Bridal Party Duties
What the heck is everyone supposed to do?!
You chose your bridesmaids and groomsmen because they’re the ones you love most, and you want to be surrounded by good vibes and positive people on your wedding day. Although they’ll help you have the most amazing wedding day full of memories you’ll never forget, they also have certain duties they need to fulfill. Here are a few key bridal party duties we think that they should handle:
Make sure the bride AND groom make it to the wedding in one piece.
There are a million and one things that can go wrong on the day of your wedding, but none of those things matter as long as both you and your significant other make it down the aisle and live out your happily ever after. Cold feet, flat tires, hysterical family members, and wardrobe malfunctions are all crises that can be diffused by your loving bridal party. You can choose to prep them before the big day with all of the emergency phone numbers and materials they may need, so that they can take care of all the minor calamities themselves.
Throw the bachelor and bachelorette parties.
Let’s be real, you and your spouse to be haven’t been ‘single’ since you met, but you can both still enjoy your respective parties. Take this chance to go out and really appreciate the friends who have been there for all the upsand downs, and who’ll continue to support you. Let your bridal party spoil you and take care of you on your bachelor or bachelorette party- let free, relax, and enjoy yourself before the big day!
Host the bridal shower.
This job is typically left up to the bridesmaids, but the groomsmen can definitely be enlisted to help with the bridal shower as well! There’s a lot that goes into planning a shower- decor, venue, food, favors, games, and more. This is an important event that requires a copious amount of care and attention to detail- it’s where you’ll get (almost) everything you need to start your new life with your husband or wife to be!
Go to dress fittings with the bride.
Bridesmaids, the most important thing you can do at your bride’s dress fitting is learn how to properly bustle her dress! You know what they say: a dress is only as beautiful as its bustle. Well, they don’t say that… but they should. Many brides will only let their train bask in its full glory during the ceremony, and will spend the majority of their reception with their dress bustled. Since you’ll be wearing your bustle for a while, it’ll likely be in pictures- and you don’t want to be looking at a lopsided bustle in your wedding pictures 30 years from now.
Help with the details.
Tying and curling ribbons on 250 wedding favours is a tedious task, but your bridal party should be prepared to do just that. It’s important that they lend a helping hand to you with all of the little details- you have a ton going on as it is, and we’re sure any help is appreciated. After all, they are your maids and men, they should be doing all they can to make your life easier!
These are just some general guidelines of what your bridal party should be handling throughout your wedding planning process. Don’t be afraid to enlist them to some heavy lifting- they’re honored enough to be an integral part of your big day, and they should help make it come to life!
Do you have any fun memories of your bridal party, or of being in one yourself? Leave us a comment and let us know about your bridal party experiences!
Vendor Spotlight Series
Toronto Wedding Photographer Thomas Zitnansky
Here at Whim Event Coordination and Design we pride ourselves on working with great vendors, and in an effort to show you some of the connections that we’ve made and their talent, we’ve decided to launch a vendor spotlight series! We have a list of questions that we ask each of our vendors when we interview them, and we’ve decided to share their answers, along with samples of their work, with you! We love our vendors because they consistently give our clients a great experience, and when they work with us, they always go above and beyond, and we appreciate that so much! Enjoy the first of these interviews, with one of our favourite Toronto Wedding Photographers, Thomas Zitnansky!
How did you become a wedding photographer? What initially piqued your interest?
My introduction to wedding photography was a very unusual yet organic. I studied music since I was seven years old. I always wanted to be a songwriter and I did just that. I was scoring for independent films and producing for hip hop and pop artists, but I always had a camera with me. I never made the official decision to be a photographer but when I wasn’t behind the keyboard or the music console I was capturing moments and documenting the works of my friends. After years of being the unofficial photographer and videographer for my musician friends I became that go to guy for album covers, live shows and music videos. At this point photography was just another passion that allowed me to express myself. That all changed when I was in New York while my friend was mastering one of his albums. I was in the studio with Tony Dawsey and I happen to snap a portrait of him that I shared on social media. Masterdisk, the studio where the pictures was taken, ended up buying that portrait from me. That is when I realized I was spending more time behind the lens then behind the music console. My work started to get
published in music magazines. I kept seeing my work on websites like CBC, my music videos started to get airplay on MuchMusic. Before I knew it I lost interesting in music production and all my creative efforts became focused on photography.
Tell us about your very first gig in wedding photography?
My first wedding photography gig was for a non-traditional wedding for a friend of mine. The couple were two artists that never conformed to societies expectations. They wanted the wedding pictures to look more like album covers I photographed for their musical projects. It’s the most unusual wedding I ever photographed and it’s still one of my favourites.
If you weren’t a wedding photographer, what would you be?
I’d be in the recording studio working on music.
When you’re not shooting, what could we find you doing?
I’m a loft enthusiast. I buy lofts, furnish them and rent them out. I’m a huge dog lover so you’ll also find me in the dog park playing with Zoe.
What’s your absolute favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?
With music I was able to evoke an emotion through my music. When I wrote a song, I had the ability to play it back and know exactly how I felt at the time when the song was written. With photography I’m able to capture moments and when my clients look back at their pictures they know exactly how they felt the moment that picture was taken.
What’s something you don’t think many people know about wedding photographers?
Wedding photographers don’t start off photographing weddings. We all start photographing something different. My background is in portraiture and photographing album covers. The fundamentals and photography styles I learned as a creative photographer are the same fundamentals and styles I bring to my wedding photography
What are some of your other passions (or hobbies)?
Lofts and more lofts.
Thomas is social! If you would like to connect with him on social media, check him out below:
A Love (Literally) Worth Waiting Half a Lifetime For- Toronto Proposal Story
My significant other, Andre, and I went shopping for rings many many months before he proposed. He hid the ring for months, so getting it was a like-new surprise since I hadn’t seen it in so long (forgot the details in what it looked like).
We are in our 40’s now and met in our 30’s. It is and was a love worth waiting half my lifetime for. I have never been so in love with someone. Andre feels the same way about me. We are inseparable. When one goes out without the other, we are subjected to a barrage of questions from our friends and family. It’s so funny to think that so many of our loved ones are so used to seeing us together, that it’s strange to see us apart.
Both of our kids are grown, so we enjoy a lifestyle unlike many couples our age. We can go away for weekend trips ona whim. We have more flexibility in our budgets, and more time off work than ever before.
Andre and I booked a weekend in Niagara-On-the-Lake at the Pillar & Post Inn and Spa. What a divine place. So calm and relaxing. We pre-booked our dinners, our spa afternoons and our beautiful fall days to spend shopping and browsing at NOTL.
At dinner the first night, Andre hardly ate (which is very odd for him). We had our main courses and dessert, and by surprise, a bottle of champagne showed up after dessert. That’s when he proposed! The whole restaurant erupted in congratulations and applause. It was special and a completely unexpected moment!
We don’t have a wedding date picked out – maybe one day on a Caribbean vacation!
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