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25 Must-See Ideas For An Inspired Spring Wedding


Wildflower Bouquet

If you’re a free-spirit and a lover of blooming flowers, fresh air and all things bright and beautiful, then spring may be the perfect time to tie the knot with your significant other.

Before you start envisioning a romantic outdoor affair in May or early June, keep in mind that spring’s unpredictable weather can surprise you. When visiting potential venues, be sure to inquire about what past wedding parties have done as a rain plan (and if you’re set on having an outdoor shindig consider reserving a just-in-case tent). Also, having some umbrellas and fancy rain boots available can combat the effects of a rainy day. Finally, it’s never a bad idea to take advantage of what spring has to offer – let the season’s best offerings, from flowers such as peonies and tulips, to fresh ingredients such as baby carrots and sweet cherries, inspire your planning process.

To help with your celebration, we’ve put together a list of 25 spring wedding ideas that will have you truly inspired.


A Colourful Confetti-Filled Wedding Shoot in Hamilton, Ontario

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The anticipation of spring inspired Meagan Eagles, a wedding planner and owner of Weddings Tied With Lace, to create this colourful confetti-filled wedding shoot. “I have been craving colour and sunshine lately, and would love to see a wedding take advantage of colour for once,” she says.

The Art Gallery of Hamilton was the perfect place to showcase this kaleidoscope of neon and pastel-hued wedding must-haves. “With two walls of pure white adjacent two walls of 17-foot floor-to-ceiling windows, I knew that a bright and fun palette would really pop,” explains Meagan. Her vision came to life through the juxtaposition of bold details set against simple backdrops. Pastel-hued desserts and candies popped atop a white sequinned tablecloth while rainbow-hued blooms and oversized confetti added whimsy to reception tables.

“My all time favourite shot is the one of our model, Marcy, throwing confetti into the air,” says Meagan. “Every bride should get a photo of herself doing that!”

Photography courtesy of Eva Derrick Photography.

Reception location: Art Gallery of Hamilton
Bridal gown: Blush by Hayley Paige from Sash & Bustle
Cake: Sweet Celebrations
Wedding planners: Weddings Tied With Lace
Hair and makeup: Sarah Smith
Flowers: Ooh La La Designs
Stationery: Defining Moments Stationery
Sweet table design: Candy By Katie
Linens: Simply Beautiful Decor

See more photos from this neon and spring-inspired styled shoot in Hamilton, Ontario.

An Elegant Wedding In Vancouver

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Bride and Groom

Mariam and Fady’s engagement story was a real life fairytale. “Mariam loves horses, so I surprised her at my friend’s ranch with a horseback ride and proposed to her there”, Fady recalls. “I also flew her family in from Egypt and Vancouver to surprise her.”

On July 20th, 2013, the couple were joined by family and friends from around the world to celebrate their special day in Vancouver. To honour their Egyptian background, the couple cemented their love in a traditional wedding ceremony at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral.

Their classic but simple reception, which took place at the Fairmont Hotel, was beautifully decorated in cream, gold and a touch of pink. Instead of a traditional seating arrangement, the couple opted for an intimate chaise lounge sweetheart table where they could celebrate together while listening to the heartwarming speeches from their loved ones.

Mariam Gabriel and Fady Rizk, July 20, 2013, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Photography courtesy of Matt Kennedy.

Ceremony location: St. George Greek Orthodox Church
Reception location: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Bridal gown: Bryan’s Bride
Bridal party attire: Frocks
Groom’s tux: The Bridal Centre
Cake: Ganache Patisserie
Caterer: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Wedding planner: Diana Ngo from Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Music: Brett Alexander from Deft Audio DJ Services Vancouver
Hair and makeup: Danielle West from All Dolled Up Makeup & Hair Studio
Flowers: Ghada Malek from Oceana Florists Ltd
Limo: Limobook

See more of this elegant wedding in Vancouver.

A DIY Summer Wedding in Kawartha Lakes, Ontario

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Bride and Groom

“We’re private people, which explains our low-key wedding”, says Diana. “Ivan and I had made a mutual decision to get married, and chose my antique engagement ring together. Ivan ended up giving it to me on our anniversary in a parking lot in the snow, because he was too shy to give it to me in front of a crowd at our favourite restaurant!”

