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Congratulations! You have a ring on your finger and a bright, sparkling future ahead of you. Let the wedding planning begin! Our wedding planner is designed to assist you in planning every aspect of your wedding from one year right up to your special day. Wedding Connections helps you establish a plan, keeps you organized and on task making your planning experience much less stressful and much more enjoyable. This magazine takes you through the entire wedding planning process – whether you’re looking for the perfect ceremony and reception sites; seeking talented musicians, photographers and videographers; searching for the perfect bridal gown, accessories and invitations, or it’s time to choose your wedding cake and floral designers – our wedding professionals are some of the best in the lower mainland. This planner and online directory has been designed to help you answer a few questions and solve problems that you may encounter. Keep it with you whenever possible for quick reference and please whenever possible, take the opportunity to support our advertisers who, through their participation are making this valuable resource directory available to brides and grooms. Find tips for planning and creating the wedding of your dreams! Thank you for supporting Wedding Connections and our participating advertisers and best wishes for a wonderful wedding day! Wedding Connections is a division of Go Big Media Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced electronically, online, or in print without the expressed and written permission of the publisher. Go Big Media Inc. does not guarantee or endorse the quality or services of products of our advertisers or featured suppliers.
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Before You Start Planning Before announcing your engagement, inform your families as soon as possible. Traditionally the bride’s family are told first – often the groom will ask his father-in-law to be for permission to marry his daughter (partner). It is important that you and your partner, discuss your views on each aspect of your wedding openly and honestly through each stage of the planning process in order to fulfill each of your wishes. The planning process requires you both to make compromises along the way. It is important that both of you get on the same page, moving in the same direction toward the same goal. Stay focused – don’t get hung up on the little things, take one step at a time – one decision at a time. Use the timeline suggested here as a guide in helping stay you organized.
12 Months or more Before Wedding
Create a Budget Plan your budget before you get carried away with other wedding details. Determine how much you want to spend and how much assistance you will receive from family members.
Decide Who Pays for What Sit down with everyone that is planning to contribute. Sometimes families will give a specified dollar amount and allow the couple to spend it however they choose. Others will offer to help out with a particular aspect of the wedding. Many couples undertake the wedding expenses themselves. www.weddingconnections.ca
Wedding Budget Establish your budget first thing with maximum amounts for each category. Its important you talk to your parents about sharing some of the cost of your wedding. Determine expense responsibilities for each event. Tradition no longer applies - sharing expenses is perfectly acceptable today. Product or Service
Product or Service
Reception Center Pieces
Maid of Honor
Jewellery & Accessories
Groom’s Tuxedo or Suit
Bride & Groom’s Rings
Ceremony & Reception
Ceremony Location Fee
Candy Bar / Buffet
Invitations & Envelopes
Reply Cards & Envelopes
Seating & Menu Cards
Flower Girl Accessories
Total Estimated Budget www.weddingconnections.ca
This calendar includes the essential elements of wedding planning. Personalize the sections by crossing out items that are not relevant to you and color coding the list, with a highlighter marker, using a different colour for bride’s tasks, grooms tasks and others, such as your mother’s or bridesmaids duties, or according to personal priority. 9 - 12 Months Prior ■ ■ ■
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Set the Wedding date! Meet with those sharing Wedding expenses to discuss financial responsibilities Establish your budget early, with maximum amounts for each event/activity. Consider hiring a wedding consultant to help with your plans. Determine expense responsibilities for specific events. Tradition no longer dictates; sharing expenses is perfectly acceptable. Shop for engagement and wedding rings. If you want custom-made rings, plan this early in your schedule. Decide on the style, formality and size of your wedding. Choose your wedding consultant. Prepare your tentative guest list and determine the size of your wedding events. Choose your attendants; get a firm commitment to each event. Determine all pertinent sizes for each. Select your ceremony location and consult with the officiant who will perform the ceremony. Begin planning your ceremony, and determine any pre-marital requirements. Choose a reception location - plan rehearsal dates and times with your officiant and location choices. Choose and reserve the location for your rehearsal dinner. Choose the colour scheme and any appropriate style for your ceremony and wedding attire. Begin shopping for: bridal dress; headpiece and veil; undergarments; jewellery; shoes; attendants’ attire and accessories If you are planning to have your dress custom made a dressmaker should be selected early in the planning process. Schedule fittings, alterations fittings and delivery dates for the dresses. Start the selection process for your wedding professionals. Contact and choose your photographer - some are booked as much as a year in advance. Decide on your entertainment and the right professional. Choose your caterer if not included with your reception venue.
Select your mode of transportation. Begin the selection of your florist, balloonist and/or ice sculptor. Determine any party rental needs and select an appropriate professional. Order your memory album and begin writing down your memories and saving mementos Select your stationery, style of the invitations, thank you notes and any other stationery you require. Consult a travel agent or visit websites for your honeymoon plans. If you are traveling abroad make sure that both of you have a valid passport and are upto-date on any necessary immunizations.
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Decide on a honeymoon location and make all necessary reservations Make passport arrangements if necessary Begin compiling guest list names and contact information. Locate and choose your gift registry and begin recording your selections. Get your engagement photographs taken by your photographer and setup your engagement announcement with your local newspaper or website. Finalize your wedding professional choices and secure with a deposit: ■ Caterer ■ Ceremony Music ■ Florist ■ Invitations ■ Party Rentals ■ Reception Entertainment ■ Photobooth ■ Videographer ■ Other Select Groom’s formal wear. Decide whether you will purchase or rent? Select fittings, alterations and delivery or pick up dates. Select and order the Groom’s attendant’s formal wear. Select fittings, alterations and delivery or pick up dates, and notify attendants. This is the time to start body contouring and skin rejuvenation.
If you haven’t already, start a fitness and weight loss routine that you can live with and stick with it until your wedding day (and beyond)
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Meet with each of your Wedding Connections wedding professionals and continue to plan each event. Finalize ordering and reservations for all of your event needs. Meet with your florist and complete your selection for bouquets, boutonnieres, table arrangements, etc., and confirm delivery times. Finalize your guest list. Choose and reserve accommodations for all of your out-of-town guests. Compile a list of local activities during their stay in the Lower Mainland. Finalize selection and order your invitations and all related stationery. Setup and maintain records of gifts and begin sending thank you cards after each event. Select a baker - order a wedding cake or cupcakes, groom’s cake, candy, cookies Select a Candy Bar supplier - order desired candy, finalize theme and set-up location Help parents select and coordinate their formal wear. Research all legal requirements - marriage license and name changes. Begin your beauty regime early.
