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Contents 10 BRIDAL SHOWS

Exclusive advice from the experts on how to get the most out of your bridal show experience.

16 WEDDING TRENDS & UNIQUE IDEAS

Unique themes, and décor ideas that will have your guests talking long after your wedding day.

50 JEWELLERY

186 DESIGN & PLANNING Enlist the pros for a stress free day!

202 RENTALS

Rental choices to tent it, decorate it, and light it up.

210 STATIONERY

Stunning designs and looks from top designers.

Gorgeous paper suites to reflect the look and feel of your décor.

56 BRIDAL FASHION

216 FLOWERS

A sneak peek of what's new in bridal fashion for 2016/17.

72 GROOM FASHION

Make room for the Groom! Men's fashion tips and trends.

80 HEALTH & BEAUTY

Professional advice on how to look and feel your best on your big day.

Creative ideas for wedding florals, from bouquets to centerpieces.

226 MUSIC

A great music selection adds sophistication to your ceremony and will guarantee a great party afterwards.

236 TRANSPORTATION

90 CEREMONY & VENUE

Tips and ideas for arriving in style!

Finding your officiant, local venues and special places for all your wedding celebrations.

244 DESTINATION

138 CATERING Share your personal taste with the people you love.

148 CAKES & CONFECTIONS Beautiful cakes and confections for every style.

156 PHOTOGRAPHY How to prepare for and find the perfect photographer for you, and what to do with your photos afterwards.

180 BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY Expert advice about how to get great images for your boudoir album.

Explore some of our top choices for romantic destinations for your wedding or honeymoon.

262 ROCKY MOUNTAINS Majestic locations for your wedding right in Calgary's backyard.

350 PLANNING PAGES

Maximize your budget and your time with some smart planning.


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Curated by colour palette, let our inspirational images inspire your wedding vision.

122 RECEPTION GUIDE Look to these pages with the largest venue list for weddings anywhere

272 REAL WEDDINGS Over 37 Real Weddings produced in Calgary, the Rocky Mountains, and the interior of British Columbia


DIRECTOR OF PUBLICATION Lynn Fletcher

EDITOR IN CHIEF Catherine Hazin

ART DIRECTOR Kimberly Wieting

SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTOR Alix Williams

MARKETING / PR DIRECTOR Jessilyn Forigo

ADMINISTRATOR Courtney Boyce

CONTRIBUTORS Catherine Hazin Alix Williams Jessilyn Forigo Bobbi Salkeld Calgary Bridal Alliance Christy D. Swanberg Daria Groch-Arnold Deanne Matley Edward Ross

Kasia Gorski Kayla Loyek Layna Segall Lisa Vettese Michelle Suffolk-Walsh Tamara Jones Terence Law Trena Olfert

COVERS FALL/WINTER 2016 Photographer: f8 Photography Location: CRMR - Emerald Lake Lodge Floral Designer: Sarah Mayerson Design Planner: Naturally Chic Bouquet Jewellery: Rings of the Mother of the Bride See Real Wedding on pg.338 for more information SPRING/SUMMER 2017 Planner: Spectacular Spectacular Photographer: Ikonica Venue: Casa Loma (Toronto) Couple: Megan & Mitchell Bridal Attire: The Room Hudson's Bay - Erdem Groom's Attire: Canali Make up: Victoria Radford Hair Stylist: Blow Dry Lounge - Beni Sicilia Copyright © 2016 Published by Calgary Bride. Calgary Bridal Guide. All rights reserved. Reproduction of any part of this publication without the written consent of Calgary Bride is strictly prohibited. Printed in Canada STYLE-CRAFT PRINTING | CALGARY, AB


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Welcome

The Colour of Love. Colour breathes life and meaning into every wedding design. Colours are used to enhance or transform a space, reflect the season, and even set the mood or vibe of an event. They often have different meanings in various cultures, and even in Western societies the meanings of various colours have changed over the years. The world of colours can be an overwhelming one, as there are literally millions of shades and names to choose from. When trying to decide on the principal colour for your wedding, try to think of how the colour makes you feel. If love was a colour, what colour would it be for you? Colour has the ability to transform a space and add meaning to decor, however without some knowledge of colour palettes what began as a beautiful idea can quickly become a distraction. This year, we have designed the Calgary Bridal Guide to help you navigate through the world of colour inspired wedding design. In the following pages you will find all the tools you need to design a colourful wedding full of meaning and love.

Lynn Fletcher,

Director of Publication


Runway Review PHOTO CREDIT: COURTESY OF THE WEDDING FAIR

CAMEO & CUFFLINKS

The runway shows at events like The Wedding Fair and Bridal Expo are the largest, longest, and most spectacular bridal fashion events in the city. Dazzling lighting design, innovative catwalks and world-class DJ’s make all the difference, not to mention the opportunity to see the seasons newest designer gowns, all available from local fashion houses.

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FROCKS MODERN BRIDES & BRIDESMAIDS

“What’s really trending for colour in bridal fashion is what looks best on a bride’s skin tone. We carry blush, champagne, oyster, amethyst, sherbet, dusty lavenders, just to name a few… and anything goes. This is fabulous because it gives brides an opportunity to have fun with colour in a unique way that not only exudes her personal style, but also compliments her skin tone, hair colour and eye colour.” DAVID'S BRIDAL

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“For bridesmaids colours, we are seeing a lot of incredible creativity that we haven’t seen in the past. We are seeing lots of multi-chromatics, and different shades of colour. For a while blush tones were popular, now we are seeing grey tones and blue tones.” – Daria Groch-Arnold, Cameo & Cufflinks

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10 HELPFUL TIPS TO HAVE FUN AND GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR

Bridal Show The Calgary Bridal Alliance

So you are engaged, congratulations! But now what? You might be feeling a little overwhelmed and maybe don’t know where to start the planning process. Well, grab your A-team, put on a pair of comfortable shoes and head to a bridal show! You will find that attending a bridal show can be most helpful in planning your wedding. Bridal shows are exciting, informative and the source of many wonderful ideas. At a bridal show, you will have the opportunity to meet and ask questions of many wedding professionals, all under one roof. You will be able to: gather information, compare prices and services, register for prizes, see the latest fashions at the fashion show, hear the latest music trends, get great new ideas and just have fun. Your experience at a bridal show will be more valuable if you go prepared, so follow these helpful hints to get the best out of your next bridal show.

1. Research the show ahead of time.

Check the website to see which vendors will be there. Look specifically for the vendors you need. Many vendors offer discounts on their services if you book them at the show. Make a checklist of required services and the most important elements needed to complete your wedding plans. Design questions that will streamline your efforts and help speed things along.

2. It may seem a little overwhelming at the show, but most vendors want to spend time with you and answer your questions. They will talk to you about their products and services in as much detail as you need. However, the shows are often very hectic and can be noisy, so if you find a vendor that you like, it is a good idea to set up an appointment and meet with them at a later date. 14

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3. You should always feel comfortable with a vendor's attitude toward you and your event.

Personality and communication play an extremely important role when you are choosing a vendor. Find a vendor that you feel comfortable with, one who will respect your ideas, address your concerns and will be easy to work with. It is of utmost importance to note which vendors listen to your needs and ask what "you" want.

4. Take lots of pictures with your phone.

Ask questions and collect any information you are interested in. When you get home and have some quiet time, review the literature and book follow up appointments to get more information. Make little notes on the literature you collect when you find a vendor intriguing or use your phone to capture a picture of their booth.

5. Bring a credit or debit card in case you want to book services or leave a deposit to hold a date. Be sure to check on refund policies before giving any money and read the contract carefully before signing.

6. A number of shows offer a "Bride" and "Groom" sticker when you register. Please wear it!

It can become confusing for vendors to identify everyone that attends, especially at a larger show, and if they know you are the bride they are more likely to give you that little bit of extra attention. After all it is all about you!

7. Most vendors offer draws for prizes.

Enter the draws as there are many amazing prizes to be won!


8. It is a good idea to create a temporary email address to be used while you are planning your wedding. This makes it easier to keep all your wedding information in one place. When you no longer are interested in receiving special offers or hearing from vendors in the wedding industry you can delete the account.

9. Remember Avery is your friend!

Pre-printed self-adhesive address labels with your wedding date on it makes it a breeze to enter the numerous prize giveaways and draws. The labels are also handy to give to the exhibitors you would like to have contact you after the show.

10. The fashion show is important to as it lets you see the latest trends on the runway.

It allows you to gather information about styles and colours for the upcoming seasons. The music is also fun to listen to and just might give you ideas for the songs you want played at your wedding. Bridal shows are not supposed to be stressful or overwhelming, but there is so much to see and so many vendors. Taking your time to view each exhibit will help reduce any stress, so plan on being at a bridal show from 3 to 5 hours. Remember wedding planning is preferably done over time, not in one day. It's one decision at a time. Enjoy yourself, have fun and make sure to wear comfortable shoes! PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE WEDDING FAIR

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Wedding Trend FORECAST

This year is all about drama; dramatic skies, colours, portraits and design. While 2014 and 2015 were full of light and airy imagery, 2016 is embracing darker tones with strongly styled fashion and photography. Conservative wedding portraiture is a thing of the past as more and more couples embrace elements of nature and architecture.

Black

Black is back, and not just as an accent colour. Throughout the pages of Architectural Digest, Vogue, and New York Times Style Magazine, black is being shown as the colour of choice for cutting-edge design in 2016. While it may seem intimidating, black does every other colour, pattern or texture a favour by making it pop. Black adds a sexy sophistication, and couples shouldn't be afraid to inject lush textures like velvet, suede, and tone on tone patterns such as damask into their wedding vision. Try incorporating black table decor, such as matte black vases, plate chargers, and silverware. For a softer look, try pairing it with “robin's egg” blue and gold details.

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While the colour black is influencing wedding themes, couples are also falling in love with higher end woodland, bohemian, and garden chic weddings. But why choose just one? This year, its all about the unlikely pairing of luxurious and dramatic with uncultivated elements to create a unique visual composition that brings out the best of both worlds. Watercolour florals on a bold black base? Yes please. Geometric vases with soft garden blooms? Gorgeous. Black on black linens with a pop of petal pink? Perfectly pretty.

Design

Just when you thought you knew how to successfully add one pattern into your colour palette, all the rules changed. This year is all about confidently layering patterns on top of patterns, textures on top of textures. Don’t be fooled, getting it right is trickier than it looks, and it’s a good idea to get professional advice on your favourite combinations before sealing the deal with your rental company. From large floral motifs to Swedish dots, geometric to coloured camouflage, incorporating patterns will transform your design from ordinary to extraordinary!


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Local fare is still a must have for menu items in 2016. Fresh beef and bison from Alberta are not only delicious, but in supporting local producers you're also supporting your community and lessening your impact on the environment. While flavours that are unique to your region are certainly popular, mussels and oysters flown in from the East or West Coast are a wonderful culinary treat for your guests.

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Natural beauty and floral installations take centre stage in 2016. It's all about bringing the beauty of a garden indoors to reception spaces. Ornamental leaves, largerthan-life blooms, dramatic colours, and climbing vines are all making waves this coming year. Pairing greenery with other natural elements such as wood, rocks, and crystals continue this natural beauty theme. Crisp white linens with delicate lace overlays create a subtle texture, and add a lightness to a room. High-end chivari chairs and clear ghost chairs make a sleek statement compared to traditional chair covers. None of this would be complete, or properly photographed, without a lighting designer; an expert devoted to highlighting all the most important elements of your decor.

Cakes

Cakes are going naked in 2016! “Naked cakes� are still a big trend for this year, with barely-there icing reminding us of last year's brushed watercolour trend. Geometric designs are also popular. Structured fondant cakes, with geometric tiles in striking colour combinations, are making mouths water. Cupcakes are being replaced by custom designed cookies, a trend which is quickly growing into its own art form. Cookie artists are creating high-end works of art that are almost too pretty to eat! An easy treat for guests to take home and enjoy, consider ordering cookies that reflect your personality, or your customized wedding brand created by your stationery designer. PHOTO CREDITS: A - PMG IMAGE / NINA WEDDINGS & EVENTS, B - IKONICA IMAGES, C - CORRINA WALKER PHOTOGRAPHY, D - EMILY EXON PHOTOGRAPHY, E - THE WEDDING FAIR

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Galleries INSPIRED BY COLOUR

Colour breathes life into every wedding design. Choosing the perfect palette for your wedding is a key decision that affects not only the style but the personality and aesthetics of the environment as well. Confidence is vital when creating effective colour combinations. Used correctly, colour can bring a vision to life. Used incorrectly, it can destroy even the most expensive design. Some brides are design savvy and are able to use colours with ease, while others may feel more comfortable seeking the advice of wedding professionals who have years of experience.


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Colour Palette Catherine Hazin

There are several different colour schemes to choose from when designing your wedding palette, depending on how many colours you wish to incorporate. One feature colour with an accent is a classic choice that is relatively easy to pull off. If you would like to incorporate more than one feature colour however, we recommend that you begin by referencing a colour wheel. Choose one feature colour first, and then select a colour scheme such as analogous, complimentary, or monochromatic. Your colour scheme is a formula for selecting all other colours, the rest will just fall into place! PHOTO CREDIT: A - SHANNON VALENTE WEDDINGS, B - CORRINA WALKER PHOTOGRAPHY, C - JENNIFER JONES PHOTOGRAPHY, D - THE SOCIAL PAGE, E - PMG IMAGE / NINA WEDDINGS & EVENTS

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Look to your venue for existing colour schemes, and consider if this will be something you can work with or will need to disguise.

Know what your priorities are. If you have family heirlooms to work into your décor, you will want to communicate this early on to your wedding planner. This way you will ensure that your grandmother's ivory table runner doesn’t get lost in the décor, and stands out like you want it to.

Set the mood.

Your wedding colours can set the vibe for your entire day! Consider what mood or atmosphere you are trying to create when choosing your wedding colours.

Do your research.

Magazines, scrapbook stores, Pinterest and even paint shops are great sources of inspiration for colour combinations. Look towards art and industrial design to see colours in a new way.

Consult a colour wheel.

You don’t need an art degree to pick your wedding palette, but there are a few basic principles you should know to avoid a colour catastrophe. Your goal? Colour harmony.

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We have all heard someone say “those colours clash” or “those colours don't work together,” but do we know why? To create a harmonious colour palette, one must understand colour relationships and how to develop a finished palette that is pleasing to the eye. Successful colour schemes rely on a knowledge of hue, value and chroma. When something is not harmonious, it's either boring or chaotic. Wedding planners and other designers have years of experience working with colour harmony and psychology, and can come up with several colour palettes with ease and confidence.

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Fresh, airy pastels add a brightness to decor and a lightness to fashion. Colourful combinations of pale hues never go out of style. PHOTO CREDIT: A,B - ILIA PHOTO + CINEMA, C - PMG IMAGE, D- MODERN PHOTOGRAPHY / MAGICAL MOMENTS EVENT PLANNING, E - TOUCH OF PINK PHOTOGRAPHY / MAGICAL MOMENTS EVENT PLANNING

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Rich jewel tones have a dynamic, enveloping effect because of the saturation of the colours. They lend instant glamour to any space. Their brilliant, concentrated colours can make a room without much architectural interest feel intense and luxurious. PHOTO CREDIT: A - 6:8 PHOTOGRAPHY, B - EMILY EXON PHOTOGRAPHY, C - f8 PHOTOGRAPHY, D- SWIRL CAKES / KARISMIC PHOTOGRAPHY, E - EMILY EXON PHOTOGRAPHY B

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“I’ve been 40 years discovering that the queen of all colours was black” -Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French Impressionist Painter

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“Nothing was so difficult, and at the same time so exciting, to paint, as white on white.”

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“Blue is the colour of my dreams.” -Joan Miró, Spanish Painter, Sculptor, and Ceramist

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“The tones of gray, pale turquoise and pink will prevail.” -Christian Dior, French Fashion Designer

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“There is a shade of red for every woman.” - Audrey Hepburn, British Actress

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“ Yellow is the colour of sunshine. It is associated with joy, happiness, intellect, and energy.” -Marcia Moss, American Painter

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“Orange is the happiest colour.” -Frank Sinatra, American Singer, Actor and Producer

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“Green is the prime colour of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.” -Pedro Calderon de la Barca, Spanish Poet and Playwright

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“Pink is not just a colour, it’s an attitude.” -Miley Cyrus, American Pop Singer, Actress

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“Lavender is the new pink. I'll never stop wearing pink but I wanted to venture out.” - Nicki Minaj, American Rapper

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Those colors located adjacent to each other on a color wheel.

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Those colors across from each other on a color wheel.

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All the colours that are shades, tints or tones of the same hue.

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Jewellery Custom jewellery design and fabrication takes time, but if you start early your patience will be richly rewarded. Your jewellery is your opportunity to let your personality sing. Custom jewellery design allows you to uphold family traditions, while approaching them with creativity.


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We have seen a resurgence in the demand for coloured gemstone jewellery in recent years and it remains one of the key trends moving forward. Today, many grooms are opting for non-diamond options for engagement rings. Pink gold, often called rose gold, has a warm glow that is becoming increasingly popular among new brides. Yellow gold is still very much in vogue, as is mixing metal colours like white, rose and yellow gold, allowing for maximum versatility. Colourful gems such as Canary yellow diamonds, and bright baubles in rich royal hues like emerald, ruby and tourmaline add exciting pops of colour to an all-white ensemble.

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Gemstones are nature’s artwork, polished by man’s imagination. Every gem is unique and its story of formation is dependent on a chance collision of the elements or other environmental forces. To own a perfectly hand cut gemstone is to own something inherently valuable. It is the collaborative work of nature and man combined.

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Some gems are rarer than others, while others have formidable formation stories. So what is it that makes some gemstones more valuable than others? The fact is that there are many scientific factors that gemologists use to classify gems which also inform us about their value like: chemical composition, refractive index, hardness, lustre, transparency. Coloured gemstones have intriguing stories attached, and if chosen wisely can be even more valuable than the traditional diamond. Each gemstone is as unique as its story of formation, and collecting them together is a fun and rewarding experience.


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“Trend is what you buy. Style is what you do with it." - Rafe Totengcok, Filipino Fashion Designer

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Bridal Fashion

Contemporary women are making fashion choices based on originality, and with confidence in a personal sense of style. Accessories and statement pieces that complete the bridal look have become equally as important as the dress. In the following pages you will find in the credits many of Calgary’s finest fashion boutiques, carrying the newest and most prized ready to wear fashions from the runways.


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When it comes time to start shopping for your wedding gown, a significant amount of time and frustration can be saved by considering your unique body shape. Everyone has a body shape, line, and posture that are unique to them. Taking a few minutes to understand your distinct shape and best features will enable you to choose the dress style that compliments your figure in the most flattering way. The most reliable and objective way to determine your body shape is to receive a consultation at a professional bridal salon. Typical body shapes often referred to in salons are: hourglass, triangle, pear, column, slender, pregnant or rectangle, but terminology varies slightly from place to place. Select the styles that are most likely to flatter your figure first. Once you have identified your body shape (or have at least a general idea), compare it to the list on the opposite page of dress styles that are most likely to flatter your figure. This will give you a good starting point for beginning your search, and a better chance of a successful fitting earlier on. Remember to keep an open mind, there is no exact formula for finding the right dress. If you follow the expert advice in the following pages you will have a great time trying on a variety of styles and dress designers! 58

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 Bring your wedding undergarments.

The shoes you plan to wear with your dress can make a huge difference to your alterations. Not only do your shoes change the height of your hem, but they also affect your posture.

Whenever possible, bring your wedding day undergarments with you to your dress fittings and alterations, and if possible, wear the same bra you intend to wear on the big day. You will be amazed at how a little support can change your entire body shape, and different bras will certainly affect the alterations and fit.

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 Never ever order a smaller dress size.

It is common for many brides to aspire to lose a little weight before their wedding day. Even so, most professionals will strongly discourage you from ordering your dress in the size you aspire to be. Instead, always order your dress in your current size, or even a smidge larger. Taking a dress in, is a straight forward job, whereas letting a dress out is complex and sometimes not possible.

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Types of Veils Birdcage

Birdcage veils are short, framing the face very closely and ending at the jaw line. They are attached to combs or fascinators, and are made from a wide netting.

Blusher

Blushers are optional, and refer to the shorter piece of veil that falls over your face. This piece is lifted by your groom at the end of the aisle, and is typically attached to a longer piece of veil, or a hat.

Mantilla

A popular style among women in Spain, a mantilla is a veil or shawl made from lace or silk that is worn over the head and shoulders. Often these are worn over a comb placed high in the hair, called a peineta.

Fountain

Named for their shape, these veils are gathered at the crown of the head, and cascade over the shoulders. Usually these veils extend to the shoulder or elbow.

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The veil is undoubtedly one of the most romantic and iconic bridal accessories. There are plenty of styles to choose from, and the choice should not be arbitrary. Each one is designed to complement various dress styles and unique face shapes. Chosen wisely, a veil has the power to unify your entire look and express a little bit of your personality at the same time. When choosing the perfect veil, consider the detail on the back of your dress. While a one tier veil is a sophisticated touch, most dresses benefit from a two or three tier veil. Also, ask your hair stylist how to remove it later without ruining your hair.

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One of the most popular lengths, this style of veil has several layers of tuille that extend to the fingertips at about 36 inches.

Ballet

These floor length veils just brush the floor at around 72 inches. These are perfect for floor length gowns that have no train.

Chapel

This long, one-tier veil is formal in style, and extends to the floor. Typically these veils fall 90 inches from the headpiece.

Cathedral

Considered to be the most formal style of veil, cathedral veils extend 120 inches from the headpiece. These veils are great for elongating your figure, and accentuating the back of your dress.


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Bridesmaid Fashion Catherine Hazin

“Incorporating colour in a small way or a huge way is all about the bride and her wedding day. Dresses without colour can be classic, and bringing colour in can modernize it.” – Daria Groch-Arnold, Cameo & Cufflinks

Today’s bridesmaid fashions are as unique and individual as the women wearing them. Friendships can be celebrated in a combination of symbolic colors, unified by the bride’s personal style. Because peoples body shapes differ, and so do comfort levels, it’s important to honor your friend’s style as well as your own. After all, it was those unique qualities that drew you together as friends in the first place, so why not celebrate that? Many of today’s top dress manufacturers make it easy to coordinate different styles by offering bridesmaids’ collections that are varied, yet also work together as striking mismatched collections. If you are going for a mismatched bridesmaid’s ensemble, it’s important to have at least one common element that unites the group and gives them a consistent look.

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Whether your palette is monochromatic, or bursting with colours, these tips will help you to incorporate your style into your bridal party ensemble: Same tone, different shades. Dressing your

friends in various shades and colours that are within the same tone is a great way to celebrate individuality while staying within a cohesive theme.

Use the same designer when possible.

Designers often have distinct “lines”, fabrics, and embellishments that help unify their signature look. Even if you choose different styles, having the same designer will do most of the work for you in creating a cohesive collection.

Choose one intensity, or tone. If you can’t

decide on one color, why not have 3? The trick is in the intensity. Keeping the intensity the same will unify your look, while utilizing as many colors as you like.

Different style, same details. If the

dresses are all different styles and colors, find a way to incorporate the same detailing. Similar dress details have the ability to tie very different looks together, and can often be added after the dress is made.

Same style, different details.

This is the opposite approach to the option above. If you wish to have all the same style and color of dress, and are looking for a way to capture the individual personality of your bridesmaids, try mixing up the details.

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Bridesmaid’s Accessories.

Jewelry and accessories can add drama and personal style to any outfit. Brooches, corsages, and hairpieces are great opportunities to have some fun, and try a new look without letting it take over.

Handbags. Since women rarely leave their purses unattended, they are often present in most candid photographs. Having matching clutches ensures that everyone looks fabulous at every candid moment.

Shoes. Shoes can definitely be different, and most

bridesmaids’ will appreciate the opportunity to select the style of shoe that will be the most comfortable for them.

Bouquets. Bouquets are wonderful opportunities

to give a symbolic gift to your friends, since every flower and its respective color hold symbolism. Why not include a flower for each friend that expresses why you value their friendship enough to select them as a bridesmaid.


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Designer patterns generally cost more because they are more difficult to construct and take more time to create. An expertly designed pattern will include time consuming techniques like pleating and hand-tucking. After a series of revisions and critiques, often these dresses are fitted on a model and debuted on a runway before going into production. All fabrics are not created equal, and quality materials cost more. Chiffon, for example, can be made from either polyester or silk. The same goes for tulle and lace, some variations will be pricier depending on quality, and how and where it was constructed.

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Peep Toe

The peep toe heel continues to be a popular choice among modern brides having fair weather weddings, with the heel heights varying from flats, up to 3.5 inches. Sexy and sweet, these are the perfect shoes for hot destinations.

Texture and Colour

Texture and colour continue to play an important role in bridal fashion, with snakeskin and stingray leather taking the lead on exotic new materials. Heel adornment is huge, as is the addition of mesh textiles. Brushed metallic leathers are a great and versatile option that you will enjoy wearing for years after the wedding. Following Louboutin’s lead, brightly coloured soles are another fun trend to watch out for moving into 2016.


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High heels have always been a seductive status symbol. High heels elongate the legs, emphasize your calves and exaggerate your arches for a sexy, feminine look. The word stiletto literally means “sharp dagger”, and its appeal is the contradiction between its elegance, fragility, and sexy appeal. This is your choice if you wish to add height, but be forewarned that in order to wear them comfortably you must have a decent arch already. Today’s wellmade stiletto is so well engineered that it is actually comfortable.

Flat

There are many women who rarely scale the dizzying heights of a 2 or 3 inch heel. For those women who have flatter arches, fear of heights, or perhaps are planning a beach wedding, flat soled shoes are the answer. Ballerina flats are still popular, as are sandal style shoes with pretty embellishments like crystals or flowers.

Jewelled

The idea that jewellery and shoes are connected is not a new one. There is a lovely irony to having a pair of precious shoes covered in glittering stones. Shoes are, after all, designed to protect our feet from the ground. Your wedding shoes are the perfect opportunity to try glamorous trends like crystal heel decoration, or a jewelled sole that flashes from beneath when you walk.

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Men's Fashion

A good suit is essential for any man, and unlike bridal gowns, most men wear their wedding suit for years to come. It makes sense to invest in a “good suit”, but what does that really mean? It’s a big investment, and you want to make the right choice without spending a fortune. Ultimately, a good suit is one that is attractive, well fitted, and comfortable, however a few additional things you may want to consider can be found in the following pages.


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If you’re feeling a little intimidated about heading out to buy your wedding suit – don’t be. First of all, remember that you’re not alone! For a lot of guys, the suit they wear on their wedding day is the first suit they ever own. And let’s be real – there aren’t a lot of guys out there who are thrilled at the idea of spending hours looking for the right suit. To make the process easier, here are a few tips to keep in mind before you head out on your search.

Don’t Worry If You Don’t Know Your Sizing

If you’ve never been measured up for a suit, not to worry. Any suit shop worth it’s salt will be able to quickly take your measurements, so you know for certain you’re getting a great suit that’s going to fit perfectly on your big day. Don’t get too hung up on those numbers!

Sticker Shock

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Like anything, there are different pricing levels for different suits, depending on the fabrics used, the quality of construction, where they are made and design details. In order to avoid sticker shock, be upfront with your salesman about your budget. When they ask you about style and colour, that’s the appropriate moment to mention the budget you’re comfortable sticking to.


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All the Other Stuff

Yes, you need a suit. But that also means you’ll probably need a shirt, a tie, maybe even shoes and a belt. If you hadn’t considered those in your original budget line, take a look in your closet and determine if you have those items or need to add them to your wardrobe. Remember, this is your wedding and your photographs will hang on the wall for the rest of your life! It’s okay to splurge because these items could last you another five years or more.

