Style Holiday Gift Guide! - For the Woman in your life!

Hello again everyone!

We are back with some more gift giving ideas and this time we are focusing on that special woman in all your lives.  We all have one.....or a few!  Whether it be a sister, mother, daughter, aunt, niece ... the list goes on.  You're sure to find something that fits the bill in today's gift guide!

Check out the below fabulous holiday goodness that is sure to make her smile!

I've included the links below so that you don't have to wait a moment more to start your shopping!

(I think I might do a little "clicking" myself... I love these ideas!) 

 

Get the goodness!

Dream Spiral Notebook:  Perfect for capturing your creative ideas, random thoughts, and daily to-dos, this desk-sized, dreamy spiral bound notebook offers page after page of writing room.  I would get this to just look at it as visual inspriation!!!

Sephora - Chloe Love Story RollerballOh how we love this fragrance!  We got a small sample bottle as a reward in the store and we are in love!  With hints of Jasmine and Neroli, this could be the perfect romantic gift!!

Caramel Shortbread Collectible JarWho doesn't love shortbread???? Sweet buttery goodness.... perfect with that cup of tea!  How about a tea ... that is just that!?!!?  This classic holiday treat in the form of loose leaf tea comes ready to go in a ceramic jar - how cool is that??!!!

Anne Klein Wristlet: This cute zippered wristlet would be the perfect accompaniment to your night out!  It will go with pretty much everything!

Coffee is always a good idea - Art Print 8"x10": Don't these words really speak the truth?!?!  This art print from Alison Gordon Studio® is created from an original drawing by illustrator Alison Petrie.  Made in Canada with LOVE :)

Teardrop Statement Necklace: This icy violet, one-size-fits-all stunner is the perfect accessory for that stylish woman! 

Bath & Body Works - Stress Relief - Eucalyptus and Spearmint Bath Soak: Relieve stress after a long day and soak in the healing properties of this therapeutic bath with purifying sea salt and a blend of essential oils. Now that sounds like a fabulous night in to me!

Simple Tea Set - Falling Confetti: Have the perfect tea moment with this whimsical tea set that will definitely put a smile on your face (even better... pair it with the loose leaf shortbread tea!!! ***insert happy dance here***) Beautifully boxed for easy gift giving, this will sure to be a hit!

 

Enjoy your shopping my lovelies!

 

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

Event Planning Tips from the Professional Planner!

It’s an understatement when I say I LOVE planning parties!  It is second nature to me.  My planner hat goes on and mom, daughter and wife disappear.  There are some that feel the task of putting an event together is so daunting and overwhelming that it seems next to impossible.  

Have no fear!  I can help you coordinate and execute a great event with a few tips and tricks.

WHERE DO I START???

1.  So many ideas...so little time!

A helpful place to begin is to get a feel for what the theme or vision of the event will be. Talk to the guest of honor or client and find out what vibe they are hoping to achieve.  It is important to bring a little bit of them into the details of the event.  That emphasizes the unique elements and makes it that much more memorable.

Inspiration also abounds on social media apps like Pinterest and Instagram!  I know I get lost on these apps and before I know it….it’s midnight!  Be sure to keep yourself focused during this “brainstorming” process.  It’s easy to get sidetracked with all the prettiness!  There is also Google and just everyday life that you can draw so much from.

 

 

 

2.  Break it down into manageable tasks

I strongly suggest you keep a checklist/to-do list that will help you keep things organized.  There are a number of helpful apps that will make your life so much easier!  One of our go-to platforms is Google Docs.  It has a two-fold advantage – the ability to share your ideas with other potential people involved in the planning of your event as well as keeping you organized!  If you’re looking for more of a comprehensive platform, you should check out EventBrite's event planning software.  From e-invitations, to managing your to-do list online, your planning just became a very clear and laid out process.  Other platforms that assist in the sharing of information include Facebook pages, WhatsApp and Dropbox.  I use all of these and I love them!  The instant nature of communication with these apps gets major points in my books! 

 

 

3.  Event Planning doesn't mean breaking the bank!

Once you have come up with a theme and corralled your ideas, it’s time to execute the vision!  Just like the title says, event planning doesn’t mean breaking the bank.  In my experience, you can achieve the look you want with a little legwork.  The DIY option is always a great way to go but you have to give yourself enough time to actually DIY!  It may look all pretty and perfect in the Pinterest post but you may need more time than you think to bring it to life J

Two of my favourite stores to help me with my DIY projects are definitely Michaels and Party City.

