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Visit Sweetness Bakery at the Hamilton-Halton Fall Wedding Show 2011

8 Aug

Are you a bride or groom-to-be getting married in the Hamilton-Halton Area and are still looking for your perfect wedding dessert?  If so, then be sure to check out Sweetness Bakery at the Hamilton-Halton Fall Wedding Show 2011 on September 17 & 18, 2011 at The Careport Centre, Hamilton.  Their desserts are amazing and they have several convenient locations to serve you.  Listed below are a couple quick tips From Sweetness Bakery on how you can best choose your perfect wedding cake.

Q: What are the top 3 tips you give to couples when picking what flavour of cake/cupcakes to have at their wedding?

Sweetness Bakery Answer:

1)      Go with the flavours you love, not necessarily the “typical” ones

2)      Choose fillings and icing that will hold up (ie, avoid cream cheese and custards unless they can be refrigerated at the reception sight until it’s time to eat)

3)      Always do a taste test first!


Q: What are the top 3 flavours local brides have been choosing?

Sweetness Bakery Answer:

1)      Red velvet

2)      Vanilla

3)      Lemon






TopWeddingShows.com Flower Colour Tips

4 Aug

When asked “What is the hottest colour combination of flowers for Fall/winter 2011?” Susan from Edna Miller Flowers gave this great advice:

A: Grey has been a trend this year, especially slate grey. It is a great neutral and works with lots of colours.   Recently I paired it with soft pink peonies and lisianthus for a romantic June wedding.   Last weekend, table arrangements of white orchids and curly willow in glass cube vases had a modern twist and looked stunning on slate grey cloths.   As we head into September, one of my brides has chosen charcoal grey bridesmaids dresses with hot pink roses in the bouquets.   Eucalyptus is a perfect foliage for slate colours since it has a grey tone and adds texture for fall weddings.   Mauves and lavenders combined with grey give a muted antique look, perfect for a late October or November wedding. Rich purple and indigo have also been popular colour choices this year, flower match ups have been in white, apple green and purple.

Q: For Brides on a budget, what is the flower(s) that will give a brides bouquet “more bang for her buck”?

A flower that delivers great show for the money is the spider mum.  It comes in white, mauve and a wonderful chartreuse.

The spider mum has become a popular choice because of it’s feathery texture.  It is a bold flower and has great longevity.


Visit Edna Miller Flowers in booth # 168 at The Hamilton-Halton Spring Wedding Show 2012

The Hamilton Convention Centre

January 7 & 8, 2012





Shannon from The TopWeddingShows.com

Wedding Speeches – Tips and Ideas

22 Jul
Perhaps one of the most daunting aspects of the wedding reception for not only the bride and groom, but also the wedding party, are the speeches. That moment during dinner when you’re enjoying your entree and suddenly panic strikes that soon attention will be on you as you to approach the microphone can instill fear and anxiety. Most people don’t enjoy public speaking and even if you do, nerves can still get the best of you. So here are some tips on composing and giving a great speech so you can still enjoying your evening…
Be Genuine
When writing your speech, whether you are the bride and groom, a member of the family or in the wedding party, remember you are talking to your friends. No need to be overly formal. Express your appreciation, excitement and best wishes. Personal stories may add a nice touch, but not overly personal ones. Humor should be used in good taste and be appropriate for the entire audience.
Be Brief
We’ve all attended weddings where the speeches ran way to long. Instead of adding to the atmosphere of the wedding, these can dampen the mood and make people restless. Best to be succinct. Write your speech exactly as you would like it and read it aloud. If it runs too long (a good rule of thumb is keep it within the 4 – 5 minute range) make some adjustments and cut out needless filler.
Have a Strong Layout
A good speech has an opening, a middle and a closing. As you write it, think of what you want to express and then mold your sentiments into each category. If you are the bride and groom make sure to keep a list of everyone you wish to thank so as not to leave out anyone deserving of appreciation. Finish on a fun note, perhaps a wish, blessing, congratulations or cheers!
Be prepared in advance so you can have more leeway to practise. Read it aloud at home, hear yourself pause and present each thought. Become familiar with the flow of your thoughts so that when the time comes, you’ll have well in mind what you want to say and this alone will put you at ease. You may even start to look forward to it!
Even though it may be nerve racking, a well given speech can add a special personalized touch to the overall feel of the wedding day. Try to remember that the audience is on your side and that soon the lights will fade to dark, the music will play and you can relax knowing it’s all over! 🙂

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!





