Issue 26

The Wedding Guide


planningHow To Plan Your Wedding

Holding a wedding can be stressful. From finding a venue and arranging flowers and cakes to hair, makeup, photographers, DJs, and so much more, it’s no surprise that “wedding” is synonymous with “the big day.”

Thankfully, finding local wedding professionals is made easy with the new Get Married Wedding Guide, where brides and grooms can use an online guide to locate, research, and contact wedding professionals in the area. The site includes a Business Directory, Business Spotlight, Wedding Blog, an area for Wedding Finance, and more. And if you’re a wedding professional, the site can work as a powerful tool for attracting new customers.

Although it’s not yet live, their wedding marketplace will offer brides and grooms a free place to post their new or used wedding-related items for sale—a handy spot for those looking for lightly used wedding supplies. For an in-person look at everything the Guide has to offer, there will be an expo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Modesto Center Plaza on Apr. 23. Can’t make that date? Try the later one, on Aug. 13 at California State University, Stanislaus. C

To get more information, visit for updates on upcoming expos and events, or visit for great resources and tips.


A Sharp Dressed Man

Last year was the year of venturing into new, exciting colors—from a light blue to a mysterious navy, men ventured into bold formalwear choices. And we can’t wait to see this year’s options. But when it comes to buying formalwear for a wedding, how do you make that big price tag worth it?

“If you’re going to wear it a few times a year or more and it’s typical you’re going to get a standard black tuxedo, then it would be a smart thing to buy,” advised Joe Rossini of Rossini Menswear. “If you’re going to company parties, Christmas parties, black-tie weddings, cruises, and more, then you’ll want to have a tuxedo in the closet.”

Rossini promises that, if you’re planning on wearing your tuxedo twice this year, you’ll probably end up wearing it closer to four times—just because it’s already there. You might even look for excuses to dress formally. In the immortal words of Edith Head, “You can have anything you want, if you dress for it.”

When you do decide to take the plunge and buy a suit, be aware that this suit has to be just perfect. You’re not shelling out hard earnings for nothing, after all.

“Don’t be fooled by outrageous offers,” advised Rossini. “Shop around. Read the reviews. Whoever you’re choosing to outfit your wedding party, they’ve got one chance to get it right and the reviews will tell you everything you need to know. And the hassle of going back three times to get it to fit isn’t worth it.

“If you think it’s going to fit correctly if you measure yourself and order it on the internet,” Rossini adds, “you’re setting yourself up for a major disappointment—and you could end up paying more. It’s even more difficult to get the measurements right these days because of the numerous fits that exist in men’s clothing today.”

But if you’re willing to do the work, formal wear can end up working for you. Whether you’re the groom or the best man, a tuxedo can be the staple your closet has been waiting for. After all—if you dress well, you do well.

Rossini Menswear || 3224 Mchenry Ave. Modesto | 209-529-6860

venue1The Perfect Venue

One of the most important aspects of a wedding is the venue—where else would you hold hundreds of guests, countless tables of food and flowers everywhere?

One of the first questions you might want to ask is when you should book a venue. One local venue, The Fruit Yard in Modesto, was happy to share some advice.

One of the more popular times of year that they notice for venue booking is in the beginning of the year. People tend to get engaged around the holidays—and if you were one of the lucky ones to be given the gift of love this year, make sure to make your inquiries early.

Now you just need to pin down what kind of event you want. Would you prefer a formal wedding, or an informal wedding? A swinging shindig or a traditional ceremony? Indoors or outdoors, night or day? These and more are all important questions to answer before giving your selected venue a call.

When choosing a venue, The Fruit Yard recommends couples to go with what makes them happy and comfortable. Your wedding day is one to remember and you want to feel at ease and happy. The perfect venue can give you the perfect wedding: so visit, inquire, and book as soon as you can!

The Fruit Yard || 7948 Yosemite Blvd. Modesto | 209-577-3093

florist1Budding Love

Flowers and love have linked since time immemorial. Maybe you even received a beautiful bouquet from your special someoneon the day that they became your special someone. Flowers can mean a lot in a relationship—and choosing them might not be easy. Thankfully, Twigs & Stems is around to share a few tips about picking the best flowers for you.

