Free Mountain Winter Ceremony

By: admin on September 4, 2012

Your FREE Winter Ceremony with Sweet Occasions!

As you know the winter season offers some amazing discounts!  Sweet Occasions is proud to offer our FREE Winter Ceremony Special for all our winter 2012/2013 winter brides!

This year we are featuring the Twilight or Sunset Ceremony.  This fantastic package of romantic decor is perfect for an outdoor winter wedding at Sunset or early Twilight. With warming and romantic candlelight glistening on the snow from their perch in classic lanterns lining the aisle and dangling from the alter arrangements you will  say your “I do’s” with a backdrop as beautiful as the natural world could create.  This decor also looks stunning during the day, adding some warmth to your winter ceremony!

This Twilight or Sunset Ceremony package includes:

  • lanterns to line your aisle beaming with warm candle light
  • 2 alter arrangements with hanging lanterns
  • rose petals to define your aisle
  • setup and take down of all your decor

Enjoy this Twilight or Sunset Ceremony for only $699.00 or

RECEIVE A FREE WINTER CEREMONY WHEN YOU BOOK A WEDDING PACKAGE WITH SWEET OCCASIONS.

Available for a limited time ONLY.  Contact Us today to ensure you do not miss out on this amazing offer!

Enjoy your ceremony outside at Sunset or Twilight and then move into your reception immediately for some warm hot chocolate or a hot signature cocktail of your preference!

 

*Where available

Winter Is Upon Us…

By: admin on September 4, 2012

Whether you are just putting the finishing touches on your winter wedding or just starting the planning process for next year, Sweet Occasions is here to help!

Winter decorating can be as simple as adding a candy cane to a cocktail or as elaborate as transforming your reception venue into a winter wonderland! If you are planning to have your winter wedding in the Canadian Rockies, you will find breathtaking back drops everywhere you look.

Rose & Dwayne Celebrate a Fantasy Grande Rockies Wedding in Canmore Alberta

With all the beauty that surrounds you, why not pick up a few tips from Mother Nature herself?  Your centerpieces can be a stunning crystal blue, like an ancient glacier or go green by using sapling pine trees you can add a lovely local flair to your table, as well as a natural light scent that all your guests will enjoy. A true green bonus; use the saplings in the spring and reduce your carbon footprint! (Be sure to keep saplings moist so they don’t die before spring.)

Another small but fabulous idea is having a signature drink made for your wedding, served in winter themed martini glass. Think snowflakes or snowmen! Garnish with a small candy cane, perfect treats to add to your color scheme!

Adding dark rich colors to your decor can be dramatic as well as comforting. Couches and armchairs can be added to conventional reception seating to add warmth and comfort to a room. Use throw pillows in rich plums, red, greens and gold to enhance your receptions look and feel.

The Grande Rockies Fantasy Package decorated in beautiful plum & silver for a winter wedding in the Rockies.

For a simple elegant centerpiece, place Christmas bulbs in a clear bowls; add a few tea lights for extra reflective sparkle.
By taking a queue from nature you can add a bit of dramatic flair to your centerpieces. Using sections of felled trees (please be sure they were cut down for more than just decorations) in various sizes, pillar candles, colored bulbs and small sections of fabric you can jazz up any table.
Ceiling and wall swag used sparingly in dark rick colors and accented with backlighting can beautifully play up any wall.

If your reception is in a room with a less than stellar view, why not bring the majesty of the Canadian Rockies inside? A boring corner or nook with
extra room behind the gift table can be made to look like an alpine forest. A few pine trees (purchased from tree farm) and a couple of faux trees to
fill in the empty spots and your forest were in place. Add some spray on snow to the branches, wall swag of white with a hint of light blue and you have a replica mountain forest right in the room. Perhaps you’re having a Christmas wedding, decorate a tree with all the trimmings for a festive glow.
If you are into winter sports such as skiing, skating and hockey, bring that part of you into your wedding decorating. Make a table top into a skating
pond with mirrors, figurines and trees. Drape white linen over upside down vases of varying sizes to create your own ski hill! Aside from looking whimsical they will be fantastic conversation starters for guests that have never met!

Instead of the traditional table number, name a table after a Rocky Mountain Ski Resort, favorite run or even members of the Canadian Olympic Team!
Injecting aspects of yourselves in your wedding photos will make for unique and exciting wedding pictures! Put your skis or snowboard on for a couple of
pictures!

