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Kelly + Paul’s Cielo’s Garden Wedding

Kelly and Paul hosted the perfect wedding at Cielo’s Garden. They used unique details to bring their personalities into their wedding day.

This wedding could not have been possible without these fab vendors:

  • Cielo’s Garden
  • Ariana Tennyson Photography
  • Stone House Creative
  • Urban Prairie Cuisine
  • Oh Doughnuts
  • Alexandra Lillian Weddings and Events – Lead Coordinator, Alex

Often Forgotten Winter Wedding Details

The Canadian Winter can be cold, but boy oh boy does it make a beautiful backdrop for a wedding. 

As a wedding planner, when I first sit down with a couple I ask them about their vision for the wedding.  Consistently every couple planning a winter wedding says they want it to feel cozy and intimate. 

Unlike summer weddings, the ceremony and reception for winter weddings take place inside.  However, at some point throughout the day the couple ends up going outside!  

Here’s my top four often forgotten winter wedding details; 

  1. Fresh flowers don’t like the cold.
    Even if it’s -40 outside, I’m still a fresh flower advocate.  One way to keep your flowers looking fresh throughout the day is by wrapping you bouquet before going outside.  The bag used doesn’t have to be anything special, even a simple grocery bag will do. 
  2. Dress appropriately. 
    Stilettos look amazing, however they aren’t practical when walking through ankle deep snow!  Remind members of your wedding party to wear comfortable winter boots. I suggest Ugg style boots that are easy to slip on and off. 
  3. Have an indoor photo location.
    No matter what time of year you get married I always suggest to have a back-up indoor location for photos. In the winter a nice heated space is a great reprieve from the cold.  Plus it also helps your photographer! When the temperature drops, when outside your more likely to see your breath.  Normally this isn’t an issue, however the puff of moisture will cover your face in pictures!  
  4. Winter roads. 
    Weather in the winter is unpredictable…. Unless your hosting the ceremony at a church, try and have both the ceremony and reception at the same location.  Your guests will be able to stay in one place and not have to battle winter roads. However keep in mind that depending on your venue, the room will have to be flipped in between for the reception. 

I hope these four simple reminders help when planning your winter wedding!  Send me an email at alex@alweddingswinnipeg.com with any other tips you have! 

Happy planning! 

XOXO 

Alex Younger 

Mercedes and Brett | Portage La Prairie Wedding

I met Mercedes and Brett in January 2019 at the Wonderful Wedding Show. I was hosting my first EVER wedding planning 101 workshop and they happened to be guests.

After the workshop session Mercedes and Brett attended, we sat and spoke more about their wedding. Our conversation ended with them hiring me there on the spot for their summer 2019 wedding in Portage La Prairie. It was such a good feeling to know that guests like Mercedes and Brett saw value in what I was providing guests of the workshop!

A couple months after the workshop I had the privilege to assist Mercedes and Brett tie the knot. Here’s some highlights from their big day!!!

Vendors: Sierra Jade Photography | William Glesby Center | Portage Golf Center | Cravings Catering | Mil Jeanne Flowers and Accents | Alexandra Lillian Weddings and Events | Trident Music | Trident Films | Foil Salon | Beauty Box

Top 5 Pre-Wedding Relaxation Tips

  • Prioritize Sleep

Sleep sets the tone for your day.  If you have a rough nights sleep, your more likely to be less productive and eat worse the next day.

Everyone’s needed amount of sleep per night is different.  I personally adore a solid eight hours of sleep per night. Leading up to my own wedding I saw sleep as my “me” time.  Each night I treated myself to a solid pre-sleep routine of tea, reading a non-fiction book to calm the mind and a good snuggle with my now hubby.

As tempting as Netflix can be, turn off all screens and relax!

  • Drink lots of water

Drinking water will make you feel more energized throughout the day and it will give your skin a nice glow!

Grab a reusable water bottle and fill that sucker a couple times a day.  Trust me, your mood and skin will thank you!

