Fernie Wedding Guide 2019/20

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Getting Married in Fernie, BC | 4 Wedding Stories Amie and Shannen featuring Red Flannel Photography | 7 Ashley and Sheldon featuring Mckenzie Jespersen Photography | 10 Hannah and Tom featuring Kyle Hamilton Photography | 13

Deep-Fried Pickles and “I Do” by Jesse Bell | 16 Floral Trends by Carmen Dunnet | 18 The Braids and Buns of Wedding Hair by Kelly Williams | 21 Big Day, Right Wine by Lisa Marie Ritchat | 23 Eight Ideas to Impress Your Guests by Faye Latulippe | 25 Why Every Bride Should Consider a Boudoir Photo Shoot by Leah Wilkie | 29 Accommodation Guide | 31 Directory | 32 Wedding Planning Checklist | 36 Setting a Budget | 37 Map | 38

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— Introduction ­— Getting Married in Fernie, BC B Y K R I S TA T U R C A S S O

Whatever the time of year, size of the wedding, or style of celebration you’re after, this valley 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. It’s all beautiful, and easy to work a celebration around. And regardless of time of year, there are numerous 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, fly fishing to snowmobiling, live music to art exhibits, it’s all available right here. As Fernie and the surrounding area continue 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, its rich history and culture and plentiful recreational opportunities for those visiting from out of town, is the uniqueness and personal experience that using local vendors provides. Experts in their field, they can tailor their product or service to your specific needs and help you to create something that truly sets your wedding apart. 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 local 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 wedding day approaches. Make sure to visit fernieweddingguide.com for additional wedding stories, articles and suggestions. 5

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— Wedding Story ­— Amie and Shannen P H OTO G R A P H E R RED FLANNEL P H OTO G R A P H Y Redflannelphotography.com

Originally from Georgian Bay, Ontario, Shannen came out west in 2011 looking for adventure. After spending a few years in Banff, AB, she found Fernie and quickly called it home. Amie is from Essex, England and came to Canada in 2014, also looking for adventure and good winter snow. Little did they know what else they would find here. “A mutual friend knew us separately and introduced us. It was Amie’s first day in town when we met, and we haven’t been apart since,” says Shannen.

Both Amie and Shannen have a passion for winter sports and camping. “I even successfully encouraged Amie to switch from skiing to snowboarding,” says Shannen. Their family grew by one when they adopted their

puppy, Gullie in 2017 and the adventurers grew from two to three!

“We decided to get married in Fernie because it is our home and we couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere but here, surrounded by these mountains and the Fernie love,” says Shannen. “We were overwhelmed by the amount of people who came across the globe to join us on our special day. We were very proud to show our friends and family the beauty that surrounds us every day.” Shannen being a local Nurse, and Amie head chef at Nevados, they both feel deeply connected to the community and wanted to ensure the wedding represented this connection and was close to their hearts. “It

was an easy decision to celebrate here,” they add. They held the wedding at the Bull River Guest Ranch. “Gina is a wonderful woman and it felt like she was family! The Ranch was extremely accommodating and she made us feel like we were the most important people in the world,” Shannen says. “The landscape was exactly what Amie and I dreamed of, it really was a dream wedding come true!” Their goal was to make the wedding as DIY as possible, and they felt as though the Bull River Guest Ranch fit this vision perfectly. They decided to use High Country Catering for a pig roast, which they felt suited the backcountry theme and budget. For photos, they went with Red Flannel Photography. “Randi was recommended to us by a friend, and we could 7


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Q&A What is your favourite moment of your wedding day? Our favourite moment of the wedding day was playing lawn games for hours with everybody, Our friends all donated games and set them up, it was effortless fun! What advice would you give those planning their own wedding day?

Advice that we would give couples planning a wedding is to just be easy going, nothing is ever going to be perfect or exactly how you expected it. If you just go with the flow things might even turn out better than you expected. It certainly did for us. We did all of the finer details over the course of a year, collecting and saving, so there wasn’t a big rush near the end. We both kept saying that it felt too easy! Keeping things simple made for the perfect day. What were some unique elements to your wedding that really stand out things you tried to do differently?

not have been more pleased with the moments that she captured.” For flowers, they kept it super simple. Amie’s bouquet was made by the talented crew at the Green Petal, and they ordered baby’s breath for the mason jars that were on the dining tables. Shannen made her own bouquet from local greenery, wildflowers and feathers. A beautiful summer day and epic mountain views completed the celebration perfectly, congratulations, Amie and Shannen and thank you for sharing your story.

The unique elements were the simple decorations. A roll of burlap from Home Hardware, a few cases of mason jars, some wood rounds a friend cut up and cedar branches. We really loved how we made our music play list. We asked all of our guests to provide us with five songs with their RSVP. This made for a wicked playlist for dancing and lawn games! We also asked both sides of our family to wear something of a particular colour. Amie’s side wore yellow, and Shannen’s wore green. This made for awesome pictures and great conversation between our families that were meeting for the first time!


