Anya Dionne – Canadian Designer 2015 SHHH Collection

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Anya Dionne is not your standard Bridal Label because they don’t believe in creating standard pieces.  They are an Independent Design House focusing on garments that are as unique as you are.

Anya Getzlaf has been creating Alternative Bridal for the last 6 years. Brides who just can’t find the individuality and personality in a dress through a regular shop look to Anya. She understand this Bride, She love this Bride and she was this Bride.

Here are some new looks from the 2015 SHHH collection and starting from $795CND these gorgeous gowns are simply perfection!

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Prairie Pocahontas Creative Shoot

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The team who worked on the shoot and credits: Dream Catchers: Oneiro Designs // Decor Pieces And Candles: The Bay // Model: Valerie Tiu // Photography – Assistance: Emma Shanks // Photography: Thai Go Photography // Dress Design: Bari Jay // Styling And Planning: Diamonds X Dreams // Florals : Funky Petals // Jewellery : Oneiro Designs

3 Wedding Planning Mistakes to Avoid – Guest Post

I recently had the opportunity to speak with 11 of Toronto’s top, highly trusted and experienced wedding planners who were kind enough to share their advice for planning the wedding of your dreams.

This advice has been compiled into a go-to-guide for Brides and Grooms to make your wedding planning experience less stressful and hopefully problem free.

Although it hasn’t been released yet (but you can request a copy here for when it is completed), I wanted to share the 3 most common mistakes nearly all planners mentioned they see couples make when planning their weddings. These are big mistakes to avoid, so I didn’t want to wait to share these with you. 

Mistake #1 – Budget Woes

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The dreaded ‘budget’ was mentioned in just about every area of advice that the planners touched on, and comes as no surprise that it is an area of concern for many couples.

There are a number of ways that mistakes can be made when dealing with a budget, and here are some of the top ones our planners mentioned.

Budget mistakes to avoid:

  • Making price assumptions without looking at actual costs for the various elements of your wedding day. This can cause budgets to go right out the window!
  • Being unrealistic about overall wedding costs – weddings are expensive and you need to look at your market to consider actual costs of getting married in the location of your choosing.
  • Under budgeting by only considering the bigger elements and missing lots of little things, which can add up quickly.

How to avoid these mistakes: 

  • Come up with a list of items, ranking them from the most important to the least important elements for your wedding day, and then allocate your budget accordingly.
  • Take time to conduct sufficient research first to create a realistic budget that you can and are willing to pay.
  • If you need to cut costs opt for quality over quantity, which may mean keeping numbers low to give your guests the best experience possible.
  • If you’re not working with a planner find a comprehensive wedding budget template to work with so you don’t miss the smaller expense items

Mistake #2 – Not Switching if Off

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We’re not just talking about electronics or bridal publications here, unfortunately there are times when you may also have to switch off all the opinions and advice too.

Mistakes to avoid:

  • Looking through every bridal magazine, site, pin, blog and picture – you can go crazy with different ideas, designs and themes, and looking at too much often leaves to feeling overwhelmed.
  • Watching and comparing your experience to  ‘reality TV shows’ – you have to remember that this isn’t reality at all.
  • Taking advice from too many people, which can leave you confused.

How to avoid these mistakes:

  • Give yourself a deadline or a specific number of sites, blogs, magazines etc. to look at to determine your vision for your wedding day because there is so much information out there and without giving yourself boundaries you can be looking forever.
  • Stick with your original vision, know what you want and stay on track because at the end of the day, 9 times out of 10 you’ll come back to your original choices any way.
  • Once you’ve decided on something, stop looking around! 

Mistake #3 – Rushing Into A Relationship

Just like it isn’t a good idea to rush into marriage, it also isn’t the best idea to rush into a relationship with wedding vendors. A few of the planners who have seen this occur even say that by far it is also the biggest mistake you can make. So, here is what you need to avoid.

Vendor mistakes to avoid:

  • Booking companies that are not really a good match to your needs, or your budget.
  • Booking vendors that are financially unstable, in the midst of management changes, or have litigation pending. 

How to avoid these mistakes:

  • Put together a list of expectations, things that are negotiable and those that aren’t for what you want from each type of vendor. You can then use this as a guide when interviewing vendors to ensure they will be able to deliver your vision and meet your expectations.
  • Interview your proposed vendors to get to know more about them, the way they work and if they are the right fit for you
  • Ask Proposed vendors to speak with one of their previous customers and ask about vendors in online forums. 
  • Alternatively, find a good and seasoned planner that has relationships with suppliers and venues. They can make your life a lot easier and reduce stress ten fold.

Although these are only 3 common mistakes (identified by the planners), hopefully this article will help you to avoid them and enjoy the wedding that you’ve always dreamed of.

Are there any other wedding planning mistakes that you recommend couples to avoid? If so, please share them in the comments below.

And, to get your copy of our Wedding Planning Go-to-Guide for Brides and Grooms to make your wedding planning experience less stressful and problem free, go here to request your copy once it has been released.

Guest post by Jamie-Lee Braunack of Luxe Shopping Experiences, a Toronto wedding services and shopping company that provides exclusive styling and shopping services to help those who are getting married or celebrating a special occasion to look their best with customized personal shopping and pampering packages. www.luxeshoppingexperiences.com

 

Simply Elegant Wedding in Kitchener Waterloo, Ontario

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Credtis:
Dress - Sophie’s Gown Shoppe // Bridesmaids dresses - David’s Bridal // Groom and groomsmen attire - Moore’s // Flowers - Bloomed Fine Floral Design // Ceremony - Church of the Good Shepard // Reception – the pine valley chalet at Chicopee Tube Park // Food – done through a couple who run a small catering business // Cake – Friend // Music – Olivia of Allegro Productions // Photography: NovaMarkina Photography // The decor (other than the flowers) and favours were DIY and we had lots of help from family and friends‎.

The Juice Box Launches Wedding Cleanses

REALSTOCKLooking to get that perfect GLOW for your perfect day? Look no further. Introducing The Juice Box Bridal Cleanses.  The Juice Box has designed 3 separate Bridal Cleanse packages to support you before or after your wedding day. Working closely with Alyssa Bauman of Nourished.ca, one of Vancouver’s top nutritionists, they developed these cleanse programs to have you feeling lighter, brighter and healthier than ever, on the most important day of your life.

Three cleanses are now available - the Bridal Pre-Wedding Cleanse, the Bride and Bridesmaids Pre-Wedding Cleanse and the Bride and Groom Post-Wedding Cleanse.