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Expert Panel | Invitations!

Choosing the style and the design of wedding stationery staring with your invitations is an important step. After all this can set the tone for your wedding, letting your guests know if it's a black-tie formal event or a backyard country fete.

In this week's Expert Panel article we sit down with one of our stationery experts to discuss the important steps of designing your invitations.

Full Name and Occupation:
Sarji Gill – Owner of Wintons Social Stationery
What information should a bride have before they meet with you for the first time?
The vision and theme the bride wishes to evoke and envelope on her special day. Stationery is an integral part of the wedding, since it sets the tone for the event to come.

What are some general recommendations/ideas that you would give to a new bride hiring a wedding stationery expert for their wedding?
As with all vendors it is helpful to have a rapport with the stationer. It makes it a more pleasurable experience. The stationer should have the ability to understand the bride’s vision, and offer the bride different options based on her guidelines. The capacity to coordinate with other vendors involved in the wedding to make it a day to remember.

Invitation by Wintons Social Stationery, Wedding Design by CountDown Events, Photography by Leanne Pedersen.

What is your best insider tip?
Always count your numbers correctly! You send one invite per couple or family, not one to each person. Always order at least 10% extra invitations, even if you think you have enough based on your guest list. Re-ordering can be an unpleasant hit to the pocket book. New trends are Large Bold fonts, Classic stationery, Geometric envelope liners, and Bold colours.

If you’d like to visit Wintons for a consultation on your wedding stationery visit them on their website at and be sure to follow them on Twitter @Wintons and us @CountDownEvents see our next wedding expert as they share their craft and trade secrets with you.

Expert Panel | Wedding Cake Designs and Trends

Wedding Cakes, it is the most enjoyable part of planning your wedding. Who wouldn’t love this part? You get to try samples of the one thing everybody loves to eat, what’s even better is that you get to design it anyway you like. So who said “you can’t have your cake and eat it too”

In this CountDown Events Expert Panel feature we ask one of our wedding cake artisans to share with us their tips and suggestions on selecting and designing your dream wedding cake.

Full Name and Occupation:
Peter Fong, Pastry Chef/Owner of Ganache Patisserie

What information should a bride have before they meet with you for the first time?
The most helpful information would be to have all of the basic details: like reception site, number of guests expected, type of dinner service, dessert options, and then more involved details regarding wedding colours, wedding decor and style, types of flowers, invitations, etc. Then any photos of wedding cakes that she likes, or wedding cake details.

Photograph provided by Ganache Patisserie

What are some general recommendations/ideas that you would give to a new bride when choosing their Wedding Cake?
In terms of design, I just let the brides tell me as much as possible about what they like and don’t like, and what sort of overall feel they want. Unless they have a very specific design in mind, then my job is to create some designs based on their opinions and comments that will incorporate their ideas and the elements that they like. But it’s really all about feeling comfortable with the wedding cake designer and his/her work and trusting them to help create her dream wedding cake. And in terms of flavours, the couple should choose something that they both like, or have the option of choosing 2 different flavours so everybody is happy. And in the end, taste is very important as it’s the taste of the cake that your guests will remember, or not remember.
What is your best insider tip?
Basing the design of the wedding cake on the bride’s wedding dress and incorporating crystals and pearls. I would look at incorporating different sizes and shapes of tiers for a more modern touch.

Photograph provided by Ganache Patisserie

Thank you Peter for sharing with us your tips and suggestions on wedding cakes. If you would like to visit Peter you can find him at his pastry shop in Yaletown or visit his website at and be sure to follow us on Twitter at @CountDownEvents as we bring you other experts to inspire the wedding of your dreams.

Pinning all things beautiful on Pinterest!

We’re all about finding inspiration and increasing our creativity and we just love to share our inspirations with you on this blog, so naturally we’re really excited to be on Pinterest.

We’ll be pinning our obsessions, which are all things pretty and perfect. So if you are looking for your next inspiration or just want receive your daily fix of something beautiful, have a look at our boards and follow us at Pinterest/

This Week's #FF Nicole Soon of Le Mode Du Jour

Name: Nicole Soon
Occupation(s): Blogger at le mode du jour
Who is your role model: My mom is my role model because I admire her strength, determination, and kindness. She is truly an amazing woman.
What do you like most about your job: My co-workers – they’re a great team of people to work with.
Daily ritual: Cereal for breakfast or dinner.
The most rewarding part of my job is: Meeting new people and helping them start their career in the security industry.
What has been your biggest strength that’s helped you succeed in your industry? Good old fashioned hard work in addition to determination and a positive attitude - even when I’ve had a bad day, I know that tomorrow is another day and things will get better.
Memorable celebrity encounter/interview: When my friends and I met DJ A-Trak backstage at a Smirnoff party – I nearly died.

Favourite quote: Never regret. If it's good, it's wonderful. If it's bad, it's experience." - Victoria Holt
Describe your personal style: I wear what I like, but currently I’ve been keeping it simple with basic, loose-fitting tees, chambray shirts, oversized sweaters, leather shorts and ankle boots.
Dream vacation spot? Santorini
What is your favourite thing to take pictures of? Going out and having fun with my friends.
What has been your favourite event to attend? The Joe Fresh VIP Launch Party back in October 2010. Joe was an absolute pleasure to meet and the music by DJ Mia Moretti and violinist Caitlin Moe was amazing.
Favourite Restaurant: Chambar
What is your biggest indulgence? Ice cream, specifically cake batter or mint chocolate chip.

If there was more time in the day you would: work less overtime and probably get more than my usual 5 hours of sleep.
Favourite social network: Twitter
Favourite Blog:
Where do you go for good ideas? Google
Last song you downloaded: Alesso’s BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix
What is the most challenging thing you have ever done? The Wild Rose cleanse was a challenge because of the dietary restrictions. I love food, so it was tough to give up a lot of the foods I loved for 12 days straight.
What are you obsessed with right now? Music. Always music.

CountDown Events would like to thank Nicole for being our Friday Follow this week. You can follow her on twitter @lemodedujour to see her latest post.

The False Creek Village Hidden Gem!

As one of Vancouver’s premier destinations for all of your liquid catering needs Legacy Liquor Store holds the very best wine and fine spirits available. Upon opening in the heart of False Creek Village in November 2010 Legacy has been offering an array of in-store private and public events. Ranging from the free tastings every Thursday through Sunday to more elaborate collaborations with some of Vancouver's finest catering talents, Legacy Liquor Store’s tasting and collaboration events are a great way of celebrating a memorable bachelor or bachelorette party.

Recently, Legacy has started a Monthly Wine Club. This is a fantastic gift idea for anyone that is a wine lover, as it includes direct delivery of 2, 6 or 12 different bottles of wine each month within Vancouver. Along with the wine, Legacy's sommeliers include a write up on the background and tasting note of each wine provided, complete with food and cheese pairing ideas! Forget the fancy corkscrews and wine aerators, give them a fast way to build their personal cellar and learn along the way.

To view Legacy’s Wine Club: Join the Club

Images provided by Legacy Liquor Store

CountDown Events is delighted to have Legacy Liquor Store as part of the Crème de la Crème Grand Wedding Showcase and we look forward to having them with us again for another incredible year. To find out the next about the next public event at their store you can follow them on twitter @LegacyLiquor and be sure to follow us on twitter @CountDownEvents
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