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Niagara Falls Wedding Advice – Cherry Blossom Wedding Theme


As we’re now enjoying the warmth and wonder of spring in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake, it’s a great time to think of great spring wedding theme ideas. There are some flowers that immediately transport us to spring, such as tulips, daffodils, magnolias and cherry blossoms. And while you might not want to have a daffodil-inspired wedding, a cherry blossom-themed wedding is perfect for a spring wedding.

describe the imageThe cherry blossom, which is the national flower of Japan, is a fresh and dainty flower that is guaranteed to give your wedding a romantic feel. With its Asian connection, it is also perfect if you want to incorporate some Eastern accents into your theme. This flower is only available for a limited amount of time, usually from April to May, so if you want to have live cherry blossoms in any of your décor, you’ll need to speak to your florist or decorator.

The cherry blossom naturally lends itself to romance as it ranges in colour from white to pale pink to dark pink. You can use this colour palette throughout your wedding attire, from the bridesmaids dresses and groomsmen’s ties, and décor, such as table linens. The cherry blossom itself can appear on your invitations, response cards and other stationery, including ceremony program, seating cards and menu.

Since cherry blossoms are so beautiful, using them for the centrepieces at your reception makes good sense. The best way to display them is by positioning large cherry blossom branches in tall centrepieces. If budget is an issue, a few beautiful branches will do just the trick.

To tie your cherry blossom wedding décor throughout the reception, you can also create more of a Japanese wedding atmosphere by hanging paper lanterns around the room. This will also create a romantic vibe through the soft light that naturally emanates from the lanterns.

One of the best things about having a cherry blossom wedding is the wedding cake. A cherry blossom wedding cake is a beautiful addition to any wedding, actually, with its intricate detailing and soft colouring. However, if you’re on a tight budget, you could consider using the cherry blossom colour palette instead and adding sweet details such as an icing ribbon or bow along the bottom of the tiers. You could also decorate the cake table with cherry blossoms.

As with most weddings, it’s the little touches or extra details that make the event memorable for guests. You could serve pink champagne for toasting or another cherry cocktail/signature drink. Of course, you might want to have non-alcoholic cherry drinks on hand as well. And, you can send your guests home with cherry blossom scented candles or soap, or if you’re having a more Asian-inspired wedding, you could consider paper fans or chopsticks.

Patti Wallington is the premiere wedding planner in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Please enjoy reading this blog and the others we have listed. We offer a full slate of wedding services for Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake to both Niagara couples and those who live out of town.

Niagara Falls/Niagara-on-the-Lake Weddings – Encore Weddings


The first time you got married, you believed it would be forever. But sometimes, things just don’t work out. And if you are divorced, that doesn’t mean you can’t try again and get remarried. Today, about 30 per cent of weddings are encore (or second) weddings. For some couples, jumping into the planning of their big day feels right and they’re not worried about what others think. However, some couples worry about what’s appropriate or acceptable for a second wedding. We’ve put together some suggestions to help you out. But please remember, this is your first wedding with your new spouse so make sure you celebrate!

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If either of you have children from previous relationships, they are your first priority. As soon as you get engaged, talk to your children – before you speak to anyone else. And it’s a good idea to do so without your fiancé(e). If your exes are still involved, then you should notify them, as well as any family members from your former spouse’s side you are close to. Most couples include their children in their wedding ceremony, and how you do that is completely up to you. Perhaps your children will be in the wedding party or will do a reading during the ceremony. Some couples choose to perform sand ceremonies or light candles to symbolize the uniting of the new family.

The couple themselves most often hosts their encore wedding so they are the ones whose names go first on the invitations. For example, “Mark Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet request the honour of your presence…” Sometimes, if there are adult children, they might decide to host their parents’ wedding and, in that case, their names would go first. You should not mention this is a second marriage and you do not need to invite your former spouse.

