Sussex’s Wedding Boutique Slips Away at the Eleventh Hour

July 24, 2015 / no comments

Just when you thought everything was finally booked and going according to plan, you head to Sussex Drive to gaze at your darling dress one more time. To your surprise you have just learned that the beautiful wedding gown you have had your eye on in the window at McCaffrey Haute Couture is gone! Nonetheless, it is not just your dream dress that has been removed, it is all the other merchandise in the store as well. The windows are dark, the displays are bare and there is a bankruptcy notice hanging from the door. You slowly start to feel your gut turn inside out as you realize your wedding dream dress has just turned into a wedding nightmare!

If this story sounds familiar, you are not alone. It was announced on July 20th that the couture bridal shop we all love to stroll by in downtown Ottawa is now bankrupt! Unfortunately, this means only 50 brides will be receiving their McCaffrey gowns; leaving 20 brides dress-less for their late summer or early fall wedding. This painful short notice leaves very little time for these brides to scramble for something new.


bridal shop

For 18 years, brides from all across Canada and even the world would travel to McCaffrey Haute Couture in hopes of finding the perfect dress. However, the company was almost $400,000 in debt due to owing various creditors. David McCaffrey blames this current state of affairs on the endless years of construction.  Whatever the case may be, RSVP Events along with many other future brides and window shoppers will be sad to say goodbye to the corner boutique we all loved to admire.









RSVP wants to lend a helping hand to these brides as well as any others who have encountered a similar situation, by providing some tips for last minute dress shopping.

1. Bring a close friend

Invite a true friend to come with you dress shopping. Someone who knows your style and will be honest so you can pick a dress that is just as flattering on you as it is on the hanger.

 2. Go to a store where you can actually touch the dresses

Fabrics can look different in pictures; even the dress itself may look completely different when you see it in person.

3. Go to a store with an in-house seamstress

Since you are on a time crunch, meaning no more time for hiccups, an in-house seamstress is the best option. They are familiar with all the dresses they carry and will be able to give you helpful advice for what will work best.

4. Keep an open mind

Try not get caught up in finding your perfect imaginary dress. Let go – and try on all different styles; you might be pleasantly surprised.

5. Don’t worry about getting locked in

If you are really not sure, why not buy two and sell the one you do not end up wearing online. It’s always good to have options :)

6. Buy a dress that fits

Do not buy a dress too small, thinking you will have time to work off some extra weight in-between now and your big day. You most likely won’t!


We also recommend checking out some of our favourite bridal shops:

Luxe Bridal Boutique

Dominique Levesque bridal

With Love Bridal Boutique



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New Wedding Ideas & Trends 2015

July 10, 2015 / no comments

Wedding styles seem to be growing with endless possibilities; it is remarkable we are expected to settle on one sole them – and stick with it! The influence of social media such as wedding bloggers and Pinterest open a new door for weddings, presenting all kinds of new ideas we never thought possible. The influence from these outlets have allowed the creation for wedding décor to flourish! We now have access to all kinds of DIY crafts, themes, bouquets, alternatives to alters and the list goes on and on, making it almost impossible to decide on one particular theme.

Whether you decide you want to stick with a traditional style wedding or branch out and try something new, there seems to be endless ideas for every bride and groom. However, if you are someone who isn’t sure and are caught between the two, the new 2015 trends compliment both styles, as it ties a traditional classic wedding with a fresh modern lift.

From foodie buffets to bouquets, here are the latest wedding trends for this 2015:


Floral Chandeliers: Hanging centerpieces



Flowers: Peonies & Eucalyptus

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Bridal Party: One of a Kind & Mismatch



Wedding Invitations: Boho & Vintage Style



Refreshments: Craft Beer, Sangria & Local Labels

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Cakes: Unfrosted or Hand Painted!

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Head Table

Instead of the classical one line head table, we are now seeing tables set up with the bridal party seated on both sides – just like another guest table.


Tasting Stations: Foodie Buffets




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Worrying About Your Wedding Song!?

May 29, 2015 / no comments

RSVP Events thrives on planning creative weddings that are designed around each couples own uniqueness. We believe it is important the couples personality shine through on their special day in all aspects. Therefore, when it comes to picking the right songs for your wedding we want to help you dance aside from the mainstream songs and keep your originality!


