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5 Modern Wedding Favours

Guest wedding favours have really changed since I was a kid. I remember my mom and dad coming home from weddings and bringing back squares of fruitcake with white icing wrapped in plastic. I always thought to myself, "who would actually eat that?" But I suppose back then, that was what you would give your guests as a thank-you for attending. Thankfully alot has changed since then as far as wedding favours are concerned. People are coming up with fantastic ideas for favours that guests actually like. Depending on how much time you have and how much you want to spend I´ve compiled a list that are in my opinion some of the best and most modern guest wedding favours.

 

 

Cake Pops - these little guys are very popular and if you have lots of time you can easily make them yourself. You can buy the cake pop machines whip up the batter and dip them in melted chocolate. Have some stickers made up for the clear baggies and then tie with ribbon that matches your wedding colour scheme. Or you an reach out to great companies such as KCNY Treats

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Shots or little bottles of booze or champagne are a good idea. I especially like the little tag that´s attached. You can make these tags on your computer yourself and have these favours done very quickly. As long as you don´t indulge while you´re putting them together.

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I absolutely love this idea. Give your guests seed packets so they can grow their own flowers. Everytime they look at them they´ll think of you with fond memories of your awesome wedding. What´s also great about this is that there is virtually no work involved. Get yourself a wheelbarrow or something similar buy the seed packets and place them in with a nice little sign. Finished.

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Who doesn´t like sweet honey? I especially like the burlap cover on the tiny bottles and matching honey stick. The accompanying tag is simple and clever. These really suit a rustic wedding. And if you happen to be a bee keeper, even better. Or speak to The Honey Bee Store

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Many fall weddings are loving candy apples and who doesn’t love that! It gives the feeling of fall and Halloween. There are some great companies out there such as The Golden Apple Confectionary Inc. or if you’re feeling brave, you could make them yourselves!

Photo by  F29 Studio

Photo by F29 Studio

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Weddings on Lake Ontario 

Photo credit :  Avenue Photography

Photo credit : Avenue Photography

If you are on a limited budget, but are still wanting a 'wow' factor for your wedding, then why not consider having your ceremony and reception on a boat! I have been lucky enough to plan a couple of boat weddings on the Mariposa cruises and a fashion party on the Yankee Lady in the last couple of years. The amazing Toronto skyline certainly gives your photo's the 'wow' factor. 

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The ceremony and reception take place on the boat so everything is there. If you decide to have a lunchtime wedding the boats board at 11.30am and sail at 12pm. They get back to the dock at 4pm. This gives 4 hours for everything to happen, so you can imagine it is like a well oiled machine. However I would recommend a great wedding décor company who are experienced at boat weddings and a wedding coordinator if you want decor as it is such a small amount of time.

The advantage of having a lunch time wedding, you can do your photo's after the boat trip. The Toronto Music Gardens are a beautiful setting.

Photo Credit :  Avenue Photography

Photo Credit : Avenue Photography

Photo Credit :  Avenue Photography

Photo Credit : Avenue Photography

Cruising is not for everyone. If you have guests who are elderly or disabled, it is very challenging for them. But it is a very unique experience and one of my favourites.

Wedding Coordinator versus Venue Coordinator 

When I chat to brides about their wedding and I ask if they are looking for a wedding coordinator  and I sometimes get the reply "no my venue has a coordinator." At this point I cringe internally.

Photo by Phat Dog Visuals Don't get me wrong, there are some amazing venue coordinators out there, but that is not the norm. Venue coordinators look at everything from the venues point of view. They will not be chasing if the cake does not show up, they will not be sewing the grooms button on because it fell off before the ceremony. They will not be checking that the dress/hair/makeup looks ok whilst you're having your photo's taken. 

Wedding coordinators are independent from everyone and are solely working for YOU and in YOUR best interests. They will create a timeline of events for your day and communicate it to all of your vendors, they will cue music, speeches, first dance etc. When something doesn't go to plan which happens at most weddings, wedding coordinators are skilled to find solutions or work around the issue to ensure that the day is kept on time. The couple often has no idea until after the day that anything has happened. And that is the job of the wedding coordinator, to ensure this day runs smoothly and you get to enjoy a stress free day! 

Photo by Sawyer Photography If you are starting to plan your wedding, do not assume that every service that your venue suggests is the best thing for you. Just because they are on the venues preferred vendor list, does not mean that they are the right fit for you. Ask questions to your venue coordinator regarding the timeline, cueing music, working with other vendors, managing the vendors, how often can you contact them, will they attend/supervise the rehearsal? All these things are included in a wedding coordinator's package. So do your research and ask the questions.

You are spending thousands and thousands of dollars on your special day, therefore it is so important to find vendors who you are comfortable with and who you feel you can trust to do a great job and take the stress away. 

This is what is included in our standard wedding day coordination package:

  • One Wedding Planners certified by the Wedding Planners Institute of Canada
  • At least one assistant coordinator
  • An initial meeting at no cost to you, at a mutually convenient location
  • One planning meeting prior to the rehearsal, normally at the venue of the reception 4 weeks before the wedding (usually 2 hrs duration)
  • Design an itinerary which once the couple has signed off it is distributed to all vendors involved in the day
  • Reviewing all vendor contracts
  • Unlimited communication from when you contract our services until your wedding day
  • Contacting all vendors to co-ordinate arrivals/set up/take down etc
  • Supervision and Direction of Wedding Rehearsal
  • Supervision and Execution of Ceremony and reception set up
  • On site direction of the Wedding Ceremony and Reception
  • Supervision of Photo session
  • We will arrive when needed and leave after the last major event (usually after the night table has been laid out)
  • Access for you and your guests to our emergency bag, because we are prepared for most situations

Christmas at a planners house!

