Top 2018 Wedding Dress Trends

Over the years we have watched brides wow their guests as they walk down the aisle. Deciding on your dress is no small feat, it can take hours or even days to find your dream gown! Last week we covered the classic and new spins on classic dresses, so it only felt right to cover the new trends that we have seen for the top wedding dresses of 2018.

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These top 5 wedding dresses are not for the faint of heart 😉 They will make your jaw drop, your fiance lose his breathe and make you feel like Queen Bey herself! If you are looking to turn heads and  check out the show stopping dresses below!

 

Berta’s stunning new 2018 collection is all things WOW. This dress combines lace, sheer and the slit all into one stunning package that can be worn in any bridal venue. Whether you’re looking to marry on the beach, a rooftop venue overlooking the skyline or in your family’s backyard, this gown is sure to drop jaws as you walk down the aisle. No matter what neckline you are searching for, the collection comes in a variety of cuts and styles for your dream day!

 

Pnina Tornai is one of the bride-to-be’s most sought after dress designers. Her new LOVE collection showcases a variety of unique and stunning gowns that are fit for every woman’s fairy tale wedding. Pnina uses the most delicate techniques when it comes to beading, lace, sheer detail and low back cuts. Whether you are looking for a new take on a classic mermaid gown or a detailed lace bodice with a sheer finishing, the LOVE collection will make all of your dreams come true.

 

The illusion corset is a style we have seen become very popular and for many reasons. It provides a stunning deep plunge sweetheart neckline and shapes your frame beautifully.

 

The corset is designed around different styles of gowns including ball gown, mermaid and a-line. If you are looking for more glitz, you can have it detailed with swarovski crystals or dressed up with a thick white lace to frame your neckline.

 

Low Cut back or backless dresses are becoming a number 1 choice for brides all over the world. There are a variety of styles this stunning dress can take and designers like Pnina Tornai has created multiple breathtaking versions.

 

The illusion trend has been carried over to this low back style and gives multiple stunning images of a thick cut lace on the skin, pairing it to fit your body like a glove. The added detail of the white buttons suiting up the spine of your back makes this dress look like a new age classic.

As you can tell by now, the top trends for this year are all about lace, sheer bodices, thigh high slits and bling. Bride-to-be’s are staying true to their unique style and not settling for something that doesn’t have that WOW factor. No matter what shape of dress you are looking for, what venue you are planning to say “I do” at, these styles are glammed up and will be sure to be a show stopper on your big day!❀

Have you picked your dream dress or a style you think should be highlighted? Let us know in the comments or email us at hello@karilywoodevents.com.

XO

Katarina

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Wedding Dresses: New Age vs. Classic

Over the decades we watch Bride by Bride stun their guests on their big days, all in unique gowns that they have been dreaming about since they were a little girl. As with anything, there are hundreds of choices to make when selecting your dream gown, it’s so eventful that we have shows centered around the topic. Watching women try on dress after dress, having the closest people in their lives to chime in. But how do you know which dress is for you? Maybe you want something sexy and fitted but your family wants something conservative.

How do you find your dream dress while pleasing everyone else?

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The answer may not be clear as glass but, find the gown that makes you feel like a Princess or Queen. Whether its an old school ball gown or sheer, glammed out mermaid cut, stay true to you!

We’ve handpicked 5 styles of dresses that take a look at both classic and new age takes on some of the most popular wedding dress styles!

 

Ball Gown

The ball gown is another classic dress that our princess brides all over the world dream about. The ball gown is an amazing choice because it truly fits any size of woman and hugs you where you want to be hugged.

The first dress is another new age, sexy and blinged out take on the classic ball gown that is shown on the right. Whether you go sheer and long sleeved or strapless, both styles cater to sweetheart necklines that are set to make you feel like a princess however the new age design is blinged out where the one on the left is simple, classic and sleek.

Tea Length Classic

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Tea length wedding dresses have always had a high degree of class and sophistication to them. Both conservative and trendy, this style has stayed true to its unique image throughout the years of brides. Whether you are looking for a sweetheart, v-neck, halter or off-the-shoulder line, this dress will forever be noted as a classic.

Conservative and Modest 

Conservative and Modest dresses will never go out of style simply for the two words used to describe them. Traditions are that for a reason and sometimes the most stunning look is clean cut, modest and simple. But just because a style is conservative does not by any means make this look dull or boring. With a variety of necklines and shapes, these types of dresses are stunning in their own way and can be worn in truly any wedding setting.

