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The Green Bridal Beauty Products Our Editors Are Currently Loving For April

Fashion & Beauty » Skin Care & Makeup

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With more and more beauty brands taking part in creating products that are both good for people and the environment, there’s no excuse to not incorporate them into our beauty routine. In honour of Earth Day (April 22nd), we’ve picked ten green beauty products that you need to incorporate into your beauty routine for your wedding day. Not only do these products contain natural, organic ingredients, but they’re also incredibly well-formulated to be long-lasting on your face—which you’ll want, all the way into the wee hours of the night.

ILIA Multi-Stick In “All Of Me”
ILIA is a natural and organic beauty line founded by Vancouver-born Sasha Plavsic. The multi-stick is a holy grail item for our editors—we love that you can get multiple uses out of this product, which is . Swipe on your lids, cheeks and lips for a cohesive, naturally beautiful look. Plus, this shade’s name reminds us of aptly named John Legend song, so it’s only fitting to use it on your wedding day.

Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil
For brides with sensitive skin, this product is a must-have. The healing properties in rosehip oil make it perfect to heal any blemishes, pigmentation, dry skin and an overall dull complexion. This rosehip oil in particular uses a volcanically sourced CO2 supercritical extraction to ensure that the oil stays fresh, unlike many oils, which are cold-pressed and can change in smell over time.

$30, thedetoxmarket.ca.


Source Essentielle
Naturally derived ingredients are the hallmark of Source Essentielle, L’Oreal Professionnel’s first line of natural, professional hair care products, with one especially cool feature: the container is refillable, allowing you to go to a salon with your empty container to refill it. Four different ranges in the line are for different hair types, which include normal hair, dry hair, coloured hair and delicate scalp. This line doesn’t launch until May, but for now you need to put it on your list as one of the must-have hair products to get your hair ready for your big day.

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Odacité Crystal Contour Gua Sha Rose Contour Beauty Tool
If you already have a jade roller in your kit, here’s another must-have you need: a gua sha tool. Gua sha, an ancient Chinese technique in which massage is used to stimulate the skin, giving it a refreshed, revitalized look. The contours of this tool make it great for getting into areas such as your jawline and under eyes, and the fact that it’s made out of rose quartz means it likely won’t break or get damaged.

$55, thedetoxmarket.ca.

Kjaer Weis Pressed Powder Compact
Kjaer Weis is the luxe green beauty brand that proves you don’t have to sacrifice luxury in order to go green. The brand only uses certified organic and natural ingredients, and this fine-milled translucent powder is perfect to set your makeup or for touchups throughout your wedding day. Not does the metal compact it comes in feel especially luxe and is made to last, but instead of throwing it away after the powder is done, the compact is refillable.

$79, thedetoxmarket.ca.


Cocoon Apothecary Skin Care Starter Kit For Normal To Dry Skin
If you don’t have a wedding-day skin care routine (or any skin care routine, really), this is the perfect kit to pick up. With a facial cleanser, toner and cream, the kit provides all the steps necessary to get your skin glowing before your big day. The plant-based cleanser and cream include organic oils that cleanse while keeping your skin hydrated, and the toner is alcohol-free and contains organic rose water. The set is also the perfect size for travel—pack it in your suitcase for your honeymoon to ensure gorgeous skin long after your nuptials.

$30, cocoonapothecary.ca.


Clove + Hallow Lip Velvet In “Uptown”
On your wedding day you’ll want a lip colour that requires minimal touch-ups and lasts virtually all day. Our green beauty pick for lip is Clove + Hallow’s Lip Velvet in “Uptown,” a gorgeous brick-red that enhances the natural colour of your lips and is the perfect timeless colour for your wedding. Formulated with coconut oil and shea butter, not only is this lip colour long-lasting but unlike other liquid lipsticks, it will keep your pout moisturized, too.

$22, thedetoxmarket.ca.