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Take dance lessons that will make your first dance special Make a list of who you want to speak at each event and in what order. Contact each person. Order favors and gifts. Purchase cake knives, ring pillow, toasting goblets, and other accessories. Address invitations and announcements and mail outof-town invitations. Finalize honeymoon and travel plans. Take care of financial/legal details such as joint bank account, insurance policies and beneficiaries, wills and prenuptial agreement (if desired) Gather forms for making name change Write your Wedding vows, toasts and speeches
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Confirm all appointments, ceremony and rehearsal details. Confirm all counts with food and beverage caterers. Confirm guest accommodations. Plan seating arrangements. Finalize all rehearsal dinner plans. Finalize all song lists, entertainment details. Finalize photographer and videographer details. Finalize arrangements for all professional services and transportation needs . Plan honeymoon wardrobes and luggage needs. Obtain all travel tickets and confirm reservations. Arrange for wedding dress, bouquet and/or cake preservation. Confirm duties with Wedding helpers: personal attendant, setup crew and decorators, readers, flower pinners, guest book attendant, gift table attendant, host and hostess, punch, cake and coffee servers, cleanup crew. Break in your wedding shoes. Prepare an “emergency kit” for wedding-day mishaps.
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Arrange for pickup of the bridal ensemble. Best Man should confirm all final fittings for the Groom and Ushers, and schedule return of the Groom’s tuxedo and all rental equipment. Assign post-wedding tasks to wedding party. Prepare envelopes for payments or donations to ceremony officials and musicians. Give gifts to wedding party, family and fiancé. Attend the rehearsal dinner.
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Finish packing for the wedding night and honeymoon. Gather all wedding day items. Entrust payment envelopes to the Best Man for tomorrow. Assure that your “Get-Away” car will be at the reception venue packed and ready to go.
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See your hair and makeup artist early The bride should transfer her engagement ring to the right hand. Be dressed and ready to go two hours before the ceremony for picture taking. Relax and enjoy the day. If you have followed this planning schedule, the rest of your day should be easy.
Select a Makeup artist and a Hair Stylist and reserve ■ wedding day appointments with your hair and makeup stylists for you and your attendants. Get perms, colour, After the Wedding cut or new style done early. ■ Leave for honeymoon Make pre-wedding beauty appointments for you and ■ Send your dress for cleaning and preservation your attendants for manicure, massage, spa day, etc. ■ Send flowers and/or cake for preservation Make plans and reservations for a rehearsal party ■ Write and mail thank you cards out Address and mail all local invitations. Begin RSVP ■ Change name/or not counts. Include maps to all event venues with each invitation. Finalize all formal wear fittings. Pick up wedding rings. Select and purchase attendant’s gifts and a wedding gift for your new spouse. Obtain your marriage license. If you will be moving - finalize all moving details Get your marriage license Call guests who have not responded to invitation Keep track of Wedding gifts received and thank you notes written www.weddingconnections.ca
Tips for Working with Wedding Professionals & Planners A wedding is most likely the largest party you will ever throw. Wedding professionals are the ones that take your vision and make it happen. Here are a few tips to make sure things occur without a hitch.
12 or more Months Before Wedding Trust Their Expertise Weddings are a unique event and those who specialize in them know how to handle just about any circumstance a couple may have. Wedding professionals deal with weddings on a daily basis and build their businesses on knowing what is proper and popular when it comes to weddings. Compare the Work of Different Professionals Choose people who know their business, who show interest and kindness, and who listen and spend time with their customers. In businesses that have multiperson staffs, be sure to meet with the person who will actually handle your wedding and see samples of their work. Schedule Appointments This is both thoughtful and necessary because of the professionalsâ€™ own busy schedules. It also ensures that complete attention is given to your own particular meeting. Keep appointments and be on time. Be timely in your responses. Let businesses know if their services will not be needed (other couples may be missing out because a date was held). Be organized and try to give as much information as possible so they can do their job. 8
Enlist the Help of A Wedding Consultant Consultants have a wealth of expertise on budgets, dĂŠcor, etiquette, sites, timelines, vendors, etc. They are able to coordinate your entire wedding from the very beginning or just make sure everything runs smoothly the day of the wedding. A wedding consultant is equipped to handle anything that might come up, saving you a lot of time, stress and even resources. When hiring a consultant you are not giving up your ability to choose; consultants are simply there to help make your dream a reality.
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Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Contact an agent one year in advance to plan a destination wedding and six to nine months in advance to plan your honeymoon.
12 Months Before Wedding
INITIAL CONSULTATION What to Bring/Know: • Wedding date • Preferred travel dates • Desired length of stay • Top “must haves” • Idea of features you want your accommodations to have (ocean view, Jacuzzi, terrace, etc.) • Type of activities you enjoy (golf, scuba, sunbathing, night life, tours, etc.) • Type of food and restaurants you enjoy (seafood, steak, etc.) • Allergies or special limitations • Budget Range
SOME QUESTIONS TO ASK Why use a travel agent over online self-booking? Agents not only save you time and stress, but they also have access to special discounts and perks that are not available online. It is invaluable to have an insider perspective on a location. Not to mention, if something should go wrong while on your trip, you can just pass it off to your agent and enjoy the trip stress-free. What kind of extras should we be looking for in an all-inclusive resort? Activities and amenities vary from location to location. Make sure to find out if the resort is adults only, has the amenities you want (ocean view, terrace, balcony, butler service, etc.), and the activities you want (snorkeling, scuba diving, golf, great beach, local tours, etc.). What is the best time of year to travel? In regards to price, winter and spring break are most expensive, autumn is the least, and May-August are average. Take your destination’s weather into consideration – hurricane season is less costly for a reason. www.weddingconnections.ca
What is a realistic budget? It is often difficult to gauge the entire cost, from the resort, to food, transportation, travel documents, insurance, etc. A travel agent will help put facts and figures together, so you can create a realistic budget. How do I know if I want all-inclusive or non-inclusive? There are a number of pros and cons to each. An agent will help you talk through exactly what you are looking for in a honeymoon and steer you toward the type of resort that best fits your ideas. Should we get insurance? Depending on the types of insurance available, you are protected in case you have to cancel due to illness or catastrophic weather, or if you experience baggage loss, travel delays, or need emergency medical care while on your trip. Are price quotes guaranteed? Prices fluctuate and cannot usually be guaranteed until you have made a reservation and paid the deposit. Do you offer honeymoon registry options? For the couples that already have blenders and toasters, a honeymoon registry may be the ideal way to have the honeymoon of your dreams. Couples can register for things they want while on their honeymoon (candlelit dinner on the beach, wine tastings, massages, transportation, etc.) or they can set a dollar amount. Then guests purchase different items, services, or excursions for the couple to enjoy.
COST BREAKDOWN Booking schedule: Book early to receive better rates and a wider variety of options. Destination: Where you go, how long you stay, and the caliber of your accommodations influence the cost. Time of year: Peak travel times such as winter and spring break may cost up to 40% more than travel during other times of the year. Service fees: Some travel agents charge fees, while others receive compensation strictly from the airlines, hotels, and tour operators they utilize.