Leave a Little Time

Leaving your suit to the last minute is not in your best interest, as 99% of suits purchased require alterations such as sleeve length, or inseams. Leaving a window of time so you can have your alterations completed, and have a second fitting to make sure your suit is exactly what you want, will allow you to have a stressfree shopping experience. 6:8 PHOTOGRAPHY W W W. C A L G A R Y B R I D E . C A

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MEN’S STYLE GUIDE Alix Williams "Bespoke" is a pretty trendy word in men's fashion lately. But what exactly is it? A bespoke suit is a custom made suit, handmade by a single tailor, in a high-end shop. While bespoke is a popular word, it's not a popular practice. You'll only a see a few cities in North America with bespoke tailors, and a bespoke suit starts at about $3000. However, custom made suits are still readily available. The term you should be using is "madeto-measure." With a made-to-measure suit, you pick all the finer details, including fabrics, liners, buttons and trim. Your measurements are taken and sent to a factory (preferably a North American or European factory), where your suit is custom made based on your measurements. A made-to-measure suit usually starts at about $900.

Three is Better Than Two

The informality of rustic and vintage weddings is fading out of sight, and grooms are opting to go with a more traditional three piece suit.

Colour

Blues are big in men’s fashion for 2016. From deep navy to bright cobalt, gone are the days of the black tuxedo. From the red carpet to the boardroom guys are embracing colour in their wardrobe, and mostly blue. Blue sports coats paired with coral, mustard or maroon pants make a big wedding style statement, but a slick, tailored, denim coloured suit is right in style. ALAN MAUDIE PHOTOGRAPHY A

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While blue is big, grey is still the most popular suit colour for grooms in Calgary. A sharkskin grey suit transitions easily from wedding to business attire, and pairs well with almost every colour. Having a solid grey suit in your closet is a fashion investment that will last at least a decade.

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Shoes are a statement accessory, and trending in 2016 is a throwback to fashion classics. Wingtip shoes are updated with colour, either in a two-tone (for example, blue on blue) or with a funky pair of colourful laces. The toe silhouette is rounded (say goodbye to the elf shoes of yesteryear), and many grooms are embracing a more rugged look. Even chukkas and desert boots are making their way down the aisle!

Knit Ties

Again, with rustic and vintage weddings becoming less popular, fewer grooms are opting for bowties. Instead, look for a knit tie. A loosey woven knit tie has a look that's more texturized as opposed to shiny or matte. There's no need to try and decide between different patterns as the majority of silk or wool knit ties come in solid colours, the most popular being pastels or dusty hues.

Pocket Squares

Pocket squares are an easy way to add personality, and no suit is complete without one. Neutral tones hemmed with colourful thread are a subtle way to match up to your wedding colours without going full throttle, paired with a vest and tie. Don't be put off by bold patterns, pocket squares are a low-risk fashion choice, as guests will only a get a peek at the top of the square.

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Custom Cufflinks

An easy way to personalize your style is a set of custom cufflinks, and there are many options. Your cufflinks can show your favourite sports team, the inner workings of a watch, there are even cufflinks with holograms! They're an easy and inexpensive way to dazzle up a suit. D W W W. C A L G A R Y B R I D E . C A

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TALK Catherine Hazin

While the average man’s grooming regimen may not be as detailed as most women's, there are still a few basics that should not be ignored.

Live on the Edge

We have yet to meet a man who isn’t decidedly for a professional shave with hot towels, a tonic splash, and carefully applied swirls of velvety shaving cream before a daring straight-edge razor shave. Not only is a professional shave experience a great gift from bride to groom, it is also a fun bonding day for the groom’s party while the ladies are having their hair and make-up done.

Men’s Fragrance

Most women adore a great fragrance on a man, and as such most men are willing to wear it. While scent is a very personal thing, there are some scents that smell great on most men and tend to kick-start an interest in experimenting with other fragrances.

Hands Not Hooves

There is a surprizing majority of men who do not use hand cream. This is likely due to the fact that many lotions and creams are infused with perfumes and strong scents. However, most brands offer an un-scented option. It’s important to remember that while men may not care much for soft skin, their counterparts certainly do, and this is especially so on their wedding night. Don’t forget that everyone you know will want to look at your rings, even take pictures of them, so don’t forget to trim and clean those nails. 78

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Fresh Smile

Your wedding day is the perfect opportunity to splurge on the professional whitening you have been thinking about. Don’t think of it as whitening, think of it as stain removal. There is no escape from it, and no apologies are needed for good hygiene. Don’t go overboard of course, you don’t want to startle her with your smile because that will affect your photographs, you just want to have a clean, fresh looking smoocher. A great smile gives your confidence a boost, and nothing is sexier than confidence.

No Toilet Paper on Your Face

Cheap as mints and a brilliant stocking stuffer, the styptic pencil is a little crayon that stops bleeding from shaving cuts. Unbelievably useful, these little wonders have been around for hundreds of years. Even so, they are entirely life changing and wondrous to most people who discover them for the first time. You can buy them on the cheap from barbershops or drug stores.


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“Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful.” - Sofia Loren, Italian Film Actress

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Health & Beauty You're a pro at your makeup. After all, you practice almost every day! But there's something luxurious, something that makes you feel extra pampered, when a professional takes the wheel. Their quick tricks, their little secrets, their mad skills - no bride has ever regretted hiring a professional hair and makeup artist. Hiring one guarantees that you will look radiant for your groom, guests, photos, and most importantly for yourself. In this section you will find all of Calgary's best beauty artists, and the talented looks they have created for hundreds of Calgary brides.


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Wellness Jessilyn Forigo

The months and weeks leading up to the day you stand before those you love, and begin the next chapter of your life with the one you have chosen to keep closest of all, can be a whirlwind of planning, parties and unique pressures. But it is exactly at this busy time that you have every reason to indulge in what makes you look and feel your most beautiful. A wedding is a celebration of union but also a celebration of each individual and you deserve to shine your very brightest. While it’s certainly about picking the stylist that can create the ultimate up-do, or the artist that perfects the no make-up, make-up look that makes you feel like the most gorgeous, glowing version of you, it’s also about refining your true definition of beauty. In the end, it’s not about looking perfect in pictures, though that’s a pleasant side effect, but rather tapping into what you need to arrive on your day feeling confident, calm and coursing with a sense of well being that illuminates you from the inside out.

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Maybe you’ve always wanted to push your fitness limits. What better motivation than that incredible dress you chose? Or perhaps you could use a little more Zen? Maybe a bridal party yoga retreat is just the thing to let you bond with your bridesmaids. Is subtle and subdued make-up your default look? Maybe now is the time to embrace the sultry style you’ve been looking for an excuse to unveil. It’s taking the time to invest, perhaps more than ever before, in your health, your state of mind, and your happiness so that when you arrive on your wedding day to the inevitable chorus of “ You are so beautiful!” your heart will simply answer “Yes I am”. Because gorgeous – you truly are. Read on for your feel beautiful, be beautiful, go-to guide to being gorgeous.


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Hair Trends FROM THE UK Michelle Suffolk-Walsh

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Natural

Wearing hair loose and untamed is a favourite trend with brides seeking a natural and bohemian look.

Tussled

Back for the season, the tussled look is similar to the natural look. It’s an effortless style that still looks classic and casual.

Accessories

Tiaras are a classic, but in 2016 they will be more like crowns! This look is for the bride that wants dramatic impact on her special day.

Braids

Braids and plaits have been making a comeback for the last few years, and are still a hit in 2016. They work great for a casual beach themed wedding and can be incorporated into any hairstyle like buns and up-dos.

Flowers

There will be a big comeback for small flowers this year, as brides love having them dotted through their hairstyle.

Volume

Big hair is in fashion, and can look striking while keeping a romantic look.

“A deep treatment to give hair moisture and shine would be ideal 3-4 days before your wedding day. I recommend Kerestase Masquintense which is available for thick or fine hair. It's their signature rinse treatment, and is great for deep penetration.” - Michelle Suffolk-Walsh is a Calgary based Makeup Artist and Red Seal licensed Hairstylist, and the owner of Michelle Suffolk-Walsh Hair & Makeup. W W W. C A L G A R Y B R I D E . C A

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True Colours

NATURAL MAKEUP MYTHS Trena Olfert

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Many brides associate natural makeup with natural looking application, but that's not necessarily the case. How can brides have fun with colour, while still looking true to themselves? We asked Trena, of Trena Laine Makeup Artist for her views on natural looking bridal makeup, for brides who love colour. Here is what she shared with us. “Natural doesn’t mean less of an application, it takes a bit more work to make it look effortless or create the blushing bride 'yoga-flush' we all dream about…. Along with getting good education from your makeup artist, natural makeup is an understanding that whichever look or trend you are looking for inspiration from, at the end of the day you should look like a timeless, sophisticated, and gorgeous enhanced version of you.” Trena explained.

"We educate our clients that fun colours could be in the family of gold shades, champagnes and other pretty earth-tone colours that come in matte or shimmery tones. We do offer and highly suggest that colours such as pinks and purples should be avoided on ones wedding day, as they can pick up on tired or red eyes or cause sweating or the feeling of crying when perhaps none of that above may be occurring.”

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According to Trena Olfert, understanding the top 5 ingredients listed on the label of any beauty product is the only way to know if there are natural ingredients involved. It is equally important to understand why certain ingredients are favoured over others, and which ones work well together, before we are so quick to judge our needs. “Natural makeup doesn’t necessarily mean it has sustainability or the longevity to last the 12-16 hours of a wedding day, and it’s also important to understand that certain ingredients need to be in your product to provide better shelf life”, says Trena.

“Another popular myth is that liquid foundation doesn’t allow skin to breathe, and some clients prefer the mineralbased loose powders as coverage. We educate our clients about what and why certain products are necessary for a flawless, camera-friendly application, and even possibly provide further sun protection for your big day ahead.” Trena explained, "Certain products work in synergy. Our motto is 'it should take a hurricane' to move all of that makeup off your face.”

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To Trend OR NOT TO TREND Trena Olfert

I love trends, and at times I think it’s wonderful to look and feel beautifully different. On the other hand, is your wedding day the best day to try something totally new with your hair and make-up? When giving styling advice to brides-to-be, more often than not I lean towards timeless sophistication, and personal style. When our clients pop in for engagement styling consultations, we like to suggest soft, playful looks that are not too overdone.

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Wedding day makeup too should also be a conversation between the artist and the bride. Before anyone on my team even begins a makeup trial with a client, our discussions are about who they are, and how they wear their makeup when they are out on the town. We paint a picture, and gather an idea of who our lovely bride-to-be is, before we even think about picking up a brush.


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The team at Trena Laine Makeup Artist specializes in beauty makeup. We enhance what you’ve already got. We also choose to work with natural, flattering colors that tend to lean towards more of a matte finish, over anything too sparkly or shimmery. Our speciality is using colour that compliments and pulls forward your “best face”. We work with many talented hairstylists for on location weddings, and as a result are always having conversations about hair and make-up. Collaborating helps not only with the flow of the day, but we are able to get more insight on how the hair will be styled, allowing us to compliment on our end with makeup. Our job is to educate and work with our clients to find the best look for their day or photo session. Be it glamour, boudoir, wedding or even an engagement session, we are there for any major event in our client’s lives.

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“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” - Lao Tzu, Ancient Chinese Philosopher

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Ceremony

Whether your ceremony is a religious or civil service, it is a momentous promise that you are making and there are likely rituals involved. There are also several legal and cultural implications to take into account. To help de-mystify the ceremony planning process we have outlined a few key considerations for you to take note of, and included some wonderful articles written to help you design meaning and symbolism into your nuptials.

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While it is your wedding planner who runs your entire wedding day, during the ceremony your officiant is in charge. They are at the top of the "need to know" list when it comes to the order of procedures, special instructions, acknowledging specific attendees, and keeping your ceremony running smoothly and on time.

How do you find the perfect officiant, and what should you look for? First and foremost, you need to find someone legally certified. While your friend's cousin's roommate might have been ordained online, for something this important we recommend that you go with a professional.

Calgary is home to many of Canada's most talented wedding professionals, however the province of Alberta limits the number of ordained officiants. That means the closer you get to your wedding day, the fewer officiants will have availability. Planning and booking your officiant ahead of time means you can find someone who resonates with you. While you don't have to have a deep, intense bond, it's important you book someone you feel confident can manage your wedding ceremony.

Then, define what you value in an officiant. When you close your eyes, what type of person do you see performing your vows? After you've answered a few of these questions, ask your married friends what they thought of their officiant. Word of mouth is still one of the most valuable referral methods when sourcing wedding professionals.

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Wedding Ceremony DESIGNING

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Your ceremony is the heart and soul of your wedding day. The words, traditions and vows shared should represent where you’ve come from, the love you’ve created and the journey you are about to embark on together. Ceremonies are as unique and varied as the couples creating them, and the most meaningful and memorable are often those that blend tradition with personal elements that mean the most. When designing your wedding ceremony, give thought to:

Family and Cultural Traditions

It can be incredibly special to include traditions that speak to your heritage, culture or family traditions. These elements embrace where you’ve come from and the influences that have shaped you. They lend the strength of history and shared experience to the new couple, and showcase the potential of marriage as creating family, community and legacy.

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Readings and Wisdom

Whether you will include specific religious readings as part of a formal ceremony, select lyrics from a particularly meaningful song, a snippet of wise advise that you want to keep top of mind throughout your marriage, or a joy filled poem that reflects your shared happiness, the readings you choose for your ceremony represent who you are as a couple and provide a chance to reflect on what marriage means to you.


INSPIRING MEMORIES The Westin Calgary looks forward to welcoming you and your guests as you marry the love of your life. Our dedicated team is proud to help you plan the perfect celebration from your rehearsal dinner to wedding ceremony, reception, post-wedding brunch and more. Relax, unwind and let us make this unforgettable moment as seamless as possible. Your wedding day should be a day distinctly about you! GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR WESTIN WEDDING SPECIALIST AT 403.508.5229 OR VISIT WWW.WESTINCALGARY.COM/WEDDINGS

Vows Both Formal and Personal

While there are some legal requirements around vows that must be said, there is plenty of room to adjust your vows to perfectly suit your beliefs about marriage. You may also wish to incorporate vows you’ve written yourself. This is an opportunity to really showcase your personality and share exactly what’s in your heart.

Unique and Interesting Elements

At its core, your wedding ceremony is a moment in time, meant to reinforce the strength of your commitment. Will the memory of lighting a unity candle burn brightly in your mind’s eye for years to come? Would sharing a sip from the same glass of wine showcase your shared

future and your happiness at enjoying all of life’s pleasures together? Consider adding elements that will leave a lasting impression and reinforce the words spoken during your ceremony. The moments you share during your wedding ceremony are powerful. They are meant to support the marriage to come, reminding you of your bond, your journey and your commitment through all that life may bring, so make it uniquely yours. Jessilyn Forigo is the Marketing and PR Director for Calgary Bride.

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We all love a good story. From watching our favourite TV shows on Netflix to tracing how two friends meet, fall in love, and get married. Good stories stay with us, inspire us, and connect us. Sadly, we’ve all been to wedding ceremonies that were the farthest thing from a good story. A typical wedding ceremony can be dull and cookie-cutter. However, wedding ceremonies should be so much more than that! They should be more than predictable tasks to accomplish on the way to the party. Your wedding day can come alive with a good story – your unique love story. Here are three mold-breaking components to a unique wedding ceremony. First, choose a good storyteller. Scratch that - choose a great storyteller. I encourage you to find a professional officiant you trust. Find an officiant who engages you, listens to your story and creates a ceremony based on who you are. Do you have a great first date story? Do you have a love story that took herculean strength to bring together? Is there a moment that completely transformed you as a couple? These are the brushstrokes that, when placed in the hands of a skilled officiant, will make your ceremony a masterpiece.

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Second, be thoughtful about your intentions. Before you even meet with an officiant take time to answer this all-powerful question – what does marriage mean to us? Your answer to this question will help your officiant pull together the ceremony elements that mean the most to you. By sharing your intentions your officiant will have the materials to form a ceremony that inspires your guests and makes your day unforgettable. Third and final aspect to an amazing ceremony, be mindful of all the people at your wedding. Of course, your most important connection will be the person standing in front of you, looking amazing, and ready to spend the rest of their life with you. But remember that you and your partner aren’t the only people present. Every person present represents a unique part of your story. They energize your wedding day and offer support in the days to come. With your story, and a great officiant, each one of your connections will be transformed by your ceremony.

By sharing the most important stories in our lives we are less alone and more alive. Your wedding ceremony is the right place, the pinnacle of places, to share your unique love story. A great officiant will turn your unique love story into an amazing ceremony, a ceremony that is fun and packed with meaning for you and your partner. And your wedding doesn’t end here! Your loved ones will be led by you to the reception, celebrating the joy of being together under the banner of your unique love story. Bobbi Salkeld is an Officiant with Young Hip & Married.

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Be a device addict.

It’s easy to get in the habit of only texting your partner to ask for a milk run, or to set a time for dinner, but your device is actually an always accessible marriage maker! Get in the habit of sending a daily text telling your spouse how much you appreciate them, how you can’t stop thinking about them, or revisiting an amazing shared memory. They’ll soon be anticipating their notification buzz from you like they were in the very beginning.

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Date a stranger.

You may think you know everything about your spouse after so much time spent together, but there are always new nuances to discover. Book an activity somewhere new to both of you, dress up like you did in your dating days and ask your partner questions you haven’t in a while. Discover that early-days desire and see your partner in a new light.

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Brag to your friends.

It’s one thing to tell your spouse how great they are; it’s quite another to tell everyone else! Studies show hearing your partner tell others what they love about you makes you feel even closer than when they just tell you! So spread the love and watch your spouse smile.

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Spy on your spouse.

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Be completely irresponsible.

Sometimes it’s tough to see your partner the way others do when you are up close and personal every day. Take a step back at your next event together or tag along to one of their activities you usually avoid. Watch the person you picked in their element and see them as the incredible individual you have the pleasure of partnering up with.

Getting into trouble, just a tiny bit, can be bonding. The shared experience of getting away with something can hit reset on high pressure marriage moments and remind you that you are partners in crime. Decide to play hooky from work (just once) and catch a matinee, or sneak out of that boring event early to secretly sip wine in the park. Don’t worry you can be one another's alibi.

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The right wedding venue is the stage on which your wedding dreams come alive. With hundreds of potential settings in Southern Alberta you have a lot of options. With the help of a wedding planner, you can transform spaces you thought you knew. Look to the pages of this book to find hidden gems that you didn't even know existed.

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A timeless love deserves a timeless place. Our unique spaces and tailored menus create the most memorable weddings. Email sales@heritagepark.ca or call 403.268.8526 – 1900 Heritage Drive SW, Calgary.

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One of our favourite things about weddings is seeing how couples take traditions that are centuries old, and adapt them to suit their personalities and needs. Your wedding ceremony is one of the most exciting and important ways you can make your wedding unique and meaningful to you. Everything from the people you have standing beside you, to the vows you say to each other, to the music that plays after your first kiss, your wedding ceremony deserves a location that is as unique as your love for one another!

Rooftop Patios

As one of the sunniest places in the world, Calgary and Southern Alberta is home to some gorgeous rooftop patios. A restaurant with a rooftop terrace can be a one-stop-shop for weddings, with your catering and bar services all tied in. But be aware, the cost to buy out a restaurant for a night might be more expensive than booking a traditional ceremony and reception space.

Public Gardens

The city spends a lot of time and resources making our public gardens look beautiful, so why not take advantage of them? To hold your wedding ceremony in a public garden requires a special permit, so if you find a few spaces you love, contact City Hall to find out if you’re able to host a ceremony in the public space.

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Art Gallery

Galleries give life and texture to a wedding ceremony, and provide guests with the opportunity to enjoy an art collection while they’re waiting for the ceremony to begin. By hosting your ceremony at an art gallery, you’re supporting a local small businesses, and there's always a chance you’ll end up falling in love with a piece of art which can become a lasting memento of the day.

Music Festival

To guarantee an unforgettable and entertaining wedding ceremony, consider a music festival. Perfect for a free-spirited couple who craves adventure, rally your best friends into their cars and dance the entire weekend way!

Campground

Casual, intimate and cozy, renting a campground for your wedding ceremony is ideal for couples who want to bond and connect with their guests. Sharing drinks and laughs around a campfire, swimming in the lake before the ceremony, and eating breakfast all together the morning after is something relaxed guests will definitely enjoy!


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- Alix Williams

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The perfect ceremony venue is all in the eye of the beholder. Whether you choose a place that you hold near and dear to your heart, a place where you plan to create new memories, or a place that will look incredible in photos, the perfect ceremony location starts with what matters most to you as a couple. The place where you exchange vows ultimately has to make your heart swoon, but taking the time to factor in some of the following considerations will help you make the most out of your guest's experience.

Distance

Is your ceremony spot far from your reception space? Is it far away from the hotels you're asking guests to stay at? While you don't have to base your entire wedding on convenience, be conscious of extralong drive times, or hikes through the wilderness, to arrive at your ceremony. If you have guests, like Grandma and Grandpa, who might need a little extra assistance getting to and from the days events, consider their abilities and mobility when you're choosing your ceremony location.

Photographs

Together with your photographer, visit your preferred ceremony spot at different times during the day, (around noon, mid-afternoon, and evening) to see if there is a particular time of day that it looks the best. Discovering that your ceremony location sits in the shadows during your service time frame will have an

enormous impact on your photographs. Make sure to visit your site with both your photographer, and your wedding planner, so you can get a few opinions on the best time and the exact spot to hold your ceremony.

Post-Ceremony

As the majority of ceremonies take place in the middle of the afternoon, it's customary to offer your guest’s refreshments after you say "I do" while you head off to take photos with your wedding party. Is there a place where everyone can gather to bask in the commitment they just witnessed that is fresh and comfortable, or protected from the elements? While it's not always possible to offer your guests these amenities (after all, your perfect space is your perfect space!), they are important things to consider when you're finalizing your location. W W W. C A L G A R Y B R I D E . C A

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There are many things to consider when deciding on your perfect wedding venue. The following list of questions and tips will help you compare venues and narrow down your search. Use them as a guide while you're talking with a venue representative or your planner, or reviewing a website. Consider the venue as a whole: Pay attention to everything, including the restrooms, the foyer, the outdoor lighting and even the kitchen. You want to be sure your vision can be realized at this location. Before you sign a contract read the fine print and make sure it includes everything you, your planner, and your venue contact have agreed upon.

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1 What dates do you have available and what are the fees (room rental, food and beverage minimums, gratuity, taxes, power etc)? 2 How many people can the space accommodate for a ceremony (indoor or ourdoor)? seated dinner? cocktails? any additional fees? 3 Do you provide tables, chairs, linens, china, glassware, napkins, dĂŠcor etc? What are the choices? 4 Is there on-site catering? Are we able to bring in an off-site caterer? Is there a preferred vendor list? 5 What is the earliest we can get into the space to set up? What time do we have to be out of the space? 6 Do you have an open flame policy in regards to candles? 7 Do you have sample floorplans and photos of weddings done in your space? 8 Is parking available? Is valet parking available? What is the fee?


setting so beautiful, you’ll never want the day to end. Create the ultimate experience on your wedding day at one of CRMR’s exquisite lodges and restaurants. With our beautiful hotels, gorgeous vistas, and exquisite food, your wedding day will be a cherished memory for all of your loved ones!

Buffalo Mountain Lodge - Banff, AB • Deer Lodge - Lake Louise, AB Emerald Lake Lodge - Field, BC Bar C - Calgary, AB • Cilantro - Calgary, AB • Divino - Calgary, AB The Lake House - Calgary, AB For more information contact info@crmr.com I 403.775.7784 Photography by: James Looker, Jennie Guenard, Orange Girl

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Centrally located on Macleod Trail South, the Carriage House Inn is the perfect blend of contemporary and traditional. Three beautiful ballrooms to choose from, creative and custom menus, in house bakery and personalized service. Our experienced and attentive staff will ensure every detail of your special day is as YOU want it to be.

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Create one more treasured memory at the Calgary Zoo The Calgary Zoo provides the perfect mix of elegance and fun for you and your wedding guests. We work with you to create a uniquely delightful day, your way. You and your guests will enjoy an unforgettable event – from our one-of-a-kind venues to our delicious, locally sourced cuisine prepared by our in-house culinary team. Your wedding will also have a lasting impact, as proceeds from your event will support conservation activities here at the zoo and around the world. calgaryzoo.com/weddings • 403-232-7770 • salesinfo@calgaryzoo.com

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Reception Guide There are many reasons why Calgary Bridal Guide is often called "The bride's go-to resource." One of them is that this book contains Southern Alberta's most comprehensive and complete wedding venue listing. From the most intimate spaces, to the grandest of ballrooms, this guide offers a range of options to help you begin your search for the perfect wedding venue.

