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The Most Important Beauty Appointments To Make Before Your Wedding

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With a heaping pile of things on your wedding to-do list, scheduling beauty appointments might be the last thing on your mind. However, locking down skincare, haircare and dental treatments in advance will ensure you’re looking your best on the big day.

Here’s a list of treatments to consider along with guidelines on when you should get them booked into your calendar.

Facials should be scheduled for at least six weeks before the wedding, advises Mariam White, president of The Principle Brands, the exclusive distributor of French cult-skincare line Biologique Recherche in Canada, which also has a signature facial available at select locations. “This is to ensure that there’s enough time for the skin to lift sun damage or calm breakouts,” she explains.

If you’ve been following a specific facial routine for awhile, your last treatment can be as late as two days before your wedding day. But if you haven’t had anything quite as regimented, your final pre-wedding facial should be no later than ten days before the event, in case of sensitivity or breakouts.

Eyelash Extensions
“Extensions are great because you don’t need to worry about happy tears ruining your mascara,” says Veronica Tran, esthetician and founder of Pretty in the City lash and brow bar in Toronto. As an added bonus, your lashes will stay looking fantastic if you’re jetting off soon after your wedding to a tropical locale for your honeymoon.

If you’ve never had eyelash extensions before, it’s best to do a trial run at least two weeks before your wedding, Tran advises. This is to rule out any allergies or irritations. If all is good, your lashes can be filled in three days before your wedding day.

If you’re a summer bride, you might worry about your makeup melting off, especially if your ceremony is taking place outdoors. With microblading, your eyebrows will be one less thing you have to worry about. This form of tattooing is an ideal solution for brides who want fuller brows. If you’ve never had this procedure done before, make sure you do your research, Tran advises. Always ensure that your microblading artist has the appropriate certification and license, and that you like the work they produce.

The process must be started at least 12 weeks before your wedding day, Tran says. This is because microblading is a two-step process and requires time to heal. “Microblading is essentially implanting pigments under the skin in the form of hair strokes,” Tran explains. “It’s really meant to blend in with existing hairs, and won’t look as natural if there are only few brow hairs there to begin with.” If your eyebrows are extremely sparse, Tran suggests a different form of brow tattooing, called ombre powder brows, which produces a softer look.

Most experts agree that teeth whitening procedures should be started about one to three months before the big day to ensure you’re happy with the results and any tooth sensitivity has dissipated. If you’re opting to use whitening toothpastes or strips, begin at least one month before your wedding day to ensure surface stains have time to disappear. Because there are so many options for whitening, it’s best to consult your dentist for the one that fits you best.

When booking a spray tan appointment, keep in mind that your tan will gradually get darker in the span of a few hours, and will fade after one to two weeks. Experts suggest getting a spray tan a few days before your wedding, so it has gradually faded just a bit and looks more natural on your skin. Exfoliating is especially important when it comes to tanning, as dry skin patches can lead to an uneven tan. When in doubt, ask your local spray-tan professional.

A Romantic Paris-Themed Wedding in Vancouver

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Stephanie Lund and Naleen Kumar were engaged in the most romantic city in the world—Paris—so it was only fitting for the pair to carry the theme into their wedding. “Naleen booked us a suite at the Shangri-La, with a private balcony with the best view of the Eiffel Tower,” Stephanie recalls of their fairy tale engagement. Naleen arranged for the couple to dine on their terrace with food from Michelin-star restaurant L’Abeille. “After we finished eating dinner, he nudged me to look to the right, where I saw ‘Stephanie Lund, will you marry me?’ projected on the side of the building across the street from our terrace!”

The couple had been together eight years when they tied the knot in a beautiful ceremony, with 155 guests in attendance. “Making it of official in front of the people we care about the most was the best moment,” Stephanie shares. “I had dreamed about this for so long, and I never could have imagined it being so perfect.”

