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A Caribbean-Inspired Summer Wedding in Ottawa

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A Caribbean-Inspired Summer Wedding in Ottawa, Ontario - Bride and Groom

For Ann-Lori and Ryan, a Caribbean-inspired wedding was always in the cards. “Growing up, our house was surrounded by plants and flowers that my mother cared for religiously,” Ann-Lori explains. “So I wanted a wedding that reminded me of a tropical garden. One of my favourite flowers are the fuschia bougainvilleas, because they’re so vibrant. From the get-go, I knew that I wanted to incorporate the bright pinks and a lot of greenery into the design.”

Ryan’s favourite moment was watching Ann-Lori walk down the aisle. “Probably a full minute or more before Ann-Lori showed her face or even started walking down the aisle, my ave quivered and the tears started rolling,” Ryan recalls. “It was no surprise—I told her I would be a wreck as soon as she walked in.”

Ann-Lori’s vision for beautiful vibrant flowers and lush tropical florals was fulfilled with the help of The Design Co. “The blue chinoiserie plates were a nice detail for our reception as well,” the bride says. “My grandmother, mother and myself have a particular penchant for blue dishes—I was very happy that Stacey of The Design Co. was able to find those.”

The couple’s first dance was only rehearsed once—for 30 minutes, two days before the wedding. “Ryan likes to dance and we hardly get the chance to do so,” Ann-Lori shares. “When the time came to dance together during the reception, it was so organic and fun. We danced to two songs—the first a slow dance, and then some Haitian kompa. Yes, my husband did step on my dress a few times. I’m not sure anyone noticed, but to me it was hilarious!”

Ann-Lori Durandis and Ryan Marshall,, August 19, 2018, Ottawa, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Ali and Batoul Photography.

Venue: All Saints Event Space
Bridal gown: Hayley Paige
Wedding planner & flowers: The Design Co.
Groom’s tux and groomsmen’s attire: Tip Top Tailors
Bridesmaid gowns: White Runway
Cake & dessert table: Pretty Sweet Bakeshop
Stationery: Citrus Press
Hair: Eminence Coiffure
Makeup: Anthonia Makeup
Rentals: Joe’s Prop House and Prior Engagements
Plateware: Plate Occasions
Linens: Groovy Linen

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The Most Inspiring Same-Sex Weddings


It’s Pride Month here in Toronto, and we want celebrate the festivities by sharing some of our favourite same-sex weddings. These real weddings feature gorgeous colour palettes, lavish centrepieces, fun food ideas, and tons of other lovely little details that you’ll want to use for your own special day.

Bucket List Honeymoon Spots

Travel » Honeymoons


Your honeymoon should be your ultimate dream vacation. It may be the most luxurious holiday you will ever take and if there was a time in your life to live it up this is certainly it. We at Weddingbells have the good fortune of checking out some of the most incredible destinations in the world—all in the name of research of course—and have put together a primer on some of our favourite luxury properties. We’ve got something for every type of honeymooner, from a private Bahamian island resort to an incredible Relais & Chateaux in the Irish countryside. Time to start planning (and packing!)

9 Things That Guarantee The Best Wedding Day Ever


Photography courtesy of Alice Xue Weddings as seen in this real wedding.

At Weddingbells we see a lot of amazing weddings and collectively we have been to some incredible ones. It’s pretty safe to say we are more qualified to tell you what we think creates an outstanding party. You want the day to be personal, unique and fun, and that also means giving your party people the very best wedding guest experience. Take it from the us, the experts—these are nine things that guarantee yours is the ultimate party to remember.

“For me the best wedding experience is really a 360 degree plan—great music, food, activities and flow of events. I appreciate any form of entertainment to keep busy when not on the dance floor (everyone loves a photo booth—you can take it one step further by hiring a portrait photographer or illustrator). Signature cocktails, sweet tables and late night stations keep your foodie guests happy and are practically a requirement these days. And to ensure that the night goes smoothly, make sure flow of the evening is right—keep speeches short and sweet, and hire a DJ that will have your guests on the dance floor all night.”
—Kim Aglipay, associate editor

“In true editor fashion, I am all about impeccable event execution and curation. The best parties are ones that feel seamless, run smoothly and are perfectly cruise-directed. That means the wedding day events are well paced and perfectly planned making everything easy. Don’t neglect spending energy on planning your run-of-show for the day—it will ensure you and your guests have the best wedding.”
—Alison McGill, editor-in-chief

“My favourite part of any wedding is the party after dinner! A great DJ with a stellar playlist to get everyone up on the dance floor is essential to the best wedding memories. I always enjoy seeing which one of the guests is going to show their true colours by letting loose on the dance floor! Often it’s the person you least expected to dance who busts out the craziest moves and then everyone talks about that impromptu surprise element for years to come. “
—Carrie MacPherson, digital & social editor, Mariage Quebec

Photography courtesy of Shari + Mike as seen in this real wedding.

