Just Engaged: Tips From Real Wedding Planners

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You just got engaged and are feeling overwhelmed with all the questions on where to start. In addition, you’ve probably got a lot of people whispering in your ear. Good news, we have a few tips from the pros to help you get started.

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Tip One: Enjoy the Moment

First off, take a deep breath, relax and enjoy the thrill of becoming engaged! So many brides quickly get caught up in all of the details about planning weddings (Pinterest boards can be deadly!) – that they don’t take a moment to fully cherish this beautiful moment in their life. You need to take it all in, and celebrate in private with your hubby to be, as the big day will come soon enough to celebrate with all of your friends and family!  – Infinity Weddings & Events – Karina Brown

Tip Two: Spread the Word!

Family and close friends will love finding out from you in person.  How about hosting an intimate brunch to personally announce your big news to your close family?  If they are far away, a phone call is more personal than letting them find out second-hand or via email or social media like everyone else. – Birch & Bunny Wedding & Events – Laura Richert

Tip Three: Before Jumping In . . .

Determine the scope. The budget and size of guest list will start you out on the right foot.  Once you have figured out at least a range for these questions you will be better able to move forward either on your own or with the help of a professional Wedding Planner.  Your planner will help you prioritize, create a detailed timeline and budget, track expenses and recommend vendors.  These custom vendor recommendations are ones who match your style, personalities, budget, needs and experience level. – Birch & Bunny Wedding & Events – Laura Richert

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Tip Four: Set a date!

Don’t wait too long as, dependent on season, a lot of vendors tend to book up quickly! If you have your heart set on a specific venue, you may have to start with checking what dates are available and go from there. Choosing a date does not need to be a big task or a difficult one – but it is super important as, with wedding planning, everything can become time sensitive. On top of setting a date, you need to narrow down your guest list. Most venues have a maximum capacity and there is nothing worse than paying a deposit on your perfect venue only to find out all of the guests you’ve invited cannot attend due to restrictions (talk about a nightmare!).  – Infinity Weddings & Events – Karina Brown

Tip Five: Saying Yes To The Dress

Find that perfect dress (or suit)! Shopping a year in advance is a great idea, as you don’t want to become stressed and crammed for time. Dresses take time to order in as they often come from out of city. On top of that, if you need any alterations to be done, you need to ensure that you have plenty of time for the dress to be fixed. – Infinity Weddings & Events – Karina Brown

Tip Six: Beware Of Social Media

We all love to post on social media and well, it is the way of the world now.   I strongly suggest holding information that you share about your wedding to a minimum though. This is where a lot of couples get confused and overwhelmed over unsolicited comments and advice. The vendors that you have hired are the experts and do this for a living so it is important to lean on them for guidance on your big day. – LP Events – Lesley Plumley

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Final Tip:

Make the day about the two of you and what you want!   Stay true to your vision and you will be much happier.

Don’t sweat the small stuff. Things happen and may not always go your way. It is important not to lose sight of what you are doing; marrying your true love. Hire vendors that work with you to create a dream day for you and your partner. – LP Events – Lesley Plumley

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How To Be The Best Bridesmaid Ever

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Photo credit: Morgan Marie Photography

Being asked to be a bridesmaid is super exciting and an honor, but it does involve a lot more than just showing up on the day of the wedding. From financial expenses, emotional support and helping with planning it can sometimes be tough. But no worries, we have some tips that will make the whole process go smoothly. You’ll be a bridesmaid pro!

1. Be Upfront

If you are concerned about the financial costs or time commitment be upfront with the bride right away. Having a discussion early on before committing to being in the wedding party is the best way to go about things.

2. Be A Team Player

In a group of girls, there are bound to be disagreements along the way. Try your best to get along with the other girls and work together. The bride will already be stressed out with wedding planning and doesn’t need the added stress of her friends not getting along.

3. Don’t Delay Ordering The Dress

You may think you have lots of time, but the sooner you get the dress the better. Waiting to order your dress last minute will only stress out the bride even more. Don’t forget you may need to get alterations!

