Saturday, October 30, 2010

{A Chic Halloween Wedding}

When I first thought about the idea of a Halloween-themed wedding, I had visions of orange and black that left me a bit disenchanted.  But the more I thought about it, the more I thought...hmmm, Halloween need not be orange!  Think of a glamorous and grown up colour palette that includes black and white, sparkly silver, deep purples and mossy greens and sprinkle a few tricks and treats that will truly wow your guests such as dark signature drinks, a stunning cake and a creative candy display!  Although not for everyone, a Halloween soiree is a perfect opportunity to have some fun and create a magical evening everyone will remember!
Have a happy and fun Halloween weekend!!

Photo credits: 1,2, 5-8 Style Me Pretty ; Image 3 & 4 Luna and Chloe Weddings

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

{I'm loving...The Little White Dress!}

Finding THE wedding dress of your dreams can be a little intimidating...there are just so many frothy and beautiful options to choose from. Right now I’m loving the “little white dress”, it’s light, fun, carefree and lets your personality shine right through. While many brides dream about “the one” (dress) for years, maybe even before they even meet “the one” (love), others have no idea what they like until they see it.  So when shopping for your wedding dress, keep an open mind...who knows, you might fall in love with something totally different from what you had originally envisioned. And if it is one of these little lovely dresses, you will definitely shine on the big day!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

{Trends: Let's Lounge!}

Looking for a great and stylish way to add an element of surprise to your wedding reception? Try one my favourite growing trends: lounges! Setting up a separate lounge area, either for cocktail hour or drinks and dancing after dinner, will keep your guests interested and comfortable, and it will add that WOW factor. Lounges are also great if you are having a cocktail-style reception, they provide a wonderful backdrop to a more laid back party and casual-style bite-size foods and hors d’eouvres (which can also be easier on the budget). This type of set up will make the experience more interactive for your guests, as they will have the opportunity to move around and easily mingle with other guests. There are many great rental companies out there that will work with you to accomplish the perfect look to accompany your reception and give you exactly what you are looking for.  Fabrics, pillows, candles, etc. are all great ways to add lots of visual interest to the space and really personalize it, and remember, whether you are setting up your lounge indoors or outdoors, arrange the furniture in a way that will allow guests to easily move from one area to another and ensure the flow of conversation. Here are some lovely spaces that completely inspire me...I hope you like them as much as I do. Enjoy!

Photo Credits: Images 1-4 & 7 via Style Me Pretty , Images 5 & 6 Nuage Designs 

Thursday, May 27, 2010

{Wedding Inspiration from the Movies: Alice in Wonderland}

Perhaps I am a little late with this post since the movie “Alice in Wonderland” (3D) came out some time ago, but I don’t think it’s ever too late to share beauty. This version of the much-loved classic was visually stunning and inspiring and it made me think of lovely and charming ways to bring a little bit of “Alice” into a sweet and pretty wedding day theme. Luscious colours, delicious treats, sweet-smelling flowers and touches of blue are just some of the ways in which you can incorporate the magic of wonderland into your special day! Enjoy and daydream!

For more "Alice" inspiration, check out {Daydreaming: Alice in Wonderland}

Photo Credits: Images 1-4 Style Me Pretty Image 5 Luxe Fete Image 6-8 Style Me Pretty

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Favour Idea: Specialty Wedding Cookies & Macaroons

Who doesn’t LOVE cookies? I think it is safe to say that 99.9% of the world’s population absolutely adores this delicious little treat, so why not incorporate it into your wedding day?! I’m not talking about your basic chocolate chip cookie either (as tasty as those are too), I’m talking about beautifully designed edible pieces of art. There are many incredible pastry shops and cake makers out there who will create specialty cookies to fit your taste and wedding theme. Take a look at these gorgeous and sweet cookie creations and get inspired!  I bet this will be a treat your guests will be more than happy to take home...and maybe dunk in some milk!

P.S. Another sweet trend is the macaroon. These Parisian little treats are made from finely ground almonds, sugar and egg whites, and come in a wide variety of happy colours...absolutely divine!!

Image Credits: Image 1 Roxy Cakes , Image 2 &3 Polka Dot Cookies , Image 4 Flour Girls , Image 5  Bobbette & Belle

Thursday, April 15, 2010

{Proud as a Peacock...}

Often-times, when people mention a “peacock-themed” wedding or event, my first thoughts are of over-the-top, (dare-I-say even a little flashy?), gold and blue concoctions. But lately, as I flip through magazines and wonderful inspiration blogs, I’ve come to realize that peacock inspiration is not only quite the trend, but it can be absolutely stunning when used subtly and wisely. Here are a few simple and beautiful ways to infuse peacock into your wedding.

Image Credits: {Inspiration Board: Images 1 & 2 via Style Me Pretty, Image 3 by The Knot}, Image 2 Amelia Lyon via La Belle Bride, Image 3 via Style Me Pretty, Image 4 & 5 Chelsea Nicole via Style Me Pretty

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Etiquette Tips!