Showers and Parties
Many encore couples have showers and parties thrown in their honour, but they should be scaled down affairs consisting of only the couple’s closest friends and immediate family members. The intention of showers are to gift the bride with items she will need to set up house. Therefore, if someone has lived in their own home for 15 years and has teenaged kids, they generally do not need towels. If the couple wants to host their own engagement party, it is certainly acceptable to do so. However, it cannot be a gift-giving event.  

Though you aren’t going to write “no gifts, please” on the invitations, most encore couples do not expect wedding gifts, particularly if their guests gave a gift at the first wedding. The way to get around this is the good, old-fashioned way: word-of-mouth. Have your closest friends and family members let other guests know. For guests who insist of giving gifts, some encore couples encourage them to donate to a charity. If you are a guest to an encore wedding, consider giving an experience gift, such as a spa treatment or a gift certificate to a restaurant.

Wearing White
There is nothing wrong with wearing white for an encore wedding. You should not feel as though you must wear off-white or champagne just because this is a second (or third or more) wedding. However, encore brides are encouraged to avoid wearing a blusher veil, which is reserved for first-time brides.

Walking Down the Aisle
Encore brides sometimes worry about who should walk them down the aisle. This is completely up to you. If you want your father to walk you down the aisle a second time, then do so. If you want to walk yourself, that is an excellent idea. You may also choose to walk with your children.

Some Other Thoughts
•    With an encore wedding, if your parents offer to pay, it is up to you whether you to accept or politely decline. As mentioned already, most encore couples pay for their own weddings, which is a great reason for keeping it small and simple.
•    You are free to marry where you choose unless the church, synagogue or mosque does not perform second marriages.
•    Make sure you don’t duplicate your first wedding by getting married in the same location, hiring the same band or other details your guests will remember.
•    Don’t bring up your former spouses, particularly if there’s bad blood and don’t wear rings from former relationships.

Don’t overcomplicate your planning by worrying about what people will think. Plan a day that will be special for you, your new spouse and your blended families. This is a time to celebrate your love and commitment to each other.

Patti Wallington is the premiere wedding planner in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Please enjoying reading this blog and the others we have listed. We offer a full slate of wedding services for Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake to both Niagara couples and those who live out of town.

Niagara Falls Wedding Advice – Pets at the Wedding


Pets have become a big part of our lives so it’s not surprising that some couples want to include them in their wedding day plans. Pets not only make an adorable addition to wedding pictures, they can also add a comedic element to what is traditionally a serious day. Whether you want to include man’s best friend or your furry feline, pets can be dressed up in tuxes or gowns and play many roles in your day, from flower girl to best man.

If you’re considering having your four-legged friend take part in your wedding, there are a few things you should consider to ensure your day is perfect – as well as his or hers.

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•    Make sure the people on your guest list are comfortable with your pet. If you have a large dog, such as a German shepherd or a Mastiff, you might want to make sure no one is petrified of dogs. As well, you don’t want to have your great aunt taken to the hospital because she has a serious cat allergy.
•    Decide what you want your pet to do. If you want your cat to walk down the aisle with a ring pillow on its back, will your cat be okay with having something tied around its belly? Will it try to run away? Know your pet’s temperament and plan accordingly.
•    Is your venue pet-friendly? And is your officiant okay with having your pet part of the ceremony? You don’t want to get your heart set on walking down the aisle with your dog only to find out it’s not allowed.
•    Just as you must practice with your pets to keep them off your sofa, you will need to practice the behaviour you want them to display for your wedding. If possible, take your dog to the area where you’ll hold your ceremony so it’s familiar to him the day of the wedding.
•    Assign at least one or two people to watch your pet throughout the day. Make sure you pick someone who knows your animal and can handle her. If you have a dog, make sure he’s walked a couple of times during the day.
•    Give them the opportunity to rest. Many people, especially kids, are pet lovers. If your dog isn’t used to being petted by 100 people at a time, be aware that being handled so much could be stressful. Let him rest in a crate. When things have settled down, you can have him walked by the kids so they can have a bit of fun. Toys, treats, doggie bags, a leash and water bowl should also be included in the pet luggage for that day.
•    If including your pet on your wedding doesn’t seem like a feasible option, but you still want them to be part of the festivities, consider photographing them for the save-the-date cards or wedding invitations. Some couples also choose to use these photos at their wedding reception for place cards or as a display near the receiving line.
•    Be flexible. No matter how well you have planned to include your pet in your wedding day, they are animals and can be unpredictable. Be prepared for accidents, unusual behaviour and other potential spoilers. And be ready to have someone take your pet home if it isn’t working out. Having your pet there might mean the world to you, but he might be happier chewing on a toy at home.
Patti Wallington is the premiere wedding planner in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Please enjoy reading this blog and the others we have listed. We offer a full slate of wedding services for Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake to both Niagara couples and those who live out of town.