They both offer lots of coordinated looks and tonnes of inspiration!  I literally get lost in there!  (my husband refuses to go with me!)

When it comes down to it, you need to have a plan instead of diving in with blinders on. Things will go much smoother when you do!

Happy Planning!!!

 

Cake Me Goodnight! ~ Charlotte's Favourite things ...

If you're trying to steer clear of being too traditional in your wedding ways, and want something different and modern, try adding an alternative idea to the "cake" part of the night!  

After your delicious meal has been served and consumed by your hungry guests, everyone expects a cake to be served as dessert. Why not surprise your guests with something a little different?

 Here are a few ideas to keep your originality flowing!

Cupcakes are turning into more of the popular idea to choose for dessert options, and can give your guests more of an option for flavour. Giving your guests selection always makes everyone happier and keeps the traditional wedding feel at bay.  From mini to large size, the possibilities are endless! 

   

 
Cake pops are also another great idea to serve your guests to keep them interested and everything looking bright and fun!

 

 
Try cake trifles in glass jars for a beautiful modern take on your wedding cake. This elegant glass look helps keep the classy feel of a cake table with a contemporary twist!

 

Maybe try stepping out of the box even more with these awesome ideas!  

Why not go a little "French" with some Macarons or Merengues - "mais oui?"

 

Or how about a little gourmet on the menu?

  

Like I said.. the possibilities are endless!!!

Keep Up The Happy Planning,
Charlotte

XO

..& She Wore Flowers In Her Hair".... Flower Girl Dresses for your Day!

 

So you've gotten your wedding gown and ordered your bridesmaids dresses, but there's a certain little someone (or maybe two) that need to be dressed for the special day too!
 
  

Flower girl dresses are not only adorable but can be a little hard to find! Since most modern bridal parties aren't including flower girls and ring bearers anymore, it's getting harder and harder to find the perfect attire for your "mini-me's".

 

Make sure you're giving yourself LOTS of time to plan ahead for buying or ordering these super cute gowns and don't just assume that because they are so small that they take any less time to make/ buy. 
Also, keep in mind that if you are not looking for a traditional white flower girl dress, and going for a more modern champagne or coloured dress, then you need to give yourself even MORE time to look around as these are not as popular. 
Look how adorable these little ones are! They sure do steal the show!

 

In order to keep the calm and collective wedding planning going (sarcasm may be in effect here hehe), it is never too early to start looking for dresses for your loving family and friends.


Even though you are the main attraction of the night, doesn't mean that you want your wedding party to look any less fabulous!

Until Next Time,
Charlotte
XO

 

 

You're Invited!

Wondering how to design your wedding invitations to fit your style?

Look no further, we have some great suggestions here that won't break your bank!

Lace seems to be so popular now and has always had a very timeless feel to it, so why not incorporate it into your invites? Look at how elegant these look and don't cost a fortune! This is a simple DIY that you and your girlfriends can do on a rainy Sunday (IF you can ever find the time)...

 

Another great idea is to take your engagement photos and choose one or two of your favourites to make into your invitations so that everyone can feel, and quite literally see, the love!

 

Have a little extra time on your hands? Maybe have a smaller guest list? Then try doing this intricate and interactive invitation you can make at home! Look how adorable it is when you open it up! Nothing says tying-the-knot, than quite literally tying a knot!

 

All of these simple and personal ideas are easy to do or to suggest to a friend who is getting married.

 

All you need is a little time, a few great friends (don't forget to tell them how great they are) and maybe a little wine in the mix for them to help you make your wedding invitation dreams come true!

Until Next Time,

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

 

 

Afzia's Favorite Things!

With the extremely "winter" weather we have been having here...I thought it would be a nice thing to focus your thoughts on something a little more pretty.

One of my favourite things is just looking at beautiful flowers!  They have the ability to brighten someone's day and put a smile on their face ...in an instant 

Why not brighten someone's day today?

It doesn't take much.

 

Stay warm!

XO


 

 

Charlotte's Favourite Things!

Hello Ladies!

So excited to do my first blog of Charlotte's Favourite Things and to share with you some of my *guilty pleasures* when it comes to weddings and events! 

