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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.

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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

  
  
  

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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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Delegate

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.

 

Exercise

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.

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 Choose Your Wedding Reception

  
  
  

Selecting your wedding venue is one of the first items you’ll have to decide after you get engaged. Once know where you want to get married, then all the other details, such as theme, colour scheme, menu, etc. will just fall into place. But selecting a wedding venue isn’t just determining what you like. There are other factors to consider, such as parking, accessibility and price. We’ve come up with some of the most important things to consider when selecting your Niagara Falls or Niagara-on-the-Lake wedding venue.

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Style Me Pretty
What is your style? Do you fancy yourself sophisticated and are looking for a chic rooftop wedding? Maybe you’re a classicist and want to be married in a grand ballroom? These are the types of things you need to iron out before you start looking for wedding venues. As well, if you are searching for a single location to hold both your ceremony and reception, make sure your religious wishes can be accommodated.

A Little Personality
What modifications can be made to your site to display your personality? Some venues prohibit any changes being made to the existing décor, such as historical venues and churches. Make sure you find out if you can hoist up a piñata before you get excited at the prospect of doing so.

Logistics
If you have settled on your favourite park, you must realize that you, and you alone, are responsible for hauling in the chairs, the aisle runner, the décor, etc. If you’re not willing to take on that much work, then maybe an indoor venue with an on-site wedding co-ordinator is a better option. Make sure you don’t let your imagination run away with you before you check out what’s feasible. Another important point is to determine how accessible your site is, particularly if you have guests with mobility issues.

Lots of Room
This might seem obvious, but make sure your venue can accommodate all your guests comfortably. There is nothing worse than attending a July wedding in a hall where seating is at a maximum and the air conditioning quits. Make sure your venue provides ample room to seat all guests, as well as provides areas to move around freely.

Privacy Please
If you want to be the centre of attention on your wedding day in every way possible, then make sure you find out how many other weddings are taking place at your venue. If you’re getting married in a public space, be prepared for on-lookers and strangers to watch your nuptials.

Lights, Sound!
While these items are certainly not top of mind for most couples, you don’t want to get married in a basement. Check out how much light your venue offers, both naturally and what can be controlled. This is particularly important for the photographer, who will have to adjust to make sure they take great pictures even in low lighting. As well, find out what the acoustics are like to ensure everyone can hear your speeches and if you have hired live musicians that they will be heard in the best possible way.

Décor
What kind of backdrops or views does your venue offer? A beautiful view of a Niagara-on-the-Lake vineyard, a twinkling city skyline or a parking lot? Also, what does the décor look like? Is it updated, crisp and clean, or are there stains on the carpet and the walls are peach coloured? Make sure you feel comfortable in your surroundings so you will enjoy seeing your photos for years to come.

Simple Site
Make sure there is plenty of parking for your guests and that your venue is easy to find for those coming from out of town. If it’s a little out of the way, can a shuttle bus or van take your guests from a central meeting place or can you tie white bows on telephone polls to mark the way?

The Fine Print
Although everything might seem perfect, make sure you are getting what you think you’re getting. Ask twice if you’re not sure. Read the fine print. Make sure you know exactly what costs are included, how much gratuities are and where you might be charged for set up fees, taxes and little extras.

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 Finances 101

  
  
  

Weddings are definitely filled with love. But before a happy couple can tie the knot, there is another not-so-romantic topic that all newlyweds or engaged couples need to think about: finances. According to the American Institute of CPAs, more than a quarter of married couples say disagreements over finances are most likely to lead to arguments. As you plan your Niagara Falls or Niagara-on-the-Lake wedding, take time to examine your finances – and not just those related to your wedding. Having a frank, open discussion about your goals, dreams and reality can go a long way. Financial advisor, author and CEO Patrick Bet-David has made financial literacy his crusade and he says talking about finances not only reduces fights, but can also get you on a path towards a successful financial future after your Niagara Falls or Niagara-on-the-Lake wedding. These are Patrick Bet-David’s tips to cover the basics. However, if you can’t afford it, don’t buy it, and in any financial discussion, the key is open communication between both partners, he says.

Know Each Other’s Financial Histories
Gather all your paperwork, statements, bills and personal financial information and really evaluate your finances so you both are on the same page. Do either of you have student loans or credit card debt? What kind of retirement plans or saving vehicles do you contribute to? How much are you paying for your cell phone and cable bills? Do either of you have an emergency fund? What is your general attitude about money?

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Beneficiaries
Revisit all of your accounts from retirement plans to insurance policies, and update your beneficiaries where you see fit.