With only 63 guests, Diana and Ivan decided to forgo some of the formal elements of a traditional wedding – including a bridal party – in favour of a low-key, vintage barn wedding, where splashes of peachy-pink and aqua-turquoise brought life to their decor.

The couple opted for a personalized ceremony, which included a hand-fasting ritual and the shared vows, “We do!”

“The venue, South Pond Farms, which we came across on a motorcycle trip, was so stunning and peaceful,” Diana shares. “We loved the owner’s mismatched collection of vintage plates and painted wooden chairs. Almost everything in our wedding was repurposed or reusable – for example, we built a focal point from vintage ladders for our ceremony.”

“There was a lot of DIY in our wedding, but I tried to keep it to things I enjoyed doing”, Diana explains. “I stitched up some garlands from hearts I cut out of a vintage atlas to represent our shared love of travel. To incorporate a relaxed vibe to the day, the couple rented long tables and nixed assigned seating, so that guests could sit where they liked and move around throughout the night. “Passing food around the table really contributed to the feeling of intimacy we wanted for our special day”, she adds.

One of Diana’s favourite moments was watching her guests rush for pies homemade by her best friend. “She made 13 of them, from strawberry rhubarb to pecan at her home in Vancouver and froze them to bring to Ontario”, she says. “I had collected a number of vintage cake stands to display them, but they were gone so quickly, I’m quite sure nobody even noticed. By the end of the night, there was barely half a pie left for a midnight snack!”

Diana Gee-Silverman and Ivan Zenar, June 8, 2013, Kawartha Lakes, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Young Hearts Photography.

Ceremony and reception location: South Pond Farms
Bridal gown: Watters
Groom’s tux: Vest from Indochino and pants from Club Monaco
Cake: Made by the groom’s father’s partner
Favours: Cinnamon honey from Bauman Apiaries
Music: Tyler Davis ( and Neil Hendry (
Hair and makeup: Maya Goldenberg
Flowers: Sabriina Design
Stationery: Etsy
Officiante: Peter Lillico
Antique table rental: Stefan Mckey Antiques (

See more of this rustic outdoor wedding in Kawartha Lakes, Ontario.

A Stylish Wedding In Toronto

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Bride and Groom

Ani and Hayk met at a family gathering in July 2010. “You can say it was love at first sight as we began dating less than two weeks after, were engaged by our one-and-a-half year anniversary, and got married before we reached the two year mark!”, says Ani. For their engagement, Hayk proposed to Ani in the park where the couple went for their first date. “It was definitely the most beautiful thing that anyone has ever done for me”, she recalls.

Their wedding celebration was a fun, family-oriented party filled with laughter and lots of love. “We didn’t want to get caught up in the planning and forget to enjoy our big day”, Ani explains. “We didn’t go overboard with decorations or other secondary details. All that mattered was to enjoy the day and make sure that our guests enjoyed it as much as we did. And that is exactly how the day played out. The whole day was filled with amazing moments. Our favourite moment was seeing each other for the first time.”

Ani and Hayk Karavardanyan, May 8, 2012, Toronto, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Ovyian Photography.

Ceremony location: Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church
Reception location: National Restaurant
Bridal gown: Provonias from Becker’s Bridal & Formal 
Bridal party attire: Bari Jay
Groom’s tux: Paul Smith from Holt Renfrew
Cake: Agincourt Bakery
Favours: Wedding Things
Music: Singer Ara Martirosyan and a live band
Hair and makeup: Sidra (416-270-0144)

See more photos of this stylish wedding in Toronto, Ontario.

A Glamorous, Vintage-Inspired Styled Shoot in London, Ontario

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Table Decor

For this gorgeous vintage-inspired wedding shoot Lauren De Koster of Twelfth Night Events collaborated with a group of select London, Ontario-based vendors. The idea was to convey a sense of woodland glamour. “We chose the city’s top vendors to create a whimsical and luxurious style shoot at the Elm Hurst Inn in Ingersoll, Ontario,” Lauren says. “Our choice of theme was reflective of what we felt would be trending for the 2014 wedding season.”Juxtaposed with the natural backdrop of the Inn were vintage furniture pieces, lace tablecloths and delicate floral accents. A striking palette of pinks, purples, whites and nudes was heavily featured in much of the day’s details, from the majestic floral runner centrepiece to the dessert table lined with sweet treats.