Us wedding planners are creative types and we never need an excuse to decorate! Christmas is the time of year to go all out with décor. Last year, I was very taken with the light blue and silver which seemed to be very popular. I like to try something different, and so I did. img_1807-2

I loved the winter feel of the ice blue with the silver.

 

For Christmas Day, I coordinated the table with the tree.

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My friends at With All My Heart Wedding Décor did a great job with helping me pick the right chair sashes. They also had the perfect colour napkin holders.

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The centrepiece was creatively designed by Select Flowers who did a great job bringing to life my vision.

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This is a great time for those of you who are DIY brides to try out things that you have thought of for your tables.

 

 

 

DIY Rustic Wedding Signs

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Rustic signs at weddings are very trendy right now and they don't look like they are going anywhere. Made out of barn board, stenciling and white paint not only do they add a romantic touch to weddings but they are also simple, quick and inexpensive to make. These quirky signs suit easy going outdoor weddings but can also look quite elegant placed inside with just the right cursive.

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These signs can be placed to welcome your guests and also to direct your guests where they need to be in an organized fashion. For example use them to direct guests where the ceremony and reception will be taking place, where the bar is or where the washrooms are. They can also be used to state the menu at the buffet table. Not only are these signs functional but they may also be used as decor displaying your favourite beautiful quote.

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The materials needed to make these signs are barn board, stenciling and white paint. You can find barn board at most DIY stores but also check out any antique shops where you may find something interesting made of barn wood that can be recycled. Or if you´re lucky you may be able to score some wood from someone´s old barn - make sure you ask permission first of course. And unless you are very talented and can write or print beautifully freehand then I suggest you use stenciling. White paint shows up the best on the dark wood. If you´re really crafty jazz up your signs with flowers.

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If you´re placing your signs outside you´ll need to attach them to pickets so that they can be hammered into the ground. If you´re displaying them inside, setting them on easels is a good idea. You can find ideas and tutorials on how to make them on internet sites such as Pinterest.

The best part about these signs is getting together with your girlfriends, getting a bottle of wine and creating them together. Not only will they look amazing at your wedding but after your wedding is over and beautiful memories have been made, you can take them home and hang them on your walls as a reminder of the best day of your life.

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What to do with your bridal decor after the wedding?

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Your wedding was last month, you have had your honeymoon and when you got back you put away all the presents, but what are you going to do with your candle votives, mason jars, blackboards, centrepieces, umbrellas, dress? The Original Bridal Swap (8)

Your choices for selling them were limited to kijiji, craigslist or facebook groups, but not now.

The Original Bridal Swap is coming to Toronto!

This event is where past brides will sell their gently used items to brides to be. Let's face it, these items have been used for only 1 day, so they are in great condition!

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You can also sell your wedding dress! There are consignment store in and around the GTA, but your dress could sit there for a year before it sells. With the bridal swap it is there one day. Also, with consignment you will receive around 50% of what the dress is sold for. If you consign your dress with the bridal swap you receive 70% and you set the selling price!

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For more information contact The Original Bridal Swap Toronto West at torontowest@bridalswap.com or call 416 805 2096 (Vicky)

The Original Bridal Swap is brought to you by Perfect Planners - Your Wedding Specialist

 

The best Wedding Dress styles to wear for a plus size bride

As a plus size person I know how difficult it is to shop for our size. I used to end up wearing black so I blended in. This was until I got engaged! Your wedding say is a day with all eyes on you and you are going to have hundreds of photographs taken, so you need to feel comfortable and you want to look good.

The best advice is go in to a bridal store and try on lots of different styles and you will see what looks better for your shape. But here is a quick guide to advise you on what may look best.

If you have an hourglass figure, you would look best in A-line gowns or even mermaid/trumpet style dresses.  You have a tiny waist and so you want show that off!

Pear shaped brides look best in an empire waist dress and especially strapless ones!  This style adds extra 'wow' to the top half  and when teamed with a fuller skirt can flatter your lower curves.

Apple-brides should choose a ballgown style dress.  This will help to add volume to the lower half.  Avoid spaghetti straps and corsets which can cause skin spillage that you really don’t want.

Short waisted brides should look for gowns with a dropped waist, which will make  make your torso appear longer. A flair at the bottom of the dress will also help the look.

Busty brides should look for a V neck dress as this will allow you to get underwear which will support you throughout a very long day. And we all know how much our girls need support! You could also look at off the shoulder or straight across strapless, but avoid sweetheart and plunging necklines!

Take your time and when you go to try on dresses take the one person in your life who will tell you the truth!

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5 Reasons to hire a wedding planner

1 in 5 couples are hiring a wedding planner as more couples realize the benefits we offer (Weddingbells 2011).  Wedding Planners can do as much or as little as you wish. Some couples plan their own weddings and just hire a planner to coordinate their special day. Couples spend months or longer planning their day, but they want someone oversee all their details whilst they and their family and friends enjoy their day. Here are 5 good reasons to hire a planner :-

1) Off loading the stress of the wedding day onto a professional planner means you are free to enjoy your day.

2) The knowledge and expertise of a wedding planner can often save you valuable time.

3) Wedding planners often have preferred rates with other wedding vendors.

4) Wedding planners often think of things you may have forgotten.

5)  Your family/friends are able to enjoy the single most important day in your life.

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