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THE TIMELINE......6

SMILE! THE MUST-GET SHOTS......8

THE TUNES: YOUR PLAYLIST......9

YOUR BUDGET......10

YOUR GUEST LIST: WORKSHEET......14

YOUR GUEST LIST: THE FINAL LIST......16

EXPERT ADVICE: SMILE TIME.....18

EXPERT ADVICE: YOUR BRIDAL GOWN......19

EXPERT ADVICE: BRIDAL BEAUTY......21

EXPERT ADVICE: THE PLAN......22

EXPERT ADVICE: FOOD & DRINK......23

EXPERT ADVICE: THE FLOWERS......24

EXPERT ADVICE: THE SWEETS......25

EXPERT ADVICE: THE PLACE......26

EXPERT ADVICE: WEDDING SHOW TIPS......27

EXPERT ADVICE: THE LEGALITIES......28

REAL WEDDINGS MAGAZINE’S PARTNER PROFILES......30

REAL WEDDINGS MAGAZINE’S PARTNER INDEX......62

EXPERT ADVICE: CEREMONY......65

YOUR DREAM TEAM CONTACTS......66

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AS SOON AS YOU’RE ENGAGED:

Organize, organize, organize!

Set budget

Discuss time frame and dates

Determine wedding basics: formal vs. informal, day

vs. night, etc.

Use the Real Weddings Magazine’s timeline to help

keep you on track and use Real Weddings Magazine

(along with Real Weddings Magazine’s website and

social media pages!) to start your inspiration boards!

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MONTHS

DATE: ..........................

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Set the date (but be flexible until you

book your venue)

Hire a planner

Research venues, and then make the

decision on your venue as this will often guide other

decisions that you’ll need to make

Research and book other wedding pros ASAP:

caterer, photographer, videographer, dj, floral designer,

officiant, musicians, transportation, etc.

(see worksheets starting on page 10 to help you

identify the vendor categories that are most important

to you)

Choose colors and/or theme

Research the marriage license (see page 28 for help)

Invite attendants

Draft guest list (see worksheets on page 14 to get

started)

Register (it’s like virtual shopping! Go to our website

for some tips and ideas)

Start shopping for gown / attire

Set up engagement photo session

Set up wedding website

Once your guest list is finalized, send out save-thedate

cards. Pro Kate Whelan from Kate Whelan

Events says, “Save-the-date cards give ample

notice for out-of-town guests, especially if your

wedding will be during a holiday or on a popular

weekend. Be sure to include any airline or hotel room

information to make it easier for guests to make travel

arrangements.”

Beauty Boost: begin fitness regime

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MONTHS

DATE: ..........................

Invitations/stationery. Pro Catrina

Arcularius from Catrina Maria Designs

says, “Overestimate your order by about

10 percent. It’s a great idea to order extra

envelopes in any case. If you’re on a short

timeline, try ordering the envelopes first while the

invitations are being printed so that you can get them

addressed early.”

Book accommodations for out-of-town guests

Order cake and dessert bar

Sign vendor contracts/make deposits

Order gown and choose additional accessories

Choose attendants’ attire

Schedule time off from work

Book honeymoon arrangements

Mail thank you notes as you receive gifts

Begin dance lessons

Beauty Boost: start your med-spa treatments

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MONTHS

DATE: ..........................

Schedule rehearsal and rehearsal

dinner

Book wedding night hotel

Arrange day-of transportation

Finalize guest list

Order and/or start making favors

Shop for ceremony/reception accessories (cake knife,

ring pillows, etc.)

Secure passports, visas, shots, if necessary

Beauty Boost: start thinking about wedding hair and

makeup—figure out the look you want now!

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MONTHS

DATE: ..........................

Consult attorney for changes to

insurance, wills, accounts and, if you

choose, a prenuptial agreement

Gather other necessary paper work

that may be needed (such as proof of divorce,

death or annulment of previous marriage—this will be

needed when you get your marriage license)

Shop for and order wedding bands

Reserve rental items

Develop wedding hashtag

Order custom signage (don’t forget to include

wedding hastag where appropriate)

Choose groom and groomsmen attire

Shop for attendants’ gifts

Beauty boost: book wedding day appointments

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MONTHS

DATE: ..........................

Arrange wedding-weekend

activities. Pro Lora Ward from The

Venue Vixens says, “‘After Glow’

brunches are often arranged, especially

if there are many out-of-town guests

attending. The invitation can include everyone

invited to the wedding, but most often is kept to

the out-of-towners and family. Depending on the

formality of this gathering, invitations may or may

not be necessary. Or consider a ‘Pre-Social’ hour

immediately before the wedding.”

Mail invitations (Don’t forget to make a spreadsheet

of your guests and assign each of them a number—


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put that number on the back of their RSVP return

card so that you can match the card to each guest

just in case they forget to fill in their information

before they mail it back to you.)

Tasting with caterer, finalize menu

List of must-take photos for photographer (see

worksheet on page 8)

Music for ceremony and reception (see worksheet

on page 9)

Confirm attendants’ attire is arranged

Update registry

Pay deposits for honeymoon

Beauty Boost: see dentist for pre-wedding cleaning

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MONTH

DATE: ..........................

Rehearsal dinner invites. Ward says,

“It is not standard to send invitations

to the rehearsal dinner, but if there is

some question as to who should attend,

it’s a good idea. This is often a dinner planned

by the groom’s parents, so they may wish to have

invitations showing they are hosting and to make it

special.”

Send day-after invites, if necessary

Assign ceremony/reception responsibilities

Confirm details with vendors

Write or select vows

Arrange marriage license

Final dress fitting, with all accessories

Arrange ushers and/or attendant to distribute

programs at ceremony (if you have them)

Beauty Boost: hair/makeup trial run; de-stress with a spa

day just for you!

2

WEEKS

DATE: ..........................

Dinner seating chart/place cards.

Whelan says, “To create an organic flow

to your event, try to seat the elderly

and less social guests away from the

dance floor, where the music is loud. Place

the younger, more social guests near the dance

floor and bar areas. After all, this is where they will

be spending the most time—and where they can

get the party started!” And, consider putting your

wedding hashtag on your place cards so that your

guests can easily hashtag wedding photos that they

take on social media.

Contact guests who haven’t responded

Confirm honeymoon arrangements; share itinerary

with family

Arrange house and/or pet sitter

Gift/welcome baskets for out-of-towners

Beauty Boost: final facial before big day; hair cut and

color—don’t do anything drastic. If you re making a drastic

change, do so at least three months before the wedding.

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WEEK

DATE: ..........................

Arrange for dress pick up/delivery

Break in shoes

Final head count to caterer

Distribute contact list/directions

Prepare tip/payment envelopes for vendors;

arrange for someone you trust to distribute these

the day of the event

Recruit someone to mail marriage announcements,

if you’re sending

Get out the luggage and pack!

Beauty Boost: get waxed; begin teeth whitening

(consult with dentist, and don’t overdo it)

DAY

BEFORE

DATE: ..........................

Ask trusted friend/family member

to bring marriage license and to be in

charge of making sure witnesses sign

the license after the nuptials

If groom is renting a tuxedo, make

arrangements for someone to return it if you’re

leaving for your honeymoon the day after your

wedding

Deliver welcome baskets

Give rings to best man

Distribute attendant gifts

Rehearse

Beauty Boost: get a manicure and pedicure

THE

BIG DAY!

DATE: ..........................

Eat and be sure to drink lots of

water before the festivities begin!

During your reception, you’ll be talking

with guests and (likely) drinking alcohol,

so having a little food and water in your

system earlier in the day will help immensely.

Have luggage delivered to wedding night hotel

Remember to switch engagement ring to right hand

Relax and enjoy the day!

Beauty Boost: get pampered by hair and makeup team

Send thank yous

POST

Return gifts, if necessary

HONEYMOON

Make sure vendor bills are paid

Order wedding photos and albums

Collect social media photos using

your hashtag

Have gown dry-cleaned and/or preserved, or

Donate dress, or

Have a “post wedding” photo shoot

Enjoy married life! OO

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BEFORE THE CEREMONY

Bride getting ready

Bride with attendants

Bride with family

Bride leaving for ceremony

Groom getting ready

Groom with attendants

Groom with family

Groom leaving for ceremony

Invitations

Flowers

Rings






THE REVEAL

Father/Daughter First Look

Groom in anticipation

Bride approaching

First look



THE CEREMONY

Programs

Décor

Ushers

Guests arriving

Groom waiting

Flower girls and ring bearers walking down aisle

Attendants walking down aisle

Bride walking down aisle

Wedding Sermon/Mass

Lighting of Unity Candle

Special Readings

Exchange of rings

Exchange of vows

Sand ceremony

The KISS!

Breaking the glass

Jumping the broom

Newlyweds walking down aisle

Guests throwing petals, blowing bubbles, etc.

Signing of marriage certificate


AFTER THE CEREMONY

Shots of guests and couple

Full bridal party shots

Newlyweds with Bride’s Family

Newlyweds with Groom’s Family

Group family shots






RECEPTION

Venue

Place cards

Room décor

Table décor

Food

Cake and dessert bar

Favors

Guests enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres

Newlyweds arrival

Announcement of bridal party

First Dance

Father/Daughter dance

Mother/Son dance

Speeches

Bouquet toss

Garter toss

Cake cutting

Guests dancing

Guests enjoying photo booth

Newlyweds leaving reception








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CEREMONY

Musician(s)

First Dance

Prelude

Father/Daughter Dance

Processional

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Ceremony

Mother/Son Dance

Ceremony

Ceremony

Bouquet Toss

Recessional

Postlude

Garter Toss

RECEPTION

Musician(s)/DJ

Cake Cutting

Special Requests

Cocktail Hour

Bridal Party Arrival

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Dinner

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YOUR BUDGET VENDOR #1 VENDOR #2 ACTUAL NOTES

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WEDDING PLANNER:

CEREMONY

CEREMONY SITE:

OFFICIANT:

MUSICIAN(S):

BUTTERFLY/DOVE RELEASES:

OTHER:

BRIDE & GROOM

HAIR STYLIST:

MAKEUP ARTIST:

BRIDE’S DRESS:

BRIDE’S VEIL/HEADPIECE:

BRIDE’S SHOES:

BRIDE’S LINGERIE:

BRIDE’S JEWELRY:

ALTERATIONS:

GROOM’S TUXEDO:

GROOM’S SHOES:

OTHER:

PHOTOGRAPHER

ENGAGEMENT SESSION:

BOUDOIR:

WEDDING:

DAY AFTER:

OTHER:

OTHER:

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WEDDING STATIONERY

SAVE-THE-DATE CARDS:

INVITATIONS:

PROGRAMS:

PLACE CARDS:

MENU CARDS:

FOOD/DESSERT PLACARDS:

FAVOR TAGS:

THANK YOU NOTES:

POSTAGE:

RECEPTION

RECEPTION VENUE:

CATERER:

BEVERAGES:

BAR SERVICE:

CAKE:

DESSERTS:

FAVORS:

CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN:

TABLE RENTALS:

CHAIR RENTALS:

LINEN RENTALS:

CHAIRCOVER RENTALS:

EQUIPMENT RENTALS:

DÉCOR RENTALS:

LOUNGE FURNITURE RENTALS:

DJ:

BAND:

DANCE INSTRUCTION:

LIGHTING:

PHOTO BOOTH RENTAL:

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VIDEOGRAPHER

VIDEOGRAPHER:

OTHER:

FLOWERS

CEREMONY:

BRIDAL BOUQUET:

BRIDE’S ATTENDANTS:

GROOM:

GROOM’S ATTENDANTS:

FLOWER GIRL:

RING BEARER:

FAMILY MEMBERS:

CENTERPIECES:

DÉCOR FLOWERS:

OTHER:

OTHER:

OTHER:

GIFTS

BRIDE TO GROOM:

GROOM TO BRIDE:

BRIDE’S ATTENDANTS:

GROOM’S ATTENDANTS:

OTHER:

OTHER:

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TRANSPORTATION

HORSE & CARRIAGE:

LIMOUSINE:

OTHER:

OTHER:

HONEYMOON

WEDDING NIGHT

ACCOMMODATIONS:

AIRFARE:

HOTEL:

TRANSPORTATION:

DINING:

ENTERTAINMENT:

OTHER:

EXTRAS

DENTIST APPOINTMENTS:

HAIR APPOINTMENTS:

SKINCARE APPOINTMENTS:

MED-SPA APPOINTMENTS:

SPA APPOINTMENTS:

MARRIAGE LICENSE:

TIPS:

OTHER:

OTHER:

OTHER:

OTHER:

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your guest list: worksheet

THE “A” LIST

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TOTAL THIS COLUMN:

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your guest list: worksheet

THE “B” LIST

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NO. COUNT

THE “C” LIST

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HIRE

ture’ since that’s what I do,” Charleton

your perfect

Churchill of Charleton Churchill Photography

explains. “The more important

quest above the style is to find the

photographer who makes you feel

something inside when viewing their

PHOTOGRAPHER

images. You should be excited about

their work.”

Leilani Paular Finley of Leilani Paular

BY KRISTEN CASTILLO

Photography agrees, saying, “Photographers are as individual as your

favorite fashion brands, so look for images that reflect that personal

Your wedding photos will last long after you say “I Do,” which is why style. Take your time. How do the images speak to you? Do they make

hiring the right photographer is such an important investment.

you think ‘this is so us,’ and then smile to yourself? A photographer

“You put so much time and effort into planning and your wedding whose style is in line with what you see for your images will likely be a

day will fly by quickly. So hiring a professional photographer is very

great match.”

important,” says Mariea Rummel of Mariea Rummel Photography. “Your

wedding day will be filled with extraordinary, fleeting moments and MISCONCEPTIONS

having a professional capturing them creatively is key. These moments Shooting photos is easy, right? Anyone can do it...or so you think. The

become timeless visual heirlooms that will instantly bring you back to truth? While everyone has a cell phone camera or a point-and-shoot

the essence of your celebration.”

camera, good photography isn’t just about clicking a button.

These days everyone is a ’professional photographer,’” says Felts.

GO PRO

“It’s easy to get a nice camera and start taking photos.”

“A professional has experience, the right equipment, and will be able

Felts advises couples not to hire a friend, a family member or an

to handle anything that comes up,” says Amber Felts of Shoop’s

amateur to photograph the big day. Instead, look for signs that the

Photography. “Having a friend handle your photography usually leads photographer you’re considering is a pro: a professional website with

to problems because expectations are not clear and they are not being a variety of photos; professional social media accounts like Facebook,

paid to do the job for you.”

Instagram or a blog; photography certifications or memberships with

How can you make sure you’re dealing with a seasoned professional?

Meagan Lucy from Meagan Lucy Photographers explains that you

Make sure the shooter is experienced in and comfortable shooting

professional groups; and reviews/referrals from other clients.

should be looking to work with someone who’s been the lead photographer

on a significant number of weddings, saying, “It is important that know how to anticipate moments and read people’s faces, where to

weddings too. “Good photographers have shot enough weddings to

you hire a photographer who knows the anatomy of a wedding and is point the camera during the ceremony and reception, quickly adjust

familiar with all the moving pieces of a wedding day. It is key that you their cameras for sudden light change; they give direction to the

can trust your photographer to ‘play nice’ with your other vendors you couple and have a vision,” explains Churchill. “They are problem solvers

have hired and can be a team player.”

because they have been trained from the many problems they have

All that experience means your photographer will be able to capture encountered at weddings.”

your best angles, shoot in the best lighting situations and backgrounds, Another stumbling point can be pricing, but there’s a photo package

for every budget. “It never hurts to ask in regard to pricing, but be

and help keep your wedding on schedule. Plus they’ll be ready for anything.

