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Niagara Spring Wedding Presents “Behind The Wedding Day” with Mak Studios Photography

18 Jan

With the 16th Annual Niagara Spring Wedding Show fast approaching, TopWeddingShows.com has set out to give you a closer look into the local wedding world, with behind the scenes access to the talented industry leaders who turn your dreams into wedding reality. Recently, we had the opportunity to sit down with the staff from Mak Studios Photography. Visit their website at http://www.makstudioimages.com

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In your opinion, what are the biggest trends for the upcoming wedding season?
First look

What is the #1 piece of advice you would give to couples planning a wedding in 2013/2014?
Look outside the box – be creative

Why is it important for brides and grooms-to-be to shop locally for the wedding products / services?
So they can be assured that anything they don’t like will be corrected

What is your favourite wedding themed movie or tv/reality show of all time?
Runaway Bride

What would you say has been your proudest moment as a business owner in the wedding industry?
Every single time a bride cries when we show her the images of her day

What will you be showcasing at the Niagara Spring Wedding Show?
New products – metal prints, fusion (photo + video)

Be sure to visit Holiday Inn & Suites Parkway Hotel & Conference Centre in booth #90 at the Niagara Spring Wedding Show 2013

Also be sure to check out to view the entire Wedding Show Exhibitor List!

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16th Annual Niagara Spring Wedding Show
January 19 & 20, 2013
The Holiday Inn Parkway Hotel and Convention Centre
325 Ontario Street, St. Catharines
Show Times: 12pm-5pm Daily
Fashion Show Times: 1:30pm & 3:30pm Daily
http://www.TopWeddingShows.com

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Niagara Spring Wedding Presents “Behind The Wedding Day” with Jessica Little Photography

18 Jan

With the 16th Annual Niagara Spring Wedding Show fast approaching, TopWeddingShows.com has set out to give you a closer look into the local wedding world, with behind the scenes access to the talented industry leaders who turn your dreams into wedding reality. Recently, we had the opportunity to sit down with Jessica from Jessica Little Photography. Visit their website at http://www.jessicalittlephotography.com

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In your opinion, what are the biggest trends for the upcoming wedding season?
Candid photos, vintage inspired decor, DIY projects and special friches

What is the #1 piece of advice you would give to couples planning a wedding in 2013/2014?
Take the time to get to know your vendors and choose the ones you best get along with and feel a connection from

 

 

Why is it important for brides and grooms-to-be to shop locally for the wedding products / services?
Following up with vendors or making appointments are a lot easier

What is your favourite wedding themed movie or tv/reality show of all time?
TLC – Four Weddings

What would you say has been your proudest moment as a business owner in the wedding industry?
I always love receiving thank you cards or walking into clients home seeing my images on their wall. There is no greater feeling

What will you be showcasing at the Niagara Spring Wedding Show?
Wedding Photography

 

Be sure to visit Holiday Inn & Suites Parkway Hotel & Conference Centre in booth #44 at the Niagara Spring Wedding Show 2013

Also be sure to check out to view the entire Wedding Show Exhibitor List!

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16th Annual Niagara Spring Wedding Show
January 19 & 20, 2013
The Holiday Inn Parkway Hotel and Convention Centre
325 Ontario Street, St. Catharines
Show Times: 12pm-5pm Daily
Fashion Show Times: 1:30pm & 3:30pm Daily
http://www.TopWeddingShows.com

Wedding Food Trends

12 Sep

While the wedding day holds out countless highlights to the bride and groom, undoubtedly, the unrivaled point of anticipation for the guests, is the dinner menu. No matter the excitement of the day, how breath-taking the gown or how elegant the setting, what it all really comes down to, is the food. As a guest attending a wedding, you’ve chatted with friends, introduced yourself to strangers, enjoyed the ceremony, and the listened to the speeches of all involved… now it’s time to eat and you’ve earned it!

That’s why most engaged couples today give extra attention to the culinary side of their wedding day. Special onus is placed on this facet of the evening’s events because it will be the common denominator of the day. Everyone will partake and everyone will formulate an opinion. So how can a bride and groom show their desire to set a fine table? What are the trends that have the most impact? And how can a couple keep within a reasonable budget while still hosting a meal to remember?

If you don’t want to take the typical one-meat-and-two-sides approach to dinner, then don’t. Wedding food has evolved from the classic plated meal to a reception filled with innovative food stations and a variety of cuisines options.

Downsize to Minis
Bite-size samplers have become one of the hottest trends in wedding food, from shots of soups to large spoons of savory canapes . You can also serve a sit-down meal with downsized servings, which are bigger than an appetizer but smaller than the usual course serving — it will allow your guests to have more room for more courses.

