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    Fall Wedding A Special Supplement to the FLORAL & HOME YOUR WEDDING EXPERTS Call for a free private consultation 310 Main St. Melfort • 306-752-5121

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    2 THE NORTHEAST SUN FALL WEDDING • FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2017 Ways to get a grip on your guest list Melfort Journal Planning A Wedding?ding? Personalize your wedding with custom printed Invitations, RSVP cards, Save the Date cards, Programs, Thank you cards, Favour tags, Wine/Jar labels, Bookmarks and the list goes on..... Lets discuss your ideas and make your dreams a reality. Cooperation is key for couples planning their weddings. Compiling the guest list is one area of wedding planning where couples oftentimes must embrace both cooperation and compromise. Putting together a wedding guest list can cause some tension. That tension may be confined to couples, but it may even occur between couples and their families. Getting a grip on their guest lists may be one of the more difficult tasks couples encounter when planning their weddings, but there are ways to make creating the guest list go smoothly. · Recognize the need to compromise. Couples who recognize the need to compromise in advance of compiling their guest lists may find it easier to pare down that list if the initial number of guests is too high. Couples can create lists of people they want to invite, breaking these initial lists down into categories such as “friends,” “family,” “acquaintances,” and “coworkers.” Couples may not want to compromise on Helpful hints for choosing your bridal veil The traditional bridal veil just might be the most archetypal wedding accessory—which is why picking out this special ornament takes time and thought. Follow these three tips to find the one that will suit you perfectly. 1. Aim for balance If your heart is set on an extravagant dress, opt for a subdued and sophisticated veil that won’t outshine your splendid gown. A model with plain satin edging is a safe bet. If, on the other hand, your dress is on the more classic side, feel free to add a touch of inviting friends and family, but each person should be willing to remove some coworkers and acquaintances from their final lists. · Don’t succumb to parental pressure if mom and dad are not paying the bills. Couples who are financing their own weddings should not feel beholden to their parents’ wishes when compiling their wedding guest lists. Politely explain to parents you’re working on a budget and that you have a predetermined number of guests you’re capable of inviting. Couples can appease their parents by encouraging them to compile a list of people they hope to invite, and then telling them these people will be invited if other guests are unable to make it. Couples whose parents are footing some or all of the bill must be more receptive to their parents’ wishes than those paying for their own weddings. · Agree on a kids policy. A policy regarding kids may help couples as they create their guest sparkle with some crystals, pearls or other trimmings. 2. Play with length Veils come in a number of lengths, from the coquettish birdcage to the majestic train. Every bride can find a version that will complement her dress flawlessly. Don’t be shy about trying on the various models available in your region’s bridal shops. 3. Stay true to your style Whether you’re a hopeless romantic or a thrill-seeking rebel, choose a veil that showcases your unique personality. You can also Floral Designs & Gifts lists. Couples working with tight budgets may decide that the only children who will be invited are their nieces and nephews. Young cousins likely won’t feel slighted if they don’t make the cut, and their parents may even appreciate a night out without the kids in tow. · Employ the “future versus past” formula when paring gets tough. When all else has failed, couples faced with difficult decisions regarding their wedding guest lists can ask themselves if prospective guests are people they expect to see again in the future or if they are people from their past. Including the former might be a good idea, while removing the latter may also make sense, especially if it’s been a long time since couples have seen people who fall into the “past” category. Creating the guest list is one of the more difficult parts of planning a wedding. But couples willing to compromise may find the process goes smoothly. select one-of-a-kind accessories (flowers, jewelry, nails) to create a look that’s one hundred per cent yours. If you’re still unsure what veil to choose, swing by your local bridal shop and take advantage of a professional salesperson’s experienced eye. He or she will help you find your dream veil in a jiffy! SHIRLEY SORENSEN COMMERCIAL PRINT SALES & CONSULTING T: 306.752.5737 901 Main St. C: 306.752.2638.263 Melfort, SK S0E 1A0 SSorensen@postmedia.com Let us help you make your wedding day as special as can be with beautiful flowers! Custom made bridal and wedding party bouquets, corsages and boutonnieres to fit any budget. PRIVATE CONSULTATIONS AVAILABLE www.lifewisegifts.com Regular Store Hours: Monday to Saturday: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Phone: 306-275-2223 • 303 Main Street, St. Brieux

