What to Look for in a Wedding Planner

What to Look for in a Wedding Planner

In the wedding industry (particularly in the Manitoba market), the period of October to March corresponding with the Christmas/Valentine’s holidays are BIG for bookings. I’ve gone into many reasons WHY to hire a wedding planner but in the early stages of your search, it’s important to have a list of what to look for in the same way you’d have checklists for your DJ, a photographer or a florist.  Here is my recommended list of considerations as you search for your wedding planner.

PHOTO CREDIT: Rosanna U Photography

MODEL: Open Sky Weddings

The Fyre Festival Disaster: Lessons Learned

I feel compelled to take a step away from the usual wedding related content this month to comment on the Netflix Fyre documentary.   I, like millions of others, recently watched this film in total horror and, honestly WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?  I have found it challenging to organize a wedding in 4 months let alone a weekend music festival, yeesh!  If you have been living under a rock, learn more about the Festival, (or what could have been) here. In theory, this would have been an incredible long weekend music festival set in the beauty of the Bahamas with luxury accommodations, an A-star lineup and a once in a lifetime experience.  Thanks to an online push by social media influencers (mainly models who never intended to show up to the actual festival in the first place), the event sold out in record time in 2016 and, in a series of terrible planning mistakes things quickly spiraled culminating with a massive social media back lash that left organizers in a pile of financial and legal trouble. I had no expectations as I settled in one Sunday evening to watch this mess of a wanna-be festival, but as an event professional this documentary stuck with me and I’ve been having anxious thoughts about it ever since.  The more I play some of the scenes over and over in my head, the more I realize very basic fundamentals of event planning were not even considered by organizers.

2019 Wedding Trends

2019 Wedding Trends

HNY everyone! 2019 is going to be our busiest year yet and we are SO excited for all the events and weddings going down in the next 12 months. After an incredible tour of Hawaii with the family in December, it is time to get back to planning and designing with all our amazing clients and to kick off the New Year, we’ve listed some predicted trends for the upcoming event season.  From classic apparel to sustainable weddings, check out what you can expect to see this year.

Photo by: Megan Steen Photography

Halloween Party Time!

Halloween Party Time!

Halloween has to be one of my favourite holidays of the year.  Whether it be a girl’s night in or a spooky Halloween party, there is certainly something for everyone to get in the spirit of Halloween!  Is anyone getting their ghouls together for a little soiree?  Vanessa and I had so much fun planning a party with some friends last week, we wanted to share some essential Halloween party tips!

PHOTO CREDIT: Emily Enns

Considering Little Ones in Your Wedding Party

Considering Little Ones in Your Wedding Party

To include children or not to include children in your wedding party? Your wedding day is full of memorable and exciting moments and the result of hours and hours of careful planning and no one wants it ruined by a screaming toddler.  This doesn’t mean you have to rule out having children in your wedding party entirely but I have some recommendations to make children more comfortable at your wedding and avoid any melt downs as much as possible.

PHOTO BY: Casey Nolin Photography

JOY AND BACK ANNOUNCEMENT

JOY AND BACK ANNOUNCEMENT

Well, after a busy and wonderful 2018 wedding season, we have an important announcement about our non profit initiative Joy and Back.

Look Good Dancing At Your Wedding

Look Good Dancing At Your Wedding

For many couples, the thought of dancing in front of 100+ of your nearest and dearest can cause minor heart palpitations leading up to the big day. Have no fear, I have some quick tips to look good dancing at your wedding! Click the header on your left for the full post!

Photo by: Vanessa Mayberry Photography

5 Ways to Add Personal Touches to Your Wedding

5 Ways to Add Personal Touches to Your Wedding

Social media feeds are overrun with wedding inspiration and it almost seems as if there is nothing original when it comes to weddings.  Every couple wants to give their guests a unique experience but it can seem like quite a challenge in the beginning.  I always tell my clients the strategy to make your wedding stand out is to make it meaningful by considering all your favourite things as a couple in the early stages of planning.

How To Plan Your Wedding When Your Bridesmaids Live Across the Country

How To Plan Your Wedding When Your Bridesmaids Live Across the Country

GUEST POST ALERT!