Stay tuned for our next post that showcases the top 2018 wedding dress trends that are sexy, glammed out and not for the faint of heart!

Have a conservative or new age style that we didn’t mention and think should be posted in our next spotlight? Connect with us on our about us page or comment below!

XO

Katarina

 

The World of Kari Lywood Events

Hello readers!

If you have had the opportunity to visit our blog in the past, we thank you for visiting once again and following us along our journey. If you’re new to our blog – WELCOME! We love when new readers come across our blog and have the chance to explore our business and experiences.

Todays post will take a different approach than others we have written in the past – today, we’d like to tell you about US, and what sets us apart from others within our industry. We’d like to share with you all of the things that make Kari Lywood Events truly unique and why we should be a part of your upcoming event!

Who is Kari Lywood Events?

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Kari Lywood Events is a Toronto based Event Planning boutique, led by owner and principle planner Kari Lywood. With over 10 years of corporate, wedding and social planning experience, Kari Lywood and her team are able to consider your taste, budget, interests and vision and create a smooth and memorable event that both you and your guests will enjoy. Regardless of your event size or budget, our team will work with you to determine the right package to bring your event to life.

Although based out of Toronto, Kari Lywood and her team have been fortunate enough to have travelled internationally to plan and execute events for some high profile clients, including:

Some of our international ventures have also allowed us to host events at:

What types of services do Kari Lywood Events offer?

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We take pride in offering a wide range of services for our clients such as wedding planning and day-of coordination, corporate planning, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, and social planning. Our team has made great connections within the industry and can work with you as a main point of contact and communication for your vendors, assist with your theme and decor, review all vendor contracts, assist with budget planning and management, and be a source of venue/ceremony referrals. We ultimately work FOR you, while working WITH you to ensure all of your wishes are accommodated without the stress of taking on the process yourself.

For photos of events that we have been a part of, visit our website gallery and our Instagram!

What sets the Kari Lywood Events team apart from venue coordinators?

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Ultimately, we work exclusively FOR YOU! Venue coordinators are great contacts that are a part of the process to ensure that the requirements of your contract are met in both a smooth and timely manner from the back end on the day of your event. However, hiring an event coordinator goes much further beyond this. As an event coordinator, we take on the tasks of creating clear communications between all vendors, establishing clear and concise timelines for your day,  and are there by your side every step of the way (literally!). Our responsibility is you and your specific needs and requirements, and are put in a position to make suggestions and changes where needed. Without a coordinator present at your event, you as the host are left to coordinate the fine details on your own when you should be enjoying your day!

What sets your team apart from other event coordinating teams?

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We have passion! And A LOT of it! Our team is not only intelligent within the field, but also diverse in our own specific talents, whether that includes decor and styling or operations and negotiating. Our leader Kari Lywood has brought years of experience to the business and taught our team how to effectively plan and execute events with a certain spark and flavour that can’t be compared to. We are willing to do whatever it takes to ensure our clients enjoy their event and every last detail, hope, and wish is catered to!

I have already planned my event, can I still hire your team?

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Yes! And we highly recommend it! Although your have gone through the process of planning the event and all of the specifics you’d like to see that day, allow our team to join the process and take over to relieve your stresses. Often as the date of the event approaches, stress levels begin to rise because of all of the fine details that need to be confirmed. That is what our team is for! Our coordinators take over all vendor communication for you so you can focus on your own personal preparations, and then we run the show on the day-of! We always tell our clients that the duty of running an event should not be put on a loved one, friend, business partner or colleague, because they too should be enjoying the day. Considering and respecting all of your wishes, our team ensures smooth and seamless delivery so that you don’t have to worry. If you have yet to plan your event, or only have vague ideas, our team of creative minds can help bring together your vision in the best way possible. We are on site hours prior to the start of the event to ensure that all aspects from decor to set-up are running smoothly and coincide with your vision.

How can I get in touch with Kari Lywood Events for my upcoming event?

Feel free to reach out to us via email at hello@karilywoodevents.com or through the contact form below!

