5 Ways to De-stress From Wedding Planning

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Wedding planning can be extremely enjoyable, but with having to make so many decisions it can also become slightly overwhelming at times. Below are our top 5 ways to unwind from all the wedding related stress.

  1. Get away for the weekend. Grab your significant other and take a weekend trip to the lake or mountains. The fresh air will help rejuvenate you and being surrounded by nature’s calming atmosphere will help wash away your stress.
  2. Spa Day. Is there any better way to de-stress then by getting a massage or a mani-pedi? We don’t think so!
  3. Girls Night. Your best friends help keep you sane so what better way to de-stress than a night with your best girlfriends, a bottle of wine and a strict no wedding talk policy! Just get together and have a fun girl’s night like you did before wedding talk became the main subject matter.
  4. Unplug for 24 hours. This one might be hard for some but just take a step back from your electronics and just unwind with a good book, a walk in the park, a calming bath with essential oils, and enjoy the beautiful sunset.
  5. Work out. Physical activity creates endorphins which will give you a burst of energy and clarity to help you get back into the decision making mood.

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Alice In Wonderland Theme Party

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Take a trip down the rabbit hole and into a birthday wonderland with this amazing theme party orchestrated by Jenelle Jamani of Special Event Rentals. Complete with the Mad Hatters tea party, Red Soldier croquet and a place to paint the white flowers red. One can almost hear the red queen screech “Off with their heads”.

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Planner: Jenelle Jamani
Florals: Wild Orchid
Venue:Edmonton Hotel & Convention Centre

Birthday Celebration

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Weddings are not the only time in life that we like to celebrate big, grand openings, retirements and birthday parties are just a few of the other times worth celebrating in life. Earlier this year Kristina McAnally put together the ultimate first birthday party in the Wedgewood room at the Fairmont McDonald Hotel in Edmonton. Over flowing with fresh florals this Parisian styled birthday featured a cake by Over the Top Cakes along with delicious deserts and a build your own bouquet station.

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Spotlight – Pretty & Inked

We are excited to have Natasha from Pretty & Inked as today’s Spotlight. Pretty & Inked is a new wedding blog that focuses on the alternative couple who are looking for local inspiration for their big day. Our team has recently teamed up with Natasha to create a few stylized shoots that will soon be gracing the pages of Pretty & Inked debut magazine.

1. What drew you to the field of wedding blogging?
My fiancé and I met in London, UK where I had been living for the past three years until he proposed. Getting engaged and looking at our future life together we decided to move back to Canada, it was the perfect place to start our lives, eventually raise a family and of course have the wedding of our dreams…or so we thought. It is no secret that London has anything and everything for every taste. It is a place where design pushes boundaries, where every person walking down the street has their individual style, and where ‘unique-ness’ triumph’s over ‘cookie cutter’. Starting to plan our wedding we were looking for the same creative outlets we found in London, the one’s that cater to the ‘individual’ as opposed to the ‘masses’. Sadly, attending wedding show after wedding show, appointment after appointment, we have found no resources that that are happy to divulge the ‘alternative’ couple.

So, frustrated with the way things were I decided to fill the gap, be the resource that wasn’t there for me. Pretty & Inked provides a resource for all the creative, alternative, inked, vintage, out of the box couples who are looking to create their dream wedding within a carbon-copy-pink-puffy-cowgirl-boot wedding world. A go to for inspiration, venues, and vendors that are over joyed to help these of us who ‘aren’t in season’.

2. What is the most challenging part of planning an alternative wedding?
Finding the right vendors to work with. There will always be trends, and seasons to weddings, it’s how the industry works, and businesses cater to social culture and decades. However finding these vendors that also get just as excited to work with couples who don’t want just what’s in season can be difficult. You want those who you plan this amazing day with to be just as happy to help whether you want that traditional barn wedding or a steampunk soiree in a steam train museum, a traditional white ball gown, or a black lace gown with a top hat.

3. What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Helping other brides like myself, changing the view on tattooed women in society, and finding those perfect vendors who are genuinely happy to help any bride. The amount of amazing people I meet on a day to day basis is amazing. And having that perfect cup of coffee while writing the next post, or viewing the magazine’s sample edits doesn’t hurt either.

4. What is your favourite piece of décor?
My favourite piece of décor at the moment has to be chalkboard painted wine bottles. I’ve seen them used as centrepieces with flowers, table numbers, guest books, wedding games, the list goes on. And I’m sure I am a little bias as they may be one of our wedding centrepieces with some brilliant candles in them.

5. What is the most valuable piece of décor at a wedding/event?
Décor can always change dependent on taste, or the style of Bride and Groom, the most valuable necessity to every wedding has to be the photography. I have worked with too many Bride’s that decided to have a friend of a friend of a friend, or someone’s cousin take the photo’s at their wedding. To be nice, or because they are family, or to save money and now will forever regret the decision for the photos that are to last them the rest of their lives’? Look horrible. The colour is distorted, the resolution is too low, the angles are off, or just completely unusable.

