the backyard wedding

A backyard wedding is a beautiful thing. A cozy, intimate, celebration filled with personal details and that’s why we love it!

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That being said, with an at-home or outdoor wedding comes a lot of factors to consider. To help you through the big stuff, we’ve listed our 5 top tips for outdoor celebration planning!

1. Have an indoor back up. This must be one of the most important parts of your planning. Always be prepared for unexpected weather.

2. Think outside the box when it comes to vendors. An outdoor wedding may require vendors that you wouldn’t normally need at a hall or full service venue. Think rentals, dance floor, lighting, ¬†generators, washrooms etc. Take some time to research these vendors when putting together your budget.

3. Protect your guests. Sun, wind, rain and heat can do awful things to food and moods! Be sure to have a professional caterer who is well equipped to keep food cool and serve outdoors. Provide umbrellas, fans, consistent cold beverages and seating.

4. Provide parking and transportation options. Unless you have a large area available to your guests for parking, consider a valet service or transportation from a near by carpool lot.

5. Hire a planner. Unique celebrations (even small ones) often require the most attention to detail. A planner will be able to provide you with all the right tools and resources to make sure your bases are covered and all the details are taken care of so you can enjoy your day. Things like vendor permits and coordination, noise regulations, guest preparation, layouts and spacing etc.

Happy Planning!

 

2015 Dessert Trends

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I could not agree more!

One of my favourite parts of planning events (professionally or personally) is working on a menu. Meals bring people together, thus why dinner is such a focus point of the evening.

Although cake is always a great option, here are a few other dessert ideas:

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Donuts or timbits! This is truly one of my favourite treats and I love that couples are choosing to serve this in place of wedding cake or cupcakes.

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Mini pies give a true home-cooked feeling to your meal.

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A gelato bar – this is perfect for outdoor receptions during those warm summer months! Refreshing and sweet all at once.

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Macaroons! Light, bite size. You can have more then one :)

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Splurging on dessert? How gorgeous are the gold accents on these individual cakes?

Happy Planning!