Niagara Falls Wedding Advice – How to Pick Wedding Colours


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You’ve heard couples talk about their “wedding colours.” And you like the idea of having a palette of colour tying your décor, gowns, favours and other details together. But how do you go about trying to select colours for your wedding? Do you just pick your favourite shade? How do you determine which colours should go together? We’ve assembled some handy pointers to help you brighten up your wedding day.

Location, Location

Where are you getting married? If you’re saying your vows in a traditional setting, such as a church adorned in gold, then perhaps red and navy blue won’t work so well. You don’t want to clash colours. If colour is first in your mind, then select wedding and/or reception venues that are pretty neutral so you can jazz them up anyway you want.

Set the Mood

Are you having a sophisticated affair? A fairytale type of wedding? If you’re having the former, then your colour choice will likely stick to classic colours, such as white, cream and black. If you’re a princess and he’s your prince, then maybe a wedding of pastel colours is the way to go. An outdoor rustic theme will want to stick to reds, browns and greens, not hot pinks and vibrant purples.

Consider the Season

When are you getting married? If you are getting married close to a major holiday, such as Christmas, Easter or Thanksgiving, then you have colours that are naturally associated with those days. There is nothing more beautiful than a full array of fall hues, such as vibrant reds, yellows and oranges for an October wedding.

The Bridal Party

If you want to have your bridesmaids wearing your wedding colour, then think about how it might look on somebody. If you have your heart set on peach and you’re having an 1980s-themed wedding, this might work. However, it’s 2015 and your bridesmaids will not be thrilled to be wearing that hue. As well, you might love a bright turquoise, but how will it look in pictures? And, as your guests will see this colour right in front of them during the entire ceremony, consider what you want people to be looking at.

Keep It Simple, Sweetheart

When you’re selecting your wedding colours, you truly don’t want a rainbow of shades. Limit your options. There are likely thousands of green hues, but we don’t need to see them all at your wedding. Once you pick your main shade, you will need to pick other colours in the palette, but not all the colours in the palette. We recommend choosing a maximum of two accent shades. To understand how accent colours work well with main colours, visit a paint store and look at swatches of colours. Use the Internet to get ideas of how different colours/shades work well together. Pinterest is a great format for this, as is Pantone.

Pick Your Favourite

It’s your wedding. If you love blue, then blue it is. This is a great place to start when selecting your wedding colours. If you want to use a navy blue and then two wonderful accent blues, then by all means. It doesn’t matter if that’s not the colour of the year or the most popular shade. Your wedding is a reflection of your personality, tastes and loves.

Patti Wallington is the premiere wedding planner in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Please enjoy reading this blog and the others we have listed. We offer a full slate of wedding services for Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake to both Niagara couples and those who live out of town

Niagara Falls Wedding Advice – Wedding Trousseau


There are many old-fashioned wedding traditions. Some we can do without and others we know nothing about. A latter example is the trousseau. But, rather than outright reject it because it has very traditional connotations, we think compiling a trousseau could be a fun experience for a bride-to-be.

Bridal Trousseau

The word “trousseau” is taken from the French term “trousse,” which means a little bundle. In the context of a wedding, this little bundle pertains to the connubial accouterments of the bride, such as pretty lingerie, clothing and linens, which are kept aside in a “box of hope” for the wedding, honeymoon and future home.

