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Love, from the start — almost
By KATHIE BASSETT but Jackie had no idea that she was she enjoyed her indepen- Paul had just picked
The Telegraph being set up. As a matter of fact, one dence, Paul waited up the newly-set ring
of Paul's friends began to flirt with about five minutes earlier that day
Jackie, and this smitten bachelor told before he asked from Maneke
his buddy, "Stay away - she's mine." her to be his Jewelers at
ow Paul Aholt, 24, "When she walked into River Bend, girlfriend. Alton Square
came to meet his fiance she was so calm and laid back," he "I said 'yes' Mall.
Jackie Linley, 23, is the said. "She was so easy to talk to right because I "Having
stuff of old-fashioned off the bat." thought he the stones
romance. Jackie, on the other hand, wasn't was cute," reset is a
Paul saw a picture of Jackie first so immediately taken with Paul - she said. "In nice way to
and asked a friend to introduce them. even though she thought he was cute. March, it combine
"A friend of mine was dating a "I actually didn't like Paul when I will be five (the love)
friend of Jackie's," explained Paul, first met him," admitted Jackie, a years." her mom
who has been working for his father graduate of Alton High School. "He The cou- and dad had
at Aholt Construction since graduat- made a goofy noise while playing ple has been and combine
ing from Southwestern High School in pool so I thought he was kind of talking about it with what
2004. "I asked him if his girlfriend had funny." becoming we have," he
any single friends so he showed me From that night on, they began engaged for a said.
pictures and I picked out Jackie's." talking regularly. Persistent by while so the chal- Engaged since
Their mutual friends arranged nature, Paul finally asked Jackie a lenge became how May, the pair has
them to meet - with a twist. Paul few weeks later why she didn't have Paul could introduce set an Oct. 23, 2010,
knew he would be meeting Jackie, a boyfriend. When she responded that an element of surprise wedding date. The cere-
into his proposal to Jackie. mony will be performed at
"I knew I really Photo By SHANNON BLACKORBY Upper Alton
wanted to propose Jackie Linley, 23, and Paul Aholt, 24, plan Baptist, with a
to her in front of a fall wedding after a one-and-a-half reception follow-
18 Years of Customized Decorating
her family," Paul year engagement. The couple met at ing at Woodlands
said. "Her mom the old River Bend Billiards through Golf Club.
wanted to be mutual friends. "We have
there, and I everything
thought Jackie except a florist,"
would like it more too - she wouldn't said the happy bride-to-be. "A lot of
have to call everyone and they would people stress out, but I don't see why.
all see her expression if they were If you're ahead of the game, it's fine."
Everything you need there."
Paul decided the best approach
Jackie said she bought her dress in
November, finding one at Carol
for the special day... would be to catch Jackie when she
was least expecting it.
Frew's Bridal that no one else had
"I was sitting at the dinner table "Once you have a dress, you know
custom invitations, rentals, talking to my mom," she said. "And I it's real," said Jackie, a hair stylist at
turned around to see Paul down on Fringe in Alton.
party favors and more one knee - it was a shock!"
Knowing that Jackie would say
The couple plan to defer a honey-
moon until Paul is settled in a new
"yes" wasn't enough to calm the position. He will graduate from Lewis
nerves of this terrified, trembling and Clark Community College this
suitor. spring with a degree in process tech-
"I was really anxious, and I mut- nology.
tered some of the words," Paul said. "We'd really like to stay in the
"I finally calmed down enough to ask area," he said. "We'd really like to
Jackie if she was willing to be with have the little white picket fence and
me the rest of her life." kids in a couple of years - well,
Monticello Plaza • Godfrey Even though Jackie knew that her
mother had given Paul her own
maybe not literally the fence, but
we'd like to live the rest of our lives
engagement ring from Jackie's together."
