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Exquisitely Bold & Beautiful Grand Wedding Reception

Planning, Detailing & Styling Biji Planners @bijiplanners ,

Venue – @theguildinnestate @universal1982 ,

Photo – @latelierlumiere ,

Video – @prismmedialab ,

Decor & Design Floral @gpsdecors ,

Beauty @jenevoymakeupstudio @baljit_gill_artistry @fancyfaceinc

Cake Design: @finecakesbyzehraofficial

Chair & Rentals: @chairsandthrones

DJ @empire_djs

Graphics And Print @designerdancefloors

Maharaj and Maharani Styled Beautiful Outdoor Sikh Ceremony

Planning, Detailing & Styling Biji Planners @bijiplanners ,

Venue – @theguildinnestate @universal1982 ,

Photo – @latelierlumiere ,

Video – @prismmedialab ,

Decor & Design Floral @gpsdecors ,

Beauty @jenevoymakeupstudio ,

Graphics And Print @designerdancefloors

A Tale of Two Weddings

We are just back from a whirlwind vacation that included two weddings of our own very close friends and it got us to thinking. So of course that got us to writing and here is the product of those two activities.

After an exhausting twelve days on the road, 4663.8 km of driving, multiple parties, sporting events, brunches, American Thanksgiving and two weddings to bookend the entire trip – we took an entire day off from our days off and did absolutely nothing. But of course the anti-party couldn’t last forever and here we are back again, at the proverbial grindstone, to give you wedding ideas and fire your imaginations.

Our first couple were traditionalists all the way and had a huge family with many elderly and larger established families to accommodate. Their ceremony took place the first day of our vacation, so we drove eight hours, checked-in to the Hotel Friend’s-House, ate some sushi, napped a bit and threw on our party clothes. Jennifer and Kyle’s wedding was a classic formal affair with a hand-drawn backdrop of the place where Kyle proposed and held in a boutique hotel downtown with it’s own bar and waitstaff. Now this is the way to go for young couples who have parent’s who are helping foot the bill but don’t want to go for the church-side ceremony and thus cut down on the jarring change of venues for the older folks. It means everyone gets to meet up in one place, one time and the night ends where it started with valet parking or sleeping accommodations close at hand. How could you be anymore convenient and guest-centered? I don’t know.

The second couple practically eloped but included guests. The ceremony was held outdoors at a beautiful public park with a waterfall, the entire cast was piled into a gigantic limo from the bride and grooms home and whisked away to the nuptials and then to a large informal dinner in the back room of their favorite restaurant where toasts and jokes were made. The couple in question cut out multiple logistics nightmares by running a tight ship and inviting only those closest to them. Although informal the event had a feeling of guarded intimacy which left all those whose presence was requested feeling extremely honored to be there. The wedding party was taken back to the house and everyone just hung out and got real face to face time with the happy couple. Mary and Daniel are an unconventional couple and they had an unconventional wedding which suited them and made those gathered together all the more certain that they were perfect for one another.

Although these two ceremonies were very different they had the same idea, which is absolutely paramount to making the big day special. They did what they felt was right for them. This isn’t always an easy decision but it’s one everyone can respect and means having no regrets after the guests have gone home and it’s just the bride and groom.

Plan your wedding for yourselves. The statement you make will be punctuated by what you choose to do to honor each other just as much as what you do to honor your guests.

Tune in next week as we start a new series focusing on Holiday Themes, Mashups and Combo Weddings!

At GPS Decors our passion is seeing our clients light up once they know that their vision is now reality. Whatever your event, whatever the reason, we’re here to help you every step of the way. In Brampton, Mississauga and Toronto – GPS Decors will always be here to serve your every need.

GPS Decors – The Formula to Plan your Perfect Wedding – Part II

GPS Decors – The Formula to Plan your Perfect Wedding – Part II

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Today we’re tackling a big question. One that might seem like the most important but really only serves to support the answer to the biggest question of all, “What type of wedding do I want?”

The question is this: “What kind of bride do I want to be?”

Well? What kind of bride do you want to be? Let’s be honest here. Are you a princess deep down? Are you a bride-zilla waiting to happen? Are you the star of every show or a wallflower?

We aren’t here to plan your dress or your make-up or hair, before we all get confused. We’re here to talk about what type of bride you want to be, what kind, not what style. Style is another question we’ll get to that but we want to distinguish between the two which is why we’re covering them a few weeks apart.

The kind of bride means, in the simplest terms possible – how do you want to go about the process of envisioning, planning and ultimately executing the wedding which suits you best?

