24/09/15 Blog , How To , Stationery 101 , Wedding Vibes # , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Creating a seating plan

The hardest thing you will ever do as a couple in your wedding planning process is create a seating chart. I’ve heard this from almost every client I’ve had in the past; but to be honest I never realized how hard it was until I had to make one myself.

Two families coming together for a big fat wedding is always fun, but the bigger the crowd the bigger the drama. There is so much to consider and rethink. I swear it took us about 8 hours. Thankfully it was a beautiful day – and we took (LOTS of) breaks to find music or practice our first dance. Why not?!

Anyways – we had a few different versions and some last min changes before print but we survived! 😉

So if you’re about to create a seating plan for your wedding here are my tips.

  1. Date night anyone? Remember to take breaks, have fun, listen to music – and dress up for the occasion (casual of course), looking at how gorgeous your future hubby/wifey could help relieve some stress! Who doesn’t like a little eye candy?!
  2. Less is more! Do not I repeat, DO NOT invite other people into this process! It’s stressful, you’re going to want to be blunt, honest and not deal with trying be the perfect daughter/son-in-law. So sorry MILs, SILs, BILs, FILs and any other “ILs” you cannot be invited to this party. I do advise for you to speak to your parents/siblings prior so you get their input.
  3. Set a deadline. Set your seating plan date, two weeks after your RSVP date, and CALL everyone that hasn’t RSVPed. Honestly in today’s world everyone SHOULD understand the importance of RSVPs. It’s not rude to call someone if they haven’t responded to you it is however rude to not RSVP and then show up with extended family. Thankfully this didn’t happen at our wedding but oh have I heard stories.
  4. Get the big wigs done first. There are certain people that you know play a more significant role in your life – so give them the best view in the house (this may not be right beside the stage which is sometimes the worst view).
  5. Use sticky notes. The first thing we did was draw a layout of the room on a large sheet of paper. We stuck families/couples/friends on one sticky note; this way they stayed together and it allowed us to easily move people around and see how many empty seats we had left. It is visual aid before the excel sheet list.
  6. Take a picture of your rough chart – trust me the sticky notes will fall and it will unnamedbe a perfect reference point in the palm of your hand.
  7. Use pencil – you will be erasing and adding info all the time.
  8. Have a few extra seats – you never know! There are always a few people that didn’t RSVP but come. Surprise! It’s always nice to have accommodations so that you’re not setting up last minute tables. Our seating chart clearly stated to check with the wedding planner if you couldn’t find your seat. Any empty seats were then filled with these guest. They may not have the choice to sit together but that’s what happens when you don’t RSVP!
  9. Load each name into a Google Doc Spreadsheet. Names in one column and the table number in the next. Google docs are also amazing – you can share the seating chart with everyone and see any updates they make as you go.
  10. ALWAYS stick to alphabetical order. Ok so this is something I know as a designer but this is a VERY common mistake that many couples make. Never, ever, ever, ever set your seating chart by table number. I could go on for AGES about this, but simply put; no one will know their table number walking into your wedding but they will (hopefully) know their name!
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17/08/15 Blog , Wedding Vibes # , , , , , , , , , ,

Married.

I’m back and I’m married!

Yes – you read right, all those months of planning, stressing, dancing and singing have come to an end. I still don’t feel like it’s over  – it all just felt like a dream; my perfect little dream. Everything was flawless – even though we had a few small bumps in the road, we smiled and just kept swimming. At the end of the day, all that mattered was that we were getting married. Screen Shot 2015-08-17 at 3.34.11 PM

That being said, I know I’ve been kind of MIA on my blog – but trust me I have not forgotten about you all. There are a lot more wedding related posts coming your way very soon. I have a lot of advice and crazy stories to share from my experience so stay tuned – the next couple of weeks will be a fun ride through memory lane!

Cheers,
Puja

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02/06/15 Blog , Design Vibes , Inspiration Vibes , Stationery 101 , Trends # , , , , , , ,

The NEW Cotton Canvas Bags 

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The welcome canvas bag has become a hot item with destination weddings on the rise. I love these; they are fun and personal, plus a great keepsake for all your guests. However, I always find my clients compromising design because they couldn’t afford more than 1 or 2 colours in print. Compromising design always makes me sad and we all know I had to fix that fast.

