FLORALS: Cameron’s Flower Shop (cameronsflowers.com)
ENTERTAINMENT: Ladies On The EDGE
CAKE: Custom Cakes by Jaimi Jacklin (facebook.com/jaimiscustomcakes)
DJ: Something Blue Wedding DJ (somethingblueweddingdjs.com)
BRIDES ATTIRE: David’s Bridal (davidsbridal.ca)
BRIDESMAID ATTIRE: David’s Bridal (davidsbridal.ca)
BRIDESMEN ATTIRE: Moores Clothing for Men (mooresclothing.com)
COLOUR PALETTE: Iris, black, and ivory
THEME: We had a mixed theme. We incorporated locks and keys into our wedding through the favours (108 cookies, some lock and key shaped, made by Carly’s mother and sister, and brass keys attached to key tags. guests took the keys and left a message for us on the tags), and a small April fools theme. We had whoopee cushions under many of the reception chair covers, instead of a garter, we had a gigantic pair of underwear attached to several scarves (like the magician/clown sleeve trick) that were hidden under Carly’s dress.
April 1st was chosen to help remember the date, and because we both love a good laugh and a good Friday venue discount. The guests would have been shocked not to have a nod to April Fools Day. The key theme relates to symbolic, coordinating lock and key tattoos that we have.
FLORALS: Cameron’s Flower Shop were great at accommodating our $500.00 limit and they made our flowers beautiful on such a small budget. We did lavender and cream with mostly hydrangeas, tulips and roses.
DECOR: Rebel Creek decorated the hall with black table cloths and chair covers, matched with ivory napkins table decorations that gave the room a simple elegance feel, and the ceremony room was lined with lanterns that they provided. The cookie favours and centrepieces which were made by Carly’s mother and sister, were arranged on the tables by Danielle at Rebel Creek. We also ordered 500 chocolates, each chocolate had one of four pictures of the brides printed on the wrapper.
VENUE: We were so lucky to be able to work with Rebel Creek and with Danielle. There is no way we could have done this without her. She was amazing through the whole process. The venue was beautiful and the staff on the night of the wedding were great.
DIY: We made the board with the keys and key tags, the centrepieces and cookie favours were made by Carly’s mother and sister.
ENTERTAINMENT: We brought in drag queens; a performance group called Ladies On The EDGE for our entertainment. They were amazing, fun, they included our guests in parts of their performance. They heckled the crowd, got folks singing along, most guests were dying to take pictures with them and they always obliged.
BIGGEST CHALLENGE: The budget was difficult because it was time consuming. The logistics of research and problem solving were reasonably simple. What was hardest because it defied all reason and logic was the guest list. The politics of planning a guest list were stressful enough but then while some people were saying that people just need to be understanding that it would be our day, others were less understanding and more demanding and taking offence and making amendments…
BEST WEDDING MEMORY: We did a first look. The moments after, we had a few minutes of privacy to be with just each other, and to see the product of all our hard work before the night began.
Advice, from one bride to another:
Have a Honeymoon! It doesn’t have to be something big. Even just a few days alone wherever it may be will make all the difference. The wedding day is so busy and fast, it is over before you know it, and you are exhausted Having a few days after to just be together away from it all can be so meaningful and memorable. ~ Carly
Try and enjoy the planning process. The wedding happens real fast on the day off and believe it or not, other people may unintentionally make sure that it is NOT your day. Schedule and take time with your partner alone – you’ll both be on rounds all night and a lot of times separately.