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The Wedding Professionals Workshop

Attention all Wedding Professionals:

It’s time to get your learning on!


The Wedding Professionals Workshop is a boutique-style learning experience taking place at the Pantages Hotel & Spa.


About the Workshop:

For 7 years the producers brought you large International Conferences as “The Wedding Professionals International Conference”, in places like Turks & Caicos and The Bahamas.  Now they have shifted their focus to smaller, more boutique-style workshops.  These workshops are not just theory and fluff.  These are heavy, content-rich, learning experiences with actionable tools and skills to elevate your wedding business.

Of course you will be surrounded by beauty, but more importantly, these seminars are designed to make you dazzle. So Shine on!

Just some of the Speakers:


Diann Valentine, Laura Atentido, Jagdish Brar, Patricia Drewnowska, Meghan Ely, Sam Fleming, Michelle Garber, Carmelina Karas, Jen O’Brien, Cary Silber, Amy Stevenson, Melanie Zettler…

Some of the Topics:

  • State of The Canadian Wedding Industry
  • Who do you think you are? How to Brand Yourself for Maximum Success
  • A Trend Walk
  • How to Gain & Utilize Media
  • The Art of Design
  • WOW Factor Catering
  • The Technical Side of Events
  • Tales from Wedding Professionals- “How I achieved success in the industry”
  • and few surprises!

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Register now!


Affordable Jewelry Insurance Affordable Jewelry Insurance with Perfect Circle Jewelry Insurance


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A “Must Do” Before Your Clients Say “I Do”

As wedding planners, our goal is to ensure our clients’ wedding is a milestone that will be filled with cherished memories of their “ever after.” One way we can do that is to encourage them to protect the true symbols of their love – their engagement and wedding rings – with a separate jewelry insurance policy. By mentioning Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company and its Perfect Circle® Jewelry Insurance coverage,you can help your clients live worry-free knowing their special moments and memories are being protected by the established experts in jewelry insurance since 1913.

Many people may have a standard jewelry rider on their homeowners or renters insurance, but the worldwide, comprehensive coverage* from Jewelers Mutual covers damage, loss, mysterious disappearance (unexplained loss) and even loose stones while they are being set by your jeweler, where other carriers can fall short.  In fact, Glamour Weddings recently endorsed  jewelry insurance as one of the three most important things to do to avoid major wedding mistakes.

Your clients will be surprised at how affordable jewelry insurance can be.

Rates depend on where you live. But for most people, purchasing jewelry insurance coverage from Jewelers Mutual will cost 1-2% of the value of the jewelry. For example, if your client has a $5,000 engagement ring, it could cost as little as $50 a year to protect.

In addition to worldwide, comprehensive coverage, benefits of a Jewelers Mutual policy include:

  • Same Kind and Quality: Repaired or replaced jewelry will be virtually indistinguishable from the original, especially important with name-brand jewelry.
  • Use Your Preferred Jeweler: No need for multiple estimates from various jewelers.
  • No Deductible Required: And no limits on the value of coverage.  A minimum annual policy premium is $25.
  • Automatic Coverage: Customers with an existing policy from Jewelers Mutual enjoy up to 30 days of automatic coverage (subject to a limit of up to $10,000) on any newly acquired jewelry items.
  • Exceptional Customer Service: From applying for a quote to the actual replacement and repair, Jewelers Mutual is known for putting the customer first.

What’s more, we’ve all heard stories of clients losing their rings on their honeymoon, so take the opportunity to educate them on the importance of properly protecting their rings BEFORE they take off.  And while doing so, you can share these tips to help your clients keep their jewelry safe and sound while traveling:

  • Choose wisely. Pack light and take only the jewelry you’ll wear while traveling and at your destination. The 4-carat diamond ring you save for special occasions? Probably not. The pearls that go with everything? Definitely.
  • Make a list. List all the jewelry you’ll take with you. Keep one copy with you and store it separately from your jewelry. Leave another copy at home. Also take pictures or a video of your jewelry.
  • Carry it on. Never put jewelry in checked baggage. Instead, wear it or stow it in your carryon bag. If you wear it, take extra care by slipping a pendant inside a sweater or turning your ring so only the band shows.
  • Keep it with you. Put your jewelry in a favorite bag you’ll carry while traveling. Don’t leave your jewelry in an unattended car or suitcase. When checking into your hotel or condo, don’t hand your jewelry bag to hotel staff. Carry it personally.
  • Use the safe. Always store jewelry in the in-room safe when you’re not wearing it

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Would a Bride Sue her Uncle?

