Helpful Hints

Below are some helpful hints to keep in mind while you are planning your wedding! Enjoy and let me know what you think!

Talk about the $$

Talk about numbers and settle on a budget. When settling on the budget be open and clear with those involved who want to help.  Try to get this conversation out of the way as soon as you can so you can move forward with the planning.

Set your priorities

Before getting deep into the planning, sit down as a couple and figure out what are the most important aspects of the big day to both of you. Be willing to spend a bit more on those items and a bit less on the items that are less important to you. For example, if you want to have a really great party and dance until the wee hours, invest a little more into a high class DJ or band and save on the invitations if they are less of a concern.

Be organized or outsource it!

You may not know it quite yet but the amount of details that goes into planning a wedding is unbelievable! With this forewarning, either get yourself organized and hire someone to help you! It doesn’t hurt to invest in someone that will take some of the stress of planning off of your hands and ensure you do not miss anything! Hiring a professional wedding planner  can be the best investment for your sanity throughout the engagement, during days leading up to the wedding and of course on the big day!  Contrary to the rumors, a wedding planner can also help you SAVE money!

Be open to compromise.

Although it appears the wedding is mainly about you and your fiancé, there are many others involved.  Your wedding day is just as important (and sometimes more) to your parents and families as well. You know what is most important to you so don’t be afraid to make a firm decision in those areas. However, if you are indifferent about certain things, like the style of cake you have for example, let someone else who wants to be involved help take the lead in that department.

Make it personal

Little touches that are personal to you and your fiancé are great to incorporate into the day. Think about things you like to do together, the first date you had, inspiration can come from anywhere in your relationship! Use that inspiration in the details of the day, the seating chart, the guest book or the place cards!

Bring a cover up

Something you probably don’t think about when going dress shopping with your ladies is the time in between trying on gowns. Make sure to bring a robe or cover up with you. Having something like this will ensure you are not trapped in the fitting room in your underwear! With a robe on hand, you can mingle with the girls and enjoy some champagne in between trying on those beautiful dresses.

Ceremony Decor

When planning what decor you would like to include in your ceremony, remember where the focus is.  Whether your ceremony is a sweet 20 minutes long or a full hour long mass, the attention is on you and your soon-to-be husband/wife. Simple, cost effective touches for the ceremony can go a long way – a few pew markers and two arrangements at the front is all you really need. Bonus: the arrangements at the front of the aisle can be reused in the reception space!

Number you RSVPs!

I have no doubt in my mind that you have heard this before – which is why I want to remind you AGAIN! Please save yourself the headache and give each RSVP a number on the back. You will be surprised by the number of responses either a) you do not get back, b) are filled out incorrectly, or c) have no names on them. With numbered RSVPs associated with each invitation, it will be a hell-of-a-lot easier to follow up with these people rather than searching, guessing and trying to figure it out.

Ask for references.

You are entrusting many people to carry out your big day – do not be afraid to ask for references. If they do not have any written recommendations (or ‘Sweet Words’) on their website, ask them to provide you with names and contact information for previous clients. Getting to know the people you are hiring will ensure you are able to relax on the big day knowing you have done your homework and they are the right fit for you.

Take a break!

Okay, if you are planning a wedding in 6 months you likely don’t have time for a break, but everyone else, take one! Get the big things out of the way and booked and give you and your fiancé a bit of breathing room. Right after the engagement and right before the wedding are obviously not ideal times but in between that, there is time. Go away for the weekend or even enjoy a staycation at the house, but promise to not talk about the wedding for that period of time.

My Perfect Day…

Last week I had the opportunity to share with the Burlington Downtown Business Association what #myperfectday would be downtown Burlington (#BurlON).  While there is always something going on, too many pretty things to see and a crazy amount of hidden treasures downtown #BurlON, I was forced narrow it down. Take a stroll with me through what would be my perfect day downtown Burlington…

 

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Posted: Mar 13, 2014

“As a self-pro-claimed coffee snob, there is no doubt that my perfect day downtown Burlington would start at Tamp Coffee Co. Their appreciation for great coffee and organic coffee beans pulls at my heart strings on a daily basis.

I would grab an extra coffee to go and head around the corner to Salon Red, where I’d join my favourite stylist Kandis for a wash and blow-dry. Going in to Salon Red is a definite treat for me to relax and unwind. I look forward to every time I walk in there and Kandis is a star.

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With the brisk, fall air blowing through my freshly styled hair, I would stroll over to Pure Organic Floral Boutique. Not only is everything in the store completely breathtaking in my eyes, the ladies are an absolute pleasure to visit. Whether I’m going in to swoon over all of their beautiful things or order personalized gifts for clients, I always leave feeling inspired with a full heart.

As if that wasn’t enough beauty for me, my next destination would be Fairhome on Brant Street. I always love the setup of their dining room table at the front of the store and am continuously on the lookout for new pieces of Brighton jewellery (my mom’s favourite jewellery and the only place I can find it locally).

My final stop on this perfect day would be at Pepperwood Bistro on Lakeshore. With a comfortable atmosphere and craft beer on tap, it is my favourite spot to enjoy a cold pint – the Pepperwood Framboise is my absolute favourite.

Cheers!”

