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11 Popular Bachelorette Party Destinations (And What To Do When You Get There)

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You’re getting married! Or maybe your best friend is. This means you are eager to travel, and have a memorable “last fling before the ring” with your girls. Whether you are looking for a dream beach getaway, adventure in the big city or a relaxing spa escape, we have rounded up our top 10 bachelorette destinations for an amazing girls’ getaway. With details on what to do and where to stay, this bachelorette party travel guide is guaranteed to make planning your dream vacation with your BFFs a breeze.

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Registering For Your Wedding Has Never Been Easier (Or More Fun!) At Hudson’s Bay

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After you’ve selected your wedding date and booked your venue, there are a few key boxes left to tick at the top of your wedding to do list. Setting up your registry is absolutely one of them. This is your chance to put together your wish list of gifts for all stages of your celebration: engagement, showers and the actual big day. Having a registry is such a benefit to your nearest and dearest as it takes the guess work out of gifting. It’s also one of the best parts of wedding planning (does it get any better than creating your ultimate shopping list?!) and Hudson’s Bay has just re-launched their registry program to make the process easier, faster and seriously fun.

At Hudson’s Bay you can literally start your wedding registry in less than a minute! An in-store appointment can be made to help you get scanning but it’s not required. A easy-to-use interface on the store’s computers and ipads allows you to quickly enter your information, then you are ready to start scanning your most wanted using your mobile device. You can also easily double team your shopping by having you scan with your smartphone and your partner use one of Hudson’s Bay compact mobile scanners. Once you are set up, you can come back and add items to your wishlist at anytime with a quick scan, or do so online at home in your pjs. Think #registerandchill!

Other cool features of Hudson’s Bay new registry includes a profile progress feature which shows you how your gift list is progressing and makes it possible to publish your registry so all wedding guests can see what to purchase. You can also select gift faves so guests know what’s at the top of your list and Hudson’s Bay registry calculator helps you determine the right number of gifts to include at all price points. Hudson’s Bay’s AutoLocate feature of the Hudson’s Bay system also makes it a breeze for a guest to buy a gift at any store location across Canada. If the store does not have the product requested a store associate can AutoLocate the item and have it shipped directly to you. Want to share your registry digitally? That’s easy to do too as you can create a personal registry URL, copy and share via email, Facebook, Twitter.

Now that you’re ready to get set up and shopping, wondering what the top hits are at Hudson’s Bay that everyone wants on their registry? We visited the store to show you how easy it is and also rounded up a hot list of Hudson’s Bay’s top registry items across Canada.

*The Hudson’s Bay Toronto Queen Street store is hosting an in-store registry scanning party on March 2! The first 50 people to RSVP will receive a gift bag (value $200) and a chance to win a $500 gift card. Please visit here to RSVP.

 

 

 

Discover Why Cuba is Your Perfect Destination Wedding Island

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You’ll be in good company choosing Cuba as your love locale: even Beyoncé and Jay-Z, music’s power couple, have rendezvoused with this one-of-a-kind destination to discover it’s a tropical paradise like no other.

Steeped in Spanish colonial history that has evolved into its own extraordinarily vibrant culture, this unique Caribbean island offers unparalleled ways to create your dream destination wedding and honeymoon.

Indulge In Beauty

Gorgeous resorts abound across Cuba, from Varadero and Cayo Santa Maria to Cayo Coco and Holguin. The beautiful properties boast lush landscaping, modern decor, ritzy rooms, butler service, entertainment and activities, gourmet restaurants and chic nightclubs. Hosting a wedding at one of these impressive spots often means perks, from discounts for guest room blocks to freebie details for your wedding, and special indulgences for you as a couple.

An intimate destination wedding in Cuba means loads of venue options, from the open European-style courtyards and ornate cathedrals of Havana to spectacular settings at the resorts. And then there are the beaches…


A Beach For Every Occasion

Imagine your feet being massaged by fine, pure white sand as you stroll hand in hand with your mister, the ocean waves tickling your toes gently washing away your stress. The sky is blue, the sun warmly caressing your skin and there’s not a care to think about.

