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THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO PLANNING & PERFECTING YOUR WEDDING DAY

LOVE IS IN THE AIR Three couples share their special day

GROOM'S CAKE Making a comeback!

Amazing UNIQUE CENTREPIECE IDEAS FOR 2013

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planning HAPPY

A handy little guide to help you plan your wedding day! 4

WHERE TO START

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10 things to do first

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GET INSPIRED

Choosing the right shoes

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Get those ideas on paper

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LITTLE THINGS WEDDING BUDGET

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SOUND OF MUSIC

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SAVOUR THE MOMENT

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OUTSIDE THE BOX WEDDING REGISTRY Choose a less traditional registry

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STYLE ME IN LACE Hot new lace dresses

CROWNING MOMENT REAL-LIFE WEDDING Dianna & Kirk share their day

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GROOM'S CAKE They're making a comeback!

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CENTREPIECES WITH PERSONALITY Add character to the tables

Don't be afraid to ask!

STYLE MY MAIDS Hot new bridesmaid dresses

REAL-LIFE WEDDING

Rocking a headpiece or veil!

Sit down, buffet or appetizer party?

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HAIRSTYLE GUIDELINES

Leanne & Eric share their day

Hiring a band, DJ or make a playlist?

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REAL-LIFE WEDDING

What to consider

How much should you spend?

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MIKAELA RUTH PHOTOGRAPHY

Stephanie & Marcus share their day

Make your day uniquely you

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HEAD OVER HEELS

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FLORAL SENSE Tips to keep your flowers on budget

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DESTINATION WEDDINGS Is it the right choice for you?

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IN YOUR OWN WORDS Steps to writing your vows

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SPECIAL TOUCHES Make your guests feel appreciated

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VENDOR SPOTLIGHT A little black book of local contacts

Your photographer will know

which florist's bouquets will make the most impact, and your reception coordinator should know which DJs keep the party going!

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start WHERE TO

MIKAELA RUTH PHOTOGRAPHY

1. START YOUR WEDDING PLANNING

6. SET A BUDGET

Save all your favourite photos to your inspiration board,

Keep tabs on your cash flow. You can find

keep track of your to-dos and more!

great budget-keeping resources online.

2. PLAN AN ENGAGEMENT PARTY Make your first pre-wedding party a huge hit! If you feel uncomfortable planning your own, ask a friend or family member.

3. PICK A DATE There are 365 options!

4. CHOOSE YOUR RECEPTION SITE

7. FIND A DRESS

And enjoy the experience!

8. MAKE A WEBSITE

A one-stop shop all about your wedding your guests will love you for it!

9. CONSIDER A CONSULTANT Planning isn’t easy. Think about hiring a pro.

Before the best ones get booked!

Even if it’s just for the day-of.

5. ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS

10. START A GUEST LIST

You won’t regret capturing the memories

There’s time to tweak, but go ahead

before your big day.

and add your A-listers.

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inspired TIME TO GET

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Use inspiration boards to find your wedding style or theme . . .

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When using the web as your inspiration starting point,

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you're running the risk of complete style overload. It’s nearly impossible to describe what photography style fits you, what

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A content sharing service that allows members to "pin" images, videos and other objects to their pinboard.

Upload your own photos, use images that you’ve collected from your binder, or browse the photo gallery from the inspiration

of green for your bridesmaid dresses.

board creator.

That is exactly where the inspiration board comes in handy.

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These digital collages will help you hone in on the look and style you want. It is one of the best ways to get your wedding colours and style ideas out of your head and to paper, allowing you to edit your many loves and come up with a day that

Keeping it super simple, theknot.com allows you to choose a template, add your images, then save and share your finished board.

reflects who you truly are.

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Get started on your own board or browse thousands of others

Use their “Build a Board” tool kit, browse their look books

by visiting one of the following websites:

and explore their galleries of brilliant colour palettes.

FORMAL WEAR

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THE

little THINGS

4 simple ways to make your wedding day uniquely you... What is it about things like favours,

flowers, cakes and place settings that are so awesome? You may not have an answer, but it might have something to

THREE LEAF WEDDINGS

CREATE A THEME Focus on your wants, desires, combined personalities and hobbies. Do you share a love for the outdoors? Use that as a starting point and let the ideas flow ...

THINK MULTI-FUNCTIONAL Fresh and inexpensive, lush floral centerpiece blooms double as favours when you provide guests with waterproof bags to take flowers home in. Using an idea like this is thoughtful ... and especially pleasing to those who love freebies!

do with wanting to be thoughtful.

