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Melodramatic Mauve Is The Colour You Need To Incorporate Into Your Wedding

Planning » Reception Ideas

Move over millennial pink, melodramatic mauve is poised to become the wedding world’s most popular pastel hue. We’ve seen this light, whispy purple trending in everything from clothing to home decor, and we’re watching it take the bridal world by storm. Singer Lorde is credited with helping the hue take flight when she wore a ruffled mauve dress to the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards (the word “melodramatic” was added as a nod to her album, Melodrama). This colour is slightly moody yet still romantic, a refreshing departure from the blush shades many brides favour. Here are some creative ways to incorporate melodramatic mauve into your wedding day.

Off-figure photography by Arash Moallemi. Off-figure styling by Rodney Smith, Plutino Group. First published in the Spring/Summer 2019 issue of Weddingbells.

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Left: Minted Teapot Flower card, minted.com. Right: Artifact Uprising guestbook, artifactuprising.com.

Wedding Stationery
A melodramatic mauve guest book and bridesmaid proposal card are two ways to incorporate the colour into your theme.

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Lov Organic and Kusmi Tea tea, $17, ca-en.kusmitea.com.

Tea Favours
Place a box or packet of tea at each place setting as a sweet favour for guests.

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The Social Pops lollipop favours, instagram.com/thesocialpops.

Lollipops
These gorgeous melodramatic purple lollipops are the perfect addition to your sweet table.

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Plate Occasions Diamond-cut goblet, plateoccasions.com.

Purple Goblets
Spice up your tablescape with melodramatic mauve goblets that are guaranteed to add a pretty accent to any theme.

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Tayne & Ashley hexagn acrylic place cards, tayneandashley.com.

Acrylic Place Cards
Swap regular paper place cards for hexagonal acrylic tiles painted melodramatic mauve and accented with modern lettering.

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Weddingstar Bold Love personalized cocktail napkins, $30 for 100, weddingstar.ca.

Napkins
Melodramatic mauve napkins look even better when they’re personalized with your names and wedding date.

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Finespun Cakes wedding cake, finespuncakes.com.

Wedding Cake
This cake puts the “dramatic” in melodramatic mauve. Sculptural and show-stopping, wafer paper is hand-painted mauve and placed on each tier in a fashion that truly feels haute couture.

These Sophisticated Gowns Are Perfect For A Glam Wedding

Fashion & Beauty » Wedding Dresses

These Sophisticated Gowns Are Perfect For A Glam Wedding - v-neck mermaid gown

Dress, Persy. Earrings, Jennifer Behr from White Montréal. Balloon, Haute Balloon.

The biggest wedding gown trends of 2019 look especially glam when photographed in an ultra stylish space. This year’s hottest wedding dresses feature layers of tulle, V-necklines and are effortlessly chic. From a crisp, tailored jumpsuit to a sparkly number that shows just the right amount of skin, we shot seven of our favourite bridal styles at the luxe Hotel William Gray in Montreal. Different, dramatic and guaranteed to turn heads, these are the trends every bride needs to get acquainted with.

Photography by Geneviève Charbonneau. Styling by Tara Williams. Editor and creative director, Alison McGill. Hair and makeup by Andrew Ly, using Annabelle Cosmetics, Charlotte Tilbury, Oribe and R+co. Nails by Tamara Di Lullo for CND. Photography assistants, Marc-Antoine Dubois and Tom Bertholet. First published in the Spring/Summer 2019 issue of Mariage Quebec.

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Dress, Monique Lhuillier from White Toronto. Earrings and rings, Birks. Bouquet, Prune Les Fleurs.

Tulle Dream
Layers of tulle and lace embellishments give this gown a dreamy, ethereal vibe.

These Sophisticated Gowns Are Perfect For A Glam Wedding - off-the shoulder gown

Dress, Rivini. Earrings, Nordstrom. Rings, Birks.

All In The Details
Statement accessories dress up this sleek and sophisticated off-the-shoulder gown.

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Two-piece dress, Di Carlo Couture. Earrings, Kate Spade. Shoes, Steve Madden.