This is Cuba, with miles upon miles of spectacular beaches to relax and play on, always taking honours among the planet’s top sand spots. Last year in 2018 TripAdvisor ranked Cuba’s Varadero Beach as one of the best beaches in the world.

And think of the Instagram posts, with mind-blowing backdrops ranging from hot white sun, turquoise blue sky, rolling ocean waves and swaying green palm trees to the myriad of activities—from swimming, snorkelling and kite surfing to floating hand in hand and romantic sunset walks–waiting for snaps of you and your mister in action.


An Adventure For Every Mood

While it is important to spend time relaxing on those magnificent beaches, Cuba also offers loads of recreation for fun in the sun, from snorkelling, sailing and diving to fly-fishing, hiking, horseback riding, cycling and more.

Those are just the physical pursuits—there are amazing cultural encounters to entice your entire wedding party to explore Cuban life: from private tours in classic, vintage convertibles and learning how cigars are rolled, to visiting art galleries, artist’s studios and museums, to exploring world-class live music and dance events.

Experience Local Traditions

In Cuba, renown for its son cubano music made popular internationally by the Buena Vista Social Club film, music is everywhere, from the sidewalks of Havana to restaurants, bars and every venue imaginable. Make your day memorable by booking a local band to serenade guests all night long. Go one step further and take rumba lessons in advance, to surprise guests during your first number with this slow, sexy couple’s dance that originated here.

Add to the Cuban vibe on your day with a traditional pig roast. A whole pig is doused the day before in a tangy citrus-garlic marinade called adobo, then slow-roasted outdoors in a pit for several hours.

Create extra glamour with a cigar tasting lounge—Cuba produces over 50 million annually and they’re considered among the world’s finest. Local experts can guide guests through the experience, since similar to fine wines, there are subtleties to explore.

Ease & Expertise

Cuba was one of the first Caribbean locales to make destination weddings easy, from simplifying the legal paperwork to letting you personalize your day your way with specific colors, linens, flowers and so much more. Savvy couples will find most Cuban resorts have package deals—a one-stop shop for a memorable, ace experience—that includes an on-site wedding planner who will easily arrange to perfection the officiant, cake, music and every little detail.

Not only is the planning stress taken care of, the getting there is easy too. The island is just a short hop away—30 cities in Canada offer direct flights to Cuba.

So wherever you are, you can get to your dream celebration with ease, to start your new life together. A bonus is you can then roll your honeymoon right into the wedding. You’re already in Cuba, the travel is behind you—the honeymoon starts the second you and your mister say, “I do.”

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Valentine’s Day Goodies To Grab Now For Your Wedding

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If you’re like us and are mad for heart-shaped everything, this is the season to pick up the absolute best pieces. From jewellery to candies, housewares, and sweet gifts and fun accessories for your girls, Valentine’s Day brings out the best-of-the-best—and since these treats are around for a limited time only, it’s time to get shopping! Here are 15 of our favourite things to shop for this V-day.

25 Seriously Creative Wedding Favour Ideas

Planning » Reception Ideas

Wedding favours are a meaningful gesture you can give to your guests on your big day. As a token of appreciation for their attendance on your special day, you want to ensure your favours are both memorable and reflective of your celebration.

From customized foodie treats to quirky tattoos, t-shirts and DIY snow globes, we’ve gathered 25 ideas for epic wedding swag that’s way too good to leave on the table at the end of the night.

David’s Bridal Has Opened A Gorgeous New Location In Vaughan, Ontario

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Photography by Glenn Pritchard

Hundreds of brides flocked to Vaughan, Ontario this Thursday for the grand opening of David’s Bridal‘s newest Canadian location. To celebrate the occasion, Weddingbells partnered with the brand to host an opening party extravaganza complete with champagne, sweet treats, gorgeous flowers, a live art installation, a photo booth, gift bags, prizes and, of course, an endless array of gorgeous gowns and accessories.

