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REAL LIFE WEDDINGS TWO COUPLES SHARE THEIR SPECIAL DAY

HIS & HER GIFT GUIDE

WHERE TO FIND UNIQUE, LOCAL IDEAS (PG 18) 1

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World Class...Close to Home

Floral and Decor by Wedding Design Studio. Photography by Lisa Husick Photography.

if you can dream it, we can make it come true Fraser Valley’s Premier Dream Wedding Location. From Intimate Gatherings to Elegant Galas. West Coast Cuisine. Luxury Cottages. Colonial Inn. Red Carpet Arrivals...Private Dock, Heli Landing and Airstrip. On-Site Wedding Planner. 14282 Morris Valley Rd, Harrison Mills | 1.877.796.1001 | prettyestateresort.com | prettyestateresort.com/wedding-venues-vancouver-bc

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GETTING MARRIED OR KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS? HERE’S A HANDY LITTLE GUIDE TO GET YOU STARTED. HAPPY PLANNING!

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4. COUNTDOWN CHECKLIST 5. TOP 10 WEDDING APPS 6. COUPLES COMMUNICATION 7. CHOOSING YOUR LOCATION 8. DIY WEDDING PROJECTS 10. REAL LIFE WEDDING 11. WEDDING THEMES 14. THE DRESS 15. WEDDING DAY SURVIVAL GUIDE 16. REAL LIFE WEDDING 17. BEST MAN & MAID OF HONOUR 18. HIS & HER BUYING GUIDES 19. TIPS FOR MEN 20. WEDDING THEMES 21. TIPS FOR TOASTING 22. WEDDING BUDGET

We’ve made planning simple Wedding planning has found a new home in your phone Squeezing in your main squeeze: making time for your relationship In the chapel or far, far away? Gettin’ crafty, savin’ money & makin’ homemade memories Meet Andy & Annie at an elegant riverside resort Rustic country-style and beach theme Finding your perfect fit How to stay energized throughout your day Meet Kenny & Vanessa outdoors on their parents’ property A bride and groom’s trusted support team Find unimque, local gift ideas We’ve asked around and gathered these tips to live by A black tie wedding and vintage-style Making the most of your toast Keep on track with this worksheet

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ANGEL DAYCARE

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CHAMPAGNE & LACE

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HARRISON BEACH HOTEL 1.866.338.8111 160 Esplanade Avenue harrisonbeachhotel.ca

HOPE GOLF CLUB 604.869.5881 900 Golf Course Road Hope hopegolfclub.com Published by:

ROWENA’S INN ON THE RIVER 1.877.796.1001 14282 Morris Valley Road Harrison Mills prettyestateresort.com

604.465.5474 ext. 205 19675 Meadow Gardens Way Pitt Meadows meadowgardens.com

SILVERLEAF GIFTS & MORE

QUIK’S FARM

THE FALLS

604.824.2794 8340 Prest Road, Chilliwack store.quikfarm.ca

VENDOR SPOTLIGHTS

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ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHOCOLATE FACTORY 604.491.2010 328 Esplanade Ave Harrison Hot Springs rockychoc.com

The Agassiz ❖ Harrison

contacts

604.796.0486 7236-B 7056 Pioneer Ave

VILLA TOSCANA/ THE SPA 604.796.5555 ext. 3 190 Lillooet Avenue

WINKS

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COUNTDOWN CHECKLIST 1 YEAR BEFORE □ □ □ □ □ □

Envision your wedding and draw up a budget. Choose your wedding party. Choose a date and time. Start planning the guest list. Look for and book your chosen location(s). Have an engagement party.

8-10 MONTHS BEFORE Bride: Start shopping for your gown. Decide on your music (Band, DJ, CDs?) Choose your flower theme and find your florist. Research and book your wedding professionals (caterers, photographers, videographer, bartenders). □ Register for gifts. □ If you need to rent items like chairs or tents, contact rental companies now. □ □ □ □

6-8 MONTHS BEFORE □ □ □ □

Order bridesmaid dresses. Reserve block of hotel rooms for out of town guests. Start planning honeymoon. Send save-the-date cards.

4-6 MONTHS BEFORE □ □ □ □

Attend pre-wedding counseling. Shop for and order invitations and wedding rings. Shop for formalwear. Renew or get passports, if necessary.

3 MONTHS BEFORE □ Order wedding cake. □ Groom: Rent the men’s formalwear. □ Hire wedding-day transport: limousines, other cars.