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RECEPTION GUIDE ALOFT CALGARY 2359 BANFF TRAIL NW CALGARY, AB

aloftcalgaryuniversity.com

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AZURIDGE ESTATE HOTEL 178057 – 272 STREET W. PRIDDIS, AB

azuridge.ca

200

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BAR C 304 - 17TH AVENUE SW CALGARY, AB

bar-c.ca

160

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BLUE DEVIL GOLF CLUB 2300, 194 AVENUE SE CALGARY, AB

bluedevilgolf.com

350

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BOW VALLEY RANCHE RESTAURANT 15979 BOW BOTTOM TRAIL SE CALGARY, AB

bvrrestaurant.com

250

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BRIDGELAND RIVERSIDE COMMUNITY CENTRE 917 CENTRE AVENUE NE CALGARY, AB

brcacalgary.org/

148

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BUFFALO MOUNTAIN LODGE 700 TUNNEL MOUNTAIN DRIVE

crmr.com/buffalo/weddings

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CALGARY STAMPEDE 1410 OLYMPIC WAY SE CALGARY, AB

venues.calgarystampede.com

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CALGARY ZOO 1300 ZOO ROAD NE CALGARY, AB

calgaryzoo.com

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CARRIAGE HOUSE INN 9030 MACLEOD TRAIL SE CALGARY, AB

carriagehouse.net

350

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CHERRY CREEK ESTATE 8285 OLSEN ROAD KIMBERELY, BC

cherrycreek.ca

400

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CILANTRO 338 – 17TH AVENUE SW CALGARY, AB

crmr.com/cilantro

100

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COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT CALGARY AIRPORT 2500 48 AVENUE NE CALGARY, AB

www.marriott.com

200

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CROSSROADS MAYLAND HEIGHTS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION 1803 14TH AVENUE NE CALGARY, AB

calgaryarea.com

200

DEER LODGE 109 LAKE LOUISE DRIVE

crmr.com/deer/weddings/

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DIVINO 113 – 8TH AVENUE SW CALGARY, AB

crmr.com/divino/

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DOUBLE ZERO CORE 752 4TH STREET SW, CALGARY AB

doublezeropizza.ca/downtown

300

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EARL GREY GOLF CLUB 6540 – 20TH STREET SW CALGARY, AB

earlgreygolfclub.com

180

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EMERALD LAKE LODGE EMERALD LAKE

crmr.com/buffalo/weddings

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FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON CALGARY AIRPORT 2875 SUNRIDGE WAY NE CALGARY, AB

fourpointscalgaryairport.ca

232

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FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON CALGARY WEST 8220 BOWRIDGE CRESCENT NW CALGARY, AB

fourpointscalgarywest.com

200

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GORO + GUN 245, 225 7TH AVE SW CALGARY,AB

goroandgun.ca/

145

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GREY EAGLE CASINO 3777 GREY EAGLE DRIVE SW, CALGARY AB

greyeagleresortandcasino.ca

350

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HERITAGE PARK HISTORICAL VILLAGE 1900 HERITAGE DRIVE SW CALGARY, AB

heritagepark.ca

400

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HERITAGE POINTE GOLF CLUB 1 HERITAGE POINT DRIVE RR 1 DEWINTON, AB

heritagepointe.com

128

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HIGHWOOD MEMORIAL CENTRE 128 5 AVE W, HIGH RIVER, AB

highwoodmemorialcentre.com

400

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HOTEL ARTS 119 – 12 AVENUE SW CALGARY, AB

hotelarts.ca

650

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THE LAKEHOUSE 747 LAKE BONAVISTA DRIVE SE CALGARY, AB

lakehousecalgary.com

250

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THE LINKS OF GLENEAGLES 100 GLENEAGLES DRIVE COCHRANE, AB

gleneaglesgolf.com

250

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LOCAL 522 522 6TH AVE SW CALGARY, AB

localtavern.ca/

250

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LYNNWOOD RANCH 370069 96 STREET E, ALDERSYDE, AB

lynnwoodranch.com

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MEADOW MUSE PAVILION 15985 BOW BOTTOM TRAIL SE CALGARY, AB

meadowmuse.ca

175

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NATIONAL ON 10TH 341 10TH AVE SW, CALGARY AB

ntnl.ca/national-10th/home-ntnl10

1100

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NATIONAL ON 8TH SCOTIA CENTRE, 225 8TH AVE SW CALGARY, AB

ntnl.ca/national-on-8th/home-ntnl8

420

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NATIONAL ON 17TH 550 17TH AVE SW CALGARY, AB

ntnl.ca/national-17th/home-ntnl17

225

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NATIONAL WESTHILLS 180 STEWART GREEN SW CALGARY, AB

ntnl.ca/national-westhills/home-ntnlwest

280

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NOTABLE ~ THE RESTAURANT 4611 BOWNESS RD NW CALGARY, AB

notabletherestaurant.ca

50

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OSTERIA DE MEDICI 201 10TH STREET NW CALGARY, AB

osteria.ca

200

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PARKLAND COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION 505 PARKVALLEY ROAD SE CALGARY, AB

parklandcommunityassociation.org

100

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PRESTIGE LAKESIDE RESORT NELSON 701 LAKESIDE DRIVE NELSON, BC

prestigehotelsandresorts.com/locations/nelson-lakeside-resort/weddings/

400

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PRESTIGE HARBOURFRONT RESORT SALMON ARM 251 HARBOURFRONT DRIVE NE

prestigehotelsandresorts.com/locations/salmon-arm/weddings/

500

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PRESTIGE OCEANFRONT RESORT SOOKE 6929 WEST COAST ROAD SOOKW, BC

prestigehotelsandresorts.com/locations/sooke/ weddings/

400

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ROUGE RESTAURANT 1240 - 8TH AVE SE

rougecalgary.com

150

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SHERATON SUITES CALGARY EAU CLAIRE 255 BARCLAY PARADE SW CALGARY, AB

sheratonsuites.com

350

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SKY 360 101 9TH AVE SW CALGARY AB

sky360.ca

200

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SPRUCE MEADOWS 18011 SPRUCE MEADOWS WAY SW CALGARY, AB

sprucemeadows.com

420

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STRATHCONA CHRISTIE ASPEN COMMUNITY CENTRE 277 STRATHCONA DRIVE SW CALGARY, AB

calgaryarea.com

250

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THE FAIRMONT BANFF SPRINGS HOTEL 405 SPRAY AVENUE, BANFF AB

fairmont.com/banffsprings

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THE FAIRMONT CHATEAU LAKE LOUISE 111 LAKE LOUISE DRIVE, LAKE LOUISE, AB

fairmont.com/lake-louise/

600

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THE FAIRMONT JASPER PARK LODGE 1 OLD LODGE ROAD, JASPER, AB

fairmont.com/jasper

500

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THE FAIRMONT PALLISER 133 9TH AVENUE SW CALGARY, AB

fairmont.com/palliser

320

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THE NASH 925 11TH STREET SE

thenashyyc.com

175

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WINSPORT - CANADA OLYMPIC PARK 88 CANADA OLYMPIC ROAD SW CALGARY, AB

winsport.ca

600

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ABBEYDALE COMMUNITY HALL 821 ABBEYDALE DRIVE NE CALGARY, AB

abbeydaleca.com

70

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AERO SPACE MUSEUM OF CALGARY 4629 MCCALL WAY NE CALGARY, AB

asmac.ab.ca

180

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ALEXANDRA CENTRE SOCIETY – INGLEWOOD 922 9TH AVENUE SE CALGARY, AB

alexandracentresociety.org

150

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ART EVOLUTION GALLERY 1235 26 AVENUE SE CALGARY, AB

artevolution.com

250

ARTS COMMONS 205 – 8 AVENUE SE CALGARY, AB

artscommons.ca

240

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AUSTRIAN CANADIAN CULTURAL CENTRE 3112 11 STREET NE CALGARY, AB

austrianclub.ca

300

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BARCELONA TAVERN 501 8 AVE SW CALGARY AB

barcelonatavern.com

500

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BARLEY MILL 201 BARCLAY PARADE SW CALGARY, AB

barleymillcalgary.com

150

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BEST WESTERN VILLAGE PARK INN 1804 CROWCHILD TRAIL NW CALGARY, AB

villageparkinn.com

200

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BLACKFOOT INN 5940 BLACKFOOT TRAIL SE CALGARY, AB

hotelblackfoot.com

200

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BOUNDARY RANCH 2 GUINN’S ROAD, KANANASKIS, AB

boundaryranch.com

150

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BOW VALLEY CLUB 250 6TH AVENUE SW CALGARY, AB

bowvalleyclub.com

120

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BRAESIDE COMMUNITY HALL 11024 BRAESIDE DRIVE SW CALGARY, AB

calgaryarea.com

240

BRAGG CREEK COMMUNITY CENTRE 23 WHITE AVENUE BRAGG CREEK, AB

braggcreekca.com

300

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CALGARY CANOE CLUB 6449 CROWCHILD TRAIL SW CALGARY, AB

calgarycanoeclub.com

100

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CALGARY ELKS LODGE AND GOLF CLUB 2502 – 6TH STREET NE CALGARY, AB

calgaryelks.com

150

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CALGARY ITALIAN CLUB 416 1ST AVENUE NE CALGARY, AB

calgaryitalianclub.com

300

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CALGARY MACLEOD TRAIL TRAVELODGE HOTEL 9206 MACLEOD TRAIL SOUTH CALGARY, AB

travelodge.ca

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CALGARY MARRIOTT HOTEL 110 9TH AVENUE SE CALGARY, AB

marriott.com

240

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CALGARY POLO CLUB, THE HIGHWAY 552 & 306 AVENUE WEST OKOTOKS, AB

calgarypoloclub.com

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CAMBRIAN HEIGHTS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION 600 NORTHMOUNT DRIVE NW CALGARY, AB

cambrianheightscommunity.com

150

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CAMP CHIEF HECTOR CAMP CHIEF HECTOR YMCA,, EXSHAW, AB

ymcacalgary.org

300

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BEAR’S DEN 254028 BEARSPAW ROAD NW CALGARY, AB

bears-den.ca

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cmca.ca

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CANYON MEADOWS GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB 12501 14TH STREET SW CALGARY, AB

canyonmeadowsgolf.com

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CARMONEY GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB DEWINTON, AB

carnmoney.com

150

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CARSTAIRS GOLF CLUB #2, HIGHWAY 2A NORTH CARSTAIRS, AB

carstairsgolf.com

120

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CATCH 100 – 8TH AVENUE SE CALGARY, AB

catchrestaurant.ca

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CEDARBRAE COMMUNITY CENTRE 11024 OAKFIELD DRIVE SW CALGARY, AB

calgaryarea.com

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CENTURY HALL 11 CRANARCH ROAD SE, CALGARY AB

cranston-connect.com

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CHARBAR 618 CONFLUENCE WAY SE

charbar.ca

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CHESTERMERE LANDING 109 EAST CHESTERMERE DRIVE CHESTERMERE, AB

chestermerelanding.com

CIVIC ON THIRD 130, 3RD AVE SE, CALGARY AB

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CANMORE GOLF AND CURLING CLUB 2000 8TH AVENUE CANMORE, AB

Venues

*

$$$

*

*

*

civiconthird.com

520

$$

CLARION HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTRE 2120 16 AVENUE NE CALGARY, AB

clarionhotel.com

300

$$

COAST PLAZA HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTRE 1316 33RD STREET NE CALGARY, AB

calgaryplaza.com

900

$$

COCHRANE RANCHEHOUSE 101 RANCHEHOUSE ROAD COCHRANE, AB

cochraneranchehouse.ca

200

COMFORT INN & SUITES UNIVERSITY 2369 BANFF TRAIL NW CALGARY, AB

comfortinn.com

100

COMMONWEALTH HALL 3961 – 52ND AVENUE NE CALGARY, AB

commonwealthcentre.com

1000

*

*

$$

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CATERING

atthecorner.ca

180

$$

COUNTRY HILLS GOLF CLUB 1334 COUNTRY HILLS BOULEVARD NW CALGARY, AB

countryhills.ab.ca

130

$$$

CRESCENT HEIGHTS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION 1101 2ND STREET NW CALGARY, AB

calgaryarea.com

200

CRESTMONT HALL 12400 CRESTMONT BLVD. SW CALGARY, AB

crestmonthall.com

120

CRYSTAL RIDGE GOLF CLUB 9 CRYSTAL GREEN LANE OKOTOKS, AB

crystalridgegolf.com

150

*

D’ARCY RANCH GOLF CLUB 174 NORTHRIDGE DRIVE OKOTOKS, AB

darcyranchgolf.com

150

$$

DALHOUSIE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION 5432 DALHART ROAD NW CALGARY, AB

dalhousiecalgary.ca

350

*

*

DANISH CANADIAN CLUB 727 – 11 AVENUE SW CALGARY, AB

danishclubcalgary.com

300

$$

DEANE HOUSE – FORT CALGARY 750 9TH AVENUE SW CALGARY, AB

fortcalgary.com

144

$$

DEERFOOT INN AND CASINO 11500 35STREET SE CALGARY, AB

deerfootinn.com

350

$$

DELTA BOW VALLEY 209 4 AVENUE SE CALGARY, AB

deltahotels.com

200

$$$

DELTA CALGARY AIRPORT 2001 AIRPORT ROAD NE CALGARY, AB

deltahotels.com

200

$$

DELTA CALGARY SOUTH 135 SOUTHLAND DRIVE SE CALGARY, AB

deltahotels.com

250

$$$

DEVONIAN GARDENS 4TH FLR, 317 7TH AVENUE SW CALGARY, AB

calgary.ca

350

*

DOVER COMMUNITY HALL 3133 30 AVENUE SE CALGARY, AB

calgaryarea.com

EAGLEQUEST GOLF DOUGLASDALE 7 DOUGLAS WOODS DRIVE SE CALGARY, AB

eaglequestgolf.com

$$$ (>$50)

CALGARY BRIDAL GUIDE

*

120

PARKING

PRICE RANGE

CORNERSTONE THEATRE 125 KANANASKIS WAY, CANMORE, AB

FOR INFORMATION *$ CALL (<$25) $$ ($25 - $50)

130

ACCOMMODATION

CAPACITY

RECEPTION GUIDE

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*


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ACCOMMODATION

CATERING

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EDGEMONT COMMUNITY HALL 33 EDGEVALLEY CIRCLE NW CALGARY, AB

edgemont.ab.ca

200

ELBOW SPRINGS GOLF CLUB 240086 LOTT CREEK BOULEVARD CALGARY, AB

elbowsprings.com

160

ERIN WOODS COMMUNITY HALL 83 ERIN PARK DRIVE SE CALGARY, AB

calgaryarea.com

EXECUTIVE ROYAL INN NORTH CALGARY 2828 23 STREET NE CALGARY, AB

executivehotels.net

250

FALCONRIDGE / CASTLERIDGE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION 95 FALSHIRE DRIVE NE CALGARY, AB

calgaryarea.com

275

FESTIVAL HALL 1215 10 AVENUE SE, CALGARY, AB

festivalhallcalgary.com

225

FOREST HEIGHTS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION 4909 FOREGO AVENUE SE CALGARY, AB

calgaryarea.com

120

FOREST LAWN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION 4020 26 AVENUE SE CALGARY, AB

calgaryarea.com

*

FORT CALGARY 750 9TH AVENUE SW CALGARY, AB

fortcalgary.com

144

$$

FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON WEST 8220 BOWRIDGE CRESCENT NW CALGARY, AB

starwoodhotels.com/fourpoints

280

$$

GENISIS CENTRE 7555 FALCONRIDGE BLVD NE, CALGARY AB

genesis-centre.ca

1500

$$

GERRY THOMAS GALLERY 602 11TH AVENUE SW CALGARY, AB

gerrythomasgallery.com

240

*

GLAMORGAN COMMUNITY CENTRE 4207 41 AVENUE SW CALGARY, AB

calgaryarea.com

230

GLENCOE CLUB 636 29TH AVENUE SW CALGARY, AB

glencoe.org

300

GLENDALE MEADOWS COMMUNITY CENTRE 2405 GLENMOUNT DRIVE SW CALGARY, AB

myglendale.ca

162

GLENMORE INN & CONVENTION CENTRE 2720 GLENMORE TRAIL SE CALGARY, AB

glenmoreinn.com

700

*

*

$$

$$$

$$

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CATERING

heatherglengolf.com

163

*

HIGHLAND PARK COMMUNITY HALL 3716 2 STREET NW CALGARY, AB

calgaryarea.com

163

HIGHWOOD COMMUNITY HALL 16 HARLOW AVENUE NW CALGARY, AB

calgaryarea.com

150

HILLHURST SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY HALL 1320 5 AVENUE NW CALGARY, AB

calgaryarea.com

300

HILTON GARDEN INN CALGARY AIRPORT 2335 PEGASUS ROAD NE CALGARY, AB

calgaryairport.gardeninn.com

72

$$

HOLIDAY INN CALGARY AIRPORT 1250 MCKINNON DRIVE NE CALGARY, AB

holiday-inn.com/calgary-apt

60

$$

HOLIDAY INN CALGARY MACLEOD TRAIL SOUTH 4206 MACLEOD TRAIL S CALGARY, AB

hihotelcalgary.ca

300

$$

HOTEL ALMA 169 UNIVERSITY GATE NW CALGARY, AB

ucalgary.ca/mse

224

$$

HUNTINGTON HILLS COMMUNITY HALL 520 78 AVENUE NW CALGARY, AB

calgaryarea.com

250

HYATT REGENCY CALGARY 700 CENTRE STREET SE CALGARY, AB

calgary.hyatt.com

*

$$$

INGLEWOOD GOLF & CURLING CLUB 19 GOSLING WAY SE CALGARY, AB

inglewoodgolfclub.ca

*

*

INTERNATIONAL HOTEL OF CALGARY 220 4TH AVENUE SW CALGARY, AB

internationalhotel.ca

110

$$

KENSINGTON RIVERSIDE INN 1126 MEMORIAL DRIVE NW CALGARY, AB

kensingtonriversideinn.com

100

$$$

KINGLAND COMMUNITY HALL 505 78 AVENUE SW CALGARY, AB

kingslandcommunity.ca

100

LA DOLCE VITA RISTORANTE 916 1 STREET NE CALGARY, AB

ldvpizzabar.com

130

LAKE SUNDANCE MIDSUN COMMUNITY HALL 50 MIDPARK RISE SE CALGARY, AB

calgaryarea.com

1000

$$$ (>$50)

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PRICE RANGE

HEATHER GLEN GOLF COURSE 234024 RANGE ROAD 285 CALGARY, AB

FOR INFORMATION *$ CALL (<$25) $$ ($25 - $50)

132

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CAPACITY

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ACCOMMODATION

*

$$

lougheedhouse.com

120

$$$

LYNX RIDGE GOLF CLUB 8 LYNX RIDGE BOULEVARD NW CALGARY, AB

lynxridge.com/

220

*

MACEWAN CONFERENCE & EVENT CENTRE, U OF C 402 COLLEGIATE BLVD NW CALGARY, AB

macewancentre.com

500

$$$

MARDA LOOP COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION 3130 16TH STREET SW CALGARY, AB

calgaryarea.com

290

*

MARLBOROUGH PARK COMMUNITY HALL 6021 MADIGAN DRIVE NE CALGARY, AB

calgaryarea.com

*

MCKENZIE LAKE COMMUNITY HALL 16198 MCKENZIE LAKE WAY SE CALGARY, AB

calgaryarea.com

275

MCKENZIE MEADOWS GOLF CLUB 17215 MCKENZIE MEADOWS DRIVE SE CALGARY, AB

mckenziemeadows.com

50

MEADOWLAND PARK COMMUNITY HALL 623 58 AVENUE SW CALGARY, AB

calgaryarea.com

*

METROPOLITAN CENTRE 333 4 AVENUE SW CALGARY, AB

metcentre.com

350

$$$

METROPOLITAN GRILL 317 7 AVENUE SW CALGARY, AB

themet.ca

*

*

MILLICAN OGDEN COMMUNITY HALL 6901 20A STREET SE CALGARY, AB

millicanogdencommunity.com

150

MONTEREY PARK COMMUNITY HALL 2707 CATALINA BOULEVARD NE CALGARY, AB

calgaryarea.com

300

MURIETTA’S BAR AND GRILL 808 1 STREET SW CALGARY, AB

murrietas.ca

100

OAKRIDGE COMMUNITY HALL 9504 OAKFIELD DRIVE SW CALGARY, AB

calgaryarea.com

200

LE VILLA RESTAURANT WEST 1851 SIROCCO DRIVE SW CALGARY, AB

levilla.ca

LOUGHEED HOUSE 707 13TH AVENUE SW CALGARY, AB

*

PARKING

PRICE RANGE

*

lakesidegreens.com

CATERING

CAPACITY

200

LAKESIDE GREENS GOLF CLUB 555 LAKESIDE GREENS DRIVE CHESTERMERE, AB

$$

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134

PARKHILL STANLEY PARK COMMUNITY HALL 4013 STANLEY ROAD SW CALGARY, AB

calgaryarea.com

PASU FARMS BOX 656 CARSTAIRS, AB

pasu.com

PINEBROOK GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB 166 PINEBROOK WAY SW CALGARY, AB

180

PARKING

ACCOMMODATION

CATERING

$$$ (>$50)

PRICE RANGE

FOR INFORMATION *$ CALL (<$25) $$ ($25 - $50)

CAPACITY

RECEPTION GUIDE

*

*

pinebrookgolfclub.com

230

$$

PINERIDGE COMMUNITY HALL 6024 RUNDLEHORN DRIVE NE CALGARY, AB

calgaryarea.com

300

POLISH CANADIAN CLUB 3015 1ST STREET NE

dompolski.ca

400

$$

PRIDDIS GREENS 1 PRIDDIS GREENS DRIVE PRIDDIS, AB

priddisgreens.com

250

$$

Q HAUTE CUISINE 100 LACAILLE PLACE SW UPPER LEVEL CALGARY, AB

qhautecuisine.com

130

$$$

RAMADA HOTEL DOWNTOWN CALGARY 708 8 AVENUE SW CALGARY, AB

ramadacalgary.com

200

$$

RAMSAY COMMUNITY HALL 1136 8 STREET SE CALGARY, AB

calgaryarea.com

125

READER’S GARDEN CAFÉ 311 25 AVENUE SE CALGARY, AB

readersgardencafe.ca

RED & WHITE CLUB 1833 CROWCHILD TRAIL NW CALGARY, AB

*

*

*

ucalgary.ca/mse

520

$$

REDWOOD MEADOWS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB 100 #2 TSUU T’INA DRIVE REDWOOD MEADOWS, AB

redwoodmeadows.com

150

$$

RIVER CAFÉ 25 PRINCE’S ISLAND PARK CALGARY, AB

river-cafe.com

150

$$$

RIVERBEND COMMUNITY HALL 19 RIVERVALLEY DRIVE SE CALGARY, AB

calgaryarea.com

180

ROSE AND CROWN PUB 1503 4TH STREET SW CALGARY, AB

roseandcrowncalgary.ca

390

ROSEMOUNT COMMUNITY HALL 2807 10 STREET NW CALGARY, AB

calgaryarea.com

120

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RUNDLE COMMUNITY HALL 2409 50 STREET NE CALGARY, AB

calgaryarea.com

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE 294, 115 9TH AVENUE SE CALGARY, AB

ruthschrisalberta.ca

SADDLE RIDGE COMMUNITY HALL 7555 FALCONRIDGE BLVD NE CALGARY, AB

calgaryarea.com

650

SANDMAN HOTEL – CALGARY CITY CENTRE 888 7TH AVENUE SW CALGARY, AB

sandmanhotels.ca

90

$$

SANDMAN HOTEL – CALGARY SOUTH 8001 11 STREET SE CALGARY, AB

sandmanhotels.ca

50

$$

SANDMAN HOTEL CALGARY AIRPORT 25 HOPEWELL WAY NW CALGARY, AB

sandmanhotels.ca

100

$$

SASKATOON FARM 80181 338 AVENUE EAST DEWINTON, AB

saskatoonfarm.com

120

*

SCANDINAVIAN CENTRE 739 20 AVENUE NW CALGARY, AB

scancentre.ca

200

SCARBORO COMMUNITY HALL 1727 14TH AVENUE SW CALGARY, AB

calgaryarea.com

100

*

SCENIC ACRES COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION 8825 SCURFIELD DRIVE NW CALGARY, AB

calgaryarea.com

125

*

SHAGANAPPI COMMUNITY HALL 2516 14 AVENUE SW CALGARY, AB

calgaryarea.com

60

*

SHERATON CAVALIER 2620 32ND AVENUE NE CALGARY, AB

sheratoncavaliercalgary.com

300

$$$

SILVER SPRINGS COMMUNITY HALL 5720 SILER RIDGE DRIVE NW CALGARY, AB

calgaryarea.com

212

*

SILVER SPRINGS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB 1600 VARSITY ESTATES DRIVE NW CALGARY, AB

silverspringsgolfclub.com

300

$$$

SILVER WILLOW GOLF & SPORTING CLUB RANGE ROAD 20 CARSTAIRS, AB

silverwillow.ca

60

$$

SILVERTIP RESORT 2000 SILVERTIP TRAIL CANMORE, AB

silvertipresort.com

250

$$$

225

*

*

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sirocco.ca

204

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SOUTHWOOD COMMUNITY HALL 11 SACKVILLE DRIVE SW CALGARY, AB

calgaryarea.com

130

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SPRINGBANK LINKS GOLF COURSE 125 HACKAMORE TRAIL CALGARY, AB

springbanklinks.com

200

$$

ST. ANDREWS HEIGHTS COMMUNITY HALL 2504 1 AVENUE NW CALGARY, AB

calgaryarea.com

90

*

ST. VLADIMIR’S UKRAINIAN CULTURAL CENTRE 404 MEREDITH ROAD NE CALGARY, AB

calgaryarea.com

150

*

STRATHMORE GOLF CLUB 80 WHEATLAND TRAIL STRATHMORE, AB

strathmoregolfclub.com

150

$$

SUNDRE GOLF CLUB 5154 HIGHWAY 27 SUNDRE, AB

sundregolf.com

150

$$

SYMONS VALLEY RANCH 14555 SYMONS VALLEY ROAD NW , CALGARY AB

symonsvalleyranch.com

220

$$

TEATRO 200 8TH AVENUE SE CALGARY, AB

teatro.ca

200

$$$

TELUS CONVENTION CENTRE 120 9TH AVENUE SE CALGARY, AB

calgary-convention.com

2340

$$$

THE MAGNOLIA - 5075 FALCONRIDGE BLVD. N.E., UNIT 900, CALGARY, AB

themagnolia.ca

550

$$

THE WESTIN CALGARY 320 4 AVENUE SW CALGARY, AB

westincalgary.com

850

$$$

THEATRE JUNCTION GRAND 608 1ST STREET SW, CALGARY AB

theatrejunction.com

200

$$$

THORNCLIFFE GREENVIEW COMMUNITY HALL 5600 CENTRE STREET NW CALGARY, AB

calgaryarea.com

800

*

TRIWOOD COMMUNITY CENTRE 2244 CHICOUTIMI DRIVE NW CALGARY, AB

calgaryarea.com

180

$$

TURNER VALLEY GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB 700 IMPERIAL DRIVE TURNER VALLEY, AB

turnervalleygolf.com

120

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SIROCCO GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB SITE 13, COMP 21, RR#9 CALGARY, AB

FOR INFORMATION *$ CALL (<$25) $$ ($25 - $50)

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CAPACITY

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VALLEY RIDGE GOLF CLUB 11618 VALLEY RIDGE PARK NW CALGARY, AB

valleyridgegolf.com

200

$$

VARSITY COMMUNITY HALL 4303 VARSITY DRIVE NW CALGARY, AB

calgaryarea.com

250

$

VENUE 1008 1008 14 STREET SE CALGARY, AB

venue1008.com

200

$$

WEBSTER GALLERIES INC. 812 11TH AVENUE SW CALGARY, AB

webstergalleries.com

120

*

WESTGATE COMMUNITY HALL 4943 8 AVENUE SW CALGARY, AB

calgaryarea.com

150

*

WHITEHORN COMMUNITY HALL 228 WHITEHORN ROAD NE CALGARY, AB

whitehorncommunity.com

180

WILD WILD WEST EVENT CENTRE 67 COMMERCIAL COURT CALGARY, AB

wildwildwestcalgary.com

250

WILLOW LANE BARN RANGE ROAD 290, MOUNTAIN VIEW COUNTY, OLDS AB

willowlanebarn.com

200

WILLOW PARK COMMUNITY HALL 680 ACADIA DRIVE SE CALGARY, AB

calgaryarea.com

150

WILLOW PARK GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB 639 WILLOW PARK DRIVE SE CALGARY, AB

willowparkgolf.com

140

$$

WINGATE BY WYNDHAM CALGARY 400 MIDPARK WAY SE CALGARY, AB

wingatebywyndhamcalgary.com

60

$$

WINSTON HEIGHTS MOUNTVIEW COMMUNITY HALL 520 27 AVENUE NE CALGARY, AB

calgaryarea.com

120

WINTERGREEN GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB 4 KM WEST & NORTH OF BRAGG CREEK, AB

wintergreengolf.com

150

*

WOODSIDE GOLF COURSE 525 WOODSIDE DRIVE AIRDRIE, AB

woodsidegc.com

150

$$

PARKING

PRICE RANGE

calgaryarea.com

CATERING

CAPACITY

TUXEDO COMMUNITY HALL 202 29 AVENUE NW CALGARY, AB

*

*

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“We are indeed much more than what we eat, but what we eat can nevertheless help us to be much more than what we are.” - Adelle Davis, Author and Nutritionist

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Catering

In the last twenty years or so, professional cooks and chefs have ascended the social ladder from kitchen staff to rock star status. This phenomenon is due in part to the realization that quality food leads to a healthier body, and ultimately a healthier planet. Elevated food starts with quality ingredients, and the best ingredients come from the best producers and farmers. Contemporary fine dining restaurants are being faced with a new world of relationships, possibilities and responsibilities, as they strive to elevate the eating and dining experience for all.

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Flavour is EVERYTHING Catherine Hazin

Many of Calgaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top restaurants and caterers are striving to educate their guests about a new way of thinking about food: featuring fresh, seasonal, and often local products at the absolute height of their flavour. It stands to reason that if you are in search of the best flavour, you are in fact in search of the best ingredients. When you are looking for the best ingredients you are actually in search of great farming.

EMILY EXON PHOTOGRAPHY

Great cuisine is so much more than just labour intensive food. It is about perfecting basic ingredients from the ground up, and using them in the most innovative, sustainable, and thought provoking way. On your wedding day, treat your guests to a meaningful menu by giving special consideration to some of your featured ingredients. Look to the following pages for Calgaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top caterers and learn more about what they can do to make your wedding truly special. Catherine Hazin is the Editor-In-Chief for Calgary Bride.

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Seasonal Menus PHOTO CREDIT: EMILY EXON PHOTOGRAPHY

Locally grown food is better for your health and better for the environment. Including some locally produced food in your wedding menu supports local farmers, producers, and the Alberta economy. Seasonality refers to the time of year when food is at its peak in terms of flavour and ripeness. Ask your chef for a few menu options that capitalize on seasonal and locally grown ingredients.

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ROUGE Weddings

Photo Courtesy of Cassie Molyneux, CassiesCamera.com

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The Carriage House Inn has a well-deserved reputation for hosting memorable events in Calgary. Our experienced Event Services and Catering Department provides exceptional service and assistance with everything from lodging and event planning to catering on or off-site events.

