Wedding Trends

Wedding Invitations: What’s the word?

Writing a wedding invitation seems pretty straightforward.  But is it? Sometimes it can be easy to miss some of the pertinent information you need to provide for your guests.  So what does an invitation need to include?


Make sure you include the obvious details:

Who: (your names)

What: (it’s a wedding!)

Where: Ceremony and Venue location

When: Time (ceremony time and reception time) If you are having photos after your ceremony make sure you include the reception time.  Alternatively, “reception to follow”


Make sure you provide additional information to your guests including easy to follow directions to the venue, parking options and list accommodation that is close by.  If you have blocked off a section of rooms at a specific hotel, include your reservation information.


Are you having a backyard wedding?  Or is your venue a swanky downtown restaurant?  Give your guests and idea of the dress code. This can include wording like “smart casual, black tie, cocktail dress”.  Also indicate if specific footwear is required. I personally got married on a boat so our invite included “boat appropriate footwear is required”.  The last thing you want is a bunch of ladies showing up to a backyard garden wedding in stilettos.

Last but not least include your RSVP information.  It can be helpful to have various forms of communication…an RSVP card, email or phone number are all possible options.  Include an RSVP date.


Other than customizing some traditional and non-traditional elements you should be good to go!


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Your Wedding Date: Wedding Weekend?

You might think picking a wedding date is easy.  Maybe for some people it is…. The day you two met, your first date, the day you got engaged…the options are endless.  But is there something more to consider when choosing your wedding date? Consider your time-line. Do you want to get married in 6 months?  A year? Wedding venues are often booked up a year in advance and your chosen date may not be available. So what are your options?

Most couples opt for a Saturday.  This is by far the most common day of the week selected and for a number of valid reasons.  If you have family or friends coming from out of town, or if you have selected a venue that requires travel it is important to consider these guests.  Are you set on having a specific flower for your bouquet? Keep in mind seasonal availability and do some research before you pick your date. Venue prices and rentals may also vary by day and season.

If you pick a Friday, are you asking your guests to take a day off work?  This can be tricky for some attendees, but send out save the dates far enough in advance so guests can prepare.  Often times the bride and groom take the Friday off to pull together some last minute preparations. Keep in mind how much time you want to have before your day to get a manicure/pedicure or just get a good night’s rest.  Are you interested in a Sunday wedding? Plan for an earlier ceremony and reception. If you are religious, check with your ceremony venue as some may not schedule weddings on a Sunday if they conflict with Sunday services.

All in all, the choice is yours. Now pick a date and let the planning begin!


Moody weddings: Is that an oxymoron?

I think when a wedding is classified as moody we are thinking unpredictable…not sad or gloomy. Or maybe it’s unpredictable to use dark deep colours often associated with sadness to celebrate such a happy occasion. Either way, moody weddings are definitely not melancholic but quite the opposite!

The past few years we have seen a rise in blush wedding details including soft textures with metallic accents. More recently, brides are combining the soft blush palette with deep burgundy for a stunning combination. These jewel tones: think ruby, emerald, sapphire were once considered “fall colours” but are now taking center stage in weddings year round….and we couldn’t be happier! These deep moody colours add an air of mystery and warmth and can be incorporated in a number of different details: emerald velvet napkins, rich berry desserts, coloured candles and of course, flowers.

Do you love this style?
Take it to the next level with unusual colour combinations like burgundy and mustard. It is important when choosing a look or theme for your wedding that you pick something that suits your personality and style. Don’t just follow the current trends, but be inspired by them and make your wedding something unique that represents you and your partner. After all, it’s those details that your guests will remember the most.

Photo Credit: Willow + Birch

Photo Credit: Willow + Birch

Photo Credit: Willow + Birch

Photo Credit: Willow + Birch

Photo Credit: Willow + Birch

Photo Credit: Willow + Birch

Photo Credit: Willow + Birch

Photo Credit: Willow + Birch

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