SAY NO TO CAKE

Little details are a great way to

Bored of cake? Your choice of dessert is an opportunity to add another unique

personalize your wedding and make it

touch to the wedding. Try a pie buffet, family recipes, cake-pops, a varied dessert

truly unique. You may feel that you’ve

buffet, cupcakes or a chocolate fondue.

thought of everything. But by adding simple, special details, the day will flow

PLAY TO THE SEASON

more peacefully, your guests will feel

Gettin’ hitched in the summer? Use warm-weather favourites like fresh squeezed

more welcome and relaxed, and you’ll

lemonade, ice cream sandwiches, flip-flop wedding favours or homemade programs

know that you haven’t forgotten a thing.

that double as fans to give your guests a little nostalgia.

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budget WEDDING

There's no getting around the fact that weddings can be expensive. It's quite easy for individuals to go over budget on their wedding day if they do not carefully keep track of what has been spent on all the elements of the big day. Use this budget planner to keep all of the costs associated with the wedding in one easy-to-manage place.

LINDA MCCAGUE PHOTOGRAPHY

TOTAL BUDGET: _______________

EXPENSES CEREMONY Location fee, officiant fee, marriage licence, musicians' fee, ring pillows

RECEPTION Venue, food, drinks, rentals, cake, favours

ATTIRE Dress, headpiece/veil, jewelry, hair, makeup, tuxedo or suit, shoes & accessories

RINGS His and her rings, engraving

FLOWERS Ceremony, bridal party bouquets, corsages/boutonnieres, centerpieces

MUSIC Ceremony, band and/or DJ, sound system rental

PHOTOGRAPHY Photographer and videographer's fees, albums, additional prints

TRANSPORTATION Transportation for wedding party, guest shuttle or parking attendants

STATIONERY Invitations, response cards, thank you notes, postage, guest book

GIFTS Bridal party gifts, parents, welcome baskets for out-of-town guests

TOTAL BUDGET %

YOUR ESTIMATE

ACTUAL EXPENSE

ADDITIONAL NOTES

3% 48% 10% 3% 8% 8% 12% 2% 3% 3%

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With all the different music options available now, how do make the right choice for your wedding?

Here are a few pros and cons to help lead you in the right direction.

HIRING A BAND THE PROS

THE CONS

• They can switch the tempo when the party needs a pick-me-up

• Costs from $1,500-$15,000

• Often they can modify songs to suit your theme

• You may have trouble finding a band that can play such a wide range

HIRING A DJ THE PROS

THE CONS

• Large variety of music

• A bad DJ can kill the party

• DJs are generally cheaper than a band.

• Songs can’t be modified to suit your theme

MAKING A PLAYLIST

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THE PROS

THE CONS

• Save big money

• Song flow can be awkward

• It adds a personal touch -select songs that mean something to you

• You still need someone to man the iPod and sound system


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THE MOMENT

The menu helps set the mood and tone for your reception. There are advantages to each option, here are some tips to help point you in the right direction.

SIT DOWN MEAL ADVANTAGES:

BUFFET MEAL ADVANTAGES:

APPETIZER PARTY ADVANTAGES:

• Has a more formal and elegant feel

• Has a more casual and laid back feel

• Cost effective option

• Finicky guests are more

• Guests will feel comfortable

• Enables you to be more creative and flexible

likely to be impressed

• For traveling guests, it may be more appropriate to serve them a more formal meal • You don’t have to worry about running short on food

• Less expensive than sit down dinners

• There is a larger variety of food choices • Buffets encourage mingling

• You can provide a mix of food to suit various tastes and lifestyle choices • Great way to get your guests mingling • Try a dessert reception for a refreshing change!

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registry OUTSIDE THE BOX

Just like many aspects of weddings

have changed over the years, so too has gifting the bride and groom. In years

past, guests simply chose a gift from the couple’s registry and that was that. However, today’s couples often have little use for traditional registries, a by-

Here are some unique wedding registry ideas:

OUTDOOR STORES

HONEYMOON

toasters you need but there is always

Wedding guests can conveniently choose

and camping equipment.

from a host of activities listed by the

product of more and more couples living

newlyweds, including dinners, local

together before they get married.

tourist attractions and even airline or

“We’re in our thirties and both had

train tickets. In so doing, guests can

You may have all the linens, dishes and room for a new pair of skis, backpacks

RENOVATION OR DOWN-PAYMENT If you are thinking about purchasing

ensure newlyweds have the honeymoon

your first home or doing renovations

in together,” said newlyweds Mindee

of their dreams, all the while not

after the wedding, why not approach

and Graham, who chose to forgo a

worrying about finances or bills when

your local bank and set-up a special

traditional registry.

they return home.

account for your guests to contribute to?

