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  • P L A N N E R

    JANUARY 2013

    Events & Flowers

  • 2Were the perfect spotfor your special event.

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    InsideWedding venue shopping ............................................................3Save money with handmade invites .......................................... 4Find a gown they will all love .....................................................5Tips for writing your own wedding vows .................................6Trend: Sweet, petite and bold color ...........................................7Tips for selecting wedding day fl owers ......................................8Packing for your honeymoon ................................................... 10Planning a honeymoon or destination wedding ......................11Wedding cuisine ...........................................................................12Save the Date card etiquette...................................................... 13Vendor listings ........................................................................ 14-15

    Advertiser IndexA Promise for Two ............................................................................... 14A-Limo Limousine Service .................................................................. 14Best Western Plus Kelly Inn & Suites ................................................. 5Billings Depot, Inc. ............................................................................3, 14Billings Hotel & Convention Center............................................14, 16Bin 119 ...............................................................................................14, 15Eaglerock Golf Course ........................................................................ 14Evergreen IGA ..................................................................................2, 15FF190 Slideshow Productions .............................................................. 14Gainans Flowers ..............................................................................9, 14Hilton Garden Inn .......................................................................... 4, 14Le Fete ..............................................................................................13, 14Montana Jacks ................................................................................13, 15Montana Liquor ...............................................................................5, 15Moss Mansion .................................................................................14, 15Oscars Park Entertainment ............................................................2, 15Q Catering........................................................................................7, 15Red Lodge Mountain Resort ............................................................... 6Rock Creek Resort ..........................................................................10, 15Smoken Antlers Caf ........................................................................... 12Tinys Tavern ......................................................................................... 15Total Transportation ............................................................................ 15Travel Caf ........................................................................................ 11, 15Velvet ..................................................................................................... 15Wetzels Quality Cleaners .............................................................. 15, 16Yellowstone Art Museum ..............................................................12, 15

    The Wedding Planner is a special advertising section of

    The Billings Gazette.

    Access The Wedding Planner at billingsgazette.com/

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    Behind the ScenesSales & Marketing DirectorDave Worstell

    Special Sections CoordinatorLinsay Duty

    Section DesignerKatherine Jore

    Cover photo courtesy of Photography by Kelvin

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  • 3Photo courtesy of becky brockie

    BillingsDepotBTheTimeless...Elegant...ExtraordinaryFeaturing soaring ceilings, roman columns, high arched windows,

    and a grand entrance hall, the Depots two beautiful, historicspaces are the perfect place to showcase both your ceremony andreception. TheDepot also offers the bridal party a beautiful largedressing area, and as always, you may select your own food caterer!

    Beautiful newGainans Courtyard area for outdoor ceremonies Full or partial wedding planning packages

    Rental of linens, chair covers, arches, and decor In-house Full Bar Service

    Discounted lodging and Transportation options forguests after the event

    We areproud to offer several new services, including:

    www.billingsdepot.org 2310Montana Ave Call 656-7273 to set up a private tour

    Congratulations on your engagement! You are about to embark on one of the most exciting adven-tures of your lifetime the journey to your wedding day. Can I guess your fi rst thoughts are of wedding dresses and honeymoon locations? May I suggest that the key to a smooth journey is to fi rst complete a little homework, and then begin window shopping for the venue that best fi ts you?

    Before you begin venue shopping:Select a few wedding dates that work for you and

    your family; Locking yourself into one date will limit the available venues, so the more dates the better!

    Estimate the number of guests who will attend. Usually you will have three guest lists to merge the grooms family, the brides family and the couple. Esti-mate about 70% of the guests you invite will attend.

    Set your budget, and know that approximately 40% of your budget will be used for venue, food and drink. Some wedding venues may offer a lower cost for the venue up front, but require you to use their food service, which can be more expensive than a private caterer or self-catering.

    Do you want to have your ceremony and reception in the same place? Finding a venue that can accom-modate both can save money. Many churches have a charge for your ceremony, so be sure that is part of your venue budget.

    Now, go have some fun. Research venues on the internet, ask friends, gather a venue list from www.billingsmontanaweddings.com/local_vendors.htm, make an appointment and begin the adventure, taking your fi anc or family members to help. Your options will in-clude historic buildings, mansions, private event centers, art museums, gardens, hotels, tents, parks and private family residences. And because every venue contracts differently, here are a few questions that are important to ask:

    What is the deposit and payment schedule? Is any part of the deposit retained for clean-up or

    damages? What is not covered in the contract? Will a staff person be on site the wedding day? Is a security guard required, and is it covered in

    the contract?

    Does the venue own a sound system? What are the event hours and overtime charges? Are we required to use the in-house food service, or can we hire our own caterer?

    Do we need to hire a licensed bar or is there one on site?

    Is there room for a band and/or dancing? Is there a space for the bride and groom to

    change? Is there adequate parking and is there a fee? Are there limitations on decorating? Are candles or other open fl ames allowed? Is there a separate venue rental list? What is the set-up and clean-up policy? Does the venue require we have event insurance?

    Remember to have fun, and the job will be much easier. Keep in mind that you are planning a wonderful party for your friends and family. If you start early, I promise you will fi nd the venue that fi ts the celebration of your love and romance. With the venue contract signed, you can move forward in making your dream come true. Happy New Year!

    Wedding Venue ShoppingBy Pat Clark, Patricia Clark Weddings

  • 4Calligraphy, embossing, fonts, watermarks -- these and other terms are fi nely engrained in the wedding stationery lexicon. While traditional-ists may pore over carefully crafted invitations, couples looking to rein in wedding spending may choose to take a more hands-on approach to wedding invitations ... by printing the invites themselves.

    Before the advent of sophisticated home computer systems and afford-able desktop printers, brides- and grooms-to-be had to rely on profes-sional printers and engravers. The process of producing wedding invita-tions likely involved printing plates or some form of thermography and took place in a building replete with bulky equipment and the pungent aroma of ink. Though formal and often exquisitely executed, these wed-ding invitations can still prove quite expensive.

    The Bridal Association of America says that the average cost of professionally produced wedding invitations is $659. This refers to invitations that have printed enve-lopes, reply cards, and printer reply card envelopes. Changes in design or even the color of the text can impact prices further. It is not unheard of to spend as much as $2,000 for high-quality engraved wedding invitations. Considering the invitation is held for a short period of time and then tossed away, some couples cannot imagine spending so much on invita-tions. In such instances, making your own invitations may be the most affordable option.

    As the evolution of home-based printing has broadened the possibili-ties o