We had the pleasure of working with Christiane & Jesse, providing them with their wedding flowers

Christi was not afraid of colour & we think her colour pallet of blue & purples was so beautiful

Ceremony & Reception was held at the beautiful Fantasy Farm in Toronto

Groomsman

Jesse, the Groom waiting patiently for his beautiful bride

Bridesmaid making her way down the aisle

Adorable flower girl & ring bearer

We added orchids & greens to the flower girl basket filled with beautiful purple rose petals

Here comes the bride!

Her bouquet was a vibrant mix of purple roses & lisianthus combined with blue dendrobium orchids & cascading greens for that “garden style” look

Saying “I do”

It’s official

Group shot

It was a perfect day for a stroll

First dance….

Time to party! Groom & his mom kicking it!

Photography by: Shelly Kowalski

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Happy Planning!

 

Have you heard the news? Did you see that report on 20/20 last week, about the Wedding Industry, “Wedding Confidential”  that you will be scammed by us vendors?!?!

It’s all over Facebook & Twitter at this very moment! It has become THE Blog subject of many  wedding professionals, all who are down right angry & on the defensive.

I saw the 20/20 report & I too was a ‘lil upset at what they were saying. If you haven’t seen the report, I suggest doing a search on Youtube, I’m sure you’ll find it.

But unlike most of the wedding profesional blogs, I’m not going to disagree with 20/20 so fast.

As in EVERY Industry, there are always un-professional businesses out there, looking to take advantage of people! Whether it be providing poor service and/or products, mis-representing themselves, or simply scamming you out of your hard earned $$, unfortunately they do exsist!

There are 2 Industries that come to mind when I think of buinesses that will use your emotions to get you to spend more money, & they are Weddings & Funerals. I’m sorry, but I have to be honest here!

WEDDINGS: Some vendors will tap into your “Dream Wedding” not your budget first. Knowing that the bride-to-be, more than likely has been dreaming of her wedding day since she was a little girl. “Tell me what your dream wedding looks like” instead of “what is your budget for your wedding” & showing them what they can actually afford.

I had a client meeting just the other day, where the bride-to-be told me that the other decor co. they were talking with spent almost 2 hrs with them discussing their wedding decor, showing them pictures, telling them what they should have to complete their vision. The couple was delighted with the decor co.’s suggestions & LOVED what they were shown. She was excited…….then she asked, “what is the cost of all this?”

Gulp! Major disappointment, as she learned, after 2 hrs, that they could NOT afford it! she felt like her dream was squashed & left the meeting feeling very upset & frustrated!

I know there a vendors out there that use this sales tactic to try & upsale their clients. It’s not illeagal, in fact, many businesses try & upsale you everyday. “Would you like fries with that”, “can I interest you in the extended warranty”, “buy 2, get 1 free”, etc, etc, etc.

When bussinesses hear the word “Wedding” they know that you will be spending a lot of money. They will try & sell you the dream. Take a wedding magazine for example, many of the weddings you see in those magazines are not real, they are stagged photo shoots. What they advertise is way out of most of our budgets! It’s a fantasy, unless you are a celebrity and/or rich & budget is unlimited

So, how do you avoid this from happening to you? Simple, as you meet with each vendor, tell them up-front, what your budget is. Don’t let them show you anything that is not in your price range, & if they do, move on! A good vendor will work within your budget & make suggestions to help you with your vision

Get referrences! If someone you know has worked with them, & have good things to say about them & you trust their judgement, take it! Many vendors have reviews, read them! Inquire with other vendors about vendors. Your photographer can recommend a great florist, or decor co. They do work with many vendors, so they know who the good ones are.

Stop the competition! Trying to out-do your cousin Stephanie’s wedding, will only lead you to the poor house. This is where a vendor can upsale you! Make your wedding special & a refelection of yourselves. If you enjoy the simplier things in life, your wedding should reflect that. Unless of course you are competing to win a luxury honeymoon!

Hire a Certified Wedding Planner/ Coordinator! He/She will only refer you to vendors who are professional, trusted, & most of all, in your budget!! They will keep you both focussed & in-line. Keeping you from getting caught up in all the hoopla & extra costs.

