What We’re Up To’ Category

14Nov

Lunch Time Indian Fare at T|Bar

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to check out the newly renovated Eaton Chelsea Hotel, Downtown Toronto.  I was invited to tour the entire facility, including all of the event space and restaurant outlets.  The hotel provides variety and tons of space – perfect for large out of town groups and those wishing to host events up to 300 guests!

The largest ballroom although neutral, offers large foyer space – perfect for stations, a grand buffet and a great cocktail hour.  The neutral ballroom allows you to dress it up according to your taste and style, while the chandelieres dress the rooms up, giving it a more formal feel – perfect for those pre-wedding events.

Now for all of our South Asian clients we know how important food is, and often we get asked “How good is the food?”, well I wanted to check it out for myself and thanks to the wonderful hosts at the Eaton Chelsea, I was able to!  T|Bar is a chic, trendy lounge that hosts an Authentic Indian Curry Buffet every weekday from 11:30 till 2 pm – a great lunch time eat, for those on their lunch break!  The buffet featured seven dishes including, a seasoned rice, mattar paneer, lamb roganjosh, butter chicken (of course!), tandoori chicken, vegetable samosas and garlic naan.  I was pleased to find a colorful wheel of ten different kinds of chutnies and achars to suit your flavour!  In addition to this, dessert boasted your traditional gulab jamun and ras gulla amongst other pastries and mini desserts.  The buffet is prepared by executive Chef Brian MacAskill from scratch and couples booking their events in the space are also privy to the same great food – with customization of course to match exactly what your event requires!

You also can’t leave without trying the award winning Ceasar, their signature cocktail where the Chef makes his own fresh Clamato juice from local tomatoes every week!!!! Check it out on your next lunch break!

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10Nov

Seva Spark 2013

This past weekend we had the honor and pleasure of contributing and supporting Seva Food Bank’s Seva Spark Gala in launch of their brand, spanking new location and hub!

The Seva Food Bank provides safe, nutritious and culturally-appropriate food to low- income families living in Mississauga’s L5B and L5C postal codes. An initiative of Sikhs Serving Canada, a registered charitable not-for-profit organization, their mission is to positively impact local communities by acting on the basic Sikh tenets of sarbat da bhalla(the well being of all) and seva (selfless service). They serve clients and welcome volunteers from all faiths, backgrounds, and cultures.

In the weeks leading to the event, the AWE team assisted with various logistics including coordination with vendors and providing advice and expertise on how to pull together an event of this size and scope, in a not so conventional space.  The “venue” was in fact their brand new site and as you’ll see was transformed into an industrial chic event space with the wonderful work and support of Dream Party Decor.  In addition, the AWE team banded together on the day of the event to pull it all through, in terms of event set up, and the coordination of dinner service, bar set up, volunteer management and assistance with the programming of speakers and entertainment.

It was great to be a part of such a great community initiative, and since we love to collaborative with like minded individuals it was the perfect event and cause to support.

Here are some visual highlight!

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27Oct

Sneak Peak into an AWE Engagement Party!

Today, I’m happy to share one of my own events with all of you – my Engagement Party!

As a planner planning your own event has it’s own slew of stresses and although it’s hard to believe – I faced a lot of the same emotions and predicaments most brides go through as well!  When planning my own events, it went on the back burner – especially when my focus was on my brides. My family turned to me or almost expected that everything would be taken care of by me, since it’s what I do, in turn putting a lot of pressure on the shoulders of a couple of people!

Going through the wheels and motions of planning one of my own events has actually been a blessing – now I’ve TRULY felt first hand what feelings and emotions, what family stresses my own brides face!  What’s my vision, do I even have one? What should I wear? What should my look be? Am I creating a memorable experience for my guests? And am I forgetting anything?!?!  All of these emotions and thoughts I felt as I went about planning this event.  In the end, I couldn’t have been happier with how it unfolded thanks to the wonderful people around me – my family, dear friends, my supportive fiancé and of course event team that helped pull everything together!

Here’s a quick snippet of my engagement event that I’m happy to have all of you be a part of!

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Concept, Planning & Coordination: Arora Wedding & Event Planning

Cinematography: P-Your Vision

Photography: G+H Photography

Decor & Florals: PARAS Events

Venue: Atlantis Pavilions

Catering: Atlantis Pavilions & The Host Fine Indian Cuisine

Stationary: Vibrance Designs

Live Artist: Olga Pankova

Hair: Ladylyn Gool

Make Up: Dawna Boot

Jewelry: Tara Fava Jewelry

Cake & Dessert Table: Bobbette & Belle

Happy Planning!

~ Richha Arora



22Oct

Real Wedding: Nam & Darshan

Today we are featuring a real wedding from this past Spring, as seen in the latest edition of Lavish Dulhan magazine!

