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Best Wedding Planners in Toronto and GTA 2022

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Having a talented and dedicated wedding planner is crucial for your special day. The pressure of planning your own wedding is insane and it is always helpful to have someone help you implement your ideas and create new ones to make your wedding day perfect. From venues to florists and themes, every decision you make has to be meticulous and thoroughly thought of. We compiled a list in alphabetical order of the Top Wedding Planners in Toronto and GTA to help you find an event planner that will bring your dream wedding to life! We have also created a 12 Month Wedding Planning Checklist you can find at the bottom!

If you are a wedding planner and you believe you deserve to be included in the Top Wedding Planners in Toronto and GTA area, please email us the following information at topten@bestforbride.com to be considered: why we should choose you, a unique description of your business (200-500 words), logo, links to your website and social media, 3-5 examples of your work to be featured. This feature is free of cost because if you can pay to list, then is it really the best business?

Amavi Event Planning + Design

Amavi Event Planning + Design: proficient planning for busy brides and grooms!

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Amavi is a boutique wedding and event planning company specializing in creating bespoke, romantic, and unforgettable experiences for couples in Hamilton, the GTA, Niagara, and beyond.  With a collaborative planning style, heartfelt passion for little details, and devotion to going above and beyond for each and every couple, your special day will be nothing short of a perfect reflection of you.

With a focus on full-service planning for busy brides and grooms, Amavi takes on a limited number of clients per year, offering an exclusive experience for our clients.  Come and be swept away in dreaming about every detail of your perfect wedding day with us – we want to know what makes your heart soar!  Allow us to assist you in creating an event that makes you weak in the knees and evokes every wonderful emotion to create a memorable experience for you as well as your guests.

Life is made of moments worth celebrating – don’t get caught up in the stress of planning.  With Amavi, you’ll enjoy every moment leading up to your special day, while we take care of the details! 

Website: http://www.amavievents.ca
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/amaviplanning
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/amaviplanning

Beth Jacobs Weddings & Events

Beth Jacobs Weddings & Events  is a boutique event planning and design firm that specializes in all things weddings, social and corporate events. We strive to advocate for our client’s needs with the utmost amount of empathy, treating each event as if it’s our very own. 

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From getting to know our clients, we find what their passions are, what drives them in business, their relationships, or the particular celebration under the microscope. From there we use our expertise to really drill into how we can make each event exude their essence in a way that creates all the happy tears to cherish for a lifetime. I, Beth Olatunji, the owner and creative director, started this business as a way to regain myself through my passions. With a lot of hard work, buckets of sweat, and a few tears too, we can all proudly stand behind our mission and our purpose within this industry. 

We have been fortunate to have been published in multiple bridal editorial magazines such as Today’s Bride, Lavish Dulhan, Elegant Wedding Magazine, The Bridal Affair Canada, The Bridal Guide Canada, and more. We are also proud members of the WedLuxe Glitterati which stands to be the global authority in luxury weddings worldwide.We could not have gotten this far without our dedication and perseverance through each challenge and obstacle that has come our way. As we continue to push forward in uncertain times, we remain faithful that we will continue to rise above each hurdle and press onward to continued success.

Website: www.bethjacobsevents.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/bethjacobsevents
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bethjacobsevents

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How I Had a Socially Distant Wedding during COVID-19

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2020 has created some extraordinary tales. Following is the story of how the pandemic affected my wedding.

March 2020 was supposed to be the most important month of my life. It was the month where I’d get hitched with the man I love. The man that makes me whole.  

Daniel popped the question in the last week of January. Today, it seems like a memory from another world. The bar was buzzing with people, there were no social distancing protocols in place. People weren’t afraid to shake hands, hug and kiss one another. 

That day, Daniel drove me to a local bar in what I assumed would be a casual Wednesday night date. 

It was our favorite place in town that we regularly visited. This was also the bar where Daniel slipped me a napkin that said, “I like you”. We were friends who liked each other but never dared to express it. Daniel took the initiative in the only way he could. 

Five years later, he once again handed me a napkin. Only this time, the text read, “Will you marry me?”. It got awkward real quick. He jammed the ring in the wrong finger. Just as I was putting it right, our friend showed up to congratulate. I am sure someone spilled a drink too. 

The Wedding is delayed 

We had planned the wedding on 21st of March. Everything was going according to plan. I spent weeks picking what I think was the perfect wedding dress. The venue was booked. Invitations were sent out. All that was left to do was for us to walk down the aisle, exchange vows and begin our lives as a married couple. 

A week before all this, the pandemic caused the whole country to go in isolation. Businesses started closing and states issued stay-at-home orders. We knew our dream wedding couldn’t go on as planned and had to be postponed. 

As a couple, Daniel and I had seen our fair share of tough times. But never in a million year did we think a pandemic would come our way. The worst thing was not knowing when things will go back to normal and we would be able to wed in front of our loved ones. 

Unfortunately, things never went back to normal. At least not the normal we were expecting. 

Our Wedding in the “New Normal”

Knowing the pandemic will not be over anytime soon, Daniel and I decided to go ahead with the wedding. Fortunately, the COVID-19 outbreak in our state is under control and the government is allowing people to go on with their lives while advising some precautions. 

Keeping this in mind, we changed the venue of our wedding from a local church to a getaway house in the countryside. It was a large enough establishment to host a socially distant wedding. 

The pandemic didn’t adversely affect our financial situation. We had it better than most people. But still, we made a conscious decision to reduce the wedding expenses. Having an extravagant wedding while many others are struggling to make ends meet just didn’t sit right with us. 

