Let’s Go Get Married…In Our Big Yellow Taxi?

Oh my gosh! I can’t believe it’s been sooo long since I’ve posted a blog! I guess I’ve let life get the best of me over the last little while :S. Anyway, this blog is super fun and fabulous! I hope you enjoy it :).

There are a lot of things a couple needs to consider when planning for their big day. What flowers should they have? What kind of venue are they looking for? Who’s going to be in the wedding party? How many people are they going to invite? The list goes on, and on, and on! Making these decisions can be a bit overwhelming, but weddings are becoming so much more than a cookie cutter ceremony and reception, which means that decisions may be more difficult, but are also so much more fun!

One aspect of wedding planning that a couple can go waaay out of the box with, but may not even consider in the early stages of planning, is transportation! Usually, when anyone thinks of wedding transportation, they automatically picture a limo of some sort, but there are way more options out there that are readily available to couples looking to change up this part of their wedding. Here are 4 of my most favourite ideas for fun, alternative wedding transportation!

1. Retro Police Car

It’s no secret that I am a HUGE fan of anything retro, timeless and classic. I love the idea of using a vintage police car as transportation for a wedding! How awesome would it be to show up to your ceremony and reception with sirens sounding and cherries flashing!?

Retro Police Car

2. Trolley Cart

I’m not sure how easy it is to get your hands on one of these, but it’s too cool not to mention. It would be like bringing the streets of San Francisco to your wedding and would make for some amazing photo ops :).

Trolley Cart

3. Double Decker Bus

Anyone who wants to bring a bit of U.K. flair to their big day can easily do so by swapping a traditional limo for a double decker bus. Not only would it be a great way to arrive in style to your wedding, but it could also be a fun way of transporting your guests from ceremony to reception and giving them a small “tour” of the area! Guests turn into tourists, and their ride between venues goes from boring to exciting.

Double Decker Bus

4. Vintage Taxi Cab

Again, retro, vintage pieces have a special place in my heart, and this love extends way beyond wedding planning lol! Choosing a classic New York City big yellow taxi as your mode of transportation will grab your guest’s attention, and will without a doubt put a smile on their faces.

Taxi Cab

What are some other unique modes of transportation you have seen or would want to see at a wedding?

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Can I Have This Dance? Choosing the Perfect First Dance Song For Your Wedding!

Music is one of the most important things at a wedding. Other than food, many guests rely on good music to keep them entertained and make their experience fun and enjoyable. While it is important to put thought into the music you want your guests to dance to all night long, I think it’s also important to take time and carefully choose your first dance song.

There really aren’t any rules to follow for this part of your wedding. Your first dance song should reflect you as a couple and hold a special place in your hearts. It can be easy to brush off this part of your planning and just go with a song that everyone knows, but then that makes your first dance typical, run of the mill, and maybe even a bit cheesy. It’s just as easy to avoid this problem by simply taking some time to sit down with each other to pick a song that has meaning to both of you. It doesn’t even have to be a typical slow song! It can literally be any song, any genre, any tempo, there are no rules when it comes to your first dance. You can make your choice stand out even more by having a close friend or family member, or a live band or string quartet perform the song. Not only would this be special in the moment, but it would also make the song uniquely yours forever.

Black and white dance under a tent

Here are some of our favourite first dance song possibilities. Some of them we have heard at weddings, and they stuck out in our minds as original and perfectly matched to each couple. Others are songs that we just love and think they would make perfect first dance numbers.

Tonight and the Rest of My Life – Nina Gordon (The Notebook Soundtrack)

Dare You to Move – Switchfoot

Dancing in the Moonlight – King Harvest/ Toploader

Something Stupid – Frank & Nancy Sinatra/ Robbie Williams & Nicole Kidman/ Glee Cast

Songbird – Fleetwood Mac/ Glee Cast

Dream Girl – Dave Matthews Band

Marine dancing

Brighter Than Sunshine – Aqualung

Your Song – Elton John/ Ellie Goulding

Over the Rainbow – Judy Garland/ Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

Love Me Tender – Elvis Presley

Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley

Hawaiian Wedding Song – Elvis Presley

Spotlight Dance

I Wanna Grow Old With You – Adam Sandler (The Wedding Singer Soundtrack)

