Wedding Flower Girls 101

Planning a wedding means making many choices. One such decision is whether to include a flower girl and/or ring bearer in your wedding party. To help you make a decision, we’ve compiled a lot of great information here about what flower girls actually do – aside from looking adorable – and ways to incorporate them in all the festivities.

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  • A flower girl is usually a young girl between the ages of four and eight, who has a special connection to the bride and groom. She might be a niece or cousin or younger sister. During the ceremony, she follows behind the bridesmaids with either a bouquet, pomander (lush ball of flowers) or basket of petals, which she can scatter as she walks down the aisle, or she can also blow bubbles (a more modern touch).
  • If deciding whom to choose as flower girl is difficult, or you have a couple of nieces who could do the job, there’s no reason you can’t have two flower girls. Partnering will also give the girls added confidence. But make sure you don’t choose your friend’s two-year-old. She might be adorable, but the chances of her following directions are slim to none. She might also get scared and scream for her mother just as she gets halfway down the aisle. A girl who is typically too old would be better suited for another duty during the ceremony, such as reading a poem.
  • Make sure you include your flower girl in the fun before the wedding. Let her come and look at dresses, maybe even try some on to see what she likes and what she will feel comfortable wearing. Invite her to the shower and even bring her along for some of the primping by getting her own manicure or pedicure!
  • Speaking of dresses, what should she wear? A flower girl often dons a mini-version of the bride’s dress or at least a white, tea-length dress. You can find flower girl dresses at most bridal stores but they will not be cheap. As an alternative, you might find some great dresses at higher end department stores. If you order a dress on-line make sure you get it in plenty of time to make alterations.
  • Practice makes perfect. Well, it might at least alleviate some of the nerves as she attempts to walk down the aisle on your wedding day. Your flower girl should be at your rehearsal and you might need to practice her entrance a few times until she gets it just right. And, of course, make sure she’s invited to the rehearsal dinner.

Even with all the planning in the world, there’s still the chance that something might not go as planned. The flower girl is, after all, very young. No matter what happens, your guests will adore her and she will feel special because you’ve included her in such an important day.


Patti Wallington is the premiere wedding planner in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Please enjoy reading this blog and the others we have listed. We offer a full slate of wedding services for Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake to both Niagara couples and those who live out of town.


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Relaxing Before your Niagara Falls Wedding Day

Your Niagara Falls wedding day is nearly here and you’re starting to feel panicked and a little on edge. Don’t. You won’t want to feel stressed and harried on your glorious wedding day in Niagara Falls or Niagara-on-the-Lake. You want to be refreshed and relaxed and ready to enjoy every minute of it. Here are some tips on relaxing before your Niagara Falls wedding day!

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Plan Ahead

Especially if you know you’re going to be a bride who’s on edge the day before your wedding, make sure you have taken the time to plan ahead. Don’t leave many details to the end and don’t fill your schedule in the days prior to your wedding day with non-stop parties. Perhaps it would be a good idea to hold your rehearsal dinner two nights before the wedding and leave the night before empty – for relaxing.

Ask For Help

Ask your bridal party and those closest to you for help with the last minute running around for your wedding. You don’t need to call the caterer with a quick question or run around yourself delivering welcome bags to your guests’ Niagara Falls hotel rooms. Have someone else do that for you while you do something else – or nothing.

Do Nothing

If you can handle sitting around with a good book, watching your favourite romcom or doing nothing at all, then by all means. You will have done a lot of planning and work up until this day, and your wedding day will be a full day, both emotionally and physically. Allow yourself to relax and do nothing the day before your wedding.

Indulge Yourself

Many brides will treat themselves to a spa day or some sort of pampering the day before the wedding. It’s a great way to release any tension you might be feeling, and it will leave you refreshed and relaxed for the next day. You can go alone or with your bridesmaids for some extra female bonding.