Below is a list of songs RSVP Events have carefully selected which match all music preferences. We also threw in a few 2015 favs just for fun!


For Your Walk Down the Aisle:

“I Wanna Hold Your Hand” by Across the Universe

“Killing The Blues” by Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

“Steal Me” by Jupiter Sunrise

“Reasons To Love You” by Meiko

“Stay” by Michelle Featherstone

“We Are Man and Wife” by Michelle Featherstone

“The Way I Am” by Ingrid Michaelson

“Waking Dream” by Natalie Walker

“Clocks” by Cold Play


First Dance Song:

“Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran

“I Will Follow You Into The Dark” by Death Cab for Cutie

“You in a Song” by Jason Reeves

“Hear You Me” by Jimmy Eat World

“The Only Exception” by Paramore

“Lost In You” by Three Days Grace

“Taking Chances” by Celine Dion

“Rock Your Soul” by Elisa

“It’s Your Love” by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill


Father & Daughter:

“Daughters” by John Mayer

“Bigger Than Love” by My Favorite Highway

“32 Flavors” by Alana Davis

“Goodnight And Go” by Imogen Heap

“With or Without You” by U2

Mother & Son:

“Hard To Love” by Lee Brice

“Soul Meets Body” by Death Cab For Cutie

“Beautiful World” by Carolina Liar

“Maybe” by Ingrid Michaelson


Get The Dance Party Started!:

“In The Middle” by Jimmy Eat World

“A Sky Full of Stars” by Coldplay

“Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson (featuring Bruno Mars)

“Sugar” by Maroon 5

“Get Lucky” by Daft Punk

“Gettin’ Jiggy with it” by Will Smith

“Ignition” by R. Kelly

“Give Me Everything” by Pitbull ft. Ne-Yo

“Shake it” by Metro Station


 Tossing the Bouquet:

“Man I Feel Like A Woman” by Shania Twain

“Happy” by Pharrell Williams

“I Feel It All” by Feist

“I Love It” by Iconic

“Am to Pm” by Christina Milian

“Your Man” by Down With Webster

“Labels or Love” by Fergie

 Photo’s by: Taylor Roades

Happy Dancing!

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May 27, 2015 / no comments

There are many perks to having a spring or summer wedding; one of them being all the beautiful blossoming flowers this time of year! Seeing as there are so many amazing colours, it is easy to make your own wedding accessories that look gorgeous and will save you big bucks. Therefore, why not DIY this summer and make your own wedding arrangements!

Here is a step by step process and some inspirational photos for colour coordinating:

What You’ll Need:


DIY Bouquet:

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Flower Crown: 


Others great ideas, that are inexpensive: 





We hope you enjoy these easy peasy ideas.

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How to reserve your wedding block

May 8, 2015 / no comments

What is a room block? A room block is when you reserve and set aside a number of rooms at a hotel for your out of town guests. We recommend setting aside a block rooms if at least 20% of your guests are coming from out of town. This is a huge help to your guests especially if you book the rooms at the hotel that you are having the wedding at or something near the wedding venue (ideally walking distance).

Why will your guests thank you? 

– It will ease of all the transportation issues

-Some of your guests may not know the area well and will appreciate you looking into hotels for them

-You will be able to have all your guests in one location, this will give them the opportunity to meet and become acquainted with other wedding guests

Le Chateau Laurier wedding

Things to keep in mind when choosing a hotel for your guests:

– Location is major factor to consider when booking your hotel. As we mentioned above, try to book something near your wedding location or within walking distance. Also choose something near attractions and restaurants to give your guests something to do. Ottawa is known for its many attractions, check out this link with the top 10 things to do in Ottawa!

-Price is definitely the next thing to consider. Book rooms with different room types to give your guests a variety. Family or friends sharing rooms will mostly likely want rooms with double beds or pull out couches.  Make sure the price point ranges in categories in order to give more options.

-Room types- As we just mentioned, ensure you get different room types to suit all your guests needs. You can get single rooms, rooms with double beds, suites, handicap accessible rooms, adjoining rooms. Please remember that a hotel will not always guarantee this but will try to accommodate this as much as possible.

