New sponsor; The Green Poppy

 Colin Payne photo 
The Green Poppy; Promoting sustainability year-round. 
In her own words:
I am a floral designer using sustainable flowers.  What this means is that I use eco-certified flowers - imported from sustainable farms in Ecuador, Colombia, United States {California and Florida} - as well as Western BC.  During the summer months I am able to use and focus mainly on Certified Organic Local flowers from a variety of farms within the Kootenays.  

'Green' Poppy Choices
> Deliveries available every Friday via Carshare Vehicle
> All bouquets are wrapped with recyclable and bio-degradeable material
> Corsage boxes are recycled strawberry containers
> The Green Poppy has opted out of using floral foam and plastic water pics.
Heather MacMillan photo

The Green Poppy offers floral arranging for weddings, events, special and everyday occasions. It also supplies downtown Nelson with a variety of ethical market bouquets which are available currently at BC Wineguys, Maison, Araya Day Spa Lobby and coming in April, available at Lucky Cupcakes.

Nadine Honsinger, owner & designer
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New Sponsor; Affordable Travel

In their own words:
Our Motto is “you come to us as a customer and leave as a friend”
All Inclusive vacations & Cruise Vacations are our specialty. No matter where your travels may take you

  • AF offers internet pricing with personalized service.
  • We work with the tourist boards  in every destination and share our experience with you.
  • Affordable Travel has preferred partnerships with all major travel providers including tour operators, airlines, hotel chains, car rentals and bus tour companies.
  • Alberta Wedding & Event planning consultants work closely with the bride and groom, relieving the
    couple of stress and worry, and making their wedding fantasies come true.
  • Offering discount flights, hotels, cars, cruises, vacation packages, tour packages, travel insurance and much more……

Affordable Travel is 100% Canadian owned and has been serving clients for over 20 years in the tourism
industry.The company was just getting started, over 20yrs ago, when we saw the need to expand into all
sectors of tourism. These sectors include family, singles, couples, single parents, gay & lesbian, swingers and clothing optional vacations.

phone 1-250-420-7207

A Personal, Practical Wedding

Thanks for following my workshop series Moving Beyond the Monogram; How to Personalize Your Wedding.   I will continue to post endless ideas and inspiration on the KW Pinterest board HERE.  To finish, Meg, from A Practical Wedding offers her top 3 tips for planning a personal wedding:

 A family friend surprised Chad & Nicola with a personalized wood pile at their outdoor ceremony -  FRESH Photography

  • Spend your money to support your values. You might not have a wedding budget amount of cash again for a long time, so support businesses and values that really matter to you. Trust me, it will make a world of difference to those artists and business owners.
  • Make it yours, and then let it go. You probably want to make your wedding look and feel like who you both are. But once you’ve achieved that on a basic level, stop stressing. Trust me when I say that no one is going to remember your escort cards and table numbers anyway.
  • Spend your money on things you care about, and cut the rest. I remember the potluck wedding with the 1940s-style big band as “the one with the happy couple and the amazing dancing.” I don’t remember what I ate, because it didn’t matter.
And write this  on your fridge or hand [or both!]:
 “I will not remember what my wedding looked like. I will remember how it felt.” 

[inspired by the quote by unknown source: "People may not remember exactly what you did, or what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel."]
Because at the end of the day, even really cool stuff is just that: stuff.  It’s the love you share, the people who hold you up, and those precious moments of bliss and joy that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.  And none of that is for sale.
For more wedding advice, visit Meg’s blog or check out A Practical Wedding.  This exerpt found on Etsy HERE.

Moving Beyond the Monogram - V Food | Drink

Moving Beyond the Monogram; How to Personalize Your Wedding V - Food | Drink

Thrill your grandparents by adding a touch of your personal heritage with some traditional food
. Whatever your background is, there are delicious items that you can incorporate into your menu.  If you are looking to reflect you as a couple more directly,  you can think of your personal faves:
Signature cocktail 
Burger bar - Crepe bar - Coffee bar - trail-mix bar
Food truck

Instead of rounding up the usual catering suspects, call on your favorite restaurant and see if they can provide the wedding goodies. And it doesn't have to be a dinner. An early wedding brunch after a sunrise ceremony or an intimate supper following a late afternoon wedding are more glamourous than the usual reception.

My sister-in-law served her guests on mis-matched china, gathered from her extended family.  In the case of her wedding, just lifting a tea-cup became a personal gesture.
And, of course, there’s always the monogram to personalize your wedding.  I’m by no meaning anti-monogram.  The cake topper, the invite.  Monograms are classic.  But how about modernizing it by carving your monogram into birchbark for décor or creating a moss-monogram to adorn your ceremony site?

