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

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!

bridesmaids gifts

Having a great group of bridesmaids with you along the planning process is so important. Wedding planning can be overwhelming and sometimes your groom may not be so into it.. Having your friends to support you, listen to you or even just make you laugh can make it better!

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Finding the perfect gift for your girls can be tricky- choosing the right sizes, styles etc. can be challenging when each girl is so different.

Today, I am sharing some of my favorite bridesmaids gift ideas- personalized and sure to make every girl happy and feeling appreciated!

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I just love a great tote! These awesome West Elm bags come in a variety of colors with an option to have them monogrammed. Fill these with goodies for the perfect gift!

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Every girl needs a great luggage tag & travel size roll on perfume- available at Chapters, Indigo, Coles stores or online.

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Love these sweet accessories!

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Simple items like this notebook or your favorite nail polish make a great bag filler too.

Happy Celebrating!

baby girl shower

Last time we shared some inspiration for a baby boy shower and as promised, today is all about the girls!

Whether it’s a vintage tea party, a fun bbq or an upscale affair we think all mommies-to-be should have a shower personalized to them!

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Don’t be afraid to mix DIY items with rented items for a casual chic look!

For more information regarding planning social events, contact us at info@thecreativedetails.ca

We can’t wait to hear from you! Happy Planning!

celebrate

to celebrate.

to rejoice in or have special festivities to mark (a happy day, event, etc)

I chose “planning personalized celebrations” as the tagline to my business because I loved the idea of celebrating.

I love being part of an exciting moment/day/event with my clients

To me, there’s an energy that comes with the idea of celebrating.

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For those of you who have invited and welcomed me in planning your celebrations big and small, thank you!              You make my days so exciting and give me something to celebrate

Planning a Bridal Shower

As a Maid of Honor, you have a lot responsibilities. Having this role is such an honor and it is also a lot of work. You will be there every step of the way for your best friend and you will probably be very involved in all aspects of the wedding plans.

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Here are a few tips on planning the bridal shower in hopes of making this a fun event, not a task!

1. Set your budget. It is so easy to get carried away with details and pretty things, but remember, the person hosting the shower is usually the one paying for it, and you want to be happy at the end of the day, no resentful of how much this cost you.

2. Plan Ahead. Invitations need to go out 4-6 weeks before the event, especially if it is during the summer months- weekends book up quickly! Make lists and timelines for yourself so you aren’t scrambling at the last minute, this will make the planning simple and enjoyable! Side note.. if planning parties really isn’t your thing, hire someone to do it! There are planners who love doing these smaller events and your bride will be just as happy with the results :)

3.  Personalize it. As many of you know, I just love personalizing every event I do. The couple or guest of honor should feel like this was put together just for her/him/them. Get creative and incorporate small details that show this shower is all about her.

4. Pick a theme or color scheme. This is my tip for every event. It makes it so much easier to have a direction when thinking of activities and items you need. Having everything consistent makes the shower look especial too!

5. Remember proper etiquette. Don’t invite guests who haven’t been invited to the wedding, if it’s a large wedding. Do invite guests who haven’t been invited to the wedding if it’s a very small or destination wedding.

Do make sure you greet guests and introduce yourself at the beginning of the shower.

Do add information about the bride’s registry on the invitation- it is not proper etiquette for her to do it on the invitations to the wedding so this is a good time to let people know.

Don’t host your own shower.

Don’t expect the bride to pay for anything- this is up to the friends and family. On that note.. don’t be afraid to delegate, you are doing the planning so you can ask others in the bridal party to participate in crafts, help set up, purchase a few items  or bake/cook items to save on budget.

Bonus Tip: Don’t stress, enjoy the shower!

Happy Planning

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baby boy shower

As some of you may know, the creative details plans all types of celebrations from weddings to bridal showers, parties and of course, baby showers!

Today’s post is sharing some baby boy shower inspiration..

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I just love these nautical, beach-y look! It’s masculine enough yet still so pretty!

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A baby backyard BBQ- this is casual party perfection for the whole family!

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It’s all about the details!

Stay tuned, more baby celebration inspiration coming this month,

happy planning!

trending: the nautical theme

To me, the nautical theme is a classic. It can change color palette’s, accents and vary in it’s design but it continues to be one of my favorite themes and today, i’m dreaming of a seaside wedding or party!

The Color Palettes

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Navy, Coral and Blush are such a pretty combination! The coral brightens the blue for a more summer-y look.

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I love this gorgeous mix of blues and nudes! So classic.

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The Look

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The Details

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I love how this theme can be so casual yet so chic and elegant! It is so versatile and I can’t wait to work with these color schemes this season!

Happy Planning!

mix and match

As a wedding and event planner, I love watching trends come and go. It’s interested to see what people “go for” and what sticks season after season. A trend I really enjoyed last season and I am incorporating even more this year is mix and matching.

Not everything has to be a matching color.. it can be various shades of one color or within a color scheme. For this of you who aren’t too traditional, enjoy some variety and are planning a more casual event, here’s some inspiration!

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Mix-and-Match-Chairs

Whether it’s the attire, the chairs, the decor or the details, I just love the fun style that comes from mixing and matching! Don’t be afraid to get creative and try something new..

Happy Planning!

mother’s day brunch

As promised, today I am sharing my menu for Mother’s Day Brunch this weekend.

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 I like to have a coffee station for when guests arrive. A good cup of coffee gets everyone in a great mood and starts the morning off right.

My Favorite Simple Brunch Recipes

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Scones: recipe here

Brunch Eggs: I ALWAYS use this recipe (they are great on their own, on an english muffin and for a quick  breakfast on the go the next day)

My go-to roll ups: buy a frozen pastry sheet. Let it defrost in the refrigerator the night before. The morning of your event, unroll the dough, fill with ham & swiss (or your favourite combination of ingredients). Roll up & bake in the oven at 400degrees until golden brown.

Cinnamon Pancakes: http://www.sugarlaws.com/cinnamon-pancakes

Want to add a veggie? How about Parmesan Broccoli: courtesy of budget savvy diva

Want to get a little fancy? Black Tea Honey Muffins: I like this recipe

Add some yogourt, granola and a biscotti to a glass. So easy and delicious!

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A wedding planner has to incorporate wedding planning in everything.. planning a bridal brunch?

Here’s some inspiration!

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Happy Planning!