TIPS Plan in advance. Reserve your travel as soon as you know when and where you want to go. This helps to avoid sell outs on the flight and at the hotel, as well as allows you to take advantage of any early booking bonuses. Be flexible. With dates, times, and details. A destination wedding requires the ability to relinquish some control of the details. Often youâ€™re planning a wedding celebration at a place youâ€™ve never seen before! 12
Have you thought about getting married on your honeymoon? Destinations weddings are becoming more and more popular with couples who are eager to skip the fuss of a traditional wedding and jump right into the fun, not only as a way to make the occasion more special, but also as a means of simplifying the whole process. Whether the special day involves just the two of you or whether you’ll be inviting friends and family to join you, a destination wedding can be a way to create wonderful memories. Keep in mind your guest list, your budget and your own wishes. Decide on a budget. If you have a big budget and can hire a wedding planner, do so, as planners are able to perform the time-consuming footwork and have relationships with vendors, making the process a lot easier. If you can’t afford a wedding planner, fear not. You can do this yourself and do a great job. Decide on the time of year you would like your wedding. That will help narrow down your choices for locations. When you know a tentative guest list number, then you can decide on the size of the venue you’ll need, further narrowing down your choices.
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Choosing an Officiant 12 Months Before Wedding
INITIAL CONSULTATION What to Bring/Know: • Your wedding date • Ideas based on things you have seen • What you like / don’t like • Whether you want to write your own vows
SOME QUESTIONS TO ASK How long have you been officiating? Verify that they have been in the business for awhile, have performed a number of other weddings and have a list of references for you to check. Are you able to accommodate different and/or unique traditions or requests? Make sure you will be able to incorporate your cultural traditions and that there is a way to include children or parents in the ceremony as you desire. Can we choose our own readings? Find out if you are able to personalize the the readings or if the officiant prefers to use a basic ceremony plan. A great way to personalize your ceremony is through your vows. Can we write our own vows? If wanting to do this, look for an officiant with experience in coaching couples that write their own vows. If you intend to do this, discuss your plans with your officiant so you can include any particular wording that may be necessary. Do you charge extra to attend the rehearsal or to travel? Make sure you know everything that is included and whether there are extra fees for extra services. 14
Choosing a Ceremony Site 12 Months Before Wedding
INITIAL CONSULTATION What to Bring/Know: • Date and time of Wedding • Wedding style (formal, casual, vintage, elegant, etc.) • Number of people invited • Budgeted for
SOME QUESTIONS TO ASK • What is the facility’s capacity? • It should comfortably accommodate the number of guests you expect to attend. • Is there a room available for the bride to use? • If you want to get ready at the facility instead of the salon or at home, make sure there is a sizeable, well lit place to do so. • Will you schedule more than one wedding for our date? • If so, you want to ensure they will give your wedding the proper care and attention it deserves. • Can we see a picture of the facility set up for a wedding? • It is even better if you can you stop by a wedding in progress to preview the facility in action. • Are there restrictions on what we can do to decorate? • Sometimes facilities have restrictions on the use of candles and other decorations. Most commonly there are restrictions on what can be used for the send-off (e.g., rice). • Are you planning on any remodels or renovations before our wedding? • You don’t want to plan for one color scheme and find the carpet and walls are completely different than you expected. www.weddingconnections.ca
• What is the rental fee? • Find out what is included, how much the deposit is, and when the balance is due. • How many hours are included in the rental agreement? • Sometimes there are a set number of hours and facilities will charge for each additional hour. • Where should the musicians set up? • Make sure the space properly accommodates your musicians and that they have access to electricity. Also verify that the dance floor is large enough to accommodate your number of guests. • Is there a wedding coordinator on staff that will be there the entire time? • You will want the person you have been dealing with to be there the whole time to make things run smoothly. • Who is in control of the sound system? • Find out if your facility has someone to man the sound booth or if you need to provide your own professional. • How is accessibility? • Check out the parking situation to make sure they have enough for your size event and that it is conveniently available. Also make sure the facility is handicap accessible if necessary.
TIPS Date The time of year and day of the week play a large role in overall cost. High demand seasons like late summer and early fall may be costlier than off-season times. Similarly, couples may expect more savings if they choose a Friday or Sunday to get married instead of the popular Saturday. Facility Your facility fee includes overhead costs like staff wages, training, taxes, maintenance, electricity, and insurance. Membership If you belong to a club, alumni association or house of worship, a cost savings may be factored into the facility fee. 16
Choosing a Reception Site 12 Months Before Wedding
INITIAL CONSULTATION What to Bring/Know: • Your vision for the reception • Number of guests • Tentative wedding date • Ideas and pictures • Decision makers that need to be included in tour
SOME QUESTIONS TO ASK What is the facility’s capacity? It should comfortably accommodate the number of guests you expect to attend. Is there a room available for the bride to use? You may want to freshen up or change clothes just before the reception or before you make your getaway. Will you schedule more than one wedding for our date? If so, you want to ensure they will give your wedding the proper care and attention it deserves. Can we see a picture of the facility set up for a wedding? It is even better if you can you stop by a wedding in progress to preview the facility in action. Are there restrictions on what we can do to decorate? Sometimes facilities have restrictions on the use of candles and other decorations. How early can we get in to set up? You will want to pass this information on to your rental company, so they know when they can deliver your items. Are you planning on any remodels or renovations before our wedding? You don’t want to plan for one colour scheme and find the carpet and walls are completely different than you expected. www.weddingconnections.ca
How many hours are included in the rental agreement? Sometimes there are a set number of hours and facilities will charge for each additional hour. Make sure to find out what the fee is if you decide you want to stay later than you originally planned. Does the facility provide catering, have a list of approved caterers or allow outside catering? Also make sure to find out if you can make any special menu requests. What is the rental fee? Find out what is included, how much the deposit is, and when the balance is due. Do you charge for extra services? Find out if the chairs, tables, linens and glassware are included. Often there is an extra charge for cake cutting and alcohol service. What is the wait staff uniform? Undoubtedly they have professional attire, but if you have a themed wedding, make sure to ask if they will accommodate any special wardrobe requests. Where should the band, DJ, photobooth, and/ or flipbook entertainment set up? Make sure the space can properly accommodate your entertainment for the night and that they have access to the proper electricity. Also verify that the dance floor is large enough to accommodate your number of guests.
COST BREAKDOWN Date: The time of year and day of the week play a large role in overall cost. High demand seasons like late summer and early fall are costlier than off-season times. Similarly, expect greater savings if you choose a Friday or Sunday to get married instead of the popular Saturday. Number of Guests: A large guest list means more of everything: space, rentals, number of servers, etc. Facility: Your facility fee includes overhead costs like staff wages, training, taxes, maintenance, linens, serviceware, various licenses, and insurance.
