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Oklahoma City couple receive wedding of their dreams

Malorie and Michael Gulikers, of Oklahoma City, never imagined their wedding would be an extravagant affair provided by local vendors free of charge.
By Heather Warlick Moore hwarlick@opubco.com Modified: August 21, 2012 at 4:22 pm •  Published: February 6, 2012

photo - Malorie Gulikers poses during her bridal photo shoot. Photo by Traina Photography.
Malorie Gulikers poses during her bridal photo shoot. Photo by Traina Photography.

Each bridesmaid wore a gown in shades of lavender and plum and sported a unique floral accessory by Trochta's Flowers: One wore a white floral stole over her shoulders, one carried a single white rose in full bloom, one carried an elaborate masquerade mask in rich jewel tones, and one had flowers applied as accents at the waist and straps of her dress.

The bride “stole the show” in a cream gown, embellished with Swarovski crystals and pearls on the bodice, and a skirt of chiffon rosette fabric that flowed through a chapel-length train. The gown was provided by Moliere, which also provided the gentlemen's and bridesmaids' attire.

Naifeh Fine Jewelry made sure Malorie was drenched in diamonds — she wore a diamond bracelet that alone featured more than 50 karats. Daring to wear more than $500,000 in diamonds, Malorie was glad to have an actual police escort throughout the event.

“She totally owned it as though she were in the Victoria's Secret fashion show,” Patterson said.

Celebrating the couple

After Michael kissed his bride, the wedding party exited as another wall lifted, revealing the reception area swathed in soothing shades of cream and white, with lighted cocktail tables, a lighted dance floor with the couple's initials projected onto it and cream-color furniture providing comfy places for the guests to chat. Marianne's Rentals provided the furniture, chairs, linens and other decorative elements.

“We think that the color palette of white ivory, champagne and sparkle is very popular, and it goes a long ways on any budget,” Patterson said. With its subtle elegance, the reception was the most traditional part of the wedding.

“For me, the reception was pretty traditional because that's what I think works best,” Patterson said. “The truth is, by the time we had makeup stations at a cocktail hour, and a wedding on a runway, I kind of felt like we'd blown their minds enough.”

At the end of the reception, Von Wedding Films presented a video that contained clips of the entire wedding day. Finally, the bride and groom were swept away in a limousine for their wedding night at The Colcord Hotel.

Tips from the pros

Here are more suggestions from Patterson and Lehmbeck to save money and have the wedding of your dreams.

Invite fewer people. Many couples feel required to invite all their parents' friends, their fraternities and sororities, their childhood pediatricians — anyone who's ever been involved in their lives. Lehmbeck advises making out your ultimate guest list, “then go back through it and ask yourself about each guest: When did I see them last? Do they really know my daughter that well to invite them? When was the last time I had dinner with them?” Malorie and Michael only sent out 75 invitations.

Gifts for the wedding guests are one trend you can skip to save big money, said Lehmbeck, owner of Judy Lehmbeck Bridal and Party. If you really want to give your guests gifts, Lehmbeck suggests edible (or drinkable) gifts such as a split of wine, candied apples or other unusual edibles the guests can take home to remind them of the event.

Choose your favorite element and make it big. If you want hundreds of fragrant lilies to beautify your wedding, plan to splurge on your flower budget and find ways to spend less on other elements such as food. If you know you want a live band to energize your reception, cut down on your costs for a reception hall.

If ambiance tops your priorities, invest in a special lighting company, such as Innovative Event Solutions, that can provide everything from glowing cocktail glasses, lighted cocktail glasses and dance floors to the lighted runway Malorie was married on. In this scenario, you can cut costs for flowers by using glass vases filled with water and floating a single orchid or other beautiful bloom on the water. Lighting these simple centerpieces will add great eye appeal.

For some couples, photos and video are the most important elements because they want a tangible memory of their special days. If this is your priority, spend a little less on your dress, eliminate gifts for the guests and plan to spend the bulk of your reception budget on photo and video teams.

Vendor information

Marianne's Rentals, 225 W Britton.

Judy Lehmbeck Bridal and Party, 751-3780.

Innovative Event Solutions, 239 W Britton, 286-1254

Trochta's Flowers, 6700 N Broadway Extension, 848-3338.

Jennifer McLaughlin Makeup Artist, jennifermclaughlinmakeup.com, (580) 458-1636.

Mishelle Handy Cakes, mishellehandycakes.com, 348-5938.

OKC Finest Photo Booth, okcfinestphotobooth.com, 470-6607.

Wade Tower and DJ Boxtalent.com, 360-2263.

Black Tie Optional band during reception, seeblacktie.com

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