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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

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 🙂

Sapna Weddings & Events @ The ANOKHI Gala

Posted in Uncategorized on March 5, 2011 by sapnaweddings

So Sapna Weddings jumped into events with a BIG undertaking this year, the 5th Annual ANOKHI Gala, celebrating excellence in the South Asian community and establishing itself as the premier South Asian event of the year. 

It began as a meeting, a pitch for our services, showing ANOKHI that our excellence in wedding planning could be translated into handling a major event.  All of the skills we had mastered while planning our client weddings were those that would help us tackle this challenge.  People management, working under pressure, attention to detail, conflict resolution, ability to make informed decisions on the spot, balancing priorities, the list goes on!  Our meeting impressed the ANOKHI team, who invited us on board as the official Event Managers of the Gala.  

Managing the event this year was no small feat.  ANOKHI had rasied the bar once again, combining their success of the past with a new twist.  Not only did we host a VIP Celebrity reception, Fashion Show and After Party but this year they added a sit down dinner – it was like combining 4 events in one night :).

We began the planning in November for the February 4 show date.  Our role involved managing all of the logistics of the event: scheduling, coordinating vendors, liasing with sponsors, managing inventory, floorplans, on-site advertising components, guest list management, the list goes on.  We worked closely with the ANOKHI team, giving our expert advice and learning lots along the way.  Events are ever changing and as predicted (or unpredicted) we had some major show changing events which occurred only 2 weeks before the show but quick adjustments and some reorganization on our part helped to smooth things over.

As the planning progressed, our role became larger and we were soon the point team for over 20 major sponsors, all who needed direction and decisions from us while we managed the overall interests of the Gala.  Not a logistical decision was made without our input – we needed it this way as ultimately on the day of the event, it was our responsibility to ensure things ran smoothly.

We began to oversee set up at our event venue Liberty Grand 3 days before the event, collaborating with the venue, A/V team and the various other companies involved in the setup of the event.  Every decision ran through our team, we knew the event inside and out and were responsible for making sure it was setup exactly as planned.  When the Gala day approached, we were super excited and took over managing the execution of all of the months of planning.

Our team had a leader for each of the major events, each leader was responsible for ensuring the setup and flow of their area as the night went out.  We were all linked into each other for support as issues arose during the evening.  Each instance was dealt with one by one as we troubleshooted things which could not have been predicted and made sure Raj Girn (ANOKHI CEO) was not bothered with minor details as she hosted the event.  By12midnight our job was over and we partied in the VIP lounge, toasting to the success of our first event 🙂

It was our pleasure to work with some of the best in the business: the event venue Liberty Grand, event sponsors Johnny Walker and Moroccan Oli, event decorators Design 2 Decor, caterers Fine Cakes by Zehra and The Host, photographers Projected Life, just to name a few. 

A big thanks to ANOKHI for giving us an opportunity to be involved in such a milestone event!

photos courtesy of Projected Life Photography

We’re Hiring…Again!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 30, 2010 by sapnaweddings

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 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 200 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 part-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.

If you are interested in applying for a position, please email your resume & cover letter to: info@sapnaweddings.com.