— Wedding Story ­— Ashley and Sheldon P H OTO G R A P H E R MCKENZIE JESPERSON Mckenziejespersen.com

Ashley and Sheldon are both from small towns in Saskatchewan and decided to settle down in Sheldon’s hometown, Plenty where they are building a house on his family farm, with their dog Sadie. The couple enjoy travelling and actually met in Jamaica where they were both attending a mutual friend’s wedding. “That is why travelling for our wedding was always an option, and being from the Prairies we loved the idea of a mountain setting. Fernie provided the location and venue we wanted, with all the amenities and activities to keep guests entertained for a mini-vacation,” Ashley says. As a kid, Sheldon had visited Fernie to ski and he continued this trend as an adult,

enjoying snowboard and snowmobile trips with friends. Sheldon and Ashley were both interested in a winter wedding in the mountains, agreeing that there is something magical about them. Elk View Lodge fit perfectly into their plans, especially as they were looking for a “do it yourself” venue. It was close enough to everything ensuring guests could easily enjoy the outdoors as well as all that the town offers. “We had so much to do! We went snowshoeing, skiing and snowmobiling, went to Fernie Brewing Co. and checked out the Fernie distillery along with the great restaurants along the way! Us girls took a day and relaxed at Spa 901 at a private group booking. It was the most calm, relaxing day possible. Lastly

Q&A What is your favourite moment of your wedding day? I would have to say our intimate, beautiful and sincere ceremony. There wasn’t a dry eye in the place. Our close friend was our commissioner, so we got to write the whole ceremony ourselves, which was just so much more meaningful. It was beautiful, emotional, romantic and so much fun! There isn’t a thing I would change about our wedding day! What advice would you give those planning their own wedding day?

we even took in some Griz Days events, which the kids loved! It was the perfect week away.”

The wedding style they went with was classic and elegant. “We used all natural colours - nudes, blush and greens, to go with our setting in the mountains. And with the lodge, we didn’t need to over decorate, just enhanced its beauty,” Ashley added.

Elk View Lodge was also a great fit for the size of the wedding. “It was a small, intimate event and we wanted everyone with us for the whole week. We could all sleep and eat in the same place. It was great the morning of the wedding as we started it off with a homecooked breakfast for everyone staying with us at the lodge before the hair and makeup girls came up to help us get ready… all set to a hand-picked playlist of our favourite songs to get us in the mood.”

Ashley and her bridesmaids had Spa 901 and Sparrow Hair team up for hair and makeup, and Mckenzie Jesperson as a photographer. “She was prepared and easy to work with. It helped to have someone local who knew the best photo spots. I had sent a list of photos I wanted ahead of time, and she delivered. The locations were easy to get to, but also accommodated the mountain scenes I hoped for.”

The caterer was Country Encounters Catering from Coleman, and the DJ Jeremy from JAZ Audio in Cranbrook. They also worked with Patti’s Party Rentals for a few additional items they needed once here, and they appreciated her service and the ease of delivery and pickup. Ashley, Sheldon, their dog Sadie and guests experienced their “ideal” winter wedding in Fernie last winter. Congratulations!

Honestly ask yourself what type of day you really want, and make it happen. You can’t please anyone but yourself, it’s your day to do what you want. Don’t stress about the little things either, because no one will know if something you planned didn’t turn out. Remember the day is about you as a couple, and the people there to celebrate your love and life together! What were some unique elements to your wedding that really stand out things you tried to do differently?

We had a Polaroid guestbook! All guests took a photo, stuck it in a book and wrote beautiful notes for us to cherish. Also, our ‘first look’ let us truly show our emotion and have a private moment. We made sure to have some fun once all the serious stuff was over. Sheldon and his grooms team had a GT race to celebrate down the awesome hill right out front of the Elk View Lodge. Lastly, we had our dog take part in every moment - the pictures, ceremony, and she even came out on the dance floor, because she is our family!


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— Wedding Story ­— Hannah and Tom P H OTO G R A P H E R K Y L E H A M I LT O N Kylehamiltonphotography.com

Tom and Hannah met on the ski hill through Fernie Winter Sports School, where they both worked as ski instructors. “We started hanging out and skiing together, and despite being a lot more experienced than me, Tom was happy to go at my pace, even on powder days…that’s when I knew it was love,” says Hannah.

Both Hannah and Tom are from the UK originally, but Tom made Canada his home ten years ago, and has been living in Fernie for the last six. “I came out to do a ski season, thinking I’d only be visiting for six months before moving on to the next adventure. Fernie and Tom stole my heart, and it wasn’t long before I started flying back to Canada in between uni and work. I’m currently at med school in the UK, so we arranged our wedding to mark the end of my academic year and the start of living together in the town we’ve chosen to call home. Guess it’s true what they say – come for winter and stay for summer!” Hannah did the majority of the planning, which was a bit challenging being in the UK, but everyone she dealt with in Fernie made the process a lot easier.