RMS Beauty Living Luminizer
Revealed as one of the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle’s favourite products, and it’s quickly become a favourite of ours as well. The RMS Beauty Living Luminizer gives you an incredibly healthy, natural, glowing-from-within look that we absolutely love. Apply to your cheekbones, cupid’s bow and brow bone for the ultimate makeup finisher.

$47.50, thedetoxmarket.ca.

Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Pomegranate Day Cream
This face cream has quickly risen the ranks as a cult classic among green beauty lovers. Made with pomegranate oil that smells absolutely delicious, the cream is made to not only nourish but also protect your skin from free-radicals. Black Oat Extract provides a protective barrier that keeps your skin moisturized.

$36, rockymountainsoap.com.


Henné Organics Lip Serum
This Sweden-inspired line focuses solely on lip products, so you know their lip serum will be done right. The product, which is made of a blend of including arctic cloudberry seed, camellia and argan, is housed in a glass tube with a 24K gold-plated roller ball, so your lips are given the luxe treatment.

$45, henneorganics.com.

Suncoat The Peelables Nail Polish In Petal Blush
This Guelph-based company produces a unique line of nail polishes with natural, clean ingredients that’s virtually odour-free. The line also includes a plant-based nail polish remover, the first of its kind. But this nail polish in particular is special, in that it is peelable and doesn’t require remover to take off—perfect for traveling during your honeymoon when you want to switch up your look but don’t want to pack nail polish remover in your suitcase. With a price point comparable to most nail polishes found in drugstores, we think it’s easy to make the switch to a more natural option.

$12, suncoat-products.com.

LASPA Moisturizing Mineral Sunscreen For Sensitive Skin – Face & Neck
Every bride needs a good sunscreen that she uses on an everyday basis. Our green pick is the LASPA Moisturizing Mineral Sunscreen, which is fragrance free and contains organic ingredients in its mineral-based products. Hypoallergenic and sweat-resistant, this sunscreen is a must for anyone getting married during the summer months, especially if it’s in an outdoor ceremony.

$40, laspanaturals.com.

This New Toronto Venue Is Perfect For Intimate Weddings

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New event venue The Delisle Space is a blank canvas that allows you to transform it into anything you want it to be for your wedding. Located in the Yonge and St. Clair neighbourhood in uptown Toronto, this space has changed hands over the years, most notably housing fur coat shop Ira Berg. In fact, the venue still includes the space in which the coats were modelled, with an overhead balcony for buyers to stand on as they observed the show. We can imagine this would be a cool space for guests to watch as you and your new spouse have your first dance.

This intimate space with four open-plan areas makes it easy to stage separate spaces for your ceremony, cocktail reception and dance floor. Skylights in each of the areas allows for a lot of light, making it great for photos. There’s also a full-service kitchen for your caterer.

With a capacity of 150, The Delisle Space is deal if you want somewhere in central Toronto to host a smaller guest list for a wedding. Tell your guests to ditch the vehicle and take transit instead, as the venue is right outside of St. Clair subway station.

1 Delisle Avenue, thisopenspace.com.

12 Pretty Bridesmaid Gifts Your Friends Will Actually Use…And LOVE!

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12 Bridesmaid Gifts Your Friends Will Actually Use

Photography by Jessilynn Wong. As seen in this real wedding.

On your wedding day, you’ll want to gift your girls with items that convey special meaning but are still useful. Nothing is worse than giving an item with the words “bridesmaid” on it, which, let’s be real, likely will never see the light of day ever again (unless your ‘maid gives the robe to another friend on her own wedding day!). The best gifts are ones that can be used on the wedding day and long afterward. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite gifts that are both beautiful and functional, and will mean a whole lot more to your bridesmaids whenever they use them.

Cool Ways To Incorporate Cookies Into Your Wedding

Planning » Reception Ideas

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Cookie sandwiches by Short and Sweet Bakeshop. Photo by Carlo Mendoza.

