Wedding

Bouquets: What’s your style?

We often consider the bridal bouquet as the centerpiece to your whole floral design.  It is the showstopper and is very likely the first thing you consider when envisioning your wedding flowers.  We have highlighted three different bouquet styles to give you a better idea of what look you might want for your big day.   There are a number of other options for your bouquet including a flower adorned embroidery hoop, however we find these styles are most requested from our brides.  Each style is not exclusive, and some characteristics can be combined to create your individual look.

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Posy: a smaller bouquet with a few highlighted blooms. A posy is a great option for bridesmaids or flower girls.


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Loose Round: overall a spherical shape with some flowers that break free. This style is more structured not as tight and formal. Also sometimes called “hand-tied”.

Loose Round Bouquet Photographer: Kate Warren Photography

Loose Round Bouquet
Photographer: Kate Warren Photography

Loose Round Bouquet Photographer: Sweetheart Empire

Loose Round Bouquet
Photographer: Sweetheart Empire


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Wild: a whimsical asymmetrical look, usually over-sized and unstructured. Greenery is used that falls naturally and this look is often highlighted with long flowing ribbons.

Wild Bouquet Photographer: Lauren McCormick Photography

Wild Bouquet
Photographer: Lauren McCormick Photography

Wild Bouquet Photographer: Scandaleuse Weddings

Wild Bouquet
Photographer: Scandaleuse Weddings


What style are you more drawn to?  Have a unique look that you want to try?  
We are always open to new creative ideas!

Wedding Venue: Picking your Atmosphere

You’ve picked a date
You’ve looked at how to budget for the big event
Where will this party happen?

Ceremony Location;
Are you religious, or have family members that are? This could play a part in deciding on having your ceremony in a separate location - ie. a Church.
There are sometimes time restrictions with having a ceremony in a Church, so consider this and speak with your parish or priest about the details.
Do you want an outdoor location for your ceremony? If you want something in a park or field - there are still things to consider like; permits, someone to marry you, toilets, parking, just to name a few...

The Burroughes Building , Toronto Photo Credit: Toronto Wedding Studios

The Burroughes Building , Toronto
Photo Credit: Toronto Wedding Studios

Reception Location;
Think about what time of day you might want your reception to happen. Will it be a party that goes into the wee hours, or perhaps a casual brunch/lunch or cocktail vibe. Once you have considered the atmosphere you would like it will help narrow down a more specific look, vibe or atmosphere you will be looking for. For example if you are thinking a more intimate brunch for your nearest and dearest - a restaurant might be the perfect fit. Or perhaps the look and atmosphere is something you really want to create for your guests - so a gallery or event space is more up your alley.
Will you need accommodations for people that are traveling to get to you? If its a more remote location, you might want to consider how many people will want to stay the night somewhere vs. driving home the same day/night. This doesn’t really factor in if you are choosing a resort style venue - as rooms should be readily available to you and your guests for the date of your event!

Ricarda’s Restuarant, Toronto Photo Credit: kirstenhuculiak.com

Ricarda’s Restuarant, Toronto
Photo Credit: kirstenhuculiak.com

Or Both;
There are certainly a lot of Venues that will offer both a place for the ceremony and the reception, which might make things easier! These are also typically the venues that will also include all kinds of things like rentals, linens, staffing, a complete bar and caterer etc. All really good considerations, as you will most likely end up spending more if you have to book all these separate pieces individually and have to organize it all to happen for one day!

Cosgrove Barn, Havelock ON Photo Credit: Lauren McCormick Photography

Cosgrove Barn, Havelock ON
Photo Credit: Lauren McCormick Photography

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Our Suggestions;
1. Pick your location
2. Make an accurate guess of your guest list
3. Decide Sit-down or Cocktail/Party Reception
4. Narrow down your Venue choices by size - now that you have a guest list
5. Choose 3 Venues you like and go visit them!
6. Ask Questions! What do they include? What’s already on-site? Do they have examples of the set-up you would be having?
7. Be ready to decide quickly!

Once you have your Venue location and the date confirmed - you can start narrowing down all the other details that follow! Are you getting excited yet?

Assembly Chef’s Hall, Toronto

Assembly Chef’s Hall, Toronto

Wedding Budget: Tips and Tricks

  1. How much money do you have? Don’t have unrealistic expectations on how much money you can save in the next 6 moths to a year.  

  2. Set a budget and stick to it! That means keeping track of how much you are spending.

  3. Look at the big picture.  Discuss what is important to you.  Do you love live music? Splurge on a live band but find other areas to save.

  4. Make compromises.  Be flexible with your options.  

  5. Be mindful of the season.  Some venues charge off season prices but consider all the factors.  If you are dead set on having peonies in your flowers, research when they are available.

  6. Do your research.

  7. Be comfortable with your vendors.  You don’t want to have to worry about minuscule details on your wedding day.

  8. Check your budget again.  Most couples are surprised how quickly everything adds up!

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