Bridal Expo

Calgary Bridal Expo

The Details: Sunday, September 18, 2016 from 10am – 5pm
Booth #45 in the Artisan Area, BMO Center, Stampede Park, Halls D,E

Bridal Expo is Alberta’s biggest fall bridal show hosting over 150 of Calgary’s leading wedding specialists.  Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events has some tips to help you navigate and make the most of your visit to Bridal Expo 2016.

Plan Which Vendors to Meet
Take a look through the online Vendor Guide to see which vendors seem like they would be a good fit for you and your fiance.  Keep an open mind at the Expo, but it is helpful to have a plan for where the vendors are whom you’d like to meet.

Bring a Friend or Two
A friend can help you carry your swag and enter contests, while you connect with vendors and make appointments. You may be tempted to bring your whole squad but choosing just one or two means you won’t be overwhelmed by all of their opinions. Maybe your Fiancé would like the chance to connect with vendors too?

Avoid the Crowds, Start in the Artisan Area!
Boutique vendors such as Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events will be located in the Artisan Area near the food trucks and fashion show.  Skip the crowds by making your way to the Artisan Area while everyone else is crowded around the booths by the entrance!

Comfy Shoes
You will need about 2 or 3 hours at the Expo, and it can be hard on your tootsies.

Enter Draws
Print up labels with your name, fiancé’s name, wedding date and email address on them to save time when entering to win prizes.  That way, your helper can put your sticker on the entry form while you connect with the wedding specialists!  Labels will also be available for sale at the entrance.  Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events will be giving away two prize packs each including a GC for $200 off Planning and Coordination services.  Good luck!

Refuel
There will be some great options at the Food Trucks in the Artisan Area, so grab a bite and you’ll be ready to venture back out for more inspiration.

Post-Expo
Be sure to get in touch with the vendors who you connected with before your wedding date gets booked.  Many of the vendors will be reaching out to you as well.  Set up appointments with the vendors you connected with to discuss their potential role in your wedding.

Hope to see you there!

Calgary Wedding Coordinator

Laura Richert, Owner of Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events is dedicated to providing a seamless journey down the aisle, and events that are truly a reflection of the two of you.  Your vision will be executed down to the last detail, and I am honored to be a part of your wedding.

Ask about Month-Of Coordination services, full Wedding Planning and Coordination or professional Consulting sessions.
Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events is proud to be WPIC certified.  Servicing Calgary and area, Canmore, Banff, and destinations world wide.
Wedding Planners Institute of Canada Certified Wedding Coordinator & Consultant  

Writing Your Own Vows

Writing your own vows is the most meaningful way that you can personalize your wedding and express your love on your wedding day.  They should be heartfelt and sincere.  The best way to do something is simply to begin, but getting started can be a little daunting, so Birch & Bunny has some tips for you!
Writing Personal VowsTeam Up
Whether or not you decide to write them together or share them with each other prior to the ceremony, it’s just nice to have agreed on a tone or style.  Maybe you agree to aim for a light-hearted, casual tone or maybe more sentimental and formal tone is more your style. The plan could be as simple as both beginning with what your partner means to you, and ending with a few promises to one another.

Share Your Story
Talk about how you met, what you’ve been through together or about the time when you knew they were “the one”.  Your vows can be about your journey that brought you to this celebration!

Draw Meaningful Inspiration
You could read something you wrote once in a Valentine’s day card. If the two of you have a special song that you could quote, or a poem you’d like to read, then go for it!  Just be sure to explain what that quote means to you and your relationship, to make it personal.

Speak from the Heart
Just tell your partner how you feel about them.  Nobody is expecting you to suddenly bust out a love sonnet for the ages, just as long as you mean it.

Calgary Wedding Coordinator

Laura Richert, Owner of Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events is dedicated to providing a seamless journey down the aisle, and events that are truly a reflection of the two of you.  Your vision will be executed down to the last detail, and I am honored to be a part of it.

