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follow your heart
8 Picture This: Your perfect wedding album
10 Something old, something new,
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12 Wedding trends for 2010
16 Getting in shape for your big day
19 Discussing money before the wedding pays off
20 Tips for the toast
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This photo from fall 2009 shows a model
wearing a bridal dress by Sassi Holford
at a bridal fashion show in New York.
(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
This photo by Reem Acra shows a bridal
gown from the Fall 2010 collection. (AP
Photo/Reem Acra,Gerardo Somza)
any brides positively know what their wedding gown will look
like long before they meet their groom, and they’re not going
to let a little thing – OK, actually a huge thing – known as the
economy dash their dream dress.
They are seeking out gowns with smaller price-tags, according to
industry experts, but their expectations haven’t shrunk accordingly.
What’s a gown designer to do?
Give these women what they want and bundle it up in a big white
bow. There’s really no arguing with a bride who has made up her mind.
At the most recent round of wedding fashion previews, observers
said there were a lot of sellable gowns catering to a variety of tastes
and lifestyles, none of which, however, were obviously pared-down.
There might have been a little less beading and fewer exotic trims,
such as feathers, to keep costs down, but there wasn’t an industry-
wide movement toward gowns on the cheap, the insiders said.
“When I try to think of one overriding theme, it’s that brides still
want the options for the wedding they want to have,” said Darcy Miller,
editorial director of Martha Stewart Weddings. And of course, she
added, each bride wants a different kind of wedding; it’s a traditional,
formal blowout for one, a more casual beach bash for another.
When choosing a bridal
gown, follow your heart
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In this Oct. 18, 2009 photo from Disney, the Snow White
wedding gown is modeled at the Kirstie Kelly for
Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings fashion show in New York.
(AP Photo/Stuart Ramson/Disney)
This photo released by Reem Acra shows a bridal
gown from the Fall 2010 collection. (AP Photo/Reem
In this Oct. 18, 2009, photo from Disney, The Princess
Tiana wedding gown is modeled at the Kirstie Kelly for
Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings fashion show in New York.
(AP Photo/Stuart Ramson/Disney)
This photo released by Reem Acra shows a bridal
gown from the Fall 2010 collection. (AP Photo/Reem
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“Because of the economic climate, a lot of brides are willing to
get a DJ instead of a band, do it on Sunday instead of a Saturday
night, but they still have the wedding and still have the dream of
what they wanted their dress to be,” Miller said.
Designer Monique Lhuillier said she feels almost protective
when crafting wedding gowns, which is different than the
trendsetter role she might play when working on red-carpet
gowns or ready-to-wear clothes.
“It’s a wedding, a celebration, a new life, a new love, a new
chapter. I’m honored to be a part of it and rework the dress to
make sure it’s perfect in my own eye,” said Lhuillier.
“I thought about the ultimate bride and how much we could give
her,” said another designer, Reem Acra. “The perfect look is that she
wants to stay young, stay fresh and be able to travel with the dress.”
Acra captured modern and airy silhouettes influenced by a trip
to Japan, where she was impressed with gardens, Zen and an
aesthetic of purity.
There’s no “flash” in the gowns, Acra explained, since she was
aiming for a sweeter sort of beauty, when a bride gets caught up in
the romance of the occasion.
“You want the bride to feel like she’s getting married – that it’s
pure and real,” she said. “After all, you’re not getting married to
throw a party or even to wear the dress. You are getting married to
get married – for you, for him, for the both of you – and these
dresses are supposed to reflect that.”
Trends are barely a blip on Nicole Miller’s radar as she does her
bridal collection, nevermind that she also designs fashion-forward
A good, flattering gown that can be worn by different ages and
body types is another story, though. “If I have a really good-selling
evening gown, I’ll do a version for bridal because I already know the
silhouette is selling. I might add beading or longer train,” she said.
Her favorite from her new collection is a crushed metal-taffeta
dress with a pleated bottom and tucks up the front.
What brides want most is to look fantastic, and what they
think about is how gowns flatter their figure and appear in
photographs, Nicole Miller said. That’s why corsets sell so well in
bridal, she added with a laugh.
Michael Shettel, designer of the Alfred Angelo collection, said
sleek and slim is one popular direction for brides; the other, at the
opposite end of the spectrum, is the modern ballgown.
“We approached this season with the inspiration of jazz on a
summer’s day,” said Shettel, who watched a 1958 documentary
about the Newport Jazz Festival as part of his process. “What was
striking was how modern the casual sort of dresses looked in 1958
with the juxtaposition of the jazz-world glamour.”
The way to find the perfect dress, he said, is to try it on and see
how it moves, because movement brings the dress alive.
This photo taken Oct. 19, 2009, shows a model being laced into her dress at a bridal
fashion show in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Strapless Ruched Stretch Silk Bridal Gown by Nicole Miller. (Courtesey of Christina’s, 2425
Canyon Blvd., Suite #100, Boulder, 303.443.2421)
On choosing your wedding dress, Christina’s
owner Barbra Wilson offers these tips:
As most photos are shot from the waist up, focusing on the
face, shoulders and torso, brides should choose a dress that
tastefully enhances the bustline for added femininity in photos.
