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Wilma Davis

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Wilma Davis, 82, of Maple Park, passed from this life to eternal life surrounded by the love of her family at her home on Jan. 27, 2012.

She was born June 18, 1929, in McLeansboro, Ill., the daughter of Thomas and Margaret (Smith) Nations.

Wilma grew up on the family farm near McLeansboro and attended local schools. After graduating from McLeansboro High School with the class of 1946, Wilma began working for Illinois Bell as an operator.

Around that time, Wilma found the love of her life, Joe Davis. Love knows no age, and theirs was timeless as they were married on Sept. 20, 1947.

They made their home in Walpole for a time until they moved north of St. Charles, where Joe found work at Burgess Norton, located in Geneva. During this time, their family was growing, and they would eventually welcome home four children. In 1963, the family moved to Maple Park and presided over five acres before adding 17 more when they settled on Route 38 in 1969.

Her occupation changed from operator to full-time mother while her children were growing, but she returned to the working world when she took a position with the State Bank in Geneva for a time, then Able Construction as a secretary. In 1963, Wilma began working for the Northern Illinois Farm Service, or F.S., in Elburn. She retired 30 years later in 1993.

Wilma was a faithful member of the Country Covenant Church in Lily Lake, where she also helped in the kitchen and participated in their women’s group for many years.

Wilma was first and foremost a doting mother and dedicated wife whose love was strong and true. Everyone had a special place in her heart, and she could make you feel that connection with just a look from her eyes, especially the youngest, who seemed to find a kindred soul in Wilma.

However, behind those kind and compassionate eyes lived a strong woman whose decisions were swift and decisive. Wilma’s talents in the kitchen brought many to her door asking for recipes over the years. When you sat down at the table, you could always find your favorite dish made just for you. For dessert, her Texas Sheet Cake with extra icing, peach cobblers, German chocolate cake and banana pudding, all won blue ribbons—if not in competition, then in the hearts of all who enjoyed them. She had a giving soul and would help all those in need, but was equally thankful for the kindness that was repaid her over the years.

She is survived by four children, Glen “Joe” Davis of Big Rock, Wanda “Gayle” Boyle of Oswego, Ill., Daphne (Bill) Doane of Davis Junction, Ill. and Debbie (John) Harling of Maple Park; twelve Grandchildren, Lindsay (Sam) Fong, Shane (Theresa) Davis, Price Davis, Corina Boyle, Steven (Callie) Boyle, Nikki Doane, Robert (Julie) Doane, William M. (Angie) Doane, Jarred (Julie Beckman) Doane, Suzeahn (Travis) Hunt, Deidra Harling and Colt (Jennifer) Harling; fourteen great-grandchildren, Charlotte Davis, Lanie Davis, Maddox Fong, Angel Boyle, Cheyann Boyle, Cade Doane, Annie Swanson, Taylor Doane, Jacob Doane, Hannah Doane, Dylan Hunt, Danielle Hunt, Morgan and Miranda Harling; several nieces, nephews, a special caregiver, Lilya Mrichka, and a family of friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband Joe, her parents, Thomas and Maggie Nations, and seven siblings, J.L., John, Dexter, Beulah, Evelyn, Novie and Wanda.

Visitation was held from 4 to 7 p.m. followed by a funeral service, on Monday, Jan. 30, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. Interment followed 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Hebron Cemetery in Walpole, Ill.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Wilma’s name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Wilma Davis Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at, where you can also find her full life story.

Lou Ann Lambert

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Lou Ann Lambert, 67, of Elburn, passed away Friday, Jan. 27, at the Pepper Family Hospice Facility in Barrington, Ill. Released from her courageous battle with cancer, she now claims the promise of her Savior.

