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Weddings spring 2015

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Wedding rings are all about love and personality

Much more than just an ordinary ring, a wedding ring is the concrete sign of your marital status. It is also a symbol of the romantic union between you and your soulmate. Not long ago, a future bride and groom would have chosen a simple ring to mark this new stage in their lives. Today, wedding rings are made in the image of the couple and their era, coming in original shapes and colours. A wedding ring should reflect your personality, since it will likely stay on your finger for the rest of your life. Choosing the right one can present quite a challenge and is a good reason why current fashion or impulse should never rule over personal preference. There are no longer any set rules for wedding rings, and more and more are set with precious stones. Future brides used to avoid sapphires, rubies and emeralds but these stones are now very much appreciated by those who like the idea of a colour to match their personality. Just remember that overly large stones should be avoided; a wedding ring should always be elegant and fairly discreet.


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Makeup tips for brides and bridesmaids Few events are more photographed than weddings. Needless to say, wedding participants hope to look their best for the celebrations. Women often find that well applied cosmetics can enhance their beauty and help ensure they are picture-perfect. The key to wedding makeup is finding a balance between application that will come across well in person and will look good in photographs. Professional makeup artists understand just how heavy a hand to use to apply makeup, but the do-it-yourselfer may need some instruction to master wedding day makeup. Often the key to wedding makeup is simplicity. Brides want their best features enhanced and have the makeup add to their

beauty rather than outshine it. Brides want guests to notice their faces and gowns and not their makeup. Here are some tips brides can employ in an effort to put their best faces forward. Begin preparations a few days prior to the wedding. If you will be enhancing your skin colour with a spray-tan, do so at least two days prior to the wedding. By the third day the colour will set and appear more natural. The same idea applies to your brows. Tweezing, waxing and threading can create irritation and redness. Have your brows professionally shaped a few days before the wedding and then do a minor touch-up with your tweezer the night before. This allows your skin to recover and redness to dissipate. Start out with well hydrated and


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moisturized skin. Apply a few layers of moisturizer, preferably one with an SPF if you will be spending time out in the sun. When the moisturizer is completely absorbed and dry, use a skin priming product that will help keep your foundation locked into place. Match your foundation colour to your natural skin colour. When these colours don't match, your face may look like it is a separate shade from your neck and decolletage. If you will be tanning, then find a shade that matches the tanned colour. A foundation that has slightly yellow undertones will even out redness on the face and look better in photos. Apply the foundation thoroughly with a sponge or brush and be sure to blend it well at your neckline. Set the foundation with a matte powder. Use an eyebrow pencil or powder to fill in your brows. This is a must for your wedding day and can really help to frame your eyes. Use small, light flicks of the pencil rather than long strokes to make the colour blend naturally. Use a brush to blend in further. Always go a shade or two lighter than your natural colour. Finish with a gel that will set the hairs into place. Complement your lips and eyes. If you are going for a dramatic eye, opt for a more neutral lip and vice versa. Neutral colours look best for weddings and will not appear dated in photos. Stick to subtle browns and taupes for universal flattery on most

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eye colours. Use a light hand to apply a neutral shade of light shadow all over the lid. Apply a medium brown to the crease of the eye and a darker brown to the very outer corner and blend thoroughly. A very light shade of shadow can be used directly under the browline and toward the inside of the eye to make eyes appear wide and bright. Apply liner before mascara and blend it with a brush. Use mascara to lengthen lashes. If you will be using false lashes, apply them now. Err on the shorter side for fake lashes, and cut them as needed to fit your eye. Lashes that are too long or full may appear cartoonish and can be uncomfortable to wear. Connect your lashes together with the false ones with another application of mascara. Waterproof mascara will hold up through tears of joy. Choose a long-lasting lip colour that will hold up through kisses and smiles. Lip stains work very well, as they provide that hint of colour but wear well during the day. Another helpful tip is to perform a practice run prior to the wedding, taking some photographs to see how the makeup looks in pictures. Cameras and flashes can wash out makeup, so sometimes you need to apply just a little more than usual for it to show up on film. Certain makeup products will reflect light more, don't forget to stock up on oil-blotting papers to touch up your face during the day.

