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Table Number Ideas To Suit Every Wedding Theme

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10 Awesome Table Number Ideas to Fit Your Wedding Theme - Flower Vase

Table numbers are one of those wedding decor details that are easy to accidentally overlook. However, unlike selfie stations and candy buffets, they’re fairly mandatory if you’re going with assigned seating at your reception.

We’ve got plenty of table number ideas to get you excited about planning this important reception detail. Think about upgrading your centrepiece displays with stand-out statement items like numbered agate slices, vintage dishes, books or laser-cut wooden stakes that enhance the overall aesthetic of your celebration.

Super Cool Cactus Wedding Details

Planning » Wedding Decor

10 Great Ways to Infuse Your Wedding with Cacti - Cupcakes

Forget succulents. Cactus wedding details can bring a boho-chic aesthetic to any celebration – and they’re especially great for the bride looking for a relatively cost-effective, low-maintenance alternative to typical wedding florals.

Don’t be fooled by this plant’s prickly exterior; the cactus has actually come to symbolize longevity and endurance – can you imagine a more appropriate plant to incorporate into your wedding?!

From signage to table numbers, there are countless ways to incorporate these hearty desert plants into your wedding decor. Get creative and use cacti as cake toppers, wedding favours, or centrepieces for a unique look that’s equal parts whimsical and earthy.

Mark Zunino Fall 2017 Wedding Dresses

Fashion & Beauty » Wedding Dresses

Mark Zunino Fall 2017 Wedding Dresses

Mark Zunino’s Fall 2017 collection for Kleinfeld offers something for every bride. Gowns of every style, hue, fabric and silhouette are included in the new line, and there are more than a few jaw-dropping statement pieces for those going for a dramatic wedding look. The collection also boasts plenty of luxe fabrics, romantic textures and unique cuts to offer a fresh take on the classic bridal ensemble.

A few of our favourites from the collection include the dreamy nude stunner with an intricate neckpiece and a translucent skirt, perfect for the sultry bride. The strapless floral frock is another show-stopper, while the ethereal off-white gowns with romantic lace detailing and flowing fabrics would be perfect for a boho bride.

A Sophisticated Blush Pink Wedding

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A Sophisticated Blush Pink and Gold Wedding in Toronto - Bride and Groom

Sean and Caitlin first met when they were kids, but their paths didn’t cross again until much later, when they were both teachers coaching rival basketball teams. “Sean insists to this day that his team beat mine, but I’m not so sure,” Caitlin laughs.

Sean proposed at Nathan Phillips Square, the place where the couple first exchanged the words “I love you.” After ordering a limo to escort Caitlin to the square, Sean got down on one knee in front of the water fountains and popped the question. “I knew instantly what was happening. It was perfect!” Caitlin says.

The couple chose Arcadian Loft for their wedding venue as it overlooks the place where they became engaged. Plus, the pair loves Oliver & Bonacini resturants, so they knew from the start that it would be perfect for them. Not only did their venue provide a stunning view and great food, but the location also made for some gorgeous photo ops around downtown Toronto. “Walking through the heart of downtown Toronto for our photos was so much fun. Even though we were shooting on Friday during rush hour, somehow it felt like it was just us,” Caitlin says.

For their wedding decor, the couple chose a soft palette of blush pink and navy with gold accents for a touch of glamour. “We wanted a contrast between the modernity of the city and the softness of a summer wedding, which is why we chose navy and pink. The gold added some much needed sparkle, and represented the ‘gold’ in my maiden name, Treadgold. It was the perfect combination,” she explains.

Above all, Caitlin says that her favourite moment of the day was walking down the aisle towards her groom. “As soon as we saw each other, our nerves were instantly calmed. I don’t think we stopped smiling from that moment on,” she remembers.

Caitlin Treadgold and Sean Blea, Friday, July 3, 2015, Toronto, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Christine Cousins.

Ceremony and reception venue: Arcadian Loft
Bridal gown: Hayley Paige from Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay
Bridal party attire: Mori Lee from Diva Boutique
Groom’s tux: Empire Customs
Music: Brent Miller Live
Hair and makeup: Toronto Beauty Group
Flowers: Branching Out

Creative Cake Toppers For Every Type Of Wedding

Planning » Wedding Cakes


Looking for a fun and eye-catching way to decorate your wedding cake? Look no further than one of these cute and creative cake toppers, which can jazz up even the most basic boxed cake. Whether your wedding vibe is rustic, modern, elegant, boho, or industrial-chic, there’s an adorable topper out there to put the finishing touches on your dessert spread and really wow your guests.

