All About Wedding Rings

You get to the alter and you say your I doís and it’s time for the best man to present the wedding rings, he pats his top pockets then his bottom pockets and you stare at him getting worried that may be he has forgotten or lost the most important part of your wedding, the rings! But there they are in his inside pocket and he passes them over to you and a look of relief washes over your face!

Wedding rings are the be all and end all to any wedding, they are usually just plain gold bands and it is the engagement ring that has the diamonds. But some men like to spoil a woman and get her a wedding ring encrusted with diamonds. Like they say diamonds are a girl’s best friend! The wedding rings are usually put on the fingers at the end of the vows and then there is the famous ìkiss the brideî moment.

The wedding bands symbolize unity and a constant circle, they are you and your partner together through everything, thick and thin, sickness and health and everything else that a married couple in love will go through together but it means that although there may be rocky or bubbly parts you will still be together to the end and the circle will continue! Some mothers pass their wedding rings down to their daughters as a symbol of love and friendship, not when they are married of course, but when their husband passes away and they are left widowed.

Wedding rings are usually bought from a jeweller but they can be purchased second hand or even on the internet, yes the internet does sell everything these days! The most important part of the wedding is saying “I do” then slipping that ring onto the person that you love finger knowing that you will spend the rest of your life loving them and cherishing them, no day is more special than your wedding day!

A Wedding For All Seasons

In times gone by it wasnít uncommon for young couples to consult the Tarot as to what month of the year according to the stars would be their best time to wed, this would depend on what time of year their sun or moon sign was inline with Venus the goddess of love, which I would take as a positive sign, and so on. Personally I would like to think that the longevity of a marriage would depend on the love of you and your partner and not on the date you get married.

These days the factors that make us decide differ a little. Each season brings its own style and flavor to a wedding. The time of year you choose to get married will indeed affect the style and economics of the wedding in many ways including location of the reception, honeymoon destinations, wedding theme and price. Whatever type of wedding you desire there will be a season to suit you.

An autumn wedding brings to mind golden and copper themes through the fabrics and the flowers. Flowers this season are earthy yet rich. Take bold colors in purples russets, yellow and reds. Add a natural twist with dark leafy foliages and wood containers. If you choose flowers that are in season this will bring down the cost a little.

Seasonal fruits that you can include on the menu are Apples and Pears; these are in season all year round. All these factors combined will bring a nice autumn breeze to the day. Bear in mind that August is quite popular for weddings, if you are having the reception in a hotel book well in advance. The weather is also superb if you are thinking of honeymooning in Europe. Stay clear of south East Asia though as these are experiencing their monsoon seasons.

The winter wonderland wedding, a very romantic setting of Burning log fires, mulled wine receptions and Christmas card settings. This would defiantly be an indoor wedding, maybe in a castle or Hotel adorned with rich reds and golden glowing candles.

A December wedding is a good idea as the wedding reception price is dropped in many hotels in the first few days after Christmas. The holiday spirit that is still lingering at this time will add to the atmosphere. Snowdrops, Tulips, Amaryllis, and White geisha include some of the winter blooms. Seasonal fruits to be enjoyed include winterberries, Apricots, Cherries and dates.

A New Years Eve wedding can be a good idea, ringing in the New Year with a festive and fun time for all involved. Honeymoon destinations for the winter months vary, you can opt for a skiing holiday with a romantic log cabin accommodation or maybe head for the sun kissed beached of Thailand. Keeping in mind flights are usually scarce and pricey around Christmas so book your honeymoon well in advance.

Spring / Summer sun will provide for beautiful garden weddings adorned with all of mother natures glory, a fabulous season for a wedding. The colors and flowers to choose from are in abundance from roses to the petals of the cherry blossom, the look of this season is relaxed and simple taking bold flowers and strong colors softening them with driftwood or delicate wisps of grass and raffia. Some of the fruits in season are Peaches, passion fruit, and Citrus fruits, and Quinces.

