Fernie Wedding Guide 2017/18

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Alpine Lodge FERNIE, BC For a beautiful, intimate mountain wedding.

• Located at Fernie Alpine Resort. • Intimate outdoor & indoor settings for any season. • Exclusive use of lodge and all amenities. • Fully catered & licensed. Relax and enjoy while the culinary team creates a myriad of contemporary dining options. There is also the option of hiring your own caterer to work with the Alpine Lodge team.

Alpine Lodge Fernie 5291 Highline Drive Fernie BC alpinelodgefernie.com Tel.250-423-4237



Introduction: Getting Married in Fernie, BC | 5 Feature Weddings | 7 Ashley and Rob | 7 Melissa and Simon | 10 Jaime and Maciek | 13 How to Buy a Wedding Dress by Louise Hilliard | 16 “I Do’s” For Great Wedding Hair by Sarah LeNeveu | 19 Choosing the Perfect Wine by L’Wren Farkas | 21 Help Your Guests Explore Fernie by Krista Turcasso | 22 Organizing Your Honeymoon by Lori Caravetta | 25 Directory | 27 Wedding Planning Checklist | 32 Setting a Budget | 33 Map | 34

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COVER: The start of the adventure of your lives. KYLE HAMILTON PHOTOGRAPHY Kylehamiltonphotography.com THIS PAGE: A quiet moment by the Elk River. 6:8 PHOTOGRAPHY 68photography.com


Say “I Do” in Nature’s Cathedral

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FERNIE, BC You’re either getting married in Fernie, or are considering it as a venue. The first of a string of decisions, each one creating a unique detail and adding to the overall tone and feel of your wedding celebrations. While you have probably attended numerous weddings, you are quickly learning that planning such an important event takes a lot of work and can be overwhelming to say the least. We are here and have created this guide to help you through this process, and to confirm that in choosing Fernie, you have made a wise choice.

First, the obvious. The setting here is stunning, and difficult to beat. How many mountain towns have you visited that are completely encircled by mountains, and whose main street ends seemingly at the foot of a world-class ski hill? No matter where you choose for the ceremony and reception, you will catch yourself looking out a window or off a balcony only to have your breath taken away by the view. With this setting, comes a host of recreational opportunities for both you and your guests to enjoy during your stay. Fernie has some of the best skiing and biking in the world, draws people from near and far for its fly fishing, and so much more including golf, hiking, Nordic skiing, boating and trail running. We added a column this year to help you and your guests


decide on what to do and when, as we know it can be tough to navigate! What surprises a lot of people about Fernie, is its growing Arts and Culture scene. At any point within the calendar year, visitors are pleased to find a list of options when it comes to live entertainment, art exhibits, film festivals, movies, craft fairs and the like. Fernie is also home to an impressive catalogue of restaurants, bars and cafés offering cuisine from around the world, showcasing local coffee roasters and a variety of micro breweries including our own Fernie Brewing Company. And sprinkled throughout these cool establishments are unique shops, providing you and your guests with another great way to spend an afternoon or an opportunity for a local gift registry.

It’s comforting to also know that Fernie can accommodate your wedding, through its diverse and expansive list of accommodations, from hotels to condos to homes in town, and notable list of vendors that can cater to your every need. Music, hair and flower stylists, makeup artists, photographers, wedding commissioners, caterers, spas, cakes and cupcakes, equipment rental… it’s all right here, at your fingertips. So, now that step one is complete and you feel confident in your decision, you’re on your way. We hope that this guide provides you with the tools and inspiration to continue crossing off those items on your checklist, creating an enjoyable and less stressful process. Congratulations, we look forward to hosting you in Fernie, BC. 5

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A Wedding Story ASHLEY AND

ROB Photographer: Kyle Hamilton Photography Kylehamiltonphotography.com

Ashley and Rob McKay were married in Fernie on a beautiful summer day in the summer of 2016. The couple first came to Fernie shortly after they met, and admit that they quickly fell in love with our town. Just a year later, they purchased a condo here and Fernie became a weekend getaway from their home in Calgary.

When they became engaged, it was an easy decision on location. “It seemed only fitting that we bring our friends and family to Fernie for our big day,” Ashley says. And once location was decided, they locked in a date with Island Lake Lodge. The ceremony took place at the beautiful “I Dew” Point, overlooking the lake with the dramatic peaks of the Lizard Range beyond. Ashley and Rob were going for a simple but

elegant theme, with some rustic décor to match Island Lake’s mountain feel. They added a lot of greenery with their flower arrangements, and Ashley says she kept her dress in line with the theme through simple lace and no train. “It made it easy to walk around on top of the mountains for photos,” she adds. The couple were after some iconic mountain top photos, and photographer Kyle Hamilton delivered with the help of Ascent Helicopters.

Ashley went with Sparrow for Hair for the bridal party, and 901 Fernie for makeup and spa treatments. As they both follow a Paleo diet they asked Ashley’s sister to make a chocolate and orange cake and cupcakes that were a hit. Green Petal provided all of the flower arrangements, and of course Island

Lake the catering. “The food was outstanding,” Ashley adds.