Hit the Pavement

If you’re a runner or you enjoy swimming or biking, then working up a sweat is a great way to relieve stress. It’s a great time to be alone by yourself and with your thoughts.

Plan an Activity

If you like to keep busy, plan an outing with your future husband or with your bridesmaids. Even if you’ve lived in Niagara Falls or Niagara-on-the-Lake your entire life, maybe you’ve never done the Journey Behind the Falls or taken in the Butterfly Conservatory. Or maybe you want to see a new movie? Take some time off to have fun!

Get Plenty of Rest

While it will certainly be difficult to unwind entirely the night before your wedding day, make sure you go to bed at a decent time so you’re at least resting. If there are many guests visiting at your mom’s house, consider staying the night before your wedding in a hotel by yourself or with a couple of your besties. You can watch a great movie on TV, take a dip in the hot tub or pool and be in bed at a good time.


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Niagara Falls Wedding Themes

Maybe you’ve always dreamed about being a princess, or you adore the colour pink. Perhaps you really enjoy event planning and want to host a party everyone will talk about for years to come. Or maybe you just think it makes sense. Whatever the reason, planning your wedding around a central theme is a great idea. Not only will the entire day flow, your guests will be intrigued and impressed by the thought you put into your day and the excitement you had for it during the planning process. Really, anything goes. But if you are having a hard time deciding on a great Niagara Falls wedding themes, we have some ideas to get you started.

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The vintage wedding trend is still going strong, which is something that feels so romantic about adding old items to your big day. And the vintage frames and suitcases will breakout! Timeless pieces can make a wedding classic yet fresh and modern, and not too ” theme-y”. Think old leather, heavy damask textures, pinstripes and ribbon. You should also have stunning photography, a dramatic lighting and shadows, a vintage-y location, everything should be classic!

Do you love the idea of vintage weddings? Is the Victorian era your personal favorite?

Let’s plan a wedding with elegance and nostalgic fun. Victorian weddings are a wonderful choice for a garden wedding. Serve up some crumpets, tea, and old world charm with this Victorian garden theme. When planning Victorian weddings, you’ll want to find a suitable garden setting such as a large backyard, park or pavilion area. If you can’t have it outside, choose a Victorian style mansion, Inn, or church with a view of beautiful gardens and an elegant long veranda that allows guests to “stroll” about.

For the decor, choose pieces that are elegant and classy looking. Keep in mind that Victorian style tends toward the frilly and feminine. Patterns, which often include floral designs, are used heavily. Fabrics are often velvets, damasks and needlepoints, and the most popular colors include eggplant, bottle-green and red.

Fairy Tale Wedding

This is the most obvious theme you can explore. Not only can you select a princess-style gown complete with tiara, you can really delve into this motif. Arrive at the ceremony in a horse-drawn carriage, treat your guests to a chocolate fondue fountain at the reception, rent crystal classes and fine china for your meal and serve a cake fit for a king and queen for dessert.

Contemporary Wedding

Are you attracted to what is chic and minimalist? Then this is the party for you. Your wedding attire will be trendy. Get creative with a modern colour scheme, such as grey. The cake will be the showpiece of the reception. And you will certainly be able to expand this idea to your hors d’oeuvres and wedding meal, selecting the latest in haute cuisine.

Vineyard Wedding

For anyone getting married in Niagara, this is a beautiful idea. Say your vows surrounded by a vineyard. The photos will be timeless. Provide a wine sampling before dinner or, if possible, have the winery give your guests a tour of the facilities. Your décor can include table settings of grapes, and your cake can include a cascading vine in its decoration. The ideas are limitless.

Beach Wedding

If you can’t get to the Caribbean, why not use tropical colours and ideas to transport your guests to the sunny south? Select vibrant blues and hot pinks for your wedding party, invitations and reception décor. For the couple to kiss, have guests write out messages for a bottle, which can be collected and given to the couple post-wedding as a souvenir of the day. If you want to go with a subtler motif, move to a colour scheme of deep-sea blues or emerald greens, and use complimentary hues, or shell-themed décor.

