Category Archives: Tips + Advice

06/10/14

Wedding Wellness Giveaways

Thanks to all who entered and participated in our Wedding Wellness series! The giveaways and corresponding winners are summed up below:

  1. Wedding Wellness Experience #1: Fit session + complimentary outfits for two from lululemon athletica Southgate Centre (Winner – Melanie C.!)
  2. Wedding Wellness Experience #2: Complimentary Glow Juicery Cleanse for the Bride and half off a Cleanse for a friend – PLUS – a group grocery shopping tour and health coaching session for two from food.fitness.function (Winner – Christa C.!)
  3. Wedding Wellness Experience #3: Unlimited Barre classes for one month -PLUS – a Barre Bachelorette class / party (Winner – Jessica T.!)
  4. Wedding Wellness Experience #4: One month unlimited Yogalife Studios pass -PLUS- a yoga class for the bridal party (Winner – Tiara T.!)

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A great big thank-you to our friends at lululemon athletica Southgate CentreGlow JuiceryFood. Fitness. FunctionBarre Body Studio Edmonton and Yogalife Studios for the amazing wellness experiences they put together for our lucky winners!

Cheers,

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

 

05/28/14

Wedding Wellness Giveaway #4: Yogalife Studios

Planning a wedding can add extra stress to your life, but your well-being shouldn’t take a backseat to checklists and Pinterest boards. Throughout the month of May we are partnering with local health & wellness businesses to give away custom wellness experiences to help you be the best version of yourself during this exciting time! Catch up on previous posts:

  1. Introduction: Wedding Wellness Giveaways
  2. Wedding Wellness Experience #1: Fit session + complimentary outfits for two from lululemon athletica Southgate Centre (Winner – Melanie C.!)
  3. Wedding Wellness Experience #2: Complimentary Glow Juicery Cleanse for the Bride and half off a Cleanse for a friend – PLUS – a group grocery shopping tour and health coaching session for two from food.fitness.function (Winner – Christa C.!)
  4. Wedding Wellness Experience #3: Unlimited Barre classes for one month -PLUS – a Barre Bachelorette class / party (Winner – Jessica T.!)
  5.  4th giveaway : best sexy bandage dresses from BlushWish

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Yogalife Studios Edmonton

With locations in both north and south Edmonton, Yogalife Studios offers a variety of drop-in yoga classes, workshops and registered courses in both heated and regular temperatures. Yoga is a great way to gain strength and flexibility, and it is a wonderful complement to other sports and activities, such as running and weight lifting. Hot yoga can also be great for the skin which is another plus for a soon-to-be bride!

Instructor Lindsey Park offers these tips to make the most of your yoga practice:

  • Hydrate well throughout the day or the hours before practice.
  • Eat clean and light, and not too close to the time you are planning to practice. Waiting 2-3 hours after eating is suggested.
  • Choose light, comfortable clothing that moves well with your body.
  • Give yourself plenty of time to get changed and settled at the studio (arriving 15-30 minutes before class is advised). You don’t want to feel frazzled or rushed coming into your practice.
  • Bring a yoga mat, a towel and a water bottle. 

Yogalife Studios offers new clients a four-week pass for only $40! Visit their website for a list of class types and more information on how to get started. Namaste.

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Enter to win this week’s Wedding Wellness Experience {May 28-June 3, 2014}:
One month unlimited yoga pass for Yogalife Studios Edmonton
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A wedding day yoga class for your bridal party

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You don’t have to be walking down the aisle in order to participate – bridesmaids, family and friends of brides are all welcome to enter the giveaways! A lucky winner will be chosen at random on June 3, 2014 at 8:00 AM MDT. Good luck!

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

05/20/14

Wedding Wellness Giveaway #3: Barre Body Studio

Planning a wedding can add extra stress to your life, but your well-being shouldn’t take a backseat to checklists and Pinterest boards. Throughout the month of May we are partnering with local health & wellness businesses to give away custom wellness experiences to help you be the best version of yourself during this exciting time! Catch up on previous posts:

  1. Introduction: Wedding Wellness Giveaways
  2. Wedding Wellness Experience #1: Fit session + complimentary outfits for two from lululemon athletica Southgate Centre (Winner – Melanie C.!)
  3. Wedding Wellness Experience #2: Complimentary Glow Juicery Cleanse for the Bride and half off a Cleanse for a friend – PLUS – a group grocery shopping tour and health coaching session for two from food.fitness.function (Winner – Christa C.!)