“A professional has professional gear and backup gear for when honest. If your budget is a certain amount, be up front about it,” advises

the unexpected might happen,” says Aimee Fredy, owner of White

Justin Buettner from JB Wedding Photography. “The worst the photographer

of your choice will do is say no. In many cases, though, they

Daisy Photography. Julia Croteau of Julia Croteau Photography agrees,

saying, “A seasoned professional photographer will take into account will try and give you options to work within your budget or refer you to

possible variables to your day. They will be ready and able to handle any someone who might be a good match.”

obstacles that may occur. You have to be able to trust your photographer

to tackle the job at hand.”

STYLE

You also want to work with a pro whose

style is a match for you as a couple. Do

you want traditional portraiture? Lots of

candids? A fly-on-the-wall photojournalism

approach? “Look, here’s the deal, if

you’re reading this, chances are you are

intentional about finding a good photographer

for your wedding day. There are

a multitude of styles and mixtures you

should consider: classic, documentary,

fine-art, creative, lifestyle, fashion-forward,

dramatic, and I’m going to add ‘adven-

QUESTIONS TO ASK:

1. How many weddings a day/weekend/year do you

shoot?

2. How many hours will you shoot?

3. Do you work with other photographers or assistants?

If so, who are they?

4. Approximately how many images will you shoot?

5. Do you charge for travel?

6. What kind of touch-ups do you offer?

7. Do you have online proofing?

8. When will the edited wedding photos be ready?

9. Will you get digital negatives?

10. What kinds of albums do you offer?

NEED TO KNOW

Make sure that you like your photographer.

“Meet with your wedding photographer

face-to-face or over Google

Hangouts or Skype,” advises Rummel.

“You want to make sure you three mesh

well because you will be spending quite a

bit of time together.”

Do your homework. “Do ask your

friends for recommendations,” says Felts,

who also advises couples to “meet with

several photographers and ask to see

full weddings, not just what’s on their

website.”

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about more than just getting the image,” says Buettner. “If the photographer

is not making an effort to get to know you then that should raise

a red flag. A photographer can’t capture an image that is uniquely you

without knowing you first.”

Start a conversation. “Talk with the photographer in person,” says

Fredy. “If you can’t meet in person, schedule a Skype session or phone

call.”

Know the value of engagement photos. “Engagement shoots are a

great way for you and your beloved to get more comfortable in front of

the camera, and get familiar with your photographer. That way, you’re

ready to get the best possible photos on your wedding day,” say Ashley

King and Gabby Terrasi of 2 Girls 20 Cameras.

An e-session helps you get comfortable in front of the camera and

helps you get to know your photographer. “Your photographer will help

you figure out how to work best together before the main event. As well,

during your e-session, you can showcase your personalities in a more casual

setting, while creating some fun, memorable images,” says De’Andre

Robinson of Dee & Kris Photography. Lucy concurs, saying, “Even if you

have been engaged for a long time, do an e-session. This is a chance to

bond with your photographer, and It will give you a dry run prior to the

wedding and will help you know what to expect the day of.”

And remember, you can use the engagement photos for a variety of

things, including images for save-the-dates, your wedding website, and

to display at your reception.

Pick any location you want for your e-session, but, Lucy advises “Talk

with your photographer about the location—they may have some great

ideas that may be perfect for you.”

WHAT TO AVOID

Don’t focus on pricing alone. You don’t get a do-over, so do it right.

The investment pays off even after the wedding. Sure money matters

but if you’re only thinking about money, you could miss out on a great

photographer. He or she may have some pricing flexibility too, if you ask.

“You will always regret it if you have a bad experience or don’t love your

photos just to save a little money. This is one of the most important days

of your life—be sure a professional and experienced wedding photographer

documents it,” say King and Terrasi.

Don’t hire an amateur. “This is the most important lesson since this is

your highly anticipated wedding day, and not a practice photo shoot for

a friend who has a good camera, nor a photographer who just started,”

says Churchill. “I think we have all heard enough stories in the news with

the bride who cried because their photographer never delivered the images

(or they were awful). A seasoned professional is not only going to

have the right gear, but they know how to use it for each situation. Hiring

a seasoned professional is going to give you confidence for better quality

work and reduce the risks involved you would encounter with a amateur.”

Don’t demand a copycat. “Having inspiration images can be great,

and they can help you when talking to photographers about ideas and

style. But don’t hire a photographer with the thought of insisting on specific

images,” advises Paular Finley. “It’s much better to hire the photographer

whose images reflect the style you want, and with whom you feel

most comfortable to create images for you at your wedding.” Remember,

you’re hiring a photographer for his or her creativity.

Avoid playing it safe with your wedding photos. “If you want some

truly amazing wedding photos that you can brag about to friends and

family as well as print for your wall, then give your photographer the

adequate amount of time for your creative couples’ time,” says Churchill.

“Plan for enough time with your photographer to get the creative photos

you’re after instead of just the safe wedding photos.”

Don’t just skim the portfolio. “Don’t hire a photographer who cannot

provide you with multiple galleries of entire weddings—start to finish —

that they have photographed,” says Fredy. “You need to know that they

can get the job done, not just take a few pretty pictures.” OO

YOUR BRIDAL GOWN

DRESS

to

IMPRESS

BY KRISTEN CASTILLO

While so many things make your wedding “yours,” the bridal gown

you choose sets the tone for your big day and should be a match

for everything “you”—that’s why it’s so important to buy a well-built

wedding dress. Sure they can be pricey, but it’s all about getting great

style and quality. “Buying a wedding gown is like an investment in

beautiful memories,” says Seniya Cortez of Diamond Bridal Gallery.

“When a bride buys her dress, she wants to have the best memories

ever, and it’s not worth it to give that up.”

The benefits of a well-constructed gown are evident. “A really

well-made dress is going to fit the body better overall,” says Bree

Gianassi Little of Always Elegant Bridal & Tuxedo. “A dress that has

better structure and design will highlight your figure in all the right

areas—making you feel even more beautiful.”

Brides of all sizes want a flattering gown. “For plus-size brides,

we need the support of a comfortable and well-constructed gown

to create shape and maintain a smooth look throughout the body,”

says Sandra Gonzalez, founder and creative director of Sparkle Bridal

Couture, which is dedicated to bridal and special occasion dresses in

sizes 14-30. “Not all dresses are constructed the same.”

QUALITY CRAFTSMANSHIP

Look for signs of quality in a gown: proper “boning” for bustline and

waistline support, superior fabric that’s not flimsy or brittle, ample

lining to help full-skirt styles get and keep their shape, finished seams,

hems and linings, and beading and embellishments that are sewn, not

glued.

“Quality construction is vital for your bridal gown,” says Karla

Maite Fuentes with Second Summer Bride. “You and your wedding

attire will be the most photographed item at your wedding, invest

in yourself and your photos. Trust me, your Aunt Meg will not likely

know the difference between free-range kobe beef and your standard

steak, but she will notice your choice on skimping on a quality gown,

and you will have visual proof of it, too.”

In addition to a well-crafted gown, you need the right undergarments.

“Ask your boutique team about what undergarments they

suggest for you to work with your gown. You may want to consider

a bustier to offer needed support if you’re larger than a ’B’ cup,” says

Fuentes. “And, you may want to have a slip or crinoline to give more

volume to the dress and provide a barrier between your legs and the

gown—making it easier to walk.”

STYLE MISCONCEPTIONS

Since buying a wedding gown is a new experience, you may have

lots of questions about the process. A big misconception is the idea

that you can’t wear a certain style because of your figure. “It is okay

to try on something you weren’t planning on, because you never

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know,” says Fuentes. “You would be

surprised how many times we have

brides looking for a fitted lace gown

walk away with a classic crepe ballgown

and vice versa. We just want

every bride to enjoy their journey

in finding their wedding attire. Your

stylist only wants you to make sure

you rock down the aisle and as long

as you communicate with them,

they will try their hardest to make

your wedding dreams come true.”

Liz Eisen, manager/owner at De

La Rosa’s Bridal & Tuxedos agrees,

saying, “Keep an open mind and

try on a variety of gowns. If you’ve

never tried on a gown, [do so]; you

don’t know if you like something

until you try it on.”

While looking at colors and

styles, it’s also important to be

realistic about what you can afford.

“We do not recommend that a bride

try gowns on that are outside the

budget she has allowed herself,”

says Tracy Lindenberger of The

Clothes Mine. “This generally leads

to disappointment!”

SIZING KNOW-HOW

Designers typically use their own

sizing charts, which are often

smaller than sizes you’re used to

buying off the rack, so a size eight

wedding gown isn’t going to fit you

the way a size eight cocktail dress

at a department store would.

“Once you find your gown, you

will get measured and a gown that

fits the closest to your measurements

can be ordered,” says

Fuentes. “Then, it can be perfected

and fitted during your alteration

process.” Keep in mind that gown

height is also cut for a “standard”

5’7” woman—shorter brides will

need hemming and taller brides

should order an “extra length”

gown.

Don’t rush the process either.

“You are a bride once and the

process can be at times overwhelming,”

says Gianassi Little. “Allowing

yourself time to discover the type of

bride you want to be is critical—every

bride has a love story so allow

your dress to tell a story as well.”

Remember, ordering a gown can

take six to eight months, so be sure

WHAT TO EXPECT

AT YOUR FITTING

1. When you arrive, make sure you have your wedding

lingerie such as bra and panties, as well as the exact shoes

you’re wearing for the wedding (if you have them). Keep

in mind that if you substitute shoes, the hemline might

not be a match for the shoes you do wear to the wedding.

2. Ask if your boutique allows photos. Some do, some don’t,

but either way you need to respect the store’s policies

before you take selfies in your gown.

3. Most of the time, alterations like hemming are extra.

Since they aren’t included in the price of the gown, know

that you’ll pay more for extensive changes such as adding

straps or sleeves or adjusting the neckline.

4. Typically a bride has two to three fittings, so be patient.

During the first fitting, the seamstress will take your

measurements and discuss the alterations you’d like; during

the second (or third) fitting, she’ll review the changes

and make any necessary fixes. For the final fitting, which

is usually a few days before the wedding, you’ll pick up the

gown—pressed and ready to wear.

DON’T BUY ONLINE

Beware of buying a gown off the Internet. “Most of the time,

it’s a knockoff,” says Eisen. “It’s not the same thing and you

need to be aware.” Often the websites will say the gown is

a knockoff of a designer gown. It’s such a big deal that the

real gown manufacturers notify bridal salons about fake

gowns online. The knockoffs “are very deceiving,” says Eisen.

They’re not what you think.”

When you buy a gown off the Internet, you’re taking a

huge risk. There’s “no guarantee of fit, fabric or construction,”

says Gonzalez. “A bride cannot feel or see what she

is getting. She will not have access to professional staff to

answer her questions, and most likely will not be able to get

her money back either.”

While getting a good deal may seem tempting, be careful.

Often, these dresses are poorly constructed and are low

quality, and you may end up having to pay for very expensive

alterations or buy a replacement gown.

Fuentes advises: “You get what you pay for, so buyer

beware.” A number of things can go wrong with an Internet-purchased

gown. “When a client comes to me in tears

because the dress never arrived and her wedding is fast approaching;

the dress arrived and is the wrong color or size;

or the dress is not the style she purchased,” Gianassi Little

says she goes into “fix-it mode” to find “a perfect dress” for

the bride.

Even if the gown shows up and looks OK, you’ll miss

out on the customer service. “We’ve had a few brides who

bought online come into the store for alterations and were

a little disappointed that they missed the nice experience of

personal help choosing their wedding gown,” Cortez says.

Use the Internet for research only. “Go online and get a

feel for what’s out there,” says Eisen. There are some “reputable

Internet sellers,” says Lindenberger, who finds most of

these sellers are associated with a “brick and mortar” bridal

boutique. “Brides need to thoroughly research the website

and check references other than those listed on the seller’s

website,” she says.

to build that time into your wedding timeline

to keep your dress experience as stress

free as possible.

Even though you want your gown to be

a perfect fit, it doesn’t start out that way.

“In the perfect world, a bride’s dress would

come to fit perfectly with no alterations

needed,” says Gianassi Little. “Something

as simple as shortening a strap or stitching

a delicate belt to the waist, or possibly sewing

in bra cups in the gown are a few things

that are done during alterations. Often the

stress of planning a wedding can cause

changes to a bride’s body shape and all of

this must be handled with delicate care.”

Gonzalez agrees, explaining: “Just about

every wedding gown will need some sort

of alteration. Tailoring forms the gown to a

bride’s specific shape.”

Plan to finalize your alterations about

four to five weeks before the wedding day.

“Don’t procrastinate,” Eisen suggests.

BRING A FRIEND

Make an appointment to look at gowns

so you can guarantee the shop will have a

consultant ready to work with you. Plan to

invite a few pals, too. “As a general rule, a

bride should bring one to two guests with

her to her first appointment,” says Lindenberger.

“Those should be friends or family

whose opinions she values and trusts the

most.”

If someone else is paying for the gown,

you may want to invite him or her as well.

Still, it’s not a good idea to invite a lot of

family and friends. “Too many people can

be overwhelming, frustrating and confusing

for a bride,” says Gonzalez. “Sometimes

the family/friends want the bride to choose

what they want, not what the bride wants.”

BUY LOCAL

It makes sense to buy your wedding gown

locally. You’ll experience superior customer

service, see the gowns in person, and get

to try them on. “Many brides who purchase

their wedding gown online have to spend

more money because they do not get what

a full-service wedding salon offers,” says

Gonzalez, who concludes: “Save yourself

the time, money and stress by shopping at

a locally-owned bridal salon.”

Make appointments at each local bridal

boutique where you’ll work with experienced

bridal gown consultants who will

help you get the most for your money,

and ensure that you find the gown of your

dreams. OO


BRIDAL BEAUTY

expert advice

LOOK

Now that you have an action

on your

GREAT

that it’s essential for brides to

plan for the dress and all of the

feel that they look amazing. “If

necessary accoutrements, it’s

wearing red lipstick makes you

time to think about the finishing

feel beautiful—do it,” she says.

touch to your wedding day

BIG DAY!

“If wearing your hair down in

look—professional stylists to do

loose curls makes you feel gorgeous—do

it. Your confidence

your hair and makeup. Whether

you have a regular beauty regimen

of cut, color and makeup,

pictures and to all of your

will shine through in all of your

or even if you don’t wear much

makeup on a regular basis and

BY KRISTEN CASTILLO guests.”

While it may be tempting

your hair is pretty simple, you’ll still benefit from professional help. “You

want to look like yourself,” says Jenifer Haupt of Jenifer Haupt, I Make

Beautiful. “You’ll look [like] yourself but more put together—more of a

flawless look.”

to try a new look or go for something hip, think again. “With all of

the inspiration out there, you’re definitely going to come across many

popular trends, but trying out a completely new hair or makeup look,

especially one that’s super trendy, shouldn’t be one of them. Your hair

and makeup artists should enhance your natural beauty,” says Ybarra.

IMPORTANCE

Hiring hair and makeup artists for your bridal beauty isn’t a luxury—it’s

money well spent. “Hiring a professional bridal hair and makeup artist

ensures that your day will be as smooth and stress free as possible, but

you’ll also gain peace of mind knowing that you look beautiful in all of

your photos,” says Happi Ybarra of Happily Beautiful Makeup Artistry &

Skin Studio. In addition, Ybarra advises brides to work with their hair and

makeup team to create a timeless, not trendy, look that for years to come

Oretta agrees to avoid trends. Instead, she advises brides to focus

on what makes them feel most beautiful, asking, “Is it with your hair up?

Down? When you put on a stunning smoky eye or when your lashes

look sky high?”

Remember that your wedding look isn’t just about your hair,

makeup and attire. “Have your bridal look be a reflection of your overall

wedding style, be it boho-chic, ultra-glam or simply romantic,” says

Ybarra.

will leave you feeling just as beautiful as the day you said your vows.

