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                                                                                                                                                                                   MONDAY, JULY 11, 2011

 A beautiful thing happened
 on the way to the wedding
Bridal parties often start out the wedding day with a trip to the salon
        By SARA ARTHURS                     ist she is used to and trusts, and wants
               STAFF WRITER                 to stay with that stylist.
                                                If a bridal party comes together
    A wedding day is a day for primp-       they can sometimes get packages,
ing and pampering, not only for the         such as if everyone gets their hair
bride but for the whole bridal party.       done at the salon the bride gets her
Beauty salon owners say it’s not            hair done for free, Cooper said.
unusual to see bridal parties coming            At Austin Grant’s, too, when a
in together for hairstyling, manicures,     bridal party comes in the staff makes
pedicures and makeup in the hours           a party out of it. Usually the brides-
before a wedding ceremony.                  maids bring in food and the salon pro-
    Megan Reichenbach, owner of             vides coffee and hot chocolate.
Journey Salon and Day Spa, said                 Becky Stacy, owner of Tangles,
bridal parties are particularly likely      said her salon sees bridal parties
to come in to get hair done, “but we        almost weekly. Usually the party
also do a lot of spa services, especially   comes in the day before the wedding
manicures and pedicures.”                   to get manicures and pedicures as well
    Coming to the salon the day of the      as spray tans and massages, Stacy
wedding is a chance to start the cel-       said. Then they come in the day of the
ebration atmosphere early.                  wedding to get their hair and makeup
    “We actually do brunch,” Reichen-       done. The visit often includes brunch,
bach said.                                  which may include beverages such as
    Some bridesmaids will eat brunch        mimosas, and the bride can bring in
while others get their hair done. Some-     her photographer, Stacy said.
times they indulge in chair massages.           Stacy said the atmosphere is
    Wedding paties might also come          designed to be relaxing. While wait-
in on Thursday or Friday before the         ing to get their makeup done, the girls
wedding for manicures and pedicures,        can stay back and relax, she said.
Reichenbach said.                               “We love bridal parties in here ...
    Brooke Cooper, manager at Austin        . The atmosphere is just so magnifi-                                                                                                HOWARD MOYER / for The Courier
Grant’s Salon and Spa, said often           cent,” Stacy said.
bridesmaids from out of town come               Jessica Wenger, wedding coordina-      ALLISON RITTER Jackel (center) and her sister, Kimberly Reese (left) and friend, Amber Kramer, show off their
to Findlay and then they all go to          tor at Designer Group Salon and Spa,       finished hair-dos after a morning at Journey Salon & Day Spa, before Allison’s wedding later that afternoon. Bridal
the salon as a group. Occasionally a                                                   parties often start a wedding day together at a salon. Many make the experience into a celebration, bringing food
bridesmaid will have a particular styl-           See BEAUTIFUL, Page T9               and drinks along.

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A bridesmaid’s role: Just enough and not too much
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Tips for being the perfect wedding attendant                                                   bridesmaid or other special occasion
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                                               The money                                       money talk. “If she’s your friend, she’ll
    NEW YORK — There’s lingering                                                               understand, or she could adjust to make
talk about Pippa Middleton getting a tad           How much does it really cost to be          it less of a burden.”
too much attention at the wedding of her       a bridesmaid?
now-royal sis, so what’s a bridesmaid to           “It can really add up,” Winikka said,
do without sucking too much air out of         especially if the bride plans a destina-        Pre-wedding
the room?                                      tion wedding and-or a bachelorette trip,            The two big pre-wedding responsi-
    The short answer: Just enough and          let alone a shower. “You’re looking at          bilities of bridesmaids is planning the
not too much, advises Anja Winikka,            upward of $1,000 just to be a bridesmaid        shower and a bachelorette party — at
editor of                         and often more.”                                their expense.
