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18 technology may transform the future of weddings
21 financial tips for cost-conscious couples
23 budget saving money on wedding components
24 invitations make your own invitations
26 facts wacky wedding facts
52 holiday weddings it’s easier to plan out themes and colour schemes
54 wedding party responsibilities participants have unique responsibilities
56 cash registry couples have their household already established
57 wedding favours personalize your nuptials
58 reception touches unique ways to enhance the reception
62 cake trends wedding cakes have come a long way
64 kids in the wedding meaningful ways to include children
67 the checklist our handy to-do list keeps you organized
68 resource index
29 customs origins of bridal customs
34 wedding themes create an experience everyone will remember
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rends in everything from smaller guest lists to vintage fashion will be on their side in 2012. Here are the top trends for green weddings this year.
1. wedding apparel. Vintage style, which took off a couple of seasons ago, is still going strong, so restyling bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses found at vintage or thrift stores will be a great way to keep a weddingâ€™s environmental footprint in check while achieving a one-of-a-kind look. A trend toward mismatched bridemaids dresses makes this more
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doable than ever. Conscientious couples wanting to start from scratch will source out eco-friendly fabrics like hemp or ethically and organically grown silk or cotton for their wedding apparel.
2. invitations. More couples are making sure these are printed on recycled paper (sometimes with a vegetable dye) or opting for biodegradable paper containing flower seeds. For less formal wedding announcements, like directions to the ceremony and reception venue, email leaves the smallest impact on the environment.
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couples will buy locally grown flowers and use them at both the ceremony and reception. Live plants might replace cut flowers, and creative couples who’ve chosen an old-fashioned look might take some traditional floral elements, like centerpieces and bouquets,
out all together and opt for repurposed vintage objects instead, like bouquets made of vintage jewelry.
4. food. As more people opt to eat locally grown, organic food, more couples will use caterers who provide those options. Community-minded couples might donate all leftover food to a local homeless shelter.
5. wedding favours.
Unlike some traditional favours that guests might never use, green favours, like locally grown bulbs or herbs in recycled glass jars or tin cans dressed up in wedding colours, keep on giving well after the big day. Some couples are skipping favours altogether and donating to environmental charities in their guests’ names.
6. programs, seating, cards and menus. Couples trying to keep things sustainable will go paperless wherever they can. Instead of seating cards, some are using chalkboard tea lights that guests can take home, wipe and reuse.
7. honeymoons. More and more, couples are rethinking the need to jet across the globe for their bridal trip and opting to stay closer to home. Those looking for exotic trips are more conscious of the impact they have on the resources and people in destination countries. Sustainable honeymoons booked through companies like Elevate Destinations (which
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keep on giving well after the big day donates five per cent of net costs to local non-profits) continue to be all the rage among the eco-aware set.
Using venues close to home for ceremonies and receptions is a way some couples will keep it green this season. Outdoor venues, like farms and parks, can be another way to keep a wedding’s carbon footprint under control. Those renting more traditional facilities will want to look for LEED certification and Green Globe labels to ensure the buildings are energy efficient.
9. offset emissions. Few weddings are likely to be totally carbon neutral, so some conscientious couples register with a website like www.carbonfootprint.com, so guests can donate to offset their carbon emission instead of buying them a toaster or gravy boat. n
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ick Collins’ beautiful, candid images have made him one of the most sought-after wedding photographers in the Lower Mainland. A three-time Western Canadian News Photographer of the Year and twice Canadian News Photographer of the Year, Rick was selected to document the Olympic torch’s travels across Canada, and works regularly behind the scenes photographing the Vancouver Canucks. Having captured countless weddings throughout our area and across the world, he’s experienced almost every venue and variable imaginable. Here, Rick sits down with Valley Bride to talk about his passion, and ensure your wedding photos are as beautiful as the bride herself.
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why hire a professional? A. It’s unlikely you would want someone to bake your wedding cake just because they owned an oven. And if you really don’t care about the pictures, by all means get a friend or relative or two to take some snaps and be happy with what you get or don’t get. However, if you realize that your rings and the photographs are all you will have at the end of this intensive planning, saving and spending then you should hire someone you trust to do the job.
Secondly, weather and light are the two most unpredictable factors in photographing weddings. On a perfect cloudy summer day at p.m. anyone can get nice pictures. But what will they do in wind or rain or bright sun at noon? Hire someone with lots of experience that you can trust to do great work in all conditions.
Q. What’s important when selecting a professional wedding
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Q. If a photographer has won awards and worked across the world, is it safe to say he’s out of my price range?
A. Never say never. If you absolutely love a photographer’s style and you have a unique plan there is no harm in asking. I’ve photographed events in some crazy, beautiful locations all over the world as well as right here at home, but some of my favourites are small, backyard or beach ceremonies where money is certainly not the primary reason I’m there. What never works for me is when potential clients seek me out with price fi rst and foremost in their mind. This work is not about money, but it’s how we make our living. You can fi nd photographers charging $,000 for a Saturday. And you can look locally online and fi nd ‘amateur’ photographers charging $00. Both are a little too reality television in my opinion. A good ballpark – for anyone planning a wedding who thinks that photography is one of the most important aspects – is somewhere around 0 per cent of your total budget.
A.. Experience and style. You are hiring someone for the way they see. The way they are able to tell stories with a camera. It’s important to look at galleries of complete weddings, to 0 pictures that sum up the day and the overall experience. Narrow it down in this order – budget, style and likability. Can you spend the entire day with this person? Will your family and friends enjoy them, too?
Q. What can brides and grooms do to maximize the quality of their time with a photographer?
A. Photographers know when the best light happens. Consult them when you’re making your plans. You don’t need three hours of portraits, but you also don’t want to limit it to a fast minutes in the dark.
