Entertainment Ideas | Photo Booths

Are you looking for a fun entertainment idea for your next event? Photo booths are so popular right now because they are so much fun! Guests always enjoy dressing up with silly props and striking a pose. I reccomend renting a photo booth for at least two hours…anything less than that is simply not enough time!

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Photo booths print pictures on the spot so guests can take them home as party favours!

Many photo booths can record video too – if you’re using a photo booth at your wedding, you can use this to make a video guest book!

Upcoming Events

From Menus to Venues Wedding and Event Planning is proud to be a part of the following upcoming fundraising events:

Wedding TIPS – this is a fundraising event for the Relay for Life. This bridal event will showcase many local wedding vendors as well as provide couples with invaluable wedding tips to help them plan their big day!

Don’t miss this event at Kingswood Lodge in Fredericton on Sunday, April 27. Admission is $5.00 and all proceeds go towards the Relay for Life!

Also, From Menus to Venues Wedding and Event Planning will be donating $100 of every service booked at this event to the Relay for Life!

 

A Day in Her Shoes – a fundraising event to raise awareness of Women’s Mental Health issues. We are proud to have made a donation to the silent auction…stop by the event for your chance to bid on a $150 gift certificate!

Don’t miss this event being held in Market Square Saint John on Wednesday, May 7. Tickets cost $40 on sale at various locations, including Inspire Collections in Market Square.

 

I would love to see you at either of these two events! Support a cause and spend the day at a fabulous event – sounds like a great day, eh? I know I am looking forward to them :)

 

 

Your Wedding Look | Choosing Your Jewelry VIDEO

Here is some expert advice on how to choose the best jewelry to match your wedding gown. Read more about it on our previous post, here.

 

Wedding Planning 101 | Wedding Coordinator Vs. Venue Manager

Wedding Day Coordination

As a wedding planner, answering questions is a HUGE part of my job.. and I get a lot of them. Questions about etiquette, scheduling, family matters, menu choices, invitation designs…the list goes on and one. Some questions are outrageous, awkward, funny and some are just plain weird.

Here are some of my favorites from last summer:

“Can you take care of the stray dog that just wandered in?”

“Can you make sure the kids stay out of this room? We had our bachelorette last night and there are a lot of sex toys in there.”

“Can you wash the dishes for me?”

I swear to you these are all honest quotes of questions I was asked this summer.

I also get asked a lot of the same questions over and over again. One of the questions I get most often is this:

“My venue has a banquet manager that will be managing everything for me on the day of the wedding, why would I need to hire you?”

Today, I will explain to you the difference between the two roles and how the complement, not copy, one another. First, let’s look at the Venue Manager.

Venue Manager: The primary duty of the venue manager is to oversee all operations of the venue. They manage the venue staff, oversee procedures and troubleshoot any venue-related problems.

This being said, yes your venue manager will help you create a floor plan for the day of, they’ll also make sure the lighting is okay and the bar is open. The venue manager knows the ins and outs of the venue.

Wedding Day Coordinator: The primary duty of the wedding day coordinator is to oversee and manage all details of the wedding day. From the time the bride is getting her hair and make up done until the dance winds down, the wedding planner maintains the schedule, communicates between vendors and troubleshoots any wedding-related problems.

The wedding coordinator is an essential part of the wedding day. They will help you with the running around on the day of, assist with your ceremony and reception set up, manage your schedule and act as the main point of contact on the day of.

The big difference? While the venue manager works for the venue in question, the wedding coordinator works for YOU. Your venue manager will be looking out in the best interest of the venue, and will have many other things on their plate on the night of your wedding. Your wedding coordinators sole focus is you and your wedding! We work for you and hold everything up to your standards to make sure you have the day you have always wanted.

Your venue manger won’t be there to mist your bouquet or fix your gown before walking down the aisle. They won’t be able to drive over to your Mom’s house to pick up the guestbook you forgot. They certainly won’t have a back-up copy of your vows, readings, schedule and vendor contact information. There are many, many things that your venue manager won’t be able to do for you that your wedding coordinator can.

I hope this small post was able to clear some things up for you! Although there are some similarities between the two roles, the wedding coordinator is essential to the success of your big day. If you are thinking about hiring a Wedding Day Coordinator, please send me an email at info@frommenustovenues.com to see if we are available on your wedding date!

