from the editor IT’S ALL ABOUT EXCITEMENT... The bride who is reading this magazine is full of excitement about bringing her dreams to life. She is excited about creating a wedding celebration for herself and her groom that will fuel memories to savour for a lifetime. The bridal industry is a unique one that blends art and business. The people in it are excited about making bridal couples’ unique wedding dreams come true. From photographers to florists to edible art creators, gown designers, bridal shop owners, wedding planners, to the people who create outstanding cuisine and all the other elements that culminate in a perfect wedding — these specialists love what they do. At Wedding Essentials, we’re excited too — excited about providing valuable information that will help couples navigate smoothly through the whitewater challenge of wedding planning. I’m delighted to be part of the Wedding Essentials’ team that helps make bridal dreams become reality. Between the covers we investigate a wide array of topics, as well as showcasing real-life weddings and photo features, that display gorgeous gowns, creative photography, beautiful flowers and cakes...a feast for the eyes. Congratulations on your engagement! I wish you joy as you plan the wedding you’ve imagined. I wish you happiness as you begin a wonderful journey through life with your partner. With my best wishes for continuing enthusiasm and excitement for love, life, new experiences, and all the wonderful people and places that you encounter along the way, HOT FLASH! Hot news flash, that is... Wedding Essentials has just launched its new website. Check us out at It’s chock-full of great information and tools for brides planning their weddings. Register for The Bride’s Survival Guide, a comprehensive planning book. Read digital issues of the newsstand magazine. Create your free wedding website, or maybe a gift registry. Visit the Online Bridal Show to source wedding suppliers. Discover why brides who have planned their weddings from past years through to today say that Wedding Essentials is a valuable — and essential — source during the months leading up to their celebrations. Judy Johnson, Editor Reception Reference Guide PAGE Banquet Royale Ltd. Capitol Event Theatre Carlisle Golf & Country Club Century Pines Golf Club Chateau Le Jardin Conference & Event Venue Copper Creek Golf Club Deer Creek Golf & Banquet Facility Grand Victorian Convention Centre Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre & Spa Lionhead Golf & Country Club Patterson-Kaye Resort and Spa Royal Niagara Golf Club Royal Ontario Golf Club The Briars Resort, Conference Centre & Spa The Woodington Lake Golf Club 109 3 n/a n/a 83 41 77 115 105 2 101 n/a n/a 49 45 A quick chart to help you to compare Ontario’s finest upscale wedding venues. All information is subject to change without notice. Some offerings may be available only on a limited, seasonal or by-request basis. Unless otherwise noted, alcohol charges, gratuities and taxes are extra. RG PHONE 905.238.5335 905.851.2200 289.795.0426 289.795.0426 905.851.2200 905.893.3370 Ext. 202 905.427.7757 Ext. 300 647.990.8468 905.415.7607 905.455.8816 1.800.561.6998 289.795.0426 289.795.0426 905.722.3271 Ext. 2730 905.936.9523 Ext. 232 NB PR SPECIAL MENUS H It K P V O F G It Ja P V O G H It P V G H It P V F G It P H In It K F In H Ja V Ca Ch F G H In It Ja K P V O H K Ch In H In K V, Vegetarian V G H It P V G H It P V Ca Ch F G H In It Ja P V O Ca F G P V OP CS INCLUDED IN PRICES ABCFGIJNOPQRUW ABCFGIJMNOPRSU ABCFGIJNOPRSU ABCFGIJNOPRSU A B F I J M N, open bar, antipasto bar ABFGIJNOPRU ABCFG ABFGIJNOPR ABCFGJOPRSW ABCFGHIMR GPU ABCFGIJNOPRSU ABCFGIJNOPRSU ABCFGJNOPRSTU AFGIJOPRUW TW T TW TW TNW TNW TNE TW TNE TNW TMW TW TW TNE TNW 80-250 25-1100 50-200 50-200 30-1300 20-450 50-540 50-600 10-1,200 80-400 80-250 50-200 50-250 up to 150 60-300 $69-99 $79-169 $99-250 $99-250 $75-160 $90-250 $75-125 $98-189 $90-120 $99-160 $79-129 $99-250 $99-250 $125-$135 $70-125 NO YES YES YES NO YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES NO YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES REGION CODES SPECIAL MENUS Ca — Caribbean Ch — Chinese F — French G — Greek H — Halal In — Indian It — Italian J — Jamaican K — Kosher P — Portuguese V — Vegan O — Other A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H. I. Dinner wine Champagne toast Chair covers Disc jockey Wedding cake Hors d’oeuvres Bridal suite Gift for couple Late-night buffet INCLUDED IN PRICES J. Non-alcoholic punch K. Limousine L. Engagement photo M. Chocolate fountain N. Sweet table O. Limited bar included P. Tasting for two Q. Valet parking for two R. Late night coffee/tea S. Wine and fruit for bridal suite T. Breakfast U. In-house wedding co-ordinator V. Wedding invitations W. Centrepieces COLUMN HEADINGS RG NB PR Region (see map) Number of guests Price range per person OP CS Outdoor party area Ceremony on site 10 Wedding Essentials 2013