We create platforms for wedding specialists to showcase their products and services while offering prospective brides, grooms and their friends a multitude of business choices, ideas and alternatives for planning their wedding. This is where you make the connections that make things happen.
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.
Planning 6-3 Months Before Your Wedding
Plan Your HoneymoonThis goes beyond deciding where you and your partner want to go! Plan a honeymoon that is adventurous or laid-back depending on preferences. Book tickets and accommodation in advance to get the best rates. If traveling abroad, have all paperwork in order and be up-to-date on shots. Make necessary purchases for your honeymoon.
Hire Key VendorsThese include photographers, florists, an MC, and a DJ or band! Check out previous works by photographers and florists, and be sure to communicate your preferences and wishes clearly. Finalize what songs you want to be played during different stages of the wedding and during the reception. Book transportation for your wedding party and guests too!
Book Caterers and Bar ServiceZero in on a caterer for your wedding day; some caterers might offer tastings, or you could ask to be served some items. Discuss the menu at length and opt for a buffet or full service dinner according to your budget. Choose bar options wisely as it’s easy to go overboard; you might want to consider buying your own liquor in bulk from a local brewery.
Order the Wedding CakeGo for cake tastings if you have trouble finalizing the flavor or baker! Let the baker know what type of wedding you’re having, the wedding theme and if you’d like them to include something in the design to represent your relationship with your partner.
Send Out Save the DatesDesign save the dates to match your wedding theme. Send them earlier if you’re having a destination wedding; for a local affair, send them up to 3 months before the wedding. Don’t forget to notify out-of-town guests well in advance.
Book Accommodation for GuestsSpeaking of out-of-town guests, book accommodation near your wedding venue. Share price points with your guests and reserve rooms in advance to get the best rates.
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You said YES! Congratulations to both you lovebirds! While you’re still giddy with love, a part of you is probably thinking, “What next”?
Don’t worry about it at all, because you’ve come to the right place! Planning a wedding can be tough, but with our help, you’re sure to ace this.
Here’s a 12-month timeline leading up to your wedding day!
Planning 12-6 Months Before Your Wedding
Create a Wedding FolderA wedding folder or binder will serve as a home for all your wedding inspirations. Leaf through magazines and browse online for ideas on wedding themes and décor, bride and bridesmaids dresses, food and drinks, and more. Share ideas with your partner and get an understanding of their likes and dislikes too.
BudgetWeddings come with a lot of hidden costs, so be sure to factor them all in along with the bigger expenses like the wedding dress, venue, catering, etc. Make your budget as detailed as possible, and break it down to reflect who’s paying for what.
Pick the Wedding PartyPop the question to bridesmaids and groomsmen early on so nobody is left wondering whether or not they’re in. This might also be the time to throw a small engagement party for your favourite people who you’re going to be counting on for support through the months leading up to your big day!
Compile the Guest ListThis is important at this stage so you have a headcount to use through the planning process. Start collecting addresses too so you’re not running around in circles when it’s time to send out invites.
Decide: Wedding Planner or DIYIf you’re planning to hire a wedding planner, draw up a list of a few good ones, interview them, check out client reviews, and narrow down to 2-3. Discuss ideas with shortlisted ones, get quotes, negotiate, and finalize your wedding planner. If going the DIY route, make a detailed list of all tasks along with names of family members and friends you can turn to for help. But do ask them first!
Decide: Wedding Theme and DécorEnough of browsing through magazines and Pinterest images: pick a favourite theme (or two) and give it your own twist to make your big day unique and memorable. Remember to take your partner’s suggestions, and ideas from friends and relatives with great taste! Deciding on a theme early on will help you make the right purchase decisions for everything right from the venue and stationery to your wedding cake.
Book the Venue and OfficiantIf you intend to exchange vows on a particular date, it makes sense to book a venue of your choice early on. More so, if the date falls in peak wedding season! Postpone this task for a few months down the line if you can be flexible with the date and general setup. Book your officiant around the same time.
Shop for the Wedding DressYou’ll need plenty of time for alterations and fittings, so don’t leave this important purchase for later. You should set out dress hunting by the 10th month from your wedding, if not earlier!
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The Details How did you and your partner meet? We met each other in a bar on a night out with our friends. How did he propose? 6am on a Friday morning in our living room. He wanted to catch me off guard and give me a big surprise. How did you choose your wedding gown? I went to Marry Me Bridal and it was the second dress I tried on and I knew it was the one straight away. What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day? Simple, traditional with a touch of Great Gatsby glamour. What was your favorite moment from the day? In the amazing bridal suite at Doltone House before the receptions started. I had time to take in the moment with my husband, immediate family and bridal party. If you could do it all over again, what would you change? Absolutely nothing! Any tips that you can give to future brides? Keep it simple and let friends and family help. Role with the punches because there will be a few elements that don’t turn out the way it was planned. The Team Wedding Invitations: BWedding Invitations Dress: Wendy Makin Makeup: Makeup By Tara Khamo Hair: Iam Hair By Chantel Saliba Shoes: Tony Bianco Accessories: Millielcaro Bridesmaids Dresses: Keepsake Grooms Suit: Brent Wilson Photographer: Spinning Still Videographer: Keeper Films Menus & Place Cards: Adorn Invitations Cake: Papas Patisserie Flowers: Fresh Flowers Ceremony Venue: St Peters Chanel Reception Venue: Doltone House *Disclaimer: Bridal Fantasy does not own the rights to these images*
We love woman of all different shapes and sizes and we know how hard it can be to find a dress that hugs you the way you need. For all of our curvy ladies we’ve included a list of some designers that make the most BEAUTIFUL gown just for your body type. Shall we begin? Callista – For Brides With Curves Carries sizes 14-30 Stella York Carries Sizes 14-30 Maggie Sottero Carries sizes 0-28 David's Bridal Carries sizes 0X-5X By: Megan McColman