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Wedding Guide 2013

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Ten tips to give your wedding direction and save stress

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Planning a wedding can be a strenuous and stressful task. Start with these 10 tips for a smoother special day.

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He has finally proposed? Then your top priority is to do a bit of bragging and tell everyone the good news! Once your initial excitement has calmed down a touch, though, you’ll have to take time to do some serious thinking. There are so many details to plan, a budget to draw up, and deadlines to be met: it seems so overwhelming. If you are finding it hard to get some traction and launch your wedding planning, here are ten tips to give you some direction and help you get moving. 1. Establish your budget per guest. In fact, this is the perfect time to draw up your guest list. 2. Order your invitations, being careful to include your names, the date, time, and place of the wedding and reception, as well as the date by which you need to receive replies. Being clear about this will help you save a lot of precious time and money. Be sure to include stamped, addressed envelopes if you can.

3. The reception hall is often one of the biggest expenses, so be sure to reserve one as quickly as possible. If you want to keep expenses down, think about holding the reception at a family home or in a garden. 4. Creating a good atmosphere is just as important as choosing a caterer, although you don’t want to skimp on food either. To cut costs, consider serving fewer courses, with a focus on excellent quality instead of quantity. 5. Make up or order wedding favours for your guests. These are put with their place setting or offered at the end of the reception. Let your imagination run wild: you could offer small homemade soaps, candles, local produce in mini format, bath pearls, or small boxes of candies. It can also be fun to have a “retro” favour, such as a pack of matches with the bride and groom’s names embossed on the matchbook cover. 6. Give yourself enough time to find a wedding gown that really suits your person- 250.344.7281

of the bride and groom — unless they really want to be involved that way. Instead, let them enjoy being with the guests. • If you intend to create a gift list, be sure to put it on the Internet so that it will be easily accessible to everyone. • If small children will be at the reception, plan to have a space available where they can play and a quiet room where they can sleep. • Take photographs of your hair and makeup test runs so you can choose the perfect combination when you’re well rested. Prepare a make-up kit for any touch-up jobs on your big day. • Leave a guest book at the entrance of the reception hall. It’s a great souvenir to keep, along with your photo album. • Leave a disposable camera on every table so that guests can record magical moments during the reception.

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ality. It is also possible to rent a dress for the occasion, much as your beloved can buy or rent his tuxedo. 7. Book your hair, make-up, esthetician, and manicure appointments several weeks before the wedding. If possible, plan a test run. 8. Put all your heart into writing down the vows that you would like to make during the marriage ceremony. If you plan to make a speech at the reception, be sure to get that down in writing as well. 9. Plan the reception down to the last detail: create the atmosphere you like with suitable music, entertainment, and a décor that matches your personality. (Don’t forget to decorate the bathrooms, a place everyone will see at some point!) 10. Organize your honeymoon so that you can celebrate your new life together. And while we’re talking weddings, here are a few other tips to keep in mind: • Avoid giving important jobs to the parents

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Spend the time to meet with the person baking the cake for your wedding day. Flavours, colour and the amount of guests at the event are important information for the cake maker.

Serving some kind of baked good on your wedding day is a tradition that dates back to antiquity. Today, there’s no lack of choice when it comes to the flavour of your wedding cake: chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, lemon, or other original flavours. However, choosing your cake is a little more complex than you may have imagined, and that is why it is so important to meet with the baker when ordering the cake of your dreams. During this meeting, you should mention the number of guests, clearly identify the style that you’re looking for, and discuss the colours and shapes you’ve set your heart on. Don’t hesitate to ask to taste the various flavours of cake, icings, and garnishes that the baker suggests. You could also show him or her pictures of the wedding cakes you like, plus a copy of your invitation and a sample of your deco-

rating materials. The more guidelines you can give the creator of your cake, the happier you’ll be with the end result. One of the current trends in wedding cakes is a tower of small cupcakes, decorated individually and mounted in whatever shape you desire. Another popular modern choice is a cake that is in fact a pyramid of macaroons, a magnificent blend of colours and flavours. Such cakes are also very practical, as they are already divided into individual portions. Be sure not to forget the great tradition of keeping a few slices — or the whole top tier — of your wedding cake for your first anniversary. Seal it in plastic wrap, place it in an air-tight freezer bag, and enjoy it all over again one year later.

