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January 11, 2014

To do for your 'I do': Experts offer wedding-planning tips

A happy wedding day walks the aisle between overlooking details and being mesmerized by details. To make as few mistakes as possible while planning your wedding, and to avoid the Bridezilla syndrome, Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center is hosting the Wedding Expo on Sunday.

Whether you are planning a simple or over-the-top wedding, checklists and advice can assist a couple along the way. 

“The Wedding Expo is designed to help brides and grooms stay focused on a future together without being distracted by the unknowns,” said Amy Crouse-Powers, Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center Office Manager.

In its sixth year, the Wedding Expo, which is free, will host about 35 vendors ranging from wedding planners, bakers, caterers, attire, equipment rentals, DJs and accommodations. The Expo hours are noon to 3 p.m.

“This year, Foothills is also offering an ‘All-Access Experience’ from 10 a.m. to noon,”  Crouse-Powers said. “At a cost of $15, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in an interactive fashion show and hear guest speaker, Fallon Carter, talk about weddings and planning a life together.” 

Carter is a prominent wedding planner from the New York City area. For tickets, call 431-2080.

Basic wedding checklists include: start a folder, make a budget, decide on who will be in the ceremony party, make a guest list, hire a planner if desired, reserve dates and venues, and research caterers, photographers, florists and entertainment. 

Finer points, such as choosing colors, deciding on plan B, and figuring out what to do with Uncle Buck, however, will also become a subject of conversation during the interval. 

Professionals in the wedding industry in this region offered a few suggestions as to how couples can approach their wedding planning.

Celebrations Creations wedding planner Kerri Green said, “Design your wedding to fit your family.” Green has been planning weddings in the area for 12 years and recommended, “Know your price range and keep within a budget. When selecting caterers, photographers, or entertainment, don’t be shy about asking for references. Also remember, that wedding venues are booked in advance.”

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