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Honeymooning at the Beach or Slopes ? Great Packing Is Key to an UnT, rgettat)ie Getaway With all of the last-minute details involved in planning a wedding, most couples tend to put off honeymoon packing until the very last minute. Not a good idea, according to the Fashion Design instructors at The Art Institutes. "Pack at least one week before your honeymoon," says Laura Portolese Dias, Academic Director of Fashion Design at The Art Institute of Seattle. "That way you have a good idea of what you have or don't have, and have time to get what you need." Speaking from recent experience, Dias was getting ready for her own fall honeymoon and realized that many summer items she planned on taking had been packed or given away. When she went shopping, fall merchandise was in full swing. "Plan ahead and consider the temperature of where you're heading. Had I planned better, I could have taken advantage of summer sales and been completely prepared," she says. As for arriving wrinkle-free, Dias suggests packing easy fabrics. "Despite the backlash against polyester, I love the textile. It's versa- tile, looks great and best of all, you can cram polyester into a suitcase and it won't wrinkle." For Laura Songer Egeln, a fashion instructor with The Art Institute of Charlotte, selecting key pieces that go with others can save space and keep packing hassle-free. Says Egeln, "Whether you're packing for cold or warm weather, select neutral colors that can be matched to make more outfits, for example, one pair of slacks that match with three different blouses or jackets. Try accenting with color and patterns, especially with accessories like scarves or jewelry." It's always a good idea to pack a carry-on, which includes all the nec- essary toiletries, nightclothes and fresh undergarments. "That way," says Egeln, "if your luggage gets lost, you can be comfortable until your suitcase is found, or you can go shop- ping." Other expert tips for a successful honeymoon include: • Select one pair of comfortable shoes that will coordinate with at least three outfits; pick a dressier pair that will go with at least two. • In addition to polyester, consider packing crepe or knit fabrics that Have A n Affair T, gemember! ~ CATERING FOR ALL OCCASIONS ~ Tell Us What You Have in Mind... We'll Do the Rest[ • Luncheons -Full Meals -Custom Menus Dishes and utensils furnished. Mu00hen (fie Odessa, MN "J20-27-2207 TAKE THE STRESS out of pack- ing for your honeymoon by fol- lowing some helpful tips. won't require ironing. • Roll your clothes instead of flat folding them; it saves on wrinkles and space. • Don't bring a blow-dryer; it takes up valuable space and most hotels have them standard in rooms. • Don't take expensive jewelry or other sentimental items along for the ride; you never know how secure your belongings are. • Consider purchasing a suitcase or bag with expandable compartments because you usually don't put the same effort into packing items tightly the trip home. , Pack a small or medium size bag for any extra items you purchase on your trip. • Depending on where you're going and how informal you can be, consider bringing a backpack along; they can accommodate a considerable amount and are easy to carry. Perhaps the most important tip of all pertains to how much clothing to bring with you in the first place. Says Dias, "On my honeymoon, I only wore half of what I brought. This left less room to buy things -- enough said?" For more information on the Fashion Design programs of The Art Institutes, call (888) 328-7900 or visit www.artinstitutes.edu/nz. Headache-Free Seating Arrangements What is the most difficult aspect of planning a wedding aside from con- flicts of interest with your future mother-in-law? You guessed it  the seating arrangements. Brides-to-be can spend hours with their fianc6 pouring over scribbled charts, colored construction paper cutouts and guest lists all in an attempt to make guests comfortable. Yet, this part of plan- ning often ends up being the most stressful and could lead to a heated argument a few weeks before your wedding day. Is there an easier solu- tion? There are a few steps in develop- ing your seating chart that can make the process less of a headache: • Devote your attention to the task at hand. Choose a time to sit down with your fianc6 that is free of other distractions. When the big game is on, a few hours before bed- time or when you've got something cooking on the stove are not practical times to concentrate. Decide on a time that is conducive to both of you, maybe at noon_.Qn Saturday when you're both rested and alert. • Gather your tools. If you have all your elements in one place, you'll be less likely to get frazzled nerves FrOm .... , This Day Forward... Count on Minn00'est Bank! FREE LEATHER CHECKBC:3K COVERS FOR NEWLY.WED COUI LES OPENING A JOINT CHECKING 0000,(;COUNT. As you begin your new life together, establish your banking relationship with us. 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But just in case, save the awkward seating arrangements for the most easy-going guests. • Rely on technology for assis- tance. There are several programs available that will take some of the work out of seating arrangements. According to www.seatingarrange- ment.com, their software allows you to set up and place all tables, enter a room layout, keep tallies of menu selections, print RSVP reports, design place cards and more. • Make the party memorable. If your wedding is one to remember your guests will probably forget about where they sat anyway• So don't worry too much about it! your Wedding Can be a perfect event when you serve your guests the very best! % Our wedding buffet will be the crowning touch to your perfect day. • Varied menu of hot & cold foods • We'll help you select the menu that's just right for your reception • We'll deliver the complete buffet to your location, set it up, and clean up afterwards. 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