Your dress should not only be beautiful, but also
comfortable, allowing you to exude confidence, rather than
focusing on your dress all day. Confidence equals beauty!
When choosing a gown, think independently. The opinions
of those you trust can be helpful, but in the end, the dress
should be one that YOU love. Ultimately, you are the person
who has to wear it, so you should be the one who loves it!
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here’s a wedding picture in our family album of my paternal
great-grandparents, who were married in Cripple Creek at the
turn of the (last) century.
Their stiff posture and resolute deer-in-the-
headlights expressions don’t reveal much; their
portrait more documentation than
commemoration. But that was Then.
Today’s weddings are celebrated as multimedia
events, with skilled professional photographers
using the latest technologies to portray this
cherished milestone. Family members are shown as
they prepare, socialize and celebrate. An
introspective bride’s portrait reveals her hopes and
aspirations. The handsome groom and groomsmen
cajole; the in-laws share a laugh.
Great wedding photography requires a skilled
photojournalist to capture the excitement, joy and
tenderness without interrupting the natural flow of
events. Choosing the right photographer for your
wedding can make all the difference between a lackluster book of photos
and a vibrant collection of images that celebrate your special day.
“People look for the style and personality that
comes through the photos. That’s really important,”
says Boulder photographer Darcy Kiefel
(KiefelPhotography.com), who shoots 20 to 30
weddings each year in addition to her world-wide
travels, where she uses her photography to support
humanitarian relief efforts.
Some of the most memorable photographs come
from less-than-ideal conditions, she says. “One of
my favorite sets of images is of one adorable bride
who endured an outdoor portrait session on a very
windy day. Her bridal veil was all over the place –
on top of her head, over her ears, covering her face
– and we got a fun series of shots that were keepers.”
Kiefel says that the best photographers usually
develop a personal style in their work, so finding
the style that fits your needs is essential. “I bring a
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passion for getting the best pictures. I often spend most of
the day with the wedding party, and it’s my job to make the
whole photography thing fun and exciting. I have fun with
the brides, and get them to be themselves,” she explains.
Expert wedding planners advise you to always look at a
photographer’s portfolio to get a feel for their style and range.
Look for examples from weddings similar in style and setting.
Are you planning an outdoor wedding or an indoor event?
Will it be formal, or casually informal? Is the wedding party
large or intimate? Don’t make your decision based on one
awesome photo, but look at the overall personality of the
“I almost exclusively shoot with natural light only,” Kiefel
says. “I guess you could call it my signature style. The backlit,
halo lighting brings out the personalities of my subjects.”
You’ll also want to discuss the scheduling, how many
hours the photographer will be needed, and if there is any
required travel involved. Do you want the photographer to
shoot the rehearsal dinner, or be available early to record the
day as it unfolds?
Ask for recommendations from past clients or from your
recently married friends. Will you get digital images delivered
on a disc? What types of finished products (albums, prints,
large-format books) are offered? And, of course, what’s the
final package price?
Your wedding is a special event. Take the time to choose
the right photographer, and you will be rewarded with a
wedding album that you’ll enjoy for the rest of your lives
“Every wedding is a cherished moment,” Kiefel enthuses.
“To capture real true love is an art, and an honor.”
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reen weddings aren’t as unusual as they may seem:
Brides.com recently reported that some 33 percent
of future brides and grooms in the United States are
planning an eco-friendly wedding. Undoubtedly it’s
because the quality and choice of products has so steadily
improved that the green concept is spreading, allowing
hosts to embrace the earth without sacrificing style.
Here are four ways to throw a socially responsible
Use local or fair trade flowers
Flowers used at weddings and receptions are often out
of season and therefore need to be imported. (And
transportation and care of these flowers requires extra
resources.) To alleviate that, ask for locally sourced
flowers (which often can save big bucks). You also can
make your own bouquet with local or wild flowers,
allowing it to be as unique and creative as you are. If you
really want special floral arrangements that require
shipment, ask your florist about fair trade flowers. The
floral-supply industry is currently under scrutiny for poor
working conditions, so buying fair trade flowers ensures
that consideration is given to the workers’ conditions.
Choose an outdoor venue
Have the wedding outside, instead of in an energy-
inefficient reception hall. If you have an outdoor
wedding, you can utilize the natural beauty of the site to
have fewer wasteful decorations.
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Environmentally and socially conscious
wedding couples are increasingly
demonstrating how possible it is to have
a green wedding – and still maintain
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Think green-plate special
Disposable plates, cups, napkins and cutlery can
create masses of waste at large wedding receptions.
Consider using non-disposable cutlery and crockery
instead. If that’s not viable, use recycled paper
products. Bamboo and glass are also great options.
