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Its time again to open our doors to our 8th annual winter brunch. Experience the opportunity of enjoying a culinary experience without the wedding ritual.
Starting February 1, 2015. Reservations required: Please call at 403-288-9558Brunch Highlights:
Apricot-stuffed French toast, salmon eggs Benedict, black pepper and brown sugar bacon, seafood, hot fresh sticky buns, in-house crafted desserts, and the most applauded, carved beef.
After some thought and having hosted thousands of guests at the Wedding Pavillion it occurred to me that like most other things in our lives over the years, wedding guest etiquette has also evolved to meet the demands of a fast paced competitive digital world. This sometimes includes shortcuts and other oversights. That being said good manners and gestures should still be followed as traditionally as they always have been. There are just a few simple rules for being a good wedding guest.
Some couples opt to go paperless for their wedding invitations. Most couples still choose a paper invitation and include a reply card with an RSVP date. No matter what style they choose it is important to pay attention to the RSVP date and respond promptly via whichever method they have given you. Unless the invitation includes the opportunity to bring a guest, you can assume that you are the only invitee. Couples are often working with limited venue space (and budgets) to accommodate guests so don’t automatically assume you can bring a date.
Please try to be on time for the Wedding Ceremony. There is nothing worse than guests trying to rush in just before the processional begins or during the ceremony itself. It can be disruptive to the serenity of the moment. Silence your cell phones and other devices or better yet, turn them off, sit back and enjoy the Wedding Ceremony. There will be lots of opportunity for photos throughout the Wedding Event. All couple’s hire a professional or have a designated photographer to capture those incredibly special ceremony moments so you will be able to view those photos at some future date. I guarantee you will feel good after unplugging for that short time. When you do capture photos, check with the Bride and Groom before sharing on Social Media and don’t post unflattering images.
What not to wear. Unless the Bride and Groom have indicated you should dress casually, then don’t. Why not take time to get dressed up for the occasion. Blue jeans and shorts do not qualify as dress wear no matter how much you have paid for them although child guests are the exception to this rule as they look cute in tiny shorts and jeans no matter what the occasion. Ladies, don’t opt to wear white or any shade thereof. That honour is reserved for the Bride.
One of the biggest challenges a couple faces is to put together a reception seating plan. This is a huge task and is built with lots of care and consideration. Please sit at your assigned table as asked by the Bride and Groom and make the very best of it. Don’t try to squeeze in at another table that you prefer for whatever reason. Tables are set with great care and according to the limitations of table sizes and the amount of items that are set down on the guest tables. Today’s weddings include lavish and very detailed tablescapes that the couple have planned to the last detail. Just sit where you have been asked to and enjoy your time with the other guests at that table. Guests often move about once the dance is underway.
Couples again go to a lot of work to host a lovely dinner for you. It is no easy task to choose a meal for 50 – 150 guests. They have had to deal with guest list changes, special meal requests, etc in the weeks and even days leading up to their wedding. Your dining experience is very important to them. If an issue comes up during dinner service it’s a good idea to have the venue staff sort it out rather than complaining to the Bride and Groom or their families during their wedding. Whether your beef is too rare, your allergies were not known or any other problems arise with your meal, they can usually be dealt with quickly by venue staff.
Most weddings involve some form of hosted beverages and there will be parameters around the bar service. It’s a good idea to order drinks one at a time (not three) and from the menu the couple are hosting. In other words don’t complain if your favourite drink is not featured at the Wedding Bar. If there is a cash bar you have more freedom to order as you wish. Don’t bring your own alcohol to the wedding reception. This is a no no with venues due to serving regulations and may result in you being cut off from bar service.
Please try to remember that couples have spent dozens of hours preparing for their big day and should not have to hear anything but accolades after their wedding . Even if some details were not perfect nor how you would have done things it’s a good idea to be gracious and keep it to yourself.
We are pleased to introduce our newest Wedding Package “Chef’s Table Tasting” wedding package. This latest offering has been designed for smaller weddings from 10 – 30 guests to celebrate with close family and friends. In this wedding package, the focus is on Great Food, Wine, table Service and a relaxed, elegant atmosphere for your wedding day. The Tasting Menu created by our Executive Chef offers you an 8 course Gourmet Tasting experience with Champagne and Wine Pairing Choices included in the price.
The inclusive Chef’s Table Tasting Wedding Package is offered from January-April, November-December, Sundays in May, June, September, October and summertime weekdays on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
This is a great option for couples who are considering a Restaurant style dinner party for their Wedding Reception. You have exclusive use of our entire Wedding Venue including our Elegant Wedding Chapel and of course our 1.7 Acre grounds.
The inclusions in this Wedding Package are extensive which makes it easier to achieve your wedding day Vision. In addition we offer you two Planning Meetings with our Experienced In House Wedding Planner who will help you to plan and design your wedding day from start to finish.
The Inclusive Chef’s Table Tasting Wedding Package can be booked up to 18 months in advance. Full package information and tasting Menus available by calling the Wedding Pavillion at 403-288-9558.
