Why Hire A Wedding Planner ?

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Are you trying to decide whether to hire a professional wedding planner or do it yourself? Take a look at this rudimentary collection of chores and details to be attended to in order to pull off a successful wedding. You’ll probably want to run, not walk, to find the nearest professional wedding planner or consultant.

There’s the church wedding, and all it entails, from providing your baptism certificate to choosing between confetti and biodegradable rice. Then there are such items as who sits where, ushers, bridesmaids, best men, flower girls, music, wardrobe, hairstyles, flowers, and rings. Not to mention the vows. And all the rehearsals.

There’s the reception. Finding the right venue and the right caterers can be a really stressful task. Then you have to plan the menu, the bar and the service, all the while hoping against hope that everything comes out okay. Not to mention the wedding cake!

There’s the photographer. And do you want stills and videos too? What kind of transportation will you use? What about the invitations; how to know what to put on them, who to invite? What about all theother vendors?

Are you getting the picture yet? The above list shows only the tip of the iceberg. The myriad chores involved in completing just one of those tasks is enough to make one elope to Las Vegas or Mexico!

In fact, the only reason you might hold back on hiring a wedding planner is your budget, but that reasoning is not well thought out. A professional wedding planner not only has the know-how and the contacts to get you the best deals around, but also will hold you to your original budget with an iron will and the experience to back it up. Without someone like this on your side, things can get out of hand pretty fast.

Make your dream wedding a memory to cherish forever, not a nightmare full of stressful problems to solve. A wedding planner will stick with you through thick and thin and be a shield and a comfort, so you can relax and enjoy the best day of your life!

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Destination Weddings

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A destination wedding is a wedding that takes place in a location that is not home to the couple or their families. Couples may choose a location that they have always wanted to visit for the location of their destination wedding. The couple may also opt to have their wedding in the location of their honeymoon so that there honeymoon will start immediately after the wedding. There are certain advantages and disadvantages to having a destination wedding. One of the most defining advantages is the ability to have a wedding in a beautiful and exotic location. Another advantage to a destination wedding is that if you choose to honeymoon in the same location you will first of all already be at your honeymoon location at the conclusion of the wedding and furthermore you will likely receive a discount on your honeymoon stay because you have already had your wedding at the location. One of the distinct disadvantages of a destination wedding is that the planning process can be difficult and that you are often unable to fully enjoy the planning process. Another disadvantage to destination weddings is that they are typically not well attended due to the fact that travel is expensive. A destination wedding can be used as the opportunity to enjoy a trip with close friends in a convenient location. The following are a few tips for turning your destination wedding into a fun-filed extended weekend for your guests.

Choosing a scenic location for your destination wedding can offer your guests a variety of fun activities to participate in either before or after your wedding. The couple could choose to have their wedding on a resort, ranch or at a ski resort and there are a wide variety of activities available for the couple to participate in. Some of these activities include tours, skiing, mountain biking, rock climbing and hiking.

A destination wedding is basically a wedding and vacation combination. The key to hosting a great destination wedding is to choose a location that provides your guests with a beautiful background as well as a wealth of activities to keep them entertained for at least a few days. Although a destination wedding may sound perfect, it is important to realize that there are a few downsides to hosting a destination wedding. One problem is that many guests will decline your invitation because they are either unable or unwilling to travel for the wedding. This can also work to your advantage by limiting the number of guests as well. While you may be disappointed if close friends decline your wedding invitation, you are likely to be relieved that you do not have to pay for distant relatives or casual acquaintances at your wedding. The advantage, however, to a destination wedding is that the couple does not have to travel for their honeymoon and that the guests have the luxury of spending a few day in an exotic location.

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Why Can’t YOU Create A Family Tradition On Your Wedding Day

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Quality is the first thing that you need to look for in an item that could potentially be an heirloom. Without quality construction, no item will last long enough to be in the family for generations to come.

Timelessness is another aspect to consider. When choosing items that you’d like to pass down to your children and grand children try to avoid fads and trends. Chances are, it will be a few generations before they will come back into style again.

A very easy way to start a tradition that will stay in the family is with jewelry. Do you know a woman who doesn’t own a piece of jewelry with a story behind it? A good story is the start of a lasting heirloom. It’s a perfect place to begin.

