Weddingbells (Toronto) - - EDITOR ’S LETTER A NOTE FROM ALISON - Wed­ding­bells, Un­veiled,

“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 un­­ding­

Happy plan­ning!

Ali­son McGill, Editor-in-Chief, @al­ison­m­cgill

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