Wedding Connections Planner & Directory 2019/20

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Wedding Connections Wedding Planner & Directory


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Cover Photo by Heaton Photography

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Our wedding consultant will help you create one of the most important days of your life. Our facilities are designed to accommodate your every need.

Contact • Kayla Bell • Event Coordinator 604-465-5474

FOR A TRULY ONE OF A KIND EXPERIENCE CN Roundhouse & Conference Centre is the perfect place to say “I Do.” The CN Roundhouse & Conference Centre is the largest meeting facility in the Sea to Sky Corridor, hosting up to 800 people banquet style in 21,000 sq. ft. one side of the building is floor to ceiling windows featuring spectacular mountain views

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Wedding Connections Wedding Planner & Directory

Wedding Connections Wedding Planner & Directory

BC Lower Mainland Wedding Professionals have everything you need to plan your wedding


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Cover Photo by HEATON PHOTOGRAPHY Dress by Everything But The Groom | Flowers by THRIFTY FOODS

Cover Photo by: Heaton Photography




You and your fiance have taken a very exciting step in your lives.

In addition to this gorgeous Wedding Planner you hold in your hand you can view The Wedding connections at: Be sure to like us on facebook and follow us on twitter or Instagram and you could win a weekend getaway at the Prestige Oceanfront Resort in Sooke. The past nine years have brought a lot of changes to the world of wedding planning. Despite all the changes, we know of one thing that will never go out of style: Love!

This planner takes you through the entire wedding planning process — from choosing a wedding consultant, looking your best with beautiful hair and makeup, selecting a wedding dress, choosing the perfect ceremony, accommodations, and Happy Planning and Congratulations! reception venue, hiring a professional wedding photographer and videographer, finding a florist, invitations and decor, picking a caterer, DJ or musician, ordering a delicious wedding cake, reserving a limousine and booking your honeymoon. Find tips for planning and creating the wedding of your dreams! This planner and online directory has been designed to help you answer a few questions, and solve some problems that you may encounter. Keep it with you whenever possible for quick reference, and please mention it by name when visiting the businesses of your choice. Please, whenever possible, take the opportunity to support our advertisers who, through their participation, are making this valuable resource directory available in our area. Thank you for your interest in our publication! And best wishes for a wonderful wedding day and a bright future! Have lots of fun planning your wedding day with our Wedding connections! 2




When it comes to weddings almost anything goes. Unless there is a particular theme or style, however, the groom will typically wear a suit.

Photo by: Heaton Photography

This task is exclusively for the groom. Whether you purchase or rent your tuxedos or suit make sure it complements your bride and bridesmaid fashion. Traditionally the best man, groomsmen and attendants pay for their own formal wear. Their formal wear does not have to be uniform but should compliment the bridal party dress style and colour. We suggest that you rent or purchase the groomsmen and attendants formal wear as a group form the same store so that your styles and look are the same for everyone. Most formal wear rental stores offer package deals for the entire bridal party, saving everyone money. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS How soon should we order tuxedos for our wedding? Wedding tuxedos can be reserved at any time; at least 3-4 months prior to the wedding is recommended. Tuxedo styles are selected after the Bride has chosen her dress and the color of the Bridesmaids’ dresses.

Photo by: Jill Lobley Photography

Who should wear tuxedos? Traditionally the Groom, Groomsmen, Ushers, Fathers, and Ring Bearer will all be in tuxedos. If you have Grandfathers or other extended family members attending, you might consider having them wear tuxedos as well. This way your photographer will capture some family portraits with everyone looking their very best. What is the final fitting? When is it? A final fitting is recommended so that your groomsmen can try on the actual tuxedo. It usually takes place a day or two before the wedding. Any needed adjustments can be taken care of before the wedding. When do the men have to be measured for their tuxedos? Photo by: Robyn Strong Photography


Measurements for the Groomsmen’s tuxedos should be in no later than 4-6 weeks prior to the wedding.


12-MONTH planning COUNTDOWN: There's plenty to do before saying "I do."

So we've put together this 12-month checklist to help you plan the plan the perfect wedding day.