YOUR DAY, YOUR WAY

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“If you know the way of the cake, you know the way of happiness! If you have a cake in front of you, you should not look any further for joy.” - C. Joybell C., American Writer

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Cakes

The ultimate icon of your celebration, your cake should not only reflect the colours and theme of your wedding, but also your own personalities, preferences and palette. Therefore, the design of your cake should be considered only after all of the other design choices have been made. The colours, style and embellishments from your wedding dĂŠcor can each inform the textures, shades and structure of the cake itself. Collaborate with your pastry chef and stretch the limits of your imagination to create a delectable and personalized finale to your cherished event.

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Feast First THE EYES

Catherine Hazin

Location and lighting are the most important considerations when deciding on an appropriate place to position your wedding cake. Present your cake in a prominent location that is easily accessible and has a pleasing background for photo opportunities. Consider areas like: centre stage in the ballroom, beside a sweeping staircase, framed in front of an artificial fireplace (mind the heat), or in an area with architectural beauty or natural light. Ensure that the ground is level and that it is stable before positioning the cake. Never try to move a wedding cake alone, and if possible have your caterer or wedding planner do the moving for you. Once positioned, try not to move it again.

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Consider Things to

While you're thinking about what you want your wedding cake to look like, there are a few logistical points to consider as well! Consider the following when you are working with your cake designer:

◊W  ill you serve your cake as dessert to guests or will it just be for photos?

◊ W  ould you like a designed cake for photos and slab cake for serving?

◊H  ow many guests are you having? This will determine the size of the cake.

◊ W  ill you be serving your decorated tiers of cake?

◊W  ill your cake be in direct sunlight? ◊W  ill your cake be outdoors?

The Cake Ceremony

Have you ever wondered where the “cake ceremony” originated? It was historically the bride’s task to serve cake to wedding guests, however as guest numbers grew brides and grooms began to share this responsibility. This tradition evolved further into cutting the cake together to symbolize their first task as husband and wife. Sharing a piece of cake before distributing it to the guests further symbolizes their union and their promise to forever provide for each other.

Wedding Cake Symbolism

Wedding cakes are generally believed to bring good luck to the couple and their guests, however traditionally the cutting and serving of cakes is a task rich with deeper symbolism. Why not incorporate some delicious symbolism into your wedding finale? PHOTO CREDIT: A - SWIRL CAKES / CHLOE BUIE PHOTO, B - SWIRL CAKES / TOUCH OF PINK PHOTOGRAPHY

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Cake Trends Alix Williams

We're always curious to find out where trends start, and we've been spying some amazing trends for wedding cakes on Instagram over the last few years. According to Lynnette MacDonald of Swirl Cakes, the UK influences the rest of the world when it comes to wedding cake design. It can take two to three years for a cake trend to â&#x20AC;&#x153;cross the pondâ&#x20AC;? and make its way to Calgary.

Even more so than in previous years, cakes have become a personal reflection of a couple's personality. Vanilla is definitely common place - so get fancy with your flavours! Passionfruit, cheesecake, floral-infused or even your favourite cocktail like rum and cake, there's as much fun to be had under the icing as there is on top of it. Reflect both of your personalities with a double-sided cake, and create designs that reflect the passions and hobbies of both of you on your wedding day.

403.700.5751 | info@yvonnesdelightfulcakes.com

yvonnesdelightfulcakes.com

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Watercolour

was the “it” design of 2015, and this style is only picking up strength for 2016. This summer, expect more intricate artistic design. Organically inspired “icing-scapes” with floral and greenery are perfect for weddings embracing the natural beauty that surrounds us. Abstract and transcendent paintings created with cake dyes and gels are perfect for modern and contemporary couples who embrace sleek and stylish trends.

Florals

and cakes have always made a gorgeous pairing, and fresh flowers on cakes are big for 2016. Simple cakes adorned with floral garland and more extravagant textured cakes with floral accents, crisp blooms in rich hues, are a statement that embraces natural beauty. If you're considering fresh flowers for your wedding cake, make sure your cake artist uses organic, pesticide-free flowers, as cross contamination between plants treated with pesticides can cause problems.

Metallics

is carrying from decor and stationery and into cakes, with brides loving iridescent gold, copper, bronze and rose gold. While sequins are still popular for cakes, in 2016 expect to see them more as accent decor than covering a full tier of your cake. “Naked cakes” will also be popular at whimsical, intimate weddings, paired with fresh berries and lemons. SWIRLCAKES / TOUCH OF PINK PHOTOGRAPHY

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Forever Cakes Specializing in Custom Cakes, Cupcakes, Cake Pops and Cookies for all occasions

inspiration FOR MORE CAKE

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“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate I shall be content with silence.” - Ansel Adams, American Photographer and Environmentalist

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Photography Deciding on the right photographer to chronicle your wedding is one of the most important decisions you will make in your planning. Allow yourself plenty of time to do your research and you will find the photographic style that best reflects you as a couple.

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A photograph is a moment in life distilled and preserved for eternity. An expressive face, a fleeting instant, an interesting shape, a photograph can capture emotions and atmosphere where words cannot. Your wedding pictures are a cherished keepsake that will be passed down through generations, and the only commemoration of the thousands of hours (and dollars) spent planning this momentous day. The photographer you choose is one of the most important decisions you will make in your wedding planning.

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While a friend may not notice a distracting element in the rear of a photo composition when taking a picture, your expert photographer certainly will, and will make adjustments accordingly. They have a trained eye for interesting angles to capture compositions that may otherwise be overlooked. Professional photographers also use high-quality equipment that will produce much better results than photos snapped on the average SLR. They have extensive experience with posing, placement, and lighting, each of which ensures that your resulting photos look incredible. Keep in mind that photographers are artists, and the visions and styles of artists vary. Consider the style that would best reflect your unique personalities. Expressing your expectations and comparing your goals, while reviewing the portfolios of your potential photographers are all important steps that will help you find the best fit.

Budget for your memories.

The cost for a professional photographer is one of the higher priced items on your wedding list, but is also one cost you will never regret as the images of your wedding will last you a lifetime. Take the time to go through websites and portfolios while making sure you meet face to face with more than one photographer to find the perfect fit.

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Get to know their style.

While honouring the wishes of their clients and always working in their best interests, experienced photographers develop their own sense of style over time. Ask them about their approach and what makes them different from others in the field. Once you have decided on your photographer, take the time to connect with him or her and share any considerations or concerns you may have that are specific to your event. Discuss the difference between black and white and coloured photographs and strike a balance between candid, photojournalistic and portrait shots. Think about how you want the story of your wedding to be told.

Share the schedule.

As your wedding date draws nearer, share a schedule of the dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s events with your photographer so that they have a feel for how the day will unfold. This will help them strategize in advance, which is especially important during

the first half of the day when there are so many critical moments to capture. For an example of a typical, detailed shot list see page 359 of the Planning section of this book.

Images, albums and art.

Professional wedding photographers take great pride and care in their printing process. Many modern photographers use professional labs that produce amazing results, however there are still those who prefer printing in-house to maintain tighter control over print quality and other aspects of printing like color calibration. During processing each image will need to be reviewed, repositioned and potentially enhanced or retouched. This time-consuming attention to detail is often what separates good photographers from the great ones. PHOTO CREDIT: A - f8 PHOTOGRAPHY B - EMILY EXON PHOTOGRAPHY C - SEAN LEBLANC PHOTOGRAPHY

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To Pose OR NOT To Pose Terence Law PHOTO CREDIT: TLAW PHOTOGRAPHY

Of all the jaw-dropping images that I’ve created over the years as a wedding photographer, I can truly say that there is no more honest image than the one I didn’t plan. These are the moments that happen because they were meant to happen, and because they should happen. Here are my four tried and true tips for capturing your wedding day with a candid/documentary-style/photojournalistic flair. The acronym for remembering these steps is RAAD, and it couldn’t be more appropriate.

Step 1: Relationship

The single most important thing I can do is build a relationship with my clients. All of the couples I work with let me into their lives by sharing their relationship with me. The opposite is just as important. All my couples know about me, my family, and even more revealing; some add me as a friend on Facebook (where my filter really comes off). The more you can relate to your photographer as a human, the more you can trust your photographer, and the more willing you’ll be to let us in close enough to document the most intimate time of your lives.

Step 2: Anticipation

Knowing what to expect when I walk into a room - who to look for, the energy of the room, and where my best light source is, are key components. If I’ve noticed that dad has a special connection with the bride then I know he is someone that I should key in on, as I’m very likely going to see tears. And dad tears are the Nutella on a wedding sandwich. Your photographer should know who to look for as soon as they walk into the room and be able to anticipate any moments that may happen.

Step 3: Agility

If there’s one thing I pride myself on, it’s being humble, and that I’m physically fit! Being a committed fitness junkie has given me a lot of advantages while documenting a wedding - I move swiftly and I never tire during a wedding day. Moving quickly and discreetly in order to quietly document those amazing moments on your wedding day is critical to documentary style photography. Your photographer should be constantly moving, never sedentary. The more we move, the more angles we see, the more people we engage, and the more stories we tell. Continued on page 168

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Step 4: Direction

Often times I’ll see a moment developing, but some guests are hesitant to make that happen for fear of “getting in the way.” Repeat after me: “I am not in the way. Ever.” However, when this happens I’m more than happy to provide direction, to give someone that nudge to say “It’s ok, go make your moment.” Or “go grab your bride’s butt - make her laugh!” Terrance Law is a contributing photographer and owner of TLAW Photography.

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Engagement PORTRAIT STORYTELLING Edward Ross Engagement photos ask the question “who are you as a couple?” Are you adventurous or timid? Quiet or rambunctious? Eccentric or conventional? All of these are good questions that can lead to great images.

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An engagement photo session should not be something to be hurriedly thought of as another thing to check off the wedding to-do list - it is an opportunity for so much more. It is a chance to play; to dance and to laugh. It is an opportunity to be with each other and share a quiet moment in the middle of the wedding planning chaos. Working with your photographer and collaborating on something meaningful and artful can be an incredibly important part of your wedding journey. Work together and decide on a theme, wardrobe, and a location that tells your story and the results will be so much more than just another portrait. Once you lose the shackles of the conventional thought process that says â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;the engagement portrait is just another thing I have to doâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, the creative possibilities are endless.

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Think of a favorite memory or a special park. Imagine the best scene in your favorite movie, or the restaurant where you had your 1st date. What about that secluded mountain lake where he proposed. Fly to your favorite city (most photographers will travel) or visit the 1st place you met. Don’t forget your pet, shared hobbies, or that sport you both play and love. All these ideas can take your engagement photos and elevate them to high art. This journey is a series of steps all leading to a point in time where the past, the present, and future converge in one day. Your engagement portraits can be an exciting and enduring part of this adventure. They can be images that speak to you as a couple, images that transcend time and space (that may seem ambitious of course - but great images often do). Imagine 40 years down the road, looking at that one fantastic image that tells a story of laughter and bliss, or a quiet image that speaks to your unspoken connection. So be brave, push the envelope and don’t let this occasion pass you by without at least asking the question, “who are you?” Edward Ross is an award winning Wedding Photographer, and a contemporary Lifestyle Photojournalist. K

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Photographic Art & HEIRLOOMS

Photographic albums of your wedding used to be the only option to display your memories, but trending now is the added option of turning some of your digital files into stunning photographic art to be displayed on your walls. From wall mounted murals, to 3 dimensional sculptures, there are many ways to turn your digital images into photographic works of art. There are also many material options to consider printing on such as: wood, glass, acrylic, metal and canvas to name a few. The fun doesn’t stop there however, because there are framing options too! “The advantage of new technology is our ability to customize anything. It’s a “Pandora’s Box” of tastes and preferences,” says Photographer Edward Ross.

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The creation of any kind of art piece takes time and careful consideration so it’s important to discuss possibilities with your photographer before your wedding day. This way they will have time to develop an idea, and can plan for extra time after your wedding to create that masterpiece for you. Photographic art is artwork with an intrinsic value built in, and a story to tell. Edward Ross adds, “Creating photographic art is often a collaborative process. I always strive to match my artwork to my client’s personal style. It’s important to look at the bigger picture – where is this going? What are these images going to look like in 20-40 years? Understanding the space where the artwork will live can also make a big difference,” says Edward.

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Boudoir PHOTOGRAPHY Catherine Hazin

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The goal of any boudoir photographer is to make a woman feel confident, beautiful and sexy while leaving her with a lasting memento of that feeling. An experienced professional should be able to anticipate a woman’s movements so that she can be photographed easily. A really great boudoir photographer has the ability to adjust their practices and coach their subject to bring out a woman’s best and most authentic qualities. The idea is to capture her individual beauty, sensuality, and spirit, while making her feel completely comfortable and safe. Many women shy away from the thought of booking their own boudoir session, they may wonder – “who are these brave gorgeous women who so fearlessly bear their bodies and souls for their photographer?” The fact is that they are not always experienced models with super 180

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self-esteem; they are housewives, entrepreneurs, soccer moms, and career women. Some of them have feelings of inadequacy, grief or sorrow regarding their sensuality or their bodies. The boudoir photographer must override those negative feelings and create a feeling of sexiness, authenticity, and joy. When looking for the right photographer for you, creativity is an important thing to consider, and so are testimonials, but ultimately the proof is in an extensive and/or professional looking portfolio. Be sure to take the time to do some research in advance and seek referrals to find the right personality fit for you.


Slow is Sexy

Acting sexy in front of a camera is not as easy as it sounds or looks, most women feel a little selfconscious at first, and this is completely natural. Remember not to take things too seriously, have some fun with it. It can be really helpful to practice a little in front of the mirror prior to your photo session. Remember to act out each of your moves slowly, giving the photographer enough time to curate, make adjustments, and take the shot. Moving naturally in front of a camera and communicating through sex appeal is often the biggest struggle. The foundation of a good boudoir shoot is a woman having fun. Remember that confidence is the sexiest thing a woman can wear. To help you break out of your comfort zone, here are five tried and true tricks from professional boudoir photographers that you can practice. Figuring out a few of these moves in front a mirror before your shoot will help you project that sexy kind of confidence that you see in the best boudoir shoots.

Boudior Etiquette

Photographers are not stylists, they are photographers.

Hire a professional stylist for your hair and makeup for your boudoir session, and to help you choose your outfit(s) for the shoot. Do not ask your photographer to choose your lingerie for you when he/she arrives, as it can put your photographer in a very awkward position.

Sensual Movement 101

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4 Touch your shoe, then slowly run your hands up along your body.

5 Lie on your back with your legs up against the wall, look back at the camera.

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Bridal boudoir photo sessions are one of the hottest trends in wedding photography, and the bookings grow in numbers every year. What is it that makes them seem like so much fun? Boudoir photography takes courage, and just the right amount of self-love. What is more alluring than a beautiful, self-confident woman? We interviewed Christy D. Swanberg of Hello There Darling Boudoir to help us break the ice on bridal boudoir, and get a little more insight into what is really involved in booking a professional boudoir photography session. “I've found that most of my brides book me because they want to capture this moment in their lives, or document what they looked like before they start having families. Others just want to relax, feel beautiful, and then “gift” their soon-to-be hubbies a real treat they will have at their bedside table until they are old,” says Christy. Giving boudoir albums as a wedding gift has been a popular exchange from a woman to a man, however boudoir photography is for men and couples too. Why

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shouldn’t a man have the same opportunity to capture a particularly momentous time in his life? Christy explained, “I sincerely feel that men should book boudoir, or “dudeoir”, sessions. It’s not a real word, but you get the point… Men should feel handsome and confident in their own skin as well.” For those who don’t feel comfortable doing it alone, couples boudoir is a great option, and a lasting memento of your connection to each other.


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Design & Planning

A perfect wedding day is truly art in motion, the culmination of long-held dreams, vision, inspiration, and dozens of details to create the moments that lifelong memories are made of. Wedding planners and designers can share their talent, experience and passion to help you create this masterpiece. Read on for expert advice on every aspect of designing and planning your wedding and take away tips and tricks to help make your wedding day dreams a reality.

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DESIGNERS VS PLANNERS DÉCOR VS DESIGN

What's the difference? Jessilyn Forigo

A well-executed wedding looks beautiful, seamless and effortless, but behind the flawless florals, the party-starting performers and the perfectly timed plated meal there are countless details that need to be managed. Many couples opt to hire wedding professionals to handle all of the potential hiccups that can come with planning what’s sure to be one of the largest events of their life. But finding the wedding wizard that can “abracadabra” your wedding dreams into reality can sometimes be confusing. With the different titles used for wedding professionals including Wedding Designer, Wedding Planner, Wedding Coordinator and more, it’s important to know just what you require in terms of assistant and who to choose to make your wedding worries disappear. To put it most simply, the two aspects of wedding creation to consider are: design and production. Wedding Designers deal with the visual; the décor, the lighting, the florals and the jaw-dropping touches that bring your vision

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to life. They craft a consistent look and feel throughout all aspects of your wedding aesthetic and take your dogeared bridal magazine pages and inspiration board pins from aspiration to realization. They’ve got connections with rental companies, décor suppliers and exceptional florists and can nimbly navigate supply issues, price changes and delivery challenges. While Wedding Designers work toward vision victory, Wedding Planners sweat the details. Planners manage logistics, budgets, timelines and vendor bookings; the less shiny but undeniably mission critical production points that make each moment work. Planners walk you moment by moment through your ideal wedding day ensuring that your bridal bucket list matches your budget. They have the experience


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to navigate potential missteps that could derail your big-day dreams and know just how to gather all of your wedding details up in a (perfectly) tied bow. They’ve also cultivated strong relationships with vendors and venues and can often negotiate preferred pricing and perks that couples can’t access on their own. You can hire these two specialized services separately, or you can find wedding professionals that offer both services all under one roof. Regardless of which you choose, it’s important to have your wedding professional of choice clearly outline what tasks they will be taking on, and which you remain responsible for.

personalities mesh well? Do they have a portfolio and recommendations that make you feel confident in their work? It’s also important to consider budget when deciding if a designer, planner or both are right for you. Consider their fees, but also consider the cost-savings that are likely to come with their connections, years of experience and getting all those gorgeous details right the first time. Whether you just can’t seem to master the lighting look or you need someone to make that budget balance, wedding professionals are your wow-worthy wedding secret weapon.

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Wedding Etiquette 15 DO’S AND DON’TS Jessilyn Forigo

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Today’s brides and grooms are often unapologetic rule breakers, bucking wedding expectations that just aren’t their style. While we’re the first to say “break away it’s your day!” there are a few “rules” worth remembering no matter how rebellious you’re ready to be.

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2 Use tact when discouraging tykes – It’s ok to opt for

no kids at your wedding just make sure you do so delicately and consistently.

3 Connect with each of your guests – Whether it’s a receiving line, or visits to each table during the reception make this priority one.

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5 Feed your vendors – Photographers, DJ’s and others staying through your reception need to eat. Ask ahead for any dietary restrictions.

6 Say thank you right away – Send a handwritten,

personalized thank-you note to every guest that attended or gave a gift within 3 months TOPS.

7 Remember a wedding is just one day - Don’t let

nuptial neurosis create strain in your relationships. Focus on making memories together that you can smile about long after the cake is cut.


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8 Invite anyone to a pre-wedding bash that isn’t welcome on the big day – If they didn’t make the cut for the wedding guestlist then they shouldn’t be asked to shower you, stagette you or spa-day you either.

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9 Invite someone to multiple showers – Guest’s calendars and wallets will thank you for limiting the gift giving requests to just one.

10 Invite one half of a couple – If they are married, living together or seriously dating they come as a package deal. 11 Send an invite to someone who’s already said they can’t attend – This just looks like a gift grab.

12 Put registry info on your invite – Include the link to your wedding website where guests can find this info instead. 13 Make your Pinterest dreams your bridal party’s nightmare – Be realistic with just how much DIY time and ability your friends have to spare. 14 Skimp on wedding party gifts – See above. They’ve invested a lot of time and money to help you celebrate your day. Show them a little love. 15 Seat all the singles together - Seat according to suitability and the conversation not status.

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Many couples would love to incorporate their pets into their wedding day, and there are many ways to do so. Whether as ring bearers, flower dogs, or as honoured guests; with a little advance preparation your best friend won’t miss a thing.

Pet Personality

Consider the personality of your pet in public situations, and be reasonable about your expectations. Don’t try to train your pet in the few weeks leading up to your event. It’s not fair to place high expectations on your little friend, especially considering the new and exciting environment. Have a backup plan in place in case your pet does not perform the way you are hoping, and never discipline your pet in front of guests. 198

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Where and When It’s Acceptable

Many venues do not allow pets or animals of any kind into their facility. In the case of the venue not allowing pets, consider other options, such as accompanying you from your ceremony to the photography session or reception site.


Communicate

Inform attendants and vendors that your pet will play a role well in advance. Also, let your officiant know that you will be including your pet in the ceremony, as there are some who may refuse to preside over a wedding that includes animals. Be aware of allergies.

Practice Makes Perfect

Bring your pet to the site before the wedding day, and have him/her come to the rehearsal to practice his part and get acquainted with the guests.

Anticipate Hazards

Remember that certain foods including chocolate, alcohol, and meat with bones, can be dangerous or even lethal to your pet.

Grooming

Take the animal to the groomer before the wedding. Keep adornments or clothing minimal, breathable and easy for your pet to wear. Ensure that they won’t be too hot or uncomfortable, and don't make him wear them for longer than is necessary. If your florist is adorning your pet's collar, be sure she uses nontoxic materials. MODERN PHOTOGRAPHY

Stay Together

Never Leave Your Pet Alone. Consider hiring a handler with whom the pet is already acquainted, or have a friend be responsible for the pet during the day. Ideally you don’t want to stress your furry friend by having him suffer the commotion for more than about 4 hours, have someone take your little friend home to rest and recoup once they have done their job.

Provide Water and Breaks

Don’t forget that animals need lots of water, and bathroom breaks. Especially with all the excitement. Make sure you have a designated person who you trust, and with whom the pet is comfortable, take care of their needs for the day. Never leave your pet in a car.

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Rentals

DĂŠcor is an integral part of your wedding design. Whether it is based on a theme or inspired by colour, you may want to seek professional advice on how to best execute your vision. Good wedding design is when every visual detail has been woven through your wedding perfectly, creating a thoughtful and seamless look. Wedding Designers and rental companies know the latest trends and new dĂŠcor ideas. They have many suppliers at their fingertips, and the skill to put it all together for you.

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FINDING THE

Right Tent FOR YOUR WEDDING Kayla Loyek

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Planning an outdoor wedding? If there is one predictable thing about the weather here in Alberta it’s that it is totally unpredictable. Tents are the perfect option for an outdoor affair, providing a covered event space with an open-air ambience. With that being said, tents are used for so much more than just protecting your beloved guests from rain and other unfavorable weather conditions. As a blank canvas, tents are the perfect starting point for wedding decor! Ready to get planning, but not quite sure what style of tent will best suit your nuptials? Below is a detailed outline of different options to help make your tented wedding the most talked about event of the year!

Ready to get planning, but not quite sure what style of tent will best suit your nuptials? Below is a detailed outline of different options to help make your tented wedding the most talked about event of the year!

Frame Tents

Frame tents consist of a tensioned top over a light aluminum frame. These are a favourite for intimate wedding receptions, ceremonies and food service. Frame tents can be joined together to create a variety of configurations, or joined to a larger pole or clearspan tent for additional space. Versatile frame tents can be built around obstacles and can be completely or partially weighted down on concrete surfaces, rooftops, patios, over pools, gardens and more.

Pole Tents

Pole tents are a classic for tented weddings with their high peaks and tensioned curves. These tents are a spacious, tension-type tent containing tall centre poles every 20’, surrounded by 8’ side poles and guy straps anchored to the ground. It’s important to note that a 6’ perimeter is required around the tent to properly anchor and secure the tent. Pole tents must be staked into the ground and cannot be weighted down. Worried that this massive structure might lose the intimate wedding vibe you’re after? Adding warm lighting is the perfect solution!

Clearspan Tents

Clearspan tents provide a larger open space than frame or pole tents. These ultra sleek and modern tents feature a higher peak and 10’ walls. Clearspan tents are A-frame structures that offer a clear, open space for weddings and are completely free of interior supports and exterior guy ropes. These tents too can be built around obstacles and can be set up almost anywhere.

Cleartop Tents

Looking for something extra special for your wedding? Cleartop tents give you the best of both worlds offering a view of the great outdoors while still protecting you from the elements. These tents are a statement piece all by themselves. Dine and dance under the stars in a gorgeous Cleartop tent featuring high peaks and 10’ walls.

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Research the Companies

Décor companies have designers on staff and offer solutions for your wedding décor based on their design experience, whereas rental companies generally do not offer or incorporate design services. Find out if set up is included, extra or not offered at all. Sometimes, the rental company can recommend a private contractor that would provide set up services, and these are often very reasonably-priced when compared to a full-services planner or designer.

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(or at least the colours) Having a mental picture of what you’re looking for before you walk through the door is paramount, but there’s also no sin in window shopping. Many rental companies have showrooms where you can play, create a mock-up to see which colours will go best together, and build your vision. Take advantage of this opportunity to truly decide on the look and feel of your event. It’s like real-life Pinterest!

Nothing is more disappointing than realizing your dream wedding is financially out of reach. Be realistic when building the budget. Most event rental companies will offer both basic and upscale options for many items, so make a decision on what you want to spend the money on and what will make the most impact. Perhaps a runner rather than a full-length linen in that glitzy fabric will portray your vision just as well, or you can opt for a vignette that incorporates your vision for a photo booth. Kasia Gorski is the Marketing Coordinator for Great Events Group. W W W. C A L G A R Y B R I D E . C A

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The first communication you will have with your guests will likely be through your invitations. Your wedding stationery tells a story and sets the tone for your entire wedding by informing your guests of the formality and overall feel of your event. Whether you are using one of our favourite stationers, or creating them yourself, there are a wide variety of luxurious papers and tree-free options to choose from here in Calgary. W W W. C A L G A R Y B R I D E . C A

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A wedding is a remarkable and meaningful celebration, and your invitation ensemble plays a very important role. A wedding invitation heralds the event while building excitement leading up to your big day. It provides the much needed details about your wedding to your guests while setting the tone for the entire event. In a similar way, a simple Save the Date card can tell the story of how you met. Together your invitation ensemble has the ability to make a bold and public first statement about who you are as a couple. What will your invitation say about the two of you? There is an overwhelming array of options when it comes to deciding on papers and print styles. Before you start cutting and folding we encourage you to ask yourself the following questions:

1 How many guests are you inviting? 2  How many stationery items are in your ensemble? 3  Do you have a theme or motif in mind? 4  What is your budget for starionery and signage? 5  Do you want your table cards, seating charts, menus and signage to match?

6  Will any starionery items or signage be supplied by your venue or resort?

7  Are you interested in environmentally conscious choices?

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"The colour of the year for stationery is rose gold, without a doubt. This warmer gold with a hint of pink pairs beautifully with almost every hue, from matte to metallic. Couples who have fallen in love with rose gold are using hot foil stamping to add extra shimmer to their invitations." - Dawn Messer, The Social Page


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Save the Date Card

Minimum six months prior to your wedding date

Invitation

8-12 weeks prior to your wedding date

Rehearsal Dinner Invitation

Several weeks prior to your wedding date

Reception Information

Include with invitation

If your ceremony and reception are being held at different locations, you may need to explain this. This card, or portion of your invitation ensemble, contains information about the reception location, type of meal served and, if applicable, dress code.

Reply (RSVP) Card

Include with invitation

These should be received by you approximately one month prior to your wedding date so that you can confirm the number of guests with your caterers and event planners.

Outer Envelope

Include with invitation

The envelope addressed to the recipient which is intended for mailing. When the time comes to mail your invitation be sure to check with your local post office for creative stamp options.

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The save the date card allows extra planning time for your guests. It should typically be sent about six months prior to the wedding, up to a year if your event requires extended travel or is planned around a holiday. They are especially important for destination weddings, or if the majority of your guests will be required to travel or make accommodation reservations. All of the details about the date, time, place, type of ceremony, and your names are communicated on the official invitation card. Personal flourishes might include your parentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s names, dedications and thanks, wedding party members, foreign translations, explanations of cultural or religious traditions, a favorite quote, monogram, and even a photograph. This invitation is optional and considered somewhat formal. This intimate dinner is typically reserved for immediate family, wedding party and other family and friends involved in the wedding, however it can be as informal or formal as you wish. The information provided on this invitation includes where and when to attend the ceremony rehearsal and typically a dinner afterwards.


