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Working                                                                                                                                INSIDE
                                                                                                                                       Renting the personalized wedding
                                                                                                                                       Single parents and family-oriented weddings
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on their                                                                                                                               Hi-tech weddings
                                                                                                                                       A stress-free hosting experience
                                                                                                                                       A honeymoon secret
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future                                                                                                                                 Planning an interfaith marriage
                                                                                                                                       Choosing a reception hall
                                                                                                                                       Finances for newlyweds
                                                                                                                                       Create the perfect wedding soundtrack
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■ John Rickgarn and
                                                                                                                                       Blush, don’t rush during wedding planning               Page 23
Heather Longseth met
and began planning their
wedding in college — but
it took a lot of patience,
planning and hard
work to balance an
engagement with school
                                                                                                              Photo by Deb Gau

By Deb Gau                                     Planning a wedding while in college “gets stressful,” says Heather                  Longseth, shown here with her fiance John Rickgarn. But, “it was

                                                 fun. I think doing it together is helpful, for when you have those

W            hen Heather Longseth
             first met the man she
             was going to marry,
there were some differing opin-
ions about him.
                                                                                         absolute breaking points.”

    “I first saw him at a debate on
campus,” an event hosted as part
of a class project, Longseth said.
“I was there with a friend, and I
told her, ‘He’s really cute.’ And
my friend said he was way out of
my league.”
    Luckily for Longseth and
fiance John Rickgarn, first impres-
sions can be wrong. The couple,
from Stillwater and Slayton,
respectively, found friendship and
later romance as students at
Southwest Minnesota State
University. Their relationship sur-
vived some trying times in col-
lege, and now they’re looking for-
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    Despite the circumstances of
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Longseth became friends with a
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somed from there,” Longseth said.
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          A Store Full of Treasures
                                                                                                        Twelve to Eighteen Months in Advance …
                                           Bridal Registry • Gifts
                                                                                                        ■   Envision the type of wedding you want
                                           Home Decor • Jewelry
                                                                                                        ■   Pick a wedding date, along with several backup dates
                                     Silk Floral Creations by Christine                                 ■   Determine a budget and number of guests to invite
                                                                                                        ■   Choose and secure ceremony and reception sites
                                    Canby Drug & Gifts                                                  ■   Select and book an officiant
                                           130 N. St. Olaf • Canby, MN                                  ■   Hire a wedding consultant if desired
                                                 507-223-5955               02018h89007jb               ■   Start browsing for a dress
                                                                                                        ■   Begin researching vendors

                                 Alterations & Custom Sewing                                            Nine to Eleven Months Ahead …
                                                                                                        ■   Submit your newspaper engagement announcement
                                 For Weddings or Any Occasion                                           ■   Order your gown, accessories and bridesmaid dresses
                                             Call   Cheryl Grengs                                       ■
                                                                                                            Create a guest list
                                                                                                            Notify out-of-town guests so travel plans can be made
                                                    at 507-224-2209                                     ■   Choose and ask attendants
                                                                                                        ■   Reserve a photographer and videographer
                                         Specializing in: Bridal Bags,
                                                                                                        ■   Select a caterer and begin working on menu
                                    Veils, Flower Girls Dresses & Pillows
                                                                                                        ■   Book your reception band or DJ
                                               St. Leo, MN                                              ■   Investigate floral, invitation and honeymoon options

                                                                                                        Six to Eight Months Remaining …
                                                                                                        ■   Book a florist and choose floral arrangements
                                                                                                        ■   Hire your wedding cake baker
                                                                                                        ■   Select ceremony music
                                                                                                        ■   Register for bridal gifts
                                                                                                        ■   Reserve any party rental equipment
                                                                                                        ■   Order invitations and announcements
                                                                                                        ■   Reserve accommodations for out-of-town guests

                               COME SEE US SOON                                                         ■   Make wedding day transportation arrangements
                       inside Super Wal-mart, 507-532-2743                                              ■   Finalize honeymoon plans

                                                                                                        Three to Five Months Left …
                                                                                                        ■ Address wedding invitations
                                                                                                        ■ Finalize details with florist and caterer
                                                                                                        ■ Confirm delivery dates for dresses and schedule fittings
                                                                                                        ■ Shop for and purchase wedding rings
                                                                                                        ■ Reserve groom’s tux and groomsmen’s outfits
                                                                                                        ■ Book a room for your wedding night
                                                                                                        ■ Make plans to get your marriage license
                                                                                                        ■ Select or design any marriage contract required by your religion

                                                                                                        ■ Book a rehearsal dinner site and determine guest list
                                                                                                        ■ Acquire passports and/or visas if honeymooning abroad
                                                                 INDEPENDENT-MARSHALL, MINN. • FRIDAY, FEB. 1, 2008 • 5

       Follow this
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                                                                               2627 Co. Rd. 7 • Marshall, MN 56258
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Two Months to Wait …
■   Choose ceremony readings and finalize vows
■   Have final dress fittings
■   Submit your newspaper wedding announcement
■   Purchase attendants’ gifts
■   Order ceremony programs                                                           (507) 537-1566
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■   Schedule ceremony rehearsal and review
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■   Have your wedding portrait taken                                   Bridalwear, Prom, Flowergirl, Mother’s Dresses & Formalwear.
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■   Mail invitations for rehearsal dinner
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■   Schedule hair and makeup appointments

Two Weeks to Go …                                                              Do Your Guests Need Somewhere To Stay?
■ Confirm attire and accessories are ready
■ Confirm rehearsal time and date with wedding party
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■ Finalize reception seating
■ Prepare place cards
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■ Address announcements, to be mailed on
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■ Submit final guest count to caterer

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                          Rent it: The perfect personalized wedding
   (ARA) - When it comes to                      their wedding appear impersonal      and no one else.
planning a wedding, most couples                 or even unremarkable. Instead,          This yearning for personaliza-
don’t want to settle for cookie-                 they want the biggest day of their   tion doesn’t have to translate into
cutter solutions that will make                  lives to represent the two of them   more money. On the contrary --
                                                                                      whether you’re planning a formal
                                                                                      wedding or a more casual event,
                                                                                      you can incorporate personalized
                                                                                      touches without breaking the bank
                                                                                      by renting the materials you will
                                                                                      need. From 250 identical vases, to
                                                                                      chandeliers, to helium balloons or
                                                                                      faux floral centerpieces, rental
                                                                                      businesses provide endless
                              Our Bridal                                              amounts of materials that can
                         Travel Registry offers                                       make the difference between a
                       your family and friends                                        run-of-the-mill event and your
                   an alternative way to purchase
                                                                                      dream wedding.
                                                                                         “You can rent just about any-
                    something for you…a dream
                                                                                      thing to make your wedding per-
                     honeymoon that will bring                                        fect,” said Christine Wehrman,                                                                          ARA Photo

