How to Prep for Wedding Vendor Meetings

Planning a wedding can be stressful, time consuming, a little overwhelming, and amazing all at the same time. You have venues to book, a caterer to choose, a band to hire, and so much more. With all of these vendors it can be hard to keep track of what’s what. That’s where we are here to assist!

Below are 10 tips from Glass Slipper to help you stay on track before you meet with you have your next vendor meeting.

  1. Work on your budget – Before you book a vendor, you need to have a budget in mind so you can make sure you can afford what you are looking for in a vendor.
  2. Create a vision board – Lock down your style, your theme, or have a general idea of what feel you are going for. Creating a vision board can be very helpful for yourself and for your vendor. Using sites like Pinterest are great way to create a virtual vision board for your wedding. Having a photo of a certain flower, or style of cake can really help your vendor understand what you are looking for.
  3. Plan your questions based on vendor type – If you are meeting with a photographer, wedding coordinator, caterer, or DJ, your questions should be specific to that vendor. Check out a couple of our other other blog posts to get inspiration for questions you could ask your photographer and caterer.
  4. Write down your questions –  Before your meeting, write down all your questions. If you are on the go and think of one, type a note in your phone and then add it to your master list later on. This will ensure you can cover all the details in your meeting. Think of questions like, “how many hours are included for this price?” “will your company provide wait staff?”
  5. Shop and compare – When searching for vendors, do your research. Many photographers, caterers, or other services will most likely list there fees and packages online. If not, contact different vendors for a quote and then compare the prices. That way you can find a vendor who is in your budget and possibly what you are looking for.
  6. Make a list of everything you have covered – Before you meet with your vendors, create a master list of everything you have covered. If you already have linens, plate ware, and a DJ, then make sure to inform your vendor of that. Let them know what you need specifically from them.
  7. Take notes – This is more of a tip for in your meetings, but take notes! Bring a laptop, notebook, or your phone. Write down everything you think may be useful, and important to help you make your final decision.
  8. Don’t fall under pressure – This is another in-meeting tip…don’t fall under the pressure of a vendor! A vendor may try to persuade you to book with them today, for a special one-time price. They may say they are about to be fully booked, so you should book now. Use your instincts to gauge these statements. If you truly believe and trust them, go for it and book. But remember, this will be a vendor you will work with to bring your wedding to life! You need to be sure about working with them. So if you need to, let them know you need some time to think it over. You could even give them a deadline of when you will inform them of your decision. Just don’t get sucked into something you may not want to be apart of.
  9. Make a list of your makes and breaks – This list will be useful to give to your vendor you are meeting with so they are aware of exactly what you want and don’t want.
  10. Have an open mind – Finally, go into each and every meeting with different vendors with an open mind. Yes, you may have a vision in your head of your special day, but these vendors are professionals that only want to make your day the best it can be. Try to be open to their suggestions because they just may inspire you!

Hopefully these tips help you prepare for all of your meeting with you wedding vendors! Thanks for reading…


5 Ways to Incorporate Your Pet into Your Wedding Day!

You are engaged and soon to be married, but you have pet who you just can’t stand to not include. We totally get it! Well, today we have shared 5 ways you can bring your pet with you along for the big day! Keep reading…

1. Invite your pet to the wedding! – At your wedding your pet could be the perfect guest. Greeting wedding guests, and providing cuddles and laughs for all.

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Photo credit: Caroline Ross Photography


2. Include your pet in your bridal photos! – Whether you have a horse, dog, or maybe a pig, get together with your photography and discuss how you can have your beloved pet in your photos.

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3. Let your pup lead the way for the Flower Girls down the aisle – When the Flower Girl or Girls come down the aisle, don’t let them do it alone! Have your pup come down the aisle complete with a floral leash.

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4. Honour you pet with the coveted role of being you ‘Pet of Honour’!

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5. Let your pet be your dessert and cocktail inspiration! – Dedicate your cake to them, or even create a feature cocktail to incorporate them into your menu.

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There you have it! 5 ways you can include that special pet on your special day. Thanks for reading!


10 Things To Do Once You Get Engaged

Congratulations on your engagement! This is such an exciting time! Here’s a list of the 10 things you do after you say YES!

