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8 Things You Never Knew About Being a Wedding Planner

If you’re in the midst of wedding planning, you might also be in the midst of a full-blown panic. Picking the photographer, securing a DJ, figuring out the timeline of the day — the details add up and become totally overwhelming to keep track of. But there is an alternative. If you hire a wedding planner, you can quickly hand off the majority of the planning duties. You’ve probably heard of wedding planners, and maybe you’ve even considered one. But do you know all the ways they could potentially help you to pull off your dream day? Here are eight things you probably never knew wedding planners include in their regular duties.

1. Help Budget

One factor that deters some couples from hiring a wedding planner is the cost. Wedding planners, of course, charge a fee. However, they balance things out by helping you create a budget for your wedding. If you’re not sure what’s appropriate or realistic to spend on your big day, your wedding planner can offer some insight. And once the budget is set, they’ll make sure you stick to it.

2. Hook You Up

Since wedding planners work in the nuptials business full-time, they’ve already forged relationships with lots of essential wedding vendors like DJs, florists and photographers, to name just a few. So not only can they make informed recommendations, but they can also probably score you some discounts along the way.

3. Take Care of the Menu

For some couples, picking the wedding-day menu is part of the fun. For others, it’s an added stress that results in bickering. Regardless of which category you fall into, you’ll be happy to have the help of a wedding planner. They can offer as few or as many suggestions as you like and even take over the menu planning altogether. Even if you know what you like, your wedding planner might have some pro tips that never crossed your mind about choosing the menu.

4. Know the Laws of Marriage

From the basics, like how to obtain the marriage certificate, to the legal implications of getting married on a municipal beach, a wedding planner is well-versed in marriage-related laws. Your planner can help you fill out all the paperwork perfectly on the first try and tackle anything you might not have thought about, like obtaining a permit to get married in a public green space, if necessary.

5. Handle Stress

If the image in your head of a wedding planner is a stressed-out person running around frantically behind the scenes, you’ve been misled. These experts are in the business of absorbing stress while remaining professional. So even if you feel totally overwhelmed on your wedding day, your wedding planner won’t — they know how to smooth over small issues and keep both brides and grooms calm.

6. Make a Master Plan

Are you worried about how you’re going to get from the ceremony space to the reception venue? Can’t figure out the right timing for photo-taking? Leave things like these in the hands of your wedding planner. They can create a thorough itinerary that leaves exactly enough time for everything, right down to the smallest detail.

7. Mail out the Invites

If you’ve been dreading the project of addressing, stamping and mailing out your invitations, you can stop sweating. A wedding planner will help you design the invitations and even address and mail them out. Then, once the RSVPs start rolling in, they’ll take care of tallying up your guests and even creating the seating chart (with some insider guidance from you). From start to finish, let your wedding planner take over the huge task involved with invitations while you relax before the big day.

8. Step in When the Going Gets Tough

One of the most challenging aspects of wedding planning isn’t hammering out the details but getting everyone on board with them. From pushy parents and grandparents to venue coordinators who can’t seem to understand your vision, everyone has an opinion. Your wedding planner, however, knows that the only opinions that matter are those of you and your fiancé. Let them take the reins when you’re having trouble with an overbearing family member or vendor. Now that you have a better understanding of the many hats worn by a wedding planner, it’s probably hard to come up with a reason not to hire one. When you include a wedding planner on your big day, you can actually enjoy the wedding-planning process. And if anything goes wrong the day of, they’ll be on hand to put out fires so that you can just focus on relaxing and making memories with friends, family members and, of course, your new spouse.   Article submitted by Kacey Bradley

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Real Wedding: Christine & David

We're very happy to be able to share the wedding of Christine and David. After meeting in secondary school when they were both school captains, their romance isn’t only blossomed the longer they’ve been together. David popped the question during a relaxing walk at Blue’s Point. She didn’t realise what was happening and kept interrupting him while speaking. It wasn’t until he was on one knee that she realized he needed to talk because he wanted to propose! What followed was a beautiful wedding with styled inspired by French Provincial designs. From the couches, stools and even the chandeliers, everything had an intimate and elegant feel. They even had fireworks!

