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Top 5 Reasons to Hire a Month-of Wedding Planner

  1. Keep Your Planning on Track

    Planning a wedding while working full time can be tricky, and can lead to you forgetting to coordinate smaller details.  A wedding planner will send you updates every couple of months to ensure you stay on track and answer any questions you have.
    PRO TIP: As a wedding planner, upon signing a new client I give them a form to fill out in the months leading up to their wedding.  This form helps to keep the client on track and ensure that even the smallest detail is not missed.

  2. Scheduling and Timing

    Scheduling and timing is one of the most difficult components to planning a wedding.  Communication between both a wedding planner and vendors is key to successfully scheduling and completing any event.
    PRO TIP: I like to meet with month-of wedding coordination clients twice before their wedding day.  The first meeting is typically one month before the wedding.  At this time, we review the day-of wedding timeline that I’ve created specifically for their big day.  Having a day-of timeline ensures that everyone is on the same page, and your wedding day runs smoothly.

  3. Set-Up

    On a wedding day we arrive at the ceremony and reception venues with enough time to set-up your smaller decor. Ex. Guest book table, place cards, seating chart, ext.
    PRO TIP: Hiring a wedding planner ensures that your family and friends don’t have to lift a finger on your wedding day.  Let Alex and her team take care of the heavy lifting.

  4. Thinking Three Steps Ahead

    On a wedding day sometimes things come up unexpectedly.  Say for example, if it rains a wedding planner will think ahead to find a solution to any issues or complications that arise.

  5. Allows You to Relax on the Wedding Day

    You’ve been planning your wedding day for months, so make sure you enjoy every moment.  A wedding planner will give you peace of mind, knowing that every vendor will arrive on time and your day will run smoothly.  Family and friends will also thank you, as they will get to be fully present on your wedding day and not have to worry about checking on smaller details.
    Pop that bubbly and relax!  Let Alex and her team take care of the rest.

 

Interested in hiring a Wedding Planner?  Contact Alex today to arrange a complimentary initial meeting.  alex@alweddingswinnipeg.com.

Engagement Season – Mokada Custom Jewelry Studio Tips and Tricks

Mokada Custom Jewelry Studio is in the house today sharing their top tips and tricks to consider when shopping for an engagement ring.  What makes their store in Downtown Winnipeg so unique is that you receive one-on-one care to ensure your soon-to-be fiance loves their ring.  CLICK HERE to contact Mokada and start “creating tomorrow’s family heirloom today.”   Take a peek below at their top tips and tricks!

 

Shop Together

More and more couples are opting to design their engagement ring together (I read some crazy stat that 80%+ of women would make changes to their wedding set had they been consulted).

But, there is the obvious argument that this detracts from the societal norm of surprising your future spouse so pay attention to images that your partner pins, saves or comments on.  This will be an excellent indicator or his/her style preference!

    

Ring Size

Do your best to ascertain finger size.  Nothing is worse than the separate anxiety that follows an engagement if your rock is being sized!

     

Lifestyle

Perhaps a high set solitaire isn’t conducive to massage therapists, dental hygienists and stylists given their chose professions.

        

The Wedding Band

Although it may feel premature we always counsel our clients to consider the future wedding band.  Reason being, accents and embellishments that are going to be buried underneath the wedding band mate are perhaps better suited for just that.  Don’t throw your money away on a feature that won’t be showcased but rather build it into the wedding band.

       

The Diamond

We are of the opinion that hand selecting your stone (be in diamond or gem) and pairing it with a setting that you create often represents the greatest value (and most often a higher quality finished product).

  

Coloured Gemstones

Coloured bridal is growing in popularity.  If opting for a beautiful gemstone please do your homework!  We are unaware of the amount of abuse we subject our hands to and the hardness of a stone is critical for a ring.

      

Appraisals

Make sure to have your ring appraised and furthermore, confirm that it comes from a trained, preferably third party gemologist (not the assistance manager of a box store with no formal training/education/expertise in determining the replacement cost of an item)

 

CLICK HERE TO SEE A PROPOSAL THAT WILL MELT YOUR HEART! 

 

Engagement Season – Real Couples, Real Proposals

Hello, engagement season!  This blog post is for you men and woman out there looking for proposal inspiration, or a good (happy) cry.  Hope you enjoy these two proposal stories!

