Be Our Guest! ~

Want to remember all of the precious moments and beautiful people that made your wedding day so special?  A great way to start is by creating a guest book for everyone to contribute to!  

Especially with larger groups of people attending, you want to be sure you have all of those little details documented that your guests will treasure just as much as you do.


If you are not much of a DIY bride then going with a simple guest book for your loved ones to write in is a simple and touching way for everyone to feel involved in your special day.  With these simple ideas you can always add something a little unique to yours by adding your names, initials, or wedding date on the front of the book so it gives the idea a little pizazz!

 

On the flip side, for all of those crafty and artsy brides out there, feel free to explore different ways for your guests to write down their magical moments.

A few ways to be more creative with this is by creating a Polaroid Booth!  This idea is intended for display throughout the night so that as you see your friends and family arrive, you can see the board build! Your guests can take a quick picture of themselves at your wedding and write their loving words on the back, creating a loving montage of their stay.

 

"Family & Friend Trees" are another wonderful idea is to minimize the amount of paper used but also creates a beautiful collage of everyone's name who attended. This is a simple idea and can be fun to create! Grab a friend one weekend and invite them over to help cut out the leaves with you as you both create the tree of love together!

 

Out of these few ideas just be sure to incorporate you and your loved one on the front or throughout. This is a way that you can not only remember your guests' stay but also how unique and special your wedding day really was!   Please don't forget...


 

Until Next Time...

 

Article written by Charlotte Rodgers ~ Intern at Style & Elegance Wedding and Event Coordination

Family, Friends & Kids? Finding the Balance

Spending time with family is not only a great time to reunite during the holidays but also at your wedding!  Coming together is a beautiful time to reunite, but are you worried about the children?  Make sure you and your partner have discussed the balance of having your friends and family and their little ones on your special day.

For some brides, there is always the option of asking your loved ones to leave their little angels at home, but for others that may be a bit more difficult if that means there are a lot to exclude. Deciding whether or not to invite them may stir up some mixed feelings, so make sure to always have a back-up plan if your friends and family feel differently!

 

One brilliant idea to consider is to hire a babysitting service for during the cocktail and  reception hours!  This way, your friends and family can enjoy their night knowing that their kids are safe and sound.  You can also order some extra "kid-friendly" food for during the eating hours so that the children are well fed and happy while their parents dance the night away!

Some "kid-friendly" finger foods include items such as pizza or hotdogs.  This way napkins can come to the rescue and you do not have to dirty up too many extra plates!  Another great type of food to order for the little ones would be pasta!  Mac n' cheese is a kid favourite and always makes them happy if there is more to go around. 

 

Another thing to add would be to have plenty of games to entertain the children during this joyous night. Simple games include colouring books or puzzles to help pass the time for them while you have the night you've always dreamed of.

For this magical idea, make sure that you have a separate room to have this service in. For some couples, if the reception is on family grounds this can be held within a nearby home of your family's. If your reception is somewhere different, for example, a banquet hall, make sure to ask if there is a separate side room to put the babysitting service! This way, you and your loved ones can have a worry-free night and make some memories you will never forget!

   

For some brides, it is very important that the children be involved with their special day which can always be fun! Having the playful spirit in the air always helps with some good laughs and great fun! Just be sure to have a back-up plan if something were to turn sour with one of the children if anything were to upset them. A great idea would be providing crayons to help occupy them during the reception. Sometimes a wedding event can seem longer to them than to us so be sure to watch out for when they start to get tired and change moods.


Regardless of whether you have the children with you on your special day or maybe just a little out of arms reach, everyone will be sure to have the most magical night celebrating your love for you and your partner.

 

Until next time...

 

Article written by Charlotte Rodgers ~ Intern at Style & Elegance Wedding and Event Coordination

~Trendy Mondays~ Food Trucks at your Wedding!

If you enjoyed our ‘Interactive Food Stations’ feature this will definitely be up your street!  Food trucks at weddings will be trending in 2013 as more couples opt for this budget savvy and unique catering idea to feed their guests.  Forget your stereotypical festival food on a chuck wagon, these food trucks are serving gourmet dishes to tantalize everybody’s taste buds!

