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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

Wedding Tutorials | Choosing the Venue for Your Wedding!

The Big Question - “Where do I see myself getting married?” You’ve been asking yourself this question ever since you were just a little girl dreaming of your true love and that special day when you will be joined together. Well? Where do you see yourself getting married?

Choosing the right venue for your wedding is a very important part of planning your special day. There are many beautiful venues and locations in Vancouver. From five star hotels to venues with gorgeous views and backdrops, we have them all and it can be all too easy to fall in love with the beauty and awe of a venue. But there are a few questions that you must ask before selecting your dream wedding location and CountDown Events wanted to give you some tips on choosing the right venue.

Wedding Ceremony:
• Most traditional wedding ceremonies are usually held at a place which holds significant value to your culture, religion or family traditions (keeping your family in mind)

• If you are choosing a more traditional site for your wedding ceremony such as a Church then consider choosing a nearby site for your reception to make the traveling from your ceremony to reception easier on you and on your guests.
• If you do not have a preference on your ceremony site then consider having both ceremony and reception at the same location. It will cut costs and time spent on decorations and transportation. As most flower arrangements and decorations are reusable for both ceremony and reception.

Wedding Receptions:
Off-site location or a self-contained venue?
• Off-site Locations: Private homes, historical halls, outdoor locations. Usually these locations do not have many amenities and have very few or no services at all. If choosing one of these locations then you must look at hiring wedding companies such as catering companies, and renting materials needed for your reception such as: chairs, tables, table settings….
• Self-contained Locations: Hotels, ballrooms, restaurants. These venues are usually full service and they will provide you with almost all of the materials and services required to host a reception. However you will most certainly have to hire a design, flower and décor company to transform the reception to your vision.

Things to consider before choosing a venue:
• Budget: It is always a good idea to know what your budget will be before looking at different venues. This way you may begin your search with venues that are in your price range. Be sure to speak with your Wedding Planner before choosing, a good planner will have a great relationship with most of the wedding venues in the city, and a they will know which venues will be more suited for your price range.
• Guest List and capacity: Working on your guest list is also very important as it will be one of the determining factors on your budget and choice of venues. If the number of your guests is higher than the capacity of the venue then you must look at other locations. Unless you have completely fallen in love with a particular venue than you will have to look into cutting down the number of guests you’ll be inviting.
• Give yourself plenty of time: If you prefer a specific date then you’ll want to begin looking for potential locations as soon as possible. Many venues book their weddings a year in advance and sometimes even two years in advance for the more popular venues. But if you do not have a specific date then ask the venue what dates are available and place a hold or reservation on that date.

Important questions to ask the venue representative, your planner, and yourself.

To ask the venue representative:
• Do they have an in-house caterer, and can you use an off-site caterer if you do not like their food?
• What is their cancellation policy? Nobody wants to cancel a wedding, but on the offhand that you might have to cancel or change venues will you be penalized for it.
• What is their payment schedule? What kind of deposit is required?
• Do they have a liquor license? If yes will they allow you to bring your own liquor? If no then you will have to apply for a license for your wedding date.
• Are there any hidden costs? Be sure to read the contract very carefully before you sign.
• Who will be the manager on hand on the day of your wedding and can you meet with them?
• Does the wedding venue already own a sound system with adequate speakers or will that need to be rented?
• Is your wedding the only wedding/event on that day?

Again it is a good idea to speak to your planner before you make your decision. A good Wedding Planner will be asking these questions for you before they recommend the venue to you.

To ask your Wedding Planner:
• Have they planned a wedding/event at this particular venue? And do they recommend the venue? What is the reputation of the venue?
• Do they have any reservations re planning your wedding at this venue?
• What do they think of the decor? Will it accentuate your wedding colours and decorations? Are there many limitations on the amount of decorating? Many venues such as Churches or historical halls place limitations on the amount and type of decorations done.
• Will you have to spend a lot of money on flowers and decorations to make it beautiful?

To ask yourself:
There really is only one question that you must ask yourself and it is the most important question to ask: “Do I see myself being married here?” After all said and done this your wedding, you have been dreaming of this your whole life and at the end of the day only you can say "This is where I see myself getting married."

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @CountDownEvents to see other Engagement and Wedding Tutorials to help you plan your wedding.

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