BRIDAL FANTASY MAGAZINE
Hold SPRING/SUMMER 2008
Formalwear Perfectly Suited
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Table of Contents 10 11
Editor’s Letter Bridal Fantasy Contributors
111 Petal Perfection
the Fashion & Beauty Planning Party 18 Dress Divine 26 28 62 77 81 82
The Perfect Fit Budget Bride Eye Spy Hair and The Girl Bridal Beauty For Yours Ears Only
Features 43 83 86 96 109 8
Colour My World The Great Getaway Making Waves Cultural Colour Formalwear Done Right
50 52 53 54 55 56 58 124 126
Green Weddings-Your Menu Theme Time Receptions...Earth Friendly Edible Centrepieces Centrepiece Games Make It Unique Receptions Let’s Dance the Night Away Melodious Music
News & Extras 32 34
The Bachelorette Bash Wedding Cake Couture
35 44 94 94 95 137
Cake Cost Saver Helping Hands Gettin’ Around A Fairytale Wedding Sneak Peak Happy Kids
Gifts & Goodies 48 Wish List for the Girls 119 Fabulous Favours 122 Registries
Flourishing Florals 112 The Meaning of Flowers 113 Flower Power 115 Fresh Florals
60 BF Bride’s Guide
102 103 104 106 107 108
60 68 70 72 73
Gorgeous Grooms Getting Shirty Do Your Duty The Groom’s Day Fashion Done Formally After Dark
Empowerment 66 127 128 130 131 134 135 136
De-Stress Quickly The Evolution of Wedding Vows Night-time Sensation Mental Grooming Money Memories How to Get More of What You Want Refresh Your Spirit Empower Your Marriage
Choosing A Destination Photographer Trash The Dress Picture Perfect Say Cheese! Photo Album Basics
Tell the World 90 92 93
Invitation Innovations Thank You Card Etiquette Environmentally Friendly Invitations
It’s all about unique weddings for 2008. This issue of Bridal Fantasy Magazine highlights original ideas that will inspire you. For a fairytale bride, we’ve found a Cinderella carriage. The fashionable bride can skip to the gown section and be transformed. For the budget bride, look for the Cost-Saver tips. For the eco-friendly bride, Green Weddings will give your meal local appeal. The creative bride will be inspired by Do-ItYourself tricks included in many sections. Cultural Colour may leave you scouring ethnic stores for Flamenco and Indian accessories, and spark your desire for a wedding date with an eight. The edgy cascade bouquet will capture your eye, while the idea of an ice cream sundae bar for midnight lunch will excite your taste buds. Our Cake Quiz provides expert advice from cake artists and the romantic travel feature will have you counting down the days until you can escape. May you find inspiration in these pages. Wishing you a one-of-a-kind wedding. Heidi Dennis, Associate Editor
138 Decorating Diva 139 Find Your Organizing Style 142 Advertiser Listing
Editor-in-Chief Gay Derk
Associate Editor Heidi Dennis Contributing Editor Sereena Schneider Creative Design The Bridal Fantasy Team Photography and Art Director Darrell Derk Creative Director Mandy Bilous Clothing Styling Sterling Derk Mandy Bilous Heidi Dennis Design and Production RR Donnelley Graphic Design Mandy Bilous Marketing & Sales Heidi Dennis Kathy Powys-Lybbe Mandy Bilous Circulation & Distribution Heidi Dennis Article Contributors Barbara Day Curtis Comeau Giselle Yanish Kelley Keehn Sheri Gessner Stacy Walker Tamara Jones Tanya McGinnis Wayne Lee Make-up Artists Avanti Salon & Spa Chocolate Mousse Salon & Spa Pamela Parker Hair Stylists Elysium Hair.Body.Spirit Chocolate Mousse Salon & Spa Pamela Parker Photography Curtis Comeau, Instant Memories Ki H. Kang, H.O.M. Photo Inc. Brendan White Klyment Tan – Klyment.com Inc Jonathan Puckrin – jonathanpuckrin.com Mandy Bilous Nick Croken Nick Hawkeye Publishers Gay and Darrell Derk Derks Media Werks Derks Fine Group of Companies Bridal Fantasy is published by Derks Formals, a division of Derks Fine Group of Companies. Bridal Fantasy Magazine is published once a year. The views and opinions herein do not necessarily represent those of Bridal Fantasy, its publisher, editor or employees. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written consent of the publisher.
Entering the White Zone Welcome to Bridal Fantasy Magazine! You’ve just been proposed to and are now entering “the white zone”. The obsession begins with gowns, colours, invitations, flowers and favours. So many things to do, so many choices, and so many decisions to make. We’ve focused on dresses we think will help you find your dress divine, a dress with the “X factor”. Groom’s fashions too, have come a long way in the last couple of years…check out “Dressing To Impress” where we celebrate the groom looking good too. We’ve got the latest colours and trends for bridesmaids and bouquets. We hope our magazine will give you some inspiration and that touch of style you’re looking for in your wedding. Gay Derk Editor-in-Chief
On the Cover: Dress: Mori Lee, available at Ethos Jewellery: Ethos Hair & Makeup: Pamela Parker Photography: Klyment Tan Model: Kasia, Déja Vu Modeling Int’l Stylist: Mandy Bilious
WHERE YOUR FANTASY BEGINS Visit our new salon and experience the thrill of ﬁnding that perfect wedding dress. Our enthusiastic consultants will show you our fabulous selection of stunning designer gowns, bridesmaid gowns, veils, tiaras, jewelry, shoes and more. We look forward to making your wedding day perfect. Visit our new salon at:
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Dress: La Sposa Style: Modenia Available at: Denilore Bridal Flowers: la piazza dasee Hair & Makeup: Avanti Salon & Spa
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Dress Divine From the classic church to a glitzy evening bash, modern day weddings are the perfect excuse for finding a divine dress. As the bride it goes without saying that finding an utterly fabulous yet appropriate wedding gown is the ultimate pre-event challenge. Classic calls for luxuriously stylish dresses enhanced with glamorous accessories, while an evening soiree demands a super striking gown and gleaming jewellery.
Then there’s the destination wedding and the beach…the perfect opportunity for simplicity and elegance. Here’s how to look sensational.
The Classic Bride
A traditional white or ivory wedding dress does not have to be boring. It’s all about mixing something old with something new and something with timeless elegance to give it a trend setting twist. Just add statement jewels and some special heels to create instant chic.
The Evening Bride
For an evening celebration, just forget the standard wedding dress code. It’s an opportunity to indulge in daring cuts and fashion inspiring style. Have fun with your ensemble and just be sure to be beautiful.
The Beach Bride
Dress: Venus Available at: Wedding World Hair & Makeup: Avanti Salon & Spa
Dress: Rina Dimontella Available at: Tifany’s Bridal Hair & Makeup: Avanti Salon & Spa
If you are escaping to an exquisite, sunbaked island to exchange vows, think outside of the box and think tropical. Brides can go for show stopping chiffon, a classic white gown topped with glistening flat sandals.
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If you love…
ballet… a romantic gown with dramatic layers will flatter the figure
a cameo appearance… fall in love with this exquisite gown.
Dress: Anjolique Available at: ABC Bridal Flowers by: Kuhlmann’s Hair & Makeup: Avanti Salon & Spa
Dress: Rina Dimontella Available at: Tifany’s Bridal Hair & Makeup: Avanti Salon & Spa
If you love… Victorian… a new look, a classic twist with lace and plenty of swish.
Dress: Mori Lee Available at: Wedding World Flowers: Marlow & Richards Hair & Makeup: Avanti Salon & Spa
Dress: Atal Khandeiwal Available at: Nazila Couture Flowers by: Kuhlmann’s Floral Boutique Hair & Makeup: Avanti Salon & Spa
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If you love…
modern… try a simple A-line dress with a hint of vintage
goddessy… try flowing chiffon with enough décolletage to make it sexy. Dress: Maggie Sotero Style: Lavina Available at: Bridal Debut Flowers by: Marlowe & Richards Hair & Makeup: Avanti Salon & Spa
If you love… demure (but bare)… try something sheer with an off the shoulder cut.
Dress: Emma Scott Couture Available at: Bridal Debut Hair & Makeup: Avanti Salon & Spa Tuxedo Available at Derks
If you loveâ€Ś stunningâ€Ś this gown is a departure from the all-white standard. The silver embellishment makes it so cool.
Dress: Sophia Tolli Available at: Bridal Debut Hair & Makeup: Avanti Salon & Spa
ver since you were a little girl, youâ€™ve probably fantasized about every specific detail of how your wedding day would be. And if you are like most women, youâ€™ve probably spent hours upon hours picturing the perfect dress for your magical day. Now that your wedding day is actually an upcoming reality, you may find yourself wondering how you are going to find the exact gown you have been customizing in your mind for the better half of your life.
Dress: Pronovias Available at: Ethos Hair & Makeup: Chocolate Mousse Salon and Spa Shot on location at The Hotel Selkirk
EVERYTHING FOR A With so many bridal shops out there, it’s difficult to know where to start. Shopping for a dress does not have to be strenuous! You just need to determine what is important to you, whether it is cost, selection or exclusivity. Most bridal shops specialize in different areas, so depending on the dress you have in mind; you can begin your search in a custom design shop, a bridal boutique or a consignment shop. We’ve compiled a list of the top styles in bridal gowns. This should give you an idea on what style would suit your body frame.
Wedding Gowns Bridesmaid Flower Girl
A-Line: Fitted bodice with a skirt that gently flares for slight to medium fullness at the hemline. Great for hiding flaws and slimming larger figures, not a good choice for petite figures.
