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Getting Married in Fernie, BC | 4 Wedding Stories Lewis and Shelby | 7 Todd and Jessica | 10 Troy and Kim | 13 Wedding Tips Intimate Small Weddings for the Win by Angela Magliocco | 16 Please Don’t Stop the Music by Sage McBride | 19 Flowers for Everyone by Katlyn Corak | 21 Accommodation Guide | 23 Directory | 24 Wedding Planning Checklist | 28 Setting a Budget | 29 Map | 30
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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
Getting married in Fernie has increasingly become the dream of many a newly engaged couple – whether they are from this stunning valley, have visited in past or have been exposed to its beauty on the pages of magazines or social media outlets. And we’re not just talking about summer. Each season has something special to offer. Whether you are looking for the promise and greenery of spring, the lush and hot days of summer, the mosaic of colours in fall, or the classic white appeal of a winter wonderland, you will find it right here in this picturesque little mountain town. And that’s just the outdoor setting. With every year, more is available when it comes to hosting weddings of all kinds. With a growing number of people choosing this southeast corner of BC, it’s not surprising that we have seen numerous businesses created, grow or evolve to meet this demand and help couples execute their mountain wedding. From the unique detail you can only find from a local artisan, to the notable experience of
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dancing to one of Canada’s favourite bands. From an intimate setting under the stars, to a grander event in a hotel by the river. To the easy going feel of a cocktail style evening, to the more formal seated affair. It is all at your fingertips in Fernie, and this extends to all elements of your wedding day.
This guide is here to help you navigate the intricate details of planning a wedding, from
budget to timeline to tips and trends. But it will also give you a feel for the Fernie –specific products and services available that can really help you to make your day special. There are also extensive resources on the Fernie Wedding Guide site – fernieweddingguide.com, with past issues, feature articles and more. Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials! If you’ve chosen Fernie, welcome! We hope
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you find this guide useful and that it helps you to enjoy the planning and implementation process of getting married. If you are still deciding on location, we apologize. As it will now be quite difficult to say ‘no’ to Fernie.
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— Wedding Story — Lewis and Shelby P H OTO G R A P H E R MCKENZIE JESPERSEN mckenziejespersen.com
Lewis and Shelby met on the Dicken Road school bus, but according to their moms the couple met at Shelby’s baby shower! Lewis was just two years old, and the jury is out on first impressions. Eighteen years later, Lewis and Shelby began dating.
“We went to to Ghostrider hockey games, the Vogue Theatre, Yamagoya and of course, many bush drives up Hartley Lake road and throughout the South Country – true Fernie local style,” Shelby tells us. In 2018, Lewis and Shelby built their first home in Baynes Lake, a beautiful village just off Lake Koocanusa, where Lewis’ family has lived for generations. The following summer, on July 27, 2019 they decided to conquer the challenging and stunning Fisher Peak. Once they reached the rewarding apex, Lewis proposed and the answer was an enthusiastic, “YES!”
“I admit, I am your typical 20-somethingyear-old. I had Pinterest boards for every aspect of my future wedding. When Lewis proposed it was like we had the green light to our future. By September, I already had my dress and in December we had mailed out our wedding invitations. We were so excited that the wedding was finally coming together. We were going to have a smaller
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Q&A Favourite moment of your day? Lewis can’t pick a single moment, as a few stick out to him.
wedding with 70 people for the ceremony and dinner that would take place on our property with another 50 attending the post-dinner reception. Almost everything was planned, then in March, the world came to a stop.”
COVID-19 has affected everyone in multiple ways. For Lewis and Shelby, it meant planning their wedding in a different way than they had originally hoped and expected. “We had reimagined our wedding two and three times over. In June, we came to a decision… something I had been dreaming about since I was ten years old. To host a smaller wedding at Island Lake Lodge.”
Once this choice was made, everything seemed to effortlessly fall into place. The date was moved to September 20, 2020 which is also Shelby’s grandparents’ wedding anniversary.
