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Cass + Scott I The Lake House Wedding

Photography by: Shannon Yau

Photography by: Shannon Yau

If rain on your wedding day is good luck (and not at all ironic despite what Alanis has to say about it), Cass + Scott are going to be basking in the golden light of some well deserved good karma for decades to come. 

On what was easily the rainiest wedding day we've ever seen (seriously, every time that we thought it couldn't rain harder, it did) C+S tied the knot in front of their friends, family + a lot of umbrellas.

C+S are from Red Deer and we were so excited when they reached out to work with us on design, styling + coordination for their big day here in Calgary! We bonded over a love of florals + bad reality tv, and we knew that despite the weather, these two were going to make the most of their day. 

They got married in front of a beautiful mantel piece (so many blooms!), shared the most beautiful, heartfelt vows with each other and somehow, despite the rain, C's hair + makeup stayed completely on point. A lot of laughter and love was shared over a mix of greenery, gossamer table runners (be still our little hearts!), bud vases and the most beautiful water colour stationary. 

Peep the abundance of blooms, aforementioned table runners and one of the sweetest couples below.

XO - L+S

Photography by: Shannon Yau

Photography by: Shannon Yau

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Photography by: Shannon Yau

Photography by: Shannon Yau

Photography by: Shannon Yau

A Note from C+S:

"Lindsay and Steph were, without a doubt, the best investment we could have made when it came to our wedding. We had ideas of what our wedding would look like and how it would turn out, but Lindsay and Steph took those ideas and amped them up to the nth degree. We were truly blown away. Not only do they have great taste, but they really focused on what was most important to us and kept that in mind in every decision made. Since organization is not our strong suit, we also appreciated how detail-oriented and organized these ladies were throughout wedding planning. When a family emergency came up just a couple of months before the wedding, Lindsay and Steph were so accommodating. Not only did they support us with wedding-related matters, but they supported us as friends and that is something we will remember for years to come. We couldn’t have asked for better people to lean on in our time of need and our wedding was absolutely stunning thanks to these two beautiful ladies!"


Ceremony + Reception Venue: The Lake House / Coordination, Design + Styling: Paper Doll Events / DJ: Local DJ / Florals: Flowers by Janie / Officiant: Tamara Jones / Photography: Shannon Yau / Stationary: Emma Allen

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To Sit or Stand.... Cocktail Style Receptions vs. Sit Down Dinners

Photography by:  David Guenther

Photography by:  David Guenther

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Photography by: This is Photography

2017 has been good to us. Uber eats finally came to Calgary, Mindy Kaling is pregnant (please, please let the father be BJ Novak), and Native Tongues got a take out window (those donuts!). But most importantly, we've seen a huge pick up in cocktail/lounge style wedding receptions.  

We love when non-traditional elements are incorporated into weddings, and we're big fans of making your wedding feel like 'you.' Therefore, if you're looking for a way to make your wedding feel a little more casual - a non-sit down party might be your answer!

As cocktail style is on the rise, we've gotten a lot of questions regarding lounge receptions vs. sit down receptions  - so we thought we'd blog and do a bit of a throw down between the two popular styles.

FREQUENTLY (AND FANTASTICALLY AND FABULOUSLY) ASKED QUESTIONS

Will a cocktail style reception feel more informal than a sit down dinner?
Short Answer: Yes!
Long Answer: Cocktail style receptions inherently feel less formal. You mingle, you aren't assigned a seat and there is no prescribed timelines. You can still have speeches + introduce your bridal party, but we'd suggest keeping them short + sweet!

Do I need to adjust timelines if I have a cocktail style reception instead of a sit down dinner?
Short Answer: Slightly
Long Answer: We would suggest holding cocktail style receptions slightly after the dinner hour. That way your guests will be able to sneak dinner in before they come to the reception!

Is a cocktail style reception my budget's best friend?
Short Answer: It's more like Paris Hilton + Nicole Richie, they can be besties, or they can be major frenemies.
Long Answer: If you are cool with limiting passed appies and making it clear to your guests that it's a canapes + cocktails type event, then yes, a cocktail style wedding is your budget's BFF. Having said that, if you're wanting to provide lots of food (and host your wedding over the dinner hour) - cocktail style budgets can definitely creep up and become a similar cost to a sit down dinner.

Do you think one is better than the other?
Short Answer: No!
Long Answer: Each couple and wedding is different. If you think cocktail style is your jam - it's probably the right way to go. If you've imagined your wedding and already pinned a bunch of flatware choices - a sit down dinner is where you should be. Either way, you'll be surrounded by friends + fam on a beautiful day.

XO - L+S

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NIA + GREGG (the nash - wedding)

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We've said it once (OK, we've said it more than once), but we'll say it again - we have the best clients around - and Nia + Gregg are no exception.   After meeting them we had no doubt that this wedding was exactly how we wanted to kick off our 2017 season.... and then we learned that they were getting married at the Nash and we were even more excited, as it was the perfect cover for us to eat as many cinnamon buns as possible under the rouse of holding 'onsite meetings' there (is anyone else as obsessed with the daily cinnamon bun as we are?!). 

Along with N+G being genuine and lovely people we've worked with, N+G are both artistic and up for any DIY challenge, which made styling + designing their wedding really fun. They also shared our philosophy of incorporating as much of 'them' as possible into the day, which meant personalized thank you notes, a stamp made from one of their favorite engagement photos + Nia's favorite childhood candy brought in as favours (tickleberries anyone!?). 

They had their table numbers hand lettered on their engagement photos, a Polaroid photo guest book (on one of our favorite hand made frames to date!) and their get away car was G's 1983 BMW (decked out in garland). The wedding also featured an original song for the couple by N's dad and fun.... it featured lots and lots of fun :) 

Nia's unreal dress, Gregg's unreal hair + a lot of fun below :)

XO - L+S    

 

A Note from N+G:

"Hiring Paper Doll was quite honestly the most valuable investment we committed to on our entire wedding. Lindsay and Steph were fantastic from the first day we met them. They took the time to sit with us, get to know us and learn about not only what we wanted on our wedding day, but also about our personalities and our style as a couple. The concepts they came up with were current, creative, elegant and quirky all at the same time, which is exactly what we were after, and they helped us to create a cohesive feel through all the different design elements we included. As a bride-to-be, when you're fresh into the wedding planning process, you're absolutely bombarded with different inspiration and ideas, and Paper Doll made it easy to curate and select only the elements which were most vital to us and our design theme.