TWELVE MONTHS PLUS  Choose the date and time for wedding and rehearsal  Announce the engagement  Create a wedding email account  Attend engagement party  Hire a wedding planner  Draft a preliminary guest list  Draft a budget  Begin bridal registry  Determine the style and formality of the wedding  Research and select ceremony site  Research and select reception location  Research wedding vendors  Visit clergy/officiant together and reserve date  Arrange time off work

TEN TO TWELVE MONTHS  Choose bridesmaids/groomsmen and ushers  Interview and select vendors:  Caterer (if necessary)  Photographer  Videographer/cinematographer  Entertainment/music  Florist/event designer  Shop for wedding gown  Upon hiring photographer, schedule an engagement session

EIGHT TO TEN MONTHS  Order wedding gown  Organize accommodation and transportation for out-of-town guests  Organize accommodation for the wedding night (and night before)  Interview and select vendors:  Rentals equipment  Officiant (if you are not marrying in a house of worship)  Research wedding invitations  Research honeymoon, for example passport requirements  Consider marriage preparation course

SIX TO EIGHT MONTHS  Begin planning ceremony  Begin planning reception  Plan the rehearsal dinner  Plan pre-wedding and post-wedding parties  Finalize any remaining vendor commitments 6

 Hair stylist for wedding day  Makeup/Hair stylist for wedding day  Make Wine and Get Special Occasion License  Pastry chef/select wedding cake  Research other stationery needs (menu cards, place cards, ceremony programs)  Order bridesmaids’ dresses  Help mothers shop for their attire  Select formal wear for the groom, groomsmen, and fathers  Research favour options  Plan and book honeymoon  Get passports, VISA etc.  Ask family and friends to help at ceremony and reception

FOUR TO SIX MONTHS  Finalize guest list  Order wedding invitations and announcements  Determine reception menu  Select wedding-day transportation  Shop for wedding bands  Help mothers select and coordinate their dresses  Shop for bridal accessories (headpiece/veil, lingerie, jewelry, going away outfit, and so on)  Shop for bridesmaids’ accessories (jewelry, shoes, purses)  Shop for your trousseau  Choose baker; order wedding cake and groom's cake

THREE MONTHS  Address and assemble invitations  Research marriage license requirements  Confirm delivery dates on wedding gown and bridesmaids’ dresses  If writing your own vows, begin now  Compile music list for reception entertainment  Finalize ceremony details and music selections  Prepare shoot list for videographer and photographer  Shop for attendants’ thank you gifts  Make arrangements for preserving bridal bouquet  Make arrangements for preserving bridal gown  Get Boudoir Photos done

TWO MONTHS  Mail invitations  Attend dress fittings/alterations  Confirm with bridesmaids that they have purchased lingerie and shoes, and have scheduled/attended their dress fitting  Schedule wedding day hair and makeup preview/trial  Prepare wedding announcement for newspaper  Arrange rehearsal and dinner plans  Begin collection wedding accessories  Schedule final beauty/grooming appointments for the week of wedding haircut and/or colour, manicure/pedicure, massage, tanning, waxing  Complete proper documents for changing your name  Pinup Party/Stagettes

ONE MONTH  Obtain marriage license  Finalize itinerary with vendors and ceremony/reception locations  Begin making seating plan for reception dinner  Pick up wedding bands  Schedule final gown fittings and date to pick up finished and pressed wedding gown.  Call guests who have not responded to invitation  Start on/complete thank you notes for any wedding gifts already received  Break in you wedding shoes  Arrange lodging for out -of-town guests  Arrange brunch for out -of-town guests morning after wedding before they leave as thanks for coming  Move your belongings to your new home  Decide on receiving line-where, who

TWO WEEKS  Confirm final guest count to caterer/reception location  Confirm rehearsal dinner guest count  Begin packing for honeymoon  Break in wedding shoes at home scuff the bottom, walk around in them  Begin make final payments to vendors (payments due from this point up to wedding day)  Finalize seating plan  Prepare an “emergency kit” for wedding-day mishaps  Meet with photographer and videographer; submit list of must-take shots


 Host bridesmaids' party  Attend final grooming/beauty appointments  Call/email venues and all vendors to finalize arrangements, delivery times, and any other details  Prepare tip envelopes and arrange for someone to distribute them the day of  Finalize packing for honeymoon  Confirm travel arrangements; if travelling abroad, purchase small amount of local currency  Confirm transportation details  Review timetables and details with vendors

TWO TO THREE DAYS  Drop off wedding accessories at venue or deliver to wedding planner  Pack a bag for the wedding day  Pick up tuxedos for groom, groomsmen, and fathers. Try on tuxedos - confirm all articles of clothing and accessories have been supplied  Cut cheques for remaining vendor payments

