January 6th, 2012

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What You Should Know Before You Hit The Bridal Shows


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Newly engaged? One of the easiest ways to connect with wedding vendors in your area is to grab your maid of honour or hubby-to-be and head to one of the many bridal shows taking place across Canada this month. These annual and biannual shows are a great way to make contacts and begin the planning process. Make the most of your wedding show experience with these three essential tips.

The Weddingbells team will be at the shows listed below, so stop by to say hello and pick up the Spring/Summer 2012 issue.

Toronto & Southwestern Ontario

Canada’s Bridal Show January 6-8 at Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Tickets are $15 and can only be purchased at the door.

Total Wedding Show January 20-22 at International Centre. Tickets are $15 at the door or $14 if purchased online.

National Bridal Show January 27-29 at Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place. Tickets are $15 at the door, $12 online, or free for brides-to-be who register online.

Ottawa, Montreal & Atlantic

Wedding Palace Bridal Show January 7-8 at Ottawa Convention Centre. Tickets are $20 online.

Le Salon de la Mariée January 28-29 at Palais des congrès de Montrèal. Tickets are $10 plus tax at the door.

Calgary & Edmonton

Edmonton Bridal Fair January 15 at Shaw Conference Centre. Tickets are $20 at the door or $18 if purchased online.

Calgary Bridal Fair January 22 at BMO Centre, Stampede Park. Tickets are $20 online.

Manitoba & Saskatchewan

Wonderful Wedding Show January 21-22 at Winnipeg Convention Centre. Tickets are $12 plus fees at the door and online.

British Columbia

Vancouver Wedding Fair January 7-8 at Westin Bayshore Hotel. Tickets are $25 plus tax at the door or $20 plus tax if purchased online.

Victoria Bridal Fair January 22 at Crystal Garden. Tickets are $20 at the door or $18 if purchased online.

8 Black Velvet Shoes And Clutches We Heart

Fashion & Beauty » Veils & Accessories

Blame our obsession with Downton Abbey (season two starts this Sunday on PBS…weeee!) if you like, but currently we are so, so, SO in smitten with black velvet everything. To us, the fabric equals instant luxury and adds an air of richness to any and every outfit. For winter weddings, we think black velvet accessories, particularly fabulous shoes and bags, are the height of chicness and the good news is this season (and now it’s sale season!) there are tons of great pieces to choose from out there. Here are eight of our favourites.

Where Should The Majority Of Your Wedding Budget Be Spent? We’ll Tell You.

advice » planning

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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.

Q: Where do you think the most important part of your budget should go to on your big day?
- Melissa Ann Dorey via Facebook

A: Hi Melissa,

This is completely up to the priorities you have set as a couple when creating your overall budget. It’s usually determined by your culture, custom and desires.

Traditionally 40% to 50% is allocated for reception venue costs: staffing, food and beverages, taxes and tip, which makes it the “most” but not always the most “important.” Most brides will argue that the most important element is the gown, even though total attire costs, including accessories and the groom’s suit, usually only make up 10% of the entire budget.

For some, however, a destination or photography trumps an expensive wedding wardrobe. So you see, it’s completely dependent on how you’ve decided to bring your vision to life.

The good news is that by asking the question, it indicates that you realize the most important part of wedding planning is creating a comprehensive, realistic budget. When dividing your total figure amongst these line items, you are setting your priorities and the “most important” or “most costly” elements will appear as a result.

Hope this helps!


Find David on Facebook at Facebook.com/theaislefile

12 Hot Bouquet Styles for 2012 Weddings

planning » Bouquets & Flowers » planning

Wedding flowers are a detail essential to your day–especially the bouquet. So, why not wow the crowd with a romantic arrangement that’s equally beautiful and trendy for 2012? Here are 12 spectacular stems worth considering for your own wedding day.

An East Coast Charm-Filled Seaside Wedding in Indian Harbour, Nova Scotia

real weddings

Emily Uhrig and Jake Morash, August 20, 2011, Indian Harbour, Nova Scotia.

Photography courtesy Alex & Kate MacAulay, (amphoto.com).

Ceremony and reception location: Oceanstone Inn and Cottages
Dress: Lea Ann Belter
Hair and makeup: Vanessa Mills and Margot Nicole Smith of The Interlude Spa
Groom’s tux: Calvin Klein
Bridal party attire: Aria Dress
Cake: Eat the Cake First (902-543-7860)
Flowers: Props Floral Design
Music: Brooks DJ Entertainment
Planners: Avril Mulholland of Update Events
Caterer: Oceanstone Inn and Cottages
Stationery: Duly Noted Stationery
Favours: Pete’s Frootique


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