“We used Elk View Lodge as our venue, Kyle Hamilton for photography, Crumbs for our cake, Fernie Brewing Company for the beer, The Tipple for

wine and spirits, Beanpod for chocolates, Lizard Creek Lodge for catering and servers, Patti’s Rentals for linens and décor and DJ Geoff for music in the evening. Our commissioner was Lynn Rogers, who was absolutely incredible. We also think a special mention is hugely deserved to Jeff Steirt – he sang at our wedding and reception. His professionalism, caring attitude and amazing performance; everyone at the wedding was on their feet and his closing song of ACDC was a favourite moment for both Tom and I.”

Tom and Hannah wanted the wedding to showcase the best of Fernie while keeping British elements throughout. The wedding spanned the weekend, with people arriving Friday and those from out of town staying at Elk View Lodge, where they hosted 40 guests.

“Saturday, we went to Silver Springs and FBC, before having a relaxed dinner in the evening. Our wedding day on Sunday saw a further 30 guests arrive to the Lodge in the afternoon. We had our ceremony on the lawn in beautiful weather, with the ski hill and the Three Sisters as our backdrop,” Hannah says. “Throughout the weekend we tried to blend Fernie and London – we had Fernie beers and BC wines, with London gin




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Q&A Why did you choose to get married in Fernie? Getting married in Fernie was a nobrainer – we both love this town and think it’s the most beautiful setting for a wedding. We were also keen for all our British family and friends to come out and see why we’ve chosen it as our home, and enjoy everything Fernie has to offer. What is your favourite moment of your wedding day?

Personally, my favourite moment of the wedding was the speeches. We decided to not have formal ones, but instead had two of our friends MC the night, asking people throughout dinner to share funny stories about Tom and I, or how they knew us. This meant that we had a wonderful collection of stories from friends and family, from the UK and Canada, in a beautifully authentic and natural way. What advice would you give those planning their own wedding day?

and tonic. We had a British hymn sung at the ceremony, with readings from North American authors. Our table names were Fernie ski runs (which are actually perfect for a wedding – Knot Chutes, Diamond Back, Heartland, etc.) and the cake was the traditional British Victoria Sponge, but with a handmade wooden ski themed cake topper. It was little details like this that gave our wedding a really personal and intimate feel.”

It was the best weekend of our lives and we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful wedding. It was a mix of luck (like the weather!) and hard work, but it was worth every moment spent in the planning, and we are so thankful for all the services and people in Fernie, as well as the beauty of the town, that made it such an incredible weekend.” Congratulations, Hannah and Tom!

It’ll be okay. It can seem incredibly stressful, and there will be details that you sweat for hours over that people might not even notice, but as long as everyone is having a good time (which they will!) then it doesn’t matter. I would also like to pass on advice given to me by my best friend – take a moment every now and then to just take a mental snapshot; absorb what’s going on and commit it to memory. It will fly by and I’m so grateful that I have distinct moments that are ingrained in my memory. 15

— Why Fernie ­— Deep-Fried Pickles and “I Do” BY JESSE BELL P H O T O S B Y M AT T K U H N

Our wedding was a little different. We signed our marriage license at our dining room table at home in Fernie, then promptly went for a bike ride and ordered pizza. Two weeks later we had a ceremony on a beach on the coast before telling everyone we’d eloped and then escaped for seven days in a tent along the Cape Scott Trail. After returning home we threw a party at the Rusty Edge (deemed our Fake Wedding). Though no vows were exchanged publicly and there was no three-course meal or party favours, our Fake Wedding felt as real as any other. There was deep-fried pickles, a cake and pie bar, polaroid cameras and tequila-infused speeches. My sister and I danced on top of speakers to Tina Turner. But mostly, there was a ton of feels, and feels are the reason

we all love weddings in the first place. We wanted to stay true to ourselves, while still meeting with some of the traditions that make weddings magical. There really is nothing more marvellous than all of the people you love, from all different times in your life, in the same place at the same time. My heart nearly bursts just thinking of the love from that night, even now. Fernie is the best place for a wedding, and here are a few special reasons why.

The mountains: they’re so incredible, and not just for photographs. The mountains provide a playground for your friends and family, and give them the best reason to arrive before the vows and stay long after the hangover. There are easy hikes to waterfalls for the guest who prefers heels and hair-dos, and extreme

hikes up fossil-laden cliffs for those who seek infiniteness. We took a group of friends along the 16-kilometre Rocky Rd. Trail to Island Lake after our Fake Wedding, and our friend from Australia (who had never hiked in that capacity before) saw a moose. Ronnie saw a moose!

The town: Fernie’s downtown is vibrant. Lively restaurants and sunny patios, morning coffees and afternoon cocktails. The historic downtown isn’t just for wedding party photos, there’s a plethora of shops and boutiques making it easy to spend an afternoon perusing, and plenty of bars for those enthusiastic for nightlife. Our house, filled with faraway wedding guests, spent almost every evening walking the few short blocks for ice cream at Happy Cow. There’s nostalgia in biking the

quiet streets to secret swim holes with friends, and memories to be made in going to the spa for pedicures with your mom and mother-inlaw. Take those moments, savour them.