Blush decor, velvet-draped tables and rose gold accents paired perfectly with the opulence of The Vancouver Club for a romantic effect. The venue’s lobby chandelier, with clear glass orbs cascading from the ceiling, inspired a unique decor theme: hanging glass spheres formed a canopy for the ceremony, and the motif was carried into the reception, with sparkling glass spheres hanging from the room’s chandeliers. “A. Elizabeth Cakes also did an amazing job at incorporating our glass-ball theme into our cake,” Stephanie shares. The couple’s outfits set a non-traditional tone for the sophisticated affair. The first purchase the couple made was Naleen’s silk, seafoam-hued Tom Ford blazer featuring a honeycomb texture. Stephanie chose two Galia Lahav outfits: an ethereal, angelic gown for the ceremony and a sexy beaded jumpsuit for the reception.

Stephanie walked down the aisle with her father to “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder. “My dad played this song when I was born, right when they brought me home from the hospital,” the bride shares. “It made the moment extra special.”

After the ceremony, Stephanie changed into her second look, debuting it first for her new husband. “Naleen knew I had a second out t, but didn’t know the details,” she reveals. “Alicia, our wedding planner, suggested surprising him, and our photographers, Kristy and Ken, captured a first look of my jumpsuit. I will never forget the look on Naleen’s face!”

After dinner, the couple and their guests watched a same-day edit video, with an extra-special element. “We wanted to do something a bit different with our vows, so we pre-recorded a voiceover of Naleen and I separately reading letters to each other for the video,” Stephanie explains. “The videographers did an amazing job capturing the moments throughout our special day.”

Stephanie Lund and Naleen Kumar, September 28, 2019, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Photography courtesy by Blush Photography.

Venue: The Vancouver Club
Wedding Planner: Alicia Keats
Bridal gown & jumpsuit: Galia Lahav from Bisou Bridal
Bridesmaid gowns: Blush Bridal
Groom’s tux: Farhad Younus from Tom Ford at Holt Renfrew Vancouver
Groomsmen attire: Harry Rosen
Cake: A. Elizabeth Cakes
Flowers: Koncept Event Design
Hair: Hair by Nasim
Makeup: Nina’s Vanity
Stationery: Love by Phoebe
Music: DJ Pri

Amazing Winter Wedding Details Inspired By Disney’s “Frozen”

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Winter is coming, but luckily there’s no shortage of inspiration for a winter affair. As much as we love the warm, cozy mood this season evokes, we also adore the icy cool details inspired by the snow and cooler temperatures.

Tanya D’Angela of Classy Affairs put together this incredible styled shoot at the Royal Ambassador Event Centre with the help of several other Toronto-based vendors. The inspiration? Disney’s Frozen. With the recent release for the sequel, Frozen 2, we can’t think of better timing for this beautiful shoot. “You can’t help become attached to the main character, who is a beautiful, strong woman,” D’Angela says. “You learn to dream big, and this is the same for any other fairy tale.” The story guided the shoot in terms of colour, season and texture.

“The colour palette was meant to be soft and subtle, especially the lighter blue, which is trending for the winter months,” D’Angela explains. “The diamond white and soft pale blue accented with glass and silver touches brought the theme together.”

Our favourite details from this shoot include the exquisite laser-cut, snowflake-patterned stationery, as well as the cake, which features crystals along the middle tier. We also adore every single treat on the sweet table, from the mini cakes to doughnuts and opulent cake pops, all placed on a lovely vintage dresser.

See all the photos from this incredible shoot below.

Photography courtesy of Emily Christine Photography.

Creative director and planner: Classy Affairs
Venue: Royal Ambassador Event Centre
Bridal gown: Rosa Clará from Mona Lisa Bridal Gallery
Bridal hair accessories: Ilieana George Couture Bridal Accessories
Groom’s tux: CE Clothier
Flowers: Wine Country Floral Design
Stationery: Elena’s Little Shoppe
Cake and sweets: The Sweetest Thing Cakes
Decor: Superior Decor and Design
Chairs, charger plates and love seat: Detailz Couture
Vintage rentals: Cre8ive Studios
Calligraphy: JY Calligraphy
Hair and makeup: Creatively Beautiful
Models: Hallea Jones and Justin from B&M Models

How To Get A Wedding-Day Beauty Look That Suits Your Style

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From head to toe, your entire wedding-day look should reflect your personal style. You’ll also want everything from your dress to your shoes and accessories to complement each other and make you feel extra-special. Makeup is the finishing touch; accentuating your features and tying together your wedding look.

