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                                     A l a s k a B r i d e & G r o o m  2024  2 7 The Arctic RoseOffering Bridal Solutions that Exemplify YouTamara Gjosund & Whit Hillman — A Mother/Daughter Partnership907-229-8463 | thearcticrosebridal.comMAKE IT YOUOnce the dress is selected, brides can add features to create a one-of-a-kind gown that exemplifies YOU, our bride.$$RUNWAY TRENDINGHigh-quality gowns from leading designers – hot off the runway and ready for our Alaska Brides.$$INSTANT LOVEInventory favorites you can take home today.$Be flexible with food and drink. Whenever possible, honor your guests’ food and drink preferences as much as you can. If many of your guests don’t drink alcohol, for example, plan to serve more nonalcoholic beverages than just water, such as flavored iced teas and sparkling juices. Work with your caterer to meet the needs of guests with food allergies or specific dietary restrictions, such as vegetarian or gluten-free. Most caterers can provide meals that satisfy both dietary concerns and taste buds.Keep elderly guests in mind. Consider planning your toasts, cake-cutting and first dance earlier in your reception, so elderly guests may leave at a reasonable hour without feeling they missed out on the big moments. Also, consider prioritizing photos with and of your treasured elderly guests earlier in the evening to ensure you get all the shots on your list. It’s also important to ensure you have enough seating for all your guests to be seated at the same time, and that the seating will be comfortable for your elderly.Keep the little guests happy too. Create a special kids’ corner, complete with child-friendly arts and crafts, movies, coloring books, bubbles, snacks, etc. For outdoor events, consider renting a bounce house. Hire a babysitter (or two) to supervise. Say hello − and mean it. You may choose to skip the traditional receiving line, but that doesn’t mean you can skip out on saying hi to your guests. Make an effort to go from table to table during dinner, to greet your guests. Try to have a brief conversation with your guests when possible. Remember, on your wedding day you’re like a celebrity, so the fact that you took the time to ask about your family friend’s kids will mean that much more to them.Celebrate other couples. Have an anniversary dance to honor those couples that have lasted the test of time. For fun, the DJ starts eliminating couples from the dance floor, starting with “those that have been married for less than 2 hours,” then moves on to less than five years, 10 years and so on. The longest married couple is asked to give the newlyweds a few words of wisdom. For an extra special touch, offer a small gift to this couple such as a bottle of wine or flowers. Serve late-night food. Don’t let guests leave your event feeling famished. With full tummies, they will remember your event even more fondly. Offer late-night food choices that are fun and reflect your personality. Ice cream sandwiches, chicken and waffles, milkshakes, pizza slices, mini burgers, a pretzel bar – you name it! Or hire a fun latenight food truck.Consider a farewell brunch. A post-wedding farewell brunch (typically on the morning after the wedding at the end of the wedding weekend) is a lovely way to thank your guests for attending your big day. Extremely informal, the brunch can consist of sandwiches or barbecue with guests commenting about the previous day's activities. It’s also a great way to mix and mingle amongst the guests who you don't get to see often.
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