Carmen’s Open House: Photo Post

Carmen's Banquet Centre Hamilton Ontario Toronto
Earlier this month we held an Open House across three of our venues (Carmen’s Banquet Centre, the C Hotel by Carmen’s, and The Lakeview) that gave brides and grooms the opportunity to come in and see what our ballrooms look like when fully decorated for a Carmen’s wedding. Our event planners loved preparing for the Open House because it gave them the opportunity to showcase all of our favourite decor and room set ups. It turned out to be quite a snowy, blustery day but we had a great day time meeting new couples, talking about weddings, enjoying some mimosas, and giving tours of our venues! If you missed this event, don’t worry – we took lots of pictures! Here are some of the best photos from our February 2014 Open House. Continue reading

Best Love Songs of 2013

You can’t deny that there was a lot of amazing music released last year. We’ve compiled a list of the best love songs from 2013 to include in your wedding playlist. All of them capture different feelings of love perfectly and would really add to the vibe of your night. What songs do you plan on including in your playlist?

Beyonce – XO

Most heart-melting lyrics:
Your love is bright as ever

Even in the shadows
Baby kiss me
Before they turn the lights out
Your heart is glowing
And I’m crashing into you
Baby kiss me
Before they turn the lights out

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GUEST POST: 10 Wedding Photography Tips – for BRIDES!


Meet Melissa Miller; photographer, mother, dreamer and all around fantastic person! Oh, and one of Carmen’s great preferred partners. Melissa is the keen eye and camera behind Moments by Melissa Miller. We can’t get enough of her beautiful wedding photography, so we asked if she could share some of her expertise on our blog.  Melissa was kind enough to share some really great advice on what you can do to help your photographer get the best possible wedding pictures – one’s that you will truly cherish forever. So, without further ado, here are 10 Wedding Photography Tips – for Brides! brought to you by Melissa Miller:

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Colour Themes for Winter Weddings

silver gold and ivory

Silver & Gold (+ Ivory)

Canada is a country of long, icy winters and it’s definitely not the typical season to have a wedding – but we think these winter wedding themes will make you rethink opting for a classic summer affair. Winter weddings are all about glamour, cozy decor, comfort food and (if it’s in December), holiday cheer! Here are five gorgeous colour schemes for a beautiful, snowy wedding.  Continue reading

Stunning Wedding Bands from H. Williams Jewellery

H. Williams Jewellery's Newly Renovated Upper James Location

H. Williams Jewellery’s Newly Renovated Upper James Location

Ah, choosing your wedding bands. It’s a bittersweet process; on one hand, you have the opportunity to buy yourself the jewellery you want and on the other, there’s the pressure of choosing something you’ll wear for the rest of your life (eek!). There’s so many other things to consider too, such as metals, gems, shape, cost, how it fits with your engagement ring and how it matches your husband-to-be’s band. Luckily, there are experts to help! We talked to our friends at H. Williams Jewellery (one of Carmen’s preferred partners) to get their suggestions on five beautiful ladies wedding bands that are sure to stand the test of time.
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Bridal Updos for Long Hair

low loose chignon

Low, Loose Chignon

You’ve got the dress, the jewellery, the shoes – now it’s time to pick a bridal hairstyle to bring it all together on the big day. There’s a lot of lovely options to choose from, but you just can’t go wrong with a chic updo! Whether you’re looking for something romantic & boho or sleek & classic, you’ll love these updos for long hair. Continue reading

Tips For Using Pinterest To Plan Your Wedding

Planning your dream wedding is all about keeping track of the details. However, those details can be overwhelming for even the most organized of brides. Deciding on colour schemes, cake designs, hairstyles, dresses, photographers, menus, timelines and the like is exciting, but also potentially stressful!

Brides, meet Pinterest: “a tool for collecting and organizing the things you love.” Gone are the days of ripping pages out of bridal magazines and lugging around a 10 pound wedding planning book – Pinterest let’s you easily organize all your wedding ideas from the web into “pinboards”. If you aren’t already using this popular social media website to catalog your favourite things, we can’t recommend it enough for wedding planning. Here’s some tips on making the most out of Pinterest when planning your special day.

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Ten Beautiful First Dance Songs: Indie

Choosing a song for your very first dance as husband and wife is a daunting task for many couples. Sure, there are many beautiful and romantic classics to choose from – but how many other brides and grooms have swayed to the soulful sounds of Etta James’ “At Last”?

We’ve compiled 10 beautiful indie first dance songs for those couples who want to show off their unique style with that special tune.

1. Cat Power – Sea of Love

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