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Introducing Our Fall & Winter 2018 Cover!


Photography by Alvaro Goveia. Makeup and hair by Sheri Stroh, Oribe/Bite Beauty/Plutino Group. Styling by Tara Williams. Model Tanya from B&M Models. Shot on location at Bellagio Las Vegas.

For our Fall & Winter 2018 cover, we wanted to capture a pretty, romantic vibe that was fresh, glam, easy and breezy. We found our moment while on location at the Bellagio Las Vegas (we also shot the most incredible fashion feature in Las Vegas which you can also see in the new issue).

The Bellagio’s incredible Japanese-inspired Conservatory & Botanical Gardens was backdrop for our cover star Tanya. The dress is Truly Zac Posen for David’s Bridal and it delivers drama and decadence with a vintage-feeling lace bodice paired with a voluminous horsehair tiered skirt—pure red carpet perfection! We finished the look with diamond earrings and incredible ring bling by David Yurman, which give this princess look a modern twist thanks to these dazzling modern designs.

The Fall & Winter 2018 issue of Weddingbells hits newsstands on June 28th!

Meghan Markle Inspired Wedding Dresses You Can Snag Right Now

Fashion & Beauty » Wedding Dresses

Meghan Markle Inspired Wedding Dresses You Can Snag Right Now

Time stood still when Meghan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex, walked down the aisle of St. George’s Chapel in a breathtaking custom Claire Waight Keller for Givenchy dress.

In a March 2016 interview with Glamour, Markle described her dream wedding dress, stating, “Classic and simple is the name of the game, perhaps with a modern twist. I personally prefer wedding dresses that are whimsical or subtly romantic.” Her Givenchy dress featured three-quarter length sleeves, clean structural lines, and a bateau neckline, creating a look that was both minimalist and regal.

Minimalism in bridal fashion was already a rising trend, and just like Kate Middleton’s gown had tremendous influence on the bridal industry creations, it’s safe to say that Meghan’s dress will bring back a resurgence of simplistic silhouettes.

Here are our favourite minimal wedding dresses to channel your inner Meghan Markle on your special day.

McDonald’s As Your Late Night Wedding Caterer? We’re Lovin’ It!

Real Weddings

Here at Weddingbells, we love a good dance party. At a reception, long after the speeches are given and the food is served, more memorable moments are made as you dance with friends and family to amazing music. But with all that dancing, your guests are going to need to recharge at the end of the night. Where should you turn for the proper fuel?

Did you know most McDonald’s Canada restaurants can cater late night food for weddings? In fact, the vast majority (90%) of McDonald’s Canada franchisees consider themselves part-time wedding caterers, so instead of crashing a nearby restaurant at the end of the night, bring the food straight to your guests for a delicious late night treat. Brides and grooms can contact their local restaurant* and order ahead for classic favourites like cheeseburgers, hamburgers, McDoubles and Chicken McNuggets. Guests can enjoy an energy boost from the food and then head back onto the dance floor.

“We love being a part of big life moments and celebrations with our guests,” says Andre Hu-A-Kam, a local Toronto McDonald’s Canada franchisee, who caters late night food to over 10 weddings a year. “The best part of delivering McDonald’s to brides and grooms is seeing the smiles light up on their guests faces when they see the food arrive.”

Weddingbells recently teamed up with McDonald’s to bring the late-night service to a Toronto couple’s wedding. Jess Gold and her groom, Matt, held their wedding in the Crystal Ballroom at the Omni King Edward on April 29th. For them, having the McDonald’s late-night food was the cherry on top of a fantastic day.

“McDonald’s was the perfect nostalgic touch,” Jess shares. “There is nothing better than dancing to “Proud Mary” with your friends with a McDonald’s burger in hand!”

The couple’s friends and family immediately made a beeline for the table, making their way from the packed dance-floor to the table laden with burgers and McNuggets.

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Canada’s Loveliest Wedding Venues For 2018


Selecting a venue is one of the most important decisions you’ll make during the wedding planning process. Your chosen space will dictate the style of your celebration, the catering options, the dress code and, of course, the size of the guest list so it’s important to get it right.

This year we travelled coast to coast checking out some of the coolest spots to host the party of a lifetime. Some of this year’s top picks are brand new properties, while others are favourites that continue to draw couples year after year.

Whether you’re searching for a rural barn setting or an unexpected spot in the city, you’re sure to find tons of venue inspiration on this year’s list of Canada’s Loveliest Wedding Venues.

Want to explore more amazing spaces? See last year’s top Canadian wedding venues.

