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

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

Your Day and Their Day

Have your parents been there for most of the wedding planning? Have they been there for the cake-tastings, finding the 'perfect' dress, and everything else under the moon? Even though all of this planning puts the "thank-you's" under the rug most of the time, here are a few suggestions to show your parents that you really do appreciate their love and support.

 

Gifts for parents of the bride and groom normally don't get a whole lot of attention until close to the end of the wedding planning, which makes it hard to show your appreciation for the people who helped you get to be the person you are today. Spread the love with some of these ideas on how to get that message across!


A great idea to show that you care is by getting a few handkerchiefs stitched with a meaningful message to your loving parents. These simple words will bring tears to their eyes and also be very useful when it does!

  

Old Photos of you as a child with your parents is also another great idea to tug at their heartstrings and remind them that you will always be their special little someone even if they think you're growing up too fast.

 

Pendants and necklaces that capture the meaning of 'forever' will help your parents feel like you will always be with them no matter how far away you may be. No matter the distance, a parent will always be a parent and a child will always be their child.

  

Lastly, a great idea for the actual wedding day is to get something engraved for them to wear on your special day so they feel like they are just as much included in the whole process as you are. Remember, this day is just as special to them as it is to you!

 

Until Next Time, 

Charlotte 

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

 

 

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..

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

"I'm Ready for my Close-up!" ~ Wedding Photography

Wondering where to cut back on some costs for your wedding? One suggestion is to not skip out on documenting your magical day.  Either with a professional photographer or videographer, you will be more than relieved that you have all of these wonderful memories saved for you and your loved ones.

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Professionals not only have a knack for finding those perfect moments between you and your partner but they have an excellent way of catching those candid moments of your family and friends!  Nothing is funnier than looking back on the celebration and seeing the memories that you may not have caught the first time.

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One thing to consider when shopping around for a photographer or videographer is seeing how quickly they have the footage done for you!  If it fits into your budget, see about same day photos or videos!  Some brides prefer to show the “behind-the-scenes” footage the same day during the reception.   

A cute idea can be showing the footage of the bride and groom getting ready for the day with their wedding party!  You can ask for the photographer or videographer to create a certain type of mood to go along with this idea so you can have a more ‘funky’ and ‘comical’ vibe or more of a ‘touching’ and ‘sentimental’ feel to it!  Whatever you prefer!

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To the few brides that are lucky enough to have a friend or family member that can do this task for them, be sure to make clear what type of mood you are trying to capture! You want to make sure that taking all of that time to choose the theme for your wedding is not lost in the pictures or videos when you look back on them.

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 Another thing to really be aware about is the pricing with photographers and videographers! Even though this will probably be a larger chunk of your budget it is well worth it in most cases! Just be sure that you are being smart with your selection… find the happy medium between paying a cheaper price for good quality and paying top dollar for something that you may think is overpriced. Remember, this is YOUR budget and you are the deciding factor!

Take a look at some more interesting and fun images that may spark some interest!

You know... rain isn't such a bad thing!  Some consider it good luck on your wedding day :)

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Cultural weddings have such an "exotic" feel to them!

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Weddings are about having fun and for that moment to be captured forever... priceless!

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and for those special moments between father and daughter... grab those tissues!

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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

“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

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

~Tip Tuesdays~ Choosing your bridal bouquet!

Kitchener Wedding Planner PlanningYes we all have our favourite blooms and colours but is that enough to select your bouquet?  

You will be carrying this as part of your outfit for most of the day so it deserves some special attention and consideration.

Where does one start to build this accessory?  

Here are a few tips that will hopefully result in you creating your perfect bunch of floral beauties!

 

Know your budget- This is important to discuss earlier on so your florist can create and adapt a design to suit your financial capabilities.
 

Visual Inspiration give your florist an insight to what you want and discuss colour palette options. Consider your wedding theme and current trends you might want to incorporate.

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Complement your dress - show your florist a picture of your wedding gown so you can reflect the details, style and shape but don’t steal the lime light from your dress by going over the top.

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Colour - it is important to highlight the colours in your dress. Getting the right shades together with the right bloom is an art. Take swatches to your florist if possible.

Size and shape – believe it or not your frame dictates your bouquet to enhance your figure and dress. Petite brides should go with teardrop shaped bouquets or a small round posy to keep you in proportion. The taller bride should distract the attention from their height with a larger bouquet.

Tis the season – some flowers are not available all year round or are really expensive. Go with the seasonal flowers make it easier to source and less expensive.

