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100 Unique Wedding Ideas Inspired By Valentine’s Day

Planning

This year, especially for February 14, we’ve decided to indulge in our single biggest Valentine’s Day feature to date — 100 unique wedding ideas inspired by this love-filled day. We’re pigging out on unique wedding ideas and gorging on delectable details, which can be incorporated into a wedding at anytime of the year.

Whatever your style, we’re sure these 100 unique wedding ideas inspired by Valentine’s Day will set your heart aflutter.

Everything We Know About Jessica Mulroney’s New Wedding Show “I Do, Redo”

Planning

All photos via CTV.

If you are looking for amazing wedding inspo mark your calendars for March 22nd—that’s when Jessica Mulroney’s brand new wedding show I Do, Redo premieres in Canada on CTV (it will also be available on Netflix). In the 10-episode show Jessica gives couples who didn’t quite have the day of their dreams a second chance to have their fairytale. We guarantee you will have tears from these incredible real life love stories and will also walk away full of inspiring ideas for your own wedding day.

I Do, Redo isn’t just about weddings, it’s about love and pain, tragedy and joy, and the belief that every couple deserves a wedding that brings them happiness,” Mulroney says. “I feel so blessed to have met these very special couples who’ve allowed me to share their stories and give them the wedding of their dreams.”

Mulroney’s co-planner in wedding fabulousness is renowned event and floral designer Caspar Haydar. The dynamic duo travelled all over Canada, the US and the Caribbean to film the show. We can’t wait to see these real weddings and the magic Mulroney and Haydar will bring to them!

 

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

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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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The Best Wedding Accessory Inspiration For Every Bride

Fashion & Beauty

PEARLS
Ear cuff & white pearl ring, Archives. Earrings, Mark Lash. Large pearl necklace, Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection. Pearl strand necklace, Erin Tracy. Black pearl ring, Ecksand. Two-pearl ring, David Yurman. Bodysuit, Whyte Couture. Barrette, stylist’s own.

Will your wedding jewellery be traditional or modern, subtle or statement? From diamonds and pearls to coloured gems and mixed metals, we played dress-up with some very major pretty shiny things to give you accessorizing inspo.

Photography by Genevieve Charbonneau. Styling by Tara Williams. Editor & creative production by Alison McGill. Makeup & hair by Alexandre Deslauriers using Bioderma, Charlotte Tilbury and R+Co. Nails by Tamara Di Lullo, CND/Candy Nail Bar. Model Dina, Dulcedo.

MIXED METALS
Chain necklaces & diamond necklace, Mark Lash. Gold & diamond necklace, Tiffany & Co. Earrings, The Loved One.

GOLD
Earrings & ring, Mondselle Jewellery. Necklace, Mark Lash. Halter top, The Cat’s Meow.

COLOUR
Earrings, Rita Tesolin. Brooch, Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection. Rings, Pharaoun Cocktail Rings . Overalls, Lesley Hampton. Blouse, Zara.

VINTAGE
All jewellery, Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection. Blouse, Zara.

DIAMONDS
Earrings & bracelets, Mark Lash. Diamond ring, Erin Tracy. Gold ring, Ecksand. Dress & capelet, Valencienne.

Glamorous Bridal Beauty Looks Inspired By The Iconic ’80s

Fashion & Beauty

A retro style revival is happening! We’ve taken some of the biggest, boldest beauty statements of an over-the-top decade and given them a fresh 2020 twist. From blue eyeliner to the classic curly updo, we’ve revamped only the most iconic 80’s looks in transform any traditional bride into a fashionable vintage dream.

Photography by Carlyle Routh. Styling by Joan Balda. Editor & creative production by Alison McGill. Makeup & hair by Ashley Readings for Nude Stix/ Kerastase/Plutino Group. Makeup & hair assistant, Franceline Kingpu/Plutino Group. Model, Annapurna, Sutherland Models.

Something Blue 
Princess Diana wore blue eyeliner for her royal wedding in 1981 and we love the look for 2020- it gives eyes a jolt of colour and sparkling brightness.

Dress by Valencienne. Turban by Jennifer Behr from White Toronto. Earrings & Bracelet by Swarovski.

