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Wedding Prep – No Pressure Eight Week Countdown

Wedding Prep Just Got Real – The Imperfect Bride’s Guide to a Near Perfect Wedding

If you follow me you may have noted that we are getting married this year, as I have mentioned perhaps a few too many times? It creeps into all aspects of our lives, but Michael and I don’t mind it at all as we are really looking forward to this celebration and both of us vowed not to get (too) stressed out, try to make everything perfect or go over the top. Our budget isn’t huge and we’re spending most of it on our shoes. Well almost of all it, food and drinks are really, really important too!

Suddenly though it’s just two months away and while there’s heaps of sites that give you the 9 months to 1 day count down, we’ve really just started to do all the wedding things and we are really quite confident we will be okay. Attitude is everything, right? Fortunately our wedding date, April 29, isn’t in prime wedding season, we did have the venue and caterer confirmed, and I’m blessed with a very organized and caring mother and father who are helping coordinate in Kelowna, where we are tying the knot.

I thought it’d be fun to share some of the trials and tribulations of the next few weeks and give some thanks to those who are helping us along the way. We can’t do anything alone, it take a village, as they say, or at least a small tribe, which we are so lucky to have. Think of this as the “Imperfect Bride’s Guide to a Near-Perfect Wedding”.

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What follows is a 12 month rundown of where we should be according to the experts, it’s been a good checklist for us and will be for you, should you be lucky enough to need! This week we’ll review months twelve to seven, and follow up next week with the rest and where we’re at. Thanks to MagnetStreet for this pretty thorough list.

12 months to go! You’ll need…..

The Date – April 29th, 2017, yep got that.

Budget – Roughly figured something out, being the whiz financial planner I am, and it’s going to be kept in check by keeping guest number down. We’ll look damn good, that’s for sure. Again, it’s the shoes.

Wedding Style –  Country vintage. If you’ve not heard of that, I’ve decided it’s a thing so it will be. We will have lots of flowers, some colourful pastels and nothing too flashy.

Wedding Party – We’re doing a small one so just us! I know my family and my gals are with me even if they’re not right by my side.

Website – I made one and then it didn’t really make sense so decided no for now, no, might change my mind eventually and do one for pictures. Probably on GLV.

Ring and wedding insurance – Ring, yes, but wedding no. The venues don’t require a deposit so not much at stake there.

Guest list – Difficult, but done. Keeping it small!


VenueSpierhead Winery in Kelwona for reception with a big thank you to Marina and Bill Knutson.  They don’t usually do weddings, but are making an exception as she’s a fellow Dame and we promise not to make a mess. Mom and Dad’s for reception and a million thanks to them.

Wedding Pros – Photographer, Christine McAvoy, and caterer, Chef Ross Derrick owner of the Table at Codfather’s, booked. I am doing most of the planning along with my mother who will handle decorating as she does have such great taste and talent. Music is up in the air, but likely just a play list that Michael is coordinating and a good speaker system. I told you we’re not getting too FANCY!

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Wedding dress and veil – Dress yes, and it’s a secret to Michael, those close know I can’t help but showing them a photo. The veil I am still questioning, likely bird cage. Love the look above. Funny that my gal Maria was weighing in at the time of the screenshot!


Pinterest – Of course Pinterest is massively populated with all sorts of wild ideas.

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Engagement photos – Didn’t do anything official, and we don’t feel we missed anything.

Save the date – Did verbally for most.

10-11 Months to go

Bridal party attire – As mentioned, it’s just us so we don’t have a party, but you can be sure we will have a PARTY!

Reserve ceremony and reception  –  Spierhead Winery notified and Mom and Dad are aware the backyard is where it’s at.

Wedding caterer and photographer booked – Christine McAvoy, Chef Ross Derrick


Wedding dress, veil and undergarments to buy – Well dress is booked, but I’ve never needed underwear 10 months ahead of time. Really?

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Fitness Routine – You know the bride is fully on this. I have been going to Dailey Method religiously, out for runs and workouts with Kate McNulty too.

Skin Care/Beauty Routine – Working with Alfa Renaissance Spa and using Apothekari Skin Care for soothing and skin tightening; more about that soon. Michael went for an initial 2 months to go facial at Alfa Renaissance too, and will do one more a week before.


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Hotels – Well we did kind of screw this up as main hotel we wanted was booked out, so that could have been handled better, by BOOKING OFF rooms and getting the invite out earlier! We are at the Manteo and many next door at the Eldorado (actually where we got engaged), more budget-minded can stay at the Sierra.

