How to Plan a Great Wedding Reception on a Budget

The wedding reception is the crown jewel of the wedding day. The dress has already wow-ed the guests, the couple has already said “I do,” and now it’s time to celebrate. Even if you don’t have a big budget that doesn’t mean you can’t have one of the best wedding receptions your guests have ever been to.

There are 8 main features in a wedding reception:

  1.  Venue
  2.  Catering
  3.  Cake
  4.  Bar
  5.  Decorations
  6.  Flowers
  7.  Photographer
  8.  Music

The secret to a having an awesome wedding reception on a limited budget is to cut down on each without cutting anything out.

Step 1: Find a cheap venue


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The best thing to do is find a package deal – it makes life easy and you get discounts on catering, decorations, alcohol entertainment and more. If you can’t find one then look around at free or cheap wedding spots, like parks, backyards, community centers, and beaches.

Step 2: Find a cheap caterer
Food and alcohol are the biggest expenses for a wedding reception, but you don’t have to pay over $100 a person. Some ideas to cut down on cost include hiring friends, family, or culinary students, having a buffet style dinner, or hiring a restaurant for a “party” (weddings are more expensive.

Step 3: Get a cheap wedding cake


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Cakes can be expensive, up to $1000, but they don’t have to be. Hire an up and coming baker or go for a cupcake tier, which is much cheaper.


Step 4: Cheap bar options
The cheapest thing to do is have a limited bar where guests pay as they drink, but if you decide to please the guests and have an open bar you can limit the bar to beer and wine, or restrict the open bar to select hours of the night.


Step 5: Get cheap decorations


If you want to save money, DIY. Buy decorating materials from Wal-Mart, the dollar store, Amazon or eBay. Just remember to keep it simple and modify and personalize the decorations so they don’t look cheap.


Step 6: Buy cheap flowers
Flowers are always expensive, but you can haggle to get the best deals. Great money savers include watching YouTube videos on flower arranging doing it yourself, and ordering whatever flowers are in season.


Step 7: Hire a cheap photographer
Wedding photography doesn’t have to be professional. In this day and age everyone has a high resolution camera phone and there are lots of photo sharing options, including the Free Wedding Registry we offer at the Bridal Guide. You can hire a friend or an amateur for the ceremony or for a short photo-shoot in the dress, but keep it small.

Step 8: Hire a cheap DJ


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The DJ is the most important factor in having a fun wedding reception. Luckily more and more people are learning to DJ. Use your connections and hire someone who’s inexperienced, just make sure to run through the song list and make sure they know how the equipment works. Paying a lot for a DJ doesn’t ensure they’ll be good, but having a run through and telling them what you want will help make your wedding reception fun for sure.

Jillian Zacchia is a contributing writer to The Bridal Guide.

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How To Mismatch your Bridesmaids’ Dresses

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Do you feel like stepping out of the proverbial fashion box for your wedding? Do you already have your wedding dress in mind? If this is the situation you’re in, consider mismatching your bridesmaids dresses for a change! This can eliminate the common problem of fitting multiple girls into the same dress and getting everyone to agree on one look. Your bridesmaids will appreciate the idea, be more willing to spend their money, and your wedding party will be unique and impressive. Here’s how to mismatch your bridesmaids dresses—successfully.

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Keep all of the bridesmaids’ dresses the same length. Whether you want your girls to don long gowns or short cocktail frocks, keeping the dresses the same length will keep some congruency between the looks. Keep in mind: Though you are creating difference with the array of styles—and possibly colours—some things need to stay similar.

Choose dresses with a lot of shape, features, or texture. Since the whole point of mismatching bridesmaid dresses is for your bridesmaids to look different, make them look different! Dresses with an architectural or textural theme will stand out from one another in a good way.

If your wedding theme and colour scheme are fairly traditional, keep all of the dresses in the same colour family. You will be surprised at how many shades of the same colour you will be able to find. You will be more surprised at all the colours that fit into one colour family. The possibilities will be endless!

If your wedding theme is vibrant and modern, feel inspired to have very different coloured bridesmaid dresses—but make sure they stick with your theme. In the picture below, al of the brightly coloured bridesmaid dresses match the fun pinwheel theme.
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Now that you have read some pointers on diverse bridesmaid dresses, start searching for the perfect mismatches. This can be a very fun and inspiring fashion adventure for you and your bridesmaids. The ladies will appreciate being able to flex their own opinions, ideas, and preferences with the dresses. Hopefully, they will feel accommodated with sizing, fit, and price; and in the end, your wedding will be more stand out. It’s a win-win!


