August 29, 2013

Vintage Wedding Trend

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Vintage inspired weddings are a growing trend. Wedding magazines and blogs have popularized this trend. However, vintage inspired photo shoots can also be seen in fashion and home decor magazines. There are those that will rather there be an end to the vintage wedding trend and prefer a more modern wedding style. However, I think that the vintage style can provide couples with an opportunity to connect with the things that they love and pieces of their ancestry. It can allow for them to incorporate family heirlooms and create a sense of history. For many couples, it is also reflective of their desire to have a more eco conscious approach to their celebration by reusing and repurposing items.

There are many ways that you can incorporate vintage touches into your wedding. If brought together well, it can create a unique and stylish celebration that does not look like a "garage sale." With some creativity and thinking outside the box, you may be surprised with the results. You can decide to have a little or a lot, whatever your preference is it will help to have an idea of how you will like your day to look and feel.

If you are thinking of exploring this style for your big day, there are lots of options and resources that you can explore. You do not have to empty the contents of your grandmother's house, but you can ask family and friends to help you gather enough pieces for your wedding. If you love vintage pieces and think that you will reuse the pieces, you can invest in your own collection. Renting vintage furniture, tableware and other decorations is also possible, and there are vendors available that provide vintage rental services.

Here are just a few of the items that you can consider renting for your wedding:
  • Vintage Books
  • Furniture
  • Pews
  • Mason Jars
  • Mirrors
  • Chalk Boards
  • Milk Vases
  • Glassware
  • Mismatched China
  • Suite Cases
  • Baskets
  • Wooden Crates
  • Picture Frames
  • Quilts
  • Typewriter
You can start your search online for a vintage rental company in your area. You can also visit sites such as ebay and etsy if you will like to purchase pieces. Visit your local thrift stores and antique markets, and be prepared to purchase what you may find. If you will like to put a large collection together, I suggest giving yourself lots of time to shop around and collect your pieces.

What are you planning for your vintage inspired wedding celebration? Share with us your thoughts and ideas on the topic.

August 22, 2013

Choosing a Wedding Cake

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Choosing your wedding cake is an exciting and tasty part of planning your wedding. Good planning and organization will help make the process easier. Give yourself plenty of time to look around and give yourself some options. Early in your planning, you will also want to establish a budget. If you have a cake designer in mind, you will also want to confirm how much time you will require to book their services.

Gathering Ideas
Your wedding theme is a great place to start. However, if this is not in keeping with your preferences, you will have to find inspiration from other places. You can draw upon your colour scheme, the reception venue, your wedding dress, bridesmaid dresses, or something that is significant to you as a couple.

The following resources are great places for ideas:
  • Wedding magazines
  • Cake decorators' website
  • Cake or pastry shops
  • Wedding blogs
  • Pinterest 
Once you have gathered some ideas, you can draw your own plans for a wedding cake. You can then take your ideas along with you when you meet with various cake designers. You can ask them for further insight and discuss the difficulty level and cost. This will give you an idea of how realistic your dream wedding cake may be.

Your Options
You can decide to make your own wedding cake. This is a great option if you are confident about your skills and you have the time. If you are having a small wedding, it is a wonderful way to add a personal touch. It is also an option if you will like a wedding cake that is based on a traditional cultural recipe, and you are unable to find a cake designer in your area that specializes in the type of cake you will like. However, if time and the task of making a large multi tiered cake covered in handmade sugar flowers is beyond what you can do, seeking the services of a cake designer may be required.

You can choose a traditional multi-tiered cake or consider an alternative. Couples are choosing options such as miniature cakes, wedding cupcakes and other pastry options. Think outside the box and explore your options before deciding on your cake. You may find that you have more exciting choices than you originally realized.

Your Budget
Once you have some ideas of the type of cake you will like, it is time to decide how much you have to spend on your wedding cake. Compare prices and set a realistic price. You can ask several cake designers for a quote and compare your options. You will also want to determine how much money the cake designer will require as a deposit, and what your subsequent payments will be.

