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By Linda Miller Published: September 28, 2008
An unlimited budget would be nice, but that's not what most brides want when it comes to their wedding.

"They want that fairy tale, the most magical, most special day in their life,” said Steve Kemble, a lifestyle guru and celebrity wedding planner.

Kemble has orchestrated weddings on television for "Extreme Makeover: Wedding Edition,” Style Network's "Whose Wedding Is It Anyway?” and "Married Away,” and WE's "Platinum Weddings” and "Married by the In-Laws.” He works with brides who crave extravagance and others who prefer things understated.

He enjoys both. It's their vision, he said, and he's just helping them get their dream wedding.

Kemble will host the Wedding Workshop on Oct. 4-5 in Oklahoma City, presented by Dolly Levi's Event Design Studio. The talk-show format will include topics on budget, gowns, transportation, personal finances, video, photography and almost every other subject related to weddings.

"So many people think about the glitz and glamour, but you need all the components to put it together. We do it in a very fun way,” he said.

One topic at the workshop may keep couples from making a common mistake.

"Most are not realistic about sitting down and doing a budget,” Kemble said. "It is absolutely the most important thing. It's really hard for planners, florists, caterers to give you what you want unless you tell them how much you want to spend. You have to be honest about that.”

Couples who don't start with a realistic budget get into problems, he said. Planning a wedding is stressful enough without inviting even more frustrations.

Another mistake couples make is not making the day about them, about what they want, Kemble said.

A wedding isn't about impressing friends or dad's business associates. It shouldn't be the wedding the bride's mother never had.

"It amazes me how many couples I talk to and it's almost like they're planning this wedding for all of their friends and all of their family. …They need to step back and think about what they want for their special day.”

While wedding trends come and go, Kemble said he's excited about several that bring a subtle, interesting aspect.

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The Wedding Workshop
When: Bridal luncheon, noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Trattoria Il Centro; the Wedding Workshop, 1 to 5 p.m. followed by an after-hours reception, 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 5, Renaissance Hotel.

Featuring: Vendors and wedding professionals as well as a talk-show format about fashion, trends, receptions, food, budgets, photography, tips and honeymoons.

Cost, reservations: 605-4575 or


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