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BRIDAL FANTASY MAGAZINE

Hold SPRING/SUMMER 2008

Cultural

Formalwear Perfectly Suited


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1093, West Edmonton Mall Tel. (780) 444-7210


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Editor’s Letter Bridal Fantasy Contributors

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the Fashion & Beauty Planning Party 18 Dress Divine 26 28 62 77 81 82

The Perfect Fit Budget Bride Eye Spy Hair and The Girl Bridal Beauty For Yours Ears Only

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Colour My World The Great Getaway Making Waves Cultural Colour Formalwear Done Right

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Green Weddings-Your Menu Theme Time Receptions...Earth Friendly Edible Centrepieces Centrepiece Games Make It Unique Receptions Let’s Dance the Night Away Melodious Music

News & Extras 32 34

The Bachelorette Bash Wedding Cake Couture

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Cake Cost Saver Helping Hands Gettin’ Around A Fairytale Wedding Sneak Peak Happy Kids

Gifts & Goodies 48 Wish List for the Girls 119 Fabulous Favours 122 Registries

Flourishing Florals 112 The Meaning of Flowers 113 Flower Power 115 Fresh Florals


60 BF Bride’s Guide

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For Him

The Photographer

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Gorgeous Grooms Getting Shirty Do Your Duty The Groom’s Day Fashion Done Formally After Dark

Empowerment 66 127 128 130 131 134 135 136

De-Stress Quickly The Evolution of Wedding Vows Night-time Sensation Mental Grooming Money Memories How to Get More of What You Want Refresh Your Spirit Empower Your Marriage

Choosing A Destination Photographer Trash The Dress Picture Perfect Say Cheese! Photo Album Basics

Tell the World 90 92 93

Invitation Innovations Thank You Card Etiquette Environmentally Friendly Invitations

Lifestyle

It’s all about unique weddings for 2008. This issue of Bridal Fantasy Magazine highlights original ideas that will inspire you. For a fairytale bride, we’ve found a Cinderella carriage. The fashionable bride can skip to the gown section and be transformed. For the budget bride, look for the Cost-Saver tips. For the eco-friendly bride, Green Weddings will give your meal local appeal. The creative bride will be inspired by Do-ItYourself tricks included in many sections. Cultural Colour may leave you scouring ethnic stores for Flamenco and Indian accessories, and spark your desire for a wedding date with an eight. The edgy cascade bouquet will capture your eye, while the idea of an ice cream sundae bar for midnight lunch will excite your taste buds. Our Cake Quiz provides expert advice from cake artists and the romantic travel feature will have you counting down the days until you can escape. May you find inspiration in these pages. Wishing you a one-of-a-kind wedding. Heidi Dennis, Associate Editor

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Contributors

Editor’s

Editor-in-Chief Gay Derk

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Associate Editor Heidi Dennis Contributing Editor Sereena Schneider Creative Design The Bridal Fantasy Team Photography and Art Director Darrell Derk Creative Director Mandy Bilous Clothing Styling Sterling Derk Mandy Bilous Heidi Dennis Design and Production RR Donnelley Graphic Design Mandy Bilous Marketing & Sales Heidi Dennis Kathy Powys-Lybbe Mandy Bilous Circulation & Distribution Heidi Dennis Article Contributors Barbara Day Curtis Comeau Giselle Yanish Kelley Keehn Sheri Gessner Stacy Walker Tamara Jones Tanya McGinnis Wayne Lee Make-up Artists Avanti Salon & Spa Chocolate Mousse Salon & Spa Pamela Parker Hair Stylists Elysium Hair.Body.Spirit Chocolate Mousse Salon & Spa Pamela Parker Photography Curtis Comeau, Instant Memories Ki H. Kang, H.O.M. Photo Inc. Brendan White Klyment Tan – Klyment.com Inc Jonathan Puckrin – jonathanpuckrin.com Mandy Bilous Nick Croken Nick Hawkeye Publishers Gay and Darrell Derk Derks Media Werks Derks Fine Group of Companies Bridal Fantasy is published by Derks Formals, a division of Derks Fine Group of Companies. Bridal Fantasy Magazine is published once a year. The views and opinions herein do not necessarily represent those of Bridal Fantasy, its publisher, editor or employees. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written consent of the publisher.

Entering the White Zone Welcome to Bridal Fantasy Magazine! You’ve just been proposed to and are now entering “the white zone”. The obsession begins with gowns, colours, invitations, flowers and favours. So many things to do, so many choices, and so many decisions to make. We’ve focused on dresses we think will help you find your dress divine, a dress with the “X factor”. Groom’s fashions too, have come a long way in the last couple of years…check out “Dressing To Impress” where we celebrate the groom looking good too. We’ve got the latest colours and trends for bridesmaids and bouquets. We hope our magazine will give you some inspiration and that touch of style you’re looking for in your wedding. Gay Derk Editor-in-Chief

On the Cover: Dress: Mori Lee, available at Ethos Jewellery: Ethos Hair & Makeup: Pamela Parker Photography: Klyment Tan Model: Kasia, Déja Vu Modeling Int’l Stylist: Mandy Bilious


Bridal Fantasy

Contributors

Mandy Bilous

Sereena Schneider

Darrell Derk

Dave Olson

Sterling Derk

Kathy Powys-Lybbe

Photography

Klyment Tan

Jonathan Puckrin

Curtis Comeau

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WHERE YOUR FANTASY BEGINS Visit our new salon and experience the thrill of finding that perfect wedding dress. Our enthusiastic consultants will show you our fabulous selection of stunning designer gowns, bridesmaid gowns, veils, tiaras, jewelry, shoes and more. We look forward to making your wedding day perfect. Visit our new salon at:

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Dress: La Sposa Style: Modenia Available at: Denilore Bridal Flowers: la piazza dasee Hair & Makeup: Avanti Salon & Spa


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Dress Divine From the classic church to a glitzy evening bash, modern day weddings are the perfect excuse for finding a divine dress. As the bride it goes without saying that finding an utterly fabulous yet appropriate wedding gown is the ultimate pre-event challenge. Classic calls for luxuriously stylish dresses enhanced with glamorous accessories, while an evening soiree demands a super striking gown and gleaming jewellery.



Then there’s the destination wedding and the beach…the perfect opportunity for simplicity and elegance. Here’s how to look sensational.

The Classic Bride



A traditional white or ivory wedding dress does not have to be boring. It’s all about mixing something old with something new and something with timeless elegance to give it a trend setting twist. Just add statement jewels and some special heels to create instant chic.

The Evening Bride



For an evening celebration, just forget the standard wedding dress code. It’s an opportunity to indulge in daring cuts and fashion inspiring style. Have fun with your ensemble and just be sure to be beautiful.

The Beach Bride

Dress: Venus Available at: Wedding World Hair & Makeup: Avanti Salon & Spa

Dress: Rina Dimontella Available at: Tifany’s Bridal Hair & Makeup: Avanti Salon & Spa

If you are escaping to an exquisite, sunbaked island to exchange vows, think outside of the box and think tropical. Brides can go for show stopping chiffon, a classic white gown topped with glistening flat sandals.


If you love…

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ballet… a romantic gown with dramatic layers will flatter the figure

a cameo appearance… fall in love with this exquisite gown.

Dress: Anjolique Available at: ABC Bridal Flowers by: Kuhlmann’s Hair & Makeup: Avanti Salon & Spa

Dress: Rina Dimontella Available at: Tifany’s Bridal Hair & Makeup: Avanti Salon & Spa


If you love… Victorian… a new look, a classic twist with lace and plenty of swish.

Dress: Mori Lee Available at: Wedding World Flowers: Marlow & Richards Hair & Makeup: Avanti Salon & Spa

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Dress: Atal Khandeiwal Available at: Nazila Couture Flowers by: Kuhlmann’s Floral Boutique Hair & Makeup: Avanti Salon & Spa

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If you love…

If you love…

modern… try a simple A-line dress with a hint of vintage

goddessy… try flowing chiffon with enough décolletage to make it sexy. Dress: Maggie Sotero Style: Lavina Available at: Bridal Debut Flowers by: Marlowe & Richards Hair & Makeup: Avanti Salon & Spa


If you love… demure (but bare)… try something sheer with an off the shoulder cut.

Dress: Emma Scott Couture Available at: Bridal Debut Hair & Makeup: Avanti Salon & Spa Tuxedo Available at Derks

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If you love‌ stunning‌ this gown is a departure from the all-white standard. The silver embellishment makes it so cool.

Dress: Sophia Tolli Available at: Bridal Debut Hair & Makeup: Avanti Salon & Spa


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Perfect Fit

ver since you were a little girl, you’ve probably fantasized about every specific detail of how your wedding day would be. And if you are like most women, you’ve probably spent hours upon hours picturing the perfect dress for your magical day. Now that your wedding day is actually an upcoming reality, you may find yourself wondering how you are going to find the exact gown you have been customizing in your mind for the better half of your life.

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Dress: Pronovias Available at: Ethos Hair & Makeup: Chocolate Mousse Salon and Spa Shot on location at The Hotel Selkirk


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EVERYTHING FOR A With so many bridal shops out there, it’s difficult to know where to start. Shopping for a dress does not have to be strenuous! You just need to determine what is important to you, whether it is cost, selection or exclusivity. Most bridal shops specialize in different areas, so depending on the dress you have in mind; you can begin your search in a custom design shop, a bridal boutique or a consignment shop. We’ve compiled a list of the top styles in bridal gowns. This should give you an idea on what style would suit your body frame.

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Wedding Gowns Bridesmaid Flower Girl

A-Line: Fitted bodice with a skirt that gently flares for slight to medium fullness at the hemline. Great for hiding flaws and slimming larger figures, not a good choice for petite figures.

Communion Graduation Special Occasion H e a d p i e c e s & Ve i l s

Ball Gown: Fitted bodice with a skirt that flares for maximum to exaggerated fullness at the hemline. Looks fantastic on taller brides, but not a good choice for larger figures. Mermaid: Fitted bodice and hip with a skirt that dramatically flares below the knee. Wonderful choice for the petite and/or slender brides. Pegged Sheath: Fitted bodice with a skirt that gradually tapers to narrower than hip width. Really only works well with a boyish figure, not a good choice for the larger bride.

Accessories Alterations

9719 - 63 Avenue, Edmonton 780.433.1622 www.weddingworldonline.com

Sheath: Fitted bodice with a skirt that hangs straight from the hipline. Good choice for either the boyish or petite bride. Empire: Fitted bodice that hugs tightly under the bust line and flares out. Great choice for petite or larger bride.

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hat’s a ‘new-to-you’ gown? Bridal Gown Heaven has found a way to put a fun spin on buying a second-hand gown, and is a consigned gown even really all that used? Worn for one day only, most of these gowns are in mint condition.

Who is a consignment bride? There are many types of brides that find fun in consignment dress shopping. The creative bride for instance needs only a framework for her dress. She’ll change the look by finding a tailor who can not only fit the dress, but also add a few extra embellishments to her gown. The budget bride will be delighted with the selection she has and the price point. Finally, the trendy bride, who wants to wear more than one gown on her big day, can make her

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dream a reality by buying consignment. Bridal Gown Heaven’s consignment concept ensures that their gowns can be priced at half off everyday and they also offer no GST. Brides can purchase ‘new-to-you’ and brand new gowns from the past season that have been cleared by other bridal shops. If you’re not from Red Deer, it may be time for a fun road trip with your girlfriends. www.bridalgownheaven.com


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ho says you have to head over to the club and watch strange men take their clothes off because your girl is getting married? These days, the strip joint bachelorette party is no longer your only option. With so many choices, you can guarantee a fabulous time and some great memories that don’t have to include a naked man, unless you want one!

Why not hold the bachelorette bash at a casino or the racetrack? Most of them have a nice restaurant and who knows? You might end up wanting to see a show there, or book a room overnight. The greatest thing about a gambling party is that someone could walk away with enough to for a great wedding present or their bridesmaid dress. Keep in mind that the odds are usually against you, so don’t go overboard. Only bet what you can afford to lose. Try suggesting a day or even a full weekend at a spa and everyone will be running to pack their bags. You may end up forgoing the junk food and booze, but the fabulous faces and exfoliated feet will be well worth it. Try to find a full-service site that offers everything you could imagine to make sure there is something for everybody. Not every girl wants a mud wrap. If the wedding party are country girls at heart, have a good old honky-tonk night in a country-western bar. Ride the bronco and do a little two stepping for a fun night out with the girls. Don’t forget your boots and hats! A fondue party can be a ton of fun. Communal pots of melted goodness, cheese or chocolate will encourage all sorts of giggles, gossip and bonding. Do this at home if you have the equipment and the people willing to do all that chopping. If you want to go out, reserve a large table at a fondue restaurant. Feel free to indulge; this is the girls’ night out.

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Is the bride a shining example of lady-like behaviour? Then she might appreciate a Victorian-style tea party. Make it complete with lace doilies, finger sandwiches and scones. This type of party can easily be hosted in someone’s home or if the ladies really want to splurge, head off to an upscale tearoom. For something to bring out the kid in all of you, try a scavenger hunt. Complete with clues and treasure map, the party will have everyone laughing. Make your prizes as original and as grown-up as you like, a bottle of champagne for instance. Use a friend’s house or garden, head to a park, but be a creative as possible. As strange as it may sound, a comedy club is a great place for a bachelorette party. It may not seem so, but when the comedians find out there is a stagette in the club, they will go out of their way to make you laugh. You can call the club in advance and reserve a table as close to the stage as you want. Make sure to ask for any group discounts, like cover charge, or if your party is large enough you may be able to get drink specials. You’ll spend your evening in stitches! What about the great outdoors? Is she a woodsy type? Call around your local parks and campsites, or look for locations of interest with cabins. See if you can find out what type of activities are offered, things like horseback riding, swimming, canoeing and plan a great weekend get-away. Make sure all of the


invitees know what type of clothes, accessories and food to pack. Don’t forget the toilet paper! When all else fails – do it all. Dance clubs, strip joints, sleazy bars, the pool hall; explore them all in the lap of luxury. Arrange for a chauffeurdriven limo that can pick everyone up at a designated location and your party is free to go wherever you please and to drink as much as you please, all the while feeling like important celebrities. Make sure the driver knows where the end location is (where everyone will be spending the night) so no one drives home. And if a limo just isn’t her style – or your group is just too big – consider a rental van or a chartered bus. Just remember that whatever you do, the whole idea is to have a great time!

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Party Here’s another original idea for the stagette; why not throw a poker party? Serve your favourite appetizers and drinks and make a fabulous night of it. Susan Taylor of Poker Chicks 101 throws home parties for ladies wanting to learn the art of Texas Hold ‘Em. Her pretty-inpink table, chairs, playing cards and poker chips create the perfect atmosphere for this cozy stagette idea. For more information go to www.pokerchicks101.ca

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Wedding Cake Couture our reception just wouldn’t be the same without a wedding cake. After all, it’s meant as a symbol of fertility and is one of the most commonly found wedding traditions. In ancient Rome, they would bake a cake of barley or wheat and then break it over the bride’s head as a sign of fertility. Today, wedding cakes are more about style and taste then they are symbols of fertility. If you’re a talented baker you can make your own

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wedding cake - not only will you save money but it will also symbolize all the love and dedication that you will put into your marriage. For those of you who aren’t whizzes in the kitchen there are hundreds of unique wedding cake designs to choose from. From a traditional tier cake to the popular new cupcake cake, you’re sure to find something to fit your wedding style and your personal taste.