We put together four stunning wedding beauty looks and included the products you’ll need to achieve them to feel head-to-toe gorgeous on your big day.

Photography by Carlyle Routh. Product photography by Geoffrey Ross. Editor and creative producer Alison McGill. Styling by Tara Williams. Hair by Tony Masciangelo, Alcorn Hair/ Makeup by Cia Mandarello, First published in the Spring/Summer 2018 issue of Weddingbells.

This Is How You Get Creative With Pink Wedding Decor

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When dreaming up this amazing styled shoot, the team was inspired by shades of mauve, blush, cream and gold. “We wanted to combine modern glam with a touch of romantic flair,” says Chloe of D’Love Affair Weddings & Event. The Waterfront Ballroom at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in Vancouver was the perfect venue to bring this vision to life.

The gorgeous details include stationery with delicate calligraphy, a blush canopy and seasonal blooms. The two Pronovias 2019 gowns featured in the shoot have us swooning with the prettiest lace detailing. Whimsical details include the gold laser-cut signs, which matched the chairs and the candleholders perfectly, as well as handcrafted paper flowers. Sweet treats include a donut bar, with donuts displayed on acrylic for an elevated vibe, and gorgeous handpainted cakes displayed against a circular backdrop.

Photography courtesy of L’Estelle Photography.

Ceremony and reception venue: Fairmont Waterfront
Wedding planner: D’Love Affair Weddings and Event
Bridal gowns: Pronovias from Clara Couture Bridal
Backdrop, linens and uplighting: Kawano Decor Design
Cake and desserts: Hello Sunshine Cake Studio
Wedding invitations and stationery: The AYLA View
Lasercut design: RintzyLee Designs
Canapés: Fairmont Waterfront
Floral design: Cherie Floral
Paper flowers, donut wall and round backdrop: Blooms and Paper
Event decor, chairs and rental: Rojalux
Donuts: Cartems Donuts
Blush linens: Connections Event Planning
Bridal accessories: Olive + Piper
Hair and makeup: Faye Smith
Cake stands, dessert platters and gold cups: Vintage Meant For Rent
Pedestals: Match Your Style Rentals
Models: Kelsey Watson and Jacky Weng

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Margot Robbie’s Makeup Artist Pati Dubroff Shares Her Best Bridal Beauty Advice

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Photo via Instagram/@patidubroff.

When it comes to creating an effortless but gorgeous beauty look, Pati Dubroff has been a go-to in the game for years. The seasoned pro has beautified A-listers including Margot Robbie, Dakota Johnson and Priyanka Chopra, and was recently in Toronto on behalf of Winners, Homesense and TJ Maxx.

For Dubroff, weddings have a special place in her heart. “I met my husband at a wedding, so I do have a soft spot for them,” she shares. The artist has done makeup for countless weddings and says that it’s a special day for everyone, the bride and groom’s family included. We sat down with her to find out what she’s learned doing bridal beauty for weddings, and her secrets to ensure your makeup game is on top for your big day.

How should a bride look on her wedding day?
“The bride should look like the best, most enhanced version of herself. She shouldn’t wear a makeup look that’s surprising or that she wouldn’t normally ever wear, unless that’s what she really wants on her day.”

What is the first step to achieving a gorgeous bridal look?
“Bridal beauty starts with good skin. I’ll make sure the bride’s skin is pampered, whether that be with a jade or quartz roller, to really get a nice canvas for makeup application.”

How do you create the perfect bridal makeup look for each bride?
“I like to take a look at what kind of flowers the wedding will have, what kind of environment it will be in and the bride’s personality. For example, for a beach bride, I wouldn’t do a full face of makeup, and for a spring bride I may incorporate spring hues. If the flowers are darker, for more of a fall wedding, I can incorporate some of those tones and be inspired that way.”