                       memories that will last                                        CEO of the American Rental             You want a wedding that represents you and no one else. Incorporate per-
                              a lifetime.                                             Association (ARA), the global          sonalized touches without breaking the bank by renting materials you need.
                                                                                      trade association for the rental
                                                                                      industry. “By renting products for        Make an impression by choos-       ple swatches of the linens so you
                                                                                      your wedding, you don’t have to        ing table linens in your wedding      can coordinate colors with your
     Southwest Tour & Travel / The Travel Co.                                         settle for items that don’t fit your   colors, or go with all–white, then    bridesmaid dresses and flowers.
                                                                                      personalized vision. You’ll get        add chair covers with a bow-tie       Add your choice of china and
                    2660 State Hwy. 23 • Marshall, MN 56258                           exactly what you’re looking for        sash and matching napkins in          glassware to the arrangement for
                        507-532-5536 or 800-669-1309                                  and you’ll have access to products     accent colors. Rental businesses      each table and get a rich and
       • e-mail us at:       that may have otherwise been too       will have hundreds of colors to       sophisticated setting.
                                                                                      expensive in large quantities.”        pick from. Be sure to ask for sam-        If you’re looking for the beau-
                                                                                                                                                                   ty of an outdoor location without
                                                                                                                                                                   the worry about the weather, tents
                                                                                                                                                                   are a great way to create the wed-
                                                                                                                                                                   ding of your dreams. ARA mem-
                                                                                                                                                                   ber rental businesses have beauti-
                                                                                                                                                                   ful tents to create the venue, as
                                                                                                                                                                   well as everything you need to
                                                                                                                                                                   make it beautiful and comfortable.
                                                                                                                                                                       Huge tents and elegant
                                                                                                                                                                   canopies come in wedding white
                                                                                                                                                                   and many also come with clear
                                                                                                                                                                   tops -- thus allowing guests access
                                                                                                                                                                   to the drama of a sunset or a
                                                                                                                                                                   sparkling night sky. However, if
                                                                                                                                                                   you plan on incorporating a tent
                                                                                                                                                                   into your wedding, make sure you
                                                                                                                                                                   give the rental business -- and
                                                                                                                                                                   yourself -- enough advanced
                                                                                                                                                                   notice. Depending on the time of
                                                                                                                                                                   year, the rental business will need
                                                                                                                                                                   plenty of notice to reserve all the
                                                                                                                                                                   equipment you will need.
                                                                                                                                                                       Also, many ARA member
                                                                                                                                                                   rental businesses offer personal-
                                                                                                                                                                   ized service through their
                                                                                                                                                                   Certified Event Rental
                                                                                                                                                                   Professionals who are trained to
                                                                                                                                                                   help you choose the right rentals
                                                                                                                                                                   to make your dream wedding
                                                                                                                                                                   come to realization.
                                                                                                                                                                       They can help ease the tension

                                                                                                                                                                   of pre-wedding set up with their
                                                                                                                                                                   knowledge and experience. Many
                                                                                                                                                                   businesses even help you through-
                                                                                                                                                                   out the event as well, keeping it
                                                                                                                                                                   on track and flowing smoothly.
                                                                                                                                                                       You can also rely on rental
                                                                                                                                                                   service experts to help before you
                                                                                                                                                                   book your venue. They can help
                                                                                                                                                                   you assess the site for things like
                                                                                                                                                                   power accessibility, ground water
                                                                                                                                                                   issues, or overhead power lines
                                                                                                                                                                   that may interfere with your
                                                                                                                                                                   vision of a tall tent, among other
                                                                                                                                  INDEPENDENT-MARSHALL, MINN. • FRIDAY, FEB. 1, 2008 • 7

  Why single parents should consider a family-oriented wedding
    (ARA) - When Tabitha Irwin                                                  nacle of the marriage celebration.     strengthen the bond between par-      when my mother and stepdad had
began dating Michael Leach, she                                                 “Many later told me how moving         ents, stepparents and children.       a baby,” Tabitha says. “That’s
would never have predicted that                                                 it was to see us assure Calym, in          Tabitha, Michael and Calym        because from the moment
this casual friend would turn out                                               such a loving and public way, that     are among its biggest fans. Today,    Michael and I decided to marry,
to be the man of her dreams. But                                                he would always be part of our         more than a year after their family   we included Calym every step of
once she realized that the 30-year-                                             family,” says Tabitha.                 wedding, the Irwin-Leach blended      the way.”
old radio producer had a heart big                                                  The family wedding concept is      family is thriving. Young Calym          For more information about
enough to embrace her and her                                                   an idea whose time has come.           is ecstatic to have a baby brother,   family weddings, visit www.fami-
four-year-old son Calym, she was                                                With a high divorce rate -- nearly     who was born this summer. “He
smitten. By the following year,                                                 two in five marriages fail, accord-    doesn’t feel rejected like I did
the couple announced their                                                      ing to the Heritage Foundation --
engagement.                                                                     more and more single parents
    One thing muted the joy of her                                              with young children are remarry-
pending nuptials -- the memory of                                               ing. Additionally, the U.S. is expe-
her own mother’s remarriage                                                     riencing a wave of first-time mar-
when Tabitha was a typical, inse-                                               riages among young single par-
cure adolescent. “I wasn’t includ-                                              ents who had a child during the
ed in the wedding and, from then                                                course of a common-law union or
on, I never really felt like part of                             ARA Photo      other relationship outside of mar-
the family,” she recalls. “That’s                                               riage.
why Michael and I wanted to do         each passing day.”                           Yet, despite the fact that a
something special during the wed-          The Leaches say they will            growing legion of single parents
ding to communicate to my son          never forget the moment during           are bringing one or more children
that he was going to be an integral    their wedding at a local park            into their marriages, virtually no
part of our lives.”                    when Michel presented the                religious or civil wedding ceremo-
    The marketing manager was          Family Medallion to Calym.               ny acknowledges the existence of
grappling with a problem experi-       While the minister led Michael in        these youngsters. This void frus-
enced by most of the tens of thou-     a recitation of the words of the         trated Dr. Roger Coleman, minis-
sands of single parents who walk       ceremony -- a promise to love and        ters and president of Clergy
down the aisle each year: What         care for the youngster and help          Services, Inc., an organization in
can be done to ease the concerns       him grow into a responsible adult        Kansas City, Missouri, devoted to
of young children who feel, on a       -- he placed the family symbol           developing family-oriented servic-
conscious or unconscious level,        around his stepson’s neck. Calym         es for weddings and other impor-

that their secure place in the fami-   responded with a giant hug.              tant life events.
ly is threatened by the                    “It was an incredible bonding            "The so-called traditional wed-
marriage/remarriage of a parent?       experience,” Michael recalls. “In        ding ceremony does not serve the
    After much research, Tabitha       that instant, Tabitha, Calym and I       needs of couples with children,
found a simple and emotionally         came together as a family.”              whether their own or children
satisfying answer to her dilemma       Tabitha was moved to tears               from previous relationships,"
in the form of a family-oriented       watching her new husband make a          Coleman explains. "That's
wedding service that gives chil-       formal commitment to her son.            because traditional weddings
dren a meaningful role in the              As for young Calym, he was           focus exclusively on the union of
wedding celebration. This five-        just plain thrilled. “I really liked     a man and a woman. The impor-
minute ceremony -- known as the        having a ceremony just for me,”          tant role of existing children and
Family Medallion service -- can        he explains. “It meant that Mike         the family nature of marriage are
easily be integrated into any reli-    loved me and was going to be my          simply ignored."
gious or civil wedding ceremony.       dad.                                         Today, more than 25,000 cou-
It differs from the traditional wed-       For the wedding guests, this         ples annually use the Family
ding in only one respect: After the    unique family service was the pin-       Medallion ceremony to help
newlyweds exchange rings, their
children join them for a special
service focusing on the family
nature of a marriage. Each child is
given a gold or silver medallion
with three interlocking circles, a
                                                    When You Want To
symbol that represents family love
in much the same way the wed-
ding ring signifies conjugal love.
    Although the family service
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ognize Calym during the wed-
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kindergartner cast the deciding
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in the decision-making process,”
Tabitha adds. “He became more
excited about the wedding with