I could not just sit there and let this happen so I started exploring; looking for quality without breaking the bank. Folks, I have an amazing announcement for all of you!

Drumroll please… 

Introducing our new custom canvas bag! Sufficient in size, durable quality and with a full-colour print!

Now I wasn’t going to start selling this product without doing a test run myself. I created the bags to a couple of my girlfriends and boy oh boy did they LOVE them. I mean which girl doesn’t want a nice tote, with beautiful florals and their name in calligraphy?! It’s the perfect token of appreciation. The product quality was fabulous and my favorite part – I did not have to compromise the colours!

Ready to order yours? These personal couture canvas totes are perfect for:

  • Welcome Packages
  • Bridesmaids Gifts
  • Or a special something for a special person!

What are you waiting for? Contact us today (info@vibrancedesigns.com) for a quote and we’ll get started on something fabulous just for you!

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14/05/15 Wedding Vibes # , , , , , , , ,

Bridal Diary: Distance

Disclaimer: This blog post is an emotional one.

I am the eldest of three girls, my sisters are my world and mean more to me than words can describe. When I first met Mr. Fiancé I told him – if they don’t approve unfortunately I will have to leave you – and I honestly would have. Lucky for him, he fit right in. I don’t want to say more than this as I know I have to write a speech in just a few months and trust me I’m saving the good stuff for then.

With the wedding fast approaching my mind seems to wander to areUsas I didn’t quite imagine it would ever go.  Growing up with sisters I always had a best friend, roommate and someone to attack those closet monsters with. As we grew older they became the closet monsters, seeing how every time I would purchase something it would somehow end up in their hands and I’d get it back as soon as it was worn out. This year both my super intelligent sisters (“creative” engineers – I’m  the only one with the artsy gene) had opportunities they couldn’t say no to. One moved to Calgary, Alberta for this opportunity while the other is spending the summer in Kingston, Ontario researching alongside her prof – I know, nerd alert! I am beyond proud of them; the thing is as selfish as this may sound it hurts every time they leave after a weekend. I tried describing this to Mr. Fiancé but it’s something you just won’t understand unless you are a girl and have a sister.

Years before my wedding – as any normal group of girls we’d always spend days talking about “wedding prep” … “oh but when you’ll get married we will do this and that and make sure I’m there for the tasting” … etc. Now that it’s time – it seems the universe had other plans and separated the three of us physically. See now, this is all done over the phone or Google Hangout. It’s not how any of us imagined it, nor how we wanted it to go down. Yes, it works – but it’s just not the same. Although technology demolishes the distance between us, it’s still unsettling w10403012_10100771829141731_3394418821229135517_nhen you want to walk into the other room and just talk to someone, yet no one is there. Let’s also not forget how crazy parents are – three against two is a lot easier than one against two. We get a dose of this every time one of them visits, but it’s just that – a dose. My sisters weren’t able to come to the tasting nor the initial reception gown selection. They know my every move with the wedding – it’s just different. I wish I could change it but at the same time I’m proud of these women in my life.

Maybe the universe did this to make moving out a lot easier. Maybe it was done on purpose to ensure I don’t flood my town with tears during the doli (who are we kidding I probably still will and don’t think I’m less of a person for being emotional while one chapter closes in my life – that’s another ramble for another post).

Whatever the case may be it is not easy. Especially now that sometimes my new purchases end up in Kingston and Calgary. 😉

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08/05/15 Trends , Wedding Vibes # , , , , , , , , , , ,

Bridal Diary: Concept Films

Last weekend Mr. Fiance and I went on a mega date! HerWe did everything we love doing in Toronto, from walking around Yorkville with Summer’s Ice Cream to biking around the Toronto Islands.  It was one of those refreshing weekends. At times I even felt like Beyonce – well mainly because we had someone follow us around town filming our every move. Okay, not creepy I promise – we shot our wedding concept film with the fabulous people over at JF2 filmsHim

This is probably one of the fastest growing trends I didn’t see coming! Who am I kidding though – doesn’t everyone want to feel like a movie star?

