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Picking out a dress, flowers, and a new home can be exciting yet overwhelming. My goal is to make starting your new life together easy. I created this Louisville Wedding Guide to help your big day run smoothly. It's just another service I provide for you, my clients and future clients. When you and your fiancée are ready to buy a house, just call me, and I will take care of you.
- Heidi Fore, Louisville Realtor


Budget Planner for your Wedding         - Wedding Budget help
      how much you can afford

Checklist and Timeline
      what to do and when

Find everything in Louisville    
      find florists dresses cakes invitations... caterers reception places churches...

Articles that really help
     relationships to legal papers

Find out more about me in my profile
     or call 502-265-5818 for help

I just got married too! Here are my reviews of our experience
with receptions, flowers, djs, videographers and more.

Heidi and Sean's Wedding



9-12 Months
~Announce the date
~Set a budget
~Start the guest list, find addresses
~Select consultant
~Pick your colors/style
~Find out requirements for ceremony and reception places
~Have an outdoor wedding backup site
~Pick Photographer/ Videographer, Food and Flowers, and music for ceremony and reception
~Shop for dresses and veils
~Pick out Invitations, Napkins, Matches, Thank you notes, Programs
~Scope out honeymoon locations and packages
~Put together maps and directions for invitations
~Call your Realtor (me) so we can keep an eye on the market for your perfect first house together

6 Months
~Wedding Bands
~Register for gifts
~Groom's formal wear and the groomsmen
~Birth certificate copies
~Go with your Realtor (me!) to the lender to talk about getting your credit and paperwork in order to get a house for you to move in after the honeymoon

3 Months
~Bridal Showers!
~Invite Rehearsal Dinner Guests
~Plan ceremony with officiant
~Book Bridesmaid Luncheon
~Change name with important companies
~Get transportation in order
~Write a contract on a house or condo with your Realtor (me!)

6 Weeks
~Invitations in mail
~Select flowers
~Rehearsal Dinner details
~Start putting together a real timeline for all those involved at the wedding
~Gifts for groom, parents, bridesmaids, hostesses
~Make sure out of town guests have hotel reservations
~Get the details really worked out for the ceremony

2 Weeks
~Have program printed
~Contact guests who haven't RSVP'd
~Marriage License
~Set up arrangements with hair dresser
~Set up fittings for: Bridesmaids

1 Week
~Bachelorette Party!
~Ask someone to return rental items after wedding
~Ask someone to get mail while on honeymoon
~Confirm honeymoon plans
~Make really really sure all details of the big day are in place
~For reception:
  Seating chart
  Table cards
  Guest count for caterer

Wedding Rehearsal
~Spa! Manicure and Pedicure
~Rehearsal Dinner! Give gifts to attendants
~Get Rehearsal things organized
~Have honeymoon luggage together
~Ask someone to bring little things to ceremony
~Pack a goody bag of safety pins, bobby pins etc.
~Take marriage license to officiant

Your Wedding Day
~Breakfast with your family
~Hair and makeup
~Make sure the Maid of Honor and Best Man have the rings
~Get to the ceremony site on time to dress
~Remember and cherish this day forever




Getting started:
Yea! He proposed! You told your parents, you set the date. Now what? Use the timeline to the left as your checklist.

Your Louisville Wedding

bullet Churches in Louisville and other places to get married
bullet Bridal Stores
bullet Florists bullet Cakes bullet Photographers bullet Wedding gifts for wedding parties bullet RESTAURANTS for Rehearsal Dinner bullet Reception Halls bullet Rings bulletHOTELS bullet DJs, Bands Music for weddings bulletMAPS for guests bullet Travel! Honeymoon... bullet BARS for your bachelor/ bachelorette party bulletLimousines, Horse Carriages Limos for the Bridal Party

TheBridalHop for couples who want a relaxing fun way to find the perfect locations for your wedding weekend.

