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Krysta & Fabio – Toronto Candid Wedding Photographer

Toronto Candid Wedding Photographer

We had a GREAT time at Krysta & Fabio’s Wedding.

As Toronto based Wedding Photographers collective67 we LOVE to capture each moment in a creative and candid way!!

The ceremony and reception was held at the WONDERFUL Caledon Estates Banquet Hall!!!

 

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Gift Registry 101

What is a Gift Registry?

A bridal registry or wedding registry is a service provided by a website or retail store that assists in helping engaged couples in the communication of gift preferences to wedding guests. Selecting items from the store, the couple lists desired items and files this list with the chosen merchant. Once the item is bought by your guests, the item is taken off the list and updated immediately so that you do not get duplicate items or unwanted gifts. If you are not currently living with your spouse, you may decide to choose house items such as kitchen tools, furniture, glassware, plates etc. If you are living with your spouse, you could choose to get a gift registry from a company that offers items that you don’t have or need more of, an example of this would be The Bay- they have many houseware, clothing, furniture and baby/kids items and beauty products.

 

What are some companies that offer a Gift Registry?

Most companies that offer Gift Registries focus on home products, but every once and a while a completely different company tries their hand at offering couples great registry items for their guests to buy. One example of this is Amazon, in which case you can choose pretty much anything your heart desires as part of your registry. Another interesting company is called Life Experiences, which gives couples the opportunity to ask for special events or life experiences that they wish to participate in as a couple. An example of this is asking your guests to fund a vacation to your dream destination, or giving gift cards to your favorite restaurant for a date night! These are just two examples of the many couples that provide Wedding Gift Registries.

 

Here are some of the most popular wedding registries in Canada…

Bed Bath and Beyond 

Home Outfitters

Sears

Kitchen Stuff Plus

Pottery Barn

Amazon

Life Experiences

Crate&Barrel

 

Why should you sign up for a registry?

Other than receiving the exact gifts you want from your guest and ensuring that you do not get any duplicates, a gift registry is an important part of every wedding. Guests often feel more comfortable when given a list of items to buy because it helps to take away the guess work of buying gifts for a newlywed couple. It also helps when you and your spouse are moving in together because it can help to furnish and fill your house with all the necessary items a couple needs in a new home. Lastly, it’s fun and exciting! You and your spouse have a once in a lifetime opportunity to ask for everything you want and your guests have the chance to make that wish come true. Spending time looking with your spouse and deciding on what you two want as gifts is a right of passage that couples should try to enjoy- even if it sometimes feel overwhelming or difficult!

 

Beware of signing up for a Gift Registry sites!

There are many sites out there that offer gift registry options for couples to different stores with lists of items from multiple companies. This might seem like a dream for those couples that want items from multiple stores, but beware! These sites do not have an actual registry with the companies, nor do the companies have any information on you as a couple once you sign up. That means that the items will not be taken off the list if a guest buys them, and you could end up receiving duplicates because of this. On top of all of that, when you sign up for these sites your guests will most likely go into those stores and ask an associate about your gift registry(either to help them find the gift or just to ask questions about the registry) they will be surprised to find that there is no information about your registry you as a couple because the site you signed up for is not actually affiliated with the company you chose your gifts from. So just be careful before you chose to go with a registry site, do your research and make sure you call the companies you choose to make sure that you are registered properly and that your guests can easily buy for your registry!

 

How to Create a Wedding Budget

Where to start?

The decision to have a wedding is huge for a couple. Not only are they deciding to spend their life together but there is also the strain of affording the perfect wedding and having everything they want on their special night. The main focus for any couple when creating a wedding budget would be to concentrate on what they are looking to get out of their wedding, how much disposable income the couple has together and how much money they need to have left after planning their wedding.

 

Step #1: Decide your total budget for the whole wedding

This must involve all costs associated with a wedding, from venue to food and all of the tips that you plan to provide to workers after the fact. Make sure to also take into considerations any minor issues or need for side cash that might arise during the wedding. Generally, an extra $3000 would be recommended just because it is always good to have a nice bumper fund.

 

Step #2: Consider all of the possible items, venues and food that you will have at your wedding

Sometimes, this step is easier to accomplish at the end of doing some basic planning for your wedding. Until you know more than the basic details it’s difficult to decide how much everything will cost.