Most couples choose this wedding theme for its laid back and peaceful atmosphere. There are a lot of beautiful beaches in the Philippines where you can hold your beach wedding. You can opt for a church ceremony +  beach reception or a beach ceremony + beach reception which is kinda cool and romantic most especially if you are having a sunset or sunrise beach wedding.
Other people who don’t have the luxury of time to plan an out-of-town beach wedding can also bring the beach to their venue of choice (garden or indoor) by incorporating beach or ocean-related decors to their reception venue.

For the color motif, you can start with a base color such as a deep-sea blue, light emerald-green, or a medium blue. From there, you can combine any other sort of color for accents. For example, use a colorful fish to get some ideas or perhaps check out what colors are found on coral reefs.

The beautiful colors of the huge variety of ocean fish, the coral reefs, and other sea creatures can be breathtaking, so incorporate them into your wedding stationary and decorations. An interesting idea to use as an ice-breaker at guest tables is to research facts about the major oceans and seas. Print various facts about each body of water and make enough copies of each fact card for each guest table.

However there are many other considerations you will need to take into account when planning this type of wedding like the time of day do you wish to have your wedding, tide schedule, type of weather that normally occurs around your wedding date, facilities nearby that you can use to continue with your wedding festivities should it rain.
Either way, beach weddings can be very romantic and memorable for both the wedding couple and the guests. Just be sure to plan well for all possibilities ahead of time and you should have a wonderfully romantic wedding day.

Holiday Themes

This is one of the easiest themes to carry out. For Valentine’s Day, drape everything in red; if you’re marrying around Thanksgiving, you will have access to glorious reds, oranges, yellows and browns. A winter wedding has a timeless and classic element to it, and you can incorporate unique flowers such as amaryllis and poinsettia, into your bouquets, as well as use ice sculptures and snowflake designs.


There is something classic and charming about the farm. Your guests will love being outdoors, dining where they can hear crickets and the calls of wildlife. Find an updated barn to hold your reception and create a rustic wonderland, giving your guests the illusion of being in a simpler time. You might even be able to arrange hayrides for the adventurous.

Do you want a country-style wedding with rusticity and charm by the bucketful? Envisioning a glorious ride for two around the hayfield? See yourself gliding down the aisle in a fresh-as-summer cotton eyelet gown?

If you crave an atmosphere of relaxation, simplicity, and rustic charm, consider unusual country weddings with old-fashioned country-style. Country theme weddings can transport you and your guests to a simpler time, if only for a moment. For your color motif, start with a palette of earthy tones: yellows and golds, tans and umbers, sage and russet, celadon and cinnamon.

For unusual country weddings consider unique favors. Your guests will be honored to receive handmade, country-style favors. Small jars of home-canned jams or jellies, with pinked squares of calico fabric tied around the tops with ribbons, would be treasured. Your homemade labels could include a “thank you” to the recipient for sharing your special day. If you’re not comfortable with canning, fill the jars with lemonade mix, hot cocoa mix or coffee beans instead.


When you think of the tropics, what comes to mind are warm, sandy beaches, sunshine and blue-green waters. Other icons of the tropics encompass flowers such as orchids, hibiscus and exotic lilies; palm trees; conch shells; and luaus. Each of the different tropical islands in the world have their own cultural traditions and customs that make their weddings unique and very interesting and you can find pages on the internet relating to the wedding traditions of the different islands.



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Wedding Bridesmaids Gowns 2016

After the wedding gown, what the bridesmaids wear is the most important clothing decision that needs to be made. Finding the right wedding bridesmaids gowns is even more important than what your groom wears! And while bridesmaid gowns used to be the type of dress you would only wear once, there are now so many wonderful options for ladies getting married in Niagara Falls or Niagara-on-the-Lake. We’ve compiled a list of the latest bridesmaid wedding gown trends to help you make your decision.