 

 

 

We had the pleasure of working with this gorgeous and super nice couple on their Special Day! It was August 6, 2011 and it was one of the hottest days of the summer. So hot, my hair was sweating & my clothes were stuck to me like glue. Despite the soaring temps, the bride & groom were calm & cool as cucumbers!

The ceremony was held at a lovely little park in Oshawa- Children’s Arena. Not only a pretty spot for an outdoor ceremony, but a favorite photo shoot location for many Durham couples

The groom waiting to see his bride for the first time. You can see her behind him, as she makes her way down the winding aisle. It was quite the long walk….& wait for Bobby…lol!

Finally! Now…..the ”I Do’s”

What a stunning backdrop, filled with beautiful flowers & water falls

We lined the aisle with tall vases filled with river rock & white dendrobium orchids. It was a surprize for the B&G, as they did not expect to see that. I had some left over flowers & will always find a use for them. They also made their way back to the reception-Ajax Convention Centre, where they dressed up the bar & cocktail lounge

We made the couple a birchwood archway for the ceremony. The park had several restrictions on what kind of ceremony decor we could have. NOTHING could penetrate the ground! So we used urns for the base of the archway. I filled them with flowers such as: callas, orchids, wax flower, ruscus, ming fern, curly willow & peacock feathers

A great way to incorporate children & step children in the wedding….a Sand Ceremony! Such a sweet idea & a great keep sake for the family

I love this group shot!

Taking a moment out of my very busy schedule to pose with the happy couple! It was my pleasure!!

We really enjoyed working with this couple & their families! We wish them all the best & a lifetime of happiness & love!

Wedding Planning &Wedding Flowers by: First Comes Love Weddings & Floral Designs

Photography by: Your Captured Moments Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the wedding planning, at some point you will be discussing decor with either your wedding planner and/or the venue. Some venues do offer “standard” linens & chair covers in their wedding packages. More often than not, they are usually basic white.

Nothing wrong with white, it’s a neutral colour, works with any theme & other colours. But couples want more….more colour, more choice. So the question is do you rent or do you buy?

First you contact a decor rental company to inquire on rentals & their costs. Whoa….you want how much?? Heck, I could buy them for that price! Then a light bulb goes off….yes, maybe we should buy instead of rent! Then after our wedding we’ll just sell them to another bride on Kijiji….Brilliant! Or is it?

Things to consider when you decide to buy, instead of rent:

 Sweet you just paid $2.50/per chair cover, great savings! Renting them would have been the same price (DIY) & if we wanted the rental company to install them, OMG, that would have cost approx. $4/per chair cover

Now, you have to pick them up & store them until the day of the wedding & you have 150 wedding guests at your wedding, that’s a lot of chair covers! What if you buy linens too, that’s another 15 120″ floor length linens that need to be stored.

Another great money saver is DIY centerpieces!

Those awesome feather centerpieces are pretty expensive to rent. Just go & purchase your own vases & a bunch of feathers & do it yourself!

Since they are not real flowers, you can make them weeks in advance & just store them until the wedding day.

Keep in mind, to achieve that full look, you’ll need approx. 25 ostritch feathers per centerpiece.

The wedding day has finally arrived!! Now you need to have someone to bring all 150 chair covers, 15 120″ table linens & 15 3′ tall feather centerpieces to the venue…..no problem

Ok, now you have to designate someone in your bridal party or a family member to install all 150 chair covers, linens & 15 centerpieces….wow, that’s a lot of work!!! Not to mention at the end of the night, you must remove all 150 chair covers, linens & centerpieces. I know,I know……you’re tired & have had a few drinks, but someone has to do it!

Now you have all your chair covers, linens & centerpieces home, back in the garage or basement. So you quickly post an ad on kijiji

“For Sale” 150 navy blue “tie back” chair covers & 15 120″ navy blue floor length linens & 15 white feather centerpieces….Awesome price!

Days pass…..no bites, Hmmmmmm? Ok, so you lower the price a bit more…..still nothing?