What is one of the biggest lessons you’ve learned when it comes to doing bridal makeup?
“For one wedding, I applied body makeup on the bride’s sister, and they went off to take photos. When they came back, the bride had body makeup all over her dress! I learned my lesson to never apply body makeup on anyone who is going to be near the bride.”

What essentials should every bride have with her on her wedding day?
“After finishing her makeup, I always send a bride off with q-tips, a puff with some powder wrapped in a tissue, eyeliner if she has a bold eyeliner look, and of course her lip colour!”

Where should a bride look to for inspiration for her wedding day makeup?
“Runway makeup is a little tricky and somewhat theatrical, so unless you want a more theatrical look, stick to the red carpet for inspo. It’s somewhat similar to your wedding day as all eyes will be on you, and you can see how someone moves and is in a special event environment.”

The Bridal Beauty Products Our Editors Are Currently Loving For November

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November is here, and with that comes a new crop of bridal beauty favourites. We’ve rounded up some of the newest faves on our roster, along with a couple of gift sets that are available for the holidays, with products that you should definitely add in your wedding-day kit. These kits are great value, and not only make a nice Christmas gift, but are also good to gift to your bridesmaids. Here are our bridal beauty picks for November.

La Roche Posay Pure Vitamin C10 Serum
When it comes to skincare leading up to your wedding, you’ll want products that will leave your skin radiant and glowing, and will help minimize any wrinkles or imperfections. The La Roche Posay Pure Vitamin C10 Serum is a current favourite on our list, and is great for every skin type, even for brides with sensitive skin. The serum also improves skin texture, which will give your wedding-day makeup a smooth canvas.


Dermalogica Prisma Protect SPF30
If you’re not applying SPF every day to your skin, you’re doing it wrong. This means that you also need to ensure that you use an SPF on your wedding day. The Dermalogica Prisma Protect SPF is a product that not only protects your skin from UV rays and free radicals, but it also enhances your skin’s natural luminosity—a must for that wedding-day glow.


AmorePacific Meet Your Everyday Besties Set
If you want to step into the luxury skincare game and don’t know where to start, this set is a game-changer. Featuring three of the Korean skincare brand’s best-selling products, the set is a great way to try each and is everything you need to get your pre-wedding routine in check. It features the brand’s Treatment Enzyme Peel Cleansing Powder, which polishes the skin and removes dirt and oil, the Vintage Single Extract Essence, and the Moisture Bound Rejuvenating Creme.


Nude By Nature Shine Kit
Yes, it is possible to wear the perfect nude lip on your wedding day. Bonus? The products are 100% natural. Nude By Nature’s Shine Ultimate Lip Trio is an essential, featuring a lip liner, lipstick and lip gloss for the ultimate nude lippie look.



Olaplex Holiday Hair Fix
This set is amazing if you want to give your hair a little TLC before the big day. The complete system gives your hair strength, eliminates frizz and helps repair each strand—a must, especially if you have colour-treated or damaged hair.


Gabrielle Chanel Essence
This beautiful fragrance evokes the vibe of Coco Chanel herself–passionate, free and true to who she is, exactly how we want every bride to feel on her wedding day. Jasmine, ylang-ylang, orange blossom and Grasse tuberose come together for a fragrance that’s floral, feminine, warm and deep.

$129 for 50 ml,

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Important Wedding Fragrance Tips From A Perfume Designer

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Important Wedding Fragrance Tips from a Perfume Designer

Here at Weddingbells, we know just how important it is to find the perfect perfume for your special day. Although often overlooked, picking the ideal scent is just as crucial as selecting your shoes or accessories. The nose remembers–and spritizing that special scent will bring back memories of your wedding day, whether you choose to wear it over and over again or save it for special occasions.

