a fun bachelorette party idea, make and wear your own jewellery!

30th January, 2011 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

A reader wrote to me and gave me the heads up about a creative new trend in the bachlorette party world. Beading Buds, an Ontario based travelling jewelry making party.  This company is ideal for bridal showers as a fun activity for the guests who will love creating one-of-a-kind jewelry.  This also takes care of the bonbonniere since the guests will be taking home the jewelry that they make.  Jewelry making parties are also the perfect solution for brides that want to have a bachlorette party and would prefer celebrating by spending a cosy girl’s night in with their close friends and family, especially in the Canadian winter!

Another great service this company provides for brides is a “bridal jewelry making party”.  The bridal party and the mothers of the bride and groom get together for a fun night where they make the jewelry that they will wear on the big day.  A Beading Buds designer will work with the bride prior to the party to design the bridal party jewelry using pearls, swarowski crystal and semi-precious stones to create beautiful jewelry that is completely custom and fits in exactly with what the bride is envisioning for the big day.  The designer will be at the party to assist the bridal party and to make sure that everybody has a piece of jewelry that they love and will be proud to wear.  This is the perfect attendant gift for the bridal party and is a fun way to celebrate the bride and the upcoming wedding.

The concept of  Beading Buds is that they are like having a bead store come to your home or choice of venue to assist you and your guests in making jewelry.  They send beading designers/instructors who bring beading tools and hundreds of beautiful glass beads in every shape, size and colour imaginable as well as a wide assortment of unique sterling silver plated clasps.  The instructors assist you in picking your beads and designing and creating your piece.  Their prices start at $18 per person.  The company originally started out as a birthday party entertainer for kids, but in the last few years have expanded to doing adult birthday parties, corporate events, holiday parties, bachlorette parties and bridal showers.

They are located in the GTA and service Hamilton, Guelph, Georgetown, Milton, Burlington, Oakville, Mississauga, Port Credit, Streetsville, Brampton, Etobicoke,Toronto, North York, Vaughan, Woodbridge, Thornhill, Richmond Hill and Newmarket.  You can reach them via e-mail or telephone by visiting their MPW profile at Beading Buds.

Beading Buds has donated a pair for earrings for one lucky reader.  And so you can get a taste of custom designed jewellery,  Beading Buds will design a pair of exclusive earrings for the winner that nobody else will ever own.   All you have to do is visit http://www.facebook.com/beadingbuds– click “LIKE” and leave a post saying that you’re a Marketplace Weddings reader and what colour earrings you would like.  All posts will be entered into a draw to win the earrings. The contest closes on the 15th of March 2011  and the winner will be posted on our blog 10 days later!

rachel a. clingen- wedding & event design with flair

30th August, 2010 - Posted by Lia - 1 Comment


The team at Rachel A. Clingen have been leaders in the wedding and event industry for more than 18 years. David and Rachel the husband and wife duo, along with their experienced design crew have been transforming venues and wedding tents all over Canada. They are unique to the wedding industry as all their services are provided ‘in house’ for a less complicated design experience and to ease the stress of multiple vendors.

Rachel believes that wedding decorating and floral has become as important or as necessary to brides as her wedding gown itself! . The owner of the company explains, “Most brides will attend other weddings before their own and want to ensure that theirs is one of a kind.”  Rachel continues, “brides are realizing that making their day unique is more then just changing the colour of the flowers. We have certainly noticed a trend over the past number of years that brides are becoming very interested and serious about their weddings being ‘original’.”  

Rachel believes focusing on one element entirely such as flowers or even fabric work to create a theme or atmosphere is like trying to paint a picture with only one colour.  “We like to design utilizing different mediums. Certainly including flowers but also creating texture with props and fabric decor, such as backdrops or chair covers. This allows much more flexibility when trying to meet the unique needs of each client.”

Rachel A. Clingen offers two convenient ‘one stop shop’ locations, one in Caledon and one inThornhill where brides can choose their wedding flowers, backdrops, chair covers, linens and centrepieces from their comprehensive portfolio. 

As the bridal market and awareness continues to grow in Toronto,  wedding decorating by Rachel A. Clingen will insure customers have many options to choose from.

For more information visit: Rachel A. Clingen