With an onslaught of new dessert trends that have recently hit the market, you may have overlooked the humble cookie as a sweet table option. Even though these treats may seem rather simple compared to the latest innovate desserts, cookies are incredibly easy to dress up without breaking the bank.

There are some fresh, new (and delicious!) ways that cookies have been re-introduced as a wedding must-have. Lately cookies have been embellished with intricate designs and  Whether that be as favours that speak to your personality or an ice cream sandwich cookie bar, we have some sweet ideas to incorporate a classic favourite into your wedding.

10 Bridal Jumpsuits We’re Currently Obsessed With

Fashion & Beauty » Wedding Dresses

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The bridal jumpsuit is one style trend that won’t be losing steam anytime soon. Stylish and chic for a modern bride, we love how the whole look is easy and ridiculously comfortable. Accessorized with a cape or epic train, the jumpsuit is a power outfit that makes a statement. Whether you see them on the runways or in the stores, jumpsuits are virtually everywhere nowadays, making them accessible at any price point. We’ve rounded up our top ten favourite jumpsuits that range from sleek and minimalist to embellished and dramatic that are perfect for any occasion, whether it’s your bridal shower outfit or your second outfit for your reception.

 

Everything You Need To Know About Wedding Flowers

Planning » Bouquets & Flowers

Everything You Need To Know About Wedding Flowers

Photography by Marissa Joan Photo. Planning by Blush & Bowties.

Flowers are arguably the most important element of your wedding decor. Not only can they completely transform the look of a wedding venue, but they can also be an important accessory to complement your wedding dress. From bouquets to floral installations, there are many pieces to consider and colours, textures and shapes that can tie together your wedding theme or colour palette. We spoke to Tellie Hunt, Toronto wedding and event florist and owner of Hunt & Gather, to give us the scoop on how to work with your wedding florist to ensure you get the exact floral look you’ll want for your big day, as well as some tips to ensure the whole process goes smoothly.

How does a couple go about choosing their florist? 
“I think the most important thing is to find a florist who’s style suits your vision. When you have vendors that you trust, it can take a lot of weight off of your shoulders. This also allows your vendors to be creative which is when they will put out their best work.”

How important are flowers when it comes to the look of a wedding?
“I think that people are steering more towards using florals as their only decor. It is a way to transform a space and give guests a unique experience (especially when there are installations involved.) They can also be a way to warm up a venue and make it unique to your wedding.”

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Photography by Scarlet O’Neill. Planning by Blush & Bowties.

What are some of the most important floral pieces a couple should consider for their wedding?
“I would say bouquets, centrepieces and something for the ceremony space. Without bouquets it can be hard to know what to do with your hands in photos and when walking down the aisle. Although it isn’t necessary to do florals for the ceremony, I always find that it is a great way to tie separate spaces together and give the event an overall cohesive look. It is always a great idea to create something for the ceremony that you can re-purpose from the ceremony to the reception.”

What are some flowers that are beautiful but often overlooked for weddings?
“We source a lot of our product from local farmers who grow really unique smaller blooms such as Cherry Caramel Phlox and Tobacco Flower. Sometimes, I find that floral arrangements are focused on larger blooms that give you “more bang for your buck”. I think that the smaller “airy” blooms are integral to giving pieces dimension and shape.”

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Photography by Leann Weston. Planning by Bisous Events.

What should a couple be aware of when it comes to setup of their flowers?
“I think that a lot of people are unaware of the work that goes into delivery and why it costs what it does. Some of things that can be overlooked are packing the flowers into boxes, renting a van, loading the van, unloading the van, multiple staff members, gas and finally tear down. When multiple drop offs are required we may have to drive to the reception venue,  the brides house, the grooms house, the church, back to the reception venue and then return to pick up the church pieces. Flowers are something that should be delivered by the florist. Sometimes things can get damaged in transit or shift positions. We always come prepared with a bucket of extra flowers to replace any broken or dehydrated stems and ensure every centrepiece looks perfect before placing them on the tables.”

