Brookfield/Elm Grove Monthly

March 2013

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MARCH 2013 Freeman Brookfield & Elm Grove ��� Page 5A What���s new and trendy in weddings these days? By Sara Rae Lancaster Special to The Freeman WAUKESHA ��� Each year, 220,000 couples pop the question on Feb. 14th, kicking off the wedding planning season. To help these brides get their planning under way, Waukesha County wedding vendors chimed in on trends they���re seeing in their businesses. The look One trend that will have bridal parties cheering is a turn toward more practical, multipurpose apparel. ���Today���s brides still want beauty and elegance, but they also want to keep things practical,��� said Linda Kruse, a day-of event coordinator and owner of Classic Coordination, LLC. Bright colors are trending, but many brides are picking a palette from which their bridesmaids can choose, instead of assigning a single color. ���Colors are such a personal thing,��� Kruse said, ���so it���s nice to see brides giving consideration to the personal tastes of their bridal party and trying to find things that they not only like but will be able to use again.��� Uniqueness is indeed key, according to Dorothy Owsley, owner of Bells & Whistles, a high-end bridal accessories store in downtown Waukesha. ���Brides say,���I don���t want my wedding to be like my friend���s wedding,������ she said. If, for example, a bride wants to marry shrouded in a purple veil, or a veil of virtually any color, Bells & Whistles has you covered. Ginny Gerczak, owner of goo goo gaa gaa, a children���s boutique in Brookfield, sees an increase in the number of kids having a special part in the big day. ���I still see a lot of people doing the traditional flower girl and ring bearer. But what���s interesting is how more people are trying to incorporate all of their nieces and nephews or the special children in their life,��� Gerczak said. ���Most of our customers are shocked to learn that en, whether that���s customizing a dish or putting their own small twist on it,��� she said. Themed food stations and small plates are trends that ebb and flow. They work great for a group that likes to mingle, said Norm Eckstaedt, owner of Red Circle Inn & Bistro in Nashotah, but are tough for couples on a tight budget. ���[Stations are] lots of fun to put together, but tend to be more costly than sit-down dinners,��� EckSubmitted photo staedt said. ���When you Bells & Whistles in Waukesha. Owner Dorothy Owsley says brides want accessories that ���don���t start to design these multiple stations, you need to look like the stuff they saw at the last wedding.��� embellish the tables and be certain you have enough options for the varied for $59 or $69 they can get appearance. guests that will be in attena complete 5-piece suit or ���If she is in love with the dance.��� little tuxedo, which is pink peony, maybe we If not properly planned cheaper than renting one,��� could use a variety of the for, he said, it either costs Gerczak said. The suits garden rose,��� said Kristina more than expected or the and tuxedos, which range Segedi, owner of Bel-Aire food choices are very in sizes from 3 months to a Flower Shop in sparse. youth size 14, are comMenomonee Falls. pletely machine-washable, Orders for hand-tied bouThe cake but have the appearance of quets still outnumber casWhen it comes to most a more expensive fabric, cading bouquets, but most popular wedding reception Gerczak explained. brides are choosing to desserts, the traditional Bow ties are also hot, for carry brightly colored wedding cake still ���takes boys and men, especially blooms instead of tradithe cake,��� with the cupthose that add a bright pop tional white or cream-colcake and cake pop trends of color or fun print. ored flowers, Segedi said. holding steady as close secFor the girls, Gerczak ���They are doing more Submitted photo ond options. However, said the boutique���s sash color than they ever used dresses are still very popu- to,��� she said. A flower girl dress and ring some couples are opting lar. ���We have them in silk bearer tux hang at goo goo gaa for more variety by offerDeep purples, vibrant ing dessert bars or a selecfor $99, but we also have tangerines, aquas, fuchsias gaa���s children���s boutique in tion of personal favorite them for $59 and $69 in a Brookfield. and sunny yellows are desserts. poly-dupioni fabric. It some of the hues helping ���Later in the evening, looks like silk, but it���s brides make a statement. the band will announce washable,��� Gerczak said. items are also used as With a turn toward more that the dessert bar is open Finally, the vintage wedaccents, Segedi said. color, flowers that come in or, if it���s more a formal ding theme continues into a wide range of colors like The menu setting, desserts will be the 2013 wedding season, orchids, calla lilies and plated and the tables will causing brides to toss the The days of chicken or gerberas have become popbe offering a variety of the traditional veil aside for beef are so yesterday. In ular choices. couples��� choices,��� Kruse retro chic birdcages and 2013, it���s both, thanks to Flower girls are tossing explained. vintage hair combs. the growing popularity of the traditional petals to ���They���ll still have a cake duet entrees that offer the side in favor of flower The flowers topper made so they can smaller portions of two wands. have the traditional cake Soft, lush, romantic different meat or protein ���It���s almost like an overcutting,��� Kruse said. peonies remain a favorite options. among brides when select- sized lollipop made of Another way couples are flowers with long streaming the blooms they���ll adding more variety to the Music and lighting ers,��� Segedi said. ���The Live bands are making a carry in their bouquet. menu is by incorporating pomander balls, or kissing family-favorite dishes or comeback, said Matt Although seasonality isn���t balls, have also been popu- customizing a dish by Anton, account executive as big of an issue as it lar, but the wands are of ACA Music and Enteronce was, prices for flowusing ingredients that something the flower girls tainment. But that doesn���t ers that are out of season reflect their families��� hercan have more fun with.��� tend to be higher. 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Cobblestone walkway leads to the entry & foyer where gleaming HWFs, & spiraling staircase welcome you in. The traditional windowed DR for family gatherings, & the windowed den/study w/inviting FP flanks the entry while French Doors from the study open to beamed FR with 2nd FP & a wall of windows overlooking wooded backdrop. The beamed open KT ties it all together & is filled with: custom cabinetry, center island & a gourmet cook���s area perfect for any meal plan, plus butler���s pantry makes holiday meals easy & fun. Right off the KT is just the best set of doors: one leads from walkway to the entry into the children���s cubbies & crafts & the other entry leads to the outdoor knotty pine tiled sunroom just waiting for outdoor meals, catching up on a book or enjoying wooded backdrop. A new deck affords access from the KT & sunroom making summer days just so much fun. Back inside the winding staircase off the entry opens to BRs filled w/sunlight, baths & your own master suite, complete w/backdrop & when it���s time to have fun it���s happening in the sunlight windowed lower w/3rd FP, Living/Family Room, game area & bar covering any event. If Bartlett Manor is your place���.. then Saxon Court is where you need to be. MLS #1283278 See all listings and virtual tours at G.M. & The Coach 414-350-8345 TRUCKLOAD SALE ���Almost all of our bands offer some sort of DJ service, so you can have the DJ playing while the band���s on a break or later in the night when the band is done playing.��� One trend that���s relatively new but gaining popularity is lighting. From illuminating the room in wedding color hues to casting the couples��� initials on the dance floor, customized lighting transforms any venue into a fully customized space. ���If a bride���s sister had her wedding at the same venue, lighting allows this bride to put her own stamp on it,��� Anton said. ���And now that decorative lighting is becoming more affordable, it���s definitely more popular.��� It���s also more flexible. Improved wireless technology now allows this feature to be used at older, historic buildings that previously did not have the electrical requirements for it. The venue One word describes how brides and grooms are choosing their wedding day venues in 2013: convenience. 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