Ashley and Rob welcomed 85 people to their wedding celebrations, many whom came early to enjoy all that Fernie has to offer. “Our families are mostly from Newfoundland and Ontario, so the mountains were definitely the highlight for most people,” they say. The guests spent their extra time hiking the many trails available here, exploring the downtown area to shop and trying out the restaurants and cafés. Some even took to the skies with a helicopter tour to get the full view of the valley. The wedding and time spent with close family and friends was a special time for Ashley and Rob, and they were happy with their choice of Fernie. 7

We do • Host up to 180 Guests • Full Catering and Bar Service • Special Wedding Guest Room Rates

• Complimentary Hot Breakfast

• Fitness Room • Free Wi-Fi

• Kitchenettes

• 100% Smoke-Free

• Executive Suites

• Boston Pizza

• Free Suite for Bride & Groom

• Indoor Pool & Hot Tub

• Pet Friendly

• Banquet Facility

• Outdoor Hot Tub

Wherever Life Takes You, Best Western Is There.® Fernie Mountain Lodge 1622 7 Ave, Fernie, BC 250-423-5500 Toll Free: 1-866-423-5566 www.bestwesternfernie.com Each Best Western® branded hotel is independently owned and operated.

Q&A WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO GET MARRIED IN FERNIE? We first came to Fernie shortly after we started dating and quickly fell in love with the place! It was only fitting to bring our family and friends to Fernie to celebrate our big day!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MOMENT OF YOUR WEDDING DAY? Exchanging our vows and becoming husband and wife in front of our closest family and friends, surrounded by mountains. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE THOSE PLANNING THEIR OWN WEDDING DAY? Two things come to mind:

Pick your dream location and make sure that they know how to execute weddings. Island

Lake Lodge hosts many weddings every year and have perfected and simplified everything for the couple.

Spend very little time on Pinterest! It is too easy to become overwhelmed by all of the new trends and “must dos”… figure out what is really important to you as a couple and focus on making that happen! WHAT WERE SOME UNIQUE ELEMENTS TO YOUR WEDDING THAT REALLY STAND OUT - THINGS YOU TRIED TO DO DIFFERENTLY? We decided to do a first look and get our pictures taken prior to the ceremony. I would highly recommend it. First it allows the couple to really have an intimate moment alone and second we were able to then spend more time with our guests at cocktail hour, which was very important to us. 9

A Wedding Story MELISSA AND

SIMON Photographer: Red Flannel Photography Redflannelphotography.com

Melissa Rotella was born in Fernie, BC and has fond memories of growing up here. With her family still living in Fernie, and it so close to her heart it was not a difficult decision for her and her fiancé Simon to choose it as their wedding destination. Even though the couple resides in Auckland, New Zealand. They choose the Fernie Seniors Centre for both the ceremony and reception with 80 guests, and hired Magical Transformations (the dynamic duo of Susan Teslak and Donna Lee Clusiault) to decorate the space. “This worked great for us, as it was a destination wedding and we couldn’t bring decorations with us,” Melissa says. They gave them a rough outline of what they were after, and let them have creative license. The idea was for the scenery to be the “décor” and with

Susan and Donna Lee’s guidance they went with a winter theme with hints of coppers and greens, natural wood and soft lighting. “The result was much better than we could have every done on our own, we were very pleased,” she adds.

the beautiful historic buildings of the City Hall and Courthouse. “It was a beautiful sunny winter’s day, the sun was filtering onto us through the windows and we were able to look up at the mountains during the ceremony,” Melissa remembers.

The couple were married in front of the large windows at the Seniors Centre overlooking

For music, they went with DJ Jeff McRae. “He was given the difficult task of playing music for a wide variety of tastes, and he nailed it,” they say. He even surprised them with some old Italian classic polkas that had the older generations on the dance floor.

Melissa admits that as a mountain girl, she is not big on dressing up so chose a simple and elegant dress and avoided “poofs and frills.” She found the perfect dress at a local wedding dress shop near their home in Auckland. “It fit my personality and complimented our décor… and it fit in my carry-on suitcase!” she says. For hair and makeup, she went with No. 3 and once again, gave them creative license and loved the result.

Melissa and Simon chose Kristy Ingram to cater their event, whom they highly recommend. They went for buffet style dining and had many compliments on the food, the wedding cake, and the professional and friendly staff.

Their photographer was Randi of Red Flannel Photography, and they were very happy with the results. As they did not have a traditional wedding party they kept the focus of the wedding to family and had photos taken during the ceremony and with family members at the venue right after. They then left with Randi for an intimate photo session around Fernie as the sun was setting. “It was probably one of my favourite parts of our wedding. She captured our love and personalities in the photos, framed against the most amazing backdrops that she scouted out beforehand,” Melissa says. The majority of guests were local Fernie residents, but the few that travelled from afar were taken aback by the charm and beauty of Fernie. Simon’s parents are actually planning on coming back, “when it’s a little warmer.” Overall, Melissa and Simon say their wedding was a magical time and exactly what they were hoping for.

Q&A WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO GET MARRIED IN FERNIE? It’s where I grew up and is a special place for me and Simon. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MOMENT OF YOUR WEDDING DAY? That’s a hard one, I’d have to say reciting our vows in front of our families with the sun streaming in through the windows, with the mountains covered in snow in the background.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE THOSE PLANNING THEIR OWN WEDDING DAY? At the end of the day it’s all about you and your partner and your family sharing the happiest day of your life. Don’t get too caught up in the little things, they won’t be what matters when you look back.

