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Malaparte – Domestic Destination Wedding Tour

Ahh, The Six… The Big Smoke… or more commonly known as Toronto.  It’s Canada’s city of lights and home to some of our countries best wedding venues.

I like to travel to Toronto once a year to explore and get inspiration.  A couple months ago when I travelled there, I reached out to one of my favorite wedding venues Malaparte for a tour.

I’m a firm believer that you don’t get what you don’t ask for, so I wrote a thoughtful email to the staff at Malaparte, clicked “send,” and waited for a response.  Within 24 hours their venue coordinator April had emailed me back inviting me to see the venue.

Malaparte is perfect for Canadians looking to host a domestic destination wedding.  Say you grew up at opposite ends of the country from your fiancé, but met them at University.  Why not meet in the middle (Toronto) for your wedding?

The Toronto Pearson Airport is the easiest airport in the country to fly to, with direct flights from most airports in the country.  The day of my tour I took the red-eye from Winnipeg to Toronto and landed at 8:00 AM.  Like most major cities, the airport is no where near city center.  However, you can easily jump on the Union Pearson Express (UP Express) and get to downtown Toronto in 25 minutes.  Once you arrive in Union Station you’re either a quick walk, cab or subway ride away from any downtown hotel.

On most trips to Toronto I either stay at the Royal York (rights across the street from Union Station) or the Delta (attached by the skywalk to Union Station).  After checking into the Delta early (9:00 AM…unheard of right!) I freshened up and walked the four blocks to Malaparte.

Malaparte is located in the famous TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) Lightbox building on King Street West.  Needless to say, it’s a pretty cool building and a great way to wow guests as they arrive.

April their venue coordinator was amazing and greeted me with their inhouse chocolate fudge (Yum!) and venue package.  As we walked around she told me some amazing stories about Malaparte.  A year prior, they had a couple from opposite ends of the world that hosted their wedding there. They flew in guests from all over the world.

On my tour I got to see the rooftop terrace and dinning room.  The rooftop terrace is the main selling factor of the venue.  It includes a tent for a wedding ceremony and grand steps for a cocktail hour.  Very little décor would need to be brought in as the venue and skyline truly speaks for itself.

As we continued our tour we walked from the terrace to the formal dining room.  Let’s just say that it’s a jaw dropping space.  The ceiling was my favorite part of the room.  It’s white, textured and slightly angled starting from the bar.  If clean and simple is your look, then this is the venue for you!

A domestic destination wedding is a new concept for a lot of people.  So why not try something new and get married in Toronto at Malaparte!

 

 

 

Janelle and Riley’s Club Regent Event Center Wedding

Janelle and Riley’s Club Regent Event Center Wedding

As a wedding planner I’m constantly surrounded by love and beautiful relationships.  Janelle and Riley’s love however, is the kind of love that could bring a tear to anyone’s eye.  With every look and touch they shared on the wedding day it was apparent how much they loved each other.

Janelle first contacted me about planning her wedding in May 2017.  She had an elegant meets modern vision for the wedding design.  The bridesmaids wore beautiful floor length light pink gowns, and the guys wore sharp blue suits.  To give the venue a modern twist, she used floating candles in glass vases on guest tables and added a “LOVE” marquee sign in front of the head table.

Janelle and Riley chose the Club Regent Event Center for the wedding reception.  I was completely giddy with excitement when Janelle told me, as I had never worked there before!  As a wedding planner it’s always fun to explore new wedding venues.  Their staff was amazing to work with!  They perfectly mixed professionalism and humor.  I don’t think I’ve laughed more at a wedding!

Both myself and my lead coordinator Lisa were incredible proud of how everything came together on Janelle and Riley’s wedding day.  We wish them nothing but the best in married life!

VENDORS

Charmaine Mallari Photography | Alexandra Lillian Weddings and Events | Club Regent Event Center | H & M | Fauna and Fern | Colour Me Artistry | Taylor Neufeld |

Stephanie Anne Cakes

 

 

Melanie and Marc’s – Country Wedding

Melanie and Marc’s Country Wedding

Melanie and I have been friends now for a couple of years.  We were first introduced at a friend’s house and hit it off.  Fast forward a few parties and 6:00 AM bootcamp classes later, and she asked me to be her wedding planner.

Little tid bit; I seem to be their family wedding planner. My first wedding EVER was Marc’s brother Colin’s wedding at the Forks, and in 2017 I did Melanie’s brother Justin’s country wedding.

Melanie created the perfect evening for her guests.  She incorporated her favorite colour dusty blue into almost every detail.  It was used in her bouquet (the largest bouquet I have seen all wedding season!), bridesmaid dresses, floral arrangements, and napkins.  For the comfort of her guests, she even preemptively rented air coolers for the tent.

Manitoba summers are normally pretty warm in temperature.  But my oh my, the weather gods saved their hottest day of the summer for this wedding.  You would never guess it from their cool composure.  But this amazing couple got married in +40 weather!

