KEEP CALM PLAN ON
“What was your wedding like?”
This is a question I’m often asked, and my response never fails to surprise: “Small, super small”—as in just the two of us and two guests (my parents). It was a perfect day at one of our favourite places (Langdon Hall Country House Hotel) and was exactly the celebration we envisioned.
I planned our intimate wedding in three months. Even though it was teeny and I knew precisely what I wanted, the planning still became life absorbing. Sound familiar? Understand that if you are at that phase, it’s completely normal. If you haven’t reached it yet, know that—just like winter—it’s coming. If anyone understands the minutiae of the process, it’s us. At we love hearing all the details of your party planning—it’s what makes us tick and inspires us to create beautiful content for you.
We recently hosted a girls’ night in at our office, inviting six brides to tell us all about their weddings. Every one of them had a dramatically different celebration from the next. Guest lists ranged from 100 to 500 guests, and party styles encompassed everything from hipster modernity to traditional elegance to a multicultural East-meets-West Indian extravaganza. As diverse as our brides and their weddings were, their wedding-planning pleasure and pain points were virtually identical.
All admitted that finding their venue was the biggest and most stressful task, as was keeping both the wedding budget and family expectations in check. Tasks they found easy and fun: dress shopping and researching pretty party elements (flowers, decor and food). We were glad to hear every bit of this because our editorial mandate for over 30 years has been to help with ALL of these things to ensure you, our readers, have the day of your dreams.
In this issue, our beautiful pages truly offer something for every bride. If it’s fashion drama you want for your aisle style, “Decadence” (p.160) showcases otherworldly dresses in an avant-garde bridal palette of rose gold, black and ivory. We also went non-traditional with the location for “#ItGirl” (p.152), heading to the Drake Devonshire Inn (two hours east of Toronto in Prince Edward County), a cozy 13-room rustic hideaway featuring funky art, divine architecture and a dreamy lakefront view.
For other style inspo, we’ve curated our favourite looks from the latest bridal fashion collections (“Best Dressed,” p. 47) and have put together a package of killer style essentials showcasing everything from the coolest bridal bling and bridesmaid gowns to gifts (“Style List,” p.55). When it comes to decor, we’re all about drama, with exquisite black and white cakes and flowers (“A Study in Contrasts,” p.126); colourful hanging floral decor (“Secret Garden,” p.111); and a reception shoot in a spectacular colour theme of emerald and gold (“Graphic Design,” p.114).
Of course, we’re always delivering daily inspiration online and via our social channels. A new piece of our digital offering is a twice-weekly e-newsletter filled with local wedding secrets and cool new vendors. Toronto is our first market, so if you are in that part of the country, sign up to receive it at unveiled.weddingbells.ca.
Alison McGill, Editor-in-Chief, @alisonmcgill