From metallic-painted dinosaurs to pastel baubles, there are so many fun ways to get creative and DIY your own cake topper. You won’t regret creating something truly meaningful to add to your cake, and the best part is that it will make for a cute keepsake that you can bring out on anniversaries down the road.

A Romantic Winter Wedding In Ottawa

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A Romantic Winter Wedding in Ottawa - Bride and Groom

Alex proposed to Allison at their home on Christmas Eve. “He had prepared a delicious meal, served it by candlelight and we shared it with a bottle of my favourite red wine,” Allison remembers. “I wasn’t completely surprised by his proposal, which is a good thing because I really don’t like surprises! He executed this event perfectly,” she says.

For their wedding, the couple chose a gorgeous venue, The Ivy Restaurant in the Thousand Islands along the St. Lawrence River. “Stunning views of the water and adjacent snow-covered woodland made a perfect backdrop for a romantic winter celebration,” Allison says. A colour palette of white, silver, burgundy and grey helped to tie together the winter wonderland theme and add some romance to the décor. “We chose these colours because burgundy is a warm, luxurious colour that added richness and depth to the winter landscape of crisp white and grey tones, and we added silver elements to the décor for a touch of sparkle,” Allison says.

The bride and groom didn’t choose their venue just for its gorgeous views and ideal location, though. “One of the main reasons we chose The Ivy Restaurant for our venue was because of the amazing food. Our menu was comprised of four courses: the first being a cream of Gruyère soup with caramelized onions and sourdough crostini; followed by a red beet carpaccio and arugula goat cheese salad; the main course was a braised beef short rib cooked to perfection; and dessert was the best sticky toffee pudding ever,” Allison says.

To end off a night of delicious food on a sweet note, Allison and Alex gifted their guests with chocolate wedding favours. “Each guest received two truffles at their place setting. Alex and I chose the chocolates to represent our favourite flavours: a dark chocolate with amaretto and a milk chocolate with orange cream,” she says.

Aside from the food and their breathtaking venue, Allison says the best part of the day was walking down the aisle towards her groom. “The feeling you get when you see everyone you love together in one place and also watching your soul mate standing so proudly at the front is incredible – definitely a moment I will never forget,” she says.

Allison Bednar and Alexander Carey, January 9, 2015, Ottawa, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Anne-Marie Bouchard of AMB Photo.

Ceremony and reception venue: The Ivy Restaurant
Wedding planner: Erica Irwin Weddings and Events
Bridal gown: Allure Bridals from Alliance Bridal
Flowers: Wedecor
Hair: Showpony
Makeup: One Fine Beauty

Inventive Wedding Food And Drink Stations Your Guests Will Love

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10 Amazing Bar-Style Food and Drink Stations Your Guests Will Love - Popcorn

While your guests are no doubt excited to watch you walk down the aisle, it’s the food they’ll be buzzing about before, during and after the main event.

With wedding food and drink stations becoming more and more creative (and affordable), there’s no excuse not to have this sort of set-up included in your event. Not only are these sorts of  stations convenient for serving hungry guests, but they help to create a relaxed, laid-back vibe that will make your friends and family feel at ease.

Some of the trendiest wedding food and drink stations out there include gourmet popcorn bars, s’mores stations, and of course, the ever-popular mimosa bar. Peruse these fun foodie ideas to gather some inspiration for your wedding day spread.

Minimalist Tablescapes For A Chic Urban Wedding

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10 Minimalist Tablescapes for an Urban Wedding

In our books, simpler is always better, and what better way to ensure your guests love your wedding set-up than by sticking to clean and crisp reception decor? Even if you’re looking for something ultra-luxe and romantic, minimalist tablescapes will never fail to impress your guests and create an intimate feel at your reception dinner.

The best way to keep it simple is to infuse your table with tons of fresh greenery, monochromatic candles and modern place settings. It’s best to steer clear of complicated centrepieces and intense charger plates that will clutter up your tables.