  1. Celebrate – Before you know it, you’ll be looking over wedding planning checklists & becoming Pinterest obsessed! Take some time to celebrate with your fiance (say it again, FIANCE!!!). Pop some bubbles or go to one of your favourite restaurants for a special night out just the two of you.
  2. Share The News – No, not just an Instagram post. Ideally it’s great to tell family and friends in before but if you happen to be away, Face Time your family and friends and let them know. They are sure to be just as excited as you. 
  3. Throw A Party – I mean, I could find any excuse to throw a party but getting engaged is a pretty great reason!  Some couples opt to make this their “Share The News” moment and have it be a surprise or other couples have family or close friends host a party to celebrate.
  4. Set A Budget – Ok, so you knew eventually you’d have to think about this. Setting the budget should come before all other planning decisions as it really LEADS the rest of the planning from here on. This is also a good time to speak with family about whether or not they can help to contribute. So… intimidated to begin budget planning, you know we’ve got you covered. Click here to download our budget spreadsheet.
  5. Begin drafting your guest list – Once your budget is set, you can begin to think about who you will be inviting to the wedding and start your guest list. This can be a tricky time for couples and families as they have to think about who they would or wouldn’t invite. Do you invite co-workers, children, allow plus-ones? Here are some helpful tips for creating your guest list
  6. Determine your wedding vision & style – This is the fun part! Now with your budget set, picture the type of wedding you want. Think about your personal style, hobbies, interests and the setting you envision for your big day. This is where Pinterest can come in for some great inspiration or look at wedding blogs, photographers websites. Once you have your vision in mind, this will be a key point to help with the next step which is selecting your wedding venue.
  7. Pick your venue – Following this steps in order is critical to finding what is not only the right fit for you but what will work for your budget and guest count. Many couples get excited once they get engaged and immediately begin researching venues, only to be disappointing when one they fall in love with does not fit the other key wedding planning essentials (budget, guest count, vision, logistics). All these need to be considered when selecting a venue.  Will you have a church ceremony, get married in your parents back yard, or have the ceremony and reception all at a hotel? There are lots of factors to consider. Here’s some helpful tips for selecting your venue as well as some of our favourite venues in the Lower Mainland. 
  8. Pick a date – Again, to avoid disappointment, it’s good to follow these steps in order as sometimes the venue you fall in love with, might already be booked. If you have a particular date in mind that you are set on as it’s special to you, you might need to be more flexible on the venue you choose.9. Send Save the Dates – Once you have confirmed a date, make sure to send Save The Dates out to guests especially those that live out of town.
    10. Select and ask your bridal party – The finish off the first steps of the planning process, choose who you’d like to be by your side on the big day and ask them to be involved. This includes maid of honour, best man, bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls and ring bearers. 

We wish you all the best with planning your big day! If you need some help getting the planning started, we are here to help and have packages and a la carte services to suit your needs and budget. Check out our wedding planning packages here or email us to schedule a complimentary consultation!



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Sara Rogers Photography

The Nickersons

Caroline Ross Photography

Joanna Moss Photography

Kieran & Victoria’s Wedding – May 5th, VanDusen Botanical Gardens, Vancouver BC

We are excited to share these fantastic photos by the talented Nickersons of Kieran & Victoria’s wedding day.

When you love Star Wars, your wedding is just after May the 4th and you equally love tacos & Cinqo De Mayo, it’s really a good mix for an awesome party, your wedding guests won’t soon forget!

Kieran & Victoria had their first look in Steveston and made sure to pop by their favourite fro-yo spot (mine too, infact for my wedding, we also had our bridal party photos right here at Timothy’s in Steveston)

Kieran & Victoria had their ceremony & reception at the beautiful VanDusen Botanical Gardens. The ceremony decor was very simplistic. A circular arch decorated with greenery and flowers set the back drop and a white aisle runner and lanterns laid the path.

Victoria really likes succulents and wanted to incorporate the natural feel of the garden inside so centerpieces incorporate a succulent, guests were given potted succulent favours and loose greenery was spread along the rectangular guest tables.

Being self proclaimed Star Wars “nerds” they brought their vision to life with awesome Star Wars accents including these amazing cake by The Cake & the Giraffe and a Chewbacca piñata instead of a bouquet or garter toss.

They danced the night away, had an awesome late night taco bar and wrapped up the night with a beautiful sparkler send off capture by the talented Nickersons!

Congratulations Kieran & Victoria! We are so glad we were able to be a part of your wedding day!

Shout out of the awesome vendor team!

Photographers: The Nickersons
Cake: The Cake & the Giraffe
Venue: VanDusen Botanical Garden
Decor & Coordination: Glass Slipper Event Planning & Bride DIY
Catering: Austin Gourmet

Ashling & John’s Wedding – Hart House Restaurant Burnaby

Ashling & John tied the knot at the beautiful historic Hart House Restaurant in Burnaby this past July.

Ashling is a high school teacher so I knew she would be organized especially with two weeks prior to the wedding off to complete the finishing touches.

John grew up in Burnaby with a big Italian family and Ashling’s family is from Ireland in fact most of her family traveled over from Ireland for the wedding. (Including these two adorable nieces who were very excited to help her get ready) I absolutely loved Ashling’s stunning gown and all the lace detail! She looked amazing in it.


Ashling & John decided on a first look before the ceremony to ease their nerves. I think John was a bit surprised when he was expecting Ashling but saw this pack of geese waddling down. I love the dock for a first look location with the water, lilypads and trees as a back drop.


The ceremony took place on the lawn of the Hart House in Burnaby overlooking Deer Lake. For their ceremony, they chose a non-traditional processional which was so touching! Ashling walked down from the house all the way to the top of the aisle where the chairs started and then the officiant announced, “John, go get your girl” and he walked up the aisle to meet Ashling and escort her the rest of the way down.