A snowboard wedding at Sunshine – Best photos on top of the world!!!

Not into downhill or cross-country? Don your ice skates for a quick hockey game, you and your brides maids against the groom and his groomsmen!
With the bride and groom facing off at centre ice.

If you have a January wedding in mind, the Chateau Lake Louise has magnificent ice carving every year as well as a replica “hotel” on the frozen lake. With timeless mountains and beautiful ice carving your wedding and photos will be remember and talked about for years to come!

Liz & Ryan Celebrate a Fantasy Chateau Lake Louise Winter Wedding

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Kicking Horse – The Rockies Premier Venue

By: admin on April 9, 2010

If you love the Rockies, this is one venue that you MUST consider for your wedding!  Located just outside of Golden British Colombia, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort has world class banquet facilities, top notch food & beverage and staff that please.

Allow Kicking Horse Mountain Resort to be your host and backdrop for the most important day of your life.  Have your alpine ceremony at the a one of a kind venue where within minutes of stepping into the gondola, you are surrounded by the pristine wilderness of six national parks.

From the “I do’s” until the last dance….. Start with a breath taking ceremony on the Terrace of the Eagle’s Eye Restaurant with the vast peaks of Banff, Jasper, Mount Revelstoke, Glacier, Kootenay and Yoho National Parks in the background.  Take mountain top photos to cherish for a lifetime followed by a reception in the restaurant and a fun-loving and memorable evening, dining and dancing the night away.

You are going to LOVE this venue!

Mike & Megan’s Wedding

By: admin on October 23, 2009

October 9th 1009 – Chateau Lake Louise

Mike & Megan

Angela,

We can’t thank you enough for planing such a perfect wedding for Megan and Mike. We enjoyed working with you so much and you surpassed our expectations. You are an amazing person with many talents! Everyone was so impressed with all you did. You did an outstanding job with Mike & Megan’s wedding and we can’t thank you enough! We hope you will look us up when you come to Florida.

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Please keep in touch as we have so enjoyed you.

Take care and keep in touch.

Love,

Bonnye

This video was created by Les McDonald of Silver Screen Wedding Films, make sure you check out Les’ work at www.silverscreenweddingfilms.com
Photos by John Bonner at Bonner Photography Isn’t John AMAZING!!

Mike & Megan exiting on a carriage in front of Chateau Lake Louise

Mike & Megan exiting on a carriage in front of Chateau Lake Louise

Sun Room at Chateau Lake Louise, Designed by Angela Schrempf – Executive Wedding Planner – Sweet Occasions Bridal Consulting

Thanks for Reading

Sincerely,

Angela Schrempf

Sweet Occasions Bridal Consulting

Published AGAIN! "Make your wedding more eco-friendly" Featuring Angela Schrempf

By: admin on September 8, 2009

Make your wedding more eco-friendly

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shawn@thecrag.ca

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the Bow Valley more eco-friendly according to local executive wedding planner Angela Schrempf.

Schrempf, who has been in the event planning industry since 2002 and currently operates Sweet Occasions Bridal Consulting based out of Canmore, said there are some simple and inexpensive ways to make a wedding more environmentally friendly.

“We like to focus on really being green about everything,” said Schrempf. “Because I respect the area so much.”

Schrempf said one of the things to consider when planning a wedding is to reduce fuel emissions used by guests and the cost of the venue rentals by holding the ceremony and reception in one place.

“There are many venues in both Banff and Canmore and all over the Rockies for that matter that offer both hotel services and services for both outdoor and indoor ceremony locations and receptions,” she said.

If that is not possible, consider getting a shuttle bus for the guests from the ceremony to the reception or carpool in hybrid vehicles.

There are also facilities that promote environmental preservation that can be rented out for special events. One of the local facilities that Schrempf recommended was the Chateau Lake Louise.

“They are really, really big about that with their expansion,” she said. “They actually reduced the amount of water they use and other utilities when they expanded and doubled their property size.”


She said there are also facilities like Buffalo Mountain Lodge and Emerald Lake Lodge that produce their own game and meat for the meals.

When it comes to brides, they can consider wearing gowns made of natural fabrics or wear a used gown.

With photography, she recommended going with a photographer who keeps photos digital and only prints out the photos that are wanted.