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By Guest Blogger, Andy Ebon, of The Wedding Marketing Blog

DIY brides are well-intentioned. I truly believe that. Money is a limitation for everyone; however, within a couple’s available funds, the bigger challenges are priorities an decision-making.
I confess that my patience with pretzel logic varies widely from day-to-day. Formal sales education taught me it was an important and noble process. A skill to help prospects move toward a good decision, benefitting them.

That perspective has served me well, over time. The key, for me, was to qualify a prospect and understand their needs. If I believed I provided a service that was a good fit for them, then I made every effort to close the sale for our mutual benefit. Conversely, it’s OK to disqualify a prospect.

Entrepreneur’s Disease

One strain of Entrepreneur’s Disease is the belief that every prospect should become a client. If you’re in business long enough, you know that feeling in the pit of your stomach that says

“I’ve got an opening on the calendar, but I might regret taking this client.”

What one does next indicates whether we have learned from prior experiences.

Going For Broke

In moments and days of impatience with brides, who were all over the map, I would sometimes use Andy’s Go For Broke negotiation strategy.

Long before the term DIY, littered the landscape, brides showed much similar irrational judgment. To me (and I stress that this is my personal and considered opinion) brides have some amount of money to spend, but they rarely have a plan about budget priorities. And THAT is the key.

There are certain critical services which just don’t lend themselves to DIY.

Sometimes after completing a booking, a new client might ask me for a vendor referral. A photographer… in this example.

A short version of the conversation might sound like:

“My uncle has offered to do the wedding photography, and I’m seriously thinking about accepting his offer. I had budgeted $1000 for a photographer, and just thought I’d ask you for a referral, just in case you knew of someone who would do it for that amount of money?”

My response might go something like this:

“Is your uncle a professional?”

(bride says ‘no’)

“May I ask you a tough question?”

(bride says ‘sure’)

“In a worst-case scenario, if the photos don’t come out, would you sue your uncle?”

(usually, seconds of silence, then ‘why would you ask me that?)

“Well, when the reception is over and the music is finished, the food is eaten, and the guests are gone, all you have is memories… the documentation of those memories is everything. Professional photographers have all the technical and creative training, AND they have the appropriate professional gear, backup gear, and backups for backup.  I can refer you to a couple of solid photographers and they will cost more than $1000. They will be worth it. And, how would your relationship be with your uncle, going forward, if the photos didn’t come out? Do you really want to take that chance?”

At that point, after the bride got over the shock of the logic, the usual response was something like…

“I never looked at it that way, but you make a fair point. It’s a bigger risk in more than one way. Besides, Uncle Harry is my favorite Uncle. I’d rather have him as a guest, and not be distracted by what might go wrong.”

From time to time, selling involves FUD – Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt…. And that’s OK, as long as it is the truth. It isn’t a technique that I employed often, but it worked more than not, because it’s an eye-opening challenge.

More important, it kept a number of brides from making some incredibly bad decisions.

When the situation dictates, don’t be scared to take a risk. You might surprise yourself.


andy-ebonAndy Ebon is an in-demand public speaker at conferences and local meetings.  Now in its second decade, Andy and EBS Virtual Communications have refocused squarely on wedding marketing and small business consultation, with the launch of The Wedding Marketing Network and its affiliated companies. With industry experience of 2000 weddings, and almost four decades of hospitality and wedding marketing, The Wedding Marketing Network promises to be yet another exciting direction for Andy Ebon.


Consider a Destination Wedding in Canada: Mont Tremblant, Quebec









By: Tracey Manailescu

Born and raised in Canada, it always amazes me what our big and beautiful country has to offer.

We have mountains, oceans, beaches, fine dining, celebrity chefs, night clubs, theatre, summer sports, winter sports, etc. Every province and territory has something unique and special to offer. For wedding couples, the possibilities are endless.

