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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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                                     Tips for tyring on gowns
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                                                                                               ward and confident - it’s
            lthough the             Many brides-to-be look forward to the day when             not for the faint of heart,”
            latest Brides        they visit a bridal salon and are able to try on gowns        says Amber Chatelain,
                                                                                                                                                                       EVERY BITE
            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
                                                                                                                                                                          EVERY SIP
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
                                                                                                                                                                 EVERY MOMENT
$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
                                                                                                                                                                EVERY MEMORY
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.
                                                                                                                                                        CALL TODAY AND LET US
ticket items like wedding           • Note that the size of the wedding gown you will          tination and beach wed-
                                                                                                                                                           HOST YOUR SHOWER,
gowns.                           wear is typically one to two sizes larger than your day-      dings. While they may
                                                                                                                                                         REHEARSAL DINNER OR
   In fact, the aver-            to-day clothes. Proper measurements can be matched to         be short in length, these
                                                                                                                                                     SMALL WEDDING RECEPTION!
age wedding gown cost            designers’ size charts.                                       dresses are not short on
$1,289 in 2010, a 20 per-           • It’s best to limit the number of people with whom        style. Some offer sophisti-

                                                                                                                                                The Brass
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-
to their television sets                                                                       ing a comeback. Design-

                                                                                                                                                Located at Exit 322 on I-40
this past April during the                                                                     ers have debuted soft,
most talked about wed-         reminiscent of Grace             tel colors, such as blush,     romantic sleeves, includ-
                                                                                                                                                In the Chestnut Hill Winery Building
ding since the 1981 royal      Kelly and Jacqueline Bou-        rose or skin-tone. Oth-        ing traditional cap sleeves
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

                                                                                                                                           For Your
   In addition to beauti-
ful lace, the newest trends    brides choose soft pas-          chooses to add color to
in wedding gowns include

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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
                                                                                                                                          Wedding Gowns
trends this year. “Design-
ers at all price points have
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                                                  Wedding Gifts
debuted collections fea-
turing full frothy skirts,                       Bridal Jewelry                                                                           Tuxedo Rentals
wildflowers and lace used
in both traditional and
                                             Bridal Party Accessories                                                                     Bridesmaids &
modern ways,” says Kate
Campbell, department
                                              Floral Arrangements
                                                  By Stevi Lee
                                                                                                                                         Mother of the Bride
chair of Fashion & Retail
Management at The Art
Institute of Tampa, a
branch of Miami Interna-
tional University of Art &
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2C • Bridal Guide                                                                                                            • Tuesday, January 31, 2012

                                                                                                                                  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
     Choosing a gown that
                                                                                                                                  softness and elegance of       The Art Institutes visit
  flatters bridesmaids is a
                                                                                                                                  the sleeves in bridal wear
    significant responsibil-
                                                                                                                                  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.
                                                                                                                                     Eco-friendly options

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
                                                                                                                                  earth-friendly fabrics and
                                                                                                                                  materials, using tech-
                                                                                                                                                                     From simple to elegant and
                                                                                                                                                                  everything in between, we’re here
   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
of the wedding party, and most brides      in the choice of gown.                     ple, an evergreen or deep blue may          ny with the earth,” says         your wedding arrangements are
opt to have a handful of close friends        Every well-planned wedding car-         seem wintry during a summer wed-            Crystal Shamblee, depart-                picture-perfect.
and family members play a special          ries a color scheme throughout. This       ding. Similarly, russet or brown may        ment chair of Fashion            Book Your 2012 Wedding
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role in the wedding. Choosing a gown       includes the color a bride selects for     work for the autumn but not for a                                                Away Bouquet
                                                                                                                                  tute of Philadelphia. Sec-
and a color that will flatter all of the
bridesmaids typically takes a little
                                           her bridesmaids to wear. But not
                                           every color accentuates everyone’s
                                                                                      spring wedding. Many brides gravi-
                                                                                      tate toward mid-level blues, greens,        ondhand and vintage wed-         Peavine Floral
work.                                      features. Therefore, some experimen-       pinks and purples for their weddings,       ding dresses are another
   An overwhelming majority of cou-        tation might be necessary to find a        simply because those colors tran-           eco-friendly choice.                  3762 Peavine Road
                                                                                                                                     Whatever fashion                       Crossville
ples choose to have a formal wedding.      color that is flattering to all and fits   scend the seasons.                                                         
The average number of bridesmaids          with the color scheme.                        After colors are worked out, the         trends a bride chooses,        

