Honeymoons in Alberta: Romantic Wedding Inns in a Beautiful Landscape


“It was just that we had this phenomenal honeymoon relationship that just kept going.”

James Levine, Pianist and Conductor.

One of the most memorable and peaceful honeymoon experiences start with The Charming Inns of Alberta. After your wedding, you owe it to yourself to spend your honeymoon in paradise – which is the picturesque setting of the Rocky Mountains at one of the neighboring hotels.

A great vacation destination is one thing, but honeymoons are special. Honeymoons are events that will be etched in the corners of your mind for a lifetime. There’s a list of luxurious inns in Alberta to accommodate you.

Each hotel and inn is distinctive, whether for exceptional amenities or design. Here is a list of a few of the hotels:

  • The Prairie Creek Inn: This inn located in Rocky House, Alberta is nestled in the snow-capped hills of the Rocky Mountains. The closest city to this prairie lodge is Red Deer which is fifty-five minutes away. Its rating is 4 ½ of 5 stars. The bedrooms in the cottages there accommodate 4 adults. The Creekside Cottage offers a soaker tub and shower combination, and a fully equipped kitchen with a grill and fireplace. The Fireside Cottage is similar and they’re both pet friendly. More elaborate suite amenities include an outdoor fire pit and hot tub.
  • The Num Ti-Jah Lodge: The rustic mountain lodge was built in early 1940’s by pioneer Jimmy Simpson who was a guide for hunters, mountaineers, artists, and scientists from the age of 19 onward. Num Ti-Jah is a Stoney Plain word for pine marten which is a small animal that resembles a sable. The hotel is massive and is log cabin style, with a red roof. The rooms have either one king size bed or two queen sized and plenty of square footage. Each room has a view of Lake Bow and the Bow Glaciers. There’s a café and dining hall on the premises, as well as an outpost to purchase gifts, mountain apparel and toiletries.
  • The Juniper Hotel & Bistro: Constructed in the 1950’s, this luxurious hotel is situated near the base of Mount Norquay – mere kilometers from the downtown area of Banff. It’s known for its plush, green nature trails for hiking and skiing in Banff National Park. The rooms in this hotel are cozy and have choice of one king size bed or doubles. The Bistro on hotel premises has some of the most creative and thoughtful meal plans you can find with their special rib dinners and hearty soups. If you’re downtown, the hotel has a complimentary shuttle that operates from morning to 5pm. The Juniper Hotel & Bistro has great hotel stay packages with special rates that are available upon reservation.

Unique Locations for Wedding Photos in Calgary


“To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture one fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.”

Henri Cartier-Bresson photographer.

When it comes to good spots to shoot snapshots or video in Calgary, there are endless amounts of places that are great for pictures. Everywhere you look in the Rockies there are opportunities to make awesome memories.

Beautiful Waterfalls in Calgary

One of the most draw-dropping sights in Calgary are the waterfalls in Johnston Canyon just outside of Calgary. Rust colored stone covers bluffs that overflow with bubbling water down the fall. There is level ground on either side at the bottom of the waterfall, where your wedding party can stand and pose for pictures. The bride and groom are sure to treasure pictures of this aqua blue, babbling brook memory for life.

When you go to the upper portion of that same canyon (Johnston Canyon) the top of the hill is completely stone. If you situate your groomsmen and bridesmaids just right, you can get a picture of nature at its finest where you can see a combination of the sediment formations of rocky mountain banks on either side of the Lake Louise. The sky meets the tree-line where you can see upwards of 20,000 Rocky Mountain Pines.

If you go further north toward Jasper, Tangle waterfall is a great photo opportunity as well. You may catch a ram drinking from the stream or Binghom Sheep. This fall has a thick wooded area around it, and not so much stone on top.

For a flawless scene that will take your breath away, go to Lake Pyramid in Jasper Park at dawn. There you’ll get a glimpse of a lake so beautiful and pure that bursts with color. It reflects an image of the trees and mountain peaks beyond it as the lake’s surface mirrors nature. There you can take a fishing snapshot or a photo of your wedding party walking along the stone laced banks next to the water.

