Toasting the newly wed's!

When writing a speech or a toast for a special someone on their wedding day there is 2 approaches you can go with: humorous and light or something deep and emotional.

If your going with the humour route, a toast is your chance to share a funny, embarrassing or special memory of the couple with your friends and family. Jokes during toasts are always a fun way to keep the mood light and make your guests belt out a good laugh.

Having an emotional and heart touching speech is also a beautiful thing to hear at a wedding. Show your love for your family by sharing some of your sweetest and inner thoughts of appreciation.

No matter your approach to writing this toast, have fun and speak from your heart, your loved ones will appreciate you taking the time so share your thoughts and emotions with them and your guests will absolutely love it too!

 

Grand entrances for your wedding day

Why have an ordinary entrance to your wedding when you can have an extraordinary one. Over the top wedding entrances have been growing in popularity, and we don't expect that to slow down in 2017

It's your big day to shine so why not!

There are many ways to make your guests drop your jaws during your entrance, here are some popular trends for ways to make a grand entrance on your wedding day:

1. Organize a flash mob

Have some friends and family help out to surprise the rest of your guests with a choreographed flash mob! Its a fun and unique way to get your guests excited and out of their chairs!

2. Balloon drop

Depending on your venue you can arrange for balloons to drop as you enter the room. This is a fun unique way to get the attention of your guests without breaking the bank

3. Choreographed wedding party dance

Have your bridal party choreograph a fun dance for you and your groom. Let them go crazy, the funnier the better! Your guests will be sure to get a good laugh

4. Play with lighting

Lighting is a great and easy way to put the spot light on you... Literally. Ask your venue to put on a light show for your entrance.

5. Sparklers

Sparklers are a fun touch to get your guests involved in your grand entrance, plus they make for some beautiful photography!

Have fun with your grand entrance and get creative with ways to tie in unique entrances with your wedding day theme!

WHEN WHITE IS THE ONLY COLOUR FOR YOU

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Collaboration are truly magical, imagine 4, 5, 6 creative minds coming together, with all of their of crazy thoughts and amazing ideas, their visual aesthetics and tendencies. Their individual tastes and likes and even dislikes, THAT my friends is what brings us together.

The concept was honed and tweaked by myself and the creative team behind @Aspyn and June Wedding Collective

You can see that the simplicity of White, Greens and hints of Gold ( I believe)  will never go out of style. The only thing we added (or eliminated rather) was "Stuff" and a more modern look came about, a more fresh and youthful outlook on the traditional wedding visual.

Setting the tone of our fresh and modern look started with a Toronto Based Bridal Gown Designer and her beautiful gown -  @KaitlynMaeBridal,  the slender silhouette of the dressmixed with a soft romantic curls and make up was breath taking. White florals, candle light and gold accents, dripping white roses and a modern art of a white parrot added a touch of something whimsical and a certain cool edge, dont you think?

The natural light, the twinkling of the candles, the gold rustic branches which are all gold now darlings, and of course white white walls all make these images fresh, bright and airy.

I hope you enjoy these as much as we did,

ps: no trees were damaged in the making of my gold branches, these are actual tree roots which I keep inmy studio and cherish as my always to go to props!

pps: Can't live with out the gold branches ya'll !!!

 

xoxox Margarita Oudalova

Isabella's celebration confirmation

We had the pleasure of Designing a beautiful day for a special girl, Isabella. Her beautiful mother Patricia had something super amazing in mind for her. She wanted something very Kate Spade but youthful and gentle in the same time. We left the stripes and the soft blushes added touches of gold and soft sorbet coloured flowers.

I also think that when you have such intimate events, its the perfect canvas for implementing custom design details throughout the tabletop and the table design. Here we used ivory tapered candles in gold candle sticks, we tied each napkin with blush ribbon and inserted fuchsia spray rose for freshness and a bit of colour contrast. Patricia made custom place mats with each of the guests names, that way it acted as a place card as well, what a cute and smart idea. 

The Italian Restaurant that this celebration took place was @castelloristorante - the venue has an old Italian vibe mixed with a bistro sense (the food is to die for FYI) it is definitely a place to visit and enjoy!!!  They had this super large painting of an old town Italy - and it fit so well with the pastel colours and the soft comfortable vibe of the whole setting I just had to take this photo (see above) - makes me kinda wish I spoke Italian!!!!

I hope you enjoy browsing through these images as much as we enjoyed brainstorming, designing, creating and bringing ideas to life.

 

xoxox Margarita Oudalova

 

Marvellous Mauve

Mauve is the new pink and is beginning to takeover the world of weddings. It a beautiful soft and subtle shade of pale purple/pink that exudes romance and beauty.

This color is starting to pop up within wedding decor, bridesmaids dresses and of course within wedding and event floral arrangements.

