Posted on 15 January 2017 | No responses
Hidden away in the Eastern Townships is a town called Waterloo which is approx an 1 hour and 15 minutes from Montreal, dating back to 1793, originally called Lewis Falls it was later renamed “Waterloo” after the Battle of Waterloo when Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated!
In 1852 at 35 years of age, Asa Belknap Foster an American moved to Quebec and industrialised the town of Waterloo from 200 people to 2000 over an 18 year period and in 1864 he hired the famous Montreal Architect John William Hopkins to build his magnificent home up on a hillside overlooking the town of Waterloo…. now known as “Manoir Maplewood”!!
Manoir Maplewood is now a bijoux auberge with just 10 rooms from standard rooms to luxury suites and could be perfect for that romantic getaway (or upcoming wedding proposal)….. they offer B&B packages, Gourmet Packages & Spa Packages and they have a beautiful private garden with a swimming pool and hot tub for guests to enjoy.
For those food lovers, you will be spoilt here with their range of gourmet foods from the Eastern Townships including Duck Confit, Giant Scallops, Lamb Shank and so much more and in the summer the restaurant spills out onto a beautiful old wrap around veranda! They also have a wine cellar with a tasting room hiding in the centre of the Manoir with old brick archways.
Now the reason I am telling you all this is because this is the perfect place for an intimate wedding – imaging renting all the 10 rooms and having exclusivity of the Manoir for your wedding for the whole weekend. The ceremony can take place in the gazebo in the gardens, or if you prefer to be indoors in one of the Living Room areas, cocktails can take place in the gardens or on the wrap around veranda with dinner following in the Restaurant, and one of the advantages of working with a unique auberge such as this is that you can completely personalise ‘everything’!
Another feature would also be to have a tent installed in the gardens of the Manoir, which would be situated under the Linden Trees on the property. If like a lot of Quebecors you can’t bear to be parted from your furry best friend, then great news dogs weighing up to 25 lbs are welcome at a small daily charge too!
For more information, don’t hesitate to “Contact Us” to see how we can create a beautiful intimate wedding for you at the Manoir or other unique wedding venue’s in the Eastern Townships or Montreal!
Posted on 8 January 2017 | No responses
This wedding was just a ‘fairy-tale’ wedding from beginning to end…. The couple had been together for a number of years and had 3 beautiful children, but wanted to wait until they could create a magical wedding day for themselves, their family & friends and that is exactly what happened!
The couple booked the famous Notre-Dame Basilica for their ceremony and when I opened the Bentley to help Marie out, the dress just surrounded her and she looked just radiant! The processional started with the groom Fred walking down the aisle with their 3 children, William, Eva-Rose and little Dhalia and from there on in it really was magical.
At The Ritz guests were welcomed with a “Red Carpet” photo shoot and then escorted through the Oval Ballroom which we had hidden with a draped hallway through to the Terrace where we set up a clear tent and had the amazing M’Michel electronic harpist perform for all the guests.
The card table was just stunning and Yves Chenier created 3 huge magnified balls at the bottom of the floral arrangements to again include the children’s names with their flowers… “Sweet William”, “Rose” and “Dhalia”…sometimes just the simple touches can mean so much!
The colour scheme for the wedding was blush & gold and we had blush linens & napkins with a gold swirl throughout and then stunning high centre pieces with shades of pink, blush & white tones with smaller arrangements at the bottom and candles and every table was light up with pin-spots. Guests also received macaroons in a beautiful lace designed box and to be honest I wish I was at the kids tables as they had their own candy bar along the middle of the table mixed with flowers and candles to keep them happy!!
During dinner Giles Caplan entertained us and the wedding party also created an amazing homage video to the couple which was a lot of fun and a surprise! The couple then took their first dance with their daughter Eva-Rose and her friends dancing in circles around them which was very cute!
During dessert Marie changed into her 2nd wedding dress in anticipation of the party and to everyone’s surprise the curtains on the stage dropped and guests were amazed by the 70’s Band “Discoteque” who then took over for the next 90 minutes – now what is how you really get a party started.
Later into the night DJ Abeille took the stage and guests partied late into the evening, with what else, but late night poutine!