How often should a couple be communicating with their florist during the planning process?
“I tend to have one initial meeting with my clients to provide them with a custom quote. From there, we go back and forth by email until a month prior to the wedding. Things tend to change within that time period which is why I find it best to amalgamate everything into one final meeting. Things that you may want to email your florist about along the way include: 1) A change in design which may significantly effect the overall cost of the florals. 2) If you need recommendations on other design details such as chargers, linens or napkins. I love working closely with my clients for these details as it is integral to creating a cohesive look. 3) Getting pricing on items you may want to add to the wedding.”

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Photography by Scarlet O’Neill. Planning by Blush & Bowties.

Is it weird to keep the flowers after the wedding? Do you encourage guests to keep the centrepieces? “Because clients have shifted to using more unique containers for their centrepieces, the vessels are usually rentals. This being said, taking home florals can come down to guests pulling out a few blooms from the centrepieces that they would want to take home. We leave some of our flowers (i.e.: roses and spring flowers) out of the fridge so that they open to their largest and most beautiful stage. Because of this, they look perfect for the wedding but would not last much longer afterwards. If you would like guests to take home the centrepieces, you can always ask your florist about purchasing the containers which may add $10-20 to each piece.”

Spence Diamonds Has Opened An Amazing New Store At The Rideau Centre In Ottawa

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All photography by Jake Wright.

Brides, grooms, family, friends and influencers were abuzz with excitement last night at the grand opening of Spence Diamonds‘ newest Canadian store at the Rideau Centre in Ottawa. To mark the occasion, Spence Diamonds partnered with Weddingbells to bring guests a fun evening of dazzle, giving them the chance to peruse Spence Diamonds’ gorgeous diamond rings and fashion pieces including tennis bracelets, necklaces and earrings, while enjoying delicious eats, sweets, wine and music. The company carries Artisan Created Diamonds, as well as earth-mined diamonds, both of which are conflict-free.

Editor-In-Chief Alison McGill was on hand to provide her expertise and her Editor’s Picks among Spence Diamonds’ sparkling offerings. Guests were treated to manicures, posed with their favourite pieces for portraits in the portrait studio and took home a gift bag of goodies at the end of the night.

See the gallery below for all the highlights from the event and some of the beautiful jewellery you can see at Spence Diamonds stores across Canada.

A Romantic Ultra Violet Styled Shoot In Quebec

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Ultra Violet, Pantone’s colour of the year for 2018, was the inspiration for this gorgeous styled shoot in Quebec. The colour, which according to Pantone symbolizes mindfulness and spirituality, was used throughout the shoot, adding richness, elegance and whimsy to all the details. Accent colours including light pink and gold were included to enhance the star colour. “I wanted to create a very romantic ambiance full of softness,” says Nadine Gregoire, the photographer and conceptualist behind the shoot. To enhance the romance, Grégoire ensured the dresses included lace and that lots of candles were used in the decor.

The Manoir Hovey, a gorgeous estate venue in Quebec, was the location for the shoot. “This beautiful venue in the Eastern Township is one of the best hotels in Canada,” Grégoire shares. “The venue has a beautiful garden full of flowers, including Delphinum, so Dominique, our florist and art director, chose to bring that flower inside in the form of a gorgeous floral installation above the table.”

Other details include a kids corner with a white teepee. The teepee featured colourful cushions and plenty of space for kids to be kids. “They can sit on the floor to draw and make puzzles or play in the teepee with teddy bears,” Grégoire says. With many couples bringing their children to weddings, this is a unique and creative way to keep the little ones entertained.

Photography courtesy of Nadine Grégoire Photography.