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!





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


Must-have Entertainment at Your Wedding Reception

7 Dec

One hot trend thats becoming increasingly popular is to have the added facet of entertainment on your wedding day. Brides and grooms are now sharing centre stage with bands, dancers, vocalists and the like by scheduling fun performances to entertain invited guests. Not only does this help to set the mood for the evening’s party, but also tells your guests a lot about what you like and enjoy… when else can you expose your friends and family to your love of jazz music and let them experience a great local artist together as a group! It’s also makes for fun memories and helps provide an ice breaker for people to mix and mingle.

Try to think of  empty time slots that will inevitably occur throughout your day. Perhaps while dessert is being served or while you’re busy having pictures taken between the ceremony and the start of the reception. These gaps can easily be filled by having a band, harpist, or soloist perform. Even having a magician, ballon artist or mime act out a routine for the kids can be a nice added touch to the overall feel of the occasion.  It serves to impress upon guests that you really want them to have a great night out and offers an unexpected surprise and fun sensory experience for them.

Add that extra feel of glamor and excitement by planning your entertainment in conjunction with the central theme of the wedding. For example, if your having a retro 50’s themed wedding, why not have swing dancers perform? If your wedding venue is at an historic castle or stately home, medieval minstrels or a highland piper would certainly help to set the seen. Or think outside the box and include a caricaturist, have a poetry reading or hire a gospel choir. Even planning a fun dance routine to be performed by you and the wedding party would be a great way to kick off the evening!

A friend of mine recently attended a wedding where a photo booth was set up by the photographer. Funny props and accessories were provided to play dress up and make each snapshot unique. Not only was it a great highlight to later relay to others, but she got to take home her own keepsake series of photos with the bride and grooms initials and wedding date printed on the bottom.

Simply adding one extra unexpected twist to your wedding day can make it stand out from the rest. We’ve all been to the typical weddings, with the typical schedule of events, so why not give your guests something to rave about and remember with Wedding Day entertainment!




42nd Annual Hamilton-Halton Spring Wedding Show

January 8 & 9, 2011

The Hamilton Convention Centre

14th Annual Niagara Spring Wedding Show

January 15th & 16th, 2011

Quality Parkway Hotel & Convention Centre, St. Catharines

Would You Want to Wear his Mother’s Engagement Ring?

17 Nov

Even if you have been without internet, have been stranded on a dessert island AND under a rock, you probably have still heard Prince William has finally popped the question to the lovely Kate. Congrats Prince William and Kate!

The girls in the Wedding Show office have been glued to The Royal Engagement Watch this past week.  One of the things we have discussed the most is if it were you that was getting married “would you want to be given his mother’s ring?”

The vote has been split down the middle. Half of us had no problem hypothetically accepting the amazing sapphire and diamond engagement ring originally worn by his mother, the Late Princess Di.  In fact, these girls were literally drooling and dizzy with excitement over the prospect and honour of donning the unique family jewels.  They felt that since Prince William loved his mother so much, it only made sense to pass along the ring she wore along to Kate, the other most important woman in his life.

The other group of Wedding Show gals thought that while it is a beautiful ring and heartfelt gesture, there was too much negativity surrounding the marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana….negativity that is represented through that very same engagement ring.  Secondly, Prince William didn’t pick a ring that reflected their love and Kate’s unique style and taste.

Since Prince Prince William is now off the market, I guess this overall debate is relatively pointless (cause you know, we all have a chance in the first place ;)) and us commoners will just have to simply continue on our search for our perfect mate and ring.  But while you are moving towards marriage with your own Prince Charming, would you want to be given his mother’s engagement ring to wear?  Would the sentiment alone make you melt? Would you be concerned with what his other family members would think? Would you find it too traditional or would it depend on a style (and size!) of the ring itself?  While it may sound frivolous, it will certainly spark some interesting conversation between you and your friends or between you and your significant other!

I almost forgot, for those of you still searching for your Prince, Harry is still on the market 😉



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