As not only a curator of wedding ideas but a photographer of them as well, I find the ways couples personalize their day make for the best photo-memories for the couple to take away & adorn their albums.  You may spend a great deal of time obsessing over the details, they should certainly make a statement about who you are. 

Moving Beyond the Monogram - IV the Details

Moving Beyond the Monogram; How to Personalize Your Wedding -IV with Details
The following a few simple ideas to help execute your personalized wedding with details, decor and favors:
Lockets of special loved ones - passed or unable to attend - attached to bouquet
- Rings - cut into or a ribbon around - your favourite book
- Vintage wooden skis to sign as the register
- Make a family tree for outdoor spaces by hanging framed family photos on a prominent tree
Build a ceremony set:
- Extra points awarded to Jon who carved this timber for his mountain-top proposal to Kate and then turned it into an archway for their ceremony vows. 
- Your grandmother’s furniture: think signing table
- Bring the inside of the chapel outdoors with pews and arched windows to define a ceremony space.

For favors offer:
- Home-made chocolate-chip cookies in hand-stamped flour-sack sachets
- Centerpieces ie: herb collections or flavored olive- oils for culinary theme

Of course personalizing doesn’t have to end with the couple, you can invite your party to help personalize their take on:
Groomsmen – superhero boutonnières or patterned socks or Converse shoes
Bridesmaids – their favorite shade of the bride’s choice of color or print.  See HERE for patterned dress post and HERE for Kootenay Wedding on Pinterest.

Moving Beyond the Monogram - III

Moving Beyond the Monogram; How to Personalize Your Wedding
3- MUSIC can help direct your plans.
"Here Comes the Bride" is traditional but entirely expected. Pick a song that has real meaning for you both.  It’s your big day and you are the beaming bride. The moment when you step out and glide down the aisle is the biggest moment of the day. Make it special with a memorable bridal entrance song. See the following for inspiration ONLY but choose your own love song. I regret that I got talked out of Hootie & The Blowfish, yes Hootie. Despite the passage of time and music trends, I would have liked to walk down the aisle to a song that reminded me of our dating and engagement.
And what song is the most special bridal entrance song? As with all questions pertaining to wedding music – the answer depends. It depends on who you are, what you like, and whether you’re planning to walk down the aisle or boogie down the aisle. But that’s kinda boring, n’est pas? Here are Pretty Clever Bride’s Top 5 bridal entrance songs, with a link to a playlist of 30 bridal entrance songs. - My Inspired Wedding HERE

Can’t Help Falling in Love with You by Ingrid Michaelson

Crazy Love by Van Morrison

What a Wonderful World by Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole

Maybe I’m Amazed by Jem

All You Need is Love by The Beatles

You can personalize your wedding music further by hiring your favorite local band or DJ for the reception.  Have fun making it yours and be sure to tell us about your music choices.

Bouquet Alternatives

- Beep - 
the following is an interruption to regularly scheduled programming.
Moving Beyond the Monogram will be back tomorrow.

Looking for an alternative to traditional floral bouquets?  You're not alone.  See our sampling of options found on the KW Pinterest board HERE from foliage-to-fans, paper-to-pinecones, butterflies-to-pinwheels-to-lollipops, buttons-to-brooches and feathers-to-succulents, there are plenty of options to customize.  If you're planning Christmas nuptials, consider a colorful or metallic bauble bouquet.  
Which bouquet alternative is your favorite?  I love the texture of the pinecones but I adore the muted tones of the succulents and berry bouquets.  Love!

I opted to not carry a bouquet; put something, anything, in my hands and watch me awkwardly bend, fold and fondle it into oblivion. Plus, for some strange reason, I didn't feel like spending a load of money for flowers that I was just going throw away at the end of the day. But if I wasn't so fidgety I would have definitely been one of those brides that opted for a bouquet alternative to flowers. 
- Offbeat Bride HERE

Moving Beyond the Monogram - II

Moving Beyond the Monogram; How to Personalize Your Wedding

2- Tone begins with invites. 
Wedding Chicks custom invites
Don't limit yourself to the conservative engraved monogram.  Get inspired by a list of creative invites: 
- folded -- origami style -- into a crane?
- your hand-writing, in a font
- fall in love while on vacation? How about printing the invitation on postcards from the site of your meeting?
- theatre ticket stub for you theatre aficionados
- a cinematic Save the Date? What is cooler than your love story as a movie?  ‘Green’ points for delivering it online.
Kelli Murray illustration
- your face.  on a stamp – to later use for décor or favors
- incorporate maps from where your families originated

