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Wedding Planning: 10 do’s and don’ts

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If planning a wedding were easy, we wouldn’t see quite so many elopements to Vegas. Everyone knows planning a wedding can be complex and confusing; some planning tools recommend beginning two years from the date, some say you can do it in twelve or even six months; it requires attention to details you never heard of before (a ring needs its own pillow?!) and can demand the skills of a trained diplomat. Here we present some do’s and don’ts that every couple should take note of when planning their wedding.

Do

  • Be inclusive. Let your family and friends offer their input! Just because they give advice doesn’t mean you have to take it, but getting different opinions and ideas will open your mind to what you want for your wedding, and what you don’t.
  • Don’t just go with the first caterer, wedding planner or destination wedding company you find on the internet. Read reviews, call the companies, and ask them for references.
  • Do it together. Your wedding should reflect your personality as a couple; doing it all alone, without input from your fiancé, is a no-go even if he says he trusts you to handle everything.
  • Begin a fitness program six months before your wedding. It’s okay to start (or end) with a boot camp, but it’s important to implement healthy diet and lifestyle changes for the long term rather than going on an unhealthy crash diet to fit into the dress.
  • Get professional hair and makeup done rather than relying on a friend, however close you are. She will likely be in your wedding party and will have her own duties to attend to.
  • Practice your first dance. If there will be dancing and one or both of you can’t dance, it’s worth investing in some basic lessons, not just so you’ll look good on the video, but so you will feel good that you have properly honoured the day.
  • Have an indoor backup plan if you’re having an outdoor ceremony or reception. At the very least, have a tent or gazebo on hand that will shelter the wedding party in case of sudden storms.
  • Make sure your attendants know how to bustle your dress and have an emergency kit on hand with things like safety pins, tissues and band-aids for all the little scrapes you might get into.
  • Invest in Spanx. You want to feel good from the skin on out.
  • Feed your vendors, the band, and anyone else who is going to be at your wedding for 8 hours.

 

Don’t

  • Stay up late the night before your wedding, no matter how tempting it is to stay up drinking with friends or your fiancé reminiscing.
  • Go without a seating plan, unless you have under 50 guests who mostly know each other, or an extremely informal setting. For larger weddings, a well thought out seating plan is essential.
  • Neglect personal grooming like tans, waxing, nails and other maintenance. All eyes will be on the couple today.
  • Lose control of the wedding planning – this is YOUR special day, not your mother in law’s.
  • Pick a reception location that is too distant from the ceremony. A long commute isn’t fun for anyone.
  • Forget to include sufficient vegetarian options in your menu.
  • Forget to eat. A couple of glasses of champagne on an empty stomach is all it takes for some people to crash and burn.
  • Have your wedding registry at a place that few if any of your guests can afford.
  • Neglect your guests at the reception. It may be annoying that you can’t just spend the whole time gazing into each other’s eyes, but there will be plenty of time for that later.
  • Last but not least…don’t forget to have fun! The day will fly by so enjoy it to the fullest!

Wedding Attire Demystified

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You’ve received your wedding invitation and you’re absolutely thrilled to help your friends celebrate their big day. You can’t wait to see the lovely flowers, eat the delicious food, and gawk at the bride’s fabulous dress…uh oh …you’re going to have to buy a dress! Or can you get by with the cocktail dress you wore to that yacht party last summer? No, it’s off-white. You don’t want to compete with the bride, do you? Oh no, you’re single now, too…you’re going to have to find a guest who is willing to rent a tux. Unless he has a dark suit of some kind already, or is that a faux pas?

Thinking about your wardrobe may very well be the only depressing aspect of receiving a wedding invitation (unless the invite also announces that the wedding will take place in three weeks, in Turks and Caicos). How can you beat the wardrobe blahs and be sure that your attire is perfectly appropriate to the event? Read on.

