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Why You Should Consider This Canadian Coffee Shop Staple Instead Of A Wedding Cake

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Photo courtesy Krispy Kreme

Traditional tiered wedding cakes are taking a backseat to some other delectable sweets that can be dressed up for the big day. With the cupcake craze flying high, the wedding industry is taking note of a new player in town: The donut. What makes this fried doughy goodness so special? We went straight to the experts to answer this question and find out what they’re doing to elevate Canada’s favourite dessert.

What makes donuts so popular?
“I think it’s the comfort more than anything – fun foods from our childhood evoke thoughts of comfort, familiarity and happiness.  What more could you ask for on your big day?”
- Ashley Arvai, catering and special events manager at The Drake Hotel

Which donuts are the most popular choice for weddings?
“The mini beignets. These donuts are light, soft and not too greasy. [We] use a real French recipe and our donuts are made with high quality ingredients such as butter from Belgium.”
- Sylvie Thobor, owner of Thobors Boulangerie

“Our glazed doughnuts always top the list for weddings. Every bride dedicates a lot of thought and effort to make her special day unique and memorable so Krispy Kreme’s one-of-a-kind doughnuts certainly make an impression. There is also the notion that these “golden rings” are a symbolic allusion to the marriage ceremony.”
- Ryan Buenaventura, marketing manager at Krispy Kreme

“For weddings we favour offering our donuts in miniature form. The top three requests are for our sinfully sweet Boston cream, our powdered version stuffed with Niagara strawberry jam and of course the classic old fashion drizzled in chocolate and rainbow sprinkles.”
- Ashley Arvai

How are couples presenting donuts in their wedding spreads?
“Donuts often takeover the spotlight and are being featured as the main dessert and, in some cases, as the cake itself — glazed donut towers.”
- Ashley Arvai

“We occasionally receive special orders for Krispy Kreme donut cakes. The fact that our key locations are donut factories allows for the flexibility to accommodate these orders regardless of how large they may be.”
- Ryan Buenaventura

Some might say donuts are a kitschy dessert centerpiece. What would you say to that?
“It’s all about representing the couple and suiting their tastes and visions.”
- Ashley Arvai

Glitter-Inspired Wedding Ideas


If you’re drawn to all things shiny we’ve gathered a few glitter elements for both the princess-to-be and chic blushing bride. Whether you’re inspired by metals like silver and gold or by jewel tones like emerald and ruby, you can add just the right amount of bling to be a shimmering, stand-out bride. Bedazzle your simple dress with a jewel-encrusted belt and add a few crystals to your bouquet to catch the light and create the ultimate sparkle. Drawing inspiration from chandeliers, your venue can be draped with glitter from your tablecloths and centrepieces to desserts and everything in between. Put your bridesmaids in deep purples and blues or regal champagnes and golds to match your glitter theme for an elegant affair in any season.

Clockwise from top left:

Dress, courtesy Ines DiSanto.

Cakepops, via The Glitter Guide. Seen in this slideshow.

Nail polish, courtesy Deborah Lippmann. Seen in this slideshow.

Beauty look, photography courtesy ishi.

Centrepiece, photography courtesy 5ive15ifteen Photography.

Shoes, courtesy Christian Louboutin. Seen in this slideshow.

Bouquet, photography courtesy Assaf Friedman Photography.

Need Something Blue? 10 Beautiful Ideas.

Fashion & Beauty

Fulfilling this requirement of the age-old wedding tradition can be challenging. Here’s 10 of our favourite beauty something blues, any of which would make an amazing addition to your aisle style.

4 Elegant Updos Perfect For Your Wedding Day

Fashion & Beauty » Fashion & Beauty » Hairstyles

Once you’ve finally settled on a dress the next challenge is finding a hairstyle that will complement it. Hollywood can be a great source of inspiration when you’re looking for glamorous ways to wear your locks. From wispy effortless looks to polished braids and pinned up curls, we found four updos that are just as appropriate for a walk down the aisle as they are for the red carpet.

A Saved by the Bell Wedding in the Works: Mark-Paul Gosselaar to Marry!


Mark-Paul Gosselaar (aka Zack Morris from Saved by the Bell) recently told People Magazine that he and fiancée Catriona McGinn are in the midst of planning a big wedding! The actor shared that it will be “a grand event” with “a lot of family,” and we can’t help wondering if any members of the Saved by the Bell cast will make it onto the guest list…will Screech get an invite? Only time will tell…

One thing’s for sure, Gosselaar and McGinn will be one good-looking bride and groom. Based on this photo (see above), we’d say he can definitely rock a dapper suit, and her shoulders are made for a strapless gown! Can’t wait to see what they end up wearing on the big day (and who they choose to invite to the party).


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