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10 Great Reasons to Honeymoon on Sicily’s Ionian Coast

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With stunning beaches, perfectly-preserved medieval villages clinging to rugged cliff sides, and views westward to awe-inspiring Mount Etna, Sicily’s eastern coastline been called the fabled island’s answer to the Amalfi Coast and offers everything you could ask for in a honeymoon destination: great food, gorgeous scenery, fabulous weather and plenty of memorable activities to keep you busy.

Where to stay: Head straight to Taormina – this small town perched atop Monte Tauro has a fine selection of villas and B&Bs to choose from and the views of the sparkling coastline will take your breath away.

How to get there: Fly into Catania’s Fontanarossa Airport then board a bus for the hour-and-a-half-long ride up the mountain to Taormina or look for a Mediterranean cruise, like those offered by Silversea, that stops in the nearby port of Giardini Naxos.

Click through the slides below to see a snapshot of all that Taormina has to offer.

Lazaro Spring 2013

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On the hunt for a show-stopping ballgown to wear on your wedding day? Look no further than Lazaro’s Spring 2013 offering. Voluminous skirts in soft pastel shades paired perfectly with form-fitting bodices adorned with jewels and lace — perfect for the princess bride.

Photography courtesy of firstVIEW

Win One Of Three Copies Of The Jane Austen Marriage Manual

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The Jane Austen Marriage Manual is definitely one of the must-read, buzzy books of summer and we’re thrilled that HarperCollins has provided us with a few copies to give away to three lucky readers. We’ve just finished this delightful and delicious book, written by Kim Izzo, a Canadian girl who also just happens to be a good friend of Weddingbells and an engaged lady herself. As the title denotes, the story is absolutely Austen-influenced and chronicles the love, life and times of  Kate Shaw, a single freelance writer between magazine gigs, on the verge of the big 4-0. Kate ultimately lands an interesting assignment that changes the course of her life—answering the question is it possible, in these modern times—and at a certain age—to marry well? Trust us, you will love where Kate’s adventures take her and the book is the perfect escape from wedding planning.

To win, you need to tap into your own creative juices and tell us who your favourite Jane Austen heroine is and why. We’ll pick our favourite two answers. Contest closes May 30 and is open to residents of Canada only.

UPDATE: Congratulations to our contest winners Robin and Melanie! Enjoy your books.

15 Ways to Host an All-White Wedding

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In the famous words of Billy Idol: “It’s a nice day for a white wedding!” Take a cue from the Kates (Middleton and Moss), who both chose all-white wedding parties for their celebrations. The elegance of white can transform your wedding into a classic and stylish affair that will stand the test of time. Whether you wed in the winter months or in the summer season, white will always be in style. If you crave a white out on your wedding day, peruse these 15 white elements from bridesmaids’ dresses to centrepieces.

An Elegant, Rustic Wedding in Montreal

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Kristen Gingera and Corey Wilson, September 17, 2011, Montreal, Quebec.

Photography courtesy of Kate Fellerath Photography (www.fellerath.com).

Vendors
Ceremony and reception location: Parc Jean-Drapeau
Wedding Planners: Montreal Wedding Butler
Dress:
David’s Bridal
Groom’s tux: Classy Formal Wear
Bridal party attire: David’s Bridal
Hair: Salon L’Arc Ange
Makeup:
Salon L’Arc Ange
Music: Nicolas Boyle (djnix@yahoo.ca)
Cake: Deborah Deliva (debdeliva@gmail.com)
Caterer: Gourmaison
Favours: Flower seeds in homemade envelopes
Flowers: Tout Simplement Sophie
Stationery: DIY with supplies purchased from Cards & Pockets

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