“We got lucky, as Island Lake changed the closing day of their summer season so we were able to have the entire property to ourselves. It was absolutely magical!”
A lover of weddings and planning, Shelby shares some specifics!
“I was always drawn to the navy, burgundy (Marsala) colour pallet. A mountain wedding was always a must for us, with small details of stars throughout, with this inspiration included in our wedding invitations. Zoe at No. 3 was my hair and makeup artist. She has such an amazing talent and I feel uplifted every time I leave her chair. Our florist was The Romantiks out of MJ’s Floral Boutique in Cranbrook.
And our photographer was McKenzie Jespersen. She is amazing! We had our engagement photo shoot back in May and when she sent us the finished images, I was speechless with how beautiful they were. Exactly what we needed to push us through some of the darkest months.”
Congratulations, Lewis and Shelby. We love how you shifted and made your day just as special while facing the challenges COVID-19 presented.
“The first time I got to see my beautiful wife in her dress at our first look. I’ve seen her dressed up before but never like that. Absolutely stunning! Another moment would be at the ceremony, being surrounded by the most important people in our lives, in such a beautiful location.”
For Shelby, it is all about the little moments she and Lewis got to share together. “A private moment in the trees, taking a breath and looking up at the mountains, and seeing a chipmunk during our ceremony.” Advice for couples planning their own wedding?
“If I had to give advice to the guys getting married it would be, ‘do whatever she asks of you,’ it will take some stress out of her life,” says Lewis. Choose three things that are most important to you. “Mine was the photographer, the venue and the flowers. Then those can be your main focus with all the other details not in the forefront of planning. And be open to different options and plans B, C and D,” Shelby says.
— Wedding Story — Todd and Jessica P H OTO G R A P H E R B O R N TO A DV E N T U R E borntoadventure.com
Todd Gamey moved to Fernie right after graduating high school, from ‘small town’ Manitoba. Jessica is originally from Calgary, AB and after high school attended university and then travelled. “I came to Fernie when I was 26 for one season, hoping to be near my family for a year before going back to school… and that was seven years ago,” she says. “Todd and I began dating after my first winter here in the early summer of 2014 and I pretty quickly knew I wasn’t going to be leaving anytime soon.” The two were married this summer, and also own a home in Fernie, have jobs they both love, two dogs and a cat… and a baby on the way! We think Jessica is right – they’re here to stay!
Jessica has worked in the wedding industry in Fernie for some time and once engaged, was set on having their wedding here. “It gave us a chance to involve so many amazing vendors that had become our friends over the years. We wanted to celebrate with the vendors as much as our guests!” she says.
“Obviously, things took a big turn this year as we had to cut our guest list from 80 to 11 and quickly re-plan our wedding. None of that would have been possible if it wasn’t for our army of amazing friends and vendors that took on the challenge of throwing our new wedding plans together in a matter of weeks.”
Jessica and Todd used Angela Magliocco of Silver Lining Events as their wedding planner. “She pulled off the most incredible organization and decor, even enlisting the help of the neighborhood kids to help create our 1920’s themed decorations. Ang went above and beyond to make sure there was zero stress on us on what was an obviously stressful situation.” Leanne Nanninga from Born to Adventure Photography encapsulated their day. “Leanne was so incredibly flexible and produced the most incredible photos and photo albums for us. She took the time to scope out all these amazing locations and was so patient.” With insider connections, ‘Local Legends’ Kevin McIssac and Lori Gadsden graciously offered their beautiful property for Jessica and Todd to set up the outdoor ceremony and
Q&A What is your favourite moment of your wedding day? How intimate it was. 2020 was a really tough year. We appreciated being there with those who could make it so much. We set up our tables in a square so everyone was facing each other and it felt like a big family dinner. Everyone at the wedding had a chance to make a speech and be in all the photos together. There was really no pressure on the day. A million little things went wrong but it never seemed to matter. What advice would you give other couples planning their own wedding?
reception. Patti’s Party Rentals provided the tent, “she always comes through! And Barrie Elliot from Fernie Catering Company came on last minute to do our full custom menu for the day and totally nailed it.” They used Sparrow for Hair to execute the 1920s look. “They pulled off the most incredible hair-dos on the day of the wedding without the chance for a trial first.”