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There was a time when including a decorative inner, and protective outer envelope was considered proper decorum. This protocol was inherited back in the 18th century, when mail was primarily delivered by horseback. These days however, with delivery by horseback becoming less and less frequent, it is considered perfectly appropriate to use only the outer envelope, when required. Want to take it one step further? Try a postcard style RSVP card that requires no envelope for its return, or have all replyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s directed to your wedding reply email and opt out of the reply card completely. Not only will you save money, you will also save trees! Who knew it was that easy to be green?

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Flowers

Flowers are an important part of your wedding day design. They are used symbolically in bouquets, corsages, centerpieces, aisle and altar decorations, reception decor and more. Florals can also be incorporated into headpieces, cakes, and even on your wedding dress! Choosing the appropriate flowers for each unique purpose is an important task, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also fun. Florals are the life of the party, and they are living a life all of their own. 2016 is all about natural, loose looking arrangements, nothing too contrived.

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Bouquets come in many shapes, sizes, colors and styles: nosegays, cascading bouquets, pomanders, free form, wired and hand tied varieties. When considering the style and shape of your bouquet it is important to keep in mind the design of your dress and the overall style of your celebration. Also consider the fragrance (or lack of - if you prefer). For example, would you like to hold something heady and perfumed like lilacs and hyacinth, or something herbal and fresh like lavender and mint? Big luscious blooms like dinner-plate dahlias, hydrangea, peony and hyacinth are statement flowers that are experiencing a modern renaissance. Their boldness, heady fragrance and sophistication make them a romantic and fragrant choice for wedding flowers with timeless appeal.

Local vs. Exotic Blooms

Exotic flowers can make stunning arrangements and are sure to add drama to your decor. If exotic blooms are a part of your dream, be prepared to pay a little extra since they will likely have to be flown in. If exotic blooms are not in your budget, choosing local botanicals that are grown near where you plan to wed are a lovely way to establish a sense of place. This route is also environmentally conscious, as transporting local flowers leaves less of a carbon footprint. B

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There are so many varieties of bridesmaid's bouquets. Bridesmaids can carry smaller matching versions of your bouquet for a consistent and elegant look, or they can contrast in unique and creative colour combinations. Small posies of different flower types all in the same colour will add interest without complicating your colour scheme. Wrapping the stems with different coloured ribbon can add an element of variety to an otherwise matched set. As a sentimental touch, try attaching a small gift to each of your bridesmaidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bouquets, such as a small brooch, or a small scrolled note with a meaningful sentiment written on it.

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Use sturdy blooms, leaves and berries for boutonnieres as there will be a lot of hugging on your wedding day and delicate flowers may not last the night. It would be beneficial to have a few extras on hand, in case some get destroyed. Bring a small spray bottle with you to spritz your blooms throughout the day, especially if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hot. This will ensure that your flowers stay fresh and fragrant for as long as possible.

Embellishments for Your Bouquet

Bouquets can also incorporate beading, satin ribbon and even jewellery! This is a wonderful way to incorporate something borrowed, such as a brooch that may not otherwise fit into your ensemble. There are a multitude of options to transform your blooms into jewelled marvels. Consider embedding a pearl pin into the throat of a blossom, or simulating a row of pearls down the silk wrapped handle of your bouquet that will mirror the closure of your dress.

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Entrances & Aisles

Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget to adorn the processional entrances, and of course the aisle. Create a lavish aisle runner of lush petals for luxurious effect. Large arrangements positioned next to the chairs will create a dramatic pathway to the altar.

Chairs

A little foliage goes a long way in transforming even a standard chiavari chair into a beautiful part of your wedding decor. Pretty blooms or leafy garlands can be used to distinguish chairs of the bride and groom, bridal party, or guests.

Wreaths & Crowns

Floral crowns are beautiful for brides, and smaller versions are fun for little attendants to wear. A wreath of colourful blooms is a great alternative to a basket of petals.

Chandeliers

Floral chandeliers are hanging arrangements of flowers that mimic the look and feel of a traditional crystal chandelier. Try hanging long vines, and strings of flowers to create the glamorous effect of a lush indoor inverted garden. Use the same concept over a dance floor, head table or ceremony site. CORRINA WALKER PHOTOGRAPHY

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Arches & Floral Walls

Nothing can compare to a trellis, arch or chuppah covered in lush florals. Adding crystals and cascading vines will further enhance the structure, and create a beautiful backdrop for your wedding photos. Floral walls make stunning backdrops for photos, your head table, or your wedding cake.

Bar

Accent the bar with something small but sturdy that cannot be easily knocked over. Ideally waterless arrangements such as curly willow, or hurricane bases filled with fruits and or flowers.

Cocktails & Food

Washed and skewered blooms make lovely garnishes for cocktails or food. Look for edible varieties of flowers, or ask your caterer for advice.

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Choose embellishments that will fare well near a heat source, such as orchids or roses. If a full blown fire is not permitted, or if it is very hot outside, inquire about filling the fireplace with lit candles, or a floral arrangement instead.

Water Features

If there is a water source nearby, like a fountain, pool, or pond, try floating candles and blooms in the water. Attach little weights to end of a long clear line that will act as an anchor to keep them from travelling toward the filter.

Restrooms

Flowers in restrooms (particularly womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s restrooms) make a nice impression. A small nicely potted plant is an economical way to embellish this space. Why not give your male guests something to talk about by scattering a few rose petals in the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s urinals!


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Blossoms and botanicals that highlight the bounty of the season Spring:

Spring flowers are usually in season from February through April. Think about using blossoms and buds that are just barely opening, and berries that are still ripening in your bouquet. Spring bulbs or seedlings make lovely favours, and are a unique gift to thank your guests as they will bloom in commemoration of your wedding year after year. Typical spring blooms include tulips, narcissus, and irises. Be sure to also look into deliciously fragrant flowers such as: lilac, sweet peas, hyacinth, freesia, stephanotis, and peonies.

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Summer flowers are usually in bloom from May until August, and sometimes September. The most popular choices for summer blooming flowers are: alstroemeria, chrysanthemum, English lavender, forgetme-not, hydrangea, lisianthus, stephanotis, stock, zinnia, and tuberose. Orchids, birds of paradise, and ginger halcyon are exotic sturdy blooms that will all stand up to the heat of the summer months. Keep a spray bottle on hand to mist your blooms and keep them moist in the heat. 224

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Fall flowers are usually in season from September through November. For a unique twist on traditional fall shades, try incorporating blooms in contrasting colors for a striking effect. Late summer flowers and other botanicals like sunflowers, black-eyed Susans, delphinium, and Gerbera daisies, can be combined with other botanicals like wheat and artichokes for an interesting fall effect.

Winter:

Winter flowers are normally in season from December until February. If you are wedding in a cold climate, try incorporating berries still on the bush, shapely branches, or evergreens in your floral design. Use hardy flowers for winter months, as other flowers may brown or freeze in cold temperatures. Keep outside exposure to a minimum, and consider having a second bouquet for outdoor pictures. Flowers like: roses, amaryllis, anemone, jasmine, ranunculus, Stargazer lilies, thistle, and tulips are all great winter wedding blooms.


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Floral Tips 1 Low maintenance potted succulents make unique and beautiful centerpieces, as well as adorable gifts for your guests. 2 Spring bulbs or seedlings make lovely favours and they will bloom in commemoration of your wedding year after year. 3 If you are having your wedding in a warm climate, keep a spray bottle on hand to mist your blooms and keep them moist in the heat. 4 Avoid planning your wedding just before St. Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day, as flowers are in high demand at these times of the year and are typically more expensive for this reason. 5 Consider the climate of your wedding when choosing your flowers. For example, some flowers such as gardenia’s will wilt and discolour in hot weather, whereas orchids are far more resilient. 6 If you, or a friend, have decided to make your own floral arrangements, choose flowers with a longer lasting bloom. This will buy you a little extra time to experiment, and give you the opportunity to create your arrangements a day or two before the event.

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Your wedding is a special day. In fact, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the most exciting and important days of your life, and nothing is more celebratory than live music. Finding the perfect live musician or DJ to create your playlist and set the tone for your ceremony and your reception is not an easy task. Look to the following pages for our advice on fool proof playlists and musical entertainment.


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Music is one of the most important decisions you will make in creating the perfect atmosphere for your wedding. Paired with great lighting design, music sets the mood and atmosphere of the celebration space, establishes the tempo for your day and evening. We interviewed Calgary vocalist Deanne Matley about the importance of wedding music.

CB: How important is music at a wedding? Deanne: It’s quite simple really; music

sets the emotion and the pace. This essential piece to a wedding event is often undervalued and its importance is often forgotten while in the planning stages. Music brings out emotion that is often difficult to express through words. It sets a tone or creates an ambience for you and your guests. How do you feel when you, the bride, think about that walk down the aisle? Carefully selected musical choices can communicate special feelings about the union, your guests and your significant other.

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What is your goal when producing wedding entertainment?

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Connection! Recently, I was sitting with a beautiful soon-to-be-wedded couple, sipping on a delicious glass of wine, creating their musical agenda. Then, what I love best about this process happened right before my eyes; the couple started to visualize their wedding to music. They completely forgot about their day, dialed into their relationship and the true meaning of this special occasion. It is a magical moment I have had the honor of sharing with many couples.

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To be honest, I think fewer couples are having live entertainment because of the misconception that it is too expensive. Usually, entertainment isn’t on the priority list. While attending a bridal panel with the Calgary Bridal Alliance, when asked when they started thinking about their wedding music and the option of having entertainment, most of them had the same answer. ‘We didn’t think about it until the last minute’, or, ‘it was too expensive'.

CB:

Can you give our brides a few fresh and unique entertainment ideas?

Deanne:

At a wedding I was performing at, we had just finished doing live music for cocktail hour, and I was having dinner with everyone before the dances. After everyone was fed and happy, I was thrilled to see my magician friend Atsushi walk in and perform his 20 minute act. It was fun, unique, and engaging! I have also performed at a wedding where there were caricature artists sketching fantastic portraits for the guests. What a fun take home gift! Mine is posted in my music room as a happy reminder of that special day.

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Can you think of an example of something couples should avoid at a wedding?

Deanne:

I would avoid having live entertainment, like vocalists, during dinner when there are a lot of speeches and or calling of tables to get their dinner. Background music can be beautiful while dinner is going on, but if they have to continuously stop mid song, there is no flow and if speeches are long sometimes couples pay for 90 minutes of music when really only 30 minutes was actually played. When I am consulting with clients we chat about


dinner music and I always ask the question, ‘Is this when the speeches are happening, if any?’ If they say ‘yes’ I always suggest to play ‘canned’ music instead. Another important thing is to have a really good sound system. It is so distracting when the sound system for speeches or entertainment is terrible.

CB:

Can you offer some tips on how our brides can make their wedding music memorable, in the right way?

Deanne:

In a recent conversation with a past client they told me that their guests are still talking about their special day; the beautiful music, and the performance. I asked them why they think that is, and they said, “Guests could see you were sincere with fulfilling our requests for our special songs. Your performance enhanced the feel of our wedding, and was a gift to our closest friends and family.

Entertainment Tips

1 H  ire professionals. They do this for a living, have gone to school for it, and spent countless hours working on their craft. 2 H  ire a wedding planner, at least for “day of coordination”. 3 C  reate a theme for your wedding and / or reception and then hire entertainment based on that. 4 H  ave an entertainment budget, and be upfront about what that is when booking. This then allows the artist to provide you with the best option, and takes away the guessing game. 5 W  hen getting a quote from an artist, if it is slightly over what you had budgeted, ask them if they would be open to reducing it a bit to fit your budget, within reason of course. 6 K  eep your guests entertained while you are having your photos taken, provide a cocktail hour with appies/ drinks and live music. 7 H  ave the best of both worlds! Hire live music and a DJ for ceremony, cocktail hour and your first dance, and then have a DJ for your background dinner music, and the reception. Deanne Matley is an Award Winning International Vocalist based in Calgary. W W W. C A L G A R Y B R I D E . C A

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As crazy as it sounds, your wedding entertainment can make or break your wedding reception. They can be the difference between getting your guests out on the dance floor, partying the night away and saying goodbye earlier than you want. When you’re deciding on booking your entertainment, an important factor is your personal connection – do you enjoy being around one another? Do you have an easy rapport? Being able to communicate effectively with your entertainment, especially on your wedding night, will allow them to make sure you have a fantastic time, which is what they love to do!

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Once you’ve found a DJ or band are the perfect fit, it’s time for a little due diligence. Check in to see if they have the proper insurance for events. Do they have testimonials you'd be able to read or any references you'd be able to call? When you’re reading through the contract, clarify points like payment fees and payment schedules, start and finish times on the day of your wedding, any cancellation fees, what equipment your entertainment supplies with their services and any extras you’ll be including like lighting or décor.


If you can, see if your entertainment is performing somewhere in your area so you can check them out in action, or alternately, find out if they have a YouTube channel showcasing some of their performances. It’s a great way to get a feel for how they handle a room and work the crowd.

other things when your entertainment arrives to set up. If you don't have a coordinator, this can be a great assignment for the spouse of a bridesmaid or for an usher.

If you have a list of songs you love and you want played on your wedding day, make sure they take requests and give them the list a few weeks ahead of time so they can have your jams loaded up and ready to go on your wedding night. DJ’s and bands do require breaks throughout the evening, so understand what their schedule is and make sure there is food and water for them on their break – the better you take care of your entertainment, the better they’ll take care of you! Make sure your wedding coordinator gets your entertainment's contact information and a copy of the contract before your wedding, as you will most likely be busy with

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When choosing music for your ceremony, hiring a live musician is infinitely more elegant than using a sound system. Professional musicians are trained to adapt to any situation, such as inconsistencies in the timing of your procession. They also add a tasteful pause for your officiant to say “Please rise” just before you and your betrothed make your way down the aisle. They can also incorporate other cues into your procession at your request. When you get to the point of finalizing your list, do be sure to note the lengths of the songs. Your wedding planner will need to know this information then composing a time line for you and your guests.

Prelude

The prelude to the ceremony usually consists of 20-30 minutes of music while the guests are being seated.

Processional

The processional can be one or two songs, depending on whether you want your bridesmaids to walk down the aisle to a different song than you.

Ceremony

The ceremony selection is the ideal time for musicians or soloists to perform, during the signing of the paperwork or as an interlude during the ceremony.

Recessional

Once the officiant announces the bride and groom as husband and wife, the recessional takes the bride and groom down the aisle.

Dinner

During dinner it is always nice to have music playing that will not interrupt conversation.

Cake Cutting

Something upbeat and "sweet" is the key for the first cut of your cake as a couple. Then make your way to the dance floor for more fun!

First Dance

If you choose to have a dance, you will want a song for your first dance that means something to you and your partner.

Second Dance

A song is usually chosen for the second dance which includes your parents, family, or wedding party. Bands and DJ’s are typically contracted for four or five hours, however if there is any question about the length of time they will be needed be sure to book extra time just in case. Also don’t forget that your band or musician will need to take a break during the night, so think about how to fill this time. Consider having your DJ play a compilation, have some entertainment, or perhaps do some toasts during this time. W W W. C A L G A R Y B R I D E . C A

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Transportation Once you have secured your wedding date you will need to start thinking about how you, your wedding party, and possibly even your guests will arrive and depart your wedding venues. As the host, the responsibility lies partly with you to ensure that there are safe, classy and reliable transportation options available to everyone involved in your special day. You will want to book your transportation four to six months in advance of your wedding.


Take a Tour in Style YOU HAD ME AT BEER Layna Segall

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You have been dreaming of this day your entire life but before you say, “I do,” you’ll want to have a memorable day with your “besties”. Sure, you can do what everyone else does and have a traditional toe painting party or a round of golf, but how about keeping it classy with the newest tour to hit YYC? Calgary Brewery Tours offers a five-star experience with two distinct tours, providing an opportunity for you to sip and sample some awardwinning beverages, produced right here in Alberta.

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Our tours are perfect for your bachelorette or bachelor party. Grab your mates, or out-of-town guests and hop aboard Calgary Craft Beer Tour or Spirit of Alberta Tasting Tour. Be prepared to experience the birthplace of our most exceptional beverages in and around the Calgary area. If you love your craft beer, mead or spirits, the samples served in each individual location will tempt your taste buds. Not only will you see Alberta passion and pride, you will understand the crazy lengths our brewers and distillers go to for the love of their craft.


Every sample you taste is completely different, and so are their stories. From Afghanistan to Calgary, from backyard brewing, to a production that sells out consistently, from capturing worldwide awards in a farmto-glass fashion, every brewer has an engaging tale, highlighting the entrepreneurial spirit that keeps Alberta on the map. “The spirited craftsmanship scene in Calgary is comparable, if not better than, any other in North America. Alberta produces and exports some of the best malt and barley, and with a focus on local ingredients it makes sense our local beverages are making headlines. When partnered with entrepreneurial and enthusiastic brewers and distillers, it makes for one heck of a delicious tour”, says General Manager of Calgary Brewery Tours, Brad McCarty. “We are proud to be partnered with such an elite group of producers and we have launched to rave reviews.” Calgary Craft Beer Tour begins at the Calgary Tower. The first stop is Village Brewery, then over to CRAFT Beer Market for a delicious lunch, The Dandy Brewing

Company, Tool Shed Brewing Company and ending your day at Last Best Brewing and Distilling. After a day of western hospitality and thirst quenching craft beer, our host will drive you back to the Tower or stay and continue the party. Spirit of Alberta Tasting Tour also begins at the Calgary Tower heading over to Big Rock Brewery, Chinook Arch Meadery and Eau Claire Distillery. You will sample from the grandfather of craft beer and cider, try traditional mead that dates back to 7,000 BC and award winning, world-class gin and vodka in historic Turner Valley. With this tour you have an option to enjoy brunch at Craft Beer Market at a discounted rate. With our numerous luxury vehicles, we can easily tailor a tour to accommodate your schedule and group. Our Reservation Specialists will customize your preferred date, time, size and you can pick of any one of the venues partnering with Calgary Brewery Tours. To book online or for more info head to calgarybrewerytours. beer (yes beer), or email our reservation centre, at: info@ calgarybrewerytours.beer. Layna Segall is the Social Media Manager for Ambassador Limousine Services. W W W. C A L G A R Y B R I D E . C A

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While there's nothing wrong with a traditional stagette (hey, we love a coconut bra as much as the next girl), it's also totally ok if you're feeling like those are getting a little, shall we say, stale. Whether you want to bust it out on the dance floor all night long or giggle your heart out with your best girlfriends, the modern stagette is way more than hula skirts and dancing on tables.

Themed Stagette

If your bride is into the idea of a themed stagette, we've got a few fresh suggestions that will have you looking at your closet with a new set of eyes. Consider: a nerd stagette, superhero stagette, 90's pop star stagette, or a stagette inspired by the groom's favourite passion.

Foodie Stagette

Your stagette theme doesn't have to mean playing dress up - why not try a “foodie” themed stagette, where instead of a pub crawl, you do a restaurant crawl, and stop at all the bride's favourite haunts for a course and have a drink. Take it one step further with a local wine bar stagette or a micro-brewery stagette. If you're choosing to venue hop, make sure you have safe transportation all lined up ahead of time.

Dry Stagette

Not into the bar? No problem. Get your girls together for a unique experience, like a painting party or a floral crown workshop, giving each guest something special to take away from the experience. A great hike, followed by dinner in Canmore or Banff is a beautiful way to connect with your best girlfriends, and living so close to the Rocky Mountains, it's almost a crime not to take advantage of them!

Weekend Getaway

Map out an antique tour of Alberta and hit the road! Be open to stopping at random roadside stands - usually, those are where you find the best gems! Or go “glamping”, Alberta style, by booking horseback riding weekends that includes food and accommodation. A little dusty, sure, but the rolling foothills and some fresh air is the perfect way for a bride to clear her head of all her wedding planning worries. W W W. C A L G A R Y B R I D E . C A

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Crafty Stagette

Instead of a wild night out, why not order in and tackle that craft filled todo list? Create a speciality playlist for the night and have a few easy games planned like everyone sharing their favourite memory of the bride. Keep everyone's energy up by making sure there are pre-scheduled dance breaks and plenty of snacks and drinks! Pro Tip: make sure you have ALL the crafting supplies before the party starts because Michael's isn't open at 10 pm on Saturday night.

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Is there a cause that just melts your bride's heart? Check in to see if they have a fundraiser or golf tournament coming up that everyone could take part in. All the fun is planned out for you ahead of time, all you have to do is show up and have an amazing time while supporting a worthwhile cause. Win-win!

Easy Stagettes

Not every bride is into something fancy-schmancy, and stagettes can be a lot of pressure on brides who might be more comfortable spending time with their best babes and hit the hay. There is nothing wrong with waiting for a fantastic movie to come out, and grabbing a great dinner beforehand.


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“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” - Maya Angelou, American Poet

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Destinations

Couples looking for an exclusive way to say â&#x20AC;&#x153;I doâ&#x20AC;? may want to consider having a destination wedding in an exotic locale surrounded by family and close friends. Destination weddings are just the thing for modern savvy couples who have a tie to a particular location, or who have an exclusive guest list.

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Surrounded by the Rocky and Purcell Mountains on 320 acres of pristine property, there is a tranquil creek that winds through acres of natural forests, plateaus, gardens and fields of alfalfa. It leads to the private estate of Cherry Creek, a mansion boasting endless opportunities for experiencing luxury and nature at the same time. Built in the mid 1990’s as a private residence, Cherry Creek was built from traditional German craftsmanship. The first building to be constructed was the Bavarian style buggy barn, which was made solely from trees cleared from the property. The old world style barn, combined with specially sourced elegant European architectural elements, distinguishes this property’s unique aesthetic appeal. Up to 53 guests can be accommodated for lodging, and up to 400 guests for a sit down dinner. In addition to the picturesque vista views and luxury accommodation, the hospitality team at Cherry Creek Estate prides themselves on offering world-class customer service. We interviewed Emily Korvan, Marketing & Events Manager at Cherry Creek Estates, to find out a little more about what couples can expect by booking this venue. In your opinion, what are some of the most exciting features in the two lounges in the mansion where you host weddings? “The two main lounges in Creekside Villa boast panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains and our ranch lands. The serenity offered by the views can be enjoyed from the lounges through the floor to ceiling windows, or on the adjoining wrap around deck. The rooms are versatile and can be set up in many different ways, they can be set with couches and comfy chairs for a traditional lounge use, they can be cleared out and have a bar set up for a 246

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cocktail hour space or they can be set up with tables and chairs and used as dining space seating up to 60 guests in each room.” Executive Chef, David Miles, provides catering for all food service at Cherry Creek Estate. The diverse menu can cater groups as small as 20, or as large as 400 guests. Chef Miles focuses on sourcing local ingredients, following a “farm-to-plate” philosophy. The carefully curated menu includes delectable items such as Asian-inspired hoisin glazed bison meatballs, local lamb turnovers with honey mint sauce, smoked salmon croquettes and lemon dill sauce or jerk chicken karaage with mango aioli. “Our chef’s method is what makes it so amazing,” said Emily, as she tried to explain the culinary wonder that is Chef Mile’s signature cheesecake. “He willingly passes out the recipe to guests and staff that request it but without fail, no one has been able to replicate its deliciousness. As for the secret method, that’s something he doesn’t share. The cheesecake has a sugar shortbread crust which is truly the most delicious crust I’ve ever tasted on a cheesecake. It is quite crunchy and is the perfect accompaniment to the creamy cake on top. The actual cake has the perfect texture and literally melts in your mouth. I have never seen anyone leave a bite left on his or her plate!” If an intimate, exclusive getaway in the Rockies is what you desire, consider simplifying your wedding planning process and let the professional team at Cherry Creek take care of the luxurious details. Say your “I do’s” surrounded by your loved ones, overlooking the picturesque mountains and ranch lands, while experiencing true Canadian hospitality.


DREAMING OF A BARN WEDDING? Cherry Creek Estate is nestled between the Rocky and Purcell Mountains near Cranbrook and Kimberley BC, just four hours from Calgary. With 360 degrees of mountain views, there is no shortage of spectacular backdrops for your wedding ceremony. Three upscale rental buildings include a 13,000 sq. foot European inspired mansion and two reception barns with space for up to 400 guests. • 320 acre private estate • Onsite accomodation for 45 • Customizable wedding menus

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In the heart of the mountains you will find Golden. Rich in spectacular scenery, adventure, history and cultural experiences. Golden is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Surrounded by six of Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most stunning National Parks. Golden rules when it comes to the perfect mountain wedding.

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Heather Mountain Lodge “The mountain views of Glacier National Park are spectacular.” Have your own private wedding venue with us in the mountains. Our off the grid timber-frame lodge and luxury cabins, are easily accessed halfway between Golden and Revelstoke. Slow down with nature and spend time with your guests. Find yourself, married Somewhere Close to Nowhere.

1-866-344-7490

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Hillside Lodge Stunning. Unique. Breathtaking. Just a few words used to describe the barn venue which boasts rustic elegance and beautiful charm. Exposed beams and perfect lighting make this an amazing wedding location. Accommodate up to 40 guests on site. 120 person max. The views are unrivaled making your wedding one to remember.

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Wild Water Adventures Start your celebrations off with a “SPLASH”! Gather the girls or guys and leave the rest to us. We’ve been creating fabulous memories for Stags and Stagettes on the famous Kicking Horse River for over 25 years. Trips for all adventure levels...even for those “reluctant rafters”! Contact us today for our special rates and packages.

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Columbia Wetlands Adventures Make your special day extraordinary! Our unique, breathtaking location in the heart of the Columbia Valley Wetlands is a fantastic location for you and your friends and family to celebrate your lifetime event.

1-250-348-2235

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Good Libations Mobile Bar Professional & Friendly Bartenders (Serving it Right Certified) ~ All ice, Mixers, Garnishes, Disposables & Bar Service Supplies. ~ Customized Liquor Orders ~ Signature Cocktail Design ~ Bar Ambiance & Lighting

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Kat Hadford Photography 2014 & 2015 Winner of the Kicking Horse Country Chamber of Commerce Golden Nugget Award for Best Professional Photographer in Golden, BC. Hourly through full-day coverage available for your elopement/ wedding in Golden and surrounding areas.

1-250-344-5355

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Retreat Golden Take the maid out of bridesmaid. Professional event organizers will customize your bachelorette party for a per-participant fee.

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SnowPeak Rentals & Tours Best stags or stagettes!! We are the small, personalized snowmobile tour company that you have been looking for. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll create a custom-tailored, adventure-filled day of snowmobiling for your group. All levels of experience welcome.

1-888-512-4222

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The French Connection Cheese & Fine Foods Offering Domestic and International Cheeses, Specialty Food items, Platters, Baskets and Takeout Meals. Cheese Wedding Cakes, Bridal & Groom Parties and Quality European Cookware and Gifts. Coming Soon French Bistro and Wine Bar!

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Golden, BC is the perfect wedding destination to start your lifetime of wonderful memories together. Imagine saying â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I doâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; on a spectacular mountain peak, by a river or on a lake surrounded by majestic mountain ranges. Visit www.tourismgolden.com/weddings to discover everything you need to plan your memorable day.

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Customized, Comfortable, Fun! Breathtaking Scenic Backdrops Your Full Wedding Package Includes: A Free 2-Hour Engagement Shoot

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Mini Honeymoons Alix Williams

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You don’t have to go far to get away from the world. Here are three sublime mini honeymoon spots, right in your backyard.

Deer Lake Lodge

Minutes away from Lake Louise, Deer Lake Lodge is the epitome of a rustic retreat. Originally built over a century ago, the hand-hewn log structure still has its original decor in place. Spend a few quiet nights enjoying delicious cuisine, sipping champagne and taking in the views of the Victoria Glacier from the rooftop hot tub. If you think it sounds amazing in the summer - it’s even more magical in the winter! Cross-country skiing, sleigh rides, and dog sledding are just a few activities that make Deer Lake Lodge a winter playground.

