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

Afzia's Favorite Things! - The Scent of a Woman..

Don't you love when you come across a scent that just transports you to a particular time and place?

That happens to me ALL the time!  And I LOVE it!

Jasmine in particular!


Ever wonder why this happens?  

Research says that we encounter most new smells/scents in our childhood and those "links" in the brain are already in place when we reach adulthood.  The emotions and experiences are what our mind reverts to when we come across those scents later in life.  It can be anything from the smell of apple pie to the pipe smoke smell from your grandfather's jacket when your were a child.

For me, my trigger is fragrances! I have certain ones on my dresser that are on my dresser because they are reminders of a special experience in my life.

Somedays nostalgia sets in and I go with the flow. Nothing wrong with that!


Take a nice trip down memory lane and be sure to smile!

Have a wonderful day!

XO

 


 

 

These shoes were made for Glamour!

Not that I can pull these off but I'm sure there is a beautiful lady out there who can!


These darlings were part of a styled session we had the honor of being involved in.

How stunning are they!?

For more clicks of this GORGEOUS styled session... click this link!

A big thank you to Urban Bride Boutique for supplying these beauties!

Happy Love Day!

XO

 

~ Styled Session Photography ~

courtesy of..

Anne  ~ Anne Edgar Photography  http://www.anneedgarphoto.com/ 

Carla ~ CGE Photography  http://cgephotography.com/

Laura – Vision Photography http://www.vision-photography.ca/#home 

Erika ~ Ten to Ten Photography        http://www.ten2tenphotography.com/

Lyn ~   Lyn Ismael http://lynismael.com/


Afzia's Favorite Things!

Happy Friday everyone!

The one thing that I absolutely love to give and receive are..... surprises!

Whatever shape or form they may come in... a small pretty box, a thoughtful gesture or a something on a grander scale, it's always nice to be the one on the giving and receiving end of that.  It's good exercise for the heart strings!


From young to old alike, between friends and family or husband and wife  ...just a little gesture can put a huge smile on someone's face.  It can be as simple as being creative with your kids' lunches!


There doesn't have to be a specific date marked in a calendar to show kindness or love.  

Make it a part of your everyday life to show others how much you care with a little surprise!

 

 Happy Love Day everyone!!!

Until next time!

XO


 

Our Styled Session has been Published!

We have been published! .....**Insert happy dance here!**

A little while back I had the opportunity to collaborate with a group of very talented wedding professionals to create a styled photo session that we hoped would showcase our collective creative talent.  We loved the end result and are so excited to share it with you!

Our pretty styled session at The Arboretum in Guelph Ontario has been featured on the Frosted Petticoat blog! 

Click the link here and be wow'd by the beauty of the images courtesy of Anne & Megan at Anne Edgar Photography and Carla at CGE Photography

Here is a sneak peak!


 

~ Nods to our FABULOUS Wedding Professionals!!! ~

Photographers: Anne of Anne Edgar Photography (www.anneedgarphotography.com)  Megan at Anne Edgar Photography, / Carla of CGE Photography (www.cegphotography.com)/Planner: Afzia of Style and Elegance (www.styleandelegance.com) / Decor: Rebecca of High Gloss Weddings  (www.highglossweddings.com)  / Flowers: Rebecca of High Gloss Weddings  (www.highglossweddings.com) / Flowers: Karrie-Anne of Floral Factory (www.facebook.com/pages/Floral-Factory/185736545291Stationery: Tracey of Little Details (www.littledetails-wedding.com) / Cakes: Jen of Sweet Treats by Jen (www.sweettreatsbyjen.ca) /Makeup Artist: Sonia of Sonia Ryan & Co (www.soniaryan.com) / Make Up: Rebecca of High Gloss Weddings  (www.highglossweddings.com)  /  Hair: Michelle F. from Pino’s Salonwww.pinosalon.com/Hair: Savija Ellis savija@hotmail.com / Location: Arboretum at the University of Guelph

 

We hope you have enjoyed this dose of wedding gorgeousness!

Have a wonderful day my lovelies!


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

Wedding Hairstyles.... Do's & Don't's

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

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

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


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


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


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

 

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

  

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 


 

 

Until Next Time..

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

Happy Valentine's Day!

We hope all of you enjoy this "Love Day"!  

Hoping that the affection and love shown today is constant throughout the year... not just for one day:)

We know that some of you ladies out there will be getting some extra love in the form of something "sparkly"!  Tell us your story ~ we would LOVE to hear it!

From us here at Style & Elegance..... Happy Valentine's Day!


~ Tip Tuesdays ~ You’re Engaged!

