Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Peacocks

I did not know there was an actual Peacock Wedding Dress!

Castle Cakes

We never had a cake at our Wedding, so I am definitely looking forward to a particular part of helping with this wedding....TASTING. Since the theme is Fairy Tale, I looked up Castle Wedding Cakes. 


This photo from here

THIS is my favorite one.  Sis, can we do this?  Um, I mean, you guys do this?
Photos from wesellthetable.com, pat-t-cakes.com, golfmembers.co.uk & pinkcakebox.com

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Shoes

So when you said "Fairy Tale Wedding"...

My sister and her fiancé want a Fairy Tale inspired wedding. I am 100% certain she didn't mean any of this (I think it's pretty cute!):


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Barn Weddings

Since my sister plans to be engaged for 2 years, I can't wait to look back at this blog after their Wedding is over and look at all of the ideas we came up with, and what they ended updoing/not doing!

Right now, my sister and fiancé (and me) have toyed with the idea of the Wedding being on our parents farm in Alberta. I think it's the dreamiest place for their Fairy Tale, and then when I saw these pictures...GORGEOUS.



Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Hawaiian Weddings on a Budget


Now that the big question has been popped, the next big question is usually "home, or destination"? My sisters is currently TBD.

As for me, we knew instantly what ours would be. Destination: Hawaii. I have a grass skirt for a bed skirt, and a Hula Girl lamp in the bedroom...Handsome knew what we was getting himself into. Choosing WHERE in Hawaii was a lengthy process however, as it ain't cheap. The Wedding Belles recently posted the following stats:

  • 16 percent of marriages are destination weddings.
  • The destination wedding market accounts for $16 billion in annual spending.
  • Average budget for a destination wedding is $20,600.
  • 60% of destination couples pay for the wedding themselves.
  • The average age of a destination bride today is 33, compared to the U.S. average of 28.
  • 70% have graduated college and the average household income is $110,000.
  • Average number of guests at a destination wedding: 48.
  • Guests at a destination wedding spend an average of $400 to attend.
  • 9 out of 10 couples say weather is a key factor in selecting a destination.

Hawaii doesn't have All-Inclusive Resorts, so trying to plan something that won't cost you, or your guests, your life savings was no easy task. However, we managed to have a wedding with 75 guests (75!!) for half of the average Destination Budget.

We saved money by doing the following:

Flowers from a Flower Farm vs resort-recommended Florist.
No Wedding Cake (the meal option came with a delicious dessert)
No Centerpieces - Hawaii doesn't need much to be breathtaking.
No DJ - I'm a musician at heart, so spending a year making the "perfect playlist" on my iPod was right up my alley. Just so you know, renting a PA system from a local music store will cost you roughly $50 vs the much (expect about $300) higher amount you will pay to use a Resort's in-house sound system.
We have a Wedding Photographer in the family (ok, we really lucked out here)
Wedding attire: It's the beach! Sun dresses are VERY appropriate, and you'll be happy you did when you splash around the beach in your frock that's not only comfortable, but won't cause you to suffer heat stroke.
No wedding invitations - This was a tough one, but since we knew that we'd have to send out regular updates on flight deals, hotel rates etc, Evites made much more sense and saved us a LOT.
We chose the season carefully. Hawaii's weather rarely changes, so we chose October - right after high season, right before rainy season...temperatures just right.
Planning our wedding during a recession, and when the Canadian Dollar was nearly on par with the US Dollar. Ok, we didn't plan that but it sure worked in our favour!

Saving money in all of these places allowed us to splurge a little more on the things we really did want. And if we could do it all over again, and on a bigger budget, I wouldn't change a thing.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Engaged


Weddings. At first I thought they were too fussy. Everything having to be perfect, which FYI is next to impossible when it comes to such lavish affairs. I was also pretty young when I made this decision, with no future husband at my side to ever give my mind a reason to wander into the Land of Nuptials.

But then my Best Friend got married. She had a backyard Wedding at her childhood cottage. It was sunny the day before her wedding and the day after. But not the day of. It rained, and it was cold...and it was the most beautiful wedding I had ever been to. Perfect until the very last hug at the end of the night.
It's been wedding after wedding ever since, each one as unique as the couples getting married. A police escort for one Bride, a hilarious and lighthearted (and yes, planned ahead) Vegas Wedding for my Aunt & Uncle, a Water Front Ceremony with a singing Bride, a dreamy Stanley Park Wedding with every gorgeous Bell & Whistle polished.

In 2009, it was my turn. I married my handsome husband in a no-frills affair in Hawaii. No cake, no centerpieces, no bouquet toss. Just how we wanted it. Yet it took a full year of decisions, phone calls, researching, planning planning planning. I was warned that I couldn't prepare a perfect day and to just let the little things slide. But our day was perfect. Hollywood perfect. I see Weddings in a whole new way now that I've experienced it as The Bride. It truly is a personal, meaningful, once-in-a-lifetime moment: your very own Fairy Tale come true.

And now my sister is engaged to her personal Knight in Shining Armor. Literally. He sword fights! One of the most romantic, unplanned proposals I have ever heard of. I want their Wedding to be as romantic as they are, as quirky as they are, a dream customized for 2. I'm not sure who's more excited (them or me) but I'm thrilled that they might let me into their Horse Drawn Carriage of a ride to the finish line, even if I'm just hanging off the back.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Sisters


My sister and me. She's getting married. I nominated myself to help by starting a blog about our upcoming Adventures. The ones with her, and all my other 'sisters' getting hitched!