August 24th, 2011

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Make Your Own Matchbook Notebooks

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Associate editor Roseanne recently hosted an adorable wedding shower where guests signed postcards for the bride-to-be. Inspired by this unique idea, we wanted to find another special way to present the wedding day guestbook. When we stumbled upon this post on weddingfavours.ca about personalized matchbooks, we were inspired by the simple construction. We decided to take this idea one step further and create DIY matchbook notebooks. Read on to find out how to make your own.

Nail Polish You’ll Want for Your Wedding Day

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The Muppets + OPI = Amazing! I mean what’s not to love? The Muppets are not only coming to theaters this November with their latest movie Disney’s The Muppets but will be landing at a salon near you too thanks to OPI’s newest and in our opinion best collection (busted, we are Muppet obsessed!) inspired by the lovable Muppet gang. “Not only do The Muppet characters inspire fun, bright and joyful colours, the fashionable Miss Piggy lends her name to three high-shine pink-based hues.” Sounds wedding perfect, non? The collection out in November for the holiday season features 12 lacquers in total and we are just can’t wait to get our hands on all of them. Names and descriptions by OPI and we’ve marked our wedding favourites with an *. What fun!

Animal-istic
This wild bright red cannot be tamed!

Meep-Meep-Meep
Missing out on this fuchsia would make you weep, weep, weep!

*Wocka Wocka!
The popular deep berry makes everything fun and merry!

Pepe’s Purple Passion
This deep, decadent shade is the best purple ever, okay!

*Designer, de Better!
And this light metallic bronze is ready for the runway.

*Warm & Fozzie
A feel-good shade of metallic copper.

Rainbow Connection
The rainbow glitter of your dreams.

*Excuse Moi!
Ahem! This pink glitter has something to say!

*Gone Gonzo!
The aqua-blue glitter is taking over the world!

Fresh Frog of Bel Air
A glitter that prefers the greener things in life.

Divine Swine
The finest, most fabulous magenta glitter ever.

Gettin’ Miss Piggy With It!
Red glittery fun for everyone!

New Arrival: Ruffled Bridal Shop

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If you’ve been a fan of Ruffled blog from day one, then you probably knew this was coming–a Ruffled online shop! Featuring dreamy gowns, accessories, hair adornments, petticoats and bridesmaid dresses–this newly launched shop (the announcement came just yesterday) is for those of you seeking vintage and DIY-inspired fashion elements for your wedding day. And, come September (if you just so happen to be in Manhattan), Ruffled will officially be opening their studio space for you to try gowns and accessories on. Space is limited, so be sure to e-mail them for reservations. Not sure if their style is on par with yours? Here’s a small sample of their pretty offerings.

Must-Have Wedding Makeup: Waterproof Liner & Mascara. Our 8 Favourites.

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NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner (9 shades), $25.

Raccoon eyes are definitely not the smoky eye look you’re going for on your wedding day. Since you’ll probably be misty that day, wearing waterproof eyeliner and mascara is the only way to fly. Contrary to popular belief, these products are not impossible to take off—they just don’t budge when hit with water, but do easily melt away when hit with great makeup remover. We’ve been wearing waterproof liners and mascara all summer and love that through heat, humidity and swims, our eye makeup remains picture-perfect looking. Here are eight of our top product picks.

Try This Trend: White Bridesmaid Dresses

Fashion & Beauty » Bridesmaid Dresses

For years and years white bridesmaid dresses have been a bit of a taboo, but Pippa Middleton managed to put that notion to rest as soon as she stepped out of her town car on April 29th. Pippa single-handedly proved that a white bridesmaid dress can work, and apparently Kim Kardashian was taking notes—when she wed Kris Humphries this past weekend all the members of her bridal party, including her sisters Khloe and Kourtney, were wearing white gowns! Thinking of trying this trend for your own wedding? Here are some guidelines for making it work:

1) CHOOSE THE RIGHT SHAPE. In order to make sure that you (the bride) stand out, select a bridesmaid dress that has a different shape than your wedding gown. For instance, if your gown has a full skirt, choose sleek white dresses for your girls. Similarly, if your gown is long and slinky, dress your bridal party in knee-length frocks.

