Monday, July 26, 2010

Emergency Bridal Kits!

You never know what is going happen at a wedding, and you will definitely be wanting to look your best at all times. Make sure you pack an emergency bridal kit, to take with you, just in case the worst happens. Stash it somewhere accessible at your wedding venue, so in case something goes wrong, all you have to do is grab your kit, and head off to the bathroom for a quick adjustment. After all, you don’t want to miss a moment of one of the most special days of your life.

_ Cue card with all phone numbers of vendors and wedding party members.
_ Button-up shirt (So you don’t wreck your hair after it’s all done.)
_ Antacids, Pepto-Bismol, allergy pills, Advil.
_ Tampons (The body does weird things under stress.)
_ Toothbrush & toothpaste.
_ Extra pantyhose.
_ Comfortable shoes to change into for the reception. (flip-flops)
_ Watch
_ Cell phone
_ Spare cash
_ Toast for reception
_ Prescription medication for the next two days.
_ Mini sewing kit with white, black, and coloured thread to match attire of attendants.
_ Body tape (holds up strapless dresses, and wayward straps in place)
_ Makeup for touch-ups.
_ Clear nail polish (runs in pantyhose)
_ Nail glue
_ Hairspray (doubles as an anti-static spray)
_ Tissues (In case of tears)
_ Deodorant
_ Hairbrush
_ Bobby pins, clips, extra hair elastics
_ Moisturizer
_ Mirror
_ Contact Solution and Glasses (if you need them)
_ Eye drops (eye irritations)
_ Mints/ Breath freshener
_ Stain remover (magic marker style)
_ Baby wipes (remove makeup stains)
_ Black permanent marker (scuffs on men’s shoes)
_ Stapler (hem or decoration)
_ Crackers, granola bar – small snack.
_ Band Aids
_ Baby powder (sweaty shoes, and sweaty palms)
_ Masking tape, hem tape, safety pins for dress emergencies.
_ White chalk (cover up spots on brides gown, cover scuff marks on white shoes)
_ Extra corsage pins
_ Extra earring backings.
_ Extra cufflinks
_ Nail file, clippers, scissors, polish.
_ Matches
_ Hand Towelettes and Hand Sanitizer
_ Tweezers.

This fall Imagine Wedding and Event Planning will be at Saskatchewan's Largest Bridal Show called The Most Incredible Bridal Show! The first 300 brides to visit our booth will recieve a free Bridal Mini-Emergency Bridal Kit. Stay tuned for dates and times!


Monday, July 19, 2010

FYI: How to choose the right attendents!

Before you go crazy and start asking all your friends to be your attendants, its best to seriously consider it. You will need an attendant to be reliable, someone whom you can easily get a hold of, and someone who you can keep in touch with. They should reliable and punctual. You should ask someone who doesn’t think that they are going to be in charge, but rather be their to be supportive and helpful. You don’t need anyone who will be an extra added stress. Also your attendants should be presentable and on their best behaviour, after all, they are going to be interacting with your family and friends. They should be able to be responsible people, and keep your best interests in mind.
There is no golden rule to how many attendants you should have at your wedding. Most weddings have anywhere from 3 to 6, but your bridal party can be smaller or larger depending on the style and how formal your wedding is. The general idea is that you have one attendant per 50 guests. So if you’re having 150 guests at your wedding, you should have a maid of honour, and two other attendants. This is just a guideline though, you can have as large or small as you would like.
There is nothing wrong with having an attendant who is expecting. As long as she is comfortable with it, then you should definitely ask her. The only thing to keep in consideration is the attire of all of your attendants. Because she is expecting she may need a different dress, due to her ever growing belly.
There is no rule to say you have to have an equal number of attendants on either side. If you are worried about things looking uneven, you could have a groomsmen walk two bridesmaids down the isle together etc. Men or bridesmaids can walk in or out, in pairs.
Multiple Best Men, and Maid’s of Honour:
If you are unable to choose between two best friends, why not have them both as your best men, or maids of honours? The attendants can share duties and make you feel extra wonderful on your special day.