Cosmic Love – Florence & The Machine

More Than Anyone – Gavin DeGraw

I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz

Faithfully – Journey/ Glee Cast

Make You Feel My Love – Adele

Colourful Lanterns

Into the Mystic – Van Morrison/ Colin James

Marry You – Bruno Mars/ Glee Cast

All You Need Is Love – The Beatles/ Dana Fuchs & Jim Sturgess (Across the Universe Soundtrack)

The Girl – City & Colour

We Found Each Other In the Dark – City & Colour

Marry Me – Train

Bald Groom with Glasses

What was your first dance song? What is your favourite first dance song choice that you’ve heard at a wedding?

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Part 2: Hello 2014! Wedding Trends To Watch For In The New Year!

As promised, here is part 2 of our lovely 2014 Bridal Trends blog! We already covered some key elements to watch for this upcoming season, including the GORGEOUS Colour of the Year: Radiant Orchid. Now we’re moving on to what’s hot in food, attire, and themes!

Food

According to our research, spicy is the way to go for food in 2014! With things like Sriracha and chili oil becoming popular in every day cuisine, it’s no surprise that this trend is hitting the wedding scene. But please remember that not everyone likes/ can handle spice (even if you don’t find it “that spicy”), so make sure that if you have a lot of spicy items on your menu, to balance it out with a few non-spicy options.

Tacos

Another trend we noticed popping up, was the increasing popularity of family style service. It creates a higher level of interaction and intimacy between guests that they may not have if food is served in a more traditional way, like full serve or buffet style. We know that some wedding guests may not initially like this type of service, but it’s something different, and you may have to get used to it if it takes off in 2014!

Family Style

A few other trends that we found aren’t actually new. They have been around for a number of seasons, and aren’t showing signs of going anywhere anytime soon. Paying homage to childhood favourites, like mac and cheese or milk and cookies, is going to continue to be popular with 2014 couples.

Cookies and Milk

Also, we will see a continued appreciation for the Brits! The Royal Family (more specifically, Kate and William), have had a HUGE impact on the wedding industry! Passed hors d’oeuvres, consisting of small newspaper cones of fish and chips, finger sandwiches, and scones are sure to be a hit at your wedding, and will be something to watch for again this season.

Fish and Chip Cones

And lastly, cookies are still standing strong as popular dessert bar treats or guest favours!

Cookie Favours

Attire

It’s by far one of the most important pieces of clothing you will ever purchase and wear in your life. A wedding dress has turned into more than a simple white gown, it’s a statement of who you are as a woman, and is the perfect way of expressing your personality on your special day. If you’re on the hunt for the perfect gown, keep some of these trends in mind for the upcoming season.

Romantic colours, like soft pinks, are becoming more and more popular. Celebrities, like Kaley Cuoco, have brought this trend into the spotlight and catapulted it into the wedding world. Vera Wang is one of the biggest designers of colourful gowns, so keep your eye on the runway for inspiration from some of the worlds’ top wedding vendors.

Kaley Cuoco

Another trend that was popular last season, and will continue to be popular for years to come, are lace sleeves! Kate Middleton set the standard for royal, vintage romance with her gorgeous gown back in 2011. Since then, she’s been one of the biggest inspirations for designers and future brides.

Kate Middleton

Kate also had a very traditional veil, which is another trend that you will see a lot more of in 2014, more specifically, cathedral veils. They are traditional, but have been taking a back seat to birdcage and blusher styles. They can be plain and simple, or jacked up with lace trim, crystals, and many other accents!

Cathedral Veil

Lastly, my favourite trend that I cannot wait to see this year is DRAMA! Show-stopping features, like low-cut backs, boleros, wraps, trains, and layers are becoming extremely popular with brides! If you’re looking to wed in cooler months, you can jack up your look with a beautiful faux-fur wrap, or even a cape. Spring and summer brides can sport open-back keyholes or low-cut backs. Layered, sheer tulle is another trend that is taking the industry by storm, along with contemporary, out-of-the-box trains that we’re not used to seeing!

Tulle Layers

Basically, anything that captures vintage elegance or romance is what will take top spot in 2014 bridal fashion!