The people: they’re the reason for everything. Weddings can be overwhelming (even if they’re fake) and it’s important to have a tribe of people you trust to help you get through the sticky spots. Ang Magliocco from Silver Lining Events was my saving grace. When I requested deep-fried pickles, she laughed and then promptly asked, “how many?” She made it possible for me to ballad out with Tina Turner on a speaker and not fall off—though if I had fallen, she would’ve been there to pick me up. Our photographer and friend Matt Kuhn made for a painless mountain photoshoot, and captured everything my tequila-hazed mind can’t remember. Friends and family helped pick wildflowers for floral arrangements and make homemade cakes and pies so I didn’t have to. Everyone who did anything, even by

just showing up, made our Fake Wedding real.

It doesn’t matter if you wear a white gown or a romper, if you carry a bouquet of roses or none

at all, if you get married at the river or your kitchen table, a wedding in Fernie is magical. Because of the location, absolutely, but more so because of all the little things between. The evenings watching Sex and the City with your girlfriends because you’re too hungover to do anything else, the days fighting wasps on the beach at your stagette. The best night you might not fully remember, with the people you’ll never forget.

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— Wedding Tips ­— Floral Trends BY CARMEN DUNNET

Floral trends change every year, but usually only in one or two of these aspects: Colour. Design. Shape. Flowers. Greenery. But for the first time in my 15 years experience it seems like just about everything is changing all at once. Sometimes such big changes can be daunting, but don’t worry- we are here to break it down for you! Colours and Elements

We are starting to see florals designed in a more colour block style: various shades and tones of one or two colours, creating a cohesive feel to the arrangements. Couples are more concerned about creating a “feel” to the day than matching the bridesmaids’ dress colour swatch. While there are still pops of bright colours, the trends lean more towards soft, earthy shades (pinks to browns, pastels, and whites to terracotta, etc.). Popular flowers remain similar: Roses, Peonies, etc., with the addition of blooms that have stems with movement: lisianthus, ranunculus, and fritillaria. Another popular addition is the use of dried flower or grasses to add more texture.

The biggest change in the elements of floral design is the use of greenery (or lack there of). While greenery once served as the base for bouquets and centrepieces, it now is used only as an accent, and is carefully chosen for its colour or texture.

Bouquets The overall size of bouquets are decreasing as we are seeing less bride’s opt for the large boho bouquets filled with wild greens, and instead moving towards smaller bouquets that are flower centric. Although smaller, and less wild then the boho bouquets, these organic posies are filled with movement and texture. They are the perfect accent to your dress, without feeling as though you are hiding behind them. (Added bonus: they aren’t as heavy!) Centrepieces

The trend is shifting away from the greenery


lined tables that have been so popular the past few years. Couples are returning to a more traditional centrepiece- but with a twist. The organic feeling arrangements with dramatic lines are like art pieces on each table, all while allowing for easy conversation over their low height. The couples that prefer a more minimalistic approach are clustering simple bud vases filled with delicate blooms down the centre of the table, on a neutral coloured, flowing linen or cheese cloth runner.

Centrepiece vessels are undergoing a shift as well. In the past years metallics have ruled (don’t worry, brassy gold is still going

have become bigger and more popular. Thanks to Prince Harry and Megan Markle’s jaw dropping wedding entrance arch, couples are eager to have their own floral showstopper on their big day.

strong!), but now earthy, neutral vessels are having their turn.

Matte white or black, terracotta, and assorted ceramics allow the flowers to take centre stage.

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The traditional arch dripping with greenery and flowers is still a popular choice, but new shapes are also making an entrance! Hexagon, circle, and triangle archways are stunning when decorated with florals to create a focal piece for ceremonies and can be reused behind the head table.

Arches will always have a place in the trends, but because we are surrounded by some amazing views of the Rocky Mountains, ground installations are a popular choice here. A semi-circle around the couple, or aisles lined with flowers, makes you feel as

though you are getting married in a field of flowers, while not blocking out the beautiful mountains. Floral Installations

While bouquets have been decreasing in size, installations for ceremonies and receptions

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may be cliché but we all know there is truth to the saying, “too many stylists in the salon.”

The Braids and Buns of Wedding Hair B Y K E L LY W I L L I A M S Imagine if there was a step by step guide to having the greatest wedding? I should write that. I could be a multi millionaire. Ok, so I haven’t written that (yet) but I’m here to help take the guess work out of the dos and don’ts of your wedding hair.

First, trust your stylist. We are in the business of making you beautiful. If you’re smiling, so are we. (And no one wants a pouting stylist.) Bring as many reference pictures as you can. You and I both know you started pinning wedding hair before you even got engaged. Or maybe even before you knew who the groom would be. We can work together to find the best style for your hair, dress and personality.


Don’t jump the gun on booking your trial. You are super important to us… like that first cup of coffee in the morning. It brings us to life, but life can get busy and sometimes we forget where we put that cup down. Four weeks before the big day, come in, sip coffee while enjoying your stylist playing with your hair. Bring your mom or your maid of honour, but avoid bringing the whole wedding party. It

Now that your trial is booked, another important “to do” is your pre-wedding cut and colour. No need to go wild thinking you need a big change. Let’s go with your marriage being the big change. Roughly two to three weeks before the wedding get your colour touched up and maybe that much-needed trim since you stopped cutting your hair the second you got engaged. Last but not least, have fun. Take in as much as you can. Let your stylist help you. Feel free to ask questions, or to tweak things slightly. And don’t stress too much, it results in all stylists’ worst nightmare. Grey hair.

