Southwestern Ontario’s Longest Established, Best Attended and Largest Wedding Shows

Very Special Experience Workshops

Our short virtual workshops are filled with amazing content and advice with 20 minutes of concise content featuring amazing local Wedding Experts. Each workshop is followed by a 10 minute Question & Answer segment from couples who are getting married and in the planning process just like you.

Our next Wedding Planning Workshop series will take place on Sunday March 14th and we will once again draw for an amazing wedding prize giveaway at each workshop. Scroll down to see the lineup for this Workshop Day.

Make sure you have registered so that we can send you all the ZOOM details for each session along with reminders and updates for this Very Special Experience.

Our January 2021 Workshops are available through our Workshop links below for your viewing as well. We hope these Workshops give you valuable information to assist you with your Wedding Planning.

Nancy Campana

Nancy Campana

Owner of Wedding Shows Windsor
Nouveau Event Planning
Event and Wedding Coach

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Your Host for the Very Special Experience Workshop Week

Nancy began Nouveau Event Planning in 1988 with the introduction of the first large scale wedding show in Windsor-Essex, The Wedding Extravaganza Show. Over the years of coordinating local Wedding Shows, Nancy’s services have also been contracted out by large companies to produce large scale Corporate Events. An expert on event trends, fashion and all things wedding Nancy is the host of the Very Special Planning Workshops.

Wedding Planning Workshops - Chapter 2

Lea-Ann Suzor

Lea-Ann Suzor

CertPresident-Festival Tent & Party Rentals

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Preparing for Perfectly Planned Outdoor Events

Presented by Festival Tent & Party Rentals

Sunday March 14th 11 :00 am

Outdoor events are more popular then they have ever been. The pandemic has forced us outside and events are no exception to this trend. Whether you are planning an outdoor Engagement Party, Wedding Shower, Stag and Doe or Wedding Ceremony & Reception planning for outdoor events takes foresight and organization in order to be prepared for the elements. Lea-Ann’s experience of owning this regions longest established Tent & Party rental company is incomparable and she will lead us through each step of consideration when planning an outdoor affair.

Lea-Ann Suzor is President of Festival Tent & Party Rentals. Serving Essex, Kent & Lambton since 1987. Lea-Ann is designated as a Certified Event Rental Professional by the American Rental Association and the Rental Association of Canada. With 35 years of experience in the event rental industry, Lea-Ann has served on many boards and committees locally and is an expert in all things “event rental”.

Joe Conlin

Joe Conlin

Owner of The Joe Conlin Real Estate Team

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Home Sweet Home

Presented by Joe Conlon Real Estate Team

Sunday March 14th Noon

Are you considering buying a home to start your life together or selling the home you are in to start fresh? The home buying market has been challenging in the last number of years and this past year has made it an even more daunting market for first time or younger buyers to navigate. Real Estate Professional, Joe Conlon, specializes in helping couples get a start into the housing market. Joe will walk you through how to prepare to enter the market, how to get credit built up to get mortgage approval, what to look for in your first home or a possible move and how to prepare yourself to move quickly when you do find what you are looking for.

Joe Conlon is a Sales Representative and Owner of The Joe Conlon Real Estate Team working under the Royal Lepage Binder Real Estate banner. Joe leads a group of young, vibrant professionals whose goal is to create a less stressful, more enjoyable and safe home buying experience for all of his clients in order to achieve the best results while keeping your interests fully protected.

Lorraine Rodriguez

Lorraine Rodriguez

Owner

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Your Personal Style…Your Wedding Decor

Presented by Anything & Everything

Sunday March 14th 2:00 pm

What exactly is a Wedding Style and how do you pinpoint the look and feel you and your partner want for your wedding? Your wedding décor including the setting, the flowers, the lighting, the textures and the colours can all be cohesive to create your wedding style. Lorraine will help you to pinpoint exactly what style is best suited for you, whether it be Classic, Cultural, Glam, Modern, Rustic or your very own Theme. Once you have your style narrowed down it will be easy for you to work with your decorator of choice and run with your vision.

As the longest established full service Wedding Decorator in the Windsor Essex County region, Lorraine has seen the world of wedding décor evolve dramatically since she began her company 34 years ago.

Lorraine specializes in striving to meet most wedding décor budgets and still create the "WOW factor. With a team of experienced staff who share the goal to make your décor dreams come to life, Lorraine's experience and expertise have been sought after for hundreds of weddings over the years.

