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  • Your Niagara Falls wedding – and some helpful advice

    Patti Wallington is the Niagara Falls areas only certified wedding planner; she heads the wedding team at Occasions in Niagara. We offer
    a full slate of wedding services for Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake for those who may be planning a destination wedding.
    With two decades of experience, no one knows the Niagara area better than Occasions in Niagara.

How to Choose Your Wedding Reception Venue

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 Niagara on the Lake 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 answer the questions of how to choose your wedding reception 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.

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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. A popular 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 and Natalie Portman.

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.

Wedding Headbands

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.

 

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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Wedding Lingerie

The second most important part of your wedding ensemble is what you wear underneath your wedding gown. While we don’t give a lot of thought to what we wear under out everyday clothes, you should give some consideration to what you’ll wear on your wedding day. HerRoom.com is a US-based on-line lingerie company (that does ship to Canada) has come up with some answers to the most common wedding lingerie questions and has taken the guesswork out of choosing which type is best for each body shape and gown style. In Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake there are several lingerie specialty stores to assist you with selecting what you need for your wedding day. But no matter where you get your lingerie, make sure you try it on with your wedding gown before the big day to make sure it fits properly and makes you look fantastic.

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What lingerie works best with each gown style?

Sheath: Column gowns are often made of chiffon or organza so they flow and are a bit sheer, so consider wearing a slip. Avoid bulges and lines by going seamless, which you can do with a full or half slip in a variety of lengths. Go for a clean silhouette with a slip that works as a body-liner.

A-line: Also known as a princess style, this is flattering to almost any figure. The shape is pretty forgiving so you may be able to forego lots of shaping and support and go for comfort.

Mermaid: This curve-hugging fit shows off your shape but make sure you don’t show off seams and lines too. Go for high-waisted shaping lingerie, like a waist-cinching thong.

Ballgowns: Accentuate that waistline with a bustier, corset or waist cincher. A strapless, seamless bustier bra will slim the torso while supporting and lifting breasts.

What type of bra is best for a backless gown?

Strapless and versatile convertible bras. Longline bras add shaping. For backless gowns, try a backless bra with adhesive sides.

What colour lingerie should I wear?

Wedding gowns come in so many different shades of white, from pure while to ivory or cream, that you may do better choosing lingerie in natural, cream or ivory. When in doubt, blend with your skin tone.

What’s the best bridal hosiery?

Thigh-highs are a great option for ballgowns, A-lines and other full skirts. Thigh-highs with silicone gripper bands will stay up without garters. For mermaid style gowns or other close-fitting dresses, pantyhose are probably in order. Some styles have near-invisible control panels to smooth out tummies, hips and thighs.

Should I wear shapewear with my gown?

Shapewear is available for every body part and gown style. A longline bra, bodysuit or thigh shaper can make all the difference in how your gown fits and drapes. For sheer gowns, there are even shapewear slips.

I’m short and very curvy. What will help?

Try a bustier or longline bra, with maximum support and shaping. But be sure to check sizing. Some styles may be too long-waisted for you. Also, consider figure-taming shapewear – a bodysuit, high-waisted shapewear or long-leg styles that smooth hips and thighs.

How do I avoid lingerie disasters on my wedding day?

  • Bring the lingerie you plan to wear to your gown fitting. Shapewear, bras and bustiers can really change the way a gown hangs on you so get it fitted with the right underwear.
  • Pay attention to colour. There are so many shades of white that you might be better with an ivory or even natural colour bra.
  • Buy an extra pair of stockings or hosiery you’re planning to wear. Hosiery always snags or runs just when it matters most.
  • If you’re planning to wear a corset, bustier, shapewear or even a strapless bra, give it a rehearsal and wear it for a full day before your wedding. This will give you a chance to get used to what it feels like and to see if it’s going to present any problems.
  • If you’ll be dressing at a venue away from home, use a small separate bag to pack your lingerie – and it wouldn’t hurt to have a checklist. A pretty lingerie bag tucked into your suitcase will minimize the chances of forgetting some crucial piece of underwear or of digging through layers to find that thong.

