Photo blog: top naked cakes

Today’s blog post is, in some way, a continuation of last week’s “2016 wedding trends” post. Stated as one of #KariLywoodEvents’ favourite 2016 wedding trends was naked cakes.  Of course, this trend is not limited to just weddings; they’re great for many types of events and we can’t wait to start suggesting them. We love this new trend so much that we want to share with all of our readers some of our top picks. Try not to drool as you’re scrolling!

0cd7e0b3c247e6813fd9a0a4b0960bc2

Image

1a350b76c7dd900cac584d54b3f47ced

Image

060ccb4ddb1f99da2aa81af61c44613a

Image

ada0200d4878f51ff3c012ddd4031051

Image

6377b0193e2e33ebc9c9eee0f5d42d00

Image

ba75090454854ccae9f4b2c85f2ec757

Image

17d85d6d64f932c78ed0e2f539dc6fed

Image

9003be2ec054cea49b2150deebaddf27

Image

5523cb1f4b8d33002518b18b4236faa2

Image

def331cd7eda2ac65d7e5e8909c92a88

Image

Advertisements

2016 wedding trends

New year, new wedding trends! As wedding planners, we need to be on top of all the hot new trends before they even become trends (if that makes sense). We want to offer our clients fresh new ideas that they will love for their special day, and some that save them more money than they would ever expect. These trends are what we have seen and experienced and know will work. Here are some of the many 2016 trends for you to catch up on:

Mixing country and city

de02f458cf0f570b62245f57ddc6217b

Image

If you ever heard of the saying “city girl with a country heart” and didn’t understand the concept, you will soon be seeing this theme at a lot of weddings. This is one of our new favourites here at #KariLywoodEvents. This could mean a barn wedding with modern décor, or a standard banquet hall with vintage wood seating. Whatever sort of mixes you’re into.

Home cooked wedding favours

f80bf21b3f37aefc93a34376b08abf29

Image

Other than this trend being completely thoughtful, who can say no to homemade baked goods? Everybody loves personalized food giveaways. It’s also a great treat for the end of the night, or the next morning.

Sparklers

69228641a59dfdf91bfd9b3ed17db00a

Image

One phrase: amazing photo opp. The idea of all guests lighting a sparker while the newlyweds have their first dance is a jaw-dropping image. We have seen it, and it is quite a magical moment.

Naked Cakes

6b8ad02f8cea4cbd9363ec95f8c16d63

Image

Okay, these are beyond amazing. Less is more with these cakes and the guests’ mouths will be watering by being able to see what they will be biting into later. Don’t forget to add a little decorative piece to it.

Last dance

84b851c9d0c62c0e79d1f82a49e022c3

Image

By no means will this take away from the first dance, it only adds to the night! If you’re stuck between two songs, fret no more. The first dance is, for the most part, romantic in nature, the last dance is meant to be a little more fun and loose (especially since you would have a few drinks in you by that point).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wedding planning season: a little bit of advice

Before we know it, it’s going to be spring, which means wedding season! However, the focus of this post is going to be about what comes before wedding season, and that is wedding planning season. Wedding planning season is happing right now, meaning it takes place months before wedding season, obviously, right? Not always! Sometimes, wedding planners and coordinators are booked weeks before a wedding, maybe even days. This is a result of couples being skeptical about hiring one, or thinking that they don’t have the money. Today, we are going to put a stop to this misconception and explain to you why it is important to hire a wedding planner a year out, and how that will save you money.

Building relationships

If a wedding planner jumps in when all the vendors have already been booked, it’s not as easy to build that important connection with them. Don’t get me wrong, we are great at jumping in partway, but there is more trust when it is from the start. On top of that, as professionals, we know how to negotiate prices that will fit your budget.

We have the contacts

If a couple has a relationship with a specific vendor, that’s great, but if not, we have all the connections for you. From florists to makeup artists, we got you covered. We know your budget and we will provide you with the vendors that fit it. We don’t want you to have to cut out something in order to fit something else in when you can have it all!

Handymen (or women)

Things go wrong at a wedding, that’s just the way it is. Guests can get out of control and something could get damaged. The power can go out on the lights you spend thousands on and you’ll have no idea why. Wedding planners want everything to be perfect, so they will step in and fix it all (or prevent it from happening). We know how to deal with all situations and will save you any potential damage costs.

We tell you the truth

Wedding planners don’t want you to spend unnecessary money. Despite what you saw on TV or what a friend of a friend had at her wedding, we will tell you what’s worth it and what will work. We have seen it all. We will give you your vision without all the extra costs.

 

 

 

 

Creative event favours

As event planners here at #KariLywoodEvents, we are full of creative ideas (well, obviously). On top all that goes into planning an event such as a wedding, bridal shower or even birthday party, one must always put a good amount of thought into the event favours. These gifts should fit the theme or vibe of the event in some way, shape or form;  You don’t want to be giving away compact mirrors to both women AND men. To help you out, here are some unique event favours to thank your guests:

Mini champagne bottles

fc7c354c0233f1f2e76312480f307616

Image

Now this is something your guests can use (well, drink). So many times event favours will be forgotten at the event, or thrown out when the guests go home; only because there is no use for them. Something cute like this (and alcohol in general) will be something loved by your guests.