Freshly picked chocolate dipped strawberries would go down well with a champagne reception. A marquee would be a wonderful idea for this season allowing everyone to soak up the atmosphere, remember to include catering and furniture hire as part of the costs if you are watching the budget. The world is your oyster as far as honeymoons go but remember our summer is winter in most of the southern hemisphere including Australia.

Whatever your plans donít stress yourself and take as much help from friends and family to make the big day one to remember for all. Booking your honeymoon online including accommodation and avoiding travel agents can save time and money.

A Wedding Checklist For A Happier Day

Using a wedding checklist will help make your big day a happy day.

There are so many details concerning a wedding that you need to use a wedding checklist to be sure you don’t forget anything important that may ruin the day.

If you plan carefully using a wedding checklist chances are the special day will be a joyous experience. Your list can be tailored for your specific needs and desires which will help relieve the inevitable stress as the day gets closer.

If at all possible six to twelve months before the wedding day your checklist should include the actual wedding date and time, lining up a florist and a caterer and also a photographer and a DJ. You will need to reserve the church and a location for the reception.

Your wedding checklist needs to include other important details such as, choosing who will be in the wedding party and ordering the invitations. You need to pick out a wedding gown, the wedding attendant’s dresses and the attire for the groom and groomsmen. And of course the all important wedding rings.

All of the above are the most major things that you should arrange for as early as possible.

On you wedding checklist be sure to put reminders for details that will be happening closer to the date. Like ordering your wedding cake, flowers, sending out the invitations and final fittings for everyone’s wedding attire. You also need a reminder to place a wedding announcemnet in your local paper.

There are other many other things that need to be on your wedding list such as, deciding on music for the wedding, a guest book, printed knapkins, thank you cards, wedding favors, decorations and a limo service.

About a month to six weeks before your big day you should go over your wedding checklist to make absolutely sure you haven’t forgotten anything.

There are, of course, many more things than those listed above that you will need to put on your specific wedding planning checklist that are personal to your wedding, but the above will give you an idea of the things you need to include.

If you can afford it the top thing on your wedding checklist should be hiring a Wedding Planner to help you plan your special day. This can take a lot of stress off of you and your family and allow you to relax and enjoy the process and the actual wedding day.

A Guide To Bridesmaids Dresses

Choosing bridesmaids dresses is no easy task, but itís one of the most exciting and often the most emotional parts of the wedding planning process.

Inviting the special women in your life to be your bridesmaids; your sisters, your lifelong friends, your cousins and special family friends; is a way to seal important friendships during this very special time in your life. Choosing the bridesmaids dress, whether you do it yourself or together with your bridesmaids, is an integral part of the tradition.

Tips on Choosing the Right Dresses for your Bridesmaids

Naturally, itís the bride who will be the focus of attention on her wedding day, but itís important for the bridesmaids to look gorgeous too. Choose something simple and not overdecorated or detailed, but which will make your bridesmaids look elegant, sophisticated and feminine.

Itís important to choose a dress style which will flatter everyoneís figure. This is never an easy task, but empire waists and A-line or princess skirts will tend to suit most shapes and sizes.

If your bridesmaids have very different figure types and heights, and you think they might feel uncomfortable in matching dresses, a nice alternative is to choose the fabrics and colors, and allow each individual bridesmaid to choose her own dress style.

Always keep a budget in mind for your bridesmaids gowns. Itís very unfair to expect your bridesmaids to buy overly expensive dresses, and it may damage your relationship with some of the most important women in your life. Around $100-250 each dress is generally considered a reasonable cost. If you have your heart set on a more expensive gown, you might consider making up the difference yourself.

Classic Looks for Bridesmaids

Any kind of formal gown, semi-formal or evening dress can be chosen as a bridesmaids gown, so you have literally thousands of options. Satin, organza, chiffon, georgette, tulle, lace, brocades, and crepe are all classic fabrics for bridesmaid dresses. Whether you choose real silks and imported laces, or more economical alternatives will depend on your budget.