I often ask couples about what the most important component of their wedding is. Nine times out of ten I am told that it would be the enjoyment of family and friends at their wedding. That it is a good party and that guests have a great memorable time.
People are travelling from far and wide to celebrate with you. All details are important on this special day. So how do you, the Bride and Groom go about planning your wedding with this in mind. Food and Beverages are a very important part of your party and help to create a great, memorable event.
Why not look at the latest trends in food and try to incorporate them into your special day. The snacking trend shows no signs of slowing down and food station snacking is very on trend. The Wedding Pavillion has recently created Fun Food Menu’s for you and your guests to enjoy. Popular choices include a fully stocked Taco Bar, Asian Snack Box Station(guests fill their takeout boxes with yummy delights), Carnival Station which includes mini corn dogs, sliders, flavoured popcorn and deconstructed caramel apples.
How about a late night Classic comfort station. Cream of tomato soup shot and a mini grilled cheese sandwich, or a Mash Potato Bar with all the fixins. Sweet choices include S’more Bar, Popsicle Cocktails and a Gelato Station. People love to visit over food and it creates both conversation and memories. Passed bubbly is a lovely way to greet guests at the beginning of your reception. You could feature locally produced spirits (Craft Beer comes to mind). Serving anything locally sourced is a big trend right now. Food-wine pairings are thoughtful, always popular and will keep your guests really content. The time you take to carefully plan the special touches you have in place at your wedding will have your guests talking about your big day for years to come.
We are surrounded by music on a daily basis and the majority of it has something to do with love. Its your big day, the one you’ve always dreamed of, and you’ve got every detail in place except what song you will walk down the aisle to. This is a HUGE part of your Wedding day and a moment you will never forget. So how do you narrow down the thousands of songs and choose that perfect melody?
You want to make sure that no matter what, the songs fit your and your fiancé’s personalities. This is your day! Make it meaningful for you. Choose a song that reminds you of your significant other, or that has a sentimental meaning for you. Maybe it’s a song your parents went down the aisle too, maybe it’s a song that was playing on your first date, or when you got engaged, or maybe it is a song that just fills you with emotion when the sound begins.
If you have a specific theme for your Wedding try to find something that will fit the theme. Going with a hint of Disney? How about Tarzans ‘You’ll be in my heart’ or the ever so classic Lion King ‘Can you feel the love tonight’ Or maybe you are having an Urban Vibe Wedding. How about something a little more ‘off the beaten path’ like Method Man and Mary J. Blige’s ‘ You’re all I need’?
Here are a few lists I’ve put together to help you out. From the Traditional Processional songs like that used by Princess Diana to the most modern hits and obscure love songs.
Traditional Wedding Songs
Modern Processional Songs
Alternative Processional Songs
Thanks Hannah lyons for the blog on our facilities and what we offer!
Hanna Lyons is the owner and planner for Turning Paige: Wedding and Event Management in Colorado, USA. She recently came to visit our facilities in search of the perfect Wedding Venue for her own Wedding. Here is the blog she wrote about The Wedding Pavillion on her ‘Alberta’s Best Wedding Vendors Blog’ :
The Wedding Pavillion’s first Brunch of the season was very well attended and enjoyable. What a great way to take in the view outdoors without feeling the -23 that we had in Calgary that day.
Sampling delicious brunch items from the peppered bacon to the dessert table was delightful and no one left hungry thats for sure.
What a great idea! Crumbfusion is now available in Calgary! The best of Wedding Cake and guest favours available at The Wedding Pavillion!
Crumbfusion is a fresh new take on wedding cake. A fusion of wedding cake and guest favour combined. A special blend of delicious cake with tasty dress ups (fun toppings) to compliment the cake, all combined in a fun container which is designed with your own custom wedding label to match your decor. Guests can enjoy immediately or take it home.
Instead of the separate cost of a traditional cake and guest favour you can now combine them saving you money at the same time. This new, innovative up and coming company will give you an opportunity to create a one of a kind wedding experience for your guests.
For more information please contact Colin Maley at (403)585-8509
Modern wedding band sentiments and ideas from The Wedding Pavillion.
A great way to personalize your Wedding rings is to have them engraved. This is usually placed on the inside of the band as the words chosen are very meaningful and intimate for each couple. Some couples choose intricate designs, love song lyrics, and even each other’s fingerprints imprinted into the inside of your wedding bands. I have good friends who even decided to have their wedding rings tattooed onto their ring fingers. Pretty cool I must say.
Words may be powerful or subtle and mysterious with a code phrase just for the two of you. Could be as simple as your wedding date or as lengthy as an entire love poem. Latin phrases are very romantic. On that note, it is ok to borrow quotes if you wish to use them to best express what is in your heart. Funny phrases are o.k. too, as they reflect the humour you share.
Most importantly, remember to keep it simple and speak from the heart.
Here are a few ideas for you if you feel lost for words to have engraved for your beloved.