2 MONTHS BEFORE □ □ □ □ □

Mail your invitations. Write your vows. Purchase gifts for parents, attendants, and each other. Book your stylist and try out big-day hairstyles. Book a makeup artist and go for a trial run.

1 MONTH BEFORE □ Apply for a marriage license. □ Final gown fittings for entire wedding party. Take gowns home. □ Make last-minute adjustments with vendors. □ Create a wedding program to hand out to guests.

2 WEEKS BEFORE □ Review final RSVP list and call any guests who have not yet sent back a response. □ Create a list for photographers of shots you would like to have, including names of those to be included in formal portraits. □ Deliver final song list to your DJ or bandleader. □ Bride: Get your last pre-wedding haircut and colour.

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1 WEEK BEFORE □ Break in your shoes. □ Give reception site/caterer final guest head count, including vendors. □ Plan reception seating chart. □ Print place and table cards. □ Call all wedding vendors and confirm arrangements. □ Give ceremony and reception site managers a schedule of vendor delivery and setup times, plus contact numbers. □ Groom: Get your hair trimmed. □ Attend bachelor/ette parties.

2-3 DAYS BEFORE □ Bride: If you need to, have your gown pressed or steamed. □ Groom: Go for final fitting and pick up your formalwear. □ Groom: Ask the best man to make sure all groomsmen attend fittings and pick up their attire. □ Reconfirm final details with all vendors. Discuss any necessary last-minute substitutions. □ Call the limousine- or car-rental company for pickup times and locations. □ Arrange for guests without cars to be picked up from the airport or train station. Ask friends, attendants, or relatives to help.

DAY BEFORE □ Provide all wedding professionals with an emergency phone number to call on the day of the wedding. □ Write cheques and sort out any final balances to be paid at the end of the reception.

NIGHT BEFORE □ Rehearse ceremony. □ Bring unity candle, aisle runner, or other ceremony accessories to the site. □ Give your marriage license to your officiant. □ Attend rehearsal dinner. □ Present attendants with gifts at the rehearsal dinner.

DAY OF □ Present parents and each other with gifts. □ Give wedding bands to the best man and the maid of honour to hold during the ceremony. □ Give best man the officiant’s fee envelope, to be handed off after the ceremony.

POST WEDDING □ Prearrange for someone to return any rentals. □ Preplan for attendants to take the bride’s gown for cleaning and return the groom’s attire to the rental shop. □ Write and send thank you notes to gift-bearing guests and vendors who were especially helpful.


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to connect COMMUNICATE

SQUEEZING IN YOUR MAIN SQUEEZE: MAKING TIME FOR YOUR RELATIONSHIP

Most experts agree that spending quality time with your partner is an essential ingredient for a lasting relationship. But with work, family and a billion other things on your plate, finding time is easier said than done. Here are a few easy ways to squeeze in more time for each other: Plan ahead. Why not pencil in a standing Thursday night dinner date or free up Sunday afternoons for a fun activity together Debrief daily. Take 15 minutes at the end of each day to sit down with your partner and share each other’s experiences, successes and frustrations. This simple habit can help you slow down and stay connected in today’s high-speed world. Turn chore time into together time. Why not crank up the music, tackle chores together, and make that to-do list much more enjoyable? Plug in. Use technology and your downtime opportunities

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Special Couple.

to stay connected. Share a quick phone update during a coffee break or commute. If a live conversation isn’t possible, send a quick email, text or voicemail to your partner to let your loved one know he or she is on your mind. Any form of quality communication is always better than none at all.

SAGE ADVICE: Wisdom from Couples with Decades of Experience Clear the air. Be up-front with your partner about your needs

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and expectations in the relationship and speak your mind early on when something is bothering you. Don’t avoid conflict – openly work through it and treat disagreements as a chance to improve the relationship. Spend time apart. Maintain a social life outside of your relationship and continue to enjoy the hobbies and interests you don’t share with your partner.

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Express your love. Many long-time couples report it’s the small

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bring home flowers or simply tell your partner how much they

things that pack the most punch. Send a love note or text, are loved and appreciated.

