October 5th, 2011

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DIY Wedding Ideas From Cakes To Centrepieces


Taking the time to add a few DIY elements to your wedding not only gives your big day some added personal flair, it can also save you a bundle. Buy an inexpensive dress and use antique jewellery to add some glamour to the gown. Make your own table numbers in a few easy steps, opt for a candy bar instead of favours and choose a simple cake topped with some pretty blooms. Our favourite DIY idea of all comes from a recent real wedding we featured — ask your guests to pick wildflowers and create their own centrepieces in memory of a loved one — it’s a touching tribute and a wonderful way to work homemade elements into your wedding day.

Clockwise from top left:

“We do” sign, photography by Nancy da Costa of Mango Studios. Seen in this real wedding slideshow.

Floral crown, courtesy The Beauty Department. Seen in this blog post.

Bridal gown, courtesy BCBGMAXAZRIA. Seen in this slideshow.

Vintage table numbers, seen in this slideshow.

Candy, photography by Erika Walter of Element Photography. Seen in this real wedding slideshow.

Floral display, photography by Jamie Delaine Photography. Seen in this real wedding slideshow.

Cake, photography by Erika Walter of Element Photography. Seen in this real wedding slideshow.

15 Sexy Nude Nail Polishes

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

Colour is a big story this season for nails, but there is also a movement back to barely-there shades. “Mannequin hands,” featuring nails in nude, soft brown, pink, peach or super-light greige tones were a trend seen on many spring 2012 runways and one we love for brides. Just like nude heels elongate your legs, nude nails have the same effect on your fingers, which makes for a most elegant, ladylike finish.

Paris Fashion Week’s Most Wedding-Worthy Trends

Fashion & Beauty

Paris fashion week is just wrapping up, and the Spring 2012 runways were rife with inspiration for your bridal ensemble. Here, we pick some of our favourite trends to hit the catwalk and show you how you can get the look (for less!) on your big day.

A Modern Vintage Wedding in Grafton, Ontario

real weddings

Stephanie Knutson and Shane Jensen, August 14, 2010, Grafton, Ontario.

Photography courtesy Allison & Andrew Reefer of Your Captured Moments, (yourcapturedmoments.ca).


Ceremony and reception location: Massey Barn
Bridal gown: Bliss Bridal Boutique
Hair: Beyond the Roots (905-985-1900)
Makeup: Bride’s friend Pamela Hollett
Groom’s tux: Tip Top Tailors
Bridal party’s attire: Custom Dresses by Annie M Designs (905-985-2090)
Cupcakes: Sensational Cakes (705-786-9715)
Caterer: VP Savoury Fare
Music: V Music Connections and Bride’s friend DJ Todd Soomre
Flowers: Devonport Floral Designs (905-435-7728)
Stationery: Brides Collection, available at Michaels, printed by the bride


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