Kitchener Wedding PlannerSo he has popped the question and you said yes, where do you go from there?  Enjoy and savour the moment!  You finally got the ring on your finger, show it off and jump around in excitement and let the notion of embarking on the adventure of being a wedded couple take over!  Tell your parents, friends and family your great news and wear that smile proud.

When that frenzy is over…….breathe……. and then get organized.  Get a journal or planner to document your ideas and progress. As well as keeping you on track, it will be something you can cherish and look back on. 

Here are 10 steps to start you off planning your gorgeous wedding day. 

 Step 1 – Set the budget

It is important to do this first so you can gage exactly how much you have to spend. Use this wedding budget worksheet from about.com to plan out what you will need to pay for. This is not a definitive list but it does give you a starting point!

Using spreadsheets could be a good way of keeping all your information in one place. Have tabs for your budget, guest list, vendors etc.

Step 2 – Choose 2 to 3 possible dates

When you announce your news this will be one of the first questions people will ask you, so when is the big day? Also remember that this date will be an anniversary for the rest of your life. Consider the time of year and the peak wedding season as you may have trouble booking vendors or people being away on holiday. It always wise to have back up dates and definitely ensure enough time to plan!

Step 3 – Plan a timeline

Kitchener Wedding PlannerThis is where you scribble down your to-do list.

Write down everything you can think of from your wedding dress, flowers, photographer to nails, hair and make-up. Splitting the day into sections like pre, during and post will help as will doing it from the point of view of the bride, groom, family and guests. You can never be too thorough. 

Go through this list and start with the most time consuming tasks and leave the smaller jobs until later. 

 

Step 4 – Select your wedding party.  Start your guest list & send out save the dates.

Important decisions to be made here!  Who will be your maid of honour, bridesmaids and a best man and groomsmen for the groom?  Think of special ways of asking them as this is a journey for you all, why not mark the occasion.

Consider the scale of your wedding as the number of guests will impact on your budget. Then again all the gifts could compensate!

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Once you have your list send out your save the date. There are so many inexpensive ways you can do this, either through a DIY project or social media. 

Step 5 – Decide on your wedding style and tone

Consider your ceremony and reception and whether you want a formal or casual affair. Is there a theme you have in mind? Sit down as a couple and brainstorm how you want the wedding to be and feel. Some people know exactly what they and others need a little inspiration, whatever it is make sure you both agree as the big day belongs to the both of you!

Step 6 – Choose & book your venue

Get your booking done in advance! Check out our Find your perfect wedding venue article for more tips. Once this is confirmed you can send out your wedding invites and wait for those rsvp’s to come back.

Step 7 –Inspiration & Research

Get acquainted with Pinterest and create a board with images that speak to you. This will slowly but surely build into an online scrapbook of how you visualize your wedding to be.

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Step 8 – Inquire and Hire your vendors

There is so much out there that any bride to be can easily be overwhelmed.  Check out our article Social Media and Your Wedding for further advice.  Make sure you get all the ins and outs of any supplier and always read reviews and ask to see past clients weddings to get an idea of the potential available from the vendors.  Get all deals in writing, know the cancellation policy and always trust your instinct!  You may want to seriously consider hiring a Wedding Planner/Coordinator if you feel that it is getting to be too much!  

Step 9 – Shopping

Finally the fun part, shopping!  For your dress, décor, cakes, flowers, favours and whatever else you need.  Explore the pretty things, go for gown fittings and tasting sessions and have fun.  Just remember to stay on track and don’t stray from your theme or your budget!

Step 10Finalize details

Almost there! It’s time to confirm bookings, do recces of places and arrange rehearsals. Once you are happy everything is in place, why not pamper and relax yourself before your big day. Book a couples spa day and enjoy yourselves before you become Mr and Mrs. Finally after all your hardwork enjoy your gorgeous wedding!

Happy Planning Ladies!!  

 

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

Style & Elegance Wedding and Event Coordination

afzia@styleandelegance.ca

519-574-9293


 

Inspiration Fridays~ It’s a Paris Wedding!

Kitchener Wedding Planner PlanningParis is known to be the most romantic city in the world... so it only makes sense that couples want to capture the ambience and joyous feeling of love or ‘amour’ as the French would say.  

Quaint little bistros & patisseries, cobblestone streets, the clinking of glasses and of course the most obvious icon of Paris, the Eiffel Tower, all add to the enormous amount of inspiration that can be drawn from this part of the world!  (We one day dream of going to the "City of Lights"...  *sigh*)

 

Other inspiring elements for a "Parisian" wedding would include things like....