Melissa Oretta of All Dolled Up Hair and Makeup Artistry agrees and

calls professional hair and makeup “an investment that you will be able

to appreciate every time you look at your pictures,” explaining that these

beauty pros “work to not only understand what you’re looking for as a

client, but what your photographer is looking for as well, so that we can

be sure to make you look your absolute best on camera and off.”

Lisa Harter from Lisa Harter Hair and Makeup Artist suggests putting

the hiring of a professional hair and makeup artist at the top of your todo

list. “Your wedding day photos are ones that you and your family will

reflect back on for years to come. Hiring a professional hair and make up

team is essential—they will help you be the most beautiful that you can

be for this very special day, and they will ensure that you’ll be photoready

for the entire day!”

Face it: You don’t want shiny skin, flyaway hairs, or makeup that’s not

suitable for a hot day or lots of time in front of the camera. “My goal is

to not only make you look amazing in person, but amazing in photos,”

says Lea Buehler of Lea Buehler BGorgeous. “I make sure that your hair

looks perfect from every angle and will stay in place all day. I know what

makeup not only lasts, but photographs beautifully too, and how to bring

out all of your best features without making you look overly made-up.”

TRIAL RUNS

You definitely need to book a trial run for your hair and makeup, to

share ideas with your beauty pros and test a few wedding looks. Trial

runs also help the bride get to know her stylists and vice versa. “Doing

a bridal preview is absolutely essential in my opinion—if we haven’t

worked together before, it’s an opportunity to get to know each other

and talk about what you want for your bridal look,” Harter advises. “In

addition, it give us the chance to try different styles, test how they photograph,

and finalize your look for your big day. We can also talk about

color and cut recommendations that will complement your wedding

hairstyle so that you look your best.”

Plan your trial closer to the wedding so that you have a firm idea of

what look you want. “We’ll do a trial a month or two before the wedding,”

says Haupt. Show your makeup artist and stylist photos of what

you like. “Pictures are great because then we’re on the same page,”

says Haupt, noting that pictures help the beauty professionals “see your

vision...I love, love pictures.” However, while those pictures are a great

starting point, they’re not necessarily ideal for every bride. “Hairstyles

and makeup can look so much different online or on a celebrity versus

how they might look on you,” says Oretta. “It’s important to experience

the look on yourself before committing your heart to it for your big

BEAUTY ADVICE

Start planning your overall look as soon as possible. Research and hire

hair and makeup pros early on, so that you can make sure you’ll be working

with your preferred vendors. “You have to call about six months to a

year in advance,” says Haupt. “Timing is everything.”

Hire beauty professionals who frequently handle weddings since

they’re used to the pacing of prepping multiple people for an event.

“You have to hire someone who does weddings on a regular basis,” says

Haupt, who develops a rhythm with the stylists and makeup artists she

works with. “We work so fast and so well together.”

Make sure that your wedding “look” resembles your everyday self.

day.” Haupt agrees, advising brides, “Be realistic.” For example, if you

have fine hair, don’t choose a style that’s best for thick hair.

Most of the time, you’ll only need one or two trials. But if you decide

you want to fine-tune your look, go ahead and do another one. “Book

trial runs until you feel 100-percent confident that your professional is

going to be able to give you what you’re looking for,” says Oretta, noting

“usually you should be able to tell that on your first trial run.”

By hiring professional makeup artists and hairstylists, you can relax

and get pampered with the confidence of getting a look that’s perfect

for you. “Once you’ve selected your artistry team,” Ybarra says, “sit

back, relax and enjoy the day.” OO

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PLAN

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PROS

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Like every spouse-to-be, you’re pulled in multiple directions by many

different people and many different things. How do you decide on concepts,

colors and more? Hire a planner to help you refine your wedding

vision, make decisions, and most importantly, advocate for what you

want despite what others around you may desire.

WHY HIRE A PLANNER?

A planner may seem like a luxury, but it’s becoming a big reality for

busy couples. “Sometimes clients don’t have a lot of time,” says Kate

Whelan of Kate Whelan Events. “They also contact a planner to create a

cohesive look for their wedding.” Whelan continues, “It’s all about finding

the perfect planner for you. Find a planner that truly ’gets’ you.”

Sandy Stringer of Strings & Champagne Events says that professional

planners know the industry and can recommend the right

wedding professionals for their

clients’ specific needs. “Researching

vendors can take forever and

how do you know where to start?

Experienced planners know their

peers, know what they have to

offer, what style they provide and

at what cost. It’s our job to find out

what the client likes and what they

want at what budget, and then we

can match them up with the right

professionals.”

Furthermore, hiring a planner

allows you to actually be a guest at

your own wedding and not feel like

you have to work on your special

day. “From planning and design conceptualization

to getting you down

the aisle, working with a planner will

give you the piece of mind knowing

a professional is in your corner

throughout the process.” Danielle

Roe of Danielle Roe Events says.

DESIGN AND

ORGANIZATION

Planners can offer different services.

Some specialize in organizing your

day from seating charts to menu selection,

while others focus on event

design such as coordinating colors

and décor. Still, many planners are a

mix of both services.

Chef Beth Sogaard of Beth

Sogaard Catering says a great

coordinator can pull together a

stylish event. “It’s easier for us to

TYPES OF WEDDING

COORDINATORS & PLANNERS

Full-Service Coordinator/Planner

From adjusting your bra strap to negotiating contracts, full-service

wedding coordinators do it all. Most offer full-service coordination

that guides the couple, from start to finish, through timelines,

budgets, checklists, design and etiquette. You name it, they take care of

it…or at least, they will tell you who can take care of it. Not only does a

full-service wedding coordinator take care of everything leading up to

the wedding, but they coordinate and execute the wedding day as well.

Hands down, a couple’s best friend!

Day-of Coordinator

A day-of coordinator manages and executes the rehearsal dinner and

wedding day only. This type of coordinator is for the “do-it-herself”

spouse-to-be who enjoys the planning process and is detail oriented.

However, no matter how organized and wedding savvy the couple may

be, no couple should be without some help on their special day. A dayof

coordinator can take care of the little bumps and blunders that arise

throughout the day (and trust us, there will be some). Hiring a day-of

coordinator ensures the comfort of a stress-free wedding day, at least

from a planning perspective.

Venue/Site Coordinator

Many venues have in-house coordinators who assist in planning your

wedding. Although every venue is different, the services these coordinators

offer may not be as extensive as an outside wedding coordinator.

More and more couples are hiring an outside wedding coordinator,

in addition to having one on-site. Typically, these two types of coordinators

work together to make sure your wedding is just right!

Event Designer

An event designer coordinates your wedding theme and décor. They’re

the experts in all the hot, new wedding trends. Event designers can

turn any party into an eye-catching soirée. Many full-service coordinators

offer these services as well.

plan our décor with another professional who knows the couple’s vision

and the details of the venue,” she says. Stringer agrees, “Some couples

have a hard time envisioning their wedding, planners make this vision

real. Professional planners pull your colors and ideas together in a way

you never thought of and add that accent to your design that is, quite

simply, the icing on the cake.”

PLANNERS VERSUS

IN-HOUSE

COORDINATORS

In-house coordinators generally are included with the venue rental, so

it’s an affordable option for many brides. But an in-house coordinator is

not the same as an independent planner. “The major difference between

a planner and an in-house coordinator is that a planner may help in the

entire process from engagement to

the honeymoon,” explains Sandra

Dominey of Arden Hills, a venue that

offers in-house coordination. She

notes that an in-house coordinator

“is usually not as involved with the

overall plan, but is deeply involved in

the day’s details.”

PLANNING WITH EASE

A planner can help not only you, but

your wedding experts as well. “We

are a huge proponent of being there

for clients and other vendors, too,”

explains Whelan. “Once vendors

have worked with us, they’re always

happy to work with us again.”

Photographers, for example,

spend the whole wedding day with

the couple. A planner can help

keep the day’s schedule on track,

including photo sessions. Plus, since

planners tend to be creative, the

wedding photos can be more interesting

and fun! “One huge benefit

of hiring an effective planner is that

you can be sure your wedding day

will be worry-free. They take care of

all the details so you can thoroughly

enjoy the day without worrying

about whether all the participants

are working together and doing

their jobs. “I’m always pleased to

find out that my clients have hired

a professional planner,” says Shellie

Kennedy from Capture Photography..

“Professional planners keep


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the day on track and handle the little things that inevitably come up

during your wedding day (without you even knowing about it), leaving

you relaxed and able to relish the moment and the day as a whole.

This in turn makes for even better photos!”

Think of your planner as a coach for your big day. He or she will

make sure every vendor is prepped and ready to be a successful part

of the wedding team. “A planner wears many hats. Designer, project

manager, team leader, liaison, client advocate, counselor, cheerleader

and so much more,” says Matt Brys of Extreme Productions Entertainment.

“When we partner with a professional planner for a wedding,

we are able to execute the ’fun’ of the event more effectively. It really

makes for a more streamlined process and better experience for the

client.”

Jennifer and Rick Tan of Tan Weddings & Events describe the role

of the planner this way: “The planner is like the maestro of a symphony.

His or her humble task is to bring out the best in the talent of

the musicians (the vendors). By finding the perfect rhythm, highlighting

the artistry of the players, and being attentive to the grand arc

of the piece as well as its nuances, everyone is treated to a sublime

experience.”

MONEY MATTERS

“A lot of people think they can’t afford it, but they can,” Whelan says.

Done right, hiring a planner can actually save you money. “Your planner

should be able to save you money to make up for their cost—from

making sure you make the right decisions from the beginning, to

negotiating contracts that respect your budget,” Whelan continues.

A planner will review your contracts, prevent you from overspending

on unnecessary items, and negotiate prices with other vendors.

Other benefits? You’ll save time and stress!

HIRING TIPS

Make sure the planner that you hire is ready for the job. Find out how

many events they’ve done to determine their level of experience. Look

for a planner who plans weddings full-time since part-time planners,

who work other jobs, may not have enough time to devote to coordinating

your event.

Before hiring a planner, make sure that he or she is a good fit.

Stringer says, “When you are considering hiring a planner for your

upcoming celebration, take some time and do the research. Reading

reviews is a great way to get a feeling of what the vendor is like, and a

personal conversation with the planner should help you develop trust

and comfort. Meet in person or over the phone—this time should be at

no cost to you. When you feel like you’ve gained a new friend and got

the answers that you are looking for, then you are a match!

Sogaard advises, “You must take the time at the start to properly

describe your needs, wants, budget and overall vision to the coordinator

before letting them act on your behalf.” Many planners offer a free

consultation to couples to see how they can help them.

But don’t wait too long. “As a planner, we don’t look at our job as

just another vendor in your production plan, but as a true partner in

the planning process. For this reason, it is imperative that you identify

a planning team early on in the game that fits your style, goals and

most of all, your personality!”

Further, Roe advises to ask for references. “While we love a beautifully

curated social media feed as much as the next creative, we love

experience and overall client satisfaction even more! A planner’s time

should really be spent making sure your day is just right, so be sure to

vet your planner for client references and real projects that they have

worked on. A glowing reference will take you much farther than a

pretty Instagram feed!”

A planner can be a great investment—you’ll get lots of help, expert

advice and most of all, peace of mind! OO

FOOD & DRINK

RECEPTION DINNER OPTIONS

Who knew there could be so many choices when it comes to serving food at a

wedding? Here’s a summary of your options to help direct your dining desires.

Plated: A served meal is very elegant but can also be very involved. Remember to

identify the menu options in your invitations and have your guests indicate their

selections in their response cards. It’s important to keep track of these selections

because you will need to inform your caterer of how many are having which entrée

(remember to number the back of the response cards with the appropriate names

so that in case your guests don’t fill in their name, you’ll know who they are!). You

will also need to create a system to help the servers know which entrée to serve

which guest. The easiest way to do this is with color-coded place cards.

Buffet: Buffets are great because they require little work from the couple, and

they can sometimes be less expensive than a plated meal. However, this is not

always the case as you will likely give your guests multiple entrée choices; caterers

will need to prepare more for the additional need. If you go for a buffet service,

guide your guests through the line by designating one song for each table; when

that song plays it’s time for that table to enter the buffet line. This is a unique way

to prevent cattle call chaos.

Family-Style: Can’t decide between plated and buffet? A family style meal is

the best of both worlds. Your guests get to enjoy creating their own portions by

serving themselves like a buffet and they get to stay seated like a plated meal.

Beware of overcrowded tables; keep your centerpieces small and seat fewer people

at each table.

Hors d’oeuvres Only: Tray-passed hors d’oeuvres or table-placed hors d’oeuvres

are another great idea. However, they don’t always save money. Talk to your caterer

about options, and price hors d’oeuvres options against a full meal option. If you

choose to serve hors d’oeuvres only, be sure to time your reception carefully so

that wedding guests will not expect a full meal. This is perfect for afternoon

garden weddings.

WINE CALCULATOR

If you’re serving your guests wine, here’s how to calculate wine

quantity: Take the total number of guests and multiple by 2.5 glasses

(some guests consume more than 2.5 glasses, some drink no wine at all

(minors!), but 2.5 is an average); divide that number by 4 (number of

glasses per bottle); then, divide by 12 (the number of bottles per case)...

and voilà, there’s your wine quantity calculation.

If you’re serving your guest sparkling wine, here’s how to

calculate sparkling wine quantity: Take the total number of guests,

multiply by 1.25 glasses (again, some guests drink more, some less,

but 1.25 is an average); divide that number by 4 (number of glasses per

bottle); then divide by 12 (the number of bottles per case)...and there’s

your sparkling wine quantity calculation.

Confused? Don’t be...here’s a quick example for you:

SAMPLE — Guest Count 150

Wine: 150 x 2.5 = 375 /4 = 93.75 /12 =

8 cases of wine

Sparkling wine: 150 x 1.25 = 187.5 /4 = 47/12 =

4 cases of sparkling wine

—Information courtesy of Scribner Bend Vineyards

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Flowers are a major part of your wedexpert

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THE FLOWERS

DIVINE

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From the perfect arrangement to a sentimental scent, your wedding

flowers say so much. The overall design is visually stunning, while the colors,

blooms and fragrances complement the look and feel of the event.

Getting started can seem overwhelming, but once you select a floral

designer, you can then collaborate on your ideal wedding flowers. “First I

find out what the wedding’s season will be, then the colors, and then the

budget,” says Shannon Cosgrove-Rivas of Flourish. “That order tells me a

lot about what flowers are the best fit for the event.”

Cheryl Sage of Accents by Sage Floral Design advises, “Share your

floral Pinterest board or images you’ve collected in your wedding binder

of bouquets and floral looks that you like with your floral designer—along

with some images that convey the overall look and feel that you want

your wedding to have.” And, consider what you love and what suits your

tastes. “Go with a style and theme that brings out your personalities,”

advises Vicky Marco with Bella Bloom. “Adding subtle touches that represent

your personalities in some of the décor are great and also allows

your guests to appreciate and celebrate your uniqueness.”

FLORAL INSPIRATION

Get ideas in magazines, online and from social media sites, like Pinterest

(Editor’s note: check out Real Weddings Magazine’s Style Files section

for great floral ideas, our blog at realweddingsmag.com and our Pinterest

page at pinterest.com/realweddingsmag for lots of floral inspiration

boards!), then share your likes and dislikes with your floral designer. You

can even email your designer links to your Pinterest page. “One of my

favorite parts of the design process is taking the initial inspiration the

couple brings to me and expanding it into something that is even more

wonderful; bringing the vision to life,” says Cosgrove-Rivas.

Once you know your style, your floral design starts taking shape, but

be flexible—it’s essential to trust your floral designer to guide the process.

Sage advises, “With so many variables

like availability of product along with

weather and the season your wedding

will take place, if you’re flexible with your

floral professional, you will have a better

overall result.” Cosgrove-Rivas agrees:

“Even the smallest bit of inspiration a

couple brings—a photo, a piece of fabric

or even just a color—can turn into a full

design theme with an experienced and

creative floral designer, but only if the

couple is willing to allow the designer to

run with the idea, and ultimately trust in

the end result.”