She is survived by her loving husband of 43 years, Dennis Lambert of Elburn; two children, Dennis Lambert Jr. of McHenry, Ill., and Michael (Tiziana) Lambert of Chicago; two grandchildren, Olivia Grace and Isabella Rose Lambert; two siblings, Bill (Jackie) Docimo of Elburn and Maryann (Jack) Patti of Bartlett, Ill; her mother, Mary Docimo of Bartlett; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her father, Tony Docimo.
Visitation was held from 4 to 8 p.m., with a wake service at 7:30 p.m., on Sunday, Jan. 29, at Conley Funeral Home. An additional time of visitation, also at the funeral home, was held Monday, Jan. 30, from 9 to 10 a.m. A funeral Mass to celebrate her life was held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 30, at St. Gall Catholic Church. Fr. Karl Ganss, pastor of the church, officiated, and interment followed at St. Gall Cemetery in Elburn.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit Lou Ann’s favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Lou Ann Lambert Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at, where you can also find her full life story.

Color cues

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by Tresa Erickson, MultiAd
You recently got engaged, and the excitement is brewing. You can’t wait to start the wedding planning. One of the first decisions you’ll face is selecting a color palette. There are so many shades to choose from. How do you decide?

While some brides have no trouble selecting a color palette, others struggle with it. The good news is that there are many facets from which you may take your color cues, starting with your color faves. What colors are you drawn to? Gold? Orange? Red? If you love red and can’t picture yourself getting married without it, then you have already won half the battle. All you need to do now is select one or two more colors, and you will have your palette. If the red is rather intense, you might opt for some neutrals like white, silver, black or gray.

Don’t have a favorite color? No problem. Look to your choices in apparel for your color cues. Start shopping for bridesmaid dresses, and once you select a style and color, take your cues from it. If the dresses are purple, you’ll want to make sure you work in some shade of purple into your palette. The same goes with the tuxes. If the groom has chosen gray tuxes, then you’ll want to make sure gray is either part of your palette or goes well with it.

Flowers also provide important color cues. What flowers are in season and what are you hoping to incorporate into your wedding? If you have your eye on a lot of pale pink blooms, then you will definitely want to work that color into your palette, or at the very least, choose a complementary palette.

Location and season can also provide color cues. Check out the venues you have selected for the ceremony and the reception. Do any of the colors there appeal to you? If you are getting married in a gazebo surrounded by yellow tulips, perhaps a cream palette with accents of maize and gold would work well. Season can also make a difference. Winter colors differ dramatically from summer colors. Maroon and silver might serve a November wedding well, but not a May wedding.

Still having trouble selecting a color palette? Consider current trends. A couple rounds of shopping should clue you in to these. Check out any supplies you might already have on hand, such as some tablecloths you borrowed from a friend who just got married. Think about all of the items you have selected thus far from the wedding dress to the wedding cake. If you’ve got a lot of ivory and cream going on, you might want to select a color that pops.

Keep in mind that just because you select a color palette early on doesn’t mean it will work. Be willing to make some changes the deeper you get into the planning. That pale green you chose for your accent color might turn into forest green once you select the invitations. Light green lettering doesn’t show up nearly as well on crisp, white paper as dark green does. Whether you choose the color palette or let it choose you, be open to change. You never know. That burgundy you’re hoping for might serve your April wedding better as fuschia.

The art of compromise

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by Tresa Erickson, MultiAd
You’ve seen enough to know that weddings can bring out the worst in people. Joining two people from different backgrounds in holy matrimony is rarely smooth sailing. What should be a union of two often turns into a union of families, and that can make for very difficult times. Even when the families take a step back to respect the wishes of the bride and groom, things can get out of hand. Although the wedding is theirs, brides and grooms can get carried away and alienate others with their wedding choices. How do you avoid this? You learn the art of compromise.

Compromise, a settlement of differences by mutual concessions.

That’s right. Differences and concessions. With so many people involved in the planning of a wedding, it is not uncommon for differences to occur. Whether concessions are made depends upon the willingness of the parties involved. Are you willing to consider options other than your own? Are you willing to consider that the options of others might be better? Just because you want round tables at your reception does not mean you should have them. They may not be available or work for the space.

Don’t assume there is one and only one way to do things. There might be several. You should take the time to listen to all of the options available before determining what is best for your purposes. Compromise cannot work without concession. It may be your wedding, but that doesn’t mean you have all of the best ideas. The more open you are to getting the feedback of others and pursuing what works, the easier the planning will be.

