7 ways to recycle a wedding gown

When planning their weddings, many brides-to-be devote a large portion of their wedding budgets to their wardrobes. Statistics released by The Knot in 2014 indicated the amount the average woman was willing to spend her gown was $1,281. Wedding gowns are among the most costly wedding expenditures. Because wedding gowns …

Selecting a comfortable wedding gown

Many brides-to-be visit bridal shops with specific goals in mind regarding the style of their wedding gowns. Some women come equipped with magazine tear-outs or pull up ideas on their mobile phones. Others may have an entire scrapbook filled with various ideas they’ve been compiling for years.   Much consideration …

How to host a casual wedding

Weddings tend to be formal affairs, but there are no laws prohibiting happy couples from hosting more casual affairs. In fact, many couples confronted with the rising costs of tying the knot are doing just that.   According to The Knot 2016 Real Weddings Study, the average cost of a …

Setting the right mood with your wedding reception playlist

Many elements combine to make traditional wedding receptions special. But many veteran wedding guests would agree that the right playlist once guests hit the reception hall dance floor can turn an ordinary wedding reception into something far more memorable. The majority of couples choose between a live band and a …

The gown: A bridal Q & A with Heather McReynolds

Heather McReynolds is David’s Bridal Senior Bridal Buyer of designer collections. A few years ago Kate Middleton influenced bridal gowns. Is there anyone today (or recently) in terms of a celebrity wedding or style icon who is influencing bridal gown trends and if so, who is it, what was her …

Sweet options for the bride building her bouquet

STORY Laurie Wallace-Lynch “While we still get some requests for traditional roses, which are so elegant and timeless, we are getting more requests for rustic style bride’s bouquets this year,” says Mona Abdul, owner of Stavebank Florist in Port Credit. Rustic bridal bouquets ideally suit rustic wedding venues such as …

Choosing the perfect wedding cake

STORY Laurie Wallace-Lynch “Stacked, round wedding cakes are certainly the most popular and the round shape is said to symbolize eternal and endless love,” says Irene Chito, owner of Irene’s Celebrity Cakes. Irene has seen a lot of changes in wedding cake trends in the 46 years she has been …

Tips and timelines for wedding invites, thank you cards

Three months before the wedding date seemed to be the norm for decades to send out your wedding invitations. Now, because of everyone’s busy and hectic lives, the three months is simply too long. Sending the invitation too early raises the possibility that it will be forgotten or tucked away …

Planning the destination wedding of your dreams

STORY Laurie Wallace-Lynch If you’ve ever dreamed of getting married on the warm sand of a sunny beach, or perhaps in a romantic castle in Europe, you are not alone. “Destination weddings are hugely popular, with the top three destinations being Mexico, Cuba and Dominican Republic and a trend moving …