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or professional photographer Laureen Carruthers, capturing the moment when a couple marries is both exciting and challenging. “I love the feeling of wedding photography,” said Carruthers, who has been in the business 14 years. “There’s excitement, nervousness, a little bit of fear and lots and lots of love. It’s constantly changing. It’s just a good, fun challenge for me.” One of the best in the business, Carruthers said she limits herself to shooting no more than 10 weddings per year. “I don’t take just every wedding that comes along,” she explained. “I want to continue to love weddings. And I make sure that I am a good fit with the bride and groom.” Tips to make sure your wedding photography is the best it can be on your wedding day

include making sure you feel comfortable and plan for everything, she suggests. “Plan for the weather, plan for things to go wrong.” And above all else, Carruthers said, keep a positive attitude. Carruthers has photographed weddings in locations across B.C. and Alberta, and even some tropical destination weddings. Now she is adding Tofino and the East Coast as her next dream wedding shoots. In the meantime Carruthers will continue to capture all those special moments in the lives of her Cariboo Chilcotin clients. “I love being able to share in people’s very special moments,” she said. “You realize that after you are gone, there will still be parts of you left.” Carruthers’ beautiful photography is showcased throughout this year’s I Do 2018 Wedding Guide.

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the ring choosing

A diamond engagement ring represents love and commitment. It is an outward sign of the inward love you have for your bride-to-be. Before purchasing your diamond engagement ring, there are a few things to consider. The 4Cs of Diamond Quality Diamonds are priced according to the 4 C’s: cut, color, clarity, and carat weight. In addition to the 4 C’s, shape (e.g. round, pear, marquise, oval, heart, etc.), brilliance, dispersion and scintillation determine a diamond’s value. Select Your Metal Engagement rings are typically made from one of three metals: platinum, white gold, or yellow gold. Platinum is the most expensive metal as it resists tarnishing, but it is also the most expensive to repair if damaged. Yellow gold rings are the most popular and are available in 14-karat or 18-karat gold. Although this type of ring can show scratches and other

abrasions, repairs come easy. White gold rings have a silver-like appearance which will eventually wear off and need to be replaced. The appeal of white gold is that it easily matches most other jewelry. Choose Wisely Engagement ring styles are individual and should match the personality of the person who will be wearing it. There are endless options of standard and custom engagement ring settings from simple solitaire settings to contemporary tension settings. Prong settings are among the most popular settings as they make the center diamond appear as though it is hanging, which creates an attractive sparkle. Many jewellers provide a limited time money back guarantee while others will give to you a lifetime warranty. Understand what you are buying and the policy before you make your purchase.

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12-18 MONTHS: Set your budget Choose and book your venue Set your date! Put together your guest list Decide on a church or civil ceremony Book your church or registrar Arrange a marquee if you need one Take out wedding insurance

9-12 MONTHS: Choose bridesmaids, best man and ushers Compile guest list and send out your Save the Date cards Choose and book your photographer and videographer Get your transport sorted Book your DJ and/or band Book your caterers and decide on your menu Start looking at wedding dresses and work out what you like

This handy tool allows you to tick off all the wedding tasks on your to-do list and make sure all the planning is on schedule in the lead up to your big day.

6-9 MONTHS: Choose and book your florist Choose and book your cake maker Start shopping for your wedding dress and get it ordered! Buy your shoes, underwear and accessories Order or start making your wedding favours Book hair and make-up 3-6 MONTHS: Choose bridesmaids dresses Get your grooms wear sorted Buy your wedding rings Book your honeymoon Book your wedding night accommodation Choose readings, poems and hymns Agree your order of service with your vicar or registrar Set up your gift list Start writing your vows

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0-3 MONTHS: Put engagement announcement in newspaper Send out invitations Have your dress fittings Start breaking in your shoes at home Buy gifts for your bridal party Write speeches and thank yous Trim your hair (nothing to drastic!) and have a hair trial Trial run of bridal make-up Get your wedding license FINAL WEEK: Confirm numbers with venue and caterers Brief your bridesmaids, ushers and best man on your plans and give them emergency numbers Confirm all your timings with suppliers! Pay final balances Collect grooms wear Collect your wedding dress from your boutique Have a manicure and pedicure

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re you and your partner about to take the leap into marital bliss? Here are four things to look into before you send out your save the dates.