A fruitcake is a traditional choice, however there is a world of flavours that you can choose from. You can also have each tier of your cake in a different flavour, which will provide you with more options. When you are deciding on the flavour, you will also want to consider if your guest have any allergies. Some cake designers offer nut free and gluten free options. A great option for accommodating guest with allergies is to create a miniature cake especially for them.

Cake Size
Your number of guest determines the size of your wedding cake. However, purchasing a slightly larger cake than you need is something to consider. This will allow you to share with those that could not attend your wedding, and you can save some for yourself to eat at a later date. You can freeze a portion of your wedding cake; however, please note that depending on the type of cake it may not keep well for very long. You can find a cake servings guide online, or ask your cake designer for more information regarding the number of servings you can get from your wedding cake.

Your Cake Designer
It is always a good idea to choose a cake designer that specializes in the type of cake you will like for your wedding. When choosing your cake designer, you should ask to see examples of cakes they have made and arrange for a tasting. You can also go one step further and ask for recommendations. You will also want to review your contact and confirm all the logistics.

When meeting with the cake designer, have as much details as possible of the cake you have in mind. You can also place it all into the hands of the designer to use their creativity. Either way, it helps if you can provide him or her with information about your overall wedding plans and what you have in mind for your celebration.

A good wedding cake designer will ask for as much detail about your wedding day as possible. This information will help him or her create a wedding cake that is best suited to the event you are having. Provide details about your colour scheme, type of flowers and the style of your dress. You can also provide images that may allow for a clearer picture of the day. Work with your cake designer to refine your cake ideas and let him or her know your decorating and other design wishes.

It is important to determine how your cake will get to your wedding venue. Remember to ask your cake designer if they will deliver and arrange your wedding cake. It helps if your wedding is within a reasonable distance from their shop, so keep this in mind when you choose your cake designer. If your cake does not require any "set-up," then making arrangements to transport it yourself may be feasible. However, it is important to make secure transportation arrangements. Delegate this task to someone, so that it is not on your personal list for the day of your wedding.

August 15, 2013

Rustic Tin Vase

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A recycled tin can is a great choice for a rustic centrepiece. You can make a variety of tin vases using different size cans. You can ask friends and family members to help collect cans for you. Select a colour that coordinates with your wedding. When it comes to spay painting, I suggest that you work outside or in a well-ventilated area. You can prime your can and let it dry overnight. For this project, I used Krylon indoor/outdoor, ivory gloss spray paint.

Metal can
Metal file
Spray paint

1. Smooth any jagged edges with a metal file.

2. Clean your can and dry the surface.

2. Spray paint the can in a sweeping motion from side to side and slightly overlapping.

3. Apply several thin coats and let dry between coats.

4. If needed, lightly sand the surface to remove any unwanted beads of paint or other imperfections. You can also use the sandpaper to create a worn/shabby look.

5. Let dry overnight, then make your arrangements.

You can place a glass of water inside your tin vase and arrange fresh flowers or you make an arrangement with floral foam and silk flowers.

August 1, 2013

Wedding Invitations

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A wedding invitation is a request asking the recipient to attend a wedding. Your wedding invitation should reflect your personality and personal preference. Wedding invitations are created using a number of methods such as printing, letterpress, engraving, embossing, lithography, thermography and calligraphy. The colour and style of your wedding invitation, should compliment the type of wedding you are having, and will serve as a first glimpse into your wedding day. Your typeface should also coordinate with your wedding style. When selecting your wedding invitation, keep in mind your colour scheme, flowers, wedding dress, theme and other wedding elements.

If you are a do-it-yourself couple, you can use any method you feel proficient in However, typically a DIY wedding invitation will be designed and printed using a home computer and printed on a laser or inkjet printer. There are several programs that you can use to design and print your invitations, including Microsoft Word, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator. Wedding invitations use to be hand-written and can still be done this way. If you will like to approach handwriting your invitations, I suggest giving yourself lots of time to do so. You can also enlist the help of a friend or family member whose handwriting you really like. Ideally the same person should handwrite all of the invitations.

