© Melissa Nowakowski 2009

Every so often an unusual colour-theme pops its lil' head out from the same old boring colour trends and really makes a splash. For this Planner, it's orange, blue and brown. You've seen blue and brown. You've seen orange and brown. It's likely that you've even seen orange and blue. But rarely do you see all three together.

A bit bold, a bit suave and ever-so-stylish this colour combo can turn any event from "Oh how pretty" to "oh my, what colour!"

Whether the colour is exposed through stripes, solids or polka dots or whether two colours are prominent with the third merely acting as an accent, orange, blue and brown is one combo that stands out from the rest.

Mix bright orange with royal blue and brown for a fun, bold effect. Or pair up burnt orange, ice blue and brown for a more sophisticated pallette. Whatever shade you choose offers up endless possibilities.

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© Melissa Nowakowski

There's something about animal print that brings out the wild in all of us.

Add just a dab of jungle here and there and you have bold sophistication. Carry your animal theme throughout and you have a wedding or event that is both incredibly daring and oodles of fun!

You need not limit animal print to linens or decor to have grrrrr-eat impact. From dessert and invitations to takeaways, garters and yes, even postage, Et Lofte dares you to take the inspiration below and

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We're thrilled to announce that Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine has chosen to include Et Lofte Events on their Platinum List -- a directory of top wedding professionals from around the globe.

Wedding Style Magazine is the premier wedding publication that showcases the “best of the best” of the wedding industry in the U.S., Canada and around the globe.

Synonymous with innovative and luxurious weddings, Wedding Style magazine and its companion website provide affluent couples with the very best resources available to help them create meaningful, one-of-a-kind weddings.

A position on the Grace Ormonde Platinum List is an honor that is extended by invitation only. Elite vendors, national and international, are carefully selected and invited – not solicited with ad space sales, as this note in the magazine makes clear: “The Platinum List is not an open advertising section. Vendors have been asked to participate by special invitation only, and have been chosen for the style of their work and the quality of their service in their geographical location.”

Et Lofte Events was thrilled to receive the following praise in its personal invitation "When we find a diamond in the rough we certainly celebrate it".

Honoured to be listed among such prestigious wedding industry experts, we at Et Lofte Events will continue to deliver on our promise to create innovative weddings with the very same creativity, passion and dedication on which we’ve prided ourselves.



© Melissa Nowakowski September 14 2009

Every wedding planner has a "Dream Theme" for a wedding or an event. And with that "Dream Theme" comes the hope that one day a client will be brave enough (or let's face it -- have the budget) to create it.

This planner's dream theme is "CIRQUE" -- a beautiful blend of the mystique of Cirque du Soliel and the whimsical essence of feathers and pearls. With the entertainment of stilt walkers, contortionists and other painted performers during cocktail hour and a juggling performance followed by a live band during the reception, this event would overflow with thrills at every turn.

Combining whispy feathers with peakcock for charming centerpieces and illuminating the tent walls in purple and turquoise creates an elegant take on the circus theme -- a theme that has been previously used for corporate events but never for a wedding.

This planner would give her right arm to plan a "cirque" wedding and is on the hunt for a client daring enough to give her the opportunity.

Any takers?



© Melissa Nowakowski September 2009

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Want a unique takeaway idea that is also eco-friendly? Well raise a tea cup to a new trend that's hitting the wedding and event in a big way -- luxury tea blends!

Dedicated tea connoisseur, Neeta Khanna, has taken her passion for tea from the Himalayas to Canada. Language of the Leaf, nestled in the ultimate of trendy locations -- Yorkville -- offers luxuriously blended, uniquely flavoured teas that are packaged in personally labeled, air-tight caddies (otherwise known as reusable tins) and presented in beautifully decorated boxes.

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Some of the tea-rific blends that Language of the Leaf offers for your special event are:

Wedding Blend: Sweet and innocent meets flirty taste! White tea infused with peach nectar and decorated with romantic pink rosebuds

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Biscotti: You don't have to be Italian to love this -- classic Ceylon tea with delicious almond cookie overtones, coupled with Cinnamon and almond slivers.
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Chocolate Dream: Chocolate fanatics will drool over this combination of chocolate flavour and cocoa bits!

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Bali Breeze: Could you get cuter than this? A smooth blend of Green Roobios combined with slivers of mango, papaya, peach and orange peels and decorated with marigold flowers.
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As Neeta puts it, these incredible tea blends transform "the humble beverage into an affordable luxury" and turn an ordinary takeaway at your next event into a taste-experience worthy of one elegant pinky finger up!

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If you're a Canadian technical mastermind, Et Lofte Events is officially throwing this over to you to jump on the band wagon and get it started here -- Mobile Wedding Planning!

My Wedding Concierge, created by US-based Phyllis Cheung, is an IPhone app that uses smart search technology to make it easy for tech-savvy American brides to seek out wedding vendors in their area.

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Truly a brilliant idea for the bride-on-the-go!