Q. How far ahead should a couple need to book? A. Once you have the venue, the photographer should be next.
Q. What are some important questions to ask where answers might differ greatly between photographers?
A. . Make a list of what you are paying for and what you
are receiving in the end. . Digital fi les: What size will the jpg fi les be on the disk
that we are buying? . Do you charge overtime, travel fees and what other costs could there be? . Will you be my photographer, or on the day will you send your brother in law who has a nice camera?
Q. Destination weddings are becoming very popular. What photography advice do you have for clients planning this kind of wedding?
Same advice as at home – trust, experience, style and price are important factors. There are a lot of photographers who will offer to photograph your destination wedding in exchange for the trip. Just know that destination wedding photography is hard work and there are many unknown factors that will have a direct impact on the fi nal outcome. Again, if you don’t care about the photographs, get a relative or friend to do this, otherwise pay someone what they are worth and you will be thrilled with the results for many years to come. n
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magine sending out personalized, colourful e-vites inviting guests to a wedding ceremony and reception. Or plugging in an Mp player with a pre-set wedding music playlist to get people dancing. How about recording the festivities on handheld video cameras and uploading data instantly to a social networking site? Some or all of these technological conveniences are already growing in popularity, revolutionizing the way couples plan and carry through with wedding plans along the way. Many couples are choosing to eschew the formalities and traditions associated with weddings for the convenience that many digital or technological advancements can provide. Electronic wedding invitations are just one of the many aspects of the wedding that have begun to embrace the digital age. There are several advantages to enlisting the help of technology to execute a wedding. First and foremost is the cost factor. The number of items that couples can do themselves will greatly cut down on the expenses of hiring professional vendors. Budget-conscious couples may valleybride 2012
enlist the help of technology to execute your wedding seriously want to consider sending e-vites, which can save several hundreds of dollars on printing costs and postage. Another advantage is that technology might be more environmentally responsible. Eliminating wedding stationery or hiring individuals who have to travel to and from the ceremony and reception, as is the case with a band or photographer, reduces carbon emissions and further energy. Technology can also help keep things organized. Instead of keeping receipts and papers inside of a folder, saving items in e-mail and conversing with vendors electroni-
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n a recent survey released by Visa Inc., per cent of couples believed they overspent on some aspect of their wedding. Over the years, weddings have become a major fi nancial commitment, in many instances ensuring a couple’s fi rst task as man and wife will be paying off the mountain of bills they accrued to achieve their dream wedding. In today’s economic climate, the cost of weddings is even tougher to swallow, as both the domestic and global economy remains diffi cult to predict. Economic uncertainty has left many young couples fearful of making a big fi nancial commitment to their weddings. But it’s still possible for couples to make the most of their wedding without landing themselves in heavy debt once the honeymoon is over and the bills must be paid.
limit beverage availability.
In the Visa survey, respondents felt they overspent more on food, drink and cake than any other aspect of their wedding. The bar tab can quickly add up at the end of the night, but couples can limit the bar expense by making only a few different types of drinks available. Offer just two or three drink options instead of a full bar. Couples can also consider a cash bar for mixed drinks to help lower the bar tab by the end of the night.
paid, couples can then enjoy a more traditional honeymoon, possibly in celebration of their fi rst anniversary.
limit the guest list.
Inviting all friends and family members might be a nice gesture, but it’s also an expensive one. Cost-conscious couples can save a good deal of money by only inviting those friends and family members who are closest to them.
order less extravagant floral arrangements. Flo-
ral arrangements for a wedding can prove very expensive. But couples can trim those costs using more greenery in the fl oral displays and ordering less expensive, seasonal fl owers. When discussing arrangements with the fl orist, explain that the budget can only allow so much for fl owers, and work together to fi nd ways to add aesthetic appeal without breaking the bank. n
switch from Saturday.
Saturday weddings are not only the most popular, but also the most expensive. Couples with some fl exibility can save money by moving their wedding to a Friday or Sunday. Couples who move their weddings to Friday often fi nd they get to spend more time with their friends and families the following day, as guests are more inclined to stay in town an extra day than they are on Sunday afternoons following a wedding.
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Wedding Items .............................$_____ Budgeted Amount ........................$_____ Amount Spent ..............................$_____ Venue and rentals .........................$_____ Food and service ..........................$_____ Beverages .....................................$_____ Cake .............................................$_____ Miscellaneous fees .......................$_____ Gown and alterations ...................$_____ Headpiece and veil .......................$_____ Accessories ..................................$_____ Makeup and hair ..........................$_____ Groom’s tux or suit ......................$_____ Groom’s accessories.....................$_____ Floral arrangements .....................$_____ Bouquets ......................................$_____ Ring pillow...................................$_____ Boutonnieres ................................$_____ Corsages .......................................$_____ Reception decorations ..................$_____ Lighting ........................................$_____ Ceremony musicians ....................$_____ Reception musicians ....................$_____ Photography .................................$_____ Videography .................................$_____ Transportation ..............................$_____ Favours.........................................$_____ Ceremony fees .............................$_____ Invitations ....................................$_____ Stationery .....................................$_____ Wedding rings ..............................$_____ Honeymoon ..................................$_____ valleybride 2012
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ost-conscious couples today seek different ways they can reduce expenses on their weddings. Doit-yourself weddings have grown in popularity, and creating personalized wedding invitations is one way to save money and dream up something special. Wedding invitations can range in price depending on the service used. Many brick-and-mortar printing companies have gone by the wayside, and online printing sources have replaced them. The reduced overhead means that many online retailers can produce wedding invitations at a lower cost than in years past. That doesnâ€™t mean they are cheap, however. Couples can expect to pay anywhere from $150 to $500 on invitations depending on style and quantity, according to estimates from many printing company web sites. Expect to pay around $90 for postage if mailing 100 standard invitations that do not require extra postage and include stamped response cards. In order to avoid overpaying for wedding invitations, or 24â€ƒ valleybride 2012
simply to create a personalized invitation, many couples are opting to go the do-it-yourself route. DIY invitations are even more common thanks to the popularity of scrapbooking and papercrafting. Although people may have different standards in terms of quality for their invitations, itâ€™s important to realize the invitation is the first thing guests often see concerning the wedding, and it will help set the tone of the upcoming nuptials. Today there are many options when it comes to making invitations oneself. Couples can be as hands-on or handsoff as they like. Here are some choices to consider.