“They won’t actually send you a proof book. You can go online,” said Schrempf.

Schrempf also recommended planning an eco-travel honeymoon. She said eco-travel agents can be found online and can meet anyone’s needs such as hiking, lounging on a beach, or strolling through a museum.

“We don’t have to go on a cruise or do something that is going to harm the environment producing carbon emissions,” said Schrempf.

She also suggested, along with holding the ceremony in the Rocky Mountains, staying in the Bow Valley for the honeymoon.

“Ditch everyone and stay in the Rockies,” she said. “Go exploring, go on a lake and do some canoeing. Enjoy yourself, it is gorgeous here.”

Another idea Schrempf suggested was holding the ceremony near water and, instead of leaving in a limo, leaving the ceremony in a canoe.

With décor, a few of the suggestions Schrempf had included using soy candles, which burn cleaner and longer and spills are much easier to clean up. She also recommended using natural elements such as branches and river rocks.

For invitations, the paper can be made of high-recycled content or from alternative fiber such as hemp or bamboo.

“They are really unique in how you can get tons of textures, colours and designs,” said Schrempf. “You can really customize it and also the same price than going with your normal invitations, so why not.”

Flower arrangement can also be done with wildflowers. Also those planning a wedding can ask their florist about donating the flowers to facilities such as hospitals.

One of the simpler ways to make a wedding more eco-friendly in the mountains is to simply go outside.

“Why use lighting indoors and air conditioning when you can have your wedding outside,” said Schrempf. “Go to a lake or a meadow. There are plenty of locations around here.”

However, permits are required for holding an outdoor ceremony in the National Park. Or information is available regarding the permit by contacting the Banff National Park Information Centre at 762-1550.

Hiring local vendors and entertainment cuts down on travel and carbon emissions. Also acoustic musicians can cut down on electricity.

“Local vendors are not more expensive than in Calgary,” said Schrempf. “Calgary vendors are actually more expensive than our vendors.”

More information about eco-friendly weddings can be found at www.sweetoccasionsbanff.com or by contacting Angela Schrempf at 403-678-6366 or by email at angela@sweetoccasionsbanff.com.

Creating an Eco Chic Wedding

By: admin on September 8, 2009

Creating an Eco Chic Wedding

By Executive Wedding Planner Angela Schrempf

Sweet Occasions Bridal Consulting

Banff National Park located in Alberta Canada is no doubt one of the most beautiful protected areas in all of North America.  A perfect setting for a luxurious wedding or an intimate elopement, the Banff National Park offers world class accommodations, dining & scenery that is completely unmatched.  The preservation of this gorgeous landscape is paramount and brides enjoying the Rockies can do a few small things to help preserve this beautiful place for their children.

Here are some fantastic tips to save the environment and some money:

Venues

  • Host your wedding in National Park or natural reserve.  This is a great environmentally friendly choice; not to mention makes an amazing backdrop for your wedding!
  • Host your ceremony and reception in one place, reducing the amount of fuel emissions used by the guests and the cost of venue rentals.  Buffalo Mountain Lodge & Emerald Lake Lodge are fantastic venues that offer beautiful natural ceremony & reception locations & lodging.  For the Princess Brides the Castle in the Mountains Fairmont Banff Springs also offers posh ceremony & reception venues and world class accommodations!

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Lindsay & Daniel enjoy a natural ceremony in the heart of the Rockies.  Created by Sweet Occasions Bridal Consulting. Photography by Peak Photography.

Vendors

  • Hire local vendors. The less transportation, the lower the vendor cost!
  • As a wedding planner specializing in the Canadian Rockies I know that each vendor in my community can provide the same service & specializing in the Rockies.  Vendors from out of town will charge you more for their gas & travel time and will not have as much experience in the Rockies as local vendors.  Support the local economy and save yourself some money with our local vendors.

Design & Decor

  • green-DIY-wedding-invitatioLook for soy candles, they’re made from a renewable resource, are cleaner and longer burning than regular candles.  Avoid those nasty table cloth cleaning charges at your venue because spills are easy to clean – just use soap and hot water!
  • For the invitations & stationary use paper that has a high-recycled content or print your invites on a gift of seed paper.  Guest can plant your stationary and enjoy beautiful flowers!
  • For placement cards pluck leaves from trees and handwrite the guest’s names on each leaf, add an shiny silk ribbon at the stem and tie the leaf around the napkin for the perfect natural touch!
  • Give life to your guests with little seedling trees as favors.  As your love grows so will the trees and your guests will always remember how spectacular your wedding was every time they see their tree!

