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$2.00 OFF Coupon to the Niagara Autumn Wedding Show 2013

18 Sep

Hey Brides and Grooms-to-be!
Here is a $2.00 OFF Admission Price Coupon for the Niagara Autumn Wedding Show, taking place Sunday September 29 at The Holiday Inn & Suites Parkway Hotel & Conference Centre, St. Catharines! Be sure to print off one for each member of your wedding party!

$2.00 OFF coupon for the Niagara Autumn Wedding Show 2013

$2.00 OFF coupon for the Niagara Autumn Wedding Show 2013

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My Total Wedding Club

6 Aug

girl talking to brides and mom at the wedding showsSign up today to “My Total Wedding Club Sign Up” for fun and interesting wedding related news, prizes, ticket giveaways to Hamilton and Niagara Wedding Shows and other cool free stuff!
Once you sign up you will receive the occasional email (emails will come from info@BeauMondeProductions.com). We promise not to send you junk mail every day, sell or share your email address with other people and we’ll do our very best to not waste your time :) . Brought to you by the team at Hamilton, Halton and Niagara Wedding Shows

Gorgeous Wedding Inspiration at the Wedding Show

23 Jul

The Hamilton-Halton & Niagara Wedding Shows are like Pinterest….live! The collection of local vendors at each wedding show not only delight your visual senses but also allow you to touch, taste and breathe in all aspects of your wedding. Here is a small collection inspirational images from our last bridal shows.

Upcoming shows:

10th Annual Niagara Autumn Wedding Show: Sunday September 29, 2013

16th Annual Hamilton-Halton Fall Wedding Show: October 5&6, 2013

Gorgeous Sweet Table at the Hamilton-Halton & Niagara Wedding Shows

Gorgeous Sweet Table at the Hamilton-Halton & Niagara Wedding Shows

collage of amazing wedding day inspiration from the Hamilton-Halton & Niagara Wedding Shows

collage of amazing wedding day inspiration from the Hamilton-Halton & Niagara Wedding Shows

collage of amazing wedding day inspiration from the Hamilton-Halton & Niagara Wedding Shows

collage of amazing wedding day inspiration from the Hamilton-Halton & Niagara Wedding Shows

collage of amazing wedding day inspiration from the Hamilton-Halton & Niagara Wedding Shows

collage of amazing wedding day inspiration from the Hamilton-Halton & Niagara Wedding Shows

collage of amazing wedding day inspiration from the Hamilton-Halton & Niagara Wedding Shows

collage of amazing wedding day inspiration from the Hamilton-Halton & Niagara Wedding Shows

beautiful wedding cakes at the Hamilton-Halton & Niagara Wedding Shows 2013

beautiful wedding cakes at the Hamilton-Halton & Niagara Wedding Shows 2013

 

 

 

 

 

Behind the Wedding: Jessica Little Photography

20 Sep

With the 9th Annual Niagara Autumn 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: www.jessicalittlephotography.com

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

Lace, DIY projects, braids, mismatched bridesmaid dresses, original guest books, fun and playful settings and unstaged photos.

What is the number one piece of advice you’d give to couples planning a wedding in 2012 / 2013?

Get to know your wedding vendors and pick the ones who will best suit you and your vision. It’s your day! You deserve perfection!

What is your favourite wedding themed movie or TV/Reality Show of all time?

Father of the Bride

TLC: 4 Weddings (I love seeing the different ideas!)

What is your favorite part of the wedding process?

I love getting to know my brides and grooms and listening to their visions and seeinf their days unfold after all of their hard work!

What will you be showcasing at the Niagara Autumn Wedding Show?

Wedding and Engagement Photography

Be sure to visit Jessica Little Photography in booth #74 at the 9th Annual Niagara Autumn Wedding Show taking place September 23rd at the Holiday Inn Parkway Hotel and Convention Centre in St. Catharines. Visit www.topweddingshows.com for more information.

Behind the Scenes: Sweetie Pie’s Bakery

14 Sep

With the 9th Annual Niagara Autumn 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 Beth from Sweetie Pie’s Bakery. Visit her website at www.spbakery.ca

Beth from Sweetie Pie's Bakery at Niagara Wedding Show

Beth from Sweetie Pie’s Bakery at Niagara Wedding Show

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

Break out of the “Wedding Cake” box and opt for different flavours of tarts and pies

What is one of the oddest, funniest things you have experienced since working in the wedding industry?

Wedding desserts and pies from Sweetie Pie Bakery

Wedding desserts and pies from Sweetie Pie Bakery

While we love them for their support, I’ve met some pretty crazy MOBs! Lol

What is the number one piece of advice you’d give to couples planning a wedding in 2012 / 2013?

