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    Couples are infusing bold colors into their wedding day in unexpected ways to showcase their unique personalities and create an extra spe-cial event for family and friends.

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    Bold color choices help couples make a statement about their weddings, themselvesBy Pamela Parks/Advocate and Star-News correspondent

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    Britta Rawlins went all-out for bold colors in her Door County wedding this past summer, with vibrant paper flowers and deocrations and bright ties with matching boutonnieres in a variety of colors for the groomsmen. Photo courtesy Britta Rawlins

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    reception tent to selecting interesting and bold patterns for table coverings.

    In Door County, it is fairly laid back. It is still high-end but not such a strict formal elegance. Its a causal elegance, Mann said.

    Although most brides select traditional white or ivory for their bridal gown, some brides are going bold by adding a touch of color such as light gold, blush pink or deepening ombr effect, a recent popular design choice that moves from a lighter to a darker shade of color, said Tina Marie from Tina Maries Boutique in Algoma.

    Bridesmaids dresses are an easy way to add bold color to the wedding ensemble and each bride has her favorite choice. Tina Marie said that some popular choices in-clude using two different colors on half of the bridal party, incorporating jewel tones like emerald, teal and plum, or selecting a modern vintage style with interesting but muted colors. Summer seems to inspire some bold color choices with melons, fuchsias and turquoises topping the list, while other couples are selecting gray for the dresses and tuxedos and bringing in color with flowers.

    More are going into more color now, Tina Marie said. My advice to brides is to put a color on the wedding par-ty that looks good around you It is like putting makeup on. Go into a palette that will be beautiful around you and have something beautiful standing next to you.

    Accessories, flowers other places to colorizeShoes are another trend where brides are adding color.Brides will wear some really interesting colored shoes under their dresses, like cute, high-heel red shoes with a white gown. Or, they have their bridesmaids wear an altogether different color shoe than the dresses, like a red dress with a blue shoe. It is about having fun, and sometimes girls feel a fun-colored pair of shoes is something they might be able to easily wear again, said Shirley Ehlers of Concepts Bridal and Formalwear in Sturgeon Bay.

    Some couples are selecting a more informal look a shirt, pants and a tie and incorporating colorful ties, bright argyle socks and even Converse tennis shoes.

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    sonality and their bright future as a couple.

    I love color; it defines who I am. I am bright, cheerful, happy, warm and sunny. I wanted all that and more for our wedding day, said Britta Rawlins. Forget the muted and subdued color bring on full color, bold, bright and


    According to Morgan Mann, co-founder and editor of Door County Bride,

    a stylized online blog at www.doorcoun-tybride.com, a dramatic emerald green is the hot wedding color for

    the 2013, and brides are getting creative in using the color on their big day.

    The most interesting way brides are using this col-

    or, especially in mid-summer, is by using the green spaces as their emerald green and then accenting it with color. They feature nature, and

    being Door County, it is a natural fit as it is one of our major selling points, Mann said.

    Mann also said that couples are incorporating col-or throughout the wedding ceremony and recep-tion by adding it from round paper lanterns in the

    Bold colors are being introduced into wedding ceremonies by adding bright hues to the bridal party, reception decorations and floral arrange-ments, or by adding pops of color in surprising, non-traditional ways.

    The bride of a Door County wedding this past summer that included bold color including fuchsia, orange, and yellow paper flowers decorat-ing the ceremony and re-ception said the reason she chose such brilliant hues was to reflect her per-

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    Scott Domalick/Circulation DirectorWarren Bluhm/Associate Editor

    Christopher Clough/Section Editor

    Corsage created for a Door County wedding by Helene Ingsten-Anderson of Flora Special Occasions Flowers of Sister Bay. Photo courtesy Helene Ingsten-Anderson

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    What to do beforeI doCongratulations, youre engaged!

    And now what?Theres a lot to do between saying Yes and saying I do,

    but it doesnt need to be overwhelming. Planning ahead and getting tasks done early, and in an orderly manner, helps make it much easier. As the old saying goes, An

    elephant can be eaten one bite at a time.

    So start digging into the elephant, a bite or two now, another few bites next week, until its all gone and youre

    ready for the ceremony.

    Heres a when, what and who of getting ready for your wedding day; some items are optional, but many are man-

    datory, or at least really good ideas.

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    12 to 16 months ahead Set the wedding date Announce the engagement to family

    and friends Plan an engagement party If they do not already know each other,

    arrange to introduce your fiances family to your own

    Discuss who is responsible for what with your fiance (and your and his fami-lies, if necessary)

    Register a wedding website to keep family, friends and guests up to date on event details

    Decide how much you are willing to spend and make a budget

    Decide on a theme for the wedding Attend a local bridal show or two; take

    notes on vendors you like and would consider using

    Find a clergyman or civil official to marry you

    Reserve a place to be married and a location for your reception

    Hire a wedding consultant if you plan to use one; wedding planning software also is available

    Choose your attendants and make sure they are available to participate in your wedding

    Shop for your wedding dress Shop for gowns for your attendants.

    If they live far away, ask them for their measurements and sizes

    Start your guest list. Talk with your fiances parents about the guests they would like you to invite. Give them a deadline for submitting their list

    Interview photographers and videotap-ing companies

    Register your gift preferences with a wedding gift registry at a department or specialty store

    Choose a caterer and a menu Choose a florist Book musicians and/or a DJ for the


    Beware when shopping online for wedding attire

    Door County Advocate/Kewaunee County Star-News

    Today, finding exactly what you want for your wedding (and pretty much any goods or services, for that matter) can be so much easier because of online shop-ping.

    But beware. Just as with other web-based shopping, recent years have seen a rise in ripoffs of brides, grooms and bridesmaids shopping online for wedding attire.

    Tina Marie, of Tina Maries Boutique in Algoma, said counterfeit website scams are a serious risk to consumers now, especially when purchasing such impor-tant and valuable item as a bridal gown. Websites will use a picture of a designer gown, but what arrives is far from what was intended or is shoddily sewn togeth-er. Then, it is almost impossible to return the item and get your money back.

    Tina Marie urged brides and grooms to purchase from a reliable store owner, so they know the quality of the item being purchased and avoid counterfeit designs, loss of money and serious disappoint-ment, often on short notice.

    ceremony and reception Send an engagement announcement

    and photo to the newspaper

    6 to 9 months ahead Finalize your wedding gown order and

    buy undergarments to wear with it (bring these to all fittings)

    Order other gown accessories (shoes, gloves, veil)

    Make sure your groom has selected wedding attire for himself and his groomsmen

    Discuss your chosen color scheme with your mother and your fiances mother so they can choose their gowns

    Finalize your guest list Order invitations, announcements, statio-

    nery and thank-you cards Order the wedding cake Arrange transportation to and from the

    wedding and reception for your bridal party

    4 to six months ahead Arrange fittings for yourself and your

    attendants Make appointments for physical exams

    and blood tests Decide on your honeymoon destina-

    tion and make reservations with your travel age