Glossy Girl 
Matte lips have had their day and the seriously glossed-up pout is back, with a slick patent-like finish. And in true ’80s spirit, it has to be pink.

Blushing Bride 
Make cheeks the standout of your bridal look with a more-is-more approach to a rosy glow. Skip bronzer and highlighter, and instead opt for a statement blush!

Curl Power 
The curly updo was a staple style for ’80s brides. In 2020, soft texture and loose pinning make this extra look suddenly fresh again.

Plan A Romantic Island Escape To Montego Bay

Travel

Sandals Montego Bay is one of Jamaica’s most romantic getaways.

A classic honeymoon spot loved for its laid-back vibes, pristine white sand beaches and sparkling waters, Jamaica is the perfect spot to jet to as the ultimate post-wedding chill zone. Montego Bay, located on the north coast, is one of the island’s most beautiful areas and is home to one of the country’s most romantic hot spots: Sandals Montego Bay. Opened in 1981, the property was the very first Sandals location and is just a five minute drive from the airport and is built on the island’s largest private beach. The resort has undergone a massive renovation and has never looked better or more luxe.

Inside Sandals Montego Bay’s newly renovated rooms and suites.

Since renovating, the resort now offers several categories of rooms, all of which boast airy décor and are stacked with Sandals signature all-in amenities. For the ultimate stay, book one of the new Love Nest Butler Suites that boasts sweeping oceanfront views and direct beach access. You will want for nothing in your nest which comes complete with a sea-view soak tub for two, a beachfront patio and 24-hour room service and Sandals’ signature Butler Elite service.

Butch’s Steak & Seafood is a must-try at Sandals Montego Bay.

This resort is not just for lovers, but for foodies too! There are 12 incredible dining options on property (must-trys include Butch’s Steak & Seafood, Soy sushi bar restaurant, and Jerk Shack which is devoted to authentic flavours of the island). There are also six bars on resort—including the new Latitudes Over Water Bar—and another new addition on the Sandals libations menu, Robert Mondavi’s Twin Oaks wines. Six varietals are served in all restaurants and bars.

The overwater chapel is a picture-perfect spot to say your “I dos.”

Sandals is of course not just for honeymoons, but a place for an incredible destination wedding too. Offering a complete menu of wedding packages, there are 20 wedding styles to choose from and everything can be customized and curated to suit your wedding style. The overwater chapel is truly a dream space to say your “I dos” offering a breathtaking view of the ocean.

The Ultimate Looks For An Effortlessly Chic Bridal Vibe

Fashion & Beauty

Dress by Christopher Paunil. Necklace by Mark Lash. Earrings by Erin Tracy.

This season’s best bridal styles embody a simple elegance. It’s all about beautiful silhouettes, luxe fabrics and detailing, minimal accessories and effortless, barely-there makeup and hair styling. You’ll look like the ultimate, sophisticated bride with any of these amazing looks.

Photography by Riley Stewart. Styling by Tara Williams. Editor & creative production by Alison McGill. Floral wall by Prairies and Petals. Hair & makeup by Cia Mandarello for P1M.ca using OGX. Hair & makeup assistant, Sierra Elliott for P1M.ca. Model, Jasmine, Sutherland Models.

Dress by Julie Vino. Ring on right hand by Mark Lash. Opal ring by Erin Tracy.

Pantsuit by Lela Rose from White Toronto. Shoes from Zara.

Dress by Cushnie from White Toronto. Earrings by Mark Lash.

Dress by Beautiful by Enzoani. Ribbon in hair from Mokuba. Earrings by Erin Tracy.

Dress by Martina Liana by Essense of Australia. Corset by Whyte Couture. Earrings & ring by Jenny Bird.

Jumpsuit by Narces. Earrings by Whyte Couture. Rings by Mark Lash. Shoes by Guess.

Dress by Sunflower Bridal. Earrings by Jenny Bird.

 

Weddingbells Announces the Second Annual Canadian Wedding Awards

Fashion & Beauty » Planning

For the second year, Weddingbells Magazine is recognizing Canadian wedding professionals with the annual Weddingbells Canadian Wedding Awards. The second annual wedding awards will recognize the best in the Canadian wedding industry across 18 categories, including wedding venues, photography, videography, bridal design, floral design, wedding planning and more.