Spectacular National Parks

Spirit Island’s Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park is nothing less than spectacular. There are portions of the land there that extend into the water where trees grow. You can also capture snow-capped mountains all around.

Moraine Lake is another place where you capture shots of friends and family canoeing. The water is so clear and vast that you’re sure to get fabulous shots every time. The forest there is filled with Spruce trees, Bristlecone Pine trees, Douglas-fir trees, Cottonwood and Ponderosa Pine trees that make for a lush leafy background.

Castle Junction is a good spot as well. The mountain there favors the shape of a castle. You can tell that the finger of God sculpted the formations there without a doubt. Instead of the regular A shaped mountain range foundation, the stone is reddish and puts one in the mind of desert land. It’s truly a magnificent sight.

How to Get Great Outdoor Wedding Photos


“When you think of memories you’ve made with friends, those memories become treasures.”

Madge Pomerleau Slidely.

If you plan on having an outdoor wedding or if the reception is going to be outside, there are a few things you need to be aware of in order to get good photos. If you want to capture memories that will last a lifetime, you have to be prepared. Remember that things like bad weather or too much sunlight in the shot, can mess up albums of some of the best weddings.

For starters, make sure you or the photographer brings an ample amount of memory cards. Nothing feels worse than having a high quality camera and a bunch of beautifully dressed guests, with no more memory to store footage on. Whether video or camera, memory backup is a must. Extra batteries and locating charging locations ahead of time are also important.

Create a shot list of the people, memorabilia and scheduled actions you want to capture such as cutting of the cake. There are particular people and events at your wedding that you don’t want to forget. If you haven’t seen your Uncle Lance in over 20 years and he’s bringing his son that you never met, you’ll want to make this a priority on your shot list. Other things may uncle throwing the bouquet, your husband pulling your garter off, placing rings on each other’s fingers, pictures of the ring bearers coming down the aisle, your Cousin Cheryl’s dog in a tuxedo and her cat dressed in a wedding veil or a series of pictures of the bridesmaids and groomsmen performing a special dance.

Scout for best filming locations for sunny days and best locations when it rains, at your wedding venue. Look for spots that have exotic waterfall backdrops, mountain ranges that you want to be visible, historical monuments you want to be photographed in front of. In case it rains you may want to set up a tent with proper lighting so that you can still photograph family and friends. If your location is a barn wedding, you may want the bridal party to do a cute pose in front of a horse drawn wagon.

Bring two cameras for photography, not just as a backup, but for extra photo opportunities. Having two separate people film the event from different aspects and angles, will add depth to your memory book. Also remember to photograph tiny details like the ornaments on guests’ tables or their name plates. Take an extreme close up of one of the flowers in an arrangement and rings on the ring pillow.

When you shoot images outside you are using ambient light and you have to make sure your picture won’t be overexposed by too much sun. To do this you must locate the white balance control on your camera and place a plain white poster board or large piece of paper next the subject or object being photographed. As you look through the lenses with the control switched on, if the paper shines or the light coming from it is somewhat loud, then you need to lower the amount of light coming into the camera. Once the paper object looks like it has a normal amount of brightness, set your controls accordingly and now you’re ready to take shots. Avoid direct sunlight.

Lastly, make sure your background doesn’t match the color of the people or images in the shot. If the colors compete with each other, you’re bound to drown out the people or images you want to capture. If the color of the bridesmaid’s dresses is Evergreen, try not to put them in front of a setting with bushes in the background.

Winter Weddings in Alberta


“A Christmas snow adventure warms the coldest heart, elicits grudging laughter, and leaves one with the suspicion that something exceptional has been accomplished.”

Blue Cotton Memory.

Have you envisioned a wedding with a date during the fall at any time? The winter wedding is one of Mother Nature’s best kept secrets. That’s when snow mobiles, skis and romantic cabin fires come to life. You’re hemmed in by a delightful rustic setting that’s natural and beautiful. You get to break out the fur coat you’ve been longing to wear.