Lauren Chan is a contributing writer to The Bridal Guide.

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How To Wedding Hairstyles: Braided Headband

If you want to look like a princess in a fairytale, one of the most popular looks right now is the braided headband. It’s a great hairstyle for brides with long hair and no bangs.

It works perfectly for anything from a church wedding to a beach ceremony, and the best part is all the hair is away from the bride’s face so it accentuates the her gorgeous eyes and face.

This is a perfect DIY look for summer brides, and if you want to know how to get this gorgeous braided headband look, follow this simple how to guide and you can replicate this beautiful trend.


Step 1

This first step is to part your hair on the far side and brush all your hair across your head in the direction you want your braid to go. Then isolate the section you want to braid (you’ll want a section a few inches wide close to your forehead). You can also take a larger section if you have thin hair or want a thicker braid.

Step 2

With the section you want to braid isolated, start to french braid the hair – you can watch tutorials and practice, don’t try this the first time on your wedding day!

It’s confusing but with practice you’ll get it.

Step 3

Once the french braid is finished keep braiding regularly and tie the braid at the bottom. Now bin it behind your head, so the pins are hidden. The best way to pin the braid is to use two bobby pins and cross them in an X pattern under your hair at the base of your hairline and neck.

Step 4

Now you just have to style the rest of your hair. Loose curls work best for this look, but you can also pin your hair up into a messy bun. Get creative and fun and try out lots of different styles until you find the one that is just right for your special day.


Jillian Zacchia is a contributing writer for the Bridal Guide.

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Gift Ideas for Your Wedding Party

Are you stumped on what to gift your wedding party? We know the task of finding the perfect thank you gift can be a daunting one, but fear not! The Bridal Guide brings you a few outstanding suggestions for wedding party gifts. Your wedding party will love a personalized gift that reminiscent of your wedding day and is useful to them.

The Bridesmaids

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1. A knotted piece of jewelry to thank the women for helping you “tie the knot”. Ha-ha! Women can always use more jewelry, and a ring or bracelet is wearable with almost any look as a cute reminder of your wedding.

2. Something special to sip on. If your bridesmaids love a good glass of wine, you could satisfy their thirsty side by going to a winery and blending your own wine creation with your new husband/wife. You can design your own label to boot! It’s a personal gift that’s sure to go to good use.

3. A cliché spa day. We know that a spa day of spa gift certificate may not be unique, but think of how enjoyable and relaxing it would be to escape to your favourite spa for the day. If it’s possible, your bridesmaids could make the trip together and have even more fun.


The Groomsmen

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Photo courtesy of The Die Line

1. Personalized running shoes in your wedding colours. Nike ID has a service that lets customers design colours and add initials to a range of their running shoes. An athletic friend will appreciate the practicality of the gift.

2. Engraved Zippos, flasks, or tie clips. If your groomsmen appreciate the finer things in life, gift them one of these useful items. Consider engraving your wedding date subtlety on the back and their initials on the front.

3. A day trip. After all is said and done with the wedding and honeymoon, the groomsmen could reunite with a gifted day trip. We’re thinking a visit to one of Toronto’s breweries; tickets to a Toronto Maple Leafs, Raptors, of Blue Jays game; a big name concert; etc.


Getting good gifts for your wedding party should be important to you. It’s a great way to say thank you for all of the time, effort, and money they put into your wedding. Remember it’s all about effort, and sometimes it’s hard to please everyone. Whether you hit it out of the park with your wedding party gifts or not, know that they were happy to be a part of your big day.


Lauren Chan is a contributing writer to The Bridal Guide.

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The Bridal Guide’s Free Wedding Registry

Have you signed up for the Bridal Guide’s free gift? If you haven’t you’re truly missing out. Here’s everything you need to know about getting your very own free wedding website and registry.


My Experience

Even though I’m not yet a bride, I had a blast discovering how the Bridal Guide’s free wedding website and registry worked. I almost want to start using the program for real – too bad I’m not even engaged yet!

First off, making an account was really easy, and that’s coming from someone who is not good with computers. Right away you enter all your info, along with fun descriptions and photos of you and your partner.

If you want to skip all the tedious info and go back to it later you can.


Once you have the basics out of the way you can get started on the fun stuff. You could easily be on this site for hours, but here are the main features you’ll want to set up:

–       the registry
–       the events
–       the invitations

The registry is the main function of this program and it’s so convenient. There are three options: you can have a cash only registry, you can have a registry of all the items you want from various online retailers, or you can do both.

