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Wednesday
Jul092014

Getting Married Under the Stars: Outdoor Weddings!

Always wanted your dream to come true outdoors?  Love under the stars?  Magic under the bright beautiful skies? Us too! Just make sure you follow these guidelines to ensure that that dream really can become a reality. 

First things first...Have a back-up plan! There is nothing worse than checking the weather forecast the week before and then finding out on your special day it decides to rain! Try having a few tents set-up somewhere nearby to make sure that in case the skies decide to open up that day, you and your guests will be saved! Trust me, they'll all thank you!

 

  

Another way to be cautious is to just plan for the worst! It is very common for a bride and groom to choose their special date 8 months to a year in advance. Unfortunately, there are no websites that can see the future so we have to just hope that day works out in your favour. But what we can do closer to the date, is be knowledgeable about all possible outcomes so no matter what, your day will still turn out accordingly to plan. Remember, expect the best, prepare for the worst.

 

Check the weather forecast as frequently as you can! Don't just try one website but try a few to make sure you are getting consistent information instead of just one weather guy flipping a coin! Even though things can change drastically, having an idea of the weather on your wedding day can help you with preparing for the outcome.  

For your guests, you want to make sure that they are having just as much fun as you are, so make sure they are well taken care of! Plan to have restrooms, enough seating areas or tables and anything else that will help make their time more enjoyable. For example, if your outdoor wedding is going to be in the middle of Summer, make sure you provide hand-fans for your guests to make sure they can cool themselves down if they get too overheated. 

   

Another way to make sure your guests are enjoying themselves is by ensuring that it your venue is easy to access. It is very common for women to wear heels to these kinds of events so you want to make sure that there is even ground for them to walk on so that no one is breaking any shoes! Try creating small stepping stones to help avoid this! Also, for some of your elderly family and friends, make sure that there are no major hills to climb up so that everyone can safely get to your wedding! 

   

If your outdoor wedding is seeping into the nighttime, make sure that there is sufficient lighting for you and your guests to maneuver around your venue so that no one is tripping over themselves to get to the washrooms or to their seats. This is much more likely to happen if there is alcohol involved so make sure the area is well-lit.

   

  

Once all of this has been planned and avoided, lastly you want to remember to just have fun! Now that you're prepared for the worst, nothing can get in your way from living out your dream wedding with your loving family and friends.

 

Until Next Time...

Article written by Charlotte Rodgers ~ Intern at Style & Elegance Wedding and Event Coordination

Monday
Jun302014

Wedded Bliss on Canada Day!

Turns out our beloved National Hoilday is also an amazing day to celebrate your wedding!

There are so many holidays in the calendar year that people decide to have their celebration on, such as New Year's Eve or Halloween, but why not the day where we celebrate spreading the love to all other Canadians out there!

This day is filled with smiles and warm welcomes as we celebrate one more year being a beautiful country, so why not spread some MORE love with your friends and family.  Having a wedding on one of these joyous holidays always brings the ones you love even closer as you celebrate the lives you've created together and the wonderful memories to come :)

From the expert brides who have had their special day on Canada Day, here are a few ideas that they have used to combine two beautiful occassions!

Adding a POP of red into your decor always looks so rich and vibrant next to your gorgeous gown but also ties in the theme perfectly.

Another idea you can use is the simple touch of adding "Canada Day" decorations here and there so that they're still tying in the theme but isn't overwhleming or giving that "cheesy" feel.  This bride has added them to ther mini sliders for an appetizer!  The perfect touch!  Sooo cute!

 

Adding a vintage "Canada Day" into your save-the-dates can also help set the tone for the wedding.  This way your guests can look forward to this long weekend even more when they receive their invitations!

Even incorporating a red accent onto your dress looks absolutely stunning so you not only look amazing on your special day but you also have that unique touch to your wedding look!  For those of you that are bold enough.... why not a red dress!  Food for thought!

   

 

Here are some more visuals to get your in the mood!  It doesn't have to be the traditional red that accents your day it can be the other elements of Canada that will make your day yours :)  

And finally... what's Canada Day Wedding without fireworks?

Have a FABULOUS Canada Day everyone!

Be Safe!!!

 

 

Until Next time!

Article written by Charlotte Rodgers ~ Intern at Style & Elegance Wedding and Event Coordination

 

Wednesday
Jun182014

Wedding Hairstyles.... Do's & Don't's

Getting down to the smaller details of your wedding can be exciting, but even these smaller details need some thought to make sure your special day is as wonderful as you've always dreamed.

Admit it ladies... we have all had that dreaded "bad hair day".  Don't deny it!  You know it's true!  Don't let that be the case when it comes to your big day.  No need to worry, there are steps you can take to make sure you are 'picture perfect' for your wedding.

First and foremost... make sure you have a trial.


We can't stress how important it is to have a hair trial.  You get to see a 'glimpse' of what the end result will look like.  Who knows ... what you thought would look great when you walked in may end up not being what you choose.  Be open to suggestions.  Try a couple different looks and make sure you take pictures!  Have a friend or one of the ladies from your bridal party go with you to your hair trial.  They can snap photos of your different looks from all different angles so that you make sure every side is your best side:)  Also your "paparazzi's" snapshots willl help you remember what your hair looked like after you've left your appointment!