If the bride has no close girlfriends, but a really close male friend, she could ask him to be her honour attendant, instead of the traditional maid of honour. The responsibilities of the attendants will stay the same, and you will feel just as special.
Feel free to have younger attendants as part of your bridal party. The only thing to keep in mind, is that your witnesses must be of legal age where you live. In most places the age is restricted to 18 years of age or older. Your younger 16 year old sister will be unable to sign as a witness at your wedding.
Before you ask people to be your attendents make sure you have a few of details finalized, such as when and where. A destination wedding is a bigger commitment then a Saturday afternoon at the local town hall. Once you have a date selected, you should also discuss what their financial responsibilities will be, such as the dress, the tux, what all they will have to pay for. This way you can be up front, and not have any hurt feelings or surprises.
You have to understand that being an attendant is a large time and financial commitment. Some people may have to decline because of their financial situation or if they feel they will be unable to make the time commitment. This does not mean that they don’t support you in any way. Really you should be thanking them for turning the offer down, if for any reason they felt uneasy. Nothing would be worse to have an attendant say they were committed and then have them not be around when you need them, or back out at the last minute.


Sunday, July 11, 2010

Applause Singing Challenge

Imagine Wedding and Event Planning is proud to be helping Applause Dinner Theatre organize the "Applause Singing Challenge!" Are you a great singer? Think you have what it takes to win? Enter the Applause Singing Challenge! Open to Saskatchewan residents ages 13+. Entry forms must be in by Sept 17th 2010. Accepting only the first 100 entries! Win $500 cash and studio time to record your song!

Competition is open to individuals aged 13 years and older that live and reside in Saskatchewan, Canada. There are two age categories from 13 – 19, and 20 years of age and older. When auditioning, competitors must bring valid photo id, to prove age. At the time of the contest, competitors must have turned 13 by scheduled auditions.
Competition is open to amateurs only. Anyone who makes there living from singing, is classified as a professional and is not eligible to participate in the competition.
Any past or present employee’s, or immediate family members (i.e.: mother, father, sister, brother, son, daughter, etc.) of the following are not eligible to participate in the Competition: Applause Dinner Theatre, Imagine Wedding and Event Planning, the Judges, any person or company working with, or advertising the production/ event, sponsors, and any companies donating prizes.
No competitor will be allowed to audition without signing this release form and showing proof of age to judges and/or producer’s before auditions. All competitors under the age of 18 must have their parent or legal guardian approve and sign the release form. If you are under the age of 18 and do not have a valid parent/legal guardian signature on the release form you will not be allowed to audition.
The cost of entering the singing competition is $25.00. This fee is non-refundable. Only the first 100 applications received will be accepted to audition. This is on a first come, first serve basis. All applications must be in the hands of the registrar by Fri Sept 17, 2010. Applications that arrive after this date may not be accepted. Any applications we receive after the first accepted 100 will be returned with the competition fee. If competitor does not show up to audition, or is unable to make it for whatever reason, the fee will not be returned.
Judges will be looking for not only great talent, but professionalism, as well as stage presence. Please be advised competitors need to choose appropriate attire and musical selection. Judges advise competitors to choose a musical selection that is not of heavy metal, rap, punk rock, or of an operatic nature. Musical selections that contain profanity, or that are obscene in nature will not be tolerated, and this will result in immediate disqualification.

Visit under the NEWS section, to download full rules and entry forms!


Saturday, July 10, 2010

Etiquette - Who Covers the Expenses?

Who pays for what?
Traditionally the bride’s family pays for most of the expenses that the couple incurs, now-a-days it more common for the couple to contribute or even pay for the whole wedding. It’s also common for both families to share the costs. If the couple is asking for financial support, they should be willing to compromise on some of their decisions.
Some of the traditional expenses break down as follows:
The brides family pays for; bridal consultant, all decorations, floral arrangements and bouquets, invitations and other stationary, photographer, videographer, ceremony services, transportation, accommodations for bridal party if necessary, bride’s attire, and all reception expenses.
The groom’s family pays for; rehearsal costs and rehearsal dinner, wedding bands, groom’s attire, marriage licence, officiant fee, and all honeymoon expenses.
The bridesmaids/ maid of honour pay for; accessories and attire, transportation to the city of wedding, a gift from the bridesmaids, bridal shower and bachelorette party.
The groomsmen/ ushers pay for; accessories and attire rental, transportation to the city of wedding, a gift from the groomsmen, and bachelor party.
All guests that are coming in from out of town should cover their own transportation and accommodation costs.


Thursday, July 8, 2010

Etiquette - Guests/Invitations

Traditionally those invited to the wedding should be 50% from the bride’s side, and 50% from the groom’s side. Of course some families are much larger than others, and it doesn't usually work out this way. When inviting guests consider your budget, and the size of your reception facility.
The people who should always be invited are; parents of any children in the wedding party, the officiant and his spouse, and the spouse or common-law partner of any guest invited. It’s also nice to include the parents of your honour attendants, if you know them well.
Do I have to include children and allow all my single guests to bring a date?
It’s completely your decision. It largely depends on your budget and reception facility. It’s always nice to include them if you have room both in facility and in budget.

