Make your own Wedding Bands Workshop

If you’re looking for unique wedding bands that mean just that little bit more than your average ring, why not make them yourselves? And I mean, literally, make them yourselves.


The Den in Toronto offers workshops that allow couples the opportunity to enjoy a romantic adventure together while forging the metals that will eventually be used in your wedding vows. The staff works with you to ensure your designs, no matter how intricate, are seen through to fruition. Be sure to get started early!


No matter the metal type or even if you want precious stones, your experience together at the Den will turn your wedding bands into passionately loved pieces of art. Or, surprise your significant other with a custom piece of jewelry as a wedding gift. Check them out on Facebook here.



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The Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay Salon Experience

This post is sponsored by Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay.

Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay is designed to provide you with the ultimate shopping experience for everything you need on your special day. From your first appointment to your last fitting, we will ensure that the dress you wear on your wedding day is everything you’ve always imagined and more.

Here’s a quick overview of your initial gown consultation:

First, you’ll meet your consultant and share details about your dream dress. Feel free to mention gowns you have seen on our website, but be sure to walk through our beautiful gown gallery to pick out more options.


While you put on your robe in one of our spacious fitting rooms, your consultant will search the salon for a selection of gowns that match your description of the perfect dress. Your consultant may present you with a few gowns that you hadn’t initially considered, so it’s important to have an open mind.


You’ll try on the dresses that you believe will be strong contenders for your special day and show them off to your friends and family.


Many brides find their wedding gown on their first visit to Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay, while others return for a follow-up appointment.


Take some time to browse through our beautiful assortment of shoes and accessories, and try them on with your gown.


It’s always an emotional and celebratory moment when you say “I do” to the dress of your dreams with loved ones by your side.

For your own incredible experience, book your appointment today.

PHONE:            416-861-4800



We encourage you to call to get the best available date and time.


And for a unique bridal shopping experience, visit us during our weekend trunk shows that feature your favourite designers.

Here’s what’s coming up:

Hayley Paige                           June 3 – 5

Tara Keely                               June 10 – 12

Rivini                                       July 22 – 24

Call 416-861-4800 to book a trunk show appointment. See our full list of trunk shows at

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Historic Toronto Venues for your Wedding

Toronto has a lot of history. Centuries of history, in fact. And even for thousands of years before it became incorporated as the city of Toronto and the capital of Ontario. That’s a whole lot of weddings taking place on Toron-oe  soil.

The Omni King Edward Hotel opened its doors in 1903 and has played host to the likes of Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, Louis Armstrong, Elizabeth Taylor, The Beatles, and the King of rock n’roll himself, Elvis Presley. This hotel offers a magical wedding venue for a stylish princess affair.


Photo Courtesy of Omni Hotels

Built in 1871, the Berkeley Church House served as a house of worship for Wesleyan Methodists until the 1950s, when it became a film studio. In 1999, the church was transformed into an event venue offering a stained-glass atmosphere with majestic acoustics. The Berkeley church offers a wedding venue experience that is immersed with exquisite details and timeless beauty.

High atop a hill in midtown Toronto sits the Casa Loma castle. Built over the course of a few years (1911-1914) as a labour of love by Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, only to sit vacant after Henry suffered severe financial losses in the wake of World War 1. Casa Loma suffered a rocky past, but it eventually became one of Toronto’s top attractions and event venues. With its well-preserved Gothic Revival style, Casa Loma offers a fully inclusive wedding experience on historically breathtaking grounds.


Photo Credit: © Rowell Photography

– Catherine Thorpe

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3 Industrial-Hip Wedding Venues in Toronto

Traditional weddings usually call for traditional wedding venues: event halls with beautiful stone floors, delicate wooden furniture, and marble accents. But what if you’re not into the traditional? For the more modern and progressive among you, why not try a more industrial and urban setting? Not only will it modernize your event, it’ll up the artsy factor. So, without further ado, here are some industrial-hip venues for you to consider.

The Steam Whistle Brewery


Photo courtesy of Steam Whistle Brewing

Exposed brickwork and rough wood beams make this space feel both modern and warm at the same time (something of a difficult task!). For this venue, you can choose your own caterers from a pre-approved list of vendors and all libations for the day will be served by The Steam Whistle Brewery. If you’re interested, there are even brewery tours available for you and your guests provided you book in advance.