Wedding Attire (7)White Tie

While this kind of event may conjure up images of Fred Astaire, it still exists in the modern world – for the most formal weddings. Should you get invited to a white tie wedding, expect a lavish affair; men will be dressed in tuxedos with tails, white vests, bow ties and even white gloves, while the ladies will be decked out in full-length ball gowns in dark colours, with dramatic jewellery, makeup and hair.

Wedding Attire (2)Black Tie

This event requires men to sport a tuxedo, while women can get by with a dark or neutral coloured chic cocktail dress – though long ball gowns, glamorous hair and professional makeup will still abound.

Wedding Attire (6)Formal or Black Tie Optional

At last, a wedding a man can pull out his dark suit for! Though the occasional tuxedo will be spotted, formal dark suits with ties are fine, and women are permitted suits too, as long as they are dressy, or cocktail dresses, or long formal dresses. Again, dark or neutral colours are important so as not to compete with the bride.

Wedding Attire (5)Beach Formal

Because this wedding will presumably be held in a hot climate, men can shed the tie in favour of light cotton suits, linen shirts and khakis with – gasp! – sandals, while women can wear formal sundresses and dance the night away in flats. Another nod to the heat is natural hairstyles and makeup. Dark colours are not required on the beach.

Wedding Attire (4)Semi-formal or Dressy Casual

A suit and tie is required, but it can be dark or light, depending on weather and time of day. Women can pull out the cocktail dress again, or choose separates as long as the skirt and top are both appropriately dressy.

Wedding Attire (3)Casual

This wedding style throws traditional wedding garb rules out the window. Men don’t have to wear jackets to a casual wedding; button down shirts or even polo shirts will suffice, worn with dress pants. Women can pretty much dress down as well, with classy separates or a summer sundress.

What’s the purpose of rules for wedding attire, given that people will always try to look their best at a wedding? The rules exist mainly to ensure that your guests are attired similarly and appropriately enough that they look and feel like they belong. If you receive a wedding invitation that does not specify what attire is expected, simply ask the bride or groom what their plans are; chances are good that the level of formality will be lower than if the dress code had been spelled out on the invitation. Get ready to search your closet and get creative!

 

 

When Should You Hire Your Wedding Vendors?

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With all the different wedding planning guides out there, which run on 12, 24 or even 36-month timelines, it can be super confusing to figure out when you should book your wedding vendors. If you have gone to a bridal show or bridal expo, your conundrum might be complicated by the fact that the vendors there insisted that you book immediately in order to take advantage of certain special offers available only at the show. That means you might have some services booked well in advance, and others not so much.

There is a general rule of thumb that if it’s a service, like the entertainment or the religious officiant, you should book right away, and if it’s a product (like stationery, gown, cake) you have some leeway, because the vendors of these products have enough product to go around to you and all the other couples getting married on that day. Too early, and you have tied up a lot of deposit money in the hands of vendors. Too late, and you run the risk of missing out on essential wedding services – or having to choose your second, third or fourth choice! Here we try to de-mystify precisely when you should book all your services.

Wedding Planner/Coordinator – 12 months out

If this person is going to be coordinating your entire wedding, it just makes sense to hire them right at the beginning, right? That way, they have plenty of time to organize your big day.

Venue/Reception Hall/Banquet Hall – 12 months out

Couples planning to get married in the popular spring and summer months (May to August) should take this a step further and book as soon as they have a wedding date, even if this is 2 years out. Having your preferred location booked means you can then start hiring all your other vendors.

Officiant: 9-12 months out

Some popular Toronto wedding venues, like the Old Mill, come with a ceremony officiant already, but if you want to hire a specific religious, spiritual or significant person to deliver the ceremony, you need to book them right away.

Caterer – 9-12 months out

Caterers appreciate the lead time, as they might be booked for multiple weddings on the same day if you’re getting married on a weekend in a popular month.

**Wedding decorator – 9-12 months out

Really, as soon as you have the venue, don’t you want to make sure it’s going to look wonderful on the special day?

Photographer – 6-9 months out

If you want a top tier photographer, we suggest booking even sooner; but there are many wedding photographers in the GTA, so this is one area where, if you’re not extremely fussy about having the best of the best, you do have some leeway. The same goes for the videographer, if you will be using one.

