Post # 1
We’re getting married at the Estates of Sunnybrook in June during the daytime slot – and we’re doing a brunch for our guests!
Is anyone else out there getting/ already got married at EoS, and has it been smooth sailing with planning so far?
Anyone have any great decorating ideas or resources that you can share?
Did you enjoy the tasting night last week? We went, but want to go to one of the brunches on easter or Mother’s Day to get a better idea of what we’re actually going to be ordering – has anyone had any luck with that?
Post # 3
I’m having a daytime wedding too at Sunnybrook, but in October. I haven’t had my tasting yet so am not of much help.
What did you think of the tasting? I hadn’t considered a brunch but crepes sound yummy.
Post # 4
I’m also getting married at EOS on July 19 and we’re doing lunch (possibly brunch). Snisbett – what time is your brunch starting? I didn’t go to the tasting as I live in Seattle. I’m going to try to go to the one in early July. How was the tasting?
We’re trying to DIY all of our own decorating and flowers. I check several blogs daily for inspiration including: weddingbee (obviously), style me pretty, the knot, snippet & ink, Darcy Miller’s blog and several photographers as well.
Post # 5
Yay for another EOS bride! I’m also planning to DIY decor and flowers. Shootingstar, would love to find out how everything works out for you. I have yet to look for bulk flower vendors so if you have any recommendations, please let me know.
I’m checking those sites out everyday as well 🙂 The Bride’s Cafe is wonderful as well, there have been some Toronto weddings and vendors featured.
Post # 6
The tasting was tasty for wedding food, and great ambiance, but only had dinner and lunch food. The quality and presentation was better than expected though there were ups and downs (i.e. the champagne was flat, some of the dishes came out cold), but having catered and served at a number of venues for different catering companies, my expectaions were fairly low.
We were given wine tastings as well, to pair with the items. All in all, it was a lovely evening, and you get a decent sense of what you’re going to get.
I’ve experienced a bit of difficulty with the catering reps trying to get to taste any brunch food, but have kind of given up. The new menus are up for the buffets and Hors D’oeuvres, and they look delicious, so let’s hope the food is as good as the descriptions! Mmmm . . french toast and omelettes.
@ shootingstar: We’re taking up the whole daytime slot on the 27th, from 11-4 at McLean House, and are planning to DIY our decor, and some florals. I’m outsourcing the centerpieces and corsages (fussy work to my DIY-challenged self) to a florist who’s just starting out and is the only one who didn’t scoff at my miniscule budget for flowers. The rest, I’m going to wing it with some Youtube videos and a prayer.
I heard great things about Bloomex for wholesale flowers, and also those flower places at Av and Dave are great quality. Also peonies are going to be in season in June – why not go down to St. Lawrence market in the morning and buy tons from the farmers who sell them $7 for 2 stems? That’s what I’m thinking of doing for bouquets.
Anyone have good ideas for decor?
Who’s at McLean House vs. Vaughan house?
Any ideas what color they’re going to change the McLean house to, from the yellow and pink?
Post # 7
@snisbett: thanks for the tasting recap. It puts my mind at ease since I won’t be able to go to the tasting myself (sending family instead).
I’m also at McLean House and was told that the designer redoing the conservatory is more conservative and colours will be neutral, like taupe. I was actually hoping for some more vibrant colours but let’s see. They might also get new chairs for the reception room but this was not confirmed the last time I spoke with EOS. I’m really looking forward to seeing the redesign.
In terms of decor I was thinking of renting coloured linens in addition to having simple floral centerpieces. I think this is a cheaper way of creating ambiance and tying in the wedding colours. Floral centerpieces on white linens can only do so much I think.
I love peonies-wish I was having a spring/early summer wedding. Your bouquets are going to be lovely! I’ll definitely check out Bloomex. Would you mind sharing your florist resource?
Is anyone having their ceremony onsite in the garden? I’ve been thinking hard how to dress up those plastic green lawn chairs. Any ideas? I would love to scatter rose petals along the aisle but that’s not allowed 🙁
Post # 8
@ mdiddy: Sure – PM me for my florist resource. I think I’m going to do a mix between her and getting flowers at St. Lawrence market in the morning.
Let us know how your linen renting experience goes – I’m interested in doing that too, but don’t really know where to look and of course, don’t want to spend a lot.
We’re also having our ceremony onsite in the garden out back (cross your fingers for no rain!) and am pretty clueless about decorating – especially with green plastic chairs, no aisle runners, no shepherd hooks, no flower petals allowed. There’s a wedding on WeddingBells.ca that has the whole outside patio and trees decorated with pink and white paper lanterns, so I think I may be leaning in that direction for ease of set up. But the garden is gorgeous when everything is in bloom, so not much may be needed.
Any brides have any good tips or things to watch for at EOS? Is anyone having a band? Where did people dance?
Post # 9
I’m having my reception at the EOS next September. I think the rooms are beautiful as they are but may consider adding a few decorations. Is anyone else decorating? Did you find the timeline difficult considering that guests can only arrive at 6:00 p.m.?