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Wedding Dress Trends of 2016

From two pieces to corset tops, wedding dresses are taking a turn in the upcoming year.  Breaking from tradition, these dresses are pushing boundaries in all the right ways. Here are seven exotic dresses to look out for!

The Two Piece

Brides are moving away from the traditional one piece bridal gown and are choosing two piece gowns! The best part about this dress is that there so many endless possibilities!

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Skin- Toned Lace

The traditional lace dress is taking a turn. Rather than lace overlying white, we’re seeing white on the colour nude. This sexy and elegant dress is nothing but flawless!
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Feathers

Brides are beginning to embrace the wonders of texture. Get ready to see this beautiful feathered dress walking down the aisle in the new year.

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Brides are stepping away from the traditional white and picking floral print. Not only is this perfect for an outdoor summer wedding, this dress can be dressed down or up!IMG_1450

1920’s Flare

1920’s flare is making a come back, especially in bridal gowns. From a low cut back and beading head to toe, this dress will leave a groom speechless.
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Corset Tops

Brides are moving away from the traditional top and turning to fabulous corsets! The best part about this elegant look is that it’s light and breezy for those hot summer weddings.

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Bridesmaid Styles

When you’re thinking about your bridesmaids attire, you should never be thinking of just the dress! Sure the dress is important, but so are all the wonderful details that pull the outfit all together! To show you just how wonderful accessories can be, our team has put together 6 different bridesmaid style guides to help inspire your bridesmaids attire!

Navy & Diamonds

These long formal chiffon gowns can’t stand on their own, so it’s always best to pair them with accessories. Add some sparkle on top like these diamond earrings and tone it down with navy bow shoes!
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Gatsby Inspired Shimmer

If you’re having a Gatsby themed wedding, don’t be afraid to play with the accessories! This is your chance to let your ladies take full advantage of your wedding theme. In this style guide, we have sparkles from head to toe with long sparkle earrings and glittery shoes! Your ladies will be looking as shimmer as ever!
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Gold Accents

When you’re playing with a lighter colour palette, you don’t want to take too much attention away from your romantic dresses. Instead, pair your bridesmaid dresses with small gold or silver accents!

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Floral

For those summer meadow weddings, this floral bridesmaid style is a must. Play with their dresses by mixing and matching different types of floral! As for the jewelry, leave things simple with small earrings and a floral headpiece!bridesmaiddress3

Blush Accents

Another way you can play with a accessories when dealing with a lighter colour palette is using accents of blush. All you need are pink basic heels and a floral wreath with accents of green!
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Mind & Coral

When you’re working with bright coral colours, it’s best to play with white! In this style guide, we wanted to keep the summer theme using floral headpieces, while toning it down a notch with these adorable white flats!

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Trending Wedding Food Trucks

Food trucks have become increasingly popular for outdoor summer weddings. From chip vans to taco trucks, these late night snacks will keep your guests happy late into the night! To help inspire your food truck hunt, we’ve assembled 5 adorable wedding food trucks that are trending right now!

Donuts

No one can say no to a hot, fresh, homemade donut. Sweet or savoury, these donuts will have your guests keep coming back for more!

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We All Scream For Ice Cream

Ice cream is the perfect snack to refresh your guests on a hot summers day. In a truck or in a cart, your guests won’t be able to resist this sweet temptation!
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Pizza

Pizzas are perfect for both day, and late night snacks. You can either have a variety of flavours or just stick to good old classic hawaiian. IMG_1441

Chips

You can also keep it simple with a local chip van. Who doesn’t love a few french fries after some late hours on the dance floor? You can even mix it up by adding a variety of dips!
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Tacos

Tacos are another great finger food to pass out to your guests. Although they’re a little messy, your guests still won’t be able to resist this delicious temptation!
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6 Flawless Bridal Hairstyles

One of the hardest decisions a bride has to make is picking her hairstyle. Ultimately, there are so many ways you can go: do you have it up or do you have lose beach waves? At the end of the day, almost any hairstyle you pick will look absolutely flawless. The only hard part is making sure you’ve covered all the endless possibilities! So, to help make your hair style hunt go as fast as possible, we’ve put together 6 of our favourite looks so you can be sure you didn’t miss a style!