WHAT WERE SOME UNIQUE ELEMENTS TO YOUR WEDDING THAT REALLY STAND OUT - THINGS YOU TRIED TO DO DIFFERENTLY? We didn’t have a wedding party which really helped bring the focus of the day to ‘us’ and our families and gave us more time to enjoy the moment. 11

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


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A Wedding Story JAIME AND

MACIEK Photographer: Mark11 Photography Mark11.com

Jaime and Maciek have been spending time together as a couple in Fernie long before they were engaged, so when they were on the road to planning their wedding they admit that it was a ‘no brainer’ to choose Fernie as the location. Residing in Calgary, AB they are both outdoor enthusiasts and were excited to share this with 65 of their family members and closest friends. Many of the guests choose to come up the Wednesday prior to the wedding, which took play on a Saturday in August. The group enjoyed a lot of fly fishing, including one day on the Elk River on a float ride. They also took in some walking and wading on nearby creeks. Those not as keen on fishing took to the trails

for some of the iconic hikes at Island Lake Lodge, hit the Fernie Golf and Country Club or spent some time unwinding at the spa. Jaime and Maciek also enjoyed taking guests out on a circuit of their favourite restaurants that week – Nevados, the Curry Bowl and Loaf! “There is no shortage of amazing restaurants in Fernie,” they say.

To capture their personalities, of Maciek’s love for wildnerness fly fishing and Jaime’s appreciation for the luxurious city life (and slight obsession with Kate Spade and hot pink), the theme for the wedding was Rustic Elegance. Think Kate Spade meets the wilderness. They have fond memories of hiking and dining at Island Lake Lodge, and

knew it was the perfect location to pull this event off. “From the arrival dinner, to the farewell brunch, everything was top notch,” Jaime says.

They went with a close friend as a photographer, Mark Shannon of Mark11 Photography who is no stranger to Fernie. He took many unique and memorable shots while also capturing candid moments of family and friends throughout the day. With a smallersized wedding the event was personal and Jaime and Maciek felt they were able to spend time with everyone and enjoy every moment of their day. 13





beautiful, but of course our hearts were set on having the ceremony at ‘I Dew’ Point. Around noon, the clouds broke up, and the sun peaked out, and we had the most perfect weather. It wasn’t too hot, but just warm enough, and the light was perfect for photos. So that worked out very well. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE THOSE PLANNING THEIR OWN WEDDING DAY? Don’t get caught up on trying to make everything perfect. It’s your special day, and it’s going to be great no matter what. Also, try to make the day a reflection of what you both love rather than attempting to please everyone else (which is always impossible anyway!)

WHAT WERE SOME UNIQUE ELEMENTS TO YOUR WEDDING THAT REALLY STAND OUT - THINGS YOU TRIED TO DO DIFFERENTLY? Having the wedding over a weekend at a somewhat remote location as Island Lake Lodge allowed everyone to bond in a very intimate atmosphere. This was both a function of the overall size but also the fact that almost everyone was staying at the lodge, so right from the arrival on Friday evening, everyone was mingling and getting to know each other.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO GET MARRIED IN FERNIE? That was a no brainer for us. We love Fernie! We spend almost every summer weekend here, as we love the hiking, fly fishing, nearby beaches, and everything about it. Even before we got engaged, we knew that we would be getting married in Fernie. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MOMENT OF YOUR WEDDING DAY? Our good friend and awesome photographer, Mark Shannon (Mark11 Photography) set up an amazing reveal by the creek in Mount Fernie Provincial Park with just the two of us before the ceremony. It was an incredible moment seeing each other for the first time on the day of our wedding in a very intimate and beautiful setting.

We continued to take a few more shots by the creek. My husband, Maciek, who is an avid fly fisher, brought his fly rod for one of the shots, where he was going to pretend to fish. He

wasn’t pretending as he had a fly on the end of his line, and he managed to land a little Cutthroat during the shoot. The other highlight for us was the weather. The weather wasn’t great the day before, and the forecast was also not promising. We were ok with the fact that we might have to have the ceremony inside, which would have also been

We also had amazing help from very talented friends to craft some unique touches for the big day that reflected us – from a “survival pack” in the guests’ rooms when they arrived that contained snacks and goodies, to customized signs, a huge pink piñata heart for advice/good wishes, a candy bar, flip flops for tired dancing feet, makeup for touch ups in the bathroom, and about 100 lbs of sparkle that was added to decorations for the big day!


Wedding Tips HOW TO BUY A WEDDING DRESS by Louise Hilliard

Buying a wedding dress is not the same as shopping for a regular dress especially if you use a bridal store. Whether you know what you want or you have no idea there are several factors to consider that will make buying a dress more enjoyable and stress free.

Here are my top tips for shopping for your dream dress.

1. Timings At most bridal shops you are required to book an appointment so make sure to inquire for your desired date ahead of time especially if you have family/friends travelling in for the occasion.

Dresses are typically made to order, so you need to order a minimum of six months ahead of your wedding day. I recommend starting your dress search 12-18 months prior to your big day. Bridal shops take your measurements and match it to the closest size for that designer. Normally, they take the largest measurement (bust-waist-hip) and order the dress to that size. This means two things: you will require alterations at least to the hem, and if you have a large bust or pear body shape the dress will be too big on the top or bottom and will cost more to alter. I recommend factoring in three months


for alterations, especially in peak wedding season (June-September). If you shop earlier than the 18 months be prepared to buy and store the dress, if you don’t order it the style may be discontinued and once it arrives most bridal stores do not have space to store and some charge for this service. If you shop under the nine-month mark be prepared to pay a rush fee to get it on time. Book your seamstress early! Wedding season is a busy time and you will be fighting for limited bookings especially in a small town. It will require several fittings and you also


When attending the appointment wear appropriate underwear; nude is the best colour with traditional whites and ivories and a strapless bra is a good idea. Make sure you’re comfortable in your undergarments as the staff may have to assist you in getting the dresses on and off.

need to have your accessories such as shoes and underwear for the fittings.