We chatted with the model-turned-fragrance designer Ruby Brown (who once modelled for Weddingbells!), who collaborated with Simons to create the department store’s first perfume line, Eau Contemporaine. She’s also worked with countless brides to create custom wedding-day fragrances. Brown filled us in on how to go about finding a signature wedding scent and why it’s important.

Why is having a wedding day scent necessary?
“Scent is such an intimate sense, and it creates memories of your big day. Every time you spray the scent it’ll bring you back to that day.”

Do you have any advice for brides when it comes to picking a wedding day fragrance?
“You definitely need to try it out prior to the big day and you have to feel confident in everything that you pick out. Try to go with something in the same scent family as the perfume you normally wear if you’re picking a special fragrance. If you usually wear citrus scents, stick with citrus. If you wear floral scents, choose a floral perfume.”


Where are the most important places to spray your perfume to ensure it lasts all day?
“Generally, your pulse points: Behind your ears, behind your knees, in the inner part of your elbow. If you have sensitive skin, you can always spray it on your clothes (but avoid spraying it on spandex, polyester.) I always do about four spritzes. You can even spray it in your hair!”


Jennifer Behr On How To Choose The Perfect Bridal Accessories

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Jennifer Behr photo courtesy of White Toronto.

Weddingbells had the chance to catch up with pro bridal accessories designer Jennifer Behr when she was recently in Canada at White Toronto to meet brides and have them try pieces from her Spring 2019 collection. For any bride, picking the right accessories to complement the gown is an important part of creating a cohesive and beautiful bridal look. But how exactly do you pick the right accessories? We asked Behr to share her best tips for choosing the pieces that are right for you.

WB: How should a bride who’s wearing more of a modern dress accessorize her look?
JB: Having a headpiece or an elevated accessory is the best way to complement your dress. It will help you look like you’re the bride and that it’s your special day.

WB: We especially love how you play with incorporating traditional elements such as pearl into your pieces.
JB: Pearl is something I’ve wanted to do for awhile. It can look so fussy on some accessories, but we love making it look more modern ad elegant, rather than princess-y. You can even add more with pearl hairpins. We love how brides are more willing to try new things.

WB: What’s it like designing pieces for big events such as the MET Gala?
JB: The MET is really for people who love fashion, and they’re much more willing to do fun things. The best thing about those red carpet moments is seeing not just the over-the-top outfits, but when every day pieces just look super elevated. For example, for Eva Chen, her hairstylist Chris used the simple headbands I created and made them elegant and elevated by layering them and strategically placing them. They’re just two simple ribbon headbands. A bow or velvet headpieces are accessories you can incorporate into your daily style, and it doesn’t have to be costly.

WB: Are there any accessories that brides often overlook, but that you wish they’d consider?
JB: I think for the headpiece, we get people who don’t consider it until the last minute. I want brides to consider their accessories as a way of personalizing their dresses, and think about the whole look from the beginning. What is on your head, like really, from the waist up like a portrait, is what people really see. Make your jewellery and your headpiece as part of the process when you’re looking for your dress, rather than waiting til the end and feeling like you need to add something. Consider how it all works together. Your headpiece and earrings are what people are going to see, so consider it early on and work it in. I think it’s wonderful that people are considering a wider range of things to wear in their hair than they’re used to.

WB: What are your favourite pieces to design?
JB: It’s so hard to choose! I’m really in love with jewellery at the moment because it’s new and it’s fun. I keep going back to the flower and being inspired by nature. There’s all this beautiful floral stuff that’s kind of experimental and I love incorporating some of those elements into what we do.

WB: What advice do you have for brides when choosing wedding day accessories?
JB: I say to people that even outside of the wedding, you have a wardrobe of clothes and a wardrobe of shoes, and a wardrobe of jewellery and it helps you transform. There are days when I want to wear a romantic flower dress and there are other times when I wear linen overalls I might want a chunky gold piece on that day versus a really delicate accessory. I think it’s fun, that fashion doesn’t have to be serious, and it can be more transformative. I would like people to take more risks! People say to us sometimes like, “Oh, I could never wear that.” And it’s like, well, why not? When people wear the crazier things, it makes people around them happy!

