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How Dates and Times Impact Wedding Costs

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Marriage, it seems, will never go out of fashion. Even with the rise in cohabitation, every year, over 150,000 Canadians still choose to formally tie the knot, with an average sticker price of just over $32K – a whopping investment to make for a one-day party. Yet this already high cost can become even higher depending on where, when, and how you get married. Time of year, and even time of day, can have a huge impact on your costs. Here’s what you need to know to control the final cost of your wedding.

Save the Date

If you’ve been a frequent wedding guest, you’re probably aware that the most popular months to get married are July and August. 49% of weddings will occur between July and September. The most popular month to marry in is August. September has edged out July for second most popular month for the second consecutive year. Because demand is so high, expect to pay a premium in these months. The least popular months are January, March and November, so you can expect to save money from venues and vendors eager to keep busy during this low season. If you are willing to take a risk on weather or have a partially indoor wedding, consider shoulder season months like May, June, September and October, where prices will also be lower than in peak season. Summer weddings run the risk of messing up your friends’ cottage plans, but it’s a sacrifice most people are willing to make, especially with 6-9 months’ notice.

Watch the Time

If you absolutely must have a Valentine’s Day or Christmas wedding, or you really want to get married in June, there are still ways to save. Like most events, weddings are cheaper if held Sunday to Thursday; most venues won’t be packed, so you’ll have your pick of dates, and discounts should be offered. A Friday brunch reception in the winter can save you big bucks compared to a Saturday dinner reception on an August long weekend An even greater savings can come from having your ceremony and reception at an unconventional time – breakfast, say, or brunch. Holding a brunch reception means that your alcohol costs should be greatly reduced, allowing you to plow the savings back into a really spectacular meal; you can have chef stations where guests can order custom omelettes and waffles, or load up on seafood platters heavy on premium ingredients like raw oysters, shrimp and smoked salmon. You can also have an afternoon or evening wedding with a cake reception. If this is specified on the invitation, guests will know to go ahead and eat lunch or dinner first – you’re going to be providing not only delicious wedding cake, but lots of other sweet treats and beverages for them to enjoy.


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Cake table decorations for Wedding

Cake Table Decor

Wedding is one of the most special celebrations in every one’s life. So you would absolutely want it to be absolutely extraordinary. Nothing less than perfection is exactly what you desire, on your wedding day. And when it comes to wedding, wedding cakes are the most important element of the day. Hence, comes the cake table decoration for wedding that needs to be taken extra care of.

An essential part of this occasion is the decoration of the cake table. Mostly every bride dream of three things when it comes to their wedding – a beautiful gown, a diamond ring from him and a sinful cake. It is quite expected that you too wanted to have a very matchlessly and stunningly decorated cake table on your most special day. While getting the table decorated, a very important factor that must be remembered is that the decoration of the table should highlight the cake and never overpower it.

On your wedding day the cake will remain one of the most important centers of attraction for all your guests. . Whether they are a bunch of kids, your office mates or the older ones – all eyes are stuck on the cake until you and your cut it lovingly. So naturally, you must decorate it so well, that it easily catches everyone’s attention.

If you are following any theme for your wedding, it is ideal to decorate a cake table keeping the theme in mind. You can either follow the combination of colors you have used for the venue decoration, or may follow the theme through some other element for your wedding cake table decoration. Ranging from simple look to heavy ornamental decoration, your wedding decorator will assist you with the best possible options.

Floral Decoration – This is one of the most widespread style of cake table decoration chosen and preferred in most weddings. The cake table can be decorated with fresh flowers, keeping a relevance with the theme of your wedding. This will not only give your cake table an elegant look, but with the use of exotic flowers this will also enhance the grace of it.

Putting tulles into use – You can use tulle for decoration; the most attractive way in which you can use is by hanging it from the ceiling and draping it around the table. The tulle can be used in different colors, to make the decoration look colorful.

Usage of floral decorative in adorning the cake table – While using flowers for wedding decoration, another very innovative way, to make your cake table look gorgeous is by using floral decorative rather than just fresh flowers on it. Artificial flowers are best used to make these decorative pieces. Often these artificial floral artifacts can be used as cake top decorations.

