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Wedding Blog Whether you want to break with tradition or break new ground you’ll find fresh ideas and unconventional inspiration for your big day. Sensational wedding-chic starts here!
Looks from Monique Lhuillier and Vera Wang bridesmaids collections
Calling all Bridesmaids! Always a bridesmaid, never a bride? Perk up chicette, because you’re gonna LOVE these maids dresses. Monique Lhuillier (a favourite of red carpet regulars like America Ferrera) has just launched a bridesmaids dress collection, available through her website [moniquelhuillier.com]. The frocks feature the LA designer’s signatures (think romantic bows and rosettes and glam goddess silhouettes) and are all totally affordable (every style is between $250-$350).
And if that’s not enough love for your treasured attendants, direct them to where the bridal maven’s Maids Collection is now available online. “Today’s bride is increasingly sensitive to the tastes, feelings and finances of her attendants who can now order their bridesmaids dress easily,” said Wang. We couldn’t agree more. —Emily Huggard
Domestic Bliss If you refuse to let the market put a damper on your big day, become a thrift goddess and head to Recession Proof Bride, a wedding workshop by the hit reality TV show Rich Bride, Poor Bride and Toronto’s . On May 9, get expert advice on how to cut costs without cutting glamour with seminars, a sample budget, a tasting menu lunch with wine pairings, and advice from Angelique Sobschak, the show’s wedding planner. –Emily Huggard
Bridal Swap Budget-savvy frugalistas are mad about , a free Canadian listings site connecting local brides to buy, sell and save on used designer wedding and bridesmaid dresses, shoes and jewelry. After swapping, share tips and advice on wedding planning with other brides-to-be and browse planning resources, shopping deals and wedding contests. –Emily Huggard
Custom Love If creativity is one of your BF’s top traits, direct him to Toronto’s where they can custom design your engagement sparkler. Reset an antique family heirloom, recreate a design from a magazine or have your partner choose a stone and co-design. We fell for the geometric rings – a modern update on diamond wedding bands. 1338 Queen Street West –Emily Huggard<
Get Hitched Make pink your wedding-day hue by registering for Tie the Knot for Breast Cancer, a program supporting the through funds directed to research, community and health promotion. Whether donating in lieu of favors, encouraging guests to give instead of buying a gift, or tailoring your own donation package (place cards, note cards or pink ribbons), there’s nothing better than a charitable bride-to-be. –Emily Huggard
Nuptial Read Swarovski’s dazzling new book Unbridaled: The Marriage of Tradition and Avant Garde magically encapsulates, in 194 breathtaking pages, the enchantment of the wedding day. The opulent record of one-off designer fairy tale gowns from designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Viktor & Rolf and Christopher Kane—in photographs and art from a collaboration of more than 100 renowned creatives—is the perfect coffee-table conversation piece or keepsake for any bride-to-be. Available at Swarovski stores or visit . —Emily Huggard
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