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6 Products Your Wedding Emergency Makeup Kit Should Hold

Although you are hiring a trusted and professional makeup artist for your big day, chances are they won’t be tagging along for the full ride. What happens if you smudge your makeup or your lips need more colour throughout the day? This is why we recommend putting together a wedding emergency makeup kit for the day-of. You can appoint someone in your bridal party to carry it or give it to your wedding planner if you’ve hired one. Here are 6 products that we highly recommend to store in your wedding emergency makeup kit for your big day:


Top 5 Wedding Planning Myths

1. They Invited You So You Have to Invite Them

Not at all. You should never feel pressured or obligated to invite someone just because they invited you. Maybe their guest count was larger whereas you may want to keep yours small and intimate. Or perhaps you have parted ways since their wedding. Whatever the reason, you should invite people you want to invite because at the end of the day, it’s your wedding and no one else’s! In the event that someone assumes they are invited, it’s crucial to let them know upfront. Your reasons can simply be surrounded by guest or budget constraints. Once again, you should celebrate your special day with the ones you love and are closest to.

2. Wedding Planners Are Too Expensive

A client asked me if wedding planners are expensive and this wasn’t my first time hearing this. With biases set aside, this is a myth. Wedding planners have knowledge of the industry, know vendors that would be the right fit for their clients from both a vision and budget standpoint, negotiate with vendors and often times are able to save you money as you may not likely know how much things cost. Not to mention they are with you every step of the way providing you with tips and tricks, therapy sessions, follow ups and of course, overlooking your entire day. With weddings becoming more extravagant year after year, it takes a large toll on the couple to manage the workload of planning a wedding and at the same time, having to please their family and friends. If you feel that you are overwhelmed, take a look at my services here as I’d be happy to help you through this process of love and celebration.

3. Save Money by Doing it Yourself

Be careful with this one. Why? Well it’s easy to think you can create decor elements yourself, however there’s a lot that goes into it. Let’s take centrepieces as an example. Ask yourself the following questions: how will I source them, where will I store them, how will I transport them, who will set them up, who will take them down, and what am I going to do with them after? In addition, you will have to work even closer with vendors such as your florist to manage the vision whereas you can just leave this up to a vendor to provide the solution. Now imagine if you are having a large wedding. That’s a lot of centrepieces to take care of!

4. Number of Bridesmaids and Groomsmen Need to Match

I’ve had clients where the number of bridesmaids and groomsmen were not equal, and the pictures still looked fabulous! I actually prefer this as it’s a modern twist to the traditional wedding. Let your photographer know beforehand and they will have great ideas on making the photos work. If you’re also worried about the processional, break tradition! You can get creative and breakdown your bridal party into groups. For example, have one groomsmen walk down two bridesmaids or have the bridesmaids walk down separately from the groomsmen. If you are in a situation where you find yourself forcing to find family and friends to include in your bridal party, stop right there as mismatched bridal parties are perfectly common.

5. Fiancé Is Definitely Not Going to Help

The only reason your fiancé is not going to help you is because you’ve decided to take on everything yourself. The best thing to do is ask and split responsibilities based on the things you both enjoy. If you love baking, take on researching for a cake vendor. If your fiancé enjoys booking hotels, let your fiancé manage hotel accommodations for your out-of-town guests. All in all, communication is key and dividing responsibilities from the beginning will help you enjoy the planning aspect for your wedding. If you feel you and your fiancé are disagreeing on a lot of things and really need the extra help, feel free to contact me here and I’d be more than happy to help you plan your special day.


10 Most Common Wedding Planning Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Are you in the process of already planning your wedding? If so, you may be making some of these mistakes already. Take a read below to see if you are and how you can avoid them!


10 Instagram Accounts Every Bride Should Follow

Are you a soon-to-be bride that needs more inspirational help beyond Pinterest? From renowned magazines to hanging florals and luxury cakes, here are my top 10 personal favourite Instagram accounts to follow for all you inspirational needs.


10 Things to Purchase on Amazon for Your Wedding

If you feel like you are running out of time, missing a few key details or simply looking to save some money, here are the 10 things you can purchase on Amazon that will put you at ease.


A Holiday Tablescape for Your Winter Events

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and one way to get into the holiday spirit is to create a festive tablescape for your winter soirée! Inspired by the holidays, SJ Soirée designed a winter holiday tablescape which we hope can bring you inspiration for your winter events such as a bridal shower, an intimate winter engagement dinner, and Christmas parties.


7 Creative Alternative Guestbook Ideas

So you’ve been planning your special day ensuring that it fits yours and your partner’s personality and unique style. You’ve figured out all the big items like your cake, decor and entertainment. Now what? Its time to start considering the smaller items to check off on your to-do list which includes……(*insert drumroll*)……..your guestbook!


5 Wedding Trends We Predict for 2019!

1. Greenery, and Lots of It

Did you catch a glimpse of towering trees, natural runners or overflowing foliage in the GTA this wedding season?

Bringing the outdoors in was a dominant decor trend this year and it’s here to stay as the 2019 season gradually approaches us. From aisles and altars to bouquets and centrepieces, greenery truly provided variety and texture to the traditional floral arrangements we’ve seen over the years. The seeded eucalyptus and Italian ruscus were a few greenery favourites and it’s said to be that other forms of greenery, such as plants and herbs will flourish for the new season.

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