    *Marks Feed Store 11422 Shelbyville Rd 40243 call 933-2587
    Celebrations Catering   7200 Woodhaven Rd  491-4148
    Divinity Fine Catering  2054 Frankfort Ave  893-7069
    Dining Elegance Caterers   243-1848
    Upper Crust Inc 4433-D Kiln Ct   456-4144
    Ladyfingers 245-7734
    Volare Italian Ristorante 377-3758
    Masterson's Catering 636-2511

Bristol Catering 584-3663

Asiatique 451-2749

RECEPTION SITES  and RECEPTION HALLS for the Highlands St. Matthews and East End
    *Farmington Carriage House 3033 Bardstown Rd 451-1710
    Belle of Louisville 574-2355
    Blair's Ballroom 9321-B New La Grange Rd 425-7355
    Buck's Restaurant in the Mayflower 637-5284
    Churchill Downs 636-4450
    The Olmstead 3701 Frankfort Ave 899-7670 for ceremony or reception
    The German-American Club 1840 Lincoln Ave  451-3100
    The Frazier International History Museum - 829 W. Main St, Louisville, KY 40202 - Ph: 502-412-2280
    French Lick Resort 1-888-694-4332
    Ferd Grisanti Restaurant  10212 Taylorsville Rd 267-0119
    Hurstbourne Country Club 425-0094
    Muhammad Ali Center - One Muhammad Ali Plaza, 144 N. Sixth St, Louisville, KY 40202 - Ph: 502-584-9254
    The Star of Louisville 151 W River Rd 589-7827 and Star Harbor Event Facility
    Locust Grove 897-9845
    Pat's Steak House 2437 Brownsboro Rd 893-2062
    Pendennis Club 584-4311
    Pinecrest Cottage and Gardens on Newburg Rd 454-3800
    Claudia Sanders Dinner House  3202 Shelbyville Rd  Shelbyville Ky 502-633-0088
    Water Tower - Louisville Visual Art Association  3005 River Rd   896-2146
    Whitehall 3110 Lexington Rd  897-2944
    Many of you have asked about Stairways. I've been told they were sold and no longer do receptions. 
    Have the wedding in your back yard! You can rent tables and chairs
    from Rental Depo. I used their tent, tables and chairs for my weddings.
    They did a great job. Of course if you don't have a backyard, I can help you there, too ;)

     The Brown Hotel 583-1234
     The Galt House Hotel 589-5200
     The Seelbach Hotel

    *Blossom Shop Florist 2218 Bardstown Rd 454-0421
    Bouquet Flowers by Rev 3928 Bardstown Rd 499-0760
    Creative Design Florist 2716 Frankfort Ave, Crescent Hill, 899-1215
    Freda's Fancy Florists 11517 Old Shelbyville Rd 245-3174
    Korfhage Landscape and Designs 9611 Taylorsville Rd 267-0541
    Tam's Original's Florist 10125 Taylorsville Rd. 267-1149
    Nanz and Kraft Florists 141 Breckinridge Ln 897-6551 and 4980 US Hwy 42 426-9911

Catholic Churches links to Archdiocese of Louisville Churches and Addresses
    Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary Caldwell Chapel 1044 Alta Vista Rd 895-3411
    Breckinridge Chapel 239 Breckinridge Ln, St. Matthews, 895-8815
    Highland United Methodist Church 1140 Cherokee Rd, Highlands 451-3838
    Suburban Christian Church 7515 Westport Rd 425-2266
    Southeast Christian Church Blankenbaker Pkwy 253-8000
    Crescent Hill Baptist Church, St. Matthews 2800 Frankfort Ave 896-4425
    St. Mark's Episcopal Church 895-2429
    Grace and Glory Lutheran Church, Prospect Ky 13400 W.Hwy 42  228-0650
    Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church 4936 Brownsboro Rd. Louisville 425-6943
    Duncan Memorial Chapel 5600 Old Floydsburg Rd 502-241-8392
    Keneseth Israel Synagogue 2531 Taylorsville Rd 459-2780
Non-church wedding sites links to article listing places to get married outside of a church
The Clifton Center 896-8480 near St. Matthews and the Highlands for nonreligious ceremony  
      or reception

   *Advantage Photo in Michigan Kevin Kramer
   *Videosculptor in Louisville Ky 350-1119
   Powell Photography 
   Stephen Photography 244-3753
   Trina's Photo Treasures,  502-235-3637
   Video Kitchen 2323 Bardstown Rd 458-4411
   Wettig Photography and Videography 896-9683
   Todd Pellowe Wedding Photography 721-6057
   Allen Jones Photography                                         

DJ Service- Marshall C. Yancey 239-2865, 649-1548
             Marshall Yancey provided entertainment at my own wedding
             reception and now I know why he is so highly recommended. He can
             read a crowd and bring the fun with him.
    Vocalist and Violin trio Carmel Bowman 502-348-5431
    Brass Quintet - Masterpiece Brass  Larry Miller 244-1055 

    Highland Chamber Players Harp and String Quartet 895-1714
    Tolson Entertainment 254-1080
    Emily Fields, vocalist  314-3402
    your First Dance could wow your guest. Call 671-7874  All That Dance
            Sean and I took dance classes here with Viktoria. She was awesome, and very patient with us.