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location CHOOSING YOUR

CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE DESTINATION WEDDINGS OPTIONS INCREASING Destination weddings are one of the fastest-growing sectors of the travel industry. Many resorts throughout Mexico and the Caribbean are taking notice and offering clients great wedding packages. But where do you want to get married? Sun destinations remain a popular choice for honeymooners, and the options continue to increase. Many resorts and hotels also offer bonuses to honeymooners, including fruit baskets, wine, and room upgrades. The following are some of the top-10 destinations chosen by couples:

ARUBA

JAMAICA

nice crystal clear waters

sounds of tin bands

BERMUDA

LAS VEGAS

perfect for snorkeling

glittering mecca

FLORIDA

MEXICO

great for families and beach weddings

full of archaeologically rich areas, beaches and wildlife

HAWAII

ST. LUCIA

paradise awaits

white beaches, crystal waters, a honeymoon haven

ITALY a gastronomical delight

CHAPEL TRADITIONS A religious ceremony is a natural option for many couples. Saying your vows in your home church, in front of your friends and family, is a beautiful way to begin a long and lasting marriage. Most churches also have a hall and supplies for serving meals. Contact your local church for details.

YOUR OWN BACKYARD Some backyards are perfect locations for weddings, whether it’s the bride’s childhood home or a family member’s sprawling acreage. It can seem like a more affordable option, potentially saving thousands of dollars in location rental fees, but remember that other fees (tent rentals, portable toilets, linen) can add up quickly. Remember to purchase the proper liquor license if you are hosting a wedding at a hall or a private residence.

Beautiful Surroundings... M

eadow Gardens Golf Club is conveniently located in Pitt Meadows, right off the Golden Ears Bridge. Choose from four different rooms accommodating a gala affair for 300 or a corporate boardroom meeting for 8. We have a 2000 square foot patio to hold wedding ceremonies or great for BBQ’s after your golf tournament. All looking out at our famous 18th hole stone bridges. Our world-class facility and beautifully landscaped grounds offers a fabulous backdrop for any event. The food and beverage team can create menus to suit every need. Weddings, Golf Tournaments, Corporate Seminars, Christmas… we can assist you with it all!

TAHITI Great food and drinks by the water

If you’re leaning towards an adventure, you can explore Egypt, learn to make pottery in China, eat your way through Thailand, or tour Europe in a barge. The point is to have fun, so use your imagination!

Contact Claire 604.465.5474 ext. 205

www.meadowgardens.com 19675 Meadow Gardens Way, Pitt Meadows

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wedding DIY

Thinking about tying the knot in the months to come may be discouraging, considering how expensive weddings can be. But with a little ingenuity and a hands-on approach, couples can have a wedding that is inexpensive and memorable at the same time. A DIY wedding is one that will take much more work than simply hiring vendors and leaving the details to them. But the money saved with sweat equity can be substantial. Grab a notebook and start brainstorming which of these DIY project ideas you see yourself taking on:

PROJ ECTS

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Hold a stamping session with your bridal party

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second-hand frames

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Try mason jar candle holders

CENTREPIECES

PLACE CARDS

Put spring shoots in simple containers (see below)

Names held by corks!

SIGNAGE Spell out your names with Scrabble pieces and frame it as easy art.

GUEST BOOK Create a scrapbook from your engagement photos for your guests to write in.


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EVERY BRIDE HAS A DIFFERENT STORY There are those who dreamed of their wedding day since they were little girls. Slipping their tiny little-girl-feet into their mothers’ high heels, dressing the family dog in a tablecloth as a ring bearer, or worse, dragging an unsuspecting neighbour boy to the “chapel.” And then, there are those who never gave a thought to marriage — that is, until they met “the one.” These brides may be learning the ropes at the last minute, and may even find themselves eloping! Whichever type of bride-to-be you are, there are still preparations to be made. There are pictures to be taken and memories to capture. Since brides want to – and should – look their best, two of the most important arrangements to be planned for are with a make-up artist and a hair stylist. Whether it’s a natural look for a country wedding, or an upscale do for an urban nighttime ceremony, bringing in pictures for your stylist can save time and help your stylists get that picture-perfect look. A good stylist will suggest a practice run, and will want to see a picture of your dress to make sure the look complements it well. Make-up application is just as important, and having a trial make-up application is suggested. Brides-to-be will enjoy the experience more when the things they have control over are just right. Enjoying the day, in your way makes your memories last forever. So, get out that stack of bridal magazines, get creative and clip away.

