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“Something Borrowed” Ideas for Your Wedding


Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue—this timeless saying promises good fortune for the bride who carries each of these items on her wedding day. For years brides have adhered to this tradition in order to attain ultimate happiness—and who could blame them? Just four small trinkets can make your wedding day more meaningful, and even if you’re a less traditional bride you will still have fun incorporating these items into your look.

For those who have covered the “something old,” “something new” and  “something blue,” the “something borrowed” is simple to fulfill. The most important thing to consider when choosing your “something borrowed” is the meaning behind it. The person who you borrow from should typically already be happily married—the belief is that they are allowing you to “borrow” their marital success by lending you a treasured item. From a borrowed venue (a friend or relative’s backyard) to a family heirloom (your grandmother’s charm bracelet or your grandfather’s handkerchief), there are plenty of ways to incorporate the perfect “something borrowed” into your wedding celebration. We have searched high and low to provide inspiring ideas for the perfect “something borrowed” to make your wedding day even more special.

Ways to Incorporate “Something Old” into Your Wedding


“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue,” is a phrase we’re all familiar with, but are you going to incorporate these traditions into your big day? This poem was once considered a recipe for marital bliss, and it was thought that adhering to the rhyme would ensure a lifetime of happiness. Nowadays, we’re not quite as superstitious, but it can still be fun to brainstorm creative ways to fulfill this age-old adage. Even if you’re not a super-traditional bride, including “something old” in your wedding is a wonderful way to personalize your event and pay tribute to members of your family.

From displaying family portraits at your reception to wearing your mother’s dress or including your grandmother’s lace in your bouquet wrap, there are many unique ways to include “something old” in your celebration. The best “something old” items will make your wedding extra-special and offer sentimental value to your day. Your “something old” is meant to symbolize your past, tradition and family so it is important to explore all your options to really make your wedding memorable. To help you track down your perfect “something old”, we have selected eight of our favourite ideas for you to consider.

Jaw-Dropping Non-Floral Bouquet Ideas


Want a truly unique accessory to carry down the aisle? A non-floral bouquet could be just the accent you’re after! Freshly-cut blooms are staples of classical weddings but in this new day and age, more brides are finding cute and clever ways to personalize their nuptials by thinking outside of the flower box. If you really want to make your day that much more memorable, finding a one-of-a-kind alternative non-floral bouquet is the answer. There are endless options in terms of flowerless arrangements. If you like the look of fresh-cut blooms but crave that extra quirky touch, paper and fabric flora are great options to explore. For the fearless brides who wants to make a killer statement for her walk down the aisle, savoury sweets, wire arrangements and even pinecones are fabulous non-floral bouquet options.

Opting for this fun alternative can also make a great DIY project. A non-floral bouquet can save you big bucks (especially in the fall and winter when your pick of fresh blooms may be limited) and can easily be turned into fun activity to share with your bridal party. Round up your girls, pop in a classic wedding movie and get started on crafting a set of cool arrangements that suit your style. An added bonus? These bouquets won’t wilt so you can save them forever as keepsakes of your wedding day.

Here are our top 22 one-of-a-kind non-floral bouquet ideas to get your artistic juices flowing!

A Whimsical Outdoor Wedding in Petawawa, Ontario

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While delivering a speech at a military Christmas function about the importance of celebrating family, Phillip got down on one knee and surprised Kristine with a proposal. “I was filled with joy and excitement at the thought of marrying my best friend and the love of my life,” confesses Kristine. Together the pair planned a whimsical nature-inspired wedding as a way to honour their shared love of the outdoors. Embellished with green and navy blue accents, ferns—symbolic of Kristine’s hometown province of British Columbia—and birchbark details, Kristine and Phillip’s special day was exactly how they had always envisioned it. “Our wedding was a wonderful celebration filled with friends and family. It was perfect,” they both agree.

Kristine Peterson and Phillip Breton, May 26, 2012, Petawawa, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Still Moments Photography.

Ceremony location: St. George’s Chapel
Reception location: Normandy Officers’ Mess
Bridal gown: Jasmine Bridal from Ivory Bridal
Bridal party attire: David’s Bridal
Groom’s tux: Canadian Forces scarlett uniform and Moores
Cake: The Girl With the Most Cake
Caterer: Ullrich’s on Main (613-735-6025)
Favours: DIY by the bride and one of her bridesmaids
Music: Chris Cooper DJ Services
Hair and makeup: Studio Leslie Anne
Flowers: Kevin from Kevin’s Flowers
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas
Wedding decorator: Nicole from Balloons of the Valley

See more photos from this whimsical outdoor wedding in Petawawa.

10 Pretty Place Settings for Your Reception


Instead of settling for plain-old place settings at your reception, step up your table decor with creative and stylish designs. Create gorgeous arrangements by choosing colours and elements to match your theme, and incorporate beautiful dishes, stunning stationery and fabulous favours. Here are 10 inspiring examples of how to dress your table for dinner!