2. Budget Have an idea of how much you want to spend and choose bridal shops to fit that budget. If you have a small budget find shops that have dresses starting at lower price points. Boutiques stock designer gowns which generally start at $2000, whereas bridal chains start at $500 and have more selection and price points.

Bring heels to give you an idea of how dresses look with shoes and wear your hair in a style similar to what you envision for your wedding. Go easy on the foundation as it can easily transfer to the sample dresses.

Remember that the dress is just the beginning. You need to factor in alterations, accessories and cleaning and storage after your big day. Alterations start at a minimum of $100 and go up to $500+. If you use the bridal store seamstress it will be more expensive (normally double) but if you use a private seamstress make sure they are reputable. Veils are very expensive and often an afterthought in most budgets. One way to bring costs down is to buy accessories somewhere other than the bridal shop.


If you have fallen in love with a dress or designer that’s out of your price range, watch out for designer days that discounts for buying on that day. Sample dresses are another option but consider these factors: • Never buy a dress that is too small as it may not be feasible to take out and if it is, only by minimal amounts.

• Don’t buy anything more than two sizes too big, as when taken in you start to lose the line of the dress. Alterations will also be costly meaning the savings are not worth the sacrifices.

• If it is beaded proceed with caution. Check for missing beads or damage. If heavily beaded around the bust area, it is also nearly impossible to alter meaning the only way to fix is to pad out the cups.

3. Be prepared Once you’ve booked your appointment and set the budget, it’s time for the fun part! Research different styles and get an idea for what you like. Look into the designers showcased at the bridal store beforehand and have images ready to show the consultant.

4. Entourage Consider carefully who you take to your bridal appointments. It is very rare to get consensus from a large crowd and it might cause you to second guess yourself. Take a couple of people whose opinions you trust and no one who is strong willed. At the end of the day it is your wedding and you have to decide which dress is right for you.

Be open to trying on different styles. It can help rule out what you don’t like, and perhaps surprise you. You may not know what you are after but you do know your own style and tastes and the most important thing is to find the dress that makes you happy, feel beautiful and that you won’t want to take off!

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


N I C K N A U LT Wedding photography and films

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Wedding Tips “I DO’S” FOR GREAT WEDDING HAIR by Sarah LeNeveu “How should I cut and style my hair for the wedding?” “Would this style look good on me?” “When and how should I colour it?”

“Will my up-do last the whole day?”

These are all great questions, and questions that brides ask regularly.

My best advice for brides is, don’t do anything too different to your hair before the wedding! Stick with your hair routine and save the big change for after the wedding. Making a big style change before your wedding can render added stress (and expense to reverse that change if necessary). Save the big change for a later date. A trim and/or a colour touch up a week or so before your day with your regular stylist along with a trial up-do will help avoid unwanted stresses and prepare you and your stylist for a smooth hairstyle the day of. Over the years, I have found brides are happiest and least stressed when they have met with their stylist before the wedding. Meeting the stylist and having a trial allows the bride and stylist to build a relationship. It helps answer the big question “Would this style look good on me?” and allows the bride to relax, knowing there won’t be any unwanted


surprises. Sometimes it isn‘t possible to meet your stylist before the wedding. In these circumstances I recommend a phone call or email communication between you and your stylist. Photos can be sent and recommendations can be made which will help the stylist prepare for what you are looking for.

“Will my up-do last for the whole wedding day?” This is another great question and another good reason to have a trial with your stylist before the wedding. While I can’t guarantee it will, I can make suggestions to help it stay. The night before your big day wash and blow-dry your hair with a light styling product, such as mousse. Wear a button down shirt to your hair appointment so you don’t have to pull a shirt over your freshly styled hair. Bring your veil, tiara, flowers or

any hair accessories to your appointment so your stylist can place them for you. A touch of shine spray, a final spray of freezing hairspray and extra bobby pins to secure your style will ensure maximum hold and shine for your special day. Your wedding hair should reflect your gown and overall wedding attire. Consider your dress style, the material it is made from and the neckline when choosing a hairstyle. Don’t strive to make your hair the focal point of your wedding style – strive to have it be part of the natural flow of your wedding style. Lastly, don’t forget to relax and trust your stylist and to enjoy the process.

Sarah LeNeveu opened Lysh Hair Studio in 2014, providing the latest trends and styles from professionals who tailor their services to meet your wedding day needs. 19

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Wedding Tips SELECTING THE PERFECT WINE by L’Wren Farkas You got engaged, the venue is booked, your menu is finalized and now it’s time to lock in your wine selections. Regardless of your budget there are wines at all price levels that can really elevate your day to the next level.

