Wedding Coordinator versus Venue Coordinator 

When I chat to brides about their wedding and I ask if they are looking for a wedding coordinator  and I sometimes get the reply “no my venue has a coordinator.” At this point I cringe internally.

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Don’t get me wrong, there are some amazing venue coordinators out there, but that is not the norm. Venue coordinators look at everything from the venues point of view. They will not be chasing if the cake does not show up, they will not be sewing the grooms button on because it fell off before the ceremony. They will not be checking that the dress/hair/makeup looks ok whilst you’re having your photo’s taken. 

Wedding coordinators are independent from everyone and are solely working for YOU and in YOUR best interests. They will create a timeline of events for your day and communicate it to all of your vendors, they will cue music, speeches, first dance etc. When something doesn’t go to plan which happens at most weddings, wedding coordinators are skilled to find solutions or work around the issue to ensure that the day is kept on time. The couple often has no idea until after the day that anything has happened. And that is the job of the wedding coordinator, to ensure this day runs smoothly and you get to enjoy a stress free day! 

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If you are starting to plan your wedding, do not assume that every service that your venue suggests is the best thing for you. Just because they are on the venues preferred vendor list, does not mean that they are the right fit for you. Ask questions to your venue coordinator regarding the timeline, cueing music, working with other vendors, managing the vendors, how often can you contact them, will they attend/supervise the rehearsal? All these things are included in a wedding coordinator’s package. So do your research and ask the questions.

You are spending thousands and thousands of dollars on your special day, therefore it is so important to find vendors who you are comfortable with and who you feel you can trust to do a great job and take the stress away. 

This is what is included in our standard wedding day coordination package:

  • One Wedding Planners certified by the Wedding Planners Institute of Canada
  • At least one assistant coordinator
  • An initial meeting at no cost to you, at a mutually convenient location
  • One planning meeting prior to the rehearsal, normally at the venue of the reception 4 weeks before the wedding (usually 2 hrs duration)
  • Design an itinerary which once the couple has signed off it is distributed to all vendors involved in the day
  • Reviewing all vendor contracts
  • Unlimited communication from when you contract our services until your wedding day
  • Contacting all vendors to co-ordinate arrivals/set up/take down etc
  • Supervision and Direction of Wedding Rehearsal
  • Supervision and Execution of Ceremony and reception set up
  • On site direction of the Wedding Ceremony and Reception
  • Supervision of Photo session
  • We will arrive when needed and leave after the last major event (usually after the night table has been laid out)
  • Access for you and your guests to our emergency bag, because we are prepared for most situations
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Christmas at a planners house!

Us wedding planners are creative types and we never need an excuse to decorate! Christmas is the time of year to go all out with décor. Last year, I was very taken with the light blue and silver which seemed to be very popular. I like to try something different, and so I did.

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I loved the winter feel of the ice blue with the silver.

 

For Christmas Day, I coordinated the table with the tree.

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My friends at With All My Heart Wedding Décor did a great job with helping me pick the right chair sashes. They also had the perfect colour napkin holders.

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The centrepiece was creatively designed by Select Flowers who did a great job bringing to life my vision.

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This is a great time for those of you who are DIY brides to try out things that you have thought of for your tables.

 

 

 

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DIY Rustic Wedding Signs

 

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Rustic signs at weddings are very trendy right now and they don’t look like they are going anywhere. Made out of barn board, stenciling and white paint not only do they add a romantic touch to weddings but they are also simple, quick and inexpensive to make. These quirky signs suit easy going outdoor weddings but can also look quite elegant placed inside with just the right cursive.

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These signs can be placed to welcome your guests and also to direct your guests where they need to be in an organized fashion. For example use them to direct guests where the ceremony and reception will be taking place, where the bar is or where the washrooms are. They can also be used to state the menu at the buffet table. Not only are these signs functional but they may also be used as decor displaying your favourite beautiful quote.

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The materials needed to make these signs are barn board, stenciling and white paint. You can find barn board at most DIY stores but also check out any antique shops where you may find something interesting made of barn wood that can be recycled. Or if you´re lucky you may be able to score some wood from someone´s old barn – make sure you ask permission first of course. And unless you are very talented and can write or print beautifully freehand then I suggest you use stenciling. White paint shows up the best on the dark wood. If you´re really crafty jazz up your signs with flowers.