Gift Registry – More on the soon, but we don’t need much.

Wedding Invitations – Emailed. Hey, I’m in digital marketing so why would I waste paper?

Honeymoon – We are doing a pre-wedding Okanagan vacation and staying up there the week after. Heading to the Osoyoos Oysterfest to relax the weekend before.

Well that’s enough for you now, if you’ve hung in there til now you are either a friend or planning your own wedding, so thank you and good luck! I’ll review the 7 month tasks next week and keep you up to date of where we’re at along with getting into the nitty gritty of a few of the important things! For those into these wedding-things. I didn’t think I’d be so excited myself, but I am truly thrilled and enjoying the journey.

Our to do’s for now?

  • #1!!! Wedding license, then Michael’s wedding band, then shoes (almost #1), music, , welcome baskets, plan rehearsal dinner, and next day brunch, welcome gifts and wedding favours , jewelry (and apparently underwear), keep the fitness and diet routine going, along with skincare and general self-care. Lots to think of, but we’re on it!

More soon and be sure to plan and marry well!


Four Seasons Vancouver and Crème de la Crème Celebrate Weddings, Friends and Fun with Great Prizes and Events

 Two ‘to die for contests’ will have local brides sketching their dream wedding cakes and bridesmaids playing dress up at YEW restaurant + bar this month.  Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, YEW restaurant + bar and Crème de la Crème Grand Wedding Showcase (link) want to shower Vancouver brides with love.

Win your Dream Wedding Cake Made by Pastry Chef Bruno Feldeisen

Weddings are about details… and cake!  Win a custom designed wedding cake created by the ultra talented Pastry Chef at the Four Seasons Hotel – Bruno Feldeisen! Get inspired by the wedding location, theme, colours and tone and make a dream wedding cake a reality.  Send your best sketch to weddings@countdownevents.com by Friday, October 28 to be considered for the grand prize. The winner of the contest will be announced at the November 6th Creme de la Creme Grand Wedding Showcase. This prize is valued at $1,000. What a treat!

For complete contest entry details, click here!

Crème de la Crème Themed Foxy Fridays – October 14, 21, 28

Vancouver’s best wedding showcase will be held at Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver on November 6.  Think glorious gowns, decadent décor, fabulous flowers, a knock-out fashion show and delicious food and drink from the talented top chefs at YEW.  Celebrity wedding designer to-the-stars, Preston Bailey will be leaving his New York City perch to share the latest and greatest in wedding trends with attendees.

To celebrate a grand wedding showcase like no other, YEW restaurant + bar presents  Crème de la Crème themed Foxy Fridays on October 14, 21 and 28. Every Friday in October from 2:30pm to close, guests of YEW bar wearing pink will be treated to a complimentary Crème de la Crème YEW bites.  Specialty pink cocktails will be on the menu and house-made cotton candy will be served up to pink-clad patrons between 6pm and 8pm.

Win the Ultimate Bridesmaid’s Tea Party or a Night on the Town with a Special ‘Halloween Bridesmaids’ Edition of Foxy Friday!

On Friday, October 28, all bridesmaids past and present are invited to enjoy a fabulous cocktail drink and tasty bite on the house at YEW restaurant + bar.  The catch?  Just a tiny one…  Bridesmaids’ dresses must be worn to enjoy the complimentary cuisine and the more outrageous the better.

Friday evening on Halloween weekend is the perfect time to show up “in costume” with some friends.  There are two great incentives to dress up and show up at YEW on Friday, October 28:

–  Dinner at YEW restaurant + bar + One Night’s Accommodation at Four Seasons Vancouver will be awarded to the winner of “Most Outrageous Bridesmaid’s Dress”  (valued at $400)


–   The Ultimate Bridesmaid’s Tea Party – Enjoy a Decadent Bridal Tea Party for Ten at YEW restaurant + bar (valued at $400). All qualifying bridesmaids need to be present at Crème de la Crème on November 6 to be eligible to win the “Ultimate Bridesmaid Tea Party.” 



As the world’s leading operator of luxury hotels, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts currently manages 85 properties in 35 countries.  Open since 1976, Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver provides a preferred address for both business and leisure travelers, and the highly personalized, anticipatory service that Four Seasons guests expect and value around the world.  Recent awards and honors include Condé Nast Gold List and Food & Wines World’s Best Places to Eat. Information on the company and on Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver can be accessed through the Four Seasons Web site at www.fourseasons.com.