Happy Valentine's Day!

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

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

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

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


~ Tip Tuesdays ~ You’re Engaged!

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

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

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

 Step 1 – Set the budget

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

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

Step 2 – Choose 2 to 3 possible dates

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

Step 3 – Plan a timeline

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Step 5 – Decide on your wedding style and tone

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

Step 6 – Choose & book your venue

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

Step 7 –Inspiration & Research

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

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Step 8 – Inquire and Hire your vendors

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

Step 9 – Shopping

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

Step 10Finalize details

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

Happy Planning Ladies!!  

 

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

Style & Elegance Wedding and Event Coordination

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519-574-9293


 

Wedding Engagement Season is here!

 

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

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

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~Theme Thursday~ Themed Engagement Shoots

What better way to announce your engagement than to capture that happy moment and share it with your friends and family?  Themed engagement shoots are becoming the most popular way to do your save the date and let’s face it, who couldn’t do with an extra album of beautiful pictures and memories! You can also incorporate them into your wedding progams, favors or as a newspaper announcement.

Another advantage is that you get the chance to know your photographer and what works for you before your photo shoot on the big day! It’s like a trial run to explore and refine the poses that will give you the most amazing pictures. Many photographers are beginning to offer this in their packages in order to build a relationship with the couple to make sure they are at ease and to ensure better results for their wedding day.

Be creative and show off your personalities, re-live a memory even.  There are so many choices! Here are some of the trends that have popped up during our research: Destination shoots, Urban settings, adding your pet, quirky poses and of course, themed!

Be inspired and have fun with it!

A returning favourite!

Every girl knows the beautiful love story from The Notebook. See if you remember any of these scenes..


 

Can you guess which movie inspired these shoots?

 

 

 

So many ideas! Why not entertain the idea!  See where it takes you!

 

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

Style Wednesdays – Vintage Rings

You know how the saying goes: “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.”

A vintage engagement ring can cover all of the above acting as the ultimate four -in-one good-luck token for the bride to ensure a happy marriage.

Antique or vintage equates to old and perhaps you will be lucky enough to be given a beautiful family heirloom that has been kept in the family for generations. (Preferably with the mother’s blessings!)

It can be new but designed in the vintage style and it is definitely new to you when he pops the question and presents it! As a family heirloom it is essentially borrowed until you have to pass it on and last but not least something blue comes in gorgeous sapphire.

Genuine vintage diamond rings are rare, difficult to find and come in a combination of precious diamonds, stones, metals, age, period, and features.   As advised by Randor Jewellery Inc there are four main vintage diamond ring eras to consider:

  1. Victorian Era rings - in which the style was dictated by the queens, tend to have a serious design comprising of darker stones. 
  2. Edwardian Era Vintage rings - tended to be more light and flexible in style. Platinum became a popular metal and diamonds and pearls were the most widely used gemstones. 
  3. Art Nouveau Vintage rings - tended to have styles based on flowers with very geometric shapes
  4. Retro Vintage Era rings - tend to have less emphasis on the actual gemstone. Larger less precious gems were used in conjunction with more precious metals. This is largely considered the era where yellow gold became popular and widely used. 

So for an alternative and unique ring, take a look at some of the ones we came across on Pinterest. Take a browse and find that special one for you. Happy shopping!

   

Love Love Love the details on this one below, that’s what I call old fashion bling!  Gorgeousness!!!!

These ones below are simply beautiful and elegant with floral clasps holding the stone giving it that delicate and pretty feel.  This is my favorite, I am speechless!

And finally for the something blue is the sapphire collection we found on ERAGEM. Here are some that caught our eye:

   

 

We hope we have inspired you!

 

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

You're Engaged !

The romantic proposal and the resounding "Yes" have catapulted you to cloud nine!  

No need to rush the wedding planning.... enjoy this part!  Share the news and show off that ring!  Take time with your new fiance and just revel in the moment.  It's okay!

  

A few weeks of basking and then you can get down to business!  

The first place you can start, if this is something you would like to do, is to officially share the news!  Announce to your friends and family that you are engaged by calling or sending a quick email (which is totally acceptable!).  To those who prefer to hear this kind of news the traditional way, then by all means pick up the phone and share the happy news!  You don't want to offend anyone right from the get go!  

This is only the beginning. There is a lot that is involved with planning a wedding and we are here to help!  

 

Happy Planning!

 

 

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