I’ve just come back from a fabulous family week’s vacation in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, and we are already planning to go back for our winter vacation. (Eeek!  The cold, winter sports and I just don’t mix. However, I am willing to give it a go.) We stayed at the Fairmont Tremblant, and  I would happily stay there again, in fact I am quite certain that we will…

I took the opportunity to request a wedding site visit (of course) with Frederic Jean, who is the Manager, Catering & Conference Services. Let’s just say, he is awesome! You cannot go wrong with the location, or the staff. It is set up, and styled, like a ski lodge. Take a look at some of the photos to see for yourself!

Frederic Jean, Manager, Catering & Conference Services

Frederic Jean, Manager, Catering & Conference Services

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Photo: Courtesy of Fairmont Tremblant

Photo: Courtesy of Fairmont Tremblant

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Photo courtesy of Fairmont Tremblant

Photo courtesy of Fairmont Tremblant

Gorgeous place for a ceremony and/or cocktails, don't you think?

Gorgeous place for a ceremony and/or cocktails, don’t you think?

I seriously would love to work with a couple for a wedding during the winter time here, or a WPIC event.

PhotocCourtesy of Fairmont Tremblant

Photo courtesy of Fairmont Tremblant

This entire Village is beyond perfect for a wedding weekend with friends and family. It is entirely family-friendly and actually geared towards a family experience. Picture it with a hot toddy station, maple syrup on a stick, outdoor heaters and s’mores, etc.

Did I mention that the chefs are extremely creative and willing to work with most ideas that you throw at them?

Some examples of specialty items on the menus are: Abitabi Pearl Caviar, Laurentian Cheese Platter, Maple Crumble, Guinea Fowl, Deer Tataki with Horseradish & Basil, Fresh Trout Tartare with Strawberries & Black Tobiko.

Fairmont Tremblant "Chic Shack" set up on the patio

Photo courtesy of: Fairmont Tremblant -Winter “Chic Shack” set up

Want an amazing example of customer service going above and beyond?  This hand-drawn card was left in my room from Frederic. Love, love, love it!

Hand drawn note after site visit from Frederic

Hand drawn note after site visit from Frederic

Not hooked yet? Well let me show you some other things we feel in love with in Mont Tremblant. Go on and picture it with loved ones for a wedding celebration, Quebec style. There is a Catholic Church right in the Village (a 2 minute walk).

Chapelle Saint-Bernard right in the Mont Tremblant Village

Chapelle Saint-Bernard right in the Mont Tremblant Village

Chapelle Saint-Bernard right in the Mont Tremblant Village

Chapelle Saint-Bernard right in the Mont Tremblant Village

We booked some day trips directly through the Mont Tremblant website. We did the mountain luge 6 times, went hiking, swimming, rafting, horseback riding, rented a boat and went fishing on three different occasions. There is so much to do!

Imagine doing some of these things with a wedding group?

For those who want a grown-up experience, there is the Casino close by, as well as a night club and a bar, conveniently located in the Village along with pubs and fine dining. MT Collage rafting Rafting falling

We explored nearby Saint Jovite since it was the Jazz Festival. In Saint Jovite we fell in love with a restaurant called, “Antipasto“, and went to it 3 times. Heck, we tried almost everything in the Village too, between lunches and dinners.  (Next time we might get a room with a kitchenette…No, we probably won’t, but it is an option.)

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MT Restaurants with patios

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Spag & Co in the Village

Spag & Co in the Village

Whether it is summer or winter, the activities and breath-taking scenery will make for amazing wedding photos and video.

*This blog is written solely on my experience in Mont Tremblant, and was not endorsed or paid in any way by the Fairmont Trembant.

Real Wedding: Seaside Hindu Wedding in Jamaica!

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Have a look at this gorgeous seaside wedding, at a private villa in Negril, Jamaica, coordinated by WPIC Alum, Jennifer Borgh of Jennifer Borgh Events.  Jennifer has won countless awards for her Destiantion Weddings to Jamaica and a glimpse at this wedding will show you why!  This wedding and all the beautiful events were captured by Dwayne Watkins and Stephen from Team DWP Studios.