Vendors

Assistant-photographer:  Manue L. Photographe
Ceremony and reception venue: Manoir Hovey
Bridal gown and bridesmaid gowns: La boutique Champagne
Groom’s tux: Boutique Jules Demers
Flowers: Dominique Houle
Stationery: Images & Mots
Sweet table: Chocolata
Buffet and armchair: Les causeuses
Hair and makeup: Belle un jour
Jewellery: Joaillerie Langevin
Bridal shoes: The Wedding Boutique
Teepee: Tipi en fête
Plateware and tabletop decor: Tenue de soirée
Cutlery and plates: Sofa to go
Models: Kimberly Boyer & Mathieu Pellerin
Flower girls:  Mathilde Labrecque & Marguerite Labrecque
Balloons: Balloon Babe
Champagne: Juste des bulles
Nails: Car-res Onglerie
Video: Hsward Productions

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The Bridal Beauty Products Our Editors Are Currently Loving For March

Fashion & Beauty » Skin Care & Makeup

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March is the month where winter slowly but surely dies down and makes way for warmer weather. For couples who want to avoid getting married during peak wedding season, March is a great time to plan for your vows. It’s also when some of the best beauty products hit shelves for the spring season—making it the ideal time for spring brides to stock up on the products they might be using on their wedding day. Here are this month’s bridal beauty favourites.
Fenty Beauty Killawatt Highlighter in Chillz
Rihanna continues to impress us with every Fenty Beauty release, and her Spring II collection is no different. What we particularly love is the bold and daring Killawatt highlighter in the shade Chillz—a shade that goes against all conventional highlighter colours. While most highlighters pull on the golden side and feature warmer tones, Chillz goes all-out iridescent baby blue shimmer for a shine that’s as bright as a diamond. Use this highlighter both on your cheeks and the eyes for a look we’re totally obssessed with.
Lise Watier HydraForce Lip Balm
Lips still cracked from the winter cold? Ours too. But we’ve found saving grace in the Lise Watier HydraForce Lip Balm, an amazing product that hydrates and nourishes the lips, acting as the perfect base for our lip colour. It also protects the lips from any further drying and cracking. Life saver!

L’Oreal Paris Magic Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo is your best friend at the end of a long week of not washing your hair (hey, you don’t want to screw up your colour!). Along with keeping oil at bay and refreshing your locks, dry shampoo can also give your hair some much-needed texture for your bridal hairstyle. We are currently loving the L’Oreal Paris Magic Dry Shampoo, a lightweight formula that doesn’t leave behind visible white residue in your mane. The line has a range of scents, but our fave is Sweet Fusion.

$9.99, lorealparis.ca

Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Palette
Upon hearing the news that Urban Decay’s iconic original Naked palette, a bridal beauty favourite, was being discontinued, we shed more than a few tears. But fear not—the new Naked Reloaded Palette includes four brand-new shades that are just as flattering for your wedding-day eye look as the shades in the original Naked palette. The palette’s warm, rosy shades are especially romantic and beautiful for any bride.

Aveda Stress Bath Salts
Stressed about wedding planning? Looking to unwind after a busy few months of pre-wedding events, or even need a soak the night before your wedding day? We’re currently obsessed with the Aveda Stress Bath Salts, which contain the scents of organic lavender, lavandin and cleary sage to promote feelings of calm. The sugar in the scrub exfoliates skin, while the essential oils create the perfect bathtime aroma.

