Fernie Wedding Guide 2016

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Getting Married in Fernie, BC FEATURE WEDDINGS 9 Sera and Jesse 12 Lindsay and Liam 14 Janelle and Jody Pick Your Own Wedding Adventure by Tara Higgins It’s All About the Dress by Louise Hilliard Wedding Day Hair: Class, Comfort and Function by Melissa Guillion Budget and Style: How to Get Flowers that Satisfy Both by Carmen Dunnet Wedding Weather: You Can’t Predict, But You Can Prepare by Lisa Grosso Honeymoon Travel and Trends by Amy Hare Directory Wedding Planning Checklist Setting a Budget Map

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COVER: Spending some time on top of a mountain is always a special way to remember your wedding day. KYLE HAMILTON PHOTOGRAPHY www.kylehamiltonphotography.com THIS PAGE: Winter weddings are amazing. Sometimes you get that perfect amount of snow falling for a magical moment. NICK NAULT PHOTOGRAPHY www.nicknaultphotography.ca






Whatever the time of year, size of the wedding, or style the bridal couple is after, Fernie is a fantastic choice. Enjoy a white and magical setting in the middle of winter. The lush, green and fresh smells that come with spring. The warmth and light found in summer. Or the colourful and crisp days that accent autumn in Fernie. It’s all beautiful, and easy to work a celebration around. And regardless of time of year, Fernie has activities on offer, year round. So depending on what you and your guests are interested in – from golf to snowshoeing, mountain biking to downhill skiing, white water rafting to snowmobiling, it’s all available right here.

As Fernie continues to grow in popularity as a wedding destination, so do the amenities. There is a host of accommodation opportunities, including hotels and resorts, home rentals, and camping. The vendors available offer excellent customer service and products, and are competitive in their industry. And the list of locations to host a ceremony and reception is diverse with something for everyone. What makes choosing Fernie so attractive, outside of the setting and recreational opportunities for those visiting from out of town, is the uniqueness and personal experience that using local vendors provides.

We built this guide to not only inspire you in your wedding journey, but to also help you to navigate the planning process. Enjoy the wedding stories, each with its own personal flare and Fernie experience. Take into consideration the expert advice offered by our various contributors. Read through our directory to find the vendors that best suit your needs. And use the tools provided to help with your timeline and budget.

Above all else, enjoy the process. You’re about to celebrate a new chapter in your life with close friends and family in a beautiful destination, and we wish you all the best and hope this guide is useful as your big day approaches. 7

A Wedding Story SERA AND

JESSE Photographer: Kyle Hamilton Photography kylehamiltonphotography.com

Sera and Jesse met in New York City and have been in a long distance relationship ever since. Sera made the move to Whitefish, Montana when she couldn’t get a work permit in Canada which made it easier for the two to see one another. They had been talking about getting married for quite some time, as they wanted to create a life together in Fernie. Keeping it small was always the intention, so they decided to keep it a secret and told people two days prior through a Facebook post. “It was an open invitation, and as soon as people heard, it got crazy. People calling to congratulate us, ask us questions. We were surprised, and the planning was a lot of fun,” says Jesse.

“I give people a lot of credit for planning a wedding for so long,” adds Sera. “It was stressful enough doing it for two days!”

Their intention with this style of wedding was for their guests to enjoy themselves. The first decision was to find a public space they could invite people to and the Provincial Park was the perfect fit for them. “It’s quiet up there with a lot of parking. We didn’t want to bother anyone and also wanted a private event,” says Jesse. They had no idea what to expect, and were surprised and humbled to see how many people wanted to celebrate with them. Friends from as far away as Ottawa and Edmonton surprised them by arriving just in time to take in the ceremony. Even the

evening prior, elaborate plans were made to whisk off the bride and groom for separate bachelor and bachelorette parties.

After the ceremony, the couple and a small group consisting of family and guests from out of town enjoyed a pre-arranged dinner in the Fireside Room at Max Restaurant at the Parkplace Lodge. Everyone else was told to meet them at the Northern at 9pm, where the real celebration took place late into the evening. With such a short time frame, Sera ordered a dress from Forever 21 online. She had Sparrow for Hair do her hair, and Green Petal took care of her floral arrangements. Jesse organized a keg of FBC for the ceremony, 9

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and Sera’s best friend from High School made a cake and brought it with her to town (finalizing the decorations in the hotel room the day of). Jesse had touched base with local photographer Kyle Hamilton, who happened to be free that day and was able to shoot the wedding. True to their style, Sera and Jesse decided on tattoos for rings. “Really, we wanted to make it as effortless as possible, for both us and our guests,” they say. “And it turned out pretty great.”

Jesse and Sera are still glowing in postwedded bliss, and looking forward to taking a honeymoon in the future. For now, their goal is figuring out immigration. Sera has fallen in love with Fernie as well as Jesse, and they look forward to beginning their life here as a couple.

Q&A WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO GET MARRIED IN FERNIE? This is home, I don’t know anywhere else I would live or get married. Sera preferred it to anywhere else, and we also had to make it easy as it was so last minute. FAVOURITE MOMENT OF YOUR WEDDING DAY? When we arrived at the Northern, the place was packed and everyone was on their feet just screaming at us. “Goodbye to Romance,” by Ozzi was our wedding song. Jesse and his best friend had said if they ever got married it would be their first dance… Jesse

had forgotten but his friends put it on and it became our song. FAVOURITE MOMENT OF YOUR WEDDING DAY? I would say to keep it mellow! Have some trusted helpers and just plan on getting the most out of what is really one of the happiest and most enjoyable days of your life.


We chose to get married on Friday the 13th, but really the whole wedding was really unique, just how last minute it was but still how full on it ended up being. 11

A Wedding Story LINDSAY AND

LIAM Photographer: Eyelet Photography www.eyeletphotography.com

Lindsay was born and raised in Fernie, and is now a teacher at Isabella Elementary School. She met Liam here, doing the things they love in the great outdoors surrounding our town. So, getting married here was a natural choice.

Liam is from Ontario, but Fernie is home for both of them. “Hands down, this is where I want to get married. I want everyone to be able to see the life that we have chosen,” he says. Lindsay agrees, saying that it’s such a great place to showcase their lifestyle during a wedding. The couple decided on Lindsay’s parents’ backyard as the location for the ceremony. “My parents got married in my mom’s parents’ backyard, so it’s tradition,” she adds.

Liam and his friends got to work personalizing the space with unique and rustic elements including a wooden arbour with greenery, wooden benches made from logs for the guests, and beautiful handmade signs featuring quotes and sayings that fit the theme and the couple. They also made a sign letting guests know the ceremony was to be unplugged – no phones, no cameras. They wanted everyone to be right there with them, as they said “I Do.” The boys rode in on their bikes, with the groomsmen riding a threeseater. The reception was held at Cirque Restaurant in the Lizard Creek Lodge. “We were going to do everything outside but realized that May is a little unpredictable in Fernie so rather than

worry about it, decided on inside and still used the outside space,” says Lindsay.