Ask about Month-Of Coordination services, full Wedding Planning and Coordination or professional Consulting sessions.
Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events is proud to be WPIC certified.  Servicing Calgary and area, Canmore, Banff, and destinations world wide.
Wedding Planners Institute of Canada Certified Wedding Coordinator & Consultant  

Bridal Beauty Routine

1. Manicures
Flaunt that engagement ring!  You want your hands to look their best right when everyone wants you to show off that sparkler.  Right after the proposal is the perfect time to schedule regular manicures.

Manicure

2. Beauty Sleep
Being well rested is key to looking and feeling your best.  You don’t want to have dark circles or look tired on your wedding day.

Beauty Sleep for Bride3. Nutrition
Be sure to drink enough water, eat a balanced diet and to stay away from foods that are high in sodium, or sugar for 30 days leading up to the wedding.  This will help you to avoid bloating and skin issues.  You will be glowing and feel energetic on your big day!

Nutrition for Bride to Be4. Relax
Wedding planning can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you do not have a professional wedding planner by your side to ensure the process goes smoothly.  Set aside some “me time” as well as quality time with your fiance each week where nothing wedding related is discussed.

Bride relaxing

How about a hike or some yoga?  Whatever you like to do, it’s important to decompress a little, and will allow you both to feel refreshed when you do get back to the planning.

Bride does Yoga

5. Pearly Whites
Whitening strips or whitening tooth paste will brighten your smile, but professional whitening treatments from your dentist will be stronger and custom fit to your mouth. Many dentists even offer discounts to new patients.  Try to avoid coffee and red wine, which can stain your teeth.  Ok, I know that’s a big ask… at least drink your wine through a straw for a while.

6. Tanning
Stop tanning one month prior to the wedding.  This also means wearing sunscreen and covering your shoulders to avoid nasty burns or tan lines.  Don’t forget a lip balm with spf!

If you opt for a spray tan though, let your makeup artist know so that they can properly colour match your skin.  The experts at Fabutan recommend that you get your spray tan done a few days in advance just to be safe.

Tanning before the wedding
7. Hair & Makeup Trial
Having a hair and makeup trial run is absolutely crucial to make sure you’re happy with your look.  This is your chance to see how your MUA and hair stylist interpret your requests, and make sure you are both on the same page.  Your stylist will get a chance to familiarize herself/ himself with your hair type and how it behaves.  There may be a fee, so be sure to bring up the topic when you are hiring them.

makeup artist with bride
Follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to looking and feeling fabulous on your wedding day!
Happy planning!
Calgary Wedding Coordinator

Laura Richert, Owner of Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events is dedicated to providing a seamless journey down the aisle, and events that are truly a reflection of the two of you.  Your vision will be executed down to the last detail, and I am honored to be a part of it.

Ask about Month-Of Coordination services, full Wedding Planning and Coordination or professional Consulting sessions.
Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events is proud to be WPIC certified.  Servicing Calgary and area, Canmore, Banff, and destinations world wide.
Wedding Planners Institute of Canada Certified Wedding Coordinator & Consultant  

 

6 Tips to Host the Ultimate Super Bowl Party

(Yes, I know that’s an NHL bottle opener).

Game Day is approaching, and that’s a great excuse to host a Super Bowl party!  Whether you are going to be glued to the tv all day from pre-game show to post-game interview, or just interested in popping in for the half-time show and hilarious commercials, with these 6 tips to the ultimate party we’ve got ya covered.

1)  Encourage Super-fandom!
Have a contest for the best Super-fan costume.  Let your guests know when you invite them that dressing up in team colours, jerseys, facepaints, wigs are encouraged.  Dressing up should always be optional unless we’re talking black tie formal.  For the fans who go all out, try to have a fun prize like a 6-pack of craft beer, or at batch of homemade cookies.

2)  Know Your Stuff
Know which teams are playing, and which cities they are from.  If you don’t understand the sport at all you can get a general idea with a quick google search.  Just be yourself, if you’re not super sporty or don’t really know all the rules that’s ok!  As long as you don’t block the tv while the ball is in play (a major party-foul) then you’ll be fine.

