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With over 35 years of history, Bridal Fantasy’s trade shows are the leading bridal shows in Western Canada. Brides are sure to find everything they need at the Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta, shows, which feature a professionally choreographed fashion show and an eclectic mix of exhibitors. These events offer brides a multitude of choices in their wedding planning process including fashion, flowers, photography, favours, cake, catering, entertainment, reception sites and much, much more.
So you’re shopping for an engagement ring. You’re pumped, you’re excited and you’ve potentially decided on a style or on an era that reflects on aspects of your partner’s personality and demeanor. You went to the CrownRing website and found an absolutely flawless engagement ring – a vintage-inspired ring from the Noam Carver Bridal Collection. You’ve even found the perfect wedding band as well – a handsome gold rope ring. Now what? Yes, you’ll get to show it off to all your friends and family on social media with the utmost grace and dignity. But here are some things to think about before you purchase your ring to take care of your rings post-purchase so you can enjoy your jewelry for the rest of your married life, worry-free. Ring Insurance Whatever the value of your ring is – you should highly consider insuring it so in case it is lost, stolen or damaged, you will be partially or fully covered. Ring insurance can be an extension of your homeowner’s insurance and personal property. As long as you save your receipts and have your rings appraised by a certified gemologist, you can easily have the ring insured along with other expensive and significant items in your home. You can also purchase insurance through your jeweler if they offer it, or through smaller insurance companies. It is also important to have the rings appraised every 5 years as the cost of diamonds and precious metals is always fluctuating. This ensures that you know its worth at all times and there are no surprises if you do have to replace a missing ring. Wearing it Out If you wear your rings out in public, make it a general rule to never take them off till you’re back at home. This will ensure that you can never lose them down a bathroom sink or leave them somewhere where they can be stolen. Maintenance Avoid wearing your rings while you’re using hazardous household products. This will make sure your rings stay in good condition, as exposure to chemicals can damage or corrode it. The same thing goes for wearing then when you’re doing activities that can potentially put the ring in a rough situation. Finally, have your rings professionally cleaned every once in a while. Following these steps will help you ensure that you and your partner can enjoy the best of your wedding jewelry for the years to come. If you change your mind or still haven’t found your perfect ring, let us help you. Take a look at our wedding band and our engagement ring collections, and feel free to contact CrownRing for any questions you might have. Author: Crown Ring Source: Crown Ring Disclaimer: Bridal Fantasy does NOT own the rights to any of the images used in this blog.
One of our favorite love & relationship gurus is "Dr. Brenda Wade," because she gives you the 411 to keep your relationship strong. We've taken a look back at last years article that was in Bridal Fantasy Magazine 2017 and we wanted to share it with all of you again. She is a nationally recognized relationship expert, author, and trainer, creator and founder of the Love, Money & Seva Seminars and Power Coaching and Training International, Dr. Wade ignites change and transformation in the lives of hundreds of thousands of people every year. Employing her unique blend of Psychology, Science and Spirituality, she has become “one of the most renowned psychologists in America,” earning numerous awards for her TV programs, best-selling books and breakthrough seminars and trainings.
Here at Bridal Fantasy we have much appreciation for the writers that contribute to our magazine each year. Today we’ve decided to shine the spotlight down on one of our favorites, ‘Lyndsey Smith.’ She’s a Canadian Fashionista who was recently married; you might know her from her personal blog, ‘Over My Styled Body.’ Born and raised in Alberta she is the ‘IT’ girl for style on our radar of fashion adventures this past year. She has evolved Over My Styled Body into a complete lifestyle platform for your go-to for tips on STYLE, BEAUTY, DIY, FOOD & DRINK, HOME, TRAVEL, PERSONAL, & WEDDING (our personal favorite.) We love her because she is relatable to the everyday woman just trying to find her way in life. We came across her online and saw her blog about her first year of marriage and decided that we had to have it in our magazine. She talks about the hassles of changing your last name to keeping the romance alive in the relationship no matter how long you’re married. An Influencer who remains completely down to earth and lively, you can look to Lyndsey for just about everything. We are so excited to see how much she has grown, and are even more excited to see her article in the magazine in physical print. Have you read the magazine yet? Grab yours today! You can find yours at any Chapters, Coles, Indigo, Safeway, Save On Foods, Etc. in Edmonton and surrounding areas. Here's The Article 'First Year Of Marriage,' By Lyndsey Smith My husband and I recently celebrated our first anniversary and I still can't believe how fast time flies! October 8th was seriously the happiest day of my life and I never really knew what people meant by that until we had our wedding. But happy times aside, our first year of marriage has taught me A LOT and it hasn't always been sunshine and rainbows. I'm going to be real-our first year as husband and wife has been a combination of both the best and probably one of the toughest years for us as a couple. We've gone through a ton of