466-2222 father to have reset for her daughter,
Jackie kept asking Paul, "Are you
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Modern confections enhance weddings
radition states that wedding mirror the personality of the wedding. cake. Skilled decorators can create
cakes are to be tiered master- sugar or piped flowers that rival the
pieces featuring white cake * Consider a different shape other look of the real thing.
and white frosting. However, than standard round or square tiers.
today's modern couples are going in How about something that ties into * Base the cake on the style of the
your theme, such as a seashell or a bride's wedding gown. A cake artist
decidedly different directions with
sandcastle for a beachside wedding? may be able to mimic the look of
their wedding cakes. Often the lace, beading, appliques and more. A
dessert is as varied and unique as photo of the gown may be all the
the couple themselves. * There are many decorating
inspiration the professional needs.
styles available and you may not
have to go with the traditional butter- * Who says you need to have vanil-
Wedding cakes can be created to
cream icing. Rolled fondant can be la? Today's cakes come in so many
match couples' individual styles and
cut and shaped into a variety of flavors, including chocolate fudge,
tastes, as well as the color scheme of
embellishments. Talk with the cake banana, carrot, caramel, pumpkin,
the wedding. Shapes and sizes can be
designer about his or her specialties and so many more. Ask about the
mixed and matched depending upon in cake design, and ask to see a look- cake flavors and filling offerings.
what the bride and groom envision. book of past cakes created. Be sure Can't decide? Find out if you can
Working closely with a skilled cake the person whose work you are have multiple flavors, where each
artist can yield a truly exceptional reviewing will be the actual person tier is a different option.
confection. doing your cake.
* Save your appetite. Consider Why not step out of the box when plan-
skipping the extensive dessert bar so ning for the cake? Shapes and sizes can
Here are some ideas for embellish- * Consider matching the flowers in
bouquets and table settings on the guests can truly savor your cake. be mixed and matched depending upon
ing wedding cakes and making them
what the bride and groom envision.
Your rings will express the love
today and forever.
Jackie and Paul enjoy a moment t
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Floral 411 for the big day DID YOU KNOW?
Personal style and preference aren't the only
things that dictate certain wedding day decisions.
Leading up to their big day, cou- stephanotis, roses, orchids, or lilies. from the bridesmaids' bouquet. The In fact, a host of style guidelines exist to help
ples have lots to worry about before Many bridal bouquets also include groom should also wear a bouton- brides and grooms make the right choices on
niere, though his should match a their big day.
they finally get to walk down the fillers like baby's breath as well as
For example, while a man might have a spe-
aisle as man and wife. The trials and some green or ivy, as well as ribbons flower from the bride's bouquet.
cific tuxedo style in mind for his wedding day,
tribulations of planning a wedding is or additonal accessories. When wearing boutonnieres, men
something such as the time of the ceremony can
no small task, as even the most should not wear additional acces- dictate which styles are appropriate. A morning
minor details must be accounted for. ● Bouquets for attendants. sories such as pocket squares. ceremony, for instance, typically calls for a cut-
Attendants' bouquets should be iden- away, or morning coat, with the ushers in match-
Such is the case with the floral tical, and it's best to coordinate these ● Flowers for special guests. ing strollers. For early afternoon ceremonies,
arrangements. Though not a minor bouquets with the attendants' gowns. Certain special guests, such as grand- however, it's typical for men in the wedding party
detail in any way, preparing a wed- Only the maid of honor traditionally mothers and mothers, should receive to wear tuxedos without tails.
ding day floral arrangement does receives a slighlty different bouquet, corsages. While the corsages do not Grooms who really want to wear tails should
have its minor details, particularly as it's customary to give her one need to be identical, they should only do so for ceremonies that begin after 4 p.m.,
when it comes to the more individual apart from the rest, though not signif- match the bridesmaids' bouquets. It's as tails are considered too formal for ceremonies
aspects of a floral plan. For instance, icantly so. best to consult with a florist for a cor- beginning earlier in the day. When wearing tails,
the following components must be sage color that matches all dresses, a white vest and bow tie, but no cumberbund, is
considered when devising a floral ● Boutonnieres for groomsmen as typically the corsages must be the traditional style. When planning a wedding,
plan. and ushers. The guy's side of the ordered before the bride and groom it's best to keep in mind that tradition as well as
wedding also needs to take part in the know what their mothers, grandmoth- personal style should dictatecertain decisions. To
● The bridal bouquet. It's tradition floral plan. Worn in a buttonhole or ers and other special guests will be learn of any additional norms and traditions, con-
sult a wedding planner.
for bridal bouquets to contain white lapel, a boutonniere should be worn wearing. A corsage that goes with
or cream-colored flowers such as on the left lapel and match a flower anything, therefore, is ideal.
