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Planning the Party
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Photography Music Venue Edmonton Weddings Calgary Weddings
Whats Inside 10 11 11 203 207
Editor’s Letter Associate Editor’s Note Message from Creative Director Select Advertisers Advertiser Listing
Fashion & Beauty 21 28 28 30 34 35 40 42 63 76 82 186 189 189
The Wedding Gown Glamour Get Your Whites Right Bridal Bling Bridal Hair Flare Bridal Beauty Secrets Perfect 10’s Tejani Jewelry Sparkle & Shine Fun & Funky Black & White Glitz & Glam Your Big Bridal Close-Up Raising Your Bridal Eye-Q
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E-Wedding Planning Formal or Funny Venue Verdict The Bar Décor Drama Cost Saver Venue Cost Saver Receptions Party Planner Wine & Roses Bubbly Bliss Invitation Gallery How to Select A DJ Fantastic Favors
News & Extras 50 70 72 87 87 88 88 90 92 94 96 98 179
All In The Family Effortless Entertaining Company’s Coming Bridal Shower Basics Playin’ Around Casino Night Ask Gay About Your Day Wedding Watch: A Detailed Affair Wedding Watch: Sweet Simplicity Wedding Watch: Rocky Mountain Romance Wedding Watch: Making It Our Way Wedding Watch: Commanding Couture Divas, Diamonds and Delicious Homes
FEATURES 18 114 119 123 162
The Fairy Tale Marriage Money Talk Running For Health, Life & Love Profile Lesson in Love, Joyce Bone United as One by WEM
123 Travel the World
Fabulous Flowers 61 64 66 68
Cost Saver Flowers Pushing Color with Petal Power Silk Sensations Complimentary Colors
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Destination Scotland World Wedding Watch: Scottish Love & Lore Old World Romance The Great Getaway Hand Made Honeymoon Best of Banff
Charming Children 170 Scene Stealers
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Love at First Bite Cupcake Craze Sweet Treats
For Him 82 144 146 148 150 152 154 156
Black & White Suited To Your Style Clothes Call Casual Sophistication Tux Appeal Tiger of Sweden Groomed The Grooms Point of View
Simach Mexican Traditions Buddhist Marriage Kingdom of Aksum
The Photographer 177 Completely Letting Go 182 Picture Perfect
Empowerment 109 110 112 114 116 117 118 119 120 122 124 126 198
Relationship Revolution Science of Lasting Love Love SOS Marriage Money Talk Falling Forward Money Magic for Couples Romance Through the Years & Bad Habits Running for Health, Life & Love Secrets of the Wealthy Couple Love Lessons Love Lessons Soular Marriage Love Lessons
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Contributors Editor-in-Chief Gay Derk
Contributing Editor Sereena Schneider
Editorial Assistant Mona Struthers
Creating Your Bond
Creative Design The Bridal Fantasy Team
Photography and Art Director Darrell Derk
Creative Director Mandy Bilous
Clothing Styling Mandy Bilous Sterling Derk Landon Derk Tim Mohr
Design and Production Mandy Bilous Sarah Chung Marek Konarzewski Sylvia Kysela Kurt Kowalchuk RR Donnelley, Edmonton
Marketing & Sales Mandy Bilous Heidi Dennis Gay Derk Anna Law Cyndi Luong
Circulation & Distribution Heidi Dennis Gay Derk
absolutely love this quote from the great Dr. Seuss that says, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the one who’ll decide where to go.”
This is the beginning of your journey together. It starts as a bond of commitment that is spiritual, emotional, and basically all about love. Marriage requires you to be there for each other and to work through any challenges. Love will pull you through any obstacles that life throws in your way. Love will enrich your spirit and, with work, strengthen the bond between you. In our issue you will find some creative ways to stamp your personal style on your wedding day. You’ll see some great fashion and some sparkle and shine for the beautiful bride. Celebrate your special moments with family and friends.