4. Budget

Often you will have quite a bit of time between when you are asked to be a bridesmaid and the day of the wedding. Keep in mind all of the expenses that go along with the role and make sure you budget accordingly. It’s always best to budget for a bit more than you think you will need, so you’re not in a tough spot when it comes closer to the wedding day.

5. Offer Assistance In Planning

Check in with the bride and see what you can do to help with the planning. There’s a lot that goes into planning for a wedding and the bride could use your help and support to help make things easier!

6. Consider The Bride When Planning The Bachelorette Party

If you’re helping plan the bachelorette party, make sure you plan the event according to what the bride would enjoy. Not everyone is into the typical bachelorette party night out. You can ask the bride what she would prefer to do to make sure she will be happy in the end! If she’s not into partying there are so many alternative ideas to choose from.

7. Be Prepared

Prepare for anything on the day of the wedding. Make a checklist beforehand of items to pack with you on the day of, and make sure you include an emergency kit!

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How To Choose The Perfect Wedding Venue

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There are many elements that go into picking the perfect venue for your wedding day. Before you start looking at venues you should make sure you ask yourself certain questions that will make an impact on the venue you choose. We’ve put a list together of the Top 5 questions you should ask yourself before you start!

1.Know Your Guest List

You should have an estimate of how many guests you are planning on inviting before you look at venues. Knowing how many guests you will have will make it easier to know which venues will accommodate all of your guests. You don’t want to end up choosing a venue that is too small for your guest list. This will also help you with your budget.

2. Have  A Budget

Knowing what your overall budget is will be important when selecting your venue. You should have a specific budget for the total amount you want to spend on your venue. Don’t forget that depending on the venue, there may be extra costs other than just the rental of the space.

3. Know What’s Included

When choosing a venue, make sure you know what the cost of everything will be. Some venues are full-service and may charge per head. Other venues will allow you to bring in your own vendors and décor.  Weigh your options and choose venues to explore that will work with your budget.

4. Choose A Venue That Matches Your Wedding Style

When seeking out venues, think about your wedding style and theme.  Choosing a venue that fits with your theme will make it easier for your vision to come to life for your big day. If you are wanting a more modern themed wedding, choose a more modern venue. If you are wanting a more rustic or natural theme, choosing an outdoor venue or rustic barn style venue may fit better with your overall style.

5. Consider Your Guests

If you have many guests travelling from out of town or having a destination wedding, make sure the venue is close to the guest accommodations, and if needed have transportation set up for your guests to get to and from your wedding venue.

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Top Tips For Choosing Your Wedding Party

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You said yes! You’ve set your wedding date and now it’s time to decide who you want standing by your side on your special day. Your wedding party is there to support you, not only on your wedding day, but on the days leading up to your wedding. Choosing who will stand up with you on such an important day can be overwhelming, so here are our top tips to help make the decision easier!

1. Choose Who You Are Closest To, Not Who You Feel Obligated To Ask

One of the most important pieces of advice when choosing your bridal party, is to make sure everyone you choose is someone who you are close with. They should be your favorite people who you couldn’t imagine your day without. Don’t ask someone to be in your wedding just because they asked you, and you feel obligated to return the favor.

2. Consider The Size Of Your Wedding

Keep in mind the size of your wedding when deciding how many people will stand up with you. If you are having a relatively small, intimate wedding you will want to keep your wedding party fairly small as well, with a recommendation of no more than 4 on each side.  If your wedding is larger in size you could decide to have up to a dozen members in your party. Remember that the more people you ask, the more details there will be to organize and schedules to work around.

3. Think Of The Future

Ask yourself “will we still be friends 10, 20, 50 years from now?” If you can’t picture them being a part of your life for years to come, should they really be in your wedding party?

4. Set Your Expectation & Be Upfront

When you ask your friends and family to be in your wedding party, make sure you lay out your expectations for involvement right off the bat. Be sure they are aware of the time commitment you expect, level of involvement when it comes to helping with planning, as well as costs they should expect. With that being said, don’t expect everyone to say yes. If they don’t think they will be able commit to your set out expectations or financially can’t afford the cost of being a bridesmaid or groomsmen, don’t hold it against them. It will be best to get this out in the open right away.

