Jenn + Andy's Vibrant Fall Wedding

Have you ever gone to a party where you weren’t officially invited as a guest but you tagged along but somehow you felt right at home? Well this is exactly how it felt at Jenn and Andy’s wedding! Everyone else was of course invited as a guest and I was just there as a vendor but the entire night was just so fun and their guests were also equally fun! From the second I met these two, I felt the chemistry not only between them but the love just filled the room they walked into. What can I say? I fell for them. No in all seriousness, this wedding was just a dream to be apart of!

The wedding theme definitely played off the natural elements of the room - accents of gold and warm mauves and reds (also in the stage drapery), vintage feel like a modern spin. The florals included lots of trailing greenery and bud vases to maximize table space while giving the room an intimate and fun feeling. Their adorable pups was of course there to join them in the processional - absolutely the cutest! One of my favourite moments of the day was keeping the special performance secret from the couple themselves! They had a song by Wax Mannequin (don’t worry I hadn't heard of him either) as their processional… and he came out and actually performed that song live! On top of that, he stayed for dinner just ‘cause… amazing!

Thank you to this lovely couple that make this process so fun! The love between all your guests and between both of you is infectious. Wishing you all the best!

xo

Venue: The Great Hall

Planner/Coordinator: Bisous Events

Photographer: Kayla Rocca

Florals: Hunt & Gather

Colourful Boho Wedding - Sneak Peeks C+H

The day after I got married, I got a call for wedding planning for the exact venue I got married in. I was actually on a mini-honeymoon but they sounded really cool so I was excited! Before we even had the chance to meet, Chelsey and Holden booked me while being at home in Nunavut. When I finally got to meet them in person, they wore clothes as if they were going hiking... and I realized these two were not only in love but an adventurous pair. The bride mentioned since the wedding was going to land on Cinco de Mayo, perhaps a colourful wedding would be fun but changed her mind to appease the idea of a typical formal wedding colour palette of blush, gold, ivory... but after meeting them, I knew a colourful, whimsical wedding would be perfect for them! I went ahead and put together a colourful mood board for them anyway and they loved it! 

This wedding was just so much fun to plan - all the colours, traditional Jewish components, the band, the inflatable duck (although this did cause me a little bit of stress seeing the bride so high up in the air with heels on)! 

Thank you so much to this couple for being beyond trusting of me to be able to do what I do best! 

 Planning + styling: Bisous Events

 

Photo: Danijela Weddings

Venue: The Great Hall

What is "Coordination?"

Congratulations on all your hard work on your wedding so far.. hopefully your fiance and friends have been helping out! Now it's time to consider a coordinator... well don't get confused between your venue coordinator that runs the staff at the venue and a wedding coordinator that deals with everything else (outside vendors, styling, flow of the day, etc.). After being asked this endless times, I think it's time to clarify exactly what is coordination! Some planners refer to this service as day-of or month-of coordination and amongst each planner, this service does have many variances. At Bisous Events, although this is our smallest wedding package, we do not take it lightly. We have just the one time to ensure your day runs smoothly so there are many details required in order to make this dream day happen!

Photo by Rhythm Photography

Photo by Rhythm Photography

What is included in "coordination":

Of course, every wedding is unique with its guest count, location, design, DIY elements, season and personal touches but here is just some of what is included in coordination when it comes to us:

  • 2 face-to-face, skype and/or phone meetings to finalize all the details (we have plenty of international clients)
  • site visit/wedding rehearsal
  • 10 hours coordination on the day-of (unless requested by the client for additional hours): We usually arrive at noon and wrap up at 10pm when all the speeches, dinner and games/tosses have been done and it's just time to dance!
  • floor plan: We will work with you to go over how you'd like to make the room look and where to put flowers, decor, pictures, tables, dance floor, etc.
  • customized itinerary: when does everything happen? who are the important people in terms of vendors, friends and family? is there enough time for all the elements and does it have a natural flow? Awkward pauses and moving crowds of people are kept to a minimum to keep your wedding flowing along!
  • set-up details: what goes where? is there anything missing?
  • cutting out those traditions that you aren't fond of and allowing you to have more time to enjoy with your guests!
  • connecting vendors: Your A/V company will want to make sure the band/DJ has everything they need, the videographer will want to connect with the photographer if they've never worked together, the venue will want to know when the furniture are arriving so leave it to is to finalize those critical items and making sure everyone is on the same page.
  • set-up: we make sure your vendors are set up, deliveries are made on time, everything looks beautiful and guests are where they need to be
  • clean-up: especially when it comes to the money box, we'll make sure your personal items are packed/locked away before we leave for the evening. All pick-up from other vendors will be smooth. (Again, some couples choose to hire us all the way until lights are turned back on.)
  • less stress, more fun: any way we can expedite or alleviate stress, we try! The final itinerary and floor plan are usually sent out to all vendors and the VIPs (family and friends) a week in advance so they can ask any final questions, make minor adjustments and know the flow of the day.
  • wedding kit: we bring out handy dandy kit with a plethora of goodies including bandaids, hair spray, tape, lights, mints, etc.
  • problem solving all the issues that may arise! Nothing can beat peace of mind.