Traditionally, the trousseau was placed in a cedar box called a wedding chest. Over time, the name for the chest changed, and has became commonly known as a hope chest or glory box. Basically, a hope chest (or glory box) is any kind of chest that’s about three to five feet long, two feet wide and about two feet deep.

Compiling a hope chest, or trousseau, is a beautiful way to prepare for your wedding. And the idea of saving with hope for a marriage is a darling little tradition. Interestingly, too, there are still many unmarried modern – though a little more traditional – women who keeping this practice alive by collecting items for her hope chest even before she is engaged. Another wonderful part of collecting items together for a hope chest is that once the bride becomes a mother, she can then past the trousseau down to her daughter or granddaughter.

Traditionally, garments in a trousseau were hand-sewn by close female relatives, including mothers, aunts or grandmothers. Wealthier families hired professional seamstresses to create entire outfits for the bride. In Victorian England, trousseaus were a status symbol, where wealthy families would put together very elaborate hope chests.

Today, the most obvious way to collect a trousseau is through your wedding registry. You can select beautiful linens, items for your home, such as picture frames and small art, or towels for a registry, which your guests then purchase for you. Of course, your registry could also include jewellery and bridal accessories and even lingerie. A great way to receive lingerie is at your bridal shower. Your maid of honour could particularly request certain guests, such as the bridal party, or close female friends (not likely your grandmother) could honour you with lingerie as their gift.

Weddings are, largely, ceremonial. And having a hope chest that symbolically holds everything you hold dear to you as a bride is a wonderful tradition, one that can be carried on for generations.  

Patti Wallington is the premiere wedding planner in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Please enjoy reading this blog and the others we have listed. We offer a full slate of wedding services for Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake to both Niagara couples and those who live out of town.

Niagara Falls Wedding Advice – Wedding Engagement Ring Trends


Weddings are all about the latest trends and fashions. And so are engagement rings. While a traditional yellow gold ring with princess cut diamond is still a beautiful setting, many brides are looking for engagement rings that are more unique and stylish. Whether it’s the setting itself, the colour of stone or the metal used, wedding engagement rings are definitely fashion forward.

Fanciful Florals
One of the most notable trends right now with wedding engagement rings is floral detailing. Beautiful rings shining with flowers, petals, vines and other details are blooming all over for 2014-2015.
Unique Settings
While engagement rings typically have a north-south diamond setting, we’re seeing some unique east-west settings. The stone will certainly look larger by setting your stone this way. This look is best with oval diamonds or Marquise or emerald cuts. The double halo setting is also popular and is guaranteed to dazzle with a lot of bling.

A Nod to the Past
We’ve said it before, but the popularity of the Roaring Twenties and Edwardian Era – thanks to movies such as The Great Gatsby and the television show Downton Abbey – has shown up in wedding attire, most notably with wedding gowns. However, vintage-inspired rings, particularly art deco baubles, are all the rage.

Colourful Stones
Whenever a royal is married, the fashion world takes note. And so, too, do brides. Coloured stones, such as emeralds, rubies, sapphires and yellow diamonds, are gaining in popularity for engagement rings.

Rock This!
We live in a celebrity-loving culture. Though we have much smaller budgets than celebrities when they get engaged, our eyes still wander towards super-sized diamonds. Diamonds are priced based on cut, clarity, colour and carat. If you want a lot of carat, you might need to lessen your demand for clarity and colour.

Mixed Metals
Twenty years ago, engagement rings were made of yellow gold. Then we entered the age of platinum and white gold. Now, we’re moving to the age of everything! If you can’t decide, consider white and yellow gold. Or, the newest trend is rose gold. This feminine and time less metal is perfect either on its own, or combined in a eye-catching design of yellow, white and rose gold.

Patti Wallington is the premiere wedding planner in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Please enjoy reading this blog and the others we have listed. We offer a full slate of wedding services for Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake to both Niagara couples and those who live out of town.

