Today on the blog we are featuring one of our favourite cake vendors – Sinfully Sweet by Sonia J. Sonia makes the most delectable cakes, and they are a treat for the eyes, too! We’ve used her services for our clients and even for our own personal use, too :). We’re sure you’d love to get to know her and her lovely designs better, so read through our interview, and check out her social media links below. Enjoy!
2. Tell us about your very first wedding gig?
6. What’s something you don’t think many people know about doing what you do?
Michelle and I were invited to attend the Royal Canadian Yacht Club’s wedding planner’s banquet on Monday September 21st 2015 on the Toronto Island. It was a great opportunity for us to get to know a venue we haven’t visited before. We arrived by ferry from the Cherry Street port, and were delighted to see the view of the Toronto skyline on the way to the yacht club. [insert skyline view photo?] The Royal Canadian Yacht Club arranges private ferry transport for wedding guests. There is also regular ferry access back to the parking area for those who wish to leave before festivities are at an end. There are over 300 parking spots, and the walk from the docking area to the manor house is short and easy to navigate for all guests, even those with mobility issues.
The Royal Canadian Yacht Club is a beautiful old building – it looks more like a manor house or mansion. The front, side and back lawns are beautifully manicured with gardens and large old trees. There are a few spots on the lawns that make lovely wedding ceremony spots with the manor house in the background and the water and skyline in the foreground.
Once we entered the reception, we were served yummy prosecco cocktails with raspberries, sangria and other lovely cocktails at their generous open bar. We were also treated to several delicious appetizers that left us wanting more! Any couple who values great food for their wedding would certainly enjoy the selection.
We were treated to Malpeque oysters with fresh horseradish and vinaigrette, lobster bisque with crème fraîche served in chic white spoons, beef tartare with breadcrumbs and egg yolk, seared tuna, beets with goat cheese, and an assortment of pastries, macarons and chocolates for dessert.
We had the opportunity to view the wedding hall, with its lovely high ceilings and elegant nautical feel. We viewed the incredible bridal suite – perfect for getting ready with the bridesmaids on the day of the wedding. We really loved that the Royal Canadian Yacht Club boasts something that few venues do – the ability to have it all: great food, a stunning venue, both waterfront and garden photo opportunities and indoor and outdoor ceremony spaces. We also love that the space is so naturally pretty that minimal décor is required.
As we left on the ferry to head back to mainland, we couldn’t help but dream of coordinating a wedding there next season! We can’t wait to go back! A very special and heartfelt thank you to the staff at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club – we had a great time and we are excited to work with you in the future!
To learn more about this venue or any of Toronto and the surrounding GTA’s finest wedding spots, contact us today!
Unique Wedding Venues in the GTA
If you’re in the process of planning a Toronto wedding, I’m sure you know how endless the possibilities are when it comes to choosing a venue. Planning a wedding in a city brimming with stunning wedding venues to choose from can become overwhelming very quickly. A wedding planner often comes in handy when it comes to this aspect of the planning, but if you’re on your own the options can seem endless. With all of these choices, how do you know what to look for?
Worry not, we’ve created a comprehensive list of wedding venues in the GTA to help you decide where to have your big day; this is only the first post of a new series where we will list a number wedding venues in and around the GTA. Focusing on the aesthetics of each venue, we’ve linked the website to each respective site below, so that you and inquire about pricing and decide which works best for your budget. For our first addition to this series, we’ve chosen unique and “artsy” venues that would likely be best suited for those who aren’t fond of garden gazebos and banquet halls, and who would like something a little different for their nuptials. Keep reading to find out what are some of our favorite wedding venues in the GTA!
Imagine the insane wedding pictures you’d be able to get, having your nuptials inside Toronto’s aquarium that houses jellyfish, stingrays, and a variety of exotic fish.
The only thing cooler than saying your I do’s alongside sharks is doing it beside dinosaurs. Choose to get married in your favorite exhibit at the ROM!
Located in Toronto’s quaint yet popular Distillery District, Arta Gallery exhibits world-class pieces from international artists.
Get married in the Gardiner Museum’s Terrace room, where you’ll have a stunning view of Queen’s Park through their floor-ceiling-windows. The ceramic pieces in the actual museum will have your guests raving!
Originally a stone distilling and milling building, the Fermenting Cellar features heavy timber beams and trusses, as well as Kingston limestone walls from its initial construction in 1861.
This multi-purpose lounge and venue space features incredible exposed brick walls, as well as tasteful vintage furniture that will transport you back to the 19th century Victorian era.