Change rooms were bustling with brides and their bridesmaids trying on affordable looks to suit every type of celebration. Meanwhile, models sashayed about the door highlighting some of the season’s hottest styles.

Flip through the slides below to see some of the highlights of the celebration, along with some of the stunning merchandise you can expect to find in David’s Bridal locations from coast to coast.

The Bridal Beauty Products Our Editors Are Currently Loving For January

Fashion & Beauty » Skin Care & Makeup

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January is a great time to set goals and make commitments to yourself, and your skin care and beauty routine is no exception. With winter in full swing, you’ll want to look for products that make you feel luxe and pampered (the best kind of self-care) and also those that can give your skin an added boost of hydration. Starting a new routine now means your skin will be at its best in time for your summer wedding. These are the products you need to get through the month of January.

Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Cleansing Ritual
Charlotte Tilbury has a serious knack for creating products that deliver the most divine glow, which is why it’s only fitting that she come out with not one, but two new products with the word “goddess” in the name. The pair of products are meant to be used together in a two-step process. Makeup is removed with the Citrus Oil Radiance Cleanse, and once that’s all gone, you go in with the Purifying Charcoal Cleanse to ensure any impurities are fully removed from your pores. The set also comes with a muslin cloth—a must to get spa-like results. The process leaves your skin feeling clean, soft and radiant.

$55, charlottetilbury.com

Storie Veneziane by Valmont
Fragrance is a super important wedding day consideration and we’ve recently discovered a set of scents that are absolutely perfect for a big celebration. The Storie Veneziane collection from Valmont, which includes five unique “Venetian Stories,” has fragrances to suit every style of bride. The perfumes evoke different moods, ranging from sexy and provocative to light and spring-like. Each bottle is decorated with a Murano mask in a different colour, which would look gorgeous in wedding photos (and on your vanity beyond the big day).

$550 each, available at La Maison Valmont Vancouver, Holt Renfrew Vancouver, Holt Renfrew Yorkdale, Holt Renfrew Bloor Street and Langdon Hall Country House Hotel & Spa.

Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance Moisturizer
Dermalogica’s newly reformulated Intensive Moisture Balance moisturizer is the ideal winter solution for anyone who is prone to dry skin. In addition to rehydrating, it supports the skin’s barrier lipids, which are critical for locking moisture in and keeping irritants out. A prebiotic chlorella algae complex helps to balance the skin, while hyaluronic acid combined with echinacea, centella asiatica and aloe vera works to up moisture content and reduce the appearance of fine lines, ensuring that skin is flawless and glowing for the big day.

$69 for 50mL or $111 for 100 mL, dermalogica.ca

Radford 24K Gold Hydrogel Eye Mask
Face masks are one of our favourite things to incorporate into a pampering routine. Masks we’re particularly obsessed with at the moment are those that target specific areas of the face. The Radford 24k gold hydrogel eye masks contain peptides and antioxidants to smooth out any fine lines that can occur underneath the eyes. Pop these 24-karat gold beauties on before your wedding makeup application to ensure your peepers are primed and photo-ready.

$9, victoriaradford.com

 

Kerastase Masque Chromatique
If you’re a bride who’s looking to colour her hair prior to the wedding, the Kerastase Masque Chromatique is one product you definitely need to try. This rich hair mask has multiple benefits, including keeping your colour vibrant for longer, as well as leaving your hair ultra-smooth and soft, something you need if your locks have been heavily processed.

$65, kerastase.ca

Sigma Beauty Brushes
Sigma Beauty, the beauty brand that’s been raved about by YouTubers for years, is known for its affordable brush line. Luckily for Canadians, this line has finally made its way into stores and online at Canadian salon Caryl Baker Visage. You can finally get your hands on beloved brushes such as the F80 Flat Kabuki brush and the E25 Blending Brush, essentials for any bride doing her own wedding day makeup.