ONE DAY TO GO  Attend ceremony rehearsal  Distribute the wedding-day itinerary to all parents, attendants, and other involved parties  Hand over remaining accessories to wedding planner, church coordinator, or other organizer  Attend rehearsal dinner  Present attendants with their gifts at the rehearsal dinner  Go to bed early so you will be well rested for the amazing day that lies ahead of you

THE WEDDING DAY  Eat breakfast  Arrange to get checked in and have luggage delivered to your hotel  Give vendor payments to planner or best man for distribution  Get beautiful  Get dressed  Switch your engagement ring to your right hand  Marry the man you love and have a great day!

POST WEDDING  Leave for honeymoon  Send gown for cleaning and preservation  Complete and mail thank you cards  Thank your parents and attendants (by phone call and/or note)  Thank your vendors (by phone call and/or note)  Change name/or not

 Pick up gown - try it on at the dressmaker’s for final fit, and do not try it on again at home


THE engagement RING Prior to Official Engagement Announcement Choosing the Perfect Engagement Ring or Wedding Band for you or your Spouse.

 Whether you want gemstones and what kind

The wedding bands and engagement rings you choose will be one of the most enduring pieces of your wedding day. Not only are they an important element of becoming married, but they are also a long lasting symbol of your love and commitment.

 Whether you would consider a custom creation

Before you head to the jewellers, acquaint yourself with the finer points of diamonds, and most importantly the "4 Cs':  Carat: the overall weight of a diamond  Cut: the shape, cut, or proportions of the stone  Clarity: a measure of the amount and variety of flaws in a diamond  Colour: a measure of the colour of the stone. A "perfect" diamond is colourless INITIAL CONSULTATION WHAT TO BRING/KNOW:  Basic idea of style  Pictures of what you like  Whether you want matching or separate bands  What type of metal you prefer

WHAT TO ASK: What type of ring(s) would be best for my lifestyle? Your occupation should influence this decision. For example, an electrician would want to consider a ceramic band because it does not conduct electricity. People with active lifestyles might want to avoid silver, which is the softest metal. Similarly, those that work extensively with their hands may want to consider getting an additional, inexpensive band solely to wear at work. How should I judge the value of a ring? The best cut reflects the maximum amount of light and gives the stone its brilliance. For diamonds, the less colour a stone has, the higher its value. A stone’s clarity is affected by surface blemishes and interior inclusions, which interfere with light passage and lower its value. Finally, carats, or the measure of a stone’s weight, will influence the stone’s value.

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Travel agents are essential when planning destination weddings. They can arrange the wedding date, time, and transportation details. They will also coordinate the trip for all your guests by getting passports, visas, and other paperwork in order. Your travel agent can help make your wedding an event you will never forget! HONEYMOON The honeymoon is the beginning of your new life as husband and wife. Where you start this new adventure depends on your likes, dislikes, dreams, budget and time constraints. If you want to travel further afield, a professional travel agent is indispensable. Whether you know the exact location of the honeymoon destination or just want to head somewhere warm, travel agents can help make sure the honeymoon plans are a dream vacation come true. These experts can help you decide what the perfect destination may be and handle every little detail so you can relax and enjoy being together! One thing all travel agents stress is making reservations as far in advance as possible, especially if a certain destination is in mind. The best rates and best chances for availability sometimes come months in advance.

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For the couple that has everything, consider signing up for a honeymoon registry. Couples can register for things they want while on their honeymoon (candlelit dinner on the beach, wine tastings, massages, transportation, etc.) or they can set a dollar amount. Then, guests can purchase different items, services or excursions for the couple. With the unlimited options available for honeymoon plans, plan to take time for yourselves and enjoy the start of your new life together.


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CEREMONIES & RECEPTIONS WHAT TO BRING/KNOW:  Your vision for the ceremony & reception  Number of guests  Tentative wedding date  Ideas and pictures  Decision makers that need to be included in tour WHAT TO ASK: What is the facility’s capacity? It should comfortably accommodate the number of guests you expect to attend. Is there a room available for the bride to use? If you want to get ready at the facility instead of the salon or at home, make sure there is a sizeable, well lit place to do so. Will you schedule more than one wedding for our date? If so, you want to ensure they will give your wedding the proper care and attention it deserves. Can we see a picture of the facility set up for a wedding? It is even better if you can you stop by a wedding in progress to preview the facility in action. Are there restrictions on what we can do to decorate?