These chose to do two readings as part of their ceremony. One was about dinosaurs and made me think about all those couples who surprise eachother in a T-Rex costumes so that was pretty hilarious and awesome but I really loved this one.

Extract from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres

Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And
when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether
your root was so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should
ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not
excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is
just being in love, which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when
being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate
accident. Those that truly love have roots that grow towards each other
underground, and when all the pretty blossoms have fallen from their
branches, they find that they are one tree and not two.

The Hart House has to be one of my favourite wedding venues in the Lower Mainland. It doesn’t take much to make this gorgeous tent with draping and chandeliers look elegant. I loved all the details Ashling added and the gorgeous garland for the tables that Mina Baxter did.


The reception was full of laughter, lawn games and these two dances the night way thanks to the talented Steve Music Maestro!

I loved worked with these two and especially loved when Ashling told me during the reception, “You know, John said leading up the wedding we didn’t need a wedding planner, but all day has been saying how he amazing you have been and that we couldn’t have done this without you!” (It may have helped that I kept making sure he always had a drink LOL) But in all seriousness, that is really why I LOVE my job! 


From the bride:

Working with Stephanie and her team at Glass Slipper Event Planning was simply the best experience! After our first meeting together, I felt confident in trusting Stephanie with our vision. In fact, her execution of everything was far better than I could ever have imagined. Her professionalism and organization were just what was needed on what would have been an otherwise hectic day. I felt absolutely no stress and would highly recommend her and her team! Thanks again


Thanks to an amazing team of venues who made this wedding one to remember for these two!


Venue: Hart House Restaurant

Photographer: Julian Fok

Officiant: Jamey McDonald of Vancouver Wedding Ceremonies

Florist: Mina Baxter – Kobe Market

DJ: Music Maestro

Make Up Artist: Rose Quartz

Hair Stylist: Sabrina Fettkind

Cake: Pure Bread

Photobooth: InstaPix Photo Booth

Will & Alex’s Wedding- July 7th, 2018

Alex, a graphic designer & Will, owner of Honest Juice, were referred to me by past clients. We met for a coffee at one of my favourite spots, Luckys Donuts and immediately hit it off. I loved all Alex’s decor ideas and as they are both business owners, it was great talking with them both about starting a business and the various challenges and things you learn about yourself through that process.

Typically when you meet a couple and they share they are getting married in a backyard you think of a field, a tent and usually out in Langley or Abbotsford where their is lots of space but Alex & Will were lucky to have Alex’s aunt & uncle offer their gorgeous backyard in South Granville to host their wedding and it was the perfect space for their day.

In our initial consultation,  I asked them to think about some key words to describe their day they both agreed on these: informal, family-style, lots of laughter, party and I think we nailed it!

Alex also envisioned a wedding day with boho accents like Persian rugs, globe lights, open-air dance floor and lots of greenery.

On the wedding day, Alex got ready at her parent’s house not too far from where the wedding took place. Alex & her dad drove in his vintage car.


The ceremony took place facing the garden and a beautiful tree. As they wanted the day to be informal, we only place out 50 guest chairs and the remaining guests lined the staircase and stood around cocktail tables at the back of the aisle. The talented Zaac Pick from Musos Entertainment played as the bridal party made their way down the aisle. Alex & Will shared personal vows and lots of laughter and tears. I absolutely loved the bridesmaids simple white dresses. The gorgeous bouquets from Granville Island Florist with greenery and pops of pink and orange were the perfect accent.

Their reception took place under the tent and was long tables with burlap runners and simple arrangements which Alex and the girls made. Cocktails & Canapes served an amazing family style meal! The speeches were heart felt with lots of laughter and tears. Friends performed a few songs for Alex & Will before the dance party got started under a dance floor decked out with string lights. One of my favourite personal touches was their wedding favours, after dancing the night away, guests left with a bottle of Will’s Honest Juice “Hangover Helper”.

It was so much fun working with Alex & Will to plan their big day and I was a bit sad when the day was over having to hug them goodbye. Wishing these two all the best and lots of love, laughter and happiness always!

Words from the bride & groom:

We hired Glass Slipper Event Planning to help plan our backyard wedding in Vancouver this summer. Stephanie and her team were absolutely amazing! We were blown away by her attention to detail, thoughtful ideas and professionalism. Stephanie went above and beyond and made the wedding planning process and the wedding day go by so smoothly. She truly turned our vision into a picture-perfect day, and thanks to her, we got to have the wedding of our dreams. Stephanie herself is so nice, caring and fun to work with. We highly recommend Glass Slipper!

Vendor Team:

Planning: Glass Slipper Event Planning

Photography: Caroline Ross Photography

Florist: Suzanne Lee at Granville Island Flower Company

Ceremony & Cocktail Reception Music: Musos Entertainment

Caterer: Cocktails & Canapés Catering + Events

DJ: Man About Town Entertainment