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heels HEAD OVER

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While a bride’s gown, hairstyle and other

OPEN TOE: These sandal-like shoes are

can be adjusted depending upon the

accoutrements are the first things others

best worn in warm weather.

height of the heel. Purchasing shoes

see when she walks down the aisle, it’s what she wears on her feet that may make the most impact on her day.

That’s because a comfortable bride is often a happy bride. And as anyone

who has squeezed into too-tight shoes knows, one’s mood can certainly turn

SLINGBACK: These shoes provide a little bit of drama. Make sure they fit well

otherwise the heel strap may slide down and become a nuisance.

HEEL HEIGHT

Many brides want to be the belle of the

sour if feet are covered with blisters.

ball, and to them high heels seem to

While many brides are quick to pick the

be the way to achieve this. However,

most beautiful shoes for their wedding day, perhaps they should consider

choosing a lower heel or a flat may be a smart move where comfort is involved.

early also gives brides a chance to break them in. Wearing the shoes around the house and scuffing up the soles not only makes them more comfortable and less slip-worthy, it gives brides practice walking in them. Additionally if breaking in the shoes isn’t successful, a new pair of shoes can be purchased. Remember, feet tend to swell as the day goes on, so brides may want to choose a half-size larger shoe for comfort later on.

BAIT AND SWITCH

comfort over aesthetics.

A word of advice is to choose the lowest

DECIDE ON A STYLE

on a gown or unsteady traversing

ceremony and photos in one pair of less

Shoes come in many styles that can

down the aisle or up and down church

comfortable shoes and then switch into a

complement a wedding day look.

steps. Lower heels are also much more

pair of satin slippers or even sneakers for

comfortable for dancing.

the remainder of the celebration. When

CLOSED TOE: These create an unbroken

heel possible, which helps avoid snags

Some brides prefer to sweat out the

favours or flowers are dropped off at the

line from the gown to the floor.

BREAKING IN SHOES

PEEP TOE: This style is often considered

It is recommended to choose shoes prior

out shoes under the bride’s seat so that

sexy and sweet.

to a last fitting so that the gown length

she can change into them later on.

reception, a friend can tuck these switch-

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REAL LIFE WEDDINGS PHOTOGRAPHER:

Mikaela Ruth Photography

VISION/STYLE:

Vintage Romance

WEDDING LOCATION:

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FAVOURITE DETAIL:

HOMETOWN:

Abbotsford

INVITATIONS:

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hairstyle

THREE LEAF PHOTOGRAPHY

GUIDELINES

PROVIDED BY TRANSFORMATION HAIR DESIGN

DO I NEED A CONSULTATION? Absolutely! It is your wedding day, why would you want it to be anything less than perfect? Make sure you go well prepared. Take pictures, ideas, accessories, anything to help you and your stylist come up with the perfect style. Also, don’t be afraid to speak up, that's what trials are for!

VEIL OR NO VEIL?

WILL I BE LIMITED BY MY HAIR TYPE? Just because you have tight spiral curls or bone-straight hair

These days many brides lean towards no veil because they feel it

doesn’t mean you are committed to any specific look. With a

will become a hassle on the wedding day. Before you make your

professional hairstylist your ideal wedding hair is possible.

decision, ask yourself, when will you ever get the opportunity to wear one again? With all the different hair accessories out there,

DON'T FORGET THE GROOM!

why not get the best of both worlds? You could choose to wear

Keep in mind, it is his day too! Although he may not want to

a veil for the ceremony and for the reception replace it with a

spend as much time as you do on your hair, a fresh haircut and

flower, headband or fascinator.

eyebrow trim about a week before the big day is ideal.

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PHOTO LOCATION:

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HOMETOWN:

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FLOWERS:

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PERSONAL TOUCHES:

We had a friend (Jami-lee Stacey) make the cupcakes

FAVOURITE DETAIL:

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THREE LEAF PHOTOGRAPHY

YOUR

moment

While wedding dresses have veered towards classic elegance, headpieces are anything but. Instead, extreme lengths and exaggerated embellishments are making a comeback. If you've decided to rock a headpiece or veil, you may become overwhelmed by the endless possibilities. Below are a few tips to help point you in the right direction: • What is the style of your dress and how much of it do you want to show off? • What type of wedding are you having? This will help you decide which style will work best. • Consider your height — the last thing you need is to be overwhelmed with layers of tulle!

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PERSONAL TOUCH:

FLORIST:

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The bride's mother made strawberry and rasberry jam as the wedding favours

PHOTOGRAPHER:


cake

ASHLEY MARTENS PHOTOGRAPHY

THE GROOM'S

MAKES A COMEBACK!

This once-neglected cake is

making a huge comeback! A groom's cake is typically a

SPARK YOUR CREATIVITY!

gift from the bride and can

• Sports paraphernalia

serve many purposes. It can be

• Favourite car

dessert at the rehearsal dinner

• Fishing gear

or an alternative choice at the

• Ski slopes

wedding reception.

