Wynn Events and tid bits too!

Wynn Events and tid bits too!

Certified WPIC Wedding & Event Planner in Victoria, BC

Summer Hot Trends

Summer is a popular time for weddings, but that doesn’t mean you have to stick with the summer wedding tradition standbys.  

 

 8 Hot Summer Wedding Trends

 

Trend 1: Dynamic Colours

Bright hues are popular for summer weddings. But if you try to use too many colours in one space, you might wind up with a look that’s more carnival than nuptial.

What’s hot now: Think sophisticated brights. Sticking with just two hues (or two plus an accent colour) will keep your space unified. Rather than splashing colour all over your reception space, use one dynamic colour for a strong statement — think all-pink centrepieces or bold orange table linens. This holds especially true for your centrepieces: Instead of multicoloured centrepieces, alternate single-colour floral arrangements for a pulled-together look. Check out our summer real weddings.

 

Trend 2: Laid-back Music

It’s summer, so why not lighten the ambience a little? A pianist or string trio will do the trick if you’re having a formal cocktail hour, but to really embrace the season, think about alternative summery music styles.

What’s hot now: Create a laid-back vibe during your cocktail hour and dinner with steel drums or a singer accompanied with a acoustic guitar. For the reception, heat up the evening with sultry sounds — we love the idea of incorporating classic swing or big band music to add a fast, upbeat tempo to the evening. Find your wedding musicians.

 

Trend 3: New Themes

Basic beach or garden themes are classic for the summer. Instead of a generic setting or theme, take the personal route.

What’s hot now: Think of your favourite summer hangouts when planning your theme. Rather than just any beach, bring in elements specific to the beach you remember as a kid. If it was a cabin in the woods, go for a mountain theme. Another idea: honour your honeymoon destination. If you’re having a garden wedding but honeymooning in Hawaii, add orchids to your bouquets or fill the bottoms of your centrepiece vases with black lava rocks.

 

Trend 4: Unexpected Invitations

Letterpressed invites in ivory and black are still as popular and elegant as ever. But if you want to go for something a little more unexpected, ultra-creative wedding invitation designers definitely have colour and printing options for you.

What’s hot now: Use colours in a new and unexpected way on your invites by reversing the typical invitation colour scheme. For example, rather than using fuchsia lettering on a cream-coloured invite, opt for cream print on fuchsia paper. Or mix it up — do the cream-coloured invite with fuchsia writing, and then a bright pink reply card with a cream-coloured font. Consider the material of your invite as well. One hot-off-the-press idea: Get fabric-printed invites, programs, and escort cards for a laid-back look perfect for summer. Find your invitation & stationery supplier.

 

Trend 5: Natural Centrepieces

Cut citrus fruit is a tried-and-true favourite for summertime centrepieces, but other options out there are more unexpected and just as visually appealing.

What’s hot now: Love fruit but want something new? Have your florist use hollowed-out watermelons as a centrepiece container for a casual look that’s fun and seasonal. Another option is to go natural and green with your containers. Incorporate wooden vases or pedestals with grass or moss to give centrepieces a textured, natural feel.

 

Trend 6: Wine Smoothies

Your guests will definitely want something cold and frosty, but margaritas and daiquiris can be had at any summertime bar. Instead, go for a libation that’s a little out of the ordinary.

What’s hot now: Wine smoothies are cold, frosty, and pack less of an alcoholic punch than margaritas. Perfect for your cocktail hour and as a signature drink for the evening, ask your caterer about serving one of these concoctions. A wine smoothie consists of a fruity wine, like rose, blended with ice and fruits of your choice. Garnished with a couple of berries or fruit slices, it makes for a refreshing and unexpected signature sip.

 

Trend 7: Beyond Wedding Cake

White wedding cakes are popular for every season, and of course, chocolate always reigns for groom’s cakes. But with cake bakers nowadays offering so many delectable flavours and fillings, why not try a seasonal selection?

What’s hot now: Get inspired by the summer flavours you loved as a child. Think fresh strawberries and whipped cream filling for a strawberry shortcake-style wedding cake, or a citrus-infused filling like lemon or orange vanilla buttercream that honours a summertime fruit. See more summer wedding cake ideas. Beyond the cake, consider serving other desserts. A big-hit idea we love: Hire an ice cream truck to arrive at the end of the night offering summertime favourites — the perfect nostalgic, late-night snack for your guests.

 

Trend 8: Eco-Friendly Favours

Classic summer bomboniere like flip-flops and drink stubbies will always satisfy, but why not give back to the planet while you give back to your guests?