design it yourself, but hire a printer. Couples can visit web sites that enable them to choose paper type, ink color, a certain template, wording, colour scheme, embellishments, dye-cutting, and many other different options. Then the couple sits back and waits for the invites to come in the mail where they are put together before being sent out. These may be the most expensive of the DIY invites because a printer is still doing much of the work.
use wedding invitation kits. Many stationery shops, craft stores and office supply retailers offer all-in-one kits that can be purchased. These feature a standard design with the accoutrements of that particular design. Most will come with envelopes and small response cards. The couple simply uses the template provided to create text on a personal computer and then the invite can be run through a home printer. mix and match components. Couples who want to be a little more hands-on can purchase card stock and envelopes separately and design their own invitations according to colour scheme. Clip art included with some word processing or design software can embellish invites that are then printed on a home printer. Ribbon can be added by punching holes into the invite and threading the ribbon through. do it all yourself.
The truly crafty couple can make their invitations from scratch. This involves drawing out a template, cutting the card stock to fit, selecting envelopes, creating and executing response cards, and decorating the invitations as they see fit. This will require some tools, including scrapbooking or papercrafting supplies. A paper trimmer will help ensure straight cuts, and decorative-edged scissors can help hide any small mistakes in the edges. While this may be a cheaper option
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saving money on wedding components has become essential for many couples in this economy if couples get good prices on all the paper components, it also entails the most work and the greatest margin of error. Choosing to take on some aspects of invitation creation can help reduce costs and personalize the event even more. n
ccording to TheKnot.com, the unoffi cial experts on all things weddings, there are some things that may surprise the average person about weddings across the country. Here are some facts to consider. • The average engagement ring costs more than $,00. • Most brides have one do-it-yourself element, such as favours or escort cards.
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• “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and “Lady in Red” are the two most popular fi rst dance songs. • 7 per cent of brides wear white. • Only 9 per cent of couples rely on a wedding planner. • Ancient Romans broke a cake over the bride’s head to symbolize fertility. Today, brides must be fortunate to have only a little cake smashed in their faces! n
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hances are those who have attended a wedding have witnessed some popular traditions take place. The bride wears a veil, a court of wedding attendants accompanies the bride and groom, and birdseed, rice or flower petals are tossed. But have you ever wondered why? Wedding customs are ripe with tradition and harken back to days when superstition and myth often ruled the day.
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throwing rice: Today it has become de rigueur to blow
bubbles, toss birdseed or release doves when the bride and groom leave the house of worship newly betrothed. That’s because savvy individuals found that raw rice can pose a hazard to birds pecking in the area. However, rice throwing is an old custom that dates back to the Middle Ages when wheat or rice were thrown to symbolize fertility for the couple.
bouquet: Nowadays, the bride carries a beautiful bouquet
of fl owers. But the purpose of the bouquet held different meanings in the past. Saracen brides carried orange blossoms for fertility. Others carried a combination of herbs and fl owers to ward off evil spirits with their aroma. Bouquets of dill were often carried, again for fertility reasons, and after the ceremony, the dill was eaten to encourage lust.
bridesmaids: There may be arguments over dresses and
how many bridesmaids to have in a wedding party now, but in ancient times it was “the more the merrier.” That’s because bridesmaids were another measure to keep the bride safe against evil spirits. Essentially the bridesmaids were decoys for the spirits – dressing like the bride to confuse the spirits or maybe help deter them to leave the bride be.
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ancient Egypt. The round shape of a ring symbolizes eternal love. The ring is worn on the fourth fi nger of the left hand because it is believed this fi nger has a blood vessel that goes directly to the heart.
wedding cake: The traditional wedding cake evolved
from Roman times when the cake was originally made from wheat. It was broken over the bride’s head to ensure fertility. All of the guests eat a piece for good luck. Single women used to place a piece of wedding cake under their pillows in the hopes of fi nding their own husbands.
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very couple wants their wedding to be memorable. The goal of planning a wedding is to create an experience that everyone will remember for years to come. For some couples, a theme wedding is the best way to accomplish just that. When it comes time to select a theme, the day the wedding takes place may dictate the theme. For example, if the wedding takes place on Halloween, the ideas for the theme are easy. Many other couples choose a theme that highlights a specific interest or hobby or something that is dear to them. Here are some popular wedding themes.
holiday: The Christmas season lends itself well to wedding planning. The colours (red, green or gold) are already established, and most churches and buildings are already decked out in holiday finery, cutting down on the amount of flowers and embellishments couples need. Because the holiday season is so busy and a popu34 valleybride 2012
lar time for socializing, couples who want to tie the knot during this time of year should send save-the-date cards well in advance. Another option is to have a “Christmas in July” wedding, featuring the same holiday themes but without the hectic nature of the holiday season.
Vegas: Couples who want to tie the knot in Las Vegas but want to ensure all their loved ones can attend can recreate the magic of Sin City wherever they may be. Casino-inspired games and big buffet meals can make guests feel like they have stepped into a casino on the famed Vegas strip. In addition, an Elvis impersonator is essential to a Vegas wedding. TV show: Some couples elevate certain television shows to cult status. Whether it’s “Friends” or “Star Trek,” popular television shows have been transformed into festive wedding themes. Whether the idea is to go daring and exchange vows in costume or simply name reception
tables according to characters or show locations, couples can include a little television fun into the event.
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scuba diving? Couples who share a particular interest can include elements of this sport or hobby into their wedding. Invitations and decor can hint at the theme, and then special activities can further enhance it. Fish bowls as centerpieces may call to mind underwater adventures, while surfboard-shaped invites may set the scene for a beachside party.
