FC: The Making of a Canadian-Themed Wedding
1: The Save the Date photos came from the bridal show we attended together, and our engagement photo session with ABC Photography. We played with the leaves to get a Canadian winter theme, which is actually quite hard to do since maple leaves are more of a 'fall' theme. We set up the web site to accept RSVPs and we were set!
2: The first step was to pick our colours. Considering it was a Canadian wedding, red and white was a given! We added black into the mix and silver as an accent colour.
4: Of course, Justin purchased wedding insurance just in case anything went awry!
5: Then we had to pick a venue for the ceremony and reception and sort out all of the pricing details. We picked Grazie Banquets.
7: Once we had our venue, date, time, and meals picked out, we were able to write and design our invitations and send them out to our guests. We printed, punched, and bound the invitations and customized the envelopes. Every invitation had a unique username and password so guests could log in and RSVP on the web site.
8: There was no better way than to start a Canadian wedding day with a trip to the ice arena. Amanda brought her Canadian scarf, I brought custom jerseys with 11, 20, 20, 10 (the wedding date numbers) on the backs, and Dayne brought his blankie. We lucked out and the Chicago Wolves' mascot joined us!
10: The bouquets took a while to get right. Eventually, we settled on molding chicken wire around a bouquet holder. Then we stacked and wired groups of buttons, charms, bells, and flowers and attached them to the chicken wire. Each bridesmaid had a unique bouquet with personalized charms.
12: Justin wore his Canadian cufflinks and we made lapel pins with beads and a maple leaf charm to match the bridesmaids' bouquets.
15: We decided to print and bind the ceremony programs ourselves. They turned out great! Michele and Quinn handed them out at the ceremony door as guests entered.
16: The lanterns that were placed on either side of the aisles were a construction challenge! The initial lantern holder that we purchased kept tipping over with the weight of the hanging lantern. We shipped the holders to Canadian Tool & Die and Frank created heavy bases, welded them to the holders, then painted them all to match. They worked perfectly! We twisted pine cones, tulle, ribbon and floral decorations around the holders to match the rest of the winter theme.
19: The flower girl's basket was a metal wire basket. We weaved red ribbon and black electrical tape through the wire bars, lined it with fleece, and attached tulle and button charms to match the bouquets.
20: Minus getting fake snow in Sherry's eyes during the photo shoot, the snow machine Justin rented to create snow during the ceremony was a great touch!
22: Canadian geese place cards just made sense! Cutting them out was pretty tedious work. We covered up the cut marks with wide strips of red ribbon.
27: Rather than number our tables, we named each table after a Canadian landmark.
28: In addition to snowflake wine stoppers, we gave away these Wild Twists bottle openers that Sherry's brother, Rob, gave to us to use as reception gifts.
30: We made a stop-motion clay animation to tell the story of the time Rob caught a wild rabbit for Sherry.
32: Sherry designed the cake in Adobe Illustrator and the Pastry Chef brought it to life!
35: The red, silver, and white personalized M&M's were a bit of a challenge. The first batch we ordered had melted (not in our hands, but in the shipping box). The second order came with an altered version of our engagement day photo. (They removed the tower from the photo!) Third time was a charm. We ended up with a lot of M&Ms and two cute candy dispensers!
36: Snowmen with hidden snow machines in their hat made the reception a blast for the kids that attended the wedding. I'm sure the adults enjoyed it, too!
39: We decided to play a game of trivia withAmerican- and Canadian-related questions. Correct answers resulted in the Bride & Groom kissing.
40: The Dave & Buster's Bear was a giveaway prize that we acquired at the rehearsal dinner restaurant (Dave & Buster's). Justin stuck a Canadian loonie under a random seat and everyone was asked to look under their seat to see if they won. Justin's Auntie Cathe won the bear. The bear had quite the time by the looks of the photos that night...