Early February is a great time for a short road trip, right? I was interested in seeing the difference between the wedding shows in Ottawa and Montreal and Sheldon Kagan International was presenting the 33rd annual La Salon de la Mariée at the Palais de congrès in downtown Montreal.
Another reason I was interested in this show specifically is because it was sponsored by Fugues. Fugues is a french monthly publication targeted toward the LGBT community in Montreal. In addition, this is the first time that La Salon de la Mariée has welcomed same-sex couples.
I found many similarities to the Ottawa wedding shows I’d attended. Many of the vendors were displaying themes that I’ve already seen, whereas a few vendors really stood out for me because of their uniqueness.
For overall image and setting a scene – I was blown away by Bombance Evenements. Simply stunning display of the utmost quality. The picture doesn’t do it justice.
What I loved the most was the juxtaposition of ornate and simple. The table-setting consisted of 8 different china patterns – which could have caused chaos, but instead were brought together with matching stemware and cutlery. The centrepiece’s excellence was in it’s simplicity Tall clear vases with babiesbreath and twigs with just a few bud vases hanging to highlight simple flowers.
Another lovely booth was done by La Mariée Bohème. The are a pair of talented ladies who work with couples to refine the image and then search out those wow pieces. If they can’t find exactly what you are looking for, they can have it made. There was so much prettiness packed into such a small space.
I also found the photography duo of Bonnallie Brodeur very creative. Their photos were top quality and the use of vintage props was great. The use of an old TV with an iPad inside showing one of their Stopmotion videos was GENIUS. (Thanks for setting me straight on the concept.) I must say that I’m in love with their Stopmotion videos – be sure to check them out here.
There were a few florists who I thought presented exceptional work. There was everything from the exotic to the whimsical. The use of fruit in the décor along with the flowers isn’t anything new, but I do see it appearing more often.
No wedding is complete without cake – in some shape, colour, or flavour. Two pastry artists had stellar displays and showed whimsical and quality work.
My favourite was Gateaux Funky with their six layered rainbow cake. That was a real coming out!
I was also impressed with the sugar work by Christine le Royer at Créations Sucre d’Art.
Overall I found the show to be pretty good. There was the standard mixture of vendors, everything from the major vendors with their gift registries to the photographers, florists, chauffeurs, jeweller djs, et al. I was a bit disappointed in the lack of follow through after marketing towards same-sex couples. The event was sponsored by Fugues and they had a poster in the entry, along with their magazines to hand out. But I only found two vendors that did any specific marketing towards this demographic. Bravo Gateaux Funky and Natalka Celebrations! Surely Montreal, with it’s vibrant LGBT population and the Village, can host a wedding show that is geared towards LGBT people.