Comfort Foods
Dress up traditional comfort foods. Think sliders, gourmet macaroni and cheese or even a mashed potato bar where guests can create their own concoctions of starchy heaven! Classic favorites can add a little whimsy and fun to the traditional.

Food Stations
Giving your guests the option of visiting food stations creates a relaxed and conversational atmosphere. Guests will enjoy the variety and being able to converse with people not seated at their table. From meat carving stations to sushi bars, this can add a really sensory experience to your evening and have guests mingling throughout the night.

Food Trucks
These are all the rage right now! Every city has them, every city loves them! Food Trucks are the ultimate late night station, they pull up outside of your reception venue and your guests are treated to all kinds of specialties on their way out!

Eco-Friendly Fare
This can run up the price tag of your wedding if you want to go all-organic. But there are ways to be eco-friendly and stick within a budget. Look to local, seasonal foods as inspiration for your menu. Many caterers are happy to work with what is in season and easy to access from local farmers, suppliers and retailers.

Cut out the Cake
While cutting the wedding cake may be a tradition, don’t let it box you in. Switch it up with multiple types of pies, creme brulees, cupcakes, tarts and cobblers. Or skip baked goods all together and set up a sweet table with an array of goodies that inspire childhood memories of the candy shop!

For more great ideas and to meet the vendors that can make your wedding day visions come to life, be sure to attend;

The 14th Annual Hamilton Halton Fall Wedding Show
Saturday and Sunday, September 17th and 18th, 2011
The Careport Centre, 270 Longwood Road South, Hamilton

and

The 8th Annual Niagara Autumn Wedding Show
Sunday, October 2nd, 2011
Holiday Inn & Suites Parkway, 327 Ontario St., St. Catharines

Cheers!

Jennifer
http://www.topweddingshows.com

There is a New Bride on the Block…..and she’s socially conscious!

21 Dec

Every year Martha Stewart, Today’s Bride, The Knot and other big names in the Wedding World come out with endless Top 10 Trends lists about The Dress, the reception, sizes of weddings, engagement rings etc.  These lists are ever-changing and often exhausting to try and keep up with.  However, there has been a trend that has seemed to stick around for quite a few seasons: The Socially conscious Bride and Groom.

The socially and environmentally friendly trend has appeared in nearly every aspect of the bride and grooms wedding: invitations made on recycled paper, e-invites to avoid using paper, gently used wedding gowns, wedding gowns made out of eco friendly materials, the wedding party taking public transportation instead of cars and having the wedding and reception at the same accessible site so there is less driving time (and therefore less cars on the road) for the guests, donate leftover reception food to the homeless….the list could go on and on…

I have also seen many couples forgo actual wedding gifts and gift registries and instead ask their guests to make a donation to Canadian Cancer Society, to Alzheimer’s Society, to bring toys and books to donate to underprivileged children (City Kidz), raise money for the couple’s old high school or local children’s sports team.  And even if they are not completely omitting the gift registry they are certainly incorporating an altruistic perspective to their wedding.

While I certainly applaud the socially conscious bride; I at first wondered why she goes to such lengths on her special day to pay attention other people, places and causes.  I mean, look at the Bridezilla!  While her actions live up to her Godzilla namesake, she seems to waltz away smelling like roses, lookin’ beautiful and loaded down with wedding present loot.  However after a few episodes of Bridezillas, I soon realized this was not the type of wedding I would want.  I think it is actually the socially conscious bride and groom that end up having the day that is most “about them” because:

  • Puts the focus on things that are really important to the bride and groom: Instead of the focus being on material items, it is on the beliefs, causes, philosophies, and community that the bride and groom really care about.  What could be more special than supporting and celebrating what truly represents that couple and what they hope to help and create?   The cause that the couple decide to support may also be in memory of a loved one that sadly cannot attend the wedding, but through that cause, their spirit is represented and honoured at the wedding
  • The Socially Conscious Couple creates the perfect “marriage” between the wedding and the Marriage(pun, of course, intended) In the past, we have seen a huge trend of brides-to-be being focused on their wedding day, with the entire marriage being an afterthought.  The socially conscious couple appears to view the wedding day as the first day of the rest of their lives life as a married couple. They publically declare to their friends and families how they are choosing to live their lives as husband and wife by showing people what they care about and that they want the community they are getting married in to be a healthy, happy and prosperous one for their own lives and for the families they will be starting together.

So I encourage brides and grooms to incorporate the causes and charities that they are passionate about or would like to become passionate about in their wedding.  It is a simple way to make your wedding a rewarding, positive experience that truly represents who you are as a couple.  It also allows your wedding to leave a memorable impact on your community and your world…not just in your photo album.  To get your wedding planning started on the altruistic track, the Hamilton-Halton Spring Wedding Show 2010 is running a food drive in support ofHamilton Food Share in hopes to raise 6,000 canned goods for the families and children in the Hamilton area. Please bring your canned goods with you to the show at the Hamilton Convention Centre on January 9 and 10, 2010.  11am-5pm each day.  Even if you can’t attend, we still welcome donations!

