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,,00e-Fischer wedding vows told RUDE AND CHARLES FISCHER were united in Aug. 18, 2001 at Central United Methodist Church in with Rev. Mark Holland officiating. Parents of the couple and Dalton Rude of Stockholm, SD, Mary Rodahl of Benson Fischer of Graceville. Tie the Knot Aboard a Sailing Yacht at Sea Weddings should be a magical and memorable event, and today's cou- ples are iUing to go to great lengths to design a ceremoy, reception and honeymoon that caters to their desires and (antasies. One way to ensure that your wedding will be one to remem- {er is by tying the knot aboard a sail- ing yacht at sea. Windstar Cruises now offers a unique, romantic escape. Couples can elope to unique destinations around the world to say "1 do" beneath the sleek self-furling sails of one of the line's four cruising yachts. Set sail on the enchanting and intimate Wind Star, Wind Spirit, or Wind Song, which carry no more than 74 couples each, or the luxurious Wind Surf hosting just 154 couples. The compa- ny s trademark of casual elegance resounds, with all ocean-view state- rooms, innovative cuisine and wine selections, pleasant and pampering service, enchanting port calls, com- plimentary water sports, a resort-like atmosphere, and relaxed dress code. Differentiating itself from the pre- packaged wedding programs on the larger lines, Windstar and partner The Wedding Experience, welcome cou- ples to make their dreams a reality with onboard or shore-side weddings that are made-to-order. The company prides itself on creating innovative cruise line weddings, offering not only custom ceremonies, but also the chance to be one of the first couples to have a.cruise line wedding in New Zealand or Europe. Other exotic des- tinations also provide a romantic backdrop including the Greek Isles, MAKE YOUR WEDDING magi- cal with a unique, romantic escape.. Far East, Caribbean and Central America. Both religious and legal cere- monies are available aboard the yacht (depending on itinerary due to local restrictions), and ceremonies can be as elaborate or simple as desired. High atop the secluded flying bridge. couples can take their vows accompa- nied by family and friends or in a pri- vate ceremony just for them, sur- rounded by the natural beauty of the sea, their port of choice, decorative tropical bouquets, and the melody of their favorite musical selection. For a local flavor the bride and groom can opt to have their vows read in the native language. Couples can have a truly extraordinary wedding with per- sonal touches like a firework display sailing out of Venice or a Maori tribal wedding dance following the cererru)- ny. Both pre- and post-wedding events are available as well aboard Windstar. The onboard spa pampers brides with luxurious facial, massage, make-up and hair beauty packages, and the grm's executive trim will have him looking his best for the ceremony. Receptions are available with cake and cuisine selections by acclaimed chef Joachim Splichal of the Patina Group. An extensive wine list with classic favorites and regional special- ties complements Splichal's menu, with an abundance of champagne offerings for the toast. The first onboard Windstar Cruises" wedding tnok place in Monaco on June 23, 2001. "Everything went so smoothly ... all l had to do was show up and smile. It was a fairy tale wedding and we will have precious memories for a life- time," comments the newly married Kendall and Jess Feather. Couples must be booked on a Windstar cruise prior to booking a wedding through The Wedding Experience. Each wedding is priced individually. The average wedding costs $2,000 (CDN $2,985t. Up to ten guests can attend an onboard cer- emony at no additional charge. Additional guests may be allowed to attend for an additional reception tee. Please consult a Windstar brochure for cruise fares. For reservations, a brochure, or more information contact your travel agent, call Windstar Reservations at (800) 258-SAIL, call The Wedding Experience at (877) 580-3556 or visit ww w.windstarcruises.com -- c in Honeymoon Planning Your Dream Wedding Gown Is Within Reach Y cuples, planning a hon- Again, these make great gift items for Whether you're planning an intimate gathering for Do try on a variety of styles -- Perhaps you ruled Is JUSt as important as plan- your honeymoon registry. If the idea your very closest family and friends or a gala fit for roy- out strapless gowns before heading to the store. Try one ted eAding itself. Regardless of of an all-i'nclusive honeymoon with alty, you'll probably plan for months to achieve memo- on anyway, it could actually turn out to be your dream 'li plan to go on your honey- multiple destinations excites you, ries that will last forever. One of the most important