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Eight of the Best Wedding Planning Tools

Eight of the Best Wedding Planning Tools

The easiest way to remain organized during the wedding planning process is to utilize websites, databases and apps. We’ve rounded up some of our favourites for all stages of planning.  1. Getting Started: The Wedding Ring and Paul’s Halls  The Hardest part about wedding planning is actually getting started. Since we know you already have a Pinterest board with wedding ideas, the next step is to start looking at potential venues and vendors. Starting here will help you be more informed so you can start creating a budget which will drive the rest of your plans.   2. Wedding Planning Checklist: The Knot The Knot literally has everything you need to plan a wedding. There are planning tools, inspiration and wedding ideas, as well as a planning checklist which you can personalize to best fit your day. You can also use your Knot planning checklist from your phone while you’re on-the-go. 3. Budget: Brideside Brideside is a wedding planning website whose main focus is customer service and helping brides. They have many helpful planning tools but what we really love is their budget page. Here you will find the average cost of weddings, a list of unexpected costs and a free budget spreadsheet you can download directly from the site. It doesn’t get any better than this!  4. Loop in the Crew: Google Drive  Google Drive is the best program to loop in your planning pals. You can create lists with Google Spreadsheets and assign tasks, brainstorm ideas and keep a list of vendors.  You can also post your wedding day timeline so that all members know exactly where they’re supposed to be and when. ... read more
The Wedding is Over… Now what?

The Wedding is Over… Now what?

After the last song has played and the champagne has run dry, you finally take a long minute and realize: you’re married! After a year or more of planning, organizing and dreaming, your day has come and gone in what feels like a blink of an eye. And then it hits, you’ll get what they call a wedding hangover and all of that planning you hated a month ago will be something you long for. To help cure your post-wedding blues, we’ve compiled a list of post-wedding to-do’s for the next year.  Make sure you’ve paid all your vendors  Sometimes wedding vendors will have payment plans where the last portion is due anywhere from a day to a month after the wedding. A lot of couples will be swept up in the feeling of marriage and their organization will slip. Try setting google calendar reminders so that nothing is left unpaid. Review your vendors  If you are extremely happy with the outcome and service of your wedding vendors, the best way to honour them and say thank you is by giving them reviews. If they have a large following on Facebook, leave a message there along with your star rating. If you really want to help them, do a quick search for review options on google to leave mere than one review. Some of these include: Yellow Pages, Wedding Wire or The Wedding Ring among others. You can also send an email with a formal review giving your vendor permission to share in a blog, on their social media, in promotional materials or on their website.  If you want your... read more
A Devine Wedding: April and Oliver Herod’s Best Day Ever!

A Devine Wedding: April and Oliver Herod’s Best Day Ever!

April and Oliver were married on August 20, 2016 and their day was a fairytale come true! Complete with plenty of bling, gorgeous royal blue and icy white accents, their wedding was a true wonderland fit for a princess. We recently reached out to them for pictures so we could share with couples for design inspiration. Hearing such heartwarming feedback after months have passed is extremely rewarding, especially when we saw how amazing the community centre looked. The whole team is always out to make a positive impact on a couple – one which will last forever. We’re excited to share an inside look at April and Oliver’s day so that brides-to-be can have some planning inspiration and learn a few tricks along the way. We’ve broken down some key points below! Get the Hubby Involved: Being a busy bride means that you have to be comfortable in asking for help. We’ve said it time and time again that you shouldn’t be afraid to ask your family to take something off your plate. April, being a busy bride herself was lucky to have Oliver and her Mother-in-Law take care of catering and bridal bouquet flowers, freeing up some time for her to plan other details. To Flower or Not to Flower: Flowers are a big topic of contention for most couples mainly due to the cost and varying preferences regarding colours and types of blooms. April is an example of a bride who did not want flowers to be incorporated in her wedding design. When she told Wendy about this important detail, Devine Wedding Design was able to offer... read more
This is Devine Wedding Design