Lindsay and Liam decided to have photos taken prior to the ceremony by Eyelet Photography, with a first look. “It was really cool actually, we are not overly traditional and felt like it was actually more special as nobody else was around but the photographers,” she says, adding that the first look was also the only time all day that they were by themselves. “It was important for us to have some time alone too.” The reception was a seated dinner for 120 people. “Our style was seated but casual, so we chose a buffet. We had tables but not a seating plan, and the look was outdoorsy rustic with some vintage elements,” Lindsay adds. The

Q&A WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO GET MARRIED IN FERNIE? Because we love it here, and wanted to give people a reason to come here… there was more incentive. We showcased our super cool town and gave them a reason to come back.

FAVOURITE MOMENT OF THE DAY? Lindsay: Seeing Liam for the first time on the bridge by ourselves, which got the stoke factor for the whole day right up. Also, we did an unplugged wedding, no cameras or cell phones. When we were getting married, our commissioner said what stood out to him was how important our friends and family were to us and we looked out and nobody had a camera… they were all there, to support us.

couple did a lot themselves, with help from their friends. They opted out of traditional elements such as the cake cutting and bouquet toss, and added personal elements such as Lindsay joining Sage McBride, a bridesmaid and band member of Shred Kelly, on stage to sing Liam “Ho Hey” by the Lumineers. Sage and her partner Tim, also of Shred Kelly learned a song that Lindsay’s dad liked for the first dance, and then DJ Cona kept the party going. At midnight, a taco bar was available for guests, whom were also enjoying the novelty of Cirque’s Ice Bar. “We loved the venue,” she says. “After dinner, that place was rocking.” Lindsay and Liam enjoyed a mini-moon in Whitefish, Montana right after the ceremony. “Fernie’s Mexico,” they say. The big plan for this mountain couple is to head to Japan and ski some pow for a honeymoon perfectly suited to them.

Liam: It’s hard to isolate a moment but probably when the ceremony wrapped up and we were walking down the aisle seeing how stoked everyone was and how it carried on throughout the night. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE THOSE PLANNING THEIR OWN WEDDING DAY? Sometimes less is more. Anything you can do at home, do it. Your family and friends love you so if they offer to help, take them up on it. It’s the most special day, but it’s just the beginning – remember that it’s just one day.


Our bicycle, outdoorsy theme. The unplugged ceremony (which hopefully is a starting trend). Also, the homemade elements, a lot of time was spent making that happen. The majority of our accents were all our own doing, sourced locally, courtesy of Big Birch, a friend that works with Liam. 13

A Wedding Story JANELLE AND

JODY Photographer: Tara Whittaker www.tarawhittaker.com

On a beautiful fall day in September, Janelle and Jody were married in Fernie, BC. The couple, whom have enjoyed spending time in Fernie for some time, began the celebrations the evening prior with a rehearsal dinner at Loaf Restaurant in downtown Fernie. For the ceremony, they had asked a property owner at the Fernie Golf and Country Club if they could use his property.

“It was the perfect day, +27 and sunny with mountain backdrops and 120 family members and friends in attendance,” says Janelle. To complete the setting, they had rented chairs, wine barrels and ice buckets from Patti’s Party Tent Rentals, Jody refurbished his grandmother’s desk for the signing, and they

also built an arbour which they decorated with flowers, all done by the Green Petal. “We wanted to use as many local vendors as possible,” she adds. Janelle and Jody hired Mountain Bride as their wedding coordinator, and were very thankful for the relief it brought them. Sparrow for Hair provided hair and makeup for the bridal party and Janelle’s mother. “All of the local vendors were great to work with,” she adds.

Family photos by Calgary based photographer Tara Whittaker were taken near the ceremony, and then the wedding party was whisked away by Mountain High Shuttle and Charters to a few special locations. The

party moved into the Clubhouse Restaurant for the reception, utilizing elements from the ceremony to create the “Rustic Elegance” look they choose as their theme. Guests were encouraged to take photos under the arbour set on the patio with the mountains views, and were treated to a family-style seated dinner. “The food was delicious,” says Janelle. “Some of our guests said it was the best meal they have ever experienced at a wedding.”

Not Just a Piece of Cake out of Fernie provided the wedding cake, and the couple hired country/rock band Cadillac Junkies to get the party going at the reception. “They are based out of Red Deer, and are our personal friends,” says Janelle.


As the venue was out of town for guests, Janelle and Jody created an online resource through TheKnot.com to help with things to do, places to see and where to stay. They also rented two houses located at Fernie Alpine Resort, one through Fernie Central Reservations and the other through Fernie Lodging Company for the wedding party and their spouses to stay at. “They were fantastic and we really enjoyed spending time together as everyone had travelled from out of town to be here. It was a great way to catch up,” they say. To finish off a great weekend, the couple hosted a brunch at the Bridge Bistro and then a few friends and family joined them for a relaxing afternoon on the beach at Lake Koocanusa.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO GET MARRIED IN FERNIE? My husband lived in Fernie for a ski season after high school and fell in love with it. Now, we enjoy escaping to this little mountain town whenever we can. We love the serenity, the community, the fresh mountain air and all of the things to do in Fernie so when we got engaged it was an easy choice. Plus, the scenery is incredible no matter where you are or where you look. FAVOURITE MOMENT OF THE DAY? The outdoor ceremony which we wanted to be meaningful yet light-hearted. We both made a point of being present in the moment and it truly felt intimate. I remember saying to my new husband, “That was so much fun!” and wishing we could do it all over again. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE THOSE PLANNING THEIR OWN WEDDING DAY? Try to enjoy the process and have fun with

all of the planning – think about what’s truly important to you and go from there. If your budget allows it, hiring a wedding planner will probably be the best money you’ll invest in your wedding day.

Also, don’t be afraid to let go and delegate tasks or ask for help. Some of my favourite memories from the planning process are the days I spent with girlfriends, sipping champagne and crafting table numbers, seating charts and signage.


We met while travelling through Australia and continue to share a passion for travel. To reflect this we used photos of us in different countries on our table numbers. They also doubled as our “kissing game” with guests having to guess where the photos were taken in order to get us to kiss. We also bought an antique globe to have our guests sign instead of a traditional guest book, which we now display in our home.


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Your big day is eminent. The decision to tie the knot has been made. The story of your engagement involves an enormous romantic gesture, someone on one knee and tears of joy. You have always dreamed of your big day and you cannot wait to start planning. Pull out the wedding binder you purchased when you were fourteen and call the venue you always knew you would get married at to confirm the July date that you HAVE to get married on. Congratulations, you truly are the queen of planning. Skip ahead to the final paragraph. On earth, the cold hard reality of planning a wedding has hit you. When you and your partner decided to get married it seemed so simple. Standing in front of your friends and

family saying I love this person more than anyone else. It quickly evolved to waking up in the middle of the night, clammy palms and beads of perspiration on your brow the minute after you hung up with your best friend who bombarded you with questions that the Spanish Inquisition would have been hard pressed to conjure up. If this is the situation you are in, please read on.

