Being a DIY bride isn’t always easy, or budget-friendly. But, with the right supplies and a few inspired ideas it can be a cinch. As a rule of a thumb, don’t go into your wedding thinking you can craft everything–unless you have a well thought-out plan and quite a bit of time on your hands. Instead, pick a few DIY projects that you know will work in your favour. We suggest more manageable DIY crafts like a photo booth backdrop or a really unique place card setting, or, in this case: centrepieces. There are plenty of pretty (and simple!) ways to decorate your tabletops. To find a little inspiration, check out this collection of stunning DIY centrepiece ideas.
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Becoming a DIY bride (and sticking to a budget) is easier than ever before with an increasing number of free wedding templates available to download. Menus, table numbers, wedding signs and buntings are just a handful of projects that require little material and time to craft when you have the framework available to print. To help you save some time, we’ve rounded up 15 of our favourite free wedding templates for you to pick and choose from. Trust us, no one will ever suspect you scored these pretty printables gratis!
Classic style engagement rings aren’t just for the brides who want something simple and chic. Even the most fashionable ladies are not averse to wearing a more timeless piece–an elegant rock that they can still love and wear years from now. Naturally, the solitaire diamond in a platinum band setting is one of the most classic styles, especially for brides who want a hint of sparkle without being too flashy. But, if you still want a conventional ring with more glitz there’s a plethora of beautiful options such as a pavé split-shank band, a lovely halo setting or the incorporation of yellow or rose gold. We’ve gathered together 20 stunning classic style engagement rings that are guaranteed to dazzle!
Creating a unique display for your escort cards is one way to grab your guests’ attention and let them know that your wedding is no cookie-cutter celebration. Escort cards are typically little cards with each guest’s name and table assignment written or printed on them, which are then arranged in an inventive way together. Displayed at the entrance to your reception, they’re a great way to reinforce the theme of your celebration in a creative way. From playful sets of painted dinosaurs to chic champagne escort cards that double as favours, there’s no shortage of wonderful ideas. To get you inspired, here are 14 different escort card interpretations guaranteed to impress your friends and family.
A few monthes ago we outlined the hottest wedding colours for 2013 and now that you’ve started thinking about your colour palette we figured it would be a good time to introduce some beautiful bridesmaids dresses that you can preview and forward to your girlfriends. To assist you and your ladies in finding the perfect frocks, we rounded up 10 bridesmaid dresses in the most popular wedding colours of the year. The colourful list includes everything from a playful poppy red peplum gown to a ladylike mint shift dress to a chic dusty pink number (pictured above). Whatever your style or wedding colour palette, we’re confident there’s a beautiful bridesmaid dress in our slideshow that you’re bound to adore.
Whether you’re wearing your hair up, down, or you’re still undecided, the right bridal hair accessory can take your look to a whole new level. In fact, the right hair accessory can eliminate the need to invest in an overly complicated coif altogether — most fascinators actually look best when paired with a simple low chignon or loose flowing locks. Bridal hair accessories are available in a range of styles from whimsical feathery designs to updated takes on the classic vintage birdcage veil. Browse the photos below to see how you can add instant drama to your wedding day look with the right bridal hair accessory.
Finding the right bridal hair look isn’t always easy. Our best advice? Do a hair trial with your stylist to ensure you’re completely happy with your ‘do for the big day. Currently, we’re loving the look of braids – especially swept up modernized interpretations like this one (pictured above). To help in your search for bridal hair inspiration we rounded up some beautiful new ways to style your mane–from a DIY tutorial (great for destination wedding brides) to the most coveted bridal hair trends of 2013.
Bridal Hair: The Prettiest New Updos To Rock On Your Wedding Day
We’ll show you how to reinterpret everything from a classy top knot to a chic and sleek ponytail.
The Best DIY Bridal Hair Tutorials on YouTube
Planning on styling your own hair? Try one of these 10 easy step-by-step videos to get it right.
Trendy Bridal Hair Inspiration for 2013
Want more pretty inspiration? From a messy ‘do to a beautiful Gatsby-inspired look, here are 20 new new hairstyles to try.
Bridal Hair: Timeless Updos
Look like a star on your wedding day with inspiration from Hollywood’s leading ladies.
