Where do we start?

Where do we start? Info-graphic provided by Suzanne L Peat, PWP

Where do we start?

Tips from your pros at 
Kenneth Robert Entertainment

Whether you have been planning your wedding since the time you could walk and talk, or if you are only really just thinking about it now, many couples can feel overwhelmed with the planning process. 

“We don’t even know where to start”, 
is commonly heard from newly engaged couples when they approach me.

To help our couples get started, we ask a serious of questions to help them with the planning process.  This also helps us to get to know our couples better and puts us all in a wonderful position to create the best wedding experience possible.

1.  Set your budget!  Setting a budget of how much you are willing to invest on your wedding is a good place to start.  It can set the tone for an intimate wedding with a few treasured family and friends or a gala wedding including all of the people who are important to both of you. What are you willing to spend and what needs to be done in order to make those dreams a reality?

2.  What time of year would you like to get married?  Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter; there is something to be said for each season of the year.  I always laugh when I hear someone say, “it’s wedding season” as I consider every day of the year “wedding season”.  Pinterest is full of ideas from Ice Hockey Winter Weddings to Summer Boho Chic Weddings.  The question is, what is your preferred season?  It could be the month of the year that you met or a specific family event month that is meaningful to both of you.  Don’t get hung up on “wedding season”.

3.  Are you specifically hoping for a Saturday or are you open to other days of the week, i.e. Friday night or Sunday?  If you aren’t “married” to the idea of being married on a Saturday, there are six other days of the week to consider.  You may find that you can save a great deal of money by embracing one of these options.  My parents were married on a Thursday evening and went to work the next day!  While I’m not suggesting that, there are many options available if you are looking for a cocktail type reception, a reception only following a destination wedding or an afternoon reception with a special luncheon with speeches and light dancing.  

4.  For those who would like a larger celebration, consider a wedding weekend that incorporates an extended celebration starting on Thursday or Friday evening and ending on Saturday or Sunday.  This is a great way for family and friends that have traveled extensive distances to celebrate with you, and spend some extra time with you and one another.

5.  Do you have an idea for a theme you would like? Some couples like to follow a specific theme, like Cinderella fairy-tale, Gatsby inspired or even Star Wars (it’s a thing). Others may have specific colour choices in mind and this sets the tone for the overall feel of your day, i.e. black and gold (elegant and dramatic) or pastels (soft and romantic).  What speaks to your heart?

6.  What kind of venue would you like to be married in?  The world is you oyster; church, backyard, banquet hall, historical building i.e. Parkwood Estate or Casa Loma, or the Distillery District.  Keep in mind that venue choice will impact your overall budget.

7.  Do you have an officiant in mind?  Some couples choose to marry in their family church and are specific about the pastor/reverend/minister who will perform the ceremony.  Others want a non-secular but spiritual ceremony and opt for a qualified officiant or a close friend/family member who is licensed to wed.

8.  What kind of reception do you envision?Do you want a classic dinner and dance, a cocktail type reception or an afternoon reception with less formality?  

With planning now, you are already off to a great start by 
seeking advice and starting the process.  

~Suzanne L Peat, Professional Wedding Planner~

Traditional Wedding Vows v2

Double rainbow - photo by Suzanne Peat
Traditional Wedding Vows v2 - from your Pros at Kenneth Robert Entertainment

Some Celtic Wedding Traditions we love…
Ah, the luck of the Irish.  Good or bad omens, spiritual symbolism, blessings and superstitions; the Celts are rich with wedding myths and legends. 
Not my favorite but let’s start with a poem about what day of the week is best to be wed…

Traditional Wedding Vows v1

Photo by Suzanne L Peat - Kenneth Robert Entertainment

Embracing the Beauty of Words

-for all generations-

Whether you are planning a civil, spiritual or religious wedding ceremony, using elements from traditional vows that have withstood the test of time; passed down from generation to generation,  is a beautiful way to express your love for one another.

Let's Party with Spring!

Let's Party with Spring! - Tips on Spring Flowers from Kenneth Robert Entertainment

“Spring is Nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party’!” ~ Robin Williams~

And who doesn’t love a good party?

Planning Tips for Eco-Chic Weddings

Photo by Suzanne L Peat, http://www.graydonhall.com/
GOING GREEN - Planning Tips for Eco-friendly Weddings
by Suzanne L Peat, PWP - Kenneth Robert Entertainment

Being ‘green’ is easier than you think, despite the" frog’s" claims to the contrary.  More and more couples are looking at their carbon footprint and opting for eco-friendly options in their everyday lives.  Why not include these same practices as they start their life together and celebrate their wedding day with family and friends? Being eco-chic can also save you money while you are doing your part to save our planet.

Our Favourite Trends for Spring 2016!

Our Favourite Trends for Spring 2016! 
Tips from Your Pro’s at Kenneth Robert Entertainment

With changing weather and changing seasons, come changing trends we love or don’t love.