One of my favorite details about the wedding was it’s location.  Melanie and Marc decided to get married just outside of La Salle, MB on the same property where Melanie grew up.  In La Salle you get country vibes but close proximity to Winnipeg.  It was the perfect spot for them to tie the knot!

Melanie and Marc, thank you so much for including me in your wedding day! <3

VENDORS

Alexandra Lillian Weddings and Events | Reanne Berrard Photography | Beyond Flowers | Eph Apparel | Norwood Tent | Pioneer Catering | Jordy Rempel | Crystal Sound

What to Wear to a Wedding

At a clients one month out meeting, the bride expressed how a couple of her wedding guests had reached out to her unsure of what was appropriate to wear for her formal or black-tie optional wedding.  I thought that if a couple of people are curious on what to wear, so would others. With that in mind, I decided to write this blog post on what to wear to a wedding. In this post I will outline for women, what to wear to a black-tie and formal, semiformal, and casual wedding.

Before we dive into what to wear, I thought a good place to start would be with what NOT to wear.  I’ll try to be nicer about this than Stacey London and Clinton Kelly from the TLC show.

Never ever wear white, unless your directed to on the invitation.  Sure in 2018 we are generally more flexible on wedding attire. But wearing white is still a major faux paux.  Unless you want evil looks from a bride, I would highly suggest hanging up your white dress and saving it for another event.

Formal and Black-tie optional

A couple weeks ago a friend of mine introduced me to the company “Name of Love.” They are a mail order bridesmaid dress company based out of New York. The styles are so classic that you can wear them even as a wedding guest. Something special about the company is that they have a local connection. One of the founders is originally from Winnipeg (woop woop). They have a ton of elegant, minimalist dresses that fit a formal and black-tie optional dress code.  Here are a few of my favorites:

Planner tip: When purchasing a dress look for an investment piece, one which you can wear for years to come.  Ensure it’s a timeless piece, purchase the dress in black, navy, or burgundy.

 

Semi-Formal

The main difference between formal and semi-formal, is that with semi=formal you can play around with colour a bit more.  A dramatic red or sweet blush pink are perfect options.

Keep the length a bit more conservative.  Definitely do NOT wear a mini dress. Save that for the after party. ;).

 

Casual

For a casual wedding play around with some fun floral prints, stripes and colour.  This will be the typical attire for a country wedding.

Luxurious New Years Eve Wedding

When Savanna first contacted me about wedding planning, something clicked!  I knew we would be a great fit working together on her new years eve wedding.  This was my first new years eve wedding, and let me tell you, it was a BLAST to ring in the new year with Savanna and Nick’s friends and family!

In the months leading up to her wedding, Savanna and I met a couple of times to talk about logistics and design.  She had a very luxurious vision for her wedding day, incorporating crisp white, gold and black. One way she incorporated white was in her stunning bouquet by Couture Florals.  How stunning does it look in the picture below?!

At our first meeting Savanna mentioned one of her top priorities was to create the perfect atmosphere for guests.  Let me put it this way, Savanna definitely succeeded in that! During the wedding ceremony and reception everywhere I looked people were smiling and enjoying themselves.  

 

One question I always get asked is “what makes a wedding great?”  The honest answer is the people. I have the privilege to work with some incredible couples that have an amazing group of friends and family.  For example, Savanna’s bridesmaids were incredibly kind and welcoming on the wedding day.

Are you planning a winter wedding?

I would love to assist you plan a magical wedding day like Savanna and Nicks!  Contact me at alex@alweddingswinnipeg.com to arrange a complimentary initial meeting.

CLICK HERE TO SEE SAVANNA AND NICKS WEDDING VIDEO!

Vendors: Alexandra Lillian Weddings and Events, Couture Florals, Niakwa Country Club, Jess Stephens Photography

5 Advantages of Planning a Summer Wedding

5 Advantages of Planning a Summer Wedding

 

  1. The Colours:


    Fun and fresh is how I would describe summer wedding colours.  Summer gives you ample freedom to play around with different colour combos to wow your guests.  

    These colours can be used in your decor, attire, and flowers.  Don’t be afraid to play around with unique and contrasting linens.  One of my brides last year used two different colours of linen for the guest tables.  Similar to your linens, play around with fun funky colours for your bridesmaid dresses.  Different tones of blue, red and pink always look great!  

    For your flowers there’s so many colours and textures you can play around with.  An extra added bonus is that a wide range of flower styles are more easily accessible in the summer than the winter.

     

  2. Outdoor Ceremonies:


    Many venues offer both indoor and outdoor ceremony locations.  From May to September I suggest taking full advantage of the outdoor ceremony spots at your venue.  

    Warning!  Manitoba summers for the most part are warm and sunny.  But I always tell clients to always have a backup ceremony location incase it rains.  Wedding photos in the rain are beautiful, but your guests may not be prepared or ready for the weather.

    Ensure everyone enjoys your wedding day and have a backup location ready.


    Photo by: Moore Photography

     

  3. Tent Weddings:


    Where my country girls at!  Tent weddings are perfect if you or a family member owns property outside the city.  The wonderful thing about tent weddings is that there are many different sizes and styles of tents you can rent.  

