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TOshots Book Blog – Toronto Wedding Guide Tips – Introduction

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

As promised, the book is completed. However, I went a different route. The book is written to provide insightful information for future wedding planners. Enjoy!

Introduction to TOshots book:

Why hire wedding videographer?

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

2009-chicago-toshots-526-reduced-sizeHans Ayala from TOshots.com :

I found this well written article explaining why it’s important to hire a professional wedding videographer.

Source: http://www.topweddingsites.com/wedding-videography.html

The Wedding and Event Videographers Association (WEVA), an international professional group founded in the 1980s, commissioned a 2005 nationwide study to look at brides’ attitudes about videography both before and after their weddings. The brides were asked to rank videography on a personal “Top 10” list of wedding priorities.

Prior to their weddings, barely 50% of the brides listed videography as a Top 10 item. However, after the weddings the emphasis changed dramatically. A whopping 79% of the brides placed videography among their Top 10 items for wedding planning.
I would bet that a follow-up survey, checking with brides a year or more after their weddings, would show the percentages climbing even higher. Here’s why: Your video (and your photographs), unlike the contributions of other vendors, are the “to have and to hold” parts of your wedding celebration. They endure — long after the bouquets have withered, the top of the cake has been taken out of the freezer and shared at an anniversary dinner, and you have forgotten whether the Mikasa platter was a gift from Aunt Sally or Cousin George.

Only the video brings back the voices, the laughter, and the music – capturing not just how everyone looked, but how they were. It preserves moments to be relived and to be shared with people who weren’t present (or weren’t even born).

As time goes by, brides realize that their video was an investment. When they were looking for a caterer or a florist, they were shopping for an occasion. When they were choosing a videographer, they were indeed arranging to buy something that would last as long as their wedding rings.

Top and Most Popular Songs Played in Weddings – First Dance/ Bride and Father/ Groom and Mother/ Garter and Bouquet/ Last Dance/ Ceremony

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

2009-chicago-toshots-526-reduced-sizeHans Ayala from TOshots.com :

My friend John suggested to post a blog on list of top 10 songs most played in weddings. John, here is the blog.

In case you are having difficulties selecting songs for your first dance, bride and father song, etc. Of course you can be original, go outside the norms and be a rebel. It is all up to you as to how you want your wedding day to be.

Remember the songs you choose will always be played every time you watch your wedding video. You want to make sure that they are memorable and have an attachment to your wedding day, but also to you as a couple. I would suggest to choose songs that you both enjoyed when you were dating or you felt a special moment. So that when your kids and grand kids watch them, you can tell a story as to why you chose those songs. It could be a song that you first danced, or a song that you were listening while in vacations that you both enjoyed and had a wonderful and unforgettable time. The list goes on. So keep it personal.

So here is a list of top and most popular songs played in weddings according to DiscJockeys.com

Ceremony music:

Prelude music: Played prior to the ceremony, while guests are arriving.

  • Moonlight Sonata (Beethoven)
  • Isn’t It Romantic (Glenn Miller)
  • Water Music (Handel)
  • Ave Maria (Schubert / Gounod)
  • The Four Seasons (Vivaldi)
  • Greensleeves (Traditional)
  • Rhapsody In Blue (Gershwin)
  • God Only Knows (The Beach Boys)
  • As Time Goes By (A Kiss Is Just A Kiss) (Tony Bennett)
  • Arioso (Bach)
  • Ode To Joy (Beethoven)
  • Brandenburg Concerto #2 (Bach)
  • Gloria (Vivaldi)
  • Unchained Melody (Righteous Brothers)

Processional & Bridal music: Played during the time the family, wedding party, and the bride walk down the aisle.

  • Bridal Chorus (Here Comes The Bride) from “Lohengrin” (Wagner)
  • Trumpet Voluntary in D (The Prince of Denmark’s March) (Clarke or Purcell)
  • Canon in D (Pachelbel)
  • The Four Seasons (Handel)
  • Water Music (Handel)
  • What A Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)
  • Unforgettable (Nat King Cole)
  • I Can’t Help Falling In Love (Elvis Presley)
  • When A Man Loves A Woman (Percy Sledge)
  • In My Life (The Beatles)
  • March From Lohengrin (Wagner)

Interlude music (optional): The songs played during the ceremony.