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Brides: Changing to The rehearsal
your married name dinner
After a bride says “I do” to a life visit the Department of Motor It has become commonplace for mother of the groom a role in the
with her new husband, she often says Vehicles, or whatever the agency is couples to practice what will be wedding festivities. However,
"I do" to a new last name. Whether called in your area. You will need expected of them and the wedding many of today's modern couples
she takes the name as a loving ges- several forms of identification, two of party during the wedding ceremo- factor the rehearsal dinner cost
ture, to make it more convenient which will be your marriage certifi- ny. A church or synagogue may into their overall wedding budget.
when having kids, or simply to rid cate proving change of name and require an abbreviated run The rehearsal dinner doesn't
herself of an unappealing maiden your social security card. Also have through of the ceremony, and the have to be an extravagant affair.
name, changing her surname will your old drivers license with you. officiant will instruct the wedding It can take place at a restaurant
require some steps to ensure the party on how to enter and leave or even in someone's backyard.
legality of a change in identity. 3. Passport: Contact the Passport the building, as well as when to Some of the best are informal and
Agency to update your name on your engage in scripture readings, etc. really allow everyone to mingle.
Because a name change will passport. You may or may not be This rehearsal typically takes This occasion is also the ideal time
place the evening before the wed- to give groomsmen and brides-
require a copy of the marriage cer- charged for the new issue depending
ding or a few days prior. maids a gift for their participation
tificate — something that isn't often upon how long it's been since you After the rehearsal, it's custom- in the wedding, especially if a
obtained until after the ceremony — applied for a passport. ary for the immediate family and bridesmaid luncheon is not being
it's best to wait until after you've wedding party to go out to dinner held. The bride and groom should
returned from a honeymoon to 4. Insurance policies: If you have together and get to know each also thank everyone for being a
change documentation. Also, in order health insurance, life insurance, or a other before the wedding. part of their special day and
to travel, you may require birth cer- 401(k) plan, you should communicate Traditionally, the groom's parents helped out with all of the wedding
tificates, passports, a license, or your change of name to the respec- host the dinner, which gives the planning.
another form of ID. It will be impos- tive companies.
sible to change all of those forms of
identification before the wedding. 5. Bank accounts: Guests will like-
Inconsistent documentation could
cause hang-ups in the travel process.
Additionally, you may be charged if
ly issue gift checks in your married
name or as a couple. It helps to have
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the wedding party
s weddings have become less married, divorced, widowed, or older
regimented and more expen- woman might be called the matron of
sive, the traditional bridal honor. She assists with the details of
party is often pared down to the wedding plans, like shopping for
a best man and a bridesmaid or two. the bridal gown, addressing invita-
Their roles, however, have remained tions and choosing flowers. She
constant through the years. arranges the bridal shower in con-
junction with the bride's family, is in
Whether the wedding you've got in charge of coordinating the brides-
mind is large or small, formal or maids and organizing fittings, and
casual, conventional or original, it's typically signs the couple's certificate
helpful to have a sense of the roles of marriage or wedding license as a
that bridal party members have legal witness. At the reception, she
played through the years. should stand immediately after the
groom in the receiving line. Wedding party participants have more responsbilities than simply enjoying a cele-
bratory drink with the new bride or groom. It's helpful to have a sense of the
Maid of Honor roles that bridal party members have.
Usually the closest friend of the
bride and sometimes a relative. A Commonly the groom's best friend, relative or not, the best man is in may also be asked to coordinate the
charge of instructing the ushers and guests' trip from the ceremony to the
coordinating the groom's transporta- reception as well as assist the groom
tion to the ceremony. He usually and the best man.
holds the rings until the ceremony
For a Wedding of and will also sign the marriage cer-
tificate as a legal witness. At the
reception, he holds a place of honor,
Flower Girl and Ring Bearer
escorting the maid of honor in the
Breathtaking Beauty receiving line and in all other wed-
ding party activities. He's also the
toastmaster, offering the first toast to
The flower girl carries a basket of
flower petals to sprinkle down the
aisle, or flowers to be passed out to
the women seated near the aisle. The
the couple. ring bearer may either escort the
Elliot flower girl down the aisle, or follow
her, with the rings on a pillow.