3)  Libations & Nosh
As long as there are plenty of finger foods and beer to wash it all down with, your Super Bowl party will already be a success.  Popular snacks would be wings, nachos, “pigskins in a blanket”, how about making a quick 7 layer dip?  (Yes, that tip’s title was a shout out to Gerry Forbes, y’all remember Forbes’ Libations & Nosh?)

4)  Comfy Seating
Make sure you have plenty of comfy seating for your guests, and that everyone has access to snacks and a spot to put their drink down.  Nothing too fussy, but nobody wants to sit in that one wooden dining chair for the whole game.

5)   Separate Zones
For those who are not die-hard football fans, have a separate area where they can congregate such as in the kitchen where people often end up.  This way some guests can socialize off the topic of football, and do so at a reasonable volume without a crowd of people yelling at the tv.  Plus those who really want to will be able to hear what’s going on in the game.
Let the super-fans know that the rest of you want to know when the half-time show and commercials come on, or you’ll be clueless tomorrow at the water-cooler!

6) Decorations
How about a fun table runner made out of astro-turf?  You can pick some up by the foot, at your local hardware store for just a couple of bucks.  Grab two plastic table cloths from the dollar store and layer them to show off your team’s colours!  If you are expecting guests will be cheering for opposite teams, then why not decorate one half of the living room in each team’s colours?
It’s more fun to put a personal spin on any party that you throw, but again, keep it simple and easy.

 

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Laura Richert, Owner of Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events is dedicated to providing a seamless journey down the aisle, and events that are truly a reflection of the two of you.  Your vision will be executed down to the last detail, and I am honored to be a part of it.

Ask about month-of coordination services, full wedding planning and coordination or professional consulting sessions.
Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events is proud to be WPIC certified.  Servicing Calgary and area, Canmore, Banff, and destinations world wide.
Wedding Planners Institute of Canada Certified Wedding Coordinator & Consultant

Newly Engaged? Here is what to do next.

Newly Engaged?  Here are your first wedding planning to do’s.

Getting caught up in the excitement of your Pinterest wedding board?  That’s ok, take a week or two to just enjoy your new title of Fiancé first!

1) Tell your families!
In person if possible, why not host a simple brunch this weekend.  If your families don’t live in the same city as you do, then pick up the phone or tell them via skype.  Just make sure not to let them find out second-hand, via social media or text.

2) Determine Budget
Determine who is contributing to your wedding budget and how much.  If your parents or his have made vague offers of “some help” it is important to ask for a more clear idea of exactly how much help that means.

3) Draft Guest List
Choosing venues that fit your guest number will be so much easier once you know what your criteria are.  Even if the guest list is only a draft for now, it will be so much more useful than a randomly chosen range that “sounds about right” to you and your fiancé.  Do yourselves a favor and take the time to jot down an honest to goodness list of names.

4) Consider a Consultant/ Coordinator
Don’t worry, you are still the one planning your wedding!  Hiring a Certified Wedding Consultant & Coordinator can actually SAVE you money, and keep you and your fiancé on BUDGET!  This is probably the first and last wedding you will plan, but your Certified Wedding Coordinator has already got experience and knows the ins and outs of the wedding industry in your city!  She (or he) can make recommendations based on your unique needs.

Even if you don’t need them for the whole process, you can hire a Certified Wedding Consultant to prepare a Wedding Blueprint including budget, timeline and vendor suggestions within your budget and criteria, a Wedding Coordinator will alleviate stress.

5) Choose Ceremony Venue
The ceremony itself is the whole reason for the celebration, right?  Once you have chosen your ceremony venue, the other decisions will be much easier to make because you will officially have your wedding date!

6) Think about your Attendants
Now that you have your budget, venue, date you have an idea how many bouquets you can afford.  Chances are you already have put some thought into this one, just keep in mind that being in a wedding party can put a strain on relationships.

7) Begin Dress Shopping
Yes, already.  Most Brides don’t just luck out by finding “the one” in your size right off the rack.  It can take time not only to choose the right style and dress, but also to order it and have the alterations done.  Save yourself the stress of not knowing if it will be finished/ come in time.  Grab your mom and your newly appointed bridesmaids and make a fun day of it!

