Jamie+Michael Destination Wedding Video
October 15th, 2014
What an AMAZING day and an absolute awesome privilege to work with Michael and Jamie in planning their destination wedding escape to the Riu Negril located in Negril, Jamaica! January was a perfect time to get out of the Manitoba freezer and enjoy a special day of celebration with over 80 of their friends and family joining them! Jamie and Michael decided to bring along their own videographer, Michael Scott, and he is graciously allowing us a sneak peak into their special day! Stay tuned for the entire video coming soon!
This video makes me want to get married all over again! PERFECTION!! Thank you to Michael and Jamie for allowing me to participate in planning and overseeing wedding and guest details! You are the best! And thank you to Michael for showcasing your beautiful video for future brides to see and enjoy!
Michael Scott can be reached as follows:
Michael J. Scott Productions
Flight Attendant had Passengers Roaring with Laughter
April 21st, 2014
Airlines are always looking for ways to make in-flight safety presentations interesting. Many are presented in video form, with Air New Zealand at the forefront of the zany in-flight safety video.
In North America, most airlines prefer to have their cabin crew make the announcements, and do the safety demo, live.
An amusing YouTube clip doing the rounds shows a Southwest Airlines flight attendant who “had a long day” and injected a bit of humor into her safety presentation.
As a result, instead of browsing magazines or dozing, the whole cabin watches – and laughs.
“My ex-husband, my new boyfriend and their divorce attorney are going to show you the safety features of this Boeing 737 800 series,” the attendant (identified by Digital Journal as Marty Cobb) begins.
Then she goes on. Let’s just say she delivers a rather different safety presentation than most travelers expect.
Here’s one gem: “If you’re traveling with small children… we’re sorry.”
10 Easy Steps to Find the Perfect Wedding Dress
March 11th, 2014
Destination brides usually have a minimum of 1 year to find the
perfect dress and this, according to Martha Stewart, should be ample time
to finding the perfect dress!
She has some very good advice on how to find the perfect dress regardless
of where you are married and how to look for the best price and best fit!
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
Knowing the place and time of your wedding will help focus your search. Will you be having a daytime ceremony on the beach? You can rule out ball gowns with long trains and dramatic embellishments. Exchanging vows in a candlelit cathedral? Avoid short slip dresses or anything that looks like it could be worn to a cocktail party. Most fabrics are suitable year-round, but some, like linen and organdy, are more appropriate for warm weather, while velvet and brocade are best left for winter.
SET A BUDGET
Figure out how much you want to spend, and tell the salesperson before she starts bringing out gowns. That way you won’t lose your heart to a dress you can’t afford. Typically, a wedding ensemble, including veil, undergarments, and any other accessories, accounts for 10 percent to 15 percent of the total wedding cost. Factor in extras, such as alterations—which can add a few hundred or a few thousand dollars depending on how involved they are—and shipping fees. Once the dress arrives, it may require professional pressing or steaming, which can tack on a hundred dollars or more.
Begin shopping six to nine months before your wedding. It takes about four months for a manufacturer to make a dress and another two months to complete the alterations. Very elaborate gowns will take longer. Short on time? Many shops do rush orders for an additional fee, but your choices will likely be limited. They also may have a sale section with samples you can buy off the rack. If you’re lucky, you can get one that needs just minor alterations.
DO YOUR RESEARCH
It’s not every day you see terms such as basque waist or Watteau train or try to differentiate between three shades of white. Pore over bridal magazines, books, and websites to learn about fabrics, silhouettes, and the lexicon so you can better convey what you’re looking for. Start a folder with pictures of dresses or details that appeal to you, and take it with you when you shop.
MAKE A GAME PLAN
Decide where you want to go and call stores in advance to find out which designers they carry, the price range of their dresses, and if they sell accessories and provide alterations. Most salons require that you schedule an appointment. If possible, shop on a weekday but not during your lunch hour when you’ll be rushed. Don’t shop till you drop—limit yourself to two stores a day, so you don’t get exhausted or forget what you’ve seen. Carry a notebook and jot down dress descriptions (photos are usually prohibited until you buy a gown).
