Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst

It is often the best laid plans that go awry and although we always hope your wedding day isn't one of those days, it is not often that the day goes off without a hitch. In July, I was interviewed on CBC's Alberta at Noon on the topic of wedding disasters and I had a hard time thinking of a wedding that didn't have a minor hiccup or two. The thing is, when you have a wedding coordinator, such as myself, things may not be going smoothly behind the scenes but it is handled so that there is no need to cause panic to the bride or groom. My first tip to all the brides-to-be out there is get...

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Rain On Your Wedding Day

When it comes to your wedding you can control a lot of things but you can’t control the weather. When planning outdoor weddings with my clients, I always have a contingency plan for poor weather. The backup plan is as much for the couple being wed as it is for the comfort of their guests. Select a wedding venue and photographer that knows what to do. Most venues have tents or back up plans in place for almost any scenario and most wedding photographers have shot in the rain. If chances of rain are high based on season or the forecast, have your bridal party covered with matching umbrellas and...

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Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget - How to Cut Costs on Your Wedding

It would be fun to live in a world where to every couple, money is no object and the sky is the limit when it comes to their wedding budget. Unfortunately that is not reality but it doesn’t mean that couples can’t have the wedding of their dreams. With more and more couples paying for their own wedding and wanting to enter marital bliss without significant debt, here are a few ways to save on your big day without losing sight of your dream wedding. Refer back to my post on budget . Once you have an idea of who is paying for what and how much you have to work with, you can better plan. Give...

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Trendy or Traditional?

Are you a trendy or a traditional bride? Although the question is straightforward, the answer is not. To make matters more complicated, “Granny Chic” is very trendy right now. “Granny Chic” or “Nana Chic,” as I like to call it, is all of the old fashioned elements that your grandmother will approve of that are popping up in wedding fashion and décor. Think of ladies luncheons, high tea, china patterns, doilies, lace and pearls. Now, there is nothing wrong with any of the traditional and you can see pieces of all of these things have been carried through bridal fashion over decades. Often,...

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