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Personalize – Maybe a flower that has meaning like the ones he brought you on your first date.  A family heirloom brooch, lace from an old gown or just add something different to reflect your personality. (remember it doesn’t all have to be floral!)

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Bridesmaid’s bouquets – consider coordinating it with the brides or a similar smaller version.  You can diversify it by contrasting the colours or how about a simple single stem?

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Holding the masterpiece – for a picture perfect posture it looks better in one hand below the hip and slightly away from your dress. (Never hold it at chest level!)

To toss or preserve – you can opt for the traditions of a bouquet toss or keep your flowers.

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Whatever you choose, remember to keep a flow throughout your celebrations.  You don't want to have a feel about your reception that is disconnected. 

You may need to have a second set of eyes to give you some feedback because we know that the process can become "blurry" and overwhelming after looking at it so long!  That's where a friend or wedding coordinator can offer their advice.  You may end up choosing something that you never thought you would!

Regardless, just enjoy the journey!

Happy Planning!

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

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~ Theme Thursdays ~ Post Wedding Brunch!

There are no obligations or rules to hosting a post wedding brunch. However, it is a nice thank you gesture from the bride and groom to treat their immediate family, wedding party and out of town guests.

Alternatively it can be hosted by a close family member or friend as a gift or way of contributing to the wedding. You can even have a ‘no host’ brunch where you merely make reservations for a space to get together and eat with separate bills!

It is a great and intimate way to catch up with friends and family that you haven’t seen for a while and relive the memories from the night before. It also serves as a warm send off for the newlyweds before they depart for their honeymoon and that is the same for guests who have come from afar. So why not have one last get together before everyone goes on their merry way in different directions!

Guests
It is definitely not necessary to invite everyone who attended your wedding day.  You already hosted one big affair so keep it small and stress free with your nearest and dearest.  You can absolutely send formal invitations with the wedding invite but verbally or by e-vite should suffice too, as long as you have a head count to plan the brunch.  You can be less strict and adopt a drop in at any time.

Location
If you and your guests are already staying at the same hotel, it may be more convenient to host it there.  You can ask if they have a brunch menu available and have them reserve a dining area for you so other guests can join who are not staying at the hotel.  You can even save money if it is the same venue you had your reception.  Get haggling!

 

Depending on your guest list you can go to a local café or restaurant or why not have it at home in an intimate setting. You can even get something delivered if you don’t fancy cooking. 

Time
Bear in mind that most of your guests may be affected from antics from the night before, so don’t have it too early. Also ensure that the brunch schedule fits check out time and those who need to travel including yourself getting off for your honeymoon! 

Menu
Have plenty of juice, tea and coffee available and if you want one last celebrative toast consider mimosas or maybe Caesars (best hangover cure!)  Food can include eggs, bagels, French toast, pastries, fresh fruit and if it’s later you can add more substantial items like quiches and a cold cut meat and cheese selection. You can even have an interactive food station like an omelet or pancake bar.

Overall, keep it simple with minimal input! Re-use décor from the wedding, have chilled music and an easy menu. That’s all you need, easy like Sunday morning! 

 

~ Happy Planning! ~

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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


~Tip Tuesday~ Work with what you got!

Kitchener Wedding Planner PlanningThere are millions and millions of wedding dresses to choose from out there and no doubt it can be one of the most overwhelming decisions of wedding planning for brides. So many things to consider!!! Silhouette, neckline, fabric, colour and detail.

Start simple and research what style you like and what suits YOU best, For example, princess style gowns flatter almost everyone, but mermaid cuts works best with taller brides.

Don’t feel like you need to spend thousands of dollars on a top designer dress....especially since you will only be wearing it for one day. A great option is to buy used and you can have it tailored to fit perfectly without having anyone know!

Be non-traditional.  

Don’t feel as if you have to go with what has been done; wear what YOU want and what YOU like. If you feel white is not the colour for you, go for a shaded dress.  If you are not liking the length... gof for a shorter dress.

Keep in mind, this is YOUR day YOU pave the way!

A good rule to remember....  in ten years looking back on your wedding photos, will your dress look dated ? (remember the neon dresses from the eighties!)

 

Some "Shopping for the Dress" Pointers..... 

Kitchener Wedding Planner PlanningBook an appointment- Most bridal shops need to know in advance so they can pair you with a Bridal consultant.