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efore discussing table settings for their weddings, many couples fi nd it helpful to brush up on some fl oral terminology before visiting fl orists. It can make you appear more knowledgeable and prepared if you understand what will be discussed and are able to choose what you want. It also helps to ensure your money is being spent in the best way possible. Here are some common and some lesser known fl orist terms that can be advantageous to know.
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A nosegay arranged tightly with con-
centric circles of differently coloured fl owers. The fl owers are wired into a holder with only one type of fl ower in each ring.
A dense bunch of blooms that are kept together in a bouquet holder, wired or tied with ribbon.
One full fl ower and a fl owering stem wired together to form a slender handle that is held in one hand.
A centerpiece featuring wildfl owers.
Small, round bouquets composed of densely packed round flowers and fill.
Specialized foam that is used in bouquet holders and centerpieces to retain water and keep blooms fresh.
A flower-covered ball that is suspended from a ribbon. It is often carried by child attendants.
Smaller than nosegays but similar in design.
A bunch of long-stemmed flowers cradled in the bride’s arms. It’s sometimes known as a pageant bouquet.
Flowers trimmed into geometric shapes.
A smaller copy of the bride’s bouquet to use in the bouquet toss.
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ill said it best: “To thine own self be true.” William Shakespeare’s words are the best advice for a bride-to-be when she’s searching for a gown.
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• Another suggestion is to include the groom. “I always like to ask ‘has he made any suggestions’,” White said. • Being open-minded is key. And if still stumped, turn to the experts – staff at the dress shops. White said half the fun of her job is helping a bride-to-be find that magical dress that she assumed wasn’t for her.
by Heather Colpitts firstname.lastname@example.org When it comes to picking the right gown, brides-to-be know what they want, often even before they walk in the door of the bridal shop.
• Don’t be overwhelmed by the selection. Heidi Tobler, co-owner of downtown Langley’s Everything But the Groom bridal shop, said sometimes brides-to-be think they have to try on every dress in the store. If it’s for fun, go ahead, but she suggests picking a selection of the various silhouettes and trying them on to decide which dress shape is right for you. Then look for dresses in that silhouette.
The vast majority of the time, the dress chosen is one of the first five the woman has tried on, explained Michelle White, co-owner of Ivory Bridal in Langley. So brides-to-be, trust your instincts.
• Travel light even if family and friends offer to go on the gown hunt, because having lots of people is simply added stress during an already hectic time. Tobler said having a large group means too many opinions to be truly helpful to the bride-to-be. “Make sure you are true to yourself,” Tobler advised. “It’s about you that day.” n
But for those who still aren’t sure about picking a gown, or rather the gown, there are some tips. • Do research. Bridal magazines and the Internet can help a woman decide which styles she likes but don’t assume looking good in a regular dress will mean the same style in a gown will be flattering. “Construction of wedding gowns is so very different from their regular clothes,” White emphasized.
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foundation Choose a good quality, oil-free foundation. Foundation and concealer are the most important aspect to looking good in photographs. Even the tiniest blemishes can show up in your photographs. Also, since many of us don’t have perfect skin, these products allow for a flawless look.
Apply with a large powder makeup brush for your touch-ups. This will prevent an “overload” of powder applied during the course of the day. A good large brush will dust powder on lightly.
Choose a mineral foundation for optimal results. Before application, make sure you moisturize with an oil-free moisturizer before applying foundation, especially for those with oily skin.
Choose eye products that are more matte or satin finish. Metallic, frost or creamy eyeshadows tend to eventually cake in the crease of your eye.
Applying eyeliner will definitely give you a stunning look. However, eyeliners that are too oily will tend to smear much easier.
allow your skin to absorb moisturizer first, then continue with makeup application. using a shimmering moisturizer before applying your foundation gives your skin a very subtle glow.
eyeliner and mascara
Use a waterproof eyeliner pencil or a gel liner. These cake/gel liners have a better staying power.
Always keep your powder nearby. It will combat shine! Use over entire face, around eyes as well as your neck; the flash of the camera will reflect off your face but not your neck.
Once your eyeshadow and eyeliner is in place, be sure to apply a black waterproof mascara. Any bride who forgoes
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blush Blush is possibly one of the most overlooked beauty products, however, it is probably one of the most important. It makes brides look healthier and more alive. Powder blush is the most popular type of blush, and the easiest to apply on humid days. In actuality, it doesn’t tend to slip and slide in hot weather, which is just what you need. When you apply blush to your cheeks, make sure your makeup brush is not damp. If it is not completely dry, you can get a streaky application.
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aith plays an important role in many people’s lives, perhaps even more so when it comes time to celebrate a wedding. However, couples who do not share the same faith may have to make some compromises. Although romantic feelings may transcend faith, heritage and other factors that make people so different, individuals who are quite religious often fi nd that there are some challenges to getting married to someone outside their own faith. Depending on the faith, some religions will not honour a wedding that does not conform to their strict guidelines for a wedding within the faith. Oftentimes, this means that both participants need to have been raised according to the faith, including meeting certain religious milestones throughout their lives. For example, Catholics must have been baptised, received communion and been confi rmed under the auspices of the Catholic church before being allowed to marry. They must present offi cial certifi cates of these sacraments in order to receive a religious Catholic wedding. Those of the Jewish faith may believe in a “bashert,” a belief that everyone has a soul mate. According to the Talmud, 0 days before a male child is conceived a voice from heaven announces whose daughter he is going to marry. In Yiddish, this perfect match is called “bashert,” a word meaning fate or destiny. The bashert is typically one who is also Jewish.