Glitz and Glam
A glittery gown brings all the fun and drama, especially one that incorporates lots of brocade texture and a sky-high slit.

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Dress, Le Chateau.

Go Shorty
No bride’s wardrobe is complete without a short white cocktail dress, perfect for pre-wedding events or as a second dress option.

These Sophisticated Gowns Are Perfect For A Glam Wedding - sparkly gown

Dress, Inbal Dror from White Montreal. Earrings, Aldo. Rings and bracelet, Birks.

Art Deco
This sexy, sparkly gown is the perfect choice for a bride who wants to shine, especially when paired with art deco accessories.

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Jumpsuit, Mon Cheri. Earrings and rings, Birks. Shoes, Zara.

Cool Bride Vibes
A chic jumpsuit is now practically mandatory for every bride, and we love the effortlessly cool vibe this one evokes.

An Elegant White Spring Wedding At Graydon Hall Manor In Toronto

Real Weddings

For Laura and David a wedding with a pastel palette and greenery touches was a natural choice given the spring wedding date and their venue, Graydon Hall Manor. “It was difficult to picture how all the elements would come together, but everything looked beautiful and effortless,” Laura shares.

The flowers elevated the couple’s garden party theme, especially the ones used in Laura’s bouquet and on the arbour. “The arbour was built by David’s father, and we hope to put it in the garden of our house one day,” Laura explains. “My bouquet also had a gold brooch of thistle that belongs to my mother, and was made the same year she was born.”

Personal touches were incorporated throughout the celebration. “David laser-cut each of our guests names in wood that we spray painted gold and put on each place setting,” Laura says. “It was a lot of work, but helped the reception tables look so personal and elegant.” David also crafted the couple’s “Flashback Friday” display, which featured old photos of their guests.

The ceremony was one of the best parts of their day. David walked down the aisle first to a classical cover of the theme song from The Office, played by a violinist and cellist. “The classical music was beautiful and really added to the whole atmosphere of the ceremony,” Laura says. “When I started to choke up during my vows, I looked up at Dave and he crossed his eyes to make me laugh. We put a lot of thought into every word we promised to each other—it was incredibly special.”

Laura Macfarlane and David Gabriels, June 1, 2018, Toronto, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Alix Gould.

Vendors
Ceremony and reception venue: Graydon Hall Manor
Bridal gown: Watters from Felichia Bridal
Groom’s tux: Hugo Boss
Flowers: Stok Floral & Design
Stationery: Paper & Poste
Hair: Victoria Wyant
Makeup: Blush Pretty
Music: Danielle Green and Maximum Music

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How To Rock Colourful Bridal Makeup That Still Looks Natural

Fashion & Beauty » Skin Care & Makeup

Many brides opt for traditional, soft makeup on their wedding day—but why should you if that just isn’t your style? Bridal makeup can be colourful and statement-making; the trick is to play with colour intensities and textures to create an impactful look. Here are four ways to wear some of our favourite beauty shades.

Photography by Carlyle Routh. Styling by Georgia Groom. Makeup by Sheri Stroh for The Detox Market/Plutino Group. Hair by Tony Masciangelo, Alcorn Hair/P1M.ca. Nails by John C. Nguyen for CND. First published in the Spring/Summer 2019 issue of Weddingbells.

How To Wear Colourful, Bold Bridal Makeup - Red Bridal Makeup

Blouse, Narces. Earrings, Jewels by Alan Anderson. Rings, Mark Lash. Flowers, Stôk Floral & Design.

Red
Keeping the rest of your makeup barely there, create a rosy cheek and high-impact red lip for your big day. Instead of a matte finish for lips, make it modern with a lacquered (not glossy!) finish.

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Dress, Narces. Earrings & ring, Mark Lash. Ribbon, Mokuba. Flowers, Stôk Floral & Design.

Purple
There are so many shades to play with, from lavender to deep violet, and most look amazing on all skin tones. We love the colour used monochromatically across the face—a jewel-toned amethyst on the eyes fading to a whisper-soft lilac on the lips.