Cake Quiz BF Asks the Experts BF: How can a couple ensure their cake makes a statement? A: Try personalizing your cake by using it to reflect the theme of your wedding or by telling a story that showcases your shared interests as a couple. Karen Dunne, Le Gateau BF: Cupcake towers are increasingly popular as wedding cakes. Why the cupcake craze? A: Cupcakes are perfect for weddings because they can be personalized with monograms, flowers or symbols. As well, each guest gets his or her very own cupcake and a large variety of flavours can be accommodated while maintaining a uniform look to the tower. A true wedding cupcake tower has a small cake on the top tier to uphold the cake-cutting tradition. The best part is, you spend less on cupcakes than you would on a wedding cake! Ailynn Santos, Whimsical Cake Studio Inc. BF: An ice cream cake as a wedding cake, what a neat option! How do you keep your wedding cakes frozen? A: When the cake is completed it is frozen solid in a blast freezer for twelve hours at an extremely low temperature (-37 to –42 degrees Celsius). It is then transferred to a regular freezer to thaw slightly for about five hours prior to being served. Farooq Jutt, Marble Slab BF: These days, some couples are opting to not have a wedding cake. Why is this tradition one that should not be forgotten about? A: The best part about this tradition is the symbolism behind it. Cutting the cake

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symbolizes the couple’s unity from this point forth. Each guest gets to eat the cake and therefore share in the celebration of the sweetness of the couple’s future. Karen Dunne, Le Gateau BF: It’s tradition for newlyweds to save the top tier of their wedding cake to eat on their first anniversary. Any tips when it comes to freezing a wedding cake? A: Freezing is an easy preservation method and allows the cake to last anywhere from an extra week to multiple years. Wrap the cake tightly with plastic wrap. Then put the cake in an airtight container. When defrosting, take the plastic off of the cake prior to letting it thaw, so moisture will not be trapped, which would make your cake a soggy mess! Roxanne Kits, Bake Me A Cake BF: When it comes to weddings, personalization is all the rage. What’s the most unique cake idea you’ve ever encountered? A: A fire truck wedding cake. The bride wanted as much detail on it as possible including her groom’s station number. We even created the fire hose to be in the shape of two hearts. The cake was huge and weighed about 40 lbs! Ailynn Santos, Whimsical Cake Studio Inc. BF: Any tips on photographing a wedding cake? A: Try to get a close up shot. Don’t shoot in front of a window and turn off your flash as it creates a glare on the cake. Karen Dunne, Le Gateau


Cake Cost Saver BF: Couple’s that have smaller budgets for their weddings often opt to make their own cake. Any advice for a do-it-yourself bride and groom? A: Three pieces of advice for do-it-yourself cakes: 1) Take a class. Many stores, like Michaels, offer a variety of cake making and decorating courses at a very reasonable price. 2) Commit to a design that will not stress you out at the last minute. Choose to make the cake in advance and freeze it (remember to take all decorations off the cake before freezing). 3) Bake a trial cake a couple months before the wedding. A practice run will ensure that you know what it’ll take to complete the cake in regards to timing and materials. Happy sampling! Roxanne Kits, Bake Me A Cake

Pretty in Pink For the princess bride, this exotic creation is covered in pink fondant and decorated with intricate handmade chocolate leaves. Crowned with delicate pastel pink roses, this sweet treat makes a statement.

Photo courtesy of Cakes by Janna, www.cakesbyjanna.com.

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Your dress should be a reflection of you... your taste, your style, your dreams. From full skirts and gathered tiers to dramatic creations and stunningly simple silhouettes, your gown is at West Edmonton Mall. Model’s hair is styled by Angela’s Hair. 1 Sposabella 2 STYLE america 3 Mina’s Fashion and Design 4 Tristan & America 5 Ethos 6 Tres Chic



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Your footwear... it’s the peek-a-boo detail, seen with the lift of your dress and when you’re twirling around the dance floor. Outstanding styles to complete any look. Find them at West Edmonton Mall. Models are wearing fashions from Hansel & Gretel (left) and Bryan’s (right). Hair is styled by Angela’s Hair. 1 Mayfair Shoes 2 Sapatos 3 Da Vinci Shoes

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1 Natural, garden-inspired beauty products wrapped in elegance by Crabtree & Evelyn 2 Lingerie and sensual surprises by Luv ‘N’ Stuff 3 Practical and functional meets unique and has impact by Le Gnome 4 Pretty and romantic intimate apparel and sleepwear by La Vie En Rose 5 Styling products for the perfect look by Perfect Cuts 6 Fruit-inspired products to excite the senses and set the mood by Fruits & Passion 7 Distinctive giftware for him by Shefield & Sons Tobacconists 8 Outstanding bags in every style for every purpose by Bon Voyage Luggage


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9 Capture and display those special moments by Black’s Is Photography 10 Superior service for any and every travel adventure by Marlin Travel 11 Luxurious handmade soap and skin care products by Rocky Mountain Soap Company 12 Lovely, luxurious intimates by Les Saisons 13 Perfect accessories to keep memories alive by Hallmark 14 Exotic and adult pleasure products by Love Boutique 15 Fine china and collectables to suit every taste by The Royal Doulton Store


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Bridesmaids Flowergirls Accessories Mother of the Bride/Groom

5916-104 Street Edmonton, AB 780.431.0539 www.denilorebridal.com


Colour my World

G Dress: Ethos Hair & Makeup: Pamela Parker

ive your wedding an instant shot of high voltage with a dazzling flash of colour. As always, this season’s weddings will be awash with striking colourful gowns and accessories. Hot fuchsias add flourish to luxe neutrals. Zingy berry tones are artfully mixed with black; apple greens and bright yellows are given an energetic kick with primary hues. The new fashion focus is colour contrast to create an upbeat vibe for your wedding.


Wedding World Hair & Makeup: Avanti Salon & Spa

Tifany’s Bridal Flowers: Marlowe & Richards Hair & Makeup: Avanti Salon & Spa

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From left to right: Bridal Debut, Gemini Fashions, ABC Bridal Hair & Makeup: Avanti Salon & Spa


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here is a lot more to being a bridesmaid than walking down the aisle in your “fabulous” dress. Help out your friend and add some extra fun to this time in her life, which can be very stressful, but is also very special. Here are some great ideas to inspire you and help you to go above and beyond:

Help make up or take full responsibility for the gift baskets/bags for the out-oftown guests’ hotel rooms. Some great ideas for these are welcome letters, phone numbers of the important people, snacks and suggestions for fun activities around town. Find out when the invitations are going to be ready. Plan an evening with the other attendants and ask everyone to bring some food to nibble on. Nothing too greasy or oily,

the last thing you want to do is leave marks all over the invitations! Turn on some music and divide the jobs of writing addresses, stuffing envelopes and putting stamps on the envelopes. You’ll be helping the bride finish a tedious job, and get to bond with everyone at the same time. Help the bride ward off those pre-wedding jitters. Get tickets to a performance or even a movie, one that you know she’s dying to see. Run those

last-minute errands. Make sure you’re on hand to confirm the flower delivery times, meet and greet the ceremony officiant (if the best man isn’t doing it) or to help satisfy those junk food cravings. Anything you can do to help the couple with their day is a blessing. While this is an exceptional time in their lives, it’s very easy to get bogged down with all of the details. Your help can make everything go a lot smoother.

Denilore Bridal Hair & Makeup: Avanti Salon & Spa

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ABC Bridal Hair & Makeup: Avanti Salon & Spa

Both Dresses: Gemini Fashions Hair & Makeup: Avanti Salon & Spa

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From left to right: Bridal Debut, Denilore Bridal Hair & Makeup: Avanti Salon & Spa

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Dress: Gemini Fashions Tuxedo: Derks Hair & Makeup: Avanti Salon & Spa

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Chosen carefully, your bridesmaids are an invaluable support system for the stressed bride. The ladies that stand by you for your special day are there because they are very precious friends. They will help you through the months of preparation for your wedding, will stop at nothing to ensure you achieve your dream wedding. The focus is on the bride leading up to the big day while the bridesmaids busily plan the bridal shower, bachelorette party, help with wedding invitations, and give you someone to lean on when things get hectic. After all the months of planning, how do you thank these fantastic ladies? Typically bridesmaid gifts are given at or after the rehearsal dinner, or the morning of the wedding day. Take a few minutes privately with each bridesmaid to thank her for participating in the wedding. Don’t forget to write a personalized thank you note.

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What’s a Brag? A bra bag. This must be the best idea yet when it comes to keeping your bras in tip top shape. The Canadian designed clutch is perfect for traveling. Available at Cameo Lingerie, www.cameolingerieonline.com

Steep in Style A chic and unique way to enjoy your favorite loose leaf tea. The wand holds the perfect amount for an individual cup of tea and if you’re having tea with friends, each guest gets to sip their preferred flavour.

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Girly Treat A fun item to add to a bag of goodies for each bridesmaid. Each case contains mini peppermints and has a small mirror inside, a perfect addition to any purse. Available at La Piazza Dasee www.dasee.com

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Titled Tanks You and your bridesmaids will get attention sporting these tank tops on the night of your stagette and create lots of fun photo opportunities wearing these at a slumber party. Available at La Piazza Dasee, www.dasee.ca

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Lovely Lace The perfect lingerie to buy your bridesmaid especially if you don’t know her size. The beautiful ties on the side allow this Arianne lace thong to fit a wide array of shapes and sizes. The best part is, there’s no need to worry about wrapping it up because the packaging is just as cute as the product. Available at Cameo Lingerie, www.cameolingerieonline.com

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Miracle Tea Who knew that tea can trim your waistline or make you look like you belong in Hollywood. Get Lost is a herbal tea specifically blended to ensure weight control, while the Get Gorgeous blend promises clear skin. Available in a variety of other ‘cures’.

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Wedding Stocking Fill this unique item with lots of little gifts for your girls. Start a new tradition with the perfect wedding gift wrap that will act as a memento for years to come. Available at The Original Wedding Stocking, www.weddingstocking.ca

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Silver Hearts Paired with your favorite bottle of wine or case of beer, this wine stopper or bottle opener makes a beautiful gift for the ladies. There are also wine corkscrews, perfect for a favour. Available at The Scroll Shop, www.thescrollshop.ca

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Compact Convenience Now you can get more than a lipstick case or make-up mirror in a compact. For a bridesmaid who wears contacts, why not treat her to a pretty contact lens compact? Your bridesmaids can now enjoy a manicure any time of day with this manicure compact. Available at La Piazza Dasee, www.dasee.ca

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How Cute Classy Bride could not have made thongs much cuter than these! This underwear comes in light pink or blue. Available at Cameo Lingerie, www.cameolingerieonline.com

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DressStress The big day is here and the entire bridal party is stressed. One bridesmaid has deodorant marks on her dress, another’s strapless dress is slipping down and your maid of honor is worried about her panty lines. BF found a few must-have items that will ease dress stress on the big day. Body Tape The perfect solution to many last minute fitting issues. Body Tape secretly holds clothing in place. You’ll never be caught pulling up your strapless dress again. “Better than nothing” From the Girl Short to the Tiny Thong, Commando promises absolutely no underwear lines ever. Miracle Work Gal Pal garment deodorant remover is the quickest fix around It’s easy to use and will leave your dress looking as good as new.

All Dress Stress items available at Cameo Lingerie, www.cameolingerieonline.com

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Green Weddings Your Menu

o you find the world of organic food confusing but long for the health benefits it provides? Officially the term “organic” means food that is grown without the use of pesticides, chemicals, antibiotics and is not genetically modified. Brides and grooms are looking beyond the basic chicken or filet for their menus.

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While there are a lot of caterers are specializing in organic foods, pretty much any caterer can be organic. So, choose one you love, and then discuss replacing ingredients. When you buy organic, you are ensuring that everyone, including the workers who harvested your food, are not exposed to pesticides. And there are options for organic desserts, like ice cream. Free-range, organically raised meat isn’t just delicious, it’s better all around for everyone from the farmers, the animals and you. Organic meat and poultry has less exposure to genetically modified food because the animals eat organic feed. If you’re going to have seafood, stay away from fish that are commercially raised or high in mercury. A really great option is white fish, like tilapia, or choose wild salmon, which is generally named for the area it comes from. Just plain “salmon” is most likely farmed. Organic produce grows slower so the flavour is magnified and more intense, and levels of Vitamin C are higher. Organic salads cannot be washed with water that has chlorine, so be careful. When targeting organic produce look for carrots, lettuce, apples and strawberries as pesticides and fungicides are at higher levels.

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Local, local, local! For as much of your reception food as possible, look for local and seasonal eats. They’re fresh and readily available (translation: delicious and cheap), especially for your salads, where you definitely want to go with what’s in season. Don’t forget your drinks! You can think local with your booze as well. If you’re big wine fans, your local and organic wineries are a great option and a fabulous way to personalize your meal. Look to vineyards in your area or try to find a shop that specializes in homegrown goods What about your wedding cake? Here’s another place you can ask about substituting organic ingredients. While choosing organic ingredients will increase the cost of your cake, a lot of people agree the taste will be a lot better. Or you can look for a baker who specializes in organic cakes and there are some that can produce a vegan cake, if that’s your thing. At the end of the night, don’t let all those extras go into the trash. Work with your caterer to send the leftovers to a food rescue group. These organizations can pick up the fresh and untouched food and then deliver it to local food shelters and families in need. What better way to end your night!


ThemeTime To make your look cohesive, make sure to carry whatever theme you choose throughout your entire wedding plan. Whatever you choose, try to use it in as many different aspects as possible. Think outside the box when choosing your cake, invitations and décor! Say it with stripes – this is a fantastic idea for a high-style wedding. A striped rolled fondant cake will highlight the intricate designs on your invitations. Use a pinstripe printed vertically for your invitations, reply cards and reception cards as a fabulous new twist on the belly band. The trick with stripes is to keep your colours monochromatic. Fabulous floral – the best thing about doing a floral motif is you can choose one signature bloom that will suit your wedding style, and build around it with highlights. But don’t feel that you have to focus on one flower. You can also work amazing colours combinations with a variety of different blooms. Try combining anemones with lavender sweet pea, plum ranunculus and lavender hydrangea in a creative chocolate-coloured box for your table centerpiece.

What’s for Dessert?

For those couple’s wanting to increase the fun factor at their weddings, why not opt for an ice cream buffet for dessert! A wonderful idea to get guests excited, out of their seats and mingling before speeches start. Marble Slab’s Portable Slab comes with two flavours of ice cream and

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five mixins’ that the customer selects. The cost is $7.95/person for a minimum of 100 people and includes set-up, clean-up, and two hours of service time.

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Lovely letters – classic or contemporary? With a monogram motif, you can do either. Trying to use your names, initials or your new married monogram (her first initial – new last name – his first initial) with completely drowning your wedding is the complicated part. If you want to make a good impression, get creative. Do a fourscreen panel tied with a piece of embroidered ribbon for your wedding program. Use that same embroidered ribbon to tie your wedding bouquet and let it cascade down your hands. It’s a special way to include your theme into your flowers whether or not the guests are able to see it. Instead of doing one huge cake, try doing three cakes – each with a different monogram.


Receptions... Earth Friendly The key to an eco- and style-concious wedding is to keep it simple. By reusing materials and accents, you can save money and save resources at the same time. Work with what’s nearby and in season and you can feel good about your efforts. When choosing your site, choose something with significance and that will benefit from your event, like an art gallery or a museum. Find out how the site plans to use your fee – towards upkeep or new programs. If you’re looking for an outdoor event try a botanical garden or the grounds of a historical home in your area. You will probably even be able to find one that is run by a non-profit organization. So many decorations! By decorating your ceremony site with items you can use at the reception – like arrangements that decorate the program area and then dress up your guest book table – you can save money and a lot of waste. When your magical evening is over see if there are any pieces you can donate to a

hospital or the local nursing home. One of the most sustainable materials on earth is bamboo, and it makes a very modernlooking option for decorating. It can grow up to two feet a day, so it takes only three to seven years to mature, unlike trees! Use tall stalks of curly bamboo for centerpieces and lucky minibamboo stalks make a great wedding favour. Okay, so there might not be a hybrid limousine available yet, but there are a lot of other options out there. Some great ideas are tandem bicycles, a canoe (if your ceremony is near the water) or something classic like a horse-and-buggy carriage. Want something energy efficient and romantic? Candles! Look for soy candles as they’re made from a renewable resource and are cleaner. They burn longer than regular candles and spills are really easy to clean up – just use soap and hot water. They are available in every size, shape, colour and scent you can imagine. Enjoy!