Located on Queen Street West and constantly featuring new exhibitions by a variety of artists and photographers, Twist gallery is the perfect venue for a modern, intimate wedding in the city.
Aside from the food, the architecture of this restaurant is the real stunner. High pine ceiling, concrete floors, exposed brick walls, and reclaimed timber bar and tables combine the contemporary style with the historic tradition of the Distillery District.
Originally built in 1907 as a department store, the Burroughes now functions as an event venue, boutique retail spaces, and office suites on the ever-trendy Queen Street West.
Prestigiously located on Toronto’s University Avenue in the heart of the city, the University Club of Toronto is an inspiring and historical space. To top it all off, there’s access to a treasured wine cellar!
It’s a castle… Need we say more? Doesn’t everyone dream about getting married in a castle? This Gothic revival style house and garden is located in midtown Toronto was built in 1911. It’s now a museum and landmark with decorated suites, secret passages, stately towers, estate gardens as well as luxurious stables
This is only a small portion of the available wedding venues in the GTA. If none of these sites pique your interest, look out for our next addition to this series, where we’ll be featuring more tradition banquet hall styled venues. Wedding Venues In The GTA.
A summer proposal at the Toronto Music Garden
The Toronto Music Garden is a lovely spot in Toronto, and are very popular for engagement and wedding photography because there aren’t many spots in the city where a couple can have nature-filled shots juxtaposed with graffiti and charming city photos. Samantha and Ryan had a lovely surprise proposal at the Toronto Music Gardens, and Samantha is the sister of our own social media intern, Tarisha! Check out her story here:
Ryan and I were introduced by mutual friends about two years ago, and went on our first date in November 2013. Many of our excursions includes us roaming around the downtown Toronto area and discovering new places to hang out and see.
Since Ryan and I spend a lot of our free time downtown, when we made plans to go get drinks in the distillery district on a random Saturday in June of 2015, I didn’t expect anything out of the ordinary. On the the subway ride there he said that we needed to make a quick stop. I asked where, to which he answered the Toronto Music Garden; somewhere neither one of us had been. On our way there we got a bit lost and went too far East, and then decided to hop in a cab and we finally arrived at the Toronto Music Garden. We walked around a bit and reminisced about when we first met. We walked over to a beautiful gazebo and he pulled a letter out of his jacket he said I have something I want to read to you… As he read I realized what he was going to ask. He got down on one knee and said “will you marry me?” In tears I paused and said yes!
We want to hear your proposal story! If you are from Toronto and the surrounding GTA, or got engaged here, we want to hear how it all went down! Contact us today to be featured as one of our #SheSaidYesTdot stories!
2015 Wedding Statistics
Weddingbells recently released the results of their 2015 wedding statistics in their reader’s survey report. They found out some pretty interesting stuff, like the most popular month for weddings, and even about the burgeoning role of social media and technology in wedding planning! We’ve summarized their 2015 wedding staticstics for you below:
Couples are engaged for an average 1 year and 10 months.
The average bride was 30 years old.
Size & Location:
Number of projected weddings is up from 157,125 in 2014 to 160,324 in 2015- 22,445 of those wedding will be destination weddings.
The average wedding consisted of 129 guests.
1 in 4 Canadian couples have a destination wedding.
23% of weddings happen in August- we’re guessing this is because our post that explains why winter weddings are awesome wasn’t published until a few months ago 🙂 2015 wedding statistics
Only 18% of Canadian couples hired a wedding planner in 2014, but those who did were 16% more likely to be “ecstatic” with the results of their wedding.
Average cost of a wedding planner was $3,535- which isn’t a bad price for ecstaticism on your wedding day!
Wedding planners worked with an average budget of $37,948 in 2014
36% of brides find wedding planning to be more stressful than enjoyable- as wedding planners, it’s our job to make sure that our brides (and grooms) don’t become this statistic!
2015 wedding statistics
The Role of Digital and Online Media in Wedding Planning:
Brides spend an average of 4.3 hours per week consuming wedding-related media
92% of couples feel it is important that a wedding website be Canadian when they are browsing for information online
80% of brides use Pinterest for wedding planning
42% of brides use a wedding app every day.
Pretty interesting stuff, huh? We were surprised to find that so many couples are opting to tie the knot abroad, when there are so many beautiful venues right here in Toronto! Look out for our Wedding Venues in the GTA post coming soon, that’ll feature some picturesque options for your big day.