WB: What would you say to brides who are torn between a classic look and a more modern one?
JB: Sometimes brides say, “I want to look totally classic, and I don’t want to look out of date in 20 years.” But brides, you might as well wear something fun! Whatever you’re thinking is classic now is not going to be classic in 20 years. So you might as well embrace something you really love, rather than worrying about what it might look like in the future.

Four Unique Takes On The Traditional White Wedding Cake


White always feels right for your wedding day, especially when it comes to your cake. Our favourite tiers and towers of the moment are contemporary confections brimming with touchable texture and a gradation of whisper-light tones. We asked four Toronto cake designers to put their own modern twist on the classic white wedding cake, and the results are as dreamy as they come. In the one wedding colour that complements any theme, these cakes are sweet masterpieces that your guests are sure to talk about.

Photography by Maya Visnyei. Styling by Catherine Doherty.

Chic Mismatched Tiers
Trisha Medina of Rococoa Butter used a different technique for each tier on this cake. Piped floral detailing, crackled texture and intricate fondant ruffles make this dessert a showstopper. “This cake is a contrast between clean, monochromatic elegance, detailed texture and the flow of nature,” Medina says.

Mod Details
White subway tiles were the inspiration for this modern geometric cake by Jen La of JENLA Cake. “The tiles were made from sugar and bent down the middle, which adds depth and dimension to the design, as well as creating ever-changing shadow depending on where the light hits it,” La explains. A cascade of sugar orchids adds softness and romance to the cake.

Haute Couture Patterns
Allyson Bobbitt of Bobbette and Belle was inspired by a favourite Chanel dress for this cake featuring a sugar-paste trellis and petite, ruffled flowers. “We wanted to design a light, delicate appearance while still having lots of visual interest,” says Bobbitt. “Of course, few cakes are truly complete without a touch of sparkle, so we used small silver dragées and tiny Swarovski crystals as the finishing touches.”

A Kiss of Colour
Amanda Foong Cakes incorporated just a hint of pale pink for this gorgeous confection that includes a variety of textured elements. Gold adds glam, while the bottom tier’s surprise geometric shape and pattern provide contrast between the layers. Sugar flowers on each side frame the cake beautifully and tie the palette together.

The Coolest Graphic Wedding Stationery Ideas


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Graphic wedding stationery has recently been trending, and we can see why it’s a popular choice with many couples. With eclectic patterns, bold typography and vibrant colour, these cool invitations allow the designer’s creativity to truly shine.

Set the tone for an amazing celebration with wedding invitations and day-of stationery rich in detail and whimsy.

Photography by Adrian Armstrong. Styling by Catherine Doherty. Editor, Kimberly Aglipay. First published in the Spring/Summer 2019 issue of Weddingbells.

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Stationery by Paper & Poste.

Luxe Animal Prints
We love the idea of incorporating animals into your wedding stationery, and this pattern by Paper & Poste is perfectly elevated to suit a fun, sophisticated celebration.

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Stationery by Simply Sealed.

Watercolour Florals
Black and white stationery is timeless, but adding pretty watercolour floral touches brings this design to the next level.

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Stationery by Paper & Poste.

Modern Abstract Patterns
Typography, muted colours and abstract painted details come together to make a chic stationery suite with vintage vibes.

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Stationery by Simply Sealed.

Muted Floral Sketches
Taupes and greys provide the perfect backdrop for silver lettering and illustrated florals. These floral sketches add a moody, chic edge to a classic wedding invitation.

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Stationery by Simply Sealed.

Whimsical Illustrations
A whimsical design is perfect to convey the fun of a modern tropical celebration. Channel luau vibes with these cute invitations from Simply Sealed.

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Stationery from Minted.

Monogram Designs
Monograms are one of our favourite minimalist invite ideas. Clean and simple, monograms pack a powerful punch when used in a sleek, modern font.

This Is How To Achieve A Sustainable Bridal Style

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Photo courtesy of Reformation.