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Edible Centrepieces for Less

A centerpiece that makes a décor statement and that tastes even better come dessert time. Truffle topiaries are a stunning addition to tablescapes. They also double as an interactive dessert. Rather than serve each guest a plated treat, create a buzz at each table by letting your guests demolish their centerpiece and indulge in delicious truffles while sipping their coffee or tea. Available at Truffle Sensations, www.trufflesensations.com

Destination Diva An Oprah Favorite! If you’re having a destination wedding, ensure your bridesmaids travel in style with a brightly colored Lug ‘Puddle Jumper’ backpack that has compartments fit to hold just about anything. Combine the bag with a Lug travel blanket and let your ladies snuggle up with it on the plane ride.

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h, the wedding is over and you’re finally married. But now your home is overflowing with those beautiful centerpieces. Here are some fun games you can play at your reception and the winner gets…the centerpiece! Characteristics – Under each centerpiece put a piece of paper with different descriptions of people on them, such as: shortest person, longest legs, the most makeup, oldest person, drunkest person, etc... Closest Birthday – The person with the closest birthday to the wedding date Longest Married – the couple married the longest You’ve Come a Long Way Baby – the person who traveled the farthest to come to the wedding Early Bird – The person from each table who sent their response card back. Hide n’ Seek – Put a piece of paper with word "winner" written on it under one

plate at each table. Whoever’s plate it happens to be under wins! (Be sure to have the centerpiece game before the dinner plates are removed) Make sure you mark each table at set up so you know which ones have been done. Do The Twist – Everyone gets up but stays in their groups together on the dance floor. The DJ plays "The Twist", at which point the bride and groom and their parents split up and judge the dancers in their section. Feel free to include the wedding party if you're having a big wedding. When the song ends, they pick a winner (or winning couple) from each group. This is also a great way to wake everyone up after dinner.

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ooking for some new ideas for your reception? Trying to come up with something different can be hard so here’s a few ideas to help you get started:

Hire a caricaturist to do caricatures of your guests. It makes a great piece for them to take home. If you’re expecting a lot of kids at your wedding, hire a balloon artist. It’s something they will really enjoy and helps keep them occupied! Instead of a regular dinner, have a high tea reception. This is very elegant and because it’s not typical, you know it will be well remembered. Serve little sandwiches and other finger food to help keep guests from getting cranky from hunger. Have a dessert reception and save some bucks while being memorable. Serve opulent and unique desserts. This type of a

reception would go beautifully with a candlelight wedding (be sure to note to your guests that it is a dessert reception, you don’t want guests to show up expecting a lavish dinner!). If a lot of your attendants have significant others or spouses at the wedding, create an intimate table for two (the bride and groom) and let the attendants sit with their spouse or significant other. To encourage guests to dance, assign each table a love song. When their song gets played, that table has to get up and dance. You could also do a more upbeat song if your guests might not be into a love song.

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Receptions nce the ceremony is over and the photo session is finished, say good-bye to formalities and get ready to let loose and have a blast! Planning the reception entails a few key decisions. The venue where the reception is held is the biggest decision you’ll make. Other important decisions you’ll make include food, drinks, music, master of ceremonies and décor.

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Get Creative When Picking Your Venue Rather than choosing a pricey reception facility where you may be obliged to use their catering and décor services, why not hire an independent catering company and professional decorators. Often, experienced

decorators can turn a regular and less expensive venue into a fantasy world. Hiring decorators and a caterer will add a special flare to your affair and allow you to create an amazing atmosphere based on the theme of your dreams.

Food for the Hundreds Every couple seems to have a little trouble deciding between a buffet or having a served dinner. Keep in mind the following when making your decision. If the wedding is over one hundred and fifty, buffets are generally more manageable. Guests can pick and choose what they want to eat and eat as much as they want. Organize a simple and fun game to determine the order the tables go to get their food. This is a great icebreaker and a great way to get guests chatting at each table. If you’re keen on having a served dinner, make sure to offer the guests a vegetarian option and give the caterers contact information for guests that have allergy concerns. Drinks When it comes to alcohol, for most couples the biggest concern is cost. At most weddings, the bar is either open, or couples may opt to have a toonie bar to help cover costs. Any alcohol served with dinner, typically wine, should definitely be complimentary. It may also be nice to have an open bar for the cocktail hour while guests arrive and after dinner switch to a toonie bar.

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Simple Wedding Speeches 1. Plan your speech 2. Keep it short 3. Make sure your speech has something for everyone 4. Fun is good, embarrassing is not

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Choosing A Destination Wedding Photographer Although the initial planning may be much easier, choosing a professional destinationwedding photographer will be a little more challenging. With the emergence of low cost digital cameras, many people, who are not necessarily professional photographers, see weddings as a way to make a quick buck.

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estination weddings are often easier to plan and more affordable than traditional weddings. When you choose to get married abroad, one thing that should remain the same is the consideration to hire a professional photographer. After all it would be a shame to have your magical wedding in a perfect location and not have one professional photo to remember it by.


Hire A Professional Many resorts offer photography included in their packages. Be careful that the photographer is not just a hotel employee who is a photo enthusiast that will only shoot the basic shots rather than capture every spectacular moment. This year while I was shooting a wedding (at an unnamed hotel chain) in Mexico’s Myan Rivera, I met a local Mexican photographer shooting another wedding along side of me. We exchanged professional pleasantries and went on our ways. Two days later I was at the beach bar (at the same hotel) hanging out when a server asked me if I needed a drink, I looked up and it was the Mexican photographer! Not quite the professional I would trust to capture my day.

the beach in Negril, Jamaica faces East. So if you want that Caribbean blue water in your photos you would need to shoot from 11am 3pm. Any time after that you will get the incorrect sun position which will give you a dull looking water rather that the picturesque blue. An experienced photographer will also know which working visas he will need to enter each specific country. Countries like Mexico and Dominican Republic are getting very strict on wedding photography. In fact, a colleague of mine was in the middle of shooting a wedding in Puerto Vallarta when Mexican authorities

Where can I find a Destination Photographer? A good starting place is to attend a bridal show. There are always a wide variety of photographers showcasing their work at the shows. Filter them out by asking if they’ve shot a destination wedding along the same line as what you’re planning. Ask to see their work and if you’re serious about hiring them, request a reference. Be careful, just asking a photographer “Do you shoot destination weddings?” won’t cut it. We all will say “YES”. It’s more important to ask to see photo samples from specific destination weddings that they’ve shot. Make sure you see more than one wedding. There are some photographers who are very talented but have not had the opportunity to shoot a destination wedding. There are intricacies involved with shooting a destination wedding, so you may want to think twice before hiring a photographer who does not know the in’s and out’s of weddings abroad. Experience Counts Shooting in the Caribbean is not like shooting in Alberta. The daylight, lack of shade, locations and customs are very different than here at home. For example your photographer will have to know how to factor in time of day in relation to the reflection on the water. For example,

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approached him on the beach and asked him for his appropriate working visa (which he had). Many photographers are simply not aware of these very important documents needed to work in specific countries. Be very diligent on this issue. You don’t want your photographer turned away from the boarder because he has “too much photographic equipment” and is deemed a professional. What should I ask? Lists of all sorts of questions to ask a prospective photographer can be found in any bridal planning guide or even online. When it comes to a destination wedding, there are a few specific questions to ask. • Have you ever taken photos in (which ever country you are going to)? An experienced photographer, even if they

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haven’t shot in that specific country, will have some similar locations to show you. • When do I get my final prints or albums? 30 days should be your benchmark. It’s your wedding, you are paying very good money for this service and you should have adequate turn around (get it in writing). • What happens if things are late? Tardiness is normal to a destination photographer, first they will probably laugh, then mention that if you have planned properly this will not be a problem. • What if you have a customs problem? Your photographer should already know what documents they need. Make sure your photographer gives themselves an extra day in case of flight delays. What kind of Cameras do you use? What if one breaks? Pros always bring back ups. I am bias, because I use Canon gear however Nikon is also a very good system. That being said, for quality issues I would not go with a photographer who shoots on less than a 12 Mega pixel camera. I hope you feel a little more knowledgeable when it comes to choosing a professional destination photographer. Just remember, like all things in life, make sure to have fun during this decision making process. Congratulations on your engagement and best of luck. Curtis Comeau Instant Memories www.curtiscomeau.com

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EyeSpy “To me, eyewear goes way beyond being a prescription. It’s like makeup. It’s the most incredible accessory. The shape of a frame or the color of lenses

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For destination wedding divas, the right sunglasses are crucial to your wedding day attire. If you’ve chosen a destination wedding, think of your sunglasses as a necessary accessory. Your eyewear is going to be as important as the rest of your bridal jewelry. Predicting the sun will be shining brightly when you’re tying

the knot at the beach, it might be a necessity to wear your sunglasses for at least part of the ceremony. The eyewear you sport will give you a completely new look in your wedding gown. What look are you going for, Audrey Hepburn elegance, athletic Gabrielle Reece or stylish Victoria Beckham?

Bvlgari Adorned with real Swarovski crystals, these sunglasses make a statement. The gradient lens and full front shield provoke a mysterious look.

Christian Dior A versatile and sporty frame. The full front shield with silver accents, and the wider arms ensure extra sun protection.

Tom Ford This classic men’s frame can be worn with both sporty or more formal attire.

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Experience the wedding you deserve

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The advantages of working with experienced and knowledgeable travel consultants are infinite. AMA Travel offers you the benefit of our many years of experience and destination knowledge, giving you that all important peace of mind. Our attention to detail ensures you of a truly memorable travel experience.

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De-StressQuickly

If you’re feeling super-swamped, try these tips and tricks to help you calm down: Take a break – while it might seem counterintuitive, taking a timeout from your wedding planning will actually give you time to recharge. Just 15 minutes of fantasizing about your honeymoon will give the boost you need to hit those lastminute requests and tackle that seating chart. Set a limit – by fretting over those minor wedding elements you’re going to overwhelm yourself. Don’t dismiss the matter altogether, just set a time limit on yourself: “after 5 pm, I’m not thinking about this anymore.” If you know you have one hour to decide, you’re more likely to plan out a solution promptly. And don’t forget, just sleeping on something only adds it to tomorrow’s schedule. Smile at your sweetie – keep a photo of your honey with you at all times. As soon as that frantic feeling comes over you, whip out that pic and soak up his fantastic smile. It’ll remind you that at the end of all of this chaos, your have a marriage, not just a wedding.

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Trash the Dress ow many hours does a bride spend shopping for the perfect dress? The time starts to add up when the minutes spent scouting out all the bridal shops, going for fittings and picking up the dress are taken into account. After all of this effort, the bride wears her dress for one day. Some don’t even wear it that long because they either have multiple dresses for the day, or they’d rather be in more comfortable attire for the festivities.

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BF: Is today’s bride really trashing her dress rather than preserving it? Edward: This idea is about creation rather than destruction when it comes to shooting the bride in her dress. Rarely is the dress ruined. Actually, in some cases, like when we shoot in a pure water stream, the dress may actually be cleaner than when we first started. The goal is to get an extremely elegant shot using Mother Nature as a backdrop or a fashion forward shot. There is a risk that the dress could be ruined, for example, if it got hooked on a jagged rock and ripped, but the goal is not to harm the gown. Perhaps, the greater the risk, the better the end product. BF: How did the Trash the Dress concept start? Edward: The concept started a couple years ago in the United States to give brides a chance to wear their dress one last time in an informal setting. Many different Trash the Dress styles and opportunities have evolved since the original idea came to fruition. BF: What does the Trash the Dress concept entail? Edward: Putting on your wedding dress and in conjunction with your favorite photographer, and maybe your husband too, conceptualizing a photograph that would not have been possible to shoot on your wedding day. BF: What was the wildest Trash the Dress shoot you were involved with?

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hat are you planning to do with your dress when your wedding is over? Maybe you’ll wish you could wear it one last time. Bridal Fantasy Magazine sat down with Edward Ross, a lifestyle and wedding photographer in Calgary, to chat about an emerging trend relating to what a bride can do with her wedding gown when the big day has come and gone.

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Edward: Flying over the Rockies in a helicopter to the top of a mountain in November. We shot there and then found an ice-cold canyon stream for the bride to take a short dip in. I got the chills just looking at her. BF: You mentioned the concept has evolved. How have you evolved the concept to fit your style? Edward: I actually changed the name from Trash the Dress to my ELEMENTS series. The focus is on anything relating to the elements, rain, wind, fire and earth. Personally I’ve shot on mountains, in rivers and waterfalls, in forests or unique landscapes.


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SayCheese! our wedding day is one day you should be able to relax and let all those months of planning just happen. To help your photographer out (and make sure you get exactly want you want!), draft a “Must Shots” list. Some of these shots might be:

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 Alone: close up and full length  With parents  With the maid of honour  With the flowergirl/ringbearer  With the maid of honour & bridesmaids  With the groomsmen  Tossing the bouquet

 Alone: close up and full length  With parents  With the best man  With the flowergirl/ringbearer  With the best man & groomsmen  Waiting for the bride right before the ceremony  With the maid of honour and bridesmaids  Removing and tossing the garter

 Lighting the unity candle  Cutting the cake  Exchanging rings  Dancing  Kissing

Wedding Party:  With bride  With groom  With both bride and groom  Dancing

Miscellaneous:  Bride/groom getting ready  Ushers seating guests  Wedding cake  Reception photos (guests eating, dancing, etc)  Guests waving goodbye

These are just some of the ideas for your wedding. Make sure the list you make has all the shots you “absolutely must have”. Your photographer should also have some great suggestions that you might not have thought of, so be sure to ask. Smile!

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Photo Album Basics hile creating your album can be a tedious process, it's also one of the most rewarding parts of wedding planning. You'll have a beautiful album for a lifetime. Watch your instincts! You might want to jump right in, hammer through those proofs, and immediately want to know what should go into your album. But slow down, follow our plan and you’ll be able to skip some seriously stressed-out feelings. You'll have a beautiful book that tells a wonderful story, and maybe even shows off your dad’s dance moves.

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on't do it alone – your first look at the wedding photos can be overwhelming, so you'd be wise to make sure you and your spouse can both be there for the choosing. And it’s okay to ask for someone else’s advice, just make sure you remember it’s your album. Whatever you do, do not lend anyone your proofs. No one will care for them the way you do, and they may get lost or damaged. Sort wisely – go with your gut on your first look and put Post-its on the shots that jump out at you. Don't overthink it. Just pick 20 to 30 of your favourites. The next step is to weed out the bad pictures (of blinking guests, for example). Now you're ready to group the proofs into categories: getting ready, ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, special moments (cake cutting, speeches, candids, portraits, dancing, etc.). How many pictures you have in each category depends on a lot of things, but keep in mind that eventually you'll put only 50 to 100 photos in your finished album. Avoid marking the backs of the proofs if at all possible. A better alternative? Use dot stickers. You can write on these before sticking them onto the backs of your photos. Before you begin grouping ask if your photographer has a numbering system as that will make ordering easier. Decide on an album type – there are many options for albums. You can go traditional with a classic matted style album, which is generally bound like a

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book in which frames hide the edges of the photos. Depending on the quality these albums can be very sturdy and tend to endure age and use better than other styles. If you’re looking for something more creative, try a fabric album. These exquisite (and expensive) albums are delicate. Be sure yours comes with a protective sleeve. Another great option is coffee-table books. Like a magazine created just for you, these albums come in a range of colors and materials, and the layout possibilities are endless. The set-up fees are expensive, but once you have a layout, you can often order multiple albums for a fraction of the initial cost. Not interested in an actual photo album? Just make sure you arrange in advance to buy your digital files from your photographer. You can keep them on your hard drive, upload them to a photo site for sharing, make DVD slide shows, and order prints whenever you want. Companies such as Collages.net can put together DVD albums for your photographer.

