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Wedding Food: Elizabethan Catering Taste Testing Night!

I’m back!! We had put off doing a lot of wedding planning in December because we were in ‘holiday mode’ but now that we’re into the New Year, and the year that our wedding is actually taking place, I am back with a blogging vengeance and we are back full steam ahead with wedding plans!

First things first – I wanted to share about the taste testing event I went to with my mom and Mike’s mom back in November!

(Not the best iPhone photo). Mom, mom-in-law-to-be, and me at the taste testing!
(Not the best iPhone photo). Mom, mom-in-law-to-be, and me at the taste testing!

(Side note: the above photo is a very ugly iPhone photo, my new iPhone takes way better photos…) We’ve chosen Elizabethan Catering as our wedding caterer and they hold two big ‘taste testing’ events each year, once in the spring and once in the wintertime. When they do it, they basically clear out part of their big kitchen and set it up as a dining space! In November, we went to the winter taste testing to get a sample of some of the food that would be served up at our wedding.

Here’s some shots from the night:

Taste Testing Night at Elizabethan Catering!
Taste Testing Night at Elizabethan Catering!
Bacon-wrapped perogies from Elizabethan Catering. YUM!
Bacon-wrapped perogies from Elizabethan Catering. YUM!
Items for eating at Elizabethan Catering taste testing night.
Items for eating at Elizabethan Catering taste testing night.
Items for eating at Elizabethan Catering taste testing night.
Items for eating at Elizabethan Catering taste testing night.
My taste testing plate.
My taste testing plate.

Overall it was a tasty evening. Some of the dishes we tried included prime rib, chicken chasseur duo ‘supreme,’ hand-cut roasted chicken, cabbage rolls, perogies, (bacon-wrapped perogies!), Swedish meatballs, seasonal vegetables, button mushrooms, various salads and delicious ‘fancy’ desserts!

I was most surprised by how delicious (and cute) the desserts were because I typically don’t eat desserts or sweets but I wanted to sample these and I pretty much devoured them.

Great desserts from Elizabethan Catering!!
Great desserts from Elizabethan Catering!!
Cutest (and super tasty) desserts from Elizabethan Catering!!
Cutest (and super tasty) desserts from Elizabethan Catering!!

Our original wedding menu included perogies but after the taste testing we decided to alter the order to be bacon-wrapped perogies because the ones we tasted that night were so good.

Mike didn’t come to the event because we had originally thought he’d be working out of town for it, but when it turned out he was in town, we didn’t want to drop one of the mothers from the guest list (the taste testing event only allows a total of 3 people in the party).

Our caterer, Elizabethan recently got on Twitter too @ElizCatering! I gave them a few Twitter tips (maybe in the future I can give them more Twitter tips in exchange for a discounted catering fee? Lol just kidding…)

With our big stuff booked (venue, caterer) it’s all downhill from here! Nine more months until the Big Day! Later today, we are meeting with a travel agency to discuss honeymoon destination options along with setting up our honeymoon gift registry. Bridal Fantasy is taking place on Jan. 20 that I’ll be attending with my bridesmaids. I’m going to be ordering my wedding dress online sometime this month and Amanda and Christine – Mike’s sister and her friend who have signed on to help me plan the rest of the wedding – have been tasked with looking up flower companies and options for our wedding flowers.

The ball is rolling!!!!! That’s the latest update. I know I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again… but you can expect wedding blog posts to become more consistent now that plans have started up again.

– Linda

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 Favours: Two Peas in a Pod!

Since my last post about how important wedding favours are, I’ve been convinced that we should be providing them at our wedding.

That being said I still didn’t want to spend that much money on the favours so I’ve been browsing different do-it-yourself favour ideas and finally came across one that would be extremely inexpensive and oh so cute!

Introducing the “two peas in a pod” wedding favour!

I got the idea off of Martha Stewart Weddings.

The photos they provide on the site are so small it’s hard to see the details but I can picture it perfectly! Basically you would put two round candies (mints or chocolates) together wrapped in green tissue paper and glued to a small piece of cardboard that would be the base. Then you take more green tissue paper and wrap it around the peas and cardboard and twist it at the ends. You attach it to a card with a custom design/lettering/etc. and you’ve got your cute peas in a pod favours! The images pictured show more yellow-y tissue paper than I’d prefer. Imagine it green for our wedding purposes.