If you would like your special proposal featured on my blog, please email me at alex@alweddingswinnipeg.com with a mini write up of your love story, along with a photo.

 

First Home Proposal

Olivia Retter (Wifey/Mama/Entrepreneur)

“Brydon proposed to me as we were walking into our house together for the first time.  I had no idea it would happen then.  I loved how it happened!  It really made our house a home from the get go.” [Photo provided by couple]

 

Epic California Proposal

Bretton Meyer (Bride-to-Be, June 2017)

“Mike’s dream was to ride the Pacific Coast Hwy on his Harley.  I was over the moon when he asked if I was interested in doing the trip with him and I said “of course!”  So we loaded up the motorcycle in the bed of our truck, drove to Las Vegas and unloaded the bike.  We jumped on the bike and road to the Pacific Coast.  Our plan was to spend the first evening in Newport Beach then head North to San Francisco.  

Mike had another plan up his sleeve…  Literally hidden in his vest pocket was my engagement ring!  The drive on the motorcycle was breathtaking and so freeing.  We finally reached the ocean as the sun was setting.  We got off the bike and walked towards the ocean to dip our toes in the water.  Hand in hand we walked, little did I know what was going to happen next.  I felt hesitation in the pull of his hand, and turned around to find Mike down on one knee.  He was holding the most beautiful ring I’ve ever seen!

He asked “Bretton Meyer, will you marry me?”  Tears filled my eyes instantly, and I said “yes!” [Photos provided by couple]

 

 

 

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Ashgrove Acres Fall Wedding

 

When I first asked my now-husband about hiring a day of coordinator for our wedding, he was skeptical. But after our first meeting with Alex, both of us were sold! I don’t know how our wedding day would have turned out if we hadn’t had her, but I’m confident it wouldn’t have run so seamlessly! She took everything off our hands so that we were actually able to enjoy our wedding day with family and friends without having to worry about small details. She is an absolute pro at what she does, and was able to anticipate things before I even thought of them! Alex, I will recommend you until my voice goes hoarse, you made our dream wedding day happen!

-Jade

 

 

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VENDORS

Photography: Sugar and Soul Photography

Planning and Coordination: Alexandra Lillian Weddings and Events

Catering: Red Ember

Florist: Camo Lily

Venue: Ashgrove Acres

Hair / Makeup: BeYouTee Bar

DJ: Classy Nights Entertainment

Linens: Touch of Glass

Jenna + Dan’s Dreamy Lake Wedding

 

It’s not every day that you meet two people with the most contagious smiles!  Jenna and Dan have this love that truly shines when they are together.  It spreads to everyone around them.  Take a peek at their photos, and I’m sure you will feel it too!

 

 

Vendors

Photography: Bree-Anne Merritt Photography

Planning and Coordination: Alexandra Lillian Weddings and Events

Catering: King Cole Catering

Tent: Springfield Tent Rentals

Florist: Timeless Florals

DJ: Aimes Music

Decor: Let’s Celebrate

Makeup: Vow Artistry

Hair: On The Avenue

 

 

Post Wedding – Documents to Change

Hello love birds!

Wedding season is upon us.  I’m so excited to see my couples tie the knot.  Lot’s of couples come to me saying “now that I’m married, what’s the next step to starting married life?”  After the wedding celebrations and honeymoon are done, I suggest for couples to sit down and decide which documents need to change.  This needs to happen if one of you has decided to take the others last name.

Here’s a list to follow when changing your last name.  I hope this takes away some stress, so you can focus on enjoying time with your new hubby!

Social Insurance Number

Passport

Nexus Card

Manitoba Health Card

Drivers License

Car Registration

Bank Accounts

Order new cheques

Canada Revenue Agency

Credit Cards

Employer Payroll

Manitoba Hydro

City of Winnipeg Water and Waste Department

School (University, College)

Insurance (home, car, life, health, income protection)

Doctor

Lawyer (update will and any legal documents)

Electoral Roll

Loans (car, mortgage, lines of credit)

Property Title

Investments (holdings, investment accounts)

Loyalty Programs

Professional Memberships

Sports Clubs

Social Media (Facebook, Instagram)

Voicemail

NEED HELP PLANNING YOUR WEDDING?
CONTACT Alex today to arrange a complimentary initial meeting.

