want to make is hiring a be cooked in advance and selection of styles from
making lists of all the things rack may mean a smaller waitstaff to help set up food frozen instead of hiring a today’s top designers, so
price tag for gowns. Gentle- service areas, serve as bar- catering service.
you will need:
man may be able to fare with tenders and clear away dish- Consider favors that also we have something for
tables and chairs sportcoats and slacks. Pur- es and other messes. This double as table centerpieces. every guy, whether you
linens chase wardrobe essentials way the bride and groom Bouquets can easily be want modern flair or
food several months in advance can mingle with guests. made with store-bought
silverware and glassware to be sure there will be time flowers, some floral tape classic charm.
invitations for alterations, if necessary. Other Tips and and decorative ribbon. Clearance Prices on Wedding Gowns, Prom,
Enlist the help of family Restrict the bar to wine
and friends to get many of
Tricks and beer, and you’ll save
Bridesmaid and Mother of the Bride Dresses.
music Here are some other ways We Also Carry a Good Selection of Shoes.
officiant the tasks completed. Upon money on expensive liquors.
to save money on DIY wed-
music asking, many couples find A DIY wedding can be
centerpieces and other decor there are members of the a fun, memorable event that
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Fruit is less expensive
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Work in Advance can officiate the vows. Hav-
Many items necessary for ing these people on board
a wedding can be bought means a great reduction in
in advance. Some couples costs.
find that purchasing low-cost
items at discount stores turns
out to be less expensive than Readying the Venue
renting. For example, inex- Because couples will be
pensive glasses and silver- doing the work themselves,
ware can be bought at dol- it’s best to start several days
lar stores or chains like Ikea. in advance of the wedding
Later on these items can be (weather permitting). Be
kept, sold or even donated to sure the grounds are well HOME DECOR
shelters. groomed and landscaped.
Tablecloths don’t have to Ensure there are no tripping TABLE TOP
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Tempt tastebuds with
edible wedding favors
Do you have a shelf or
cabinet that’s filled to the
brim with wedding favors
such as engraved ice cream
scoopers, cake servers,
cheese spreaders or tea light
candle holders? If you do,
you’re not alone. As cou-
ples pore over guest favor
options, many select trinkets
or knickknacks that, while
thoughtful, end up collect-
ing dust in someone’s home.
Edible gifts also can be
thoughtful — and flavorful!
Guests may look forward
to an edible favor because
Couples who have stayed married for decades often put each other first and share it’s a memento of the spe-
a mutual respect. cial occasion and it won’t
Secrets to a long
become a permanent fix-
ture in their homes. There
are many edible favors from Edible wedding favors may include decorative cook-
which to choose. They can ie baskets featuring gourmet cookies from a favorite
and happy marriage
also be customized accord-
ing to the theme of the wed- ferent confections. Autumn type containers are available
ding. weddings could have Hal- from craft stores and can be
Chocolate loween-inspired candies or the perfect way for guests to
It’s difficult to find an those in fall hues. It’s easy to make that candy portable.
Some might say a long pondering marriage or romance. It’s easily said edible favor more universal- follow a color theme when Other edibles
celebrity marriage is one have already tied the knot, but not so easily done. Too ly beloved than chocolate. you have a bevy of differ- From cupcakes to maple
that endures the duration consider the following often married couples for- Rich and inviting, choco- ent candies at your disposal. syrup to personalized bot-
of the newly betrothed’s advice to make a marriage get what it was like to date late has long been given as Many discount stores sell tles of barbecue sauce, cou-
trip down the aisle. We’ve endure for the long haul. when all of their attention a symbol of love and devo- inexpensive jars and candy ples have so many options
seen Britney Spears dis- • There’s no such thing was spent on each other tion. Chocolate candies and dishes to house the candy. for guest favors at their dis-
solve a marriage after as the perfect marriage. instead of the house, kids, baked goods can work well Designer Chinese takeout- posal.