With special thanks to : Bonnalie Brodeur Photography, Fabula Films, The Ritz Montreal, Sweet Couture Baker, Yves Chenier Floral Design, Gala Design, Groupe Phaneuf, Productions WOW, Altissimo, Fiesta Tents, Tenue de Soiree, Ambiance Limousine and Autobus LA Quebecoise
Posted on 11 December 2016 | No responses
Ladies and Gentlemen, if you are thinking of popping that big question over the holiday season, but not sure how – remember if you are proposing to a women, we are very simple (LOL)!! They love to be spoilt, they love their other halves to be romantic and best of all they love it when you use your initiative and make them feel very special! If you are proposing to a man, then I am sure you have thought through every different scenario, but still guys don’t like to be embarrassed or put on the spot in front of their friends and families.. so I am presuming you have a pretty good idea he will say yes!
So here are a few of our favourite Proposals to give you inspiration…
A Full Body Massage
Why not give your loved one a full body massage, set the scene with candles, romantic music, sweet aroma’s and a glass of wine. Leave the left hand until last and then slip the ring on the finger and pop the question… they won’t be expecting that!
A ‘Techie’ Proposal
For the Techie inside of us… how about building a web site about the two of you… it could be the story of how you met, your life together, significant moments… full of pictures and music. It will take you on a journey and then the last page can detail the marriage proposal.. but don’t forget to be in the room with them and have the Champagne on ice ready to go. This is also fun as you are then able to share it with family and friends afterwards.
Include your Animals
Using your Dog for example, could be challenging, but who isn’t up for a challenge, teach your dog a new trick, maybe they will go and collect a little package containing the ring and bring it to your loved one or maybe your pet will be wearing the ring around it’s neck for your loved one to notice!
Be Creative with Flowers
Be Creative.. send your loved ones a bouquet of flowers every day in the following order… Mums, Anemones, Roses, Roses, Yarrow, Mums, Echinacea and it spells M-A-R-R-Y-M-E.. in fact you can use any flowers or any other items that spells MARRY ME!
Think about vacation proposals… Would you fly to Paris to propose at the top of the Eiffel Tower? Maybe sitting on the Balcony at the Bellagio in Vegas watching the water spectacle…. A romantic dinner for two on the water’s edge at sunset in a tropical location…. An early morning Safari followed by a Champagne Breakfast! Think about where is special to the both of you, it maybe the very first place you spent a weekend together.
Plan a Picnic
There are so many beautiful settings in and around Montreal to do this, but pick a spot where you don’t have to trek a couple of miles to get there – you want to feel relaxed! Pack all her or his favourite foods – obviously Champagne and chocolate covered strawberries are a must. If the proposal is taking place over Christmas, New Year or Valentines, I know it’s a little cold for outdoors, but we love inside picnic’s in front of a fireplace… again provide all their favourite foods.
Now here is the fun part, plan that little extra touch – a bouquet of balloons filled with Rose Petals… in the last balloon have the ring tied to a ribbon with a love note or poem proposing to that special person, then as you pop each balloon, they will be covered in a shower of rose petals and the ring will drop in their lap!
A Flower a Day
Another fun idea is to send a Red Rose (or their favourite flower) every day for a week with a love note as to why they are special… on the last day of course it has to be a dozen Red Roses or a Bouquet of their favouite flowers, but put together all the love notes in a picture frame with pressed petals from one of the flower you already sent. Add your words of proposal at the bottom – not only is it romantic, but it’s a piece of art you can keep forever!
What about a romantic treasure hunt – this can all be done in the same day or over a few days! Leave little clues for them to find a small gift with a ‘letter or word’ and the next clue… you can leave clues around the house, have clues sent to their work place or delivered with chocolates or flowers. If you are very creative you could plan clues at a special place to the two of you – hey you can even leave clues on the ski slopes!
You want to make sure that the ‘letters or words’ you leave do not spell will you marry me, as this is too obvious, but should be the name of a Restaurant or Hotel or name of a special place where the proposal will take place – get them to get dress up and meet you there….. and the rest is history as they say!
Cake Shop Proposal
If your other half loves cakes… (who doesn’t) have a local Baker bake a cake with the proposal written on it and have the Ring as the centre piece of the cake, then have it displayed in the shop window… suggest a walk… go grab a coffee etc and when you walk past the shop window, stop to take a look and then get down on one knee… don’t forget to have Champagne waiting for you inside the shop to enjoy with a slice of your Cake!
The Forever Proposal
Why not create a framed glass memory box and include a postcard from a favourite vacation spot, a matchbook from your favourite restaurant, a concert or movie ticket (you get the idea) and place the ring box in their also… you can actually find small antique ring boxes if yours is a little big and when she asks what is in the box… you get down on one knee and propose – and of course Champagne must be on ice!