Lynn Rogers was their commissioner, and provided a funny and personalized ceremony! And Jess’ custom ring was created by Jeweller Kelty Pelechytik. “Our other ‘vendors’ included the army of friends that helped out, Chelsea from the Green Petal did my flower arrangements, Andy Ward from the Fernie Distillers helped with our custom barrel-aged cocktails a year before the wedding, my bar manager Danielle from Cirque did my sister and my makeup when makeup artists weren’t allowed to practice!” Congratulations, Todd and Jessica. The collaboration with local vendors, friends and
family is truly inspiring and heart warming! We look forward to meeting the newest addition to the Gamey family.
Pick the things that are the most important to you and budget outwards from there. I have worked in the wedding industry for over 10 years and you can always tell which elements of the wedding the bride and groom included out of a feeling of necessity instead of importance. I have spent years seeing no one dance in front of an expensive DJ, party favours all left behind, fancy wedding cakes ignored. Your wedding doesn’t need to have it all! Todd and I have worked for years in the hospitality industry and I knew that we needed good food, booze and a wedding planner so I didn’t instinctively start working my own wedding. Meanwhile, my dress cost less than $500 and lots of the creative elements of the wedding, playlist, hair, makeup, etc., was completely left up to the creative control of those around me. 11
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— Wedding Story — Troy and Kim P H OTO G R A P H E R K E L LY R E D I N G E R P H OTO G R A P H E R kellyredinger.com For over 20 years, Fernie has been Troy and Kim’s families’ winter and summer escapes, instilling a passion for the outdoors in them both.
As a kid, Kim and her family grew up skiing at Big White, Kelowna but in the 90s her parents and their friends decided they needed condos closer to Edmonton, which resulted in them closing in on Fernie and purchasing condos in Sparwood a short 20 minute drive to the resort. Troy, an avid snowmobiler, snowboarder and skier, spent a lot of time in Valemount and Jasper. Troy and Kim both had kids and were on the dating scene when they met on a boat at Jackfish Lake, Alberta. It was at this same time that Kim and her siblings were actively looking to buy a ski-inski-out on the hill at Fernie Alpine Resort, and offer their kids the same experience they had growing up skiing at Big White as a family. Troy and Kim spent the following three years dating with Fernie as their destination of choice all winter and summer, skiing and mountain biking with their three kids… who actually helped Troy propose to Kim on the very same boat they met on! They wanted to have the wedding right away, and with all of the amazing family trips and memories made in Fernie, it was the natural choice for their destination wedding.
Rusty Edge, with its spectacular views, great space, and everyone being able stay in the condo right there; the whole building became our village for the weekend, with kids running around from room to room to see their friends (and us, too!)” Kim says. Planning a wedding from afar has its challenges, so after hearing wonderful reviews, the couple immediately connected with a local wedding planner, Angela Magliocco of Silver Lining Events.
“Fernie holds such a special place in our hearts, even our rings were made by Matt at Element Jewelry. The perfect venue for us and our out of town guests was the Griz Inn and
“Angela was an amazing resource and handled every detail ensuring our event was planned perfectly and executed seamlessly. She also brought in her own team for catering, and the food was phenomenal, ending with a poutine bar for the midnight snack! The bridal party and family’s hair was done on site at the Griz by Sparrow Hair and their team of professionals who were able to take a few photos, with no trial run, and create a beautiful style. Flowers were provided by The Green Petal, who again, from just a few
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Q&A Favourite moment of the day?
Fernie Fog from Fernie Distillery at their place setting, and children received a cute chocolate moose from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.
