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Many couple inadvertently forget about some of the very important elements in choosing their wedding date. What style of wedding dress do you envision?  Is it sleeveless? If so, you may not want to choose a date in October….at least not in Canada!  What about the bridesmaids dresses….you would want to give them the same consideration.   How will the groom feel in a ‘full on’ black suit in the middle of a scorching hot summer day?  What about the groomsmen?  Have you seen a beautiful bouquet that you just can’t live without?  Find out when those particular flowers are readily available in your area and make that a part of your decision.

Budget is a large part and if flowers are important to you, then try to choose your date according to the availability of your favourite flowers and that will hep your budgets bottom line.
One of the favorite flowers of many brides are Peonie.  Peonie  have a  small window of opportunity here in Canada. Don’t get me wrong, they can be had for a longer stretch of time, but at a prime cost. If you are willing to stretch your budget there are many options open to you for flowers. But if you are ‘ budget minded’ , then like I said, try to stick to the flowers that are readily available at the time of year of your wedding date.
Here’s an interesting article by Colin Cowie….enjoy.


January 20, 2013

So, I just googled Stage Right Weddings to see what came up….is this bragging?…. I was pleasantly surprised let’s say 🙂
For those of you that are planning your weddings whether it be this year or next, consider Stage Right Rentals as an option to make the process so much easier.  Stage Right Rentals is a arm of Stage RIght etc.. It was created to service those clients that found themselves wanting our services but their date was booked ( for full service) or their budget just wasn’t enough for our full service options. Stage Right Rentals (me..LOL)  will custom design a table for you and the price will include delivery, set up and take down! NO hidden fees…doesn’t that make you smile? If your getting married at The Laurel Packinghouse, The Cove Lakeside Resort , Summerhill Pyramid Winery or The Eldorado take a peek at our ‘draping’ options! Combine the two and your so close to being done it make me giddy!

I’m not the greatest writer but I hope you catch my heart when you read our blog! Bottom line…I love what I do!!!  And I love serving you!!!

It’s a Happy Day!

January 16, 2013

It is such an honour to be in this wonderful magazine!  We look forward to great things to come 🙂


Winter Wedding Bliss

January 12, 2013


Winter doesn’t usually bring me outside…I’m the stay in the house by the fire with a hot cup of tea kind of girl.

I couldn’t resist the offer from Suzanne of Eye of Le Stage Photography to be involved

with this wedding portrait session with models Toni and Dayton.

Toni and Dayton were such good sports….

I even noticed Daytons hands going blue at points in the shoot but he never complained!

Crystals and candles, a girls best friend….no that’s supposed to be diamonds…none the less that table was breathtaking.

A full length cream taffeta cover with a sheer overlay draping on the snow and a beautiful taupe table topper.

Thank you  to All Occasions for the clear chivari chairs and Flair Chair Covers for the beautiful chair decor.

We watched as the beautiful large fluffy snowflakes fell into the glasses. It was magical!

The cake…what can I say…it speaks for itself.  Thank you Tanya of  Whisk Cakes for this amazing piece of art!

Dreams are made of stuff like this!!!

For more photos please go to Eye of Le Stage Blog



Top 10 Trends || Colin Cowie Weddings.

The Colin Cowie Weddings editors were front row at over 50 runway shows during this season’s Bridal Fashion Week. Some designers showed their Spring 2013 collections while others looked even further to Fall 2013, but all were a gorgeous blur of textures and sparkles gliding down the runways. (Take a look back at our live coverage on Facebook for behind-the-scenes photos)

Here are the Top 10 Trends we saw for wedding dresses in 2013.


Summer 2011 revisited!

January 8, 2013

I know this is an old post but I had to bring it back to life!  For the couples trying to plan their decor this year: consider adding a punch of color to your summer wedding!  Rich tones of purples, maroon, blues and dark browns/blacks with a punch of green.  Keep it simple and don’t try to add the colors everywhere.  Your bouquets and a few arrangements is all you need to tie it all together. Don’t go overboard with it. Keeping your base white with a simple black on white patterned runner or coverlet and you’ve got it!