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If you´re placing your signs outside you´ll need to attach them to pickets so that they can be hammered into the ground. If you´re displaying them inside, setting them on easels is a good idea. You can find ideas and tutorials on how to make them on internet sites such as Pinterest.

The best part about these signs is getting together with your girlfriends, getting a bottle of wine and creating them together. Not only will they look amazing at your wedding but after your wedding is over and beautiful memories have been made, you can take them home and hang them on your walls as a reminder of the best day of your life.

For all your wedding planning needs contact Perfect Planners – Your Wedding Specialist

 

 

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What to do with your bridal decor after the wedding?

Your wedding was last month, you have had your honeymoon and when you got back you put away all the presents, but what are you going to do with your candle votives, mason jars, blackboards, centrepieces, umbrellas, dress?

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Your choices for selling them were limited to kijiji, craigslist or facebook groups, but not now.

The Original Bridal Swap is coming to Toronto!

This event is where past brides will sell their gently used items to brides to be. Let’s face it, these items have been used for only 1 day, so they are in great condition!

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You can also sell your wedding dress! There are consignment store in and around the GTA, but your dress could sit there for a year before it sells. With the bridal swap it is there one day. Also, with consignment you will receive around 50% of what the dress is sold for. If you consign your dress with the bridal swap you receive 70% and you set the selling price!

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For more information contact The Original Bridal Swap Toronto West at torontowest@bridalswap.com or call 416 805 2096 (Vicky)

The Original Bridal Swap is brought to you by Perfect Planners – Your Wedding Specialist

 

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Are couples getting married for the wrong reasons?

One of my husband’s colleagues is getting married next year. He has started verbally inviting guests. One of his friend’s who he has known for quite some time has been trying to decide whether to go or not. The wedding is 3 hours drive away and he isn’t sure he can make that trip as he doesn’t drive, pay for accommodation, present etc.

The Groom to be came up to him a couple of days later and said ‘so what are you giving us for a wedding present?’

I was so disappointed by this comment as I believe it shows they are getting married for all the wrong reasons. What happened to getting married for love? You invite guests to share in your special day not because of what you can get from them.

What’s your view?

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The best Wedding Dress styles to wear for a plus size bride

As a plus size person I know how difficult it is to shop for our size. I used to end up wearing black so I blended in. This was until I got engaged!

Your wedding say is a day with all eyes on you and you are going to have hundreds of photographs taken, so you need to feel comfortable and you want to look good.

The best advice is go in to a bridal store and try on lots of different styles and you will see what looks better for your shape. But here is a quick guide to advise you on what may look best.

If you have an hourglass figure, you would look best in A-line gowns or even mermaid/trumpet style dresses.  You have a tiny waist and so you want show that off!

Pear shaped brides look best in an empire waist dress and especially strapless ones!  This style adds extra ‘wow’ to the top half  and when teamed with a fuller skirt can flatter your lower curves.

Apple-brides should choose a ballgown style dress.  This will help to add volume to the lower half.  Avoid spaghetti straps and corsets which can cause skin spillage that you really don’t want.

Short waisted brides should look for gowns with a dropped waist, which will make  make your torso appear longer. A flair at the bottom of the dress will also help the look.

Busty brides should look for a V neck dress as this will allow you to get underwear which will support you throughout a very long day. And we all know how much our girls need support! You could also look at off the shoulder or straight across strapless, but avoid sweetheart and plunging necklines!

Take your time and when you go to try on dresses take the one person in your life who will tell you the truth!

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The 4 C’s you need to know when buying an engagement ring

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There are 4 things to consider accordingly to the experts when buying a diamond :

Colour :  The majority of engagement rings are a very white coloured diamond. Colours are graded from D (colourless and very rare), but most diamonds are around a F-H.

Clarity : Being natural, there will be imperfections in the diamond. The less imperfections, the greater the clarity and the more light is reflected from the diamond, causing it to “sparkle”. Naturally, more clarity increases its value. Perfectly flawless diamonds with no internal flaws or surface blemishes are very hard to find as they are extremely rare.

Cut : There are many different ways to cut a diamond and the type of cut effects the sparkle of the diamond. The cut that produces the most sparkle is the round cut (also known as brilliant), while radiant and princess cuts are good at hiding flaws. Other cuts including square, emerald, pear, marquise, cushion, ssscher, and heart-shaped.

Carat : This is the weight of the diamond. Big is not always better

You need to consider all 4 C’s before choosing your diamond.

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