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Ball Gown: Fitted bodice with a skirt that flares for maximum to exaggerated fullness at the hemline. Looks fantastic on taller brides, but not a good choice for larger figures. Mermaid: Fitted bodice and hip with a skirt that dramatically flares below the knee. Wonderful choice for the petite and/or slender brides. Pegged Sheath: Fitted bodice with a skirt that gradually tapers to narrower than hip width. Really only works well with a boyish figure, not a good choice for the larger bride.
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Sheath: Fitted bodice with a skirt that hangs straight from the hipline. Good choice for either the boyish or petite bride. Empire: Fitted bodice that hugs tightly under the bust line and flares out. Great choice for petite or larger bride.
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hat’s a ‘new-to-you’ gown? Bridal Gown Heaven has found a way to put a fun spin on buying a second-hand gown, and is a consigned gown even really all that used? Worn for one day only, most of these gowns are in mint condition.
Who is a consignment bride? There are many types of brides that find fun in consignment dress shopping. The creative bride for instance needs only a framework for her dress. She’ll change the look by finding a tailor who can not only fit the dress, but also add a few extra embellishments to her gown. The budget bride will be delighted with the selection she has and the price point. Finally, the trendy bride, who wants to wear more than one gown on her big day, can make her
dream a reality by buying consignment. Bridal Gown Heaven’s consignment concept ensures that their gowns can be priced at half off everyday and they also offer no GST. Brides can purchase ‘new-to-you’ and brand new gowns from the past season that have been cleared by other bridal shops. If you’re not from Red Deer, it may be time for a fun road trip with your girlfriends. www.bridalgownheaven.com
ho says you have to head over to the club and watch strange men take their clothes off because your girl is getting married? These days, the strip joint bachelorette party is no longer your only option. With so many choices, you can guarantee a fabulous time and some great memories that don’t have to include a naked man, unless you want one!
Why not hold the bachelorette bash at a casino or the racetrack? Most of them have a nice restaurant and who knows? You might end up wanting to see a show there, or book a room overnight. The greatest thing about a gambling party is that someone could walk away with enough to for a great wedding present or their bridesmaid dress. Keep in mind that the odds are usually against you, so don’t go overboard. Only bet what you can afford to lose. Try suggesting a day or even a full weekend at a spa and everyone will be running to pack their bags. You may end up forgoing the junk food and booze, but the fabulous faces and exfoliated feet will be well worth it. Try to find a full-service site that offers everything you could imagine to make sure there is something for everybody. Not every girl wants a mud wrap. If the wedding party are country girls at heart, have a good old honky-tonk night in a country-western bar. Ride the bronco and do a little two stepping for a fun night out with the girls. Don’t forget your boots and hats! A fondue party can be a ton of fun. Communal pots of melted goodness, cheese or chocolate will encourage all sorts of giggles, gossip and bonding. Do this at home if you have the equipment and the people willing to do all that chopping. If you want to go out, reserve a large table at a fondue restaurant. Feel free to indulge; this is the girls’ night out.
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Is the bride a shining example of lady-like behaviour? Then she might appreciate a Victorian-style tea party. Make it complete with lace doilies, finger sandwiches and scones. This type of party can easily be hosted in someone’s home or if the ladies really want to splurge, head off to an upscale tearoom. For something to bring out the kid in all of you, try a scavenger hunt. Complete with clues and treasure map, the party will have everyone laughing. Make your prizes as original and as grown-up as you like, a bottle of champagne for instance. Use a friend’s house or garden, head to a park, but be a creative as possible. As strange as it may sound, a comedy club is a great place for a bachelorette party. It may not seem so, but when the comedians find out there is a stagette in the club, they will go out of their way to make you laugh. You can call the club in advance and reserve a table as close to the stage as you want. Make sure to ask for any group discounts, like cover charge, or if your party is large enough you may be able to get drink specials. You’ll spend your evening in stitches! What about the great outdoors? Is she a woodsy type? Call around your local parks and campsites, or look for locations of interest with cabins. See if you can find out what type of activities are offered, things like horseback riding, swimming, canoeing and plan a great weekend get-away. Make sure all of the
invitees know what type of clothes, accessories and food to pack. Don’t forget the toilet paper! When all else fails – do it all. Dance clubs, strip joints, sleazy bars, the pool hall; explore them all in the lap of luxury. Arrange for a chauffeurdriven limo that can pick everyone up at a designated location and your party is free to go wherever you please and to drink as much as you please, all the while feeling like important celebrities. Make sure the driver knows where the end location is (where everyone will be spending the night) so no one drives home. And if a limo just isn’t her style – or your group is just too big – consider a rental van or a chartered bus. Just remember that whatever you do, the whole idea is to have a great time!
Party Here’s another original idea for the stagette; why not throw a poker party? Serve your favourite appetizers and drinks and make a fabulous night of it. Susan Taylor of Poker Chicks 101 throws home parties for ladies wanting to learn the art of Texas Hold ‘Em. Her pretty-inpink table, chairs, playing cards and poker chips create the perfect atmosphere for this cozy stagette idea. For more information go to www.pokerchicks101.ca
Wedding Cake Couture our reception just wouldn’t be the same without a wedding cake. After all, it’s meant as a symbol of fertility and is one of the most commonly found wedding traditions. In ancient Rome, they would bake a cake of barley or wheat and then break it over the bride’s head as a sign of fertility. Today, wedding cakes are more about style and taste then they are symbols of fertility. If you’re a talented baker you can make your own
wedding cake - not only will you save money but it will also symbolize all the love and dedication that you will put into your marriage. For those of you who aren’t whizzes in the kitchen there are hundreds of unique wedding cake designs to choose from. From a traditional tier cake to the popular new cupcake cake, you’re sure to find something to fit your wedding style and your personal taste.
Cake Quiz BF Asks the Experts BF: How can a couple ensure their cake makes a statement? A: Try personalizing your cake by using it to reflect the theme of your wedding or by telling a story that showcases your shared interests as a couple. Karen Dunne, Le Gateau BF: Cupcake towers are increasingly popular as wedding cakes. Why the cupcake craze? A: Cupcakes are perfect for weddings because they can be personalized with monograms, flowers or symbols. As well, each guest gets his or her very own cupcake and a large variety of flavours can be accommodated while maintaining a uniform look to the tower. A true wedding cupcake tower has a small cake on the top tier to uphold the cake-cutting tradition. The best part is, you spend less on cupcakes than you would on a wedding cake! Ailynn Santos, Whimsical Cake Studio Inc. BF: An ice cream cake as a wedding cake, what a neat option! How do you keep your wedding cakes frozen? A: When the cake is completed it is frozen solid in a blast freezer for twelve hours at an extremely low temperature (-37 to –42 degrees Celsius). It is then transferred to a regular freezer to thaw slightly for about five hours prior to being served. Farooq Jutt, Marble Slab BF: These days, some couples are opting to not have a wedding cake. Why is this tradition one that should not be forgotten about? A: The best part about this tradition is the symbolism behind it. Cutting the cake
symbolizes the couple’s unity from this point forth. Each guest gets to eat the cake and therefore share in the celebration of the sweetness of the couple’s future. Karen Dunne, Le Gateau BF: It’s tradition for newlyweds to save the top tier of their wedding cake to eat on their first anniversary. Any tips when it comes to freezing a wedding cake? A: Freezing is an easy preservation method and allows the cake to last anywhere from an extra week to multiple years. Wrap the cake tightly with plastic wrap. Then put the cake in an airtight container. When defrosting, take the plastic off of the cake prior to letting it thaw, so moisture will not be trapped, which would make your cake a soggy mess! Roxanne Kits, Bake Me A Cake BF: When it comes to weddings, personalization is all the rage. What’s the most unique cake idea you’ve ever encountered? A: A fire truck wedding cake. The bride wanted as much detail on it as possible including her groom’s station number. We even created the fire hose to be in the shape of two hearts. The cake was huge and weighed about 40 lbs! Ailynn Santos, Whimsical Cake Studio Inc. BF: Any tips on photographing a wedding cake? A: Try to get a close up shot. Don’t shoot in front of a window and turn off your flash as it creates a glare on the cake. Karen Dunne, Le Gateau
Cake Cost Saver BF: Coupleâ€™s that have smaller budgets for their weddings often opt to make their own cake. Any advice for a do-it-yourself bride and groom? A: Three pieces of advice for do-it-yourself cakes: 1) Take a class. Many stores, like Michaels, offer a variety of cake making and decorating courses at a very reasonable price. 2) Commit to a design that will not stress you out at the last minute. Choose to make the cake in advance and freeze it (remember to take all decorations off the cake before freezing). 3) Bake a trial cake a couple months before the wedding. A practice run will ensure that you know what itâ€™ll take to complete the cake in regards to timing and materials. Happy sampling! Roxanne Kits, Bake Me A Cake
Pretty in Pink For the princess bride, this exotic creation is covered in pink fondant and decorated with intricate handmade chocolate leaves. Crowned with delicate pastel pink roses, this sweet treat makes a statement.
Photo courtesy of Cakes by Janna, www.cakesbyjanna.com.
Your dress should be a reflection of you... your taste, your style, your dreams. From full skirts and gathered tiers to dramatic creations and stunningly simple silhouettes, your gown is at West Edmonton Mall. Model’s hair is styled by Angela’s Hair. 1 Sposabella 2 STYLE america 3 Mina’s Fashion and Design 4 Tristan & America 5 Ethos 6 Tres Chic
Shot on location at Fantasyland Hotel’s Beverly Hills Ballroom.