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Monday, July 22, 2013 Kootenay News Advertiser

Shop locally for your upcoming wedding Future brides and grooms don’t always realize just how much time they will have to devote to organizing their wedding. From the moment your engagement is announced, many hours will be spent making innumerable decisions and countless appointments. But don’t worry: you can save an amazing amount of time by dealing with local businesses. Why not combine practicality with pleasure by focusing locally when preparing your wedding. Everyone would agree that organizing a wedding isn’t an easy thing to do, and so it can be very reassuring to be able to count on people that you’ve known all of your life,

or almost, to make a success of this important event. Just think for a moment about all the steps involved: choosing the location of the wedding and reception, shopping for wedding bands, the gown, selecting a photographer, making up the guest list, having invitations and thank-you cards printed, planning the menu, decorating the reception hall, finding a DJ, selecting a cake, ordering flowers and favours. The list is long and the job, huge. By choosing to buy local, not only will you avoid wasting a great deal of time driving long distances but you will also have the pleasure of involving people in your community, those who are a part of your neighbourhood

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Local merchants not only carry excellent products, they also know what works for the area. and local economy. Your florist, caterer, jeweller, and all those other business people will be eager partners

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photo session!) • Transparent nail polish, nail file, and nail polish remover • An extra pair of glasses or contact lenses, including the case and lens solution. • Tampons • Curling iron, hair straightener, or hot rollers • Bobby pins (to control rebellious curls and to affix your veil) • White and black thread, sewing needles, safety pins, and a pair of scissors (for clothing repairs) • Iron and ironing board • Extra pair of pantyhose • Pair of ballerina shoes (for the end of the evening when your feet ache after all that dancing!) • Tissues as well as acetaminophen or ibuprofen (for unexpected headaches) • Super glue or something similar, masking tape, and transparent adhesive tape • Finally, because you know just what your man is capable of, include a pair of black socks in case he had the bright idea of wearing white sports socks with his tux! Collect all these things in one spot before the wedding day. Why not use one of your grandmother’s magnificent hat boxes or that travel bag you spotted in your favourite store?

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Your wedding vows should reflect who you are as a couple and team throughout life.

“I do” are not the only words you’ll have to say during your wedding ceremony. Not to put any pressure on you, but your vows are the reason for your union and they should be chosen and spoken with care. These special words deserve the time and effort reserved for the most special of occasions. Here are a few tips to help you. If you have opted for a religious ceremony, many priests or pastors will provide you with traditional vows. If that is the case, you won’t have to think too hard. On the other hand, if you have decided on a more unconventional route, writing your own vows is a wonderfully romantic idea. But what if you can’t quite get your thoughts and feelings down on the page? What if you find yourself stuck in front of a blank page for hours on end? Here are a few suggestions for expressing your love without sounding

overly sentimental. Start by asking yourself the right questions. How did you fall in love with your future spouse? What does commitment mean to you? And marriage? Your answers are the best material to use, as they come straight from your heart. Keep your vows simple and concise so they will be memorable and interesting. There is nothing wrong with drawing inspiration from a favourite poet or a line from a movie. Most of all, you don’t want to see your guests’ eyelids getting heavy! A good rule to follow is to make the vows about the same length as traditional vows, which are between 30 to 40 seconds long when spoken. If you have too many feelings to express in this amount of time, then you could take up to a minute, but not any longer. You won’t make a mistake if you are speaking from the heart. Once you have your vows down on paper,

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Monday, July 22, 2013 Kootenay News Advertiser