One of your best bets, according to Twigs & Stems, is to book a one-on-one wedding consultation with the floral shop in order to get an idea of the shop’s style and the way they work. This is important because it means you have an even better idea of how things will be handled when it’s crunch time.

Another great idea is to bring in pictures that showcase the general look that you want for your wedding. It helps to create a storyboard for the florist to get in the minds of the bride to recreate their floral dreams. The consultation will also help to make sure the shop is a good fit for the couple—so that everything will run smoothly on the big day.

Lastly, make sure you have a color scheme idea, so that your florist can build and create off of it. They don’t, however, advise building a wedding around a specific flower as this is too limiting. Color ideas that are trending include natural colors like white and green, with textures that give it an organic feeling.

Twigs & Stems Floral Design || 429 Mchenry Ave. Modesto |  209-521-Twig

rings1Put a Ring on It

Your ring will be with you for the rest of your marriage—so whether it’s a meteorite band or a pretty in peach morganite ring, make sure that it’s exactly what you’re looking for.

Women’s Rings
Although the best idea is to peer through Pinterest for ring ideas, we made sure to collect many popular trends that are showing up this year.

“Yellow gold is making a comeback,” said Carla Ciccarelli, co-owner of Ciccarelli Jewelers. “Cushion shaped diamonds were popular in 2016, but 2017 is projected to see more oval-shaped, pear-shaped, and radiant diamonds.”

In addition, larger halo styles are slowly giving way to smaller, more minimal ones. There’s also a demand for colored center stones, like peach and pink morganite and sapphires, set into a rose gold band. But don’t let these delicate trends fool you—center stone sizes are on the rise.

“Brides are buying larger than they ever have,” Ciccarelli advised, noting that the norm of brides starting with a small-stoned ring is slowly disappearing. “Some brides are fortunate, and they can start with the bigger diamond and keep that one instead of starting small. Other brides keep it modest—and we have beautiful choices for them, as well.”

Men’s Rings
It’s finally time for the men to shine. Men’s bands are getting the treatment they deserve after so long of keeping it simple. Rings now come made of meteorite or solid black diamond, with small sapphires or rubies inlaid for personally symbolic reasons.

“It’s fun, too,” Ciccarelli admitted. “We get a tremendous amount of custom work. We already carry thousands of choices, but we’re doing a lot more custom again.”

How to Decide
And speaking of custom, you can have the ring of your dreams just as easily as you can find a reference for it from your Pinterest board of “Things I Must Have.”

“Anything that someone can conceive, we can create,” confirms Ciccarelli. “We can make a ring — Special Advertising Section — just a certain way, a certain thickness, a certain size. We help make your dreams come alive.”

We mentioned it before, but your first plan of action should be finding your ideal ring—and Ciccarelli recommends Pinterest. They also offer a “Wish List” both in-store and online for brides and grooms to submit ring choices they like so the other person can surprise them with their perfect ring.

Ciccarelli Jewelers || 3200 Sisk Rd. Modesto | 209-524-7746

skin1Schedule Your Salon Day

Own your big day in a big way—with perfect skin and stunning hair. We know that the weeks leading up to your wedding are stressful, and with all the other planning that goes into a wedding, a breakout is a dangerous reality. So here are some tips for keeping your skin clear and ready and your hair on point.

What’s Your Timeline?
First and foremost, make sure that you schedule a bridal consultation. Specialists will work with you on the perfect hair and makeup look in advance of the big day. Mena & Co offers a $250 bridal consultation, including full blown hair and makeup trials, as well as hair and makeup for the day of the wedding. There are even bridal party packages so that all your girls can glam up.

For facial treatments, always schedule your appointments at least two weeks prior to the wedding day—especially if you want a peel.

