Start­ing Place

Weddingbells (Toronto) - - Editors' Letter -

As much as wedding trends change, and cel­e­bra­tions morph and mod­ern­ize, a few things re­main con­stant. The biggest one is the planning process. There’s no get­ting around the tried-and-true for­mula of how to be­gin piec­ing to­gether your dream day.

At Wed­ding­bells we’re so of­ten asked by the anx­ious newly en­gaged, “Where do I start?” Choos­ing your date is the log­i­cal first step on the road to wedding-dom, but find­ing a venue is ac­tu­ally the step that comes be­fore that, as its avail­abil­ity will likely dic­tate your date.

Each year we high­light our top venue picks across Canada with the “Loveli­est Venues” on­line fea­ture. It is one of our top con­tent hits and we love in­spir­ing readers with the best and most beau­ti­ful places to wed in the coun­try. We also are for­tu­nate to travel in­ter­na­tion­ally to show you ex­tra­or­di­nary and ex­otic wedding lo­ca­tions—past destinations in­clude Ire­land, Dis­ney­land, Hawaii, Bar­ba­dos, and Turks and Caicos. In this is­sue we had the ex­pe­ri­ence of a life­time in Scot­land shoot­ing the fash­ion fea­ture “Her Majesty” (p. 128) at the 600-year-old Borth­wick Cas­tle in the breath­tak­ing Scot­tish Mid­lands.

The cas­tle—which twice hosted Mary, Queen of Scots dur­ing her reign in the 16th cen­tury—re­cently un­der­went a mas­sive ren­o­va­tion, trans­form­ing it into a beyond-lux­u­ri­ous be­spoke venue and ho­tel. There are just 10 guest rooms in-house (imag­ine hav­ing your very own wedding-day cas­tle!), and the venue can host in­ti­mate wed­dings for up to 85 peo­ple.

It was the per­fect back­drop to show­case some very fash­ion­for­ward bridal trends tinged with dark ro­mance. Read more about our Scot­tish ad­ven­tures at wed­ding­

We have tons more style in­spi­ra­tion in this is­sue with the best gowns seen on the Spring 2018 New York Bridal Fash­ion Week run­ways (p. 50). Big trends to watch for in­clude bows, bare shoul­ders, bead­ing, and dra­matic black de­tails and ac­ces­sories.

We’re en­am­oured with elab­o­rate flo­ral cakes (“Fleurology,” p. 88); pas­sion­ate about green and gar­den-in­spired party de­tails (“Herbal Essence,” p. 84); and have rounded up a com­plete A to Z of must-have beauty items for your wedding day (p. 64).

We love see­ing and shar­ing your real wed­dings in the mag­a­zine and on­line—please visit our web­site to sub­mit yours. Fol­low us on so­cial @wed­ding­bells­mag so you don’t miss a minute of daily inspo, #BTS looks at what we’re up to, where we’re go­ing and what is in­spir­ing us.

Now, have you found your venue and picked the date yet? We’re ready to help you get planning!

Ali­son McGill, Edi­tor-in-Chief, @al­ison­m­cgill

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