    There’s been plenty of time to recover         There’s the dress, shoes, jewelry,              Take the bride’s interests and sensi-
from the April 29 royal nuptials, where        travel and party expenses, all not typi-        bilities into account but don’t look to her
Pippa’s head-turning gown left some            cally covered by the wedding couple.            for guidance or assistance. Keep in mind
wondering how far a maid of honor                  “You should have a conversation             the parties should reflect the bride, not
can go in looking, well, good. No way,         right up front about expenses. It’s hard        the bridesmaids.
Winikka said, did Pippa upstage the            but you need to say what you can and                When it comes to dress shopping, a
newly minted Duchess of Cambridge.             cannot contribute financially,” Winikka         bride usually won’t bring the entire wed-                                                                TOM PILSTON / The Associated Press
    “I’m not buying it. She looked fabu-       said. “We suggest brides initiate that,”        ding party to kibitz, but a bridesmaid          PIPPA MIDDLETON (left), holds the train of her sister, Kate, as she enters
lous, but Kate still looked like the bride,”   she added, but if they don’t, it can’t slide.   or two might be invited, Winikka said.          Westminster Abbey with their father, Michael Middleton, ahead of her
she said.                                          If committed, start setting aside a         Honesty about dress choices, within             marriage to Britain’s Prince William on April 29.
    Some of the discomfort, at least           small amount every month to make it             limits, is a good thing, she said.
among Americans, is the unfamiliarity          work. Plan a group wedding gift with                “You don’t want to say that’s the ugli-                                                      “You’re not the wedding planner.
of bridesmaids wearing white, she said.        fellow bridesmaids “if you’re cashed out        est thing I’ve ever seen you in, but being      The wedding
                                                                                                                                                                                             That’s the line you draw.,” Winikka said.
The tradition is less unusual in the U.K.,     and can’t afford more than a mixing             honest is always the right road to go               Bridesmaids should consider them-
                                                                                                                                                                                                Conversely, brides should be clear on
and it heeds a superstition among royals       bowl.”                                          down,” Winikka said.                            selves “sub-hosts” at the ceremony and
                                                                                                                                                                                             what they expect of the wedding party,
and others that dressing the wedding               Definitely plan on sharing a room if            If a bride makes specific party             reception.
                                                                                                                                                                                             she said. Sometimes an otherwise ratio-
party like the bride will ward off evil        the wedding is out of town.                     requests, you’re not obligated to heed              Be gracious but don’t take charge,
                                                                                                                                                                                             nal bride can go bridezilla. Winikka’s
spirits, Winikka said.                             For added value on a bridesmaid             every detail.                                   unless the bride asks you to. “If it looks
                                                                                                                                                                                             advice is roll with it.
    Most bridesmaids are up against a          dress, consider a new service, Newly-               “You’re not expected to do exactly          like someone isn’t having a good time,
                                                                                                                                                                                                “Something might come up.” she said.
lot of other challenges, not the least of, introduced by the formal              what she asks but try to come up with           kind of take it upon yourself to get every-
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   Some wedding dresses leave a
legacy beyond the next-day knockoffs:
Princess Diana’s grand gown, Grace
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Royal                                    says Martini Bratten.
                                             There was a high neckline, a
                                         cinched waist and a big ballskirt
                                         — all befitting a new royal. But the
                                                                                     • Bianca Jagger. Neither a prin-
                                                                                  cess, presidential relative nor movie
                                                                                  star, Jagger created a sensation as a
                                                                                                                           went out with the stock-market crash
                                                                                                                           in 1987, and wedding gowns started
                                                                                                                           becoming simpler and chicer.