Your mother, best friend, and sister-in-law know exactly what kind of wedding you should have. NONE of them are even remotely fitting. You want it to reflect you and your partner and not create an enormous stress in your life. You have enough stress without adding ‘the happiest day of your life.’ Read on.

Start by picking a colour that resonates wedding. Pick peach. Ask your partner to pick a colour. He picks bright yellow. If you start to hyper-ventilate. Please go to the next paragraph. If you don’t, open Pinterest and type in the two colours. Skip the next paragraph.

Go to the kitchen. Find a paper bag, wrap your hand just below the opening, bring it to your mouth and exhale. Take a deep breath in, exhale. Repeat until breathing returns to normal, go to Pinterest, enter the two colours. Feel an enormous sense of relief as it becomes clear how well these clashing colours work together. Read on. 17

you need to find a theme. This is going to make every decision afterwards simple. Neither of you are crazy formal, and given the venue of a deck you don’t want to be too traditional. You also don’t want to have a wedding so casual that people feel they can show up in shorts and a t-shirt… You love the elegance of art deco. The chic, flowing gowns, the lettering. So simple, so easy to recreate, so striking.

Start a new board. Call it ‘My big, awesome, stress-free day’ to set the tone. Add a few pictures depicting these two colours together. Notice a wonderful soft ivory tying everything together. This will be the colour of your dress. It is also a great neutral for stationery, signage, etc. Venue. You both decide to find one nearby making it easy for friends to attend. There is a park where the two of you always go. Perfect, skip ahead past the next paragraph. You cannot think of a spot. You have allergies, your partner wants it outdoors, the indoor venues are clinical, neither of you are religious. No you can’t do it, you begin to hyperventilate again.

Bend over, head between your knees, deep breath in… out…. in…. out. Okay, Pinterest has got to have ideas. Type in Alternative wedding venues. You have the choice of the Senior’s Centre, a ridiculously large restaurant, an amazing expensive lodge, darn you hay fever.


Hold on, you have a friend with a fabulous deck. Million dollar views. Is it too much to ask? Just the ceremony, and then you can jazz up the Senior’s Centre. You pick up the phone to ask, your friend answers, babbling, ‘I can’t believe you love our deck so much you want to get married on it, of course you can, we would be honoured.’ Let out a huge sigh of relief. That decided, you settle on numbers. You are glad to have picked the venue before deciding on how many people. This way you are in control of the feel of your wedding vs who not to offend. You remind yourself that no matter how long you ponder the guest list someone will feel left out. Quickly write down who you want and pass it to your fiancé to add to and strike from. You now have equal power to strike off friends, and perhaps family members. Give yourself a pat on the back for making that so effortless. Ceremony and reception venues in place, colours picked and guest list amalgamated,

Head to Etsy and scroll through wedding invitations, find a great designer to create your personal invitations without costing the moon. Feeling enthused by the ease of that task look for photographers. There are two clear candidates. Ask each of them to take engagement photos for a small fee to help you decide. They happily agree. You know it will be easy to decide once they start posing you. Use the photos to e-mail save the date requests. Move ahead.

Flowers. Before you have even BEGUN to pick the flowers, your breath quickens as prices of table pieces, bouquet, buttoniers are given. Your eyes begin darting about frantically looking for something to focus to save freaking out. They settle on a book of floral arrangements. On the cover is a beautiful peach poppy with a bright yellow centre. Beside it is a succulent in a simple pot. Price, $4.99. You see them as centrepieces and arranged along the oversized window ledges of the Senior’s Centre. Each of your guests will take one home at the end of night. Give yourself another pat on the back for figuring out centrepieces, flowers, as well as wedding favours, in one fell swoop. You didn’t even know you were going to do wedding favours.

Two major decisions left and then, time to delegate. Food and afterparty. There is a large contingent of vegetarians, you throw the idea of a pig roast out the window. There are

The groomsmen will be in charge of chairs for the ceremony. Your maid of honour, who loves to decorate, will add the right amount of draped toile to everything, you will hire some of your friends’ teenagers to help with set-up and to keep glasses stocked and tidied away as the festivities unfold. There are still details to be sorted out but with a strong theme and colour palette you know they will be easy to make. Now, which prosecco should you have for the toasts? Try a few, just to be sure.

also dedicated meat eaters. You hate buffets. There is never enough of certain things, all the tables eat at different times, at the thought of everyone lining up you give an audible ugh. Food trucks create the same problems as buffets. You ring caterers. The calculator comes out, you stuff if back in the drawer. You receive an e-mail from a caterer. Attached is a sample menu. Three types of quiches, salad and baby potatoes accompanied by roast beef, served per table, as though at a friend’s house, culling the need for a buffet without throwing costs through the roof. More substantial hors d’oeuvres served during drinks saves the clearing of tables three times. They have just won themselves a gig for being so thoughtful. Fiancé is in charge of drinks.

Cake and dessert. Will no-one eat cake if they have already had dessert? You love lemon tart and it is a great crowd pleaser. Some fresh raspberries, done. Not a very good wedding cake though. You are scrolling through the billionth wedding website and spot a cake made from rounds of cheese. You love cheese.


Your fiancé loves cheese, who doesn’t love cheese (you make a silent apology to anyone who is lactose intolerant). Set up a table of cheese, crackers and fruit, evening snacks are taken care of. Do you still put a ‘bride and groom’ on top of a cake made of cheese? This thought runs through your head when you are in the supermarket. There is a display of mini Polaroid cameras, tiny photos on those wire clips. Envision you and your fiancé posing for individual pictures, leaning in, lips puckered as if to kiss someone. See those pictures on top of your ‘cheese’ cake. Smile. One task left. Entertainment. Band or d-jay? That is a hard decision. You want everyone to have a good time, get up and dance and still be able to catch up with old friends. Is a band too much? Would people feel the need to focus all their attention on them? There are some classic songs that you and your friends always get up and dance to. Faces light up when they come on and you all run to the dance floor. A d-jay it is.

Tara Higgins is a visual artist who loves a good story and to solve problems, even ones that don’t exist. She also loves to find the humour in almost every situation. Tara wears many hats, often more than one at time, and is as surprised as the next person at some of the circumstances she finds herself in.