When it comes to your wedding, you might think that sustainable ceremony and reception decor is easy enough to source. But what about your outfit? Sustainable fashion has been trending recently, and we couldn’t be happier. Now more than ever there are plenty of options to choose from to feel good about your fashion choices, and the trend has rolled over to bridal style. We’ve rounded up some top places where you can pick up sustainable bridal pieces that will have your guests’—and the planet’s—approval.

Photo courtesy of Reformation.

The bridal gown and bridesmaid gowns: Reformation

Beloved sustainable fashion brand Reformation has recently opened in Canada, with its first Canadian flagship opening at Toronto’s Yorkdale Mall. The California-based company is known for its vintage-inspired clothing pieces that look flattering on many body types, as well as its chic, sexy bridal gowns and bridesmaid gowns that you can wear again to events after your wedding day. The brand strives to make every aspect of the business green, from repurposing fabrics to creating their own eco fabrics, as well as being 100% carbon, waste and water neutral, ensuring their carbon footprint is low. Hot tip: for Canadians, when you order online, taxes and duties already calculated upon checkout.

Photo courtesy of Grace Loves Lace.

The veil: Grace Loves Lace

Grace Loves Lace’s latest collection “La Bamba” features not only luxury veils made with ethically sourced fabric, but they’ve also taken the excess fabric from these veils and transformed them into gorgeous scarves you can use as a chic hair accessory, and anklets that are a unique complement to your bridal shoes. Any of these accessories will ensure your outfit truly stands out.

Photo courtesy of Sinta & Co.

The clutch: Sinta & Co.

A chic clutch that carries are the necessities for your big day (you’ll definitely need lipstick for touch ups and a hankerchief for crying) is a must. We love the clutches from Sinta & Co., a company that carries ethically-made wedding goods made from local artisans in the Philippines. You can feel good knowing that you’re carrying an accessory in which the materials were sourced with minimal impact to the environment. Each piece is handcrafted and looks incredibly unique, giving your bridal outfit a special touch.

Photo courtesy of Allbirds.

The reception shoes: Allbirds

We’re big fans of changing into shoes that are a bit more comfy than heels after your ceremony to make it easier to dance the night away. Our pick for sneakers that you can hit the dance floor in (and are sustainably made) are the kicks from Allbirds, which are made using sustainable fabrics created by the company themselves. Using responsibly harvested tree fibres and Merino wool for the fabric and recycled water bottles for the laces, you’ll feel good wearing these sneakers not only on your wedding day but in your everyday life.




What Every First-Time Bridesmaid Needs to Know


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If you’re a first-time bridesmaid and you have no idea what to expect, don’t worry, you are not alone. Most bridal BFFs find that feelings of excitement and happiness at having been selected as one of the chosen few often give way to a whole slew of questions regarding expectations and responsibilities.

That’s why we’ve asked wedding planners Rebecca Chan from Rebecca Chan Weddings and Events and Melissa Medalla from near+dear events to weigh in on some of the toughest bridesmaid etiquette questions. Should you be paying for the dress? What’s the best way to let a bride know you can’t pay for something? And what exactly is a bridesmaid’s role?

Whether you’re a first-time bridesmaid of a seasoned pro, we have the answers you need to some of the most pressing bridesmaid etiquette questions. (And if you’re a bride and reading this, do your girls a solid and pass on the info!)

What does a bridesmaid do?
If you’ve never been a bridesmaid before, you might not know exactly what the role entails. Ultimately, a bridesmaid is there to support the bride, which includes being their sounding board and someone they can trust. “It means being a part of creating a fun experience for the bridal party and guests,” Medalla explains. “It also means being someone the bride can count on to roll up their sleeves and help with things such as DIY projects.”

What should you consider before agreeing to be a bridesmaid?
Before agreeing to being a bridesmaid, consider the costs involved and the time commitment. “You might be the main go-to for the bride on important wedding decisions, so ensure you have enough time and energy for this,” Chan advises. It is almost as important to be aware of the costs involved, Chan says. “There will likely be pre-wedding events you help pay for, and possibly attire, makeup and hair, although sometimes these items are a gift from the bride,” Chan adds.

