an eco friendly wedding

In honor of Earth Day this week I am sharing some tips on keeping your wedding day eco-friendly yet still fabulous : )

1. From the very beginning, be kind to the earth by using biodegradable or recycled paper for your save-the-date and invitations. Less traditional bride? Set up a wedding website or send e-vites! No paper at all. Warning.. some e-mails do get lost in cyber space so make sure to follow up with everyone if you don’t hear back or aren’t sure.

2. Pick a venue that has/includes all the basics. Although a conservation area or outdoor space may seem like a great idea, it’s a blank slate and needs a lot to make it an efficient reception space. Think about the fuel that will be used to bring everything back and forth, the debris that may be left behind and the electricity you will need to make it all work. Not to mention, some historical sites or conservation areas are protected and do not allow trespassers on the grounds. Choose a garden or pretty outdoor location for your ceremony instead, the natural beauty would be a great backdrop!

3. Choose local vendors. Especially when it comes to catering. Local grown, organic food can be amazing and the menu will probably be a nice change for your guests.

4. Get creative with your favors. Donate to a charity that is special to you or choose a reusable gift. See ideas below:

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I love these soy candles or the pre planted flowers or succulents (give them in a glass jar that can be used over and over). Plant seeds in a biodegradable envelope are great too!

5. Plan a unique honeymoon. There’s an industry all about eco-tourism. Check out the website for ideas and suggestions. No matter where you go, if you are with your love you will have the best time!

the home office

Working from home can be very tricky for some people. It is so easy to get distracted or stay in your pjs all day. Unfortunately, that probably won’t lead to a very productive day.. so here are a few tips for those enjoying the perks and struggles of their home office!

1.  Don’t stay in your pyjamas. Remember, you are at work.  Take a shower, get dressed and work in your office space. Not your dining room table or your couch, your office- this will help you stay focused.

2. Start your day with a to-do list ( and a coffee :) ) having priorities and tasks you need completed will get you started.

3. Have a separate phone line for business- you don’t want to end up on personal calls, your personal facebook, social media, or texting friends.  This will not only keep you focused during the day but it will also help you disconnect at night – when it is personal time.

4. Make that space your own and make it comfortable. Buy a nice chair and desk, frame pictures, quotes, and stay organized. Make that space inspiring, energizing, an office you want to work in.

5. If you find yourself doing laundry, vacuuming or distracted by other house chores, try a coffee shop! Sometimes a little break outside of the house can do you some good.

As for your office decor- here’s some inspiration

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Get creative- remember the DIY Home Organization post? Use some of these ideas in your office. It will create a personalized, pleasant atmosphere and may inspire all kinds of new ideas.

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You are going to be spending a lot of time in this room so make sure you like it. And stay organized!

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Happy Monday!

ceremony backdrops

Happy Monday Everyone!

I hope you all enjoyed the weather this weekend. Finally some spring-like temperatures and sunshine made for a beautiful Sunday.

Today’s post is all about ceremony decor.. I love a great backdrop and today i’m sharing my top 5 for this season.

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This fabric ribbon backdrop is so fun- it would look great behind the head table at the reception too!

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The outdoors, the lanterns, the fabric & the greens.. I just love this romantic look!

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They say less is more.. in this case the oak tree makes a huge statement without needing any otherdecor.

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These floating florals are so unique!

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2014 brides..what trends are you incorporating into your day? Please share, we would love to hear from you!

Happy Planning!

the tassel trend

If you’ve been on Pinterest lately you have probably noticed the tassel trend.

I absolutely love the fun look of this DIY project and I think it’s great for all occasions. Birthdays, weddings, parties, home decor, anything!

I’ve put together a little collection of favourites to inspire you.

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This champagne color palette gives an elegance to the fun piece.

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Mini tassels on a cake, so cute!

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I love the way this tied the whole color scheme of the dessert table together. Simple, yet fun and chic.

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Awesome backdrop.

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Feeling crafty? HGTV shares how to do-it yourself here.

Not sure you want to make it? There are tons of options on Etsy, at Target, at your local party store and my favourite.. Studio Mucci- they have tons of color options!

cake toppers

Hi everyone!

Remember these traditional cake toppers?

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These are long gone and couples are looking for more creative ways to top their cakes.

Today’s post is all about sharing a trend that I am loving right now.

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How cute are these custom banner cake toppers? Such a great detail!

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Although many couples are choosing cake alternatives such as pie bars, candy bars, cupcakes, macaroon towers etc. Cakes are still popular and these unique toppers make them so much fun.

Whether it be theme related, monogrammed or florals, these modern, personal touches to the traditional dessert make them that much yummier!

thanks for stopping by, wishing you all a wonderful day!

the kid-friendly wedding

Thinking of inviting the little ones to your wedding? Keeping them entertained is key to a successful evening for everybody.

Parents want to enjoy themselves and be attentive to the wedding happenings while the kids want something “fun” to do (they usually loose interest by the time the speeches start).

Here are a few tips for keeping those kids busy!

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Having a kids table is essential! They will be much happier sitting with others their age and will be excited about having activities available especially for them.

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I love the idea of having a welcome basket at each child’s place setting. Use simple items such as coloring books, crayons and snacks for an inexpensive personal touch. You can even theme the table!

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Thinking you might want some extra supervision? There are companies that do exactly that! There are certified teams  you can hire to supervise kids at your wedding- they can set up a craft area, cookie decorating table, magic trick hour, games etc.

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There may even be games the adults would like too.

Happy Planning!

all about the details

There’s something about the details that makes people feel special.

That extra thought or customization- it’s often what makes businesses successful. People work with people they like, with a service they trust. “the creative details” as a business name came from my love for the little things in life and my desire to make every client and every couple feel special.

I’ve always been excited over the small things, paid attention to the personalization of a gift or an event, and today’s post is inspired by that.

Here are some of my favourite ways to personalize your wedding day!

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An aisle runner with the couple’s vows.. so romantic!

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A thoughtful gesture for your guests, a mini hot chocolate to warm up.

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A personalized ring bearer’s box handmade by the groom’s brother.

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A note to the in-laws.

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Hand tied bouquet finished with grandma’ s brooche.

Enjoy the little things this weekend!

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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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!

DIY home organization

Happy Friday everyone!

Today I am sharing some of my favourite DIY home organization projects. When it’s this cold out, craft time and a hot chocolate sounds like the perfect Sunday

What I love about these projects is that most of them can be done with items you already have at home!

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Using an old frame or window shutter to hang jewellery is an awesome idea! I love the look of having everything displayed so it can easily be found yet be organized and look nice.

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Does anyone else have a scarf obsession? I have SO many and this DIY project is perfect to keep them all in one spot. Using shower curtain hooks and zip ties- this super functional piece is easy to make and fits right in the closet!

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When it comes to crafts Martha Stewart knows best! Check out this post about how to create this awesome etched glass jars to stay organized in the kitchen.

Stay tuned for my weekend happenings post on Monday. I’ll be attending The Wedding Room Show this weekend and will surely have tons of pretty to share!

wishing you all a wonderful day!

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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