Wedding Awards – Best Wedding Over $25,000

Award Finalist

UPDATE: I’m so honoured and excited to be able to announce that Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events was chosen as the WINNER for
BEST WEDDING OVER $25,000! It’s nice to toot your own horn once in a while, so cue my happy dance!
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I have some incredible news to share with you, my lovelies. Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events has been selected as a FINALIST in the category of BEST WEDDING OVER $25,000 for the WPIC Wedding Awards! How bleeping amazing is that?!

Last year we won for the category Best Wedding Under $25,000 and we’re still in a bit of a daze over that to be honest. I know that the competition is fierce though, and this is an INTERNATIONAL award, so let me just turn into a total clique by saying it’s an honour just to be a finalist. Ok, brag over, I’m done tooting my own horn. haha!

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What to Expect in an Initial Meeting

Coffee

What will we talk about?
This is a great opportunity for us to get to know each other. You will get a peak at my portfolio, learn what the process looks like as a client, and which services would be the best fit for you. I’ll learn what you envision for your wedding as far as style, feel, if you have any concerns about your day, what your needs are, what you will invest in your wedding and how we can make your wedding AMAZING!

Is there a fee for the Initial Meeting?
Nope, this is a complimentary, no obligation, informal meeting.

Where do we meet?
Usually our Initial Meeting will take place at a central location such as a
coffee shop or a fro-yo joint.  Since our clients come from all over and have
busy schedules, this can also be done via video call!

Who should attend?
I would love to meet with both of you, to give you both the chance to get to
know me and vise- versa.

Can I ask your advice on budget, venue and vendor recommendations in this Initial Meeting?
All of that is the fun stuff we get to do once you’re a signed member of the
Birch & Bunny Weddings family!  This meeting is an opportunity for us to get to know one another, for you to learn about my services, for me to learn about your wedding vision and for us to decide if we are a good fit for each other.  If you are interested in this advice BEFORE booking one of our packages though, please contact us for a consultation.

Will we be pressured into making a decision on the spot?
Absolutely not.  I encourage you to go home and sleep on it.  Afterwards, if you wish I will prepare a custom quote for you.  Your date will be temporarily held for 2 weeks following the meeting, we will follow up if we haven’t heard from you.  We would be honored to be a part of your wedding, but if you decide otherwise that’s okay too- we’d appreciate if you let us know so that we can release your wedding date for other couples.  We want to give you the opportunity to think about it, feel comfortable and be sure about your decision to move ahead!

Are you ready to meet for coffee? (Or bobo tea/ fro-yo if you prefer!) Email hello@birchandbunny.ca to set up our Initial Meeting.  I’m looking forward to meeting you!

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Wedding Awards – Best Tablescape

Award Finalist

Eeep!! Guess what my lovelies, another award category was just announced. Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events has also been selected as a FINALIST for the category of BEST TABLESCAPE! Now I am on pins and needles waiting for the big awards ceremony on February 1, 2019.

I will be unable to fly out to attend the banquet at the Albany Club in Toronto, ON where it will be held but the anticipation of hearing the winners announced is killin’ me!

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Pantone Colour of 2019 – Living Coral

The colour trend guru’s at Pantone are predicting that the most popular colour of 2019 will be Living Coral.

Color Trends 2019

It’s said to have a playful energy, with warmth and it’s quite a mellow and cheerful hue.

“Just as coral reefs are a source of sustenance and shelter to sea life, vibrant yet mellow Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.”

It’s certainly a departure from 2018’s regal Ultra Violet.  Check out how much fun we had playing with that dramatic and vibrant colour!

What are your thoughts?  We want to hear!  How would you use this colour in your own wedding?

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Peonies + Prosecco

Looking for a fun activity for you and your crew to do together leading up to the big day?!  I’m checking out your options to help you choose. It’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it.  😉

Girls’ Night of arranging beautiful blooms, while toasting bubbly and nibbling on pretty hand-painted cookies, and donuts?  You can’t go wrong!

bridal shower idea

Janie started by teaching us the names of all of the beautiful flowers we will be adding to our peony arrangements, and giving us some guidelines on how to create our beautiful arrangements, here we are listening intently. 
(Side Note: I just realized that my #OOTD was a floral top, PLUS my jacket with floral embroidery- I wonder what was on my mind that day…)
flower arranging workshop

Time to break for treats and toast some bubbles!
wedding cookies
pretty donuts


There we have it!  My lovely peony arrangement which really zhushed up my kitchen table.

Wedding Planner Headshot
fresh flowers

Florist and Host: Flowers by Janie
Treats: Pretty Sweet
Photographer: Tara Whittaker Photography
Venue: Pearl & Dot Bridal Boutique

Anniversary Gifts By Year

My hubster and I are really loving the challenge of the anniversary gift guide! Although we have only been married for a few years, we took our sweet time getting here and have celebrated 11 anniversaries together.  We like to make our anniversary gifts more meaningful, and save things like clothing and household items for Christmas and birthdays.