This is Devine Wedding Design

For those of you who don’t know, I’m Wendy Bennewies, the face of Devine Wedding Design. I’ve always had a passion for design and with a dose of determination, a burning passion and some gusto; I opened Devine Wedding Design in 2007. Now – ten years later, we offer full service wedding and event decor, table and chair rentals and floral designs to Southwestern Ontario. With each passing year I become more invested, more impassioned and more determined to offer everything for our clients under one amazing roof. I like being that creative voice in the madness of planning a wedding and with each reaction on ‘reveal day’, my inner voice becomes more alive. Making wedding dreams come true is a privilege giving me reason to push through the rough days and a spark to shine brighter on the best days. In ten marvelous years of business I’ve learned a lot! I’ve learned about being the best parent possible, being an entrepreneur, managing success and others and how to harness the mind of a creator. Whether you’re a bride, a friend, a fellow entrepreneur or a person who loves all things pretty – I have some advice to help you along your journey. Don’t ever let anyone bring you down or tell you that you can’t do something. When you get negative feedback, take it in stride and use it as a force to make you better and achieve your highest dreams. If we didn’t have criticism, we’d never become the best versions of ourselves – and that is the one thing in this world that we have complete... read more
Tips for Picking the Right Vendor

Tips for Picking the Right Vendor

When planning a wedding there are many moving parts and many people you’ll be relying on to help make your big day perfect. From a photographer to DJ to hairstylist, makeup artist, baker, officiant and decorator, all have different personalities and unique ideas. Devine Wedding Design would like to help you know how to pick the best vendors so that you can breathe easy on your big day. First and most important, we think it is crucial to meet your vendor face-to-face. Not only is it super important for you to know their demeanour, but it’s important for the vendor to know yours and learn about your style and quirks. If you’re planning a destination wedding, live far away or just can’t squeeze in a meeting, there are a few possible options. You could try planning a Skype chat, send a family member or friend who knows how you think or send a detailed list of questions and the vendor answer them over the phone. However, if you can rearrange and make plans to meet in person, it will give you a better idea of who you are hiring. Before meeting your vendor, you should do some homework. See what previous clients have said in their reviews and talk to people who have been married recently to learn about their high points and low points with their wedding experience in general. Maybe they have some details to dish which may not only help you select a vendor, but know what questions to ask. Once you’ve done your research about reviews and referrals, keep in mind that almost every partnership... read more
Don’t be in Venue Blues

Don’t be in Venue Blues

Your wedding theme is the element that brings all the little details together and acts as a guiding light throughout the planning process. Before diving into a theme, decide on the venue. With many places booking as far in advance as two years, this is a great place to start so that you can secure your dream location.  You may want to have an overarching idea in mind such as a vintage affair or a garden oasis. Having this figured out will let you know if it’s worth seeing a venue or not. Once you secure your location, all of the details will come together and your theme will be brought to life.  If you’re feeling overwhelmed, Devine Wedding Design is happy to help you think of a theme and show you ideas. Sometimes it’s as easy as walking around our showroom to find an element that strikes your fancy. Since we know just how difficult planning a wedding is, we wanted to include a list of details to ask your venue and to be aware of in general. All of these could impact the nitty-gritty of your theme so it’s important to ask it all. If you forget to ask something, we may already know the answer so feel free to give us a shout! Restrictions concerning décor All hanging fabrics on the ceiling or walls must be up to fire code and be FR rated.  Professional decorators should have these codes ready to supply to the facility managers.  If the materials aren’t fire rated, you run the risk of being shut down by the fire preventions officer.   Stance... read more
How to Spark some Gatsby Glamour

How to Spark some Gatsby Glamour

If you’re the gal who always shows up at the party with a bottle of bubbly, have a closet full of sequins or feel that you’re the reincarnation of Daisy Buchanan; you are a true Gatsby bride! A Gatsby wedding can be quite harrowing to plan because the sequins and glitter can sometimes clog your vision. Devine Wedding Design has executed a fair share of vintage soirees and has recently designed an affair fit for Mr. Gatsby himself. Like any wedding theme, a Gatsby wedding requires the combination of many intricate details. There should be a balance between the gold, glitz and glamour of Mr. Gatsby’s iconic parties and the soft flowing whimsy of the reunion at Nick Carraway’s house – think macarons and orchids! We’d like to get you started with your Gatsby wedding by helping you narrow down some of the key features that will transport your guests to another time. Ceremony Your ceremony is where you can evoke the elements of whimsy found within The Great Gatsby. We suggest starting with a white flowing backdrop for the nuptials with feathers highlighting the alter. A Gatsby bride should also get creative with her vows and passages. Consider ending your vows with the famous quotes from the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Our favourite is: ” so we beat on, boats against the current, born back ceaselessly into the past.” Another great idea is to ask a friend or relative to say a combination of a bible passage and a Gatsby quote. The best passage for reading aloud at a ceremony is usually the one where Gatsby spots... read more
Real Talk: Q&A with a Devine Bride