Itís traditional to choose a one-piece dress or gown, but separates are definitely an option. Mixing and matching separate blouses and skirts makes it easier to find a style which suits each individual bridesmaid.

You should think about the time of year you plan to hold the wedding, and how this will effect your gown choices. Choose lighter fabrics for summer, and a sleeveless or even a strapless dress style. If your wedding is planned for a cooler time in the year, long skirts and sleeves are best, or include a shawl or wrap as part of the outfit.

Itís a nice idea to choose your colors according to the time of year also. Fresh, soft colors are lovely for spring and summer; golds, copper tones and rusty reds for fall, and deep marine blues, teal green, deep burgundies and plums, or platinum shades for winter.

Choose colors which will match the flowers which are in bloom at the time of year, so your gowns will tone in nicely with the bouquets. Discussing your color ideas with your favorite florist will make the job of choosing colors much easier.

For a very sophisticated, formal look, black or black and white never goes out of style.. Alternating black and white solid panels has a very dramatic effect.

For a more romantic look, use white or a solid color overlaid with black lace, either as a feature of the dress itself, or as a shawl or wrap.

Soft, pretty pastel shades like lilac, powder pink, cream, platinum and eggshell blue are always popular colors for bridesmaid dresses, because they always look good together with the white or ivory shade of the bridal gown. Adding dramatic color accents in the bouquets creates a very attractive look for the wedding party as a whole.

Another idea which works very well for bridesmaids gowns is to use a silk or satin fabric with a subtle crossweave in a contrasting color, and match the bouquets to the crossweave color. The bouquets will bring out and enhance the color highlights in the dress fabric, which has a very pretty effect.

Accessories for Bridesmaids

The simplest look will tend to work best, so accessories should best be kept to a minimum. Often a simple pair of earrings, a brooch or necklace is all the jewelry youíll need. Itís traditional for the bride to give the bridesmaids their jewelry as a gift, which is a lovely idea.

For a very formal look, shawls, gloves and even small tiaras are always appropriate as bridesmaidsí accessories.

Keep comfort as well as style in mind when you choose shoes for your bridesmaids. Very high heels may be uncomfortable to stand in for any period of time. Also consider the fact that the bridesmaids will most likely be wearing the shoes for the wedding ceremony and the reception, so choose shoes which will be comfortable to wear all day, then dance away the night.

Fairmont Palliser Wedding Video

Our wedding videography team had a handful of experience filming a wedding or event at Fairmont Palliser. It’s a pretty popular wedding venue in the city of Calgary for its elegance and royal ambience. This historical hotel was established for more than a hundred years now. Stepping into this city landmark, you will be stunned by the beauty and charm because of its majestic setting.

Sitting at the heart of Downtown Calgary, staying at the hotel the night or days before the wedding is a good idea. Most weddings have guests coming from abroad and Fairmont Palliser is an excellent spot to stay to experience what local Calgary has to offer. Fairmont Palliser is close to shops and Calgary train.

Right next to it is the Calgary Tower where on top is the 360 Sky View Restaurant which is a good place for excellent dining experience where people can see the 360 sky view of Calgary. Also in downtown, there is a +15 bridge which is an indoor and heated pedestrian bridge to access almost all buildings in downtown Calgary.

The Fairmont Palliser is well-known for its excellent services. Their Wedding Manager will guide the bride and groom throughout the wedding planning process. Fairmont Palliser is also a home for talented chefs and cooks that serves mouth-watering foods served at dinner table. With all the white table material, fine white china, signature flatware and stemware, votive candles and roundabout mirrors with complete sets of silverwares is a unique dining experience at Fairmont.