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— Wedding Tips ­— Big Day, Right Wine B Y L I S A M A R I E R I T C H AT

Preparing for your wedding day, the day you’ve been dreaming of, requires so many things to think about; flowers, bridesmaids, seating charts, the perfect dance tunes. There is no time to stress about choosing the right wine, the make-your-tongue-tingle type of wine that everyone can enjoy.


You want something easy, versatile, a varietal everyone can enjoy and want more of. And though the pressure is surely mounting, don’t panic. Though if you do, take a deep breath. Your wedding is a day for celebration! Here are a few tips to help you choose the best wine for the perfect pairing on your big day. 1. Your wedding day deserves a toast. Think about starting your celebration with a glass of champagne. Choose a sparkling wine on the dryer side guaranteed to delight a larger audience. No need to spend more than necessary on fancy champagnes when there is such a large selection of sparklings out there. Keep it simple, elegant, affordable.

2. When it comes to wine, think basic. There’s no need to give your amazing guests a large selection—a simple red and white is the best way to go. You know your guests! If they like to drink wine, or you have a hot summer wedding, adding in a refreshing rosé could be just what your wedding needs. Goodness knows, the girls love rosé. I would keep it on the drier side.

4. Most importantly, remember this is your day. It’s great to have a special wine at your head table, you just got married! This is a time when you can think about your own favourites and treat yourself. A unique day calls for a unique, decadent wine.

3. Varietal is everything. Keep it simple, and remember not to concentrate too much on your wedding season as much as the versatility of the wine. Choose a wine that pairs well with food, but that can also be enjoyed alone. Not too sweet, not too dry. Balanced blends would work well or if you want to stick to a single varietal think Pinot Gris, Sauv Blanc, Cab Sauv and Merlot, this is wine language anyone can understand.

We are so lucky to have an ever-growing wine region in the beautiful Okanagan. Often the people you love travel from far and wide to attend your wedding. By keeping your wine selection local to British Columbia, you can really add something special to your guests’ experiences. They will remember the speeches, the dancing, and the food, but make sure they also remember the wine. And above all else, have fun. Take a deep breath, crack open a bottle of bubbles, and celebrate. Congratulations!

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— Wedding Tips ­— Eight Ideas to Impress Your Guests B Y F AY E L A T U L I P P E

You’re in the process of planning your wedding, and thinking back to all of the weddings you have been to in the past year or so, trying to create something original and refreshing… this piece is for you! Here are eight ideas to help set your wedding day apart and create a lasting memory in your and your guests’ minds. Thoughtful Keepsakes Increasingly, we have become aware and interested in where things comes from, whether it’s locally grown, how it’s made… Having a mindful goodie bag or even party favours will go a long way in pleasing guests while also supporting the local economy. Think artisanal chocolate, mini bags of locally roasted coffee, handmade soap with your wedding logo on them. These are memorable and touching gifts that will leave a lasting impression.

Vintage Touch One of my favourite additions to a wedding is placing vintage furniture on the lawn. There’s just nothing classier than having a glass of champagne on a floral retro couch from the 70’s, your purse sitting on the gold trim side table. A perfect decor! Think of ways you can add a vintage touch to your day. BOHO Theme An extremely stylish touch is using a Bohemian carpet along your wedding aisle. Perhaps instead of having flower arrangements, you

use flower petals and candles. Coordinate the textile with the flowers and decorations. It creates a cozy environment, leaving your guests feeling right at home.

Flowers for a Queen Flowers can define the tone of a wedding. Do something dramatic - anything from a wedding arch, backdrop at the ceremony, church entrance, hanging flowers above the head table. The bonus is you won’t need much more to decorate your space or additional flowers as you already made your statement! Go big or go home!

Contrasting Bouquet Let’s talk about wedding bouquets! Impress your guests with a mix of fresh and dried flowers. The first word that comes to my mind is PAMPAS! They come in different colours, shapes and always look fabulous! The beauty is in the contrast between the two - fresh and dried flowers such as dried bunny tail


grass, dried Ruscus, dried straw flowers, add texture, shapes and movement. Play With Your Food Who likes food? Tasting stations are the new style for tapas. Chefs can be onsite, explaining the prepared food and what to pair with it. It’s an entertaining and interactive option, that can even inspire with new recipes. Another idea is a “Guessing Station” where guests are blindfolded and you have to figure out what the chef prepared.

Food Trucks Every town has a great selection of food trucks. From Japanese cuisine to Thai, Mexican to Ice Cream... consider hiring a local food truck for your evening snack, or for a more casual affair the wedding dinner. Guests enjoy being able to pick what they like off the menu, freshly made to order, exactly when they want it.