Learn important ways to communicate with our “Relationship Revolution” and “Love Lessons” sections. From learning how to be a financially sound couple from Slice TV’s own Gail Vaz-Oxlade from “Til Debt Do Us Part,” to Dr. Brenda Wade’s article, “The Science of Lasting Love,” “Love S.O.S.” by Debra Macleod, or Millionaire Mom Joyce Bone’s candid advice, you will find advice that will keep you falling in love, over and over. After all, love is the one thing that never goes out of style. Have an inspired wedding! Remember to celebrate with love. Gay Derk Editor-in-Chief firstname.lastname@example.org
Article Contributors Joyce Bone Clara Chorley Company’s Coming Cookbooks Sterling Derk Mary Edwards Darren Jacklin Ryan Jesperson Anna Law Wayne Lee Shannon Loeber Debra Macleod Reverend Stuart McQuarrie Rodney K Robertson John Stanton Gail Vaz-Oxlade Dr. Brenda Wade
Make-up Artists/Hair Stylists Alexander Daniel Hair & Body Boutique In Motion Style Group Willow Stream Spa
Photography Andrew Peter Bradley Photographer Sarah Chung Curtis Comeau, Instant Memories Darrell Derk Photography Infused Studios
Publishers Gay and Darrell Derk Derks Media Werks Derks Fine Group of Companies
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COVER-ON THE COVER Dress: Bridal Debut Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Hair and Makeup: In Motion Style Group Photography: Darrell Derk Photography Model: Carmen Balen Wedding Date: Oct 1, 2010 Stylist: Vesper Flowers: (on front cover) Flower Fusion
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Associate Editor’s Note
or 2010 weddings, yesterday’s focus of having a unique wedding is being replaced by the desire for something more… something elaborate. Wedding planners are becoming the norm as weddings become full blown events. Where to start? It’s all about location, location, location. Check out the Bridal Fantasy Venue Directory, which highlights fun places to have your ceremony and reception.
This past July, I was the Maid of Honour (also the go-to wedding planner) for my best friend’s wedding. Yes, the wedding itself was the epitome of every Banff bride’s boutique wedding dreams, but it was the process, the 14 month planning period and all that it entailed – an engagement BBQ, an over-the-top wine and cheese shower in my downtown loft (featured in the Bridal Shower section), a destination stagette in Vegas, the rehearsal dinner and all the fun in-between that made the wedding itself that much more enjoyable. You can find photos and a bunch of other details about her big day in our Wedding Watch section. Bridal Fantasy Magazine had our fair share of fun in Banff too. The dresses in our bridal gown section were shot on location at the fairytale Fairmont Banff Springs, arguably one of Alberta’s most magnificent places to tie the knot. If you’re considering a Rocky Mountain wedding or stagette be inspired by the Best of Banff article. Elaborate or not, enjoy every moment. Heidi Dennis Associate Editor email@example.com
Note from the Creative Director
t’s been a very exciting year for Bridal Fantasy! We’ve been working on some amazing contests (check out the website to find out how you can win a brand-new C30 from Volvo of Edmonton) and traveling down to Banff to do our bridal gown shoot. What could be a more perfect way to say I love you or propose than in Paris, the city of romance. Bridal Fantasy will fly you and your love to Paris, put you into a romantic Boutique Hotel with champagne & roses opon arrival..then the love story begins. Enter bridal Fantasy sweepstakes and you could be the lucky winner.
The team at Bridal Fantasy Magazine has been working hard to bring you new designers and new lines, along with the latest fashions, like the black & white wedding theme straight from Europe. Here’s to the hottest trends for your wedding! Mandy Bilous Creative Director firstname.lastname@example.org
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Dress: ADK Available at: Bells & Bows Bridal Centre Veil: Bells & Bows Bridal Centre Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Jewelry
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The castle… The prince… The gown… Take the Time… before you buy, try on as many different styles, with as many different kinds of sparkle and shine accents as possible…gowns look different on your body type versus hanging on a hanger…walk around and sit down…make sure it’s comfortable…shop as soon as possible… gowns are ordered and are not always readily available right away, some made to measure can take six to twelve months. Trying on wedding dresses can be one of the most daunting experiences a bride faces. You allow yourself to be swept up in a whirlwind of love and romance in the perfect dress that will take his breath away. Feminine chiffon, organza, and satin in whisper light layers, adorned with frills and flowers to put you both in the mood for love.