With a winter wedding, you don’t need to assume that everything absolutely has to be white. Be creative. Use of dramatic blues, purples, yellows and orange are allowed. Don’t feel as if you have to stick with the traditional red and green because of Christmas or white to match your background however, a white wedding amid a snowy backdrop is loaded with depth and drama. Imagine the emotions that it evokes.

If you plan in advance you can get great discounts on airfare and cabin rentals. Your guests will really enjoy sleigh rides as they dash through the snow on a one horse open sleigh. Ice skating is sure to be a great memory maker. When there’s an ample amount of snow in the Rocky Mountains skiing is sure to be a blast.

Fabric Choices

Just because typical winter apparel is usually heavy and dark, doesn’t mean that your bridesmaid’s dresses have to be made of gabardine or another bulky fabric to match the weather. Silks and satins can be worn with the same soft, sleek lines that they’re constructed in for summer weather. An added bonus is that an extra piece such as a shawl or fur cowl can be worn as an accent piece if you would like.

Centerpieces and ornaments

A winter theme has some of the most sophisticated décor for weddings that there is. Blue lighting in the reception hall with white table cloths and draperies with icicle lighting is simply gorgeous. For a centerpiece you can use a tiny tree or replica and decorate it with white lights and snowflakes, with coordinated tableware to match. Don’t forget the unique ice sculptures that can be used this time of year. No matter what image you choose, in a mid-winter setting, it suits the occasion.

Keeping Warm with Sweets and Drinks

The wedding cake can be seasonal pumpkin flavored or even fruit cake. Either can be adorned with snowflakes or pine cones, and white icy frosting. Appetizers during that time of year, can either be hearty or light.

Use of a hearth or fireplace is sure to be a novelty. Winter is the only truly acceptable season in which to make a fire. If you look exceptionally attractive in boots and a fur hat, a winter wedding is a great time to shop something new.

Rosario’s Rumpope is an example of a tasty alcoholic beverage to serve at your wedding. A quick overview is that it has vanilla extract, condensed milk, slivers of peach and rum. Sprinkle cinnamon on top of the blended mixture and add a cinnamon stick for garnish. It warms the cockles of your heart and puts a rosy glow in your cheeks. Winter is a good opportunity to be creative.

Special Wedding Venues in Calgary


“When we were just two separate souls, I used to dream of a place where we’d come together as one.”

Jarod Kintz, author.

On that special day, you don’t want anything to go wrong. Once you’ve picked out your first and second choices for a venue, you’ll want to make sure every “t” is crossed and every “i” dotted. When choosing a wedding hall here are a few tips about what you need to know first.

  • Other things on the schedule: Will there be other events scheduled at your wedding venue on your wedding date? You want to make sure your time isn’t rushed so that your guests won’t be shooed out of the door ahead of time.
  • Set up time: Will you be allowed time to set up or tidy up before the locations hours of operation? In a “what if” scenario, you want to be able to check the place before hand to ensure that there’s not a last minute change in scenery just in case.
  • Parking: Does the place you want to use have valet parking? Will an area be chained off separately for guests of your wedding to use?
  • Complimentary Shuttles: Does your venue offer shuttle service to a larger parking area? To make sure everything runs smoothly, you might have to lease your own van.
  • Who’s in charge: At times the director of a facility will make sure everything operates with finesse while you and your spouse-to-be take care of nuptials. Knowing facilitators responsibilities can lessen some of your duties.
  • Additional charges: There are sometimes fees to be paid in addition to the bill such as a food service charge or an additional bill for beverages. This is something you should check so you can include those prices in the overall cost.