Coming from an event planning background myself, I am acutely aware of how much work goes into not only the preparation leading up to the day, but also the organizing of final details. Having Paper Doll coordinate with our vendors as of a month out allowed me to focus on the planning pieces that I personally had on my plate. They were more than willing to take time to meet for status updates and were so diligent about addressing any questions or concerns I had immediately. Not having to think about anything the week before my wedding - and most especially the day of - was worth its weight in gold. Lindsay & Steph coordinated schedules and vendors superbly and the day-of went off without a hitch. I had so many of my guests come up to me that day to tell me how elegant, yet comfortable and perfectly "us" the whole day was - which was exactly what we wanted from the beginning. Many of them said they'd never seen a more beautiful wedding, that felt so suited to the couple. We couldn't have done this without Paper Doll! Thanks, ladies!"

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Cake: Pretty Sweet / Calligraphy: Art + Alexander / Ceremony + Reception Venue: Grace Presbyterian ChurchThe Nash / Coordination + Design: Paper Doll Events / Dress: Pearl & Dot / DJ: Local DJ / Florals: Blue Hydrangea / Hair: Butter Beauty Parlour / Make-Up: Trena Laine / Photography: Diane + Mike

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Golden Grams (disclaimer - not the cereal)

Is Instagram considered a hobby yet? Should we be embarrassed to ask this? On the daily (ok - half daily? Hourly? Minutely?) we peruse Instagram and let's admit it - everyone's done a deep dive of their favorite Insta accounts (right? <-- we say hopefully). Today, we thought we'd share some of our favorites (just in case you had a few hours to spare) :) 

L I N D S A Y ' S    T O P    F I V E

Local Milk @local_milk
Beth Kirby is the stylist and photographer behind local milk and if you love well styled, beautiful, organic photos (along with some Insta stories of one of the cutest babies we've ever seen), give her a follow! Plus, she has great styling tips and inspiration for those looking!

 

Oh Happy Day @ohhappyday
The award for 'pop of color in my Instagram feed' hands down goes to Oh Happy Day. Adorable party supplies combined with our kind of motivational balloon sayings (pizza, anyone?), plus some fun accessory options for any fun parties you think of throwing!

 

Jillian Harris @jillian.harris
Although we're sure there is is no introduction needed, Jillian is a former bachelorette turned design guru. Adorable baby snaps, good outfits and amazing design tips, combined with a cute puppy (hey, @nachocilantro) and fun Insta-stories - we're sure you already follow her, but she couldn't not be mentioned :) 

 

Drake on Cake @drakeoncake
Literally Drake quotes on cake. This account has led one of us to also get Drake quotes on pillows, phone cases and totes. Follow at your own obsessive risk. This also has nothing to do with events, styling or design - but it couldn't not be mentioned. 

 

Floret Flowers @floretflower
A florist, a farmer and tons and tons of fields of flowers. You'll automatically wish that you also lived in Mount Vernon and had a green thumb. 

 

S T E P H A N I E ' S    T O P    F I V E
 

Kristin Ess @kristen_ess
One of the girls behind @thebeautydept, hair stylist to @laurenconrad (among many others) and founder of Kristen Ess Hair - her posts will make you want to spend those extra 20 minutes with a curling wand.

 

Estee Lalonde @esteelalonde
A YouTuber and author, she's got cool style, fun Insta-stories and an amazing dog (lookin' at you @reggielalonde). Follow along for her tips on makeup finds, relationships, books, workouts and life in general. 

 

Chrissy Teigen @chrissyteigen
Total crush alert. She makes good food, she has a cute baby, her husband serenades her and she's hilarious. PS - her Twitter might be even be better than her Insta.
 

 

A Fabulous Fete @afabulousfete
One of the OG's of hand lettering and styling, A Fabulous Fete lives up to her name and provides hand lettered pieces that make everything look like it belongs on Insta...and will make you think you should buy ink and nibs. 

 

Once Wed @oncewed
Once Wed has some of our favorite inspiration for weddings - pulled from a variety of creatives, styled shoots and real weddings, they focus on unique concepts and beautifully taken photos (along with provide some epic webinars for those wanting to learn more!). 
 

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ALLIE + JOHN (sirocco golf club - wedding)

Photography by: David Guenther

Photography by: David Guenther

Allie + John | Calgary Sirocco Wedding

Confession: We both love the drive out to Sirocco - and with both of us giving up our PGA dreams at an early age, weddings out there are really our only time to shine. Steph loves the drive because it takes her closer to her old stomping grounds of Auburn Bay and, being in the SE, she can confidently give directions and locate coffee shops.  Lindsay loves it because the road past Spruce Meadows reminds her of her hometown and she usually gets to control the music on the drive. Major win.

So, when Allie +John contacted us to assist with their Sirocco wedding - we were jazzed  - and we were right to be. Any bride and groom that use their celebrity name as their wedding hashtag and can shotgun a beer while somehow still looking incredibly beautiful, dapper and poised are our kind of B+G.

A+J got married at Saint Mary's parish and then made their way out to Sirocco for their reception. Cocktails were held outside (gotta take advantage of that great view!) and included a live band before they  moved inside for dinner and dancing. They had beautiful florals, homemade jam for their guests and signature wood signage. We transitioned their ceremony greenery to the headtable for the reception (we love when we can re-purpose ceremony elements!) and they added a few photos (and pops of gold!) for a personal touch. 

Photos, vendor details and close ups of Allie's beautiful dress below!

XO - L+S

 

Photography by: David Guenther

Photography by: David Guenther

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A note from A+J:

"Lindsay and Stephanie were amazing and so crucial to how stress-free and perfect our day was. When planning our wedding, we always heard “prepare for at least one thing to go wrong” but with L+S nothing went wrong! Everything was perfectly set, timed and organized. They were so helpful and knowledgable during the planning process and they exceeded our expectations for how smooth, seamless and stress-free a wedding can be! We couldn’t recommend them more!" 