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Entertainment and Games If you love games and so do your friends and family, this one’s for you! Think about games and activities that involve everyone. Consider hiring someone to do Tarot Card or tea leaf reading, people will line up to hear their futures and fortunes. You could also purchase human-sized games such as Jenga, chess or checkers. This gets guests of all ages outside on the lawn, interacting and having fun. The most important thing is to stay true to you, which will ensure your wedding is unique no matter what you decide. Congratulations. Faye Latulippe from Lush Kootenay weddings and events is a certified wedding planner and provides a wide range of services, from full planning and coordination to custom packages.


Want everyone dancing at your party? Make your unique day even more memorable with live music. We are Fernie’s premier special events band, covering the classics to contemporaries! Six of us, high energy, ready to entertain you and your guests!

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Super 8 Fernie B.C. Special Group Rates for Wedding Parties, Family & Friends!

The City of Fernie offers many venues that are ideal for your wedding celebration. Whether you’re looking to get married in a park or indoors, we can assist you with your wedding location needs for your perfect day. The Annex Park, Rotary Park, James White Park, the Courthouse grounds or City Hall grounds offers beautiful mountain backdrops for your ceremony. We also offer indoor facilities for rent including the Fernie Curling Club Lounge or Fernie Centennial Community Centre to host all your indoor wedding needs. For further information, contact the Community Services Department at 250-423-2245


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— Wedding Tips ­— Why Every Bride Should Consider a Boudoir Photo Shoot BY LEAH WILKIE

Boudoir photo shoots are becoming as natural a part of the pre-wedding activities as bachelorette parties or rehearsal dinners. If you have never considered doing one, or you’re interested but hesitant, then read on to learn why a boudoir shoot might be for you. Boudoir photos are a unique and meaningful gift. Finding the right gift for your husband-to-be can be stressful. You want your choice to have an emotional impact that lasts through your years together, and you want it to be special. Boudoir photos fit that bill perfectly. Not only are the photographs beautiful, they are also an expression of confidence and vulnerability - which are two qualities that can translate to deeper intimacy in a relationship.

Boudoir photos celebrate the woman you are at the beginning. As a bride, you want to be the most beautiful version of yourself, and you want to remember yourself like that in the coming years. Your wedding photos will capture you as a bride, but your boudoir photos will capture you as a woman. And as children and time bless your life, you will be glad to have photos to remember where you started. Boudoir is a fun way to prepare for your wedding day. There are so many fun things


that happen in preparation for a wedding, but all of that prep can be stressful. Even though boudoir can be a bit nerve-wracking at the beginning, it is also a time to be pampered. With your hair and makeup done all you have to do is follow directions, play dress-up, and have fun. It can be a great way to carve out space to slow it all down and savour the time before you get married. Boudoir is an antidote to the “I’ll be beautiful when” syndrome. You might find that a wedding brings a lot of pressure to ‘be perfect’ as you manage everyone’s expectations, including your own! A boudoir shoot is all about celebrating the beauty and strength that you already possess though - not focusing on who you aren’t, or some far-off idealised version of yourself. And the amazing thing is, you will find yourself loving the person you see in the photographs - in spite of her imperfections. Seeing yourself

through someone else’s eyes is a beautiful and empowering experience!

Boudoir builds confidence - and there is nothing sexier than confidence. The only prerequisite for “sexiness” is confidence. No matter how much confidence you do or do not have at the beginning of a shoot, a boudoir session will grow it bigger. And when your confidence grows, you take more chances, love more freely, and live a little larger. That is an amazing thing to bring into a marriage!

Best of luck as you prepare for your wedding day, and we hope that if you do choose to have a boudoir photo shoot, it is part of what makes it unforgettable! Leah Wilkie and her husband, Kevan are the husband and wife team behind Decoro Portraits, who together notice and draw out beauty in every individual they photograph.


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summER 2019 › accommodation Guide



901 Fernie 901 2nd Ave 1-800-622-5007

The Alders 35 Highline Dr 250-423-2077

Blackstone Bed and Breakfast 30 Piedmont Drive 250-531-0080

Alpine Lodge Fernie 5291 Highline Drive 250-423-4237

Best Western Fernie Mountain Lodge 1622 7th Ave 250-423-5500 Canadas Best Value Inn 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 Fernie Hotel & Pub 691 1st Ave 250-423-6444

Old Nurses Residence B&B 802 4th Ave 250-423-3091 Park Place Lodge 742 Hwy 3 250-423-6871

Powder Mountain Lodge 892 Hwy 3 250-423-4492 Raging Elk Hostel 892 6th Ave 250-423-6811 Red Tree Lodge 1101 7th Ave 250-423-4622

Silver Rock Condominiums 1500 Macdonald Avenue 250-423-2077 Snow Valley Condos 51 Ridgemont Drive 250-423-2077 Snow Valley Lodging 1041 7th Ave 250-423-4421 Super 8 Fernie 2021 Hwy 3 250-423-6788

Tightlines Lodge 821 7th Ave 250-423-4483

Twisted Timber Guest House 9 Alpine Trail Cres. 250-423-6425


Birch Meadows Lodge 4485 Hwy 3 South 250-423-4236

Brooks Creek Ranch 100 Lladner Creek FSR 866-288-1418 Elk View Lodge 888-733-7643

