For 4 days (and 4 days only) I was invited into a secret world: I got to roll with dudes doing dude-like things as a groomslady in my friend Bryan's wedding. Hanging with Bryan's groomsmen (a clique of devilishly attractive men dressed in tuxes) was definitely the best part of this trip... well, except for the part when some preteens in the Fort Garry lobby tried to abduct my husband (One of the previously mentioned attractive groomsmen) because they thought he was Adam Levine. Us groomspeople were waiting in the limo, worried about being late for the wedding, while hubby was busy perfecting Levine's signature in the lobby.
Aside from that group of 14 year old fans heavily delaying their best man, Bryan and Pam's Winnipeg wedding went off without a hitch. Because their guests were flying in from all over the place, their wedding events spanned over 4 days: A Thursday night bachelor party, a welcome party on Friday, the beautiful wedding on Saturday and a goodbye brunch on Sunday. Bryan and Pam's Winnipeg wedding will be featured in June's issue of Wedding Bells; just remember I broke the story first.
Their guests knew they were in for a great time as Pam outlined all of the weekend's details in her wedding invites. In Winnipeg, Part 1, I posted a picture of a tote bag Pam designed. She also designed all of the stationary and graphics for her own wedding (see pictures below). Definitely check out Pam and Paper if you are in need of some graphics for an upcoming event or celebration.
the bachelor party
A bucket list item of mine was checked off the list in Winnipeg: I attended a bachelor party...as an invited guest!! Hanging out with guys for a night was hilarious, eye-opening...and, well, stinky. Due to Bro Code, I can't share any details about what happened that night, but I can offer you a list of some things you can plan for your bachelor party in Winnipeg (It is up to you if you'd actually like to take this advice from a female...a female who was pregnant when she helped plan it and probably had baby puke in her hair and baby wipes in her purse when she attended it):
1. Speedworld This indoor kart track is "approximately 1/4 km of pure adrenaline with 9 turns including a wide generous sweeper, 2 hairpin turns and a number of 'S' curves and 90° bends." Each racer was timed and there was a podium and picture op for 1st, 2nd and 3rd placers in the bachelor party. If you're still not convinced that you should add this to your itinerary, you should know that Bieber went here with his dad.
2. Scotch Tasting: Check out Bailey's Restaurant on 185 Lombard Ave. They offered the group a private room and the guys ordered drinks from a great collection of scotch.
3. Go for a shave: "Adam Levine" took a little break from the day's events and headed over for a hot shave. If you'd also like a shave while surrounded by odd figurines, why not call up Vincent and add this to your group's itinerary?
4. Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse: This restaurant is located at 189 Carlton Street and also happens to be the place where I learned the hard way that men don't cheer after taking a shot. We were seated at a large private table and had our own teppanyaki chefs who put on a great show while cooking us steak, lobster, shrimp and chicken. When they weren't throwing their knives around and playing with fire, they were heavily encouraging us to throw hard boiled eggs at the bachelor. Dinner cost $30 a person.
5. The Shark Club: Located at 223 Hargrave Street, this place was a hit with the lads.
6. Some other Winnipeg ideas the groomspeople looked into:
Adreneline Adventures: A rope course and paintball. Strange combo to me.
Xtreme Tactics: Uban Tactical Simulation I think this place had something to do with working as a team to shoot opponents with air soft guns. Men are weird.
Vertical Adventures: Wall climbing. A 2 hour session costs $100 for 6 people. Each additional person costs $15.
the welcome party
Anna Magazine: Bryan and Pam held their welcome party at ANNA Magazine's Talk of the Town studio, located at 115- 1079 Wellington Ave. The space was modern and the food was out of this world. Pam and Bryan were also able to personalize the space with their own accents on the tables and pictures on the walls.
Before getting ready for the wedding, the groomsmen hit up King + Bannatyne (100 King St. Unit D) for some delicious lunch sandwiches. It made me think about all of the times I'd been a bridesmaid and I realized we'd never made having big honkin' meat sandwiches a priority before having our pictures taken. Us ladies usually just have coffees or mimosas while our hair is being done. Since it was my first time spending time before the wedding with men on the groom's side, I decided I'd make a list of the differences I noticed between the ways males and females get ready for a wedding ceremony:
1. Males don't spend much time getting ready.
2. Of the time they do spend getting ready, most of it just goes towards trying to get their damn boutineers on.
3. During this time, they are quiet: they didn't chat, sing into their hairbrushes, compliment one another, play music or giggle.
4. A wide variety and quantity of delicious snacks and drinks are always readily available, even during picture time.
5. They devote a great deal of attention to ensuring a sporting event is playing on a TV.
After the Adam Levine crisis was averted, we were able to get the groom and his best man to the wedding venue, Fort Gibraltar.
Fort Gibraltar: If you are getting married in Winnipeg, you have to get married at this location. It's historic setting, natural beauty and event space make for such a cozy wedding and countless places for great wedding photos to be taken. The venue had a space for everything: The ceremony was outside in front of the fort's grand entrance, live music was held on the reception venue's deck, a large outdoor fire pit for late night smoores, and they even had a space for axe throwing during the cocktail hour! The food was phenomenal; Fort Gibraltar does weddings right.
Congratulations Pam and Bryan!