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Barre Body Studio EdmontonPhoto Credit: Sean Williams Photography

Barre Body Studio EdmontonYou’ve probably heard the buzz around Edmonton’s Barre Body Studio. A blend of ballet, Pilates and yoga, Barre fitness is the hottest new workout trend since Zumba! Low impact movements and isometric holds create long, lean muscles giving you a toned look without causing injuries. Barre will improve your posture, making you stand prouder and taller on your big day.

All you need is water and a pair of grip socks, which can be purchased at the Barre Studio. Weights, resistance bands, mats and exercise balls are all supplied as needed in your class. We asked owner Megan Clark about what to expect when trying Barre for the first time:

“Watch and listen carefully to the instructor and follow along as best you can. Everyone works at their own level – if necessary, take a break and rest for a few reps. The movements are very small and controlled so no one has to worry about looking silly and out of place. Be prepared to rock out to awesome tunes and to feel muscles that you’ve never felt before!”

Check out Barre’s website for more information and to sign-up for your first class. All new clients can take advantage of a 2-week unlimited special for only $40!

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Enter to win this week’s Wedding Wellness Experience {May 21 – 27, 2014}:
Unlimited Barre classes for one month
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A Barre Bachelorette class / party

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You don’t have to be walking down the aisle in order to participate – bridesmaids, family and friends of brides are all welcome to enter the giveaways! A lucky winner will be chosen at random on May 27, 2014 at 8:00 AM MDT. Good luck!

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

05/14/14

Wedding Wellness Giveaway #2: Glow Juicery and food.fitness.function

Planning a wedding can add extra stress to your life, but your well-being shouldn’t take a backseat to checklists and Pinterest boards. Throughout the month of May we are partnering with local health & wellness businesses to give away custom wellness experiences to help you be the best version of yourself during this exciting time! Catch up on previous posts:

  1. Introduction: Wedding Wellness Giveaways
  2. Wedding Wellness Experience #1: Fit session + complimentary outfits for two from lululemon athletica Southgate Centre

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Glow Juicery EdmontonPhoto Credit: Jenn Crebas

The old adage ‘you are what you eat’ couldn’t be more true. What you put into your body plays a significant role in how you feel physically, mentally and emotionally. For our second Wedding Wellness giveaway we’ve enlisted Edmonton’s very own Glow Juicery and food.fitness.function to help you reach your nutritional goals.

Located in two fitness studios (Barre Body and Soul Spin), Glow Juicery has been brightening the Edmonton community with their fresh raw juices, smoothies and snacks for almost a year now. Cleansing guru and owner, Marnie Ashcroft, believes that juice cleansing is a great start to a healthy path of making excellent food choices everyday, especially when coupled with clear fitness goals: “The result is a balance of wellness that truly becomes an integral part of your life.”

Glow Juice Cleanses are a natural, plant-based reset for your body. A cleanse will temporarily rid processed foods, dairy, gluten and animal-based protein from your diet allowing your body to focus on absorbing the phyto-nutrients and enzymes in the juices, resulting in a naturally lighter and detoxified you! There are three levels to choose from: Beginner (1-3 days), Intermediate (3-5 days) and Advanced (3-7 days). Glow’s neatly packaged bottles are easy to bring with you to work or busy wedding appointments. You can find Glow at a number of cafés and studios in the Edmonton Area.

Edmonton Health CoachElissa Jamieson, Health Coach & Personal Trainer at food.fitness.function, shares her number one tip for staying on track with your nutritional goals:

“Plan your meals in advance so that you always have something healthy to throw together or snack on – no more cheap quick fixes!”

This is especially important when you have a busy schedule and may not have time to cook every day. food.fitness.function offers personalized 3- and 6-month Health Coaching Programs, as well as Grocery Shopping Tours for individuals and groups. For fun health tips and delicious recipes follow Elissa on Twitter and Facebook.