To handle the intricacies of an interfaith marriage, it is wise to speak to clergy in your respective religions to see what will be required of you as a couple. There could be workarounds, depending on what the couple decide. Some couples feel it is in their best interest if either one of them converts to the other’s religion so that the ceremony is easier. Others choose to hold two distinct re-
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ligious ceremonies if the officiants are lenient in their rules to allow it to happen. In other cases, couples feel it is better to have a non-denominational wedding to avoid any obstacles. Even though this ceremony will not be sanctioned by either church, the couple can still choose to include prayers and customs specific to their faiths in the ceremony. Many couples decide that their mutual love and happiness is reason enough for an interfaith wedding, even if that means sacrificing acceptance by their clergy and church. Interfaith couples should begin wedding planning early to discover what will be expected of them to have the wedding they desire n
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ess than an hour away from Abbotsford, Rowena’s Inn on the River feels like a destination resort, and is fast becoming a popular choice for brides and grooms-to-be.
Built in 1894 by area pioneers, and home to the notable Pretty family since 1924, the elegant manor house and nearby cabins are reminiscent of another era, a rare find in our part of the world. “It’s secluded and serene, it’s out of town – it’s really a one of a kind place,” said Kayla Johannessen, wedding coordinator for the resort. Rowena’s Inn is part of the Pretty Estates Resort, a 160-acre complex alongside the Harrison and Chehalis rivers that includes the spectacular 18-hole Sandpiper Golf Course and acclaimed River’s Edge Restaurant. With stunning setting and vistas, the romantic haven is made for weddings.
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Bookings include all accommodations at the inn and cabins. “It’s like having the resort to yourself. Family and friends can stay the night before for the rehearsal, dine at the River’s Edge Restaurant – people can relax and spend a lot of quality time together,” said Johannessen. It seems the par-72 golf course built along the Harrison River is also hard to resist. “Many of the grooms and their
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friends slip out for a couple rounds of golf early in the morning, then get back in time to dress for the wedding,” she said. Guests have full use of the exquisitely appointed inn, with its five sumptous bedrooms on the upper floor, plus two sitting rooms on the main floor and a dining space that opens to the front lawn via french doors.
a rare find in our part of the world Hidden in the trees, four â€œrusticâ€? log cabins offer jacuzzi tubs, wood-burning fireplaces, heated floors and views of the forest or the river. The cabins are a romantic get-away for newlyweds who choose to relax at the resort for a few days after wedding festivities are over. Executive chef Michelle Fraser and her team prepare meals with local artisan cheeses, organic hazelnuts and other foods in their West Coast cuisine. Rowenaâ€™s offers plated dinners for up to 50 guests, and buffet-style meals for larger parties. The inn has two stunning outdoor sites on which to hold the ceremony and wedding party, either on the sprawling emerald lawn or adjacent to the sparkling blue swimming pool. â€œThis past summer we had a wedding for 80 around the pool. The head table was at one end, other tables were around the pool deck, and we had lighted candles floating in the water,â€? said Johanneson. An expansive tent is used for large parties of up to 165, with elegant drapings, candles and crystals dangling from arrangements and trees to create a truly magical atmosphere.
Since theyâ€™re outside, guests can take in the gorgeous setting of the river, the green forests, grand mountains and peaks in the distance, the delight of wildlife at the waterâ€™s edge and the dramatic light at the end of a summerâ€™s day. With everything on hand for a wedding, Rowenaâ€™s also partners with Valley Weddings to offer brides optional custom dĂŠcor packages, from flowers to linens. â€œIn that sense, we can provide the bride with exactly what she wants,â€? Johannessen said. Rowenaâ€™s can also offer special touches, such as a lovely horse-drawn carriage to deliver the bride. Costs are comparable to Vancouver hotels, with rooms at $225 to $250 per night, and cabins at $350 a night during peak season, from May 1 to Sept. 30. Full packages depend on the number of guests and other options, but range from $2,500 for an intimate wedding for 26, to $17,500 for a large party of 160. Summer or winter, there are many ways couples can take in the local beauty and unwind. Besides the unforgettable golf course, there is hiking, fishing and boating. Nearby Hemlock Valley has summer hikes and winter skiing, boarding and snowshoeing. Visiting Harrison Hot Springs or historic Kilby Store, a summer cycling food tour, eagle watching and eco tours are also favourite pastimes. Dates for the coming summer are already going fast, said Johannessen. To find out more about Rowenaâ€™s, call her at 1-877-796-1001 or visit the website at www. sandpipergolfclub.com. Better yet, visit Rowenaâ€™s for dinner or challenge the links at the Sandpiper Golf Club. They are at 14282 Morris Valley Rd., Harrison Mills, about 40 minutes east of Mission. n
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lthough prime wedding season runs from May through October, many brides- and grooms-to-be choose to tie the knot during the winter, with the holidays providing a popular backdrop to the wedding festivities. Holiday weddings are often joyous affairs. People are jolly, decorations abound, and there’s a chance that some snowfall can make your picturesque photo dreams come true. And considering most churches and reception sites are already trimmed in seasonal decor to accommodate various holiday parties, chances are you can save a little money on floral arrangements and extra accessories. Having a wedding during the holidays also makes it easier to plan out themes and colour schemes. For those who have difficulty deciding on bubblegum pink bridesmaids gowns or teal table linens, working with the colours of the winter season makes planning simple. Choose among burgundy, berry red, forest green, gold, silver, cream, and light blue to set the mood of the event. Deep red gowns complement any skin tone, and bouquets full of green and white fill call to mind a light snow dusting evergreen boughs. When selecting wedding invitations, be sure to choose a design that will set the invitation apart from the holiday
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greetings already being delivered to wedding guests. You may want to forgo a folded card or any holiday inspired embellishments on the invitations altogether. Instead, go with a classic white or off-white card. A border of snowflakes or a mention of a holiday theme in the invitation wording will clue in guests to the wedding’s holiday theme. Because the holidays are already a busy time of the year, there are a few other considerations couples should heed when planning their weddings. • Push up the dates of your meetings with vendors. The season is awash in parties and other festive events, therefore, reception sites, caterers, florists, limousine services, and disc jockeys may book quickly. Try to secure as many vendors as possible as soon as you set your wedding date. • Consult with a clergy member to discuss having a religious wedding during the holiday season. Certain dates may be restricted due to liturgical requirements or simply because of special church-related events. • Wedding guests are likely to be busy themselves during the holiday season, so be sure to send out savethe-date cards to advertise your wedding well in
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hen asked to play a role in the wedding of a friend or family member, most people are honoured and willing to do whatever it takes. That willingness to be helpful is often a blessing, as wedding party participants each have their own unique responsibilities.