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priate manner and appear well­groomed. However, it isn’t always easy to make the right choice for these occa­ sions, especially becau­ se of the great variety of styles that blur the boun­ daries between casual and formal. For women, there is one golden rule to fol­ low: never wear a white dress. The bride should be the only person to dress in this colour; for someone else to wear it

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would show very poor manners, as if they were trying to steal the show. Provocative styles, such as very short, tight dresses with plunging necklines, should also be avoided. Dresses made of a silky fabric are classics, and a light woven wool is alright, but avoid knits and worn looking fabrics. Long dresses are not obligato­ ry, but hemlines should never go too high — a dress cut just above the knee is the most appro­ priate choice. For men, a long­slee­ ved shirt tucked inside the pants with a belt and a tie is a basic courtesy. Smart pants in a dark colour complete the out­ fit. Wearing a sports jac­ ket or suit jacket will

depend on the type of wedding you’ve been invited to. The impor­ tant thing is to forgo casual clothing and bright colours, like those flashy Hawaiian shirts! Once in a while, the bride and groom may specify a colour that they want all their guests to wear for their wed­ ding. If this is the case, try to be agreeable about it and follow their wis­ hes. It may be that they have a wedding theme, or that they want to stan­ dardize the photographs in their souvenir album. Don’t forget that this is the bride and groom’s day, not an occasion to try and stand out from the other guests.

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A bouquet is an age-old symbol of the bride and should reflect the joy of the occasion.

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large bouquet. • Think about per­ sonalizing your bou­ quet with accessories such as lace, pearls, or even fruits. Be sure to set yourself a budget: flowers that are rare or out of season will make your bouquet costs climb. The language of flowers Even though some brides choose a bou­ quet for its look, others prefer to use flowers that have a traditional symbolic meaning: red roses (love), white roses (pure love), lil­ ies (purity), carnations (sincere love), tulips (perfect love). If this language means some­ thing to you, perhaps you’d better avoid yel­ low roses (infidelity) and narcissus (selfish­ ness)! Most important of all, be careful not to choose flowers that will spread pollen all over your beautiful gown.

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of the TransCanada highway, halfway between Golden and Revelstoke British Columbia, was a gateway to Nowhere, Heather Mountain Lodge & Cabins. The lodge is somewhere; it’s just that its

reference points are unique. The Lodge is nestled on the side of its namesake Heather Mountain. The busy gas stations, fast food restaurants, and chain hotels of Golden (55 km east) and Revelstoke (90 km west) have long disappeared, overtaken by quiet standing coniferous trees. The closest manmade landmarks are the Mountain & Pacific Time Zone change (1 km) down the road to the west and the East Gate of Glacier National Park (2 km). The more impressive landmarks are natures Mount Tupper and Mount MacDonald standing guard to the inspiring ascent of the highway from the Beaver River, through the winding mountain highway and avalanche tunnels to Rogers Pass (25 km west). This is an amazing destination wedding location for those who love nature, mountains, wilderness, yet still need accessibility. Heather Mountain Lodge and Cabins is

a private wedding venue, which means you will have the whole property just for your wedding celebration. One reason to come to the mountains is to get away from the crowds, especially on such an intimate day like your wedding. A private wedding venue insures that you and the love of your life are surrounded by just mountains, trees, your friends and family. You choose your own ceremony backdrop, the timber-frame lodge, the snow-capped peaks of Glacier National Park, the Beaver River timber-bridge and historical railway, or a helicopter accessed mountain peak. You choose the menu options garnished by the chef’s garden, and how you will celebrate the evening away in the licensed dining room, exclusively there for you and your guests. One thing we do suggest is that you chose a private luxury cabin for yourself; it is the place to compliment your perfect wedding.