$52, aveda.ca

Pantene Rosewater Shampoo
Pantene’s latest line is made with rose water from parts of the Rose Galica plant found to be have moisture-rich nutrients such as vitamin B3 and B5. This sulfate-free, creamy shampoo has a delicious scent, moisturizes dry locks and can even be used on colour-treated hair as well.
$7.99, pantene.ca
Dior Diorskin Forever Fluid Foundation
If you’re a bride who’s spent time prepping your complexion prior to your big day, you’ll want a foundation that enhances your natural complexion while still delivering coverage that lasts until your guests see you and your spouse off at the end of your reception. We are loving the Dior Diorskin Forever Fluid Foundation, which has been reformulated into two finishes, Matte and Glow, to provide you with the exact look that you want for your skin. With a range of 28 Matte shades and 24 Glow shades, you’ll be able to find a shade that matches you perfectly.
Omorovicza Daily Vitamin C
The winter can be pretty harsh on your skin. Luckily, we’ve found just the product to put life back into your complexion—the Omorovicza Daily Vitamin C serum, an amazing skincare product that uses two Vitamin C sources: Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate and Kiwiberry. Protecting against environmental stress, this serum can be used daily for brighter, firmer and more even-looking skin.

Nude By Nature Sunkissed Pressed Bronzer in Byron Bronze
If you weren’t fortunate enough to make an escape to warmer weather this season but still want to look like you were on the sunny vacay of your dreams, you’ll want to snatch up this product. The Australian-based brand Nude By Nature has just launched their Endless Summer Collection, which, among highlighters and other glow-giving products, includes this gorgeous bronzer that simultaneous gives you a glow and adds some colour to your face. We love!

$28, nudebynature.ca

How To Hire An Officiant For Your Wedding

Planning » Ceremony Ideas

Deciding who will officiate your wedding ceremony isn’t a decision that should be taken lightly. Your wedding officiant will be overseeing the most important part of your wedding day–the actual ceremony and signing of our marriage certificate. If you’re having a non-religious ceremony, it might be difficult to select someone–many people opt for a friend, but others want to hire an officiant, someone who has experience marrying couples. We spoke to Catherine Kentridge, a professional officiant who has officated weddings in both Ontario and the U.K., who says that couples need to think about what’s really important on their big day.

“Officiants have the ability to help you create a completely personalized ceremony unique to you and your partner,” she says. “You have to take this into account when having a realistic expectation of price point.” While you may think that your wedding ceremony has to follow everyone else’s, there are special elements that you can include that you may not have thought of previously. “If a couple has different religions or speaks more than one language, that’s something to consider talking to your officiant about,” Kentridge shares.

Kentridge says that for some couples, the officiant acts as an advisor on etiquette and finding a balance when it comes to blending what each partner wants on their big day. Depending on the couple’s needs, the officiant’s involvement in the process can vary. “As soon as you know your date, you’ll want to look into hiring an officiant,” Kentridge advises. She receives many clients from referrals, or clients who have seen Kentridge officiate a friend or family member’s wedding.

After a potential client reaches out, Kentridge sets up an initial meeting with them. “Make sure you have in mind what kind of unique elements you’ll want to include in your day,” she says. During this initial meeting you can also check with your officiant to ensure they are licensed. You should also make sure there’s a good connection, and that your officiant is listening to what you want. “You have to ask yourself, is this person listening to what you want, or are they telling you what to do?” Kentridge explains.

After the meeting, Kentridge drafts the ceremony and sends it to the couple for approval. The approved ceremony will include all the details and acts as a script. “It’s almost like a stage play,” Kentridge says. It will indicate when the groomsman should pass over the rings and all the important details.

It’s also up to you whether or not you want your officiant to be there with you for the rehearsal. “Sometimes couples want to really make sure they have everything practiced before the actual event, and other couples don’t want to have a rehearsal and say they want to full experience the ceremony.” However, Kentridge says a rehearsal is important. “It allows everyone to know exactly what to do, where to stand and how the ceremony will play out.”

A Sweet Table Company In Toronto That Also Does Custom Macaron Walls

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All photos courtesy of SweetEvent.ca.

While Kat Aniol was planning her wedding in 2010, she had a hard time finding a company that could customize a sweet table to her wedding’s 90s pink and black theme. “There were many extra fees tacked on,” Aniol explains. “I ended up deciding to doing it on my own, and it happened to be a huge hit with my guests, both for the young who are excited at seeing so many delicious deserts and our more mature guests who were overwhelmed with nostalgia.” After her wedding was over, having realized she loved putting her sweet table together, she saw the opportunity to turn creating sweet tables for weddings and events as a side-biz alongside her full-time job as a graphic designer.