for these formal weddings is four.            Depending on hair color and skin        style of the gown deserves consid-
Considering around two million wed-        shade, there are many flattering hues      eration. Because not every brides-
                                                                                                                                    Plenty of room for groups of all sizes up to 80 people.
dings take place in North America          available for gowns. When making           maid has the same physical attributes,
                                                                                                                                       Stage area and sound system with DJ for music,
every year, that’s a lot of bridesmaids    this decision, consider bridesmaids’       many brides are now open to select-
                                                                                                                                            nightclub atmosphere with dance floor.
for whom gowns and other attire must       ethnicity and skin tone.                   ing a color and length and allowing
                                                                                                                                           MAKE “OUR” PLACE “YOUR” PLACE!
be planned.                                African-American:                          the bridesmaid herself to choose the
   Many bridesmaids worry about the           Asian and olive-skinned women:          exact style. This way someone who             RENT A ROOM WITH CHARACTER,
gowns they will wear come the big          Those with a slight yellow tone to         is busty won’t feel uncomfortable in          NOT JUST A BARE SQUARE BOX!
day. Horrible bridesmaid dresses have      their skin will look good in many          strapless, and someone who is thin
been the butt of jokes for years, and
many people have their own stories
                                           colors, including red, navy, peach,
                                           and fuchsia. However, avoid colors
                                                                                      won’t be overwhelmed by a lot of ruf-
                                                                                      fles. The intent is to have bridesmaids
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of garish gowns they’ve been asked                                                    feel beautiful and comfortable, and
to don for a wedding. Some have said
                                           in light yellow, aqua, gray, taupe, or
                                                                                      different styles can help achieve this.
                                           mint, which may make the brides-                                                                
that brides intentionally choose ugly      maid look washed out.                         Making the effort to choose a
gowns for their bridesmaids to ensure                                                 gown color and style that is flattering
                                           Fair skin:

they’re not outshined come the wed-                                                   to all in the bridal party will help the
ding day. Although this may be the            Once a color is chosen, brides also
                                                                                      ladies feel they are truly a special part
case for some, most brides aspire to       need to consider the season. Cer-
                                                                                      of the wedding.
select gowns that will be flattering       tain colors may look out of place

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wedding to be memora-                                                                             This is what makes Dis-
ble. The goal of planning
a wedding is to create an
                                                                                                  ney properties as well as
                                                                                                  the various castles around
                                                                                                                                           four words, two people,
experience that everyone
will remember for years to
                                                                                                  the world popular back-
                                                                                                  drops for wedding events.
                                                                                                                                              one perfect ring
come. For some couples, a                                                                         Those planning a fairytale
theme wedding is the best                                                                         wedding need only look to
way to accomplish just that.                                                                      favorite stories or movies
   When it comes time to                                                                          for their inspiration.
select a theme, the day the                                                                          • Interest or passion:
wedding takes place may                                                                           Love to climb mountains?
dictate the theme. For                                                                            Avid about scuba diving?
example, if the wedding                                                                           Couples who share a par-
takes place on Halloween,       A masquerade theme might be an entertaining theme                 ticular interest can include
the ideas for the theme         for a couple’s nuptials.                                          elements of this sport or
are easy. Many other cou-                                                                         hobby into their wedding.
ples choose a theme that        knot during this time of        impersonator is essential to      Invitations and decor can
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-
that is dear to them. Here      Another option is to have a     ples elevate certain televi-      ther enhance it. Fish bowls           Exquisite engagement rings, wedding bands
are some popular wedding        “Christmas in July” wed-        sion shows to cult status.        as centerpieces may call                    and gifts at affordable prices.
themes.                         ding, featuring the same        Whether it’s “Friends” or         to mind underwater adven-
   • Holiday: The Christ-       holiday themes but without      “Star Trek,” popular televi-      tures, while surfboard-

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mas season lends itself well    the hectic nature of the hol-   sion shows have been trans-       shaped invites may set the
to wedding planning. The        iday season.                    formed into festive wed-          scene for a beachside party.
colors (red, green, gold) are      • Vegas: Couples who         ding themes. Whether the             Theme weddings can
already established, and        want to tie the knot in Las     idea is to go daring and          add an extra spice to the
most churches and build-        Vegas but want to ensure all    exchange vows in costume          festivities and incorporate
ings are already decked         their loved ones can attend     or simply name reception          couples’ interests into the
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lishments couples need.         and big buffet meals can        vision fun into the event.

Because the holiday sea-        make guests feel like they         • Fairytale: Many men
son is so busy and a pop-       have stepped into a casi-       and women envision a fai-
ular time for socializing,      no on the famed Vegas           rytale wedding complete
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
                                                                                                         And More!
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

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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

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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 • Tuesday, January 31, 2012
                                                                                                                                             Bridal Guide • 3C
                                                                                                                                 ‘I DO’
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. 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

                                                                                                                                                                      Read to
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
dings can be. But with a lit-     different ways they can reduce expens-            Today there are many options when                                      Quality Photography at Affordable Prices!
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, 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.
                                                                                                                                     J                 In

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
                                                                                                                                                                       All Occasion
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
that. Smart couples are real-     self route. DIY invitations are even           ples who want to be a little more hands-                                            (931) 484-8989
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.

                                                                                                                                  We Have
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.