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complement that of your dress. Bring a swatch of fabric to your florist consultation, along with a photo of your dress.

along and the flora consultants can custom design it for you.

Corsages and Boutonnieres – The bride’s bouquet and the groom’s boutonnieres should complement each other. But when it comes to the rest of your bridal party, which members should wear a corsage or boutonniere?

Reception Flowers – Wherever you plan to hold your wedding, there are many styles of floral arrangements to choose from to enhance your special day’s theme.

Traditions have changed. Today, pretty much anything goes. Most parents and grandparents are delighted to be recognized with a flower to wear at your wedding. It’s nice to have them complement each other by adorning all of them with the same flower or style. Keep it simple and elegant – whites or creams are perfect colours for these coordinated touches. For the ladies, you may wish to complement their dress colour. Because pinned corsages can ruin some fabrics, be sure to ask whether they prefer a pinned or wrist corsage. If you have a Master of Ceremonies, it’s nice to have a boutonniere for him, or a lovely corsage for her. Determine the number of corsages and boutonnieres you will need before your consultation. If your flower girl is going to wear a head wreath, take the measurement using a piece of string or ribbon. If you have a special pillow or basket you would like to use, bring it

You can double-purpose and re-use the church floral arrangements for your reception. Just delegate someone to transfer them for you. There are so many great books and magazines that offer ideas. Attending bridal shows is another great way to see what’s new and different. All Thrifty Foods locations have wedding books for your browsing pleasure. If you see something in a magazine that captures your fancy, bring it along to your consultation. Wedding Cakes – Your wedding cake is the centerpiece of your special day. Creating the perfect cake takes time, so reserve early. You’ll want to consider cake flavours, fillings and icing, along with the design. Also to consider – the size, whether or not there will be other desserts to choose from and if you will save the top tier for your first anniversary. Thrifty Foods has collections of photos you can browse. If you have found something you like in a magazine or on the internet, bring it along to your consultation. If you have already decided on the colour theme for your wedding, bring a swatch of fabric to your consultation; this can be used to coordinate the colours of your cake. Party Platters – Thrifty Foods in-store catering experts will help you create delectable, out-of-the-ordinary platters using high quality meats, cheeses, fruits and vegetables.

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Gift Baskets – Impressive gift baskets, filled with delicious and exotic treats are a perfect treat for bridesmaids and groomsmen, and offer a sweet or savoury thank you to guests, parents and family members following the big day. Hundreds of options are available, from gourmet foods, snacks, fruit and more to fill your thank you baskets. View the gift basket selection online for ideas, or let Thrifty Foods custom design something totally unique for those you love.

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The guide to choosing




rooms-to-be face many decisions regarding their pending nuptials, but few may prove as delicate as choosing the groomsmen for the big day. Friends who expect to be groomsmen may be disappointed if they are not ultimately chosen, while brothers may feel left out if they are not asked to walk a bridesmaid up the aisle. Choosing groomsmen should not be taken lightly. Grooms-to-be who are facing some difficult choices with regard to that decision can follow a few pointers to ensure they make the right call.


✻ Pick a number. Before you even consider who you want your groomsmen to be, speak to your fiancée about how many bridesmaids she hopes to have. The number of groomsmen and bridesmaids typically matches, so your fiancée’s intentions may make your decision a lot easier. For example, if you have two brothers and several friends you’re considering, but your fiancée only intends to have a maid of honor and one bridesmaid, then you can just ask both of your brothers to serve as groomsmen. Friends are unlikely be offended if family members get the nod ahead of them, so discuss numbers with your fiancée before you begin