“We really can’t say enough about Angela; she thought of the perfect touches to make the day special for all the kids in attendance, including tablecloths of paper and crayons, light up balloons for the dance floor and tons of glow sticks, as well as a fun and creative photo booth using the Griz Inn vintage chairlift seat outside and 80s ski wear.
emails and photos, created the most beautiful, modern and elegant arrangements. Local DJ Cona kept the party going all night long!” It was important to Troy and Kim to keep it local as much as possible. The couple also provided each guest with a small bottle of
We really wanted our wedding to be comfortable, casual, and elegant. We were excited and proud to show off our home away from home, Fernie and the Griz Inn, to all our friends and family. We also wanted the event to be fun and joyous- as evidenced by the group shotski at the end of dinner! (with juice for the kids for course!).” The only element they kept close to home was their photographer, Troy’s best friend Kelly Redinger from Edmonton. Now that, we can understand. Congratulations, Troy and Kim!
Troy’s favourite moment of their wedding day was watching Kim walk down the aisle. For Kim, she can’t pick just one! “I guess if I had to pick, I really love the dance. All of the planning and formalities were over, and we could relax and celebrate with our friends and family. The dance floor was packed all night with kids, friends, balloons and glowsticks. It was a blast and a reflection of what makes me and Troy so happy- good times with great friends.” Advice for couples planning their own wedding?
“The best wedding for you is a reflection of you- every choice we made was in some part sharing an experience we had loved in Fernie in the past, from the guest gifts, to the venue, to the shotski moment, it created a unique event that our friends and family still rave about. I love that our wedding was held in the fall- the leaves in Fernie are spectacular, and hosting it on shoulder season helped our guests find great deals to plan their vacation.” 15
— Wedding Tips — Intimate Small Weddings for the Win BY ANGELA MAGLIOCCO
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You can still make your day as special as you’d hoped, perhaps even more special, by keeping it small and intimate!
Downsizing a wedding because of budget, or because you’ve been forced to be innovative due to COVID-19, does not mean you need to skimp on details. This is your chance to create a more intimate and personalized experience.
Be creative and imaginative in choosing your own style of ceremony and reception. Hosting an intimate wedding is all about finding the right space. Think outside of the box for venues. How cool would it be to have your small wedding in the local brewery or
distillery? Imagine how amazing it would be in a greenhouse? With only a handful of guests you want your wedding venue to feel full. Seek out small, cozy environments versus large, spacious venues.
Cutting back on your guest list shouldn’t result in a less memorable experience – if wellplanned, it can end up making your big special day that much richer by being able to spend more time with those who you hold nearest and dearest. Having a more exclusive guest list can open entirely different possibilities, wedding ideas that might not otherwise be practical with a larger group. You could involve your guests more in the event, for
example at the ceremony ask them all to read a line from a script or have them encircle you as you exchange vows. At the reception you could have everyone at one long table. You can be more exclusive with your wedding party or decide that you don’t want to have one at all! It can also allow you to be strict about the plus ones. Committing to a smaller guest list eliminates the stress about deciding whether to invite people like your second cousin’s best friend. Now you can blame Covid-19 or the strict capacity that the venue has! It’s also much easier to have those who didn’t make the final cut or those with travel restrictions to virtually attend the ceremony on Zoom.
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Smaller weddings also foster a more relaxed, intimate experience and can substantially reduce stress for the wedding couple and their parents. At large weddings I find one of the big stresses is ensuring every single guest has had a chance to chat with the newlyweds and even their parents. At quaint, smaller weddings this stress is completely eliminated! Everyone will have more time to socialize and create lasting memories.
Sizing down might also mean you can size up! A decreased budget gives you room to upgrade on aspects of your wedding important to you. Find that unusual venue you’ve always wanted, create those elaborate/personalized invitations or menu, design a fancy wedding bar, make the décor extra-detailed, get creative with your seating arrangement, drop a bit
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more on unique wedding favours, take the entertainment to the next level, or forget all of that and plan a more elaborate honeymoon with the money you’ll save!
For my wedding (back in the day), we baked fortune cookies and typed up personalized fortunes for each of our guests. It took a lot of time, but it was worth it! Having a small wedding allows you to leave a more personal touch that truly reflects you and your love. You’ll be able to create a relaxing and enjoyable environment for everyone.
