the perfect palette

Writing this post has been so much fun! There are a lot of pretty palettes trending for 2015 and we are loving the combination of glam with neutrals and natural textures.

Here are our favorite picks! We can’t wait to see yours

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Pantone’s Spring 2015 Color Palette is amazing. The warm tones and blues are sure to make some gorgeous event designs!

Moving towards the summer, fall and winter, I am expecting a lot of other pretty combinations..

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I just love the way these pink and gray tones complement Pantone’s color of the year!

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Navy and blush; one of my personal favorites! Replace blush with ivories and you have such an elegant look.

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Sangria and Gold! This palette presents so many opportunities for play with design. More to come on this one!

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Just love.

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With Kate Spade inspired looks all over the internet, it is no wonder black and gold are one of the most popular event color palettes. We love the pop of pink and of course, glitter!

purple

 

Did you know purple remains one of the most popular colors for weddings? I like the way different tones can be combined to create different looks. For the fall of 2015, I am predicting a lot of jewel tones; drama, elegance and bold accents!

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Happy Planning!

the cocktail party host

Cocktail parties have to be one of our favorite types of events!

Your guests have the flexibility of showing up when it fits in their schedule, stay for as long as they would like, enjoy a few treats and mingle with an intimate group!

the creative details hosted it’s first wedding industry networking event on Thursday night and despite the storm and cancellations, we would like to think it was a success!

Our plan was to get a small group of (amazing/enjoyable/ talented) vendors together as a thank you for a great wedding season and a cheers to being industry friends!

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Here are a few tips for planning your first cocktail hour!

1. Don’t worry about the number of guests. A cocktail hour should have a casual feel with people coming and going as they please. Whether there is a group of 5 or a group of 50 in the room, it will be a great time!

2. Know your group. We were inviting all industry-related guests so we made sure our event was not on Friday/Saturday/Sunday when they would be working. A Thursday evening seemed like the perfect timing for the group to get together and have a glass of champagne before the busy weekend!

3. Pick a theme or color scheme for your event (ours was Kate Spade inspired). This helps guide you through the planning process to ultimately create a pretty, coordinated evening.

4. Keep it simple and work with people you trust. We had hors d’oeuvres, mini sandwiches, snacks and sweet cookies! That’s it. Not need to go over the top, no one is anticipating dinner, just a little something.

5. Enjoy yourself. Hosting a networking event is like hosting a dinner party or an event in your home. You want to be calm, enjoy your guests and not run around worrying about things being done (planning ahead and keeping it simple helps so much with this!)

Thank you to the all the vendors who helped us make this event and a special thank you to the wonderful team at Balzac’s Coffee Roasters for being such a pleasure to work with and an a wonderful, unique venue for our networking event!

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Happy Planning

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Happy Thursday everyone!

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Today’s post is all about throwing a super fun halloween party. Whether you are having a chic adult-only affair or a post trick or treat get together for the kids, this day is all about getting creative and having fun with the theme!

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When hosting parties with kids, I like to plan a lot of activities to keep them busy. This ensures they have fun and keeps them out of trouble :)

There are so many free printables online; bingo, word games etc. for every age!

Decorating sugar cookies is always fun too!

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End the night with a scary movie and treats in the fort! A great way to unwind after all the sugar.

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When hosting a group of adults, I like to play up the theme of the haunted house and make things a little more spooky.

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You can get creative with food for this party and make your decor focal activity points as well.

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Get creative, enjoy your company and have fun!

Happy Planning

fall favors

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Completely feeling this way lately.

As I plan both details for events this fall and weddings next fall, I am loving all the fun details that go with the season.

Today I am sharing some fun fall wedding favors (or party favors!)

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Keep your guests warm today and all season long!

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We all love a homemade treat :)

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The guys will love these.

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And the girls would love these.

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Happy Planning!

fall diy

Happy Monday everyone!

Today’s post is all about bringing fall into your home with easy DIY projects from some of our favorite bloggers.

With thanksgiving entertaining just one week away, let’s get inspired!

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 I just love this hydrangea wreath, it’s full and colorful yet not too busy!

Follow the easy steps here

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Everyone has a few empty frames lying around, what a great way to bring fall into your decor

Find the details here

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LOVE. I can’t wait to make this gold dipped feather garland!

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Glitter. Pumpkin. Candleholder. Love this project!

Happy Crafting!

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Fall is here!

The crisp air, the change in the color of the leaves and the nutmeg-cinnamon-pumpkin flavoured everything!

During my walk this evening I found myself dreaming of the sweet details that would be created for this season and next season’s fall weddings.. I felt giddy just thinking about the upcoming projects! (you know you love what you do when..)

Today I thought I would share a few of these details with all of you and inspire your fall decor!

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Gold rimmed plates, metallic paint, a simple name tag and a tiny pumpkin- perfection! I just love this look.

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The season is all about comforting foods, warm colors and natural pieces.