What’s hot now: Eco-friendly favours are bigger than ever, particularly if you’re taking advantage of natural beauty and marrying outdoors. One idea: Give guests locally grown herbs planted in recyclable glass jars or tin cans. Dressed up with ribbon or paper in your wedding colours, they’re gorgeous and good for the earth. Beyond plants, you might also consider donating to a local charity for a wedding favour idea that never goes out of season.

A bride's nightmare of who to invite can be easy...just follow these guidelines!

 

How to navigate the minefield that is the wedding guest-list!

 

Size matters

Before you get carried away and invite everyone you know, decide what size of wedding you want; a small celebration where you can afford to spoil people, or a huge bash with as many guests as possible. Sit down together and do a head count of family and friends to check your numbers are roughly in line with the day you have in mind.

Divide and conquer

Etiquette dictates that you and your groom should have an equal allocation of guests. Only if you can't reach your set quota should it be weighted to the other's favour. So 150 guests means you get to choose 75 people each. If he only comes up with 60 names you get an extra 15. Bonus!

Ask the parents

Traditionally, the bride's parents paid for the wedding and had the upper hand when it came to compiling the guest list. However, these days it's more likely you'll be splitting the bill between yourselves and both sets of parents, which means they also have a say in who they invite. Ask them to give you a list and prepare for tense negotiations when you find that they've jotted down the names of everyone in their bridge club. It is within your rights to veto some people from their list, but be sensitive!

Decide on the A-list

Once you've found the venue, you'll know the exact numbers you're working with. If your list adds up to more than you can accommodate, now is the time to prioritise. The best way is to split this list in two – those you must invite (the A-list) and those who aren't essential (the B-list). Generally, all those on the A-list will be invited to both the ceremony and reception, while the B-list will only be invited to attend in the evening.

Set your criteria

When deciding who goes on which list, you should agree on certain rules. For example, anyone neither of you has seen nor spoke to in six months should definitely go on the B-list. You should also decide which of your unmarried friends get plus-ones – if you're tight on numbers, you don't have to invite any partners you haven't met or who have been with your friend for less than year.

Over-invite

Between 10% and 20% of guests will be unable to attend, which means you can risk extending invites to more peole than your venue can accommodate. Send out the A-list invites first, then if more people decline than you anticipate, you can invite those at the top of the B-list to join you for the entire day.

Be clear on kids

You're perfectly at liberty to veto having children at your wedding, but chances are you'll want to include a select few to join in the fun. To avoid anyone assuming their children get to come, it's best to explain in person that while you would love to invite their offspring, numbers are limited. The chance to let their hair down will mean they'll soon forget about any initial upset.

Work it out

If you're planning to invite some work colleagues and not others, you risk putting noses out of joint. An all-or-nothing approach is best unless there are some you regularly socialise with outside office hours. Whatever you decide, it's always considered good etiquette to invite the boss!

  

How To Pick A Dress That Complements Your Body Type

Look at the gown in relation to your whole body, from the top of your shoulders to your feet. Divide your body into thirds from your shoulders to your feet. For example if you are pear shaped you do not want to have a gown on that cuts your body in half emphasizing your hips. Instead you want something elongating such as an A-line silhouette or trumpet silhouette, which will draw attention to your waistline and balance out your shape. If you are petite you should try to wear something that is elongating. A ballgown silhouette will be overwhelming for your shape because the width of the skirt will make you appear even shorter and disproportionate to your height. If you choose a mermaid shape the lines will create the illusion of being taller because of the long waistline. An easy way to accessorize your look and emphasize your waist is to add a sash, which will help to give you a defined waist and hourglass figure.

Every woman has parts of their body she is most proud of. By finding the correct proportion and silhouette it will make your figure appear balanced and enhance the best parts of your body, giving you confidence on your big day.

3) Make sure your dress fits
Alterations are the last step to making sure your wedding gown is flattering and worry-free. Skimping on your alterations is like getting a spray tan, but only on half of your body. Taking all the time to select your bridal gown and trying on different silhouettes and making sure the proportions are correct will all be lost if you do not get alterations done on your dress. You do not want to spend all night pulling up your dress because the bodice does not fit properly or risk falling down or tripping over your dress because the hem is too long. If you are getting a dress with straps or illusion sleeve detailing, you want to make sure they fit to your arms and are not falling off your shoulders. You want to enjoy your wedding day and look amazing in your pictures, so alterations are a must.

 

 

Are You Ready for Easter this weekend?

Easter 2013 is nearly upon us. Hopefully you are are prepared! It only comes once a year, but, especially if you have little ones in your home, it can be quite a hectic day to plan out. There’s the family get together, followed by the meal. There may be a church service to sit through if your family is religiously observant. Then there’s the ritual the children go through every year, which involves the Easter egg hunt. You’ll have to stay sharp and on your toes to get through all of this in the right order, so it definitely helps to plan well in advance! However, as long as observe a few basic and simple rules, you should have no trouble whatsoever in guaranteeing a happy Easter for your family.

