Wedding planning can be stressful, having an outdoor wedding can double that stress, especially if you don’t have a plan B. Recently across the country there has been rain, a lot of rain. From floods in Calgary and Toronto to tornado’s in Quebec and tornado warnings as recently as today in Toronto. The weather is pretty nuts and of course this is all in the middle of wedding season.
Having an outdoor wedding is lovely, but if you wake up in the morning to Jungle Book style rain storms the day of your outdoor wedding and you don’t have another plan or a back up, you’re asking for trouble.
Here are tips to make sure your outdoor wedding, regardless of the weather, will go off without a hitch!
- When booking the venue, make sure they have a shelter or something that you can use if it rains, make sure that section is free the day of your wedding to use if need be.
- No shelter? Rent a tent. Although this could be an annoyance if it doesn’t rain, have the tent rental company ready to set it up as early as possible in case of rain.
- Don’t want to be outside at all? See if the reception venue can have an impromptu to ceremony there instead.
- Buy umbrellas, a lot of them! Make sure you have enough umbrella’s for your bridal party and yourself so that if it does rain you can still all get from to and from wherever you need to go with our ruining your hair, makeup or dress.
- Rain boots? Why not! On day where it’s really coming down, rain boot can make or break your confidence on getting around (and as much as you want, no one will carry you around that day so having proper foot ware for outside is key)
These are just a few tips, but surely these kinds of outdoor wedding tips can go a long way when you wake up on a day that it’s raining cats and dogs.
One thing that often gets overlooked when planning your wedding is postage. It’s not always easy finding the perfect stamps for your wedding invitations and other wedding mail. It’s all about the personalized touches and Canada Post has some beautiful options for every kind of invitation, style and wedding.
The two colourful magnolias appearing on the stamps are the ‘yellow bird’ and ‘eskimo’ hybrids, specifically developed for the harsh Canadian climate. Whether it is their shyly opening cup of velvety petals, or their intoxicating fragrance prized by luxury perfumers, there’s something romantic and irresistibly exotic about magnolias.
The second and exciting personal touch you can add to your wedding mail is one-of-a-kind stamps! They’re easy to make—either online or via the Canada Post mobile app—and the perfect way to make a big impression on your loved ones. It’s simple to create stunning personalized postage
- Pick the photo or image you want to use.
- Choose from 12 stylish frame designs to make a stamp that’s vertical (portrait) or horizontal (landscape).
- Select the denomination(s) you need. There are stamps for Canada, the U.S., and International destinations.
You can order a Keepsake Sheet with 26 stamps & a souvenir photo enlargement. For a longer invite list, go with Full Sheets containing 50 stamps. Either way, you’ll save when you order 2 or more sheets!
It’s now your chance to win a $25 voucher to use towards your Picture Postage stamps.
How to enter the contest:
- Simply Tell us about your wedding style in the comment section below and what personal touches you’ll be adding to your special day
- Contest runs until
May 20thMay 31st
- Contest open to Canadians only
- Contest entries will be done at random.
- Winners will be contacted by email, so please make sure you leave a valid email address when you comment.
Thank you and good luck!!
As I’ve mentioned previously, save the dates are a wonderful way to informally let your guests know about your wedding date so that they can get ready for your wedding. A cute idea is to do a save the date magnet so that your family and friends can keep your save the date in an easy to find place.
We were so excited to learn that Minted is now helping couples create beautiful save the date magnet as well as save the date cards.
The magnets are printed on thick, luxe paper with a matte finish and a magnetized back. These are truly the most luxurious magnets on the market and something you HAVE to look into if you’re thinking about doing save the dates.
Our friends at Minted sent us these samples, enjoy!!
You’re Engaged! Congratulations! There is so much to happening during this precious time. One of the best parts about being newly engaged is the engagement party! Planning your engagement party is the first of many wedding related events you’ll have the pleasure of attending over the next 1-2 years (or however long your engagement is – and trust me… there is no right or wrong amount of time to be engaged, just enjoy it!)