  • Get Moving

See a trend here?  Feeling relaxed is all about the basics get your bod moving each day. This can include going for a walk with the future hubby, going for a run, crossfit, attending a spin class or power shopping for wedding accessories.  Girl, you know how much of a workout shopping can be!

  • Do some at home yoga or meditation

To some people, yoga and meditation can seem intimidating.  Let go of those worries, because yoga and meditation can be whatever you want it to be.

My suggestion is signing up for programs like the Soul Squad.  It’s an online meditation program that walks you through the basics of meditation in a supportive community.

  • Go to Thermea

Treat yo self!  Going to the spa or Thermea is the perfect way to relax before the wedding.  To help you let go of any pre-wedding anxiety I will be giving away two passes to Therema at the Wedding Planning 101 Workshop I’m hosting at the Wonderful Wedding Show on January 19 and 20!!!  You will be entered to win the two passes by attending the FREE workshop. The winner will be drawn on Monday, January 21, 2019 and they will be contacted via email.

CLICK the link below to register for the workshop!

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/wedding-planning-101-workshop-tickets-52945197511

2018 – Year in Review

Wowie, 2018 has been quite the year!  A theme for this year has been growth and transformation.  One year ago, I set goals for myself both personally and financially.  I not only reached those goals but I surpassed them and I could not be prouder!

FINACIAL + BUSINESS GOALS

In January 2018 I made the decision to dive head first into wedding planning full time.  As many business owners know, this is a massive leap to take.  For my first year after leaving a full-time job I saw a decrease in income, but saw an EXPONENTIAL increase in my happiness!  Wedding planning feeds my soul, and getting to do it full time is such a blessing.

With going into weddings full time, I bumped up my goal amount of weddings for the year.  In January I set the goal to coordinating 25 weddings, and guess what… I exceeded my goal and coordinated 28!!!  I know this may not seem like a lot, but this was a HUGE achievement for me and my company.  Lisa my Lead Coordinator played a major role in this success.  I can’t put into words how much I appreciate having her on my team!  Without her, we would NOT have been named one of the Top Three Wedding Planners in Winnipeg for 2018!

MEDIA GOALS

Starting off the year I gave myself the goal of appearing on TV once.  Girl, I knocked that goal out of the ballpark and appeared on TV twice this year!  I’m naturally a very anxious person, so it was one of the most nerve-wracking things I’ve ever done.  I had the privilege to speak on both Global Winnipeg and CTV News.  Both times I had my incredible husband behind the scenes supporting me every step of the way.  Funny story, during the CTV taping my husband was trying to take some behind the scenes photos for me (#instahubby am I right?).  One of the camera crew saw him doing this and offered to get closer up and get some shots.  Needless to say, this guy knew all the best angles and got captured some great moments.

NO WEDDING SEASON COLD GOAL

I’m definitely the type of person that gets sick easily, especially if I don’t prioritize self-care.  One thing that changed my life was reading the book The Ripple Effect by Greg Wells.  I HIGHLY suggest everyone reads it!  He speaks on how we need to “sleep better, eat better, move better and think better,” to live healthy productive lives.  This was my go-to book referral for everyone in 2018.  Greg, if you ever read this shoot me a discount link for readers!

This book opened my eyes to how necessary sleep is to push through wedding season and not get bogged down with a cold.  I took Greg’s advice to heart and DID NOT GET A SINGLE COLD (woop woop) all wedding season!  This allowed me to be there for all my clients and put my full heart and soul into their weddings.

2018 showed me that I’m able to achieve more than I could ever imagine.  I’m so excited to see where 2019 takes me and my business!  BRING IT ON 2019!!! <3

-Alex xoxo

Top 5 Things to Consider When Planning a Winter Wedding

Winter weddings are PERFECT for the bride who wants a moody, romantic candle lit wedding.  I have the privilege to execute several winter weddings in 2018 and could not be more excited for them!  For all those 2019 / 2020 brides thinking about having a winter wedding, here’s five things to consider when planning a winter wedding in Winnipeg!

Guest Availability

With all the many holiday events, the winter months can be busy for some people. Keep this in mind when choosing to plan a winter wedding.  Here’s a month by month breakdown;

November: Early November can still feel a bit like fall. So if you want a Winter wedding, hold off until the last two weeks of the month.

