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Keeping Children Happy at Your Wedding (An Interview With Children & Alumni)

By: Tracey Manailescu

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I had so much fun putting this blog together:)  How could I not?  I interviewed 13 adorable children to get their opinions of what couples can do to make a wedding better for them, and then asked WPIC Alumni to share some of their favourite stories about working with children.

www.traceymevents.cawww.traceymevents.caSophia, 6 & Ella 4 (almost 5)Audrey, 3 (almost 4)
  Alexandros,  5                Brooklynn, 7            Sophia, 6 & Ella 4             Audrey, 3
Julian, 4Joelle, 10Brayden, 11Sierra, 6
Julian, 4                     Joelle, 10                Brayden, 11                     Sierra, 6
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Daniel, 15               Nicole, 10                  Graydon, 5                     Samara, 7

 

What did you think about the CEREMONY?

“Wedding was good. A little fun.” -Julian, 4

“It was kind of boring, because it was just them talking about those people getting married.” -Nicole, 10

“It was boring, but it was nice to see them get married.” -Daniel, 15

“Uncle Greg’s wedding -  I liked that it was short and didn’t cut the time for the party and the eating and stuff.” -Joelle, 10

“Lots of people were there, and I couldn’t hear Mommy when lots of people talked so much.” -Audrey, 3 (almost 4)

“I was bored.” -Sierra, 6

“It was pretty cool. Just a little bit boring.” -Brayden, 11

“It was okay, I like the second part better. (The reception)”-Ella, 6

“Ceremony? What’s that? (I explain) Oh, my favorite part was when the prince and the princess kissed.” -Sophia, 4 (almost 5)

“It was good but I didn’t like that we were just sitting around watching.” -Alexandros, 5

“It was fun just watching them get married and the beautiful bride walking down the aisle in a beautiful dress.” -Brooklynn, 7

“It was really wet outside so they stopped talking and we got to take our shoes off.” -Graydon, 5

“It was okay?” -Samara, 7

 

What is your BEST memory of a wedding that you have attended?

“Dancing with the bride.” -Julian, 4

“Dancing!” -Nicole, 10

“The dancing and the food, especially the broccoli soup.” Daniel, 15

“Dancing with my aunt and uncle at their wedding and seeing all my cousins that I hadn’t seen in ages” -Joelle, 10

“When everyone stopped talking.” -Audrey, 3 (almost 4)

“That like, um, we went to a big thing and it had lots of food. Something that you went in, like a mansion or something. ” -Sierra, 6

“It was probably when the music went on, and everybody started dancing.” -Brayden, 11

“I loved it when they were cutting the cake and feeding it to eachother. I liked the music too, and dancing, and getting dressed up very fancy with my butterfly bracelet.” -Ella, 6

“I remember dancing with daddy on his toes. That was fun. I liked the food too…it keeps coming and coming and coming. And I really liked the cake. Cake is my favorite. I like cake.” -Sophia, 4 (almost 5)

“My favourite part was when we were eating our dinner, and dancing with Theia Liz (the Bride) and I love when we were allowed to run around!” -Alexandros, 5

“Dancing with my cousin Sierra because we could then show off our dance moves.” -Brooklynn, 7

“Dancing! I got to wear tap shoes!” -Graydon, 5

“I got to wear my princess dress.” -Samara, 7

 

What is your WORST memory of a wedding that you have attended?

“I liked everything.” -Julian, 4

“Ceremony.” -Nicole, 10

“It was all nice.” -Daniel, 15

“Showing up with a pom pom hairstyle that made me look like smaller version of mini mouse!” -Joelle, 10 *Message from mom: “Her hair was straightened the day before and should have just been blow dried and flat ironed on the wedding day but she decided to wash it in the shower about two hours before the wedding and I certainly did not have the time to do it completely over so my sister gave her poufs!

“When everyone kept running. All the kids were running too fast, but I wasn’t running. I was just walking.” -Audrey, 3 (almost 4)

“We had to sit down and wait for the wedding girl and the wedding man to come out. ” -Sierra, 6

“Probably when we all had to sit down, and everbody had to listen to those really long speeches.  It was really boring! ” -Brayden, 11

“Those people who were talking and talking and talking…and talking! I had to be quiet for too long!” (Referring to the speeches) -Ella, 6

“I didn’t want chicken fingers and french fries! Huhhhh!  I wanted what the big people had (flaring hands)!” -Sophia, 4 (almost 5)

“Just the sitting around at the church because it was so boring. It made me need to go to the washroom….that’s how long it took…” -Alexandros, 5

“When you don’t like the food or dessert, I was hungry by the end of the night.” -Brooklynn, 7

“The adults dancing. It freaks me out.” -Graydon, 5

“Eating the bad food.” -Samara, 7

 

What could the couple have done to make it more FUN for you?

