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Eight Ways to Prepare for the Big Day Wedding Expo

Photo: Victoria Anne Photography

Brainstorm wedding ideas

Do you want a glamourous, relaxed, or formal wedding?  Check out my Pinterest page for wedding inspiration.

Have three wedding dates in mind

When deciding on a wedding date there are many factors involved.  Three wedding dates gives you more flexibility, and a higher chance that the vendors you want to work with will be available.

Plan a full day with your girls

The ladies who brunch together, stay together!  Coordinate a brunch with your besties at your favorite restaurant.  My personal favorites are Cibo, Clementine, Stella’s Café, and the Park Café.

Dress to impress

Apart from taking selfies with your entourage, a lot of vendors offer Instagram contests.  These contests ask you to take a photo of yourself in their booth or with a prop and post it on Instagram using their hashtag.  Be ready for your close up by wearing your favorite outfit.

Make sure your phone is charged

You will want your phone charged to enter all the vendors Instagram contests, but you will also want to take photos of booths that catch your eye.  Vendor booths incorporate trendy elements that will be popular in coming seasons.

Don’t miss the bridal fashion show

Finding a wedding dress can be tricky!  Bridal fashion shows give you a chance to see different wedding dress shapes and designs.

Take your time with vendors

The advantage of attending a smaller show like the Big Day Wedding Expo is that you can spend more one on one time with vendors.  Personality is key when deciding on vendors.  Working with sweet, bubbly professionals ensures you have an enjoyable planning experience.  P.S.  Stop by the Alexandra Lillian Weddings & Events booth to say hi and view our packages.

Enjoy the day!

This is a fun part of the wedding process, so enjoy every moment. <3

Big Day Wedding Expo

I’m excited to announce that March 4-5th, 2017 I will be participating in the Big Day Wedding Expo.  It’s crazy to think that only three years into my business I’m partaking in a wedding show.

The Big Day Wedding Expo is hosted at Assiniboia Downs just outside the West Perimeter.  The show offers a more intimate wedding show experience.  This allows brides and their posse to have a relaxed time speaking with wedding vendors.  For vendors it’s important to have time to listen to a bride’s wedding needs.  With an intimate show there will be less noise, less crowds, but the same enjoyable atmosphere.

Pop by for a visit March 4-5th at booth 43!

2016: Year in Review

2016: Year in Review

2016 was an incredible year of “firsts” for my business and me personally.  It’s amazing to look back on all that I have achieved over the course of a year.

  • First full wedding season

Thank you to all of my 2016 clients for including me in their wedding day.  Your trust means the world to me.  This year held a lot of gold sequins and stunning cakes!  Starting my own business has been a huge leap.  I had to trust my instincts and keep pushing to create the best wedding day for my clients.  This past year has shown me that I have what it takes to make it in the wedding planning industry, and I can’t wait for many more years to come!

  • Working at new venues

I had the pleasure of working at many new venues this year.  Each venue was special, and had something unique that my clients connected with.  I would like to thank all the warm and welcoming venue coordinators and sales representatives that I got to work with.


  • Connecting with other wedding planners

The wedding planning community in Winnipeg is very small.  I’m thankful for how supportive all the wedding planners are of each other.  Every planner brings their own style and flare to wedding planning.  It’s wonderful to have other planners that I trust and can refer couples to if I’m already booked.

  • First time featured on a blog

Let’s just say I squealed at the top of my lungs when I was featured on Planners Lounge, Host Winnipeg, and Martha Stewart Weddings in 2016.

  • I GOT ENGAGED!!!

When my fiancé got down on one knee, I received the most heartfelt and genuine surprise of my life.  My best friend and love of my life wanted to spend the rest of our lives together.  To top off the evening, he surprised me by hiring a professional photographer to capture our special moment and take photos of us for the rest of the night.

I’m so excited to plan my own wedding in 2017.  Once I find a venue that fits the personality of me and my fiancé, everything will come together beautifully.  Don’t you worry ladies, I will definitely have a day-of coordinator at my wedding.  I’m not lifting a finger on my big day!  I have just the girl in mind to help me out (wink wink).

Stay tuned to see more photos of my engagement!

 

I hope you all had the most wonderful year in 2016.  Time to pop some bottles and ring in the New Year with lots of love! <3

 

Photography: Victoria Anne Photography, Luxe Images by Jill, Sugar and Soul Photography

The First To-Dos, Before The I-Dos

Congratulations to all the beauties out there that just got engaged!  This is an exciting and special moment in your lives, make sure to take a step back and let it all soak in.  To keep this time as stress free as possible, here is a list of my top 5 to-dos, before the I-dos.  Follow these to-dos, and you will be well on your way to a relaxed wedding planning experience.

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Budget

Budgeting can be tough, especially with so many ideas, pressures and opinions on what your wedding day should be.  Any experienced wedding planner will sit down with you before jumping in head first and create a detailed budget.  This will allow for your planner to refer vendors, venues and designs that are within your budget and avoid potential disappointment later on.  Everyone deserves the wedding day of their dreams, but let’s make sure you don’t go broke in the process.