Bridesmaids and Ushers
Oriental Garden Typically friends or relatives of Father of the Bride
the bride, bridesmaids may be asked
in Gordon to coordinate special details during His most conspicuous duty is giv-
Moore Park the ceremony preparations or at the ing away the bride at the ceremony.
reception, and assist the bride and He might also fulfill numerous rolls,
the maid of honor. Ushers (some-
times also known as groomsmen)
such as coordinating transportation,
dancing and toasting. Traditionally,
should be prepared for an early he and the mother of the bride have
Mississippi River arrival at the ceremony to escort paid for the wedding and reception
female guests to their seats. During but today it is common for expenses
the ceremony, they will escort the to be shared by both families along
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Planning a bridal shower? Relax and enjoy it with these food shortcuts
(ARA) — Your dear friend or sis- thing you know is that person's spe- REMAKE EVERYDAY equal parts of low-fat cottage cheese
ter announces she's engaged. She cialty which the bride really loves. FAVORITES. Great dishes don't and non-fat plain yogurt and mix in
wants you to be her maid of honor. It Or have each guest bring a dessert require hours in the kitchen. Make a blender or food processor until
goes without saying, you're thrilled or appetizer, so you can focus solely your easy-to-prepare favorites and smooth. Serve with fresh veggies you
for her. But — does this mean you'll on the rest of the party and fun. dress them up with special festive can buy already cleaned and cut up
have to plan at least one bridal Offers to help are gifts, so allow seasonings. Try distinctive seasoning at the store.
shower? Not to mention, wear a other bridesmaids or friends to blends like curry or Italian season-
dress not of your own choosing and assist if they offer. Working together ing, or even seasoned sugar combi- PLAN AND SHOP WISELY.
find the perfect gift? can add to the shower fun, and give nations like lemon sugar or cinna- Don't exhaust yourself shopping.
you stories to share as you continue mon sugar for a gourmet touch. For Outline your menu — including
If the bridal shower causes you down the wedding day road. example: Add a liberal dose of a impromptu snacks — ahead of time.
spice like oregano, basil or cayenne Then pick up everything non-perish-
the most anxiety, help is on the way.
(or an herbal seasoning blend) along able at the same time, eliminating
Kendall McFarland, director of prod- GO THE HEALTHY ROUTE.
with some garlic and Parmesan last-minute sprints to the grocery
uct and recipe development at The bride, her bridesmaids and the
cheese to your usual mashed pota- store. Don't panic if your grocer is
Simply Organic, suggests cutting mother of the bride all want to fit
toes and you'll instantly serve some- missing that key spice ingredient
down on stress with these time-sav- into their dresses when the big day since it's easier than ever to order
thing out of the ordinary.
ing tips to host a simple but sensa- finally arrives. The most thoughtful online. For example, Simply Organic
tional shower for the bride. meal you can offer your guests is a USE CLEVER SHORTCUTS. For carries culinary items like organic
delicious and healthful one. Provide inviting flavor without fuss, keep a spices, seasoning blends, baking
ACCEPT HELP. When the bride's great-tasting, nutritious snacks that supply of natural dressing and dip extracts and flavors, gluten-free bak-
mother or other guests ask if they go easy on salt, fat, sugar and other mixes on hand for fresh, homemade ing mixes and other cooking ingredi-
can bring anything, say yes. Ask potentially unhealthy ingredients and appetizers and snacks. Add a dip or ents and supplies — which they will
them to bring something you don't your guests will fondly remember dressing mix, such as creamy dill, ship to you within a few days of your
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Wedding dress for success: Stay true to your personal style
For most brides-to-be, the choice style options before hitting the maga- look ghostly in white, feel free to
of a dress is among the first and most zines or stores and then be open to all choose a creamier shade or a dress
important decisions in planning a other options. that has decorative accents of a dif-
wedding. With thousands of choices in ferent color near your neck, shoul-
ders and face. Similarly, there's no
every price range, finding the perfect
wedding dress can be a difficult and
Firm yet flexible rule that a wedding dress has to be
There will be no shortage of opin- floor-length. If you're planning a day-
time-consuming process. But by mak-
ions — from mothers, sisters, friends, time or more casual wedding, you
ing some decisions before setting foot might want to consider a tea-length
in a store, the search will be both eas- and store personnel — about your
choice of a wedding dress, but the dress (one that falls a few inches
ier and a whole lot more enjoyable. above the ankle) or go even shorter.
decision, ultimately, is the bride's
First things first alone. A great strategy is to be open
to suggestions about dresses to try Comfort is key
Start by knowing your limits. To on, but reserve the right to choose the
look that feels right to you. With so Style and fit may be the two most
avoid disappointment down the line,
many potential options, you might important factors in choosing a wed-
determine the maximum amount that
want to consider bringing along a ding dress, but comfort should be a
you can spend on a dress -- and don't close third. Ask yourself if you will be
camera and taking photos of yourself
forget to include all the little extras, in the dresses that could be "con- comfortable in a particular dress
such as undergarments, shoes, jewel- tenders." given the setting in which your wed-
ry, veil, and/or hair ornaments. Brides often try on numerous dresses
ding will take place. For instance, if before choosing the one they'll wear
Next, take an inventory of your per- you've always dreamed of an outdoor
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on their walk down the aisle.
