Sage Advice from a Toronto Wedding Guru
POSTED February 23, 2018 / Tags:


Love is in the air and wedding season will soon be upon us, but amid the barrage of decisions to make and dates to secure, sometimes it seems that planning the wedding takes over from what’s most important… the marriage.

We checked in with Catherine Lash, creative director and owner of The Wedding Co. to get some advice on keeping it simple and an insider’s scoop on the latest in wedding trends. For the past 17 years, Lash has brought together the best one-of-a-kind exhibitors to produce the Wedding Co Market, Toronto’s favourite, boutique-inspired wedding event. This year’s event takes place Feb. 25 at Artscape Wychwood Barns.

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Artscape: What’s the most common worry or stress that you see with couples planning their wedding? What advice can you offer to relieve that stress?

Lash: Without a doubt, money and budget cause the most stress. The number one way to relieve budget stress is to have a realistic budget and stick to it! It is very easy to spend more than you have and starting a marriage in debt is not worth it. 

Artscape: How can couples cut some cost without cutting corners?

A smaller guest list can really cut down your budget. Your biggest expense will be food and beverages, so a small wedding means fewer mouths to feed.
As well, choose what is most important to you and invest your money there. If flowers are important to you but you don’t really want a sweet table, just have a simple cake and then you can have the bouquet of your dreams.

Artscape: We’ve been hearing a lot about the +1 rule (a.k.a. the No Ring, No Bring rule). What’s your take on that?

Lash: I think this is ridiculous.  You can’t have a blanket rule. There is a difference between a couple who have been together for 3 years and are very much committed and a couple who have been dating for 6 months.

Artscape: What are some new trends you’re seeing in wedding style?

Lash: I’m a firm believer in not following trends, but in working with what you truly love, that speaks to who you are. We are seeing a real trend toward choosing local and seasonal pieces. This year’s Wedding Co Market really showcases the best that local has to offer. Like…

  • Hanging floral statement pieces
  • Sparkle, colour and lace wedding dresses
  • Custom accessories like men’s shoes, dresses and suits
  • Moody florals, including shades of purple and dark foliage
  • Bye-bye country barns! Unique wedding venues are in – think theatres, urban barns, museums, industrial downtown spaces.

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Lash: I’m not just saying this – I’m excited about all of them! Every exhibitor has such a unique sense of design and exceptional service, there is something for everyone at The Wedding Co. Market.

Artscape: If you could give a couple only one piece of advice for planning their wedding, what would it be?

Lash: Remember, you are not getting married to plan a wedding you are planning a wedding to get married.

Visit The Wedding Co Market this weekend at Artscape Wychwood Barns. Tickets $20 online and $30 at the door.

Celebrating Sgt. Pepper at 50
POSTED June 12, 2017 / Tags:

June 1, 1967, The Beatles’ released the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The album, recorded at Abbey Road, gave us iconic songs like Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds, With a Little Help From my Friends, and When I’m Sixty-Four. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band charted on Billboard for 175 weeks and sold over three million copies worldwide.

If that’s not worth celebrating, we don’t know what is.

In a tribute presented by Artscape on Friday, June 9, Jeff Scott & the Buddy Ray Vons played the entire album for nearly 200 fans of all generations at Artscape Sandbox, proving that Beatlemania never really went out of style.

Check out more photos from the party on our Facebook page!

Artscape Equinox Open House
POSTED June 1, 2016 / Tags:

Artscape Equinox | Garrison McArthur Photographers

A free, family-friendly open house at Artscape Youngplace on March 20, celebrated the equinox and invited the community in to enjoy the creative vibe. Studios at Artscape Youngplace are economical and perfect for small scale gatherings (max capacity 40 classroom, 100 reception) such children’s events and meetings or rent several for breakout sessions or multi-faceted events.

4 Fail-Safe Ways to Capitalize On an Unusual Venue Layout
POSTED June 1, 2016 / Tags:


Cultural landmarks are becoming increasingly popular venues as event planners look for more built-in ambiance than what the “empty box” spaces typical of hotels and conference centres have to offer. They also know that the distinctive ambiance of cultural spaces speaks volumes about their businesses and organizations.

But landmark sites can come with the challenge of integrating an often-atypical layout into an event plan.

Rather than seeing this as a limitation, Artscape’s Fund Development Department leveraged the unusual floor plan of Artscape Youngplace, our century-old former school, to inspire the theme of annual creative black-tie gala, Artscape Extravaganza.

Here are four tips to help you take advantage of a special venue’s uncommon layout.

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