From Jennifer:
I loved every minute of planning this gorgeous seaside South Asian wedding. Reema and Tim were a pleasure to work with, as was the Maid of Honor and sister of the bride, Ritu, who was a huge part of the planning. The colours are gorgeous with the Caribbean sea as the background. This wedding was SOOOOOOO much fun and included amazing food, a lot of dancing and lots of laughs.
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Hindu wedding in Jamaica
Hindu wedding in Jamaica
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From the bride:
I wanted to thank you for all of your help. Everything turned out amazing! The long nights and emails back and forth of planning definitely paid off. I was happy with the outcome as words cannot explain how happy Tim and I were. Everyone had an amazing time and great experience. You did a great job and I will refer you to friends and family.
Thank you again for all your help on planning my dream wedding.
Keep in touch,

*Be sure to check out the photos from the guests’ cliff diving, catamaran cruise and the Batna & Choora on the Photographer’s Blog*

Wedding Planner (in Toronto and on-site in Jamaica): Jennifer Borgh Events
Travel: Travel Only by Jennifer Borgh
Venue: Little Waters on the Cliff
Photography:  Dwayne and Stephen MacFarlane from Team DWP Studios

About Jennifer Borgh:

Specializing in destination weddings in Jamaica, Jennifer Borgh with her team of exceptional assistants and vendor connections ensure every single detail of your wedding is taken care of. Jennifer Borgh Events is a boutique planning company and doesn’t overbook. Jennifer Borgh plans weddings and honeymoons FULL time and is therefore available when you need her!

Her extensive background in events has taken her all across the Caribbean. Being Certified by The Wedding Planners Institute of Canada, Jamaica Tourist Board, Sandals and Travel Industry Council of Ontario leaves destination wedding parties completely worry-free in her capable hands.

25 Creative Marriage Proposals

By guest blogger: Pro Flowers

We were approached by Ashley Thompson of Pro Flowers to view the blog, and we were smitten.  Such a creative blog and of course, we had to share it!

25 Creative Marriage Proposals

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Who doesn’t love a good marriage proposal? Silly, sweet or sentimental, this is the moment that will immortalize your love. It’s the story you will tell every time you announce the engagement to friends or family. It’s the moment you will remember fondly at every anniversary for the rest of your lives.Of course, you don’t have to be planning a proposal to indulge in an afternoon of heart-warming, real-life romance videos. Sit back and enjoy these 25 creative marriage proposals and celebrate all the crazy things we do for love.

Please click on title to view videos.

1. The Sidewalk Chalk Path

Proving it must have been love at first sight, this man saved every text message he and his girlfriend sent to each other for three years. He used those messages to create a path telling the story of their love and leading straight to him. In the end, she filled in the last message by writing “yes” on the sidewalk.

2. The Crossword Puzzle

For the puzzle-lover in his life, he spent months concocting a special creation in The Washington Post. As she neared the end of the crossword, the clue to 51-across – words with a special ring to it – revealed the final answer. No way Sudoko can match that.

3. The Scavenger Hunt

Elaborately planned, this boyfriend made sure every minute detail was set up perfectly. He sent his girlfriend all over the city before finally ending the hunt where they first met. Her incredible birthday only got better when he proposed in front of the romantic backdrop of a Texas sunset.

4. The Fake Movie Scene
This romantic filmmaker solicits his girlfriend’s help for “a scene” in his short film. She’s a good sport who agrees to be blindfolded while dancing with her onscreen partner. The surprise comes when he announces his love at the end of the dance, and she takes off the blindfold to see her boyfriend on bended knee.

5. Painted Signs
This potential groom recruited a trio of artistic friends for a proposal that paints a picture of a future life filled with joy and color. Who could say no to that? While on what she thought was a normal, albeit romantic, date to a painting party, she was delightfully surprised to realize his true intentions. Nothing compares to the oohs and ahs of the crowd to create a moment she’ll never forget.

6. The Movie Trailer

Romance, action, adventure and a small popcorn. This guy gave it his creative all when it came to asking the question. The movie trailer builds suspense as he asks for her father’s blessing and rushes to the theater, before appearing in real life to the complete surprise of his girlfriend.

7. Falling Off a Building
Why be tender when you can be terrifying? When her boyfriend falls off a building mid-proposal, this young woman goes from surprised, to horrified, to relieved, all in the span of about three seconds.

