The Canada Day long weekend is ripe with celebration, so why not add your nuptuals to the mix? Well, a lot of people tend to travel to cottage or camping or head out on road trips that weekend, it’s kind of tradition. So if you’re planning a huge event, prepare yourself for a few extra declined invitations.
However, if a small, intimate family and friends affair is your idea of a dream wedding, then break out the red and white theme and check out some inspo below.
So you might as well go all out and order the cake of your dreams. You don’t need tiers and tiers of it either, unless you want to find layers of it in your freezer twenty years later. (True story, ask my sister.)
Be bold, be unique, (be nerdy) or just add some gorgeous colour. Present a cake to your guests that’s almost too gorgeous to cut into. Almost.
Need some inspo? If you’ve never been tempted by the single tier wedding cake before, check out some of these jaw-dropping stunners.
Ever wondered what your wedding looked like from the perspective of the booze? This Fireball Whiskey bottle GoPro video during Brian and Allie’s wedding puts all that curiosity to rest. If you’re not a germaphobe… proceed to play.
So many flowers to choose from, so many colour possibilities, how do you choose the right bouquet for you? Easy. Fall in love with some inspiration and have your florist create your dream bouquet. Most flowers are available all year round so don’t let that limit your imagination. Check out some of these gorgeous spring bouquets.
You don’t have to be a crafty scrapbooking queen in order to build yourself a vision board. Use Pinterest, Instagram, a cork board on the wall, or even a science fair-esque 3-fold poster board. It’s a simple, yet very effective wedding planning tool.
Print (or tear from magazines) the images that you love. The ones that give you the feels, and then cut and paste to your hearts content. When building the board, throw your budget out the window. You want pure inspiration. Your style and personality will shine through and it will help you narrow down all the details you hadn’t even thought about. (Theme, colours, etc.) Most importantly, have fun with it!
If you’ve been blessed (cursed?) with a mop of naturally curly, slightly frizzy, there’s-nothing-that-can-be-done-with-it hair, we’ve got some bridal hairstyle inspiration for you. Check out these flawless, tamed curls for a stunning bridal ‘do.
Almost 10 years old, and with almost 100 million views on YouTube,Jill and Kevin still hold the title for most memorable wedding party entrance down the aisle. Enjoy this blast from the past for your #FridayWeddingFeels.
Planning is hard. Stressful, even. Sometimes you need a good laugh and to know that other brides feel your pain. Here’s a few wedding memes to get you through another weekend of planning. Those RSVP cards though…
Pantone has also set the palette for the year ahead with the top 12 call-out shades and the 4 seasonal classics that will influence New York designers this spring. These colours will be embraced in wedding colour themes and used in floral bouquets, wedding centerpieces, tabletop linens, and other wedding details. Here are the top 12 shades for spring 2018.
Wedding stress is serious business. Even the tamest of hearts can quickly turn into foul-mouthed divas when the pressure is sky-high. Weddings make you insane. Have you slipped into the deep end of bridezilla without even knowing it. Here are 3 signs that you might need to reel it in a bit.
You snap if your fiance asks you to join him for a latte. In fact you snap at everyone. People are afraid of you. Who has the time for socializing? There are lists, and things, things that must get done. Everything is wedding, always wedding, all the time. Make the time for non-wedding shenanigans. Remember the groom? You love him.
Your friends have taken second jobs just to be able to afford to be in your wedding. It’s your wedding, not theirs. Don’t send them on all the high-stress errands. And if you have expectations that won’t waver, make room in your own budget to cover those costs. (Do you really need a $400 diamond-encrusted gravy boat on your registry?)
Your vendors are avoiding you. They might have even blocked your number. The round-the-clock micro-managing of their responsibilities has taken over your life. If you’re texting the florist at 3am to ensure the glass beads in the bottom of the vase centerpieces all measure 1 1/4″ exactly, you might need to take a step back.
Want to know what a New Year’s eve Wedding looks like? A par-tay of epic proportions. Check out these beautiful humans throwing 2017 to the curb and welcoming 2018 as a married couple. (Ooooh I love me some confetti canons at a wedding!)
If you love tradition but can’t wrap your head around someone “giving” you away, you’re not alone. Many bride-to-be’s take offence at the innuendo that there is an ownership about them and it is somehow being transferred from one man to another. (Although, it’s not like he’s dragging you by the hair down the aisle.)
Traditionally, it’s the brides father and there is love and affection involved. But this isn’t always the case… or always possible. That’s why the solo bride is becoming more and more popular. If you like the idea but aren’t convinced, consider the plethora of ways that you can make your grand entrance. Ready the spotlight, cue the music… and all eyes are on you. <sigh>
A Christmas tree gown is not for the faint of heart. They are intended for those brides-to-be with Christmas cheer levels that are off the charts. They are enchanting, romantic, and positively festive. Check out these wedding gowns that incorporated Christmas trees into their designs.