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Take your time – choosing photos for a wedding album takes six hours on average, so don't expect it to be a quick task. You worked hard to plan your wedding—taking time to reflect with your fabulous photos is part of the payoff. But try not to lose momentum after the wedding. Make your initial selections (the 20–30 faves) even if you are all wedding-ed out. Tell your story – basically, your wedding album is a book with no text. You will need to keep the “story” of your magical day in mid Are all the important characters represented? You may have picked all the best shots of your gorgeous self, and wedding party and parents are usually included in formal shots, but what about grandparents, your favourite cousin, and all those others? In addition to representing a range of events and individuals, vary images by look and type. Modern couples tend to favor a photojournalistic style, emphasizing lots of candid shots, but make sure you have some

formal posed shots too. Mixing black-andwhite or sepia with color shots will also give your album a dynamic edge. Ask your photographer for their recommendation. Lay it out – now comes the fun part: putting it in order. We suggest laying out your proofs on a large table, so that you can easily arrange, rearrange, and get a good overall view of the content of the album. Remember: You’re telling a story. It might be easiest to arrange the album chronologically, but it’s okay to deviate. Another important concept to consider is flow. Pay attention to how one segment leads into another. One way to make your album smooth yet dynamic is to choose meaningful transition shots. You can also experiment with page layouts at this point. Some pages will feature one 8"x10" portrait, while others will have a 5"x7" staggered with smaller shots. Even a program as basic as Microsoft Word can be used to design layouts. And you thought creating your album would be difficult!


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t Bridal Fantasy we get a lot of emails asking for ideas about wedding hair. It seems that many brides have a difficult time deciding on a hairstyle that will suit them and their wedding outfit. We’ve asked some hairdressers to create some different looks for our model. Maybe one of these will suit you…make sure you do a trial run.

Princess – to feel like a princess on your big day, the finishing touch should be a tiara. Make sure to have a hair rehearsal and that your tiara suits you and fits well.

Relaxed – loose curls give you a soft, relaxed and romantic look. You really need shoulder length or longer (or hair extensions) to achieve this style.

Upstyle – upswept hair can look so pretty. We’ve added some texture at the back to give it a modern edge. You need an experts’ help to pull off this polish look.

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Sun-Tweez these amazing tweezers look like a lipstick case, but come with a small mirror and a LED light for any stray hairs Available at Chocolate Mousse Salon & Spa

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Nail Laquer this beautiful polish will add the right touch of colour to your nails Available at Chocolate Mousse Salon & Spa

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a) Curl Cream: get the ultimate bouncy curl without a crispy feeling b) Super Hold Mousse: fantastic lasting hold with a great natural shine c) Shine Spray: detangle your tresses with instant shine and light conditioning d) Spray Wax: this will give you great definition, texture with an unreal smoothness e) Volume Cream: great for damp or dry hair, use this for lightweight volume and medium control Available at Avanti Salon & Spa

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Bridal Beauty here are some parts of your wedding that you will need to start way beforehand, so make sure to plan ahead. Things like your hair and skin care should be given enough time to make sure the products don’t react with your skin, and the results are clearly visible.

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If you want to try a dramatic change for your hair, do it at least three to six months before your wedding. The last thing any bride wants is to find out the hair colour doesn’t work three days before the wedding. Give yourself enough time to go back to your natural hairstyle, or try something different without worrying about the date next week. Full facials help with the even application of makeup and are strongly recommended. Who doesn’t want a little bit of pampering during this time? However, make sure you have at least two weeks to let any reactions or blemishes heal for your special day. Getting your makeup professionally done is always a bonus. Not only do you not have to worry about it, but these artists know what works for both pictures and real life, and are experts at how to best apply the makeup to compliment your skin, your wedding colours and the season. On the day of your wedding, make sure you and your bridesmaids have enough time for hair and makeup, to dress and relax a bit before the actual event. Make sure to eat something and drink lots of water to keep your skin hydrated. Keep an “emergency touch-up” bag that has your lipstick, powder to keep down the shine, eye shadow for a late-night touch up and some tissues for any tears.

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hen you complete your bridal look, your face shape can help you match your earrings for the perfect symmetry.

For an oval face, look for chandeliers or drops. A rectangular face should be paired with hoops, either large or small. Rounder faces go best with long and slim earrings to lengthen your face. A heart-shaped face goes well with triangles or teardrops to bring balance. For a square face, round, small spheres, ovals or hoops are the best match. Remember when going with a long earring to come to a point at the bottom.

Let the memories from the past tell the story of how your love came to be. Share and preserve these special moments with a DVD media album or slideshow.

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The Great

Getaway onths of planning, lots of lists and late nights and now for the pièce to résistance...the honeymoon...a romantic breath of fresh air and time to relax.

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Whether you are jet setting around the city, hitting the beach, or the adventure trail, it is time to get packing for a first class holiday. This could be the most romantic and extravagant holiday of your life. It’s a fabulous chance to relax together, remember all the special wedding day memories you’ve just created and most importantly contemplating the rest of your life together as husband and wife. Your honeymoon is usually the most important holiday you’ll ever plan and probably the most expensive. It’s a time and a memory that you’ll always remember so organizing it can initially seem more complicated because you’ve got so many other things to take care of as time leads up to the big day. First, decide on a destination...this is decided by the time of year, and inevitably by the budget you set. Think about your priorities, the things you both like to do when you decide on your holiday location and your holiday style. Is it the sun, the shopping the sight-seeing you want? Is it urban or wilderness? There are a lot of great options available.

Most couples make this decision together, poring over brochures, searching the web, to ensure the holiday of a lifetime. Consider what you like to do, he likes to golf, you like the beach, find a resort that offers both. You can always compromise by cutting your trip in half. Many couples opt for a week at a remote beach destination followed by a week in a city destination for some shows, shopping and urban excitement. Alternatively a week in a cultural destination where history opens its doors to the visitor. Whether you are jet setting around the city or hitting the adventure trail, it is time to get packing for first class holiday style...Look no further.

Epicurean Adventure Stay:

Rui Jalisco, Neuvo Vallarta, Mexico Hotel Premiere, Puerto Vallerta

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It’s all there...the food, the wine, the chefs, the beaches and the hospitality of Mexico.

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Puerto Vallarta’s Festival Gourmet International in November....guest chefs from around the world come here to show their culinary skills. Puerto Vallarta is home to some world class restaurants. You can choose from French, Italian, German, Austrian, Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Greek, Continental, Mediterranean and of course Mexican to name a few.

Activities: Sailing, go-karts, horse back riding, deep sea fishing, snorkeling, Tequila tours, scuba diving, bungee jumping, and much, much more. Darrell Derk

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Stay:

Hotel Mayet The Five Hotel Paris, France

Why?:

This city is exotic and the world’s capital of romance. There are also some great hotels and sight-seeing. There is no city like “The City of Light”.

Can’t Miss:

The Eiffel Tower, Paris Fountains, The Seine River, Place Vendome, Opera Garnier, The Louvre Museum, Palais de la Decouverte, Notre Dame Cathedral

Enjoy: Eat:

the museums, the bistros and the cafes Bateaux Parisiens – choose from terraine of duck foie gras to pan-fried scallops and artichokes with wild herb sauce. Le Bistro Niel – a modern French bistro

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Paris is a shopper’s dream. From the couture shops found on Avenue Montaigne to the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore. Check out Printemps and Galieries Lafayette for a great selection of brand, private label and designer names. Find bargain treasures in the Paris Flea Market

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The Hotel Monaco Hotel Vitale San Francisco, California There is no city like San Francisco and either of these hip, urban hotels will meet and exceed an urban couples expectations. San Francisco goes notstop each and every day, the atmosphere is contagious

Can’t Miss:

Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, Alcatraz, Sonoma Valley Wine Country, The Presidio, Golden Gate Bridge, Theatre – “Beach Blanket Babylon” is a must

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The Private Island Celebration Stay:

Caye Chapel Island Resort Caye Chapel, Belize

Why?:

You’ve always dreamed of something unforgettable, exclusive and original. Operating as a very exclusive destination, this tropical island offers you and your guests the utmost in service and seclusion

Enjoy:

an island resort in the ultimate wedding location, 12 miles off the coast of Belize. This destination caters to your every wish; warm sand under your feet as you have a picturesque sunset wedding

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dancing, sailing, golf, spa treatments, health club, tennis. Volleyball, snorkelling, island lake harpoon fishing, horseshoe pits

VivaItalio Stay:

Il Palazzo at the Bauer Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal Venice, Italy

Can’t Miss:

The Doge’s Palace, Basilica de San Marco, Le Fenice Opera House, The Bridge of Sighs, St. Mark’s Square

Enjoy:

the scenery is spectacular from the bridges, to the way the water surrounds the building. History abounds!

Eat:

Vini da Gigio – Italian cuisine to eat at every night Osteria Antico Dolo – homey atmosphere with great seafood and fish

Romance:

don’t forget a serenade on a gondola ride

All images this and opposite page courtesy of www.curtiscomeau.com

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t’s your honeymoon...it’s your time to shine...you want to glow every time you’re in your swimsuit and beachwear. Aim to seek out styles that accentuate the parts you want to show off and camouflage the parts you don’t. Focus on fashion as well as a balanced silhoutte.

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every time you slip on your swimsuit. Accentuate your positives and downplay your negative by seeking styles that balance your physique.

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Invitation Innovations Before you go buying every pretty note card in sight, determine your needs by breaking down your wedding day. Use your wedding style, whether it be formal or casual, as well as time and budget to guide you through the boundless options. It's helpful to establish a thread of consistency -- with color, theme, or motif -- and apply it to each piece. For efficiency and cost effectiveness, strive to order all your stationery needs from the same place and, ideally, at the same time. The invitation is the cornerstone of your wedding stationery. It reflects the tone of your wedding, whether black tie or beach party. An invitation can have several pieces: the outer envelope, an unsealed inner envelope, the invitation, a reception card (if the party is held at a different venue than the ceremony), and a response card with a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Printed maps and information on hotels is often also enclosed. Here are some great invitation trends that are showing up all over! Silk Boxes: No more licking and sticking envelopes: stow all your wedding stationary like invitations, reply cards, and maps in a neatly packaged miniature box. These new creations beautifully show off your wedding day plan. You can customize the contents for the season of your wedding. Perforated Reply Cards: This is a very clever way to avoid lost reply cards -- and no excuses from guests! Have your invite design printed across a perforated line, making both a beautiful invite and reply card in one easy move. This innovative technique is hip enough for any style. 3-D Embellishments: Literally add dimension to your invitation, with charms, appliqués, and more. Decorate your invite with your signature bloom or embellishment from your gown. If glitz and glamour is your calling, try a border of jewels, beads, or shiny rhinestones. Other fun flourishes: berries, pearls, feathers, and leaves Bold Bellybands: Whether you have paper or ribbon, thick or thin, a bellyband's purpose is to wrap around the invite set. Dressing up even the simplest invite, a bellyband essentially takes the place of the inner envelope. Busy-looking invitations look nicer with a simple bellyband, and vice versa.

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Chocolate Brown: Brown is the new ecru. Used as a border or background color, this neutral shade acts as a grounding tone, which is a great way to introduce brighter shades into your invites. If it's too dark for you (or your wedding style) just use it as your signature font color, in lieu of stark black. Chocolate brown works with almost every color on the wheel and feel free to switch it up by reversing the combo on your envelopes. Okay, you’ve finally got those beautiful invitations and are ready to send them out announcing your big day. But what about the married couple with the two kids, and the divorced aunt… Traditionally, invitations were addressed by hand. If you have the time and the inclination to do this, all the power to you! In many cases, brides will hire a calligrapher for a neat and professional touch, or do up pretty labels that match their wedding theme. But what to put on them? Here’s a helping hand for you. The outer envelope should be address with the guests’ full name, followed by the address. The inner envelope is addressed with the last name. Typically, each adult member of the family would receive an invitation, i.e., separate invitations should be prepared and addressed to the parent(s) and each individual child over eighteen. It’s also considered polite to offer the option of a date to any guest over the age of


eighteen. If children under the age of eighteen are invited, their names would go on the line beneath their parents on the inner envelope. Make sense? Married Couple: • Outside: Mr. & Mrs. Matt Smith • Inside: Tracy & Matt With Children under 18 • Outside: Mr & Mrs. Matt Smith & Family • Inner: Tracy & Matt (space) Stacy & Mike Women kept Maiden name • Outside: Ms. Tracy Jones & Mr. Matt Smith • Inner: Tracy & Matt (space) Stacy & Mike Divorced Women or Man • Outside: Ms. Tracy Jones • Inner: Tracy & Guest (if the divorced women resumed using her maiden name, use that instead. This is also the same way you would address an envelope to a single person and their date) Unmarried Couple living together • Outside: Ms. Tracy Jones & Mr. Matt Smith • Inner: Tracy & Matt Widow • Outside: Mrs. Tracy Smith • Inner: Tracy Single Woman or Man • Outside: Ms. Tracy Jones • Inner: Tracy

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his is a must. Thanking each and every guest for his or her gift is a class act that must not be dismissed.

Use these tips when it comes time to pay gratitude. • Each note should be hand written. • You can order customized thank you cards or buy standard preprinted thank you cards. Customized thank you cards can match your invitations, which will keep with the theme of your wedding. • Thank each guest for the specific gift they gave. • Send separate notes for shower and wedding gifts.

• Send your thank you cards within two weeks of receiving your gifts. • Send thank you cards to all of the vendors you used. • Use a fancy postage stamp. Post offices often carry a neat assortment of stamps to choose from, or order customized stamps on-line. • It’s a nice touch to include a photo of either the bride and groom, or the guest.

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Environmentally Friendly Invitations owadays, “Save A Tree” isn’t just a cute slogan. Between global warming and habitat destruction it’s become more imperative than ever. To make a huge impact you can minimize the amount of virgin paper used in your wedding stationary. There may not be extensive options for the actual printing; you can make some responsible but fabulous choices when it comes to your paper.

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Since you can’t completely dismiss the wedding invitation, try using paper that has a highrecycled content or is made from an alternative fiber. There are a lot of beautiful recycled paper options out there and it does make a difference. The benefits really are amazing! Normally there is a lot of information you want to convey to your guests. Try combining all of the pertinent information onto one card instead of including multiple cards with your invites. Another great option is to have a small website card in your invitations that direct your guests to your paper-free, information-filled domain. You can put your email address here for your guests to RSVP as well. Continue to use our information age and send out online invites for the surrounding events. Things like the bachelorette party, the rehearsal dinner and the post wedding brunch, and you can also send out e-vites to keep your guests updated on the wedding happenings. Put one menu at each table versus a menu for each place setting. When planning your programs, you can eliminate unnecessary pages or print one per couple, because you certainly don’t need extra programs! Try forgoing the individual escorts cards for a poster that lists the guest’s setting information for them. Or you can dress it up and have some white-glove service with the waiters seating guests at their tables.

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rranging how the bridal party gets from A to B is sometimes neglected until close to the wedding date. If you’re renting a limousine or a stylish vehicle, it’s best to get this organized early on in the planning stages to ensure the vehicle you’ve got your eye on is available.

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conditioning? This is a must for summer weddings since tuxedos and gowns can be very warm on a hot summer day. Find out how old the vehicle is, what the chauffeur will be wearing and if extras, like a bottle of champagne, are included in the cost of your rental.

Take the following considerations into account when booking your transportation. How many people are you booking for? At what time of day will you require a vehicle? What is your budget for transportation? Does the car of your choice have air

Finally, enjoy the times during your big day when you are being chauffeured. This is often one of the only chances you’ll have that day to reflect, relax and spend time with those closest to you.

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Wedding One of it’s kind in Canada! This Cinderella carriage is a romantic and stunning alternative to a more traditional form of transportation and also doubles as the perfect backdrop for wedding photos. In case of rain, the carriage has a clear cover that will keep your wedding party comfortable and warm. For more information visit www.horsesence.ca.