YEAR-ROUND BLOOMS

Many beautiful flowers are grown close to home—right in

California—which means you can get a pretty selection of

blooms at affordable prices. “We are extremely lucky to have

one of the best local floral markets in the world,” says Alicia

Relles of Relles Florist. “Because of the varying climates [in

California], growers can offer a diverse selection of flowers.

It’s essential to trust your floral designer to know their

growers and suppliers to help you have the best flowers

available throughout the year.”

“Several gorgeous floral options are available year round

like roses, hydrangea, stock and many foliage options,” Sage

says. Many popular wedding flowers—including Gerbera

daisies, snapdragons and alstroemeria—are grown in hothouses,

making them available throughout the year.

ding décor but keep in mind that while you’re focused on the blooms,

the colors matter too. Give your floral designer your color scheme and

build in a little flexibility, such as adding a color pop like sherbet peach to

an otherwise light palette. “That pop of color gives your floral designer

more options and varieties to choose from,” says Cosgrove-Rivas.

It’s also wise to choose colors that work with your venue’s style

and color scheme. Mary Lee of Amour Florist & Bridal agrees saying,

“If you’re having a vintage theme, perhaps at a barn or a winery, with

a neutral color palette, utilizing softer shades and tones will complement

the wood elements. If you’re having a more glamorous wedding,

perhaps at a ballroom, utilizing elegant pops of color will create some

drama. Ultimately, choose the venue you love, then work with your floral

designer to create a color palette to complement the wedding style

you’re wishing for.”

FRESHNESS

As long as you’re working with a professional floral designer, you

shouldn’t need to worry about the freshness of your flowers. Still, there

are a few fresh tips from the pros to follow:

• Make sure that your floral designer is treating the flowers with flower

food and preservatives, and keep all of the flowers in water as long as

possible. “When you’re out taking photos, your bouquets will be out

of water. Make sure you place your flowers back in water-filled vases

as soon as possible to keep your bouquets looking their best,” advises

Sage.

• While it’s important to keep your flowers cool, there is one thing you

should avoid: “Don’t put your flowers in a refrigerator or in the direct

flow of an air conditioner—this could dry out or worse freeze your

flowers and ruin them for your big day,” says Sage.

• Discuss floral placement options with your venue and coordinator

to make sure that your arrangements

will hold up during the ceremony and

reception.

• Beware of full sunlight. “Be mindful of

the hot sun and direct sunlight if you’re

having an outdoor wedding or reception,”

advises Lee. “Many flowers and

foliages are too delicate to stand up to

direct sun and heat. Ask your floral designer

to help select flowers and foliage

that will not only be beautiful, but that

will also withstand the weather on your

wedding day.”

SEASONAL

ALTERNATIVES

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specific bloom but your plans may have to change due to availability or budget. Still, you can find

terrific substitutions.

If dahlias aren’t available, consider mums. “Trust the professionals to help you select alternatives

for flowers that are not in season,” advises Marco. “They know the color availabilities of

flowers that are available and can find a suitable substitution that will not compromise the overall

style and theme of your floral designs.” Marco notes that “blossoming branches, such as cherry

and plum blossoms that are only available in the spring can be substituted with linear flowers with

pretty soft blooms, such as larkspur or snapdragons and mixed in with curling willow to bring a

similar effect.”

“Popular wedding flowers like anemones, ranunculus, and lisianthus are really temperamental

and challenging to work with in and outside of their season,” explains Relles. “Tried and true

California-grown flowers like asiatic, oriental and calla lilies, roses, carnations, chrysanthemums,

hydrangeas, tulips and orchids are more dependable on a year-round basis.”

No matter what flowers you need to swap, keep in mind “there are a myriad of options available

to help you achieve the look and style that you desire for your wedding day,” Lee says. OO

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SEASONAL SELECTIONS

Using seasonal flowers is smart. You’ll have fresh blooms that are abundantly available and

more reasonably priced than non-seasonal flowers.

“Choosing local flowers is really important,” says Cosgrove-Rivas. “There are a lot of

reasons to choose seasonal flowers. It’s really about the quality of the flowers, supporting

your local economy and farmers, and not shipping everything in so that you can reduce your

carbon footprint.”

Winter: Consider snowberry, narcissus, amaryllis, evergreen and camellia.

SNOWBERRY NARCISSUS AMARYLLIS EVERGREEN CAMELLIA

Spring: Consider tulips, ranunculus, anemones, lilac, cherry blossom, daffodils and hyacinth.

TULIPS RANUNCULUS ANEMONES LILAC HYACINTH

THE SWEETS

IT’S A PIECE OF CAKE...

Always make an appointment with selected bakers

first. Before you make an appointment, make

sure that the baker meets your qualifications by

asking the following questions:

• How many years of experience do you have

in making wedding cakes?

• Do you specialize in a particular type of wedding

cake?

• Do you offer complimentary tastings?

• Do you freeze your wedding cakes?

• How far in advance should I order my cake?

• Do you make cakes for the groom?

• Do you lend, rent or sell cake knives?

• What is your average cost per serving of my

desired wedding cake?

• What is your cake pillar and plate rental fee,

if any?

• Is this fee refundable upon the return of

these items?

• When must these items be returned?

• What is your cake delivery and set-up fee?

• What is your payment policy?

• What is your cancellation policy?

Be sure that you’ve done your homework and

determined what your cake and dessert budget

will be, as well as how many servings you’ll need

from your wedding cake. Then, when you go to

your appointment, bring the following:

• Pictures of cakes that you like and that fit

your style

• Pictures of the flowers you are selecting

• Pictures/details of your reception theme

including colors

• Pictures of your attire and that of your attendants

and spouse-to-be

Summer: Consider peonies, dahlias, scabiosa, craspedia, garden roses, zinnia and hydrangeas

in a variety of colors, as well as fillers such as dusty miller and Queen Anne’s lace.

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Fall: Consider dahlias, chrysanthemums, berries, cattails, coneflower pods and calendula, as

well as leaves and branches.

DAHLIA CHRYSANTHEMUMS CATTAILS CONEFLOWER PODS CALENDULA

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THE PLACE

FIND

the right

VENUE

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Once engaged, you may go gown shopping, consider your guest list

and check out invitation styles. But choosing your wedding venue is

one of the most important decisions you need to make. Here’s why:

Without a venue and a specific date and time, you can’t make many

other wedding plans.

“Finding the perfect venue can be time-consuming, tedious and

frustrating,” says Lora Ward, wedding planner and one of The Venue

Vixens, a research group made up of

four wedding professionals matching

couples with their perfect venue.

“Patience and allowing enough time

for the research is required. Until you

find the right place—[one] that fits

with the budget, capacity and all of

the other boxes that are checked off,

it’s difficult to move beyond in planning.”

For example, you can’t hire a

photographer without knowing the exact

details of the wedding’s date, time

and location. “Getting your venue first

is always most helpful,” says Robyn

Lazzerini from Silt Wine Company. It

may take time and a lot of research

but don’t worry—you’ll find the right

one! “Once the venue and date are established,

then the many other steps,

[including] the vision and your inspiration

boards can begin,” Ward says.

WHAT TO CONSIDER

Decide what’s important to you and

your spouse-to-be. “Picking a venue

is a personal choice and usually based

on a feeling when you first set foot

on the property,” says Kelle Collier

of Granite Bay Golf Club. “Always

consider your guests’ perception and

what you want them to experience on

your wedding day. Every venue will

have it’s own pros and cons. Make sure

VENUE ADVICE

Ask Questions. It’s OK to ask your venue questions, even

if the question doesn’t necessarily relate to the venue. “I

always tell my couples that as questions arise when they are

meeting with other vendors throughout their process to just

email or call me. I’m always here to support them along the

way. What might seem like a challenging question to them is

probably something I can answer in 30 seconds,” Collier says.

Feel Connected. Make sure your venue and event staff is a

match for your wedding. “Select a venue in which [you] feel

a connection with the space as well as the people,” says Isbill.

“Take notice when touring of how the employees interact

with one another as well as with you.”

Budget Isn’t A Bad Word. “Don’t be afraid to talk money

and budget,” says Isbill, who thinks venues, “should try to

help couples maximize their dollars and work within their

budget.”

Music Matters. Hire a great DJ to ensure everyone has a

good time. “A professional wedding DJ will make sure that

your wedding reception runs smoothly and keeps the dance

floor full,” Lazzerini says.

Keep An Open Mind. You may think you want one venue

when in actuality you end up selecting another. “Keep your

options open—don’t commit yourself to any preconceived

ideas about what you must have when it comes to your

venue!” says Valdez. “After you’ve identified the venues your

most interested in and taken tours at those properties, you

may be surprised at what you end up falling in love with for

your final selection.”

that you love the pros and that they far outweigh the cons.”

Do you want a large space for dancing? A venue with many

outdoor photo opportunities? A place that handles catering on-site?

Will the flow of events be seamless? It’s also important to think about

your guests’ needs. Is the location convenient for your out-of-town

guests? “Consider having your ceremony and reception at the same

venue to reduce hassles for your guests, especially if you’ve got a

lot of out-of-town guests,” says Toby

Valdez from The Citizen Hotel.

Once you know what you want,

start looking for venues that meet

your needs. “Couples should love the

look and feel of the space itself, and

feel an overall connection,” explains

Heather Isbill from Wine & Roses

Hotel, Restaurant and Spa. Alyson

Brian, group sales manager at The

Citizen Hotel, agrees and also advises

that couples shouldn’t worry about a

venue’s “specific aesthetics,” saying,

“Your venue can recommend a creative

group of wedding pros who have

worked extensively within the space

before, and who can transform the

venue’s space into your dream event!”

While you need to be mindful

about your budget, you may be able

to get your dream venue if you consider

all of your options. “A wedding

is the celebration of a new chapter in

a couple’s life together, but it is not

worth going into debt over,” Collier

says. “Talk about non-negotiables with

each other and find out where there

is room to give. In venues, it might be

switching to an off-peak month or day

of the week like a Friday or Sunday.

Ask your venue if there are opportunities

or areas for additional discounts.”

Valdez concurs, explaining: “Everyone


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in the wedding community truly wants to help

you achieve your dream wedding, and will work

with you on ideas and resources, and suggest

substitutions—if needed to fit your budget—to

help you have your perfect day!”

VENUE COMPARISONS

Finding a wedding venue is not easy, especially

because you have to compare and contrast

each property’s pros and cons. “Always try

to compare apples to apples,” says Lazzerini,

noting the importance of comparing different

venues and packages.

Research venues online and by phone

before checking out each one you’re considering.

“It’s important to make an appointment

when visiting venues,” says Lazzerini. “Take

your mom and girlfriends and visit a bunch,

then pick your top five. [After that], you and

your spouse-to-be can go back to visit your

favorites to make your final decision.”

During a site visit, be sure to meet with

the venue’s consultant. “Couples should feel

at ease about getting all of their questions

answered and not feel rushed,” Isbill says. Enjoy

the process! OO

HAVE A

BACK-UP PLAN

You hope everything runs as scheduled on

your wedding day but what if there’s a snag

in your plans like bad weather?

Prepping For Plan B. Ask your venue to

discuss back-up options for your wedding in

case of a last-minute concern. For example,

if it rains, where will your outdoor cocktail

hour be moved? If it’s very hot, will misters

be available to cool guests during an outdoor

ceremony?

SEVEN QUESTIONS TO

ASK YOUR VENUE

1. What’s your capacity? Find out how large the event space is for your party. If the

room fits 100 guests, it’s going to be a no-go for bigger events. “Ask what a good head

count is for the room,” says Ward, who also recommends asking to see photos of how

tables were set up for similar-sized weddings.

2. How many weddings does the venue host at the same time? This is important

to know so that you can make sure your wedding won’t overlap with another couple’s

event. If there are multiple events at the same time, you want to make sure that the

venue has parking for all of the wedding guests. And you’ll need to make sure that

you’ve got signage to guide guests into your wedding.

3. Who handles the catering? “Know from the beginning if the venue uses their own

in-house catering or if off-site catering is allowed,” says Ward. “Generally, halls, event

centers, community centers and similar venues allow for off-site catering.”

4. Is there a food and beverage minimum? Some venues require that you spend a

certain amount on food or drink, and if you don’t meet that minimum, you have to pay

the price difference.

5. What’s included in the pricing? Is there a cake-cutting fee? A fee for chefs at the

carving station? A rate to host a bar? Discuss all of the details of your package so that

you know what you’re getting. “ALWAYS ask to see a total estimate of cost or out-thedoor

pricing when shopping around,” says Collier. “There are different sales tax and

service charge rates for every venue. When you are looking at large numbers, tax and

service charge will, in turn, be large numbers that you don’t see included in the pricing

listed on standard banquet menus. It’s like buying a really, really large memorable car!”

says Collier.

6. How are preferred vendors selected? Most venues have a list of preferred vendors

that they’ve worked with and like, which means that they recommend the vendor you’re

hiring, such as a photographer or a bakery. “I think it’s important to ask how those preferred

vendors were selected by the venue; what expectations the venue places on their

preferred vendors and why they recommend those specific ones,” Isbill says.

7. How flexible is the venue? Many venues will adjust their packages to allow for changes

but others don’t allow substitutions. “The last thing a couple wants to hear in their

planning process is that a venue won’t provide their favorite munchies for a midnight

snack or can’t accommodate their desired seating arrangement,” Isbill says.

WEDDING SHOW TIPS

Is Insurance Recommended? Some venues

require extra insurance (such as liability

insurance), in case something goes wrong.

Other times, couples buy the insurance to

protect against problems like losing a job

and not being able to pay for the wedding,

or having to book new services if a vendor

cancels. Through companies like WedSure,

you can buy wedding insurance for your

own peace of mind or to satisfy a venue’s

insurance requirements.

Working With Professionals. “Some

venues require that each and every vendor

also carry at least business insurance,” says

Ward, noting, “this can be problematic if

you’re using a small company who isn’t

insured” or a family member. Before the big

day, find out the venue’s expectations about

your vendors so that you’re not surprised at

the wedding.

Before you head out to the area’s wedding shows, check out this handy list of

tips to make the most of the experience:

• Get a dedicated “wedding” email address—you’ll want to have a

specific email address just for planning your wedding. You’ll be getting a lot of information

sent to the email that you register with at wedding shows, so it’s nice to have it all in one place

separate from your work and/or personal email.

• Bring labels—many vendors offer prizes and contests, and additionally, you may want

to request more information from selected vendors. By bringing pre-printed labels, you will save

time and the hassle of having to complete this information booth after booth. Information that

you might want to include: your name, address, phone, email (see bullet point above!), fiancé’s/

fiancée’s name and when you’re getting married.

• Don’t go it alone—bring one of your attendants, your mom or a friend (or dare we

suggest, your fiancé/fiancée?). It will be helpful (and more fun!) to have their input and advice.

• Bring a notebook—no matter how good your memory is, you’ll want to take some

notes on vendors and ideas that catch your eye.

• Bring a sturdy tote bag—you’ll be picking up business cards, brochures, etc.; or,

come to the shows where Real Weddings Magazine will be, come by our booth, and we’ll give

you one of our groovy reusable bags!

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THE LEGALITIES

LET'S

get

MARRIED!

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When planning your wedding, you might be focused on flowers, invitations

and your attire. Still there’s one area you can’t overlook. While it’s not necessarily

glamorous, you need to focus on the formalities of saying, “I Do.”

That means you have to take care of important elements like getting

your marriage license, changing your name (if you’re going to) and being

in-the-know about big day legal time frames, fees and other details.

THE BASICS IN CALIFORNIA

If you live in Sacramento County, make an appointment at one of the county’s

three offices to apply for your marriage license. You don’t need a blood

test to apply and you also don’t have to be a U.S. citizen or a California resident.