1. THE SEASON First, decide during what time of year you want to get married. Every season has its own charm, but know that the high season for weddings is over the summer. If you’re dealing with a small budget, consider an off-season ceremony to get the most bang for your buck. Winter weddings can be absolutely stunning.

2. THE DAY OF THE WEEK If you feel like getting married on a Monday, there’s nothing stopping you from doing just that! However, the traditional Saturday wedding is a convenient option if most of your guests work Monday to Friday. Getting married on a Saturday is more expensive than on a Friday or a Sunday though, and you’ll need to reserve early to ensure that your dream venue is available. 3. THE SCHEDULES Open up your planner and carefully study your own schedule, and then ask your close friends and family about their own plans for the foreseeable future.

Remember to consider time off work, vacations and holidays, various appointments and other significant events (birthdays, baptisms, other weddings, etc.) that are already planned among those in your circle to avoid any major scheduling conflicts. 4. THE PROFESSIONALS Before you send out your invitations, make sure that the pros you want to hire are available on the chosen date. If you have your heart set on a certain photographer or caterer, secure their services as soon as possible so you don’t get left high and dry.


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determining if a

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hen the time comes to walk down the aisle, more and more couples are choosing to make the procession in a far-off land.

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Destination weddings may appear to be an ideal way to tie the knot, but couples should know that planning such a ceremony may be even more difficult than planning a more traditional affair. Couples who choose to have a destination wedding must be ready to put a significant amount of faith in a wedding planner, who is often affiliated with the resort where the couple will be staying. Though the wedding planner may handle many of the details concerning the ceremony and the reception, couples should know that some of that planning will still fall on their shoulders as

wedding, it’s best to consider a few factors to determine if a destination wedding is truly the best way to go. • Guests: How many guests a couple hopes to invite is a great starting point when determining if a destination wedding is for you. Many couples who choose to have a destination wedding do so because they prefer a more intimate ceremony. Destination weddings are obviously more expensive for guests than a more traditional ceremony, so many guests won’t be able to afford to attend. Couples who intend to invite many guests might want to avoid a destination wedding. • Locale: The destination for your destination

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have a particular place in mind, then you might find a destination wedding is more hassle than it’s worth. • Accessibility: A common problem many couples encounter when planning a destination wedding is the accessibility of their chosen locale. Couples will likely have to visit the destination at least once prior to their wedding, which will eat up some of your wedding budget and your vacation time (which you will need to save for the actual wedding and your honeymoon). If the locale is a remote island that’s not very accessible, that can make these pre-wedding trips pretty stressful. Accessibility should also be a consideration for your guests. How far will your guests have to travel? How much money will guests have to spend on airfare and hotel accommodations? The less accessible the locale is, the more you and your guests are going to have to spend. Accessibility of the airport is another consideration. Some island locales and resorts are known for their remoteness, which can be a problem for wedding guests. If the resort is a long ride away from the airport, that’s another expense for guests. The resort may provide a shuttle service, but that cost will fall on the couple and the shuttle may not run frequently, which can prove problematic when guests’ arrivals are staggered. • Legality: The law is another thing couples must consider when deciding if a destination wedding is for them. Laws vary depending on the locale, so before you commit to a specific locale, make sure you’re legally allowed to get married there and if there are any hurdles you must clear before you can. Those hurdles might be significant, and couples may find they’re not worth the hassle. Destination weddings are on the rise, but couples must consider a host of factors to ensure a destination wedding is truly for them.




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T he tall, tiered wedding cake — with or without

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You’ve probably tasted a slice or two over the years, but what do you know about the origins of this sweet nuptial custom? wconcept of wedding cakes can be traced back to ancient Rome. At that time, it was customary to break a wafer or loaf of sweet bread over the bride’s head with the goal of invoking happiness and fertility. In medieval Europe, wedding guests typically stacked small pastries as high as possible, and the bride and

groom would kiss over the resulting pile of sweetness. The higher the pastry tower was, the happier the couple would be. Sweet, tall, tiered cakes like those seen today in weddings across North America only became commonplace around the eighteenth century. Nowadays, bakeries create wedding cakes that are true

works of art. Anything goes when it comes to the shape, flavour and colour — and toppers are no longer limited to the tiny bride and groom model.

