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Real Brides Spill - The Best Advice They Received

Real Brides Spill - The Best Advice They Received

It’s no secret; the moment you get engaged, people begin showering you with their words of wisdom, solicited or not.

This past year I sat down with a few of my recently married couples and asked them: “What is the best advice you received while planning your wedding?”

Here’s what they had to say….

The Best Apps To Help Plan Your Wedding Day

The Best Apps To Help Plan Your Wedding Day

We live in a digital world and these days there are so many useful tools to help you plan your wedding. You can create a wedding website, set up a honeymoon registry or layout your reception floor plan with the click of a mouse. As a wedding planner, I’ve used many an app and have narrowed down a list of my personal favourites for brides and grooms-to-be.

Discover a few of my favourite apps to help you plan your wedding day!

How To Choose The Perfect Wedding Party

How To Choose The Perfect Wedding Party

Can we talk about your wedding party peeps?! Selecting your wedding party, though a no-brainer for some, can cause quite a bit of stress for others. You are, after all, choosing a smaller group of friends and loved ones to play a significant role in your special day - for some, that decision can be an anxious one!

If you are one of those people, I have a few solutions which can help you clarify how to choose your perfect wedding party. Let’s dive in!

It’s a huge honor to be selected as part of a loved one’s wedding party, so it’s important that you choose those who are nearest and dearest to you; for example, many choose life-long friends and family who they believe or feel will be beside them for many years to come. Consider the following:

How to Make Your Own DIY Wedding Survival Kit

How to Make Your Own DIY Wedding Survival Kit

Though never a girl scout myself, my decade-long experience as a wedding planner has taught me to believe wholeheartedly in the motto, “Be Prepared.” Over the years, I’ve developed my own DIY kit for wedding day survival needs - from breath mints and sewing kits to batteries and super glue, I learned quickly that it never hurts to be as well equipped on one’s wedding day as possible!

Couples often ask me, “What is the worst wedding disaster you’ve experienced?” Though disasters rarely do happen, there have been times when my survival kit has come in handy. For example, that time a bridesmaid’s zipper split as she was due to walk down the aisle, or the best-man speech which almost never happened when the batteries on the microphone suddenly died.

It’s important to keep in mind that, sometimes, things happen which may be out of your control but can be easily rectified with a few tweaks and quick fixes. That’s why I recommend having a wedding day survival kit on hand.

What happens if it rains on your wedding day?

What happens if it rains on your wedding day?

Do You Have a Plan B?

Your entire life you have pictured an outdoor ceremony, so as the date draws near and the weather forecast doesn't look like it's going to be in your favor, it's time to decide what to do. If you are planning an outdoor wedding, you may want to consider having a back up plan. As a wedding planner, the one thing out of my control….is the weather! The weather where I live in Alberta is crazy, it could be raining one minute, sunny the next and snowing after that.

My advice? Prepare for the worst and hope for the best!

A Wedding Planner's Top 10 Wedding Favors {Edible Edition}

A Wedding Planner's Top 10 Wedding Favors {Edible Edition}

Wedding favours are a personal choice, some couples opt to do them, while others do not and there is no right or wrong answer. If you choose to have them, make guests feel like they are taking home a little piece of you and your special day. Favours are more than just a keepsake, they can often act as dessert, decor, tie in colours and as you will see below, they can even double as stationery!

Fun Fact: in my experience the wedding favours least likely to be left behind at the end of the night….are the ones you can eat!