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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.

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Julian, 4Joelle, 10Brayden, 11Sierra, 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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The Low Down on Initial Meetings

By: Tracey Manailescu

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Initial Meetings are the “getting to know you” moments where you, the wedding coordinator, and the couple meet and decide if you are a good fit.  There is no charge for this meeting.  (It is NOT a Consultation.)

Typically these face to face meetings take place after a couple has seen your website, blog, some form of advertising, or were referred to you by someone, and decided to email or call you to discuss the possibility of hiring you for their wedding. Hopefully your website and blog will tell potential clients a bit about you and your personality. Your branding should speak to your target couple and attract like minded individuals. From that initial contact, you will set up a face to face meeting to get to know each other, where they can hear more about what services you provide, experience you have and if your personalities match. You want to learn more about what ideas, cultural aspects if any, hopes and what type of budget they have for their wedding. The initial meeting should take about an hour.

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To do:

  • Arrive 15 minutes early to get comfortable and settled, get your table, perhaps get a tea and have things in place to lead the meeting.
  • Turn off the sound on your cell phone.  Your full attention must be given to  the couple.
  • Shake hands.  Always shake with the right hand in a firm handshake.  Look the person in the eye while you are shaking their hand.
  • Give your business card. Always use two hands to present and receive a business card. (When receiving a business card make sure that you look at the card before putting it away in a safe place to show respect.)
  • Listen.  What are their likes/dislikes? What do they need help with?  What are they excited about?
  • Take notes.
  • Dress professionally.
  • Show your emergency kit, portfolio and talk about the services you offer.
  • Show that you are interested in their plans, and excited for them.
  • Have a contract (with a stamped envelope) ready to give to the couple.

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What not to do:

  • Talk about yourself the entire time.
  • Give away tips, vendor referrals and advice without a signed contract and initial payment.
  • Discount your services. If you don’t believe in yourself and your value, why should anyone else?
  • Check your emails, look at the clock, or take phone calls during the meeting.
  • Chew gum or go out for a smoke break.
  • Make unrealistic promises or flat out lying, to get the couple to sign.
  • Badmouth other vendors or past clients.

Sometimes, in, or after the initial meeting, you may get that feeling in your gut that you are just not a good match for each other.  Everyone has their “trigger” that sets them off and sends alerts to your brain.  For me it is hand-holding or very needy clients.  Some people can’t work with  third party involvement such as a very involved sister, best friend or mother of the bride or groom, while others might say, “no way” to indecisive couples.

If you know your trigger, then make sure you are paying attention to the signs for them in your initial meeting so you don’t get stuck in a very uncomfortable working relationship from now until their wedding. If you feel this way, you can bet that your clients do, too.

Or else…

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What should you do?  Be honest.  Let the couple know that you don’t feel you would be a good fit and ask if they would like you to reach out to your WPIC Alumni within your Association to find a better match.  Then go back and revisit your branding, and look into how you can change it to attract the couples you do want to work with.

Hopefully, you are a good fit for each other, and they will sign and send the contract along with payment to you, so you can begin working together for their upcoming wedding :)

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WPIC Kickoff 2014

By: Tracey Manailescu

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“Fearless in 2014″ was the theme!

Our WPIC Representatives really out did themselves with this event.  Kudos and a HUGE thank you to Meagan Eagles, Dawn Fillion and Amy Stevenson.  These ladies worked their butts off to make this even a memorable night for all of us. We truly appreciate all of the details, relaxed atmosphere and the thoughtfulness that went into it all.

*The Eaton Chelsea pulled it off without a glitch. Great staff and a great location.

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We had a gigantic list of sponsors that helped make this night so wonderful. Whether it was the entertainment, venue, sweets, decor, florals, games, slo-mo photo booth, snow cones, chip station, fortune teller, fascinators, swag bag items, prizes or speakers, we appreciate it all, and thank you!

 

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Carnival games?  You betcha ;)

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Here are some photos of our amazing WPIC alumni. We were so happy to see everyone who came out to network, learn and just unwind.

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The Eaton Chelsea did an amazing job of keeping us fed with vintage circus themed food such as a pretzel station, pulled pork station, mini corn dogs, hot dogs, vegetarian chile, reuben sandwiches, chick pea curry, mushroom ragout, bacon ragout, freshly made hot yukon gold potato roasti and a dessert station.