There are lots of interesting places to hold a wedding in Calgary; stadiums, churches, museums, zoos and halls. Here are a few places to look:

  • McMahon Stadium: This stadium isn’t only a place for watching football. When it comes to seating, if you’ve invited lots of attendees the arena has an over 46,000 capacity limit. If you’re a die-hard football fan McMahon Stadium could be the place for you.
  • Churches: If you have your heart set on getting married in a church, there are several in the Calgary area to choose from. Sacred Heart Church is a beautiful church constructed of red brick with arched windows and a steeple. There are also many more churches such as Grace Presbyterian, Knox United Church and St. Paul’s Anglican.
  • Museums: Calgary has three main museums that are large enough for your special affair. The Heritage Park Museum is located in Southwest Calgary and has an event hall that accommodates up to 3000 capacities, and it’s suitable for weddings. The museum offers a wide variety of attractions including a paddle boat ride for guests and exhibitions of historic memorabilia. The Aero Space Museum of Calgary offers event and facility rentals. The theme of the museum is aviation. Aircraft Hangars and exhibits of planes are sure to impress the crowd. The Glenbow Museum has an interesting array of art exhibits and leases the Glenbow Theatre and 2nd and 3rd floor lobby and common areas for events.
  • The Calgary Zoo: Whether you’re an animal lover or if you just have a wild flair for adventure, Calgary’s zoo could be the place for you. The venue has a picturesque setting for weddings in their botanical gardens and seats up to 500 persons. In a place like this, you’re sure to have a good time.

Bridal Shows and Expos in Alberta


“Don’t find customers for your products, find products for your customers.”

Seth Godin CEO of Yoyodyne.

Although there are a number of places you can purchase a wedding dress from there can only be one dress, so you want to make sure you’re happy with what you pick. The best way to see what’s out there all in one sitting, is by going to trade shows and bridal expos in your area. At an expo you can watch live models move freely on the runway, in a variety of dress designs and glamorous hair styles. Shopping for your wedding gown this way is good because you can keep a running list of your likes and dislikes.

Maybe you’ve always wanted to wear a frilly dress with delicate, hand stitched beading and embroidery and lots and lots of ruffles. Attending an expo gives you a wider variety of styles and colors to choose from, all under one roof. You can take your best friend or fiancé, maybe even your bridesmaids. The shows are well coordinated and showcase everything from wedding gowns to dresses for the mother of the bride and her bridesmaids, as well as formal wear for the groom and his groomsmen and flower girls. Take a camera to collect a gallery of snapshots of the garments you like the best.

Alberta has a number of bridal expos scheduled on this year’s calendar:

  • The Bridal Fantasy Show: This show is massive. As soon as you walk through the door you see is bridal wear, accessories, wedding apparel and paraphernalia as far as the eye can see. Vendors who specialize in everything to do with brides and weddings, have well-stocked booths with a variety of veils, garter belts, invitations, ring pillows, flower baskets, silverware, sashes for dresses, sashes for chairs and an assortment of satin gloves, everywhere. It’s a bride’s paradise. There are also experts who give consultations and mini lectures about alternatives for wedding planning. It’s held in Calgary and the expo has shows scheduled throughout the year and have everything you need to throw a fruitful event. The admission fee is $25.00.
  • The Drumheller Badlands Community Facility Wedding Showcase: If you’re still looking for a venue to hold your wedding, the Badlands Community Facility Wedding Showcase can point you in the right direction. The affair is customized specifically for the bride and groom to be, to be able to hear about the assortment of venues available for their wedding. The show focuses on exotic locations from nautical weddings underwater to charming barn weddings, to royal themed weddings held in exotic mansions. Other aspects of the exhibition are centered around wedding themes like renaissance weddings, contemporary elegance, chic country or Lace and Pearl themed vow exchange ceremonies. There’s no admission charge for the event, but an RSVP is required.
  • The With This Ring Bridal Gala: With This Ring gala is held twice a year in Red Deer, Alberta and takes place at Westerner Park. This gala has a variety of exhibitors with names like Black Knight Tuxedos, Creative Cakes by Carol, the la petite Jaune Fleur Floral Boutique and much more. There will be shows and prize giveaways by vendors of cash prizes, bridal apparel and wedding gifts of several kinds. Engaged couples are encouraged to come and taste cake samples, find out what limousine services are available for their big day and view hair designs and gowns and other wedding garments. The charge is $15.00 and there will be door prizes given away.