Your footwear... it’s the peek-a-boo detail, seen with the lift of your dress and when you’re twirling around the dance floor. Outstanding styles to complete any look. Find them at West Edmonton Mall. Models are wearing fashions from Hansel & Gretel (left) and Bryan’s (right). Hair is styled by Angela’s Hair. 1 Mayfair Shoes 2 Sapatos 3 Da Vinci Shoes
Your jewellery ... keep it refined to complement your glow. Brilliant creations made to accentuate your radiance. All at West Edmonton Mall. 1 The Silversmith 2 Peoples Jewellers 3 Birks 4 Ben Moss Jewellers 5 Mappins Jewellers 6 Carat Jewellers 7 Tip Top Tailors
1 Natural, garden-inspired beauty products wrapped in elegance by Crabtree & Evelyn 2 Lingerie and sensual surprises by Luv â€˜Nâ€™ Stuff 3 Practical and functional meets unique and has impact by Le Gnome 4 Pretty and romantic intimate apparel and sleepwear by La Vie En Rose 5 Styling products for the perfect look by Perfect Cuts 6 Fruit-inspired products to excite the senses and set the mood by Fruits & Passion 7 Distinctive giftware for him by Shefield & Sons Tobacconists 8 Outstanding bags in every style for every purpose by Bon Voyage Luggage
9 Capture and display those special moments by Blackâ€™s Is Photography 10 Superior service for any and every travel adventure by Marlin Travel 11 Luxurious handmade soap and skin care products by Rocky Mountain Soap Company 12 Lovely, luxurious intimates by Les Saisons 13 Perfect accessories to keep memories alive by Hallmark 14 Exotic and adult pleasure products by Love Boutique 15 Fine china and collectables to suit every taste by The Royal Doulton Store
Bridesmaids Flowergirls Accessories Mother of the Bride/Groom
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Colour my World
G Dress: Ethos Hair & Makeup: Pamela Parker
ive your wedding an instant shot of high voltage with a dazzling flash of colour. As always, this seasonâ€™s weddings will be awash with striking colourful gowns and accessories. Hot fuchsias add flourish to luxe neutrals. Zingy berry tones are artfully mixed with black; apple greens and bright yellows are given an energetic kick with primary hues. The new fashion focus is colour contrast to create an upbeat vibe for your wedding.
Wedding World Hair & Makeup: Avanti Salon & Spa
Tifanyâ€™s Bridal Flowers: Marlowe & Richards Hair & Makeup: Avanti Salon & Spa
From left to right: Bridal Debut, Gemini Fashions, ABC Bridal Hair & Makeup: Avanti Salon & Spa
Helping Hands T
here is a lot more to being a bridesmaid than walking down the aisle in your “fabulous” dress. Help out your friend and add some extra fun to this time in her life, which can be very stressful, but is also very special. Here are some great ideas to inspire you and help you to go above and beyond:
Help make up or take full responsibility for the gift baskets/bags for the out-oftown guests’ hotel rooms. Some great ideas for these are welcome letters, phone numbers of the important people, snacks and suggestions for fun activities around town. Find out when the invitations are going to be ready. Plan an evening with the other attendants and ask everyone to bring some food to nibble on. Nothing too greasy or oily,
the last thing you want to do is leave marks all over the invitations! Turn on some music and divide the jobs of writing addresses, stuffing envelopes and putting stamps on the envelopes. You’ll be helping the bride finish a tedious job, and get to bond with everyone at the same time. Help the bride ward off those pre-wedding jitters. Get tickets to a performance or even a movie, one that you know she’s dying to see. Run those
last-minute errands. Make sure you’re on hand to confirm the flower delivery times, meet and greet the ceremony officiant (if the best man isn’t doing it) or to help satisfy those junk food cravings. Anything you can do to help the couple with their day is a blessing. While this is an exceptional time in their lives, it’s very easy to get bogged down with all of the details. Your help can make everything go a lot smoother.
Denilore Bridal Hair & Makeup: Avanti Salon & Spa
ABC Bridal Hair & Makeup: Avanti Salon & Spa
Both Dresses: Gemini Fashions Hair & Makeup: Avanti Salon & Spa
From left to right: Bridal Debut, Denilore Bridal Hair & Makeup: Avanti Salon & Spa
Dress: Gemini Fashions Tuxedo: Derks Hair & Makeup: Avanti Salon & Spa
Wishfor List the girls
Chosen carefully, your bridesmaids are an invaluable support system for the stressed bride. The ladies that stand by you for your special day are there because they are very precious friends. They will help you through the months of preparation for your wedding, will stop at nothing to ensure you achieve your dream wedding. The focus is on the bride leading up to the big day while the bridesmaids busily plan the bridal shower, bachelorette party, help with wedding invitations, and give you someone to lean on when things get hectic. After all the months of planning, how do you thank these fantastic ladies? Typically bridesmaid gifts are given at or after the rehearsal dinner, or the morning of the wedding day. Take a few minutes privately with each bridesmaid to thank her for participating in the wedding. Don’t forget to write a personalized thank you note.
What’s a Brag? A bra bag. This must be the best idea yet when it comes to keeping your bras in tip top shape. The Canadian designed clutch is perfect for traveling. Available at Cameo Lingerie, www.cameolingerieonline.com
Steep in Style A chic and unique way to enjoy your favorite loose leaf tea. The wand holds the perfect amount for an individual cup of tea and if you’re having tea with friends, each guest gets to sip their preferred flavour.
Available at Posh at Home, www.poshathome.ca
Girly Treat A fun item to add to a bag of goodies for each bridesmaid. Each case contains mini peppermints and has a small mirror inside, a perfect addition to any purse. Available at La Piazza Dasee www.dasee.com
Titled Tanks You and your bridesmaids will get attention sporting these tank tops on the night of your stagette and create lots of fun photo opportunities wearing these at a slumber party. Available at La Piazza Dasee, www.dasee.ca
Available at Cally’s Teas
Lovely Lace The perfect lingerie to buy your bridesmaid especially if you don’t know her size. The beautiful ties on the side allow this Arianne lace thong to fit a wide array of shapes and sizes. The best part is, there’s no need to worry about wrapping it up because the packaging is just as cute as the product. Available at Cameo Lingerie, www.cameolingerieonline.com
Miracle Tea Who knew that tea can trim your waistline or make you look like you belong in Hollywood. Get Lost is a herbal tea specifically blended to ensure weight control, while the Get Gorgeous blend promises clear skin. Available in a variety of other ‘cures’.
Wedding Stocking Fill this unique item with lots of little gifts for your girls. Start a new tradition with the perfect wedding gift wrap that will act as a memento for years to come. Available at The Original Wedding Stocking, www.weddingstocking.ca
Silver Hearts Paired with your favorite bottle of wine or case of beer, this wine stopper or bottle opener makes a beautiful gift for the ladies. There are also wine corkscrews, perfect for a favour. Available at The Scroll Shop, www.thescrollshop.ca
Compact Convenience Now you can get more than a lipstick case or make-up mirror in a compact. For a bridesmaid who wears contacts, why not treat her to a pretty contact lens compact? Your bridesmaids can now enjoy a manicure any time of day with this manicure compact. Available at La Piazza Dasee, www.dasee.ca
How Cute Classy Bride could not have made thongs much cuter than these! This underwear comes in light pink or blue. Available at Cameo Lingerie, www.cameolingerieonline.com
DressStress The big day is here and the entire bridal party is stressed. One bridesmaid has deodorant marks on her dress, another’s strapless dress is slipping down and your maid of honor is worried about her panty lines. BF found a few must-have items that will ease dress stress on the big day. Body Tape The perfect solution to many last minute fitting issues. Body Tape secretly holds clothing in place. You’ll never be caught pulling up your strapless dress again. “Better than nothing” From the Girl Short to the Tiny Thong, Commando promises absolutely no underwear lines ever. Miracle Work Gal Pal garment deodorant remover is the quickest fix around It’s easy to use and will leave your dress looking as good as new.
All Dress Stress items available at Cameo Lingerie, www.cameolingerieonline.com
Green Weddings Your Menu
o you find the world of organic food confusing but long for the health benefits it provides? Officially the term “organic” means food that is grown without the use of pesticides, chemicals, antibiotics and is not genetically modified. Brides and grooms are looking beyond the basic chicken or filet for their menus.
While there are a lot of caterers are specializing in organic foods, pretty much any caterer can be organic. So, choose one you love, and then discuss replacing ingredients. When you buy organic, you are ensuring that everyone, including the workers who harvested your food, are not exposed to pesticides. And there are options for organic desserts, like ice cream. Free-range, organically raised meat isn’t just delicious, it’s better all around for everyone from the farmers, the animals and you. Organic meat and poultry has less exposure to genetically modified food because the animals eat organic feed. If you’re going to have seafood, stay away from fish that are commercially raised or high in mercury. A really great option is white fish, like tilapia, or choose wild salmon, which is generally named for the area it comes from. Just plain “salmon” is most likely farmed. Organic produce grows slower so the flavour is magnified and more intense, and levels of Vitamin C are higher. Organic salads cannot be washed with water that has chlorine, so be careful. When targeting organic produce look for carrots, lettuce, apples and strawberries as pesticides and fungicides are at higher levels.
Local, local, local! For as much of your reception food as possible, look for local and seasonal eats. They’re fresh and readily available (translation: delicious and cheap), especially for your salads, where you definitely want to go with what’s in season. Don’t forget your drinks! You can think local with your booze as well. If you’re big wine fans, your local and organic wineries are a great option and a fabulous way to personalize your meal. Look to vineyards in your area or try to find a shop that specializes in homegrown goods What about your wedding cake? Here’s another place you can ask about substituting organic ingredients. While choosing organic ingredients will increase the cost of your cake, a lot of people agree the taste will be a lot better. Or you can look for a baker who specializes in organic cakes and there are some that can produce a vegan cake, if that’s your thing. At the end of the night, don’t let all those extras go into the trash. Work with your caterer to send the leftovers to a food rescue group. These organizations can pick up the fresh and untouched food and then deliver it to local food shelters and families in need. What better way to end your night!
