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

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

The Life of the Party! ~ Wedding Games for your Special Day

Trying to think of a way to keep your guests entertained but don’t want to break your budget? 

Cute wedding games are a great way to keep things lively! 

With all of the food and mingling, your guests may feel a little weary after a long day of celebrating; but we can assure you that these low-key games will make sure your loved ones will have a blast!

 

 

Simple wedding games such as “The Shoe Game” are a great way to keep everyone entertained! This hilarious game is a wonderful way to let your guests in on a couple of harmless secrets between you and your beloved!

Simply place two chairs back-to-back in the middle of the dance floor so all of your friends and family can see. Remove one of your shoes and then trade with your spouse so that you are holding one of your own shoes and one of theirs.

Have one of your friends or family read a series of questions about your relationship and try and answer the best you can with either of the designated shoes! The outcomes are not only comical but they also can be surprising in only the best ways!

 

Another fun game to keep the excitement up is “I Spy”. This easy game consists of picture taking and staying on your toes which is sure to keep your guests up and at ‘em! Grab your camera or your phone and take pictures of the items on the list that has been given to you… simple things such as ‘find the best dancer’ or ‘the biggest smile’ make this game easy but also a funky way of getting people to mingle.

   

Regardless if there is a prize at the end or not, your guests will love being involved with you on your special day! Check out some more ideas on how to ramp up the fun at your reception....

How about a HUGE game of chess for that outdoor wedding!

 

Now this looks like sooo much fun!!!  Get your camera out for this one :)

 

For those of you who are not into the "physical activity"... there's also an option too!

    

Nothing like spending some quality time with your small or large wedding party to make your celebration that much more memorable!

Until next time!

 

 

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

Real Wedding ♥ Trudy & Matt {October 2013}

When we met Trudy & Matt, instantly we knew that working with them would be a fun experience!  "Clicking" with clients is such an awesome feeling.

Right from the start we were so impressed with how organized the bride was!  So awesome!  My job as Wedding Day Coordinator became just a bit easier :)  Aside from a few details.. we were pretty much on track for a wonderful celebration.

Come the day of the wedding... Trudy looked ah-mazing! ♥ Her gown... stunning!  Fit her like a glove!  Matt .... you looked handsome too ;)

Set at the beautiful Pines event space in Cambridge Ontario... Trudy & Matt tied the knot!

A fun-filled reception followed with group singing and impromptu poetry!  Loved it!

Take a look at the images taken by the talented photographers at Spirits Intrigued Photography.

Enjoy!

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A little sisterly love....

 

Can't forget about the groom!

A moment alone ...

The gang!

 

 


How cute are these!!!  Individual cakes as centrepieces ..... that you can dig into!

  

and now for the first dance!

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Venue ~ The Pines / Florals ~ Living Fresh / Officiants ~ Kettle Creek Weddings

DJ ~ Something Blue Wedding DJs / Invitations ~ Minted 

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~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

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Style Wednesdays ~ Bringing sexy back... Backless Wedding Gowns!

The backless dress dates back to the 1920’s with the purpose of exposing the wearer’s back, most commonly in evening gowns and wedding dresses of all lengths.  This is perfect for the bride who exudes sexiness and wants to look” hot” on her big day.

There are many types from the halter neck, spaghetti straps, capped sleeves, V-shape and completely backless with the scoop or plunging all the way to the buttocks.  Different styles will expose either the upper, middle, or lower back or even all.  The styling doesn’t stop there as lace, embroidery and all sorts of sparkles are added to complete the look.  Are you brave enough to bare “almost” all?  Here are some dresses that might inspire your inner goddess to show a little or a lot of skin.

How about this classic V-shape with ruffles, it just screams elegance. 

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The low scoop with capped sleeves, simply gorgeous.

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The varieties of keyhole dresses available are endless.  Check out these lovelies!!!

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Such stunning details in these dresses, they really show off your figure.

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We are just loving these dresses!!!!  Our hearts are a pitter patter!!!!

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Not quite backless but beautiful lace detail at the back of the dress is always gorgeous.

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Backless wedding dresses are absolutely one of our favorite styles and are definitely on trend for this year! Be daring and make your statement!!!

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

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~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

~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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Inspiration Fridays ~ Destination Weddings!

Kitchener Wedding Planner PlanningFor all types of couples, a destination wedding is becoming the popular option to tie the knot. What is better than having your nuptials in an exotic location at potentially a lesser cost than a traditional wedding affair, right?!

An intimate wedding with your nearest and dearest with a lot less stress involved. There is a place for every style and budget from gorgeous sunny beach weddings to beautiful mountain tops to places like Europe!  The world is your oyster!

 

We are sharing some tips today to help you decide whether Destination is the option for you! 