This week I'm going to be touching on something I feel most brides struggle with... finding the PERFECT dress for all your beautiful bridesmaids! Yes, you love each and every one of them dearly, but when it comes to planning a wedding, sometimes these lovely friends of yours can get a little picky with the dress you choose for them.

Now it's one thing to look online and see a breath-taking picture of a wedding party who look magnificent all in the same dress... however, did you ever notice that most of these women are all the same size and shape? I don't know about you ladies, but that isn't always the case! So finding the "perfect" dress for all your girls now has just become a little bit harder.

But don't panic! Here is MY favourite thing when it comes to bridesmaids dresses for the modern bride.

"Twist" or "wrap" dresses are the latest fashion for getting the most styles out of one simple purchase! Not only are these amazing twist dresses good for differentiating between bridesmaids without them looking too different but they also are made of a more flexible fabric to help accentuate the best parts of each bridesmaid you have selectively chosen.

 

With most brides now-a-days, they like the idea of each bridesmaids looking a little different from each other, however, these twist dresses not only do that but they also help each bridesmaid pick what style makes them feel the best in their own skin!

Some girls who are full-figured have a difficult time wearing strapless or shoulder-revealing dresses because they feel like they're always having to pull up "the girls" all night. And vice versa with girls who are on the smaller-chested side, they feel too congested on the top if there are heavy straps or cap-sleeves holding the bust area up. 


As you can see ladies, this is a simple solution with these twist dresses as they come in so many different styles that you personalize to each bridesmaid! So you can have one bridesmaid with a two shoulder strap and the other bridesmaid with a strapless top to the exact same dress! How amazing! 


Working in Bridal Retail, I have seen so many girls come in and out looking for something that is going to fit and suit every one of their needs, but sometimes it is nearly impossible to make everyone happy. However, I have seen this type of dress go such a long way with a variety of girls (who also LOVE the idea of re-wearing these dresses for another occasion) and I would recommend every bridal party give it a try!


 
Keep up the happy planning!
Charlotte 

XO

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

Family, Friends & Kids? Finding the Balance

Spending time with family is not only a great time to reunite during the holidays but also at your wedding!  Coming together is a beautiful time to reunite, but are you worried about the children?  Make sure you and your partner have discussed the balance of having your friends and family and their little ones on your special day.

For some brides, there is always the option of asking your loved ones to leave their little angels at home, but for others that may be a bit more difficult if that means there are a lot to exclude. Deciding whether or not to invite them may stir up some mixed feelings, so make sure to always have a back-up plan if your friends and family feel differently!

 

One brilliant idea to consider is to hire a babysitting service for during the cocktail and  reception hours!  This way, your friends and family can enjoy their night knowing that their kids are safe and sound.  You can also order some extra "kid-friendly" food for during the eating hours so that the children are well fed and happy while their parents dance the night away!

Some "kid-friendly" finger foods include items such as pizza or hotdogs.  This way napkins can come to the rescue and you do not have to dirty up too many extra plates!  Another great type of food to order for the little ones would be pasta!  Mac n' cheese is a kid favourite and always makes them happy if there is more to go around. 

 

Another thing to add would be to have plenty of games to entertain the children during this joyous night. Simple games include colouring books or puzzles to help pass the time for them while you have the night you've always dreamed of.

For this magical idea, make sure that you have a separate room to have this service in. For some couples, if the reception is on family grounds this can be held within a nearby home of your family's. If your reception is somewhere different, for example, a banquet hall, make sure to ask if there is a separate side room to put the babysitting service! This way, you and your loved ones can have a worry-free night and make some memories you will never forget!

   

For some brides, it is very important that the children be involved with their special day which can always be fun! Having the playful spirit in the air always helps with some good laughs and great fun! Just be sure to have a back-up plan if something were to turn sour with one of the children if anything were to upset them. A great idea would be providing crayons to help occupy them during the reception. Sometimes a wedding event can seem longer to them than to us so be sure to watch out for when they start to get tired and change moods.


Regardless of whether you have the children with you on your special day or maybe just a little out of arms reach, everyone will be sure to have the most magical night celebrating your love for you and your partner.

 

Until next time...

 

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

Wedding Favours for your Favourites!

Worried that your wedding favours won't get used once your guests leave?
Not to fret! With these simple ideas, your friends and family will only be wanting more! 