For more info:

www.BridalShowsToday.com

www.HamiltonFoodShare.org

Adding a personal touch to your wedding – top ten!

15 Dec


Every bride is looking for a way to make her wedding…hers. There are many ways that you can make your wedding unique such as choosing bombonieres that reflect you and your fiancé’s personal style, or creating a video montage of your lives together. What brides are looking for today are personalizations that go beyond the traditional, and stretch to the limits with adding their individual style to their special day.

So where do you start?

To help you through these sometimes difficult decisions her e is a Top Ten list to personalize your wedding day.

1)        What is your story? On your place cards for seating arrangements, try creatively inserting your love story, how you met. You can either do this by putting your story on the inside of the card, or inscribing your story around the outside of the card.

2)       Make the experience a treasured one for your groomsmen and bridesmaids. When you ask your friends to share in this special day, make it less about the ask and more about the experience. For example, invite those that you would like in your wedding party for a dinner and surprise them all. Present them with personalized gift such as a friendship poem or plaque. Use your sense of humour and create a card with a really outrageous groomsman or bridesmaid outfit on the front.

3)       Personalize your wedding ceremony. As you walk down the isle collect your favourite flower from important guests along the side to build your bouquet, just as they have built your life experiences.

4)       Add a personal touch to your wedding cake by writing your favourite saying or prayer around the sides of each tier.

5)       Utilize the natural settings if your pictures are taken outside. For example write in the sand on with chalk on the ground ‘Jim + Julie = FOREVER’

6)       Make your gift to your loved one something out of this world…name a star after them and include a picture of the night sky to illustrate where their star is.

7)       Take a piece of your mother and mother-in-laws wedding dress and use it as the ribbons that hold your bouquet together or have it incorporated into your veil/dress.

8)       Re-enact your parents wedding photos for your wedding photo, to bring that spark of history into your special day.

9)       Pick and choose different wedding traditions from different cultures and combine them into a personalized wedding ceremony.

10)      Ask your DJ if you and your fiancé can hand pick a good portion of songs to be played, inform your guests that these songs were picked by your specifically. Just a simple added touch of personality to your night!

You and Your Fiancé have unlimited options of ways to make your day special, ways to make your day reflect your relationship. You do not have to stick with the traditional ‘cookie-cutter’ wedding, it is your day, and the one day that truly celebrates your love for one-another, make it count!

21st Century Tech Bride

16 Nov

In our modern day society today there are so many new social media outlets available for people to use. Twitter and Facebook have become so popular that people are beginning to become engulfed by this new media. Even at times I find myself driving home from working thinking: “that would be a great thing to mention on twitter”. With this entire social/new media being available for regular daily use, there is bound to be an influx of technology into the wedding world.

Wedding technology, especially on the internet, was introduced primarily through having a Wedding website for guests and non guests to get the ‘down-low’ on your wedding details. The details that a wedding website can include is really up to the user, you can include almost every step of your wedding planning process to the simplest of matters of your dates for your big day, showers, stags and engagement parties.

Beyond the wedding websites there is a ton of wedding technology that can make your planning process a much easier and more enjoyable experience. Almost every Bridal Magazine out there has tools for you to use online, such as budgeting pages, Wedding calendars you can hook up to your mobile phone for updates and reminders, and a place to create your own page. These tools on line can also allow you to upload your seating arrangements and record guest’s special requests, record your music playlist, and much more.

The bride and groom can also use the online Social Medias that already have a huge presence in our cyber world such as Twitter and Facebook. You can create your own Twitter account and allow your bridal party and guests to follow you day to day in your planning process. You can create your own wedding fan page on Facebook, uploading pictures as your purchase items for your big day; make sure your wedding dress stays a secret. These Social Medias allow your guests and bridal party to feel more attached to you and your groom as well as feeling a little more included in your wedding.

One other way that technology is weaving its way into our Wedding days is through videoconferencing. If you are going to be having a Destination Wedding, your guest list is limited and there may be a few guests that would love to be there, but just can’t make it. Well there is a solution to this! There are ways now that you can sign up to services such as, SKYPE, that can connect those guests online to watch your and share in your wedding day from afar. Since video technology has just flourished into such beautiful recordings of you big day, a lot of couples are starting to incorporate these mini movies into their reception. Some videographers can even get a video together of your ceremony and pictures etc… to show at your reception for those that missed it! There are unlimited options where and how you can integrate technology into the planning, organizing, sharing, and remembering your wedding day. There is always going to be something new, interesting and fun coming out for social and new media so keep an eye and ear out for new exciting opportunities on how your can make your planning process easier and your wedding day even more unique and spectacular!!

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