Wear it well
Does your wedding dress really need to be new?
Consider a pre-owned one. Really – it’s only been
worn once before being cleaned, or perhaps it
shows off chic vintage style – and you can save a
stack of cash.
If you absolutely have to have a new dress, look
for one made from materials such as organic silk,
bamboo or hemp.
Source locally, if possible
The Boulder-based Ellie’s Eco Home Store (Eco-
Products) is the go-to company for your reception’s
green necessities, including cups, plates, forks and
garbage bags that dissolve in the compost.
Eco-Products is the nation’s largest supplier of
biodegradable and compostable food-service items –
everything from four-cup carry trays made out of
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Wedding trends for 2010
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This just in from Lisa Loubiere, manager and buyer for Sturtz
& Copeland, a Boulder-based florist and greenhouse: Pastel flowers
are coming back – aqua, in particular. “They are used as an accent,
like an aqua ribbon around the bridesmaids’ bouquets, and also as a
ribbon around vases.” Quite a few brides are doing green-colored
flowers, like arabicum, Kermit mums and cymbidium orchids, and
the “botanical look” – with varieties of ferns.
“In bridal bouquets, there’s a resurgence of the cascade. The shapes
of bouquets are getting architectural, like tear drops or S-shapes.
Orchids are big this year, lending themselves to various shapes.”
Environmentally conscious couples tend to rent, rather than buy,
vases for the reception. “Less glass is produced and then thrown
away,” Loubiere says.
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At Shamane’s Bake Shoppe, Ashley Mayer, assistant to Pastry
Chef Shamane Simons, points to the interest in dessert stations with
varieties of mini-desserts, like mini-pies (good for two bites).
Really elaborate cakes are popular, with designs that relate to the
couple; take a look at the artistic confections on Shamane’s Web site.
Mayer sees less interest this year in cupcakes replacing wedding
cakes. A nice added touch is the smaller-sized groom’s cake, a gift
from the bride to her new spouse celebrating a theme dear to him
(skiing, for example).
Shamane’s Bake Shoppe, 2825 Wilderness Place, Suite 800,
Boulder, 303.417.9338, www.shamanesbakeshoppe.com
Sheet cakes are being used by nearly every bride with any
budget. “They reduce the overall per-person cost of the wedding
cake,” says Linda Willetto, owner of Indulge Bakery, along with
her husband Thomas, “and they allow the caterer to serve your
guests more efficiently.”
In making choices from alcohol to wedding cakes, the bride and
groom are parting with tradition and personalizing their choices.
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Indulge Bakery makes wedding sheet cakes with three layers of
cake and two layers of filling, just like the tiered wedding cake. So
when the sheet cake is served to guests, it looks and tastes just like the
Willetto also offers the following advice:
When touring the reception location, ask where the cake will be
placed. White boards, doors or electrical outlets do not make good
backdrops, and a poor background won’t look good in photos.
Before going to the bakeries for tastings, look on the Web at
various styles of wedding cakes. Print out the ones you like (even if
you only like part of a cake). This will help the designer understand
the style you desire.
Bring color swatches to your tastings. “Paint swatches from the
local hardware store work great,” says Willetto.
Choose cake flavors and fillings that you like because it’s your
money and your wedding. Don’t spend time worrying about what
everyone else will like, because you won’t be able to please
everyone. They will eat what they’re served. Don’t you, when you
go to a wedding?
Still having trouble deciding on a flavor? Indulge Bakery offers
multiple cake flavors and fillings for each tier at no additional charge.
Indulge Bakery, Inc., 1377 Forest Park Circle, #102, Lafayette,
Table setting / lighting
Many weddings feature ice
sculptures, but for a truly unique
table setting, consider displaying
some ice lanterns from Boulder-based
Bolder Ice. “Each one is a little
different,” owner Andy Mead
And while they don’t last forever,
their temporary beauty will be appreciated nonetheless. “Like sunsets
and rainbows,” Mead adds.
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Heather Dwight of
Calluna Events is a certified
Consultant and member of
the Association of Bridal
Consultants. She is involved
in every aspect of weddings
for her clients and pinpoints
trends for this year: bold,
bright colors – from blues to
bright orange to turquoise
and yellow; lots of brides
doing wedding Web sites and
blogs and showcasing their
weddings on Facebook and
Twitter; tying together the
“save the dates” (notices),
invitations, place cards,
programs, menus and favors;
romantic wedding dresses;
letting bridesmaids select
their own dresses, colors,
hairstyles and jewelry; featuring a photo booth where guests can take
their pictures and write notes in a guest book; photojournalistic and
artsy photography by a professional.
“Our couples really want to make their day reflect them and are
trying to make the celebration unique, to imprint their style and
personality on their big day, and weave details of their relationship
into the wedding.” This might mean having an ice cream bar at their
wedding because their first date was at an ice cream shop, or serving
Italian food and wine because they met in Italy, or implementing
favors that reflect the couple’s heritage.
