Tuesday, 17 January 2017

He put a ring on your finger! Now what?...

Christmas and New Years are the most popular time of the year to get engaged. So now that you have made it official, it is time to start planning your big day! Figuring out the next steps and knowing where to start can be extremely daunting, therefore, we have compiled some helpful tips to make wedding planning easier:

Step 1: Choose a wedding date

There are many things to consider when choosing your wedding date. Firstly, decide which season you want to get married in. If you and your fiancée are snowbirds, having a winter wedding is beautiful and is much more cost effective. It will also be easier to find the vendors you want, as winter is considered to be off season for weddings. However, if you are expecting a lot of out of town guests, be aware that the weather may affect their travel plans.
Spring and summer are generally the most popular times of the year to get married. Having an outdoor ceremony and taking your photos in a park or by the water are ideal, but keep in mind that you may need to be more flexible with your date, venue and vendors.

Step 2: Think of a budget range

It is important to have a budget range in mind for your wedding. Choose an ideal amount and an absolute maximum amount and you will most likely land somewhere in the middle. Make sure to allot 10-15% of your budget for ‘extras/miscellaneous’ costs, as last minute and unexpected costs often creep up closer to the wedding date.

Step 3: Compile a rough idea of your guest list

You do not need to know exact numbers right away, but it is important to have a rough idea of the amount of guests you will be expecting. Many venues have a certain maximum capacity or some even have a minimum guest or spend guarantee. Make sure to speak with your parents to get a sense of their guest list, as well.  

Step 4: Research

Now is the time to start going through your secret stash of wedding magazines. Flag your favourite dress styles, flower types and color combinations. Spend some time online as well and start putting together a Pinterest board. Make sure to take note of things you DO NOT like as well. You do not need to have every detail worked out, but it is very helpful to your wedding planner and your vendors, to have some idea of what you are looking for.

Step 5: Hire a professional wedding planner

Your wedding is the most important day of your life and will most likely be the most money you will ever spend in one night. Therefore, you want to make sure to do it right! Hiring a professional and experienced wedding planner will ensure that your big day is perfect and runs flawlessly. As well, good wedding planners will know the right vendors for your style and budget and will be able to get you the best deals!

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Our Feature in the Ottawa Wedding Journal

We are super excited and fortunate enough to have been featured in a blog post about the most anticipated wedding trends for 2017 by our friends at Ottawa Wedding Journal!

Written by blogger and wedding officiant Dr. Alan Viau, the post features the top five wedding trends that we anticipate to be the most popular for the upcoming year. Check them out and see what is new in the world of colour schemes, late night food ideas, wedding themes, floral arrangements, and favours. 

Click here to find the post.

Facebook: Dr. Alan Viau
Twitter: @DrAlanViau

Stay tuned for our next post!

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Winter/Holiday Wedding

The coziest season is upon us with snow to fall shortly and cookies to bake for Christmas. For some it’s the perfect time of year for a winter wonderland wedding or even mixing the festive season with your special day opting for a Christmas themed wedding.  With these two themes in mind, we’ve put together some fabulous ideas to really enhance your wedding day and bring out those romantic and festive elements that are ever present in the winter season.

Having mulled wine as your signature drink will really make your guests feel warm and welcomed while staying elegant and classy for your wedding.

If you will be welcoming children at your wedding then why not keep them engaged and give them the opportunity to write a letter to Santa that you and your partner will mail off.

Provide you guests with opportunities to take pictures throughout your wedding with hidden mistletoe and get them to upload it with a hashtag to Instagram! (The mistletoe doubles as décor as well).

Give your guests little favours wrapped in a “Santa Sack” like peppermint cocoa, or a custom ornament with your wedding date and a thank you note.

There are practically endless options for bridesmaids dress designs. Some popular ideas for dresses are simple and elegant black dresses, very cool toned colour dresses, and a sequinned gold style dress like these ones!

You and your bridesmaids will most likely need some sort of cover up since it is winter. Check out these absolutely stunning options!