The Best Bridal Beauty Products, According To Our Editors

Fashion & Beauty » Skin Care & Makeup

Photography by Carlo Mendoza

There are some beauty products that just seem tailor-made for brides, whether that’s an ultra-moisturizing stay-all-day lip colour, the softest petal-pink eye shadow or mascara that refuses to budge as happy tears flow.

Our editors, Alison McGill, Jen O’Brien and Kimberly Aglipay, are constantly on the lookout for beauty products go above and beyond, making them special enough to wear on one of the most important (and photographed) days of your life. Our current collection of favourites range from hair care must-haves to lip balms that we just can’t live without.

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Celestial Tablescapes

2018 Wedding Trends » Decor

Starry nights have never been more appealing. Over the course of the past year, constellations have worked their way into fashion, beauty and home décor to beautiful effect and the celestial trend seems tailor-made for a moody and romantic wedding celebration. When it comes to working this concept into your wedding décor, go for subtlety over overt sparkly star and moon details. Set the scene with linens in a deep blue or black hue and accent your tables with similarly dramatic plates and serverware. Starry menus, golden details and flickering candle-lit lanterns complete the otherworldly look.

Statement Jewellery

2018 Wedding Trends » Jewellery

Who ever said less is more? When it comes to your bridal accessories you can choose to go any which way from delicate fine jewellery to bold costume pieces… and if you do choose to go the latter route make sure you fully embrace it by taking the look totally over-the-top. Forget the idea of having just one major piece that shines—go big with oversized earrings like bejewelled hoops or chandeliers paired with a collar necklace. Even consider adding a serious arm party and stacks of glittering right hand bling. Play with coloured stones and metals to make the look extra-impactful and uber glam!

Towering Column Cakes

2018 Wedding Trends » Desserts

If “bigger is better” is part of your wedding mantra, these sky-high sweets are sure to fit the bill. With tall, cylindrical tiers, towering column cakes are a modern take on typical over-the-top wedding cakes. The height of these elegant creations can make them much taller than your average wedding cake, without having to add more tiers. Play with the height of each tier and include embellishments such as intricate, ornate piping in a lace or floral design, or dainty pearls and sugar flowers. Allow this cake to shine on its own cutting table for a seriously sweet photo op—no other desserts required.

Second Dresses

2018 Wedding Trends » Style

Second dresses are hotter than ever before, and for 2018 reception frocks, in particular, are beautifully unconventional. This year’s second dresses are easy and breezy and perfect for brides who want to wow their guests all over again halfway through the big day. Slip into something in a shade other than white, or opt for a pretty patterned number that speaks more to your personality. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s comfortable with plenty of movement so you can dance the night away. We especially love this dress by Narces, which includes girly details such as scalloped stripes and a floral-patterned lace bodice.

Over-The-Top Boutonnieres

2018 Wedding Trends » Flowers

When it comes to floral accessories for your groomsmen, small, delicate boutonnieres are just not cutting it this year. For 2018, we love the idea of over-the-top floral accessories for your groom and all his pals. Bold flowers are more fashionable than ever before, so pick blooms that will stand out and contrast nicely against the groom and groomsmens’ suits. For a more classic look, remind the guys to keep the rest of their attire on the simple side to let the boutonnieres stand out, or have a completely whimsical wedding party by having your guys play up their big blooms with patterned ties and coloured shirts. Wrap the flowers in ribbon for an extra fanciful effect.

Floral Hair

2018 Wedding Trends » Flowers

Move over floral crowns, for 2018 it’s all about loose blooms placed haphazardly in curls or relaxed updos. Draw inspiration from the Rodarte runway and incorporate baby’s breath into your ‘do or go in a completely different direction, like we did, using bold flowers such as ranunculus and anemones. Regardless of your choice of blooms, the result will be a fancy and feminine look that’s more couture than Coachella.Pair your floral hair with statement-making earrings and a lace gown with vintage vibes for a chic, new-romantic look.

Liberty Print Stationery

2018 Wedding Trends » Decor

Incorporating floral themes into weddings is nothing new, but for 2018 the petals will be pared down. This year it’s all about microflorals. These prints were first popularized in the 1920s by high-end British department store Liberty London. The brand’s signature fabrics have since become synonymous with delicate floral patterns and, over the course of the past century, these patterns have appeared on everything from home décor items to couture creations. Opt for save-the-dates, invitations, and even envelopes printed with tiny blooms for a fashion-forward English garden vibe, which you can carry through into your ceremony and reception décor. Still trying to settle on a colour palette? Go directly to the source to find a fabric swatch to inspire your celebration.