Rev. Gregory J Gurniak

Rev. Gregory J Gurniak

Officiant

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Marriage Prep & Ask the Officiant

Presented by Spirit of Life Celebrations

Sunday March 14th 3:00 pm

Even if you have lived together for a long period of time delving into the next step in your relationship, marriage, is a new frontier. Greg Gurniak is a Wedding Officiant and also a Communication Counsellor who will discuss how to prepare for a successful long term marriage through effective communication. Reciting “for good and for bad and in sickness and in health” is the easy part but preparing to live through these terms that life can deliver takes preparation.

Reverend Greg will also expand on some of the ‘Ask the Officiant” questions that were presented to in Chapter One of our Workshop that we ran out of time to answer. Make sure to come to this Workshop prepared with some questions you may have about your wedding ceremony.

Sarah Taylor

Sarah Taylor

Director

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Silhouette Guide-The Perfect Dress for your Body Shape

Presented by It’s Your Day Bridal Boutique

Sunday March 14th 4:00 pm

Trends change fast but it is not always easy to know if a trend works best on your own unique and beautiful body shape. Narrowing down what looks best for your body shape or your bridesmaid’s silhouette before you head out shopping for gowns can take a lot of stress out of choosing the perfect dress. Ordering gowns online is almost an impossible task to get a dress that looks great on your body type. Sarah Taylor, Director at It’s Your Day Bridal Boutique, will present an interactive workshop demonstrating what silhouettes look best on different body shapes. It’s Your Day Bridal Boutique’s new online Customer Fitting Portal enables you to narrow down these choices from the comfort of your home before you have an instore fitting with them. It’s the perfect fitting solution for your entire wedding party! This engaging workshop will help take away any trepidation you are feeling to get out dress shopping! Mothers of the Bride/Groom & your Bridesmaids might want to join you for this Workshop too!!

Sarah has the cliché story. She is that Bride who opened a Bridal Boutique! People are Sarah's passion and it shows in the boutique she has created where brides can not only find their dream gown, but while doing so, they are treated to a truly unique experience.

Sarah began It's Your Day, 17 years ago and her mission has always been to have people leave feeling more beautiful than when they stepped into the boutique. With a staff team who are equally as passionate for people and everything wedding as Sarah is, you immediately know that the It’s Your Day team, love being able to be part of each bride's journey and help make their vision a reality!

Jacob Medler

Jacob Medler

Owner of Jacob Medler Photography

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Perfectly Captured-Your Wedding Day Photos and Video

Presented by Jacob Medler Photography

Sunday March 14th 7:00 pm

Don't regret the memories that remain from your wedding day photographs in the years to come. Whether it be the details that were not captured, the quality of your pictures, the people who attended your wedding that you did not get a photo of, or a bad experience with the photographer. Hiring a professional wedding photographer will help alleviate these concerns and ensure these forever memories are perfectly captured.

As well, with guest number restrictions in place, wedding videography is of greater importance, if you want to share live moments with those close to you who could not attend. Jacob will discuss what you should look for when hiring a photographer/videographer and how your own personal style should be reflected in your forever memories whether they be through photographs, video or both!

Jacob Medler is a professional wedding photographer who specializes in candid moments. While helping couples feel comfortable in front of a camera he also captures those little moments you might have missed. Jacob's style of work is timeless and classic while still being extraordinarily creative so you'll have amazing images that last for decades.

Lisa Best

Lisa Best

Certified Wedding & Event Planner

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Special Touches for Your Wedding Day

Presented by Beautiful Weddings by Me

Sunday March 14th 8:00 pm

How can you make your wedding day distinctive by adding unique and add special touches to ensure your guests have a unique, memorable and personal experience? If cultural dances are a big part your families wedding expectations, how can you replace those traditional customs? Lisa will discuss how you can create new traditions and offer your guests unexpected options. Specialty food service, personal guest gifts and entertainment alternatives are just some of the items we will touch upon as we wrap up our Wedding Planning Workshop Day.

Lisa specializes in designing beautifully styled weddings and events in the Windsor, Essex County area and abroad. From intimate occasions to luxury weddings, her team understands your vision by creating unforgettable memories for all to enjoy. Lisa is currently, celebrating 20 successful years in the Wedding and Event Industry!

Wedding Planning Workshops - Chapter 1

Lisa Best

Lisa Best

Certified Wedding & Event Planner

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Perfectly Planned-A Memorable Event

Presented by Beautiful Weddings by Me

Let’s celebrate your engagement and get you started for the planning that lies ahead. Whether you are just beginning your planning or near the end this Workshop helps you get your wedding task list going. Lisa Best’s seasoned Wedding Planning advice & tips will give you concise planning information that every couple needs as they begin their wedding planning journey.

Lisa specializes in designing beautifully styled weddings and events in the Windsor, Essex County area and abroad. From intimate occasions to luxury weddings, her team understands your vision by creating unforgettable memories for all to enjoy. Lisa is currently, celebrating 20 successful years in the Wedding and Event Industry!