In 2017, Aniol launched SweetEvent.ca and took her sweet table business full-time, catering to the Greater Toronto Area in Ontario. “I wanted to refocus my experience in graphic design as an edge to consistently customize the look and branding for each event,” Aniol says. Candy bars, cotton candy and popcorn machine rentals, as well as hot chocolate stations, macaron walls and doughnut walls are just some of the sweet treats the company has to offer, with personalized labels, takeout boxes and displays to ensure the table matches the theme of your wedding.

The company prides itself in transparent pricing, which you can find on the site, basic personalization included in every order, and coming up with new an innovative ways to display treats. “We launched our custom-made acrylic French macaron walls late last year, which are a big hit,” Aniol says. She also hints at exciting future offerings, including custom sweet engravings.

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Gorgeous Bridal Bouquet Styles You Might Want To Consider

Planning » Bouquets & Flowers

If you’re not too familiar with flowers and types of arrangements, it might be tempting to choose the style of bouquet you see most often on Pinterest. Lately, unstructured arrangements have taken the wedding world by storm, but there are several other unique styles that may be more suited to your personality and style. Whether it be an arrangement of cascading blooms a perfectly composed classic design, one bouquet might just fit your wedding theme and style better than you think. We have your guide to bouquet styles that include some of our favourite blooms in colour palettes we adore.

8 Amazing Wedding Send-Off Ideas That Won’t Create A Mess

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Your wedding recessional or final send-off at the end of the night are great opportunities to take the sorts of cool, Pinterest-worthy photos you’ve always wanted. Many couples opt to be showered with confetti, flower petals or traditional rice by their guests as they leave their ceremony or reception venue. However, more often than not these choices end up creating a mess that most venues do not want to deal with. In fact, many venues ban these items entirely or charge an extra fee to deal with the the cleanup. But this doesn’t mean you can’t have an awesome send-off. We’ve rounded up eight wedding send-off ideas that are easy, fun and don’t require a cleaning crew.

Colourful Smoke Bombs
For an outdoor wedding, colourful smoke bombs can give your wedding exit a big impact. Have your guests set them off as you and your new spouse walk down the aisle.

Maracas
Having your guests shake matching maracas during your exit is visually appealing and can be a lot of fun.

Bubbles
Bubbles are one send-off option that will never go out of style. With no clean up necessary, bubbles add an amazing effect to your photos.

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Ribbon Streamers
Ribbon streamers in bright, cheerful colours or in the colours of your wedding are a whimsical way to pull your theme together. Make your streamers extra-special by adding a bell to the end of them.

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Flags
We love the idea of your guests waving custom flags with your wedding hashtag, romantic sayings or words such as “congrats” and “hooray.”

8 amazing send-offs that won't make a mess - sparklers

Photo as seen in this real wedding.

Sparklers
Sparklers are one classic wedding-day send-off option that will never go out of style. They create a romantic ambiance and the light they emit makes for gorgeous photos.

Pom-poms
Pom-poms are an unconventional yet cute send-off option when done properly. Choose your wedding colours or keep them white for a whimsical yet sophisticated effect.

Glow sticks
Glow sticks look especially fab for wedding reception send-offs. Opt for larger sticks to make an impact, and a single colour for a streamlined look.