How about a little French Polynesia????? .......My oh my does that sound amazing!

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Or some mountain scenery?

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A little Paris maybe?  Oui, Oui!

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Or is a grand majestic castle on the list of contenders?  

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Now here are some tips to begin planning your destination wedding away!

 

  1. Although you won't have a huge guest list, it is still wise to have a tentative headcount when choosing your destination + venue.
  2. Plan in advance, especially if you want to block, book and get discounted rates at resorts.
  3. Ensure all those invited have valid passports + vacation time.  It is wise to put as much detail on your Save-the-dates as possible so they can arrange themselves to participate.  You wouldn't want one of your bridal party to not be able to attend!
  4. Two-in-one!  The wedding is likely to be at a romantic getaway so why not stay and have your honeymoon there too?  For most of your guests it is probably also a vacation opportunity so make the most of "holiday-ing" with your friends + family and stay a little longer!
  5. Research the weather of your destination to prevent any surprises.  Definitely choose your wedding attire accordingly.
  6. Know and become familiar with the laws and legal requirements of getting married in the chosen country.
  7. Use recommended + reputable vendors only!  If you are not able to fly out and do a little reconnaisance yourselves then perhaps see if there is an event coordinator included in your wedding package that can do the leg work and get feedback to you.
  8. Do not check-in anything you will want on the big day.... carry-on with you just in case.
  9. Your guests' attendance is a gift in itself, so perhaps don't have a gift registry.  Also be considerate of your guests varying budgets and provide options!  As a gesture why not throw a Welcome dinner to thank them!
  10. If you can afford it, use a wedding planner who specializes in destination weddings.  They are more likely to know the ins and outs of getting married abroad and will know vendors etc.. to ensure a smooth running event!

Happy Planning!

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

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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!

 

 

~Inspiration Fridays ~ Boho Chic Weddings!

Kitchener Wedding Planning PlannerWe having been pinning a lot of wedding bouquets as of late and they have all had a “boho” vibe to them.... so it inspired us to look into a full on boho wedding!

Boho normally has connotations of being unconventional; taking influences from the hippies. This instantly makes me think of being lovey-dovey, bare foot and wearing flowers in your hair!  This style also bares some similarities to country chic and both have that dreamy, earthy, natural feel good factor. 

 It has been the style of female fashion made popular by celebrities that has gone round and is set to make a comeback this Spring! Get a head start and plan your Boho Chic wedding from the inspiration below.

These brides look beautiful with their floral head bands with a simple hairstyle, and lovely laced dresses. Effortlessly and naturally gorgeous!

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And for the finer details....

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So the dress seems obvious, but what do you do for décor for a Boho wedding?  Why not try to recreate the “hippy camp” ambience with tents, dream catchers and hand-picked delicate flowers in small jars and vases.  Add candles for that romantic mood too and a modern twist to the theme with the dessert table.

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Just beautiful.....

Are you choosing a Boho theme for you big day?  What do you have planned?

 

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

Tip Tuesday ~ For the Groom!

As soon as you utter the words "engaged" - from that point on it seems to be ALL ABOUT THE BRIDE!!! Well today we're not going to talk about the "girls".  It's all about the "Groom + his boys" today!

Gentlemen, despite what you may hear, you are part of the wedding too.  You can be as involved as you want to be.  Here are a few things that you can be responsible for in the planning process, not just the engagement ring!

First of all, as a couple - choose the wedding date.  It could be something symbolic like the anniversary of your first date, or the day that you met for the first time.  Choose something special to the both of you!   You may need to consider "special guest" conflicts as well.  For those that you would really like to attend.  Try to stay away from holidays if you can... especially religious ones.  Which season you would like to have your wedding is just as important.  Weather can affect your wedding's style + location.  It can set the mood for the celebrations so you need to think carefully.

 

Second, you need to select a venue for your celebrations.  A lot of places get booked up very quickly so you need to make this one of your top "to-do" list items.  You may be quite surprised that you choose something that you never thought you would!  You need to consider whether you want the ceremony + reception to be in the same place or you are okay with separate locations.  How many guests you plan to have will definitely dictate where your celebrations will be!  Do you want a traditional venue or are you looking to get away from the normal choices and want a unique venue?

 

It's time to select your entourage!  Who is going to stand up with you and be part of your big day?  There are the usual suspects... brothers, close cousins, friends... and don't forget the bride's brother!  But before you make your decision, consider the size of the wedding and the person's ability to commit to the task of being a Groomsman.  

Can he afford it?  Is he a gentleman?  Does he have the time?  Can you imagine your wedding without him?  May sound silly but you don't just want to choose someone to even up the count.

(Being the Groom is shaping up to be quite the job!!!!)