  • Ave Maria (Schubert)
  • Amazing Grace (Traditional)
  • La Traviata (Verdi)
  • Sheep May Safely Graze (Bach)
  • And I Love Her (The Beatles)
  • Primavera: First Movement, Allegro (Vivaldi)
  • Love Me Tender (Elvis Presley)
  • Für Elise (Beethoven)
  • We’ve Only Just Begun (The Carpenters)
  • Have I Told You Lately (Van Morrison)

Recessional music: Music played as the new husband and wife walk up the aisle together.

  • Wedding March (from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”) (Mendelssohn)
  • Ode To Joy (from The Ninth Symphony) (Beethoven)
  • Hallelujah Chorus (from “The Messiah”) (Handel)
  • Trumpet Tune (Purcell)
  • Magnificat In D (Bach)
  • The Long And Winding Road (The Beatles)
  • I Got You (I Feel Good) (James Brown)
  • How Sweet It Is (James Taylor)
  • Then He Kissed Me (The Crystals)
  • I Got You Babe (Sonny and Cher)

Reception music:

First Dance music: First dance as husband and wife.

  • Unforgettable (Nat King Cole)
  • Can’t Help Falling In Love (Elvis Presley)
  • Can I Have This Dance? (Ann Murray)
  • The Way You Look Tonight (Frank Sinatra)
  • It Had To Be You (Harry Connick, Jr.)
  • What A Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)
  • Endless Love (Diana Ross and Lionel Richie)
  • I Cross My Heart (George Strait)
  • I Swear (John M. Montgomery or All 4 One)
  • A Whole New World (Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle)
  • As Time Goes By (A Kiss Is Just A Kiss) (Michael Feinstein)
  • When You Say Nothing At All (Allison Krauss)
  • Faithfully (Journey)
  • No Ordinary Love (Sade)
  • Here And Now (Luther Vandross)
  • I Can Love you Like That (John M. Montgomery)
  • Power Of Love (Celine Dion)
  • Tonight I Celebrate My Love (Roberta Flack & Peabo Bryson)
  • Everything I Do {I Do For You} (Bryan Adams)
  • When A Man Loves A Woman (Percy Sledge or Michael Bolton)
  • All My Life (Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville)
  • I’ll Be There (Mariah Carey)
  • On Bended Knee (Boyz II Men)
  • At Last (Etta James)
  • Don’t Know Much (Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville)
  • From This Moment On (Shania Twain)
  • Our Love Is Here To Stay (Harry Connick, Jr.)
  • Unchained Melody (The Righteous Brothers)

*These are the most requested songs, but there are many others.

Father/Daughter music: The dance between the new bride and her father.

  • My Girl (The Temptations)
  • Thank Heaven For Little Girls (Gigi)
  • Just The Way You Are (Billy Joel)
  • Unforgettable (Nat King Cole / Natalie Cole)
  • The Wind Beneath My Wings (Bette Midler)
  • My Dad (Paul Petersen)
  • Hero (Mariah Carey)
  • Butterfly Kisses (Bob Carlisle)
  • Times of Your Life (Paul Anka)
  • A Song For My Daughter (Steve Moser, Mikki Viereck, Ray Allaire)
  • Can You Feel The Love Tonight (Elton John)
  • The Way You Look Tonight (Frank Sinatra)
  • Have I Told You Lately (Rod Stewart)
  • Because You Loved Me (Celine Dion)
  • My Heart Will Go On (Celine Dion)
  • Have I Told You Lately (Van Morrison)
  • What A Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)
  • Through The Years (Kenny Rogers)
  • Daddy’s Hand (Holly Dunn)
  • Daddy’s little Girl (Kippi Brannon)
  • Daddy’s Girl (Peter Cetera)
  • Sunrise, Sunset (Fiddler On The Roof – Sndtrk)
  • Lullabye (Billy Joel)
  • A Whole New World (Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle)
  • How Do You Fall In Love (Alabama)
  • Isn’t She Lovely (Stevie Wonder)
  • Landslide (Fleetwood Mac)
  • Thank Heaven For Little Girls (Gigi)
  • Father’s Eyes (Amy Grant)
  • Friends (Elton John)
  • In Your Eyes (Peter Gabriel)

Mother/Son music: The dance between the husband and his mother.