All hair and makeup: Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Banff Springs Shot on location at: The Fairmont Banff Springs Photography by: Andrew Peter Bradley
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From Left to Right Dress: MD30TT by ADK Available at: Bells & Bows Bridal Centre Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Jewelry Dress: Martina Liana Available at: Beautiful Bride Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Jewelry Dress: San Patrick Available at: Novelle Bridal Jewelry: Stylists Own Dress: #2185 by Jade Daniels Available at: Tifany’s Bridal Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Jewelry
Establish some boundaries for yourself to make this a happy experience. Consider the type of sleeves, neckline, gown length, and train length you want, and the gown style best suited for your body type. Remember to match your accessories to your veil and gown. FIVE STEPS TO SUCCESSFUL GOWN SHOPPING: 1) Take along someone who knows your style and whose taste is similar to yours. 2) Talk to the shop professionals- they can advise you what the best style for your figure is or what fabrics won’t crease. 3) Remember that it is easier to take a dress in then let it out when you are planning to lose weight. 4) Consider the proper undergarments and shoes for fittings. 5) Take your time…try on lots of different styles until you’re happy with your choice. 20 Bridal Fantasy 2010
Dress: Mon Cheri Available at: Crystal’s Bridal Flowers: Flower Fusion Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Jewelry
Dress: J1205LV by Maggie Sotero Available at: Bridal Debut Veil: Birdcage from Bridal Debut Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Jewelry
Dress: F267 by Jasmine Available at: Tifany’s Bridal Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Jewelry
From Left to Right Dress: Martina Liana Available at: Beautiful Bride Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Jewelry Dress: 2185 by Jade Daniels Available at: Tifany’s Bridal Necklace: Bridal Fantasy Jewelry Bracelet: Stylists Own
heard horror stories of brides that go to pick up their dress days before the wedding only to find it missing or that is has suddenly become a size 4 from an original size 8. Check with Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been filed against the business. Pay with a credit card. Federal law now protects all transactions made with credit cards so you may withhold full payment if the vendor doesn’t provide the goods or services promised (Check with your credit card company, since there are restrictions).
The wedding gown is the one article of clothing all women dreamed about since they were little girls.
Dress: MD30TT by ADK Available at: Bells & Bows Bridal Centre Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Jewelry
Looking through magazines, attending Bridal Fantasy and other bridal shows and window shopping can help you become familiar with the latest style and fabrics. Ninety percent of the time, your dream dress is the one you’ll purchase because when you finally put in on, it will make you smile, confirming that it truly is the one. To protect yourself and your dream it is wise to shop with reputable businesses. We have all
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Dress: Available at: JenniferScott Bridal Flowers: Kuhlmann’s Floral Boutique Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Jewelry
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Dress: Distinctions by Mori Lee Available at: Crystal’s Bridal Flowers: Kuhlmann’s Floral Boutique Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Jewelry
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From Left to Right Dress: J1205LV by Maggie Sotero Available at: Bridal Debut Veil: Birdcage by Bridal Debut Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Jewelry Dress: C833 by Alfred Angelo Available at: Wedding World Bridal Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy Jewelry Tiara: Stylists Own
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Dress: Pattiâ€™s Bridal Available at: Novelle Bridal Jewelry: Bridal Fantasy
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Get Your WHITES RIGHT
o you’ve gone online and magazine shopping, getting your prep for the big shopping day. You are going to get THE GOWN. But as you continue your research for the perfect dress you start to see terms you weren’t expecting. Wedding gowns come a variety of different ‘whites’, some of them not even white at all. We are here to direct you in picking the best shade for your skin tone. stark white – this is the brightest and crispest white and looks fabulous on dark skin. silk, diamond or natural white - a shade off of stark white but it looks pretty much identical in photos. Most people look good in this colour.
ivory – you have a couple of choices here: ivory is also referred to as eggshell or candlelight. Some ivory dresses have yellow undertones and some a just a toned=down white. Check with the salon on which category your gown falls into. champagne – also called rum, this is a white with pink undertones that look nearly white in photos. Which one is best for you? Know you skin tone and you will know exactly what colour of dress to choose. fair – yellow/ivories but stay clear of stark whites as this will usually wash you out medium (with pink undertones) – look for creamier colours medium (with yellow undertones) – go for diamond white or champagne dark – lucky bride! Most shades with complement your skin tone, however; stay away from yellow and ivory. If you’ve found your dream dress but the colour doesn’t look right, ask your bridal salon consultant if it is available in another shade. Bridal shops carry samples but not usually one of each shade in the same dress.
WEDDING FASHION The attire of the wedding party can break the bank. Follow these tips so you don’t blow out your budget:
• Consider renting your wedding dress rather than buying.
• Check for the fabrics on your wedding dress. Silk is
expensive, blends – not so much. Keep in mind that the more beading and detail a gown has, the more money it will be.
• Contact bridal shops in your area to find out when they are having a sale. Most shops have one once a year – a great time to find an awesome deal on your dress.
• The Christmas/New Years season and prom seasons are an excellent time to find your bridesmaid dresses, without paying the huge costs.