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Angela Magliocco is a wedding planner and owner of Silver Lining Events. @SilverLiningEvents, 250-430-7818.
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— Wedding Tips — Please Don’t Stop the Music BY SAGE MCBRIDE
One of the hardest parts of planning a wedding is choosing the music. The song you walk down the aisle to, the first song that plays as you walk past all of the people you love most as a married couple, and the song you have your first dance to. Choosing those defining songs that matter to you as a couple is no easy task. Having been to many weddings, including my own, I have been brought to tears by the powerful lyrics and melodies of certain songs while a couple embraces for the first time in the next chapter of their life. I have also grooved along with couples as they have hit the dance floor running at their reception and got the party started with that first song. Whatever song you choose to walk down the aisle to, sway to, or start the dance party to, you’ll remember it forever. Here are a few great ones to choose from to make the most incredible day of your life even more spectacular. “August”- Sam Weber “Mushaboom” - Feist
“Home” - Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
“I Will Follow You Into the Dark” - Deathcab for Cutie “You and I” - Wilco
“My Girl” - Yukon Blonde
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“Signed, Sealed Delivered” - Stevie Wonder “I Got You Babe” - Bahamas
“Shut Up and Dance” – Walk the Moon “You+Me” - You and Me
“Crazy in Love” - Beyonce and Jay Z
“You Make Me Wanna Shout” - Isley Brothers “Coming Home” - Leon Bridges
When Tim and I got married, we had an open mic night the night before our wedding, where we played a tune together to open up the night. Each song had a special meaning to us, except maybe “Jump.” We just wanted an epic synth line party tune to play after we said “I do” because we’re dramatic like that. Here’s our list!
“First Day of My Life” - Bright Eyes
Open Mic Night Song: “I Will Follow You Into the Dark” - Death Cab for Cutie
“Harvest Moon” - Neil Young
Just Married Song: “Jump” - Van Halen
“Emmy Lou” - First Aid Kit
“Such Great Heights” - Postal Service “Young Folks” - Peter Bjorn and John
“I Wanna Hold Your Hand” - The Beatles “I Got You Babe” - Sonny & Cher
Aisle Song: “August” - Sam Weber
First Dance Song: “Emmy Lou” - First Aid Kit
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“I Was Made For You” - She & Him “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” - Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell
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— Wedding Tips — Flowers For Everyone B Y K A T LY N C O R A K
Getting married in the Rocky Mountains is incredibly special, from the views, to quaint venues, to amazing local talent in photographers, wedding planners, stylists and of course florals, Fernie has it all.
While planning a wedding can at times be overwhelming, local vendors are here to make it as smooth as possible including your florals and styling. Before your initial consultation, I suggest you spend time as a couple looking at inspiration photos to get an idea of what you like, and also what you don’t like. Once meeting with your Wedding Specialists, they will help to solidify style, colours, seasonal availability of specific flowers and budget for your wedding. Most often, custom quotes are available for each and every couple, to ensure you have the unique and special look you anticipated, and that no two weddings will ever look the same. From elopements to larger weddings, there are options for every idea, style and budget.
Designing wedding florals in a mountain town is always incredibly inspiring, as florists create the pieces you’ve envisioned to compliment the surrounding views of mountains, forests, rivers, fields of wildflowers, or snow-covered peaks. The team at The Green Petal is in love with the different, the unusual, the fun, the artsy, and
“We encourage you to be bold and who you are, and to communicate this with the vendors you are working with.” the elegant. We put that love into everything we fashion, because design isn’t just about what we do, it’s who we are.