If you want to register for gifts and not just cash you have to install the wedding registry button on your toolbar by simply dragging and dropping. You can register gifts from their featured stores or find things online and simply click the registry button to add it to your account. It should redirect you to the site where you verify that all the information transferred over and that the image displayed for the gift is the right one. Once everything is up and running it’s really simple!


The events and invitations are just as simple. The great thing about this program is that you have just enough freedom to make everything personalized, yet you follow easy to use templates that allow you to create fun events and invites without worrying about the format or font.

You can create as many or as few events as you want and as many registries as you want too. You can send out virtual invites for the Bridal Shower and make a registry for that separately. It’s really a one stop shop for all pre and post wedding organization.

The Best Part

If you have trouble with anything, and I mean anything, there are videos walking you through each step. I played the video on how to set up the registry while I installed the button just so I wouldn’t make any mistakes.

The registry is used by thousands of brides, grooms, guests, and vendors in over 100 different countries across the world. There’s no doubt it works and it works well.


One of the things people have been most enthusiastic about is the cash registry. Getting cash at a wedding is more than acceptable, but sometimes it can be difficult to find a tasteful way of asking your guests for cash only. This site does that perfectly. You can rename your cash registry something like ‘honeymoon’ and then include a description of where you want to go and how you’ll put their money to good use.

Users have also loved the thank you video capability as well. Rather than sending out cards you can take a video directly on the site and share it with selected guest. If you had a cash registry raising money for a honeymoon you can go on the site and take videos from your exotic destination showing your friends and family how much you appreciate their contribution. They’re short, simple, one shot videos with no editing, but they’re way more exciting and personal than a traditional thank you message.

My favorite part about this whole site is the photo sharing. When you go to a wedding as a guest you take dozens of your own photos. Sometimes you have a great camera, other times you use your cell phone, but either way your photos are special and the bride and groom would love to see them.

With photo sharing everyone who has access to your wedding website can upload their photos to the site. When you log on you can see all the photos in one place and you can choose to download any or all of them to your computer. It’s one of the most effective ways of getting all the guest photos in one place, since even Facebook has you jumping from page to page.

There are so many exciting capabilities that come along with this free gift that it seems almost too good to be free!

If you’re a future bride or groom this is definitely something you’ll want to utilize to make your wedding much easier and more fun and interactive.


Jill Zacchia is a contributing writer to The Bridal Guide.

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Cruise Ship Weddings

There’s a rumor going around that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie will finally tie the knot on a private cruise ship surrounded by their 50 closest friends and family. It seems like a great idea and we’re sure that their iconic nuptials will inspire other couples to do the same.

Here’s what you should know about Brangelina’s rumored wedding and all the information you will need to start planning your own cruise ship wedding.

Brad and Angelina’s Wedding Plan

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Photo courtesy of Us Weekly

The idea for a cruise ship wedding came from Maddox, the couple’s 11-year-old son, reports The Sun. Maddox chose the gorgeous Hebridean Princess cruise ship, which sales around Scotland when he looked back at old family vacation photos.

The family has cruised with the ship before and they also loved their stay at the Carnell Estate in Ayrshire, Scotland, so the ship seems like a perfect fit. Even the Queen of England took a ride on the 50-year-old luxury cruise ship.

Privacy is more of an issue for the A-list couple than money, so they plan to pay over $400,000 to rent out the cruise ship.

Is a cruise wedding right for you?


You may not have the means to rent out an entire luxury cruise, but you can host your wedding either on the ship or on the beach when the ship docks. Either way, a cruise ship can be the perfect setting for your wedding, especially if you were already planning a destination wedding.

One of the benefits of getting married at sea is that the pressures of getting a license are lessened. In many cases it’s easier to get married in the water around a foreign country than it is to get married on land. Anything that makes your special day less stressful is worth considering.

Destination weddings in general are less stressful because your wedding is a package deal—you don’t have to worry about dinging a caterer, getting flowers, hiring a DJ, and getting a cake all from different vendors. Overall, it seems like a great option, as long as you don’t get sea sick.

Brad and Angelina have already picked their cruise line and destination, so if you’re just starting your cruise ship wedding planning that’s a good place to start.


Jillian Zacchia is a contributing writer for The Bridal Guide.