From $19, carylbakervisage.com

Bastide Rose Olivier line
Bastide, a 25 year-old brand based in Aix-en-Provence, France, was recently bought by hair maestro Frédéric Fekkai, who was born and raised in the same town. One of the scents that is quickly becoming iconic for the brand is Rose Olivier, an intoxicatingly beautiful blend of Centifolia rose, olive leaf, lychee and amber. Inspired by the uncommon occurence of a rose bush growing around a tree’s trunk and roots, the scent comes in an eau du toilette, body wash, bar soap and travel-sized fragrance pen. The Rose Olivier scent smells as luxe as laying in a bed of roses, and is the perfect gift for either yourself or your bridesmaids.

From $11, holtrenfrew.com

Weleda Skin Food Lip Butter
Dry lips are one the many nuisances that come with winter in Canada, and keeping your pucker moisturized and kissable is absolutely paramount for the big day. Luckily, natural skincare line Weleda, known for its cult-fave Skin Food moisturizer, has just come out with a lip butter in the same Skin Food family, along with two other products: the Skin Food Body Butter and Skin Food Light. The lip butter includes nourishing sunflower seed oil and chamomile and calendula extract to help moisturize even the driest pout. This is an ideal product to incorporate into your pre-wedding skincare routine to ensure your lips are perfectly primed for that first kiss.

$9.90, well.ca

The Bridal Beauty Products Our Editors Are Currently Loving For December

Fashion & Beauty » Skin Care & Makeup

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December is the month of cheer—from holiday parties to the start of proposal season, it marks a lot of special occasions. It’s also a great time to mix it up and try something new. We’ve rounded up some of the latest and greatest bridal beauty products that are perfect for purchasing during this time of year—especially when there are Christmas sales going on. Whether you decide to purchase these products as last-minute gifts or holiday splurges for yourself, these are the beauty items you’ll want to keep your eye out for this month.

Clé de Peau Beauté La Crème – Limited Edition
For a winter skin overhaul minus the professional treatments, this is your product. Clé de Peau Beauté’s cult favourite La Crème offers results that are nothing short of transformative (and it should be, given the price point). This rich moisturizer diminishes the look of fine lines and gives skin a firmer, more resilient appearance. Its Illuminating Complex EX with precious silk and pearl elements helps to retexturize skin while reducing the appearance of damage caused by environmental stress. Use it as the last step in your evening skincare routine and you’ll awaken to a radiant complexion in the morning. This iconic product is made even more special for the holidays with a a limited edition butterfly-adorned rose pastel jar.

$700, cledepeau-beaute.com

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Crambé Face Forward Rejuvenating Oil
If you haven’t heard of abyssinian oil, you’ll be obsessed after trying this Canadian product. Crambé Face Forward Rejuvenating Oil is 100% natural abyssinian oil, harvested from the seeds of Crambe Abyssinica plants grown on Prince Edward Island. With anti-inflammatory properties and omega-3 fatty acids to hydrate the skin, this oil smooths and rejuvenates, giving you the natural glow you’ll want on your wedding day. Pro tip: The oil should be applied right after cleansing, before other products such as toner or serum due to its light, fast-absorbing consistency, and we love that it’s not heavy or greasy!

$59, crambeskincare.com

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The Body Shop Holiday Collection Gift Sets
The Body Shop is home to iconic scents (satsuma, anyone?!) and some of the best, most practical holiday gift collection sets. These conveniently pre-packaged sets make perfect bridesmaid gifts, with skincare staples including gel soap and the brand’s best-selling body butter. Gift each of your girls a different scent that suits her personality.