Choose Your Venue

There are venues out there to fit any style and budget.  The one tricky thing with venues is that popular and trendy ones book up far in advance.  Create a list of both your top three venues and top three wedding dates.  This way you have some flexibility and a backup plan if your first choice is already booked.

PRO TIP: There are dozens of hidden gem venues that fly under the radar which can be both more affordable and flexible than the trendy venues of the moment. I recently had a friend tie the knot in a relatively unknown campground near Winnipeg and the pictures looked just as incredible as venues triple the price and the bride and groom could have their wedding on a prime weekend.
Hire a Wedding Planner

Hiring a planner early in the wedding planning process will take a lot of stress off your shoulders, keep the process organized and save you money in the long run.  As a wedding planner, three services I offer are full wedding planning, month of wedding coordination, and consultations.  Each services fits a certain client’s needs and budget.  For example, full wedding planning clients can expect;

  • Monthly wedding consultations;
  • Creation of a budget breakdown;
  • Wedding design and inspiration;
  • Vendor management;
  • Creation of a day-of wedding timeline;
  • Confirmation and coordination of details and logistics with vendors, ceremony speakers and other service providers;
  • Collection of small décor for the wedding; and
  • Coordination of your wedding rehearsal, ceremony and reception.

As a planner I have worked with a wide range of wedding vendors in the province and would be able to suggest venues, florists, bakeries, officiants, etc. to fit your budget and vision. When you work with an experienced planner, you can be rest assured that you are working with professional, pre-screened vendors who are reliable and affordable (never mind that some vendors often throw in little extras for a bride and groom when the booking is made through a planner they have worked with before).

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Hire a Wedding Photographer

There is a wedding photographer out there to meet every style and personality.  Similar to wedding venues, great photographers book up far in advance.  This is why hiring a photographer is one of my top five to-dos before the I-dos.  Feeling stressed about how to pose and position yourself?  A great photographer will make you and your fiancé feel at ease and gently guide your through the photo process.

PRO TIP: In the past 4-5 years, many couples have began prioritizing wedding videos before wedding photos. While each come with their advantages and disadvantages, be warned that high quality videographers are far fewer in numbers than photographers and should ABSOLUTELY be booked early to avoid disappointment. While some photographers may claim to also be able to shoot video simultaneously, I highly recommend that you have a separate vendor for each service (I have unfortunately seen the results of a photographer trying to do both and neither product ended up being as good as it could be).
Choose your Bridal Party

Which best pals will you choose to have stand by your side on the wedding day?  Ignore the politics and pressure, think of who you are closest and trust most.  For some this is an easy decision, but for others can be difficult. If you are part of the latter group, don’t fret – not everyone has a rock solid group who are the automatic choice.  Regardless of your decision, everyone in your life will be happy and supportive on your wedding day.

Pro Tip: Wedding parties come in all numbers. I have seen as low as three and as many as seven. Also don’t forget your partners situation and their desires in filling out their roster.

 

Congratulations again on your recent engagement.  Happy planning!

 

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PLANNING YOUR BACHELORETTE PARTY

Canadian Destination Weddings – Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb stole my heart, and I’m positive it will steal yours as well.  As an all season resort, Whistler Blackcomb is sure to enchant your guests at any time of year.  In the summer month’s, guests can enjoy mesmerizing views of the densely forested mountains, while in winter they are transported into a winter wonderland.  The landscape is an incredible sight, and create the perfect backdrop for a wedding or event.

 

What’s the best way to get to the top of a mountain?  Gondola of course!  Whistler Blackcomb resort is famously known for their Peak 2 Peak gondola, which connects passengers from Whistler Mountain to Blackcomb Mountain.  There are two segments of the gondola ride up to the peak of Whistler Mountain.  At the half way point, a server can hop onto the gondola and treat guests to hot hors d’oeurvres and champagne (approximately 15 minutes into the 30 minute ride).  A server can hop onto the gondola and serve treats and champagne.  Who wouldn’t want some bubbly while “flying” up the mountain?

 

Looking for an even more exclusive way to get up the mountain?  Private helicopters can be arranged to bring guests up to the wedding or for a tour around the surrounding area.  Helicopters add a little extra pop of excitement to your wedding day (and are sure to be talked about by your guests for months to come).  They can also be used to bring a bride and groom to a mountain peak for intimate sunset photos.  Now those would be some jaw dropping memories!

 

(Photo supplied by Whistler Blackcomb)

 

At the top of Whistler Mountain is the Roundhouse Lodge.  The lodge has many beautiful wedding ceremony and reception spaces each with a stunning mountain view.  These venues include the Glacier View Deck, Valley View Deck, Observation Deck, Valley View Room, Glacier Valley View, Steeps Restaurant, and Steeps Deck.

