3 Meaningful Gifts For Your Significant Other On Your Wedding Day

We have all been witness to those adorable wedding photos where the Bride opens a sentimental gift from her soon-to-be husband, or watch the Groom get a little choked up by his Bride who pens him a love letter on the Big Day. Those are such precious and treasured moments! Here at Little Bird, we love helping couples come up with great gifts for each other - and they don't have to be expensive! Here are a few of our favourite ideas that are not hard on your bank account!

Love Letters

Your love story is what you got you to this moment. We love when one of the partners takes the time to take a trip down memory lane, and all the important moments that led you to the most important day of your life so far. Nothing is more pure than expressing to each other all the reasons you fell in love in a note, or even creating a customized book, such as the ones found on LoveBook.

Proposal Memories

Perhaps your proposal took place at a spot close to your heart, or was created in the most spectacular way! If you had someone there taking photos for that moment, framing your favourite photo such as these adorable photos by Flytographer, accompanied with a special tribute to your journey as an engaged couple is the perfect gift for each other. This is also something that can hang in your home, for years to come!

Video Collaboration

This is something that can be done at home, or by a professional. Before you get started with making this happen, be sure to have a clear vision in mind - What do you want to say, and how do you want to say it? This could be a little glimpse into your love story up until your wedding day, and can describe goals and aspirations for your life together going forward. Plus, this is a gift that can one day be shown to your children - so cute!

You don't have to spend big money to make a big impact on the Big Day! Be sure to let your photographers know if you are exchanging gifts, and if you would like for them to capture these moments for you. 

 

 

Cake Design Trends

Don't we all want to have our cake, and eat it too!? I mean, that sounds like a great idea to us!

Designing a wedding cake is no simple task, and we are always so impressed by local Bakeries who create masterpieces that leave both the couple and guests in awe. Whether you are having a very simple Naked Cake, or a 5-Tiered creation, we are breaking down a few Cake Trends for 2018.

White On White

Rooting back to a more simplistic look, these cakes are elegant and understated but can certainly still steal the show! By mixing textures these "once simple" white cakes come to life, and can be simple adorned with some florals or greenery, or left to their own devices and still look gorgeous.

Geometric Genius

We keep going back to this trend in all aspects of weddings this year, and for good reason - it's gorgeous in all capacities. Keeping things classic, with a bold punch like these fun shapes really is a great accessory to any Dessert Table. In an arrangement of shapes and sizes, you can mix and match shapes to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece for your Big Day.

Hand Painted Goodness

There is just something so incredible about taking a regular cake, and turning it into a piece of hand-designed artwork. These cakes are taking the Wedding World by storm, and we are jumping right on board. Talk about talent, and overall beauty. These cakes don't require any toppers or extras, as they speak for themselves.

Brushstroke Beauty 

These cakes are a modern twist on a classic. In varying colours, sizes and textures, these cakes not only look incredible but make your Wedding Photographers REALLY excited about photos! We love when couples group these cakes in sets of three, varying in sizes. 

Get The Girls Together! 3 Fun Pre-Wedding Activities for your Bridesmaids

It's official! You have chosen your Bridesmaids and asked them to stand beside you on your Big Day. Now what, you may ask?! 

In many situations your Bridesmaids are coming from all stages in your life - childhood, high school, college or work colleagues - and may not have met each other before. We think it is a great time to get your Bride Tribe together to celebrate, mingle and get to know each other before all of the Wedding Festivities commence. Today we are breaking down THREE great ideas to bring everyone together in a casual way!

 Photo Courtesy of  Eryn Shea Photography

Photo Courtesy of Eryn Shea Photography

1. Host a Wine & Cheese Night - This is sometimes the easiest way to make everyone feel comfortable. If you have the space to allow it, invite all the ladies over to your home and just enjoy a low-key evening with wine and cheese! We highly recommend having The Cheese Bar deliver some cheesy goodness for the perfect charcuterie sampler. Add in some local wines for pairing, and it is sure to be a hit with the ladies.

2. Set Up A Floral Workshop - Looking for a fun evening activity that is a little unique to what you are used to? It's time to call up Stef from The Bourbon Rose to arrange a Floral Workshop that is in the comfort of your own home! Let your ladies create some floral masterpieces - bouquets, arrangements or even flower crowns!

