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?

Lash:
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.

BOO! at the Barns – a Spooky Family Festival Festival
POSTED October 30, 2015 / Tags:

On Saturday, Oct. 24, the Covered Street Barn at Artscape Wychwood Barns was transformed into a Halloween festival welcoming over 1000 ghouls and goblins, princesses and superheroes all ages. BOO! at the Barns, presented by WBCA and Artscape, is an annual, multi-vendor event and a neighbourhood favourite.

Thank you to the Event Sponsors, Arlington Dental & Vaughan Road Dental and The Josie Stern Team as well as In-Kind Sponsors Above Ground Art Supplies, Barefoot Wine, Steam Whistle Brewing and Pizza Del Arte for helping to make the magic happen.

Check out the rest of the BOO! At the Barns photo gallery on our Facebook Page!

jonnie balloonie and kid
Shaggy and Velma on the dance floor at Boo
volunteers with cupcakes
cash bar Swamp Water
face painting
Spooky Sound making with NAISA
Pizza Del Arte
Boo crafting tables kids making masks
Arlington Dental Spin to Win game with kids
Boo Photo Booth
Boo Haunted House at Theatre Direct
Gluten Free Garage
POSTED March 19, 2014 / Tags:

Gluten Free Garage is a pop-up gluten-free marketplace that has become a fixture at Artscape Wychwood Barns. For their third edition in Fall 2013, over 65 vendors came together to showcase Toronto’s best gluten-free products. Around 1,500 guests attended to tummy-friendly treats and learn about celiac disease and gluten intolerance.

The mastermind behind Gluten Free Garage is Ronnilyn Pustil, who founded the event and hand-selects each vendor herself. Here’s what she had to say about hosting GFG at Artscape Wychwood Barns.

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#GraduationNation
POSTED January 24, 2014 / Tags:

 

On January 23, Target Canada announced $250,000 in funding for Pathways to Education’s Healthy Minds program at an event at Daniels Spectrum, Pathways to Educations headquarters. Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons was the event’s special guest, inspiring the crowd with his opening remarks and acting as the evening’s master of ceremonies.

Guests got to know more about the impact of Pathways programs from youths whose lives had been impacted by them. The event took advantage of the built-in bar in Artscape Lounge and augmented the space with bright pop-up counters to accommodate a plethora of tasty treat.

Photos courtesy of Target Canada.