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trimming your list of candidates. If you already have an idea of who you want to be your groomsmen but your choices outnumber your fiancée’s, see if she has anyone else she can add to her party so no one is left out. ✻ Choose the best man for the job. Many grooms pick a brother to serve as their best man, and while that’s a nice sentiment, it’s important that grooms recognize that being a best man carries with it some responsibility. A best man will organize the bachelor party, give a toast at the wedding and handle any post-wedding duties, such as returning the tuxes or arranging for the newlyweds’ transportation to the airport. If your brother is already incredibly busy or you doubt he is up to the task, you might be better off asking him to be a groomsman and finding another best man who’s more capable of juggling

the numerous responsibilities that come with being best man. ✻ Don’t forget your fiancée’s family. While you should not feel pressured to pick anyone in particular as your best man, if your fiancée has any brothers, ask her if she had her heart set on including any of them in the bridal party. Some brides want their brothers to be groomsmen, so discuss this with your fiancée before asking anyone to line up beside you. This discussion can go both ways as well, as you can ask your brideto-be to include a favorite sister in her bridal party if you so desire. ✻ Confirm their availability. When asking friends or family members to be groomsmen, it’s best to ensure they can actually make it to the ceremony. This is a concern for grooms who are planning a destination wedding

or those getting married in their fiancée’s hometown and not their own, as some guests, including potential groomsmen, may not be able to afford to attend an overseas or faraway ceremony. When asking, explain the situation to them, and let them know you fully understand if they cannot commit to being a groomsmen due to travel or financial concerns. Confirm their availability as soon as possible, as you don’t want to be down one groomsman come your big day. For those who you want to be a groomsmen but are unable to make it, it can be a nice gesture to buy them a groomsmen gift as a token of your appreciation for their friendship. Many grooms face difficult decisions when choosing their groomsmen. But there are ways to make such decisions a lot easier than they may seem.

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e all know how much time, money and planning goes into the preparations of a wedding but if you are making your own wedding wines, then you’ve already taken the smartest step towards caring enough to find out

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idea to find out about the extensive choices and styles available to you from local wine makers and U-Brews. Today many offer 100% guaranteed satisfaction, high quality grape juice and concentrate from the world’s best wine regions and the expertise to help guide you through what can often be a difficult challenge. Let their staff help you make the perfect wine to serve that will help make your day even more unique and memorable. One important thing to remember is to that you need to make the wine ahead of time so that whatever you choose, it will have time to age. Drop by early and enjoy the experience! © SPRING

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A man's ring should be an expression of his personality.

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If you can Choosing Linens, tables, Chairs and Decor

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A big part of planning your perfect dream wedding includes the creative designs for the venue. Things you will need to plan for include small marquee tents to large frame structure tents, banquet or round tables, dishes, archways, vintage items, and white resin or wooden pecan chairs and fancy embellished linens. Choosing Flowers A wedding would just not be the same without flowers. Every bride wants her wedding to be memorable and her choice of flowers or

arrangements should reflect her specific taste and personality. Her flowers should create a theme and punch up the "pretty" factor of your reception and appear in almost all of your formal photographs.

Choosing a DJ When choosing a DJ, it is important to be specific about your playlist. You will need to establish a do not playlist as well as decide whether or not you will allow the DJ to take requests from your guests. Finally it is important to include songs for the Ceremony and Reception including Ceremony - Prelude music - Music for seating the mothers - Music for the

bridesmaids' processional - Music for the bride's processional - Recessional music Reception - Cocktail music pre-entrance - Entrance song - First dance song - Daddy/daughter dance song - Mother/son dance song Cocktail music post-entrance - Dinner music - Cake cutting song - Bouquet/ garter toss songs - Last dance With over 20 years of experience, the staff at All in One Party Shop can help to make your special day a success including your tents, tables, chair, linens, flowers and even a DJ. With a location in Campbell River and Comox, is your go to for all your wedding needs. SPRING

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Check List ©

12 Months to go

❏ Announce engagement ❏ Set a budget ❏ Determine who will be paying for what ❏ Decide what type of wedding: Style, size, location, time of day, etc. ❏ Draft preliminary guest lists ❏ Register for engagement gifts ❏ Gather ideas for the ceremony and reception ❏ Order thank-you notes for engagement gifts

11 Months to go

❏ Interview and hire wedding planner ❏ Plan engagement party ❏ Begin dress research ❏ Set a wedding date ❏ Start ceremony and reception location search ❏ Create a wedding website

10 Months to go

❏ Determine wedding’s color palette and theme ❏ Reserve a ceremony and reception site ❏ Research marriage licence ❏ Select the members of the bridal party ❏ Reserve a block of rooms for out of town guests

