Your Ultimate Wedding Check-List

Wedding

You found your person. The guy or gal who truly makes you weak in the knees. The person you want to spend the rest of your life with. Now that you’ve said “I do” to a future, it’s time to head to the altar. Planning a wedding can leave your head spinning – but we’re here to help! 

We’ve pulled together a comprehensive local vendor checklist to help you design and plan your wedding like a professional. It includes when to order invitations, book the reception location, and more! With help from local vendors in Hamilton you can pull together your vision and create the perfect day. There’s no time to waste, so let’s get started! 

Ten to twelve months to go…

~Shop for your wedding dress. 

Do you want ballgown or mermaid style? Maybe something with lace? There are some beautiful bridal boutiques in the Hamilton area where you can find everything from your dream wedding dress, to veils and accessories. Check out: Jeffery Bridal by Merike and Bella Mia Bridal (specializing in plus size dresses). 

Venues in Hamilton offer the perfect backdrop for your special day. Do you have your heart set on an outdoor wedding? Consider one of our many golf courses. If you’re looking for an intimate venue, the Spice Factory is a unique, loft inspired rustic/industrial venue with architectural splendor. Need something with a bit more space? Try Liuna Station, a beautifully renovated train station located in the heart of downtown. 

~ Find a venue for your ceremony and reception, and book your date!
~ Create your vendor team:

–  Photographer/Videographer
–  Caterer (if required)
–  Officiant

Wedding Cake, Bouquet, Invitations

Six to eight months to go…

~ Decide on arrangements with your florist. 

Talk to your florist about what’s blooming when you’re set to wed and try to make those stems the mainstay of your arrangements. For beautiful custom arrangements in Hamilton consider: Fascination Flowers, Debbie’s Flower Shop, Jean’s Flower Shop Inc., and Edna Miller Flowers and Gifts Inc.  

~ Taste and choose your wedding cake. 

Have you already pinned the perfect cake? Let one of the experts bring your design to life. This Chick Makes Cakes offers beautiful, custom wedding cakes and mini cupcakes for your sweet table. Sweet Avenue Cakery believes that imagination is the only limit and uses farm fresh butter and eggs. They also offer lactose and gluten free options.  

~ Discuss style and wording of invitations with a Stationer. 

Make a great first impression. Set the tone of your wedding with handmade and custom stationery. Check out: All That’s Lovely and Dolled Up Invitations. 

Groomsman attire and wedding bands

Three to five months to go…

~ Book the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner location.

Restaurants are the perfect location to host your rehearsal dinner and many restaurants in Hamilton offer private party rooms. Radius on James Street is a stylish, brick-lined spot with unique, thoughtfully sourced bistro fare, local wine, and a small patio. The elegant Claudio’s Ristorante in the heart of downtown Hamilton serves authentic Italian cuisine with imported ingredients in their elegant dining room. Quatrefoil Restaurant in Dundas is another great location, named one of Canada’s top 10 best restaurants. They use local ingredients to create contemporary French cuisine in a beautiful, sophisticated environment. 

~ Shop for groom and groomsmen attire.

Stoney Creek Tailors in Stoney Creek is the place to go if you want to find the perfect suit. Their made to measure suits and dress shirts are designed specifically for you!   

~ Shop for and purchase wedding rings.

Looking for the perfect band to match your engagement ring? Zoran Designs Jewellery  has lots in store (and online)  – they also make custom pieces. Laura Tedesco Jewellery Design on Locke Street involves you in the creation and design process of your wedding band. You can also shop their collections. Be sure to also check out The Diamond Boutique in Stoney Creek. They carry everything from traditional to trendy and also offer custom designs.  

Table Setting with Flowers

Six to eight weeks to go…

~ Mail invitations.
~ Touch base with vendors.
~ Have a dress fitting and find a seamstress.
~ Can’t dance? Book yourself some dance lessons.

Grab your dancing shoes for private or group lessons at Dream Light Studio. 

Three to five weeks to go…

~ Buy gifts for the wedding party.

Your wedding party is part of your day because they’re unique to you – give them a unique gift to say “thank you”. Visit White Elephant Shop or
Pure Home Couture for cards, candles, apothecary, trinkets, and more!

One to two weeks…

~ Give your caterer the final headcount.

~ Arrange seating chart 

Day before…

~ Enjoy a mani-pedi. 

The last thing on the list is a little bit of T-L-C. Treat yourself to an all-natural mani-pedi at Kabuki Beauty.  

Local Links:

This Chick Makes Cakes – Thischickmakescakes.com
Sweet Avenue Cakery – Sweetavenuecakery.ca
All That’s Lovely – Allthatslovely.com
Jeffery Bridal by Merike – Jefferybridalbymerike.com
Bella Mia Bridal – Bellamiabridal.com
Spice Factory – Spicefactory.ca
Liuna Station – Liunaevents.com 
Fascination Flowers – Fascinationflowers.com 
Debbie’s Flower Shop – Debbiesflowershop.com
Jean’s Flower Shop – Jeansflowers.com
Edna Miller Flowers and Gifts – Ednamillerflowers.com
Radius – Radius.ca
Claudio’s Ristorante – Claudiosristorante.com
Quatrefoil Restaurant – Quatrefoilrestaurant.com 
Stoney Creek Tailors – Stoneycreektailors.com 
Zoran Designs Jewellery – Zorandesigns.com
Laura Tedesco Jewellery Design – Lauratedesco.com
The Diamond Boutique – @TheDiamondBoutiqueinc
Dream Light Studio – Dreamlightstudio.ca
White Elephant Shop – Whiteelephantshop.ca
Pure Home Couture – Purehomecouture.com
Kabuki Beauty –

By Anneliese Lawton

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