Barn Weddings in Alberta


“You taught me to slow down and enjoy the beauty of a sunset, to see the wonder of a flower, and to live as if it’s your last day.”

Papa’s Old Barn Quote.by Michael D’Arienzo.

Barn weddings are the quaint, rural way of enjoying a more rustic setting for your marriage experience. Barns are open for public use by appointment and they’re so popular that if you don’t contact the owners at least 12 months in advance, you might not get booked. The Rocky Mountains are a great place to have your barn wedding. They’re romantic and not necessarily unsophisticated. Barn weddings make you look inward at the more important things in life, for fulfillment.

If you’re planning to use a barn as the venue for your wedding, a lot of preparation is required. Is the location zoned for events like a wedding? If not, you must acquire a zoning permit in order to throw the wedding. Portable restrooms are popular when you have lots of people in attendance at your function, so scheduling Port-a-Potty set-ups is a must. You also have to run electric wiring for service throughout the structure to ensure that there are outlets for musicians to plug up their band equipment, for the catering company to hook-up their portable food warmers and woks, and to make sure that you have enough light in the space, not only for guests to see the ceremony, but also to take quality photos.

Checking items in advance will help you to avert problems like having animal and farm duties in operation during and around the day of the wedding. Because of the nature of a farm, you may also want to ask which kinds of insurance needs to be purchased in case of mishaps. Once those bases are covered, you are ready to secure your events date and time.

There are several barns locations to choose from in Calgary and other areas of Alberta.

  • Cherry Creek Estates: This farm is irresistible. It is 13,000 square feet of earth-toned, Rocky Mountain pleasure. The structure is a mansion that is set against to outline of both the Rocky Mountains and the Purcell Mountain range. You can make your choice between two barns that have been renovated and re-purposed as event halls. The wood work on these barns is unbelievable and will leave a favorable impression on you and your guests that will last for a lifetime. Cherry Creek is located on the outskirts of Kimberley, BC.
  • Silver Sage Stables: Silver Sage Stables, situated just east of Vernon, BC is another of the many sites to hold your barn wedding event in Canada. Imagine looking up at sparkling chandeliers hanging from the beams of this vintage-look barn. It’s has over 2700 square feet of space for all the tables and chairs you need, plus outdoor stable ground for grilling or portable set up equipment. The rafters in this barn are bare and exposed, and the wood ceiling is marvelous.
  • Willow Lane Barn: The Willow Lane Barn is situated on the prairie in Alberta. With its country appeal and beard grass flowing located 10 minutes from the bustling province of Red Deer, Alberta and Calgary, Willow Lane Barn has a majestic feel. The wood work is superb and its ceiling is vaulted and inverted. The rafters in this barn are crisscrossed which makes for a memorable and charming wedding commemoration. A working farm is adjacent to the barn and it’s located less than 10 minutes from Calgary city limits.

Romantic Wedding Destinations in Alberta


“Come live with me and be my love and we will some new pleasures prove. Of golden sands and crystal brooks, with silken lines and silver brooks.”

The Bait by John Donne.

If you’re looking for a romantic getaway location to exchange vows, why not put Alberta, Canada on the list? The lakes in Alberta are immaculate, sparkling bodies of water that are idealistic as a dreamy backdrop for wedding pictures. The surrounding mountain region that borders the lakes, is awe inspiring. Whether you’re looking for a little hamlet to fish in or for the mystical beaches of a blissful shore experience, in Alberta you can find a bit of both.

The resort areas in Alberta specialize in knowing what luxury is and as such, have a vast array of fun activities and amenities to cater to guests, whether foreign or domestic. There are a variety of hotels and other venues that are beautiful as well as functional, to take care of all your wedding event needs.