A SYMBOLIC GESTURE The tradition of the wedding cake being sliced by the bride and groom dates back to the Middle Ages. The gesture symbolized the first action taken by the bride and groom as a legitimate couple. Traditionally, the groom rests his hand on the bride’s as a sign of fertility and protection.

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Last season’s romantic 3-D floral details were still in full bloom, while plunging necklines were seen in almost every collection (get ready to bare that décolletage 2017 brides!), and big bold florals embroidered otherwise sleek minimal looks.

wearing Pantone’s colours of the year (Rose Quartz and Serenity) is the way to break with tradition. Rose colored dresses from Mira Zwillinger, Romona Keveza, Naeem Khan, and Hayley Paige for 2017 give a romantic vibe, while other designers are betting on “something blue” for the bride’s walk down the aisle.

Deep v-neck styles were seen at almost every presentation, from Marchesa, to Oscar de la Renta, Lela Rose, and more. One thing’s for sure, designers are counting 2017 brides to make bold, skin baring choices, and the result is elegantly sexy, perfect for modern brides looking to make a statement.


Get ready to bare those shoulders! The offthe-shoulder trend so ubiquitously seen on the ready-to-wear runways, finally trickled its way down to the bridal world. The trend was seen in both minimal and ornate styles. Toppers were also a big hit this season, making their mark in the form of capelets and bomber jackets. Oversized bows also grabbed our attention on the runways. Carolina Herrera, Sachin & Babi and Oscar de la Renta all accented their wedding dresses with oversize bows, be it as a show-stopping back or waist detail, a romantic addition to sleeves, or even attached to jewellery. When a bride takes a bit of a chance with colour, and this season it looks like


A ballgown dress is truly a classic style, evoking images of fairy tale princesses. With a fitted bodice and full skirt that flairs at the waist, this silhouette is usually good for all body types. Because the full skirt, typically poofedup by crinoline, will hide the hips and thighs, women with a pear shape might gravitate toward this style. The ballgown style may not be ideal for petite women, as the skirt may overwhelm their figures. A-line Another silhouette very forgiving or appropriate for many body types is the A-line gown. A-line cut dresses should be the go-to style for anyone looking to minimize perceived flaws. The cut of the dress will fit to the waist and gradually fan out from the hips to form the outline of an uppercase “A.” When in doubt, A-line gowns are classic and sensible and a favourite among brides. Trumpet Women who prefer something a little more form-fitting may select a trumpet silhouette. This dress is fitted through the body and then the gown flares out at mid-thigh level.

Women with taut stomachs and hourglass figures can benefit from this style gown, but those who do not want anything tight in the hips and thighs will want to select something else.

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A bit more fitted than the trumpet, this silhouette is close to the body from the chest down to the knee. The skirt then flares out slightly by the knee. Tall, thin women generally look best in this type of gown.

Lean brides who want simplicity in their gowns can opt for a sheath silhouette. The narrow shape of the gown from the neckline to the hem will definitely accentuate the body shape. Therefore, women who are shy may want to select a different option. Petite women who may be overwhelmed by more fabric can usually wear a sheath gown with success.

Modified A-line A balance between a traditional A-line and a more fitted gown, the modified A-line does not flare out as much. But it does flare out enough from the waist to hide areas around the hips and thighs. This is another good choice for a wide array of figures.

Brides who do not want a gown that reaches the floor can opt for a tea length dress, on which the skirt generally falls between the ankle and the knee.

