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“Brides for Banks” Food Drive at Niagara Autumn Wedding Show

28 Sep

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3rd Annual  “Brides for Food Banks”

A Food Drive in Support of Community Care St. Catharines/Niagara/Thorold

at the 8th Annual Niagara Autumn Wedding Show 2011

Sunday October 2nd, 2011 – The Holiday Inn & Suites Parkway Conference Centre, St. Catharines

(formerly known as The Quality Parkway)

 To get local couples wedding planning started on a truly altruistic track, the Niagara Autumn Wedding Show 2011 is running the 3rd Annual Wedding Show food drive (Brides for Banks) in support of Community Care, St. Catharines/Thorold. We hope to raise over 500 canned goods for the families and children in the Niagara Region.

So we ask everyone attending this year’s show, to raid their pantries or head over to their local grocer and bring as many non-perishable food donations as they can to the wedding show at The Holiday Inn & Suites Parkway Conference Centre on Sunday October 2nd, 2011.  12noon-5pm each day.  Even if they can’t stay for the show, we still welcome any donations at the door!

WHY? We 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 planning because it is a simple way to make their wedding a rewarding, positive experience that truly represents who they are as a couple.  It also allows their wedding to leave a memorable impact on their community and world…not just pretty pic in their photo album!

For more information about this charity, please visitwww.communitycarestca.ca

List of Most Needed Items

-Canned meats & fish
-Cold cereal
-Pasta sauce and a package of dry pasta
-Baby food & formula (needs to have at least 6 wks till expiry left on it.)
-Fruit drinking boxes (Kid’s nutritional treats)
-Canned pastas
-Powdered milk
-Kraft Dinner
-Fruit cups
-Peanut butter
-Canned vegetables
-Pork and beans
-Meat soups
For more info, please contact Shannon or Jennifer at info@beaumondeproductions.com
Hope to see you at the 8th Annual Niagara Autumn Wedding Show 2011

Handy wedding show survival tips

13 Sep
14th Annual Hamilton-Halton Fall Wedding Show 2011

14th Annual Hamilton-Halton Fall Wedding Show 2011

If you are an engaged couple, a couple thinking about getting engaged, or a family member or friend of the engaged couple – you know just how busy and stressful planning a wedding can be on top of jobs, school, etc. However, this should also be a happy and exciting time for the couple and all of their loved ones. In order to keep the planning period as stress free as possible, the 14th Annual Hamilton-Halton Fall Wedding Show is a fabulous resource for brides and grooms-to-be because it allows them the opportunity to meet face-to-face with more than 150 wedding professionals in one convenient location to see, hear and taste the products and services they will be purchasing for their wedding day. This gives the brides and grooms-to-be the opportunity to see which companies best fit with their wedding style and personalities.

No matter what stage of wedding planning a couple is in – before the ring lands on the finger, 18 months away or weeks away – the wedding show is the quickest and more cost-efficient way to see the Hamilton-Halton and surrounding region’s top wedding professionals and services in one place. Listed below are some suggestions for engaged couples and their families and friends to get the biggest benefit from the wedding show.

Handy wedding show survival tips:

Set up an email through yahoo, gmail etc., that is only for your wedding planning needs. This way, if you choose to give out your contact information, you know all of the info is in one location.

  • Be sure to also print out your contact information on mailing labels to save time when filling out ballots
  • Use your camera phone to capture great ideas you see (tip: make sure you take a few pictures of you and your entourage at the show! It makes art of your wedding planning experience and makes for great scrapbooking!)
  • Come with a Vision: You may not have a date set, or you may know everything you want down to the colour of the groom’s socks! Both types of brides (and all those in between) are welcome at the wedding show. Before you arrive at the wedding show, the best thing you can do is know where you stand. That way, you can prioritize your time to collecting valuable info from everyone or just visit the booths to gather the products and services you are still in need of
  • Wear comfy shoes
  • Leave extra sweaters and coats in the car,
  • Bring a sturdy reusable bag to gather information,
  • Bring your mom, bridesmaids, friends or groom for support and ideas!


