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SPR-SUM 17

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crystalweddinggown.com ultimatebridalservices.com S p r i n g | S u m m e r B R I D E 1 1 The Weather Just 13 Saturday afternoons in 2016 have, at print time, been between 65 and 85 degrees and not rainy. That includes January 30, which was 68 and partly sunny, and excludes every Saturday in wet May (remember Derby Day?). If your heart is set on an outdoor wedding, you're gonna need a plan B for peace of mind. Despite the unpredictability, there are some times when you can be pretty certain that the weather won't be on your side. I stupidly planned my wedding for late July, when the heat was at its brutal peak — 96 with a heat index of Death Valley. I will never forget holding up my hair (I refused to wear an updo) to keep it from melting on my glistening shoulders; and getting to the venue after hours of hair and makeup work, having to strip down, let my sweat dry before dousing myself in perfume and doing a complete hair-and-makeup overhaul. During the ceremony, I wasn't sure what was sweat and what were joyful tears. After subjugating my guests to 30 min- utes of the hottest day of the year, we scrapped the idea to have the cocktail hour on the patio and booked it inside for the A/C. What's worse, the week before the wedding was tantalizing: a tolerable, low-humid 89 degrees. You might be thinking, "A tent would shield against sun or rain." Well, I've been to a May wedding when a storm so powerful rolled through that the wind sent the dance floor and DJ running indoors. I'm telling you: plan B. Or find an indoor space you love. The Guestlist This might be the most stressful part, but it shouldn't be. Who are the people you see and talk with regularly? Would you be sad if they weren't able to come? Those are the people you should invite. Your parents will want to invite their friends, too, but make them follow the same guidelines. Don't worry about hurt- ing feelings. This day is for you and your family, and people will respect that. The Costs It doesn't hurt to negotiate. When you're getting quotes from vendors, some, if Produced by: Preregister at UltimateBridalServices.com 7200 Woodhaven Road • Louisville, KY 40291 Sunday, Ma rch 5, 2017 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. FREE a dmission for a ll Registered Engaged Couples A ll other guests are $8.00 Visit with a variety of wedding professionals to make your wedding day special! Wedding Show

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