 

Each deck offers a one of a kind view of the surrounding mountains and quaint Whistler Village. The two indoor reception venues each offer a chic ski cabin feel and can accommodate up to 400 guests.  The Glacier Valley View Room offers magnificent floor to ceiling windows, using the mountain to create a natural backdrop.

 

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(Photo supplied by Whistler Blackcomb)

 

Steeps Restaurant and Deck is a wonderful option for couples looking for a more intimate wedding.  The restaurant can hold up to 100 people and offers both plated and buffet dinner options.  The Steeps Deck is the only covered deck on Whistler Mountain.  Over the next year it will be undergoing extensive renovations to improve its all season capabilities.  Be sure to make the trip out to Whistler in 2018 to see the finished product.

 

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(Photo supplied by Whistler Blackcomb)

 

Across the Peak 2 Peak gondola on Blackcomb Mountain is Christine’s Restaurant (a high end restaurant suitable for couples with the most discerning tastes). This restaurant offers a wonderful selection of food, drink, and a more modern feel compared to the previous venues on the mountain mentioned.  There are select wineries in British Columbia that exclusively sell their wine to Christine’s on Whistler Mountain.  This exclusivity shows how dedicated the restaurant staff are to creating the ultimate experience in luxury for their clients.  To all brides and grooms out there; when visiting Christine’s for a site visit, make sure to look around.  This restaurant is known for having celebrities stop by for a glass of wine or quick bite to eat.

 

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(Photo supplied by Whistler Blackcomb)

 

Whistler Blackcomb resort offers wedding packages for every budget.  This is an excellent venue to consider getting married if you adore the mountains or would like to treat your guests to the ultimate mountain experience.

 

Sending my love to you and yours! <3

Canadian Destination Weddings – Fairmont Chateau Whistler

With hotels all over the world, the Fairmont brand of hotels has made a name for itself in beauty and service.  The Fairmont Chateau Whistler is no exception!  With phenomenal service and stunning views, it’s no wonder this hotel is a popular conference, event and wedding venue for guests from across Canada and around the world.  On my most recent vacation to Whistler, I obviously had to pop in for a visit!

 

When walking in the Great Hall, I was greeted by the hotel’s charming staff and beautiful high vaulted ceilings.  The size and beauty of this hotel will take your breath away.  While visiting the hotel I was lucky to be treated to a delicious lunch and a tour of both their ceremony and reception venues by Tracy, their Conference Sales Coordinator.

 

First stop on my tour was the Grill Room.  When I imagine a ski lodge wedding, this is exactly what I envision.  This room can be transformed from a rustic ceremony to an intimate reception, and is perfect for weddings of up to 60 people.  For couples passionate about wine, a certified Sommelier can also be requested for a wedding (wow!).  Adjacent to the Grill Room is a private dining area perfect for a rehearsal dinner with friends and family before your big day.  This room is closed in by floor to ceiling windows, and can accommodate up to 20 people.

Grill Room Long Table Set-Up

(Photo supplied by Fairmont Chateau Whistler)

 

Next stop on my tour was the stunning Rooftop Chapel and Woodlands Terrace.  The Rooftop Chapel is my favorite ceremony venue at the hotel.  Who wouldn’t want to say “I do” in front of the beautiful mountains (Me! Me!)?  In summer, the venue can seat up to 400 people outside while in winter, it can seat up to 18 people inside the Chapel.  Despite the Chapel being more suited to only the most intimate of weddings, it does offer two fireplaces that add to the intimacy of your wedding day.  In the summer months a large white tent is built on the Terrace for a ceremony and reception.  This is ideal for larger weddings of up to 400 people.

 

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(Photo supplied by Fairmont Chateau Whistler)

If you aren’t already gushing over the different venues around the hotel, you are going to be impressed by their catering selection!  Here’s an example of a plated dinner menu.  I dare you to not be drooling after your done reading;

Roast BC Mushroom Cappuccino – herb crème fraiche
24 Hour Braised Short Rib – celeriac puree, roasted Pemberton root vegetables and cabernet jus
Strawberry Indulgence – cheesecake with strawberry sauce

 

How delicious does that sound?  To even further impress your guests, you can also serve up a slice of wedding cake.  The Fairmont Chateau Whistler offers many different styles and sizes, including the flavors; chocolate (available in gluten-free), vanilla (available in gluten-free), red velvet and carrot.

 

To make sure that additional décor is setup, day runs smoothly, and your personal needs are met the Fairmont Chateau Whistler requires that all weddings booked at the hotel bring a wedding planner or day of coordinator.  Since a venue coordinator and wedding planner have different responsibilities, I greatly respect their decision to ask this of their clients and have seen firsthand just how much smoother a wedding can go when a venue coordinator can purely focus on the venue operations.

 
I hope you enjoyed this blog post.  Next Sunday I will be introducing you to Whistler Blackcomb!

 

Sending my love to you and yours! <3

 

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!