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Custom Cocktails For All Your Wedding Parties

Planning » Reception Ideas

A key part of entertaining is a great drink menu. With a host of parties happening leading up to your wedding (never mind the big day itself!) serving a few amazing bespoke cocktails is essential. A sweet fruity base is always a great place to start when it comes to mixing up and we’ve teamed up with Ocean Spray to create three amazing drinks (including one non-alcoholic) using Ocean Spray® Cran-Pineapple™ Cocktail to be served at any one of your celebratory occasions from engagement party to bridal shower to wedding day.

Photography by Matt Gibson for Sprig Creative. Recipes and styling by Sprig Creative.

Cran-Pineapple™ Paloma
Serves 1
Prep: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Smoky mezcal combined with bittersweet grapefruit and Ocean Spray® Cran-Pineapple™ Cocktail makes for the perfect quick drink when you’re entertaining.

¼ cup grapefruit juice + extra for rim
Kosher salt
¼ cup mezcal
1/3 cup Ocean Spray® Cran-Pineapple™ Cocktail
Club soda

Tip rim of cocktail glass into grapefruit juice, dip into salt; set aside. Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add mezcal, Ocean Spray® Cran-Pineapple™ Cocktail and grapefruit juice; shake vigorously to blend. Strain into rimmed glass; top with ice and club soda.

Photography by Matt Gibson for Sprig Creative. Recipes and styling by Sprig Creative.

Tropical Storm Mocktail
Serves 1
Prep: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Two simple ingredients are all you need to whip up this flavourful mocktail. For a pretty finishing touch, thread a lime wedge, frozen cranberry and a slice of candied ginger on a stir stick.

½ cup ginger beer
½ cup Ocean Spray® Cran-Pineapple™ Cocktail

In tall glass, combine ginger beer and Ocean Spray® Cran-Pineapple™ Cocktail. Top with ice. Garnish with lime wedge, cranberries and candied ginger.

Photography by Matt Gibson for Sprig Creative. Recipes and styling by Sprig Creative.

White Sangria with Cranberries
Serves 10
Prep: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1h 15 minutes

Try this simple twist on classic sangria by using white wine instead of red. You’ll love the pretty—and delicious—combo of oranges, cranberries and limes. This is a great batch cocktail to serve at any wedding function, and on the day itself!

2 oranges, thinly sliced into half moons
2 cups frozen cranberries
2 limes, thinly sliced
2-1/2 cups Ocean Spray® Cran-Pineapple™ Cocktail
2 bottles (750 mL each) dry white wine
¼ cup packed fresh mint leaves

In large pitcher, combine oranges, cranberries and limes. Top with Ocean Spray® Cran-Pineapple™ Cocktail and white wine. Let stand in the fridge for 1 hour. Stir in mint leaves and ice.

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Gorgeous Engagement Rings For Every Type of Bride

Fashion & Beauty » Jewellery

We all know that a diamond is a promise—but it’s also so much more. It represents your lives, your connection and how brilliantly your love for one another shines.

Each diamond is unique, much like each relationship, and this is why each woman chooses a cut of diamond all her own. And why shouldn’t she? It’s a personal piece of jewellery that she will wear proudly, for the rest of her life.

Historically, however, when it came to creating perfect symmetry (which creates a dazzling diamond), you could really only do it with a round cut diamond, and not everyone wants a round cut. And absolutely no one wants to settle for a diamond that appears dull or glassy.

Realizing this, Forevermark has created a new generation of diamonds, cut with symmetry and unprecedented accuracy in order to shine and sparkle like no other. The Black Label Collection is the most exclusive collection of diamond cuts ever seen. The difference comes down to how and where the diamond facets are placed. Each facet in the pavilion, crown and girdle of the diamond must be meticulously hand-cut to precisely the right size and placed at exactly the right location and angle, to within a few microns, for exacting symmetry that results in maximum sparkle. This attention to detail in the faceting process reveals a “Compass of Light™”: a symmetrical arrow pattern that makes Forevermark Black Label diamonds shimmer like no other.

And because they realize that not everyone wants a round cut diamond, Forevermark offers its Black Label diamonds in square, cushion, oval and heart shapes—all with symmetry that achieves optimum facet alignment. For the first time ever, there are fancy shape diamonds that exhibit brilliance, fire and scintillation comparable to round brilliant cuts, establishing a new collection of diamonds with unmatched brilliance—just like your relationship.

Each Forevermark diamond also bears a promise – the brand’s trademark inscription guaranteeing that each one has met the company’s strict standards for exceptional beauty, rarity, and responsible-sourcing. Only diamonds like these are truly worthy of symbolizing the dazzling love, bond and relationship you share.

It’s a brand new generation of diamonds, made specifically for a brand new generation of brides and grooms. Because a diamond, just like love, should shine as brightly as possible.


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The Top Wedding Dress Trends For Fall 2018

Fashion & Beauty » Wedding Dresses

All illustrations by Stephanie Anne on iPad Pro. Follow her @stephanieanne0.

Bridal Fashion Week has just wrapped up in New York City and we were completely dazzled by the new collections that came down the runways.

2018 brides will be spoiled for choice with a wide range of modern silhouettes and chic adornments — like beading, bows and gorgeous texture — taking centre stage for Fall 2018.

To bring the hottest new looks to life, we enlisted the help of ultra-talented fashion illustrator Stephanie Anne, who set to work sketching out the top wedding dress trends for the year ahead on her iPad Pro using Apple Pencil and the app Procreate.

See each trend come alive by pressing play on the images below.

Bare Shoulders
Shoulders are still on full display this season with off-the-shoulder necklines that are ultra-femme. One of our favourite dresses of the shows was this Galia Lahav beauty for its elevated boho vibe.

