South Asian Wedding Love - Shermeen & Chris!

Oh my goodness  It has been a LONG time since we have blogged!  We are going to turn that around for 2017.. we promise!!!!  To start we wanted to share one of our weddings that was special to us as we have become really good friends with the bride & groom.  What could be better than that!!

We come across a wide range of personalities when it comes to our lovely S&E clients but when we got a phone call from our dear Shermeen, well let's just say that we were in for a ride!  Her positive personality, trusting and caring outlook on life in general was truly inspiring and infectious!  Looking for a full planning service, Shermeen & Chris needed assistance with every aspect of their wedding preparations.  We were more than happy to help!  From attending all vendor meetings, assisting with the bridal attire selection, coordinating out of town arrangements to brainstorming and packaging the wedding favours, Style & Elegance went above and beyond to make our clients' vision a reality. With the talented and skillful eye of Adnan Ansah Photography, the moments of Shermeen & Chris' celebrations were captured so beautifully.  Here's a sneak peek!

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~ Style Partners ~

Planning & Design: Style & Elegance Wedding and Event Coordination |

Hair & Makeup: Beauty Concept by Shirley Wu | Photography: Adnan Ansah Photography | DJ: DJ Arif |

Venue & Catering: Apollo Convention Centre | Cake: The Cake Box | Decor: Shehnai Decor | 

Bridal Attire: Saira Sheikh Bridals 

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xoxo

Happy Planning!

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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


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

Until Next Time,
Charlotte
XO

 

 

"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

January 2014 - Here we go!

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

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

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

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

The list can get pretty big…pretty fast!!

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Some of our January to-do's include:

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

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

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

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

 

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


Trendy Mondays ~ Patterns at your Wedding!

More couples are making bold statements at their weddings reflecting their personalities by adding splashes of colour and this year’s trend of patterns.  Now you can go that one step further and really get creative with a choice of chevron, polka dots, gingham and more. You can use these patterns from table runners to your cake or even your dress!

Chevrons is going to be big this year!

Don’t be afraid to mix more than one pattern…

Ikat has been popular and has a tribal and tie-dyed look with gorgeous colour choices for all. 

 

Just take a look at these beauties!!!

This hot and fun trend is sure to catch on, even with the men as they opt for some funky accessories to complete their wedding attire. 

 

Have fun with the details of your big day!

Happy Planning!

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

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Inspiration Fridays ~ Summer Weddings!

Fingers crossed, soon enough the sun will come out to play and stay shining bright for all those brides waiting for their summer wedding.

As the season comes into full swing these inspiration boards highlight the epitome of summer with outdoor ceremony ideas and décor, bold splashes of colours, gorgeous blooms and fruity cocktails.  All these elements are perfect for that summer celebration, but which one of these mood boards will capture your heart and soul?

Let us know! 

How about a simple backyard wedding??

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What about a more vintage & rustic looks with pastel shades?

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A splash of grapefruit pink, yellow and white adds a warm yet crisp vibe and you can cool your guests down with homemade lemonade and ice popsicles!

You can’t have a summer wedding without some bunting and Pimm’s o’clock! These things spell summer and white décor in the hot weather creates a cool and bright feel. 

Four very different ideas for a summer wedding! Which one did you go for?

 

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

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Inspiration Fridays ~ White on White Weddings!

Does the thought of a white wedding make you cringe and think clinical and boring? I am all about colour and was skeptical at first but after looking at some inspirational boards I thought this is ‘all white!’ (Sorry couldn’t resist)

The truth is, done in the right way; a white themed wedding can be gorgeous.  Get the lighting, tones and textures spot-on and you can and will create a fairy tale like ambience.  I don’t think it should be 100% white as you will get odd hint of colour from your venue furniture and décor, so choose a location where it will all tie in together nicely.

This wedding board below screams out sophistication & elegance as well as encapsulating high fashion.  The hint of green is a nice way to break up the monotone white palette.

A combination of different whites and creams adds warmth especially when it is enhanced with good mood lighting.  A chandelier not only adds a great crystal white but reflects opulence and grandeur.

Many brides are also opting to share their white gown moment by also dressing their bridesmaids in white.  Don’t forget the small and big details from candle holders to doves, to the "getaway car" ....anything can be white!

Go for the "glitz & glam" look by adding some sparkles and really make that white wedding shine!

The Lit Chick blog delves into the world of white and below is a sample of some of the many shades available.  

Who knew?!



Will it be an all-white wedding for you?

We've peaked your interest haven't we!

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

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~Trendy Mondays~How to include your pets at your wedding!

We are family! That is certainly the case for some people that love their pet so much they couldn’t imagine their big day without them. Of course it certainly adds a cute factor and the most popular attendant is a man’s best friend; a dog! Here are a few tips to make sure it all goes smoothly. 

  • Confirm that pets are allowed - at your ceremony venue, you don’t want to make plans to include them only to be disappointed that pets are not permitted. Also make sure guests are at ease with your furry friend’s attendance in case of any phobias or allergies!
  • Know your pet! - This will help you decide their role from simply standing with the wedding party or having more responsibility like being a ring bearer during the ceremony. For more control, consider having them pulled in a wagon or on a short leash. 

