By far, one of the most elaborate weddings I had the privilege of being a part of this year was Pavin and Vanessa at the Scarborough Convention Centre in Ontario.
Not only were they both absolute sweethearts but they had such an incredibly loving wedding party and family- it was hard NOT to be moved by this one.
This was my first experience at the Scarborough Convention Centre and I was really impressed overall. Let me start by saying parking was free (cue all the sighs of relief for Torontonians that deal with crazy parking prices!) and secondly, this wedding had roughly 515 guests so it can accommodate a large guest list. I wouldn’t go too much over 500 guests if you want to be comfortable and be able to get a sense of the ambiance. There is a huge stage and several gorgeous chandeliers that really make the room come to life.
The staff were friendly and helpful with a few minor things I needed to have done before the reception started. The bridal suite was a fair size, but not extraordinarily large and has an adjoining balcony that leads out and overlooks the reception ballroom. The staircase from that balcony will bring you down to the floor level of the reception. The main hallway is long and is typically used for the cocktail hour and it works quite well and washrooms for the guests were very clean, big and beautiful!
Planning: AVPEvents| Venue: Scarborough Convention Centre| Flowers & Decor: Babylon Decor| Photography: Photography by Azra| Video: AM Motion|
1. Life’s a Beach
2. Sorrento (think lemons)
3. Mint to Be
4. Kate Spade
5. Enchanted Forest
6. Secret Garden Party
7. Black Tie (think Gatsby)
8. Roaring 20’s
9. Black Panther
12. Welcome Aboard
13. My Sun & Stars/Moon of My Life (Game of Thrones)
16. Shabby Chic
22. Old Century
26. Old Hollywood (Vintage Glam)
27. Rustic Modern
28. Italian Romance
30. Star Wars
31. Sail Away
32. Go Green
33. Mexican Fiesta
34. Southern Garden
35. Scottish Themed
37. Impressionist (water colors)
38. 60’s Mod Party
39. 50’s Retro
41. 70’s Disco
42. Pumpkin Patch
44. Fire & Ice
45. Winter is Coming
46. Outdoor Pool Party
47. Japanese Cherry blossom
48. Fantasy (think Unicorns)
49. Winter Wonderland
50. My Big Fat Greek Wedding (insert your culture)
It doesn’t take long after your acceptance of the proposal for you to realize there is piles of work to do! It can seem daunting but one of the wisest things you could consider doing is hiring a planner. If it’s not a full planning, day of coordination can take so much weight off your shoulders.
When you start your search for a planner here are some questions you need to be prepared to answer:
- “What is your wedding date?” Seems like it shouldn’t be a big deal if you don’t have that figured out just yet, but the reality is that planners live by schedules. So, in order for us to even know if we are available to help you- we need to know your wedding date!
- “What is your total wedding budget?” Having this discussion with your partner before you book a consultation is important. Most potential clients want to know how much planning costs, but we can’t give proper quotes for services unless we know what your max budget is.
- “How many guests do you plan to have?” This is another important question that helps planners determine their fee. To put into perspective: If you plan to have 300 guests, it’s common sense that a planner would then need an assistant. Paying an assistant will be factored into whatever quote is given.
- “Do you have a venue yet?” If you do then let us know, we have already done a wedding there and have connections we can utilize. On the flip side, if we haven’t done a wedding there, then a site visit will be necessary, so we can meet the coordinator and see the space.
- “What is your vision?” WHAT DO YOU SEE??! When you think of your wedding day, what do you envision it to be like? Rustic chic with pastels and copper accents? Modern minimalist with greenery and crisp white linens? When you know your “couple style” it makes it easier to create a “inspiration/mood” board. We need to see and feel what you do!
- “Are there any “absolutely no ways” for your wedding day?” Certain family members, colors, number of dresses…as planners coming up with ideas is part of the job, but we don’t want to come up with suggestions that are a no go on your list. So be clear about what you do not want…ever.
- “What service are you interested in?” This can be discussed at the consultation but to have a general idea is helpful for us. If you are a super busy couple, always on the go and worry about not having time- full planning might be the best option. If your wedding is a few months away and you’ve done a portion of the planning, then partial planning might work better. Day of coordination is for couples who want to undertake the planning aspects but have a planner manage the day of execution, so they can enjoy the day.
- “What do you want in a planner?” Not all planners will ask you this, but I will. Do you want someone who leaves most of the decision making up to you? Or is trusting someone to take charge and take the lead more what you want?
If you are prepared to answer these key questions, you will have a very productive first consult with your potential planner!