I wanted a relaxing little getaway before the summer months drifted away. Not wanting to travel far, but wanting to stay somewhere luxurious and with lots to do, I immediately thought of the Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello located in the little Quebec town of Montebello.
Only a one hour drive from Ottawa, it was the perfect little slice of paradise to escape the city, a busy job and my typical day to day life. Just driving up to the front of the hotel is breathtaking. The cedar lodge is beautifully constructed and steeped in history.
There is no shortage of wedding advice out there. From bridal magazines, to blogs, to message boards. Getting engaged makes you feel like you are part of some exclusive club that talks about things you never even batted an eyelash at before. Etiquette, colour swatches, floral arrangements, varying shades of white, and the list goes on. It’s really enough to make you want to call off the entire thing before you’ve even started.
But slowly you sift through the information. You realize a lot of it is outdated and steeped in tradition. You grow a backbone and learn to stand up for yourself and what you want your wedding day to be.
Paper goods are a huge part of a wedding, but they can sometimes be a detail that can get overlooked. Until I started planning my wedding, I didn’t realize how many choices and styles of paper goods were out there and how many different ways you can create things like invitations, place cards, programs and thank you cards. Even then, paper goods do not stop here. There are many other ways you can incorporate paper into your weddings like save the dates, menu cards, bridal shower invitations and games and seating charts.
They say it takes a village to raise a child. In the same sense, it takes a village to prepare a bride for her big day….and by village, I mean a village full of really skilled professionals. I have to say that one of my favourite memories of my whole wedding was getting ready with my bridesmaids and mom. We had the 90s jams going, mimosas flowing and a talented team of hair and makeup angels to make us look beautiful.