  • The Eagles Nest Retreat: The Eagles Nest Retreat is a private manor and land that encompasses the Galiano Island tip and leads into and is a part of Provential Park. The retreat began as a Bed & Breakfast in early 1990. It gets excellent reviews from former and returning guests about how impressive the architecture is and about the good hot food visitors have eaten there, and it was written up in Northwests Best Places as noteworthy for appealing structural design and inspirational location. Amenities include Jacuzzi hot tubs and elaborate, spacious rooms with a break-taking view, and refrigerators with a wet bar.
  • The Fairmont Empress Hotel: The Fairmont Empress Hotel is an impressive and monumental place to hold the wedding that you want to make into a grand affair. The building is colossal and looks like a turn of the century palace for dignitaries with its red brick structure covered by leafy ivory. The Empress is located on a waterfront that’s bordered by a dock where you can park a boat or use your jet skis to have a fabulous time. The Crystal Ballroom is a well preserved historical location of the building that is sure to impress invitees.
  • Summerhill Pyramid Winery: As one of Canada’s most frequented landmarks, this world renowned Kelowna winery is among many others in the region that offer wedding ceremonies. They have a variety of packages to choose from that extend different options of where you can plan your big day – either lawn The Heritage or The Vineyard, The Summerhill Pyramid or the Vineyard Ballroom – where you can make your all your amazing wedding dreams come true. The Summerhill Bistro looks out over the Okanagan Lake, giving you a setting for remarkable photos of your nuptials.
  • The Lavender Fields Herb Farm: If you’re a lover of flowers, you may want to consider the Lavender Fields Herb farm for your wedding venue. The farm is located in Okanagan Valley beside Okanagan Lake. If was founded in 1994 and has over 40 assortments of lavender that extend across an eight-mile plot. Imagine rows and rows of purple then you will somewhat know what it will feel like having the Lavender Fields experience…it’s a great picture opportunity.
  • The Watermark Beach Resort: If you want to hold the special event on a beachfront, the Watermark Beach Resort has what you’re looking for. The one thousand feet of beautiful, beach has crystalized, white sand and sets against the border of the Osoyoos lake. The lake is well known for being the warmest of all of the Canadian bodies of water. The rooms are spacious and give a wonderful view of blue freshwater and the surrounding region. Either of these incredible places is interchangeable in terms of style, splendor, and purpose for your small and personable or extravagant wedding wishes.

Wedding Dress Trends for the Season


“I’ll meet you at the altar.” “I’ll be the one in white!”

Stephanie Meyer, Breaking Dawn.

Soft, sleek lines, silky lace, satiny silhouettes, plunging necklines and wistful trains is the stuff that dreams are made of – the foundation of a great wedding memory. For each season, in order to know what looks best on brides, you have to keep up with seasonal trends.

The designers, stylists and fashion gurus can’t be wrong. There are too many happy brides per capita to dismiss the idea that the latest wedding dress trends don’t matter. Each season spawns another fantastic array of beautiful reveals issued forth during bridal fashion week.

For 2016 everything from crystal beaded embroidery by Naeem Khan to Oscar de la Renta’s Spanish inspired capelet dress is fancied by adoring fans of wedding apparel everywhere.

Designer Alon Livne White’s assortment of milky white dresses in his collection of bridal gowns was jaw dropping, as models strolled down the runway in style. The fall ensemble consists of floor length frocks with nude, sheer bodices embellished with floret styled embroidery. The designer was sure to implement contemporary touches to a traditional variety of sheath-like dresses. Though some of the garments were form fitting, others were loose in fit. Certain pieces ensemble architecture that you might find on a cathedral.

Naeem Khan’s fall assortment intrigued spectators with his frisky use of hand stitched pearl sequins combined with chiffon. Last year’s inspiration for his collection was the roaring 1920’s with shimmy dresses and tassels. This year’s theme is international destinations like Lyon and Saint Tropez and l’Opera. You’re bound to envision French, Italian, Spanish and Indian weddings after watching this runway show. The trains on his dresses range from brush to court, chapel and even cathedral and narrow the waistline.