I love you (simple)
I love you…I know (Movie quotes)
Faith, hope and love
Wedding date (a good reminder of your anniversary date)
Love, Honour and Cherish
Joined under God
You held out your hand: I took it
Forever and a day
Happily ever after
With this ring
Today’s Modern Bride and Groom are choosing Wedding Ceremony music to fit their personality. More couples want pop songs for their Wedding Ceremony. Canon in D is still a popular choice, but an even more popular choice for trending Wedding music is Vitamin String Quartet (VSQ).
VSQ is comprised of a rotating collective of top musical musicians and is known for its sophisticated twist on rock and pop’s biggest acts. VSQ boldly reinvents the music of popular acts such as U2, Bruno Mars, Train, Metallica, Guns n’ Roses, Aerosmith, Elton John and Coldplay just to name a few.
Top 10 VSQ Songs:
The Wedding Pavillion has a large repertoire of VSQ and other music to choose from for your Ceremony. During your music meeting with The Wedding Pavillion we will assist you in choosing the perfect songs. We will customize a playlist for your special day, ideally four pieces of music are selected, however every ceremony is unique and additional songs can be chosen.
On 11.11.13 The Wedding Pavillion team pays tribute to, and thank all who have served and continue to serve in our Canadian military.
We also Thought today was a fitting day to talk about a different kind of bride. I am of course referring to the estimated 48000 young women who met and married Canadian service men during the second world war. From 1939-1945, hundreds of thousands of Canadian service men were stationed in Britain. They worked and trained while the allied command prepared for the final assault on occupied Europe.
As in the First World War, those who were injured in the fighting in Europe and those who had earned occasional periods of leave also spent time in Britain. As a result, Canadian service men and women were living in areas throughout the United Kingdom. Chance encounters, local social events and dances insured that Canadian service men met young women in nearby cities, towns and villages all over the UK. Inevitably many fell in love. Those Canadian service men wanting to marry over seas faced difficulties. Permission from the commanding officer was required and British parents were sometimes opposed.
Despite it all love found a way. Young people, used to the hardships of war, saw few good reasons to wait. Many young women in Britain had already faced nightly bombing raids, the deaths of family members or friends, blackouts and rationing. Despite an official army policy discouraging these marriages, the army and other branches of the Canadian Military, faced with the inevitable, made arrangements to assist the newlyweds and their young families.
Family and good friends helped the couples with precious gifts of ration books. These were needed to buy wedding clothes. Even acquiring enough food for a simple wedding reception was a challenge because just about everything was in short supply in wartime England. Nevertheless, wedding photos from the period shine with joyful faces, uniformed young officers, flowers and simple wedding gowns or a much needed new suit. It was a tradition among brides at that time to carry silver horseshoes, made from paper, for luck.
Between 1942 and 1947 most of the 48000 women who had married Canadian service men and their 22000 children were brought to Canada. A few Canadian service women married British husbands. These men were also eligible to travel to Canada and had to put up with a bit of good humoured teasing about being “male war brides”.
The majority of war brides came to Canada in 1946 after the war had ended and troops had been returned home. As life returned to peace time pursuits, the Canadian government turned its attention to welcoming this unique group of new Canadians. War brides were transported on huge troop ships especially outfitted for their use and converted luxury liners.
Like immigrants before and after them , almost all war brides remember docking in Halifax and passing through Pier 21. They were met there by Red Cross and Salvation Army volunteers who offered the new Canadians a warm welcome and gifts of food and clothes for the children.
Brides and their children were assisted to special war bride trains, bound for various points across Canada. Husbands and families were notified of arrival times. Many brides marvelled at the vastness of their new land. For some, the journey to the Prairies and the West Coast took several days.
For many war brides, coming as they did from British or European cities, rural life was not what they expected. In the 1940’s many Canadians lived in rural areas where most homes had no electricity and even fewer had indoor plumbing. Settling into a new culture became part of their new lives.
We salute this remarkable group of Canadian citizens who, for love, followed their husbands. Where their returning Veterans went, these young women followed and made their new homes in this young and growing land. These women were welcomed to their new communities and families. The contributions of these new Canadians would soon extend far beyond the walls of their homes as they entered into the life of their communities and enriched it with their many abilities and hard work. The years following the Second World War were ones of unprecedented change for Canada and our country’s War Brides have played an important part in the growth and development of the free and peaceful Canada that we enjoy today.
While stationed in England in WW2 a soldier named Thomas McCue was riding a train when he spotted Betty Howell while she was window shopping. He hopped off the train, introduced himself, told her he really liked her legs and after a short courtship they married. The rest is history. Their oldest son was born in a bomb shelter while still in England. In 1946, she too, travelled by ship as a war bride with their son John in tow. Then onto a train bound for Drumheller, AB where they settled and went on to have nine more children, of which I am the eighth.
Curious? – Check out CBC ‘s Digital Archives on War Brides
Information and excerpts in this blog from Canadian Veterans Affairs.