Band/DJ/Entertainment – 6-12 months out

Again, this is one of those subjective ones: if you have your heart set on a particular band, musician or DJ, you need to book earlier rather than later; otherwise, there are many capable acts in Toronto that you can book a bit closer to your date.

Flowers & Cake – 6 months out

While you might think you can get away with putting this off, if you want certain seasonal flowers – or certain elaborate cakes – you want to book 6 months before your date, just to be safe.

Limo – 6 months out

Seems ridiculous when the Yellow Pages are full of limousine services, but if you’re getting married in the summer, it’s also prom season – you might have trouble finding a reputable limo driver (or several) on a Friday or Saturday night.

Stationery – 4-6 months out

You can do an electronic ‘save the date’ the second you have a firm date and venue, especially since the summer months book up so quickly with planned vacations. But the actual invites can wait a bit.

Looks like you’ve got some phone calls to make!

 

 

 

 

 

Trending bridal bouquets in 2015

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There are few things that get brides as excited about their wedding décor as fresh, beautiful flowers. In most weddings, floral décor helps set the tone for the entire theme and provides a big dose of the elegance, but for sheer ahhhh factor, nothing can compare to the bridal bouquet itself. The problem is, when it comes to flowers, Mother Nature has given us so much to choose from that it can be hard to know where to start.

It’s always good to know what other people are doing, so you can choose whether to embrace the trends or buck them. So what colours and styles of bridal bouquets are trending in 2016?

International Floral Distributors, a consortium of leading floral distributors in the US, has released their 2016 forecast for what’s trending now. According to the IFD forecast, there are several major bridal flowers trends we’ll see this year that will provide gorgeous inspiration and emotional impact for couples and guests alike.

Simple White

With white being by far the most popular wedding dress colour for North American brides, it’s no surprise that a monochromatic theme has always been a preferred choice. This year, expect white bridal bouquets to hit the mainstream. But white doesn’t have to be stark and severe: soft, creamy pastels such as peonies in the palest possible shades of peach, lemon and pink are also trending, or for a winter wedding, try experimenting with the winter wool floral trend which involves wrapping the bouquet in wool. The key to a white bouquet is to mass just one flower variety, such as the afore-mentioned peonies, or more traditional ivory roses or calla lilies.

Majestic Purple

What bride wouldn’t want to carry the royal colour? Purple – in all its incarnations, from deep plum to pale lavender – is hot this year, valued as a magical, regal colour with romantic sophistication. Flowers to use in the majestic purple bridal bouquet include orchids, roses and carnations.

Beautiful Blue

The Lapis palette is defined by blues and whites, a classic combination that is crisp and cool. This bouquet is constructed with roses, calla lilies, peonies and the deep blues of hydrangea or delphinium.

Colourful Kaleidoscope

Brides looking to make a bold statement this year will love the trend towards bright colours and shapes that really pop. Expect colours to be big and exciting; don’t shy away from orange, coral, hot pink and even turquoise. Blooms of choice include the brightest daisies, roses, dahlias and ranunculus.

Earth Angel

Inspired by romantic English garden weddings, this wedding bouquet trend features a soft, unstructured feel and shades of blush and peach as well as natural tones. The look includes roses (of course) combined with succulents and lamb’s ear foliage for a look that’s not quite vintage. The idea is to use various types of flowers that could have been freshly picked from the garden, rather than using just one or two varieties.

Huge budget? It’s all about the luxury blooms this year, with orchids trending for those who can afford them. But with all the choice available to this year’s brides, there’s sure to be a trend that works for any budget and taste.

Hanging blooms

Don’t forget about your floral reception decorations! “If your venue has lovely grounds, choose a statement tree and have bottles hanging from branches filled with pretty blooms,” suggests Gemma. “These can make a wonderful backdrop for photos. You could also use the whole tree as an alternative wedding guest book, asking guests to write their messages on luggage tags and to tie them to the hanging bottles.

