Need help getting started with your wedding planning? Did you know that we offer Consultation meetings to help point you in the right direction? Consultation meetings are perfect for the Bride that just isn’t sure how, where or when to start the wedding planning process. With a Consultation, we’re able to assist you with formulating a budget, timeline and offer suggestions on location, decor and vendors. We start with a painless questionnaire, then we do some research (make some calls & send some emails) and then we create a presentation tailored to your wedding planning needs. The presentation takes about an hour to review and we cap it off by providing you with documents to help with your planning.

How fabulous does this sound? If you’re a Bride that needs a little direction, then let’s set up a Consultation meeting. We’d love to be able to help you get started planning the wedding of your dreams!


With Valentine’s Day just a few days away, I wanted to post about a company that has stolen my affection. Since I’m a big fan of chalkboard design (a la my re-branded website), I fell in love with the designs by Lily & Val. They offer a variety of love notes that you can order for your Groom-to-be, family members or friends, AND, they recently launched a category specifically for weddings! Check out some of the Chalkboard Art you can get from them to incorporate into your big day here.

What type of card will you be gifting to your love this Valentine’s Day? Funny, cute, romantic?

Here are just a few of my favs from talented Valerie of Lily & Val…

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Happy Valentine’s Day!



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So you booked a wedding venue you thought was perfect because it fit within your budget, but the more you thought about it, the more you thought you may have made a mistake. This sometimes happens when planning a wedding, and it’s okay. Here are some tips on what to do, and what to look for when changing your wedding venue.

1. Try to retrieve any deposits you may have placed on your original choice.

Most venues require a deposit to secure your wedding date, so be sure when you agree to a location you are checking the fine print. Luckily for one of my August couples, they had 6 months to change their mind and get their deposit back.

2. Make sure your new venue has capacity for your guests.

Don’t let the added services, location or decor blind you. Make sure your new choice will allow your guests to enjoy themselves comfortably. Don’t change to a cocktail reception (standing room only) if your heart is set on a sit-down meal.

3. Be sure to tell any vendors you have already booked.

Don’t leave anyone in the dark. Connect with your chosen vendors now (even though you will be talking to them a lot over the planning process) to make sure they are aware that you changed venues. Depending on the location, this may increase travel costs, or it could remove some. Keep everyone on the same page.

4. One stop location?

Can your new venue accommodate your ceremony and cocktail hour? Changing venues that allow for a one stop event is in my opinion, the best kind of venues. If your religion or culture requires you to wed in a church, that’s understandable, but if not, see if you can host your entire wedding day at your venue. Less travel, less potential issues.

5. Budget for the change.

Last minute changes (6-8 mths before your wedding) may bring added costs, or could include discounts as the venue wants to fill the date quickly. Either way, make sure you consider your budget when booking your new venue. Will there be added fees for rentals of chairs and tables that your original venue included? Will you need to rent portable washrooms in order to host the event outdoors? If you have to increase your budget, try to reduce your costs in other areas (transportation specifically if you’re planning a one stop event).


celeb style dresses

It’s Award season and each year we take a look at what the celebs are wearing to see what styles are up and coming and what colours, cuts and accents usually make their way into weddings. Recently at the Golden Globes, we noticed a lot of dresses that showed some ankle. If you’re unlike me (I hate my ankles) then you might like Bridesmaid dresses like these, or even a dress like these designer fashions for your gown.

Seen showing some ankle were celebs like Sandra Bullock, Michelle Dockery and Zooey Deschanel.

Did you have a favourite dress from the Golden Globes?