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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.

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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.

Ausra & Deepan- Aug 29, 2010

Posted in Hindu on December 26, 2010 by sapnaweddings

Definitely one of our most original interfaith couples, Deepan and Ausra got married at the end of August and had a picturesque wedding reception at the Marriott Hotel in Downtown Toronto.

When Deepan approached us about a year before his wedding, he had a big challenge ahead of him – his Lithuanian bride was in Miami and would barely be able to make it to Toronto before the wedding.  His Sri Lankan parents had a vision of their own and he was stuck in the middle.  Deepan was not our typical groom, he had attention to detail and once he had an idea, it was hard to reel him back in!  We started by suggesting some of our favourite vendors and got him great deals along the way.

Deepan and Ausra worked to create a video save the date and then showed the final part of the video at the reception, a great way to tie in what the guests had already been introduced to during the year.

We decided to go super traditional for the ceremony, sticking to all of the Sri Lankan customs and putting together a wedding ceremony just like Deepan’s parents had imagined.  Deepan wanted to go the complete opposite for the reception so we helped him put together a more contemporary vision, sourcing 3 different vendors for his final look.  The plan was to incorporate Lithuanian traditions, so we had a welcoming ceremony where the bride’s parents greeted the couple when the entered into the reception with a tray of bread and salt accompanied by an accordian player – very cool.

See what Deepan & Ausra had to say about our services here!

Rupi & Dave – July 31 & Aug 1

Posted in Hindu, Sikh on December 24, 2010 by sapnaweddings

YOU DON’T DO BLACK AT AN INDIAN WEDDING!…OR DO YOU?

Going against conventional thought, our bride Rupi decided to incorporate black heavily into her wedding reception décor and went for a very classic and chic look like none we had seen before…and it worked; a black, red and crystal theme took over the room at the Westin Prince Hotel.

For the guests:

–          Black table cloths with black satin napkins and black fitted chair covers

–          Centrepieces alternated between short, square black vases with all red florals and black feathers and 36” tall black vases with red florals and black sticks

For the family:

–          Gun metal table cloths with black runners, black satin napkins and black fitted chair covers

–          Centrepieces were black Mansonita trees with hanging tealights, crystals and red flowers alternating with short black vases with red florals

–          Tables were also accented with crystal candle holders  and multi-tiered red rose arrangements

For the headtable:

–          A 30ft black backdrop and crystal curtains and black chandeliers

–          Black table cloths with a white/crystal lace overlay

–          Short black vases with red flowers and Crystal globe accents

We have tons of pics to share!

July 16 & 18 – Gardens & Bellvue Manor

Posted in Hindu on December 24, 2010 by sapnaweddings

This was one of the most visually stunning events we did this year!  The ceremony took place right at the edge of the water with a beautiful, flowing mandap, full of colour opening up to lake.  The overnight weather before the wedding created a lot of doubt for this outdoor ceremony as it was pouring rain right up until 6am.  We were on the phone making decisions on setup from 5am, it was a very close call but luckily the day cleared up and we had to work frantically to pull it all together in such a large space with so many elements that needed looking after.

The work was well worth it as guests arrived to something you could only see in the movies, something that people dream abouth when they think of an outdoor indian wedding.  We were in charge of managing all of the vendors (6 of them), making sure the setup was correct, all of the elements were included, the setup was ontime, the photo/video team were at the right places , pictures were coordinated, guests were managed as they arrived on the large property and of course had to keep everything on time!

With such a high standard set from the ceremony, it was hard to believe that the reception would be able to still wow the guests but a white and crystal luxury theme managed to do just that.  One of the best setups we have seen, we worked before the event to give our advice in coordinating the centrepieces and linens with exactly what the client had envisioned.  The day of the reception was crazy with so many things to manage, audio/video to be tested, decor to be checked, floorplan to be altered, just to name a few.

A common problem at wedding receptions is the floorplan and this event was no exception.  When planning the placement of tables and staging is very important and in many cases a plan that looks good on paper is not executed well in real life.  When we entered the hall, about 3 hours before start time, we noticed that 4 guest tables on either side of the stage were placed BESIDE the stage when they should have been moved forward to begin in front of the stage.  This way all guests would be able to see the bride & groom.  Since the tables were already set, we had to involve the floor manager to shift around the tables.  Even the venue manager came on site and was not very happy with making the change but we pushed back and forced the halls to shift the tables so that everyone could see.  On paper, the floorplan worked well and the tables were placed correctly, but onsite, the situation was quite different and we would have had over 80 guests stuck without a good view if we weren’t there to change things around.

Take a look at the wicked pics…:)

Sharda & Mohit – July 1 & 2 – Sagan & Paramount

Posted in Hindu on October 13, 2010 by sapnaweddings

Sharhit or Mo-da, as I liked to call them, were one of many in a long line of friends who hired us for their wedding.  They got some great references from their family and friends and decided to take the plunge and hire our team to help them book all of their vendors and plan their 2-day extravaganza.

We helped them choose their photographer, videographer, decorator, florist, hair & makeup, horse and limo, saving them $1500!!  The process of choosing their vendors was made much simpler as we broke down their needs, wants and budget and recommended vendors in each category that were great fits for them.

As their big day approached, we provided a ton of support to Sharda & Mohit who were very organized but still needed some advice and great ideas to help pull everything together.  It was on the day of the reception however where Sharhit really got to see us in action!

The couple and their families decided to arrive early for photos, that meant they were there and watching as we worked our magic to pull everything together.  That meant helping to troubleshoot with every changing guest counts (even on the day of!), completely rearranging  a floorplan left their families behind the main stage after the décor was all setup and helping to orchestrate one of the funniest entrances we had seen to date!

At the end of it all, Sharda & Mohit were more than ecstatic about our work and had nothing but great things to say about our service.  Check out their BLAZING video testimonial here and their pics below…

Meetu & Puleen – July 3, Liberty Grand

Posted in Hindu on September 21, 2010 by sapnaweddings

What a super sweet and nice couple Meetu & Puleen were!  Just great to work with and real pleasure getting to know these two.  Meetu & Puleen had us plug into their event after they had hired all of their vendors and were looking for support to pull off a ceremony and reception back to back at Liberty Grand.

The most complicated thing about a back to back ceremony and reception is that both events need to be setup practically at the same time as there is usually no more than an hour between each.  We arrived extra early to make sure both events were ready to go, working with the decorator, DJ and venue all at once to make sure the event looked perfect and all of the sound, video, slideshows, etc were tested.

As the event started we ran into a snag right away.  Due to a very loud picnic and lots of animals in the Liberty Grand fairgrounds, the horse for the baraat was very agitated and was not in a safe condition for the groom to mount.  After trying for several minutes to calm the horse down, our team made the decision to re-route the baraat on the fly and try to make up for lost time.  The bride’s side was very anxious and worried as they waited for the groom to arrive, but we keep everyone in the loop, informing them of what was going on so that they understood what was causing the delay. 

As the baraat rounded the corner, we quickly organized everyone for the milni and worked to control the crowd and get the day back on track.  The ceremony started about 15mins late so to make up for lost time, we whipped through our well organized post-ceremony family pics while the rest of the guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

Inside the main hall, the room was all setup with a very fresh pink and lime green themed backdrop added a punch to the room and really highlighted the overall look and feel of the reception which was preceded by an outdoor ceremony.

During the programme, we worked with the MCs, DJ and kitchen to time the serving of courses so that no dish was being served or cleared while speeches were going on.  The entire timing of the evening ran through our team to ensure everyone was on the same page.

It was a great event and our bride and groom could not to more happy with the way their entire day turned out – enjoy the pics!