Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Disney's Wedding Pavillion

We recently went on vacation to sunny Orlando Florida. We had the privilege of viewing Disney's Wedding Pavilion at The Walt Disney World Resort. We took pictures in their private studio where they do all their booking, and then we toured the ceremony venue and Bridal Suite. It was a dream come true, and we were truly inspired.
Disney hired David Tutera, wedding planner and designer to the stars to create Disney's Couture Wedding Collection. This includes a celebrity style wedding, personal sessions with your wedding planner, top Walt Disney World Chefs, decor designers, photography and videography teams and more. You'll also get to send out designer invitations, save the dates and get the VIP treatment with a personal tour guide.

David created four looks which are customizable for Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings. They really resemble something from a dream. Disney's Fairytale Wedding's also include a designer gown collection by Alfred Angelo and a collection of amazing honeymoon packages.

Something of this magnitude and price may not be for everyone,which is why we look to this amazing collection for inspiration in our own weddings. It is always great to do research on what is out there, so when you come in to the store we can create that fairytale wedding you've always wanted.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Fall Weddings

Beautiful fall, time when all the leaves change, there is a coolness in the air and nights become longer. The fall has become more popular for weddings than the summer! We at Special Events can hardly keep up. What makes this fall so special for us is that one of our children is getting married.

Our son Ben is getting married to Ellie on October the first. They have been dating since they were 14. It is so cute to have seen them grow into a fine young couple. I will keep you posted on all their plans and big day details.

Colours in the fall are very warm they reflect the colours of the season, the changing of leaves, plants and grasses. Crimson, copper, rust, burnt orange and golden yellows just to name a few. Fall weddings generally choose colours to reflect the season. It is very rare to see someone use a pink or mauve at this time of year unless they are adding it amongst brighter fall colours. Try changing things up a little. Instead of using standard whites or ivory's for linen, try using dark chocolate, mocha or golds. Changing tablecloths, napkins and chair covers from standard colours will add some drama to your wedding reception decor.

Flower choices are abundant in the fall. Gerberas, roses, orchids, mums, sunflowers,pin cushions, gladiolas, lilies are just a few and yes they all are available in beautiful fall shades.

Pumpkins and gourds, hay, fall leaves are all inexpensive touches that can be added to bring the feeling of fall to your decor. Carved pumpkins, lit, and filled with fresh flowers for centerpieces is an adorable look. Small gourds or mini pumpkins make great place card holders. Fall leaves (if real) should be waxed so they do not crumble, or substituting with artificial leaves would work as well. They are great for scattering around centerpieces, lining church isles and even being used as a name card at a place setting. Some other fun little fall pieces are acorns and berries. They can add that extra fall touch to centerpieces, bouquets, and even as decorations on the cake. Branches covered in fall leaves are also a fun fall accessory. They can be put in jars or glass vases for church decor. Finish everything off with candles, to give that warm glow to your fall wedding.

The little touches go as far as your imagination. Whatever season you decide to go with for your wedding, we at Special Events wish you all the best!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Summer Weddings Part two

Continuing on with Summer weddings. This week I wanted to talk about church ceremonies and banquet hall receptions.

A very popular look this year for church ceremonies has been the historic vintage church. They are so beautiful and have a romantic feel about them. Here in Cambridge we are blessed with quite a few. Ellis Chapel, Central Presbyterian, St. Clements Roman Catholic are just a few choices here in town. When you choose a vintage church you have to be careful in choosing your decor. You do not want to hide or take away from the charm of it, but accent it. Beautiful pews, isles, choir lofts, bell towers and organs are all features that make it worth having your ceremony in one of these vintage churches. Most churches need something on the pews. There is a huge selection of things you can do. Bows, rose balls, flower cones, small flower clusters, and candle stands.
I also think it is beautiful to have a carpet runner with petals matching your wedding colours. To finish things off I would suggest two large floral pieces or candle stands at the front of the church. Once the wedding party is standing there, everything looks picture perfect.

A helpful hint. Most florists will deliver and set up the the church. Only some will dismantle the church and move these pieces to your reception site. So make sure you have someone designated to move these items for you if needed.
This year, a popular look is the more blank slate venue for receptions. Couples are getting away from the typical banquet hall and going for a more cold, blank and modern space. Examples of this are The Tannery, The Art Gallery of Hamilton, Seagram's museum, The Canadian Clay and Art Glass Museum and so many more. Weddings have a more calm and relaxed feel. When you book a location that is simple in design, you do not have to worry about architectural flaws. This way your decor stands out and your location meshes well with the ambiance and feel you are trying to achieve for your wedding. Receptions are becoming more lounge like. Little areas are created for that cozy relaxed feel. Grouped settings of couches, loungers, chairs and tables where your guests can socialize with each other. Another trend that has been booming lately are Hor' deurves tables, food stations and candy bars in receptions. Again this creates a cozy atmosphere causing guests to mingle with one another. There is no end to what you can do with your wedding. Making your wedding a reflection of your style and personality always adds fun and memories to your special day. Until next week, enjoy.