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How to Build Your Wedding Emergency Kit

Every woman pictures their big day going off without a hitch, but what will you do if something goes wrong and you don’t have the tools to fix it? A small beauty blunder or tummy ache could put a huge damper on your wedding day, but they are easily fixable if you’re prepared. That’s where your wedding emergency kit will come into play. The Bridal Guide brings you our suggestions for what to include in your save-the-day kit.


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1. Double-sided fashion tape. Your wedding is not the place for a major wardrobe malfunction. Avoid any slippage of your dress/bra/spanx with double-sided fashion tape. The tape attached to your skin and garments, keeping everything in place. Try Hidden Essentials Fashion Tape at Walmart.

2. Stain remover. Keep your fingers crossed that nothing will get spilled on your wedding gown, but in case something does, keep a nifty little stain remover on hand like Tide To Go.

3. Translucent powder. We all know how quickly make-up can melt off or succumb to the oils in our skin. It’s one thing to appear oily to your guests, but it’s worse to look forever oily in your wedding photos. You can keep shiny skin at bay by keeping a translucent powder on hand. It is easy to dust on, and won’t change the colouring of your make-up look. It’s almost too good to be true. Sephora’s version of this powder is under 20 bucks.

4. Gatorade. You will likely be way too busy to drink your recommended 8 glasses of water on your big day. That’s understandable, but to prevent dehydration (especially at a summer wedding) we suggest keeping a bottle of Gatorade G20 near by. G20 only has 20 calories per serving, so no need to worry about a sugar overdose!

5. Protein Bars. Pick your favourite protein bars and pack them in your kit. With all the energy you will be expending on your wedding day and night, you’re bound to get hungry or feel faint. Munching on a couple bites of a protein bar will pick your energy up without making you bloat or crash hours later.


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6. Foot support. Dr. Scholl’s For Her Hidden Arch Supports are gel pads placed under the arches of feet while wearing heels to alleviate pressure build up and pain. If you totally can’t wear your heels for a minute longer, break out the Dr. Scholl’s For Her Fast Flats, which collapsible are ballet flats that can fit in the palm of your hand.

7. Perfume. Stop by your local department or beauty store, like the Bay or Sephora, and ask if they have a couple of perfume samplers in your scent. One should be enough to last for reapplications during your wedding day and night, and it won’t take up much space in the kit.

8. Breath freshener. No one likes bad breath, especially when you’re the centre of attention. Talking through your ceremony, greeting guests, and chatting up your new hubby or wifey all day and night is bound to leave your mouth dry and a bit smelly. Keep some Listerine Pocket Packs on hand as a discreet way to kill bad breath. If the classic Listerine Cool Mint is too strong for you, the Pocket Packs also come in Artic Berry.

9. Pepto Bismol. Whether you’re prone to heartburn, nausea, indigestion, or an upset stomach or not, it’s probably a good idea to have some Pepto Bismol caplets or chewable tablets on site. Just think about how upset you would be if you were missed out on fun at your wedding because you felt sick. Pepto Bismol certainly won’t hurt you, and it’s a quick way to fix any pesky tummy troubles.

10. Sewing Kit. A dress rip may seem out-of-the-questions, but you never know what can happen.


Hopefully, you won’t need to use much of our emergency kit on your wedding day and night, but we do advise that you build one and have your maid of honour keep it close by. Even if you don’t use it at all, it won’t cost a fortune to build, and it’s better to be safe than sorry. Now that you know how to prepare, we trust that your wedding day will unfold perfectly.


Lauren Chan is a contributing writer to The Bridal Guide.



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All the Rage: Long Sleeved Wedding Dresses

Did you know that most brides wear white wedding dresses because Queen Victoria was married in a white gown? Well it seems that in this century Princess Kate Middleton it setting a trend of her own: long sleeved wedding dresses.


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Who could forget the gorgeous gown Kate wore to her wedding to Prince William? Thousands of brides wanted a ‘Kate Middleton’ dress for their own wedding after seeing how gorgeous she looked in the Alexander McQueen gown.

With the wedding long behind them (and a baby due this weekend) her dress is still setting the standard for iconic weddings around the world.

Last weekend Canadian actress Elisha Cuthbert married Toronto Maple Leaf Dion Phaneuf in the country’s east coast. The bride looked gorgeous in a conservative yet becoming long sleeved wedding gown that made her look as classy as Princess Kate.

[photo courtesy of E! Online]

[photo courtesy of E! Online]

Before the Royal Wedding, Nicole Richie wore a long sleeve gown in 2010. The reason Nicole broke with the strapless trend was because they were going for a very upscale classy look and because Richie is very fashion forward.