Island Lake Lodge 1-888-422-8754 / 250-423-3700

Pinnacle Ridge Elk Chalets Rivermount Place 1-800-667-9911 Stanford Resort 100 Riverside Way 250-423-5000

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

Alpine Aerie 5267 Highline Dr 250-423-2077

Bear Paw Lodges 5383 Highline Drive 1-800-667-9911 Black Bear Chalet 24 Timberline Cres. 250-423-5023 Black Diamond Chalet 5406 Boomerang Way

Cabin in the Woods 4720 Alpine Way 250-423-2077

Cedar Ridge Estates 5388 Highline Dr 1-800-667-9911 or 250-423-2077 Cornerstone Lodge 5369 Fernie Ski Hill Rd. 250-423-6855 Currie Cabin 4520 Timberline Cres 250-423-2077

Fernie Slope Side Lodge 5339 Ski HIll Road Fernie Alpine Resort 1-866-633-7643 First Tracks Lodge 5389 Boomerang Way, 1-800-667-9911 Glowing Embers 5209 Highline Close 250-423-2077 Ingamo Lodge 5331 Highline Dr 250-423-2077

Kimbers Timbers Fernie Alpine Resort 403-240-1769 The Griz Inn 5369 Ski Hill Rd 250-423-9221

Grizzly Den Chalet 250-5398 Boomerang Way

Heartland Hideaway 4564 Timberline Cres 250-423-2077 Holohike Haven 5275 Highline Dr 250-423-2077

Lizard Creek Lodge & Condominiums 5346 Highline Dr. 250-423-2057 The Lodge at Fernie 4502 Timberline Cres. 406-756-7714

Polar Peak Lodges 4576 Timberline Cres. 1-800-667-9911

Snow Creek Lodge & Cabins 5258 Highline Drv 1-800-667-9911 Snowed Inn 5271 Highline Drive 250-423-3830

Spiral Lodge Chalet 4562 Timberline Cres 250-423-2077 Spirit Lodge 5395 Boomerang Way 250-423-2077

Stone Creek Condominiums 5423 Boomerang Way 250-423-2077 Thunder Ridge Chalets 5304 Highline Drive 1-800-667-9911 Timberline Lodges 4559 Timberline Cresc 1-800-667-9911

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


— Directory ­— LOCATION Outdoors

Annex Park ~ Provides a large open area with a duck pond and views. fernie.ca | 250-423-4466

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/ 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. rustyedge.net | 778-519-5206

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

Birch Meadows ~ Rich green colours of the mountainside offer a private, secluded setting outside of town. birchmeadowslodge.com | 250-423-4236

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

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

Fernie Golf Club ~ Open setting with majestic, 360° views of Fernie’s mountains. golffernie.com | 250-423-7773

Alpine Lodge ~ Located at Fernie Alpine Resort, Alpine Lodge offers unique and smaller receptions with an emphasis on service, includes eight ensuite rooms, a beautiful dining area and an outdoor hot tub. alpinelodgefernie.com | 250-423-4237

Red Tree Lodge ~ Flexible, comfortable mountain setting with seating for 130 people, Smokehouse Restaurant and bar on site. redtreelodge.com | 250-423-4622

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 Court House ~ A unique, historical setting in the centre of downtown Fernie 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 Range, 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

Best Western ~ Full service hotel offering a banquet room and catering services for up to 180 guests. bestwesternfernie.com 250-423-5500

Cast Iron Grill ~ Offers spectacular views at the Fernie Golf Club both indoors and out for up to 120 for a seated event, and 230 for cocktail style. 250-423-4115 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

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 Family Centre ~ A comfortable and central location suitable for 150-200 guests. holyfamilyfernie.ca | 250-423-6127

Park Place Lodge ~ Centrally located with a fireplace, great for up to 60 guests. parkplacelodge.com | 250-423-6871

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. rustyedge.net | 778-519-5206

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 (250-4233002) by the Elk River has a large patio and beautiful setting in town. Elegant and chic: The Arts Station (250-423-4842) located in downtown Fernie in the historic train station.


Holy Family Catholic 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 Pentecostal Tabernacle 1362 8th Ave | 250-423-4114


See Accommodation Guide on page 31


Big Bang Bagels ~ From breakfast items to the midnight snack, Big Bang is ready to be a part of your wedding celebration. bigbangbagels.com 250-423-7778 Cooks Catering ~ Experience in catering small to large events up to 300 people, with customised 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

Fernie Catering Co. ~ Red seal chef Barrie Elliott and partner Lacey Wilson are known for their inspiring and tasty creations, and excellent service for all styles and sizes of events. 250-531-0905 Infinitea ~ All about real food made from scratch with an emphasis on flavour tailored to your taste and budget. Can serve up to 100 guests. 778-519-5258

Iron Creek Catering Co ~ Red Seal Chef Matt Sorochuk provides customised 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


Beanpod Chocolate ~ Artisan chocolate made from raw cacao beans producing a range of bonbons, truffles, pralines and more. beanpod.ca | 778-519-5008

Crumbs Cakery ~ Creating unique cakes to compliment your wedding day perfectly, with a free consultation. crumbscakery.ca | 250-910-0770