Open Back Dress

Themes

Dramatic

Like bridal fashion, dramatic wedding themes will be prominent in 2014. Bold colours that make a statement, theatrical entertainment, and unique venues are what it takes to create this theme. Go big, or go home can be the motto for any bride looking to have a dramatic wedding! Try thinking outside the box, and focus on creating the “wow factor” for your guests.

Dramatic Wedding

Quirky

Because of Pinterest, more brides are incorporating quirky, novelty concepts into their weddings. Instead of looking for the “wow factor”, quirky brides are wanting more unusual things. Whether you have your wedding at a zoo, or renting a big, red double-decker bus instead of a limo, couples will want to look for ways to incorporate everything about themselves into their decor, attire, and entertainment in unique, DIY ways. You can wear a pair of crazy shoes, a cardigan, or even create a custom cake topper. With this theme, the uniqueness is more subtle than the over-the-top , in your face elements of a dramatic wedding.

Mr & Mrs

Organic

“Being green” is HUGE in every aspect of life, and weddings are no exception! Rustic country is one of the biggest themes right now, and will continue to be through 2014. This theme can be accomplished with an outdoor venue, like a garden or barn. You can also use organic materials for things like linens, clothing, food, and transportation. Think “eco-friendly” with all aspects of your wedding if you’re wanting to achieve an organic concept.

Bike Ride

There you have it! Our hottest trends for the 2014 season are not complete! Be sure to keep an eye out for all of these trends, and let us know what you think!:)

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Hello 2014! Wedding Trends To Watch For In The New Year!

Congratulations! You’re engaged! Now that you have come down from cloud nine a little bit and things are sinking in, you are starting to realize that you actually have to plan an ENTIRE wedding! AH! But do not fret, The Little White Dress is here to not only give you some great tips for this big day with our blog, but also to help you through the entire process with our planning and coordinating services. To find out more about us, and what we can do for you, click here! To find some fun and gorgeous inspiration, keep reading!

2014 Wedding Trends

While this blog will not be able to alleviate all of your wedding planning stresses, it will give you the inside scoop on what to expect for the upcoming bridal season. This week, we are going to cover flowers, colour palettes, and stationary and invitations. Stay tuned though! In the new year, we will be sharing even more inspiration for 2014!

Evergreen Brickworks Wedding

Flowers

I think it is pretty safe to say that peonies aren’t going anywhere for 2014. These soft and lush flowers give a romantic feel to any bouquet or floral décor! These sought after flowers are available in an array of colours, but they do have a very specific season. So, if you are hoping to incorporate these elegant beauties into your florals, be sure to inquire with your florist as to whether they will be available at the time of your wedding. They tend to be in season in June (you can also usually get them late May/early July) – but if you’re having a wedding anywhere outside of that time frame, you might be out of luck.

Pink Bouquet

However if you’re not able to get your hands on peonies, there are a couple of other flowers that have a longer blooming season and would be spectacular in the place of a peony. Garden roses and Ranunculus are both fluffy and airy flowers and lend themselves very well to a lush and romantic style. I also think that we will see a more abstract use of the peony in combination with other whimsical flowers in 2014, giving a fresh picked garden feel to bouquets and décor.

Centrepiece

Stationery and Invitations

Invitations are extremely important and play a huge role in setting the tone for your wedding. They are the first thing your guests receive and they should not only set the stage for the event, but also give hints into the colour scheme, style, formality, etc. Invitations, in my opinion, are often not given enough thought. You want them to give insight into your wedding without giving too much away. They need to be personal and fit the vibe of the wedding, but they should also stand out amongst the masses. You want them to be informative, but at the same time, not overwhelming.Chevron Stationary

2014 will bring about tons of bright colours, playful patterns and less formal stationery. Patterns, such as chevron, honeycomb, and even some Moroccan inspirations, are expected to be in high demand.

Honeycomb Stationary

Colour Palettes:

Having trouble deciding what colour palette you want for your wedding? Well, let’s start things off by presenting the 2014 Pantone Colour of the Year! I truly think everyone is going to LOVE Radiant Orchid – a fun, bright, yet elegant hue that will go with a variety of colour palettes. This colour will certainly add that element of “pretty” that most brides planning a wedding are looking for, and it pairs perfectly with the other hot colours for next year!