Sustainable weddings are still big this year – eco-friendly
invitations, reducing the waste associated with food, flowers, décor
and favors. And couples are having flowers and food donated to local
homeless shelters or nursing homes.
“Anything that encourages mingling and intimacy with your
guests” is important. “Some people are forgoing the long sit-down
dinners for longer cocktail receptions, action stations, beer and wine
tastings and interactive ways for guests to get to know each other.
However, that said, some of our clients are doing long, sit-down
coursed dinners for their receptions.”
Calluna Events, 4129 Amber St., Boulder, 303.443.4617,
Adam and Imthiaz Houseman are in the avant garde with
boudoir photographs. “We’re on the leading edge – not too many
folks are doing this. It’s new and fresh. It started in California and is
working its way east,” says Adam Houseman. More brides are doing a
boudoir session, putting the pictures in a mini-album, and giving it to
the groom on their wedding night.
On another subject, Houseman recommends that couples work
with a planner or coordinator. “It relieves stress on the wedding day,
and it’s a way to receive discounts. The planner will refer a bride to
us, and we will offer a discount only if they booked through a
planner. Often the bride is on a budget and thinks, ‘I’ll just do it
myself,’ but it’s also about having relationships with other vendors
and making sure everything comes off right.”
Adam & Imthiaz Photography, 155 S. Downing St., Denver,
“We are seeing fewer people opting for full bars,” observes Kim
Littlejohn, store manager at Superior Liquor. “They’re serving just a
red wine, a white wine, a domestic beer and a high-end micro beer or
import.” She notes that the bridal couple tends to prefer local beers
because their out-of-state wedding guests may not have access to them
at home. “It’s fun to serve something local, or opt for something a
little higher priced,” she says.
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According to Walters & Hogsett Fine Jewelers, today’s bridal
jewelry can be as simple as a tasteful solitaire engagement ring, or
more dramatic with etching, scrollwork and micro pave detailing.
Fancy-color diamonds continue to arouse interest. Clean lines and
geometric detailing have become the hallmarks of contemporary
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Custom-made jewelry never goes out of style, and Cronin
Jewelers of Boulder has been fabricating custom jewelry for more
than 30 years.
“Jewelry is my life’s passion,” says Bill Cronin, “and I take my art
and craft very seriously. I’m also committed to using recycled metals
and offering non-conflict diamonds.”
Cronin creates the highest quality, personalized designs in metal
“We want you to feel like you have purchased a work of art that
will be passed from generation to generation,” he says.
Cronin Jewelers, 1235 Alpine Ave., Boulder, 303.440.4222,
Antique jewelry also provides a special uniqueness, style and
craftmanship. Classic Facets Antique Jewelry Store in Boulder has
developed an international reputation as a source for one-of-a-kind,
authentic antique jewelry.
“These pieces are a little bit of history,” says Classic Facets owner
Mikki Rainey. “Back when these were made, heirloom stones were
passed down from generation to generation.”
Classic Facets Antique Jewelry Store, 942 Pearl St., Boulder,
Music and DJs
“Today there’s an ‘anything goes’ kind of attitude,” says Chris
Cockroft of Tip Top Music Entertainment. “You put your stamp on
your wedding, make it unique. There’s a break from tradition. Besides
‘Here Comes the Bride’ I’ve seen a myriad of things.” For the
processional he has heard an Irish Celtic song, a cowboy tune, and a
string quartet version of “Here Comes the Sun.”
Tip Top Music Entertainment, Longmont, 303.579.0255,
George Wasyluka of The DJ-Get Up and Dance sheds light on
the party scene – that is, a “bliss light.” It shoots thousands of green
laser dots that fill the ballroom and rotate, creating an effect like the
night sky, as a blue nebula slowly moves around. “It’s a cool
atmosphere, classy,” he says, “not flashing. People don’t like flashing
lights in their eyes.” He claims to be the only one using this technique.
All DJs are using computers now, assuring continuous music, with
no breaks or music skipping. Wasyluka notices a backlash to the use
of iPods at wedding receptions. “The venues are against them because
it means no DJ, and some people don’t like the music. No one tells
when it’s time to cut the cake if we don’t have a professional emcee,
and we need an experienced DJ to play music for listening and
dancing, for all ages.”
Wasyluka is introducing a new trend – the photo guest book (also
mentioned by wedding planners Heather Dwight and Liz Daniels).
“Half the weddings are already doing it,” he says. Each guest gets
their picture taken, it is printed on the spot, inserted into the book,
everyone writes a note on their page, and the book goes to the just-
married couple. Each guest gets a copy of their own picture. “It’s a
green alternative to favors, which are often thrown out, and
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Phil Goddard, owner of The Greenbriar Inn in Boulder, notices
an uptick in the number of wedding bookings for this year – at least a
30 percent increase over last year. Because of the economy, he notes, a
number of couples put off their weddings last year, some to buy a
house while the tax credit was available.