A growing trend is to order your wedding invitations online. There are many web sites available and you can view their catalogues, order and ship to your door. Many of these print-on-demand companies will also allow you to customize your invitation, which provides you with the option of adding some originality, with the advantage of a commercial print job.

Eco-conscious couples can source out invitations that are printed on sustainable materials or recycled paper with vegetable based inks. If you will like to go one step further you can also opt for an e-wedding invitation and forgo entirely on paper wedding invitations. You can also create a wedding website that will inform and keep your guest up-to-date on your wedding activities. A wedding website is also a great way to share wedding photos at a later date.

Traditionally it is the mother of the bride on behalf of the family that issues the invitations. The wording on your wedding invitation will depend upon the level of formality, your culture, language, and who is issuing the invitation. The wording is traditionally written in third-person. The hosts is generally the person who will address the recipient. If the bride's parents are the hosts, then the text will generally begin with "Mr. and Mrs. John W. Smith," "Doctor and Mrs." or "Doctor and Mr." The rest of the wording will vary.

In North America, the line "request...presence" is used when the ceremony is held in a house of worship; "pleasure of your company" is used when it is held elsewhere." If the groom's parents are also hosting the wedding, then their names may also be added. As more couples are hosting their own weddings then their names will be used as the hosts. They may also indicate "together with their families," "together with their parents" or "and family."

Emily Jane Smith
James William Jones
together with their parents
request the honour of your presence
at their wedding
Saturday the ninth of November
two thousand thirteen
at three o'clock in the afternoon

St. Andrew's Church
73 Simcoe Street
Toronto, Ontario

Reception to follow

Putting It Together
You can use double envelopes or just a single envelope. In the case of a double envelopes wedding invitation suite, the inner envelope is generally lined and is not gummed (no glue). The inner envelope is a little smaller and fits into the outer envelope, which will have your return address and the mailing address of the recipient. The inner envelope is generally addressed with the names of those invited, including children. If you will like to save on cost and paper you can forgo on double envelopes and go with a single envelope option.

The rest of your wedding invitation suite may include a RSVP response card, a separate wedding reception invitation, map, and other wedding information for out-of-town guests. Wedding invitations should be mailed within six to eight weeks of your wedding date. If you have out-of-town guest, you will want to mail your invitations earlier to provide them with adequate time to make arrangements. An alternative is to send a Save-the-Date card in advance of your wedding invitation.

Guest should be asked to send their RSVP a minimum of two weeks prior to the wedding date. This will provide you with adequate time to make final arrangements with your venue, caterer and other wedding vendors. Other matching items that can be included are, your program, menu, place cards and table cards. You can also print labels for your wedding favours or create party favours.

Your wedding invitations should be addressed by hand. When addressing your invitations "spell it out," do not abbreviate the "Street," "Boulevard" or "Apartment." However, "Mr. and Mrs." are abbreviated, and remember to use appropriate titles. Designate a space for addressing and assembling your wedding invitations. Give yourself adequate time to get your invitations assembled and ready to mail. Take one of your assembled invitation suites to the post office and confirm the amount of postage required.

I also suggest having a way of tracking your RSVPs. You can use Excel, Microsoft Word or other computer tracking methods to keep on top of your guest list. You can also print out or handwrite your guest list along with their addresses, and place a check mark next to their names as you receive their reply. This list is also helpful later as you send out your "Thank You" cards or letters.


Reference: Wikipedia - Wedding Invitation  | Martha Stewart Weddings - Addressing and Mailing Your Wedding Invitations

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Yvette-Michelle is a bridal consultant and wedding coordinator in Greater Toronto, Barrie, and surrounding areas. With over twenty years of experience, crafty know-how, and a flare for style, she provides her clients with expert advice and the help they need to transform their creative wedding dreams into reality.