The Weddingbells Wedding Awards 2020 will be judged by an expert Weddingbells panel in early 2020, with the winners of all 19 categories announced in March on weddingbells.ca and featured in the Fall & Winter 2020 issue of Weddingbells magazine. Winners will be awarded the distinction of best in their category, and honoured with the Weddingbells Canadian Wedding Awards 2020 seal, to be used in their marketing communications as an endorsement of their excellence.

Weddingbells invites all Canadian wedding vendors and bridal-focused brands to enter the 2020 Wedding Awards at weddingbells.ca/weddingawards2020.

Early-bird submission: $75 per entry (November 4 to November 11, 2019)
General submission: $100 per entry (November 12 to December 16, 2019)
Late submission: $125 per entry (December 17 to December 20, 2019)

These 18 categories will recognize the best in Canadian bridal:

  • Bridal Hair
  • Bridal Makeup
  • Canadian Bridal Accessory Designer
  • Canadian Bridal Designer
  • Grand Wedding Venue (over 100 guests)
  • Hotel Wedding Venue
  • Intimate Wedding Venue (under 100 guests)
  • Rustic Wedding Venue
  • Style Shoot
  • Wedding Cakes & Sweets
  • Wedding Caterer
  • Wedding Entertainment
  • Wedding Florist
  • Wedding Photographer
  • Wedding Planner
  • Wedding Stationery
  • Wedding Videographer
  • Canadian Real Wedding of the Year (must be a 2019 wedding)

MARKETING EXPOSURE

Logo Usage: Winners of Weddingbells’s 2nd Annual Canadian Wedding Awards will receive the Weddingbells winner’s seal and will be allowed to use the official seal on their promotional material, websites and social media accounts for a one year period.

Web: The winning submissions will be announced and featured online at weddingbells.ca in March 2020.

Francesca Miranda Fall 2020 Wedding Dresses

Fashion & Beauty » Wedding Dresses

Latin-American designer Francesca Miranda drew inspiration from her background for this collection. Each gown captivates a sense of style and creativity, with the designer taking intricate fabrics to create unexpected silhouettes. All of the designs, which are hand-made by numerous Colombian artisans, are a harmonious combination of romantic and chic. Standout pieces include gowns in vibrant colours, as well as beautifully embellished lace frocks and an incredible high-necked jumpsuit.

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Romona Keveza Fall 2020 Wedding Dresses

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Romona Keveža Fall 2020 Wedding Dresses

Romona Keveza’s fall 2020 designs embody the designer’s signature sophisticated and elegant style, but with modern twists that play on the runway’s hottest trends. Keveža ensured that each gown embodied one of four styles of wedding dresses: the aristocrat, the minimalist, the fashionista and the prinicipessa. Keeping this in mind, the collection overall features sleek and slim silk crepe gowns adorned with gorgeous floral appliqué. Standout looks include dresses with unique necklines, clean lines and subtle embellishments. This collection is perfect for the bride that wants a statement-making gown that’s equal parts modern and timeless.

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The Four Best Resorts to Top Your Destination Wedding List

Travel

There are many reasons to choose a destination wedding: the glamorous resort, the romantic setting, the high level of all-inclusive luxury, the on-site wedding planner, and all of it culminating in an intimate week-long celebration with your loved ones.

Luxury resorts understand the importance of your destination wedding, and together with Transat, these properties offer some amazing perks for you and your significant other, including:

  • Flight upgrade
  • Complimentary VIP. access to select Canadian airport lounges
  • Wedding gown as free additional carry-on
  • Credit on a pre-booked excursion
  • Voucher for future travel to celebrate your one-year anniversary

Plus, you and your fiancé can receive special rates to visit the resort before the big day and ensure your vision a reality.

Three alluring destinations for nuptials are Mexico’s Nuevo Vallarta and Cancun, and the Dominican Republic’s Punta Cana. Check out the following elite destination wedding spots that go above and beyond.

MEXICO

Nuevo Vallarta

For a stunning setting, look no further than Reflect Krystal Grand Nuevo Vallarta, which sits on a magnificent five-kilometre golden-sand Pacific Ocean beach with the Sierra de Vallejo mountains in the background. This breathtaking location is the perfect backdrop for every magical moment during your destination wedding.