 

Here are some costs to consider when deciding what you will need for your overall budget:

 

Ceremony Costs:

  • Clergy
  • Altar Decorations
  • Chair Rental
  • Chair Decorations
  • Guest Book/Fountain Pen
  • Aisle Runner1
  • Ushers
  • Gratuity
  • Transportation to Church
  • Childcare during Ceremony
  • Rice, Rose Petals or Bubbles for the exit

Wedding Outfits:

  • Wedding Dress
  • Wedding Rings
  • Bridal Veil
  • Bridal Bouquet
  • Alterations
  • Lingerie/Garter
  • Bridal Shoes
  • Hosiery
  • Jewellery
  • Gloves
  • Dry Cleaning for the couple
  • Going away outfit
  • Grooms Tuxedo and Alterations
  • Make-up Artist
  • Hairdresser

Bridesmaids/Groomsmen Costs:

  • Flowers
  • Bridesmaids bouquet
  • Dresses (if the couple is paying for the dresses)
  • Suits
  • Bridesmaid accessories
  • Corsages/Boutonnières

Reception Costs:

  • Reception centrepieces
  • Alcohol (Open bar, closed bar or table wines)
  • Table Decorations
  • Room Decorations
  • Dishes, Glassware (usually compiled into full cost of reception hall)
  • Linens, Napkins,Chair Covers

Engagement Cost Video/Photography Costs:

  • Reception Photos and Video
  • Ceremony Photos and Video
  • Photo Albums
  • All other photography and videography
  • Engagement Portraits

Stationary: 

  • Save the Date Cards
  • Invitations
  • Directional Cards/ Maps
  • Postage
  • Calligrapher(Optional)
  • Thank You Notes
  • Rehearsal Dinner Invitations
  • Party Invitations (Showers, Luncheons etc)
  • Wedding Programs
  • Address Labels

Other Extra Costs:

  • Wedding Planner or Consultant
  • Location fee for reception
  • Caterer
  • Musician
  • Bar Tender/Servers
  • Alcohol
  • Wedding Cake
  • Table Decorations
  • Centrepieces
  • Dishes/Glassware
  • Linens and Napkins
  • Tables
  • Limo or Car
  • Hotel for Guests

 

These are obviously not all of the costs that are associated with planning a wedding. This is a comprehensive list that can be used to guide you through your wedding planning and to give you an idea of exactly what you will need to think of while you are budgeting for your wedding. I would recommend that you take a look at our  Best Wedding Guide post from late last year. This will further explain some ideas that you will need to consider as well as offer you a ready-made checklist that you can use to make your planning go a little bit smoother.

 

DIY Bride and Bridesmaid Emergency Kit

Why do you need an Emergency Kit?

Everyone knows that the day of your wedding might not go exactly to plan. Of course, we all hope that everything goes smoothly and nothing extreme happens to alter your perfectly planned special day. But unfortunately, sometimes things happen that are out of your control, which is why a DIY Emergency Kit is a perfect solution to any small issues that could arise on the day of your wedding.

 

What should go inside the Emergency Kit?

Obviously, the contents of your kit can be changed to fit your specific needs, but here is a general list of some important items you might want to carry with you just in case!

 

  • Aspirin or Tylenol
  • Band-Aids, alcohol wipes, and gauze
  • Bottle of water
  • Breath mints/spray (mouthwash is also an option if you can find a small bottle)
  • Cash- just in case minor expenses pop up unexpectedly
  • Tide to Go or something similar to quickly remove any stains on your dresses
  • Comb/brush
  • Dental floss/toothpicks/toothbrush
  • Extra earring backs
  • Hairpins and hair ties
  • Hairspray
  • Wet wipes
  • Hem tape
  • Makeup (for touch-ups)
  • Mini sewing kit- make sure to include multiple colours of thread, sewing needles, small scissors, and safety pins
  • Mirror
  • Nail file and nail polish if a touch up is required
  • Perfume and deodorant
  • Scotch tape
  • Straws (so you can stay hydrated without messing up your lipstick)
  • Tampons/sanitary napkins
  • Tissues
  • Tweezers

Some Optional DIY Items

  • Easy to carry snacks such as granola bars, energy bars- anything that will not crumble or spill is preferable
  • Juice boxes or Gatorade- this is good for keeping your sugar levels up and keep you hydrated during the hectic day
  • Krazy Glue- can be used to fix an assortment of items
  • An extra pair of flats for the bride, because we all know heels are a nightmare
  • Sunscreen and lotion- if you are outdoors, this is a must

This is a pretty extensive list that you can use to decide what you will need to bring on your wedding day. An ideal bag to carry this in would be a large handbag or something similar so it does not look awkward for the bridesmaids or the bride to carry it around. You can also decorate the bag with the name of the bridal party or just add some personal touches to make it your own.