How To Host A BBQ Wedding


There is nothing better than a good ol’ fashioned BBQ with your close family and friends, so why not host a BBQ wedding? There are endless options when it comes to making your wedding a casual fete and a BBQ wedding is a perfect choice for the outdoorsy bride. With tons of tasty food and a laid-back atmosphere, this unique wedding idea just might be right for you! See how to pull off this sort of celebration from the decor to the desserts.


Break the Ice with These Fun Reception Activities


We’ve all been there—you sit down at your assigned reception table and realize you don’t recognize a single person. Short and sweet introductions and comments on the lovely centrepieces slowly transition into awkward shifts and the occasional giggle—but it doesn’t have to be this way! As the bride, there are a number of ways you can make sure your guests get to know each other. To really get everyone into a celebratory mood, ice-breaking games are essential. Here are a few of our favourite ways to break the ice and create a lively atmosphere at your wedding.

A Whimsical Country Fair Themed Wedding in Calgary

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Corey and Dawn’s pink and green country-fair-inspired wedding was all about the little details. Dawn enlisted her crafty sister to help her create decor elements such as pinwheels and bunting. In lieu of traditional escort cards, Dawn opted for Mason jars filled with pink lemonade, which guests sipped from stripy straws. “Halfway through making everything I thought I must be crazy, but seeing it the day of the wedding took my breath away, and I knew it was worth it,” Dawn recalls. The newlyweds agree that the success of their whimsical wedding came from the help and support of their loved ones. “It was the most perfect and amazing day of my life, when I got to marry my best friend (who also happens to be the man of my dreams),” Dawn gushes.

Dawn Fox and Corey Farmer, June 30, 2012, Calgary, Alberta.

Photography courtesy of Heart+Sparrow.

Ceremony location: Highland Mennonite Brethren Church
Reception location: Crestmont Residence Hall
Bridal gown: Ever After Bridal
Caterer: Distinctive Catering
Favours: DIY
Music: SJS Entertainment
Makeup: James Mottorshead (
Hair: Laura Drennan (

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A Lovely Pink Wedding in Quebec City

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On a blind date set up by both their sisters, Marie-Michèle and Luc-Antoine realized their shy personalities and similar interests were more than just coincidence—it was love. When it came to planning their wedding, the two knew they would marry at the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac as soon as they saw its ballroom. “We wanted classical, elegant and sophisticated decor so this was the perfect setting for our wedding,” explains Marie-Michèle. The two love cozy dinners by the fire and listening to old jazz classics, so they attempted to create that same ambiance at their vintage chic reception by playing records by Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong and Frank Sinatra. “The whole day was more exceptional than we could ever have imagined—it was perfect,” the newlyweds agree.

Marie-Michèle Gaumond-Carignan and Luc-Antoine Boivin, June 5, 2012, Quebec City, Quebec.

Photography courtesy of Valerie Busque Photographe.

Ceremony location: Location Gervais
Reception location: Fairmont le Château Frontenac
Bridal gown: Nancy Wasjman from Les Noces couture
Bridal party attire: Jacob
Groom’s tux: Windsor Tuxedo
Cake: Fairmont le Château Frontenac
Caterer: Fairmont le Château Frontenac
Wedding planners: Françoise Leblanc Gagnon
Music: Anne-Sophie Paquet, Manuella Gagnon, Odile Marmet Rocheford, Bestov cover band, DJ André-Laurence Chabot
Hair and makeup: St-Laurent Trends
Flowers: Josee Gagne from La Fleur d’Europe
Stationery: Michel Russel from Les Éditions Frontenac

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A Modern DIY Wedding in Ottawa, Ontario

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A mutual friend had tried to introduce Kyla and Bob for years, but it wasn’t until a group trip to Cuba that the two bonded over a simple game of checkers. Three years later, the couple was engaged, and they set out to plan a lovely DIY-themed celebration. Together with their family members, the pair adorned their wedding with sentimental and homemade details. “The design of our invitations was inspired by my grandparents’ wedding invitations from 1941,” Kyla explains. In honour of Mother’s Day, every mother who attended the wedding received a single rose on her place setting. To celebrate where they first met, Kyla and Bob are planning to honeymoon on a tropical island!

Kyla Garbuio & Bob Baron, May 12, 2012. Ottawa, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Troy St. Louis Photography.

Ceremony location: Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church
Reception location: Canadian Museum of Nature
Bridal gown: Lea Ann Belter from Mia Bridal Co
Bridal party attire: Jim Hjelm Occasions from Mia Bridal Co
Groom’s tux: JP Tilford
Caterer: Gourmet Cuisine
Wedding planner: MY Events
Music: PM Event Services
Make-up: Amy Pizana, Ottawa Makeup Artists
Janice Albert (613-715-3132)
Flowers: Bloomfields Flowers
Stationery: The Aerialist Press

See more photos from this modern DIY wedding in Ottawa, Ontario.

