How to Hire the Right Photographer

ImageChoosing the right photographer for your wedding is a very important decision you will make when planning your wedding. You want to make sure that you have beautiful photographs to cherish forever.

Here are some of my tips on hiring the right photographer for your wedding:

–       Sourcing- Social Media and the Internet have made it very easy to locate different photographers in your area, check out a number of photographer’s websites and reviews online before choosing your prospective list of ones to contact. After you have chosen your prospective list give these companies a call and set up a meeting with them, in order to find out the rest. You may need to go to a few consultations with a number of different companies until you find your best fit.

– Experience- make sure that this photographer has photographed previous weddings.

– Make sure the company explains to you who they will be sending in for your wedding, often time, they send in a different person then you originally had spoken to.

Personality- Make sure your personality and the photographer’s personality “clicks”, you want to make sure that you feel comfortable around this person, and your bridal party will as well.  If you don’t then it may cause “awkward” smiles or postures in the photographs and you don’t want that.

-Communication- Make sure what they are offering you, you actually understand it. Whether it is a full package, or  a-la-carte options, so you won’t be surprised at the end when you didn’t get something you thought you would. Make sure you understand the contract being signed, have somebody look it over or have them explain it to you thoroughly. You also want to find out about their deposits and payment procedures, as well as cancellation policy, and their policy on a photographer no-show. You also want to make sure you go over the important photographs that you want taken, and their timeline and schedule for the day.

–       Price- Make sure you ask and understand what goes into the price for the package you are interested in. Ask for a detailed price structure, including prints, exposures, and so forth. You will get higher priced photographers that have been around longer, and have more experience. If you are looking to go with someone a little cheaper, yet experienced, then you would go with a smaller named photographer. The only difference between the two is the “status”.

–       Bundles- If you are looking for a videographer for your wedding try sourcing out photographers that have packaged deals for video and photography.  A lot of companies offer these packages and it will allow you to save money, if you booked everything separately.

Until Next Time!



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We are very excited to be a vendor at this year’s frugal girl’s Bridal Show on Feb 10th. The bridal show is at Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport Location between 11am-5pm, it is a FREE event for all brides. Click the link for more information. We look forward in seeing you all there and don’t forget to stop by our booth for a valentine’s day treat 🙂



Tips On Finding The Perfect Bridesmaid Dress

Choosing the right dress for your bridesmaids might be just as hard as finding the perfect gown for you. You want to make sure you find the perfect dress so no stress is put on your bridesmaids; you also want to make sure that everybody looks good and feels comfortable wearing the dress. Here are some tips for finding the perfect bridesmaid dress:
1.Remain a best friend- The worst thing that you could possibly do is ask your best friends to be a part of your big day and then turn them into fashion victims. Do not choose a dress that is hideous and nobody would wear just so you will stand out and look better, and don’t choose colours or dresses that will make your bridesmaids look heavy or non-attractive.
2.Choose the right style- You want to make sure the bridesmaid dresses complement your wedding gown, so take your time when you are choosing the right ones. Find a feel that is similar to your wedding gown but doesn’t look similar, you want to make sure that you do stand out.
3.Small, Medium, Large- You have to keep in mind that one size DOESN’T fit all, find a style that flatters all types of sizes and body shapes. You don’t want anyone feeling uncomfortable wearing a dress that looks like its a size smaller for them. Keep in mind: A-line dresses and empire waists look good on most body types.
4.Colour- Choose colours that you think will look good on your bridesmaids, keep in mind their skin tones and hair colours. Fairer complexion ladies will look good in pastel hues, however, darker complexions will not.
5.Re-use: You want to make sure you find the perfect bridesmaid dress that your friends can wear again, nothing is worse than spending money on a hideous dress that you wouldn’t be caught in again.
6.Money is a thing: Remember when you are searching for a bridesmaid dress to take into consideration everybody’s budgets. Sometimes people can’t afford to spend $500.00 on a dress. Make sure you discuss with your bridesmaids what they feel comfortable spending, unless you would like to cover the cost of their dresses.
7.Take them along: Invite a few bridesmaids or just your maid of honour to go bridesmaid shopping with you, and extra opinion will be very helpful. Try not to invite everyone at once as it will become more stressful and harder to make a decision. Why not search for dresses that you favour prior, and send out some pictures to your bridesmaids to gain their opinions.
8.Help!!!: Don’t try to control the whole thing yourself and turn into a bridezilla. Ask your maid of honour to help you be in charge of organizing this purchase. Have her get everybody’s opinions and write it all down on a list, incorporating sizes and colours that will flatter each girl.

Make sure through this whole process you are remaining calm and having fun. After all these are your best friends and you choose them to be a part of your day for a reason.

I originally posted this article on in April 2012. I wanted to share it with the brides, because I think it is very informative.

Until Next Time!

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Colourful Wedding Gowns.. Which Colour Will You Choose?

ImageImageThere is a very big trend for coloured wedding gowns this 2013 wedding season.  Real-life brides along with celebrities are all joining in on the trend. Vera Wang’s Spring 2013 Wedding Dress collection has some beautiful wedding gowns in many different colours. Red and Brown seem to be very popular in her collection. This trend is meant for the daring bride that wants to stand out and be different. 

Did you know: The tradition of wearing a white wedding dress all started because of the white dress Queen Victoria wore in 1840? Brides wanted to look exactly like her. Before the trend that she started, brides were seen wearing black and dark grey wedding dresses. Isn’t it funny how history has a way of repeating itself but in different forms?


Would you wear a colourful wedding dress on your wedding day? If so, what colour would your bridal party wear?

