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The Oscars is not only full of awards but it is also full of fashion. This year we picked our top 5 best dressed. Who do you think made the list?
One of our favorite actresses, Jennifer Aniston wore a stunning tomato red strapless dress by Valentino. Instead of her usual classy black dress, she opted for something that would allow her to stand out, and this Valentino dress sure did the trick. She accesorized it with a metallic box clutch and drop earrings. Simply beautiful.
This mexican beauty Salma Hayek stood out from the crowd in her midnight blue velvet dress designed by Alexander McQueen. The dress also featured a stunning gold embellished collar, which Salma pulled off perfectly with her hair tied up in a sock bun. To accesorize the dress she used a skull gold box clutch also designed by Alexander McQueen. What a perfect dress for Salma.
Best supporting actress winner Anne Hathaway wore a lovely coloumn-styled Prada dress in the lightest shade of pink. This dress was not only beautiful from the front it was also beautiful from the back, with criss-cross ribbon straps and a sash bow across the lower section, she truly looked like a princess. Anne accesorized the dress with dazzling jewels by Tiffany and Co.
Best Actress Oscar Winner, Jennifer Lawrence looked like a princess in this strapless ivory gown by Dior Haute Couture, which she accessorized with a metallic clutch and jewels.
And finally, our top Oscar 2013 Best Dressed is………..
Amy Adams. Not many people can pull off wearing a fairy tale gown to the Oscars, but Amy showed them how it is done. We are in love with this icy blue strapless styled dress with sparkly beading and frothy tulle ruffles by Oscar de la Renta. Amy kept her accessories simple, yet classy with drop earrings and a bracelet to top everything off. Amy looked unbelievable in this dress, and we think this style and colour will be popping up more with brides.
Do you agree with our Top 5 Oscar 2013 Best Dressed List? Do you think we are missing someone? Let us know, comment below.
We want to know what brides in Toronto would be interested in attending an hour to two hour long wedding planning etiquette class. There will be a number of classes over a two day period, each class will include two speakers from Events by Natasha that will provide you with tips and advice on planning your wedding. You will get first hand advice from wedding professionals. Drinks and snacks will be served and you will get a wedding planning book with checklists, time lines, and a preferred vendor list.
Entry fee will be $10.00
We want to know how many brides would be interested in attending, if we get a lot of positive feedback we will plan it asap.
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Meet D&D and read their romantic proposal in the sky.
How They Met:
D and I met through my brother, we started talking when I went to Florida for two weeks with my family. Within those two weeks we really got to know eachother, we would constintley text message and play games like ‘ Would you Rather’ and ‘ Twenty Questions’, although, our twenty questions became a lot more than 20. We started to talk about our likes and dislikes and over the two weeks we really opened up to one another. When I got back from Florida the only thing I wanted to do was see D as I felt we had such a strong connection. D would visit me at work with breafkast almost every morning. He would pick me up after work and take me on long drives showing me different places from his past. One of the drives that he took me on was to the area where he lives, there is a beautiful pathway that is surrounded by water. As we walked along the path staring at the water we started talking about the connection that we both felt for one another. We decided to become bestfriends and soon after we started dating.
A Proposal in the Sky:
D and I always spoke about what we wanted in life; I showed him the ring that i had fallen inlove with and told him exactly how I dreamed of being proposed to. Before Christmas 2011it became a ritual for us whenever we were at the mall to go into the store that carried my ring to check if it was still there. We went into the store and I noticed that the ring was gone, I was so upset I started to cry.
As a Christmas Gift, D told me that he had scheduled a private helicopter ride in Niagara Falls for us. We planned on going to Niagara in February for my birthday celebration and decided to take the helicopter ride that weekend.
On February 18, 2012, D, D’s parents, his cousins, a few of our close friends, and I made our way to Niagara Falls. There was a bad snowstorm that day and D had told me that they had cancelled our helicopter ride due to the bad weather. D quickly searched for another helicopter place that would fly in this weather, after a while he finally found one.
He was very nervous that morning, everything seemed to bother him. He was very annoyed that everyone was taking a long time to get ready. He did not want people to go on coffee breaks or to get breakfast; he just wanted to head to the helicopter pad right away. Once we were on our way he had calmed down, however, that was not the case for me. My stomach was in knots as I thought about getting into this helicopter.