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REAL LIFE WEDDING

ANDY& ANNIE LOCATION:

Rowena’s Inn on the River

PHOTOGRAPHY:

Mikaela Ruth Photography

PERSONAL TOUCHES:

Branches found in one of the groomsmen’s yard were spray painted silver and used to hang name plates of the guests. My sister and my mom handmade all of the table numbers. I prepared a candy table for the kids..

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beach

Nothing says undying love like endless blue waters and vast open skies. Beach-minded brides are free-spirited, open-minded and not about to let a little rain, wind or sand ruin her big day. In fact, the more adventure, the better! Whether you’re scattering flower petals along your sandy wedding aisle, or lighting the way with tiki torches, the beach is the perfect place to start making memories.

TIPS FOR A BEACH-THEMED WEDDING: • If your chosen beach is a tidal one, check online for an accurate tide chart. • Ask your florist about adding seashells and sea stars to your bouquet. • Help your guests kick off their heels by offering up an assortment of flip flops Better yet, encourage them to feel the sand in their toes by staying barefoot. • Create a beach-friendly alter with a garden arbor and light fabric that will billow in the breeze. • Serve crab cakes, refreshing fruit plates, skewered prawns and brightly coloured sangria. • In soaring temperatures offer bottles of water nearby, and even paper fans or parasols.

For many brides, there’s no place like the countryside. It’s a way to remain close to nature, close to family, and close to the heart. Equally comfortable in cowboy boots and ball gowns, these lovely brides are looking to get hitched surrounded by the people and things they cherish the most. An idyllic country backdrop provides the ambience, and your cowboy will be pleased as punch to see you walk up that aisle.

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TIPS FOR A RUSTIC WEDDING: • Look to nature for decorating ideas, and incorporate mason jars into your evening lighting to give the feel of lightning bugs. • Place small jars of honey or jam at each guest’s plate for wedding favours. • Pair some cute cowboy boots with a shortened wedding dress for some country flair. • Rustic fare could include everything from corn on the cob and roasted chicken, to bison burgers and organic greens. • Cover hay bales with pretty fabric for casual seating at your reception.

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— YOUR PERFECT DRESS

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WEDDING

MIKAELA RUTH PHOTOGRAPHY

FINDING YOUR PERFECT FIT When it comes to your wedding dress it is never too early to start shopping, but the first thing you need to figure out is your personal style. A good place to start is poring over as many bridal magazines as you can get your hands on. They are priceless for providing up-to-date news on the latest trends, and information on fact-filled websites with images of gowns for every shape and size. These days, many wedding magazines can be read online, and offer sneak previews of runway designer collections. Familiarize yourself with wedding dress lingo. Read up on silhouettes, necklines, trains, and colours that flatter you – A-line, ballgown, sheath and mermaid – as brides have more choices than ever these days.

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The latest looks range from demure to dazzling, and include styles to flatter every figure and fit every budget. The traditional style of voluminous fairytale dresses are as popular as ever, as are strapless gowns, but there are also loads of hot trends for the year ahead. Hemlines are rising. Take a look at any of the new designer collections and you’ll see a short skirt in their runway shows. From mini dresses to the more demure tea length-style, shorter hemlines can be fun and chic. Strapless gowns are still a hit with brides-to-be, but designers are giving straps a bold return. From off-theshoulder to thick beaded straps to halter neck styles, strapless gowns are taking a back seat. Flowing fabrics such as layers of tulle or chiffon are always popular and evoke a romantic and sweet look. Designers choosing to give gowns a twist are using huge silk flowers and placing them on the shoulder or waist. There also a range of materials to choose from, which is good news for brides who want to find the most flattering style to complement their figure. The fit-and-flare trumpet-style gown continues to be a popular silhouette. Brides-to-be love the look of a slim shape paired with the exaggerated bell of the skirt. Soon-to-be brides will also be happy to hear that there is also still a lot of lace around, which gives a vintage look and feel that never goes out of fashion. Also popular, especially with petite brides, is the empire gown. A look that evokes romance, empire dresses draw attention upwards, adding length to a bride’s frame. Fashion-conscious brides should stay true to their own style when choosing their wedding dress. Take along a friend or family member to help you out in the changing room, and give you advice on what looks good and what doesn’t. It makes a big difference. Finally, choose a gown that suits your shape and make sure it looks good, feels comfortable and will look just as good years from now.