One wedding that we filmed was for Kevin & Brittany. Tying the knot in the heart of the beautiful and world’s cleanest city of Calgary, this wedding day of Kevin & Brittany couldn’t be more wonderful. Blessed with warmth of the sun and love from friends and family, what more can you ask for? Here is their wedding video that shows how beautiful Fairmont Palliser is.

The bride and the bridesmaids had their make-up at one of the hotel rooms where there was a nice view of the city. We were able to got some footage of that as well and right across the building, the Calgary Tower was reflected at the other building. A letter to the groom was prepared where we were able to take a footage while Brittany was writing it. We had a nice footage of the wedding dress hanging.

Kevin and his groomsmen had a chance to hang-out at the suite before getting ready. We had a chance to take some footage of the guys opened a bottle of champagne to celebrate the start of the day. Kevin also wrote a letter for Brittany.

After the ceremony and photoshoot, their reception was at the Crystal Ballroom where they have a grand entrance and heart-warming speeches. A toast to the bride and a toast to the groom and speeches from the parents of both sides is the highlight of the evening. The dance floor was jam packed and everyone enjoyed the night. Snacks and cocktail was served outside the hall. This is truly an amazing night for Kevin and Brittany.

Another wedding that we filmed was with Kira and Marco. Here’s their wedding video:

Kira’s wedding dress was stunning with a flowing veil where we were able to set it up outside the hotel room. The bridesmaids dresses were yellow as their theme was Lemon. Their wedding cake was decorated with lemons. They have bottles of Limoncello at every dinner table. It was quite amazing. Their wedding reception happened at the Alberta Room. It’s my favorite hall at the Fairmont Palliser because the hand painted murals that you will make you enter the hall in awe. Their first dance was so enchanting as it was Beyonce’s version of ‘Ave Maria’.

Their photoshoot was taken at the Prince Edward Island Park which is a 5-minute drive from Fairmont Palliser. This park may not be a good idea for a daytime photoshoot because of so many tourists, bikers and joggers sine it’s a favorite spot for those activities in Downtown Calgary. Here is where the Millenium bridge is.

All things considered, their wedding speeches is one of the greatest parts of their wedding night. Having a set course of events to stick made their wedding guests get the most ideal experience to make it a night they can’t forget! While their visitors are hanging out with each other after the function was a decent time for the couples session and formal family photographs. It was a perfect time for their visitors to unwind and appreciate some appetizers and beverages before they go into the main wedding. Their wedding organizer as well as DJ/MC will had the majority of their visitors gathered together and situated in the banquet room with t mark the beginning of the reception and called the guests to look for their seat and will give some other extraordinary overview amid this time. The beginning of the reception gave the guests the idea of to what extent this will take in light of what number of are in participation is a basic piece of their wedding gathering course of events.

Their DJ/MC called for the Grand Entrance and it was a fun time for their wedding party as well as close relatives to enter the banquet room with an interesting move or activity that prepares their visitors energized and for their fantastic passageway. Kira and Marco had the opportunity to celebrate being presented out of the blue as the love birds that they seem to be. Pick their most loved gathering tune and swagger their stuff!

Ensure the bridesmaids and groomsmen’s entrances are separated from the other wedding party doorways on their wedding gathering course of events so they can have their own sparkling minute in the spotlight! At the time of their amazing passageway, everyone’s eyes are on theirs and it was an ideal time to go straight into their first move as a wedded couple.

Regardless of whether their move is arranged or only an ease back and sweet minute to a wistful tune, this is their minute to sparkle together straight to the head table. The maid of honor/best man or the mother and father of the gives the toast.

Kira and Marco had a Catholic wedding Ceremony at St. Joseph Parish in 14th Street which is a 10-minute drive from Fairmont Palliser. Most couples getting married at that church book their hotel in Downtown. It was a unique bridal party exit when all the guests had their yellow wands waving upon the exit of the bride and groom at the church. I heard of rice grains or potpourri thrown at the couple upon exit but this is the first time that I saw a waving wand. This is one of the most memroable wedding that we filmed.