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If I could eat, live and breathe weddings 24/7 I would.  Who am I kidding... I already do!!  My passion and drive for beautifully planned events comes from the smiles on my clients' faces when they see their vision come together.  It comes from the groom seeing his beautiful bride walking towards him.  It comes from the bride's father getting the first of his daughter looking all grown up in her white wedding dress.  It comes from catching a glimpse of the couple sneaking an intimate moment at the head table ... the groom gently kissing his bride's shoulder.. oh the butterflies I get!  

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Wednesday
Nov222017

Affordable Honeymoon Destinations!

A honeymoon is the first adventure a new married couple experiences together. It is important that it is unique to the interest of both parties. After spending on your wedding, you may be feeling like you don’t have a lot of options for destinations for your honeymoon. Below are three ideas of locations that you can go that won't hurt your wallet but ensure enjoyment for you and new spouse!

Whether you're looking for tropical weather, incomparable scenery, or colonial style architecture you have options. Here are some of the destinations you might want to consider:

Mexico

If you're set on a tropical destination Mexico might be the right pick for you. With breath-taking beaches and just the right amount of culture, it is always a good time in Mexico. The night life is something that attracts many of the tourists, along with the landscapes and incredible weather. All-inclusive trips help cut some of your main costs like food or beverage and entertainment. Who can really resist the sand, the sun, and the waves?

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Ireland

Formally one of the most expensive places to travel in the West of Europe, Ireland is priced much more ideal now. The more condensed part of Ireland still remains around the same prices but across the west coast they have become more economical. People go for the scenery; the rolling hills, and endless green. Little villages are scattered across the west coast displaying how quaint Ireland truly is. These villages are full of kind locals who are known around the world for their caring manner. It makes for a perfect romantic getaway, the one we've been dreaming of since we watched "P.S. I Love You". (by the way.. we LOVE that movie!!!) 

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Montreal

If you're looking to really keep the budget down. Plan your honeymoon locally. Montreal is Canada's own little piece of Europe; bursting with culture, wonderful food, and a great music scene. There is plenty of gorgeous architecture to experience while you explore the streets and shops. If you're looking for some fun, Montreal attracts people of all ages for the night life. All in all, Montreal is our own little taste of culture shock here in Canada and makes for an inexpensive but incredible choice.

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Keep in mind, many countries that are expensive have less expensive options. If you want to travel somewhere popular, look for surrounding cities that are easily accessible to help with lowering the cost of hotels, B&Bs and other sleeping arrangements. 

Bottom line - do your research and give yourself the time to do so.  Planning ahead is key.

The more time you have to save and plan the closer to your ideal getaway you will be!

Be sure to pin these fab locales to your vison board! Get those ideas flowing:)

~Happy Planning Lovelies!~

xoxo

Saturday
Mar142015

Afzia's Favorite Things! - Pi .. I mean Pie!

See what I did there?  Just a little humour for this Saturday morning:)

In honour of 3.14.15 or "National Pi Day" ... I thought I would share one of my favourite things...Pie!

For a little background on Pi...

"Pi Day is an annual celebration commemorating the mathematical constant π (pi). It is observed on March 14 since 3, 1, and 4 are the first three digits of π"

This year adds to the quirky nature of honouring the day.. 3.1415 are the first five digits... therefore 1 and 5 fall perfectly this year as it is 2015!  Cool huh!

Back to the good stuff ... Doing what I do as a wedding planner, I'm asked to come up with creative ideas to enhance an event.  One of the cool things I've come across (which is also so yummy and delicious) is a Pie bar!

Different images are probably running through your mind... let me show you the possibilities!

From slices to minis, pops to jars, gourmet to traditional, the inspiration is endless.  Include this delicious idea as part of your wedding celebrations and it is SURE to be a hit!

Everybody needs a little sweetness in their life right!

Enjoy!


 


 

Wednesday
Feb252015

Charlotte's Favourite Things! ~ Music !

Ever get goosebumps watching romantic movies where the happy couple dances the night away to some sappy love song? Me too! We would all love our lives to play out to an amazing playlist but sometimes that doesn't always happen. Well at least for your wedding day, it can be!

 

Since music is like a second language to me, I wanted to share some of my favourite love songs for you and your beloved to dance to on your special day!