Hi-tech weddings
■ Technology tips to revolutionize your wedding
    (ARA) – Technology trans-        Planning and                                       Projectors for Rehearsal
forms every aspect of modern life
these days, even the biggest day     Research Goes Online                               Dinners and Receptions
of most people’s lives – their
wedding day.
    From wedding planning Web            Brides once turned to monthly                     Every couple wants to make
sites to digital photo slideshows    or seasonal wedding magazines                      their wedding as personal as pos-
presented at receptions and          for advice and ideas. Now, mod-                    sible, and leave guests with the
rehearsal dinners, technology is     ern brides go online for their wed-                feeling that, “Oh, that was so
helping couples plan their wed-      ding planning purposes. Popular                    Todd and Rebecca!” Where once
dings in ways that are much easier   sites have made it easy for brides                 brides and grooms may have dec-
and save more time than ever         to track the latest trends, look at                orated a reception or rehearsal
before.                              thousands of gown options, and                     dinner with photos of themselves
    Technology also helps engage     organize themselves for their big                  arranged around the room, now a
the couple’s loved ones in, and      day.                                               multimedia presentation is all the
preserve their memories of, their        Where once a bride might tote                  rage.
special day.                         around clips torn from magazines,                     Video and still images, typical-
    Here are four of the hottest     fabric swatches, and contracts in a                ly set to music, features the cou-
technology trends that are revolu-   wedding planning binder, now                       ple throughout their lives, apart
tionizing the way Americans plan     most of those things are found                     and together, and are replacing
their weddings.                      and stored digitally through a                     traditional photo albums and can
                                     wedding planning Web site.
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                                                                                                                              tures or film and post their proofs online.
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                                                                                Spotlight Brides: Look red carpet worthy while walking down the aisle
             How to have a                                                         (ARA) - This spring, it will be                                           long, designers have put the
                                                                                difficult to tell if a bride is walk-      • Lace is always in, but this     emphasis back on the waist.
     stress-free hosting experience                                             ing down the aisle or making her
                                                                                way down the red carpet. After a
                                                                                                                        season’s unique lace details work
                                                                                                                        especially well with long, flowing
                                                                                                                                                             Nipped-in lines and wide belts or
                                                                                                                                                             sashes showed all over New
                                                                                year-long love affair with the          hair. Rich, jewel-toned, vintage-    York’s runways. Because of the
    (ARA) – Entertaining doesn’t      Pay attention to little details like      boxy trapeze dress, designers are       look jewelry adds texture to the     symmetry of the dress, wear your
end with the holidays. Throughout     refilling soap dishes and having          emphasizing the waist and adding        ensemble.                            hair parted to the side and add
the year, occasions arise for         fresh hand towels.                        elegant details.                                                             drama with strong platinum jewel-
friends and family to gather and                                                                                           • Whether the dress is short or   ry pieces.
enjoy each other’s company.               • Have a solid plan: When                • Brides will make a “ready for
When you’re gearing up for a          creating a guest list, consider           your close-up” impact in an off-
party, keeping the house clean can    your options ahead of time.               the-shoulder dress. The look from
seem like a full-time job.            Buffet-style meals are easier for
    You can minimize entertain-
ing stress with these time-saving
                                      larger groups, while you can bet-
                                      ter host a sit-down dinner with
                                                                                the runways calls for minimal
                                                                                accents -- a single, “statement”           Hey Cinderella…
                                                                                piece of jewelry such as a pair of
party-preparation and clean-up        six or fewer guests. The holiday          dangle earrings that sparkle or a
tips.                                 feast is not a time to try out an
                                      all-new recipe. The key to being
                                                                                thick, signature bracelet. Wear
                                                                                hair up to really show off your
                                                                                                                               We have the perfect fit!
   • Houseguest homecomings:          a less stressed hostess is building       shoulders in that gorgeous dress.
Resist the temptation to wait on      your menu around foods you are
out-of-town guests hand and           comfortable making.                          • Pleats, ruffles and tulip tiers
foot. As the host, you need to                                                  abound in light and frothy fabrics.
relax and enjoy the cheer that           • Cook ahead: Make dishes in           Because of the unusual silhouettes
comes with houseguests. When          advance of the big celebration to         of these trendy dresses, keep hair
your houseguests offer to help        cut down on the time spent in             and jewelry simple. A loose
with meals, graciously say “yes”      the kitchen when your guests              chignon softens your face while a
and allow them to prepare their       arrive. Many hors d’oeuvres,              classic pair of diamond stud ear-
favorite side dish or dessert.        desserts and side dishes can be           rings adds elegance and light to
Take them up on offers to help        made and frozen until ready to            the ensemble.
set the table or clean dishes.        serve.
   This offers extra time to
catch up with your guests while
you’re all in the kitchen and din-
ing area contributing to a great
                                         • Control mishaps: A good
                                      host handles disasters with
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create an exciting personal touch   reception site for next day arrival,              wanted us to pay $500 on top of          recent newlywed. “We had a
to any wedding celebration.
    Web sites like www.projec- rent state-of-the-art
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                                                                                      our reservation fee for all the
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                                                                                                                               ding Web site where our guests
                                                                                                                               could sign our online guestbook,
                                                                                                                               read the story of our proposal, or
                                                                                                                                                                       know before
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                                                                                      California, a bride-to-be. “Finding
                                                                                      areas to cut costs for a wedding
                                                                                                                               make hotel reservations through
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                                                                                      ing the projector online we were
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                                                                                                                               making plans or staying up to date
                                                                                                                               on our wedding so easy.”                pearls
                                                                                      of money.”                                   As most guests now have
                                                                                                                               access to the Internet, a personal         (ARA) – Diamonds may get
                                                                                                                               wedding Web site is the ultimate        the credit for being “a girl’s
                                                                                      Personal Wedding                         convenience for guests to stay in       best friend,” but humanity’s
                                                                                                                                                                       love affair with pearls has been
                                                                                      Web sites                                touch with the couple and their
                                                                                                                               latest wedding planning develop-        going on for 4,000 years --
                                                                                                                               ments.                                  about a millennium longer than
                                                                                         Personal wedding Web sites                                                    we’ve been digging diamonds
                                                                                      are popping up everywhere; for a                                                 out of the dirt.
                                                                                      small fee, couples design their          Online Ordering of                         What’s more, pearls are the
                                                                                      very own Web site in advance of                                                  only “green” natural gemstone;
                                                                                      their wedding day where they post
                                                                                                                               Wedding Photos                          they are a renewable resource
                                                                                      pictures of themselves, detail the                                               and are harvested, rather than
                                                                                      specifics of their wedding day,              No more waiting months for          mined. And consider what it
                                                                                      feature bios of the bridal party,        wedding albums. Many wedding            says about Americans’ vision
                                                                                      reveal their honeymoon destina-          photographers and videographers         of exemplary womanhood that
                                                                                      tion and provide gift registry           now take digital pictures or film       June Cleaver and other iconic
                                                                                      information all in one convenient        and post their proofs online. This      pop culture moms wore strands
                                                                                      location online.                         streamlines the developing and          of pearls, not drapes of dia-
                                                                                         “Most people have access to           choosing processes and entire           monds.
                                                                                      the Internet, so you now have the        albums can be viewed by couples            While you may have heard
                                                                                      ability to use technology to make        and their guests no matter where        about the basics of diamond
                                                                                                                                                                       buying, few consumers are as