changes, both good and bad, and navigating through those times together hasn't always been easy. But like I said, we've both learned a lot from each other and in the end are a stronger couple for it (pats self on back). Here are a few lessons I learned from my first year of marriage... Being called wife is kind of weird... I remember the first time Josh called me wife. It was on our honeymoon and as soon as he said it we both looked at each other and smiled. As weird as it was hearing him call me wife instead of girlfriend, it was also super special. Cheesy? Extremely. ...But calling him husband, is even weirder I also remember the first time I called Josh my husband. I was making some changes to our phone plan before leaving on our honeymoon and the lady helping me asked who it was for and I totally freaked out. I ended up mixing boyfriend and husband in the same word and it came out something along the lines as husband? I'm now happy to report that saying husband has gotten a lot easier. Changing your last name is a real pain in the butt As much as I love being called Mrs. Smith, the journey to getting there is a long and annoying one. You don't realize how many things have your last name on it until you need things changed! On the other hand, Mrs. Smith does have a nice ring to it. There's a difference between having a boyfriend and having a husband You might think this one is pretty obvious but when you've been together for 10 years before getting married, you kind of think that signing a piece of paper won't change anything. And although there's a lot in our relationship that has stayed the same, becoming husband and wife is just different. I can't really explain how it's different but being married just makes you feel more bonded in a way that dating doesn't. You'll say this to yourself weekly...'OMG, I'm married!?' That thought will come over me at the most random times. I might be in the grocery store picking up Josh's favorite snack or folding a pair of his pants and it will hit me. I'm married!? It's a funny and amazing feeling that I hope never goes away. Talking about babies actually becomes a thing Before I get into it, no I'm not pregnant. But for some reason the thought of starting a family seems like more of a possibility and baby fever can creep up on you. If you manage to send out your thank you cards before your first year anniversary you're winning Yep, winning. There's no 'I' in team I kind of hate that saying but to make my next point it just works so I'm rolling with it... I'm an only child and for majority of my life everything has been about me, myself, and I. But when we got married me turned to we and I now have a partner in life which is pretty great. I've realized that I can't do everything on my own and that putting my needs aside for my spouse’s is sometimes necessary. Being married doesn't mean you have to trade in your lacy bits for granny panties As Beyoncé once eloquently said, "I've got hot sauce in my bag, swag", the same goes for your marriage. You have to keep things spicy! Whether you've been together for one, twelve, or twenty years, making an effort in the romance department is something you both have to make time for and it keeps the relationship fun! Looking at your wedding photos happens ALL THE TIME As I mentioned earlier, our wedding was the happiest day of my life but getting our wedding photos back was a close second. Seeing all of those special moments captured on film was super special so I decided to create a gallery wall with a few of our favorites. I always catch Josh standing there looking at them and he always shows them to everyone who comes over. It's actually super cute. I also look at them often and they're a great reminder of not only an amazing day but the start of an even more amazing journey through life together. Image 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 by Katch Studios
As a newly-engaged couple, your first step is to set the date so you can start scoping out venues. This is also the stage when you should decide what you want to spend your money on, because venues will vary in price from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. If you choose a smaller venue without a lot of amenities, you could save yourself a lot of cash. This could mean that you have more funds available to make that space look amazing and exactly how you want. Most community and church halls generally come with the basics, like tables and chairs, perhaps a bar, and a possibly a kitchen for your caterer to work with. Photo: Joseph Sicorro (Our tips will also help with planning the inside of your tent. Our tent and rentals experts will happily walk you through the booking process.) Tables Tables usually come in two shapes, round or rectangular. We rent all these sizes, in case your venue doesn’t offer tables. Standard sizes of rounds include 4’ (which seat 6), 5’ rounds (which seat 8), and 6’ rounds (which seat 10). You could squeeze up to one more person at each round table, but we don’t recommend more than that, as people will need elbow space to eat their meal. Standard rectangular sizes include 6’or 8’ long (by 2.5’ wide), seating 6 or 8, respectively. Technically, you can add one on each end of these rectangular tables (which is called “capping”), but if you plan on using elaborate settings, large dinner plates (10” or more) or charger plates, we recommend you leave those spots open, because the settings on the corners will run into each other. If you’re doing a casual BBQ with paper plates, you can get away with putting more people at any table. For an elaborate option, use our beautifully-finished Harvest Tables, which are stained a rich walnut, and don’t need linens. You could, of course, add runners and napkins for a great pop of colour. We have matching chiavari chairs, cross-back chairs and pew-style benches. Mix and match these to add texture to your room. Alternately, you could also create your own harvest look—arranging