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  • Practice makes perfect - so drill the routine into them and reward them with praise and treats.
  • Hire a pet sitter who can act as your pet’s guide and ensure they are comfortable around your guests. They can make sure they are fed (not sneakily under the table) and them home after.
  • Dressed for the occasion – make sure they are comfortable and keep it simple, safe and easy. A tux is adorable but not if they want to rip it off! Get them accustomed before the actual event. Any flowers must be toxic free for your little four-legged friend!

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  • Inform your photographer so they can plan to capture those magic moments. 
  • Be prepared to improvise as it may not go as rehearsed as pets also get stage fright and run their own path! Be happy with whatever happens and most importantly keep your pets safe and loved!

Is the thought of having your pet there on the big day too much?  Then pay homage to them in another way and include them in your engagement/wedding photo shoot, save the date, invitations or favours. 

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Other pets both small and large have been included in weddings too!

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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! 

 

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

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~Tip Tuesday~ Children at Weddings

Kitchener Wedding PlannerWhen deciding to invite children to your wedding it is important to make the decision early in your planning process. This not only allows you to make easier decisions about your big day but also allows questioning parents to make plans for child care that day. You also, need to consider if the wedding is in town, this makes it much easier for parents to not be offended or feel overwhelmed to make plans for the weekend.

A question that may arise when deciding on invitation details....... Is it proper etiquette to not invite children to your wedding?  It is totally acceptable to specify no children, especially if it is in the evening and a more formal event.

 

Another point to remember is that you need to ensure all your invitations are addressed properly. On the outside of the envelope, include the parents' names and then on the inside indicate the children’s name beneath the parents' names. If the child is older then 18 they should receive a separate invitation.

After the invitations are sent out, it would be a nice gesture to call all your friends and family with children and explain why your wedding is or isn’t including children. This is an effective approach especially if there is any confusion about the invitations.  Again, if done earlier in the planning process, it allows ample time for arrangements to be made for childcare if necessary.

If you are deciding to include children at your wedding reception it may be good idea to arrange a kid friendly menu for them to enjoy. Grilled Halibut with creamy lemon zest served over Jasmine Rice just may not appeal to the tiny wedding guest!  

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Also, to keep these little ones entertained during the reception, arranging activities at a kids table is a great idea and they are less likely to get bored and make an unwanted scene.  So many ways you can create something that is tailored to the not-so-adult guest!

 

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

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~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!!!!!

 

~Inspiration Fridays~ A Valentine's Wedding!

Were you lucky enough to get a proposal on Valentine’s Day?  Why not mark the occasion and have your wedding day on February 14th too!  Love will be in the air and both you and your guests will be struck by cupid as you enjoy your romantic and gorgeous wedding.  Have a look at these inspiration boards that will leave you lusting after that Valentine’s day wedding!

You can go bold with the typically deep passionate venetian red contrasted with white with the use of roses and red berries to enrich the décor and catering.

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On the other hand you can be more subtle with the theme through the use of the heart shape rather than the colour combined with the general dreamy fairy tale ambience. 

This one is our personal favourite!  

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Two very different styles for a Valentine’s Wedding; with both embracing the essence of love and romance. We hope this has attracted you to the idea of walking down the aisle and taking your vows on the most romantic day of the year! 

 

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

~ 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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afzia@styleandelegance.ca

519-574-9293

~Trendy Mondays~ Will you be my Bridesmaid?

One way to start off the wedding planning process is to pop the question and ask your "girls" if they would like to be a part of your journey!  I'm sure that you've probably already decided who those special girls will be (admit it ...some of you even knew before you became engaged!).  Whatever the case, you can approach asking them in some very unique and fun ways!

To start the juices flowing...here are some ideas that we've found in our travels!  Make it something they will never forget!

 

  

 

Our personal favourite... 


Whichever way you decide to "pop the question", have some fun with it!  You will love the look on their faces!

Happy Planning Ladies!

 

 

~ 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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afzia@styleandelegance.ca

519-574-9293


Wedding Dreams Bridal Show - January 12-13, 2013

Better late than never!  We wanted to thank each and every bride + groom that stopped by to chat with us.  There were so many!  It was great hearing details of wedding planning that are already underway and what is yet to come.

 It has been a busy week and a bit since the show but we still wanted to share our images of what the show was all about!

When brainstorming ideas for what our booth was going to look like, we received some inspiration from our good friends at Jodi Leigh Designs.  Thanks so much!  

And the process begins..... the first thing that we did was to get out our No. 2 pencils and sketch out our vision... and here is what we came up with!

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I think we hit the nail right on with this one!  We were very happy with the final result.  For those of you who know us, you know that we love being behind the camera so we took as many photos as we could (when we had a few seconds!) of this whirlwind of a weekend!  

Enjoy everyone!!

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(Photos - Style & Elegance Wedding and Event Coordination)

Huge thank you's go out to the following businesses!

Cake courtesy of The Cakebox

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Florals courtesy of Living Fresh

 

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Style & Elegance Wedding and Event Coordination

afzia@styleandelegance.ca

519-574-9293