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HOW TO STAY ENERGIZED THROUGHOUT YOUR DAY

WEDDING DAY

As enjoyable as a wedding can be. It is very easy for energy levels to wane. To ensure you have enough energy to last through to the final good bye of the evening, try these easy to follow tips. • Get a good night’s sleep the night before so you’ll feel and look rested. It is understandable that nerves and excitement may get the best of you and make it difficult to fall asleep. If you often grow anxious and struggle to fall asleep before big events, talk to your doctor prior to the wedding to ask if you can be prescribed a one-time-only sleeping pill that will ensure you get to sleep promptly. • Enjoy a hearty breakfast. At breakfast on the morning of your wedding, consume a combination of carbohydrates and protein. The carbs will provide the initial burst of energy you need to get going, and the protein will keep you feeling full. Try a combination of whole wheat toast, fresh fruit and Greek yogurt. • Stay hydrated. It is essential to stay hydrated. Dehydration can result in headaches, weakness and dizziness and may make you feel cranky. Be sure to consume water throughout the day. • Pack some snacks. The time between breakfast and the cocktail hour of a wedding may be significant. In your wedding “survival” kit, be sure to pack some easy snacks. Trail mix can be nibbled for a boost of energy, and a banana can take the edge off of hunger pangs. Avoid anything messy that can drip onto clothing or get stuck in your teeth. Arrange to have snacks stowed in the limousine or another mode of transportation so that you can refuel on the way to the ceremony or in transit to the reception. • Don’t overdo the caffeine. It may be tempting to lean on an energy drink or a super-size cup of coffee to give you the boost you need. But after the effects of the caffeine wear off, you could find yourself more tired than before. Instead, a brisk walk outdoors may recharge your batteries. Afterward, time spent on the dance floor enjoying the reception will likely stimulate some adrenaline to keep you going.

• Eat dinner. When family is beckoning and the photographer needs to get yet another pose, it is easy to skip dinner. Be firm with your decision to enjoy your meal. Besides, sitting down to dinner enables you to rest and absorb the atmosphere of the wedding. Weddings take up the entire day, and it can be easy to succumb to a lack of energy as the day progresses. But by heeding a few tips, it’s possible to remain in top form throughout the entire wedding day.

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REAL LIFE WEDDING

KENNY& VANESSA LOCATION:

Kenny’s Parents’ Property

PHOTOGRAPHY:

Mikaela Ruth Photography

PERSONAL TOUCHES:

The rustic-chic theme combined Kenny’s love for the outdoors and Vanessa’s love of high-end glamour

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THE MAID OF HONOUR & BEST MAN ARE A BRIDE & GROOM’S TRUSTED SUPPORT TEAM Being chosen as a best man or a maid of honour is a significant and meaningful honour. The following is a rundown of the various duties maids of honour and best men are now expected to handle once they’re chosen for these distinguished honours.

PRIOR TO THE WEDDING Before the wedding takes place, the maid of honour will closely assist the bride-to-be with many of the important decisions related to the look and the feel of the wedding. She typically accompanies the bride to dress shops to select gowns for the bride and bridesmaids. Much in the same manner, the best man will assist the groom-to-be with choosing tuxedoes or suits and also with coordinating with the ushers to ensure they know when to go for fittings. Although the best man will serve as a sounding board for the groom, traditionally the bride and her bridesmaids have taken on the majority of the wedding planning, so the maid of honour can expect to play a larger role than the best man. The maid of honour may be asked to delegate certain assignments, such as helping to find wedding vendors or addressing invitations. She may go with the bride for makeup and hairstyle trials. Together with the bridesmaids, she will plan a bridal shower party and a bachelorette excursion. She may select a wedding gift for the couple and present it on behalf of all the wedding attendants. The best man will coordinate the bachelor party and may be asked to assist the groom with selecting a honeymoon site or to come along to book the trip.

AFTER THE WEDDING The best man will be in charge of returning the tuxedoes to the rental shop, if necessary. He also may drive the newly married couple to the airport so they can depart on their honeymoon. The maid of honour will assist the bride in changing out of her gown and into her travel clothes. Oftentimes the maid of honour takes the gown to the cleaners in the days following the ceremony so the dress can be preserved.