A Traditional South Asian Wedding in Laval

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A traditional South Asian ceremony was the only option for Binish and Dinar’s two-day wedding. The duo said their segregated “I dos” in Binish’s parent’s house, and they were united moments later. “He walked into the living room, sat next to me on the couch, and the first thing he said to me was ‘hey wifey’–and I just burst into tears,” Binish laughs. Despite the 320 guests, the bride admits, “I can honestly say planning it wasn’t as hard as I imagined.” With a purple theme in mind, the couple created a colourful fete complete with Islamic customs, lavender accents and the full support of loving family members surrounding them every step of the way. “Our wedding reflected what is most important to us: family, friends and making good memories,” the newlyweds conclude.

Binish Khan and Dinar Ahmed, May 19-20, 2012, Laval, Quebec

Photography courtesy of Blueberry Studio (

Ceremony location: Private residence
Reception location:
Embassy Plaza
Afifa Hussaini in Karachi, Pakistan
Sherwani: Men of India
Bridal party attire:  Afifa Hussaini in Karachi, Pakistan
Hair: Jovanna Grigoropoulos from Mandyz Salon
Facades by Farhat
Music: Jannat Productionz
Cake: Dolci Piu
Caterer: Restaurant Tandoor Plus (514-332-2121)
Favours: Arftul Givings, Karachi, Pakistan (
Flowers: Les Fleurs Dimitry
Stationery: Shabbir Chowdhury (514-963-3143)
Other: Henna by Shaista Jalal (514-265-5635)

See all of the photos from this traditional South Asian wedding in Laval, Quebec.

A Rustic Wedding in Calgary, Alberta

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Chelsey knew from the moment Chris suggested her favourite restaurant, The Coup, for their first date that they were off to a great start. The two met online and within minutes they realized they had a lot more in common than vegetarian eateries. “We had mutual friends, worked in the same building on campus and even took some of the same university classes,” Chelsey explains. The two also share a love for hiking, especially through their favourite area, Fiery Furnace, which is where Chris proposed. When it came to planning their rustic wedding at Calgary’s historic Ranche Restaurant, Chelsey and Chris focused on creating an inviting atmosphere complete with little details, such as a custom music playlist, that reflected their unique personalities.

Chelsey Greene and Chris Jarabeck, June 24, 2012, Calgary, Alberta.

Photography courtesy of Diane + Mike (

Ceremony and reception location: The Ranche 
Dress: Echo Evenings
Groom’s tux: Harry Rosen
Hair: The Ginger Group
Makeup: The Ginger Group
Caterer: The Ranche
Flowers: Anne Paterson’s Flowers 

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A Dreamy White Wedding in Calgary, Alberta

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When Katie’s mother said Travis was “the one” for her daughter, Katie brushed off the idea altogether—but it turns out her mother was right after all: “She always is,” Katie laughs. It didn’t take long for Katie and Travis to realize they had something extraordinary and after three years together, he surprised her with a proposal. For their dreamy white wedding, creating a welcoming atmosphere was the first priority. “We wanted a wedding reception where people felt involved and special,” the couple explains. They both agree that the MC, Katie’s brother, was their favourite part of the day, especially since he organized a special grand exit for the bride and groom: all the guests got together to make a tunnel for Katie and Travis to walk through!

Katie Weir and Travis Thorgeirson, May 26, 2012, Calgary, Alberta

Photography courtesy of Genevieve Renee Photographie (

Ceremony location: Scarboro United Church
Reception location: Sirocco Golf Course
Dress: Wtoo from Sonia’s Bridal Studio
Groom’s tux: Samuelsohn O’Connors
Bridal party attire: Ethos
Hair: Laura Lottes (
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Music: DJ Chantz ( )
Caterer: Siraia Restaurant
Flowers: Lil’ Pink Daisy Florals
Stationery: The Social Page
Birch bark tags from Michigan Woodcrafts; cupcake wrappers from Lisasu

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A Bright Orange and Blue Wedding in Calgary, Alberta

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Erin and Lee just knew they’d be married one day—and early in their relationship they had already selected their first dance song. “We shared our feelings through music because we weren’t ready to admit our real feelings yet,” Erin confesses. “The song ‘Blush’ by Ben Lee perfectly defined how we felt about each other when we started dating,” she explains. The tune took on even more meaning when Erin and Lee took their first twirl as husband and wife at Calgary’s Endeavor Arts, a contemporary art gallery, during their orange and blue wedding celebration. “We didn’t realize a relationship or love could be so easy,” Erin gushes.

Erin Friio and Lee Raffey, June 16, 2012, Calgary, Alberta

Photography courtesy of Christina plus Nathan (

Ceremony location: Endeavor Arts & Event Space 
Reception location: Hotel Arts
Dress: Mikaella from The Parisian
Bridal party attire: Jacob
Hair: Finding Forever After
Makeup: Finding Forever After
Music: Revolution DJ (403-873-1218)
Flowers: Pease Blossoms
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas
Others: Memorable Moments, Linen Rental (

See all the pictures from this bright orange and blue wedding in Calgary, Alberta.