Ottawa Hotels

Extra services and Freebies:

Most hotels may provide extra services if you block rooms with them. Make sure to ask your hotel. 

  • SHUTTLE SERVICE- Make sure its complimentary 
  • FREE ROOMS- Bridal suites are usually provided to the bride and groom, especially if the wedding is at the hotel itself. If not, most hotels will provide free rooms for every 10 rooms or 20 rooms booked. Find out and use this to your advantage. 
  • BREAKFAST AND PARKING- Find out if your hotel offers complimentary breakfast and free parking for your guests. This is a bonus if they do. 
  • BRIDAL SUITE- Some hotels may offer a bridal suite for the bride and the bridesmaids to get ready in. Find out if this is available to you, and how early you can check in.

Bridal suite

Photo credit: Acorn to Oak Photography

Time to book that block

If you are in a large city with lots of hotels around the area you normally would not rush to book the space. We recommend booking your room as soon as you have booked your venue. If your wedding venue or event is located at the hotel, they would normally book the rooms at the same time as you booked your wedding venue.

A city that is as busy as Ottawa, we definitely recommend booking in advance to secure your spot.


– Read through the contracts carefully. Some hotels may require your guests to call in to book the rooms themselves under the block. If a room is not picked up, they will release this at no extra charge. Others will have you be responsible for any rooms that were not picked up. A majority of the hotels will hold the spot up to 30 days prior to the wedding and release the rest. In this case you would not be responsible for rooms that were not picked up. READ THE CONTRACT.

Questions to ask before booking

  • How many rooms can your facility accommodate- for those with large numbers
  • What is the wedding group rate including taxes and fees?
  • Is parking included? If not how much is it? -you need to let your guests know
  • What time is check-in?  What are your policies about early check-in? (Remember this is never guaranteed)
  • What time is check-out?- For those that may want a late check out.
  • Do you offer a courtesy block? What is the maximum number of rooms?
  • If we need additional rooms, can we add to the block? What are the fees associated with this? Can I get it at the same rate?
  • What would the cut-off be for adding rooms?
  • What sort of amenities come standard (shuttles, breakfast, internet, gym etc?
  • Is there a bar and restaurant onsite? What are the hours of operation
  • Is there a minimum stay requirement?
  • Do you have facilities to host pre- or post-wedding events onsite?

Welcome baskets for the guests

Wedding party

What to include in the bags:

 A list of things for the guests to do while in town

-Some snacks, especially after a long flight

-A nice souvenir for the couples to remember the city by

-A nice beverage (Does not need to be an alcoholic beverage)

-A thank you note  

Hope you enjoyed all the information

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Wedding App made easy

April 21, 2015 / no comments

Our number one app for the wedding season this year is “Appy Couple“! Are you thinking of having a website for your wedding to keep your guests informed? Appy Couple is the perfect app for any couple. It’s an app and website all in one and it is easy to use.

This app is great for informing your guests about wedding details such as your gift registry. You can also gather all your RSVPs in one place; you get notifications sent to your iPhone as soon as someone RSVPs. Cool? You can also make your playlist and share all your fun stories about the wedding party.

You can customize it all to fit your style. Some of our favourite looks below:

Appy Couple



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Share your wedding details, organize your guest list and share photos all in one App. Creating the website on Appy couple is extremely simple. It can be accessed on the go on your phone and tablets and definitely on a computer.

Go ahead and give it a try today! Leave a comment below to tell us how you liked it.

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July 29, 2014 / no comments


Planning a wedding, fundraiser or a corporate event? We believe having a table setting that stands out is just as important as the the dishes that are served at your event.  Personalizing your table setting to reflect something about the event theme you are having or the season makes it all the more unique.

Wedding in a box

In the last few years, tablescapes have become very popular among those planning events. Not only does the table decor helps to determine a theme, it creates great experience for your guests depending on what your theme is. A well decorated table helps to capture the ambiance you are trying to set for the event.

