Wedding Resources, Tips & Best Practices

Useful wedding resources and blog posts about planning, coordinating and managing weddings by Simply Elegant in Calgary, Alberta.

Why Hire a Wedding Planner?

Why Hire a Wedding Planner?

By now, like everyone else, you’ve probably seen the film Crazy Rich Asians – if you haven’t…better go. The wedding scene is unbelievable! Spoiler alert - there’s a stream flowing through the church, which has been decorated to look like a rice paddy in the evening –...

Multicultural weddings: navigating contemporary cultural weddings

Multicultural weddings: navigating contemporary cultural weddings

In a multicultural community such as we find in Canada, it is more and more common to find multicultural weddings that represent a broad cross section of cultures, ethnicity and traditions. Mixed marriages are common today. Many young couples today want to honor their...

Wedding Tips for the Bride

Wedding Tips for the Bride

When bad weddings happen to good brides, it often comes down to the wedding planning. Many brides vastly underestimate the time it will take to plan and execute their wedding, which can lead to all kinds of stress, conflict, and additional costs. In fact, the average...

Garter Toss Ideas & Garter Games

Garter Toss Ideas & Garter Games

Your wedding is a very special day in your life and while you’re making your wedding plans let’s not forget about wedding flowers and planning the wedding reception. For most guests at a wedding, the bouquet and garter toss can be the best part—especially if some of...

Wedding Catering Styles for Wedding Receptions

Wedding Catering Styles for Wedding Receptions

Every wedding catering project is different, but the one thing that is always a critical factor to the success of the following reception is the catering of the food and beverages. In this short guide we cover most common wedding catering styles. Run out of food and...

Spring Wedding Inspiration

Spring Wedding Inspiration

Planning a spring wedding can be an exciting experience. Spring often brings with it the best weather all year long in some people’s minds. This tends to make people feel more creative and lends itself to some excellent wedding planning. Spring colour scheme The...

Wedding Planning Tips

Wedding Planning Tips

The ring is on your finger, the date is set, and you've found the perfect wedding planner for your event. What comes next? In this post we'll cover the top wedding planning tips. There are a few things every bride to be should keep in mind when planning her wedding,...

Wedding Planning for the Groom and Bride

Wedding Planning for the Groom and Bride

An interesting trend is starting to emerge in weddings. Once strictly a bride’s domain, wedding planning is increasingly involving both the groom and bride. In fact, according to Bridal Guide Magazine, more than 80 per cent of grooms are involved to varying degrees in...

The Engagement Rings: How to Choose the Right One

The Engagement Rings: How to Choose the Right One

You’ve got your plan of action on how and when to pop the big question. Now it’s time to think about the engagement ring. It's possible your bride-to-be (don’t faint - that's what she'll become!) has dropped many hints about what type of engagement ring she wants. How...

Summer Wedding Ideas and Trends

Summer Wedding Ideas and Trends

June is the most popular months for a summer wedding to take place. Many women grow up dreaming about being a June bride. With so many options available for summertime weddings, summer wedding trends are changing every year. This year’s summer wedding trends include...

Wedding Planning Timeline (12 months)

You’re getting married next summer. Think it’s a little early to plan your perfect wedding? Think again. Venues and caterers are already booking up. But before you charge out to book a hall, order flowers and create the ultimate in wedding menus, we suggest you sit...

Green Wedding Planning Tips

Many eco-conscious couples are opting for green weddings, reflecting their love for each other and for this beautiful blue planet we call earth. A green wedding is a statement about who you are and the values you will share as a couple. A green wedding can also add...

Winter Wedding Ideas

Winter Wedding Ideas

When it comes to planning a wedding there is a lot involved, especially when you're planning a wedding in the winter. In this article we'll share some of the most creative winter wedding ideas we came across. It has been rated as one of the most stressful and one of...

Tips on Picking Your Wedding Planner

A professional can help you plan every aspect of your wedding or just certain aspects of it. Before searching for one decide how much help you are looking for. You should take your budget into consideration when making this decision because it will cost you more to...

Small Wedding Ideas

There are cases when a bride and groom decide they would like a smaller wedding that includes only their closest friends and family. While there are many reasons for this decision, the most common one is a small budget, but this does not mean they can get out of...

Named Wedding Tables

If you think plain old numbers are kind of boring, ask your wedding planner about giving your wedding tables distinctive names instead. Borrow an idea that high end hotels have been using for years. By naming their rooms after cities or presidents, they make them...

Ways to Save Money with a Wedding Planner

Wedding planning is such an exciting time, filled with love, anticipation, financial stress, endless planning, coordination, more stress... Yikes. Sadly, due to the laundry list of demands brides-to-be deal with, anxiety can leave you wanting to ditch your "dream...

Ten Great Marriage Proposal Ideas

It’s not always easy, but it’s worth the time it takes to think of the perfect marriage proposal. We thought we’d give you a few ideas to kick start brainstorming process for this ultra romantic and memorable occasion.  Some are for women who would prefer something...

Visual Fall Wedding Ideas

Fall weddings are a lot of fun! Yes, it gets colder, yes the leaves start to fall. But it's your special day! Does it matter when it happens? No. So, if you're planning a fall wedding next year or looking for ideas to polish up your late fall wedding this year, these...

8 Tips for Choosing Wedding Flowers by the Season

8 Tips for Choosing Wedding Flowers by the Season

Every season offers a unique backdrop for a wedding ceremony. Picturesque scenes and memorable moments are in the eye of the beholder, so every season is perfect for a bride and groom to walk down the aisle. Letting the experts help you choose the right flower for the...

7 Creative Ways to Personalizing Your Wedding

Pictures speak a thousand words. In the past, wedding magazines were the traditional “go to” resource for wedding ideas with reception decor being one of the most-searched categories. While the method has changed from printed magazines to online searches, today’s...

Wedding Corsages: Past, Present and the Future

Wedding Corsages: Past, Present and the Future

If the word corsage brings to mind huge bulbs sitting on a scratchy wristband that turns and twists all night long, you’re not alone. That was what the trend was years ago. It was a piece that was given by smitten teens on their way to the prom or worn by your...

New Wedding Trends for 2016 – 2017

Written by guest blogger Naomi Shaw Weddings are ever-changing with new trends constantly emerging. While princess-like wedding dresses, identically dressed bridesmaids and tiered wedding cakes are tradition, 2016 and 2017 bring a whole new crop of trends that any...

Budgeting a Canadian Wedding

One of the largest checks that you’ll be able to cut on your wedding day will be the cost of the wedding catering. Food and beverages can definitely eat up the budget and usually accounts for about 40 to 50 percent of the entire wedding budget. It’s quite unbelievable...

5 Wedding Planning MUST-haves

Wedding is an important moment in the life of a woman. Who wouldn’t like to be a perfect bride and have a perfect wedding? Your wedding day is a very memorable day that you may treasure for the rest of your life. It is a very special moment that most of women would...