See you at the 14th Annual Hamilton-Halton Fall Wedding Show at The Careport Centre, 270 Longwood Rd S. Hamilton.  September 17 & 18, 2011. For more information, visit www.TopWeddingShows.com

Suit Up! The Grooms Wedding Day Attire

13 Sep

We know, we know; it’s all about the bride and her dress!  But as the saying goes, while everyone is looking at the bride, she is gazing at the groom….so he better be looking his best! Thankfully this season offers many different options to suit your groom’s personal style.  If you are a couple on a budget fear not! Many of these styles are created with smaller accessories to dress up or personalize your groom’s suit. Listed below are Fall 2011 seasons hottest trends to keep your groom looking dapper and chic on your wedding day

Colour palettes: Ditch the black or white for an ultra-modern colour platette of midnight or slate blues or all shades of grey.  Both of these colour palettes work perfectly for weddings in all seasons and still act as neutral colours to accent with peaches, nudes, greens, purples, yellows…or whatever colour palette the brides side is wearing.

Socks and shoes: Fun designs or coloured socks have been around for a while as a way for the groom to show some personal style, but this season’s trend is to not show off his playful style, but more is stylish side with a great pair of beautifully crafted shoes.  One of the hottest looks this fall is pairing a midnight blue suit with a luxious pair or Italian leather light brown shoes.  The contrast works! If you don’t believe me, check out Ryan Gosslings attire in “Crazy Stupid Love”

Stand A Part: While is it usually tradition for the groom and his men to wear the same thing; do something slightly different to stand out at the alter! Wear a suit or tux a shade darker or a slightly larger flower or different coloured tie

To tie or not to tie: If you are going for the tie this year there are many options to choose from. While the Windsor knotted tie is still comfortable, many grooms are also leaning towards this season’s fabulous bow tie or skinny tie options.  I mean, come on, what other time in your life will you be able to wear a bow tie?  Live it up! You can also add a great pattern to your choice of tie to really make it pop.  The alternative to a funky tie: a naked neck.  For more casual weddings, many men are opting for the “no tie” look. If you do go this route, please be sure you are staying within the style of wedding you are having and be sure to ONLY unbutton the top one or two buttons at the very most!

Dress up your Boutonnieres / Buttonhole: There are other options out there aside from the mini-carnations. For men’s buttonholes, change it up and go with the style of the season.  Melanie from Lush Florals suggested using berzillia berries, clematis seed heads or anything that isn’t too fussy (or extra fragile).  My favorite boutonniere to date was just a few dahlia buds and kangaroo paw with a “hand tied” look to it.  I think a wrap of ribbon also helps to finish the boutonniere off.  Or you can make the buttonhole personal to the groom by using objects from his favourite pastime to create it. For example, Melanie from Lush Florals created fishing lure boutonnieres for an avid fisherman.

While all of these are great ideas, only chose one or two areas of focus to get creative with the groom’s attire.  Too many accessories will have the opposite effect and make the groom look unpolished.  If none of the above ideas suit your fancy; try suspenders or a colour dress shirt. Whatever you choose to do, make sure that your groom feels like himself in his wedding day attire and above all else….comfortable so you can dance the night away.

See you at our upcoming Top Wedding Shows!

14th Annual Hamilton-Halton Fall Wedding Show

September 17 & 18, 2011

The Careport Centre, Hamilton

8th Annual Niagara Autumn Wedding Show

Sunday October 2, 2011

The Holiday Inn & Suites Parkway & Conference Centre, St. Catharines


TopWeddingShows.com chats Wedding Invitations with Savvy Sendables

9 Aug

Sarah and Nikki from Savvy Sendables has taken the time to give us the latest on wedding invitations trends. Be sure to visit Sarah and  Nikki at the 8th Annual Niagara Autumn Wedding Show 2011 in booth #2!