Where do the majority of the guests spend their time during an event? The table. It is then safe to believe that this is the most important places in an event. It takes a lot more to setting any table than knowing where to place a knife and fork. It requires great imagination and a creative touch to turn a simple table into a place that will serve that elegant meal. The size and shape of a table also plays an important role in making sure your guests are comfortable. Rectangular tables are known to encourage conversations on a table where as round tables makes you talk to only those sitting beside you.


How to have a great table setting:

– Determine the type of event you are having

-Determine the event theme

-Collect items and pieces that are directly related to the theme to create and determine the decor. These items could be the type of linens you would like to use, items to create a centrepiece or to make an arrangement.

-The items do not need to match but they must be able to complement and enhance the look and theme that you picked.

PS using bold patterns and prints are known to create powerful statement.

A great tablescapes  should be functional enough but must also help enhance the overall look of your event decor. Avoid clutter, but keep it layered. Adding different heights to the setting will give it that unique look. Different shaped centrepieces with varying heights, a mix of linens (bold, patterned, textured), to making it fun and unique are the some of the different ways you can add layers.

Source: Mitch Lenet WeddingsMichelle Barbeau Photography

Contact us today to plan your next event!

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Can you afford to hire an RSVP Event Specialist

July 4, 2014 / no comments

Can you afford to hire an RSVP Event Specialist

Ottawa Wedding planner

Source: Black Lamb photography 

 It is often believed that only brides with massive budgets and a huge guest list can afford wedding planners. Yes weddings are expensive and yes as wedding planners, we need to make a living. RSVP prides itself in charging market related prices and being transparent about all the costs involved in planning an event. As certified event specialists with WPIC and ABC, we do not pay or charge commission from suppliers, or even mark up other suppliers’ invoices. We work by charging a set of fees for our services. Our clients always know what our fees are from the very beginning. We have no hidden costs.

As a bride, this is your first time planning a large event so how can you possibly know the prices involved in planning events? A realistic budget is a key to successful wedding. We usually ask our brides what budgets they are working with.  Some of our bride have an idea of what they would like to spend and others have no clue.  What to expect when you come in for a consultation with an RSVP Event specialist:

  • We will start by going over all costs involved in planning a wedding, so you will have an idea with what to expect
  • We will make recommendations and provide you with a budget that works for you.
  • We know a few good ways which will help your budget go further. As planners, we have the knowledge and connections with the best suppliers in Ottawa.
  •  It is in our best interest to make YOUR budget work, provided it is a budget that is based on current pricing structures and that is reasonable.So many factors play a major role one what your budget could be
  • We understand that every couple is different and the budget for one might not work for the next one
  • RSVP event specialists work hard at researching and matching up couples with the best suppliers who can accommodate your budget

At RSVP we are known to be creative in finding ways to make your wedding memorable, unique and special for each of our individual clients. We have a great selection of resources at our disposal to make your wedding stand out.  One of the many awesome examples, is our remarkable decor stock which adds value to all our clients packages; on a budget and for those who are can afford to splurge. We are big believers of the fact that every bride needs to be educated on all the costs involved in planning a wedding from the beginning stage to avoid unnecessary surprises down the line. No matter the budget, the client should always pay market related prices.

RSVP has designed different wedding packages to accommodate the needs of our brides. Coming to us earlier on, you will be able to avoid stressful and often frustrating quotation obtaining stage, as we will do all of that for you.Get a copy of our wedding package here

Do you think you can afford a planner?  Now you can find out. Send us an email or call us and we will make an appointment at our offices to discuss your wedding requirements.

Contact us today to plan your next event!

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Choosing your wedding colours

March 17, 2014 / no comments


Recently engaged? Your friends and family are without a doubt happy for you and you are now extremely excited to get the planning started! What’s on your mind? Wedding décor, wedding colours and venue! The color and style of your big day will play a big role on determining your wedding location. If it doesn’t, it should!  The colors you pick will set the tone for your big day. You have fantasied about this day since you were a little mini you,  and you pretty much have a good idea of what colors you want to use. Some of you may not have a clue, we suggest using the tips below to get you started.