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Our keynote speakers of the evening were WPIC’ers Michael Coombs and Jennifer Maxwell.

Mike spoke on the subject, “Pride. Perseverance and Fear.” He gave some insight into where he came from , how he turned around negatives and how it all helped him be who is is now. Support from family and believing in yourself will get you, and keep you on track. Personal anecdotes always endear the audience, and Mike’s speech was just that.

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Jennifer spoke about, “Standing in the Face of Fear”. A funny & warm hearted discussion about not being afraid to change things up in your career to get you on the path you are supposed to be on.  Lists, lists and more lists will keep you organized and on the straight and narrow. Never be afriad to amke mistakes as that is how we learn. Never give up!

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Oh yes, we had entertainment.  The incrdibly talented team from A2D2 gave two performances, a strolling cupcake station,and a clown that stole my popcorn and brought back even more then I had lost, got to love that;)

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Below are photos of some wild, whacky and gorgeous fascinatiors created by WPIC Alumni, Aimee Alabaster of With Abandon. I loved that we were able to pre select the fascinators that we wanted to wear for the evening.  Danielle bought hers right after the night ended, and I have 2 orders on the go right now!

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Photos are all courtesy of the dynamic duo: Jono & Laynie. You both were so easy to work with and we happily recommend you to all of our Alumni and their couples!

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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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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

www.traceymevents.ca
Photo: Memories Flamenco Beach Resort

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

www.traceymevents.ca
Photo: Memories Flamenco Beach Resort

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

Photo: Memories Flamenco Beach Resort
Photo: Memories Flamenco Beach Resort

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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WPIC Attends the Toronto Region Board of Trade (1845 Room by Oliver & Bonacini) Open House

By Urszula Matuszak, WPIC Intern

WPIC at Toronto Board of Trade

Urzsula, Kim and Tracey from WPIC

*All photos by: Tracey Manailescu

On January 22, the Toronto Region Board of Trade hosted an open house for The 1845 Room by Oliver & Bonacini. With a parking garage attached and King station only a 5 minute walk away, this venue is very easy to get to. Unfortunately, the only issue with the venue is finding your way around the enormous First Canadian Place building in which the venue is located. However, once you enter The 1845 Room you are immediately hypnotized by the spectacular lights, decor, and music, and the journey that got you there is no longer relevant.

The Ceremony
Large windows covered the front wall of the ceremony room allowing the natural sunlight in during the day and the beautiful city lights at night. This room would be a perfect fit for a city-loving couple that want to say their vows with the view of Toronto behind them. Fitting approximately 350 guests, this spacious room makes a beautiful ceremony room as well as a fantastic reception room. Doors line the back of the ceremony room and lead into the Cocktail Reception room. These doors can be shut during Cocktail Hour in order to completely convert the Ceremony Room into a vivacious Reception Room.

O and B food station

O + B Food Station

The Cocktail Reception
Centred in the Cocktail Reception room is its most important feature, the bar.  Next to the bar were two food stations. The first station served mouth-watering seared rice cakes and pork belly with gojuchang, napa slaw and black sesame. The second station served a flavorful smoked Lake Huron fish dressed in maple mustard, celeriac, rutabaga, green apple and grilled bannock. These stations definitely had me coming back for seconds. The only flaw with the Cocktail Reception room was the view of the office building next door. If holding an event here, I would suggest keeping the window shades closed or draping a beautiful fabric for that added personal touch.

Table floral display by Jackie O

Table floral display by Jackie O

donut station

“Glory Holes” donut station

dance floor decal

Dance Floor Decor

The Reception
The reception room was lit with yellows, purples, and pinks and the ceiling was covered with oversized balloons. This room could make the shyest person break out of their comfort zone. The atmosphere was energetic and the music helped the party come to life. A dance floor sat under 3 big-screen TV’s, giving any planner a sense of excitement with the amount of possibilities that could be done with them.  This large room, if using rounds of 8 and including the dance floor, would be able to fit approximately 220 guests. You can party all night with all of your friends and family while enjoying the delectable food prepared by the Oliver & Bonacini catering crew.

