Wedding Venues: A to Z

Wedding Venues: A to Z

Where to Start  Selecting a venue begins with the all-important discussion of where you would like to hold your wedding (and reception). First, consider this recommendation from experienced wedding consultants: prepare your guest list first and include the members of your wedding party in the headcount. This possible headcount will help you to realistically project the size of the venue you will need. Next, review your budget and keep in mind that the typical wedding reception alone consumes between 40-50 percent of your overall wedding budget. Another great tip is to ask a recently-married friend for venue recommendations or work with a wedding consultant who can help research potential venues for you as well as assist with appointments, price negotiations, and working out the many venue details. Finally, consider whether you want both your wedding and your reception to be at the same venue. Be sure to view a number of venue options and then narrow the choices down to those that come closest to matching your criteria.   What’s Old and New in Wedding Venues What is your dream wedding venue–a church, the seaside, a special park, the country club, large hotel ballroom, or a historic home? Get a notebook and wedding venue spreadsheet lined up before you venue shop. The notebook is for holding all notes, brochures, business cards, and everything else you collect from each venue. Venue spreadsheets can be customized to suit your specific criteria. Here’s an A to Z round-up of the benefits and drawbacks of typical wedding venues to consider… Art Gallery or Museum: As non-traditional venues, each of these offers a truly unique setting. The...
Localizing Trends in the Wedding Industry

Localizing Trends in the Wedding Industry

Trends, fads, and crazes are essential to short-come success, but help to create long-term memories among individuals. Characterization is key to self-confidence, and building an environment or ‘aura’ that is truly unique. Media, movies, and television bring back old styles, creating nostalgia among viewers. As popular shows air on television, like Downton Abbey (set in the 1920’s), or the movie The Great Gatsby, certain styles have been brought back throughout the years. For instance, class has been prevailing in the wedding dress industry since Downton Abbey’s airing, with lace gowns and elegant headwear. Contrarily, ‘mom’ jeans’ (1970’s) has been rising since music festivals such as Coachella and Squamish gained popularity. Nowadays, when paired with a simple top and cute pair of pumps,they are deemed enviably chic. Class, simplicity, chic – all which can be entered as keywords on Pinterest. #chic #wedding With today’s technology, different forms of social media – like Pinterest – can help people seek trends and localize inspiration, such as clothing, home décor, and events. The ability to locate trends online significantly helps with executing and planning out ideas. Visual cues like photos are especially helpful to individuals – like brides and wedding planners – to create the dream wedding every bride imagines. Blogs, like Tumblr, are also great resources to spot creative ideas, as well as wedding photographer websites (which also narrow down preferred photography styles). Likewise, most bridal magazines are now available online, providing guides, plans, and ideas for that special day. Brian Van Wyk Photography Despite if your dream’s an extravagant wedding in a dew-soaked courtyard of an England castle, an intimate destination...
Tips for Choosing a Wedding Venue

Tips for Choosing a Wedding Venue

Wedding Venue Shopping Tips You know your budget, have a well-defined idea of your dream venue and know your capacity requirements. It’s time to venue shop! Be sure to keep the following points in mind: Space and Layout: It’s critical to know the venue’s guest capacity, but also plan for sound equipment, entertainment, a dancing area, furniture, and serving staff space–on top of your guests and wedding party. Everyone will need some breathing and maneuvering room. Envision areas where specific functions occur such as the ceremony, a reception line, dining and beverage areas, and dancing. Note: Venues with many fixed structures may not be easily adapted to your desired setup. Lighting: Lighting is a mood setter, so as an expert tip, try to visit each venue at the time of day you’ve chosen for your  wedding or reception. Notice the effects of natural and artificial lighting, whether the venue will be too bright or dim, and consider the additional lighting you may require.  Colour: If the venue’s carpeting, furnishings, or wall paint is not complementary to your wedding colour scheme it may not look visually appealing. Consider All Venue Options: Don’t rule out an empty, unadorned venue before you envision carefully placed area rugs, attractive furnishings, and decorations to give it style and comfort. Parking: Your venue should offer ample, convenient, and safe parking–or be nearby to such accommodations. If accessible parking doesn’t exist, consider budgeting for a shuttle service for your guests to and from the site. If a venue’s parking logistics become too costly or complex, that venue may not work for you. Note: Make sure to let out-of-town...
Selecting a Wedding Date