Fashion

  • Consider purchasing a gown made of natural eco-fabrics like silk and hemp.  You could also please your budget by purchasing a used gown or wearing a family member’s gown.
  • For your rings choose silver instead of gold. Silver mining has a much lower impact on our environment and there are plenty of gemstones besides diamonds to choose from which are equally beautiful and are one of the latest trends!

Sweet Occasions samples peakphotographyTransportation

  • If your wedding is near the water instead of leaving in a limo leave your ceremony in a canoe!   Couples can also departed on depart in a horse drawn carriage, sleigh, or even on bicycles.
  • Book a shuttle bus for guests.  Guests flying in will be happy that they don’t have to rent a vehicle and you will be helping the environment.  If vehicles are necessary consider carpooling in hybrid vehicles.

Photo by Peak Photography.

What Lindsay & Dan had to say about their Sweet Occasions Wedding!

By: admin on August 28, 2009

The Sweet Occasions Bridal team did an amazing job on our wedding. We provided a bit of a challenge to Angela and her team as we only had 3 months to plan our wedding but you would never have guessed with the beautiful day we had.

My husband and I were grateful to have Angela and her team to help us plan our special day. We did not worry about a thing the day of and were able to enjoy each and every moment of it. Angela was very professional, organized and very attentive to our requests. Together her and her team created a wedding day that exceeded ours and our guests expectations.
If you are having your wedding in the Banff National Park area, I highly recommend Sweet Occasions Bridal Consulting to make your special day a stress-free one.

- Lindsay & Dan – May 10th 2009

Amazing photos captured by Peak Photography

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9 Simple Steps to Save on Your Wedding Flowers

By: admin on August 13, 2009

Step 1
Use flowers that are in season. They’re readily available and cost less than flowers that are out of season. And all flowers cost more during the month of February because of Valentine’s Day.

Step 2
Get married on a holiday when the church will already be decorated. Christmas and Easter decorations already set up in a church can make a beautiful backdrop for your wedding.

Banff Wedding Flowers

Banff Garden Wedding Flowers

Step 3
Shrink your bridal party and your guest list. Fewer people mean fewer bouquets and decorations.

Step 4
Coordinate with another bride who is getting married around the same time as you. The two of you might be able to split the cost of flowers.
Step 5
Look outdoors for decorations. An outdoor wedding can save you tons of money on flowers and the Rockies are naturally beautiful!

emerald lake flowers

Emerald Lake Lodge

Step 6
Supplement large arrangements with less expensive flowers. Usually, these arrangements are far away, so your guests won’t be able to tell anyway.

Step 7
Create your own arrangements. You can use silk flowers or even flowers from your own garden. And you save a lot of money in the process.
Step 8
Fill spaces with greenery instead of flowers. Large potted plants can be rented for significantly less than flowers. Ivy and other greenery is also beautiful as an accent.
Step 9

Think about fruit and other alternative arrangements. A vase full of fruit is just as eye catching, and it’s quite a bit cheaper.

Design by Angela Schrempf

Design by Angela Schrempf

Enjoy!

Angela Schrempf
Executive Wedding Planner
Sweet Occasions Bridal Consulting
www.sweetoccasionsbanff.com

DIY Wedding Veil

By: admin on August 13, 2009

Making your own wedding veil is a simple and inexpensive process that can give you runway results without the price tag! Simple enough for just about everyone, this is a stress free project because if you muck it up, it is inexpensive enough to just start again!
Just follow this simple tutorial to create your vivacious veil!

STEP 1 – Style & Length

When creating your own wedding veil the first step is to choose which style and length suites you and your dress best. You might want to visit some bridal shops and try veils on to get a better idea of what you like and what looks good on. If possible try veils on with your dress. Here are your length options:
Blusher: Shoulder
BLUSHER VEIL
Waist Length
WASTE LENGTH VEIL
Fingertip length
finger tip length VEIL
Knee Length
Knee Length  VEIL
Chapel: Floor Length
floor length VEIL
Cathedral: Dragging on the Floor
Cathedral VEIL

STEP 2 – Choosing a Clip or Tiara

Your veil can be attached to a headband, comb, tiara or any other creative object that you can fasten into your hair. You can purchase these accessories at various crafts stores like Michaels or a fashion jewelry shop. There are also wedding veil combs at most fabric stores and are usually under $10! You can also just use a plain, unadorned comb and you can stick into your hair for under a $1. Elaborate crowns, tiaras or decorated combs can cost more. You can always decorate your plain comb with come pears, beads or other accessories.

