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Pretty Bubble Jars In 4 Simple Steps

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Pretty jars of bubbles with heart-shaped wands add a whimsical handmade touch to your wedding day. Hand them out before your ceremony starts with a note attached asking guests to blow bubbles as you walk back down the aisle with your new hubby. Here Debra Norton from Vintage Paper Parade explains the four simple steps to creating these personalized bubble jars.

New Wedding Show Airs Tonight!


Trust us when we say Cake Walk: Wedding Cake Edition (premiering at 9 p.m. ET this evening on Slice) is one bridal show not to be missed. Hosted by the charming Caroline Rhea, Cake Walk: Wedding Cake Edition is a competition between three professional Canadian cake designers competing for a $5,000 prize and the glory of winning against fellow designers to create one bridal couple’s dream cake–all within a limited time. Expect gorgeous cakes (perhaps inspiration for your own wedding?), a nerve-wrecking competition amongst designers and a panel of three extraordinary judges to give their input, and, ultimately, decide the winner. Weddingbells had the pleasure of going behind-the-scenes, where we met and spoke to judges: Alexandria Pellegrino (owner of Cake Opera Co. here in Toronto), David MacCarfrae (owner of David Cakes of Distinction in England) and Gordon Bailey (owner of Lot 30 in PEI). Stay tuned for a video with their top tips for finding the perfect wedding cake! In the meantime, here’s a short trailer of Cake Walk: Wedding Cake Edition–enjoy!

4 Tricks for Red Lips on Your Wedding Day

Fashion & Beauty » Fashion & Beauty » Skin Care & Makeup

DuWop's magical Private Red lipstick.

I’ve always been a fan of red lips and find nothing says glamour or sexy quite like a slick of scarlet. This fall, the red lip is back (again) and looked mighty glam on runways including Oscar de la Renta, Diane von Furstenberg and Betsy Johnson. Madonna was spotted at the Venice Film Fest last weekend wearing red (we bet it was her old favourite, MAC Russian Red) and Gwen Stefani has made the colour her beauty signature.

Now there’s always a question whether red lippy for a wedding day is much to much and to that I say no. I love the contrast of a dramatic red lip with an ethereal white dress. So. Damn. Glam. I will however say there are some rules of thumb I always caution brides to keep in mind. Read the rest of this entry »

Just In: Party-Ready Video, By BHLDN

Fashion & Beauty

Trust us when we say this is one wedding video worth watching! From romantic gowns to cute feathery skirts (perhaps for your rehearsal dinner or engagement party?)–there’s plenty to get inspired by.

Everything You Need to Know About Hydrangeas

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Photo courtesy Jen's Blossoms.

This morning the Internet is all abuzz with the news that Madonna hates hydrangeas. Madge was given a bouquet of hydrangeas by a fan at the Venice Film Festival, and her microphone picked up the following quote: “I absolutely loathe hydrangeas.” For the record, we agree to disagree with the Material Girl on the subject: hydrangeas are perfectly pretty flowers that can be a great addition to your wedding decor. Here’s four reasons to love hydrangeas:


Not only are hydrangea blossoms beautiful, they’re also extremely voluminous, which means you don’t need many flowers to fill up your bouquet or centrepiece.


Hydrangeas don’t just come in blue. They’re also available in white, green, pink and lavender, so it’s easy to find a colour that works with your decorating scheme.


Among other things, hydrangeas are meant to symbolize devotion. How perfect is that for your bridal bouquet?


Hydrangeas look great on their own (a big bunch in a low vase makes a nice centrepiece), but they also look lovely mixed with other flowers (see above).

Where do you stand on the hydrangea debate? Love them or hate them?

A Colourful Destination Wedding In Punta Cana

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Mouyleng Ly and Craig Reeder, August 17th 2011, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Photography courtesy Tropical Pictures, (

Ceremony location: Ottawa City Hall (August 10th 2011) and Dreams Palm Beach, Punta Cana (August 17th 2011)
Reception location: Dreams Palm Beach, Punta Cana
Bridal gown: Laysieng Couturier in Ottawa, Ontario
Bridal party attire: Laysieng Couturier in Ottawa, Ontario
Cake: Dreams Palm Beach, Punta Cana
Caterer: Dreams Palm Beach, Punta Cana
Favours: Bags from The Dollar Store embroidered with the bride and groom’s initials containing Afterbite, gum, SPF 15 lip balm and small change for tipping resort staff.
Music: DJ Mannia
Hair and makeup: Dreams Palm Beach, Punta Cana
Flowers: Dreams Palm Beach, Punta Cana


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