Exactly four months from today, anchor of CTV’s News at Noon and News and Six, Michelle Dubé, will walk down the aisle to marry her fiancé, Mark.
I had the opportunity to ask Michelle what had been the hardest decision so far in the planning process, and her answer was not surprising, but that fact that she and Mark haven’t resolved it yet might be a little concerning. I will let Michelle explain: (please don’t do this for your wedding)
“I thought it might be tough to find a venue, or perhaps pick a dress, but it’s now very clear the hardest part of this whole crazy planning process is deciding on the guest list.
We made a silly mistake booking the venue without actually counting how many people we’d be inviting. When we tallied all our guests and their ‘plus ones’, we were way off! Turns out I have a bigger family than I thought. For instance, my one grandmother made a list of people she’d like to invite and there were 70 people on it; my other grandma’s list had 67 people on it.
So, I came up with a rule to help make cuts: “if they don’t know my fiancé’s name after having been with him for eight years, they can’t come”. I thought it was genius, however my very involved mother fully disagrees. She views the wedding as an opportunity to reconnect with long lost loved ones (she had 550 guests at hers!?)
Ultimately, we’re going to have to make some tough decisions … but not yet! I’m content putting this task off for as long as possible.”
Tune into The Co. blog on June 21, three months before Michelle’s big day to find out who made the cut, and who didn’t.
Below is an excerpt from Queen Victoria’s journal entry she wrote on her wedding day. I love how she has described the day and the little sketch to the left that depicts her in her wreath and veil.
After her death, her journals were copied and edited by her daughter Princess Beatrice and then destroyed. The handwriting below is that of Princess Beatrice.
Queen Victoria writes about her wedding day in her journal.
February 10, 1840
Slept well & breakfasted at 1⁄2p. 9, before which Mama came, bringing me a nosegay of orange flowers, & good Lehzen gave me a dear little ring. Wrote my Journal & saw Lord Melbourne. Had my hair dressed & the wreath of orange flowers put on my head. My wreath & veil were worn, according to the rough sketch. Saw my precious Albert alone, for the last time as my Bridegroom, & he fetched in Uncle & Ernest for a moment. At 1⁄2p. 12 I set off, dearest Albert having gone before, & Mama & the Duchess of Sutherland went with me in the carriage. I wore a white satin dress, with a deep flounce of Honiton lace, an imitation of an old design. My jewels were my Turkish diamond necklace & earrings & dear Albert’s beautiful sapphire brooch. I never saw such crowds as there were in the Park, & they cheered most enthusiastically.
I just love this Martin Parr-esque photo of Kelleth and Chris’s wedding cake by Jeffrey Chan.
At many weddings the cake gets forgotten or just ends up on the sweet table. The reason I like this photo is that it shows people actually ate the cake. As tradition has it, all those who eat a piece of wedding cake will have good luck. So don’t forget to serve your cake to all your guests!
When I feature a real wedding on the blog I sometimes ask couples what their most memorable moment was at their wedding, most couples say, being with family and friends, not Marla and Adam.
Marla and Adam’s most memorable moments started when they realized during the ceremony they forgot the ring. As Marla’s sister ran to retrieve it in the bridal suite, Adam turned to their guests and requested them to “talk amongst themselves”.
Next, Adam surprised everyone, including wedding planner Angela Zaltsman, and photographer Scarlet O’Neill, when he got up and sang to Marla in front of their 300 guests.
Last but not least, the couple decided to forgo the fancy hotel for their wedding night and went home. Unbeknownst to them their friends had sneaked in and “romanticized” the house.
As Marla and Adam have proven, the most memorable moments are usually the most unexpected.
Shoes: Tilly T-Strap