Just imagine yourself in 10 years, sitting on your couch with your children while you’re flipping through the photo album from your wedding day. And in all of the photos, you are wearing a Swarovski Three Point Necklace , a stunning pair of cufflinks or even a tie pin that sparkles beautifully, and is the finishing touch that really makes your day prince or princess for the day .

Now imagine yourself in 30 years, standing with your child on his or her special day. Both of you are absolutely overwhelmed with anticipation for the events to come and cherishing every moment. You have tied each bow and buttoned each tiny button they are almost ready to go down the aisle when you present your gift that you wore on your big day ,NOW everything is ready !

You can make these moments happen starting today and lasting for a lifetime, not only for you but the people that you love the most!

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Transform Your Event With Uplighting

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I am pretty sure that by now you have heard of uplighting . It is currently one of the most popular choices to enhance a space .

Uplighting can turn an average room into a breathtaking event venue.
A few ways to utilize uplighting include lighting the exterior walls,lighting behind the head table or even lighting any poles or stands in the room.

The basic idea is to add accents and ambiance by strategically placing the lights throughout the given space. The lights are made up of red, blue and green LED’s ( light emitting diodes) that when combined can create almost any colour. The impact of uplights provided a stark contrast to a room without them.

We now have added the ability to combine an uplighting add-on with any of our current packages

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Winter Wedding Favours

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Couples who are planning a wedding in the wintertime may wish to incorporate the idea of winter into the overall theme of the wedding. They may also wish to give their guests wedding favours which are related to the winter season. These wedding favours can be items related to winter or the holiday season depending on the preferences of the couple. This post will provide a few ideas for wedding favours which would be appropriate for winter weddings.

Couples who are getting married around Christmas time may be planning to incorporate Christmas into the theme of the wedding. If this is the case they will have a great deal of options available to them in terms of wedding favours. One very popular idea is to give each guest an ornament with the names of the bride and the groom and the wedding date. This is an excellent idea for the wedding favour because it is not only something the guests can use but it is also a personalized wedding favour which will help to ensure the favour will be associated with the wedding and will help the guests to remember the wedding fondly.

Tiny, artificial Christmas trees are another great idea for a festive wedding favour idea. These tiny trees can be adorned with wedding bell ornaments or kept plain to allow the guests to decide how to display the favour themselves. Alternatively the couple may wish to give each of the guests a few packets of seeds for Christmas trees. This will allow each of the guests to plan their own trees if they desire to do so.

Snow globes are another example of a favour which would be very appropriate for a winter wedding. The snow globes can feature a bride and a groom amidst the snow or can simply be a winter scene which the couple finds appealing such as ice skaters or a mountain scene. This type of wedding favour is likely to be appreciated by your guests because it is not a very common wedding favour so most of your guests will not likely already have a large collection of similar items.

Another idea for a wedding favour for a wedding during the winter season is a miniature sled with the name of the bride and the groom and the date of the wedding painted on the sled. This is a rather cute decoration which can be displayed as a knick knack or used as an ornament on a Christmas tree.

Even items such as coasters can be used as wedding favours for a winter wedding. Coasters come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and designs. You can find coasters shaped like snowflakes or featuring winter scenes. By selecting these winter themed design a very practical wedding favour instantly becomes one which is also very appropriate for the theme or the season of the wedding.

Hot chocolate, coffees and teas are also great wedding favour ideas for winter weddings. These edible favour ideas are great for the winter season because they are all warm drinks. You can even find wedding favour distributors who will personalize the packaging of these favours for you so that you can make these wedding favours even more festive and appropriate for distribution as a wedding favour.

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The Jewel Event Centre

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If you are familiar with the Woodbridge area in the GTA then you know that we have a ton of event venues. I recently had the pleasure of executing an event at The Jewel Event Centre.

