Carmelina Karas

Q1. Thank you so much for chatting with us! To start off, would you mind sharing a brief introduction about you, your magazine and what you do?
A1. Carmelina Karas, Editor and C.E.O. of The Wedding Planner Magazine, started creating wedding magic back in 2011 at the age of 21 as the print magazine was born. She has passionately pursued her dream of connecting brides and grooms with local vendors to make their weddings as unique as they are and strives to put 100% into everything she does in life. As a firm believer in hard work now pays off later, she has gathered a team of 22 to create what the magazine is today. Sold in all Chapters, Indigo locations across Ontario and distributed at local Bridal Shows and events, The Wedding Planner Magazine is the perfect tool for gaining inspiration, advice, and connections with reputable vendors so your wedding day creates memories that last a lifetime. The magazine utilizes social media, stylized photo shoots, online marketing, industry experts, bridal shows, wedding planning, and reputable preferred vendors to spread the word and continue the growth of the publication.

Q2. What inspired you to start a wedding magazine?
A2. The idea for the magazine blossomed when friends began to get engaged and indicated there were not enough local wedding vendors available to them. Being one who has always enjoyed working with the print medium, Ms. Karas received a Bachelor of Technology in Graphic Communications Management from Ryerson University and a Minor in Marketing. She looks forward to releasing the next special Fall/Winter 2015 double issue of the magazine on September 1st, 2015.

Q3. What would you say is the most prevalent trend in event and wedding decorations for this year? (Particularly colors, design, themes, etc)
A3. The colour of the year is Marsala. That being said, I expect it show up more as the base colour for Fall and Winter weddings, rather than the ones I've seen so far from Spring and Summer weddings. More and more brides are opting for an "off-white" wedding and are looking to colours such as ivory, blush, champagne or even beige. Brides are cautioned however that wearing a coloured gown means also looking into coloured linens to prevent looking out of place. This year is seeing a lot of suspended items of decor. Suspended florals, suspended cakes, even suspended bouquet centrepieces! The most popular floral combination we've seen is garden roses, ranunculus, roses, and hydrangea (to give that fuller effect). This florals have either been left clean and bright, or have been intermingled with greenery to add dimension. A number of bridal showers and themed weddings have been taking tips from Europe, with influence specifically from Paris, France and Venice, Italy.

Q4. What is your favorite event/wedding decoration idea for 2015?
A4. I absolutely love the garden theme with twinkle lights, candles, suspended florals and garland. It gives the wedding a rustic, country feel while keeping the day elegant and enchanting. These weddings happen both indoors and outdoors but either way you will feel like you are in a fairytale. There is a large element of romance and grandeur while keeping things intimate and close-knit. This decor is enhanced when the bride goes for a lace or more flowing choice of dress with less structure and more room for movement.

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