Although a bride may have a wedding gown style in mind, it is a good idea to try on a number of different silhouettes to find the one that is most flattering. Bridal


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choosing the right A florist has extensive knowledge when it comes to not only guiding you in flower choices but understands design and colour theory so they can take your general ideas and help you weave it all together into am amazing visual representation of your dreams. When you have set your wedding date and have started to gather your thoughts on colours and dresses and venue go and visit your florist and set up an uninterrupted consultation. Most florists will not charge


for this time. Take as much information as you can with you. Pictures of your dress, your colour swatches or images of the bridesmaids dresses, pictures of flowers you like. If you have a Pinterest page then add your florist so she can see what types of bouquets are catching your eye and help you pinpoint what it is that you like in them. The more you know about your dream wedding the better your florist can help you. Most importantly go into your consultation knowing what your

budget will be for flowers and decor at the ceremony and reception. Even if you only have a rough budget in mind it is best to go to that appointment with some direction for your florist in that area. You may have fallen in love with the “perfect” bouquet on Pinterest that your florist starts to source material for only to find out that its a $300 bouquet and your budget was only $500 for all the flowers. Wedding flowers are difficult to budget for. Usually flowers and decor for a wedding are the

most challenging to budget for and are often more expensive than people anticipate. There is such a large variety of factors that go into the cost. There is the actual expense of the flowers you choose which can vary from carnations that cost about $2 a stem to a rose that is about $5 to a hydrangea that is $12 or a stem of orchids that can be up to $65 a stem. In saying that think about this, it takes about 6 carnations to be the same size as a hydrangea and that stem of orchids has about 10 blooms that can be used for a whole bridal party. Another factor that goes into the cost of wedding flowers is time of the year.

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With the ability to source product from all over the world we can offer most flowers all year long. That doesn’t mean they are the same cost all year. The last factor that goes into the cost of your wedding flowers is how difficult the design choice is. The more time and skill a wedding takes for your florist to create the more you will need to budget for. There are lots of ways to bring the cost of your flowers in line with whatever budget you have, make sure you spend time talking to your florist of choice to find out what all of your options are. With the evolution of Pinterest there comes the discussion of DIY wedding

flowers. If you are thinking you want to do your flowers yourself there are a few questions to ask yourself. The main one is why are you wanting to take on the designing? Are you doing the flowers yourself because you are artistic and want to create your own dream flowers? If that is the case that’s wonderful! Go talk to your florist for advice on product choices, availability of product and what supplies you may need. Have your

local florist bring in flowers and supplies for you so that you are working with quality product that will look amazing in your photos. If you are passionate about doing the flowers and have little or no experience then ask your florist if they can provide you with an hour session of training as to how to arrange your flowers! There will be a charge for this but will be very beneficial. If you are making this decision because you have

a limited budget I suggest that you go talk it out with your florist. See what kind of help they can offer you. You may be surprised at what options you find out! This day is all about beginning a beautiful love story and a new family! Take the time to make sure you are making the right decisions for you when it comes to your flowers and decor as they are front and central in all the pictures of this most important day of your life. Your local florists are here to help make this day especially perfect for you!

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To make sure your wedding hairdo is everything you want it be, take your tresses on a test run by planning a practice appointment (or two).

preoccupations of most brides-to-be. Choosing how you’ll wear your hair on the big day is no easy task, either. Here are some tips for picking the perfect ‘do for saying “I do”.

Make an appointment with your stylist for a hairdressing test (or several) at least a month before the big day. To prepare for your appointment, browse through magazines or search online for inspiration. Make sure you have a good grasp on your likes and dislikes when it comes to your hair. Be ready to clearly and accurately express your preferences, expectations, and even your worries to your stylist. A good stylist will help you find a style that’s suited to your personality and physical features. He or she will consider several factors to create the most flattering of ‘dos, including:

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Jewellery and accessories have the power to take your wedding-day attire from dainty to absolutely dazzling. Here are a few runway-inspired trends to try for your big day. 1. Earrings Asymmetrical earrings are all the rage this year, with some brides even choosing to sport a single, bold dangler. Feathers and other bohochic touches are also on trend.

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2. Shoes Decorate your feet with elegant ankle-strap shoes. This season’s most popular models are delicate and feminine and bear a resemblance to anklets. 3. Pearls Pearls are making a comeback. Include them in your ensemble with earrings, a necklace or pearl-embellished gloves. 4. Black All-black accessories are popping up in wedding-themed fashion shows the world over. Surprise your guests with a black necklace, broach or belt. 5. Embellished gloves Long or short, gloves are definitely trending this season. Choose a pair that’s embellished with lace or rhinestones for an elegant, r o m a n t i c touch.