Bridal Suite at 1845

Bridal Suite at 1845

The Bridal Suite
The first thing that caught my eye in the bridal suite was the pastry table with a donut tree done by Glory Hole Donuts. This table could turn any calorie-counting female into a donut eating machine. In the middle of the room was a beautifully arranged table with a large floral centrepiece provided by Jackie O. From the bridal dressing table flowed a long train of leaves stemmed from a bouquet of roses. At first glance anyone could see that this bridal suite would calm the nerves of any bride. Its black and white theme with accents of nature filled the room with a sense of serenity and peace, surely to leave a bride with only one thought: the endless love between her and the man of her dreams.

The Package
The 1845 Room has an outstanding $110 package which includes:

  • 3 seasonally-inspired canapés per person
  • 3 course dinner with choice of entrée
  • 6 hour bar package
  • Late night snacks
  • Bridal suite complete with sparkling win and O&B treats
  • Room rental and cake cutting with our compliments
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Professional Head Shots- Why Every Wedding Planner Needs One

By: Tracey Manailescu

The good, the bad, and the just plain ol’ ugly. (Yes, I will share some of mine…)  Since I am sharing mine, I might as well drag Danielle into this, too :)

You all know what I am talking about…Don’t be embarrassed. I have some REAL doozies from the not so distant past.  One thing I am famous for, is wearing an elastic on my wrist. Somehow, I always forget to take the darned things off before I am photographed at events, and for impromptu head shots (See a few of Danielle’s and mine below.)  The really bad ones won’t make it here, I am afraid…LOL!

Tracey ManailescuBrightroom Traceytracey yuck

114117-003-018hiPhoto.appdanny

Professional business head shots are important for many reasons:

  • Shows potential clients that you take your wedding planning business seriously, and have invested in your marketing as well as your brand. You ARE your brand!
  • Shows potential clients a little bit about you, and your personality, by the way you choose to present yourself. Don’t be afraid to show your true self in your head shots. If you are going to wear jeans and a blazer, with an amazing pair of shoes in your client meetings, then wear THAT for your photo. If you can rock a business suit, and still show your amazing sense of style, then do it!
  • Shows how you will probably represent yourself at their wedding. Makeup done, hair under control (speaking for myself, here) and an outfit you feel confident in.
  • Shows potential clients if your style matches their expectations of a wedding planner. if not, they will move on.

Here are some that I have liked over the past few years:
www.michellelawsonphotography.comTracey ManailescuTracey ManailescuTracey Manailescu

Here are some of Danielle’s:
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Where can you get professional head shots taken?

  • Book a head shot session with your favourite wedding photographer.
  • Scope out, and contact a photography company that you admire, and are hoping to work with in the future. Hire them!
  • Ask other wedding professionals where they had theirs done (WPIC Alumni Association would be a great place to ask).  If someone is happy with their head shot, then they will most likely happily refer you to the photographer that made it happen for them.
  • WPIC has held 2 professional working head shot events for WPIC Alumni with some of Toronto’s most talented photographers. (My photo in the top left hand corner, is from the last event in September at Paletta Mansion.)
  • Networking events
  • FAM trips
  • Conferences and Trade Shows

 Tips to get good head shots:

  • Bring a change of clothing for two different looks.  Be comfortable in what you will be wearing. Yes, go out and buy yourself a new outfit for it if you can!
  • Make sure that you are comfortable with the photographer to ensure real smiles and photogenic poses.
  • Tell the photographer if you are uncomfortable with anything about yourself that may interfere with the photos and your comfort level.  ie. You look way better photographed from your left side, you hate your mole, double chin, etc.
  • Make your eyes smile.  Think happy thoughts and even giggle if you want in the photos.
  • Avoid clothing that wrinkles easily.  It will look messy in the photos.
  • Avoid skin coloured clothing (it’ll look like your naked and/or washed out). This means if you have light skin then avoid tans, pale yellow, pale peach, etc.  If you have dark skin then avoid dark or muted colours. Do the opposite of your skin colour.
  • ***TIP***Apparently, jeweled tones look good on every shade of skin.
  • If you wear glasses 99% of the time, then wear glasses in your head shot. Your photographer can work around the glare.
  • Avoid wearing shiny or sparkly makeup. It will stress out the photographer with the lighting on your face.
  • Avoid large or chunky jewelry. (It will be distracting, and take the viewer away from your face.)
  • Drink lots of water the week before.
  • Get a good sleep the night before.
  • Avoid red wine and heavy foods the night before.
  • Invest in a teeth whitening product.
  • Have enough time scheduled for your session.  Typically an hour works well.

listerinewhiteningstripsNo red winewater bottlejewel toned

How much will it cost?