Who is in control of the sound system? Find out if your facility has someone to man the sound booth or if you need to provide your own professional. How is accessibility? Check out the parking situation to make sure they have enough for your size event and that it is conveniently available. Also make sure the facility is handicap accessible if necessary. Additional Questions for Outdoor Facilities

Sometimes facilities have restrictions on the use of candles and other decorations. Most commonly there are restrictions on what can be used for the send-off (e.g., rice).

Does the site have any restrictions?

Are you planning on any remodels or renovations before our wedding?

Is there restroom accessibility?

You don’t want to plan for one color scheme and find the carpet and walls are completely different than you expected. What is the rental fee? Find out what is included, how much the deposit is, and when the balance is due. How many hours are included in the rental agreement? Sometimes there are a set number of hours and facilities will charge for each additional hour. Where should the musicians set up?

Each local park has its particular rules and regulations. Make sure to find out well in advance which ones apply to your event. Even if there is accessibility, the restrooms may not be suitable for your affair. Portable restrooms now come equipped with the latest amenities. Units are clean and can come with flushing toilets, sinks, mirrors and lights, providing all the conveniences of an indoor facility outdoors. Is there an alternate option in case of inclement weather? If there are extreme weather conditions you will need to have a back up plan. Do we need power? If you’re setting up lighting, a sound system, or have live music, you may need to set up a generator in order to have access to electricity.

Make sure the space properly accommodates your musicians and that they have access to electricity. Also verify that the dance floor is large enough to accommodate your number of guests.

What rentals will I need?

Is there a wedding coordinator on staff that will be there the entire time?

What will the site look like when we get married?

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Does the facility provide necessities such as chairs, sound system, awnings, tents, restrooms, etc., or will you need to rent your own? The appearance of outdoor sites can change dramatically with the season. Find out what will be blooming, how they manicure the property, and if they have pictures to give you a better idea of what to expect.



AN INSPIRED BOUTIQUE VENUE ANVIL CENTRE is an exciting backdrop for wedding events. We offer a full slate of top-notch services including event planning and catering professionals to help you with your special day. Anvil Centre Ballroom has movable partitions customizable for multiple configurations which can accommodate different size events. All room set-ups and capacities are subject to catering requirements, room set up, and size of the dance floor.



Anvil Centre is a full-service event venue. We will work with you to customize a menu that accommodates both your culinary, and budgetary requirements.

With a setting like Anvil Centre, your special event is already off to a great start. But you also need expert, attentive support from a team of event professionals to pull off a flawless and memorable event.

Anvil Centre’s exclusive on-site catering, is about inspired food created by people who are passionate about culinary arts. We strive for the very best in taste, quality, preparation, and presentation. From formal plated dinners, to cocktail receptions, and casual appetizers, our menu selection reflects all that British Columbia has to offer.

Our dedicated team will help you plan your wedding down to the smallest detail including menu selection, event design and audiovisual requirements. They will also be there throughout your event to ensure your special day runs smoothly and assist with any last minute details and logistics.

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¨ Are tables and chairs included in the rental fee? Linens? What is included?

¨ Is parking available? Is it paid or free?

¨ How early can you get in the building to decorate?

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¨ Dance floor/music allowed? Is there a piano available?

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¨ What hours do you have the facility? Is anything elsegoing on during the same time? ¨ Do they allow bubbles, confetti, rice, etc. to be thrownin/around the facility? Who is responsible for thecleanup? ¨ Are there any other restrictions?

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Photography Long after your wedding day is over, your photographs will provide lasting memories. With that in mind, you not only need to find a photographer that you feel comfortable with but you also need to know what photo options are available and what shots should not be missed. No other vendor will have as lasting role in your wedding as your wedding photographer. INITIAL CONSULTATION WHAT TO BRING/KNOW: ¨ Tentative timeline of your day ¨ General idea of budget ¨ Style of photography you like ¨ How interactive you want your photographer to be (e.g., actively posing people or unobtrusively documenting) ¨ End products you are interested (album, portraits, book, digital files, etc.)


