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Your Dream Destination Wedding Is Closer Than You Think

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So you’ve made your first major decision as an engaged couple: you and your beloved want to pledge your love while indulging in a tropical paradise. Not only that, but you want your wedding to be a once-in-a-lifetime, wholly romantic experience with your nearest and dearest on hand. So you’ve opted for a destination wedding and you’ve set your sights on the beauty and serenity of a tropical beach affair. But, planning a wedding can be difficult, and planning a destination wedding sight unseen seems like it could be an even more daunting endeavor. However, it doesn’t have to be. With the proper assistance from your chosen destination, the planning process can actually be much more simple than planning a wedding at home.

Air Transat and Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts offer exceptionally romantic beachside settings and thoughtful wedding coordinators who make it their business to ensure your wedding is the happiest day of your life. Their 18 all-inclusive resorts in idyllic locales like Dominican Republic, Mexico and Jamaica redefine paradise by welcoming you and your betrothed to the lap of ultimate luxury. Upon your arrival you will enter a dream-like oasis of tropical beauty, with an enchantingly intimate setting, supreme personalized service and extravagance at every turn. Sometimes it’s the little things that mean the most: like a celebratory toast after your ceremony, a room upgrade, a special wedding gift, and, of course, late checkout. Plus, with professional on-site planners, all the little things are covered – leaving you to simply enjoy every moment of your big day.

Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts radiate a charm that verges on the ethereal—refined cuisine to please the most discerning palates; exquisitely decorated rooms with views of stunning landscapes; and unparalleled treatment that aims to satisfy your every desire and whim. Because to experience happiness, joy and romance on your wedding day—that is the greatest gift of all.

With a range of packages to choose from for your special day, Air Transat and Bahia Principe make planning a destination wedding in paradise not only extremely simple, they make it an absolute joy!

Sunshine Package
Soak up the sunshine of the tropics on your wedding day. Your personal wedding planners will cover all the basics before professional photographers capture your ceremony while you and your beloved enjoy VIP treatment throughout your stay. This package includes everything you need (with an extra-special touch) for the wedding of your dreams.

Unforgettable Package
Your wedding day is one of the most unforgettable days of your life. This wedding package strikes the perfect balance of classic elegance and tropical flair. Romance mingles with a high-end atmosphere, live music sets the scene for your ceremony, a toast ushers in your reception and dancing is encouraged the whole night through.

Romance Extravaganza Package
Opulent decor and personalized touches make your big day—and your entire stay—everything you dreamed it could be. From the moment you look in the mirror that one final time to the lavish celebration that follows, you and your guests will enjoy the most luxurious amenities.

Emerald Package
The very best for those with the biggest dreams. Like a rare gem, this top-of-the-line package sparkles with beauty and elegance: live music enhances your ceremony and reception, Moët & Chandon champagne stays chilled just for you, and a couple’s VIP spa experience promises complete relaxation throughout your stay.

Free Wedding Package
Of course, a FREE wedding would make an excellent gift, and Air Transat and Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts agrees! From December 23 2018 to April 30, 2019 and from May 1 to December 22, 2019 you have a chance to have the wedding of your dreams at specific resorts absolutely free (conditions apply).

Air Transat destination wedding advantages for groups

When you book your destination wedding with Air Transat, they will pamper you and your beloved—and yes, even your guests—with the dedication of a maid of honour or best man. Let them shower you with some amazing early wedding presents like:

  • Upgrade to Option Plus on Air Transat, giving you and your sweetheart priority check-in at a designated counter, an additional piece of checked baggage, priority boarding, special perks on board and priority baggage handling.
  • $500 in future travel vouchers so you can celebrate your one-year anniversary in the same spirit as your wedding and a $100 credit for pre-booked excursions during your honeymoon.
  • Leaving from Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal or Quebec City? Air Transat will start your destination wedding off perfectly by giving you and your darling VIP treatment at lounges at those Canadian airports.

Air Transat wants to ensure your wedding is a truly unique and magical experience that leaves you with unforgettable memories. The perfect soulmates in an idyllic setting with a breathtaking ceremony—all of these come together on this one day in this one place, and with Air Transat and Bahia Principe it will be spectacular. From “Will you marry me?” to “I do,” they want to fill every nook and cranny with intimacy and perfect moments.