5. Make The Decision As A Couple

Last but not least, make the decision as a team. Have a discussion together of who each of you want to be a part of this special day. Don’t feel the need to have a perfectly even amount of men and women standing with you. You don’t want to be choosing someone just for the purpose of evening out sides. You will just need to get a bit creative when it comes to the processional.

Credits:
Photography by Alan Maudie Photography

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5 Fun Ways to Keep Kids Entertained At Your Wedding

Kids can be the life of the party but sometimes they need a little assistance staying entertained. Here are a few ways to keep the kids entertained on your big day so you can relax and enjoy every moment.

1. Create a Care Package

 

Pull together a few items such as markers, coloring books, candy, a disposable camera and silly putty in a little package available at their seat. This will give them something to play with and entertain themselves during speeches.

 2. Grab A Prop & Strike a Pose

 

Kids love photo booths, that’s just a fact! Have a few fun props available and let them take it from there. It will keep them entertained and you will end up with some great pictures in the end.

 3. Have An Open Treat Bar

 

Have a table set-up with all the kids favorite treats such as candy, cookies, chips, pie, etc. This allows them to pick and choose their favorite treats and provides you with a moment of silence while they munch down.

 4. Let Kids Be Part Of The Celebration

 

Clink, clink, cheers! When it comes time to cheers to the couple, what better way to get the kids involved than their very own glass of cheer! Have a special non-alcoholic beverage available like milk & cookies so that the kids can join in on the fun.

5. Entertainment Can Be Simple

 

If you’re looking for an easy way to entertain the kids, ask your DJ to play some kid friendly music to light up the dance floor. Fog machines or bubble machines are also a crowd pleaser.

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How To: Create A Wedding Day Backup Plan

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We all want our wedding day to be perfect but sometimes things don’t quite go as planned. From the weather acting up to someone forgetting the rings, being prepared will help create a stress free day. Here are a few tips on how to create a backup plan for your big day.

1. Plan for all Weather Types

When planning an outdoor wedding we all hope for the perfect weather, but sometimes Mother Nature has a mind of its own. Make sure you plan for the worst! Talk to your venue and create an alternate option that can be set-up indoors quickly in case of last minute weather.

2. Universal Décor

Rain or shine, you want your wedding to be perfect, but keep in mind that if something does come up you want to make sure your day can go off without a hitch. Have a simple décor back up plan that your coordinator can put in to action in case there is a change in the winds.

3. Have a Day of Contact

Have someone coordinating with your vendors for final details & payments on the wedding day. This allows you to relax and enjoy celebrating your big day without any last minute hassles.

4. Bring an Emergency Kit

Pack a bag with items that are commonly forgotten or missed on the big day. Some must-have items we recommend including is: pocket flats, spare rings, water bottle, granola bars, umbrella, earring backs, bobby pins, hair spray, scissors, lip stick, extra copy of vows and a phone charger.

5. Don’t Stress Over What You Can’t Control

Remember that you have no control over weather or other people’s forgetfulness. Just enjoy your day!

Credits

Photography by: LV Imagery

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How To Get Social For Your Big Day

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Social Media is a great tool you can use to collect and share memories from your big day. With all your guests having cameras on their phones these days you can use this to your advantage. Here are a few ways to get social on your big day.

1. Create Your Own Hashtag

Asking your guests to use a custom wedding hashtag will make it easier for you to search and view your images on social media. We suggest picking something that is easy to type and remember.

2. Get Tagging

Don’t be afraid to ask your vendors and guests to tag you in posts. This will allow you to see some fun photos that you might not normally see.

3. Download and Collect Through Your Wedding App

There are tons of wedding apps out there that help organize and gather pictures from your big day. Get your guests to download the app and provide them with the wedding ID and then you’re off to the races.

4. Make a Personal Snapchat Filter

Making your own snapchat filter is another way to get your guests involved and excited to share photos. It creates a unique and fun element that will encourage your guests to post more.

 5. Assign A Social Media Liaison

You don’t want to be stuck on social media all day, so assign a couple people from your bridal party or guests to be in charge of taking and sharing the photos for you!