WHAT TO ASK: Who will be my photographer? Make sure the person you meet and work with is the one who will be photographing your special day. Can we look at your sample albums, guest books, online galleries, etc? Look at the entire range of their work, especially for the products you plan on purchasing. Make sure the finalized product matches your style and that the images are sharp, well framed, and well lit. When do I get the digital files? Figure out how long their turnaround typically is, what recourse is available if you do not receive photos within the specified time frame, and whether you will see the photos before or after they have been touched up. Note this, when you hire a photographer, you pay for the creation of the photography, not always the copyrights. How many weddings have you photographed? Talented new photographers join the industry every day, but when it comes to your wedding, you will want some one with enough of a history to be able to see prior work.


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WHAT TO BRING/KNOW: ¨ Idea of budget ¨ Wedding date ¨ Wedding location (indoor, outdoor, church, barn, etc.) ¨ Wedding style (formal, casual, vintage, elegant, etc.) ¨ Number of bridesmaids ¨ Idea of colours WHAT TO ASK: Am I buying a custom fit? You are not shopping for just a dress, but a fit as well. Choose a shop that will make sure you look stunning in a perfectly fitted gown. Have you seen brides pulling up their strapless gowns throughout the day? That does not happen when properly fitted by professionals. Who will be doing the finish work and sewing? Find out if the shop does their own alterations or if they hire out the service.

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When do they order the dress? Some shops may take the order but wait to put it through until closer to your wedding day. Make sure your gown will be ordered with plenty of time to spare. How will the dress look when picked up? Find out if the gown will be steamed or pressed, whether the shop takes steps to preserve the gown’s shape, and whether the dress bag will be roomy enough to prevent crushing.

If your bridesmaids come in many shapes and wear all different sizes, consider picking the color and fabric for the dresses and allow them to choose their own style. If un-identical dresses is not something you want, consider dresses in an A-line style which is flattering to all body types and sizes. You could also consider having your bridesmaids wear identical wraps.

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What do you remember the most about a wedding? Generally speaking, the answer to that question would be the bridal dress and what we ate. So, you might as well tempt the taste buds of your guests, creating a menu filled with the best of you and your region. 1. Caterer Recommendations - Talk to your caterer. Are there particular dishes that they’re known for, or that they recommend? If you’re catering your own wedding, what recipes are always a crowd-pleaser? Make sure they’re aware of the budget you’ve set. 2. Offer variety - Choose both stationery and passed hors d’oeuvres, as well as both hot and cold ones. 3. Special Touches - Ask your caterer if they can incorporate an old family recipe. Your guests will enjoy this personal touch. 4. Personal Preferences - Make sure you include foods that you love. Enjoying your wedding day is a priority, and it will help to make your menu personal. 5. Heritage Incorporate foods from your families’ heritages. Relatives and guests will bond over shared experiences. If your heritages are distinctly different cultures, consider featuring one during the cocktail hour and another during the meal. 6. Change Things Up - Think about going outside of a traditional menu. For example, some couples these days are opting for a dessert reception, rather than a traditional sit-down menu. 7. Ask to go for a tasting. You’ll have a chance to sample the foods. 8. Be a Considerate Host - Ask your caterer what dietary options are available. Generally today’s couples will want to offer non-red-meat fare, as well as a vegetarian option.

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Catering INITIAL CONSULTATION WHAT TO BRING/KNOW: ¨ Wedding date ¨ Venue ¨ Number of guests on your invite list ¨ Timeline of the day ¨ Recipes you want included ¨ Need for special meals (e.g., kids menu, vegan, allergen-free, etc.) WHAT TO ASK: Will you schedule more than one wedding for our date?

Who cleans up the room afterwards? Find out if this is something you, the caterer, or your reception facility is responsible for. How far do you travel?

Most caterers can easily accommodate more than one event, but obtain confirmation your wedding will receive the attention it requires.

Companies work within a certain radius, and charge an extra fee for outside that radius which includes the extra mileage and labor for each staff member.

Do you charge for extra services?

What is included in the price?

Find out if the chairs, tables, linens and glassware are included. Often there is an extra charge for cake cutting and alcohol service.

Catering services often offer a variety of packages with different service options: higher end packages for formal services that include china dishes; environmentally friendly packages for couples wanting biodegradable, disposable dishes; etc.

How many staff will be there? This largely depends on what style of dinner you serve. Do you feed the DJ, photographer, band or do I need to include in count? Typically the bride and groom should include vendors in the overall head count.

Will there be a coffee station or pot of coffee on table? Will there be ice water? Have your caterer walk through every last detail with you.

