Rustic Canada Mountains Weekend Getaway

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The Canadian Rocky Mountains have always been a popular wedding destination, and now more than ever we’re seeing an increase in bachelorette getaways in the mountains. With fresh mountain air, breathtaking landscapes and limitless activities, it’s no wonder!

A weekend in the mountains with the girls is especially attractive for the nature-loving bride who prefers to forego the traditional nightclub festivities, but it’s also great for any bride who just wants to escape for some pre-nuptial bonding with her besties! Explore all the fun from this rustic Canada mountains weekend getaway in the full gallery here, photographed by Kim Payant Photography.

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The perfect mountain escape

We took inspiration for this shoot from our ‘model’ bride who has a bit of a gypsy spirit and bohemian flair. We designed our bachelorette escape with her in mind, but we also wanted to stay true to our rocky mountain roots. We wanted the girls to have that quintessential mountain experience, complete with hiking, canoeing, and s’mores by the fire pit. With that in mind, we decided on the beautiful Emerald Lake Lodge as our destination getaway. It’s main lodge is over a 100 years old with authentic rough hewn beams, wood walls, and field stone fireplaces. It had everything we were looking for in a mountain escape!

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Custom bridesmaid box

After a full morning of outdoor activities, the girls were more than ready to sit down at their boho themed picnic session styled by Naturally Chic. They relaxed on a grassy spot, with mountain views overlooking the jewel-colored lake. For favors, we custom built wood boxes with personalized wine glasses for each girl. We also included leather details, such as a personalized wine tasting note book, an engraved wood pen, personalized coaster and heart-shaped key chains.

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Bright florals add a pop

For flowers we really wanted to go for something that would pop against the color of the lake, so we decided to choose flowers that were colorful and & fun. This seemed to be the perfect fit to jump into spring! For the dinner table, I used the venue’s beautiful wood slab table and eclectic chairs, which was perfect for our boho theme. I kept the table neutral with wood and lace details, so that the brightly colored flower centerpieces remained the showpiece for the table.

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Wood and leather desert table

For the sweet table, we used natural woods, and leather detailing to highlight the “naked cake”, cupcakes, and boho themed cookies from Cake Rhapsody. I used mason jars with personalized leather wraps for the granola favors.

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Braided bridal looks

From Mountain Beauties: I drew inspiration from the atmosphere. For the daytime look, I wanted to do styles that were polished versions of what they would do themselves. For the evening looks I had a better chance to get to know everyone and gave them looks that matched their personal style. Braiding is all the rage right now and I wanted to use this in every look. It’s nice to show that there are so many beautiful options with a technique so simple.

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see the full gallery

Photographers: Kim Payant Photography
Coordinators & Stylists: Naturally Chic

Flowers: Willow Flowers Co.
Hair & Make-Up: Mountain Beauties
Venue, Catering & Wine Tasting: Emerald Lake Lodge
Cake & Cookies: Cake Rhapsody
Canoe Rental: Emerald Lake Sports and Gifts
Tank Top Print: Bang On

Categories: Inspirational Shoots
Colors: blue, orange, pink, yellow
Styles: bachelorette, mountains, rustic

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Wedding Invitation Tips From Minted

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Since your engagement you have probably keyed in to the fact that you will need a few wedding invitation items. This list includes everything from your save-the-dates to place cards all the way to thank-yous. Our friends over at Minted are dedicated to ensuring that all your paper needs are met perfectly and each of these key pieces will reflect what you are looking for on your wedding day.

Before you start perusing all Minted had to offer, we’ve got a few quick tips to sure your wedding invitation etiquette is perfectly polished.

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save the date etiquette tips

Your save-the-dates are the first style statement of your wedding day, so you want to make sure you knock it out of the park. Of course, Minted has an array of styles to select from and one of our favorites is the NEW hand pressed foil design in gold, rose gold and silver with die cut shapes.  Shop all of their save-the-dates here. Read on for some quick save the date etiquette tips.