Keep It Simple, Sweetie!

What is your favourite wedding themed movie or TV / reality show of all time?

Father of the Bride

What is your favourite part of the wedding process?

Designing wedding wedding cake

What will you be showcasing at the Niagara Autumn Wedding Show?

Cakes, desserts and wedding favours.

Cute and yummy wedding favours!

Be sure to visit Sweetie Pie’s Bakery in booth #27 at the 9th Annual Niagara Autumn Wedding Show taking place September 23rd at the Holiday Inn Parkway Hotel and Convention Centre in St. Catharines. Visit www.topweddingshows.com for more information.

Cute and yummy wedding favours!

Wedding Shows: A Complete How-To Guide

28 Dec
  • Before the wedding show, research which vendors will be exhibiting at the show  www.topweddingshows.com as well as a layout/map of where the vendors will be located. This will help you make the most of your time & organize the best questions to ask those specific vendors you are most interested in.
  • Make a Personal Email Address specifically for planning your wedding.  Many of the wedding professionals you are working with will be contacting you via email with dates, details, quotes etc. We recommend that you do not give out your work or school email.  Use services such as gmail, live, or hotmail so that you can access your account anywhere.  It will make for a much more organized and stress-free planning period if you separate your wedding planning information from your personal and professional information.
  • If you’ve already selected your wedding colors / bridesmaids’ dresses, ask your retailer for swatches from the material and bring them with you to the wedding show. Many wedding vendors, (bakers, florists, wedding cake, invitations…) will use your colors to make appropriate suggestions for your wedding.
  • Bring a notebook and a pen. A wedding show can be a great resource for information. Some savvy brides even bring a camera or use a camera phone to take a pictures of ideas and samples they like. This can especially be handy during the fashion show!
  • Wear comfortable shoes and if at all possible, leave your coat in the car. Then you can have your hands free as you stroll the aisles.
  • If you are going to be out of town during the day of the wedding show, send mom or a trusted friend / bridesmaid to collect information on services you need and register you for prizes.
  • Print neatly –  When you register at the door or for prize drawings at the booths, make sure all your information is legible & complete. You just may walk away from the show with a very useful prize or gift for your wedding day .
  • When comparing wedding services at a wedding show, be careful to compare “Apples to Apples” and not to Oranges. “The bitterness of poor quality lingers long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.
  • Interact with all the Wedding Professionals: Don’t just pick up material from their booths!  Actually talk with the people manning the booths. They often have great ideas and further insight into how to make the most out of a wedding day experience.
  • While you are at the show, there is another great resources to take advantage of… think of how many other brides-to-be will be there.  Who knows, you might just make friends with another couple going through the same things you are and you can share ideas!  Hundreds of brides get married every weekend during the summer in the Hamilton Halton and Niagara Regions.
  • As much as you are able, try to decide on your budget before attending the wedding show.  Many vendors will offer great discounts for reserving their services / products at show. So if you are aware of how much you have to spend in a certain category, it may help you in deciding which company is the right fit for you.
  • Be sure to request references. You want to make sure that the people you hire for your special day have made other peoples weddings a happy, successful and memorable occasion… and who better to ask then other couples!
  • Have a list of questions ready to ask wedding vendors. Don’t be shy…taste cake, smell flowers, load up on brochures, enter contests and leave your name with everyone.  Be a bride in the know!
  • Wedding vendors will often have draws for prizes at their booths. Instead of having to fill out multiple forms with contact information, some have found it helpful to make address labels in advance. Be sure to include: Bride’s name, Groom’s name, address, phone, email and your wedding date.
  • Be sure and wear your “I’m the Bride” and “I’m the Groom” stickers that are handed out at the entrance to the show.  Wedding vendors are more likely to give you that little bit of extra fun attention.  Plus, if you are spotted wearing them, you could win great door prizes!
  • The daily catwalk fashion shows are a great opportunity to see what’s hot this season. Watch how dresses move, fit and flow down the aisle. There are also tuxedos, bridesmaids’ gowns, mother-of-the-bride dresses, flower girl outfits to see!
  • Be sure and bring along your friends, family, maid of honor, mom and of course your fiancée! You will need the trusted opinions of those who share your vision of your wedding day. And ask for help, assign some one to collect business cards, take pictures or scout for comparable companies.
  • In addition to reserving the day in your schedule for attending the wedding show, also reserve a couple hours after to go to a coffee shop with your entourage and review all the brochures & materials you received. That way, while it’s fresh in your mind, you can recall who to follow up with.
  • Have Fun! Getting married is an experience like no other, especially with all the amazing options available to brides and grooms today.  So make the most of it and enjoy the fun and excitement that surrounds the planning process!