Photography courtesy of Photography by Matea.

Reception location: Elm Hurst Inn
Bridal gown: Ballett’s Bridal 
Cake: Every Occasion Cakes by Martha Zacharias
Favours: 2 clvr 4 u Designs
Wedding planners: Twelfth Night Events
Hair and makeup: Faces by Foster ( and Thelma Bento (
Flowers: Forever Florals by Manon
Stationery: Rebekah Waite
Decor: Caralis Wedding & Events
Hair accessories: Sophia Yasmin Couture and Kyle McFadden
Furniture: Diamonds & Toads

See more photos from this glamorous, vintage-inspired styled shoot in London, Ontario.

15 Awe-Inspiring Wedding Centrepiece Ideas


Suspended Floral Centrepiece With Quote

It’s all in the details: This is a phrase you hear often, and one with extra special meaning within the wedding world. A unique centrepiece has the power to transform your reception space into something personal, and bring some unforgettable memories to your special day.

With a wide array of options to choose from, you are not limited to the standard vase and floral arrangement. When juxtaposed or combined with unexpected pieces, seemingly simple objects such as flowers, wood and candles can become one-of-a-kind creations. Regardless of which design you select, we suggest choosing centrepieces that complement your wedding theme or hold some special memory or meaning to you and your betrothed.

We’ve put together a list of 15 unforgettable centrepieces that will get your creative juices flowing, and have your guests feeling inspired.

A Glamorous Muslim Wedding In Mississauga, Ontario

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Intimate Moment

Nazeema and Jameel’s wedding day was filled with elaborate details, so it was only fitting that the couple be whisked away prior to their nikkah (Muslim wedding ceremony) to take photos at a mansion inspired by the Palace of Versailles. “The house was actually built for the owner’s wedding”, Nazeema explains. “Taking pictures in such a grand place started the day with a feeling of complete escape!”

Though this celebration included a host of sophisticated accents and gorgeous jewelled details, Nazeema says she wanted the day to ultimately highlight where she and Jameel came from. “Our wedding was fairly traditional and incorporated customs from our culture and faith. For our wedding theme, we simply wanted decor that was soft, had some glamour, and a little bit of bling!”, says Nazeema. “The most beautiful part of the day was having so many generations – at least five – of family and friends there to celebrate with us.”

Nazeema Khan and Jameel Majeed Jr., May 5, 2013, Mississauga, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Qiu Photography.

Ceremony and reception location: Versailles Convention Centre
Bridal gown: Beashawn Bridal Store
Cake: Lick the Spoon Cakes
Caterer: Versailles Convention Centre
Hair and makeup: Rachel Renna

See more photos of this glamorous Muslim wedding in Mississauga, Ontario.

A Pretty Pink Wedding In Coquitlam, British Columbia

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Bride and Bridesmaids

For Sarah and Kyle, working their first jobs at Macdonald’s was an unforgettable experience – that was how they met each other! Another memory that Sarah keeps close to her heart occurred one New Year’s Eve; “We were getting ready to have friends over, and Kyle came upstairs with a present. I was confused because it was a week after Christmas, but when I opened it, it was a wedding magazine. By the time I looked back at him, Kyle was on one knee”, she recalls.

Sarah and Kyle’s modern, pink and grey wedding was everything they imagined and more. “The food was exceptional and the room had high beam ceilings and large windows that set the mood for the entire night. Our decorator, Maria, did a great job with our flowers, which were a pretty combination of pink and white,” says Sarah. The beautiful day was not devoid of humour, since one of Sarah’s favourite moments was doing the “Harlem Shake” along with all her guests; “It got everyone involved, and we had lots of fun dressing up in masks and dancing,” she explains.

“I’ll never forget walking down the aisle surrounded by friends and family, and seeing the love in my husband’s eyes,” Sarah reminisces. “The anticipation of our wedding day was worth the wait. We laughed and cried during the speeches, and stayed until the end of the night dancing and soaking up every small detail that was put into making the day everything that we imagined and more.”

Sarah Lorraine Ruscheinski and Kyle Ryan Thomas Tyndall, March 23, 2013, Coquitlam, British Columbia.

Photography courtesy of Simply Sweet Photography.