ThemeTime To make your look cohesive, make sure to carry whatever theme you choose throughout your entire wedding plan. Whatever you choose, try to use it in as many different aspects as possible. Think outside the box when choosing your cake, invitations and décor! Say it with stripes – this is a fantastic idea for a high-style wedding. A striped rolled fondant cake will highlight the intricate designs on your invitations. Use a pinstripe printed vertically for your invitations, reply cards and reception cards as a fabulous new twist on the belly band. The trick with stripes is to keep your colours monochromatic. Fabulous floral – the best thing about doing a floral motif is you can choose one signature bloom that will suit your wedding style, and build around it with highlights. But don’t feel that you have to focus on one flower. You can also work amazing colours combinations with a variety of different blooms. Try combining anemones with lavender sweet pea, plum ranunculus and lavender hydrangea in a creative chocolate-coloured box for your table centerpiece.
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For those couple’s wanting to increase the fun factor at their weddings, why not opt for an ice cream buffet for dessert! A wonderful idea to get guests excited, out of their seats and mingling before speeches start. Marble Slab’s Portable Slab comes with two flavours of ice cream and
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Lovely letters – classic or contemporary? With a monogram motif, you can do either. Trying to use your names, initials or your new married monogram (her first initial – new last name – his first initial) with completely drowning your wedding is the complicated part. If you want to make a good impression, get creative. Do a fourscreen panel tied with a piece of embroidered ribbon for your wedding program. Use that same embroidered ribbon to tie your wedding bouquet and let it cascade down your hands. It’s a special way to include your theme into your flowers whether or not the guests are able to see it. Instead of doing one huge cake, try doing three cakes – each with a different monogram.
Receptions... Earth Friendly The key to an eco- and style-concious wedding is to keep it simple. By reusing materials and accents, you can save money and save resources at the same time. Work with whatâ€™s nearby and in season and you can feel good about your efforts. When choosing your site, choose something with significance and that will benefit from your event, like an art gallery or a museum. Find out how the site plans to use your fee â€“ towards upkeep or new programs. If youâ€™re looking for an outdoor event try a botanical garden or the grounds of a historical home in your area. You will probably even be able to find one that is run by a non-profit organization. So many decorations! By decorating your ceremony site with items you can use at the reception â€“ like arrangements that decorate the program area and then dress up your guest book table â€“ you can save money and a lot of waste. When your magical evening is over see if there are any pieces you can donate to a
hospital or the local nursing home. One of the most sustainable materials on earth is bamboo, and it makes a very modernlooking option for decorating. It can grow up to two feet a day, so it takes only three to seven years to mature, unlike trees! Use tall stalks of curly bamboo for centerpieces and lucky minibamboo stalks make a great wedding favour. Okay, so there might not be a hybrid limousine available yet, but there are a lot of other options out there. Some great ideas are tandem bicycles, a canoe (if your ceremony is near the water) or something classic like a horse-and-buggy carriage. Want something energy efficient and romantic? Candles! Look for soy candles as theyâ€™re made from a renewable resource and are cleaner. They burn longer than regular candles and spills are really easy to clean up â€“ just use soap and hot water. They are available in every size, shape, colour and scent you can imagine. Enjoy!
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h, the wedding is over and you’re finally married. But now your home is overflowing with those beautiful centerpieces. Here are some fun games you can play at your reception and the winner gets…the centerpiece! Characteristics – Under each centerpiece put a piece of paper with different descriptions of people on them, such as: shortest person, longest legs, the most makeup, oldest person, drunkest person, etc... Closest Birthday – The person with the closest birthday to the wedding date Longest Married – the couple married the longest You’ve Come a Long Way Baby – the person who traveled the farthest to come to the wedding Early Bird – The person from each table who sent their response card back. Hide n’ Seek – Put a piece of paper with word "winner" written on it under one
plate at each table. Whoever’s plate it happens to be under wins! (Be sure to have the centerpiece game before the dinner plates are removed) Make sure you mark each table at set up so you know which ones have been done. Do The Twist – Everyone gets up but stays in their groups together on the dance floor. The DJ plays "The Twist", at which point the bride and groom and their parents split up and judge the dancers in their section. Feel free to include the wedding party if you're having a big wedding. When the song ends, they pick a winner (or winning couple) from each group. This is also a great way to wake everyone up after dinner.
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Hire a caricaturist to do caricatures of your guests. It makes a great piece for them to take home. If youâ€™re expecting a lot of kids at your wedding, hire a balloon artist. Itâ€™s something they will really enjoy and helps keep them occupied! Instead of a regular dinner, have a high tea reception. This is very elegant and because itâ€™s not typical, you know it will be well remembered. Serve little sandwiches and other finger food to help keep guests from getting cranky from hunger. Have a dessert reception and save some bucks while being memorable. Serve opulent and unique desserts. This type of a
reception would go beautifully with a candlelight wedding (be sure to note to your guests that it is a dessert reception, you donâ€™t want guests to show up expecting a lavish dinner!). If a lot of your attendants have significant others or spouses at the wedding, create an intimate table for two (the bride and groom) and let the attendants sit with their spouse or significant other. To encourage guests to dance, assign each table a love song. When their song gets played, that table has to get up and dance. You could also do a more upbeat song if your guests might not be into a love song.
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Receptions nce the ceremony is over and the photo session is finished, say good-bye to formalities and get ready to let loose and have a blast! Planning the reception entails a few key decisions. The venue where the reception is held is the biggest decision you’ll make. Other important decisions you’ll make include food, drinks, music, master of ceremonies and décor.
Get Creative When Picking Your Venue Rather than choosing a pricey reception facility where you may be obliged to use their catering and décor services, why not hire an independent catering company and professional decorators. Often, experienced
decorators can turn a regular and less expensive venue into a fantasy world. Hiring decorators and a caterer will add a special flare to your affair and allow you to create an amazing atmosphere based on the theme of your dreams.
Food for the Hundreds Every couple seems to have a little trouble deciding between a buffet or having a served dinner. Keep in mind the following when making your decision. If the wedding is over one hundred and fifty, buffets are generally more manageable. Guests can pick and choose what they want to eat and eat as much as they want. Organize a simple and fun game to determine the order the tables go to get their food. This is a great icebreaker and a great way to get guests chatting at each table. If you’re keen on having a served dinner, make sure to offer the guests a vegetarian option and give the caterers contact information for guests that have allergy concerns. Drinks When it comes to alcohol, for most couples the biggest concern is cost. At most weddings, the bar is either open, or couples may opt to have a toonie bar to help cover costs. Any alcohol served with dinner, typically wine, should definitely be complimentary. It may also be nice to have an open bar for the cocktail hour while guests arrive and after dinner switch to a toonie bar.
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Choosing A Destination Wedding Photographer Although the initial planning may be much easier, choosing a professional destinationwedding photographer will be a little more challenging. With the emergence of low cost digital cameras, many people, who are not necessarily professional photographers, see weddings as a way to make a quick buck.
estination weddings are often easier to plan and more affordable than traditional weddings. When you choose to get married abroad, one thing that should remain the same is the consideration to hire a professional photographer. After all it would be a shame to have your magical wedding in a perfect location and not have one professional photo to remember it by.
Hire A Professional Many resorts offer photography included in their packages. Be careful that the photographer is not just a hotel employee who is a photo enthusiast that will only shoot the basic shots rather than capture every spectacular moment. This year while I was shooting a wedding (at an unnamed hotel chain) in Mexico’s Myan Rivera, I met a local Mexican photographer shooting another wedding along side of me. We exchanged professional pleasantries and went on our ways. Two days later I was at the beach bar (at the same hotel) hanging out when a server asked me if I needed a drink, I looked up and it was the Mexican photographer! Not quite the professional I would trust to capture my day.
the beach in Negril, Jamaica faces East. So if you want that Caribbean blue water in your photos you would need to shoot from 11am 3pm. Any time after that you will get the incorrect sun position which will give you a dull looking water rather that the picturesque blue. An experienced photographer will also know which working visas he will need to enter each specific country. Countries like Mexico and Dominican Republic are getting very strict on wedding photography. In fact, a colleague of mine was in the middle of shooting a wedding in Puerto Vallarta when Mexican authorities
Where can I find a Destination Photographer? A good starting place is to attend a bridal show. There are always a wide variety of photographers showcasing their work at the shows. Filter them out by asking if they’ve shot a destination wedding along the same line as what you’re planning. Ask to see their work and if you’re serious about hiring them, request a reference. Be careful, just asking a photographer “Do you shoot destination weddings?” won’t cut it. We all will say “YES”. It’s more important to ask to see photo samples from specific destination weddings that they’ve shot. Make sure you see more than one wedding. There are some photographers who are very talented but have not had the opportunity to shoot a destination wedding. There are intricacies involved with shooting a destination wedding, so you may want to think twice before hiring a photographer who does not know the in’s and out’s of weddings abroad. Experience Counts Shooting in the Caribbean is not like shooting in Alberta. The daylight, lack of shade, locations and customs are very different than here at home. For example your photographer will have to know how to factor in time of day in relation to the reflection on the water. For example,
approached him on the beach and asked him for his appropriate working visa (which he had). Many photographers are simply not aware of these very important documents needed to work in specific countries. Be very diligent on this issue. You don’t want your photographer turned away from the boarder because he has “too much photographic equipment” and is deemed a professional. What should I ask? Lists of all sorts of questions to ask a prospective photographer can be found in any bridal planning guide or even online. When it comes to a destination wedding, there are a few specific questions to ask. • Have you ever taken photos in (which ever country you are going to)? An experienced photographer, even if they
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haven’t shot in that specific country, will have some similar locations to show you. • When do I get my final prints or albums? 30 days should be your benchmark. It’s your wedding, you are paying very good money for this service and you should have adequate turn around (get it in writing). • What happens if things are late? Tardiness is normal to a destination photographer, first they will probably laugh, then mention that if you have planned properly this will not be a problem. • What if you have a customs problem? Your photographer should already know what documents they need. Make sure your photographer gives themselves an extra day in case of flight delays. What kind of Cameras do you use? What if one breaks? Pros always bring back ups. I am bias, because I use Canon gear however Nikon is also a very good system. That being said, for quality issues I would not go with a photographer who shoots on less than a 12 Mega pixel camera. I hope you feel a little more knowledgeable when it comes to choosing a professional destination photographer. Just remember, like all things in life, make sure to have fun during this decision making process. Congratulations on your engagement and best of luck. Curtis Comeau Instant Memories www.curtiscomeau.com
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For destination wedding divas, the right sunglasses are crucial to your wedding day attire. If you’ve chosen a destination wedding, think of your sunglasses as a necessary accessory. Your eyewear is going to be as important as the rest of your bridal jewelry. Predicting the sun will be shining brightly when you’re tying
the knot at the beach, it might be a necessity to wear your sunglasses for at least part of the ceremony. The eyewear you sport will give you a completely new look in your wedding gown. What look are you going for, Audrey Hepburn elegance, athletic Gabrielle Reece or stylish Victoria Beckham?