Here are some things to consider when planning for this awesome idea!

Calculate number of guests per truck – Food trucks main purpose is ‘fast food’ but it will still take time for all your guests to get served.  Have at least one truck per 75 guests so no one goes hungry!  If you are considering this option for a late night treat, then you may only need one truck.  Not everyone is a "late night snack" kind of person.

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Time of year – remember people will have to line up for their food so make sure it is in comfortable weather, not too hot or cold and definitely choose a food truck to compliment the climate.  For example you can’t go wrong with an ice cream truck in summer! 

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Seating – If you are having the food truck as your main reception lunch or dinner then perhaps consider devising a seating area for people to sit down and eat.  However, if you are looking at a more casual affair like an after party or cocktail hour style, then set it up in a way to encourage your guests to mingle with access to cutlery and napkins (provided by the food trucks).

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Match your theme – You want to make sure the truck fits in with the décor of your wedding.  So like everything else do your research and find one that suits you.  Small and quaint or large and extravagant or something in between, there are so many choices!

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Menu – Have a varied selection of food and be as adventurous as you dare.  Food trucks will often take a fun approach on appetizers and create small bites.  You can get some high end dishes nowadays. 

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Last but not least....

Parking – This is probably the main concern but is not a deterrent for food truck lovers but do make sure a parking space is available and that the trucks are insured! 

It’s fun, inexpensive, and suitable for formal or casual dining whilst supporting small local businesses! We’re sold on the idea, how about you?  Need convincing then check out these “Truckin’ treats” found in the GTA as featured in thestar.com Food and Wine segment.

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

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Just Because....Day 37

A little "something something" sweet ALWAYS inspires us! 
We've actually made this de-lish treat a few times and it is always a hit!

 

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Curious to find the recipe... here it is!

{courtesy of the lovely Martha Stewart}

Prep Time: 20 min. | Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes | Makes: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 bar (8 ounces) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • Nonstick cooking spray

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. With an electric mixer, beat butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar; beat until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in vanilla. With mixer on low, add flour and salt in two additions, beating until just combined.

  2. Generously coat two 8 1/2-by-4 1/2- by-2 1/2-inch loaf pans (1 1/2 quarts each) with cooking spray; immediately pour in batter (pan will seem full). Tap pans on work surface to eliminate any large air bubbles.

  3. Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted in the centers comes out almost clean, 60 to 75 minutes (if the tops begin to brown too quickly, tent with aluminum foil).

  4. Cool 10 minutes in the pan. Turn out the cakes; cool completely, with top sides up, on a wire rack.

    For best results, bake these cakes at least a day before serving.  Store, wrapped in plastic, for up to three days at room temperature, or freeze for up to three months.

 

 

Variations

You can also bake the batter in a 4-quart tube or Bundt pan. Increase the cooking time by about 5 minutes. 

~Trendy Mondays~ Interactive Food Stations!

With everyone being on trend nowadays through the influence of social media and exposure to fantastic ideas, is it enough to just have good caterers?  For some the traditional three-course sit down meal is fine and a lovely option for your wedding lunch or dinner.  After all good cuisine speaks for itself!

For the more experimental and quirky types however, we would like to welcome you to a plethora of aesthetically pleasing and entertaining ways to serve your food.  The groom might well take an interest in this aspect of the planning too, as they say ‘the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach!’  If not for the main part of your reception then consider it as a late night option for the after-party perhaps.

From varied presentation to the interactive bars that are becoming more and more popular, feast your eyes on these ideas.  Mini versions of anything are so cute and a tasty mouthful!

Smores Stations!

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Popcorn Stations!

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The main purpose of "food stations" is to have the guests freely mix and mingle while getting their food!  Sampling the different options that you have laid out for them in a relaxed environment and not restricting them to "waiting it out" until their table number is called will be well received by your guests!  Setting up a lounge type reception space with a few cocktail style tables and some couches will only enhance the concept of the food stations.  We're getting hungy just thinking about all the possibilities!  Here are some more ideas to tempt your palette!