If  you’re interested in a process of self-discovery, to help discover a meaningful THEME, it often helps to recall the things you were interested in as a child.  Just like the search for our most flattering hair-color or rediscovering hobbies after a long absence, looking back into childhood can offer valuable clues.  How did you spend your free-time?  
Did you draw on any scrap of paper you found? or wander in the woods for hours? or perform plays for your neighbourhood friends?  Any clue from your childhood can potentially help you, for instance incorporate DIY, hand-drawn elements into your design, or choose an outdoor ceremony space, or a theatre for your venue.  If the theme isn’t coming naturally, however, it may not be the route for you.
That doesn’t mean you give up on a personalized wedding.  See more of Moving Beyond the Monogram tomorrow.

Moving Beyond Monogram; How to Personalize Your Wedding

I of V by Carmen Adams:
Curator Kootenay Wedding; e-spiration for your Custom Wedding, Kootenay Style
FRESH Photography; for Fun People
-- Follow the week-long series from the workshop at the Nelson Prestige's Wedding Showcase. 

KW & FRESH booths, personalized to look like you were entering our living room. 
Thanks for your help & cupcakes Becky, Sweet Dreams Heritage Inn & Cakery!

The business of weddings has absolutely exploded with the rise of the personal wedding.  We see the sites, the blogs, the magazine editorials:  styled shoots, cleverly executed themes and details details details.  Just how many things can we do with a mason jar?  The visuals that we’re inundated with serve to remind us it’s preferred to start with the end in mind.

While your choice of venue, dress and wedding color palette sets the tone and speak volumes about you, like, whether you prefer: silver & coral | navy & ivory | sherbet &  linen,  I’ll suggest  5 less obvious ideas to take ownership of the sometimes-monster that weddings can become, to ensure that it truly remains ‘your day’.  Because it starts out that way for us, right?  We have visions of a field or beach or mountain-scape, especially living in the picturesque Kootenays.  But these ideas don’t always translate or follow-through to the day.

I’ve worked with brides that wanted her beach wedding at Christina Lake and ended up with a community center.  Just how can you keep your vision alive?
I know that when I was getting married, we – especially as young people - quickly got swallowed up by others’ vested interests, the magnitude of the planning and the conventions and traditions of our families.   And we ended up losing ourselves. But – then again - when I was getting married, we didn’t have PINTEREST!  Pinterest is a bride’s best friend.  You can ‘pin’ items - on the computer as one might pin to a bulletin board - to virtual inspiration boards.  Viewing your ideas all together helps hone your style and then share your inspiration with friends, family or whoever is the on your wedding planning team.   There are wedding-specific pinners that share favourite, original ideas such as the Kootenay Wedding board.  Follow the link HERE.  The following ideas are a sampling of what you can find on the KW Pinterest board. 

-- Consider THEME to tie it together
Creatively incorporate your personalities & passions into your special day:
Potential ThemeIdeas to Consider
Love Birds – bridesmaids’ bouquets inside antique birdcages, love-bird cake-topper
Green or nature-lovers – plant a tree together, offer a trail-mix bar or give away seeds as favors
Music lovers – sheet music paper flowers, bunting banners, vinyl record guest signing registry
Cooking – herb centerpieces that double as wedding favors, engraved wooden spoon favors
Vintage – collection of tins for flower vase centerpieces, vintage hankies tied around bouquets

Get inspired by movies you adore:
Water for Elephants - Carnival – red & white canvas, cotton candy favors
The Vow – get married in a museum

Whichever theme you choose, the idea is to execute enough plans to make it recognizable without being cliché.  You don’t have to be a Creative to personalize your wedding.  Ask friends to help in both describing you as a couple and then helping you implement your plans.  For example,  how do friends describe you?  What types of things do you like to do together as a couple?  with friends? on a Saturday morning?  Enlist the help of loved ones from the planning stages onward.  They can assist you with your goals of a personalized wedding.

See tomorrow's post II of V for more, Moving Beyond the Monogram.  Lovely to meet new faces, connect with fellow wedding vendors and see | hear | taste the pretties that were available at the Showcase.  Wonderful hosting | planning Prestige Lakeside!  Visit the Facebook page, comment and engage in the ongoing Kootenay Wedding dialogue.

Wedding Showcase; Nelson Prestige

Top III reasons why you should come to the Spring Wedding Showcase at the Nelson Prestige:
1 -say 'hi'
2 - get inspired by local vendors
3 - take in a workshop by about personalizing your wedding by Kootenay Wedding