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It’s National Popcorn Day!

A fun trend ‘popping’ up at some of our 2016 weddings is a popcorn bar! But don’t stop there…

  • Have a stand alone popcorn bar with pre made sweet and savoury options.
  • Put out buckets of plain popcorn with flavour shakers and let guests go nuts.
  • Add a few popcorn options to your already amazing sweets table.
  • Serve popcorn at the ceremony and let the containers double as wedding programs.
  • Send your guests home with a popcorn wedding favour, popped or un-popped, everyone will love it!
  • And of course, never miss an opportunity for cutes signs and cheesy sayings 😉

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Image via Style Me Pretty + Image via Etsy

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Image via Adorn magazine

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Image via Evermine

Enjoy, I’m off to go make some popcorn…..:)

Shannon

Chad and Janelle’s Buffalo Mountain Lodge Wedding was featured on Calgary Bride last year and  I just realized I never blogged it myself, the horror!

A crisp October day Chad and Janelle tied the knot at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Banff, followed by a flower filled reception at Buffalo Mountain Lodge.  The mother of the groom happened to be a retired florist so there was definitely no shortage of flowers, a wedding planners dream!

The ceremony was simple with a solo guitarist and wonderfully quirky anecdotes from Father Jerome.

The reception room was warm and bright with pops of pink, red and gold.  The tables were dressed with chiavari chairs, champagne linens, macaron wedding favours and fresh blooms.  The coziest sweetheart table with oversized leather chairs from the lodge sat in front of the fireplace.

The wedding cake sat on a wood pedestal hand crafted by the brides father and was a delicious coconut cake (the same kind, from the same bakery Chad had scoured the city to find for Janelle on one of their first dates)

They were such a fun couple to work with and the day was brimming with personal touches, laughter, family and friends.

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The dream team that made it all possible:

Wedding Planner – Shannon Valente Weddings

Photographer – Janelle Awe Photography

Ceremony – St Mary’s Catholic Church

Reception – Buffalo Mountain Lodge

Florist – Mother of the groom

Cake – Decadent Desserts

Favours – Yann Haute Patisserie

Guitarist – Andrew Ibanez

Rentals – CMD Consulting

Last month my baby turned 2, so we threw him the sweetest little woodland creature birthday party.  Being that he is a December baby, I told myself I wasn’t going to go too crazy since it’s so close to Christmas.  I did not succeed last year with the Lumberjack themed party but I did come a bit closer this year, it’s just so hard!

For his birthday he was already getting the teepee and fabric campfire I made for him, they also doubled as decor, bonus!  I found a few free printables on Pinterest that fit the theme perfectly.  I added a bean bag toss game that I made from the leftover teepee fabric (a canvas drop cloth from Home Depot) and a punch for a prize box (filled with mini chocolate bars) and the kids loved it.  I also had a craft area set up with cutting/colouring pages where the kids could make animal masks and finger puppets.

Since it was an afternoon party I kept the food simple, a hedgehog cheeseball, apples and marshmallows (to look like mushrooms), ants on a log (celery, peanut butter and raisins), some sandwich wheels and trail mix favours, we are lucky we don’t have any nut allergies in our group of friends.

Let’s also not forget the cake and cupcakes!  I picked up some mini tree and animal figurines at Michaels and added those to the birch cake and cupcakes, I also did a few fox face cupcakes and green coconut to look like grass/moss.  They turned out pretty cute!

I am lucky to know (and live around the corner from) Heather at Orange Trunk Vintage Rentals so I raided her supplies and came up with the wood slabs and CUTE woodland animal napkin rings.

Overall, a happy birthday boy = birthday party success 🙂

Enjoy the few pics I managed to snap, kids parties be crazy, ha!!

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I have THE best job in the world, I get to plan weddings!!  Real weddings for real people, who are totally awesome.  BUT a few times a year I also get to do styled shoots!

As an advertiser in Calgary Bride I’m asked to do a shoot for the magazine every year and I know I say this every time but I think this one was really my MOST favourite!!  The theme for the magazine this year was the anniversary edition, so every team was given a different anniversary, ours was the 6th, Candy, Iron and Wood.  When I saw the stunning venue just outside of Cranbrook, BC, Cherry Creek Estates, it reminded me of a southern mansion, and so the chicken and waffles brunch theme was born.

Where vintage meets country, take a peek at the gorgeous photos from 6:8 Photography.

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It’s a callaboration, one day spent with a group of crazy talented individuals where we all bring our best to the table and this year was no exception.  A HUGE shout out to everyone involved.

Design/Planner: Shannon Valente Weddings

Photographer: 6:8 Photography

Venue: Cherry Creek Estates

Rentals: Orange Trunk Vintage Rentals, Special Event Rentals, Great Events Rentals

Bride’s Attire: Frocks Modern Bride + Bridesmaids

Groom’s Attire: Ed Williams Mens Wear

Flowers: The Green Petal

Favours/Cake: Whippt Desserts

Candy: The Sugar Cube

Stationery: Blank Page Designs

Models: Carolynne Scoffield and Alexander Down

Publication: Calgary Bride

 

Also take a look at our Country Nautical Inspired Shoot from last year, a barn wedding inspiration that will not disappoint!

 

 

 

 

Wedding Tip of the Week-4

Should we invite kids to the wedding, should we not?  It’s the age old question that we get from many of our brides and grooms and often one of the biggest causes of family issues.  My advice:  Do what works for you!

If you choose to have children attend your wedding, keep them busy!  You will be happy you did and their parents will thank you.

  • kids meals – order them chicken fingers, pizza, whatever suits their fancy!  Not only are kids meals less expensive, they are fast, fun, will keep them entertained and they will actually eat them!
  • kids activities – whether you choose to have a kids table (this will depend on their ages) or have them sit with their parents, give them something to do!  Hit up the dollar store, a goodie bag of colouring books, stickers, toy cars, and maybe even a little candy will keep them busy while you get through dinner and speeches.  Kids love to make cards and presents for the bride and groom so let them craft it up.

I also loved these 15 tips on what to do with kids at a wedding from The Knot

If you prefer an adult only affair, here are some general rules of thumb and cute sayings to help you get your point across nicely:

  • invitation: address the invites to the adult names only.
  • rsvp: indicate the names or that you have reserved X number of seats for the guests replying
  • wording: for those that need something a little less subtle – “While we love to watch the children run and play, this is an adults only kind of day”

Which ever option you choose, own it!  It’s your day, have it your way.

Happy Planning!

Shannon Valente Weddings – Calgary Wedding Planner – Creating amazingly fun, jaw dropping, memorable, stress free weddings in Calgary since 2006.

Photo credit: Kyla Brown Photography