I’m not going to lie; at first it was a bit awkward. I’m used to cameras, but, to just be me and showcase my love for Mr. Fiance  – hmm tequila, please. I love him, but I never thought I would have to film my affection.

As the day progressed we became more and more comfortable with the idea (blame it on the Goose?!). A lot of this had to do with our videographer, Joseph! He’s a gem and had us doing some crazy things but like I always say – anything for the shot!

We allowed him to be creative and just direct us. I think by day 2, we were just about ready for Bollywood – hey I mean as long as Joseph is directing. Jokes aside, it was an amazing experience! We can’t wait to see everything come together and what this creative genius will do with these fun shots.

Oh and that’s not all – we always love giving you a little something extra at Vibrance Designs so this week please welcome our fabulous guest blogger – Joesph and find out his side of the story…

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My inspiration to create – my father

Video is my preferred visual medium of choice because it allows me to document movement in more than just one frame.

Portrait {Films} for me are what extreme sports are to a performance athlete – exhilarating, high-energy and doing what I love and know best.

When I met Puja and Sumit in person, one of the first things we agreed on was producing something different and pushing all creative ideas as far as we could with purpose. Portrait {films} are my take on exploring my couples dynamic through video. 

Before I get to filming with my couples we go over a list of potential ideas, locations, themes, outfits, prop ideas, experiences they’ve both had and everything central to why they want to create this body of work. My creative films all serve a purpose; each shot is carefully composed & never documented without a reason. 

Both Puja and Sumit made it very clear that they wanted this film to embody their personalities and foreshadow specific moments during their relationship i.e. Sumit’s proposal to Puja, locations they frequented on date nights and how they felt about each other. Documenting emotions and in particular “love” can feel and become very cliché as I go from one couple to the next. It’s when I dig deep into conversations with my couples and find out what their favourite song is or what they majored in during University or what makes them happy or sad – this changes everything. Understanding my subjects translates well and yields a better result to a finished portrait {film}.

Months later after we exchanged numerous phone conversations and a plethora of emails, it was time for day 1 and 2 of filming. Working with a creative from the wedding industry felt daunting at first but Puja made that feeling disappear quite instantly. Puja and Sumit spoiled me silly & made me feel super comfortable over our 2 days together. The large benefit of working alongside a creative is that they understand the time and efforts spent in creating a vision and finally being able to execute it – perfectly. Every location that we chose was relevant and significant during our shoot and while most people don’t ever see it at first, every frame of my films are carefully thought out from the second I hit record on my camera, down to when bring everything into post production. 

My work and approach isn’t for everyone but at the heart of these Portrait {films} remains one constant – exploring and uncovering a dynamic between my clients that most family, friends or guests at a wedding reception don’t see at first. 

~ Joseph A. Fernando, JF2 Films

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18/03/15 Blog , Design Vibes , Stationery 101 # , , , , , , , , ,

The 3 C’s

There are 3 C’s in stationery design that I often see people mix up.  As consumers you should know what’s out there and what service suits your vision.

So what do the 3 C’s really mean?

  1. Customizable – essentially this means you’re working with a template. You choose a pre-made design and the stationery designer alters the information or sometimes even the fonts/colours to create something that is perfect for you. Many will have the same design as you – it’s like you and your frienJBW2PXDOL6d buying the same jeans but in a different size. (Side note: check out the Etsy shop for our customizable items!)
  2. Custom– this is similar to customizable design but you have a bit more wiggle room. You can choose from templates,
    pre-assembled structures, pre-made artwork and mix them all together to create your perfect piece of stationery. This is often confused with couture because you’re able to choose from different areas and create something that is your own. There will still be others out there that will have the same or a similar design as you. It’s like you and your friend buying the same jeans, but in different colours and perhaps mixing it up with different accessories to get that distinctive look.
  3. Couture –With a couture service you sit down with your stationery designer and create a suite especially for you. You choose everything from the paper, structure and treatment. Many do couture differently but for us this also means a hand-drawn illustration that matches your style. It’s like creating a custom piece of art exclusively for you. The creation process is definitely something that everyone should experience once in their life. It’s like Marc Jacobs creating clothing just for you – with your body shape, trends and personality in mind! You can only imagine how beautiful that collection would look on you! 😉

For many years, Vibrance Designs only offered Couture Invitations and Stationery, it’s only recently that we ventured into the customizable market with our Etsy Shop. We do offer some custom work but that’s on a smaller scale.