Burger Stations!

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Ice Cream Bar!

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DIY Downloads ~ Paper Cup, Sauce + Jar Labels

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Candy Stations!

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Walk Through Appetizer Stations!

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Chef Stations!

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The possibilities are endless with the types of food stations that can be incorporated into your big day....Do any of these strike a chord???

Taco Bar ~ Drinks Bar ~ Mashed Potato Bar ~ International Cuisine Stations ~ Waffle Bar ~ Hot Chocolate Station ~ Seafood Bar ~ Mac + Cheese Station...................and the list goes on!  

We recommend you entertain this option for your reception as it can be a cost saving decision depending on the number of options you choose.  This brilliant alternative to the traditional dinner service allows for your guests to try things they otherwise may not have tasted.  They can get adventurous and go outside their comfort zone!  

We hope we have sparked a little inspiration in your reception planning!  This is a fun and different option that you can personalize to you!

Happy Planning!

 

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

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~ Theme Thursdays ~ The Reception Lounge

The reception lounge is another trend predicted to be big in 2013.  It offers a space for guests to mingle, eat, kick back and relax. With a more informal feel, it provides the perfect setting for cocktails and finger food. You can create an ambience to suit your style; be adventurous and really get your guests to interact and make the night a memorable one. Be it indoors or outdoors there are so many designs to choose from. Why not break from the tradition of a sit down meal? At least you won’t have to deal with the stress of a seating chart. (We all know that’s a burden that we can do without!)

Here are some of our favourite lounge ideas taken from The Knot:

 

 

 

 

How about an outdoor mingling spot???

 

Whatever your style we're positive you will come up with an idea that you will be thrilled with!

Happy Planning Ladies!

 

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


~Inspired Fridays~ A taste of the exotic

We thought we would change up the inspiration today.  Let's delve into the world of South Asian weddings - shall we?  

Full of colour and exotic culture...we just love weddings with Asian flair!

Take a look at some of the inspiration that we just love!  You don't have to be South Asian to have these elements as part of your wedding.  There are many ways to incorporate these details... you just have to be creative! 

Enjoy the inspiration ladies!

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 Placecards ~ Shoes ~ Frames

Cake ~ Bride ~ Aisle Decor

Henna ~ Bangles

Jewellry ~ Bridesmaids ~ Hat ~ Centrepiece

~Trendy Mondays!~ Hello Jell-o!!

Now is there any food more fun the Jell-O???

A childhood favourite of many has turned into a fun choice for us adults!!!  

Why not make Jello a playful new alternative (or addition) to your cocktail hour, bridal shower or engagement party!  With so many flavours, shapes and colours to let the imagination run wild with, you can add that "gourmet flair" to any celebration!  

Back to the realm of weddings....during a wedding's cocktail hour it is common to offer shots to your guests.  Try "eating" your drink with these unique jell-o shots found on an awesome website - Jello Shot Test Kitchen! So many different delicious options are available and its an easy DIY to do the day before the wedding... if that's something you want to take on! It is a great addition to incorporate your wedding colors and adds some flare while toasting the happy couple!

Check out the various options below!  Pleasing to the eye as well as to your taste buds!  

Enjoy!

 

Bramble Jelly Shots

Made with gin, a lemon sour base, and a blackberry liqueur. Garnish with a blackberry and candied lemon.

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Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots

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Mimosa Jello Shots

These are made with champagne and orange juice, and cut with an oval cookie cutter.  Perfect for a bridal shower or a Girl's lunch!

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 Ocean Margherita Jello Shots

Tequila, Blue Curacao, Sugar and Lime Juice.... Loving the colour of this one!!!

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Espresso Martini Jello Shots

Kahlua, Bailey’s, vanilla vodka, espresso, and agave nectar.... how does that sound???

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Oh the possibilities are endless!

Check out the website Jello Shot Test Kitchen for LOADS of inspiration! 

 

~Happy Planning!~

 

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