honour’s duties also extend to the wedding day itself, when she will be expected to help the bride get dressed and toast the new bride at the reception that night. The best man’s role includes organizing the bachelor
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The maid of honour and best man are counterparts in the wedding. The bride and groom’s right hand woman and man, respectively, the maid of honour and best man are often siblings or very close friends of the bride or groom. Though their responsibilities are similar, the maid of honour and best man don’t have completely identical roles. The maid of honour might have the most responsibilities of anyone aside from the bride and groom. The maid of honour will help the bride shop for her dress and must also plan the bridal shower and the bachelorette party. The maid of
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party and toasting the groom at the reception. The best man also plays a logistical role, organizing the newlyweds’ transportation to the airport the morning after the wedding as well as organizing the groomsmen’s gift to the couple.
bridesmaids & groomsmen
The role of the bridesmaids and groomsmen are similar. Bridesmaids and groomsmen are often the siblings or close friends of the bride and groom, and they accompany each other down the aisle during the wedding procession. Typically, the role of bridesmaid and groomsmen is to offer any assistance in making the ceremony go smoothly. Groomsmen may act as ushers, while bridesmaids might help address wedding invitations and choose vendors for the ceremony and reception. How involved the bridesmaids and groomsmen become is often contingent on how close they live to the bride and groom and how much help is needed the day of the ceremony.
flower girl & ring bearer
The flower girl and the ring bearer are typically very young members of the family, such as very young siblings or a niece or nephew of the bride or groom. The flower girl will carry a basket of flowers during the wedding procession, often tossing flower petals on the ground to signify the bride’s entrance. The ring bearer is a boy and carries a pillow with the rings sewn on it during the wedding procession.
The bride and groom’s parents play the role of hosts. The tradition of the bride’s parents paying for the wedding entirely by themselves has largely fallen by the wayside thanks to the escalating costs of throwing a wedding. However, if the bride’s parents are footing the bill, then they will typically act as hosts of the wedding. In that instance, the groom’s parents will host the rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding. During the ceremony, the bride is most often walked down the aisle by her father, though some brides choose to have both parents included in the walk down the aisle. The groom’s parents will often walk down the aisle ahead of the procession and take their seats. The parents may also play a role in the months leading up to the wedding. For instance, the mother of the bride might help plan the bridal shower, while the father of the groom might help plan any activities, such as a golf outing, for the groomsmen and additional friends of the groom a day or two before the wedding. n
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t is sometimes diffi cult to ask for what you truly want as a gift. After all, you don’t want to seem like you are picky, overly choosy or ungrateful when receiving gifts. So for holidays and birthdays you may make do with keeping mum and being thankful for those sweaters or knickknacks you don’t need. But what about when it comes to your wedding? Industry experts say that more and more couples are coming into the marriage with their household already established. Whether they’ve chosen to live together during their engagement or have already accumulated their own housewares, there’s a good chance that a new toaster or set of towels is not high on their priority lists. What many couples need and can use is cold, hard cash. But it’s not so easy to ask for cash in a tactful way. That’s where specialized gift registries come into play. With the services of a cash or other type of gift registry, like Deposit a Gift (www.depositagift.com), couples can create a customized registry and web site and ask guests to help build their dreams one dollar at a time. Instead of shower or wedding guests showing up with a gift box or bag in tow, they simply deposit money toward
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an item the couple is saving for. This may be a new set of cabinets for their newly purchased home or a tool to place in the garage. With a brief description and a price attached to the registry item, guests can help fulfi ll the dollar amount needed for the couple to later purchase things they truly need.
more and more couples are coming into the marriage with their household already established Couples can use the registry as a savings account and watch the dollar amount grow. Later on they can go out and purchase the items they need or use the money for another purpose. There’s no need to worry about duplicate blenders or engraved fl atware that may never be put to use. Also, precious time doesn’t need to be spent before the wedding sorting, storing and exchanging items that were gifted. There are also advantages for the people doing the gifting. With the ease of a few mouse clicks, they’re able to deposit money into the registry account. That means no fussing with stores or gift wrap, and certainly no lugging large gifts to a remote bridal shower location – a task not easily done in heels.
Cash registries provide a polite way of asking friends and relatives for the items you can really use to start your new lives together as a married couple. Furthermore, the same registry concept can be applied to any major events in life moving forward, from the birth of children to birthdays to holidays. n
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t a wedding reception, it’s traditional for the guests to fi nd a little something left on their place at the table.
The form that little something takes has become incredibly varied, as modern marrying couples take the opportunity to use those donations to personalize their nuptials.
“Everything can be themed,” she noted. Beach and western themes are popular, as are Vegas themes for weddings in Sin City. Some couples are even giving away living tree seedlings, something people can take home and plant to remember the wedding day. Gilbert has one fi nal note: don’t give out something so heavy, or bulky, that out of town guests have trouble cramming it into their suitcases for the trip home. n
Roz Gilbert has advised hundreds of brides and grooms over the years through her Langley-based company, Making Memories. “It’s just unlimited what you can do,” Gilbert said. One of the most traditional items for a place setting is a small sachet with a few mints or chocolates, and that’s the only one that Gilbert discourages. Too many people won’t take it, and others will simply eat a few, then leave the wrapping behind. It means putting in time and money, and then dealing with a lot of clean up afterwards. “You want something that they can take home,” Gilbert said. “It has to be unique enough or perceived as valuable enough to pick up. That doesn’t mean it has to be expensive.” Many couples now make the small giveaway items. Jams and jellies in small jars are increasingly popular, and one couple Gilbert worked with handcrafted candle holders out of birch for their guests. Candies and chocolates can work, but covering candy bars in personalized wrappers with the bride and groom’s name is possible, and putting candy in a small decorative vase is another creative idea. Then there are dozens of small items that can be bought in bulk, from wine stoppers (try one per couple, rather than one each, Gilbert suggests) to golf balls to key chains.
