Emergency Kits for the Bride

By: Tracey Manailescu of Tracey M Events

Bride’s Fashion Emergency Kit? These are so-o-o cute! A must have, for sure.
Professional wedding planners have our gigantic kits with everything you will ever need inside, but this is great for all you Brides, out there!
I found it at Shoppers Drug Mart.
www.traceymevents.ca

This is what Hollywood Fashion Secrets has to say:
“The peerless product developers at Hollywood Fashion Secrets have created a fabulous collection of 16 products to make up their Bride’s Fashion Emergency Kit to address every fashion issue known to wedding events!

Includes: 6 Hollywood Fashion Tape® Strips, sewing kit, blister pad, bobby pins, tissues, nail file, lint removing sheets, oil blotting tissues, hair band, stain removing wipe, static guard, drinking straw, deodorant wipe, wedding bands, white chalk, garter”

They have one for your bridesmaids, too!
Hollywood Bridemaids Kit

Go on, go get yours, and while you are there, get one for all of your girls!

How to Tie a Bow Tie

By: Tracey Manailescu of Tracey M Events

How to Tie a Bow Tie

How to Tie a Bow Tie

Not just for black tie events…It seems the bow tie is making a comeback.
I did a wedding styleshoot last weekend and guess what? The model, our dashing wanna-be groom, was sporting a bow tie. Not your average bow tie, though, but a turquoise crocheted one! I can’t wait to share the photos with you soon.

Now I have never been good at tying a tie, much less a bow tie, so I was ever so grateful to find a ton of useful articles on the subject.
Sure, you can always buy or rent the ones that are velcroved on and button together, but wouldn’t you feel much more dapper and distinquished by having the pleasure of know-how?

Thanks to Spendid Northwest for letting us share this step-by-step guide with you:

How to Tie a Bow Tie

Wedding Toilet Talk

By: Tracey Manailescu of Tracey M Events

Ladies ToiletToilet
Men toilet
Photos courtesy of: Room to Go

Birds do it, bees do it, we all do it…  Let’s make sure there are good ones available for your guests at your wedding.  Yup, I really am talking about toilets! LOL!

If you are planning to have an outdoor wedding, you need to ensure that there is adequete washroom facitlites to accomodate your guests.

*Did you know that there should be 1 toilet for every 25-30 guests for optimal comfort and ease of lines? (Some places will even tell you 1:50 or 1:70)
*The average person will take 3 bathroom trips during a wedding reception
*The average usage of a toilet at a reception doubles with alcohol consumption
*Toilet areas should be cleaned, checked for cleanliness and restocking of toilet paper and paper towels approximately every two hours
*You will need to have hot and cold water supply at sinks for food & safety reasons for guests, food handlers and catering staff (over 15 staff and you should be providing them with their own unit)

What they may have inside:
*Heating and air conditioning
*Hot and cold running water
*Marble interiror
*Guilded mirrors
*Granite countertops

washroom
Photo courtesy of: Chantlers

Have I convinced you that you need to rent a proper sanitation company to supply your guests with?  Check out these companies available in the GTA for all of your sanitation needs.

http://www.roomtogo.ca
http://www.itsmypotty.com
http://www.naturescall.ca
http://www.chantlers.on.ca

When in Rome..Fun Things to Do on Your Honeymoon

Photo: Taken by me (Tracey Manailescu)

Rent a scooter:

For the brave at heart only!  Seriously…If you have previous experience driving through Italy then you know what I am talking about. Drivers will drive on the sidewalks, straight at pedestrians and other vehicles on the wrong side of the street, cut you off and flip you the finger if you get in their way or dare to defend yourself. You can drive a scooter up to 125cc with no motorcycle license required.  *Anything 150cc and up does  requires a valid motorcycle license.  To rent a scooter, you must be over eighteen and hold a valid driver’s license. All major credit cards are accepted as well as cash. Helmets, insurance and bike locks are usually included with your fee and GPS navigation devices can be rented at an additional cost. (Ask if you are unsure).  Take a scheduled tour from the rental company such as what they have at Bicibaci.com (They have over 10 amazing ones to choose from!)