 

 

Kitchener Wedding Planner PlanningHave an idea in your head what you are looking for, but be open to options.  Veil, no veil, lace, beading, elegant or bold???? What you come in the salon with may not be what you leave with! 

 

 

Kitchener Wedding Planner PlanningStick to your budget.  You don't want to to be disappointed in the end when you have fallen in love with a dress that is going to break the bank!

 

 

We hope you are able to enjoy the Wedding Dress shopping experience.... the thing to remember... don't let it overwhelm you!  Enjoy the moment and you will find the perfect dress for you!

Happy Shopping ladies!!!!!

 

~ 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 ~ Destination Weddings!

Kitchener Wedding Planner PlanningFor all types of couples, a destination wedding is becoming the popular option to tie the knot. What is better than having your nuptials in an exotic location at potentially a lesser cost than a traditional wedding affair, right?!

An intimate wedding with your nearest and dearest with a lot less stress involved. There is a place for every style and budget from gorgeous sunny beach weddings to beautiful mountain tops to places like Europe!  The world is your oyster!

 

We are sharing some tips today to help you decide whether Destination is the option for you! 

How about a little French Polynesia????? .......My oh my does that sound amazing!

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Or some mountain scenery?

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A little Paris maybe?  Oui, Oui!

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Or is a grand majestic castle on the list of contenders?  

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Now here are some tips to begin planning your destination wedding away!

 

  1. Although you won't have a huge guest list, it is still wise to have a tentative headcount when choosing your destination + venue.
  2. Plan in advance, especially if you want to block, book and get discounted rates at resorts.
  3. Ensure all those invited have valid passports + vacation time.  It is wise to put as much detail on your Save-the-dates as possible so they can arrange themselves to participate.  You wouldn't want one of your bridal party to not be able to attend!
  4. Two-in-one!  The wedding is likely to be at a romantic getaway so why not stay and have your honeymoon there too?  For most of your guests it is probably also a vacation opportunity so make the most of "holiday-ing" with your friends + family and stay a little longer!
  5. Research the weather of your destination to prevent any surprises.  Definitely choose your wedding attire accordingly.
  6. Know and become familiar with the laws and legal requirements of getting married in the chosen country.
  7. Use recommended + reputable vendors only!  If you are not able to fly out and do a little reconnaisance yourselves then perhaps see if there is an event coordinator included in your wedding package that can do the leg work and get feedback to you.
  8. Do not check-in anything you will want on the big day.... carry-on with you just in case.
  9. Your guests' attendance is a gift in itself, so perhaps don't have a gift registry.  Also be considerate of your guests varying budgets and provide options!  As a gesture why not throw a Welcome dinner to thank them!
  10. If you can afford it, use a wedding planner who specializes in destination weddings.  They are more likely to know the ins and outs of getting married abroad and will know vendors etc.. to ensure a smooth running event!

Happy Planning!

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

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Style & Elegance Wedding and Event Coordination

afzia@styleandelegance.ca

519-574-9293

~Tip Tuesday~ - From the Knot to the Nest!

Kitchener Wedding Planning

Coming back from your honeymoon and trying to organize after the wedding can be stressful for newlyweds.

Just to get you started, here is a checklist to keep you in that honeymoon relaxing state!

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1. Clean and store your gown

Within six months of getting married find a specialized laundromat for wedding dresses and store in a cool dark place.

 

2. Change your name

Make sure to change your name on your Driver's license, Passport, Social Insurance Card, and at your Credit Card companies.

 

3. Call the taxman

            Now that the two of you are a married couple, you can choose to file your returns together or separately for your yearly taxes. Talk to your accountant before making this decision!

 

4. Thank-you notes

Try sending out your thank-you notes within two months of getting married. Don’t go crazy and try and finish them in one day, set a goal for yourself and they will be done before you know it!

 

5. Tackle registry returns

Dealing with a pile of unnecessary registry gifts can be put on hold until after you have come home from your honeymoon. You do need to keep in mind that each store will have a different policy for returns & exchanges.  It is easier to tackle this within two months of the wedding to ensure you exchange the gift for exactly what you need.

 

6. Finalize wedding album and DVD

Very important!!!  Don’t put off your photo selections!!  It would be great to have all the photos and the wedding DVD on your first wedding anniversary. Keep in contact with your photographer and videographer to ensure you haven’t been forgotten!  This task can slip through the cracks very easily!

 

7. Legal beneficiaries

Becoming a unit allows your spouse to be your beneficiary. Contact your insurance company and HR departments for the paperwork necessary to start the process.  Decide which work health plan will best suit both of you.  Talk to your doctors and family lawyer for recommendations if you are having some trouble deciding.