Emerald Lake Lodge

The perfect place to shut out the world, Emerald Lake Lodge is tucked away deep in the mountain forest. Couples travel from around the world to experience this pristine and romantic setting, surrounded by the renowned Emerald Lake. Cozy up in suites that feature 100 year old wood-burning fireplaces. The Mount Burgess Dining Room is the perfect place to get lost in conversation during dinner, and was named one of the “101 Best Hotel Restaurants Around the World”, as ranked by The Daily Meal.

Panorama Mountain Lodge

They call it elevated living, but it’s truly elevated relaxation. With two pools, and two hot tubs, it’s hard to resist a day in the sun, looking out at the perfect Rocky Mountains. Incredible views paired with same-day adventures like: ATV riding, golfing, rafting or horseback riding are all great ways to burn off all that wedding adrenaline!

Take a Moment

It used to be the norm that couples would depart for their honeymoon directly from their wedding reception, like Annie Banks running out the door in “Father of the Bride”. But these days, modern couples are waiting days, weeks, sometimes even months until they ride off into the sunset, and most do it without the shower of confetti that Annie Banks received. Don’t feel pressured to take off right away on a romantic adventure. If you don’t have to jump on a plane right away, a day or two to decompress alone as newlyweds is an amazing start to your marriage.

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Rocky Mountains

The Canadian Rockies are renowned for their splendor, and are comprised of seven parks which together form a striking mountain landscape. Ice fields, glacier valleys, canyons and stunning geological displays of erosion and deposition are found throughout the area. From Alpine meadows to lakes, waterfalls to canyons, there is no shortage of breathtaking backdrops for your wedding photos. Choosing the Rockies as your destination guarantees that your guests will have a memorable, and truly Canadian, experience.

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“When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”- Billy Crystal, in When Harry Met Sally

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C A R LY E WACEY DATE July 11, 27,2015 2014

From the photographer: You can tell so much about people by who they surround themselves with. Carlye and Wacey are surrounded by amazing people and it is no surprise why, as they are exceptional in every way. I have worked with many couples and all of them take a special place in my heart as I share an incredibly emotional day with them. These two were just so easy going, so down to earth and so easy to like. Every time I think of their wedding day I get a huge smile on my face. It was filled with everything that makes a wedding day so amazing: laughter, smiles, joy, true love, best friends, tear filled speeches and two incredible people. I will always remember that day with a smile.

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Simply Elegant Catering

VENUE— CEREMONY

Hamilton Farms

RINGS

Simon G Jewelry

VENUE— RECEPTION

Hamilton Farms

MAKE UP

Julie B. Makeup Artist

OFFICIANT

Laurie Rupert

ATTIRE - GROOM

Suits by Curtis Eliot

RENTALS

Great Events Rentals, Special Event Rentals

ATTIRE - BRIDE

Novelle Bridal Shop

FLOWERS

Sarah Mayerson Design

JEWELERY

Earrings: Nadri, Necklace: Bony Levy

STATIONERY

Wedding Paper Divas

ENTERTAINMENT

Stardust Event Group

CATERER

Simply Elegant Catering / Rick Hagel (Beef)

LIGHTING

Special Event Rentals

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JILL NEIL DATE January27, 3, 2016 2014

From the planner: “I think the most memorable parts of this wedding were how intimate and heartfelt the ceremony was. The couple also said song lyrics as they said their vows, which was really touching. There wasn't a dry eye in the room. The reception felt like an intimate dinner party at the couples' home." From the bride: “We had originally planned on getting married at Hedingham Castle, in England, but decided to marry at the Fairmont Palliser Hotel in Calgary. We only had less than 4 months to plan the wedding and invite guests, so I found Julianne Young on-line, and after interviewing her and a couple other wedding planners Neil and I knew instantly she was the one for us. Our favourite details were the amazing decoration and coordination by Julianne. Everything went so smoothly and we could not have asked for a better day."

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CATERER

Fairmont Palliser

VENUE— CEREMONY

Fairmont Palliser

CAKE

Fairmont Palliser

VENUE— RECEPTION

Fairmont Palliser

RINGS

Solitare Jewellers (Hatton Garden, London)

OFFICIANT

Weddings by Tamara - Tamara Jones

MAKE UP

Trena Laine Makeup Artist

PLANNER

Julianne Young Weddings

HAIR STYLIST

Tru Elegance Salon

DESIGNER

Julianne Young Weddings

ATTIRE - GROOM

Tailor made tux from Scabal (Savile Row, London)

RENTALS

Special Event Rentals, Bella Linens (formerly Celebration Creation)

ATTIRE - BRIDE

Pronovias

JEWELERY

Cottonwood Bridal & Formals

FLOWERS

Amborella Floral Studio

ENTERTAINMENT

Bel Canto Strings - Radek Sokulski

STATIONERY

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LAURA CAM September DATE 27, 12, 2014 2015

From the bride: “There are no words that can describe the feelings you have on your wedding day. The idea of marrying your best friend in front of your nearest and dearest is such an incredible high. Our wedding day was romantic, elegant, fun, festive and glamorous. Hotel Arts fit the bill perfectly due to it having everything we wanted as well as being able to accommodate our guest list of 120 close family and friends. The ballroom was decorated with hints of silver, ivory, black, plaid and sparkle. Who knew plaid and bling would go so well together! The food was divine, the drinks flowed and the party went well into night. Overall, a memorable, exciting and wonderful event!”

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TRANSPORTATION

Ambassador Limousine Service

VIDEOGRAPHY

Parfait Productions

RINGS

Dream Stone (New York)

VENUE

Hotel Arts

MAKE UP / HAIR

Dana Mckinnon Makeup & Hair

OFFICIANT

Life Celebrant- Jacqueline Hoare

ATTIRE - GROOM

Derks Formals - Hugo Boss

PLANNER / DESIGNER

Lynn Fletcher Weddings - Sheryl Boury

ATTIRE - BRIDE

David's Bridal - Zac Posen

DÉCOR

Drape / Chandeliers: Orange Frog Productions

ATTIRE - WEDDING PARTY

RENTALS

Chair Flair, Great Events Rentals, Special Event Rentals, Susan Murray International

Bridesmaids: Beautiful Bride Groomsmen: Derks Formals

JEWELERY

Swarovski

FLOWERS

Green + Growing - Lorna Thompson

ENTERTAINMENT

Sounds Unlimited

STATIONERY

The Social Page

LIGHTING

Orange Frog Productions

CATERER

Hotel Arts

BAGPIPER

Highland Shoppe - Jeanie Hawes

CAKE

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L I N D S AY D E VA N August DATE 27, 29, 2014 2015

From the bride: "Some of my favourite moments of the day were my sister’s speech which she gave in the form of a rap, and the midnight Karaoke. Aside from these moments, the day was classic, elegant, and traditional. Surrounded by our family and close friends, a chapter of our love story unfolded in front of us."

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CAKE

Cakeworks

VENUE— CEREMONY

Lantern Community Church

TRANSPORTATION

White Pearl Limousines

VENUE— RECEPTION

Calgary Italian Cultural Centre

RINGS

Breslauer & Warren, Maxime's

OFFICIANT

David Findlay

MAKE UP / HAIR

The Art of Beauty

PLANNER / DÉCOR

Events by Design

ATTIRE - GROOM

Moores Clothing for Men - Black by Vera Wang

RENTALS

Events by Design

ATTIRE - BRIDE

Novia Mia Bridal and Evening Wear - Stella York

FLOWERS

Amborella Floral Studio

ATTIRE - WEDDING PARTY

David's Bridal - Black by Vera Wang

STATIONERY

Wedding Needs

ENTERTAINMENT

Starlite Sales & Rentals

CATERER

Roma Catering Ltd.

LIGHTING

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LISA COOPER DATE August27, 8, 2015 2014

From the photographer: “Lisa and Cooper’s love story was perfectly portrayed and celebrated among family and friends at their beautiful summer wedding in the small town of Carstairs, AB. The bohemian and angelic theme complimented the couple’s style. From the hand carved wooden canopy, to the baby’s breath floral crowns atop the bridesmaid’s long wavy curls, the details were well thought out. Everything fit just perfectly to make the day a gorgeous and elegant one to remember!” From the bride: “The day went perfectly; our planners were amazing, our photographer was the best we have ever worked with, as well as our videographer. We are beyond happy to be married!”

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CAKE

Davies Family

VIDEOGRAPHY

Jillian Alexa

RINGS

Michael Hill

VENUE

Davies family home (Groom)

MAKE UP / HAIR

Lisa Shideler Bridal Hair & Makeup

PLANNER

Aisle Be Yours Ltd.

ATTIRE - GROOM

Moores Clothing for Men

DESIGNER / DÉCOR

Bride and Groom's families

ATTIRE - BRIDE

Ethos Bridal

FLOWERS

Make My Day Flowers

ATTIRE - WEDDING PARTY

David's Bridal

STATIONERY

Cooper Davies

JEWELERY

Michael Hill

CATERER

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CINDY MORGAN DATE August 27, 16, 2014 2015

From the bride: “The day couldn't have been more perfect, from the temperature, to the décor, to the food and more. It was silly and a little irreverent, exactly like us. We were extremely lucky to find amazing vendors who were so much fun to work with." From the groom: "Pink flamingoes and first reveal. 'Nuff said - LOL!! The whole day was as much my dream wedding as it was Cindy's. It was perfect - we couldn't be happier!"

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MAKE UP

Trena Laine Makeup Artist

Weddings by Tamara - Tamara Jones

HAIR STYLIST

Creative Weddings Planning & Decor Creative Weddings Planning & Decor - Cathy McRae

Bride: Visible Changes Hair Salon Groom: Tommy Gun's Original Barbershop

ATTIRE - GROOM

Black & Lee Tuxedo & Suit Rentals / Sales

ATTIRE - BRIDE

The Bridal Centre - Maggie Sottero

FLOWERS

Reception: Creative Weddings Floral Designs, Bouquets and Boutonnieres: Carla Lily Flowers

ATTIRE - WEDDING PARTY

Bridesmaids: David's Bridal Groomsmen: Black & Lee Tuxedo & Suit Rentals / Sales

STATIONERY / FAVOURS

VistaPrint

ENTERTAINMENT

Pez Productions

CATERER

The Calgary Zoo

LIGHTING

Pez Productions

CAKE

Cake Sensations

UNIQUE PRODUCTS

The Social Page

TRANSPORTATION

AM PM Limo

PHOTOGRAPHER

Photos With Finesse

VENUE

The Calgary Zoo

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TRACY ADAM DATE May 30, 27,2015 2014

From the photographer: "Not only did Tracy and Adam blend a family on their wedding day, but they blended age old traditions and modern wedding elements too. They wanted to honour Tracy's Chinese heritage with traditional Chinese games, and a tea ceremony, yet still host a Canadian wedding with a modern twist. Tracy got ready at the Westin Hotel in Calgary Alberta with the buzz and excitement of her friends and family preparing for their traditional Chinese ceremony festivities." From the bride: "We didn’t have specific colours planned for the wedding. We just wanted our day to reflect spring time in Calgary through pastel colours that helped us keep the wedding day and decor light, calm and romantic. The first look was a nice intimate way of seeing each other privately and just having a moment to ourselves on our wedding day. It made the ceremony less nerve racking I think and it made the formal photos seem less rushed."

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MAKE UP

Finding Forever After - Casey-Lee

VENUE— CEREMONY

The Calgary Zoo - Gardens

HAIR STYLIST

Finding Forever After - Casey-Lee

VENUE— RECEPTION

The Calgary Zoo - Enmax Conservatory

ATTIRE - GROOM

Express for Men

OFFICIANT

Abby Charchun

ATTIRE - BRIDE

Ethos Bridal - Mia Solano

FLOWERS

Eva Clennan (friend of the bride)

ATTIRE - WEDDING PARTY

Ordered online from Hong Kong

CATERER

The Calgary Zoo

JEWELERY

Swarovski, Ben Moss Jewellers

CAKE

Crave Cupcakes - Caroline de Koninck

ENTERTAINMENT

DJ Angelo Talamayan (family friend)

RINGS

Furmanek Jewellers

LIGHTING

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MELISSA CURT DATE August 27, 22, 2014 2015

From the photographer: "Melissa had a very clear vision of what style of photography she wanted for her big day, which was a mix of classic romance and elegance, with a touch of urban to round everything out. We were immediately taken with these ideas, and after capturing some beautiful getting ready shots we had Melissa and Curt’s ‘first look’ with a classic sandstone backdrop. We continued on with the wedding party to a lovely green space, followed by some fun shots with train tracks and cars. The ceremony was held shortly after at the Westin in the downtown core, followed by some more urban shots nearby with the couple and family. Stephanie, from LFW, had the reception looking like a fairy tale. It was a spectacular wedding with an absolutely wonderful couple."

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f8 Photography

RINGS

Alberta Diamond Exchange

VIDEOGRAPHY

403K Films

MAKE UP

Tux N Tulle Beauty Bar

VENUE— CEREMONY

The Westin Calgary

HAIR STYLIST

Tux N Tulle Beauty Bar

VENUE— RECEPTION

The Westin Calgary

ATTIRE - GROOM

Indochino

PLANNER / DESIGNER

Lynn Fletcher Weddings - Stephanie La Grange

ATTIRE - BRIDE

The Bridal Centre, Frocks Modern Brides & Bridesmaids

FLOWERS

Fleurish Flower Shop

ATTIRE - WEDDING PARTY

The Bridal Centre, Frocks Modern Brides & Bridesmaids

CATERER

The Westin Calgary

JEWELERY

Alberta Diamond Exchange

CAKE

Whippt Desserts & Catering

ENTERTAINMENT

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ANASTASIA SHAILESH August DATE 27, 22, 2014 2015

From the bride: “We just let the day flow and soaked it all in. It ended up being a beautiful sunny day and we could not have asked for more. Our ceremony was lovely and filled with all of our family and friends. After the ceremony, our photographer took the wedding party on a little photographic adventure. We enjoyed a beautiful evening at the Fairmont, with great speeches, amazing food and lots of dancing. The whole day was special for the both of us and was everything we hoped for and more. All the special moments and feelings were captured and we have them to cherish always.”

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RINGS

Raineri Jewelers (New York)

VENUE— CEREMONY

St. Luke's Catholic Church

MAKE UP

Mehnaz Khan Makeup & Hair

VENUE— RECEPTION

Fairmont Palliser

HAIR STYLIST

Heather Mac Hair Design

OFFICIANT

Father David

ATTIRE - GROOM

Burberry

RENTALS

Chiavari Chairs Rental

ATTIRE - BRIDE

Diva Boutique (Toronto) - Pronovias

CATERER

Fairmont Palliser

ENTERTAINMENT

DJ Gummi - Kevin Samuels

CAKE

Fairmont Palliser

TRANSPORTATION

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MADDIE LOGAN DATE May 30, 27, 2015 2014

From the photographer: “Maddie and Logan's wedding was held in their home town of Duchess, surrounded by their closest family and friends. After a couple of dreary days leading up to the wedding, the clouds broke up and their big day was nothing but blue skies mixed with a ton and laughter and fun! Maddie and Logan have been together over 10 years and have an amazingly close relationship with each other's family and friends, resulting in a beautiful and relaxed wedding day that was such a blast to be a part of.”

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PHOTOGRAPHER

f8 Photography

CATERER

Great Events Catering

VENUE— CEREMONY

Princess Park (Duchess, AB)

CAKE

Whippt Desserts & Catering

VENUE— RECEPTION

Duchess Community Hall

MAKE UP

Fortress Salon

PLANNER

Serendipitous Events

HAIR STYLIST

Fortress Salon

DÉCOR

Great Events Rentals

ATTIRE - BRIDE

Oleg Cassini

FLOWERS

Amborella Floral Studio

ENTERTAINMENT

Wild Bill's DJ Services

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NEAL MONTI DATE May 15, 27,2015 2014

From the couple: “We were married on the ten year anniversary of our first date. It was a magical day, surrounded by all of our friends and family. Highlighting our love for musical theater and a flair for the dramatic, our wedding was set up into two acts. Act I: The Ceremony at Arts Commons, and Act II: The Reception at Teatro. The moment that our dream wedding truly became a fairy tale was early in Act I, as both of us were walking down the aisle towards our wedding party on stage. The pre-recorded processional music "accidentally" cut out and had to be restarted. Instead of starting the music over again, singers from Calgary's Cowtown Opera Company stepped out of the shadows into the light and serenaded us with their rendition of "Seasons of Love". A surprise from one groom to the other, incorporating live, local musicians into the wedding ceremony was the crowning touch on the happiest day of our lives.”

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PHOTOGRAPHER

f8 Photography

RINGS

Tungsten World

VENUE— CEREMONY

Arts Commons - Engineered Air Theatre

MAKE UP

Nicole Webster

VENUE— RECEPTION

Teatro Ristorante - Opera Room

HAIR STYLIST

Michelle Philip

OFFICIANT

Blair E. Collins

ATTIRE - GROOM

Tip Top Tailors - George Richards

PLANNER

Carla Cole

ENTERTAINMENT

FLOWERS

Flower Chix

Ceremony: Cowtown Opera Company Reception: Picture This Digital

STATIONERY

Pink Umbrella Designs

LIGHTING

Starlite Sales and Rentals Ltd.

CATERER

Teatro Ristorante

UNIQUE PRODUCTS

Ice Sculpture: Frozen Memories Inc.

TRANSPORTATION

AM PM Limo

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COLLEEN BOB DATE July 11, 27,2015 2014

From the photographer: “As photographers we get to know and photograph some pretty awesome people. Real people, people who have already had some amazing life experiences; good, bad, and just about everything in between. I was immediately struck with this thought when I first met Colleen and Bob. It was a privilege to be chosen to capture the love, respect and solidarity between these wonderful people and to be not only observers of their wedding day, but to be truly part of it. Though it was a sweltering hot day, it was filled with happiness and the smiles of family and friends, in the little but beautiful town of Rosebud, AB.”

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PHOTOGRAPHER

f8 Photography

RENTALS

Great Events Rentals

VENUE— CEREMONY

Akokiniskway Gallery (Rosebud, AB)

FLOWERS

Fleurish Flower Shop

VENUE— RECEPTION

The Rosebud Mercantile

FAVOURS

Whippt Desserts & Catering

PLANNER

Lynn Fletcher Weddings - Tara Crowe

CAKE

Whippt Desserts & Catering

DESIGNER

Lynn Fletcher Weddings - Tara Crowe

HAIR STYLIST

Bangles Hair Studio - Cara

DÉCOR

Great Events Rentals

ENTERTAINMENT

Brava Duo - Audrey Johnson & Megan Konschuh

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CHRISSY GORD November DATE 27,30, 2014 2015

From the planner: “After getting engaged while traveling in London, England, both Chrissy and Gord knew that they wanted their wedding to be at home in front of family and friends. They decided the beautiful Calgary weather and colours of autumn would make the season the perfect time for a wedding. Using that as an inspiration, they planned a grand Thanksgiving themed wedding complete with complimentary fall colors, a rustic decor, pumpkin floral centerpieces, and a fall harvest themed pie bar with mini pumpkin and apple pies. After the ceremony at St. Mary's Church, guests enjoyed the days beautiful weather by sitting on the outdoor patio at Fort Calgary, indulging in some appetizers, apple cider sangria and the smooth sounds of the city's own Ben Miles Quartet. After a fantastic Thanksgiving style dinner custom created by the team of chefs at Fort Calgary, guests were able to enjoy complimentary access to the museum exhibits upstairs.”

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PHOTOGRAPHER

TLAW Photography

TRANSPORTATION

AM PM Limo

VENUE— CEREMONY

St. Mary's Cathedral

RINGS

Michael Hill

VENUE— RECEPTION

Fort Calgary

MAKE UP

Blushed Beauty Artistry

PLANNER

Ribbons Custom Gifts & Events

HAIR STYLIST

Hedkandi Salon

FLOWERS

Sarah Mayerson Design

ATTIRE - GROOM

Hugo Boss

FAVOURS

Etsy

ATTIRE - BRIDE

Blissful Bridal - Kenneth Winston

CATERER

Fort Calgary

ATTIRE - WEDDING PARTY

Cameo & Cufflinks, Top Shop

CAKE

Just Pie

ENTERTAINMENT

Quartet: Ben Miles Quartet, DJ: Brandon Bailey

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B O N I TA VINCENT DATE August27, 1, 2015 2014

From the bride: "Although we understand many more milestones will be shared as we embark in our journey as a married couple, our wedding was truly incredible. It was everything that we imagined it to be and more. A day touched with love, laughter and tremendous support from our loved ones- this perfect day couldn't have happened without them. The jitter before walking down the aisle was suppressed by the wave of knowing, happiness and loved as we locked eyes once the doors opened. We could remember it like it was yesterday- early Chinese tea ceremony followed by a beautiful ceremony and reception. Our colour pallet was coral, blush, ivory, pink and gold. The traditional Chinese restaurant was transformed into an elegant and romantic venue. We had floor to ceiling drapery complete with alternating up lighting which created the ambience that Bonita had always imagined her wedding to be. With our 300 guests we celebrated the night with lion dancers, food and drinks to toast a great future ahead."

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PHOTOGRAPHER

Heninger Photography

TRANSPORTATION

Executive Limousine

VIDEOGRAPHY

Apple Seed Cinema

RINGS

Monique Lhuillier

VENUE— CEREMONY

Arts Commons - Engineered Air Theater

MAKE UP

June Vilabroza

VENUE— RECEPTION

Regency Palace Seafood Restaurant & Lounge

HAIR STYLIST

Thuy Vu

OFFICIANT

Life Celebrant - Jacqueline Hoare

ATTIRE - GROOM

Gentlemen Proper

PLANNER

Persona Weddings & Events

ATTIRE - BRIDE

S2 Bride - Christos

DÉCOR

Persona Weddings & Events

ATTIRE - WEDDING PARTY

Bridal & Fashion Group

RENTALS

Persona Weddings & Events

JEWELERY

Davie & Chiyo

FLOWERS

Alison Leontaridis

ENTERTAINMENT

CATERER

Regency Palace Seafood Restaurant & Lounge

DJ: DJ Gummi - Kevin Samuels Live Singer: RSVP Weddings - Sarah Van

CAKE

Alison Leontaridis

LIGHTING

DJ Gummi - Kevin Samuels

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KRISTI LY N N KURT August DATE 27, 22, 2014 2015

From the photographer: “I cannot think of anything that I love more than capturing real romance. Kristi-Lynn and Kurts' wedding was as genuinely romantic as it gets. It was clear that being married and committed to each other was the most important thing in the world to them. Capturing images at this wedding was a true pleasure as I enjoy nothing more than capturing real emotions and genuine moments. Thank you Kristi-Lynn and Kurt, for keeping it real.”

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PHOTOGRAPHER

Heninger Photography

MAKE UP

Lianne Moseley Makeup Artist

VENUE— CEREMONY

Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant

HAIR STYLIST

Sammi Hammoud

VENUE— RECEPTION

Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant

ATTIRE - GROOM

Moores Clothing for Men- Black by Vera Wang

OFFICIANT

Weddings by Tamara - Tamara Jones

ATTIRE - BRIDE

Ever After Bridal & Formal Wear - La Sposa

RENTALS

Great Events Rentals

ENTERTAINMENT

FLOWERS

Bride In Bloom

Ceremony: Duo D'Amore Reception: Johnny Summers

CATERER

Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant

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KRISTEN N AT H A N August DATE 27, 15, 2014 2015

From the photographer: “The inspiration for this creative wedding came from Alberta roots. The stunning ambiance of Starbelly Open Kitchen & Lounge creates country flair with a modern touch of industrial elegance. It was the perfect setting for this wedding. It was simple, elegant, romantic, and a great place for everyone to enjoy. Kristen and Nathan are a beautiful couple whose love is truly evident with every look they give one another.”

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PHOTOGRAPHER

Nicole Lynn Photography

CAKE

Cake Bake Shoppe

VENUE— CEREMONY

Starbelly Open Kitchen & Lounge

MAKE UP

Artistry by Bobi

VENUE— RECEPTION

Starbelly Open Kitchen & Lounge

HAIR STYLIST

Artistry by Bobi

DÉCOR

Pearl Events Wedding Planning & Design

ATTIRE - GROOM

Ed Williams Mens Wear

FLOWERS

Ceile Feigs

ATTIRE - BRIDE

Durand Bridal and Formal Wear

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S B TRAI D C EY GRRYOAONM September DATE 27,6,2014 2015

From the bride: "We wanted an intimate and personal wedding that also showed some of our quirks. We wrote individualized notes to each guest, incorporated a subtle giraffe flare to the decor, and had a lighthearted and fun ceremony outside in the gazebo." From the planner: "During the design process, I noticed there were pictures of giraffes in the couple's home, so I asked why and discovered that the bride's family had donated the first giraffes to the Calgary Zoo. For that reason, we incorporated a subtle and chic giraffe design throughout the wedding, such as on the stationery and in the sugar cookie design for the wedding favours. The giraffes were so unique and had a special meaning too making this wedding to perfect for Stacy and Ryan."

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PHOTOGRAPHER

Sean LeBlanc Photography

FAVOURS

Alexandra Rose Cookie Artistry

VENUE

Azuridge Estate Hotel

CATERER

Azuridge Estate Hotel

OFFICIANT

Jerry Stilson

RINGS

Hearts On Fire

PLANNER

Julianne Young Weddings

MAKE UP

Maddpretty

DESIGNER

Julianne Young Weddings

HAIR STYLIST

Jami Symons Salon

DÃ&#x2030;COR

Bella Linens (formerly Celebration Creation)

ATTIRE - GROOM

Tip Top Tailors

RENTALS

Bella Linens (formerly Celebration Creation), Special Event Rentals

ATTIRE - BRIDE

The Bridal Gallery - Couture Collections

ATTIRE - WEDDING PARTY

J Crew, Tip Top Tailors

FLOWERS

Amborella Floral Studio

Pez Productions

STATIONERY

The Social Page

ENTERTAINMENT LIGHTING

Pez Productions

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“Journeys end in lovers meeting.” - William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

EDWARD ROSS PHOTOGRAPHY


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LBART IODYEA GR MOA O XM December DATE 27, 20,2014 2015

From the bride: “The weeks leading up to the wedding were rainy and muddy. I was worried there wouldn't be any snow. But the week before the wedding, Fernie delivered in a massive way! The snow would not stop falling and we knew we were going to get our Christmas wedding! Our wedding day started with big snowy flakes and it never stopped. My favourite moment came when I walked up the stairs and saw Max standing under our beautiful wedding arch, snow falling in the background. Everything and everyone looked so beautiful. The best part for me was when we recited our vows. They were very personal, but also very us. The rest of the day was wonderful, and Kevan captured the beauty that day brought to us perfectly. I couldn’t have asked for things to turn out any better.”

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PHOTOGRAPHER

6:8 Photography

VENUE

Elk View Lodge (Fernie, BC)

OFFICIANT

Jennifer Cronin

PLANNER

LaToya Dodd, Carrie Wilson, Karen Dodd, Maxwell Dodd

DÉCOR

Magical Transformations, Maxwell & LaToya Dodd, Carrie Wilson, Karen Dodd

RINGS

MAKE UP / HAIR

Bride: Vintage White Gold Flower Ring (Bride's Great Grandmother's - Catherine Knight) Yellow Gold Ring with 3 stars (Groom's Great Grandmother's Ring - Beatrice Joslin) Groom: Dana Dow Jewellers No.3 Hair Salon & Boutique - Zoe Tracey with Sarah Crossfield

ATTIRE - GROOM

Harry Rosen - Canali

ATTIRE - BRIDE

The Bridal Centre - Allure Bridals lightinthebox.com (Bridesmaids, Flower girl and Ring Bearer)

RENTALS

Elk View Lodge, Magical Transformations

FLOWERS

The Green Petal Floral Designs and Gifts

ATTIRE WEDDING PARTY

STATIONERY

Vera Wang

JEWELERY

Ben Moss Jewellers

FAVOURS

Canadian Wedding Favours

ENTERTAINMENT

DJ Jeff McRae

CATERER

Cooks Catering

LIGHTING

DJ Jeff McRae, Magical Transformations

CAKE

Classy Cakes & Cookies - Penny Brauer

UNIQUE PRODUCTS

Wedding arch and wooden centerpieces: Maxwell Dodd

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TB AR E IGDAEN G DU RS O TOI M N DATE May 23, 27,2015 2014

From the bride: “One of my favourite moments of the wedding day was watching the video that Dustin and my mom made. The video started with a collection of photos of Dustin and I while we were growing up, reminding us of so many amazing moments spent with the family and friends who were helping us celebrate. It was followed by a video that Dustin stayed up all night to create, three days before the wedding, using recordings he'd made during the surprise proposal in Switzerland. It was breathtaking to relive the moment and see the proposal from his perspective, and to finally share it with friends and family.”