From cool copper detailing to old-world, candlelit romance, there are so many ways to make your minimalist tablescapes stand out and really shine on your big day. To get you started, here are 10 of our favourite simple reception table set-ups.

The Best Flowers For Winter Weddings

Planning » Bouquets & Flowers

The Best Flowers for a Stunning Winter Wedding - Cotton

Planning a winter wedding? While you might have chosen a less popular time of year for a celebration than spring or summer, you definitely chose a season with plenty of stunning blooms perfect for your bridal bouquet!

It might be intuitive to think that winter is the off-season in terms of flowers, but there are actually endless beautiful options available for winter arrangements despite the colder temps.

A few of our favourites for the season are leafy green foliage, modern-looking anemones and even fluffy cotton for a rustic look. Check out the gallery below to familiarize yourself with the best flowers for winter weddings.

A Vineyard Wedding In Niagara-On-The-Lake

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A Classic Wedding in Niagara-on-the-Lake - Bride and Groom

Michael and Kaitlynn first met at work, where they developed a friendship that grew into something more. “As time passed, we both realized we were growing into something special, and wanted to explore a relationship with each other. Michael asked me out on a date, and after that, we were inseparable,” Kaitlynn says. Later, Michael decided to make it official, proposing over their Christmas holidays in South America. “To my heart’s joy, a ring box was waiting for me in the Christmas tree. Michael took the box in his hand, got down on one knee, and in the most loving way, asked me to be his wife, and share the rest of his life,” says Kaitlynn.

Michael and Kaitlynn chose a cream and gold colour scheme for their wedding venue, Stratus Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. “The palette we selected was warm, classic and romantic, which fit the balmy month of August,” Kaitlynn explains. “It was a great reflection of the dreamy feel we wanted to create in the romantic winery setting.”

One of the bride’s favourite wedding features was the flowers. “I’m in love with flowers. Ever since I watched Julia Robert’s wedding in Steel Magnolias, I knew I wanted flowers–lots of them—at my wedding,” says Kaitlynn. “I was so thrilled when I walked outside and saw how the reception area was arranged. It was like walking into a blossoming garden of matrimonial Eden!”

The day was full of special moments, but both the bride and groom agree that one the best parts of the evening was their first dance. “We chose the acoustic version of ‘A Thousand Years’ by Christina Perri to bring out extra emotion for what we felt on the day. This dance is one of my favourite moments to watch in our wedding video,” Kaitlynn says. Exchanging their vows was another unforgettable moment from the wedding, one which Kaitlynn says she will cherish forever. “Just hearing the man you have dreamed of all your life promise to love you, and be with you for eternity, is a moment that can’t be put into words.”

Kaitlynn Elliott and Michael Lawlor, August 22, 2015, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Brandon Scott.

Ceremony and reception venue: Stratus Vineyards
Bridal gown: Stella York from Sophie’s Gown Shoppe
Caterer: Queen’s Landing
Decor: Simply Beautiful Decor
Flowers: Wine Country Floral
Music: Sound Obsession
Stationery: Statue Rue


A Rustic And Romantic Wedding In Calgary

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A Rustic and Romantic Wedding in Calgary - Bride and Groom

Jeremy proposed to Theresa at the end of a month-long Europe trip, during their last stop in Paris. “On our last night there we went to the Eiffel Tower at sunset where he proposed,” Theresa remembers.

For their wedding, the couple put a lot of thought into small details that they knew would make the event festive and engaging. “We had a lot of fun coming up with the ideas, including: the handwritten place cards, a DIY macramé backdrop, selfie stick wedding favours, the wedding hashtag (#Jermesa2015), and the Polaroid and fingerprint guestbooks,” she says.

The theme was rustic romance with a palette of soft neutrals accented with bold greenery. “We wanted our wedding colours to be subtle and timeless, so we went with blush pinks, ivory and gold as our main hues. Our venue, Saskatoon Farm, featured plenty of beautiful shrubs and bold colours, so we tied it all together by adding gorgeous greenery to the bouquets,” Theresa says.

One of the couple’s favourite parts of the wedding was the super fun reception. “The wedding games we played were hilarious and quite unique. Whenever guests clinked their glasses, the MC would pick a famous kiss for us and another couple in the room to copy: we ended up emulating the Titanic kiss, the dip and kiss, and The Notebook kiss—everyone loved it!”