“Have a jumping castle.” -Julian, 4

“Nothing.” -Nicole, 10

“There is nothing I can say bad about it!” -Daniel, 15

“They could have played some more kid friendly music at the reception because it was all adult Jamaican music that I didn’t know so much.” -Joelle, 10

“When the grownups didn’t have to tell their kids to not run at ‘meetings’.” -Audrey, 3 (almost 4)

“I would say put ice cream in the wedding. ” -Sierra, 6

“Certain place like a small room where smaller kids go, when speeches start or where we had to sit down for a long time. ” -Brayden, 11

“Remember when I was trying to catch those flowers? Maybe it could be a candy bouquet instead!” -Ella, 6

“Maybe a bouncy castle?” -Sophia, 4 (amost 5)

“Put play things near the dance floor so the kids can play with toys.” -Alexandros, 5

“Add a play place (bouncy castle) so all the kids could have fun together.” -Brooklynn, 7

“Make it a skylanders party with a skylanders cake” -Graydon, 5

“Have another wedding – so I could wear another dress.” -Samara, 7

 

Did you get in TROUBLE at the wedding?

“No trouble.” -Julian, 4

“No. Ummm…Wait.  Yeah, because we went upstairs. The people that worked there told us to come down.” -Nicole, 10

“No!  I don’t think so…” -Daniel, 15

“No.” -Joelle, 10

“No. I was a good girl, because I am a big girl. And I didn’t touch stuff, like the cake, but it wasn’t for a birthday.” -Audrey, 3 (almost 4)

“No!” -Sierra, 6

“No. ” -Brayden, 11

” NO! Hmmmm, nope.” -Ella, 6

“Well, just once when I dropped the kneeling thing in the church. It made a loud noise. But it wasn’t my fault.” -Sophia, 4 (almost 5)

“Actually, No!” -Alexandros, 5

“No.” -Brooklynn, 7

“Why did I get in trouble?!!” -Graydon, 5

“No.” -Samara, 7

 

Would you go to another WEDDING?

“No. I’d rather go to a playground, or toy store.” -Julian, 4

“Yeah!” -Nicole, 10

“Of course.  There’s a lot of good food and dancing.” -Daniel 15

“Yes I would, because weddings are very fun, and if I had the chance to go to another one, I would.” -Joelle, 10

“No. Just one. Because my friend Aleta (imaginary friend) doesn’t want to go.” -Audrey, 3 (almost 4)

“Yeah.” -Sierra, 6

“Yeah.” -Brayden, 11

“Yes! Weddings are my favorite!” -Ella, 6

“Yes!! Why are you asking me all these questions? Are we going today?” -Sophia, 4 (almost 5)

“I actually would. Only if it is my wedding….oh…or, if it’s people I know!” -Alexandros, 5

“Yes.” -Brooklynn, 7

“No.” -Graydon, 5

“Yes, are you getting married?!!” -Samara, 7

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Couples stress endlessly about how to make their wedding different than anyone else’s and yet, somehow forget the little things…the children they invite :)  Children can be your worst critics or your biggest cheering squad, depending on how things are handled. It is really not difficult…

Keep them entertained, keep their hands busy and give them something to look forward to. Really, it is that simple!

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Children want a children’s menu. You could be the “coolest adult ever” with a children’s buffet (Pizza, chicken fingers, hamburgers, hot dogs, taco station, build your own nachos, pasta, jello, ice cream sundae station, etc.)

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If you want an adults-only reception, why not offer optional childcare for your guests? There are many professional babysitting companies for hire around the world. The cost is usually about $15-$25 per hour, per sitter. Check if your wedding venue has a separate room where the kids can hang out with pizza, movies, popcorn, craft stations, X-Box, etc.  Or, set them up in a hotel room where some of the guests are staying.

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Now for some cute and entertaining stories from some of our WPIC Alumni:

“I had a wedding that a total of 8 kids in the bridal party! The original plan was for them to walk 2 at a time down the aisle, but the bride knew that kids will be kids and just to let them do their thing. Well the first three pairs started down the aisle, then the first set of boys realized that the youngest girls were starting and ran all the way back down the aisle. This caused all the kids to run right back to the very start, and they all then proceeded to race to the altar. The guests absolutely loved it!” -Melissa Gurley of Gurley Events

“For my own wedding I was walking hand in hand down the aisle with my 22 month old daughter and she decided to b-line; so there I was chasing after her! We finally got back on track and then 2 minutes after the ceremony was over (in the Turks & Caicos heat) she decided she was NOT going to wear her fluffy tulle dress anymore! All of our wedding pictures showcase her in a diaper with sweaty curly hair. You just have to roll with it.”
-Ashlie Metcalf of Harmony Wedding & Event Coordination

