Winter is the red headed stepchild of the wedding season, and everyone knows it. But why are the winter months so unpopular for weddings? Well, there are the obvious reasons- it’s usually freezing up here in Canada, and no bride wants a slush and salt stained train. This may be true, but I’m still a believer that winter weddings are some of the best. Don’t disagree with me just yet- take a look at this list of why winter weddings are awesome:
- Beautiful pictures.
You can get the best of both worlds; you can pose indoors with fresh flowers, and you can also take some breathtaking winter wonderland-inspired pictures outside as well.
- You don’t have to get hung up on the weather.
If you’re having an outdoor wedding in the summer, you’d probably be checking the forecast for your big day about every 7 seconds. But in the winter you’ll more than likely be indoors, so there’s nothing to worry about! If you desire an outdoor wedding, there’s also the option of creating a winter wonderland scene inside your venue to get that wintery ambiance, even indoors.
- The holiday season.
Many of your guests likely have time off this time of year, which would make it a lot more convenient and easier on family and friends who are coming from out of town to make it to your big day. Not to mention, everyone’s in the mood for some good food, drinks, and dancing during the holidays.
- Discounted venue prices.
Winter months are usually the off season for many venues- this means heavily discounted prices for banquet halls, as well as their catering services in some cases. This way, you can opt for that premium open bar and midnight buffet without the hefty price tag!
- Flowers aren’t necessary.
Flowers aren’t really a necessity at any wedding, but it’s definitely easier to get away with creating a breathtaking winter atmosphere without them. You can use spray painted branches in lieu of fresh blossoms to decorate your aisle, or even as a component of your centerpieces.
But if you do go the flower route, gorgeous bouquets like this one are a perfect combination of cozy and elegant:
- Winter fashion.
We LOVE winter wedding fashion. Those fur boleros and muffs look so incredibly elegant and classy on any bride, and even bridesmaids. And plus side- you won’t get sweaty! As long as you protect your locks with an umbrella if it’s snowing, you’ll keep cool (and hopefully collected) throughout the day.
- You can include a bunch of cute and cozy details.
Think fireplaces, warm vanilla scented candles, and tea lights. Lighting can be a key factor in creating a cozy, intimate setting for your winter nuptials. Your favors can also reflect your choice of season- if you’re planning your wedding around the holidays, a little Christmas ornament personalized with your names and wedding date is a cute idea for a little keepsake for your guests.
- You’ll have a much easier time nabbing the vendors you want.
Since not many brides and grooms opt for a winter wedding, popular vendors aren’t typically booked solid too far in advance.This way, you’ll avoid the scramble and won’t be forced to settle for a hole-in-the-wall bakery that only makes wedding cakes that look like they came straight out of the 90’s. Like venues, many of these wedding vendors may offer reduced prices during the winter months since it’s their downtime, and they likely aren’t busy.
Still think winter weddings aren’t that great? Well, maybe you do. But hopefully we gave you a new perspective on how awesome winter weddings can be. Are you planning a winter wedding, or have you been to one recently? Leave us a comment letting us know your experience, and what you love about winter weddings!
The Pantone Color Institute recently announced Marsala 18-1438 as their choice for 2015’s color of the year! Described as a “naturally robust and earthy wine red” on Pantone’s website, we are ecstatic about this color palette.
We’ve seen variations this color show up in quite a few different areas this year already- in the dark, sultry makeup trend that’s so popular this season and even on the red carpet. With all of the hype around this vampy palette, we aren’t surprised Pantone chose to feature it this year.
Marsala is a pretty cool name for a color, right? We thought so too. Marsala is a town in Italy, quite famous for their wine- no wonder this hue made us crave a glass of red.
“Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness,” states the institute.
This color is a little more sultry and universally pleasing than past colors of the year, such as Tangerine Tango, Mimosa, and last year’s Radiant Orchid. The versatility of this shade was also a major selling point: “it translates beautifully to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings, and interiors.” Marsala is also unisex, flattering the stylish tastes of males and females alike.
The Pantone color institute also says that that this shade “enriches [the] mind, body, and soul, exuding confidence and stability. Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us into its embracing warmth.” Whoa. That’s a whole lot for a color to accomplish… but if anyone can do it, Marsala can.
We love this color and the palette it belongs to, and cannot wait to make use of it with some of our clients in the upcoming year!
Do you think Pantone made the right choice this year? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!
Today on the blog I want to discuss a topic that may seem a little self-serving, but in the end is actually bride-and-groom-serving, literally! I’ve had many brides and grooms tell me that they don’t need my services because they have a (insert friend, relative, co-worker, etc) who can handle their wedding planning for free, or that they consider wedding planning/coordinating to be an unnecessary expense. While I do not doubt that friends and family have the best of intentions with regards to assisting with wedding planning, even the best laid plans can fall by the wayside on the road to your big day. Let’s discuss three reasons to hire a certified wedding planner.