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Pearls FROM PAGE 10
educated about the nuances of         think of when talking about             clarity, cut and carat of a diamond       earrings, a bracelet or an earring     pearls or rose-overtone akoya.
pearl purchasing. “As with any        pearls. While China and Japan are       to determine its worth, pearls have       and necklace set, each pearl in the    These colors will often cost more
other purchase, consumers should      the two largest producers of akoya      value indicators as well. They are:       set should match in size, color and    than others.
educate themselves before buying      pearls, Vietnam, Korea and              luster, surface, nacre, matching,         luster. For a set of earrings, the
pearls,” says Jeremy Shepherd of      Australia also produce limited          color and shape.                          size should match within a tenth          • Shape - Pearls come in many                    quantities.                                                                       of a millimeter; for strands, pearls   different shapes, from wings and
    “Knowledge can mean the dif-                                                  • Luster – When dealers price         should match in size between half      potato to rice crispie (or baroque)
ference between buying a lacklus-        • Although they’re also known        pearls, the single most important         a millimeter to two millimeters. If    and round. The more perfectly
ter strand of overpriced imitations   as “black pearls,” Tahitian pearls      factor in their decision is the lus-      you’re buying a strand, the pearls     round a pearl is, the more valu-
and getting quality pearls at com-    actually come in every color of         ter. Pearls should have a sharp,          should also be matched from            able the strand is if all other value
petitive prices.”                     the rainbow. They are prized for        reflective quality. You should be         either side of the strand as it        factors are equal.
    Before you buy pearls, here’s     their large size and exotic colors.     able to see your reflection in a          drapes.
what you should know:                 The Tahitian Islands are the main       high-quality strand of pearls.                                                      For more pearl-buying advice,
                                      producers, but some production                                                       • Color – Another important         visit, or go
                                      also occurs in the Cook Islands,           • Surface – The pearls should          value factor, color is heavily         to, where
Types and                             Fiji, Micronesia and parts of           be free of marks, abrasions,              dependent on preference. While         you can not only purchase pearls
Sources of Pearls                     southern Japan.                         cracks, pits or any other imperfec-
                                                                              tions that mar the surface of the
                                                                                                                        classic white pearls will always be
                                                                                                                        prized, some colors are more
                                                                                                                                                               online, but learn about the stone
                                                                                                                                                               and its history.
                                          • The most valuable of all cul-     gemstone.                                 commonly preferred than others,
   Four types of pearls are avail-    tured pearls, South Sea pearls are                                                such as peacock-color Tahitian
able today and they come from all     renowned for their large size and           • Nacre – The thickness of the
over the world.                       satiny luster. A large perfect          nacre – the “coating” of pearl that
                                      strand of these white, golden or        surrounds the bead that was
    • Freshwater pearls, known for
their off-round shapes, fancy col-
                                      silver pearls can cost millions of
                                      dollars. Australia is the primary
                                                                              inserted into the oyster – is impor-
                                                                              tant when dealing with saltwater
                                                                                                                                     For The
ors and affordability, are almost     producer of the white and silver        pearls, especially akoya pearls. If
exclusively produced in China.        pearls, while the Philippines and       the coating is too thin, the pearls
Prices range from as little as $20    Indonesia produce golden pearls.        will be chalky and will not last
for a strand of low-grade freshwa-                                            more than a few months to a year.
ter pearls up to several thousands                                            If the pearls are chalky, or you
for gem-grade freshadama pearls.      How to Evaluate                         can see a bead through the sur-
   • First cultured and sold in
                                      a Pearl’s Quality                       face, the nacre is too thin.
Japan nearly 100 years ago, akoya                                               • Matching – Whether you are
pearls are the type most people          Just as you would look at the        buying a strand of pearls, a pair of