2) PLAY WITH TEXTURE. Choosing different materials is another great way to ensure that you and your bridesmaids look unique, even though you’re all wearing the same colour. If your dress is chiffon, why not pick lace dresses for your ladies? This type of contrast will make for interesting—yet harmonious—group pictures.

3) ACCESSORIZE, ACCESSORIZE, ACCESSORIZE. The best way to make sure all eyes are on you? Wear a veil! Nothing says “I’m the bride” like that pretty piece of tulle tucked in your updo! Shoes can also be a fun way to change up your look—maybe your perfect pair is red, while all of your girls wear nude pumps? This is the fun part, so play around with finishing touches that add personality to your all-white bridal party.

Is It Okay To Leave Kids Off The Guest List?

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Concerned about other people’s little ones disrupting your ceremony but wondering if it’s rude to leave kids off the guest list? We took this oft-debated question to our loyal Facebook and Twitter followers to see what the general consensus is. Here’s what they had to say:

We’re leaving kids off the guest list. We’d have a 25% kid ratio if we didn’t and we just can’t afford that.
- Aubri Poon via Facebook

We’re leaving them off too. I know some of our guests will be offended, but why pay for guests who would probably prefer to be at home with a babysitter anyway?
- Melissa Kosowanvia Facebook

If the parents are child free they can let their hair down & have fun. Invites arrive with loads of time to bag a sitter.
- @KittyandDulcie via Twitter

To each their own I guess. I’m of the mindset that it is a family event, and family includes children. Now babies or infants screaming in the church or during the ceremony would be the only time I personally would have considered not having them present. But each wedding is personal to the couple of course, and every family is different, so it may be ideal for some folks.
- Simon Hammond via Facebook

I had this issue already, I do have a few kids coming (nieces and nephews and of course my own) but I left my friends kids out…it’s a hard decision to make as I love their children like my own…but it’s an added expense I did not budget for.
- Shannon Black via Facebook

I think it’s a great idea. The only kids coming to mine are my nieces and they are IN the wedding.
- @meliswilliams14 via Twitter

I tried. Babysitter cancelled last minute so we got them anyway. One of the guests had to take them to a back room since they were screaming and crying during the ceremony so she missed it. During the reception, however, they were cute and had a lot of fun. So plan for at least someone to watch them from afar during the ceremony and you should be fine ;)
- Kat Khatibi via Facebook

If you like kids: invite them. If you don’t, it’s kinder to everyone to leave them off. You’ve gotta roll with the punches with kids. Personally, one of my favourite moments of my wedding was walking down the aisle and hearing “Why does Lana have a scarf on her head?” from one of the little ones. Totally broke my tension!
- Allana Robinson via Facebook

I am a huge fan of this. I know it sounds bad, but many times kids will dominate the show.
- @BridalVogue via Twitter

We kind of left it up to the parents to decide. If they want to bring them then that’s fine and if they wanted to leave them at home with a babysitter that was fine too.
- Twylla Teitsma via Facebook

They weren’t invited to our wedding, however, it resulted in losing one good friend who was a single mum and believed her child should be counted as her partner (very strange) and quite a few women leaving their husbands at home to babysit, some didn’t even give us notice so we could account for their non-attendance in our place settings. Were we surprised and a little hurt, yes? Do we regret not inviting kids? Not at all. Children come to every other event in our lives, one day to enjoy celebrating with our friends isn’t too much to hope for.
- Lauren Hankinson via Facebook

Weddings are a time to celebrate two ADULTS coming together. It’s an adult time. I don’t think children should attend our upcoming wedding. I would not want a baby crying while me and my husband were exchanging our vows…. at expense to us at a time that’s supposed to be the most memorable moment of our lives. How could I have a lasting memory of our vows if I couldn’t even hear his or vice versa?
- Davaline Forsythe Lavigne via Facebook

The only kids that are invited to attend our wedding next summer are our nieces and nephews (youngest is 4 yrs old). Some friends are not happy with our decision, but it’s OUR day and budget!
- Jenny Caron via Facebook

I think it’s a great idea. Give the parents the day/night off!
- @ShutterBrugs via Twitter

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