Decking with fountain  – Usage of fountains has gained popularity in recent years. You can include a small fountain while decorating your table or even your cake. Along with this if there is an addition of exotic flowers and light in the décor, it will look beautiful.

Innovating with candles and modern lights – A wedding decoration is not complete without candles and lights. And when it comes to the wedding cake, candles are a must. It is a very gorgeous way to decorate your cake table, especially if it is an evening wedding. You can put candles all around the table in various decorative forms like, using floating candles or florist style candles. Lights can also be put to use to decorate the sides of your table making it a special attraction during the evening.

Using beads and flower garlands – The usage of beads in decorating your cake and cake table will make it look extraordinary. Appling the flower garland around your table will actually add to the beauty of the already decorated cake.

With the decoration of the cake table you should also have a well decorated backdrop. This will add charm to your beautifully decked cake table.

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How To Save Money on your Wedding ?

How To Save Money on your Wedding ?

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As with everything else in life, the cost of a wedding has risen over the years, and weddings will now run you about $22,000, and that’s just the average. Your tab will likely be higher if you’re hosting the event in a more expensive region city.

No need to panic though, This doesn’t mean you need to head for City Hall. Sure, we all have friends who’ve thrown lavish receptions, hiking up the average with full orchestras, scads of peonies (out of season), and gift bags. But what do you remember about those weddings, the best man’s speech or the flowers?

The fact is, you can spend as much or as little as you want — the idea is to create a memorable occasion that will carry you into a happy marriage. If a guest can go to a wedding and walk away knowing more about the bride and groom, and feel as if they’ve stepped into something very personal and learned a story about two people, that’s what makes a wedding much more unique.

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So how do you throw an experience that you and your guests will remember for years to come, while staying within the confines of a budget?

First of all, let’s do the math. In order to stay within bounds, you have to actually set a budget. Your first priority may be flowers, but you’re off to the wrong start if you allocate money to buy them without first determining how much you can spend on the entire occasion, including engagement ring, honeymoon, and everything in between.

Once you’ve put a cap on spending, evaluate your priorities. Brides and grooms that they shouldn’t take a large portion of their budget and use it in one area. That will allow for other areas to fall short, A budgeting tool, will help you divvy up the money so all your bases are covered.  Don’t forget to create a buffer of about 10 percent of the overall budget in case you go over your planned number of guests.

Consider a destination wedding. It sounds more expensive, but it actually isn’t, especially if you choose your location carefully.

Hotels have incentive to give you a great deal, because their business is built upon guests staying there, so if you’re going to bring them 50 rooms for three nights, they’ll want to work with you. Also, many beach hotels and resorts are all-inclusive, meaning meals and drinks are included in the price of your stay. But be wary of the wedding packages offered — they may come across as a great deal, but many services are ala carte.

Also, don’t be afraid to throw your weight around. Vendors want your business, so there’s no harm in trying to strike a bargain. In fact, not negotiating is downright silly. When buying your dress, it’s always a good idea to shop around — most bridal stores can order any dress, so if you have a picture of what you want, bring it to a couple shops and compare prices.

Once you’ve decided, then offer to purchase the bridesmaid dresses from the same store — for a discounted price. By the same token, you can ask the caterer if they’ll throw in linens, or any other services not already covered, for free or at least at a discount. These little things can really start to add up fast.

Get creative. People tend to put so much emphasis on proper wedding etiquette, forgetting that this is their day. I’m definitely not suggesting you skip the thank-you cards, but it’s OK to stray from the norm in other areas.

The uncomfortable issue that surrounds people with weddings is that they are always concerned with doing the right thing. As guests, we go to these weddings, go for cocktails, sit for dinner, then get up and dance — we all become robots. If you break that formula, you’re actually providing something that is really unique, You can save big by skipping the sit down dinner in favor of an extended cocktail party with passed hors d’oeuvres, for instance.

Make some cuts. Rather than trimming the people you want at your happy occasion, think about trimming say, two courses from your five-course meal. Then get rid of the fully stocked bar and offer a signature cocktail instead. Have a fabulous cosmopolitan or vodka bar, but don’t have every single top-shelf liquor. This keeps costs down because you’ll have less open bottles, and you pay for every bottle that’s opened.

