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Behind the Wedding: Sun Life Financial

20 Sep
Sun Life Financial at Niagara Autumn Wedding Show 2012

Sun Life Financial at Niagara Autumn Wedding Show 2012


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 Cameron from Sun Life Financial! Visit their website: www.sunlife.ca/cameronmcglynn

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

The “Do-It-Yourself” wedding

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

Plan for the long term….not just one day.

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

Does The Rocky Horror Picture Show count?


What is the strangest thing you have seen happen at a wedding?

The amount of wedding cakes that hit the floor. Its Shocking!

What is your favorite part of the wedding process?

The “happily ever after” part

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

Financial services designed for couples

Be sure to visit Sun Life in booth #1 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.


TopWeddingShows.com Interview with Nozie Weddings and Events

2 Dec

Company Name
Nozie Weddings & Events
“Your Event….Our Passion…” (www.nozieweddings.com)
Q:  Favourite Aspect of Decorating?
A: I love working with non-traditional centerpieces like feathers, unique items like pieces from your home, ie. clay pots, that can always help guest with a conversation piece.
Q:  Biggest wedding trend/theme of 2012 when it comes to decor?
A: Vintage glamour, woodland rustic, winter wonderland, garden and beach themes

Q: There are so many DIY brides today. What is your favourite project for a DIY bride and what areas of wedding planning would you caution brides about when “going it alone”?
A: Making your own wedding day Jewelery, they are many sites and magazines of beautiful DIY jewelery with instructions. e.g.(http://www.stylemepretty.com/2009/06/11/diy-project3-pearl-necklace/) and my advice to brides is to be careful when it comes to spending money on their wedding. I think they should try not to spend money where they don’t really need to but to splurge on items that make an impact or more important to them. like if you want your centerpieces to stand out, spend more money on them and less on your table linen because the focal point will be centerpieces and probably few people will notice the linen.
Q:  Your favourite decor trend of 2012?
A: My favourite trend is mixing of table shapes and sizes. (rounds and rectangles). These trends give the reception tables a more interesting look and a less “coordinated” feel.

Q:  One of your favourite places (venues, outside etc) to conduct a wedding ceremony?
A: I love outdoor ceremony venues overlooking lakes like in Liuna Gardens and Rustic old look venues with a view like in Old Ancaster Mills and Cambridge Mills. Those are on my most favourites.

Q: Top 3 favourite colour palettes of 2012?
A: latte, Purple (eggplant, lilac), and black & white

Special Promotion: Nozie Weddings & Events is renting their Ostrich feather centerpieces for $35  for January to May weddings if you book your wedding before February 28, 2012 and/or  book a complete package of decor we will give you a choice of either 15 chaircovers of choice free or Crystal curtain backdrop.

Visit Nozie Weddings & Events in Booth #140 at the

43rd Annual Hamilton-Halton Spring Wedding Show

January 7 & 8, 2012

The Hamilton Convention Centre

www.TopWeddingShows.com for full show details



Nozie Weddings & Events, Hamilton Wedding Show 2012

Nozie Weddings & Events, Hamilton Wedding Show 2012

The Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist

21 Jul

There are so many moving parts to organize and keep organized when planning your wedding day.  Below is a check list to hopefully help keep you organized, stress free.   The saying “It’s about the journey, not just the destination” is true about the wedding planning process as well.  Having a well thought out plan of attack will definitely aid in making your engagement fun and memorable!

1 Year – 2 Years Before Wedding

-Tell your parents about your decision to get married
-Announce your engagement
-Set a date for your wedding
(have a backup date in mind in case reception site is not available)
-Decide on the type of wedding you would like: Take into consideration:
-Time of day, Number of guests, formality of event, theme indoor, outdoor, seasonal etc.
Set a budget
-Keep an organized record of when, how and on what is money spent
-Consider hiring a wedding planner
Compile a guest list. Take into consideration:
-Grooms family, Brides family and decide who needs to be invited
-Those you need to invite
-Those you should be invited/ those you would be nice to invite
-Decide if you want in invite children with their parents
-Reserve your officiate & reception site
-Send engagement announcement to newspapers or an email blast out to friends and family (don’t forget to change your facebook profile status lol)
-Select your flower girl and ring bearer
-Decide if you would like to have an engagement party
-Determine your color scheme.
-Order your passport, birth certificate for your honeymoon or marriage license
-Purchase engagement ring…look at wedding bands
-Decide on the ceremony and reception sites
Research! Start looking for a photographer, DJ Service, Videographer, caterer, florist etc
-Decide who the attendants will be
-Join a fitness club.
-Start to attend Wedding Shows