parts dress. I.' r,qL'llDerea -are some things you then a cruise may, be the dream hon- of wedding planning is choosing your bridal gOv, n. Don't be "size-conscious" -- Wedding gowns are - ,too na some new ideas of eymoon for ou You've probably daydreamed about what you will wear, cut smaller than your usual size. You'll probably have to Iai la need to be aware in order If you wishY to" be on your own to now it's just a matter of finding the ideal gown. Here are try on a larger size which will be tailored to your budy. -gL the kind of experience you take in more of the surrounding area some tips to make the selection process easier: Do consult bridal magazines for ideas and design- ! be. . u must decide on a budget. o s not an issue for you, ban wever, if you're like most ,,getting married you're taying for more than you - Establish a budget and guide. You may also want s using a honeymoon bridal tste the free one provided by ;--elymoon.com. Honeymoon ng Tallow wedding guests to r m toward specific elements -"oneymoon Thin s 1 :m  ". g ike rmns, parasallin , s a ser- .,, : g P I r t.l;S s all make great wed- t  se are becoming more ._.ills couples getting married )u IL_iding on a bud--, fiure dl qtour spouse-to-be want the tof honeymoon experience, . However, if one of you "enture and the other wants 1 the sun, you need to com- here are destinations that you both; you just need to ch. Of course, it is also that your destination fits have a destination in :ide whether you want an :age or whether you on your own a lit- those with tight bud- -inclusive honeymoon has ! of one all-inclusive ce. This includes most all-inclusive resorts However, there are that are not included you will need to pay. and culture, then you have a lot of options at your disposal. Do you want a big hotel, or a small boutique hotel with history and character? If you like to experience the world through your taste buds, you'll want a variety of gastronomical adventures. In other words, if you don't want to be con- fined to a preset menu of activities and dining experiences, then you may be better off creating your own expe- rience. Of course, the honeymoon takes on a whole new meaning when you decide to do a "destination wedding." These are becoming very popular as more couples decide to forego the average $20,000 wedding price tag in addition o the h;ne',m,n c\\;pcne These are especially popular with second' marriages. It's easier tg--et married in some countries t oth- ers, so check with a reliable informa- tion source first. Your final step is booking and pay- ing for this trip. Many honeymoon suppliers offer specials for early booking, which may or may not include airfare. Many packages that include airfare can offer significant savings because these suppliers buy airline seats in bulk at a discount and then package hotel and sometimes car rental to give you significant value. Usually these packages need to be purchased from a travel agent or from businesses like TheHoneymoon.com, which combine travel agent services, the convenience of the lnternet, hon- eymoon registry, personal wedding Web pages, and honeymoon informa- tion all at'your fingertips -- all from the convenience of your home or office. BRIDES & GROOMS - Call ahead if you would like a complimentary bottle of champagne in your room! out our web site at www.ortonvilleindependent.com ) Do your research -- Make a list of the things you're ers For example, this lovely oyster silk satin gown looking for, including dress silhouette, neck, length, lab- from Alvina Valenta features a modified sweetheart satin ric, sleeves and embellishments, bodice, sheer yolk and long sleeves. Hand embroidered Don't judge gowns by their "hanger" appearance detail enhances the neckline and cuffs. A soft scoop waist The dress will take its shape while it is on your body and full gathered skirt are the gown's other notable lea- and will look completely different from the way it did on tures. This style retails for about $2,900. the hanger. Don't Forget About the Groom ii i Weddings are all about the bride, vaccinations required. Ortonville Independent right? After all, "Here Comes the J Choose your wardrobe and and Northern Star Bride" is played, she walks down the arrange for the male members of the aisle with a special escort, while the bridal party to provide sizes. groom hangs out to watch all of the 21 Pre-book accommodations for festivities unfold. Actually, a wed- out-of-town guests and attendants ding celebrates the union between 21 If you're having a bridal reg- tv.o people who will be spending istrv, help vair fianc@ ch,,c .vur their lives together, therefore it is preiiarred styles. important to make the groom feel  Arrange to pay for bride's bou- included, quet, corsages and boutonnieres. Even though many of the tonga-  Confirm and reconfirm honey- zincs are geared toward the bride, the moon arrangements, pick-up travel major wedding issues include tips for documents, travellers cheques and, if the groom as well, notably a listing of travelling overseas, exchange at least his responsibilities leading up to the $100 of foreign currency. big day. Here are some of those  Attend (and try to survive) responsibilities, courtesy of bachelor party two weeks before the YourWeddingPian.com. wedding. 