WEDDING DAY On the day of the wedding, the maid of honour and the best man will act as a support system for the bride and groom. The maid of honour will help the bride get dressed and help iron out any mini-emergencies that should crop up. The best man will help ensure the ushers are dressed and get the groom to the wedding on time. During the ceremony, the maid of honour will hold the bride’s bouquet while she participates in the wedding. The best man will keep the rings safe until they are needed. The maid of honour also will help adjust the bride’s train and veil as she sits and stands during the ceremony. Both will sign the marriage certificate as witnesses. At the reception, the best man is expected to give a toast and the maid of honour may share some words as well. She also may accompany the bride to the restroom and assist her with managing the gown.

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Spritz on a fresh scent that is both floral

and fruity - irresistible! Frank Lyman 2 Eau de Parfum

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HONEY-DO LIST? So you’ve found the right girl, found the ring and even found the courage to ask her to marry you. Now what? Here are some tips to help you navigate the next few months, or years, of planning your life together. We’ve asked around and gathered these tips to live by. Enjoy.

lend an ear. Happily married couples tend to have solid friendships outside of their wedded bliss, so this is the time to be hanging with the guys, calling up your friends, and even contacting your dad for an overdue round of golf. Caveat: If you and your fiancée have limited friends, consider joining a recreational team or group you’re both interested in.

GET BUFF ASK HOW YOU CAN HELP We know, guys don’t like to ask for directions. But this time is different. Asking your fiancée how you can help will show her you’re committed to the entire idea of being married. This is the first big task of your long lives together, and a great way to learn how to be partners. Caveat: When she tells you how you can help, be sure to give it your best try!

TAKE A LOAD OFF In the final weeks before the wedding, your fiancée may need more help than ever. Step in and be Prince Charming. Surprise her with a trip to the spa, or for the cash-strapped, plan a quiet evening in — complete with candles, a warm meal, and a chance to unwind, be romantic, and remember why you’re getting married in the first place. Caveat: Be prepared that all your fiancée is going to want to talk about on your romantic evening is wedding details. Be ready to listen.

FIND A FRIENDLY SHOULDER Everyone knows that brides-to-be can become overwhelmed with the idea of marriage, and men are no different. Take a hint from the girls on this one and find a trustworthy friend who can

You have anywhere from six months to two years to hit the gym and trim any extra weight you’ve been carrying around. Getting in shape now will not only make you look your best, it will help you live a longer and healthier life with the woman of your dreams. Two weeks before the wedding, go for a haircut and manicure (if only just this once!) Caveat: If you do trim down, be sure to visit your tailor regularly to ensure your tuxedo fits just right.

WRITE A LOVE LETTER Sometime in your engagement, jot down your most loving thoughts. Not a wordsmith? Go online and find an elegant verse from a poem or quote. Give this to your best man on your wedding day, and have him deliver it to your bride-to-be moments before she walks down the aisle. Caveat: Keep it clean! MIKAELA RUTH PHOTOGRAPHY

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Located in picturesque Harrison Hot Springs, the Harrison Beach Hotel is the perfect place to host your romantic and intimate beachfront wedding. Let us provide you and your guests with the ultimate wedding experience, we can accommodate up to 40 people comfortably in our luxury reception room overlooking the lake and provide spacious accommodations with beautiful views.

1.866.338.8111 160 Esplanade Avenue Harrison Hot Springs, BC

Ask how to get FREE accommodation on your wedding night and special rates for your guests.

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Some weddings are just meant to be exquisite to the core. Glamour and jewels, men in crisp tuxedos, champagne being served, and roses everywhere — all very necessary. For the bride who wants every detail just perfect, a black tie event is where it’s at. After all, it’s not every day a girl gets to be a princess!

TIPS FOR A GLAMOUROUS WEDDING: • Consider hiring an experienced wedding planner who is familiar with your venue and considerate of your needs. • Take care selecting wedding invites. They make the first impression of your big day and should include a dress code. • Pamper your wedding party with spa treatments in the weeks before your big day, to help them look and feel their best. • Take a dance class with your fiance to prepare for your first dance, and all those to follow!

Vintage weddings are equally beautiful in backyard gardens, older churches, and even cleverly decorated grand halls. They are as charming as they are romantic, with their pretty pastels, delicately-hued flowers and musthave fashion accessories. It’s the perfect wedding theme for creative brides who love Pinterest, hobby shops and Sundays spent in antique stores and bookshops.