Make sure both of you go to the office together so that you can show

valid identification and sign the application. If you and your spouse-to-be

meet all the requirements, you’ll get your license on-the-spot.

California issues two kinds of marriage licenses: public and confidential.

Most couples choose a public license, which requires that each party be at

least 18 years of age and have one witness to the wedding. These marriages

can be performed in any county in the state and are part of the public record.

Plan to pay a fee (check our handy sidebar with “Area Resources” to

find out the fee in your county)—and be sure to bring valid identification

and have your parents’ full names (including mother’s maiden name) and

the cities in which they were born—you’ll need this information to complete

the forms. Note, too, that if you’ve been previously married, proof of divorce,

death or annulment will be required.

Rev. Jeri Murphy says that confidential licenses don’t require a witness,

but, like public licenses, the license does need to be filed in the county

where it was purchased. Couples who get a confidential license must be 18

years of age, must already be living as spouses when they apply for their

license, and must marry within the state of California.

The only way for someone other than the couple to see a copy of the

confidential license is to get a court order. Like public licenses, there is a fee

for a confidential license and it varies by county.

In her career, Lora Ward, wedding planner and one

of The Venue Vixens, says that she’s had one couple apply

for a confidential license. “It pertains more to high

profile couples, who do not want the world to know that

they are married, or perhaps other reasons apply, but it

is not the norm,” she says.

Marriage licenses in the state of California are valid

for 90 days—if you do not marry (and have the license

filed) within that time frame, you will need to reapply

(and pay again) for another license.

You can get married in any county in California as

long as you’re marrying with a public license. Still, if you

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get a license in one county and marry in another, a few different rules may

apply.

“Make an appointment with your local County Clerk’s office to obtain

your license,” says wedding planners and officiants Jennifer and Rick Tan

of Tan Weddings & Events. “Some offices will only allow you to obtain your

license if you have an appointment, and some only issue licenses on certain

days of the week. Be sure that your appointment is on a date and time that

you both can be present in person, and bring the required documents listed

on the County Clerk’s website.”

You also need to think about long-term and short-term convenience.

For example, if you work in Sacramento now, it might be easier to get your

license there even if you plan to marry in Placer County. But if you move and

want to get a copy of your license at a later date, you need to remember

the county where you got the license “because that is the county where the

license will be filed,” says Ward.

THE BASICS IN NEVADA

In Nevada, the rules are much the same as in California: no blood test, no

waiting period, must be 18 and older, both parties must apply together for

the license and present valid identification, and if either party has been previously

married, proof of divorce, death or annulment will be required. The

license is valid for a year from issuance, and must be solemnized within that

time, or you’ll need to start the whole process again. And, to be legally married

in Nevada, a marriage ceremony must be performed by any person

authorized to perform marriages in the State of Nevada (those who have

obtained a Certificate of Authority to Solemnize Marriages from the appropriate

County Clerk); the law also requires one witness to the marriage

ceremony. Note the cost of the license is $60, and if you want a certified

copy of the marriage certificate (after it’s been filed) it’s an additional $15.

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

Now is the time to start thinking about what you want your legal name to

be after you’re married. In California, under the Name

Equality Act of 2007, marriage license applicants can

choose to change their middle and/or last names that

will be used “after the solemnization of the marriage.”

If you don’t include the name you’re going to take after

marriage on your license at the time you apply for it,

it’ll cost you. According to the State of California’s website:

“Changing a name after the license is issued (and

before the couple marries) will require the purchase of

a new license. Changing a name after the marriage is

solemnized requires a court order and can be a lengthy,

expensive process.” So if you think you’re going to take


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your spouse-to-be’s last name as your last name,

the pros advise noting that on your marriage license

when you apply.

After you are married, your marriage license

has been filed with the county clerk and you’ve received

a copy of your certified marriage certificate

from the county clerk, you’re ready to begin the

name change game.

In both California and Nevada, the first step is

to change your name with the Social Security Administration

(only your name changes; your number

will stay the same). You’ll need a certified copy

of your marriage certificate to start this process.

In fact, the pros recommend getting two to three

certified copies of your marriage certificate, as

you’ll need them to submit to the various agencies

during the name change process—you can get additional

copies from the county clerk’s office in the

county where you got your license.

After you’ve received your new Social Security

card, the next step is to get a new driver’s license.

Note that changing your name with the DMV does

not automatically change your vehicle registration—you’ll

want to do that immediately after you

change your driver’s license.

Then, you’ll need to notify the IRS, the U.S.

Postal Service, your employer (so that they can

update all of your necessary payroll forms), your

bank, your insurance agent, your credit card companies

and pretty much everyone who knows you

by your pre-married name to formally change everything

to your newly minted married name.

If you’re overwhelmed by the name changing

process or want help, you can use a name change

service, which costs between $30-90 or buy a

name change kit, which typically costs under $40.

The pros advise to think about when you’ll be

heading off to your honeymoon and keep your

name change in mind when making travel plans.

“Your name needs consistency on all legal identification

paperwork, especially for foreign travel”,

counsels Lisa Lucia of L Squared Affairs. “Make

sure that IDs such as driver’s licenses and passports

match your airline ticket names and all itineraries.”

The Tans agree, and additionally recommend

the following advice for couples who go on a honeymoon

later in the year. “If you change your name

right away, it could be 2-4 weeks for the county

clerk to process your marriage license, plus additional

weeks to months to obtain a new passport

and driver’s license. Count how many months between

your wedding date and your honeymoon,

and plan accordingly so that all of your legal documents

have the new last name. If you are flying, let

the airlines know to update the name on your tickets

once you have your legal documents in place.”

Getting your legal paperwork in order can be

tedious but it’s a must-do, so be organized and

try to have a little fun along the way. Lucia recommends

getting the license formalities out of the

way at least a few weeks in advance, then just enjoy

your time with each other until you get to celebrate

your big day. OO

expert advice

AREA RESOURCES

CALIFORNIA

Alpine County

alpinecountyca.gov/index.aspx?NID=318

Amador County

co.amador.ca.us/government/recorder-clerk/

clerk-s-office/marriage-license

Butte County

clerk-recorder.buttecounty.net/clerk/marriage.

html

Calaveras County

recorderweb.co.calaveras.ca.us/web/action/

ACTIONGROUP201S2

Colusa County

countyofcolusa.org/index.aspx?NID=190

El Dorado County

edcgov.us/Government/CountyClerk/Pages/

marriage_license_issuance.aspx

Mariposa County

mariposacounty.org/index.aspx?NID=253

Merced County

co.merced.ca.us/index.aspx?NID=223

Napa County

countyofnapa.org/Recorder-Clerk/

MarriageLicense/

Nevada County

mynevadacounty.com/294/Marriage-Certificate

Placer County

placer.ca.gov/departments/Recorder/

Marriage%20Licenses.aspx

Plumas County

countyofplumas.com/index.aspx?NID=143

Sacramento County

ccr.saccounty.net/Marriage/Pages/default.aspx

San Joaquin County

sjgov.org/recorder/marriage.aspx

Shasta County

co.shasta.ca.us/index/clerk_index/marriage_

services.aspx

Sierra County

sierracounty.ca.gov/index.aspx?nid=211

Solano County

solanocounty.com/depts/ttcc/county_clerk/

marriage_license.asp

Sonoma County

sonomacounty.ca.gov/CRA/Clerk-Recorder/

Marriage-License/

Stanislaus County

stancounty.com/clerkrecorder/clerk/marriagelicense.shtm

Sutter County

co.sutter.ca.us/doc/government/depts/cr/

cr_marriage_license

Tuolumne County

tuolumnecounty.ca.gov/index.aspx?NID=215

Yolo County

yolorecorder.org/vital/m_licenses/

Yuba County

co.yuba.ca.us/departments/clerk/marriage.aspx

NEVADA

Douglas County

cltr.douglasnv.us/general-information/marriageinformation

Washoe County

washoecounty.us/clerks/mlb/index.php

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Sacramento

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Dramatic and distinctive, the Tsakopoulos

Library Galleria is a unique and beautiful

event space. Towering columns reach

toward the five-story atrium ceiling

from which three sparkling glass rings

of actual prisms are suspended. The

gleaming terrazzo floor is inlaid with

bronze abstract designs, symbolic of the

River City. The second and fourth floor

Galleria balconies are adorned with oak

and hand-tooled iron railings. Spotted

along the balcony, exquisitely crafted fox

heads gaze down on each event. With

these artistic elements, there’s little need

to add a lot of décor, which is kind to

your budget.

Historic

elegance

. . . in modern

luxury.

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916-594-9285

www.vizcayasacramento.com

ACCOMMODATIONS | VENUE

Vizcaya is a true full-service wedding

venue, providing detailed event planning

assistance from the beginning planning

stages, event design and detailing,

to the flawless execution of the most

important day of your life. Our award

winning chef prepares a wide variety

of delicious menu options. Vizcaya also

provides overnight room accommodations

in our Bed and Breakfast, including

continental breakfast in the morning

and discounted rates for guests of the

wedding. Please contact us for a tour of

Vizcaya and detailed pricing info. Come

by and see why everyone is talking

about the new Vizcaya.

MONICA S PHOTOGRAPHY / MONICASPHOTO.COM

3005 Venture Road

Placerville

530-622-6169

wilkinsonportables.com

kym@wilkinsonportables.com

VIC CLEMENTI PHOTOGRAPHY

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RESTROOM RENTALS

Wilkinson Portables has been providing

portable facilities for over 58 years. Planning

events and weddings at remote locations,

backyards, ranches and barns

can be challenging so let our team of

qualified professionals assist you in providing

your guests with comfortable and

clean facilities for their necessities. Once

you’ve checked off all your wedding

planning details, remember to include

Wilkinson Portables to your list. You and

your guests will appreciate it!


partner profiles

916-913-2660

www.capturephotographysac.com

PHOTOGRAPHER

Call or email us today for

your date availability at

shellie@wecapturelife.com.

775-886-6693

www.hyattregencylaketahoe.com

KENDALL PRICE PHOTOGRAPHY

ACCOMMODATIONS | SPA | VENUE

Host your winter wonderland or summer

beach wedding at our luxury Lake

Tahoe resort and earn up to five free

honeymoon nights anywhere in the

world!

JULIA CROTEAU

PHOTOGRAPHY

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call: 530-295-4850

text: 530-953-9848

www.juliacroteauphotography.com

PHOTOGRAPHER

Capturing life’s precious moments...

one photo at a time!

Weddings. Maternity.

Family. Boudoir.

(Not necessarily in that order.)

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partner profiles

Rejuvenate.

Unwind.

Celebrate.

Bridal Showers • Bachelorette Parties • Baby Showers

Girls’ Day/Night Out • And Every Other Enjoyable Reason!

Massage • Skin Care • Nail Care • Waxing

Body Treatments • Medical Enhancements

916-451-6700

www.aamusicevents.com

DJ | LIGHTING | PHOTO BOOTHS

Our professional and devoted staff are experts at

organizing and executing any and all types of events.

We customize it to fit your individual needs.

916-933-8905 | www.asantespaedh.com

MED-SPA | SPA

Asante Spa! Your private retreat with 7 treatment rooms,

featuring a wide variety of distinct services including massage,

nails, facials and body treatments. Escape to the tranquility

patio and private lounge. Enjoy the peaceful and rejuvenating

environment only found in the finest European Day Spas.

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10600 Shenandoah Rd., Plymouth

209-245-3800 | www.bellapiazzawinery.com

VENUE

A fairytale “I do” that will be remembered for a lifetime.

The romantic vineyard, Tuscan ambience and beautifully

landscapes grounds will be the perfect place to celebrate your

special day. Custom wedding packages are available.

866-441-BETH

www.bethsogaard.com

CATERER

Incredible food, custom menus and beautiful event

design all tailored to the vision of your wedding and style.

Seasonal, local, eco-friendly emphasis.


partner profiles

2418 K Street, Sacramento | 916-562-2900

8845 Washington Blvd., Ste. 140, Roseville | 916-773-2133

5350 Capital Ct. #111, Reno | 775-773-8900

www.celebrationspartyrentals.com

RENTALS

From tents to table settings, Celebrations is your

one stop shop for elegant event rentals.

800-238-2298 | www.colomaresort.com

VENUE

We offer a variety of wedding locations with picturesque

views of the American River as your backdrop. Whether

small and intimate or large and sophisticated, Coloma Resort

offers the perfect setting to celebrate with family and

friends.

DESTINATION WEDDING

eat. Drink. be chauffeured.

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916-494-2734 | 916-246-0546

www.deeandkrisphotography.com

PHOTOGRAPHER

As a married couple based in California, we value marriage

and believe your wedding should be a love filled day. We

aim to help you slow down and create quiet moments

during the fastest, most memorable day of your life.

916-985-2698 | www.visitfolsom.com

ACCOMMODATIONS | TRANSPORTATION

Love your guests! Safe and easy transportation for your

wedding party and guests. When booking ten rooms

at Folsom hotels receive 50% reimbursement of your

transportation costs to and from your event venue.

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partner profiles

Plan a celebration to remember at

the Hilton Sacramento Arden West hotel.

209-245-5200 | www.helwigwinery.com

VENUE

Celebrate and say "I DO" at Helwig Winery!

Sweeping 360-degree views, underground wine cave,

on-site Coordinator and professional staff help you

create an event to remember.

916.604.3992

2200 Harvard Street, Sacramento

2200 Harvard Street, Sacramento

916-604-3599 www.HiltonSacramentoArdenWest.com

| www.hiltonsacramentoardenwest.com

ACCOMMODATIONS | VENUE

Enjoy our new outdoor Terrace for weddings—secluded

oasis, stonework walkway, lush greenery, waterfall

fountain, shaded by modern sails, enhanced by overhead

bistro lights and spectacular landscaping uplights.

CHARLETONCHURCHILL.COM

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916-789-2002

events@laprovenceroseville.com

VENUE

Specializing in weddings. Lovely indoor and outdoor

locations for your rehearsal dinner, ceremony and

reception. Exceptional service and beautiful ambiance!

209-600-2557

www.ranchovictoriavineyard.com

VENUE

Offering panoramic views, rolling hills, majestic oaks, and 120

acres of picturesque vineyards, it’s the perfect venue for an

elegant, rustic, shabby chic, country or vineyard wedding.


partner profiles

530-888-7888

www.ridgegc.com

VENUE

The Ridge Golf Club & Events Center is the Gold Country’s

hidden gem. Let us worry about the details so you can

enjoy the memories.

Sacramento Masonic Temple

XSIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO / XSIGHTUSA.COM

THE FRECKLED PHOTOGRAPHER / THEFRECKLEDPHOTOGRAPHER.COM

916-726-2339

www.randypeterscatering.com

BAR SERVICES | CATERER | VENUE

You’ve dreamt of every detail.

Let us bring your fairy tale to life.

Start planning your wedding with Placer County's premier

caterer and event venue!

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916-443-5058

www.sacramentomasonictemple.org

VENUE

A Sacramento landmark in luxury since 1913. The Temple

can easily accommodate up to 500 guests, and event staff

will help coordinate setup, cleaning and other client needs.

916-330-4422

www.secondsummerbridesac.com

ATTIRE & ACCESSORIES

At Second Summer Bride you say YES to designers you

love at prices you’ll adore!!! Book online or via phone.

Tuxedo Sales and Rentals Now Available!

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FALL 2018

DISPLAY UNTIL NOVEMBER 30, 2018

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR COVER MODEL WINNER: TORREY!

OUR COVER MODEL CONTEST FINALIST SHOOT WAS PHOTOGRAPHED EXCLUSIVELY BY JB WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

ON LOCATION AT THE CITIZEN HOTEL. FOR MORE, TURN TO PAGE 101.