Beach Waves

There are so many different ways you can go with beach waves. Have it completely down, have it half up, or even add a headpiece! This charming hair style looks great on just about any bride!
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Classic Bun

You can never go wrong picking this timeless hair style. You can even change it up by adding a simple head piece!
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Twirls

This hair style takes elegance to a whole new level. If you don’t want to stick to the classic up-do, this hair style is the way to go. Just when you thought it couldn’t get more flawless, top it off with a beautiful floral headpiece!
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French Braid

If you’re looking for a unique loose up-do, the messy french braid is for you! This hair style looks absolutely flawless with a veil and best of all, it’s easy to do!
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Twisted Bun

If you’re leaning towards the classic, bun but want something a little more unique, then check out this hairstyle! This chic hair style is surprisingly easy to do yourself and holds well late into the night!IMG_1415

Side Bun

Lots of brides are still rocking the side bun. This beauty of this timeless look is that it’s perfect for both formal or casual weddings!

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DIY: How To Make A Bowtie

If you’re on the hunt for the perfect bowtie for your groomsmen, you probably already know how difficult it can be. Not only is it tough to find the right colour and pattern, they can also be quite pricy. So, why not make your own! Don’t worry, no sewing skills are needed here. All you need is some fabric, glue and 7 easy steps!

Supplies:
– fabric scissors
– glue gun & glue sticks
– pencil
– fabric cut 7″x5″ (thicker fabric works better)
– elastic ribbon
– sewing needle

Step 1

First, use a pencil to sketch a light 5″x7″ outline and cut out the piece of fabric. Don’t sweat it if it’s not perfect because the edges will be folded in later.

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Once you’ve glued both sides, fold them to meet halfway. Make sure you press it down while it dries!DSC_0869
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Next, glue the ends together and fold them halfway again.

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Once you’ve folded the ends together halfway, flip it over to the other side (one with no seams) and fold it so the edges match up. Next, pinch the bottom of the fold while flipping the ends to the side. This will help you give the folded bow shape.

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Step 6

Now that you have the bow, one of the last steps is the strap! First cut out a small piece of fabric slightly wider than your preferred size. Just like the bow, glue the two edges and fold them halfway to the middle.

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Next, take the strap and wrap it around the bow. Be sure that the strap is placed exactly at the centre to make sure both sides are even. Glue each sides of the strap to the back of the bow. After, take an elastic band and thread it through the back. Finally, cut the elastic band to your preferred size. For this step it’s easier to tie it around your neck to measure it. Make sure it’s not too tight!
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And voila, you’re done! Now that wasn’t so difficult was it? Now all your groomsmen will be looking as dapper as ever for your wedding!

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Why You Need A Wedding Website

unnamed (3)Couples are catching on to the modern digital time, leaving paper behind and turning to online wedding websites. From what we’ve gathered, this transformation has generated a mix of feelings. Many couples are finding it quite useful during their busy stages of planning, while others are calling it narcissistic. Despite others doubts, we think wedding websites are becoming valuable tools during these crucial stages of planning, and we’ll give you 5 reasons why.

1. Easy Registry Access

Instead of trying to direct your guests to an online registry, why not direct them to your personal website! Not only does a personal website give you the flexibility of creating a registry after you send out the invitations, it also lets guests easily access your registry along with all your other important information!

2. Those Last Minute Changes

There are a lot of things you have to plan ahead of time before you send out those first save the date cards. Once those cards are mailed, everything is set in stone! So what happens if you later decide to change the location or time? Are you going to spend two days making 100 different phone calls to update each guest? Instead of trying to nail everything down on your invitations or making 100 phone calls when plans have changed, creating an online website gives you the flexibility you need when making those last minute changes, by informing your guests all in one place!

3. It’s Eco-Friendly

Doing everything on paper is nice, but it can also be costly. Not only does the cost of printing and shipping put a mark on your budget, it’s also affecting the environment! So whether you’re working within a tight budget or trying to lower your environmental footprint, we suggest using a free online website. Remember, every little bit helps!

4. Good For Directions

We know it’s not easy giving your guests explicit directions on a small invitation. But we can also assure you that you don’t want to be spending the last week before your wedding on the phone giving your guests directions. Instead, using a website allows you to easily upload your directions and map, so all of your guests can receive the same information all in one place! Your last week is crunch time, so don’t spend it on the phone!

5. Easy To Stay In-Touch With Guests

Lots of couples try to stay connected with their guests leading up to the wedding via email, phone, or text messaging. Instead of trying to manage a number of conversations scattered across a range of technologies and networks, why not create your own online network so guests can easily connect in one place. This way, you have a designated wedding space where you can connect with guests, and guests can connect with each other!