Mismatched Gowns

  • This is the hottest trend right now. Select gowns that are different to suit the personality of each of your bridesmaids.
  • Another idea that is simply stunning is choose one colour and have your bridesmaids wear different hues. Or, have them wear completely different shades altogether.


  • Bold and vibrant hues are very popular right now. Think orange, yellow and purple.
  • If bold isn’t your thing, you’re in luck. Beautiful pastel shades are also all the rage, from lilac and pale pinks to light yellows and robin’s egg blue.
  • Know this: navy is the new black.
  • Gunmetal grey continues to be a go-to shade for bridesmaid gowns. If you’re mismatching your bridesmaid dresses, pair grey with a pale pink or choose gowns that flow and have an airy feel to them, such as chiffon or lace.

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  • Short ladies rejoice! Short and sweet gowns are all the rage! At the knee and above the knee are perfect lengths.
  • Tea-length gowns (the hemline will fall just below the knee or brush the lower calf) are also popular.

In Style

  • Gone are sleeves for the top picks of 2015! But if want your ladies to have some type of sleeve, consider cap sleeves, which are delicate and sophisticated. As well, one-shoulder and asymmetrical shoulder dresses are the latest crazes.
  • Belted bridesmaid gowns can help flatter figures, though we don’t expect this trend to continue past late 2016.

Material Choices

  • Lace continues to be a huge wedding gown trend in general and ditto for bridesmaids. If you don’t want your bridesmaid gowns to be made entirely of lace, then consider lace over-layers.
  • Sheer fabric and flowy fabrics are in as they should be as they are romantic and stunning. These types of gowns look best with softer, pastel-like colours.
  • As with bridal gowns, an open back or just the hint of sexy with a cutout detail in the back of the gown is also gaining in popularity.





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Wedding Farm to Table Food

If you get married in Niagara Falls or Niagara-on-the-Lake and you’re a fan of the 100-mile diet, your ability to feast on food that was grown locally is great. The wedding farm to table food movement is a huge part of Niagara’s culinary scene and couples looking for locally sourced greens, meat and cheeses – not to mention wine and beer – have an array of options.

With special attention being paid to how food is grown, processed and served, couples selecting Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake can, in some instances, visit the farms their produce, meats and cheeses are grown and raised. And, because these wedding food items will be coming from a 100-mile radius, couples won’t need to pay a premium for high quality, inventive and exciting food.

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If you’re choosing to farm-to-table menu, make sure you consider the season in which you’re hosting your wedding. If you are getting married in the dead of winter, then your choices for fresh, local lettuce are going to be minimal. Of course, there will be plenty of options for root vegetables, but if you’re set on having fresh Caesar salad, then January is not the month for you to be married. Also, consider what people want to eat at various times of the year. You’re not likely to get many takers for a hearty beef stew in July.

It’s also important to balance your menu. In Niagara in the summer months, we are spoiled with tender fruits, such as pears, cherries and peaches, as well as berries and a whole host of delicious vegetables. Use those items to create a balanced menu, such as a peach glaze for your chicken, or use some fresh asparagus in a rice dish, for instance. Seasonal foods work well together so use that to your advantage to create a memorable menu.

Another important thing to consider is to be flexible. Planning a wedding is usually done months or even up to two years’ in advance. At this point, you have no way of knowing that frost will damage the strawberry growing season and the berries won’t be as plentiful as usual. Be open to making changes when necessary. Your caterers will still be able to create wonderful concoctions if one ingredient isn’t available.

Most of all, have fun and enjoy! We are so grateful in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake to have access to many different types of produce, meats, cheeses, breads and wines that are all grown and created locally. Your palate will certainly be satisfied with a farm-to-table wedding menu sourced right here in Niagara.

Bon appétit!