We could buy the round mints/candies/chocolates in bulk which wouldn’t cost much at all. Tissue paper and cardboard would be extremely cheap and then I could photoshop the design of the cards and print like eight per page on card stock from Staples or somewhere at a low cost as well. I’d have my bridesmaids sit with me and put it all together one night and then we’ve got ourselves really cute, really cheap wedding favours!!

I love the idea!!

Obviously there’s still a long time to go till the wedding so I may stumble upon other (better?) ideas but so far this is the winner. I may also put extra mints/chocolates on the table so that people can eat those and leave the “peas” alone because if they wanted to keep it as a memory of our wedding it’d be kind of sad looking without the peas, lol.

So what do you think??? :)

– Linda

Wedding Favours: How important are they, really?

 My mind has been on wedding favours lately.

The main train of thought being, how important are they, really?

Usually wedding favours are very small, very simple things, that quite honestly end up being tossed out or tucked away never to be seen or used again. Am I right? In the case of candy or chocolate favours, they get gobbled up and then they’re gone. I don’t think people will base their thoughts on your wedding around what the wedding favours were and I’ve been wondering how expendable they are.

Wedding Favour Candies.Photo courtesy: www.alittlefavor.com

For such a small take-away item, the cost for wedding favours adds up. At $5 a favour, which I believe would be on the more costly side, you’d be dropping $1,000 on the favours for a wedding of 200 (which is our maximum number of guests we’d like to have at our wedding). A thousand bucks for candy or an ornament no one will use seems a bit silly to me! And yes, you can get like 30 cent, 50 cent, etc. favours, but then it’s like, how crappy or tacky would they be at that price?

Wedding favour shot glasses. Photo Courtesy: orchid2011.blogspot.com

I did an unofficial control room poll at work on Saturday featuring three men of varying age ranges lol, who all asked “What are wedding favours?” in response to my “do you guys think wedding favours are important?” question. See. Unnecessary expense that no one really cares about! (based on 3 people’s opinions lol).

The way I also figure it is that we’re renting a photobooth for sure. Therefore our guests will be able to take unlimited photobooth photos home with them! That in itself I feel counts as wedding favours! And wedding favours that people will actually enjoy and actually keep – because who doesn’t like looking at, showing others, and keeping photos of themselves? Especially in cute photobooth form.

Photobooth Wedding Favours! Photo courtesy: www.flashworksphotobooth.com

So fun right? :) I’m leaning towards scrapping random wedding favours and just making the photobooth pictures everyone can take home the wedding favours. Fair? I think so! It would save us up to $1,000!!! That’s huge…

But Mike says we have to at least leave some chocolates on the table for guests, which in that case I would opt for Hershey’s Hugs & Kisses. I am not a huge fan of chocolate but Hershey’s Hugs & Kisses are one of my favourites. And I think we would be able to get them in bulk for a pretty reasonable price.

Hershey's Hugs & Kisses. Photo Courtesy: kaboodle.com

But then can you just leave the kisses scattered on the table like that? Or would we need to put it in some pretty wedding-type of packaging? In that case while the chocolates might be cheap, we’d have to shell out a bit more for the packaging which would bring us back to that $1,000 for wedding favours number…

Fancy wedding packaging for Hersheys Favours. Photo courtesy: weddingbycolor.com

But what do you think? Do you even care about wedding favours? Have you kept any you’ve gotten at weddings you’ve been to? Would having favours or not (or having bad ones) make or break a wedding? Would you be unimpressed?! Would you consider photobooth pictures a decent wedding favour?

Do you think I’m being cheap? We’re going to have to find areas to cut costs in this wedding and I just feel like the favours could be one of those areas.

Let me know what you think! :)

– Linda

Honeymoon Bridal Registries: The Classy Way of Saying We Want Your Money!

If there’s one thing Mike and I make clear to everyone we talk to when the topic of wedding gifts come up, it’s the fact that we don’t want pots and pans. We don’t want a toaster. We don’t want a gift card to Homesense. We just want money, lol. I think in this day and age a lot of couples already live together before they get married, so a lot of the time they’ll have most of the things they need or want for their house already. At the rate that our estimated wedding budget is looking – we are really just hoping to get enough money back from our guests to break even. Of course that’s if we’re lucky lol or if we have really generous guests!