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If you’re feeling super-swamped, try these tips and tricks to help you calm down: Take a break – while it might seem counterintuitive, taking a timeout from your wedding planning will actually give you time to recharge. Just 15 minutes of fantasizing about your honeymoon will give the boost you need to hit those lastminute requests and tackle that seating chart. Set a limit – by fretting over those minor wedding elements you’re going to overwhelm yourself. Don’t dismiss the matter altogether, just set a time limit on yourself: “after 5 pm, I’m not thinking about this anymore.” If you know you have one hour to decide, you’re more likely to plan out a solution promptly. And don’t forget, just sleeping on something only adds it to tomorrow’s schedule. Smile at your sweetie – keep a photo of your honey with you at all times. As soon as that frantic feeling comes over you, whip out that pic and soak up his fantastic smile. It’ll remind you that at the end of all of this chaos, your have a marriage, not just a wedding.
Trash the Dress ow many hours does a bride spend shopping for the perfect dress? The time starts to add up when the minutes spent scouting out all the bridal shops, going for fittings and picking up the dress are taken into account. After all of this effort, the bride wears her dress for one day. Some don’t even wear it that long because they either have multiple dresses for the day, or they’d rather be in more comfortable attire for the festivities.
BF: Is today’s bride really trashing her dress rather than preserving it? Edward: This idea is about creation rather than destruction when it comes to shooting the bride in her dress. Rarely is the dress ruined. Actually, in some cases, like when we shoot in a pure water stream, the dress may actually be cleaner than when we first started. The goal is to get an extremely elegant shot using Mother Nature as a backdrop or a fashion forward shot. There is a risk that the dress could be ruined, for example, if it got hooked on a jagged rock and ripped, but the goal is not to harm the gown. Perhaps, the greater the risk, the better the end product. BF: How did the Trash the Dress concept start? Edward: The concept started a couple years ago in the United States to give brides a chance to wear their dress one last time in an informal setting. Many different Trash the Dress styles and opportunities have evolved since the original idea came to fruition. BF: What does the Trash the Dress concept entail? Edward: Putting on your wedding dress and in conjunction with your favorite photographer, and maybe your husband too, conceptualizing a photograph that would not have been possible to shoot on your wedding day. BF: What was the wildest Trash the Dress shoot you were involved with?
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hat are you planning to do with your dress when your wedding is over? Maybe you’ll wish you could wear it one last time. Bridal Fantasy Magazine sat down with Edward Ross, a lifestyle and wedding photographer in Calgary, to chat about an emerging trend relating to what a bride can do with her wedding gown when the big day has come and gone.
Edward: Flying over the Rockies in a helicopter to the top of a mountain in November. We shot there and then found an ice-cold canyon stream for the bride to take a short dip in. I got the chills just looking at her. BF: You mentioned the concept has evolved. How have you evolved the concept to fit your style? Edward: I actually changed the name from Trash the Dress to my ELEMENTS series. The focus is on anything relating to the elements, rain, wind, fire and earth. Personally I’ve shot on mountains, in rivers and waterfalls, in forests or unique landscapes.
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SayCheese! our wedding day is one day you should be able to relax and let all those months of planning just happen. To help your photographer out (and make sure you get exactly want you want!), draft a “Must Shots” list. Some of these shots might be:
Alone: close up and full length With parents With the maid of honour With the flowergirl/ringbearer With the maid of honour & bridesmaids With the groomsmen Tossing the bouquet
Alone: close up and full length With parents With the best man With the flowergirl/ringbearer With the best man & groomsmen Waiting for the bride right before the ceremony With the maid of honour and bridesmaids Removing and tossing the garter
Lighting the unity candle Cutting the cake Exchanging rings Dancing Kissing
Wedding Party: With bride With groom With both bride and groom Dancing
Miscellaneous: Bride/groom getting ready Ushers seating guests Wedding cake Reception photos (guests eating, dancing, etc) Guests waving goodbye
These are just some of the ideas for your wedding. Make sure the list you make has all the shots you “absolutely must have”. Your photographer should also have some great suggestions that you might not have thought of, so be sure to ask. Smile!
Photo Album Basics hile creating your album can be a tedious process, it's also one of the most rewarding parts of wedding planning. You'll have a beautiful album for a lifetime. Watch your instincts! You might want to jump right in, hammer through those proofs, and immediately want to know what should go into your album. But slow down, follow our plan and you’ll be able to skip some seriously stressed-out feelings. You'll have a beautiful book that tells a wonderful story, and maybe even shows off your dad’s dance moves.
on't do it alone – your first look at the wedding photos can be overwhelming, so you'd be wise to make sure you and your spouse can both be there for the choosing. And it’s okay to ask for someone else’s advice, just make sure you remember it’s your album. Whatever you do, do not lend anyone your proofs. No one will care for them the way you do, and they may get lost or damaged. Sort wisely – go with your gut on your first look and put Post-its on the shots that jump out at you. Don't overthink it. Just pick 20 to 30 of your favourites. The next step is to weed out the bad pictures (of blinking guests, for example). Now you're ready to group the proofs into categories: getting ready, ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, special moments (cake cutting, speeches, candids, portraits, dancing, etc.). How many pictures you have in each category depends on a lot of things, but keep in mind that eventually you'll put only 50 to 100 photos in your finished album. Avoid marking the backs of the proofs if at all possible. A better alternative? Use dot stickers. You can write on these before sticking them onto the backs of your photos. Before you begin grouping ask if your photographer has a numbering system as that will make ordering easier. Decide on an album type – there are many options for albums. You can go traditional with a classic matted style album, which is generally bound like a
book in which frames hide the edges of the photos. Depending on the quality these albums can be very sturdy and tend to endure age and use better than other styles. If you’re looking for something more creative, try a fabric album. These exquisite (and expensive) albums are delicate. Be sure yours comes with a protective sleeve. Another great option is coffee-table books. Like a magazine created just for you, these albums come in a range of colors and materials, and the layout possibilities are endless. The set-up fees are expensive, but once you have a layout, you can often order multiple albums for a fraction of the initial cost. Not interested in an actual photo album? Just make sure you arrange in advance to buy your digital files from your photographer. You can keep them on your hard drive, upload them to a photo site for sharing, make DVD slide shows, and order prints whenever you want. Companies such as Collages.net can put together DVD albums for your photographer.
Take your time – choosing photos for a wedding album takes six hours on average, so don't expect it to be a quick task. You worked hard to plan your wedding—taking time to reflect with your fabulous photos is part of the payoff. But try not to lose momentum after the wedding. Make your initial selections (the 20–30 faves) even if you are all wedding-ed out. Tell your story – basically, your wedding album is a book with no text. You will need to keep the “story” of your magical day in mid Are all the important characters represented? You may have picked all the best shots of your gorgeous self, and wedding party and parents are usually included in formal shots, but what about grandparents, your favourite cousin, and all those others? In addition to representing a range of events and individuals, vary images by look and type. Modern couples tend to favor a photojournalistic style, emphasizing lots of candid shots, but make sure you have some
formal posed shots too. Mixing black-andwhite or sepia with color shots will also give your album a dynamic edge. Ask your photographer for their recommendation. Lay it out – now comes the fun part: putting it in order. We suggest laying out your proofs on a large table, so that you can easily arrange, rearrange, and get a good overall view of the content of the album. Remember: You’re telling a story. It might be easiest to arrange the album chronologically, but it’s okay to deviate. Another important concept to consider is flow. Pay attention to how one segment leads into another. One way to make your album smooth yet dynamic is to choose meaningful transition shots. You can also experiment with page layouts at this point. Some pages will feature one 8"x10" portrait, while others will have a 5"x7" staggered with smaller shots. Even a program as basic as Microsoft Word can be used to design layouts. And you thought creating your album would be difficult!
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t Bridal Fantasy we get a lot of emails asking for ideas about wedding hair. It seems that many brides have a difficult time deciding on a hairstyle that will suit them and their wedding outfit. We’ve asked some hairdressers to create some different looks for our model. Maybe one of these will suit you…make sure you do a trial run.
Princess – to feel like a princess on your big day, the finishing touch should be a tiara. Make sure to have a hair rehearsal and that your tiara suits you and fits well.