Once we got into the helicopter we started moving and then smoothly took off. We were looking down at the falls and enjoying every minute of this little adventure that was ours. D kept telling me that he loves me and I was smiling at him and looking out the window as I didn’t want to miss the beautiful view from the ride. He then said to me “When I first met you I thought you were the most beautiful girl I have ever seen, the more I spoke to you it made me feel like I’ve known you for years. You have become my best friend, my inspiration, and the girl that I want to spend the rest of my life with. The time when you were in Florida and we talked everyday and got to know each other made me realize you were the girl for me. I love you so much. Will you marry me” I looked at him as he was holding the ring that I wanted and said “Yes”. When we got off the helicopter everyone who was there obviously knew what had happened. We popped open a bottle of champagne to celebrate our engagement and enjoyed our weekend together with our family and friends.
It all starts with passion, you need to have a passion for this business and love weddings. You have to be someone who gets excited for others weddings like it is your own. We all know the other characteristics that make up a good wedding planner: organized, creative, keen eye for detail…etc. but without passion an event will only be an event, it will never be a re-creation of a dream.
-Natasha, Head Planner and Owner, Events by Natasha
Here are some of my tips on hiring the right photographer for your wedding:
– Sourcing- Social Media and the Internet have made it very easy to locate different photographers in your area, check out a number of photographer’s websites and reviews online before choosing your prospective list of ones to contact. After you have chosen your prospective list give these companies a call and set up a meeting with them, in order to find out the rest. You may need to go to a few consultations with a number of different companies until you find your best fit.
– Experience- make sure that this photographer has photographed previous weddings.
– Make sure the company explains to you who they will be sending in for your wedding, often time, they send in a different person then you originally had spoken to.
Personality- Make sure your personality and the photographer’s personality “clicks”, you want to make sure that you feel comfortable around this person, and your bridal party will as well. If you don’t then it may cause “awkward” smiles or postures in the photographs and you don’t want that.
-Communication- Make sure what they are offering you, you actually understand it. Whether it is a full package, or a-la-carte options, so you won’t be surprised at the end when you didn’t get something you thought you would. Make sure you understand the contract being signed, have somebody look it over or have them explain it to you thoroughly. You also want to find out about their deposits and payment procedures, as well as cancellation policy, and their policy on a photographer no-show. You also want to make sure you go over the important photographs that you want taken, and their timeline and schedule for the day.
– Price- Make sure you ask and understand what goes into the price for the package you are interested in. Ask for a detailed price structure, including prints, exposures, and so forth. You will get higher priced photographers that have been around longer, and have more experience. If you are looking to go with someone a little cheaper, yet experienced, then you would go with a smaller named photographer. The only difference between the two is the “status”.
– Bundles- If you are looking for a videographer for your wedding try sourcing out photographers that have packaged deals for video and photography. A lot of companies offer these packages and it will allow you to save money, if you booked everything separately.
Until Next Time!
Events by Natasha
When it comes time to create your guest list it can cause a lot of stress and chaos from your Mother telling you who to invite, your Father insisting on inviting people that he hasn’t spoken to in years, or your mother in law wanting to invite all of her neighbours and friends. Whatever the case maybe, this is the part of your wedding where you may come across chaos or confusion, but don’t worry I have created some tips to help you with this process.
1. When you get engaged, your first reaction is to announce it to anybody and everybody around you. Which is normal because you are very excited, which you should be, however, sometimes when you announce it to every single person they may think that they will be invited to your wedding. Which will cause chaos for you when you are creating the guest list because these people are always the ones asking you ‘ When is the Wedding?’. Make sure before you announce all of your details over Social Media or to all of your networks that you have a clear vision of your wedding and the scope of the event. This will allow you to get a clear picture of how many people you are actually going to invite.
2. Make sure you are dividing the seats equally among you, your fiance, and both families. Which means if you are having a wedding of 300 people, you get 100, your fiance 100, and your family 50, and his 50. You want to make sure that each person has an equal amount of people that they can invite, no matter who is paying for the seats. This will help to resolve arguments during the process of planning the guest list as sometimes parent’s on both sides may feel that they must invite everybody they know.
3. Again, your parents and in-laws may feel the need that they have to invite every single person they know, or have come into contact with. This is not the case, your wedding is a very intimate celebration for you, your fiance, family, and loved ones. You should not have to invite people who you do not know, have not spoken to in a very long time, or that your parents or in-laws are forcing you to. For every bride this situation does occur and remember to keep your ground, make sure you make it very clear while planning your wedding that this is the amount of people who you want to attend and this is the amount of people each person is allowed to invite. Make sure you are strict with this rule and do not bend the wire for anybody as this could cause problems later on in planning.