Getting all your bridesmaids together 50 years ago was an easy task, but these days you might all be spread across the province, country or even the world! We know how stressful that can seem at first. But don’t worry! We have the best tips for you and your remote bridal party so you can enjoy and involve your girls throughout the whole wedding planning process!

Emergency Kit Essentials

Emergency Kit Essentials

Emergency Kit Essentials Collaboration time! The Trendy Files and Alli Mae Fresh Events got together last month to gab, sip and share our ideas on the essential things you need on a night out or even your big day. This led us to the creation of this blog, letting you in on the contents of our go-to emergency kits, as well as get you thinking about how to prepare your own.

Read all about Emergency Kit Essentials below!

FEBRUARY 4: Westman Wedding Expo

I'm thrilled to exhibit at the Westman Wedding Expo next weekend!  Please come say hi and learn more about Joy And Back.  Show Details As follows:

Sunday, February 4

11AM - 4PM

Keystone Centre, Brandon MB.

See you there!

2018 Wedding Trends

2018 Wedding Trends

Happy 2018 everyone! I am SO excited for all the events and weddings in my calendar this year and after a restful holiday season it is time to get back to planning and designing with all my amazing clients.  To kick off the New Year, I’ve listed some predicted trends for the upcoming event season.  From bold colors to bridal fashion and cutting edge décor, check out what you can expect to see this year.

The Many Roles of a Wedding Professional

Coordinator, Planner, Designer, Stylist – wedding industry professionals go by many names and it can get pretty confusing to differentiate one from the other.  So what are the differences between wedding designers, coordinators and planners and how can you distinguish between each role and figure out the individual best suited for your wedding?  Check out the descriptions in today’s blog along with my service packages that best align with each!

Photo By: April Marie Imagery

Wedding Emergency Kit Must-Haves

Wedding Emergency Kit Must-Haves

My brides always get a kick out of my massive emergency kit bag, and I am continually adding to it.  Nothing says ‘prepared’ more than a suitcase filled with medical kits, apparel and beauty must-haves.  Below, I assembled a handy check list of items (and corresponding categories) you should consider packing on your wedding day.

Photo By Izabela Rachwal Photography

Alternative Wedding Dates

Alternative Wedding Dates

I am a big fan of mixing it up when it comes to days of the week and seasons of the year to host a wedding.   With Manitoba’s short summer, the wedding season rush down the aisle historically starts the first weekend of May and quiets down by Thanksgiving.  Of course, July is the most popular along with those very-special-never-happening-again novelty dates, (think 12.12.12), but what about the other four thousand couples who didn’t manage to snag a ‘prime’ date? Lately, I am seeing a spike in ‘off-season’ wedding inquiries and I have to say, I applaud my couples who are open to different options.  There are many reasons for a not so ‘off’ season anymore, including limited venue availability, special rates for ‘off-season’ bookings and importantly, a couple’s personal availability depending on lifestyle and profession.

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Do We Have To Have A Wedding Rehearsal?

The short answer is YES!  Without a rehearsal you run the risk of a very disorganized wedding ceremony.

I offer rehearsal coordination as part of all my services and even though there is no rule that says you MUST have a wedding rehearsal, it is very important. Lately it feels as if most of my evenings are filled with wedding prep and running from one rehearsal to another and I love every moment of it.  I love meeting the family and friends who are so excited to celebrate with the bride and groom and helping people feel comfortable and confident before they walk down the aisle so they can truly enjoy the ceremony!

The ONE exception (and even in these situations I still like to run a rehearsal), is if your wedding is small, with few or no wedding attendants, and does not include any wedding traditions, customs, or special readings.  However, most of my weddings are more formal and larger in scope and many include children so it is well worth setting aside about 30 to 45 minutes the day before the wedding to go over the ceremony with everyone. Together, we will review each aspect of the ceremony, from the processional to the recessional. For the processional to run smoothly, everyone involved needs to know the walking order, their musical cues, and where to sit or stand. We will also review small but important details such as what the groomsmen should do with their hands during the ceremony as well as the height at which the bride and bridesmaids should carry their bouquets in order to look good in photos. All of these details are very important to ensure a flawless ceremony on the wedding day!