There are so many ideas and you can do almost anything if you take some time and plan it properly, but it doesn’t have to be expensive (the ring will do that for you), but it should be personal… so be creative and have some fun!
And of course, once she or he says “Yes” don’t forget to call us to see how we can then help you plan that special day!!
Posted on 4 December 2016 | No responses
This month we are highlight Gleb Galkin of “La V Cinema” another of Montreal’s talents here in the wedding industry and someone we have been fortunate to work with on many occasions!
What made you become a Videographer
It happened by pure chance… In my early years, I was a prestigious writer of several lifestyle magazines in Moscow during the 1990’s – as the years passed, I started missing putting together good stories and exercising my creative writing side. Around 2002-2003 my best friend at the time offered me the opportunity to develop the wedding video department within his photo company. We started, but I had couple of other projects going so it did not work. Several years later, my girl friend at the time asked me to re-do a movie for a client who was increasingly unhappy with their wedding video. Their video had been through two different editors already, so, I did my own edited version of their story using their footage and it came out great and I remember how happy they were, laughing and crying watching it for the first time and thanking us. Right after that, I edited another wedding with the same results, and this how the whole story began. It was a lot of fun!!
How long have you been in business
Overall about 15 years now and full time for the past 10 years.
On average how many weddings do you do each year
I used to do around 25 wedding movies each year, plus I supervised another 2 teams, but I was not happy with the quality and decided to do less for the sake of the final product, so I shut down the multiple team business and today only offer our “Gleb Galkin Exclusive packages”.
I do max 10-12 weddings a year plus a few close to the heart Love Stories – but I personally stand behind every frame of each of my movies.
What is the one thing you love most about being a videographer
It’s a rare opportunity to be exposed to something wonderful and exciting that happens between two people. Others have to go to the movies to experience this magic., but in my profession this magic is like the air I breathe regularly. It’s great and it’s an amazing life opportunity which I am very thankful to be part of!
Do you have a specific style?
One of my couples told me: You sell tears! That’s what you do! I think they nailed it!
I’ve been developing my style for years and I like my ability to create movies that flow easily and elegantly which makes them appeal and relate to feelings so easily. I try to capture my viewers from the very first frame and don’t let them go until the very end. I raise their feelings up and down, and get them ready for a climax near the end of the movie which guarantees joyful tears. It’s a great feeling to see people moved so emotionally by their own story – and it is their story… I am just a storyteller.
How would you describe your working style on the day?
It’s a mix of a deep listening and a martial art 😉
I don’t think people realize it, but the wedding day is a sequence of very unique moments within which, a lot of things happen. Any single moment a situation changes and every single moment there is a place, an angle, a lighting situation, a gesture, a pose, a smile, an emotion, anticipation and million other things which can be captured in a way that later on has a great potential to produce a strong emotional reaction in a viewer. I have to “feel the moment” and figure it out in split seconds as well as manage the work of two other people, since most of my projects are 3 cameramen that often manage 5 running cameras at a time.
What are your favourite shots?
My favorites are those moments when clients let me see the depth of their true feelings for each other – these rarely reside on the surface so you can say – my favorite shots are those ones which I have zero control over, it’s something profound that happens on the other side of the lens.
Some people are very shy and it’s not in their nature to expose anything, especially their deep and intimate feelings. But with years of experience, I taught myself to see it through the camera and collect those moments throughout the day very carefully. These exact moments combined with proper music and knowledge of how to put together a good story, are the pillars of my style and my wedding movies.
I used to love staged shots, where I can control everything, but over the years I lost appreciation for them in the context of weddings. A nice staged shot takes time and demands to sacrifice a lot of other genuine moments that life offers amply on any wedding day. We still do a certain amount of staged shots, but for my movies I prefer a lot of those unique and genuine moments – so I concentrate on them much more. After 10 years I know those moments are timeless for my couples as well.
What are the biggest mistakes couples make when choosing their wedding videographer
Couples usually get overloaded with information about each and every part of their weddings and choosing a good videographer takes time. A couple needs to watch, in my case, a Full Feature Film, not only a trailer or a short, to be able to make an educated decision. Not every couple has this luxury and it’s completely understandable in our fast paced life, but those couple who do, are well rewarded afterwards with great memories captured in a very unique way.
What do you think distinguishes your work from others?
My Feature Films and Love Stories! I mastered the format that, for the lack of a better word, I simply call “A Feature Film”.
Years ago, I started having an internal dialog with myself; what would be the movie I would be happy to create for my own wedding? I started looking around and every movie I saw had something lacking somewhere.
