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Travel, Insurance

** Dream weddings designed by the experts at Marlin Travel Langley and Transat Holidays will ensure you experience your special day with complete peace of mind. We promise to use our experience in destintation weddings to help you create the special day you’ve always dreamed about. Bride & Groom travel free based on number of guests attending and resort offerings.**

Marlin Travel - Tel. 604-532-0507 Willowbrook Mall, 129-19705 Fraser Highway, Langley, BC Email: urve.humphrey@marlintravel.ca | Web: www.marlintravel.ca/1530

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Mountain Falls Retreat offers wedding packages, all of which include your own consultant to see your plans through to the end. Nothing will be missed.

Mountain Falls Retreat is located 70 kms from Vancouver and surrounded by sparkling lakes and majestic mountains. We are an all-inclusive wedding destination with professional staff and accommodations of 8 luxurious kingsized bedrooms. Our staff takes the stress out of your day, so you can relax and have your fairy tale wedding. Our beautifully landscaped 5-acre property features incredible photo opportunities in our bridal gardens, wedding gazebo and waterfalls with bridge over our pond. There are endless opportunities to have an indoor/outdoor wedding ceremony and reception in our banquet hall and outdoor tent. Our wedding consultants will spend time with you to make sure all your choices for catering, flowers, cake, invitations and music are met to make your wedding day a dream come true.

Learn More About Mountain Falls Retreat Wedding Packages by visiting our website:

www.mountainfallsretreat.com or call: 604-287-6424

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Publisher’s Page

Third Edition Publishers & Advertising Sales

Rick & Debbie Klassen Creative Director

Ava Clay

Debbie, Rick and Ava

From The Publishers Wedding Connections is here to assist and inspire you as you embark on one of the most important journeys of your life. We are here to help you realize your vision - to help inspire you, inform you and assist you in assembling a team of professionals who can turn your wedding dreams into reality. We will introduce you to many outstanding wedding businesses that can assist you with every aspect of your wedding. With Wedding Connections you get everything - inspiration, information and a team of BC wedding professionals to help you pull it all together. You deserve to enjoy every moment of this special time. Our goal is to help you stay organized, less stressed and enjoy the planning process.

Cover Photo by Terry Hughes Photography www.TerryHughesPhotography.com ___ Published & Produced Annually by

Head Office - Nanaimo, BC Phone - 604-200-0905 Email: rick@weddingconnections.ca or debbie@weddingconnections.ca Go Big Media Inc. publishes Wedding Connections, a wedding planner and directory of wedding vendors. All rights reserved. Reproduction in part of any portion of this publication without the expressed written consent from the publisher is strictly prohibited. Go Big Media Inc. will not be held liable for the quality or the performance of any products or services of our advertisers. Go Big Media Inc. provides wedding vendors with three unique opportunities to showcase their business to thousands of brides and grooms in the BC Lower Mainland. Wedding Connections is an annual print and online wedding planner and directory of wedding vendors that is distributed at 50 wedding shows in the BC Lower Mainland and through our participating advertisers. Bridal Club VIP Savings Program is a savings card that offers brides and grooms in the BC Lower Mainland a 10% or more savings on a variety of products and services for their wedding from our participating wedding vendors for 2013. All Dressed in White Bridal Showcase is a unique outdoor wedding show in the Fraser Valley to be held at the beautiful Mountain Falls Retreat in Mission on Sunday, April 21, 2013. Wedding Connections Š Copyright 2012/2013

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Our professional and friendly staff will be happy to assist you all the way from the overall planning of your event to the final decoration and menu details.

Capacity: From 50 to 500 Guests Full Catering Service with Menus Endless Decoration Options High Quality Sound/Audio System

Offering full banquet services for all types of events. Centrally located in Richmond • 14500 River Road

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Wedding Planner & Directory Our Wedding Planner is designed to assist you in planning every aspect of your wedding from one year right up to your special wedding day. The planner helps you establish a plan, keeps you organized and on task making your planning experience much less stressful and much more enjoyable. Our extensive directory of the top wedding professionals in the BC Lower Mainland are featured in display and directory listing advertisements throughout our planner by category for quick and easy reference. Our participating wedding professionals can provide you all the wedding products and professional services you need for your perfect wedding. 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 to make compromises along the way just like in your marriage together. It is important that both of you get on the same page, moving in the same direction toward the same goal - a lasting and loving life together. Stay focused - don’t get hang up on the little things, take one step at a time - one decision at a time. Before You Start Planning It is very important that you take the time before you start the planning process to openly and honestly discuss your thoughts and feelings on important issues about your wedding and your life together. • Discuss your thoughts and expectations of marriage and your new life together? • How will you handle intimate conversations regarding love, sex, and family planning? • Do we have the blessings of both families? • Do we share the same religious faith? If not, how will we handle this? • Who do you think should handle our family finances? Why? • Will we both work outside the home? If so, how will we share the household chores? • How do you suggest that we handle disagreements? Are you willing to compromise and keep on smiling? • What do you suggest as an overall budget for this wedding? • Who are you choosing for the wedding party? Do you have any objections to any of these attendants? • What shall we wear? Should we buy or rent? • List your thoughts on the ceremony – who will perform? traditional or religious; inside or out; other ideas? possible music? set date, time & location. • List your thoughts on the reception – who to invite? type of entertainment, food & drink? • Where will we spend our honeymoon and for how long? What should we budget for this? Get Organized Now that you have spent some quality time discussing your personal feelings and how to plan for wedding, get organized and get the ball rolling. Promise yourself you won’t let little details frustrate you and over shadow your happiness. Use the timeline suggested here as a guide in helping you organize for all of your wedding events. Each will be discussed step by step with suggestions and alternatives. Make sure to secure all of your choices, reservations and orders with a signed contract and a deposit. If you do not have twelve months to plan your wedding, do not panic, just do the best you can with the time you have. 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. If the parents have not met your spouse a get together is recommended. During your research make sure you check out the hundreds of wedding professionals in our Wedding Connections Wedding Planner & Directory in print and on our website at www.weddingconnections.ca.

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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

Budget

Actual Cost

Product or Service

Wedding Planner/Consultant

Reception Center Pieces

Attire

Delivery Fees

Bride’s Dress

Other

Headpiece/Veil

Estimated Cost

Shoes

Gifts

Lingerie

Maid of Honor

Jewellery & Accessories

Bridesmaids

Hair/Makeup

Groomsmen

Groom’s Tuxedo or Suit

Bride’s Parents

Shoes

Groom’s Parents

Accessories

Child Attendants

Bride & Groom’s Rings

Estimated Cost

Estimated Cost

Music

Ceremony & Reception

Ceremony Music

Ceremony Location Fee

Reception Music

Officiant Fee

Cocktail Hour

Marriage License

Dance Lessons

Reception Rental

Entertainment

Food

Estimated Cost

Candy Bar

Photography,

Bar

Photobooth

Rentals

& Videography

Transportation

Photographer Fee

Wedding Insurance

Engagement Photos

Estimated Cost

Wedding Album

Details

Parents’ Albums

Guestroom Gifts

Additional Prints

Ring Pillow

Videographer Fee

Guest Book

Photobooth Rental

Favors

Estimated Cost

Other

Stationery

Flower Preservation

Save-The-Date Cards

Estimated Cost

Invitations & Envelopes

Flowers

Reply Cards & Envelopes

Ceremony Decorations

Seating & Menu Cards

Bride’s Bouquet

Thank-You Cards

Attendant’s Bouquets

Postage

Flower Girl Accessories

Calligraphy

Corsages

Announcements

Boutonnieres

Estimated Cost

Reception Decorations

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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.