- John and Allison Fisher 

Ceremony + Reception Venue: St. Mary's Cathedral + Sirocco Golf Club / Styling: Paper Doll Events / Hair: SimplyME / Make-Up: Katie Kerr / Florals: Blue Hydrangea / Photography: David Guenther (primary) + Heidrich Photography (second shooter)

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Quiz: Which Venue are You!

Kendal + Kevin Photography

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Remember those old school quizzes in Seventeen and TeenVogue that told you which Backstreet Boy you were (and remember how if you got Howie you'd retake it to try to get Nick?). Well, this is kinda like that, but with wedding venues!

One of the questions we get asked most is about the difference between full service and non-full service venues. 

In short, a full service venue (think of a restaurant) offers you the majority of things you need to host your wedding. It provides catering, staffing, tables, seating, glass and tableware, etc. Essentially, your core needs will be met by the venue and you're just bringing in the extra things that you love (flowers, cake, decor, etc.). On the flip slide, a non-full service venue (think community hall) typically offers you one thing - the venue itself. Most of the time, you will be responsible for sourcing vendors and bringing in everything your wedding needs, such as a caterers, waitstaff, alcohol, bartenders, tables, chairs, dinnerware, linens, decor, flowers, etc.   

Once we explain the difference - the next question is always 'which is better and is a non-full service venue less expensive?!' The budget question is easy - non-full service venues aren't necessarily less expensive - often, you are just distributing your money differently. For example, in non-full service venues, you can often bring in your own alcohol (which is a major win for your budget), but don't forget that you'll be paying a rental fee (something most restaurants don't have) and bringing in tables and chairs (something full service venues offer). That is less of a major win for your buget and often these costs even each other out.

However, the 'which is better' question - well, that's harder for us to answer. We personally love both full service and non-full service venues and both come with come with their own sets of major pluses and minor minuses. But which is right for you? Well, that depends on the couple and the wedding they've dreamed of. Hence... 

L+S's Super Fun Which Venue are You Quiz!

1. What was the name of the street you grew up on and what was your first pet?
(Kidding! But all good quizzes start with that right?!)

OK, for real this time:

1. Are you a planner at heart? Do you love spreadsheets and timelines? Do you sort your emails and have multiple folders dedicated to different wedding items? 

YES                                NO

2. When you walk in a room, can you automatically visualize it's potential? Can you easily see the various floorplans that could work for the room and understand the elements that you would require for those floorplans?

YES                                NO

3. Do you have very specific ideas regarding your food, beverage, tables, chairs, decor, etc. that would require different vendors? IE - would your day not be complete without those foodtruck burgers at the end of the night?  

YES                                NO

4. Are you willing to spend time coordinating with multiple different vendors? Do you enjoy logistical elements of the day or at least not hate the logistics elements of the day (or be willing to hire a planner - we know a couple of good ones ;) )

YES                                NO

If you answered more Y's than N's: Non-Full Service Venue Guru
We might as well call you Martha because you love planning and everything that goes with it! Schedules are your JAM and communicating with different vendors on a weekly basis is a piece of cake - so determining drop-offs, pick-ups and set ups are no problem for you! You also love a good design challenge and don't mind dropping some time and money to make your wedding vision come to life. You could rock either venue type, but you seem up to the non-full service challenge!

If you tied your Ns + Ys: Alert - Potential Catfish Situation
You are forever an optimist and although the non-full service venue sure looks pretty online, you might not love it in person. While you don't mind the planning process and you love the idea of a blank canvas, you aren't necessarily ready to dive in head first and might want to take some time to carefully evaluate before choosing your non-full service venue.

If you answered more N's than Y's: Team #FullService
You are a full-service candidate! Not only are you #withher (her being the full-service venue), but you've always known that this is more your speed. That way, you can relax, focus on the details you care about and plan your day away, knowing that your basics are in place. You might have 99 problems, but a venue ain't one.*

*We're sure you don't have 99 problems. We're sure they aren't wedding related. We're hopeful you love JayZ

 

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Lions + Flowers + Handlettering (Oh My!)

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Laura + Randy | Halifax Lot Six Wedding

DISCLAIMER:* We rewrote this first paragraph more times than we can count. Why? I mean, partially because we were really distracted by a new Netflix series (is anyone else watching Riverdale? Turns out Archie + crew are a lot less innocent than we used to think). But mostly because there was so much to say, where do we even start? Do we start with the fact that it seemed like every blush bloom east of Winnipeg was brought to Halifax for the wedding? Or a comment on how two seals pulled an Owen Wilson + Vince Vaughn and crashed the outdoor ceremony? Perhaps a nod to how the bride spent a year vintage shopping for all of the wedding decor and shipped eight extra large bins of handpicked candelabras, vases, and champagne coups across the country (shout out to her Hali bestie for doing the same in Halifax and letting her/us raid his stock too!) . Or, maybe, just maybe, we start with a note about how we vehemently recommend getting a spray tan after getting an eyebrow wax (not the other way around. Definitely not the other way around.).

See how we had a hard time choosing?

L+R met in London and got married in Halifax, but our love affair with them began here in YYC.  L was a girl after our own hearts (the glitter portion of Lindsay's and the perfectionist portion of Steph's - and a whole other portion dedicated to puns + alliterations). We've said it once and we'll say it again, our favourite thing is when our couples incorporate themselves into the wedding - and L+R put themselves into every detail. 

They held the ceremony on the rooftop of the Seaport Farmers Market in Halifax and topped it off it with a popcorn and champagne bar complete with a nod to Bey + Jay with drunk in love monogrammed cups. The reception played host to gold flatware (be still our hearts), guilded animal place card holders, hand lettered escort cards and menus, and gorgeous farm tables. But it didn't stop there - there were flower crowns, signature cocktails (a Randizzler, anyone?) and personalized thank you notes written by the bride + groom which were placed in cloches at each place setting.

ALL of the pretty things (and a bit of our heart + soul) below!