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standing proudly at the end of the aisle while he awaits the entrance of his beautiful bride- to- be. Here are some really amazing tailored and ready to wear options for his fashion taste and every wedding budget.

Black Tie Suave and sophisticated but yet a little bit cheeky. Today, the black tie suit is for more than just cocktail parties. It makes a statement that something important is about to happen.

Royal Blue Navy has been the obvious choice of weddings for a long time, it’s classic, elegant and timeless. Today it’s a slightly brighter shade of blue and a bit more fun. Check Mate And last but definitely not least, possibly the most daring yet fun way to dress for your wedding day - checks! It’s casual, cheeky and perfect for an outdoor or rustic wedding theme. Gentlemen do not forget the shoes! The shoes that you wear should compliment your suit and yet make a bold statement.

Light Jackets For a more relaxed vibe and steering away from the traditional look, the light shade jacket is perfect for complimenting the soft and romantic colour schemes that are so popular today.







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with a velvet, knit or wooden bowtie that matches your wedding’s colour scheme. Showstopping looks guaranteed in any case.

now you’re planning every detail of your wedding day. Future husband — it’s time to think about what you’ll be wearing when you exchange your vows! The dilemma is quite real: will you choose a necktie or a bowtie to finish off your look? Here are some thoughts to help you make this important decision.

The tie: a more relaxed option Thinking of getting married in a suit and tie? Go for it! The good old necktie has become a popular option for the modern groom. From the distinguished STOCK PHOTO traditional version to more avantgarde options, ties are available in endless patterns, colours and textures. You’re sure to find one that fits your personal style to a t.

The bowtie: a classic You can’t go wrong with the traditional bowtie. Match it with your tuxedo for a sophisticated look, or dare to be different

Have you decided yet? If you’re still on the fence, ask a stylist or knowledgeable salesperson for advice.

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10. The Isley Brothers, “Shout – Part 1” 9. Michael Jackson, “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”

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Here are the top 100 most popular songs from wedding DJs. 30. Miley Cyrus, “Party in the U.S.A.” 29. Robin Thicke featuring T.I. & Pharrell, “Blurred Lines”

26. The Beatles, “Twist and Shout”

19. The Black Eyed Peas, “I Gotta Feeling”

25. Beyonce feat. Jay-Z, “Crazy in Love”

18. The Jackson 5, “I Want You Back”

24. Stevie Wonder, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours”

17. The Notorious B.I.G., “Hypnotize”

23. Frank Sinatra, “The Way You Look Tonight”

16. Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud” 15. Pharrell Williams, “Happy”

28. Neil Diamond, “Sweet Caroline”

22. Michael Jackson, “Billie Jean”

14. DNCE, “Cake by the Ocean”

27. Backstreet Boys, “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)”

21. Montell Jordan, “This Is How We Do It”

13. V.I.C., “Wobble” 12. OutKast, “Hey Ya!”

20. Hall & Oates, “You Make My Dreams”

11. Cupid, “Cupid Shuffle”

8. Journey, “Don’t Stop Believin’” 7. Usher feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris, “Yeah” 6. Earth, Wind & Fire, “September” 5. Whitney Houston, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” 4. Justin Timberlake, “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” 3. Walk the Moon, “Shut Up and Dance” 2. Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off” 1. Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”

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Getting married outside can add a romantic, relaxed feeling to your wedding, but that doesn’t mean outdoor weddings are without their challenges.

• Alternate Location Plan No one likes rain on their wedding day, but having a backup plan is essential for an outdoor wedding. • Communication Plan Unless your indoor site is in the same place as the outdoor

site you’ll need a communication plan for vendors and guests a like.

the caterer, baker, and florist about refrigeration needs.

• Staging Area If your wedding and reception are outside is there a nearby indoor location for you to use to get dressed?

• Seating for Elderly Guests You may be having a super quick outdoor wedding ceremony, but some of your guests still need a place to sit.

