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Fall Wedding Favours

Planning » Reception Ideas

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Are you hosting an autumn celebration? Getting inventive with fall wedding favours can be a fun way to thank your guests for being part of your special day.

There are many options when it comes to fall wedding favours—from classic Canadian treats to fun and trendy seasonal gifts—it is easy to find the perfect complement to any fall wedding. Plus, you get to have fun with all the beautiful autumn colours—burnt orange, bright yellow and cherry red. The fall wedding favours you choose can be edible (think delectable pumpkin macarons or bottles of maple syrup) or practical and reusable (such as personalized wine glasses or cute little birdhouses)—the options are endless when when it comes to choosing your fall wedding favours.

Whether your hosting a fancy, elegant affair or a rustic and personal celebration, you’re sure to find fall wedding favours that suit your taste. If you want to see how the right favours can enhance the overall look of your big day check out this real wedding — the couple provided heaps of candy apples and popcorn for their guests, which added to the warm atmosphere of the celebration. To help you get inspired for your autumn event we’ve compiled 10 of our favourite fall favour ideas for you to peruse. We’re sure you’ll find the perfect way to say thanks to your loved ones.

Boutonnières For Fall Weddings

Planning » Bouquets & Flowers

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Taking inspiration from fall wedding flowers and fall colours is a great way to create beautiful and unique boutonnières. A perfectly picked boutonnière can serve not only as a complement to the bride’s bouquet and a beautiful accent to the men’s suits, but it can also make a statement all on its own.

With an eye out for a twist on the traditional, we put together a list of interesting and new ideas to dress up the gents in unique and modern ways. Fall is the perfect time to think outside the box, as it offers a fantastic variety of colours and materials to make fun, eye-catching boutonnières that can suit any wedding. Take inspiration from nature and use leaves and feathers or use a fall wedding flower, like a calla lily, in a beautiful fall hue.

Wedding boutonnières come in a variety of fall colours—from bright oranges, brilliant yellows, succulent greens and rich plums to earthy browns. As far as we’re concerned, the more creative the boutonnières, the better. If you’re not a fan of flowers for this particular wedding element try working in acorns or even burlap! Here we’ve selected a range of boutonnières that can work with any theme or colour scheme.

Crafty And Creative Guest Book Ideas

Planning » Reception Ideas

Guest books are a great way for you to remember the family and friends that shared in your special day. Instead of having a simple book to collect names and messages, why not have a guest book that allows your loved ones to share a bit of themselves with you? Traditional books can sometimes be overlooked by guests, so instead consider opting for an eye-catching display that your friends and family can’t miss.

A wedding is about bringing two families together, and a unique guest book idea can help your guests break the ice. These guest book ideas will have your guests talking and interacting, which is a great way to create a fun atmosphere. We found 12 ideas that will awaken your desire to have an interactive guest book.  These ideas will allow your guests show off their personalities, share their advice, and even make sure you don’t forget their birthdays. Plus you will get a wonderful keepsake of art, hilarious advice or special memories that you can cherish for years to come.

Unique Wedding Cake Toppers

Planning » Wedding Cakes

A cake topper serves as the perfect complement to your cake’s design and your wedding theme. Your wedding cake topper is also a wonderful way of adding a personal touch to your cake. Cake toppers come in all shapes and sizes, so you don’t have to feel limited to traditional bride and groom figurines. Consider things you and your mister love and the activities you enjoy as a couple—these details can help you decide on a unique cake topper. Spruce up your cake with architectural succulents or whimsical animal figurines (think foxes, birds and owls). Charming silhouettes and personalized wooden dolls are inspiring options, too. This selection of 10 unique cake toppers is sure to get you thinking of the perfect one to crown your wedding cake.

Wedding Table Numbers: Unique Ideas for Your Party

Planning » Reception Ideas » Planning » Wedding Decor

Wedding table numbers serve the practical purpose of helping your guests find their seats, but they are also a lovely way of incorporating your theme into your table settings. Wedding table numbers can be more than just numbers on the reception tables, they can speak to your guests about the love you and your partner have for one another. They are also a great way to bring fun into your wedding decor. Don’t restrict yourself to simple numerical signs—you can get creative with your wedding table numbers by incorporating fun props and sentimental details (think chalkboards, personalized trivia questions or childhood photos). We scoured the Internet to find some delightful and unique wedding table numbers that will help you pick out the perfect way to show your guests to their seats. Wedding table numbers are one of the small, yet important, details that can elevate your wedding reception and enable your guests to appreciate the amount of thought you put into your decorating scheme. Whether your bridal personality is colourful, chic, playful or elegant, you’re sure to find a table number idea that works for your celebration. We hope these ideas inspire you to start brainstorming about creating some unique table numbers for your wedding.

A “Four Seasons” Wedding in Collingwood, Ontario

Real Weddings

For their wedding, Ashley and James wanted to give their 160 guests a taste of all four seasons. “We are both very active people, and we love every season. We tried to bring all the best things of each season and incorporate them into our decorations,” Ashley shares. To that end, they decorated each room at the Craigleith Ski Club according to a different time of the year. Ashley’s personal favourite was the winter room, which resembled an après-ski lounge complete with pine cones, antlers and bearskin rugs. “It really felt like the middle of winter in a small log cabin,” Ashley remarks. Another of the bride’s highlights was arriving at the ceremony in a horse and carriage. “I’ve been picturing that moment since I was a little girl,” Ashley explains. “I truly felt like a princess and isn’t that how you’re supposed to feel on your wedding day?”