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Valentine's Day Did You Know?
proposals According to the United States
Census Bureau, more than 2 mil-
lion couples get married each
year in the United States. The
average bride is a shade over 25
costly expense for the partici-
pants and a lucrative venture for
those in the industry. In fact, $72
billion is spent on weddings each
year. To put that in better per-
years of age, while the average spective, consider that only $8 bil-
ftentimes Valentine's Day
is seen as the perfect time groom is nearly 27-years-old. In a lion per year is spent on honey-
for popping the question. nod to the changing nature of moons, meaning brides and
After all, what better day society, one-third of those getting grooms are liable to spend nine
than a day devoted to love to start married each year have been times more ontheir wedding than
the journey of a new life together? married before. they are on their honeymoon.
Valentine's Day is known for many That's especially notable to June and August remain the
symbols, all of which can be used as those who make a living provid- months of choice for ceremonies,
the backdrop for your proposal to ing wedding services, be it recep- as more weddings occur in June
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If you want to propose on raphers, or others who make their However, while July is the
February 14, here are some ways to living in the wedding industry. third most popular month to walk
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● Propose on bended knee at sun- ding budget is roughly $20,000, even October are becoming
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to sniff out the sweetest flower. think about proposing and eloping on
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Pearl and crystal jewelry lights up any bridal style
(MS) — The elegance of pearls statement with dramatic chandelier
and the shimmer of crystal provide earrings alone," Ms. Maier adds.
today's bride with perfect jewelry "We have enhanced our selection of
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Victorian. "Pearls have long been ornate and high-drama styles with
the jewelry of choice for brides," lots of movement and sparkle. In
says Jill Maier, Vice President of this scenario adding a statement
Design for CAROLEE. "Since bracelet is a good choice."
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stantly updating our designs to sat- it should harmonize in color and groom-to-be to show their grati-
isfy the tastes of today's brides and materials. If the bride is wearing tude to all of the people who will Bridesmaids
bridal parties. White crystal, alone pearls, her bridesmaids' pearls make their wedding day special.
Weddings today feature people who Traditional gifts for bridesmaids
or with pearls, adds sparkle that might be bigger or layered. For are different types of jewelry.
makes a bride look even more lumi- crystal styles the attendants' jewel- have roles that go beyond the tradi-
tional, like interior decorators and Monogrammed stationery, a spa
nous." ry might be bolder to complement treatment, or another pampering ses-
The trend in bridal gowns is the simple lines of their dresses. musical soloists. It's important to
remember to thank everyone who sion. As you have with the best man,
toward strapless and bare shoulder To learn more about putting feel free to bestow a little more
styles, creating the perfect canvas together your own personal bridal contributes to the celebration.
thanks on the maid of honor with a
for a statement necklace and ear- jewelry look, go to more lavish gift. Younger bridal
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"Some brides choose to make a own story and photos. Many couples choose to make a
financial donation to their house of
Thank-you gifts should be some- worship. Additional tipping or mone-
thing thoughtful and enduring. Avoid tary gifts for musicians, alter
fad or gag gifts. These gifts should be boys/girls, etc. can also be a thought-
presented at a pre-wedding occasion.
ful gesture. A donation toward an
It's customarily done at the rehearsal
officiant's vestments may also be
Crafting personalized remarks is a
nice way to call attention to the
Parents of the Bride
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Discussing and solving debt with your new spouse
To be sure, gazing deep into the expense or medical emergency. Be
eyes of your future spouse and talk- aware that your current debts may
ing about the outstanding debts being limit your ability to make major pur-
brought into the marriage isn't very chases and determine how that will
romantic. So it's no surprise that the impact your future needs.
topic isn't high on the list of priorities
when making wedding plans. Take ● REDUCING OR
charge of your debts ELIMINATING DEBT
If you're not sure of the exact sta- Determine a realistic amount you
tus of your debts, a credit report will can afford each month and a
provide a detailed history of what timetable for paying down your debt.