ON TORREY: GOWN FROM SPARKLE BRIDAL COUTURE; HEADPIECE BY LUXURIOUS BRIDAL;

JEWELRY BY CHLOE + ISABEL; BOUQUET BY STRELITZIA FLOWER COMPANY

SET DESIGNED BY AMES HAUS DESIGN // SET FLOWERS DESIGNED BY AMES HAUS DESIGN WITH WHOLESALE FLOWERS FROM FIFTYFLOWERS.COM

SUMMER 2018

DISPLAY UNTIL AUGUST 31, 2018

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR COVER MODEL WINNER: KATIE!

OUR COVER MODEL CONTEST FINALIST SHOOT WAS PHOTOGRAPHED EXCLUSIVELY BY KATHRYN WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY

ON LOCATION AT THE MURIETA INN AND SPA. FOR MORE, TURN TO PAGE 81.

ON KATIE: GOWN FROM SECOND SUMMER BRIDE; EARRINGS AND NECKLACE BY STYLE AVENUE STUDIOS;

BOUQUET AND HAIR CROWN BY GARDEN OF WEEDON DESIGNS; HAIR BY HALO SALON & DAY SPA;

MAKEUP BY HAPPILY BEAUTIFUL MAKEUP ARTISTRY AND SKIN STUDIO

ON TINA THE HORSE FROM VINTAGE CARRIAGE COMPANY: FLOWERS BY GARDEN OF WEEDON DESIGNS

partner profiles

www.thevenuevixens.com

VENUE LOCATION FINDER

Looking for a vineyard, rustic barn, mountain cabin, or a

hip location? The Venue Vixens have done the research, so

check out the venue categories or arrange for a custom site

search. Researching Sacramento, Tahoe, Napa and beyond.

Specializing in Boutique

Weddings and Receptions

53 MAIN STREET

SUTTER CREEK, CALIFORNIA

HOTELSUTTER.COM

209-267-0242

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weddings

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220 Blue Ravine Rd., Ste. 100, Folsom

916-895-5600 | www.arthurmurraysacramento.com

DANCE INSTRUCTION

For your first dance and a lifetime of romance. Special memories

for Mother/Son, Father/Daughter and wedding party.

1111 Catta Verdera, Lincoln

916-645-6722 | www.cattaverdera.com

VENUE

Experience the beauty and elegance of Catta Verdera!

Gorgeous setting, gourmet cuisine and exceptional service.

Ford Family Photography


partner profiles

4663 Golden Foothill Pkwy., Ste. 108, El Dorado Hills, CA

916-933-2500 | www.edhpartyrentals.com

RENTALS

Your Wedding, Your Story

Tents ~ Weddings ~ Events

1015 Front Street, Old Sacramento

916-441-7966 | www.fatscatering.com

CATERER

Fat’s will help you design and plan your event, and create

your menu — providing impeccable service start to finish.

EMIK NIKORA WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS

916-741-7773 | www.jeffhallphotos.com

PHOTOGRAPHER

Sacramento based photographer ready for destination &

local weddings, elopement and everything in between. I

want my images to tell your story for a lifetime.

916-354-3900 | www.themurietainn.com

ACCOMMODATIONS | CATERER | SPA | VENUE

Rancho Murieta’s new boutique wedding ceremony and reception

venue with on-site catering, design and coordination.

Specials available, mention Real Weddings!

CHARMS

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PERSONALIZED

JEWELRY

LIVING

LOCKETS

916-690-0063 | www.yourdream.origamiowl.com

ACCESSORIES | GIFTS

Celebrate your special wedding day with Origami Owl’s jewelry

and living lockets collections. Perfect for pinning to your

bridal bouquet or gifting to your loved ones

1230 J Street, Sacramento

916-341-3622 | www.marriott.com/sacsi

ACCOMMODATIONS | VENUE

From lavish weddings to intimate celebrations, our hotel

venues can easily adapt to fit your needs.

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916-905-5782

www.5starweddingfilms.com

PHOTOGRAPHER

VIDOEGRAPHER

The creative team for

your wedding day

memories.

1199 Butte House Rd., Ste. A

Yuba City

530-755-4282

236A Broadway Street

Chico

530-487-7110

www.alwayselegantbridal.net

ATTIRE & ACCESSORIES

Styling brides for

more than 18 years!

Your adventure starts now.

800-872-8233

www.exquisitedestinationweddings.com

DESTINATION WEDDINGS | TRAVEL

Your perfect destination

wedding or honeymoon is

just around the corner.

Let us help plan your

happily ever after.

1112 Second St.

Old Sacramento

916-442-4772

www.firehouseoldsac.com

REHEARSAL DINNER SITE

VENUE

Firehouse is Sacramento’s

most award-winning

restaurant, including Best

Special Occasion!

Folsom

Community

Center

916-355-7299

www.folsomcommunitycenter.com

VENUE

don’t leave your best friend

out of your wedding

5660 Vineyard Lane,

Placerville

530-626-6522

www.goldhillvineyard.com

VENUE

Two ballrooms and openair

terrace, accommodations

for up to 500 guests.

Beautiful outdoor photo

settings

TERESA K PHOTOGRAPHY

TERESAKPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

Dog friendly wedding

venue since 1999!

Wine • Beer • Fun!

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916-532-9800

www.imakebeautiful.com

HAIR & MAKEUP

Siegel’s Portrait Design

916-483-7300

www.jacksoncateringevents.com

CATERER

Custom designed catering

to exceed your expectations!


partner profiles

JOSH GATLIN (JPG WEDDINGS)

11170 Sun Center Drive,

Rancho Cordova, CA

95670

530-377-6203

www.magicallighting.biz

LIGHTING

"Why settle for a special

event? Make it Magical!"

916-635-9891

www.morningsideflorist.com

FLORAL DESIGNER

Wedding Flower

Shopping Made Fun

and Easy

916-351-1592

www.otvc.com

CATERER

Specializing in custom

menus, farm to fork cuisine

& flexibility. We are

here to help make your

day INCREDIBLE.

35265 Williow Ave.

Clarksburg, CA 95612

916-744-1615

www.oldsugarmill.com

VENUE

Your wine country

destination wedding is

closer than you think.

Book your tour today!

107 Sacramento St.

Nevada City

530-265-5050

www.stonehouse.io

VENUE

A beautiful historical

venue nestled in the Sierra

Foothills, featuring six

unique spaces to customize

your special occasion.

707-685-7694

www.sweetmariephotography.com

PHOTOGRAPHER

Local and destination

weddings + lifestyle

portraiture

by Mindy Aagaard

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530-758-5050

www.strelitziaflowers.com

FLORAL DESIGNER

Full service florist

specializing in weddings

and events. Wholesale

flowers available to the

public for DIY brides.

Let us turn your dreams

into reality.

916-296-5057

www.valleyimagesphotography.com

PHOTOGRAPHER

Beautiful and affordable

photography packages

for any occasion.

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partner profiles

Aba Daba Party &

Equipment Rentals

916-580-8200

www.2girls20cameras.com

PHOTOGRAPHER

Serving the

Sacramento Area

Since 1957

Customer focused team that builds

positive lasting relationships by

providing premier rental service,

delivered by engaged employees

through knowledge and team-work.

916-484-7368 | 916-725-1553

www.abadaba.com

RENTALS

916-672-2259

www.aboveandbeyondcakes.com

CAKES & DESSERTS

AMES HAUS

ACCENTS floral BY design

SAGE

916-799-6242

www.accentsbysage.com

FLORAL DESIGNER

530-888-1562

www.alldolleduphairandmakeup.com

HAIR & MAKEUP

DESIGN + PLANNING + FLORALS

916-730-1635

www.ameshaus.com

FLORAL DESIGNER

PLANNER, COORDINATOR & EVENT DESIGNER

ANDREWANDMELANIE.COM

916-392-8168

www.amourmoments.com

FLORAL DESIGNER | RENTALS

415-275-4776

PLANNER, COORDINATOR & EVENT DESIGNER

530-274-2408

www.andrewandmelanie.com

PHOTOGRAPHER

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per l’amore di famiglia

209-267-1515

www.aviowine.com

VENUE

JULIACROTEAUPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

530-748-5366

www.bakerandablackcat.com

CAKES & DESSERTS

707-439-8299

©Spino Photo

www.batterupcakery.com

CAKES & DESSERTS


partner profiles

JBWEDDINGPHOTO.COM/REALWEDDINGSMAG.COM

MISCHA PHOTOGRAPHY /

REAL WEDDINGS MAGAZINE

916-498-8588

www.bellabloomflowers.com

FLORAL DESIGNER | RENTALS

916-704-9749 | 916-212-7571

www.bellabrucafe.com

CATERER | VENUE

916-447-2001

www.bloemdecor.com

FLORAL DESIGNER

XSIGHTUSA.COM

ASHLEY NOELLE EDWARDS PHOTOGRAPHY /

ASHLEYNOELLEEDWARDS.COM

916-996-5572

www.thebloomlab.com

FLORAL DESIGNER

530-681-8937

www.blossomfarmrentals.com

RENTALS

916-742-4638

www.thebridalbox.net

ATTIRE & ACCESSORIES | GIFTS

916-505-0990

www.caineventplanning.com

PLANNER, COORDINATOR & EVENT DESIGNER

916-207-2552

www.carrieayn.com

PHOTOGRAPHER

916-792-6485

www.cateringbydesignrocklin.com

CATERER

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916-520-4447

www.charletonchurchill.com

PHOTOGRAPHER

916-247-8084

www.chrismorairtyphotography.com

PHOTOGRAPHER

209-267-0417

www.theclothesmine.com

ATTIRE & ACCESSORIES

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partner profiles

De La

Rosa’s

Bridal &

Tuxedos

STUDIO THP

707-469-3736

www.darciterryphotography.com

PHOTOGRAPHER

916-983-3400

www.delarosasbridal.com

ATTIRE & ACCESSORIES

Delta Diamond Farm

916-812-8929

www.deltadiamondfarm.com

VENUE

D IANE

W I LKINSO N

D IANE

W I LKINSO N

916-521-9856

www.diamondbridalgallery.com

ATTIRE & ACCESSORIES

530-622-0799

www.dianewilkinsoncatering.com

CATERER

916-685-9818

www.elkgrovemasons.org

VENUE

PHOTO © AMY G PHOTOGRAPHY

EVENTS BY WISE

Your dream,

your vision...

Our Mission!

916-990-8826

www.ericabaldwinphotography.com

PHOTOGRAPHER

530-848-3843

www.eventsbywise.com

PLANNER, COORDINATOR & EVENT DESIGNER

209-293-4254 | 916-717-7902

www.farrellphotography.net

PHOTOGRAPHER

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Snowline Photography

Fausel Ranch | 530-622-4390

facebook.com/fauselranchplacerville

VENUE

THEFRECKLEDPHOTOGRAPHER.COM

info@fieldandpond.com

www.pricingfieldandpond.com

ACCOMMODATIONS | VENUE

877-507-6737

www.fiftyflowers.com

WHOLESALE FLOWERS


partner profiles

-Taste the

Difference-

916-212-5179

www.flourishdesigns.com

FLORAL DESIGNER

530-409-7046

www.frankviltscakes.com

CAKES & DESSERTS

916-665-9500

www.freeportwinecountryinn.com

ACCOMMODATIONS | VENUE

916-807-4505

www.gethitchedweddingrentals.com

RENTALS

916-708-6264

www.gowestbakingandevents.com

CAKES & DESSERTS

530-305-5339

www.gracefulgatherings.net

PLANNER, COORDINATOR & EVENT DESIGNER

FLORAL DESIGNER | RENTALS

530-632-0607

www.happilybeautifulmakeup.com

MAKEUP

916-337-8613

www.thehiddentablegourmet.com

CATERER

209-223-0718

www.hideoutkirkwood.com

ACCOMMODATIONS | VENUE

FACEBOOK.COM/REBECCASKIDGELPHOTOGRAPHY

530-507-8048

www.historicoakdaleranch.com

VENUE

916-303-4333

www.icingonthecupcake.com/weddings

CAKES & DESSERTS

916-718-0696

www.jmarieservices.com

PLANNER, COORDINATOR & EVENT DESIGNER

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© BLUE GATE PHOTOGRAPHY

209-223-8477

www.jacksoncasino.com

ACCOMMODATIONS | VENUE

916-879-3137

www.jayneecakes.com

CAKES & DESSERTS

916-584-4768

www.jenniferclappphotography.com

PHOTOGRAPHER

209-613-4476

www.jenniferrapozaphotography.com

PHOTOGRAPHER | PHOTO BOOTHS

916-800-4522

www.lsquaredaffairs.com/realweddings

PLANNER, COORDINATOR & EVENT DESIGNER

530-405-9514

www.lawleyranch.com

VENUE

916-541-8191

www.leilanipaular.com

PHOTOGRAPHER

916-508-7868

www.lixximphotography.com

PHOTOGRAPHER

916-393-6551

www.lolitavasquezphotography.com

PHOTOGRAPHER

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Feel like a princess...

and look like one too!

crowns &

tiaras

hairpieces &

combs

jewelry

accessories

Hand Crafted, Luxury

bridal jewelry, and hair accessories.

209-400-1915

www.luxuriousbridal.com

ACCESSORIES | GIFTS

MSUAREZPHOTOGRAPHY.PIXIESET.COM/

928-442-6596

www.themakeovermommy.com

MAKEUP | SKINCARE

Say “I Do” to

Bridal Beauty.

Smile for the aisle with a stunning

look for the big day! Unveil your beauty

with a free makeover, and invite your

bridesmaids. I can even help you and your

mother choose great gifts for your bridal party.

Contact me to schedule a party.

Alex Murray

Independent Beauty Consultant

www.marykay.com/afpmurray | afpmurray@marykay.com

916-849-8164

916-849-8164

www.marykay.com/afpmurray

MAKEUP | SKINCARE


partner profiles

916-484-1164

www.meaganlucy.com

PHOTOGRAPHER

Music & More

Entertainment

916-601-4107

www.musicandmoredj.com

DJ | LIGHTING | PHOTO BOOTHS

530-622-6009

www.mymarthadesign.com

ATTIRE & ACCESSORIES | GIFTS

IVORYBLUSHPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA’S PREMIER

EVENT DÉCOR & DESIGN COMPANY

ALLISONSTAHL.COM

Party Royal Rentals

Placerville, Shingle Springs, El Dorado Hills, Folsom

805-368-9002

www.omniweddingandevents.com

PLANNER, COORDINATOR & EVENT DESIGNER

FRESH FLOWERS | DECOR, BAR & FURNITURE RENTAL | ILLUMINATIONS

FOAM & ICE CARVINGS | BALLOON ART | DRAPES & BACKDROPS

916-440-8080

www.partyconcierge.com

FLORAL DESIGNER | LIGHTING | RENTALS

For All Your Rental Needs!