Savvy Sendables participating in Niagara Autumn Wedding Show

Q: What is the hottest trend in invitations right now?

A: A few of the trends that we have noticed are bold colours; a favourite of our couples has been cobalt blue and turquoise.  Patterns such as paisley and damask are always in style as well as textures such as wood grain are making an appearance.  Coloured envelopes to accent the invitation are popular as well rather than the traditional white or cream.

Q: What is the proper way to list the parents of the bride and groom on the invitation?

A: Wedding planning has changed so much over the years that there are a number of things to take into consideration when deciding how to list the names of the parents.  Traditionally, if the parents of the bride are hosting the wedding you would list their names first above their daughters name i.e. “Mr. & Mrs. John Smith request the pleasure of your company…” followed by names of the grooms parents below his name i.e. “son of Mr. & Mrs. Robert Jones.”  Creative ideas and personal preference also play a role in invitation wording sometimes leaving traditional wording on the cutting room floor!

Q:  How far in advance should brides and grooms send out their invitations before the wedding?

A: Invitations should traditionally be sent out at 6-8 weeks before the wedding.  We always recommend our first meeting with the bride and groom be 4 months (or sooner!) before their wedding. We want to allow for enough time to design and assemble your perfect invitation although we’ve done it in far less time!




8th Annual Niagara Autumn Wedding Show 2011

Sunday October 2, 2011

The Holiday Inn & Suites Parkway & Conference Centre

formerly The Quality Parkway  327 Ontario Street St. Catharines, ON

TopWeddingShows.com Wedding Hair & Make-up Tips from Beauty In Motion

5 Aug
Beauty in Motion Spa will be in booth #116 at the Hamilton Fall Wedding Show

Beauty in Motion Spa will be in booth #116 at the Hamilton Fall Wedding Show

I had a chance to chat with Suzanna from Beauty in Motion Spa, a mobile full service salon that is ready and willing to beautify brides from all over southern Ontario on their Special Day.  a couple of hot beauty tips Suzanna and I chatted about.

Q: Should a bride book and pre salon visit with you to experiment with her head piece and veil? If so, what should she bring?

[Suzanna ] Absolutely, it is always best to have a trial session with an artist/stylist prior to the big event. Before the trial session the bride should begin collecting photos of hairstyles and make –up applications that she would like to see on herself. The bride should collect a minimum of 3-4 looks to choose from. The bride should also bring her veil to the trial so the stylist can experiment with different looks and creations.

 Q: What make-up products do you recommend brides use so that they look their best in pictures and in person on their wedding day, but still allows their inner beauty to shine through?

[Suzanna ] The bride should always try to stay as natural looking as possible. Brides need to remember that less really is more especially on your wedding day unless you are having a planned themed wedding event. Waterproof make-up where possible is a must.

 Q: What is the Best “Kiss Proof” Lipstick in your opinion?  What’s one of the hottest shades right now?

[Suzanna ] Right now my favourite Kiss Proof product is the “Long Wearing Lipstick” by Mac…the hottest shade right now is light purple and blush.

Beauty In Motion is a team of mobile Make Up artists and Beauty/Wellness Specialists. We are here to provide our clients with top quality services at affordable prices. We offer a full range of services to help you and your party prepare for any special event. Allow us to take care of all of your beauty needs, all you need to do is sit back and enjoy your moment.

Need a break and can’t find the time? 
Can’t find a baby sitter?

Beauty In Motion will create a spa setting in the comforts of your own home, office or business. Our spa menu offers a full range of luxurious services to choose from. Pamper yourself to one of our signature facial treatments or treat yourself to an au natural manicure and pedicure.

