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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
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absolute breaking points.”
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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 lymedallion.com.
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
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Technology also helps engage organize themselves for their big arranged around the room, now a
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difficult to tell if a bride is walk- • Lace is always in, but this emphasis back on the waist.
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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.
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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
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Tech FROM PAGE 8 What you
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-
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Couples order a projector online,
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“Jason and I really wanted to
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order our own equipment and
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ding Web site where our guests
could sign our online guestbook,
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have it shipped to them or their rehearsal dinner, but the restaurant Goldenberg of Los Angeles,
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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
your wedding day as special and their location.
memorable as possible,” says Jay
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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
PearlParadise.com. 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 www.pearl-guide.com, or go
also occurs in the Cook Islands, • Surface – The pearls should value factor, color is heavily to www.pearlparadise.com, 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
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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(MS) - It seems as though with er, more and more people are
the Internet and its many travel
Web sites there would be no need
going back to using travel agents
for at least some of their travel
a technology consulting firm,
reports 9 percent fewer people
booked travel online in 2007 than
the itinerary, book airfare, hotels
and activities, saving them time
and, frequently, money," accord-
to have an actual person book needs. According to a New York in 2005. ing to Scott Ellingboe, CEO of (MS) - One of the biggest deci-
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to an experienced travel agent for tination information, honeymoon buffet style serving. Each has their
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Future FROM PAGE 3 Bridal party gifts
schedule and a job at the Marshall Hy-Vee in
“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,”
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
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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.
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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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Hair FROM PAGE 13
stylist. Also, think about the loca- your hairdresser do the 'do from your fiancé, your family, your Creative Photography
tion of your wedding. If you're start to finish. That way, your styl- friends, and your future. Professional Photography
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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
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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
4. Recognize that changes
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when getting married. There may
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■ 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."
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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
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beer stein, or a pub bubble clock as a means of commemo-
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-
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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.
• 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
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• How much? Different places charge different and rooms for larger parties.
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Food and drinks can be served cocktail style, formal, or buffet
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
Depending on their ages when married, newly- change: If you've changed your name, you'll need a
weds can have financial resources ranging from new Social Security card. Also, you'll want your
complicated portfolios including investments and retirement account to be credited correctly, some-
property to just a savings or checking account. thing that might not happen should your new name
For newlyweds just starting their life together, the not be the name the Social Security Administration
best thing to do is to sit down and discuss the fol- has listed.
lowing situations carefully with your spouse.
• Update your will: While this is similar to chang-
• Change beneficiaries on all accounts: Be it your ing beneficiaries, it's not exactly the same thing.
401(k), a life or auto insurance policy, investment Changing beneficiaries is more estate planning,
accounts or just your savings account at the local which a will doesn't really account for. Changing
bank, once you're married you'd likely prefer your your will should reflect what you want to happen
spouse to be the beneficiary in the case of an with respect to your children and any possessions
accident. that were not mutual possessions shared between
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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
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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
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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.
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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 central.com access to expert know-how and a weddingmusiccentral.com, 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
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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
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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
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