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05/7/17

5 Things You Need to Know About Destination Weddings

Many people have the impression that destination weddings are easier and less stressful than planning a wedding at home – but that’s not always the case. Here are 5 important factors to consider when planning a destination wedding.

1. YOUR GUESTS
Destination weddings ask a lot of your invitees: the cost of travel, of course, and depending on the location guests may have to take time off work to attend your nuptials. You’ll likely have friends or family who cannot attend or choose not to attend for various reasons. Be prepared for some loved ones to miss the occasion and don’t take it personally.

Tips:

  • Provide accommodation options at different price points to suit a range of budgets.
  • Setup a wedding website to convey travel information to your guests to make it easier for them to attend.

2. PLANNING FROM AFAR
If you have “Type A” tendencies, a destination wedding may not be a good fit! Unless you’re able to travel to the location before the wedding to scope out venues and meet with vendors in person, you may find it difficult to make all your plans remotely, especially when cultural differences and language barriers come into play. In some destinations it can take weeks to receive email responses – not every bride has the patience to deal with that pace of planning.

Tips:

  • Do your research! Search for real photos from travel review sites or destination wedding blogs to avoid unwelcome surprises.
  • Engage the services of a Wedding Planner experienced with weddings in the area.

3. BON VOYAGE BUDGET
It is a common belief that destination weddings are much cheaper than celebrating at home, however tropical resort packages can be deceiving as they are often for a very small number of guests and do not include a private reception.

A weak Canadian dollar can affect affordability of destinations abroad, so why not consider a beautiful destination closer to home? Canada boasts incredible locations throughout the Rocky Mountains, Okanagan Valley and West Coast.

Tips:

  • Look off-resort for great local venues that will give you more flexibility in customizing your wedding and choosing your suppliers.
  • Some locations may offer better rates for weekday and/or low season weddings.

4. THE UNEXPECTED
Destination weddings are more likely to be affected by factors beyond your control. Examples include extreme weather, such as hurricanes, snow storms, floods and forest fires (we’ve had weddings affected by all of the above); health outbreaks like Swine Flu and most recently, Zika Virus; and foreign political unrest.

Tips:

  • If you’re heading somewhere tropical, check when that area is most likely to experience severe storms – in other words, don’t have your wedding during hurricane season!
  • Look into getting traveller’s insurance and wedding cancellation insurance.

5. MAKING IT LEGAL
Each country has their own legal requirements for marriages. Some countries mandate blood tests and may require that you’re in the country for a specified number of days before the wedding takes place. In Canada and the U.S. marriage licenses are issued by province / state, so be sure to check the particulars for your wedding location.

Tip: 

  • Consider getting married legally at home shortly before or after your destination wedding, and have a symbolic ceremony abroad. This can look and feel exactly the same as a legal ceremony so your guests won’t know the difference – and you may save yourselves some headaches.

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As published in the Fall/Winter 2016 issue of Blush Magazine.

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Jennifer + Team | Jennifer Bergman Weddings
Edmonton Wedding Planning + Design

11/26/16

First Look Photos

More and more couples are choosing to break tradition and see each other before they walk down the aisle. Referred to as a “first look,” it is when the to-be-weds see one another in their wedding attire with their photo and video team present to document the moment. Most couples then spend a couple of hours taking photos with their wedding party before heading to the ceremony to say I Do.

While this change of format isn’t for everyone, taking photos before the ceremony is a great idea for a few reasons:

  • Feeling fresh. Taking photos right after you get ready means your hair and makeup will be at their best. (This also applies to your flowers!)
  • Capture the moment. Your photo and video team will ensure this special moment is captured at all angles, with no risk of Uncle Hank’s iPad obstructing the view.
  • Keep calm and marry on. If you’re the anxious type, hanging out and taking photos with the bridal party will help you relax before the ceremony.
  • Gone with the gap. Getting photos out of the way before the ceremony saves your guests the painful wait in between events, and allows you to spend more time visiting with them. This is particularly convenient if both ceremony and reception are being held at the same venue.

Here are some amazing photos of JBW couples sharing their first look!

Sharon Litchfield Photography First Look Photos Edmonton Jennifer Bergman Weddings Edmonton{Sharon Litchfield Photography}

Blue Suit Groom Edmonton{Blake Loates Photography}

Scottish Kilt Groom Edmonton Best Edmonton Wedding Planner{Carey Nash Photography}

Valentine's Day Backdrops for photography{Gabe McClintock}

Gay Edmonton Weddings Gay Wedding Edmonton{Brianna Hughes Photography}

Edmonton First Look Photographers Luxe Edmonton Wedding Planner{Sharon Litchfield Photography}

Edmonton River Valley Wedding Photos Edmonton Wedding Planner{ENV Photography}

Jennifer Bergman Weddings Brentwood Bay Wedding Planner{Jesse Holland Photography}

First Look Photos Before Wedding Ceremony Jennifer Bergman Weddings Kelowna Wedding Planner Sparkling Hill Wedding Planner{Kevin Trowbridge Photography}

Jennifer Bergman Weddings Edmonton Sharon LitchfieldEdmonton Wedding Planner{Sharon Litchfield Photography}

Jasper Park Lodge Wedding Planner{kate Redinger Photographer}

Edmonton Destination Wedding Planner Nicole Ashley Edmonton Canmore Wedding Planner{Nicole Ashley Photography}

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Jennifer + Team | Jennifer Bergman Weddings
Edmonton Wedding Planning + Design

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02/24/16

Wedding Song Ideas 2016

We are back with our 2nd edition of Wedding Song Ideas (check out Part 1 here)! Choosing those special songs for your wedding day can be challenging for many couples, so we’ve compiled a list of ideas – both Classic and Contemporary – for all those memorable moments.

