It’s all in the details! Why every detail matters for your dream wedding

It’s all in the details! Why every detail matters for your dream wedding

Planning your wedding is full of details. How many hors d’oeuvres per guest for cocktail hour, how many drinks to account for in open bar, how long the linens should be for your guest tables, what gifts to give your bridal party, what songs for the different parts of your ceremony and then your reception! It goes on and on but hey, that’s why they hire me.

The details I am talking about today are details that make your wedding day your own. Guests appreciate seeing your personality come out and for your dream wedding, every detail matters!

One of my clients had her very favourite little person be her flowergirl. She was too little at the time to carry flowers so instead the flowergirl carried this tiny nest that we had tied the rings into. She was so careful with it and the rings made it safely down the aisle!

For some couples it might be a his and hers drink for example. This gives guests an option to choose at the bar that is not the usual drink perhaps. It also lets them see your personality shine through.  Just make sure it’s a drink your bartenders can make without causing a lineup!

His and her's signature drinks | Wedding Details | Renaissance Studios

It might be a favour that reflects your love or your personality. In this case, the bride had a very cheeky sense of humour and had many different Anne Taintor cards attached to her favour boxes. This one says “She was one cocktail away from proving her mother in law right”.  Love it!

Anne Taintor favor vinyl record charger | Wedding Details | Renaissance Studios

A detail that this bride didn’t want to forget was her father. He had passed away and it was very emotional for her to not have him there on her wedding day. Since he wouldn’t be there to walk her down the aisle or to do a speech nor to have a father/ daughter dance, this bride chose her cousin. Her cousin was extremely honoured and quite emotional himself at this enormous privilege.

To honour her dad, we attached a pendant with her father’s photo onto her bouquet so she carried him around all day with her. We did the same for her best friend and Maid of Honour who had also lost her Dad.

Memorial locket wedding bouquet | Wedding Details | Renaissance Studios
Pink orange green wedding bouquet with memorial locket | Renaissance Studios

Lastly, I always love it when couples give each other notes with a gift on their wedding day. It’s so emotional for both of them to open something from the person that loves them the most in the world on their wedding day. In this case, my client had given her groom her father’s pocket watch. As stoic as this groom was, I don’t think he held it together long when he saw what she had given him!  I know I sure didn’t!

Groom gift pocket watch | Wedding Details | Renaissance Studios

All photo credit to Renaissance Studios Photography.

Becky & Neal

Becky & Neal

Becky & Neal

“Erica is a creativity machine who brings to reality a lifetime of planning and wishes for one’s wedding day. Above all, Erica was kind, honest, dependable, generous, and always available to us at a time of great stress and anxiety. Of all the services purchased for our wedding… she was absolutely the one person we could not have done without.”

Bride and Groom in front of Vintage Car | Sala San Marco | Renaissance Studios

My husband and I owe the entire success of our wedding to our genius wedding planner Erica Irwin.  Erica provided us with experience in decision making and planning on the most important day of our lives.  Erica was our wedding planner from the fall of 2010 to the day of our wedding in August, 2011.  To say she is a strong, dedicated worker would be an understatement.  While working two jobs each, and renovating an entire house, we needed a dependable, responsible, creative mind that could bring our dreams to reality in the midst of utter chaos.  I wanted someone who would help make our vision come true.  Erica made our wedding better than we ever could have imagined.  There was rarely a day gone by, in the entire wedding planning process, that Erica was not fully involved.  Daily, Erica would keep us on track, and on budget.  Believe me, when planning a wedding, it is amazing how costs could skyrocket beyond control without the help of an experienced, creative mind such as Erica.  Erica’s designs and ideas more than paid for her cost as a wedding planner.  In fact, she was our security for the entire day to be run smoothly, without headache.  Erica is a creativity machine who brings to reality a lifetime of planning and wishes for one’s wedding day. Above all, Erica was kind, honest, dependable, generous, and always available to us at a time of great stress and anxiety.  Of all the services purchased for our wedding… she was absolutely the one person we could not have done without.  Not only is she an amazing wedding planner, she quickly becomes a friend and confidant in all decisions.  When I had no one to provide advice during dress fittings, she was there for every dress appointment.  She negotiated prices, and gave invaluable advice saving me a great deal of time and money.  During the day of our wedding, Erica made sure the delivery of flowers, decor, photography, video, entertainment, and gifts were well orchestrated affair.

Behind the scenes, while my bridesmaids and I were enjoying a relaxing morning in a hotel room preparing for the day, Erica was performing an organizational feat of a one woman army.  Tasks such as calling the reception hall, coordinating church timings, assuring services purchased were being delivered on time, and properly, were performed by Erica without prompt or request.  The church service was an enjoyable, well choreographed event, thanks only to her vast experience of orchestrating wedding parties on a timelines.. an art few people perform well.  My timeframe from the beginning of day to end was meticulously prepared by Erica to ensure fluidity and relaxation.  Like the true devoted organizer that she is, Erica made sure speeches were prompted on time, the dj’s music selections were enjoyable, and performers were staged in appropriate time slots for our guests’ enjoyment.  At the end of our reception, when vendors required bill payment, Erica was happy to assist with settling cheques, and contracts on behalf of myself and my husband, so that we would not be taken away from our family and friends.  As the night wore on, Erica’s constant devotion to organization and timekeeping allowed for the packaging and safe removal and storage of equipment, gifts, money cards, and other valuables without worry.  At the end of the night we were completely exhausted.  It was a godsend that Erica was always “one step ahead” of the process, allowing  us to not miss out on any of our wedding festivities.

Many times throughout our wedding day, various circumstances occurred that could or would have caused great havoc.  All were prevented by her constant attention to detail, and quick witted thinking. Erica is an ambitious, creative, loyal, kind hearted, talented friend that you would be blessed to have on your wedding planning team. Yours truly,

Becky & Neal Porter

Venue: Sala San Marco
Photo Credits: Clint Russell and Shawn Van Daele of Renaissance Studios

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