  • Anywhere from $150-$400+ with a professional photographer.
  • If that stresses you out at the moment, then department stores like Sears and Walmart are also there for you, if you are in a pinch, and can provide a much cheaper alternative to get you going.

Working Shots:
Working shots are a great way to show what you will look like on their wedding day.  It shows clients what they can expect from you appearance wise when you are working at their wedding. (FYI- Flip flops, tank tops, cut-off jean shorts, gym outfits, micro mini-skirts, etc. should not be an option).

***TIP***Ask the couple and the photographer to take a photo of you, with the couple. This is a great for future blogs, your portfolio, and memories!

Danielle Andrews Sunkel andTracey Manailescu

So really, there are just no excuses for selfies, passport photos, and night out with the friends photos as your professional head shot. Invest in yourself (this is just one of the ways to do so) and clients will appreciate it, and invest in you!

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Professional Head Shots- Why Every Wedding Planner Needs One

By: Tracey Manailescu

The good, the bad, and the just plain ol’ ugly. (Yes, I will share some of mine…)  Since I am sharing mine, I might as well drag Danielle into this, too :)

You all know what I am talking about…Don’t be embarrassed. I have some REAL doozies from the not so distant past.  One thing I am famous for, is wearing an elastic on my wrist. Somehow, I always forget to take the darned things off before I am photographed at events, and for impromptu head shots (See a few of Danielle’s and mine below.)  The really bad ones won’t make it here, I am afraid…LOL!

Tracey ManailescuBrightroom Traceytracey yuck

114117-003-018hiPhoto.appdanny

Professional business head shots are important for many reasons:

  • Shows potential clients that you take your wedding planning business seriously, and have invested in your marketing as well as your brand. You ARE your brand!
  • Shows potential clients a little bit about you, and your personality, by the way you choose to present yourself. Don’t be afraid to show your true self in your head shots. If you are going to wear jeans and a blazer, with an amazing pair of shoes in your client meetings, then wear THAT for your photo. If you can rock a business suit, and still show your amazing sense of style, then do it!
  • Shows how you will probably represent yourself at their wedding. Makeup done, hair under control (speaking for myself, here) and an outfit you feel confident in.
  • Shows potential clients if your style matches their expectations of a wedding planner. if not, they will move on.

Here are some that I have liked over the past few years:
www.michellelawsonphotography.comTracey ManailescuTracey ManailescuTracey Manailescu

Here are some of Danielle’s:
REF_4396Danielle_06B247343_10150634579885720_841535719_18853221_4871612_n016_16_2

Where can you get professional head shots taken?

  • Book a head shot session with your favourite wedding photographer.
  • Scope out, and contact a photography company that you admire, and are hoping to work with in the future. Hire them!
  • Ask other wedding professionals where they had theirs done (WPIC Alumni Association would be a great place to ask).  If someone is happy with their head shot, then they will most likely happily refer you to the photographer that made it happen for them.
  • WPIC has held 2 professional working head shot events for WPIC Alumni with some of Toronto’s most talented photographers. (My photo in the top left hand corner, is from the last event in September at Paletta Mansion.)
  • Networking events
  • FAM trips
  • Conferences and Trade Shows

 Tips to get good head shots:

  • Bring a change of clothing for two different looks.  Be comfortable in what you will be wearing. Yes, go out and buy yourself a new outfit for it if you can!
  • Make sure that you are comfortable with the photographer to ensure real smiles and photogenic poses.
  • Tell the photographer if you are uncomfortable with anything about yourself that may interfere with the photos and your comfort level.  ie. You look way better photographed from your left side, you hate your mole, double chin, etc.
  • Make your eyes smile.  Think happy thoughts and even giggle if you want in the photos.
  • Avoid clothing that wrinkles easily.  It will look messy in the photos.
  • Avoid skin coloured clothing (it’ll look like your naked and/or washed out). This means if you have light skin then avoid tans, pale yellow, pale peach, etc.  If you have dark skin then avoid dark or muted colours. Do the opposite of your skin colour.
  • ***TIP***Apparently, jeweled tones look good on every shade of skin.
  • If you wear glasses 99% of the time, then wear glasses in your head shot. Your photographer can work around the glare.
  • Avoid wearing shiny or sparkly makeup. It will stress out the photographer with the lighting on your face.
  • Avoid large or chunky jewelry. (It will be distracting, and take the viewer away from your face.)
  • Drink lots of water the week before.
  • Get a good sleep the night before.
  • Avoid red wine and heavy foods the night before.
  • Invest in a teeth whitening product.
  • Have enough time scheduled for your session.  Typically an hour works well.

listerinewhiteningstripsNo red winewater bottlejewel toned

How much will it cost?

  • Anywhere from $150-$400+ with a professional photographer.
  • If that stresses you out at the moment, then department stores like Sears,The Real Canadian Superstore,  and Walmart are also there for you, if you are in a pinch, and can provide a much cheaper alternative to get you going.

Working Shots:

Working shots are a great way to show what you will look like on their wedding day.  It shows clients what they can expect from you appearance wise when you are working at their wedding. (FYI- Flip flops, tank tops, cut-off jean shorts, gym outfits, micro mini-skirts, etc. should not be an option).

***TIP***Ask the couple and the photographer to take a photo of you, with the couple. This is a great for future blogs, your portfolio, and memories!

Danielle Andrews Sunkel andTracey Manailescu

So really, there are just no excuses for selfies, passport photos, and night out with the friends photos as your professional head shot. Invest in yourself (this is just one of the ways to do so) and clients will appreciate it, and invest in you!

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2013 WPIC Year in Review

A message from Tracey Manailescu and Danielle Andrews Sunkel, Co-Founders of WPIC Inc.

WPIC Cofounders Tracey Manailescu and Danielle Andrews Sunkel

Photo by Brock Photo

2013 was a year of growing pains, amazing highs, tough lows, success and accolades.  This year marked the 10th Anniversary of WPIC and we celebrated by launching our on-line course, so that our core course would be more accessible to our International Students.

WPIC Events
We’ve had a lot of great events this year for our Alumni.

The first official WPIC Event was the “WPIC 2013 Kickoff” planned by our current Regional Representatives.  128 WPIC Alumni attended Rennaissance by the Creek.  There was a live band to dance to, a DJ, a panel of professionals providing business advice, a vendor fair, chances to learn and to let your hair down and have fun.  Read more about the event here.

photos from WPIC 2013 Kickoff event

In September, WPIC held a working shot extravaganza.  An event for WPIC Alumni to get professional photos in gorgeous wedding set-ups.  We took over Paletta Mansion and transformed 6 areas into dream weddings.  Each room was professionally designed and had a professional photographer assigned to the space.  Many of these set-ups will be featured in wedding magazines in 2014 including Elegant Wedding MagazineThe Wedding Planner GTA and Bride and Groom.  One of the photoshoots has already been featured on the Poptastic Bride Blog.

WPIC Paletta Mansion event

In November, we held a Mexico Wedding Specialist Certification event for our WPIC Alumni.  Not only did attendees get the chance to learn about all the amazing places Mexico has to offer their clients to get married, but also the ways they can improve their businesses by bringing weddings to Mexico.  The event included networking with Alumni, Mariachis, a Mexican buffet, networking with key Mexico partners, seminars from Hard Rock, Velas and Palace Resorts, a Specialist Certification Seminar from the Mexico Tourism Board and two inspiration Mexican wedding set-ups.  These set-ups will be featured in wedding media, such as Elegant Weddings, in 2014.  Read more about this great event here.

WPIC Mexico Wedding Specialist event

All photos by Bicoastal Images

 

The Weducation Business

Many companies are trying to sell education to wedding planners, but as always WPIC is still heads above the crowd.  We have kept our course the best by never being complacent, we never stop adding and updating.  We are now on our 14th edition of the WPIC text book.  It is bigger and better than ever.  Our after-class support leads the industry in that we provide unbelievable continuing education opportunities to our members, for FREE.  We invest tens of thousands of dollars every year to advertise WPIC Certified Wedding Planners, maintain our free member alumni boards and provide support to our past students, again at no cost to them.  Our dedication to helping our past students succeed has never waivered and we have witnessed unbelievable success from our past students.

