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

 

“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

Alternative Wedding Bouquets!

Want an ‘out-of-the-box’ feel for your wedding? Not a problem!  Just because you don’t want to dye your hair bright fuschia or wear a tie-dye wedding dress doesn’t mean you can’t add a little flavour into the mix.

Alternative bouquets are a great way to keep things classy but also guarantee that not only your dress will be turning heads!

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When you are looking for your perfect bouquet, make sure it not only resembles your theme, but also a little piece of YOU in the mix. If you are more of an outgoing and spunky type of bride, feathers and beads are going to reflect that bold personality!  These elements can also be brought into the decor of your special.  For example, embellishments on your table numbers, subtle accents in your centrepieces or motifs in the stationary.  There are a number of ways these elements can come together to give a cohesive feel to your day!

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If you are more on the conservative side, vintage lace and soft fabric ‘flower’ bouquets are definitely something to look into.  Perfect for that vintage or natural vibe:)...you even get a little whimsy!

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These are wonderful DIY projects for those ladies that are ambitious!  Another DIY project that you can consider is this beauty below!  A brooch bouqet - simply stunning!  This will be where you skills as a "collector" come in :)  Start early for this one!

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These bouquets can be more than just an accessory for your stunning ensemble, but can also tie you into the theme of your wedding that much more!  Anything from romantic beach to rustic forest themed bouquets help with enriching the theme and ensuring your guests are in “awe” by the hard work you’ve put in.

Some more ideas to tempt your imagination!!!  Just remember your vision!

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One thing to remember with choosing your alternative bouquet is to be creative. These are the small details that make a big impact and you are guaranteed that you won’t be the only one who notices the unique difference.

Until next time!

 

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

~Trendy Mondays~ ‘Something new’ to carry down the aisle!

Say no to flower power and opt for something completely different!  With each bride wanting to add a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ to their wedding, there are so many alternatives to choose from.  As beautiful as flowers are, they are not for everyone but some of these other “details” might just be down your ‘aisle’!

Bouquets have been replaced by many things that make a statement reflecting the bride’s tastes and personality. Check out some of the items that have made an appearance at weddings.  

Parasols
A parasol can add elegance to the bride’s outfit, especially in satin, lace or silk. It is also practical too for an outdoor wedding to shade you from the sun or protect you from the rain!

 

 

Fans
How about a decorative fan to match your theme?

 

 

Candles
Light up with a candle bouquet for that romantic ambience.

 

Lanterns

Whether it be metal or paper, lanterns are a great alternative to the traditional floral bouquet.  Bring out your personality with this detail of your wedding.  It could even double as a part of the reception decor!  The bridesmaids place their lanterns on the head table and there you go - instant decor!

  

Books
Normally this would be the bible, but brides nowadays are going for their favourite books instead! 

  

A plethora of ideas to choose from and the list doesn’t end here, anything goes!

Have fun with it! 

 

 

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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

Style Wednesdays~ Black+White Wedding Attire!

There is something about a "black tie" event.... so formal, with a crisp, clean colour palette.   Adding to the classic black look, is what you wear to the event!  

Ladies - you're going to love this!!!  Today we are sharing some classic looks as well as some twists on the black party dress! Also we can't forget the accessories!!!

Enjoy!

How about this pair?

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 We are in love with the back of this dress!!!!!!!!!!! 


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These next two dresses...... Jaw-dropping!!!!

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So many choices!!!!  How does a lady choose???!!! 

It's even harder if you add a pop of colour to the mix!  We are fans of the black and white wedding style but the extra pop of colour just takes the whole vision one notch further!

What do you think?

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Hope you enjoyed today's lovely eye candy!

Are black and white the colours for you?

 

Happy Planning!

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~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!