Wedluxe Show 2014 Recap

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wedluxeshowlogoThe 2014 Wedluxe Show this past Sunday January 5th at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel was a huge success! I’ve attended the show every year since it debuted in 2012 starting at The Ritz-Carlton Toronto. The show has improved every year and the swag just keeps getting better!

The theme this year was “Springtime in Paris” and I couldn’t miss it since Paris holds a special place in my heart! The show started at 9am and by the time I arrived at 9:30am the line-up to get in was already long! I was in so many lines during the day – line up to register, coat check, swag, café, and soda bar – but well worth it! I’m sure many brides, Mother of the Brides, Maid of Honours/Bridesmaids/Friends/Planners/wedding industry colleagues would agree that to start the bridal season off right; the Wedluxe Show is a must see and sets the bar high! The entrance was adorned with flowers and chandeliers on the ceiling and beautifully created by 5th Element Events.

The Wedluxe Pavilion housed Le Rève Gift Boutique, Le Grand Jardin, Oh La La OPI Nail Bar, and the Marché aux Fleurs presented by Jackie O Flowers. Le Grand Jardin was lined with wedding gowns by some of the best designers: Vera Wang, Christos, Kenneth Pool, Lazaro (available at Dina Alonzi Bridal), Catherine Langlois, and Modern Trousseau. Throughout the show beautiful wedding gowns were modeled and displayed by Valencienne, Pearl Bridal House, and Ines di Santo.

Ines di Santo gown

Le Rève Gift Boutique had so many goodies to choose from! I ended up with lip gloss from Beaute, stationery from Anista Designs, a USB from Phototerra, VERA WANG Lovestruck Perfumes, and William Ashley tea cups to name a few.

Le Reve Boutique sponsors
Swag bag!

Each guest picked their own bouquet at the Marché aux Fleurs and these beautiful blossoms just brightened up your day in the drab-wet-snowy weather of Toronto.

Next up, the La Vie en Rose Café presented by the Fairmont Royal York Hotel and Forget Me Not Flowers Oakville. In the center of it all was a stunning macaron Eiffel Tower created by Fairmont RYH!! Each guest was able to sample sweet and savoury items beautifully displayed in plexiglass along with a choice of tea or coffee.

Macaron Eiffel Tower by Fairmont RYH

After two hours waiting in lines for the Pavilion and Café, we finally got to enjoy the show! The show had over 120+ exhibitors ranging from bridal gowns, accessories & jewelry, invitations, transportation, entertainment, artisan bakers, floral and décor, photography, and more! It was a lot to take in and can be overwhelming for the newly engaged, but a fun experience nonetheless!

We loved the San Remo booth that incorporated Pantone’s Colour of the Year: Radiant Orchid.

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PALETTERA’s hand drawn sketch of their office is stunning!

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The artisan bakers at Fine Cakes by Zehra really outdid themselves! These cakes are works of art!

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Overall, the Wedluxe Show provides inspiration for your dream wedding. You may or may not have the budget to have it all, but you can definitely have a few items that will make your dream wedding a reality – whether it’s the dress, stationery, floral/décor, photographer, videography, entertainment, or a showstopper wedding cake! Happy wedding season!

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xoxo-m

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New Year, New Engagements!

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HNY

2014 has finally arrived! I’m super excited for things to come this year, well because… I’M FINALLY GETTING MARRIED!!! I can’t believe how fast time really flies! The holidays brings the family together and also the most engagements from Christmas to Valentine’s Day.

Let’s not forget some of my favourite recently engaged celebs of 2013:

Source: Us Magazine

Little baby North West holds Kim Kardashian’s 15-carat flawless diamond engagement ring created by Lorraine Schwartz and demonstrates just how BIG it really is!

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Source: KimKardashian/Instagram

NOW, to the newly engaged for 2014 (thus far):

Did you recently get engaged? We would love to hear from you! Comment below and we’ll post your engagement story & photo on our blog! Wishing you all a wonderful year ahead with lots of love, laughs, travel, and planning!

We just love this video Johannes posted on Instagram:

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Planning with a Budget

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With any big purchase, a budget has to be set and research has to be done. Whether you’re buying a new car, a house or condo, planning an epic vacation, or planning your wedding – you set a budget for how much you want to spend. If you’re multi-millionaires, a budget may not be in place, but you still want the most value for your dollar. There’s a misconception that wedding planners, stylists and designers will steer you to the more expensive option outside of your budget to gain more profit, but that’s not true. In the digital age, wedding magazines, blogs, and “Dream Wedding” boards on Pinterest can steer us in the wrong direction and create unrealistic budgets. My job as your wedding planner is to be realistic and set you on a path that does not leave you in debt. The meaning of budget also means to include everything – not just food and beverage. It includes your wedding bands; wedding dress, shoes and other accessories; gifts for bridesmaids/groomsmen; DJ/band; photographer and/or videographer; baker, invitations and so on.

Credit Card Insider created this beautiful infographic with tips to help you plan your wedding and how to allocate your budget:

Financial Advice For Wedding Planning from Credit Card Insider

Try out this Wedding Budget Calculator to get you started on your wedding planning:

Wedding Budget Calculator from Credit Card Insider

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Falling in Love: Engagement Shoot

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We finally get to share our amazing engagement photos captured by a talented photographer and new friend, Leon Chai (Leon Chai Photography). My fiancé and I had a lot of fun doing this shoot during one of my favourite seasons – fall! We kept debating whether or not to do an engagement session since we weren’t having a big wedding and planning to do a destination wedding in 2014. However, I highly recommend spending the money for an engagement session with you and your future hubby/wifey. It’s a great time to reconnect with your partner and step back from all the planning to have some fun. Since Matthew & I both love to shoot with our massive camera equipment – whether we’re traveling or capturing beautiful moments – it’s rare to see us in-front of the camera for once. We can’t wait to share our beautiful wedding photos next year! Enjoy!

More photos on Leon’s Blog: Maria & Matthew – A Beautiful Fall Afternoon

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