Tracey M Events Visits Trump Toronto

By: Tracey Manailescu of Tracey M Events

After what seems like eons, I finally got a chance to visit Trump Toronto.
I was doing a photoshoot on the weekend for Tracey M Events, and ordered some custom-made macarons from Stock Restaurant. (These macarons were incredible by the way! I ate way more than I should have after the styleshoot…) I can’t say enough about how quickly I was able to connect with the pastry chef and how accomodating they were.
So, after arranging a pick up date and time, I figured what better chance to see the wedding space, and made lunch reservations to complete the visit;)
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A beautiful hotel, and Stock Restuarant food and staff were fantastic, as I expected!

Wedding packages (2013):

*Food and beverage minimums will be determined beginning at $250 per guest depending on the day and season. (January to April at a cost of $195 per person.)
* Please note, all food and beverage with the exception of the wedding cake must be provided by the hotel

The following elements are included in the wedding packages:

*Honeymoon suite

*Luminous votive candles

*Preferred guest room rates

*World class culinary experience

*Silver framed table numbers

*Wedding menu tasting for the Bride & Groom

*Sparkling wine toast

*Black crystal chandeliers & wall scones

*Grand staircase for an ultimate entrance & photos

*Floor length designer white linens

*Personalized menu cards

*Couples amssage at Quartz Crystal spa

*Dedicated on-site Kosher kitchen for Kosher Events

*Custom oversized charger plates

*Luxurious cushioned flex back chairs

*Impeccable and attentive service
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Photos courtesy of: Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto

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‚Äôs Fashion Emergency Kit to address every fashion issue known to wedding events!

Includes: 6 Hollywood Fashion Tape¬ģ 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!

Trends We Adore for 2013

By: Tracey Manailescu of Tracey M Events

What a great year for trying new patterns, prints, fabrics and colours. Old is new and new is old!

We are really excited to see some of these beautiful ideas come to light. We look forward to implementing some of them at Tracey M Events.
Which ones do you like best?

We love these patterned and pastel like coloured cotton ties from Tux & Tulle
Coloured & patterned neck ties

You might see brides and flower girls wearing floral crowns. Sigh, sweet romance is what comes to my mind…Thanks, Kate Moss! Photo credit: The amazing Mario Testino
Kate Moss flower girls

Art Deco Designs will be everywhere. These beautiful wedding invitations are from Ceci New York, of course!. (As if you had to ask.)
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The colour of the year according to Pantone is Emerald Green
We love this Pantone Inspiration board from Wedding Paper Divas
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Lounge furniture will be taken to a new level. Swing tables? Blinged out furniture? Textures in fabrics? We say, bring it!
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Shoes, oh glorious shoes…
Jimmy Choo
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Christian Louboutin
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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

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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

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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

Hard Rock Cancun Grand Opening

By: Tracey Manailescu

We have just gotten back from beautiful Cancun, Mexico.  Danielle and I were invited to the grand opening of Hard Rock Cancun.  Wow!  What an amazing time we had!

Photo courtesy of: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

We seriously were treated, and lived, like rock stars while we were there.¬† BTW, we have a newfound respect for those peeps who can party all night, and get up and do it all over again for days on end. (We sure gave it a good try, though…)

Photo courtesy of: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

We arrived on Thursday afternoon and the festivities started that very evening.

Pinktober Fashion Show, auction & Cocktail on the Sunset Terrace featuring Juanras (it was a pink & white dress code).¬† What a stunning set up, and beautiful clothing from top Mexican designers.¬† Tons of drinks, food stations and passed hors d’oeuvres:

Tracey with the Pinktober car

 

Tracey “Kissing” it up!

 

Tracey on the pink carpet

Danielle at the Pinktober Fashion Show

Gina Tsirmpas, Director of Sales, Meetings & Incentives – Canada for Hard Rock, Tracey Manailescu, Sylvia of Event Simple and Lise, a travel agent in Montreal

Photo courtesy of: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

Flo Rida concert on the beach under a tent with lounge furniture and mobile bars everywhere (Staff were always on hand to order drinks from, too!):

Photo courtesy of: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

 

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Photo courtesy of: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

This was the infamous grand opening “Guitar Smash” ceremony.

Photo courtesy of: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

Then there was the amazing Goo Goo Dolls concert (we were right up at the front standing-room-only for this entire concert):

Danielle at the Goo Goo Dolls concert

Photo courtesy of: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

Believe it or not, we then went to the VIP After Party with DJ Aliyo where we danced, drank and ate our hearts out in the Rock & Roll Ballroom:

Photo courtesy of: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

Danielle with Wilmer Valderrama

Gina Tsirmpas and I at the after party.

The last day was a pool party with DJ Dhanai and host, Wilmer Valderrama (who you may remember as FEZ from “That 70’s Show” or “Handy Manny” if you have kids) and a farewell BBQ with steak and lobster…For real!

Wilmer Valderrama Photo courtesy of: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

 

Photo courtesy of: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

*Photo courtesy of Gina Tsirmpas, pictured above with Flo Rida, Director of Sales, Meetings & Incentives – Canada.

Gina, thank you so much for inviting us.  You are unbelievable! Your dedication and passion is contagious, and you do it with a great big smile. You make the planning process that much more enjoyable. We look forward to working with you closely on our 8th annual Wedding Professionals Conference in November of 2013. www.weddingconf.com

A HUGE thank you to all of the wonderful staff and management that made this event happen.  Really and truly, the staff at the resort are amazing!  Very customer-based.  So many times they went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable. Bartenders, servers, cleaning staff, entertainment staff and management; Thank you!

**All photos taken by Tracey Manailescu or Danielle Andrews Sunkel, unless otherwise mentioned.