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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 up-to-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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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, cut or new style done early. Make pre-wedding beauty appointments for you and your attendants for manicure, massage, spa day, etc. Make plans and reservations for a rehearsal party Address and mail all local invitations. Begin RSVP 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

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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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 out-of-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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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.

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Leave for honeymoon Send your dress for cleaning and preservation. Send flowers and/or cake for preservation. Write and mail thank you cards out. Change name/or not.

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Officiant

An old fashioned, magical venue for the most memorable wedding ceremony.

ENGAGEMENT RING, WEDDING RINGS & ACCESSORIES You should shop for your engagement and wedding rings early in the planning process. If you want custom-made rings, plan this early in your schedule. Remember your rings are a symbol of the commitment you are making to each other and will be worn with pride, and will be cherished for the rest of your life. You and your finance should take the time to do extensive research on various rings available before you make your final choice. Your headpiece is also an important jewellery accessory. Your earrings, pearls or a simple necklace are often enough to accent your dress and headpiece on your wedding day.

This charming vintage setting nestled in Langley’s Milner district, has meticulously preserved the original decor that once saw young couples married at the turn of the century. The elegant chapel offers a beautiful backdrop for an intimate wedding gathering.

6716-216 Street Langley, BC 604.534.0006 – www.milnerchapel.com

Some Questions to Ask • Are you a certified gemologist? • Do you specialize in any certain designers, stones, engravings or settings? • May we see your selection of wedding bands? • What are your service contracts and what do they cover? • What are your terms of payment? • What is your policy on: Returns? Exchanges? Cancellations? CHOOSING YOUR WEDDING PARTY Choose Your Attendants - get a firm commitment to each event. Close friends and family who serve in your wedding party contribute greatly to your wedding day. Each of them plays a part in the success of your wedding and deserve special attention. Make sure that when you talk to each member they understand the responsibility of their position and can attend all scheduled events. Maid of Honor - lend moral support; help in the planning; shopping; addressing invitations; recording and displaying gifts; supervise bridesmaids: pays for her dress; helps bride get ready for each event: holds groom’s ring and bride’s bouquet; signs as witness to ceremony; and sits left of the groom at the head table Best Man - lend moral support; over sees ushers; pays for his own tuxedo; assures that the Officiant is paid; holds bride’s ring for groom; sits to the right of the bride at the head table; offers first toast to the couple; helps prepare honeymoon transportation; returns rented tuxedos and equipment after the wedding Bridesmaids - assist the bride anyway they can and attend all the wedding events Ushers/Groomsmen - seat guests for the wedding ceremony - brides guests to the left and grooms guests to the right; decorates the car; and pays for his own tuxedo Flower Girl - leads processional with basket of loose flower petals to drop in bride’s path Ring Bearer - carriers a white pillow with fake ring sewn on

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Wedding Planners GUEST LIST Prepare your tentative guest list and determine the size of your wedding events. Determine the maximum number of guest to be invited. Prepare a detailed list of family, friends, co-workers, business associates, etc. We recommend you take advantage of the 30 day free trial for the “iDo” Wedding Planning software available at www.weddingconnections. ca. The planning software allows you to enter and track information for each of your guests - name; address; phone numbers; email address; invitation sent; number of guest attending; accommodations; thank-you card sent; special dietary needs; and are they attending any pre-wedding events. WEDDING CONSULTANT/PLANNER Finding the right wedding planner can save you time, stress and money. Do your homework. Entrusting anyone with helping you stage the most important day in your life is a huge deal. Some Questions to Ask • May we see references and a portfolio of your work? • Have you done weddings like ours before? • Discuss their familiarity of your culture, customs and traditions of your wedding? • What is the largest wedding you have worked on? After making your choice of wedding consultants get a written contract and secure it with a deposit.

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Wedding Planners CEREMONY VENUES Carefully select your ideal ceremony location. Then choose a firm wedding date and begin planning your ceremony. You should consider the mood and style of your wedding; any specific cultural or religious restrictions; your individual preferences; and family heritage before you make your choice for the location. You can choice to have your ceremony indoors in a church, synagogue, temple, chapel, or hall; or outdoors in a park, garden, backyard or beach location. Some Questions to Ask • Is this facility open to non-members (i.e., Church, Synagogue or Temple)? • Do you have any restrictions on the day of the week or times? • Are there any restrictions for lighting, cameras and audio/video equipment? • How far in advance should we reserve this site? • Is there a dress code that we must follow? • Do you have an organist available? Will we be permitted to use outside musicians? • Are we permitted to decorate the site? OFFICIANTS & CLERGY Finding the right person to marry you is an important decision – they will have a huge influence on the tone of the ceremony. Make sure that you find someone who is willing to perform the kind of ceremony you are envisioning, or who has a style and belief system similar to your own. And of course, if you want to make it legal, you’ll need to make sure that they are legally able to marry you in British Columbia. The first most basic thing you must do is decide if you want a religious or secular ceremony. This highly personal decision will have great impact on who will marry you. Some Questions to Ask • How much are we allowed to customize the ceremony? • Can we write our own vows? • Will you marry us even if we are not current members of your church, synagogue, parish, temple and house of worship? • How do we become members? • If we are of different faiths, or one of us is not religious, is that a problem? • One of us is divorced, does your religion allow you to marry us?

WeddingBlingz offers: 1 Wedding Consultation and Coordination Packages 1 Swarovski element Jewelry and Rhinestone Costume Jewelry 1 Sexy and unique Wedding Lingerie 1 Dazzling Decorations that add the extra “Blingz” 1 Source first class Photographers, Videographers, Musicians, DJ’s, Decorators, Bakeries, Florists, Limo Service, and much more! Follow us on Facebook to get the latest news on ‘what’s in’ for Weddings and get insider tips for your special day! www.facebook.com/WeddingBlingz

To contact a WeddingBlingz Consultant, Call Elaine at 604.787.0780 or visit www.weddingblingz.com to arrange your personalized consultation.

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Wedding Venues

Sea Breeze Lodge

HORNBY ISLAND, BC

The Catering Services at Sea Breeze Lodge are truly outstanding! • • • • •

Customized receptions for up to 150 guests Specially designed menus Waterfront honeymoon cabin On-site waterfront accommodations available Personalized attention to all event details

Sea Breeze Lodge on renowned Hornby Island is the perfect location for your special day. With this unique and secluded waterfront setting, Sea Breeze offers a relaxed and intimate destination wedding. For more information or to book, please call:

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The Edgewater is one of British Columbia and Whistler’s most spectacular wedding locations. The views from the lodge, the garden areas, and the dining room are unparalleled in Whistler.