Ceremony location: Como Lake United Church
Reception location: Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club
Bridal gown: Bridal Gallery
Bridal party attire: Bridal Gallery
Groom’s tux: Debonair
Cake: Made by a friend of the bride (Gen)
Caterer: Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club
Favours: DIY
Wedding planners: Niche Event Stylists
Music: Garry Robertson DJ Entertainment
Hair and makeup: Mink Makeup & Hair
Flowers: Niche Event Stylists
Stationery: The Printing House
Caricature artist: Corycatures

See more photos of this pretty, pink wedding in Coquitlam, B.C.

15 Creative Ways To Entertain Your Wedding Guests

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Sky Lanterns

Lets face it. Your wedding is not just a celebration of the unity between you and your spouse, but also of the friends and family that have stuck by you through thick and thin — so if they’re having fun on your big day, chances are that you will be too.

If you’re struggling to find ways to make your wedding enjoyable for the relative that doesn’t like to dance or the friend who gets bored easily, fear not: all you need are some creative ideas and a bit of pre-planning. A great way to start is by focusing on incorporating some alternative wedding entertainment ideas and options into a particular section of the day’s proceedings, be it the ceremony, reception, dinner or dancing. To inspire you in the planning process, we have put together some unique ideas (both small and grand) for wedding entertainment that goes beyond the traditional band and DJ.

Here are 15 creative ways to entertain your guests and make your wedding day a truly memorable affair.

A Guide To Canadian Wedding Dress Designers

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David Dixon

As Canadians, we’re typically recognized for our politeness and hockey prowess, but did you know we also have a lot to brag about in the bridal fashion arena? In fact, some of the top wedding dress designers in the world actually hail from our home and native land.

As an ode to the talented names that are inspiring the bridal industry both here and abroad, we wanted to showcase some of the gorgeous gowns created by a few of our favourite Canadian designers. Scrolling through this collection of gorgeous wedding dresses you’ll see that you don’t need to go far to find jaw-dropping bridal fashion.

18 Aisle-Worthy Shoes For Every Budget

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Dancing Heart Shoes

Never underestimate the power of a gorgeous pair of shoes. Whether you choose to say “yes” in a tulle-draped wedding gown or a rebellious mini, shoes can do wonders when it comes to creating a jaw-dropping wedding look. From sensible flats perfect for dancing to splurge-worthy stilettos that will have your bridesmaids swooning, here are 18 wedding-worthy shoes that will have you walking tall on your big day.

Non-Traditional Wedding Dresses That Will Have You Rethinking The All-White Look

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“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different”. Like the one-of-a-kind Coco Chanel who once uttered those words, today’s modern brides are full of surprises. Many are not afraid to put their own little spin on the long, white wedding dresses that have predominated wedding aisles for centuries.

Whether you are getting hitched for the second-time, planning a fun theme for your wedding or simply craving something different from the norm, consider choosing an outfit that has some meaning beyond the immediate shock value of your entrance: is there a colour that has some personal significance, or has never failed to look perfect with your skin tone? Or a dress style that complements your wedding decor or the outfit of your partner-in-crime? Whatever the reason, remember that the bride is the center of attention and the dress her showcase, not the other way around. After all, there may be many dresses, but there is only one you.

With that said, here are some alternative wedding dresses (and one pantsuit) that may have you rethinking the all-white look.

10 Wedding DIY Projects You Should Tackle (And 4 You Absolutely Shouldn’t Attempt)



They say that when it comes to weddings, anything goes. With modern weddings being all about personalization, the DIY trend is more popular than ever these days. Many couples opt for a mix of purchased accents and handmade details. But while DIY projects are typically a budget-friendly way to express your creativity (and an excuse to throw a crafty party with your friends), they can sometimes cost more money (and time) than they’re worth in the grand scheme of things.

So the question is, where do you draw the line between what to do yourself and what to leave to the pros? First, consider how much time you’ll have to devote to the project on your wedding day. Setting out a few floral arrangements or photo displays in your reception hall is no big deal, but you don’t want to have to be preparing things in the kitchen or checking a sound system when you should be getting your hair and makeup done!

When taking on a DIY project (or several) for your wedding, we suggest that you play to your strengths and resources. DIY the simple things and ditch anything that stresses you out. To help you gain some perspective on which craft projects are worth tackling and which aren’t, we’ve put together a list of 10 things you can make yourself and 4 others you should definitely leave to the pros.