Of course, not all opinions are feasible. You must be able to separate the good from the bad, the essential from the non-essential, the important from the not so important. If an idea will not work, there’s no use in considering it. If an idea will work but you have your heart set on something else, it’s fine to axe it. It is your wedding, and you don’t have to concede on everything. Do remember, however, that your wedding will be just the first of many good days to come. The fact that you have to simplify the wording on the invitations for your parents’ sake probably won’t matter to you 10 years from now.

Respect is key. Family and friends must understand that it is not their wedding and respect the wishes of those involved, in particular the bride and groom. The bride and groom must understand that while it is their wedding there are others involved who may want to have a say. The couple must respect the opinions of each other and those involved in the wedding planning. That respect can lead to the willingness to concede, which in turn, can lead to a better wedding overall.

Waubonsee adds to its art collection

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Sugar Grove—During the fall 2011 semester, Waubonsee Community College purchased 11 pieces of student-created artwork to display around its campuses, including a piece from local student Christa Trumph of Sugar Grove.

Through its Student Art Purchase Program, which started in fall 2006, the college has acquired a total of 119 pieces of original artwork.

Feltes joins MetLife firm

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DOWNER’S GROVE, Ill.—The Premier Wealth Group announced that Elburn resident Brett Feltes has joined the firm as a financial services representative.

Brett is a 2006 graduate of The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign where he earned his Bachelors of Arts degree in economics with a minor in business administration. He is licensed to sell life and health insurance in Illinois and also holds his FINRA series 6 license and is a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity and University of Illinois Alumni Association. He enjoys golfing, fishing and hunting.

Scout gets Hinckley out of a ‘jam’ on his path to Eagle

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HINCKLEY—Sam Kimpan, a 17-year-old Hinckley-Big Rock honor student who is a member of Big Rock Troop 19, cleaned the Little Rock creek from Sycamore Street to Hinckley’s sewage treatment plant in August 2010 as his Eagle Scout Leadership Project.

Tires, metal, logs, lawnmowers, a swing set, barbecue grill and even the front suspension of a car were removed from the creek over two weekends. The most challenging part of this project was removing a 20 foot by 40 foot log jam just downstream from Hinckley. The creek dropped about 12 inches in the area where the log jam was at its worse. At this point in the creek, the jam was so bad that mulch could not get through. Fifteen to 20 Scouts and community volunteers helped Sam complete his project.

Sam submitted his paper work to the Boy Scouts of America and is awaiting his board of review which determines if he will become and Eagle Scout.

Local residents named to Marquette University dean’s list

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MILWAUKEE—Amy Weigelmann, Hannah O’Conner and Megan Tonner, all of Sugar Grove; and Lindsay Bartel of Elburn; have been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester at Marquette University in Milwaukee.

Weigelmann is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. O’Conner is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology. Tonner is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish for the Professions. Bartel is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary/middle education.

Local students named to Lewis University dean’s list for fall 2011

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ROMEOVILLE, Ill.—Magaly Navarro and Abby Michels of Sugar Grove were among those honored on the Lewis University dean’s list for fall 2011 semester.

To be eligible for this honor, students must have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours of credit with a grade point average of 3.25 out of a possible 4.0.

Wright named to Knox College dean’s list

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GALESBURG, Ill.—Robyn Wright of Elburn has been named to the dean’s list at Knox College for the fall 2011 term.

Wright is a junior studying biology at the university.

Krauss named to Bryan College dean’s list

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DAYTON, Tenn.—Wendy Krauss of Sugar Grove was among 194 undergraduates named to the Bryan College dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester.

Wendy, the daughter of Mark and Donna Krauss of Sugar Grove, was recognized for outstanding academic achievement.

Byron College students earn dean’s list recognition by recording a grade average in the top 25 percent of grades by students in the traditional undergraduate program for that semester.

