Colour Trends for 2014 – a la Sapna Weddings

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 11, 2013 by sapnaweddings

A couple of years ago we posted some of our favourite palettes and it was a huge hit so we are putting together a part two to help inspire 2014 brides!

1. Watermelon / Kelly Green / White – fresh and crisp, this colour scheme is gorgeous for an outdoor wedding.  Picture white table cloths, watermelon napkins with pink and white florals with lots of greenery.  Aspidistra leaves are amazing to wrap in vases or loop at the bottom of your floral arrangement.  Add a sparkling raspberry lemonade stand and give your guests a fresh treat!

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2. Pewter / Gold / Cream – I’m picturing this for a reception, creating a lounge look that is bold and very posh.  Pewter table cloths, glass charger plates with gold beads, cream napkins, gold chiavari chairs.  Sexy, classy and ultra chic.

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3. Fuchsia / Fig / Orange – another bold colour palette, don’t be intimidated by the bright colours.  You don’t have to use these colour throughout the decor.  Keep the tablecloths and chair covers light but add the colour through the napkins and centrepieces.

4.  Same colours, two ways.  Orange / Navy / White vs Peach / Light Blue / White.  Turn it up or down a notch, whatever suits your style and vision.  Orange and white flowers for your centrepiece on a navy table cloth with white chair covers and gold charger plates.  Use this versatile colour scheme inside or outdoors.

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on the lighter side…

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Full Time Job Posting

Posted in Uncategorized on October 15, 2011 by sapnaweddings

FULL TIME POSITION – WEDDING PLANNING COORDINATOR

Sapna South Asian Wedding Planning Services (Sapna Weddings) is an upscale, high-end wedding planning business in an up and coming wedding planning industry dedicated to South Asians who are looking for help planning their wedding and wedding related events. Sapna Weddings (www.sapnaweddings.com) prides itself on its passion from within, unrivaled attention to detail and unsurpassed customer service. We believe that a business is only as good as its people, so we are looking for the best of the best to join our growing team. With over 250 events in our portfolio, we’re looking to take our company to the next level — and you could be a part of us changing how the South Asian Wedding Industry works!

Sapna Weddings provides a flexible work environment and is looking for help on a full-time basis. We are quickly expanding and are in need of dedicated, creative individuals looking to learn and make a splash — both creatively & professionally. Through our unparalleled training, we will prepare you for a successful opportunity with our company.

A strong candidate for the Wedding Coordinator position will have a passion for cultural weddings, excellent organizational skills, and will demonstrate superior communication skills. The candidate must have the ability to work under pressure while managing many different types of personalities and juggling multiple tasks. The candidate will also demonstrate strong leadership skills while being able to execute the perfect event.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities would include but not be limited to:
• Wedding Sales
• Conduct appointments with clients, create vision, collaborate in design and manage wedding day execution
• Fulfill administrative duties, including telephone and email communication, and calendar management
• Contact prospective customers by phone, email, newsletters, etc. to hold interest and increase sales
• Assist and facilitate special projects and problem solving with all staff members as needed
• Prepare time schedules, agendas and informational materials for weddings
• Creation of promotional & marketing campaigns and ideas
• Full time position including early mornings, evenings, weekends, and holidays
• Extensive independence, initiative and judgment are necessary in the execution of responsibilities

Preferred Qualifications & Skills
• Experience with planning special events
• Outstanding customer service skills/Must be people oriented
• Exceptional organizational and project management skills
• Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
• Ability to work independently and contribute in a team environment
• Must have strong creative side
• Must be detail-oriented with strong multi-tasking abilities
• MUST BE ABLE TO WORK UNDER PRESSURE
• Desire to succeed
• Must be able to work weekends, evenings, early morning and holidays

If you are interested in applying for a position, please email your resume, cover letter and picture/headshot to: jobs[at]sapnaweddings.com

Our Favourite Weddings – July 2011

Posted in Hindu, Sikh on September 18, 2011 by sapnaweddings

Hands down the busiest month we have ever encountered – July was a whirlwind!  With two long weekends falling in July, the wedding industry was burning the candle on both ends to get through this wicked month.  The good thing is we got to work with so many amazing couples with so many great ideas, the bad thing is that it is that much harder to pick our favourites!

