We`re continuing our `Tis the season to get engaged segment here on the Toronto Weddings examiner page. We are helping you get prepared to get engaged both here in Toronto and away from home. If you haven`t already seen our article with The Engagement Planner on getting engaged away from home please check it out.
But lets get local today and talk about getting engaged in Toronto. We're talking with Denise Georgiou-Newell from WeDDings Jubilee Planning about the best ways to propose here at home. She will be answering our questions with advice, tips, and inspiration to help you plan your engagement.
WeDDings Jubilee Planning provides full service planning for Wedding Proposals, Weddings, Special Occasions, Honeymoons and Destination Weddings. Your vision is our inspiration and we deliver the very best in personalized, stylish and original ideas to make your day unique and symbolic of whom the two of you are. Our goal is simple: Deliver top of the line services to ensure our clients a wonderful and stress-free event experience.
Q & A with Denise Georgiou-Newell:
1. What is the most exciting part about planning an engagement?
The surprise factor! Just knowing what is about to happen and what awaits the person getting proposed to, makes it a very exciting experience in planning and expediting them.
2. Do you find more couples are taking bigger chances with their proposal?
Yes. I had a gentleman this past year that was living abroad; contact me about proposing to his girlfriend in Toronto. He did not want to spare any expense and was not even sure she would say ‘Yes’ as they were both still in school and had never spoken about marriage. We planned a marvellous proposal for him at the waterfront complete with Limos, champagne, fireworks and a private dinner for two. Unfortunately it didn't end up being expedited because she had decided she wanted a ‘break ‘from the relationship about a month before it happened. It was a risk, he knew it and sadly didn't turn out, even after quite a bit of money was dropped on deposits.
3. What’s great about planning an engagement in your local neighbourhood?
I love planning wedding proposals in Toronto and afar; however, the bonus with proposal planning close to home, in Toronto, Niagara and the surrounding areas, is that I have hands on access the entire process from start to finish. I can jump in my car and get to where I need to be at the drop of a hat and be there within a two to three hour drive.
4. A lot of people opt to plan a proposal safely at home. What advice do you have to make the proposal more intimate and special?
When planning an at home Wedding Proposal, here are my three tips to ensure a successful plan.
- Ensure a clean house – hire a maid if you have to. The old adage: a clean home= a happy home, couldn't ring more true.
- Lighting is everything. Nowadays, candles, whether flame-lit or LED, are a cost effective way of creating a very romantic ambience.
- Add a dash of Sparkle! Something simple like Chocolate covered strawberries and champagne; a cheese board spread paired with a lovely wine; some rose petals strategically spread throughout your home or leading a trail to a drawn bubble bath can make an otherwise plain scene into something fit for a Queen or King.
5. What’s the most creative proposal you have come across?
I planned a proposal this past August for a Gentleman at an Illusionist Show called Head Games. I worked together with Bobby Motta and came up with a stellar plan for an amazing Toronto Wedding Proposal and he worked the proposal into his act (see video below). It was a wonderful proposal and of course, she said ‘YES’. There was a Limo waiting for them after the proposal to escort them through a tour of the city and a private dinner for two.
6. What are some great ideas for finding a location to propose in Toronto? How can one make that location feel more private and intimate?
The best way to ensure the perfect location and its intimacy is to hire a Toronto Wedding Proposal Planner, like myself. We know many of the nooks and crannies in the city, know how to create something special on even a modest budget and have some fabulous connections and reliable contacts to make it all happen.
If you are determined to do-it-yourself, you’ll need to establish your vision and your budget and go from there. Toronto has some great spots! From heritage sites to popular tourist attractions that we as locals tend to forget; places that are right under our nose.
7. What other advice do you give to someone who is thinking about getting engaged, seeing that it is the season for engagements?
Be yourself! Surely you will be considering your partner, but you don’t want to do something so completely out of character, or so far out-of-left-field that it’s not you. Your partner will be marrying you, so make sure that what you present to them will be symbolic of what you can upkeep for the rest of your lives together.
8. Toronto has some truly great romantic attractions that one can use for a proposal. What are some unique places that maybe people might miss? How do you find these hidden gems?
Look for some places off the beating path. Just because it’s not in the ‘downtown core’, doesn't mean it’s any less spectacular. Most people tend to think of obvious places like expensive downtown restaurants, the waterfront or at the top floor of a building overlooking the city. Although those are tried, tested and great places to propose, there are many more unique places and ideas to consider.
The way I find hidden gems for my client is to firstly find out as much as I can about them and their relationship and then brainstorm for ideas based on what they have presented to me. I look at places like, unique buildings, shows going on in and around Toronto, festivals, etc. Time of year, weather, budget etc. all play a part in planning the perfect Toronto Wedding Proposal.
9. What Advice do you give to the person choosing the ring or item to propose with?
Let’s talk about the ring. Although the Diamond Ring is the norm here in North America, I've also seen more unique proposals like a Rolex watch (with the lifetime warranty attached), Pearl Ring that was a family heirloom, wedding bands worn on the opposite hands and even just the verbal promise of love. Also, when keeping the 4 c’s in mind (colour, clarity, carat weight and cut), don’t forget that gems like the Sapphire, Ruby and Emerald are also stunning options.
10. Any other advice you would like to give?
A few important notes about hiring an Engagement Planner for your Toronto Wedding Proposal are that it doesn't need to break the bank. Depending on the services you need, proposal prices will vary. Some clients require simple consultation services, while others want the full planning. There are several options. Discretion is also an important factor with some clients, as they prefer to keep the fact that they had any assistance a mystery. This is perfectly normal and something that WeDDings Jubilee has the utmost respect for. Our clients are very important to us and we are very careful in making sure our client’s wishes are fully appreciated.
To get in contact with Denise see her contact info below.