Are you a planner and list-maker by nature? Are you hands-off and easy-going? Are you a type-A and know you absolutely must be included in the smallest of details and decisions throughout the entire process start to finish?

Exhausting isn’t it?

Are you a DIY poster-child who loves crafts and home-cooking and can devote hours of stitch-time to give each and ever piece that personal touch. Or are you a no-nonsense take-no-prisoners bride-in-charge who wants the best of everything with sleek, modern touches which speak to your fashion sense?

It comes down to the real you being able to tell the people you’re closest to, exactly what you want to happen and what you’ll need from those around you during this often stressful process. When you’re honest with them, when there aren’t any surprises, you’ll be able to count on them all the way from the first letter on the first invitation to the last slice of wedding cake. 

Never ask more of yourself than you’re willing to give and don’t do that to others either. Ask your crew what they need from you and what their level of investment is going to be. It’s a way for everyone to feel included instead of obligated.

Next week Part III explores the experience we want our guests to have and what we can do to put the power in their hands and enjoy the ride!

For each event, for every milestone in the life of your family, G.P.S. Decors is here to provide the best in meeting all your expectations and exceeding them so you know that the big day is exactly that, Big! In Toronto, Brampton and Mississauga G.P.S. Decors is the extra set of eyes you need to see your vision through to the perfect wedding. Make your wedding, The wedding, not just any wedding.

GPS Decors – The Formula to Plan your Perfect Wedding (Part I)

The Formula to Plan your Perfect Wedding – Part  I

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Today is the first installment of our ten-part series on nailing down, once and for all, that all important question:

“What type of wedding do I want!?”

To answer this question you need to have answered, to your own satisfaction, a few much simpler and less daunting ones. So here they are:

“What kind of bride do I want to be?”

Every bride wants the same thing, to be beautiful and have a beautiful day.
How do you want to do that though? Do you want a grand statement? Do you want a quiet day of intimate sharing? Do you want to be the center of attention or just part of the crowd, there to celebrate the life you so blessed to be starting.

Answering this question honestly is going to put you on the right track to planning a ceremony and reception that speaks to your values more than you might think.

“What feeling do I want my guests to have?”

When your nearest and dearest show up to share in the celebration, what do you want to see on their faces? Wonder? Excitement? Reverence? All of those things are possible but you have to understand that the tone you set is a living thing and it is intentional in every single way. You are directing the movie of your life, the set is yours but the rest is all extemporaneous. What do props do you want to provide your cast?

“What memories are most the important to me?”

Do you want the classic mantelpiece silver-framed wedding photos and keepsakes out for each guest to see? Do you want a recording of the whole day for you to watch and re-watch as the years go by? What about a play-by-play blog written by you and your bridesmaids recording every last detail? Can you have a bit of each or maybe your idea of memories is less concrete and you just want to relax now that the big day is here and leave it up to the groom, he is supposed to do something afterall.

“What is the everyday hallmark of my personal style?”

Are you a tomboy? Do you wear a t-shirt and jeans everyday? Are you the everygirl or the standout? Whatever your walk or talk, you should stay true to that unless you are making a specific statement by stepping outside your comfort-zone. For your partner, who may have never seen you in a dress or in fancy makeup and might never again – you have the option to give him one day and night of sexy glamorous womanhood or you can stick to your guns. The choice is yours and it can set the tone for an entire wedding.

And finally, and most important, “Is my wedding for me? Or for them?”

Are we gathered here today to see you marry your one and only or are we gathered here today to make grandma happy? Let’s be serious and honest for a minute. If you’re not that into your wedding, it’s going to show in the choices you make and the way your wedding feels to those who attend. If you’re not doing it for you, get someone else to do the whole thing for you, really. Make sure you love your dress, the cake isn’t some overly traditional out-dated disaster and wash your hands of the whole mess until the big day arrives. If you’re not happy to be there then why did you show up at all? Give up the stress to someone who wants it and just show up to share in the laughter when the time finally comes.

Come back for Part II, when we explore the first of our five questions in-depth.

As always, when you’re looking for Wedding Decorations, in Toronto, Brampton or Mississauga – whether Traditional Indian, Contemporary or Modern – G.P.S. Decors is as excited about your wedding as you are. We take pride in creating and customizing wedding decorations and special details that make your vision come to life and stand out from other events. Make your wedding, The Wedding, not just any wedding. Call us today and we can start taking the work off your hands and putting it where it belongs, in ours.

Wedding Rehearsal Dinners

Wedding Rehearsal Dinners

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Should something have the chance to go wrong and that something has the choice between happening in front of four people or four-hundred, it’s going to choose four-hundred. Every single time. This is why practice makes perfect and the early bird gets the beautiful, blooper-free wedding.