 

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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Fathers at Weddings

Just as weddings have become more modern, so, too, have the families we belong to. With many parents divorced and, often, remarried, when it comes to planning your wedding details, it can be very challenging to figure out how to abide by wedding etiquette. Who sits where at the ceremony and reception? How exactly should the invitation be worded? And most importantly… who will walk the bride down the aisle? What to do with our fathers at weddings?

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Let’s consider a common situation…
The bride’s father is not remarried, but the bride’s mother is, and the bride has lived, for the most part, with her mother and stepfather through grade school and high school. She has also maintained close ties with her biological father over the years and has always thought of herself as having two dads instead of one.

Now, according to tradition, only one man escorts the bride down the aisle, the one who is responsible for “giving her away” to her new husband. But we all know that modern weddings aren’t quite that simple since many brides now have divorced parents, some of whom separate amicably and some whom do not. It can be difficult for a bride to decide exactly how to walk down the aisle or with whom she should share the honor, so here are some pointers to help you figure things out if you are faced with this tough decision:

  • Invite your biological father to walk you down the aisle if you are on good terms with him and if this tradition feels like the natural choice for you.
  • Ask your stepfather if he has been your paternal stand-in and/or your biological father is estranged from you or unavailable.
  • Consider walking with both your father and your stepfather if they are both in agreement. Your biological father might walk you halfway down the aisle and turn you over to your stepfather to walk the rest of the way, or they could both walk all the way with you. If your Officiant or Minister plans to ask, “Who gives this woman?” they could both answer, “We do.”
  • Walk with your mother or with your grandfather or uncle if there is no father or stepfather to accept this honor.
  • Have both of your parents escort you down the aisle. This is traditional in Jewish weddings and is becoming more common in non-Jewish weddings since it allows both of your parents to share the honor.
  • Walk down the aisle alone.
  • Think about walking down the aisle with your husband-to-be if you don’t want any suggestion of being given away, and if you prefer not to walk alone.
  • Children from a previous marriage can walk with you and stand with you at the altar. But try not to let them give you away. After all, you are not leaving them, and your new marriage will not change your relationship to them.

 

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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There is nothing more difficult for Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake couples plan their weddings than trying to do so from two different locations. What cake should we pick? Do you like these peonies? What do you think about filet mignon for the main course? When you’re trying to plan a wedding, you need your partner near you. But if being right by each other’s side is impossible, then there’s an app for that. Couple is an app available for Android and iPhone that makes staying in touch with your favourite person easier. Visit couple.me to download the app.

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Couple was created by California-based TenthBit Inc., in 2012. After being disconnected from their significant others, the apps’ founders discovered they were repurposing other services to talk to their partners. After many frustrating Skype calls and international text messages, they decided to build Couple. The app now has more than two million downloads and has facilitated more than one billion messages between couples.

The app, which is free and private, connects you to only the most important person in your life. Though ideal for long distance relationships, the app can also be expertly used for couples in the same city. With many uses that can benefit engaged couples planning their Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake weddings, Couple was named one of the top five apps to help plan your wedding by Huffington Post.

The most interesting aspect of the app is its ability for couples to be close, even when apart. Using the ThumbKiss feature, the couple can touch the same spot on their phones to make them both vibrate simultaneously.

The app’s features also include:

  • Private timeline to build a shared history and remember special moments;
  • Real-time messaging and share videos, voice messages and photo filters to express yourself;
  • Express your moods and emotions through stickers (these must be purchased);
  • Sketch together in real-time to allow you to make diagrams of seating, create vows or even just spend time together playing games;
  • Share to-do lists;
  • Calendar reminders to schedule dates and automatic notification of important dates;
  • Find highly rated nightlife venues and restaurants to help plan showers, rehearsal dinners and other events;
  • Broadcast your location to each other in real-time using Live Beacon to make it easier to meet up;
  • Chat using the web app when you’re on your computer.

 

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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