9 Months to go

❏ Make bridal salon appointments ❏ Try on wedding gowns ❏ Schedule alterations to the wedding gown ❏ Gather vendor referrals from friends and relatives ❏ Interview officiates ❏ Order and mail save-the-date cards ❏ Start meeting with vendors – photographers, caterers, bakers, videographers, florists, bands & DJs

8 Months to go

❏ Start a fitness/workout regime ❏ Contact lighting and tent rental companies ❏ Delegate agreed responsibilities to the groom

7 Months to go

❏ Finalize wedding theme ❏ Research wedding customs and traditions

6 Months to go

❏ Book baker and decide on cake flavor, design and style ❏ Book caterer ❏ Book florist and determine overall style for personal flowers and ceremony and reception décor ❏ Book ceremony musicians and reception band or DJ ❏ Book photographer and videographer

❏ Finalize guest list and mailing addresses ❏ Research invitation designs ❏ Select an officiate and discuss ceremony service ❏ Order wedding dress and accessories ❏ Book day of transportation for the bride, groom and bridal party ❏ Reserve a hotel room for the wedding night ❏ Update passports, if necessary

❏ Schedule a tasting with the caterer and confirm reception menu ❏ Send wedding announcement to The Campbell River Mirror newspaper

1 Months to go

❏ Select bridesmaids’ attire and confirm that each bridesmaid has ordered her dress ❏ Select attire for the flower girl(s) and ring bearer(s) ❏ Provide bridal shower guest list to maid-ofhonor ❏ Update registry lists for bridal shower ❏ Research honeymoon destinations ❏ Finalize invitation design and order wedding invitations with extra envelops ❏ Test drive directions before printing direction cards ❏ Reserve rental items

❏ Draft seating chart ❏ Confirm that each bridesmaid has received her dress ❏ Review ceremony details with the officiate ❏ Apply for a marriage license ❏ Send photo shot list to photographer ❏ Send the play list to band/DJ ❏ Attend bachelor/bachelorette parties ❏ Write your wedding speech/toast ❏ Prepare bride and groom emergency kits ❏ Start breaking in wedding day shoes ❏ Attend a hair and makeup trial and (take pictures) ❏ Find something old, new, borrowed and blue ❏ Attend final dress fitting ❏ Pick up the wedding rings ❏ Send seating and place cards to calligrapher

4 Months to go

1 Week to go

5 Months to go

❏ Book honeymoon ❏ Meet with hair and makeup stylists to discuss ideas ❏ Create song play and do not playlists ❏ Select first dance and other special dance songs ❏ Order wedding rings ❏ Reserve tuxedos for groom, dads and groomsmen ❏ Draft wedding program information ❏ Schedule wedding rehearsal with officiate and bridal party

3 Months to go

❏ Attend first dress fitting ❏ Plan rehearsal dinner, book space and order invitations ❏ Order or make wedding favors ❏ Purchase guest book for guest notes ❏ Request time off from work for the honeymoon ❏ Finalize flower arrangements for ceremony, reception and personal flowers ❏ Order wedding programs

2 Months to go

❏ Mail wedding invitations ❏ Keep a record of RSVP cards received ❏ Schedule a makeup and hair trial ❏ Select gifts for attendants and parents ❏ Attend bridal shower ❏ Write and mail shower thank-you notes ❏ Start drafting the wedding vows

❏ Pick-up wedding dress ❏ Have groom and groomsmen pick-up their tuxedos ❏ Give the caterer final head count ❏ Send reception location manager final seating chart and drop off seating cards ❏ Distribute wedding day timeline to vendors and bridal party ❏ Distribute contact list to vendors and bridal party ❏ Give ceremony and reception location managers a vendor contact sheet ❏ Confirm wedding day beauty appointments ❏ Confirm wedding day details with all vendors ❏ Pack for honeymoon ❏ Assign day-of responsibilities to attendants ❏ Arrange for someone to send your wedding dress to a preservationist ❏ Arrange for someone to return your groom’s tuxedo to the rental store