• Musician/DJ Needs Do you know what your musicians or DJ needs in terms of appropriate shade and temperature control?

• Tents and Shade If only your ceremony is outside you probably don’t need a tent, but you may want one if you’re worried about sun or rain.

• Food and Flowers Is your reception outside? Make sure to check with

• Lighting Is your reception lasting into the wee hours? Do

you have the appropriate lighting? • Dance Floor If your reception is outside, you’ll want a portable dance floor. • Hydration You may think you don’t need water available for a short outdoor wedding, what happens if things get delayed? • Bugs Talk to your tent provider about a plan for combatting critters.



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questions on when and what to give for a wedding celebration.

Whether you’ve been invited to a full wedding and reception in your hometown, asked to attend a destination wedding or simply been sent a wedding announcement, you probably have questions on the proper etiquette for giving a gift. Wedding etiquette may seem old-fashioned. And then just to mess with you, the rules frequently change. If you’re stuck wondering what to do, trust your gut. In the end, it really comes down to good manners and common sense. In the meantime, here are the answers to some of your most common questions on the

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I was invited to, but don’t attend, the wedding? Yes. It’s customary to give a gift when you’re invited to the wedding ceremony, even if you don’t attend. I received an announcement in the mail but was not invited to the wedding? You’re not required to give a gift if you simply receive an announcement in the mail. It’s still nice to give something (and most people do), but there’s no etiquette faux pas in simply saying “congratulations on your marriage.” I already gave a gift at the bridal shower? Yes, you still need to give a gift. The shower and wedding are two separate events. If you’re invited to a bridal shower, it’s a safe bet you’re also going to be invited to the wedding. Keep this in mind before purchasing either gift. Figure out your overall gift budget and divide it between the two however you see fit. I’m already spending a lot of money to attend a destination wedding? Attending a destination wedding is a pricey endeavor and rightly feels like a gift in itself. Often, a couple hosting a destination wedding will let guests know their presence is their present, and if they do, you need not give a gift. If they don’t make this known, however, you’re still expected to bring a gift. If this is the case, it’s absolutely okay to factor the cost of attending the wedding into your gift-giving budget and give a smaller gift. How much should I spend? How much you spend on a newly married couple is a personal decision. It should factor in both your relationship with the celebrants and your personal budget. If you’re giving multiple gifts (say, for a shower and the wedding itself), decide your total budget first and then divide it between the gifts. What about cash? Like giving a gift from the couple’s registry, cash is also a great option. With cash (or a gift card to one of their registry stores), the couple can use their gift in the way they need it most to start their new life together. LAUREEN CARRUTHERS PHOTIO

how to plan a

kidfriendly wedding

re there children on your A wedding-day guest list? If so, make

sure the event is as fun for them as it is for the adults.

Hire a babysitter Employing an experienced babysitter will allow parents to fully enjoy the day themselves. A good rule of thumb is one babysitter per five children, but this will vary depending on the kids’ ages. During the ceremony Don’t seat all the kids together. Instead, ask that parents keep their children close by to ensure they stay calm and quiet. You may also choose to ask kids to participate in the ceremony, for

example by throwing rose petals or blowing bubbles as you walk down the aisle. During the reception Take care of your young guests as soon as they arrive. If the reception is taking place outside, set up bouncy castle or an obstacle course. Makeup artists, clowns and magicians are other options to keep the little ones entertained. During the meal Keep children in mind when planning your menu. They’ll prefer well-known dishes like chicken or pasta. Also, request that they be served first — to most kids, a five-course meal is a long, boring affair. Help them stay patient by providing some toys or colouring books. During the evening Make sure the children have access to a quiet, comfortable spot where they can play while the adults finish their meal. You may also want to bring a few movies for the little ones to watch when it starts to get late.

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re you about to have your wedding invitations printed? Here’s a list of things you’ll need to include:


Location, theme, driving instructions — make sure your wedding invitations aren’t missing any key information.

