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UYP 12/13/14 Special Event


On 12/13/14, nine couples came together to to celebrate, love, life and fun. 

Media Coverage:

At least 9 couples will wed at 10:11 a.m. on 12/13/14
At least nine area couples plan to dress in their finest on Saturday morning for their last chance at celebrating a synchronous wedding.

Couples Affirm their Love at 10:11 on 12/13/14
9 couples marked 10:11 on 12/13/14 by affirming their love for each other in a mass ceremony.

A Special Event At CU On 10:11 12/13/14
BILLINGS, Mont.—Valley Federal Credit Union here was the site of synchronized wedding ceremony for nine couples who were married at 10:11 a.m. on 12/13/14.

The Officiant
That’s me! My name is Wendy Means and I am the owner of Uniquely You Planning. I am always look to do something different, something no has ever seen before and this event was just the beginning.


The Ceremony Script:


Let me introduce you to the couples:

AJ Amini and MacKenzie Brown


Amanda Jennissen and Sunshine Hochalter


Nikki Suhr and Charlene Sleeper


Teresa Allen and Dennis Sanders

Jennifer Williams and Andy Tri

Peggy Armstrong and Jerry Olson

Josh Thill and Aubrey Stoltman-Hamilton

 Tess Hatfield and Kevin Bradley

Stephanie Morgan and Shawn Douglas


Group Shots

The Vendors
This wonderful group of people volunteered their time and product to be a part of this special event.

Free Spirit Photography
The beautiful face behind the camera who took all of these amazing photos for me!

Freakin’ Awesome Inc.

A Touch of Country Catering


Your Story Cakes


20 Secrets to a Fun Reception

Well, they’re not really secrets — just really solid ideas. Check out the Knot for the full 20 Secrets to a Fun Reception!

Jazz Up Your First Dance

All eyes will be on you during your first dance, which means it’s the perfect opportunity to shock your guests. Imagine starting with a slow dance to “At Last” and then suddenly switching to a fast, sexy Latin dance or a jazzy swing step. It’ll totally throw your guests for a loop and set the tone for a lively dance party.

Creative and Cute ‘Save The Date’ Ideas For Your Wedding



Though it doesn’t get nearly enough credit, ‘save the date’ cards are actually one of the most important parts of the wedding. Well, like after the proposal and the actual wedding, I guess. But seriously, think about it, if you didn’t send out save the dates, no one would come to the wedding! Obviously, they’re an essential part of making sure your big day is just that.So why not get creative with them? They’re the first impression you give to your guests. So make it fun and representative of your love and your wedding’s theme.Here are a few crazy creative ideas to get you started:


1. Paper Dolls: I love the vintage style and how playful this is!

2. Album: This one takes a little more work, but a custom album cover would be great to frame after the wedding too.

3. Match Book: My favourite part of this is the amazing potential for puns!


1. Temporary Tattoos: Maybe everyone will wear it to the wedding? These are available on Etsy, but you can also DIY tattoos: here’s a tutorial.

2. Movie Poster: I think this would be especially sweet if you chose a movie that you saw together on a date or maybe a mutually loved film.

3. Balloon: The best part is, they’ll have to blow it up!


1. Thumbprint Invite: These are actually available on Etsy but we also think you could easily DIY it for a personalized, unique touch!

2. Bottle Label: This is a hot sauce, but I imagine you could custom create a label (which is actually pretty simple to do yourself or to get a professional printer to do) for anything. Wine bottle, perhaps? Your guests will love that they are also receiving a little gift.

3. Decoder Invite: Part secret agent spy, part quirky fun and anything that makes your guests put on ridiculous glasses is good by me.


1. Library Card: I love how it chronicles the couples history together.

2. Magnet: They’ll have to remember the wedding now that their save the date is on the fridge.

3. Lego Couple: For the couple that are truly kids at heart!

Did/would/will you get creative with your invites or save the date cards for your wedding?