Then there were years of intense learning and importing different visual story telling techniques and I started watching a lot of accomplished filmmakers and traveling to all the relevant seminars from the best wedding videographers and cinematic storytellers around the world. From that, I extracted a lot of little things I would love to have in my own movies and then figured out how to get them on the wedding day. At one point I started being very happy with the final results…… I like my ability to create movies that flow nicely and effortlessly – it sounds simple, but it’s actually a very hard and challenging thing to do. I am sure my Feature Films have a unique timeless feel and many generations after will be enjoying watching these wedding stories.
What advise can you give to the 2017 Brides & Grooms
Take a look at what’s around and decide if having a good memory is something that’s precious for you. If your answer is – yes, than educate yourself and don’t jump at the first nice trailer you see. A wedding is an important milestone in life and there is no better medium to convey all that happened on the day and your life in a broader scale, than a well crafted Wedding Feature Film.
What are the video trends for 2017?
They are something old, something new and something borrowed. Pun intended 😉
Something new: Aerial shots become a new standard.
We started using aerial back in the winter of 2013 from the early days of do-it-yourself kits, back then they were not as evolved as they are today. Much shorter fly times and flight setup time were too long for wedding days and it was very tough to use in the fast paced wedding environment, but we tried. We used it a lot for our Love Stories and it elevated them to an entirely new level, so we decided to find a way to use aerial in all our Wedding Feature Films. We invested heavily in a custom solution and the amount of gadgets that we bought to make it all work was twice the price of the drone itself, but it paid off in the quality and style of our movies. Having 4 years of aerial experience, today we are able to get amazing shots others can only dream of taking.
Today drones are much simpler to use and way more stable. Some have features such as obstacle avoidance built in, so there is little excuse not to use aerial any more. Like sliders and steadicams have become inseparable part of any wedding day and defined a standard look of the wedding movies at the time, aerial is next technology innovation in line to define the standard.
Something Old: Tell a better story.
The trend that was, is and will always be, is tell a good story. Shooting better stories becomes increasingly challenging, considering that everyone is now a “smart phone videographer”… plus considering the amount of good video bits and movies that comes out every day, it makes it more and more important to craft movies that has substance.
Something borrowed: the use of client-shot video bits.
It’s not just the couple which are our clients any more – it’s the entire wedding crowd that is our client, because literally each and every person now takes videos and often these video bits are priceless.
In 2015-2016 almost 100% of my final Feature Films included some smart phone videos one way or another, starting from remote interviews, skype sessions recordings, wishes from remote relatives, skits developed from video bits shot partially or entirely on guests smart phones and so on. It’s undoubtedly a growing and very rewarding and exciting trend in the industry and my advice here to both couples and professionals – benefit from it; do not exclude the power of video taken by friends, guests, relatives and anyone around you – there is a genuine power in it. Couples will treasure it for years and years to come.
What is CinePhotography …. a new technology!
Two years ago laVcinema pioneered a very interesting approach on the wedding market “CinePhotography” – briefly what this is or means is that we can also take care of your photography and pictures at the same time as shooting your video.
LaVcinema will shoot your wedding onto our 4K cameras and each 4k video frame is technically a legit picture which can be printed in perfect quality in your photo album or blown up to a 17”x22” print – and since we shoot in cinematic format of 24 frames per second, with 4K video we literally have 24 pictures each second from just one camera to choose from. Now, remember that that there are 3-5 cameras recording pretty much all the time…
We introduced new procedures and made changes to our shooting style in order to make it possible to build albums and slideshows in post-production to the level I’d be happy with. After the 2 full seasons I can confidently tell you that CinePhotography is a great technique for Weddings, since true capturing-the-moment now became technically available through shooting 4K videos and I am in love with it!!!
Take a look at our last year CinePhoto demo and decide for yourself https://vimeo.com/123700536 New CinePhoto demo will be online by the end of 2016. Come check us out.
More information on La V Cinema…..
Don’t hesitate to reach Gleb at : 514 308 1500 / 514 969-8440 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on 22 November 2016 | No responses
Recently I had the opportunity of visiting the William Gray Hotel, which although has not officially opened they have already achieved 6 Old Montreal Weddings since August….. and the exciting news is that I will be doing my first wedding with them next May!!!. This hotel is the latest in the chain of boutique hotels/restaurants in the Old Port from the Hotel Nelligan, Place D’Armes, Auberge du Vieux Port, Restaurant du Vieux Port & Bevo etc!!