The importance of lighting

The one thing a lot of people tend to not pay  attention to in the planning of their wedding is the lighting. Lighting is one very important aspect that sets the tone and mood for your venue, if it is done right, it can make your $30,000 wedding look like it is $100,000. Here are some tips on planning your lighting.

Contact a professional: You want to make sure that you contact the right person for this job, ask other brides what company they used, or ask your venue on what vendors they can recommend. You want to ask to see pictures of previous events that they have done to see the lighting arrangements they can create.  Do your research! You want to make sure that this person knows exactly what they are doing, as lighting is a very important aspect.

After you find your professional you must…

Assess the Venue: As most receptions are held during the evening, paying visits to the venue in the evening will help you get a feel of what tone and mood you would like to have made with the lighting. Take a walk around the room; bring a friend or a family member that has a keen eye for detail as well as your professional of course, as you want to look for the spots that need to be focused on the most. Ask your coordinator at the reception if any service doors will be kept open, or if the pot lights will be dimmed, or if there is any florescent lighting as this could take away your lighting and ruin your effect.  Remember: too little, will make the room seem dark and your guests will have a hard time seeing, and too much can flood the space and look less appealing.  You also want to make sure you are not drawing attention away from the centre of the room, where your head table will be, you want to make sure everyone can notice the tables, the dance floor, each other, and of course your head table.

Use Colour: Think outside the box, sometimes people are not as brave when it comes to adding colour into their lighting, but this is a must and there are plenty of advantages in doing so.  Different colours set different tones and moods, so you want to make sure you pick the right one for the mood you are trying to create. You also want to make sure you have different lighting for different parts of the night, during dinner soft lighting is suitable, as it portrays the atmosphere of candlelight, after dinner for the duration of the night that is where you start to get bold and daring, you can even be very dramatic with your lighting as well. When transitioning between different colours make sure you are doing ones that won’t hurt the eye, a tip is to find colours that go together, take a look on a colour wheel. You want to make sure that the transition between the colours flow.

Outdoor Venues: Lighting for an outdoor wedding is an ultimate must, as it serves a lot of purposes. If your site has a walkway or stairs, you will need to enhance these features with lighting to ensure nobody trips and gets hurt. Outdoor weddings can be a lot of fun when you are incorporating light, as you don’t need to use the typical equipment you would use in an indoor wedding; you can use more dramatic pieces that can also serve as wonderful decorative items as well.

Spending time working with your lighting designer is a very crucial part to your wedding, and it also will be one that is worth-while, although, lighting can be costly, it can also eliminate other expenses in the decoration and floral budget as lighting can create more benefits to the room then most decorative and floral pieces can.

Until Next time!




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Your Personal Fairy God Mother


I originally posted this article on, when I was blogging for them, however, I felt is was necessary to re-post it as brides are always asking ‘ Why Should I Hire A Wedding Planner?’ In this article I explain the benefits of hiring a wedding planner/coordinator so brides can be aware of them.

So you just got engaged, a million thoughts are running through your mind and the thought of it all is starting to stress you out a little, not only that you have your family members adding to your stress with question after question about the planning of your wedding.   You are not sure of where to even begin with all the planning, nor do you have that much time to devote to it. That is where a wedding planner/coordinator comes in.

I truly believe, a wedding planner/coordinator is the bride’s personal fairy godmother and after reading this blog, I’m pretty sure you will too.  The average wedding takes about 250 hours to plan, now throw in your full-time job, your extra-curricular activities, your own personal time, and sleep of course – what are you left with? Stress!  Hiring a wedding planner/coordinator is probably the best decision a bride could make, not only does it save the newly engaged couple time to go about doing their daily activities, but it also helps relieve a lot of stress and with relieving stress, comes eliminating a lot of arguments that may have started between you and your groom, or family members, not saying that the normal quarrels might not happen during the wedding process, but majority of them are eliminated.

When hiring a wedding planner/coordinator you are not only saving yourself the stress and anxiety you are also saving a lot of money – yes, I said it MONEY! Wedding planners have a lot of connections in the industry with qualified vendors and venues, where they offer them certain discounts that you are able to use, not only that, wedding planner/coordinators are very skilled in negotiating so they are always trying to get you the best deal for your money.  Budget Management is one of their strong suits as well, so they will make sure your money is being spent right and you are never going over your budget or spending money in the wrong places.

Majority of Brides have been dreaming about their wedding day, since they were little girls, collecting pictures, visioning what their special day will look like, a wedding planner/coordinator will work for you to make sure that all these dreams are met, and surpassed. They will plan your wedding as to how you want it planned not how they want it planned.

Now, we all know sometimes even during the greatest day of our life emergencies or crisis tend to happen. But, fear no more, your wedding planner/coordinator can take care of them; they are trained in handling any type of emergency and making sure that everything gets taken care of immediately.

Wedding planner/coordinators also create detailed schedules and itineraries for your wedding allowing you not to worry about orchestrating your rehearsal, or ceremony. Your wedding planner/Coordinator will make sure your bridal party and parents are properly lined up and standing in the right places. They can orchestrate the whole wedding from rehearsal right through to the end of the reception and make sure that everything goes as planned.

But, the number one reason as to why people should hire a wedding planner/coordinator is to reduce stress and put the fun back into planning a wedding, more often enough brides forget to enjoy the days leading up to their wedding and have fun because they are so stressed out from planning. Wedding planners/coordinators allow you to throw the fun back into it, and sit back, sip champagne, choose colour swatches, and taste cake.

In the past a wedding planner/coordinator was known to be more of a luxury, today it is more of a necessity to ensure that your wedding is planned smoothly and you are having fun throughout the whole process.

If that doesn’t seem like a bride’s personal fairy godmother-then I don’t know what does.





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