Wedding Photography | Engagement Photos

Engagement Photos - Mason Photography

We all know weddings are expensive. Wedding blogs, TV shows and magazines are always talking about how to save money on your big day: silk flowers, lower your guest count, host a cocktail reception etc. One thing that you for sure should not skip out on is the engagement photo session! I can not stress this enough.

The good thing is, most wedding photographers include an engagement session with their packages. If your photographer doesn’t, you should schedule one. Don’t schedule it with another photographer to cut costs – make sure you have an engagement session done with the exact same person who will be taking pictures of you on your wedding day.

Why are engagement photos so important?

Well, would you purchase a car without test driving it first? A car is a big investment that will last you a long time. Why should your wedding photography be any different? Your wedding pictures will be memories that last you a lifetime! They will be hung on the wall, saved in photo albums and in keepsake boxes – and chances are they will passed down to your children and maybe even their children. These are important pictures! So just like with a car, you should have a test run with your photographer too. Maybe you won’t get along. Maybe your fiancé will hate the way the photographer shoots. An engagement session will ultimately show you how you and your photographer will interact on your wedding day.

So you like your photographer, but hate your engagement photos – what should you do? Run! Well, not literally, but find another photographer. You may loose out on your deposit or the cost of the engagement session, but you will get a second chance to get wedding pictures that you love.

I have talked to so many couples who hate their wedding photos, some who even go as far as to re-stage their wedding to get some nice shots. The first thing I always ask them is if they had an engagement session. Some say yes, some say no. When a couple replies “yes”, I ask if they liked their engagement photos. I have not once had a couple answer yes to that question. Then I want to smack them on the head and say “WELL WASN’T THAT A WARNING SIGN?” (I don’t say that of course but I want to – so bad)

The bottom line is that your engagement photos will be a preview of your wedding day photos. If you don’t like them I can guarantee you won’t be happy with your wedding photos. Engagement sessions also allow you to get to know your photographer and make sure you get along. There is nothing worse that a couple and photographer with personality clashes, it can ruin your wedding day.

So when you are on the hunt for your perfect wedding photographer, make sure you ask about engagement sessions. It may cost you an extra couple hundred dollars but I promise you it will be worth it!

Engagement Session - Mason Photography

 

Wedding Venues | Saint John Marina

Today I am going to share with you a fun, nautical venue that you might want to consider for your wedding venue.

Saint John Marina Wedding

Where? The Saint John Marina is located at 2050 Westfield Rd in Saint John New Brunswick. It is a beautiful, sea-side venue that is perfect for sailing enthusiasts or anyone who is looking for a casual, small venue by the water.

When? The Saint John Marina is a perfect venue for the Spring, Summer and Fall but I wouldn’t recommend it for the colder months of the year.

On The Plus Side…you have access to a large deck area right off the main reception area!

However…keep in mind that the venue isn’t huge. I wouldn’t recommend stuffing any more than 120 people inside.

Ceremony Options… At the Saint John Marina, there are two possible options for a ceremony. You can have the ceremony indoors in the main reception area. This is a good weather-safe option, but you do have to transform the room around for the reception while the guests are present. If you are lucky enough to have good weather on your wedding day, you can have the ceremony out on the deck. There is a big beautiful tree at the end of the deck where you can hang paper lanterns, pom pom balls, string lights etc.

Reception Options…You are really only given one area to have the reception – the upper level of the main building.

Here are some pictures!

Saint John Marina Weddings

Fixing up some loose chair ties for a ceremony on the deck.

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Hanging paper lanterns in the tree outside prior to the outdoor ceremony.

Saint John Marina Weddings

Fashion Show | Inspire Collections & NWH Modeling

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I was lucky to have the chance to help set up for the big NWH Modeling Fashion Show on Wednesday evening in Market Square Saint John! It was such a fun night. The group was raising money for their annual trip to New York City.

The show featured fashions from the local Inspire Collections boutique. Their resort wear, Lisette L slimming pants and Michique handbags were the top items showcased at the show. The show also featured a variety of accessories such as costume jewelry, scarves, fascinators and more!

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