The color mauve can also be used within lighting of events to represent sunsets and add an extra touch!

Within color psychology mauve has both hints or if blue shades representing calmness and serenity, as well as shades of red representing fire and passion. Mauve is often associated with luxury and royalty while also depicting romance and passion.

This color is the perfect shade to add into details of your big wedding day, and is continuing to grow in popularity for the upcoming spring 2017 wedding season!

10 tips to save money on your wedding!

Weddings these days can run you a pretty big tab, but by trying to save a few dollars here and there, it will all add up and make a big difference in the end.

do you want to have the wedding of your dreams without breaking the bank?

Well here’s some tips on how to do that...

1.Hire a wedding planner: Although you pay a wedding planner a fee, you could end up saving more money by going this route. Wedding event planners will know more people in the industry and will get better pricing for you. A wedding planner can ensure you are getting the best of the best vendors and will negotiate prices on your behalf and leave you stress and worry free

2. Choose digital invites:

Although hand-crafted invites are beautiful, they are also pricey. Digital invites allows you to custom design the look of the invitation you want and print from home or send via email. You can achieve the same beautiful look but at half the price

3. Schedule properly:

Try to create little wait time between the ceremony and the reception. Although that little break may be nice, you are still paying for photographers and musicians for that extra wait time

4. Give feedback:

Some vendors may give you a discount rate if you leave them a good and honest testimony and/or refer them to more clients. Ask your vendors if they are willing to negotiate on the price, or better yet, have your wedding planner do it on your behalf 😉

5. Negotiate kids meals pricing:

Often you can negotiate the price of children’s meals or get them knocked off completely. If not, opt for kids meals that are a little more budget-friendly like mac and cheese or mini burgers and hot dogs

6. Select flowers properly:

Ask your florist to create flower arrangements that can be used for both the ceremony and the reception. This allows you not to be limited on beautiful florals however you will save a ton in money by not having to make 2 sets of arrangements!

7. Get your dress at a sample sale:

A wedding dress is a big deal for a woman on her big deal, so don’t settle for anything less than perfect. If you have your heart set on a specific look or high end designer the dress can get pricey, but make sure to check out sample sales where you can pick your designer dress for a cheaper cost

8. Skip out on the bread basket:

You would be surprised how much much you will save by opting out of the bread basket for your tables. This will also leave more room for your guests to fill up on your delicious main courses rather than filling up on bread

9. Don't leave wine/champagne bottles at the table :

Instead of paying for a specific amount of wine and champagne bottles at a table have servers come around to offer it to guests in an arranged poured service. This will save bottles from going to waste as well as your money from going to waste

And last, but certainly not least ..

10. Create a budget and stick to it

Be upfront with your vendors on how much you can afford to spend based on the budget you have allocated yourself. Don't be afraid to say no and keep looking. You may have to source out different options in order to find the perfect fit for you and your budget. Be clear about what your non-negotiables are as you may have to compromise on some other things, and thats okay!

These small tips are the key to still creating the beautifull wedding og your dreams. but saving some money in the process!

And hey.. You could always use that extra saved money towards your honeymoon ;)

social media coordinator- Ouda Lova Events & Design - Francesca Ricciardi

Pantone color of the year for 2017

Pantones color of the year for 2017 is GREENERY.. and we couldn’t be happier.

Greenery is a revitalizing and fresh shade. It is the symbol of new beginnings, and what better way to celebrate new beginnings than by incorporating greenery into your wedding day décor!

Greenery is natures neutral, so any accompanying color will work perfectly to help convey your wedding day theme! Greenery would work perfectly in a bundle for a stunning centerpiece, but also can be incorporated into your table décor, head table and of course within your bouquets. Greenery table garlands are extremely popular this year and create a beautiful touch to any wedding, or you could also get creative and do some stunning greenery vine draping around your head table.

Incorporating some fresh greenery is sure to add a refreshing, invigorating and modern spin to your big day!

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Household items that can save your big day

Even with months of planning and perfect execution, mistakes and accidents can happen the day of your big event… in fact, in most cases they WILL happen!

But that’s okay.. Stay calm and keep moving! With perfect planning these little accidents can be fixed without breaking a sweat. Plan an emergency kit to help you fix any small detail that may go wrong and leave this kit with your trusty helper for the day of the event.

What do we put in this kit? Here are some suggestions!

• Scissors (fabric and regular) • Ribbon or string • A lighter (for candles) • Fabric pins and safety pins • A mini sewing kit • Crazy glue • Measuring tape • Tape and double sided tape • Tide to go • Lint roller

These small household items can be a game-changer when you are in desperate need! Our team here at Ouda Lova events and design carry these items with us at all times in case of an emergency!

Just stay composed and remember that proper planning can make all the difference!