Liz Daniels, Greenbriar’s wedding and event planner, observes that
this year’s couples, even more so than last year, are trying to be eco-
friendly in their planning. “People are moving away from favors,” she
says, “and donating to a favorite charity instead. Or they can make a
donation to offset the wedding’s carbon footprint.” She, too, sees couples
personalizing their weddings – bringing in slide shows, old albums of
their parents and grandparents, the photo booth and photo book. And
in the cake-versus-cupcake debate, she comments that people are moving
away from just having a cake and nothing else – so Greenbriar Inn offers
a dessert buffet with a cake and some other desserts, too.
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Social sales manager / wedding & event coordinator Megan
McKinley of The Historic Hotel Boulderado references a few
trends: “For the weddings themselves people are getting creative,
breaking away from some traditions and choosing elements that
represent themselves as a couple. Cupcakes have made their way into
some weddings as the latest wedding cake substitute, which gives
guests a great variety. Purple has been a popular color choice, but that
is often dictated by the season and venue. One of my favorite items
that I have had a bride incorporate were the silver platters her parents
received for their wedding; it added a personal and very beautiful
touch to their cake/cupcake display.
“Boudoir photo shoots are also very hot and we’re seeing more
and more of them,” McKinley adds. “Adam Houseman and his wife,
Imthiaz, have mastered these quite well and are incredibly talented
wedding photographers as well.”
And when it comes to choosing Colorado as a destination,
McKinley is eloquent: “I think the hottest thing about Boulder is you
get the destination wedding without having to go to a faraway, hard-
And look no farther than The Historic Hotel Boulderado, which
features several unique reception venues, offering what you need to
make your Boulder wedding celebration spectacular.
“Boulder has the hip downtown with fantastic restaurants and
shops to entertain guests,” says McKinley. “It also sits at the base of
the Rockies, so for the active guest they have plenty to explore – not
to mention the mountains provide a spectacular backdrop. Best of all,
it can all be easily reached by a short drive or shuttle trip from DIA.”
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Here are a few great tips
to help you look and feel
your best on your big day.
Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day; it’s as
simple as that. When you’re planning your wedding, you know
that on that big day, all eyes – and all camera lenses – are going to
be on you. It’s only natural that a lot of brides put a lot of
planning and effort into their wedding day appearance, and that
includes improving their physical fitness. But with the enormous
task of wedding planning, where do you find the time to get in
shape? It’s a dilemma that a lot of women face.
Brittney Coffee, a Denver-area personal trainer, understands
this dilemma. Soon after her own wedding a few years ago, she
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“As a new bride myself, I understood the needs and
concerns of my clients,” says Coffee, “and I knew I could
help them reach their fitness goals.”
If getting in shape is a top priority, here are a few of Brittney’s
tips to help you look and feel your best on your big day.
Tip #1: Start early
When it comes to starting a fitness routine, the earlier
“It’s never too early to start getting in shape for your
wedding,” advises Coffee.“The biggest mistake is giving
yourself only one or two months to reach your fitness goals,
no matter how big or small they may be. This just leads to
undue stress and frustration, and when you’re planning a
wedding that’s the last thing you need.”
Starting early can help you figure out a fitness routine
that works with your schedule, making you more likely to
stick to it.
Tip #2: Crank up the intensity
Because brides-to-be are some of the busiest gals around,
Coffee recommends shorter, more intense workouts rather
than spending hours at the gym.
“If you run on the treadmill, increase the incline to crank
up the intensity,” she explains. “You can save time while still
getting a great workout.”
Plus, intense workouts are a natural stress reliever, which
is something every bride needs. Coffee recommends getting
in some kind of cardiovascular activity (like jogging, brisk
walking or cycling) four to five times per week.
Tip #3: Smart strength
When it comes to strength training, most brides focus
solely on the arms, shoulder and back, as these areas are the
most exposed in a wedding dress. But when it comes to
strength training, Coffee stresses the importance of getting a
“Focusing on one muscle group too much puts you at
risk for injury. Strengthening all of the major muscle groups
will help you achieve an overall leaner look and will help you
drop fat faster,” she explains.
Make it your goal to work one to two days of strength
training per week into your fitness routine.
A bride may be in
great shape on her
wedding day, but it’s
not the number on the
scale that makes her
glow it’s the confidence
she has gained after
working hard and most
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Tip #4: Food for thought
The best way to reach your fitness goals is a combination
of exercise and healthy eating. A lot of brides make the
mistake of going on crash diets to lose weight, which can be
very unhealthy and actually slow their progress.
“I hate the word ‘diet’” says Coffee, “so instead I just
recommend keeping a food journal. Recording what you eat
makes you more aware of what you’re putting into your body
and can help you make healthier choices.”
A few small changes like drinking more water or adding
more vegetables to your diet can make a big difference in the
Tip #5: Ditch the scale
If your fitness goals become too wrapped up in numbers,
you may find yourself getting impatient and frustrated.