“I worked with a lovely family a few years back. The flower girl threw a hissy fit just as she was about to walk down the aisle. She didn’t want to walk down the aisle with her Mum, with any of the bridesmaids, or with the bride! Who does she want to walk down the aisle with her? ME! The Wedding Coordinator! Needless to say, it was cute and fun. She made it down the aisle in one piece, and with no tears.” -Christina Spring of  A La Carte Event Management

“I love when there are kids at the wedding and in the wedding party – they add memories.  There’s been a few “cute” photo ops too… in the church a guest’s child was lying in the aisle while the ceremony was going on and he was watching the fans on the ceiling, and entertaining himself for the hour ceremony. The best one was when an out of province B&G got married in Collingwood and when I asked they said kids were invited BUT that during the dinner and speeches they would be having their own party (which we also set up and had 3 sitters with them – their ages ranged from 3 months – 10 years old about 8 of them)  After the first dance the kids came back and we had the sitters choreograph a dance for the B&G – WE made a BIG fuss over it with a huge introduction and lights and loud music on their entrance and then they all danced for the B&G ….. It brought tears to the Bride’s eyes and made this wedding which was more than 4 years ago a very memorable one for not only me and my team but all the guests.  Small miracles BIG BIG MEMORIES!” -Debbie Savic of Fresh Occasion Coordination

“At my brother’s wedding, our nephew, who was 2 at the time, was the junior groomsman. I gave him and the junior bridesmaid a little nudge to get them started, and the walk up the aisle went well for the first few feet, and then he wanted to come back to me instead of walking up to his Mom like we rehearsed. It turns out he had put his toy helicopter in the pocket of my dress, and wanted it with him. Once he had it, he ran to the junior bridesmaid, and happily walked up the aisle holding her hand with the helicopter in the other hand.” Erin Bosak of Erin Bosak Events

“My sister’s wedding, our nephew (5 at the time) was a holy terror. He refused to go down the aisle, and his dad ended up carrying him down – kicking and screaming all the way. He finally calmed down when he joined the rest of the bridal party… but he became the star of the show and added tons of cute “awwwwws” and giggles to an otherwise dull ceremony! Kids make the best entertainment!” -Sharon Kawano of Kawano Decor & Design

“The couple’s 5 y o nephew was the ring bearer.  He got up & said he wanted to sing a song for the bride and groom.  We turned off the music & the boy belted out this country song for the bride & groom to dance to.  I thought he was going to sing a couple lines, but nope, he sang the whole song & insisted everyone dance while he sang.  It wasn’t planned & was really cute.” -Danielle Andrews Sunkel of The Wedding Planners

“My brother/sister-in-law wanted my 3 year old daughter in their wedding. She did great at getting down the aisle, sitting quietly through the ceremony but afterwards when pictures were to be taken – she was done. She has the “evil eye/I’m gonna kill” look in all the wedding pictures. She didn’t want to be in them & made sure we’ll remember that day always. LOL!” -Nicole Marshall of Beautifully Planned Weddings & Events

 

 

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Wedding Samples in a Box, Delivered Monthly!

Danielle Andrews Sunkel of WPIC

Written by Danielle Andrews Sunkel

Okay, how fun is this?!  Cool wedding samples, in a pretty box, delivered to your door every single month!

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The folks at Studio Wed Box spend all month curating new & fun wedding items and then send them off with some wedding wisdom.

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Intended for the betrothed, I signed up for this last week to receive at the WPIC Offices, we are all excited.  The cost of an annual subscription is $29.99/month.  I figure we will get great items for our emergency kits and we will discover new products to tell our couples about!

A similiar company is The Bride Box, which sends a different themed-box each month for $35.

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Romance of Mexico Style Shoot

In November, WPIC held an amazing WPIC Mexico Wedding Specialist Certification Event in conjunction with the Mexico Tourism Board.  You can read about all the wonderful events here. To go along with that event, the co-founders of WPIC Inc., Tracey Manailescu and Danielle Andrews Sunkel, set up two Mexico-inspired weddings. Here is Tracey’s, it was featured on the popular Wedding Blog, Wedding Obsession.

