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

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

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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.

Proud Member of Event Professionals of Manitoba

Today I am celebrating FIVE years in business!  I couldn't have gotten here without my ah-mazing clients, friends and family who are always sending love and referrals my way.

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!

Let's Talk About Speeches

I find speeches can make or break any party atmosphere.  How many times have you cringed during a best man’s speech or on the contrary - roared with laughter and clapped for an encore?  A well delivered speech should accomplish two things – it should make all guests feel welcome and included and recognize the celebration or purpose of the party.  I always try to work hard with wedding emcees to make them feel prepared and confident and deliver a great program to compliment a beautiful celebration.  Here are some other tips for everyone planning a wedding (or any speech) in the future.

Sweet Table 411

Sweet Table 411

I LOVE styling sweet tables at weddings.  Often it’s that last décor touch to really leave an impression on your guests and those ‘sweet’ details should never be overlooked. The wedding dessert table has become a staple as many couples opt to skip the giant wedding cake for a more varied assortment of goodies. After all, why choose one dessert when you could offer your guests a whole buffet table full of your favorite desserts? Not only does the dessert table offer your wedding guests more choices, it also can be more cost effective, depending on what type of desserts you’re serving, and how much of it you design yourself.  

The Secret to Great Wedding Photos

The Secret to Great Wedding Photos

Wedding photos can be full of stress and anxiety for many brides; after all, you only get one ‘shot’ at perfection, (pardon the pun)!  You have spent hours researching, meeting and confirming the best photographer for your wedding but how to make sure you get the best pictures? The real key to getting great pictures is to appear as relaxed and as natural as possible but that’s easier said than done on the biggest day of your life.  On today’s blog, I asked the pro – Megan from Megan Steen Photography for some advice on this front and as it turns out, staying composed and gorgeous in your photos is all in the pre-planning.

EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT

EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT

I am SO EXCITED to announce that Joy and Back has a brand new home right in the heart of the exchange district!  New information for Joy and Back as follows:

70 Arthur Street, Unit 425

By appointment only Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays

We have lots of accessories and gowns for sale at amazing prices with all funds donated to Cancer Care Manitoba!  Please email joyandbackbridal@gmail.com and check us out!

xo

The Morning of Your Wedding

The Morning of Your Wedding

Remember back in university when getting ready to go out was almost just as good as the night out itself?  A lot of Brides and Grooms tell me that the morning of their wedding, sipping on mamosas with their nearest and dearest can be an unexpected highlight of the day.  Here are some tips to keep the morning of your wedding as enjoyable as possible.

What Guests Remember

What Guests Remember

Okay, I admit it – when I plan an event I always stress over every décor detail but the truth is, your guests probably won’t remember the sprig of thyme on each place setting or the gold foil trim on the program.  When planning any party you should always have your guests comfort in mind and here are the items that really count towards the overall guest experience:

Selecting Your Wedding Party

Selecting Your Wedding Party

Statistically speaking, the past 8 weeks are the busiest time of the year for engagements so congratulations to everyone who recently got a shiny new piece of jewelry!  Many couples in the early stages of planning prioritize their wedding date and budget followed closely by confirming their wedding party.   This can cause a lot of anxiety and it might seem like a daunting task but keep the following tips in mind when thinking about who to include in your wedding day crew:

FINDING THE RIGHT OFFICIANT

FINDING THE RIGHT OFFICIANT

Last year I was so excited to officially become registered with vital statistics Manitoba and now I am proud to say I am legally able to perform marriages in Manitoba.  When couples inquire about my wedding commissioner, (‘Yes We Do’) service I always look for a personality fit since I will be involved in the most detailed parts of planning a couple’s special day.  When you are shopping around for a wedding commissioner, it is important to consider the following:

Daniella & Michael Tie The Knot

Daniella & Michael Tie The Knot

Daniella and Michael’s wedding was so special and it was truly the grand finale to a spectacular wedding season for me so I really wanted to share it on the blog today.   This wedding was also a milestone event as I got to play bridesmaid AND wedding planner for the first time!