“Weighing yourself from time to time to check your
progress is perfectly fine, but try to shift your focus away
from the scale,” advises Coffee.
Instead, focus on how your clothes fit, your energy level,
your mood and how you feel when you look in the mirror.
Feeling great on the inside can be far more motivating than
the numbers on your scale.
Tip #6: Stay positive
When starting a new fitness regimen, it’s easy to get
frustrated if you’re not seeing immediate results. But the most
important thing is to stay positive.
“Getting fit takes time!” says Coffee, “and it’s important
to remember that your body needs the chance to adjust to
your new routine.”
In the meantime, stick to
your routine and feel proud of
how hard you are working to
reach your goals.
When it comes down to it,
looking your best on your
wedding day is all about
feeling your best.
Setting and attaining
goals for yourself can
give you a huge boost
in your self-esteem
that lasts far
“A bride may
be in great shape on
her wedding day, but it’s
not the number on the
scale that makes her
glow,” says Coffee,
“it’s the confidence
she has gained after
working hard and –
most importantly –
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Talking about money before marriage is essential for wedded bliss,
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and arguments. Conversation can help a couple understand each other’s
financial standing, spending habits and savings goals.
Financial stress is one of the main causes of divorce, said Gail
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financial education classes to couples in Chattanooga, Tenn.
“It’s not a topic that people tend to put a lot of weight on,” she said.
“Learning how to manage your money together is a big deal.”
These experts and Denver-based financial counselor Taffy Wagner offer
some tips for addressing finances before exchanging wedding vows:
1. Sit down with your partner and discuss your finances. Bring copies of your
credit score; pay stubs; credit card bills; details about loans, child support payments or
debt; and any other relevant financial information. This will help both parties
develop a picture of their financial responsibilities after marriage.
2. Examine one another’s credit scores. If one person’s score is below 700, consider
keeping your finances separate. Work as a couple to help the person with the low
credit score improve it by paying off debt and taking care of overdue bills. Do not
apply for any joint credit cards. Instead, put the cards in the name of the person with
good credit and make the other person an authorized user.
3. Decide which of you will be in charge of managing the money and paying
bills. It’s important to develop a system so the bills are paid on time. Make sure the
other partner has a basic understanding of the system and is aware of all bank
accounts and investments.
4. Develop a budget the two of you can live on. Make sure allocations for groceries,
clothing, etc., are reasonable. No more than one-third of your gross income should go
toward a mortgage. Don’t spend more than 25 percent of your gross income on rent.
5. Set limits on spending. Determine how much money you are comfortable
spending without consulting your spouse. For example, agree to discuss any purchase
over $100, $500 or $1,000.
6. Find out how your partner handles unexpected expenses, and decide whether
you agree with the approach. After you’re married, you may decide that turning to
mom and dad or using a credit card to cover emergencies is unacceptable.
7. Agree to create an emergency fund. Financial experts recommend setting aside
enough money to cover living expenses for three to six months. Start by setting aside
10 percent of your paycheck.
8. Develop a policy about lending money. Decide whether you would be willing
to give a loan to a friend or relative. If you’re comfortable doing that, discuss whether
you would charge interest and how much you could afford to lend. Always put the
details of a loan in writing.
9. Discuss whether one of you will stay home after the birth of a child. If that is
a goal, start planning how you could live on one income.
10. Share details about the way your parents ran their household. Did they
employ a housekeeper, landscaper or other help that you would expect in your
household? Was charitable giving or religious tithing an important part of your
upbringing and what are your attitudes toward it?
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hen my sister got engaged in August 2007, our
whole family was thrilled. My parents were
eager to throw a wedding for their eldest daughter,
and I had never been in a wedding party before.
The excitement lasted for about a week, and then quickly dissolved
into wedding planning overdrive. As maid of honor (I claimed the title
years before she even got engaged), I helped scope out venues, flowers,
favors and accompanied her on the hunt for The Dress. I felt like there
was nothing I couldn’t handle. That is, until one of the bridesmaids
asked the dreaded question: “Have you written your toast yet?”
For a lot of people, the idea of delivering a wedding toast can be a
little overwhelming. All of the excitement, emotion and anticipation
that surrounds the wedding day can add up to a lot of pressure!
Brides, if you notice that your maid of honor is nervous about
delivering her speech, here are some tips to follow to ensure that the
toast is as stress-free as it is memorable.
If you’re nervous about delivering your toast, it’s easy to
procrastinate until the very last minute – but this will only amp up
your stress level and stifle your creativity. As early as possible, start
compiling a list of memories, ideas, stories or even jokes –
whatever pops into your head when you think about your
relationship with the bride. This will provide a good starting point
for your toast.
Practice, practice, practice
Once you have your toast in a more concrete form, practice like
crazy. Recite it to yourself, to your friends, to anyone who will listen.
Reciting your speech will help you commit it to memory. Also,
getting feedback from others will help you refine your toast and
correct mistakes you may have missed.
