Candlelight Candle Bright! ~ Charlotte's Favourite Things...

I absolutely LOVE how a candle can make the ambiance of a room change within seconds without spending tonnes of money on elaborate decorations.

 

Try adding small subtle candles to your wedding venue and see how quickly the romance lights up (literally).

 

Try adding candles to your walk way to add a whimsical look to your entrance. It adds such a glow that will make your guests feel warm and fuzzy inside!

Putting a touch of tea light candles in the midst of your centre pieces can really liven up the space and not break the bank. Just one more thing to help with your perfect day!


Keep Up The Happy Planning!
Charlotte 
XO

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

Wedding Tradition or Superstition?

Ever wonder why it's bad luck to see the bride before the Big Day?  Here are a few answers to those wedding traditions and superstitions!

Let's start with the basics... have you ever wondered why your ring finger was always known as just that?  According to history, the Ancient Greeks were convinced that the ring finger was connected to your heart through a specific nerve.  This means that your heart will always be with this ring that your beloved has given to you. Pretty cool right?

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What about seeing the bride before the special day? Believe it or not, this tradition was not always as romantic as it may seem today!  Back when arranged marriages were the only way of getting married to one another, the bride were to be kept almost a secret to ensure that the groom did not back out of the deal. If he were find out her identity or not find her attractive, the marriage could be tarnished and the 'business transaction', as it were to be known back then, would be off. 

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For those of you who dream about getting carried through your front door by your "knight in shining armour", this tradition actually started a long time ago within the Western European community.  The original idea was to carry the bride into their new home to ward off any evil spirits.  They also believed that the groom should carry the bride over the threshold to prevent the bride from tripping over the door into the new house, bringing bad luck into the home and marriage!  Interesting... I think I like the idea of being picked up after a long day of wearing heels, right ladies?

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Now as for other traditions, like taking the garter from the bride, this originally came from Medieval Times when there were to be a witness of the marriage. The witness would take the garter from the consummation of the wedding and show this as evidence that it actually happened. Nowadays, the groom is intended to take this from the bride but it seems that the tradition is still very much entertaining!  For some inspiration in this department try visiting Bridal Garters!

Ever heard that rain is seen as good luck for your wedding day?  This tradition sparked from the Hindu Religion as being good luck and a sign of a strong marriage. The reason for this came from the idea of trying to untie a wet knot and seeing that it was harder than untying a dry one. Seeing as how we use the term 'tying the knot' quite often, this tradition seems to be quite accurate.

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Above all of these traditions that have been used for generations and generations, it is always nice to have those of your own! Traditions don't always have to 'foresee' your marital future but can bring loving families together! Besides, that's what wedding days are for!

 

Until Next Time...

 

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

~Trendy Mondays ~ Virtual Wedding Guests!

Kitchener Wedding Planner PlanningSocial media has taken sharing to another level with people constantly updating their statuses, tweeting and uploading pictures.

Technology is definitely the future; playing a huge role in helping couples share their special day with loved ones around the world. This year is set to see an increase in ‘Live-stream weddings’ as the service becomes more popular.

 

No one has to miss out anymore.  Whether someone is ill or unable to fly in, it’s no longer an excuse for them not to join in.  Miles apart yet connected with front row access from the comfort of your own home and no expenses! (As long as you have Internet that is!)

Broadcasting your event couldn’t be easier with platforms such as Skype, Google Hangouts or Facetime

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Alternatively, you can use professional services such as Live-streaming Weddings, Marry me Live and I Do Stream who offer packages for guests to log on and watch, and even replay at a later date.

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Prices will vary from company to company and the package you choose.  It is also dependent on whether you have your own equipment and how much tech support you require.

Most couples are not even aware of this option and it definitely opens doors for who you can include on your guestlist!  

Happy Planning Ladies + Gents!

 

Article written by Keenda Sisouphanh ~ Intern at Style & Elegance Wedding and Event Coordination

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