Do your shoe shopping in the summer. The shelves are full of white shoes – shop in the afternoon as your feet will swell, which will happen on your wedding day.
he Martina Liana line brings an element of couture to its bridal gown designs. Each dress creation is made with luxurious silk, satin and organza, and adorned with Swarovski crystal and diamond embellishments. Available at Beautiful Bride, www.beautifulbride.ca (in Calgary) and Pure Bridal, www.purebridal.ca (in Edmonton). Jewelry www.shopbridalfantasy.com
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A bracelet is a must-have finishing touch for a bridal gown and the bridesmaid dresses. A cute idea is to have the bridal party jewellery match. Stella & Dot, the hottest fad when it comes to fashion jewellery, offers a variety of bracelets and each have matching necklaces and earrings too! All bracelets available at www.stelladot.com/heatherm.
A classic style tiara made with a variety of uniquely shaped Aurora Borealis Crystals offers maximum sparkle!
A comb adorned in feathers and crystals is a wonderful way to add a little flare to your look. Wear it on its own tucked into your updo or to finish off the top of a veil.
A flexible band is a versatile hair accessory that can be bent to fit any hair style. All of the above available at Kalaray Custom Headpieces & Jewelry, www.kalaray.com.
A perfect bridesmaid gift idea, a Stella & Dot necklace customized with special charms. All bracelets available at ww.stelladot.com/heatherm
These sweet heart-shaped earrings are a great finishing touch for any bride. www.bridalfantasy.com
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all about home... Register this Thought... We know exactly how wedding guests feel when faced with the ‘what do we buy them’ dilemma. Everyone buys a gift, but wouldn’t you rather give them something you know they need or like? Too many people fall into the trap of buying for themselves rather than the lucky couple who end up getting saddled with four teapots or towels Bridal Registry • Tableware • Custom Window Fashions
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but not in their gift budget. Instead, choose complimentary items such as table linens that mirror the china’s colour scheme. This way, the registry list is not as imposing. A good registry planner will help guests consider various price points to accommodate their own budgets.
The Top 10 Ways to Thrill Your Fiancé 10. Let her have 10 bridesmaids 9. Let her overhear you telling one of your ushers “Of course we have to wear matching formal dress shoes. Otherwise it will spoil the symmetry.” 8. Reveal to her that you still have the ticket stub from the movie you saw together on your first date. 7. After you get the Marriage License, go away to a romantic inn for a weekend long prehoneymoon. 6. When you are registering for gifts, offer to look at more than one place setting without her having to ask you first. 5. Tell her you have waited your whole life to wear a wedding ring. 4. Assure her that your best man won’t make any references to your sexual history in the toast…and then make sure he doesn’t. 3. Find a way to make her father laugh. 2. As you walk back up the aisle together, lean over and whisper “I’m the luckiest guy in the world.” 1. Propose to her all over again.
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Hair by In Motion Style Group
This bridal season the look is all about sexy, unstructured hair that looks elegant and polished. The Bridal Up Do
Use a texturizer and a bit of hairspray to add some volume and lift before starting your up do. Up dos should be carefully planned out. Remember to consider your headpiece or hair accessory. Before setting in your tiara, be sure to add some shine spray to get that justpolished lustre.
This look combines the season’s popular midlength cut with one of the hottest styles. Work mousse into clean, damp strands for texture, then set with large, hot rollers for true bridal-diva style.
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The New Fringe Opt for a thick and heavy Audrey Hepburn style, as worn by Kiera Knightley. The key is in the styling: the new fringe needs to be slightly rounded. To achieve this style, use a big, round brush to curl the ends under when blow drying.
Short Pixie Hair For a sleek option, try a sharp, graduated bob with more weight in the front. If you’re more daring, try a texturized pixie cut. Long, grown out fringes look fresh, and flatter the face.
Bridal Accents Hair clips; from butterflies to pretty to pearl hairpieces, ribbons, and jewels are hot new hair trends. Backcomb to get extra grip for jewelled looks. Jewelled hair bands are perfect with long fringes, or backcombed Bardot looks. Tiaras are a perfect compliment to your wedding gown. Nothing says ‘princess for a day’ like trendsetting crystal, bead, or pearl tiara.
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Hair by Alexander Daniels Hair & Body Boutique
very bride wants to look fabulous for her special day. We’ve put together a list of some great tips and tricks to help you look perfect for your wedding day.