Aside from style, colour, and how to accessorize your wedding jewellery, there are three common sense tips we’d like to impart for your big day that are often overlooked.
The first being to match your jewellery to your dress, and not the other way around. Seems obvious enough, but often times a bride-to-be will fall in love with a piece of jewellery before she’s purchased the gown. That can lead to major disappointment if the much-loved jewellery doesn’t fit with the dress.
The second is to be extra cautious with bracelets. Bracelets can add romantic charm and a little bling as it slides up and down your arm. It can also snag on just about everything and drive you bonkers while doing so. Find a non-catching bracelet or try one on with your dress or a lace skirt. Do a little dance, move around and see what happens.
Lastly, the earings. Avoid anything too heavy. Again, this may seem obvious, but they may not feel heavy until you’ve had them on for 7 hours and your lobes are dragging on the ground. Give them a test run for the entire day before you commit.
Now that you’ve got your theme, your dress, your shoes, accessories and your hairstyle sorted out, it’s time to focus on your nails. 2017 has seen some huge upswing trends in nail art. From floral nail art, to glitzy points or to jewel-studded perfection, there’s a perfect nail design befitting your personality and big day. Check out some of these trending designs.
Roses are practically synonymous with love. From perfectly shaped tea roses, to lush, fragrant garden roses, and all the way down to the smaller spray varieties, roses offer perfection for primary stems in bridal bouquets. With all the colours, shapes and varieties, it’s no wonder the rose is the most sought after wedding flower of brides.
Although traditional, the wide-array of rose varieties available today make these classic blooms much more versatile than you may think. Check out some of these gorgeous blooms to inspire your flower bouquet. theme
Out of all the bridal accessories available, the tiara and/or crown has to be one of the most fabulous. Every girl deserves to have one day in their life where they get to wear a tiara or crown, why not her wedding? If it’s good enough for royalty…
A gorgeous tiara or crown can be all the accessory you need. You don’t have to be having a traditional wedding either, there are plenty of styles of tiaras that would be perfect for even the simplest of gowns. The rule of thumb is to let the tiara shine. Don’t overload it with complicated veils, chandelier earings or large glitzy necklaces. Be fierce and check out these stunners for your tiara inspiration.
The average cost of a wedding in Ontario is about $30,000-$40,000 and can be a struggle for young couples who haven’t saved or don’t receive help from their families. So, tacky or genius, Crowdfunding is becoming a real trend. Aside from GoFundMe, CrowdRise, and IndieGoGo pages, there are sites like Sponsor My Event that allow couples to hook up with corporations willing to invest in an event for product mentions or visibility. As with anything, there are couples who will ask for everything, and there are couples who will ask for just one thing.
Like this OffBeat Bride we found who explained her crowdfunding option with a poem.
Our quirky gift idea might seem a bit skew, But you know with us that’s nothing new.
You see, we really don’t need any more stuff. As far as things go we have more than enough. So, when it comes to gifts we’re trying something new. You see, what we really want is a wedding with you.
We aren’t super rich, we have our own kind of wealthy. We’re rich in love and we think that’s healthy. But, when it comes to our wedding, we hit a bit of a snag. You see, an intimate wedding just isn’t our bag.
And while it’s a reality that leaves us bereft, Love just isn’t a currency most vendors accept. So we looked at our options and settled on one, because it didn’t feel right to leave out anyone.
You see while we don’t need a TV or bookshelf, we really need some help with the wedding itself. We promise your money won’t go on her dress, it won’t go on the rings, or our shoes — this we stress.
You see, all of the money we get sent our way, Goes on the food, entertainment, and booze on the day. It’s called crowdfunding, and we really feel, it’s the best gift of all because part of the deal, Is that we get to share our gift with everyone Who matters to us most in this world, with the exception of none.
So while we know it’s a little bit strange. We hope you’ll agree that it’s far from deranged.
Wedding photographers are all about capturing those moments of raw, unadulterated emotion. There’s even a website that curates the best of the best from around the world and bestows an award every two months. For your #FridayWeddingFeels, here’s a sample of some of those images.
Do you love the bodice of one dress and the back of another? Want the beading and lace that only comes on the mermaid? If you want a wedding dress that’s as unique as you are, you’re not alone. With so many dresses to choose from, finding the right one with every detail you want can be an impossible task. But, if you happen to know someone who knows someone who’s a talented seamstress, then consider creating your very own gown with the details you love. Arm yourself with loads and loads of pictures. Here are some magnificent details to get you started.
