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!

 

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

Candlelight Candle Bright! ~ Charlotte's Favourite Things...

I absolutely LOVE how a candle can make the ambiance of a room change within seconds without spending tonnes of money on elaborate decorations.

 

Try adding small subtle candles to your wedding venue and see how quickly the romance lights up (literally).

 

Try adding candles to your walk way to add a whimsical look to your entrance. It adds such a glow that will make your guests feel warm and fuzzy inside!

Putting a touch of tea light candles in the midst of your centre pieces can really liven up the space and not break the bank. Just one more thing to help with your perfect day!


Keep Up The Happy Planning!
Charlotte 
XO

 

 

..& 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

 

 

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

 

Getting Married Under the Stars: Outdoor Weddings!

Always wanted your dream to come true outdoors?  Love under the stars?  Magic under the bright beautiful skies? Us too! Just make sure you follow these guidelines to ensure that that dream really can become a reality. 

First things first...Have a back-up plan! There is nothing worse than checking the weather forecast the week before and then finding out on your special day it decides to rain! Try having a few tents set-up somewhere nearby to make sure that in case the skies decide to open up that day, you and your guests will be saved! Trust me, they'll all thank you!

 

  

Another way to be cautious is to just plan for the worst! It is very common for a bride and groom to choose their special date 8 months to a year in advance. Unfortunately, there are no websites that can see the future so we have to just hope that day works out in your favour. But what we can do closer to the date, is be knowledgeable about all possible outcomes so no matter what, your day will still turn out accordingly to plan. Remember, expect the best, prepare for the worst.

 

Check the weather forecast as frequently as you can! Don't just try one website but try a few to make sure you are getting consistent information instead of just one weather guy flipping a coin! Even though things can change drastically, having an idea of the weather on your wedding day can help you with preparing for the outcome.  

For your guests, you want to make sure that they are having just as much fun as you are, so make sure they are well taken care of! Plan to have restrooms, enough seating areas or tables and anything else that will help make their time more enjoyable. For example, if your outdoor wedding is going to be in the middle of Summer, make sure you provide hand-fans for your guests to make sure they can cool themselves down if they get too overheated. 

   

Another way to make sure your guests are enjoying themselves is by ensuring that it your venue is easy to access. It is very common for women to wear heels to these kinds of events so you want to make sure that there is even ground for them to walk on so that no one is breaking any shoes! Try creating small stepping stones to help avoid this! Also, for some of your elderly family and friends, make sure that there are no major hills to climb up so that everyone can safely get to your wedding! 

   

If your outdoor wedding is seeping into the nighttime, make sure that there is sufficient lighting for you and your guests to maneuver around your venue so that no one is tripping over themselves to get to the washrooms or to their seats. This is much more likely to happen if there is alcohol involved so make sure the area is well-lit.

   

  

Once all of this has been planned and avoided, lastly you want to remember to just have fun! Now that you're prepared for the worst, nothing can get in your way from living out your dream wedding with your loving family and friends.

 

Until Next Time...

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

The First Look!

Need some ideas for your 'First Look' photos? Here are some amazing ideas for you and your special someone!

Sneaking up on your beloved may seem a little juvenile but in the moment it is such a fun and playful way to get the perfect shot! 

 


Another classic way to get that 'magical moment' is by having your loved one face another direction and at the last second turn around!  Capturing their first reaction to how beautiful you look is just priceless! The surprise is always a treat to capture and even better to add to the photo album.

 {Pulling out a tissue now... We just love this next one..... }


A great way to tease your betrothed is by blind-folding them first and then coming face-to-face before you have the big reveal... this is such a cute way to build the suspense and have such a memorable first glance.

 

Remember, you don't always have to have your first look with your soon-to-be... this first look can be with other family members of yours or even your wedding party!  All of these are amazing ways to capture the most memorable moments of your special day.

 

Why not make it special for your brother too!


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

Wedding Favours for your Favourites!