you currently owe and if any pay- Evaluate every few months how well
ments have been late or are missing. your plan is progressing and make nec-
Your first and perhaps most impor- essary adjustments to pay off as much
tant job is to ensure that the report is as you can without adding undo stress.
complete and accurate. Inaccurate or When paying down debts, elimi-
incomplete information can damage nate the debts that boast higher inter-
your credit rating. est rates first. See if you can transfer
card balances to a card with a lower
● CREATE A PLAN interest rate. Find ways to cut spend-
Determine what your financial ing by living on less. This should
obligations are and, together, create leave more room to enjoy your new
a strategy to reduce and eventually life together, and enable each person
eliminate your debts. Expect the in the relationship to improve their
unexpected and have contingencies in credit rating as well. The first step to
place should you become unable to
continue your payment plan due to a
financial success is to make a plan.
All steps thereafter should adhere to
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Getting Engaged is Just the Beginning ...
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store as many times as needed, or more products if you need to, ● Visit a store: It's in your best
update your registry online. There even after the wedding. Be kind interest to visit a store and schedule
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Wedding-day planning requires a healthy perspective
oo often, stress about invita- happy and relaxed.
tions, cakes, bridesmaids, Don't forget to eat. It's not crucial
makeup and more overshad- to your marriage that you fit the cov-
ow the actual romance of a eted size-6 designer dress on your
bride's big day. That's not without wed-ding day, but it is important for
reason, because planning a wedding your body to be in good condition.
is an involved process. In fact, The Some women may exercise and start
National Women's Health dieting before their weddings, which
Information Center's Web site cites is fine, if you're staying healthy. If
getting married as one of the most you eat right, drink plenty of water
stress-ful events in a person's life. and get enough calcium, you can
Barbara North, M.D. says too ensure you'll be in better shape both
much wed-ding-related stress can physically and mentally for the big day.
actually hinder plans for the big day. Also, don't forget to eat a light
"Women will sometimes worry so meal the morning of your wedding.
much about details like favors and You'll need fuel to make it through
bridesmaid gifts that they literally the ceremony, pictures and up to the
worry themselves sick," says Dr. cocktail hour.
North. Sense your cycle. Stress can actu-
To avoid the wedding-day blues, ally impact a woman's monthly
Dr. North offers tips to keep brides cycle, affecting everything from the
Keep your health and stress in check, and you'll be a beautiful blushing bride on the
Great Parties Begin at Baxters timing of her flow to hormones and
pain. While some women plan ahead
sion, insomnia, headaches, digestive
issues, skin irritation, anger, sadness,
and use the pill to "schedule" their or even decreased libido. No matter
Paper and Plastic periods around their weddings, you how fabulous your big day, there's
can't always ensure how your body nothing worse than avoiding intimacy
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Attire options for the mothers of the bride and groom
hether you're the mother for the bride. While wearing black to
of the bride or the weddings is gaining popularity, it is
groom, it goes without not a common color for mothers —
saying that you want to particularly the mother of the bride.
look your best on your child's wed- In general, mother-of-the-bride and -
ding day. While tradition offers groom dresses tend to be solid colors
guidelines for choosing appropriate rather than intricate prints, which
wedding attire for mothers of brides can be distracting and look out of
and grooms, choices abound. place in photos.
Follow the leaders Timing is everything
The most important rule of thumb Traditionally, the mother of the
for mothers is to follow the couple's bride selects her dress first, and the
cues about the style and tone of their mother of the groom then chooses
nuptials. Before purchasing an something similar in style. If either
ensemble for the big day, talk with mother has questions about their
the bride and groom about their choice of wedding attire, they should
vision for the wedding. It's also a consult the bride. Clear communica-
good idea for mothers to postpone tion between the mothers or between
purchasing their own wedding attire each mother and the bride will not
until the bride has selected her wed- only make the shopping process both
ding dress and those of her atten- pleasant and productive, but will
dants. It may also be useful to know ensure that one mother doesn't
if the couple has selected a color "outdo" or overshadow the other.