Wedding Centrepieces – Tall or Short?

Choosing your wedding flowers is probably one of more enjoyable aspects of wedding planning – certainly a lot more fun than, say, trying to figure out how to seat your feuding families so the reception doesn’t turn into a scene from Springer. Yet even deciding on fragrant, gorgeous blooms can become more chore than pleasure if you just don’t know where to start. Many brides have a favorite flower or color scheme in mind, but even then, the floral choices can be endless and overwhelming.

A good place to start is with the centerpieces – the floral arrangements that will grace every table at the reception. While they don’t have to be identical to the rest of your floral décor, they should certainly complement it. In fact, centerpieces may constitute the bulk of your wedding flowers.

Choosing your Centerpieces

There are many things to consider when planning your centerpieces. Some of the main points to think about are:

  • Colour scheme
  • Flower type/combination
  • Vase colour
  • Vase height
  • Whether the centerpieces will be taken home by your guests or not

A good place to start is with the fourth point, vase height. What is better, a tall centerpiece, or a short one? That is almost like asking what kind of bride is better, tall or short! The varieties are literally just as infinite. But there are some guiding principles that should help you decide whether to go tall or short for your wedding flower centerpieces.

Long and Tall

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Your flowers say a lot about your personality. Tall wedding centerpieces tend to be more dramatic and fancier than short ones. You’ve probably heard the injunction against having tall centerpieces: the fact that your guests might not be able to see each other over the towering flower arrangements. But there are two simple fixes for that: the first is to have glass vases that your guests can see right through, and the second is to make sure that the vases are slender, and more than 24 inches tall. That way, your guests will be able to talk to each other ‘under’ the arrangements. Just make sure no blooms are at head-height.

Short and Sweet

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Your options increase with short centerpieces, just because there are so many different types of short vases (or other receptacles, such as teapots, flower pots, hurricane lamps, and the like) that can be used. Generally with shorter centerpieces, the flowers within will require more arranging than with a tall centerpiece (you can’t really get away with sticking a single radiant tulip into a short vase).

Bit of Both

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Don’t forget, it’s your party! There is nothing wrong with mixing it up. You can have more than one centerpiece per table, mixing tall and short creations; place short centerpieces on some tables, and tall ones on others; or change some feature of the centerpieces, such as playing with different coloured vases. A popular idea is to add shells, coloured stones, or flower petals to the tablecloth itself, to complement and enhance your centerpieces.

When it comes to your centerpieces, the sky’s the limit – tall or short or anything in between, your centerpieces should be a beautiful representation of your special day.

For more Centerpiece ideas & Inspiration – www.gpsdecors.com

 

Wedding Rings: Trending in 2016

Wedding Rings TorontoWhether you read your marriage proposal on a JumboTron or saw it written in the sky, or simply shed a tear when your fiancé went down on one knee, the day he popped the question is probably one of the most memorable in your life. And the ring you wear is a reminder of that wonderful day. You might not have had a say when it came to the style, but the same can’t be said of your wedding rings – which most couples like to choose together. Here we look at the year ahead in terms of what’s trending for wedding band styles. Most jewelers agree that there are a handful of wedding ring styles we’ll see again and again in 2016.

Wedding design TorontoRose Gold

Ritani, a top New York jeweler, forecasts that rose gold will make a big appearance this year, perhaps even rivalling the white metals that have been popular in past decades. Why is the warmer colour making a comeback? Tradition goes around and comes around; yellow and rose gold are warm, romantic traditional favourites that really make a diamond pop, plus they complement more skin tones than starker white gold. Feel free to contrast them with your white gold engagement ring; after all, bling is bling.

Wedding decor TorontoEternity Bands

Let’s face it: there’s nothing wrong with more diamonds. Why go for one when you can have a whole ring of diamonds?