It’s Time to Celebrate After you say your “I Do’s” a very elegant touch is to kick off the party with a toast to the bride and groom. There are two ways of approaching this. If staying within a budget but wanting a small sparkle I would suggest offering your guests a 3 ounce pour of bubbles rather than the standard 5 ounce pour. This allows for that added touch without going overboard. For a simple 3 ounce toast you will want to allocate 1 case of bubbles for a 100 person wedding. If you are wanting to offer a full 5 ounce pour per guest you will want to allocate 2 cases of bubbles which will also account for top up’s for your guests. A very general rule of thumb when looking at flavour profiles is that if you enjoy true Champagne but your budget does not, look for Spanish Cava as it carries the best value across the board for bubble selection. Prosecco although still dry is generally slightly sweeter and carries a higher price point. $- Cooks Brut, California USA

$$- Veuve Du Vernay- Blanc De Blancs Brut, France or Freixenet Negro Brut, Spain


Dinner is Served Generally calculate the amount of wine needed based on 4 glasses per guest with each bottle having five 5 ounce pours. For a 100 person wedding I normally suggest 3 cases of white and 4 cases of Red. If wanting to stay budget savvy and keep that edge of elegance ask your venue to not leave your wine bottles on the table and have the servers do proper wine service. A standard red wine glass can be between 12-19 ounces so your guest can very easily over pour if left on the table. Having the servers execute the wine service will help keep your wine calculations on point and you won’t risk running out during dinner service. British Columbia has an incredible wine selection with amazing offers at all price points. Here are a few of my favourite entry level wedding wine selections. $- Jackson Triggs Reserve Chardonnay - This is my favourite budget chardonnay. It is full

bodied with a touch of apple, vanilla, and buttery oak.

Jackson Triggs Reserve Cabernet Merlot - Full bodied with great balanced tannins- hints of dark berries, oak, spiced jam.

$$- Inniskillin Pinot Grigio - This medium bodied white has great notes of tropical fruits without being sweet. Slight lemon zest finish, very fresh and perfect for a hot summer day.

Inniskillin Merlot- This full bodied smooth red boasts of deep red fruits, baked spices, slight liquorice and long finish. Congratulations, and cheers to finding the perfect wine to pair with the occasion.

L’wren Farkas has been the restaurant manager and wine director at Island Lake Lodge for the past seven years, and with the organization for 13. Her passion is blending wine for Island Lake’s custom wine program, The 3 Bears Blends. 21

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HELP YOUR GUESTS EXPLORE FERNIE by Krista Turcasso No matter where and when you’re planning to say “I Do” in Fernie, it’s a good idea to have some options available for your guests during their stay. While small in size, Fernie packs a punch year round with options for those interested in exploring the outdoors, learning about its rich history, taking in the arts and culture, or enjoying the colourful array of culinary and libatious offerings. Here are some seasonal options for those attending your event. For additional ideas, visit FernieFix.com or pick up a copy of the Fernie Fix, monthly or guide. You can also contact us for copies to hand out to your guests upon arrival.


Early Season Biking As the snow melts, the trails become uncovered and many are excited for the activity change in town. For those interested in a more mellow ride, the City of Fernie’s well-maintained trail network, much of which borders the Elk River, is a beautiful option. If you’re after a little more technical terrain with some elevation gain and loss, Montane offers a network of trails that are regularly the first to dry come spring, and are enjoyable for all levels.

Spring Skiing Nordic or downhill, this time of year is fantastic for goggle tans and slushy snow! Fernie Alpine Resort offers a lot of events to finish off the ski season, including the popular Fernival music festival and PPP (Powder, Pedal, Paddle) race. There typically is still enough snow to enjoy the Nordic trails, at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre or Fernie Alpine Resort. Check the grooming reports at FernieNordic.com and Skifernie.com. Exhibits The Fernie Museum and Fernie Arts Station regularly rotate their exhibits. The Museum has a standing exhibit on the main floor which takes you through the history of Fernie with unique and interactive mediums. Upstairs is alive with fresh exhibits every few months. The Arts Station has a new artist on exhibit every month, year round.


Live Music Every Wednesday in July and August, the Historic Downtown comes to life with live music, food vendors, kids’ activities and refreshment gardens with the Wednesday Concert Series. A free event, it’s a great way

to get a feel for the Fernie community. If here in August, Wapiti – Fernie’s Music Festival is a must. A two-day event the second weekend of the month, Wapiti celebrates Canadian Indie music in the Annex Park and is fun for all ages. Otherwise, hit a local bar as they all regularly host live musical acts of all kinds!

Float the River Sometimes, the best way to take in the views is from below. Whether floating on a tube or navigating in a raft or SUP, it’s difficult to avoid the gorgeous mountains that surround Fernie. The Elk River Alliance recently completed maps to guide people in their exploration of the Elk River. Visit Elkriveralliance.ca for details or pick one up at the Chamber of Commerce, downtown Info Centre or Wildsight.

Take a Hike From the Historical Walking Tours with the Fernie Museum, to the guided hikes offered at Island Lake Lodge, Fernie Alpine Resort and Wild Nature Tours, to the terrain offered just off town, Fernie is host to a plethora of options when it comes to hiking! Try out the Trail Forks App for all hiking trails (along with biking trails) or pick up the Fernie Trails

Winter Catskiing What a way to celebrate! There is nothing quite like fresh tracks followed by yummy snacks and a warm, dry ride in a cat to do it all again… and again and again. Fernie is home to two catskiing operations, Fernie Wilderness Adventures (Ferniewildnernessadventures. com) and Island Lake Catskiing (Islandlakecatskiing.com). Booking in advance is recommended, as you can imagine these are coveted days during the winter months.


Alliance’s Trail Map at any of the gear shops. Visit Islandlakecatskiing.com, skifernie.com or wildnaturetours.ca for details on guided hiking.

