October 7th, 2011

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Getting Married in 2012? 7 Hot Trends You May Be Wearing.

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Dress Delphine Manivet

We’re on our way to Aulani, Disney’s new resort in Ko Olina, O’ahu, Hawaii next week to shoot a gorgeous fashion story for our Spring & Summer 2012 issue. We’re taking all of the hottest dresses for the season, and there are quite a few fresh and fabulous trends on the radar for 2012. Packed in our case, we have some dresses from MRS. Bridal Boutique, is a chic new bridal store that’s opened in Toronto’s swishy Yorkville area, carrying some of the hottest names in bridal—Caroline Devillo, Delphine Manivet, Elizabeth Fillmore, Francesca Miranda to name a few. In our mad packing frenzy, we stopped to ask MRS.’ Michelle Gunn her take on top trends for 2012—here’s her seven picks.

1. Sleeves. “Rather than sticking with strapless, brides have become more interested in trying a gown with a cap sleeve as well as three quarter length sleeve. We might want to thank Kate & Pippa Middleton for this up and coming trend.”

2. Traditional cuts with unique fabrics and patterns. “While brides still love the mermaid and trumpet silhouette, they are looking for something that will make these ever popular cuts more unique. We have seen amazing fabrics such as dotted tulle, organic lace with sequins and details like swirl laser cuts in the 2012 gowns.”

3. Individualism. “Brides are choosing fabrics and silhouettes that reflect their personality and taste rather than trying to please mom and dad. Even if they must compromise on the gown, they are adding their own touch. Be it hot pink shoes, glam bouquet or a fab fascinator—this day is all about them and they know it!”

4. Stunning backs. “The back of a gown has become almost as important as the front—it is what everyone sees during the ceremony anyway, right? Designers are paying much more attention to the backside of the gown. From low backs to stunning details that would typically be left for the front of the gown, brides bringing sexy back.”

5. Belts and Sashes. “They can change the entire look of any dress. We are seeing brides picking out different coloured belts/sashes to add a little glam to the white or ivory number they have chosen to walk down the aisle in. We have also seen brides purchase statement pieces—from necklaces to bracelets- accessories have the ability to turn a very simple dress into a fun glamorous one.”

6. Sleek and sexy rather than ‘bridal’. “Silk satin has become a very popular fabric as it accentuates the shape of the brides’ body. The gowns are cleverly designed so that they ‘hug’ in all the right places with ruching and/or draping material, hiding those areas which some might feel a tad insecure about.”

7. Vintage vibes. Be it vintage beaded medallions, antique French lace or a 70’s bohemian inspired lace gown, vintage inspired dresses are making huge comeback. Trés chic.”

9 Reasons You Should Make Your Own “Collectables” Centrepieces (And How To Do It)

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Sneak peek of a wedding I was thrilled to produce collectable centrepieces for. Photography by Jen Aaron.

Celebrity wedding planner David Connolly from Rich Bride, Poor Bride has joined Weddingbells as a guest blogger answering all of your burning wedding-related questions. Need some help with the planning process? Have a question about etiquette, organization or budgeting? Post your question in the comment field below and we’ll forward it directly to David.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! This blog entry transcends a question to give thanks to my grandmother and all she taught me about this career, and life. It is inspired by her knack for throwing a curtain on a card table while filling an empty lemonade pitcher with lilacs from the backyard, all in the time it took for unexpected or forgotten guests to walk from the curb to the porch and be greeted by the screen door swinging open accompanied by her singing, “Finally!”

So when I read about “personalized, found-object collectable centrepieces” being a wedding trend for 2012, I think, “Trend? Me arse. Tanks ma b’ye but we be doin dat dare ting since Judas Priest made Sundees. Now G’waywitcha and yer trends before I puck ya in da moute.”

Or more simply put, ‘Thanks Nanni for truly instilling the belief in me that, “There’s always room for one more at our table.” And the skill-set to ensure that our table would win if there was ever an impromptu, “Who has the nicest table within four blocks?” random, might never happen, competition.

9 Reasons You Should Consider Making “Collectables” Centrepieces

1. Although popularly related to ‘vintage shabby chic’ or beach themes, this method can help create any level of formality or style. Whimsical? Of an era? Minimal? Dramatic? Romantic? Cultural? All of the above? It’s the selection of objects that define the vision.
2. Ultimately visual cohesion will exist through a colour scheme and common textures but don’t be rushed to establish them. Let your initial decor scavenger hunts and ongoing familiarization with the reception room allow must-have pieces, fabrics and/or finishes to inspire you.
3. Places to look: Flea markets, garage sales, attics, basements, closets, your aunt’s lavender farm, your uncle’s tool shed, Craigslist/Kajiji.
4. Choose objects that might elicit guest conversation or possible interaction: photos in a wooden recipe box, a real trophy, newspaper clippings about guests in a journal, a sailor hat on a stand that your grandfather wore when he proposed to the pill box hat at the next table over.
5. Don’t let colour or original purpose prevent you from considering a find that you love… you can change the colour or finish of almost anything and you’ll be surprised at how elegant pheasant feathers coming out of an upside down chandelier can look.
6. Collecting, shopping, packing, recording, transporting, cleaning and setting up on the day takes longer than you think and requires you to enroll a dedicated helper in the plan — far enough in advance that you trust them to make changes.
7. Full marks for sustainability! One stop further on the eco train would be to double your guest favours as decor by incorporating them into your table design. Kitchen herbs planted in 10 terracotta pots or mason jars or soup tins, leather bound books, gorgeous vintage ornaments in a cut crystal punch bowl or hanging from a branch standing in an antique ice bucket, jars of candy, or cupcakes and candles.
8. You don’t have to give the centrepieces away. Especially if their contents include early shower or wedding gifts that suit: the teapot, the photo-frame cube, martini glasses with floating dahlias, the birdcage, crystal candlesticks…
9. Permanent botanical keepsakes like assorted hob-knob milk glass vases holding paper flowers made out of whatever suits the couple best…paperback novels, copies of the wedding vows, sheet music, maps, or fabric flowers in apothecary jars.

Yours in Gobble, Gobble Gratitude (and especially you Nanni…I love you more than Jello),
(aka Captain Collectables)

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17 Unpredictable Wedding Favours That Your Guests Will Love

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Seeking the perfect wedding favour but want to sway from the traditional chocolates or classic bonbonnieres? We’ve scoped out 17 really amazing items, which we think your guests will love, use and/or keep for years to come.

A Vintage Wedding in Vancouver, British Columbia

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Claire Leeson and Wes Pellegrino, June 18, 2011, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Photography courtesy Jamie Delaine Photography, (jamiedelaine.com).


Ceremony location: Holy Rosary Cathedral
Reception location: Tsawwassen Beach Grove Golf Club
Bridal gown: Jasmine Couture from Isabelle’s Bridal
Hair and makeup: Jennyfer LeClair of Volution Salon
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Groom’s tux: Vancouver police uniform/Debonair Formal Wear
Bridal party’s attire: Alfred Angelo
Cake: Sweet Thea Cakes
Music: Garry Robertson DJ Entertainment
Flowers: Roa Floral and Event Designs
Stationery: Precious Invitations


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