scheme for their wedding. These
decisions will be helpful in determin- Know your style —
ing the style, colors and level of for-
mality that will be appropriate for
and your place
the mothers. When looking for that perfect dress
— whether it's a floor-length gown or
Don't be a a flowing cocktail dress — stick with
matchmaker styles that flatter your figure and
enhance your best features. Since
Mothers' dresses should comple- your children's wedding photos will Mothers of the bride and groom typically choose an elegant, understated dress to
ment the attire of the wedding party, be viewed — and may even be on dis- wear on the day of their child's wedding.
but do not have to match the brides- play — for many years to come,
maids, the wedding colors or each choose a style that photographs well by the camera. Also, keep in mind that never compete with or draw attention
other. In fact, the only color that is and a color that works well with your while you will be one of the leading away from the person with the starring
off limits is white, which is reserved skin tone and won't get "washed out" ladies at the wedding, your attire should role in the production — the bride.
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perfumes your path to the altar by important, and the youngest members one she liked best. To look through have the photos taken soon after hair
dropping tender petals in her wake. of the wedding party should have the jewelry options that can become and make-up are done, everyone will
As special as you feel on your wed- some small items to highlight their treasured wedding memories for your look picture-perfect.
ding day, you'll want even your lit- attire, just as every bride should. junior bridesmaids and flower girls, Plan to have something special for
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put in practice, whether the child is pieces are understated and elegant, day for the littlest members of your adults enjoy the grown-up activities
your own or the child of a loved one. but also feature the youthful spirit of wedding party. Even the best-man- at the reception.
Follow these tips, and you'll help beloved Disney characters — they nered kids get tired and out of sorts Keeping the youngest members of
ensure the youngest members of your make ideal flower girl gifts. after hours of activity, so it's good to your wedding party happy on your
wedding party have a positive experi- take that into consideration. You'll be wedding day will help ensure the day
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How to add classic Need a bridal shower gift? Make it personal
traditions to a Looking for an affordable bridal shower gift
with a personal touch?
Begin with a basket or any other useful
spaghetti sauce or fettuccine alfredo seasoning
mix or a favorite pasta recipe. A candle and bottle
of Chianti add a special romantic touch.
modern wedding kitchen container, such as a mixing bowl, cake
pan, serving dish or colander. Vintage items you
pick up at a second-hand store or garage sale
● Beginner's basket — Create a very basic
basket for a new cook or a bride just starting out
on her own with a handful of popular and common
(ARA) — Every bride remembers pearls have the perfect round shape can be charming. Line the container with a pretty spices — such as salt, pepper, cinnamon, basil,
the age-old saying, "Something old, with soft, neutral colors, while fresh- cloth napkin, a colorful dishtowel or even a piece oregano, thyme, rosemary and turmeric. Include a
something new, something borrowed, water pearls shine with more of an of fabric cut with pinking shears, or use tissue cookbook, a recipe box or a file with copies of
something blue," and considers how intense, natural metallic luster, per- paper if you prefer. Add bottles or packets of some favorite family recipes.
to incorporate these elements into fect to complement an embroidered spices, herbs, seasonings and other ingredients. ● Spice of life — Even the most experienced
her wedding. gown." For a special touch, include a favorite recipe, a cooks need some variety. Try assembling some
cookbook, a wooden spoon, a potholder, or any unusual or new flavor combinations or savory
This English poem — believed to Visit www.PearlParadise.com to related accessory. spice blends. Frontier Natural Products has just
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good-luck tokens for her new life with perfect pearl necklace for your wed- pers, taco seasoning or other Mexican spices. chipotle, cayenne and lemon. Add an unusual or
her husband. ding day. Add a jar of salsa, some tortilla chips and mar- interesting kitchen gadget to intrigue the sea-
garita mix if you like. For your "basket," use an soned cook, such as a set of garnishing spoons.
Something borrowed: inexpensive sombrero, available at card and party ● Grill master — Place a variety of grilling
Here are a few ideas to help the
stores. spices and marinade mixes with a mitt and tongs
modern bride incorporate some clas-
This is an excellent way to get ● Mama mia — Line a colander or pasta or other grilling tools in a grilling basket. Add an
sic traditions into her wedding:
your best friend or a close relative serving dish with a red checkered tablecloth or apron, a roll of heavy-duty aluminum foil or a grill
cloth or paper napkins. Add seasonings such as cleaning brush for an extra touch.
Something old: more involved in your special day.
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All sale prices include factory rebate and dealer discount. APR limited term ﬁnancing avilable with approved credit, not all buyers will qualify. Tax, title, license and doc fee not included. Offers end 3/1/10.
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