    Be warned, there are extra elements to think of when planning a tent wedding.  But don’t worry, a wedding planner will be able to walk you through these elements and make planning your wedding a breeze.


    Photo by: Luxe Images by Jill

     

  4. Photos:


    The world is your oyster during the summer for wedding photos.  Work with your photographer to brainstorm unique photo spots that reflect you and your fiance’s personalities.  Ex. if you grew-up going to the cabin, take some photos at the lake or near water.  

     

  5. Entertaining guests:


    Every couple wants their guests to enjoy their wedding day!  Depending on your wedding day timeline, guests might have a longer amount of time to kill between the ceremony and reception.  During the summer it’s warm enough for guests to enjoy time outside.  Lawn games are the perfect way to entertain your guests outside.

    Large versions of classic games like tic-tac-toe or Jenga are great ideas!  Also, don’t forget about everyone’s lawn game favorites like; croquet, bocce, ladder ball, and cornhole.
    Photo by: Sugar and Soul Photography

PLANNING A SUMMER WEDDING?  We are now booking summer 2019 and 2020 weddings!
CONTACT Alex at alex@alweddingswinnipeg.com to arrange a complimentary initial meeting.

Want to be inspired for your summer wedding?  CLICK HERE!

Top 5 To-Dos, Before the I-Dos

Congratulations to all the beauties out there that just got engaged!  This is an exciting and special moment in your lives, make sure to take a step back and let it all soak in.  To keep this time as stress free as possible, here is a list of my top 5 to-dos, before the I-dos.  Follow these to-dos, and you will be well on your way to a relaxed wedding planning experience.

 

Budget

Budgeting can be tough, especially with so many ideas, pressures and opinions on what your wedding day should be.  Any experienced wedding planner will sit down with you before jumping in head first and create a detailed budget.  This will allow for your planner to refer vendors, venues and designs that are within your budget and avoid potential disappointment later on.  Everyone deserves the wedding day of their dreams, but let’s make sure you don’t go broke in the process.

Choose Your Venue

There are venues out there to fit any style and budget.  The one tricky thing with venues is that popular and trendy ones book up far in advance.  Create a list of both your top three venues and top three wedding dates.  This way you have some flexibility and a backup plan if your first choice is already booked.

PRO TIP: There are dozens of hidden gem venues that fly under the radar which can be both more affordable and flexible than the trendy venues of the moment. I recently had a friend tie the knot in a relatively unknown campground near Winnipeg and the pictures looked just as incredible as venues triple the price and the bride and groom could have their wedding on a prime weekend.
Hire a Wedding Planner

Hiring a planner early in the wedding planning process will take a lot of stress off your shoulders, keep the process organized and save you money in the long run.  As a wedding planner, three services I offer are full wedding planning, month of wedding coordination, and consultations.  Each services fits a certain client’s needs and budget.  For example, full wedding planning clients can expect;

  • Monthly wedding consultations;
  • Creation of a budget breakdown;
  • Wedding design and inspiration;
  • Vendor management;
  • Creation of a day-of wedding timeline;
  • Confirmation and coordination of details and logistics with vendors, ceremony speakers and other service providers;
  • Collection of small décor for the wedding; and
  • Coordination of your wedding rehearsal, ceremony and reception.

As a planner I have worked with a wide range of wedding vendors in the province and would be able to suggest venues, florists, bakeries, officiants, etc. to fit your budget and vision. When you work with an experienced planner, you can be rest assured that you are working with professional, pre-screened vendors who are reliable and affordable (never mind that some vendors often throw in little extras for a bride and groom when the booking is made through a planner they have worked with before).

Hire a Wedding Photographer

There is a wedding photographer out there to meet every style and personality.  Similar to wedding venues, great photographers book up far in advance.  This is why hiring a photographer is one of my top five to-dos before the I-dos.  Feeling stressed about how to pose and position yourself?  A great photographer will make you and your fiancé feel at ease and gently guide your through the photo process.

PRO TIP: In the past 4-5 years, many couples have began prioritizing wedding videos before wedding photos. While each come with their advantages and disadvantages, be warned that high quality videographers are far fewer in numbers than photographers and should ABSOLUTELY be booked early to avoid disappointment. While some photographers may claim to also be able to shoot video simultaneously, I highly recommend that you have a separate vendor for each service (I have unfortunately seen the results of a photographer trying to do both and neither product ended up being as good as it could be).
Choose your Bridal Party

Which best pals will you choose to have stand by your side on the wedding day?  Ignore the politics and pressure, think of who you are closest and trust most.  For some this is an easy decision, but for others can be difficult. If you are part of the latter group, don’t fret – not everyone has a rock solid group who are the automatic choice.  Regardless of your decision, everyone in your life will be happy and supportive on your wedding day.

Pro Tip: Wedding parties come in all numbers. I have seen as low as three and as many as seven. Also don’t forget your partners situation and their desires in filling out their roster.

 

Congratulations again on your recent engagement.  Happy planning!

 

Photography by Aimee De La Lande Photography

 

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