After you spend months planning each detail and meeting with the people you entrust to help and advise you on each facet of the overarching theme and execution of a wedding; be it large or small, intimate or grandiose – the only time you really get to see it all as a cohesive and singular event, before it actually happens, is the rehearsal.

And more important than the walk-through and mock-speeches and “oh my god this is a disaster!” moments – is the dinner afterward which is your chance to thank everyone who has put so much time into your day, only to step into the background and cheer you on. So why not make it important to them so you show how important they really are to you?

Beyond the practice and resets and script finalization – take some time, have something prepared in advance and tell your people just why they are your people. Tell them all about how much of a helping hand they’ve been to you, how much relying upon them and knowing they would show up for you did to ease the stress and strain of keeping every last bit of detail straight in your overcrowded head.

Tell them that no matter what happens tomorrow, your life together has started off on the right foot, thanks in no small part to all the footwork they’ve put in. Honor them the way they honor you. Make sure the rehearsal dinner doesn’t feel as formal as the wedding. It is a night to relax and get things fine-tuned for that big day. This is not a night for anybody to feel more stressed because of a last-minute bride-zilla appearance. Don’t make unreasonable demands on those who have already done so much for you. When you speak to those gathered near to you, don’t mention their duty to you, thank them and speak about the debt you owe them and how seriously you take it.

Make sure you have put together unique gifts for each member of your inner-circle, telling them in deed as well as word, how greatly your life has benefited from their being in it. Show them how deeply touched you’ve been by the hard-work they’ve done for you. Don’t buy everyone a car, but make sure you’ve done your homework on the gift price-points for bridesmaids, groomsmen versus maids of honor and best men. Don’t skimp, just be genuine and thoughtful.

And finally have yourself a well-earned glass of champagne and get some beauty-sleep because tomorrow begins very early and will go very late if everything goes to plan. Give people with families the night off by setting your dinner early enough that they can just go chill out and prepare in whatever way they see fit to be completely “on” and get what they need to get right, right.

In Mississauga, Brampton and Toronto, G.P.S. Decors is dedicated to creating and customizing the wedding decorations and details for you and yours that will make your event stand out from the crowd and give you years of memories to cherish. Make your wedding, “The Wedding” and choose us to take care of it all, for you.

Something Borrowed or Something New?

Something Borrowed or Something New?

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A wedding is never a minor investment. Whether in manpower or money, you’re in for a penny and then in for a pound. So it’s not only smart to save where you can, but it’s also trendy and fashionable.

The easiest way to personalize a reception or ceremony is to use your personal items and those from your family, friends or wedding party to decorate and even host your event. If you love the Burlap and Lace and Rustic Wedding themes, combine them and borrow a friends grandparents ranch or farm to hold the big day. You have so many options you’ll be hard-pressed to decide by the time the day comes. There are so many details you can spin into something kitsch and hip without breaking the bank. So lets look at a couple.

Table cloth and place settings are easy-peasy when you raid your aunts’ linen closet and then make on-the-spot table settings to match from unused china or brilliant succulents in tiny tea-cups! Mason jar glasses with custom lace cozies and twine fittings with daisies tied to them – these also double as a great votive when you cut patterns throughout your lace to cast beautiful shadows throughout the space and on the faces of your guests.

If your big expense in flower-arrangements and gifts. There are so many ways to mitigate costs while making your wedding comfortable and welcoming and lovely for you and everyone who attends. Using wheat in place of ferns for foliage in your settings and even your bouquet. Making your own will save you money and give those who you’ve invited without a means to contribute otherwise (read – middle-school aged nieces, screaming cousins, broke uncles, et al.) a chance to pitch in and will make those you share your day with all that much prouder to be a part.

At GPS Decors we know that the stress of those weeks and months leading up to the big day are only aggravated by getting less than you paid for or agreed upon when it comes time to put it all together. Let our team work with you to plan the most efficient and pleasing use of your space and your budget. We have the experience you’re looking for to find every last penny you can save without cutting corners. For Wedding Decorations in Toronto, Brampton and Mississauga, whether it’s a Traditional Indian Wedding, a Contemporary Modern Wedding or any other event, G.P.S. Decors can help you get the best value and have the most time to enjoy that value.

In Mississauga, Brampton and Toronto, G.P.S. Decors is dedicated to creating and customizing the wedding decorations and details for you and yours that will make your event stand out from the crowd and give you years of memories to cherish. Make your wedding, “The Wedding” and choose us to take care of it all, for you.

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