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Wedding Decor

Wedding style: Weddings are rooted in tradition, so they share common elements—the dress, the flowers, the cake, and so on. These provide countless ways to be creative and make your wedding reflect your tastes.

Inspiration: Think of your wedding as a whole and make sure that all the elements complement each other: the dress, the groom’s outfit, the bridal party’s clothes, the flowers, the cake, the table decorations, the stationary. The starting point is normally the bride’s dress, from which springs the choice of bridal party’s outfits and flowers. But there are other sources of inspiration. The time of year often suggests certain colours and themes: blues and yellows in spring; fiery reds, oranges and yellows in the fall; tables decorated with vibrant colours in the summer; Snow and holiday inspired décor for the winter. Once you have chosen a season, deciding on the venue will bring your wedding inspirations to life.

Colour: Colour is an easy way to give your wedding a sense of continuity. Most brides still wear white, though usually not pure white, rather a shade somewhere in the ivory or cream colours. White is a great canvas for colour, adding an accent shade that carries through the wedding is sure to reflect your style. This simple but stylish tip allows you to express yourself in the small details like the ribbon around the bouquets, the icing on the cake, lighting, linens, chair covers, invitations, place cards etc.

Choosing an accent colour can depend on season, trend or theme. You could choose a single pastel like pink, yellow or mocha for a light summer wedding. Dark shades add warmth and are good for the cooler months, the contrast against white is striking and flattering. Black and white weddings are a hot trend, adding a shocking colour like turquoise or pink make a black and white wedding pop. You can stick to one colour in different shades or use several contrasting colours like pink and green or complementary colours like yellow and orange. Your colour will be expressed most by your flowers so choose a colour that gives you an assortment of choices.

Stylish Colour Themes: Lemon yellow and cobalt blue - Hot pink and green – Black and white and pink – Wine purple and cream – Pastel yellow – 4 or 5 different colours in the same shade like hot pink, turquoise, lemon yellow, orange and lime green, for example.

Themed Weddings: A venue can suggest an historical theme, or you may have a passion for a particular period of time. An easy to way to introduce your theme is through selective touches paired with your venue. Weddings by the water suggest a vacation feel but even without the water a blue and white wedding with a seashell in each dinner napkin, an elaborate fish assortment and floating candles with ocean inspired flowers can make your theme in the most subtle way. The seasons often inspire themes. If you marry in December, snow inspired or Christmas themes paired with deep colours and inspired décor and flowers really bring everything together. A wedding is a unique opportunity to throw a wonderful party. If you’re ever going to indulge your party dreams, now’s the time!

Parties Besides the Wedding:
Engagement parties: Having an engagement party is a sociable way to get your wedding festivities going. This party can be held at the bride’s or groom’s home or a venue of your choice. It can be any type of party from a simple cocktail party with hors d’oeuvres to a buffet or seated meal. At some point during the party a formal announcement can be made of the couple’s engagement in order to propose a toast to them. A few words may be said, and there could be cake. Since an engagement party is a more informal, smaller-scale event than a wedding, you may want to invite only family and close friends.

Bridal showers and bachelorette parties: The bridal shower is a very important part of the wedding parties. The maid of honour and other members of the bridal party can organize the event or the bride’s family might organizes everything for the bridal shower. They may want to make it a surprise, but it’s a good idea to let people know your preference. Book a date as soon as possible so everyone can keep it free, and choose a location that will work for most of the guests. Bridal showers usually serve food and will be based on a theme. Some people play games and award prizes to break the ice where everyone might not know each other. The bridal shower helps the bride outfit her house with items she may not have yet like kitchen items or linens. The bride should register with a house wares store or request monetary gifts only.

Bachelorette and Bachelor Parties: Anything goes in this category. Some brides and grooms do away with separate parties and elect to have a Jack and Jill where the bride and groom celebrate these parties together. For the traditional, separate parties there are many party options. Bachelorette and bachelor parties are entirely informal and you can keep the party local or go away to celebrate somewhere out of town. The bachelor and bachelorette should be planned down to every detail and the bridal party and other guests should be well informed of the itinerary, costs and requirements. An all in price is usually the best way to go and good planning let’s everyone have a great time on a fixed price.

Wedding Stationary:
Invitations: If you’re having a small wedding, you could handwrite your invitations. For larger number, printing is more practical and saves you time. Traditional invitations are printed in black on white or cream card and may be hand engraved, thermo graphed, or flat printed. Check proofs very carefully before approving them for print. Traditional wordings are available on the internet or at your printer’s office and can be very formal or more informal. With formal invitations, guests’ names are handwritten in the top left corner or the space provided in the wording of the invitation and full titles are used. If you’re sending an invitation to a married couple, the correct form of address on the envelope is: “Mr. and Mrs. William Newton”, if it’s a family you can add “and Family”. It is traditional to send an invitation to the groom’s parents and the officiator you have chosen like a priest or rabbi for example. If your reception includes a formal dinner and dance and you want guests to wear formal dress than you should include “Black tie” in the bottom right corner of your invitation. Your invitations should be mailed two to three months before the day and no later than six weeks before. Don’t forget to enclose maps and accommodations information if necessary.

Reply Cards: Reply cards should indicate the last date to RSVP, menu options (if used) and number of persons. You should also number your reply cards with a corresponding list before you send them out. Some people do not fill out cards clearly but assigning each reply card a number makes clarification easy without calling around.

Thank You Cards: Thank you cards are a nice personal way to thank your guests for gifts, attendance and/or special things they may have done for you. Thank you cards can match your invitations or be a photo of the bride and groom on their special day. Thank you cards can also be a nice way to thank the people you hire who have impressed you.

Programs: Couples often print these for religious weddings. Programs can contain the order of ceremony, music details, names of bridal party/family etc. Programs can match your invitations or just use the same style and are a nice detail to any ceremony making it easy for people to follow along.
Placecards: When organizing your seating plan place cards will let people know their table number. Cards can be handwritten or printed once all your replies have come in.

Menus: These are optional you could have a small menu for each guest that they can take away as a memento, or a larger one for each table. Menus indicate what will be served for the evening and can give guests an idea of how the night will go.

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