Do you have your something borrowed, something blue and something old? Allow Air Transat and Bahia Principe be your something new.

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Proof That Fruit And Vegetables Are About To Take Over For Wedding Flowers

Planning » Reception Ideas

15 Fresh Ways To Include Fruits At Your Wedding

Produce may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you daydream about your ideal wedding decor, but there are plenty of good reasons to consider working fruit and veggies into your design plans. With a little creativity, grocery store goods can be used to adorn everything from tabletops to lapels!

Think about the theme and time of year you’ve chosen for your celebration then do a quick search for farmer’s market offerings during your wedding season — you just might find a whole new source of inspiration here!

We’ve gathered up a few of our favourite fresh produce-related wedding ideas. Scroll through these and you’ll quickly realize why an increasing number of couples are incorporating fruit and vegetables into their wedding decor.

The Eight Bridal Beauty Products Our Editors Are Currently Loving

Fashion & Beauty

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With a slew of summer engagements and heaps of September weddings, this month has become one of the busiest times of the year for brides. The change in temperature may also mean you need to switch up your beauty routine and choose products that will better complement that end-of-summer glow you’re hanging on to, or will help your skin acclimatize to cooler air. Regardless of your reasons, here are some of our favourite products that you need for your stash, from your pre-nuptial celebrations to jet-setting on your dream honeymoon.

Beautycounter Velvet Eyeshadow Palette In Classic
We love California-based Beautycounter’s mandate of creating cosmetics with safe, non-toxic ingredients and their strict policy of avoiding the use of 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals. The eyeshadows in their Velvet Eyeshadow Palette prove that those ingredients aren’t necessary to get buttery, rich shades that flatter all eyes and skin tones. This palette totally lives up to its velvety name—the colours are vibrant and blend like a dream, and are versatile for everything from smoky looks to adding just a hint of sparkle on the lids. We also love how compact this palette is—nine shades are held together in clean, minimalist packaging, small and thin enough to slip into your wedding-day clutch or pack in your honeymoon carry-on. Did we mention it also has a detachable mirror? Genius!


Céla Black Gold Supreme Coffee Scrub
Many brides adopt strict facial skincare regimens in the months before their big days but forget all about the rest of the body! Enter Céla, a new Canadian skincare brand devoted to upgrading the ritual of body care. Developed by Celine Tadrissi, owner of Toronto’s award-winning Hammam Spa, each product in the line is formulated with the most potent natural ingredients from across the nation, including blueberry, elderberry, evening primrose, juniper berry, rosemary and lavender extracts, which combine to reveal skin’s natural radiance while protecting it from the ravages of environmental factors. Work the brand’s Black Gold Supreme Coffee Scrub into your shower routine once or twice a week to slough away dead skin while combating cellulite.


Dermalogica Rapid Reveal Peel
Dermalogica’s Rapid Reveal Peel is the ultimate solution for glowing wedding day skin. We’ve always been quite smitten with chemical exfoliants for the face, and this is the highest-strength retail exfoliant offered by The International Dermal Institute, which means your skin will look instantly radiant and smoother upon application. Incorporate this into your pre-wedding evening skincare routine for a flawless wedding day complexion.


Reversa Urban Protection Hydrating Care SPF 30
Reversa is a Canadian pioneer of anti-aging skincare, and this is one product that’s currently in our best-face-forward arsenal. This anti-pollution face sunscreen-meets-tinted-moisturizer protects against air pollution and the environmental factors that can stress your skin. Our preferred use for this is during a beach honeymoon, when you want a product that will make your skin look gorgeous, provide just a hint of coverage, and give you some SPF protection against the sun’s rays.


T3 Whirl Trio
T3 is known for its innovation, and the Whirl Trio is our current favourite set of tools from this California-based company that brands itself as “part tech start-up, part beauty venture.” The company’s goal of keeping hair healthy while being styled is something we can get on board with, using technology for even heat distribution as well as tourmaline and ceramic barrels to quickly seal the hair’s cuticle. The interchangeable barrels make it so that you virtually never have to buy multiple curling irons again, with barrels of different widths creating all the types of curls you need for every bridal occasion.