8 – 12 Months Before the Wedding
-Select a wedding dress and accessories
-Purchase or rent a wedding dress
-Select formal wear for the groom
-Select and order dresses for bridesmaids
-Start looking at wedding cakes
(taste the different flavors of cake to help in selection)
-Make your final bookings (photographer, DJ, videographer, caterer photographer Register for gifts
-Select patterns and colours
(i.e. room decoration colours, dish patterns)
-Select and order invitations
-Discuss honeymoon destinations
-Reserve a block of hotel rooms for out of town guests
-Look into liability insurance for your Stag and Doe and Wedding Reception

4 – 8 Months Before the Wedding
-Order your wedding cake
-Book your limousine
-Order your flowers
(sit down with florist and decide on bouquets & boutonnieres, fresh or silk)
-Make an appointment for your first dress fitting
-Make an appointment with your hair stylist
-Go to the salon for all of your styling needs
-Have the salon come to you for your styling needs
-Book rehearsal dinner
-Plan the menu for the rehearsal dinner
-Make sure bridesmaids have gone for their fittings
-Plan the menu for the reception
-Start writing out invitations
-Select and buy gifts for attendants
-Book honeymoon
-Get the appropriate name-change forms

2 – 4 Months Before Wedding
-Check to make sure you have all the requirements to get married in Ontario -Confirm your honeymoon reservations
-Confirm your music selection
-Bridal Showers should be arranged
-Consider making reservations for a golf outing, an in-room massage, etc. —Apply for your marriage license
-Go for your final fitting – bring shoes and lingerie to be worn that day
-Have Ushers go for their fittings
-Mail the invitations
-Keep up with writing your thank you cards

1 Month Before
-Apply for a marriage license
-Arrange seating arrangements
-Plan the rehearsal dinner party
-Have hairdresser work with your headpiece and make-up
-Purchase your lipstick
-Purchase your perfume
-Rehearse your wedding vows
-Maintain a record of RSVPs and all gifts received
-Arrange final fitting of bridesmaid’s dresses
-Finalize shopping for wedding day accessories, ring pillow, toasting glasses, nylons,
-Make sure all your vendors have maps to all locations, brides home, grooms home, ceremony, park for the pictures and reception
-Find “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a six pence (or shiny penny) for your shoe”

1-2 Week Before Wedding
-Call your rehearsal site with the final number of guests who will be attending your rehearsal
-Call your reception site with the final number of guests who will be attending your reception and finalize seating plan
-Pick up your dress
-Pick up attire for the groom and ushers
-Pack for your honeymoon
-Purchase traveler’s cheques
-Accommodations at the hotel
-Florist order
-Photographer and confirm special photos you want taken
-All music for the ceremony
-Details with the limousine company
-Music for the reception- first dance
-Write place cards and draw a seating chart for the reception
-Write speeches
-Determine the order for the procession
-Contact guests who haven’t responded
-Arrange all final payments to your vendors
-Have someone hand out bombonieres

The Day Before Your Wedding
-Obtain your marriage license if you have not yet done so
-Confirm all of your reservation times and give out gifts
(i.e. limo pick up, hair appointment, etc.)
-Enjoy your rehearsal dinner
-Get a good night sleep…word to the wise, no bachelor parties the night before

The Day of your Wedding
-Eat breakfast (You are going to need your energy!)
-Give the grooms ring and the brides ring to the best man
-Schedule plenty of time to get ready
-Go to your hair appointment
-Go to your make-up appointment
-Splurge and get a massage
-Have someone hand out programs at the ceremony (organize in advance)
-Have someone hand out bombonieres (organize in advance)
-Relax, Enjoy & Have Fun!!

After the Wedding & Honeymoon
-Pick out your thank you picture from your photographer
-Write out/email Thank you cards Send thank you cards with pictures to all your guests & suppliers
-Email out a blog link that has all your wedding photos to all friends and family

-Take your dress to the cleaners
-Return any rented items ASAP
-Enjoy being Married!



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