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Ink and the Tattooed Bride

Tattoos are becoming increasingly common in our society – and why shouldn’t they? Beautiful pieces of tattoo artwork incorporated into your natural beauty with lustre and meaning are nothing less than amazing. Tattoos might be great for your everyday life, but what about when it comes to your big day? Do you cover them up, or flaunt them? We asked two tattooed brides, Celina and Medina what their thoughts were on the subject. BF: When you made the decision to get your tattoo(s) what was the meaning behind it for you? Celina:     Most of my tattoos were not overly thought about for the design of them but lots of thought has gone into the placement of them. I wanted to make sure that my tattoos had a symmetrical feel to them and my body felt even. The one tattoo that I did think about was the Om symbol on my left wrist. It was placed there upside down to ensure that when I need a moment of peace in my hectic life I can look at it and it would be facing me and reminding me to take a moment to breathe. Medina: It is quite difficult for me to answer a question like that due to the number of tattoos I have. Each of my tattoos has a different symbolic meaning for me to an extent. Overall I love my tattoos as a form of artwork and that is why I choose to get them.   BF: Do people ask you “what are you going to do about your tattoos on your wedding day?” And, if so, what is your response? Are you covering them up, or showing off and why? Celina:     I don’t get asked often but if I do I have every intention of showing them off. My fiancé is a tattoo artist and the owner of Lucky Strike and he has done a majority of my work and I am proud of them and all of the time that went into them and I feel they should be seen. As well because of our industry a majority of our friends are artists or at least have tattoos and understand the beauty behind them. Medina: No one has asked me that thus far because they all know me better than that. My tattoos are a very large part of who I am. My tattoos are as big of a part of me as any other part of my body. Without them, I wouldn't be who I am. I have sleeves so I will be showing those off in my dress. Many of my tattoos are also covered and those will obviously not be seen.   BF: Did you encounter any issues finding your “dream dress” as a result of your tattoo(s)? What happened? Celina: I am still in the process of shopping for my perfect dress but I have decided that whatever I find I want to ensure that it accentuates my ink and allows for me to feel as beautiful as I can. Medina: Not at all. All of my tattoos are beautiful to me and I wouldn't want to cover them up or hide them. Therefore, I do not see any issues with my dress and my tattoos.   BF: Are you incorporating your ink into your wedding in any way i.e.; with your theme, décor, etc.? Celina:  I don’t think we will be incorporating our ink into the Big Day as I still envision something very classic and romantic but we definitely want it to be a focus for our engagement shoot. We haven’t decided yet how we would like to incorporate it but after working with Stacey from JoyFoley Weddings & Styling we know that she will be involved in styling it and our vision, whatever it might be, will be brought to life. Medina: No. To me, that would be like incorporating my hair colour or anything else that is a part of me into my wedding's theme or decor. I feel that they are much more of a part of me than that. They are on my body and will be forever. I think that they are beautiful and they are a part of who I am, but I do not think that they, alone, define me. Both of these women love their tattoos, and completely embrace them in regards to their wedding – as they should! You get something permanent on your body that you love, why would you do anything but flaunt it? But we do understand there are some brides out there who want to hide their tattoos, and that’s fine. Kat Von D has put out a line of makeup make specifically for covering up tattoos. Her tattoo concealer can be found at Sephora. There are also tons of other tattoo concealer options that you can find with a quick Internet search. If all else fails, costume make-up is extremely heavy-duty, so having your make-up artist do that for you would work as well – just make sure you use something that won’t rub off onto your white dress easily! Here’s the bottom line, ladies: it is your big day. If you want to show off your tattoos, show them off! They’re a part of who you are, and are obviously meaningful to you in one way or another – don’t be ashamed of that! On the other hand, if you want to cover them up, don’t be ashamed of that either. There are plenty of options for you for a single-day cover-up. Either way, you’ll look exactly how you want on your wedding day, so enjoy it! Make-Up: BeautifulU Makeup Artistry Model: Celina Craig Photography: Chicks that Click Location: Coney Island Candy, Lucky Strikes & Whyte Avenue Dress: Delica Bridal Headpiece: FaBLOOMosity Hair: Sara Murphy of Flaunt Salon Styling & Design: JoyFoley Weddings & Styling

