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!

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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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!

benefits to hiring an event planner

Happy Friday!

 Whether you are taking some time to yourself this weekend or out and about getting things done, enjoy it!

December is the most popular month for engagements- 60% of engagements happen over the holiday season (crazy right??). Valentine’s Day was a popular time as well.

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Being in the events industry, January & February are very busy months connecting with new clients and following up with those whose wedding dates are fast approaching. I love working smaller events; intimate weddings, baby showers, engagement parties, milestone birthdays, cocktail parties etc. I have a passion for working closely with every client to create a memorable celebration.

For those who are recently engaged or planning a special celebration, here are my top 5 reasons why you should hire an event planner:

1. We go through a step by step process to ensure your event is entertaining for you guests and all the details are taken care of.

2. We work for you to make sure things happen on time, on budget and within the theme. We are up to date on trends and we’re usually overflowing with ideas.

3. We keep you on track and organized. Planning can get overwhelming- it’s not for everyone so sometimes it’s best to leave it up to those in the industry. We have tips, tricks and connections to give you a different perspective on issues.

4. If and when a problem arises, an event planner can most often take care of it without the guests or host being aware.

5. Most of the time we already know the vendors. People are more likely to remember an event where things went wrong (ex: the dj didn’t show up, caterer was horrible) and that’s not the type of memories you want your guests to walk away with!

You want to enjoy this special time with friends and family and we make sure that happens : )

Looking for more information regarding wedding & event planning?

We’d love to hear from you! info@thecreativedetails.ca

no more winter blues

I think we are all just about ready for spring.

Although the snowflakes, hot chocolate and skating dates were fun in December, it’s easy to feel those winter blues by March.

Beach season will come sooner then you think though! So let’s climb out of the rut, get energized and say goodbye to those winter blues. Here are some of my tips:

1. Do something that’s been on your to-do list forever. Don’t you feel so much better after getting those things done? Give your home office a makeover, reorganize your closet and donate old clothes, print pictures, paint some frames.. Making the space around you prettier and more efficient will make you feel the same way!

2. Get outside. I know , it’s freezing. But even a few minutes of fresh air can made a big difference.

3. Treat yourself- you work hard and everyone deserves to be spoiled once in a while. Whether it’s a manicure, a weekend away, a new “something”- do something for you.

4. Exercise. That 30 minute pilates class, jog on the treadmill or walk with the pup can make a big impact on your mental and physical health. It also gives you time to disconnect which we all know can be a difficult task.

5. Find what makes you happy and do it. Whether it be a new business venture, a project, catching up with an old friend, setting aside more family time, whatever it may be,  make sure you find yourself smiling.

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the wedding room

Many would agree with me that the wedding industry isn’t as glamorous as it seems; there are some really long days and even longer nights, endless e-mails and multiple opportunities to capture, people to impress and places to be.. That being said, there are definitely days when life is filled with sparkles, sequinned dresses, incredible desserts and stunning stationary.

Sunday was one of those oh so glamorous days for me.

As a planner from the Kitchener-Waterloo area, driving to the city (Toronto) is always filled with excitement for me. I know when making the mini road trip that I am heading into an exciting meeting, a beautifully decorated room or chatting with wonderful people and couples with whom I share a passion or vision.

Thank you to the vendors who took the time to tell me about their businesses, hear about mine and share some of their amazing work.

As promised, here’s a tiny peek of all that was The Wedding Room Show at The Arcadian.

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How gorgeous are these dessert by Bobette & Belle. I just love them all!

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Even got to take home a macaron!

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So excited to have Kleinfeld opening in Toronto this spring!

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Sara Baig Designs- love love love her style.

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Regardless of the long days and even longer nights.. I feel so blessed to be doing what I love.

Stay tuned , later this week I am sharing some tips on beating the winter blues!

wishing you all a wonderful day

weekend happenings

 Happy Monday everybody!

Do you ever have those weekends that feel just a little longer then usual? The ones where you get to do so many fun things?

Last weekend was one of those for me. Busy? Yes. But awesome? Also yes.

Friday night I ran some errands, watched a movie with my love and prepared these cupcakes for a charity event today.

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Saturday morning was spent at Williams Coffee Shop working away and meeting with potential clients. I just love meeting new couples and hearing their stories.

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Next was a lunch date and some office supply shopping! More photos coming soon.

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Sunday was so much fun! A big breakfast and the gold metal game was the perfect way to start the day. I think all of Canada was unavailable between 7am-10am. Way to go boys!

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The weather was perfect for a mini road trip to Toronto. The Wedding Room show was happening at The Arcadian and everything was gorgeous! I was so excited to chat with some familiar faces and meet more of Toronto’s amazing vendors.

Stay tuned! More photos from the The Wedding Room show will be posted tomorrow!

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!