Selecting a Wedding Date

Now that you’re engaged–congrats!–one question your most likely hear is, “have you set the wedding date?” Naming the day, as they call it, is an important part, and basically the first step of your wedding planning. Like most important decisions to come this one should begin with a conversation between you and your bride or groom. The Length of Your Engagement Generally, most couples are engaged for about one year. This may be based on “what feels right,” on financial status, or other family and traditional considerations. Your engagement period may also be determined by how much you would like to customize your wedding. Wonderful weddings can be pulled together in a surprisingly short period of time or they can evolve over months of elaborate planning. The important thing is that you allow yourselves enough time to plan for what is most important to you. The length of your engagement will influence the selection of your wedding date for several reasons: Time of Year: Some couples have very strong feelings about being married during a particular season of the year. Related holidays, seasonal colours or temperature influence preferences. But each season also can present planning and execution challenges. Outdoor Weddings: If you have your hearts set on an outdoor wedding, remember that meteorology is an inexact science and choosing an outdoor venue is always a calculated risk. In spite of historical and current weather pattern indicators, there is no guarantee of what the weather will be on your wedding day. Indoor Weddings: These aren’t free from weather-wise risks either. Your winter wonderland wedding may find you and/or your guests affected by the...
8 Ways to Incorporate Autumn into your Wedding

8 Ways to Incorporate Autumn into your Wedding

Autumn is just around the corner and that means autumn weddings! 8 Chic Ways to Incorporate Autumn into Your Wedding Love is in the air… 1. Pumpkin Flower Centrepiece   Flower arranging is a great way to put your creativity to work to make your wedding day exactly how you want it. To begin, you’ll need fresh pumpkins, a carving knife, scissors clear plastic, wet floral foam fillers (flowers, leaves, berries and succulents). How-to: Cut the top off your pumpkin so that you have a fairly wide opening near the center of the pumpkin, and then clean out all the seeds and guts. Then line the inside of the pumpkin with a sheet of plastic. This will hold some of the moisture in when you water the floral foam. Cut a piece of floral foam with the knife to a size that will fit inside your pumpkin. It’s best to soak the foam in water while you prepare your flowers. Select the flowers and what you will like in your floral arrangement. The best flowers to use will have strong, straight stems and are freshly cut. Place the floral foam inside of the pumpkin and create your arrangement. It is best to start with flowers then add leaves, berries, and other embellishments to create a full and interesting arrangement. If you want you can even pop the top of the pumpkin on your arrangement and hold it on with a piece of floral wire inserted into the floral foam. 2. Pinecone Place Card Holders   These cute festive wedding place card holders are very simple to make with just a little bit...
Wedding Budgets: The Modern Breakdown

Wedding Budgets: The Modern Breakdown

Today’s wedding couple may choose not to follow traditional wedding budgets as closely when it comes to planning and paying for their wedding. The following stats reflect changes in who’s responsible for the bill today: 20 percent of parents pay for the wedding 30 percent of bridal couples pay for the wedding themselves 15 percent of wedding couples share the costs with both sets of parents Wedding attendants typically pay for their ensembles The Modern Wedding Budget Breakdown The breakdown of wedding expenses varies by geographic region and is also influenced by wedding trends and fluctuations in the economy. These are the biggest wedding expenses:   Budgeting for Your Wedding Setting your wedding budget will require a combination of discussion, planning, action, and a spreadsheet. Start Saving NOW: Financial advisors and wedding consultants recommend that you start saving right away. Create a separate savings account to be used exclusively for wedding expenses and commit to adding regularly to this account. Building Your Budget: The farther out your wedding date, the more money you may be able to save toward your expenses. One recommendation is taking the sum of your budget and dividing it by the number of months you have in which to save up. This gives you a target amount per month to set aside for your wedding. Make sure that your savings plan is realistic and that you aren’t setting yourself up for frustration by creating an unattainable financial goal.   Choosing the Date: This decision affects your wedding budget for several reasons. Selecting a wedding date outside the traditional wedding season, time, or day of the week can save...