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8 Long-Lasting Makeup Musts We Love

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Wedding days typically start very early and end late. Couple that with tears and laughter and you’ve got perfect storm for makeup meltdown. It absolutely does not have to be this way and you can (yes really, you can!) have a perfect face from morning to night if you use the right long-wearing makeup essentials. From the perfect waterproof eye pencil, to a long-lasting blush, eye shadow and lippy, here’s our custom-curated extended-wear makeup kit.

How To Plan Your Wedding Using Pinterest


Scrapbooking is so 2009. This year it’s all about Pinterest. What is Pinterest? Just the hottest website of 2012, according to CNN. This virtual bulletin board lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web and for that reason it’s an absolutely invaluable tool for wedding-planning. Get ready to toss all those tear-outs cluttering up your apartment and that bulky binder you’ve been stashing ideas in since before he proposed. We’re going to show you how to get completely organized (and inspired!) using this amazing website.

5 Tips for Picking Your Dream Venue


Photo courtesy of The Loft Hotel

After selecting a date, one of the first steps you’ll take in the planning of your wedding is choosing a venue. We asked Laura Atendido and Kelly Spinelli of Laura Kelly Wedding Designs and Rich Bride, Poor Bride about the details brides often overlook when selecting a venue and they helped us come up with the following five tips for securing your ideal location.

Uncover Hidden Expenses
Gratuities, lighting, audio and sometimes even cake cutting are all costs that can often be left out of a venue’s standard fee. For a more realistic price, Atendido and Spinelli say brides should ask for a quote that includes all possible add-ons. That way, hidden expenses won’t mess with your wedding budget later on in the planning process.

Cut Costs Creatively
Chances are a venue will probably be one of the most expensive aspects of your wedding. And if you’re on a tight budget, you might be wondering how you can lessen the blow. Atendido and Spinelli  say there are ways of saving without sacrificing the quality of your venue, like asking if the venue can provide a consumption bar during dinner hours instead of an open bar. “This means the bar will be kept open during dinner but you are only paying for the drinks ordered,” says Atendido. Another sneaky way to cut costs is to omit a late night snack by choosing to serve your wedding cake instead.

Do Your Homework
Just like writing a test, the entire location selection process will be easier if you know your stuff. It might seem obvious, but before even visiting a venue you should read reviews, visit the website of each site you’re considering and request a wedding package with rates specific to your big day. And even if you have your heart set on a certain spot, Atendido and Spinelli suggest visiting at least five or six venues before making your final selection.

Ask And You Shall Receive
Though the base price of a site will usually have very little wiggle room, it’s advisable to at least try to negotiate your way into a deal that works for you and your budget. Food and beverage upgrades and a better payment plan are all options that can be negotiated. Atendido and Spinelli say brides would be surprised by the amount of positive responses they can get just by asking. But the pair also says you should always remember to “do your negotiations before you sign on the dotted line.” After the contract is signed, you’ll have significantly less leverage.

Details, Details, Details
When you fall in love with a space, it’s easy to overlook details and forget to pin down the specifics. While base fees and capacity are something you’ll initially inquire about, there are also a lot of intricate details that come along with choosing a venue. Atendido and Spinelli say brides should absolutely ask about server to guest ratios, handicap accessibility, whether or not there will be complimentary tastings and when you will be able to set up for your big day. As well, you should be clear about the rules. Some venues might require you to use in-house rental companies, follow a certain payment plan or have a minimum amount for revenue or number of guests.

A Sunlight-Inspired Summer Wedding in Parksville, British Columbia

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Corrine Mulligan and Fyfe Nilsson, July 23 2011, Parksville, British Columbia

Photography courtesy of Greg Howard Photography (www.greghoward.ca)


Ceremony and reception location: Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa and Resort
Dress: Enzoani
Vancouver Island University students
MAC Cosmetics
Groom’s tux:
Calvin Klein from Tip Top Tailors
Bridal party attire:
 After Six
Flowers: Blossoms ‘n Such
Rodrigo Figueroa (guitarist for ceremony); Odyssey Sound Entertainment (Don Tessier for reception)
Favours: Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society and homemade chocolate bundles (Hershey kisses wrapped in yellow/silver tulle)
Leri Giannotti
Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa and Resort
Linens: Pedersens Rentals from Burnaby, BC


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