Wedding decorators BramptonStackable Gemstone Wedding Rings

See above re: what’s wrong with more gems? Stackable wedding rings are generally slimmer and lighter than traditional rings, but there are more of them, so it works out. Brides can create a personal, dazzling look by stacking diamond and gemstone rings in different combinations of precious metals. The rings can further be personalized to commemorate special moments, like the birth of a child, or nod to special meanings, such as the couple’s birthstones.

Wedding ringsForged Men’s Wedding Bands

Let’s not leave out the gentleman. Rather than opting for classic smooth and satin finishes, rustic hammered men’s wedding bands are expected to be popular in 2015 for their artisan appeal, which has been popular since ancient times.

If you’re a lady who wants a say in your engagement ring as well as your wedding ring, you’ll be happy to know that today’s focus on finding a unique and different ring has brought many more styles to the forefront, including ‘fancy cut’ (as opposed to round) diamonds and petite settings that are both more delicate, and less expensive, than their flashier counterparts.

Whatever style of wedding ring you opt for… congratulations are most certainly in order! Don’t forget to instruct your photographer to get a shot of your wedding ring as it’s being slipped on your finger for the very first time.

How to find your signature wedding cocktail

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When it comes to wedding traditions, some things never go out of style. Alcohol seems to be one of them. Unless you’re getting married at the crack of dawn (maybe even then), liquor is traditionally a big part of the festivities. In recent years, liquor consumption at weddings has actually increased in importance, with 92% of American weddings having some type of bar, toast or signature cocktail – and surprisingly, the majority of modern receptions (58%) are now featuring a formal cocktail hour with nibbles, in lieu of a sit-down meal.

So, about those drinks…do you really need a signature cocktail? Well, no, but it’s a great way to add a personal touch to your menu or festivities, and it can save you money if you forego the open bar and simply serve beer, wine, and just your signature cocktail. Couples who choose to go this route are then faced with the dilemma of how to find or create a signature drink that speaks to their personality, but that everyone will enjoy. Here are 3 ways to pick your drink.

Match Wedding Style

Signature Drinks for Weddings (3)If you’re having a destination wedding, your task just got easier: there are a plethora of tropical drinks that will go well with all the warm-weather props, like coconuts and pineapples. You could probably get away with putting rum in a mason jar and calling it your signature cocktail. But if you’re staying local, the task is a bit trickier. Having an Indian wedding? Why not try a cardamom berry smash or a matcha green tea gimlet? Try matching your drink to the season, to the theme (such as a spin on the martini for a glamorous Hollywood wedding) or to your personality; we love the Blushing Bride as a simple, classy, aesthetically appealing drink that will go with any elegant wedding.

Match Wedding Colours or Flowers

Signature Drinks for Weddings (1)Forgot something blue? Don’t worry, there’s a drink for that. With skillful use of liqueurs, you can easily match your signature drink to virtually any colour under the sun; if your drink has a neutral-coloured base, like champagne, you can add the wedding colours in the form of citrus twists, mint sprigs, berries or fruits. A signature wedding cocktail is also the perfect place to showcase the same rose petals or miniature orchids that appear in your floral wedding décor. Your guests will remark at the attention to detail.

Feature a Favourite Liqueur

Maybe you and your spouse-to-be are just wild for gin or Cointreau or crème de menthe. You can work with that! Incorporate your favourite liquor into the signature drink and create a small card that lets guests know why the drink is so special to you both, providing the recipe on the other side. Definitely a great conversation starter for your guests.

Trending wedding colours for 2016

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Not unlike picking paint colours, choosing a wedding palette can seem nearly impossible. With thousands of colour shades and possible combinations, it’s no wonder some brides throw up their hands and base everything around what will look good on the bridesmaids. The good news is that with a little guidance, every bride can pick gorgeous wedding colours that are on trend with what’s hot in 2016 and still stay true to her heart.