55 hours and Kim Kar- Some couples create an work, etc. Today there for wedding favors, provid-
dashian call it quits after
72 days. It seems even
image of what they think
marriage is supposed to
seems to be even more
distractions, from e-mails
ed the favors are refrigerated Nails For You and
money can’t buy matrimo- be, and that image that to texts to pressure and
to avoid melting.
Ideas for chocolate Your Wedding Party
nial happiness. often goes “poof” once obligations at the office. favors include individual-
But some couples have reality sets in. Even soul- Happy couples find the
Get your nails and toes
ly packaged truffles, gour-
been together for 50, 60 mates are bound to frus- time to spend quality time met brownie bites, candy-
ready for the big day.
years and say they’re still trate or irritate one anoth- with their spouses — even covered chocolates with an BOOK YOUR BRIDAL
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were the day they spoke • Couples should of alone time a day. ered apples, chocolate coins,
their “I dos.” What do express their frustrations. • Put “we” first. Many and other similar creations.
they know that others do Bottling up frustrations people operate on a “me”
According to clini-
can eat at a person and
eventually destroy a mar-
mentality. When you’re
part of a couple, give more
Chocolate molded designs
(much like those chocolate
Easter bunnies) are anoth-
cal psychologist and rela- riage. Talking about the to your spouse than you er idea.
Your Wedding Gown
tionship guru Dr. Phil things that are bother- take. If he or she is doing Cookies
McGraw, “We all need to ing you with your part- the same, you’re working Sweet cookies also make
be flexible and to com- ner opens up a discussion collectively for the benefit good edible favors. But-
promise in marriage, but
you’ve got to be true to
and can help you work
of the marriage instead of
ter cookies are a favorite
because they are sturdy
Preserve The Memories
your core traits and char- • Divorce should not be • Respect each other. enough to cut into different
acteristics, what I call seen as a viable option. Often couples having shapes. Professionally iced, It’s the most important day of
your authentic self.” Some Couples who want to bail troubles realize they treat these cookies can be a mas-
couples enter a relation- on the marriage at every strangers better than they terpiece to behold. Some
your life, and you want to
ship projecting a perso- turn could be direct- treat each other. Would couples opt for customized make sure that you have your
na they believe the other ing their energy toward you use the insults or fortune cookies that express
person wants — one that divorce as the only solu- unflattering terms that personalized sentiments to bridal gown properly cleaned
really isn’t what they’re tion instead of discover- you sometimes throw at guests. and preserved to last for years
all about. This could be a ing ways to remove the your spouse with a com- Make-your-own
woman trying to fill the cause of strife. Divorce plete stranger? Probably Sometimes it’s less to come.
role of her husband’s nur- can sometimes be the easy not. Good marriages are expensive to give guests kits
turing mom or a guy play- way out when you think based on a foundation of
ing the protector to his about the work that goes respect and love. It’s easy
that they can take home to You take care of the
create their own edible trea-
wife. In reality, marriage into keeping a marriage to lose feelings of love if sures. Options abound and other memories,
is more of a partnership, working. Experts say that the respect is gone.
and truth and trust are there are a few issues, like Couples can realize
can include everything from let us take care
personalized packets of hot
often at the basis of good adultery, abuse and drug/ that there are some thorns chocolate to tea bags. Other of this one.
marriages. alcohol addiction, that that come with the roses couples choose among
There are many other may be reasonable cata- of marriage, and staying mixes for making cookies
“secrets” that marriage lysts for divorce if per- happy together does take or cakes.
experts will offer to cou- sonal safety and sanity is work for it to all be worth Candies
ples seeking the magic
formula. Whether you’re
• Make time for
it. It has become popular to
have a self-serve candy bar SUNSHINE
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at many weddings. Guests
are invited to step up to
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your minds because they
portrait shots. But some
fun poses, such as run-
tos. Avoid clothing that is
too trendy or busy, which
Engagement and Wedding
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small mistakes in the
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