4. When you start to figure out exactly who you will be inviting create an excel sheet on your computer with your guest’s names and addresses so you are fully prepared and organized. You want to make sure to confirm everyone’s information before sending out the invitations as well.
5. Sometimes you may be caught in the ‘ Should I invite them? Or should I not invite them’ process, which does happen a lot. If you do come across this always remember this questionnaire process and always follow it, as it helps you determine if they should be invited to the wedding. I find it very helpful, and always ask my clients these questions to ensure that they are inviting the right people.
6. When you are sending out your invitations and response cards, please make sure to either number each response card, put the names of the people on them, or take a black light marker to mark each response card. This will help you in the case that people do not include their names when sending back the response card, which does happen. Or if you have a number of family members with the same first name and last name, so you will know which exact person has sent the RSVP back to you.
7. In the case where you would like to invite co-workers, it is common courtesy if you are inviting one to invite them all. Unless, you have one friend whom you are very close with at work then you can just invite them, given that they do not make it obvious to your other co-workers on their invite. Sometimes bride’s do not like to invite co-workers as they do not like to mix business with pleasure and like to keep it separate. Inviting co-workers is totally up to you and your fiance, there is no rule that says you must invite them.
These tips come in handy when creating your guest list, be sure to make a note of them and keep them close by when planning your guest list. If you require any advice or any services please visit our website http://www.eventsbynatasha.ca and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, we would love to hear from you.
Until next time!
Head Planner and Owner
Events by Natasha
Thank you to all the brides who entered our $500 off full wedding planning package with us. We would like to extend our contest until Sunday Jan 20th at 1:00pm EST. So get your e-mails in to email@example.com and let us know why YOU should win $500 off a full wedding planning package with Events by Natasha. Natasha will choose the best story and the winner will be announced Monday Jan 21, 2013. In order to redeem this prize: you will have to hire us for a full wedding day planning package for your wedding and you must reside in the Ontario region. We are having a blast reading the e-mails and can’t wait to read more. Tell all your friends and family about this great contest!!!
Choosing the right dress for your bridesmaids might be just as hard as finding the perfect gown for you. You want to make sure you find the perfect dress so no stress is put on your bridesmaids; you also want to make sure that everybody looks good and feels comfortable wearing the dress. Here are some tips for finding the perfect bridesmaid dress:
1.Remain a best friend- The worst thing that you could possibly do is ask your best friends to be a part of your big day and then turn them into fashion victims. Do not choose a dress that is hideous and nobody would wear just so you will stand out and look better, and don’t choose colours or dresses that will make your bridesmaids look heavy or non-attractive.
2.Choose the right style- You want to make sure the bridesmaid dresses complement your wedding gown, so take your time when you are choosing the right ones. Find a feel that is similar to your wedding gown but doesn’t look similar, you want to make sure that you do stand out.
3.Small, Medium, Large- You have to keep in mind that one size DOESN’T fit all, find a style that flatters all types of sizes and body shapes. You don’t want anyone feeling uncomfortable wearing a dress that looks like its a size smaller for them. Keep in mind: A-line dresses and empire waists look good on most body types.
4.Colour- Choose colours that you think will look good on your bridesmaids, keep in mind their skin tones and hair colours. Fairer complexion ladies will look good in pastel hues, however, darker complexions will not.
5.Re-use: You want to make sure you find the perfect bridesmaid dress that your friends can wear again, nothing is worse than spending money on a hideous dress that you wouldn’t be caught in again.
6.Money is a thing: Remember when you are searching for a bridesmaid dress to take into consideration everybody’s budgets. Sometimes people can’t afford to spend $500.00 on a dress. Make sure you discuss with your bridesmaids what they feel comfortable spending, unless you would like to cover the cost of their dresses.
7.Take them along: Invite a few bridesmaids or just your maid of honour to go bridesmaid shopping with you, and extra opinion will be very helpful. Try not to invite everyone at once as it will become more stressful and harder to make a decision. Why not search for dresses that you favour prior, and send out some pictures to your bridesmaids to gain their opinions.
8.Help!!!: Don’t try to control the whole thing yourself and turn into a bridezilla. Ask your maid of honour to help you be in charge of organizing this purchase. Have her get everybody’s opinions and write it all down on a list, incorporating sizes and colours that will flatter each girl.
Make sure through this whole process you are remaining calm and having fun. After all these are your best friends and you choose them to be a part of your day for a reason.
I originally posted this article on http://www.marketplaceweddings.com/blog/category/from-natasha-to-you/ in April 2012. I wanted to share it with the brides, because I think it is very informative.
Until Next Time!
Events by Natasha