You are off to a fabulous start!  Watch for my upcoming post about getting started on planning a Destination Wedding!  If you still need direction or advice, don’t hesitate to give me a shout at hello@birchandbunny.ca

Calgary Wedding Coordinator

Laura Richert, Owner of Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events is dedicated to providing a seamless journey down the aisle, and events that are truly a reflection of the two of you.  Your vision will be executed down to the last detail, and I am honored to be a part of it.

Ask about month-of coordination services, full wedding planning and coordination or professional consulting sessions.
Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events is proud to be WPIC certified.  Servicing Calgary and area, Canmore, Banff, and destinations world wide.
Wedding Planners Institute of Canada Certified Wedding Coordinator & Consultant

2016 Wedding Trend Forecast

Don’t be afraid to set your own trends, and add your own personal spin on them.  Here are a few to watch for this year!

1)  Loose, Unstructured Florals
In 2015 we saw a move toward more organic looking, natural floral arrangements that give the impression of a bride just having gathered her bouquet from her garden on her way to the ceremony.  No more perfectly round bouquets, the modern bride prefers a less fussy look.  My guess is that we will continue to see more of this more free flowing look in 2016.
Edited: Just added this gorgeous bridal bouquet by Carla Lily Flowers.

Bridal Bouquet with succulets

2) Wedding Cake Alternatives
Cupcakes and cake pops have been paving the way in recent years for unlimited options for wedding cake alternatives.  Consider a delightful selection of pies, even individual hand-pies, a display of old fashioned donuts, cookie + ice cream sandwiches, meringue pavlova, ice cream sundae bar.

Cake Dress dot com - Hand piesMeringue Pavlova by Handmade Cake Co.

 

3) Suspended Centrepieces and Chandelier Cakes
Hello WOW Factor!  These gravity defying centerpieces and hanging cakes are such a memorable way to add drama to your reception!

Edited: Check out this gorgeous suspended floral piece that hung above a Cake-Tasting Bar by local shop Handmade Cake Co. at a recent wedding show. Florals by Fleurish Flower Shop. LOVE IT!

Suspended chandelier center piece flowers hangs from above.

4) Food Stations
Expected to be a big hit again this year, couples are breaking out with fun, new ideas for food stations.  Some are opting to go with a formal sit-down dinner with stations for cocktail hour, desert and late night snack.  Others still are skipping the sit-down dinner entirely and instead letting guests mingle between exciting action-stations where each item is prepared before guests’ eyes!  Just make sure to have plenty of casual seating and soft seating available for those who wish to gather at a table between stations.

5) Bold Dresses
This year we are going to see many Brides opt for bold statements with their gown.  Plunging necklines, or low backs, short dresses with long sleeves, asymmetric necklines, two-piece with a crop-top, and our very favorite dress trend this year: illusion necklines with lace or floral appliques.  So feminine and pretty!

Kristin Wiig Delphine Manivet Golden Globes Trends Dress Met Gala Kim Kardashian

Trends George Wu on Philippa Northeast Dress Trend - Rosamond Pike Vera Wang

6) Metallics
An elegant pop of sparkle, metallics are being incorporated in everything from foil stamped invitations to jewelry to decor elements and even dresses!  Silver, Gold, Bronze, are trending, but Rose Gold and Copper are already quickly becoming the most requested metallics.
Wedding Table Decor Mercury Glass Candle Holders and Vases

What do you think of our predictions?  Which other trends do you think will be hot this year?

Calgary Wedding Coordinator

 

Laura Richert, Owner of Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events is dedicated to providing a seamless journey down the aisle, and events that are truly a reflection of the two of you.  Your vision will be executed down to the last detail, and I am honored to be a part of it.

Ask about Month-Of Coordination services, full Wedding Planning and Coordination or professional Consulting sessions.
Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events is proud to be WPIC certified.  Servicing Calgary and area, Canmore, Banff, and destinations world wide.
Wedding Planners Institute of Canada Certified Wedding Coordinator & Consultant

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