Ashley Milnes & James Schwalm, September 15, 2012, Collingwood, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Rebecca Wood.

Vendors
Ceremony and reception location: Craigleith Ski Club
Bridal gown and bridal party attire: Nina Duong
Groom’s tux: Camicie
Cake: Flour Studio
Caterer: Deirdre Anderson of L’eat Catering
Favours: Old Navy
Wedding planners: Naomi Serkin and Associates Ltd (naomiserkin@rogers.com)
Dance floor, lighting and podium: Visual FX
Draping: Eventure
Music: Floh Back Productions
Makeup: Andrea Heldman (glamgrrl@sympatico.ca)
Hair: Emily Bates (ebates.hair@gmail.com)
Flowers: Forget Me Not flowers
Stationery: Paper Ideas and Smudge Designs
Horse & carriage: Humes
Band: Fiddlehead Productions
Furniture rentals: Contemporary Furniture Rentals Inc. and Chair-man Mills
Videography: Luis Moreira of Images Weddings

See more photos from this four seasons wedding in Collingwood, Ontario.

A Rustic Farm Wedding in Duncan, British Columbia

Real Weddings

This country couple embraced their farm location wholeheartedly to create the DIY rustic wedding of their dreams—complete with a quirky wheelbarrow theme. “We had wheelbarrows filled with drinks, and the bridal party arrived at the reception in wheelbarrows,” Annamieke shares. “Their entrance was definitely one of my favourite moments of the day,” she recalls. Appropriately, guests entertained themselves by participating in wheelbarrow races while Annamieke and Aaron posed for pictures. Following that excitement, the couple’s friends and family settled down for dinner at tables set up in the middle of the field. All the food was homemade, including blueberry and apple pies made by the bride’s sister that were served in lieu of wedding cake. Looking back, Annamieke sums up her wedding as, “one fun, hot, summer, wheelbarrow racin’, BBQin’, antique chic, family and farm-filled day!”

Annamieke Blitterswyk and Aaron Spotts, August 11, 2012, Duncan, British Columbia.

Photography courtesy of Ameris.

Ceremony and reception location: Birds Eye Cove Farm
Bridal gown: Posh Bridal Couture
Bridal party attire: Delia’s
Bouquets & bridal party arrangements: Leaf & Petal
Groom’s tux: Nordstrom
Cake: Made by the bride’s sister
Caterers: The bride, groom, friends and family
Favours: Homemade bumble-berry jam
Music: Reid Williams, Kelly Girvan, McCandless Family Band
Hair and makeup: EK Hair
Table & aisle floral arrangements: Night Song Farm
Stationery: Kara Espeseth of Identity Graphics

See more photos from this DIY rustic wedding in Duncan, British Columbia.

 

A Gorgeous Wedding in the Mountains

Real Weddings

Regan and André’s special day got off to a magnificent start as they arrived at the scenic Delta Lodge at Kananaskis for their outdoor ceremony. “Seeing André for the first time at the viewpoint was definitely my best moment,” Regan reminisces. “He was surrounded by our family and friends in the most beautiful setting—and after much fretting the weather was absolutely perfect!” Indeed, bright sunlight illuminated the nearby mountains and lakes bringing the couple’s “elegant nature” theme to life. At the reception, green and white accents inspired by the great outdoors mingled with travel-related touches. Guests’ tables were named after cities the two had visited together during their relationship, and the head table was named Sarajevo—the first city Regan and André planned to visit as husband and wife.

Regan and Andre, August 25, 2012, Kananaskis, Alberta.

Photography courtesy of Katya Nova.

Vendors
Ceremony location:
Viewpoint 5 at the Delta Lodge at Kananaskis
Reception location:
Mount Kidd Tent Delta Lodge at Kananaskis
Bridal gown:
Watters from S2 Bride
Bridal party attire: The Dessy Group and Watters from Sonia’s Bridal Studio and Black and Lee
Groom’s tux:
Dolce & Gabbana from Harry Rosen
CakeTeresa Caffrey (friend of the bride)
Caterer: Delta Lodge at Kananaskis
Favours: Rocky Mountain Soap Company
Wedding Decor:
Nicole Jannesson (sister of the bride and maid of honour) njannesson@gmail.com
Music: Ken Nielsen from NRG Music Productions
Hair and makeup
Marissa Harapiak (friend of the bride)
Flowers:
Stefanie Mayerson from Flora Calgary
Stationery: Minted

View more photos of this gorgeous wedding in the mountains below.