Fernie Brewing Company Recently renovated to accommodate its growth and popularity, the Fernie Brewing Company has a tasting room and plenty of swag to peruse. They also offer brewery tours, and in the summer months you can take their “Trail to Ale” challenge and get a free beer and medal after your efforts! Ferniebrewing.com


Fishing People come to Fernie from all over the world to fish the infamous Elk River and its Cutthroat Trout, which is open from June 15 to April 1. So while there is ample opportunity during the year to fish here, fall is just so beautiful that it’s our pick! Walk or float the Elk River, and enjoy the colourful mountainsides as you cast that fly. Golfing The Fernie Golf and Country Club is a gorgeous course, that is approachable for the beginner to intermediate but also challenging for the

advanced golfer. With a little something for everything, and an amazing Clubhouse Restaurant to enjoy after, a round of golf is definitely something to consider while visiting Fernie. Fall is a quieter time, so there will be less tournaments and events taking place. Visit Golffernie.com for more details.

Trail Running Growing in popularity with each year, trail running has become a year-round activity in Fernie. Which comes to no surprise, as the trail network here is world-class and diverse. Fall is a great time to hit the trails on foot, with the sounds of leaves crunching beneath you and the cooler weather helping you get to your destination. Stag Leap Running Co. (Stagleaprunning.com) facilitates group runs, or pick up a Trail Map to choose your route!

Snowbiking Seriously, this is a thing. To the point that there is actual grooming taking place for the sport. In town, routes include trails in Ridgemont and Montane, just off town try Island Lake’s Lazy Lizard or the groomed trails at Fernie Alpine Resort. Bikes are available for rent at The Gear Hub or at the ski hill, go out in a group and have some of the most fun you’ve had on snow in awhile!

Hit the Movies Sometimes, you just need to unwind in front of a big screen and take in a movie. The Vogue Theatre in downtown Fernie offers new releases both in the evenings and for matinees. They also host the monthly Indie Films Fernie event. An Arts Station event, these monthly showings feature unique independent films that will have you thinking. Ferniemovies.com On top of all of these activities (and many others), Fernie boasts an impressive number of restaurants, bars and cafés making it difficult to make a choice any time of the year!

We hope you get to enjoy these activities and explore these events while celebrating you wedding. Get in touch (email info@ clarismedia.com) if you would like additional ideas or material to give guests upon arrival. 23









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Wedding Tips ORGANIZING YOUR HONEYMOON by Lori Caravetta Wedding planning is one of the most excitingly stressful times of your life, and if planning ‘the big day’ is not enough to have on your plate couples are often tasked with deciding on where to spend some quality time together after saying “I do.” Nowadays, living with your significant other pre-wedding is the norm and chances are you already have everything you could possibly need. Before sending wedding invitations, decide if a gift-registry is necessary or if having a greenback wedding to help absorb wedding costs is a better option. You can also register your wedding through your local Travel Agency and give your guests the option of purchasing gift certificates of varying denominations to help directly with honeymoon expenses. These gift certificates have no expiration date, which puts no pressure on you to take a trip if you aren’t quite ready after your wedding. Here are some tips to help you with the decision-making process.

PLANNING: You and your fiancé should set aside some pre-wedding time to discuss your expected budget and where you are interested in going, as well as what you are hoping to see and experience as newlyweds. Your expected

budget will typically dictate how lavish or frugal your trip ends up being. And since the ‘romantic getaway to a secluded island’ isn’t for everyone, your honeymoon should be as unique and memorable as you want it to be.

RESEARCH: With the world at your fingertips, research of our vastly beautiful world may very well leave you with more questions than answers. You should familiarize yourself with the country you are planning on visiting and make note of the entry and exit requirements, local laws and culture, possible health hazards, travel advisories, natural hazards and climate, and where to find help in case you need it. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your local travel professional for help if you feel overwhelmed. Their knowledge, expertise and access to special travel promos and perks are an invaluable resource.

PERSONAL TIPS: Arrange house, pet and babysitters well in advance. Make several photocopies of important paperwork and documentation and give copies to trusted family members or friends and leave copies in a safe place in your home. It is always a good idea to provide loved one’s copies of your itinerary and other important trip information so they know exactly where you


will be, should anything happen. Call your cell phone provider to ask about international phone plans to ensure your phone will work while at the destination of your choice and to avoid the potential high costs associated with using your phone in a foreign country. Though travel insurance isn’t mandatory, it is highly recommended and certainly gives peace of mind knowing that you have coverage in unforeseen situations.

HONEYMOON TRENDS: You want it, you got it! There is truly something for everyone, no matter where you plan on travelling. Here are some hot honeymoon trends to consider with your love: Mini-Moons, Volunteering, River Cruising, Road-tripping, Gourmet Getaways, Multi-Destination, Eco-Tourism, Adventure Seeking, the list goes on! And if a destination honeymoon isn’t your thing, you can always Honeymoon at Home. Congratulations, and we hope you have a beautiful wedding and honeymoon!