We are happy to customize any accommodation, dinner

and/or activity package to suit your needs. Feel free to visit our website, or give us a call to set up a meeting regarding your special day! Toll free: 1.888.870.9065 / Tel: 604.932.0688 Email: info@edgewater-lodge.com

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Intimate to Gala, Exquisite to Dazzling! Our Wedding Consultant will help you create one of the most important days of your life. Our facilities are designed to accommodate your every need. Contact Claire Viktora

604-465-5474 www.meadowgardens.com “Proudly Committed to Outstanding Experiences�

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Wedding Venues RECEPTION VENUES This will be one of the most elaborate and important parties you’ll ever host in your lifetime. It is also the ideal time to thank your family members, friends and guests for being there with you throughout the planning process and sharing every moment of your wedding day. Before making your final choice, ask yourself if this location complements all your wedding plans. Is it within your established budget? If not, do you want to compromise your budget to secure this location? Some Questions to Ask • Is this location easily reached from our ceremony? • Is there an outdoor reception area available? • Is this location handicapped accessible? Is parking available? • Will this location accommodate all of our guests comfortably? • Will this location look different in the month of our wedding? • What menus and prices are available? • May we see your references? May we see photographs of other receptions held here? • May we tour the area? Are there any specific restrictions? • How far in advance must reservations be made? When do you need the final guest count? • What areas and rooms will we use? How early can we set up? How late can we stay?

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The Tri-Cities most beautiful wedding location! Located adjacent to picturesque Rocky Point Park in beautiful Port Moody featuring breath taking views of Burrard Inlet and the North Shore mountains. Our pristine location combined with 1,500 sq. ft. of open space provides the perfect setting for your wedding, corporate event or party.

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. You and your guests can dine on the deck lounge with a 360 degree view of the city. IS WEDDING INSURANCE RIGHT FOR YOU? The decision to purchase Wedding Insurance is a highly personal one – a financial decision that is an additional cost for your wedding budget, but will protect you from unforeseen disasters and mishaps. As the average cost of weddings rises, now $25,000 in Canada,  wedding insurance becomes more of a necessity.

• First Class Gourmet Cuisine  • Stags/Stagettes: 3 Unforgettable Hours!  Call us for a personal showing. 604-779-9193

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• 1 hr. pre-boarding, dockside ceremony or guests • 4 hour cruise with music and dance • Choice of menu’s sitdown or buffet style • 1 hour dockside - gift unwrap or bouquet throwing

We Can Accommodate: • Rehearsal Dinner • Buffet Stations • Sit Down Dinner • Gift Opening Brunch • Out of Town Guests • Engagement Party • Bridal Shower • Ceremony on Board • Stag & Stagettes – 2 yachts same night

We customize to your needs & wishes

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Destination Weddings

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ou pause a moment to catch your breath. The butterflies have started.  You close your eyes and think of how you got here...

...You met. You fell in love. Next came the engagement. You told your parents, your friends. Excitement. The planning was so easy. The flight was smooth, the hotel perfect. The warm weather and the gentle breeze. Your guests’ anticipation. Your beating heart. The music starts. It’s time. Deep breath. Open your eyes. It’s your day.

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Destination Weddings, Honeymoons

As the world’s only Luxury Included® Resorts for two people in love, Sandals thoughtfully includes every conceivable luxury and adventure. Sun-kissed beaches and every imaginable sport, from scuba to golf.* True gourmet dining and the Caribbean’s most sumptuous suites, some even with butler service. It’s all included, at the resorts made for love…Sandals, voted World’s Best.

*Amenities vary by resort and conditions may apply. Unique Vacations, Inc., is the worldwide representative for Sandals Resorts.

PAM GOSAL from MARLIN TRAVEL has been recognized for outstanding achievement by Sandals Resorts at the Annual Travel Agency Recognition Awards (S.T.A.R.)

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Officiant licensed wedding officiants

CONNEKT CELEBRATIONS

1-800-805-3715

wedding ceremonies as unique as you

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DESTINATION WEDDINGS 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. Decide on the number of people you would like to invite. 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. Decide on a few locales you are interested in. With your budget in mind, start researching venues in those locales, making phone calls and meeting with on-site wedding planners.

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PHOTOGRAPHERS Capture those once-in-a-lifetime memories professionally and personally. Take the time to talk to all of our professional photographers listed in our directory. Make sure the one you choose will cover each aspect of the wedding, and will accept and respect your recommendations and requests. Decide on this service as early as possible in the planning phase to be sure you get the best professional available. Some Questions to Ask • May we see your references, portfolio and recent albums? • What type of service do you specialize in? (Candid, portraits, black and white, photojournalism, mixture) • Have you previously provided service in the location of our wedding and reception? • Are you familiar with the lighting and layout at these locations? • What does your package include? • Do you charge a total package price? hourly rate? per photograph? • Do you go into overtime? At what time?

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Catering CATERING Catering Services Once you have decided on a reception venue, it’s very possible that they will provide the food themselves. However, if they don’t then it’s up to you to choose your caterer.

Crave Catering will cater any event, any size, anywhere. Whether you are looking for full buffets, plated service, Chef initimate dining experience or appetizer parties we can do it all. Take the worry out of organizing your special event and give us a call.

We are committed to ensuring good service and quality food for all of our customers. Crave Catering is an extention of Jacksons Steak and Grill House which has been voted the Best Dining in Chilliwack for the last 5 years.

For more information about our services or to book an event call: 1.855.846.4343 Email: info@jacksonssteakandgrill.com Visit:

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Ask For Recommendations Begin with the reception venue itself. Undoubtedly they will have list of wedding caterers that they normally work with. Additionally, you should seek advice and recommendations from couples that have been married recently in the area. Once you have compiled a list of 10 or so choices, you can begin narrowing down your selections. Set Appointments & Test Tasting Call and set an appointment for an interview with the first four or five caterers on your list. When setting the appointment on the phone, be sure to ask if your wedding date is available. If it’s not, you can immediately cross the name of your list without wasting anyone’s time. You should ask for a test tasting during the interview. Most established caterers are more than happy to offer you a taste of their food. This will allow you to check both the presentation and the quality of some potential menu items. Some Questions to Ask • Can we see references and portfolio? • Can we see sample menus? • Will you be at the reception? Who will be assisting? How will your staff be dressed? • Are you licensed/insured for bar service? • Is it provided? Is there an opening fee? • How many bartenders do we need? What is your fee? What does it include? • What amount of liquor do you suggest for our guest count? Other beverages/amount? • Can unopened bottles be returned? • What bar supplies do you provide? • Can we order champagne from you? • Can you provide cash or open bar service? • What time will the bar close? • How many servers do we need for a seated reception? Buffet? • What is the estimated cost per person for each? What does it include? • How much floor space do you need for serving? For preparation? For bar service? • What are your taxes and gratuities? • Are there any additional fees? • When will we need to finalize our menu? • When do you need a final guest count? • Can you provide special dietary/ethnic foods? Arrangements • How much set-up time do you need? • Do you provide ice? Glassware? • Are you full-service? • Do you provide decorations or centerpieces? • Who will keep left-over foods and beverages? • What are your terms of payment?