Intricate Beading
Dazzling details are giving even the simplest dresses a megawatt effect. One of our favourite examples was seen on the Pronovias runway—a slinky column dress with delicate and dazzling beaded sleeves that stole the show.

Sophisticated Sheerness
The naked dress has become a little more demure this season and this gown by Berta is a perfect example of the trend. Accents like 3D flowers, beading and feathers create an illusion of coverage.

This trend kicked off last bridal season and continues to grow. Accent bows adorn everything from shoulder straps and sleeves to hemlines, backs, veils and waistlines like this beauty seen at Inbal Dror.

Capes continue to be the coverall of choice for designers and can be seen in every incarnation from sheer body veils to jewel-encrusted masterpieces like this magnificent cape layered over a sexy jumpsuit at Ines Di Santo.

Puffy Sleeves
The biggest bridal trend of the ’80s has returned with a vengeance this bridal season. Oversized sleeves and puffed shoulders were seen on virtually every designer runway. This amazing Marchesa gown keeps the trend chic and sexy.

Textured Skirting
Tiers, ruffles, rosettes and tulle hearts are just a few of the amazing skirt adornments we spotted on the runways. We love how these amazing textures give dresses extra swoosh—this Viktor & Rolf creation is an absolute dream.

Luxe Lace
This perennial bridal staple has gone completely over-the-top for Fall 2018 thanks to luxury finishes like this gorgeous gold seen at Reem Acra.

Fit and Flare
This universally-flattering dress shape was in full effect on several runways but nobody did it better than Lela Rose. Our favourite version of the trend was a peplum pantsuit with bow-festooned sleeves.

Pretty Princess Looks
Monique Lhuillier is the reigning queen of timeless bridal gowns that are both elegant and modern. This lace beauty exemplifies a modern princess vibe that’s clean, classic and uptown chic.

Want to see more of the gorgeous wedding dresses hitting bridal boutiques in 2018? Check out our gown gallery.

New Wedding Dessert Trends Every Bride Should Know About

Planning » Reception Ideas

There is rarely disappointment where wedding sweet tables are concerned. After all, outside of epic celebrations, it’s not often anyone gets the opportunity to raid a buffet of decadent bake shop treats. However, if you want to truly take your sweet table to the next level, going beyond cake, cupcakes and macarons is a good idea. For that reason, we got to work scouring Instagram for the coolest new wedding dessert trends in Canada. What we discovered will amaze you. From glittering booze-filled berries to iconic Austrian buns and ooey-gooey squares layered with everything under the sun, these are the new wedding dessert trends that should be on every couple’s radar.

Save Over $8,000 On Your Wedding With These Tips


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The price tag for the fairy-tale wedding you’ve dreamed of can quickly spike outside your carefully-planned budget. But, before you get too discouraged, it’s important to note that with an open mind (and a little extra effort) you can still pull off your dream day without breaking the bank. With a few simple substitutions you can literally save thousands of dollars on everything from your dress to your bouquet without sacrificing the style and the overall look of your wedding.

We know that you’ve been planning your big day for a long time, and there are certain elements that absolutely cannot be sacrificed. Rest assured that the following suggestions will not have you cancelling the champagne toast. Instead, you’ll discover some great affordable alternatives for the ideas you’ve already fallen in love with.

All The Bridal Beauty Products You Need For Your Wedding Day

Fashion & Beauty » Skin Care & Makeup

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Photos by Carlo Mendoza

With thousands of beauty products on the market, it may be difficult to decide which ones are instrumental in prepping your skin for the big day and and pulling off a gorgeous wedding-worthy makeup look. Luckily, we’ve done the legwork so you don’t have to. These products are the best of the best — the ones we think should become staples in your bridal beauty bag.

From masks that guarantee soft, glowing skin to long-lasting foundation and lustrous lip-colour, this A to Z guide of beauty essentials includes something for every bride.

Canada’s Prettiest Wedding Cakes For 2017

Planning » Wedding Cakes

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All year round we have the pleasure of seeing some of the most gorgeously crafted cake creations in the country. We know the hard work that goes into every wedding cake, so each year we shine a spotlight on the most beautiful edible works of art designed in Canada.

This year’s top wedding cakes feature everything from elevated Star Wars motifs to enchanted castle toppers; but when it comes to trends, gold details and marbled fondant reign supreme.

From dainty single-tier sweets to grand six-tier masterpieces, these intricate works of art truly showcase the creativity of our crop of Canadian cake designers from coast to coast.

Want to see more stunning desserts? Check out Canada’s Prettiest Cakes for 2016.

The Most Inspiring Wedding Photographers For 2017

Planning » Photo/Video


At this stage in the game, contrived wedding photos are a thing of the past. Photography accounts for a significant part of the overall wedding budget and, as such, most couples know to narrow their search for a shooter to those pros whose aesthetic is both unique and reflective of the celebration and the bride- and groom-to-be.

Throughout this year’s guide to the top wedding photographers in Canada you’ll find some of the finest examples of photojournalistic, fine art, dramatic and lifestyle wedding photography. The pros we’ve chosen to feature this year are experts at sourcing stunning locations, framing their subjects in beautiful and unique ways, and making the most of natural light.

Each photographer on our list has had at least one real wedding featured by Weddingbells over the course of the last year. And while all of the weddings we feature online and in print inspires us in some way, 2017’s top wedding photographers have created work that captures moments in time and transforms them into beautiful timeless art pieces.

Know any great Canadian wedding photographers that aren’t on our list but should be? Have them submit a real wedding to be instantly entered into the running for 2018.

Need more inspiration? Take a look through our list of some of the best Canadian wedding photographers of 2016.