*Lovelies – if we EVER get rid of the snow and anyone wants to tag along, feel free to let me know 😉

♥  JP


Interested in submitting your own Perfect Day…

“We want to hear what your Perfect Day downtown sounds like.  Please send us your “itinerary” including 4 – 6 activities or stops along your way in 300 words or less.  You could have your itinerary featured on our website… and one random entry will win $500 to spend making their Perfect Day a reality.  Email your entry before March 31st to marketing@burlingtondowntown.ca    Get all the contest details.”

June 29, 2013 # thebreens

Danielle and Geoff (#thebreens) are two of the sweetest people I have met.  They are down-to-earth, easy-going, and completely adoring of one another.  Danielle’s organization and Geoff’s relaxed nature made my job in ensuring their day was just perfect, truly enjoyable.  It was an absolute pleasure working with these two and all of the vendors they entrusted for their big day. Take a peruse through the gorgeous photos from #thebreens wedding on June 29, 2013…

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Thank you Danielle & Geoff for trusting me to make sure your big day exceeded all of your expectations and wildest dreams! I will forever cherish being a part of your wedding and I wish you both nothing but love, happiness, and success. Congratulations and I cannot wait to meet #babybreen! xoxo

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~ Jackie P.


Venue: Archeo Restaurant in the Distillery District
Photography:  Michelle Yee
Music: the Dj & Co
Late Night Treats: Glory Hole Donuts
Flowers: Pink Twig
Seating Chart: Bride DIY
Bridesmaid Dresses: twobirds Bridesmaid Dresses


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Ancaster Wedding Show & JPE!

I’m excited to announce that JPE will be a vendor at the upcoming Ancaster Wedding Show at Night on March 21st!

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It will be the first wedding show JPE has participated in and I could not have picked a more perfect one for JPE.  The AWS has a boutique feel to it that caters to Southern Ontario brides serious about wedding inspiration and getting their wedding planning started.  Tiffany, AWS Manager, has created a platform for vendors in Southern Ontario to showcase their skills and create an evening for bride-to-be’s to relax, enjoy and truly take in the talent that Southern Ontario wedding professionals have to offer. With a limited number of vendors chosen from each industry, it is appealing to all bride-to-be’s without being overwhelming.

JPE is teaming up with the incredibly talented Paula from La Fiora Floral & Event Design to create an eye-catching and unforgettable booth! Keep an eye out on Facebook and Instagram (@jackie_penner) for booth teasers leading up to March 21st!

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And as always, I cannot wait to see my good friend and one-of-a-kind photographer, Brian Reilly. Constantly swooning over his stunning photos, I am so looking forward to working with him again on March 8th! Yay!

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Be sure to follow JPE on social media for show information, coupons, and teasers!!

~ Jackie P.

Valentines Day 101

February 14th – a date typically either loved or hated. We are all fully aware this is a “Hallmark Holiday” – geniuses right?! But without acknowledging it, you are bound to make someone feel upset.  So what are you going to do for the loves in your life? Here are some ideas to get the juices flowing….

♥  The obvious card and chocolates may seem simple, but is definitely always appreciated! And you can make the card more specific like this one if you’re partner is Breaking Bad fan!
♥  Who wouldn’t love a sappy, romantic message on twitter or facebook posted for everyone to see? Well maybe some people, but if your partner is always on social media, join them for one day through a post direct JUST to them!
♥  Send something to their place of work. Always an unexpected but pleasant and welcomed surprise.
♥  Before they leave for work, head on over to your friend and/or lovers house and leave a little something on their windshield. What a great way to start the day! A card, a handwritten note, or maybe a Starbucks card so they can treat themselves on their drive in.
♥  Prepare dinner. If you are not the one who typically does the cooking, treat your partner to a relaxing evening where the food is prepared for them. Maybe grab some flowers and a nice bottle of wine on the way home as well 😉
♥  Sneak out the night before and leave a surprise in your partners car.  A treat to enjoy with lunch or a nice gift! And if you notice the tank is almost empty, take the car for a quick spin and fill it up for them – everyone can appreciate that during this cold winter!
♥  If your partner has a hobby, give them something related to that hobby. A new XBOX game, a new toolbox (filled with candy of course), a new bottle of red wine for them to try, a new golf shirt….the list can go on!

Hopefully that is enough to get your wheels turning! And as you may have noticed, everything listed above is cost-effective! You don’t need to spend tons of money to make someone feel special. Be thoughtful and be creative!

For me, Valentine’s Day is a holiday I like to acknowledge but don’t necessarily need to celebrate. I know – being a wedding coordinator and a lover of all things love-ly, aren’t you slightly surprised? A card and some chocolate will do just fine for me! Ever since I can remember, my first love (Dad of course!) has had a thoughtful card and box of chocolates waiting for my mom and I when we woke up.  Just perfect!  And I can always count on my true love to surprise me with something!   Anthony and I tend to go out for dinner mid-week when we don’t feel like cooking so making a reservation on Valentine’s Day isn’t really our thing. Typically, we like to spend the evening with friends and family, whoever is around and in the same spirit as we are. Enjoying an evening with great company and a glass or two of wine is just perfect for us.

Now it’s 2 days away… what are your plans for, and with, the special people in your life?  What are you hoping for?

Feel free to share, I’d love to hear about it!

~ JP