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Bartending BARTENDING Why Hire a Professional Bartender 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.

ViP Bartending and Event Services professional, clean-cut staff will treat you and your guests like the very important people they are. Regardless of the size of your function, V.i.P. will ensure superior results from set-up to take down.

SERVICES INCLUDE: Bartenders • Event Planning • Servers Bussers • Coat Check • Catering Equipment Rentals D.J. • Musicians • Party Rentals Security • Valet Parking

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. BEER & WINE Many brides and grooms choose to make their own beer and wine for their wedding to save money. Give yourself some time, wine will improve and become better tasting in time. You should give yourself at least 8 weeks. Red or White – it’s a good idea to have at least 1 bottle of each for every 4 guests.

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A good tip to lower your beverage costs is to provide your guest with only beer and wine, soda and a signature drink and have your wedding reception in a Bring Your Own Bottle (BYOB) venue for your reception. CANDY BAR / BUFFET 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. Candy distributors and suppliers recommend orders be placed 4-6 months prior to the event as some of your chosen sweets may have to be special ordered.

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• Custom gift bags for parties, showers, as wedding favors and any other occasions

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Catering, Cakes, Cupcakes WEDDING CAKE, CUPCAKES & COOKIES No matter how big or small, how stylish, or how expensive your wedding is - it will not be complete without a beautiful wedding cake, a cupcake tower or cookies! Choosing your baker is an important task; you’ll have to do a lot of homework here including a lot of taste testing. Find all the books and pictures you can on this subject, because you won’t believe what can be done with wedding cakes and cupcakes. They are literally works of art; so make sure the baker you choose is a true pastry chef. Some Questions to Ask • May we see your references and portfolio? Do you offer tasting or samples? • Will you be available for our reception? Who will be assisting you? • Can you custom create a Groom’s cake from a photograph? • Can you match the colours to a swatch of fabric or flowers? • Will you make extra sheet cakes, if necessary? Can you create small cakes for wedding favors? At what cost? • Do you specialize in certain styles or flavors? Can you provide cakes for certain dietary restrictions? • Will you provide flowers for the cake? Will you place flowers from the florist on the cake? • Do you provide the cake topper and knife? Servers for cutting or instructions for us to cut?

If you can imagine it, we can work together to achieve your vision. We aim to be the icing on your cupcake!

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Cakes, Cupcakes, Cookies Our highly trained staff creates each cake from scratch with only the finest of ingredients. Ask one of our sales associates to view our selection of wedding cake designs. We bake for people who like great tasting and wholesome food. Eat Right – Live Well! We will always endeavor to make your Cake just the way you desire.

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Wedding and Bridal Fashion BRIDAL FASHION You have been dreaming about walking down that aisle since you were a little girl, and now its time to pick out a dress. Choosing your wedding dress can be a lengthy process and you should begin thinking of styles long before you visit a bridal salon. Selecting Your Style - consider your overall budget for the wedding and how much has been set aside for your dress and accessories. Look through bridal magazines and go to bridal shows to determine the styles and designers you prefer. Trying on Dresses - schedule some appointments during the week when the bridal store will be less busy. It’s best to spread your appointments over a series of days. Bring one or two people with you, not the entire bridal party. Try on a variety of styles to see what you like, even if you have a set idea; you may be surprised at what flatters you. Wedding dresses often run small - what matters is the fit not the actual size. Ordering Your Dress - once you find the perfect dress, the store’s seamstress will measure your bust, waist, hips and height to determine which size to order. Make sure you order the dress at least eight months before the wedding, because some dresses take four to six months to make. Bridal Party Fashion - carry your wedding style through to your bridal party fashion. As a friend it is your responsibility to choose a dress style that looks good on them and fits their budget. You should consider the body type of each bridesmaid; choose classic styled dresses; choose dress sets and coordinates; and allows buy good sturdy fabric. Some Questions to Ask

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Can I see your catalog or portfolio? Do you specialize in any type of bridal attire? Which designer lines do you carry? Do you have the dress that I want on hand, or must I order it?

• Do you also have dresses and attire for mothers and attendants?

• Do you offer accessories and shoes? Can you dye the shoes?

• Can you give me details on the materials of my dress?

• Can you guarantee a delivery date for my dress? • Do the members of my bridal party need to be here in person?

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Pre-Owned Wedding Dress Collection

We carry a large selection of bridal & evening dresses, as well as jewellery, hair accessories, evening bags and bridal shoes.

Incredible Savings on Beautiful Pre-Owned Wedding Dresses At Lauren’s Bridal we have been providing more choices for the Bride on a budget since 2009. With dress sizes from 2-24, we offer a smaller scale, more personal environment for you to relax in and simply enjoy viewing our collection.

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Wedding and Bridal Fashion, Tuxedos MEN’S FORMAL WEAR Groom, Groomsmen & Attendants This task is exclusively for the groom. Whether you purchase or rent your tuxedos or suit make sure it complements your bridal and bridesmaid fashion. Traditionally the best man, groomsmen and attendants pay for their own formal wear. Their formal wear does not have to be uniform but should compliment the bridal party dress style and color. We suggest that you rent or purchase the groomsmen and attendants formal wear as a group from the same store so that your styles and look are the same for everyone. Most formal wear rental stores offer package deals for the entire bridal party, saving everyone money.

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Wedding gowns Bridesmaids Dresses Prom/Grad Dresses Mother of the Bride wedding attire In-house alterations Gala and Evening Gowns

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Shoes, purses, jewellery, tiaras, veils, garters, guest books, pillows and other reception accessories

Some Questions to Ask • Do you specialize in any type of men’s formal wear? • Do you have the attire that I want or does it have to be ordered? • Do you offer accessories and shoes? Are they included in the price? • Can you give me details on the materials and manufacturer of my attire? • How far in advance must I reserve my attire? • Do the members of my groom’s party need to be here in person? • When can you offer alterations or fittings for them? • Can you make last-minute alterations?

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Wedding and Bridal Fashion BRIDAL FASHION cont’d Alterations - rarely can you find a wedding dress that fits you perfectly. Most brides require alterations to their dress before they walk down the aisle. Be prepared to add a bit more onto your wedding dress costs than the price tag states. Veil - the ultimate accessory in the transformation from engaged girl to blushing bride. Wearing a veil today is more of a style statement so the ideal veil depends largely on the style of your wedding dress and the overall look you want to create. Wedding Shoes - brides today are looking for the perfect pair of wedding shoes for their wedding day look and here are some tips to consider in picking the perfect pair of shoes: choose a comfortable bridal shoe; choose the right shoe fabric and make sure the shoes compliment your wedding dress. Wedding Hairpins - you may want to accessorize your hair style with custom crystal and pearl colors. The important thing to remember is to coordinate your hairpins with your bridal accessories and jewellery. We recommend waiting to choose your wedding hair accessories such as your hairpins until after you have decided on your bridal jewellery. Jewellery - although all eyes will be glued to the beauty and symbolism of your wedding ring, other jewellery will complete your bridal look. Depending on your preferences, the cut of your dress and the style of your hair, you may opt for a necklace, bracelet or earrings to complete your wedding day look.