“With a wedding or any big day, you want to look your best,” said Carly Sanger, Aesthetician at Mena & Co. Salon. “No intense facials a week before, just in case—sometimes with a facial you could get a reaction. It’s a safe bet to go two weeks before to make sure nothing will happen. Give the plant peel time to work its magic that week, and the next week you’ll have beautiful skin.”

Facials And Masks
Having a fresh and hydrated face is the best way to keep makeup on and looking perfect. Once you’ve scheduled your facial, there’s some preparation involved to make sure you get the best results.

“Wake up, cleanse the skin and put on a hydrating mask first thing,” said Sanger. “Then come in that morning and get a quick facial done. Moisturize, use eye cream, and follow-up with regular skin care.”

Sanger recommends the express facial—it cleanses the skin, tones, and has a hydrating mask (or deep cleansing, depending on skin type). The facial ends with eye cream and moisturizer, and is sure to leave you feeling very refreshed in only thirty minutes.

In fact, Sanger recommends using the hydrating mask on the day of the wedding to improve the look of makeup. Hydration is key, in terms of keeping skin looking picture perfect—both with water and with lotions.

Hair Tips
By far one of the biggest beauty priorities on wedding day is hair—and if you ever have the opportunity, we would recommend visiting a Blowout Bar. Mena & Co. in Modesto is a stylish and local option, and has a menu full of beautiful options for gorgeous wedding styles, bachelorette parties, and more.

“If you want to come in for just a girls night, you can get blowouts and half hour facials,” said Filomena Nault, Owner and Hair Artist of Mena & Co. “We could have a bridal party come in for a night of pampering that’d include facials, makeup, and hair styling, so you can go wherever you’re going for the evening.”

If you do want to schedule a girl’s night, make sure to do it a few weeks in advance. There are accommodations for six girls at a time and they offer scalp massages and styling—from anywhere to big, voluminous hair to beachy waves, evening looks to formal, bridal styles. No matter the look, they can make it happen. And they can throw in a thirty minute express facial, too.
So what are you waiting for? Treat yourself.

Mena & Co. Salon || 3900 Pelandale Ave., Ste. 425, Modesto |  209-579-7070

spa1A Spa Day Before Your Big Day

Preparation is key when it comes to perfecting your skin said Renee, aesthetician and owner of Renee’s Day Spa and Salon.
“Never try anything new right before your wedding day,” Reneé cautioned. “Begin one year to six months in advance with facials and waxing. I recommend starting with a facial, then getting a series of glycolic or microdermabrasion treatments.”
You should also preview new procedures like lash extensions or microblading, a semi-permanent method of tattooing brows.
“A couple of days before your wedding, have a spa day which includes a facial, massage manicure, pedicure,” Reneé instructed. “These procedures will help your skin glow and look its brightest. They’ll also help you relax right before your wedding day!”
Planning ahead can also give you great wedding hair, noted Cortney Mann, hairstylist at Renee’s.
“Book your stylist six months or more in advance of your wedding to ensure that he or she will be available,” Mann recommended. “Before the big day, give your stylist a photo of your dress so he or she can create a look that fits with the look and style of your wedding. Also, have a trial run of your hairstyle and bring your veil and any other hairpieces that you would like to wear. It is critical that your stylist knows the weight of your veil to ensure your style will hold it.”
Brides should also get a trim at least two weeks before the big day, Mann said. “Even if you want long hair, your curls will hold better and look healthier with a fresh trim.”
If members of the bridal party will also have their hair styled, make sure they are aware of the stylist’s requests. “I like to have members of the bridal party bring a few photos of looks that they like and follow certain hair prep guidelines,” Mann noted.
It’s also important to be on time for your wedding day styling appointment, Mann said. “Even five minutes can put you behind schedule and make a huge difference when you have a large number of people, especially if you only have certain vendors for an allotted time.”
Proper organization will help you relax during your wedding, Mann concluded. “By then, you and your stylist should have your style perfected so you can enjoy your day and take in every moment, because it will go by fast!”

Renee’s Day Spa || 1245 Mchenry Ave., Modesto |  209-341-0551

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