Let the experts be experts. Your job with vendors is to be upfront and firm about your budget; their job is to stay within it. Go into meetings with a clear idea of how much you can spend, and ask what they can do in that price range. If they’re good, they’ll be able to offer lots of suggestions: florists can substitute flowers that are in season, but still offer the same color scheme and feel; the bakery can create a small version of your dream cake, and then a similar sheet cake to serve; and wedding invitations can be done without the fanciest paper or designs.

You don’t need to be embarrassed about having a budget. Everyone should have one, and people will respect you more for having one.

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

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

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The last two posts have been all about our surroundings and our intention when it comes to our family and friends who come to stand with us while we move onto another phase in life. But lets get back to what’s really important, you. Well, not you specifically, more your memories of you, that day, with those people and how you want to shape those things?

“What memories are most important to me?”

Of course your wedding day is a day for making memories, everyone knows that and the cliché has been around longer than you or I have so it must be true. But that doesn’t mean you have to stick to passe and bourgeois methods for capturing them.

There will be pictures! You are going to be on film. Your make-up team and hairdresser will take care of this. In the spirit of discretion and personal vanity, make sure you have a wedding hairstyle and a reception hairstyle backup should the locks not stay for the party. Don’t spend the whole night checking your looks either. The camera phones will go away after the ceremony and won’t come out until the speeches. Because having fun with a camera phone is more difficult and people are there to party. You can also request that people refrain from digital photos to prevent your nuptials from being plastered all over social media.

Get your pre-wedding photos taken with your maids and men and then get down and have a good time. If you obsess about how each photo is going to turn out you’ll miss a heck of a good time. Besides, you’ve hired someone to make those choices for you and your money should ensure their discretion at not developing those less flattering photographs which may or may not exist.

What else can we say about memories? They definitely change over the years. So maybe you could look into video-blogging the whole thing from multiple perspectives or your bridesmaids and family. That way your anniversary dinner will have the night’s entertainment built in and your partner will see exactly how much hell you went through to get to that special day.

More than anything else, memories live in our minds and hearts. So in that spirit, whatever your decisions on methodology for capturing memories is, you have to make some for there to be any worth capturing. Get all the quality time in with your guests that you can. Those candid and warm moments will come out naturally and you won’t ever have to manufacture fun or ease. The best pictures of our weddings are often the ones we don’t even know we’re in.

For Wedding Decorations in Toronto, Brampton or Mississauga, you need look no further than G.P.S. Decors. Our capable experienced team are ready to handle every eventuality so you can do what is most important. Make memories which will last far into the future. Make your wedding, The Wedding, instead of just a wedding.

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.

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Wedding Cakes you can’t do without…

Wedding Cakes you can’t do without

Sweets make any occasion special. Be it a birthday party or an engagement, the day is not over until sweets are served. And if it’s your wedding, it is just not complete without your special wedding cake.

Choosing from an array of delicious wedding cakes it often gets really confusing to decide which one would be perfect for your day. Let a wedding cake decorator help you with finding the one that is just perfect for you.

Whether you are throwing an elaborate reception or a small formal one with your close ones, your wedding cake form an integral part of the ceremony. The cake design and size should be chosen to match the theme of the venue decoration, taste and style of the bride and groom, number of guests and most importantly your budget.

Hottest Wedding Cakes Trends of 2013

The wedding cakes are at focal attraction of your wedding. It takes the centre stage and draws the attention of all the guests present as you and your partner cut the cake with all romanticism. 2013 has seen a rise in newer trends when it comes to wedding cakes:

pageHeight Shows Long Lasting Togetherness
The taller cake you choose the longer life you would live together. This is a new trend that many couples are opting for. Multi-tiered cakes are in this wedding season.

Rustic and Vintage Look Goes Contemporary
The rustic & vintage style wedding is back with a bang in 2013. This style is not just about the venue decoration but also about the wedding cakes. Wooden stands, messages written on dried leaf are loved by all. Rustic color such has brown, pastel shades of green, orange, and blue are back again.

page1Metallic Wedding Cakes Add a Little More Glamour
Metallic wedding cakes popped into popularity in 2012 and it continues the trend in 2013. Sometimes, no matter what you do, your wedding misses that Midas touch. To add a little glitz and glam you need the touch of Gold, Silver, Bronze, Copper or any other metallic shade. The center table would shimmer and shine with your cake.