HAIR: Back-combing creates a solid foundation for your headpiece. Tease at the roosts where you’ll put the comb of your veil and spritz the comb with hairspray before attaching it. You want to create shine without looking oily, so mist your brush with a shineenhancement product and then gently run over your hair. If you have a problem with baby flyaways, use a clear brow gel – it works great! Another non-conventional item for your hair – blotting paper. It works well for getting rid of shiny skin, but swipe them on your bangs and forehead to keep it clean and fresh. If you want to give your flat hair some fluffing, rub baby powder in your hands, flip your hair over and work it into the roots. Fine and medium hair can be too soft to hold an updo, try using an instant spray shampoo to build texture and lift your hair. Spray it onto your hair in sections to add thickness but still keeping hair soft. When you wash your hair, condition only the ends so the hair isn’t weighed down at the top.
SKIN: Match your skin care to the season. In spring or summer, you want to switch to a lighter moisturizer to keep your makeup from sliding. In fall or winter look for a lightly tinted moisturizer, which warms up and evens out your complexion. Keep the shade within one tone of your natural colour so it doesn’t look heavy. Avoid taking super-hot showers which can make you look blotchy. Drink a glass of ice water to calm your skin and it will cause the vessels to constrict, thus cooling you down from the inside out. Don’t substitute water with champagne because alcohol can intensify a flush. MAKEUP: Reapplying your lipstick over and over (on top off everything else you’ll be doing – eating, drinking, etc) can make your lips extremely dry. Try a non-greasy tinted lip balm or gloss in the same shade. Watch out with gloss however, as it can leave your lips slick. Remember to smile – it really is the simplest beauty secret out there. Use a lip
scrub to create smooth, supple lips which will allow your lips to hold pigment longer. Rely on water-proof eyeliner and mascara, as most brides do get weepy on their wedding day. On the big day, try washing your hands with cold water, drying them and pressing your cold hands to your face. This trick helps get rid of grease as clean fingers pick up the excess oil and the coldness will close your pores. PERFUME: And last but not least; apply your fragrance to last throughout the day. Splurge on a perfume, rather than cologne or eau de toilette. Perfume is stronger and longer lasting than the other products because it has a lower alcohol content. Put perfume on your pulse points about ½ hour before dressing, which allows the scent to absorb into your skin and not your clothing.
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Tips for Outstanding Tresses Spray on Shine: Reduces stress to your hair and scalp by stimulating and massaging your head. Curl Cream: Get the ultimate bouncy curl without a crispy feeling. Super Hold Mousse: Fantastic, lasting hold with a great natural shine. Spray Wax: This will give you great definition and texture with an unreal smoothness. Volume Cream: Great for damp or dry hair, use this for lightweight volume and medium control. Texturize Your Hair: With a spray-on product like â€œPlay Dirty,â€? by Short Sexy Hair. Paddle Brush: Reduces stress to your hair and scalp by stimulating and massaging your head.
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here is nothing like gorgeous red nails to make
a strong fashion statement. Bouquet colour and nail colour creates a strong statement. Keep your nails short with the deep, rich shades. For longer lengths, try silver, sheer or white. Time your manicure to keep your nails at their best before the big day. Once the ‘I dos’ are done, everyone will want to check out your beautiful ring and you want to make sure your hands look fabulous. If you’re wearing open-toed shoes or planning on heading someplace warm for your honeymoon you’ll want to
make sure your toenails look fantastic too. Manicures and pedicures create a polished look, and you get some pampering too!
Consult with a professional about three months before the big day. They can give you some great advice on how to take care of your hands and feet properly so they are healthier come the wedding day, which makes it easier to do your manicure and pedicure. If you take some extra time to make sure your hands and feet look their best before the wedding day, you’ll feel a lot better showing them off and your family and friends will be sure to notice your ‘Perfect 10s’!
A lot of today’s brides want the sun-kissed look for their wedding day, but don’t have the time to do multiple sessions in a tanning booth or want to spend hours outdoors – both options run the risk of burning! Spray on tans are becoming an extremely popular option. Here are some of Bridal Fantasy’s tips for spray tanning, whether you choose a self tanner spray tan or a booth at a tanning salon. 1. Exfoliate - Use a good exfoliant and loofah sponge in the bath the night before you self-tan to remove the dead skin cells, which gives the spray tan a good base to stick to. 2. Moisturize - Applying a good water based moisturizer a few hours before is a one of the best ways to ensure your skin is ready to accept the selftanner. 3. Choose your clothes carefully - Wear loose fitting clothing (not white) to avoid staining from the bronzer most spray tan solutions contain. 4. Do your homework and follow the instructions! Self-tanning booths or at-home sprays have a handout, so read up, and make sure you know what’s coming. 5. Completely wipe off after applying your spray tan. You will need to wipe your skin with a towel to catch any drips. 6. Apply cream to your hands and feet - Because these areas of the skin are usually the driest, your hands and feet may get dark faster. If you are spraying yourself, go lightly on the feet. If you are using a booth, use the paper booties (usually offered by staff) to protect your feet. You can also apply a light coating of cream to your hands and feet to filter the solution.