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ver the course of their lifetimes, many people will be wedding guests on several occasions. During the height of wedding season, weddings can run into one another, as the format and the festivities are similar at various ceremonies. Couples interested in setting their nuptials apart may want to enhance the wedding reception with a few unique ideas. Who hasn’t attended a wedding that seems formulaic? The couple enters, they do their spotlight dance, there’s food, a bouquet toss and then the cake cutting. Guests may actually be able to predict what’s coming next. While it is often customary and easy to follow tradition, that doesn’t mean you cannot buck with tradition and offer a few creative ideas to make your event stand out. Here are several ideas you can introduce into your wedding to add something special to the reception.
skip the big entrance. Those who were kind enough to
attend the ceremony have already been introduced to the newly minted happy couple. Instead of spending the cocktail hour in the isolation of the wedding suite, mingle with your guests from start to fi nish. So much time is spent posing for pictures or being out of touch with guests, the cocktail hour can be a great time to sit and chat. Being with guests during the cocktail hour means you don’t have to make that big entrance from behind closed doors. Guests will have all eyes on you when you step on the dance fl oor for your fi rst dance together.
dance to an upbeat number. Guests are expecting a slow,
sappy tune. What they may not expect is an upbeat song that shows you are willing to have a little fun. If you haven’t mastered the waltz but enjoy a little quick step now and again, feel free to choose a tune that shows your excitement and love for each other.
encourage couples to dance together. It’s often custom-
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choose one special component as an extra goodie for guests. Some couples feel the more they offer the better
guests will view their wedding. Spending more money doesn’t necessarily mean guests will have a better time. If you want to go above and beyond the ordinary, find one thing that you absolutely love and offer that at the party. It could be a flambé presentation, a chocolate or candy bar, a carving station with your all-time favourite food (even if that’s PB&J), or a carnival-inspired automatic photo booth.
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that leaves spouses or significant others waiting in the wings while their dates tango with groomsmen or bridesmaids. Instead, don’t have assigned partners. Rather, encourage your bridal party members to dance with whomever they choose.
swap the bouquet/garter toss for something more meaningful. If you’re part of a couple who feels the garter
and bouquet toss has become trite, there are other ways to create special moments in your celebration – ones that don’t single out the singletons who haven’t yet found their special someones. Use this time to present a small gift or token of your affection to someone on the guest list who has served as a mentor or source of inspiration.
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Although it’s hard to beat the performance quality of your wedding song being performed by the original artist, unless you’re cousins with Celine Dion, chances are she won’t be available to sing “My Heart Will Go On” at your reception. However, a live band adds a certain level of excitement that a disk jockey may not be able to provide. Those who are adding a cultural or ethnic component to their wedding may want to hire a dance troupe or another type of performer, like a bagpiper, as an added measure of entertainment for guests.
stage a costume switch. Let’s face it, dancing all night in a long gown takes some stamina. As the bride, have a more comfortable cocktail dress available to switch into for the latter part of the reception. It will also add some variety to your wedding photos. n
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o many decisions, so little time. With all the choices couples have to make around their big day, it’s tempting just to leave some traditions, like wedding cakes, behind. For those who’ve grown up with a piece of their parents’ old wedding cake as a permanent fixture in the family deepfreeze, that might make sense. But wedding cakes have come a long way from the old, onesize-fi ts-all fruitcake buried in a thick layer of inedible icing, and couples shouldn’t be too quick to pass up this chance to make a stylish (and delicious) statement as they tie the knot. “I love the brides who come in and are original,” says Christine Cutajar, a Chilliwack cake artist, who’s been designing wedding cakes for years. To this day, she still gets new clients who ask if their cake has to be fruitcake. Her answer is “defi nitely not.”
“Your jaw can drop when you see it, but if it doesn’t taste good, what is the point of spending all that money?” she asks. Her advice is to ask cake designers about the ingredients they use, whether their cakes are made from scratch or a mix and whether the fondant and icing they use is made fresh or bought pre-made. New trends in design also give couples a chance to create their own, one-of-a-kind cake. The trend in 0 is toward minimalist cakes in mostly white or cream that act as blank canvases for designers like Cutajar, who can hand paint, emboss or pipe them with patterns from fabric, invitations, dresses and other themes. For tiered cakes, the trend is toward narrower, more vertical creations, but doing away with tiers altogether and creating a cake table with a selection of single-tiered cakes in different fl avours is also becoming a popular new option.
For Cutajar, the most significant trend in cakes over the years has been toward new fl avours, and she encourages her clients to think beyond vanilla and chocolate to fl avours like red velvet and lime.
At Christine’s Creative Cakes, however, Cutajar says the most popular choice among couples is cupcakes, a trend that took the wedding scene by storm a few years ago.
While couples can get caught up focusing on the look of their cake, Cutajar insists there’s no reason to compromise to on fl avour.
Arranged on a stand to resemble a tiered cake, the cupcakes are a pretty and practical alternative to a single wedding cake.
Guests help themselves, and the couple saves the cakecutting fee that most caterers charge to cut and distribute the cake after the newlyweds have posed for the fi rst slice. Regardless of where couples get their ideas and what fl avour and design options they choose, Cutajar encourages them to make their own statement. “If they see a picture in a magazine, that’s somebody else’s cake,” she said. “You may like elements, but how can you make it your cake?” n
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part of your ceremony There are many meaningful ways for a child to be included. But since kids can be unpredictable, you’ll want to make sure they are playing an appropriate part for their age, and that you’ve done everything you can to make them comfortable.
