Featured Wedding: Chinese Lion Dancing

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Lily & Jeff on the swings

I love the added cultural touches to this wedding, especially the Chinese Lion Dance! Check out Lily and Jeff’s wedding ingredient list, along with some hands-on wedding planning tips from the bride herself.

Couple: Lily & Jeff
Wedding Date: February 18, 2012

Their Wedding Ingredient List:

[fontawesome icon=”heart” variation=”purple” size=”1x”]Venue – Oakville Conference Centre
Includes all the linens, decor, open bar, cocktail hour, four course served dinner, a custom midnight buffet, and cake serving for 210 guests (including tasting for two people).
Cost: $16,000 – $18,000

[fontawesome icon=”heart” variation=”purple” size=”1x”]Cake – Iris Segal Cakes
Four tiers, including tasting
Cost: $900 – $1,200

[fontawesome icon=”heart” variation=”purple” size=”1x”]Hair & Makeup – Beauty in Motion *Check out their current offers available on Weddingful!
Includes trial run of hair and makeup for the bride, plus travel to the bride’s house on the wedding day for both services.
Cost: $100 – $130 per person

[fontawesome icon=”heart” variation=”purple” size=”1x”]Flowers – Blooms and Blossoms
Includes 24 centrepieces with vase, light, rocks, and flowers, bouquets for three bridesmaids, the bride, three corsages, and 10 boutonnieres.
Cost: $700 – $900

[fontawesome icon=”heart” variation=”purple” size=”1x”]DJ – Hollywood DJ Service
Custom playlist for important events during the night, MC’ing services/announcements, projector and screen rental, lights for dance floor and accent lights for hall.
Cost: $800 – $1,000

[fontawesome icon=”heart” variation=”purple” size=”1x”]Violinist & Cello Player – Ali Raney
Live music during cocktail hour
Cost: Approximately $200

[fontawesome icon=”heart” variation=”purple” size=”1x”]Chinese Lion Dance – Dammy Cheng Toronto Lion Dance Association
Ability to watch demonstration and choose lions from selection
Cost: $700 – $800

[fontawesome icon=”heart” variation=”purple” size=”1x”]Wedding Planner – Simply Sophisticated Events
Two wedding planners for process, two in-person meetings and constant communication, services to confirm delivery dates/times, reception venue delivery and setup, wedding day coordination until after dinner.
Cost: $600 – $800

Some words of wisdom from the bride…

1. It’s going to be overwhelming to plan a wedding and there are a lot of things to consider. There will be a lot of people who have opinions as to what they think is the best choice, but at the end of the day, it’s your wedding and you should choose what makes you and your groom happy. Do what’s best for you and what says the most about your personality and tastes, and not what you think is “in” or trendy.

2. Do your homework and research your vendors. Find reviews online, and meet with your vendors before you commit to anything. The best vendors will help you choose the best for what you’re looking for. I felt comfortable talking to my vendors on numerous occasions, even when it was to change something or make sure that what we asked for would fit our vision. A good vendor should be one that builds a relationship with you throughout the process, and doesn’t just stop talking to you once you put down the deposit.

3. Ask for as much or as little help as you want/need during planning and on the day of your wedding. You don’t have to have a group consensus on every single decision if you don’t want to, but you also don’t have to make every decision alone. There are lots of people who can help you if you look for it.

4. Enjoy the process. Enjoy the day. Take a moment to absorb it all and try to remember to savour the moment because it really does pass by so quickly!

Check out Lily’s Weddingful Profile for more beautiful wedding photos

The wedding party at Oakville Conference Centre
The wedding party at Oakville Conference Centre












Beautiful wedding cake by Iris Segal Cakes
Gorgeous wedding cake by Iris Segal Cakes
Chinese Lion Dance
Chinese Lion Dance
Lily in her wedding gown
The beautiful bride