So on to sharing or should I say ‘resharing’…..

Glen and Cathi Durrell did a spectacular job on the photos, which is nothing short of ‘normal’ for them. Especially considering the time restraints they had to work with to get the photos taken.  Alright, time for some photo love. We MUST start with the dress. This one deserves the spotlight for sure.

Did your jaw just hit the floor ? I know. Mine did too.

Not trying to toot my own horn or anything but I LOVE this bouquet !
Stunning, stunning and stunning. Picture perfect day. Picture perfect bride. Picture perfect setting.
And of course theres the Perfect Pictures to capture it all !
Now the food. Seriously I couldn’t skip this part. I tried, but it just wouldn’t be right. Manteo provided the food and let me tell you, it was top notch. Amazing to say the least. There were about five different food stations. All complete with chefs in full uniform cooking up a storm. The smell was to die for. The displays were so spectacular I had to literally hold my hands, clenched, behind my back to stop from eating them. It was no joke. No joke at all.
Alright, I could post a million photos of food but lets get to some decor goodness. Cause there was some serious decor goodness…
The couch of the year. I am in love with this couch like you wouldn’t believe. Pure perfection. Glen, you killed these, as per usual.
There were two seating areas like this in the tent with multiple other areas around the property with huge ‘lounging’ potential. ‘Lounging’ being one of my personal favourite activities at a wedding… and I think many guests would agree with me on that.
My objective in this post was to narrow the photos down to about a dozen and send you all over to the website to see the rest. Clearly I couldn’t help myself. However there are a few more over at the website so feel free to take a peek and wander a little.
Please leave me some blog love below so I don’t feel lonely out here in this big bad blog world.
Thanks for the love.


As originally posted on Power to Change and also on Learn

I personally thought this was a very good article. If I can learn from it…well…. let’s just leave it at that!

My husband’s very good at apologizing. It’s not that I don’t apologize. Admitting when you’re wrong is hard but I always do it when I believe I’m wrong. It’s that the way I apologize doesn’t get received as being sincere. I’m working on getting better at apologizing and this is what I’ve learned so far.

In any apology, the hearer is usually willing to accept it if they believe the apologizer is sincere. The problem comes in how we determine whether or not someone is sincere. This all has to do with how you were taught to apologize.

We didn’t hear each other

In my family you could do or say something nice as gesture of apology. If you used words you just said “I’m sorry” and that was enough. But in my husband’s family apologies are more detailed than that. Rather than simply saying, “I’m sorry”
you say what you’re sorry for. In his family apologies are specific. He’s used to hearing things like, “I’m sorry I reacted without getting clarification first.”

Our different methods of apology have lead to some complicated situations in our home. I would do something inconsiderate. My husband would point it out. I’d mull it over, agree internally that it was inconsiderate, and do something nice as a gesture of apology. Then my husband would get mad that I glossed over the issue by doing something nice. I’d be left confused by the whole incident.

Other times I would do something inconsiderate. My husband would point it out. I’d mull it over, agree and say, “I’m sorry.”

My husband would say, “You’re not sorry, you don’t even know what you’re sorry for!”

So I would say, “But I agree with you! I’m really sorry!”

And would he say, “I don’t believe you’re truly sorry.” Once again, I’d be confused.

5 Ways to apologize

The differences in the way my husband and I hear apologies are pretty common. So what do you do when the person you love doesn’t hear you when you say, “I’m sorry?” In his book Things I Wish I’d Known Before Getting Married, Dr. Gary Chapman details five languages of apology that are universal.

1.Expressing regret -This language appeals to the emotions. It indicates that we are aware that we caused pain. “I’m sorry I spoke harshly. I know I’ve hurt your feelings and I’m so sorry for that.”

2. Accepting responsibility – This language spells out what was done wrong. “I was wrong to speak to you in that tone. I shouldn’t have reacted like that.”

3.Making restitution – This one is all about how to make up. Usually the request will fall in line with that person’s love language. “I can’t believe I reacted that way. Please tell me what I can do to make it up to you.”