....The fleur-de-lis, which is the flower lily motif, a royal and regal design dating back centuries

....Damask designs to add a more "baroque" feel to your wedding celebrations

The overall vibe you want to create is of elegance, refined artistry and reverence and we hope these inspiration boards are ‘le coup de foudre’ (Love at first sight!!)

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This next one almost has a "black tie" feel to it!  Still has the Parisian vibe but with a little more umph!

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We are loving the colours in this next Paris themed celebration!

The shade of green amaranthus against the lilac roses...... just lovely!!!!!

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How about going a route that brings a little twist to the Paris theme?  Why not try one of these....

The Royalty of Marie Antoinette

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Country/Pastoral

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Vintage Paris

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Modern Paris

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We absolutely adore these gorgeous ideas and hope we have given you something to take away and plan you Parisian wedding.

Bon chance! 

 

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

 

afzia@styleandelegance.ca

519.574.9293

Wedding Engagement Season is here!

 

This time of year is one that is full of surprises (namely sparkly ones in small little boxes!!!)  With December 24th and 25th being popular days for the question to be popped, we will be hearing lots of proposal stories in the coming days!  Just what we love! 

If you are one of the lucky ladies ...let us know!  Share your proposal story with us here!  We would LOVE to hear it all!

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Inspiration Fridays! - Mint Green + Gold!

What is it about this season that just makes every colour sparkle???? Gold, purple, silver, blue.... we love them all!

Today's board was inspired by one of our favourite things..... SHOES!!!

This pair we especially fell in love with.  The colour combination is a little muted yet has that showstopping sparkle! (As we've said before....what girl doesn't love sparkly things???!!!)    

Enjoy the eye candy ladies!

Happy Planning!

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Cake ~ Ring ~ Champagne ~ Gold Dress

Bracelet ~ Hair Accessory

Gown ~ Shoes ~ Place Setting

Belt ~ Groom ~ Centrepieces ~ Purse

 

Style Wednesdays – Be the ‘mane’ attraction with beautiful hair on your big day!

You have the perfect dress, so it only makes sense to have gorgeous hair to go with it!  Here are some tips and ideas to make sure you look amazing from tip to toe.

Whether it’s you or a professional doing your hair, make sure you plan ahead. If you want a colour, perm or treatment do it a few months in advance to allow the style to soften and look more natural. You will also have time to fix it if it’s not exactly right!  You can also get a trim a few weeks before to neaten your locks and make sure there are no split ends.   

Practice makes perfect so get your stylist to give you a trial and envision yourself as the bride. Bring your veil and any accessories/jewellery you will be wearing to the trial and get the full picture.  Whatever style you choose, make sure it’s comfortable and reflects your natural style. Last thing you want to do is go over the top or have a headache from having your hair pulled too tight!

Many brides are taking this opportunity change into a different dress for their reception.  Why not have a slightly different look for your party?  A little more fun and edgy?  Something that will go with your reception a little more!  It’s worth consideration.   

 

 

 

 

How cute is this next one???!!!!

Whatever you decide be sure you are happy with the outcome!

Happy planning!

 

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

 

Getting to know your Bride + Groom

Everything about today's wedding planning journey has brides + grooms wanting to be "different than the rest".  To have the unique element to their wedding day that no one else has.  What better way to be unique and different than to tell the story of you!  Every couple's "how we met" story is absolutely one of a kind.  Why not share it.  It's a great way to connect the guests to the beautiful story of how the couple fell in love and made it to the altar!  Check out some ways to incorporate "your story" into your special day!  Who doesn't love a good love story???!!!!!  

~ Happy Planning + Be Inspired!! ~

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Article co-written with Emily Godin  ~  Intern at Style & Elegance Wedding and Event Coordination


 

Bridal Market 2013 ~ Designer Douglas Hannant

Today's wedding gown feature shines the light on designer Douglas Hannant

Hannant's creations are modern yet still keep that classic feel.  Leaning towards "chic" rather than glamour, this collection focuses on the understated "wow factor".  Being able to to turn heads when you walk in a room without being "celebrity glamourous" is what this designer tries to achieve. 

We love what we have seen so far in this collection and look forward to so much more!

Enjoy they eye candy we have for you today!

~ Happy Planning Ladies! ~

 

“I wanted timeless and ageless with something new about it. I don’t see the point of classic clothing that looks exactly like it did in every interpretation before. There must be an element of surprise, some sort of detail, something fresh and new about it.”

~ Douglas Hannant ~

 

  

   

 {Images courstesy of Brides.com}