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    FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2017 • THE NORTHEAST SUN FALL WEDDING 3 Factors to consider before choosing a venue Once couples become engaged and share the good news with their friends and families, the next step is to begin planning their weddings. While couples must make a myriad of decisions during the wedding planning process, perhaps none is more significant than where to tie the knot. According to The Knot 2016 Real Weddings Study, the average cost of a wedding for couples who married in 2016 was $35,329. That’s a sizable amount, and a big portion of that was spent on the wedding venue. The Real Weddings Study found that couples spent an average of $16,107 on their wedding venues in 2016. That figure easily dwarfs the next biggest expense ($6,163 for the engagement ring) for couples tying the knot. Because the wedding venue comes with such a potentially high sticker price, couples should give ample consideration to a host of factors before choosing where to get married. Size Until they can agree on a guest list, couples might want to delay even looking for venues. However, some couples might want to first look at some venues so they can determine just how many guests they can afford to invite. Whether they’re hosting small affairs or large parties, couples should choose venues that can comfortably accommodate all of their guests. If possible, look for venues with multiple reception areas, which might allow for some wiggle room if the guest list grows or dwindles during the planning process. Availability Some couples might have an ideal time of year they hope to get married. Some even know the exact date they hope to get married. While that can help with the planning, it can also limit couples with regard to their venue options. Some venues may be booked for as much as a year or more in advance during peak wedding season. The Real Weddings Study found that the most popular months to get married in 2016 were October and September. Couples who hope to follow in the footsteps of many 2016 brides and grooms may need to book their wedding venues well in advance. Those who can be more flexible regarding their wedding dates may find it easier to book their dream venues. Insurance Ask about the venue’s insurance policies, including the policies the venue has to protect itself. In addition, ask if the venue requires couples to have their own wedding liability insurance for protection in the event of injury, property damage or incidents related to alcohol. Couples may also want to make the investment in cancellation/ postponement insurance, and some venues may even require it. Financials It’s easy for couples to be focused on the bottom line when choosing wedding venues, but it’s also important that they get a complete grasp of the financials before choosing a wedding venue. Ask about the amount of the initial deposit and if that deposit is refundable. In addition, ask when the deposit is due and when each subsequent payment is due until the balance is paid in full. This can make budgeting easier and planning less stressful. Couples should have fun choosing their wedding venues while recognizing that certain factors must be given ample consideration before signing any contracts. Wedding Flowers An expression of your style, beauty and love. As such, we offer you a private consultation to discuss the exact style, colours and flowers you desire for your special day. We take pride in offering exquisite arrangements and excellent customer service to help your dream wedding become a reality. • Fresh or silk flowers available • Wedding registry • Gifts for bride and groom • Gifts for wedding party 506 Main Street, Melfort, SK 306-752-2340 daisiesdreamsanddecor@hotmail.com

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    4 THE NORTHEAST SUN FALL WEDDING • FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2017 We would be honoured to be The Nipawin Ev hosts North East Saskatchewan’s most You can be confident of our a and personal service to exceed y Call our Receptionist to he www.evergreencentre.ca 1-306

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    FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2017 • THE NORTHEAST SUN FALL WEDDING 5 a part of your Special Day ergreen Centre, memorable weddings and receptions. ttention to detail, expertise, our wedding day expectations. lp plan your special day! -862-9795 evergreen@nipawin.com