Theresa Duong and Jeremy Yeon, August 29, 2015, Calgary, Alberta.

Photography courtesy of Shannon Yau.

Ceremony location: The Saskatoon Farm
Reception location: Calgary Zoo
Bridal gown: The Bridal Centre
Cake: Pretty Sweet
Favours: Selfie sticks from AliExpress
Flowers: Occasional Bloom
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas

A Rustic Wedding In Uxbridge, Ontario

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A Classic, Vintage Wedding in Uxbridge - Bride and Groom

Erik and Caitlin first met at Bishop’s University in Quebec. “On our first date, Erik taught me to drive standard in his trusty Mazda Protege 5. Seven years later, he proposed while we were sitting down by the bonfire at a cottage we had rented. I, of course, said yes!” Caitlin says.

In honour of the place they met, the couple chose a wedding colour palette based on the Bishop’s school colours, purple and silver. “Our colour scheme was lavender and grey. We felt that this was true to us but also a little more elegant for our wedding,” Caitlin explains.

For their venue, the couple chose Skyloft ski hill in Uxbridge, Ontario, a chalet with a rustic feel .”We felt like the vintage, rustic decor at our wedding helped to elevate the beauty and elegance of the space. Plus, it gave us the opportunity to do some fun DIY projects!” Caitlin says.

The couple says that of all the special moments throughout the day, sharing a first look before the ceremony was the most memorable. “It calmed my nerves significantly and allowed for the intimacy that the ceremony couldn’t provide. That private moment was one of the best parts of the whole day,” Caitlin remembers.

Caitlin McNamee-Lamb and Erik Johannesson, August 29, 2015, Uxbridge, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Ally & Nicholas Photography.

Ceremony and reception venue: Skyloft Ski Resort
Bridal gown: Casablanca Bridal from Michelle My Belle
Flowers: Ruffles & Twine
Minister: Rev. James Tyler Robertson
Music: Durham Wedding DJs

10 Epic Wedding Send-Offs That Don’t Involve Rice


10 Epic Send-Off Photos That Don't Involve Rice - Confetti

There’s nothing more romantic than a dramatic send-off involving all your closest friends and family. It makes for one of the most memorable celebratory moments of any wedding, and it’s definitely one that you’ll want to capture and frame later on. Next to the first dance and the first kiss, your send-off is the best photo op of your entire big day, so you’ll want to make sure it’s as epic as can be.

As wedding trends change and evolve, brides have become super inventive with everything from their ceremony backdrop to the shoes they wear on their wedding day, and the creativity doesn’t stop with the send-off. First, think about whether you want to do your send-off right after your ceremony or as you leave the reception venue — this will help you determine what the best celebratory props will be.

While having your guests throw rice at the end of the ceremony used to be the norm, there are so many cooler alternatives that are way more photogenic. From sparklers to paper planes, take a peek at the gallery below to see our favourite ideas.

A Rustic, Elegant Wedding In Calgary

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A Rustic, Elegant Wedding in Calgary - Bride and Groom

Kyle and Brianna first met in high school. “Our mutual friend told me Kyle had a crush on me and I was the only girl he wanted to date. After a few dates, we were inseparable,” Brianna explains.

As soon as they were engaged, the couple knew they wanted a simple and romantic feel for their wedding. “We didn’t want anything too over-the-top, so we chose a rustic yet elegant theme with a pink, cream and gold palette. I loved how classic and beautiful everything turned out,” says Brianna.

Brianna admits her favourite moment of the day was the first look. “It was amazing to have a moment to ourselves to just enjoy and think about why we were getting married,” she says. “We loved how we were able to soak everything in and share in our happiness together.”

Another unforgettable moment from the wedding was saying “I do.” “We had been together for eight years on our wedding day, so it had been a long time coming! Finally getting married was so special,” Brianna says.

Brianna Shyiak and Kyle Albert, May 14, 2016, Calgary, Alberta.

Photography courtesy of GingerSnap Photography.

Ceremony and reception venue: The Lake House
Bridal gown: David’s Bridal
Flowers: Funky Petals
Groom’s tux: Suit Supply
Music: Pez Productions
Stationery: Minted and Mixbook