$46, thebodyshop.com

The Bridal Beauty Products Our Editors Are Currently Loving For December - air optix contacts

AIR OPTIX® COLORS Contact Lenses
One of the ways to instantly change up your look is with coloured contacts. Some brides may opt to wear these more often than not, even choosing to wear them on their wedding day. We are currently in love with theAIR OPTIX® COLORS contact lenses by Alcon, which has a range of colours that will allow you to enhance your natural eye colour, while still drawing attention to your eyes on your special day. The lenses are comfortable enough to wear right through the reception speeches, and are available with or without a prescription.

airoptixcolors.ca

The Bridal Beauty Products Our Editors Are Currently Loving For December - dyson airwrap

Dyson Airwrap Hair Styler
Dyson’s done it again—they’ve released a new hair styling tool that everyone’s been talking about (you’ve probably seen it on Instagram by now). The Dyson Airwrap Hair Styler is the perfect hair tool to add to your wedding registry, and it’s truly a game changer in the way that it styles your locks. Using air to wrap hair around the tool, you can achieve a gorgeous hairstyle without damaging your mane from the heat. You’ll also no longer have to blow-dry your hair then style—the tool is designed to be used on damp hair. Drying and styling your hair simultaneously? That’s a win to us.

$649.99, dyson.ca

Quo Ombré Lashes
False lashes are a must for stunning wedding portraits and we’re currently crushing on Quo’s ombré version. These lashes are black at the base and lighten to a soft brown to accent your eyes in the most natural way. They’re easy to apply, can be reused for up to three weeks, and at $10 a pop you can afford to grab a few extra pairs for your bridesmaids too.

A$10, shoppersdrugmart.ca/beauty

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Arbonne Double Take Matte & Shine Lip Duo in Redwood
Love a deep, earthy red hue for your lips? Then you’ll be all over Arbonne’s Double Take Matte & Lip Shine Duo in the colour Redwood. On one end you’ll find a gorgeous matte liquid lipstick, which applies beautifully, doesn’t dry out the lips and is impressively long-wearing—something you’ll no doubt want for your wedding day. On the other end is a lip gloss in a complementary shade, which you can add for shine and shimmer.

$36, arbonne.ca

The Bridal Beauty Products Our Editors Are Currently Loving For December - turmeric brightening polish

Volition Turmeric Brightening Polish
Volition Beauty, an online beauty platform that crowdsources ideas for beauty products from consumers, vets the ideas, and allows the consumers to vote on which products should be made, has recently launched in Canada at Sephora, with three products available in-store and seven products available online. One product you should definitely pick up if you’re at a Sephora store this month is the Volition Turmeric Brightening Polish. Used on the face and body, the turmeric in the product brightens and smooths skin, giving it a glowing, healthy appearance.

$48, sephora.ca.

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Graydon Skincare Fullmoon Serum
Vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and collagen are just a few ingredients in Graydon Skincare’s newest product, which plumps and protects the skin against environmental pollutants. The light formula isn’t heavy and absorbs quickly, giving your face a hydrated, smooth appearance. We love Graydon Skincare for their plant-based philosophy, and this product doesn’t disappoint.

$87, graydonskincare.ca.

The Bridal Beauty Products Our Editors Are Currently Loving For November

Fashion & Beauty » Skin Care & Makeup

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We have now descended into perpetually cooler weather, and we’re not mad about it. With fall comes quite a few exciting new beauty launches that are especially great for brides. The best part? You can obviously use these new items well into the new year. If you’re doing some shopping for the holiday season—with a beauty purchase or two for your upcoming wedding—these are the products we highly recommend.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Liquid Concealer
Charlotte Tilbury’s makeup line includes several favourites of Weddingbells editors (we have a major crush on her Matte Revolution lipstick in “Pillow Talk”), and one of the latest launches from the brand is a new must-have. The Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away concealer is full coverage and removes the appearance of fine lines, blemishes and pores—which is exactly what you want for your wedding day. The formula is also water-resistant and the texture feels like a second skin, to ensure you look flawless in photos no matter how many tears you’ve shed!

$38, charlottetilbury.com

Tiffany & Co. Eau de Parfum Intense
Playing off of their original signature perfum, the Tiffany & Co. Eau de Parfum Intense contains some of the same notes, but includes additional amber and benzoin (which smell vanilla-like), amping this fragrance up a notch and feeling like a deep, rich hug (which sounds like a great idea, given the cooler temperatures!) Perfect for your wedding day, this scent wears like a dream and will have you feeling as luxe as any of this jeweller’s iconic pieces.