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    6 THE NORTHEAST SUN FALL WEDDING • FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2017 Dodge drama and stay sane for the big day Bride-to-be, are you struggling to keep your cool as you plan for your rapidly approaching big day? If so, take a look at the top five potential sources of weddingday drama and our tips to on how to deal. POTEnTIAl DRAmA SOURCE #1: THE PlAnnInG It is completely normal to want everything to be perfect for what may be the happiest day of your life. But there’s a difference between irritable at times and disagreeable all the time! Our tip: If you can afford to hire a wedding planner, drop everything and do so right away before skipping to #2. Otherwise, start early — as in, not the month before D-day. make an exhaustive to-do list and be willing to delegate some tasks to people you trust — but stand your ground and don’t let anyone else take control of your day. POTEnTIAl DRAmA SOURCE #2: THE DRESS You’ve always dreamed of a fairy-tale ball gown with all the trimmings, but a look in the fitting room mirror reveals the cold, hard truth: you could be mistaken for the wedding cake. Our tip: Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone, and trust the advice given by trained boutique staff — it’s their job to make you look and feel great, after all. When it comes to dresses for your bridal party, just remember the cautionary scene in Bridesmaids. To avoid having your BFFs wish they’d never met you, let them choose a style that suits both their silhouette and their budget. You have final say on the colour, though! POTEnTIAl DRAmA SOURCE #3: THE OTHER HAlF Ever since you announced your engagement you’ve been sending out rather mixed messages. You want your fiancé to add his touch to the wedding, but you keep shooting down his ideas. You won’t stop saying that all that matters is to have fun on the big day, but keep reminding your soon-to-be husband that his buddies better be on their best behaviour — or else. Our tip: Instead of wasting precious time and energy on bickering, take a deep breath and remember that a wedding involves two people. The big day should be a reflection of you as a couple (of which you’re both equal parts). POTEnTIAl DRAmA SOURCE #4: SOCIAl mEDIA Are you a tad obsessed with turning your online followers green with envy at the sight of your pictureperfect wedding posts? Our tip: It takes more than a vintage filter (or four) to achieve professional-worthy results to share on your feed. It also takes more than a DSlR camera to be a wedding photographer, so do your homework and hire someone worthy of the title. And about those DIY decorations that bloggers and magazine writers always advertise as “super-easy to make”: run a few trial sessions with some of your artistically gifted friends, and refrain from angrily ripping up your creation because it’s not identical the Pinterest post you were trying to emulate. not everyone is an arts-and-crafts wizard — you can hire a decorator, you know. You’ve seen the movie (and its reality TV offshoots—don’t lie!) and know that Bridezilla isn’t exactly a term of endearment. Yes, having an extreme control-freak attitude about your wedding plans might get you what you want; but is alienating your entire entourage really worth it? (We checked. It’s not.) POTEnTIAl DRAmA SOURCE #5: YOUR mIRROR The thought of waking up on your wedding day with a huge zit (or a cold sore, or a sunburn, or massive dark circles or a creepy third eye) might keep you up at night, but these things do happen (well, most of them anyway). Our tip: To avoid feeling like you should keep your veil on all day (or worse, take flight à la Runaway Bride), have your beauty team — hair whisperer, makeup queen et al. — by your side to doll you up before you walk down the aisle. And don’t sweat the small stuff! no blemish in the world is big enough to steal your thunder. You’ll see — your wedding is going to be absolutely beautiful. You know why? Because it’ll be yours. And, most of all, because you’ll have successfully preserved both your loved ones’ sanity and your own — that’s what we’d call a happy ending.