Marchesa’s spring collection consists of a dainty selection of light, airy looking dresses that are trumpet in form – glove-fit that flares below the knee and with a fitted bodice. Some are sheathed to show off girlish figures. Each dress has elaborate beaded appliques with beautiful floral patterns that embodies an innocent feel of its wearer. Although the dresses are exquisitely designed, they have what could be described as a characteristic of modesty about them. Marchesa’s mermaid style dress is sleeveless and has a sweetheart neckline, with astonishing floral embroidery and bead work. The train of the dress flares out right below the knee and softly trails behind when walking.

Hayley Paige’s are sure to make you look like the belle of the ball. The dresses are southern look, Gone With The Wind dramatic, wedding gowns that will simply take your breath away. Each look has an A-Line foundation and heavy, full train. The dresses are flare with detachable boleros that are long sleeved, against a corset bodice. They are form flattering and evoke emotions of love and desire when seen on those wearing them.

Capelets are all the craze in Oscar de la Renta’s fabulous troupe of bridal gowns as onlookers’ ogle and photographers snap pictures. The collection is filled with marvel and whimsy as the designer couples’ leaf and flower petal inspired bustier bodices with swaged, Latin look capelets. His dresses put you in the mind of tiered white Christmas trees made of chiffon and lace and leave you with a romantic, regal impression. They look like they should be worn by dignitaries during the Kennedy administration like Jacqueline Onassis Kennedy or elite-class Princess Kate of Wales. The dresses give off a nostalgic vibe and are sure to catch the attention of wedding guests and reporters.

The Weddings of Alberta

Weddings in Alberta special

“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person,” 1950’s journalist Mignon McLaughlin once said. Nothing inspires romance quite like having the perfect wedding. Preparation is the key. There are several details that should be covered in order to pull off a successful event.

Create a Timeline

“Productivity is never an accident. It’s always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning and focused effort.” Paul J. Meyer founder of the Success Motivation Institute.

Visualize how you want to present yourself and your spouse to friends and family. What do you want to look like on the society page or when you show photos to your future kids? Constructing a vision board is key. Using a cork board panel, picture book, or large poster, take cutlets from fabric swatches, magazine pictures of wedding gowns, a card from exotic venues and restaurant ads of meals. This dream board helps you visualize your goal so you can implement different aspects of your wedding, reception and honeymoon through to its finalization. Now that each task is envisioned, put the details in writing so you’ll know exactly what you need to spend.

  • Make a budget that covers everything – starting from the major details to the smallest.
  • Decide what time of year you want to have the wedding. Do you prefer a summer theme or fall?
  • If there are specific days you don’t want to compete with like the 4th of July, make a list of them.
  • Are you going to do this on your own? If not, this is the time to secure a wedding consultant.

These are the important firsts of a solid wedding plan. Did you put pictures of steak, fish, or chicken dishes on your vision board? Now’s the time to make inquiries to catering companies and set up appointments sample their cuisine. If hearing harpists strum heavenly chords has always made you feel sentimental, maybe it’s time to schedule harp players. This is also the time to decide if you want a DJ or a live band.

Contact photographers and ask them to email portfolios or samples of their work – weddings in particular – to help you decide which you want to use. This also gives you the opportunity to find out what their requirements are about deposits and refunds.

Does the venue that you’re considering include tables and chairs as a part of the contract or will you have to get your own? Keep a notebook with details of the event sites, about each photographer and their requirements, the entertainment you want, florists and caterers to refer to later.

After you’ve pin pointed an exact date, time, and location you can make reservations for guests coming from out of town. You can also start a wedding registry so attendees will know what gifts to buy.

Insurance is a must. Contact an agent about wedding insurance to cover mishaps and deposits. Coverage typically protects against things like if transportation failing to arrive, damaged film or loss of photographic material, unexpected problems with the bride’s dress or loss of rings. Accidents do happen.

Once you’ve got your date you can order bridesmaid dresses and reserve tuxedos, as well as order and send out invitations for an RSVP stamp. You can also book the harpists for the wedding and a band for the reception now.