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Wedding Tips IT’S ALL ABOUT THE DRESS by Louise Hilliard

Choosing a wedding dress can be overwhelming, especially when you want your personality to shine on your big day. Weddings are no longer cookie cutter affairs and have become less traditional, more personal, and a real celebration of you and your partner’s shared lives. Bridal wear is reflecting this, with more alternative styles and opportunity to express personal style while keeping the bridal look alive. Bridal Separates are making a big impact. This is great for the modern bride for many reasons, mainly the ability to mix and match to create your own look. You can even mix designers. Separates also add versatility for brides who struggle with fit. If you have a small bust and large hips or vice versa, finding a dress that fits without major alterations can be challenging. Having the ability to buy different sizes for the top and bottom is a game changer. Finally, affordability is another benefit with many chain stores offering formal wear lines at the fraction of the cost that bridal stores do with Separates featuring heavily in these lines.

If you’re set on having a dress but struggling with the fit consider a custom gown. It will be made to measure and therefore be the perfect fit. You also get a one of a kind dress that can express your personality. I like to take inspiration from vintage weddings when


designing a custom gown. A classic simple dress can make a statement especially with a style that suits your shape and personality. Use the knowledge of a seamstress who has seen countless wedding gowns and can assist in creating the perfect look for you. Depending on the style it can also be more affordable, especially when considering what extra alterations cost on an off the rack gown.

Colour or florals is another way to add originality and has been popular the last few seasons. The colour doesn’t have to make a bold statement, but can be a subtle hint giving that traditional gown a fresh look. Alternatively, adding colour with accessories can add personality, if you want to stick to the traditional white wedding dress. Florals are not just for the bride, but also for the bridal party. This can add a unique look to your wedding, and gives you more options for an original bridesmaid dress. Again, many chain stores or boutiques carry beautiful floral dresses for a much more affordable price.


For another unique bridal look consider a vintage dress. Vintage shops offer one of a kind dresses, such as A Vintage Affair, located in Calgary, offering over 200 vintage dresses, with options from many eras and in many unique styles. Different eras make a comeback and influence the fashion world, the 70s Boho look is popular right now so you could get an original 70s gown for a fun and easy to wear bridal look which works great for the mountain bride or any outdoor wedding. Wherever you end up getting your gown keep in mind your personality and what you want from your dress. Most importantly, be true to yourself and if you feel amazing in a particular gown, then that’s the one for you, regardless of the style.

Louise Hilliard is a designer and seamstress of Vintage Bird Clothing, offering custom formal dresses with vintage inspiration. She also offers alterations for you and your bridal party. www. vintagebirdclothing.com 21

Wedding Tips WEDDING DAY HAIR: CLASS, COMFORT AND FUNCTION by Melissa Guillion As your wedding day approaches, there are a few things regarding your hair that should be on your mind. Before “pinteresting” for hair styles, make sure your locks are in a strong, healthy state for you and your colourist’s vision, and you’ve had a proper haircut. I can’t stress enough how lovely it is be putting up hair that isn’t tangling on everything. If it’s length you’re after, there are options in the extension categories, just be sure to inform your stylist to allow for any extra time needed for the install.

When you’re deciding on what is right for your wedding day hair, there are a few factors you should consider.

Classy, smooth lines and soft textures always look good in photos and keep your day timeless. Soft romantic styles swept to one side or tucked up in a textured French twist or knot are flattering and can be made to suit your dress. If you’re choosing to wear your hair down, make sure from your trial you’re getting longevity and bounce out of your curls - a proper set will increase your chances of curls lasting through all of the shenanigans. Communication is everything. Trials are not only important for you, they are important to your stylist. Being confident that your



vision is going to come to life is essential. This gives us the opportunity to see what we’re working with, and also to provide realistic expectations. While you’re sitting and sipping a mimosa with a billon things going through your head, your hair stylist is working hard to give you positive energy and a style that is comfortable as well as functional. If at any point a pin is too tight, don’t hesitate to mention it. Throughout the process, ask for a back view update every so often. Communication makes for the best result, so updates can keep you feeling happy about every section. If a headpiece or flowers are featured in your style, it is important to find balance with the technicality of your hair and the piece. Delicate features are a great idea if you want to keep things subtle and natural such as adding a small broach, a few fresh water pearls or crystal stones. If choosing a

veil, birdcage or crown as your feature, make sure not to overwhelm your look or battle the spotlight with your jewellery. Subtle beauty and balance are never unbecoming. I personally love flowers in a bride’s hair, tucked under the side or a wreath crown, adding an Earth Goddess element, especially when getting married in our stunning outdoor surroundings. When choosing a flower or arrangement be sure that it is long lasting and a little outside the cookie cutter mould. I enjoy working with original pieces and the bride’s vision, making an idea come to life while keeping the client feeling confident. A hair stylist’s job is to listen and create, to help make you feel amazing on one of the most important days of your life. Personally, after each bridal session I can’t help but smile knowing I helped make their day a little extra special.

Mel has been doing hair for over ten years and was trained with Bumble and Bumble out of New York. She has been at Sparrow For Hair for two years, and is a very talented and respected artist. 23

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Wedding Tips


Budget and style; the two most important factors when it comes to choosing wedding flowers. Many brides struggle to balance the two, but learning to allow your florist to work with can make your life a lot easier. Here are a few tips to help make this happen.


Typically wedding planners recommend setting aside 8-12% for flowers. This covers the bride’s bouquet, bridesmaids’ bouquets, button holes, corsages, ceremony and reception flowers. Obviously this depends on you, your wedding venue, and size of wedding party. Be sure you have your budget worked out in advance to meeting with vendors for the first time so they can show you options in your price range. Along with your budget bring the count of what you will need; number of people in the wedding party, number of centerpieces needed, and measurements of any furniture or arches needing garland. These numbers can be approximate, but try to get as close as possible; for example, 10-12 centerpieces is a lot more useful than 5-12 centerpieces, as a difference of seven can have a big affect on the budget.

STYLE Often brides have a well defined style or theme for their big day, though some may need help. Bring your ideas, magazine cut outs, or colour swatches to your florist and they can help you figure out what you are looking for. In this case bringing in photos of things you don’t like is just as helpful as the ones that you do.

When discussing your style with your florist, make sure you are very clear in defining your words. Often people use terms like “wild” or “classic” – these can have varying definitions. Even some colours, “dark purple” or “medium pink” can be interpreted differently. For example here are two bouquets both described as “white roses with purple flowers.” Pinterest is one of the best tools to collect ideas and narrow down a theme for a wedding. It is a great resource to find inspiration and ideas, but can sometimes lead to disappointment when a bride finds that their dream wedding


is much more expensive than they had hoped for. Focusing on colour and style, rather than a specific flower can help avoid disappointment.

The easiest way to stay within your budget is to give your florist creative freedom. After viewing your pinterest board, and discussing your style/theme, your florist will be able to let you know if your budget matches your dreams. If they don’t match, they can make suggestions that will maintain the look you are trying to achieve, while keeping your wallet happy.

Carmen Dunnet is owner/operator at Green Petal in downtown Fernie, BC. 25

Wedding Tips WEDDING WEATHER: YOU CAN’T PREDICT, BUT YOU CAN PREPARE by Lisa Grosso When planning your wedding, you often picture the perfect day. The reality is that weather in the Rocky Mountains is anything but predictable. And while you can’t control the weather, you can prepare for it. Here is a “how to” when planning for weather.