XO - L+S

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A Note From L+R:

"Before unabashedly gushing about their abilities as event planners and wedding stylists, we want to start by saying that L + S are two of the loveliest people you could ever have the pleasure of sharing time with. Their positivity and passion for what they do is infectious and will immediately put you at ease. There is an infinitely long list of all the ways L + S took the stress and worry out of wedding-planning for us, so in the interest of time and space, we’ve chosen just a few points to highlight how much they helped us. Despite both fancying ourselves as type-A, organized, detail focused people, Randy and I quickly realized we were out of our element trying to coordinate a long-distance wedding. Even for a small wedding like ours there were so many moving parts, vendors, and questions we did not have the expertise to answer. The prospect of trying to tackle wedding planning with full-time careers was daunting to say the least.  L + S swooped in and instantly became our fairy wedding godmothers. The peace of mind they gave us was invaluable. They thought of everything we wouldn’t have. They had answers, suggestions and solutions for every scenario we could dream up. The wedding day flies by in an instant. It’s over before you know it.  Having L + S there in the lead up and on the wedding day allowed Randy and I to focus our energy elsewhere and to take in all of the special moments with each other, our family, and friends. I also need to add that in addition to being the queens of organization and coordination, they have an impeccable eye for style and design. Our wedding aesthetic was incredibly important to me. L + S somehow took all of my disjointed Pinterest pages, rambling emails, screen captures, eclectic DIY projects and extra-large containers of décor, and created a magazine-worthy wedding more beautiful than I ever imagined was possible. We couldn’t imagine our wedding without L + S (and we wouldn’t want to - they are seriously the BEST!)"

Ceremony Venue: Halifax Seaport Farmer's Market / Custom Dress: Laura George / Custom Jewellery: CoutuKitsch / Florals: The Flower Shop / Hair: Zipora Hunter Hair / Makeup: Alicia Melanson / Photography: This is Photography / Planning + Styling: Paper Doll Events / Reception Venue: Lot Six / Rentals: Make Merry Events, Halifax Harvest Tables, Something Borrowed Vintage Rentals / Stationary: Art + Alexander

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Baby, You're a Firework

Geoff Wilkings Photography

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Keri + Justin | Calgary River Cafe Wedding

This past summer we got to have a bit of a Katy Perry moment. No, we didn't diss Taylor Swift or date John Mayer (although one of us wishes) or bring in two shark costumes (but if we did, Steph would totally be the one on the left). Instead, we got to light up the sky at one of our weddings with some fireworks! 

K+J got married at The River Cafe this past August and it was stunning (if we do say so ourselves!). They had an outdoor ceremony, an intimate cocktail hour (complete with live music) and a beautiful indoor reception. The evening also included not one, but two surprises - a serenade from the groom to the bride and a fireworks show that rivaled that of Stampede (but clearly with less horses and denim). 

They married under one of our favourite wedding arches to date, used the River Cafe's signature canoes as place card holders and were our first wedding ever to have an end of the night houka party on the patio (if we could make this a trend, we'd like to!).  

Details + some of our fav photos below.

XO - L+S

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Geoff Wilkings Photography

Geoff Wilkings Photography

Geoff Wilkings Photography

Geoff Wilkings Photography

Geoff Wilkings Photography

Geoff Wilkings Photography

Geoff Wilkings Photography

Geoff Wilkings Photography

Geoff Wilkings Photography

Geoff Wilkings Photography

Geoff Wilkings Photography

Geoff Wilkings Photography

Geoff Wilkings Photography

Geoff Wilkings Photography

Geoff Wilkings Photography

Geoff Wilkings Photography

Geoff Wilkings Photography

Geoff Wilkings Photography

Geoff Wilkings Photography

Geoff Wilkings Photography

Geoff Wilkings Photography

A note from K+J:

"Paper Doll planned and executed the most beautiful wedding for us. My husband and I were both very busy leading up to our wedding day and they took care of absolutely everything. From helping us identify the key dates and deliverables, to connecting us with the best vendors in the city - Lindsay and Stephanie did it all. I would say the best part about working with these talented women, was that they truly took the time to understand what we wanted and they did such a good job of steering us in the right direction. To be totally honest, the day was so much better than I had ever imagined because they thought of every detail, which I certainly did not have the capacity to do. If you are planning a wedding, reach out to them. They are extremely talented and are a lot of fun to work with!"
 

Ceremony + Reception Venue: River Cafe / DJ: Local DJ / Florals: Flowers by Janie / Hair + Make-Up: SimplyME / Planning + Styling: Paper Doll Events / Photography: Geoff Wilkings Photography / Stationary: Modern Pulp Design Studio

 

 

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Oh, Shucks....

Photography by Kendal + Kevin

Photography by Kendal + Kevin

Leigh + Jer | Calgary Rodney's Oyster House Wedding

There are a lot of reasons why we love Rodney's Oyster House as a wedding location:

  •      White walls + lots of light? Check.
  •      Large enough space for a good party? Check.
  •      Wedding speeches given from on top of the bar? Check.
  •      The amount of puns that come along with the location? Double Check.  

Needless to say, when Leigh + Jer decided to seas the day and officially book Rodney's for their November wedding (our last of 2016!), we were hooked.  We've known Leigh + Jer for a while now and along with being completely delightful, they shore do love each other (OK, we're stopping). 

We are big fans of when a couple makes a point to incorporate themselves into their wedding and L+J did just that.  Their wedding invites (as well as wedding balloons!) showcased custom caricatures they had made, the groomsmen were gifted with engraved hatchets (when you see Jer, it will all make sense) and there was even talk of a sea shantie being incorporated into the invite to honor the venue (don't worry - less themed heads prevailed and invites were shantie free).

The food was great. The bride was radiant. The groom was handsome. The party was epic. And a few guests may have even gotten tanked.

Photos, vendors and our favorite speech location below.

XO - L+S

Photography by Kendal + Kevin

Photography by Kendal + Kevin

Photography by Kendal + Kevin

Photography by Kendal + Kevin

Photography by Kendal + Kevin

Photography by Kendal + Kevin

Photography by Kendal + Kevin

Photography by Kendal + Kevin

Ceremony + Reception Venue: Rodney's Oyster House Calgary / Coordination + Styling: Paper Doll Events / DJ: Local DJ / Florals: Oasis Flower Shop Calgary / Officiant: Jane Paterson / Photography: Kendal + Kevin / Dress: Pearl & Dot

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Let’s Have a BASH!