Now you may wonder why the name “William Gray”… well William Gray was born in London UK and came over to Montreal aboard the warship Vanguard and set up home in Montreal in 1760… in fact his home was on Rue Vincent in the old White building now part of the hotel… he had many many roles and an extraordinary life, so I urge you to click here and read more!! His wife was Margaret Oakes, hence the name of their new restaurant at the hotel which leads straight out onto Place Jacques Cartier!
This is a stunning boutique hotel with a magical mix of both old and new, taking two 18th century houses and integrating them into the hotel and located right on place Jacques Cartier so you can’t get more Old Montreal than this AND….. they have an amazing large roof top terrace perfect for both outdoor ceremonies or cocktail parties, and the view is just prime!! What is also great about the terrace is that it is totally exclusive to the banqueting rooms and had it’s own private elevator to take your guests to the top.
Inside the hotel they have 2 main ballrooms located one on top of the each other… both leading onto to the glassed ceiling atrium and both with their own private foyer areas, toilets and coat check! Plus they also have 3 smaller conference rooms.
Wedding packages are starting at $150.00 + + and include the following:
- 1-Hour Open Bar during the Cocktail Hour
- Selection of 4 Hot & Cold Canapes
- 4-Course Menu
- Half a Bottle of Wine per person during dinner
- 3-Hour Open Bar after Dinner
- Complimentary Room for the Couple
And afterwards, you can always bring in some of the famous “Nutella Pizza” right from Bevo Restaurant just opposite!!
Other facilities at the hotel include a gym, spa and rooftop restaurant, a very cute coffee shop and I believe coming soon will also be a plunge pool located between 2 of the buildings. They also have 127 rooms/suites for guests to enjoy!
For more information please don’t hesitate to contact us to see how you can create a really unique experience for your wedding at this mix of old and new boutique hotel!
Posted on 6 November 2016 | No responses
Their parents planned and created their Asian wedding ceremony which took place on a Wednesday and then I worked with the couple to take care of the Reception which took place 2 days later on a Friday with approx. 275 guests!
Jenefer chose Tiffany Blue & Silver for her wedding colours while Nish chose “Football” for his wedding theme LOL, so you can imagine what fun this was. The bridesmaids all wore a blend of Tiffany blue along with touches on the groomsmen.
For the décor of the hall we kept this classic and elegant with white linens and then added touches of silver for the napkins rings and orchids in water with floating candles for the centre pieces…..Nish added his touch with each table being named after a Football Club and then we had Tiffany Boxes filled with “Black Cake” for the guests to enjoy.
The Table of Honor was double tiered, with the Bride & Groom and their Maid of Honor & Groomsman on a raised platform with a white & silver backdrop, the table was decorated in a Tiffany Blue linen with multiple floral arrangements and candles. The Bridesmaids & Groomsmen were then placed in front of the Table of Honor in two separate tables of 6 again with the same décor as the Table of Honor.
The cake was absolutely stunning ….. 5 tiers and of course a “Football” Bride and Groom which we placed next to the cake, the couple also chose Honey Favors as their Bonbonieres, and I loved the fact that they had the wedding party walk around during the dinner handing them out which was much more personal than having them placed on the tables.
During the evening we had a couple of very special dances by the Grooms Niece and a friend of the couple which was just amazing and a lot of fun!
As it was the Grooms birthday the day before she also surprised him with a “Football” birthday cake showing his favourite team… who else Arsenal LOL!!
“An English Rose was highly recommended to us by a friend and it was one of the best decisions we could have made when planning our wedding. Words cannot begin to describe how helpful & experienced Rachel was. She always made sure everything was in order and payed close attention to the finest details. Not only did she make the planning process stress free, she went above and beyond herself to make sure our night went exactly how we had planned it.
Rachel was there every step of the way. She understood our vision and always embraced it while offering further insight of which we would have never thought of. Thanks to Rachel we enjoyed our big night without a worry in the world. We would definitely recommend An English Rose to anyone in need of an event planner!”
Posted on 23 October 2016 | No responses
Each month we are going to be highlighting some of Montreal amazing vendors that we’ve had the privilege of working with over the last 10 years so that you can get to know them a bit better too….
This month we are talking to Michel Boulanger of Mariages a Bras Ouverts and we liked working with them so much at my husband Christian, also became an Officiant for a couple of years with the team!
What made you become an Officiant
Once I had been invited to a civil wedding in a beautiful mansion, the officiant was lackluster performing a boring ceremony leaving the guests cold and uninspired and I felt a disappointment for the couple that deserved much more than a hasty ceremony for the biggest day of their lives – so I started to study until I was an ordained minister.