                                                                                                                               Bessette Kennedy’s bias-cut Nar-
        Continued from page T4           collar, sleeves and overlay were lace,   fashion rebel when she married Mick      ciso Rodriguez gown in 1996 became
explains Miller. Women wore their        so there was still a glimpse at the      Jagger in a Savile Row-made pant-        the quintessential wedding dress of
best dress, no matter the hue.           more revealing sweetheart bodice,        suit, also in 1971. She represented      the era, says Martini Bratten. “It
    White was sometimes seen as a        more in line with what one would         the other end of the spectrum from       was sexy, unadorned but beautifully
sign of affluence because it meant       expect from a movie star.                Nixon: Jagger was a cool jet-setter,     cut. It was modern — and it came
you could afford to get the dress            “The silhouette was so classic       not a princess bride.                    about just the time the destination
dirty, but brides didn’t run out and     and beautiful,” observes Marchesa’s         “If you were into the ‘70s and        wedding was picking up steam —
get one just for this occasion until     Chapman. “It’s just as breathtaking      hippies, fashion people looked less      which it was perfect for,” she says.
Victoria.                                today as it was over 50 years ago. “     at what everyone else was doing          “It was the dress worn by the woman
    • Jacqueline Kennedy. Kennedy            The illusion lace trick also was     and made it about trying something       who captured the heart of America’s
“was a major fashion influence her       featured on Elizabeth Taylor’s wed-      new,” says Mitchell.                     prince, John Kennedy.”
whole life,” so Ann Lowe’s dramatic      ding gown in the 1950 film “Father of       Some brides still like to make that       Priscilla of Boston continues to
portrait-neck gown with an exagger-      the Bride.” Rose also designed that.     statement, says Martha Stewart’s         make gowns in this sophisticated
ated hourglass shape, and pleating           • Tricia Nixon. Her White House      Miller, calling out a sleek suit on      spirit — and they continue to be
details fashioned into flowers and       wedding in 1971 — and the Priscilla      the spring Douglas Hannant runway,       best-sellers. They aren’t a direct copy
a tiered hemline suited her, says        Kidder gown she chose — became           worn without a shirt a la Jagger.        of the dress, says Minor, but the idea
Miller. The bit of skin showing at       the fantasy of young women across           • Princess Diana. A princess          that you can be glamorous without
the neckline also fit the image of the   America, says vintage fashion expert     couldn’t wear the prairie, bohemian      frills has wide appeal.
socialite marrying a dashing young       Shareen Mitchell, whose TV series        bridal looks that closed out the ‘70s,                                                GENEVIEVE de MANIO / The Associated Press
                                                                                                                               • Chelsea Clinton. No one, includ-
senator, ushering in a new guard.        “Dresscue Me” launches on Planet         and Diana’s 1981 gown by Elizabeth                                                 CHELSEA CLINTON is walked
                                                                                                                           ing Clinton and designer Wang,
    But the dress might have been        Green later this month.                  Emanuel helped usher in an era of                                                  down the aisle by her father, former
                                                                                                                           expected the media circus that
“too couture” and not princess-y                                                  opulence and formality. The shoul-                                                 President Bill Clinton, in July 2010.
                                             It’s not necessarily what was                                                 accompanied last year’s wedding,
enough for the masses, making it                                                  ders were exaggerated, the skirt full                                              Chelsea’s gown, designed by Vera
                                         expected of a president’s daughter.                                               says Miller, but all those photos and
less influential at the time, Martini                                             and the sleeves pouffy. The train was                                              Wang, was immediately copied in
                                         There was little pomp and circum-                                                 attention meant that a lot of gowns
Bratten says, although she sees hints                                             25 feet long.                                                                      the wedding industy.
                                         stance to the sleeveless, V-neck                                                  coming out now were inspired by
of this dress on the runways now.        gown, which was covered in lace but         Minor remembers watching the          the delicate strapless with a jeweled
    • Grace Kelly. Kelly’s gown,         still showed a slim-cut line under-      wedding on TV and thinking, “That        waistband. “It was copied in the             Clinton might not normally be
made by costumer Helen Rose and          neath. “She wore what every woman        dress must weigh 100 pounds!”            industry immediately. It’s the clas-      considered a style influence, but in
the wardrobe department of MGM,          wanted to wear,” says Mitchell, who         • Carolyn Bessette Kennedy. The       sic, romantic, fairy-tale dress on a      that dress, she became a trendsetter,
was “truly designed by Hollywood,”       still fields requests for this style     extravagance of the mid-’80s largely     modern woman,” says Miller.               agrees Minor.