Bridal Hair: How-To Get the Boho Braid
Complement your vintage wedding vibe with a chic DIY ‘do.
Planning a marriage proposal? To ensure a smooth and romantic engagement, here’s a definitive checklist of things to consider before popping the question.
FIND THE PERFECT LOCATION
Finding the ideal venue for your marriage proposal is key. A few places to consider: on vacation, where you first met or where you had your first date. Keep in mind, if your spouse-to-be isn’t huge on public displays you may want to steer clear of Jumbotrons and public spaces that receive a lot of foot traffic.
PICK A DATE
Once you’ve got your venue in mind select a date for your marriage proposal. If the element of surprise is key, you may want to avoid popular engagement dates like Valentine’s Day, Christmas or your significant other’s birthday.
ASK THE FAMILY
If your mate is super-traditional, you’ll definitely want to ask for her dad or a family member for her hand in marriage.
FIND THE RING AND HIDE THE BLING
Finding the right engagement ring can take months. Don’t stress. Sift through her jewellery box to get an idea of her ring size and style or ask her friends about what sort of rings she’s had her eye on. Once you’ve found the perfect rock, be sure to find a good hiding place–somewhere she’ll least suspect.
COME UP WITH THE RIGHT WORDS
While a heartfelt marriage proposal is always best, try and outline what you want to say beforehand. Recall the reasons you want to spend the rest of your life with her and the moments that helped you realize she was the one. Get down on one knee for tradition’s sake and, remember, don’t forget to actually ask her to marry you.
As Valentine’s Day nears, we once again find ourselves surrounded with an abundance of romantic ideas that could easily be worked into a wedding celebration. Heart-shaped desserts, especially, are popping up all over the web from ombré cakes to homey pies to whimsical candy cakes. Easy DIY garlands and buntings inspired by Valentine’s Day are also high in demand and we’ve found ultra-cute ways to incorporate these decor items onto your dessert bar. Think red, pink and white just won’t jive with your colour palette? Don’t let that deter you from borrowing some of these inspiring ideas–you can easily switch up the hues to have them complement your wedding day.
Having trouble deciding on the type of wedding cake that will best suit your celebration? It can be hard to find the perfect sweet–especially when you want them all (rosettes, ruffles, buttercream, fondant–the list goes on). One easy way to define your search would be to start with a colour scheme and work your way up from there. Currently, green is one of the hottest hues in the wedding cake world (especially emerald, the Pantone colour of the year) but we still harbour a love of lemon, lavendar, gold, pink and, of course, classic white. We’ve collected over a dozen colourful wedding cakes to suit every colour palette.
From the Rockies all the way to the east coast, Canada is home to some of the most beautiful (and scenic) locations, which are ideal for brides who’ve dreamed of tying the knot outdoors. Need some convincing that an outdoor ceremony and reception are for you? Check out this list of outdoor wedding decoration ideas that we’ve compiled, which are also perfect for bridal showers, bachelorettes or even summer barbecues. From hanging chandeliers and lemonade stands to sparkly paper lanterns (you’ll want to steal this idea!)–these are just a sample of the items on our must-have list for summer weddings.
Participating in engagement photos is certainly becoming more and more popular these days. You only have to peruse photographers’ blogs to notice the surge of e-photos (a.k.a. engagement photos) being posted. So what exactly occurs during engagement photo sessions and how do you capture the perfect shots minus the cheese factor? We spoke to photographer Gabe McClintock from PerspectivEye Photography and asked him to give us the ins and outs of perfecting e-photos and to explain the benefits of having this sort of photo session done.
Weddingbells: Can you give us a general overview of what an engagement session is?
Gabe McClintock: “An engagement session is usually a one-to-three-hour photo session on location with a couple. It’s almost like a ‘warm up’ for the photographer and the couple, without the nerves and busyness that surround the wedding day. Nowadays, most photographers call them engagement photo sessions, e-sessions, or lifestyle sessions, however, I call them connection sessions. The reason for this is many couples that I’ve shot have commented on the feeling they get when we shoot these. They feel reconnected. Many [couples] get so caught up and busy with the planning and just life in general, that they rarely stop and just hold each other.”
WB: What are the benefits to having an engagement photo session?
