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Harrison Hot Springs provides an ideal setting for your wedding. The snow-capped mountains surrounding Harrison Lake provide a gorgeous backdrop for an event to remember. Celebrate your big day with friends and family in beautiful Harrison Hot Springs.

At the Ramada Hotel our sales staff will help you plan your wedding from start to finish. Whether it’s a small intimate wedding or a reception for up to 150, we will help you with all of the details from the venue for your wedding ceremony, the schedule of events, coordinating all food and beverage details and providing recommendations for photographers, DJ’s and musicians, our sales staff will be there for you.



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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

Special thanks to Cristal at Level 6 Images, Harry Lauder Photography, Darren McDonald, Rick Collins and Macphail Photography for supplying photos for Valleybride.

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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 wedding’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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3. flowers. Eco-conscious

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.

8. venues.

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, 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.

Rick is one of the most sought-after photographers in the Lower Mainland

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Q.  In  this  day  and  digital  age  where  everyone  and  their  grandmothers  are  photographers,  why  hire  a  professional?

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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  

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  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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forgo a traditional honeymoon. Seventeen per cent 

of male respondents to the Visa survey felt they overspent  on  their  honeymoon.  While  it’s  certainly  nice  to  fl y  off  to the Caribbean and spend your fi rst week as a married  couple soaking up some sun, a more local getaway for a  couple of days can be just as relaxing and save couples  substantial amounts of money. Once the bills have been 

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here’s no getting around the fact that weddings can  be expensive. For many couples, they’re the fi rst  of the largest expenses they will make together. It’s  quite easy for individuals to go over budget on their wedding day if they do not carefully keep track of what has  been  spent  on  all  the  elements  of  the  big  day.  Use  this  budget  planner  to  keep  all  of  the  costs  associated  with  the wedding in one easy-to-manage place. n





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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 doesn’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 24  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, it’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

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ccording to, 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.

wedding rings:  Wearing  of  wedding  rings  dates  back  to 

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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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father accompanying the bride: This tradition symbol-

izes  that  the  bride’s  father  endorses  the  choice  of  husband  and  is  presenting  his  daughter  as  a  pure  bride  to  that man.

kissing the bride: In older times, a kiss symbolized a le-

gal bond. Therefore, the bride and groom kissed to seal  the deal on their betrothal. There  are  many  traditions  surrounding  a  wedding  that  people  simply  accept.  But  understanding  their  origins  can make the ceremony more meaningful. n

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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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theme weddings can add up to extra fun “happily  ever  after.”  This  is  what  makes  Disney  properties  as  well  as  the  various  castles  around  the  world  popular backdrops for wedding events. Those planning  a fairytale wedding need only look to favourite stories or  movies for their inspiration.

interest or passion: Love to climb mountains? Avid about 

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 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.

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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.

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eyeliner and mascara

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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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using waterproof mascara is asking for trouble. You will almost surely get some kind of a smear. Don’t take the chance.

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.

lipstick For lip colour to last in hot weather and to look flattering, there are a few options: • • • •

find a lipstick that features a higher colour pigmentation use a lip tint and top off with a gloss use a waterproof lip pencil over the entire lips and then, apply a semi-moist lipstick or gloss matte lipstick can make lips appear dry and dull so stick to something with a little more moisture. n

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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.

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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 “rustic� 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. Rowena’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. “This 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,� 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 they’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 water’s edge and the dramatic light at the end of a summer’s day. With everything on hand for a wedding, Rowena’s also partners with Valley Weddings to offer brides optional custom dĂŠcor packages, from flowers to linens. “In that sense, we can provide the bride with exactly what she wants,â€? Johannessen said. Rowena’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 Rowena’s, call her at 1-877-796-1001 or visit the website at www. Better yet, visit Rowena’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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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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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.

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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 (, 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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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.


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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.

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“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.

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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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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.

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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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.   How do you price your cakes? Does the cost vary       depending on the design and fl avours we choose? .   Do you charge a delivery fee? Does it include set up and     cake table decorations? Are there any other fees we     should know about?

.   What do you do if the cake gets damaged in transit or at     the reception site? .   When are our deposit and fi nal payments due? 7.   How far in advance should we order our cake? .   What is your refund policy if for some reason we need     to cancel our order or if we’re not happy with the cake? 9.   How far in advance do you make the cake? Do you     freeze it and decorate later? 0. Are your cakes and icings made from scratch or bought     pre-made from another company?

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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 

preparing your flower girl for her role. One of the best ways 

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.

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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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Tick off these boxes as you complete your to-dos, filling in extra tasks as needed Sixteen to Nine Months Before

Five to Four Months Before

One Month Before

❏ Start a wedding folder ❏ Work out the budget ❏ Build your wedding party ❏ Settle on a head count ❏ Hire a planner, if desired ❏ Book the date and venues ❏ Book the offi ciant ❏ Research photographers, bands,  fl orists, and caterers ❏ Insert vendor contact information  into a master contact list ❏ Throw engagement party ❏  _____________________________ ❏  _____________________________ ❏  _____________________________

❏ 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 ❏  _____________________________ ❏  _____________________________ ❏  _____________________________

Eight Months Before

Three Months Before

❏ Book the photographer and the  videographer ❏ Book entertainment ❏ Register ❏ Purchase a dress ❏ Start meeting caterers ❏ Reserve block of hotel rooms for  guests ❏ Launch a wedding website ❏  _____________________________ ❏  _____________________________ ❏  _____________________________

❏ 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.

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