Real Talk: Q&A with a Devine Bride

Have you ever wondered what other brides are stressing about and what advice they have accumulated? Do you crave all the little details from the proposal to the wedding theme? We do too! Devine Wedding Design met with Kaela Pinter and Kyle Sales a couple of weeks ago to discuss rentals and decor for their approaching wedding. We’d like to share Kaela’s story in the hopes of banding all brides together to prove that all of us have our own unique story but share one amazing goal – our dream wedding! Q: How did Kyle propose to you? A: Kyle proposed while on a fishing trip in November of 2014. He had invited our friend to come along, who just so happens to do professional photography. Unbenounced to me, that was the day my best friend asked the most magical question. The best part is that we have photos of my very surprised reaction! Q: When is your wedding? A: Our wedding is July 8, 2017 at St. Mary’s Golf and Country Club. We fell in love with the reception space and can’t wait to say our vows! Q: What is your wedding theme? A: Our theme is vintage chic and the colours we have selected are sea foam green with hints of gold. The rest is a surprise being saved for the big day! Q: What has been the most stressful part of planning? A: The most stressful part has been balancing school, a new full-time job and wedding planning all at the same time. It sometimes seems impossible but, everything has a way of working itself out... read more
Our Favorite Things: Best Wedding Blogs

Our Favorite Things: Best Wedding Blogs

Hey ladies, how is the planning going? We know that winter blues may be kicking in and the excitement of the New Year is fading. We want to give you a little boost with a list of our favorite wedding blogs. Perhaps this list will make you even more excited to plan your big day! 1. For the bride obsessed with photography Blog: Junebug Weddings Details please: Junebug Weddings is a gorgeous blog currently featuring warm and cozy wedding inspiration sure to give you all the feels during the cold winter months. The blog features wedding planning tips, vendors, wedding inspiration and everything you need to know about wedding photography. Why we love it: Junebug Weddings has extensive details about wedding photography and their blog posts give you a slew of picture ideas – which are even better than browsing Pinterest! We suggest taking note of your favorite pictures, reading their interviews with photographers and then make the magic happen by reaching out to your photographer! 2. For the bride who dares to be bold Blog: Offbeat Bride Details Please: Offbeat Bride is for anyone who is looking for a break from tradition. If you’d rather have your grandmothers be your flower girls or your wedding dress be rockabilly red – this your site! Why we love it: We love Offbeat Bride because it offers real advice for brides who just want someone to tell them the truth and give them ideas. Advice ranges from how to add colored socks to give your wedding some zing, to how to rock dark lipstick. They also have an amazing list of offbeat wedding ideas and themes. If... read more
Cheers to Sparkly Beginnings

Cheers to Sparkly Beginnings

As soon as that beautiful diamond slips on your finger, your life will change. Not only will you be smiling randomly for no reason – it’s true – you’ll be quickly dunked into the world of wedding planning. With the urge to share your most exciting news yet, you’ll take to social media, posting an image of your shiny new accessory. Within moments, the questions will rush in! When is the big day? What are your colours? Are you getting married in your hometown? Whether you feel excited, over-whelmed, stressed or all of the above, this blog is here to help. We’d like to introduce ourselves, Devine Wedding Design is your refuge from the hectic wedding planning experience. We want you to enjoy every moment of the planning experience. Offering everything from wedding planning and consulting, to décor rentals to wedding design and ideation, we are your go-to event designer for the Stratford, London and KW area. Owner, operator and lead designer Wendy Bennewies has a knack for taking an idea and bringing it to life. She understands the dilemma every bride faces and knows that what seems very minor to most, is actually a HUGE deal for the bride. From choosing between real or fake flowers, chair covers or Chiavari chairs, plate chargers or table runners, Wendy is your expert. When you’re feeling lost in a sea of details or just want a place where everyone else just gets it, turn to the new Devine Wedding Design Blog. Covering all topics pertaining to wedding design, this blog will be your bible. Devine Wedding Design has a plethora of... read more