When choosing party favours make sure they are relatable to not only your theme but also to the season!  It may not make sense if you are giving out small jam jars if your wedding is in the middle of winter.  Always consider external factors too!  If you are having a rustic outdoor wedding, incorporating natural elements into your gifts is a creative way to keep your theme tied into the idea.  For example, beautiful cloth bags with 'outdoor-sy' aspects are an exceptional way to give your guests just what they want and make sure your vision is creatively displayed.
 
 

Another great way to select your perfect gift for your guests is by asking yourself... 'what do people use often?'.  Seems like such a simple question but it is such a helpful way to make sure your gifts are being used as well as admired!

 

A few examples of gifts that people can use are personalized wine corks. These simple party favours can be used over and over again and will remind your loving friends and family of that beautiful day you all spent together! Putting you and your partners' initials or the wedding date on the top is a lovely touch to make this simple item a timeless present.
Another example could be small and delicate candles for your favours. The scent of these beautiful gifts are sure to make your guests smell the aroma of love every time they light them. 
 

Amongst these great ideas, think about adding a little humour to the mix!  Nothing says 'fun' like a quick, clever joke to go along with the party favours!  Simple but witty sayings will make sure your guests get a kick out of their thoughtful gifts and leave everyone smiling even after your special day.

 

Never forget to keep in mind your budget.  The last thing you want is to have spent your money excessively in this area.  Shop the "going out of business" and after Christmas sales.  Buy items in bulk.  Take advantage of online resources such as EBAY and Kijiji.  Always be on the lookout for great deals  There's nothing wrong with that!  If you start early enough.... you will have plenty of time to do the legwork and find something that is cost effective and perfect for your guests.
Here are some more fun ideas that you may not have considered.
 
Love this one!  It has such a "down home" feel!  Total Southern comfort!
Perfect for that outdoor celebration!


For a little touch of chic... why not mini champagne?  If it fits your budget it can be a contender!


Why not some tea or coffee?  Everyone loves that!  Head out to a local market or grab some Fair Trade Coffee.  Package a single serving in a recyclable bag or box.  Keep it eco friendly!

 

Just remember, your gifts are such a nice touch to the celebration that they should be filled with lots of love and joy as well! If you need help with any of these party favours, ask for advice from others to get the inside scoop on what they might want!
Never a bad idea to combine a few ideas to create the best wedding favours for your lovely day!

If you are the DIY bride.... then click the link for some DIY Favour ideas that may spark your interest!

Until next time my lovelies!!!

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

 

The Life of the Party! ~ Wedding Games for your Special Day

Trying to think of a way to keep your guests entertained but don’t want to break your budget? 

Cute wedding games are a great way to keep things lively! 

With all of the food and mingling, your guests may feel a little weary after a long day of celebrating; but we can assure you that these low-key games will make sure your loved ones will have a blast!

 

 

Simple wedding games such as “The Shoe Game” are a great way to keep everyone entertained! This hilarious game is a wonderful way to let your guests in on a couple of harmless secrets between you and your beloved!

Simply place two chairs back-to-back in the middle of the dance floor so all of your friends and family can see. Remove one of your shoes and then trade with your spouse so that you are holding one of your own shoes and one of theirs.

Have one of your friends or family read a series of questions about your relationship and try and answer the best you can with either of the designated shoes! The outcomes are not only comical but they also can be surprising in only the best ways!

 

Another fun game to keep the excitement up is “I Spy”. This easy game consists of picture taking and staying on your toes which is sure to keep your guests up and at ‘em! Grab your camera or your phone and take pictures of the items on the list that has been given to you… simple things such as ‘find the best dancer’ or ‘the biggest smile’ make this game easy but also a funky way of getting people to mingle.

   

Regardless if there is a prize at the end or not, your guests will love being involved with you on your special day! Check out some more ideas on how to ramp up the fun at your reception....

How about a HUGE game of chess for that outdoor wedding!

 

Now this looks like sooo much fun!!!  Get your camera out for this one :)

 

For those of you who are not into the "physical activity"... there's also an option too!

    

Nothing like spending some quality time with your small or large wedding party to make your celebration that much more memorable!

Until next time!

 

 

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

 

 

“Will You Be My Bridesmaid?” ~ Choosing your Bridal Party!

Looking for a creative way to ask you darling friends to be a part of your special day? Here are a few ideas to spark that creative imagination so you can create the perfect gift for your girls.

 

Just for Me !!!???