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Future FROM PAGE 3                                                                                                                                                 Bridal party gifts
schedule and a job at the Marshall Hy-Vee in
the evenings.
   “I always used to tease her because I got
                                                 deal,” he said. “I’m just glad her mom didn’t
                                                 kick me out of the car.”
                                                     The couple set their wedding date for this
                                                                                                       wedding timeline in it. That was great.”
                                                                                                           “It gets stressful,” she said of the wedding
                                                                                                       planning process. But at the same time, “It
                                                                                                                                                                   with a personal
to sleep in. I didn’t have classes as early,”
Rickgarn said.
   It was in July of 2005 that Longseth said
                                                 summer, on the three-year anniversary of
                                                 when they started dating. But there were
                                                 some practical reasons behind that, too.
                                                                                                       was fun. I think doing it together is helpful,
                                                                                                       for when you have those absolute breaking
she realized how much she liked being with           “We wanted to hold off until after gradua-            It seems like lot of the stress in planning                (MS) - Is she a best friend, a great
Rickgarn. One night, they were up talking        tion,” Longseth said. “We wanted to make              a wedding hits women harder, Rickgarn and                   mother or sister, or just a special
until the wee hours of the morning, when         sure we kept that in sight.”                          Longseth said, but it can affect grooms-to-                 someone you love and admire?
Longseth had an 8 a.m. class to attend.              This spring will be Longseth’s last semes-        be, too.                                                       Bridal party gifts can be treasured
   “I didn’t realize what time it was,”          ter at Southwest Minnesota State University               “I had some breaking points, too,”                      keepsakes of your most important
Longseth said. “I knew it was something          as she completes her second degree, a busi-           Rickgarn said, mostly in trying to balance                  day, especially if you select the gift
special, that I’d stay up all night talking.”    ness management/human resources double                work with the relationship and wedding                      with each individual in mind. The
   Still, college and work didn’t leave a        major. She is also working full time in the           planning.                                                   Carolee Bridal Collection includes
whole lot of time for dating. For a while,       university’s Learning Resources office, a job             “If I had one tip, it would be to communi-              Sterling Sentiments® sterling silver
Longseth also worked at Hy-Vee. It was           that began as an internship.                          cate (with your fiance),” Longseth said of                  bangles inscribed with personalized
good to be able to take breaks together              “It’s very stressful, but very good,” she said.   planning a wedding while in college. “Talk                  messages in five languages. Mother,
sometimes, Rickgarn and Longseth said, as        “I enjoy getting to work with students a lot.”        through it. For anything that you’re stressed               Sister, Friends, Family and Love are
well as spending a little time together out-         On top of it all, she’s applying to attend        out about, figure out why, and don’t be                     just a few of the inscriptions to
side work or school over the next year.          graduate school in SMSU’s business admin-             afraid to ask for help.”                                    choose from. Prices are $85 to $100.
   It was on a summer trip to Washington,        istration master’s program.                               It’s also a good idea to make education a                  Another treasured affordable
D.C. to visit some of Longseth’s family that         Meanwhile, Rickgarn graduated from                priority. Based on her personal experiences                 bridal gift is freshwater cultured
Rickgarn popped the question.                    SMSU and was working full-time. Starting              and those of other students she’s met through               pearls. Necklaces, bracelets and ear-
   “We were going swimming and we were           in October, he went to work for Best                  her Learning Resources work, Longseth said                  rings include a hand-knotted 18"
getting our stuff together. Then he came up      Business Products, where he now manages a             getting too concerned with a wedding can                    necklace and a choker length made of
behind me and put his arms around me,”           sales and service territory stretching from           distract you from completing your education.                tiny, delicate freshwater pearls.
Longseth said.                                   Montevideo south to Fulda and Sleepy Eye                  “Don’t forget about school,” she said. “A               Earrings in stud and drop styles are
   “I said (to Heather’s mother), ‘Oh, I don’t   west to South Dakota.                                 lot of students think their wedding is more                 available in pearl alone or accented
know, Mom, how about I marry her?’”                  Trying to balance wedding plans with              important, but in reality that stuff’s not going            with cubic zirconia. Prices range
Rickgarn said.                                   school was tough, but planning so far in              to go away.”                                                from $40 to $100 in styles that will
   “We were literally in awe,” Longseth          advance made it possible to spread things out.            Rickgarn and Longseth are taking their                  appeal to a wide range of bridal party
said. “I think my mom started crying.”               “We just kind of take things one step at a        future plans a step at a time, too. They’d like             members.
   Rickgarn said didn’t have an engagement       time,” Rickgarn said. Still, he added, tasks          to stay in southwest Minnesota.                                All bridal party gifts are packaged
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cially engaged — this time in the back seat of   more time to think about it.                          they’re enjoying each other’s company and                   rehearsal dinner or bridesmaids
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                                        Planning an interfaith marriage
    (MS) - While a person's wed-        following tips should help ease                                                This isn't all that uncommon, and    something important out of the
ding day is a time for celebration,     the stress of the big day.                  • Attend a service, be it a wed-   can appease the families of both     ceremony.
as any bride and groom know, the                                                ding or weekly service, from each      people getting married, as couples
day itself and the months leading           • Determine what's most impor-      faith: Knowledge is a great medi-      won't run the risk of leaving
up to the big event can be stressful.   tant: Despite being raised in a par-    ator when deciding how to con-
    Such stress is often heightened     ticular faith, many adults either       duct an interfaith ceremony. Learn
for couples in which each person        don't regularly attend religious cer-   as much as possible about each
is from a different religious back-     emonies or consider themselves as       other's faith and traditions.
ground.                                 practicing a particular religion. In        Attending a service or ceremo-
    Whereas such couples used to        fact, a 2005 survey titled              ny might even open your eyes to
be rare, studies continue to show       "Atheism: Contemporary Rates            an element of your partner's faith
that interfaith marriages are on the    and Patterns," found that 39 per-       that you find appealing and might
rise. In the 2001 American              cent of Americans considered            want to include in the ceremony.
Religious Identification Survey,        themselves either agnostics (claim-     In addition, knowing about a part-
nearly 25 percent of all couples        ing no belief or disbelief in God)      ner's faith will help you better
responding were in interfaith mar-      or atheists (claiming disbelief in      understand their thought process
riages.                                 God). For interfaith couples about      when planning the ceremony.
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cussed. For interfaith couples, the     without in a wedding ceremony.          tional ceremony being performed.

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carry the styling formula that your     chance to tweak the look, photo-        walked you down the aisle, your
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How to calm wedding jitters                                                The best-dressed wedding invitation:
   (MS) - The work involved with planning a wedding can stress
out even the most stable of individuals. Even those brides-to-be
who knew all the reasons why they were getting married a few
months ago may be facing the prospect of walking down the
                                                                           Top 10 red carpet mailing tips
aisle with anxiety.                                                           (MS) - This wedding season,                   and you can also use them to deco-       postage. If your envelope is tex-
   Call it cold feet or wedding jitters, the feeling is common             there is good news for couples-to-               rate an envelope, even on the flap       tured or contains decorative fibers
among newlyweds-to-be. Stress has a funny way of making                    be and wedding planners. The cost                (where they do not count toward          or floral inclusions, you may want
mountains out of molehills - little idiosyn-                               of postage for a 2-ounce wedding                 required postage). Star Wars             to secure the postage using a glue
crasies in a partner can quickly grow into                                 invitation has gone down from 63                 stamps issued this year may be a         stick.
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horrible character traits. The key is recog-
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much planning and not deep-rooted relation-              it is possible.   ers for making sure that wedding                     • Mail your invitations four to      Postal Service's NetPost Print and
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   Usually a person quickly realizes they're                  PAGE 23      the-date cards, response cards,                  make sure the return address is          and money.
more overwhelmed about the wedding                                         wedding announcements and                        complete and legible.                        • For save-the-date cards and
details than the thought of making a com-                                  thank-you notes - get to recipients                  • Whether you dress your wed-        thank-you notes, create customized
mitment.                                                                   on time, and are fun and memo-                   ding invitation in a traditional style   postcards at
   "The What If Guy," by Taylor G. Wilshire has messages of                rable, too.                                      or use more flamboyant papers and        post. Postage is included in the
love, forgiveness and affirmation at its roots, which can offer               • "Accessorize" your correspon-               embellished envelopes, take care         price, and discounts are available
help at this important time in your life. It also provides an enter-       dence by using the new love                      with the most important accessory:       with every mailing.
taining story that gives you a chance to kick back and escape.             stamps, available June 27.                       the address. Provide a complete              • The hottest trend is to use
                                                                           Featuring vines that form the                    address, including apartment num-        your own artwork or photograph
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                                                                         Jitters FROM PAGE 16
Honor the men who                                                        there is no serious cause of the jit-   port each other in good times ...     control the outcome of everything