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The Bridesmaid Checklist of What To Pack For the Wedding Day

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photo credit: Alan Maudie Photography

Packing for a wedding isn’t like packing for a regular weekend away. With all the responsibilities of being a bridesmaid, the last thing you want to do is forget something. Fear not! We have taken one weight off your shoulders and compiled the ultimate bridesmaid wedding checklist of what to pack for the wedding day.

1. Your Dress

Carry in a garment bag to avoid creasing

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photo credit: Laura Ivanova Photography

2. Underwear

Make sure you’ve tried your underwear on in advance with your dress to make sure you can’t see it and it gives you the right support

3. Shoes

You’ll be on your feet most of the day, so make sure you break in your shoes beforehand and bring a pair of flats for later just in case!

4. Jewelry

Don’t forget to pack your necklace, bracelet and/or earrings that you are wearing the day of!

featured here: Matte Gold Charm Bracelet

5. Makeup

Even if you’re getting your makeup done by a professional, it’s a good idea to have some on hand for touch-ups throughout the day.

6. Fashion Tape

Depending on your dress style, you may need this to make sure everything stays in place!

7. Robe

A robe is the wardrobe must-have for getting ready in the morning with the girls. A robe is easy to get on and off without ruining your hair and makeup.  All of the bridesmaids and bride together in robes is a trend that makes for stunning day of pictures!

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featured here: Blue Watercolor Floral Silky Kimono Robe On White / Silky Kimono Robe-Periwinkle

8. Camera/Phone Charger

Don’t under estimate how quickly these two things will run out of battery when you’re snapping away!

9. Tote Bag

Don’t forget to bring along your tote bag with all the small essentials you’ll need throughout the day. Stock it up with your lipstick, mints, tissues, hairbrush, and a snack!

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featured here: Large Canvas Tote Bag With Metallic Gold- Bridal Style Foiling

10. Emergency Kit

You never know what you or fellow bridesmaids/bride are going to need the day of. Unexpected things can happen so make sure your bring an emergency kit like this one

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featured here: Bridesmaid Minimergency Kit-Silver/Gold Swirl

Credits:
Post adapted from article originally written by Lucy Leaper- Confetti

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DIY: Put a {Chocolate} Ring On It

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Here’s a little DIY project that will have your friends asking “how did you make these?” These sweet chocolate rings are very easy to create and don’t require any special candy making tools. All you need is a diamond ring ice cube tray, some chocolate candy melts and maybe some music to dance to while your waiting for the chocolate to set!

The Supplies

  • diamond ring ice cube tray
  • chocolate candy melts in the color or colors of your choice (we used Wilton Candy Melts)
  • microwave save container
  • knife

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Step by Step

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Step 1. Melt chocolate in a microwave safe container as indicated on the candy melt package.

Step 2. Stir melted chocolate and pour into each of the diamond ring molds. Gently bang the tray on a counter top to make sure there are no air bubbles in the chocolate.

Step 3. Use a knife to remove any excess chocolate on the mold and set aside to cool for a few hours.

Step 4. Once the chocolate has dried completely you can pop the rings out. Work slowly so you do not break the rings. Tip: Pop the ring up and then slowly twist the ring free from the centre part of the mold.

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Have fun with different colours of candy melts and experiment by combining colours. Here’s a tip for making candy rings with more than one color –  allow each color to dry in the mold before adding another color.

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You can decorate cupcakes and cakes with these chocolate candy rings for a bridal shower.

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Featured here: diamond ring ice cube tray, medium chalkboards, vintage inspired pressed glass vases and stationery holders, printed gold confetti paper table runner

Here’s how these DIY candy rings were displayed at a styled party shoot for all the single ladies to wear … and eat!

If you use the diamond ring ice cube trays for your wedding, shower or party we’d love to see what you did. Post your photos on Instagram using hashtag #weddingstar or tag us @weddingstar so we’ll find your post.

 

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Styled shoot vendor credits:

Photography by Sara Wilde Photography

Hand lettering by Prose and Fawns Paperie

Catering by Savoury and Cake

Packaging by Creative Bag

Shot at Fox and Fawn Shoppe

DIY projects and Creative direction by Lorrie Everitt