You only get one day, one day to remember and cherish for the rest of your lives with no do-over’s so make sure that the pieces you have when the day is over? The Video, the Photos? The pieces that will last forever, are EXACTLY what you wanted, and look amazing. Never skimp on your photos, its one expense that is worth splurging on.

6. What is your favourite line of linen?
Anything with texture, I love linens and fabrics that are versatile. Geometric, Pintuck, and Striped fabrics can be used anywhere from Diner Rockabilly Weddings, to Black Tie Gala Events.

7. What is your favourite moment at a wedding?
Even though it may have been recited in a few movies, my favourite part is really, actually, all about the groom. The moment when the music starts, and the doors open to the beautiful bride ready to be walked down the aisle and everyone is starring at her, I really can’t help but watch the groom instead. The amount of love and adoration there is indescribable. I have been to a few friend’s wedding’s where the groom day-to-day seems so logical and reserved, but starring at his bride to be, can’t help but shed a little tear and a smile so wide, there is no denying just how much he loves his future wife.

8. What would you like to see more of at weddings/events?
More Bride and Grooms focusing on what they want and not what everybody else wants. Planning our wedding I will be the first to admit how easy it is to let your dreams fall to the side of those of your friends and family. Everyone will always have an opinion, about the guest list, your dress, your venue, the music. It’s just what people do. The trick is no matter what your bridesmaid’s say, your family, yes even your mum and mother in law, stay true to what you want. It’s YOUR day and you only get one, so plan it, design it, how YOU have always envisioned. What represents you and your fiancé, not you and your fiancé, and your bridal party, and your family, and your guests, and that random guy in Starbucks who say you looking at bridal magazines and somehow ALSO has an opinion.

9. What trends do you think are here to stay?
Creative Bridal Party Photos are definitely becoming more and more customary. Traditional Bridal Party photos in a garden or against a conservative serene background are not as common as they used to be. Bride and Grooms and getting more unique with where they want their memorable photos to be, and choosing places that represent them as a couple. Skateparks for those Skateboarders and BMXer’s, Graveyards for those Goth couple’s, even down to Tattoo shops for those couple addicted their ink.

Below are a few photos curtsey of Pretty & Inked.

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Photo Credits: Editor-In-Chief, Natasha MacKenzie, Pretty & Inked Magzine / Photography: Milton Photography / Hair Adornments: Sugar Pie Girl / Make Up: Makeup by Nadya and The Art of Beauty

Edmonton’s Outdoor Summer Wrap Up

Before you let the “back-to-school blues” get you down, grab your family and friends and take in the last of Edmonton’s summer festivities. Here are just a few suggestions to make the most out of your last month of summer!

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Movies on the Square: Take a in a flick on a Tuesday night this August. Head down to Sir Winston Churchill Square where Scotiabank is presenting free movies for the whole family to enjoy! For this outdoor event be sure to pack your lawn chairs, or a blanket. With the pre-show entertainment beginning at 7pm, and the movie at sunset, come early to ensure you get a great spot!

FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup: FIFA is returning to Edmonton this August! Take in a soccer match and cheer on some international up-and-coming soccer stars at Commonwealth Stadium, August 5-24. Order your tickets here.

Festivals: The city of Edmonton, coined “Festival City” by locals, is guaranteed to have a festival that will suit your interests this summer. Performers and playgoers may find their enjoyment at the popular Fringe Festival, while music lovers may want to take in the Blues Festival at Hawrelak Park.

If you are interested in exploring some of  the diverse cultures in Edmonton, check out the Dragon Boat Festival or get ready to dance at the Edmonton Latin Festival. This is just a small taste of what is happening in Edmonton this August. Check out the City of Edmonton website for details on other festivals happening this month.

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August Feature Showcase – Eventful – Wedding & Event Architects

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event·ful adjective \i-ˈvent-fəl\

: having many important things happening
: full of or rich in events
: momentus

Eventful specializes in all things wedding. From the day you say “yes” to the day you say “I do”, we work with you to create an eventful experience. We start by getting to know your style and personality, both individually and as a couple, so we can create events that are distinctly you. Because after all, this is all about you!

It’s no secret that weddings, and all the events that come with them, can be quite stressful if you’re navigating them on your own. That’s where we come in. We bring all the pieces together and lay them out in a plan that works best for you, and your budget. Coming up with creative themes, colour palettes, sourcing the best venues and vendors – this is what we do best. Part of our job is to make this a fun, memorable experience, with as little stress as possible.

Every couple has different needs, schedules and budgets, therefore we offer a variety of packages to choose from. If you don’t see something that works for you, we will work with you to offer customized services to fit your unique needs.

Eventful opened its doors for business in early 2014 after the owner, Shanlyn Cunningham, decided to take the leap and go after her dreams of running her own wedding and event planning company. She has spent her career leading up to this point working in the event industry, and couldn’t wait to start something of her own.

Shanlyn, originally a Maritimer, holds a Bachelor of Commerce, an Advanced Diploma in Public Relations and is certified through the Wedding Planner’s Institute of Canada (WPIC). She’s worked all across the event industry from weddings, to corporate communications, to festivals large and small. She thrives off events and puts all her energy and creativity into building the perfect one for each client.