Rosita Blackman

Rosita Blackman

Manager of Catering, Sales and Business Development

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Marvelous Wedding Menus

Presented by St Clair Centre for the Arts

What makes your wedding most memorable? Time and time again guests will say the food quality & service along with the vibe of the night. Serving guests has changed over the years and COVID has once again changed how food must be served. Rosita will take you on a culinary journey of considering guests special dietary requests, cultural food options and customizing menu choices to add your own personal touch.

Rosita Blackman Smith is a Wedding Specialist who works closely with couples to execute wedding detailing from start to finish. After excelling in the hospitality industry for over 19 years, Rosita knows that every client has their own unique vision and traditions for their special celebration. Rosita's friendly and positive relationships with wedding vendors enhances couple’s experience ensuring planning is always made easier.

Kait Hughson

Kait Hughson

Owner/Operator

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A New Year...A New You!

Presented by Revival Weight Loss

It has been a time period of anxiety packed days for most of us. That has meant weight gain for many, as we eat our way through with comfort food and Netflix binging with snack food in hand. Kait will discuss the newest techniques to achieve the most effective and successful weight loss results.

Whether you want to lose 5 lbs or 50 lbs as a wedding day goal, Kait's helpful tips will get your started.

Kait has been in the Fitness & Weight loss industry for over 4 years. She is a licensed Lipo Body Sculpting Technician and a Certified Personal Trainer & Nutritionist. With this cross section of knowledge and experience as well as Kait's bubbly personality her clients experience a one of a kind weight loss journey offering the newest technology available in the field.

Dana Horwitz

Dana Horwitz

Proprietor

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Your Budget, Your Style, Your Venue

Presented by the Water's Edge Event Centre

Choosing your venue will be the biggest decision you make in your wedding day planning. It will also be the largest expense you will incur in your wedding budget. Careful consideration should be made to not only the time of year you want to get married but also to your anticipated guest count, budget and personal style of the wedding you envision.

Dana's experience in taking a dilapidated church and turning it into one of Windsor's premier event centres will give you great insight into what you should look for when making the ultimate decision of choosing your wedding location.

Dana Horwitz is a transplanted Manhattanite who has living and raising five children in Windsor for over 20 years. Her husband Larry has re-purposed numerous buildings in Windsor and when he purchased the Holy Rosary Church he had a vision he knew Dana could fulfill in creating The Water's Edge Event Centre. Now the Water's Edge is Windsor's only award winning family owned boutique venue offering 3 unique spaces to host weddings & events.

Joel Beneteau

Joel Beneteau

Williams Food Equipment Culinary Expert

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Wedding Registry Tips and Treats

Presented by Williams

When you walk through the doors of Williams Food Equipment you quickly realize you are going to encounter a team of very skilled foodies. With a large online store presence, Williams Food Equipment makes the Wedding Gift Registry process efficient and very personal. This workshop will focus on how couples that register locally with a home grown company like Williams can strengthen the community they live in.

During this workshop Williams will also reveal the hottest kitchen gadgets flying off their shelves and the "must have" items you want to include on your Wedding Registry list.

Williams Food Equipment is a 100% Canadian owned and operated family business that has been supplying high-quality cookware and kitchenware for over 50 years and is located in Windsor Ontario. Started in 1968 by Dick Williams and then taken over by his son Rick Williams in 1988, the Williams Family continues to run the operation with Rick's children now stepping in to help manage and create their impressive online presence. Today their online store has grown to be a large portion of their business and their motto "Trusted by Home Cooks & Restaurants" continues to be relevant to all us who are Food Network junkies. Check out their full online store with shipping worldwide.

Sarah Taylor

Sarah Taylor

Director

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Style Us Pretty!

Presented by It's Your Day Bridal Boutique

Saying "YES" to your dress is not a decision any Bride takes lightly. On top of choosing your gown you also have to help make colour decisions for your bridesmaids as well as guide parents with their fashion choices. Where to start for fit and style is often an intimidating choice to make.

Sarah will discuss where to begin deciding on the colour scheme and style of your fashion choices along with how to fit a range of sizes in your wedding party and point out the newest wedding fashion trends. Sarah will also highlight fashion ideas for Same Sex couples along with tips to ensure your gown fits & feels comfortable throughout your special day.

Sarah has the cliché story. She is that Bride who opened a Bridal Boutique! People are Sarah's passion and it shows in the boutique she has created where brides can not only find their dream gown, but while doing so, they are treated to a truly unique experience.

Sarah began It's Your Day, 17 years ago and her mission has always been to have people leave feeling more beautiful than when they stepped into the boutique. With a staff team who are equally as passionate for people and everything wedding as Sarah is, you immediately know that the It’s Your Day team, love being able to be part of each bride's journey and help make their vision a reality!

