Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Re-Used!

Some brides have this idea of keeping their wedding dresses for years later to either pass down to a loved one or to just keep in the closet for a rainy day. However, if you're not one of these brides and you don't necessarily have any interest in storing your dress for the years to come, keep on reading! We have some great ideas for you to keep the small memories of your beautiful dress without it taking up so much of our precious closet space ('cause let's be honest... we can never have enough! )


Since your wedding day was such a magical memory you will treasure forever, why not re-purpose it for the people you love? Some brides have taken their rainy Sunday afternoons to do a little crafting with their old wedding dresses by making them into blankets, or sheets for their future baby's room. Or even a beautiful dress or piece of clothing for you or your young one to wear.

If you are feeling extra creative you can even go as far as make your wedding gown into a beautiful cover for your baby's crib/ cradle. Precious is definitely the word to describe this idea! 

 

If you're thinking of a way to re-purpose your dress that will last even longer in the family than a baby's crib, than how about make your gown into a few accent pillows, or maybe even getting them made into a bed set for you and your special someone! How romantic!

 

Pendants and necklaces are always a great way to go to carry a small part of that magical day with you everywhere, and this idea is easy to pass down to your kids one day instead of giving them the full burden of a dress.

Another wonderful idea if you are the festive type is to re-purpose your wedding gown into holiday decorations for that time of year! If you celebrate Christmas this is great idea for making stockings or a tree skirt out of your timeless dress.

 

Whatever idea you choose, it will feel amazing to always be reminded of that special day and to look back on those enchanting moments knowing that there are so many more to come!

 

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..

~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

Style Wednesdays~ Valentines Day Style!

With this week being about LOVE, we thought we would share in the "love" and bring you some gorgeous + stunning  alternatives to the white wedding gown.  For those of you who like to go outside the box and try something different.. today's post is just for you!

"Love is in the air......"....enjoy what we have for you!

We've mixed in some celebrity gowns for you too... every bride is unique and you may or may not like the style but it is a starting point.... "inspiration" to get the juices flowing! 

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Bold!  But then again, she wouldn't be Gwen if she didn't show her style!

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This A-line, floor length, tulle design is stunning!  We love the shading in the skirt!  Very romantic ....

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Ruffles ... lots of ruffles!  An element of "playfulness" to your dress can set the tone for your celebrations.

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Go bold or go romantic.... colour can always be in your favour!

Happy Planning Ladies!

 

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519-574-9293

 

 

Inspiration Fridays~ It’s a Paris Wedding!

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Royalty of Marie Antoinette

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Country/Pastoral

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Vintage Paris

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Modern Paris

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

Bon chance! 

 

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

 

afzia@styleandelegance.ca

519.574.9293