Now for the part where you can shine and fully take the reigns - choosing the Band/DJ.  When it comes to choosing a band for you reception, always make sure you are able to see + hear them play before you decide.   As a general tip, bands will be more costly than a DJ would so you need to know your preference.  A good DJ will arrive early to setup and make sure that his equipment is placed out of the way of the podium, not blocking the view of the head table and has been tested for sound quality.  You don't want any of that loud shrieking feedback! Some helpful hints to consider... interview 3-4 vendors, ask if the DJ is familiar with your venue, how much experience do they have, what is their attire for the event and clarify the number of hours they will be there.  Dear Groom - you have quite the job on your hands as this is the one element that can make or break the wedding reception!  No pressure though!

This is just a sampling of how the groom can participate in the wedding planning process.  A lot more than you thought huh!  We were just getting warmed up!

More to come gentlemen!

 

Wedding Dreams Bridal Show - January 12-13, 2013

Better late than never!  We wanted to thank each and every bride + groom that stopped by to chat with us.  There were so many!  It was great hearing details of wedding planning that are already underway and what is yet to come.

 It has been a busy week and a bit since the show but we still wanted to share our images of what the show was all about!

When brainstorming ideas for what our booth was going to look like, we received some inspiration from our good friends at Jodi Leigh Designs.  Thanks so much!  

And the process begins..... the first thing that we did was to get out our No. 2 pencils and sketch out our vision... and here is what we came up with!

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I think we hit the nail right on with this one!  We were very happy with the final result.  For those of you who know us, you know that we love being behind the camera so we took as many photos as we could (when we had a few seconds!) of this whirlwind of a weekend!  

Enjoy everyone!!

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(Photos - Style & Elegance Wedding and Event Coordination)

Huge thank you's go out to the following businesses!

Cake courtesy of The Cakebox

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Florals courtesy of Living Fresh

 

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Trendy Mondays ~Social Media + Your Wedding!

Kitchener Wedding Planner PlanningYou log onto Facebook.  

You are here to change your status.  

In a relationship .......to ENGAGED!

 

 

We see it time and time again.  It's no surprise that we are seeing people turn to social networking sites to share the news of their upcoming marriage.  Many of these people are using sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to help plan their wedding.  Everything is literally at their fingertips.

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Here are a few tips to help you plan your wedding:

Find Your Inspiration + Explore Ideas

The days of perusing through bridal magazines and cutting out photos for your "scrapbook" are by the wayside and have been replaced with a virtual option.  Social media sites like Pinterest allow newly engaged couples to easily find and organize their wedding ideas.  There is even an entire category dedicated to the subject which makes it so much easier!  It can be overwhelming as well as there is so much inspiration out there to go through!  You just need to stay focused and you will find your vision!  Other popular wedding sites include Style Me Pretty, 100 Layer Cake, Instagram and Wedding Chicks.........just to name a few!  These sites provide you with tonnes of inspiration through real weddings ranging from small to large scale.  Anything is possible! 

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Research Your Vendors

A great place to find vendors for your wedding is Facebook.  Many many businesses have their own group pages that allow people to see what they are up to and also view feedback from past clients.  If you are beginning your wedding planning with a blank slate, a helpful place to start would be to ask your friends.  They will be happy to share their experiences with you... good or bad.  Also it never hurts to ask the vendors you have already hired who they feel are reliable professionals in the industry.  They will never recommend companies that don't fit the bill as it would then be a bad reflection on them.

 

 Often a great source of inspiration and ideas, YouTube is largely overlooked.  A lot of DIY options can be found here as well as a more visual insight into what certain wedding vendors can do.  It always helps to have a "look" at what is out there.

Stay in touch with your Wedding Guests + Bridal Party

When it comes down to it, there is only so much you can put on a wedding invitation without making it look like a documentary!  With this in mind, more and more couples are creating wedding websites to help communciate the information to their Bridal Party + Wedding Guests.  They can also share the story of how they met, the exciting proposal, registry information and other details they couldn't include on their invitation.  These can be a lot of fun!

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Sharing your Wedding Day

Just those words used to mean that everyone would have to wait for the photographer to edit the photos and send them to the bride + groom before anyone else saw them.  In today's world, everything is pretty much instant!  

Guests are tweeting from the celebrations, posting photos on Instagram or uploading images to Facebook and Twitter.  "Tagging" and "sharing" has become the norm with any event.  Those who couldn't attend are instantly able to be a part of the celebrations from afar.  The possiblities are endless and everything is at our fingertips. 

 

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 However you choose to include social media in your wedding planning .... just remember not to let the overwhelming nature of it take over.  

Do your research, decide on a vision and run with it!