We wanted to share a few tips with you and help you with planning your engagement party.
Here are the basics of planning your engagement party:
- Engagement parties usually fall around 1-3 months from the engagement.
- Only those you plan on inviting to the wedding should be invited to the engagement party.
- Traditionally the brides’ parents host the party, but now a day more and more of the couples are planning their own party or working with their parents to throw a co-hosted engagement party.
- Engagement parties can be lavish affairs or afternoon events – the rules are pretty relaxed and whatever is easiest for you is the best option!
- Where to have the party is also up to you. Geography can sometimes be an issue so it may be best to have it where a majority of your guests live (example I live in Montreal, but most of my friends/family are in Toronto so I had my bridal shower in Toronto. It was easier for just me to travel vs. asking 25 people to travel for the shower when they were already planning to travel for my wedding).
- What to wear? It depends on the event, however I always say that being a bit more dressed up goes a long way. A nice dress or shoes can’t add a lot to a look so don’t be afraid to shine!
- Gifts aren’t expected at an engagement party, but no one would ever turn them down. They may be as simple as a bottle of wine or a little something to help you celebrate. Again it depends on the kind of party you’ll be having.
- Have fun! The most important thing is to enjoy this time and the party and really have a great time. You don’t need to over think it, just enjoy.
These are just a few of our tips. We hope you put them to good use and enjoy your engagement party!
You’re engaged! There is much to think about and do when you first get engaged and it can be very overwhelming. Knowing your first steps of wedding planning can be confusing and knowing what needs to be prioritized gets lost quickly as all your friends and family start giving you their advice. A lot of couples think it’s about picking the date and booking the venue. Although those are some of the top things to do, we’ve created a list of things to do when starting to plan your wedding.
Here are your first steps of wedding planning.
1. Finalize the guest list – before you can do anything else, you ned to determine your guest list. The guest list gives you an idea of how many people are coming, and you can’t book a venue without the numbers and you can’t confirm you date without your venue. So the most important thing is finalizing your guest list. A lot of couple will be surprised to learn that this process take time and several people’s input, so make sure everyone involved is ok with the tentative guest list before you move forward.
2. Determine the Budget - This crucial step is a key part of the planning your wedding. You need to know how much you are comfortable with spending. The average wedding cost in Canada last year was $21,000. And the more people you have at your wedding, the most it will cost. The kind of venue will also impact this number. So if you have your wedding at a venue that charges $150 a plate and you have 100 people at your wedding, you’re already looking at $15,000 for your wedding and you haven’t paid for decor, entertainment, your dress and ceremony fees. These are realistic numbers and ideals, so when you’re looking at your venue and your guest list, keep these factors in mind.
3. Choose ideal date – Most couples aren’t hard pressed to pick an exact date, and most couples are happy with any date. The key is, you have at least an idea of what you’d like as a date. If you want fall, you’re at least pin pointing a time frame. Without this, you won’t be able to do much else. If you look at venues, they ask you “when were you thinking” and if you say “we don’t know” well, you are making it more frustrating for yourself as the venue can’t hold the venue for you unless you have a date.
4. Choose a venue - The venue, either for the reception or the ceremony can finally be determined once you have your numbers and your date. (or time frame). Choosing a venue is very tricky, and we always suggest you look at 2-4 different venues or locations to get an idea of what you like and what you don’t like.
The most important thing is you choose a venue that suites your needs. You like to party, make sure the venue accommodates late nights. Ask as many questions as possible and make sure this is the place for you!
Once you’ve decided on the venue, sign the deposit contract to make sure the venue is yours!
5. Tell your friends and family the date and location - A lot of couples do this with a “save the date” card. It informs them when and where your wedding will take place. You don’t need to tell them the venue, but at least the town. If your guest have to travel to be at your wedding this steps helps them plan and budget their vacation, which will be your wedding.
These tips will help you start your planning and make sure you prioritize the most important aspects. I know it can be overwhelming, but we hope this helped at least get started with your planning!