Relaxed – loose curls give you a soft, relaxed and romantic look. You really need shoulder length or longer (or hair extensions) to achieve this style.
Upstyle – upswept hair can look so pretty. We’ve added some texture at the back to give it a modern edge. You need an experts’ help to pull off this polish look.
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a) Curl Cream: get the ultimate bouncy curl without a crispy feeling b) Super Hold Mousse: fantastic lasting hold with a great natural shine c) Shine Spray: detangle your tresses with instant shine and light conditioning d) Spray Wax: this will give you great definition, texture with an unreal smoothness e) Volume Cream: great for damp or dry hair, use this for lightweight volume and medium control Available at Avanti Salon & Spa
Paddle Brush reduces stress to your hair and scalp by stimulating and massaging your head Available at Chocolate Mousse Salon & Spa
Replenishing Body Moisturizer Volumizing Tonic great for getting volume in your hair at the roots and awesome for setting rollers
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Chi Iron and Round Brushes quick heating with a swivel cord makes this flat iron really easy to use and creates silky smooth hair instantly. These brushes are great for volume while blow drying and styling Available at Avanti Salon & Spa
Bridal Beauty here are some parts of your wedding that you will need to start way beforehand, so make sure to plan ahead. Things like your hair and skin care should be given enough time to make sure the products don’t react with your skin, and the results are clearly visible.
If you want to try a dramatic change for your hair, do it at least three to six months before your wedding. The last thing any bride wants is to find out the hair colour doesn’t work three days before the wedding. Give yourself enough time to go back to your natural hairstyle, or try something different without worrying about the date next week. Full facials help with the even application of makeup and are strongly recommended. Who doesn’t want a little bit of pampering during this time? However, make sure you have at least two weeks to let any reactions or blemishes heal for your special day. Getting your makeup professionally done is always a bonus. Not only do you not have to worry about it, but these artists know what works for both pictures and real life, and are experts at how to best apply the makeup to compliment your skin, your wedding colours and the season. On the day of your wedding, make sure you and your bridesmaids have enough time for hair and makeup, to dress and relax a bit before the actual event. Make sure to eat something and drink lots of water to keep your skin hydrated. Keep an “emergency touch-up” bag that has your lipstick, powder to keep down the shine, eye shadow for a late-night touch up and some tissues for any tears.
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hen you complete your bridal look, your face shape can help you match your earrings for the perfect symmetry.
For an oval face, look for chandeliers or drops. A rectangular face should be paired with hoops, either large or small. Rounder faces go best with long and slim earrings to lengthen your face. A heart-shaped face goes well with triangles or teardrops to bring balance. For a square face, round, small spheres, ovals or hoops are the best match. Remember when going with a long earring to come to a point at the bottom.
Let the memories from the past tell the story of how your love came to be. Share and preserve these special moments with a DVD media album or slideshow.
Getaway onths of planning, lots of lists and late nights and now for the pièce to résistance...the honeymoon...a romantic breath of fresh air and time to relax.
Whether you are jet setting around the city, hitting the beach, or the adventure trail, it is time to get packing for a first class holiday. This could be the most romantic and extravagant holiday of your life. It’s a fabulous chance to relax together, remember all the special wedding day memories you’ve just created and most importantly contemplating the rest of your life together as husband and wife. Your honeymoon is usually the most important holiday you’ll ever plan and probably the most expensive. It’s a time and a memory that you’ll always remember so organizing it can initially seem more complicated because you’ve got so many other things to take care of as time leads up to the big day. First, decide on a destination...this is decided by the time of year, and inevitably by the budget you set. Think about your priorities, the things you both like to do when you decide on your holiday location and your holiday style. Is it the sun, the shopping the sight-seeing you want? Is it urban or wilderness? There are a lot of great options available.
Most couples make this decision together, poring over brochures, searching the web, to ensure the holiday of a lifetime. Consider what you like to do, he likes to golf, you like the beach, find a resort that offers both. You can always compromise by cutting your trip in half. Many couples opt for a week at a remote beach destination followed by a week in a city destination for some shows, shopping and urban excitement. Alternatively a week in a cultural destination where history opens its doors to the visitor. Whether you are jet setting around the city or hitting the adventure trail, it is time to get packing for first class holiday style...Look no further.
Epicurean Adventure Stay:
Rui Jalisco, Neuvo Vallarta, Mexico Hotel Premiere, Puerto Vallerta
It’s all there...the food, the wine, the chefs, the beaches and the hospitality of Mexico.
Puerto Vallarta’s Festival Gourmet International in November....guest chefs from around the world come here to show their culinary skills. Puerto Vallarta is home to some world class restaurants. You can choose from French, Italian, German, Austrian, Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Greek, Continental, Mediterranean and of course Mexican to name a few.
Activities: Sailing, go-karts, horse back riding, deep sea fishing, snorkeling, Tequila tours, scuba diving, bungee jumping, and much, much more. Darrell Derk
Hotel Mayet The Five Hotel Paris, France
This city is exotic and the world’s capital of romance. There are also some great hotels and sight-seeing. There is no city like “The City of Light”.
The Eiffel Tower, Paris Fountains, The Seine River, Place Vendome, Opera Garnier, The Louvre Museum, Palais de la Decouverte, Notre Dame Cathedral
the museums, the bistros and the cafes Bateaux Parisiens – choose from terraine of duck foie gras to pan-fried scallops and artichokes with wild herb sauce. Le Bistro Niel – a modern French bistro
Paris is a shopper’s dream. From the couture shops found on Avenue Montaigne to the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore. Check out Printemps and Galieries Lafayette for a great selection of brand, private label and designer names. Find bargain treasures in the Paris Flea Market
The Hotel Monaco Hotel Vitale San Francisco, California There is no city like San Francisco and either of these hip, urban hotels will meet and exceed an urban couples expectations. San Francisco goes notstop each and every day, the atmosphere is contagious
Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, Alcatraz, Sonoma Valley Wine Country, The Presidio, Golden Gate Bridge, Theatre – “Beach Blanket Babylon” is a must
There are boutiques everywhere as well as all the mainstream shopping you could hope for in the fabulous Union Square
The Private Island Celebration Stay:
Caye Chapel Island Resort Caye Chapel, Belize
You’ve always dreamed of something unforgettable, exclusive and original. Operating as a very exclusive destination, this tropical island offers you and your guests the utmost in service and seclusion
an island resort in the ultimate wedding location, 12 miles off the coast of Belize. This destination caters to your every wish; warm sand under your feet as you have a picturesque sunset wedding
dancing, sailing, golf, spa treatments, health club, tennis. Volleyball, snorkelling, island lake harpoon fishing, horseshoe pits
Il Palazzo at the Bauer Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal Venice, Italy
The Doge’s Palace, Basilica de San Marco, Le Fenice Opera House, The Bridge of Sighs, St. Mark’s Square
the scenery is spectacular from the bridges, to the way the water surrounds the building. History abounds!
Vini da Gigio – Italian cuisine to eat at every night Osteria Antico Dolo – homey atmosphere with great seafood and fish
don’t forget a serenade on a gondola ride
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t’s your honeymoon...it’s your time to shine...you want to glow every time you’re in your swimsuit and beachwear. Aim to seek out styles that accentuate the parts you want to show off and camouflage the parts you don’t. Focus on fashion as well as a balanced silhoutte.
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Feeling playful? These trendy bikinis offer style, fit, and flirty sex appeal.
Wear a one-piece that offers enough support and coverage to show off without revealing too much.
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every time you slip on your swimsuit. Accentuate your positives and downplay your negative by seeking styles that balance your physique.
Invitation Innovations Before you go buying every pretty note card in sight, determine your needs by breaking down your wedding day. Use your wedding style, whether it be formal or casual, as well as time and budget to guide you through the boundless options. It's helpful to establish a thread of consistency -- with color, theme, or motif -- and apply it to each piece. For efficiency and cost effectiveness, strive to order all your stationery needs from the same place and, ideally, at the same time. The invitation is the cornerstone of your wedding stationery. It reflects the tone of your wedding, whether black tie or beach party. An invitation can have several pieces: the outer envelope, an unsealed inner envelope, the invitation, a reception card (if the party is held at a different venue than the ceremony), and a response card with a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Printed maps and information on hotels is often also enclosed. Here are some great invitation trends that are showing up all over! Silk Boxes: No more licking and sticking envelopes: stow all your wedding stationary like invitations, reply cards, and maps in a neatly packaged miniature box. These new creations beautifully show off your wedding day plan. You can customize the contents for the season of your wedding. Perforated Reply Cards: This is a very clever way to avoid lost reply cards -- and no excuses from guests! Have your invite design printed across a perforated line, making both a beautiful invite and reply card in one easy move. This innovative technique is hip enough for any style. 3-D Embellishments: Literally add dimension to your invitation, with charms, appliqués, and more. Decorate your invite with your signature bloom or embellishment from your gown. If glitz and glamour is your calling, try a border of jewels, beads, or shiny rhinestones. Other fun flourishes: berries, pearls, feathers, and leaves Bold Bellybands: Whether you have paper or ribbon, thick or thin, a bellyband's purpose is to wrap around the invite set. Dressing up even the simplest invite, a bellyband essentially takes the place of the inner envelope. Busy-looking invitations look nicer with a simple bellyband, and vice versa.