CEREMONY & RECEPTIONS ON THE WATER Can you image your wedding on your own private luxury yacht. Cruise through the Vancouver harbor for your special day and evening and have your wedding ceremony and reception on the water. Having your wedding on a yacht requires careful research and planning. Take time to envision what your wedding yacht charter or reception on a boat should look like. Organize all of your wedding reception ideas, and then with your perfect wedding reception in mind, you can begin to shop for your ideas in An organized manner. Picture yourself walking down the aisle on the yachts deck surrounded by your friends and family, with nothing but blue sky, beautiful sights and sounds of Vancouver all around you. Imagine sunshine sparkling on water. You and your soon-to-be spouse face each other on the deck of a luxury yacht decorated with ivy and white roses. 18
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Bride’s Emergency Kit
Everybody needs a bag of tricks on their wedding day. Here’s a handy list of what to pack from home to pull off the perfect day and calm and frazzled nerves. (Of course you’ll want to add your own favourite items that come to mind) From the Beauty Shelf n Brush/Comb n Hair Pins n Mousse/Gel/Hair Spray n Cotton Balls n Tissues n Q-tips n Small Make-up Kit n Hand Mirror n Hair Dryer n Curling Iron
From The Medicine Cabinet n Deodorant n Toothbrush n Toothpaste n Dental Floss n Breath Mints n Pain Reliever n Band-Aids n Visine n Antacids
From The Catch-All Drawer n Pen and Notebook n Safety Pins n Crazy Glue n Extra Earring Backs n Travelling Mini-Sewing Kit n Double-sided Tape n White Chalk (to cover stains) n Static-Cling Spray
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Bridal Fashion & Accessories 12 Months or more Before Wedding
INITIAL CONSULTATION What to Bring/Know: • Idea of budget • Wedding date • Wedding location (indoor, outdoor, church, barn, etc.) • Wedding style (formal, casual, vintage, elegant, etc.)
SOME QUESTIONS TO ASK Am I buying a custom fit? You are not shopping for just a dress, but a fit as well. Choose a shop that will make sure you look stunning in a perfectly fitted gown. Who will be doing the finish work and sewing? Find out if the shop does their own alterations or if they hire out the service. Does the dress leave the shop? If the gown never leaves the shop, it will stay more pristine. If you or your shop work with an in-home seamstress ask about smoking and pets. How will the dress look when picked up? Find out if the gown will be steamed or pressed, whether the shop takes steps to preserve the gown’s shape, and whether the dress bag will be roomy enough to prevent crushing. 30
• Number of bridesmaids • Idea of colours
THE FIT You may have the most beautiful dress in the world, but if it doesn’t fit, ultimately you will be unhappy with your choice. A bride goes through at least two fittings, with a final try-on a few days before the wedding. Alterations to a purchased gown are imeasurements, graduating them up or down for various sizes. Your measurements will be compared to the manufacturer’s size charts. Since wedding gowns have very narrow seams, there is no room to let it out to a larger size. Therefore the fitter will order the gown that fits your largest measurement best. During your two or more fittings, the gown will be altered to fit your smaller measurements. The ultimate fit of the gown depends on the accuracy of the fitter’s measurements, so be sure you bring the undergarments and shoes you plan to wear with your dress.
THE COST To save money, many brides have turned to discount bridal suppliers. Although the initial price of the gown may seem like a bargain, the cost of alterations could make a significant dent in those savings. “Those brides who think they can order a gown through a discount operation and get it tailored at a local dress shop are in for an unpleasant surprise... “Altering today’s wedding gowns is very, very specialized work. It takes years of experience.” And it can be expensive. The cost of alterations varies greatly, depending on the dress’s fit, age, fabric, lace and beadwork. Also keep in mind that when a gown is ordered through a discount bridal supplier, there is often no recourse if a problem arises. Working with a reputable retailer that has years of experience in the industry and a solid relationship with manufacturers assures that you will receive the right dress, on time, fitting beautifully. Typically, when a bride orders her gown from a retail store, she can expect to put down fifty percent of its retail price. The same is true for a custom-made dress. www.weddingconnections.ca
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Choosing a Photographer 10 - 12 Months Before Wedding
INITIAL CONSULTATION What to Bring/Know: • Tentative timeline of your day • General idea of budget • Style of photography you like • How interactive you want your photographer to be (e.g., actively posing people or unobtrusively documenting) • End products you are interested (album, portraits, book, digital files, etc.)
SOME QUESTIONS TO ASK Who will be my photographer? Larger studios have multiple staff members. Make sure the person you meet and work with is the one who will be photographing your special day. Can I see a wedding in its entirety? Ask to see a complete wedding in a setting similar to yours. Anyone can pick up a camera and get a few great shots, but it takes a real professional to consistently get stunning photos. Seeing an entire wedding will give you a much better idea of what to expect rather then just looking at a photographers ‘highlight reel’. Can we look at your sample albums, guest books, online galleries, etc? Look at the entire range of their work, especially for the products you plan on purchasing. Make sure the finalized product matches your style and that the images are sharp, well framed, and well lit. What will a typical wedding day with you look like? Have them walk you through a day. Find out how they interact with you during the creative photography parts of the day and during the ceremony and reception parts of the day. 34
COST BREAKDOWN Limited Bookings: Many photographers limit themselves to only 15-20 weddings per year so they can give each one the proper time and attention it needs. Time: Though you might only see your photographer on your wedding day, many hours of work go into perfecting your photos. It is not unusual for a quality photographer to spend upwards of 30-40 hours on a wedding. Consultations, engagement sessions, preparation, editing, image download and backup, retouching, album design, the actual wedding day photography, and more contribute to the overall cost. Equipment: It is not unusual for an established photographer to have $20,000 â€“ $30,000 worth of photographic equipment with them at your wedding: multiple cameras, a variety of lenses, portable lighting equipment, and backups in case something should break or malfunction. Not to mention, changing technology and increased wear and tear leads to costly repairs and frequent replacements. Length of Coverage: Whether you want a standard package or every add-on imaginable, the number of hours you want your photographer on site affects the cost. Make sure to pay for as much coverage as you can afford because undoubtedly you will want your photographer to capture every moment and overtime fees can be costly.