Niagara Falls Wedding Advice – Honeymoon in Niagara


Niagara Falls is known as the Honeymoon Capital of Canada. Home to the majestic Canadian Horseshoe Falls, the city is world-renowned as a top tourist and wedding destination. If you’ve always wanted to have your wedding here, but knowyour family can’t all make the journey, why not visit on your honeymoon? Here are some of the things you can explore if you decide to spend your honeymoon in our backyard, Niagara Falls, Ontario.

World Famous Site

Niagara Falls is a must-see for any visitor to this region. You can observe this natural wonder from numerous locations, including Table Rock Welcome Centre, located at the brink of the Horseshoe Falls. More than 2,800 cubic metres of water moves over the brink every second, travelling 65 km per hour during summer daylight hours.

How To See the Falls

Aside from the ground, you can see the Falls via the sky or by boat. The Niagara SkyWheel, Canada’s largest observation wheel, rising more than 53 metres (175 feet) off the ground, operates year-round and features fully enclosed gondolas equipped with heating and air conditioning. Or take an exhilarating ride aboard Niagara Helicopters to see the Sir Adam Beck Generating Station, the Whirlpool Rapids and American Falls and Horseshoe Falls. If you want to see the Falls up-close-and-personal, climb aboard Hornblower Niagara Cruises, which ferries visitors through the roiling waters. Just don’t forget to wear your poncho or you’ll get soaked!

Winter Festival of Lights

As one of Canada’s Top 10 best winter festivals, the CAA Winter Festival of Lights turns Niagara Falls into a winter wonderland from the beginning of November until the end of January, with more than three million lights along a six kilometre route along the Niagara River. This festival also features ice skating at the TD Rink at the Brink, grand holiday displays throughout the city and a Christmas concert series.

Bet on Some Excitement

If you’re looking to take a chance, visit Casino Niagara, located in the Clifton Hill tourist district. This casino offers a 95,000-square-foot gaming floor and numerous dining and entertainment options. At the opposite end of Queen Victoria Park, overlooking the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, you’ll find Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort with 3,000 slots and 150 tables.

Retail Therapy

Niagara Falls – and the surrounding region – is a shop-a-holic’s paradise. Niagara Falls is home to Canada One Factory Outlets, home to more than 35 name brand stores. A short drive away is the Outlet Collection at Niagara, Canada’s largest open-air outlet shopping centre with nearly 100 marquee retailers.

Lions, Tigers and Bears, oh my!

If you enjoy nature, visit the Niagara Butterfly Conservatory. Located on the Niagara Parkway, the conservatory boasts 2,000 colourful tropical butterflies that fly freely in a tropical environment, lush with exotic blooms and greenery. Down the road is the must-see Bird Kingdom at the Niagara Falls Aviary, the world’s largest indoor free-flying aviary. Bird Kingdom is home to 400 birds representing 80 different species, in a setting that includes a 40-foot waterfall. Further along the Niagara Parkway, you’ll find beluga and killer whales, dolphins, deer, bears and other marine mammals at Marineland, as well as thrilling rides, such as the Sky Screamer, the world’s highest triple tower ride. And, you’ll spot lions, tigers, wolves, macaws and more than 400 other animals, birds and reptiles at Safari Niagara, in Fort Erie.

Patti Wallington is the premiere wedding planner in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Please enjoy reading this blog and the others we have listed. We offer a full slate of wedding services for Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake to both Niagara couples and those who live out of town.

Niagara Falls Wedding Advice – Wedding Details


Planning a wedding means taking care of hundreds of details, many of which are incredibly easy to overlook. Some common questions couples grapple with include: What is an escort card? How should I handle the receiving line at the reception? Do I need an aisle runner and what exactly is that? and Do I even need to bother about a first dance?
We’re giving you a little bit of Niagara Falls wedding advice for these questions and keep reading this for information on many more important topics.

What Is An Escort Card?

An escort card displays the name and number of the table a guest is seated at a wedding. Whether you prefer a seating chart or escort cards is a matter of personal preference. The advantage of escort cards is they can be changed right up to the last minute, whereas a seating chart may need to be printed days or weeks in advance.

