Choosing your wedding reception’s food menu is one of the best parts of wedding planning. You get to taste all the different things that caterers or your venue have to offer and set the dining plan for your wedding day. The food you serve at your reception can very easily set the tone for your entire event. For example, if you want to have a formal and more classic wedding reception, a plated, multi-course meal would be more appropriate than a buffet style meal with mini sliders and mac and cheese. Regardless of which route you choose to go, there are a few autumn-themed food items that truly embrace the season and will make your guests feel like fall is finally here.
Passed Hors D’oeuvres
Finger foods and bite-sized items are becoming more and more complex in the wedding catering world. Sweet and savory combine to make the perfect bite with ingredients like bacon and figs. These small snacks are passed around at the reception before dinnertime and are meant to give your guests a little taste of what’s to come. Some yummy fall-themed hors d’oeuvres we love include sweet potato rounds topped with sour cream, cheese and chives, mini fried apple turnovers and bacon-wrapped figs stuffed with blue cheese and pecans. Each of these items is decadent and hearty, so a mini portion is the perfect amount.
Toronto is the most populous city in Canada, home to over 2.5 million people. Hundreds of happy couples are planning their weddings at any given time during the year, and their busy lives make it tough for them to stay on top of all the little details that go into planning a wedding. Whether it’s an intimate backyard affair or a large ballroom wedding, these Toronto wedding planners make it easy to plan your dream wedding and are there to help every step of the way. We interviewed four of the most in-demand wedding planners in the Greater Toronto Area to learn about their businesses, see what they think are the hottest trends and find out what every bride needs to know when planning her wedding.
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Status Events is a full service special event production company with over 10 years of event experience servicing the corporate, social and wedding industries. We love to plan and design elegant, luxurious and timeless events. Our clients lead busy lives and have limited time but all have one thing in common – the need to produce the perfect event!
We specialize in full service event planning and design as well as day-of coordination for weddings of all sizes and styles. All of our wedding packages are customized to suit your wedding planning needs.
1. What made you want to be a wedding planner?
As I entered my fourth year of university I decided to take courses in Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship. I thought it would be neat to own my own business but I had no idea what kind of business that would be. My roommate at the time was in the same program but was taking marketing and event management courses, this piqued my interest; she was doing some really neat things! I started tagging along to some of the events she was working on and helped her out. Lo and behold I found my passion for event planning!
After university the two of us started up Status Events as a corporate event management company. Our first event was a wedding…not quite the corporate event that we were going for but we didn’t want to say no to the opportunity. After that first wedding the phone kept ringing with potential brides; we just couldn’t ignore that and I’m so glad we didn’t, I absolutely love every minute of wedding planning!
2. What is the most difficult part of wedding planning?
I currently have a love/hate relationship with Pinterest. Pinterest is absolutely wonderful for getting inspired and getting a sense of our clients’ style however, Pinterest can cause us much headache with our clients. My worst nightmare to hear from a client…”I saw this incredible picture on Pinterest, I just HAVE to have it at my wedding” followed by them showing me their cell phone adorning a picture of Kim Kardashian’s dream wedding. Pinterest can create an unrealistic expectation for today’s brides who are not in the social category of “rich and famous”. As a wedding planner it is my job to keep the couple happy and within budget while planning their dream wedding. Having to break the news that I can’t deliver their beloved Pinterest vision within their budget is definitely the most difficult part of my job!
3. What are new and emerging trends you see in weddings?
We are starting to see what some would classify as an “untraditional” wedding format become the trend. Cocktail style receptions and brunches are becoming very popular. Brunch weddings open up a whole new world of options to Brides and Grooms. In the GTA some of the most sought out wedding venues can be booked 1-2 years in advance causing engaged couples to settle on a venue that is available or extend the length of their engagement for their dream venue. Considering a brunch wedding can open up your venue options, as many venues would be able to accommodate for the brunch and still host a dinner reception.
4. What is the most common question every bride asks you and what is your answer?
“Do we have to….” There are parts of weddings that not everyone likes to take part in. “Do we have to have a cake cutting”, “Do we have to have a wedding party”, “Do we have to do the bouquet toss”. My answer is always no! You never “HAVE” to do anything that you don’t want to do. There are no traditions in today’s wedding industry, in fact the new tradition is to break all old traditions and do what makes you happy and most comfortable on your wedding day.
5. What is a common mistake every bride makes when planning her wedding by herself?
Almost every couple I speak to that didn’t use a wedding planner tells me that they went over budget on their wedding. To me that means they never had a realistic budget to begin with. Weddings are expensive; there is no doubt about it. If you have never planned a wedding before or worked in the wedding industry it is hard to know how much everything will cost and you can easily fall into a trap of overspending. It’s easy to know your overall wedding budget but breaking that down into categories for each vendor can be difficult. My rule of thumb is 50% of your overall budget will go towards food, beverage and venue costs. It’s important to keep in mind that this number should included taxes and gratuities. If you go venue hunting and find a venue that is offering a rate of $100 per person including your taxes and gratuities and you have 150 guests that is $15,000. Double that number and you have an overall wedding budget of $30,000. That is the calculation that I use for all of my clients and it has never steered me wrong. Continue reading →
Destination weddings are becoming more and more popular, with many couples choosing to keep their guest list limited in order to have their wedding in a beautiful, exotic location. It’s a great way to have your closest friends and family attend your wedding in an amazing location away from home and also throw in a little vacation for them at the same time. One of the most popular places for people to have destination weddings is Mexico. There are so many different, wonderful locations that all offer stunning views, unbeatable beaches, incredible year-round weather and amazing resorts that offer destination wedding packages to fit your every need.
Mexico is home to many fantastic locations for destination weddings, from world-famous beaches to cities steeped with culture and history. The majority of Mexican destination weddings are held on the beach or by the water and are perfect for those seeking a tropical getaway experience. However, if the city is more your scene, Mexico City is an international hub for art, food and business. Mexico is also home to ancient Mayan ruins such as Chichen Itza and Tulum, offering a peek into the rich history of the country. It is ideally located for United States-based guests, and easily accessible for guests coming from Europe and Latin America as well. Mexico is a great choice for your destination wedding, particularly if you are interested in an exotic beach wedding.
Cabo San Lucas is located at the tip of Baja California Sur, right where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean. It is one of the most popular resort towns for tourists and destination weddings, thanks to its amazing beaches, dramatic coastal views, excellent fishing and outstanding resorts and spas. Todos Santos, a small town known for its excellent surfing, is just an hour’s drive away from Cabo and is a perfect location for those wanting a Cabo wedding without the hubbub of the big resort city.
Cancun is situated in the Yucatan Peninsula, just north of the Caribbean coast resort region known as the Riviera Maya. Cancun is known for its gorgeous white sand Caribbean beaches, ancient Mayan ruins and thriving nightlife. It’s the ideal spot for destination wedding planners who want to have the perfect mix of beach, partying and culture.
Halloween is one of our favorite holidays, because who doesn’t love an excuse to get dressed up, watch scary movies and eat candy? What better way to honor this amazing holiday than by having a Halloween-themed wedding! You can keep just the cutesy aspects of Halloween, such as pumpkins, caramel apples, fall foliage and yummy treats or you can really go all out and make it a spooky festivity by including ghosts, spiders, witches and skeletons. Here are 27 ways to make your Halloween wedding truly spooktacular.
1. Invite your guests to dress up according to the theme and see how creative everyone gets! You can even give out a prize for the best dressed guest to encourage them to participate.