Guys – it’s almost BASH time!

After a few weeks of some heavy Bash planning, we’ve discovered that BASH time to us is basically Christmas 2.0…. a) we get to reunite with a lot people that we’ve missed through the year (seriously – the vendors there are great – they’ll feel like family to you in no time!) and b) there is a lot of décor to be put up. Only instead of hanging stockings and ornaments, we’re hanging paper for backdrops… and instead of drinking hot chocolate, we’re drinking wine… mostly because there is a lot of paper to be hung for the backdrops.

So, we thought we we’d take a quick break from the paper and the wine and give a few quick tips to the Bs (+ Gs!) who are coming to the Bash!

1.       INSPO
It’s totally cool if you don’t know what you want! The nice thing about a curated show like The Bash is that there will be plenty of inspo for you to look at and ideas to pull from! Don’t be shy to take pictures of what you like so you can remember closer to the day!  

2.       OPPOSITE of INSPO
It’s also totally cool if you do know what you want! Bring pictures of your vision, have your Pinterest board ready – that way you can figure out which vendor shares that vision!  

3.       TAKE YOUR TIME
A smaller show means more time to chat. And chatting is so helpful! A lot of the time, vendors are who you spend a decent part of your wedding day with (hair, make up, photographers, planners) – so it’s important to get to know who you vibe with! Don’t be shy to say hi and chat away the night (or day!) – we’re all pretty excited to meet you!

We’ve been lucky enough to work with a number of the vendors at the Bash and below are some of our favourite photos from a recent shoot with Genevieve Renee, Art + Alexander, Pearl & Dot, Pretty Sweet and Gathered Table Supply. See photos for info!

Looking forward to sharing a cocktail with ya’ll on Saturday and a coffee (or two!) on Sunday!

 

XO – L+S

Photography by: Genevieve Renee + Dress by: Pearl & Dot + Florals by: Rebecca Dawn Design

Photography by: Genevieve Renee + Dress by: Pearl & Dot + Florals by: Rebecca Dawn Design

Photography by: Genevieve Renee + Rentals by: Gathered Table Supply

Photography by: Genevieve Renee + Rentals by: Gathered Table Supply

Photography by: Genevieve Renee + Calligraphy by: Art + Alexander

Photography by: Genevieve Renee + Calligraphy by: Art + Alexander

Photography by: Genevieve Renee + Cake by: Pretty Sweet + Florals by: Rebecca Dawn Design

Photography by: Genevieve Renee + Cake by: Pretty Sweet + Florals by: Rebecca Dawn Design

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Cut. It. Out.

Photography by: Genevieve Renee

Photography by: Genevieve Renee

Andrea + Scott | Calgary Lake House Wedding

Any wedding that lets us quote Dave Coulier is clearly a thumbs up in our books. But nostalgia (and a potential slight retro-tv addiction) aside, we're jazzed to share this one with you guys!

Andrea + Scott got married at the Lake House on Halloween weekend and we swapped our usual costumes and candy for custom made wedding dresses and signature cocktails (OK, we still might have had some candy). Now, a few things about the wedding we thought you oughta know (the Coulier references stop now - we promise!).

A+S got married in front of a candle-filled fireplace, had one of our favorite cakes to date and were serenaded with custom songs during speeches ('it's going down, they met on Tinder' might have been our favorite lyric swap). A's gown was a custom design with a back cut out of our dreams, she rapped to Forgot About Dre more than once during the evening and the night ended with a blow up swan on the dance floor (so you know it was a good party).

Photos, vendor info and a lot of pretty below :)

XO - L+S   

 

Photography by: Genevieve Renee

Photography by: Genevieve Renee

Photography by: Genevieve Renee

Photography by: Genevieve Renee

Photography by: Genevieve Renee

Photography by: Genevieve Renee

Photography by: Genevieve Renee

Photography by: Genevieve Renee

Photography by: Genevieve Renee

Photography by: Genevieve Renee

Photography by: Genevieve Renee

Photography by: Genevieve Renee

Photography by: Genevieve Renee

Photography by: Genevieve Renee

Photography by: Genevieve Renee

Photography by: Genevieve Renee

Photography by: Genevieve Renee

Photography by: Genevieve Renee

Photography by: Genevieve Renee

Photography by: Genevieve Renee

Photography by: Genevieve Renee

Photography by: Genevieve Renee

Photography by: Genevieve Renee

Photography by: Genevieve Renee

Photography by: Genevieve Renee

Photography by: Genevieve Renee

Photography by: Genevieve Renee

Photography by: Genevieve Renee

Photography by: Genevieve Renee

Photography by: Genevieve Renee

Photography by: Genevieve Renee

Photography by: Genevieve Renee

Photography by: Genevieve Renee

Photography by: Genevieve Renee

Photography by: Genevieve Renee

Photography by: Genevieve Renee

Photography by: Genevieve Renee

Photography by: Genevieve Renee

Photography by: Genevieve Renee

Photography by: Genevieve Renee

Photography by: Genevieve Renee

Photography by: Genevieve Renee

Ceremony + Reception Venue: The Lake House / Coordination + Styling: Paper Doll Events / DJ: Local DJ / Florals: Amborella / Officiant: Bruce Halliday / Photography: Genevieve Renee

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VOGUE

Photography: Christina Esteban Photography

Photography: Christina Esteban Photography

Catriona + Greg | Montreal Vieux-Port Wedding

Strike the pose. Strike the pose. Come on, Vogue. Vogue.

LITTLE KNOWN FACTS*
We love a good Madonna track.
We love a good dance number (one of us more than the other). 
We LOVE a good fashion magazine.

VERY OBVIOUS FACTS
We love a good wedding. 

So, imagine our excitement when we had the opportunity to combine some seriously high fashion with an amazing wedding (and a pretty solid dance party too!).

Catriona + Greg got married in Old Montreal and we were beyond excited to jump on a flight and head out to help coordinate their day!  Along with two custom gowns for the bride, a mandarin collared smoking jacket for the groom and a perfectly paisley-ed blazer for the officiant-turned-MC, this wedding was full of fashion, love and happiness.