How to Choose Wedding Colours

The reason it’s important to choose your colour scheme up front is that it will ensure every decision you make from then on – from the décor to the cake to the boutonnieres – is in alignment with your colours. Regardless of the 2016 trends, there are some things a couple should always consider when choosing their wedding colours:

  • Favourite colours: it just makes sense to try to incorporate your faves, if you have any.
  • Favourite flowers
  • What the season is: if it’s Christmas, you don’t have to automatically use colours like red, green and white – but be aware that many churches, banquet halls and reception areas will already be decked out for the season, so you might have to contend with colour clashes
  • Venue: you generally have a lot more colour leeway with an outdoor wedding than with indoor spaces that may already have strongly coloured draperies, carpeting and décor

While brides of yore were limited to 3 complimentary wedding colours, Wikihow advises that modern brides can choose up to 5 colours for their wedding palette.

2016 Wedding Colours

  • Rose Quartz And Serenity
  • Pale Pink and Grey
  • Champagne and Gold
  • Navy Blue and Silver
  • Peach and Gold
  • Lilac and yellow
  • Plum and Green

If you just can’t picture how your chosen wedding colours will work with your entire theme and décor, spend some time online looking at more trending 2016 colour palettes.

How to Use your Wedding Colours

Now that you know what wedding colours are trending for 2016, don’t forget to be careful how you use them. Your colours should:

-Complement, not overwhelm, your wedding

-Be subtle; don’t try and match everything but use variations of complementary shades

-Be tasteful. A little touch, like the flowers on the wedding cake and in the flower girl’s hair, goes a long way

-Be affordable. If you want a particular flower that’s way over your budget, go with a neutral flower colour such as cream, and match the colour to the ribbon instead.

 

 

12 Month Checklist for the Bride and Groom

wedding planning TimelineYou’ve probably heard the recommendation to start planning your wedding at least a year out, and if you haven’t gone through the process before, you might be wondering if that isn’t a bit much. What if you just want a simple affair? Even so, there are things you need to look at 12 months in advance – if only so you don’t overwhelm yourself with tasks as the big day draws near. Here is a basic guide to what you need to do on the countdown to your wedding day.

10-12 months before:

  • Create the guest list and choose who will be in your wedding party
  • Set a budget for your wedding
  • Pick the date
  • Hire a wedding planner if desired
  • Visit and book your ceremony & reception site(s)

6-9 months before:

  • Send out your save-the-date announcements
  • Shop for your wedding dress, veil and accessories
  • Select a florist
  • Select a caterer
  • Book your wedding photographer and videographer
  • Select a band or DJ
  • Choose your wedding officiant
  • Start a fitness regime to get in shape for the wedding

4-5 months before:

  • Shop for the wedding rings
  • Start tasting cakes and looking at cake pictures
  • Set up your wedding registry
  • Set dates for the bachelorette and stag parties
  • Set a date for the bridal shower
  • Notify family and friends who you would like to participate in your wedding
  • Reserve rental equipment such as chair covers, table linens etc. if applicable
  • Make sure the bridesmaids have chosen their gowns and accessories
  • Look for the groom’s tux

2-3 months before:

  • Finalize the guest list
  • Order the wedding favours
  • Consider dance classes
  • Prepare for the honeymoon
  • Select your music for the ceremony and reception, and go over it with the musicians
  • Finalize rehearsal dinner plans
  • Mail the invitations

1-2 months before:

  • Have your first wedding dress fitting
  • Finalize the ceremony: readings, songs, meet with officiant to discuss the wedding formations
  • Write your vows if necessary
  • Research getting your marriage license, changing your name etc.
  • Begin whitening your teeth for all the photos that will be taken

3-4 weeks before:

  • Choose your jewellery
  • Prepare a list of must-have shots for the photographer
  • Finalize your music playlist with the musicians/DJ
  • Practice your wedding dance in your bridal shoes
  • Meet with your stylist for a test run of your bridal hair and makeup

1-2 weeks before:

  • Finalize your wedding day schedule and share it with all attendants and vendors
  • Confirm beauty appointments
  • Confirm timing for pick-ups with your wedding transportation (limo, car service)
  • Pick up wedding dress, tuxedo, and all accessories for both of you
  • Confirm the final head count with your vendors
  • Pack for the wedding night and the honeymoon
  • Prepare place cards
  • Assign helpers to collect & save your wedding and reception accessories such as the ring pillow, guest books, and marriage license
  • Get your hair coloured and trimmed