TIPS FOR A VINTAGE WEDDING:

• Create your wedding invites in the style of old-fashioned movie tickets, with the bride and groom as the featured stars. • Seek out vintage fashion in consignment shops and second hand boutiques for hats and headpieces, accessories, and even your dresses. • Set an old fashioned typewriter and love letters as a display for your guest table, and paint ornate birdcages as centrepieces, filled with greenery or spring flowers. • Meet with aunts, grandmothers and your mother for the chance to look through their jewelry boxes. You never know what treasures you’ll find. • Serve canapes, pan-fried oysters and brie, along with meringue for dessert and sparkling wines. • Decorate cans for your getaway car, and head to a charming bed and breakfast to kick off your honeymoon. 20

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MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR TOAST: Toasting the bride and groom at a wedding reception is a responsibility that typically falls on the shoulders of the bride’s father, the best man, and the maid of honour. Though it is an honour to give a wedding toast, it also can be nerve-wracking — no one wants to give a toast that’s memorable for all the wrong reasons. While the best toasts are often those that veer off the beaten path, coming from the heart rather than from a how-to guide found on the Internet, there is a certain formula men and women can follow to ensure their toasts cover all of the appropriate bases without offending the bridal party or fellow guests. • Acknowledge the guests. Families are more geographically diverse than ever before, so more and more weddings host guests who travel to celebrate with happy couples on their wedding day. Be sure to thank the parents of the bride and groom as well. • Explain your relationship to the bride and/or groom. Best men and maids of honour should devote a portion of their toasts to explaining their personal relationships with the bride and/or groom. Introduce yourself and explain

how you met the bride or groom. • Aim for a jovial toast. Wedding toasts are typically given at the wedding reception, when guests and the bridal party are ready to celebrate. Such an atmosphere lends itself to a jovial toast where best men and maids of honour focus on happy times with the bride and groom. Tell a funny anecdote that illustrates the special bond you have with the bride or groom. Remember to keep things appropriate for guests of all ages, including young children. • Give your best wishes to the bride and groom before raising your glass. Raising your glass to toast the bride and groom is often the last step before your toasting duties officially end. But before you raise your glass, remember to offer your best wishes to both the bride and groom. Once those sentiments have been expressed, ask the guests to raise their glasses and toast the newlyweds.

inks Bridal Registry A Winks Bridal Registry is all about making it beautiful for you….and your guests At Winks our brides enjoy setting an appointment with us after hours to enjoy having the entire store to themselves. This allows us to give the bride the kind of attention she deserves to make decisions for their gift registry. Often the brides bring friends, family members, and sometimes the groom to choose gifts that will make their home beautiful. Sophie Conran Tableware by Portmerion ... sophisticated beauty. Winks carries the largest in stock collection you’ll find in all of BC. The latest addition includes the award winning Cookware Collection. New at Winks is Vancouver made Pyrrha Jewellery. Great for both men and women, each handcrafted piece is made from reclaimed silver, gold and bronze using 18th century antique wax seals. We beautifully gift wrap free of charge all of the gifts…another thing to take off the “ to do list” for guests. Winks graciously accommodates out of town guests. Visit soon a warm welcome awaits you!

Making your home beautiful…. 45657 Stevenson Rd., Chilliack

604.858.7447 www.winkshome.ca

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THE WEDDING BUDGET ITEM STATIONERY Save the Dates Invitations Thank You Cards Stamps Guest Book Other CEREMONY Music Officiant Decorations Rings Marriage License Ceremony Location Fees Other RECEPTION Venue Food Drinks Cake Music Other FLOWERS/DECORATION Bouquets Reception Flowers Cake Table Reception decorations Other PHOTOGRAPHY/ VIDEOGRAPHY Engagement Photos Bridal Portraits Wedding Photographer Videographer Other GIFTS Wedding Favours Bridesmaids Gifts Groomsmen Gifts Other CLOTHING Bridal Dress Hair and Makeup Shoes Accessories Tuxedos Other TOTAL

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WEDDING FAVOURS BY

Traditional or outside the box! We love to help with favours & chocolate buffets. Bride & Groom caramel apples, chocolate strawberries, truffles, creams, clusters & more. Select a chocolate fountain, pick your chocolate colour! If you can think it... you can dip it! Chocolate always finds a smile!

Open Daily Year Round

Located at the Beach across from the lagoon.

328 Esplanade Harrison Hot Springs 24

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Special Features - Confetti Bridal Magazine 2014  

Section Z of the April 10, 2014 edition of the Agassiz Observer

Special Features - Confetti Bridal Magazine 2014  

Section Z of the April 10, 2014 edition of the Agassiz Observer