The Bridal Beauty Products Our Editors Are Currently Loving For February

Fashion & Beauty » Skin Care & Makeup

February is one of our favourite months—with Valentine’s Day and proposal season, it really is the month of love for many. It’s also a good month to stock up on some beauty goodies for you and your bridesmaids—after all, you do deserve a little pre-wedding pampering. Looking ahead, especially if your wedding is coming up in the next few months, you’ll want to stock your kit with essentials that will have you looking your best for any pre-wedding functions, your wedding and your honeymoon. These are our favourite products for the month of February.
Boosh Lipstick in “Bobbie”
When Sarah Walker found she was allergic to red food dye found in lipsticks, she set out to make a lipstick line that was free of chemicals, parabens and petroleums. From this, Boosh was born. The lippies, made from beeswax, lavender oil and mineral oils, are produced on a farm in Ayr, Ontario. Not only do we love that the brand is Canadian, but we also love the shades and the fact that they’re inspired by the women in Walker’s life. For the prettiest wedding-day lip, we highly recommend the new shade “Bobbie”–a medium-pink shade with warm undertones.
Clear Clinical Cleanser
If you’re looking for a fuss-free cleanser that’s effective for your pre-wedding skincare routine, the Clinical Vitamin A Cleanser should be next on your list to try. This cleanser, meant to be used daily, contains clove oil, which helps eliminate excess oil as well as pumpkin seed oil, which calms inflamed skin and gives the skin moisture. The lactic acid also found in the cleanser exfoliates and removes built-up dirt, leaving you with cleaner pores.
Céla Crème De La Crème Light
Céla, the Canadian brand known for making luxe, naturally sourced, Made in Canada skincare, has one product in particular that we love for wedding-day perfect skin. The light version of their original beloved cream boasts a lighter, faster-absorbing consistency and moisturizing Amazonian cupuaçu butter and Abyssinian oil. The “Cela Complex”—the brand’s blend of six Canadian botanical extracts including blueberry, elderberry, evening primrose, juniper berry, rosemary and lavender gives the skin resilience—especially important during Canadian winters.
Maybelline Red Lipstick
For any bride who’s looking to sport the ultimate red lip on her wedding day, look no further than Maybelline’s Made For All lipstick in Red For Me. This matte formula gives you a picture-perfect pucker, and the shade is universally flattering, no matter what your skin tone. This long-lasting formula will ensure that your lip colour stays on well through into your reception.
NEST Wild Poppy Fragrance
If you’re still looking for your wedding-day fragrance, the latest from NEST should intrigue you. Their newest scent for spring, Wild Poppy, is free-spirited, sweet and flirty—exactly how you want to feel on your big day. NEST founder was inspired by the beauty of the poppy once it blooms (if you have poppies in your bouquet, this is a total sign this needs to be your wedding-day fragrance), and likened it to the coming-of-age of her 19 year-old daughter, who recently started college. With notes of pear, apricot, raspberry, Himalayan jasmine and Rose de Grasse, this scent is equal parts cheerful and romantic.
Covergirl Simply Ageless Instant Fix Advanced Concealer
The right concealer needs to mask any dark undereye circles (let’s face it, who sleeps the night before their wedding!?), and do it in a way that doesn’t emphasize fine lines or look cakey. The Covergirl Simply Ageless Concealer will do everything you want for your wedding day and then some. The formula is lightweight and provides medium-to-full coverage—which is important when you have cameras on you!
$11.99, covergirl.ca
Buxom Wanderlust Blush
Looking like a blushing bride isn’t a difficult feat with the right blush. This month we’re particularly in love with the Buxom Wanderlust Primer-Infused Blushes. Richly pigmented, this velvety smooth formula applies like a dream and gives us the natural flush we’ve always wanted.
$27, sephora.ca
Magicstripes Hand-Repairing Gloves
This dry, winter weather is enough to make anybody’s skin freak out. Cracked hands are the norm in harsh climates, but for brides, this is an absolutely nightmare. Who wants to take engagement-ring photos with dry hands? Not us! That’s why in the winter, Magicstripes Hand-Repairing Gloves are a godsend. We’re on-board with the sheet mask train (is there a sheet mask for the whole body? Asking for a friend), and this unique one gives us the softest hands—perfect for wedding-day hand-holding.
$48 for a box of 3 pairs, eskincarestore.com
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