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Wedding Ring Trends 2016

As weddings have evolved, so, too, have wedding rings. Though there might still be some out there, simple yellow gold bands aren’t usually the wedding ring most Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake brides have in mind when they start looking. Much like engagement rings, wedding rings now have more bling, have become more unique and often include diamonds and other coloured stones. If you’re looking for a wedding ring that has some flash and pizzazz, we’ve rounded up some of the hottest wedding trends right now to give you some ideas.


Stacked Wedding Rings

This is the hottest trend going right now and for good reason. Why settle for an engagement ring and a band when you can have multiple bands? Stacked rings are, in general, a trend we’re seeing with everyday jewellery, and it has permeated the wedding market as well. Stacked rings can be worn all together or separately on different fingers for a varied look. If you’re having trouble narrowing down your selections, you can choose several different, yet complimentary, bands and stack them. The most common number of stackable bands is three. Another trend that has emerged is the eternity band, which features stones all the way around the band. These rings also look great stacked with traditional engagement and wedding rings.

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Coloured Stones

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but nobody said they needed to be dazzling white. Pink and yellow diamonds are becoming more popular choices for diamonds for a bride who’s looking for a unique wedding ring, but if you’re really looking to stand out from the crowd, consider a chocolate diamond stone.
If you’re not ready to have a colourful centre stone as the focal point of your wedding ring, then including colourful accent stones is a beautiful choice. Stunning and elegant blue and pink sapphires, rubies and emeralds are appearing in many wedding ring sets.

Non-Traditional Cuts

Round, oval and square diamond cuts are the most popular selections for wedding rings. But as brides attempt to create weddings that reflect their personalities, so, too, are brides finding just the right shape of diamond (or diamonds) for her wedding bands. Pear, emerald or cushion cuts are gaining in popularity, but if you want a truly unique style, consider a Marquise or asscher cut.

Halos and Double Halos

While the halo setting has been a popular look for several years, brides are now selecting halo rings in alternating shapes or colours. Or, if you really want something special, try a halo ring with two tiers (a double halo). These styles make your centre stone look larger and the ring gives an incredible sparkle.

Vintage Look

As some of these trends we’ve already mentioned have become popular due to the resurgence of traditional flair, vintage-inspired rings are all the rage. With the revival in popularity for vintage rings is the re-emergence of rose gold wedding bands, which are flattering for all skin tones and adds a bit of colour without being too bold.


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Tattoos & Wedding Gowns

Tattoos and Wedding GownsPin SITE IMAGE________Weddings exude sophistication, glamour and classicism. So what do you do when you have tattoos, piercings and other body art? What were once considered taboo or the exception has now become the norm as tattoos and piercings have become very popular in the past few years. In fact, according to the New York Times, almost 40 per cent of Millennials (born between 1980 and 2000) and a third of Gen Xers have at least one tattoo – ergo tattoos and wedding gowns.

While some brides want to include their tattoos in their bridal décor, and will select a gown that best displays their body art, there are many others who worry about what they’re going to do with their ink on their wedding day. And this doesn’t end with bridal gowns. Some brides don’t want their bridesmaids’ tattoos appearing in the wedding photos either.

If you’re a tattooed bride worried about what your family might say about your ink, or you just want your body art covered up for the day, you have some options.

•    There are a several cosmetics that can provide temporary coverage of your tattoos. Kat Von D developed several products for Sephora, such as the Lock-It Tattoo Foundation and Lock-It Tattoo Concealer. There is also Dermablend, which goes on a bit like greasepaint.
•    You can hire a professional to apply airbrush formulas to cover tattoos, which should prevent smudging.
•    If you are considering using make up or airbrushing to cover your tattoos, make sure you plan for this. You might want to try your solution before your wedding day. You don’t want to be sweating about your tattoo as you walk down the aisle because the concealer you bought doesn’t work.
•    If you don’t want your body art at all, you can look into permanent laser removal. However, this can be very costly and can take months to complete.
•    You can also ask your photographer to keep your tattoos out of the wedding album by electronic wizardry. However, no matter how good your photographer is, there are some things Photoshop won’t fix and there will be an additional cost for your photographer to do this. Another option is to get him or her to shoot you from an angle that hides the tattoo.