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Unconventional Wedding Venues for Your Special Day

One of the most crucial things in wedding planning is deciding on the venue for your ceremony and reception. Every couple visualises something different for their wedding day. For those who want to stay away from the usual wedding venue and have something unique, here are some examples of unconventional wedding venues that will surely create a lasting impression on you and your guests.

Unconventional Wedding Venues for Your Special Day

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1. In an Art Gallery

The perfect venue for artists and for couples who love good architecture. With its peaceful and solemn ambience, a wedding in an art gallery will surely make your day more intimate. There are a lot of galleries to choose from but our top pick is the Vancouver Art Gallery in Vancouver, British Columbia. It includes a grand foyer and rotunda as well as a rooftop pavilion with a stunning and overlooking view. The Vancouver Art Gallery also has great architecture, with a soaring dome and twin marble staircases. Apart from that, the said venue is also rich in historical sights as it has two of the buildings original courtrooms. You can also have your reception there too!

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2. At a Brewery

This venue is a combination of hip, bohemian, rustic and industrial rolled into one! Having a wedding in a pub or a brewery will not only entertain your guests, it will also show off your fun and quirky side. Our favourite is the Yellowhead Brewery in Edmonton, Alberta, where the first commercially brewed beer in Edmonton was created. You can save a lot of money for the wedding decors because the interior itself is already filled with character. They also have a catering department that will coordinate a reception for you and your guests to enjoy. Celebrate your special day with lots of love, laughter and of course-- drinks!

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3. On a Yacht

If you love the ocean, you’ll love the luxury of having a yacht wedding. From exchanging your vows while being surrounded by the ocean to dancing the night away under the blanket of stars, you and your guests will surely enjoy the view and the intimacy of the venue. Pacific Yacht Charters in Vancouver, British Columbia offers the most luxurious wedding venue in the city. You can choose if you want the boat on the dockside or out at the sea, and even customize your wedding according to your preference.

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4. At a Museum

Weddings in a museum are perfect for couples who adore vintage and antique stuff. It’s also a great opportunity to enjoy your big day while learning and discovering a thing or two about our history. The Gasoline Alley Museum in Calgary, Alberta takes you back in time and brings a lot of nostalgia. This venue is also great for your car lover guests as the place shows off beautiful vintage vehicles, antique gas pumps, and colourful automotive memorabilia.

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5. In the Middle of a Forest

Outdoor weddings are mainstream but it does not mean it won’t stand out. Cielo’s Garden in Steinbach, Manitoba makes your outdoor wedding extra special with its beautiful woodland venue. Nature lovers will appreciate the ambience of this place, as well as its stunning natural photographic backdrops. With its clear span tent that is great for your reception, you don’t have to worry about the weather anymore.

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6. Calgary Zoo

Who says you can’t celebrate being an animal lover on your wedding day? A zoo wedding will add sophistication, fun, and uniqueness to your day. One of the best wedding zoo venues we know is The Calgary Zoo in Calgary, Alberta. Exploring St. George’s Island while having a unique encounter with almost 900 animals is a great way for your guests to spend their spare time especially when you are taking your wedding photos. They also have an indoor reception area so the weather is also not a problem at this place. Lastly, having your unique wedding at this place also gives you the chance to make an impact, as the money that you spend will be used to support conservation activities at the zoo and even around the world.   Written by our contributing Blog editor Krizzia Navarroza Scollon

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