RINGS - Engagement Rings, Bridal Rings, Jewelry for the Bridesmaids
    *Seng Jewelers in the Starks Building 453 S 4th St Downtown 585-5109 ask for Barb Hill

Shane Company 2100 South Hurstbourne Pkwy 491-9222
    Davis Jewelers Off North Hurstbourne Pkwy about a mile north of Shelbyville Rd 212-0420 

SPAs and SALONS for your bridesmaids on the day of the wedding, or for you and the groom the day before
   Blades Salon in St Matthews is who did my hair for my wedding. Machilla is awesome at up-dos. 893-0431
   Z Salon and Spa at the Seelbach is convenient for downtown weddings call 271-2700
   Z Salon at Hurstbourne and Shelbyville Rd 426-2226 For my sister's wedding, we all got our hair done here.

   Z's Salon and Spa in the Highlands. Zs Salon does great wedding day makeup. 618-8000
   Josephs has great massages - my favorite is  the hot stone massage They have a wedding package 897-5369
   The Light Touch in St. Matthews has a good sports massage for men, deep tissue.  893-9595

    If you want to get married in Italy, I found this site

   Plehn's Bakery St. Matthews 3940 Shelbyville Rd. 896-4438
   Visions Weddings and Special Events 368-7888
Lil' Slice of Heaven  125 N. Bardstown Rd.  Mt. Washington, Ky 40047  (502) 538-3512
   Conway's Cake and Candy Supplies 12220 Shelbyville Rd  245-1010
   Carolyn Flemmons at The Greenery

    Bridal Warehouse   1848 S Hurstbourne Pkwy
    Classic Veils by Carol 491-3058
    Patrecia's for Brides 108 Fairfax Ave Louisville 897-5000 also Patricia for Brides
    David's Bridal in Gardiner Lane Plaza

    Progressive Printing
    Paper and Stationery at Linn Station on Lyndon Ln

National City Mortgage 502-581-5403 - National City Mortgage is pleased to offer a Bridal Registry Program to assist Newlywed's with the purchase of a new home.

   Candleman at Mall St. Matthews 894-8435
   Wicks'n'Sticks at Oxmoor Center 425-4252

GIFTS for your bridesmaids: Things Remembered at Mall St. Matthews and Oxmoor Mall
    gifts for you: Did you know you can register at Home Depot?
    You can also receive gifts for your house down payment. Call 265-5818 and ask me how.

LIMOUSINES Cosmopolitan Limousine Service 966-5466 Limos, cars, wedding transportation
    Louisville Horse Trams Inc White carriages, white horses 581-0100 wedding surries
    *A Touch of Class Horse Carriages
Aztec Limousines - Classic Car Rentals for weddings:

*reviewed on Heidi and Sean Review their wedding. click here.

  Please tell me what else I can include for you.
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Last minute beauty tips:

Do NOT get a chemical peel thinking it will help you last minute. That goes for tanning beds too. Have him get his hair cut a week in advance. For zits (completely stress related!) I use Oil of Olay daily facials personally. Just don't use anything strong enough to spur an allergic reaction. Also, schedule a trial-run with your hair dresser before the big event to know what to expect.

Read our Make-up Tips

Proper wedding etiquette? Asking for cash for a down payment on a house - you can even register for it!




Good places for a rehearsal dinner in Louisville:




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Hey ladies, does anyone have a fun and cool place for a rehearsal dinner? or know a store that has bridesmaid dress rental?


Note* I am not a professional wedding planner. I am a professional Realtor. I have put together these links as a service to you and I think you will find them helpful. Please call me when you are ready to buy a house. Heidi Fore is a Realtor with Keller Williams Realty Louisville East in Louisville Ky. She is a proud member of the Greater Louisville Association of Realtors.

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