You need help with that vision and how to make it come to life?  Contact us and we can make it happen!

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afzia@styleandelegance.ca

519-574-9293

The Wedding Dreams Bridal Show is this Weekend!

Wow!  It's amazing how time flies! 

We are wrapping up the details for setup at The Wedding Dreams Bridal Show and are getting so excited to meet all the Brides+Grooms that will come out this weekend. 

To be honest, that is the part of the show that I love.... talking with the couples and hearing their stories.  How they met.... their special proposal stories and of course what they have planned for their special day. 

All show attendants will be treated to a beautiful fashion show featuring Bridal Shops from the local area.  We love taking a moment to watch a part of it too!  What girl doesn't love looking at wedding gowns???  Lots of stunning designs to be seen! Here's sneak peek from the last Wedding Dreams Show! 

   

Right here in this area we have so many talented and amazing Wedding Professionals to choose from and a lot of them will be at the show this weekend for you to meet!  Including us!

There are over $25,000 in prizes to be won this weekend!  For those of you trying to convince your intended hubby to join you this.... well you can entice them with the words "Groom's Room".  A sanctuary where he can just hang out, have a drink at the bar, listen to some music, munch on some snacks and try his chances at the longest golf drive contest.  A little something for the bride and the groom this weekend!

Style & Elegance Wedding and Event Coordination will be at Booth # 167... be sure to drop by and chat with us!  We are all about peace of mind for your wedding planning process.  We LOVE what we do and would love to be a part of your wedding day.   

See you there!

Inspiration Fridays~ Birds of a Feather!

I have been seeing birdcage displays in nearly every shop window and as various home accents and furnishings. 2012 saw an increase in popularity in bird themed home décor and fashion and it has been predicted that it will take off in the wedding world in 2013, especially come spring. The bird theme adds a whimsical and vintage feel, almost taking you into a fantasy world.  Be inspired by these ideas….there is so much you can do!

   

  


 

Have fun planning this one ladies!

 

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

Theme Thursdays ~ A Party for the Bride+Groom!

Everybody knows what a bridal shower is and since it takes two to get married why not invite the groom and his pals to have a couples shower?  They are becoming more popular as a pre-celebration for the bride and groom to have fun and party with their loved ones together.  Steer clear of too much feminine touches and go for a theme of shared interests or hobbies.  Food is always a good focal point to keep the gentlemen’s stomach satisfied combined with some gorgeous cupcakes, you get the best of both worlds.  Throw in some games and there you have it, a perfect recipe to party co-ed style.  Finally add gifts and well wishes for the soon to be newlyweds and your Jack and Jill party is complete!

 

Here are some ideas....

How about a little country or retro charm?

 

Now for the games....

Most traditional wedding shower games won't interest the men at all.... too girly!  The way to go would be to have a "Couples Quiz".  See how well the intended couple really know each other with some fun questions!  Another twist would be to have the male version of the toilet paper wedding dress game.  How about the toilet paper tuxedo game!  What about Karoake?  That could be a very entertaining part of the evening!

 

 

Here is a summary of what should be taken into consideration....

1.  Bride + Groom's input before planning begins

2.  Date + Time that is conveniant for the couple

3.  Consider a location other than your own home if the number of guests is large

4.  Choose a theme.  Remember to create an atmosphere where the men will feel comfortable as well.

5.  Decide on dress code.... formal, casual???  A lot of people like to enjoy being dressed down so keep this in mind.  It all depends on the theme of your coed shower.

6.  Plan a menu - food is always important!  A party that is catered or even just wine + appetizers would be great!

7.  Consider whether or not you want a "gift opening" portion of the event.  To be honest... the men might get bored....  You could provide an alternative such as an outdoor activity or a sports event on TV.

8.  Depending on the guests and couple, decide on whether or not to have games.  If so, try to come up with games that involve the men without seeming too cheesy or corny!

9.  Try to limit the shower to a couple of hours. To avoid people lingering far beyond your expectations, include both a starting and ending time on the invitation.

 

Above all else - have FUN planning!

 

 

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



~ Style Wednesdays ~ Bridal Jewellery....

Welcome to 2013 everyone!  Lots and lots of wedding goodness to come this year!  Why not start the year off with a little sparkle?????  

You want to look perfect on your wedding day and be the most beautiful bride there has ever been! We have given you tips from the most on trend wedding dresses to hair, nails and now jewellery. Beyond your dress, enhance your outfit with jewellery; be it a pair of small pearl earrings or a large blinged out necklace. Here are some pieces that caught our eye!

Earrings

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Necklaces

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We just love anything that sparkles!  Hope you liked something you saw here today.

One more thing... which one of you ladies got a little something sparkly over the holidays?

Let us know!  We would love to hear your story!

 

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