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Photography: Janice Yi Photography
Planner and Event Stylist: Tracey M Events
Venue: Estates of Sunnybrook 
Cutlery and Stemware: Chairman Mills
Wedding Gown: Maggie Sottero From She’s So Beautiful
Suit: Andrews Formals
Makeup And Hair: Blush Pretty
Mariachi Band: Jorge Lopez Entertainment
Linen, Chairs And Covers, Candles: Have A Seat
Florals: Celebrationz Inc.
Cake: Patricia’s Cake Creations
Stationery: Invitique
Models: Sarah Choy & Matt Cadwallader

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Weddings at Memories Flamenco Beach Resort in Cuba

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Photo: Tracey Manailescu
Memories Flamenco Beach Resort in Cayo Coco, Cuba

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Photo: Tracey Manailescu Memories Flamenco Beach resort in Cayo Coco, Cuba

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Cayo Coco Facts:

*80% of vacationers are Canadian

*Best bet on sunny weather is between November and April

*Bus transfer is 10 minutes from the Cayo Coco International Airport

*Only resorts inhabit Cayo Coco

*Cayo Coco has been ranked 20th of the best beaches in the world (6th in the entire Caribbean)

* Serious crime is very rare in Cuba.  Tourism is extremely important so the Government takes extra precautions with guarding and policing. Here is a link for common dangers and annoyances  http://www.cayocococuba.net/info.html

Always check up onCanadian Government safety warnings here before you travel: http://travel.gc.ca/destinations/cuba

Do’s:

*Make sure you upgrade your vacation to include the Diamond Club Package ($10 more a day). You get your key and welcome package on the bus instead of having to get in a line, and check in at the lobby. This also gives you upgraded alcohol available at every bar, a Surf & Turf dinner by the pool with some special perks & surprises afterwards. It gives you a special spot on the beach (no rocks) with your own bar (they seriously refuse to serve anyone who is not Diamond Club), etc.

*Go to the shows. 4/6 that we went to were really good. (The Michael Jackson show was different then any I have seen before.) Memories Flamenco has great Entertainment staff and the choreography is excellent. I wish I could shake my tushie the way they can…I could have done without the Mr. Memories Flamenco Show (except for the fact that my brother-in-law was a participant, and made it hilarious for us) and the International Show (boring, unless you are a participant).

*After the great nightly shows, head on over to the lobby bar.  It’s always hopping & happening. (*Bartenders are prone to serving women first)

*Make sure you go to the onsite Disco.  We had a really fun girls night! (Of course, it depends on the crowd, and who you are with, for an optimum experience.)

In the morning, stop by the lobby bar and get yourself an awesome cappuccino on the way to the buffet for breakfast.

*Make sure you got to the a la carte restaurants! The food was surprisingly good!

*Be prepared to spend about $25 CDN  a day on tips (Did you know that Cubans make $15-35 CUC’s a month?) Tipping is how they survive, and buy the extras in their lives for themselves and their families. Of course, this is always at your discretion and for good service.

*Book an excursion or two (or 3). Very reasonable and really well run.

*Bring Canadian Money.  You can exchange $ at the resort bank, just show your passport.  You can also change $ at the reception desk. We always kept $1 coins, and $3 bills on us for tipping.

Don’ts:

*Expect to have great internet connection. Unplug yourselves while you are in Cuba.

*Expect to call home every day. Phone calls are VERY expensive.

Legalities (Romantic Planet.ca)

The information below outlines the marriage requirements for getting married in Cuba.

  • If you have never been married before, all you need is a passport that is valid throughout your stay in Cuba, and a tourist card (available from a travel agent, airline or the Cuban consulate).
  • If either the bride or groom has been married before, the previously married person must, in addition to the valid passport and tourist card, also produce the following documents:
    • if divorced: his/her birth certificate and Certificate of Divorce;
    • if widowed: his/her birth certificate, Certificate of Marriage and Certificate of Spouse’s Death.
  • Have your birth certificate and any divorce/marriage/death documents translated into Spanish and legalized by the Cuban consul in Canada (service fee applies).
  • In addition, you must:
    • Create a sheet that lists your names, home address, occupations, level of education, nationality and the full names of your parents, living or deceased.
    • Attach the photo page of your passport to this sheet.
    • Fax copies of all documentation (including the extras described above if you have been married before) in both English and Spanish to your hotel in Cuba at least three weeks before your arrival there.
    • Bring all your original documents with you.

Your marriage will be formalized in the name stated on your passport. Your passport must therefore be correct, and the name on your passport must match that on all your other documents.

After your wedding, your Marriage Certificate will be prepared as quickly as possible and either given to you before you leave (time permitting) or couriered at the hotel’s expense to the home address on your documents. Your marriage is legalized by the Canadian Embassy in Havana and the Cuban Foreign Affairs department.

The registrar’s office should be contacted for specific rules regarding planning your destination or beach wedding in Cuba. They will also provide information regarding marriage licenses and marriage certificates.