TO112 Mask For Damaged Hair
Your wedding haircare program should start the second you get engaged — especially if you’re dreaming of sporting long, luxurious locks on the big day. To encourage the maintenance of healthy, beautiful hair, Canadian celebrity colourist Luis Pacheco (whose client list includes Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle) has developed a tamanu oil-based line of products that are equal parts luxurious and functional. Our personal favourite, the Mask for Damaged Hair, is designed to deeply nourish delicate tresses and smooth the outer cuticle to lock in moisture to create shine, strength and elasticity. The best part? All liquid TO112 products are stored in a singing room, vibrating at 528 hertz, which is the frequency of love! These products are literally infused with love — can you imagine a better line to use in the lead up to your wedding day?!


Valmont V-LINE LIFTING Cream
It’s never too early to start fighting the signs of aging, and the Swiss company Valmont has made finding solutions to preserve youthfulness its business. The company’s latest skincare innovation is AWF5, an exclusive complex of five active ingredients targeting five components of the skin to fight the most visible signs of aging. The complex is present in two new lines, the V-LINE LIFTING and V-SHAPE FILLING collections. We’re currently crushing on V-LINE LIFTING cream, in particular, which can be used morning and night to visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.


Vichy Densi-Solutions Thickening Shampoo
If you’re looking to enhance your locks to achieve your ideal bridal hairstyle but wearing extensions is not an option, Vichy’s Densi-Solutions thickening shampoo can definitely give a boost to your natural mane. The shampoo penetrates each strand with a silica-gel called filloxane, which helps make your hair fibres more resistant. It also includes other ingredients that stimulate your hair to grow new follicles.


The Most Inspiring Wedding Photographers For 2018

Planning » Photo/Video

The best wedding photographers possess a skill set that goes way beyond artistic talent. Location scouting, an eye for minute details and intimate moments, and great interpersonal skills also play heavily into the equation when it comes to capturing beautiful wedding photos.

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. Each photographer on our list has had at least one real wedding featured by Weddingbells or Mariage Quebec over the course of the last year. And while all of the weddings we feature online and in print inspires us in some way, 2018’s top photographers have created work that transcends typical wedding coverage.

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 2019.

Need more inspiration? Take a look through our list of some of the best Canadian wedding photographers of 2017.

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry

home & registry

home and registry - glassware

FROM LEFT: Ichendorf Poseidon tumbler in aquamarine, $15, Ichendorf highball glass in violet, $18, Baccarat Mille Nuits champagne flute in olive, $340, I.V.V. water glass in yellow, $109 for 6-piece set in assorted colours, Dibbern curved tumblers in green & Bordeaux, $36 each, Riedel Fatoo A Mano champagne wine glass in yellow, $110, Waterford Mixology Collection Ciron all-purpose glass in amethyst, $280 for 2-piece set,

When furnishing and decorating your home, you want pieces that are just as pretty to look at as they are functional. You also want items that you’ll use over and over again, whether they’re for entertaining, eating or personal grooming. We’ve sourced everything you can possibly think of — from cool kitchen tools to tabletop musts and haute lifestyle pieces. Here’s our essential guide to what you need on your wedding registry.

All the Colours
Light up your table settings with multicoloured glassware for a fashionable retro vibe.

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry - Bar Items

FROM LEFT: Ralph Lauren Wyatt cocktail shaker, $160, Mr. Slim gold Japanese jigger, $55, Waterford Olann square decanter, $405, Alessi Sottsass ice bucket & tongs, $230 & $65,

Beautiful Barware
All the tools you need to create killer cocktails (and mocktails!).

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry - Sofa

EQ3 Eve classic sofa, $1,900,

Comfort Zone
Comfort and style come together in this dreamy pink statement couch.

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry - place setting

Lenox Radiance in Fall, $197 for 4-piece place setting,

Dining In
Great dinnerware is always a must and we love the earthy yet bold vibe of this simple pattern.

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry - bar cart

Earth Wind Fire bar cart, $436,

Entertain in Style
Shake up your cocktail hour with libations from this retro trolley.

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry - pillows

FROM LEFT: Lake Agawam Palm pillow, $53 and Dabito Confetti pillow, $52, both

Fab Florals
Bring your space to life with these botanical beauties.

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry - saucepans

Le Creuset stainless steel 10-piece cookware set (only saucepans shown), $1,260,

Get Cooking
This cookware is the latest and greatest from this iconic brand. Trust us when we say you need every piece in the lineup!


Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry - dyson hairdryer

Dyson Supersonic hairdryer, $500,

Haute Hairdryer
This is the Mercedes of hair tools—if you are a beauty junkie and want a dryer that delivers high speed and maximum styling ease, you need this!

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry - flatware

Vera Wang for Wedgwood polished gold flatware, $155 for 5-piece set and Christofle BY silverplate flatware, $1,097 for 5-piece set; both

Instagrammable Flatware
The right cutlery makes for the ultimate dining event. These patterns are slick, sleek and made to be seen.

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry - espresso machine

De’longhi Dedica deluxe espresso machine, $380,

Java Junkie
We all know coffee makes the world go round. Plus, this little gem looks fabulous in any space no matter your style.

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry - Dutch oven

Martha Stewart 5.7-litre cast iron Dutch oven with trivet, $230,

Kitchen Confidential
This practical pot will become your go-to for soups, stews and just having on your stovetop— it’s so pretty!

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry - lounge chair

CB2 Gala gold lounge chair, $800,

Lounge Lizard
Relax in style with this OTT luxe lounger.

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry - Prep Set

Joseph Nest 9 Plus prep set, $75,

Measure Up
All your baking tools in one rainbow-coloured mix. How perfect is that?

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry - duvet set

Marimekko Unikko duvet set (only pillow case shown), $150,

Night Moves
Your master bedroom’s style will go up a notch with this designer bedding that’s as comfy as it is chic.

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry - vitamix

Vitamix E310 Explorian blender, $450,

On the Go
This wonder appliance that does smoothies, soups and even ice cream is a registry must-have.

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry - cake stand

Michael Aram Molton granite cake stand, $295,

Pedestal Power
Presentation is key, especially when it comes to dessert, and this sleek stand takes the cake.

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry - cable knit throw

FROM TOP: lhassa throw in amber, $116, glucksteinhome cable knit throw, $100,

Quiet Night
Make your Netflix-and-chill nights extra cozy with these snuggly blankets made for sharing.

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry - knives

FROM TOP: Ceccaldi Horn kitchen knife, $235, Zwilling J.A. Henckels Five-star 8-inch carving knife, $120,

Razor Sharp
Great cooking starts with the right tools and these knives are absolute culinary essentials.


Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry - champagne coupes

FROM LEFT: William Yeoward Corinne Champagne coupe, $86; william Yeoward Pearl Champagne coupe, $490; both

Serve your champers in style with these deco-inspired coupes.

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry - teacups

FROM TOP: Wedgwood Tea Garden Lemon & Ginger 3-piece set (accent plate not shown), $109, Hermès Carnets d’Equateur cup & saucer, $805, Wedgwood Wonderlust Rococo Flowers teacup & saucer, $72,

Tea Time
The perfect cuppa isn’t just about a great tea blend, it’s also about how you serve it. Make your brew extra special with one of these stunning cup-and-saucer duos.

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry - sandwich press

Breville The Perfect Press grill, $130,

Ultimate Sammie
The perfect sandwich works for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and this machine grills them to perfection.

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry - kitchenaid mixer

KitchenAid Artisan Mini 3.5-quart tilt-head stand mixer in Hot Sauce, $450,

Vivid Hues
Add a pop of colour to your kitchen with this luxury mixer in a sizzling shade.

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry - duffle bag

Hermès Airsilk duffle 44 bag, $2,000,

A dream honeymoon deserves the chicest of carryalls, don’t you think?

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry - custom stationery

FROM TOP: Dazzle customized stationery set, $1,971, MengsiShop custom wedding portrait, $98, Owl Paper Goods custom rubber stamp, $100,

X Marks The Spot
Say thank you to your guests and make a lasting impression with bespoke stationery.

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry -

Richard Ginori Babele covered urn in blue, $820,

YOLO Splurge
Every home needs a cookie jar so, why not make it a super luxe one?

Every Single Item You Should Have On Your Wedding Registry - juicer

Salton Orange citrus juicer, $30,

Zesty Juicer
Your fresh squeeze will put a smile on your face with this kitschy kitchen must.

Introducing Our Fall & Winter 2018 Cover!


Photography by Alvaro Goveia. Makeup and hair by Sheri Stroh, Oribe/Bite Beauty/Plutino Group. Styling by Tara Williams. Model Tanya from B&M Models. Shot on location at Bellagio Las Vegas.

For our Fall & Winter 2018 cover, we wanted to capture a pretty, romantic vibe that was fresh, glam, easy and breezy. We found our moment while on location at the Bellagio Las Vegas (we also shot the most incredible fashion feature in Las Vegas which you can also see in the new issue).

The Bellagio’s incredible Japanese-inspired Conservatory & Botanical Gardens was backdrop for our cover star Tanya. The dress is Truly Zac Posen for David’s Bridal and it delivers drama and decadence with a vintage-feeling lace bodice paired with a voluminous horsehair tiered skirt—pure red carpet perfection! We finished the look with diamond earrings and incredible ring bling by David Yurman, which give this princess look a modern twist thanks to these dazzling modern designs.

The Fall & Winter 2018 issue of Weddingbells hits newsstands on June 28th!

Meghan Markle Inspired Wedding Dresses You Can Snag Right Now

Fashion & Beauty » Wedding Dresses

Meghan Markle Inspired Wedding Dresses You Can Snag Right Now

Time stood still when Meghan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex, walked down the aisle of St. George’s Chapel in a breathtaking custom Claire Waight Keller for Givenchy dress.

In a March 2016 interview with Glamour, Markle described her dream wedding dress, stating, “Classic and simple is the name of the game, perhaps with a modern twist. I personally prefer wedding dresses that are whimsical or subtly romantic.” Her Givenchy dress featured three-quarter length sleeves, clean structural lines, and a bateau neckline, creating a look that was both minimalist and regal.

Minimalism in bridal fashion was already a rising trend, and just like Kate Middleton’s gown had tremendous influence on the bridal industry creations, it’s safe to say that Meghan’s dress will bring back a resurgence of simplistic silhouettes.

Here are our favourite minimal wedding dresses to channel your inner Meghan Markle on your special day.

McDonald’s As Your Late Night Wedding Caterer? We’re Lovin’ It!

Real Weddings

Here at Weddingbells, we love a good dance party. At a reception, long after the speeches are given and the food is served, more memorable moments are made as you dance with friends and family to amazing music. But with all that dancing, your guests are going to need to recharge at the end of the night. Where should you turn for the proper fuel?

Did you know most McDonald’s Canada restaurants can cater late night food for weddings? In fact, the vast majority (90%) of McDonald’s Canada franchisees consider themselves part-time wedding caterers, so instead of crashing a nearby restaurant at the end of the night, bring the food straight to your guests for a delicious late night treat. Brides and grooms can contact their local restaurant* and order ahead for classic favourites like cheeseburgers, hamburgers, McDoubles and Chicken McNuggets. Guests can enjoy an energy boost from the food and then head back onto the dance floor.

“We love being a part of big life moments and celebrations with our guests,” says Andre Hu-A-Kam, a local Toronto McDonald’s Canada franchisee, who caters late night food to over 10 weddings a year. “The best part of delivering McDonald’s to brides and grooms is seeing the smiles light up on their guests faces when they see the food arrive.”

Weddingbells recently teamed up with McDonald’s to bring the late-night service to a Toronto couple’s wedding. Jess Gold and her groom, Matt, held their wedding in the Crystal Ballroom at the Omni King Edward on April 29th. For them, having the McDonald’s late-night food was the cherry on top of a fantastic day.

“McDonald’s was the perfect nostalgic touch,” Jess shares. “There is nothing better than dancing to “Proud Mary” with your friends with a McDonald’s burger in hand!”

The couple’s friends and family immediately made a beeline for the table, making their way from the packed dance-floor to the table laden with burgers and McNuggets.

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Canada’s Loveliest Wedding Venues For 2018


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!