But it would be extremely tasteless to put on our invitations that we just want money for a wedding gift so what we’ve been looking at is doing a honeymoon bridal registry! Based on some Google searches, honeymoon bridal registries have been “catching on” for years. I call it the “classy way of saying we want your money” because it is basically friends and family putting money into a fund that pays off our honeymoon plus any money leftover goes straight into our pockets!

So for people who would typically contribute to a registry, this will be perfect. And then for those older guests who would just give cash or cheques in wedding cards, they can still do that.

Either way we’re not getting toasters! lol.

So I’ve looked around and we will likely be setting up our honeymoon bridal registry with either Farlie Travel (based out of St. Albert) or Flight Centre.

www.farlietravel.com/registry

I have actually spoken to the wedding specialist with Farlie so as of now I’m leaning towards them. She was very helpful – I like the way the registry is set up. It’s super simple and straight forward, people can use PayPal to pay online or they can call the agency to put money into the registry over the phone. She told me if you’re planning on doing a honeymoon bridal registry you should just stick to that one registry because she’s found some people also register with say The Bay or a more typical registry store and then most people end up contributing to the other store and not the honeymoon. Why? Because although honeymoon bridal registries continue to “catch on” – it’s still unfamiliar to most. So don’t even give people the option of giving you a toaster!! lol.

It’s also great because they don’t charge you anything extra for having a registry with them – they just take the money that the trip ends up costing. As I wrote above, anything leftover goes straight to us. The factor that will probably be the deciding one will be whether or not Farlie’s trips are cheaper than Flight Centre’s (and vice versa). We still have some research to do- and also we’ve still got a lot of time. Although I do wonder if we set it up a year and a half in advance if people could just contribute money into it for our upcoming birthday and Christmas gifts… Interesting thought!

I suppose even if we do end up getting a physical, boxed/wrapped gift, we will still appreciate it (And everyone obviously gets thank you cards! lol) but we are hoping that word spreads that we kind of just want the money. Also I think actual gifts are for bridal showers and stuff, are they not?

Either way, the honeymoon bridal registry is definitely more our thing. (Which is why when we attended the Bridal Conference I tried avoiding all of the The Bay, Bed Bad & Beyond, etc. kind of booths. Even though all of their representatives tried to get me to sign up with them!!)

And if you are wondering, we don’t have our honeymoon spot nailed down quite yet. I kind of want to do a whole European trip but Mike is more into the beach, all-inclusive idea. In the end we’ll likely pick the one that’s cheaper, lol.

So what are your thoughts on honeymoon bridal registries? Or normal registries? Which do you prefer? Which would you prefer if you were a guest at a wedding? And do you have any honeymoon spot suggestions?!

– 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

Wedding Playlist: Pachelbel – Canon in C


I have always loved Pachelbel’s Canon. Years ago when I was in my Korean music/movie-loving phase (lol, believe me, it’s a phase that many people go through!), I watched a movie called “My Sassy Girl.” In it, the main girl of which the main guy falls in love with, plays Pachelbel’s Canon in C in her piano class as he delivers her a rose and they kiss on the stage. Very beautiful moment! The song has stuck with me ever since that moment. Mike has also made me a CD in the past featuring various versions of Pachelbel’s Canon as well. It’s very Wedding Playlist-worthy!

Consider it added to Mike & Linda’s Royal Wedding Playlist!

– Linda

Wedding Playlist: John Michael Montgomery – I Swear

“I Swear” by John Michael Montgomery has been one of Mike’s favourite songs for as long as he can remember. He has serenaded it to me before (many times) and it’s definitely a song that will be played at our wedding! It’s a beautiful song and almost makes me tear up listening and thinking about my love!! :) Listen below – (excuse the Chinese subtitles lol).

Consider it added to Mike & Linda’s Royal Wedding Playlist!

– Linda

Wedding Playlist: Plain White T’s – 1, 2, 3, 4

My Wedding Playlist post about Hedley’s new song also reminded me that the Plain White T’s “1, 2, 3, 4” is definitely going to be played at our wedding!

This song has special meaning for Mike & I because it was playing on our first date and it was playing when we first said our “I love you’s”

:) ♥

Consider it added to Mike & Linda’s Royal Wedding Playlist!

So cute!

– Linda