  • Don’t Know Much (Linda Rondstadt and Aaron Neville)
  • Butterfly Kisses (Bob Carlisle)
  • I.O.U (Jimmy Dean)
  • Moon River (Andy Williams)
  • Moon Dance (Van Morrison)
  • ‘Til The End Of Time (Perry Como)
  • Through The Years (Kenny Rogers)
  • Have I Told You Lately (Rod Stewart)
  • Because You Loved Me (Celine Dion)
  • Just The Way You Are (Billy Joel)
  • Unforgettable (Nat King Cole / Natalie Cole)
  • What A Wonderful World (Louis Armstong)
  • In This Life (Bette Midler)
  • You’re The Inspiration (Chicago)
  • Wind Beneath My Wings (Bette Midler)
  • Friends (Elton John)
  • Wishing Tree (Sonia Dada)
  • Blessed (Elton John)
  • Hero (Mariah Carey)
  • In Your Eyes (Peter Gabriel)
  • A Song For My Son (Steve Moser, Mikki Viereck, Ray Allaire)
  • Sunrise, Sunset (Fiddler On The Roof – Sndtrk)
  • In My Life (The Beatles)
  • Ever I Saw Your face (Roberta Flasck)
  • Greatest Love Of All (Whitney Houston)
  • I Wish You Love (Natalie Cole)
  • Thanks Again (Ricky Skaggs)
  • Stand By Me (Ben E. King)

Bridal Party Dances music: The dance including the Bride & Groom, Bridesmaids & Groomsmen, and family members.

  • That’s What Friends Are For (Dionne & Friends: Elton John, Gladys Knight & Stevie Wonder)
  • Can You Feel The Love Tonight (Elton John)
  • Friends In Low Places (Garth Brooks)
  • We Are Family (Sister Sledge)
  • Friends (Elton John)
  • Heroes and Friends (Randy Travis)
  • In Your Eyes (Peter Gabriel)
  • Celebration (Kool & The Gang)

Cutting The Cake music: Played while the Bride & Groom cut the cake.

  • Cut the Cake (Average White Band)
  • I Wanna Grow Old With You (Adam Sandler)
  • How Sweet It Is (James Taylor)
  • Sugar, Sugar (The Archies)
  • Hit me With Your Best Shot (Pat Benatar)
  • When I’m 64 (The Beatles)
  • Recipe For Love (Harry Connick Jr.)
  • That’s Amore’ (Dean Martin)
  • Happy Together (The Turtles)
  • Pour Some Sugar On Me (Def Leppard)
  • I Got You Babe (Sunny & Cher)
  • Love & Marriage (Frank Sinatra)
  • Oh Yeah! (Yello)
  • Axel F (Harold Faltermeyer)
  • Peter Gunn Theme

Money/Dollar (Honeymoon) Dance music (Optional) Played during the time the Bride & Groom dance with guests while the Best man and Maid of Honor collect the money for their honeymoon.

  • See music list above: “Bridal Party Music”

Garter And Bouquet Toss music: Played during the bouquet toss and garter toss.

  • The Stripper (David Rose)
  • Legs (ZZ Top)
  • You Sexy Thing (Hot Chocolate)
  • Oh Yeah! (Yello)
  • Macho Man (Village People)
  • Theme From Mission Impossible (Danny Elfman)
  • Wild Thing (The Troggs or Tone Loc)
  • Let’s Get It On (Marvin Gaye)
  • Bad Boys (Inner Circle)
  • Another One Bites The Dust (Queen)
  • Curly Shuffle (Jump n’ The Saddle)
  • Kiss (Prince)
  • Do Ya Think I’m Sexy (Rod Stewart)
  • Gimme All Your Lovin’ (ZZ Top)
  • Pretty Woman (Roy Orbison)
  • Freak Me (Silk)
  • Hungry Eyes (Eric Carmen)
  • Heaven (Bryan Adams)
  • U Can’t Touch This (MC Hammer)
  • Shameless (Garth Brooks)
  • *Girls Night Out (The Judds)
  • *Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Cyndi Lauper)
  • *Whipped Cream {Dating Game Theme} (Herb Alpert)
  • *Miss America Theme (Various)

*Songs for Bouquet Toss Only.

Last Dance music: The last song of the night for the Bride & Groom and their remaining guests.