It’s hard to have a wedding on a budget. However, I was able to find online guides that help me significantly reduce my wedding expenditure. Meanwhile, I also utilized websites such RetailMeNot and EMUCoupon to find discounts on everything from decorations to the drinks that were to be served. 

We also made sure to keep everyone safe. The list of guests was cut down to only our immediate families. Our friends watched via live stream. There were sanitizers on every table and all guests were asked to wear masks. 

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Some tables were left deliberately empty to remind people they needed to exercise precaution. Looking back, these empty tables did make the atmosphere a bit gloomy. 

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Our revised wedding venue has hosted several marriage ceremonies. It came with extraordinary wedding decorations that added a taste of royalty in the ceremony. 

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The guests were served cupcakes baked by the groom’s mother. Suffice to say, there were more than enough for everyone.

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We chipped in with some of our decorations as well. 

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It’s not easy to be the bride when you’re trying to interact with as little people as possible. Since I’m not that skilled with a makeup brush, I had to take my chances with a stylist. She did a swell job though.

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Being all dressed up for my big day, all I wanted was to be surrounded by my best friends. Unfortunately, the bridesmaids were not there physically but joined in via Zoom.

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A bride is not a bride without some pearl in her hair. This is the same accessory my mom wore at her wedding. I think I have started a nice little family tradition here.

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Finally, the bride and the groom, bridal dress. Despite everything that has transpired in the last few months, I have held onto my sanity thanks to my now-husband. He has been my rock through every up and down. Even though the wedding wasn’t as big as we planned —what matters is that it happened and now, I am one with my true love.

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10 Wedding Planning Tasks Grooms Do Care About

Grooms act tough and all that, but the reality is, they actually enjoy planning the wedding with you, their soon-to-be wives. Of course, there are some things that they are more likely to help on. The ten mentioned here are just the tip of the iceberg.

1. Planning the Honeymoon

Men love to spoil their fiancées. What better way to do that than with the honeymoon? Think of sun, sand, and just each other’s company—it’s your dream vacation. Trust that your fiancé won’t botch this up. Plus rewarding him early on with a fun job makes him more inclined to help in the more arduous tasks.

2. Food Tasting

Trying out different caterers is a guaranteed fun experience for both of you, maybe more so for him. Not only is there free food, but also the gourmet options are going to be as diverse as his appetite. With regard to the cake, the groom will probably not care what it looks like, but he wants to make sure that the taste is to his liking.

3. Stocking the Bar

You can bet that the groom will have a lot of opinions regarding the beverage and cocktail selections at the bar. Men love their booze. From wine to whiskey, it’s their social lubricant to celebrate the good times and to mull over the bad ones. He just wants to make sure that the bar serves up quality drinks to your guests.

4. Picking the Music

Choosing the musical act and curating the playlist for the reception is one of the easier tasks. Grooms only have to choose between a DJ or a wedding band and a list of songs to set the mood of the party. You never know—he just might surprise you with a special song from your past.

5. Creating the Registry

Grooms aren’t so much keen on shopping, but like most people, they love to receive gifts too. Registries help your guests know what kind of present you prefer. This could be furniture, kitchen supplies, or even a honeymoon fund. It’s totally up to you! Once you’ve reached a mutual decision as a couple, the groom can set the registry online and keep your guests updated.

6. Choosing the Bridal Car

When it comes to cars, you won’t even have to convince the groom. While he may not be a “car guy,” men are usually drawn to cars more than women. He would definitely want a say on this one. Think of this as the groom’s wedding gown. It’s white, shiny, and has to be the center of everyone’s attention.

7. Suiting Up

Men love to dress up too—maybe not as much as women, but they do enjoy it. Allow your groom to decide what he wants to wear on your wedding day. Give notes on the color and style of the suit, but give him the final say. He’ll also be in charge of making sure his entourage gets fitted and accessorized. The groom will have a good time since he’s in the company of his best buds.

8. Writing His Vows

If your man is a Casanova with words, crafting his wedding vows will be a walk in the park. This is a task that simply cannot be delegated to somebody else. Vows are deeply personal and therefore should be written by the groom alone. He will be baring his love in front of your family and friends. Prepare to be overcome with emotions.

9. Choosing His Groomsmen

Choosing the people who will stand by him in one of the biggest days of his life is a huge responsibility, but grooms welcome this challenge with a smile. They get to invite friends they’ve known for a long time and close relatives they haven’t seen in a while. The wedding becomes a reunion of sorts for him.

10. Buying Gifts

For his groomsmen, that is. Taking a break from work or some other responsibility to attend a wedding is a big task. The least that grooms can do is to make up for the time and effort with a simple token of appreciation. For some, getting groomsmen gifts is a cool way to poke fun at their entourage with some silly items.

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How To: Caring For Your Wedding Dress Before, During And After Your Wedding Day

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You fell in love with the perfect, pristine white wedding dress and put down your deposit for the purchase. Very soon, you will have this beautiful gown altered to your measurements and take it home. It will stay there till your wedding day, when you finally get the chance to show it off and be a gorgeous bride. All this seems easier said than done!

White wedding dresses with their heavy fabric layers and intricate embellishments are susceptible to different types of damage. From stains to embroidered details coming loose and even yellowing of fabric, there are many things that can ruin its brand new look. This would be a huge tragedy, since it is the one dress that will aid your transformation into a stellar bride.

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