There are so many other reasons why you should be using a wedding website, but we hope we’ve already convinced you! If you decide to use a website, here are just a few great websites we’ve heard of that can help get you started! We hope this has been useful and we wish you the best of luck during your wedding planning ventures!

https://www.theknot.com/gs/wedding-websites

http://www.mywedding.com/free-wedding-websites

http://www.weddingpaperdivas.com/personal-wedding-websites.htm

http://www.ewedding.com/

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WedLuxe WS15 Floral Issue

We are so excited to announce that our feature is now published in WedLuxe’s WS15 Floral Issue! For this feature, we were not scared to play with colour! We wanted to keep it bold and elaborate, by combining a mixture of vibrant hues with accents of gold. To capture the full vibrance of tropical flowers, we used floral glass plates for the place settings and a combindation of pink and coral shades for the napkins. To top the whole look off, we added small textured details to the florals on the cake to give it that full and consistent look.

We couldn’t have created this ornate set-up if it weren’t for Violet Grey Creative’s beautiful stationary prints, Flower-z’s wonderful floral work, Culinary Capers Catering for the beautifully decorated cake, and of course, Jasalyn Thorne for beautifully capturing it all! Until next time, stay tuned for our next published feature in WedLuxe Magazine!

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Summer Wedding Trends of 2015

Since the summer season embraces a free-spirited nature, summer weddings tend to have a bit more leeway when it comes to creativity and play. Respectfully, every year we see an outpour of new and creative wedding trends for the upcoming summer season. This year, we’re seeing a range of trends from bold vibrant hues, to romantic neutral accents.

Colours: Bright & Relaxed Neutrals

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To encompass that bright look of summer, we’ve been seeing bold floral combinations of pink, blue, and orange. Paired with subdued neutrals, the arrangements maintain a colour scheme balance, while still achieving that bold flourishing impact.

Bridesmaid Dresses: Mix & Match

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Rather than sticking with one style and colour bridesmaid dress, we’ve been increasingly seeing the mixing and matching trend! As long as you play with neutral colour schemes, this is a unique way of letting your ladies express themselves, while tying them nicely together.

Bridal Crowns

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This is a twist from the natural up-do: adding a bridal crown as your headpiece! This simplistic and elegant touch is quite versatile, as it suits any bride from a big ballroom style, to an outdoors rustic inspired wedding.

Cakes: Texture & Floral

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We’ve been increasingly seeing floral decor being used as cake toppers in the upcoming summer trends. While topping a cake with a touch of natural beauty, giving the sides some character by adding some texture creates more depth and helps achieve that unity!

Rustic Boutonnieres

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These snazzy rustic boutonnieres have grown popular in these summer wedding trends. While their subdued presence combines casual and charm, topping it off with a touch of lace gives that perfect dash of rustic boldness.

Leaf Place Cards

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Like we always say, details are everything! Rather than using the traditional paper place cards, couples are beginning to add a natural touch to their table settings by using leaf place cards. This wee detail wholeheartedly brings creativity and natural beauty to the table!

Coral Accents

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While adding a touch of coral hue to your lips and nails may seem a bit daring and far from the traditional norm, we believe it finishes that fresh and summery look. Along with it’s eye-catching boldness, it adds a dash of sophistication and romance to the brides finishing look!

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10 Urban Wedding Venues Near Vancouver, BC

Vancouver Urban Winery grew to be one of the most sought after wedding venues in Vancouver. With its urban barn and modern rustic look, it allowed guests to escape into the country side while in the heart of downtown Vancouver. While Vancouver Urban Winery no longer hosts private events, the urban kick still carries on as couples try to find similar venues. In light of this high demand, we took it upon ourselves to search for the top 10 local venues to ensure couples get that perfect urban themed fit!

1. Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre

Located in the heart of Yaletown, this community centre is Vancouver’s oldest heritage building located on its original site. With a maximum capacity of 350 guests, this rustic inspired venue is perfect for a large scale wedding.

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2. Mt Lehman Winery

Located in the outskirts of Abbotsford, this family owned boutique winery is the perfect back drop for a rustic wedding. While receptions are usually held outdoors, this venue is best for an intimate outdoor wedding.

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3. Bridges Restaurant

Bridges has grown to be one of Vancouver’s best wedding venues. With its rustic charm and incredible location in Granville island,  it offers an intimate rustic feel while overlooking the city lights!

