Monday, December 27, 2010
2010 was a very busy and successful year, filled with so much love and creativity, and we can only anticipate the same for 2011... if not more ;)
Here's to Love, Laughter and Happily Ever After.
From both of us, to all of you.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
Studio 2000 also blew guests away with their Love Story video of Mel and Mike. Enjoy!
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
So... how about homemade maps that allow guests to view the entire property and the location of all other guest cabins!!
Friday, July 2, 2010
As you can see Adam and Nicole had their share of arguments over the infamous budget...but it all worked out beautifully in the end, Enjoy!
Monday, June 28, 2010
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Enjoy the read,
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Our debut episode of Rich Bride Poor Bride airs in 4 days! Monday May 24th, 9pm on Slice Network.
We look forward to watching the show with family, friends and old and existing couples of ours!
Adam and Nicole were an amazing couple with their fair share of budget dilemma's, so sit back, relax and enjoy the show!
Friday, April 30, 2010
This past weekend, Kelly and I had the privilege of working with Victoria and Jon at their Appleby College Wedding. We had previously worked with Victoria's family last October for her sister's wedding. It was great to reunite with their family and be apart of their special day.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
More and more, wedding cakes are becoming a greater part of an event's overall decor. While the taste should be delicious, the design can also be great eye candy for your guests. Check out Theknot.com's reccent selection of their favourite wedding cakes to get inspired!
Thursday, April 15, 2010
If you have not already heard of the name "Memories by Marie" let us introduce you to one of the industries best: Marie Murray!
Kelly and I have had the privilege of working with Marie not only on weddings, but also her portraiture services. We can not say enough about her work. She has the ability to take a photograph and transition it into a masterpiece. If a picture does indeed say a thousand words, then Marie's say millions.
Above are pictures from our most reccent Memories by Marie wedding!
Some even start a few steps back with, "Are we suppose to get gifts for our bridal party?"
So here is our thoughts on the Bridal Party Gifts:
Is it a must? - No
Should you do it? - Yes
The idea behind offering your bridal party members a gift closer to the wedding (usually on the night of the rehearsal dinner) is to show your gratitude for all of their help in planning, organizing and participating in your wedding. Often groomsmen and bridesmaids have contributed to the planning of Wedding Showers, Bachelorette and Bachelor Parties and/or Jack & Jills. They often help you and your fiance with some of the wedding "To Do's" and are a pillar of support throughout the process. The idea of the bridal party gift is a small way to say "Thanks!"
Who is usually given a gift?
- Often everyone in the bridal party including Flower Girls and Ring Boys. Many couples also choose to include Parents, especially when they are financially contributing to the wedding.
Here are just some of the common and not so common ideas we've seen over the years:
- Wedding jewellery for the bridesmaids to wear on the day of the wedding
- Shawls/pashminas for the bridesmaids to wear on the day of the wedding
- Cuff links for the groomsmen to wear on the day of the wedding
- Day of Gift Bags for the bridesmaids with items such as: Flip Flops, Sun Glasses, Lip Gloss, Kleenex, favourite perfume etc.
- Gift Cards for the Bridal Party; it's a practical gift that everyone can use! Examples: La Senza, Best Buy, Future Shop, LCBO, Restaurants, or any store you know your friends/family love!
- Personalized Clothing: Custom Jerseys or Caps for the sports lovers - Custom T-Shirts for the fashionistas!
- Treat them to an Activity: Golf, Cigar Rolling Workshops, Day at the Spa, Yoga Workshops, Cooking Classes, Wine Tasting Tours
- Get each member a subscription to their favourite magazine
- Personally Yours/Things Engraved: You can always find the traditional items here! Examples: Flasks, business card holders, pens, lighters, pocket watches, compact mirrors, mugs, Swiss Army knives
- Tickets to a show, concert, or sports event to enjoy after the wedding
The amount of money you choose to spend is up to you. The act of giving a gift isn't about how much you spend, it's about the thought you put into it!
Thursday, March 25, 2010
But what if you are paying for your own wedding and you are stuck between choosing the venue of your dreams (one that is higher than your comfort level in terms of budget) and picking one that you feel more comfortable affording but doesn't meet some expectations?
Here's the deal. A wedding planner can help you stay on track of budget and allow you to feel more comfortable about your decision. Realistically, a wedding budget is a sliding scale. If you spend too much in category A...you need to scale back in category B.
I had this discussion with one of my Brides today. She fell in love with one of the venues we visited and yet she wanted to keep visiting other venues that were on the very other end of the scale. After each meeting she would look defeated because at the lower pricepoint...she just wasn't feeling the same way as she did with the more expensive venue. I could tell that price was prohibiting her to make a decision and allow herself to fully fall in love with that venue.
So I made her a deal....book the venue that you have fallen in love with and let me worry about your remaining budget. If we cut back on other area's...and become a little more thrifty or creative...you get the location of your dreams and we will stick within your OVERALL wedding budget.
She agreed and they signed on the dotted line this evening. The couple was beaming afterwards! So happy.
The moral of this story....look at the overall budget. Dont get caught up in the budget of each and every item right up front. Venue will be the largest price tag. So you need to be cautious and stay within your means...but don't settle too much. Get the venue that makes you feel amazing when you walk in the doors, the way your guests will. And then use your remaining budget wisely....if you go for the venue that was less expensive but doesn't have that "wow" factor...you will feel that way every time you walk into it. Afterall...guests always remember the food and atmosphere at a wedding.
The general rule of thumb is that your venue will be half of your overall budget. So if your venue is costing $20,000....your safe to say that your overall Wedding budget will be $40,000 . But these days...you can really get creative and help lower your other costs...especially with the help of a creative and talented Wedding Planner ;)
May 24th - Nicole & Adam, Hamilton ON
June 28th - Sukhi & Gurj, Vancouver BC
These are tentative dates , so we will keep you posted if they change. Otherwise...set your DVR's and get ready for two amazing weddings!