Advice From The Editor: When To Quit Clicking

wedding planning advice

Even though it existed, Pinterest wasn’t very well known when I was planning my wedding. Now when I’m on the website researching wedding ideas and trends, I sometimes think “this would have been so helpful”. Oddly enough, however, I’m actually glad that I wasn’t a pinning pro while I planned my big day.

Why? For the same reason that it would have be nice to have as a resource: There’s just so much information. I see the thousands and thousands of wedding pins, and I can’t help but think about how hard it would have been to make decisions when every idea spawned hundreds of other ideas, and how dejected I might have felt facing all the other weddings (with their own incredibly thoughtful details) and more accomplished DIY-ers.  Continue reading

Interview With An Expert: All and Sundry {part two}

all & sundry interview

Last week we delved into eco-friendly wedding planning (and the minds of expert wedding planners Amy and Kamelli of All & Sundry) , and this week we’re lightening our green lean to focus more on general tips for hiring and working with a wedding planner. We hope you’ll find their advice helpful (we definitely did!) and encourage you to head over to the All & Sundry website and blog to see more from this talented twosome.

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Lovely Links For January 11th

photo by K and K Photography

Photo by K & K Photography

Well, lovely readers, we’re almost two weeks into the new year. How are you doing on your resolutions? While we haven’t followed through on everything—some nights just need a glass of wine—we’ve been keeping up with most of our goals. Like, not getting sucked down the rabbit hole of Pinterest (unless we’re finding really great stuff) and not beating ourselves up if we don’t make it to every bridal show. Speaking of which, are you making plans to attend the It’s My Wedding show this weekend? It’s the Fraser Valley’s chance to shine, and well worth checking out.

Enjoy your lovely links!

+ Everything you need to know about It’s My Wedding

+ A breathtaking seaside wedding

+ Couture gowns from our own city

+ Vancouver Island’s biggest bridal show

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Top 5 Toasting Flutes

toasting flutes

It’s fun to raise a glass with your nearest and dearest to celebrate your brand new union, and even more fun to do that with a champagne flute that’s out of the ordinary. So, today we’ve tracked down our five favorite champagne flutes for your wedding toast. Some are traditional, some are not. The thing they all have in common is that they’re great to have as time goes on and you have more moments together celebrate as husband and wife. And far more likely to be used than your cake cutter.

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Tiffany & Co. Champagne Flutes, $20.00 each

Can you ever really go wrong with Tiffany? These flutes are a timeless, traditional shape and made from handblown glass. Basically,  they’ll never go out of style. Better still, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more affordable item from Tiffany’s.  Continue reading

Priscilla + Travis

Vancouver Wedding Photographer

When we first saw Priscilla and Travis’ beautiful wedding shot by wedding photographer Tomasz Wagner, we were astounded at the amount of true, touching emotion that was evident in their big day (and how well it was captured by Wagner).

It’s emotion so powerful that it’s contagious, and while we didn’t experience the details first hand—details like a custom-designed Jason Matlo dress and Priscilla’s brother singing her down the aisle—we can’t help but feel the depth of the day just by looking at the photographs.

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Interview With An Expert: All and Sundry

all & sundry interview

Today we’re so excited to be featuring not one but two eco-friendly wedding planners as our experts! We feel strongly about finding ways to get greener with weddings—most have a carbon footprint that’s far from romantic— and we’re guessing a lot of you feel the same away. So, who better to help you figure out how to do that than Amy and Kamelli, the lovely ladies who operate All & Sundry wedding planning in Vancouver and Edmonton?

Now let’s get to the good stuff. Scroll on to find out all their advice and insider tips, and come back next week for part two.

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Top Wedding DIYs of 2012

photo by Jagger Photography

Photo by Jagger Photography

If you’re looking for a way to get the DIY inspiration flowing, we highly recommend you head over to Green Wedding Shoes. They’ve rounded up their favorite DIYs of 2012. From the oversized scrabble tiles pictured above to every kind of giant paper flower and creative backdrop, there’s plenty of fuel for your creative fire.

Lovely Links For January 4th

New Year's wedding

Don’t you find the start of a new year to be exciting? It’s so full of possibility and the chance at great positive changes. Changes like, for many of you, being engaged. While many people will tell you not to get too caught up in bridal things, we’d like to tell you not to hold back too much either. Planning a wedding is rarely ever as exciting as it is the first few months, and you should enjoy. Bask in it. It’s (hopefully) a once in a lifetime opportunity, and you have every right to enjoy it and go a little overboard.

Now on to this week’s lovely links:

+ There’s a wedding show for Okanagan brides this weekend…

+ …And city outskirt dwellers who don’t want to drive downtown

+ A sweet way to ask your bridesmaids the big question

+ Easy homemade facial recipes from the pros at Blanche Macdonald

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Vancouver Wedding Fair 2013

Wedding Fair Vancouver

If your policy on attending wedding shows is “go big or stay home”, Wedding Fair is the one you don’t want to miss. The show, which takes place January 5th and 6th, features more than 150 exhibitors spread out over two floors (and spanning every category). With enough motivation—and maybe a few cups of coffee—you could easily sort out every element of your wedding at this event alone.

The prizes and gifts that will be given away fit the the “go big” theme too, with a total value of more than $250,000. The highlight of those? The $100,000 Dream Wedding giveaway, which allows you to not only cross everything off your wedding to-do list, but to do it for free, and is open to everyone, even brides not attending the show.

Tickets are less than many Vancouver wedding shows at $20 presale and $25 at the door, and you can make your way to the Westin Bayshore on either Saturday or Sunday (there are fashion shows and prize drawings both days).

Pure Magnolia Debuts 2013 Collections

Pure Magnolia Polka Dot Dress

Have you seen the new 2013 collections from Vancouver’s Pure Magnolia? We’ve always been fans of the studio’s flattering, perfectly-detailed dresses, but the new offerings have us even more excited. We can’t wait to see the polka dot dress (pictured above) worked into someone’s very vintage wedding, and the hemp mermaid dress, which somehow looks both glamourous and natural, is too pretty to go unmentioned. You can check out the 2013 Couture collection here, the 2013 Classic collection here, and the 2013 Vintage collection here.

P.S. Did you know that Pure Magnolia also creates beautiful plus-size dresses for Vancouver brides? We’ve always found it frustrating that many designers seem to style for one body shape only and were excited to learn this news!

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