530-676-4453

www.partyroyalrentals.com

RENTALS

Placerville Flowers On Main

CARRIEAYN.COM

RELLES FLORIST

916-505-9299 | 916-595-9067

www.passionstudio.org

PHOTOGRAPHER | VIDEOGRAPHER

530-622-1121

www.placervilleflowersonmain.com

FLORAL DESIGNER

916-441-1478

www.rellesflorist.com

FLORAL DESIGNER

707-681-5661

www.rochellewilhelms.com

PHOTOGRAPHER

916-799-3625

www.rodartefloraldesign.com

FLORAL DESIGNER

TWIBLEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

916-538-3602

www.sarahmaren.com

PHOTOGRAPHER

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916-804-8578

www.shoopsphotography.com

PHOTOGRAPHER

info@sobridely.com

www.sobridely.com

ATTIRE & ACCESSORIES

209-406-2898

www.soulmateswines.com

CUSTOM BACKSTORY LABELED WINE | GIFTS

916-397-9346

www.strings-champagne.com

PLANNER, COORDINATOR & EVENT DESIGNER

916-812-1114

www.styleavenuestudios.com

ACCESSORIES | GIFTS

MONICA S PHOTOGRAPHY

DONNA BECK PHOTOGRAPHY

530-601-0914

www.tanweddingsandevents.com

MUSICIANS | OFFICIANTS | PAPERIE & SIGNAGE

PLANNER, COORDINATOR & EVENT DESIGNER

PHOTOS COURTESY OF

APERINA STUDIOS / APERINA.COM;

SHANNON ROSEN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY /

ROSANWEDDINGS.COM

800-426-3321

916-398-1133 | 530-566-7603

530-401-0820

www.vintagecarriage.com

TRANSPORTATION

www.wedodesigns.net

EVENT DESIGNER | RENTALS

www.whitedaisyphoto.com

PHOTOGRAPHER

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916-899-1289

www.wildflowersdesigngroup.com

FLORAL DESIGNER

HILLARY JEANNE PHOTOGRAPHY/HILLARYJEANNE.COM

916-548-3511

www.thewillowballroom.com

VENUE

530-681-3311

www.theyolandaranch.com

VENUE


partner profiles

MEAGAN LUCY PHOTOGRAPHERS / MEAGANLUCY.COM

JENNIFERCLAPPPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

LOCAL AWARD-WINNING

Wedding Entertainment Director

916-973-0249

www.capitalconfections.com

CANDIES & DESSERTS

916-632-8941

www.chuckrobertsphoto.com

PHOTOGRAPHER

916-344-7000

www.creativememoriesdj.com

DJ | LIGHTING | PHOTO BOOTHS

888-808-KATE (5283)

www.katewhelanevents.com

PLANNER, COORDINATOR & EVENT DESIGNER

PAPERIE

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530-888-7888

www.ridgegc.com

VENUE

916-645-1251

www.cateringbysimplepleasures.com

CATERER

hello@swoonable.net

www.swoonable.net

CUSTOM DÉCOR | GIFTS

CARMENSALAZAR.COM

916-489-3746

www.visualimpact-design.com

FLORAL DESIGNER

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your

PERFECT EVENT

is just one call away

ROSEVILLE, CA | 916.773.2133

8845 Washington Blvd. #140, 95678

SACRAMENTO, CA | 916.562.2900

2418 K St., 95816

RENO, NV | 775.773.8900

5350 Capital Ct. #111, 89502

ONLINE

@CPRandTents

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accommodations

Arden Hills

916-480-1170 | ardenhills.club

See ad on page 35

The Citizen Hotel

916-447-2700 | 916-492-4430

citizenhotelweddingblog.com

thecitizenhotel.com

See ad on page 36

Field & Pond

pricingfieldandpond.com

See ad on page 56

Folsom Tourism Bureau

916-985-2698 | visitfolsom.com

See ad on page 47

Freeport Wine Country Inn

916-665-9500

freeportwinecountryinn.com

See ad on page 57

The HideOut

209-223-0718 | hideoutkirkwood.com

See ad on page 57

Hilton Sacramento Arden West

916-604-3599

hiltonsacramentoardenwest.com

See ad on page 48

Hotel Sutter

209-267-0242 | hotelsutter.com

See ad on page 50

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort,

Spa & Casino

775-886-6693

hyattregencylaketahoe.com

See ad on page 45

Hyatt Regency Sacramento

916-321-3520 | sacramento.hyatt.com

See ad on page 37

Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort

209-223-8477 | jacksoncasino.com

See ad on page 58

Kimpton Sawyer Hotel

916-545-7100 | sawyerhotel.com

See ad on page 38

Lake Natoma Inn

916-932-2769 | lakenatomainn.com

See ad on pages 30 and 67

The Murieta Inn and Spa

916-354-3900 | themurietainn.com

See ad on page 51

Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel

916-341-3622 | marriott.com/sacsi

See ad on page 51

Thunder Valley Casino Resort

916-408-8435 | thundervalleyresort.com

See ad on page 33

Vizcaya Sacramento

916-594-9285 | vizcayasacramento.com

See ad on page 44

Wine & Roses Hotel, Restaurant and Spa

209-371-6117 | winerose.com

See ad on pages 2 & 3, 34 and 68

attire, accessories & alterations

gowns, tuxedos, jewelry, accessories and alterations

Always Elegant Bridal & Tuxedo

530-755-4282 | 530-487-7110

alwayselegantbridal.net

See ad on page 52

The Bridal Box

916-742-4638 | thebridalbox.net

See ad on page 55

De La Rosa’s Bridal & Tuxedos

916-983-3400 | delarosasbridal.com

See ad on page 56

Diamond Bridal Gallery

916-521-9856

diamondbridalgallery.com

See ad on page 56

Luxurious Bridal

209-400-1915 | luxuriousbridal.com

See ad on page 58

My Martha Design Boutique

530-622-6009

mymarthadesign.com

See ad on page 59

Origami Owl—Phyllis Enos

916-690-0063

yourdream.origamiwol.com

See ad on page 51

Second Summer Bride

916-330-4422

secondsummerbridesac.com

See ad on page 49

So Bridely

sobridely.com

See ad on page 60

Sparkle Bridal Couture

916-538-6615

sparklebridalcouture.com

See ad on page 42

Style Avenue Studios

Custom Handmade Bridal Jewelry

916-812-1114 | styleavenuestudios.com

See ad on page 60

cakes, candies & desserts

all the sweet stuff!

Above & Beyond Cakes

916-672-2259

aboveandbeyondcakes.com

See ad on page 54

Baker & A Black Cat

530-748-5366

bakerandablackcat.com

See ad on page 54

Batter Up Cakery

707-439-8299 | batterupcakery.com

See ad on page 54

Capital Confections

916-973-0249 | capitalconfections.com

See ad on page 61

Frank Vilt’s Cakes

530-409-7046 | frankviltscakes.com

See ad on page 57

Go West Baking and Events

916-708-6264

gowestbakingandevents.com

See ad on page 57

Icing on the Cupcake

916-303-4333

icingonthecupcake.com/weddings

See ad on page 57

Jaynee Cakes Custom Cakery

916-879-3137 | jayneecakes.com

See ad on page 58

Thunder Valley Casino Resort

916-408-8435

thundervalleyresort.com

See ad on page 33

cosmetic services & procedures

dentists, cosmetic surgeons and med-spas

Asante Spa

916-933-8905 | asantespaedh.com

See ad on page 46

dance instruction

Arthur Murray Dance Center Folsom

916-895-5600

arthurmurraysacramento.com

See ad on page 50

destination weddings

Carson Valley

800-727-7677 | visitcarsonvalley.org

See ad on page 36

Exquisite Destination Weddings &

Honeymoons

800-872-8233

exquisitedestinationweddings.com

See ad on page 52

The Clothes Mine

209-267-0417 | theclothesmine.com

See ad on page 55

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djs

A & A Music Events

916-451-6700 | aamusicevents.com

See ad on page 46

Creative Memories Entertainment

916-344-7000

creativememoriesdj.com

See ad on page 61

Music & More Entertainment

916-601-4107 | musicandmoredj.com

See ad on page 59

floral designers

Accents by Sage Floral Design

916-799-6242 | accentsbysage.com

See ad on page 54

Ames Haus Design

916-730-1635 | ameshaus.com

See ad on page 54

Amour Florist & Bridal

916-392-8168 | amourmoments.com

See ad on page 54

Bella Bloom

916-498-8588

bellabloomflowers.com

See ad on page 55

Bloem Decor

916-447-2001 | bloemdecor.com

See ad on page 55

The Bloom Lab

916-996-5572 | thebloomlab.com

See ad on page 55

Flourish

916-212-5179 | flourishdesigns.com

See ad on page 57

Graceful Gatherings

530-305-5339

gracefulgatherings.net

See ad on page 57

Morningside Florist

916-635-9891

morningsideflorist.com

See ad on page 53

The Party Concierge

916-440-8080 | partyconcierge.com

See ad on page 59

Placerville Flowers on Main

530-622-1121

placervilleflowersonmain.com

See ad on page 59

Relles Florist

916-441-1478 | rellesflorist.com

See ad on page 59

Rodarte Floral Design

916-799-3625

rodartefloraldesign.com

See ad on page 59

Strelitzia Flower Company

530-758-5050

strelitziaflowers.com

See ad on page 53

Visual Impact Design

916-489-3746

visualimpact-design.com

See ad on page 61

Wild Flowers Design Group

916-899-1289

wildflowersdesigngroup.com

See ad on page 60

flowers—wholesale

FiftyFlowers.com

877-507-6737 | fiftyflowers.com

See ad on page 56

food & drink

caterers, bar services and beverage services

Bella Bru Catering

916-704-9749 | 916-212-7571

bellabrucafe.com

See ad on page 55

Beth Sogaard Catering

866-441-BETH | bethsogaard.com

See ad on page 46

Catering by Design | 916-792-6485

cateringbydesignrocklin.com

See ad on page 55

Classique Catering

916-446-1215 | classiquecatering.com

See ad on page 40

Diane Wilkinson Catering

530-622-0799

dianewilkinsoncatering.com

See ad on page 56

Fat’s Catering & Banquet Facility

916-441-7966 | fatscatering.com

See ad on page 51

The Hidden Table

916-337-8613

thehiddentablegourmet.com

See ad on page 57

Jackson Catering & Events

916-483-7300

jacksoncateringevents.com

See ad on page 52

The Murieta Inn and Spa

916-354-3900 | themurietainn.com

See ad on page 51

Off the Vine Catering

916-351-1592 | otvc.com

See ad on page 53

Randy Peters Catering

& Event Center

916-726-2339

randypeterscatering.com

See ad on page 49

Simple Pleasures

Restaurant & Catering

916-645-1251

cateringbysimplepleasures.com

See ad on page 61

Soulmates Wines

209-406-2898

soulmateswines.com

See ad on page 60


partner index

gifts & special touches

health & wellness

photographers

Meagan Lucy Photographers

916-484-1164 | meaganlucy.com

See ad on page 59

The Bridal Box

916-742-4638 | thebridalbox.net

See ad on page 55

Luxurious Bridal

209-400-1915 | luxuriousbridal.com

See ad on page 58

My Martha Design Boutique

530-622-6009

mymarthadesign.com

See ad on page 59

Origami Owl—Phyllis Enos

916-690-0063

yourdream.origamiwol.com

See ad on page 51

Soulmates Wines

209-406-2898

soulmateswines.com

See ad on page 60

Style Avenue Studios

Custom Handmade Bridal Jewelry

916-812-1114

styleavenuestudios.com

See ad on page 60

Swoonable | swoonable.net

See ad on page 61

hair, makeup, grooming & spas

airbrush tan, on location services, salons and spas

All Dolled Up

Hair and Makeup Artistry

530-888-1562

alldolleduphairandmakeup.com

See ad on page 54

Arden Hills

916-480-1170 | ardenhills.club

See ad on page 35

Asante Spa

916-933-8905 | asantespaedh.com

See ad on page 46

Happily Beautiful Makeup Artistry &

Skin Studio

530-632-0607

happilybeautifulmakeup.com

See ad on page 57

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort,

Spa & Casino

775-886-6693

hyattregencylaketahoe.com

See ad on page 45

Jenifer Haupt, I Make Beautiful

916-532-9800 | imakebeautiful.com

See ad on page 52

Mary Kay

916-849-8164

marykay.com/afpmurray

See ad on page 58

The Makeover Mommy

928-442-6596

themakeovermommy.com

See ad on page 58

The Murieta Inn and Spa

916-354-3900 | themurietainn.com

See ad on page 51

Serenity Spa | Soul Yoga

916-797-8550 | 916-542-7363

serenityspaonline.com

See ad on page 40

Thunder Valley Casino Resort

916-408-8435

thundervalleyresort.com

See ad on page 33

Wine & Roses Hotel,

Restaurant and Spa

209-371-6117 | winerose.com

See ad on pages 2 & 3, 34 and 68

Serenity Spa | Soul Yoga

916-797-8550 | 916-542-7363

serenityspaonline.com

See ad on page 40

lighting

A & A Music Events

916-451-6700 | aamusicevents.com

See ad on page 46

Creative Memories Entertainment

916-344-7000 |

creativememoriesdj.com

See ad on page 61

Magical Lighting

530-377-6203 | magicallighting.biz

See ad on page 53

Music & More Entertainment

916-601-4107 | musicandmoredj.com

See ad on page 59

The Party Concierge

916-440-8080 | partyconcierge.com

See ad on page 59

musicians

mariachi, bands and live musicians

Tan Weddings & Events

530-601-0914

tanweddingsandevents.com

See ad on page 60

Tan Weddings & Events

530-601-0914

tanweddingsandevents.com

See ad on page 60

officiants

paperie & signage

invitations/wedding stationery and signmakers

KWE Paperie by Kate Whelan Events

888-808-5283 | katewhelanevents.com

See ad on page 61

Pfeiffer Event Planning

916-607-6024

sacramentoweddingplanner.com

See ad on page 50

Swoonable | swoonable.net

See ad on page 61

Tan Weddings & Events

530-601-0914

tanweddingsandevents.com

See ad on page 60

photo booths

A & A Music Events

916-451-6700 | aamusicevents.com

See ad on page 46

Creative Memories Entertainment

916-344-7000

creativememoriesdj.com

See ad on page 61

Jennifer Rapoza Photography

& Photo Booths

209-613-4476

jenniferrapozaphotography.com

See ad on page 58

Music & More Entertainment

916-601-4107 | musicandmoredj.com

See ad on page 59

2 Girls 20 Cameras

916-580-8200 | 2girls20cameras.com

See ad on page 54

5 Star Wedding Films

and Photography

916-905-5782

5starweddingfilms.com

See ad on page 52

Andrew & Melanie Photography

530-274-2408

andrewandmelanie.com

See ad on page 54

Capture Photography

916-913-2660

capturephotographysac.com

See ad on page 45

Carrie Ayn

916-207-2552 | carrieayn.com

See ad on page 55

Charleton Churchill Photography

916-520-4447 | charletonchurchill.com

See ad on page 55

Chris Morairty Photography

916-247-8084

chrismorairtyphotography.com

See ad on page 55

Chuck Roberts Photography

916-632-8941 | chuckrobertsphoto.com

See ad on page 61

Darci Terry Photography

707-469-3736

darciterryphotography.com

See ad on page 56

Dee & Kris Photography

916-494-2734 | 916-246-0546

deeandkrisphotography.com

See ad on page 47

Erica Baldwin Photography

916-990-8826

ericabaldwinphotography.com

See ad on page 56

Farrell Photography

209-293-4254 | 916-717-7902

farrellphotography.net

See ad on page 56

JB Wedding Photography

916-220-0159 | jbweddingphoto.com

See ad on page 38

Jeff Hall Photography

916-741-7773 | jeffhallphotos.com

See ad on page 51

Jennifer Clapp Fine Art Photography

916-584-4768

jenniferclappphotography.com

See ad on page 58

Jennifer Rapoza Photography

& Photo Booths

209-613-4476

jenniferrapozaphotography.com

See ad on page 58

Julia Croteau Photography

530-295-4850 | 530-953-9848

juliacroteauphotography.com

See ad on page 45

Leilani Paular Photography

916-541-8191 | leilanipaular.com

See ad on page 58

Lixxim Photography

916-508-7868 | lixximphotography.com

See ad on page 58

Lolita Vasquez Photography

916-393-6551

lolitavasquezphotography.com

See ad on page 58

Passion Studio

916-505-9299 | 916-595-9067

passtionstudio.org

See ad on page 59

Rochelle Wilhelms Photography

707-681-5661 | rochellewilhelms.com

See ad on page 59

Sarah Maren Photography

916-538-3602 | sarahmaren.com

See ad on page 59

Shoop’s Photography

916-804-8578

shoopsphotography.com

See ad on page 60

Sweet Marie Photography

707-685-7694

sweetmariephotography.com

See ad on page 53

Valley Images Photography

916-296-5057

valleyimagesphotography.com

See ad on page 53

White Daisy Photography

530-401-0820 | whitedaisyphoto.com

See ad on page 60

planners, coordinators

& event designers

Ames Haus Design

916-730-1635 | ameshaus.com

See ad on page 54

Anaïs Event Planning & Design

415-275-4776 | 415-894-9254

anaisevents.com

See ad on page 54

Cain Event Planning

916-505-0990

caineventplanning.com

See ad on page 55

Catrina Maria Designs

916-276-5080 | catrinamaria.com

See ad on page 50

Events by Wise

530-848-3843 | eventsbywise.com

See ad on page 56

Graceful Gatherings

530-305-5339

gracefulgatherings.net

See ad on page 57

J. Marie Custom Events

916-718-0696 | jmarieservices.com

See ad on page 57

Kate Whelan Events

888-808-5283

katewhelanevents.com

See ad on page 61

L Squared Affairs

916-800-4522

lsquaredaffairs.com/realweddings

See ad on page 58

Omni Wedding & Event Planning

805-368-9002

omniweddingandevents.com

See ad on page 59

Pfeiffer Event Planning

916-607-6024

sacramentoweddingplanner.com

See ad on page 50

Strings & Champagne Events

916-397-9346

strings-champagne.com

See ad on page 60

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planners, coordinators

& event designers, cont’d.