make wedding special                                                     ters. It can also help you pinpoint
                                                                         a common stress trigger, such as a
                                                                         financial concern or a conflict
                                                                         with a family member. Compare
                                                                                                                 and bad.
                                                                                                                     4. Recognize that changes
                                                                                                                 understandably make people
                                                                                                                                                       when getting married. There may
                                                                                                                                                       be some minor (or major) bumps
                                                                                                                                                       along the way. Being able to
                                                                                                                                                       recover gracefully and enjoy
■ Groomsmen often play a significant role in a                           these fears to a list of reasons        uncomfortable - One of the most       yourself can help start your rela-
                                                                         why you love your partner and           life-altering changes a person can    tionship off on the right foot.
wedding, one the groom should acknowledge                                want to enter a commitment with         make is getting married, particu-     Remember, you'll have many
                                                                         this person.                            larly if you've both been used to     other chances to create winning
with a thoughtful gift                                                      This simple task can bring           living on your own and making         memories as you grow old togeth-
                                                                         order to jumbled feelings and           your own decisions. Instead of        er with your partner, so don't put
    (MS) - Weddings, or so it would seem, are all about the brides.      offer clarity on any nervousness        focusing on what you could be         so much emphasis on the wedding
While all eyes are on the bride as she walks down the aisle, the         you may have.                           losing by getting married, reaffirm   details or the most important
groom is often relegated to secondary status. Such is the case as well                                           all of the things you will be gain-   moments may pass you by. For
when it comes to bridesmaids and groomsmen. While family and                 2. Learn to relax - Make time       ing. It may help to talk to married   further inspiration, see the ways
friends are most inclined to notice the bevy of beauties in matching     for yourself and enjoy activities       couples who have been successful      Ryley overcomes challenges to
dresses, groomsmen tend to go largely unnoticed.                         that are not directly related to        in keeping their relationships        find her path to true love in "The
    One person who shouldn't fail to notice the groomsmen is the         wedding planning. For example,          strong.                               What if Guy."
groom himself. Part of being a good groom is not only showing sup-       some women benefit from a mas-              Remember though, your rela-          Add "The What If Guy" to
port for your blushing bride, but showing appreciation for your          sage or facial treatment. Others        tionship is unique to you as a cou-   your bridal shower wish list to
groomsmen as well. Groomsmen can and often do have significant           find that a relaxing drive or walk      ple. So don't be sidetracked over     provide some much-needed salva-
responsibilities before and during the wedding, whether it's offering    along the beach or through anoth-       what could or may happen.             tion during this wonderful, but
support to a nervous groom or organizing one final and memorable         er quiet area can help promote                                                often stressful time. It is available
get-together before the he ties the knot.                                calmness. Or take a cue from               5. Keep in mind that love is       wherever paperbacks are sold.
    "Groomsmen are often overlooked in a wedding party even              Ryley and learn to relax by medi-       most important - While you want       Learn more about the book and
though they play important roles," says Mark Walerstein, founding        tating to put your mind at peace:       the weather to cooperate and the      author at
of GroomsOnline (, an informational Web             Find a quiet place and focus on         day to be flawless, you cannot
site offering tips, pointers and timesaving hints designed to make the   deep breathing.
planning process more fun, relaxing and rewarding for the man.
                                                                             3. Talk to your partner - Open
    That said, a good groom should recognize the efforts of his
groomsmen and give them gifts as an acknowledgement of their
efforts. GroomsOnline offers a host of unique gifts that are sure to
                                                                         up to your partner about how you
                                                                         are feeling. You just may find that         Share your
                                                                         he is experiencing some of the
be appreciated by the men who play an important role in the wed-
ding party. Plus, this selection of guy-friendly gifts makes fast work
of selecting the right mementos by time-pressed grooms.
                                                                         same things as you and that jitters
                                                                         are completely normal. Working
    · Commemorate the reception: While women tend to lean toward
the sentimental side at weddings, men are often less so, and tend to
focus on the celebratory aspects of the day. For grooms whose
                                                                         through fears to a place of love is
                                                                         one of the underlying concepts of
                                                                         "A Course in Miracles," the inspi-
                                                                                                                      with us,
groomsmen are more likely to reminisce about the reception than the
ceremony itself, consider the GroomsOnline Pub design line of gifts.
                                                                         rational text that helps guide
                                                                         Ryley throughout the book. By
                                                                         expressing your fears and doubts,
                                                                                                                     book your
Grooms can give out a personalized pub sign, pub shot glass, pub
                                                                         and working through them as a
                                                                         team, this can be the first step you         reception
Men PAGE 18                                                              take as a married couple to sup-
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                                                                                        Wedding guest attire
rating the day. Such gifts can then be displayed at celebra-       (MS) - There is a good chance that you've been invited          Follow these guidelines:
tions for years to come.                                        to a wedding - or will be - where the expected attire was a
                                                                mystery. Unless the invitation specifically mentions            BLACK TIE
   · Back to the bachelor party: These days, weekend get-       "black tie" or another dress code, you could be taking a           Her: A formal dress, usually to the floor. Coordinate
aways are a common theme to many bachelor parties. If           guess as to what is appropriate to wear. No one wants to        with a beaded purse and elegant wrap. Expect to dance,
your bachelor party happened to be a weekend getaway            be the odd person out, wearing an outfit that is inconsis-      so don't wear anything too revealing or constricting.
where you and your groomsmen kicked back and enjoyed            tent with the scope of the wedding. Usually there are hints        Him: A tuxedo is the only appropriate thing to wear.
your favorite hobby, consider gifts that evoke memories of      that will offer you ideas about the formality of the wed-
that special weekend where you were the guest of honor.         ding. Act as a super sleuth and follow the clues.               EVENING WEDDING
Specific gift designs from GroomsOnline include fishing,                                                                            Her: Dress as if you were going to the theater or a
pool hall, golf, and hunting lodge to name a few.                  1. Look at the invitation. Does it have all of the mark-     fancy restaurant. Cocktail dresses are appropriate, or
                                                                ers of a formal wedding: thick card stock, engraved type-       dressy suits. Avoid anything with sequins or too flashy.
    · Take a swing at a great gift: For grooms and grooms-      set, calligraphy on the envelope? Or does it casually           Suits shouldn't be too stuffy or "corporate."
men who are particularly fond of America's pastime, con-        invite you to watch the couple tie the knot? Typically the          Him: A dark suit is always a safe bet. If you suspect it
sider the most popular gift offered through GroomsOnline,       invitation will set the tone of the wedding.                    is semi-formal, you may be able to wear a blazer, slacks
a personalized Louisville Slugger bat commemorating your                                                                        and a tie.
big day and each groomsman's participation in it. Along             2. Consider the location of the ceremony and recep-
with the groom's and bride's name, each bat comes with          tion. Chances are if the couple is being married on the         DAYTIME WEDDING
the groomsmen's name engraved, making it a truly person-        beach and having a clam bake as their party they won't             Her: A conservative but fun floral dress or light-col-
al and thoughtful gift. The bats can even feature your          expect women to wear an evening gown and gents to               ored suit.
favorite team's logo engraved. Other such gifts include per-    wear tails. But if you recognize the reception hall to be a        Him: A light-colored suit if it is a summer wedding.
sonally signed baseballs, perfect for any sports fan.           formal or semi-formal venue, the dress code is likely sim-      For winter, dress warmer in a blazer and slacks with
                                                                ilar.                                                           either a dress shirt or sweater underneath. Tuxedos should
   · Go the more fanciful route: For grooms whose wed-                                                                          not be worn before 6 p.m.
ding will be an elegant affair, celebrate that elegance by         3. Take your cues from the bride and her wedding
giving your groomsmen a gift they're sure to value for          party. If you've heard the bride will be wearing a cathe-          It is safe to assume that the following are not appropri-
years. Perhaps no accessory for men is more elegant than a      dral-length veil and elaborate wedding gown, chances are        ate to wear to a wedding.
pocket watch. Engrave a pocket watch for each grooms-           she's going for a formal wedding. If you know the brides-
men in your party as a show of appreciation and an              maids are wearing sarongs and flip flops, it's probably a          • Black to a daytime wedding, you'll look like you are
acknowledgement of their roles in helping you and your          casual affair.                                                  in mourning
bride create an atmosphere and a day you'll remember for-                                                                          • White, it competes with the bride
ever. You can also score extra points by engraving a spe-          4. Don't be afraid to ask. Ring the bride or groom, or          • Jeans
cial sentiment to your own father or the father-of-the-bride.   their parents, and inquire as to what type of atmosphere it        • Anything torn, dirty or ill-fitting
                                                                will be. If you're mortified by this idea, err on the side of      • Anything too revealing, particularly to a religious
   For more gift ideas and tips for making sure your wed-       caution by choosing something that is conservative.             wedding where a coverup may be necessary for a strap-
ding goes off without a hitch, visit GroomsOnline at            Ladies usually can't go wrong with a black cocktail dress       less or sleeveless gown                                           and men can play it safe in a dark-colored suit and tie.