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Products: If you are only purchasing a disc of digital images, be sure to have a plan for what you will do with them. Too many couples look to save a little bit of money by only purchasing the discs, and then do nothing with them afterwards. Purchase keepsakes from your photographer to fully enjoy your investment. Personality: Make sure to choose a photographer for their personality as well as their style. They are one of the vendors you will spend the most time with on your wedding day and you want to feel comfortable. If your personalities do not mesh, regardless of how much you like their style of work, there is probably a better fit for you out there. www.weddingconnections.ca
Choosing a Videographer 6 - 12Months Before Wedding
INITIAL CONSULTATION What to Bring/Know: • Tentative timeline of your day • General idea of budget • Style of videography you like • How interactive you want your videographer to be (e.g., actively interviewing people or unobtrusively documenting) • End products you are interested in (raw footage, specialty videos, etc.) • Any family dynamics the videographer should be aware of (e.g., divorced parents)
SOME QUESTIONS TO ASK Who will be my videographer? Larger studios have multiple staff members. Make sure the person you meet and work with is the one who will be filming your special day. Can I see a wedding video in its entirety? Ask to see a complete wedding in a setting similar to yours. Look at examples of the types of products you are interested in. Check videos for clarity, steadiness, and attention to detail. Listen carefully to the quality of various sounds, from softspoken vows to the beat of dance music. Watch for transition from scene to scene and the use of special effects (if desired). What formats do you offer? Check to see if they shoot in high-definition and offer Blu-Ray discs if you desire. When will I receive the finished product? Editing video takes a substantial amount of time. Figure out your videographer’s turnaround time, which is typically within a month or two. Have you worked with my photographer before? Though not a must, it is helpful if the two have worked together and are comfortable working within the same space. 36
COST BREAKDOWN Time: Though you might only see your videographer on your wedding day, many hours of work go into editing your video footage. For example, take a typical hour-long ceremony. Your videographer may have four cameras positioned throughout the venue. Those four 60-minutes long tapes take four hours to upload to a computer and then the footage must be stacked and edited clip by clip. Once editing is completed, the project must be rendered and burned to a standard DVD or Blu-ray disc, a process which can take up to 30 hours. Equipment: Videographers utilize wireless microphones to ensure great sound quality, multiple cameras to capture every moment, and multi-chip imaging sensors for incredible picture quality. In addition to having backup equipment, changing technology and increased wear and tear leads to costly repairs and frequent replacements. Length of Coverage: Some videographers charge a flat fee for their wedding packages with no time constraint. Others include a standard number of hours and allow you to purchase additional time. Assistants: There is a price that comes with the ability to be in more than one place at a time. For some situations (like the ceremony) a tripod is a sufficient second shooter. For others, it may be beneficial to have more than one videographer or to have an assistant there to manage the equipment, leaving your videographer free to shoot all the moments you do not want to miss. Products: Packages vary widely, but most include the unedited footage of your entire ceremony plus your edited highlights video in either standard DVD or Blu-ray formats. Choose from countless special effects such as turn-of-the-century looks, slow motion, color correction, and more.
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Choosing Your Reception Entertainment 10 - 12 Months Before Wedding
INITIAL CONSULTATION What to Bring/Know: • The style of your wedding: Formal or informal? Traditional or nontraditional? • The mood you want the music to create • An idea of your budget for both ceremony and reception music • Special songs you want played
SOME QUESTIONS TO ASK • Where can I hear you perform? • Do you have CDs or other recordings I can listen to? • Do you have references that I can check? • Do you belong to any associations? • Do you have liability insurance? • How many years of experience do you have? • What is your set list? • Can we make special requests? How many? • Will you provide a sound system? • What kind of backup equipment/ instruments do you have? • Do you have any events before or after ours? • What do you plan on wearing? • What is your cancellation policy? • If buying a package, are we paying for hours of entertainment we do not need? 44
• Length of time you want music played • Tentative start and stop times • Whether you want vocalists, instrumental music, DJ, or a combination • Whether you prefer live music for your ceremony or don’t mind if a vocalist uses music recordings as a background • Whether your ceremony/reception location has its own sound system • Whether you want dancing music, background music, or both
WHY USE A PROFESSIONAL Flow of the Night Guests often don’t know what’s coming next. A professional DJ knows how to get everyone in the right places at the right time to keep the night flowing smoothly. Setting the Mood Professionals have the experience and know-how to set the mood and energy level for the night, setting guests at ease and helping them really enjoy the celebration. Reading the Crowd When given the freedom, professionals can adjust the playlist according to the energy of your guests. Definitely submit Do Not Play and Must Play lists, but kick back and let the DJ create a playlist that will please everyone in the crowd. Reliable Equipment Equipment breaks. Professionals are insured and have the necessary backup equipment to make sure your entertainment never skips a beat.
Photo booths are one of the newest reception trends and they are quickly becoming a wedding staple! During receptions, guests often look for something to do, whether during the lull between the ceremony and the reception, right after dinner, or even during dancing. Keep your guests occupied and entertained throughout the night by renting a photo booth. Couples usually rent one from anywhere between three to eight hours. Guests will love plotting their poses and picking out props. They walk away with a photo they can keep and the bridal couple has a copy that is placed into a scrapbook keepsake just for them. Photo booths are the perfect way to entertain your guests and to preserve fun wedding memories at the same time.
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Choosing Your Caterer & Bartending Service 10 - 12 Months Before Wedding
INITIAL CONSULTATION What to Bring/Know: • Wedding date • Venue • Number of guests on your invite list • Timeline of the day • Recipes you want included
SOME QUESTIONS TO ASK
• Need for special meals (e.g., kids menu, vegan, allergen-free, etc.)
Will you schedule more than one wedding for our date? Most caterers can easily accommodate more than one event, but obtain confirmation your wedding will receive the attention it requires. How many staff will be there? This largely depends on what style of dinner you serve. Do you feed the DJ, photographer, band or do I need to include in count? Typically the bride and groom should include vendors in the overall head count. What are payment terms? Make sure you know deadlines and amounts due. Who cleans up the room afterwards? Find out if this is something you, the caterer, or your reception facility is responsible for. What is included in the price? Catering services often offer a variety of packages with different service options. Do you set tables? Normally your caterer is responsible for setting the table, but you should verify this with both your caterer and reception facility.
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COST BREAKDOWN Number of Guests: A large guest list means more of everything: food, rentals, waitstaff, etc. The Menu: Quality and quantity are the main factors when it comes to cost. A greater number of courses often increases price. Type of service: From buffet to plated. Different types of services require different amounts of food and a different number of servers. Appetizers: Are you having appetizers over the cocktail hour? A food truck? Late night snacks? These will increase the bottom line. Beverages: Whether having an open bar, limited bar, or no bar at all factors into the bottom line. Serving just beer and wine or offering a single signature mixed drink will keep costs lower. Proximity: If outside the designated radius of travel, expect a fee increase.
OPTIONS Plated: The most traditional dining option. Allows guests to have sophisticated, multi-course meals, but may cut into dancing. Family-Style: Gives a great, personal atmosphere and avoids long buffet lines. However, portion size can be tricky – there may not be much food left for the last person served. Buffet: Great way to allow guests to pick and choose. Be careful, though, it is not necessarily less expensive than a sit down meal because guests will help themselves to multiple servings. Food Station: Fun way to personalize the selection and offer guests a variety. If you choose to go with a theme, make sure you provide a “safe”option that will suit anyone’s palette. Hors D’oeuvres: Can be elegant and trendy. Make sure not to schedule your hors d’oeuvres and cocktail reception around the dinner hour or guests will be hungry and disappointed. Informal Cookout: Perfect for a casual backyard affair. Make sure you have the adequate facilities to pull it off and find a way to prevent pesky critters from enjoying the food as well. www.weddingconnections.ca
A great bartender can make your guest have fun and enjoy themselves even while waiting in often long lines right after the service ends to get a drink. An experienced bartender will also make each guest feel as special as the bridal party while working to avoid potential problems. At almost every wedding, there is always at least one or two guests who seem to feel it is their goal to drink as much “free” booze as they possibly can. It is the bartender’s role to do everything in his/her control to see to it that this type of guest doesn’t steal the day or worse cause embarrassment. There is also a liability issue for the host who can be legally liable for anyone who drinks on their private property and goes on to drive or otherwise commit a crime while under the influence. The last thing you want to deal with is an accident or even death caused by someone drinking too much at your wedding. Your choices in wedding beverages and bartending services are a very important part of your reception. Are you considering a theme of some sort? What drinks will be served? The amount of people who will be in attendance is a big factor both in budget, and in style. All of these selections are generally left to the bride and groom. If the families do not drink alcohol and the refreshments will more than likely be punch, juice and soda based. It’s polite to always give a non-alcoholic alternative whether or not alcohol is being served.
