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WEDDING PLANNING – THE COMMON MISTAKES

1. MAKING PLANS BEFORE SETTING A BUDGET
Many girls plan their wedding before they meet their groom. Be careful! Try not to get attached to certain ideas as the heavy price tag associated with it, may be quick to disappoint you. There are a lot of large, medium and small expenses associated with a wedding. A well-defined budget is always important.

3. UNDERESTIMATING THE COST OF OUTDOOR AFFAIRS
Alfresco affairs can incur some additional costs that you probably didn’t consider. There are logistics and other expenses involved – renting bathrooms, kitchen facilities, lighting, fan or heaters and generators – to make your wedding run smoothly. Plus, what’s your plan B when it rains?

5. SIZE MATTERS
Ask your venue how many attendees can fit comfortably, the reduce by 10%.

6. MISTIMING VOWS
It is best to schedule your ceremony right before the sun sets. It is a photographer’s “golden hour”.

7. NOT SUPPLYING ENOUGH INFORMATION
Make sure all your vendors and guests are well-informed with the right information. So, they can be at the right location at the right time. Incorrect information can cost you valuable time.

8. MICROMANAGING
Being prepared is one thing, but, planning every excruciating detail of the day is extreme. The day should be enjoyed and flow organically.

9. SKIPPING THE VIDEOGRAPHER
The videographer will pick up on things that your photographer will miss. The small yet memorable nuances of the day are best captured on video.

10. SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF
Mistakes will happen. Things may go wrong, but, who cares. YOU ARE GETTING MARRIED. Shift your focus from the wedding to the marriage.

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2015 Wedding Trends

FULL WEEK PARTIES
Naturally, weddings bring family and friends together. Why not insist on more quality time by planning full weekend events. You could start with a welcome parties, beach bonfires or pool parties

INTIMATE GATHERINGS
As we said before, weddings bring family and friends together. To make this really meaningful, many have been opting for smaller, intimate weddings. Choose a location, where everyone feels relaxed; add personal touches that will resonate with your guests to make your day truly memorable.

JEWEL TONES
Jewel tones are appearing in accents and dress all year round. The striking and moody palette creates a luxurious yet modern look.

METALLIC ACCENTS
Metallics can be the new black. Hues like copper, brass and rose gold are the colours of the season.

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CHOOSING YOUR BRIDAL PARTY

1. Perhaps your closest friends and family would be obvious choices, but take your time to think of all your options. Ask yourself, do you think that you’ll be close to this person five years from now? If you’re on the fence about a person, then think of how they will fit with the rest of your bridal party.
2. Do you need them to play an active role? Do you need them to be active in the planning process – going to wedding shows, picking out cakes, invites and dresses? Then, you may be more apt to rule out candidates that live far away. But, this doesn’t mean that you leave them completely out of the loop.
3. Consider the size of the wedding
4. Choose dependable people. Friends that are good at providing emotional support
5. Don’t return a favour. Just because you participated in someone else’s wedding, doesn’t mean they should be in yours.
6. There are a lot of other options other than bridesmaid or groomsmen. Friends can help in planning of certain aspect of the wedding. For example, If they are musically inclined they can perform at the ceremony or reception. Whereas, some friends will be just happy to have VIP seating.

Open House

You’re Cordially Invited!

You are cordially invited to our floral boutique and decor showroom!
Thursday March 26, 2015 | 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM |
The Old Shoe Factory – 57 Mill Street North, Suite 205, Brampton ON

RSVP TODAY! events@affleur.ca or (647)883-4242

We look forward to seeing you there!

Affleur Event Design’s Open House

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DO YOU HAVE THAT FOREVER LOVE?

Please don’t let it be mistaken, relationships require a lot of work. Every relationship has their own bumps — like how many days can you play Madden? when one would rather try to stuff that yogurt container in the almost exploding trash can instead of taking the garbage out. All of that aside, you two kids are still truly, madly, deeply in love with each other. Cue the Sound Garden soundtrack! Actually, please don’t! So how do you beat the odds and make sure you have that forever kind of love?

