Currently Inspired by: Edition 08

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Currently Inspired by: Edition 08

Inspiration is in the air this month! One stunning wedding after another has us swimming in pretty, and we couldn't be happier about it. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing the weddings we have designed over many months unfold in front of our eyes. Take a scroll to see a few trends we are absolutely loving this summer.

Colour (and LOTS of it!)
Colour has been making a comeback for awhile but neutral weddings with monochromatic themes are still all the rage, so nothing makes us happier than couples who want to go full blown colour. It's so much fun and a such a treat for the eyes.

Source: French Kiss Events

Source: French Kiss Events

Source: Inspiredbythis.com

Source: Inspiredbythis.com

Circle Installations
Who said backdrops have to be square?! We are obsessed with these decorative hoop installations that make any space pop.

Source: Brides.com

Source: Brides.com

Source: Mywedding.com

Source: Mywedding.com

Marble Decor
A few of our brides are using some marble accents in their decor this season, which we absolute love! It's such a subtle yet classy element to add another unique layer to your wedding design. 

Source: Modernwedding.com

Source: Modernwedding.com

Source: Magnoliarouge.com

Source: Magnoliarouge.com

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Our Guilty Pleasures: Edition 08

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Our Guilty Pleasures: Edition 08

Oh hey there July!! Aren't you looking fabulous so far?! One of our absolute favourite months because it means sun, shorts, and so many gorgeous summer weddings! We have already done some stunner weddings so far that we can't wait to share with you on the blog... In the meantime, here are some of our summer favourites!

Summer Staple

Must See Movie of the Month

Ice Cream Flavour of Choice

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Planning Tips: Behind the Bar

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Planning Tips: Behind the Bar

Let's talk about booze! Most people love a drink... or 6 every now and then!  But bar service can be an overwhelming topic for many of our couples. How much should they provide? What sort of drinks do they need to offer? Do they need a signature drink? The questions go on and on... So we thought it would be a great idea to help break it down for you, so there is no need to stress.

Photography: The Nickersons  |  Planning: French Kiss Events

Photography: The Nickersons  |  Planning: French Kiss Events

What to Offer?
A lot of the time what you want to offer to your guests depends on where you are having the wedding and how much you can afford. If it is an outdoor tented wedding for example, we tend to err on the side of simplicity. No need to offer "apple martini's with a twist on the rocks" in that situation (or any situation really!).  It is absolutely acceptable to only offer beer and wine to your guests if you want to keep it simple. They should be happy to have an open bar anyway! Offering one or two signature drinks is also a great choice if you want to offer spirits in a more cost-effective way.  Remember that you are welcome to completely customize your bar service to suit your yourselves, your venue, and your guests. Most venues are happy to be flexible to your level of bar service as well, whether you want top shelf or just beer and wine. 

Photography: Erich McVey  |  Planning: French Kiss Events

Photography: Erich McVey  |  Planning: French Kiss Events

How Much?
We find that it is super helpful to think of your bar service in zones: Cocktail reception, Dinner, and Post-dinner Party, are the 3 most common. You can offer different levels of bar service for each, with the most important thing being to make sure that whatever you are offering, is clear to your guests.   A typical wedding would expect approximately 6 drinks per person throughout the celebration, with 2 drinks per guest per zone.  So for example, Cocktail hour you could offer a glass of passed champagne and the rest of your portions would be split between beer and wine. Dinner is often wine service at the tables, and then the Post-dinner Party could be some more wine, beer, and add spirits if you so choose.

Photography: Ameris  |  Planning: French Kiss Events

Photography: Ameris  |  Planning: French Kiss Events

Photography: Ameris |  Planning: French Kiss Events

Photography: Ameris |  Planning: French Kiss Events

To calculate the amount you need you should remember:
- 750 mL bottle of wine = 5 glasses
- 750 mL bottle of champagne = 6 flutes
- 750 mL bottle of spirits = 17 drinks
- 1.14 L bottle of spirits = 25 drinks

It is always best to over-purchase your amounts to make sure you don't run out, because you can return any unused/unopened bottles as long as you keep the receipts!

Photography: Ameris  |  Planning: French Kiss Events

Photography: Ameris  |  Planning: French Kiss Events

Photography: Ameris

Photography: Ameris

Photography: Ameris

Photography: Ameris

More Helpful Bar Tips:

  • Use a fancier bottle of wine for your dinner table wines, and a house wine for behind the bar.
  • Purchase a beer keg to save on recycling and get more bang for your buck!
  • Hire your bartender through your caterer to keep everything streamlined. If the bar get's busy then servers can step in and vice versa.
  • No need to put out a tip jar for your bartender, as you will be tipping your service staff through your caterer's service fee already.
  • Ask your venue to notify you when the bar bill reaches a certain amount to avoid any surprises!
  • Offer lots of water and non-alcoholic drinks as well.
  • Keep your guests fed! A late night snack is a great idea to prevent overindulgence and soak up some of that booze.
  • Make sure someone is in charge of bringing the ice, there is nothing worse than warm beer.
  • Don't forget about recycling! Especially if it is an outdoor wedding, make sure there are recycling bins so that nothing gets left behind.
Photography: Christie Graham |  Planning: French Kiss Events

Photography: Christie Graham |  Planning: French Kiss Events

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Currently Inspired by: Edition 07

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Currently Inspired by: Edition 07

We could not be happier to be jumping full swing into the summer season! Which means strappy sandals, beachy dresses, and floppy hats! But it also means we are loving the al fresco dining vibes! Aka a wedding season full of outdoor dining, farm to table menus, and eclectic decor. All of which are reflected in our currently inspired by items below. Take a scroll to see what we are drawn to at the moment.

Aztec Patterns
We are absolutely loving this bold and playful look lately. Aztec patterns are a great way to play with shapes and pops of colours to make your table settings look anything but boring!

Source: Burnetts Boards / Photography: Tyler Rye Photography

Source: Burnetts Boards / Photography: Tyler Rye Photography

Source: Junebug Weddings / Photography:  Geoff Duncan Photography

Source: Junebug Weddings / Photography:  Geoff Duncan Photography

Playful Napkin Folds
We have been experimenting with our napkin folds at events lately, and have been adoring the results! You don't even need to "fold" napkins, try tying them in a knot or rolling them into a cylinder.

Source: Crate & Barrel Blog

Source: Crate & Barrel Blog

Source: Apartment34

Source: Apartment34

Abstract Cakes
Why not think about your wedding cake as a piece of art?! These totally unique and fun abstract style cakes are definitely catching our eye lately. A delicious masterpiece!

Cake by: Nevie-Pie Cakes / Photography: Ellie Gillard Photography

Cake by: Nevie-Pie Cakes / Photography: Ellie Gillard Photography

Cake by: Jessica Cooper Photography / Photography by:  Nutmeg Cake Design

Cake by: Jessica Cooper Photography / Photography by:  Nutmeg Cake Design

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Our Guilty Pleasures: Edition 07

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Our Guilty Pleasures: Edition 07

HELLO JUNE!! We couldn't be happier to see you, and can't wait for all the fun that is lying ahead!  The FKE wedding season gets officially underway this month, and we also have a birthday in the office to celebrate (we're talking about you Laura!).  And with the summer weather here, and the shorts & dresses pulled out of the back of the closet, we are ready to tackle this month with gusto!  What are your plans for June?  Anything exciting on the horizon?  We'd love to hear, so leave us a note in the comments.  And as per usual, here are some of things that are currently on our minds as of late...

Warm Weather Thirst Quencher: 

Current Netflix Binge: 

Summer Road Trip Destination

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