8. Peter Pan Sweeps Wendy Off Her Feet
To love would be a great adventure. He is an actor who used to play Peter Pan on stage, and she is a costume designer; neither of them ever really grew up. He put away the thimble and asked for a real kiss, and to spend his life with her. “Wendy,” couldn’t have been happier.

9. The Super Mario Wall
For the gamer in his life, this man decorated a special, and pretty awesome, room to look like a level in Super Mario. He even goes so far as to place the ring on top of a Question Block normally reserved for mushrooms and extra lives. When she hits the block, the ring falls perfectly to his hands so that he can proceed with the real question.

10. The Disneyland Musical
There are many women out there who don’t like the idea of being proposed to in front of a large crowd. Happily, this woman didn’t seem to mind that a dozen performers choreographed her intimate moment into a song and dance number in the middle of Disneyland’s Main Street.

11. The Scuba Divers
It always helps to have a little assistance when executing a memorable marriage proposal. Judging by her expression, this trip to the aquarium exceeded her expectations. It took a couple of seconds for her to comprehend the message on the sign, but she was all smiles when she did.

12. Spiderman to the Rescue
This would-be hero hired a couple of actors to set the scene by stealing his girlfriend’s gigantic stuffed bear. Then, as he often does, Spiderman came to her rescue. Little did she know that her savior was actually her boyfriend in disguise. After taking care of the street toughs, he proposed to her and she said yes to the cheers of the crowd.

13. The Girl Asks the Guy
In a reversal of traditional roles, the girl initiated this proposal in a romantic effort to relieve her boyfriend’s stress of coming up with a unique plan. She organized their friends to recreate memorable moments from their dating lives, and it worked beautifully. He was surprised, and, after being asked by her, still got to ask the question himself in the end.

14. Army Pushup

Few things say “I’ll take care of you forever” like the manly display of seven guys doing push-ups. Now this young Private has two things to celebrate: graduation and engagement.

15. Game Night
Hand-drawn clues can be so hard to guess! A quiet game night with friends turned into the most memorable moment of her life when her boyfriend revealed the final phrase of this Pictionary proposal.

16. Tri-Surprise
It was one surprise after another for her. After setting up a surprise birthday party, he orchestrated a fake newscast highlighting “trick gifts,” which showed video of her receiving a new car from her boyfriend last Christmas. Surprise! She had unwittingly been carrying around the engagement ring for months.

17. Breath Mints Turn Into a Ring

This unique proposal required the assistance of a street performer in Las Vegas. Using a roll of mints, a silver wire and sleight of hand, the magician presented her ring with a romantic flourish.

18. The Light-Up Office Building

Forget the office supplies, this guy used an entire office building to help him propose with a light show that spelled out, “Lisa, will you marry me?” After she said yes, the show continued with fireworks and a heart.

19. Faking an Injury

When this nurse unwraps her boyfriend’s “injured” hand, she instead discovers that he is holding an engagement ring. At least this explains why his friend is videotapingvideo taping[BH1] a visit to the Emergency Room.

20. Faking an Injury, Part Two: Soccer Style

Faking injuries really seem to be the popular way to propose. And who better to fake an injury than a soccer player? After seeing him writhing in pain with a “knee injury,” his girlfriend finally discovers the real reason he his down on one knee. Though a few of the players wondered aloud why someone would take pictures of an injury, in the end they enjoyed the surprise too.

21. The Mid-Performance Serenade
This trumpet player with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Varsity Band proves that there is still creativity in the classics. During a swinging rendition of Bruce Channel’s “Hey Baby,” he runs up to his girlfriend in the stands to ask the most important question of her life: “Will you be my girl?”

22. Wakeboarding Proposal

This proposal offers an impressive display of love and athleticism. While the two are tandem wakeboarding, he manages to get down on one knee and propose to her. The two then dive into the water in celebration, and he gives her the ring once back on the boat.

23. Under the Sea
When it comes time to propose this man dives right in. We get her point of view as he unrolls the big question written on a marker buoy, with the ring attached to the end. In the spirit of true love, they sacrifice oxygen for a kiss.

24. The Boy Band Parody Proposal

It doesn’t get more creative than writing a song and making a music video especially for her. Surrounded by family and friends, his song is an homage to their love and to the boy bands she was so fond of growing up.