Be sure to visit Beauty in Motion Spa at the 14th Annual Hamilton-Halton Fall Wedding Show 2011 in booth #116

September 17th & 18th, 2011

The Careport Centre, Hamilton






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

TopWeddingShows Up Close with Lush Florals

27 Jun

Lush Floral’s word to live by: Make it luscious

iPhone or Blackberry:  Blackberry, soon to be iphone

Twitter Handle: @LushFlorals

Company Facebook Page: Lush Florals and Events

Your Overall Favourite Wedding Trend of 2011-2012:I love DIY wedding projects.  Especially the fabric and paper flowers you see popping up on wedding blogs.  They look amazing hanging for a ceremony backdrop or even pinned into the crooks of Manzanita branches for centerpieces.  I just really enjoy the organic feel DIY items have, it let’s your guests know you spent a lot of time on small details, and gives you huge bragging rights.

DIY ideas from Lush Florals

DIY ideas from Lush Florals

I recently did a photoshoot with my sister of Kings+Queens Photography and we added a lot of DIY elements to the shoot.  We focused on a retro literature theme.  So we wrapped vases with old book covers, stacked centerpieces on colourful paperbacks and created book mobiles.  One of my favorites was the paper cone table runner we created from an old architecture magazine.

Your Favourite Wedding Flower Trend of 2011-2012:  Echiveria!  I am a huge plant fanatic so when I started to see succulents showing up in bouquets I was super excited.  The silver blue grey or even purple muted hues of echiveria lend really well to vintage or rustic style bouquets.  They also add a twist to very popular all green bouquets.


Echiveria! Melanie's favourite flower

This was a wedding we did just this past Saturday with Echiveria in the bride’s bouquet. 

8)     Should a bride take her dress size and overall body size and type into consideration when choosing a type of bouquet?  If so, what type of things should she look for?

I think this should be taken into the smallest of consideration.  I think a bigger factor is what the bride wants.  If a tiny bride wants a gigantic bouquet, that is what she should get. 

9)     A Flower type or colour combination you wish brides would try more often:

I wish I could work with yellow a bit more often, in combination with any colour!  My favorite yellow flower is probably brain celosia with a close second of kangaroo paw.  They are both in this bouquet of ours that was featured on the cover of Toronto life!

Yellow is a great flower colour to combine with many different colours

Yellow is a great flower colour to combine with many different colours. photo: Boyfriend Girlfriend Photography

What type of flower would you recommend to brides on a budget?

I feel like I need to shout this from the rooftops…CARNATIONS!  Everything old is new again recently and carnations are having a huge comeback.  I don’t mean a dozen cotton candy pink carnations with baby’s breath here, it’s all in the way you use them!  My favorite is a dark eggplant purple carnation called moonvista.  Tucked lower in to bouquets in mass they take on a completely different look. Plus it is one of the few truly dark purple flowers that are available year round.

 In this bouquet moonvista carnations were used along with purple lisianthus to get the desired punch of eggplant.

carnations: perfect for a bride on a budget

carnations: perfect for a bride on a budget

 What is your favourite style/flower for a groom’s Boutonnieres / Buttonhole?

I am a big fan of berzillia berries, clematis seed heads or anything that isn’t too fussy (or extra fragile).  My favorite boutonniere to date was just a few dahlia buds and kangaroo paw with a “hand tied” look to it.  I think a wrap of ribbon also helps to finish the boutonniere off.  For an avid fisherman we did fishing lure boutonnieres, that was also a lot of fun.

Modern take on the traditional grooms Boutonnière

Modern take on the traditional grooms Boutonnière. Boyfriend Girlfriend photography. Jessica Blain Smith Photography. Kings+Queens

One Wedding Flower Trend you wish would completely stop:

Can’t really think of any trend that I want to stop.  Trends get people excited about their weddings, and heat up discussions on blogs.  I am excited to see what the next wedding trend will be and as a florist you would love to be the one to start it!

Visit Melanie and her entire team at Lush Florals at the 8th Annual Niagara Autumn Wedding Show taking place Sunday October 2, 2011 at The Quality Parkway Hotel & Convention Centre

Full show details at www.TopWedding Shows.com

Lush Florals

370 Kraft Rd

Fort Erie, ON, L2A 4M5

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