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The Bridal Beauty Products Our Editors Are Currently Loving For November

Fashion & Beauty » Skin Care & Makeup

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We have now descended into perpetually cooler weather, and we’re not mad about it. With fall comes quite a few exciting new beauty launches that are especially great for brides. The best part? You can obviously use these new items well into the new year. If you’re doing some shopping for the holiday season—with a beauty purchase or two for your upcoming wedding—these are the products we highly recommend.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Liquid Concealer
Charlotte Tilbury’s makeup line includes several favourites of Weddingbells editors (we have a major crush on her Matte Revolution lipstick in “Pillow Talk”), and one of the latest launches from the brand is a new must-have. The Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away concealer is full coverage and removes the appearance of fine lines, blemishes and pores—which is exactly what you want for your wedding day. The formula is also water-resistant and the texture feels like a second skin, to ensure you look flawless in photos no matter how many tears you’ve shed!


Tiffany & Co. Eau de Parfum Intense
Playing off of their original signature perfum, the Tiffany & Co. Eau de Parfum Intense contains some of the same notes, but includes additional amber and benzoin (which smell vanilla-like), amping this fragrance up a notch and feeling like a deep, rich hug (which sounds like a great idea, given the cooler temperatures!) Perfect for your wedding day, this scent wears like a dream and will have you feeling as luxe as any of this jeweller’s iconic pieces.

$165 for 75 mL,

L’Occitane Delicate Cherry Blossom Treasures
The holiday season is the perfect time to stock up on limited edition holiday gift sets that you can use as presents for your bridal party at any time of year. This year we’ve got our eyes on L’Occitane’s gorgeous Delicate Cherry Blossom Treasures gift set, which includes bath and shower gel, Bonne Mére rose soap, shimmering lotion, hand cream, and eau de toilette enriched with cherry extract from Luberon, Provence all packaged up in a beautiful L’Occitane x Castelbajac Paris red gift box.


Rodial Soft Focus Glow Drops
Healthy, glowing skin is a wedding day must, so Rodial’s new Soft Focus Glow Drops seem designed with brides in mind. This hybrid skin care and makeup product can be applied alone or mixed with foundation to brighten and illuminate your complexion giving you lit-from-within radiance for your walk down the aisle.


Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip
Every bride knows that a great lippie is paramount for the big day. Most brides will opt for a shade that’s classic and timeless, while some will take a more unconventional route and wear something that packs a punch. No matter what shade you choose, the Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip line is beautifully bridal-worthy. While many liquid lip formulas can leave your lips feeling dry (which is exactly what you don’t want on your big day), this is a high-shine formula that ensures your pout stays perfectly lush.


Omorovicza Skin Saviour Mask
Omorovicza, the luxe Budapest-based skincare brand known for containing mineral-rich healing waters from the city, has come out with a new line of Silver products to help fight blemishes. The anti-bacterial and healing properties of collodial silver are used with other ingredients such as vitamin B3, salicylic and glycolic acids to brighten and exfoliate the skin. The thick mask, when applied, is indeed silver and washes off to reveal a smooth, soft complexion. Use it in your routine pre-wedding to zap any imperfections.


L’Oreal Colorista Hair Makeup
Pre-wedding festivities, especially your bachelorette party, are the perfect opportunity to do something a little out of the ordinary. For a fun night out with your girls, L’Oreal’s Colorista Hair Makeup is a great way to spice up your look. The formula washes right out of your hair with just one shampoo, making it easy to play with colour. Thanks to the new neon shades with a glow-in-the-dark effect that have been recently introduced to the line, your look will definitely stand out during any evening events.


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Have you heard? We are launching our very own awards program! The Weddingbells Canadian Wedding Awards 2019 will recognize the best in bridal products and services across 18 categories, from cakes to photographers, videographers, planners, florists, designers, venues, real weddings, styled shoots and more!

The awards will be judged by an expert Weddingbells panel in early January, and winners will be announced in all 18 categories—including the eastern, central and western Canada regional Real Weddings of the Year—online in February 2019 at and showcased in the Fall & Winter 2019 issue of Weddingbells on newsstands in late June.

Vendors are invited to submit for consideration in Weddingbells Canadian Wedding Awards 2019 at

Submission deadline: December 14th, 2018.
Entry fee: $100 CAD per entry. Photos and testimonials are also required to enter.


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A Romantic Rustic Wedding In Tottenham, Ontario

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A Rustic, Whimsical Wedding in Tottenham - Bride and groom

Didi and Garrett filled their wedding day with whimsical, rustic details, and incorporated more traditional elements into their ceremony.

“We personalized the wedding by DIYing a lot of details and skipped a few traditions to make it more ‘us’ rather then what was expected,” Didi says. “The only religious tradition we stuck with was getting married in a church. Not only did it mean a lot to us, it meant a lot to our families as well.”

It was important for Didi and Garrett to let the beauty of their venues speak for themselves. “Our church is a charming historic building, on the modest size in terms of size, with beautiful stained glass windows. The only decor we brought into the church were two large flower arrangements for behind the priest,” Didi says. “The reception venue was a lovely golf course with exposed beams, and floor to ceiling windows overlooking a patio, serene pond with swans swimming about, and surrounded by greenery.”

Blush pink and creamy white flowers and décor, twinkling candles and gold chandeliers added romance to the exposed beams in their rustic reception space. “Our flowers were just gorgeous—I was so in love with my bouquet,” Didi shares. “We really put our trust in our vendor with the flowers as it was something we knew nothing about.”

For Didi, the best moment was the couple’s first dance. “Our ceremony and reception were both indoors, but for our first dance we went outside down the stone steps to a lower area by the water,” she recalls. “Our guests surrounded us with lit sparklers and created a circle of light around us. ”

Didi Ceci and Garrett Jones, September 23, 2017, Tottenham, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Emily Suzanne Harris Photography.