Roli & Shiv

The second wedding in 7 months we had the pleasure of doing for this family!  Loved what was done for their “love seat” – very contemporary and chic.  Also one of the few couples who actually paid attention to wedding stationary – loved the bold and matching seating cards, table numbers, menus, guest favour stickers and donation note 🙂

Archna & Neeraj – Eagles Nest/Embassy Grand

Outdoor weddings are not without their challenges – you can never predict the weather, the setup and teardown is much more complicated and the rain plan is never as nice, nevertheless A&N took their chances and ended up with a gorgeous day at Eagle’s Nest Golf Course.  The setup was simple, yet elegant and the grey clouds cleared just as the ceremony began.  We also chose this wedding b/c we really liked our bride Archna :).  A self-admitted stressball, Archna was cool as a cucumber as we put together an event she could only dream of.

Cassandra & Ravi Jr – Crystal Fountain

Man oh man, Cass, you killed us.  An intense wedding is an understatement for this 2 day affair that boasted one of the larger decor budgets we have seen.  Like nothing we had seen before, the debut of the “framed mandap” and reception “water bar” made this an affair to remember – not to mention the constant shifts and changes to decisions throughout the day, we were making adjustments all the way through but the guests didn’t even notice!

Heena & Dilbagh – Pearson

A big, fat Punjabi wedding!  Haven’t seen a fresh look like this in a while – water, trees, curly cues!  Totally different and totally unconventional – just like Heena 🙂

Salwa & Jeff – Palais Royale

One of the first clients who signed us 2 years before their wedding, we helped S&J space out their planning so that it was a stress-free process for them both as Salwa traveled the globe!  From finding the perfect venue to selecting the best vendors to fit their style and budget, it was a smooth couple of years with a fantastic result.

Our Favourite Weddings – May 2011

Posted in Hindu, Sikh on June 13, 2011 by sapnaweddings

With the number of weddings we are working on, it’s hard to do a post on every one, so we decided to do our monthly favourites to share with all of our loyal followers.  The month of May was a great one for clients who went outside the scope of a regular wedding, they picked stunning locations, did unique concepts and pushed the envelope on decor.  We are proud to have a hand in every single one, here are our favourite weddings for May 2011:

Ravina & Herman

Had a Sikh reception with 200 guests.  Need I say more? 🙂  A cocktail style reception in a very unique location, it was the reception that many couples dream of but can never plan because their families need to invite everyone they have ever met.  Kudos to R&H for managing their guest count and pulling off an event that was all party, no fluff.

Arika & Ajay

Our first wedding at the Montreal Science Centre – wow.  Located in Old Montreal, sitting right on the edge of the water, the Belvedre Room at the MSC is a gorgeous floor to ceiling window venue.  Now, renting a space that only provides you with 4 walls is a logistical mission, dealing with rentals, servers, caterers and 3 different decor vendors all working to pull the event together, but it was a challenge we were up to, especially for our bride who was one of THE SWEETEST brides we have ever met!

Priya & Jayshan

Priya came to us 1.5years ago with one request, she needed to have the traditional wedding but wanted to create something unique in every aspect of the decor, venue, food and entertainment.  We did just that to find vendors who could meet her high expectations.  P&J’s wedding had a plexiglass mandap, 450 ice chivari chairs, a silk acrobat performance the likes of Cirque du Soliel and a 40ft long dessert table.  Yup, definitely in the running for wedding of the year.

Photo Shoot Locations

Posted in Uncategorized on June 5, 2011 by sapnaweddings

Photo Shoot Locations!  This is one of the most difficult things to decide on for our couples.  A Park?  A Farm?  An Industrial Area? One of the last things all of our couples do is choose their photo shoot locations because it proves to be difficult to find the perfect place.  If the decision is left until the last minute, then you could possibly be stuck with a location that doesn’t meet expectations, requires a permit or in the worst case are driving around with your photographer the day of your wedding looking for a park to shoot in.

Majority of the time the lateness in choosing a location is because couples just don’t know where to go.  We often defer to the photographer to help but have found that even they are not always the best resource in offering suggestions – they are very busy making memories for our couples 🙂

So here is a teaser of our personal research on spots around the city to go for your post ceremony or pre reception photos.  Now, we haven’t been to all of these places but I figure this is a great place for someone to start their research.  Looking for more ideas?  Give us a shout!

