Category Archives: Wedding Themes

Wedding Venue: We’re booked! Edmonton Petroleum Club & Old Timer’s Cabin!

So as discussed in this blog post – we were having some problems with the original venue we had chosen for our wedding (the Mayfield Inn). We had been hopeful that it would still work out with them but it ended up not – and that ended up messing with our originally-proposed July 27, 2013 wedding date. By the time the Mayfield turned into a not-gonna-happen, any July dates (and most summer dates) for 2013 had already been booked at most of our backup choices. So we had to push our wedding date to next October instead of July. But I won’t go into much detail about how disappointed we are with the Mayfield – let’s talk about the positive that came out of it…

As of today, we have officially put our deposits down for a ceremony and a reception space and we can go now go full-steam ahead with wedding plans!

For our ceremony space – we’ve chosen the Edmonton Petroleum Club!

The Edmonton Petroleum Club at 11110 108 Street.

The ceremony will take place in the club’s upper level ‘Rainbow’ room:

The Rainbow Room (upper level) at the Edmonton Petroleum Club.

We will be married in the middle of where those chairs are in the above photo – underneath (what I think) is a very beautiful arched, high ceiling – with lots of light flowing into the room. The above photo is the direction that our guests will be facing/looking. Here’s a side angle:

The Rainbow Room (upper level) at the Edmonton Petroleum Club.

And this photo below is the other half of the Rainbow Room – where the guests will be seated/standing (the cocktail tables won’t be there):

The Rainbow Room (upper level) at the Edmonton Petroleum Club.

Our tentative guest list sits around 150-170 people and the Rainbow Room has more than enough space for that capacity – hooray! We had considered doing our reception at the club as well but one of our biggest wedding factors is the ability to bring in our own alcohol, which the club doesn’t allow – so for our reception we chose the Old Timer’s Cabin!

The Old Timer’s Cabin at 9430 Scona Rd.

One of the original wedding themes that I wanted was a rustic/wooden wedding which would have been scrapped had we gone with the Mayfield – which would definitely have been more ballroom – elegant. The Old Timer’s Cabin definitely brings us back to the rustic/wooden theme!

Inside the Old Timer’s Cabin.

The cabin can hold a maximum of 250 people – which is more than enough. The space is huge. There were already tables set up when we went to check it out. The view in the photo above is the direction the head table will be at – in front of their fire place.

Big wedding reception space at the Old Timer’s Cabin.

The above photo shows the other half of the room – including the back where the stage and dance floor is. In this particular set-up, the tables are covering the square where the dance floor would be. We will be able to set up the tables in a way so that the dance square won’t be covered (so we won’t have to move tables in the middle of the night). I also want to change the table situation where the head table is as well, because I feel since the head table isn’t raised, the tables in front of it need to be spread out more so there’s more focus on the head table. :)

Outside the Old Timer’s Cabin.

The cabin also has a beautiful outside backyard space with a great view of the downtown skyline (well – it would be better if the big trees weren’t in the way, but still visible). It will be a nice place for guests to take a breather and get some fresh air.

We plan on decorating the inside of the Old Timer’s Cabin with lots of twinkly lights and candles so I imagine it will be quite beautiful. :)

Here are a few professional photos I found online from Old Timer’s Cabin weddings courtesy of Nikole Bordato Photography, Shandro Photo and Artistic Moments Photography!

Photo courtesy: Nikole Bordato Photography
Photo courtesy: Nikole Bordato Photography
Photo Courtesy: Shandro Photo
Photo courtesy: Artistic Moments Photography

Just lovely!!! :)

Now that the venues are confirmed, I imagine there will be more regular wedding blog posts to come – as I’m (we’re) in full planning mode now. In the immediate future – caterer meeting next week and dress shopping the week after! Hooray! :)

So what do you think of these venues? Have you been to any of them before?!

Linda

Wedding Theme: An Elegant, Green Wedding!

Mike and I are pretty sure on where we’d like to do our wedding ceremony and reception now (yay!) The thing is now I’m not sure if the reception venue will go well with the“rustic” wooden look we had originally been very keen on because the reception venue is basically a ballroom that gives off a very regal, elegant, glamorous feel. Throwing wood in there may make it kind of odd. So this post is my alternative wedding theme (which we will likely be going with over the rustic now) – an “elegant” and green-coloured, royal wedding. I mean we figure since the “royal wedding” is already included in this blog’s name and the hashtag we’ve been using for wedding related tweets is #royalwedding2013 – the elegant, royal look just fits right in! :)

We’re still loving green and white as our main colours and I think it should work beautifully with the elegant look as well as it would have with the rustic look. For example, green bridesmaids dresses still works splendidly in this elegant royal theme! It will also still look glorious outdoors with bridal party photos!!