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How Should I Handle the Receiving Line at the Reception?

With today’s families including ex-spouses and stepparents, the traditional receiving line has gotten a makeover. Certainly, many couples struggle with the decision on who to include in the wedding reception receiving line and who to exclude and the subject can be a touchy one. You can include stepparents and new spouses in the wedding reception receiving line if you want as long as everyone involved is comfortable. We suggest splitting up the families in the line and alternate the groom’s mother and stepfather with the bride’s mom and stepfather …and so on. We find this makes it a lot easier, especially if there is some ill will between family circles. If you want to keep things simpler, we suggest having only the bride and groom standing in the receiving line alone as a newly married couple to greet their guests as they enter the wedding reception location. It makes the line move faster and there are no explanations needed. Later on, you can include the parents and stepparents in the wedding introductions and that way they will still be acknowledged on the wedding day.

Do I Need an Aisle Runner?

A wedding aisle runner is a long piece of material – sometimes plastic, vinyl and even canvas – that may serve several purposes at a wedding. Wedding aisle runners are used to protect the bride, bridesmaids and women guests attending the wedding from dirt. Wedding aisle runners can be used at the steps of the church or on the aisle between seats. When weddings take place outdoors, wedding runners can prove excellent for protecting dresses. Though many couples choose white or ivory aisle runners, you can order elaborate decorations or have an aisle runner embroidered with your name or monogram. They can be custom ordered for the perfect size and can event include very expensive materials like silk, lace and velvet.

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What is the Big Deal About the First Dance?

A couple’s first dance is the first time they hold each other as a married couple for everyone to see. You might want to put some special effort into preparing for this part of the day, which is a very traditional part of the wedding. You can make it individual, fun, exciting and unique – or traditional. The first step in preparing for your first dance is to select a dance song, one that you both love, and one that inspires you both. If you’re not a fine dancer, or have never danced, don’t worry; you can learn to dance in a hurry with a few private lessons. A dance instructor will help you learn some easy dance steps appropriate to the music you’ve selected. Partner dancing can also be extremely enjoyable. It can give the two of you something special to do together – even after your wedding.

Patti Wallington is the premiere wedding planner in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Please enjoy reading this blog and the others we have listed. We offer a full slate of wedding services for Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake to both Niagara couples and those who live out of town.

Niagara Falls Wedding Advice – Relieving Wedding Stress


Planning a wedding can be an exciting – and stressful – time in your life. Many couples, particularly brides, run on emotions, little sleep and constant appointments in the months leading up to the big day. While most couples say all the added stress is worth it, it’s important to remember your wedding is just one day in your life and there’s no reason to make yourself sick over the pressure. Here are some tips on how to relax before your wedding day to make sure you’ll enjoy every minute of it.



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Letting go of the smallest detail, for many brides, is excruciating. But you can’t handle everything about your wedding yourself. You have a wedding party for a reason. Ask them to help with some of the work, such as making centrepieces or favours, or running errands for you.


Keep a Journal

For many brides, journaling or blogging is a great way to relieve stress. If you want to keep your thoughts private, then a traditional journal is the way to go. If you want to offer insight and advice to others planning a wedding, then put it all out there – on the Internet. Use writing as an outlet for your feelings.


Soak it Up

A nice, hot bath can be an excellent escape for many ladies. Hot water will relax your muscles and give you a few minutes where you can let your mind wander. Play some relaxing music as you soak or use your favourite bath salts to help you zone out.



Going for a run or hitting the gym is a great way to relieve stress – it’s also good for you! Many brides worry about having the perfect body for their wedding day but wouldn’t creating a lifelong commitment to being healthy be more advantageous? Whenever you feel like you’ve had as much as you can handle, lace up your runners and get outside for some fresh air.


Read a Book

If it’s been a while since you sat back and just read a book for the sheer love of reading, now might be a great time. Losing yourself for a couple of hours in your favourite romance novel or lighthearted comedy is the best way to escape all your real life wedding drama.