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The important guest list

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Careful thought must be given to who you invite to your wedding. Are you the type of person who has lots of friends, gets on well with work colleagues, and is involved in

plenty of activities or sports? If you are sociable, love meeting people, and have the gift of building solid

friendships quickly, you’ll probably find that compiling your wedding guest list is a little trickier than putting together a grocery list! First of all, you should ask yourself if your budget warrants an intimate ceremony or a huge affair. Although your big day isn’t just about money, the basic budget factor for the whole day is based on how many guests you invite to your reception: the more there are, the more expensive it will be. And, of course, more guests also means a more complex planning and set-up operation. Keep in mind that every guest has the option of bringing a partner, which quickly

extends the guest list. Start by listing the names of your respective parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, and closest friends. After this you could add the names of all the uncles, aunts, and cousins. The list may now be already as long as you can handle. If your heart is set on a bigger wedding, you could always add the names of your work colleagues, distant family members, and old friends while choosing to offer a simple onecourse meal or buffet. Alternately, you could invite many to your wedding ceremony, and just a few closer relations to a smaller, more intimate reception.

The roles of maid of honour and best man Someone close to you has asked you to be their best man or maid of honour, a role you have happily accepted. But what exactly does this entail? The maid or matron of honour gives a short speech during the reception and offers practical and emotional support to the bride throughout the planning and organization of the wedding. She also takes care of a wide range of small but important details: helping with the invitations and shopping for the dress and the bride’s bouquet, and dealing with last minute surprises. In other words, it’s a

busy time for the maid of honour as well as for the bride. The role of a best man is virtually identical. On the big day, he helps the groom dress and accompanies him to the ceremony. Most importantly, he holds the wedding bands. Like any good host, he is the first to arrive at the reception hall in order to welcome the newly married couple. He makes the first toast of the evening and dances with the bride as well as her mother and the mother of the groom. Of course, the maid of honour is traditionally in charge of organizing the hen or bachelorette

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Monday, July 22, 2013 Kootenay News Advertiser

Kimberley Bridal Fair bigger and better!

This year The Kimberley Conference Centre and Kimberley Alpine Resort will join forces to bring a bigger and better Bridal Fair. On Saturday September 7th the Sullivan Mine Railway Tour will be running to bring people up to the Resort and the main Chair Lift will be open to show off the views from the Kootenay House at the Top of North Star Mountain. Once again we will have vendor booths represent-

ing all the businesses and services that can help with your wedding details. Tara’s Boutique will display all the new fashions in gowns and wedding apparel and Flowers Galore will be here with samples of bouquets as well as decorative arrangements. Jeff Bazley of Kimberley Alpine Resort will be on hand to take you on a tour of all the best Ceremony and photography locations. Rooms at Trickle Creek Lodge will also

be open for you to view. Sample menus will be on display. Music options, photographers, hair salons and so much more. When looking at the venue itself Events Coordinator for the Kimberley Conference Centre Meta YeeLim said “We have had weddings of all sizes and descriptions, at the Kimberley Conference Centre from small intimate celebrations to large formal extravaganzas. One thing the Bridal parties have agreed on is

that this is the perfect venue for their special day. You only have to walk through the door into the stunning vestibule to know that something magical is going to happen here today.” Another great highlight for the Bridal Parties is the food. The Chefs and Staff of the Centre take a great deal of pride in preparing an extraordinary dining experience. They understand that everything has to be perfect and that they are not just

cooking dinner they are creating memories. Many of the wedding parties take advantage of the State of the Art audio visual system. The main Ballroom boasts two 20 foot projector screens, one at either end of the room. Wedding guests are treated to slide shows and video footage of the happy couple. The Centre also has full video-conferencing capabilities so the ceremony or reception can be transmitted to friends and family

unable to attend. Located at the base of the ski hill, the Kimberley Conference & Athlete Training Centre is nestled amongst the resort’s accommodation making it so convenient for wedding guests and family to stay close by. There are also countless ways to entertain yourselves pre and post wedding with everything the Kimberley area has to offer. This is what some previous Clients had to say: “What an awe-

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