Lush florals, living walls, flowing gowns and the return of deep colours.
With the first signs of spring starting to make their appearance, we’re filled with the familiar anticipation and excitement for wedding season at White Oaks. Brides in stunning gowns, laughter filled rooms, friends coming from afar and families coming together. We love weddings!
An incredible amount of planning goes into making this the perfect day, and with so many factors to consider having your dream venue picked is the first stop.
What do you look for? What is most important to you, as a couple? What will make your day ‘yours’? Where do you want to say “I do”?
Summers in Niagara are full of sunny warm days leading into starry nights. Garden weddings have been, and will always be a dream setting to say “I do,” but only when the weather fully cooperates. This is one of the most important factors to take into consideration when choosing an outdoor venue. As much as we wish every couple could have their dream garden wedding, having a rain room back up that can still capture your vision is crucial. Large windows, with natural light that will brighten up the room even on the gloomiest of days. Bring the outside in with a lush floral archway or boxwood living wall sets the stage to turn your back up plan into your perfect space.
So what do we have to look forward to this wedding season? I predict the comeback of simplistic yet classic gowns, fitted but with flowing features and vintage lace. Dresses that move away from the Victorian era of White and into ivory, champagne and rum pink. Living walls and lush greenery, cascading bouquets with succulents woven in, floral wreaths and hoops are just some of the trends we are starting to see. This year’s bride will be bold with her colour choices, choosing single colour floral arrangements to create intensity, with Pantone’s colour of the year ‘Ultra Violet’ leading, with deep plum and burgundy accents.
Your perfect dress, venue and décor aren’t the only items to check off on your list – what about your guests? When taking into consideration your ceremony and reception time most couples like to leave a few hours in between the two for pictures, and touch ups. For most wedding guests, this means a few hours to find something to do before the reception starts.
This wedding planner suggest putting together a “to do list” for your guests, which can easily be handed out at your ceremony, or put on your wedding website. For our White Oaks brides, top of the list is raising a toast to the happy couple out on the patio or in our Play Bar & Grill. Guest can enjoy a signature cocktail, an ice cold beer, or a glass of sparkly wine from our extensive wine list. Suggest a walk across the street to the Outlets, or a quick dip in our pool to keep the kids calm. The key to success is our location – having everything onsite, creating a stress-free, enjoyable day for everyone. This year will not disappoint, and we can hardly wait!