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Tejani Jewelry G
lamour and avant-garde style with a
touch of ethnic heritage defines contemporary bridal jewelry brand, Tejani. Designer, Urvi Prunier creates a capsule of jewels, including bangles, chokers, bib necklaces, chandelier earrings, and brooches, in an eyecatching array of unique styles and finishes. Tejani is derived from the designer’s family name, and means “brightness” and “sparkle.” Tejani features many custom options such as bangle sizing and custom finishes making it easy for every bride to find a piece that suits her personal style and taste. A custom bridesmaid’s collection allows the bridal party to dazzle in Tejani as well! Available for purchase worldwide via our website www.tejani.com, this couture fashion jewelry line features over 300 pieces! TEJANI has a piece to compliment every bridal gown, from classic to modern, couture to vintage. www.tejanibridaljewelry.com
for your ears only… Sparkle &Shine
When you complete your bridal look, your face shape can help you match your earrings. • Oval face – chandeliers, drops • Rectangle – hoops (large or small) • Round – long and slim to lengthen your face • Heart – triangles or teardrops to balance your face • Square – round, small spheres or ovals, or hoops
When going long, have a point at the bottom. www.shopbridalfantasy.com
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Earrings by Bridal Fantasy Jewelry
hen you think of wedding planning, do you feel stressed? Is your stomach aching from the thought of the meetings you will be attending with your wedding planner, the countless hours spent sifting through the million of wedding dresses to try on, or the scanning of individual gifts from the home registry? Are you tired of always doing things in person?
Luckily, for many brides today, this is no longer the issue. With online wedding planning and social media marketing in the wedding industry, brides-to-be can make well informed and efficient decisions from their very own home. The scheme of DIY (Do It Yourself) plan has expanded beyond the scope of just sending out save the dates. Brides have the option to choose what their dress will look like, accessories, suit rentals, booking the reception, to planning your honeymoon and bridal shower, all just a click away. With easily accessible wedding sites like TheKnot.com, Wedding Wire, and Bridal Fantasy’s online wedding planner, brides have tons of options. The beauty and reality of online planning is just as efficient, if not, even more so than before. It cuts through the clutter, focuses on the priorities and from a financial perspective, can save you tons of money! What isn’t there to love about online planning? 44 Bridal Fantasy 2010
With online wedding planning and social media marketing in the wedding industry, brides-to-be can make well informed and efficient decisions from their
very own home. That being said, caution is still necessary when planning online. Because of the information overload these days, it is hard for brides to tell what is a deal, what the *editors pick really mean, and how to gauge what are the different opportunities that will add to your wedding day at the end of it all. A few tips right off the bat are:
Like a good shopper in real life, the same thing goes for online. Don’t just visit one site. Visit enough to get the feel of what you like and don’t like in the services the web site provides. Then once you have chosen one, stick with it and use it as a template guideline. Purchasing online. Before signing up your credit card to a website that promises great sales, make sure it is a trustworthy website and uses a transaction system you are familiar with (ie. PayPal).
Contribute to the online discussion forums. This is the best way for local vendors to gauge what your needs and demands are for your special day.
Don’t hesitate to email special requests. The beauty of your big day is that it is unique and customized personally to you. If you want a certain aspect of your wedding to be a way that is unprecedented, just ask!
Have fun! Be creative with what you choose and take in all the great opportunities out there available to you. If you spend that extra 3 hours choosing what type of flowers you want as a centre piece, so be it! After all, it’s your special day.
Bouquet under $100.00 Today’s bride is typically paying several hundred dollars for her bridal bouquet, but there are ways to cut costs. Save money on your bouquet by mixing expensive exotic flowers like calla lilies and orchids with more readily available filler flowers like carnations and roses. Carnations are back en vogue, give your bouquet fullness and are well priced too! Finish off your bouquet with a little butterfly bling. Retail Value: $99.00 Available at Bride-on-a-Budget, www.bride-on-a-budget.com.