1. Rain

Planning for an outdoor ceremony with no alternative is just inviting Mother Nature to mess with your big day. Here are some ideas to have a little fun in the rain. • Playful, colourful or patterned umbrellas • Gumboots for your wedding party

• Extra-large umbrellas placed strategically amongst the ceremony seating

Your best option is either a backup indoor space or a large tented space near your outdoor ceremony. It is critical to have a plan, even if it’s just a bucket of umbrellas for your guests.

2. Heat

Make your guests feel appreciated by ensuring they do not have to sit in the heat. Patio umbrellas are a beautiful décor feature and provide much needed shade. Water is a must. Set up cute Hydration Stations, like water bottles in a canoe or old bathtub, or a lemonade stand.


Items you can have available for your guests in baskets to help with the heat: • Cooling mist or spray bottles

• Cold towels to cool and wipe excess sweat • Parasols

• Fans or have your wedding programs double as fans • Sunscreen and SPF lip balm

You can also push back the ceremony later in the evening, avoiding the afternoon heat and providing plenty of time for afternoon photos.

3. Bugs It’s the mountains folks, we have bugs! Here are some options for dealing with them. • Bug spray

• Citronella candles or lanterns that repel insects • Fogging is a pricier procedure but does the trick

• Muddled mint combined with a bit of water detracts ants/bugs from your tables

• Vanilla. Use candles or incense or even vanilla extract combined with water to spread on the ground around your tables.

Ideal for an intimate Fernie wedding. Banquet space for up to 60 guests. 64 spacious guest rooms & suites. Central in-town location.

www.parkplacelodge.com 1-888-381-7275


4. Cold When the sun dips behind the mountains, the warmth often goes with it. Here are some great ways to keep your guests warm. • Pashminas/shawls to borrow or as guest favours

• Blankets for your guests’ legs for the duration of the ceremony set on ceremony chairs • Gloves on seats or as favours

• Hot chocolate bar by the fire, and who doesn’t love a S’more • Patio heaters for inside your tent wedding

5. Wind

When planning the décor for your outdoor ceremony or reception, think about what will

happen to it in the wind. Consider placing programs inside baskets with interesting weighted rocks for guests to pick up, or have a friend greet guests and hand them out. If you’re planning flower arrangements down the aisle or at the front of the ceremony, think through their stability. The same goes for hanging chandeliers, light features, draping, and backdrops. Once you’ve decided how to deal with these scenarios, hopefully you have that perfect day. And if not, you’re prepared and will have unique aspects of your wedding that both you and your guests will enjoy and remember. Lisa Grosso is a wedding coordinator with Mountain Bride, planning weddings in the Canadian Rockies. www.mountainbride.com


Book an unforgettable Rocky Mountain Destination Wedding with Bull River Guest Ranch

Nestled in the British Columbia Rockies, Bull River Guest Ranch has a setting of supreme natural beauty and views. Your event is sure to be spectacular.

250-429-3760 • info@bullriverguestranch.com www.bullriverguestranch.com

Wedding Tips

HONEYMOON TRAVEL AND TRENDS by Amy Hare You’ve spent months planning the perfect wedding, now it’s honeymoon time - a tailor made vacation to come down from the wedding frenzy, and celebrate being newlyweds.

The big decisions are where to go, the style of trip, and your budget. Typical honeymoons are romantic beach destinations, but many couples choose to do a longer, more adventurous trip. My own honeymoon was a month long backpacking journey around Japan, ending with a stopover in Kauai, Hawaii. A perfect mix of culture, adventure and bliss! A newer trend in travel is “voluntourism” and many couples are fitting this selfless opportunity into their honeymoon plans. Get off the beaten path and help communities or projects in need, whether it be building an orphanage or helping with turtle conservation projects. Celebrate your marriage in a truly unique and memorable way by giving back.

If you envision your honeymoon as lapping up pure luxury somewhere tropical, choose somewhere you would not typically pick. This is the time to splurge if you can, and take on the YOLO perspective – you only live once so indulge in that added extravagance! Think over-water bungalows in Bora Bora or the Maldives, or a personal chef and private pool


in a Caribbean Villa. If budget is a concern, there are some incredible exotic locations that offer this same five-star luxury at an affordable price, such as Bali or Thailand. Airfare to these destinations has come down in recent years and can often be cheaper than flights to the Caribbean, so definitely worth consideration.

as room upgrades, guaranteed king bed, VIP check-in, champagne on arrival, romantic beach dinners for two, and discounted spa treatments. With a wedding location in the Kootenays, we recommend booking with Air Canada Vacations for an all-inclusive package. Connector flights from Cranbrook are often the same price or only a few dollars more than booking your departure from a major city.

Of course there is always the option of an allinclusive vacation in Mexico or the Caribbean. The kind of trip where you step off the plane and are catered to from the get-go, where you can fully relax knowing everything is included in the price that you have already paid. There are hundreds of resorts in every budget, and many offer complimentary honeymoon packages. With proof of a recent marriage certificate, you can get such perks

Honeymoon planning is one of the most exciting parts of getting hitched, where no opinions matter more than your own. It’s a big world out there, find your dream destination and be ready to relax, enjoy and explore!

An up and coming destination that won’t break the bank is Nicaragua, and it’s become a hot spot for honeymooners with a rise in deluxe hotels. It’s Costa Rica’s neighbour to the north, offering the same mountain vistas complete with volcanoes, as well as stunning beaches bordering laid-back fishing villages – all for a fraction of the cost.

Finally, you may not want to travel far after your nuptials, and instead honeymoon locally. There are some incredible properties to consider all around the Kootenays. I recently had the opportunity to stay at Island Lake Lodge and can attest to its tranquil yet exclusive atmosphere.

Amy Hare is an International Travel Consultant with Flight Centre Associates living in Fernie, BC although she is a seasoned world traveller.