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                                                                                                                             What to give the bride and groom
         Tips for choosing the                                                                                                  (MS) - Every year, newlyweds are on the receiving end of many a
                                                                                                                             gift. As friends and family descend on hometowns to toast the happy
                                                                                                                             couple, they do so with an abundance of gifts in tow. However, even

          right reception hall                                                                                               couples that point guests toward their registry often end up with more
                                                                                                                             than one of the same thing.
                                                                                                                                For those looking to avoid giving a gift the couple already has, con-
                                                                                                                             sider the following ideas:
    (MS) - Weddings can be a very complicated                                                                                   • Money. Money is one gift newlyweds never mind seeing repeated.
endeavor to pull off. Far more than pulling on                                                                               In fact, it's customary for guests to give money in some regions of the
fancy clothes, strolling down the aisle and saying,                                                                          country. With escalating costs of weddings, many couples are responsi-
"I do," a successful wedding is a testament to a                                                                             ble for some, if not all, of those costs these days. Therefore, money is a
couple's ability to plan and juggle multiple tasks.                                                                          logical gift and one you'll know will be put to good use. For couples
    One of the biggest tasks a couple must handle is                                                                         about to head off on a honeymoon, money can give them the means to
choosing a reception hall. Since most couples                                                                                have a good time while abroad.
choose a religious facility based on where they
attend services or where they attended growing up,                                                                              • Pool resources with other guests. Sometimes couples desire some-
that decision is often easier than choosing where                                                                            thing expensive that they cannot afford and don't expect their guests to
the couple and their guests will go to let loose once                                                                        provide either. However, guests might want to chip in together and get
the ceremony's over.                                                                                                         them that unexpected, expensive gift. It will surely surprise the couple,
    Couples facing the dilemma of where to host                                                                              and guests won't have to worry about the gift being given by someone
their post-wedding party should ask the following                                                                            else.
questions when on the hunt for a reception hall.
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                                                                                                                                • Offer to put them up on their wedding night. Many newlyweds
    • When is the hall available? If you've already                                                                          prefer to spend their first night as husband and wife in a luxurious hotel
chosen a wedding date, this is obviously the most        Couples face a host of difficult decisions when it                  room before making their way to the airport the next morning and
important question to ask. If you haven't pinned         comes to planning a wedding, not the least of                       heading off on their honeymoon. Guests looking to make the wedding
down a date yet, perhaps a favorite hall's availabili-   which is choosing the right reception hall.                         night extra special should consider offering to pay for the hotel room,
ty can help you determine when to walk down the                                                                              and find the best suite they can. Obviously, this will need to be
aisle.                                                   researched via the Internet. If your wedding party is               arranged well in advance, but it can be a gift the newlyweds will
    Just remember that many houses of worship            going to be large, there's no sense in driving to a                 remember forever.
frown on picking a date and booking with a recep-        locale that can't accommodate larger crowds. Some
tion hall without securing the ceremony first.           reception halls feature rooms for smaller crowds
    • How much? Different places charge different        and rooms for larger parties.
prices, and with the escalating costs of weddings           • What about the catering? Some reception halls
these days, this should be the question you ask
immediately after learning of the hall's availability.
                                                         insist customers use their kitchen staff, while others
                                                         allow outside caterers to come in.                                                                   The Best In
                                                            Oftentimes, halls that require on-site staff do the
It's also good to have a number in mind with
respect to how much you can spend on the recep-
                                                         cooking also require a minimum number of guests.
                                                         In addition, those that permit private caterers might
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Some halls, believe it or not, charge extra for          dors.
tables, chairs and linens. Be sure to state your pref-      • What service styles are available?                                                              • Exceptional Service
erence of round tables or banquet tables as well.                                                                                                             • Creative Presentation
    • What is the capacity? This can often be
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                                                                                       Finances are an important
   Couples should determine what they want, but should also keep in
mind that buffet style serving is often less expensive.
   • How can drinks be served? The bar service can range from a full
open bar (often the most expensive) to only certain drinks offered at the
open bar (i.e., beer is open bar, mixed drinks cost guests per drink) to
                                                                                          issue for newlyweds
individuals paying for their own drinks all night, called a cash bar.                    (MS) - Newlyweds face a host of big decisions              Look at insurance policies beyond auto insurance,
   • How late is the reception hall open? Most reception halls will stay              once their honeymoon is over and it's time to head        too. For instance, you won't need two renter's insur-
open until around midnight before informing guests it's closing time.                 back to reality.                                          ance policies anymore (if any at all), so pick the bet-
Some halls, however, might close earlier. Make sure the party hours are                  Perhaps none carry more weight than the numer-         ter one if you're still renting. If you're a homeowner,
spelled out in your contract.                                                         ous financial decisions that need to be made. Some        make sure your policy reflects the value of all your
   • What is the refund policy? This can be an important question to                  are more common sense and obvious than others,            combined possessions post-wedding.
ask in the unfortunate case an emergency arises and the wedding is                    while some are touchy subjects and need to be
moved or the couple calls off the wedding.                                            addressed carefully.                                          • Contact Social Security in light of a name
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                                                                                      weds can have financial resources ranging from            new Social Security card. Also, you'll want your
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wedding registries
    (MS) - A marriage doesn't just      budgets.
bring together two people in love,
it also serves as the catalyst for          • Use your imagination. China,
merging their worlds into one. For      crystal, silver, linen and house-
couples who may have had homes          wares are classic wedding gifts -
separately from one another             and perennial favorites with
before getting married, they may        brides and grooms - but consider
be bringing along housewares,           registering for other items as well.
furniture and other décor that's not    Adrienne Landau incorporate
necessarily of a cohesive style.        unusual combinations of materials
This could mean it's time to            in striking ways which are always
rethink what should be included         recognized as her designs. This
in their home together. It typically    individuality transcends to her
involves registering for gifts from     home décor collection with cozy,
favorite stores as a way to stock       and visually appealing fur pieces
up on items that reflect mutual         that can be the focal point or con-
taste as a couple.                      versation piece of a home. To
    Today registries are an invalu-     learn more about Adrienne
able part of the wedding process,       Landau and other ideas for fur-
and one eagerly anticipated by          nishing your home together, visit
couples. Registries needn't be lim-
ited to just one store or type of           • Don't overlap. Register for
retail outlet. In fact, a popular       each item in one store only.
trend in wedding gifts is offering      Otherwise, you may get frazzled
luxurious throws and pillows as         keeping track of gifts that have
opposed to traditional linens and       and haven't been purchased or end
housewares. Brides- and grooms-         up with duplicates.