• Airplane

The current creative trend

• Favourite band gear

in groom's cakes is to have

• Blackjack table

the cake reflect the groom's

• Video game or console

interests and hobbies.

• Hiking boots

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Let your hobbies inspire you.

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Try piling up books or board

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FEATHERS

SWEETS

Incorporate a few feathers to

Display a different variety on

add personality.

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PHOTOS Try small clusters of framed

to add a punch of colour and fun to your reception.

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floral SENSE

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Go to your first meeting with a realistic

Finally, keep in mind that some flowers

budget for your flowers. And when the

may be out of season, making them

florist asks the inevitable question:

difficult to find and more costly options.

"Have you decided on your budget?"

You should not expect to receive your

Give an actual dollar amount, with a

quote that day, as the florist may need

little room for the unexpected. The

to get quotes from the wholesale level.

florist needs to know what they have to

They should e-mail you the information

work with.

within a few days, with a description of

For instance, if your favorite flowers are higher end — think calla lillies, peonies, roses, bird of paradise — and your budget is lower end, the florist will guide you to affordable alternatives, while perhaps including a small amount of your favourite flowers.

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a visual idea of what you will be getting.

• When is the final payment due?

Now it is your turn to ask your florist

• What is your cancellation policy?

questions. Be sure to ask about these important issues: 

enhance your gown, play an important

• Do you deliver to the venue, and what is the cost for that service? 

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WEDDINGS

Because travel is involved,

Destination weddings can

destination weddings are

actually be less expensive

often facilitated with the help

than traditional celebrations

of a travel agent or wedding

closer to home. That’s because

planner. They can help work

destination weddings generally

out the details of the wedding, primarily when you’re working with vendors that may be out of the country. Keep in mind that if you have your heart set on all of your friends and family being able to attend your wedding, destination weddings may not be the way to go.

have smaller guest lists, and many of the ‘extras’ that are tacked on to a traditional wedding are covered in the allinclusive price of a destination event. So you can cut down on the cost significantly, particularly if guests are paying for their own tickets. Destination weddings are for

Couples looking to add

individuals who want to put

excitement to their wedding

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IN YOUR OWN

words

Here are some guidelines for personalizing your ceremony with your own sentiments.

CEREMONY GUIDELINES

TIME FOR WRITING

Check with your officiant to see if

Amid the bustle of dress fittings and

personalized wedding vows are allowed.

interviews with caterers, it can be easy

DECIDE ON A TONE

to put off the important task of writing

Although the day is based on romance, feel free to tap into your personality. Humour can be used if it aligns with the

vows for another day. Schedule an appointment with yourself and be sure to give the task your undivided attention.

way you express your affections.

JOT DOWN YOUR FEELINGS

SHORT AND SWEET

Think from your heart and personal

Make sure your vows will be concise. Aim

experiences. What is the most important

for the entire speech to be approximately

thing you want to promise to your future

1 minute in length to keep everyone

partner? These notes can serve as the

engaged and the ceremony moving along.

starting points for your vows.

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Now Taking Bookings For Our 2013 & 2014

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It would be our pleasure to assist you with the planning of such a special day at our club. Combining breathtaking views and our enthusiastic team, The Falls Golf Club is an unparalleled choice for your wedding and reception. We offer everything you need to make your event special. Our professional staff is looking forward to working with you to create an event you and your guests will treasure for years.

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VALET PARKING:

TOILETRY BASKETS:

Consider hiring a valet

Purchasing items that can

company to do guest parking.

be grouped into a handy

Many want to add special

volume of the band or deejay

touches to the wedding that

drowns out conversations.

will show guests how much

Rather than disrupt the flow

they are appreciated and to

of conversation to make a trip

make their celebration stand

Being able to exit the car

to the food stations, choose

right in front of the venue

butler-passed hors d'oeuvres

and not worry about finding

to bring food right to the

a parking space will be

guests.

convenient for guests.

BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES:

ACCOMMODATIONS:

advantage of the opportunity

Notify the band or deejay of

nearby to remove the hassle

There are many extra

to engage in conversation.

any guests in attendance who

of driving home at a late hour.

touches you can take as a

This may be the last real

may be celebrating their own

Try to negotiate a discounted

couple to make guests feel

opportunity to chat amongst

special events on your wedding

rate for wedding guests at a

welcomed and important

one another before the

day or in close proximity.

nearby hotel.

at your wedding.

out. Here are some ways to do just that.

BUTLER-PASSED HORS D'OEUVRES: During the cocktail hour guests are mingling and taking



Offer guests a place to stay

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