The Palms Miami Beach

A few years ago during a trip to Miami, Florida I made appointments with the on-site coordinators at some of the city’s most amazing wedding venues. I had such a great time touring the grounds and chatting with industry professionals in this gorgeous area.

A venue that really stood out to me was The Palms Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach; it’s beach-y yet modern and elegant.. just stunning! The staff was kind, attentive to details and their menu looks delicious.

With several indoor & outdoor ceremony, cocktail and reception spaces this beautiful site includes a gazebo, terrace, lawn area, pool side lounge and a private section on the beach.

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The Palms is a great choice for a sunny getaway you and your guests can enjoy without travelling internationally!

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 Looking for more information? Check out their website

www.thepalmshotel.com 

smoothies

Spring/summer 2014 brides, your wedding is just around the corner!!

This is such an exciting time and you want to look and feel your best for that special day. Smoothies are one of my favourite ways to stay healthy. They are tasty- easy to make and so versatile. An awesome breakfast or snack and the best compliment to a great exercise routine.

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Here are a few of my favourite recipes

Key Lime Pie Protein Smoothie : reminds my of my recent time in Florida and has a unique flavour compared to most smoothies.

Rich Protein Mocha Frappuccino

Chocolate Almond Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie

Spa Cucumber Smoothie (for those who are looking for something really healthy!)

Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake

Not a bride to be? That’s ok, these smoothies are great for that beach body too!

Happy Monday

setting up your candy bar

 Candy bars have been super popular for a while now. They are great for weddings, birthdays, showers etc.

People are getting very creative and providing there guests with a nice alternative to traditional favors. Candy bars allow guests to get engaged in an activity and if done properly they look awesome too!

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 If you are considering a candy bar for your wedding, party or event, here are a few things to remember:

1. Determine a budget for this project- candy can get expensive quickly.

2. Pick a color or theme- this makes your candy bar part of the decor and can replace giving your guests favors! It also makes purchasing your candy a lot easier.

3. Make sure you have enough for everyone.

A good rule of thumb is to order between .2 and .25 pounds of candy per guest. For an event with 100 guest you should plan to have round 20-25 pounds of candy.

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The Wedding Planners suggest

Number of guests x 3, divided by 16 = Grand Total in pounds

For example, we have 155 guests at the wedding I am coordinating this weekend:

155 x 3= 465, then 465/16 = 29lbs of candy (for kilos divide by 2.2 = 13kg)

4. Have a designated person to refill the jars if necessary (this could be a planner, coordinator, catering member or someone from your wedding party). You don’t want the jars sitting empty when only half the guests have had a chance to participate.

5. Don’t forget scoops, tongs & signs. For a wow factor get a sparkly table cloth, backdrop and fun accessories that match your theme.

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happy planning!

groomsmen gifts

Good morning everyone!

With the cold weather keeping me inside and engagement season in full swing I have been in total wedding mode- Pinterest,  client meetings and crafts have taken over my life but I have to say- I absolutely love it!

I’ve been chatting (and writing) a lot about entertaining, decor, recipes etc. And although men probably benefit from the recipes.. I don’t want them to feel left out! So today’s wedding wednesday is for the boys! (and maybe for the girls since you will probably be doing some of this shopping).

Groomsmen gifts can be a little tricky so I collected a few of my favourite ideas for you!

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I love these personalized cufflinks- in my mind wedding party gifts are all about adding a personal touch and making those close to you feel extra special- this gift does that perfectly! You can find these on Etsy, small shops or sites like Uncommon Goods.

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Boat shoes! What a great gift, these are the perfect shoe for every man.

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Every man needs a great wedding/survival kit. A tie, some whiskey, a cigar and some steak spice is pretty much all they need!

I’ve got so many more.. I may have to do part 2 : )

happy planning!

wishing you all a wonderful day

a petal or two

It’s the month of love, and I am hoping many of you celebrated with chocolates, bubbly and florals over the weekend.

I mentioned in my welcome post that I would be featuring some amazing vendors and today I am so happy to share with you a petal or two, “a Guelph based floral and event design company with an innovative style that will bring floral flair to your function”.

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I have had a chance to work with Katherine & Sarah this year and it has been great. Not only are they extremely talented but they are also a pleasure to work with!

I asked these ladies a few questions in hopes of sharing some industry info with brides-to-be, inspiring potential clients and introducing vendors to this local company. Here’s what I found out!

1. How would you describe your style?

a petal or two style is simple yet stunning and always staying on the cutting edge of the floral design world. With a love for floral art we are always trying to create pieces that will wow our clients.

2. Where do you get your inspiration?/ What inspires you?

We get most of our inspiration from the outside elements, each client we meet with, floral magazines from Europe, floral blogs from around the world and just talking with other designers.  We find the more you talk out a design, research the idea and think about it the more excited you get and then the ideas just start to flow!

3. What are the top trends for wedding florals in 2014? Which are you most looking forward to?

Vintage is back again and gold is a very popular colour this year. Thanks to William and Kate the woodland theme is also big with floral trees as centerpieces with hints of crystals and jewels to jazz it up.

We are really looking forward to the woodland theme as we love the natural look with lots of greens and texture. Texture in floral arrangements give it so much more depth and make it that much more interesting and appealing to the eye.  The woodland theme will make for something a little different this year.

4. Flowers can get expensive quickly! What can I do to stay within my budget?

Stick with in season flowers.   For example in spring you can do a lot of beautiful arrangements with spring flowers they are  grown locally so it cuts down on costs.  For bouquets sticking to one flower type always makes it more cost efficient.  You don’t need a lot of different flowers in a bouquet to make it look beautiful. Also look at using greenery to create interest as greenery can help cut costs as well.

5. If a bride is not sure what she wants, or doesn’t know much about flowers, how can you help her create a vision?

We always sit down with our clients in a consultation and brainstorm the look they want for their wedding.  We start off by asking what they like and don’t like what flowers they prefer and what colours they want in their wedding which helps us. From there we can start building and creating a design, showing them pictures and start talking  them through design ideas.  Not everything we say  to our clients they like, but then from there we work on something else.  We  like to start from the beginning and work our way through our list of questions and by the end we have a wedding design!

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How gorgeous are these florals??

Click HERE to learn more about a petal or two and scroll through their full gallery.

 

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valentines day

wishing you all a Happy Valentine’s weekend filled with love, sweets & laughter!

welcome!

Good morning everyone and welcome to the creative details blog!

I have been a lifestyle blogger for almost a year now and I have decided to make a few changes and incorporate blogging into the social aspect of the creative details.

The business focuses on planning personalized celebrations so it only makes sense to share ideas and connect with all of you here.

I plan to make this blog a one stop read for all things wedding planning, celebration inspiration and bridal lifestyle!

I want to feature amazing vendors, provide expert tips and inspire all of you to create, entertain, and enjoy this new chapter of your life!

Please please please feel free to send me questions or tell me what topics you would like featured!

info@thecreativedetails.ca

I’ll be starting this adventure with my 5 benefits to hiring a wedding planner, my Valentine’s date night menu and floral trends for 2014.. stay tuned!

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