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It’s a good idea to have a few key points from your toast
written on note cards. Even if you have the entire speech
committed to memory, it’s always nice to have a contingency
plan in case your nerves get the best of you. Do not, however,
write the entire speech on your note cards, as this will keep you
from maintaining eye contact with your audience.
Avoid the Open Bar
It may be tempting to down a glass of champagne or two
before you deliver your speech, but use caution—there’s nothing
more painful than watching a drunken maid of honor or best
man stumble their way through a toast. Play it safe and stick to
water until after the toast is finished.
Listen to your mother
Stand up straight! Your mom may have harped on your
posture growing up, and right now it’s time to take that advice
to heart. Practicing good posture will help you breathe, speak
clearly and make you look (and feel) more confident.
Keep it rated PG, not R
Remember, you’ll be delivering this toast not only to the
bride and groom, but to their family members, young and old.
As much as you might love stories about the bride’s first Spring
Break in Cancun, her grandmother might not feel the same
way. Avoid material that will offend guests or humiliate the
happy couple. Keeping your jokes and stories family friendly is
the best way to go.
Don’t be afraid to shed a few tears during your toast. It’s a
joyous, emotional day for everyone and you shouldn’t fight it.
You’re there to let the bride know how much she means to you,
and if that means letting the tears flow a little, so be it.
When it comes down to it, remember that it’s a wedding
toast, not closing arguments in a trial! You’re there to have fun
and celebrate the love that the bride and groom share, so enjoy
yourself up there.
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Quotes for the Toast
Can’t find the right words for your toast? Not to worry, some of history’s greatest speakers and writers have
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“Whatever souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” -Emily Bronte
“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” -Aristotle
“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” -Germaine Greer
“To keep your marriage brimming, with love in the wedding cup, whenever you’re wrong, admit it; whenever you’re right, shut up.” -Ogden Nash
“To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage.” -Lao Tzu
“There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.” -Martin Luther
“In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities.” -Janos Arnay
I love you, not only for what you are, But for what I am when I am with you.” -Roy Croft
“I love her and that’s the beginning of everything.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald
“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” -Robert Heinlein
“Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.” -Oliver Wendell Holmes
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” -Helen Keller
“To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven.” -Karen Sunde
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” -Lao Tzu
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oes the idea of an overly traditional wedding make you cringe?
Do you want to bring your own unique flair into the planning
and day of your reception? Try customizing your catering.
Non-traditional wedding cakes
There are a multitude of ways to make the wedding cake unique.
“The non-traditional cake topper is very popular,” explains Marjorie,
owner of Azucar Bakery in Englewood. “I’ve also had requests for
mad hatter cakes and custom icing and decorations.” Mad hatter
cakes boast an artistic lopsidedness. Layers are not cake-pan-perfect
but look like they’ve been slightly and artistically squashed. The
overall look, however, is surprisingly pleasing.
Then, there’s the trend of non-traditional cake toppers. Instead of
a bride and groom standing in each other’s arms at the top of the
cake, try a cake topper in which the groom is running away and the
bride is holding him by his tie. Too close to home? Try a topper that
has the bride and groom sitting on the side of the cake cuddling in
each other’s arms.
At Azucar Bakery, couples can bring their own cake designs.
Marjorie showed me pictures of the themed cakes she had created
based on designs drawn by the couples ordering the cakes. One cake
was poker-themed with a king and queen of hearts as the topper. And
my personal favorite was a cake with a theme of Tim Burton’s “The
Nightmare Before Christmas.” Non-traditional cakes and toppers like
these are showing up at weddings all over Colorado. Couples are seeking
ways to make their cakes uniquely representative of their relationship.
Four to five months before the wedding, ask yourselves what
flavor and design of cake you want. Brides, make sure you talk to the
groom about this one – he may have opinions in this arena.
Instead of a white cake, try a chocolate one or layered cheesecakes.
Non-traditional wedding cakes are all the rage this year, and guests
will often enjoy them more than a traditional cake.
Cake designs can range from a traditional layered cake to cupcakes.
The cake and topper are only two ways to customize your
wedding reception. There are numerous options for feeding your
guests, and many questions to answer before the day of the reception.
Most couples opt for hiring a caterer rather than providing the food
themselves, so here are some tips for picking the caterer who will give
you the wedding day of your dreams.
A good place to start with caterers is to ask around. Ask your
friends and family if they’ve heard of anyone they’d recommend. Ask
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photographer and DJ if they’ve worked with good caterers they’d
recommend. Ask your favorite restaurant if they cater. You can
find a lot of good information through networking that you may
not learn by simply going to tastings or bridal shows. And you
can get the opinions of people who’ve seen these caterers in
action, serving anywhere from 50 to 500 people.