If you have more questions on this topic or another – leave us a comment and we’ll be happy to answer all your Stationery 101 questions! 

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11/03/15 Blog , Wedding Vibes # , , , , , ,

Off to print we go!

I did it, hit send, the invites are officially off to print. unnamedWow, even just typing that gave me the butterflies. Not the fun kind where there are little hearts roaming around your head and all of a sudden Shah Rukh Khan comes out playing the violin. This is more like the one where your hands start to shake and you’re constantly praying even if you’re an atheist.

At Vibrance Designs we never send anything to print without final sign off from our couples. This time I’m the couple. I have been cross-checking like crazy and probably driving my minions (aka sisters) insane.
Mr. Fiancé and I are both happy with the invitation. Every piece of it makes us excited for the wedding. The in-laws and my family can’t wait to hold it in their hands!
I’m always a little excited sending stationery to print and seeing the final result. I trust my team and the tools they use; they have never let me down! In fact, they always make my designs come to life.

I’m really proud of this invitation.
I’m excited to share it.
I trust and know my print team will make it flawless.

So why am I so nervous having this baby go to print?

Maybe because it’s real?
Maybe because it sets things in stone?
Maybe because it makes a statement about our event that I can’t take back?
Or maybe it’s because I don’t want to let anyone down and meet everyone’s expectations?!

Who knows…

Whatever the case may be, they are in print-production now. Wish me luck! xo

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04/03/15 Blog , Wedding Vibes # , , , , ,

Wedding Planner Please!

This post is from one bride to another.  I’m hiring a wedding planner for our day of coordination. Many people think because I’m in the industry I don’t need a planner.

Very wrong.

See I may not need a “full planning package” because I work with many vendors on a daily basis and know what styles suit our wedding; but at the end of the day I’m just a girl getting married who wants everything to be flawless.  I want an unforgettable, fun, stress-free experience. I don’t mind the stress leading up; but a month or two before the wedding day  – my family, fiancé and I should just be having fun!

We recently met our wedding planner and even with just day of coordination, (which is more than a day – seriously) we felt instant relief. All of a sudden, I am super excited and giddy for our big day! I never felt this way before. It’s not that I wasn’t excited till now – but with that excitement I always felt a bit of anxiety, just praying everything goes perfectly and hoping not to forget any details. First of all, I felt like I found a long lost friend, it was so easy to talk to her and for her to understand everything we want for our wedding. We have nothing to worry about now; even those tiny details are all going to be taken care of. It was more so the vibes she gave us than anything else that made us insScreen Shot 2015-03-03 at 9.27.44 PMtantly trust her. That feeling of having someone to take care of all that stress is unbelievable. I felt like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I wasn’t even that stressed to begin with.

One piece of advice almost everyone gave me was to hire a planner, this was especially stressed by my friends who didn’t. I’m so happy with our decision and honestly have never felt more excited about getting married now that I know I have a fabulous team by my side. This is a feeling every bride should feel.

My advice on picking a planner:

  1. Make sure you get along with them – they should give you good vibes only and literally peel the stress around wedding planning away from you.
  2. Ensure the package is exactly what you need. Many people offer many different services and all packages vary. Shop around and make sure you get a package that suits your wedding style.
  3. It’s like hiring your own wedding superhero – who wouldn’t want that? (ok that’s not really “advice” but that’s how it feels!)
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03/02/15 Blog , Wedding Vibes # , , , ,

It’s Official.

The recovery period is always the hardest when it’s mixed with withdrawal. What was I recovering from?