Finally….someone calls, they’re interested, but they only want 75 chair covers & 8 linenes & no centerpieces. What do you do? Say no, it’s all or nothing, ’cause you NEED to get rid of everything, or do you sell what you can, just to recoup a small portion of what you paid?

You start to think, maybe renting wasn’t a bad option after all?

If you rented, no need to sell afterwards! You pick up what you need, then drop off, back to the rental company, but keep in mind, you still need to DIY

But…..if you pay a little bit extra, no need to DIY, you can enjoy your wedding day & not work through it! The rental company delivers, sets up & at the end of the night, they will come back & pick it all up!

So….what is the better choice, buy or rent?

Only you can make that decision, now that you have the facts. Buying & DIY can save you money but in the end, is it really worth it?

Something tells me that those rental prices aren’t looking so bad after all

Happy Planning!

 

 

 

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

 

One of the biggest questions I get as a floral designer, aside from “how much” is “what are my flower choices for my wedding date”

I have Fall brides wanting peonies and Spring brides looking to have Amaryllis. I have to be the bearer of bad news and tell them their beloved blooms are not available at that time of year. So what is available for your wedding? Let me break it down for youSpring: Peony, daffodils, lily of the valley, ranunculus, sweet pea, tulip, hyacinthus, muscari, anemone, forsythia, cherry blossoms

Fall:Dahlia, hydrangea, protea, star of bethlehem,tuberose, sun flower, delphinium, sedum, amaryllis, snowberry

Winter & All Year Round: carnations, rose, gerbera, anthurium, eustoma, dendrobium orchid, stephanotis, lily, cymbidium orchid, freesia, calla lily, chrysanthemum, gypsophila, daisy, hypericum

Summer: the posibilities are endless….No matter the season, you will have a great selection of blooms to choose from….

Happy Planning!

 

 For those of us who remember the TV show The Brady Bunch, marrying someone with children from a past relationship may be nothing like how that  show protrayed blended families.In this day & age it has become the norm for a lot of couples getting married. Unfortunately, it’s not always smooth sailing. I, myself have 2 step children & a son of my own from a previous relationship.

I feel its important to incorporate the children in the wedding. Especially younger children, to feel a sense of belonging, love & family! But by no means do I suggest that you force this upon un-willing participants. Sometimes children need more time to adjust. Give them the time & space they need, & hopefully they will come around.

On my wedding day, I had my son-who was 6 yrs old at the time be the ring bearer….or as he called it “the ring bear” He stood with us during the reading of our vows. Although I do remember him looking very bored & making fish lips….lol! And my husbands children, who were teenagers/ young adults, thankfully attended our wedding, making my husband & myself very happy that they were apart of our special day!

There are many idea’s to include the children in both the ceremony & reception.

Thanks to fellow WPIC alumni Jennifer Borgh from  Jennifer Borgh Events for her suggestions on how to incorporate children into the wedding:

*Pour sand (each family member could choose their own colours) into a vase as part of the ceremony

*Giving them a ring or other piece of jewelry  with the children as a symbol of the commitment you are making to them

*Have the children stand for the ceremony, walk down the aisle, or in the front row with reserved seats

*Let them have a special job for the wedding, Usher, flower girl, ring bearer, best man, maid of honour.

*Write a story or draw the pictures in the guest book.

*Let their talents show (if they dance, let them do a dance, if they sing, let them sing a song)

*Children can have a special dance with their parent

*Have them seated at the head table

*Prior to the wedding give them a special card, gift or note to show them how much they mean to you and how much this new family means to both of you*Let them read their own vows, a poem or special reading. If they are older they might want to make a speech at the reception

*Present child with a flower at the beginning of the ceremony

*Light a unity candle

 

Writing blogs can be very time consuming at times. Deciding on a topic & then doing all the research……oh my! Every now and then someone decides to do the work for you…..or at the very least, re-visit an old blog post & bring it out of hiding

Thank you Mill Run Golf & Country Club for doing just that. Let’s re-visit “Choosing your wedding flowers” shall we…..

http://millrunweddingsandevents.wordpress/   Might I add that Mill Run is a stunning golf course & wedding venue, located in beautiful Uxbridge

Enjoy!

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