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PHOTOGRAPHER

6:8 Photography

MAKE UP

Kayla Brunner

VENUE— CEREMONY

Birch Meadows (Fernie, BC)

HAIR STYLIST

Sparrow for Hair

VENUE— RECEPTION

The Stanford

ATTIRE - GROOM

Moores Cothing for Men

OFFICIANT

Lynn Rogers

ATTIRE - BRIDE

Champagne Bridal & Events - Casablanca

FLOWERS

The Green Petal Floral Designs and Gifts

ATTIRE - WEDDING PARTY

Lena Wu

FAVOURS

Weddingstar

JEWELERY

Lots of Looks

CATERER

The Stanford

ENTERTAINMENT

Ray's Music

CAKE

Caked By Ashley

UNIQUE PRODUCTS

Weddingstar

RINGS

Union Diamond

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KBARI TI D LE IN GM RA OTOTM DATE January27, 2, 2014 2016

From the photographer: “We took Kaitlin and Matt hiking in the Maligne Canyon across the frozen creek bed. Golden sunlight was streaming through and contrasting with the cool blue undertones of the icy canyon. It was beautiful!”

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PHOTOGRAPHER

6:8 Photography

RINGS

Maison Birks - James Allen

VENUE— CEREMONY

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - The Grand Hall

MAKE UP

Wild Orchid Salon & Spa Ltd.

VENUE— RECEPTION

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Beauvert Room

HAIR STYLIST

Lisen Bergen

OFFICIANT

Beryl Cahill

ATTIRE - GROOM

Supreme Mens Wear (Custom)

PLANNER

Jasper Park Lodge - Ashley Clerk

ATTIRE - BRIDE

S2 Brides - Watters

DÉCOR

Bride & Groom

ATTIRE - WEDDING PARTY

BCBG, Banana Republic

FLOWERS

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Marna Praill

JEWELERY

Swarovski

STATIONERY

Michaels

ENTERTAINMENT

FAVOURS

Handmade

DJ: Jasper Alpine Music Band: Rotary Park

CATERER

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

LIGHTING

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

CAKE

Robinson Foods, Dairy Queen

UNIQUE PRODUCTS

Ice Luge: Frozen Memories Inc.

TRANSPORTATION

Traxx Coachline

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BCRHI EDYE G DU RS O TOI M N DATE August27, 1, 2015 2014

From the planner: “Chey and Dustin tied the knot over the August long weekend, surrounded by family and friends. Delta Kananaskis Viewpoint 5 offered breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains, which in essence was the main décor for the ceremony. After the ceremony, photos were taken on the grounds while guests made their way to the Mount Kidd Ballroom. Dancing continued until the very end with the groom having the microphone in his hand most of the evening getting guests involved with the dancing. So much laughter and love!"

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PHOTOGRAPHER

Modern Photography

FLOWERS

Philip Chong Flower Bar

VENUE— CEREMONY

Delta Lodge at Kananaskis - Viewpoint 5

STATIONERY

Pink Umbrella Designs

VENUE— RECEPTION

Delta Lodge at Kananaskis - Mt. Kidd Ballroom

CATERER

Delta Lodge at Kananaskis

MAKE UP / HAIR

Jaelayne Wilson - Jacobs

OFFICIANT

Blair E. Collins

Derks Formals

PLANNER

Magical Moments Event Planning

ATTIRE - GROOM

Fun Factory DJ Service

DESIGNER

Magical Moments Event Planning, Bride

ENTERTAINMENT

Fun Factory DJ Service

DÉCOR

Magical Moments Event Planning, Bride

LIGHTING

Vow books: Stevie + Bean Paperie

RENTALS

Great Events Rentals

UNIQUE PRODUCTS

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BTR A IRDAE GLRUOKOEM DATE August 27, 15, 2014 2015

From the bride: “Having my brother walk me down the aisle was a very special experience. He didn't tell me until afterwards that he was wearing our dad's shoes so that "Dad was technically walking you down the aisle". I loved reading our own written vows to each other. It was so meaningful to commit to each other in such a personal way.” From the groom: "The speeches and how heartwarming they were, seeing family and friends all having such a great time and seeing my beautiful bride coming down the aisle with her big beautiful brown eyes and her hair worn like it was on our first date."

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PHOTOGRAPHER

Jacilyn M Photography

CAKE

Whippt Desserts & Catering

VIDEOGRAPHY

Parfait Productions

TRANSPORTATION

Alpine Limousines & Tours

VENUE

Silvertip Resort (Canmore, AB)

RINGS

Spence Diamonds

OFFICIANT

Patrick Smiley

MAKE UP

Trena Laine Makeup Artist

PLANNER / DESIGNER

Enriched Events - Sonia Ulmer

ATTIRE - GROOM

The Bridal Centre

DÉCOR

Special Event Rentals, Dreamer Event Rentals

ATTIRE - BRIDE

The Bridal Centre - Maggie Sottero

RENTALS

Special Event Rentals, Dreamer Event Rentals

ATTIRE - WEDDING PARTY

Alfred Angelo

FLOWERS

Amborella Floral Studio

ENTERTAINMENT

Pez Productions

STATIONERY

Blank Page Designs, Etsy, Minted

LIGHTING

Pez Productions

CATERER

Silvertip Resort

UNIQUE PRODUCTS

Photobooth: Xpressbooth

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LBERSILDEEY N GARTOHOAM N DATE March27, 7, 2014 2015

From the bride: “Nathan and I met on a snowboarding trip to Kicking Horse. It seemed only fitting that we strap on our snowboards and go for a ride on our wedding day, and being the adventurous people that we are, we did it prior to the ceremony! We also got to say our vows to each other and celebrate in the very venue that we first met. It was a little chilly outside, but with the mountains that we love.”

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PHOTOGRAPHER

6:8 Photography

CATERER

Kicking Horse Resort - Eagle's Eye Restaurant

VENUE

Kicking Horse Resort - Eagle's Eye Restaurant (Golden, BC)

CAKE

More Than Sprinkles - Melissa Scott

OFFICIANT

Hans Lenstra

RINGS

Zales

PLANNER

Kicking Horse Resort - Stephanie Pickering & Nadja Mulik

MAKE UP

Personal Touch Hair & Body Day Spa

DÉCOR

Handmade

HAIR STYLIST

Personal Touch Hair & Body Day Spa

FLOWERS

Jennifer Hall

ATTIRE - GROOM

Derks Formals - Michael Kors

STATIONERY

Wedding Paper Divas, Shutterfly

ATTIRE - BRIDE

The Bridal House - Bill Levkoff

FAVOURS

Handmade

UNIQUE PRODUCTS

Guest book snowboard: YDOC snowboards

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P BARUI DL E A GTROOBOYM November DATE 27, 25, 2014 2015

From the photographer: “Paula and Toby chose to get married in Cuba because they wanted a relaxed atmosphere, and more importantly, a good time for all of their family and friends. The day was perfect! The sun was shining, warm sand and soft winds were blowing. Ok, it wasn’t soft winds, it was a full-on wind storm, but that’s why 'veil in the wind' shots were so much fun! They lucked out with navy vintage car for the photo session, and the most stunning place on the island. Surrounded by their family and friends, it was the perfect wedding for them.”

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PHOTOGRAPHER

Kristi Sneddon Photographer

TRANSPORTATION

Air Canada

VENUE— CEREMONY

Iberostar Laguna Azul Resort (Varadero, Cuba)

RINGS

Calgary Jewellery

VENUE— RECEPTION

Iberostar Laguna Azul Resort (Varadero, Cuba)

HAIR STYLIST

Iberostar Laguna Azul Resort

OFFICIANT

Cuban Government Official

ATTIRE - GROOM

Island Importer

PLANNER

Enith Gonzales

ATTIRE - BRIDE

David's Bridal

FLOWERS

Iberostar Laguna Azul Resort

JEWELERY

Groom's watch: Bulova

CAKE

Iberostar Laguna Azul Resort

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MBERGI DAEN MG I TRCOHOEML L DATE August 27, 22, 2014 2015

From the photographer: “Inspired by an atmosphere reminiscent of estates in the South of France, Megan and Mitch hosted their wedding at Toronto's iconic Casa Loma. True to the theme, the venue catered a four-course meal of decadent French cuisine. The reception took place in Casa Loma’s library, where guests dined among the intricately detailed wooden bookshelves and glittering chandeliers. Wedding Planners Spectacular Spectacular collaborated with Nous Design Group to bring Megan's dream wedding into reality, adorning the tables with tall candelabras, and bouquets of dahlias, roses, and lisianthus, all in elegant metallic vessels. The couple's love of all things culinary drove them to produce their own cookbook to serve as a wedding favour. Each guest took home a copy filled with Megan and Mitch's own recipes.”

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PHOTOGRAPHER

Ikonica Images

MAKE UP

Victoria Radford

VENUE— CEREMONY

Grace Church on the Hill (Toronto, ON)

HAIR STYLIST

Blow Dry Lounge - Beni Sicilia

VENUE— RECEPTION

Casa Loma (Toronto, ON)

ATTIRE - GROOM

Canali

PLANNER

Spectacular Spectacular

ATTIRE - BRIDE

DÉCOR / DESIGNER

Nous Design Group

Ceremony: Kleinfeld Hudson's Bay - Atelier Pronovias Reception: The Room Hudson's Bay - Erdem

FLOWERS

Nous Design Group

ENTERTAINMENT

STATIONERY

Stationary: Paper & Poste Calligraphy: Plume Calligraphy

Musicians: Take Note DJ: DJ Justin (Indie Wedding DJ)

CATERER

Casa Loma

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NBI R C IODLEE GS R CO OO TM T DATE August 27, 29, 2014 2015

From the bride: “Our wedding day was a wonderful and joyous occasion that was an amazing start to our marriage. We wanted to create a romantic, stress-free, and (above all else) fun day that we definitely achieved. It started with a picture perfect morning on the terrace of the Banff Springs Hotel with our family and friends. Thankfully, the smoke from Washington State’s forest fires had cleared just in time for the ceremony. Next was a great afternoon taking some incredible photographs. There were a few crazy moments, like when we were attacked by bees in the forest, but mostly just heartfelt memories. We felt incredibly loved and supported by our family and friends especially during the speeches. Once the formalities were over we danced, laughed and ate late night nachos well into the evening. I was impressed that we drown out the live Venezuelan band just upstairs. It was definitely a perfect day.”

PHOTOGRAPHER

PMG Image

CATERER

Fairmont Banff Springs

VENUE— CEREMONY

Fairmont Banff Springs - Upper Garden Terrace (Banff, AB)

CAKE

Whippt Desserts & Catering

RINGS

Jewellery Experts

MAKE UP

Styling Steph - Stephanie Roy

HAIR STYLIST

Styling Steph - Stephanie Roy

ATTIRE - GROOM

EPH Apparel

ATTIRE - BRIDE

Pure Bridal

ATTIRE - WEDDING PARTY

Bridesmaids: J. Crew, Groomsmen: EPH Apparel

ENTERTAINMENT

Pez Productions

LIGHTING

Pez Productions

VENUE— RECEPTION

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Fairmont Banff Springs - Mount Stephen Hall (Banff, AB)

OFFICIANT

Jeremy Knodel

PLANNER / DESIGNER

Lynn Fletcher Weddings - Stephanie La Grange

RENTALS

Special Event Rentals, Great Events Rentals

FLOWERS

Fleurish Flower Shop

STATIONERY

Glimpz Invitations

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ASHLEY BRIDE GR RYAN OOM February DATE 27, 6,2014 2016

From the planner: “Ashley and Ryan took advantage of the season;s winter wonderland feel for their wedding, with a palette of silvery grey and various shades of deep amethyst and lilac. The couple had hoped to have their ceremony outside, but blustery winds kept everyone inside where it was cozy and inviting.The groom is a Professional Motorcycle Freestyle Athlete, so the bride surprised him with a custom cake topper that took center stage on their candy table featuring them. Celtic dancing and other Maritime traditions were a very treasured incorporation to the design. An amazing day for a wonderful couple!”

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PHOTOGRAPHER

Banff Bride / Alpine Peak Photography

CATERER

Silvertip Resort

VIDEOGRAPHY

Revolution Video

CAKE

Cake Creations

VENUE— CEREMONY

Silvertip Resort (Canmore, AB)

TRANSPORTATION

Highland VIP Group

VENUE— RECEPTION

Silvertip Resort

RINGS

Engagement ring: Tacori, Wedding bands: Michael Hill

OFFICIANT

I Do… Weddings - Pamela Barrett

MAKE UP

The Pretty Haus - Jenna Anderson

PLANNER

Creative Weddings Planning & Décor

HAIR STYLIST

Lilies & Lace Beauty Co. - Jordanna Koppe

DESIGNER

Creative Weddings Planning & Décor

ATTIRE - GROOM

Tip Top Tailors - DKNY

DÉCOR

Creative Weddings Planning & Décor

ATTIRE - BRIDE

Dress: Pure Bridal (Edmonton), Shoes: Le Chateau-Stella York

RENTALS

Bella Linens (formerly Celebration Creation), Special Event Rentals

ATTIRE - WEDDING PARTY

Timeless Bridal (Fort McMurray), Da Vinci Bridal

FLOWERS

Creative Weddings Floral Designs

JEWELERY

Necklace: Tiffany & Co., Bracelet & earrings: Light in the Box

STATIONERY

Creative Weddings Stationery Designs

ENTERTAINMENT

Revolution Entertainment Inc.

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JB OR A INDNEA GTROODODM DATE July 16, 27,2015 2014

From the photographer: “Todd loves his lady, and was over the moon about marrying the love of his life. He knew so long as he had his gents by his side and his lady the day of, anything Joanna could envision would be amazing. When looking for their location for their wedding day, they fell in love with the Slivertip Resort. They were engaged at the most amazing lake, so they knew an outdoor wedding was essential. All the details were very important to both Joanna and Todd, from the cake actually tasting and looking perfect, to the luxury ride with Highland Limo, to their floral arrangements by Amborella Floral Studio, to the perfect wedding shoes by Aruna Seth, to having their day not only photographed but videoed as well. It was ‘Tiffany blue’, and classy.”

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PHOTOGRAPHER

Christy D. Swanberg Photography

TRANSPORTATION

Highland VIP Group

VIDEOGRAPHY

Parfait Productions

MAKE UP / HAIR

Mountain Beauties - Joanne Bokitch

VENUE

Silvertip Resort (Canmore, AB)

ATTIRE - GROOM

Derks Formals

OFFICIANT

Robin White

ATTIRE - BRIDE

Bridal Debut - Maggie Sottero

DÉCOR

Weddingstar

ATTIRE - WEDDING PARTY

RENTALS

Special Event Rentals

Groomsmen: Derks Formals Bridesmaids: The Dessy Group

FLOWERS

Amborella Floral Studio

JEWELERY

Peoples Jewellers

STATIONERY

Aisle Runner

ENTERTAINMENT

CATERER

Silvertip Resort

Harpist: Harp Angel - Deborah Nyack DJ: Hype Entertainment

CAKE

Whippt Desserts & Catering

UNIQUE PRODUCTS

Bride's shoes: Aruna Seth Bridesmaid Gifts: Tiffany & Co.

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BKRAITDEE S GTRUOAORMT DATE July 11, 27,2015 2014

From the photographer: “Kate and Stuart's photos were done before their ceremony in the forest around Island Lake Lodge, meaning Kate was formally inducted into 6:8 Photography’s Hiking Brides Club! They planned plenty of time for their cocktails where they could spend time with their guests while enjoying the beautiful summer day. My favourite part of the day was right after their first kiss. Kate is one of those people who is very animated in her expressions, and it was pretty clear how excited she was to be officially married at the end of the ceremony.”

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PHOTOGRAPHER

6:8 Photography

TRANSPORTATION

Mountain High Shuttles & Charters

VENUE

Island Lake Lodge (Fernie, BC)

RINGS

The Goldsmiths

OFFICIANT

Family friend

MAKE UP

Decoro Portraits - Leah Wilkie

PLANNER

Island Lake Lodge - Nicole Muscroft

HAIR STYLIST

Avenue Hair - Jonquille

DÉCOR

Family and friends

ATTIRE - GROOM

Henry Singer - Canali

RENTALS

The Green Petal Floral Designs and Gifts

ATTIRE - BRIDE

Frocks Modern Brides & Bridesmaids - Ivy and Aster

FLOWERS

Groom's sister

ATTIRE - WEDDING PARTY

Frocks Modern Brides & Bridesmaids - Ivy and Aster

STATIONERY

Clawhammer Letterpress & Gallery

JEWELERY

Family heirlooms

FAVOURS

Pink Diamond Custom Cookies - Brittaney Simpson

ENTERTAINMENT

Johnnie Samycia

CATERER

Island Lake Lodge

LIGHTING

Island Lake Lodge

CAKE

Homemade cupcakes from a friend of the couple

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ABDRRI IDAEN G LO RO GO AN M DATE 2014 August27, 2, 2015

From the bride: “The entire day was spectacular, but I have to say my most favorite moment was when I realised I had forgotten my husband’s ring. I had spent so much time and effort preparing for this day. Carefully crafting the words to be said, and the atmosphere in which they would be experienced. From the meaningful music to the simplicity and elegance of the décor, I had wanted our love to shine. When our officiant began to speak of the rings I felt a slow, growing feeling of dread as I came to realise… “I left the ring in my bridal suite." Thankfully the suite was located in the Eagle’s Eye, so my mother jumped up, kicked off her heels and ran back to retrieve it. My favorite experience was really during the 3-4 mins it took her to return with the ring. My soon-to-be husband and I were standing there- in front of everyone, with no ceremony to separate us. We were all sitting under the most beautiful blue sky, with the triumphant mountains enveloping us, it was then that I really felt the reality of the love, support, and community that Adrian and I are lucky to be blessed with.”

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PHOTOGRAPHER

PMG Image

RINGS

MDC Diamonds NYC

VENUE

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort - Eagle's Eye Restaurant (Golden, BC)

MAKE UP / HAIR

Marika Svennson-Black

ATTIRE - GROOM

Harry Rosen

OFFICIANT

Hans Lenstra

ATTIRE - BRIDE

DESIGNER

Judy Sloan

FLOWERS

Janna Marynn

Dress: Rykis Bridal- Jessica & Belle (Designed by Madeline Gardner) Veil: Ethos Bridal - Mikaella

CATERER

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort - Eagle's Eye Restaurant

ENTERTAINMENT

Guitar: Brent Tyler DJ: Elite Sound & Lighting

CAKE

The Avenue Cakery & Bakeshoppe

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AB MRAINDDE A GMRAOROCM September DATE 27, 12, 2014 2015

From the bride: “My favourite moment was walking down the aisle with Marc, at the end of our ceremony feeling happier than I have ever felt, and seeing that happiness reflected not only on his face, but the faces of all of our guests. It was such a special moment and one I will never forget!” From the photographer: “Marc and Amanda took me rock climbing for the first time on our engagement video shoot. I have a fear of heights so it was awesome to work through that with their encouragement. These two are always up for an adventure!”

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PHOTOGRAPHER

Ilia Photo + Cinema

CAKE

Homemade by the groom's sister

VENUE— CEREMONY

Quarry Lake Park (Canmore, AB)

RINGS

Bride: Carat Jewellers, Groom: Peoples Jewellers

VENUE— RECEPTION

Canmore Miners' Union Hall (Canmore, AB)

MAKE UP

Linda J Sahoo

OFFICIANT

Pam Barrett

HAIR STYLIST

Lilies and Lace Beauty Co.- Jordanna Koppe

PLANNER

Bride

ATTIRE - GROOM

Express for Men

RENTALS

Decor8 Events Inc.

ATTIRE - BRIDE

Purchased from a family friend, altered by Liliana Knitwear

FLOWERS

Grown and hand tied by the bride's Mother

JEWELERY

Pearls given to the bride on her 21st birthday

STATIONERY

Sean Dunkley

ENTERTAINMENT

FAVOURS

Devil's Head Coffee - Chris Meginbir

DJ: A Ball, Ceremony Guitarist: Jordan Cameron Vocals: Riung Clement with Rauth Clement on guitar

CATERER

Three Sisters Diner

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BPRAI D ME GKROOROYM October DATE 27, 24, 2014 2015

From the photographer: “Pam and Kory's wedding was held at a favourite spot for Pam and Kory which was Emerald Lake Lodge. They love it not only for the sheer beauty of the lake and mountains, but for the solitude it provides. No cell phones, computers or contact from the outside hustle and bustle. Being world travellers, their wedding day was an affair surrounded by family and close friends from far away. Many guests flew in for the event from England, Scotland, and Ireland, and all of them were ready to celebrate! On the Friday before the wedding, Kory and his good friend Anthony serenaded the crowd with awesome guitar playing, and belting out some of their favourite tunes. This was followed by more singing around the bonfire with s’mores. The intimate ceremony was held at Cilantro’s, and ended up at Emerald Lake Lodge, for an elegant reception styled by the talented Sharon and Don of Naturally Chic."

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f8 Photography

CAKE

Cake Sensations

VENUE

Emerald Lake Lodge - Cilantro on the Lake (Field, BC)

MAKE UP

Trena Laine Makeup Artist

PLANNER / DESIGNER

Naturally Chic Designs

HAIR STYLIST

Murray Smith (hair dresser from Scotland)

DÉCOR

Naturally Chic Designs

ATTIRE - GROOM

Traditional McIntyre Kilt

FLOWERS

Sarah Mayerson Design

ATTIRE - BRIDE

Cutting Edge Brides

CATERER

Emerald Lake Lodge

ENTERTAINMENT

Class Act DJ Service - Patrick Smiley

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B ER M II D LY E GKRYOLOEM DATE July 28, 27,2015 2014

From the bride: “From the very start of the day, we were surrounded by family and friends smiling from ear to ear in celebration for us. Getting ready in the morning was so difficult, being apart from each other. But when we came together before an incredible Rocky Mountain backdrop in front of our closest family and friends, we made our love and connection to each other official, sealed with a big kiss. We prioritized time together to rejuvenate before the dinner and dancing, and it was clear to everyone that we were the happiest two people on the planet that day. To us, marriage isn't about rules and expectations-it's about being together always. Our wedding day was not as much about a new beginning as it was a celebration of two people finding each other in the chaos of life.”

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PHOTOGRAPHER

TLAW Photography

RINGS

Arizona Skies Meteorites

VENUE

Copper Point Resort (Invermere, BC)

MAKE UP

Styling Steph - Stephanie Roy

OFFICIANT

Dorothy Blunden

HAIR STYLIST

Styling Steph - Stephanie Roy

PLANNER / DESIGNER

Picture Perfect Weddings & Events

ATTIRE - GROOM

The Bridal Centre

DÉCOR

Zenscapes by Emily

ATTIRE - BRIDE

The Bridal Centre

RENTALS

Special Event Rentals, Red Events

ATTIRE - WEDDING PARTY

FLOWERS

Reflections Wedding Florists

Bridesmaids: David's Bridal Groomsmen: The Bridal Centre

STATIONERY

The Social Page

JEWELERY

Charm Diamond Center

FAVOURS

Zenscapes by Emily

ENTERTAINMENT

Jason Delaney

CATERER

Copper Point Resort

LIGHTING

Allstar Show Industries

CAKE

Cake Sensations

UNIQUE PRODUCTS

Terrariums: Zenscapes by Emily

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BBL R A INDDEA JGORRODOAMN DATE June 27, 27,2015 2014

From the bride: “The day started with a more traditional Chinese tea ceremony with family, followed by the ceremony and reception at Eagle's Eye. We couldn't have asked for more gorgeous weather. Having 35 degree weather was almost too hot down in the town of Golden, but was perfect up the mountain at Eagle's Eye. It was so sunny that the bride, groom and wedding party needed to wear shades while eating dinner! Our guests couldn't get over the sweeping 360 degree views at the top of the mountain, and it felt like we were getting married on top of the world. Our wedding vendors were extremely professional and the day went so smoothly. We couldn't have asked for a better day!”

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6:8 Photography

ATTIRE - GROOM

Hugo Boss

VENUE

Kicking Horse Resort - Eagle's Eye Restaurant (Golden, BC)

ATTIRE - BRIDE

Bellezza Bridal - Sophia Tolli

ATTIRE - WEDDING PARTY

J. Crew

OFFICIANT

Simone Ward

JEWELERY

Nordstrom - Swarovski, Tiffany & Co.

FLOWERS

Married in the Mountains Floral Design

ENTERTAINMENT

Elite Sound and Lighting

CAKE

Pretty Flour Custom Cakes

LIGHTING

Elite Sound and Lighting

RINGS

Calgary Jewellery

MAKE UP / HAIR STYLIST

Personal Touch Hair & Body Day Spa

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CHANTELLE BRIDE MG I TRCOHOEML L September DATE 27, 15, 2014 2015

From the bride: “We celebrated our wedding day surrounded by close family and friends at the beautiful Doctor's House Inn & Spa. Just a few months before, we welcomed a beautiful baby boy into our lives. To have him as part of our special day was truly a blessing. Our favourite moment was seeing each other for the first time walking down the aisle. I will never forget his reaction. It was a very emotional time for both of us. A day we will never forget.”

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Jennifer Jones Photography

RINGS

Charm Diamond Centres

VENUE

The Doctor's House Inn & Spa (Green's Harbour, NL)

MAKE UP / HAIR STYLIST

Kerri Martin Makeup Artistry

ATTIRE - GROOM

Moores Clothing for Men - Joseph Abboud

OFFICIANT

Don Coombs

ATTIRE - BRIDE

The Model Shop - Maggie Sottero

FLOWERS

Clarke Floral Design

ATTIRE - WEDDING PARTY

The Bridal Suite - Alfred Angelo

CAKE

CakeCetera - Bethany Hoskins

JEWELERY

Bogart's Jewellers

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B LYR D I DI AE GJROOSOHM DATE July 18, 27,2015 2014

From the Planner: “For Lydia and Josh, their wedding was to be one of family, friends and lots of love. Inspired by creativity and the outdoors, their big day was even better than expected. As a mountain wedding brings a lot of natural beauty to the table, the pair wanted to integrate decor that complimented the earthiness of the locale. Lydia collaborated with Pink Umbrella Designs to hand draw the artwork on her stationery. Some of my personal favourite elements from this wedding were part of the floral design created by Flower Artistry. As the night wore on, the guests enjoyed a home style barbecue meal, as well as a ‘smore station, set outside under a huge clear sky filled with stars.”

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PHOTOGRAPHER

Corrina Walker Photography

FAVOURS

Birch Syrup, Cake Pops (made by mother of the bride)

VENUE— CEREMONY

Brewster's MountView Barbecue (Banff, AB)

TRANSPORTATION

Highland VIP Group

VENUE— RECEPTION

Brewster's MountView Barbecue (Banff, AB)

MAKE UP

Mountain Beauties

PLANNER / DESIGNER

Postcard Weddings & Events

HAIR STYLIST

JK Hair Designs

RENTALS

Great Events Rentals, Bella Linens (formerly Celebration Creation), Special Event Rentals

ENTERTAINMENT

DJ: Class Act DJ Service Ceremony musicians: Me & The Mrs.