Here are the traditional gifts by year, with a modern twist.

1 Year – Paper  Check out our post of 1st Anniversary Gift Ideas!
2 Years – Cotton  Looking for thoughtful 2nd Anniversary Gifts?  We’ve got ideas!
3 Years – Leather
4 Years – Fruit/ Flowers  Our friends at Amborella are ready to recreate your wedding flowers like they did for our Groom to give his Bride-to-be on Valentines’ day.  (He’s a keeper!)  This was their wedding.
5 Years – Wood
6 Years – Iron
7 Years – Wool/ Copper
8 Years – Pottery/ Bronze  Can’t wait for this one, I am SO signing us up for a clay pottery spinning class!  Not just a keepsake, also making memories.
9 Years – Willow/ Pottery
10 Years – Diamond Jewelry  How lovely would it be to gift her with a stackable ring to add to her finger.  A daily reminder of how your love for her has grown over the years.   If your budget allows, how about upgrading the diamond in her ring? Sometimes the original diamond is made into a necklace or stud earrings so that she can continue to wear that along with the new bling in her ring!

Traditionally the 10 year anniversary meant Tin/ Aluminum, but we think a decade of marriage is much more deserving of the modern adaptation. What do you think?

Curious about more anniversary gifts by year?  Here are many more to look forward to.

15 Years – Crystal
20 Years – China
25 Years – Silver
30 Year – Pearls
35 Years – Coral
40 Years – Ruby
45 Years – Saphire
50 Years – Gold
60 Years – Diamond

Calgary Wedding Coordinator
Birch & Bunny Weddings 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.
WPIC certified

All-in-One Printer Review

Hello darlings! I just got a fabulous new wireless All-in-One Printer and I wanted to share my thoughts with you. I know that most of you are Brides-to-be, but this review is for small business owners like myself, and wedding industry friends. I’m not getting paid to say this, these are just my own opinions and observations.

Let’s dive right in, if you aren’t a small business owner then this printer is way overkill. It’s bulky, heavy and you wouldn’t need the extreme workload of this one, so you can go check out my other blog posts!

Showcasing white printer that fits nicely with the style of Wedding Planner's home office decor aesthetic.
Color ImageCLASS by Canon

For everyone who stuck around to keep reading, let me get right to it.  This is the Canon ImageCLASS MF624CW.

I chose this one because I needed All-in-One printer, scanner, copier and I also really wanted wireless capability.  That’s right, I can check emails on my phone and hit print from my kitchen, bedroom, garage, absolutely anywhere in my house.  It’s sooooo handy.

My first impression was that it is a pretty nice looking, and it fits in with my home office decor aesthetic, which was a bonus.  After all, this is where I meet with Brides and Grooms-to-be, so it doesn’t hurt that it’s nice looking.

Close up of printer

The main paper tray is on the bottom at the front, and above that is a slot for printing labels.

It’s got an easy to use touch screen and simple keypad.

Touch screen and buttons.

Now I’ll show you how to replace the toner cartridges, because it wasn’t in the back where I expected it to be. The toner panel is actually in the front, so you pull down the panel and it opens like this.

Toner replacement panel.

Then you squeeze the blue button to pull out the black tray.

Toner replacement release.

The tray pulls out to reveal slots for all of your different colours of toner cartridges.

Toner cartridges.

Here is a cell phone screen shot of the wireless printing app.  It’s the only way to print wirelessly, so it would have been nice to put this info in the instructions… but it’s awesome and super simple to use. 

Wireless printing App for your cell phone.

Overall, I give the Canon ImageCLASS 4.5 stars. It’s huge, and super heavy or I might have given it a perfect score.

Well darlings, I hope this helps you decide if this is the printer for you!

Wedding Awards – Best Wedding Under $25,000

UPDATE:  I’m incredibly honored to have won the award for BEST WEDDING UNDER $25,000!!!  Check out the beautiful trophy that was just delivered. (Wish I could have flown to Ontario for the awards banquet, it looked like an amazing event!)  Can’t wait to share snaps of the new Birch & Bunny Weddings HQ where I’m clearing a spot for this trophy!
Best Wedding Award Planner

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You guys, I’m so thrilled to announce that we’ve been chosen as 1 of 3 finalists for a WPIC Wedding Award in the category of Best Wedding Under $25,000!!
I know there was a lot of talented competition in the other categories, and awards are certainly not why I do what I do, so I can’t wait to see who wins in all categories!!
Award WPICCalgary Wedding Coordinator 
Birch & Bunny Weddings 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.
WPIC certified

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