THE SAVE-THE-DATE CARD This optional complement to the wedding invitation should be sent out six to eight months before the event. It’s especially important for destination or multi-day weddings and should include the following information:

• The names of the bride and groom • The date of the event • The city in which the wedding will take place THE INVITATION CARD The invitations themselves should be sent out six to eight weeks before the wedding and contain further information on the event, including: • The date and time of the

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THE RSVP CARD It’s crucial to include an RSVP card with your wedding invitations so that invitees can confirm whether or not they’re able to attend the event as well as indicate if someone will be accompanying them. Be sure to provide a self-addressed stamped envelope.

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Putting together a wedding menu that aims to please everyone is no easy task. Here are a few tips to maximize your chances of success. 1. Avoid strong-tasting meat. Not everyone is a fan of lamb, game meat or fish. Poultry, on the other hand, is usually a sure bet. Provide more than one meal option if you can. 2. Mix it up. If you’re serving beef as a main, consider vegetarian appetizers or seafood hors-d’oeuvres. Avoid serving the same protein in more than one course. 3. Trust the experts. Don’t be afraid to ask your caterer for suggestions. If you’ve hired a chef, include his or her speciality dishes on the menu. 4. Have a plan B. If there are children, picky eaters or people with dietary restrictions among your guests, try to accommodate their preferences as much as you can. They’ll definitely appreciate the thought.

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bubbly choices Haywire The Bub OKANAGAN CRUSH PAD Bottle-fermented and aged using Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes grown in Oliver and Summerland. Crisp, fresh and delicious.

Encore Vineyards Evolve Pink Effervescence Encore ENCORE VINEYARDS Hints of peach and berry fruit from this 97% Pinot Blanc and 3% Merlot. Perfect Sparkler for the red wine drinker.

Summerhill Pyramid Winery Apres Brut SUMMERHILL PYRAMID WINERY Gold medal winning wine since 1992. Made from organic Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc. Aroma of apples, lines, pear almonds and grapefruit. Traditional Method Blanc de Noir TANTALUS VINEYARDS. Pale rose colour, Pours with a wonderfully persistant bead and mouth-filling mousse.

Gray Monk Odyssey GRAY MONK ESTATE WINERY Made with a blend of Riesling, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnary. Musque grapes, fine bubbles with a fruity and fresh aroma and citrus fruits and apricot flavour. Stoneboat Grand Piano STONEBOAT VINEYARDS Made from oldvines Pinot Blanc. A stunning sparkler with peach and citrus aromas with delightful flavours of peach, grapefruit and pineapple When planning your wedding, like all couples, you will want to add your own

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personal touch. A popular DIY wedding trend you might not know about is making your wedding wine yourselves! Winemaking is actually much easier than you might think, and it also goes a long way to help out when your budget gets tight.

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Wine is the one thing that no one wants to run out of at any party, never mind a wedding. But, depending on your guest list, the wine can really flow… and quickly! Making your own wedding wine is a good way to ensure you have enough bottles to last throughout the night, without having to skimp elsewhere. The other great thing about making wedding wine is it gets the party started long before your actual big day. Making wedding wine is a fun DIY project you will want to do together, or even with your whole wedding party. And, what most people don’t realize is that making great wine is actually very easy call your local wine retailer and make the wine right in the store.

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If you want your honeymoon to be everything you’ve always dreamed

of, choose your destination carefully. Whether you’re outdoor enthusiasts, insatiable foodies, hopeless romantics or something in between, there’s sure to be a little corner of paradise that suits you to a T. Here are a few ideas. ROMANTIC Paris is the poster child of romantic honeymoon destinations. From exploring Montmartre hand in hand, to contemplating the Seine, to immortalizing your love on the Pont des Arts, the City of Lights has infinite potential for tender moments. Venice, with its gondolas, palaces and art

With the gorgeous views of our championship golf course and the 108 Lake, The 108 Golf Resort is ideal for a breathtaking outdoor wedding.

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EPICUREAN San Sebastian in Spain is internationally renowned for its culinary scene. With one of the highest concentrations of Michelin-rated restaurants in the world, honeymooners definitely won’t run out of spots to enjoy a romantic dinner. Mexico, Vietnam, and Italy’s Amalfi Coast are also excellent choices for a flavourful honeymoon.




scene, is another option for a romantic getaway. Fall under the spell of Casanova’s hometown, where some of history’s most famous love stories were set.