How To Wear Colourful, Bold Bridal Makeup - Yellow Bridal Makeup

Lace moto jacket, Monique Lhuillier. Dress, Jenny Packham. Earrings, Jennifer Behr, all from White Toronto. Ring (left hand), Wouters & Hendrix at Gaspard. Rings (right hand), Mark Lash. Flowers, Stôk Floral & Design.

Yellow
For a glowing, gorgeous look, consider a golden saffron stain for your eyes. Worn as a sheer wash of colour over the lids, it makes your eyes pop with a subtle, shimmering iridescence.

How To Wear Colourful, Bold Bridal Makeup - Peach Bridal Makeup

Dress, Rivini from Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay. Earrings & bracelets, Rebekah Price. Ring, Birks. Flowers, Stôk Floral & Design.

Peach
Super feminine and less predictable than pink, the softest shade of orange is a retro choice that’s fresh again. A matte finish is what makes millennial peach modern—from eye shadow to blush to lip colour—so skip the shimmer in favour of creamy, opaque finishes.

How To Plan A Wedding In Pantone’s Trendiest New Colour

Planning

The Pantone Color Institute has announced Living Coral as its 2019 Color of the Year and this hue is made for weddings.

The tone is bright, warm and energizing and the experts at the Pantone Color Institute chose the shade not only for its comfort and vibrancy but also for its impact in our ever-important social media world. In Pantone’s official statement revealing the 2019 Color of the Year, they said the following about the spirited coral hue: “Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment. In reaction to the onslaught of digital technology and social media increasingly embedding into daily life, we are seeking authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy. Sociable and spirited, the engaging nature of Living Coral welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity. Symbolizing our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, Living Coral embodies our desire for playful expression. It’s a nurturing colour that appears in our natural surroundings and at the same time, displays a lively presence within social media.”

Living Coral is peppier and punchier than pink, adding a fun, zesty vibe to any celebration. We’ve rounded up all the wedding details you need for a fun party decked out in the year’s hottest hue.

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Photo via Nordstrom.

Living Coral Sandals
Glitter, and in the year’s hottest shade?! What’s not to love?! This gorgeous sandal will pop with your white dress, or could also make an excellent shoe choice for your bridesmaids.

All The Details You Need For A Living Coral Wedding - tablescape

Photography by Cavin Elizabeth.

Living Coral Tablescape
Patterns and bright colours make for a whimsical wedding vibe. We love the contrast between the green and coral in this tablescape.

All The Details You Need For A Living Coral Wedding - ceremony decor

Photo as seen in this real wedding.

Living Coral Ceremony Decor
Coral blooms are the perfect accent for the cream details of this ceremony setup.

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Photo as seen in this real wedding.

Living Coral Bouquet
Coral blooms add depth and liveliness to this arrangement.

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Benefit Coralista Blush, $38, shoppersdrugmart.ca

Living Coral Blush
Benefit’s Coralista blush is the bridal-perfect shade that looks flattering on all skin tones. This best-selling blush has always been a hit with brides, and for good reason—the coral colour gives the cheeks the exact sort of natural flush that you’ll want on your wedding day.

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Photo courtesy of Show Me Your Mumu.

Living Coral Bridesmaid Gowns
Deck your bridesmaids out in the hottest colour of the year with these gorgeous Living Coral gowns from Show Me Your Mumu. The best part is the colour comes in four different gown styles, so each attendant can pick the one that speaks to her personality.

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SINNLIG scented candle in glass, peach and orange, $1.99 each, ikea.ca

Living Coral Candles
Play up a tropical reception vibe with these bright candles combined with exotic blooms and greenery.

All The Details You Need For A Living Coral Wedding - cake

Photo as seen in the Weddingbells 2019 Trends Guide.

Living Coral Cake
A cake with mixed patterned tiers is especially gorgeous in a poppy, whimsical colour like Living Coral—and it’s one of the (hottest wedding dessert trends for 2019).

