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Let’s face it, with wedding season in full force there is enough activities to look forward to and the last thing you, the soon to be Mr & Mrs want to worry about is creating a registry that literally takes more time for your guests to purchase the items than it does for you to create it.     

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I’d like to introduce you to Zola – an online wedding registry website that literally let’s you ask for anything and everything. I personally love this website because it doesn’t limit you to only items from that one store that you are registered to. Zola is totally customizable with photos and personal notes to your guests. They let you ask for more than just material items. Zola lets you ask for experiences like tours, classes, trips etc. as well as cash funds toward something like your honeymoon or down payment for a house. The best part about this registry is that you are in full control. You will be notified when an item is purchased, can opt for an exchange or credit and can choose when you want it shipped. This is especially useful if you are going away on your honeymoon or waiting to move into a new home, you can hold of on having the gifts sent till you settle in.

Now as much as this registry is perfect for you and your fiancé, the site is also user friendly for your guests. Guests have the option of group gifts because let’s be honest, usually the bigger and more expensive items are left off the list. The group gifting option let’s your guests contribute any amount they feel comfortable with and so you can get that expensive bar cart that you’ve been eyeing for a while even without it being 100% funded. Zola also offers free shipping with a price match guarantee.

For those of you who aren’t tech savvy you don’t have to worry. The Zola site is easy to navigate and they even have a starter guide section. The team has created different lists, which makes building your registry a breeze. They have lists such as the most popular items, essentials, last minute gifts (for those list minute shoppers) and even lists by price points. To be honest, their lists are so useful to help you figure out what you might need in different parts of your home and life.

There are so many benefits of using Zola that I could go on and on in this article but I figure it would be better for you to try it out yourself. Sign up through here to receive $50 towards your purchase. After all sharing is caring.

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Phuong & David at Terrace Banquet Hall

Working with Phuong and David to plan their wedding was a lot of fun as they were possibly the most laid back couple I've had so far. Open to ideas and suggestions made planning a breeze and the fact that Phuong has a very creative sister was a bonus. Everything from the gorgeous paper flower backdrop to the floral centrepieces was all handmade. Definitely any bride that needs some DIY tips should connect with her. 

Phuong and David exchanged personal vows amongst family and friends before heading off for photos. Their reception was filled with games and lots of dancing so if you were at their wedding you would have made sure to bring your favourite pair of dancing shoes. The bridal party finished off the night with a lip sync battle which opened up the dance floor for guests to show off their moves.

Congratulations again Phuong and David Phandanouvong, truly the real dancing King & Queen. 

Captured By: Andes Lo Photography

Kimberley & Stephen at Casa Loma

The moment Kimberley and Stephen told me that they were having their wedding at Casa Loma; I knew it would be a nothing but a real life fairytale. Working with Kim and Stephen was a breeze; they knew exactly what they wanted and what had to be done in order to execute their perfect wedding day. I always tell my couple "help me help you"; the more you tell me about how you envision your special day to be like the more information I have to help you execute. 

Although their wedding day was hit with a lot of rain, that did not affect the couple one bit as they exchanged personal vows inside the glass pavilion in the Casa Loma gardens. The ceremony was followed by a traditional tea ceremony amongst their immediate family and close relatives. Kim and Stephen later changed into their traditional Chinese attire and were welcomed back into the reception lead by lion dancers. Their wedding was a perfect example of the blending of two cultures.

Congratulations again Mr. & Mrs. Chatterton, all the best in your new chapter!

Captured by: Beautiful Life Studios

Style Shoot - The Morning Frost

The term less is more was definitely prominent in this creative shoot styled by owner and lead wedding planner Jeannie from A Blush Moment. Simplistic was key when it came to executing a minimalist theme with clean lines, gold accents and an almost monochromatic colour palette. Tucked away in the heart of the distillery district Airship 37 was the perfect venue for this minimalistic shoot. An open space area made it possible to style the shoot from the ground up. Everything from the modern Ikea dining table to the ghost chairs from Chairman Mills to the hanging gold geometric prisms from A Blush Moment were carefully chosen for the shoot. Every item had its place.

White pillar candles, which ran along the length of the dinning table, replaced the flower centerpieces commonly seen in weddings. The place setting was kept to a minimal with accents from the gold cutlery. The touch of gold was carried through in the hairpieces and earrings provided by The Loved One. The bride had her hair and makeup done by May from Muah Beauty before she slipped into two classic yet contemporary gowns provided by Elmwood Brides. The groom wore a custom grey suit from Wingmen Suits. A 5-tier cake created by the talented team at Sugar Tiers was the showstopper of the day. It definitely was too pretty to eat.

This wedding shoot was captured beautifully by Anita from Rhythm Photography as well as Norris from Norris Films. Both photos and video showcased this timeless occasion for years to come. 

Vivian & Phuong at Paradise Banquet Hall

I still remember when Vivian and Phuong started their wedding planning process with me back in January 2015. Vivian was super organized and knew exactly what she wanted and what needed to be done. With that said within the first 3 months we had already booked most of her vendors. Fast forward to a year and a half later on October 1st, 2016; I had the honour of coordinating and executing their wedding. Because majority of the guests were family and relatives, Vietnamese wedding traditions were a must. Vivian and Phuong had an intimate tea ceremony with their immediate family, which balanced out a modern reception for their friends and younger relatives.

Captured by: AGI Studios 

5 tips you need to know when creating your Wedding Day Itinerary

A wedding day itinerary or timeline is a break down of events that happen on your wedding day to ensure that it runs smoothly. Not only will it be more organized, it also keeps everyone on track especially if you are paying some vendors by the hour. Here are my 5 tips you need to know when creating your wedding day itinerary.

1.     Start and stop time of vendors – This is often overlooked as most couples assume that they have their vendors for the entire day. Make sure that you check each vendor’s start and stop time when creating your order of events. Another point that couples should remember is that for most vendors unless stated otherwise their X amount of hours are continuous. You are essentially paying for their time to be at your wedding and therefore they won’t be able to take on another client. So if you have a break in between your ceremony and reception it is good to keep this in mind.

2.     Be realistic with time slot allocation – Talk to your vendors, ask them approximately how long they will need for them to do their job if you are unsure. You hired professional for your wedding because of their professional expertise, so why not have them give you the approximate time. Once you ask your vendors, you’ll be surprised that most of your wedding itinerary is complete.

3.     Always add a buffer – You never know if Aunt Susan has a surprise gift for you that she needs 5 minutes of your time as she watches you open it or if you need to run to the washroom in between your dress change. When I create my timeline for my brides, I always like to add in an extra 5-7 minutes after major events just so everyone has some time to breathe and enjoy the moment.

4.     Plan B options – This is especially important for couples who are planning an outdoor ceremony or reception or both. What will happen if bad weather hits? Will the ceremony be moved inside? Will the area be tented? Who will move the furniture? Having Plan B options in place or even creating a plan B timeline would save you, vendors and the guests a lot of stress on the wedding day.

5.     Review, review, review – Lastly, you can never be too sure with your wedding itinerary. Because it is something that you have worked on over and over again, there might be some things that you may have overlooked without knowing. Maybe you forgot to add in parent dances as you were too focused on managing speeches. A fresh pair of eyes will definitely help point out anything that is out of place.

And there you have it, 5 useful tips to help you when creating your wedding day itinerary. Of course, if you have a wedding planner then this is just useful information as your planner would have this all sorted out for you. I hope you enjoyed this post. Don’t forget to follow along on social media for additional tips from the industry.