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Fernie, BC, amongst the breathtaking views of the Canadian Rocky Mountain, we love working on different, unusual, fun, artsy and elegant ideas. We encourage you to be bold and who you are, and to communicate this with the vendors you are working with. It’s your day to shine and flowers always add to the glow! Congratulations. Katlyn Corak is a floral designer at the Green Petal, which offers floral design and gift ware for any occasion. thegreenpetal.ca
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ACCOMMODATION GUIDE IN TOWN
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 Fox Hotel 2021 Hwy 3 250-423-6788
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 Tightlines Lodge 821 7th Ave 250-423-4483
Twisted Timber Guest House 9 Alpine Trail Cres. 250-423-6425
OUTSIDE OF FERNIE
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 Fernieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 Fernie BnB ferniebnb.ca
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 RECEPTIONS/INDOOR VENUES Alpine Lodge ~ Located at Fernie Alpine Resort, Alpine Lodge offers unique smaller receptions with an emphasis on service and includes eight ensuite rooms, a beautiful dining area with 35ft vaulted ceilings, and an outdoor hot tub. alpinelodgefernie.com | 250-423-4237 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 150 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 250-423-1580 Fernie Community Centre With seating up to 350 this is the only option for large weddings. 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 a patio for up to 200 guests. rustyedge.net | 778-519-5206 or 250-423-9221 Snow Creek Lodge ~ This lodge on the hill can accommodate up to 80 people. fernielodgingco.com | 250-423-6878
• 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
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 | 250423-4236
For smaller sized wedding or those looking for something more casual or unique, consider one of the following options!
Elk View Lodge ~ A beautiful lodge outside of Fernie with a large deck and views of the Lizard Range. elkviewlodge.com | 250-423-1580
Casual yet cool: Griz Bar at Fernie Alpine Resort hosts up to 150 guests (250-423-4655) or The Bridge Bistro (250-423-7367) by the Elk River has a large patio and beautiful setting in town.
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
Elegant and chic: The Arts Station/Blue Toque (250-423-4842) located in downtown Fernie in the historic train station. Fernie Distillers (ferniedistillers.com) is cozy, cool and your cocktail list will be the highlight of the event. And Fernie Brewing Co. (250423-7797) is another well-appointed indoor location with potential to make it your own.
For a more traditional affair, consider one of the beautiful churches that mark many a scenic shot in town. From the iconic Catholic Church just off the historic downtown Fernie, to the more modern Mountain Side Community Church in the Annex subdivision, there is truly a space for everyone. • Anglican Church of Canada Christ Church 541 4th Ave | 250-423-6517 • Holy Family Church 521 4th Ave | 250-423-6127
Fernie Golf Club ~ Open setting with majestic, 360 views of Fernie’s mountains. golffernie.com | 250-423-7773
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 lawn, providing chairs for guests, draped table for signing the register, and an 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. 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/ | 1-250-422-3003
The Rusty Edge at the Griz Inn ~ Located at the base of Fernie Alpine Resort, offering a large open deck that can accommodate a large number of seated or standing guests. rustyedge.net | 778-519-5206 or 250-423-9221 Spruce Spring Stream Farm ~ Boasting perennial floral gardens and landscaped green space, excellent views and stunning forest scenes. A private and tranquil setting perfect to celebrate with friends and family. sprucespringstreamfarms.ca | 250-423-7776
Best Western Mountain Lodge ~ Located in Fernie, offering 95 luxurious guest rooms and executive, kitchenette, and Jacuzzi suites. bestwesternfernie.com | 250-423-5500
Lizard Creek Lodge ~ Located at the base of Fernie Alpine Resort, offering condominimums with mountain views, on-site restaurant, spa and convenient location to the resort. lizardcreek.com | 250-423-2057
Park Place Lodge ~ Located in Fernie, this locally-owned hotel offers 65 comfortable guest rooms. This hotels prides itself on offering personalized service and memorable dining. parkplacelodge.com | 250-423-6871 The Griz Inn ~ Located at the base of Fernie Alpine Resort, this is a great choice for a fullservice hotel and condominiums at the resort. grizinn.com | 250-423-9221
Avalanche City Shuttle Service 250-423-8376 A Touch of Class Limousines | 250-489-1140 Kootenay Taxi | 250-423-4408 Mountain High Shuttle | 250-423-5008
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
The Chopstick Truck ~ A popular food truck in Fernie offering delicious Vietnamese food, and available for private function catering. thechopsticktruck.com
Fernie Distillery ~ Book a tasting with their educated staff to provide your guests with hand-crafted, local spirits. ferniedistillers.com
Cooks Catering S & P ~ Catering small to large events up to 300 people, with customized menus and quality service. 250-430-7789
CP Catering ~ CP Catering also run The Bridge Bistro, are known for their ability to beautifully cater weddings of all sizes. enjoyfernie.com/cp-catering | 250-423-7367
Fernie Catering Co. ~ Barrie Elliott, a Red Seal chef known for inspiring and tasty creations for all styles and sizes of events. ferniecateringco.com | 250-531-0905
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). lizardcreek.com | 250-423-2057
There are many artistic and high quality bakers in this community, specializing in unique cakes and cupcakes to accompany your special day.
