Dreamy Milestone Birthday for a Party Planner

Before becoming a full time wedding and party planner, I was the go to person among my friends if they wanted any creative ideas. From brithdays to bachelorettes to bridal showers, I loved every aspect of it. Ironically, having done parties and weddings professional for the past 3 years, now all I want to do in my free time is relax and do no planning at all. I'm not saying that I don't love my job, Oh I absolutely love it! but as an entrepreneur I try to find the right work life balance in order to be fair to my family, friends and couples. 

With that said, for my 30th birthday I decided to plan a intimate dinner for my closest friends in collaboration with my favourite vendors. I wanted the dinner to reflect my style as a planner and who I am as an individual. I started the day by being glammed up by Janet from Ford Beauty. I chose to go with a neutral palette with soft muted colours of pinks, greys and whites but also added a pop of burgundy in the florals and the wine glasses. Judy from Parkette Floral Design created beautiful single bulb arrangements that ran through the entire length of my table. Large balloons hovered over the table were arranged beautifully by Laureign from Sugargirlee. I decided to go with a slate cheeseboard in replacement of a traditional dinner plate so that my guests could create their own DIY charcuterie board. (This was also their gift to take home) The tablescape wouldn't have been as pretty without rentals from Plate Occasions and menus provided by Pink Peony Press

Lastly, to add to all the sweetness of this milestone birthday I had a cake and mini donuts by Jenla Cakes and some candy spoons and candy shot glasses from Candy Cutlery. This of course was all captured beautifully by my amazing friend and vendor Anita from Rhythm Photography. You only turn 30 once so why not enter the next decade in style. 

Captured Beautifully by: Rhythm Photography

Why hiring a wedding planner could save your wedding

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As I enter into my third season of wedding planning I've learned a lot about the industry and I wanted to shed some light on my job and what it is exactly that I do. Often times when I tell people that I am a wedding planner the response I usually get is "oh that must be a fun job" followed by "so what do you do exactly" and "do you have to deal with a lot of bridezillas?" 

Often times there are misconceptions about our work and what it entitles. Of course, I would love to say that all we do is show up, look pretty and carry around a clipboard. But that is NEVER the case. As planners we try our best to execute the wedding as smoothly as possible. We know what is at stake and that there is no do over. We don't get to say cut when something goes wrong and edit out the mistakes. If you are a current bride thank you for trusting my team and I with your wedding day. If you are not, but is considering hiring a planner please continue reading as I share my most frequently asked questions from couples. 

Professional vs. Hobby?

Ahh.. the most common question of all. Why do I need a professional wedding planner? First off, wedding planning is a full time job, if it wasn't all us planners would be out of work. It is common for bride-to-bes to assign tasks to their bridal party or family members but keep in mind they probably want to enjoy the wedding rather than be working it. I could go on with multiple points about why this may not be the best idea but I will limit it to the 3 below.

  • They are not insured and don't owe you anything - This is a major one! 100% of the time those assigned to help are doing it for free. This means that they don't owe you anything. Because of this they are most likely not insured. So if an accident happens they aren't liable, not to mention how awkward it would be for you to blame them.

  • They don't know industry standards and laws - There are certain laws and permits required if you want to host a wedding in the GTA. Because we do this on a day to day basis you are rest assured that we are kept up to date with the ever changing rules. For someone who is assigned this task because they are somehow related to the bride may not have the experience and knowledge to execute the wedding. 

  • They don’t have the inside scoop - What makes professional planners credible is that we’ve worked with vendors in the industry and know the good vs. the bad. We have built quality relationships with reliable vendors and can get you prices that aren’t offered to the general public based on these connections. Because we know the cost of items we are able to provide suggestions on where to allocate your budget accordingly. 

Wedding planners are not a luxury service for the rich and famous. In fact we are accessible, affordable and probably the most valuable investment you’ll make for your wedding day.

The venue provides a wedding coordinator, why do I need a wedding planner?

A lot of the time couples tell me that their venue package includes a venue coordinator and that they don't need a planner. The venue coordinator does exactly what their title states - coordinate the events at the venue. Their main focus is that dinner is served and the wedding happening at the venue runs smoothly. They will answer your questions about the venue and assist with any tasks related to the venue but not the other items related to planning the wedding. What happens if your cake doesn't show up? Who will set up the receiving table exactly the way your pictured it? These are tasks that are not the responsibility of a venue coordinator. 

How will a wedding planner benefit me?

Speaking specifically about the day of coordination, wouldn’t it be great to know that there is someone overseeing all the logistics. We coordinate with all your vendors, making sure items are set up as planned, place cards are at each correct seat, cake knife and fork at the cake table, your Aunt Mary gets the red wine out of her dress (with our on site emergency kit) etc. You’ve put so much time, effort and not to mention money into planning your perfect day so why jeopardize it.

Happy planning!