How long have you been in business?
Since early 2000, nearly 17 years and now, I am the director and founder of Le Ministère à Bras Ouverts, which means “open arms”. In the spirit of inclusiveness, I create original non denominational meaningful celebrations in French and English.
On average how many weddings do you do each year
I personally celebrate more than 80 weddings a year, this year my team of wedding officiants have blessed more than 400 couples in Montreal, Laurentide and the Eastern Townships areas.
Couples choose now different days and time to tie the knot, if their venue is not available on Saturday, they will move the date to Friday or Sunday. In addition, many tourists come to Montreal for an elopement / Montreal Destination Wedding which may be celebrated any day of the week.
What is the one thing you love most about being an Officiant
It is the privilege to consecrate true love……
It is feeling the high energy in the room with the silent walk of the bride and the first moment the couple sets eyes on one another at the altar. It is travelling in the highest spheres of love to give strength to the wedding ritual. It is also to bring the friends and family to realise that they are the roots of the couple and that by their joy, their unconditional love and their light, they become a part of the happiness and of the success of the married couple to be. Uniting hands and heart, friends and families, lives : that’s is my vocation!
Do you have a specific preference for the types of wedding ceremonies you provide
There are several features that cross cultural and religious boundaries can be widely integrated into modern marriages. Eg : the lasso as we perform in Latin weddings, as part of the ceremony to symbolize unity, a large loop of rosary beads is placed in a figure eight shaped around the necks of the couple after they have exchanged their vows – the wine sharing (Kiddush) as we do in Jewish wedding, etc.
Each ceremony is unique and must represent the bride, the groom and the couple.
We can add visual elements as unity sand, wine box and love letters or unity candle, but the couple has the last word.
What are the biggest mistakes couples make when choosing their wedding officiant
Some couples select their officiant with the criteria of the pricing – this is a very special day, it will only happen once and I would never recommend that a couple make a decision on price alone.
There are numerous other areas that you can cut back on when the $$s are tight, but the ideal Officiant is not only someone who is important to the couple, but is articulate and capable of handling such an important event.
What do you think distinguishes your work from others
My approach is unique, I create a beautifully soulful and personal ceremony and I make sure friends and family absolutely love it as well as being incredibly generous with my time. I am proud of my professionalism to help the couple to navigate through the wedding process to create wonderful everlasting memories.
I also take care of all legal issues and make them simple for the couple.
l try to be just amazing! Even to take care of organizing and coordinating with the musicians.
On the wedding day, I try to relieve the couple from additional stress that we definitely don’t need that day!
All my wedding ceremonies are filled with love, humor and spirituality .
What advise can you give to the 2017 Brides & Grooms
Find some unique venue and create your own theme – be innovative! You can get married on the summit of Place Ville Marie 47th floor, in an orchard, in a barn, in a Museum, on the Mount Royal at the sunset, on a cruise on St Laurence River during the fireworks, on an hotel roof in Old Montreal and in a church even if you are divorced or a same sex couple.
Be spontaneous, open your heart, it will move your guests. Don’t be shy of your emotions, be candid but don’t overdo it. Mixing memories and reflections on your life as a couple with a twist of humor is a winning formula. Write your personal promises on a card to make sure that you don’t forget a line.
Warning: there is a recent trend for couples to designate their own officiant, maybe a friend or a parent who can obtain a one time permit to celebrate a wedding. Amateurs are not trained and do not have the experience to be able to handle any unexpected or embarrassing moments that could develop during the wedding ceremony. A professionally-trained wedding officiant will be poised and calm no matter what happens and be able to quickly and efficiently handle any situation with dignity and respect. We also give advice on writing your own vows too!
What Questions do you recommend couples should ask to the officiant
- How many weddings did he/she celebrate before, has he/she been reviewed?
- Can we modify our ceremony, how flexible is he/she?
- Does he/she have a valid License to perform a wedding?
- What is his/her fee? Does he/she require a deposit to secure the date? Are there any hidden charges?
- Will the ceremony be a religious, non-denominational or secular ceremony?
- Is he/she familiar with others traditions and faiths ?
- Will he/she provide a little light-hearted humor if that is what you want?
- If you have children, does he/she have some creative ideas of ways to include them in the ceremony?? (eg; sand, rings)
- Will he/she marry you if you are of different faiths?
