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Posted by Patti Wellington on Thu, Aug 20,2015 @ 02:03 PM

Niagara Falls/Niagara-on-the-Lake Weddings – Hiring a Wedding Officiant

 You’ve begun planning your Niagara Falls or Niagara-on-the-Lake wedding and you’re focused on the gown, venue, caterer, flowers and cake. Make sure you don’t forget who’s actually going to marry you! Because the other details take months and occasionally years to figure out, sometimes the person who’s there for the actual moment you say I Do is an afterthought for couples. But selecting the right wedding officiant for your Niagara Falls or Niagara-on-the-Lake wedding is very important. Finding someone who will enrich your overall wedding ceremony and facilitate a ceremony to unite you is not something to be taken lightly.

 If you’re having the priest or minister of the church you regularly attend marry you, then you will already be confident and comfortable with your choice. But if you’re trying to determine who should marry you, here are some suggestions to selecting the ideal officiant for your Niagara Falls or Niagara-on-the-Lake wedding.

 
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  • Shop around. Consider word-of-mouth recommendations, advertising and a wedding planner’s suggestions or the planner affiliated with your wedding location. With potential candidates, take the time for personal interviews to gauge your comfort level and to explore all possibilities, including the officiant’s level of involvement and flexibility.
  • Make sure you begin looking for an officiant far in advance. They, like venues, can only handle so many weddings in a day. You don’t want to be disappointed.
  • If you’re coming to Niagara Falls or Niagara-on-the-Lake to be married, check with your local wedding planner to see whom she would recommend.
  • Ask for testimonials. Officiants should offer references by couples who have used their services or others involved in the planning, such as photographers and caterers.
  • Make sure the officiant is personable and easy to work with. Do you get a good feeling while speaking to him or her about your special day?
  • An officiant should be helpful to you as you create your special day and you should find out whether you can incorporate poems, readings, unity ceremonies or other religious or ethnic customs into the wedding.
  • Your officiant should not be judgmental or critical of your beliefs. However, some require you to attend marriage preparation classes. Make sure you know what their requirements are of you before hire them.
  • Officiants in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake charge between $200 and $600. Find out exactly what’s included in this fee, including services such as pre-ceremony classes and performing the blessing at the reception. If you expect the officiant to be part of the reception, make sure that’s understood ahead of time and that he/she receives a proper invitation to participate.
  • Finding an officiant you feel comfortable with and can build a rapport with is more important than dollars and cents. Your wedding officiant helps create your entire ceremony. If you aren’t concerned about how much your flowers are going to cost, you shouldn’t choose an officiant just because you will save $50.

 

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, Niagara-on-the-Lake Weddings – Wedding Budget

Posted by Patti Wallington on Tue, Aug 04,2015 @ 02:51 PM

You will probably hear you need to have a budget – and stick with it – the most as you plan your Niagara Falls or Niagara-on-the-Lake. But how do you go about creating a wedding budget?

 

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Ball Park It
The first thing you’ll need to do is find out what things cost in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake. You don’t want to draw up a budget for a $10,000 wedding only to find out the venue you want to be married in costs $1,500. Before you start putting numbers on paper, make some calls or go on the Internet and get pricing. As well, if you have your heart set on a June wedding in Niagara Falls, expect to pay a premium for that. If your dream is to get married in Niagara Falls, you might want to start thinking about a March or November wedding.

Contributors
After you’ve got some figures on what everything is going to cost for your Niagara Falls or Niagara-on-the-Lake wedding, you’re going to need to know where the money is coming from. Talk to all of your parents to see if they are willing to contribute to the cost of your wedding. Not all parents can afford to pay for the entire wedding as they might have done in the 1950s. Some might be able to cover the bar tab or the flowers, etc.

Prioritize
Now that you’ve got an idea of where your funds are coming from and the amount you’re going to need, you must prioritize your money. Which elements of your wedding are vitally important to you? Can you forgo some flowers to get a better photographer? What about your dress? Can you pick one in the $800-mark and save $1,000, which you can put towards catering? You must spend some time with your fiancée deciding what is important to the two of you. A note: we strongly encourage you not to skimp on photography for a whole host of reasons, namely they are a professional and the most cherished memories you will have from your wedding day is photos.

Savings
As we mentioned with the time of year to get married, consider all the ways you can save money (and check out previous blogs for ideas). Can your flowers do double duty? What about cutting back on invitations and using e-correspondence instead? With a bit of research and tenacity, you’ll be able to find many ways to save. As well, take second and third looks at your guest list. At first glance, you will want everyone to come. But if you’re paying $150 a head for the meal, eliminating 10 guests you haven’t spoken to or seen in five years is going to save $1,500.

