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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!  

It's Wonderful Wedding Show Time

It's Wonderful Wedding Show Time

It's that time of the year again, folks!  I am thrilled to exhibit at the Wonderful Wedding Show this weekend at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg.  Once again, our booth is dedicated to sharing information about Joy And Back and encouraging brides to donate their wedding dresses or make an appointment but of course, if any bride wants to chat wedding planning I am all ears!  

I will be at booth #901 so please stop by.  I cannot wait to see all my vendor friends there as well!

wonderfulweddingshow.com

2017 Event Trends

2017 Event Trends

Happy 2017 everybody! I can’t wait for all the weddings I have lined up in the next 12 months PLUS I get to celebrate Canada’s 150TH birthday in Ottawa while on site for our biggest event of the year - CACUSS.   To kick off the New Year, I’ve listed some predicted trends for the upcoming event season based on observed consistencies with my own clients and input from my fellow planners.  I think this is going to be an annual list;) 

Guest Etiquette

Guest Etiquette

Follow these tips and tricks to make sure you are invited back!

We Are Hiring!

We Are Hiring!

That's right!  After a busy first year in business, it is time to bring on an event assistant to support our conference attendees, brides and other valued clients!

You would be responsible for coordinating and assisting all aspects of planning and executing a large conference for our biggest client with other event support as needed.  Other events include: weddings, awards galas, product launches and conferences

The event coordinator should have a passion for event management and for delivering outstanding customer service.

Must be hard working with ability to project needs, manage multiple priorities and work independently from home. Evening and weekend work will be required. 

For more information about the role and required qualifications, please send me an email - alli@allimae.com

xo

Do’s and Don’t’s When Finding Your Perfect Wedding Dress

Do’s and Don’t’s When Finding Your Perfect Wedding Dress

My bridal shop Joy And Back is open for business and I am happily booking appointments for Manitoba brides!  All proceeds from the sale of our wedding dresses, veils and accessories are donated to local cancer charities to support Manitoba families affected by cancer. I encourage all former brides to consider donating their dresses and bridal ‘goodies’ to the project and of course brides-to-be should check us out as well. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts when you start thinking about shopping for your dream dress:

DO Book your appointment early

The cool November weather always marks the start of engagement season and subsequently the busy wedding dress shopping season!  At our little shop we only have capacity to run one appointment at a time and Saturday slots are the first to get booked.  During our busiest periods, (ie: after Christmas) we often book 2 weeks in advance so keep that in mind when thinking about an appointment. 

DO Bring That Camera and Snap Away

Seriously, I encourage it!  It makes a huge difference to view your wedding dress options through a camera lens compared to a mirror.  It is also helpful to see how the dress photographs from all angles.

DO shop for your body type

Trendy dresses come and go but it is always best to figure out the style that works best for you.  It is important to focus on your personal style and what flatters you most. An A-line shape is great if you have wider hips, while column dresses hug your figure and look great on tall women or petites.

DON’T bring a crowd

I curse those wedding shows that encourage brides to bring an entourage of 20 people to your appointment!  Too many guests brings way too many competing thoughts and opinions that you didn’t ask for!  At our shop we only have enough room for the bride and two guests – no exceptions.  It’s also perfectly normal to arrive solo; we are happy to consult with you one on one!

DON’T try on everything

Your appointment duration is 60 minutes which is enough time, I promise!  Within this time frame you will likely try on between 2-8 dresses.  I always encourage brides to visit other salons first to get a sense of what you like.  Since our dresses are not samples, we ask for serious shoppers only.

DON’T worry about bridal sizing

I always have to explain that bridal sizing is 4 sizes increased from your street size.  Once you get your head around that, I will show you all the wedding dresses in your size range you may browse during your appointment.  Remember to pay attention to how it looks, not what the label reads.

DO have an open mind

At a glance, many of the dresses may not stand out to you on the hangers but once you have a dress on, it takes on a different shape and look and it can be a complete transformation.  I always encourage brides to try on a few of my picks during their appointment because sometimes you just don’t know until it’s on! 

What are you waiting for?  Make your bridal dress appointment at joyandbackbridal@gmail.com today!

National Philanthropy Day - November 18

This year I am proud again to be involved with the Association of Fundraising Professionals National Philanthropy Day on Friday, November 18 at the Met in Winnipeg!  This always marks the end of wedding season and the start of planning with my association clients and corporate events - I always look forward to it!

National Philanthropy Day (NPD) is celebrated around the world as a day to recognize the work of charities and remember the extraordinary achievements that philanthropy-giving, volunteering and social engagement-has made in all aspects of life.  Philanthropy has a huge part in my life and I love being a part of the planning process!  This year's winners include The Mauro Family, TD Bank and the Rotary Club of Winnipeg West.

The committee has been doing such an incredible job that there are very few tickets left - grab yours today and see you there!

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/npd-manitoba-philanthropy-awards-2016-tickets-27831829752

That's a wrap, party animals!

An excerpt from fellow local blogger, A Pop of Colour

Winnipeg had the wildest party of the year this past weekend.

Boobyball 2016 Paradise City swung into Fort Garry Place Saturday night for a colourful, wild soiree, all for a good cause and I am very proud to produce the event along with an incredible group of motivated and passionate ladies.  Boobyball is Rethink Breast Cancer’s signature event, held in four cities across Canada.

This year was Winnipeg’s third Boobyball and they switched locations from last year.  Fort Garry Place was transformed from one of the city’s most elegant ballrooms to a colourful jungle. The experience started as soon as you crossed the skywalk from the Fort Garry Hotel with gorilla decals on the ground and jungle noises playing from hidden speakers.  The committee did an amazing job with decoration, as there was tons of faux animals, trees, and amazing lights that took partygoers from Winnipeg to the amazon.

For the full scoop on the event, the activations and the guests (including some jungle critters), check out Shayna's blog here