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Enter to win our second Wedding Wellness Experience {May 14 – 20, 2014}: complimentary Glow Juicery Cleanse for the Bride and half off a Cleanse for a friend
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A group grocery shopping tour and a health coaching session for two from food.fitness.function

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You don’t have to be walking down the aisle in order to participate – bridesmaids, family and friends of brides are all welcome to enter the giveaways! A lucky winner will be chosen at random on May 20, 2014 at 8:00 AM MDT. Good luck!

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

05/7/14

Wedding Wellness Giveaway #1: lululemon athletica Southgate Centre

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Planning a wedding can add extra stress to your life, but your well-being shouldn’t take a backseat to checklists and Pinterest boards. Throughout the month of May we are partnering with local health & wellness businesses to give away custom wellness experiences to help you be the best version of yourself during this exciting time!

Starting a new fitness regime or continuing one that already works for you requires the appropriate attire with excellent fit and functionality. One of the leading designers of athletic apparel is Vancouver-based lululemon athletica. lululemon was founded on the premise of gathering feedback from athletes in the community to design high-quality gear that is functional and fashionable.

Natasha Genoud, Assistant Store Manager at lululemon’s Edmonton Southgate Centre location, shares what to look for when searching for the perfect outfit to get your sweat on:

“The Silverescent fabric is a must-have in terms of a lightweight top. Silverescent garments are woven with silver which inhibits the growth of odour-causing bacteria so you can wear the garment multiple times before having to wash it. The 105F Singlet Silver (below left) or a Swiftly Tech (below right) short sleeve shirt have those properties and are perfect for a high intensity boot camp or interval training class.”

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For bottoms, Natasha recommends the Luxtreme fabric as it fits like a second skin: “It is compressive, sweat-wicking and has four-way stretch so it moves freely with you when you do squats and lunges. Items like the Inspire Crop II (below left) and Wunder Under Crop (below right) pants are great choices for your fitness wardrobe.”

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Enter to win our first Wedding Wellness Experience {May 7-13, 2014}:
Fit session + complimentary outfits for the Bride and Maid of Honour
from lululemon athletica Southgate Centre

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You don’t have to be walking down the aisle in order to participate – bridesmaids, family and friends of brides are all welcome to enter the giveaways! A lucky winner will be chosen at random on May 13, 2014 at 8:00 AM MDT. Good luck!

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

05/5/14

Wedding Wellness Giveaways

cocktail dressesPreparing for your wedding day can be stressful! Between dress shopping, menu tastings, finalizing the guest list and mastering wedding etiquette, brides often feel overwhelmed during what should be one of the happiest times of their lives. Exercising, eating right and taking time to unwind often take a backseat to pre-wedding checklists, which can result in weight gain, mood swings and difficulty sleeping.

To help you feel healthy and balanced as you gear up for your big day, Jennifer Bergman Weddings is partnering with a few of our favourite local health and wellness businesses. Every Wednesday for the month of May, local experts will share best practices to keep you motivated, refreshed and on track with your goals. Plus, we’re giving away 4 weeks of custom wellness experiences!

You don’t have to be walking down the aisle in order to participate – bridesmaids, family and friends of brides are all welcome to enter the giveaways! Simply fill out the form at the end of each post and a lucky winner will be chosen at random.

Check back on the blog and follow us on Facebook to find out which experience you could indulge in each week!

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

03/31/14

Bridal Fantasy Magazine: Top 10 Big Day Blunders

The latest issue of Bridal Fantasy Magazine features an article we wrote outlining some Edmonton wedding planning tips, titled Top 10 Big Day Blunders. In other words, problems or hiccups experienced by many couples who plan their weddings without professional help. If you are in the midst of planning your wedding, have a read and avoid these common planning pitfalls!