1. Set the tone of your event with your save-the-dates. Whether it be informal, classic, destination or garden wedding. Quick Tip! Be sure to include “formal invitation to follow” at the bottom of your save-the-date. This will clear up any confusion, and avoid unnecessary inquiries.

2. Who’s on your wedding guest list? Have a final count before you send out your save-the-dates. Assume everyone who receives one will be attending.

3. Timing is key! Prepare to send out your save-the-dates 6-12 months before your wedding date. Allowing everyone to properly plan for your event. Everyone will appreciate the advance notice to ask for time off from work and get the best travel deals.

4. Share as much information as possible about your invite. Including the city, state and your wedding website url.

5. Make it clear who is invited. Address the envelope to whom is invited. The Smith Family (the entire family is welcome) Your best friend and your boyfriend (Jules Kender and Micheal Bronen), Alyssa + one and so on.

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bridal shower etiquette tips

Bridal shower invitations are the one set of invitations that we do not feel has to match your wedding theme. Typically thrown by a close friend or family member – from garden tea parties to champagne brunches – the themes are endless and Minted has some super cute options. Shop Bridal shower invitations here. Read on for some quick bridal shower date etiquette tips.

1. Guests attending the bridal shower must be on the wedding guest list as well.

3. Include where the bride and groom and registered on the invite.

2. Invite the groom! The tradition of inviting the groom to show up right before gift opening is a fantastic idea.

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wedding invitation etiquette tips

Naturally, your wedding invitation style will reflect the style of your day and Minted can ensure everything is on-point. With FREE calligraphy inspired envelope printing to save you time, and their consistent and reliable top-quality production team. It’s safe to say all Minted will meet all of you your wedding paper needs. You can shop all of their wedding invitations here. Read on for some quick wedding invitation etiquette tips.

1. Send out your invitations 6-8 weeks before your wedding. If you are planning a destination wedding  plan on around 3-4 months before hand. Set you R.S.V.P card date for around 2 weeks before the actual wedding. If you do not hear from someone, feel free to ring them up.

2. Gifts are optional! Your registry information should be on your wedding website that was sent out with your save-the-date card. Putting it on the invite is seen as a faux pas.

3. What’s the dress code?  Your invite style will set the tone, but if you want to be clear, list it at the bottom of the invite. Another option is to share all this info on your wedding website.

4. Addressing the envelope correctly. As with the save the date, be sure to address who exactly is invited to the wedding. It is acceptable to just invite a single guest. Not everyone requires a plus one.

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wedding escort card etiquette tips

Minted has a dedicated “Perfection Team” to help create your design vision, from start to finish. Including all your wedding day essentials. From your wedding programs, escort cards table numbers to your final thank-yous. They even go the extra mile to print your guests names for FREE on your escort cards. Shop all your wedding day essentials here Bonus! You can receive 15% off wedding day of essentials including programs, menus, place cards & table numbers– use code: SPRINGFOIL. Read on for some quick wedding escort card etiquette tips.

1. Display the cards near the entrance to your reception in alphabetical order by last name.

2. One escort card per a couple is definitely acceptable – Mr. and Mrs. Supuala. If the couple is not married, they would receive separate cards with Sam Rios and Sarah Wiley. If someone has a plus one it would simply be Katie Pentland plus guest. If you have invited the entire family it would simply be The Jones Family.

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Minted is overflowing with unique wedding designs from an independent community of artists to make something one-of-a-kind. Shop all of your wedding invitations and wedding day essentials at Minted.

Wedding paper goods: Minted
Engagement photo: Yes Dear Studio
Bridal shower sign PC: Inkspot Photography Full Feature:Ruffled
Bride on beach: PC: Feather and Stone
Gold wedding reception PC: SMS Photography Full Feature: SMPPink and gold wedding cake: The Pastry Studio


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