  • The documents (birth certificates, certificate of diforce, etc.) must be translated into Spanish if issued in a different language and legalized by the Cuban Consulate in the issuing country.
  • All weddings are performed by a Notary Public.
  • Wedding ceremonies are performed on weekdays only, that is, from Mondays to Fridays ( from 10:00am to 05:00pm )

More Information :
Embassy of the Republic of Cuba
388 Main St.
Ottawa ON. K1S 1E3
Tel: 613-563-0141 Fax: 613-563-0068

Cuba Tourist Board
55 Queen St. E, Suite 705
Toronto ON. M5C 1R6
Tel: 416-362-0700 Fax: 416-362-6799

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Wedding Packages:

I am starting with the add on which is what I think, would make your guests remember your wedding for a long, long time…

 MEMORORIES OF CUBA PACKAGE

The Memories of Cuba Package can be added to the Joy, Bliss or Paradise wedding packages:

  • Traditional Cuban music played during ceremony
  • Signature cocktail (Choice of Cuba Libre or Memories Mojito)
  • Rum and coffee bar setup after dinner to sample local coffee and rum flavors
  • Cuban dance lesson for wedding couple (Rumba or Salsa)
  • Traditional salsa and Latino nightlife party after dinner including open bar for 2 hours
  • Cigar rolling lesson (15 cigars hand rolled)

Price: $495.00 CAD

Memories of Cuba Package includes up to 15 guests - additional guests may be added for $25.00 per person.

I would also recommend:

PRIVATE ALFRESCO RECEPTION

The Private Alfresco Reception is designed for couples who would like to host a Private Reception for their Wedding Dinner, purchased in addition to the Joy, Bliss or Paradise wedding package

  • Private reception alfresco* for newlyweds and their guests with set menu
  • Tables with white linens
  • Open domestic bar for 3 hours
  • Sound system included for 3 hours
  • Interactive Bongo performance (45 minutes)

Price: $625.00 CAD

Package includes up to 15 guests - additional guests may be added for $25.00 per person.

*Location is determined by property and subject to availability

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PARADISE PACKAGE

Memories Paradise Package Includes:

  • Professional services of an onsite, day-of wedding coordinator
  • Upgrade for the bride and groom to the next room category, based on availability at check-in
  • Symbolic wedding ceremony guided by your onsite wedding coordinator in English or French
  • Preferred choice of ceremony location
  • Ceremony table with white linens and tropical centerpiece
  • Tropical floral bridal bouquet and grooms boutonniere
  • 2 bouquets for bridesmaids and 2 boutonnieres for groomsmen
  • Sound system with microphone for ceremony
  • Sparkling wine toast following the ceremony
  • Wedding cake (suited to guest count)
  • Semi-private cocktail reception with canapés and open bar
  • Semi-private dinner reservation for the wedding group in one of the a la carte restaurants with set menu (2 hour duration)
  • Honeymoon breakfast in the room the morning after the wedding
  • Fourteen printed 4×6 colour photos
  • Live Trio available to perform during either ceremony, cocktails or reception (45 minutes)
  • Wedding hair-style and makeup for bride
  • 10% discount at the spa for bride and groom
  • Special wedding gift

Price: $1025.00 CAD

Paradise package includes up to 15 guests - additional guests may be added for $25.00 per person.

Paradise wedding package can be upgraded to a civil ceremony with the addition of the notary fees – please see our “a la carte” services for pricing

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BLISS PACKAGE

Memories Bliss Package Includes:

  • Professional services of an onsite, day-of wedding coordinator
  • Upgrade for the bride and groom to the next room category, based on availability at check-in
  • Symbolic wedding ceremony guided by your onsite wedding coordinator in English or French
  • Preferred choice of ceremony location
  • Ceremony table with white linens and tropical centerpiece
  • Tropical floral bridal bouquet and grooms boutonniere
  • Additional maid of honour bouquet and best man boutonniere
  • Sound system with microphone for ceremony
  • Sparkling wine toast following the ceremony
  • Wedding cake (suited to guest count)
  • Semi-private cocktail reception with canapés and open bar
  • Semi-private dinner reservation for the wedding group in one of the a la carte restaurants with set menu (2 hour duration)
  • Honeymoon breakfast in the room the morning after the wedding
  • Twelve printed 4×6 colour photos
  • Special wedding gift

Price: $775.00 CAD

(Bliss wedding package is for all markets except Russia)

Bliss package includes up to 15 guests - additional guests may be added for $25.00 per person.

Bliss wedding package can be upgraded to a civil ceremony with the addition of the notary fees – please see our “a la carte” services for pricing. 

