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 A Special Supplement To THe SYLVANIA HERALD
FlowersPhotographyInvitationsCatering OptionsReception HallsHoneymoonsApparelWedding RingsSpecial Vows
2 • The Sylvania Herald January 27, 2010
Have you ever dreamed of getting married in a mansion?
Make your dream a reality. Tour the Manor Houseat Wildwood Preserve Metropark and visit withpremier wedding service providers. Fashion showsthroughout the evening courtesy of Atlas Bridal Shop.Refreshments available from Michael’s Gourmet Catering. Hair and make-up consultations providedby Beauty Bar. Door Prizes.Sponsored by Metroparks Wildwood Preserve, 5100 W. Central Ave., Toledo Admission: $7 with reservations
, $10 at the door
Reservations: 419-407-9700 or www.metroparkstoledo.com
Fairy tale wedding or mod-ern twist? Many brides- andgrooms-to-be have been think-ing about their ideal weddingfor years. Some may havestrong ideas about weddingideas, complete with scrap-books featuring color schemesand wardrobe choices.Themed weddings havegrown in popularity -- as cou-ples want to do what they canto set their event apart fromthe scores of other weddingsguests have attended. The keyto themed weddings is to createa balance between tradition andelements that tie into the theme.This way the wedding is classyinstead of over-the-top ... un-less, however, over-the-top iswhat’s desired.* Decide on your theme:Develop a clear idea of whatyou’d like the theme to be.Themes can range from tie-ins
to seasons to specic interests,
such as sports or hobbies, to aparticular color scheme. Once
you have a rm concept of your
theme, you can plan and shoparound it. For the purpose of illustration, let’s use a wintertheme as an example.* Introduce your theme withstationery: Your save-the-datecards or wedding invitationswill present the theme to yourguests, and could be the build-ing block for the entire wed-ding. A winter-themed weddingmay feature a whimsical font of swirly patterned type evokingthe feel of winter wind. Deli-cate polka-dots could hint atfalling snow. Avoid snowmenand ski boots.* Keep it simple: A wintertheme may be achieved simply
with color. Draperies, owers,
seat covers, table linens, etc. ina frosty blue, silver or white willtouch upon the feel of winter.There’s no need to clutter up thespace with nicknacks that makethe theme overwhelming. Re-member, you want the event tostill be traditional, with touchesof the theme throughout.* Choose an accent: Theremay be one concept of yourtheme that you’d like to build
upon, such as snowakes. How
-ever, instead of paper snow-
akes hanging from the ceiling,
which would be more reminis-cent of a classroom instead of a reception room, think aboutother subtle ways to incorpo-rate the accent. Delicate doi-lies under the china could hint
at snowakes. Italian pizzelle
cookies dusted with powdered
sugar look like snowakes and
are very tasty. Instead of Jordanalmonds in favors, use largenonpareils. Ask the venue tocreate a signature cocktail that’swhite and frosty.
Rely on owers and light
-ing: Flowers, foliage and othernatural accents can add a spe-cial touch to your wedding. Na-ture provides so many different
hued and shaped owers that
can work effortlessly into your
theme. Hydrangea or snow
-ball plants (also called Guelder
rose) form large puffs of ow
-ers that resemble snowballsand are aptly named. Delicatealyssum and even the commonbaby’s breath can be tucked
into oral arrangements to adda snowake appeal.
Lighting is something cou-ples often overlook. Famed par-ty planner David Tutera oftenuses lighting to set the mood atthe events he plans. Changingthe color or the scope of thelighting for different parts of your reception can create dif-ferent moods.Choose festive foods: Foodsdon’t necessarily need to looklike themed elements (mashed
potato ski slopes). However,
you can touch on the theme byusing seasonal foods such aswinter squashes, hearty foodsor seasonal fruits.Creating a theme doesn’thave to be ostentatious or evokefeelings of a kids’ birthday par-ty. Subtle touches that are co-hesive will provide the desiredmood.
Themed Weddings:Campy or Creative? 
January 27, 2010 • The Sylvania Herald • 3
 An elegAnt expression of All thAt istimeless And clAssic in jewelry, wherevintAge meets contemporAry.
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Are you one of the thou-sands of couples who gotengaged over the holidays?This is the time for you andyour soon-to-be to get ev-erything you ever wanted-- the time to start fromscratch, to upgrade, expandand replace. To turn a wholebunch of mismatched mineand yours into a lifetime of ours.“When it comes to regis-tering, relax, take your timeand have fun,” recommendsAudrey Stavish, a Bridal andGift Registry expert at BedBath & Beyond. “Go backto the store as many times asneeded, or update your reg-istry online. There aren’t anyrules that you must follow.Choose items that are rightfor you and your soon-to-be.Go through the registry pro-cess together and have fun!”
Here are some additional
tips to make wedding plan-
ning a breeze:
Plan Ahead: Start a bridalregistry as soon as you say“yes.” This way you will beprepared for your engage-ment party and bridal show-er, as well as your wedding.Periodically update yourregistry by adding moreproducts if you need to, evenafter the wedding. Be kindto procrastinators.Don’t be shy: Register forgifts in a range of prices andcategories. This will giveguests and group givers lotsof options to choose from.Look back and PlanAhead! Discuss your back-ground and personal prefer-ences beforehand. It’s alsoimportant to consider yourfuture. Consider things likehow often you’ll entertainand how much you will becooking.Visit a store: It’s in yourbest interest to visit a storeand schedule an appoint-ment with an expert consul-tant. Touch the towels, heft
the atware, see everything
in person!Do the math: Experts ad-vise registering for 2-3 itemstimes the number of guestsyou plan to have. Closefriends and family will relyon your registry for specialevents leading up to thewedding -- such as engage-ment parties, bridal showersand holidays! Your guestswill appreciate having lotsof choices when they shopfor you. Be sure to refreshyour list regularly as giftsget purchased.Register Now, BecauseYou Won’t Buy it Later:You may think you will ...but you won’t. Now is thetime to let others get you thestuff you’d never buy your-self. Your friends and fam-ily might even get togetherto purchase a higher priced“group gift.”Remember the Rule of Three: When it comes to set-ting your table, if you choosebold patterns for your china
and atware, pick a more
simple style of glassware.Prefer intricate stemware?Pair it with simpler patterns
of china and atware. So, it’s
bold/bold/simple or simple/simple/bold.Once you’ve set up yourbridal registry, take advan-tage of Bed Bath & Be-yond’s Bridal Toolkit(R),the complimentary weddingplanning tools available atbedbathandbeyond.com, in-cluding your own personalwedding Web site, budgeter,task manager, guest list man-ager, gift tracker, and even aseating arranger. This way,all of your information canbe stored in one convenientplace.Congratulations and bestwishes on your engagement.Now get registering and letthe gift-giving begin.
Getting Engaged is Just the Beginning ... Now What? 

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