Simple etiquette rules we should all be reminded of.
Simple etiquette rules we should all be reminded of.
Happy Valentines Day! If you are like us, we can never decide on regular date ideas so Valentines day usually ends up as a nice dinner out together. If your more adventurous take some of these suggestions to create a Niagara Valentines day date.
Of course I had to put this on the list. Try some fancy restaurants like AG at the Sterling Inn or Liv Restaurant at White Oaks.
2. Winery Tour
In Niagara we are not short of wineries! Pick one or a few and go on a tour and tasting! It’s different and it’s a fun way to spend the afternoon.
Depending on the weather you may be able to skate at the Brink on the Rink with your date. Overlook Niagara Falls as you skate. Holding hands is encouraged!
4. Movies in or out
Go see a movie you’ve been hoping to see or rent a bunch of movies you love and stay in. Staying in is nice because you get to cuddle. I prefer that over the uncomfortable movie seats!
We are counting down the days of December with Holiday Party Planning Tips to help you make the most of your holiday party this year.
Holiday Party Planning Tip 2
How to stock your bar.
It’s tricky to calculate how much alcohol you will need for your party. Keep this rule of thumb in mind.
Rule of thumb: Plan on two drinks per person for the first two hours, one drink per person for each extra hour, say entertaining gurus Karen Page and Dina Cheney. Assume 40% drink beer, 30% use hard liquor, and 30% sip wine.
Beer: 120 bottles
Wine and champagne: 18 bottles
Hard liquor: 6 bottles
Mixers: 24 liters
Beer: 240 bottles
Wine and champagne: 36 bottles
Hard liquor: 11 bottles
Mixers: 48 liters
Last month I finally got to see Ashley and Chris join together in marriage. I had been working with Ashley for a few months and had really gotten to enjoying the process. Ashley and Chris have such a great story. Ashley is from Scotland and Chis, Australia! Not only are they “from” these places they were currently living in them as well. That’s pretty long distance! They met when Ashley took a trip to Australia after graduating, and have been together ever since.
It really was a great experience to see two people from 2 different parts of the world come together to be married. They are so in love and you can really see it.
I wish them the very best with their future life together!
Photos by Jesse James Photography
Congratulations Ashley and Chris!
For assistance with eloping in Niagara Falls or for planning your local wedding, please contact us today!
With the vast amount of wedding questions lists to ask your vendors before you hire them, I have put together a “master” list of the questions I find most important. This list does not include financial or package specific questions. It is more to get a feel for the vendor you will be hiring and to see what it is included.
How do you show your bridesmaids how much you appreciate all their help throughout your wedding? A gift is a small way to show your appreciation for helping out. No matter what kind of budget you are on, you can find something nice to say thank-you.
1. A monogrammed satin bathrobe
2. A french press with gourmet coffee
3. A handmade apron
4. A bottle of nice champagne
If you saw Britta’s recent post about her wedding registering process, you may be wondering what the proper etiquette for registering is. Do you have to register? What if you only want cash? What if you don’t want gifts at all? Below is a guideline to refer to when it comes time to register for your gifts.
What is a wedding registry?
A wedding registery is simply a wish list of items you and your fiance would like to recieve as gifts. Stores have their own registry system, and a lot of the big chains have an online version so you can simply click and add to your list, or simply buy online as well. The Bay has a good online registery because it comes with pictures as well.
Where to register?
Decide what items you and your fiance will need or want to have for your new home together. Then decide what stores will sell those items and see if they have a registry system. It’s good to keep chain stores in mind so even if your guests are coming from another city, they can still purchase something off of your wedding registry.
Should we include my registry information in our wedding invitation?
In terms of etiquette, no. It is not proper to include registry information in your wedding invitation. You can however add a serparate slip of paper with your “wedding website” information and include the registry information on there. While it is traditionally not proper to include your registry information in your shower invitations, new age etiquette says why not? The whole point of a shower is to give and recieve gifts, so including your information in your invites likely won’t offend anyone.
If we are not including my registry information in my invitation, how do people know where we are registered?
Word of mouth. Make sure your parents and grandparents as well as your bridal party know where you are registered. If people want to buy you a gift from your registry, they will ask around to find out.
What items should we include in our registry?
This is where you get to have fun. Choose a wide variety of items with low to high prices that you need or want. Some people may want to purchase just a few small items and give those to you with a cash gift. Others may want to pitch in with other people to get you a big ticket item. You may feel that some of your items are ridiculous, but if they are something you either need or would really like to have, someone may surprise you by purchasing it. The key is to keep a list with lots of choices for people with different budgets and gift giving styles.
What if we only want cash?
Still register. You can’t properly request to only have cash given as a wedding gift. You will highly offend your guests by doing so. For example, I am a huge gift giver, I love to give gifts, I spend lot’s of time finding the perfect something for the recipient, if someone told me I could only give cash, that would offend me. Some people who are very close to you will want to spend the time finding something personal for you, it would be very rude to tell them to give you cash, which is the most impersonal gift you can give.
We already have a house, we don’t need gifts so we aren’t going to register, is this okay?
You should register anyways. Even if you tell people not to bring gifts, some people may not feel right not giving you a gift. Instead of recieving a bunch of gifts you have no use for, save everyone the hassle by registering for a few gifts that you would actually like to recieve.
Our wedding is still 10 months away but we have already had friends and family members asking us where we are registered so we thought it was about time we checked the registry off of our to-do list. We decided to register at The Bay and Sears. The Bay was our first choice because they had the most comprehensive list of housewares and their online registry system is the most up to date and user friendly. It shows the description, a picture, and even whether or not the item is on sale. It was also very easy to add to online from home.
We started our Bay registry in store. It was nice to be able to see the products first hand. Unfortunately, we did not have nearly enough time to complete our registry. After an hour and a half of walking around scanning we probably accomplished about half of what we needed to. This was partly due to the associate taking over a half hour to get us to sign a piece of paper and explain the completion card while going off on random tangents completely unrelated to our registry process when we had a finite number of hours that day. It was also partly because of The Bay’s store layout. It was very difficult to find prices on anything (which is probably what they’re going for being big in the registry business in Canada) but when you’re looking at eight different toasters that all look almost the same and range in price from $30 to 250$, price does become a factor. We also wanted to make sure to choose a variety of price points so all our guests could find something they’re comfortable with. If everything is either $20 or $500 it either could make a guest feel like they can’t find anything to give or they feel they have to buy a multitude of inexpensive items just to end up with an appropriate gift.
It was still fun to walk around the store with the scanner and pick out things we would like to have for our future home together as a couple. We did it together so that it reflects both of our personal styles and picked out a few things that each of us wanted. I hope to go back in the future and add a few more home decor items in person and will make sure to give ourselves plenty of time.
For our second registry we decided to use Sears because they too had an online registry system which I always find most convenient as a guest. We decided to compile this one strictly online. The Sears online system is much less user friendly. When we tried to add items directly from the Sears website by logging in it led to an endless loop of asking us for our login and password and system errors. Each item from the Sears website had to be manually added to the online registry using the item numbers. Needless to say it wasn’t as quick and painless as The Bay’s online registry. The Sears registry also doesn’t show pictures or sale prices and the descriptions are more difficult to interpret. Luckily the Sears registry is more for filling in holes from our Bay registry with things that are either unavailable at The Bay such as power tools or items that are available at The Bay but are lower in price at Sears.
We wrote a guest post for the Wedding Planners Institute of Canada’s blog! Check it out here: 5 Creative Ways to Preserve Your Vows