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

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

 

 

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!


 


 

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

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

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

 

 

Wedding Planning ~ Deciding Between Plated Dinner or Buffet Style

We can all agree that your special day is going to be profoundly perfect, but between every wedding there is always a difference of how formal the actual event will be.

When deciding between a plated dinner and a buffet to feed your eager guests, make sure you are considering these few tips before choosing…

What’s on the Menu?

Deciding what items to include on the menu for your guests is a lengthier process than you may think!  A variety of options are put before you that will have a hard time choosing! 

A potential deciding factor for buffet vs. plated could be the number of entrees you want to have.  If you are looking to have several entrée options if you are not sure about dietary preferences… then buffet style may be the better option for you.  If you are planning a “standing reception” or cocktail-style event, then the menu will most likely consist of a greater selection of appetizers or “stations”.  This style also lends to the buffet category.        

 

If you are wanting to stay more on the formal side.. then the sit-down plated dinner is the perfect choice.   This allows for more table conversation between guests, eliminates the wait time at the buffet line and a more consistent experience for all of your wedding guests.  The one downside of this option is that the numbers have to be pretty spot on with regards to guests since the meals would be portioned and plated for them.  You may have to do a lot of followup for those guests that did not rsvp.  Things get a little complicated when you have guests that did not reply and attend anyway or those that respond saying they will attend and don't.  You run into the possibility of all the guests not having the same experience.

 

Deciding on a Magic Number

Make sure you have a set guest list in order to determine how many people you are going to be serving!  This is crucial when you are juggling between the two styles to ensure that everyone gets fed what he or she wants and on time.  

The average time waiting in line for a buffet is about 30-40 minutes for just around 100 guests. 

 

If your guest list is a more intimate one and does not exceed that number, then the buffet style is something to definitely consider!  However, if your attendees surpass that then it may be more efficient for your hungry guests to have a plated meal.  Remember to not forget the tone of your event.  What feeling are you trying to convey?... this plays a part in this decision too!

Special Considerations

When choosing your preferred style of catering, make sure you take into account how many ‘special orders’ you may have.  


In a lot of cases, buffets can be beneficial to avoid any allergies or dislikes with the food choices. Each guest is able to choose what they would like to eat and are taking their restrictions into their own hands.

If you are feeling ambitious... go one step further and try this little DIY project!

Food Allergy Placecards!  How cute are these:)


 

With an idea of how large or intimate your special day is going to be, you can now focus on the smaller details!

Now remember soon-to-be-brides; all of these decisions do come with a price as any magical day does.  Make sure that above all, your choices are reflecting your budget as well!   If you and your wallet are happy than there is nothing holding you back from having your fairy-tale come true!

 

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

Just Because .... Day 207

Now if you are like me and love to entertain guests... here is a setup that might just make you want to get out that party planner!  

Such a lovely colour combination that lends perfectly to a Sunday Brunch or a Bridal Shower!  Add a splash of fresh florals and you can complete your "party plan"!

Share with us your "hostess with the mostess" adventures - we would love to see your creativity :)

 

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Just Because .... Day 206

I know many of you are the DIY Queens of your circle and here is something to add to your repetoire!

We just love these gift tags that don't take a long time to actually make :)

Whether it be for the holidays or a birthday or...... "Just Because"..... they add a perfect, personal touch any gift you are about to give!

Enjoy this DIY project ladies! Show us your own project - we would love to see it!

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