JOY PACKAGE

Memories Joy Package Includes:

  • Professional services of an onsite, day-of wedding coordinator
  • Upgrade for the bride and groom to the next room category, based on availability at check-in
  • Symbolic wedding ceremony guided by your onsite wedding coordinator in English or French
  • Preferred choice of ceremony location
  • Ceremony table with white linens and tropical centerpiece
  • Tropical floral bridal bouquet and grooms boutonniere
  • Sparkling wine toast following the ceremony
  • Sound system with microphone for ceremony
  • Wedding cake (suited to guest count)
  • Semi-private dinner reservation for the wedding group in one of the a la carte restaurants with set menu (2 hour duration)
  • Honeymoon breakfast in the room the morning after the wedding
  • Special wedding gift

Price: $575.00 CAD

Joy package includes up to 15 guests - additional guests may be added for $25.00 per person.

Joy wedding package can be upgraded to a civil ceremony with the addition of the notary fees – please see our “a la carte” services for pricing by property.

***Wedding Bonus***

In order to obtain a free wedding package clients must stay at least 6 nights and have 18 pax per group. OR In order to obtain a free wedding package clients must stay at least 12 nights and have 9 pax per group

Inclusions:
• Welcoming Cocktail
• Private Check –in
• Notary service, marriage license and legalization of documents
• Up grading (subject to availability)
• Personal Wedding Coordinator
• Sparkling wine in room upon arrival
• Decoration of selected location for the ceremony
• Bride´s bouquet and boutonnière for the groom
• Wedding Cake for the ceremony
• Sparkling wine for the toast
• Chambermaid service after 11:00 am and before 3:00pm on the wedding day
• Taped music (including wedding march)
• Semi private dinner in one of our a la cartes
• “Just Married” hanging sign in door
• Turn down service on the wedding evening
• Continental breakfast in room on the morning after the wedding ( 7-10:00am)
• Enjoy our Honeymoon Package
• Late Check Out 15:00hr (subject to availability)

REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION TO BE PRESENTED
* If divorced, divorce certificate
* If widowed, wedding certificate and death certification of the former spouse
* If single, just valid passports
* In all cases tourist card (visa) number and valid passport copies

Note: All documents should be translated into Spanish and legalized by the Cuban Consulate in the country of origin. Also, documents must be faxed or e-mail to the Wedding Coordinator at least six (6) weeks prior arrival. Along with the previous documents it is highly important to fill out the Wedding Form and Witness Information to be send to the wedding coordinator via e-mail or fax. Confirmation deadlines: 6 weeks in advance.

*To arrange wedding packages please contact the hotel directly.

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Designated Driver Services for Weddings

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by Danielle Andrews Sunkel

Did you know that wedding couples are just as legally responsible for their guests’ safety as the venue is?  It is important for us to speak with our clients about getting inebriated guests home safely.  There are a few options; having bus shuttles, cabs waiting at the end of the night, renting hotel rooms, or hiring a designated driver service.

A Designated Driver service is probably the best thing your clients could do for their guests.  Pairs of drivers are available at the venue, when the guest is ready to go home, one driver drives the guest/s home in the guests’ car, while the other driver follows in another car and then brings the designated driver back to the wedding, to take the next guests home.  I love it!

I did a quick Google search and there are “Designated Driver services” in just about every town and city.  If there is not one available, hire some College kids to do it (just make sure they are insured to drive other people’s vehicles.)

Make a safe drive home part of the planning process, so all of your clients’ memories of their day are good ones.

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1920′s-Inspired Wedding Style Shoot

This sweet and fun, 1920′s inspired wedding styleshoot was brought to you by WPIC Alumni, Amanda Douglas, WPICC of Amanda Douglas Events in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

From Amanda:
This shoot was a beautiful collaboration of some great Winnipeg vendors. We had the idea of creating a shoot that was fresh, warm, bright and 1920′s-inspired.  We tried to focus on the fun and elegance of the 20s but bringing in brighter colors light gold, pink and ivory.

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The table was set with oversized floral arrangements of hydrangeas, roses, gold berries, and greenery accented by crystal candled holders, a music sheet table runner, simple white plates, antique gold cutlery and vintage lace wall set behind.

The focus was on sweet elegance and charm and the love and whimsy that comes from people in love.

The location was selected in an old building full of studios and lofts in the Exchange district in Downtown Winnipeg (Manitoba, Canada).  We wanted to work with a bright white space that had beautiful wood floors and a rustic wood table, bringing in some natural elements to the shoot.

The stationery was designed to be simple and sweet. Grey text was used on the invite with pale pink for the names and date. We softened the look of the invite by rounding corners and aging the edges. By combining all these elements it gave the stationery an overall feminine and romantic feel.

Our couples were done up to be angelic and fresh, using soft neutral tones, with dusty rose accents.  We worked with the girls’ natural beauty picking a nude lipstick for one and a more punchy pink lipstick for the other.  The hair design was the most influenced by the 1920′s. The flare was romantic, soft and beautiful, to play in with the soft tones and antique edge of the decor and clothing.