$165 for 75 mL, tiffany.ca

L’Occitane Delicate Cherry Blossom Treasures
The holiday season is the perfect time to stock up on limited edition holiday gift sets that you can use as presents for your bridal party at any time of year. This year we’ve got our eyes on L’Occitane’s gorgeous Delicate Cherry Blossom Treasures gift set, which includes bath and shower gel, Bonne Mére rose soap, shimmering lotion, hand cream, and eau de toilette enriched with cherry extract from Luberon, Provence all packaged up in a beautiful L’Occitane x Castelbajac Paris red gift box.

$64, ca.loccitane.com

Rodial Soft Focus Glow Drops
Healthy, glowing skin is a wedding day must, so Rodial’s new Soft Focus Glow Drops seem designed with brides in mind. This hybrid skin care and makeup product can be applied alone or mixed with foundation to brighten and illuminate your complexion giving you lit-from-within radiance for your walk down the aisle.

$55, beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca

Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip
Every bride knows that a great lippie is paramount for the big day. Most brides will opt for a shade that’s classic and timeless, while some will take a more unconventional route and wear something that packs a punch. No matter what shade you choose, the Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip line is beautifully bridal-worthy. While many liquid lip formulas can leave your lips feeling dry (which is exactly what you don’t want on your big day), this is a high-shine formula that ensures your pout stays perfectly lush.

$37, bobbibrowncosmetics.com

Omorovicza Skin Saviour Mask
Omorovicza, the luxe Budapest-based skincare brand known for containing mineral-rich healing waters from the city, has come out with a new line of Silver products to help fight blemishes. The anti-bacterial and healing properties of collodial silver are used with other ingredients such as vitamin B3, salicylic and glycolic acids to brighten and exfoliate the skin. The thick mask, when applied, is indeed silver and washes off to reveal a smooth, soft complexion. Use it in your routine pre-wedding to zap any imperfections.

$150, omorovicza.com

L’Oreal Colorista Hair Makeup
Pre-wedding festivities, especially your bachelorette party, are the perfect opportunity to do something a little out of the ordinary. For a fun night out with your girls, L’Oreal’s Colorista Hair Makeup is a great way to spice up your look. The formula washes right out of your hair with just one shampoo, making it easy to play with colour. Thanks to the new neon shades with a glow-in-the-dark effect that have been recently introduced to the line, your look will definitely stand out during any evening events.

$16.99, lorealparis.ca

Are You The Best In The Wedding Business?

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Have you heard? We are launching our very own awards program! The Weddingbells Canadian Wedding Awards 2019 will recognize the best in bridal products and services across 18 categories, from cakes to photographers, videographers, planners, florists, designers, venues, real weddings, styled shoots and more!

The awards will be judged by an expert Weddingbells panel in early January, and winners will be announced in all 18 categories—including the eastern, central and western Canada regional Real Weddings of the Year—online in February 2019 at Weddingbells.ca and showcased in the Fall & Winter 2019 issue of Weddingbells on newsstands in late June.

Vendors are invited to submit for consideration in Weddingbells Canadian Wedding Awards 2019 at weddingbells.ca/canadianweddingawards.

Submission deadline: December 14th, 2018.
Entry fee: $100 CAD per entry. Photos and testimonials are also required to enter.

CATEGORIES

  •      Cakes & Sweets
  •      Wedding Photographers
  •      Wedding Videographers
  •      Bridal Makeup
  •      Bridal Hair
  •      Wedding Planners
  •      Wedding Caterers
  •      Wedding Florists
  •      Wedding Stationery
  •      Canadian Bridal Designers
  •      Rustic Wedding Venue
  •      Hotel Wedding Venue
  •      Intimate Wedding Venue (under 100 people)
  •      Grand Wedding Venue (over 100 people)
  •      Styled Shoot
  •      Real Wedding of the Year: Central Canada
  •      Real Wedding of the Year: Western Canada
  •      Real Wedding of the Year: Eastern Canada

MARKETING EXPOSURE

Logo Usage: Winners of Weddingbells’ Canadian Wedding Awards will receive the Weddingbells’ winner’s seal and will be allowed to use the official seal on their in-store promotional material, websites and social media accounts for a one year period.