1. Truly Intimate – It not about 50 shades of grey. Real intimacy can a simple kiss hello or a bear hug before you head out for the day can really strengthen your bond. Or when you look at each and automatically know what each other is thinking – the words that go unsaid. Or maybe you have a corny secret handshake. It’s the little things that make all the difference.

2. You’re on the same team. You may not always split your chores, errands, and responsibilities 50/50, but you both know what it means to pull your own weight. Also, being your partner’s cheerleader and vice versa helps to strengthen your bond. Focusing on the positive aspect of their personality and your relationship will build a better foundation than tear each other down.

3. Spontaneity is everything. Keep it lively whether you’ve been together for 7 months or 7 years. You know that changing things up every so often will keep your partner on his/her toes. Surprises don’t need to be elaborate. Simplicity can go a long way – like bringing home her favorite ice cream, making a reservation at that restaurant he’s been talking about. It’s unexpected is what makes being together So. Much. Fun.

4. “Absence makes the heart grow fonder” You know how to spend time apart. So don’t underestimate those girls’ or boys’ nights out! But it’s also important to know when you should turn down an invitation to spend some quiet time together. Just because you spend all your time together doesn’t make it quality time; set aside one night a week as date night and leave the cell phones at home (or in your pocket), and just enjoy each other’s company.

5. You say “I love you” often…and you ALWAYS mean it. Remember the feeling you felt the very first time you said “I love you” to your partner? You felt the butterflies. But if you’ve been together for a while, those three little words can start to lose their meaning. Saying “I love you” suddenly becomes as uneventful as a hello or bye. So make sure you say it often, but make sure you’re not saying it absentmindedly. An easy way to make it meaningful is to make eye contact when you say it.

6. You understand the definition “unconditional love”. Every relationship has its ups and downs, but knowing how to work as a team and looking toward better times is what will make it work. Assured that you’re both in it for the long run is essential to getting through those bumps. Communication is very key, be honest but, humble. Pettiness and keeping account of faults does not solve the problem. Attack the problem; not each other.

7. No Keeping up the Jones’. You are your own brand; you don’t compare yourself to other couples. Unique in your own right. You know that what works for one couple, doesn’t mean it will work with you. So, don’t let your foundation crack by letting outside opinions dictate details of your relationship. No one knows your relationship better than the two people involved.

Nice Day for a White Wedding

The long held tradition of wearing white on your wedding day dates back to the year 1840. The white wedding dress only became popular after Queen Victoria wore one to wed Price Albert in 1840. The Queen sparked a trend that was mostly privy to wealthy brides were known to wear white since they were able to keep them clean. To showcase their wealth and decadence even more, brides would accessorize with luxurious furs, velvet, or gold and silver embroidery. Prior to that, typically, brides simply wore their finest dress for the ceremony, regardless of color. Also, traditional Scandinavian brides wore black, while many Eastern cultures wore red.

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But, ladies it’s 2015, and what if white is just not your colour of choice. Here are some updated options for the bride to be.
PRINTS
Another bridal trend is printed gowns. It’s fresh, confident and fun, and that’s how you want to feel on your wedding day.
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METALLIC & SPARKLE
Today, brides want to sparkle and “bling”. Well, don’t be afraid to take it up a notch. Gold and silver are now in vogue. The natural warmth of your skin tone will complement antique or dazzling gold. While, if you have a cooler skin tone, you should opt for frosty silver.

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COOL HUES
Soft blues and grays are a romantic choice while adding a modern touch. Styling tip: Blondes will look amazing in dusky blue hues for a fun but dreamy look. Brunettes are perfectly suited to soft cloud gray or pewter for a more ethereal wedding day style.

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AFFLEUR ADVICE: ENGAGEMENT PARTIES IDEAS

Looking for an alternative to your typical engagement party? What better way to celebrate the newly engaged than with glasses of champagne and something sweet? Your guests will be glued to the sweet table filled with chocolate covered goodies.

Need help figuring out the how to create the perfect pairings? Here’s a start:

  • Champagne with milk chocolate
  • Riesling or Pinot Noir with milk chocolate
  • Mosacato with white chocolate
  • White Zinfandel with while chocolate
  • Shiraz or Merlot with dark chocolate
  • Tawny Port with dark chocolate
  • Dessert wine with fruit-filled milk chocolates

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Nothing draws a crowd like a chocolate fountain. Add other desserts like macaroons, cupcakes, fresh fruit and tarts. Along with bubbly, think of champagne cocktails.