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    The basics of renting a tuxedo Brides-to-be may invest thousands of dollars into their wedding day ensembles. Online wedding resource The Knot says that the average cost for a wedding dress is $1,469. Grooms generally have a much easier and less expensive experience with their wedding day attire. In fact, grooms often rent their tuxedos for minimal cost. Renting a wedding tuxedo has its advantages, namely in the cost savings. However, it’s easy for a guy to fall into the trap of renting something that will not help him look his best if he isn’t educated about the process. looking sharp involves a little more than just showing up to the shop and picking a tux off the rack. Choose your retailer wisely many stores sell or rent suits and tuxedos. As is the case with many aspects of wedding planning, getting a recommendation from friends or family members can help grooms identify the shops that offer exemplary service. When attending others’ weddings or special events, pay attention to the look of the groom and his groomsmen. Find out where they got their tuxes. Price alone should not dictate where to shop. Food can make or break a reception Couples researching potential reception sites for their parties should be sure to schedule tastings and confirm how the foods will look upon being served. In addition to the taste of the food, couples may want to consider which menu items are offered - particularly those that align with the latest trends in wedding reception catering. Based on data compiled by The Knot, She Knows, Delish, and various food bloggers, the following food trends are worthy of notice. · Food stations: Food stations encourage interaction between a chef/server and the guests. Food stations can include a ceviche bar, fondue cart, quesadilla maker, or custom sliders station. · Colorful foods: Guests are often first tempted by the appearance of foods, and bold Once bridesmaid dresses have been selected, the groomsmen can begin to shop around for tuxedoes. This way ties and vests will coordinate. Initial tux selection should begin between four and six months before the wedding. Get a proper fitting The experts at men’s Wearhouse say that it is important to be fitted for a tux or suit properly. Their professionals can handle the measurements, or men shopping elsewhere can use a tailor of their choosing. Shoulders should be close to the body in the jacket but not restrictive. Sleeves should fall so that they show a quarterto a half-inch of shirt sleeves when arms are at the sides. An ill-fitting suit or tux can make a gentleman look sloppy. It is key to pay attention to sizing and use a shop that has a variety of styles that fit various body types. Choose a classic style no one wants to look outdated in their wedding pictures. By choosing a classic cut and color in a suit or tux, guys will look stylish no matter the year. Fun can be had with vest colors or bow ties. Confirm the order The entire wedding party can visit the tuxedo shop for selections and fittings. The groom should call the store at least a month prior to the wedding to ensure that everyone has been fitted. Tuxes should be picked up a few days in advance of the wedding and tried on to ensure that everything fits and all accessories are included. This way last-minute alterations or substitutions can be made. Grooms and groomsmen can look dapper by selecting a classic suit or tuxedo, having it properly fitted and confirming that all wardrobe components are ready to go in time for the big day. colors can set dishes apart. · Brunch items: Recognizing that daytime weddings can be much less expensive than evening affairs, couples may want to have brunch-themed weddings, featuring omelets, pancakes, French toast, and other tasty breakfast foods. · Fancier “ordinary” fare: Although chicken fingers and meatballs aren’t normally given gourmet status, they can be dressed up and repackaged for weddings. Whole-grain breadings, Kobe beef meatballs and Asian dipping sauces give foods some flair. · Family feel: Some weddings are now served “family style” where guests can share from larger passed plates. This serves to connect everyone at the table and encourages conversation, helping to establish a warm atmosphere. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2017 • THE NORTHEAST SUN FALL WEDDING 7 Embracing an ethnic wedding Couples are more culturally diverse than ever before. Engaged couples are embracing that diversity by incorporating elements of their heritage into their ceremonies. Globalinfused details are a growing trend in ceremonies and receptions. multicultural touches can help make weddings unique. Traditional dress With many countries embracing the tradition of wearing “wedding white,” couples are once again tapping into ethnic dress to add that wow factor to their weddings. Fashion can impart elements that borrow from ancestral homelands and triedand-true wedding tradition. Distinct attire, such as sarees, kimonos, khmers, and kilts, may be center stage at ceremonies and receptions. Some couples opt to have a change of clothes so they can wear traditional dress for the ceremony and wedding gowns and tuxedos for the reception. Ethnic entertainment In addition to a band or DJ, couples may want to incorporate some sort of ethnic entertainment into the festivities. Caribbean couples may want a steel drum band. Japanese weddings may be enhanced with the addition of a Taiko group that showcases the art of ensemble drumming. Although bagpipes are often associated with Irish or Scottish heritage, they’re included in folk music from different regions of Europe, Africa and the Persian Gulf as well. Multicultural dance Some of the most entertaining parts of a wedding involve dancing. With the right music and a few cocktails guests’ inhibitions may by Craft Haven BRIDAL GOWNS | BRIDESMAID DRESSES GRADUATION DRESSES | ACCESSORIES TUXEDO RENTALS | WEDDING DECORATION RENTALS Northern Saskatchewan’s largest one stop bridal store 7.5 km Highway 2 North Prince Albert, SK ph: (306)763-0470 fax: (306)763-0411 www.uniqueweddings.ca relax. Couples can even increase the fun factor by incorporating ethnic dance customs and music into their playlists. If budget allows, hire a dance troupe to guide guests on the proper steps. Otherwise, ask the band or DJ to play the music that inspires the tarantella, salsa or Bollywood moves and learn as you go. Ethnic cuisine According to new Jersey Bride magazine, today’s millennials have long been exposed to multicultural cuisine and have exotic palates. Food can reflect the couple’s culture or simply harken to cuisine they enjoy the most. The new York Times predicted that food inspired by Africa and the Philippines is hot for 2017, so couples may want to opt for flavors from these areas of the world. When exotic offerings are presented, it can be a good idea to also have some traditional wedding foods so less adventurous guests have options. Couples planning to incorporate multicultural elements into their weddings will need to find a ceremony and reception site that can accommodate those needs.