Mini Wedding Cakes to Surprise Your Guests
This crazy idea is new and is loved by many couples. Instead of one large cake, you can keep mini wedding cakes of multiple colors and designs on the centre table. Your guests will have an option to choose as per their taste.

Wedding Cake Toppers
Some of the best things in life come in small packages. One such small yet very important part is the wedding cake. With wedding cake topping you can give a personal touch to your wedding cake. Starting from fresh fruits to Figurines, Candies, or laces – the cake toppings are used to decorate the wedding cake as per your choice.

The highlight of your wedding is the ceremonial cake cutting moment. You must capture these moments by hiring a professional to take wedding cake pictures.

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Garden Roses: Vintage Wedding Trend Still Blooming in 2013

Garden Roses: Vintage Wedding Trend Still Blooming in 2013 

Flowers are, undoubtedly, one of the most important parts of a wedding which have the power to add a sense of vivaciousness to any place. If you want make the most special day of your life all the more special, then flowers are an absolute must to make a statement. After all, what can be more timeless than a couple looking into each other’s eyes with a flowery background adding a sense of magic to the occasion!

But, picking a particular flower from so many beautiful blooms can leave anyone in a state of fix. From the past two years Peony has been ruling the wedding scene and has become a favorite amongst couples. If one has to go by trend forecasters, then this particular flower will not fail to astound onlookers even this year, while garden rose will arrest attention with its timeless beauty. Peonies and garden roses for a wedding are a classic and elegant choice, which will leave everyone awestruck.

The magnificence of these flowers stands out, which can mesmerize anyone with its luxurious appearance and intoxicating smell. Peonies exude grace and can create a stupendous aura in no time at all, while garden roses can unfurl an implausible aura that will make guests slip into a state of awe. Lush pink garden roses and pale pink peonies when placed together account for one of the most classic peony bouquets, which will mystically inject a sense of exquisiteness to the wedding party.

While garden rose looks delicate and pristine along with a sweet perfume, a peony looks luxurious because of its large, full heads. Peonies are easily available in various hues of pink, coral, white and red, but are a little on the expensive side. On the other hand, garden rose is pretty affordable and can be picked from various shades of yellow, cream, pink, green, red and white. Flowers have their own way to make a day special, especially for a bride, as these can be weaved into a charming tiara and a beautiful bouquet that she will carry while walking down the aisle.

If you want your wedding flower to come smothered with grace and endless charm, then look no further than the captivating peonies or garden roses.

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Hot Wedding Trends of 2013

Hot Wedding Trends of 2013

 The wedding industry is driven by changing fashion and style. Every year newer trends are added to the list of wedding fashion to make your d-day the most special one. These trends will help you to do something different, which will make you the talk of the town.

The reception “lounge” – Towards the middle of 2012, a new trend started to rise in the wedding industry. People started to book reception “lounge” to organize their wedding. This will be favoured by more number of people in 2013. The most lured part of a lounge is that the venue offers a dining and drinking area away from the dance floor making it an absolutely relaxed setting for your guests. You can as well, customize the drinking and food tables based on your wedding theme. Want to place some table games or add a photo booth to your wedding? Well nothing could be better than the lounge for you.

Patterns will be hot – Patterns will be hot, very hot in 2013 wedding seasons. This year the most sought after patterns will be chevron and stripes. From bowties to table runners, everything will have a set pattern. You can set your creative cells free to even choose for various patterns like polka dots, gingham and paisley to be used on different areas of your wedding venue like the dining area, dancing area, drinking area and so on. Patterns will add a whole lot of fun with a touch of creativity to your wedding.

Virtual Guests – In today’s technologically enhanced world, technology will certainly play a vital role in the wedding industry. From booking and ordering to delivery and updates, everywhere the usage of technology will grow. Many couple have already started opting for the use of technology to share their special day at real-time with friends and family who stay far away. Live streaming tools will surely remain in great demand. For those who miss to attend the wedding will be able to be a part of it through live broadcast.

Extended Wedding Receptions – 2012 observed a sharp rise in “After Party”. These are parties organized after the reception and it came with new menu, music, decoration and sometimes even a new venue. 2013 will see a newer trend in After Parties. This year, more people will opt for an extended wedding reception in order to avoid the taxation of organizing a completely different second party. You can have fun unlimited with spending or taxing yourself more. Many couples have already started to divide their receptions in three sections: the cocktail hour, the dinner hour and the extended reception hour. The main traditions can be completed first two parties. The extended wedding reception can be ideal for the young ones to have an extra fun.