Lazaros Dimitriou

Lazaros Dimitriou

Owner/Operator

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Suit Them Up!

Presented by The Suit Shop Co Ltd

Laz will cover a vast range of topics in regards to men's suits and formal wear in this Workshop. From the importance of why the Groom and the Groomsmen should be in tailored suits on their big day and the difference in buying custom versus off the rack suits, Laz will take your through the steps of buying a suit and help educate you on why an investment in a suit may be an important one for Grooms to consider for their special day. Lazaros Dimitriou opened THE SUIT SHOP CO. LTD located on Erie Street, in 2016.

After 20 years in the Fashion Retail industry both in Canada and internationally, coupled with an education in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management, Laz decided it was time to bring his fashion talent and sense back to his hometown, Windsor Ontario.

With endured specific training on how to distinguish the proper fit for every body type, to properly contouring and tailoring a suit in order to achieve the correct fit and to enhance one's physique, Laz's vast wealth of experience in the Men's Fashion industry ensures that his Grooms! Groomsmen/ clients enjoy a truly one of a kind more personable retail experience.

Lorraine Rodriguez

Lorraine Rodriguez

Owner

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Picture Perfect Decor

Presented by Anything & Everything

Lorraine will discuss how to make your wedding day "picture perfect" through the use of backdrops, florals and breathtaking décor. Wrinkled fabric, unfinished edges and wilted flowers will stick out like a sore thumb in your wedding photos. Lorraine will go through how to avoid décor mishaps and mistakes and how to ensure the atmosphere you create through your décor choices will be breathtaking not only for your guests the day of the event but also decades after the celebration in your treasured wedding photos.

As the longest established full service Wedding Decorator in the Windsor Essex County region, Lorraine has seen the world of wedding décor evolve dramatically since she began her company 34 years ago.

Lorraine specializes in striving to meet most wedding décor budgets and still create the "WOW factor. With a team of experienced staff who share the goal to make your décor dreams come to life, Lorraine's experience and expertise have been sought after for hundreds of weddings over the years.

Eadie Mastronardi

Eadie Mastronardi

Proprietress/Event Co-Ordinator

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Winery Weddings Uncorked!

Presented by Mastronardi Estate Winery

Essex County has grown into a beautiful oasis of wineries and orchards. Mastronardi Estate Winery led the way in creating a wedding day venue in the local winery region with the building of their beautiful Vino Vista.

Are you the type of couple that Would benefit from an all-encompassing experience? Eadie will clearly identify the process and answer the questions you may have about all-inclusive Micro weddings and larger gathering in an intimate outdoor setting.

Eadie Mastronardi is the owner and wedding specialist at Mastronardi Estate Winery. Along with her team of professionals who specialize in warmly creating a variety of all-inclusive fully customized wedding experiences. Her natural love for organization and planning has followed her forever, and has carried into operating Vino Vista. As a wedding and event planner, Eadie has been able to hone in on her passion for helping clients create those momentous life events which they treasure for ever.

Polish Me Pretty Group

Courtney Elizabeth

Makeup Artist/Owner & Sara Docherty, Hair Stylist/Owner

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Wedding Day Beauty Prep

Presented by Polish Me Pretty

Getting ready for your big day should never begin the morning of the wedding. Courtney & Sara will walk you through the steps to take months before your wedding to ensure your skin is glowing, your hair is shining and your photos are flawless. From skincare tricks to hair styling tips this dynamic duo will offer helpful beauty tips that you won't want to miss!

Polish Me Pretty is a team of Hair Stylists & Makeup Artists who specialize in Weddings and Events.

Courtney's specialty as a Certified Airbrush Makeup Artist makes her one of the few who are experts in this field in the area. Along with her hair styling team lead by the dynamic, Sara Docherty, this group of beauty professionals will travel to your place of wedding day prep or you can book their studio. Their attention to detail ensures your wedding day beauty style will be timeless & flawless as well as perfectly suited to you!

Rev. Gregory J Gurniak

Rev. Gregory J Gurniak

Officiant

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Ask the Officiant & Wrap-up Party-Grand Prize Winner Announcement

Presented by Wedding Shows Windsor & Spirit of Life Celebrations

It’s time to do this and actually tie the knot! Rev Gregory specializes in Customized Ceremonies, Unique Unions and LGBTQ+ Marriages in any denomination. This Workshop gives you tips and tidbits to ensure your ceremony is personal and unique. Marriage is a legal bond and Greg will walk you through the steps that must be taken to ensure your marriage is valid and legal. We discuss unique wedding locations to marry along with the legality & details to consider when planning a destination wedding.

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