the long tables provided by the venue end to end—but if you need to use your space wisely, round tables will seat more people per square foot. Photo: Joseph Sicorro Tablecloths If you decide to use the tables provided by your venue, either long or round, you’ll probably need tablecloths, because the finish on the tables will not be ideal. You can choose standard length linens, which fall about halfway, but come in limited fabrics and colours. Choosing full-length linens gives you the best bang-for-your-buck as far as décor goes, giving your room a luxurious look. There are also many more choices in colour and fabrics to choose from in full-length linens. This chart is a great resource for choosing linen sizes. Photo: Emily Exon Photography Choose linens in a single colour, with a complimentary-coloured napkin, or opt for a complex colour palate in the room by creating two to four coordinated “looks” and alternating them throughout the space. Accomplish this by aligning patterns, colours and textures. This can also help accommodate a sizable party if the items you desire aren’t available in large quantities. Photo: Joseph Sicorro Chairs Typically, the chairs provided at most community halls are less than attractive. Depending on the shape, you can use chair covers to achieve a sharp look. For standard round-back or square-back chairs, our slip-on covers work nicely and are a breeze to put on. You can borrow one from us ahead of time and take it to the hall to make sure it fits. We also have pillowcase covers and spandex covers which fit a variety of styles, but these are a little more time-consuming to put on. If chair covers are not the look you want, you could also forego the venue’s chairs and use one of our beautiful chiavari, tolix or cross-back styles. Again, these are awesome bang-for-your-buck, and will make your room look elegant. We offer chiavari chairs in three materials—metal, wood and resin—in a total of 12 different colours. Our cross-back chairs come in chocolate or antique (which look like they’ve been sat in for hundreds of years). Tolix chairs are brushed nickel—a very unique industrial look. Each style comes with your choice of cushion in an array of colours. Photos: Joseph Sicorro We also offer plastic or resin folding chairs for your outdoor (or indoor) ceremony, along with pew-style walnut benches and a variety of bar stools. The latter are ideal for offering seating around cocktail tables—a great addition to your receiving area or around your dance floor. Dishes Most venues—and some caterers—won’t offer dishes, glasses and flatware; however, we rent several patterns of each. Our basic Pearl White china and stainless steel Concord flatware is very popular budget-conscious option. It comes sparkling clean and polished, ready to be set. Opt for one of our more elaborate patterns, like the Sahara Black china or Crown Royal gold flatware, for a regal look. If that isn’t your style, not to worry, we also have contemporary styles, like the Geometric china and Kingsly brushed nickel flatware, and many more. We also have easy-going wine glasses, crystal, trendy mason jars and a variety of tumblers and goblets. The best thing is we don’t require you to wash anything. Just rinse or scrape and we’ll take care of the rest. Consider what you’re serving when booking your dishes. If your meal is plated, you’ll need dishes for each course and flatware set on the table. If you’re serving family style, the plates can go right on the guest tables, and this looks great in a room. With a buffet, you have a choice whether to set your flatware or use “roll-ups” or baskets of cutlery on the food tables. Many couples are tempted to set the plates on the guest tables, but guests will often forget their plate. Make it easy for them by stacking them on the buffet (and don’t forget about dessert plates!) Don’t forget to stock your bar with ample glassware. And if you need a bar, we have some great portable options. Photo: Filipek Photo Photography | Model Shelby Chong Backdrops Backdrops are extremely popular right now. What better way to frame your head table than put a gorgeous frame behind it? Or create a fantastic photo-opp vignette with a little décor and a fancy chair or sofa. At Great Events Rentals, we have easy, DIY backdrop frames with many choices for fabrics. Use white chiffon for a romantic look or black chiffon for a sultry look. We also have opaque Premier Polyester (in black or white) for a flatter, modern look. Add twinkle lights (we rent them!) or go for LED up-lights from a local AV rental store. They’re programmable for any colour you want. Another option is our whimsical café lights, which have round bulbs. And, you can incorporate your own design with ribbons, flowers, hanging trinkets or anything else your heart desires. Stages and Dancefloors Nothing says celebration like a great dance party! If your venue has a less-than-perfect dance space, you can create one yourself with one of our dancefloors. We have white, oak, teak or checkered, and we’ll put it down for you if you book our reasonably-priced delivery service. The same goes for a stage, which you can use to highlight your band, DJ or head table. For a truly festive look, why not frame your dancefloor with a chiffon backdrop, add a few lounge furniture pieces and some cocktail tables? Photo: Filipek Photo Photography Models Kassi Pittman and Megan “Ohmegatron” Come Play in Our Showroom! Our rentals experts are ready to help you choose what you need to make your special day look great. Our showroom is stocked with most of the items we rent, so you can see them, put together a mock-up table and find everything you need. No one will even recognize the community hall underneath. It’s all about you! What’s your style? Love, Great Event Rentals Website / Facebook / Instagram / Pinterest / Twitter Contact: Great Events Rentals , 7207 Fairmount Dr. SE Calgary, Alberta Canada, T2H 0X6 Call us: 403-319-0028 Email: email@example.com