  • Last Dance (Donna Summer)
  • New York, New York (Frank Sinatra)
  • Good Riddance {Time Of Your Life} (Green Day)
  • From This Moment On (Shania Twain & Bryan White)
  • Save The Best For Last (Vanessa Williams)
  • Wonderful Tonight (David Kersh)
  • Could I Have This Dance (Anne Murray)
  • You’re Still The One (Shania Twain)
  • Closing Time (Semisonic)
  • Unforgettable (Nat King Cole / Natalie Cole)
  • I’ve Had The Time Of My Life (Bill Medly & Jennifer Warnes)
  • How Your Love Makes Me Feel (Diamond Rio)
  • Goodnight, Sweetheart (David Kersh)
  • The Party’s Over (Nat King Cole)
  • Goodnight Sweetheart (Spaniels)
  • What a Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)
  • The Dance (Garth Brooks)
  • Truly, Madly, Deeply (Savage Garden)
  • Always And Forever (Heatwave)

Toronto Wedding Video Tips – Park Permits

Monday, June 8th, 2009

dsc06125Hans Ayala from TOshots.com :

I’ve been asked, where are Toronto and GTA (Greater Toronto Area) nice parks and places for a ‘love walk’ and ‘park’ wedding video. I found this information on the Internet (redflagdeals.com) that’s very comprehensive and useful, see below:

  • Guildwood Park Versace style architecture, pillars, molded arches, stairs, amphitheater, fountain, lakeshore, flowers. Highly recommended. 416 392 8188
  • Alexander Muir Park Architecture, iron gates, trees, stairs, flowers. Recommended. 416 392 8188
  • Newmarket Tannery Indoor. Fountain, granite, roman architecture, balconies, pillars, iron gates, bright. Only for last minute booking in case of rain. 905 895 6833
  • University of Toronto Architecture, antique, castles, iron gates, trees, stairs. Highly recommended. 416 978 2187
  • Knox College Part of the UofT. Has indoor and outdoor areas for shooting. Architecture, antique, castles, iron gates, trees, stairs. Highly recommended. 416 978 0168
  • The Distillery District s One of the coolest places in town. Architecture, art, brick, iron and wooden gates, cafes. Highly recommended. Pay at the gate, Front and Mill
  • James Gardens Traditional park, lots of trees, flowers, bridges, some water. Busy. 416 392 8188
  • Garloch Gardens Park, trees, flowers, bridge, lakeshore, pond, gazebo, rose garden, benches, stairs, rocks, hills. FREE, Oakville Lakeshore
  • Centennial Garden Indoor greenhouse and small outdoor park, trees, flowers, rocks. 416 392 8188
  • Casa Loma Indoor and outdoor architecture, balconies, rod iron gates, gardens, stairs. Highly recommended. 416 923 1172
  • Edwards Gardens Same as James Gardens, but larger and has a fountains and a staircase. Very busy. 416 392 8188
  • Kensington Market s Really edgy and fun. Graffiti and locals. FREE
  • Adamson Estate Lakeshore, trees, flowers, stairs, amphitheater, barn, bridge, benches. Not as busy as other parks. Recommended. 905 896 5384
  • Osgoode Hall Architecture, stairs, fence, flowers, trees. Nice in combination with urban wedding shots on University, Queen, and Nathan Philips Square. FREE, Queen and University
  • Mel Lastman Square Gazebo, stairs, stage, flowers, fountain, balconies, alleys, trees, flowers. Urban shots for couples who do not want to go downtown. FREE, Yonge North of Sheppard
  • Harbourfront s Lakeshore, bridges, stairs, balconies, boats, outdoor cafes, trees, pool, brick walls. Recommended. Free, Lakeshore and York
  • Chinguacousy Park Indoor greenhouse, small outdoor park, fountain, trees, flowers, benches, bridge. 905 458 6555
  • Sunny Side Pavilion Roman architecture, stucco, rod iron, gates, fountain, beach, park. 416 392 8188
  • Richmond Green Waterfall, trees, train station, alleys. Not too much shade in the middle of the day but one of the few options North of Toronto. 905 737 1236
  • Allan Gardens Indoor, plants, benches. 416 392 7288
  • Downtown Kleinburg s Doctor’s House, shops, cafes, train station, flowers. FREE
  • Downtown Unionville Old quaint houses, gazebo, shops, cafes, train station, flowers. FREE
  • McMichael Gallery Trees, rocks, barn, rustic feeling. 905 893 1121
  • Yorkville Benches, shop windows, sculptures, restaurants, fancy people. FREE