The Fermenting Cellar


Photo courtesy of Christopher Dew

The Fermenting Cellar is located in Toronto’s Distillery District. Rough walls and the exposed ceiling make for a very industrialized and raw space. It’s this very roughness that makes it such a great blank canvas for any event, however. Pretty much any theme you can think of will work here! What was once a stone distilling and milling building is now able to provide for your event and catering needs.

The Burroughes Building


Photo courtesy of

This loft style venue has both an interior area and a rooftop outdoor space for your event. You can enjoy the artsy, industrial, and urban interior if the weather’s not to your liking or if you simply prefer to stay inside. For those of you who prefer fresh air, the rooftop provides both views of the sky and the skyline. The 3rd, 6th, and rooftop are all available for rental and can fit quite a few guests.

Samantha Muraca

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Casa Loma: 3 Great Features for a Wedding Venue

Photo courtesy of Bynx via PhotographyBB

Photo courtesy of Bynx via PhotographyBB

Casa Loma has long been a historic landmark for Torontonians. As one of North America’s relatively few castles, its halls and gardens have welcomed tourists and locals alike to explore. As recently as January 2014, however, Casa Loma has now been made available for venue booking. If you’re looking for that special place to tie the knot with that special someone, then look no further! Here are a few highlights of the castle and grounds to give you some ideas.

The Glass Pavilion

Photo courtesy of Casa Loma via Twitter

Photo courtesy of Casa Loma via Twitter

If you’re planning a summer wedding, the Casa Loma grounds will house a beautiful glass pavilion. This gorgeous space, great as a dining or dance area, also offers fantastic views of both the castle and the city. You can enjoy the summer weather while it lasts with the outdoor/indoor space, with the added benefit of protection in case there’s a little unexpected drizzle.

The Gardens

Photo courtesy of Robin De Groot

Photo courtesy of Robin De Groot

Casa Loma is home to five acres of garden. That’s beautiful green and explosion of colours as far as the eye can see. Sounds like a dream, right? It doesn’t stop there! Not only are there dazzling arrays gorgeous and rare flowers, there are also melodious fountains and intriguing sculptures dotting the estate. An amazing space to set up your wedding venue, if you ask me.

The Conservatory

Photo courtesy of Lisa Goodmurphy via Travel Mamas

Photo courtesy of Lisa Goodmurphy via Travel Mamas

The conservatory, located inside the walls of Casa Loma, offers a more serene atmosphere for a wedding venue. Perhaps it’s the delicate stained glass dome on the ceiling that makes the space seem reminiscent of a church. In any case, the conservatory is another great option for those of you wanting to keep your venue indoors, perhaps for winter weddings or for those who are averse to pollen.


– Samantha Muraca

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Couple Weds at Toronto’s Ribfest

Francis Côté and Pamela Ruttan with their daughter Oivia. Photo courtesy of Daniel Otis via Toronto Star

Francis Côté and Pamela Ruttan with their daughter Oivia. Photo courtesy of Daniel Otis via Toronto Star.

There is no wedding menu better than one that includes a lot of meat with a side of barbecue sauce.

Toronto’s annual Ribfest was made a bit more special when Francis Côté and Pamela Ruttan opened the festivities on Saturday by tying the knot. The couple were winners of a contest from the Etobicoke Rotary Club and Wedding Girl, which awarded them with a free reception at Ribfest. Côté and Ruttan learned they were the winners on June 15, giving them only two weeks to prepare for their wedding.

The newlyweds first met online, five years ago.

“The first time we met, we stayed together for 12 hours,” Côté told The Star. “Four weeks later, we were living together.”

The free wedding festivities were well deserved. Côté, 33, is a clerk in the Royal Canadian Air Force and Ruttan, 30, works in retail and spends much of her time with a co-operative housing non-profit. Last year, their home was hit during a tornado, which the couple say they are still working to rebuild.

The couple was joined by about 50 guests at Centennial Park’s chalet. Every table was decorated with fresh-cut flowers and, fittingly, bottles of barbecue sauce.


– Rosemina Nazarali, Editor 

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This Toronto Couple Invited the Whole City to Their Park Wedding

Photo courtesy of Michael Zender

Photo courtesy of Michael Zender

On Sunday, Toronto’s Dufferin Grove Park hosted a wedding full of folk traditions, music and hundreds of people in attendance. The couple, Mark Marczyk and Marichka Kudriavtseva, told CTV News that they purposefully chose a public space to follow old tradition.

