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VENUE: Mississauga Grand: AMAZING! Food was fantastic, they did a great job with linens and set up. Price included dinner (4 course), dessert table, open bar, all linens, $200 gift certificate for I Cakes and voucher for hotel room. (which was within walking distance of the hall)
DJ: Unique Invasion: GREAT! They made a minor mistake on the Parents' entrance song, but kept the party going all night long! Really read the crowd and played all of our "Must Play" tunes.
FLOWERS: Autumn Blossoms: BEAUTIFUL!! The flowers took my breath away! They were more beautiful than I could have imagined! The centrepieces were equally as amazing along with the price.
HAIR: Unbridled Images: GOOD. The owner and her assistant came to my house (which was VERY convenient). The bridesmaids had half-up/half-down and they all looked amazing! I had a side up-do. The only problem I had was I wanted it on the left side and she insisted it be on the right. I hug to the right and therefore hit my guests in the face with my hair a lot, which resulted in my pins coming loose. Other than that, the hair was beautiful! I got a lot of compliments.
MAKEUP: My Aunt provided the service... amazing!
PHOTOGRAPHER: Studio Studios: GREAT! The engagement shoot was OK, but the photographer we had for the wedding day was creative, encouraging and very fun to work with! From the shots we saw VIA his camera, we’re very happy!
I'm still in the planning process but I thought I'd share the vendors we are working with so far in case it helps anyone.
VENUE: We are having our Ceremony and Reception at the Capitol Theatre in Toronto. We fell in love with the place online and when we visited in person, we were blown away. It was important to us to not only stay downtown where we live, but to also spend our day in a place with some character. Caterina has been AMAZING in answering all my questions in a timely manner and providing so much information. She even helped us afford the venue working within our budget. It was the priciest option we looked at but in the end, the ambiance, the in-house catering, and Caterina made it an easy choice. Plus, there is not payment schedule other than the initial deposit and the balance is owing 2 weeks before our wedding. We are able to make payments when we can.
CATERING: included with Capitol Theatre. We haven’t had a tasting yet, but the options sound delicious.
PHOTOGRAPHY/CINEMATOGRAPHY: Ian Liwanag. We met Ian at the Berkeley Church during an open house there. Ultimately we decided against Berkeley Church but we found Ian to be so enthusiastic, genuine, and positive that we knew we had to have him to capture our day. He was offering a deal at the open house which included cinematography at no charge if you booked that day – we were in! We has been great to deal with even though he is so incredibly busy and was super pumped when he heard about our theme (Venetian Masquerade). Immediately he was thinking of locations and shots and this was over a year to the day.
DJ: The DJ Co (with Ian Liwanag) Along with his superior photog skills, Ian has added DJ to his repertoire and offers this as an addition to skills. Since Ian is going our photography, one of his co-workers, Anthony, will be playing the music for our entire day (ceremony, cocktails, dinner, dancing).
OFFICIANT: Jim Emerson from Enduring Promises. We clicked with Jim right away since he’s a motorcycle enthusiast (like me) and a world traveler (like the fiancé). He is open minded on what constitutes a marriage ceremony and encourages us to make it our own. We liked that immediately.
DAY-OF COORDINATOR: Diana Pires of Truly Yours Planning. I met Diana at a bridal show and emailed her to find out what her services would include. The one main drawback to the Capitol Theatre is that any decor beyond setting up table and chairs isn’t done by the venue which means that we had to figure out someone to do it. Asking our friends and family wasn’t even a consideration since I wanted them to enjoy the day as well and I didn’t want to be bothered with the little details on the day either. Diana is amazing and super helpful. She gives honest feedback and only works with a small number of weddings per year to ensure that her clients get the time and attention they need. Another thing we really enjoyed was her Travelling Seminars. She organized a day for a few couples to ride in a party bus and be taken around to different vendors (limo, flowers, decor, cake, video, etc.). It was an information gathering day more than anything. The vendors told us what questions to ask when looking, what pricing to expect, things to consider and all in all, it was such a useful day. She totally went above and beyond that day since I believe we were the only couple actually using her services (the others were contest winners). She mentioned having another one in January/February and I highly recommend it. Diana is also going to be helping us source out and plan decor within our budget.
ATTIRE: Fiance wants to wear a tux with tails and we went with Moore’s for him and his groomsmen (and my brother, the dudesmaid) plus because of the bridal show deal of $40 off per rental, we added in the three dads too with a different tux. We went to the location on Yonge/King St and the woman there has been great. Since we have guys in different cities and provinces, Moore’s is perfect because all they need to do is mention our names to get the info on our group.
Do NOT use Marta Tomsa - www.martatomsa.comShe didn't have a backup drive for her camera (which to me should be basic photography 101) and as a result a good chunk of our wedding reception was not captured in photographs (most speeches, cake cutting, pictures with each table, garter toss etc.)The saying is true that you do get what you pay for.
My wedding day is fastly approaching and I am using Events by Natasha for my wedding planning. I am very pleased with the service that I am getting from them, I find it is very personal and professional. I can call Natasha at any time and she is always available to talk. I highly reccomend the services from this company, I am getting married in June and without Natasha i wouldn't have been able to keep such a calm attitude in the planning process. I can't wait to see what the end result looks like. If any of the brides are interested www.eventsbynatasha.ca