What are payment terms?

Will the person I’ve been working with be at our wedding?

Make sure you know deadlines and amounts due.

Make sure you meet the person who will be on site.


WEDDING Music / DJ's


Choosing music and musicians for your special

music recordings as a background  Whether your ceremony/reception location

day is a way to make tribute to the soundtrack

has its own sound system  Whether you want dancing music,

of your life while choosing the songs that will

background music, or both

remind you of your wedding for years to come. INITIAL CONSULTATION WHAT TO BRING/KNOW:

WHAT TO ASK: • Where can I hear you perform?

 The style of your wedding: Formal or

• Do you have CDs or other recordings

informal? Traditional or nontraditional?  The mood you want the music to create  An idea of your budget for both ceremony

I can listen to?

and reception music  Special songs you want played  Length of time you want music played  Tentative start and stop times

• Will you provide a sound system?

 Whether you want vocalists, instrumental

• What do you plan on wearing?

music, DJ, or a combination  Whether you prefer live music for your

• What is your cancellation policy?

of entertainment we do not need?

ceremony or don’t mind if a vocalist uses

• How many years of experience do you have? • Can we make special requests? How many? • What kind of backup equipment/instruments do you have? • Do you have any events before or after ours?

• If buying a package, are we paying for hours





Who will be my videographer? Larger studios have multiple staff members. Make sure the person you meet and work with is the one who will be filming your special day. Can I see a wedding video in its entirety? Ask to see a complete wedding in a setting similar to yours. Look at examples of the types of products you are interested in. Check videos for clarity, steadiness, and attention to detail. Listen carefully to the quality of various sounds, from soft-spoken vows to the beat of dance music. Watch for transition from scene to scene and the use of special effects (if desired).

Have you worked with my photographer before? Though not a must, it is helpful if the two have worked together and are comfortable working within the same space.INITIAL CONSULTATION What to Bring/Know: • Tentative timeline of your day • General idea of budget • Style of videography you like • How interactive you want your videographer to be (e.g., actively interviewing people or

What formats do you offer?

unobtrusively documenting)

Check to see if they shoot in high-definition and offer Blu-Ray discs if you desire.

• End products you are interested in (raw

When will I receive the finished product?

footage, specialty videos, etc.)

Editing video takes a substantial amount of time. Figure out your videographer’s turnaround time, which is typically within a month or two.

• Any family dynamics the videographer should be aware of (e.g., divorced parents)


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PHOTO booths Renting a real photo booth for your wedding is a clever combination of interactive entertainment and custom made party favors.

would a basic portrait making system in a


custom graphics on the photos, a digital

• What is the fee for rental?

box fulfill your need? Rental packages may include unlimited free photos for your guests, personalized copy of the photos taken, scrap book services and more.

• How many hours of photo booth ‘running time’ is included? • Is there a delivery charge?

When thinking about a photo booth rental company, be sure to ask for print samples, photos of their photo book.

• Does a rental include an attendant during the event? • Do we get a digital copy of the photos? • Do we get custom graphics

Renting a real photo booth is a very popular entertainment feature for weddings and should be booked well in advance.

on the photos? • How many photos can we take?

Although there is more to a photo booth than entertainment value, the fun is

• Can the photo booth be delivered and

definitely still a factor. The photo booth

installed in our venue?

will keep guests busy and engaged—and

Photo booths vary greatly from company to company so be sure to consider what type of photo booth experience and quality is right for you and your guests. Would you like an authentic retro-style photo booth that looks and feels like the real thing or



hopefully, the novelty of the experience will have them talking long after your special day.

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Flowers bring personality to your wedding. The colours, scents, & styles all work together to create a statement that is uniquely you. INITIAL CONSULTATION WHAT TO BRING/KNOW:  Picture of your wedding gown  Picture of bridesmaids gowns  Idea of your colour combo, fabric swatches  Idea of the theme or “feel” you want  Photos of arrangements that have caught your eye  Your save the date, photo of invitation if already chosen  Quantity of corsages and boutonnieres you need (and whether moms and grandmas want wrist or pin-on corsages)  Quantity of reception tables  Photos of the ceremony site (including pews and the altar) and reception site  Which baker you will hire (so you can coordinate flower placement on cake, if desired)



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LIMOUSINES & Transportation Transportation for the bridal and groom, wedding party, and families is an important factor on the wedding day. INITIAL CONSULTATION WHAT TO BRING/KNOW:

• Is there any timeline advice they could offer? • How much extra time do they recommend planning on to allow for schedule delays? • When does the clock start? • What is the fee if we go overtime? • What will the chauffeur be wearing? • Are there any decoration restrictions? • Are beverages included? • Does the price quote include all fees (fuel, travel, gratuity, etc.) or are there

 Wedding day locations Know your ceremony site, reception facility, photo shoot areas, getting ready locations, and after party spots so you

additional costs? • What is your cancellation and refund policy?

can determine where you may need



Number of passengers The more passengers you have, the larger

 Estimated time frame Figure into your estimate how long it will take for pictures after the ceremony, a receiving line, and what time you need to be at the reception or cocktail hour.

the vehicle you need. Hours of Use Many services specify a minimum number of hours the vehicle must be hired. Make sure to budget extra time or there may be

 Total number of passengers

overage fees.

Will it be just the bride and groom or the


entire bridal party? Will you include the

Though fuel is generally included in the

photographer, personal assistant, etc?

hourly rate, there may be a fuel surcharge

WHAT TO ASK: • What types of licenses and insurance

for greater distances. Time of Year Prices are higher during peak times of the

do they have?

year such as wedding season, prom or

• Do they have a back-up vehicle for use

homecoming season, and graduation.

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SUPPLIES & RENTALS Rental companies offer everything you need to make your wedding the perfect event. First, check with your ceremony and reception venues to make a comprehensive list of what items they offer and where you may need to supplement.

INITIAL CONSULTATION WHAT TO BRING/KNOW:  Ceremony and reception venues  What your ceremony and reception venues are already providing  Number of guests  Idea of wedding style  Idea of color palette  Pictures of themes and decoration schemes you like  Idea of budget

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HEALTH & FITNESS INITIAL CONSULTATION WHAT TO BRING/KNOW:  Have clean, dry hair, a clean face, and a button up shirt  Pictures of hair styles you like  Hair piece or veil if you have one  Picture of your bridal gown if you have one  Swatches from bridal gown and bridesmaid dresses WHAT TO ASK: • How many people can your salon accommodate? • How long will the appointment take? • What should I bring to the wedding day appointment? GROOMS AND MALE ATTENDANTS: Not surprisingly, many men are also taking advantage of salon services:

Get Started Now! 8 months before the wedding This is the time to start Body Contouring, skin rejuvenation and permanent hair reduction 6 month before the wedding Get great skin: Now’s the time to address any skin problems, start on Skin Rejuvenation and Skin Tightening Get in shape If you haven’t already, start a fitness and weight loss routine that you can live with – and stick with until your wedding day (and beyond!) Plan your look As soon as you’ve found “the dress,” decide how you want to wear your hair and makeup for the big day. Start growing your hair if you think

• Eyebrow or back waxing should be done the week before the wedding so irritations will subside.

you’ll want it longer. Now’s the time to test new

• Get a final haircut the week of the wedding.

used to your new do, or change it back.

• Because of all the close-up photographs, it’s not unusual for grooms to get manicures as well.

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• Return for a final shampoo and hair trim (beard and mustache included!) the day before or day of the wedding.Beauty and health are important factors when preparing

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locally, make sure he or she is available on your date; otherwise, start auditioning stylists for the big day. Book your makeup appointment and

To ensure positively glowing skin on your wedding day, start a regimen of monthly facials.


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The wedding cake is the star of the reception and the cutting of the cake is something guests eagerly look forward to as part of the festivities. WHAT TO ASK


Do they supply decorative cake knives? Some supply cake knives. As a keepsake, you may want to purchase a specialty cake serving set complete with engraved monogram and wedding date.

 Do you specialize in any flavour, style or size?

Will the cake deliverer put the floral decorations on or will the florist?

 How do you price your cakes?

Both are able to provide the service, but make sure you pin down who is responsible so everyone is clear.

 What are the options for the flavour, fillings and frosting?  Do you deliver? If so, is that an additional cost?  Are there additional costs for using different  Will you place fresh flowers on the cake if required? flavours of cake and fillings for different tiers  Will you place the topper on the cake? of the cake/cupcakes?  What is the deposit? When is it due?  Do you offer cake tastings?  What is the cancellation policy? INITIAL CONSULTATION WHAT TO BRING/KNOW:  Idea of your color combo  Idea of the theme or "feel" you want  How many guests will be invited/are attending  Idea of your budget  If leftover cake is desired, and how much  Whether you want a first anniversary cake to freeze WHAT TO ASK Are there references you can contact? Unless you contacted the baker based on a recommendation, it's a good idea to check with other couples about their experiences. Do you use fresh, high quality ingredients? Inferior ingredients will adversely affect the taste, so make sure your baker uses nothing but the finest. How large is a serving size? You will need to pass this along to whomever is cutting your cake so you do not run out of cake or have too much leftover. 58

Do they have other rentals available? Some bakers also have candles, towers, fountains and other decorative items available to complete the presentation. Do they deliver? How great a distance? Is there a delivery fee? Do they set it up? Wedding cakes are complex, delicate constructions that require professional handling. Usually bakers include the cost of delivery and setup, but within a limited distance. How much is the deposit? What is the payment schedule? Make sure to have these things written down and included in the contract.

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The average couple spends somewhere around $25,000 on their weddingeven before factoring in the engagement ring or honeymoon. Whether you're planning an intimate wedding or a more lavish affair, one of your first steps in planning your wedding should be to set up-and stick to a basic budget. Budgeting is easiest if you have clear priorities. When you've decided on your must haves, cutting the costs becomes a snap. Though your families may elect to help you out, they are in no way obligated to do so.

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To keep from breaking the bank (after all, who wants to start a marriage tens of thousands of dollars in debt?), make sure you and your partner agree on your priorities before committing to anything. Building in a 5 percent cushion just in case will also save your sanity when the actual costs inevitably come in a little higher than expected.



wedding Parties

In addition to the rehearsal dinner and reception, there are plenty of smaller opportunities to celebrate the nuptials. The parties listed below are the most popular ways for family and friends to help paint the town red in honor of your marriage. Engagement Party Traditionally hosted by the parents soon after the engagement. Occasionally, the parents of the bride and groom will host the party together, but more often separate parties are held. It is a convenient way for parents to introduce their child’s fiancé to family and friends and can also be a good way for the parents of the couple to meet if they have not already done so. Showers Showers are given by any friend or relative who wants to do something special for the couple. Customarily, the immediate family of the bride and groom do not host a shower, because it is seen as asking for gifts. Often, the honor attendant and bridesmaids host a shower. Since the shower is always given by someone other than the bride, registry information may be included with the invitation. Bridesmaids’ Luncheon The maids’ luncheon (or tea) is either given by the bridesmaids as a “farewell” to the bride or hosted by the bride herself. This luncheon may take place in a home or restaurant, wherever the bride and her ladies can take time to get together. The bride often gives her ladies their wedding mementos at this time, schedules final dress fittings, and just enjoys their company.

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Bachelor/ette Party These very casual gatherings emphasize having fun, unwinding and celebrating the wedding. Bachelor/ette parties often incorporate a theme and can include attending a sporting event, going to a comedy club or having a shopping. Some enjoy activities such as laser tag, paintball, gambling, golfing, bowling or even camping.

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bridal Shows

With hectic schedules and the price of gas, a bridal show that brings all the wedding professionals you need to one place saves time and money. Wedding Connections Wedding Planner & Directory Guide provides wedding shows perfect for every bride to plan the wedding of her dreams. What can brides expect at a bridal show? Planning made easy. Wedding shows are a

great place for both serious planners and recently engaged brides-to-be. The shows are a one-stop-shop where you can find the latest wedding fashions and trends to inspire. You, your groom, the bridal party, and your family can all come along to “help”taste hors d’eouvres .. You will have the opportunity to meet a multitude of professionals from varying wedding businesses there just to help you plan the wedding of your dreams. Pick out everything from your bridal gowns and tuxedos to flowers, invitations, music, reception facilities, cakes, limousines and much more. These shows also offer the latest in wedding apparel in a runway fashion show. Sit back, relax, and watch the hottest trends and styles paraded down the catwalk for you to preview in person. Your perfect wedding starts here.


TIPS • Purchase tickets in advance to save money. • Create an email address for all your weddingrelated correspondence. This will keep you organized and prevent temporary weddingrelated email from coming to your main inbox. • Pre-print labels with Name, Wedding Date, Address, Email Address and Phone Number to make signing up for drawings quick and easy! • Dress comfortably and wear comfortable shoes. Plan on doing a lot of walking.


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