*drumroll please*

Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 8.37.12 PMI’m officially engaged! Confused? Let me explain; my fiancé proposed back in August (more about my fairytale proposal to come) and I of course said yes but we’re not considered officially engaged until we get 250 of our closes family and friends together to celebrate!

For those of you shocked by my “small” number I dare you to talk to both sets of my parents (if you’re able to get through to them you get insane bragging rights! I might even make you a plaque.)

Mr. Fiancé and I are both Hindu Punjabi, so customary to this we had a small ceremony, where we welcomed him into our family and vice versa.

This included grand entrances, tons of gifts, delicious food, sweets and an open bar to fuel the dance party! I remember at one point in the night my girlfriend turned to me and said “I think brown people invited the rave.” It was an epic party!

Sure things went wrong; my headpiece took forever to get on, freezing rain made us late, but at the end of the day who cares? I’m the bride I’m allowed to be fashionable late and this my motto for the peanut gallery.

If I could give you one piece of advice – don’t ask the bride why she is running late; the last thing you want to do is stress her out. Luckily being in the industry, I have been on the other side of weddings quite a bit and I know stuff happens so just take a deep breath bring in some good vibes and move things along.

No matter what happened, nothing could’ve ruined my night. It’s so important to not let the little things stress you out on your big day (or your big pre-event in my case). Trust me as the main couple of the evening, your mood will be reflected on to your guests. So happy vibes only! 😉

Now that I’ve gone off topic… back to the party…

Days leading up to this involved packing gifts, figuring out outfits, jewelry, timelines, ordering a weave (hehe ok hair extensions but I feel more Beyoncé when I say weave) and much more. It was CRAZY in both our houses.
Our family flew in from all over the world to celebrate with us for just one night. I had one cousin who drove more than 17hrs! Mr. Fiancé looked at me as we were sitting up on stage and said “all these people are here just to celebrate us tonight. ” That feeling is incredible. I don’t know how to describe it – you feel beyond loved and it makes all the craziness of a big fat Indian wedding worth it. Having all those people just celebrating our engagement made it so real.

It’s now official. I’m getting married.

WAIT! What did my stationery look like? And who did I use for my engagement party? Wouldn’t you like to know 😉 … but that my dear is for another day and another post. Xo

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14/01/15 Blog , Design Vibes , Inspiration Vibes , Wedding Vibes # , , , , , , ,

Wedding Vibes

And we’re back with that big news I promised! If you know me on a personal level, you know that 2015 is a pretty big year for me. This year, I’m not only catering to my clients but being a bride myself! Yes, you heard right – Vibrance Designs is having it’s first in-house wedding! It’s definitely an exciting year as I get to experiment and play with papers, structures and treatments in ways I have not yet had the opportunity to. At the same time – the pressure is on!!! Everyone is always asking with excitement what I have planned for my own invitations and it’s time I let you in on a little secret… I have NO clue what to do! At this point I might just text everyone a time and location (even just typing that out made me cringe – paper invitations people, always!)

Here’s the thing, my brides and grooms inspire my designs. I listen to them talk, hear what they want and get to know them on a personal level. From there, I magically come up with a concept. I say magic because sometimes I don’t even know how it happens. I tell couples to throw out as many ideas as possible and they’ll often say, “You don’t have to use it all, it might get to busy” but somehow it comes together perfectly. No formula, or special secret, just magic. 

For my invitation… what do I want? I’m not sure. What I do know is I feel a tiny bit bad for my fiancée, because I keep asking him what he wants. See men (or at least my man) just wants to get married, eat good food, drink a lot and throw an epic party (although I’m always surprised to when he has opinions about certain things but that’s for another post). I’m honestly not sure how or where to get my direction and inspiration from. We have sent out the Save The Dates and Engagement Party Invitations (preview coming soon) and both have been with the help of my fiancé even though he doesn’t know it. You see, both times I was on the phone with him doodling and complaining about not knowing what to do and he would throw out the most RANDOM ideas, and somehow got the wheels turning. To my surprise my sketches became my save the date and engagement invitation! So to answer your question, no I don’t know what I’m doing for my own wedding invitation, but I can promise I won’t let you, my clients, friends, family and followers down!

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