For some helpful tips on how to handle tricky etiquette situations, check out our featured guest blog today on A Million Little Details!

Friday, January 22, 2010

What can HE do?

So for today’s blog I decided to enlist the help of my lovely business partner (and charming boyfriend) Dave West. While chatting about different blog ideas, we decided that he should write one about aspects of the wedding preparations a “dude” would actually enjoy partaking in…and here is what he came up with. Enjoy!

Guest Blogger:  Dave West

“I’m not picky about my wedding day. I mean who cares what colour the napkins are?”
Sound familiar ladies? If you answered “yes”, you probably did so while simultaneously shooting a glare at the back of your fiancé’s head that could cut glass. It’s no secret that the “typical” male opinion on the big day has always been perceived as “as long as there’s booze and it’s a good party, I don’t care about the rest”….BUT you’d be surprised at how particular Popeye becomes once he’s presented with options.
Alright, so your wedding day is fast approaching, you’ve booked the venue, picked out your centre-pieces, and decided on the arrangement for your bouquets. Now you still have to book your DJ, your transportation, choose the colours for your place settings, chair covers and organize your guest list by table. You raise your head above the surface of the not-so-imaginary ocean you feel like you’re drowning in just long enough to ask for help, and suddenly realize that you’re sitting at the table alone. “Where the heck IS he?” Chances are he’s either TRYING to be supportive while missing the edge of the table by mere inches every time he nods off, OR he’s in the other room enjoying his Sunday afternoon while you tirelessly compare colour samples. “What a luxury!” you think to yourself. Well you’re not alone. HOWEVER, you might just be a few strategies away from acquiring his assistance and not even know it. Believe it or not, sometimes the way things are PRESENTED to us can make all the difference in how enthusiastic we are about them.
Image from La Belle Bride

The important thing to remember is that there are certain aspects of life that can barely keep our attention long enough for us to ever fully decide if we like them or not, for example: candles, throw pillows, pretty toothbrush holders…and in my opinion most movies starring Hugh Grant. In wedding talk, these things usually translate into place settings, flower arrangements, chair covers and centerpieces. At the same time, there are things that grip us by our very CORE, such as good tunes, food and drinks, cars, and of course mixed martial arts. Once again, in wedding talk, these things can translate into the DJ/music, catering, a signature drink, transportation and entertainment.
Images from La Belle Bride

Images from The Knot

Try telling your fiancé that you’re hand picking the music and the entrees on your own so he need not worry and I guarantee his interest will be peaked. The trick is keeping in mind the things he enjoys and using them to persuade him to help out and NEVER underestimate the power of a simplified task list. Have him check out the DJ/music, the photographer’s website/portfolio, ask him to help you select the meal and dessert and design a signature drink and have him check out various options for transportation. These can be really difficult aspects to decide on, and while he may run for the hills when you ask him if he likes taupe or magenta napkins, your dude might develop more of an opinion if you tell him that once he gives you a little feedback, you can then move on to deciding what to eat!
Images from Style Me Pretty

In conclusion: Be kind ladies, and remember that we LOVE YOU. More and more with each and EVERY passing second, and every time the birds chirp, our hearts grow fonder. So don’t let our lack of enthusiasm discourage you. We just need a little kick in the butt every once and a while.
Image from La Belle Bride

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Choosing Your Dream Dress!!

Choosing your dress is one of the most exciting parts of the wedding planning process. You have dreamed about your perfect dress and now it’s time to get to work in order to find this dream creation!! Below are some helpful tips to keep in mind when it comes time to choosing your gorgeous gown.

A wedding dress will feel wonderful on as long as you choose the right silhouette for your body-type. If you are tall and thin choose a mermaid style or a style that is fitted at the top and flares out at the bottom to accentuate your long, lean shape.

If you’re petite, go for a simple and elongating gown, keep any intricate details on the top and keep the bottom simple.  A beatiful satin sash (in white or a soft pastel colour) will accentuate your waistline.

Full-figured women should opt for a gown that is structured through the midsection and flares out at the bottom giving you an elongating and slimming silhouette.

Pear-shaped figures will benefit from choosing a fitted top with an a-line skirt that flares out from the midsection and accentuates your waistline.

If you’re having a destination wedding, have fun with your dress!! Choose light fabrics that travel well and think outside the box…how about instead of choosing a typical wedding gown you opt for a gorgeous short, cocktail dress in a beautiful and sparkling champagne colour!

Before heading out to shop for your perfect dress, have a clear picture of what you’re looking for. Browse through magazines, online, etc. to determine which styles really appeal to you, and bring inspiration photos with you when you go out shopping, this will also make it easier for the sales clerk to help you find what it is you’re looking for.

The most important thing to remember is that in order to shine in your dress you MUST feel comfortable in it!! Be sure to choose a dress that flatters YOUR body type and complements YOUR personality…and the result will be a dream come true!

*All images from Style Me Pretty "Look Book"
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