3. Get Dressed Up & Go Out - If you are more of a foodie, or love to try new spots, this is a great excuse for your girls to get dressed up for an evening out. You can even rent a car for the evening through VIP Transportation to ensure you get home safely. Book a reservation at one of the areas greatest restaurants, including Oxley Estate Winery, Wolfhead Distillery or Fourteen on the Water Front. 

Making your girls feel special is always appreciated, and makes for a fun evening together. Break the ice for those who have not met yet, and get the chance to tell your girls how much they really mean to you!

What Do We Register For?! 5 Things Your Kitchen Needs

We have all watched the movies where the couples are running around department stores, scanning every item in sight to add to their registry. BUT, the reality is, most of those items are really not needed, and more of a want  (Yes, we know, you want that Kate Spade dish set because we want it too!) So today we have broken down some must-have's to add to your registry for your kitchen, whether this is for your first home together after the wedding, or to add to your collection in your home you share together already.

And Here They Are...

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Crock Pot

The perfect addition to your home for those busy days! When you don't have much time to meal prep, we love throwing all of our favourites into the Crock Pot, and coming home to the wonderful aroma of freshly cooked stew, soup or even chicken! So many options with this one. 

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Food Processor

So many recipes these days ask for you to chop but who really has time for that!? Thank you Food Processor for coming to the rescue on so many occasions. One of our favourites is the 7-Cup Food Processor from KitchenAid.

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Coffee Maker

Now, we know there are plenty of coffee drinkers out there - some prefer fancier machines, and we are totally for that. However, it is always nice to have a basic coffee machine on hand, even for when you have guests over. This Cusinart 2 in 1 Hot Beverage Centre also boils tea water - which is great for all the hot beverage drinkers in the household. Plus, it is pretty affordable!

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Vitamix

This one is certainly at a higher price point than the other items on this list, but we truly believe this invest will be well worth it! The Vitamix 2300 is the one we are drawn to, but there are newer versions with more attachments etc. Great for smoothies, soups, salad dressings and juices this product cannot be beat!

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Hand Mixer

Whether you are an avid baker or not, we highly recommend having the Cuisinart 7-Speed Hand Mixer on hand at all times! You never know when your BFF will pop by and expect some homemade cupcakes!

Valentine's Day Dreams

It's the day all about love, and we love sharing some of our favourite ideas, because we love LOVE! Some couples choose to exchange vows during this love-filled occasion, or alternatively throw adorable parties to celebrate with all your girlfriends. Here you will find some real hits that would be perfect for any Valentine's Day Celebration!

When it comes time to creating a tablescape for this occasion, pink is the perfect alternative to reds! We love the way the napkin is folded, and mixed with the gold accents and gorgeous florals to create the perfect table for your Valentines event. Not to mention, guests would love a little chocolate treat to great them when they first sit down, because this is certainly a good excuse to indulge a little!

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When it comes to Brides getting married around this holiday, we love seeing pink tones used throughout the Big Day. This Hayley Paige Arden gown is of no exception! From her Spring 2018 line, this gown is what whimsical wedding dreams are made of. From the full tulle skirt, to the dimensional lace and floral caviar appliqué this gown is sure to be a show-stopper at any time of year! 

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Balloons are back in full force for all sorts of events! We are seeing couples hang them from the ceiling to create an illusion of different heights and depths all throughout the year, or use them as a backdrop for a ceremony or Head Table. This incredible balloon setup showcasing the Dessert Table will leave guests with a lasting impression, that is for sure!

 Backdrop Courtesy of  Art Valenta

Backdrop Courtesy of Art Valenta

No party would be complete without the perfect cocktail, and this Pink Cosmo is no exception. Plus, with a floral garnish this is not only pretty but delicious. Here is the recipe for your Pretty Pink Cosmo Valentines drink.

2 ounces of SKYY vodka 

1 ounce of cranberry juice

1 ounce of pineapple juice

Combine the vodka and juices over ice in a cocktail shaker, and shake it vigorously for 10-15 seconds. Enjoy!

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