Tiara VEIL

STEP 3 – Choosing your Tulle

Your tulle is your veil material. After deciding the length of your veil you can purchase your tulle. Tulle is available at many craft stores but I would recommend a fabric store as they have a better selection. Tulle is very inexpensive and can frequently be purchased for under $1.00 a yard, however the better the quality the better the higher the cost. After shopping around you will find that not all tulle is the same. It comes in many different colors, qualities textures and can vary so much that it is a good idea to purchase a yard of tulle you are considering to match it to your dress.
Upon finding the right tulle consider how many layers your veil will be, the length and your creative ability (if you’re not too creative you might have to start over a couple times).

STEP 3 – Cutting the Veil

You will need a workspace large enough to lay the fabric out flat and cut it. If your table isn’t large enough, clear out a space on your clean floor. You can purchase a veil patter at the fabric store or you don’t have to use a pattern at all! The shape of the fabric should basically a large oval. You can also just fold the tulle over lengthwise, pin it together so it doesn’t shift, and cut the bottom end, rounding off the corners. You can leave the sides straight, with just the bottom rounded, leaving the top end squared. The squared end will be the top of the veil that will be gathered on the comb. If you want a double layer veil, so that you have veil will cover your face, cut a smaller rounded piece of tulle.

STEP 4 – Attaching the Tulle to the Comb

After you have finished cutting your veil you can gather your veil by using a gathering stitch on the straight edge of the fabric. The tulle is now ready to attach to the comb.
You can attach the veil directly to your hand band or tiara or directly to the comb. I sigest attaching directly to the comb to avoid damaging delicate jewelry, and you can also take out the comb for the reception and still enjoy a headpiece.
Sew the gathered veil directly onto the comb or crown and it is ready to stick in into your hair!
MISSION COMPLETED! Wasn’t that easy!

STEP 5 – Finishing

You can chose to leave the tulle edge unfinished for a wispy look or you can finish the edge, by rolling it and sewing it. You can also choose to decorate the body of the veil by sewing of gluing small pearls, crystals or rhinestones on the veil.

Good Luck!

Angela Schrempf
Executive Wedding Planner
Sweet Occasions Bridal Consulting
www.sweetoccasionsbanff.com

DIY Bridal Survival Kit

By: admin on August 13, 2009

Being prepared on your wedding is something I do best, so here is a secret that can save your sanity! Don’t let the little things create a big problem, be prepared for anything and everything the Rocky Mountains can throw at you by creating your own Wedding Day Survival Kit!

The Rocky Mountains can throw some unexpected scenarios at you on your wedding day so here are some useful items to include in your Rocky Mountain Wedding Survival Kit.

Start with a small purse, pouch or makeup bag and begin adding the following contents for those unforeseen emergencies.

Here are some key items to include:

Clothes

* Tide Pen
* White chalk (works amazing for hiding any stains that might appear on your dress)
* Static Guard
* Double sided tape
*Lint brush
* Packing tape (go for the clear)
* Sewing kit including scissor
* Safety pins

Face

* Makeup for touchups
* Powder (to banish shine in the photos!)
* Mirror
* Tissues
* Blotting tissues
* Q-tips

Hair

* Brush
* Bobby Pins
* Hairspray

Smile

* Gum
* Breath Freshener
* Floss
* Toothbrush and

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toothpaste
* Mints

Nails

* Clear nail polish
* Super glue
* Nail polish remover
* Nail file

Body

* Sun Screen
* Bug Spray
* Tampons
* Deodorant
* Advil/Tylenol/Motrin
* Alka-Seltzer
* Tums
* Band-aids
* Visine
* Purell

Feet

* Slippers
* Band-Aid Blister Blocks

Good Luck!

Angela Schrempf
Executive Wedding Planner
Sweet Occasions Bridal Consulting
www.sweetoccasionsbanff.com