Track It
There are many ways to track your spending so all your figures are up-to-date. Download a spreadsheet from a wedding site or use one of the many apps that are available. All you have to do is plug in what you’ve spent to determine what you have remaining to stay on budget. One thing you might want to build into your budget is an overflow or splurge column so if, once you get into your wedding planning, you decide you simply must have a certain element, you have an extra cushion already built into your budget for it.

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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Niagara Falls Wedding Planning Advice – Wedding Shoes

Posted by Patti Wallington on Fri, Jun 12,2015 @ 06:51 AM

While diamonds might be a girl’s best friend, shoes are certainly her lover. And that doesn’t change when it comes to wedding shoes! But wedding shoes pose a different challenge. You might love your blood red six-inch stilettos, but will they be the best choice when you say your wedding vows? There are many things to consider when selecting your footwear you’re your wedding day. Do you want your shoes to perfectly match your gown? Do you want your guests to catch the glimpse of a hint of colour as you walk down the aisle? Or does fashion matter little and you’ve got your heart set on comfortable running shoes? No matter your choice, we’ve come up with some things to consider before you purchase your wedding shoes.

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  • Comfort matters. In fact, it’s paramount. Select wedding shoes that are as comfortable as possible – even if it means paring down the fashion. You will be on your feet all day – standing in front of your guests during the ceremony, mingling with them before dinner, during the wedding dinner and dancing during the party afterwards. You don’t want to be sidelined because your feet are blistered and sore.
  • You might be dying to wear six-inch stilettos, but think about forgoing the traditional shoes in favor of flip flops, sneakers or ballet flats, especially if your dress is long enough to hide your feet. The last thing you want to worry about are achy, cramped feet.
  • Pick wedding shoes that compliment the style of your wedding dress by considering different options, such as closed-toe shoes, shoes with or without a strap, sandals or peep-toe shoes.
  • Also, keep in mind that your feet will swell during the wedding day so you consider buying a shoe that is a half size bigger than your usual size.
  • Always choose wedding shoes that are sturdy enough to last all day. If you’re getting married outside, delicate shoes aren’t a good idea. You don’t want to be worrying about a heel breaking. As well, add some non-slip pads to the bottom of your shoes or rough them up on concrete so there’s so slipping or sliding on the wedding day.
  • If you want white or ivory-coloured shoes, they should match the color and fabric of your wedding gown. At the very least, they should not clash. It’s remarkable how jarring bone white and ivory can be when paired together. Bring a swatch of your wedding dress material with you while shoe shopping. That way, you can perfectly match the two shades.
  • White shoes are no longer a prerequisite. If your dress has some pink, blue, or other colour in it, dye your shoes to match. Or, if you’ve been dying for an occasion to wear fire engine red, emerald or another bold coloured shoe, then knock yourself out.
  • If you insist on having the sexy stilettos, buy two pairs of wedding shoes – the must-have outrageous ones, as well as comfy ones. Make sure you have both of them with you during your wedding day, and choose when to wear each of them wisely.
  • Wear your wedding day shoes as much as possible before the wedding. You’ll appreciate it when your shoes are comfortable and you won’t be breaking them in the day of the wedding. To accomplish this, wear your wedding day shoes about one hour each day one to two weeks prior to your wedding.  


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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Niagara Falls Wedding Advice – Cherry Blossom Wedding Theme

Posted by Patti Wallington on Tue, May 05,2015 @ 12:40 PM

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.


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

Posted by Patti Wallington on Fri, May 01,2015 @ 01:03 PM

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.

Invitations
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.  

Registry
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.

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Niagara Falls Wedding Advice – Pets at the Wedding

Posted by Patti Wallington on Tue, Apr 07,2015 @ 06:12 PM

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.


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Niagara Falls Wedding Advice – How to Pick Wedding Colours

Posted by Patti Wallington on Mon, Mar 30,2015 @ 11:54 AM

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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

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Niagara Falls Wedding Advice – Wedding Trousseau

Posted by Patti Wallington on Wed, Jan 21,2015 @ 11:39 AM



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.

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Niagara Falls Wedding Advice – Wedding Engagement Ring Trends

Posted by Patti Wallington on Tue, Nov 25,2014 @ 06:46 PM

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.

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Niagara Falls Wedding Advice – Honeymoon in Niagara

Posted by Patti Wallington on Thu, Oct 23,2014 @ 06:08 PM

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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.

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