How can should you let a bride know that you can’t pay for a bridesmaid-related activity or item?
As with many relationships, communication is key, Medalla says. “If you have financial constraints or scheduling conflicts with bridal events, voice it early on,” she shares. “Discussing who buys the bridesmaid dress or who pays for makeup right after she asks you to be her bridesmaid might dampen the fun, but take her out for coffee the following week. Be mindful of your words and timing, but express your excitement in taking on the role.” When it comes to being upfront about financial constraints with the bride, Chan agrees. “If you can’t pay for a wedding-related event, be honest with the bride,” she says. “If you can’t pay for it, chances are you are not the only one.”

Who pays for the bridesmaid dress?
According to Chan, the bridesmaid typically pays for her bridesmaid dress, but in some cases, the bride will pay for this as a gift. “It’s always a nice gesture for a bride to pay for some of the wedding-day costs involved for their bridesmaids such as hair, makeup and dress,” Chan says. “Otherwise it does get expensive to be a part of the wedding party.”

What should you do as a bridesmaid if you don’t live in the same location as the bride?
“Try your best to contribute remotely,” Medalla advises. “In the digital world, bridging the distance is easier than ever.” She suggests sharing a Pinterest board with the bride to help visualize and brainstorm wedding ideas, as well as suggesting vendors in her area. It’s also important to communicate with the other members of the bridal party. “Set up a group chat to share photos and updates from events you won’t be able to attend.”

If you live away from the bride and the wedding venue, how soon should you arrive before the wedding?
If your plans allow it, aim to arrive a week or two prior to the wedding to help with the final details, suggests Medalla. “I’ve been a bridesmaid and maid of honour to dear friends who live far away, and helped make tassel garlands with one and seating charts with the other,” Medalla shares. “No matter what, try to spend some quality time with the bride before the wedding.”

An Elegant Top-Hat Themed Same-Sex Wedding in Winnipeg

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For Darin and Glen, getting married was a step they wanted to wait for until it was right for the both of them. Being together 25 years on the day they were wed, they didn’t hop on the band wagon right away when Canada made same-sex marriage legal in 2005. “One day, about 2 years before our actual wedding, we both looked at one another and said at the exact same time, ‘Do you want to get married for our 25th wedding anniversary?'” the couple shares. They knew it was the right time.

The couple’s wedding was a top-hat and martinis themed celebration. “When looking for a design or our stationery, we thought the idea of two top hats as a representation of the two of us,” Darin and Glen say. “The top hat theme was carried throughut from our stationery to the presentation box, and we were even carrying top hats in the ceremony.” The couple carried out their martini theme with a late-night martini bar, specialty socks worn by the male members of the wedding party and customized martini glasses as favours for the guests.

A colour palette of black and white with hints of silver made up the colour palette—the silver being a nod to their 25th anniversary. “Black and white to us is just so classic, and that’s what we wanted to achieve—a classic, elegant affair,” the couple shares.

The ceremony turned out just the way Darin and Glen intended it to be. “In the beginning of the planning process we wondered, how do we make it our own without having it look like a traditional bride and groom wedding?” the couple says. “It took a lot if planning and talking with one another, but we ended up blending a traditional wedding ceremony with a not-so-traditional grooms wedding ceremony, and we must say, it was magical!”

Darin Wallin and Glen Wold, April 13th, 2019, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Photography courtesy of Mathew Zigue.

Venue: The Manitoba Club
Groom’s tuxes: Tip Top Tailors
Linens and chairs: Planned Perfectly
Flowers: Beyond Flowers
Bridesmaid gowns: Stella’s Bridal
Quartet: Luminous String Quartet
Stationery: Little Blue House Creative Design
Favours: Zenan
Hair: Stage 6 Salon
Music: Sensational Sound
Lighting: Event Light
Dance floor and LED bar: C&T Event Rentals
Officiant: Colleen Olafson