Wills + Kate Tie the Royal Knot

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There was an awful lot of hype about The Royal Wedding, and I personally think that Wills & Kate (or the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge) did not disappoint. From the dress to the flowers to the bridal party, everything appeared to have Kate’s simple and elegant touch.

Pippa Middleton Wedding DressThe dress was designed by Sarah Burton, for Alexander McQueen and was absolutely lovely. Being married in such a grand venue as Westminster Abbey requires a larger dress than I’m sure Kate actually wanted. But her dress was grand enough without swallowing her in fabric and layers.  The style itself was very similar to that of Grace Kelly’s dress, but that just goes to show how classic and timeless the look is.

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I absolutely LOVED Kate’s simple veil. It was not cathedral length, as some had speculated. It was simple and delicate, having only one layer which lightly covered her face and her beautiful Royal tiara.

Pippa Middleton Royal Wedding

For me personally, I would have to say that the “WOW” factor came upon seeing Pippa Middleton’s Maid of Honour dress. First of all, she could wear a burlap sack and still look amazing with a figure like that!! But this silhouette hugged her body perfectly without straying away from the restrictions of a royal dress (no excessive skin, sleeves, etc.) Dare I say that she almost outshone her sister?

Here is another view of the back of this amazing dress:

Pippa Middleton DressAnother highlight of this wedding for me was the sincere smiles on William and Kate’s faces. They were beaming (as much as royal decorum allows) the entire day and you could see them trying to hold back a little. It is always wonderful to see people who are truly in love with each other!

William and Catherine Duke and Duchess of CambridgeAlthough if I have to give this wedding one critique, it would have to be the long-awaited kiss.  Albeit, they did kiss twice, but only because the first kiss was, well, quick and almost dismissive (in my opinion). Considering they had been practicing the kiss in order for photographers to capture the perfect angle, they really didn’t hold it long enough! But, then there was a second kiss, and all was forgiven!

Wills and Kate Balcony KissAnd how cute (and normal!) is this? Prince William driving his new bride, complete with balloons tied to the rear bumper.

William and Kate Wedding Car

(photo courtesy of Reuters)

A “Wedding of the Century” indeed!

 

 

(all photos courtesy of Time unless otherwise indicated).

British Invasion – Inspiration

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Just out of curiousity, I decided to Google “The Royal Wedding” to see what would come up. There were 37,800,000 results! (found in 0.21 seconds, in case you’re wondering.)

In light of all of this Royal-hulabaloo, I decided to do a blog post about a British-themed wedding.

For a more traditional British wedding, how about an afternoon tea: different flavoured teas served in mismatched china teacups, with scones, clotted cream and other sweets.  Tea-length dresses for the ladies, and light pastels with Wedgewood accents for the decor.  And don’t forget your lovely hats and hair fascinators, or even throw on a tiara! (Just don’t upstage the Bride!)

Afternoon High Tea Wedding{ bridesmaid dress: limelight occasions | bridal dress: i wedding dresses | bouquet: a dozen roses  | cameo: designs by jocelyn, etsy | cake: la petite coquin | teacups: royal doulton | shoes: Manolo Blahnik | hair fascinator: monsoon | hats: mother of the bride }

For a more modern twist on a British wedding, how about paper cones of “chips” (French Fries) with a variety of dipping sauces? Or have a Draught & Ale tasting? Dig into Britain’s modern pub culture and see what you can come up with. Either way, I’m sure your guests won’t soon forget it!

London Wedding Inspiration{ pennants: zigzag bunting | pillows: slater sparke | bus photo: luella’s boudoir | cake: ozcake | bouquet: butterfly village | invitations: wedding design anarchy }

Also, if you are looking for a fun and unique way to partake in the historic day, check out the Edmonton Exclusive Royal Wedding Celebration. This is a wonderful event put on by local wedding planners and wedding vendors.  Tickets are $40, with all of the proceeds going to The Stollery Children’s Hospital and the Edmonton Food Bank.  The price includes breakfast and a High Tea.