The property boasts elegantly modern decor, from the chic rooms to the grand infinity pool that fades off into the turquoise ocean and horizon. Onsite recreation ranges from a fitness centre and bicycles to every water activity imaginable, with other amusements, such as horseback riding and golf, nearby. Guests can explore the area on outings, including eco-tours, extreme adventures and cultural excursions, like exploring the charming colonial town of Puerto Vallarta.

Wine and dine guests at the resort’s gourmet restaurants, organize an evening sipping cocktails on the rooftop Sky Lounge or pre-arrange for a special cocktail to be created to toast the two of you!

Cancun

Paradise awaits at the Reflect Cancun Resort & Spa where expansive white sand beaches provide an exquisite Caribbean Sea playground for your ultimate destination wedding. Close to the shopping and nightlife of Cancun, the resort has a sensational locale, especially at night with the glittering city lights as your backdrop.

The property also has four swimming pools (including one for kids and an adult-only infinity pool) plus loads of land activities, including bicycles, a fitness centre, ping pong and a games room—your guests will never run out of fun.

Paradise awaits at the Reflect Cancun Resort and Spa, where expansive white-sand beaches provide an exquisite Caribbean Sea playground for your ultimate destination wedding. Close to the shopping and nightlife of Cancun, the resort has a sensational locale, especially at night with the glittering city lights as your backdrop.

The property also has four swimming pools (including one for kids and an adult-only infinity pool) plus loads of land activities, including bicycles, a fitness centre, ping pong and a games room—your guests will never run out of fun.

The luxe, authentic decor creates a serene atmosphere throughout the resort, from rooms and suites to the myriad of dining options. The entertainment team also hosts special classes, including mixology and wine or tequila tastings. Arrange one of these as a unique, intimate time for you, your fiancé and your wedding guests— one of many memorable events to form part of your fabulous destination wedding.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Punta Cana

The Now Larimar Punta Cana resort is the perfect escape for a luxurious destination wedding for you, your family and your friends, with multiple settings to host your big day, including a botanical garden with lush, tropical vegetation. In addition to your private celebrations, you can entertain in the international gourmet restaurants and 13 bars and lounges featuring top-shelf liquors. And 24-hour room service means that you can keep the festivities going long after retiring to your suite.

Guests can unwind on the spectacular white-sand Bávaro Beach, party poolside, try their luck at the resort casino or indulge at the spa. The property offers family-friendly activities, including tennis, basketball and a fully equipped bowling alley. And your party can explore the region on exciting excursions to nearby islands, jungle safaris or local villages.

Punta Cana

If your crew is adults-only, the award-winning Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana is a utopian Caribbean oasis to host your wedding abroad. Luxuriate in the quiet of the palm-studded, white-sand private beach, featuring strictly non-motorized water sports. Other grown-up playtime options include revelling in the free-form pool that stretches throughout the property.

Culinary delicacies await in the swanky restaurants, including the Wine Cellar—perfect for a sumptuous, intimate gathering. Access is included to two nearby sister resorts, featuring 12 additional restaurants, 14 bars and other facilities, such as a casino and golf courses.

All rooms are suites with gorgeous accommodations. Pampering options entail a hydro-tub on your terrace, a world-class spa and whatever you can dream up with your private butler.

Your onsite coordinator is waiting to turn your dream wedding into a reality at Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana. Envision your perfect day your way at this heavenly retreat, where the wedding coordinator will make every detail fit the fairy tale you imagine.

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All The Products You Need For A Flawless Wedding-Day Complexion

Fashion & Beauty

Photo by Alvaro Goveia.

Perfect skin is a wedding do and these foundations, serums and glow getters will create a flawless face. Start with essential skincare products to ensure your skin is at its best even without any makeup, and then choose the right foundation for you to ensure a gorgeous all throughout your wedding day. Add blush and highlight and voila, you have the perfect base. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite products to help you put your best photo-ready face forward.

Editor Alison McGill. Product photography by Geoffrey Ross.

A Caribbean-Inspired Summer Wedding in Ottawa

Real Weddings

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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.

Vendors
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

Planning

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.