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Body Sculpting, Weight Loss BEAUTY & HEALTH Beauty and health are crucial factors when preparing for your wedding. The recipe for looking amazing on your wedding day: a beaming smile, silky hair, glowing skin and some serious bridal pampering. Fortunately, the one thing you can control on your wedding day is your bridal look. Get Started Now! 8 MONTHS This is the time to start skin rejuvenation, permanent hair reduction, body contouring and weight loss. Weight Loss Program - wanting to lose some weight before your wedding is totally normal. 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. There are three important things to do to meet your weight loss goals: Set an Achievable Goal  - it is important that you are healthy and alert on your wedding day. Starving yourself for several weeks or days leading up to the big day isn’t a good idea. So, you need to start early. Change Your Eating - changing your eating is one of the most important parts of losing weight before your wedding. The favoured way to count calories is to join a weight loss program. A program will help you restrict your calories in a way that is healthy and won’t put you into starvation mode. Increase Your Exercising - a great way to burn calories is to increase your exercise. You’ll be most successful at this if you come up with a routine that you can repeat weekly. Some ideas include: running, going to the gym, joining a boot-camp class, yoga, aerobics. 6 MONTHS Get great skin - now’s the time to address any skin problems - start your skin rejuvenation and skin tightening programs. 3-6 MONTHS Hire your hair & makeup pros - if you love your stylist and are getting married locally, make sure he or she is available on your date: otherwise, start auditioning stylists for the big day. Book your makeup appointment and consultation. Get a facial to ensure positively glowing skin on your wedding day - start a regimen of monthly facials.

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Beauty, Hair & Makeup, Spa, Massage, Nails 1 MONTH Acne Laser Treatment - get rid of your acne with the Laser and start to glow Please make reservations for your facial and body glow, arrange for your bridesmaids for their pedicures and manicures and come in all together and shake off your stress. Send in the groom to turn his body into smooth velvet, remove callus and trim the nails. Trial Run – schedule your consultation with your hair stylist and makeup artist about one month prior. You should have your veil and any hair pieces at this time. Get Your Nails Done – schedule a nail appointment at least a month in advance to make sure your nails look just right for your wedding day. Skin Tanning – experiment with spray tans, tanning beds, etc. Give yourself enough time to ensure the look is natural and to your liking. 1-2 WEEKS Cut and Colour – the best time to schedule your final cut and color is one to two weeks out to ensure enough time to fix any last minute color mishaps. Avoid doing anything too drastic. DAY BEFORE Put on the Polish – Get your final manicure and pedicure the day before so the nails can thoroughly dry. Get a bottle of your polish from the manicurist for last-minute touch-ups or you may choose artificial nails especially for the close up photos of your wedding rings. Go light on sodium and curb the alcohol – have fun, don’t go crazy at your rehearsal dinner. Too much salt and alcohol leads to eye puffiness. DAY OF Eat a healthy breakfast and drink plenty of water. Give yourself time. Brides typically begin their hair about three hours in advance, followed by makeup. Relax and smile. You know you will look FABULOUS!

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Hair & Makeup, Hair Weaving HAIR EXTENTIONS 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, Bring in a picture of how you would like your hair to look on your wedding day and we can re-create this for you with professionally applied hair extensions. Micro Links Hair Extensions are the latest trend in long lasting hair enhancements and it’s becoming an increasingly popular in the bridal fashion world. This method does not require heat, glue, sewing, braiding or chemicals, which means no damage to your own hair.

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Relax and have the Spa come to you! A spa party for your bridal party and on-location hair & makeup for your big day!

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CHOOSING YOUR HAIR AND MAKEUP ARTIST You understand how important beauty and makeup is on your wedding day and you want to be confident you will look fabulous in person as well as in pictures so you need to find a high-quality makeup artist. Decide if you wish to have your bridal makeup done in your home/venue or if you want to go to a salon on your wedding day. If you like the convenience of having someone come to you directly on your wedding day then seek out makeup artists that are freelance and mobile. Decide if you want both your wedding day makeup and hair arranged at the same location. Many bridal makeup artists also provide hair styling and can accommodate this type of request. CONSIDERING A SPA You really want to be relaxed, stress-free and feeling your best for your wedding day. A spa offers you a quiet tranquil place to be pampered before your big moment. WHITEN YOUR TEETH FOR A BRIDAL SMILE ON YOUR WEDDING DAY Nothing is more stunning than a beautiful bride in a beautiful dress with a beautiful smile. If you are getting married, what better way to prepare for your big day than having your teeth whitened? Remember‌those photos will last forever. Having your teeth whitened is relatively inexpensive and can produce amazing results.

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Transportation TRANSPORTATION Transportation for the bride and groom, wedding party and the families is an important aspect of your wedding day. You will need to ensure these people all have transportation to and from the getting dressed location to the ceremony, from the ceremony to the reception, and the reception back to the hotel/home/car. Arranging transportation can be as easy as asking the groomsmen, ushers or helpful friends who are familiar with the location to arrange carpool/ caravan with the others in the wedding party. Most couples choose to rent a limousine or have someone chauffeur them. There are so many different styles of wedding transportation available to choose from. Limousines - are the most used form of wedding transportation today. Limos are luxurious and a real treat to ride in on the way to your wedding ceremony and reception because you can enjoy a glass of champagne and listen to your favorite music. Classic/Vintage Cars – a popular form of wedding transportation Horse Drawn Carriages - a traditional and romantic form of wedding transportation Vintage Style Trolleys - are a perfect form of transportation for your weddings

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Decorations, Rentals, Washroom Rentals Hall Decorating Invitations Accessories

Party Supplies • Cakes Fresh Flowers Rentals

Specializing in sales and rentals of traditional & contemporary wedding supplies, wedding and party decor.

#108 - 12877 76th Ave., Surrey BC (next to Gateway Pizza) • 604.594.4103 or 778.883.8797 • www.deltaweddingcentre.com TENT AND CANOPY RENTALS You have decided to have your wedding recdeption outside and you need a tent. You can rent canopies either from tent rental companies who specialize in tents or through select party supply companies. Wedding tents are available in different designs, shapes and sizes from elegant to simple. What you have to do is select a canopy depending on your theme. Your rental provider will give you some suggestions. Select canopies that are roomy enough. Ensure that all your necessary items fit well within the canopy, such as tables, bar, chairs, dance floor, gifts, etc. If possible, choose a tent colour that will compliment your wedding theme. DECORATIONS Enhance your wedding showers and reception with colorful decorating supplies – from tissue bells to streamers to ribbons to banners, to create an atmosphere that carries through your theme and colors. Don’t forget the impact of different color combinations. Take your decorations in one color and combine complimentary colors to create a unique custom look. Nothing says festivity more than balloons. Fill them with helium for centerpieces; tie a helium filled bouquet of balloons at the end of each pew; or arrange them in classic arches to add the perfect festive touch to your wedding décor.