Cheers!

 

Jennifer

http://www.topweddingshows.com

Bridesmaids’ Trends for 2011

13 Dec

“Always a bridesmaid, but never a bride?” Well you’re in luck because the 2011 wedding collections are filled with beautiful, stylish bridesmaids dresses to make you feel fabulous on The Wedding Day! Listed below are some of the hottest bridesmaid’s trends of 2011 to suit all different body types and wedding styles.

The Mix & Match: The easiest way to ensure that all your ladies in waiting are looking and feeling their best is to adopt the mix and match strategy when choosing your bridesmaid dresses. While hints of this idea have shown up over that last couple of seasons, it seems to be a huge trend in 2011.  Many brides-to-be have been choosing their wedding colours and fabric, and then allowing their bridesmaids to choose what style best suits their individual body types (Halter, a-line, empire, strapess etc).  This allows the most important ladies in your life to feel comfortable and relaxed on your day. Let’s face it, every girl wants to look and feel their best when getting their picture taken and having to stand up in front of dozens of people they don’t know.  Even though it’s your day; be a good girlfriend, help them to look their best and have a little bit of shopping fun while doing it!  Another hot trend is some colour-loving brides are simply telling their bridesmaids to choose dresses within a certain colour palette. Therefore, each girl not only gets to choose which style looks best on her, but also which colour best suits her complexion.  As a brides, no matter which one of the above choices you give to your bridesmaids, your wedding pictures are bound to turn out fabulous; full of vibrant colour, cool textures and smiling faces…because every feels their best!

The One Shoulder: The “One Shoulder Trend” in street wear has carried over to the wedding industry as well.  The One Shouldered gown works well for both short cocktail bridesmaids’ dresses and long, goddess inspired gowns.  The best aspect about the one-shoulder bridesmaid dress is it’s a simple way to add dramatic sophistication to a dress without showing too much skin. The one-shouldered dress works well for pear shaped figures because it draws the eye upwards, towards a beautiful neckline and defined shoulders. For a little extra flare, add some gems or feathers on the shoulder strap for evening or cocktail style weddings.

Pockets & Belts: The “little touches” that are oh-so-popular in the bride’s gown are also popular in the bridesmaid dresses. Two of the most chic bridesmaid’s details are pockets and the belted waist. As a bridesmaid, you have a ton of duties on The Big Day. Pockets are not only a modern update to gowns , but are also very convenient to make sure you are hands-free but still have your lip gloss, breath mints and tissues right at hand! Belts are a great way to define a tiny waist line or give the illusion of a wait line on a more rectangular body shape.  Many of the belts or beaded waist sashes that are showing up in Hamilton-Halton and Niagara Region’s Bridal Shoppes are covered in beautiful beading, jewelled embellishments or floral details to add an extra bit of glam to otherwise monochromatic dresses. Such unique details also offer the opportunity for each bridesmaid to have a little individual flare!

Colour: Did you know that the most popular colour for a bridesmaids dress is still black? I guess the LBD is perfect even on a wedding day!  If you are more of an adventurous type of bride and love colour, the 2011 is definitely your year to get married.  One of this season’s biggest trends is incorporating rich colour and texture into your wedding party attire. I have included the some of the most popular colours this year and what type of wedding they are best suited for.

Blue Hues: A whole range of blues are in style for the spring and summer season.  Keep the royals and punchy cobalt hues for more formal or colder weather weddings and your periwinkles and aqua shades are perfect for summer weddings

Golds and Yellows: A butter yellow colour is perfect of a garden or beach side wedding while the gold tones add an extra bling to both formal and informal receptions. All yellow-based shades look fabulous on darker skin tones, however fair skin divas can rock out the gold tones if they are brave!

Purples: A great colour palette for purples this spring is combining your mauves and deep purples in the same dress,  A chic palette and is half your bridesmaids wear mauve dresses and the other half wear a deep plum purple.  Then add a beaded waist sash in the opposite colour for a punch of colour.  Colours look fabulous and you are able to better compliment both fair and darker complexions by using different shades of the same colour.

Remember, as the bride it may be Your Day, but your bridesmaids are the ones that are going to help you make it your dream day. So do yourself a favour and help your ladies look and feel gorgeous!

 

Cheers,

Shannon

www.TopWeddingShows.com

42nd Annual Hamilton-Halton Spring Wedding Show

Hamilton Convention Centre

January 8 & 9, 2011

14th Annual Niagara Spring Wedding Show

Quality Parkway Hotel & Convention Centre, St. Catharines

January 15 & 16, 2011

 

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