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Recently Engaged? Celebrate Before you Plan at Manoir Hovey

Getting engaged is one of those moments in life that are worthy of a celebration. Think about. The person you’ve been spending quality time with for years, building your life with day-by-day, and falling madly in love with over all of that time, just asked you to take things to the next level and you responded with a gigantic, I DO! Of course, wedding planning should be fun, but sometimes it’s filled with stressful moments that can challenge you and your new fiance.  According to a recent report by the wedding registry company Zola, 96% of engaged couples and newlyweds surveyed admitted that the project is stressful, and almost half said it was “very” or “extremely” stressful. With wanting your big day to be the biggest hit on social media and in 2018, up to the royal wedding standards, it’s important now, more so than ever, that couples who planning a  future together and an upcoming wedding should take a few steps back before they dive into planning so that they don’t immediately jump into making endless decisions, a wave of stress, and the headaches that sometimes come with working with wedding vendors. A couple of months ago, I decided to team up with Manoir Hovey, an intimate Relais & Châteaux resort in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, to help newly engaged couples reveal in their new relationship status. We brainstormed how we could combine my endless wedding knowledge with their beautiful property, services, and on-site activities, to give couples a weekend retreat that would help them approach wedding planning in an entirely new way.

We came up with the concept of launching an “Engagement-Moon”, a weekend retreat from July 20-22 where couples can decompress and rekindle their relationship as they get tips for planning a great wedding. Couples who book the Engagement-Moon will savor delicious food and drinks, enjoy activities like biking, paddle boarding, foraging, and yoga, and participate in workshops with *ME*. The fun and interactive sessions will feature such topics as:
  • From the Royal Wedding to the Latest Must-Have: Stunning Wedding Trends for Your Big Day
  • Old School: How to Incorporate the Best Wedding Traditions and Etiquette Into a Modern Wedding
  • He Said, She Said: Keeping the Peace and Managing Difficult Conversations
  • Bridesmaids and Groomsmen and In-Laws: How to Handle the People Who Are by Your Side During the Wedding Process
  • Things to Do Together Before Getting Married
So if you’re reading this saying, YES, PLEASE, I need to do this with my fiance, here are the details of what’s included and how to sign up.: The Engagement-Moon weekend includes two nights’ lodging in a deluxe room with a lake view, balcony, and therapeutic tub, a four-course dinner for two in Le Hatley Restaurant, a casual dinner for two in the Tap Room Pub, two full country breakfasts for two, gratuities on meals, four workshops, a sunset lake cruise, and a mixology workshop introducing 2018/19 cocktail trends. Rates start at  $1,695 per couple (CAD), plus tax and gratuity. Learn more right here!