Baking ingredients

5d82c0f33aede4f0b89923d377313aca

Image

One again, something your guests can use! Choose one or multiple recipes and fill up jars with the ingredients. Keep the recipes simple and add pretty touches.

Treat bags

ea60f21b931075edc6d44234ab856405

Image

Something your guests can eat – enough to be said. Some of these will be gone before some people even reach home!

Hangover kits

65db2ec7ac3098a9a44d5661f6c8a19f

Image

This might look suggestive, but it’s a great idea if your family and friends like to drink! Perfect for a birthday party.

Coffee and tea

3490feb304bfb7b1373dcb4785433533

Image

Coffee and tea are used in most people’s everyday lives, so why not help them out a little bit?

Benefits of a winter wedding

The inspiration of this post came from being invited to my first winter wedding as a guest. A good friend is getting married in February and the responses I received from many people were all along the lines of “why would she choose winter to get married?” Perhaps it was just the people I told who have the mind set of spring, summer and early fall being the “best” times to get married, but I have a feeling (and facts prove) that is not the case. For some reason, winter weddings are not as popular as they should be. Coming from a wedding planner, it is beautiful to get married during the warmer months, but there are many benefits to choosing a winter wedding. Let me break down a few for you:

Availability

7af5ed1d82032f6e45d51171dbd4e53e

Image

Hopefully this will change in the coming years, but for now this is true – there is less competition for winter wedding dates. Whether is it a venue, florist, decorator, caterer, etc. that you are interested in; there is definitely a better chance you will get your first choices.

Décor

897300f474399f77016d0672b3a57e24

Image

Winter has so many themes that you can follow that are different from those of spring, summer and fall. There is a completely different feel to winter décor; there is a warm, cozy and romantic vibe. Red roses are one of my favorite décor ideas.

Scenic

96c0b6f8853836672d56c32b6b171e7a

Image

Warm, sunny weather is what many people hope for when it comes to their wedding photos, some even hope for rain because it makes for great photos. However, imagine how gorgeous your photos would look with a snowy backdrop, Christmas lights or even just all bundled up. Pretty jaw dropping if you ask me.

Colours

c34187e98aa485ae9510a09ce8ccc530

Image

Let’s face it, not all colours can be used all year round for weddings. Having a wedding during a warmer season automatically cuts out certain colours such as forest green and Bordeaux. Just think of the bridesmaid dresses!

Wardrobe

9c752ec4e42d3ad1ee2941d583aec771

Image

 There’s a reason why the fashion-oriented wait for the colder months – it’s because there is so much more you can do with your outfit! Don’t get me wrong, the classic sleeveless wedding dress is always stunning, but you can’t always add fur or velvet to add on top (well, unless you want to sweat).

Post by: Melissa Esposito

Holiday party games

They say a party is only as fun as you make it, so why not make it the best party ever? We’re going to milk the holiday season and throw out one more holiday party post for anyone who is hoping to add some last minute touches to their event. That being said, what brings (or forces) people together at a party better than games? Today at #KariLywoodEvents, we are going to offer you five great holiday party games to give your event that extra ‘something-something’ you’ve been looking for.

Ornament guess

513428d16118dd9974f133ef4a2cbf6e

Image

This simple game is a great way to start off your party. Have all guests guess how many ornaments are on your tree and announce the winner in later on in the night, as well as the runner-up. Offer small prizes. It’ll be funny hearing “WOW I was way off!” by people.

Candy canes

3098847287_f3fe851b5f

Image

If you’re familiar with the game “Spoons” you won’t have a problem here. It’s the same idea; only you are using candy canes instead of spoons. You will need a deck of cards and candy canes. There must be one less candy cane than there are players. A dealer will shuffle four cards out to each player, and the remaining cards are placed face down in front of the dealer. The goal is to get four of a kind in your hand, once you do; you take a candy cane in the middle of the table as unnoticeably as possible. Once the first candy cane is taken, the rest of the players can grab a candy cane. The player, who does not get a candy cane, loses. This game will really bring out the competiveness in people and a lot of laughs.

Christmas movie trivia

00a027ae2dd28fa6658a41e9c700d17e

Image

This game is pretty self-explanatory. Everybody thinks they know their movies, and a lot of people think they are amazing at trivia so this will really get people excited. Mix in some classics with some newer films.

Christmas photo props

ba8827713bdb50b12a0485cb187923d4

Image

Adding a photo booth to any event is a good idea. Specifically, adding Christmas props to a Christmas photo booth will be hilarious. This gives guests something to do throughout the whole night, and something to smile at the next day.

12 days of Christmas fun

Sticking to hilarious games, this one is particularly knee slapping. Group your guests into 12 teams, then group the teams together and give each group one verse from “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. Each team is responsible for singling one verse of the song. Easy enough, right? Well, as the teams sing their verse, they must also act out their verse. Of course, each team will get together and practice how they will act out their verse before all teams come together for the big show (or attempt).