First things first… be personal with your gifts!  There is nothing nicer than when a friend smiles because you know them better than they thought.   A few ways to personalize your invitations for your soon-to-be bridesmaids is to embed their name into it! 

    

Simple and affordable ideas such as wine bottles or mugs with personalized “name” labels are a fun way to ask them and be sure to get them even more excited about your special day than they already are!  You can even add the wedding date!

Surprise!

Another beautiful and creative way to personalize your bridesmaid invitations is by getting crafty and creating lovely boxes or clutches with small gifts inside that are personal to each of your lovely bridesmaids!  It will really show you love them!

  

Secondly, make sure your gifts are also tied into your colour scheme of your wedding to help your bridesmaids get a feel of the theme of your celebration.   A beautiful example is by putting a flower of the same colour arrangement as your theme. This ties everything in simply and looks elegant all at the same time!  Not only do you want to make these invitations personal and match your vision for your special day but you also want it be something that they can use or wear. This makes your bridesmaid feel more involved in the wedding which makes for a very happy wedding party!

  

More great ideas are bracelets and necklaces that signify your friendship and show that you’ve gone above and beyond to have them by your side on the day that matters most.

    

At the end of the day, your bridesmaids are going to love being a part of your celebration regardless, but why not make the wedding planning a little more fun and exciting for everyone involved!  Let your creative juices flow and let your gifts symbolize a small part of your friendship with all of these wonderful girls!

Until next time…

 

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

"Spring Into Planning!"

As exciting as it is to have the beautiful weather finally making an appearance, it is even MORE exciting to get into the mood of planning your special day!

Amongst all of the other important things that need to be decided between you and your beloved, choosing colour themes are a great way to start! If you have a Spring wedding planned or have a few weddings to attend in the upcoming months, you can be sure that these are the colours you will be seeing for Spring 2014!

Pastels like pale peach, radiant orchid and cherry blossom pink seem to be a trend we are seeing this Spring because of their light and fresh feel…who said only the weather had to be bright and blossoming?!

      

These beautiful colours not only mirror the beautiful outdoors in its process of blooming but it also helps us get back into the mood of designing your exceptional day!

When you are choosing between these lovely Spring colours, step out of your comfort zone and try pairing them with charming soft shimmers of silver or gold! The twinkling aspect of these metallic colours will not only add a variety of colour to balance out the theme but it will also help the focus colour POP!

But remember everyone….... moderation is KEY! Too much of one colour can overthrow the theme and make things feel too overwhelming!  Make sure to ask for help if you are unsure about how much colour or sparkle to add to your stunning setting so you can ensure that your day is as perfect as you have always imagined!


Above all, have fun with it!  These colours should reflect your dream day and make you feel just as happy as we are about this beautiful Spring weather letting love be in the air!

Until next time! 

 

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

January 2014 - Here we go!

We took some time at the end of December to re-charge and spend time with family (and boy do we have a lot of family!).  A much needed break in order for us to be at the top of our game for our clients in the new year.

In the next little while we will be looking back at some of our client weddings from 2013 and sharing their celebrations with you! Hope you enjoy them :)  You like something? Let us know! 

Now that this new year of 2014 is underway….new beginnings are as well.

We all head down the path of "making resolutions" for things we will try to do better, change something about ourselves or just look at life differently.  A fresh start if you will.  

The list can get pretty big…pretty fast!!

Just remember to take it in stride… you will have your days where things just don't fall into place.... and that's perfectly okay.   You're healthy and happy and that is the most important thing.

On that note… we just wanted to share with all of you lovelies some of our personal and business goals for the year ahead.  

 

  • Be successful in pursuing the healthier lifestyle that I'm always TRYING to fit into my schedule ~ i.e. ….going to the gym!
  • Determine key goals for the business in 2014 
  • Begin to clean + organize the "black hole of an extra bedroom" that has been put on the back burner for a while 
  • Read more ~ there are so many books in my home library that are calling my name!
  • Make some progress on my "girl cave"

 

We hope we inspire you to take charge and cross some things off of your list!

 

Some of our January to-do's include:

~ Start that healthier lifestyle… make room for some serious gym time

~ Get back into the blogging groove - we have some much we want to talk about!

~ Save for that vacation that we always "talk about"

~ Cut my caffeine  - this one's going to be tough.

 

What is your "list"?  Share with us.......We would love to hear it!