Photo courtesy: weddings.theknot.com

I’m also looking at a white bouquet with green and perhaps light yellow tones.
So pretty!

Photo courtesy: weddingbee.com

We’ll likely be going for this kind of chair look (below). White chair covers with a light green sash on the back. White table clothes are included with our reception venue so we’ll probably keep that white for the sake of keeping down decoration costs. The shade of green in the chair sashes below isn’t exactly the shade I’m thinking of though but you get the idea. :)

Photo courtesy: soletsparty.co.uk

I also really love the idea of having green lights pointed to the ceiling of the reception venue to give off this look (plus also having the ceiling drapes! Gorgeous!!) This ballroom image I just found off Google but it’s basically what our reception venue will look like. Elegant and classy, right? There are chandeliers too!

Photo Courtesy: yourweddingcompany.com

Now add balloons to that ballroom floor! I really want to have balloons at the reception. I’m picturing them scattered all over the floor, with some grouped/stringed balloons floating together in various parts of the room.  Makes for a really cute setting and imagine how cute the photos will be. I’m also thinking white and green balloons :)

Photo courtesy: LS Lam on Flickr

As for centrepieces I still really want to keep the chalkboard table numbers, but I’m not sure how it will look in this new elegant, glamorous setting. Either way, the table number will pop out on top of flowers in a vase, or be set in front of it. And the vase will include greeny fruits!!! Think of the possibilities… apples, pears, limes!!! :) Makes it feel fresh too! I’m not really loving the flower look in the image below, but I wanted to showcase it because it features the cut up limes and lemons. So cute. I’ve also seen images of just whole, uncut limes and lemons stuffed in vases, which I think may be better because you don’t want the cut pieces to start looking gross…

Photo courtesy: bridesmaidtrade.com

The point is – we are still absolutely in love with green for our wedding! And I think it works just as well as any other colour with a sleek, glam wedding venue. Although purple was/is a close contender and is a worthy alternative main colour. ;) Mike and I also made a stop at the Bridal Fantasy show over the weekend and there was a lot of green there!! I believe it’s the colour of the year – though that doesn’t mean much since our wedding isn’t until next year, lol. But it does show green is a great wedding colour! I don’t really think I need to convince anyone of that but I did see a lot of green at the bridal conference.

So far – nothing booked yet and nothing set in stone. Our venue doesn’t even take official bookings/deposits until one year before the date so right now we’re only tentatively booked for our date. Which is fine because that means we get first dibs! There are only 4 Saturdays in July so having rights to one of them is pretty important!!

So yay/nay on the green??

(Obviously yay :))

More fun wedding posts soon!

– Linda

Wedding Theme: A Rustic, Outdoors Wedding – held Indoors!

 The more I’ve been browsing wedding decorations, the more I find myself absolutely in love with the whole rustic, burlap, wooden look!! I talked to Mike about it and he is all for my idea of having our wedding theme be *ahem* –

A Rustic, Outdoors Wedding, held Indoors!

Since we’re not planning on holding our wedding ceremony or reception outdoors anymore (for various reasons) – I want to bring the outdoors inside!

Photo courtesy: braggingbags on Etsy.

I’m eyeing a lot of wooden and burlap-y decorations, a lot of light biege, brown, white colours. I’m envisioning the bridesmaids dresses to be potentially a light green.

I’m also loving everything chalkboard!

Photo Courtesy braggingbags on Etsy.

I love these chalkboard/wooden frames for table number centrepieces.
Mix those with again lightly coloured flowers and the table will just be beauuutiful! :)

Photo Courtesy rosebudlipsbridal on Etsy.

And burlap, burlap, burlap. How beautiful is this burlap wedding bouquet wrap?!
As well as this “shabby” vintage burlap suitcase to hold wedding cards!

Photo Courtesy YesMoreFunk on Etsy.

You can also expect to see these outdoorsy wooden signs at my wedding!!
(Despite being indoors ;))

Photo Courtesy TRUECONNECTION on Etsy.

I am super excited about this theme! As you can see all of the above images are courtesy of various shops on Etsy. That’s definitely going to play a role in where we purchase our decorations – there is a ton of wedding stuff on Etsy!!! I could browse thr0ugh them all day, every day! A lot of these rustic, vintage-y wedding decorations are also very do-it-yourself! So expect DIY-posts in the future!

What do you think of the wooden, vintage, rustic look?! And what do you think of having it all indoors? I think this way it would be beautiful, the style we like, and we won’t have to worry about unpredictable weather ruining the event! :)

Wedding browsing is so fun!

– Linda