Leave us a comment below and let us know which stat was most surprising or interesting to you!
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Toronto Wedding Band
Ascension Groove Band is made up professional musicians. We have been together for more than twenty years. The band has played various venues locally and internationally. We primarily worked overseas a lot. It just takes one client to see you at a club and book you for a wedding and that’s what happened. We still perform at clubs and casinos and also do corporate/private events. It is always a thrill to be part of someone’s special day and provide lasting memories.
Our first wedding gig was more than 10 years.
We can’t imagine doing anything else but we all would still be involved in music. We have all harnessed our craft through school and performing over the years. Once in your system, you never leave music.
We are always making sure everyone is having a good time and things are running smoothly. So when we are not on stage entertaining we are perhaps on a short break, having dinner while speeches taking place but we are constantly keeping track and in close contact with the planner if the client has one. My job primarily during breaks is to connect with the planner or if there is no planner I help with coordinating between the client and venue.
Being in a wedding band is fun!!! You perform a variety of genres, you meet interesting people and at the end of the day you were part of a special moment and it’s quite an honour to be the entertainment that was chosen. It not only means something to the client but to us as well…you like what we do.
I don’t think people realize the work put into preparing for a wedding. A band learns new repertoire, perhaps performing their first dance, coordinating and booking of musicians whether it’s for the ceremony or the reception, organizing/arranging for sound and lighting etc.
Besides music we are family type individuals. Our downtime is spent with family, sports, travelling and photography.
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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!
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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Reconnected Love – Toronto Proposal Story
My fiancé and I met about ten years ago but didn’t reconnect until November 2013. He found me on LinkedIn and sent a message to my inbox asking me out on a date however I didn’t see it till after the New Year. Days before Valentine’s Day we had our first date at a local coffee shop and he couldn’t take his eyes off me. It was nice to reconnect after all these years but I had no intentions of entering into a relationship at that time. He had asked me out on our second date for Valentine’s Day, we spent the entire day and night together, I knew he was special from that point on; it was one of the most memorable days of my life up until this point. I have never met someone that treats, admires and loves me the way he does. After only a few short months of dating, on June 24th 2014 he proposed! I remember the day like the back of my hand because I wasn’t in a great mood, our day didn’t go as planned but Greg was persistent on lifting my spirits. We were
alone at home when he asked what he could do to cheer me up, to my surprise, this was followed by him getting down on one knee… I was in complete shock! I knew he was head over heels for me but I never thought he would have popped the question so soon. When I took a first glance at the ring, I didn’t take it seriously. I thought this may have just been a promise ring, but one month before that we went to Tiffany’s to look at rings for fun. A few minutes went by and I realized this was real, the ring was real, all my dreams were coming true. We kept it to ourselves for about a month because we were afraid what people would think but my friends and family couldn’t have been more happier for me. I’m looking forward to all the planning, the shopping and of course getting married to my guy next August 🙂
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A warm sunny day at Ashbridges Bay
Last week we had the pleasure of working with a number of amazing vendors on a rose gold themed style shoot at Ashbridges Bay. We collaborated with makeup artist Sonia Kang, photographer Thomas Zitnansky, florist Therese Guidolin, and Sinfully Sweet by Sonia J. With the combined efforts of these vendors and the entire Whim Event Coordination and Design team, the outcome was nothing short of stunning. The day was sunny and beautiful, and Ashbridges Bay was packed with people, all enjoying the gorgeous weather. The team arrived in the afternoon and quickly put together a simple, but stunning sweet table.
With the initial theme development by Whim, event coordinators Alisha and Michelle decided to execute their vision in a park-like setting at Ashbridges Bay in Toronto. The table decor and beautiful mock invitation made by Michelle was meticulously set up underneath a large oak tree near the beach, with Thomas Zitnansky expertly using the natural light to complement his photographs. One of the table setups included a soft rose coloured satin tablecloth with a delicate pink lace overlay. The second table setup featured a white satin tablecloth with a rose-sequined tablerunner down the front and sides of the table.
Despite the number of passersby and disruptive wind, the team of vendors managed to pull off a phenomenal shoot. The shoot was a wonderful experience, with many spectators stopping to say hello and ask about our shoot. By the end of the day, we all enjoyed some of the yummy sweets, had fun taking many photos, and had tons of ideas for our next collaboration. We couldn’t be happier with the outcome, and we have many great photos for the new version of our website (coming soon!). Stay tuned for more pictures from this lovely styled shoot, and please check out our awesome team of vendors!