If you want to serve, or sell wine, beer or spirits at your wedding (including UVin/UBrew products), you need a Special Occasion Liquor Licence (SOL). Legislation in British Columbia is changing, and you should familiarize yourself with the regulations at www.pssg. gov.bc.ca/lclb/index.htm . Most wedding reception venues have a limited list of wine and beer on their beverage/ catering menu to choose from, or they may give you the option to bring your own beer or wine (corkage fees usually apply). Bringing in your own product may help to lower your beverage costs, and/or also enable you to serve something more unique than the ‘typical’ choices. Decisions on quantity and wine selections can be complicated. Plan on offering both white and red wine for your guests. And don’t forget about sparkling wine for a celebratory toast to the bride and groom. Try to choose wines with wide appeal. Wine shops have the expertise and experience to assist you with recommendations to suit your budget.
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Choosing Your Transportation 6 - 8 Months Before Wedding
INITIAL CONSULTATION What to Bring/Know: • Wedding day locations • Know your ceremony site, reception facility, photo shoot areas, getting ready locations, and after party spots so you can determine where you may need transportation.
SOME QUESTIONS TO ASK • What types of licenses and insurance do they have? • Do they have a back-up vehicle for use in case there’s a breakdown? • Is there a minimum number of hours required to book? • Is there any timeline advice they could offer? • How much extra time do they recommend planning on to allow for schedule delays?
• Estimated time frame • Figure into your estimate things like how long it will take for pictures after the ceremony, a receiving line, and what time you need to be at the reception or cocktail hour. • Total number of passengers • Will it be just the bride and groom or the entire bridal party? Will you include the photographer, personal assistant, etc?
OPTIONS Dramatic? Flashy? Vintage? Classy? Travel in style with any number of transportation options. 1-2 Passengers • Horse Drawn Carriage: these romantic rides can fit up to four, but are probably best for just the happy couple. • Bicycle: from bicycles built for two to vintage cycles for the whole party. 3-6 Passengers • Luxury Sedan/Exotic Car: These stylish and intimate cars fit up to three passengers. • Vintage Limousine: An antique ride starring just the newlyweds or some carry up to six passengers. • Luxury SUV: Transport up to six passengers with a modish SUV. • Classic Limousine: The traditional wedding car for up to six passengers. Up to 10 Passengers • Stretch Limousine: Styles can seat from eight to ten passengers.
COST BREAKDOWN Vehicle Type: SUVs will be more expensive than a sedan. Often, the larger the vehicle, the greater the price. Number of Passengers: The more passengers you have, the larger the vehicle you need, which often means a higher price. Hours of Use: Many services specify a minimum number of hours the vehicle must be hired. Make sure to budget extra time or there may be overage fees. Fuel: Though fuel is generally included in the hourly rate, there may be a fuel surcharge for greater distances. Time of Year:: Prices are higher during peak times of the year such as wedding season, prom or homecoming season, and graduation. Day of the Week: Limos are generally in higher demand on the weekend, so are priced accordingly. Add-ons: Bonus features such as TV’s, mini-bars, bottles of champagne, etc. will impact the cost. Gratuity: Gratuity is typically in addition to the agreed upon fee. 15-20% is the standard amount. www.weddingconnections.ca
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Choosing a Florist & Decorator Flowers bring personality to your wedding. The colours, scents, & styles all work together to create a statement that is uniquely you.
6 - 8 Months Before Wedding
INITIAL CONSULTATION What to Bring/Know: • Picture of your wedding gown • Picture of bridesmaid gowns • Idea of your color combo, fabric swatches • Idea of the theme or “feel” you want • Photos of arrangements that have caught your eye • Your save the date, photo of invitation if already chosen
SOME QUESTIONS TO ASK How do you process your flowers? Florists spend hours prepping before design (de-thorn, strip foliage, use special products, preserve in a cooler, carefully handle so no bruising occurs). How do you ensure the flowers will last as long as possible? Some florists take extra steps – such as camouflaging bouquet holders – to boost longevity.
• Quantity of corsages and boutonnieres you need (and whether moms and grandmas want wrist or pin-on corsages) • Quantity of reception tables • Photos of the ceremony site (including pews and the altar) and reception site • Which baker you will hire (so you can coordinate flower placement on cake, if desired)
What kind of impact has Mother Nature had this year? Mother nature has the biggest impact on price in particular and especially for flowers coming from out of country. A particular flower that may be attainable one year may not the next depending on weather patterns and natural disasters. What are appropriate substitutions if a flower becomes unavailable? Florists are incredible at achieving the look you want with any number of flowers, but talk about the look, price, and size now so you won’t be surprised. How many weddings do you do each weekend? Is there a limited number so you know your wedding will receive the care it needs? When will the flowers arrive? To prevent wilting, you will want flower delivered as close to start time as possible. www.weddingconnections.ca
BOUQUETS Your bouquet can be as much of a focal point as your wedding gown. Be daring! Use floral accents that match the dress color to really make the bouquet burst with color. What is trendy right now? Bright colors! French country, shabby chic and rustic vintage are currently very popular in determining bouquet styles. While hand-tied bouquets are still in high demand, brides request a combination of styles. Dripping hand-tied bouquets, called pseudo-cascades, use elements from both styles to create beautiful bouquets that just spill over your hands. Donâ€™t be afraid to use berries, feathers, crystals, wire and leaves as accents. Mixing modern and traditional flowers, such as orchids with peonies, roses with anthurium, or even ginger with tulips. It may be counterintuitive, but the end product is striking.
