Saturday, October 24, 2009

Thoughtful Favors!

Wedding favors are a way for guests to take a little piece of your celebration home and remember your day long after the party is over. Whether you want to give your guests an edible treat or a small token they can display is up to you, the important thing is that you choose something you feel will represent you and tie in with the theme of your day.

Here are some of our favorite ideas:
Candy and chocolate are always a big hit, let your guests assemble their own little take home packages and make the deal even sweeter. Display them in beautiful platters as a candy buffet and wow your guests. An equally delish idea is a cookie buffet, which can consist of homemade (a good old fashioned recipe) or store bought (from your favorite bakery) cookies displayed in beautiful jars. Offer charming little paper bags with your monogram printed on them, or go for gold with classy shimmery boxes for your guests to assemble according to their taste.

 If you are going for an eco-friendly favor, potted herbs, violets or orchids are lovely and thoughtful gifts your guests will be delighted to take home! Organic honey or maple syrup in beautiful jars is also a sweet and memorable option.

If you are looking for favors to do double duty, have them serve as seating cards by simply attaching a pretty label or flag with your guest’s name on it. It is a nice and cost effective way to welcome your guests and guide them to their table. You can also use them to create a beautiful centerpiece by grouping them together on your tables and having your guests take them at the end of the evening.

Remember to display your favors in a way that is inspired by (and ties in) all the elements of the day. A simple way to do this is by matching the packaging of your favors to your colour scheme.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Centerpiece Ideas

If you are looking for a way to make a great style statement at your wedding reception, look no further than your centerpieces. Be sure to infuse your centerpieces with your creativity and personality and the result will be gorgeous and memorable. When it comes to centerpieces, the possibilities are endless, there are trends and styles to suit every taste and budget. If you are having a charming, vintage wedding, why not collect a variety of vintage vases and use beautiful wildflowers on your tables. To add a touch of class and elegance to a more formal wedding, choose a beautiful cluster of clear vases with blooms in a monochromatic shade. If you are going for a modern vibe, a single bold colour will do the trick while deep, rich, jewel tones will give your tables a luxurious and warm feel. For those DIY brides out there, clear glass cubes are easy to use and look beautiful with either flowers or glass beads and stones. And remember that candle light gives everything a beautiful, romantic glow, so whatever style you choose for your centerpieces, be sure to spread a few tea lights on the tables to finish things off.

All images from Style Me Pretty

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Let them eat cake!

When it comes to your wedding cake, there are so many beautiful, creative, charming ways you can choose to go. You can have a classic tiered cake, opt for a variety of good old-fashioned fruit pies, or perhaps go with a pyramid of pretty and delicious cupcakes. Whatever route you choose to take, ensure that your cake (or cake alternative) blends with your wedding décor to keep the look of the day cohesive, you can use your colour palette or the pattern of your place cards, invitations, etc. as a guideline. Another great way to personalize your cake, is to add a monogram to it!
If you are looking for ways to save on your wedding cake costs, do not choose a cake that is too intricate, simple cakes can still be gorgeous, but more cost efficient. Lastly, be sure to book your cake baker at least 6 months in advance and check his/her references.

Hint: Many venues charge a “cake cutting fee”, this is a fee that covers storage and serving of the cake, so be sure to inquire about this fee when you are researching your venue in order to factor it in to your budget.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

A great photographer...

How do you save on your photo budget you ask? “Don’t” is the best answer possible. Find a reasonably priced photographer and go with it. This is the one thing that will showcase your wedding day for the rest of your life. If you need to generate some wiggle-room in your funds, it’s best to do it elsewhere.
From your engagement photo shoot to your last dance of the night, a great photographer knows just when to snap those shots that you will cherish forever. Most photographers offer a variety of styles and themes but it’s important to keep in mind that regardless of the style you select, always have a few traditional photos as well.  Find a photographer you can get along with, someone professional yet easy-going with an impressive portfolio that speaks for itself.  Let the memories begin!
Team DEva


*All images from Style Me Pretty
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