More Information on Mariages a Bras Ouverts
Michel has a team of 25 officiants (male and female / bi-lingual) who perform interfaith ceremonies & LGBT ceremonies – and they will marry you 24/7! Check out their “Web Site” or “Facebook” Page here!
Tel: 514 892 0361
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Posted on 16 October 2016 | No responses
These days there are many styles of wedding invitations, but the one thing to remember is that the invitation is more than just a card that tells your guests the date and location of your wedding, it really reflects the style and formality of the wedding that you are having, for example if you are sending out a hand-written or e-invitation, then this would tell me that is is a casual wedding (even though some of my couples these days choose this for speed and ease), an engraved invitation with heavy paper would indicate a more ‘formal’ wedding!
Types of Printing
There are many different types of printing and again what you choose will depend upon the style of wedding you are having:
- Engraving, is the most formal and the most expensive and produces a raised print on the front and a depression on the back.
- Thermography, is much less expensive and this also produces a raised print on the front, however no depression on the back!
- Lithography, this is more typical these days and produces a flat print and is less expensive than Thermography.
- Laser, again more commonly used and the least expensive which can be produced by a printer or event the Bride & Groom….
- Handwritten, if deciding on handwritten invitations, then I would suggest (unless your handwriting is beautiful) hiring a calligrapher for these invitations and maybe only using if you are having a more intimate wedding!
When to send out your Wedding Invitations
It really depends on if you have lots of guests coming from overseas (hopefully you already sent them a “Save The Date” card), if so I would recommend about 3 months before the wedding. For a wedding where most of the guests are in town then these can be sent about 2 months before the wedding. However, if you are having the dilemma of parents adding and adding to your guests list and you don’t even know who some of the guests are, then perhaps you can opt for a List A and then a List B – on this occasion you should send out your invitations minimum 3 months in advance so that you start getting your RSVP’s back and then List B invitations can be sent out 2 months in advance without your guests feeling they were second choice.
In order to send out your invitations on time, don’t forget to allow enough time for your stationary company to produce them and then for them to be assembled and mailed – so as soon as you start planning your wedding, start gathering all your guests addresses!
What to include in your Wedding Invitations
At a minimum you should be sending out your invitations with an RSVP card, however there maybe a couple of other items you might want to think about adding:
- Pew Cards, are not seen often but could be a wonderful touch to send out to your close family & friends and ensures the most important people at your wedding are seated at the pews / chairs closest to the alter / ceremony area!
- Menu Choice Cards, most of the time these are incorporated into your RSVP Card and allows your guests to choose their entrée prior to the wedding (most hotels / caterer’s will insist on this). However you will need to track this and give the final numbers to Hotel / Catering a few days before the wedding. Also on your “place cards” you will need to indicate with a coloured crystal (or something similar) a code so that the waiters know who to give which dish to, without having to ask your guests again!!
- Information Cards, these are probably the most useful and can include directions to the ceremony & reception locations, hotel recommendations and your wedding website address!
- Gift Registry Information, this is a huge NO, NO….. Never should you include any kind of gift registry information in your invitations, if you are having a gift registry then this can be detailed on your wedding website, or is should be spread by word of mouth via your families.
Assembling your Wedding Invitations
- If you are using 2 envelopes, then the invitation goes in the inner envelope with the text facing the flap & the inner envelope is never sealed.
- Folded invitations are placed with the spine side towards the bottom of the envelope.
- For a single sheet invitation, all inserts should go in front of the invitation.
- For a folded invitation, the inserts should go inside the invitation.
- The inner envelope should be placed with the front facing the outer envelope’s flap.
- Generally Reply Cards do not require a stamp, however if you are placing a stamp, ensure you weigh the reply card first.
Do’s and Don’ts for Invitations
- Identify from your stationary designer / printer the timeframes to print your invitations and ensure you give yourself enough time, especially if they are being engraved
- Ensure you mail your invitations at least eight weeks in advance of your wedding
- Number the back of your reply cards in case a guest forgets to fill in their names (corrolating with your spreadsheet of your guest list)
- Send wedding announcements if your guest list was small or to those you feel certain are unable to attend
- Order your wedding invitations, related stationery at the same time
- Order printed stationery with your married name for your Thank You Cards (outside Quebec)
- Put RSVP’s on a Ceremony only invitation
- Include the number of persons attending on your reply card
- Send Admission Cards, unless you are famous or the church will be busy with tourists
- Send Gift Registry information with invitations
Did you know that Wedding Invitations were always postmarked from the Bride’s mothers home and the RSVP went back to her also to track and manage, and for the formal weddings often a “Social Secretary” was employed to keep track of very large guests list…. we should all be so lucky LOL!!