All The Details You Need For A Living Coral Wedding - chair

SJALVSTANDIG chair, pink, $79.99, ikea.ca

Living Coral Ceremony and Reception Chairs
An unconventional but brilliant seating idea are these bright coral chairs from IKEA—no extra chair decor required!

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Lierac Double Peeling Radiance Mask, $60, lierac.com

Living Coral Skincare Mask
Include the double-peeling radiance mask from Lierac in your pre-wedding routine for gorgeous skin on your big day.

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SJALVSTANDIG lampshade, paper pink, $9.99, ikea.ca

Living Coral Lanterns
Coral lanterns add a romantic ambiance to any venue and look especially cool hanging mid-air.

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Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in Coachella Coral, $39, charlottetilbury.com.

Living Coral Lipstick
Achieve the perfect wedding-day pout from one of our favourite lipsticks in a shade that’s both flattering and fun.

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Rebekah Price Light Coral Rivoli Necklace, $235, rebekahprice.com

Living Coral Jewellery
Glam up your bridal style with some statement jewellery—we especially love this necklace from Rebekah Price.

The Proper Way To Address Your Wedding Invitations

Planning » Stationery

With all the pieces included in a wedding stationery set, it might be easy to overlook the envelopes. But according to Deborah Lau-Yu, founder of Palettera Custom Correspondences, envelopes (and the way you address them) can say a lot about the tone of your wedding.

“A lot of people want to save money, and yes, that’s important,” Lau-Yu says. “You can try to print the envelopes yourself, but home printers aren’t perfect. If you spent money on your invitations, it can cheapen them if you have a label that’s shifted,” she adds. This is why Lau-Yu recommends that couples have their envelopes professionally addressed in typography or calligraphy by their stationery designer. “When it’s printed in beautiful script or font, it shows something special,” she explains.

The details of how your envelopes are printed are just as important as what is printed. Lau-Yu tells couples that the most important thing is to always be intentional when it comes to addressing their guests. “Weddings are sacred things,” she says. “Having your envelopes properly labelled conveys respect, properness and sacredness.”

Here are some tips to keep in mind when addressing your invitations:

  • If inviting an entire household, list all the names on the envelope. This means that if you’re not inviting children, their names won’t be on the envelope. “It’s also the aesthetic consideration,” says Lau-Yu. “It looks really nice to have all the names printed on the envelope, if possible.”
  • If you don’t know the proper title or last name someone uses, ask them. “It’s important to be sensitive,” Lau-Yu says. Taking the time to asks the guests shows you care about them.
  • Go with the more modern way of addressing a couple. Instead of saying, “Mr and Mrs. Peter Chan,” say “Mr. and Mrs. Peter and Amy Chan.”
  • Ditch the traditional double envelopes. Outer envelopes and inner envelopes were used during the days letters were sent by messengers to keep the contents safe. But nowadays, this isn’t necessary. “If the invitation is well-built and the envelope has scuff marks, it’s a part of its history of how it travelled,” says Lau-Yu.

When in doubt, ask your stationery designer for advice on how you should address your envelopes. Couples usually go through their guest list to specify the envelope labeling to their stationery designer. Palettera, for example, gives couples a template to use as a guideline when they’re choosing how to label their envelopes. “With all the junk mail we get, printing a name on an envelope is not seen as precious,” Lau-Yu says. “When you have something with your own name printed beautifully, it shows something special.”

Here are some examples of templates you can use for addressing your envelopes:

For a married couple using different names:
Put the names on two separate lines, alphabetically.
Mrs. Jane Doe
Mr. John Smith

For a married couple using the same last name:
Put the names on one line, acknowledging both first names.
Mr. and Mrs. Peter and Amy Chan

For an unmarried couple living in the same household:
Put the names on two separate lines.
Mr. Jason Diaz
Ms. Ella Jones

For a family living in the same household, with children under 18:
Mr. and Mrs. Todd and Lily Woods and children
or
Write the children’s names out in order of birth.
Mr. and Mrs. Todd and Lily Woods
Miss Danielle Woods
Mr. Ryder Woods
or
If inviting the entire family, or if it is a large family where the names would not fit on the envelope, write:
The Woods Family

For a family living in the same household, with children over 18:
Give the parents and each child over 18 their own invitations and address them individually.
or
Send one invitation addressing the whole family.