Chocolate Brown: Brown is the new ecru. Used as a border or background color, this neutral shade acts as a grounding tone, which is a great way to introduce brighter shades into your invites. If it's too dark for you (or your wedding style) just use it as your signature font color, in lieu of stark black. Chocolate brown works with almost every color on the wheel and feel free to switch it up by reversing the combo on your envelopes. Okay, you’ve finally got those beautiful invitations and are ready to send them out announcing your big day. But what about the married couple with the two kids, and the divorced aunt… Traditionally, invitations were addressed by hand. If you have the time and the inclination to do this, all the power to you! In many cases, brides will hire a calligrapher for a neat and professional touch, or do up pretty labels that match their wedding theme. But what to put on them? Here’s a helping hand for you. The outer envelope should be address with the guests’ full name, followed by the address. The inner envelope is addressed with the last name. Typically, each adult member of the family would receive an invitation, i.e., separate invitations should be prepared and addressed to the parent(s) and each individual child over eighteen. It’s also considered polite to offer the option of a date to any guest over the age of
eighteen. If children under the age of eighteen are invited, their names would go on the line beneath their parents on the inner envelope. Make sense? Married Couple: • Outside: Mr. & Mrs. Matt Smith • Inside: Tracy & Matt With Children under 18 • Outside: Mr & Mrs. Matt Smith & Family • Inner: Tracy & Matt (space) Stacy & Mike Women kept Maiden name • Outside: Ms. Tracy Jones & Mr. Matt Smith • Inner: Tracy & Matt (space) Stacy & Mike Divorced Women or Man • Outside: Ms. Tracy Jones • Inner: Tracy & Guest (if the divorced women resumed using her maiden name, use that instead. This is also the same way you would address an envelope to a single person and their date) Unmarried Couple living together • Outside: Ms. Tracy Jones & Mr. Matt Smith • Inner: Tracy & Matt Widow • Outside: Mrs. Tracy Smith • Inner: Tracy Single Woman or Man • Outside: Ms. Tracy Jones • Inner: Tracy
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Thank You Card
his is a must. Thanking each and every guest for his or her gift is a class act that must not be dismissed.
Use these tips when it comes time to pay gratitude. • Each note should be hand written. • You can order customized thank you cards or buy standard preprinted thank you cards. Customized thank you cards can match your invitations, which will keep with the theme of your wedding. • Thank each guest for the specific gift they gave. • Send separate notes for shower and wedding gifts.
• Send your thank you cards within two weeks of receiving your gifts. • Send thank you cards to all of the vendors you used. • Use a fancy postage stamp. Post offices often carry a neat assortment of stamps to choose from, or order customized stamps on-line. • It’s a nice touch to include a photo of either the bride and groom, or the guest.
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Environmentally Friendly Invitations owadays, “Save A Tree” isn’t just a cute slogan. Between global warming and habitat destruction it’s become more imperative than ever. To make a huge impact you can minimize the amount of virgin paper used in your wedding stationary. There may not be extensive options for the actual printing; you can make some responsible but fabulous choices when it comes to your paper.
Since you can’t completely dismiss the wedding invitation, try using paper that has a highrecycled content or is made from an alternative fiber. There are a lot of beautiful recycled paper options out there and it does make a difference. The benefits really are amazing! Normally there is a lot of information you want to convey to your guests. Try combining all of the pertinent information onto one card instead of including multiple cards with your invites. Another great option is to have a small website card in your invitations that direct your guests to your paper-free, information-filled domain. You can put your email address here for your guests to RSVP as well. Continue to use our information age and send out online invites for the surrounding events. Things like the bachelorette party, the rehearsal dinner and the post wedding brunch, and you can also send out e-vites to keep your guests updated on the wedding happenings. Put one menu at each table versus a menu for each place setting. When planning your programs, you can eliminate unnecessary pages or print one per couple, because you certainly don’t need extra programs! Try forgoing the individual escorts cards for a poster that lists the guest’s setting information for them. Or you can dress it up and have some white-glove service with the waiters seating guests at their tables.
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rranging how the bridal party gets from A to B is sometimes neglected until close to the wedding date. If you’re renting a limousine or a stylish vehicle, it’s best to get this organized early on in the planning stages to ensure the vehicle you’ve got your eye on is available.
conditioning? This is a must for summer weddings since tuxedos and gowns can be very warm on a hot summer day. Find out how old the vehicle is, what the chauffeur will be wearing and if extras, like a bottle of champagne, are included in the cost of your rental.
Take the following considerations into account when booking your transportation. How many people are you booking for? At what time of day will you require a vehicle? What is your budget for transportation? Does the car of your choice have air
Finally, enjoy the times during your big day when you are being chauffeured. This is often one of the only chances you’ll have that day to reflect, relax and spend time with those closest to you.
Wedding One of it’s kind in Canada! This Cinderella carriage is a romantic and stunning alternative to a more traditional form of transportation and also doubles as the perfect backdrop for wedding photos. In case of rain, the carriage has a clear cover that will keep your wedding party comfortable and warm. For more information visit www.horsesence.ca.
SneakPeak Limousines are getting more luxurious when it comes to the amenities they offer. Hereâ€™s an inside look.
Sleek and fun. Excursion Limousine available through Prestige Limousine.
Out of this world! The Stratosphere Limo Bus available through Blue Sky Limos.
CulturalColor Asian Luck 888 Date
hether you’re having a traditional Chinese wedding or an Asian inspired theme wedding, the date to have it is 08/08/08. Asian culture places great emphasis on auspicious and inauspicious numbers. All auspicious numbers are deemed a promising success.
The auspicious eight is a lucky number that promises prosperity, wealth and happiness. As well, in Chinese, the pronunciation of the word eight and the word rich is very similar. To add to the 888 luck, this date falls on a Friday, which is a realistic day to hold a wedding. Considering that numerous studies have indicated the number one reason why couples argue and even divorce is money, a date with an eight looks even more promising. Since the number eight provides prosperity and wealth, any date with eight is also known to be a perfect day to start an enterprise. For those contemporary couples who see marriage as a business venture when it comes to financials and investments, this day promises good fortune. In Chinese culture, surrounding oneself with auspicious numbers is so important that people will pay extraordinary amounts of money for lucky numbered phone numbers, bank account numbers and license plate numbers. The magnitude of their superstitions is illustrated perfectly by the fact that the Summer Olympics in Beijing, China are scheduled to start on 08/08/08 at 8:08:08pm.
How can a couple work the number eight into their special day in as many ways as possible? Choose a date that has a number eight in it. Have a monogram designed with the number eight, and the bride and grooms initials for your invitations. Apply this monogram on everything including programs, favors, place cards, thank you cards and slideshows. Choose eight when deciding on the number of flowers you have in your centerpieces and bouquets. Have eight people in your bridal party and ask your marriage commissioner to incorporate the number eight into your vows. Let all of the vendors you’re working with in on the fact that this number is significant to your wedding and you’ll be surprised at the suggestions they can offer to highlight the number eight. Perhaps your cake artist will create a cake for you with eight tiers. You can even find postage stamps online that are specifically designed to match the theme of your wedding. Check out www.artisticpostage.com and you’ll find Asian wedding stamps with eights on them. Here’s to a wonderful marriage filled with prosperity, wealth and happiness.
Muted gold accessories pair perfectly with this antique ivory gown. The exotic Indian shawl and gold bangles incorporate a cultural elegance to a Western wedding dress.
Photo courtesy of Shandro Photo
IndianFlair thnic inspired weddings are known for their glamour and glitz. Indian style incorporates jewels, bright colors and exotic fabrics. These accents are found in everything from the traditional bridal sari to the décor. There is no greater event in Indian culture than a wedding, and the extravagance of their celebration illustrates this. Indian couples that tie the knot in Canada usually adopt some Western traditions for their affair, for example, the
wedding cake adapted from Western culture can now be found at many Indian celebrations. Why not let other cultures inspire you and add to the excitement of your day?
Turquoise is a precious stone that’s commonly found in Indian jewelry. This set doubles as a timeless gift for your bridesmaids because it can be worn long after the wedding.
Silver pairs nicely with almost any color, and the bride and bridesmaids need somewhere to keep their lipstick, wallet and other goodies.
Indian fashion boasts an enormous selection of gorgeous accessories. If you’re having a Western wedding, these accessories will add flare to your bridesmaid’s dresses and finish off each ensemble with an exotic and unique edge.
Products available at Anika Designs. www.anikadesigns.ca.
Available at Nazila Couture
he vintage art deco black flower gives a twist to the traditional Spanish look. Flamenco flowers generally are large, daring in color and made of synthetic material. Hair should be tied back from face to bring slimness to the neck. Spanish brides often wear a white flower in their hair, which is the focal point of their look.
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f every bride wants to look like Audrey Hepburn on her big day, then every groom hope to be the image of Cary Grant. In other words, he wants to look stylish, suave and elegant.
Your wedding sends out a clear signal on your sense of fashion. Keeping it simple is by far the easiest option. Stick with clean lines in a smart suit or tux for you and your groomsmen. As the groom you should invest in something special for this celebration. Accessories will make or break your look. Choose a good formal shirt in white, candlelight or ivory. Make sure the collar is good and solid and will keep its shape all day. If the weather is hot consider a second shirt and change partway through the day. Your tie should be on the simple and discreet side, pulling the fashion and colour element out of your vest. With cufflinks, go for quality every time. If there is a coordinating colour theme, pick up that colour in the wedding party vests. The last word is about shoes. Sensible tuxedo or dress shoes are best. Even your shoe style should coordinate with your over-all look. Tuxedo available at Derks Flowers: la piazza dasee
Tips For the Groom Handy Hints Help Keep the Day Running Smooth 1. Make sure your shoes are spotless. Taking care of your shoes means there is no chance for marks on the brides’ dress. 2. Practice your speech; it really is “practice makes perfect”. 3. Stay calm, everybody gets nervous. Talk to your best man to help calm you down. 4. Look after your three special ladies: • Your bride – do everything in your power to make sure she wears a smile all day. This is her day. • Your mom – it’s a happy day for her. • Your mother-in-law – it is her little girl you’re marrying 5. Keep hydrated…make sure you have a lot of bottled water around.