Print: The winners will be featured in the Fall/Winter 2019 issue of Weddingbells.

Web: The winners will be announced and featured online at weddingbells.ca in February 2019.

Social Media: The winners of Weddingbells’ Canadian Wedding Awards will be promoted on Weddingbells’ social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest) reaching our social media audience of 254,000.

Public Relations: A PR campaign will be built to promote Weddingbells’ 2019 Canadian Wedding Awards winners.

A Romantic Rustic Wedding In Tottenham, Ontario

Real Weddings

A Rustic, Whimsical Wedding in Tottenham - Bride and groom

Didi and Garrett filled their wedding day with whimsical, rustic details, and incorporated more traditional elements into their ceremony.

“We personalized the wedding by DIYing a lot of details and skipped a few traditions to make it more ‘us’ rather then what was expected,” Didi says. “The only religious tradition we stuck with was getting married in a church. Not only did it mean a lot to us, it meant a lot to our families as well.”

It was important for Didi and Garrett to let the beauty of their venues speak for themselves. “Our church is a charming historic building, on the modest size in terms of size, with beautiful stained glass windows. The only decor we brought into the church were two large flower arrangements for behind the priest,” Didi says. “The reception venue was a lovely golf course with exposed beams, and floor to ceiling windows overlooking a patio, serene pond with swans swimming about, and surrounded by greenery.”

Blush pink and creamy white flowers and décor, twinkling candles and gold chandeliers added romance to the exposed beams in their rustic reception space. “Our flowers were just gorgeous—I was so in love with my bouquet,” Didi shares. “We really put our trust in our vendor with the flowers as it was something we knew nothing about.”

For Didi, the best moment was the couple’s first dance. “Our ceremony and reception were both indoors, but for our first dance we went outside down the stone steps to a lower area by the water,” she recalls. “Our guests surrounded us with lit sparklers and created a circle of light around us. ”

Didi Ceci and Garrett Jones, September 23, 2017, Tottenham, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Emily Suzanne Harris Photography.

Vendors
Ceremony venue: St. Patrick’s Parish
Reception venue: 
Woodington Lake Golf Club
Bridal gown: Eddy K from Mona Richie
Bridesmaid gowns: Sherry’s Bridal
Groom’s tux:
Freeman’s Formalwear
Hair:
Yazi’s Salon
Makeup:
Plush Makeup Bar
Flowers:
 Flower Workshop
Cake: Kalli Kakes
Music:
Bob Hawkins

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Temperley Bridal Fall 2019 Wedding Dresses

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Fantasy and femininity were top of mind for Alice Temperley while designing her fall 2019 Temperley Bridal collection. With a palette of whites, ivories and pinks, these dreamy gowns are ideal for the boho-chic brides.

Translucent blush tulle is used to create sheerness on décolletages and sleeves, or layered to create soft, delicate hues. Skirts with soft silk godets create a feeling of movement and fluidity, while drama is achieved with volume and trains. Sleeker silhouettes are realised using satin backed crepe and chiffons, which effortlessly skim the body.

Botanical drawings and star constellations were sources of inspiration for the artfully placed embellishments crafted from crystal chains, glass beads and oval clasped stones, while hand-stitched scalloped embroideries reminiscent of Victorian lingerie contour the bodice, waist and hips.

Pnina Tornai Fall 2019 Wedding Dresses

Fashion & Beauty » Wedding Dresses

Dazzling bejewelled gowns are a Pnina Tornai signature and the designer’s newest offering was no exception. For fall 2019, Tornai showcased a selection of over-the-top glam gowns and pantsuits dripping with shimmering beadwork. The designer is also known for her sexy silhouettes and this season sultry details included plunging backs and necklines as well as illusion bodices with lace-up corsets to cinch the waist.

