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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

Melissa and Dylan’s Wedding

I first got introduced to Melissa a couple years ago in New York while sitting next to each other at a hockey game.  We both work in the events industry and instantly hit it off while talking shop.  At the time I had just launched my business and spoke about how excited I was to see it grow.  Who would have thought that several years later I would coordinate her wedding?

Some of my favorite photos from their wedding day included their fur baby Leo.  I swear I’ve never met a more handsome and smiley dog before.  Don’t they make the perfect little family?

Melissa and Dylan chose to tie the knot at the brand-new venue Whitetail Meadow.  It was the perfect backdrop to bring Melissa’s vision to life.  My favorite piece of décor used on their wedding day was the macramé hung from their ceremony arch.  This beast was not light, but tied (yes pun intended) everything together.

Can we take a moment to appreciate the stunning flower arrangements created by Lily Stone Garden?  The bouquets looked so effortlessly pulled together and added the perfect pop of colour.  Many of my 2018 couples decided to use a garland of greenery down the middle of their tables, but the added blooms gave it that extra wow factor for guests.

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, what makes a wedding truly special is the people.  Melissa and Dylan were surrounded by the sweetest and most kind group of friends on their wedding day.

I wish Melissa and Dylan the best in this new exciting part of their lives!

VENDORS

Izabela Rachwal Photography | Lily Stone Garden | Whitetail Meadow | Alexandra Lillian Weddings and Events | Grace Hill Salon | Touch of Glass | Jamil Williams | Oak Bluff Limo | Garett Neiles | Little Flower Shop | Justine Barry | WOW Catering | 111 Films

 

 

 

Janelle and Riley’s Club Regent Event Center Wedding

Janelle and Riley’s Club Regent Event Center Wedding

As a wedding planner I’m constantly surrounded by love and beautiful relationships.  Janelle and Riley’s love however, is the kind of love that could bring a tear to anyone’s eye.  With every look and touch they shared on the wedding day it was apparent how much they loved each other.

Janelle first contacted me about planning her wedding in May 2017.  She had an elegant meets modern vision for the wedding design.  The bridesmaids wore beautiful floor length light pink gowns, and the guys wore sharp blue suits.  To give the venue a modern twist, she used floating candles in glass vases on guest tables and added a “LOVE” marquee sign in front of the head table.

Janelle and Riley chose the Club Regent Event Center for the wedding reception.  I was completely giddy with excitement when Janelle told me, as I had never worked there before!  As a wedding planner it’s always fun to explore new wedding venues.  Their staff was amazing to work with!  They perfectly mixed professionalism and humor.  I don’t think I’ve laughed more at a wedding!

Both myself and my lead coordinator Lisa were incredible proud of how everything came together on Janelle and Riley’s wedding day.  We wish them nothing but the best in married life!

VENDORS

Charmaine Mallari Photography | Alexandra Lillian Weddings and Events | Club Regent Event Center | H & M | Fauna and Fern | Colour Me Artistry | Taylor Neufeld |

Stephanie Anne Cakes

 

 

Melanie and Marc’s – Country Wedding

Melanie and Marc’s Country Wedding

Melanie and I have been friends now for a couple of years.  We were first introduced at a friend’s house and hit it off.  Fast forward a few parties and 6:00 AM bootcamp classes later, and she asked me to be her wedding planner.

Little tid bit; I seem to be their family wedding planner. My first wedding EVER was Marc’s brother Colin’s wedding at the Forks, and in 2017 I did Melanie’s brother Justin’s country wedding.

Melanie created the perfect evening for her guests.  She incorporated her favorite colour dusty blue into almost every detail.  It was used in her bouquet (the largest bouquet I have seen all wedding season!), bridesmaid dresses, floral arrangements, and napkins.  For the comfort of her guests, she even preemptively rented air coolers for the tent.

Manitoba summers are normally pretty warm in temperature.  But my oh my, the weather gods saved their hottest day of the summer for this wedding.  You would never guess it from their cool composure.  But this amazing couple got married in +40 weather!

One of my favorite details about the wedding was it’s location.  Melanie and Marc decided to get married just outside of La Salle, MB on the same property where Melanie grew up.  In La Salle you get country vibes but close proximity to Winnipeg.  It was the perfect spot for them to tie the knot!

Melanie and Marc, thank you so much for including me in your wedding day! <3

VENDORS

Alexandra Lillian Weddings and Events | Reanne Berrard Photography | Beyond Flowers | Eph Apparel | Norwood Tent | Pioneer Catering | Jordy Rempel | Crystal Sound

5 Advantages of Planning a Summer Wedding

5 Advantages of Planning a Summer Wedding

 

  1. The Colours:


    Fun and fresh is how I would describe summer wedding colours.  Summer gives you ample freedom to play around with different colour combos to wow your guests.  

    These colours can be used in your decor, attire, and flowers.  Don’t be afraid to play around with unique and contrasting linens.  One of my brides last year used two different colours of linen for the guest tables.  Similar to your linens, play around with fun funky colours for your bridesmaid dresses.  Different tones of blue, red and pink always look great!  

    For your flowers there’s so many colours and textures you can play around with.  An extra added bonus is that a wide range of flower styles are more easily accessible in the summer than the winter.

     

  2. Outdoor Ceremonies:


    Many venues offer both indoor and outdoor ceremony locations.  From May to September I suggest taking full advantage of the outdoor ceremony spots at your venue.  

    Warning!  Manitoba summers for the most part are warm and sunny.  But I always tell clients to always have a backup ceremony location incase it rains.  Wedding photos in the rain are beautiful, but your guests may not be prepared or ready for the weather.

    Ensure everyone enjoys your wedding day and have a backup location ready.


    Photo by: Moore Photography

     

  3. Tent Weddings:


    Where my country girls at!  Tent weddings are perfect if you or a family member owns property outside the city.  The wonderful thing about tent weddings is that there are many different sizes and styles of tents you can rent.  

    Be warned, there are extra elements to think of when planning a tent wedding.  But don’t worry, a wedding planner will be able to walk you through these elements and make planning your wedding a breeze.


    Photo by: Luxe Images by Jill

     

  4. Photos:


    The world is your oyster during the summer for wedding photos.  Work with your photographer to brainstorm unique photo spots that reflect you and your fiance’s personalities.  Ex. if you grew-up going to the cabin, take some photos at the lake or near water.  

     

  5. Entertaining guests:


    Every couple wants their guests to enjoy their wedding day!  Depending on your wedding day timeline, guests might have a longer amount of time to kill between the ceremony and reception.  During the summer it’s warm enough for guests to enjoy time outside.  Lawn games are the perfect way to entertain your guests outside.

    Large versions of classic games like tic-tac-toe or Jenga are great ideas!  Also, don’t forget about everyone’s lawn game favorites like; croquet, bocce, ladder ball, and cornhole.
    Photo by: Sugar and Soul Photography

PLANNING A SUMMER WEDDING?  We are now booking summer 2019 and 2020 weddings!
CONTACT Alex at alex@alweddingswinnipeg.com to arrange a complimentary initial meeting.

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