No matter which method you choose, there is going to be an added expense and planning required. And there’s no real guarantee (aside from permanent removal). Of course, if you’re a bride who is looking to flaunt her ink and is  thinking about adding a new memento for your wedding day, you can always get matching tattoos with your wedding date afterwards.

afternote ~ a trick I came upon is finish off with hairspray: While it might sound crazy, trust me on this one. After you’re all done packing on the makeup, spritzing a light hairspray over the area will seal the deal. Not only will this further set the makeup, but it will also prevent it from rubbing off onto clothes throughout the day, too.


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Wedding Showers

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Before you were planning your Niagara Falls or Niagara-on-the-Lake wedding, you likely dreaded the thought of going to another boring, simple themed wedding shower. There’s no doubt about it, we’ve all been to tedious bridal showers with what feels like hundreds of strangers, the same food, cake and silly games. But your wedding shower doesn’t have to strike the same horror in your friends and family. A wedding shower is an important event – it’s an opportunity for the bride to be “showered” with gifts to start her new life – and a great opportunity for the closest female friends and family members of the bride to honour her and celebrate her upcoming wedding. If you’re trying to figure out a way to host a fun-filled party that everyone will remember for being a great time, here are some things to consider about bridal showers.

Who Hosts the Shower?
The maid of honour usually hosts the bridal shower, unless she’s a member of the bride’s immediate family. Etiquette frowns on a family member (such as the bride’s mother, sister or mother-in-law) hosting the party because it could appear that this person is asking for gifts for the bride. Though your mother, sister or mother-in-law can be involved, they’re not usually the ones who host the party. This means the maid of honour is responsible for picking up the tab for the party. If it is an informal or casual affair, this is appropriate. However, if the shower is going to be a formal or potentially expensive venture, it’s perfectly acceptable for the maid of honour to ask the other bridesmaids to chip in.

Set The Tone
Just as with any party planning, there is usually a theme for the bridal shower and the theme can be carried through from the invitations to the food to the venue to the type of gifts given to the bride. If you choose a theme, try to be creative. No one wants to go to a pink and white themed party. Think cosmopolitan, rustic, lingerie or pick a country where the couple will be honeymooning and run with it. There are so many ways to spice up the bridal shower by using your imagination and website such as Pinterest and wedding magazines.

Timing Is Everything
Your wedding shower should take place anywhere from six months before the wedding to the week before your Niagara Falls or Niagara-on-the-Lake wedding. Keep in mind if you’re planning a bridal shower close to the wedding, it might feel overwhelming for some guests. Hosting the wedding a couple of months before the wedding is a nice touch, providing some anticipation for the big day. You can host a wedding shower at any time of the day, though afternoon showers are most popular.

Who Do You Invite?
Your guest list will depend on the type of shower that’s being thrown. However, you must ask the bride for a guest list. If a bride has more than one shower, it is imperative the hosts consult each other to ensure guests are not invited to both showers. There really are no rules as to who should be invited to a shower except that they should be also attending the wedding. The one exception is an office shower. Sometimes, you can’t invite all your coworkers to your wedding, but they might want to throw you a wedding shower.

Traditions and Fun
Most of the wedding shower will be spent eating, laughing, talking and opening presents. Some people have bridal shower games, such as making a toilet paper wedding gown or putting bows from the gifts onto a paper plate to create a hat for the bride to wear or a bouquet for her to use for the wedding rehearsal. But if you’re having a posh affair, forego the silly games and focus on laughter, stories and sorority. The tradition of having the groom attend the wedding shower with flowers for his fiancée is a nice touch and often a lovely moment. It also gives anyone who hasn’t yet had a chance to meet the groom (for example, an aunt who lives out of town) the opportunity to do so.


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