COST BREAKDOWN Consult Time: Included in the booking fee is the time your florist spends consulting, brainstorming, creating an estimate and an order workup. Sourcing Products and Flowers: Also included is the time spent finding flowers and products and then placing orders. Growers and wholesalers that take better care of and provide better products will increase the costliness of the final product. Flowers: The flowers you choose greatly affect the price. Exotic, out-of-season flowers will cost more than readily available and easy-to-grow blooms. Prepping Products: Before your arrangements can be beautifully displayed, the florist must clean containers, remove stickers, and prepare for design. Visit Us at One of Our Two Locations:
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Choosing Rentals 6 - 8 Months Before Wedding
INITIAL CONSULTATION What to Bring/Know: • Ceremony and reception venues • What your ceremony and reception venues are already providing • Number of guests • Idea of wedding style • Idea of colour palette • Pictures of themes and decoration schemes you like
SOME QUESTIONS TO ASK
• Idea of budget
Should I order extras? Round up your guest list when estimating some service items. For example, if you expect 200 guests, you should order at least 350 water glasses because each person will often go through more than one glass. When will the rentals be delivered? For a Saturday wedding, rentals are typically delivered Thursday or Friday – or whenever your venue is available. Who sets up? Find out if you, your venue’s staff, or the rental company is responsible for set up. There is often a fee to have the rental company setup, however they know precisely how things are put together and are adept at completing it in a timely, efficient manner. What is the delivery fee? The fee varies depending on when and where it will be delivered. When do items need to be returned? Typically companies need items returned the Monday following the event. Is there a fee for broken pieces? Find out the rate for replacing broken pieces. Another option is to purchase a damage waiver that covers accidental damage. Rates typically amount to 10% of the cost of the entire order. Is there anything I am forgetting to order? Your professional will go over everything you might need. Commonly forgotten items include tablecloths for the gift table and cake table, glassware, and adequate power for the photobooth, caterer, and band. www.weddingconnections.ca
Decorating is one of the areas where you can hire a professional or choose to do-it-yourself. If you want to handle every detail yourself, keep in mind that many decorations can only be done the day of the wedding. This added stress might not be worth the small savings in your decorating budget. If you do decide to take care of the decorations yourself, it is still helpful to turn to the professionals for advice. Most professional dĂŠcor providers are happy to sell you supplies, rent out equipment, and even teach you a few tricks of the trade. Once you make your plans, get approval from your contacts at the ceremony and reception sites. Your ceremony site entrance is the first your guests will see of your wedding. You can use floral wreaths or planters to elegantly grace the doorways. Use floral arrangements, balloons, tulle, and candles or other soft lights to set the atmosphere while guests line up to sign the guest book. Decorate the altar with flower arrangements or use pedestals to frame the area with flowers and other decorations. Using two floral arrangements on either side of the altar is a cost saving measure and hese arrangements can later be used to decorate the reception site. You will want to especially focus on decorating the aisle. Your goal is to make the aisle as magical as possible. You can line the aisle with the heads of blossoms, candles or bows and give the flower girl petals to drop on her walk down the aisle.
Do not limit beautiful arrangements simply to your ceremony. Pomander balls and topiaries are beautifully elegant adornments for both inside and outside. Table centerpieces are an important way to set the tone of the reception. Guests sit at the tables for several hours and the centerpieces should be an eye-catching conversation piece. They are also a way to convey the coupleâ€™s interests. Candles, balloons and flower petals are always classic centerpieces, but consider some other ideas: if you and your significant other are both outdoor enthusiasts, your decorator can incorporate prairie grasses into the centerpiece; if you both have a modern style, create something using orchids and river rock in square vases; if you both enjoy cooking, put herbs and a favorite recipe into a planter that your guests can take home as a party favor. In addition to your guest tables, you also have the head table, cake table and gift table. Try to carry the same theme throughout. Transport the floral arrangements from the ceremony altar to use on these tables. Use an abundance of tea lights on the head table. Really try to overdo it. The outcome is a truly magical reception space. 60
OPTIONS Rental companies offer everything you need to make your wedding the perfect event. First, check with your ceremony and reception venues to make a comprehensive list of what items they offer and where you may need to supplement. You can rent almost any item imaginable, from tents that accommodate over 2,500 people to tables, chairs, linens, dance floors, audiovisual equipment and more. Items You May Need to Rent: • Arches • Audio/visual equipment • Candelabras • Cardholders • Centerpieces • Chair covers • Chairs • Dance floor
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Cakes, Cupcakes & Candy Bar Bakers/decorators are often booked six to eight months in advance, so book early!
6 to 8 Months Before Wedding
INITIAL CONSULTATION What to Bring/Know: • Pictures/ideas of what you like (printed or on mobile devices) • Picture of wedding gown (if you want to match style) • Idea of your colour combo • Idea of the theme or “feel” you want • How many guests will be invited/ are attending • Wedding date
SOME QUESTIONS TO ASK
• Reception location
Are they licensed? (if the baker is working out of their home) Ask to see a copy of the license. If they are not licensed you have no recourse in case something happens to the cake (e.g., dropped, falls once set up, never delivered, etc.) and you would be liable if something happens to someone else (i.e., food poisoning)
• Idea of your budget • If leftover cake is desired, and how much • Whether you want a first anniversary cake to freeze
Who will be baking the cake? You will want to know if the person you are meeting with is baking the cake or if someone else on staff is – and taste test accordingly. When will they bake the cake? Will it be frozen? Some bakers bake the cake a day or two before, while others bake earlier in the week and freeze for a few days. Both produce delicious cakes, but make sure when taste testing, the preparation is the same as it will be for your cake, as cake texture does change when frozen. Also, bear in mind that freezing for any longer than a few days is not preferable. Do you use fresh, high quality ingredients? Inferior ingredients will adversely affect the taste, so make sure your baker uses nothing but the finest. www.weddingconnections.ca
Candy Bars/Buffets can be used at weddings in place of a wedding cake, or in addition to a wedding cake and often to be used as the wedding favor, providing guests with a small bag or box to fill with candies of their choice. A Candy Buffet in the party or wedding colours also adds to the decor by carrying out the theme. Beautiful and unique containers help to display and dispense the goodies, thus adding another colourful element to this novelty station.
COST BREAKDOWN Many different factors affect the price of your cake. Size: Cake and confection prices are generally broken down into per serving costs, with a greater number of servings leading to an increase in the price. Shape: Cakes come in a variety of shapes that may impact the cost: hearts, scalloped ovals, squares, hexagons, diamonds, and more! Flavours: More traditional flavors like chocolate, white, yellow, vanilla, and almond poppyseed often cost less than the specialty liquor flavors. Fillings: Most fillings are included in the price of the cake, however specialty fillings such as cream cheese or ganache may cost extra, and the price of fresh fruit fillings may fluctuate seasonally. Icing: Depending on the bakerâ€™s specialty, they may charge more for some frostings than others. Choices usually include buttercream, chocolate buttercream, cream cheese, whipped frosting, fondant, flavored fondant, and rolled chocolate. Specialty Decorating: Bows, draping, blown sugar, pulled sugar, gumpaste flowers, and paintings are a beautiful way to add personalized designs to your cake and are typically priced per design. Toppers: Flowers, cake jewelry, figurines and fondant creations can coordinate with your theme and offer the ultimate in personalization. 64
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Health & Beauty 6 Months Before Wedding
INITIAL CONSULTATION What to Bring/Know: • Have clean, dry hair, a clean face, and a button up shirt • Pictures of hair styles you like • Hair piece or veil if you have one • Picture of your bridal gown if you have one • Swatches from bridal gown and bridesmaid dresses
SOME QUESTIONS TO ASK • How many people can your salon accommodate? • How long will the appointment take? • What should I bring to the wedding day appointment?
EXPERT ADVICE Hair: Don’t do any major hair changes right before the wedding. It is okay to experiment a little bit, but don’t stray too far from your natural look. You don’t want to get your photos back and say, “That doesn’t even look like me!” Makeup: You want makeup that will endure tears, heat and perspiration. Fake eyelashes are a great way to avoid clumpy or runny mascara. Purchase the lipstick used at the salon for touch ups throughout the day. Nails: Get a manicure, as friends and family will be admiring your ring and there will be photographs. A pedicure too, for open-toed shoes or for the honeymoon. Waxing: Don’t try waxing for the first time the week of your wedding. Instead, have a couple sessions prior to the big week. Aches and Pains: Headaches, neckaches, and backaches can leave you feeling tired and worn down. Visit a chiropractor to find relief from these common yet irritating conditions and to make sure you’re in peak condition for the big day!