to-be are also registering at               • Never announce your regis-
places, such as Lowes and The           tration in wedding invitations -          start piling up cards are easily                                                                         MS Photo
Home Depot if they desire miter         this implies that gifts are as            misplaced, and your memory            It has become the expected practice for couples to register for preferred
saws as well as platinum-rimmed         important to you as guests.               becomes unreliable.                   gifts for their wedding and life together. But you can think outside of the
china.                                  Friends and family can make sure                                                box for unique or unconventional gifts.
    The bridal registry will take the   word gets out.                               • Maintain your bridal registry.
guesswork out of wedding gifts,             • Keep a running gift list.           Many stores will keep a registry
but only if it's used correctly by      Make a note of each item you              active for a year or more. This        Jewelry & Gifts                                    Bridal Jewelry &
the couple and their guests. Here       receive, who sent it and any              way you can see what wasn't pur-
are some guidelines for using reg-      thoughts that come to mind when           chased and fill in items you really                                                         Accessories
istries successfully, courtesy of       you unwrap it on a master note            desire. Additionally, some guests                                                         • Cake Serving Sets
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                                      Create the perfect soundtrack for your wedding
                                          (MS) - If you've figured out by       time-factor' of a wedding. People      with your band or DJ you can          popular favorites for weddings.
                                      now that music is the key to a            have a good time when they can         consider their suggestions without       Keep Your Guests in Mind:
    "But travel agents have rela-     great wedding, you're right: it's         participate, and feel connected to     feeling pressured.                    Consider the tastes of your guests.
tionships with tour and package       the secret ingredient of every            it all. It's a good sign when guests      Book Your DJ or Band: Once         Make sure singles and older
providers that they can leverage      great wedding. The right song at          get up to dance frequently and         you know your date, book as soon      guests can enjoy the music as
in ways the average consumer          the right time can evoke strong           when they're sharing in the emo-       as possible. DJs and bands have       well. Include timeless standards
cannot. Also, honeymoons can          feelings and help solidify memo-          tions of sentimental moments like      distinct advantages and disadvan-     and music of different eras that all
involve complex itineraries to        ries of the day long after the last       father/daughter, mother/son            tages. DJs are usually less expen-    guests will enjoy.
various places throughout the         dance.                                    dances, etc. When the music is         sive, take up less space and offer
world."                                   Unfortunately, many couples           dull or constantly intrusive, and      playback of original songs by
    This is why The Honeymoon         don't focus as much attention on          there's little involvement and         original artists. Bands can provide   UNIQUE TOUCHES
has put together a network of         their musical program as they do          interaction among the guests,          live sound and make any occasion         In addition to the music that is
honeymoon and destination spe-        on picking out a reception hall, or       chances are they're waiting for the    seem elegant. Generally however,      played on your special day, songs
cialists throughout the country.      florist. Too often, they leave cru-       right time to say goodbye.             they are costly and your songs        and sentiments can be sent in
    "These agents don't pay us to     cial music decisions to their DJ or           Sklerov and Rothstein realized     will be interpreted by the band,      advance of your wedding and
be there, we chose them because       band. This can be a huge mistake,         that couples have 'no way of           not necessarily performed with        afterward as well. You can 'send
we wanted our honeymoon reg-          according to wedding music                knowing what they don't know'          the 'feel' you like or are used to.   more than a card . you can send a
istry customers to have the most      experts Gloria Sklerov and                and really do need expert music                                              song' with the unique musical
experienced and knowledgeable         Barbara Rothstein, professional           planning guidance and informa-             Go Beyond the Boring and          ideas that Sklerov and Rothstein
travel agents in the industry,"       songwriters who set romance to            tion to plan a successful wedding      Basic: Happily for the thousands      offer with their Personalized CD
offers Ellingboe. In fact, honey-     music for films and TV, and are           program. Thanks to them, brides        of brides and grooms who've dis-      Singles line:
moon and luxury travelers have        creators of www.weddingmusic-             and grooms everywhere have             covered                                  · "Save the Date" CDs - featur-
never really stopped using travel                               access to expert know-how and a, there's      ing the classic "Chapel of Love"
agents for this very reason. Ten          "While flowers, clothes and           step-by-step planning system with      no reason for wedding music to        and your save-the-date informa-
years ago the travel agent was        décor may make a wedding 'look'           their book, "How To Set Your           be dull or ineffectual. The Web       tion imprinted directly on the CD.
going to be 'disintermediated,' a     beautiful, it's well-planned music        Wedding To Music," the complete        site offers an exclusive line of      Send them to your guests in lieu
fancy word for 'put out of busi-      that makes a wedding 'feel' beauti-       wedding music guide and planner.       music CDs created especially for      of the standard save-the-date card.
ness.' But today agents are still a   ful" says Sklerov, who has won            Here are some of their tips for a      weddings by Grammy and
viable part of the travel industry.   multiple Emmys for wedding                memorable event:                       Emmy-winning writers, artists             · Personalized Gift CD Singles
    What it really boils down to is   songs featured on daytime TV and                                                 and producers, plus in-depth          - a selection of songs for mom,
this: there is so much information    has written songs for Sinatra,                                                   expert planning articles. The CDs     dad or even bridesmaids and
and so many travel options from       Cher and other top artists.               CEREMONY                               feature exciting contemporary         maids of honor. You can express
which to choose that using a trav-        Think about weddings you've
                                      attended. How did you measure
                                                                                AND RECEPTION                          arrangements of classical ceremo-
                                                                                                                       ny favorites and pop standards,
                                                                                                                                                             personal sentiments for your par-
el professional with the "been                                                                                                                               ents and friends with a special
there, done that" experience can      their success? Probably by                   Create a Plan: Visualize your       fresh new wedding songs for           song they'll love.
make the difference between a         whether you had a good time.or            wedding as a film, and think           Fathers & Daughters, Mothers &
good trip and a "trip of a life-      not. Top wedding coordinators             about the songs that would coor-       Sons, and other special relation-         · CD Thank You 'Notes' - The
time." Long live the travel agent!    know that music is the 'good-             dinate best with the scenes that       ships including stepparents, and      wedding thank you song, "Thank
                                                                                unfold. For example, imagine the       families of second marriages.         You For Your Gift Of Love" with
                                                                                processional, the unity candle cer-        "When writing for film and        your names imprinted on each CD
                                                                                emony, the father/daughter dance,      TV," says Rothstein, "we had to       is an original 'musical' way to say
                                                                                the mother/son dance, or even a        master the art of enhancing each      'thank you' instead of sending an
                                                                                special tribute to an important        scene with the right touch of emo-    ordinary thank you card.
                                                                                person in your life as you listen to   tion ... adding to the significance
                                                                                sound clips of songs written espe-     of important moments." Their             ■ For more great tips on wed-
                                                                                cially for those moments.              unique special songs such as "My      ding music or to order any of the
                                                                                   Stay Organized: Keep a note-        Little Girl", "The Man You've         unique musical items mentioned
                                                                                book and jot down songs you've         Become" and "Yours, Mine &            above, visit www.weddingmusic-
                                                                                heard or ideas you've gathered.        Ours" for fathers and daughters,
                                                                                Then, when you finalize your           mothers and sons and other rela-
                                                                                choices and discuss them in detail     tionships have gone on to become

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