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Sleek and fun. Excursion Limousine available through Prestige Limousine.

Out of this world! The Stratosphere Limo Bus available through Blue Sky Limos.

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The auspicious eight is a lucky number that promises prosperity, wealth and happiness. As well, in Chinese, the pronunciation of the word eight and the word rich is very similar. To add to the 888 luck, this date falls on a Friday, which is a realistic day to hold a wedding. Considering that numerous studies have indicated the number one reason why couples argue and even divorce is money, a date with an eight looks even more promising. Since the number eight provides prosperity and wealth, any date with eight is also known to be a perfect day to start an enterprise. For those contemporary couples who see marriage as a business venture when it comes to financials and investments, this day promises good fortune. In Chinese culture, surrounding oneself with auspicious numbers is so important that people will pay extraordinary amounts of money for lucky numbered phone numbers, bank account numbers and license plate numbers. The magnitude of their superstitions is illustrated perfectly by the fact that the Summer Olympics in Beijing, China are scheduled to start on 08/08/08 at 8:08:08pm.

How can a couple work the number eight into their special day in as many ways as possible? Choose a date that has a number eight in it. Have a monogram designed with the number eight, and the bride and grooms initials for your invitations. Apply this monogram on everything including programs, favors, place cards, thank you cards and slideshows. Choose eight when deciding on the number of flowers you have in your centerpieces and bouquets. Have eight people in your bridal party and ask your marriage commissioner to incorporate the number eight into your vows. Let all of the vendors you’re working with in on the fact that this number is significant to your wedding and you’ll be surprised at the suggestions they can offer to highlight the number eight. Perhaps your cake artist will create a cake for you with eight tiers. You can even find postage stamps online that are specifically designed to match the theme of your wedding. Check out www.artisticpostage.com and you’ll find Asian wedding stamps with eights on them. Here’s to a wonderful marriage filled with prosperity, wealth and happiness.

Muted gold accessories pair perfectly with this antique ivory gown. The exotic Indian shawl and gold bangles incorporate a cultural elegance to a Western wedding dress.

Photo courtesy of Shandro Photo


IndianFlair thnic inspired weddings are known for their glamour and glitz. Indian style incorporates jewels, bright colors and exotic fabrics. These accents are found in everything from the traditional bridal sari to the décor. There is no greater event in Indian culture than a wedding, and the extravagance of their celebration illustrates this. Indian couples that tie the knot in Canada usually adopt some Western traditions for their affair, for example, the

wedding cake adapted from Western culture can now be found at many Indian celebrations. Why not let other cultures inspire you and add to the excitement of your day?

Turquoise is a precious stone that’s commonly found in Indian jewelry. This set doubles as a timeless gift for your bridesmaids because it can be worn long after the wedding.

Silver pairs nicely with almost any color, and the bride and bridesmaids need somewhere to keep their lipstick, wallet and other goodies.

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Indian fashion boasts an enormous selection of gorgeous accessories. If you’re having a Western wedding, these accessories will add flare to your bridesmaid’s dresses and finish off each ensemble with an exotic and unique edge.

Products available at Anika Designs. www.anikadesigns.ca.

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he vintage art deco black flower gives a twist to the traditional Spanish look. Flamenco flowers generally are large, daring in color and made of synthetic material. Hair should be tied back from face to bring slimness to the neck. Spanish brides often wear a white flower in their hair, which is the focal point of their look.

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f every bride wants to look like Audrey Hepburn on her big day, then every groom hope to be the image of Cary Grant. In other words, he wants to look stylish, suave and elegant.

Your wedding sends out a clear signal on your sense of fashion. Keeping it simple is by far the easiest option. Stick with clean lines in a smart suit or tux for you and your groomsmen. As the groom you should invest in something special for this celebration. Accessories will make or break your look. Choose a good formal shirt in white, candlelight or ivory. Make sure the collar is good and solid and will keep its shape all day. If the weather is hot consider a second shirt and change partway through the day. Your tie should be on the simple and discreet side, pulling the fashion and colour element out of your vest. With cufflinks, go for quality every time. If there is a coordinating colour theme, pick up that colour in the wedding party vests. The last word is about shoes. Sensible tuxedo or dress shoes are best. Even your shoe style should coordinate with your over-all look. Tuxedo available at Derks Flowers: la piazza dasee

Tips For the Groom Handy Hints Help Keep the Day Running Smooth 1. Make sure your shoes are spotless. Taking care of your shoes means there is no chance for marks on the brides’ dress. 2. Practice your speech; it really is “practice makes perfect”. 3. Stay calm, everybody gets nervous. Talk to your best man to help calm you down. 4. Look after your three special ladies: • Your bride – do everything in your power to make sure she wears a smile all day. This is her day. • Your mom – it’s a happy day for her. • Your mother-in-law – it is her little girl you’re marrying 5. Keep hydrated…make sure you have a lot of bottled water around.

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Shirty ff the rack shirts fit very few men perfectly…the solution? Go for a custom made-to-measure shirt that has been created to fit your individual shape. It’s not just about the fit; it’s about the look and personal style you want to convey. A wedding is an occasion when a man is expected to invest some time, effort and cash on feeling and looking good.

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of the Best Man Do’s • Get involved in the planning stages as early as possible. • Have the stag at least one week before the wedding • Spend the night before the wedding keeping the groom on track • Keep the rings and wedding license in a safe place and on you personally for the wedding • Write a speech that appeals to the widest possible audience with some humour to it • Keep a list of every phone number the groom could possible need i.e.: car rental, hotel, etc. Don’ts • Hire a stripper for the stag unless you know he wants one • Let the groom near any alcohol before the ceremony • Make any jokes about the bride in your speech • Get drunk at the reception. As the best man it is your job to maintain control • Play any practical jokes on the groom • Forget to have a good time yourself!

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The Groom’s Day Starts Right Here very successful wedding runs like clockwork, so here’s your rundown of the groom’s traditional duties.

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Even though no two weddings are alike, by their very nature they share common values – because they are the product of several generations of customs. The groom’s role is remarkable straightforward: He is responsible for: • For the wedding rings • Choosing a best man • Organizing the particulars of the venue i.e.: the minister, renting the ceremony location, the bride and bridesmaids’ bouquets and the men’s boutonnières • Transportation • The honeymoon • Sourcing the photographer and videographer • Reception entertainment The groom should also be at least 30 minutes early for the ceremony and he should deliver a short, amusing speech which thanks everyone, particularly the brides’ parents and tells everyone why his bride is so special to him.

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Make sure your clothes fit you well. Your trousers should break at the second eyelet of your lace-up shoes. The jacket arm should show 1/2 inch of cuff and if you want to look slimmer, wear black. Whatever you wear, wear it with confidence. It will make all the difference.


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Tuxedos are once again growing in popularity for special occasions or for that night out on the town. With the New Year upon us there are an abundance of choices for formalwear needs. Give your suit a break and try out a tuxedo this year. The accessory options are wild…from coloured or crisp white shirt…Euro ties…vests of every conceivable fabrication and design. You can put your personalized stamp of colour and design on whichever style you choose, and create your own individual look.

TheNewSuit Crisp and slim set the tone for the “new suit”. This cool, sophisticated piece of clothing has come a long way from its predecessors. The suit now is a versatile piece, with higher thread counts, an increasingly tailored image and above all a much more comfortable garment. Suits have historically been classified for those times in your life of a serious or sombre occasion. With the new suit this mentality changes. A suit is no longer uncomfortable, but instead shows versatility for those occasions where you need more than one look, this piece can be dressed up or down depending on the look you require. Suits have softer shoulders with a soft

under-collar put in, to make them essentially more wearable. Luxury items are once again becoming increasingly popular; softer, higher quality fabrics are making a dramatic comeback. With these new suits, simplicity is the key. Suits are making a dramatic impact world-wide, thus making a suit an upcoming staple in your wardrobe. So come on in and look into the future of clothing…with slimmer silhouettes and a softer feel that guarantees you an effortless and polished look which is something that’s sure to make your girl turn her eyes in your direction.

GroomsmenGifts Men Are Journaling! Treat your groomsmen to the fine craftsmanship of a Lamy fountain pen made from lightweight, durable aluminium. Pair this with a leather journal and use the first page to write a personalized thank you message. Available at Notables Stationers, www.notables.ca

Tech Photo Album A neat way to show off your photos. These digital photo frames can be used as a keychain, clipped to a briefcase or hung on your rear-view mirror. Just upload your favourite photos from your computer to the device and fond memories will literally be at your fingertips. Available from RY2 Photo, www.ry2photo.com

Tuxedo: Zegna (retail) Available at: Derks


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1. Traditional – just because you value tradition doesn’t mean you have to look old-fashioned for your wedding. Some great accessories and an amazing fit makes a groom stand out on his special day. 2. Fashion Forward – it’s the small details on this tux that make the fashion difference. Things like button detailing and fabric. 2

3. Classic – this isn’t about dressing on the safe side. Classic wedding dressing means letting good taste supersede the excess fashion element. 4. Modern – even grooms can dare to wear the latest formals fashion. Modern is good, just don’t chase the latest fashion fad.

All tuxedos on this and opposite page available at Derks

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The Meaning of Flowers o matter how you look at it, flowers play an integral role at weddings. Bouquets accent the wedding gown and bridesmaid dresses beautifully. Flowers add a finishing touch to both the ceremony and reception décor and can even transform a room. They also play a symbolic role.

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n ancient belief is that the bride’s bouquet should have certain herbs in it to ensure good luck. The bride would choose a special friend to give it to after the wedding thereby passing along the good blessings. Overtime this tradition evolved into a bouquet toss. Today, the single lady that catches the bouquet is granted good luck and deemed the next in line to wed.

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Since today’s couple is going the extra mile to ensure their union is unlike anyone else’s, lets go a step further and explore the individual meanings of the flowers used. When flowers were given, the meanings assigned to flowers were used as secret love messages. These

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Baby’s Breath: Innocence Carnation: First Love Chrysanthemum (red): I love you Daisy: Innocence Hydrangea: Understanding Lilac: Young love. First emotions Lily (white): Purity Lily of the Valley: Purity, Happiness Marigold: Joy Rosebud: Purity Sweet Gerbera Daisy: Beauty, Thoughts of absent friends (1) Elegant Calla Lily: Purity, Grace, Splendid beauty (2) Exotic Orchid: Perfection, Love, Rare beauty (3) Spring Tulip (red): Declaration of love, Passion (4) Classic Red Rose: Love (5)

When choosing your flowers, it may be a good idea to consider the underlying message you’re sending to your guests. Ask your florist if you’re unsure of the meaning of a particular flower. For the most part, the look of your finished product will be of greatest concern, but do ensure that the flowers you’re choosing do not have any negative connotation. Add an extra level of significance to your big day by mixing and matching the flowers you choose based on their unique meanings.

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and one very rich in meaning and symbolism. What makes it so special? The orange tree was thought to be very significant because it is the only plant that bears both the flower and the fruit at the same time, a trait which symbolizes abundance. It was believed that by carrying blossoms from the orange tree in the wedding bouquet, the blessing of an abundance of all

things beautiful and nurturing would be passed along to the new marriage. You can incorporate this special meaning into your own bouquet by having your florist include a few orange blossoms among the blooms you will carry on your wedding day, just as brides throughout the centuries have done.


FlowerPower symbol of the natural world, wedding flowers are a great place to make some eco-friendly choices. Investigate the origins of flowers and think about the pesticides that might have been used. Were they grown in an environmentally way? Cut flowers result in a lot of waste. Talk to your florist about conserving – maybe sharing your blooms with another party.

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Flowers that are pesticide free show off a flower’s natural beauty. Some flowers, like roses, are so genetically engineered that they need to be sprayed with an artificial scent. Organic roses smell exactly how they should. And if you can’t find a florist in your area with organic blooms, there’s always a lot of options on the internet.

Don’t forget; giving back isn’t limited to your wedding day. When you get home from your honeymoon, plant a tree in your backyard or the neighbourhood you got married in. Get permission first! You can track how old the tree is by your anniversary.

Potted plants, flowers or even small trees can make wonderful centerpieces, which can be transplanted later on. Use potted trees strung with lights to enhance your dance floor, or use

Try going a little trendy. Have your bridesmaids carried beautiful fans for a Spanish feel, or silk purses with jewelled blooms. You can also look into silk flowers. They are sometimes more expensive, but the arrangement will last forever and it makes a great keepsake for your girls.

Your goal: support local nurseries by looking for locally grown, seasonal blooms. Talk to your florist to figure out what flowers fall into this category so you know what you can choose from.

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Purple Petal Hand-Tied Style: Clutch Flowers: Purple Anemone, purple tinted Sage, Xanadu and Cordelyne leaves. Extra Embellishments: Metallic purple wire.

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Flowers: Trailing yellow James Story Orchids, Roselike Kale (type of cabbage), ivory Cymbidium Orchids, Protea, Florida Beauty leaves, bent Horse Tail Bamboo and Aspidistra leaves.

Fall Flowers Style: Clutch Flowers: Autumn orange Calla Lilies and Roses, sunset yellow and orange Cymbidium Orchids, and Curly Willow.

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Exotic Bride Bouquet Style: Clutch Flowers: Dark pink Calla Lilies, white Cymbidium Orchids, pale Roses and Xanadu leaves.

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Festive Flowers Style: Clutch Flowers: Contemporary white Calla Lilies, Hypericum Berries and Aspidistra leaves.

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Pretty in Pink Posy Style: Clutch Flowers: Large lime green Cymbidium Orchids, fuchsia Spider Mums, lime green Button Mums, pink Cyclamen and fuchsia Kalanchoe. Extra Embellishments: Light green crystal beads. Falling Flowers Style: Cascade Flowers: Lime green and pink Cymbidium Orchids, fuchsia Roses and Gerbera Daisies, green Button Mums, white Stephanotis with fuchsia colored center jewel and pink Heather Lily Grass. Extra Embellishments: Fuchsia rhinestones (in the center of the Stephanotis flowers). Kuhlmann’s Floral Boutique

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lthough small, favours play a large role at your wedding. They act as a thank you, a keepsake and dĂŠcor for the table.

eep the following in mind when deciding on the perfect item to give each guest: your wedding theme and color, if you would like the favours personalized with your names and wedding date, your favour budget and whether it is important to you if the favour lasts a long time, as opposed to a favour that is perishable.

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There are many boutiques, stationary shops, or gift stores where you can source just what you are looking for. As well, the Internet boasts an abundance of favor ideas that you can order on-line. Be inspired by these favour ideas, which can all be found locally.

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Beautify Boxes Add a crafty flare to your tables by filling hand made boxes, that match your invitations, with your favorites candies or a candle. Personalize them with a monogram and your wedding date. Paper boxes available at The Paper Tree, www.thepapertree.ca Ribbon-wrapped boxes with handle available at Evergreen Stationers, www.evergreenstationers.com

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Tea Forté Tea Forté is a robust black tea with a hint of jasmine in a revolutionary silken tea infuser. Allow your guests to celebrate your wedding with a simple cup of tea. Available at Cally’s Teas

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Rock Sea Salt and Tricolor Peppercorns If you and your husband-to-be love to cook, consider a small kitchen item that all of your guests can use to spice up their cooking life after the wedding. By choosing a ribbon that matches one of your wedding colors in a centerpiece the tables will look even more elegant. Available at The Scroll Shop, www.thescrollshop.ca

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Honey Sticks & Sugar Crystals You can never go wrong by giving something sweet. Guests can use these delightful treats in their favourite tea. Add a colourful ribbon and customized card to finish off the favour.

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Spread the Love with Literature Each box is filled with a variety of miniature greeting cards all with their unique love note. Give each guest a box of them so that they can spread love to their loved ones, or place one miniature greeting card at each place setting to make your guests feel special. Available at La Piazza Dasee, www.dasee.ca

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Message in a Bottle How sweet. Write a secret message to each of your guests and put it inside this Asian inspired wood figurine. The perfect personal touch.