The day before:

  • Hand out checklists to make sure everyone knows what they are doing
  • Get a manicure, pedicure and massage
  • Rehearse the wedding with the officiant and wedding party
  • Assign someone to set up the tables with your bonbonniere and lay out the guest book

The wedding day:

  • Try to eat breakfast despite your nerves – you need your strength
  • Don’t be tempted to start drinking or taking pills to relax, you don’t want to overdo it
  • Enjoy your wedding!!!

After the wedding you will have to get your dress cleaned and preserved if you are planning to keep it; you can also donate the dress to a charity like The Brides Project. There will be thank-you cards to mail, names to change (potentially) and wedding albums to finalize…but all of that can wait till after the honeymoon. Enjoy this time together!

 

 

Wedding Trends for 2016

Wedding Decor Toronto Beautiful table settingWhile walking down the aisle is itself a timeless action, wedding trends change every year, affecting the choices of even the most traditional bride. If we had to pick one underlying theme for 2016, it would be DIY: whether you really do it yourself or hire an event design company like GPS Decors to pull off your theme, this year is characterized by personal touches throughout, from the invitations to the attire and flowers. These little details make the wedding unique and showcase the couple’s personality.

Here we touch on what you can expect to see this year everywhere from the bridal shoppe to the salon, courtesy of our own observations and YourWeddingCompany.com.

Wedding Dresses

wedding dress trends feature short sleeves — sheer to embellished giving a romantic feel. You can also expect to see layers of tiers, a spin on the traditional layered effect. These tiered layers are going on everything from ball gowns to trumpets. When it comes to necklines expect to see plunging V necks. Lace sleeves are still en vogue (thanks, Kate!) and crystal-studded bodices remain popular.

Accessories

Designers can’t stop talking about the resurgence of the bird cage veil, as well as wraps: fur, velvet or pashmina for winter weddings, organza and lace for warm weather to cover those bare shoulders. Wearing flower crowns or crystal brooches in the hair is popular this year; brides are also accenting their shoes with crystal clips.

Floral Trends

There are always a variety of floral designs that it might be hard to choose with so many options.  Here are just a few floral wedding trends that will be very popular this year to help you with your decision!

  • Wild Local Organic Flowers, brides are requesting more of a natural garden design in their bouquets and floral arrangements which could include a mix of size, color, as well as an assortment of different flowers
  • Greenery can help create a romantic setting throughout a wedding and really bring in the popular natural trend for this year
  • Hanging chandeliers of florals and foliage, this trend is another creative way to use flowers to decorate your venue in an unexpected stylish way
  • Rose Quartz and Serenity as the Pantone colors of the year, we may start to see a trend of this color being used in wedding floral designs

Wedding Décor

This year’s banquet hall is decorated in a non-traditional fashion that blends round and square tables and centrepieces of different sizes for a less coordinated feel. Popular vase fillers include artificial pearls, fake snow and ice, shells, sea glass, and fresh citrus fruits. In terms of fabric, rustic burlap and vintage lace are big for table runners, while traditional table confetti like silk rose petals and miniature shells work well with this year’s hot beaches wedding theme.

Popular wedding décor trends for 2016 include:

  • Themed Wedding Stages –  A wedding stage setup must be spectacular, where the bride and groom can bask in royal splendor.
  • Oversize Statement Bouquets – For brides-to-be looking for a real WOW factor for their big day, oversized bouquets are a sure way to impress!
  • Hanging Centrepieces – IN LOVE with this new concept! They are unique, exciting and on the practical side by saving space on your tables.
  • Textured Tables – Think raw wooden table tops
  • Lush Greenery – Think crazy lush green walls, ferns, tropical palm fronds, succulents and more
  • The new theme is no theme – Couples are increasingly focusing on small details—not big themes—to set their wedding apart.
  • Laser-cut details are everywhere – Featured on invitations, place-cards, and even place mats, laser-cutting will be especially popular.