ACCOMMODATION GUIDE FACILITY TYPE In Town or Outside Fernie 901 Fernie 901-2nd Ave 250-423-2077

Best Western Fernie Mountain Lodge 1622 7th Ave 250-423-5500 Canadas Best Value Inn and Suites 401 Hwy 3 250-423-4438 The Central Hotel 301 2 Ave 250-423-7367

East Kootenay Motel Ltd. 1302 Hwy 3 250-423-9266 Elk View Lodge 3934 Cokato Road 888-733-7643




























Raging Elk Hostel 892 6th Ave 250-423-6811


Ski Inn Fernie 6 Alpine Trail Lane 250-423-7899


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Snow Valley Motel & RV Park 1041 7th Ave 250-423-4421



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Red Tree Lodge 1101 7th Ave 250-423-4622

Tightlines Lodge 821 7th Ave 250-423-4483




Super 8 Fernie 2021 Hwy 3 250-423-6788



Powder Mountain Lodge 892 Hwy 3 250-423-4492

Stanford Resort 100 Riverside Way 250-423-5000




Park Place Lodge 742 Hwy 3 250-423-6871


Accommodation Types: B&B - B , Chalet - Ch, Condo - C, Hotel - H, Motel - M

Fernie Hotel & Pub 691 1st Ave 250-423-6444

Island Lake Lodge 602a 2nd Ave (Downtown Office) 250-423-3700



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Ski Hill

Alpine Lodge Fernie 5291 Highline Drive 250-423-4237 Black Bear Chalet 24 Timberline Cres. 250-423-5023

Cornerstone Lodge 5369 Fernie Ski Hill Rd. 250-423-6855

Fernie Slope Side Lodge 5339 Ski HIll Road 1-866-633-7643 Kimbers Timbers Fernie Alpine Resort 403-240-1769

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Lizard Creek Lodge 5346 Highline Dr. 250-423-2057













Snow Creek Lodge & Cabins 5258 Highline Drv 250-423-6878










The Griz Inn 5369 Ski Hill Rd 250-423-9221

The Lodge at Fernie 4502 Timberline Cres. 406-756-7714 Snowed Inn 5271 Highline Drive 250-423-3830

Timberline Lodges 4559 Timberline Cresc 240-423-6878



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Many of Fernie’s properties are booked through reservation agencies where you receive excellent choices, rates and qualified agents to help find the best package for your group.

Fernie Central Reservations www.ferniecentralreservations.com Fernie Lodging Company www.fernielodgingco.com Fernie B&B Association www.fernielodging.com

For things to do while in Fernie visit these websites: www.ferniefix.com or www.tourismfernie.com


RATES Request a quote for rates as they vary throughout the year and depending on your party size.


Annex Park ~ Provides a large open area with a duck pond and views. www.fernie.ca 250-423-4466 Birch Meadows ~ Rich green colours of the mountainside offer a private, secluded setting outside of town. www. birchmeadowslodge.com | 250-423-4236

Elk View Lodge ~ A beautiful lodge just outside Fernie with a large deck and views of the Lizard Range. www.elkviewlodge.com 1-888-733-7643 Fernie Golf & County Club ~ Open setting with majestic, 360 degree views of Fernie’s mountains. www.golffernie.com 250-423-7773

Fernie Court House ~ A unique, historical setting in the centre of downtown Fernie still offering views of Fernie’s distinct mountains. www.fernie.ca | 250-423-4466 Fernie Alpine Resort Village Plaza ~ Enclosed in the foothills of the Lizard Mountain Range, located conveniently at the base of the resort, and suitable for up to 200 guests in the spring and fall. www.skifernie.com | 250-423-4655 Fernie Alpine Resort Tamarack Lawn ~ A tranquil and natural setting, located at the base of the resort with views of the Lizard Headwall, and suitable for up to 100 guests in the spring and fall. www.skifernie.com 250-423-4655

I “Dew” Point at Island Lake ~ Grassy meadow on the lake with views of the Lizard Range. www.islandlakelodge.com 250-423-3700 Lizard Creek Lodge ~ Offers a manicured wedding lawn, providing chairs for guests,

draped table for signing the register, potted flowering plants and a wedding arch when requested. www.lizardcreek.com 250-423-2057

Lost Boys Café ~ Amazing views of the Valley from Timber Bowl at Fernie Alpine Resort with a large patio for up to 90 guests. www.skifernie.com | 250-423-4655 Mount Fernie Provincial Park ~ A classic mountain setting with a bridge over a beautiful creek surrounded by thick forest. www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/ parkpgs/mt_fernie/ | 1-250-422-3003

The Rusty Edge at the Griz Inn ~ Located at the base of Fernie Alpine Resort, offering a large open deck that can accommodate a larger number of seated or standing guests. www.grizinn.com | 778-519-5206

Spruce Spring Stream Farm ~ Boasting perennial floral gardens and landscaped green space surrounded by running water, excellent views and stunning forest scenes. A private and tranquil setting perfect to celebrate with friends and family. www. sprucespringstreamfarms.ca | 250-423-7776


Best Western ~ Full service hotel offering a banquet room and catering services for up to 180 guests. www.bestwesternfernie.com 250-423-5500 Cirque Restaurant ~ A newly renovated space in the Lizard Creek Lodge with a fireplace and patio, up to 150 guests at Fernie Alpine Resort. www.lizardcreek.com 250-423-2056

The Clubhouse ~ Offers spectacular views at Fernie Golf & Country Club both indoors and out for up to 150 for a seated event, and 230 for cocktail style. 250-423-7773 Elk View Lodge ~ Open plan dining and living room area can seat up to 100 using round tables. For smaller groups, they use rectangular tables to seat up to 50. www.elkviewlodge.com | 1-888-733-7643

Fernie Community Centre ~ With seating up to 350 this is the only option for large weddings. www.fernie.ca | 250-423-4466

Fernie Curling Club ~ Seating for up to 200 people, perfect for a casual affair. www.fernie.ca | 250-423-4466 Fernie Family Centre ~ A comfortable and central location suitable for 150-200 guests. www.holyfamilyfernie.ca | 250-423-6127 Fernie Seniors Centre ~ Seating for up to 100 guests for a smaller, intimate wedding. 250-423-4466 Fernie Stanford Resort ~ On the edge of town alongside the Elk River, with a seating capacity up to 150 people. www. ferniestanfordresort.com 250-423-5000

The Griz Lodge ~ A spacious floor plan, rustic atmosphere and full service kitchen at the base of Fernie Alpine Resort for up to 200 guests. www.skifernie.com | 250-423-4655 Island Lake Lodge ~ At the base of the Lizard Range with a capacity of up to 100 guests. Specializing in boutique mountain weddings, book far in advance. www.islandlakelodge.com | 250-423-3700

Park Place Lodge ~ Centrally located with a fireplace, great for up to 150 guests. www.parkplacelodge.com | 250-423-6871 Red Tree Lodge ~ Flexible, comfortable mountain setting with seating for 130 people, full kitchen and bar on site. www.redtreelodge.com | 250-423-4622

The Rusty Edge at the Griz Inn ~ Located at Fernie Alpine Resort, a beautiful indoor setting at the hill with patio for up to 200. www.grizinn.com 778-519-5206/250-423-9221

Snow Creek Lodge ~ This lodge on the hill can accommodate up to 80 people. www.fernielodgingco.com | 250-423-6878

CASUAL YET COOL: Griz Bar at Fernie Alpine Resort is cool but also hosts up to 150 guests (250-423-4655) or The Bridge Bistro (250-423-7367) by the Elk River has a large patio and beautiful setting in town. 31