Insurance
Review your medical, life and car insurance plans. You might find combining coverage might save you money or that your plans have some overlap.

Name Change
If you or your spouse is opting for a name change, it is important to notify all government agencies of your intention to do so. You will also want to notify financial institutions.

Joint or Separate Accounts – or Both?
Long gone are the days when it was assumed that marriage meant newlyweds would open a joint bank account and share credit cards. Some couples are now keeping separate accounts, while others still choose the traditional route. Everything in between is also a viable option.

Determine a Budget and Financial Goals
As you prepare for your wedding is a good time to start the invaluable practice of budgeting. Once you have a joint budget, you can evaluate your discretionary income and determine both short-term and long-term financial goals.

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 - Wedding Budget

  
  
  

 You’re getting married and, right after the thought, ‘I’m so happy,’ came the realization: this is going to cost a lot of money. But a wedding doesn’t have to break the bank. If you use some common sense and decide what’s really important to you and your fiancé, you can have a spectacular Niagara Falls or Niagara-on-the-Lake wedding for a reasonable price. Here is some advice to make sure your wedding is not only glorious but also affordable.

Set It
You and your fiancé should sit down and figure out how much you can afford to spend – and then stick to it. We’ve all heard that the average wedding costs anywhere between $20,000 and $30,000 so if you’re planning on spending that amount, make sure you don’t end up forking out $80,000 and are paying off your wedding for years. And don’t assume your parents are going to come to you at the last minute with an extra $10,000 “to help out.” If you are hoping to get some parental monetary assistance, find out ahead of time.

Timing is Everything
Saturday weddings used to be the norm, but if you’re looking to save some money, think outside the calendar box. Get married on a Friday or a Sunday or even a Thursday evening. Also, think about what time of year you want to get married. If you don’t have your heart set on June (one of the most popular times of year to marry) then consider a November wedding. Particularly in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake, you can save thousands by marrying during off-peak seasons.

Look for Free or Alternatives
If you have your heart set on getting married in a Niagara-on-the-Lake vineyard, then you will need to pay the going rate. But if you just want an outdoors wedding, consider getting married in a park. If you want to have a string quartet play at your wedding, consider hiring students. There are many ways to reduce your costs – or locate free options – if you spend some time searching.

Beg, Borrow or Find Used
While this would be sacrilege to some brides-to-be, consider finding a gently used wedding gown. It’s only worn once, after all. You will find a great selection of women selling their wedding gowns on Internet sites, such as eBay and Kijiji, for a reasonable price. Borrow sound equipment from your friend who’s in a band. Have someone go to your local farmers’ market on the day of your wedding and pick up some freshly cut stems for centrepieces or even the bouquets. Rent items when possible.

DIY
We’re not suggesting you should send out invitations that have been smudged or where the colour is off because your printer isn’t of great quality. But you can save a bundle on cutting down on stationery and postage. There are many ways to create beautiful invitations that you can print in colour for a great price. You can do away with save the date cards and other unnecessary fillers that increase the cost of postage. You can even evite if you really want to.

Accept Help
Let your closest friends and relatives contribute. If your best friend is a cake artist and she wants to make your cake as your wedding gift, let her. Maybe you know someone who owns a luxury car and you can have that person drive you to the ceremony and away from the reception. There are endless ways to pare down the bill.


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Here are some other suggestions
    Cut the guest list, which will drastically reduce your food and liquor bill, as well as the number of centrepieces, favours, etc. that you need.
    Hold a wedding brunch or luncheon or an evening wedding with appetizers and drinks. To that end, offer beer, wine and a signature cocktail instead of a full bar.
    Hire a DJ instead of a band. Or, if you really want to cut costs on entertainment, use some apps to create iPod DJ lists.
    We do not recommend skimping on the photographer. Your photos are the best souvenir you’ll have of your day. But maybe a videographer isn’t necessary.
    Wait for sales. You usually have at least a year to plan your wedding. Wait until you see a sale to purchase the paper for your invitations or the gifts for your wedding party.
    Redeem credit card and department store points. Do you have an Airmiles card? Use it to book the honeymoon or airfare. Some store cards now allow you to redeem points for merchandise. A little planning will go a long way.

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 Planning Advice - Popular Wedding Headpieces

  
  
  

Over the past few years, we’ve seen a shift in wedding headpieces, one that has elevated them to become a vital part of the bridal ensemble. Wedding headpieces can showoff your personality, tie the theme of your wedding together or simply add a unique or creative touch to your outfit in a way a bridal veil cannot.