Our B + G walked down the aisle to the tune of two of their close friends singing and playing piano, were married by one of the Groom's besties and were treated to some of the loveliest speeches we've heard. They ended their evening by dancing the night away surrounded by friends, family (oh, and just a few garlands and candles - OK, by few, we mean a TON). 

Overall, it was a magical Montreal moment.

XO - L+S

* OTHER LITTLE KNOW FACTS (that were less relevant to this blog post)
80% of our time is spent together (neither of us think this is an exaggeration).
30% of that time is spent arguing over our email filing system and what colors we classify as 'fun', another 10% of that time is spent with Stephanie lecturing Lindsay on how to pin things to their Pinterest board instead of screen shotting images.


 

Photography: Christina Esteban Photography

Photography: Christina Esteban Photography

Photography: Christina Esteban Photography

Photography: Christina Esteban Photography

Photography: Christina Esteban Photography

Photography: Christina Esteban Photography

Photography: Christina Esteban Photography

Photography: Christina Esteban Photography

Photography: Christina Esteban Photography

Photography: Christina Esteban Photography

Photography: Christina Esteban Photography

Photography: Christina Esteban Photography

Photography: Christina Esteban Photography

Photography: Christina Esteban Photography

Photography: Christina Esteban Photography

Photography: Christina Esteban Photography

Photography: Christina Esteban Photography

Photography: Christina Esteban Photography

Photography: Christina Esteban Photography

Photography: Christina Esteban Photography

Photography: Christina Esteban Photography

Photography: Christina Esteban Photography

Photography: Christina Esteban Photography

Photography: Christina Esteban Photography

Photography: Christina Esteban Photography

Photography: Christina Esteban Photography

Photography: Christina Esteban Photography

Photography: Christina Esteban Photography

Photography: Christina Esteban Photography

Photography: Christina Esteban Photography

A note from C+G:

"While our vision for our wedding morphed over the months leading up to the big day, the underlying goal remained the same. It was important to us that the day be as stress-free and fun-filled as possible for us and our guests. Our wedding was a destination event (Montreal) and we live in Calgary, and although we had confidence in our Montreal-based vendors, we knew we needed someone on the ground in Montreal to coordinate everything and ensure our wedding day was beautiful and coordinated without any assistance from us. Enter: Paper Doll Events. To say Lindsay and Stephanie are organized is an understatement. They are the most organized. And the most stylish and fun! They listened to our description of our perfect wedding day and turned it into a reality, organizing all of our Montreal vendors from afar and in person on the big day. Having the help of Lindsay and Stephanie made our wedding day, in a word, perfection. We literally showed up to beautifully decorated rooms filled with our favorite people and got married. The dinner and dancing that followed was seamless, with any issue that arose being handily dealt with by Lindsay or Steph without requiring our involvement. Lindsay and Stephanie are worth their weight in gold. To us, they were essential to achieving our wedding day goals, and we were so happy to have them be a part of our day."

Ceremony + Reception Venue: Vieux-Port Steakhouse / Photography: Christina Esteban / Florals: Fleuriste NDG / Dress: Laura George / Hair + Makeup: Kat & Lea /  DJ: Exclusive Events

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Gangsta's Paradise

Photography By: Kendal + Kevin

Photography By: Kendal + Kevin

Loreli + Pred | Calgary Alforno Wedding

Meet Loreli + Pred. They are both legit hip-hop connoisseurs. One of them has recorded original rap tracks. They rapped their wedding thank you speech.  The hashtag for their wedding was a homage to Outkast (for eva eva!) and a photo of Beyonce even made their wedding website. 

One of us took an absolute beginners hip-hop dance class and own a hoodie from Biggie's clothing line...  So, although real out of our league - we were jazzed to be part of their big day (the fact we just used the word jazzed should show you how out of our league we were). 

When we started working with Loreli + Pred they let us know that long engagements weren't their steez and they were from puttin' a ring on it to official wedding in less than two months. In that time, they also decided to jet off to Italy for a little pre-wedding bliss (remember how we said they were gangsta?!), so the wedding came to life in a tight time frame with some rad vendors game to assist.  

They got married at Alforno (hi, fav new wedding venue!), brought in Filipino dancers and accordion players to pay tribute to their heritages and had more than a few sparks fly throughout the evening.  

It was a good day (just wakin up in the mornin...)

XO - L+S

Photography By: Kendal + Kevin

Photography By: Kendal + Kevin

Photography By: Kendal + Kevin

Photography By: Kendal + Kevin

Photography By: Kendal + Kevin

Photography By: Kendal + Kevin

Photography By: Kendal + Kevin

Photography By: Kendal + Kevin

Photography By: Kendal + Kevin

Photography By: Kendal + Kevin

Photography By: Kendal + Kevin

Photography By: Kendal + Kevin

Photography By: Kendal + Kevin

Photography By: Kendal + Kevin

Photography By: Kendal + Kevin

Photography By: Kendal + Kevin

Photography By: Kendal + Kevin

Photography By: Kendal + Kevin

Ceremony + Reception Venue: Alforno / Photography: Kendall + Kevin / Florals: Amborella / Officiant: Jane Paterson / Coordination + Styling: Paper Doll Events

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We Love You More Than Kanye Loves Kanye

Real talk - one of our favorite parts of Paper Doll is the fact it's made this city of one million plus people feel like a tiny town of 1000. Through PD, we've met the best couples that YYC has to offer and we couldn't feel luckier to be part of their big days and part of this community. Along with spending our days (and nights) meeting a lot of the most lovely b+g's, we also get to drink coffee (and when we're lucky, cocktails) with the rad people that help us bring our b+g's dream days to life. 

We couldn't do what we do without an amazing talented group of vendors.  So, we've decided to do a little something new on the blog and start a series called We Love You More Than Kanye Loves Kanye (seriously - we love you that much!). Every couple of weeks we'll throw some double taps to who we consider to be the Bey (or Jay!) of our little wedding-planning hearts and in the process, tell y'all about some cool people you might want to look into for your wedding (hint, hint!). 