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The well-fed wedding guest
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Caterers say buffet receptions                                                         farming season, Smalley said.
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    By JEANNIE WILEY WOLF                  having gone as far as Columbus and
              STAFF WRITER                 Mansfield.                                  Food choices
                                               Gaines said only about 10 percent
   Forget the latest fads like 1950s       of the couples she works with pick a            Every bride and groom wants to
and ‘60s-inspired cocktail receptions      traditional sit-down dinner for their       create the most memorable wedding
and swanky food stations. Several area     reception.                                  reception, which includes serving
caterers are finding that couples want         “People really don’t mind going to      delicious food. With plenty of menu
a casual atmosphere and traditional        the buffet. They like to be able to pick    choices available ranging from ham
dishes for their wedding reception.        and choose what they want to eat,”          to lasagna, Gaines said traditional
   “People are very basic,” said           she said.                                   foods like chicken and beef will prob-
Brenda Gaines, director of The Centre          Buffets are also more accommodat-       ably never go out of style.
at Bluffton. “People don’t change, at      ing for guests who are vegetarians,             “I always tell my clients, don’t try
least so much in their eating habits. I    said Gaines.                                to get real fancy with what you pick
mean, it takes a really long time for it       “I see people being very conscious      for the meal,” she said.
to change.”                                of the fact that more people are                “People are just very basic, even
   That means couples are opting for       becoming vegetarians so they try to         my husband. If you stick some fancy
buffet lines where guests are able to      have something like fettuccine alfredo      name on something, chances are he’s
choose what they want. Traditional         or stuffed shells with marinara, some-      not going to eat it, whereas you say,
menu choices like chicken and roast        thing in the noodle or pasta range that     it’s roast beef, he’ll eat it,” she said.
beef are also popular for the reception.   people will eat as an entree,” she said.        Old standbys like Yankee pot roast
   However, those same couples are             Both women agreed that food sta-        are also in demand, said Gaines.
willing to experiment a little — with      tions which are on separate tables,             “People absolutely love it ... people
a slice of cheesecake or a bowl of ice     each with distinctive selections, tend      like things that make them feel
cream — when it comes time for some-       to be confusing, especially when            homey,” she said.
thing sweet after dinner, she said.        there’s a large number of guests.               Smalley said she offers couples
                                               Gaines said that food stations are      choices that include gluten-free and
                                           usually requested for more specialized      vegetarian entrees.
Back to the buffet                                                                         “If we know, we can have a meal
                                           receptions, such as on New Year’s Eve.
   The buffet is back in full force,           For larger receptions, guests can       prepared in the back and they can just
according to Debbie Smalley, who,          be served more quickly by using buffet      let us know when they come through
with her husband, Steve, operates          lines, she said.                            the line,” she said. “Usually it’s riga-
Greenbriar Catering and Florists in            “The whole idea of going to the         toni or some kind of pasta.”
Carey.                                     buffet, it makes people feel more               And for couples from Putnam
   It’s popular, she said, because it      at home,” Gaines said. “It creates a        County, mashed potatoes and noodles
gives guests options.                      feeling of being more at home, more         — a staple for meals in that county                                                                             Provided to The Courier
   “I’d say the majority of our cater-     relaxed. They’re going to have a better     — are usually requested, said Gaines,                  A BUFFET-STYLE meal is always a popular choice for a wedding
ing events are buffets,” said Smalley,     time when they feel that way.”                                                                     reception. Guests tend to feel more at home, which allows them to relax
who has been in the business 24 years.         A buffet can also be left out longer,          See WELL-FED, Page T10                          and enjoy the festivities.
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What’s the rush?