EAST END TORONTO

–          Scarborough Bluffs

–          Guildwood Park

–          Beaches

–          Kleinburg Railway Station

NORTH TORONTO

–          Unionville Main St

–          Too Good Pond

–          Richmond Greens

–          Black Creek Pioneer Village

DOWNTOWN TORONTO

–          St. Lawrance Market

–          Distillery District

–          Casa Loma

–          Berekley Church

–          TD Centre

–          U of T campus  – Hart House

–          York University – Osgoode Hall

–          Don Valley Brickworks

–          Spadina House

–          Edward Gardens

WEST TORONTO

–          James Gardens

–          Humber Arboretum

–          Mississauga City Hall

–          Chinguacousy Park

–          Kariya Park

–          BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir

If you enjoyed this post, check out some of our other ones on the blog!  If you’re looking for some help, please give us a call or email us at info@sapnaweddings.com.

The Skinny on Wedding Cakes

Posted in Uncategorized on March 23, 2011 by sapnaweddings

How to Choose Your Wedding Cake

With wedding season approaching, I get a ton of questions from my brides on cakes.  Do I even need a cake?  How do you choose a good wedding cake vendor?   What makes a good cake?  Let me first start with a cake story which emphasizes the importance of an experienced cake vendor.

Common Misconception – candles too close can melt a cake – WRONG!

This happened during a reception of ours and some of the family members thought the candles around the cake were causing the problem.  Take a look at the pictures below, there were votive candles set up around the cake, but weren’t lit.  Candles cannot melt a cake into tipping, the only thing that can cause a cake to tip over is poor construction.

We interviewed some of the city’s most experienced cake makers including Roxy from Roxycakes & Diana Shin from Papillon Cakes to see what they had to say.  “The internal structure of a cake has to be solid and sound, similar to a house.  The construction must be done with  wooden or heavy duty plastic dowels in order for it to support the rest of the cake”, said Roxy from Roxycakes.  “If a cake’s structure shifts after it has been put together, there is no way you can attribute that to candles.  Candles will not shift the structure of a cake, the only thing that can do that is if the cake is poorly made”, said Diana.

When this cake was taken apart to serve, we found that the cake was not held together with dowels but with straws!   Needless to say, this was not one of our recos!

What should your cake look like?

  1. A cake is a part of your wedding décor – it’s in the front of the room, should match you theme/décor and is in a lot of pictures so it has to look good!
  2. Consider the height of the ceilings in your venue – the higher the ceilings, the taller your cake should be
  3. Cakes made with fondant are the most popular these days.  Fondant icing is the smooth icing that goes on cakes and lasts longer than buttercream icing which look a little messier and can also melt

What should your cake taste like?

  1. There are so many fun flavours – consider Cookies & Cream, Ferrero Rocher, Passion Fruit and Banana Cream Pie
  2. The cake must be moist, bouncing back and not crumbling on your fork

What makes a good cake vendor?

  1. Experience – look for someone that has been doing wedding cakes for minimum 3 years
  2. Quality Ingredients – fresh butter, fresh cream, no artificial flavours
  3. Creative ideas – work with your vision or if you don’t have one, help with you develop a concept based on your colour scheme and overall look and feel

What if I don’t like or want a cake?

  1. Consider a macaroon tower
  2. Cupcakes
  3. Extensive dessert spread
  4. Something more fun like a Tiny Tom Donut cart or an ice cream cart

Our Favourite 2010 Cakes

Posted in Uncategorized on March 23, 2011 by sapnaweddings

Cake 1 – One of our all time favourites – known as The Queen’s Cake, a very classic and traditional cake but with a unique ferrero rocher filling – yum!

Cake 2- Simple and clean, love the straight lines and the exaggerated flowers.  Absolutely perfect for this fully draped room

Cake 3 – Waterfalls of crystals – enough said

Cake 4 – Simple details, if that makes sense!  Combining 3 different textures in a perfect form, this cake is a work of art.  We also LOVED the very unique colour scheme

Cake 5 – Dome cake, completely outside the cake box 🙂