A New Year’s Note

happy new year from wed in vancouver

We made it! Even though the craziness of the holidays—and that whole Mayan apocalypse thing—had us wondering if 2013 was ever going to get here. Our toast to 2013 is this: May you be incredibly happy and healthy, and may all your wedding planning be (pretty much) stress free. Cheers to a brand new year and all the brand new engagements!

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Lovely Links For December 14th

Debi Parker Photography

Photo by Debi Parker Photography

Today we’re not going to tie you up with small talk and are going to get right to the good stuff. Why? The holidays are here and we know you have things to do, and trust us when we say, we would not want to keep you from any hot chocolate-sipping, gingerbread-baking, Bing Crosby-listening fun.

So, without further (or any) ado, here are this week’s lovely links:

+ An very elegant wedding…with Xbox-controller cookies

+ Wreath wedding decor that isn’t too holiday centered

+ These would make great guest favors

+ Want to ditch the wedding cake for a tower of donuts? Order these

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Five Different Save The Dates For Five Different Wedding Styles

save the dates

Save the dates are one of the easiest ways to set the tone (and theme) of your wedding since they’re the first thing your guests will see. So, today we’re featuring five very different save the dates for five very different wedding styles. We selected our save the date cards from Wedding Paper Divas because we like that you can order samples of the cards (when in doubt, seeing a hard copy can really help you decide), and they’re a good balance of affordability and quality. Plus, unlike many stationery companies, they frequently offer specials (today you can get 50 percent off of address labels and gift tags).

MODERN

Thought it’s still nowhere near as popular as the rustic theme, we’re seeing a rise in the modern wedding trend. It’s great for couples who don’t get as excited about soft and romantic settings as they do about clean lines, cool fonts and all things current. This save the date has need-to-know information cleanly laid out without a single floral accent or curving type, and would let your guests know early on that this wedding will be different. P.S. Want more modern wedding ideas? Check out our inspiration for a techie wedding.

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A Hit And A Miss: Oscar De La Renta Spring 2013

Oscar De La Renta Spring 2013

Okay ladies, today we have a lesson in how to combine things. It’s a short lesson, just two examples, really. Two very good examples. And they’re both thanks to the Spring 2013 Oscar De La Renta bridal collection. Shall we begin?

Sometimes combining a lot of different things can be great. Take our Hit, for instance. It’s got sheer tulle, ruffle-like layers, floral applique, and a heavy lace. Instead of clashing, however, these elements find their common thread (romanticism) and create a pretty showstopping dress. It’s amalgamation at its finest.

So when doesn’t combining work? When you take a simple sheath in a very unique lace and bury it in half of a 1980s prom dress, like our Miss. Not only do we dislike the the stiffness of the tulle layers and the too bright/too pale blue colour, we keep feeling like we’re getting a weird sneak peek under the bride’s gown (and only the groom should get that!). We know high fashion often means provocative and unusual, but this is just too far from wedding friendly to make sense to us.

Adamantly agree? Couldn’t disagree more? Let us know in the comments!

Lovely Links For December 7th

photo by Q Avenue Photo

Photo by Q Avenue Photo 

We can’t help feel sympathetic to all the brides-to-be who are currently planning weddings while managing the busyness of the holidays. It’s hard enough figuring out a wedding when you aren’t making time for Christmas parties, shopping, family time and tradition.

That’s why we’d like to encourage you, if it’s at all possible, to ease up on designing your dream day until the all this extra activity has passed. For some brides it’s not possible (we’re looking at you, ladies who will tie the knot before January 2nd) and to those brides we say: There’s always next year. But, for all your spring brides, let this stuff simmer on the back burner, and enjoy a breather that has nothing to do with nuptials.

Regardless of your own situation, how about taking a break with this week’s lovely links?

+ An unexpected accessory for bridesmaids

+ Further proof we’re a city full of sports fans

+ Pantone has picked the 2013 color of the year!

+ There’s a great (12 day!) giveaway on the Epic Events blog right now

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Inspiration For A Techie Wedding

tech wedding

{send these invitations (which feature helvetica, naturally), have the groom keep his data at hand with USB cufflinks, wear this Rebecca Taylor gown in a nod to binary code, swap centerpieces for custom Viewmasters, string up these DIY geometric garlands, and finish your cake with this emoticon topper}

Stamp Of Approval

custom wedding stamp

Do you know about the Canada Post app? We’re not normally so excited about the postal service, but the app includes an incredibly easy way to create custom wedding stamps.

The feature is called Picture Postage, and it makes it almost shockingly easy to put your own pictures or designs into official postage. Seriously, it takes only a matter of minutes.

All you have to do is download the app, open Picture Postage, choose a stamp layout, and upload a picture or design from your device’s library. Our recommendation? Transfer one of your professional engagements photos or other high-quality pictures to your device and use it, or have a tech-smart friend whip up a great graphic design in Photoshop (you could even attempt this silhouette tutorial). Alternatively, use an artistic shot that works well with your invitation theme instead of featuring the two of you as a couple.

You can download the app here.

Lovely Links For November 30th

Photo by Vadim Daniel Photography

You guys, this is the last day of November. The last day before December, in all its holiday glory, descends upon us. And while we are—as you’ve noticed—very excited about all that festive fun, do you know what’s even more exciting? With the holidays comes many, many engagements. We can practically feel the excitement and sense the wedding magazines flying off the shelves as new brides-to-be start planning their big days and spend their mornings staring distractedly at their new ring-finger bling. You can’t hear us yet, soon-to-be-engaged gals, but we can’t wait to have you here and share all things Vancouver wedding with you!

Here are this week’s lovely links:

+ Just plain amazing

+ Take note, winter brides

+ Make a wedding dream board and you could score three bridesmaid dresses (we call that win, win)

+ Let this be a reminder to bring chalk for your wedding day photos

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Not Your Mother’s Macaron

Macarons used to be a rare wedding dessert, but these days they’re more popular than the cupcake. That doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t find a unique way to feature them for your own nuptials. You just have to know where to look. Here’s a hint: Kawaii EatsContinue reading

Advice From The Editor: Wedding Decor That Does More

I’ve yet to meet a bride who didn’t want at least a little decor for her wedding (and I’ve met some seriously low maintenance, “weddings aren’t a big deal to me” brides). So, while I wouldn’t exactly call decor the most crucial part of a wedding, I’d say it gets pretty high priority, and I’m betting you’ve already started thinking of yours. What I want to do today, however, is encourage you to think bigger.

I’m not talking about taking your decor in an even grander direction—though that can be fun—but about considering your wedding decor in the long term. Confused? Let me explain. Continue reading