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ENJOY THE SHOW!
First things first, take a deep breath. You’ll need to devote considerable time to developing a vision for your wedding. After all, this will be the most important social event of your lives. Your wedding will convey your taste and style as individuals and as a couple. It essentially marks your debut as a hostess/host, so you will need to zero in on a vision and theme for your big day.
We invite you to begin your journey at this year’s fun 101.3 Wedding Show. The ballrooms at the Eden Resort & Suites will be filled with vendors who can bring your vision – and dreams – to life. The show will provide you with the perfect opportunity to meet Lancaster’s finest vendors, sample food (cake!), gather ideas, glean information and win exciting prizes.
But, even before you attend the show, it’s critical to establish your timeline and discuss a budget with your fiancé/ fiancée and your families. To help you get started, here are some tips on mapping the way:
- Determine your budget.
- Choose more than one possible date for your wedding. Flexibility is important, especially during peak wedding season, which in Lancaster is late spring/early summer and throughout the fall.
- Select a site for your ceremony.
- Choose a variety of venues to explore for your reception. Packages and dining styles (sit-down, buffet, stations, etc.) will help you determine – based on your budget – a guest count.
- Develop your team of vendors. Again, choose two or three for your needed categories and schedule consultations, tastings, etc., with them.
- Once you have the overall vision and your team is in place, you can begin to formulate the all-important details that will make your wedding unique.
MEET THE SHOW’S SPONSORS…
Martine Cajas began entertaining dreams of producing a wedding-reality show almost from the moment he became the owner of the couture cakery House of Clarendon in 2008. Designing cakes led Martine to providing wedding coordination services, which further acquainted him with Central Pennsylvania’s top-notch vendors. Those vendors essentially served as the inspiration for the concept of the show, which he named Dream Weddings. “You don’t have to go to big cities to have a dream wedding,” Martine notes. “We have vendors right here who can make your dreams come true.” Partnering with Derek Dienner of Lavon Films and writer/director Tracy Schott, Martine took the concept to WGAL. The rest, as they say, is history. Dream Weddings, which has garnered several Emmy nominations, has been celebrating Central PA weddings for the last five years. The show has branched into all aspects of social media and has evolved into a glossy magazine that is printed quarterly and is sold on newsstands throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, which stands as testament to Lancaster’s growing reputation as a premier destination-wedding location.
Martine’s best advice: “You can never start planning your wedding early enough! Venues and vendors book quickly.”
Tony Gibble Photography
Tony’s tagline is “a picture is worth a thousand words.” That philosophy conveys his ultimate goal: to tell a person’s story through pictures. In Tony’s estimation, each image must “capture an emotion, tell a story and portray a special part of one of the most important days of your life.” He achieves that through utilizing reflections, silhouettes, interesting backdrops and foregrounds, unique symmetry, and creative angles. Another hallmark of Tony’s work is his ability to capture the all-important details of the day. “We love to set up scenes where you and your family and friends can be silly, fun and playful,” he notes. In addition to weddings, Tony and his team specialize in life’s other special moments, including engagement sessions, maternity, baby, senior and family portraits. Event photography is also a specialty, as is modeling portfolios and professional head shots.
Tony’s best advice: “Rapport with your photographer is important in order for you to feel relaxed and allow your personality, style and taste to shine.”
Brent L. Miller Jewelers & Goldsmiths
“Where Lancaster gets engaged,” is Brent L. Miller Jewelers & Goldsmiths’ tagline. The store, which was founded by Brent and Jo Miller, celebrated a milestone of its own last year – its 35th anniversary – which means the offspring of its original customers have been entrusting Brent L. Miller with helping them to select the perfect engagement rings. In addition to rings from renowned companies such as Forevermark Center of My Universe, custom designs are a Brent L. Miller specialty. The store’s team of jewelers and goldsmiths brings 130 years of combined experience to the jeweler’s bench. And, if you want something truly unique, vintage and estate jewelry are Jo’s areas of expertise.