Remember to keep in mind the theme and style of your wedding and reception.  Bring a photo of your dress and ask the stylist to suggest something that would fall in line with that.  Be sure to bring any accessories you had planned to use and have them incorporated into the trial (ie: headband, brooches, veil etc...).  That way you get the 'full picture'!  It's a good idea to have your hair trial about 4-6 weeks before the big day.. that way there's still time to make adjustments and make a final decision.  


What's in this season is very loose curls and loose up-do's! Having that very relaxed look to your hair is a style that you see all over the celebrity circuit.... so why not on your wedding day! This hairstyle keeps not only your look flawless but makes it look effortless as well! 

 

Another beautiful up-do to try with your hairdresser is the side swept style! This style can either be done with all of your hair done up or with some hanging down oh-so elegantly!

  

If you find you have shorter hair and aren't able to put it all up try having your loose curls fall gracefully down the back! These loveable curls make anyone look amazing and give that finished look to any gown!

Some "don'ts" to keep in mind when choosing your wedding day hair include...

Don't assume your regular hairstylist is the best person to tackle your wedding day hair.  They may not be experienced in the area of wedding up-do's and such.  You may want to get referrals from "just married" friends or look online for those pros that can help you achieve your vision.

Don't forget about the neckline!  It is important to take into consideration your wedding gown/outfit when deciding your hairstyle.  You don't want to 'hide' that beautiful beaded work on the top part of your dress by draping long curls over it!  Consider having a half up half down look in that case... If your dress is strapless this would be an option as well to avoid feeling and looking too bare.  Some cultural wedding outfits are very ornate.... all over!  In that case, along with the accessories that usually accompany these beautiful gowns, you can get away with some work being 'covered'.

 

Don't assume you're speaking the same 'language'.  It's important to remember that what means something to you may not be interpreted that way to someone else.  "Sophistication" may mean separate things to you and your hairstylist.  We recommend that you bring 'images' to illustrate your vision.  Something tangible that the stylist can draw inspiration from and know exactly what you're looking for.

For those of you with shorter locks, have no fear!  Here are some gorgeous styles that will inspire you!  Accessories, whether it be stunning earrings, a blinged out headband or a delicate flower, play a key role in giving your look that extra 'umph' it may need!

 


 

 

Until Next Time..

Monday
Jun022014

Be Our Guest! ~ 

Want to remember all of the precious moments and beautiful people that made your wedding day so special?  A great way to start is by creating a guest book for everyone to contribute to!  

Especially with larger groups of people attending, you want to be sure you have all of those little details documented that your guests will treasure just as much as you do.


If you are not much of a DIY bride then going with a simple guest book for your loved ones to write in is a simple and touching way for everyone to feel involved in your special day.  With these simple ideas you can always add something a little unique to yours by adding your names, initials, or wedding date on the front of the book so it gives the idea a little pizazz!

 

On the flip side, for all of those crafty and artsy brides out there, feel free to explore different ways for your guests to write down their magical moments.

A few ways to be more creative with this is by creating a Polaroid Booth!  This idea is intended for display throughout the night so that as you see your friends and family arrive, you can see the board build! Your guests can take a quick picture of themselves at your wedding and write their loving words on the back, creating a loving montage of their stay.

 

"Family & Friend Trees" are another wonderful idea is to minimize the amount of paper used but also creates a beautiful collage of everyone's name who attended. This is a simple idea and can be fun to create! Grab a friend one weekend and invite them over to help cut out the leaves with you as you both create the tree of love together!

 

Out of these few ideas just be sure to incorporate you and your loved one on the front or throughout. This is a way that you can not only remember your guests' stay but also how unique and special your wedding day really was!   Please don't forget...


 

Until Next Time...

 

Article written by Charlotte Rodgers ~ Intern at Style & Elegance Wedding and Event Coordination

Friday
May302014

The First Look!

Need some ideas for your 'First Look' photos? Here are some amazing ideas for you and your special someone!

Sneaking up on your beloved may seem a little juvenile but in the moment it is such a fun and playful way to get the perfect shot! 

 


Another classic way to get that 'magical moment' is by having your loved one face another direction and at the last second turn around!  Capturing their first reaction to how beautiful you look is just priceless! The surprise is always a treat to capture and even better to add to the photo album.

 {Pulling out a tissue now... We just love this next one..... }


A great way to tease your betrothed is by blind-folding them first and then coming face-to-face before you have the big reveal... this is such a cute way to build the suspense and have such a memorable first glance.

 

Remember, you don't always have to have your first look with your soon-to-be... this first look can be with other family members of yours or even your wedding party!  All of these are amazing ways to capture the most memorable moments of your special day.

 

Why not make it special for your brother too!


Until Next Time...

 

Article written by Charlotte Rodgers ~ Intern at Style & Elegance Wedding and Event Coordination