Lori Caravetta is the owner and operator of Mountain High Travel in Fernie, offering professional face-to-face service to ensure no detail is overlooked and all of your travel needs are taken care of. 25

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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 C

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

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



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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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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

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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 Ferniecentralreservations.com Fernie Lodging Company Fernielodgingco.com Fernie B&B Association Fernielodging.com

For things to do while in Fernie visit these websites: Ferniefix.com or Tourismfernie.com


RATES Request a quote for rates as they vary throughout the year and depending on your party size. 27

South Asian | Indian | Hakka Chinese Available for small to large groups. weddings • stags • family

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Directory LOCATION Outdoors

Annex Park ~ Provides a large open area with a duck pond and views. Fernie.ca | 250-423-4466 Birch Meadows ~ Rich green colours of the mountainside offer a private, secluded setting outside of town. Birchmeadowslodge.com 250-423-4236 Elk View Lodge ~ A beautiful lodge just outside Fernie with a large deck and views of the Lizard Range. Elkviewlodge.com | 1-888-733-7643

Fernie Golf & County Club ~ Open setting with majestic, 360 views of Fernie’s mountains. 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. Fernie.ca | 250-423-4466

Fernie Alpine Resort Village Plaza ~ Enclosed in the foothills of the Lizard Mountain Rage, located conveniently at the base of the resort, and suitable for up to 200 guests in the spring and fall. 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. Skifernie.com 250-423-4655 “I Dew” Point at Island Lake ~ Grassy meadow on the lake with views of the Lizard Range. Islandlakelodge.com | 250-423-3700

Lizard Creek Lodge ~ Offers a manicured wedding lawn, chairs for guests, draped table, flowering plants and a wedding arch when requested. 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. Skifernie.com | 250-423-4655

Mount Fernie Provincial Park ~ A classic mountain setting with a bridge over a beautiful creek surrounded by thick forest. Env.gov.bc.ca/ bcparks/explore/parkpgs/mt_fernie/ | 1-250422-3003 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. 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. Sprucespringstreamfarms.ca 250-423-7776

Receptions/Indoor Ceremonies Best Western ~ Full service hotel offering a banquet room and catering services for up to 180 guests. 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. 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

Elkford Community Conference Centre ~ A beautifully built centre showcasing innovative wood within its structure, the centre hosts up to 430 guests and is great option for larger events in the Elk Valley. Elkford.ca / 250-865-4010 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. Elkviewlodge.com | 1-888-733-7643

Fernie Community Centre ~ With seating up to 350 this is the only option for large weddings in Fernie. Fernie.ca | 250-423-4466 Fernie Curling Club ~ Seating for up to 200 people, perfect for a casual affair. Fernie.ca | 250-423-4466 Fernie Family Centre ~ A comfortable and central location suitable for 150-200 guests. 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. 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. 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. Islandlakelodge.com | 250-423-3700 Park Place Lodge ~ Centrally located with a fireplace, great for up to 150 guests. Parkplacelodge.com | 250-423-6871

Red Tree Lodge ~ Flexible, comfortable mountain setting with seating for 130 people, full kitchen and bar on site. 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. Grizinn.com 778-519-5206/250-423-9221

Snow Creek Lodge ~ This lodge on the hill can accommodate up to 80 people. 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 (250423-736) by the Elk River has a large patio and beautiful setting in town.

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


See Accommodation Guide on page 27


Beautiful Bride ~ A Calgary boutique that understands that you are looking to create life long memories. 403-663-2173

Ethos Bridal ~ A bridal boutique in Calgary, their main objective is making your wedding day a wonderful experience. 403-245-4188 Durand Bridal and Formal Wear ~ A Calgary bridal store featuring designer wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, ladies formal wear, flower girl dresses and accessories. 403-454-2684 Once Upon a Bride ~ Lethbridge’s premier bridal store featuring wedding gowns from the world’s top designers. 403-328-3399 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 ~ 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. 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. Free consultation. Crumbscakery.ca | 250-910-0770 Happy Cow ~ Specializing in all natural cakes and cupcakes (along with specialty ice cream). 250-423-8381

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. 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. 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

The Studio by Corrine ~ Provides cuts, colours, rebonding treatments, special occasion styles, blow outs and updo styles. 250-946-6377 Trish’s Hair Design ~ Enjoy a quiet day getting ready for your wedding with a one-on-one style with Trish. 250-423-6770


Fernie’s Lash Studio ~ Offers professional eyelash extensions, classic and volume provided. Facebook.com/FernieLashStudio 250-423-0831 No.3 ~ Specializing in high quality wedding day makeup, bridal party makeup lessons, and high quality skin care products. No3fernie.com | 250-423-2181 Spa 901 ~ Offering professional makeup application for weddings with on-site services available. Spa901.ca 250-423-7722

Three Sisters Day Spa ~ Offering professional makeup services for special occasions. Threesistersdayspa.com 250-423-6395

Spa Services

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

Island Lake Spa ~ Located at the base of the Lizard Range, this spa includes a full range of services alongside an outdoor room with hot tub and amazing views. 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. Kingfirspa.com 250-423-8215 Lizard Creek Spa ~ located at Fernie Alpine Resort, this spa uses organic products by Eminence Organics, and LVX luxe nail system. Lizardcreek.com/spa 250-423-2057 ext. 1014

Spa 901 ~ A beautiful and spacious renovated historical building with full spa amenities, including a sauna, lounges and outdoor pool. Spa901.ca 250-423-7722 Three Sisters Day Spa ~ With a full range of esthetic, spa and massage treatments utilizing Aveda products. Threesistersdayspa.com 250-423-6395

Trillium Day Spa ~ Offering organic facials, massage, natural body treatments, manicures and waxing. Trilliumspa.wordpress.com 250-423-7774

Jim Paul DJ Services ~ Known for playing the best in music now and then, catered to your party’s tastes. 250-430-2490