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INTIMATE If your idea of a perfect honeymoon involves you, your new husband or wife, and no one else, fly away to the Maldives! Located at the centre of the Indian Ocean, this republic encompasses more than 1,190 islands, most of which are uninhabited. You’re sure to find a secluded spot where you can enjoy turquoise waters and endless white sandy beaches.

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ADVENTUROUS If you’re always on the hunt for new experiences, Iceland may be just the destination for you. With its wide-open deserts, awe-inspiring volcanoes and numerous hot springs, this Nordic paradise is the perfect place to explore and relax with your better half. The Peruvian An­des, the Moroccan desert and the Japanese Alps may also have what it takes to satisfy your thirst for adventure. LAUREEN CARRUTHERS PHOTIO



eeping track of everything you spend on your wedding ensures that you stay within your budget. It is also a good idea to determine who is responsible for what portion and to solidify a budget with each contributing individual. Nothing is more stressful than an altercation over the price difference between orchids or tulips - it is best to get the money talks out of the way early on so that everyone can get down to the joyful business of planning the event. The following list includes most, but perhaps not all, which will need to be considered for an average local wedding ceremony and reception. As with all things, there may be more or less, depending on your personal style, to consider. Start with these suggestions and personalize your own budget as you see fit.

Bridal attire: Dress$_______ Headpiece$_______ Shoes$_______ Lingerie$_______ Hair/nails/makeup$_______ Miscellaneous$_______ Groom’s attire: Tuxedo rental or purchase$_______ Shoes$_______ Underwear & socks $_______ Miscellaneous$_______ LAUREEN CARRUTHERS PHOTIO 

budget Stationery and postage: Save-the-date cards $_______ Invitations$_______ Thank-you cards $_______ Programs$_______ Postage$_______ Miscellaneous$_______ Flowers: Bridal bouquet


Attendants’ bouquets$_______ Corsages and boutonnieres$_______ Miscellaneous$_______ Ceremony Marriage license $_______ Officiate$_______ Ceremony site fee$_______ Ceremony site music$_______ Decorations$_______ Reception Food and beverages $_______ Reception site music $_______ Wedding cake $_______ Transportation$_______ Wedding favours and frills $_______ Tips$_______ Utensils (cake knife, toasting flutes, etc.) $_______ Decorations$_______ Miscellaneous$_______

worksheet Photography: Engagement Photo $_______ Wedding Photography$_______ Videography $_______ Miscellaneous Wedding party gifts $_______ Wedding insurance $_______ Wedding party expenses (hotel, airfare, etc.) $_______ Wedding Website$_______ Entertainment expenses for out-of-town guests $_______ Engagement dinner $_______ Rehearsal dinner $_______ Honeymoon: Airfare$_______ Car rental $_______ Accommodations$_______ Food$_______ Entertainment$_______ Travel insurance $_______ Miscellaneous$_______ Other: 1.$_______ 2.$_______ 3.$_______ 4.$_______ 5.$_______ 6.$_______ 7.$_______ 8.$_______ Total

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tame wedding day When couples tie the knot, many changes are in store, many compromises will be made and many lasting memories will be created. But in the weeks and months before their big days, couples can easily get caught up in the whirlwind of wedding planning, never taking inventory of their feelings until their wedding days have arrived. Come their wedding days, couples should not be surprised if some nerves set in. • Keep an open dialogue. Speak with your future spouse about the things that may be causing your anxiety. Communicating openly and honestly is one of the foundations of a strong relationship. • Slow down and breathe. Wedding planning involves making many decisions, and sometimes couples move at breakneck


speeds. Make slowing down a priority. Try to enjoy a quiet dinner with just the two of you. • Address performance anxiety. Realize that your guests are your friends and family members who will be forgiving of any hiccups along the way. You’re bound to recover gracefully from any mishaps. • Work on confidence. Wedding fears may stem from inadequate self-confidence. Give yourself a pep talk and surround yourself with positive people. Wedding day nerves are to be expected and often have little to do with the decision to get married. Planning such a big event can be nerve-wracking, but there are ways to combat any anxiety that builds up as the big day draws near.


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