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Bridal Fitness Blog Series

I’m so excited to announce the Bridal Fitness Blog series starting on Monday June 6!  This series is perfect for brides wanting to look and feel like a bombshell on their wedding day.  Who wouldn’t want to feel confident and sexy on their big day?
For this series, I’m giddy to say that Samantha Squire and Johanna Seier with be guest blogging on cardio, strength, yoga, and meditation.  Both ladies bring their own experience and expertise to each topic, and in case you haven’t notice these two boss babes are ruling the yoga and fitness scene in Winnipeg!
Get ready for a fitness routine you can do at home, and tips and tricks that will help you stay cool, calm, and collected on your big day.

How to Plan a Bachelorette Party

Brides and wedding planners aren’t the only ones that have planning to do leading up to the wedding – so do the bridesmaids!  They have the responsibility to plan a fabulous bachelorette party for their bff.

Listen up bridesmaids, get together over a bottle of bubbly and follow these four steps to plan the perfect bachelorette party.

1. Choose the Venue(s)

No one knows the bride better than you, her best friends!  When deciding on a venue keep in mind her personality and taste.  The craziest bar in town may be for some brides while others prefer a more low key night with her girls at Ten Spa or on a scavenger hunt at Enigma Escapes.  These are two fab ideas if you live in Winnipeg.  Consider the comfort level of other guests such as the bride’s mom or aunt.  In this case more risqué locations may not be appropriate.
Once you make a reservation don’t forget to call and confirm with the venue one week before the party.
Don’t forget to consider transportation, especially if you have more than one location to go to.   Book a limo, party bus, or vintage vehicle.

Note: Tell your Winnipeg venue that you are there for a bachelorette party.  Often they will give preferential treatment to you dolled up ladies!

2. Create a Schedule

A detailed timeline ensures that all guests and vendors involved are on the same page.  Create two separate timelines: one for the bridal party and vendors and another one for other guests.

The timeline for the bridal party and vendors will have all the details, this will ensure the party runs smoothly.  Keep the guest timeline to the raw details such as where they should be and at what time.

 

3. Make the Guest List

Now that the party is planned, it’s time to create the guest list!  Ask the bride who they would like to see at the party to make sure that no one is left out and that no frenemies are invited!  Invite guests at least one month in advance so they can clear their schedule and come to the party.

Email or Facebook are easy ways to invite guests to the party.  Excel and Google Sheets are excellent ways to keep track of guests that have RSVP’d.  To be more formal, a printed invitation can be sent out.  If you are on a crunch for time, VistaPrint is an affordable printing company for invitations.

               NOTE: Do NOT invite your own friends unless the bride has agreed to an open ended guest list.  This is her day, so make sure the attention is solely on her.

 

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4. Party!

Now that all the heavy leg work is done, it’s time to plan the finishing touches.  Time to purchase a party dress, jewellery, and bubbly for the big night out.  Celebrate with your best friends and create memories that will last a life time – your bestie is getting married!!!

A note to all brides: Alexandra Lillian Weddings & Events wants you to enjoy your bachelorette party as much as your friends, so don’t forget to hire a Winnipeg wedding planner for your big day!

 

 

Top 3 Ways to Reuse Wedding Flowers

You have spent countless hours deciding on the style of bouquet and centerpieces for your wedding.  After the day you marry the love of your life, what are you going to do with your flowers?  As a Winnipeg Wedding Planner, several brides have asked me for some options of what to do with their old flowers.

Here are my top 3 ways to reuse and recycle your wedding floral arrangements:

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1 Gifts:

This is my favorite way to reuse wedding flowers.  At weddings I attend for friends or family, taking home flowers is always a kind gesture from the bride and groom.  It allows their wedding flowers to find a new home and brighten someone else’s week.  Who doesn’t love waking up to the smell of fresh flowers?

Wedding guests don’t usually take the wedding flowers home unless they are told.  Encourage the MC of the wedding to let guests know at the end of the night they are welcome to take the flowers and centerpieces home.  Make sure to emphasize that they are only allowed to take the flowers — not the vases! Your florist will not be too happy with you the next morning if any of the vases are missing!

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2 Donate:

One of my brides from 2016 gave me this idea.  Kaila is very sweet, I’m not surprised she’s the inspiration behind this idea. With so many of my brides getting married in Winnipeg I put together a list of organizations that would love your wedding flowers.

 

If you work with some amazing co-workers, it might also be a nice treat to bring your wedding flowers into your workplace (just be aware of possible allergies).

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3 Preserve:

For the crafty bride, preserving your bouquet is an excellent idea!

I am not an expert when it comes to preserving wedding flowers, so I have found an excellent tutorial video by “20 Mule Team Borax” to explain the process.

There are countless ways to reuse wedding flowers including many not mentioned here. I would love to hear from you with ideas you may have – Contact Alexandra today!

{Photography: Ally Papko Photography & Design}

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Vendors 

Design + Coordination: Alexandra Lillian Weddings & Events

Photography: Scotch & Coffee

Venue: Deseo Bistro

Florist: The Floral Fixx

Dress: Stella’s Bridal Boutique

Stationary: Oak & Linen

Make-up: Darcee Liang