I say certified because the wedding industry is largely unregulated, and hiring an uncertified wedding planner is risky because essentially anyone can masquerade as a wedding professional. Insisting on hiring a certified planner creates a safeguard for the investment you have made into your big day. For example, Whim Event Coordination and Design is certified through the Wedding Planners institute of Canada, and as such we are governed by a strict Code of Ethics. A certified wedding planner will offer you expertise, convenience and value.
A certified wedding planner brings many skills to the table. For example, Michelle and I have an intricate network of vendors who know their way around most venues in the GTA. These are consummate professionals who are dedicated to customer service and creating a magical day for our brides and grooms. Since wedding planning is our passion, we are careful to create lasting relationships with other vendors who are just as passionate about weddings.
A good planner will have the skills to avoid (and if required, artfully fix) most wedding-day disasters. By employing a wedding planner at the onset of your planning, you will avoid a world of headaches on your wedding day itself. Your planner will know the vision of your wedding day, will be intimately familiar with your venue, and will have met and communicated with all of your vendors. Your planner will assist in creating your wedding day timeline, and will have a detailed list of your vendors and their set up times. Michelle and I usually act as a buffer between the vendors and the bride and groom on the wedding day, so that our couples can sit back and enjoy their day, and the vendors still have a point person to work with to ensure that everything flows smoothly.
An expert planner also has a fully stocked wedding day emergency kit and knows how to use it! A knowledgeable planner knows how to get red wine out of your white dress, how to quickly sew on a missing button, will have extra hairspray to fix your hair, knows how to repair a run in your pantyhose, and probably even has double sided tape to ward off any wardrobe malfunctions. Michelle and I always carry a huge emergency kit that has everything from safety pins, backdrop pins, snacks to keep the bridal party alive during photo sessions, lint brushes for the groomsmen’s suits, and even sanitary napkins in case of an ill-timed monthly visitor!
Probably the most common reason that Michelle and I get contacted for wedding planning services is the convenience that we provide to our couples and their families. Since we are so well connected in the events industry, we are easily able to provide our couples with recommendations for almost every type of vendor to suit the theme and feel of the event. If we don’t have a particular vendor recommendation, we are always able to reach out to our WPIC network to find a great vendor who is backed by other planners who had positive experiences using them.
The average wedding takes over 250 hours to plan, and that is time that most couples do not have to spare to comb through every vendor in the pool of thousands that exist in the GTA. By partnering with Whim Event Coordination and Design, you are afforded the luxury of time – time that you can use to enjoy the fun aspects of wedding planning, like dress fittings, cake tastings and being pampered!
We often have couples tell us that they feel as though they cannot afford a wedding planner because of a tight budget. While expertise and convenience ultimately save you time, which is, of course, valuable, a qualified wedding planner can save you actual money. We are the advocates of our clients and we represent their interests with every interaction with other vendors. We also spend a lot of time ensuring that your budget is followed so that you do not break the bank on your event.
I also mentioned that Whim Event Coordination and Design is WPIC-certified, and as a result, we adhere to a strict code of ethics. A key aspect of this is that we do not accept kickbacks. What I mean is that if a vendor offers us an incentive to refer our clients to them, we pass on any savings or perks that we receive directly to our clients. The reason for this is simple – when you sign a contract with us, you are our client and we are working for you, not for anyone else, therefore we do not accept payment from any vendor for referring them to our clients.
Many vendors offer kickbacks to incentivize their services, but a WPIC-certified wedding planner recognizes that vendors are only referred based on their merit, not based on any perks they may offer us. We have many vendors who are more than happy to offer discounts to our clients simply because of the relationship that we have built with them. Since we work for you, we are always very excited to pass along these perks to you! After all, it in our best interest for you to have the best wedding experience possible!
After spending so much money and time dreaming and planning for your big day, it would be a terrible shame to see those efforts wasted because there wasn’t an extra set of hands and eyes dedicated to making sure that all of the details were in place. At this point you have spent a lot of money to have a wonderful event for yourself, your family and your friends, so doesn’t it make sense to take precautions to protect that investment? As certified wedding planners, we are like insurance for your wedding; we make sure that your wedding runs beautifully and you get a top return on your investment!
Thanks for reading,
The Ladies of Whim
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!
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!
As 2014 is quickly coming to an end, it’s time to start looking forward to the new and upcoming colour trends of 2015! Many brides this past year have opted for muted alternatives to their favourite colours- so instead of bright pink, a lot of blushes, peaches, and nudes have been seen. As for bold colours, vivid blues and deep purples have dominated. So what can you expect to see come 2015?
It seems as though there will be a rise in misted colours like periwinkle, some more neutrals, and layering of colours from the same family. The trend of nudes and muted colours will likely carry over into this year as well. We’re hoping to continue seeing the combination of some contrasting colours like mahogany and sea blue, and fuchsia with raspberry pink and citrus influenced orange.
Here are some colours we think will dominate the bridal scene this year:
Deep Blush Pink
And of course, the classic collection of maroon, burnt oranges, and deep browns for will be present for those Fall 2015 weddings. We’ve also noticed some brides incorporating royal purple into their autumn nuptials, which is a beautiful accent to the quintessential Fall palette.
If you’re planning a wedding for 2015 leave a comment below letting us know what your colour scheme is!