Every couple has their own ideas about how they would like to celebrate their momentous day; reflect their individual personalities as well as their personality as a newlywed couple.

DJ Questions to Ask

“The success of your event depends on the quality of your entertainment!”
~Ken Peat, Director of Event Technology - Kenneth Robert Entertainment~

Tips from Your Pro’s at Kenneth Robert Entertainment

It’s surprising to learn that there are many different types of DJ’s available and not all are suited to all events.  Experience is key.  Will your DJ be able to live up to your expectations for your wedding? 

WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2016

                        Toronto’s Own Kenneth Robert Entertainment Wins a WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award® 2016

  Toronto, Ontario– January 11, 2016 – WeddingWire, the leading global online wedding marketplace, named Kenneth Robert Entertainment as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2016 for Wedding Planning in Toronto!

Attending Bridal Shows - Our Top 10 Tips

Attending Bridal Shows - Our Top 10 Tips

Tips from Your Pro’s at Kenneth Robert Entertainment

It’s a rite of passage – the big bridal show!  Whether you just updated your status to ‘engaged’ or have been planning for months or years, every bride deserves to experience the big bridal show.  While there is high value in attending these show and meeting your prospective vendors up close, it can be overwhelming.  

Here are some tips to help you get the most out of the bridal show experience:

Creating Your Guest List

Creating Your Guest List - 

Tips from Your Pro’s at Kenneth Robert Entertainment

One of the biggest challenges couples face is creating their wedding guest list.  Each side may have their own ideas of who they would like to invite and how big the wedding could or should be.  It’s a good idea to have an open discussion with your fiancé and parents on both sides, in the early planning phases – even if you are planning to pay for the wedding yourselves. 

Some general guidelines to take the stress out of the process:

Venue Planners and Wedding Planners - What's the difference?

Venue Planners and Wedding Planners

Tips from your Pros at Kenneth Robert Entertainment

Venues often have in house event/wedding coordinators available to assist you in all venue related planning and event day coordination.  They are valuable members of your wedding team and work in close connection with your personal professional wedding planner/day of coordinator. Make sure you connect them early on in the planning process.

Why ABC?

Tips from your Pros at Kenneth Robert Entertainment…

What an ABC Certified 
Professional Wedding Planner (PWP) 
means to you?

Since 1955 the Association of Bridal Consultants is the only association dedicated exclusively to serving brides and wedding professionals worldwide.

Hair and Makeup Tip

Quick Tips from your Pros at Kenneth Robert Entertainment…

Scheduling a Hair & Makeup Trial?

Try to schedule your hair and makeup trial for a day that you know you will be going out for the evening.

This way, you really get to test your hair and makeup and see how they will stand up at your Wedding Reception!

Attending Bridal Shows

Quick Tips from your Pros at Kenneth Robert Entertainment…

Attending a bridal show?

Pre-print labels with your name, your fiancé's
name, your email address and wedding date.
When you meet a vendor you would like to hear
from specifically, it's easy to leave your contact
information and you don't have to say it out loud.

Quick, easy and private!

Let the Numbers Game Begin!

You are engaged!Now we begin the numbers game

When do we want to get married and where?  What time of day?  Should it be early afternoon or in the evening as the sun sets?  The first thing you need to decide upon and book (well in advance in some cases) are the venues for your ceremony and reception.  You also need to make sure your officiant is available for your chosen date and time. 

How Important is Your Wedding DJ?

How Important is Your Wedding DJ?

Tips from your Pros at Kenneth Robert Entertainment

Congratulations, you are getting married and planning your ultimate reception!  This is where your guests come together to celebrate your commitment to one another and the new life you are about to embark on. 

So what is on the agenda? Cocktails? Dinner? Speeches? Dancing? Your vision for your reception will dictate the mood and flow for the evening.  It’s now imperative that the professionals you are counting on can deliver and meet your expectations.

Can you hear us now?

Can you hear us now?

Tips from your Pros at Kenneth Robert Entertainment

When planning your reception, think of three key words to describe the experience you want your guests to remember. 

What will they be talking about, long after the last sip of champagne and bouquet toss?

Special Sentiments

Special Sentiments

Tips from your Pros at Kenneth Robert Entertainment

I recently had a colleague ask for my advice. She wanted to gift the bride and groom for whom she was wedding planning with a special gift to commemorate their friendship.  

Brides Un-Veiled

Brides Veiled or Un-Veiled

It’s your day!  You want the dress, the cake, the car, the whole darn thing – including your dream hair!  Long, short, up, down, curled, straight – to veil or not to veil, that is the question.

I have recently come across some stunning styles that included flowers, jewelry, intricate braiding and styling but not a veil in sight.  Interesting.  This got me to thinking about the practice of and the history of the veil itself.  I could go on at length here but this is what I found, in a nutshell.