This upcoming Saturday, August 25th at Northlands Park the largest thoroughbred race in Western Canada, the Canadian Derby, will take place. The derby starts at 12pm but before the races begin take part in the Annual Derby Breakfast at the Rock’s located on the second floor of the Northlands Park between 9am – 10:30am. You will be able to fill up on scrambled eggs, sausage links, hash browns and pancakes for $5 per person.
Derby spectators are known for their lavish hats and the spectators at the Canadian Derby are no exception. Sport your most extravagant hat at the derby and enter the Annual Canadian Derby Hat Parade for your chance to win in one of the following categories; best overall hat, best fascinator, most unique design, best ensemble, best child’s hat and best men’s hat. To enter visit the Paddock Theatre between 11:30am – 2:30pm where a photo of you and your hat will be taken and posted on their Fashion Wall to be judged by local celebrities. The winners of the contest will be announced after the 9th race. If you would like to participate but don’t have a hat to wear you can visit the Canadian Derby Marketplace between 11am – 6pm to find the perfect hat.
When the races are over join in on the fun at the Paddock Theatre for the Mardi Gras themed after party. Come between 7pm – 8:30pm for a Cajun buffet for $8 a person, a live band and a chance to win a trip for two to Harrah’s in New Orleans.
Ticket packages are still available for the Canadian Derby. Visit Northlands Park’s website for more information on their different ticket packages.
Below are photos from last year’s Canadian Derby.
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One of the first decisions you will need to make when planning your wedding is where to host your ceremony and reception. Do you want to have an outdoor or indoor wedding? Do you want to be near water or close to the mountains? Do you prefer to have the ceremony and reception at the same location? You should make a venue decision a year before your wedding to insure that you get the venue of your dreams.
Another decision you will need to make before looking for a ceremony venue is if you want to have a civil or religious ceremony.
If you have no strong religious views a civil ceremony may be the right option for you. A civil ceremony will allow an unconventional ceremony and gives you the option to pick any desired location for your ceremony.
However if you have strong religious views a religious ceremony in a house of worship might suit you best. A religious ceremony can also on occasion be held at another location if you desire and can almost always incorporate the traditions and customs of your faith.
Your reception will potentially be the most extravagant event you will host or plan. With two types of venue options, indoor or outdoor you will be able to bring your dreams to life. Before you start looking for a reception venue you will want to know approximately how many guests you will have as this can help you in eliminating a few venues choices.
The first option is to host your reception at a hotel, golf course or another indoor venue. These types of venues host many events within a year and therefore will supply you with tables, chairs as well as most reception venues can supply you with a basic linen to cover your tables. Picking an indoor venue will allow you to make fewer choices such as which caterer to use, as they will most likely supply you and your guests with a plated or buffet meal.
If you decide to have a tent or backyard wedding there are a lot more decisions involved. You will need to decide who you want to cater your dinner, what type of linen and décor you want as well as finding a suitable dance floor just to name a few.
If finding a venue in your city or out of town sounds daunting there is always the option of hiring a wedding planner who knows the area and can make this decision less stressful.
Finding the perfect venue to fit your theme and style can be a tricky and time-consuming task. The first step in finding the right venue for your ceremony and reception is to make a commitment on the theme or atmosphere you want your event to have. Once that decision has been made proceeding to find the right venue to heighten your ideas will become an easier task.
Looking for a real unique venue idea? This couple found an old mine cave to host their wedding reception. However suitable and safe caves are few and far between. More people have access to a ranch or acreage, which can become the perfect backdrop for a homey and rural atmosphere. This type of venue is best for a down to earth couple who love the country and outdoors.
If you don’t have access to a suitable cave or country field, one of the following options might be a more suitable and attainable venue.
If you crave a rustic feel for your wedding, a venue with wood panels and a view of the wilderness can be a great asset in adding and complementing the décor. Local vender Snow Valley or Sunridge Ski Area have a rustic country charm with its wood accents, stone fireplaces and large windows overlooking the park, which makes it a perfect place for a rustic themed event.
Want to obtain an old 1950’s flare? If so the Hanger at the Fort Edmonton Park might be the perfect venue for you. With a large plane mural, potential renters must appreciate and welcome it. It also adds personality and a perfect vintage feel to the large space.
If rustic and vintage isn’t your thing, wanting your theme to be glamorous and modern, a venue like Latitude 53 might be the perfect fit for your ideas to come alive. An art gallery screams sophistication and with a roof accessible for use which allows for additional downtown chic.
Dream of a destination wedding without the travel time? A venue like the Muttart Conservatory can provide you with gorgeous and lush scenery for your ceremony. Birds and a flowing river will be heard throughout the ceremony taking you and your guests into a serene destination without the cost of a plane ticket.
Finding a venue that has all the attributes you are looking for can be time consuming and sometimes frustrating. Wedding planners work with a variety of venues and can help you find the one that suites your needs. Whether you hire an event planner in order to find the perfect venue or find it on your own we hope you have a wonderful event!
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Blush Magazine has launched its SPRING | SUMMER 2012 issue of which Special Event Rentals was proud to advertise with the help of A Modern Proposal and other local vendors.
With wedding season just around the corner, and many winter proposals, Brides are on the hunt for new ideas, local vendors, and how to create their dream wedding! Blush Magazine is not only an endless resource for Brides on all these counts but holds wonderful work on what’s in style this season. Take a look at the Behind-The-Scenes of the latest Blush Magazine Photo Shoot:
“A little girl’s little dream; to be caught up in a fairytale, a fantastical wonderland filled with balloons, butterflies, and miracles. Inspired by childlike innocence and femininity, Blush invites you to dream a little dream, become inspired, and imagine your perfect wedding.” – Blush Magazine
Blush Magazine Photo Shoot from A Love Story on Vimeo.
Accessories: Orange Avocado Jewelry, So Pretty Jewelry by Cara Cotter, Stella & Dot | Cake Design: The Art of Cake | Floral Design: La Piazza Dasee | Gowns: Bridal Debut, Delica Bridal House, Novelle Bridal Shop, Pure Bridal | Formal Wear: Derks Formals | Hair: Ponytails & Horseshoes | Location: The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald | Make Up: Nicola Gavins | Models: Chelsea Mondoux & Dayton Thomas from Mode Models | Photography: Ashley Champagne Photography | Shoes: enPrivado, Who Cares Women’s Wear | Set Design & Coordination: Rebecca Fisher-Swarbrooke, High Culture Weddings & Special Events | Stationery: Notables Stationers | Styling: Lazina Mckenzie, L² Style | Tableware: Chintz & Company
Behind-the-Scenes Photography: Brianna K Photography | Behind-the-Scenes Videography: A Love Story