The Flower of the Year – Can you imagine a wedding without flowers? Flowers are the most vital ingredient of any wedding ceremony. As per reports, the flower most in demand for the past two years have been peony. I believe it is due to the soft and romantic feel that peonies offer that many people find it apt for a wedding. This year garden rose will be in high demand along with peony.

Eye-Popping Cakes – Like flowers, cakes too are must for wedding. The trend will change sharply in 2013 from 2012. Last year simple and modern looking cakes dominated the wedding ceremonies. This year it will be bright, colourful, lacy and absolutely eye-popping that reflect the old traditional look of cakes. Look for all over appliqués to add an extra glamour to your wedding.

Themed bars – In early days wedding was only a bride’s idea. These days, grooms are taking equal amount of interest in planning out the wedding day. This has given rise to more and more groom centric ideas. And when it’s a boy’s mind, how can they do without bars? Themed bars have evolved with creative looks in the past few months. Martini bars, Whisky bars, champagne bar, bloody mary bar, a fancypants beer bar and mojito making station will be in high demand in 2013. For the kids attending your wedding, you can place a hot chocolate or an ice cream bar for them.

Meaningful Menus – If the food is great your guests will remember your wedding for a long time. To add an extra character to the wedding day and to reflect the characteristics of the bride and groom, the chefs have taken a different stance. Most of the chefs are no more offering pdfs or simple menu charts for the bride and grooms to choose the menu from. They are offering menu to even match the theme of your wedding that adds an extra flavour to your special day.

Neutral palettes and texture – From riots of colors it’s neutral colors that would dominate wedding in 2013. The shades like soft taupe, pink and blue blush, champagne, greys and nude green will be the hot wedding colors of 2013. This will be the year of elegance and glamour. And what better can reflect your personality than colors? If you think neutral colors will made your wedding decor look dull, you can use a combination of metallic colors to add vibrancy to the venue. Textures will be in. Usage of fabrics such as denim or seduce, woollen and twine ties, embroidery hoops with lace frames and paisley table spreads will add an interesting look to your wedding.

Greens are in – Go green with a lot of emerald and leaf shades this wedding season. Pinks and oranges have dominated the weddings in the past two years. 2013 is your turn to make your wedding look a contrast of cool and bold. Winter weddings can also reflect shades of greys and blues.

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Beach Themed Wedding

Beach Themed Wedding

Sun kissed beaches have the power to woe just anyone. Imagine a palm dotted background with blue waters and sand beneath your feet as you walk hand in hand with the love of your life. If you have dreamt of a wedding, with nature playing as a perfect host, then a beach themed wedding will account for a perfect wedding ceremony, with romance flowing all around you. A destination wedding can cost a bomb and the budget will force you to sieve your guest list. But, fret no more! You can bring the beach to your hometown and add the magical charm of the sun and sand, with just a little planning.

  • The invitations that you send should be a lot of fun, just like the beach itself. Narrow down on colors that resemble the sky, sand, sun and palm trees.
  • Ask your guests to dress up like they would when going to a beach. From flip flops to straw hats, let your wedding party brim with a lot of life and enjoyment.
  • Crisp white linens along with colors of the ocean, like emerald green and sea blue, will undoubtedly brighten up the wedding venue and give it a distinctive charm.
  • Everyone must have collected shells while walking along a beach. Use decorative shells to let your guests relive the happy memories that they would have collected along with the shells at a beach.
  • Cleverly use centerpieces that can be filled with sea shells and sand. Alternatively, crystal bowls filled with turquoise blue water and a scented floating candle are bound to leave guests mesmerized.
  • How about some signature drinks at the bar that one finds at the beach? Mojito, Pina Colada, Margaritas and other kind of tropical drinks will be a sure shot hit at a beach themed wedding.
  • Design a menu that reminds guests of the beach, with sea food, like sushi and shrimp, being an important part of the food served.
  • No celebration is complete without good music. Make sure the DJ plays intoxicating island music that forces guests to hit the dance floor and let themselves loose.

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