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    IN 8 THE NORTHEAST SUN FALL WEDDING • FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2017 MINUTES News and events — visually Fit to be TIED Ties This weekend, are an a integral lot of loved dads part will of be any receiving groom’s ties, but or how groomsmen’s many dads out attire. there know the ways to tie a tie? However, tying one is a different If you’re giving story. your dad a tie this Father’s Here’s Day, why how not also to attach tie this handy some step-by-step of the guide more to tying. popular ones. Windsor knot The respected tying method. Wide & symmetric tie knot. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Half windsor knot Medium-thin tying method. Semi-version of the Windsor knot. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 The Windsor knot is perfect for spread collared shirts and thin fabric materials because of the big knot created. Because of the wide knot shape, the tie tends to deemphasize the look of a long neck and therefore will look fabulous for these people. Sources: tieatieeasily.com Pratt knot Neat & gentle tying method. Thinner than the Windsor knot. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Four in hand knot 1 2 3 4 5 6 SUSAN BATSFORD, GRAPHICS EDITOR, TWITTER @SBATS1; INFOGRAPHIC BY TARA CORRAN/QMI AGENCY

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    FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2017 • THE NORTHEAST SUN FALL WEDDING 9 Pointers for planning a wonderful rehearsal dinner Rehearsal dinners are customarily held after couples and their bridal parties walk through the wedding ceremony. Rehearsals may occur one or two nights before the actual wedding, depending on the availability of the wedding venue. Rehearsal dinners tend to be less formal than wedding receptions, but couples should still prioritize planning to ensure their dinner goes off without a hitch. · Confirm who is paying for dinner. Tradition once suggested that the groom’s parents pay for the rehearsal dinner while the bride’s parents foot the bill for the wedding. But perhaps due to the rising cost of weddings, many couples no longer feel beholden to such traditions. If couples are financing their own weddings, parents of both the bride and groom may want to pay for the rehearsal dinner. If parents are splitting the cost of the wedding, then couples themselves may want to pay for the rehearsal dinner. Confirm who is paying and if there is a budget to work with before booking a restaurant. This way there is no confusion once the bill is brought to the table. · Give consideration to bridal party members’ dietary restrictions. Couples may not want to book a seafood restaurant if a handful of guests have shellfish allergies. So before booking a restaurant for the rehearsal dinner, couples can ask members of their bridal party and other attendees if they have any food allergies. · Emphasize location. Couples whose bridal party includes out-of-towners should look for a restaurant that’s close to the wedding hotel and/or the ceremony site to host their rehearsal dinner. Ideally, one that’s within walking distance of both makes getting to and from a lot easier. Regardless of where the restaurant is located, make sure to arrange for transportation for any out-of-town guests who are not planning to drive to the wedding. · Inform guests about the dress code. Rehearsal dinners tend to be laid back affairs, but members of the bridal party may be uncertain about what to wear. Couples should inform rehearsal dinner guests well in advance of the wedding if the dinner will be casual, semiformal or formal. This gives guests the time to shop for and pack their attire for the night, and saves couples the trouble of answering wardrobe inquiries in the busy final days before the wedding. · Toast the guests. Brides and grooms are toasted at their wedding receptions, but rehearsal dinners afford happy couples the chance to thank their closest friends and family members for their love and support. Plan to give a brief toast to loved ones at the dinner. Grooms may also want to use this opportunity to toast their bridesto-be, thanking them for all their efforts planning the wedding. Rehearsal dinners typically are fun, less formal affairs. But even the least formal dinners require some planning. LET US MAKE YOUR CELEBRATION EASY! Tying the knot MEAT TRAYS FRUIT TRAYS VEGGIE TRAYS DAINTY TRAYS The phrase “tying the knot” is synonymous with getting married. Although the words can represent the symbolic joining of two lives together, in some cultures, getting married actually requires tying a knot. The custom traces its origins to an ancient Babylonian tradition in which threads from the clothes of both the bride and groom were tied in a knot to represent the couple’s union. Other cultures have embraced this tradition, and couples tie ceremonial knots during their wedding ceremonies. Take the stress out we will deliver your items to your venue DELI/BAKERY Melfort Mall 306-752-9384

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    No 10 THE NORTHEAST SUN FALL WEDDING • FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2017 Kerry Vicker C Simply Elegant Everythi Need In O Book Wed Call: 306-752-4177 or Em

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