food stations & bars

Good morning everyone!

As I meet with new brides and hear about their visions, ideas and desires, I am so happy to hear food bars are still popular.

I am totally one of those people who would prefer to take my time, customize my meal and have lots of options! Interactive food is always a must in my family and I love that couples and caterers and doing such a great job at getting creative and incorporating this into weddings and events.

Here are some favourites for inspiration!

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From build-your own salad, to yogurt & ice cream bars, cookie bars and the smores station, these food bars are such a  fun way to get your guests walking around and creating a meal they are sure to enjoy!

Happy Planning

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:

soy candles

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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!

products I love- the summer edition

It finally feels like Spring! Which means summer is just around the corner and I could not be more excited.

To me, summer means wedding season and amazing moments with  my clients, fun road trips with my guy and beach days with the girls!

As I get into the routine of healthier cooking, more regular exercise and feeling better overall, I am also restocking my favourite summer products.

I am often asked about which products I use so today’s post is all about sharing these great finds!

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Key West Aloe is my absolute favourite moisturizer! I love the light, fresh feeling and the subtle scent that brings me back to the Florida Keys! It’s the perfect everyday moisturizer and their collection is filled with great after sun products. Check out their website for shipping details.

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OPI Too Pink to Hold Em- the perfect bright summer polish for fingers and toes!

flipflop

This flip flop is my go-to for the every day running around. Comfortable, simple & cute (I have them in atleast 3 colors). You can find these at Spring or something similar at Aldo etc.

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I just love this color block maxi dress; It’s casual enough for running errands, but nice enough to be dressed up with a few accessories for a casual work day or dinner out with the girls. Best part? It’s affordable from Target!

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Maybelline’s Full N Soft is my favourite mascara for every day use. It’s waterproof, sweat-proof, does wonders for my lashes and lasts all day!

save the date

Happy Monday everyone!

I hope you all had a chance to unwind and enjoy the weekend.

As you may know, I have been in South Miami celebrating a very special birthday (my step dads). It has been so great to have some family time and we threw an amazing Cuban style party for friends and family – photos coming soon!

I was brainstorming save-the-date ideas with a friend and it inspired this post. There are some really fun ways to set the tone for your event or wedding; save-the-dates as well as invitations are that first impression for your guests, have fun with them!

Here’s a few loveable ,sharable, save-the-date ideas for all the newly engaged couples out there :)

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simple, colorful & fun!

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This is a really cute idea, I love the use of the calendar.

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Amazing. This travel theme is classy and so exciting!

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iLUXE Travel: Vendor Spotlight Part 2

A few weeks ago I published a post all about my chat with Shannon from iLUXE travel. I asked some of the top honeymoon related questions I get from brides and Shannon had the best answers! She truly is an expert in all things luxury travel and honeymoon planning.

Our conversation was filled with so much great advice that I actually had to write a second post, so today, in Part 2 of this vendor spotlight, I am sharing a few more of Shannon’s tips.

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“Planning your honeymoon should be an exciting and stress free occasion. Here are some things to consider when planning your perfect honeymoon.”

1.      When should I start planning my honeymoon? The sooner the better. Honeymoons and Get-A-Ways wants to make your honeymoon perfect so we will work as long this takes to achieve that. Planning ahead allows you time to budget accordingly and get necessary documents needed should you be traveling to destination where you need and do not already have.

2.      Have an idea of your Geography. Yes, Seychelles, Maldives and Fiji are amazing honeymoon destinations, but not if you have only one week for your honeymoon. Picking an exotic location is ideal if you have enough travel time and don’t mind long flights. Some locations require over a day traveling time and you will need to adjust to a time difference.

3.      Know your budget. Airline fares play a significant role when planning your budget. If you are a frequent traveler, save your mileage and try to use your accumulated mile points. Many credit cards also offer airline mileage awards that may assist you as well.

4.      When do you want to leave? If you are getting married on a Saturday, you may want to rethink traveling the next day, especially when traveling to the Caribbean as most flights leave in the morning.

5.      What type of honeymoon are you looking for? Discuss with your fiancé exactly what is most important for you to experience while on your honeymoon: adventure, relaxation, touring, a little of everything? Communication is the key, we will be able to provide options with you of where to go and stay.

6.      What kind of resort are you looking for? All inclusive? Adult only? Many resorts offer all inclusive options, allowing you to know ahead of time exactly how much you are going to spend. If one chooses a non-all-inclusive hotel and has a steadfast budget in mind, many resorts have menus on their website so you can get a general idea of what you will be spending for meals.

7.      Do I need a Visa, do I need vaccinations? Some destinations do require Visas; your travel professional will be able to advise you of that requirement and assist in obtaining them should you need. Also important is what type of passport you are traveling under and many countries are now requiring passports valid 6 months after entering country. Always best to confirm with your doctor if they suggest vaccinations to where you are traveling it to an exotic destination.

8.      I don’t need insurance, this is my honeymoon and I will never cancel. There are hundreds of circumstances that could cause you to cancel your trip, return home early or force you to seek emergency medical treatment while traveling. Travel Insurance provides protection for your travel investment in case an unfortunate situation arises, such as sickness, bad weather, or civil unrest at your planned destination; just to name a few

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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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love, love love.

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

Happy Planning!

glitter

When it comes to decorating for a celebration , I’ve always liked a little glitter.

There’s something about sparkles that add that extra special look! I love that couples and decorators are thinking outside the box and incorporating  a little sparkle to any theme or style.

I’ve put together a few of my favourite photos to share this trend. Enjoy!

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Edible glitter. Genius. I just love the simplicity of this cake in combination with that little bit of glitter!

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It doesn’t have to be New Year’s Eve to dress up in sequins. These bridesmaids dresses are gorgeous!

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Add a little sparkle to your day!

Happy Planning!