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The Top Wedding Dress Trends For Fall 2018

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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.

Bows
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
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

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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.

Debunking The Biggest Destination Wedding Myths

Travel » Destination Weddings

Debunking the Biggest Destination Wedding Myths

You might be dreaming of exchanging vows at the base of a stunning waterfall or with a cliff-top view of green, rolling hills, but you also might think of it as a pricey, extravagant option that’s harder to plan and won’t allow for much personal time with your guests.

In reality, a destination wedding can actually save money and allow you to have a romantic, intimate celebration with your closest friends and family. It’s ideal for couples who want to give their guests a unique experience that extends beyond a one-day event. “Destination weddings are a great option for couples looking for a more laid-back approach to their wedding,” shares Tara Soloway, founder of LUXE Destination Weddings. “Events tend to be smaller, more intimate and personalized for the couple that’s looking for an experience-based wedding, rather than a traditional one.”

No matter what destination you choose, you don’t have to make huge sacrifices to have the wedding of your dreams. That’s why we’re dispelling some of the biggest destination wedding myths, and shedding light on why getting married abroad may be right for you.

Destination Wedding Hotspots for 2017

Travel » Destination Weddings » Sponsored Content

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Photo courtesy of Visit Costa Rica.

If you’re planning to say your ‘I dos’ abroad, we know that picking the ideal location is a must. Your ceremony, accommodations and wedding details will depend largely on the location, which is why picking the right one is important. Your celebration should be set against a unique postcard-worthy backdrop that also has tons to explore after the wedding.

Tara Soloway, managing director of LUXE Destination Weddings is the authority on destination weddings and gave us the scoop on this year’s hottest destination wedding spots and why. From a low-key foodie city in Mexico to the sizzling food and amazing sounds of Jamaica, you’ll want these locations to be at the top of your list when considering the right setting for your dream wedding.

Bridal Beauty Products Our Editors Love

Fashion & Beauty » Skin Care & Makeup

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Each year our editors, Alison McGill, Jen O’Brien and Kimberly Aglipay, unbox and test out hundreds of bridal beauty products. From trendy drugstore colour cosmetics to ultra luxe skincare items, the Weddingbells team has tried nearly every hot new product to hit stores, but not all of them will get written about and even fewer will end up becoming staples in our editors’ own beauty regimens.

These 19 products are special; they are the go-to skincare, haircare, makeup and fragrance item that our editors just cannot live without.

Canada’s Loveliest Wedding Venues For 2017

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Now that you’re engaged (congrats!) you’ll need to start thinking about potential wedding venues. The space you decide on for your big event will dictate everything from the tone to the dress code so it’s no surprise that most couples tackle this particular wedding booking first.

This year, there’s no shortage of beautiful new wedding venues (and established favourites!), all of which have something completely unique to offer. Whether you’re hoping for a wedding theme that is traditional, romantic, industrial, or intimate, there’s definitely an ideal spot for your celebration within this year’s list. Check out our top picks for 2017, and you just might find your dream wedding venue.

Want to explore more jaw-dropping spaces? See last year’s list of beautiful wedding venues.

Meet Canada’s Premier Destination Wedding Planner: Tara Soloway

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LUXE-Destination_Weddings_Round_Hill_JamaicaPhoto courtesy of Round Hill Hotel & Villas, Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Thinking of planning a wedding away? Let us introduce you to Tara Soloway, expert extraordinaire on the subject of destination celebrations who offers much insight into planning a party in a dream location. Soloway is the co-founder of LUXE Destination Weddings, a Toronto-based, full-service boutique destination wedding and event planning company, who (with her business partner and husband Matt) has planned unforgettable celebrations for couples in amazing locations all over the world for the past 10 years.

Soloway says the beginnings of her destination wedding expertise happened when she and Matt were planning their own nuptials in Jamaica. The couple found a lack of info and services available to them on the subject and decided to fill the void by creating their own company designed to bring couples’ wedding dreams to life, no matter how intricate or grand and without couples having to be involved at every turn. We chatted with Soloway to find out what makes a destination wedding so special, how the process of putting together such an event unfolds and why it is the perfect wedding party!

LUXE_Destination_Weddings_Tara_SolowayTara Soloway, LUXE Destination Weddings. Photo by 5ive15ifteen.

Weddingbells: As a destination wedding planner, how does your process work with couples?
Tara Soloway: “Destination weddings, for me, are about the whole experience. From choosing the right destination and venue, to planning the group travel and ultimately all of the wedding details, a typical destination wedding isn’t just about the wedding day but rather everything from start to finish. I believe that each element goes hand in hand to ensure a smooth flow and accurate details. Not only are we planning your wedding, but also the travel for everyone coming. It’s a pretty comprehensive process, but also a lot of fun!