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Aside from Kate’s dress that has been replicated in countless stores, one of the most iconic long sleeve wedding dresses came from a movie. You may be familiar with the fictional character, Bella Swan, who wore a long sleeve dress to marry her vampire boyfriend, Edward Cullen, in the blockbuster film Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1.

Even if you aren’t a fan, which many are not—since the film is a bit below the age bracket for most brides—the wedding dress has stood out and been recognized beyond the film. Replicas of the intricately handcrafted gown have been shared thousands of times on Pinterest and beyond. Brides love the unique back and spine of the dress and they want to get a similar look.


Kate Middleton was expected to wear a long sleeve gown because she was getting married at Westminster Abbey and she needed to be covered up. She may have needed sleeves, but her elegance inspired so many brides and now long sleeve dresses are becoming increasingly more popular.

Long sleeved dressed are special because they showcase the bride’s body in a mature and elegant way—which for many brides is ideal. If you want a classy look for your wedding, the long sleeved trend may be just want you’re looking for.

Jillian Zacchia is a contributing writer to The Bridal Guide.

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Hair and Make-Up Trials by Jane Dayus-Hinch


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On the day you pick up your wedding photograph album from your professional wedding photographer’s studio, how do you think you will feel? I’m betting you’ll be a mix of excited, apprehensive, and nervous.

Why? Because seeing your wedding album is the culmination of all the planning, the hard work, expenses, and memories of your big day. Above all, you want to be sure that your photograoher captured every moment, guest, and action, both formally and informally.

Now picture this: Your partner and yourself open the cover of the album, and the photographer has chosen what he or she thinks is the best image of the two of you on your wedding day to start the album…But all you can see is how shiny your face looks, how the false eyelashes were not straight, and how much your hair style had fallen out of it’s curls, It’s simply not how you pictured the money shot and the disappointment is overwhelming.

“Why didn’t someone tell me? Why didn’t I have some powder? Look at my lips! No gloss on them at all,” you think.

Thinking about a situation like this in hindsight will give you 20/20 vision: You should have booked a hair an make-up trial. If you’re the kind of bride who thinks, “I don’t need one, I’m doing my own,” or, “I don’t wear much makeup, I like a natural look,” think again.

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You will highly benefit from having your makeup done by a professional makeup artist. Try different looks and trends. Take a camera with you and get someone to photograph you to see what you look like in photos. Consider these questions: Are the eyes too dark or light? Is the lipstick the right shade?

Perhaps you can use the day to also have your engagement photos done and see the end results. This is a great way to see how you look on camera before the big day, giving you time to rectify or change your look before the wedding.

Take your tiara, headpiece, or veil with you to the hairdressers and see how long it takes for them to do your hair. This is how long you will need on the morning of the wedding.

The trial is to see how your hair looks after (at least!) 6 hours. Do the curls hold? Does your hair react to humidity? It may be best to put the hair in an up-do so that it’s all pinned and you know that it is all in place and it looks elegant.

No amount of Photoshop, or any other corrective work will correct a bad hair and make-up job on your wedding day. You will benefit from booking a hair and make-up trial! Remember to have a translucent powder to get rid of shiny skin with you on the day (for you, your Bridesmaids and even the Groom!). If you can budget / afford to do so, have a hair and make-up artist on hand throughout to do ‘touch-ups’ before, during and after your photos.

Jane Dayus-Hinch

Wedding Planner
JDH Weddings
647 700 6581

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Wedding Shoes: What’s your Perfect fit?

A helpful guide to help you find your perfect wedding shoe style.


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When it comes to weddings, there’s nothing wrong with being traditional. Most traditional brides choose white or beige heels to go for a classic look. In addition to the colour choice, they also chose a traditional style. If you’re the type of bride who thinks, “Why buy something fancy when no one will even see it?” it’s possible that traditional wedding shoes are for you. There’s no bling and no special design, just classic elegance for a beautiful bride.

Open Toe

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The most popular wedding shoes right now are open toe heels. If you always have your toe nails manicured and painted, you should want to show them off! Open toed shoes are likely your first choice when you walk down the aisle.


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Sandals give brides the option of having a uniquely shaped shoe. Instead of a traditional silhouette, the straps create a more intricate look on your feet. By choosing a sandal you can add a lot of personality and flare to your wedding shoe. Sandals are perfect for summer brides who want to show a bit more style and originality.