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Decorations, Rentals, Flowers, Floral Preservation PARTY RENTALS When you choose to hold your reception at an offpremise venue chances are you will be responsible for renting everything. Work with representatives of a professional rental company. These professionals will be able to provide you with guidance as to which rentals you will need for that venue and the quantity you will need for your guest count. There are many companies that offer the basic equipment and specialty equipment such as custom designed china; flatware; glassware; cake stands; chocolate fountains; arches; gazebos; gates; aisle décor; tables; table skirts, chair covers and table linens. If you are planning an outdoor ceremony/ reception you should consider renting portable washrooms for your wedding guests. WASHROOM RENTALS One of the first steps in planning an outdoor wedding is to find washroom rentals for weddings of all sizes, catering to the needs of simple backyard wedding to exclusive black tie events. If you are in planning for an outdoor wedding and require  luxury portable restrooms, we suggest making your reservation well ahead of time to ensure availability. FLOWERS When looking at flower arrangements for your wedding day make sure you consider the style and décor of your wedding; the season of the year; your budget and your favourite flowers. You should select your wedding dress, the bridesmaid’s dresses and your colors, decide on a theme for your wedding before visiting your florist. It is also helpful to have fabric swatches and textures of your selected dresses and the groom, groomsmen and attendants formal wear. The florist should be able to suggest floral combinations and artistic treatments to create beautiful floral complements. Ask your florist for an itemized quote in writing and supply your florist with the names, addresses and times for delivery of your bouquet, boutonnieres, corsages and floral arrangements. Other floral arrangements that you may need include displays for the alter, centerpieces for reception tables, corsages for those who assist with various reception duties and floral “tokens” for special guests. Ask your florist for guidance. His or her artistry knowledge of wedding protocol and ability to listen to your needs will ensure that you’ll get good value for your money and have the perfect floral accents to enhance your wedding day. To preserve your flowers as a keepsake and not just a faded memory, consider floral preservation.

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FLOWER PRESERVATION Floral preservation offers brides the ability to keep their actual wedding bouquet! As each and every floral keepsake is a custom piece of artwork for the bride, brides can make their  keepsake their own by incorporating their invitation, wedding photo ... even wedding favors, tiaras and butterflies from sentimental releases. FAVORS & GIFTS Wedding favors are a traditional small gift given as a gesture of appreciation by you to your guests at your reception. Favors are really limited by your imagination but usually complement the theme or season of your wedding. Classic favors range from the classic sugared almonds or individual chocolates, to candles and scented soaps. Modern gift ideas include CDs with your favorite music, shot glasses filled with colored candy silver picture frames with a photo of you and your partner. Your gifts can be personalized with your names, the place and date of your wedding. The importance of and demand for wedding favors in North America has created a new business category in the wedding industry where hundreds of retail and online businesses sell wedding favors today. ACCOMMODATIONS It is thoughtful to arrange accommodations at local hotels for your out-of-town guests. Call a few hotels in different price ranges in the area and set up room blocks for your guests. Hotels often offer a discounted rate for wedding groups. The special rates will be available for a specified period of time – the deadline is usually one to two months prior to the wedding date, inform guests of any offers through email or on your wedding website. While you are researching accommodations for your guests, take a moment to think about where you will stay the night before the wedding. Where you and the wedding party will get ready on your wedding day and where you spend your first night as a married couple. Group rates available! You book the group, your guests book their rooms. There’s no obligation to you, your guests SAVE money! Call for more details on Romance Packages, Additional Rooms, Special Transportation and Themed Suites.

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Accommodations CEREMONY & RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT Your entertainment is an important part of your reception and should be versatile enough to please both of you, your parents, and your guests. Music will set the mood of your rehearsal dinner; enhance the beauty and magic of your ceremony; and add vibrancy to your reception. Choose your entertainment service with as much care as you did your food and flowers …for each is a treat in its own way. You can choose DJ services, live musicians, and other forms of entertainments such as magicians and belly dancing to entertainment your guests. Some Questions to Ask

Special Wedding Accommodation Rate

Complimentary High Speed Internet Access Fridge & Microwave

• We would like to see references and a

Indoor Pool and Hot Tub

demo tape?

• Are you currently performing locally?

May we attend one of your performances?

• Will you perform the songs we want? Can you

obtain sheet music for those songs on my list?

• What musical equipment will you be using at our wedding?

• Will the musicians at our wedding be the same ones at the performance we visited?

• How far in advance must we reserve

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• Will you be taking breaks? How often and how long?

• How many sets do you play? How long is each set?

• Can you handle these special requests for:

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• Do you charge a total rate or charge by the hour?

• When do you start overtime rates?

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Bachelorette Parties, Entertainment, Dance Lessons

Host Parties for: • Stagette • Girls Night Out • Birthday • Any reason at all! Signature Goddess Pole Party • Burlesque • Circus Aerials • Zumba • Groove

• Unlimited Music Library • Professionally Trained Staff • Personal Consultation • Top of the Line Equipment

Ask us how we can liven up your Engagement Party, Bridal Shower, Bachelor or Bachelorette Party or Dress Rehearsal as well!

DANCE LESSONS Your wedding is going to be an event of a lifetime. Nothing about your wedding day will be generic – it will be uniquely yours. Experience the joy of dancing a specially choreographed first dance that is customized just for you. The highlight of any wedding reception is the moment the bride and the groom dance for the first time as a married couple, which symbolizes the love between the two of you and the start of your new life together. But you’re also sharing this moment with your guests and all eyes will be on you. Even if you dance frequently, you’ll want to make your first dance special. Taking dance lessons will help you create wedding memories you’ll be proud of. GIRLS NIGHT OUT Bridal showers and bachelorette parties are usually held two months or so before your wedding, no closer than two weeks before the big day. Many showers are at homes or venues that host bridal showers and offer menus comprised of finger foods that can be enjoyed while guests walk around socializing. Some themed bridal showers include kitchen items, lingerie and adult boutique home parties.

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Host a Passion Party! Earn FREE products, exclusive

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Bridal Shows

Welcome Wagon is the sign of a good business neighbour.

We reach: • New Residents • New Grandparents • Mothers-to-be • New Mothers • Brides to be • New Executives • New businesses with civic and business information, gifts and invitations. Call us at

1-866-627-6074 to have your business represented or to receive a Welcome Wagon visit. Or you can register online for your visit or FREE invitation to a Bridal Showcase by visiting:

You can also check our website for updates for Spring shows.

Bridal Showcase Dates: Monday, September 24 Welcome Wagon Langley Langley Events Centre

Tuesday, September 25 Welcome Wagon Chilliwack Best Western Rainbow Country Inn

Wed., September 26

SPECIAL DISPLAYS FASHION SHOW DOOR PRIZES GIFT BAG

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Welcome Wagon Abbotsford Garden Park Towers

Monday, October 1 Welcome Wagon Maple Ridge/Coquitlam Westwood Plateau

Monday, October 29 Welcome Wagon Surrey Morgan Creek Golf Course

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Bridal Ideas and Maximizing Wedding Shows Bridal shows generate valuable ideas and offer the opportunity for hands-on evaluation of products and services. The following 10 tips to make the most of the bridal show experience. 1.

First of all, remember to relax and have fun!