WB: Why do you love planning destination weddings and how did it come to be your specialty in event planning?
TS: “This is an entirely personal answer. When I was engaged, I couldn’t picture myself doing a traditional wedding at home. Rather, I was always enchanted by the idea of getting married on the beach with the sand between my toes, and with only my closest people. And my father instilled a love of travel in me early on, taking us on many family vacations when we were little. Fast forward many years, when it was time to get married, this is how it all came together. My love for destination weddings was born out of personal experience. It was the perfect fit. I see destination weddings as the ultimate trip—a vacation surrounded by your favourite people and your wedding all in one!”

WB: Can you share details one of your favourite destination weddings you have planned and what made it so special?
TS: “That would most definitely be my brother-in-law’s destination wedding in Mexico. Getting to experience all that we do with my family was nothing short of amazing. Their ceremony was filled with singing, spiritual readings and lots of love—and even an “unplanned” downpour followed by a beautiful rainbow. It was just so meaningful and thoughtful. To me, it’s all about the personal touches that your guests take away as memories.”

WB: Destination weddings have continued to rise in popularity with Canadian couples year after year, why do you think that is?
TS: “Couples are no longer looking for a traditional wedding that follows a set of rules, rather, they want to throw an amazing party in a beautiful location surrounded by their closest family and friends. Travel is as popular as ever and it’s a great way to take a trip with your friends while celebrating your wedding. And from a cost perspective, the numbers are generally smaller than a hometown wedding, significantly resulting in savings for the couple.”

WB: Complete this sentence: “A destination wedding is the perfect party because_______________”
TS: “…it’s a once in a lifetime travel experience! It’s the perfect chance to get married on a holiday with your nearest and dearest in a stunning location. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate your love for one another in an incredible setting.”

The Key To A Long-Lasting Marriage

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Getting to the altar is one thing, but the real work in a relationship comes into play after your wedding day. Most married couples will agree that a healthy long-term partnership takes effort – and part of that work is recognizing (and avoiding) the little things that can tear a relationship apart.

A new survey conducted by FASHION revealed that seemingly trivial annoyances and disagreements can cause a relationship to unravel. According to the survey, which attracted close to 400 participants, it isn’t sex, day-to-day responsibilities, or even money that couples are fighting over. In fact, 28 per cent of respondents said they were likely to blow up at their partner over little things like how to squeeze toothpaste or whether fruit should be washed (seriously!)

So how do you keep your partnership in check knowing that such insignificant things can bring about a major rift? First off, recognize that every couple bickers (33 per cent of couples argue once every month or two, according to the survey) and instead of using sex to end an argument (like 29 per cent of couples admitted they tend to do) use your disagreements to learn about and empathize with one another.

Also, hire a cleaning lady. 64 per cent of survey respondents said a housekeeper would do more to improve their relationship than a sex or relationship therapist.

Learn more secrets to a long-lasting relationship by reading more about this survey.

The Most Dazzling Diamond Engagement Rings

Fashion & Beauty » Jewellery

The Most Dazzling Diamond Engagement Rings

Nearly every woman on the verge of becoming engaged has a rough idea in her head about the type of engagement ring she’s after, whether that’s a jaw-dropping oval centre stone with a dainty band or a classic cushion cut stone with a pavé halo setting and band. Ultimately personal style preferences will dictate the type of ring that’s right for each particular girl, but there’s one thing that every woman will agree has to part of the equation: an eye-catching diamond.

Every girl wants a dazzling diamond engagement ring that she can proudly show off, so sparkle factor is paramount. Luckily, Forevermark has just released a new diamond collection with exactly this in mind.

With a focus on supreme symmetry and maximum light reflection, the stones used in Forevermark’s Black Label diamond collection are a cut above. The difference lies in where and how the cuts are placed on each diamond: Each is hand-crafted and measured down to the micron to produce a “Compass of Light™,” a symmetrical pattern of arrows within the stone’s geometry that makes its sparkle even more jaw-dropping.

Available in round, square, cushion, and oval, the Black Label Collection is the most exclusive collection of diamond cuts ever conceived. And with Forevermark’s strict standards for quality and responsibly sourcing, you’ll be proudly showing off your glittering gem even on your golden wedding anniversary.

Think the love of your life is getting ready to pop the question? Help him pick the most dazzing diamond engagement ring possible by exploring these new designs from Forevermark’s Black Label Collection and sending him your favourite!

View the Black Label Collection at Forevermark.com

What’s Your Ideal Wedding Venue?

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Finding the perfect location can be the most challenging part of wedding planning. Use this fun quiz to track down a celebration spot that reflects your style and suits your wedding vision.

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