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


Tofino Wedding DJs ~ Professional DJ services and sound equipment rental. 250-571-4954

Home Hardware ~ Rent out tables, chairs, linens and a host of other items and materials – ask for Heather Ingram when calling. 250-423-4496


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

Kettle Black Bartending ~ 250-946-6889


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

Invitations and Printing

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

Lettering by Ruby ~ Lettering service for name cards, table numbers, wedding signs, chalk signs, wood signs, wedding banners and more. 604-340-2140 Lilac Media ~ Offering print and design products in downtown Fernie. 542 2nd Ave 250-430-1330

Marriage Commissioners

Jennifer Cronin ~ gethitchedinfernie@gmail. com | 250-423-4337 Lynn Rogers ~ lynnrogers@shaw.ca 778-519-1214 Faye Arlene Sigurdson ~ fayesig@telus.net250-425-5741

Shannon Takacs ~ fernieweddings@gmail.com 250-278-3463


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

Ray’s Music ~ Live sound and DJ services, Ray is a professional mobile disc jokey. 250-427-7000

Photography 6:8 Photography 68photography.ca

Dylan Siggers Video Facebook.com/DylanSiggersVideo Eyelet Photography Eyeletphotography.com

Jamie Hide Photography Jamiehide.com

Jenny Kamo Photography Jennykamo.com/

Krevan Wedding Portraits Krevanphotography.ca

Kyle Hamilton Photography Kylehamiltonphotography.com Matt Kuhn Photography Mkuhnphoto.com

Mountain Ash Photography Mountainashphotography.blogspot.ca Nick Nault Photography and Video Nicknaultphotography.ca Raven Eye Photography Raveneyephotography.com

Red Flannel Photography Redflannelphotography.com


Find it in Fernie ~ A helpful concierge service available to help out with any task, whether big or small. Finditinfernie.com | 250-278-3463 Magical Transformations ~ Assisting in design, coordination and rentals for your event, large or small, indoors or outdoors. Magicaltransformations.ca 250-423-8916

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Patti’s Party Tent Rental ~ Offers tables, chairs, tents, napkins, linens, dishes/cutlery, decorations, patio heaters, light posts, generators, dance floor and more, rental includes delivery, tear down and removal of items. Pattispartytentrental.com250-423-7057 / 250-423-1455 Pink Tie Events ~ Located in Lethbridge, AB they provide wedding rentals including glassware, centrepieces, table décor, chair covers and sashes, and much more. Pinktieonline.com

Summit Lift Company Tent Rentals ~ Provide large white tent rental for outdoor ceremonies and receptions, includes setup and take down. Summitliftco.net | 250-423-1255

Transportation Quick List Avalanche City Shuttle Service 250-423-8376 A Touch of Class Limousines 1-250-489-1140 Kootenay Taxi 250-423-4408 Mountain High Shuttles 250-423-5008 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 info@mountainhightravel.com





Choose and Order Tuxes for Groomsmen/Groom

Announce Engagement

Choose Ceremony Music

Set the Date

Shop for Wedding Rings

Set a Budget

Finalize Order of Ceremony and Reception

Choose Location

Print Menu Cards/Program

Book Ceremony Site

Send Event Schedule to Vendors

Meet with Officiant

2 Months

Begin Guest List

6-9 Months



1 Month

Shop for Bridesmaid Dresses Select a Caterer

Enter RSVP’s to Database

Hire a Florist

Mail Rehearsal Dinner Invites

Hire a Photographer/Videographer


Last Dress Fitting

Mail “Save the Dates”

Stock the Bar

Reserve Hotel Rooms for Out of Town Guests

Send out Final Payments

Launch Wedding Website

Confirm Hair and Makeup TARGET DATE


Provide Directions for Transportation Assign Seating

Purchase Attendants Gifts

Select and Order the Cake

Write Vows

Decide on Wedding Day Transportation

Hair Cut/Colour (if desired)

Finalize Guest List

1 Week

Arrange Rehearsal Dinner

Reconfirm Times with Vendors

Select and Purchase Wedding Invitations

Delegate Wedding-day Tasks

Begin Planning Honeymoon

Send Timeline to Bridal Party

Compose a “Day Of” Timeline

Pick up Dress

Schedule Hair and Makeup



Finalize Menu and Flowers Choose Party Favours


Get Marriage License

Book Entertainment

3 Months


Meet with Photographer

Bachelorette/Bachelor Parties

Purchase Wedding Dress

Choose Music


Touch Base with Vendors Submit Wedding Announcement


4-5 Months


Review Playlist with Band/DJ

Choose Wedding Party

Send “Save the Date” Cards


Mail Invitations

Reserve Reception Site

Shop for Wedding Gown

Book Room for Wedding Night

Discuss Menu and Service with Caterer

Start Wedding Folder

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Set Aside Cheques for Vendors Book Spa Treatment

Send Final Guest List to Venues/Caterer Break in Shoes

Pack for Honeymoon



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Attire - 10% Wedding Dress Accessories

Hair and Makeup

Groom’s Tux/Suit Misc.

Flowers & Decorations - 10% Floral Arrangements Ceremony





Prints/Albums Misc.

Favours/Gifts - 3% Bridal Party Favours Misc.

Ceremony - 2% Location Booking Officiant

Boutonniers Misc.

Stationery - 2%

Reception Decorations


Lighting Misc.

Music - 10% Ceremony Musicians

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




Save the Dates



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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.



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