We spent countless hours with our wonderful clients Nam & Darshan to ensure every detail and part of their wedding day was cohesive, unique and custom to their personalities!  From delicious caramel popcorn to mini donut favors (their favorite indulgences) to an ice shot sculpture with their signature shot for the night! From start to finish we fused their interests and tastes every step of the way – creating memorable details that truly made their wedding their own!  Check out just a snapshot of their day wonderful Spring day!

LD Blog Nam & Darshan

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Full-Service Wedding Planning: Arora Wedding & Event Planning

Photography: G+H Photography

Venue: Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex

Cinematography: Fusion Productions

 Beauty:  Shirley Wu Beauty Concepts

Decor & Florals: Berries & Bloom

 Cake: I Do! Wedding Cakes

 Donut Favors: Paulette’s Original Donuts

Fashion: CTC West

DJ: Nspire Sound

Entertainment: SGPD



04Oct

It’s Not Just About the Parties | The After Hours Job!

Come Fall & Winter the events and wedding industry goes into event overload with Grand Openings, Launches, Open Houses and Industry Nights.  In an industry where most of our events take place in the summer months, we see a bit of a lull before we go head first into corporate events and booking for the following season(s).

This week was especially exhausting as our team attended a number of events and parties.  Now if you follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter you may get the impression of “is all these girls do is party?”  Well we do, we are event planners after all! However, these parties have a lot more meaning and take a lot more work than it appears!  What do these parties entail and why do we “have” to go? Well it’s a part of our job – just like any other service based job ours involves research, staying on top of upcoming trends and building relationships.

So, attending these events allows us to see emerging trends in decor, florals, color palettes and also simulates our creative juices on the next big thing we can do for our upcoming weddings.  In addition, we’re able to see what’s trending in terms of food and beverages – what are some new ways of service, presentation, or ideas for signature drinks – all which add value to our current and future brides and grooms!  During the summer months we don’t really get a chance to really connect with our industry partners and so here we run into new people we’d like to work with or who can offer our clients a great product or service and we meet old friends whom we catch up with, all in all making our relationships stronger for – you guessed it, our clients!  It also gives our team a time to connect, talk about us and what skills we need to improve on and how we can function better together, all in all giving our clients a highly efficient, expert team as the backbone to their events.  So yes, while we do enjoy the mixing and mingling, the food and the drinks we are still working – but hey doesn’t every job have it’s perks?

If you missed all the action, here’s a visual summary from our week out on the town!

Happy Planning!

~ AWE Team

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03Oct

Weekend in The Hamptons | A Luxury Inspired Editorial Spread

The design and decor reflect casual elegance at its finest.  The theme of relaxed luxury is communicated through the use of decorative elements amongst bountiful floral and fruit.  Timeless blue and white ceramic dinnerware evoke a sense of nostalgia, while remaining formal.  Wooden furnishings provide warmth to the overall design scheme.  Relaxed summers by the beach provide perfect inspiration for this wedding!  View the complete spread in print in the newly released Summer/Fall 2013 issue of Lavish Dulhan magazine – in stores now!

LD Blog Weekend in Hamptons

Concept & PlanningArora Wedding & Event Planning

Photography: Melanie Galbrand-Chen, Verve Photo Co.

Beauty: Amplified Soul: Makeup+Hair Couture

Styling & FloralParas Events

Cakescape & Sweet Table: Fine Cakes by Zehra

Stationary Love, Paper & Ink: Fine Bespoke Stationary

Decor Rental: Design2Decor

FashionCTC West

Dining Tables & Chairs: Contemporary Furniture Rentals

Menu: Chef Michael Robertson, Oliver & Bonacini Events

Millinery: David Dunkley

Veil & FeatherBlair Nadeau Millinery



19Sep

Distillery Events – Industry & Launch Party

Last night we were mixing and mingling with the event industry at the Fermenting Cellar in the Distillery District!  Check out the some highlights below as the latest in decor and food trends were displayed!

Featured below is a dramatic chandelier treatment and the use of boxwood to create fun and social lounge clusters.  All food stations and bars were also done in boxwood.

The lime margaritas and taco station were definitely our favourite featuring fresh guacamole and tortilla chips as well as mini chicken and pork tacos that we went back for a second round!  The dessert bar was also a highlight with nothing less of chocolate everything – Chocolate Sliders, S’mores in a Jar, Maple Syrup and Cheese taffy and fresh candy floss!!

Definitely a great venue for those couples looking for a historic site that’s industrial chic, and understands great service and food!

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22Feb

Event Review: eventConnect

This week I attended eventConnect – a networking session that brings together the industry and provides an opportunity for aspiring meeting planners to produce an event.  It was my first time attending and I definitely had a great time meeting new people but also catching up with industry friends. Here’s more on the event!