 

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Coloring Easter Eggs

 

Apart from preparing your big Easter meal for your family, your main concern will be ensuring a smooth, hitchless visit from the Easter Bunny for your little ones. You’ll want to spend a few precious moments coloring Easter eggs with your children. You’ll need to prepare for this in advance. Head down to the local super market and pick up a carton of eggs, some vinegar, and food coloring. You won’t need to spend a lot of money for this very simple, time honored exercise. In fact, many stores and internet vendors have pre-packaged Easter egg coloring kits that will take all of the messy and imprecise guess work out of the equation. Pick up one of these if you feel like you might mess it up if left to your own devices! Learn More…

 

easter basket

Making Easter Baskets

 

Another fun filled activity for you and your children to engage in is the age old custom of making Easter holiday baskets. You know the drill: you fill them up with Easter eggs, chocolate bunnies, a nice card, and lots and lots of candy! You don’t have to shell out major money to buy your children a long lasting, durable, set of Easter holiday baskets. You can find plenty of inspiration for holiday cheer by making your own Easter baskets out of construction paper or other readily available household materials. Or you can simply buy a set of Easter baskets that are reusable for several years’ running. Either way, you’ll save yourself a lot of money that can be put to use elsewhere. Learn More…

 

easter egg hunt

Plan An Easter Egg Hunt

 

Your next big item on the family holiday agenda will be to plan out an exciting Easter egg hunt for your little ones! You can start by printing up specially personalized and customized invitations for your kids, as well as a few of their favorite neighboring friends. You can use your computer’s printer to accomplish this. Next, since you’ve already made a few dozen colored eggs, just plant them out in the back yard or a neighboring field, and watch the little tykes hunt around for them! They’ll enjoy themselves as they hunt for the eggs, and you’ll have a family friendly bonding experience with your neighbors as you supervise their child like activity. It’s an experience no family should miss! Learn More…

 

easter dinner

Plan Your Easter Dinner

 

Of course, the biggest holiday event of all, and the one toward which every other preparation is secondary to, is the big Easter dinner. Especially if you have grown up in a religious family, you know how central the Easter holiday is for many families. So it’s an event which you’ll need to spend plenty of time preparing for in advance so as to avoid the onset of a hectic panic when the day finally arrives. Make sure you know well in advance how many guests (if any) to expect. Be sure to know the articles of food you’ll be preparing for the meal. There are plenty of tips available that will guide you toward a better understanding of how to prepare this most central of holiday meals. Learn More…

10 Ways to Save on Your Venue

Here's a list of how to save big bucks when booking a reception site.

 

1. Don't be afraid to negotiate

Many venues are open to discussion, especially if your date falls during slow months when they have fewer weddings. (In most locales, this usually means November, January, February, and March.) Be polite, and make reasonable requests—they're running a business, after all.

2. Forget about Saturday night

You'll save big by holding your event on a different night, says New York planner JoAnn Gregoli. While Friday and Sunday are popular, Gregoli says the latest trend is Thursday night.

3. Go for a naturally gorg site

Magnificent outdoor locations with views, manicured grounds, and lush gardens don't need much decoration. In a similar vein, if an indoor site has a lot of personality—historic home, art gallery, museum—you'll spend less on flowers and other décor.

4. Get out of the city

Venues in large metro areas tend to be the costliest. If you're from a small town but now live in urban quarters, consider a wedding back home. (Think of how happy you'll make Mom and Dad!)

5. Consider your fave restaurant

You won't have to pay for rentals, such as tables, chairs, dishes, and glasses, or a site fee. One caveat: You may have to hold your wedding during nonpeak hours.

6. Stay in one spot

Have the ceremony and the reception at the same place. You'll have just one site fee and save on decorating, and you may be able to hire the photographer for less time.

7. Ask about hidden fees

These can add up, turning an affordable venue into one that bloats your budget. According to New York event planner Xochitl Gonzalez, typical "surprises" include fees for the coat check (which you may not have considered if you visited during the summer) and cutting the wedding cake (if you're going with an out side baker, rather than the venue's).

8. Go clubbing

"Lots of country clubs aren't stuffy, and their meal prices may be more reasonable than caterers'," says San Francisco event planner Amy Nichols. (Note: You may have to know a member to book.)

9. Hightail it to a hotel

"Look for one with great decor that matches your party's style," says Milwaukee consultant Catharine Han. "You can also save by using the venue's votives set on mirrors to fill out smaller table centerpieces."

10. Find a BYOB venue

It won't affect the cost of the site itself, but book a place that lets you BYOB and doesn't charge a corkage fee, and you'll save with every sip.

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