Local residents named to IWU dean’s list

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—Anna Rossi of Elburn and Lauren Contorno of Sugar Grove were named to the Illinois Wesleyan University dean’s list for the 2011-12 fall semester.

To be on the dean’s list, a student must have a grade-point average of 3.50 or better during the semester, based on a 4.0 scale.

Fundraiser set for St. Peter teen youth mission trip

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GENEVA—Bring a hungry appetite to the Knights of Columbus hall on Thursday, Jan. 26, to help raise funds for St. Peter Youth Ministry’s high school spring mission trip. Teens and their mentors will serve all the delicious spaghetti, salad, bread and dessert you can eat.

Dinner will be served from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall (Riverview Banquets and Catering), 1117 N. Washington Ave., Batavia.

Tickets are $10 for those 10 years of age and older, $5 for children 3 to 9 years old, and free for children 2 and younger.

Last year, teens of St. Peter Church in Geneva spent their spring break doing mission work in Mingo County in West Virginia. They worked with school children, helped move and organize furniture to be given away, painted a house for a woman who taught school into her 80s, helped write thank you notes to kind donors who contributed to the helping organizations, did indoor cleaning of buildings, and performed a myriad of other service projects. The group worked through the Christian Help and the A.B.L.E. Families, who work to serve the needs in the area. In 2012 during spring break, another group of St. Peter Church high school youth ministry group will head south to Vanceburg, Ken., to lend helping hands and hearts.

Tickets for the dinner can be purchased at the St. Peter Parish Center, 1891 Kaneville Road, Geneva, from Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Call (630) 232-9026 or e-mail

Clarence ‘Clar’ E. Self

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Clarence “Clar” E. Self, Jr., 86, of Elburn, passed away in the early morning hours of Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at Countryside Care Center in Aurora, Ill.

He was born Oct. 25, 1925, in Birmingham, Ala., the son of Clarence Sr. and Willie Mae (Oldeacre) Self.

Clar grew up in Decatur, Ill., where his father owned an iron working business before the depression hit. The family piled into the car and took a trip north to Chicago, where he attended local schools. The family moved in 1939 to Cicero, where he attended Morton East High School. There he became an all-state football player and state champion wrestler. Before his graduation in 1942, he caught the eye of the head cheerleader, Darlene Bushong. The two high school sweethearts were united in marriage on Feb. 22, 1947.

His reputation in athletics preceded him and after being recruited nationally, Clar’s love of fishing and Lake Mendota helped lure him north to the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Two years later, in 1944, Clar was drafted into the United States Navy and honorably served his country during WWII. His return to civilian life brought him back to school to finish his studies and continued excellence both on the mat and on the field. Even though he became the Big Ten Wrestling Champion and was one bout away from making the Olympic Team, his exploits on the football field, including the North-South All-Star Shrine Football game, brought the attention of the NFL. He was drafted by the then Chicago Cardinals before being traded to the Detroit Lions, but found a home on his beloved Green Bay Packers. No matter what uniform he wore, he always called both Cicero, and later Berwyn, home.

Clar and Darlene called Indian Head Park, Ill., their home until they both went their separate ways; Darlene to Florida, and Clar found a home in Lake Como, Wis. In 2000, he moved to Elburn and lived with his son Bruce until declining health brought him into the care of Countryside Care Center in Aurora.

Clar worked as a milk man in the football offseason for Willow Farm Dairy. Later, he returned to his family’s iron working roots, working in the iron mills of Hammond, Ind. He moved to the construction side of iron working in 1968, then for 10 years in construction management before starting his own iron working company. He eventually left iron working behind and followed his long time passion of coin and stamp collecting by opening The Aurora Coin and Stamp Shop. During the same time he also owned and ran The Cove Lounge, also in Aurora, before his retirement in 1988.

Clar was a proud member of the Iron Workers Union, as well as the NFL’s “Pre-‘59” group of former players.

