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Canadian Destination Weddings – Hello Whistler

Suit case, check!  Coffee, check!  Boarding pass, check!

This lady is off to show you the crème de la crème of Canadian wedding venues.

 

When most brides think of a destination wedding, they think of sunny beaches and crystal blue water in Mexico or the Bahamas.  What most brides don’t think, of is all the beautiful destination wedding locations in Canada!

 

A few weeks ago I got to travel to Whistler, British Columbia.  The sea to sky highway took my breath away and was a beautiful start to the trip.  While I was there, I had the pleasure of seeing two of the towns top wedding venues, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler and Whistler Blackcomb.  Over the next couple of weeks I will be posting about my experiences at the venues.  I travelled 6,100 ft. up a mountain to see these venues and I can’t wait to share my experiences with you. Stay tuned!

 

Through my travels I hope to share with you incredible wedding venues all around Canada!  Who knew such picturesque hotels and resorts were right here in our own backyard.

 

I hope you enjoy my blog posts over the next couple weeks highlighting the Fairmont Chateau Whistler and Whistler Blackcomb.

 

Sending my love to you and yours! <3

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What’s in my Emergency Kit

An Emergency Kit is my secret weapon to beat most problems that come up at a wedding.  This bag comes in handy more than you think.  My bright purple Lug bag is hard to miss.  She is equipped to handle everything from sewing on a missing button to removing a grease stain.  Trust me I am a self-proclaimed stain removal ninja!
Here are a few of my fav items to keep on hand.  This is only a handful of items I have for a wedding.  There are many more secret weapons in my Marry Poppins bag!

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Cards

Carrying two styles of cards in my bag allows me to thank vendors if they have gone above and beyond at a wedding.  Vendors work hard to create a memorable wedding day for a couple, sometimes lending a hand on things outside of their usual guidelines.  When someone helps you it’s nice to show how much it’s appreciated.  A nice hand written card is my quick way to say thank you.

NOTE:  I ADORE Kate Spade cards!  If you look hard enough you can often find them on sale at Chapters.  For an extra special touch look into local vendors like Oak & Linen to create hand-made cards.
Lauren’s (the owner) calligraphy is to die for!

 

Candy

For my personal use only… JK!  Suckers and smarties are a great way to get a flower girl or ring bearer down the aisle.  Don’t worry, I always ask mom and dad first!
Carry treats that are PEANUT FREE!  Allergies are common and you want to make sure that your sucker or smarties are good for everyone.  Companies are diligent on adding the peanut free sign to their label.  If you are unsure, bring the packaging with you to show parents.

NOTE:  Peanut free options; Jelly Belly jelly beans, Lifesaver Gummies, Sour patch Kids, Skittles, Mike and Ikes, Sweet Tarts, Dum Dum lollipops,  Jolly Ranchers, and Smarties.

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Baby Powder

Wedding season is during the summer for a reason, the suns out and the weather is beautiful.  Warm weather is great for photos but not so great for a bridal party in heavy clothing.  Put it this way, on a sunny 20 degree day it will be around 30 degrees under the brides dress…
Baby powder is the best secret to staying sweat-free under your dress or suit.  Right before doing up your dress shake a bit (or a lot) of baby powder under your dress.  Staying dry will also help with chaffing while walking down the aisle or for photos.

NOTE:  Baby powder helps keep you smelling fresh throughout the day and late into the night!

 

Deodorant

Same as with baby powder deodorant helps keep you fresh and dry throughout your day.  Antiperspirants are great to use leading up to your wedding.  That way the product is in your pores already and will keep you nice and dry.

 

Sewing Kit

This little baby comes in handy more often than you would think!  Buttons always happen to fall off of suites on the wedding day.  For this reason I keep black and several shades of grey and blue thread handy.
A sewing kit can save photos.  Who want to be missing a button in the middle of their suit jacket or even worse a button on their pants!

NOTE: Thread is the one thing to not cheap out on!  It may be tempting to buy a Dollarama sewing kit but please please please don’t.  Gutermann is a brand of thread that I highly suggest you purchase.

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Dental Floss

No one likes having food in their teeth… ICK!  Nip those pesky guys in the butt by having tooth floss on hand.  Make sure that you have a girlfriend there to have your back and let you know if there is something in your teeth – that’s what friend are for right!

 

Toothpaste

Toothpaste may seem a bit silly to have on hand but it’s great to freshen up your mouth without the sugary after taste of mints.  In a rush?  There is no need for a toothbrush!  Dab a bit on your finger and rub it over your gums and swish around your mouth.  Voila, you now have a fresh kissable smile!

 

 Tic Tac

Tic Tac’s are another great way to freshen up your mouth.  After eating delicious food and drinking a few cocktails things might not be too fresh…  Beat bad breath by popping one of these bad boys!

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Even though I carry these items on the wedding day I always suggest for couples to bring their own personal emergency kit.  A bride’s emergency kit will include more personal items like make-up and perfume.
I hope this gives couples insight into what they should bring with them on their wedding day.  Hiring a wedding planner is a great way to safe guard your wedding day from minor catastrophes like grease stains or sweat.

Happy wedding planning my loves!

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}

Scandinavian Winter Wedding

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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