The collection’s undeniable pièce de résistance is a frothy ballgown with layer upon layer of tulle that is sure to make jaws drop.

The Bridal Beauty Products Our Editors Are Currently Loving For October

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With October upon us, we’re looking forward to cooler temperatures and cozy sweaters. Better yet, we’re embracing the upcoming fall weddings where we know we won’t have to stand outside in 30 degree-plus weather, sweating under the sun. With fall comes gorgeous colours, and weddings that play up the best of the season.

With the weather change, you’ll have to adapt your beauty routine to ensure your makeup not only stays all day, but protects against the elements. We’ve chosen some of our current favourite beauty products for the month of October that are easy to integrate into your existing beauty routine to ensure you’re ready for the cooler weather ahead.

BITE Beauty Sweet Treats: Party Prep Agave Lip Care Set
The perfect little present to include in wedding welcome bags or bridesmaid gift boxes, these party prep lip kits include a mini version of BITE’s best-selling Agave Lip Balm, a water-activated Agave Lip Scrub sample and a mini Champagne Agave Lip Mask for a frost of wedding-ready rose gold pearl colour, all packaged up in a cute little pill bottle. These sets are limited edition so be sure to snap them up now!

$15, bitebeauty.com.

KORRES Pure Greek Olive 3-in-1 Nourishing Oil
Combat the cool weather with this new all-purpose moisturizer from KORRES. Incorporate this velvety, luxurious oil into your day cream for enhanced moisturization, use it as a highlighter by applying a drop on the cheekbones, work it into the ends of your hair to eliminate split ends and frizz or use it all over your body after showering to lock in moisture.

$60, shoppersdrugmart.ca/beauty.

L’Oreal Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in “Fawn”
On your wedding day, and particularly in the cooler months, you’ll want a lipstick that’s moisturizing and comfortable to wear. For this reason, we’re currently loving L’Oreal Paris’s Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in the very wedding-appropriate nude hue “Fawn.” Infused with oil, this formula doesn’t feel waxy whatsoever on the lips, and the colour payoff and shine it provides ensures you have the perfect pout throughout all parts of your big day.

$12.99, lorealparis.ca.

Kérastase Resistance Bain Extentioniste and Fondant Extentioniste
This revolutionary line from Kérastase, formulated to encourage long locks, was basically made for brides. Designed to target the hair fibre from root to tip, this shampoo and conditioner combo works together to keep locks fortified while repairing split ends and breakage. Enriched with taurine, the shampoo protects the hair follicle while creating healthy scalp environment while the conditioner’s creatine R complex works to reinforce the internal structure of the hair. Use this line from the moment you get engaged for gorgeous long tresses on your wedding day with no extensions required!

$45 and $48, kerastase.ca.

Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence
For a refreshing dose of hydration to your skin, we love the Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence. Like many health and wellness enthusiasts, Fresh’s founder wanted to see if there were properties in kombucha, the fermented sweet black tea, that would show benefits to the skin after being applied directly. The result is this essence, which protects the skin against air pollutants and provides antioxidant protection.  Apply it after cleansing your face at night during your pre-wedding skincare routine.

$85, sephora.ca.


Jo Malone Honeysuckle & Davana Cologne
We can’t emphasize enough just how important a wedding-day fragrance is. One we’re currently loving is the Jo Malone Honeysuckle & Davana Cologne. This floral fragrance is given a cheerful twist with the addition of davana, and smells like how you’d want to smell if you’ve been in the English countryside. For celebrations where the flowers are lush and plentiful, this would make the ultimate scent, bringing you back to your celebration each time you smell it.

$184, jomalone.ca.

CND Wild Earth Collection
CND’s latest collection is inspired by nature, including its textures and landscapes. With earthy shades that are neutral and go with basically any shade of wedding dress, these hues are perfect for every style of bride. We especially love “Spear,” the ultimate nude-pink, and “Blue Moon,” that perfect something-blue colour for brides with a bit of an edge.

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