Tips on Tipping Your Wedding Vendors

Whom to tip and how much seems to be one of the most confusing areas of wedding planning for couples. Without further adieu, here is the skinny on gratuities from the queen of etiquette, Peggy Post (Emily Post’s great-grand daughter-in-law). In short, professionals are only tipped for extraordinary service. Business owners (ie videographer, florist, photographer, […]

Do You Really Need Champagne for a Toast?

There’s one question I hear over and over from couples – do they really have to serve champagne for the toast at the wedding reception? Short answer…no. Nowhere is it decreed that ‘thou shalt serve bubbly at thy wedding’. Seriously, you don’t need to fork out extra money for champagne (the real stuff from Champagne, […]

Unplugged Wedding Ceremony – Yay or Nay?

The ceremony -one of the most emotional moments in your life as you pledge your commitment to your beloved before your closest family and friends. As you look out to the gathering of your nearest and dearest, you’re overcome…by a sea of iPhones, iPads and digital cameras. No one is paying attention as they’re all […]

Cocktail Friday – Rosemary Peach Maple Leaf Cocktail

Happy Friday all! Today we’re toasting the weekend with a Rosemary Peach Maple Leaf Cocktail, a divine creation by Alanna over at The Bojon Gourmet, a fabulous blog for anyone who is a foodie and appreciates gorgeous food photos and styling. She’s sharing her Rosemary Peach Maple Leaf Cocktail, which uses the smokiness of rye […]

How To Tie a Bow Tie

So the boys are sporting bow ties for the wedding. Tres chic. Only problem is, no one knows how to tie one on (well, not in the literal sense) and those clip on kind are only for the kiddos or the guys with pocket protectors. Check out this video from The Gentleman’s GazetteĀ on how to […]

130 Ways to Slay Wedding Overwhelm

Wedding planning – up there with root canals and Nickelback concerts on the “Things No One Enjoys” chart. Everyone thinks you should be having a fabbo time as a blushing bride planning the LIFE! All those dresses to say yes to! All those flowers and cakes and linens and photographers…and contracts and meal choices […]

Cocktail Friday – Red Wagon

This little sippy is a nicely balanced concoction of sweet and sour. Refreshing and beautifully coloured, it makes for a memorable signature cocktail. Creme de cassis comes from black currants (reminiscent of the notes of Cabernet Sauvignon) and the very best of this liquer comes from the Dijon region of France. Mais oui, c’est bon! […]

5 Days, $5K* – Free Tips to Save Big Bucks !

So, you’re planning your wedding. How’s that going? Suffering from a bit of sticker shock, I’m sure. It’s normal as hey! how many times have you thrown an all-day party for a ton of people? There’s a gazillion details to a wedding and every one of them has a hefty price tag, it seems. Not […]

Cocktail Friday – Lollipop Tonic

One of my clients is famous for always having a lollipop popped in her mouth. Thinking about what would be a great signature cocktail for her beach wedding, I thought about using lollipops as stir sticks in a gin and tonic. The sugary sweetness is a nice contrast to the tartness of the gin and […]

5 Wedding Budget Blunders (and How to Avoid Them)

Let’s be real – planning a wedding is stressful but paying for a wedding cranks it up to 11. After all, how often are any of us throwing an all-day shindig for 100 or so of our nearest and dearest? It’s new territory so unfortunately, you are likely to stumble along the way if you […]