Worried that your wedding favours won't get used once your guests leave?
Not to fret! With these simple ideas, your friends and family will only be wanting more! 


When choosing party favours make sure they are relatable to not only your theme but also to the season!  It may not make sense if you are giving out small jam jars if your wedding is in the middle of winter.  Always consider external factors too!  If you are having a rustic outdoor wedding, incorporating natural elements into your gifts is a creative way to keep your theme tied into the idea.  For example, beautiful cloth bags with 'outdoor-sy' aspects are an exceptional way to give your guests just what they want and make sure your vision is creatively displayed.
 
 

Another great way to select your perfect gift for your guests is by asking yourself... 'what do people use often?'.  Seems like such a simple question but it is such a helpful way to make sure your gifts are being used as well as admired!

 

A few examples of gifts that people can use are personalized wine corks. These simple party favours can be used over and over again and will remind your loving friends and family of that beautiful day you all spent together! Putting you and your partners' initials or the wedding date on the top is a lovely touch to make this simple item a timeless present.
Another example could be small and delicate candles for your favours. The scent of these beautiful gifts are sure to make your guests smell the aroma of love every time they light them. 
 

Amongst these great ideas, think about adding a little humour to the mix!  Nothing says 'fun' like a quick, clever joke to go along with the party favours!  Simple but witty sayings will make sure your guests get a kick out of their thoughtful gifts and leave everyone smiling even after your special day.

 

Never forget to keep in mind your budget.  The last thing you want is to have spent your money excessively in this area.  Shop the "going out of business" and after Christmas sales.  Buy items in bulk.  Take advantage of online resources such as EBAY and Kijiji.  Always be on the lookout for great deals  There's nothing wrong with that!  If you start early enough.... you will have plenty of time to do the legwork and find something that is cost effective and perfect for your guests.
Here are some more fun ideas that you may not have considered.
 
Love this one!  It has such a "down home" feel!  Total Southern comfort!
Perfect for that outdoor celebration!


For a little touch of chic... why not mini champagne?  If it fits your budget it can be a contender!


Why not some tea or coffee?  Everyone loves that!  Head out to a local market or grab some Fair Trade Coffee.  Package a single serving in a recyclable bag or box.  Keep it eco friendly!

 

Just remember, your gifts are such a nice touch to the celebration that they should be filled with lots of love and joy as well! If you need help with any of these party favours, ask for advice from others to get the inside scoop on what they might want!
Never a bad idea to combine a few ideas to create the best wedding favours for your lovely day!

If you are the DIY bride.... then click the link for some DIY Favour ideas that may spark your interest!

Until next time my lovelies!!!

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

"Spring Into Planning!"

As exciting as it is to have the beautiful weather finally making an appearance, it is even MORE exciting to get into the mood of planning your special day!

Amongst all of the other important things that need to be decided between you and your beloved, choosing colour themes are a great way to start! If you have a Spring wedding planned or have a few weddings to attend in the upcoming months, you can be sure that these are the colours you will be seeing for Spring 2014!

Pastels like pale peach, radiant orchid and cherry blossom pink seem to be a trend we are seeing this Spring because of their light and fresh feel…who said only the weather had to be bright and blossoming?!

      

These beautiful colours not only mirror the beautiful outdoors in its process of blooming but it also helps us get back into the mood of designing your exceptional day!

When you are choosing between these lovely Spring colours, step out of your comfort zone and try pairing them with charming soft shimmers of silver or gold! The twinkling aspect of these metallic colours will not only add a variety of colour to balance out the theme but it will also help the focus colour POP!

But remember everyone….... moderation is KEY! Too much of one colour can overthrow the theme and make things feel too overwhelming!  Make sure to ask for help if you are unsure about how much colour or sparkle to add to your stunning setting so you can ensure that your day is as perfect as you have always imagined!


Above all, have fun with it!  These colours should reflect your dream day and make you feel just as happy as we are about this beautiful Spring weather letting love be in the air!

Until next time! 

 

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