The appeal of saying “I do” at a European castle is undeniable—Posh and Becks did it in Ireland and Tom (Cruise) and Katie (Holmes) did it in Italy—but it might not be in your non-movie-star budget. Luckily for you, there’s a hidden gem in Toronto where you can get the same old-world ambiance without crossing the pond: Hart House at the University of Toronto. This historic venue has everything a Europhile could ask for, including stone walls, vaulted ceilings and stained glass windows. “The Quad” (see above), as it is fondly known, is an ideal setting for an outdoor wedding (and a tent provides shelter in case of inclement weather), while the Great Hall (see below) with its soaring ceilings is the perfect spot for a seriously classy soiree. During my time at the University of Toronto I spent countless hours at Hart House (reading and sipping tea), but the good news is that you don’t have to be an alumni member to get married here—it’s open to everyone, and I highly suggest you investigate it for your wedding!
If you’re the type of girl who lives for second-hand shopping and weekend antiquing this inspiration board is for you. We drew ideas from our favourite boho wedding shoots and completed the package with must-haves from some of our go-to retailers. These elements, inspired by nature, are perfect for a laidback outdoor affair. We’re pretty sure Kate Moss would approve.
Clockwise from top left:
Bridal gown, courtesy Elizabeth Fillmore Bridal.
Bridal cap, courtesy myrakim via Etsy.
Cake, courtesy Jennifer Prinz of City View Bakehouse. Photography courtesy Rachel Peters. Seen in this slideshow.
Ring pillow, courtesy BHLDN.
Invitation, courtesy deweeset via Etsy.
Tea cup centrepieces, courtesy Hearts and Flowers. Photography courtesy Rachel Peters. Seen in this slideshow.
Wish tree tags, photography courtesy Tani McInnis Photography. Seen in this slideshow.
Jaclyn LaRiviere and Dustin Bartlett, September 25, 2010, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Photography courtesy Nathan Walker of Nathan Walker Photography, (nathanwalker.ca).
Reception location: The Faculty Club, University of Saskatchewan
Wedding planner: Bliss Wedding Design
Bridal gown: Jenny’s Bridal (306-975-2047)
Bridal party’s attire: J. Crew
Groom’s tux: Moore’s
Cupcakes and colour-coordinated candy buffet: Sliced Decadence
Flowers: Blossoms (306-955-3355)
Hair: Salon Deja Vu (306-933-3352)
Makeup: Daisy Fresh Makeup Artistry
Music: The couple made an iTunes playlist based on song requests on their wedding website
Caterer: The Faculty Club, University of Saskatchewan
Stationery: Love the Design
Linens: A La Mode
Want to pump up the crowd at the beginning of your wedding reception? While your bridal party is getting introduced, ask your DJ to play specific songs to really set the mood and show off your entourages’ personality. Don’t know what to play? We did the legwork and found 10 noteworthy tunes to get your guests going, we even broke it down by “types of personalities”. From a rocking beat to a catchy chorus–there’s plenty to choose from. Have any other suggestions? We’d love to hear them!
1) FOR THE TV BUFFS
Friends’ opening credits – “I’ll Be There For You” by The Rembrandts (as listed above)
2) FOR THE ROCKERS
“Walk This Way” by Aerosmith feat. Run DMC
3) FOR THE HAPPY-GO-LUCKY
“Hey Na Na” by Katie Herzig
4) FOR THE CLUB HOPPERS
“Get the Party Started” by Pink
5) FOR THE ’80s BABIES
“Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina & The Waves
6) FOR THE HIP HOP AFICIONADOS
“Party Like a RockStar” by Shop Boys
7) FOR THE ROMANTICS
“Stand By Me” by Ben E. King
8) FOR THE COUNTRY LOVERS
“Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me” by Keith Urban
9) FOR THE DISCO DUO
“What Is Love” by Haddaway
10) FOR THE JAZZ FANATICS
“Forever In Love” by Kenny G