Take anything you know you want to wear, such as a special necklace or your grandmother’s veil. Boutiques will often provide bustiers, strapless bras, and shoes, but you may want to bring your own. You’ll also need the advice of a few trusted confidantes, but not too many: An opinionated entourage can be confusing and frustrating. Invite one or two people who know your taste, will be honest with you, and whose judgment you trust.
FIND A DRESS FOR LESS
You don’t have to spend a million bucks to get the perfect gown. Besides having sale racks, many salons hold big sales once or twice a year to clear out “gently worn” or discontinued samples (usually in sizes 6, 8, or 10). To find out when these are, call stores, go to designers’ websites, and sign up for mailing lists. Also register for trunk shows, where designers debut new lines. Sometimes boutiques offer discounts if you buy on the show day.
KEEP AN OPEN MIND
This is the mantra repeated over and over by bridal consultants. So take their advice, even if what they urge you to try on doesn’t seem like your style. Some dresses don’t look like much on the hanger but look great on. On the other hand, never let yourself be talked into purchasing a gown you’re not in love with.
FOCUS ON FIT NOT SIZE
Bridalwear often runs smaller than ready-to-wear; if you normally buy an 8, you may need a 12. So forget the numbers and don’t insist on a smaller size because you intend to lose weight before the wedding—order the one that fits now. A gown is easy to take in, but difficult and costly to let out.
GET IT IN WRITING
Before putting down a deposit (usually 50 percent), go over the contract with your bridal consultant. Find out when the gown will be ready, the estimated fee for alterations, if it can be shipped out of state (or country), what the cancellation policy is, and what recourse you have if the dress is damaged or comes without the requested modifications. Finally, double-check that the manufacturer’s name, style number, size, and color are correct.
MAKE THE MOST OF EACH FITTING
It usually takes two or three fittings to adjust a gown, but don’t be shy about asking for more if you think tweaks are needed. The first appointment occurs about two to four months before the wedding, at which time you need to have your undergarments, shoes, and accessories. You may also want to get your hair done in the style you will wear. Can you lift your arms easily? Do the straps stay up? Do any seams pucker? The last fitting takes place a week or two before the event. Bring your mother, an attendant, or whomever will be helping you into your gown.
See You at the Wonderful Wedding Show
January 17th, 2014
Well, it is that time of year again and we feel the excitement and wedding fever as we anxiously anticipate the Wonderful Wedding Show! We look forward to meeting you January 19th and 20th at the Winnipeg Convention Centre! With the requests for destination weddings pouring in and the tour operators loading the 2015 rates we are ready to accommodate any and all destination dream wedding wishes and assisting in making it happen!
Looking forward to seeing you soon!
Destination Wedding Wish Nationally Recognized
December 4th, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
27 November 2013
Local Business Owners Nationally Recognized
Leanne Unger and Ilene Goschke celebrate in Europe as members of the prestigious TPI Chairman’s Circle
STEINBACH, CANADA – Travel Professionals International (TPI), Canada’s leading and largest network of over 850 independent travel advisors, celebrated the success of its top 10 travel advisors on an AmaWaterways river cruise in Europe to commend their business achievements.
“It is with great pride and pleasure that we announce those being honoured as among our top ten highest achievers are local travel advisors, Leanne Unger and Ilene Goschke,” exclaimed Tim Morgan, Vice President of TPI
Visiting Germany, Austria, and Hungary as well as the surrounding areas for 8 days, Unger and Goschke enjoyed their success along with their TPI peers, and a delegation of TPI staff, including Morris Chia, President and CEO, Tim Morgan, Vice President, and AmaWaterways Executive Vice President and Co-Owner, Kristin Karst.
“Leanne and Ilene work tirelessly helping their customers live out their travel dreams with the ultimate success being a thriving business and most importantly long-lasting relationships with their clients,” said Morgan.
The esteemed Velocity Reward Program, exclusive to TPI advisors, is designed to encourage advisors to gain industry designations, participate in TPI and preferred partner functions, and build their businesses through increased sales – all the while rewarding them with incentives such as the annual Chairman’s Circle trip for TPI’s top-producing advisors and their guests.