The cake was a 4 tear ruff iced beauty adorned with wax flowers, golden berries and garden roses.

The dresses were picked thinking of the classy and romantic women of the 20s but of course with a more modern and edgy flare to what would have be the style back then. We love the look and flow of these off white lace and silk dresses.  The men’s outfits were chosen as simple and clean, accenting the beauty of their ladies and their dresses.

Over all this shoot was a beautiful and elegant day full of laugher, music, romance, and fabulous vendors getting to work together to create something we’re proud of and happy to share.

Photography: Kat Willson Photography  | Styling, Coordination + Decor Rentals: Amanda Douglas Events| Floral Design: Fancy Fleurs | Dresses: Stella’s Bridal | Cake: Cake-ology | Stationery: Cherish the Moment | Hair: Topknot Freelance | Makeup: 2 Chicks and a Bag of Makeup | Location: Loft Studio, Exchange District, Winnipeg, Canada

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Wedding Styleshoot – A Country Wedding

by Chris Valliere, WPICC of Wild Lotus Weddings in Edson, Alberta

Nothing says fun in a small town, more than a cute little country wedding. We had so much fun brainstorming ideas for this shoot and when somebody brought up, “You guys should do a country themed photo shoot,” we knew we could not resist.

Country weddings are not only simple, but they are extremely romantic and fun. We knew that with Edson being a small town with some of that country feel, it would be perfect to help showcase some of our ideas.

WPICer Wild Lotus Weddings Country Shoot

WPICer Wild Lotus Weddings Country Shoot

WPICer Wild Lotus Weddings Country Shoot

WPICer Wild Lotus Weddings Country Shoot

WPICer Wild Lotus Weddings Country Shoot

WPICer Wild Lotus Weddings Country Shoot

WPICer Wild Lotus Weddings Country Shoot

WPICer Wild Lotus Weddings Country Shoot

WPICer Wild Lotus Weddings Country Shoot

WPICer Wild Lotus Weddings Country Shoot

WPICer Wild Lotus Weddings Country Shoot

WPICer Wild Lotus Weddings Country Shoot

WPICer Wild Lotus Weddings Country Shoot

WPICer Wild Lotus Weddings Country Shoot

Vendors:
We need to send many thanks to such a great group of people. Without them, our vision never would have happened. Shelley Whitnack and her daughters from Simply Beautiful Events for creating an outstanding table set-up and decor fit for a country wedding. Leslie Miko for creating a beautiful country inspired bridal bouquet. Megan Jesse from Photography By Megan, her outstanding work through out the whole day helped to capture some of the most amazing photos that we have ever seen. Danielle Valliere for taking a large amount of time out of her day to throw together an amazing hairstyle fit for a beautiful bride. In addition, to her amazing skills in the make-up field. We also need to send out a huge thank you to Gary & Dorothy Kowalchuk. They supplied several props for the country shoot as well as the beautiful location, their front yard.

A huge thank you and round of applause needs to be sent out to the beautiful Sarah Burgess. When I called my friend up a week before this was set to take place and told her “We are doing a styled bridal photo shoot.” She was so excited for us and then I mentioned to her that “Sarah, we would love it if you modelled.” She was a little skeptical at first as she had never modelled before and was not sure if she would fit the part. However, out of all our friends we knew that she would fit the role perfectly. In the end, she was able to fit us into her crazy busy schedule and not to mention she was still willing to go through with it even when she found out what the weather was going to be like. Thank you so much Sarah, you looked absolutely breathtaking! I have to admit when we saw these pictures for the very first time we were floored.

Stunning work team! Thank you for all your hard work!

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Music-inspired Wedding Styleshoot by Amanda Douglas Events

Today’s gorgeous style shoot comes to us from Amanda Douglas, WPICC of Amanda Douglas Events in Winnipeg, MB

From Amanda:
This romantic shoot was inspired by the beautiful greenery of nature, touches of music and all things whimsical! Delicious cupcakes and cookies, rustic keys, vintage books, and bright, organic flowers all brought together a tea-party-like setting. Fuscias, peaches and deep greens connected the decor with its natural surroundings, creating a magical environment for a love-drunk couple.