Clar was an avid gun collector, especially WWII-era weapons. He had a special place in his heart for dogs and they had one for him; there wasn’t a dog anywhere that didn’t love him on sight or scent. Clar loved and supported his children unconditionally, often encouraging them to do their best no matter what they chose to do. There was no bigger or vocal fan than Dad. His green thumb helped his rose bushes to bloom, country music spoke to his heart and beer always went best with just about anything. Those memories and thousands more will be the legacy he leaves, never to be forgotten.

He is survived by his two children, Bruce A. (Margie) Self of Elburn and Cynthia L. (Chester) Thomas of Houston, Texas; and five grandchildren, Jason Self, Amber (Michael) Boothe, Alexandra Self, Megan Cantini and Jaclyn Self.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Carl N. Self, and his former wife, Darlene Self.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. with a funeral service to begin at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. Private family interment will follow cremation at a later date.

The family invites friends to send their favorite memory mailed in care of “Memories of Clarence Self” to P.O. Box 66, Elburn. Memories can also be sent through where you can also find his full life story. For those wishing to donate monetarily, the family encourages donations to your favorite charity.

Area students earn North Central College dean’s list honors

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NAPERVILLE—North Central College has named its dean’s list of scholars for the 2011 fall term, and a number of students are from the area.

The following area students were named to the dean’s list during fall term: Elaine Cannell, Elizabeth Koszulinski, Evan Miller and Ashley Szewczyk, all of Elburn; Jessica Arnold, Joseph Garner, Courtney Olson and Bryan Rezin, all of Sugar Grove; and Kathryn Hayes of Maple Park.

To be eligible for the dean’s list, undergraduate students must maintain a grade-point average of 3.6 on a 4.0 scale for the term and be enrolled as full-time students. Part-time students are recognized at the end of each academic year if they meet the same criterion and have completed at least eight credit hours—the equivalent of one term as a full-time student.

Two Guys and Free Spaghetti offers a meal Jan. 28

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St. Charles—Two Guys and Free Spaghetti will provide a homemade spaghetti and meatballs dinner with beverage, salad, garlic bread and homemade dessert to anyone who attends the monthly event held Sunday, Jan. 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave., (Route 25) in St. Charles.

Carry-out is available and the building is handicapped accessible. For information, call Joe at (630) 890-6586.

Hosanna! Lutheran Church hosts Hosanna University

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St. Charles—Hosanna! Lutheran Church will host its annual “Hosanna University” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Fridays, Jan. 20, Feb. 3 and 17.

The courses offered are a great opportunity to explore or share a hobby or interest, meet some new people, learn some new information and grow in your faith. Over 20 courses are scheduled and will last 90 minutes each. All in the community are invited to attend this free event. Refreshments will be provided.

For course description and to register, visit the “When We Gather News” page at For more information please contact the church office at (630) 584-6434, e-mail at or visit Hosanna! is a Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) church located at 36W925 Red Gate Road (entrance just east of Randall Road) in St. Charles.

Amien Swift

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Amien Swift, 42, of Elburn, passed away tragically Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. He leaves a legacy of memories, treasured friends and a loving family who will miss him dearly.

He is survived by his mother, Kay Swift of Elburn; a special friend and companion, Christi Wade and her children, Shain and Luke of Elburn; his former wife, Sofia Lorena Swift of Aurora; many aunts, uncles and a countryside of friends.

He is preceded in death by his father, Henry Swift; his maternal grandparents, Ellis and Birdine Allen; and his paternal grandparents, Fred and Grace Swift.

Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m., with a memorial service following at 7 p.m., on Monday, Jan. 16, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. Private family burial will occur at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Amien Swift Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at, where you can also find his full life story.

Amidst the madness

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by Tresa Erickson, MultiAd
Wedding just weeks away? Up to your elbows in planning? There is so much to do and so little time to do it in. Every bride needs a break now and then, if only to gather their thoughts and prevent themselves from turning into bridezillas. So, take a load off and check out this quiz on movie brides.

1) Toni Collette plays a wanna-be bride in the Australian film…
A) Maxine’s Wedding
B) Muriel’s Wedding
C) Marion’s Wedding

2) Jennifer Lopez falls for a guy whose
wedding she’s planning as…
A) Mary in The Wedding Planner
B) Charlie in Monster-in-Law
C) Paulina in Shall We Dance?