Delaying the honeymoon makes good sense
        By HILLARY SPEED                    friends, siblings and parents during the   many of our loved ones gathered at my
         FOR THE ASSOCIATED PRESS           next-day playback, when everybody is       parents’ house, we couldn’t even find
                                            still happy and willing to dissect the     Internet access to let them know we
    My wedding was perfect: a miracu-       event as many times as you want. Then      had arrived safely.
lous, 52-degree day during an other-        you get to relive the passion of your          I finally found a patch of shoddy
wise freezing Boston winter. Friends        wedding day a few months later, when       wireless the next day that lasted just
and family smiling. A gorgeous dress.       you go on your honeymoon.                  long enough for a quick view of the
A tasty cake. Blue-tinted hydrangeas            Also, following the joy of a wedding   first wedding photos that friends had
flown in from Japan. And the story-         with a trip can diminish the excitement    uploaded to Facebook. My husband and
book, love-at-first-sight romance at        of being on vacation.                      I huddled over my too-small iPhone,
the center of it all.                           “Sometimes after that total drama      soaking up those first shots of our                                                          HILLARY SPEED / The Associated Press
    There isn’t a thing I would change      and excitement, the honeymoon can          magical day.                                HILLARY SPEED and her new husband landed at this resort in Isla
about that day; it’s the honeymoon I’d      be like, ‘Do I really have the energy?’        For most of the 19th century, the       Mujeres, Mexico, one day after their wedding. In hinsight, Speed wishes
do over.                                    It can be a bit of a downer in compari-    word “honeymoon,” or “honey-lunacy,”        she’d delayed their honeymoon in order to spend more time with relatives
    Specifically, I’d do it at another      son,” Roney said.                          referred not to a trip, but to the period   who had traveled to attend the wedding.
time.                                           According to a study by TheKnot.       of time after the wedding when a
    Couples planning a wedding face         com and The Wedding Channel in             couple was still swallowed up by love.      extravagant vacation, or take one with   pay for most of it, was almost too much
obvious pressure to go on a honeymoon       2010, 80 percent of marrying couples           “The honeymoon was said to last         less guilt.                              for our frugal minds to bear. We cut
immediately after the tying of the knot.    take a honeymoon, and eight out of 10      one month, after which tenderness               Our honeymoon suffered from over-    costs everywhere we could, and it
They want to seize the moment and           of them leave right away.                  would wane like ‘the changing moon,’”       zealous budgeting. Thinking about        showed.
indulge in a romantic, intimate vaca-           For us, that felt too soon.            according to scholar Barbara Penner,        spending money on a trip in addition        I recommend the delayed honey-
tion while still riding the wave of             Exhausted from the festivities on      who wrote “Newlyweds on Tour: Hon-          to the wedding, even though we didn’t    moon.
wedding euphoria. They want, as we          Jan. 1, our big day, my husband and I      eymooning in Nineteenth-Century
thought we did, to escape the obliga-       crashed at a Boston hotel, barely able     America” (University of New Hamp-
tions of family and friends by running      to process the whirlwind we had just       shire Press, 2009).
off to a tropical island far, far away.
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Beautiful                                   when they have flowers put in their
                                               “They love it,” she said.
                                               For flower girls, curls are popular,
           Continued from page T2           both Reichenbach and Wenger said.
                                               With women’s hair, Wenger said
said that while there are weddings looser curls tend to be popular, and
year-round the busiest times are the “side buns are really in ... off to the
spring and fall.                            side. And a lot of volume is seen.”
    “Usually, if the bride’s coming, they      Another fun part of hair styling
all come,” she said.                        is accessorizing. Reichenbach said
    Wenger said that, although the sometimes the bride will have every-
salon usually opens at 9 a.m. on Sat- one in the wedding party put a flower
urdays, for one recent wedding the in their hair.
bride had to be ready by 9, so the wed-        Cooper said bridal hairstyles have
ding party came in
at 5:30 a.m. to get
                                            changed over the years. It used to be
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                                                               their hair half up,
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                                               Stacy said hair tends to be down
                                                                                       of the bridesmaids.