Wedding Colors

Picking your color palette is one of the most important aspects of your wedding day. It will show in your entire theme, from your save the dates to your wedding information to bridal party attire, and more. We recommend selecting some favorite colors that will work well with your season and venue. Then, start exploring different hues to make sure everything stays uniform on the color front. Our favorite place to look is at Pantone. Each year they designate a color or the year and they create a list of wedding colors. Most of the Pantone 2016 wedding colors are new to their color palette. The shades work well for fashion, interiors, and more making them versatile for all wedding needs. And, many can be used in any season.

Signage

If last year was all about the chalkboard sign, 2016 reveals an elegant alternative, with gilt-framed mirrors taking centre stage. Expect to see menus, seating charts and ceremony signs hand calligraphed on the reflective surface; the trend can be easily adapted to suit a relaxed theme by swapping an ornate frame for one made from recycled wood.

Weddings that last long

Forget limiting the festivities to just one night! While extensive itineraries for guests were once reserved for destination weddings, more couples will be making the most of the whole weekend no matter where they’re tying the knot this year.

For more 2016 wedding trends including trending photography, wedding stationery and more, check out GPS decors Blog. Congratulation

Winter weddings: best venues for Canadians

Winter venuesWinter VenueCanadian brides have an interesting dilemma: with the weather only really being warm enough to wear a sleeveless dress in the gazebo from May to September – peak wedding season – what can you do if you want to get married sometime during the other seven months of the year? If you long for a unique winter wedding, be it a Christmas extravaganza or a romantic Valentine’s Day to remember, rest assured that you have plenty of options. From snowy mountains to beautiful woodland settings, Canada has much to offer for couples looking to make the most of winter.

Go West

PerfectOutdoorWeddings.com lists not one but two of the top five winter wedding destinations in Canada as being in Alberta. First it names the Fairmont Chateau in Lake Louise, nestled in the heart of Banff National Park (which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site). It’s the best of Banff – breathtaking mountains, glaciers, lakes and forests – but rather than taking it all in from a rugged campsite, the hotel features luxurious guest rooms and beautiful facilities for your ceremony, reception and dinner. There is even wedding planning assistance, making the Fairmont Chateau a true one-stop shop.

The Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre is another option for nature-loving couples. Located in the heart of Jasper National Park, you can say ‘I do’ at the foot of the Rockies or beside a clear blue lake, then retire with your guests to one of the Sawridge’s several luxury themed ballrooms for an evening of fantastic food, dancing and celebration.

Keep going west…a little further

If the thought of reciting your vows in temperatures that turn your heartfelt words into frosty clouds leaves you, well, a little cold, why not consider BC: with a relatively warm winter climate and gorgeous natural beauty, the province has something for everyone. There’s more to a winter wedding in B.C. than hitting the slopes at Whistler-Blackcomb; the iconic Waterfall Building in Vancouver is guaranteed to provide a breathtaking backdrop to your wedding photos, while the Cecil Green Park House on the UBC campus offers incredible scenic views, stunning architecture, and was a 2013 finalist in the BC Wedding Awards.

Or just stay indoors.

On the other hand…getting married in winter need not incorporate nature and snow. After all, isn’t cozying up indoors what winter is all about? Canada’s cities are consistently featured on cultural ‘best-of’ lists, so there is certainly no shame in making for Toronto or Montreal and choosing a classy hotel rich in amenities, or a charming bed-and-breakfast for a small, intimate winter wedding.

To make your event interesting for guests who won’t be leaving their home city, include a ‘staycation’ calendar in your wedding invitations, featuring local events and attractions your friends and family might not have visited – giving them a chance to be tourists in their own backyard. Not sure where to hold the big event? Check out the Toronto Life style guide to top Toronto wedding venues. It’s sure to provide some inspiration for your indoor winter wedding.

 

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