4.Expressing the desire to change behavior – This one is pretty self-explanatory. “I keep losing my temper and I know that’s not right. I don’t want to repeat this. Can you think of anything that could help make sure this doesn’t happen?”

5.Requesting forgiveness – This is where forgiveness has to be requested before the apology is seen as being sincere. “I’m so sorry I spoke harshly and reacted the way I did. I know this hurts you. Will you please forgive me?”

One of these apology languages will resonate the most strongly with you. (For me it’s expressing regret). And likely, a different one will resonate more strongly with your spouse. (For my husband it’s accepting responsibility). Now we’re learning how to apologize in each other’s languages, as well as to extend the grace in accepting an apology that didn’t come out in our preferred language.

Something else I try to practice is to NEVER say “I’m sorry…but” even if there was wrongdoing on the other side. The “but” nullifies the whole apology. It’s an attempt to excuse your own bad behavior based on their bad behavior. It takes strength and humility but you ALWAYS have a choice over your actions. Be responsible for owning up on your end. God will deal with your spouse separately.

If you’ve received an apology are you ready to forgive?

2013 is here!

January 1, 2013

2013 is here and I ask ” What does that mean to you?”. For our clients it’s the year of new beginnings as Mr and Mrs! Sounds so easy doesn’t it? Well there is a whole lot wrapped up in that “Mr. and Mrs.” Unconditional love and acceptance, forgiveness, sharing…. the list goes on. My hubby and I have been married for almost 37 years and his favourite saying is ” The best marriages are between two of the best forgivers!”
Here’s to a wonderful year of new beginnings for everyone!
For me it’s a year of giving back. This community and many vendors in it have helped to put Stage Right “on the map! I am so grateful to them all.

Wishing everyone a wonderful, happy, successful New Year!

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December 6, 2012

Lets just get right to it – we have Wedding Planner crushes on these two. No word of a lie, I think we would adopt them if we could. Our first meeting there may have been tears from laughing so hard. (or slight wetting of the pants – too much info? I thought so. Moving on… )

These two are fantastic. A perfect pair and absolute gems to be around. This is how great they are : We showed up the morning of their wedding to set up and there were these pretty boxes on the table, tied with a bow and each with a card with our names on it. What a treat. It definitely put even more of a bounce in our step as we set up. There’s just something about these two. Something pretty great.

Enjoy the teaser but click here to see more. (this is saving me hours in uploading time… just so you know) 🙂

Oh and a few little notes in regards to the photos you are about to see…… the signs the boys carried down the aisle : a complete surprise from Sara to Scott. The photos where you see Scott (and everyone at the reception) singing to Sara : a complete surprise to her. Le sigh. We love these two.

Ok, enough is enough. Photo time. Enjoy.

Like I said – Huge Wedding Planner crush. Love you two.

We know you’ll live happily ever after. You and your two ADORABLE little dogs. 😉




November 30, 2012

Ok, so you have probably seen these photos already. I mean, they were kind of everywhere for a while… just not here… where they should be. Plus, I never get tired of these ones. This was such a fun collaboration between Stage Right Etc and Jessica Zais Photography. We spent hours dreaming up ideas and then going on the hunt to make them happen… like the perfect “Anne” character and the perfect wedding dress that had the poofy sleeves she always wanted. (though these ones would have never been enough for the real Anne) It was a lot of work to put together, but what a treat to see the end results. Many thanks to Sweet On You Cakes for joining the venture and creating three beautiful cakes to compliment the design as well as individual ‘carrot cakes’ for each of the ‘guests’ attending. This was such a great touch and we were so thrilled that you were willing to jump on board with us ! Also a big thank you to Melissa Dacre for doing such a perfect job on “Anne’s” hair. We absolutely loved the final result. As for Jessica Zais. Couldn’t have done it without you ! Thank you so much for making this happen with us. You’re amazing. And then theres Us. Yay US. This was fun.

Enjoy a few photos below and then click here to head to our website for the rest. (I know. I’m such a scammer)

Don’t forget to take a look at the rest of the mock up on our site.