                                                                                           The job of the stylist is in large part
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before coming in for hair styling that and in loose curls these days, although
day.                                        braids to the side are coming back.
    “It’s usually the whole nine yards,” She thinks hairstyles will follow the
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                                              For those families who ask for
                                           Asian or Indian dishes, Gaines usu-
                                           ally works with a different caterer
                                                                                     become more popular in the past five
                                                                                     or six years.
                                                                                          “My daughter, she hates wedding
                                                                                     cake, and her husband likes wedding
                                                                                                                                 and they’ll take their favorite poem or
                                                                                                                                 verse or lyrics of a song, and they’ll
                                                                                                                                 make up these bookmarks, and people
                                                                                                                                 throw them away. They don’t keep
         Continued from page T6            who will supply the entrees since         cake. He’s more of a traditionalist,”       them,” she said.
                                           those foods are “very, very different,”   she said. “So we had cheesecake and            She’s even seen guests leave with-
                                           she said.                                 wedding cake at her reception, and the      out taking the small boxes of candy
who handles as many as 46 wedding                                                    cheesecake was very well received.          that are left at each table setting, or
receptions a year in Bluffton.                                                       There’s a lot of people that really like    take the boxes and then drop them in
                                           Something sweet                           cheesecake.”                                the trash.
Ethnic inspirations                            Of course, no wedding feast is com-        Gaines said some brides are also          “I even tell my brides, I give them
                                           plete without something sweet at the      adding a candy bar to their reception       permission not to do favors,” said
    For many couples, a wedding sym-       end of the meal. But anymore it could     offerings.                                  Gaines, who sees favors as a carryover
bolizes the joining of two cultures.       be cupcakes or even cheesecake, Smal-          “We had a bride recently who had       from the days when a typical wedding
Sometimes, they want to incorporate        ley said.                                 ... one 8-foot table and she must have      reception meant cake and punch in the
that part of their lives into their meal       “I’ve seen cupcakes placed on tiers   had 10 different types of candy. There      church basement.
choices.                                   to resemble a cake,” she said.            were chocolates. There was licorice.           “You’re giving them a meal. You’re
    “We do have requests for that,”            “And we actually had a cheesecake     There were great big suckers on             giving them beverages, and you’re
Smalley said.                              wedding,” she said. “They had differ-                                                 doing all of this. These days you really
                                                                                     sticks, several kinds of chocolates,
    “If grandma makes a special recipe     ent kinds of cheesecakes ... they both                                                don’t need them,” she said.
                                                                                     buckeyes, just all kinds of stuff,” she
for example, we’ll have them ask if she    love cheesecake.”                         said.                                          If a couple is really agonizing over
can make that dish for the meal,” she          Chocolate fountains are still popu-        Candy was available throughout         favors, she proposes an alternative
said.                                      lar additions, she noted. And every       the reception, she said.                    idea — setting a small bowl of choco-
    Her cook can also prepare the dish.    once in a while, couples will bring in         “People really were getting their      late candies on each table for guests
    Gaines said her cook is also good      a soft-serve ice cream machine to have    sugar fix, and the kids were really hit-    to nibble on.
about working with a family that has       with the cake.                            ting it heavy,” she said.
a special dish in mind.                        “The kids really love that,” she           Smalley said she’s also seen cou-
    “There was a family with a Latino      said.                                     ples host a candy toss for children,
                                                                                                                                 Late-night snacks
background and there was a family              Gaines agreed that cupcakes are       which keeps them busy during the               If you think the food-related por-
recipe, and they gave us the family        the newest rage for wedding recep-        bouquet and garter toss for the adults.     tion of the evening is over after the
recipe. My cook went to the ethnic         tions.                                                                                cake is cut, think again. Some couples
grocery store and bought the supplies          “It’s very hard for the mothers to                                                are also serving late-night snacks to
and actually made it for them accord-      accept that because mothers ... we’re     Forget the favors                           their guests around 10 p.m.
ing to specifications,” she said.