After narrowing down your selection of caterers, it’s
important to interview each one. I interviewed Hyland from
Biscuits & Berries Catering in Golden. I asked her questions
about Biscuits & Berries as well as asking her what questions she
felt were important for couples to pose to their caterers, whoever
they may be. Hyland’s answers set a high standard for caterers
everywhere, but couples should expect this kind of service from
When I asked her if she had ever received bizarre requests, she
answered, “We have definitely had some unique requests, which we
always welcome. It’s exciting to tackle the challenge and continue
learning and expanding what we do at Biscuits & Berries.”
According to Hyland, an important question to ask your
caterer is, “What menu would you recommend based on the
type of reception we’re having and the time of year?” When I
asked her this question, Hyland explained that Biscuits &
Berries is unique in that it offers a wide selection of menus using
the freshest ingredients available at the time of year. The chefs at
Biscuits & Berries have many suggestions, but are willing to
work with you to make the food for your special day exactly the
way you want it.
When it comes to your wedding food, don’t settle for
anything less than what you’ve dreamed of. Caterers should be
able to help you to plan the perfect menu for your wedding day.
Here are some questions to ask yourself as you plan the food
for your reception:
What type of food do you want at your reception? There
are so many options today for wedding food. You can have food
of many different cultures or you can mix two cultures to create a
completely unique banquet for your guests. Try using traditional
foods like chicken and rice to make unique dishes. If you like
Mexican food, try chicken spiced with peppers and paprika rolled
in a tortilla with rice and salsa. Give suggestions to your caterer
and, if you want to, bring a family recipe that you want made and
served at your reception.
Do you want to have a buffet or a sit-down dinner? Or
perhaps you’d rather have servers offering hors d’oeuvres to your
guests as they chat. Sit-down dinners are often the most
expensive option, but can provide a nice atmosphere for the
wedding reception by encouraging toasts and making sure
everyone is eating their fill. But buffets and hors d’oeuvres can
lend an air of informality and comfort to a reception that might
be decreased in a sit-down meal.
What type of catering, cake and alcohol service is feasible
with the number of guests you have? This is always an
important questions to consider. You may want to think about
focusing on one aspect of the reception more than the others.
Perhaps you want to put energy and money into your beverage
service and offer a full bar served throughout the entire
reception, and the catering is not as important to you.
Prioritizing like this is a good way to save money and make the
wedding truly your own unique event.
Do you want foods that match your wedding colors? A
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items that match your wedding colors. Pumpkin dishes can
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Do your guests have allergies or preferences you must
cater to? Consider your own and your guests’ allergies and
preferences as you plan your menu. Should you avoid
monosodium glutamate or food coloring in your dishes? Do you
have vegetarian or vegan guests? These are all topics to bring up
when you meet with your caterer.
A chocolate fountain can be a lot of fun to have at your reception.
Not only are these elegant to look at, but they taste delicious. You can
get dark, milk or white chocolate, and often, chocolate fountains
come in other colors as well – white chocolate can be colored to
match your wedding colors. Warning: if you’re going to have children
at the reception, you may want to avoid chocolate fountains; if
anyone touches the chocolate in the fountain, most companies require
you to purchase the fountain and chocolate, which can be pricey.
Beverage service suggestions
Often, a full bar of standard alcoholic and nonalcoholic
beverages is the best option even for a non-traditional wedding.
Trendy beverages may not please the majority of your guests. But
there are some options for altering the serving of drinks that can
make your reception not only different, but can also save you some
money. Serve beverages in stages: offer beer, wine and soft drinks
before dinner and mixed drinks after. And try using champagne only
for toasts; that way, it is a tasty highlight of the reception. You also
have choices in how the wine is served. Many receptions have a split
bar, but you can serve guests well by having one bar with two
bartenders, or you can have your caterer serve beverages with dinner.
It’s a big decision, choosing the kind of food and cake
you want to have at your wedding reception. Questions
to ask your caterer and cake designer:
1. What are some menu items you would suggest, considering my budget
and the style, date and time of my wedding?
2. Do you specialize in any dishes or styles of food? Can we include our
own recipe in the menu?
3. Do you cater to allergies or vegan and vegetarian preferences?
4. When do you need the final guest count?
5. How will the servers be attired?
6. How many events does your company cater to that same day?
7. How does the cost of a buffet compare to that of a sit-down dinner?
8. Does the cost-per-person cover only the food or do you include staff,
rentals, linens and gratuity as well?
9. Do you charge a corkage fee per bottle if we provide our own beverages?
10. Do you charge a cake-cutting fee?
11. Who is the Event Manager or Captain for my wedding? Can I meet
with him or her? How long will he or she stay at my reception?
12. Are you licensed?
13. How much is the deposit I must pay to hold the date?
14. Will you provide the cake and beverage service (and possibly a chocolate
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15. Will you provide food for the photographer, videographer, musicians
and other vendors? Is there an extra charge for this?
16. Do you provide a special price for children’s meals?
17. Can you provide a list of references?
18. Can we see a copy of the contract?
19. What services do you provide specially for VIPs of the wedding?
20. How involved are you throughout the planning process and on the day
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21. How and where is the food prepared? Do you freeze your cakes or bake
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