Unique Guest Book Ideas

 

A tradition for many modern wedding is to have a guest book for all of the attendees to sign during or after the reception. Generally, people write sweet and sentimental notes to the couple or just wish them well on their special day. All of this is a beautiful tradition that will most likely continue on for many years to come, but what if there was a new and interesting way for your guest to share memories and notes to the couple on their special day.

 

Today we’re going to talk about some unique guest book ideas that can make your wedding a little more interesting and will surely impress your guest with your creativity.

 

Disposable Cameras

Obviously, this has nothing to do with the guest book but it is a great way for your guests to interact and be a part of the wedding. Leave a camera in the middle of the table and tell all of the guests to take as many pictures as possible. At the end of the night, collect the camera and develop the pictures. You’ll be amazed to see the types of pictures that come out of a disposable camera. And on top of all of this, you get to see how much fun all of your guest had on your wedding day! You can develop these pictures and put them all in an album with names written underneath or you can develop them with digital copies and upload to a sharing site for everyone to access. Either way, you have a keep sake from your guests and each picture is a personalize way of your guests showing you how much they love you and how happy they are for you as a couple.

 

Photo Booths

This is a slightly more complicated guest book idea but it is worth the price if you have the opportunity to try it. Photo booth’s at weddings are becoming increasingly popular because it offers entertainment to guests and a great way to keep personal, beautiful and hilarious photos from your wedding day. You can choose to allow the guests to take the photos home when they are done printing (some photo booth companies-like Collective67- offer immediate printing on site) or you can tell your guests to leave the pictures so you can have keepsakes from each person. With most photo booths there are props and signs (which can be personalized for your wedding) so each picture will be unique and hopefully the perfect example of the great time your guests had. This is a great version of a guest book because everyone can participate and each picture is a personal memento of the guests that attended your wedding.

You can make the photo booth idea even more interesting by providing a scrapbook at or near the booth so that guests can immediately paste the picture in your book and write a personalized note. You can provide pens, markers, scrapbook stickers and even sparkles to make the book even more fun for guests. From personal experience of seeing this at a reception, I can tell you that guests go crazy for this idea. People love the fact that the couple is able to take the pictures home, and they still have the opportunity to write a personalize note.

 

Ornate Wooden Box with Cards

This is a simple and beautiful option for a couple looking for a more creative way of offering guests a way to write them notes. Get a large wooden box (preferably ornate and with a decal that has both of your initials) and put out post cards in front of the box. You can offer different pens and markers so guests can personalize their notes or keep it simple and have a fountain pen at the ready. Guests simply put their card in the box and at the end of the night when the box is full, you have hundred of notes to read through with your husband or wife. This also makes it easy to personally write back each guest with a thank you letter because each note is separate and has their name attached. You can take  your box and letters to the next level, by ordering personalize cards with your initials or names.

 

 

 

 

 

Wedding Apps

There has been a recent trend of couples creating profiles for their engagement and wedding events on ‘wedding apps’. In these apps, you have the option to invite people to share updates on your event, information about your wedding registry, upload picture of the special day and give electronic invitations. This may seem like an easy way to get in contact with guests and have a central place to have all your information, but what are the downsides to wedding apps?