Happy Cow ~ Specialising in all natural cakes and cupcakes (along with specialty ice cream). 250-423-8381

Piece of Cake ~ Specialising in unique custom made cakes that accentuate your occasion. 250-430-2176

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory ~ Offering premium chocolate and other confections, cocoa, gift baskets and more. 250-423-2680 Smilin’ Pixie ~ Specialising 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


Fernie Brewing Co. ~ Visit their tasting room to sample up to eight brews and discuss the products with staff. Best to call in advance. ferniebrewing.com 250-423-7797 Fernie Distillery ~ Book a tasting with their educated staff to provide your guests with hand-crafted, local spirits. ferniedistillers.com


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

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, also offering manicures and pedicures. 250-423-7615

New Roots Hair Co. ~ A cosy and personal salon with years of experience and a passion for colouring, cutting and styling. 250-423-1084.

Book online www.sparrowhair.ca 250-423-7175 | 641 7th Avenue

No. 3 ~ Specialising in colour and hair extensions, Zoe is loved by wedding parties for her ability to transform the ordinary into extraordinary. 250-423-2181

Sparrow for Hair ~ A trendy and unique hair salon, specialising in cuts, colours, perms, styles and wedding up-do’s. 250-423-7175

Boudoir Shoot

Decoro Portraits ~ Creating beautiful, lasting portraits that draw out the natural beauty within every individual. decoroportraits.com | 250-423-3023


Fernie’s Lash Studio ~ Offers professional eyelash extensions, classic and volume provided. facebook.com/FernieLashStudio 250-423-0831

No.3 ~ Specialising 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 a solarium and outdoor saunas, spring shower 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

Névé at Fernie Alpine Resort ~ Located at Lizard Creek Lodge, Névé uses all organic soaps, oils, soaks and scrubs by Eminence Organics, and LVX luxe nail system. lizardcreek.com/spa | 250-423-2057 ext. 1014 OrganicTan Fernie ~ Offering natural spray tanning as well as SunnTan and SunnaSmile products, to help you attain that natural glow. organictan.ca | 250-946-6889

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



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

Kettle Black Bartending ~ kettleblackbartending.com | 250-946-6889


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

Gifts and Registry

Fernie Hearth and Home ~ Carrying the best in home appliances, cookware, dishes, and more. ferniehearthandhome.com | 250-423-4216

The Green Petal ~ Jewellery, dish-ware, linens, furniture, accent pieces and so much more. thegreenpetal.ca | 250-423-4486 Interior Envy ~ Unique and tasteful products to spruce up your living space, kitchen or bathroom. interiorenvy.ca | 250-423-9735

Urban Settler ~ A one-of-a-kind lifestyle, design and decor company, with a collection of wares displayed in store to ignite daydreams of decorating. urbansettler.com | 250-423-0820


Element 7 Nine ~ Hand crafted and designed with a pursuit for originality and a passion for goldsmithing, drawing inspiration from mountain life. element7nine.com 250-430-0700

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 Fernie. facebook.com/LilacMedia | 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.net | 250-425-5741

Susan Hamilton ~ essenceceremonies.com 403-831-6028


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 The Hip Flexers ~ A five piece wedding/ function band including a horn section playing many things from 70’s to current pop, funk, RnB. 250-946-7114 Jim Paul DJ Services ~ Known for playing the best in music now and then, catered to your party’s tastes. 250-430-2490

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

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

Photography 6:8 Photography 68photography.ca AERE Films aerefilms.com

Alana Krushen Image Design akimagedesign.com Ashley Lynne Photography ashleylynnephoto@gmail.com David + Katie Photography davidandkatiephoto.com

Emily Park facebook.com/EmilyParkPhotography Eyelet Photography eyeletphotography.com Gabriela Escobar Ari gaeari.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 Mckenzie Jespersen mckenziejespersen.com

Mountain Ash Photography mountainashphotography.blogspot.ca Nick Nault Photography and Video nicknaultphotography.ca Raven Eye Photography raveneyephotography.com

Red Flannel Photography redflannelphotography.com

Stephen Jolie Photography stephenjoliephotography.com Tara Hill Studios tarahillstudios.com


Lush Kootenay Weddings and Events ~ From full planning, month/day coordination, custom wedding packages and events. lushkootenay.com | 250-423-9477 Silver Lining Events ~ An experienced and passionate wedding coordinator and decorator for the Elk Valley, who has executed mountain weddings in all seasons for over three years. SilverLiningEvents@shaw.ca 250-430-7818


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, napkins, linens, dishes/cutlery, decorations, patio heaters, light posts, generators, dance floor and more, rental includes delivery, tear down and removal of items. pattispartytentrental.com 250-423-7057 / 250-423-1455

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 Fernie Shuttle 250-423-4023

Kootenay Taxi 250-423-4408

Mountain High Shuttles 250-423-5008 Resort Tours 1-800-361-3602


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

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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



Food/Service Bar



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



Photography/ Videography - 10%





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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Best Western

Park Place Lodge

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Fernie Alpine Resort

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Big Bang Bagels

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2nd Avenue


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