2. Bring your own set of address labels. This will save you a lot of time signing up for giveaways. 3. Bring a friend. Having someone there with a notepad to help you organize information is valuable. This person can also help you to keep bags of information separate—one for those vendors you are interested in, and one for those you’ve not yet decided about.” 4. Maximize your time by focusing on your top priorities first, then work on other items on your list. 5. Be prepared to try on gowns in front of others in a dressing room.” 6. Talk to as many companies as possible and get as much information as you can. Normal traffic in any show runs to the right and goes up and down each aisle. If show management does not provide one, use a notepad to record aisle and booth numbers. If you see something interesting, you’ll want to know how to get back to that vendor without searching the whole show.” 7. Be prepared to make decisions and book with deposits with those companies you feel good about. Taking advantage of show-only specials can really save money.” 8. Attend shows with an eye toward numbers. It helps if the show has a good number of exhibitors to help you plan as much of the wedding as possible. Larger shows are also likely to offer more entertainment.” 9. Remember that it is incumbent upon the bride to check out a vendor’s reputation before doing business with them. A bridal show can help. The bride gets to talk with a company face to face and form her own first impressions. She can ask for references and inquire about vendor policies first hand.” 10. Wear comfortable shoes!”

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Bridal Shows

SHOW HOURS Friday, March 1st: 4pm - 10pm Saturday, March 2nd: 10am - 6pm Sunday, March 3rd: 11am - 5pm

Visit our website:

www.fraservalleyweddingsolutions.com Our businesses have been recommended by former brides and our wedding business family. We are all committed to giving you the very best in service, product and value. Your complete satisfaction is our primary goal.

The Fraser Valley Women’s Expo 2013 offers a fantastic day out with girlfriends, mothers and daughters - to relax, get pampered and have fun. Highlights of the event include great shopping at over 150 exhibits, free samples and exciting entertainment and much more!

Tickets $6.00 at the Door PRESENTED BY ROSS TRADE SHOWS

FOR EXHIBITOR INFORMATION CALL (604) 392-9536 Email: fraservalleywomensexpo@shaw.ca Website: WWW.FRASERVALLEYWOMENSEXPO.COM

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Register at

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GOLD Directory Listing Accommodations

Bartending

We guarantee the best rate in bartending, event planning and decor rentals in town. If you find someone lower, we will beat your lowest prices!

Dance Lessons

DJ Service

We offer 17 Professional DJ’s for: Weddings, Ceremonies, Pro-DJ, VideoDJ and Karaoke-DJ Services, with excellent  customer service, a huge 100,000 hit song library,  state of the art equipment and affordable prices!

Tel. 604.306.7540 | www.spindoctordj.net

Photographer

Wedding Favors

Specializing in Wedding and Family Photography, I am dedicated to providing my clients with the highest level of quality, creativity and professionalism. Please take some time and browse through my galleries of wedding photographs on my website.

Wedding Venue

Wedding Favors

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SILVERDirectory Listing Beauty

Beauty

Airbrush by Ericka

Ericka Stenstrom • 604.833.9960 Airbrush Makeup & Hair Design

www.airbrushbyericka.com Weddings • Grads Print • Runway

Beauty

Bridal Fashion

Bridal Show

Cakes

Catering

Consultant, Planner

Cakes that taste as good as they look! Contact Christine at

604-793-0100 Email: cakescutajar@hotmail.com

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Design, Decor, Planner

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SILVERDirectory Listing Entertainment bellydancer

Florist

Florist

WHEN SELECTING YOUR WEDDING FLORIST CONSIDER THIS...

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Award Winning Bridal Bouquets, Reception and Ceremony Floral Designs, Delivery and Setup.

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Jewellery

Meet & Greet Venue

Wedding Planner

Wedding Planner

Seamstress/Taylor

Seamstress/Taylor

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Index of Advertisers Accommodations Best Western Bakerview Inn ................................... 65 Crystal Lodge ............................................................19 Days Inn & Suites Langley . ......................................79 Edgewater Lodge and Restaurant ............................18 English Inn ...............................................................17 Harrison Beach Hotel ............................................... 17 Mountain Falls Retreat . ......................................2 & 3 Princess and the Pea B & B . .................................... 65 Ramada Langley/Surrey . ........................................ 64 Sea Breeze Lodge ......................................................16 Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort ............................. 17 The Coast Chilliwack Hotel ..................................... 22 The Coast Hotel & Convention Centre .....................21 The Coast Tsawwassen Inn ......................................79 Alterations, Seamstress & Tailor And Sew On ..............................................................81 Annette’s Tailor Shop ...............................................81 Bachelorette/Bachelor Parties & Bridal Showers Accent Cruises ......................................................... 23 Archipelago Cruises ..................................................81 Cascades Casino . ......................................................21 Eaglequest Coyote Creek ......................................... 20 Luxe Beauty Lounge ................................................ 48 Meadow Gardens Golf Course . ............................... 20 Mountain Falls Retreat . ......................................2 & 3 Nicklaus North Golf Course .....................................19 Passion Parties . ....................................................... 68 Soulful Indulgence . ..................................................51 The Fish House in Stanley Park .............................. 20 The Goddess Movement ...........................................67 University Golf . ........................................................21 Vancouver Yacht Charters ....................................... 22 Bartenders Absolute Bartending .................................................67 On the Rocks Bartending .........................................31 Vancouver Valley Professional Bartending & Event Planning ......................................................79 VIP Bartending & Event Planning Services ............ 32 Beauty & Health Hair, Make-Up, Spas, Medical Spas, Hair Extensions, Cosmetic Tattooing, Teeth Whitening Airbrush by Ericka . .................................................80 Façade West Salon Ltd. ............................................47 Felicia Bromba Professional Make-Up Artist ......... 80 HellCat Beauty Mobile Hair & Make-Up ............... 50 Luxe Beauty Lounge ................................................ 48 Mary Kay ..................................................................80 Saunte Medical & Laser Spa .................................... 49 Soulful Indulgence . ..................................................51 Thunderbird Dental Group ......................................51 Weavers Hair Extensions ........................................ 50 Wellness in Motion Products & Coaching . ............. 46 Willoughby Dental Centre ........................................51 Bridal Fashion & Accessories Anca’s Bridal ............................................................ 39 Champagne & Lace ...................................................37 Djamila Bridal Boutique .......................................... 39 Isabelle’s Bridal ........................................................37 Lauren’s Bridal ........................................................ 39 Mai Tai Wrap Dress ................................................. 38 Silk & White Satin . ..................................................80 The Wedding Shop .................................................. 40