FLOWERS

Flower Artistry

UNIQUE PRODUCTS

Pallette Wall made by the Groom

STATIONERY

Pink Umbrella Designs

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SBARRI D A EH GVRLOAODM DATE July 11, 27,2015 2014

From the bride: “I remember waiting in the wine cellar and being so nervous, but then caught a glimpse of Vlad walking his mom down the aisle, smiling and waving at our friends and family. Nerves changed to excitement while I was waiting. Then seeing his sweet face as I walked towards him was the best moment.”

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Ilia Photo + Cinema

CAKE

Soirette Macarons & Tea

VIDEOGRAPHY

Handsome Films Co.

MAKE UP / HAIR STYLIST

Brides by Felicia - Felicia Brobma & Victoria

VENUE

Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar (Vancouver, BC)

ATTIRE - GROOM

Holt Renfrew - Armani

OFFICIANT

Josh Kruse

ATTIRE - BRIDE

Tanya Bohdanova (Groom's mother)

PLANNER

Sweetheart Events

ATTIRE - WEDDING PARTY

Tanya Bohdanova (Groom's mother)

DÉCOR / RENTALS

Infinity Luxury Linens & Decor

JEWELERY

Holt Renfrew - Alexis Bittar

FLOWERS

Dushan Flowers

ENTERTAINMENT

CATERER

Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar

Musicians: Dolce Amante Duo DJ: Fusion DJ Entertainment

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Planning Timetable

PLANNING? TAKE A BREATH. TAKE ANOTHER LOOK AT YOUR RING. YOU’RE GOOD. CONGRATULATIONS!

Get the sticky notes ready because it’s going to be notes-galore. Don’t worry, it’ll eventually start to take shape. You’ve probably been cutting out pictures or pinning ideas on Pinterest for awhile now, so you’ve got a great starting point. Consider buying a really big bulletin board or taking up a wall in your apartment and just start putting things up. Whether it’s pictures of your ideal dresses or adored make-up style, put ‘em up. Every scrap with a jotted thought or important phone number needs to go up here, too. Most of us are visual creatures, so it helps to see everything we’ve got going on. Your wedding is no different, especially in the beginning, until you start paring down the unnecessary and the focus of your dream wedding begins to take tangible shape. Start big and parse your way to perfection. Rule number one: don’t get overwhelmed. Keep calm and plan on. It’s going to be amazing! For more tips and lists checkout calgarybride.ca

TWELVE MONTHS AHEAD

FOUR/SIX MONTHS AHEAD

□ Set the date (select back-up dates)

□ Order complete wedding stationery package

□ Set the budget and number of guests to invite

□ Plan and book the honeymoon

□ Book the ceremony location and officiant

□ Confirm passports are valid

□ Book the reception site

□ Select and order bridesmaids’ dresses

□ Hire a wedding coordinator—day-of or full event

□ Purchase/ reserve groom and groomsmen’s attire

□ Choose and notify attendants

□ Plan the details of the reception

□ Book the caterer

□ Meet with floral designer to coordinate flowers

□ Book the photographer and videographer

□ Reserve rental equipment—tables, chairs, linens

□ Book ceremony and reception music

□ Order favours

□ Book the floral designer

□ Accommodations for out-of-town guests

□ Order the cake

□ Arrange transportation for wedding day

□ Order gown, veil, shoes, undergarments

□ Book a room for the wedding night

□ Purchase the wedding rings

□ Send save-the-date cards

□ Decide on the type and size of the wedding

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□ Compile guest list and gather addresses


TWO/FOUR MONTHS AHEAD

□ Design and print map(s) and ceremony program

□ Confirm rehearsal dinner arrangements

□ Design and print place/table cards and menus

□ Confirm rehearsal dinner date with wedding party

□ Set-up bridal registry

□ Confirm delivery date of all dresses

□ Select song lists for ceremony and reception

□ Confirm location, date and time with vendors

□ Review menu with caterer

□ Confirm honeymoon arrangements

□ Meet with officiant to plan ceremony

□ Make copies of passports

□ Select vows and readings

□ Make copies of itinerary for family/friends

□ Schedule rehearsal + rehearsal dinner □ Schedule rehearsal makeup + hairstylist □ Address and mail invitations

TWO WEEKS AHEAD

□ Send change of address to post-office

□ Purchase gifts for wedding party

□ Write toasts for rehearsal dinner and reception

□ Announce engagement in local paper(s)

□ Address announcements (mail on wedding day)

□ Write thank-you notes as gifts arrive

□ Hair colour and/or trim

□ Write vows with fiance(e)

□ Break-in wedding shoes

ONE/TWO MONTHS AHEAD

ONE WEEK AHEAD

□ Purchase toasting flutes, cake knife and server

□ Pick-up dress or have it delivered

□ Purchase flower girl and ring bearer accessories

□ Purchase foreign currency

□ Get marriage license and certified copies

□ Pack for honeymoon

□ Prepare necessary name change documents

□ Update caterer with any changes

□ Confirm all professional services in writing

□ Make final seating chart adjustments

□ Purchase unity candles, guestbook and pen

□ Remind bridesmaids of final dress fittings □ Organize packages for out-of-town guests □ Assign people to assist with guest book, gift table and collecting items after reception

THREE WEEKS AHEAD

□ Confirm responsibilities assigned to helpers

ONE DAY AHEAD

□ Massage, manicure and pedicure □ Confirm transportation for ceremony + reception □ Prepare tip and payment envelopes □ Make arrangements for payment delivery to vendors

□ Final dress fitting with shoes + undergarments

□ Rehearsal and rehearsal dinner

□ Finalize guest count and meal selections with caterer

□ Present gifts to wedding party

□ Confirm final count and delivery with rentals

□ Give gifts to parents as thanks for their support

□ Finalize the seating plan and write place cards

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Budget Manager

One of the greatest influences on the type of wedding you have will be your budget. To establish an accurate distribution of wedding finances, you and your fiancé should first take a moment to discuss one another’s wants, needs and wish-lists. The next step is to prioritize. If serving a lavish buffet with passed hors d’oeuvres at the reception takes precedence over hiring a live band, or if an abundance of lush, cascading flowers framing your entry into the reception is more important than the cake, you’ll need to make the appropriate adjustments and allocations. Remember, when you increase the expenditure in one category, you decrease the available budget for the remaining categories.

USING THE BUDGET MANAGER

To calculate the suggested budget per category, simply multiply your total budget by the suggested percentage. For example: $25,000 (total budget) x 5.00% (suggested percentage) = $1,250. Utilize this printed version of the Budget Manager. and set your budget as soon as possible and commit to following it.

TOTAL BUDGET $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

BUDGET

ACTUAL

Beverages/Bar/Corkage Fee

____________________

_____________________

____________________

_____________________

____________________

_____________________

____________________

_____________________

____________________

_____________________

RECEPTION

Cake/Cake Cutting Fee Catering/Food/Servers/Tax/Gratuity

Facility Rental Rental Items

Other ____________________ _____________________ S U B T O TA L

____________________

_____________________

____________________

_____________________

CEREMONY Aisle Runner Candles/Candelabras

____________________

_____________________

Facility Rental

____________________

_____________________

Officiant

____________________

_____________________

Marriage License

____________________

_____________________

____________________

_____________________

____________________

_____________________

Other S U B T O TA L

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BUDGET APPAREL/BRIDE

ACTUAL

Alterations ____________________ _____________________ Bride’s Gown

____________________

_____________________

Headpiece/Veil

____________________

_____________________

Jewelry

____________________

_____________________

Lingerie

____________________

_____________________

Shoes

____________________

_____________________

____________________

_____________________

____________________

_____________________

Other S U B T O TA L

APPAREL/GROOM Groom’s Tuxedo or Suit

____________________

_____________________

Accessories (shoes, cufflinks, etc)

____________________

_____________________

Other ____________________ _____________________ S U B T O TA L

____________________

_____________________

PHOTOGRAPHER Photographer Fee/Prints

____________________

_____________________

____________________

_____________________

____________________

_____________________

____________________

_____________________

Other S U B T O TA L

VIDEOGRAPHER Videographer Fee/Copies

Other ____________________ _____________________ S U B T O TA L

____________________

_____________________

Attendants’ Bouquets

____________________

_____________________

Boutonnieres/Mothers’ Flowers

____________________

_____________________

FLOWERS

Bride’s Bouquet

____________________

_____________________

Flower Girl’s Basket

____________________

_____________________

Ceremony Arrangements

____________________

_____________________

Reception Tables (buffet, cakes, guests, bridal party)

____________________

_____________________

Other ____________________ _____________________ S U B T O TA L

____________________

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BUDGET MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT

ACTUAL

Ceremony ____________________ _____________________ Cocktail Hour

____________________

_____________________

Reception ____________________ _____________________ Other ____________________ _____________________ S U B T O TA L ____________________ _____________________

STATIONERY Invitations/Reply Cards

____________________

_____________________

Save the Date Cards

____________________ ____________________

Maps

____________________

_____________________

Wedding Program

____________________

_____________________

Postage ____________________ _____________________ Thank You Notes

____________________

_____________________

Seating Cards/Place Cards

____________________

_____________________

Menu Cards

____________________

_____________________

Announcements ____________________ _____________________ Calligraphy ____________________ _____________________ S U B T O TA L ____________________ _____________________

ACCESSORIES Cake Knife & Server

____________________

_____________________

Favours ____________________ _____________________ Guest Book & Pen

____________________

_____________________

Toasting Flutes

____________________

_____________________

S U B T O TA L ____________________ _____________________

GIFTS Brideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Attendants

____________________

_____________________

Groomsmen & Ushers

____________________

_____________________

Parents ____________________ _____________________ Pre-Wedding Party Hosts

____________________

_____________________

____________________

_____________________

Guest (hotel) Gift Baskets

____________________

_____________________

Soloists/Musicians (friends)

Other ____________________ _____________________ S U B T O TA L ____________________ _____________________

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BUDGET

ACTUAL

Guest Transportation

____________________

_____________________

____________________

_____________________

TRANSPORTATION Limousine

Other ____________________ _____________________ S U B T O TA L

____________________

_____________________

____________________

_____________________

____________________

_____________________

BEAUTY Hair & Makeup Manicure and Pedicure

Other ____________________ _____________________ S U B T O TA L

____________________

_____________________

OPTIONAL Wedding Coordinator

____________________

_____________________

Wedding Insurance

____________________

_____________________

Other ____________________ _____________________ S U B T O TA L

____________________

_____________________

OVERAGES Tax/Tips ____________________ _____________________ Other ____________________ _____________________ S U B T O TA L

____________________

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Brides Checklist

WEDDING DAY APPAREL □ □ □ □ □ □

Gown pick-up and pressing Shoes Bra Slip Hosiery Jewelry

□ Garter

EMERGENCY KIT □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □

A list of phone #'s for bridal party and vendors Sewing kit: thread, safety pins and scissors Something old, new, borrowed and blue Makeup Skin cleanser, moisturizer and makeup remover Lotion Deodorant Toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash Antacid, aspirin, allergy medication and water Breathmints Nail polish to match nails and clear for nylon runs Hair styling items: hair dryer, curlers, comb, brush, hand mirror, hairspray, bobby pins Extra pairs of hosiery for bride and bridesmaids Handi-wipes, Kleenex Portable iron or steamer Anti-cling spray Tape Extra cash, coins and bills Camera with film Fingernail files Super Glue (nails) Plastic bags for clean-ups Extra earring backs Spray-on spot remover White tailor’s chalk for smudges on gown Toupee tape for fallen hems Small bag of easy-to-pack snacks

LAST BUT NOT LEAST □ Marriage license □ Groom’s ring

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YOUR NAME CHANGE

KEEPING YOUR MAIDEN NAME Women who have established a professional career using their maiden name may choose to continue using that name. USING BOTH NAMES It is possible for a woman to use her maiden name at work and career related functions, yet legally take her husband’s surname. The other option is to use the husband’s name for social and family purposes, and legally keep her maiden name. HYPHENATING YOUR NAME This option requires a hyphen after the bride’s maiden name followed by her husband’s surname. (Sandra Smith becomes Sandra Smith-Fisher.) CHANGING YOUR NAME Women opting to change their name both socially and legally, should address this matter upon returning from the honeymoon. A request should be made for a separate credit history to be maintained under the bride’s maiden name. It is wise for a woman to keep one or two credit cards under her maiden name to maintain a credit rating in the event she is widowed or divorced.

NAME CHANGE CHECK LIST □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □

Auto Registration Bank Accounts Car Insurance Credit Cards Credit Reporting Agency Deeds Doctor/Dental Records Driver’s License Employee Records Canada Revenue Savings Accounts Social Insurance Stock Certificates Voter Registration Will Life Insurance Policy Memberships Passport


Reception Checklist □ The Location: ___________________________________________________________________________________ □ Date availability? __________________________________________________________________________________ □ Proximity to ceremony location? _____________________________________________________________________ □ Are any other receptions booked for the same day? _____________________________________________________ □ Room capacity? (independently confirm) _____________________________________________________________ □ Square footage of room? Cocktail area? Dance floor? _________________________________________________ □ Is there a public address system available? ___________________________________________________________ □ Are there visual obstructions in room? pillars, columns, etc.? ____________________________________________ □ What does the rental fee include? ____________________________________________________________________ □ Are there discounts for specific dates, days of the weeks or times? _____________________________________ □ Is there a minimum person guarantee (equal to a min. food/beverage charge) requirement? __________________ □ What are the overtime fees? _______________________________________________________________________ □ What is the required deposit? When is it due? When is the balance due? __________________________________ □ What additional costs should we expect? _____________________________________________________________ □ Postponement/cancellation policy? __________________________________________________________________ □ Liability insurance required? Terms? __________________________________________________________________ □ Is there adequate parking or valet? ___________________________________________________________________ □ Are you required to use an in-house caterer or preferred caterers list? ____________________________________ □ What time will vendors be allowed to enter facility? ____________________________________________________ □ Are clean-up services provided? Is there an additional charge? _________________________________________ □ Are candles/open flames allowed? ___________________________________________________________________ □ Are there decorating restrictions? ____________________________________________________________________ □ Are there any music/amplification restrictions? ________________________________________________________ □ Is there a coat check area available? ________________________________________________________________ □ Are there bride and groom changing rooms? _________________________________________________________ □ Is it handicap accessible? _________________________________________________________________________ □ Are there childcare facilities? _______________________________________________________________________ □ Is there adequate power and outlets for the entertainment? ____________________________________________ □ Are guests allowed to throw rice or birdseed? _________________________________________________________ □ Are there plans to renovate in the future? _____________________________________________________________ □ If so, get the completion date in writing before finalizing contract ________________________________________ □ Is it a union venue? _______________________________________________________________________________ □ Are there upcoming contract negotiations or ongoing labour disputes to be aware of? ____________________________ □ Are you anticipating selling the property? _____________________________________________________________ □ W  hen getting final price quote, make sure the dollar amounts include tax and gratuity (Can be up to 20% of total)

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Catering Checklist

□ Are flatware, china, glassware and linens included? ____________________________________________________ □ What equipment is provided? _____________________________________________________________________ □ Who will be the on-site contact? ___________________________________________________________________ □ What is the server-to-guest ratio? __________________________________________________________________ □ Are labour charges included or extra? ___________________________________________________________ □ Does the cost include setup and cleanup? __________________________________________________________ □ How many hours of staff time is included? ___________________________________________________________ □ Will you have servers at the buffet table or is it self-serve? ______________________________________________ □ Will your servers pour the wine and champagne throughout dinner? ____________________________________ □ Are bartenders provided? ________________________________________________________________________ □ When does overtime go into effect? ________________________________________________________________ □ What will the staff wear to the event? ______________________________________________________________ □ Will the staff collect plates after mealtime? ____________________________________________________________ □ Does the price include cutting and serving the cake? __________________________________________________ □ Are you familiar with the reception location? __________________________________________________________ □ Will you need access to their kitchen facilities if available? _______________________________________________ □ When will you require access to the site? ___________________________________________________________ □ What are the terms of payment: When are the deposit and balance due? _________________________________ □ Are taxes and gratuities included? If not, how much recommended? _____________________________________ □ What are your postponement and cancellation policies? _______________________________________________ □ Do you accommodate special orders, especially for dietary restrictions? __________________________________ □ Are beverages included? _________________________________________________________________________ □ What are the portion sizes? _____________________________________________________________________ □ What is the deadline for menu selection? ___________________________________________________________

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□ Candids of parents’ expressions

□ Bride getting into her gown

□ Attendants walking down the aisle

□ Putting the veil on

□ Child attendants walking down the aisle

□ Detail of back of dress

□ Groom coming down the aisle

□ Attendants getting ready

□ Clergy, groom and best man at altar

□ Candid shots of bride, relaxing; reflecting

□ Bride & father walking down aisle

□ Bride, full-length

□ Father giving bride’s hand to groom

□ Bride’s bouquet

□ Guests watching the ceremony

□ Bride with both parents □ Bride with mother and father separately

VOW EXCHANGE

□ Bride with grandparents

□ Ring ceremony

□ Bride with siblings

□ Candid shots of the bride’s and groom’s expression

□ Bride with maid-of-honour

during ceremony

□ Bride with each bridesmaid

□ Unity candle ceremony/kiddush cup ceremony

□ Bride with all her attendants

□ Groom kissing the bride

□ Bride with groomsmen

□ Recessional

□ Bride with ring bearer, flower girl

GROOM’S PHOTOS

FORMAL PHOTOS □ Formal bride and groom together

□ Groom getting ready

□ Bride and groom with each set of parents

□ Groom, full-length

□ Bride and groom with entire bridal party

□ Groom with parents

□ Close-up of couple’s hands displaying rings

□ Groom with mother and father separately

□ Signing the marriage certificate

□ Groom with grandparents □ Groom with siblings

RECEPTION PHOTOS

□ Groom with best man

□ Guests at cocktail party

□ Groom with each groomsman

□ Centre pieces and place settings/plated meals

□ Groom with all his attendants

□ Favours

□ Groom with bridesmaids

□ Toasts

Photography Checklist

BRIDE’S PHOTOS

□ Candids throughout reception

CEREMONY PHOTOS

□ Musicians

□ Front of ceremony location

□ First dance, parent dance and guests dancing

□ Guests being seated

□ Cake table and cake cutting

□ Musicians

□ Bouquet toss and garter removal and toss

□ Attendants waiting to enter ceremony

□ Sweetheart dance

□ Parents being seated

□ Going-away vehicle (especially if decorated!) □ Newlyweds departing and guest’s farewell

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Flowers Checklist

PERSONAL FLOWERS

□ Head table

□ Bride’s bouquet

□ Bride/groom chairs

□ Maid/matron of honour bouquet

□ Guest tables

□ Bridesmaids’ bouquets

□ Cake/cake table

□ Flower girl basket or headpiece

□ Reception buffet table (s)

□ Mothers’ flowers

□ Rose petals for decoration

□ Grandmothers’ flowers

□ Bar

□ Readers

□ Other ______________________________________

□ Vocalists □ Groom’s boutonnieres / corsage □ Best man / groomsmen boutonnieres / corsage □ Ushers / ring bearer □ Fathers / grandfathers’ boutonnieres □ Other ____________________________________

CEREMONY □ Guest book attendant □ Gift table attendant □ Church flowers/candles □ Aisle flowers / ribbons □ Altar/chuppah □ Rose petals for decorations/tossing □ Other ____________________________________

RECEPTION □ Powder-room arrangements □ Entry way table □ Place card table

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BEGIN TIME

END TIME

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• Bride and groom mingle with guests

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• Dinner is announced

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• Guests are seated

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• Dinner is served

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• Champagne is served for toasting

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• Band or DJ music begins

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• Dinner plates are cleared

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• Bride and groom’s first dance

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• First dance with parents

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• Wedding party joins the dance floor

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• Open dancing for all guests

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• Cake cutting

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• Cake and/or other desserts are served

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• Garter toss (optional)

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• Bouquet toss (optional)

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• Sweetheart dance

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• Last dance for bride and groom

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• Departure of newlyweds

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of the evening

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• Guest departure

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• Background music plays as guests arrive and are directed to the cocktail reception area • Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres are served while guests await the bridal party • Guests are directed to place card table • DJ or MC announces the arrival of the wedding party and bride and groom

• Toasts by best man, maid of honour and other pre-determined guests

• Best man/designated person presents envelope-payment to appropriate vendors

Reception Timeline

• Parents/host announce conclusion

• Designated persons collect wedding gifts, rentals and other items for bride and groom

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Music Selection

Whether your preferences lean toward classical, jazz, motown, ethnic or spiritual, you needn’t feel bound by traditional selections. Use this opportunity to share songs that mean something to you with those you love. Most couples assume they’ll remember all their favourite songs when it comes time to compose the list, but with so many details to contend with, it’s easy to forget. When you get to the point of finalizing your list, take note of the song lengths. Your event coordinator will need this information when composing a time line for both you and your other vendors.

S O N G

PERFORMED BY

LENGTH

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PRELUDE (20-40 MINUTES PRIOR TO CEREMONY/GUEST SEATING)

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PROCESSIONAL (1 TO 2 SELECTIONS FOR WEDDING PARTY & 1 FOR BRIDE)

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CEREMONY SELECTIONS (MUSICIANS AND SOLOISTS)

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THE RECESSIONAL (WEDDING PARTY AND GUESTS DEPARTING)

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FIRST DANCE / PARENT DANCE

______________________________________________ ______________________________________________

SPECIAL REQUESTS FOR BAND & DJ

______________________________________________ ______________________________________________ ______________________________________________ ______________________________________________

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Ask the Right Questions • Do you have a demo-CD or is it possible to hear you play live? _______________________________________

• Do you charge a flat fee or an hourly rate?___________________________________________________________ • How do you handle overtime? _____________________________________________________________________ • What is your cancellation/postponement policy? ____________________________________________________ • If something happens to the person(s) contracted, who will replace them?_______________________________ • Do you have any special requirements regarding space, electricity or any other items? _____________________ • Is there a member of the group that can act as MC for the first dance, cake cutting, etc?_ __________________ • Will the same performer(s) on the demo-CD be performing at my wedding?_ _____________________________ • Can we make requests at the reception? ___________________________________________________________ • Do you have a list of your repertoire? ______________________________________________________________ • How long will it take you to set up? Will you do it before the guests arrive? ______________________________ • What will the performers be wearing? ______________________________________________________________ • How often, and for how long do you break? ________________________________________________________

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Schedule... □ Ceremony music includes prelude, processional, ceremony, recessional______________________________ □ Background music plays as guests arrive and are directed to the cocktail reception area_________________ □ Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres are served while guests await the bridal party____________________________ □ DJ or MC announces the arrival of the wedding party and bride and groom____________________________ □ Bride and groom mingle with guests___________________________________________________________ □ Champagne is served for toasting_____________________________________________________________ □ Toasts by best man, maid of honour and other pre-determined guests________________________________ □ Bride and groom’s first dance_____________________________________________________________ □ First dance with parents _____________________________________________________________ □ Best man/designated person presents envelope-payment to appropriate vendors_________________________ □ Cake cutting_____________________________________________________________ □ Garter Toss (optional) _____________________________________________________________ □ Bouquet Toss (optional) _____________________________________________________________ □ Parents/host announce conclusion of the evening __________________________________________________ □ Designated persons collect wedding gifts, rentals and other items for bride and groom ____________________

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NAME

CELL PHONE

Rings + marriage license

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B r i d e ’s w e d d i n g a p p a r e l

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B r i d e ’s e m e r g e n c y k i t

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G r o o m ’s t u x e d o a n d a c c e s s o r i e s

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Favours, guest book and pen

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A i s l e r u n n e r, u n i t y c a n d l e + h o l d e r

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Cake knife, server + toasting flutes

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Wedding programs

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Ring bearer pillow

_____________________

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Guest book table attendant

_____________________

_______________________

Gift table attendant

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Pay officiant and other vendors

_____________________

_______________________

Personal flowers

_____________________

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Lighting candles prior to ceremony

_____________________

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To a s t s + a n n o u n c e m e n t o f c o u p l e

_____________________

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Tr a n s p o r t a t i o n o f g i f t s

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Bouquet for floral preservation

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To p l a y e r o f c a k e a n d c a k e t o p

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G a t h e r r e n t a l i t e m s / b r i d e ’s g o w n

_____________________

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Liquor license

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V E N D O R S

NAME

CELL PHONE

Cake

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Catering

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Event coordinator

_____________________

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Facility contact

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Flowers

_____________________

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Hair

_____________________

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Lighting designer

_____________________

_______________________

Makeup

_____________________

_______________________

Music/ceremony

_____________________

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Music/reception

_____________________

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Officiant

_____________________

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Photographer

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Stationer

_____________________

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Tr a n s p o r t a t i o n

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Videographer

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Wedding Day Contacts

R E S P O N S I B I L I T I E S

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Directory DIRECTORY

BEAUTY & HEALTH Sante Medical

84

The Spa Ritual

83

Walk with Ronna

67

BOUDOIR Hello There Darling

183

BRIDAL SHOWS Bridal Expo

5

The Wedding Fair

2

With This ring... Bridal Gala

89

CAKES Forever Cakes

155

Whippt Desserts & Catering

155

Yvonne's Custom Cake

153

CATERING Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts

146

Great Events Catering

145

Rouge Restaurant

143

The Carriage House Inn

147

Winsport

144

CEREMONIES

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Wildrose United Church

93

Young, Hip, and Married

97


DÃ&#x2030;COR AND RENTALS

Corrina Walker Photography

168

Eland Decorations

193

Emily Exon Photography

159

Fusion Bollywood

194

f8 Photography

161

Great Events Rentals

208

Heninger Photography

170

Red Events Design & Decor

206

Ikonica Images

169

Special Event Rentals

205

Ilia Photo + Cinema

171

Jennifer Jones Photography

164

DESTINATION WEDDINGS Aisle Travel

248

Justine Milton Photography

176

Cherry Creek Estate

247

Kristi Sneddon Photographer

168

Kootenay Rockies Tourism

249

Marissa Poirier Photography

185

Nicole-Lynn Photography

183

Photos With Finesse

168

PMG Image

158

Ross Dance Photography

163

The Jar Photography & Films

165

TLAW Photography

167

FASHION - FOR THE BRIDE Ever After Bridal & Formal Wear

63

FASHION - FOR THE GROOM Ed Williams Mens Wear

79

FLOWERS Creative Weddings Flowers

195

Flower Chix

220

PLANNING & DESIGN

Occasional Bloom

223

Creative Weddings Planning

195

Enriched Events

197

Julianne Young Weddings

201

Lynn Fletcher Weddings

188

Magical Moments Event Planning

195

NINA Weddings & Events

195

Red Events Design & Decor

206

Shannon Valente Weddings

196

LINGERIE Knickers 'n Lace

65

LIGHTING Stardust Event Group

200

MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT Deanne Matley Music

229

Harp Angel - Deborah Nyack

233

One Nite Band

232

PM Gigs

231

PHOTOGRAPHY 6:8 Photography

184

Andre Perdue Photography

177

Carlin Anquist Photography

183

ROCKY MOUNTAINS Fairmont Banff Springs

271

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

271

Mountainscape Weddings

267

Postcard Weddings

268

Special Event Rentals

270

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STATIONERY

112

Creative Weddings Stationery

195

Hotel Arts

106

Lovesky Design

215

Lynnwood Ranch

112

Pink Umbrella Wedding Invitations

215

Sheraton Suites Eau Claire

109

The Social Page

213

Spruce Meadows

108

The Calgary Zoo

119

TRANSPORTATION Ambassador Limousine Service

240

The Links of Glen Eagles

115

Highland VIP Group

243

The Nash

105

The Westin Calgary

UNIQUE IDEAS Do it Green (DIG Events) Ingenuity Couture PAL Insurance Brokers Canada Wishing Well Wedding and Event Foundation

193 63 4 48

Ilia Photo + Cinema

171

The Jar Photography & Films

165

WEBSITES / WEDDING DIRECTORIES Calgary Bridal Alliance

Azuridge Estate Hotel

118

Calgary Bride

Blue Devil Golf club

107

Tweed Telegraph

Calgary Stampede

103

Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts

113

Carriage House Inn

114

Concorde Group

116

Grey Eagle Resort & Casino

120

Heritage Park

102

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VIDEOGRAPHY

Banff Bride

VENUES

368

Highwood Memorial Centre

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