Brightly coloured gowns are definitely trending and to be considered if you’re looking at a contemporary feel, but don’t discount a good old-fashioned white dress. But white is never just white. Most gowns don’t even come in a pure white, as that doesn’t generally flatter skin tones, unless you’re a dark-skinned goddess. In which case, stark white is the way to go.
Diamond white, also known as silk white, is a natural creamy white and is one of the most popular shades as it looks great with most complexions. This colour is a show-stopper on medium skin with olive tones. Ivory comes in a light, medium and dark, and also varies from designer to designer. If you’re fair with pink-toned skin, go for the medium palette to brighten your skin.
There are hundreds of shades of white and all shades will offer a different undertone from yellow, to pink to blue and can also vary by designer. Make sure you try a few different shades to find what looks best with your skin tone and colouring. It’s also important to ask for a clean or new colour fabric swatch if you find a shade in a dress that you love. Some of the gowns in the salon have been tried on many times and may have lost a bit of their natural brilliance. Even one shade off can make a big difference to your overall look.
A good, long-lasting marriage has a solid start. The wedding day marks the very first day of your marriage, and that one day can be very stressful. It’s important to remember to infuse a little fun and laughter into the big day to ease a little of the stress and ensure you start your marriage out capturing the sentiments that will hold your marriage together forever.
If you have studied the funny bone of your intended, you may already know exactly how to make him smile. Little (or big) surprises that create laughter are the perfect way to show your partner (and all the witnesses present on your big day) that you don’t take yourself too seriously, and that you’re committed to creating special moments for the duration of your lives together.
A wedding party roast with slightly embarrassing stories, choreographed dance numbers, flash-mob speeches, and late-night food truck services are awesome, but nothing says funny like a fake moustache in a photo booth. No, really. You can roll your eyes, but this booth creates a ridiculous amount of silly, contagious laughter from even the most stern of chins. You may even need bouncers to get grandma out of the booth.
Guests love a photo op, and having a photo booth installed is a great way to capture the crazy that you call family and friends. Consider a theme—go old-school Hollywood glamorous or silly cartoon-crazy—the possibilities are endless. Use chalkboard signs to allow guests to create stories. Cardboard cut-outs in the shape of speech bubbles are another way to allow guests to create their own signs with personalized messages. Old picture frames are also a great way to squeeze guests into a smaller space, creating some cozy and entertaining photos. But whatever you do, make sure you go heavy on the props.
If the budget doesn’t allow for this, consider creating a selfie corner and add an abundance of props there. Be sure to invent a memorable #hashtag for the festivities in order to track on Instagram, Twitter—and yes, even Facebook—to keep the love and laughter flowing in the weeks that follow.
It’s that time of year. Well, it doesn’t feel quite like it yet, but the cooler weather is coming. And with it, the stunning array of fall flowers. Bursts of burnt orange and fiery reds. Lush greens, browns and deep purples. Fall is a fabulous time for creating floral wedding bouquets. Here’s a few stunning showstoppers for your consideration.
Lobe stretching is probably the most common body modification out there today. The rise in popularity is not limited to alternative crowds anymore either. It’s all walks of life, and it can be a thing of beauty. If you’re looking for something traditional and feminine in large gauges for your big day, the internet has you covered. Shops like Etsy make it easier than ever to find wide varieties of bridal plugs. (See what I did there? Wide varieties… heh.) Here’s a few to inspire.
If you’re working on a limited budget and don’t want to allocate for fresh floral table runners, consider these charming DIY alternatives that will work for any wedding theme.
1. Fabric. Burlap, Hessian cloth, linen and lace – go simple or opt for outrageous prints. Dress it up with ribbons for a touch of Boho or piece together thrift-store macrame. (Quick tip – dye or bleach the macrame knit for a more uniform look.)
3. Daisy-chain paper or photos. If you’re book-lovers, use pages from old novels glued together for that black and white literary-inspired look. (Alternatively you can use music sheets or comic book pages depending on your personality.) Or print black and white photos of all your family, friends, and favourite celebratory milestones over the years. If you’re planning a Christmas wedding, consider using the image half of holiday cards for colourful and festive inspiration.
We’re sure you’ve seen it by now, but in case you missed it (ICYMI), here’s United States Marine Corp Sergeant, Joshua Newville’s 4-year-old son, Gage, who couldn’t contain his emotions when his step-mom-to-be, Senior Airman Emily Leehan, gave her vows to him. Pure, raw, and precious 4-year-old emotion. This family is some kind of sweet. #FridayWeddingFeels