I’m Engaged! Now what?

Engagement Season is here & despite the bitterly cold temperatures we went through here in Toronto, the warmth of love and excitement of newly Engaged couples is heating things up really fast!

The Canada’s Bridal Show started the weddings shows off with a bang on the first weekend of the year!  As always, it also marked the launch of our 2014 PWG Wedding Planning Directory or as our couples like to call it, the Planning Bible.

As we met and chatted with many and got to know some of the Brides-; & Grooms-to-be, there were a few questions that kept coming up often. The one that came up most often is: “I’m Engaged! Now what?”

It’s easy to get overwhelmed once you get engaged, but we encourage you to enjoy every step of the way. Go to Bridal Shows, sign up for wedding contests, get on Pinterest.com to create your dreamy vision boards, discuss different wants with your fiancé, flip through wedding magazines & the PWG ‘Bible’ and just have fun being engaged. It’s easy to feel rushed and get ahead of yourself, but there is no ‘written rule’ that says you have to set a day immediately, pick your venue etc. right away. Take a breather; enjoy the new bling on your finger and when you’re ready start planning, open up the PWG planner and get to it. Here are a few Do’s to get you in the planning frame of mind.

  • Subscribe to our site and our blog: www.thepwg.ca – there is so much to guide you along and tips to ensure a stress-free planning journey.
  • Join Pinterest: www.pinterest.com – Along with your other half, create some vision boards. You want to both be on the same page when your planning begins.
  • Attend Wedding & Bridal Shows. You don’t need to book anyone right away, but it’s a great place to get ideas of things you like, check out fashion shows and meet great vendors that you might want to work with.
  • Discuss, with your fiancé, what things are must have’s and what things can be compromised on. Remember, you’re a couple and it’s a day for you both.
  • Discuss what you have to spend on the budget. If you have parents or any family contributing, have an open discussion with them as to what they will be helping you with. If it’s just the two of you, be realistic. The date you select should be based on when you will have enough money to pay for the wedding. Nobody wants to go into a marriage with serious debt.


Personalize Your Wedding with a Signature Drink

Signature Cotton Candy Martini :: Personalize Your Wedding With a Signature Drink :: http://www.theperfectweddingguide.com/personalize-your-wedding-with-a-signature-drink

Photo credit: www.upmagazine.com

In a digital age where we Instagram and ‘pin’ routinely, especially gastronomic creations that are served with design and a presentation in mind; in an age where there are so many new flavour variations and the ‘Wow Factor’ is everything; we feel that now, more than ever before, personalization really matters.

Signature Drinks are definitely one of the more fun, cool and easier things to incorporate into your day to bring that unique touch to your wedding soiree. We know that signature drinks are not a new invention, but when you create your own custom blend beverage or match your drink colour to your design hues, it brings your special day up to a whole new level. Guests remember first impressions and definitely things that please their senses.

Discussing drink options with the venue bartender is a great way to research and find an existing drink to suit your theme and design. Another recommended way is to hire a mixologist to craft a drink customized for just the two of you. Our only advice is to remember to have a designated driver when you go for that tasting.

Another great reason to have a signature drink is that in some cases it really helps to keep your budget in check if you are having a consumption bar. You can serve only the signature drink during cocktail hour along with non-alcoholic beverages. That way you have the fixed price for that drink and you can control what goes in it.

Here are a few great signature drinks we’ve come across that we would absolutely recommend for alcohol based signature drinks:

1. For a Blue or Jazzy themed event:

The Blue Velvet Martini

1 & ½ – Vodka
¼ oz. Blue Curacao
Dash of Lime Juice
Stir with cracked ice & strain into a chilled cocktail glass, Garnish with a slice of lemon.
Garnish with a Blue orchid or if you want to a more fun approach, blue rock candy.

2. For a Carnival themed wedding how about a Cotton Candy Martini. If you ask us, we think it’s AHH-mazing.

Cotton Candy Martini

2 oz Cotton Candy Vodka
1 oz Pineapple Juice
1 oz Cranberry Juice
Splash of grenadine
Crushed Ice
Garnish with a pinch of Cotton Candy (or two if you like: )

3. For an outdoor garden wedding how about this:
Brazen Watermelon Blush

1 & ½ parts Watermelon Vodka
2 parts fresh kiwi and strawberries pureed
1 sprig of mint
1 kiwi slice
1 strawberry slice
crushed ice
Combine vodka & pureed fruit in a shaker. Shake and strain over ice and pour into glass.
Garnish with a sprig of mint, kiwi and a strawberry slice.

Bonus Budget Saving Tip: . Ask if your bartender will be willing to serve half portions in smaller glasses or goblets of the same drink and garnish, garnish, garnish. That can really stretch your wedding dollar without jeopardizing the overall vibe.