25. Siri Proposes For Him

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Creative Proposals are the Most Personal

The most important thing to remember is, creativity does not mean going over the top or spending a lot of money. It means devising something special for both of you to ensure an everlasting memory.

Top DOs and DON’Ts When Planning Your Wedding

Alex McNamara WPICby Alexandra McNamara, WPICC, of Blush & Bowties

You want your wedding day to be as stress free and fabulous as possible. Being a wedding planner, I am a strong believer that you must plan accordingly to avoid any missteps along the way.

Here are my top wedding planning DOs and DON’Ts to ensure you have nothing to worry about on your wedding day and can sail through the day smoothly:

DO hire a wedding planner

The number one way to ease the stress on your wedding day is to hire a planner. Whether you decide to have a coordinator assist with planning your entire wedding, or just require help on the day of, having a an expert to ensure your event is executed seamlessly will allow you to relax and savour every moment of your celebration.

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DON’T hire a friend to do your photos

The major regret I have heard from married couples is not having hired a professional photographer. Photography may seem like a place to save money, but you get what you pay for. A professional photographer will have the experience to capture moments that happen only once, direct family and friends for potentially chaotic group photos, know the must-have shots to capture, understand lighting and composition to make fantastic photos that will last a lifetime . . . the list really goes on and on.

DO have a rain backup (that you actually like)

Although Alanis Morissette may have been clueless about the meaning of “ironic,” she did have it right that rain on your wedding is an unwelcome guest. Worrying about a rainy day, especially for an outside venue, can be darn right nerve-wracking. But back away from the seven-day forecast, and take a breath. There is nothing you can do to control the weather, so it’s important to have a backup, and not only that, a backup you like. Talk with your venue coordinator, and

make sure your rain option is a good one, not one that will leave you disappointed and with a fly in your chardonnay (seriously, Alanis, . . . how is that ironic?).

DON’T have a cash bar

I’ve said it before, and must say it again, a cash bar at a wedding is a big don’t. Would you ask your dinner guests to pay for their drinks? If you are worried about expenses or over indulgence, you can tailor your bar options or offer only wine at dinner, but it’s a definite faux pas to charge guests for drinks.

Blush & Bowties2 WPICDO have a makeup and hair trial

Your wedding morning is not the time to discover the hairstyle you have selected isn’t working for you (or the stylist you have hired is not up to par). It’s also not the time to find out you have an allergy you never knew about! Having both a hair and makeup trials will ease your mind and allow you to make any changes and test the hair and makeup products the stylist will use. Whether it’s more volume, less colour, brighter cheeks, or bolder eyes, having a trial allows you to perfect your wedding-day look.

DON’T have a long break between the ceremony and reception

If possible, try to keep the wait time between the ceremony and reception at a minimum. Having an hour or two between the ceremony and cocktail hour is a reasonable amount of time, but any longer than that, and you may hear some grumbling. Schedule certain photo ops before the ceremony to save on time. Many couples prefer not to see each other before walking down the aisle, but the first look trend is sweeping the wedding world and is a sweet and intimate moment shared between partners, not to mention a great way to have most photos taken before the wedding starts.

DO have a wedding website

A wedding website is free and an excellent way to communicate with your guests before your wedding. You can make guests aware of accommodation, transportation options, registry, or even fun things to do in the area (this is especially appreciated if your wedding it out of town). It’s also an effective tool to establish the logistics of the day so guests are not left wondering about timing. It’s a tech savvy way to be a gracious host!

Blush and bowties3 wpicDON’T sweat the small stuff

Something undoubtedly will not run according to plan at your wedding. A vendor may be a late, the flowers may be a shade too dark, or a noisy ambulance may pass by during your ceremony. Just like marriage, your wedding will present unpredictable moments that you didn’t plan on. Remember, as long as you get to marry the love of your life, your day has been a success. Plus if you follow the “Do” of hiring a planner, she will be there to solve any issues that arise and leave you to enjoy the day.