ELEGANT AND CHIC: The Arts Station/Blue Toque (250-423-4842) located in downtown Fernie in the historic train station. Anglican Church of Canada Christ Church 541 4th Ave 250-423-6517 Holy Family Church 521 4th Ave 250-423-6127

Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses 421 9th Ave 250-423-6887 Knox United Church of Canada 201 2nd Ave 250-423-6010

Mountainside Community Church 1622 10th Ave 250-423-4112 Trinity Lutheran Church 691 4th Ave 250-423-4119

Trinity Pentecostal Tabernacle 1362 8th Ave 250-423-4114


A Vintage Affair ~ A boutique in Calgary, AB specializing in authentic vintage wearables, décor and collectibles. 1-403-233-7770 Vintage Bird Clothing ~ Custom bridal and formal wear with vintage inspiration. Alterations also available for bridal party. 250-423-8577


Barrie Elliott ~ A red seal chef known for inspiring and tasty creations for all styles and sizes of events. 250-531-0905 Blue Toque ~ Offers tasteful catering to smaller events outside of their establishment (cocktail evening, dress rehearsal or intimate reception). 250-423-4637 Cooks Catering ~ Experience in catering small to large events up to 300 people, with customized menus and quality service. 250-430-7789

CP Catering who run The Bridge Bistro, are known for their ability to beautifully cater weddings of all sizes. 250-423-7367

Iron Creek Catering Co ~ Red Seal Chef Matt Sorochuk provides customized and professional catering services for your special day. www.ironcreekcatercompany.com 250-423-6856 Lizard Creek Lodge ~ Offers tasteful catering to smaller events outside of their establishment (cocktail evening, dress rehearsal or intimate reception). 250-423-2057


Crumbs Cakery ~ Creating unique cakes to compliment your wedding day perfectly, with a free consultation. www.crumbscakery.ca 250-910-0770 Happy Cow ~ Specializing in all natural cakes and cupcakes (along with specialty ice cream). 250-423-8381 Loaf Bakery ~ Preparing delicious baked goods and cakes to sweeten your wedding celebrations. www.loafbakery.ca 250-423-7702 Piece of Cake ~ Specializing in unique custom made cakes that accentuate your occasion. 250-430-2176

Smilin Pixie ~ Specializing in both butter cream and fondant wedding cakes. 250-423-8066

Sweet Cakes ~ Organic and beautifully designed cupcakes with unique flavours and all natural ingredients. 250-423-4355


HAIR SALONS Blue Lime Hair Co ~ Located in downtown Fernie, this salon offers a full range of services to help you prepare for your wedding day. 250-423-4334

Brooke’s Mobile Hair ~ Cuts, colours, feathers, bead extensions, weddings and events! And the best part – they can come to you. 250-531-0124

ET Hair Studio ~ Located in downtown Fernie, this salon offers a full range of professional services and is great for large groups. 250-423-4813

Lysh Hair Salon ~ Fernie’s newest salon, offering everything from cuts and colours to special occasion up do’s. 250-423-5001

Mirror Images Hair Studio ~ A full service hair salon with a large product selection, also offering manicures and pedicures. 250-423-7615

Sparrow for Hair ~ A trendy and unique hair salon, specializing in cuts, colours, perms, styles and wedding up-do’s. 250-423-7175 Trish’s Hair Design ~ Enjoy a quiet day getting ready for your wedding with a oneon-one style with Trish. 250-423-6770


Lashed ~ An esthetics and makeup artist specializing in eyelash extensions using the Lashe system. www.facebook.com/ AmoreEsthetics | 250-430-7950

No.3 ~ Specializing in high quality wedding day makeup, bridal party makeup lessons, and high quality skin care products. www.no3fernie.com | 250-423-2181 Spa 901 ~ Offering professional makeup application for weddings with on-site services available. www.spa901.ca | 250-423-7722 Three Sisters Day Spa ~ Offering professional makeup services for special occasions including wedding day. www. threesistersdayspa.com | 250-423-6395


Enchanted Esthetics ~ CIABC Certified Esthetician services using Eminence handmade organic skin care out of Hungary. www.reflectionfernie.com 250-430-1289

Island Lake Spa ~ Located at the base of the Lizard Range, this spa includes a full range of services alongside a solarium and outdoor room with hot tub. www.islandlakecatskiing. com/summer/activities/spa/ 250-423-3700

King Fir Spa ~ Located at Fernie Alpine Resort, reconnect with nature through the variety of treatments, massage and yoga available here. www.kingfirspa.com 250-423-8215

Lizard Creek Spa ~ The Spa at Lizard Creek uses all organic soaps, oils, soaks and scrubs by Eminence Organics, and LVX luxe nail system. www.lizardcreek.com/spa 250-423-2057 ext. 1014 Spa 901 ~ A spacious, renovated historical building with full spa amenities, including a sauna, lounges and outdoor pool. www.spa901.ca | 250-423-7722

Three Sisters Day Spa ~ Offering a full range of esthetic, spa and massage treatments utilizing Aveda products. www.threesistersdayspa.com | 250-423-6395 Trillium Day Spa ~ Offering organic facials, massage, natural body treatments, manicures and waxing. www.trilliumspa.wordpress.com 250-423-7774


BARTENDING Avalanche City Bartender Services ~ acrgbus.frdl@gmail.com | 250-423-8376

Kettle Black Bartending ~ 250-946-6889


Clawhammer Letterpress ~ Specializing in typography-based products, including invitations, stationery and cards. www.clawhammer.ca | 778-519-5010

Lilac Media ~ Offering print and design products in downtown Fernie. 581 2nd Ave 250-430-1330


The Green Petal ~ They love the different, unusual, fun, artsy and elegant and transfer this to their arrangements. www.thegreenpetal.ca | 250-423-4486

MUSIC Aries Entertainment DJ Service ~ Spreading beautiful vibes through the music he spins. 250-423-6858 DJ McRae ~ Playing all of your favourites, sure to have your guests on the dance floor. 250-423-8658

Jim Paul DJ Services ~ DJ services as well as sound equipment, lighting and video rentals. 250-430-2490 Trinity Mountain Ensemble ~ Providing classical music at your wedding. www.trinitymountainensemble.com


6:8 Photography | www.68photography.ca Dylan Siggers Video www.facebook.com/DylanSiggersVideo Eyelet Photography www.Eyeletphotography.com Jamie Hide Photography www.jamiehide.com Jenny Kamo Photography www.jennykamo.com/ Krevan Wedding Portraits www.krevanphotography.ca Kyle Hamilton Photography www.kylehamiltonphotography.com Matt Kuhn Photography www.mkuhnphoto.com Mountain Ash Photography mountainashphotography.blogspot.ca Nick Nault Photography www.nicknaultphotography.ca Raven Eye Photography www.raveneyephotography.com


Find it in Fernie ~ A concierge service available to help out with all tasks. www.finditinfernie.com 250-278-3463

Magical Transformations ~ Assisting in design, coordination and rentals for your event. www.magicaltransformations.ca 250-423-8916