“The best wedding experiences feel intimate and personal. A fave element is a looping multimedia elements featuring images of the bride and groom from childhood up to present day. Many guests only know one of the partners well, and even then, may only know them from a specific era of their life. Mix it up with goofy, charming and heartfelt images and you’ll have a knock-out detail guests will talk about forever.”
—Kate Yorga, copy editor

“Weddings (and unfortunately, funerals) are the best occasions to catch up with old friends and meet new ones, so being seated with a fun group of people is one of the things that makes for a great wedding experience for me as a guest. And it’s a total bonus if there is delicious, interesting food to eat while mingling with good friends at the wedding reception. I attended a wedding reception last summer where, due to work, we arrived only in time for the dance and the “midnight buffet”. Even at that hour, a rotation of amazing finger foods like mini grilled cheese sandwiches and sliders continued to be served. We had a great time celebrating with the bride and groom and our friends on the dance floor and we left content, without having eaten at the reception dinner.”
—Lois Kim, designer

“The best weddings I’ve attended were fun and exciting with an air of good will and celebration. The most memorable splurged on a live band, which really set the mood and kept the party going. They also served good food and good wine (in moderation). Everyone loves to see the dress, the flowers, the gorgeous room or intimate setting chosen…and every element from the invites to the speeches play an important role in telling the story, but the best part by far is enjoying each other and taking the time to feel the love y’all – cause love‘s what it’s all about.”
—Liz Duerksen, account manager

Photography courtesy of Geoff Fitzgerald as seen in this real wedding.

The best part of weddings is the personal touches throughout the day and into the night. It is very difficult to have a wedding stand out and be different. It isn’t about being over the top but about making the day about the couple and for the details to be effortless yet personal.”
—Annie Gabrielian, director newsstand/consumer marketing

 “I am a real romantic and I love the power of words so the best part of a wedding to me is definitely the vows. I love it when the bride and groom find a way to make it really personal with a touch of humour making the guests going from laughing to crying. I love that moment of emotion before everyone kicks into high party gear!”
Emmanuelle Ghersi, managing editor, Mariage Quebec

“I love weddings and I love to dance, so for or me it’s all about the music. A good mix is key, new and old, fast and slow. I’m all in. Oh, and a little Macarena never hurt anyone!’
—Tara Williams, contributing stylist


Find Amazing Wedding Inspiration At The Toronto Bridal Brunch

Local Finds

Want a perfect spring Sunday brunch out with your bridal #squad filled with pretty wedding ideas? The Toronto Bridal Brunch is the city’s newest event happening on April 7th at the Globe and Mail Centre, and will be brimming with incredible wedding ideas from food to décor and fashion.

Amazing gourmet dishes will take centre stage, with two brunch sittings featuring a bespoke menu from the Marie BrunchCafé created by Presidential Gourmet. The Toronto Bridal Brunch will also feature a curated vendor marketplace where the latest in bridal style, beauty, floral, décor and food trends will be showcased.

Other event must-sees include the fashion show featuring gorgeous gowns by Valencienne and Sash & Bustle, and a seat at The Conversation Stage which will be hosted by Weddingbells Editor-in-Chief Alison McGill. A star lineup of wedding experts will be featured on-stage, ready to chat all things wedding planning and offering their insider tips and tricks to ensure your day (and all the work leading up to it!) runs smoothly and stress-free.

For more information about the Toronto Bridal Brunch and to buy tickets visit

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



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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These Are The Winners Of The Weddingbells 2019 Canadian Wedding Awards


We are thrilled to present the winners of the first annual Weddingbells Canadian Wedding Awards for 2019! Celebrating the best in bridal products and services, 18 winners have been selected from entries submitted from across Canada, in a variety of categories encompassing all wedding details, including bridal fashion design, flowers, cakes, photography, videography, venues and wedding planning. An expert panel, consisting of editors and editorial contributors from Weddingbells and sister publication Mariage Québec, judged our inaugural awards, a task that was definitely not an easy one!

“There is so much phenomenal talent in the Canadian wedding industry, we wanted to recognize and celebrate the best in the business with the first annual Weddingbells Canadian Wedding Awards,” says Alison McGill, Editor-in-Chief of Weddingbells & Editorial Director of Mariage Québec. “We were overwhelmed by the entries we received and by the quality of work, which was incredibly inspiring.”

The winners of the 2019 Canadian Weddingbells Wedding Awards are:

Bridal Hair: Uno Jo Bridal Hair

Bridal Makeup: Victoria Radford, Radford Studio

Canadian Bridal Designer: Bride by Catherine Langlois

Grand Wedding Venue: Hacienda Sarria

Hotel Wedding Venue (TIE): Langdon Hall Country House Hotel & Spa

Hotel Wedding Venue (TIE):  The Omni King Edward Hotel

Intimate Wedding Venue: Painted Rock Estate Winery

Rustic Wedding Venue: 100 Acre Wood

Styled Shoot: Kaas Floral Design

Wedding Cakes & Sweets: A.Elizabeth Cakes

Wedding Caterer: Eatertainment Special Events & Catering

Wedding Florist: Wild North Flowers

Wedding Photography: Blush Wedding Photography

Wedding Planner: Emma McCormick Creative Planning & Production

Wedding Stationery: Paper & Poste

Wedding Videographer: Kyla Habazin

Western Real Wedding of the Year: Kaela & Jeppe’s Galiano Island Wedding planned by Emma McCormick Creative Planning & Production

Central Real Wedding of the Year: Rosa & Alex’s Toronto Wedding planned by Lynzie Kent, Love by Lynzie

Check out these incredible winning entries by clicking through our gallery. Congratulations to all our winners and participants. All winning work will also be featured in the Fall & Winter 2019 issue of Weddingbells out in July.

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

Planning » Home & Registry

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

Planning » Sponsored Content » Travel

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


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

Local Finds

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.


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,

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.



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.


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,

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,

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.


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.


The Bridal Beauty Products Our Editors Are Currently Loving For December - crambe oil

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!


The Bridal Beauty Products Our Editors Are Currently Loving For December - holiday collection

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.


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.

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.


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.


The Bridal Beauty Products Our Editors Are Currently Loving For December - lip duo

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.


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.


The Bridal Beauty Products Our Editors Are Currently Loving For December - fullmoon serum

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.