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NAME CHANGE CHECKLIST

LEGAL

  • Social Insurance Number
  • Canadian Revenue Agency
  • Driver’s License
  • Passport

 

WORK

  • Human Resources Files
  • Paycheck
  • Voicemail Greeting
  • Email Address & Signature
  • Business Cards
  • Resume
  • Professional Organizations
  • Credentialing Organizations

 

PERSONAL

  • Will or Living Trust
  • Vehicle Registration
  • Car Title
  • Debit Cards
  • Credit Cards
  • Loans Checks
  • Bank Accounts
  • Investments
  • Insurance (home, auto, life)
  • Personal Email

 

MEDICAL

  • Health Care Card
  • Medical Insurance
  • Doctor
  • Dentist
  • Optometrist
  • Therapists
  • Counselors
  • Pharmacy
  • Veterinarian

 

HOME

  • Mortgage/Rent
  • Home Phone/Cell Phone
  • Utilities
  • Property Tax Department
  • Homeowner’s Association

 

OTHER

  • Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.)
  • Memberships
  • Loyalty Programs Clubs
  • Voter Registration

To marry is the ultimate act of trust… to take another’s hand and step forward into the unknown with hope and courage.

-CLARA ORTEGA

ADVICE ON ALTERATIONS

Imagine you’ve picked out your dream dress, and the other details of your wedding are now falling into place; you and your groom have just locked down a venue, you are agreeing on flowers, and you can see the light at the end of the tunnel. There is just one problem – alterations. Having alterations done on any gown can be extremely stressful and draining on your self-esteem. What if you’ve lost/ gained weight? What if it is not as poofy as you remember? What if you see the dress and realize you have made the wrong decision?

It is important to remember during this time that alterations are for your own good. Unless you are a supermodel, this will be the most photographed dress of your life, and you deserve to have it fit every curve perfectly. Don’t stress over numbers or sizes – bridal fashion is notorious for being sized extremely small.

Having a perfectly-fitting gown can enhance your entire wedding day. You won’t have to worry about tripping over fabric, tugging at sleeves all night, or feel self-conscious about the fit of your dress. You won’t struggle to sit down, eat, breathe, or dance!

So, leave your alterations to a professional. They will take your dress to the level you deserve, and ensure the perfection of a portion of your wedding day in the process.

BRIDESMAID PROPOSALS

DIY projects, arts and crafts, and handmade gifts have never been more popular. Over the past few years, Pintrest and online bloggers have popularized the notion of hand making your own jewellery, gifts, and art, instead of buying. Handmade pieces add an extra dimension of personality and uniqueness to any project. So, why not go the extra mile to make your wedding planning experience unique and special with creative bridesmaid proposals? Here is a list of the top proposals this year.

  1. Ring Pop Boxes: This is exactly how it sounds – colourful, hand-decorated boxes with a candy ring and message inside, mimicking an actual This proposal has gained popularity because it is cute, lighthearted, and the bride gets a chance to propose!
  2. Gift Box: For those of us who are not as crafty, there’s always the option of filling a gift box with an assortment of gifts and goodies, along with a hand written note. Who doesn’t love champagne, chocolates, and potpourri? You can decorate the box yourself and fill it with tiny crafts as well.
  1. Locket: This is a gift your maids will always cherish, and remind them of your resilient friendship. This proposal leaves you with a lot of room to get creative; you could have the jewellery engraved, switch up the font, texture, and colour of the paper inside, and affix it to a gorgeous card with ribbon and flowers.

Every bride deserves to have a fun and unique wedding planning experience. After all, the planning is half of the fun! But you’ll need help and support – so you’ll have to make your bridesmaid proposals count.

BLING FOR BRIDES

Incorporating the right amount of bling into a wedding day look can be a daunting task. Too much sparkle and you might wind up looking like a showgirl; not enough and the look might come off as too traditional. Here are several ideas on how to pick a gown with just the right amount of bling.

  1. All at the waist: Each crystal is located in a cluster around the waistline, usually in a Adding a belt to a drop-waist or mermaid style can really spice up an otherwise traditional gown, while still remaining tasteful.
  2. Gathered at the bottom:

Many wedding dresses this season featured a cascade of crystals that were gathered at the hemline of the gown. This look is versatile, elegant, and trendy all in one.

3. Along the neckline: This is a tricky look to pull If you add a belt, you may find yourself with too much bling. If you are well endowed, you may find that this shows off your girls a little too much. However, when done right, a cluster of crystals along the neckline can be wonderfully glamorous.

4. Play up the accessories: Many brides are overwhelmed by the concept of bling. Adding some sparkly accessories can really take a traditional dress to the next level.

5. Blingy detail: This is especially popular on asymmetrical A little extra glitzy flower or design on one side of the dress is essential to create a really unique wedding day look.

WINE 101

Choosing the food for your big day can be one thing, and choosing the wine can be another. Should you splurge on fancy labels or wine glass charms for your friends and family? Chances are your guests will be less interested in the visual aspects of your choice if you have chosen a wine that suits the food you will be serving.

First off, you should always match the colours of the wine and meat to be served – and not for aesthetic reasons. White wine has a lighter flavour that goes well with light-coloured foods, like chicken, rice, and pasta. A red wine, no matter how pricey, will be overwhelming with these kinds of foods. If you will be having steak or dark vegetables, a red will likely be a better choice.

Chardonnay is currently the world’s favorite white wine, and will likely be a crowd pleaser. Another safe choice for white wines is Riesling, especially if you are serving food that will be spicy or bold.

 

As for red wines, red wine blends are consistently growing in popularity. These are light, delicious, and taste more like juice than wine. If you prefer a wine with more of a punch, Cabernet Sauvignon is usually a crowd pleaser.

Another option to consider is serving a rose wine. These go well with a variety of foods and flavours, and are light and romantic – perfect for a wedding. However, if you prefer pink, do your research! Many of your guests may not care for a simple White Zinfandel, and you will want to show them that you have put thought and consideration into your choice.

When choosing a wedding wine, the safe choice is often the right choice. You will want to please as many of your guests as possible, and choosing your favorite, harshest red wine may not be the way to do so. Spend some time deciding, and maybe recruit your bridesmaids for the tasting process!

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