Cost Saver Centerpiece under $10.00 A ‘wow’ centerpiece is achievable on a budget as well. The most important thing to remember is to make sure the vase looks full. Here, a single stem of mini purple Cymbidium orchids is tucked into a vase. The clear and opaque marble beads create fullness and the floating candle completes the look. Another fantastic idea is to put a round mirror under each centerpiece to make it stand out. Retail Value: $9.99 Available at Bride-on-a-Budget, www.bride-on-a-budget.com. 46 Bridal Fantasy 2010
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“It really helps if you’re funny to begin with” was Bill’s response to our question, how can one make their speech funny. If you’re not naturally blessed with the wonderful gift of being funny, here are a few of Bill’s pointers to use as a guide. Remember, the point is not to have guests keeled over with laughter, but consider your speech a job well done if it keeps people entertained.
fOrMAL or Funny? Humorous Wedding Speeches
ridal Fantasy met with local Edmonton-based comedian and host of K-97’s, The Terry, Bill & Steve show, Bill Cowen to get the lowdown on what it takes to get a few chuckles from a wedding speech. Not only is Bill paid to be funny, he’s a well-known Edmonton wedding
photographer. He has heard plenty of speeches; some had him in stitches, while others left him cringing, “I’ll never forget this one wedding speech, she’d turn to the next page and the audience would moan. It’s was torture”.
“If you’re not a funny person, don’t try to be funny, be sincere instead”. – Bill Cowen, Comedian, Radio DJ and Wedding Photographer, www.billycowen.com
Brainstorm – Write down anything funny that you can think of about the person you’re toasting and the time you’ve shared together. Also think about stories with a “cool factor” that defines your friendship. Another idea is to look for something current in the media that ties into your speech. Brainstorm over several months; you’ll be surprised with the things that come to mind if you’re not rushing it. Weed through your notes closer to the wedding date and choose the stories that stand out the most. Anecdotes – Incorporate a few funny stories into you speech. Use them as examples and as an opportunity to engage your audience. Bill’s advice is to make the audience feel like you’re sitting at a table with friends telling a story. Each story should be between sixty to ninety seconds long. Figure out ways to make the story funnier - give the story a title or exaggerate slightly. A throw away line is another technique to try out; the idea here is when you’re telling a story to say something funny that’s related but not key to the story. Point form – Write out your stories in point form, as you rehearse, the story evolves and naturally gets better. Point form will also avoid the tendency to read your speech straight off the page. Rehearse – In Bill’s opinion this is the secret to stand-up comedy. “You can’t over rehearse”. Cut out the punch lines – Don’t go for the huge punch line at the end, humorous comments through out are a lot more entertaining. Speak from the heart and be sincere. The key to a great wedding speech is speaking from the heart and tying in a few jokes to keep it light. Start and end sincerely, “you want a lump in their throat and tears in their eyes”. Keep it clean – “It needs to be a story you can tell to the groom’s mom… nothing embarrassing, nothing friction causing, nothing surprising”. You can be self-deprecating, but don’t be condescending to anyone else. Less is more – Don’t try to squeeze too much in. A wedding speech should be five to ten minutes. “Five minutes goes by really quickly and before you know it, it’s been fifteen… one joke well told is better than three butchered by rushing”. Visuals/Props – These provide impact and reinforce what you’re saying. If you’re telling a story about the time the groom won a pie eating contest, why not put up a picture on the projector screen of the prize winner chowing down? Careful with inside jokes – Don’t expect everyone to laugh and don’t use too many as most people will feel excluded. Either give enough background so that the joke will be funny to everyone or avoid it all together.
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All in the Family What to do when you have a big, extended familyâ€Śâ€ŚYou include everyone!
Photo: Instant Memories
Christina Sarich and Mark Sturko included everyone for a real family event. A wedding is a special time to celebrate your family and friends.
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Formal Wear: Derks
Preserve your Gown Many dry cleaners, bridal shops or specialty companies will professionally clean and preserve your gown. Always ask for recommendations as care is important for this special keepsake. Always clean your gown right after your wedding otherwise it may turn yellow.
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Photo courtesy of Infused Studios
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fter the ceremony and the photos it’s time for the party! Planning the reception entails a few key decisions. The venue where the reception is held is one the biggest decision you’ll make. Where you hold your reception will dictate the direction of a lot of the other areas of your wedding, including food and décor, just to name a couple When choosing your venue, ask these key questions: • Is the venue close to where your photos are being taken? • How many guests can the venue hold? (this is very important –too little and your guests will be cramped, too many and your wedding space will feel empty) • Can you set up the day before? • Do they allow an independent caterer to provide the food for the wedding? • Is there a private outdoor patio/area for your guests? • Is the venue equipped with audio/visual equipment? • What extra fees are included with the cost of booking the venue? • Are there any restrictions in terms of photography, décor, candles, alcohol and music? • What meal options are available? • Is parking available? • Is there wheelchair accessibility? • Is there a dance floor? • What type of bar/alcohol service is offered? • How many hours is your reception booked for? You may have more questions, based on the type of wedding your and your fiancé are looking for, but these one are key to making sure your reception gets off on the right foot.