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4. Saar Bank Farm

In the quiet outskirts of Abbotsford lays Saar Bank Farm, located in the Sumas Prairies. With its beautifully hung chandeliers, this barn combines the urban vintage look with a touch of modern glamour. While only the top floor is open, this barn is best for intimate small scale weddings.

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5. Big Sky Golf & Country Club

Just 25 minutes from Whistler, you’ll find the Big Sky Golf & Country Club located in Pemberton, B.C. With its majestic backdrop of Mount Currie, this urban lodge is the perfect venue for both summer and winter weddings.

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6. Shaughnessy Restaurant

Just 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver is Shaughnessy Restaurant. With its newly renovated patio overlooking the Van Duesen gardens, it combines urban west coast style with a classic charm. Here, you can have your ceremony in the gardens and dance the night away on the beautiful patio!

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7. Merridale Estate Winery

In a small community on Vancouver Island is an adorable winery located in Cobble Hill. Located approximately 45 kilometres north of Victoria, this secluded yet majestic property is the perfect backdrop for a rustic urban wedding. This beautiful patio, surrounded by trees, is a romantic setting for a reception.

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 8. V Lounge

At the top of Earls restaurant located in the heart of Yaletown, you’ll find the V Lounge. While having an Earls wedding is a little unorthodox, we can assure you that this lounge will have your jaw dropping! This trendy lounge mixed with a rustic look with a touch of modern funk, is the  perfect venue for a small scale urban wedding!

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9. Birds Eye Cove Farm

Birds Eye Cove Farm sits just on the outskirts of Vancouver Island in Duncan, B.C.  While this venue is a little out of the way, we can assure you it will not disappoint! With its large barrels and sky high beams, this location lets you embrace the urban barn theme wholeheartedly!

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10. SFU Diamond Alumni Centre

Last, but certainly not least, is the SFU Diamond Alumni Centre located on Burnaby Mountain. With its beautiful panoramic view of Burrard Inlet and the North Shore mountains, this urban inspired venue offers the perfect backdrop for a larger scale wedding.

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DIY: How to Make Your Own Bouquet

Planning a wedding can be costly, which is why we like to find new and creative ways for couples to save money when they’re running on a tighter budget. Making your own bouquet is just one of the many ways you can easily cut costs if you just do it yourself! Now don’t let the sounds this process daunt you! Making your own bouquet is actually surprisingly easy and we’ve provided you 8 easy steps to do it!

What You’ll Need:

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  • a bundle of 20 flowers in three different colours of your choice
  • a roll of thick string
  • a rubber band (any colour will do)
  • baby breath flowers
  • a vase

Step 1

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Start by pulling off the leaves from all the stems. This way you can avoid any odd leaves sticking out at the base of the bouquet.

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Take an empty vase and place the flowers with the longest stems in first. Since this is the top part of the bouquet, it’s important you pick your favorite pieces.

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When you have at least 5 flowers in the vase, hold them tightly at the base and slowly take them out. When you’re dealing with more than 5 flowers, you have more control holding them than keeping them in the vase. Next, adjust them into a round and even formation. Once you have that full rounded look, start adding more to the sides. As you place flowers further down the sides, make sure that they fold out properly so you get that full rounded look.

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Once you’re satisfied with the arrangement, wrap any rubber band around the stems and pull them up to the base. Make sure it’s holding the flowers firmly before letting go.

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Next, take a thick string and wrap it around the rubber band till you can no longer see it. There’s no right way to do this, so do it as many times as you’d like and which ever direction you’d prefer! You can even finish it off with a small bow on the side.

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If you want to add a little more life and character to the bouquet, place some small baby breath flowers in between the others. For this step, you don’t need to worry about having long stems because they seem to hold nicely together after pushing them in lightly.

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Be sure to cut the stems at an even length. It’s okay if a few flowers have shorter stems. Just make sure they don’t sick out the sides.

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Finally, remove any awkward pedals that may be sticking out at the top. You want to keep those main flowers holding that round structure. Leave the baby breath flowers sticking out a bit further than the rest so they add that unique sense of character to the piece.

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And voila, it’s finished! Once you’ve completed all of the 8 steps, it should only take 30 minutes to do. Overall, we highly recommend this craft to just about anyone! It’s quick, cheap, easy, and most importantly, it’s fun to do!

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