Here are the pros and cons of using a wedding app:

 

PROS

  • Keeps you organized, all your information is in one spot and easily accessible for guests
  • Great place to upload pictures (most apps provide this function so that both you and your guests can upload photos on the day of the event or after)
  • Easy to use on the go, you can update your information at any time and in any place
  • Easy to use, many different apps available (generally free)
  • Can be used to upload all your wedding information for your guests
  • Guests can use the app to get information on your registry, date and time of event etc.
  • Available for both android and iPhone users

CONS

  • Guests have to be invited, this means adding every single guest to the list of contacts on the apps
  • Some apps seem like the preferred choice in the beginning, but as you add information you may realize that the content you want is not available on specific apps
  • Not all wedding apps have the same functions, there are many that are specifically for uploading pictures or just for the registry
  • The apps are not easy to use for people that are technologically challenged, this can be a problem for older people or people that do not use smartphones

 

If you are looking to check out some wedding apps yourself, I have personally downloaded a couple that I have found to be interesting and useful.

Most Beautiful Wedding Destinations

When looking for a destination wedding, there are a lot of minor details to consider before making a final decision. That can include price, a number of guests invited weather and many other specifics. Before deciding anything, you want to know the basics, like what the destination looks like and the main reason why you would want to have your special day in that location. That is why we have compiled a list of some of the most beautiful wedding destinations from around the world!

Aruba

Why you need to travel here

Aruba has dry, sunny weather, beautiful beaches and gentle waves. There is a lot of European influence in its architecture and the language. This destination is perfect for a wedding because you are pretty much guaranteed good weather and the white beaches are excellent for wedding photography and the actual ceremony itself.

St. Martin

Why you need to travel here

Saint Martin is part of the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean Sea. It is two separate countries, divided between its northern side and its southern side. The island is home to busy resorts and secluded coves where you can slip away for a private honeymoon. St. Martin is well known for its cuisine, fantastic nightlife, beautiful handmade jewelry, and liquor. This destination is great for any couple that is looking to explore a city and also take in some white sandy beaches.

Cancun

Why you need to travel here

Cancún, a Mexican city on the Yucatán Peninsula at the edge of the Caribbean Sea. It  is well known for its balmy beaches, many five star resorts, and exciting nightlife. There are two main areas in Cancun, the traditional downtown area, El Centro, which is where you will find the locals and small shops that you normally wouldn’t see on a guided tour.  Zona Hotelera is the second area, it has a long, beachfront strip of hotels, nightclubs, shops, and restaurants. Cancun is well known for its warm weather and the amazing locals, this is a great destination for people looking to stay in a gorgeous resort and also take a trip into the lesser known parts of the city.

Jamaica

Why you need to travel here:

Jamaica, a Caribbean island nation, has a lush mountain sides, rain forests, and reef-lined beaches. Many of the resorts are  in Montego Bay and Negril. This destination offers the usual beautiful beaches. along with opportunities to take a walk on the wild side and snorkel or scuba dive on your wedding vacation! The locals are some of the most friendly in the world, and the atmosphere is always inviting. So, for people that are looking to explore the lush paradise and also have a fun destination wedding, Jamaica is for you!

Bahamas

Why you need to travel here

The Bahamas is a coral-based archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean,there are 700 islands that range in population density. The northernmost, Grand Bahama and Paradise Island are some of the best-known areas. There are many scuba diving and snorkeling sites to discover along the reef. This destination is especially good for people that are searching for amazing food, great activity areas and a beach that has some of the softest sand in the world. This is also an awesome destination because there are so many different locations to choose from, whether you’re looking for secluded or busy destinations.

Fiji

Why you need to travel here

Fiji, a country in the South Pacific, is an archipelago that has more than 300 islands. It’s well known for its beautiful landscape of blue lagoons, breath taking beaches, and eco-activities such as mountain climbing, surfing, and zip-lining.  Its major islands, Viti Levu, and Vanua Levu contains most of the population, meaning much of the country is uncrowded. When you’re looking for a destination for your wedding, consider Fiji if you’re looking for eye-catching photos and secluded beaches for a more initiate ceremony and honeymoon.

Greece

Why you need to travel here

Greece is a country in southeastern Europe consisting of two peninsulas and many islands throughout the Aegean and Ionian seas. Greece is known for its beaches, from the black sands of Santorini to the party resorts of Mykonos. This would be a fantastic destination for couples that are looking to take photos in the mainland area and have the colorful houses in the background. It’s also a great destination for foodies looking to partake in fine Greek cuisine!