I am always interested in seeing what there is that made my clients choose the venues that they do. The answer here is simple, they are GREAT ! I went out of my way to scrutinize website reviews of The Jewel and they were all excellent. All that being said the proof is in the “pudding”. My initial site visit was really good. They knew all the things that I needed and anticipated every question. I got to view both indoor and outdoor ceremony options , the bridal suite as well as the reception area. The day of the wedding I arrived early and the staff were more than accommodating throughout setting up of the ceremony and reception. During the night the staff helped make every transition seamless . Pina and the rest of the staff made sure that everything and everyone had been looked after . Then there was the food . In one word WOW every single course blended together to make the whole day phenomenal. All in all I applaud the The Jewel Event Centre for being a first class venue with top notch staff and service. I look forward to working with them again soon. They are a venue to consider when you are looking for a class venue .  The Jewel on Facebook  and The Jewel on Instagram 

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From the first instance I stepped into Marquis Gardens on the waterfront in Burlington I knew we were going to be part of something special . I was excited long before my site visit and even before my first consultation with Amy . I had heard of the venue but literally , seeing is believing . The outdoor service was breathtaking. Who would not love to be married in such a beautiful setting with the gorgeous backdrop of the lake to fill the picture out ? I don’t lend to cliche very much but to watch Amy and Jerry say their nuptials literally had me choked up .When you witness what was being expressed you just know you are seeing true love at it’s finest.

After the ceremony was done the wedding party went inside followed by the guest . It was my understanding that there was to be cocktailing outside for a bit while pictures were being taken . I saw the guest and their big smiles trying to get to the new husband and wife . How could you not want to just hug and congratulate them after what you just saw. I grabbed my camera as soon as they came inside to make sure to capture the moment !

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Speaking of capturing the moment John and Veronica Photography were a pleasure to work with . Their same day edit left very few dry eyes while their picture booth had everyone smiling and laughing to out due each others silly pictures. Every image they’ve captured is breathtaking.

 Jessica Bres and the staff of Marquis Garden helped to make it a smooth transition from cocktailing to dinner and then to dancing . That in itself is no small feat . There are many venues that can’t pull this off correctly . There were a few changes as the night progressed but they continued to execute . My hats goes off to them.

  Amy and Jerry’s hard work with the littlest of detail was prevalent all throughout the room. From the toast from Mayor Rob Ford to the African dancers everything was unique .The rest of the night was full of love and laughter , tears and joy from this newly blended family . It was a pleasure to be a part of their special night .

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Destination Weddings: No Longer Reserved For The Wealthy

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For a long time the destination wedding, a wedding combined with a vacation for the couple, wedding party, and guests, was an exotic treat attainable only by the extremely wealthy. This is no longer the case as destination weddings have, in recent years, become an attainable and attractive alternative for more and more couples seeking to put an enjoyable romantic spin on their nuptial occasion. Destination wedding planners like to advertise that the destination wedding can cost thousands less than a traditional wedding. While this may or may not be true, depending on what a particular couple plans to spend on their traditional wedding as opposed to what theyíll have to spend for a destination wedding, it is certainly a fact that a destination wedding is no longer completely out of the question for the average couple. If youíre interested in celebrating your own marriage ceremony with a destination wedding, here are some helpful pointers that can have you enjoying your wedding in a vacation locale without completely emptying the coffers.

Your Destination Doesn’t Have to be Distant:

One of the truly beautiful things about living in North America is that we have vacation spots nearly everywhere. By planning your destination wedding in a place that is relatively close to home, you can save considerably on airfare or other travel arrangements. Do you live on the East Coast? Make Orlando, Florida your destination and enjoy your honeymoon with Mickey Mouse. Already in Florida and been to Disneyworld far too many times? Set your sights on the Big Apple and enjoy a destination wedding in the City that Never Sleeps. Maybe you’re in the Midwest? If so a destination wedding in Chicago may have just the right romantic touch for you. You could also consider heading south to Texas to visit the Alamo. Live in the Southwest or Northwest? Then Las Vegas and Los Angeles are mere hours away by plane. Then of course there are the favourite destination wedding spots in the Caribbean . The point is that your destination wedding doesnít have to be held in Spain, London or Paris to be an event you will remember fondly and cherish forever

Plan Ahead and Get Group Rates:

Everyone knows that airfare costs less when booked and purchased well in advance. Be sure to make the reservations for your destination wedding far ahead of time to get the best value for you and your guests. Also, utilize the services of a talented travel agent who can negotiate your airfare and hotel accommodations all together. Doing so can save you an amazing percentage of the overall cost of your destination wedding.

If There’s an Offseason, Take Advantage of It:

Many of the vacation spots have an offseason where the rates for hotels, airfare, and attractions are quite lower than they are during their busier times. By planning your destination wedding during these non-peak times you can save money and enjoy your destination when there are fewer tourists getting in the way of your enjoyment.

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