For the inaugural edition of WLYMTKLK (we love an abrev, but this out of control - we'll work on something better - we promise), we thought we would introduce you to the first person we ever officially worked with (we really lucked out on this one): Genevieve Renee

We met Gen before PD was ever officially PD (seriously, we were still playing the name game when we first contacted her). We collaborated on our first ever shoot with Gen and to this day credit her for a) giving us a chance and b) teaching us how to find light and take (somewhat) better photos (for this, us and our Instagram followers will forever be thankful!). Along with being one of the most epically talented photographers we've worked with, Gen has one of the best heads of hair in YYC, an amazing eye for detail and ridiculously gorgeous photos. 

Peep our first shoot with her below and then go visit Gen's site for even more gorgeous photos!

XO - L+S

Photography: Genevieve Renee + Florals: Sarah Mayerson Design + Hand Lettering: Art and Alexander + Furniture: Vintage Loved + Bridal: Reem Acra

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And They Called it Puppy Love...

Photography By: Jamie Hyatt

Photography By: Jamie Hyatt

Lauren + Jack | Calgary Charbar Wedding

OK, we don't actually know if anyone ever referred to Lauren + Jack's love story as 'puppy love' - but we took one look at this photo and fell in love with the puppy (OK, OK and Jack too!). 

Our relationship with L+J started out long distance. We FaceTimed, emailed and phone-called - and when we finally met, it certainly wasn't a Catfish situation - they were as awesome in person as they were online. 

They got married under a floral arch, hosted cocktails on the rooftop of Charbar and literally danced the night away to a live band and DJ. But it didn't end there - they had beautiful modern design touches, MCs that basically deserved a mic drop and an epic dessert bar that was pretty sweet (see what we did there?!). 

More than anything though - their day was full of love and laughter (seriously - we doubt you can find a photo where they aren't laughing). We were so glad we could be a part of it.

Pinterest worthy pics and some epic vendor info below (real talk - how good is that welcome sign and Lauren's hair jewellery!?).

XO - L+S

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Photography by: Jamie Hyatt

Ceremony Venue: Lantern Community Church / Reception Venue: Charbar / Photography: Jamie Hyatt / Florals: Fern & Frond / Hair + Makeup: Avenue Beauty / Treats: Pretty Sweet / Wood Signage: Emma Allen / Rentals: Gathered Table Supply / Officiant: Vows by Judy / DJ: Pez Productions / Band: Groove Demons  / Pianist: Kim Yim / Stationer: Uninvited / Coordination + Styling: Paper Doll Events

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Go, Go, Go Shawty

Photography by: Genevieve Renee

Photography by: Genevieve Renee

...it's our birthday. We're going to party like it's our birthday....

We mean, we're probably not going to party (although we would love a piece of cake, and we'd be super into buying new birthday outfits - wait, why aren't we going to party!?)  but we are SO excited to announce that Paper Doll is officially one year old!

As we take a somewhat uncharacteristic reflective moment over here at PD, we can't express how grateful we are for the past year. When we started Paper Doll, it was a pretty us-centric move - we wanted to work together, we wanted to be creative and we wanted to be in an industry we loved - but we had no idea the wonderful people and sense of community it would bring to our lives. 

We've met some of the best couples YYC has to offer (we've said it before and we'll say it again, we are the luckiest when it comes to clients). We've been welcomed into a community of creatives that inspire us daily. We've been reminded how rad this city really is. We've seen more sparks fly in the past year than we ever thought possible (sometimes, even enough to send us to the ER). 

Although we still face those classic growing pains all babes do - late nights and early mornings (OK, OK and occasional tantrums) - we wholeheartedly agree that nothing could be more worth it. 

Thanks for reading, hanging, double tapping, referring, supporting and/or to those closest in our lives, simply putting up with our every-changing schedules and increasingly sporadic text message replies. We are really, super-duper, exponentially thankful for you all. 

That's it - sentimental post complete - for indulging us in this,  we promise a wedding blog next week. Now, excuse us while we go try to turn our birthday into a lifestyle (how many raps can go into one blog post?!). 

XO - L+S

 

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The Wurst Wedding Ever

Photography By: Kaity Body Photography

Photography By: Kaity Body Photography

Jess + Dirk | Calgary Wurst Wedding

Wedding horror stories are what our nightmares are made of (I mean, sometimes our nightmares are also made of the possibility of a sour gummy worm shortage or a Scandal cancellation.... but mostly wedding horror stories). However, when we heard about the wurst wedding ever, we remembered our elementary school times of 'opposite days' - and we were jazzed. 

Along with the promise of frivolity and merriment, the invitation to the wurst wedding ever also suggested some tomfoolery was to come. And, if the invite wasn't enough of a hook, Jess + Dirk (our B+G) incorporated some of our favorite personal touches throughout their day.

They got married under the trees (with a few hanging bud vases for good measure), had the cake of every chef's dream (seriously, their cake had a cake inside of a cake) and the dance party at the end of the night included a throw back to O-Town...so, clearly, it was our (liquid) dream (any O-town fans out there?!). Combine all of that with a group of extremely well dressed people, a car with suicide doors (we learned this term specifically for the wedding) and a few (maybe more than a few), boots of beer - and the night was off to a real bad start (opposite day rules apply!). 

Everyone couldn't have had a wurst time - ourselves included! Keep scrollin' for photos and vendor intel! 