“My favourite part of every wedding and event is finding a way to incorporate the unique, valued added details that make the event stand out. I’ve tried to bring in a playful and unique approach to my display by using an unusual menu and a fun guestbook, as displayed within the photos.”

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Caterer Of The Month – A Cappella Catering

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Meet A Cappella Catering

A Cappella Catering evolved from a “pizza stand” established in 1987. Over the subsequent 27 years A Cappella continually developed and has grown to its current capacity, making it the largest catering company in the Edmonton area. A Cappella’s accomplishments are attributable to their relentless pursuit to be the very best in food quality, service excellence and organizational skill.

At the heart of A Cappella’s success is its highly skilled and driven team. The executive chef, Mich d’Laive, and general manager, Kim Szalynski have bought into the company joining its founder, Todd Rutter as part of the ownership team. Additionally, A Cappella is very fortunate to have a wonderful and talented group of managers, supervisors, chefs and catering assistants.

A Cappella has recently taken over all food services at Edmonton’s highly respected Matrix Hotel and the cafeteria in downtown’s John E. Brownlee Building (Cantata Cafe). Those two teams have continued to exemplify A Cappella’s committment to excellence and are extremely we regarded by those new clients.

A Cappella services all sectors of the catering market literally catering functions for as few os four guests, and as may as three thousand. From simple “dropped off” snacks and meals to full service (banquets, receptions and BBQs) with multiple food, action, beverage and bar stations.

Their capacity is also industry leading. With 14 vans, a staff of up to 100 team members and state-of-the-art logistics systems A Cappella can truly “deliver” through all busy periods in the vibrant local economy.

We look forward to continuing to offer fresh, tasty, generous meals with friendly and efficient service.

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Floral Draped Rustic Wedding

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This past April Jenelle Jamani of Special Event Rentals created a beautiful rustic wedding at the Old Timers’ Cabin. This floral draped wedding featured hanging chandeliers, floating candles, gold votives and Mercury Quilted Vases. Look for a feature of this gorgeous wedding in the next edition of Blush Magazine.

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Wedding Credits: Photographer – KZ Photography / Flowers – faBLOOMosity / Dessert – Dutchess Bake Shop / Catering – Culina / Event Designer – Jenelle Jamani / Venue – Old Timers’ Cabin

Wedding Etiquette – Guests

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Earlier this week we provided wedding etiquette tips for the bride and groom and even though this special day isn’t about you, there are still etiquette rules to follow.

  1. RSVP – There are many expenses when it comes to planning a wedding and may heavily depend on how large the guest list is. Be thoughtful and let the couple know whether or not you will be attending their wedding by their stated RSVP date.
  2. Show Up – If you were invited to both the ceremony and reception be sure to show up to both. The ceremony is the most important part of the wedding day and it’s in poor taste to just show up for the open bar and free food.
  3. Dress appropriately – The worst thing you can do is show up to a wedding underdressed, so when in doubt over dress. You can also view our Decoding Wedding Attire Requests post to make sure you have the perfect outfit.
  4. Arrive on Time – Leave plenty of time to get to the wedding in case you run into bad traffic or get lost on the way. It’s disruptive and just in bad taste to arrive late so make sure you arrive on time or early!
  5. Stay Out Of The Photographers Way – There is nothing worse than viewing professional photos of a wedding and seeing a photo bomber with their iPad trying to get a shot of the bride and groom. The bride and groom paid to have professional photographer document their day, so please, leave the photography to the professional. But if you insist on taking photos be sure to you stay out of the photographers shots or you might find yourself on a photographers blog where they use you as an example of why unplugged weddings should be standard.

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Wedding Etiquette – Bride & Groom

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Weddings can be a very stressful time and a time where you find yourself considering your own preferences and needs before your guests. Below are a few wedding etiquette tips to help you stay on track while being considerate and generally classy on your big day.

  1. Wedding Timeline – If at all possible, avoid scheduling a morning ceremony followed by an evening reception or 3 plus hours in between, especially if the majority of your guests are from out of town. If you do decide to go with a wedding time line with a 3 plus hour break in between, be sure to have some sort of entertainment set in place for your out of town guest to do will while they wait for the wedding reception to begin.
  2. Keep Your Guests Budgets In Mind When you Register – Sure choosing all the items that you’ve been dreaming of having in your home can be a ton of fun, but take a step back from your dream home and remember to add items of all price ranges. Picking items from a variety of price ranges will insure that every guest will be able to find a gift for you that is within their budget.
  3. Thank You Notes – Send your guests a personal thank you note as promptly as you can, no more than two to three weeks after the gift opening. Also make sure that you add a sentence that states the gift they gave you and how you plan on using it.
  4. Be considerate of older guests – We know that you love your grandparents, so be mindful that they might not be able to walk long distances and this would include from the parking lot to the church or reception.  If there will be a long walking distance put up reserved parking sign on the closest parking stalls. If your guests are going to have to stand for long periods of time make arrangements for them to have marked chairs available for them to use.

Photo Credit: Picture That Photography