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Available at La Piazza Dasee, www.dasee.ca

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Exquisite Chocolates Choose a few of your favorite chocolates for your guests to savor. Boxes are available in a variety of styles, sizes and in all pantone colors. Personalize your favour by having the boxes hot-stamped with your names and wedding date, or a favorite quote. Available at Chocolate Exquisite, www.chocolateexquisite.com

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Customized Bottles Bottles can be found in a large variety of shapes and sizes. Fill your bottles with bubble bath, shower gel, hand cream, hard liquor or flavoured olive oil. Complete each bottle off with an elegant ribbon that matches the dĂŠcor and label. A great place to source inexpensive bottles is a dollar store.

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Registries... Unlocked and revealed o, it’s time to register for your wedding. Now what? Here are some great ideas to help you figure out what you really want.

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Make a list of the items you really need before you head to the store. It’s very easy to get dazzled by the store’s displays and to add a lot of stuff that you don’t really want. If you choose mixing bowls and a spatula, get the cake pan that goes with it. Basically, you want to keep your sets complete. Having only some of the essentials will get very frustrating and could be a lot more expensive. Don’t register for a high-tech gadget just because it’s cool. Try to only choose items you will actually use. Determine the style you and your fiancé want to have in your home. Are you traditionalists? Hippies? Do you surround yourself with frilly décor or is your home going to be filled with simple, clean shapes and colours? Identifying the personal style you want will help you determine where to register and what to include on your registry. Choose a mix of both national and local retailers to accommodate your guests. Have a wide price range on your registry so all of your guests can find something they want to get

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you. Though it’s true you can register for anything, you need to consider the budgets of your guests and lower-priced items can also server as shower gifts. Retailers have a lot of different options for their registries. Some offer discounts when you complete your registry. Your registry should fit your needs. Look into the store’s shipping and return policies. Make sure they will apply to your registry and suit your needs. Size up your space by being realistic. If you know you’re going to have store items after the wedding, check out how much space you have before you add that 5-foot tall statue. Think about how you plan on using the items and if they will fit into any living space changes you or your fiancé can see on the horizon. You have a lot of options when registering. You can go completely traditional and register for china and other household items or you can opt for a registry that reflects you and

your fiancé’s style. If you are an adventurous couple, try registering at a camping or sports store. Keep in mind that many items are seasonal. Things like linens and home décor may not be available for purchase by the time your wedding rolls around. Be prepared to update your registry on a regular basis. Some stores do offer to send out an email announcement to your guests telling them where you have registered. We would advise against that. Guests can get the details of your registry when they specifically ask for it or by those holding the bridal shower. When you finally do go out to register, it’s something that should be done by you and your fiancé. This is a special time, and these are pieces you’ll be sharing together. Enjoy the moment!


FashionableRegistry Finds n Canada the average age of couples tying the knot is 28. By this age most people have moved out of their parent’s home and already have the basic household necessities. Some couple’s even own a home together prior to marrying and have had a number of years to decorate their place. For couples that have everything they need, it may be tricky to find a place to register.

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A number of boutique shops have developed a gift registry so that couples can register for unique, even one of a kind, items. Travel agencies have gift registries that will help pay for your honeymoon. Guests can treat you to breakfast in bed while you’re away or pay a lump sum that is put towards the total cost. From art galleries to greenhouses, there is a registry that will work for you. Scout out these shops and register at a few so that your guests have selection when deciding what to buy for you.

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A full tea set can be an expensive item that people often do not invest in. As the tea trend thrives, unique tea sets that double as art for your home continue to pop up. Celebrate your union with a simple cup of tea.

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Container Chic These containers are perfect in the fridge or on the counter. The neatest part is, they can be written on with chalk. When you change their contents, just erase what you’ve written and re-write. Available at Posh at Home, www.poshathome.ca

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ooking for some ideas for that first dance song? Here are some of the favourites we have found.

My Best Friend – Tim McGraw From This Moment – Shania Twain Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – Aerosmith Truly, Madly, Deeply – Savage Garden Could Not Ask for More – Edwin McCain Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion Breathe – Faith Hill Come Away With Me – Norah Jones Ah, the father-daughter dance. A beautiful moment at your wedding and you want to make sure the music is perfect. Dance With My Father – Luther Vandross In My Daughter’s Eyes – Martina McBride The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra Just the Way You Are – Billy Joel Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder When your fiancé (at this point husband!) steps onto the dance floor with his mom it’s all eyes on them. A Song For Mama – Boys II Men You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban Unforgettable – Nat King Cole Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler Hero – Mariah Carey There’s a lot going on at your wedding. Bouquet and garter toss, the cake cutting – all of these need the right mood set up so your guests can enjoy it as much as you. How do you do it? With music! Girls Just Want to Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper (bouquet toss) Man, I Feel Like a Woman! – Shania Twain (bouquet toss) Just a Girl – No Doubt (bouquet toss) Wild Thing – Tone Loc (garter toss) Another One Bites the Dust – Queen (garter toss) Bad Boys – Inner Circle (garter toss) Sugar, Sugar – The Archies (cake cutting) That’s Amore – Dean Martin (cake cutting) The Sweetest Thing – U2 (cake cutting)

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We hope you’ve found something you like here. Remember, the music and the atmosphere has to mean something to you and your fiancé. Your songs are a reflection of who you are, so pick whatever you want!


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hink about the best wedding you’ve ever been to. What was the music like? Some couples want to dance the night away and others prefer the music to lend itself to the atmosphere. It’s all up to you. Check out your ceremony and reception location. Some locations in residential areas may have a sound curfew and some historical buildings don’t allow any amplified music at all. Make sure you know all the rules and regulations for your ceremony and reception sites before you book your music. The most popular wedding entertainers – whether they are a band or a DJ – are often booked over a year in advance. As soon as you know where the music needs to be, start looking for your entertainment. Consider logistics as well; band members will need to take a break and DJ’s do typically cost less. If you are leaning towards a band, make sure

to take into account to number of guests you’re inviting. A solo pianist will be drowned out by 250+ guests and a 10-piece band will overwhelm an intimate wedding group. Get referrals from weddings you’ve been to. If you loved the music, why not? Ask the reception site manager if they have any good recommendations, after all, they are familiar with the location. Read ad’s very carefully to see how they describe their own style to see if it could mesh with yours before you set up a meeting. Define the role of your bandleader or DJ. Some couples want them to narrate the entire party and other couples prefer for them to stick to the music. Most will fall somewhere in between. It will make it a lot easier for everyone if you define this beforehand. Be honest with yourself before you start shopping. Entertainment is a big part of the

wedding budget and you don’t want to go overboard. Don’t forget to check references. While most people aren’t going to provide with names of clients who were dissatisfied, talking with happy customers can be very informative. Make your wish list, including your first dance song and any favourites that “just have to be played”. Just be sure you’re not giving them a list of every single song you think you should hear, you want to give your entertainer some flexibility to keep the party moving. They’ve been doing this a long time and know how to read a crowd. Don’t forget to include your notto-play list, but again, don’t be too limiting. You’re going to be working very closely with your chosen entertainer, be it bandleader or DJ. It is very important that you get along, and get along well. You want your entertainer to ask a lot of questions about the wedding, your guests and you. Can you see this person fitting in and having fun with your guests? While it may not sound like what you have planned there is a standard to most weddings. Most of the music that ends up being played is a mix of slow dances and danceable pop. This is a tried-and-tested formula that is a favourite because it works. The best wedding celebrations are those that get Grandma, Dad, your maid of honour and the ring bearer out on the floor at the same time. Experience counts here because weddings have a completely different rhythm from other kinds of parties. A good entertainer knows how to move smoothly and keep the flow going from your cake-cutting to packing the dance floor. When you make your final decision, there are still a couple of things to keep in mind. Details about how much is due and when should be clearly listed on the contract. Normally, a deposit of 20-50% to hold the date is appropriate with the rest due on the wedding day. Clearly specify the time, location and hours as well. Check these facts carefully as a simple mistake can be a major mix-up. If overtime is an option, be certain the fee is also listed and agreed upon. And though we know it probably won’t happen, it’s still a good idea to have the cancellation fees in writing as well.

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The Evolution of Wedding Vows A Marriage Commissioner’s Perspective

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n modern western tradition, the wedding ceremony tends to have more in common from one couple to another, rather than huge differences. What truly can make your wedding special are the vows you take. The prevalent customs of the white dress, flowers, rings, wedding cake, witnesses and guests as well as the celebration with the family and friends are all pretty standard between western cultures. The trend to personalize your wedding vows and/or ceremony continues to thrive. Couples can add their own words into the basic wedding vows. As well, they can plan to have entertainment at their ceremony. Anything goes, from solos to symbolic candle lighting. The life circumstances under which people get married continue to change with the times. Many of the couples that contact me are already living together, and even own a property together. Some also have children. Including the children in the ceremony, wherever possible, can be done. Ultimately, a memorable and spiritual ceremony that’s sensitive to each couple’s unique situation can be created. We as a society have evolved to include same sex couples in marriage using Marriage Commissioners to perform the ceremony rather than have the union solemnized in a church. This was a huge step taken in the direction of a more liberated society. This is still evolving and some Commissioners may not feel comfortable in performing a ceremony for same sex couples.

Many same sex couples contact me in order to ask the question, do you perform same sex marriages? Based on my stance that the requirement of marriage is to love and respect each other as equal individuals, my response is ‘yes, I do perform same sex marriages’. In fact, I have performed many to date. Couples these days do their research and therefore have educated ideas about what they would like their wedding vows to include as well as how they envision their ceremony. The Marriage Commissioner is a ceremony facilitator and we have the opportunity of turning the couple’s dreams for their vows into something memorable with beautiful inferences and verbiage, while observing the legal vows and inclusions. Where can you perform this civil ceremony? Almost anywhere. In a gazebo, backyard and even a hotel room, at a park under your favorite tree, or on a mountaintop. Anything is possible. If a winter wedding that takes place in a forest is in the cards, the bride could even ride down the aisle on a white horse. This was a fantasy for one bride that fortunately did not turn into reality. My question to her was; how will your guests survive at –35oC? If willing, a marriage commissioner can follow you wherever your dreams take you. Barbara Day Marriage Commissioner www.imaginationsandconcepts.com

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Red Hot Tip #1: Abstain from intimacy prior to the wedding. Sounds crazy doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it? But trust us on this one. Choose a reasonable amount of time that you and your lover will abstain from intimacy prior to your wedding. The waiting will evoke a passionate intensity on your wedding night, making the wait well worth your while. Let the build-up begin!

Red Hot Tip #2: Flirt with each other on your big day. Give each other sexy and seductive looks. Kiss each other tenderly. Brush up against each other and let your partner know what you desire later that evening by whispering sweet nothings in their ear.

Red Hot Tip #3: Begin the wedding night with a bath. Water is one of the most relaxing, sensual and stimulating elements. Add some aromatic bath salts and rose petals and enjoy the bath by candlelight with a glass of your favorite wine or sparkling cider.

Red Hot Tip #4: Unleash the power of massage. After your romantic bath, slip into a robe, light candles and set the scene for sensual massages. Experiment with edible massage oil or lotion.

ouâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve spent months planning for your wedding day. How much time have you spent planning for the big night? Your wedding night is the time for you and your groom to celebrate the chemistry that brought you together. Here are a few tips to ensure your wedding night is the ultimate night of passion.

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Marriage Commissioner What You Need to Know

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ongratulations! You and your partner have decided to get married and have chosen to have a civil wedding. You will need a Marriage Commissioner (also known as Marriage Officiant) to perform your ceremony. What exactly is a Marriage Commissioner? A Marriage Commissioner is a person with the legal authority to perform civil marriages, an alternative to traditional religious services. So, how do you find the right Marriage Commissioner for you and your Partner? Firstly, check with family and friends to see if they are able to refer someone for you. Or, you may contact Alberta Vital Statistics (Getting Married) website for an up-to-date listing of all Alberta Marriage Commissioners. The right Marriage Commissioner will act as your ceremony coach; ensuring you and your partner feel

comfortable by providing you with all necessary information needed for your ceremony. Once you have contacted the Marriage Commissioner, request to meet in person. During the interview (with both of you there), make sure the Marriage Commissioner will be the right fit for the type of ceremony you wish to have. Ensure you let the Marriage Commissioner know exactly what you wish the ceremony to be like; as they should be able to adapt to your needs. • Request to view sample ceremonies, readings and vows • What types of ceremonies he/she are able to perform • Will they customize your ceremony to include special readings or poems that you wish to have included in your ceremony. • Will they assist you with writing personal vows if you are choosing to do so

• If you are having a same sex ceremony, make sure that Marriage Commissioner is comfortable performing this type of ceremony • Request to view a contract and ask to keep a copy for your records • Confirm what their fee is and what it includes. • Travel time (*If your ceremony is taking place outside of your area, there usually is a travel expense. Makes sure that you agree to a travel cost prior to your ceremony-it should also be stated in their contract) • Administer necessary paperwork to Vital Statistics on your behalf • Provide you with an certified Interim Civil Marriage Certificate from Vital Statistics • Is an additional fee if you wish to have Marriage Commissioner at your rehearsal (normally this is not needed but you may feel more comfortable having them

there). • Ask if there is a deposit required and what the refund policy is (if needed) • Request that they arrive 30 minutes prior to your ceremony to ensure ample time to prepare documents for the ceremony • Ask if Marriage Commissioner is comfortable at the venue you and your Partner have chosen • Ask for references The Marriage Commissioner will be facilitating your marriage ceremony; just like a conductor conducts and orchestra; but you both have written the symphony. If the Marriage Commissioner you are interviewing doesn’t “feel right” (listen to your intuition), then, onto the next interview!!! Remember…it is your day….it should be perfect in every way. Tamara Jones Weddings by Tamara weddingsbytamara@shaw.ca

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Grooming ost people feel nervous before their wedding. Many suffer from speech anxiety. Ease your fear by performing this Buddhist meditation: find a quiet place, sit in a chair, close your eyes, take several slow, deep breaths and finally, begin visualizing. Clarify your reasons for marrying by meditating on happiness and being loved. Realize that your marriage vows show your fiancĂŠ how much they are loved.

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Money Memories Can Harm Your Relationships

uring the time I owned my own financial planning firm, I had two clients who were a very astute couple. They were in their forties when I met them and had done very well for themselves. They married late in life and had been together for only a few years. They each had over a hundred thousand dollars in savings, had great pension plans, and were debt free including a mortgage.

