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Bridal Fantasy is about the Business of Weddings.

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.

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How to Turn a Community Hall into a Beautiful Wedding Venue

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: info@greateventsrentals.com  

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ZADA Jewels - Jewellery at your fingertips

ZADA JEWELS has been in the jewelry and accessory business for over 5 years. Their goal is to cater to brides and others to help them find the best fitted piece(s) for their special day. They also have expanded their formal costume jewelry to include everyday fashionable and unique costume jewelry, scarfs and a variety of other great products. We loved ZADA Jewels because they provided us with beautiful custom jewellery that made our models look like royalty. Everything they have is amazing quality and there wasn’t an outfit that it didn’t go with. These pieces are not just good for you wedding, you can wear their jewellery with your everyday look. Not only is their jewellery beautiful but so are the people that make the face of ZADA Jewels. You’ll experience wonderful customer service from this jeweler. We hope you love their jewellery as much as we do, and we can’t wait to work with them in the future! Check out ZADA Jewels on their social media! Website / Instagram / Facebook Written By: Megan McColman / Sourced from: https://zadajewels.com/pages/about-us Credits: Image 1: Bridal Attire: NRT Fashions Jewellery: Necklace & Headpiece, ZADA Jewels; Ring, Paris Jewellers Makeup: Blush Artistry Hair: Rock It Out Salon Photographer: Brandie Sunley - Associate Photographer to Edward Ross Model: Mariah McDonnell, Mode Models Image 2: Bridal Attire: r o c o c o BRIDES Jewellery: Bracelets, ZADA Jewels; Ring, Paris Jewellers Makeup: Blush Artistry Hair: Rock It Out Salon Photographer: Jaymarie Studios Model: Sloan Marcil, Mode Models Location: Fairmont Banff Spring

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Vintage Wedding Hairstyles for 2018

Vintage designs are dominating wedding fashion. From wedding dresses that recreate the iconic looks from 1920s glamour to receptions infused with vintage décor and elegant cocktails like Moscow Mules and Manhattans, the past holds influence over style, beauty and even ambiance. For brides who want to pull the past into the present for the most amazing bridal beauty, vintage luxe looks also can—and should!—inspire hair design for the wedding day. Recreating past popular hairstyles might take a little bit of practice—and the help of a professional—but the final look is so worth the time and effort. To truly channel the elegance of Princess Grace, the beauty of Liz Taylor or even the flapper zeal Clara Bow, the right hairstyle is a must. Get inspired to create your perfect vintage beauty by discovering your ideal style muse from the past. Confidence and comfort is everything when choosing a vintage style, so find the muse who best represents your own personality.

The Graceful Icon

Princess Grace of Monaco was Academy Award-winning actress Grace Kelly before assuming her royal title. She was known for her iconic beauty and her elegant style but won the hearts of a country as she entered into her royal duties as Princess. Grace Kelly’s wedding gown also earned a rightful place of one of the most elegant gowns of royal brides as it exudes glamour and…well…Grace. While no one has really replicated the perfection that was Grace’s wedding gown, you can try to replicate her hairstyle. Opt for a sleek updo…but keep the style elegant and classic.

Flapper Boldness

Flappers of the 1920s were daring and bold…and they didn’t conform to the standards of the time. Today, flapper style is still revered for its allure and slight eccentricity. If you’ve chosen a wedding gown that pulls from the Roaring ‘20s and your personality is inspired by the women of the past who rebelled against conformity, then embrace your flapper beauty. Bobbed hair and pin curls should be your go-to look for beauty. Choose a feathered hairpiece or a beaded headband and say goodbye to the standard veil!

Pin-Up Perfection

The classic pin-up is both Marilyn Monroe and Bettie Page. Love this look? Use the pin-up style in make-up and your hair design. Opt for a cat-eye and red lips, and elegant Victory Rolls or sweet baby bangs. Add a floral hairpiece or a vintage birdcage veil for drama.

Swinging Sixties

If the groovy sixties and mod mayhem is more your style, look to beauty icons from the decade. Priscilla Presley’s wedding hairstyle was long and full of volume!  Or opt for Liz Taylor extravagance and decorate a long ponytail with flowers…as she wore her hair for her first marriage to Richard Burton. Yoko Ono, however, chose to wear her hair natural…with a floppy hat standing in for a veil (even better? She wore tennis shoes and knee-high socks!). Choosing to nod to vintage on your wedding day may mean a vintage-inspired wedding dress or the unique look can fully encompass your entire event…and that includes your reception. Vintage hairstyles can allow you to embrace subtle looks of past decades, or an iconic hair design from the past may highlight the full vintage design of your dress and style. Whatever style you choose for your bridal hair, just be sure the hairstyle is true to your own personality…and you can carry the look with confidence and beauty! Blog Submitted by Shannon Lochwood

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r o c o c o BRIDES – Every Wedding is Special.. Intimate or Grand.

Intimate or grand r o c o c o BRIDES is the one stop dress shop for you. Fairly new to the wedding industry, but have such an amazing reputation for themselves already. We wanted to work with them because they have such amazing dresses and we feel like they really fit the image we were trying to portray for the magazine this year. From Nicole Spose, Calla Blanche, Christina Wu, and Martin Thornburg, r o c o c o BRIDES carries a deluxe selection of designer gowns to help you choose the dress of your dreams. Every dress they gave us for the shoot was perfectly fitting to all of our models, and was of such high quality. We truly adored working with this company because not only are the dresses beautiful but so are the people that make the face of r o c o c o BRIDES; leading as one of the best dress shops in Calgary. r o c o c o BRIDES is an exciting new concept in the Bridal Industry. Their bridal shop is a place of comfort, luxury and most importantly a place of conversation and the beginnings of lasting, positive, and memorable experiences. This Calgary Bridal Shop has even won the Golden Mark of Excellence. We are going to continue our relationship with r o c o c o BRIDES, and hope to do more collaborations with them in the future. We encourage all the brides to definitely consider them as your one stop shop, and to check out everything they offer on their social media pages. Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter Book your appointment and be captivated by the exquisite and unpredictable ambiance, gowns, and staff. Thank you r o c o c o BRIDES for all that you do. WE LOVE YOU! Photo Credits: Image 1 & 3: Photography: Brandie Sunley of Edward Ross Bridal Attire: r o c o c o BRIDES Jewellery: ZADA Jewels; Paris Jewellers Make Up: Blush Artistry Hair: Rock It Out Salon Location: Fairmont Banff Springs Model: Darcy Waters, Model Models Image 2: Styling & Florals: FaBLOOMosity Floral Atelier Bridal Attire: r o c o c o BRIDES Jewellery: Zada Jewels; Paris Jewellers Makeup: Blush Artistry Hair: Rock It Out Salon Location: Fairmont Banff Springs Photographer: Breanne Marie Photography Model: Sloan Marcil, Mode Models  

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