“We just wanted to invite the enjoy community to be a part of it, that’s the way wedding are traditionally done. It wasn’t in a hall or a private castle or anything. They were done in the streets,” Marczyk said.

Photo courtesy of Michael Zender

Photo courtesy of Michael Zender

The newlyweds met during the Euromaidan protests in the Ukraine in January 2014, saying they “fell in love in a cloud of tear gas, screaming and crying.”

According to The Globe and Mail, Marczyk and Kudriavtseva used social media to inform the public about their wedding plans. During the ceremony, the hundreds of guests gathered around the park’s trees and sat in the grass as they watched the couple say their vows.

Photo courtesy of Michael Zender

Photo courtesy of Michael Zender

Their memorable wedding day was topped off with performances from entertainers, artists, and even a full marching band.


– Rosemina Nazarali, Editor

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Toronto Wedding has Maple Leafs Theme and You Can Too!

Wedding photographer Nikki Mills recently captured the Toronto wedding of Kristen and Tyler at the beautiful Berkley Church. The standout parts of their wedding were the classy Toronto Maple Leaf touches! Without being overbearing or tacky, the couple incorporated some symbols of their beloved Maple Leafs into their 1920s vintage themed wedding. The results were beautiful and may serve as some inspiration for you, if you want to add some favourite sports team touches to your big day.


Try cufflinks that match your favourite sports team. They are a subtle yet personal way to add your fandom to your big day. They’re a way to get the guys excited about their team without painting numbers on their chests or wearing giant foam fingers. You can find many different kinds of cufflinks that support your team. The ones pictured are great for Leafs fans because they’re the shape of the leaf. If you’re a baseball fan, you can get cufflinks made out of old seats from famous baseball stadiums. If you’re a golfing couple, try mini golf ball cufflinks.


Table décor can be a great way to more visibly show off your sports team loyalty. This way, more of the guests will be able to see the eye-catching decorations throughout the night. Here, Kristen and Tyler used mini jerseys to assign their seats. You could also use the classic back of a jersey with last names and numbers. For the centerpieces you can have floweres dyed your team colours or sprinkle little trinkets in the teams colours on the table clothes. Think: colourfully wrapped Hersey’s Kissed or personalized M&Ms.


Finally, you can make the biggest statement with your cake. According to Nikki Mills, Kristen surprised Tyler with this Stanley Cup cake. Since it’s well executed, it looks quite beautiful. Be careful not to buy into a cake idea like this unless it’s going to be executed perfectly. If not, it can seem cheap or unprofessional. Other ways to incorporate your team onto your cake (if you still want a more traditional cake) is to play with the cake toppers. You can have them custom made to add a jersey under the groom’s suit, a football by his feet, or a golf club in the bride’s hand—you get the gist!

[Photos courtesy of Nikki Mills Photography]


Lauren Chan is the Editor of the Bridal Guide.

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Brides: Hiring A Realtor

Should We Hire a Professional Realtor?

 Real Estate Agent Dino Di Saverio gives us his tips on why hiring a Realtor helps you shop for a home and why it is a valuable asset…

Whenever you and your significant other decide it’s time to begin the house hunting process, you’ll have to decide whether or not you are going to tackle this BIG endeavor alone or with the services of a professional Realtor.  I guess it’s the same dilemma couples have of whether or not they’re going to hire a professional wedding planner to advise and look after every detail of their special day.  The only difference is enlisting the services of a professional Realtor isn’t going to put a dent in your cheque book.  Now, I bet I even got your fiancé’s attention with that one. Humour aside, working with a Realtor is quite simply a win-win situation. Here’s why: (more…)

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Dino Di Saverio gives GTA brides some advice on another important step for a bride and groom…buying their first house!

Now that you’ve made the commitment to get married and start a life together, the next biggest decision you’ll make is finding that perfect place to call home. The one mistake that most young couples make is thinking that they can’t afford a home, and convince themselves that their only option to becoming first time homeowners is to rent or lease. With the high cost of weddings these days, many couples find themselves struggling to put money aside for a home as they watch their savings deplete. For some, the financial burden of saving money is compounded by having to repay school and/or car loans. Needless to say, the idea of even thinking about buying a home is a daunting one, especially for those who think that in order to buy, they must have at least $80,000 lying around for a sizeable down payment. (more…)

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