DO eat a hearty breakfast and lunch on your wedding day

On your wedding morning, odds are you will feel a bit nervous and be tempted to skip breakfast. Do NOT skip breakfast or lunch! You will need a healthy and hearty start to fuel your body through the emotional, exhausting, and exciting day and evening. Scrambled eggs with avocado (which promotes glowing skin and hair) is the ideal meal as it’s high in protein and low in carbs (so you won’t feel bloated). Snack on almonds if you are feeling hungry as they aren’t messy and will keep your hunger in check.

Blush and bowties4 wpicDON’T worry about pleasing everyone

There is a fine line between being a gracious host and trying to please everyone. If your aunt doesn’t like barn weddings, or a friend detests the colour aqua, or perhaps your mother prefers traditional vows to self-written ones, my advice is to stick to what you and your partner want.

When is comes to the details of your wedding, it really should be about you and your fiancé; no one else’s opinion should dissuade you from having your dream wedding.

DO be a gracious host

It’s important to think about the enjoyment and needs of your guests at your wedding. Selecting your menu thoughtfully (and offering delicious options for those with dietary needs), arranging seating carefully, and saying hello to each guests at your wedding are just a few ways to be a gracious host. Your guests want to enjoy your day too, so make sure you think of their needs while planning your wedding.

Photos by Lauren Vandenbrook of LV Imagery

Blush & Bowties is an event design and coordination company serving Toronto and the GTA. We approach your celebration with a sense that anything is possible, that something old can be something new, and most importantly, that the day reflects you.


A Wedding Planning Tale

Valerie Gower, WPICC,  of the Occasion Sensation shares a wedding planning story with us:

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Valerie with the bride, Sarah, at her wedding

In June 2011, I was contacted by a bride-to-be regarding my wedding planning services.  We arranged to meet at her parents’ house the following Saturday and I began preparing for this initial meeting.  The wedding was scheduled for May 2012, so we had lots of time to plan and organize, which is perfect!

I arrived rather early, so sat in my vehicle for 20 minutes (better 20 minutes early than one minute late, I always think), and reviewed my notes and questions for this potential client.  It’s during this wait time that I wonder what the bride and groom will be like, what their vision of a perfect wedding day is, what style and colours they’ve decided on, how much of my help will they need, and, most importantly, will we all get along?

Well, no need to worry about this client!  Sarah greeted me at the door, along with the family dog, Rocky, and I felt immediately welcomed like I was a long lost relative.  I was introduced to Sarah’s fiancé Luke, and her Mom & Dad and we all sat at the table in the beautiful big kitchen and talked for over two hours like a family should when discussing a major life-altering event like a wedding.

They seemed to like everything I was telling them and asked me lots of important questions.  Then Sarah’s brother came home from work and he sat down for a short while with us to hear the plans being made.

I felt very attached to this family very quickly, and knew that we would all get along during the planning stages and that I could help them create a wedding day that would be very romantic and beautiful.  And they obviously felt the same way, because they hired me right then and there!  I even got hugs from Sarah and her Mom on the front porch as I was leaving, and I could tell they were both relieved and excited that a professional planner was now going to help them with all the wedding details.

During the months of planning, we always enjoyed our time together, and even though I knew I could be very good friends with this bride and her Mom, I tried my best to keep this relationship on a professional client-planner basis.  I have heard from other planners that getting too friendly with a client while you’re still providing a service to them can be a very rocky road (with no ice cream in site!)

I was invited to attend the Rehearsal Dinner with both families the night before the wedding and was of two minds about going.  I really wanted to, but how was I going to stay a professional at this close-knit family event?  I knew I would be ‘on the job’ at this dinner, but would still have to circulate and be social – rather a double-edged sword that had me more than a tad worried.

But, as it turns out, I needn’t have worried, and it was a very good thing that I did attend!  As we enjoyed our Chinese food buffet and waited for the officiant to turn up to conduct the rehearsal, she called and said she was stuck in downtown Toronto at another wedding and probably wouldn’t make it back to Mississauga at a reasonable hour.  So, Sarah asked me if I would step in and conduct the rehearsal, which I did.  I was told later that because we ran through it a number of times, the wedding party felt a lot more comfortable and less nervous on the wedding day (which is always so nice to hear).