 

Prioritizing My Wedding

PRIORITIZING MY WEDDING

 

Planning weddings for my clients is an incredible feeling, but planning my own wedding has been hard.  Setting aside time for my own wedding planning is not a priority of mine.  Meeting new planning clients and helping them plan their big day is so much more fun!

 

Great wedding vendors book prime dates a year and a half in advance.  My fiancé and I are now working with a fab team for our wedding, but boy oh boy was it hard to pull the trigger and sign contracts.  When we started the planning process we had a year and half until our wedding day, considered by some to be a longer engagement.  With our date, so far away it was hard to wave goodbye to our deposits, but I know it will definitely be worth it in the long run to work with our vendors.

 

Finding vendors that my fiancé and I clicked with was crucial.  I believe that on your wedding day you should be surrounded by people that make you smile and add to the overall experience.  This is a key concept that I tell my clients.  It reminds me of the quote “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou.  Make sure you hire vendors for your wedding that will do everything with that special touch of love.

 

I know that without a doubt all our vendors will do a wonderful job!  June will be our next big wedding adventure as we will be shooting our engagement photos.  I can’t wait to share them with you!

 

My hope is to post updates about my wedding every couple of months.  Make sure to “follow” my Instagram and “like” my Facebook pages for updates on new blog posts!
 

 

Happy planning!

-Alex

 

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Orient Express Wedding Photoshoot

Wow…just wow! The Orient Express Wedding Photoshoot is one of my favorite photoshoots I have ever designed. For over a year, I had wanted to coordinate and design a photoshoot at the Winnipeg restaurant Resto Gare.  I can’t believe it’s finally become a reality!

 

Inspiration for this shoot came from the Orient Express Train that ran from 1883-2009 in Europe.  This train was all about luxury!  The train addition at Resto Gare gave the same luxurious look, featuring bold hues of red and blue.

 

 

With such a beautiful venue, I wanted to keep other design aspects of the shoot very classic and minimal.  I had the incredible chance to work with, Anna Lang Bridal, Something Borrowed, The Flower House Winnipeg, Xandra Photography, Primped & Polished and Hannah Baker.  These women took a chance on me and my design concept, and brought it to life.

 

When designing a shoot, I truly believe it’s a collaboration between all vendors.  I come up with the general concept and allow vendors to add their own special touch.  This gives them a chance to try new techniques or trends.

 

Take a peek at the FULL photoshoot album

 

Like this look?  Alexandra Lillian Weddings & Events offers wedding design for our full planning clients.  

Contact us today to arrange a complimentary initial meeting.

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Big Day Wedding Expo Experience and Design

The Big Day Wedding Expo was a hit.  I’m so proud of myself for taking the leap and investing in a wedding show.  I won’t lie… it was a lot of work to pull everything together but it was totally worth it.  Designing my booth and meeting all the wonderful brides-to-be made for such a wonderful experience.

 

Clean, crisp, and fun is how I would describe my booth.  As a lot of my weddings have some outdoor portion to them, I made my booth feel like Spring.  I did this by bringing in funky AstroTurf carpet.  Let me tell you, finding AstroTurf in in the middle of winter is not easy.  I tracked down the one Rona in Winnipeg that had some in stock and purchased their last few rolls.  The green added an extra pop and warmth to my booth, especially on a chilly March weekend.

 

For detailing on the walls, I created a balloon installation consisting of white balloons of varying sizes at different heights.  These balloons had the illusion of floating in mid-air.  I achieved this affect by using clear fishing string instead of coloured ribbon.  To help illuminate my booth I borrowed lights from my vendor friend Ally Papko Photography.  Lighting is key for any wedding show.  It helps brighten up your booth, making it feel warm and inviting.

 

My favorite part of my booth was my Ring Pops.  Remember those ring-shaped candies from the 90’s?  Well I totally brought them back for the show.  Between the Ring Pops and balloons, I definitely drew on people’s inner child.  Several of the brides-to-be were so excited to see Ring Pops because their fiancé proposed with one.


 

A wonderful friend of mine worked very hard to design my marketing material.  She did an incredible job creating a fresh-looking postcard that outlined my services and contact information.  Marketing material is key to having a successful wedding show.  I hope brides-to-be enjoyed reading over my postcards and booklets when they got home.

 

I had a wonderful experience at the Big Day Wedding Expo.  It was wonderful meeting all the brides-to-be and other vendors.  I hope to do another show soon!