The flower crown has proved to be very popular attire for brides this year. Even though we’ve seen it more prominent in the warmer seasons, this festive flower crown definitely encompasses the festive season with the berries and greenery.

With a winter wedding, there so many different ways to go with décor, all of which are simply stunning. The idea is to bring the outside in when nature this time of year looks so beautiful. Check out these beautiful set ups for some inspiration!

Then there are of course the small little touches that can enhance your décor such as these diamond snowflake place cards, or the Santa hats on top on the champagne glasses. A little fake frost never hurt anyone, so why not sprinkle a little on the table and table number while it sits next to some beautiful cranberry filled candles. Ornament bowls and these white snowflake programs are beautiful touch as well.

Cool and festive are the words you want to keep in your head when choosing floral arrangements for your winter wedding.

These stunning cake ideas are sure to be an attention grabber!

A very popular trend is to have late night stations throughout the night offering your guests various sweet and savoury snack options. In keeping with the winter festive theme, opting for a cute “Christmas Market” idea will give you guests the opportunity to have holiday favourites like salted pretzels, Christmas cookies, hot chocolate, and Apple Cider just as some ideas.

We hope some of these winter-themed wedding ideas have sparked some inspiration for YOUR winter wedding.

Stay tuned for our next post!

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Teggy and Ramy's Wedding

There is so much to say about Teggy and Ramy’s stunning August wedding and not enough room to fit it all! This couple was an absolute delight to work with, from the fun and outgoing bridal party to the sweet and loving parents. The day started out with the bride and groom getting ready separately. The talented Jen Evoy provided hair and makeup for Teggy and her bridesmaids and Ardenian Flowers provided the gorgeous bouquets.

Teggy And Ramy chose to have their wedding ceremony in the Conservatory at the beautiful Casa Loma in Toronto. With some greenery and surrounded by naturally lit windows, the conservatory made for a bright and naturally beautiful space to say their vows.

Once the Ceremony concluded, the talented Elizabeth Kaye took family photos in the conservatory followed by bride and groom photos and bridal party photos around the Casa Loma grounds.

The final stop was Atlantis Pavilions where the remaining bridal party photos took place and, of course, the reception. Elizabeth took the bridal party down to the water’s edge along the Lakeshore to snap some fun photos by the water.

Following the photos was the commencement of cocktail Hour with Teggy and Ramy receiving their guests and mingling while delicious hors d’oeuvres were served and drinks were poured.

It was finally time for the reception to begin. The reception hall was beautifully set up with a light and clean colour palette featuring whites, blushes and nudes. The head table and décor elements were designed and set up by the amazing Ardenian Flowers who we love working with.  Dalia’s Cake Shop provided the absolutely stunning cake that was displayed alongside the head table. The bridal party was announced and Teggy and Ramy took their entrance followed by their first dance to begin the celebration.

As the sun set through the floor to ceiling windows, which surround the room, guests enjoyed their meal while listening to the smooth sounds of a Bongo & B Jazz trio.

After some amazing food and heart-felt speeches, Teggy took to the dance floor with her father for the father/daughter dance. Teggy’s friends also surprised the couple and the crowd with a folk dance. After all was said and done, Bongo & B got the crowd on their feet with a bongo player to kick start a night of dancing.

It’s safe to say that Teggy and Ramy’s wedding was a day filled with laughs, memories and a whole lot of romance. All the amazing vendors truly helped to bring Teggy and Ramy’s dream wedding to life from the stunning flowers and décor to the up beat and lively entertainment making this definitely a day to remember.

Ceremony Venue: Casa Loma
Reception Venue: Atlantis Pavilions
Hair & Makeup: Jen Evoy
Wedding Planner: Fab FêteEvent Planning
Flowers and Decor: Ardenian Flowers
Photographer: Elizabeth Kaye
Videographer: Captivate Photo Cinema
Officiant: Hillar Alkok
Jazz Trio: Bongo & B
Bongo player: Bongo & B

Stay tuned for our next post!