If you love some of the stationary designs shown here by Creative Expressions Stationary in Montreal, then feel free to reach out to Anita at 450 458 9509!!
Posted on 11 October 2016 | No responses
Recently my clients visited the Chateau Dufresne Museum for their Montreal Wedding which is perfect for small intimate weddings.
Now not everyone automatically thinks of a Museum for their wedding, but this museum is unique in such that it used to be a family property and still looks like a Mansion on a private estate! The Château Dufresne, built between 1915 and 1918, was a beaux-arts style mansion owned by the Dufresne brothers, leading members of Montreal’s French bourgeoisie. Today, the Château Dufresne houses a museum dedicated to the history of Montreal’s east end.
There are two rooms which can be rented for wedding at the Chateau and the prices range from $840.00 – $2200.00 from between 4 – 12 hours including 2 security guards – everything else has to be rented in and can be completely customized to your style and preferences
The Grand Salon
The opulent Grand Salon can hold up to 40 guests for a wedding and his room is adorned in Oak Paneling and a beautiful fireplace, but the real feature is the ceiling which showcases 14 paintings recounting the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice.
The Oscar Solarium
The Oscar Solarium can hold up to 60 guests for a wedding and is a sumptuous room overlooking the garden, with beautifully tiled floors and walls of bricks. In addition, some of the windows are decorated with stained glass executed according to the work of Nincheri. Again, the ceilings are painted with various images including flowers and rich vegetable motifs.
There is also a terrace and gardens at the back of the Chateau perfect for ceremonies, cocktails and your photographs.
This Montreal Wedding Venue is located more in the east side of Montreal very close to the Montreal Olympic Stadium, so location is not perfect and there is not a wide choice of Hotels – but if you are looking for “different” or “unique” for a small intimate wedding then this could be quite amazing!!
So in summary this Montreal Venue offers:
- Intimate wedding for 40 – 60 guests
- Price range from $840.00 upwards
- Private location – you would be the only wedding on site
- Outdoor space for ceremony, cocktails and photo shoot
- 2 Elegant rooms for ceremony & reception
For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information and to see how we can help you create a unique intimate wedding at the Chateau!
Posted on 30 September 2016 | No responses
I was hired by Jennifer just a month before her big day to help pull together all the final details and coordinate the vendors and the day to ensure everything turned out just the way she had planned it.
The family had hired a beautiful spot in the Eastern Townships on the property of an Old School House dating back to the mid 1800’s and had rented a tent for the occasion – luckily Jennifer had lots of family and friends who came to help decorate and prepare for the big day.
Inside the old school house we set up the bar area as well as the guest signing book on antique pieces of furniture bought in by the family. We even had an old mantle placed with lighting and pictures to decorate the far end of the schoolhouse.
Outside were antique benches where guests enjoyed the cocktail hour before moving into the tent for dinner.
The tent was decorated in all white’s keeping an elegant feel with large candelabra’s on each table placed on a mirror and decorated with small blush & white floral arrangements. In the ceiling of the tent we had bistro lights hanging with some draping to keep a soft romantic feel. The couple had an old antique ‘sweetheart’ table again from the family.
One of our favourite caterers in the townships Café Masswippi created a stunning menu while then energy of Benjamin Varney of Les Productions Soundesign kept the party going like I have never seen before!
A wonderful country wedding……
“We had an amazing time at our wedding and felt we really enjoyed each minute! I know the behind the scenes coordinating you did played a huge role in the worry-free day we had. Everything flowed smoothly and our guests really enjoyed themselves. We have gotten excellent feedback.
We had all the elements of a really great wedding, yet you were definitely crucial to bringing everything together flawlessly. I would say our favorite thing about working with you, was the structure you brought to our wedding. It really gave us a peace of mind to have the logistical plan and itinerary and to work out the little kinks you saw based on your prior experience. Thank you again for your great work!
Our wedding was memorable and exceeded our expectations! And we thank you for the huge role you had in making it so special and stress-free. I would definitely highly recommend your services to any of my friends that get married in the future.”
Snapshots by An English Rose
With special thanks to : Genevieve Arsenault Photography, Locaplus Rentals, La Truffinoise Patisserie, Kat et Lea Beauticians, Café Massawippi Caterers, Costumer Magog Décor, Fleuriste St-Elie, Raphael Pepin Musicians, Les Productions Soundesigns & Limo Prestige