Day Before

❏ Organize tipping envelopes ❏ Attend rehearsal and rehearsal dinner ❏ Drop off ceremony accessories ❏ Give attendants and parents thank you gifts ❏ Get a manicure and pedicure

After the Wedding

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A lifestyle leap C

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You will be making many big decisions together, which may include going from a family home or being a renter to owning your own home. Home ownership is a big lifestyle leap with many costs associated. There are many sites available to help you with your decision process, these sites are sponsored by the provincial and federal Governments as well as banking sites. Once you have decided to move forward, there are bonuses based on eligibility through the provincial and federal government. Here are a few points to see if you could qualify: First Time Home Buyers’ Program The First Time Home Buyers’ Program reduces or eliminates the amount of property transfer tax you pay when you purchase your first home. If you qualify for the program, you may be eligible for either a full or partial exemption from the tax. If one or more of the purchasers don’t qualify, only the percentage of interest that the first time home buyer(s) have in the property is eligible.

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For example, if you qualify and purchase a property with a fair market value of $400,000 with a person that doesn’t qualify, you would still qualify. If you owned a 60% interest in the property, 60% of the tax amount would be eligible for the exemption. Do I Qualify? To qualify for a full exemption, at the time the property is registered, you must: • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident; • have lived in B.C. for 12 consecutive months immediately before the date you register the property or filed at least 2 income tax returns as a B.C. resident in the last 6 years; • have never owned an interest in a principal residence anywhere in the world at any time; • have never received a first time home buyers’ exemption or refund. The professionals at O.J. Realty and Property Management will work with you in the next step of your life together. They will help you find the perfect home and guide you through the process of becoming a home owner. As well as advise you of programs you can seek out as a First Time Home Owner. The professionals at O.J. Realty and Property Management have an experienced team to provide you with a full range of services, tailored to meet the needs of each client whether it is management of your rentals or buying and selling your home. © www.

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Setting the stage for your best catering experience by Ashley Velanko


s you begin your search for your perfect caterer, you will want to ask for sample dinner cater menus for your perusal. Please keep in mind that most establishments are happy to customize menus to suit the bridal couple and are often able to consider special requests dietary needs, allergy concerns, tastes or preferences you or your guests may have. The prices are usually per person for each menu and are stated at the top of each page. Some may offer to include children under 5 in the head count, free of charge and a few may offer a break for children aged 5-11.

Often, your caterer will offer other services such as full bartending (purchasing, providing and serving the bar), serving wine, serving cake etc. These options and costs are better explained and detailed in a meeting with your caterer and yourselves (or your representative). To keep things moving smoothly and avoid stress during such a busy time, be sure to allow yourself time for this very important planning session. Often the caterer will adapt their schedule to meet at your convenience. Generally, menu costs include standard services such as setting up the food/plates on the banquet tables, cut/ serve food, clear plates and table clutter, confirm with guests if they have had enough food or wish seconds, tear down banquet tables, tidy kitchen/prep area, removal of all dishes, food and food service equipment and if needed, a later return at approximately midnight to clear the coffee service.

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Other options to consider are help with wine service, and cutting and and serving the cake. This may or may not be included in your menu cost. Additional items to be budgeted for could be additional servers, or additional time past the standard time offered. Often if those are needed, you may be charged at an hourly rate for each server required. The best way for you

to avoid last minute emergencies is to meet well in advance with the caterer of your choice. You set out your specific re q u i re m e n t s , and then hand over the the responsibility of service so you can relax and enjoy your special day with your guests. Call Ashley at Fusilli Grill for help with all your catering needs 250-830-0090.

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Your Wedding. Your Budget.

Let us take care of your guests We cater to your taste. Hi Ashley,

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✻ Elegantly unique, comfortably casual, your wedding, your choice. ✻ Specialty menus available, gluten and/or dairy free and vegan options available. ✻ Fresh locally sourced menu. ✻ Cool summer dishes. From small intimate gatherings to grand events, Fusilli Grill creates a tasty menu for the most memorable day of your life.

Kind Regards, Sarah Manson

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Special Features - Weddings - 2015  


Special Features - Weddings - 2015