For a family living in the same household, with some children under 18 and some over 18:
Give the parents and the children under 18 a separate invitation from the children over 18.
Mr. and Mrs. Derek and Aliya Mohan
Miss Aisha Mohan
And a separate invitation for
Mr. Ian Mohan
or
One invitation for the whole family.

Asymmetrical Cakes

2019 Wedding Trends » Desserts

If you’re aiming for a totally outside-the-box celebration, consider a different cake shape entirely. Instead of going with a classic towering cylindrical design with multiple tiers, opt for one with tiers that are uniquely stacked off-centre. Keep the tiers lined up on one side, as shown here. The result is a sculptural, architectural confection that will definitely impress your guests.

Power Suiting

2019 Wedding Trends » Style

The pantsuit is having a fashion moment in 2019 and its influence is also reaching the bridal fashion realm. Chic and sexy, it is the perfect choice if you want a look that’s modern and unfussy. Instead of going wedding white, we love the idea of wearing colour—mauve is the new millennial pink and our favourite way to wear it is tonally. Matching suede booties and an orchid boutonnière makes this sexy Smythe suit shine.

The New Minimalism

2019 Wedding Trends » Style

We can thank Meghan Markle for bridal’s new minimalist movement. Her Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy dress was simplistically elegant in its design thanks to a classic silhouette, beautiful fabric and zero detailing. Designers are definitely embracing the trend this season with gowns galore seen on bridal fashion runways void of all the classic trimmings: no lace, no tulle, no embellishments. The unadorned gown is not only beautiful, it’s incredibly fresh!

Excessive Veils

2019 Wedding Trends » Style

Priyanka Chopra proved that the veil is officially back in a big way. The dreamiest of bridal accessories takes an imaginative turn and we’re loving it. Fashionable sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy brought the veil to the fashion forefront for their Spring 2019 Rodarte collection. We were inspired by their OTT creations featuring miles of tulle festooned with flowers, birds, ribbons and lace. We bridalized the look with bespoke creation by Posh Veils that gives us all the romantic, whimsical feels.

Athleisure

2019 Wedding Trends » Style

Sporty is now an option when it comes to bridal style with several designers riding the atheleisure wave. There’s no question in 2019 you can be wildly stylish AND comfortable on your wedding day! This lace tracksuit by Gracy Accad is a particularly gorgeous choice—we especially love it as a second outfit option. We added extra glam to the look with some excessive bling (a statement necklace and matching cuff bracelets) and a simple sexy stiletto pump.

 

Rainbow Ombré

2019 Wedding Trends » Style

Colour is still a major factor in bridal fashion for 2019 and if you want to amp up the fun factor, this is your trend! Why settle for one shade when you can wear a rainbow of soft pastels?! This illusion tulle gown in ice blue, baby pink and butter yellow is the perfect pick for brides ready to embrace this look. We added a kick of coral and turquoise to the mix with a jewelled belt buckle and tulle sash to create a look that’s easy, breezy and 100% red-carpet-worthy.

Churros

2019 Wedding Trends » Desserts

The humble churro is the deep-fried dessert of the moment and these dippable donut fingers are ideal for a laid-back, non-traditional celebration (paired with tacos and tequila, of course). We gave these Spanish sweets a wedding-appropriate update with chocolate- and caramel-dipped ends adorned with sprinkles. Serve these treats in lieu of a wedding cake or have them delivered to the dance floor as a late night snack.

Piped Floral Cakes

2019 Wedding Trends » Desserts

Piping is one classic cake design technique that’s definitely having a moment. Turning any minimalist cake into a unique piece of art, a piped cake is perfect if you want something gorgeous and intricate without being too over-the-top. Pair a cake in a bright hue (we love coral, one of the hottest colours for 2019) with white piping, and you have a pretty, cheerful focal point for your reception venue.

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