December: Choose dates after Christmas and don’t be afraid of hosting a New Years Eve wedding! People want to celebrate, so why not have them celebrate with you!

January / February: Most people are back from winter holidays at this point. If you want the most amount of people to attend the wedding, then these months are a safe time to get married.

Flowers

Fresh flowers are one of my favorite parts about weddings! The smells, colours and textures, ughh it’s heavenly.  However, the one time I will suggest ordering silk flowers is if your winter ceremony or wedding photos will be outside. Most flowers don’t do well in the cold and will start wilting if left outside for too long.  Even if your bouquets and boutonnieres are silk don’t worry, your floral arrangements for the ceremony and reception can still be real!

Ceremony Locations

Since Winnipeg gets so cold in the winter months, your ceremony will most likely take place inside.

However, if you do choose to host an outdoor ceremony please ensure your guests are told in advance so they can dress appropriately. Have blankets or a hot drink waiting for them when they arrive.  Who could say no to cup of hot chocolate?  Depending on the size of your wedding, rent 4-6 heaters for guests.  And last but not least, keep your ceremony short!  No one wants to sit out side for longer than 15 minutes in minus 10 -20-degree weather.

 

 

Photos

I can’t stress this enough, but please please please book an indoor photo location apart from your reception venue. Both your wedding planner and photographer can help you find a spot that matches your style.

If you do want a couple of outdoor photos, ensure everyone in the wedding party is prepared with warm clothes. There’s nothing worse than catching a chill on your friends wedding day.

Make sure everyone has a warm jacket, mitts, and comfy slip on winter boots. Ugg’s are perfect for this!

Scheduling for daylight

If you’re a Winnipeg, you know that our winters are cold and we have a little amount of daylight. One thing to consider, is how important photo with natural sunlight are to you.  If natural light is important to you, consider bumping up the ceremony time.

In late December the sun sets around 4:30 PM, so if you want natural light for your ceremony it would be wise to have your ceremony by 3:00 PM at the latest.

 

 

When you envision your wedding day, is it in the winter?  If so, please keep in mind these five tips to planning a winter wedding.  Your wedding planner will also be able to help you with all the smaller details that often get forgotten.

CONTACT Alex and her team at alex@alweddingswinnipeg.com to learn how to plan the perfect winter wedding!

What Bride’s Won’t Admit While Wedding Planning

They Judge Their Friends Weddings

Girl, we have all been there. Almost all my couples have told me that if they go to a friends wedding leading up to their own, they will take mental notes about what they liked and didn’t like about that wedding.  This can be things like the order of events, colour scheme, or first dance song.  Keep in mind that this doesn’t have to be a negative thing!  You could go to a wedding and adore how they changed up their wedding day timeline.  Let your wedding planner know about what you like and don’t like from those weddings.  Your planner will be able to create a theme or timeline that works best with your vision!

Hating Everyone’s Unsolicited Wedding Advice

Becoming engaged is such an exciting time.  When you get engaged A LOT of people come out of the woodwork and tell you how things should be done on your wedding day.  Auntie Sally believes you should do X, Y, on your wedding day, but then your friend Dayna thinks that the perfect wedding day should include A, B, C.  As a bride, don’t be afraid to be straight forward and direct about what you want YOUR wedding day to be.

Friends… If you have a bestie that’s engaged and your already married, do them a favor and hold back from overwhelming them with a zillion pieces of advice unless they ask.

They Get Caught up in What Guests “Expect” on their Wedding Day

Who gives a F*&^ what your guests want, this day is about you and your hubby.  This mindset of truly personalizing your wedding is becoming more popular and we at ALWeddings are totally on board!  Your wedding doesn’t have to follow any rules.  If you don’t want traditional stationary then don’t, or if you don’t want to do dances then don’t!

To be honest, as wedding planners we start salivating when couples come to us saying they want an nontraditional wedding. This means we get to flex our creative muscle and design an epic wedding that matches our client’s vision.

 

Photos by: Xandra Photography