Bridal Fantasy Magazine Edmonton

  1. Not hiring professionals. From photography to flowers and everything in between, if you try to cut costs by hiring hobbyists or inexperienced wedding vendors you may end up with more headaches than you bargained for. Prices tend to reflect quality and experience, so if you think you’re getting a really good, cheap deal — there might be a reason for that!
  2. Guest list regrets. If you really want someone or a group of people at your wedding, then make sure you invite them. The extra cost per head will seem inconsequential after the wedding, and you may end up regretting that they missed your special day.
  3. Being inconsiderate. Be mindful of the demands (time, financial) that your wedding will place on guests and your bridal party. For instance, if many of your guests are travelling from out-of-town it is thoughtful to arrange transportation for them to get to your ceremony and reception locations. Likewise, if your attendants are paying for their attire you may want to cover their hair and makeup costs on the wedding day.
  4. Technical troubles. We’ve all been to a wedding where the slideshow doesn’t work! This creates an awkward pause in your reception program. If you absolutely must have a slideshow, ensure you have the right equipment and cords rented well in advance and that someone is responsible for testing it before the reception.
  5. Not having a contingency plan. Of course your wedding day will be warm and sunny with a gentle breeze…but what if it’s not!? So many couples forget to plan for things going wrong. If you’re having an outdoor wedding, make sure that you have an alternate location in case of inclement weather – especially here in Alberta!
  6. Running out of alcohol. If you’re supplying your own liquor for the bar it’s always better to overbuy and return the unopened leftovers than to run out before the party is over. There are lots of helpful resources online for estimating quantities required. (Note: The same rule applies to candy or sweet tables!)
  7. Reception program runs too long. After approximately 2.5 hours sitting at their dinner tables guests will get antsy, so you want to ensure that your dinner service and speeches are completed within this time period.
  8. Family or friends had to “work.” Paying a little extra for décor setup and teardown services through your decorator, coordinator or venue could save your sanity and be a real gift to your loved ones. They’ll appreciate being able to enjoy the wedding weekend without the added stress of cleaning up after the party.
  9. Forgetting to thank people. You may think you can “wing” your speech, but it can be difficult to think clearly on such an emotionally charged day. Too often couples don’t take the time to prepare their thank-you speech in advance and they miss thanking very important people (in some cases their parents who have footed the entire bill for the day)!
  10. Not enjoying the planning process. Most couples spend 12-15 months planning their wedding day…that’s a lot of time to be stressed out about wedding details! Don’t let the planning consume you. Take breaks, delegate tasks to those who offer, and if you know you just don’t have the time or energy to put into the process, hire a planner or coordinator to take some or all of the planning off your plate.

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

02/18/14

Edmonton Wedding Planning Workshop: February 23, 2014

Over 75% full – don’t miss Plan Your Wedding Edmonton this Sunday, February 23rd, 2014!

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Recently engaged but not sure where to start? Have you been busy planning for a few months and need help figuring out what’s left to do before you say, ‘I do’? 

Don’t miss this fun and informative workshop led by Jennifer Bergman, Lead Planner + Designer of Jennifer Bergman Weddings Inc. Plan Your Wedding Edmonton is perfect for couples who have the time (and desire) to plan their own weddings, but could use a little help along the way.

            Date:          Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
            Time:          10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
            Location:    Matrix Hotel (Amber Ballroom), 10640 100 Avenue

Your ticket includes:

  • Professional wedding planning guidance through a variety of topics:
    • Getting started
    • Navigating the guest list
    • Setting and sticking to your budget
    • Choosing wedding locations / venues
    • Selecting your dream team of wedding professionals
    • Creative ideas to personalize your wedding
    • Managing wedding day logistics
    • Wedding design trends for 2014/2015
    • Etiquette
    • …and more!
  • Planning workbook complete with checklists, budget guides and valuable resources
  • Décor showcase featuring some of the latest trends in wedding design and décor, including gorgeous linens, customized stationery and centrepieces for every budget
  • Personal tour of Matrix Hotel’s event spaces, guest rooms and suites
  • Opportunity to have your wedding planning questions answered (and hear other couples’ questions too!)
  • Delicious lunch and refreshments provided by Matrix Hotel
  • Exclusive offers from Edmonton wedding vendors – valued at over $1,500!
Edmonton Wedding Planning Workshop
Photo Credit: FO Photography

2013 Workshop Testimonials:

“I got a lot out of the workshop – gave me a different outlook on the planning process!”

“Thank you for putting this on – it was a wonderful resource and I will definitely be going over these notes again!”

“This will definitely make my wedding planning less stressful. It helped us make decisions for our venue, décor and style!

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Please note that there are a limited number of tickets available and you must pre-register for this event. Tickets will NOT be available at the door. For more information, please contact us: info@JenniferBergmanWeddings.com / 780.298.8244.

Register Now!

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Edmonton Wedding Planning Workshop