 XO - L+S

Photography By: Kaity Body Photography

Photography By: Kaity Body Photography

Photography By: Kaity Body Photography

Photography By: Kaity Body Photography

Photography By: Kaity Body Photography

Photography By: Kaity Body Photography

Photography By: Kaity Body Photography

Photography By: Kaity Body Photography

Photography By: Kaity Body Photography

Photography By: Kaity Body Photography

Photography By: Kaity Body Photography

Photography By: Kaity Body Photography

Photography By: Kaity Body Photography

Photography By: Kaity Body Photography

Photography By: Kaity Body Photography

Photography By: Kaity Body Photography

Photography By: Kaity Body Photography

Photography By: Kaity Body Photography

Photography By: Kaity Body Photography

Photography By: Kaity Body Photography

Photography By: Kaity Body Photography

Photography By: Kaity Body Photography

Photography By: Kaity Body Photography

Photography By: Kaity Body Photography

Photography By: Kaity Body Photography

Photography By: Kaity Body Photography

Photography By: Kaity Body Photography

Photography By: Kaity Body Photography

Photography By: Kaity Body Photography

Photography By: Kaity Body Photography

Photography By: Kaity Body Photography

Photography By: Kaity Body Photography

Photography By: Kaity Body Photography

Photography By: Kaity Body Photography

Photography By: Kaity Body Photography

Photography By: Kaity Body Photography

Photography By: Kaity Body Photography

Photography By: Kaity Body Photography

Photography By: Kaity Body Photography

Photography By: Kaity Body Photography

Photography By: Kaity Body Photography

Photography By: Kaity Body Photography

Photography By: Kaity Body Photography

Photography By: Kaity Body Photography

Photography By: Kaity Body Photography

Photography By: Kaity Body Photography

Ceremony + Reception Venue: Wurst / Photography: Kaity Body Photography / Florals: Fern & Frond / Hair + Makeup: Karen Malcolm

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On Brand Baches

Photography by: This is Photography

Photography by: This is Photography

The phrase 'is that on brand?' is spoken a lot around PD - occasionally (OK, more than occasionally) it's used when one of us wears a Biggie Smalls sweatshirt to a styled shoot - but more often it is used quizzically as we chat about design details and schematics of a wedding. It can be really easy to fall in love with a certain element (we mean, who doesn't love multi-coloured glitter confetti) and due to that love, easily forget that it might not be so cohesive with your wedding vibe of organic and airy. 

Most of our B+G's totally get this (we really are the luckiest planners!) and this past month we were even luckier than usual when one of our B's BFFs asked us to be a part of her bachelorette and help carry through the wedding vibe to the par-tay. 

Laura (our B to be!) is getting married in Halifax later this month and is doing bodacious boho bridal to the max (we honestly can't wait to share photos with you guys!). Along with florals, light fabrics and a soft colour scheme, she also is adding in pops of whimsy and kitch (in the perfect ways!) and her bachelorette was nothing, if not, on brand!

Hosted at The Nash and followed up with Korean karaoke at Nanta, Laura and 15 of her nearest and dearest started with dinner before moving on to some she-nanta-gans (get what we did there!). Keeping in line with the boho theme, large balloons with tassels and yarn chilled on the table and friends and family drank her signature cocktail the yoLO (anything that can be a homage to Drake and our B's nickname is beyond golden in our books). Guests were greeted with cookies from Pretty Sweet, which were hashtagged #macmarried (a nod to our B's last name and her love for Mickey D's) and placed in Big Mac boxes tied with perfect bows. Never one to miss out on a good rhyme (or logistical instruction!), framed notes were placed on the table outlining the flow of the night and any info guests needed. 

We had the most fun being a part of the night and loved being able to see the wedding vibe fit right in at the bach. 

XO - L+S

PS - We weren't planning on sharing this (and maybe had a yoLO or two), so we apologize for the photo quality!

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The B Word: Budget

Photography by: Kendal + Kevin

Photography by: Kendal + Kevin

A wedding is a time to celebrate - to laugh with friends and family, to learn and grow with your soon to be husband/wife, to share private Pinterest boards with your besties (and planners!)...

...but it is also a time to remember your grade six 'Intro to Excel' class - because let us tell you - remembering how to do Excel formulas is going to seriously come in handy  (I mean, who has time to exit Instagram to get to the calculator function on your phone, right?). 

Here at Paper Doll, one of us likes Excel more than the other (what's wrong with a good table in Word?!).  But both of us agree on one thing, everyone needs a spreadsheet entitled 'UGH' or "What a B" or, if you're going to be all adult about it, just "Budget."  

....And not only do you need the spreadsheet, but you have to update it (we know, those numbers aren't always so pretty). 

So, at the risk of being a total downer this Wednesday, today's blog is on everyone's least favorite topic - the budget. Here are some of our top five tips to staying within your budget.

  1. DO A DRAFT
    We love organization (Steph literally spent last Saturday night organizing her closet, live texted it and loved every minute of it), so we might have a skewed view on this, but doing up a draft budget let's you stay organized and in control. Include all wedding expenses (ceremony, attire, reception, food, beverage, decor, entertainment, florals, photography, stationary, etc.) and be realistic in your numbers. Include both a 'projected expense' tab and an 'actual expense' tab and track your costs as you go along. 
     
  2. PRIORITIES
    Allocate funds in a way that best represents you as a couple. If you love a good dance party (and who doesn't), but think wedding favors are a little passe, well that's A-OK (we'll stop now, before we break into a really bad rap).  When drafting your budget, make sure you know what your priorities are and allot funds accordingly - don't feel like you have to spend funds on 'traditional' aspects of weddings that aren't necessarily representative of you. 
     
  3. HIDDEN (NOT SO) GEMS
    Sure, your food costs might be $4,000 and your beverage costs might be $5,000. So your total food and beverage bill is $9,000 - right? Not quite, don't forget to include GST, So-CAN fees, and, if you're hosting in a full-service venue, gratuity will also be included on top of the final spend (usually 18%-20%).  We also recommend having a contingency budget (usually 5 - 10%) of your overall budget - this way you can cover any of those not-so-great surprises (and if there are none - score! - you're that much richer). 
     
  4. THE GOLDEN TICKET
    Lil' John is really pro shots (shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, everybody!), but your budget sure isn't. The number one way a budget gets away from you is due to a large alcohol bill. If you're worried about your costs blowing up, the easiest way to combat this is to offer drink tickets. That way, your guests can have a few drinks on the happy couple and you'll remain a happy couple when you get your final invoice. 

  5. DOUBLE DUTY
    We love decor. We also love logistics. And when those two things are combined - well that's just a match made in heaven. Logistical elements are required for your wedding (where will people sit, what is the flow of the reception, etc). Instead of viewing those elements as purely functional, consider them as decor opportunities too. What elements of your ceremony and reception space can act as double duty for decor? Trees, exposed beams and large windows can all become decor with a little imagination. You can cross off logistical necessities and decor with one stone!

Happy spreadsheeting!

XO - L+S

 

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