What details we'll need to in order to prepare everything:

  • final guest count with meal choices and dietary restrictions
  • final floor plan: how many chairs, tables, linens and cutlery will need to be finalized based on this
  • VIPs'/wedding party info (family and friends to arrange where they're sitting, order they'll be walking down, know when family photos are being taken, speeches, etc.)
  • vendor info: email, phone, name, what are they bringing, what do they need, what time are they arriving and cleaning up
  • traditions and games: are you cutting the cake? throwing the bouquet? breaking the glass? tea ceremony? shoe game?
  • details, details, details: what will you bringing/need us to bring/unpack?
  • exact getting ready locations / hair and make-up schedule
  • photo list
  • final song lists for first dance, cake cutting, etc.
  • processional and recessional order for ceremony
  • grand entrance for reception
  • day-of stationery: seating chart, table numbers, place/escort cards, favour tags, menus, etc.
  • DIY items and set-up details of how you'd like to see them displayed

I know one of the biggest regrets some of my clients have said if they wished they did planning instead of coordination but at the end of the day, weddings can absolutely be pricey but its worth considering a coordinator at the very least! I have done weddings for event planners because no matter how organized you are, you can't duplicate yourself on the day and you want to be sure you aren't having to deal with those hiccups on the day. Trust me, to this day, some of my clients don't know the bumps that happened on their day that we dealt with... which is the whole point! Whether it is a $10k or $100k budget, just make sure all that planning comes together the way you imagined it. Every couple thinks of eloping once or twice during the process so don't be so hard on yourself either!

All the best with your planning process regardless what you decide!

Workshop Series: The Living Wreath Workshop

Date: Sunday, March 18, 2018
Location: Bisous Events Studio - 1485 Dupont St (or 300 Campbell Ave on google) Unit #213 in the Junction Triangle, Toronto
Time: 1-3 PM
Price: $50 per person or $90 for 2

Spots are limited! Book your tickets now at bonjour@bisousevents.com - EMT password "bisous"

See you there!

 

Living Wreath Workshop (1).jpg

The 2018 Wedding Co. Market

There is one wedding show I have been going to every year since I started in the industry and that's The Wedding Co. Market! And for the last 2 years, I have not only gone but been apart of the group of exhibitors. At each show, I've met so many amazing vendors and couples that I have decided to partake in the show for the third time in a row and this is the 17th year for the show overall! This is the one show you won't want to miss. It is for the ideal couple... modern, fresh, laid-back and about those beautiful details for their intimate wedding.

Come join us at The Wedding Co. Market 2018 and 70 other talented wedding exhibitors at this beautiful curated Toronto wedding show! This year, we'll be joining florist, Forever Wildfield, and caterer, Provisions to bring you the ultimate booth!

DATE: Sunday February 25th, 2018
LOCATION:  Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street (& St. Clair)
TIME: doors open at 10am-5pm
COST: $20 online or $30 (inclusive) cash only at the door

Can't wait to see you there!

 
Photo by Jessilynn Wong Photography

Photo by Jessilynn Wong Photography

 

Copper + Linen

Featured in the print edition of Hello May Magazine, only available in Australia!

Styling/planner: Bisous Events
Photo: Alyssa Wodabek
Florals: Ashley Elaine Kimmel
Video: One Heart Films
Suit: Indochino
Groom's accessories: Tytan Ties
Dress: Maureen Patricia
Bridal accessories: Posh Veils & The Loved One
Makeup: The Look Bridal
Hair: Puzzle Creations
Rentals: Plate Occasions
Cake: Crumb and Berry
Venue: Berkeley Events

Translucent Editorial

Featured on Ruffled Blog

Planning and Production: Bisous Events
Makeup and Production: The Look Bridal
Photography: Purple Tree Photography
Floral Design: Coyote Flowers
Venue: Airship 37
Wedding Dress and Accessories: White Toronto / Galia Lahav
Jewelry: Anice Jewelry
Engagement Rings: Bluboho
Wardrobe Styling: Katie Goodfellow
Hair: Morgan Inniss
Wedding Cake: Sweet Regards
Furniture Rentals: Detailz Couture
Tabletop Rentals: Plate Occasions
Stationery: Maison Maquette
Model: Sam Leung (B&M Models)
Tea favour: Bottled With Love

Video by One Heart Films: