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Canada’s Loveliest Wedding Venues For 2018

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

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

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

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

The Best Bridal Beauty Products, According To Our Editors

Fashion & Beauty » Skin Care & Makeup

Photography by Carlo Mendoza

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

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

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Celestial Tablescapes

2018 Wedding Trends » Decor

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

Statement Jewellery

2018 Wedding Trends » Jewellery

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

Towering Column Cakes

2018 Wedding Trends » Desserts

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

Second Dresses

2018 Wedding Trends » Style

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

Over-The-Top Boutonnieres

2018 Wedding Trends » Flowers

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

Floral Hair

2018 Wedding Trends » Flowers

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

Liberty Print Stationery

2018 Wedding Trends » Decor

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

Dainty Rings

2018 Wedding Trends » Jewellery

Stacking rings have been around for ages but they’re only just starting to really take off in the bridal space. Both engagement rings and wedding bands are becoming increasingly dainty as more brides gravitate towards petite pieces that can be layered. There’s nothing more beautiful than a delicate gold band inlaid with tiny diamonds. Pick your favourite style to use as a wedding band on the big day then build on your stack with each anniversary. We also love the idea of incorporating a playful ring into mix like the Mrs rings featured here.

Doughnuts

2018 Wedding Trends » Desserts

This iconic Canadian coffee shop staple is experiencing renaissance of sorts. From oversized doughnut cakes and towers to entire walls covered in fried confections, in 2018 this humble treat is poised to eclipse the macaron as the ultimate wedding sweet table must-have. The popular pastries started making waves at weddings in 2017 as they famously accompanied one bride down the aisle then, a few months later, descended from the ceiling at Serena Williams’ celebrity-filled celebration. Even without a dramatic entrance, crullers and chocolate dips are sure to be a hit with guests of every age. We love the idea of combining a selection of minis to create the ultimate after dinner spread. Pair fancy gourmet doughnuts flecked with dollops of cream and gold leaf with simple glazed and sugared rings and the result will be a beautiful dessert display your guests will be clamouring to devour.

Monochromatic Makeup

2018 Wedding Trends » Style

This trend of wearing one gorgeous shade on eyes, lips and cheeks is very Hollywood with celebs like Selena Gomez and all the Kardashian-Jenner beauties firmly embracing it. Nudes and bronze hues have been popular for a few seasons now, but our favourite new go-to monochromatic shades play in the rosy tones. Keep eyes glowy and gorgeous with a wash of shadow across lids and dust a similar shade on the cheeks. Finish the look with a slick of mauve lip shine (instead of a matte formula) for a look that’s fresh and fabulous for 2018.

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