Make Up Remember the importance of make up on the wedding day: the bride is the center of attention, the day is long, and countless photographs are taken. Makeup helps the bride maintain her radiant good looks through it all. Seek professional help especially if you are inexperienced with make-up application. They can help you achieve a natural, but glamorous appearance that will look great in person and in your photographs.
HAIR, HAIR EXTENSIONS & MAKE UP Hair Choose a hairstyle that will endure the long wedding day with all its photographs, hugs and dances. Don’t do something dramatically different with your hairstyle that will make you feel tense or unsure of yourself. Try out a new look in advance in order to make the change successfully. Contact your salon professional four to six months before the wedding day for a personal consultation. Book the first styling for two to six weeks before the wedding. The final styling is done on the morning of the ceremony. Bring along the chosen headpiece to help determine placement and hairstyle. Not only should you think about the kind of wedding day hairstyle you want, but also about the bothersome hair you do not want. Whether wearing a strapless dress on your wedding day or a bikini on your honeymoon, laser hair removal is an affordable, safe and effective way to remove unwanted hair from any area on your body. To achieve close to permanent results you will need at least six treatments and, depending on the treatment, you will want to schedule your initial appointment between three and six months before your wedding day. If you do not have that much time before your wedding, don’t panic! After the very first treatment you will see dramatic results that last three to four weeks.
Choose long-lasting and waterproof make up that will endure tears, heat and perspiration. Test make up at least four weeks before the wedding to check for allergies and compatibility.
Hair Extensions Having incredible hair for your wedding is a must, and having hair extensions to give you that look will cost less than your wedding dress and will last long past your honeymoon. No wedding day would be complete without having the hair of your dreams and many brides find that they haven’t got the thickness and often the length they want to complete their look for the big day. Having extensions to enhance your thickness will mean that your hair will look how you have always wanted it to and not only that, it will hold the style you choose for much longer. You will no longer be held back by the limitations of your existing hair style, instead you can have your dream hair, whatever that may be.
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Tuxedos & Formalwear 3 - 4 Months Before Wedding
Couples are wise to let the formal wear experts help make choices that are stylish, flattering and give the groom the “I do” to looking great!
SOME QUESTIONS TO ASK
How soon should we order tuxedos for our wedding? Wedding tuxedos can be reserved at any time; at least 3-4 months prior to the wedding is recommended. Tuxedo styles are selected after the Bride has chosen her dress and the colour of the Bridesmaids’ dresses. When do the men have to be measured for their tuxedos? Measurements for the Groomsmen’s tuxedos should be in no later than 4-6 weeks prior to the wedding. Who should wear tuxedos? Traditionally the Groom, Groomsmen, Ushers, Fathers, and Ring Bearer will all be in tuxedos. If you have Grandfathers or other extended family members attending, you might consider having them wear tuxedos as well. This way your photographer will capture some family portraits with everyone looking their very best. How will we order tuxedos for our out-of-town Groomsmen? The tuxedos should be ordered in the city where the wedding is taking place. Members of the wedding party living out of town should be professionally measured at their local formalwear or menswear store. The measurements can be called in, sent in, or submitted online. The tuxedos will be ready for the final fitting when your groomsmen come to town for the wedding. What is the final fitting? When is it? A final fitting is recommended so that your groomsmen can try on the actual tuxedo. It usually takes place a day or two before the wedding. Any needed adjustments can be taken care of before the wedding. www.weddingconnections.ca
Choosing a Registry 4 - 6 Months Before Wedding
INITIAL CONSULTATION What to Bring/Know: • An inventory of what you both own, what you are missing, and what you want replaced • Your decorating style • Which colors you want used in which rooms of your home • Your entertaining style – practical or formal?
SOME QUESTIONS TO ASK
• How many people you typically invite to dinner
Who should register? Both the bride and groom. Both of you will have to live with your decisions. It is wise to get advice from family and friends, but ultimately just the two of you should register. How much should we register for? Guests appreciate plenty of options, so be sure to register for more items than invited guests. An added bonus? The more items you register, the less of a chance you will receive duplicates. Will merchandise changeover affect our registry? You want to give guests plenty of time to purchase gifts, but do not want to register so early that a store might stop carrying any of your registry items. Find out if there are any plans to discontinue a product or line you are interested in. 72
Popular Wedding Parties In addition to the rehearsal dinner and reception, there are plenty of smaller opportunities to celebrate the nuptials. The parties listed below are the most popular ways for family and friends to help paint the town red in honor of your marriage.
Engagement Party Traditionally hosted by the parents soon after the engagement. Occasionally, the parents of the bride and groom will host the party together, but more often separate parties are held. It is a convenient way for parents to introduce their child’s fiancé to family and friends and can also be a good way for the parents of the couple to meet if they have not already done so. Showers Showers are given by any friend or relative who wants to do something special for the couple. Customarily, the immediate family of the bride and groom do not host a shower, because it is seen as asking for gifts. Often, the honor attendant and bridesmaids host a shower. Since the shower is always given by someone other than the bride, registry information may be included with the invitation. Bridesmaids’ Luncheon The maids’ luncheon (or tea) is either given by the bridesmaids as a “farewell” to the bride or hosted by the bride herself. This luncheon may take place in a home or restaurant, wherever the bride and her ladies can take time to get together. The bride often gives her ladies their wedding mementos at this time, schedules final dress fittings, and just enjoys their company. Bachelor/ette Party These very casual gatherings emphasize having fun, unwinding and celebrating the wedding. Bachelor/ette parties often incorporate a theme and can include attending a sporting event, going to a comedy club or having a shopping. Some enjoy activities such as laser tag, paintball, gambling, golfing, bowling or even camping.
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Attending Bridal Shows With hectic schedules and the price of gas, a bridal show that brings all the wedding professionals you need to one place saves time and money. Wedding Connections Wedding Planner & Directory Guide provides wedding shows perfect for every bride to plan the wedding of her dreams. What can brides expect at a bridal show? Planning made easy. Wedding shows are a great place for both serious planners and recently engaged brides-to-be. The shows are a one-stop-shop where you can find the latest wedding fashions and trends to inspire. You, your groom, the bridal party, and your family can all come along to “help”taste hors d’eouvres .. You will have the opportunity to meet a multitude of professionals from varying wedding businesses there just to help you plan the wedding of your dreams. Pick out everything from your bridal gowns and tuxedos to flowers, invitations, music, reception facilities, cakes, limousines and much more. These shows also offer the latest in wedding apparel in a runway fashion show. Sit back, relax, and watch the hottest trends and styles paraded down the catwalk for you to preview in person. Your perfect wedding starts here.
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