Captured beautifully by: Hello Inspira

Style Shoot - Desert Romance

Happy Thursday everyone! I’ve been dying to share this dreamy wedding shoot with you guys for honestly what felt like the longest time. Featured on the Wedluxe blog, this is probably one of my favourite shoots by far. Based on the idea of a couple who fell in love and decided to run away and leave the world behind them. They come across this beautiful courtyard and decided to get married. Although the venue Hacienda Sarria is located in an industrial area I pictured this courtyard to be secluded in the desert, a magical place only the couple knew about.

With the opportunity to work with an amazing team of vendors we brought this vision to life. With soft muted colours and organic vibes one would feel as if they were watching this couple from within a dream. And much like the deserts of California, pampass grass was a major part of the decor. I’ve also included my inspiration board so that you guys can see how the style shoot came to life. Keep in mind, I create custom inspiration boards for each of my full planning couples :)

The Team
Concept, Design and Planning: A Blush Moment
Venue: Hacienda Sarria
Videography: Derek Chan Films
Florist: Delight Floral Design
Calligrapher: Grey Dove Calligraphy
Makeup and hair: Judy Lim Makeup
Cake and dessert: Love In Bloom Cakes
Cotton candy: Fancy Pufs
Hubby and wifey chair signs: Straight Laser
Wedding gown: Lea- Ann Belter Bridal
Plates: Plate Occasions
Rentals: Vintage Bash
Models: Gemini Models

Captured Beautifully by: Hello Inspira

Style Shoot - Lucky in Red

As we reach the end of Chinese New Year festivities I wanted to share with you guys a lovely new year theme shoot I did with some amazing vendors. For those of you who don't know Chinese New Year celebrations last 15 days of which each day has it's own special meaning and traditions. As a planner with a majority of my couples being of Asian decent I found that many of them are challenged with the task of merging the old with the new. Many follow old wedding traditions to please the families but want to stay modern to all the instagram worthy options they have. 

This is where this shoot comes in. Myself and Janet from Janetmaevents collaborated to freshen up Chinese customs. We created a stunning double happiness backdrop for the tea ceremony with hundreds of origami cranes. This is by far my favourite backdrop ever! Red is the symbol of good fortune and joy and therefore was our main colour of the shoot. We had beautiful flower arrangements from the ladies at Peachwood studios and a too pretty to each sweets table display by Flour and flower cake design. Our lion dancers from Wushu Project made sure to fend off any evil spirits so that everyone would have a happy and prosperious year!

Team of vendors
Venue: Casa Imperial
Creative directors, stylist, planners: A Blush Moment & Janet Ma Events
Hair & Makeup: Blushing Belles
Florals: Peachwood Studio
Stationery: Pink Peony Press
Cake & Desserts: Flour and Flower Cake Design
Suit: Wingmen Suits
Dress: Richmond Hill Bridal
Rentals: FOS Decor
Jewellery: Satine Studio
Lion Dancer: Wushu Project
Videographer: 2 Deer Films

Captured Beautifully by: Eric Cheng Photography

Jacqueline & Darryl A Tropical Oasis at Copper Creek Golf Club

To call these two a power couple is truly an understatement. Both Jacqueline and Darryl hold double undergraduate degrees. Jacqueline who now is in law and Darryl who started in biology, both met while they were studying industrial engineering at the University of Toronto. After 10 years together, they finally made it official.

Darryl runs a popular blog called HousePlantJournal where he teaches people how to care for house plants and it only made sense that they incorporated this in to their wedding. My favourite part was when I opened the box of boutonniere to pin on to the groomsmen and Darryl says “I call the Ionantha”. Myself along with the photographers and groomsmen all gave him a blank stare and then he realized we didn’t know which one was which. Who knew there are so many species of air plants!

As part of their ceremony, Jacqueline and Darryl did a unity planting where they both removed a spiderette and re-potted them in a new pot to symbolize the joining of two lives. It was truly a magical moment and one completely unique to them. Their lovely wedding is featured in the current issue of Wedding Bells so be sure to pick up your own copy or read more on Wedding Bells Blog

Captured Beautifully by: Lisa Bang Photo

Stephanie & Roger at The Guild Inn Estates

Efficiency is probably the best word to describe planning Stephanie and Roger’s wedding. From the beginning they knew exactly what they liked and didn’t like, what was important to them and their families, and what bells and whistles they could opt out of.

They geared away from the lavenders and pinks and instead went with a darker palette of burgundy and navy. Despite both of them being dentists and working different schedules, they created a lot of the items for their wedding on their own. They wrote personal vows on clear acrylics sheets, followed with a beautiful acrylic seating chart. Stephanie handmade each place card, all their favour boxes and even a floral collar for their favourite pup Kricket. If you ask me, if she decides not be a dentist one day she could consider something in the wedding industry.

Captured beautifully by: Mango Studios