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Stay tuned- fall entertaining tips, wedding menus and DIY projects are coming soon!

Happy Planning

September Goals

As a part of the wedding industry I spend the summer on- the- go. With client meetings, paperwork, DIY projects, weddings and squeezing in family events, I forget to sit back and reflect on the busy season and what my goals are moving forward. As I sit by the window with my pretty view and a cup of tea I have decided to make myself a list (yes, another list!) of September goals. Even though the month is looking very busy I want to make time for a lot of important things!

Business Goals

Complete new website and showcase services and photos of this summer’s work

Network with 5 new vendors in Southwestern Ontario

Plan an amazing party for a favorite vendor :)

Catch up on paperwork and adjust my business plan

Enjoy my week of vacation

Personal Goals

Make time for exercise, a walk to clear your mind can work wonders

Print photos and hang them

Try a new recipe every week ( i love to cook!)

Have dinner with the girls

and again, enjoy my week of vacation :)

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What are your goals this month? I find listing them makes me more accountable somehow.

Happy Planning!

Outdoor Wedding Tips

Happy Sunday Everyone!

 All summer I have been trying my best to enjoy the sunshine and the outdoors as much as possible (which can be difficult during such a busy time). After the busy-ness of yesterday’s wedding day, I have decided to sit out on my balcony with an iced tea and some magazines to just relax and “turn off” for a moment.

As I flip through the pages of magazines I am SO inspired by backyard parties and outdoor events. I cannot tell you how excited I am for this month’s gorgeous tented wedding.

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So today I am sharing some tips to a successful outdoor wedding. They are amazing, but can be tricky logistically!

1. Have a back up plan. This has to be the most important thing in planning an outdoor affair. If the weather does not cooperate you need to have something in place to implement quickly.

2. Think about the position of the sun- yes it’s nice when you are at the beach but it may not be comfortable for guests to be sitting and eating in the direct heat (especially when you have a variety of aged guests).

3. Parking & Transportation. This is na important factor to consider for outdoor events which are usually in a secluded area, on a private property or in a unique setting. Having a designated parking area or shuttle service will make it much easier for your guests to arrive & depart.

4. Advise your guests. Depending on the location choice you may want to add some details or tips with your invitation or on your wedding website. Outfit choice, shoe choice etc. may be uncomfortable in your venue.

5. Don’t forget the extra costs! While tented wedding are beautiful, you have to consider the fact that you are starting from scratch. Everything from the tent itself to the floor, washrooms , decor and all rentals must be purchased and set up (this can add up quickly).

6. Plan your day accordingly. If you are going to be outdoors all day you want to have a very early or a later afternoon ceremony so your guests aren’t in the sun (or rain) all day. Late afternoon/early evening lighting is great for pictures too!

7. BUGSPRAY :)

8. Match your menu. Plan for summer-y food, maybe stations or a buffet. The outdoor atmosphere lends itself well to a more casual meal.

9. Hire a team of professionals. Working outdoors can get messy- you don’t want your friends, family and wedding party getting dirty and working instead of enjoying with you.

10. Don’t stress about the rain! Unfortunately, we really can’t control the weather. Keep an eye on the forecast and stick to your decisions, if it rains you’ll have cute umbrella photos, if it doesn’t, Bonus!

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Happy Planning

DIY Wedding Favors

Happy Sunday everyone!

After spending the weekend away with family (yet still working on some fun DIY projects for upcoming weddings), I was thinking about how much we can save and how much fun we can have thanks to all the amazing step by step tutorials that are available online.

Yes, time is definitely a factor to consider when choosing the add DIY elements to your wedding or event, however if it is something you enjoy, it truly makes the details extra special.

Today’s post is all about DIY wedding (or party favors) and I am sharing some of the great ideas I have found online. Plus one of my own. Enjoy!

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Ice Cream in a Jar - this is so unique and fun for a summer event!

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Chocolate Tasting

And for a winter wonderland wedding..

I love the idea of giving away a cookie cutter with a recipe. You can have a variety for people to choose from and it is something they can use over and over again to make memories with their families.

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Happy Planning!

 

incorporating vintage

Vintage themed weddings and parties have been a huge trend the past few seasons. It really goes back to the something old, something new saying. More and more we are seeing couples incorporating old family pieces or simply great vintage finds into their special days.

Today’s post is all about finding that balance. Incorporating vintage yet still having those classic or modern pieces.

Decor

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Cake tables, signing tables and seating charts are a great place to add a lot of vintage pieces! Setting up a display where everyone will have time to stop and see is a perfect way to add those fun details or family gems!

Using old cake stands and vases are a really nice way to mix the vintage pieces with bright flowers and modern treats!

Style

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Details

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Our friends over at The Millionaire’s Daughter have THE BEST consignment furniture pieces. How amazing is this wedding display one of their creative clients put together with an item from their Aurora location

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Happy Planning!