Centre of attention

Quick and easy centrepiece ideas will help make your reception memorable
Jul 31, 2014 | Vivian Konney

What are some ideas I can use for my table centrepieces?

From traditional groupings of flowers to modern single flower centrepieces, tried and true flowers add the classic element to any wedding. But if you’re not as interested in flowers, try using candles which can add an intimate and romantic look and feel to any room.

Plants such as potted bamboo or orchids used as centrepieces or favours can be a sure-fire hit with your guests. And don’t forget seasonal themes. If your wedding is during the Christmas season, you could put ornaments in snow filled vases. In the fall, you could put acorns and use leaves to add a seasonal element. For the Easter season, you could use colourful Easter eggs draped on branches.

Vivian Konney

Since 2005, Vivian Konney's tireless energy for the creative process and organization that goes into decorating every event is what has been most esteemed by her brides. With her team of helpers (including her 2 sisters!), Vivian’s Decor & Designs has done hundreds of weddings and even then, they will decorate your wedding with great care, energy and simply fabulous style.

Once you meet Vivian herself, you’ll know that you’re in good hands. Her enthusiastic and down-to-earth manner will put you at ease right from the start. And in your wedding planning process, Vivian will be one of the few vendors who will genuinely make you smile and happy with your choice of decorator. Visit www.vdecordesigns.com or join her facebook page.

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Jul 24, 2014

Please don’t stop the music

Finding the perfect mix of songs for your reception is easy – if you keep your guest list in mind.
Jul 24, 2014 | Lisa Ng

What's a good mix of songs for a wedding reception that will keep everyone happy?

You definitely want to find out the age demographic of the people attending. Most weddings are 60 per cent family over the age of 40 and 40 per cent friends in their late 20s and early 30s. It's good to have this info on hand so you can build your night and playlist around this. I usually start with oldies from the ‘50s and ‘60s to get all age groups on the dance floor, then switch to some fun ‘70s disco funk or ‘80s retro as the night progresses. It's nice to also throw in a Top 40 set after the oldies set so the young people don't feel excluded either.

After 11 p.m. is when you'll see some of the older people head home to their kids and the playlist turns a little more Top 40, with some hip-hop or rock, depending on the tastes of the couple and their friends. Classic Rock is also a genre that gets all age groups involved. People can't resist AC/DC’s "You Shook Me All Night Long.” It's a great sing-a-long song after a couple drinks. Throw in one or two slow songs when the crowd looks a bit tired and need a break. Slow songs are important, as some people will only dance to them or couples are waiting on the sidelines so they can dance together. Your best bet? Hire a professional DJ, so she can read the crowd for you and you can sit back and enjoy your own party. We've worked a lot of weddings and seen it all.

My other tip? Pick songs that make everyone happy without compromising too much on what you really don't like. Leave the super-obscure music at home, or it will hurt the dance floor.

Lisa Ng is a Toronto-based wedding DJ and lifestyle blogger.  Her company, hello DJ! takes a hip, fun and young approach to music and reception entertainment. You can learn more about her non-cheesy, Macaraena-free style at www.helloDJ.ca or follow the life of a female DJ on her blog, The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide at www.HipUrbanGirl.com

Jul 17, 2014

Looking long and lean

Tips for toning your whole body to look great in a slim, sexy wedding dress
Jul 17, 2014 | Emily Sparrow

My dress is tight and slinky. How do I tone up my whole body so it looks great on me?

When it comes to whole body training, there’s no such thing as a quick fix or a one-exercise solution. You need to look at the whole picture and consider cardio, weight/resistance training and nutrition. You need to focus on all three components to see real results.

Resistance/weight training is the only way you to build lean muscle mass, which is what drives body fat loss and increases your metabolism. The more lean muscle mass you have, the higher your metabolism will be. Cardio not only helps improve your cardiovascular endurance but also helps increase your caloric burn for the day.

Last but not least, there’s nutrition. What you choose to eat will make or break the results you’ll see from your cardio and weight training efforts.  A balanced diet will ensure you have enough energy to keep up with your workouts and help you either lose or maintain your weight (depending on what your goals are). Some guidelines to follow are to aim for cardio three times a week for 45 minutes and weight/resistance training three times a week. Your resistance workout should be a combination of a variety of exercises and include ways to challenge all the muscle groups in your body. Consult with a personal trainer to find the right exercises for you and your goals.  

Emily Sparrow is a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor in the greater Toronto area.  Emily has worked with clients of all fitness levels and has been a contributing fitness expert in many publications such as the Globe & Mail, Today’s Parent, Frugal Bride and 20_something.ca.  Emily is the Owner of SkyHigh Fitness, and in-home and condo personal training company exclusively for women.  To learn more about Emily visit her website at http://www.skyhighfitness.com/

Jul 10, 2014

Save-the-date!

Everything you need to know about your save-the-date cards.
Jul 10, 2014 | Nicola Viau

When should I send out my save-the-dates?

What are save-the-date cards?

Save-the-date cards are a fun way of saying "We're tying the knot, mark it in your calendar!" With hectic schedules and busy daily life, save-the-date cards are becoming increasingly popular as a way of notifying your guests in advance because you WANT them to be there to celebrate your special day!   

Are save-the-date cards absolutely necessary? 

It all depends on what type of wedding you are having! If you are having a destination wedding it is only fair to give your guests ample time to make arrangements especially if your wedding falls during a peak travelling period. Notifying them early will allow your future guests to set aside the time, mark it on their calendar and your chances of them turning up on your special day greatly increase! Some brides opt out of save-the-date cards in lieu of an email notice or word of mouth option. 

When should I send out my save-the-dates?

We suggest sending them within four to six months before you actual wedding date unless it is a destination wedding then roughly eight months in advance. This additional time allows your guests to plan for their travel and expenses and apply for time off with their employer. Another important reason for sending save the dates out is if your wedding falls around a holiday.

Who should I send my save-the-dates to?

Anyone you want to attend your wedding, this includes bridesmaids, siblings and parents even if they have already given you confirmation that they will be attending your wedding. Make sure you choose wisely on who you want to send them to as there is no option to hide from people you have invited if you happen to change your mind about them later! Be clear on who you want to invite when addressing them will help you avoid the trouble of dealing with uninvited guests who assumed they were invited (yikes!) or children if you are opting for an adult only event. This also gives parents the additional time to set up any necessary childcare for that day. 

What elements should my save-the-date cards have?

  • Your names
  • Wedding date and location
  • The words 'Invitation to follow' so guests don't mistake your save-the-date for your invitation!

My husband Stephane and I met at Oakville’s Sheridan College where we studied varying Fine Arts discipline. We fell in love, moved in together and married in September of 2007. After designing our own wedding invitations we ended up creating stationery for a number of different events. Jolie Papeterie Boutique was founded in the Spring of 2010. We now live in Burlington with our two beautiful children www.joliepapeterie.com