This year past students have received several awards, much media attention and best of all, great success.  The face of our Alumni has evolved to a more modern, polished professional.

In order to provide the best to our students and alumni, this year we have:

  • updated the WPIC text book to be the most modern possible and provided all updates to all our past students
  • written many professional development articles on the WPIC Blog and on the WPICAlumni forum
  • promoted WPIC in multiple media outlets through interviews and sharing events
  • advertised the value of working with a WPIC Certified planner in many media outlets
  • added to our international recognition through speaking at several international wedding conferences in Mexico, the USA and Canada
  • created several strategic alliances and partnerships with large companies

In the New Year we will:

  • continue to support our alumni with education and opportunities for business growth
  • completely overhaul the Destination Wedding Coordinator course
  • continue to increase accessibility and support for International students
  • continue our fabulous partnerships which provide unbelievable opportunities for our alumni
  • work smarter, not harder

 State of the Wedding Industry
This year we saw a lot of formally successful wedding businesses close their doors.  These businesses were from every facet of the wedding industry: decorators, dress boutiques, tuxedo rental stores, wedding planners, DJs, photographers, magazines, etc.  Those who did survive, reinvented themselves, fine-tuned their business image and several added different services to their repertoire.

The face of wedding couples has changed.  Couples value guest experience over showing off, quality over bling.  This is exciting for wedding professionals as we are able to be more creative.  Entertainment has become very important to our couples, as has the quality of food.  The little details that wedding planners have always loved, are now a necessity to our couples.  Weddings are all about telling the story of our couples.

Our 2013 Speaking Engagements

WPIC Tracey Manailescu and Danielle Andrews Sunkel on stage at Congress of Weddings

WPIC’s Tracey Manailescu and Danielle Andrews Sunkel on stage day 2 at the Congress of Weddings & Events

This year we spoke at international wedding conferences, conventions and symposiums including: Latino Americano Congresso de Bodas de Destino in Guadalajara, MX (our Blog here), Wedding MBA in Las Vegas, and Love Mexico in the Riviera Maya.  Our seminars focussed on Practices of Successful Wedding Professionals, Destination Wedding Professionals, and the intricacies of Destination Wedding Planning.  On a local level we spoke at several colleges to students considering a career in the event industry.

Travel and Conferences
It is no secret that Mexico holds a special place in our hearts and we have focussed a lot of our attention there this year, showing our alumni the amazing opportunities this country offers them and their Destination Wedding clients.  We toured haciendas and event spaces in Guadalajara, Tequila and Guachimontones this past summer.  Read about our experiences here and here.

We also attended the BizBash conference in South Florida (our Blog), Engage!13 at the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina (our Blog), and the Cancun Bootcamp.  These conferences provided us with opportunities to meet wonderful peers in the industry.

International Seminars

Palace Resorts Wedding Dept

The newest WPIC-certified Palace Resorts Wedding Team

This year we held training in Barbados and in Mexico.  We trained the Palace Resorts Wedding Team for the third time!  Students travelled from Mexico, Italy, Norway, Japan and all over the Caribbean to attend our classes.

Media
WPIC, Danielle and Tracey were interviewed or featured in many media outlets this year, including but not limited to: Reader’s Digest, MacLean’s Magazine, Bride and Groom Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, MSNTravel, Poptastic Bride, Dab Wedding (Europe), Beautiful Beginnings, etc.

We have already conducted several interviews that will be released in the new year, including a full page article written by Danielle and Tracey to be published in the 2014 Winter/Spring issue of Today’s Bride.

2014
In 2014, we are looking forward to growing WPIC even more, providing countless opportunities to alumni who are willing to constantly better themselves, supporting them in making couples’ dreams come true, creating enduring working relationships and seeing even more of our big, beautiful world.

We never stop learning and we are just as committed to sharing our knowledge now, as we were 10 years ago.  We truly believe that the best way to keep the wedding industry strong, is to share knowledge and best practices so that all professionals are properly educated.  One decade down, many more to go ;)

We wish you nothing but success!

Danielle & Tracey

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