Brassai 1 Location, Location, Location! Held at the trendy Brassaii in King West, the resto-lounge was perfect for the chic crowd that it attracted.  Having a private space to host the event gave it intimacy and exclusivity.  The venue is perfect for intimate weddings, wedding rehearsal or even perhaps a trendy bridal shower.

#OmNomNom ~ For event planners food should and must be a priority, especially with “foodie trend” that has had global impact.  The event served up 5 bite sized treats include a Cocktail Shrimp, two varieties of sliders (Roasted Chicken & Beef), a cheese infused treat for the veggies and a mini cupcake.  The taste and frequency of service was great, however I do wish they served up another or had an equal amount of vegetarian delights for all!

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Meeting the Experts ~ As a planner I know I am always developing each event that I execute.  In the events industry you never stop learning and if you think have learnt it all – you are definitely wrong!  eventConnect not only provided an outlet to network with my peers but it also included an interactive panel of experts speaking on “How You Found Success in the Industry”.  This session was not only insightful but inspiring.  The panel included Paras Mehta, Sandy Biback & Trevor Lui – all inspirational leaders with a wealth of knowledge to share.  Coming from diverse backgrounds in design, corporate meeting planning and venue operations, the panel was dynamic and I went away with some key pieces of information that will only help me help my clients!

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Take Away ~ It’s so important to be involved in your industry.  The more people you meet and the more you learn will only make you better at what you do.  In the end offering the highest level of expertise to our clients is what they are paying us for and events like this only elevate us.  I encourage everyone to collaborate and share – it will only raise the bar and make our industry and our services invaluable!Networking1



18Feb

Not Everyone Hates Parking!

As more and more of our clients opt out of the traditional banquet hall as their venue of choice and move to unique and trendy spaces that our lovely city has to offer, I sometimes come across that the issue of parking or valet is avoided.  Maybe it’s because we all hate trying to find a parking spot, maybe it’s because it’s an additional expense we don’t want to think about, or maybe we think it’s a small detail in comparison to all the other moving parts of the event. BUT, parking is often your guest’s first impression or contact with your event and also their last!  Here are some ideas wether you are considering valet parking or not to add some glitz and glamour to the asphalt!

1. Fill the Bellies! Yes we know you’ve already fed your guests to their hearts content but a little end of the night treat will always go noticed. Think ice cream or food trucks or even a fun cart or stand by your valet stand or parking attendant.  The treats should be packaged to go, so that your wedding experience takes them all the way home!

2. Offer a bevvie! Depending on the weather or season your guests may appreciate either a warm or cold drink as they wait for their cars. Warm hot chocolate or cider work well for Winter & Fall weddings while Lemonade or Iced Tea are great for the summer heat.  If you want to go simple why not offer personalized water bottles – there’s something that everyone can do!

3. Dress your valet/parking attendant for the event! Now this must be done with class and discretion.  If your event has a particular theme and since parking is your guests first interaction with your event why not have these members play the part?  Your guests will notice that for you no detail is too small!

4. Logistics! Logistics! Logistics! There’s nothing worse than offering a service that is poorly managed – especially when it comes to parking!  Lots of communication with your guests is key.  Be sure to send out a confirmation note or email that includes parking information as well as a reminder of their parking voucher, or parking pass that they can print out.  Ensure that your parking attendants or valet have a guest list at the entrance in case someone does forget to bring them – it will happen! If your valet entrance or venue is difficult to find be sure to include readable maps and driving directions.

5. A small token of appreciation! It doesn’t have to be a diamond ring but a small gift or favor inside your guests cars puts the “AHMAZING” in event for a positive guest experience.  This will stay with them as a token of how wonderful your event was.  You can even take ideas 1 and 2 and take your sweet treats and bevvies and have the valet place them inside the vehicle while they are in their care.

6. Provide Heaters & Umbrellas! I know we are stating the obvious but if it’s cold or chilly at night provide enough heaters for guests to stay warm as they wait for their cars. Ensure that the valet also has umbrella’s on stand by in case it rains – nothing is worse than waiting for your car in the cold or while you’re wet!

Happy Planning from AWE!



10May

Tis the Season for Engagement Shoots – Amy & Sunny

This was truly a real engagement shoot where one of our clients actually proposed to his bride to be at the shoot itself!  These beautiful pictures were taken by one of our favorite photographers Digitology! Hair & Make Up for this shoot was provided by Shobana Lakkavally of Amplified Soul Make-Up & Hair Couture!

Take a look at some of our favorite pictures from this session and stay posted for pictures from their 2 day wedding affair!

Amy – always so sultry and sleek!  Picking a photo location can always be a daunting task but it may be as simple as your everyday surroundings – including your own home or condo!

 

 

The Proposal – way to go Kamal & Satpal for being able to capture this moment as it happened! Amy & Sunny are big fans of sailing so the Harbourfront was the perfect proposal location.  Although Sunny tried his hardest to get a boat to go out it was just way to cold – beautiful proposal nonetheless!