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Classic:

  1. Hallelujah / Jeff Buckeley
  2. Summer Guest / Ásgeir
  3. Maybe I’m Amazed / Vitamin String Quartet
  4. La Valse de L’Amour / Patrick Doyle
  5. Beethoven’s 5 Secrets / The Piano Guys
  6. Clair de Lune / Clade Debussy
  7. Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring / Johann Sebastian Bach
  8. Your Guardian Angel / Vitamin String Quartet
  9. Here Comes the Sun / Guitar Dreamers
  10. I’m Ready / Bryan Adams

Contemporary:

  1. Boom Clap / Lennon & Maisy
  2. Flightless Bird, American Mouth / Iron & Wine
  3. Turning Page / Sleeping at Last
  4. What Love is All About / Johnny Reid
  5. Somewhere Only We Knew / Lily Allen
  6. Love / Matt White
  7. Love Someone / Jason Mraz
  8. You and I / Michael Bublé
  9. When You Say You Love Me / Josh Groban
  10. Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop / Landon Pigg

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Classic:

  1. Signed, Sealed, Delivered / Stevie Wonder
  2. You Make My Dreams Come True / Hall & Oats
  3. It’s Not Unusual / Tom Jones
  4. Could You be Loved / Bob Marley and the Wailers
  5. Come Fly With Me / Frank Sinatra
  6. That’s Amore / Dean Martin
  7. You’re My Best Friend / Queen
  8. Bittersweet Symphony / The Vitamin String Quartet
  9. This Will Be / Natalia Cole
  10. Get Ready / The Temptations

Contemporary:

  1. Happy / Pharrell Williams
  2. Shut Up and Dance / Walk the Moon
  3. Honey, I’m Good / Andy Grammar
  4. Sugar / Maroon 5
  5. Adventure of a lifetime / Coldplay
  6. I Got U / Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones
  7. Top of the World / Tim McGraw
  8. Love Is / Rod Stewart
  9. Good Life / Kanye West feat. T-Pain
  10. Best Day of My Life / American Authors

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Classic:

  1. It Had To Be You / Billie Holiday
  2. Something In The Way She Moves / James Taylor
  3. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic / Sleeping At Last (cover of The Police)
  4. Let’s Stay Together / Al Green
  5. You Are So Beautiful / Joe Cocker
  6. I Cross My Heart / George Strait
  7. Crazy Love / Van Morrison
  8. Endless Love / Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
  9. Unchained Melody / Righteous Brothers
  10. La Vie en Rose / Andrea Bocelli

Contemporary:

  1. Thinking Out Loud / Ed Sheeran
  2. Purpose / Justin Bieber
  3. Tenerife Sea / Ed Sheeran
  4. How Long Will I Love You / Ellie Goulding
  5. Latch (Acoustic) / Sam Smith
  6. State of Grace (Acoustic) / Taylor Swift
  7. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) / Sleeping At Last
  8. Die a Happy Man / Thomas Rhett
  9. Heartbeat / Chris Young
  10. Close Your Eyes / Michael Bublé
  11. The One / Kodaline

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Classic:

  1. Cupid Shuffle / Cupid
  2. Overjoyed / Stevie Wonder
  3. I’ll Be Seeing You / Billy Holiday
  4. When the Stars Go Blue / Tim McGraw
  5. When You Need Me / Bruce Springsteen
  6. Landslide / Fleetwood Mac
  7. When You’re Smiling / Louis Armstrong
  8. The Prayer / Céline Dion & Andrea Bocelli
  9. Cinderella / Steven Curtis Chapman
  10. Love Me Tender / Barbara Streisand (with Elvis Presley)

Contemporary:

  1. To the Moon and Back / Luke Bryan
  2. Book of Love / Peter Gabriel
  3. Even My Dad Does Sometimes / Ed Sheeran
  4. I’ve Got You (And You’ve Got Me) / Lennon & Maisy
  5. Stars / Alessia Cara
  6. Golden / Lady Antebellum
  7. Across the Universe / Rufus Wainwright
  8. By Your Side / Sade
  9. Lost Stars / Adam Levine
  10. In My Life / Diana Krall

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Classic:

  1. Walk this Way / Aerosmith & Run – DMC
  2. Hit Me With Your Best Shot / Pat Benatar
  3. A Little Less Conversation / Elvis Presley
  4. U Can’t Touch This / MC Hammer
  5. Last Dance / Donna Summer
  6. The Final Countdown / Europe
  7. I Got You / James Brown & His Famous Flames
  8. Burning Down the House / Talking Heads
  9. Whip It / Devo
  10. She’s a Lady / Tom Jones

Contemporary:

  1. Watch Me / Silento
  2. Hot in Here / Nelly
  3. Partition / Beyoncé
  4. Country Girl / Luke Bryan
  5. Milkshake / Kelis
  6. Marvin Gaye / Charlie Puth & Meghan Trainor
  7. S.O.B / Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
  8. My House / Flo Rida
  9. Hey Mama / David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha & Afrojack
  10. Don’t Stop The Party / Pitbull

Photo Credits (top-bottom): Carey Nash Photography, Brianna Hughes Photography, DQ Studios, Kelly Redinger Photographer, DQ Studios.

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Jennifer + Team | Jennifer Bergman Weddings
Edmonton Wedding Planning + Design