                                                                                                                                      HUGHES BRIDAL
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
cake or dessert                 family who have skills in                                        costs a couple a fraction of
                                                                 than flowers for centerpiec-
lighting                        certain areas, which can                                         what it would be to have it
attire                          be tapped for the wedding.
                                                                     Include postcard response
                                                                                                 held at an expensive loca-            59 South Main Street, Suite 102 •484-6530
flowers                         There may be a gourmet                                           tion.
                                chef, a disc jockey, a photog-
                                rapher or even someone who
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
be the traditional kind. It hazards and that there is a
may be less expensive to pur- sturdy surface for placing                                                            ACCESSORIES
chase pieces of fabric from tables or creating a dance                                                          LINENS, RUGS & MORE!
a fabric store and dressing floor.
them up oneself. Candles can       It may pay to ask an elec-
be stockpiled relatively easy   trician or someone who dab-                                                              117 North Main
and provide a very afford- bles in electric work to help                                                                 Located above French’s
able means of ambient light. string some lights to better                                                                 Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9-6
Plan out centerpiece ideas illuminate the area, espe-
and figure out which com- cially for when the sun goes
4C • Bridal Guide                                                                                                                • Tuesday, January 31, 2012

                                                                                            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

as much in love as they       er from time to time.          if that’s only 10 minutes      inscription, chocolate cov-               PARTY TODAY!
                                                                                                                                                                      957 West Avenue
were the day they spoke          •    Couples      should    of alone time a day.           ered apples, chocolate coins,
                                                                                                                                                                           Suite 5
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-
                                                                                                                                                   Nails                456-0018
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
                              through things.
                                                             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
                              being compromised.
                                 • Make time for
                                                             it.                                It has become popular to
                                                                                            have a self-serve candy bar                   SUNSHINE
                                                                                                                                     LAUNDRY & CLEANERS
                                                                                            at many weddings. Guests
                                                                                            are invited to step up to
PHOTOS                        Although you might
                              have a vision of the per-
                                                             see which outfits work
                                                             and which ones don’t. A
                                                                                            the display and serve them-
                                                                                            selves from a series of dif-         484-1229 • 33 Azalia Ave. Ben Tel Shopping Cntr. • 484-2352
• Continued from 3C           fect photo in your mind,       formal outfit, comfort-
a studio, you may want to     experimenting with dif-        able street clothes, some-
select one who has more
free reign with different
                              ferent ideas can some-
                              times lead to a great photo
                              you really love. Expect to
                                                             thing beachy or clothing
                                                             that fits with your inter-
                                                             ests (such as polo or base-
                                                                                                                     Bridget Rummins Photography
   • Choose your loca-        take your share of kiss-       ball) can make for inter-                                            Keeping Your Memories Alive!
tion wisely. Certain loca-    ing, nose-touching and         esting engagement pho-
tions will stand out in
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
are visually stunning or      ning or jumping (or roll-      may take away from the                                                   Photography
are special places where      ing around on a beach full     actual images in the long
you have spent moments        of waves) can produce          run. Plus, you don’t want
as a couple. By choosing a    candid shots that are truly    to look back at these pho-                                          Also...Newborn, First Year
place that offers a person-   masterpieces. Remember,        tos in the future and say,
al connection, there’s a      sometimes photographers        “What was I thinking?”                                                and Family Portraits
good chance you’ll appre-
ciate the photos in the
long run. Also, be open
                              will pose you in positions
                              that seem a bit awkward,
                              but this is to get the best
                                                                Avoid matchy-matchy,
                                                             though. If you are dressed
                                                             alike, you may appear to
to the fact that unplanned    lines of the body and flat-    be trying too hard. It’s                               Bridget Rummins - Photographer/Owner

                                                              Wedding Customs
stops may offer a great       tering images.                 the individual personali-                               
background for the image.        • Choose clothing that      ties you want to shine
Be open to the unexpect-      fits the mood. If time and     through.
ed.                           budget allows, have sev-
   • Try random poses         eral different wardrobe
and some candid shots.        changes so that you can

CREATIVE                      paper trimmer will help
                              ensure straight cuts, and
• Continued from 3C
a home printer. Ribbon
                              decorative-edged scis-
                              sors can help hide any
                                                              Invitations • Place Cards • Programs • Guest Books
can be added by punch-
ing holes into the invite
                              small mistakes in the
                              edges. While this may be
                                                                 We can save you time and money
and threading the ribbon      a cheaper option if cou-          with our variety of services such as
   • Do it all yourself.
                              ples get good prices on all
                              the paper components, it
                                                                 Color Printing & Custom Designs.
The truly crafty couple       also entails the most work                Come by today for a
can make their invita-
tions from scratch. This
                              and the greatest margin
                              of error.
                                                                FREE one on one consultation with
involves drawing out a           Saving money on wed-               our staff graphic designer.
template, cutting the card    ding components has
stock to fit, selecting       become essential for many
envelopes, creating and       couples in this economy.                                                         Corner of Elmore &
executing response cards,     Choosing to take on some                                                           Livingston Rd.
and decorating the invita-    aspects of invitation cre-
tions as they see fit. This   ation can help reduce
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