We had a great time decorating this corporate holiday party! The day presented more than a few challenges, but everything came together beautifully and the results are truly stunning.
We had the pleasure of working with some fantastic vendors on this event, including Ryan Ally of Alley Entertainment!, who has tons of experience in working on small and large scale weddings and corporate events, and has a real eye for detail with lighting and picking the best music to keep your crowd on its feet!
The beautiful ice sculpture design of the Eiffel Tower was created by Gamini of Ice Guys! Gamini did a fabulous job, and everyone was completely blown away by this icy wonder!
Stay tuned for the pro pictures, which were captured by the very talented Steven Neiman and his team, who also provided a very Parisian, and whimsical photobooth that was busy all night!
A huge thank you to Nirvanie Srikishun of Nirvanie Srikishun Photography for putting together this great behind-the-scenes video!
On November 8th 2014, a beautiful event occurred. Our clients and now friends, Ashley and Ben, got married! Michelle and I had the privilege of decorating and coordinating the event, and from start to finish it was a smashing success!
Michelle and I provided the décor for the ceremony and reception, and we also assisted throughout the day to ensure that the families, bridal party and our couple were well cared for and that the timeline ran according to schedule.
Ashley and Ben have featured in past posts as the couple with the fall engagement shoot, and in planning their wedding we learned a lot about this awesome couple. Ashley and Ben share such a sweet love story. They dated for about 5 years prior to their engagement, and as soon as Ben proposed, these two lovebirds knew that they did not want a long engagement. Around 4-5 months after he popped the question, Ashley and Ben were saying I do.
They chose to have their wedding at the beautiful Skyloft Ski Resort in Uxbridge. Michelle lives in Markham, and I live in Mississauga, so we used Michelle’s place as our base of operations as we planned and put together décor. Skyloft has a stunning banquet space, and as we planned out how the day would flow, we were very excited to see how it would all come together.
Little did we know, however, as we drove in the morning of the wedding, that we would be facing huge fluffy flakes of snow coming down on us as we traversed the dirt roads up to Skyloft! Fortunately the wedding guests arrived after the snow pretty much disappeared, and my loving hubby made a point of driving out to the main road to attach a sign that directed guests to the venue in case anyone missed the turnoff.
When we planned the ceremony décor, we had a vision for the space. Skyloft has gorgeous, high ceilings and a huge window with a breathtaking view. Our vision for the ceremony was to have our couple walk down the aisle, lined with ivory and soft yellow rose petals, with vases of floating candles and chairs adorned with baby’s breath bouquets toward a rustic birch arbour complete with hanging candles and tiny bud vases of flowers. This type of décor, we felt, would complement the hall, which has a lot of natural lighting and is all wood on the inside.
Ashley and Ben are also both into design, as both have a background in graphic work and printing. Since this was the case, we really wanted to wow them with the seating chart, and so we designed a seating chart made from old windows that we cleaned up and painted. Nirvanie assisted with this project as she wrote each and every name onto the panes of glass (thanks Nir, I owe you one.. or ten!). We placed the seating chart on a nude-matte glitter table runner and added a few small votives and fresh cut blooms in tiny bud vases. We believe that every event should have a show-stopping piece, and this was it!
For the centerpieces, we used wildflowers in a small milk-bottle shaped vase, with twine around the lip and votives along side, all sitting on a woodslice. We attached the table numbers by using a clothes pin, and voila, beautiful, rustic centerpiece!
Lastly, to really give the hall a romantic look, we incorporated a few white lanterns with pillar candles. In fact, we used quite a lot of candle light, as it gave the hall a very warm feel once the sun set.
All in all, the wedding was incredibly beautiful and the bride and groom were so happy. Listening to the families speak and the couple speak about their love was heartwarming. Michelle and I are so happy for Ashley and Ben, and we are proud that we played a small part in their wonderful day. We would like to send a quick thank you to all of the vendors that played such a critical part in making this wedding a success, especially the owner and staff at Skyloft Ski Resort. They were a pleasure to work with and made every effort to ensure that the event ran smoothly and seamlessly!
Is your wedding really a wedding if there aren’t obnoxiously over-priced flowers present? Well, yes. But more often than not, brides and grooms pay an arm and a leg for some fresh foliage on their big day. And we get it, flowers are beautiful and undoubtedly add an extra flair- but dishing out the cash for them can be painful. Truth is, it isn’t necessary to spend a third of your entire wedding budget on them. So how can you save a few extra dollars without compromising your sweet smelling blossoms? Read on.
Using seasonal flowers can pare your floral budget down significantly . Paying attention to which flowers are in season during your wedding can leave you cost-effective and fabulous. Of course it depends on where you live, but most places have flowers available year round- it’s just up to you to figure out which ones, and which of those match your theme.
I know what you’re thinking- what kind of flowers are in season in the winter? Don’t worry, you’ve got some options.
Here’s a short list of some pretty choices for each season:
Keep in mind, this list is not extensive- these are just a few of the more popular wedding blossoms. There are a ton of others to choose from if none of these tickle your fancy.
Another option if you’re having a winter wedding is to find a locally owned greenhouse. These places are more likely to have some additional options, since they can grow flowers of all seasons at different times of the year. They’re also likely to be cheaper, since they don’t have to import blooms from abroad to accommodate your needs. AND you can support your local economy! It’s a win-win situation. Check out Pick Ontario’s website for more information on locally grown flowers and florists.