Official Launch of Our Website

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I am very excited to announce the official launch of the Sweet Bliss Weddings website!

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We have already had such a wonderful response from people and vendors all over Edmonton and Canada, and I am truly touched by the wonderful comments and referals we have received so far.

Please visit our new website, www.sweetblissweddings.ca and also don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook, and to follow us on Twitter. You can also subscribe to this blog feed by clicking here.

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Here’s looking forward to the start of a wonderful and exciting 2011 Wedding Season!

** Special thanks to my wonderful & amazing husband, Adam, for building this website for me. I promised that I would give him a “shout out”, and I always fulfill my promises! :) **

Sweet Candy Buffets

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Ah, the candy buffet. One of my personal favourite things to see at a wedding reception. Not only are Candy Buffets always a crowd pleaser with adults and children alike, but they can also act as a very affordable alternative to a wedding favour.

It was once thought that the Candy Buffet was a pasing trend; however, this does not appear to be the case. Candy Buffets are being seen with more freqnecy at weddings and the trend doesn’t look like it will end any time soon.

A Candy Buffet can really be whatever you want it to be: large, small, multi-colored, or matching to your wedding theme. You can let your imagination (and your taste buds!) run wild!

Here are a few examples:

Bunting Birthday Candy Bar

Baby Shower Sweet Table

Modern Candy Bar Or how about using candy as a centerpiece for an informal wedding?:

Child Birthday Lollopop Centerpieces

Childish Wedding FavorsOr how about having a Sweets Table, with cakes and other treats:

Wedding Sweet Table

{For a sweet table, look for items like: cake pops, mini cupcakes, dessert squares, meringues, French macaroons, etc.}

Here are some of my tips and tricks for making your own Candy Buffet:

1) Get a variety of different glass containers for your candy. The more dissimilar they are, the better they will look all displayed together. Check Ikea, JYSK or even your local thrift shop for old glass vases and bowls. Or, if you have some time until your wedding, make sure to check out Winners and Homesense regularly. You can often find some wonderful glass containers (with or without lids) in their clearance section. They also have a great variety of glass containers and jars regularly.

2) Bulk Barn will be your best friend!! They have a huge selection of different candies, even some from Britain or America that you won’t find anywhere else in Canada. You can also try to colour match the candy to your wedding colours. If you’re not fortunate enough to have a Bulk Barn in your city, then hit up the bulk section of your local super market, or check Costco for larger quantities of your favourite candies.

3) Be careful if ordering candy online. This isn’t because of damage or melting (reputable candy suppliers will ship chocolates with ice packs to prevent the items from melting), but mainly because of shipping and customs fees. For those of us North of the border, ordering candy online from the States just isn’t a cost-effective option as the shipping is often more than your order total.  Some candies also cannot be shipped to Canada for customs reasons.

4) Please do not forget to buy scoops & tongs for the candy. I cannot stress this enough!! (Picture this: Half-drunk Mr. x goes to the washroom, but forgets to wash his hands…THEN proceeds to dig into the M&M’s you have in your candy bowl. Icky!!) Check the dollar stores for scoops and tongs (olive tongs work well), or you can order various sizes online from Hendrix Restaurant Equipment for a very reasonable price.

5) Have a container for guests to scoop their treats into. You can order cute little Chinese take-out boxes online, or you can provide them with little organza or decorative plastic bags. If you need something more economical, head to a wholesale store (like Great Canadian Wholesale or The Grocery People) and pick up some small paper bags. They are available in white. You can then add a decorative label with your names and date of your wedding, or you can have a rubber stamp made (very inexpensive!) and stamp each bag.