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Wedding Centerpiece: Simply Addition to Make Your Centerpiece Unforgettable


Over the course of the winter I will be showing you design ideas from 2008 weddings. I will begin with a centerpiece that always stands out in my mind. It begins with a beautiful flower arrangement in a square vase. Now that by itself is not that special, not that unique, but you add a piece of cloth that is a strong accent color of your color scheme and you have something magnificent. The bonus is that you can pick up the fabric at any fabric/craft store and you will have the peace of mind of two things: 1- you know it is going to be the right color and 2-it will save you money.
Bunch up the cloth and set the centerpiece on it to add depth and texture then place a votive candle on each of the four corners. Remember that different fabrics and textures can produce different effects. For example, this centerpiece was made with a burgundy wine Sparkle Organza, this gives it that “BAM” effect (a lame fabric could produce the same effect). You could use Chiffon Fabric for a more muted effect or a Satin/Silk for a more smooth elegant effect (remember with satin and silk it will not bunch the same so you may need more fabric for the same effect).
I love this centerpiece; it has always stuck out in my mind, which most brides would like to achieve. The strong accent color as part of the centerpiece is an essential detail.


Unique Wedding Favors

Planning a wedding is stressful enough without having to worry about choosing and assembling unique wedding favors. The little packets of pastel Jordan almonds or customized matchbooks have already been done, so what can you do that’s totally different and sure to make all of your guests smile? Here’s my list of 8 unique, adorable wedding favors, in all price ranges, and for all wedding styles and themes!


If you’re planning a light-hearted, casual wedding, these custom-made fortune cookies would make perfect favors! Choose from 13 different frosting colors, 10 sprinkle choices, and 8 different colored hearts to match your wedding colors… and you can even put your own special message inside each cookie…

Price: $22.00 for 20 at beau-coup.com
Who doesn’t love tea? These gorgeous, elegant tea sachets would be a great favor for a more sophisticated, traditional wedding. Choose from seven different flavors (like Earl Grey or Jasmine) and add the personalized labels with your names and wedding date.

Price: $2.95 for 24 or more at beau-coup.com
These tiny working gumball machines come in two colors — blue or black — and add a whimsical touch to your wedding reception. These would be perfect favors for a wedding that’s casual and fun, rather than serious and somber…

Price: $7.10 for the pair for 72 or more at beau-coup.com
Yum, brownie pops! These gorgeous pops feature a delicately decorated chocolate shell with a moist, delicious brownie inside! Choose from five styles (including Bride and Groom) and be prepared to hear the oohs and ahhs from all of your guests!

Price: $5.00 each for 72 or more at beau-coup.com
If you’re having an outdoor wedding, or a destination wedding, you might not want an edible or fragile favor. Try these sweet little key rings instead! Each tiny fortune cookie opens on a hinge to reveal two 6-sided message dies, and you can even tuck your own message inside!

Price: $2.75 each for 96 or more at beau-coup.com
Are you planning a beach-themed wedding? Then these pretty tealight holders are the wedding favor for you! Each clear glass tea light holder is filled with genuine tiny seashells and starfish, and comes complete with a long-burning white tealight. Perfect!

Price: $6.00 per 12 ounces bag at beau-coup.com
We’ve all been to wedding receptions where the favor was a tin net bag filled with some candy or other. But have you ever seen a pretty silver box filled with cute candy hearts? Choose from tiny red-hot hearts or pastel-colored sweet hearts, and your guests will be delighted!

Price: $1.90 each for 60 or more at beau-coup.com
You and your husband-to-be are the perfect match, so why not celebrate your perfect blend with your guests? These little coffee packets come with customized labels proclaiming your love and affection… and they have a shelf life of 3-6 months…
So many unique wedding favors to choose from, however will you decide? Why not let your mother or your soon-to-be mother-in-law choose? I’ll bet she’d love to give her input! Which of these do you like best? Please let me know…