GM: “I find couples are much more relaxed on the wedding day if we have shot together beforehand. I usually meet couples seven months to a year and a half in advance of their wedding. If the next time I meet the bride is while she is getting dressed the day of her wedding, trust me, we are strangers once again and she is going to feel uncomfortable. Now if we meet four to five months prior to the wedding day for a connection session, and then we meet again to go over their images, and then I see her on the wedding day, she is going to feel much more relaxed as we have already worked together more than once. These sessions are a great way for the couple to see how their photographer works, if they make you feel comfortable in front of the camera, and the way they process the images afterwards. For me it’s the perfect way to see how couples interact with each other. Every couple is different, every couple connects differently; therefore, there is never a one-size-fits-all solution and pose. All these reasons combined, make for even better images on the day of the wedding.”
WB: What are three things that couples should consider when booking these engagement sessions?
GM: “Firstly, I ask all my couples before we set up their connection session what look they want (i.e. urban, natural, grungy, etc.). Once that is decided, I will suggest a few locations to match that look. Secondly, the time of day for the session will have a huge impact on the mood of the images. Mid-afternoon and high sun will give a much more edgy, hard look. Late evening, an hour or two before sunset will produce a warm, much more intimate look and feeling in the image. Lastly, I get asked a lot about clothing. For me neutral tones are best. No big logos or patterns, but overall, just wear something that you feel comfortable in.”
WB: What makes a great session?
GM: “A great session is created when the couple is comfortable enough with their photographer that they forget he or she is even there. They are connected with each other so emotionally that it can be captured in an image—this makes for a great session. Everything else is secondary to that emotion and connection.”
WB: Do you notice any trends or patterns that couples are asking for these days?
GM: “I think many couples want a more natural look, less posed, something that their parents didn’t have in their photo albums. My couples want an image they can hang as art and showcase, not hide away in a box in the basement.”
While a traditional wedding photo taken with the bridal party and family members make a nice keepsake, we love when couples go above and beyond with their wedding shots. Striking a unique bridal pose with your posse (or your mister!) is one way to instill your fun personalities into any wedding photo. Not to mention, they would be great printouts for you to hang around the house–or would even make nice “thank-you” photo cards. Think that taking a creative wedding photo just isn’t your style? There are all sorts of way to get inventive with your guests, while still keeping things classy and romantic. For example, having an intimate celebration with less than 50 people? Have your photographer gather everyone together to create a heart-shaped pose (as pictured above). Or, if you’re having wedding sparklers at the end of the evening, twirl them around to create words, your wedding date, or letters (your initials) for picture-perfect wedding photos. For couples that love the idea of including props, try including a frame (big enough to fit you and your groom). To get you inspired for your own shots, here’s a round-up of 10 fun wedding photo ideas to try.
After a month of chatting online, Kathryn and Jeremy decided to meet face to face at a local pub. “I was reluctant at first but intrigued by his sense of humour,” Kathryn laughs. The chemistry between the two was palpable off-line as well and their “quick drinks” turned into an eight-hour date! Three years later the two said “I do” at a vineyard wedding with an intimate gathering of 45 guests at Vineland Estates Winery in Niagara Falls. Inspired by the lush green landscape and abundance of wine at their disposal, the pair treated guests to a delicious wine and food-pairing menu designed by Chef Justin Downes. To end the night Kathryn and Jeremy surprised guests with yet another wine-themed treat: Chardonnay almond brittle. “We were so thrilled with how the day turned out,” Kathryn reflects. “To describe the day in one word: amazing!”
Kathryn Wise and Jeremy Hall, June 9, 2012, Vineland, Ontario
Photography courtesy of Pam Breese (www.pambreese.com)
Ceremony and reception location: Vineland Estate Wineries
Dress: Becker’s Bridal
Groom’s tux: Moores
Bridal party attire: Champagne and Cupcakes
Hair: Frosting Mobile Beauty Studio (email@example.com)
Makeup: Frosting Mobile Beauty Studio (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Music: Mike Daley
Cake: Aggie Downes Cakes
Caterer: Vineland Estate Wineries
Favours: Christy’s Gourmet Gifts (905-336-9080); donation Alzheimer’s Society of Ontario and McMaster Children’s Hospital.
Flowers: Mimosa Flower Studio
See all of the photos of this classic vineyard wedding in Vineland, Ontario