*For the first time or those a bit timid, try renting a scooter on a Sunday when it is way less crowded.  You will see mostly tourists out and about, or in the evenings during the week.  We couldn’t believe the difference with the traffic and crowds on Sundays.

Sketch Artist (Have a Sketch Drawn of you and your Honey):

Caricature Artist near Fontana Trevi

Wedding Shoes That Dreams are Made of…

By: Tracey Manailescu

My name is Tracey Manailescu…and I have a shoe fetish.  Always have, and I probably always will!  Shoes make me happy!  Shoes make me giddy!  The shoes I am wearing, give me confidence when I am nervous.

What do you think of these beauties for your wedding day, engagement party , bridal shower or bachelorette party? (They can apply to any.)  Give your wedding day a boost by infusing YOU into your wardrobe from head to toe.  Bring out your wild side!  Come on, I dare you. Imagine any of these in your photos!

Warning:  Some of these babies will set you back a bit (understatement), but come on!  They are so worth it!

Ferragamo

Steve Madden

Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo

Jessica Valentine

Valentino

Prisela

Diane von Furstenberg

Giuseppe Zanotti

Christian Louboutin

Figgie

Le Silla

D Squared 2

Tracey on Canada.com About Destination Weddings

Tracey Manaielscu of WPIC and Tracey M Events.

Tracey Manaielscu of WPIC and Tracey M Events.

Destination weddings are hot, with brides opting out of big hometown ceremonies and receptions in favour of tropical getaways surrounded by only their family and closest friends. If you’re thinking about a destination wedding, talk to our experts before you book. Tracey Manailescu is vice-president of the Wedding Planners Institute of Canada and Jennifer Borgh is a travel agent and destination wedding planner. Do destination weddings really cost less? How do you break the news to Mom that you’d rather get married in Cuba than at the local banquet hall? And which destinations offer the right settings for you? Tracey and Jennifer have all the answers and money-saving tips — join our discussion, Monday at 1 p.m. ET.

To view the entire live chat click here.

Swoon Worthy Wedding Menus

By: Tracey Manailescu of Tracey M Events

Wedding menus.  What a simple way to add a special touch to your wedding reception.  Menus can be simple, stylish, glamorous, blinged out or whatever you want them to be.  Menus are also an easy way to keep your guests in the loop.  What’s coming next? Is it paired with a wine? Is it something many of your guests may not have tasted before? Is the food grown locally? Is it special to you and your husband for any particular reason? (Maybe your favorite childhood food from the country you grew up in, or where your family comes from,  or Grandma’s secret family recipe passed on for your wedding, or a special dish created by the Chef for the two of you to share with your guests, etc.)

Here is an example of why menus are important to have from a previous wedding I coordinated:

The Bride & Groom had menu cards created for their wedding, and they had three choices to offer their guests, which were pre-selected when they sent in their responses to attend.  A filet mignon, a chicken dish and a vegetarian dish.  I had set the menus out on the reception tables during the cocktail hour, before the guests came in to the ballroom to take their seats for dinner.  A couple came in and took their seats and noticed the menu, and came over to me immediately. The woman had chosen the filet mignon but realized on the menu that it was blue-cheese encrusted, and she had an allergy to blue cheese.  I went straight to the catering manager and explained the situation, and they switched the meal to chicken without any ruffle in the meal.  Problem averted. Happy guest 🙂

Here are some gorgeous menus for inspiration:

Cootie Catcher:  Lift the flap to reveal each course.

Source: Brides.com        Photo: Thorsen Photography

Source: A Life of Design

Source: Wedding Bells    Graphics & Design:  In The Now      Photo: Heidi Ryder

Source: Studio DIY   Photo: Cfuertez Photography

Source: Style Me Pretty    Design: Dreamy Whites    Photo: KT Merry

Source: City Catering Company