Radiant Orchid

Blue is expected to be another hot colour for 2014. Imagine a combination of Radiant Orchid and a bold blue – stunning!Blue Inspiration

Other colours to watch out for include shades of pink, grey, and aqua. And, as in previous years, neutrals are still hot on the wedding scene. And if none of these speak to you, no worries, it is your wedding, and you need to choose colours that you and your fiancé love now, and will love in 20 years when you look back at your wedding photos!

Radiant Orchid Inspiration

That brings us to the end of part 1 of our Top Wedding Trends for 2014! Be sure to check back as we welcome the new year and all of the wonderful bridal inspiration it has to offer! We hope you enjoyed this week’s blog! See you in 2014, and happy planning!:)

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Article written by Kate Vanderlugt & Katie Dennison – Owner & Intern at The Little White Dress

Research and contributions from Vicki Quach

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Seasonal Inspiration: Enchanting Winter Ideas!

Personally, I have always dreamed of a fall wedding. Late August or early September, when it’s not too hot and not too cold. The weather is easier to handle, the colours are fabulous, and most people aren’t very busy, so they are available as the summer winds down and fall begins. However, these last few weeks have opened my eyes to the amazing possibilities a bride can have if she chooses to plan a winter wedding! Yes, it is freezing cold and everyone is busy around the holidays, but think about it…warm, crackling fireplaces, fluffy white snow falling from the sky, blanketing the ground, crimson red, silver and gold…are you enchanted yet? I know I am! Think of the pictures you could capture and the ambiance you could create! Here are my favourite winter wedding ideas that I hope will find you giving this season a second glance when planning your big day :).

Snowy bride

Signature Cocktail

Like fall, winter offers so many seasonal drinks and dishes. When I think of winter, I picture big family dinners, turkey, roasts, potatoes, gravy, stuffing, meat pies, my aunt’s signature meatballs (made with grape jelly!), hot chocolate, apple cider…wow, now I am starving and have nothing remotely close to those dishes in my apartment lol. However, I did enjoy a candy cane hot chocolate today! Whether it’s the food or the bar, you can have A LOT of fun picking menu items for a winter reception.

Hot chocolate bride and groom

Hot chocolate and latte bars would be a perfect treat for your guests. Transforming a bottle of red into mulled wine would really bring the holiday spirit to life! You can also give your favourite cocktail a winter twist. I found this amazing candy cane martini via Martha Stewart! Simply use crushed candy canes to rim your martini glass and then combine strawberry vodka, white crème de menthe and cranberry juice in an ice filled shaker…voila! An amazingly simple winter reception cocktail:)

Candy Cane Stir StickDécor

You can literally transform a reception space into a winter wonderland by carefully choosing the right colour palette and incorporating key pieces of décor. If you can find a venue that has a massive wood-burning fireplace, you’ve hit the jackpot! Nothing says winter more than a nice, warm fire for guests to enjoy, filling the air with that unmistakable wood-burning smell. I personally wouldn’t go crazy with Christmas décor, but incorporating evergreen branches along mantels and using a lot of rustic, wooden furniture pieces draped with warm, plaid blankets and faux-fur throws would create that perfect winter wonderland feel. I am also a HUGE fan of Christmas lights, especially the big, vintage colourful strings of bulbs used to line rooftops! You could easily incorporate those into your décor without turning your space into a Griswold disaster! Using white lights would be another great addition. Colour palettes of silver and gold, deep reds and hints of glitter (yes, for me, glitter is a colour lol) would really turn a reception space into a winter bride’s dream.

Winter spread and fireplace

Bridal Party Attire

Even though it’s freezing in the winter, attire options for both bridal parties are endless and fun! I envision the bridesmaids in tights and cardigans, wearing fun scarves, mittens and hats for pictures. Groomsmen can be a bit more laid back and wear brown slacks with sweaters or a dress shirt + vest combo. A winter bride can wrap herself in a faux-fur shrug and her groom can wear a sharp pea coat and plaid scarf! The possibilities are endless with winter attire! Have fun with it and make it your own :).

Winter bridal party

Would you ever have a winter wedding? What are some of your favourite decor, food and attire ideas for the winter? What would be the perfect venue for this season?

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