Mountain Bride – An experienced and dedicated team to make your wedding day

unique, enjoyable for your guests and most of all stress free for you and your wedding party. www.mountainbride.com 403-585-7649


Jennifer Cronin ~ gethitchedinfernie@gmail.com 250-423-4337 Lynn Rogers ~ lynnrogers@shaw.ca 778-519-1214 Faye Arlene Sigurdson ~ fayesig@telus.net 250-425-5741 Shannon Takacs ~ fernieweddings@gmail.com 250-278-3463


Home Hardware ~ Rent out tables, chairs, linens and a host of other items and materials – ask for Heather Ingram when calling. 250-423-4496 Patti’s Party Tent Rental ~ Offers tables, chairs, tents, linens, dishes, decorations, patio heaters, generators, dance floor and more, rental includes delivery, and tear down. www.pattispartytentrental.com 250-423-7057 / 250-423-1455 Summit Lift Company Tent Rentals ~ Provide large white tent rental for outdoor ceremonies and receptions. www.summitliftco.net | 250-423-1255

TRANSPORTATION QUICK LIST A Touch of Class Limousines 1-250-489-1140 Avalanche City Shuttle Service 250-423-8376 Kootenay Taxi 250-423-4408 Mountain High Shuttles 250-423-5008 PractiCar 250-423-6030 Resort Tours 1-800-361-3602 Smokey Mountain Charters 1-866-423-8605


Flight Centre Associates - Amy Hare 250-423-0910 amy.hare@fcatravel.ca Mountain High Travel & Tours 250-423-6916




Compose a “Day Of” Timeline Schedule Hair and Makeup

Meet with Officiant

Choose Music

Begin Guest List

Reserve Reception Site

Select a Caterer

Hire a Photographer/Videographer Hire a Florist

Book Entertainment

Mail “Save the Dates”

Reserve Hotel Rooms for Out of Town Guests

Launch Wedding Website

Send “Save the Date” Cards


Begin Planning Honeymoon

Book Ceremony Site

Shop for Bridesmaid Dresses


Select and Purchase Wedding Invitations

Choose Location

Purchase Wedding Dress


Arrange Rehearsal Dinner

Set a Budget



Finalize Guest List

Set the Date

Choose Wedding Party


Decide on Wedding Day Transportation

Announce Engagement

6-9 Months


Select and Order the Cake

Start Wedding Folder

Shop for Wedding Gown

4-5 Months




3 Months

Finalize Menu and Flowers Choose Party Favours

Book Room for Wedding Night

Discuss Menu and Service with Caterer Choose and Order Tuxes for Groomsmen/Groom Choose Ceremony Music Shop for Wedding Rings

Finalize Order of Ceremony and Reception Print Menu Cards/Program

Send Event Schedule to Vendors 2 Months

Mail Invitations

Touch Base with Vendors Meet with Photographer

Review Playlist with Band/DJ

Submit Wedding Announcement Bachelorette/Bachelor Parties







Enter RSVP’s to Database Get Marriage License

Mail Rehearsal Dinner Invites Last Dress Fitting Stock the Bar

Send out Final Payments

Confirm Hair and Makeup

Provide Directions for Transportation Assign Seating

Purchase Attendants Gifts Write Vows

Hair Cut/Colour (if desired) 1 Week

Reconfirm Times with Vendors Delegate Wedding-day Tasks

Send Timeline to Bridal Party Pick up Dress

Set Aside Cheques for Vendors Book Spa Treatment

Send Final Guest List to Venues/Caterer Break in Shoes

Pack for Honeymoon


Three Sisters Day Spa AVEDA Manicures • Pedicures Facials • Body Wraps • Massages Makeup • Lash Extensions

Feel relaxed and refreshed on your special day 472 2nd Avenue Downtown Fernie 250.423.6395 www.threesistersdayspa.com

We’ve Got you Covered! Various Sizes of Party Tents Port-A-Potties • Generators Barricade Fencing • Bouncy Castles & Slides • Table, Chairs & Linens • Tableware We deliver, set-up, take down & remove

250-423-1455 or 250-423-7057 www.pattispartytentrental.com Showroom located at 7188 Lynch Road, Hosmer, BC




elk view Lodge


El k Vi ew L o dge, 3934 C ok a to Roa d , Tel : 888.7.F ERNIE (337643) F OR M ORE INF ORM ATIO N V I S I T www.el kvi ewl o dge. c om



Food/Service Bar



Attire - 10% Wedding Dress Accessories

Hair and Makeup

Groom’s Tux/Suit Misc.

Flowers & Decorations - 10% Floral Arrangements Ceremony



PERCENTAGE Photography/ Videography - 10% Photography Videography

Prints/Albums Misc.

Favours/Gifts - 3% Bridal Party Favours Misc.

Ceremony - 2% Location Booking Officiant

Boutonniers Misc.

Stationery - 2%


Save the Dates

Reception Decorations


Boutonniers Corsages Lighting Misc.

Music - 10% Ceremony Musicians

Cocktail-hour Musicians Reception Band/DJ Sound-system Misc.



Seating Map/Place Cards Thank-You’s Postage Misc.

Wedding Rings - 2% Bride’s Ring

Groom’s Ring

Transportation - 1% Car Rental for Bride and Groom

Car Rental for Bridal Party Transportation for Out of Town Guests Parking Fees Misc.




An ideal wedding venue located at the base of Fernie Alpine Resort

45 guest rooms & fully-equipped condos. Heated indoor pool & outdoor hot tub. Great wedding & group rates on rooms. Ample parking.

Features include a stone fireplace, cathedral ceilings, stage with dance floor, and a large patio for your ceremony & reception with amazing views of the surrounding mountains. Restaurant space for up to 150 guests.


5369 Ski Hill Rd, Fernie Restaurant direct: 778-519-5206



Island Lake Lodge


Heiko's Mount Fernie Trail

MOUNT FERNIE Mount Fernie Trail

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Alpine Trails Parkland Terrace

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To Fairy Creek Falls and Mt. Proctor Trail

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city hall

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6th Street

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5th Street

4th Street

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Castle Mountain

Downtown Fernie

Best Western

Park Place Lodge

2nd ave

Griz Inn / Rusty Edge Fernie Lodging Company



Elk River


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Rotary Park

Maiden Lake

Stanford Inn

Fernie Alpine Resort

King Fir Spa

Hwy 3

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Mountain High Shuttles & Charters

Lizard Creek Lodge

Griz Lodge

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Alpine Lodge

Sparrow For Hair

Red Tree Lodge




13th st


3rd Avenue

Kyle Hamilton Photography




fire hall museum

The Green Petal Island Lake Lodge Office

Three Sisters Day Spa


Crumbs Cakery


2nd Avenue

arts station

1st Avenue

< to Mountain View (the Airport)

< to the aquatic centre

Fernie Central Reservations

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