 

We wish all our of our brides & grooms-to-be a beautiful wedding day!  But don't forget, it doesn't stop there! 

..............That is just the beginning!

 

Smooth Sailing everyone!

 

 

Article written by Emily Sousa – Intern at Style & Elegance Wedding and Event Coordination

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Tip Tuesday ~ For the Groom!

As soon as you utter the words "engaged" - from that point on it seems to be ALL ABOUT THE BRIDE!!! Well today we're not going to talk about the "girls".  It's all about the "Groom + his boys" today!

Gentlemen, despite what you may hear, you are part of the wedding too.  You can be as involved as you want to be.  Here are a few things that you can be responsible for in the planning process, not just the engagement ring!

First of all, as a couple - choose the wedding date.  It could be something symbolic like the anniversary of your first date, or the day that you met for the first time.  Choose something special to the both of you!   You may need to consider "special guest" conflicts as well.  For those that you would really like to attend.  Try to stay away from holidays if you can... especially religious ones.  Which season you would like to have your wedding is just as important.  Weather can affect your wedding's style + location.  It can set the mood for the celebrations so you need to think carefully.

 

Second, you need to select a venue for your celebrations.  A lot of places get booked up very quickly so you need to make this one of your top "to-do" list items.  You may be quite surprised that you choose something that you never thought you would!  You need to consider whether you want the ceremony + reception to be in the same place or you are okay with separate locations.  How many guests you plan to have will definitely dictate where your celebrations will be!  Do you want a traditional venue or are you looking to get away from the normal choices and want a unique venue?

 

It's time to select your entourage!  Who is going to stand up with you and be part of your big day?  There are the usual suspects... brothers, close cousins, friends... and don't forget the bride's brother!  But before you make your decision, consider the size of the wedding and the person's ability to commit to the task of being a Groomsman.  

Can he afford it?  Is he a gentleman?  Does he have the time?  Can you imagine your wedding without him?  May sound silly but you don't just want to choose someone to even up the count.

(Being the Groom is shaping up to be quite the job!!!!)

Now for the part where you can shine and fully take the reigns - choosing the Band/DJ.  When it comes to choosing a band for you reception, always make sure you are able to see + hear them play before you decide.   As a general tip, bands will be more costly than a DJ would so you need to know your preference.  A good DJ will arrive early to setup and make sure that his equipment is placed out of the way of the podium, not blocking the view of the head table and has been tested for sound quality.  You don't want any of that loud shrieking feedback! Some helpful hints to consider... interview 3-4 vendors, ask if the DJ is familiar with your venue, how much experience do they have, what is their attire for the event and clarify the number of hours they will be there.  Dear Groom - you have quite the job on your hands as this is the one element that can make or break the wedding reception!  No pressure though!

This is just a sampling of how the groom can participate in the wedding planning process.  A lot more than you thought huh!  We were just getting warmed up!

More to come gentlemen!

 

~ Inspiration Fridays ~ Purple Weddings!!

The colours you choose for your wedding will convey certain emotions, mood + tone.  Many couples choose their wedding colours without knowing their meaning and what kind of tone it/they will set for their day.  

For this Inspiration Friday we are going to draw on one of our favorite colours - purple!  Such a luxurious colour, the use of dark versus light purple can convey two very different moods....

Darker shades of purple create a stronger, more sensual tone for the day.  Royalty and sophistication will eminate from your event!

   

 ....while lighter shades of purple are more romantic and delicate (our personal favourite ♥).  Giving off a softer feel to the whole day will hopefully put everyone in a more romantic mood! (not that they aren't already because they are there celebrating with you!) 

   

With so many shades of purple to play with, the possibilities are endless.  You can achieve any ambience such as warm (Plum), fresh (Lilac), exotic (Violet), cute (Mauve), glamorous (Imperial Purple); you just need to find the shade & tone that suits your style + vision.

  




 

  

Combining an accent colour opens you up to SO MANY gorgeous wedding elements. You can apply the colour scheme with class, without over doing it.  Limit it to where it should be used from dresses, bouquets, décor, and even catering but definitely don’t have everything one solid colour.  Here are a few things to inspire you. 

  

 

Let your imagination run wild!  Create the wedding of your dreams ladies!

~ Happy Planning! ~

 

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Style & Elegance Wedding and Event Coordination

afzia@styleandelegance.ca

519-574-9293