6) Buy enough candy so that each container looks full.  Nothing looks worse than setting up an amazing Candy Buffet, only for it to look already picked-over at the beginning of the night! Some places will tell you to buy x many pounds of candy per x amount of guests, but I found that this is not a very reliable form of measurement.  There’s no problem with over-buying. If you leave the Candy Buffet out for the entire duration of the reception, you will find that a lot of guests will graze the table for candy during the dance. Ask someone to refill the candy, if necessary, during the night. You won’t have much (if any) left over!

7) Give the Candy Buffet table a bit of extra decoration. Buy some fabric to match your theme and use it as a backdrop and/or table cloth. Decorate your jars with ribbon and add a sign for each so that guests know what sort of candy it is.

(NOTE: When selecting your candy, be very aware of guests who have peanut allergies. If you have diabetic guests, try to provide some sugar-free options and label the candy as such. Your attention to detail will be VERY much appreciated!)

Great Candies for a Candy Buffet:

  • jelly beans
  • M&Ms / Smarties
  • salt water taffy
  • Cadbury Mini Eggs (if you’re getting married in the Spring, you can find large bags at Costco)
  • old fashioned lollipops and candy sticks
  • rock candy
  • gummies (remember to provide tongs!)
  • chocolate covered almonds
  • candy corn (would be fun for an autumn wedding!)
  • lemon drops
  • candy necklaces

(Try to avoid gum. Most venues will not appreciate it when little children leave gum all over the place!)

Overall, a Candy Buffet will only cost you around $200 – $400 depending on the style and quantity, which makes it a great addition to any wedding. Your guests will love it…and you may just find yourself grazing at the Candy Table too!

How I Became a Wedding Planner

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I thought it may be neat to share the story of how I became a Wedding Planner.

It all started with my own wedding, which I immediately started planning as soon as my husband popped the question!

I always had a LOVE for weddings! When I was little, I would take the tablecloth off of our coffee table and grab the fake flowers out of one of my mom’s vases and play “Bride” all day long! Then as I got older, I used to buy Bridal magazines and cut out ideas and pictures that I loved and stuck them all in a scrapbook. So I had a few volumes of “wedding ideas” already at my fingertips when it actually came around to planning my own special day! :)

For the most part, I knew what I wanted and who I wanted when it came to my wedding. I already knew that I wanted cupcakes instead of a wedding cake. I knew who my DJ and hair and make-up stylist was going to be. I knew what theme I wanted to incorporate and which vendors in my area could help me realize that vision.  I think I had about 70% of my whole wedding planned (in my head) about 24 hours after I said “yes”.

But, this is certainly not an example of a “typical” wedding planning process!! Now that I think about it, it was as if I had been planning for my future wedding (and career!) years ago without even realizing it! So when I walked through the doors of my first WPIC certification course, a feeling came over me – I was where I was meant to be. It was such a wonderful epiphany and I embraced it without question!

I know, I know…kinda cheesy, right? But it’s all true! I swear!

It’s only fitting that I should leave this blog post with a couple of photos from my own wedding. So here you go:

Tiffany Blue Wedding

Tiffany Blue Wedding - Edmonton Wedding Coordinator

Tiffany Blue Wedding Cupcakes

Photos by Sarah Mavro Photography

Welcome!

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Hello there! Welcome to Sweet Bliss Weddings. This is my blog, where you will find wedding and event planning and ideas and inspiration, as well as new and upcoming trends for products and weddings.

Allow me to introduce myself: My name is Christina Frizzell and I am a professional Wedding Planner, having been certified by the Wedding Planners Institute of Canada (WPIC) and the Gay Wedding Institute (GWI).

I offer a variety of wedding planning services from full wedding planner, to partial and wedding day coordination. And for those who are planning their wedding themselves, I also offer hourly consultations if you hit a road block or just need some professional advice on how to proceed.

Wedding Planners are wedding experts. Wedding Planners are etiquette experts. But most of all, we are your most valuable resource when it comes to planning your special day!

Please sit back, relax and enjoy the blog. Comments and topic suggestions are always welcome!

Love and laughter,

Christina Frizzell, B.A., WPIC, GWIC