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“Janet” was a conscientious investor and always had a list of questions for me when we met. She was one of my most challenging clients and I enjoyed how she would always test me. “Gary” was very laid back and knew that Janet loved researching anything to do with their finances. Most of the time, Gary wouldn’t even come along to our meetings. Janet was the Olympic athlete of investing. She always spent less than she made, she had a healthy “emergency” account, and worked hard in life and her career to pay off all of her debts early. Sadly, during our discussions, Janet always needed an unusual amount of reassurance that she would be financially sound in her retirement. She never felt that she had enough and was terrified to spend money on herself or anything non-essential like a vacation or new furniture for their home. Janet informed me that she thought she might one day be a “bag lady” and her greatest fear was that this day could arrive in her retirement. It was an obsession of hers to do as much as she could now to ensure that this didn’t happen to her. We discussed her fear openly and she admitted that it wasn’t logical. We future-valued her investments and pension plan and she agreed that there would

be more than enough for her at retirement even based on very conservative investing, yet this did nothing to assuage her fear. Janet was raised in a wealthy family, but the average person wouldn’t know it. Her grandparents live with her mother and father during her childhood and the entire family subscribed to a poverty consciousness. After a lot of dialogue over the years with Janet, she shared with me that her grandparents, who were a big influence on her young life, grew up in the Depression. They had lost everything during those years. It was tough on them and a short time later, they arrive in Canada. Although the average person would consider the wealth they amassed thereafter a fortune, Janet’s grandparents didn’t. They still scrimped and saved and feared the day when it would again all be lost. Janet and Gary had a great marriage. They didn’t have children at the time, had exciting and fulfilling careers and generally go along. There was, however, a severe point of contention that the average person might scoff at. Numerous times each week, Gary and Janet would fight about food. Of all the problems an average couple had to face, theirs was about food. As a person that abhorred waste, Janet insisted on finishing leftovers the day after. Gary despised this notion. They made more than enough money to eat “fresh” food each day. He wasn’t a wasteful person either but he didn’t feel that he deserved to eat second-rate servings the day after. To read the rest of this story, to find out how Janet and Gary’s fight about leftovers was

really about past money issues, and for a FREE questionnaire for you and your spouse to complete to determine your own money memories, visit www.KelleyKeehn.com and see “couples & money” under the “fun resources” link. Kelley Keehn is a financial expert, speaker, elder planning counselor and author of four books, including The Prosperity Factor for Kids and The Woman's Guide to Money. Her mission in life is “to make you feel good about money.” Visit her at www.KelleyKeehn.com

Exerpt from The Woman’s Guide to Money, by Kelley Keehn ISBN: 1-8971178-08-5 / ISBN 13: 978-1-897178-08 With permission from Insomniac Press


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n what area of your life would you like to be experiencing more fulfillment? Maybe you would like to have more money, more passion in your relationships, or weigh your ideal weight. Whatever you want, there is a way to have it all. In this article, I provide a description of what I call Magicnicity and offer three steps for you to create better results in your life. Magicnicity is a term I created that defines the process of intentionally creating meaningful coincidences and attracting what you want. It is a combination of the words “magic” and “synchronicity.” I recently produced the 30-day Magicnicity manifesting system. This audio program is where hypnosis meets the Law of Attraction. Remember a time when everything felt just right—you were in the zone—and out of the blue, you attracted what you wanted. This is an example of being fully connected to your source energy or inner MAGIC. As if by magic, the people, places, things, events, and opportunities showed up to help you get what you wanted. How do you create more of these magical moments? It is through the “magical wand” you possess—your power to focus. When you focus upon what you desire with faith, you feel good and attract more goodness into your life. You get what you focus upon through the Law of Attraction. The essence of the Law of Attraction is that everything in the universe is energy. Energy is continually moving and vibrating. Your thoughts and feelings are energetic and they vibrate at certain frequencies. The frequency at which they vibrate will attract like frequencies, whether positive or negative. That is why it is so important to identify what you want, continually focus upon it, and believe that you will get it. The challenge for most people is that they are focusing upon what they do not want and attracting exactly that into their lives. For example, if someone wants more money but consistently focuses upon the debt they have, they tend to attract more debt. The way you can tell how you have been focusing is by looking at the results you have in your life. Whether they are good or bad results, you have attracted it all by the magic of your focus.

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Here are three easy steps that you can follow to create better results. First, accept full responsibility for your life and empower yourself to be who you truly are. You must eliminate all excuses and blame, and consciously commit to creating your ideal life. Declare to yourself that you are the creator of your circumstance. On paper, write out a wish list or a dream sheet of all of the things you would like to have in your life. While doing this, view your life as a magical journey, where you are limitless and everything is possible. Next, write out all of the benefits you will get from getting what you want. This will outline how you will feel and build your motivation to achieve your wish list. For example, if you want more money, write out all of the things you will be able to do when you receive the money. This step is important because you are identifying the “why” behind what you want. You can start this process by completing this sentence: “I want ____________ because _____________.” The final step is to imagine that you have already achieved what you desire, and to act and feel as though you are successful. Through your imagination, you have the power to see all of your outcomes before they have occurred. Find a quiet place, close your eyes, and engage all of your senses. Now, imagine having already achieved your ideal life. Once you do this, you will feel good and take inspired action that will move you in the direction that is powerful, positive, and productive. Feeling good attracts more good and puts you into a resourceful emotional state where you can handle anything. Take 20 minutes and repeat this process everyday. You will start to notice how great you feel and notice all of the people, places, things, events, and opportunities that come into your life to help you get more of what you want. Wayne Lee is the creator of the Magicnicity Manifesting System, "where hypnosis meets the Law of Attraction." He is a speaker, author, and hypnotist who is committed to entertain, educate, and enlighten people through his dynamic empowerment presentations and outrageous hypnosis shows. For more information on how to live with more laughter and ignite your inner MAGIC, visit: www.waynelee.com.


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he road to wedding bliss can be crazy and twisted. Some days you are filled with happiness and others…not so much. Here are some suggestions to help keep the stress away:

• Go on, get a massage. It’s the perfect way to relieve tension and this is a great time to try something you’ve never done before. Make sure to drink a lot of water while you’re getting your treatment; toxins are released during a massage the water will help flush them away. • Sign up for some yoga classes a month or two before your wedding. If you’ve never done it before, sign up for a beginner’s class. The fantastic things you learn in yoga, like breathing exercises, relaxation techniques and postures will help you get and stay centered. If you don’t have the time to go to a yoga class, there’s also yoga DVD’s you can

do at home. • Sounds easy, but a hot bath will relax your muscles and relax your mind. Add a bath salt that will moisturize your skin and has a soothing scent to help you loosen up. And while you’re there, use a pumice on your feet and a loofah on those other rough areas for some extra polish. • Need to clear your mind? Get a breath of fresh air. No, really, get outside and get some fresh air. Take a walk or a jog, even around your neighbourhood will do. Concentrate on the rhythm of your strides and tune out everything around you. • Look up a spa in your area that has a day

package (or a bridal package) and sign up! Try treatments you love or something you’ve never had before but have always wanted to try. However, if you’ve never had a facial before, don’t try it the day of your rehearsal dinner. Book it two to three months in advance because you just don’t know how your skin will react. • Grab water instead of a caffeine drink. Coffee, energy drinks and pop will jack you up for a little while, but they dehydrate you and leaving feeling even worse when the buzz wears off. If you properly hydrate yourself, you’ll feel better overall – less fatigued, fewer aches and your skin will glow! For something a little different, add some slices of lemon, lime or orange to your water. • While you will be soon celebrating with everyone, don’t forget to keep in contact with your family during the planning phase. In the crunch time before your wedding, talking with those people can really help you feel connected and stay sane. • With so much going through your mind right now, things like dreams and ideas, you don’t want to forget a single one. Start a journal to help yourself keep track of everything. You can find books that are specific for this time in your life, but a blank book is also a wonderful way to encourage you to write in a stream-of-consciousness style. • Even though it may feel a bit naughty, call in sick one day. Use that day to get ahead on your wedding plans, or to just pamper yourself a little bit. You deserve it!

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EmpowerYour Marriage

Tuxedo available at Derks

Points to Ponder from the ‘Pettiest Woman in the World!’

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’d like to ponder on some points that I feel contribute to a rock solid resilient marriage.

Being married nearly 20 years does not make me any kind of expert, but I know a few things that have certainly contributed to it being a joy-filled solid partnership.Do we treat each other like strangers? I constantly check myself with this question. Would I greet a stranger: • Impersonating Santa Claus because I have a face full of ‘Nair’? • Dressed in my favourite 20-year-old t-shirt nightgown that enhances my ‘Michelin man’ look? • Sporting a weeks worth of stubble on my bare legs? (Frankly my legs replace the need to know martial arts. One swipe with them, and my victim would be without a patch of skin!)

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• With breath that would melt a person’s eyebrows? • From the bathroom, with the door open, and continue a conversation? (Frankly I think all bathrooms should come with a jet strength air replace system and a very loud radio!) • By yelling and having my head spin around because I was having a bad day? • And think the worst of that person first, for having spoke incorrectly? Let me clarify my last point. My husband Lloyd is a man of few emails. It is not his favourite mode of communications. Knowing this, I was thrilled and surprised to see an email come in from him. He talked of his undying love for me and ended with big bold letters that said: ‘You are the pettiest woman in the world’! We are only in control of two things: how we give communication and how we receive it. I could have taken the email verbatim and been

hurt and angry that he would think I was the pettiest woman he’d ever met, or I could laugh and love that he took the time to send me a message, even if spell check wouldn’t catch the missing ‘r’ in pettiest. (It was missing wasn’t it, Lloyd?) Respectful humour helps build endurance in our relationship. Humour is definitely one of the most powerful gifts Lloyd and I give each other to make it through the many hills and valleys we face hand in hand. No matter the valley, I can smile, because in my heart, I know my husband will always think I am the: ‘pettiest woman in the world!’ (Giselle Yanish is a proud wife and mother, and also a motivational speaker that loves to help others help themselves be the best they can be.)


Happy Kids Roles including the little ones • Flower girls • Ringbearers • Junior bridesmaid • Junior groomsmen • Handing out programs • Watching the gift table • Having guests sign your wedding guest book • Setting up place cards and/or favours • Special readings or prayers

Tuxedos available at Derks

Tips for Success • Dress them at the last possible minute • Make sure they have access to videos, snacks and toys • Little ones need big, big bibs • Make sure kids have back-up shoes for the reception • Make arrangements for a location near the reception for kids to sleep, nap or rest with baby-sitters that are handy • feed children a small meal before the event.

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HOME EVOLUTION

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ecorating and choosing everything that goes in your first home can be really exciting. You can have your personality and style shine through like never before. You both need to decide what you like and dislike and set up a master plan of what you want your home to look like. With a little planning you will be on your way to decorating success.

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Your wedding gifts - if you’ve received lots of great wedding gifts, consider the colour, tone and pattern when you decide on décor theme. Plan before you spend - most couples overspend on their first homes so plan and think before you spend. Consider where your purchase is going, how long you plan to have the item, and in which context.

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Talk before you decorate - if this is your first time living together, it is easy to have conflicts arise. Discussion always helps you reach a compromise.

Decide on a theme - cut out magazine pictures you love. Find your inspiration to create the look you want… a little artistic creativity never hurt anyone.

Garage sales - garage sales can be a great source of items for your home. Vintage lamps, end tables, vases and other interesting items all at bargain prices!

Feng Shui anyone - make sure to use a little feng shui so your new environment is harmonious. Remember, when you live in balance, you attract fortune and prosperity.


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ou’ve watched the organizing shows on TV. You’ve read everything on the topic, from magazine articles to entire books. You even saw organizing maven Julie Morgenstern on Oprah! So why is “The Secret” to getting and staying organized still eluding you? Maybe it’s because “The Secret” is different for each person. Finding sustainable organizing systems that work for you takes a little bit of self-analysis. Which of the following personality traits do you see in yourself?

Now that you’ve identified yourself in one or more of these characterizations, mix and match the different ideas until “aha” moment that tells you that a certain system will work for you. CUSTOMIZE! One final tip: be realistic in your expectations. You built your current habits slowly, over time. It may take time to change. Just remember that organization is not a project. There is no finish line. Getting organized is an ongoing process that can be revised and tweaked as your circumstances and needs change. The one firm rule is: it won’t work if you don’t do it! You can buy all the books, all the organizing products and gimmicks on the market, but in the end it always comes down to you. So take action! Step by step, you’ll get it working! Stacy Walker Professional Organizer Gettin’ Around To It

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The Quicksilver Mind Easily distracted, you find it a challenge to stay on task. You usually have many projects on the go, with unfinished projects piling up.

• establish routines for regular tasks • have & use a daily to-do list • choose closed storage cabinets

The Visual Thinker You have lots of piles and you know exactly what’s in each one. It worries you to put things away or file them. Maybe you won’t be able to find them again! Maybe you’ll forget!

• customize your filing system to suit you • use open shelving • set “keep” time limits • set up binders for interesting articles

The Detail Lover You often have difficulty completing a project because it never seems to reach the standard you’re striving for. The Value Seeker You’ve paid good money for these things and by golly you’ll use them up! Extracting full value from anything and everything is a primary goal for you. The Accidental Collector Oops! You once mentioned that you liked something, and now the gifts based on that theme are taking over your whole living space.

• focus on the end goal • distribute your effort evenly throughout a project • set limits on work time • donate while items are still in usable condition • keep a charity bin for items you’re ready to let go of, and never take items back out of the bin • recycle, reuse & resist the temptation to buy new • be honest! tell people when you’ve reached your limit. • understand that when a gift is given it becomes yours to keep, give to some one else, or whatever you choose

The Deliberate Collector Once interested in a subject, you tend to go overboard, accumulating everything you can get your hands on.

• limit your display space • be selective! Appreciate quality instead of quantity.

The Sentamentalist You kept the first roses that your beloved ever gave you. And the second, and the third… So many memories, so hard to let go!

• SET LIMITS! Keep everything for the current year in a memory box. Store this box for a year, then go through it and select your pre-set limit of items to keep.

The Abundance Seeker You find comfort in cluttered surroundings because you believe that clutter symbolizes abundance. If the clutter is interfering with your life, you may have deep emotional motivations that need to be addressed.

• choose to honor things in your surroundings by taking good care of them • apply the one in / one out rule • never keep anything that doesn’t make you feel good

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Advertiser Listing (E)=Edmonton (C)=Calgary Company pg # Bridal Accessories Eye Trend (E) 14,15 Bridal Shops Bridal Debut (E) 17 Denilore Bridal (E) 42 Ethos (E+C) 25 Gemini Fashions (E) 45, 47, 49 Nazila Couture (E) 97 Tifany's Bridal (E) 23 Wedding World (E) 27 Cakes Bake Me a Cake (E) 34 Le Gateau (E) 35 Marble Slab Creamery (E+C) 59 Whimsical Cake Studio (E) 35 Dance Arthur Murray Dance Studios (E) 125 Disc Jockey Sound Decision (E) 124 Entertainment The Citadel Theatre (E) 132, 133 Esthetician/Beauty Nu Bare (C) 82 Favours Cally's Teas (E) 121 Edmonton Wedding & Party Centre (E) 66 Truffle Sensations (E) 57 Florist Heather's Grower Direct (E+C) 114 Kuhlmann's Floral Boutique (E) 117 la piazza dasee (E) 113 Marlow & Richards (E) 110 Formalwear Derks Formals (E+C) 100, 101 Hotels / Venues City of Edmonton (E) 57, 57, 59 Lakeside Greens (E) 52 Ovation Catering & Banquets (E) 51 Union Bank Inn (E) 54

Company pg # Invitations Blue Sky Invitations (E+C) 91 Evergreen Stationers (E) 92 Notables Stationers Inc. (E) 93 The Paper Tree (E) 90 The Scroll Shop (E) 91 Jewellery GemOro (E) 5,6 In A Twist (C) 98 Lingerie Cameo Lingerie Ltd. (E) 80 Marriage Commissioner Imaginations & Concepts (E) 127 Weddings by Tamara (C) 129 Menswear Derks Menswear (E+C) 67 Full Circle (E+C) 7 Lanza (E+C) 104 Sand (E+C) 67 Strellson (E+C) 12,13 Versace (E+C) 105 Miscellaneous Poker Chicks 101The Original (E) 33 Positively Passionate/Passion Parties (E+C)33 Wedding Stockings Inc. (E+C) 30 Photography Bill Cowen Photography (E) 73 H.O.M Photo Inc. (E) 1 Instant Memories (E) 69 Jessica Fern Facette Photography (E) 72 M. Vitalia Daza (C) 81 RY2 Photo (E) 76 Shandro Photo (E) 80 SimEyo Media Albums (E) 82 Tanami Photography (C) 75 Trident Photography (E) 126 Planning Atmosphere Wedding Planning & Design (E) 56 Cheers By Design (E+C) Inside back cover