The wedding headpiece is increasing in popularity for a number of reasons and, like most bridal trends, you can spot them on celebrities, such as Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman and Kim Kardashian (in her second most recent marriage to Kris Humphries).
Wedding headpieces are a great option because you can wear them throughout the entire day, they stay in one place and require little maintenance so you don’t have to remove your wedding headpiece to eat your dinner or dance. Wedding headpieces are also very versatile and you might be able to wear it for a special occasion following your wedding, which is a special way to relive your wedding day feelings and memories.

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Pick Your Style
The great thing about wedding headpieces is that they come in a wide-range of styles. No matter what style of wedding gown you choose, you will find something to accentuate your ensemble. Thanks to the popularity of the Roaring 20s, there are many old Hollywood and Art Deco pieces available, including birdcage veils, but you can also select a piece that is bohemian, vintage or classy or even Indian.



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The wedding headband has replaced as one of the most popular selections for bridal headpieces. They are very low maintenance and can be adjusted without ruining your entire hairstyle. You can select a very simple band to keep every hair in place or you can opt for a sophisticated and ornate band with ribbons, rhinestones and crystal embellishments or one that will add a punch of colour to your outfit, depending on your style.

Bling It On
From fascinators to hair combs, wedding headpieces can be very glitzy, sparkly and the focal point of your wedding attire. You can select beautiful Swarvoski crystal-encrusted pieces, headpieces with large silk flowers or fun and flirty headpieces with feathers. There are endless options and most selections also cost far less than a veil.

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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 on the Lake Wedding Planning Advice - Winery Weddings

  
  
  
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Niagara has a lot to offer brides and grooms. And something particularly unique to this area is our wine region, which is a breathtaking and memorable place to host a wedding. From saying your vows in front of a gorgeous backdrop of vines to vintage, stone buildings and Niagara farm-to-table cuisine, holding your wedding at a Niagara winery will certainly impress your guests. Here are some wineries in Niagara that host weddings. This is neither a definitive list nor is this list recommending any of these locations. It is simply to introduce you to some of the gems located in the Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls area.

Caroline Cellars - http://www.carolinecellars.com/
1010 Line 2, Virgil
Located in quaint Virgil, Caroline Cellars features a rustic loft overlooking vineyards. The room is warm and cozy, with pine planked walls and rustic maple flooring, but also features sophisticated large windows and gas fireplace. Can accommodate up to 200 seated guests. The winery’s menu features high-quality ingredients that are local when possible.

Reif Estate Winery - http://www.reifwinery.com/
15608 Niagara Parkway, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Reif features a Grand Victorian mansion for intimate weddings. The winery’s menu is customized and planned by the couple with one of their chefs. A tasting with the winemaker to select wines for the meal also takes place.

Château des Charmes - http://www.fromtheboscfamily.com/
1025 York Rd., Niagara-on-the-Lake
The quintessential storybook wedding. You can literally marry on the grounds of a majestic chateau, surrounded by vineyards. The winery’s culinary partner is first-rate Vintage Hotels, of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Hernder Estate Winery - http://www.hernder.com/
1607 Eighth Avenue Louth, St Catharines
With two ceremony locations available, Hernder can accommodate both intimate and large-scale weddings. You can marry in front of the pond (up to 300 guests) or the East Patio (up to 200 guests with green wrought iron chairs). The property also features a covered wooden bridge and wide-range of menu options.

Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery - http://www.staffwines.com/
3210 Staff Ave., Jordan
The exclusive winery venue for Festivities Events and Catering, Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery is surrounded by 50 acres of vineyard and is nestled within the Niagara Escarpment. Accommodates one event per day only, and weddings are held in the gazebo, overlooking an hourglass pond. A tented reception and banquet area features full chandelier lighting and can accommodate 50 to 200 guests.

Inn on the Twenty - http://www.innonthetwenty.com/
3836 Main St., Jordan
The winery’s quaint farm building, which has been scrubbed and whitewashed, is the perfect backdrop for a rustic wedding, though outdoor weddings are also available. Inn on the Twenty has reception space that can accommodate up to 140 guests, with customized menu offerings.

Legends Estates Winery
4888 Ontario St., Beamsville
Located on Lake Ontario, Legends Estate Winery features tended receptions on the lake, with a backdrop of the distant Toronto skyline. This outdoor venue is available for dinner and dance receptions of 100 to 250 guests. The winery also features an indoor banquet room for intimate receptions of 40 to 100 guests in the heart of the winery’s wine cellar. Ceremonies are held in a white gazebo overlooking the lake.

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.

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