There are a ton of ways to be cost efficient without depriving your big day of some floral beauty. Leave us a comment below and let us know which is your favorite seasonal floral combination!
Burlington, Window Painting, and Starbucks: The Whim Girls’ Guide to Window Seating Charts – Toronto Wedding Planner
This past Sunday Michelle and I decided to get going on a project we needed to complete for an upcoming wedding. We meant to do it sooner, but we’ve had a few other projects come up along the way. In any event, we have a rustic wedding coming up later this month, and we are designing all of the décor for this beautiful ceremony and reception. The venue is Skyloft Ski Resort, and it is the perfect setting for all sorts of pretty little rustic details. One of the ideas that we came up with was repurposing old windows and using them as a seating chart.
Our first task was to locate old windows. Michelle found a great listing on Kijiji that was advertising old windows from a cottage for $25 each. The panes were painted a soft yellow, which made them a perfect find, since they were both affordable and easy to repaint white.
So after verifying that our vehicle could hold all of these windows, we scooped up my cousin Nirvanie from Brampton and hit the road for Burlington!
The owner was very nice and helped us load up the windows into our already-stuffed car, and we headed over to Michael’s to purchase a few supplies.
Once we arrived at Michael’s, we immediately began searching for appropriate markers to write on panes of glass. It took a while to find the right kind of markers in white, but we eventually found them and bought two, as we had 18 panes of glass and 140 names to write. And by we, I mean my cousin Nirvanie, as she has the best writing of the three of us. Thanks again, Nir!
While taking some time to apply a bit of lipstick, and stop for a much-needed Starbucks-infusion, we headed back to Markham to begin our adventure in window re-purposing.
Once we arrived back in Markham, we created a workspace in the garage by laying down some old sheets, and setting out our supplies. We had 3 windows that needed to be cleaned and painted. We used clean cheesecloths to clean the wooden parts of the windows and windex and paper towels to clean the panes of glass.
Next up was probably the most tedious part: applying painter’s tape to each pane of glass. This part is especially important because getting paint on the glass is no fun to clean up later, and if we are honest with ourselves, none of us are master painters. We enjoy colouring outside of the lines J.
We decided to use a white paint with primer already in it, just to avoid having to put several coats of paint on the windows. The yellow paint on the windows was a very soft colour and easy to cover up, and because this was designed for a rustic wedding, we didn’t want the windows to look too modern and clean.
The exact colour of our paint was eggshell, and one can was more than sufficient to cover all 3 windows. We used two sizes of paintbrushes, one medium in size and one smaller, thinner brush to get into angles and corners nearest to the glass.
After a while we moved our operation into Michelle’s bedroom because it got a bit chilly in the garage, and we also wanted to watch The Walking Dead J. As you can see, the painter’s tape was a necessity!
Once the paint dried, which took about half an hour tops, Nirvanie was able to begin transposing the seating chart names onto the panes of glass. She went through a few dry runs before deciding on the appropriate size and orientation of the text, but overall, we are very happy with how the windows turned out.
As you can see, one coat of paint covered the yellow nicely, and hand writing the names, while tiring for poor Nir, added a lovely touch to the windows.
The last task to complete these windows is to add hinges onto the sides so that the windows can stand up on their own on the receiving table, which we will add in a little later. All in all, this was a fun way to spend a Sunday! Bookmark our blog to see these beauties in all of their glory at our client’s wedding later this month.
If you are interested in having us design a custom piece for you, contact us at –email@example.com or call us at 647-990-5474. Remember, if you can dream it, we can design it! Our décor selection is extensive, and we are always excited to add to our repertoire.
Yes, we know. We know hashtags can be annoying. But they’re also pretty helpful in getting the word out about your event on social media. They can gain your event publicity and engage your audience. After all, an active audience is a happy one.
You can hashtag corporate events, weddings, birthday parties, and pretty much anything you want to. But there are a few guidelines you’ll want to follow if you want your #hashtag to be successful.
1. Make it short.
This will make it easy to read and easy for your audience to hashtag- it’ll decrease the amount of spelling errors and lost tweets.
2. Make it relevant.
If you’re using hashtags to gain publicity, you definitely want to follow this rule. For example, you don’t want to use #ILovePinaColadas to publicize a fundraiser for homeless youth. Remember, you want people to know what your event is and what it’s promoting!
3. Make it unique.
You don’t want people to search for your hashtag and find a ton of pictures of another event. Avoid one word hashtags, but remember not to make it too long or complex. For example, instead of using #BBQ for you company barbeque, think about using #WhimCompanyBBQ2014
4. Make it memorable.
The goal is for attendees to remember your hashtag even after the event is over. If people remember your hashtag, they can go back and search for other pictures and tweets from the event. Leaving a lasting impression is a great way to extend audience participation; this will give individuals a chance to reflect on how innovative and fantastic your event was!
Having a live Twitter or Instagram stream will also increase participation among your audience. Think about using a program like TwitterFall or TweetBeam to project conversations during your event. This will display the tweets of all participants how use your hashtag, and entice others to get involved.
Other than publicizing your event, hashtags can be convenient when trying to wrangle all of the pictures from your birthday party last Saturday night. Since they can be used on both Instagram and Twitter, it’s easy to find cute tweets and cute pictures.
Have you been to any events recently that had its own hashtag? Leave a comment below telling us about your event #hashtagging experiences!