Company pg # Rentals Elegant Touches inc. (E) 56 Special Event Rentals (E+C) 55, 56 Salons & Spas Chocolate Mousse Salon & Spa (E) 79 Shopping West Edmonton Mall (E) 36-41 Shows Bridal Conference (E+C) 99 Bridal Fantasy (E+C) 29, 89 Swim/Beach Wear Offshores (E) 63 Television Stations Global (E) 31 Global (C) 118 Transportation Blue Sky Limos (E+C) 2 Prestige Limousine 94, 95 Travel AMA Travel (E+C) 64, 65 Ciao Tours - Your Window to Italy (C) 98 Uniglobe Geo Travel/ Uniglobe Bravo Travel (E+C) 3 Venues Edmonton Queen Riverboat (E) 28 Videography Action Albums (E+C) 74 A Love Story Video Productions (E+C) 4

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Select Advertisers A Love Story Video Production Phone: 780.886.5686 Phone: 403.608.7764 Website: www.alovestory.ca Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. With all the excitement and emotions, you don’t want to miss a thing. A Love Story Video understands the importance of your wedding day, and we do our utmost to ensure you will forever remember the day you devoted yourself to each other. Action Albums Phone: 1.888.722.5286 Website: www.actionalbums.com Looking for something completely difference at your wedding? Why not try a video guest book booth? With HD quality video and sound, your video guest book will be a huge hit with your guests, while giving you some wonderful memories you might not get otherwise of your wedding day. AMA Travel 10310 – 39A Avenue Edmonton, AB T6J 6R7 Phone: 780.995.2221 If you’ve always dreamed of a destination wedding, Let AMA Travel make your dreams come true. Whether it’s a small, intimate gathering or a large celebration, our destination wedding experts will handle all of the details. Arthur Murray Dance Studios 12206 Jasper Avenue Edmonton, AB Phone: 780.488.7722 Website: www.dancetonight.ca Let the leader in dance instruction for over 91 years show you just how quickly you can learn beautiful and fun dances! Bill Cowen Photography Phone: 780.476.2455 Website: www.billycowen.com Blue Sky Limos Edmonton Phone: 780.432.0000 Calgary Phone: 403.225.0000 Website: www.blueskylimos.com Blue Sky Limos is dedicated to providing you with professional and courteous limousine service to get you to your destination in style and comfort. Bridal Conference Website: www.bridalconference.com Bridal Fantasy Magazine & Tradeshow Corporate Office: 8109 – 102 Street Edmonton, AB T6E 4A4 Phone: 1.800.565.6664 Website: www.bridalfantasy.com

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Bridal Debut #2B – 153 Pembina Road Sherwood Park, AB T8H 0B9 Phone: 780.467.4082 Website: www.bridaldebut.com Visit our fabulous salon and experience the thrill of finding your perfect wedding dress. Our wonderful consultants will give you excellent service in a friendly and comfortable setting. With designers like Maggie Sottero, Sophia Tolli, Alfred Sung and more, you’re sure to find the wedding dress you have been dreaming of. Cameo Lingerie Ltd. 2327 Rabbit Hill Road Edmonton, AB T6R 3L6 Phone: 780.437.1717 Website: www.cameolingerieonline.com Cameo Lingerie brings a new standard in women’s intimate apparel. With a collection of some of the finest intimates in the world, the elegant boutique and fabulous collection is sure to impress even the most discerning bride. Cheers by Design Box 37042, Lynnwood PO Edmonton, AB T5R 5Y2 Phone: 780.486.6907 Website: www.cheersbydesign.com We understand your desire to create a lasting impression on your wedding day. We ensure your event is designed with incredible attention to detail. From traditional themes to unique ideas, you’re sure to be inspired by our wealth of personalized service and experience. We want to make every event detail nothing less than dazzling! City of Edmonton – Community Service Website: www.edmonton.ca Whether it’s Fort Edmonton Park for a wonderful moment in history, the Hotel Selkirk for a 1920’s flair, or the Muttart Conservatory with beautiful flowers and waterfalls under glass pyramids, you can sure you will find the perfect setting to match your wedding day. Denilore Bridal 5916-104 Street Edmonton, AB T6H 2K3 Phone: 780.431.0539 Website: www.denilorebridal.com At Denilore Bridal our goal is to ensure top quality service and products, which makes us one of Edmonton's leading retailers of wedding gowns, bridesmaids dresses, and mother of the bride gowns. We have a wide variety of gowns and accessories from all major designers to choose from. Our alteration department is one of the finest in the city.

Derk's Formals and Menswear Edmonton: 8111-102 Street – Main Store Phone 780.433.6614 10410-118 Avenue Phone: 780.477.1655 10120-151 Street Phone: 780.483.1807 Calgary: #107 7004 MacLeod Trail SE Phone: 403.301.3366 Email: info@derks.ca Website: www.derks.ca Derk's Formals & Menswear has been outfitting guys for over 65 years. Whether it's your wedding day, graduation, or just another Saturday night on the town, Derks has been trusted and trained to help you look your very best. Check us out online at www.derks.ca or at any one of our 4 locations. Consumer Choice Award winners since 2002! Edmonton Queen Riverboat 9734 – 98 Avenue Edmonton, AB T6C 4P6 Phone: 780.424.2628 Website: www.edmontonqueen.com Elegant Touches #102, 10306-112 Street Edmonton, AB T5K 1N1 Phone: 780.414.0088 www.eleganttouches.ca We make wedding dreams come true. Let our experienced consultants work with you to create a totally personalized, breathtaking look for your celebration. Elegant Touches is a full service décor and rental resource. Our staff carefully plans every detail with you, then meticulously tends to the installation. We would love to present you with the wedding of your dreams…after all, it’s your day. Ethos #2079, 8882 – 170 Street (WEM) Edmonton, AB T5T 4M2 Phone: 780.444.1360 908 – 17 Avenue SW Calgary, AB T2T 0A3 Phone: 403.245.4188 Website: www.ethosbridal.com Your wedding day lies somewhere between fantasy and reality, the past and the future coming together in a magical way. Your wedding gown should reflect the romance and splendour of your special day. You’ll find that gown at Ethos.

Evergreen Stationers 3855-99 Street Edmonton, AB T6E 6H6 Phone 780.468.2734 Website: www.evergreenstationers.ca Why send an ordinary wedding invitation? Let Evergreen Stationers help you design your own personalized invitation created from our large selection of speciality papers. Choose from our many elegant, festive and fashionable designs or create a style that is all your own. Our staff at Evergreen Stationers is qualified to guide you effortlessly through the selection and personalization of your invitations always keeping your individuality in mind. Evergreen Stationers provides exceptional service to our customers. You’re unique – let your invitations show it. Eye Trend 18328 Lessard Road Edmonton, AB T6M 2W8 Phone: 780.641.0404 2777 Gladwin Road Abbotsford, BS V2T 4V1 Phone: 604.755.6060 Gemini Fashions #2202, Londonderry Mall Edmonton, AB T5C 3C8 Phone: 780.456.1857 Website: www.geminifashion.ca Looking for the perfect dress for your bridesmaid, your flowergirl or the mother of the bride? Look no further then Gemini Fashions. With an amazing assortment of colours and styles there will always be something that everyone in your wedding party can fall in love with and be excited to wear. GEM ORO Goldsmith 1093 West Edmonton Mall 8882 – 170 Street Edmonton, AB T5T 3J7 Phone: 780.444.7210 Located in West Edmonton Mall, GemOro Goldsmith is the perfect place to look for your wedding jewellery. The experienced and friendly staff will be able to help you find the perfect wedding accessories. You’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for. Global Television Edmonton & Calgary

H.O.M. Photo Inc. #251, Londonderry Mall Edmonton, AB T5C 3C8 Phone: 780.472.2000 Website: www.houseofmemories.ca With over 19 years of experience, House of Memories offers you beautiful and elegant customized wedding albums with artistic modeling pictures.


Heather’s Grower Direct

M. Vitalia Daza

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3811 – 99 Street Edmonton, AB T6E 6J1 Phone: 780.988.8588 Website: www.heathersgrowerdirect.com Heather’s Grower Direct is the perfect place for your wedding floral needs. Whether you have a small, intimate setting or a large affair, the knowledgeable and friendly staff will be able to create the perfect flowers to match your prefect day. With locations in Edmonton and Calgary, Heather’s Grower Direct with meet and exceed all your expectations!

Phone: 403.874.3292 Website: www.dazaphotography.com With a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree I Photographic Arts, M. Vitalia Daza is sure to capture all the cherished moments of your special day. The artistic element, style and feeling you’ll see in your pictures will make you happy you chose her.

10135 – 31 Avenue Edmonton, AB T6N 1C2 Phone: 780.465.8514 Website: www.edmontonprestigelimousine.com Prestige Limousine is proud to be Edmonton and area’s largest limousine fleet. Whatever your needs, Prestige Limousine will provide you and your guests with quality service.

Instant Memories 6015 – 103A Street Edmonton, AB T6H 2J7 Phone: 780.910.4800 Toll Free: 1.888.399.3040 Website: www.instantmemories.com

Jessica Fern Facette Photography Phone: 780.278.3376 Website: www.jessicafernfacette.com If you want a photographer who will seek to capture the unique moments created by two people in love, Jessica Fern Facette is the one you’re looking for. Jessica’s work goes beyond the traditional and guarantees to showcase the beauty of your wedding day.

Kuhlmann’s Floral Boutique 1320 – 167 Avenue Edmonton, AB T5B 4K3 Phone: 780.476.3384 Website: www.kuhlmanns.com Kuhlmann’s Floral Boutique has been providing custom-designed floral wedding work for over 40 years. From the bride’s and attendants’ bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres, and decorations, we have you covered. Consultation is by appointment with our award winning floral designers and event planners who work within your budget to make your day fabulous. Delivery is also available on your big day.

Marble Slab Creamery Phone: 403.301.4140 Phone: 780. 466.4741 Website: www.marbleslab.com Since 1983, we have set our standards of quality unusually high. Every batch of our super premium ice cream is homemade, and we hand-roll our freshly baked waffle cones in each store. As for mix-ins, we offer only the freshest fruits, finest nuts and sweetest candies around. So whatever your order, you can be sure it’s fresh and filled with fabulous flavour. With locations all over Alberta, you’ll find one near you!

Marlow & Richards 10123 – 124 Street Edmonton, AB T5N 1P5 Phone: 780-488-4359 Website: www.marlowandrichards.ca Marlow & Richards Floral Works specializes in one of a kind creations guaranteed to delight your loved one, friend or client. Both our Calgary and Edmonton locations are filled with unique treasures and gifts to compliment our flowers. At Marlow & Richards you'll find a huge assortment of gift items from small trinkets, stuffed bears, and home decor & furnishings. We've got metal and stone fountains, elegant chandeliers and antique cabinets.

Nazila Couture #81B Liberton Drive St. Albert, AB T8N 5J1 Phone: 780.419.2113 9292 – 34 Avenue Edmonton, AB t6e 5p2 Phone: 780.465.2113 Website: www.nazilacouture.com

la piazza dasee flower market

Notables Stationers Inc.

7929 – 104 Street Edmonton, AB T6E 4C9 Phone: 780.437.1380 Website: www.dasee.ca la piazza dasee (pronounced daisy) creates the “WOW” factor. Ever thought of bling and feathers in your bouquet? Your dream is our design. Our inviting European atmosphere will make your flower selecting a calm and enjoyable experience. Sit with us; enjoy espresso or gelato and we will chat about the perfect flowers for you. We were chosen as “Best Flower Shop” in the Edmonton Journal’s “Worth a Second Look” Awards.

12543 – 102 Avenue Edmonton, AB T5N 0M4 Phone: 780.448.4625 Website: www.notables.ca

Lanza Website: www.jackvictor.com

Offshores Unit A, 10221 – 109 Street Edmonton, AB T5J 1N2 Phone: 780.951.3011 Website: www.offshores.ca Are you planning your destination wedding? Offshores carries exclusive swim and sun wear with unique piece such as AshaCouture, L-Space, Shan and Nicolita. You’ll also be able to find amazing cocktail dresses and a huge variety of beach and cocktail accessories. With new pieces arriving weekly, it’s hard not to get glamorous at Offshores.

Ovation Catering & Banquets 3790 – 98 Street Edmonton, AB T6E 6B4 Phone: 780-440-7863

RY2 Photo Phone: 780.709.7109 Website: www.ry2photo.com RY2 Photo is a company dedicated to capturing your exciting, real and joyous moments. We constantly strive for excellence in providing you with an unforgettable experience of fun and laughter.

Shandro Photo Phone: 780.423.1816 www.shandrophoto.com

Special Event Rentals 6010 – 99 Street Edmonton, AB T6E 3P2 Phone: 780-435-2211 www.specialeventrentals.com Experience the Difference…leading the way for over 20 years, Special Event Rentals is Western Canada’s largest rental and sales centre and we are pleased to supply you with all of your rental and tent requirements. Our extensive and continuously expanding inventory consists of a complete line of tables, linens, chairs, tents, chocolate fountains, chair covers and ties, catering equipment, and dance floors which are only a few of the 250,000 items readily available for your event! Visit our state-of-the-art 50,000 square foot facility, which showcases a vast array of rental items and décor or shop online!

The Original Wedding Stockings Inc. #1404, 514 Blackthorn Road NE Calgary, AB T2K 5J5 Phone: 403.510.0076 Website: www.weddingstocking.ca Start a new tradition and present your favourite bride with an “original wedding stocking” personalized with the names of the bride and groom and their wedding date. You can stuff these fun stockings with items that will delight the wonderful couple on their wedding night or with items that will delight them for years to come.

Truffle Sensations 4219 – 47th Street Edmonton, AB T6L 6J5 Phone: 780-619-5972

Uniglobe Geo Travel Phone: 780.424.8310 Phone: 403.531.2400 Website: www.geo.com It’s not what we promise that sets us apart, it’s what we deliver. The last thing you want to do is take chances with your destination wedding. Call the specialists at Uniglobe Geo Travel where you know the details are going to be perfect.

Versace Website: www.versace.com

Wedding World

www.strellson.com Former owners of Hugo Boss and one of the top clothing brands from Germany. Nobody manufactures better looking suits at this price! Available at Derks southside and westend locations.

9719-63 Avenue Edmonton, AB T6E 0G7 Phone 780-433-1622 www.weddingworldonline.com For more than 30 years, Wedding World has been helping brides create beautiful weddings. They carry the largest selection of decorations and accessories from bells and bonbonniere supplies to invitations and albums. Whatever your colour or theme, Wedding World can accommodate you. Wedding World brings you a fabulous selection of designer gowns at affordable prices. They carry bridesmaid dresses, mother’s dresses, flower girl dresses, shoes, headpieces and veils. Bridal fashions, invitation decorations and everything in between, Wedding World has it all.

Tanami Photography

Weddings by Tamara

Phone: 403.455.5588 Website: www.tanamiphotography.com

Phone: 403.463.6918 Email: weddingsbytamara@shaw.ca

The Citadel Theatre

West Edmonton Mall

9828 – 101A Ave Edmonton, AB T5J 3C6 Phone: 780.425.1820 Toll-free: 1.888.425.1820 Website: www.citadeltheatre.com The Citadel Theatre Complex is located in the heart of Downtown Edmonton in the Arts District and houses five performing spaces: the Shoctor Theatre; the Maclab Theatre; the Rice Theatre; the Tucker Amphitheatre and Zeidler Hall. A registered charity, we present 13 plays and a Teen Festival each year. We are home to the Eldon and Anne Foote Theatre School which offers theatre classes, workshops and summer camps for children, teens and adults.

8882 – 170 Street Edmonton, AB T5T 4M2 Phone: (general inquiries) 780.444.5200 Website: www.wem.ca West Edmonton Mall is waiting for you! This is the world’s largest entertainment and shopping centre, featuring over 800 stores and services. You’re sure to find everything you need for your special day!

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Bridal Fantasy Magazine 2008  

Now Western Canada’s largest one-day bridal show has an amazing bridal magazine to go with it! Bridal Fantasy Magazine is a leading Alberta-...

Bridal Fantasy Magazine 2008  

Now Western Canada’s largest one-day bridal show has an amazing bridal magazine to go with it! Bridal Fantasy Magazine is a leading Alberta-...