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LOVE at First Bite
Sweet Treat. Fun and flavourful cupcakes made with fabulously fresh ingredients. Available at Flirt Cupcakes, www.flirtcupcakes.com
That which is unique, different or elaborate is that which is popular with today’s bride and groom, and the same goes for the cake. Wedding cakes have evolved to works of art. Symbolism aside, more couples are using the cake to make a statement. From mile-high cakes and cupcake sculptures to a cake with an entourage of individual mini cakes around it, the cake table, or a version of it, has become a focal point at weddings.
Raising the Bar. A seven-tier work of art. Cake design by Cake Couture, www.cakecouture-edibleart.ca Photography: DQ Studios, www.dqstudios.com
Picture Perfect. Roses sculpted to perfection. Cake design by The Art of Cake, www.theartofcake.ca Photograph: Shallon Cunningham Photography, www.shallonphotography.com
upcakes are still a huge trend for weddings and this is one trend that doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. They are a great option to the traditional wedding cake. Cupcakes can be easily (and individually) personalized and you don’t have to cut them! Butterfly/Flower: Vanilla cupcake with vanilla frosting and custom cupcake liner. "R" Square: Square chocolate cupcake with gold sparkle accents and chocolate buttercream icing. Cut-out Square: Square cupcakes, available in any flavour, with double-layer icing and hand- cut out floral design and custom cupcake liner. Black and White Floral: Hand-painted floral design onto icing with edible flower decoration. Chocolate cupcake with white buttercream icing. All white: Elegant and classy pure white cupcake - prefect for weddings. Vanilla cupcake with edible flower embellishments. All cupcakes from Jam On Your Face, www.jamonyourface.ca
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treats W hy spend endless time searching for a crowd pleaser? Treat your guests to a sweet feast: a candy buffet specific to your theme and colours will leave your guests begging for more! Candy buffets have become the NEW trend for weddings and other special events like the bridal shower. When imagination and candy work together, expect a “sweet work of art”.
Companies like M&K Candy Buffet Inc. provide candy buffet service to weddings, bridal showers and more! They come out to your venue the day of the wedding prior to the reception, set up and take down the buffet. Most companies have their own glass and container selections, talk with your planner/décor provider to find out your options. A full self-serve candy buffet with a variety of candies, matching your theme will be the hit of your reception. The buffets can be absolutely gorgeous and generally end up as a focal point that everyone surrounds around and while they mingle and munch.
Candy buffets can also replace your favours, saving you time and money. You can also use your candy buffet as a create-your-own-wedding-favour station. Guests choose what they would or wouldn’t like, and put their chosen candies into a little jar/box decorated in your wedding colours (empty baby food jars, cleaned and decorated are a great size for this!). Photos courtesy of: D4 Photography
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Complimentary or Cash?
n the past, the rules for serving liquor at a wedding reception were simple – the host paid for everything. It was considered inappropriate, and even offensive, to expect guests to pay for any part of the wedding. However, today cash bars are becoming common at wedding receptions, since couples are concerned with the liability and cost associated with offering an open bar. Many couples worry about what type of bar to provide at their reception. They want their guests to have a good time, but they feel uncomfortable asking people who are sharing in their joy to pay for their own drinks. On the other hand, they don’t want their reception to turn into a frat party by offering an open bar, or have to deal with liabilities (not to mention the cost). The best people to ask what kind of bar to serve at your wedding is yourself and your groom. You know your crowd well enough to
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determine what they’ll like. Guests at a formal wedding reception are likely to consume less alcohol than guests at a laid-back reception.
If you decide to go with an open bar, you can save money by limiting the time that alcohol is available. You can also limit the type of alcohol that will be served. Setting a limit on the amount of alcohol can help decrease some liabilities as well. It’s important to check if your reception facility offers any type of liquor liability insurance. Most do not. You can check the contract your reception facility provides for this information. If you are not covered it is possible to purchase liquor liability through companies. Don’t forget to get a liquor license if needed, which is available at most liquor stores. Organizing liquor for your wedding does not have to be a headache. Just remember that you understand your guests best, and you will be the judge on what type of bar to serve, and what steps you need to take to make your reception perfect.
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