Planning the Wedding YOU Want!
Congratulations! You or somebody you know is getting married. Maybe you’re helping plan your kid’s big day. Maybe this blog is just the motivation you need to go ahead and pop the question yourself! Whatever the case, wedding season is around the corner and we’re here to help! Insert so many confetti and champagne emojis.
At Provisions, we are enamoured with the challenge of creating an art installation that serves as the ultimate reflection of a couple’s relationship. We REALLY love being a part of two people’s special day. Having planned and executed a number of fun and successful weddings, We sat down the other week and discussed not how to plan just a wedding, but how to plan the wedding you ACTUALLY want.
We know weddings are stressful. We know that sometimes weddings turn the kindest of souls into brutish monsters that flip tables and scream blue murder into the faces of the ones we love the most. So let’s plan for this and find ways to make it eliminate stress before it builds.
- Avoid buyer’s remorse: make a strict, realistic budget and stick to it. Do not deviate, stick to your guns and keep one another in check – you’re a team now! Discuss priorities and “splurge items” early on in the planning process, and discuss what you don’t want – don’t want a cake? DON’T GET ONE.
- Shop around and compare. If one catering company isn’t giving you the food you want, just stop fussing about and choose one of Toronto’s greatest wedding planners and caterers of all time: Provisions Catering and Events. We’re the best. Confidence: our favourite ingredient.
- Get off Pinterest...for now. We know the tiny details are exciting, but you need to start with big-picture stuff, and chances are golden lamay bridal socks are NOT your highest priority for the day.
- Initial concepts to discuss: theme, vision of timeline, flow of food service, and how that will effect budget. Once you get to the details, you’ll know the bases are covered.
- Let your Wedding Planner work for you. You’re paying them to be an extension of yourself on your special day, so communicate what you don’t want to worry about, sit back, and relax. Our own in-house wedding planner Mandy is certified by the Wedding Planners Institute of Canada and she hustles to make sure that every finite detail is considered by bundling her services with our catering contract.
That age old expression “There’s an App for that!” directly applies. Plan paperless and back up often. Don’t spend $200 on a lavish Wedding Planning Binder from Indigo. Spend that money on your “honeyfund” and check some boxes on that bucket list. Here are a couple of sites and apps to help you stay organized and plan efficiently.
- Take your wedding to the cloud. Google Drive helps you keep all of your documents, quotes and inspiration mood boards all in one place.
- Worried about not having enough cash to go explore the wilds of South Dakota? The Honeyfund.com is an online registry that helps your friends and family give you some honeymoon capital for you and your newly betrothed to trot the globe.
- Don’t know how much is “average” to spend on each vendor? Visit TheKnot.com and create your own budget by inputting your final spend, and it will suggest budgets for each category! HINT: if a vendor asks for your budget DO NOT tell them your final spend.
- How do we communicate our wedding back up plans? Websites like AppyCouple help you organize online invites, wedding websites, RSVPs and vendor lists.
- In the need of some off-the-beaten-path wedding advice? The internet is filled with wedding blogs, but this one is our favourite go-to: OffBeatBride!
- Looking for a venue? Check out venues all across Ontario and beyond through our friends at EventSource or WeddingWire.com. If you’re looking for something smaller or more casual in a cool artsy loft, check out ThisOpenSpace. (You can always ask Mandy about the venues that we are currently preferred caterers at in Toronto.)
Food: our real area of expertise. Your wedding day menu should be a representation of your love for one another. Suggest dishes to your caterer that brought you two together. Think of flavours that you mutually love. Get inspiration from the menus of restaurants you spent your first dates at. The food can serve as an insight into your everyday lives. Here are a few routes for you to consider:
- DISCOVER: A plated dinner option allows for several courses of chef-inspired food. Check out our Instagram for menu ideas and inspirations.
- SHARE: A family style sit down dinner is a more casual approach and buffered with some passed snacks and charcuterie boards, a communal approach that remains elegant.
- GATHER: If your crowd is more into the idea of dancing the night away, set up a few food stations around your venue to facilitate conversation and busting a move on the dance floor.
Your wedding day is supposed to be the first of many spins around the earth with the one you love the most for decades to come. It’s your first bash as a newly minted couple! Make it a priority to have fun. Leave the sweating of the small stuff to, oh I don’t know, an extremely capable and meticulous Catering and Events company. If you’re about to tie the knot, give us a shout and we’ll see what we can do to help you out!
All Photos by Brooke Wedlock