Need help creating your own chocolate dipped strawberries? Follow these simple directions.

Directions

  1. Rinse and pat dry strawberries. Do not hull them or remove the leaves.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper.
  3. Working in 1/2 cup batches of the chips, melt the chips in a microwave safe bowl, 30 seconds at a time until the chips are melted and smooth (takes about 75 seconds total).
  4. Dip each strawberry once into the chocolate to put a thin coating on, and place on the wax paper. Melt more chocolate as needed.
  5. Allow the chocolate to harden (about 45 minutes, in the fridge if you have room).
  6. Using a marinade injector, inject each strawberry with a small amount of champagne. Insert the injector into the strawberry near to the base of the stem – this will hide the hole. When the foam begins to come out of the berry, you know that’s it. Each berry will have just a tiny bit of champagne.
  7. Return berries to the fridge and allow to chill at least another 20 minutes. Serve cold.

* Hint – when pulling the champagne into the injector, it will foam up. Tilt the injector so the needle is up until the foam settles, and then push out any air. This will give you more control over how much goes into the berries.

Makes 36 strawberries.

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As an alternative,  add specialty coffees and teas. At the end of the night, have favor bags ready so guests can take home any leftover treats.

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Photo Cred: Four Seasons.com, Huffington Post, William Sonoma

LOCAL FAVOURITE – FERRE SPOSA


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Discover on of my local favourites for bridal gowns – Ferre Sposa. Rated as one of the top 10 bridal stores in Toronto, Ferre Sposa promises to deliver to their guests a warm and friendly atmosphere. You’re sure to find a wide selection of the latest fashions from Canadian and Imported designers. Ferre Sposa showcases a substantial collection of bridal and bridesmaid gowns, as well as with flower girl dresses, evening attire and an assortment of accessories.
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Address: 934 Bloor Street West Toronto, Ontario, M6H 1L4
Phone: (416) 535 – 8999
Email: info@ferresposa.com
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ON BENDED KNEE

A marriage proposal may happen to you perhaps only once in your lifetime. So, you want it to be memorable, creative, perfect and of course romantic. It’s all about the ideal place and timing.

So, Grooms-to-be, here are some ideas to help you and your Bride-to-be achieve the moment that you will forever remember.

Public:
Choose a favorite place that has personal significance to the two of you. Once you’re there, ask someone nearby to take a picture of you together, and instead of posing, drop down on one knee.

Private:
While taking a stroll in the mall, be nostalgic and suggest taking some pictures in the photo booth. In between takes, take out the ring and propose. Another creative way to propose and capture the moment.

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If all else fails, make sure the ring is beautiful and big!

CELEBRITY WEDDING: GEORGE & AMAL

It’s official, the ultimate bachelor George Clooney is officially off the market!
With Venice as the setting, the who’s who of Hollywood set sail through the Venetian canals to attend this long-awaited/feared event.
However, I must say despite all the clamour to see all the wedding details, I was quite enamoured with Amal Alamuddin.
Her fashion sense is impeccably chic. She has the making of a real fashion icon.

  • On the eve of their wedding, Alamuddin wore a striped Dolce & Gabbana dress
  • A fan of the hi-lo dress, Alamuddin wore a red Alexander McQueen dress to the pre-wedding dinner
  • For the wedding, she wore a beautiful Oscar de la Renta ivory beaded-guile dress with Chantilly lace appliqué.
  • After the Saturday nuptials, Amal wore a Giambattista Valli Couture macrame embroidered dress, showcasing her legs
  • And for the real civil ceremony, she wore a immaculate Stella McCartney white custom two-piece suit.

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Which look was your favourite?

However, there was one detail of the wedding that I absolutely loved, which was their personalized monograms, as you see below. Monogram was reportedly featured on invitations, programs, and napkins. Can’t wait to see more!

 

Personalized Monograms appear on Amal's hat box

Personalized Monograms appear on Amal’s hat box

So, how many boxes of tissues have you gone through?