A Vintage Outdoor Wedding in Kelowna, British Columbia

Real Weddings

Josephine and Michael met among the picturesque mountains of Kelowna, so it was only fitting that they would choose to say “I do” in the area. For their late-summer celebration, the two settled on the CedarCreek Estate Winery for an intimate outdoor ceremony of just 61 guests followed by a delicious six-course dinner at the historic Laurel Packinghouse. Even though everything didn’t go perfectly according to plan—“Everyone started eating our cake before I even got to see it, and my iPod wouldn’t play our first dance song,” Josephine laughs—it was truly the perfect day. “There were so many amazing moments, and I loved seeing our parents so happy,” she recalls. “I’ll never forget the big smile on my dad’s face.”

Josephine Houlihan and Michael Boulanger, September 9, 2012, Kelowna, British Columbia.

Photography courtesy of Jessica Zais Photography.

Vendors
Ceremony location: CedarCreek Estate Winery
Reception location: Laurel Packinghouse
Bridal gown: Maggie Sottero from Bliss Bridal
Bridal party attire: Forever New and Carla Zampatti
Groom’s tux: Hugo Boss
Cake: Sweet On You
Caterer: Joy Road Catering
Favours: In lieu of favours, a donation was made to Kenya Help. Each guest also received a bottle of wine from the groom’s uncle’s estate Divino
Wedding planners: Stage Right Etc.
Music: The Garding Band with Anna Jacyszyn
Hair: Amy Holland of  Tie the Knot Hair Design. Bridesmaids’ Hair by Nicole O’Hara of Coles Cut and Colours
Flowers: Stage Right Etc.
Makeup: Melissa Craven
Stationery: Stage Right Etc.
Bride and bridesmaids’ shoes: Tony Bianco
Bride’s jewellery: Made and designed by Amy Holland of Tie the Knot Hair Design
Birdcage veil: Specially made by Julie Casey Millinery

View more photos of this vintage outdoor wedding below.

Elegant Wedding Earrings to Match Your Bridal Personality

Fashion & Beauty » Fashion & Beauty » Jewellery

Once you have chosen your perfect dress, picking the right wedding earrings to accentuate your look is the next step. Earrings help any outfit come together, and it’s important to pick a memorable pair for your big day. The wedding earrings you wear will take on special meaning, and they’ll always remind you of your special day. Whether you’re looking for something subtle and chic (like a pair of pearl drop earrings) or something that makes more of a statement (like daring black lace dangling wedding earrings), you’re sure to find a perfect pair in this selection of styles. Keep reading to see which type of wedding earrings will suit your personal bridal style.

Stylish Shoes to Match Your Bridal Personality

Fashion & Beauty » Fashion & Beauty » Wedding Shoes

Shoes are fun to shop for, and they’re an important part of your wedding ensemble—they can take your dream dress to a whole new level! You’ll want to make sure your wedding shoes are fashionable, comfortable, and above all, that they match your bridal style. Whether your bridal personality is retro or classic, rebellious or bohemian, we’re sure you’ll find your perfect pair in this shoe roundup. If you’re not a white satin pump kind of girl, don’t worry. The options are endless when it comes to modern bridal shoes. In fact, anything goes from edgy heels to flat sandals and everything in between. Check out our top shoe picks for your personality.

Unique Winter Wedding Bouquets

Planning » Bouquets & Flowers » Planning

Winter can be a challenging season for flowers, but if you start planning early (and thinking creatively!) you can still achieve the bridal bouquet of your dreams. Find out what flowers are available during the winter months (roses, calla lilies and baby’s breath are safe bets at any time of year) or consider a flower alternative like silk blossoms, brooches, paper or feathers. Fortunately, there are more stylish non-floral options than ever before. Whether your wedding style is classic, quirky or rustic, you’re sure to find a wintery bouquet here that works for you. Your wedding bouquet is something that speaks volumes about your theme and your personality, so make sure you find one that you absolutely love. Here are 10 wonderfully innovative winter wedding bouquets for you to consider for your big day.

Winter Wedding Decor to Match Your Bridal Personality

Planning » Planning » Wedding Decor


The winter season brings sparkly snowflakes, earthy pine cones and warm shades of white—and winter can be a magical time for a wedding. In terms of decor ideas, having a winter wedding does not mean you have to commit to a classic white and silver (or green and red) colour scheme. In fact, there are endless ways to let the season inspire your day without being overtly literal about it. We suggest tailoring your winter wedding decor to your unique bridal personality. For the vintage bride, perhaps a white colour palette accented with antique china and ornaments; for the rebel bride a striking black and red palette with dramatic centrepieces and candelabras and for the whimsical bride maybe a celebration filled with wintery woodland creatures like owls and deer. Read on to match your bridal personality to the winter wedding decor of your dreams.

Scalloped Details For Your Wedding

Planning

Scalloped details can be elegant or whimsical depending on the look you want for your celebration, and scalloped edges can be used in a variety of ways to make your wedding day utterly fabulous. For instance, why not wear a gorgeous wedding dress with a scalloped hemline or toss on a scalloped cape over a strapless dress? You can also incorporate scalloped details into your decor. Everything from table numbers and menus to favours and cakes look utterly adorable adorned with scalloped edges. You can even use this whimsical pattern as a backdrop for your dessert table or place candles in scalloped luminaries. We’ve put together an inspiring slide show that showcases inventive ways to use scalloped details in all aspects of your wedding.

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