Happy Cow ~ Specializing in all natural cakes and cupcakes (along with specialty ice cream). | 250-423-8381 House of GATO ~ Custom cakes, baked goods and pastries.instagram.com/housegat0 | email@example.com
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory ~ Offering premium chocolate and other confections, cocoa, gift baskets and more. | 250-423-2680 Piece of Cake ~ Specializing in unique custommade cakes that accentuate your occasion. | 250-430-2176 Smilin Pixie ~ Specializing in both butter cream and fondant 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
Avalanche City Bartender Services firstname.lastname@example.org | 250-423-8376
Kettle Black Bartending kettleblackbartending.com | 250-919-8052
The Bragging Bride Boutique thebraggingbride.ca 403-919-4527
Silver Blush Weddings silverblushweddings.com | 403-999-2322
SPA AND BEAUTY HAIR SALONS
ET Hair Studio ~ Located in downtown Fernie, this salon offers a full range of professional services and is great for large groups. | 250423-4813 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. | 250-423-7615
New Roots Hair Co. ~ A cozy and personal salon with a passion for colouring, cutting and styling.| 250-423-1084 Society Jane ~ Offering clients a customized and luxurious experience, working together to achieve your vision on your special day. societyjane.ca | 250-423 5965
Sparrow Hair A trendy and unique hair salon, specializing in cuts, colours, perms, styles and wedding updo’s. | 250-423-7175
MAKEUP 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 including weddings. threesistersdayspa.com | 250-423-6395
Enchanted Esthetics ~ CIABC Certified Esthetician services using Eminence handmade organic skin care out of Hungary. enchantedestheticsfernie.com | 250-430-1289
Island Lake Spa ~ Includes a full range of services alongside a solarium and outdoor room with hot tub, 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 Spa at Lizard Creek Lodge ~ Located at Fernie Alpine Resort, this spa uses organic products by Eminence Organic, and LVX luxe nail system. lizardcreek.com/spa | 250-4232057 ext. 1014
OrganicTan Fernie ~ Offering natural spray tanning as well as SunnTan and SunnaSmile products. 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 ~ A full range of esthetic and massage treatments utilizing Aveda products. threesistersdayspa.com | 250-423-6395
ADDITIONAL VENDORS FLOWERS The Green Petal ~ They love the different, unusual, fun, artsy and elegant and transfer this to their arrangements. thegreenpetal.ca | 250-423-4486 The Romantiks ~ A floral design company specializing in lush botanical florals and dreamy event design. theromantiks.com | 250-426-8659
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 digital printing for all your wedding invitations, thank yous and more. lilacmedia.com | 250-430-1330
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. | 250423-8658 The Hip Flexers ~ A five piece wedding/ function band including a horn section. 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 DJ. | 250-427-7000
Tofino Wedding DJs ~ Professional DJ services and sound equipment rentals. | 250-571-4954
DÉCOR, SUPPLIES AND RENTALS
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. pattispartytentrental.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
GIFTS & REGISTRY
Fernie Hearth & 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
No3 ~ Carrying an array of home and kitchen items, perfect for that thoughtful gift or setting up your registry. no3fernie.com | 250-423-2181 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. element7nine.com | 250-430-0700
MARRIAGE COMMISSIONERS Faye Arlene Sigurdson email@example.com | 250-425-5741