 

From our entire team at Kari Lywood Events, we thank you for your continued support over the years as we continue to rapidly expand and grow! We look forward to working with you in the near future and make your dreams come true!

xx,

Stephanie La Civita

Event Stylist and Coordinator with Kari Lywood Events
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The Big Three: Choosing your Venue, Entertainment, and Photographer

Your special day is quickly approaching! In order to make your celebration the most enjoyable and memorable it can be, careful selection of your venue, entertainment, and photographer is essential. We at Kari Lywood Events have put together some key tips to consider when considering the selection of these major vendors.

 

Venue Selection

 

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Keeping in mind your budget, consider venues that speak to your personalities as a couple and those that can accommodate your desires for decor and styling. Are you hosting both your ceremony and reception at the same venue? Are you considering an outdoor wedding?  Will your guest count limit your options? Consider these thoughts while conducting your research.

A good idea when sourcing potential venues is to record all information you are able to obtain in a spreadsheet or powerpoint with photos. This way, when you have looked at multiple venues, you can cross-compare all of the information and eliminate those right away that cannot accommodate your wishes. Be sure to note not only the name and location of the venue, but also its capacity, availability, parking details, catering, facility extras (such as tables, chairs, linens, and A/V equipment), and most importantly, their rates. If possible, save some photos of each so that you are able to better visualize your day. While not all of this information may be available on the venue’s website, reach out via email or phone and gather as much information as possible so that making your decision can be that much easier. It is important to research these key ideas when sourcing out venues so you can begin to consider whether or not the venue can fit into your budget. If the venue has higher rates for the time of year you are considering having your celebration, has an exclusive caterer, or does not provide some of these facility extras, your tab may skyrocket.

Once you have been able to narrow your list down to your favourites and those that best fit your dream, visit them! Explore the grounds and take a tour so you can better visualize your celebration. This is also a great time to gain more insight into specifics for your event by discussing with staff members. Most importantly, go prepared with questions, a camera, and a notebook! Take down all of the information you learn that day so that you can revisit your notes with your fiancée in a few days and make a decision.

 

DJ and Entertainment Selection

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Everyone loves a good celebration! Therefore, the selection of the right DJ or entertainment is crucial. Just like your venue sourcing, spend time doing research and reading testimonials. Reach out to those that interest you and communicate your desires – what type of music you and your fiancĂ©e wish to have played during your celebration. Sometimes, particular DJs or bands are more comfortable or better suited to particular genres, so be sure to discuss this before booking. You’ll also want to consider the duration of their set – will they be playing solely during the entrance and dance time? During your meal? During your ceremony as well? These are all things you will want to discuss with your prospects. Many times, the DJ or entertainment service will offer MC services as well. Inquire about this if you do not want to delegate the task to a family member or friend during your celebration.

 

Photographer Selection

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Finally, one of the most important elements of your special day is the selection and hiring of a photographer and/or videographer. In depth research and careful consideration is essential. Not only will they be responsible for capturing the most special moments of your day, you will want to ensure that their creative eye is in line with your desires. Every photographer is different and specializes in particular areas (detail shots, portraits, etc.). You, as a couple, will want to determine a photography style, set up interviews, and view multiple pieces of work from your prospects. If you desire more candid shots, you’ll want to source a photographer who specializes in documentary versus portraiture, which would entail much more styled shots instead of candid. Meet with those who interest you and request to see their work, asking any questions and addressing any reservations you may have. Most importantly, you’ll want to be sure your personalities mesh! Nothing can bring more tension and stress to your celebration than working with a vendor (especially one who is so critical to the day) who you do not get along with.

 


In considering all of these elements for your special day, it is also worth thinking about hiring a day-of coordinator. At Kari Lywood Events, we offer day-of coordination packages that are designed to alleviate all stress from you as a couple, your friends, and family members on your special day. After all, this IS a celebration! Our coordinators will review your current to-do list, create a detailed itinerary for your wedding day, and communicate with your vendors to share your itinerary and any special instructions you may have! From 14-days prior to your wedding day, our coordinators will be the main point of contact and attend your rehearsal, assisting with on-site coordination. Hiring a day-of coordinator allows you to be confident that each of your guests are having the best time possible, responsibility free, and that you as a couple can celebrate your special day to its fullest extent.

For more information on our packages, visit our website at www.karilywoodevents.com or fill out the form below!

 

 

Written by Stephanie La Civita, Event Coordinator at Kari Lywood Events

 

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!

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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

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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 dĂ©cor, or a standard banquet hall with vintage wood seating. Whatever sort of mixes you’re into.

Home cooked wedding favours

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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

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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

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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

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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).