Tuxedo available at Derks
Shirty ff the rack shirts fit very few men perfectly…the solution? Go for a custom made-to-measure shirt that has been created to fit your individual shape. It’s not just about the fit; it’s about the look and personal style you want to convey. A wedding is an occasion when a man is expected to invest some time, effort and cash on feeling and looking good.
Twisted he groom is no longer an extra at his wedding. While it is extremely important that he coordinates with the rest of his party, today’s groom is for more likely to go for a more individual look to stand apart from the rest of the groomsmen: classic with a modern twist. If you want cutting edge, accessories are the place to do it.
For the all important finishing touches or just a great gift for your groomsmen, there are amazing selections of cufflinks, shirts or ties you can choose from today.
Duty The Responsibilities
of the Best Man Do’s • Get involved in the planning stages as early as possible. • Have the stag at least one week before the wedding • Spend the night before the wedding keeping the groom on track • Keep the rings and wedding license in a safe place and on you personally for the wedding • Write a speech that appeals to the widest possible audience with some humour to it • Keep a list of every phone number the groom could possible need i.e.: car rental, hotel, etc. Don’ts • Hire a stripper for the stag unless you know he wants one • Let the groom near any alcohol before the ceremony • Make any jokes about the bride in your speech • Get drunk at the reception. As the best man it is your job to maintain control • Play any practical jokes on the groom • Forget to have a good time yourself!
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The Groom’s Day Starts Right Here very successful wedding runs like clockwork, so here’s your rundown of the groom’s traditional duties.
Even though no two weddings are alike, by their very nature they share common values – because they are the product of several generations of customs. The groom’s role is remarkable straightforward: He is responsible for: • For the wedding rings • Choosing a best man • Organizing the particulars of the venue i.e.: the minister, renting the ceremony location, the bride and bridesmaids’ bouquets and the men’s boutonnières • Transportation • The honeymoon • Sourcing the photographer and videographer • Reception entertainment The groom should also be at least 30 minutes early for the ceremony and he should deliver a short, amusing speech which thanks everyone, particularly the brides’ parents and tells everyone why his bride is so special to him.
Tuxedo available at Derks
hen you’re dressing to impress, it’s not just what you wear that matters, but also the way in which you wear it.
The first rule is that people should notice you, not your clothes. Make sure your suit or tux is clean and pressed, with your trousers carrying a sharp crease and your shoes are well polished.
Tuxedos available at Derks
Make sure your clothes fit you well. Your trousers should break at the second eyelet of your lace-up shoes. The jacket arm should show 1/2 inch of cuff and if you want to look slimmer, wear black. Whatever you wear, wear it with confidence. It will make all the difference.
Tuxedos are once again growing in popularity for special occasions or for that night out on the town. With the New Year upon us there are an abundance of choices for formalwear needs. Give your suit a break and try out a tuxedo this year. The accessory options are wild…from coloured or crisp white shirt…Euro ties…vests of every conceivable fabrication and design. You can put your personalized stamp of colour and design on whichever style you choose, and create your own individual look.
TheNewSuit Crisp and slim set the tone for the “new suit”. This cool, sophisticated piece of clothing has come a long way from its predecessors. The suit now is a versatile piece, with higher thread counts, an increasingly tailored image and above all a much more comfortable garment. Suits have historically been classified for those times in your life of a serious or sombre occasion. With the new suit this mentality changes. A suit is no longer uncomfortable, but instead shows versatility for those occasions where you need more than one look, this piece can be dressed up or down depending on the look you require. Suits have softer shoulders with a soft
under-collar put in, to make them essentially more wearable. Luxury items are once again becoming increasingly popular; softer, higher quality fabrics are making a dramatic comeback. With these new suits, simplicity is the key. Suits are making a dramatic impact world-wide, thus making a suit an upcoming staple in your wardrobe. So come on in and look into the future of clothing…with slimmer silhouettes and a softer feel that guarantees you an effortless and polished look which is something that’s sure to make your girl turn her eyes in your direction.
GroomsmenGifts Men Are Journaling! Treat your groomsmen to the fine craftsmanship of a Lamy fountain pen made from lightweight, durable aluminium. Pair this with a leather journal and use the first page to write a personalized thank you message. Available at Notables Stationers, www.notables.ca
Tech Photo Album A neat way to show off your photos. These digital photo frames can be used as a keychain, clipped to a briefcase or hung on your rear-view mirror. Just upload your favourite photos from your computer to the device and fond memories will literally be at your fingertips. Available from RY2 Photo, www.ry2photo.com
Tuxedo: Zegna (retail) Available at: Derks
he great thing about a Black Tie wedding is that itâ€™s so easy and everyone looks great. It doesnâ€™t demand a great amount of choice or even much fuss for that matter. It is, essentially, a uniform and it is very hard to get wrong.
Strictly speaking, the shirt should have a pleated front and a soft, turned-down collar. Be bold and add a splash of colour with your bowtie, cummerbund/vest and pocketsquare.
1. Traditional – just because you value tradition doesn’t mean you have to look old-fashioned for your wedding. Some great accessories and an amazing fit makes a groom stand out on his special day. 2. Fashion Forward – it’s the small details on this tux that make the fashion difference. Things like button detailing and fabric. 2
3. Classic – this isn’t about dressing on the safe side. Classic wedding dressing means letting good taste supersede the excess fashion element. 4. Modern – even grooms can dare to wear the latest formals fashion. Modern is good, just don’t chase the latest fashion fad.
All tuxedos on this and opposite page available at Derks
Flowers: Kuhlmannâ€™s Floral Boutique Dress: Ethos Hair & Makeup: Chocolate Mousse Salon & Spa Shot on location at The Hotel Selkirk
The Meaning of Flowers o matter how you look at it, flowers play an integral role at weddings. Bouquets accent the wedding gown and bridesmaid dresses beautifully. Flowers add a finishing touch to both the ceremony and reception décor and can even transform a room. They also play a symbolic role.
n ancient belief is that the bride’s bouquet should have certain herbs in it to ensure good luck. The bride would choose a special friend to give it to after the wedding thereby passing along the good blessings. Overtime this tradition evolved into a bouquet toss. Today, the single lady that catches the bouquet is granted good luck and deemed the next in line to wed.
Since today’s couple is going the extra mile to ensure their union is unlike anyone else’s, lets go a step further and explore the individual meanings of the flowers used. When flowers were given, the meanings assigned to flowers were used as secret love messages. These
meanings were derived in the romantic Victorian Era.
Baby’s Breath: Innocence Carnation: First Love Chrysanthemum (red): I love you Daisy: Innocence Hydrangea: Understanding Lilac: Young love. First emotions Lily (white): Purity Lily of the Valley: Purity, Happiness Marigold: Joy Rosebud: Purity Sweet Gerbera Daisy: Beauty, Thoughts of absent friends (1) Elegant Calla Lily: Purity, Grace, Splendid beauty (2) Exotic Orchid: Perfection, Love, Rare beauty (3) Spring Tulip (red): Declaration of love, Passion (4) Classic Red Rose: Love (5)
When choosing your flowers, it may be a good idea to consider the underlying message you’re sending to your guests. Ask your florist if you’re unsure of the meaning of a particular flower. For the most part, the look of your finished product will be of greatest concern, but do ensure that the flowers you’re choosing do not have any negative connotation. Add an extra level of significance to your big day by mixing and matching the flowers you choose based on their unique meanings.
Flower Traditions Incorporate a piece of history and age old tradition into your wedding bouquet. Orange blossoms are one of the most highly traditional flowers which can be included in the bridal bouquet. Brides have being carrying this particular flower on their wedding day for centuries. In fact, it is perhaps the very first flower ever to be carried in a wedding bouquet,
and one very rich in meaning and symbolism. What makes it so special? The orange tree was thought to be very significant because it is the only plant that bears both the flower and the fruit at the same time, a trait which symbolizes abundance. It was believed that by carrying blossoms from the orange tree in the wedding bouquet, the blessing of an abundance of all
things beautiful and nurturing would be passed along to the new marriage. You can incorporate this special meaning into your own bouquet by having your florist include a few orange blossoms among the blooms you will carry on your wedding day, just as brides throughout the centuries have done.
FlowerPower symbol of the natural world, wedding flowers are a great place to make some eco-friendly choices. Investigate the origins of flowers and think about the pesticides that might have been used. Were they grown in an environmentally way? Cut flowers result in a lot of waste. Talk to your florist about conserving – maybe sharing your blooms with another party.
a flowering bush (like hibiscus) to hang escort cards from.
Flowers that are pesticide free show off a flower’s natural beauty. Some flowers, like roses, are so genetically engineered that they need to be sprayed with an artificial scent. Organic roses smell exactly how they should. And if you can’t find a florist in your area with organic blooms, there’s always a lot of options on the internet.
Don’t forget; giving back isn’t limited to your wedding day. When you get home from your honeymoon, plant a tree in your backyard or the neighbourhood you got married in. Get permission first! You can track how old the tree is by your anniversary.
Potted plants, flowers or even small trees can make wonderful centerpieces, which can be transplanted later on. Use potted trees strung with lights to enhance your dance floor, or use
Try going a little trendy. Have your bridesmaids carried beautiful fans for a Spanish feel, or silk purses with jewelled blooms. You can also look into silk flowers. They are sometimes more expensive, but the arrangement will last forever and it makes a great keepsake for your girls.
Your goal: support local nurseries by looking for locally grown, seasonal blooms. Talk to your florist to figure out what flowers fall into this category so you know what you can choose from.
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