Jennifer Cronin firstname.lastname@example.org | 250-423-4337 Lynn Rogers email@example.com | 778-519-1214
Susan Hamilton essenceceremonies.com | 403-831-6028
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. firstname.lastname@example.org | 250-430-7818
PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO
Decoro Portrait Photography decoroportaits.com | 250-423-3023
6:8 Photography ~ 68photography.com AERE Films ~ aerefilms.com
Alana Krushen Image Design AKimagedesign.com
Ashley Lynne ~ email@example.com Born to Adventure ~ borntoadventure.com Courtney Jess Photography courtneyjessphotography.com
Danyal Taylor Film & Photography danyaltaylor.ca David + Katie Photography davidandkatiephoto.com
Eyelet Photography ~ eyeletphotography.com Jamie Hide Photography ~ jamiehide.com
Jamie Inman Photography Jamieinmanphoto.com
Jenny Kamo ~ Jennykamo.com Krevan Wedding Portraits krevanphotography.ca
Kyle Hamilton Photography kylehamiltonphotography.com Matt Kuhn Photography mkuhnphoto.com
The Best BANG for your Buck!
McKenzie Jespersen Photography mckenziejespersen.com
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
• Handmade bagels baked daily in house • Open EVERYDAY • Voted ‘Best Quick Food Fix’ Fernie Fix Awards, 2019 502 2nd Avenue, Fernie BC 250-423-7778 www.bigbangbagels.com
We’ve Got you Covered! Fernie’s many outdoor venues provide the perfect location for your wedding celebrations. Annex Park, Rotary Park, James White Park, the Courthouse grounds and City Hall offer beautiful mountain backdrops for your ceremony and photos – for more information, please contact Parks, Facilities and Recreation at 250.423.4466
Various Sizes of Party Tents Port-A-Potties • Generators Barricade Fencing • Bouncy Castles & Slides • Table, Chairs & Linens • Tableware We deliver, set-up, take down & remove
www.pattispartytentrental.com Showroom located at 7188 Lynch Road, Hosmer, BC
Ideal for an intimate Fernie wedding. Banquet space for up to 60 guests. 64 spacious guest rooms & suites. Central in-town location.
www.parkplacelodge.com 742 Hwy 3 | 250-423-6871
WEDDING PLANNING TIMELINE 9-12 Months
Choose and Order Tuxes for Groomsmen/Groom
Choose Ceremony Music
Set the Date
Shop for Wedding Rings
Set a Budget
Finalize Order of Ceremony and Reception
Print Menu Cards/Program
Book Ceremony Site
Send Event Schedule to Vendors
Meet with Officiant
Begin Guest List
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
Decide on Wedding Day Transportation
Hair Cut/Colour (if desired)
Finalize Guest List
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
Meet with Photographer
Purchase Wedding Dress
Touch Base with Vendors Submit Wedding Announcement
Review Playlist with Band/DJ
Choose Wedding Party
Send “Save the Date” Cards
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
WEDDING BUDGET WORKSHEET PERCENTAGE Reception - 50% Venue
Attire - 10% Wedding Dress Accessories
Hair and Makeup
Groom’s Tux/Suit Misc.
Flowers & Decorations - 10% Floral Arrangements Ceremony
BUDGETED ESTIMATE AMOUNT
Favours/Gifts - 3% Bridal Party Favours Misc.
Ceremony - 2% Location Booking Officiant
Stationery - 2%
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
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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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.
Experience our Version of a Spectacular Setting
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Celebrate your special day with the stunning Lizard Range of the Rocky Mountains
as your backdrop. Enjoy creative cuisine, a full spa, beautiful log lodges and our 7,000 acre property. We specialize in romantic, boutique mountain weddings. 14 kms from Fernie B.C. www.islandlakelodge.com