It was a gorgeous evening in Downtown Toronto. The sun was shining, the birds were singing, the skies were blue, & 42 WPICC Wedding Coordinators & vendors came together & boarded the “Showboat” for a fun night of networking & cruising Toronto!

I am the WPIC Regional Representative for Durham Region! As the Regional Representative, it is my responsibility to organize networking events & learning seminars for WPICC alumni

Certified Wedding/ Event Planners are constantly educating themselves & networking with other wedding vendors & venues. We tour  many venues & taste their food, so we can confidently refer them to our clients. It’s a tough job, I know…..but someone has to do it

We learn all there is to know about the venue. What packages they offer,  pricing, food, etc. We can match the right venue to our clients. Saving them a lot of time & running around from venue to venue & meeting to meeting, trying to find that perfect venue they have been dreaming of

Jana, a Mariposa Representative, discussing with us, their fleet & what they can offer our wedding & corporate clients

Jana explains that Mariposa doesn’t offer wedding packages, as all weddings are custom to what the client wants. Giving couples the freedom to design their own ceremony and/or reception the way they want, & within their own budget.

Mariposa’s fleet consists of many boats & ships. They can accomedate groups from 2- 500+. Whether you’re having a small intimate wedding or a BIG fat Greek wedding, Mariposa has a boat for that.

 

 

The Super-Friendly staff at Mariposa Cruises!

The delicious food that Mariposa Cruises offers

We had a 2 hour cruise around Lake Ontario. Seeing a side of Toronto that you just don’t get to see everyday

During the cruise we had the opportunity to chat with other amazing wedding professionals, that I selected to showcase their work!

gorgeous ring pillow

 

and stunning garters from Hair Candy Couture

 Hair Candy Couture

Maple bacon cupcakes

fun & oh so yummy treats from Sprinkld with Love

Sprinkld with Love

Florals provided by First Comes Love Floral Designs

Had fun creating the WPIC logo in flowers!

 First Comes Love Floral Designs 

Rand Ridley & Micki Bean, representatives from Paragon DPI, discussing with us, what they can offer us & our clients. Everything from logos, monagrams, business cards, signage,wedding invitations, etc, etc.

Paragon Rep. Rand Ridley presenting to WPICC alumni

You can’t have a boat cruise, without great music!

Matthew Beachamp from Mobile Productions rockin the boat!

Mobile Productions 

I offered all WPICC alumni professional head shots for them to use on their websites, Facebook page, etc. The talented Will Prentice from Captura Photography & Imaging offered his services

Also had the amazing Lini Campbell, capture the night’s events for us…..All photos provided by Lini Campbell Photography

Lini Campbell Photography

 Lini Campbell Photograpy

What a great evening! Great weather, great food, & great friends! Can’t wait for my next WPIC Networking Event…….Coming soon!

 

 

 

 

We had the pleasure of working with this beautiful couple on their Special Day. Ally & David decided on an Alice in Wonderland themed wedding & FCL was called to help with designing a “tea party” in the woods for this lovely couple, who wanted to have a fun photo shoot prior to saying “I do”

Working with the talented Robyn White from Brooklin Photography, we had fun with the bridal party & they loved what was created for them…

cupcakes provided by The Cake Booth

This little bee hung around our flowers all day! I guess he wanted to be a part of the photo shoot as well….

                                                     Dave checking the time, making sure we are on time! Can’t be late for the ceremony…

Ally & Dave were so much fun to work with. It was a great pleasure to be a part of their Special Day! We wish them a lifetime of happiness….

 

 

Mmmmmmm, cake! That pretty much sums it up. Who doesn’t like cake? The most common flavours for a wedding cake are chocolate, carrot, lemon, rum & white cake. Some cakes have fillings such as custard, strawberry (fruit,)  or ganache. The can come in different shapes- round, square and even heart shaped.

What ever your style, traditional or non-traditional, a wedding cake can be made into any flavour, shape and/or style to suit your taste & decor.

Cakes can range in price from $300-$1500+ depending on size, flavour(s), labor & level of dificulty. Most cake designers will have a delivery & set-up charge. Other fees to consider are cake stand, flowers & cake-cutting knife.

**If having fresh flowers on your cake, make sure they are organic, as flowers may contain chemicals/pesticides** If not organic, make sure the flower stems are wrapped or are sitting on a plate.

How much cake will you need? Here is a chart to help you figure out just how much cake is needed. Keep in mind that the top tier is traditionally saved for your first anniversary

**The top tier is removed, wrapped in several layers of plastic wrap & kept frozen**

 

Check with your venue, as most venues will have a “cake cutting” fee. Price Range: $0.75- $2.50 per person

*Many venues offer dessert in their dinner packages. Ask if you were to  use your wedding cake as the dessert instead, they may be willing to waive the cake-cutting fee*

MONEY SAVING TIPS

Consider having a “fake cake” This is a great $$ saver! The cake itself will be less expensive- just have the top tier real for freezing & maybe a second tier for the  cake cutting & feeding to each other. Have a “slab” cake in the back with the same icing for the guests. They will never know the difference, but your wallet will

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Consider having cupcakes instead of the traditional wedding cake. You can still have a small cake to save for your first wedding anniversary & no cake-cutting fees. Cupcakes are great for a late night sweet table or can be used on a Candy Buffet, that can also dub as your wedding favors, again saving you money.

The best part about cupcakes, is that they are easier to box up the left overs….if there are any

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