Can I have a “B” list?
Having an “A” list and a “B” list is not a good idea. Many feelings can be hurt if someone were to find out that they were a second choice to be invited to your wedding. If you decide to have a “B” list, it should be very secretive, and allow yourself plenty of time for the first set of RSVP’s to come in.

What do I need to know about invitations?
When addressing invitations, both names of a married couple should be on the envelope. Both names should also be included if a couple is living together or for same-sex couples.
If you have the time it’s really nice and much appreciated by your guests if you include directions, maps, and lodging information, especially for those coming in from out of town.
Some helpful suggestions:
- Always be sure to order extra invitations, you may want a copy for yourself, or a family member may want one for a keepsake.
- Allow yourself lots of time and keep track of all responses. Caterer’s will want a final headcount a week or two in advance.
- Check the weight of your invitations before you mail them. Otherwise they may be returned for insufficient postage.
- Be sure to use the correct spelling of guests names and their titles, and if at all possible always include the names of your guests dates.
- Never include registry or gift information, it is tacky and considered poor taste. Instead have your family and close friends spread the word.
- Do not include the words “No Gifts.” Family members should share the news with your guests.
- It is impolite to say “Adults Only” or “No Children.” Your guests will know who has been invited by the names written on the envelope.
- Try not to use labels on envelopes. It is always much nicer to hand-address your envelopes, even if you are sending out several hundred invitations. If you want your invitations to look more formal, you can also hire a professional calligrapher to address them instead.

When should I send out my invitations?
You should always send out your invitations no later than eight weeks before your wedding. If you have them ready earlier, send them out. Out of town guests will appreciate the extra notice, so they can book time off work and make arrangements. Never send out invitations last minute, it will make them feel like they were an after thought. They will be offended, and probably wont come either way.

Can I email invitations?
It is never okay to send an invitation through email. Even if its to a close family friend or relative, it’s inappropriate. The only time its ever okay is if the wedding is last minute or rushed, (i.e.: due to grandma’s rapidly failing health, etc.) but a phone call is always better.


Monday, July 5, 2010

Etiquette - Your Engagement!

Who should I tell first that were engaged?
If either one of the couple has children from a previous relationship, the children should always be the first to know. Children are of the utmost importance, regardless of their age. An ex-spouse may also be considered, due to the children and thier reaction to the news.
After the children, parents are always next. If the parents haven’t met, you should make and arrange a meeting for them. Be aware that your parents may have concerns, and make sure you allow them to express that. This will prevent hurt and surprise in the future. After parents are told, then should come relatives and close friends, as well as colleagues and co-workers. How you want to spread the news is entirely up to you, however be sensitive and thoughtful to avoid hurt feelings.
What about an engagement party?
Traditionally, the bride-to-be’s parents hosted the party, but it can be anyone, even a close friend. If a friend wants to host a party, be sure that they check with both sets of parent’s first. Make sure either of them are not planning anything first, as you would not want any toes to be stepped on. It is completely okay and very popular for the couple themselves to host their own engagement party.
Engagement parties can be formal, or as informal as you would like. You can invite as many guests as you would like, but keep in mind, all those invited to the engagement party should also be invited to the wedding. Normally invitations should be sent a few weeks in advance of the party, however if the event is very soon, and informal, a personal phone call will do the trick.
What about gifts received at my engagement party and before the wedding?
Typically at an engagement party, you should not bring a gift. The party is not a gift-giving party, but just a celebration. If a gift is given, the couple should always express there thanks, and open it at a later date. Opening or displaying it at the party will make guests who didn’t bring a gift feel awkward.
If you receive gifts during your engagement period you should always send out a thank you card promptly to let them know that you have received the gift. It is rude to not acknowledge the gift right away.
What if we break-off the engagement or wedding?
Make sure to tell your family as soon as possible, and explain the situation as tactfully as you can. You should never expect your family to be on “your side”. After all, the break-up may be hard for them as well. You should tell all those involved in the wedding as soon as possible, including your bridal party, vendors and any other rentals for your wedding day.
Some brides may want to give the engagement ring back, especially if it was a family heirloom. The ring is a gift, and be law you are not required to give it back. It is completely up to the bride-to-be. In the event that the couple has already received wedding gifts, they should return them promptly with a note indicating why the gift is being returned. You should never keep a gift that was meant for you as a couple, if you’re not going through with the marriage.