Tan Weddings & Events

530-601-0914

tanweddingsandevents.com

See ad on page 60

We Do Designs

530-566-7603 | 916-398-1133

wedodesigns.net

See ad on page 60

rentals & party supply

décor, décor lighting, dance floors, equipment, linens,

lounge furniture, restrooms, tables, chairs, tents and more

Aba Daba Party & Equipment Rentals

916-484-7368 | 916-725-1553

abadaba.com

See ad on page 54

Amour Florist & Bridal

916-392-8168 | amourmoments.com

See ad on page 54

Bella Bloom

916-498-8588 | bellabloomflowers.com

See ad on page 55

Blossom Farm Vintage Rentals

530-681-8937 | blossomfarmrentals.com

See ad on page 55

Celebrations! Party Rentals & Tents

916-562-2900 | 916-773-2133

775-773-8900

celebrationspartyrentals.com

See ad on pages 47 and 61

El Dorado Hills Party Rentals

916-933-2500 | edhpartyrentals.com

See ad on page 51

Getting Hitched Design & Rentals

916-807-4505

gethitchedweddingrentals.com

See ad on page 57

Graceful Gatherings

530-305-5339 | gracefulgatherings.net

See ad on page 57

The Party Concierge

916-440-8080 | partyconcierge.com

ee ad on page 59

Party Royal Rentals

530-676-4453 | partyroyalrentals.com

See ad on page 59

Swoonable | swoonable.net

See ad on page 61

We Do Designs

530-566-7603 | 916-398-1133

wedodesigns.net

See ad on page 60

Wilkinson Portables

530-622-6169 | wilkinsonportables.com

See ad on page 44

transportation

baraat horse services, limousines, party buses, carriages,

valet services, vintage autos and more

Folsom Tourism Bureau

916-985-2698 | visitfolsom.com

See ad on page 47

Vintage Carriage Company

800-426-3321

vintagecarriage.com

See ad on page 60

travel

Exquisite Destination Weddings

& Honeymoons

800-872-8233

exquisitedestinationweddings.com

See ad on page 52

venue location finder

The Venue Vixens

916-374-0110 | thevenuevixens.com

See ad on page 50

venues

rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception sites

Arcade Underground

916-794-1699 | oldsacvenue.com

facebook.com/oldsacevents

See ad on page 35

Arden Hills

916-480-1170 | ardenhills.club

See ad on page 35

Avio Vineyards & Winery

209-267-1515 | aviowine.com

See ad on page 54

Bella Piazza Winery

209-245-3800 | bellapiazzawinery.com

See ad on page 46

Catta Verdera Country Club

916-645-6722 | cattaverdera.com

See ad on page 50

The Citizen Hotel

916-447-2700 | 916-492-4430

citizenhotelweddingblog.com

thecitizenhotel.com

See ad on page 36

Coloma Resort

800-238-2298 | colomaresort.com

See ad on page 47

Delta Diamond Farm

916-812-8929 | deltadiamondfarm.com

See ad on page 56

Elk Grove Masonic Temple

916-685-9818 | elkgrovemasons.org

See ad on page 56

Fausel Ranch

530-622-4390

facebook.com/fauselranchplacerville

See ad on page 56

Field & Pond

pricingfieldandpond.com

See ad on page 56

The Firehouse

916-442-4772 | firehouseoldsac.com

See ad on page 52

Folsom Community Center

916-355-7299

folsomcommunitycenter.com

See ad on page 52

Freeport Wine Country Inn

916-665-9500

freeportwinecountryinn.com

See ad on page 57

Gold Hill Vineyard and Brewery

530-626-6522 | goldhillvineyard.com

See ad on page 52

Granite Bay Golf Club

916-791-7578 | granitebayclub.com

See ad on page 37

Heavenly Mountain Resort

775-586-4442 | skiheavenly.com

See ad on page 42

Helwig Winery

209-245-5200 | helwigwinery.com

See ad on page 48

The HideOut

209-223-0718 | hideoutkirkwood.com

See ad on page 57

Hilton Sacramento Arden West

916-604-3599

hiltonsacramentoardenwest.com

See ad on page 48

Historic Oakdale Ranch

530-507-8048

historicoakdaleranch.com

See ad on page 57

Hotel Sutter

209-267-0242 | hotelsutter.com

See ad on page 50

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort,

Spa & Casino

775-886-6693

hyattregencylaketahoe.com

See ad on page 45

Hyatt Regency Sacramento

916-321-3520 | sacramento.hyatt.com

See ad on page 37

Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort

209-223-8477 | jacksoncasino.com

See ad on page 58

Kimpton Sawyer Hotel

916-545-7100 | sawyerhotel.com

See ad on page 38

Kirkwood Mountain Resort

209-258-7406 | kirkwood.com

See ad on page 42

La Provence Restaurant & Terrace

916-789-2002

laprovenceroseville.com

See ad on page 48

Lake Natoma Inn

916-932-2769 | lakenatomainn.com

See ad on pages 30 and 67

Lakeside at Bartley Cavanaugh

916-808-0957

sacramentogolfweddings.com

See ad on page 31

Lawley Ranch

530-405-9514 | lawleyranch.com

See ad on page 58

Luna Lounge by Bella Bru Catering

916-704-9749 | 916-212-7571

bellabrucafe.com

See ad on page 55

Monte Verde Inn

530-888-8123 | monteverdeinn.net

See ad on page 39

The Murieta Inn and Spa

916-354-3900 | themurietainn.com

See ad on page 51

Northstar California

530-562-3830

northstarcalifornia.com

See ad on page 42

Old Sugar Mill

916-744-1615 | oldsugarmill.com

See ad on page 53

Orchard Creek Lodge

916-625-4043

orchardcreeklodge.com

See ad on page 39

The Pavilion at Haggin Oaks

916-808-0957

sacramentogolfweddings.com

See ad on page 32

Rancho Victoria Vineyard

209-600-2557

ranchovictoriavineyards.com

See ad on page 48

Randy Peters Catering

& Event Center

916-726-2339

randypeterscatering.com

See ad on page 49

The Ridge Golf Club & Events Center

530-888-7888 | ridgegc.com

See ad on pages 49 and 61

Sacramento Masonic Temple

916-443-5058

sacramentomasonictemple.org

See ad on page 49

Sacramento Memorial Auditorium

and Sacramento Convention Center

Complex

916-808-5291 | 916-446-1215

sacramentoconventioncenter.com

See ad on page 40

Sheldon Inn

916-686-8330 | sheldoninn.com

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Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel

916-341-3622 | marriott.com/sacsi

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Silt Wine Company

916-744-1456 | siltwineco.com

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The Stone House

530-265-5050 | stonehouse.io

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Thunder Valley Casino Resort

916-408-8435

thundervalleyresort.com

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Timber Creek Ballroom

916-774-3870

timbercreekballroom.com

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Tsakopoulos Library Galleria

916-264-2800 | librarygalleria.com

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Vizcaya Sacramento

916-594-9285

vizcayasacramento.com

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Whitney Oaks Golf Club

916-632-8333 | whitneyoaksgolf.com

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916-548-3511 | thewillowballroom.com

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Wine & Roses Hotel,

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209-371-6117 | winerose.com

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5starweddingfilms.com

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Passion Studio

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passtionstudio.org

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MAP

and

COMPASS

BEING ON THE TRAIL TOGETHER

BY RICK & JENNIFER TAN

There are miles of paths winding through brushy hillsides

and forested terrain at the Point Reyes National Seashore

along the coast of Northern California. Starting inland and

hiking west, you reach its sandy beaches and catch the

spray of the Pacific Ocean breaking against the headlands.

The journey is a reward in itself, a magnificent endeavor

requiring endurance, patience and dedication—the same

can be said of being on the wedding trail!

So you’ve met the love of your life, become engaged,

and talked endlessly as lovers do about your future together.

But to go from proposal to pronouncement, you’ve

got a wedding to plan! At first, it seems like it would be

easy enough—pick a place, plan the food, invite people,

get your attire and rings, perform a ceremony, and then it’s

party time. But the reality is, to have your dream wedding,

while not losing sight of why you are doing this in the first

place—being with your true love—you need to tend to a few

vital points. Like starting a hike, you need to be equipped

for the journey, which means being mentally and physically

prepared. And more importantly, you need to both be on

the same page together. Like having a map and a compass,

you need to have an overall view of the terrain, as well as

having a direction that you both want to go in.

Here is a short list of questions you can both ask yourselves

as you prepare for the wedding trail. They will help

both of you get on the trailhead together, to stay focused,

to reach decisions, and to make you think about what you

value and cherish in your married life as equal partners.

QUESTIONS TO

ASK YOURSELVES:

• When, where and how did we first meet?

• What drew us to connect with each other?

• Do we consider ourselves to be best friends?

• What are some interests we enjoy doing together?

• What four qualities do we admire in each other?

• How do we support each other’s endeavors?

• How do we show love and sensitivity?

• What do trust and respect mean in a relationship?

• What is a promise, a vow, a covenant?

• Where do we envision the wedding to take place?

• How do we narrow down the guest list?

• What is important in our search for the ideal officiant?

• How are the exchange of rings significant to us?

• What symbols of unity are important to us?

• Will our faiths be incorporated into our wedding?

• Do we want cultural rituals included in our wedding?

• How do we picture the wedding celebration to be?

• What is important to our parents, friends, and family?

• How do we balance family wishes with ours?

• Will our faiths be a driving force in our married life?

• How will our cultural backgrounds enhance our life?

• What does equal partnership mean in a marriage?

CEREMONY

CHOOSING YOUR OFFICIANT

You’ve got the perfect venue to host your party, the cool DJ to play your song list, the

caterer to serve up exquisite hors d’oeuvres—the stage is set to host your wedding

celebration! But what about the ceremony? There is a key figure you will need: the

officiant!

The person presiding over your ceremony and expressing the words that will take

you into your new life as a married couple plays an important role on your wedding

day and can make all the difference between bliss and blah! Here are a few thoughts

to consider.

AT THE HEART OF THE CEREMONY

So you’ve researched “wedding officiants,” maybe you’re following a recommendation

from your venue or a vendor, or checked out the vendor lists in Real Weddings

Magazine and on realweddingsmag.com, and it all led you to query the officiant. In

your first meeting with him or her, listen for the words that will let you know you are

on the right track, that important message of who the officiant understands is at the

heart of the ceremony: “The ceremony is about the two of you.”

MEANINGFUL WORDS OF LOVE

You are two individuals on a shared path, enriched by different personalities, faiths

and cultural backgrounds. The right officiant will embrace your unique qualities and

encourage you to express your love through meaningful ceremony words. The officiant

should be well-equipped in helping you create the perfect ceremony words where

his or her expertise means offering you the freedom to customize your words, as well

as access to outlines and passages, to give you direction and guidance. The right officiant

respects your specific needs like bilingual services, and inclusion of cultural and

faith-based rituals. And he or she should be able to accommodate rituals of gratitude,

words of remembrance and readings because the officiant also understands how

important your family and friends are.

FROM START TO FINISH

Communication. Collaboration. Convenience. From query to post-wedding checkin,

your officiant should be able to provide you with timely communication through

face-to-face meetings, emails, phone, text and Skype. Let your officiant know how

much guidance and assistance you need through

the wedding preparations—he or she should be

open to your need for collaboration, not only with

the process of revising and refining the ceremony

words, but with the brainstorming for ideas,

feedback, and recommendations to fine tune

the ceremony. Communication and collaboration

should be achieved conveniently with a platform

for transacting business, as well with the exchange

of ideas and ceremony drafts. The right officiant About Rick and Jennifer Tan: This

will balance these three components of a professional

service from start to finish.

years of experience as officiants

dynamic couple has more than 15

and musicians, and have developed

Tan Weddings & Events to

THE HEAD OF THE CEREMONY

include event design, elopement,

If you and your beloved are the heart of the ceremony,

perhaps the officiant is the head of the cer-

celebrates the joy of couples in

and coordination services. TWE

emony. The officiant’s voice, demeanor and presence

should create a tone of sacredness, calmness,

discovering love and friendship,

creating an experience that is

meaningful and memorable...truly

authority, humility, authenticity and positivity. He an expression of their client’s life,

or she is a reflection of the words being expressed, love and soul! With a team of associate

officiants, and working with

a reflection of your vision of the wedding day and

trusted wedding professionals,

your aspirations of married life. The right officiant

TWE is deeply grateful to provide

is alert and sensitive to the energy of the wedding,

five-star services with a collaborative

and creative spirit.

serving the heart and soul of the wedding day: the

two of you! OO

tanweddingsandevents.com

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CEREMONY SITE:

OFFICIANT:

CEREMONY MUSICIAN(S):

BUTTERFLY/DOVE RELEASES:

RECEPTION VENUE:

WEDDING DESIGNER:

WEDDING PLANNER:

PHOTOGRAPHER:

VIDEOGRAPHER:

HAIR STYLIST:

MAKEUP ARTIST:

BRIDE’S ATTIRE:

BRIDE’S ATTENDANTS’ ATTIRE:

TAILOR:

GROOM’S ATTIRE:

GROOM’S ATTENDANTS’ ATTIRE:

SAVE-THE-DATE CARDS:

INVITATIONS:

WEDDING STATIONERY:

JEWELER:

FLORAL DESIGNER:

CATERER:

BAR SERVICE:

BEVERAGES:

CAKE MAKER:

DESSERT MAKER:

FAVORS:

CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN:

TABLE RENTALS:

CHAIR RENTALS:

LINEN RENTALS:

CHAIRCOVER RENTALS:

EQUIPMENT RENTALS:

DÉCOR RENTALS:

LOUNGE FURNITURE RENTALS:

DJ:

BAND/MUSICIANS:

DANCE INSTRUCTOR:

LIGHTING:

PHOTO BOOTH RENTAL:

HORSE & CARRIAGE:

LIMOUSINE:

TRAVEL AGENT:

GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS:

REHEARSAL DINNER SITE:

DENTIST:

SKINCARE:

SPA / MED-SPA:

OTHER:


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A Beautiful Place for a Memorable Event

— Amenities & Services —

Two Beautiful Outdoor Ceremony Sites Three Elegant Indoor Ballrooms

Ceremony Site Include:

• 30 Minute Rehearsal with Event Coordinator

Wedding Day Ceremony Coordination

• Set Up and Break Down of White Wedding Chairs

• White Wrought Iron Arch to Decorate

• White Gazebo to Decorate

Reception Rooms Include:

• Banquet Captain to Oversee Reception Details

• Professionally Uniformed Banquet Staff

• Complimentary Self-Parking

• Mirror Tile and Four Votive Candles per table

• Two Complimentary Admissions to “Date to Taste”

• Endless Romantic Picture Opportunities

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