21 Announce engagement to family 5.1 Consider your grooming -- if a and friends, haircut is in order, try to make the 21Choose and pay for engagement appointment for at least a week and wedding rings with your fiancde before your wedding day. 21 Draw up a guest list with your 2.1 Pick up suits and arrange their family, return (usually via the Best Man). 21 With fianc0,e, meet the celebrant 21 Plan and practice your speech. and discuss the ceremony, legal  Place celebrants fee (and other requirements and any pre-marital on-the-day expenses) in an envelope counseling that may be required, and give to the Best Man. 21 Choose your Best Man and ush- 21 Make sure the Best Man has the ers. rings -- then make sure again! 21 Discuss honeymoon destinations 21 Be on time, and be understand- -- check passport validity, visas and ing when your bride is not. I J' 'O "P " Fromthisdav : -OCI'  foru:ard ou 71l O: " "I'll cherish each montent 5: ,o:li o/,+ :I+,. [- L -  wedding u:ith hyfrom Vals Photography 00iiiiSmb +++++ ttenric.. - Ask to see her portfolio... 'nier irtrants -.Family or Children's Portraits ,ve.,t,. Cet;om. First Holy Communion Box 75 Ortonville, MN 56278 (320) 839-2037 CAFE ARROWHEAD ROOM Graceviile is Available For Groom's Dinners T-C CAFE CATERING SERVICE receptions to your desire. VARIETIES OF BUFFETS AVAILABLE. ommendaom you will +have at your wedding. You can call the Better Business-Bureau or Consumer Affairs to find out if there have been you you For That Perfect. Wedding Receph0n, Dance or Botht We will custom decorate any theme you want - *Cinderella -Renaissance ,Country ,50s You name it...we'll create itt Leave the decorating to us - Ask for references to500 Sioux Historic Pavilion Dan and Michele Wilson - Owners Ortonville, MN 320-598-7967 ii i So, Who Cleans the Bathroom? Laugh if you will, but bathroom cleaning is a big topic h)r newlywed couples and it isn't always a friendly discussion. Leaving towels on the floor doesn't indicate fatal character flaws in a spouse, but marital peace can certainly be enhanced when both partners hel'p do the work. The divi- sion of cleaning labor can be as gen- eral as taking turns or as specific as saying whoever makes the mess, cleans the mess. Using cleaning tools besides a broom, rag and bucket can make bathroom cleaning more pleasant, too. A lightweight stick vacuum can pick up the hair left after a week of heavy duty hair-drying. Some of these models convert to hand vacs so that you can get the dust off the top of cabinets or shelves. A hand-held steamer like the Eureka ttot Shot will clean and sanitize mirrors, sinks, showers, tubs and toilets using pres- surized steam. It removes soap scum without using harsh chemicals. (If you have to leave the room to breathe while you are using cleaning solu- tions, the chemicals are t( strong.) Cleaning the floor doesn't have to mean crawling around on your knees with a scrub brush, Use a floor steam cleaner like the Deluxe Enviro Steamer on sealed tile and vinyl floors. It removes E. colt and other bacteria when used as directed and even helps get dried hair spray up off the floor. The cloth on the steamer that makes contact with the floor is easy to remove and throw into the washer, and that's better than using a mop to spread around the dirt from last week. Even if you' ve had your own place for a long time, your wedding is a god time to upgride household cleaning items from the original hand-me-down t:u)ls donated by your parents. Include these items on your gift registry so friends and family members know which shower and wedding gifts you'll appreciate most. Steam cleaning products have only been on the market for the past two to three years, but their cleaning ability is quite effective and convenient. After all, by avoiding undesirable cleaning methods, bathroom cleaning will be less likely, to cause newlywed communication to "sink." ' Page 5 January 2002 Treat Your 5UPEj: [ Wedding Guests to The Finest Accommodations / in the Areal + It's Slmplel Just come into our store now! (before March 31, 2002) Register your wedding for anytime during 2002 and you will save 10% on each tuxedo rental. You can finalize sizes and tuxedo styles at any time, Come In Todav! ETC. CONSIGNMENT SHOP Open Man ,Sat 10am.5pm 320-839-3677 Main Street Or'tonville