Italy

Why you need to travel here

Italy is an important destination to add to the list for a couple of reasons. The food, the people, and the city. Its capital, Rome, is home to the Vatican as well as landmark art and ancient ruins- these are perfect photo-op spots and also where you will find the perfect churches for your wedding ceremony. Other major cities include Florence, with  treasures such as Michelangelo’s “David”; Venice, the sinking city of canals; and Milan, Italy’s fashion capital. All of this destination have resorts available so you can easily book your entire wedding party. The real treasures of Italy lie within the cities and the lesser known edge of civilization. Take your wedding to the next level and check out this destination if you’re looking for breathtaking scenery, delicious food, and a wonderful life experience.

Inviting Animals Into Your Wedding

Many pet lovers will likely tell you that they would love to involve their pets in their wedding day. For many people, finding the perfect place in your wedding ceremony for your furry friend is hard, especially if they are tiny or skittish. Luckily, I have found many different ways to involve animals in your wedding ceremony! Here are just a couple examples of some great ideas that will not only give your best friend a job on your special day but also make all of your guests melt from the adorableness.

1. An Alpaca

Obviously, not everyone has an Alpaca lying around. But, if you do get the opportunity to rent an Alpaca to be a part of your wedding, seize the opportunity and expect your guest to love the gesture!

alpaca

2. Parrots

Many people have parrots or other types of exotic birds. Why not add them to your wedding party by having them deliver your rings. Or, like the gentleman in the picture below, have the parrots on your arm as you’re taking your vows.

bird

3. Cats or Kittens

This one might be a little bit harder to accomplish considering that cats like to do whatever they want. You can always use your snuggle-buddy as part of your photoshoot or put them in a basket or carrier and let the wedding party carry them during the ceremony.

cats

4. Dogs

This one is an easy choice, many people involve their dogs in their wedding ceremony by having them deliver the rings or just having their four-legged friend be part of their wedding photoshoot.

dog

5. Elephants

If you want to shock and awe your guests, bring an elephant to the ceremony. It might be difficult to accomplish but the photoshoot will be totally worth it if you can find a place that will allow you to have an elephant be a part of your wedding. Although I personally do not condone elephants being held in captivity, if you find a place that allows for the animals to roam free while your ceremony is being held, you will have the opportunity to have an African Lion Safari-esque wedding.

elephant 2

elephant

6. Horses

If you ride horses as a hobby or you have always been obsessed with horses, having one at your wedding might be the perfect situation. Not only will the photos be beautiful but you also have the opportunity to ride off into the sunset with your new husband or wife!

horse

horse2

7. Owls

I saved the best for last in this list. Owls are by far the best animals to have at your wedding ceremony. Depending on where you receive the owls from, they can be trained to deliver your wedding rings during your ceremony or just be a part of an extremely majestic photoshoot. Just make sure that no one at your wedding is afraid of large birds!

owl 2

owl

How To Choose A Centerpiece

This blog post is going to be a little bit different because it will be interspersed with information from my mother and aunt who recently went to a wedding and had a slightly bad time…specifically because of the centerpieces, if you can believe it!

 

The bad time started right from the first moment the guests sat down. In the middle of the table, in the midst of all of the beautiful decor, there were gigantic, puffy, overly-floral centerpieces. Now this usually isn’t a problem, most people actually enjoy looking at the floral arrangements and sometimes even end up bringing them home if the couple allows it. This wasn’t the case this time, for two main reasons. The centerpieces were too big, so people couldn’t see across the table to the other guests. And the second reason is because they were gaudy, overdone, too puffy and according to my mother- just overall unsightly.

 

By the end of the night, people had gotten so fed up by the arrangements that they shoved them all off into a corner table where no one was sitting just so they could get away from the centerpieces. If that isn’t a sign that you picked the wrong arrangement, I don’t know what is.

 

Now, this post is not being written to discourage couples from getting the beautiful arrangements they want. Or to try to tell people to forgo arrangements altogether. This is a post to explain the importance of taking your guests into consideration when making decisions. Try to think of you wedding from the guest point of view when making decisions in terms of your table arrangements, seating and overall entertainment for your wedding party.

 

This situation was obviously only one case in a sea of a million amazing weddings, so take this advice very lightly. But be aware, people will always want to talk to other guests, so make it as easy as possible. People generally like to look at arrangements and take them home, so try to pick something small or interesting. And lastly, think like your guests! Take into consideration what you would want to see as a wedding guest!