    Another time, a couple requested
                                           from the generation where you had
                                           cupcakes at birthday parties,” she
                                                                                         Donations in lieu of wedding favors
                                                                                     are gaining in popularity, Smalley and
                                                                                                                                    Gaines said she thinks it’s an idea
                                                                                                                                 that was first mentioned in the various
                                                                                                                                                                             “Trust Us With
the family recipe for chicken mole.
The cook ended up sharing the recipe
                                           said. “But they’re showing them in
                                           these real nice tiered arrangements.
                                                                                     Gaines said.
                                                                                         “We’re seeing a lot of girls, in lieu
                                                                                                                                 bridal publications.
                                                                                                                                    “They’ve been encouraging the           Your Big Day...!”
with an employee at the grocery store      They’re really popular.”                  of doing favors, they make a donation       girls to have late hors d’oeuvres, and
who said it was one of the best she’d
ever had.
                                               A cupcake is also easy to transport
                                           for those people who want to take the
                                                                                     to, say, (a) cancer fund,” said Gaines.
                                                                                         Only about 15 percent of her brides
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    “And here it was somebody’s recipe
that had been passed down from gen-
                                           treat home with them.
                                               Gaines agreed that cheesecake has
                                                                                     actually do favors any longer, she said.
                                                                                         “A lot of times girls will go through          See WELL-FED, Page T11      
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                                                                Know what                                      get the biggest bang for their buck      that we know what we’re doing, it’s               ~Birthdays
them,” she said. “The girls are just
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   “One night, they ordered in 25
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                                                                                                                                                        meal for couples.
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                                                                their catering hall six months before
Woman dons dress                                                the wedding, and she thinks that’s             in? Will you be able to personalize
                                                                                                               my menu according to my prefer-
                                                                a mistake.
she wore in 1938                                                   “If they wait six months before,            ences, or do you only offer pre-made
                                                                                                               menus?                                                      Nicole K. Frick
                                                                chances are they’re not going to get
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    MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A
West Michigan woman has strolled                                   “I even have some that go two               person for your service? What                               Hair & Make-up Artist
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down the aisle in her wedding dress
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                                                                                                               has your company been involved
73 years ago.                                                   to get married until they’re out, or
    Agnes Anderson wore the dress in
1938 when she married her college
                                                                somebody’s in the military and they
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                                                                for a year,” she said.                            Gaines said one of the first things
sweetheart, Delmar Anderson, in
                                                                   “But I would say, don’t go under a          she would be concerned about is
Youngstown, Ohio. The Andersons’
                                                                year, and even under a year, don’t be          whether a preview meal is available.
marriage lasted more than 50 years
                                                                surprised if you’re limited on your               “There are caterers that do not
until Delmar’s death in 1989.
                                                                choices,” she said.                            let you have a preview meal, and
    Her second trip down the aisle
                                                                   Debbie Smalley, owner of Green-             I’m kind of leery of that,” she said.
came in June at a vintage bridal gown
                                                                briar Catering and Florists in Carey,          “I realize everybody’s busy, but if
fashion show at a church in Muskegon.
                                                                also advises couples to book their             they don’t know you and they’re
    The 98-year-old from Muskegon
                                                                caterer at least a year in advance.            not eating at your establishment,
County’s Laketon Township says the
                                                                   • How much can you spend?                   they’re coming in cold.”
dress was in mint condition when she
                                                                   “They always need to be con-                   “The bulk of my business ... is
retrieved it from a storage box.
                                                                cerned because everybody has a                 on referral and it’s word of mouth,
    Dick Anderson escorted his mother
                                                                budget,” Gaines said.                          but I think it makes my clients
into the church sanctuary and to the
                                                                                                               more relaxed. The more time I

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