Phone a Friend

If you are someone who enjoys talking about your challenges and you feel as though you need to get those wedding anxieties chatted away, then phoning your best friend or closest family member might be a great idea. One word of caution though is to make sure the conversation remains upbeat. You don’t want to get on the phone and talk about everything that’s going wrong! Talking about your favourite memories or your excitement about your honeymoon or future goals are better topics to visit.


Get Yourself to the Spa

The ultimate in pampering and self-care is the spa. And in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake, we have many world-renowned spas to visit where you can be indulged. Try a facial, massage, manicure or pedicure. Though it might be tempting to bring the entire wedding party, go alone. You’ll be much more relaxed at the end of your appointment.



Patti Wallington is the premiere wedding planner in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Please enjoy reading this blog and the others we have listed. We offer a full slate of wedding services for Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake to both Niagara couples and those who live out of town.


Wedding Planning Advice - Bridal Showers


Before you were planning your Niagara Falls or Niagara-on-the-Lake wedding, you likely dreaded the thought of going to another boring, simple themed wedding shower. There’s no doubt about it, we’ve all been to tedious bridal showers with what feels like hundreds of strangers, the same food, cake and silly games. But your wedding shower doesn’t have to strike the same horror in your friends and family. A wedding shower is an important event – it’s an opportunity for the bride to be “showered” with gifts to start her new life – and a great opportunity for the closest female friends and family members of the bride to honour her and celebrate her upcoming wedding. If you’re trying to figure out a way to host a fun-filled party that everyone will remember for being a great time, here are some things to consider about bridal showers.

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Who Hosts the Shower?
The maid of honour usually hosts the bridal shower, unless she’s a member of the bride’s immediate family. Etiquette frowns on a family member (such as the bride’s mother, sister or mother-in-law) hosting the party because it could appear that this person is asking for gifts for the bride. Though your mother, sister or mother-in-law can be involved, they’re not usually the ones who host the party. This means the maid of honour is responsible for picking up the tab for the party. If it is an informal or casual affair, this is appropriate. However, if the shower is going to be a formal or potentially expensive venture, it’s perfectly acceptable for the maid of honour to ask the other bridesmaids to chip in.

Set The Tone
Just as with any party planning, there is usually a theme for the bridal shower and the theme can be carried through from the invitations to the food to the venue to the type of gifts given to the bride. If you choose a theme, try to be creative. No one wants to go to a pink and white themed party. Think cosmopolitan, rustic, lingerie or pick a country where the couple will be honeymooning and run with it. There are so many ways to spice up the bridal shower by using your imagination and website such as Pinterest and wedding magazines.

Timing Is Everything
Your wedding shower should take place anywhere from six months before the wedding to the week before your Niagara Falls or Niagara-on-the-Lake wedding. Keep in mind if you’re planning a bridal shower close to the wedding, it might feel overwhelming for some guests. Hosting the wedding a couple of months before the wedding is a nice touch, providing some anticipation for the big day. You can host a wedding shower at any time of the day, though afternoon showers are most popular.

Who Do You Invite?
Your guest list will depend on the type of shower that’s being thrown. However, you must ask the bride for a guest list. If a bride has more than one shower, it is imperative the hosts consult each other to ensure guests are not invited to both showers. There really are no rules as to who should be invited to a shower except that they should be also attending the wedding. The one exception is an office shower. Sometimes, you can’t invite all your coworkers to your wedding, but they might want to throw you a wedding shower.

Traditions and Fun
Most of the wedding shower will be spent eating, laughing, talking and opening presents. Some people have bridal shower games, such as making a toilet paper wedding gown or putting bows from the gifts onto a paper plate to create a hat for the bride to wear or a bouquet for her to use for the wedding rehearsal. But if you’re having a posh affair, forego the silly games and focus on laughter, stories and sorority. The tradition of having the groom attend the wedding shower with flowers for his fiancée is a nice touch and often a lovely moment. It also gives anyone who hasn’t yet had a chance to meet the groom (for example, an aunt who lives out of town) the opportunity to do so.

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