Music inspired wedding photoshoot

Music inspired wedding photoshoot

Music inspired wedding photoshoot

Music inspired wedding photoshoot

Music inspired wedding photoshoot

Music inspired wedding photoshoot

Music inspired wedding photoshoot

Music inspired wedding photoshoot

Music inspired wedding photoshoot

Music inspired wedding photoshoot

Music inspired wedding photoshoot

Music inspired wedding photoshoot

Music inspired wedding photoshoot

Music inspired wedding photoshoot

Music inspired wedding photoshoot

Music inspired wedding photoshoot

Music inspired wedding photoshoot

Music inspired wedding photoshoot

Music inspired wedding photoshoot

Music inspired wedding photoshoot

Music inspired wedding photoshoot

Music inspired wedding photoshoot

Coordinator & Designer: Amanda Douglas Events
Photographer: Manuel Sousa
Makeup: Beautiful You By Gen
Dress: Stella’s Bridal
Suit: Eph Apparel
Decor and Rentals: Amanda Douglas Events
Flowers: Fresh Cut Downtown
Desserts: Cake-ology
Head Pieces: Veiled with Beauty

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WPIC Get Together at the Sultan’s Tent

By: Tracey Manailescu

The Wedding Planners Institute of Canada had a fantastic get together last week at The Sultan’s Tent. We seriously love this venue. Super attentive staff, amazing food, and very unique and detail-rich decor. A special thanks to WPIC’er Jennifer Perusini (VP of Marketing, Events & Sales) for arranging the tour and evening specifically with us in mind.

We started the evening with a tour of BerBer SOCIAL and The Sultan’s Tent.  A signature drink and canapés were enjoyed as we listened to the wonderful Arthur Kerekes, WPICC from Fusion Events, discussing “Tips on hiring entertainment for weddings AND technology tools to help you run your wedding planning business and plan weddings”.  Then off we went, back upstairs to the dining area at Sultan’s Tent to enjoy a 4 course dinner with belly dancing! We had a great turn out with 33 WPIC Alumni.

*All photos were taken by: Merrill Newell Photography

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Bar at Sultan's Tent for WPIC Get Together

WPIC Get Together at The Sultan's Tent

This furniture is actually made from camel bones.  How awesome is that?

WPIC Get Together at The Sultans Tentt

Here is Arthur Kerekes getting everything in order for his seminar. Check out that space from floor to ceiling …Wowzas!

WPIOC Get Together at The Sultan's Tent

Arthur Kerekes, of Fusion Events, lead the crowd in an informative and fun seminar where almost everyone was taking notes on their iPads or smart phones. It was interesting to hear about the perspective of the band when dealing with wedding coordinators for a different spin, and was eye-opening for all in attendance as well. Mr. Kerekes gave a ton of useful apps for a variety of wedding planning situations.

WPIC Get Together at The Sultans Tentt

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We had the four course menu, and I really can’t tell you which course I enjoyed the most.  Tons of delicious food, and Morrocan theme-related.

WPIC Get Together at The Sultan's Tent

WPIC Get Together at The Sultans Tentt

Then to end the evening right, we had a Belly Dancer teach us some moves.  Some brave WPIC’ers are showing off their moves below.

WPIC Get Together at The Sultans Tentt

WPIC Get Together at The Sultans Tentt

WPIC Get Together at The Sultans Tentt

It really was a wonderful night had by all, and we thank everyone who came out to join us. You all contributed to making this event such a great success!

 

 

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8 Must-Follow Wedding Inspiration Pinboards

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Photo by BrockPhoto.ca

by Danielle Andrews Sunkel

As a Wedding Professional, part of your job is staying on top of wedding trends, knowing what is new and exciting and being in the loop as to what couples are looking for.  Pinterest makes scouring hundreds of magazines and blogs unnecessary.

Pinterest can be a job in itself, there is so much to see, and only so little time to view all the wedding gorgeousness.  Here I have narrowed down some “Must Follow” Pinterest boards for you.  But don’t just follow their board, follow the pinner, because really, all of their stuff is great!

#8
The Wedding Planners Pinboard
TheWedPlanners ~ Everything Wedding
With a bunch of WPIC Certified Wedding Planners pinning what they feel is the best of Pinterest, how can you go wrong?

#7
perfect palette pinboard
The Perfect Palette ~ Color Palettes

#6
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The Frosted Petticoat ~ Inspiration
Winner of the Huffington Post’s “Best Wedding Pinner” title.

#5
Style Me Pretty Pinboard
Style Me Pretty ~ Wedding Details
Of course Style Me Pretty had to be mentioned.

#4
Bridal Musings pinboard
Bridal Musings ~ weddings . fashion . beauty
Lots of great inspiration in this pinboard.

#3
Pretty my Party pinboard
Pretty My Party ~ Wedding Centerpieces & Tablescapes
Personally I follow ALL their gorgeous boards, but this one is a good start.

#2
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The Wedding Chicks ~ Wedding Decor & Details
Love, love, love their pins and boards.

#1
Miss Millioneress pinboard
The Millionairess ~ The Bridal Show
This is another board with lots of contributors, many are wedding professionals.

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