3) Molly Ringwald may play second
fiddle to bride Ginny in Sixteen Candles, but not in…
A) Pretty in Pink
B) The Breakfast Club
C) Betsy’s Wedding

4) Elizabeth Taylor raises paternal
concerns in Father of the Bride
as bride-to-be…
A) Ellie Banks
B) Kay Banks
C) Delilah Banks

5) Kimberly Williams plays the
bride-to-be in the 1991 remake of
Father of the Bride, but her character’s
name has been changed to…
A) Nina
B) Annie
C) Megan

6) Drew Barrymore plays Julia in The
Wedding Singer, a waitress who intends
to marry businessman Glenn but ends
up with wedding singer…
A) Robbie
B) George
C) Billy

7) Nia Vardalos shines in My Big Fat
Greek Wedding as bride…
A) Maria
B) Athena
C) Toula

8) Julia Roberts tackles the role of
bride in all of these films but…
A) Steel Magnolias
B) Runaway Bride
C) My Best Friend’s Wedding

9) Andie MacDowell stars in
Four Weddings and a Funeral as Carrie,
an American who weds Hamish
but ultimately falls for…
A) Charles
B) Angus
C) Bernard

10) Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson
duel in Bride Wars as brides-to-be…
A) Fiona and Anna
B) Emma and Liv
C) Julia and Elliot

11) Debra Messing may play maid
of honor Kat in The Wedding Date, but she still manages to get the guy played by…
A) Jeremy Sheffield
B) Jack Davenport
C) Dermont Mulroney

12) Jennifer Alden plays a bride in
The Wedding Crashers, along with…
A) Isla Fisher
B) Rachel McAdams
C) Jane Seymour

Well, how did you do? Did you laugh a little at the thought of the hilarity that ensues in some of these films? Yeah? Good.

1: B 2: A 3: C 4: B
5: B 6: A 7: C 8: C
9: A 10: B 11: C 12: A

Wedding cake alternatives

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by Tresa Erickson, MultiAd
You’re getting married soon, and the time has come for you to select a wedding cake. While you understand serving cake is tradition, you’re not real fond of the idea. Isn’t there something else you could serve? Of course there is!

There are so many alternatives to wedding cake. But before you start looking into them, you need to determine why you are opposed to the idea. Do you dislike the taste of cake in general or the look of a traditional wedding cake? If you like cake but not the standard tiered wedding cake with lots of frosting, you have many options. You can ask your baker to do something different and design you a unique cake, perhaps a replica of your wedding rings or favorite flower. You can serve smaller single-layer cakes in various flavors at each of your reception tables—this has become a big trend in recent years. You can fill several tierd platters with cupcakes of every flavor. The choice is yours, and if cake is not for you, there are alternatives.

Before you axe the cake altogether, remember your guests. Some will expect wedding cake and be sorely disappointed when you don’t serve it. For their sake, you might want to arrange for a small wedding cake. For those more daring, dessert options run the gamut from pastries to pie. Sit down and rank your dessert faves. Have your spouse-to-be do the same. Then compare the lists. Do you see anything in common? Perhaps ice cream is tops. No? Ice cream is your beloved’s number one choice and pie is yours? Pie and ice cream? What a great combo!

To give your guests more choices, consider serving your top choices buffet style. Arrange for an ice cream bar, for example, with several flavors of ice cream and toppings. That way, guests can create their own ice cream dishes from sundaes to banana splits. Instead of serving one type of pie, set up a pie bar with several types for guests to feast on. They might have a sliver of peach pie, a sliver of apple and a sliver of pecan. Still not sure what to serve? No problem. Set up a coffee and dessert bar with various sweets from pastries to puddings. This will satisfy a large number of sweet tooths.

There is so much you could serve in addition to or in lieu of wedding cake. Check out some bridal blogs and magazines, do a general search on the Internet and ask around. You’re sure to come up with hundreds of alternatives, so many in fact that choosing just one may be difficult.

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