The selection doesn’t stop with engagement and wedding rings. The store virtually provides one-stop shopping for all things wedding. Jewelry to enhance a bride’s gown is second to none. Gifts for attendants and groomsmen abound. And, the watch selection is unsurpassed.
The store itself is a jewel. Jo’s son and business partner, Ryan Miller, who received his training at Tiffany’s in New York, deserves credit for the vision he brought to remodeling a building that was once home to a machine shop. The sleek and modern design is the perfect showcase for a company that is regarded as “Central Pennsylvania’s engagement ring headquarters.”
Jo and Ryan’s Best Advice: “An engagement ring is more than a piece of jewelry. It represents a commitment to your future. Educating the customer and providing the best customer service possible are the keys to helping him or her select the perfect ring.”
Envy Studio … A Concept Salon and Spa
Located in a historic building adjacent to Steinman Park in downtown Lancaster, Envy Studio opened its doors in 2011. Owner Stacey Steffes’ goal was to introduce a total-concept salon that entails a “unique combination of elegance, energy and emotion.” Success was instantaneous. Envy Studio was voted a Top 10 Salon in the state.
That total concept translates beautifully to bridal services, which are a specialty of the salon. A bridal consultant is on staff; her job is to coordinate all services on the day of the wedding and match each member of the wedding party with a stylist and makeup artist. If the glowing reviews on sites such as weddingwire.com are any indication, the coordinator is a consummate pro. She can also assist brides in designing customized packages that could include pre-wedding services such as skincare, as well as determining and scheduling the services that will be needed on the day of the wedding. The newly opened nail studio is perfect for bachelorette parties, while the recently unveiled Suite at Envy is the ultimate in relaxation as the wedding party prepares for the festivities of the day.
“Our mission is a simple one,” says Stacey. “We are committed to making you happy. If you walk out our doors feeling like a million bucks, then you’ve made our day.”
Stacey’s Best Advice: “Hair and makeup need to be addressed well ahead of the wedding. Use the months leading up to your wedding to perfect the condition of your skin and hair. Schedule trial runs for your wedding day hairstyle and makeup.”
IT BEGINS WITH THE DRESS!
You’ve been dreaming about your wedding gown since you were a little girl. But, now that you’re faced with the task of choosing the gown that will define your wedding and be committed to eternity through photographs and videography, you find yourself questioning style, color, fabric, embellishments, etc. Fear not: According to all the runway reports for 2016, choices will abound.
Timing, of course, is critical. It’s important that you begin shopping immediately. It can take months to find your dream gown. And, still more time – three to six months on average – will be needed to place your order and have any necessary alterations made in time for the big day.
What trends are defining bridal fashions for 2016? Think feathers (they fully comprise skirts or serve as accents at the waist). For a more demure look, keyhole necklines are in vogue. Long sleeves are back. Illusion bodices tease. Embellishments add three-dimensional detail. Metallic threadwork shimmers. Lace is layered. Bateau necklines have staged a comeback. Tiers and layering bring a new dimension to skirts. Tulle overskirts allow a bride to alter the look of her gown for the ceremony and reception. Soft fabrics such as chiffon deliver ethereal movement and a sense of fluidity.
As for color, blush and shades of pink are still tickling a bride’s fancy. And, for the fairy tale look, blue – a la Queen Elsa – reigns supreme. Shades such as silver, gold, taupe and nude are evolving thanks to stone-washed finishing.
New to the runways is a mix-and-match look that combines crop tops with all styles of pants and skirts. Short dresses – reminiscent of the mini of the 60s – are popular for the more casual wedding or for the bride who wants a party-perfect dress for the reception.
And, for the trendiest of brides, jumpsuits and tuxedos have transitioned to bridal.
Once again, the fun 101.3 Wedding Show will be hosting a fabulous runway fashion show. In addition to bridal gowns, menswear will be featured.
The fashion show begins at 3:15 p.m. Fashions will be provided by The Bridal Emporium, Central PA Tuxedo, Cocoa Couture, Sweethearts Bridal & Formalwear and Weddings by Paulette.