Choosing your wedding colours

SOURCE: Pinterest


First thing you need to do is determine your bridal style. Modern & Minimal, Casual & Relaxed, Classic & Timeless, Romantic and Soft, Bold and vibrant, Chic and Modern,  these are just a few words that should help describe your wedding style. Let the time of year help you determine the colours as well. Another way of you determine your colours is to look around you, your environment, your wardrobe (not your standard black work outfit), the place you like to hang out (Bookstore, coffee places). This will definitely make it easy for you. Once you have pinpointed your style, work with it. Use a mood board to pin all your ideas (Hint: use Pinterest as a start). Look at your mood board and see how you feel. Get help from a wedding stylist!  

Romantic blush wedding

Source: Pinterest- Blush wedding 


Consider your wedding location. If your wedding venue has rich colours, you need to consider colours that will compliment this. Look at the curtains if any, the carpets is a big one, do they have neutral decorations around the room? Can you move these decorations or are you not allowed to touch them. You might have to work with what the venue has in order to make it work. The last thing you need is having the colours over powering each other.


There is absolutely nothing wrong with following wedding trends.  We ultimately want you to create something that reflects you  as a couple. You need to pick something that screams YOU but also creates a fun environment for all your wedding guests. If you really want to follow a trend use something that you have seen from a past wedding, wedding magazine, wedding blog and add a spin to it to reflect you and make it uniquely yours. Do your research and find something that works for you. 


We suggest using three main colours for your wedding. Pick one colour to dominate, the other to support and the third colour to be used as an accent colour. The dominant colour is the colour that stands out and is the most obvious colour. The supporting colour can be a different shade of your main colour, such as red and a dark orange.  The accent colour is used to highlight your main colour by giving it contrast or by giving your main colour more emphasis.

With this in mind, you can add different items to your wedding to make it work. Use different textures, lighting, and flowers to add to your overall look. Use a mood board to make it easier.

Mood BoardSource: Munaluchi bridal

Love this bold yet romantic mood board by Munaluchi Bridal!


Now that you have your colours all figured out, it’s time to tie all this together to produce something out of this world (Hopefully :)). Lighting around the room is a great way to use the colours, your bridesmaids’ dresses and even your wedding cake. Your wedding flowers- make this your dominant colour or the accent part of your colour choice. Wedding invitation, table numbers, ribbons are all great ways to tie in your colour scheme to work. The grooms men – The waist coat, boutonnieres or the ties will need to have the wedding colours incorporated.  


–    Do the meanings of certain colours matter to you? For example, Lavender symbolizes femininity, grace and elegance. Does this describe your wedding style?  

–    Are they any cultural or traditional consideration that might play a part in choosing your colour scheme? For example in China, red is the color of good luck and is used as a holiday and wedding colour whereas in most parts of Africa, it is considered a colour of mourning and represents death.

–    Wedding season- Keep in mind the different seasons. For winter seasons, blues, silver and whites tend to work well. For a fall weddings- the gold, browns, reds and dark oranges are great colours.

These are just guidelines. You are allowed to pick any colour of your choice. Your colours should flow well. If you require more help, do not hesitate to contact our planners.

Happy Planning! Contact us for more details.

Cheers! | Ottawa Wedding Planner

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Wedding Shoes

March 11, 2014 / no comments

Wearing heels on your wedding day: Yes or No

Heels are known to instantly add glamour, style and elegance to your look, and not forgetting that they make you feel sexy. Your wedding dress is just as important as the shoes on your feet. You want to look good, but be comfortable.

Wedding shoes


Are you a heel kind of girl? Do you wear it out for your girls night out events, at the office or even just to hang out? If not, its best to start practicing. Walk around the office in them, around the house or whenever the opportunity presents itself. Keep in mind wearing heels constantly can result in bad posture, blisters and worse case scenario, a terrible injury should you fall and hurt yourself. By practicing, you lower the risks of these issues occurring as well as avoid embarrassing tumbles down the aisle.

Wedding shoes

Remember, your wedding day is going to be a long day. Secretly carry a pair of chic flats with you should your feet start to hurt for any reason.  You can even chose to alternate between the two, wear flats during dinner and change into your heels for your first dance. Just make sure they look suitable and they match the style of your wedding dress.

Wedding shoes


Don’t forget that pedicure!

Photos are compliments of Pinterest :)

I hope this helps.

Happy Planning! Contact us for more details.

Della & Divine | Ottawa Wedding Planner
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