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Cakes, Cupcakes & Cookies Bell’s Bake Shop . ..................................................... 34 Call Me Sugar Cakes & Confections ........................ 35 Christine’s Creative Cakes .......................................80 Dolce Sugar Cookies ................................................ 35 For Goodness Cake .................................................. 34 Luscious Creations Custom Cakes .......................... 35 Olde Town Bakery ................................................... 35 Thrifty Foods ........................................................... 34 Candy Bars Sips and Sweets Candy & Coffee Shop .................... 33 Caterers Coast & Country Caterers ........................................80 Crave Catering ......................................................... 30 EdgeCeptional Catering . ..........................................31 Klassic Catering ........................................................31 Maharaja Catering Ltd. ............................................31 Ceremony & Reception Venues Accent Cruises ......................................................... 23 Archipelago Cruises ..................................................81 Crystal Lodge ............................................................19 Clayburn Village .......................................................12 Crown Palace Banquet Hall . ....................................18 Eaglequest Coyote Creek ......................................... 20 Edgewater Lodge and Restaurant ............................18 English Inn ...............................................................17 Harrison Beach Hotel ............................................... 17 John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse ....................42 & 43 Meadow Gardens Golf Club . ................................... 20 Milner Chapel ...........................................................12 Mountain Falls Retreat . ......................................2 & 3 MSA Museum Trethewey House ............................. 20 Nicklaus North Golf Course .....................................19 Riverside Banquet Halls .............................................5 Scottish Cultural Centre ...........................................81 Sea Breeze Lodge ......................................................16 Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre ............................18 St. Thomas Church ...................................................81 Straiton Community Club ........................................81 Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort ............................. 17 The Coast Chilliwack Hotel ..................................... 22 The Coast Hotel & Convention Centre .....................21 The Coast Tsawwassen Inn ......................................79 The Columbia . ................................Inside Back Cover The Fish House in Stanley Park .............................. 20 The Old Mill Boathouse ........................................... 22 University Golf . ........................................................21 Vancouver Yacht Charters ....................................... 22 Clergy & Officiants Clayburn Village .......................................................12 Connekt Celebrations .............................................. 26 Milner Chapel ...........................................................12 St. Thomas Church....................................................81 Dance Lessons Arthur Murray Dance Studios ..................................67 Rahel Dance Belly Dancer ........................................81 Roca Blanca Dance ...................................................79 The Goddess Movement ...........................................67 Decorations & Rentals A Priceless Event Ltd. ...............................................14 Delta Wedding & Party Centre ................................ 62 Chic & Unique Event Design ....................................13 Gorgeous Moments Wedding & Celebration .......... 64

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Index of Advertisers Making Memories Bridal & Events ..........................79 Niche Event Stylists .................................................80 Sunrise Washroom Rentals ..................................... 62 Unique Boutique Wedding Flowers & Decor .......... 80 Wedding Blingz . .......................................................15 Destination Weddings Archipelago Cruises ..................................................81 AwayUGo.ca . ........................................................... 24 Blue Petal Destination Weddings . .......................... 24 Destination Vows . ................................................... 24 Edgewater Lodge and Restaurant ............................18 English Inn ...............................................................17 Harrison Beach Hotel ............................................... 17 Marlin Travel – Langley .............................................1 Marlin Travel – Surrey ............................................ 25 Nicklaus North Golf Course .....................................19 Princess and the Pea B & B . .................................... 65 Ramada Langley/Surrey . ........................................ 64 Sea Breeze Lodge ......................................................16 Sears Travel ...................................Inside Front Cover Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre ............................18 Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort ............................. 17 Favors Dolce Sugar Cookies ................................................ 35 Gorgeous Moments Wedding & Celebration .......... 64 Making Memories Bridal & Events ..........................79 Scent-Sations Inc. .....................................................79 Formal Wear/Tuxedo Rentals Western Tux . ........................................................... 40 Floral Preservation Amazing Keepsakes ................................................. 63 Flowers Awesome Blossoms ..................................................81 Dream Wedding Flowers ..........................................81 Floral Designs by Franco Deco . .............................. 63 Thrifty Foods ........................................................... 34 Unique Boutique Wedding Flowers & Decor ......... 80 Jewellery Lanka Jewels . ........................................................... 11 Silpada ......................................................................81 Music, DJ Services, Live Music & Entertainment Absolute Entertainment ...........................................67 BCDJ.ca . .................................................... Back Cover Phat Boyz Mobile DJ Music Services ...................... 80 Rahel Dance Belly Dancer ........................................81 Spin Doctor Pro DJ Services ....................................79 Syncrohearts Relationship Game ............................ 66 Photographers A Day To Remember Photography . ....................... 28 Bells & Babies .......................................................... 28 Jill Lobley Photography . ..........................................27 Ken Pugh Wedding Photography ............................ 28 Photography by Davina ............................................79 SaSha Photography . ................................................ 28 Terry Hughes Photography ......................................27 Rehearsal Dinners Archipelago Cruises ..................................................81 The Fish House in Stanley Park .............................. 20 Transportation Service Ace of Spaces Limousine ......................................... 56

Elite Limousine Service ........................................... 54 Rocking Horse Carriage .......................................... 56 Star Limousine . ........................................................57 Ultimate Limousine ..................................................55 Washroom Rentals Sunrise Washroom Rentals ..................................... 62 Wedding/Bridal/Swap Shows All Dressed in White Bridal Showcase .....................41 A Fashionable Wedding Show Affair .......................77 A Wedding Affair ......................................................75 Cinderella Bridal Show ............................................. 71 Divine Wedding Affair ..............................................72 DreamGroup Bridal Swap ........................................77 Fraser Valley Wedding Festival . ..............................77 Fraser Valley Wedding Solutions .............................76 Fraser Valley Wedding Swap . ..................................77 Fraser Valley Women’s Expo . ..................................76 Head Over Heels ...................................................... 78 It’s My Wedding . ......................................................75 Love Struck Truly Madly Deeply ..............................73 My Dream Wedding Show . ...................................... 71 Okanagan Bridal Expo . ............................................74 PolisheD ....................................................................72 The Perfect Wedding Show ......................................76 Wedding Show at Newlands . ...................................74 Welcome Wagon Bridal Showcase .......................... 70 White Album Bridal Event ....................................... 71 Wedding Consultants/Event Planners A Priceless Event Ltd. ...............................................14 Chic & Unique Event Design ....................................13 Fluid Events ..............................................................81 Making Memories Bridal & Events ..........................79 Mountain Falls Retreat . ......................................2 & 3 Niche Event Stylists .................................................80 Peace of Mind ...........................................................14 Rare Earth Wedding Productions ............................81 Sweet Beginnings Wedding Consulting & Event Planners .....................................................80 Vancouver Valley Professional Bartending & Event Planning ......................................................79 VIP Bartending & Event Planning Services ............ 32 Wedding Blingz . .......................................................15 Wedding Insurance Johnston Meier Insurance Agencies ..........................1 Wedding Resources All Dressed in White Bridal Showcase ............ 41 & 60 All Dressed in White Dress Giveaway ............. 44 & 61 All Dressed in White Ring Giveaway . ..................... 68 All Dressed in White Bachelor Package Giveaway . .................................................. 84 Free Tickets/VIP Bridal Club Card ......................... 84 Ultimate Wedding Package Giveaway . ................... 26 Veil TV . .................................................................... 78 Wedding Connections Bridal Club VIP Savings Card .............................................52 & 78 Wedding Connections.ca ......................................... 58 Weight Loss Saunte Medical & Laser Spa .................................... 49 The Goddess Movement ...........................................67 Wellness in Motion Products & Coaching . ............. 46

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