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Bridal Guide offers starting point for wedding planning

February 17, 2012
By Alec Rader - Lifestyles Editor , The Inter-Mountain

Before the first step is taken into the church sanctuary, even before the final stitch is sewn on the bride's dress, hours of planning have taken place. The trouble with planning is knowing where to begin. This guide is a good place to start with information on all of the major parts of planning a wedding.

Once the regal ceremony has ended, it's time for the party to begin. Whether it's a large dance hall with the latest sound equipment and the hottest DJ or a small reception hall with an mp3 player hooked up to someone's computer speakers, the reception has a lot of planning put into it. This is where the bride and groom perform many of their "firsts." The first dance, the first act together (cutting the cake) and the first appearance as husband and wife. Getting all of the details correct might make your head spin unless you take the advice of the professionals.

Unless your guests plan on grazing on the rice or seeds to throw at the wedding party, some kind of catering will have to be organized. There are many local options for feeding the hungry masses. Many catering companies also operate out of a location that offers reception space. Some places that have reception halls will only cater at their hall. Other places can deliver food across the region.

At some point, one of the guests will encourage the newlyweds with the words of Marie Antoinette: "Let them eat cake." Regional bakers and pastry chefs can help bring the vision of any bride to confectionery life. A myriad of flavors, fillings, decorations and coverings exist to crown the reception with the visual and tastebud tantalizing centerpiece a feast for stomach and eyes.

Just as the cake is the centerpiece of the after party, the bride's dress is the centerpiece of the main event. While the traditional dress style is the favorite of some brides, a more modern take tickles the fancies of others. Area shops are going to work as hard as the needle flies to make sure the dress makes the bride feel like the princess she deserves to be. The first step is going in with that first idea and working with the shop. This advice goes throughout the entire wedding planning process.

After the question is popped and the date is set, keep the planning party close and The Inter-Mountain's 2012 Bridal Guide closer, because all of this information and more can be found throughout the "something new" in your wedding.



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