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here’s no reason why you can’t have two or even three fl ower girls – it will add to their confi dence and ups the cuteness quotient. Avoid choosing someone who is too young – she will be confused and perhaps scared. An older girl may be more suited for a job such as reader, or junior bridesmaid.
what is a ring bearer? A ring bearer is usually a young boy
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There’s no reason why you can’t have two ring bearers. Give them each a ring to carry and send them down the aisle together. Or, if you’re having a long train, get two boys to act as pages or trainbearers instead. Avoid choosing someone who is too young – he will be confused and perhaps scared. An older boy may be more suited for a job such as reader.
to do this is buy her a book about being a fl ower girl which will explain her role, and get her excited. Seat her parents on the aisle, near the front so that she can see them when she walks down the aisle and during the ceremony itself. Ask a bridesmaid to be her “buddy” and make sure she uses the restroom before the ceremony. Most of all, don’t be too nervous that she will make a mistake. If she dumps all her petals at the start of the aisle, runs instead of walks, or even starts to cry, guests will think it’s cute.
what she should wear? Often, a fl ower girl is dressed in a mini-version of the bride’s dress, or a white dress with a sash that matches the bridesmaid’s dresses. But you can choose any sweet dress that ties into the look of the wedding. Make sure it’s comfortable and not too long, so that she won’t be pulling at her dress or tripping down the aisle. If your fl ower girl doesn’t like dresses, choose a pants outfi t with the same level of formality as the bridesmaid dresses.
between the ages of and who has a special connection to the bride and groom. He may be related to them, or just be a family friend. He walks down the aisle immediately after the fl ower girl, or last bridesmaid, with the wedding rings tied to a small pillow.
can a ring bearer be a girl? Absolutely! Depending on how feminine your ring bearer is, she may wish to have some fl ower petals on her pillow as well, and wear a dress that matches the fl ower girl’s.
preparing your ring bearer for his role. Seat his parents on the aisle, near the front so that he can see them when he walks down the aisle and during the ceremony itself. Ask a groomsman to be his “buddy” and make sure he uses the restroom before the ceremony. You may wish to ask his parents to cut down on the sugar intake the morning of the wedding. Avoid the pressure on him by tying only fake
rings to the pillow, and wait to give him the pillow until immediately before he goes down the aisle. Also, ask his parents to bring a change of clothes – young girls are usually happy to wear dressy clothes all day, but young boys are often itching to get out of them!
what he should wear. Some people love the look of “minigroomsmen” where the ring bearer wears a tiny tuxedo. If you’re dressing the fl ower girl in a white dress, rather than matching the bridesmaids, you may wish to fi nd a white outfi t for the ring bearer as well. For the littlest ring bearers, an Eton jacket with short pants is a classic. n
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❏ Book the rehearsal and rehearsaldinner venues ❏ Check on printing of wedding invitations ❏ Order the cake ❏ Send the guest list to the bridalshower hostess ❏ Purchase shoes and start dress fi ttings ❏ Schedule hair and makeup artists ❏ Choose songs ❏ Plan welcome baskets ❏ _____________________________ ❏ _____________________________ ❏ _____________________________
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❏ Finalize the menu and the fl owers ❏ Order favours, if desired ❏ Create a toast makers’ list ❏ Finalize readings ❏ Purchase the rings ❏ Finalize order of the ceremony and reception ❏ Print menu cards and programs ❏ Purchase undergarments and visit dressmaker for second fi tting ❏ Send schedule to vendors ❏ _____________________________ ❏ _____________________________ ❏ _____________________________
❏ Put RSVPs into guest-list database and phone guests who haven’t yet responded. ❏ Get marriage licence ❏ Mail rehearsal-dinner invitations ❏ Have fi nal dress fi tting ❏ Stock the bar ❏ Send out as many fi nal payments as you can ❏ Confi rm times for hair and makeup and vendors ❏ Assign seating ❏ Purchase bridesmaids’ gifts to hand out at the rehearsal dinner ❏ Write vows, if necessary ❏ Get hair cut and coloured, if desired ❏ _____________________________ ❏ _____________________________ ❏ _____________________________
Seven to Six Months Before ❏ Purchase invitations and hire a calligrapher ❏ Plan your honeymoon ❏ Shop for bridesmaids’ dresses ❏ Meet with the offi ciant ❏ Send save-the-date cards ❏ Reserve structural and electrical necessities ❏ Book a fl orist ❏ Procure transportation ❏ Start composing a day-of timeline ❏ _____________________________ ❏ _____________________________ ❏ _____________________________
Two Months Before ❏ Discuss locations and shots with photographer ❏ Review playlist with the band or the deejay ❏ Send invitations ❏ Touch base with vendors ❏ Submit a newspaper wedding announcement ❏ Enjoy bachelorette party ❏ _____________________________ ❏ _____________________________ ❏ _____________________________
Week of ❏ Reconfi rm arrival times with all vendors ❏ Delegate small wedding-day tasks to friends and family members ❏ Send fi nal timeline to bridal party ❏ Make arrangements for the dress to be delivered or pick it up yourself ❏ Supply photographer with a list of moments you want captured ❏ Set aside checks and tip envelope for vendors ❏ Book spa treatment ❏ Send fi nal guest count to caterer and venues ❏ Break in shoes ❏ Assemble welcome baskets and distribute ❏ Pack for honeymoon ❏ _____________________________ ❏ _____________________________ ❏ _____________________________ ❏ _____________________________ ❏ _____________________________ ❏ _____________________________ ❏ _____________________________
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Calling all brides-to-be If you are planning a wedding in the future you will not want to miss the Welcome Wagon Bridal Showcase at Northview Golf & Country Club, Monday, February 6 and at Langley Golf & Banquet Centre February 27. The show features local merchants who exhibit their products and services allowing brides to examine their quality of work first hand. During the intermission, brides will have a chance to browse and speak to vendors as well as enjoy complimentary refreshments.
Tickets are FREE for the bride and her guests. Complimentary refreshments. For complimentary tickets or exhibitor booths, call: Sarah Gains 778-839-8581 Email or register online at www.welcomewagon.ca
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