If you're more of a modern bride and like to create some of your own traditions, then here is a quick list of some of the most romantic love songs of this generation.  

 

"All Of Me" by John Legend could be the most popular love song of this past year and is a perfect example of his love for his one and only. This song is a pretty straight forward love letter to his wife explaining how love is an 'all or nothing' game. Through the good and the bad, J.L. has made it very clear that you should be in it for the long haul. We all have flaws and we all stumble every once in a while, the key is to find someone who will share those flaws and look at them as perfections instead.  

 

Ms. Christina Perri wrote one of the most beautiful piano ballads of this past year, that makes me cry every time. "A Thousand Years" describes how scary it can be to fall in love, but if you're with the right person it can be the easiest thing you will ever do. Walking down the aisle to this song would be a dream!


"God Gave Me You" by Blake Shelton is also a tear jerk-er as it was made for Mr. Shelton's beautiful fiance at the time, Miranda Lambert. She is actually in the beginning of the music video telling Blake how excited she is to get married to him in just a few hours... talk about adorable! This song is for the country-lovers out there who are eager to walk down the aisle to their best friend, confidante and true love with its beautifully romantic lyrics.  

If you're more of a traditional bride and have always had a connection with the classics here are a few suggestions to incorporate the older romantics into your wedding day!  A timeless song that is the epitome of finding love is Etta James' "At Last". Mrs. James really knew how to capture the feeling of falling in love in this classic love song and really makes you feel like you're right there with her. Every time you listen to this song it's hard not to picture your loved one and imagine the bright future ahead of you both.  


Can't help falling in love? Neither could Elvis! This soulful and delicate love song takes us all back to the first time we looked into your spouse's beautiful eyes and makes us feel all gooey inside. Why not feel that on your wedding day with this classic serenade by Mr. Presley himself.  

Another traditional but never over-played song that brings us all back a few years is "L-O-V-E" by the famous Nat King Cole. This song perfectly describes how love puts a little 'pep-in-our-step'. It's hard not to tap your foot to this heart-filled ensemble as everyone around starts to feel the love too.  

Whatever your choice of wedding song to dance to, make sure its describes how remarkable your person is to you. Sometimes we aren't so good with words so these songs can help you along with sharing your true commitment and love to your special someone.  

Keep Up The Happy Planning!

Charlotte

XO

 

 

Monday
Feb092015

Where Do We Get Married?

 

Do you picture yourself as a non-traditional bride?
Don't have too many affiliations with a close church or place of worship?

It seems to be more and more popular these days for young couples to be more creative with what space they choose for their magical day. Whether it be for the ceremony or the reception, more and more brides and grooms seem to be looking away from traditional banquet halls and venues.



Here are a few suggestions for you and your loved one to consider...

Outdoor weddings are beautiful and always romantic for a very non-traditional take on your ideal wedding venue, however there are many factors that come into play when deciding inside or outside.
What time of year is it going to be?
What is the average weather forecast for your city/town around that time?
Is it easy to switch from outside to inside if there is a freak storm that randomly comes your way?
All of these are things to consider when you and your beloved are discussing where to say your "I do's".
 

Another beautiful idea that modern brides are doing is having their ceremonies and receptions within botanical gardens or conservatories! How amazing would it be if you were walking down the aisle with butterflies floating all around the room?! So romantic! 



Not too into butterflies, but love animals? Another amazing idea is to hold your wedding at a local zoo!

Your guests will rave about the beautiful scenery and the exotic take on your special day and will never be able to forget how exciting the whole experience was!

If either of these nature-esque settings sound appealing to you, make sure to consider your guests as well before saying "Yes!" to the venue.

As well as beautiful venues to rent out like the ones we have previously listed above, it seems to be a trending idea to have your amazing day at a familiar family barn.
Asking your Aunt and Uncle for the barn for reception would probably make them happier than you could ever imagine and keep the beautiful memories of your wedding forever on that land. Sounds so touching!

Whatever you decide to do with your wedding space make sure it represents you both as a couple.
Your guests want to be surrounded by your kind of love and not a "cookie-cutter" version.

So make sure you're sticking true to what fits both your personalities and sit back to enjoy the most magical night of your life unveil!

Until Next Time, 

Charlotte 
xo

 

 

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