Ceremony venue: St. Patrick’s Parish
Reception venue: 
Woodington Lake Golf Club
Bridal gown: Eddy K from Mona Richie
Bridesmaid gowns: Sherry’s Bridal
Groom’s tux:
Freeman’s Formalwear
Yazi’s Salon
Plush Makeup Bar
 Flower Workshop
Cake: Kalli Kakes
Bob Hawkins

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Temperley Bridal Fall 2019 Wedding Dresses

Fashion & Beauty » Wedding Dresses

Fantasy and femininity were top of mind for Alice Temperley while designing her fall 2019 Temperley Bridal collection. With a palette of whites, ivories and pinks, these dreamy gowns are ideal for the boho-chic brides.

Translucent blush tulle is used to create sheerness on décolletages and sleeves, or layered to create soft, delicate hues. Skirts with soft silk godets create a feeling of movement and fluidity, while drama is achieved with volume and trains. Sleeker silhouettes are realised using satin backed crepe and chiffons, which effortlessly skim the body.

Botanical drawings and star constellations were sources of inspiration for the artfully placed embellishments crafted from crystal chains, glass beads and oval clasped stones, while hand-stitched scalloped embroideries reminiscent of Victorian lingerie contour the bodice, waist and hips.

Pnina Tornai Fall 2019 Wedding Dresses

Fashion & Beauty » Wedding Dresses

Dazzling bejewelled gowns are a Pnina Tornai signature and the designer’s newest offering was no exception. For fall 2019, Tornai showcased a selection of over-the-top glam gowns and pantsuits dripping with shimmering beadwork. The designer is also known for her sexy silhouettes and this season sultry details included plunging backs and necklines as well as illusion bodices with lace-up corsets to cinch the waist.

The collection’s undeniable pièce de résistance is a frothy ballgown with layer upon layer of tulle that is sure to make jaws drop.

The Bridal Beauty Products Our Editors Are Currently Loving For October

Fashion & Beauty » Skin Care & Makeup

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With October upon us, we’re looking forward to cooler temperatures and cozy sweaters. Better yet, we’re embracing the upcoming fall weddings where we know we won’t have to stand outside in 30 degree-plus weather, sweating under the sun. With fall comes gorgeous colours, and weddings that play up the best of the season.

With the weather change, you’ll have to adapt your beauty routine to ensure your makeup not only stays all day, but protects against the elements. We’ve chosen some of our current favourite beauty products for the month of October that are easy to integrate into your existing beauty routine to ensure you’re ready for the cooler weather ahead.

BITE Beauty Sweet Treats: Party Prep Agave Lip Care Set
The perfect little present to include in wedding welcome bags or bridesmaid gift boxes, these party prep lip kits include a mini version of BITE’s best-selling Agave Lip Balm, a water-activated Agave Lip Scrub sample and a mini Champagne Agave Lip Mask for a frost of wedding-ready rose gold pearl colour, all packaged up in a cute little pill bottle. These sets are limited edition so be sure to snap them up now!


KORRES Pure Greek Olive 3-in-1 Nourishing Oil
Combat the cool weather with this new all-purpose moisturizer from KORRES. Incorporate this velvety, luxurious oil into your day cream for enhanced moisturization, use it as a highlighter by applying a drop on the cheekbones, work it into the ends of your hair to eliminate split ends and frizz or use it all over your body after showering to lock in moisture.


L’Oreal Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in “Fawn”
On your wedding day, and particularly in the cooler months, you’ll want a lipstick that’s moisturizing and comfortable to wear. For this reason, we’re currently loving L’Oreal Paris’s Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in the very wedding-appropriate nude hue “Fawn.” Infused with oil, this formula doesn’t feel waxy whatsoever on the lips, and the colour payoff and shine it provides ensures you have the perfect pout throughout all parts of your big day.


Kérastase Resistance Bain Extentioniste and Fondant Extentioniste
This revolutionary line from Kérastase, formulated to encourage long locks, was basically made for brides. Designed to target the hair fibre from root to tip, this shampoo and conditioner combo works together to keep locks fortified while repairing split ends and breakage. Enriched with taurine, the shampoo protects the hair follicle while creating healthy scalp environment while the conditioner’s creatine R complex works to reinforce the internal structure of the hair. Use this line from the moment you get engaged for gorgeous long tresses on your wedding day with no extensions required!

$45 and $48,

Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence
For a refreshing dose of hydration to your skin, we love the Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence. Like many health and wellness enthusiasts, Fresh’s founder wanted to see if there were properties in kombucha, the fermented sweet black tea, that would show benefits to the skin after being applied directly. The result is this essence, which protects the skin against air pollutants and provides antioxidant protection.  Apply it after cleansing your face at night during your pre-wedding skincare routine.


Jo Malone Honeysuckle & Davana Cologne
We can’t emphasize enough just how important a wedding-day fragrance is. One we’re currently loving is the Jo Malone Honeysuckle & Davana Cologne. This floral fragrance is given a cheerful twist with the addition of davana, and smells like how you’d want to smell if you’ve been in the English countryside. For celebrations where the flowers are lush and plentiful, this would make the ultimate scent, bringing you back to your celebration each time you smell it.


CND Wild Earth Collection
CND’s latest collection is inspired by nature, including its textures and landscapes. With earthy shades that are neutral and go with basically any shade of wedding dress, these hues are perfect for every style of bride. We especially love “Spear,” the ultimate nude-pink, and “Blue Moon,” that perfect something-blue colour for brides with a bit of an edge.

Your Dream Destination Wedding Is Closer Than You Think

Travel » Destination Weddings » Travel

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

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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

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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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