Sarah & Luke’s wedding was held at the Glenerin Inn on a warm sunny Sunday, and it was lovely.  I am very honoured to have been a part of it.  And now I’m considered a friend of their families.  Yes, families–both Sarah’s and Luke’s families!   We keep in touch and get together whenever possible, and always have a fabulous time.  In early December, I hosted a Christmas Afternoon Tea for Sarah, her Mom and Luke’s Mom…and we had a wonderful time chatting about everything under the sun and enjoying sandwiches, scones and sweet treats!  We plan to meet up again soon, probably in the Summer, for a barbeque (Sarah’s Dad is apparently a Master Q’er) and we’ve also talked about a Rhubarb Pie get-together (Sarah’s Mom’s specialty) sometime soon…can’t wait!

What’s the old saying…”Make new friends and treasure the old, because one is silver and the other is gold.”   I certainly treasure my new friends because I know that having this type of relationship with my clients won’t happen very often, and it is priceless!

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Valerie with the newlywed couple, Sarah and Luke, at their wedding



Winter Wedding Shoot

Hopefully, we have seen the last of the white stuff for at least 8 months, but here is a lovely winter wedding shoot to remind you how snow can make a pretty accessory.

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From wedding planner, Elissa Cochrane, of Signed With Love Events:

“In the crisp winter months we often find ourselves dreaming of being somewhere warm, just soaking up the sun.   With the clear blue sky practically begging us to come out and play, our team decided we would bring the warm cozy feel outside to be kissed by Old Man Winter’s cool, steady breeze.

With the inspiration of the warmth and coziness you’d find in a far-off cabin tucked away, deep in the woods, was bravely met with glamour and a bold pop of modern day elegance. Our group of talented individuals braved the crisp, cool weather to bring an ordinary inspiration to life. To watch an inspiration that started as nothing more than just an idea in your head, become something so beautiful; is just an amazing feeling. We’re all so pleased with the result of our efforts and we’re honored to have the opportunity to share it with you.”

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Photography: Ash Nayler Photography
Planner: Signed With Love Events
Location: Stillbrook Riding Stables –  special guests Polly, Pearle & Jesse
Cake: Cravings Bakery
Brooch bouquet: Ritzy Rust
Props: Cedar Lane Home & Garden
Wedding Invitations: Exclusive Invitations
Hair: Tianna’s Hair & Makeup
Makeup: Sara Shadzik – MUA

Wedding Trends -April WPIC Get Together

By: Tracey Manailescu

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On Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 WPIC held a get together on Wedding Trends for 2014 at the beautiful St. George’s Golf & Country Club.

The entire event was planned and executed by WPIC’s intern, Urszula Matczak. This is no easy task, as one might imagine, and she did it with flair and grace. (Especially considering her target audience and attendees were fifty wedding planners…)

*A special thank you to our WPIC volunteers, Cindy He and Nazreen Faiz, who managed the registration table and the raffle draw.

Some of the highlights of the evening were a strolling fashion show, a trade show to meet and greet all of the vendors who particpated at the event, musical talent by the wonderful harpist Joanna Jordan, and a panel discussion about 2014 wedding trends.

The entire evening was captured on film by Enrique DeCordova Photography.

We had amazing food and service provided by St. George’s Golf & Country Club. Guess what?  The Catering and Events Manager, Jacqueline Lambert, just happens to be WPICC.  Go figure ;)

Some highlights of St. George’s Golf & Country Club:

  • Ample free parking
  • Award winning cuisine fom the Chef and his culinary team
  • Sommelier to suggest wine pairings for your courses
  • A large selection of late night stations
  • Beautiful views of the Award Winning Golf Course and the historic 1920’s Club House is stunning   Our wonderful volunteers, Cindy and Nazreen





Contributing Awesome Vendors:

Venue: St. George’s Golf and Country Club
Photography: Enrique Decordova Photography
Tuxedos: Andrew’s Formals
Wedding Cakes: Le Dolci
Linens & Florals: Susan Murray Luxury Linen and Decor Reatals
Harpist: Joanna Jordan Electric Harpist
Wedding Dresses: She’s So Beautiful Bridal Boutique
Hair & Makeup: Aglow By Joan – Hair And Makeup

Thank you to everyone who participated in the trade show and panel, and thank you to our wonderful WPIC Alumni  who came out to network & learn.

We hope that enjoyed the evening!