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This is the Summer 2013 issue of She Said Yes! Magazine. This magazine is a tool for newly engaged brides for ideas, tools, tips, and all-knowing wedding resource! We want your big day to be a big success and hope this magazine will inspire you!


  • Countdown to I DO!

    Seasonal TrendsMile High Style Shoot

    In this issue...

    ...and more!magazine

    to diy or not to diy

    Free - Summer 2013

  • Valerie Cook Photography

    Across the Miles Photography

    H&H Photography

  • On the Front: This engagement photo of bride and groom, Stephanie Althoff and Michael Onyun, was shot in Downtown Decatur around Goods Warehouse. We love the contrast of the couples summery clothes against the grunge whitewashed building. On the Back: The newly married couple shared a kiss in Fairview Park while their bridal party took watch on the bridge. Photos courtesy of the very talented Sarah Jane Shorthose of Sarah Jane Photography.

    insidethe teamEditor in Chief

    Jody CoxGraphic Designer,

    Katie Salvacion

    Produced by,

    Wood PrintingA note from the staff...

    Welcome to Summer Issue ofShe Said Yes!, the perfect purse-

    size magazine designed for the bride who wants style and

    substance in a quick andeasy-to-digest format. Every

    season, She Said Yes! will deliver steal-worthy ideas, expert advice,

    and insider tips every bride needs when planning her dream

    wedding. Want more? Log on to for more valuable content, a list of

    where you can pick up your free

    copy, a place to submit your feed-

    back, ideas for articles or work for

    publication consideration. We hope you enjoy this issue ofShe Said Yes! and have a blast

    planning your big day!

    Guys Fashion 5

    Budget Calculator 6

    Real Weddings 10

    Etiquette FAQs 13

    Pearls of Wisdom 14

    Countdown to.... I do! 16

    Color Palettes 20

    Must Have Pics 21

    Assistant to Editor& Trend Researcher,

    Cami Kern

    West Coast Inspiration 22

    Something Borrowed 23

    To DIY or Not to DIY 24

    Mile High Style Shoot 27

    Wedding Day Emergency Kit 31

    Seasonal Trends 32


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  • There is no doubt that its your day to shine. From the dress to the hair and makeup, you will be breathtak-ing. Your groom should look equally as striking by your side. Thats where we come in.

    The Brass Horn excels in style, selection and service. Stop in today and let us assist you with selecting the perfect tuxes for your bridal party. From the first consultation to the day you say I Do, you can count on our professional and experienced staff to make sure your groom and wedding party are picture perfect.

    Questions? Ask the experts at The Brass Horn.

    Steel Grey TuxedoLooking for a modern look for your groom? This steel grey tux tailored in a soft, super fine wool with satin notch lapels is the perfect choice. Pair your groom & grooms-men with a coordinating vest that matches with your theme or colors.

    Radnor TuxedoIf youre looking for aclassic look, the Radnor tux is perfect for your guy. With two button, single breasted styling and tailored in a soft, luxurious Super 100s wool, your groom and groomsmen will walk down the aisle in style.

    Savoy TuxedoKeep your groom on trend with a soft grey tux and coordinating fullback vest. This tux has two button, single breasted styling and is tailored in a soft,luxurious Super 100s wool. This look is perfect for spring and summer weddings.

    Genesis Fitted Tuxedo For the groom who wants a tailored fit thats not only timeless but fashion forward, the Genesis is the perfect choice. One button, single breasted styling and featuring a satin notch lapel, this tux is the epitome of modern style.

    Great Groomsmen GiftsAvailable at the Brass Horn


    from the fashion experts andco-owners of The Brass Horn,

    George Streckfuss and Ryan Spurlock



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    ReceptionReception Venue & Rentals

    Food & ServiceBeverages & Bartenders

    Cake(s) & Cutting FeeTotal Reception (includes taxes)

    Attire & Beauty

    The Gown & Alterations Headpiece/Veil & Bridal Accessories

    Hair, Makeup & Pre-wedding PamperingGrooms Tux or Suit

    Grooms AccessoriesTotal Attire & Beauty

    CeremonyCeremony Location FeeOfficiant Fee/DonationCeremony Accessories

    Total Ceremony

    Flowers & DcorBrides Bouquet

    Bridesmaid BouquetsGroom & Groomsmen Boutonnieres

    Flower Girl FlowersAdditional Boutonnieres & Corsages

    Reception Decorations & CenterpiecesCeremony Decorations

    Total Flowers & Dcor

    MusicCeremony Musicians

    Cocktail Hour MusiciansReception Music

    Total Music


    Total Photography/Videography

    StationaryInvitations & Reply Cards

    Other Stationary (Thank You Cards,Placecards, Programs)

    Total Stationary

    % of Budget4.00%



    % of Budget6.00%1.50%0.50%0.50%0.25%8.75%

    % of Budget1.00%0.75%0.60%2.35%

    % of Budget0.75%1.25%0.20%0.15%0.50%5.75%1.40%


    % of Budget1.00%1.00%4.00%6.00%

    % of Budget7.00%5.00%


    % of Budget2.40%0.50%















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    Bridesmaids:Total Guests:


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    budget Wedding RingsHis RingHer RingTotal Wedding RingsTransportation & LodgingBride/Groom Hotel Room(s)Guest Shuttle or ParkingLimo(s) or Car Rentals

    Total Transportation & Lodging

    GiftsAttendant Gifts

    FavorsParent Gifts

    Total Gifts

    MiscellaneousWedding Coordinator

    Total Miscellaneous


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    $25,000This budget doesnt necessarily reflect the fee your particular vendors will require. After meeting with vendors, you must identify what your priorities are and reallocate your budget to fit your wants. Budget maintenance is the least fun partof wedding planning, but it should be given the utmost attention. All couples have a number they want to stay under; its up to you (or your planner) to make it happen!

    Blend more expensive elements with

    cost-effective alternatives

    Dont have enough mo

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    That Eye Sore Is A Money PitDont waste money

    covering up

    what you think may be an eye

    sore at your reception. When you

    try to cover up a spot you think

    detracts from the space, youll only

    draw eyes toward. Spend money on

    what you want the guests to focus

    on, and the spot will disappear. Think Beyond your

    Color SchemeWhen you go with a full-blown theme, you can incorporate unusual elements into your dcor, allowing you to get more creative in your design. For example, with a garden or nature theme, you can utilizeelements found in yourbackyard. Going for a vintage theme? Utilize your familys antiques or scope out garage sales and thrift stores to find great vintage pieces.

    Splurge on the Guest Experience Resist the temptation to splurge on your dress

    or the flowers and skimp on the entertainment, food and/or bar. It is your day, but ultimately

    you want your guests to have a great time and be talking about your wedding for months.

    During the planning process, put yourself in their shoes before you take money from one area to

    fund another.

    Tips to MaximizeYour Budget!


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