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Flats are a great choice for several types of brides. They are great for taller brides who don’t want to tower over their husbands. They’re also great for brides who value comfort. Wearing flats doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style, there are many gorgeous wedding shoes that are feminine and flirty without a heel.



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Most brides want to feel like a princess on their wedding day. What better way to feel like Royalty than with a touch of sparkle? Having jewels or sparkles on your wedding shoes is a great way to be flashy and fun but it’s also a good way to feel like a princess. These shiny shoes will look lovely on young and outgoing brides who want to dazzle.

Pop of Colour

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Many non-traditional brides opt for colourful shoes on their wedding day. This is a great way to incorporate ‘something blue’ into your wedding outfit. It’s also a great way to show your personality. If you choose a colourful shoe, you can work in your theme or colour scheme, you can match your groom, or you can make a trendy bold statement. The best part about opening up your colour pallet is that almost any shoe becomes a potential wedding shoe. Colourful shoes are for unconventional brides who think that white shoes with a white dress are just too bland.


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It’s hard to find a trendy wedding shoe this season that doesn’t have a bow on it. Whether it’s an actual ribbon or a jeweled design, bows are popping up on all different types of wedding shoe styles. If you love keeping up with the trends and this girly style speaks to you, then you should keep an eye out for wedding shoes with bows.

Personalized Love Note

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Thanks to Pinterest, brides are learning that wedding shoes can hide a secret love note from the groom. If the thought of handing your partner your wedding shoes and a Sharpie doesn’t bother you than this romantic gesture is certainly something you should consider with whichever wedding shoe style you choose.


Jillian Zacchia is a contributing writer for The Bridal Guide.

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Ice Sculptures for Every Wedding and Every Budget

Ice sculptures may be widely considered a luxury, but the unique and elegant piece of decor can be incorporated into any wedding.

The price of wedding ice sculptures depends on two things: size of the sculpture and intricacy of the design. There are some small and simple designs that work well for small budget weddings, and, of course, there are large and elaborate ice sculptures that work well for upscale, big-budget affairs.

Here are some of the top trends in wedding ice sculptures that will work for every budget.

Ice Vases

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Flower vases made of ice are extremely beautiful and relatively inexpensive. A small vase can cost around $45. Larger vases, like the one in the photograph, can cost about $350. These vases can be used as centerpieces, or you can have one on display; but however you use them they’ll add class and sophistication to your reception and your guests will love them.

Ice Bar

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Having an ice bar is one of the most exciting and practical ways to use ice sculptures. They add an element of fun at the bar and they’re a very memorable part of the wedding. They are quite pricey though, starting at $500, depending on the size.

Frozen Centerpieces

Art Below Zero Photography
Art Below Zero Photography


Another great way to use ice sculptures is to freeze flowers inside the blocks of ice. It creates a beautiful fairly tale look. Because these sculptures are smaller and simpler, they are more affordable.

Traditional Ice Sculptures

Art Below Zero Photography
Art Below Zero Photography


You can also have a traditional ice sculpture that has the names of the couple engraved on it along with (most often) a swan. This is perfect for a big wedding with lots of décor—flowers, lights, crystals, chandeliers, and candles—as it adds to the whole nine yards. If you have a big ice sculpture like this, which costs between $500 and $1000, it is accompanied by an LED light and it sparkles across the whole room.

Ice Cake

Photo Courtesy of Creative Ice
Photo Courtesy of Creative Ice


One of the latest trends in wedding ice sculptures is the ice cake. In many cases, the wedding cake is mostly a decorative piece anyway. Newlyweds won’t be able to cut the cake, but it’s a great option for trendy couples who don’t care for the extra calories. If you have a sweet tooth like many brides do this ice sculpture isn’t for you. If you like the stylish piece, it costs around $350, which is less than the price of a regular wedding cake this size.

The type of ice sculpture you get will depend on your venue, your theme, the season, and your budget. These ice sculptures look perfect in any winter wedding, but the ice bar is a big hit with summer weddings as well. Picking the right ice sculpture is about finding what works for you and being creative.


Jillian Zacchia is a contributing writer for The Bridal Guide.

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Toast with Butter? – No Champagne! with Jane Dayus-Hinch

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At every celebration you usually find that the ‘fizzy stuff’ is served, in either a tulip (flute) shaped glass or a 1920’s Gatsby shallow ‘dish like’ (coupe). To raise your glass to someone is called ‘a toast’.   The glasses are then clinked together, eye contact made and words are repeated – as to who or what you are ‘toasting’.


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