Wedding Ideas

A Junkfood Buffet? Why not?

Posted At : September 21, 2010 12:02 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 8,963
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Love junkfood? Include your fun favourites in a late night wedding buffet. Here are a collection of ideas from around the Internet for you. Just make sure you customize it to junkfood that you love!

Pop Corn!

Serving fresh popcorn at your wedding reception

Late Night Popcorn Machine!
idea: Alexa Events (Denver)

Grilled Cheese?

Yummy Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
idea: brides.com

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Wedding Photography 101: Can you Really DIY?

Posted At : June 30, 2010 10:07 AM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 7,014
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photo: Joel Smith Photography, St. Catharines / Niagara

Can you 'Save' on Wedding Photography Costs?

Your wedding will of course have its share of unforgettable moments, moments which you will definitely want to preserve, whether on photo or video. This much is certain! So, the question becomes how you will document those moments, which usually ends up meaning deciding exactly how much you can afford to spend!

Your Options

  • You can hire a professional, to shoot your wedding and also provide "post-production" (albums, touch-ups etc)
  • You can hire a professional, to only shoot the wedding and deliver the "raw" images to you
  • You can leave it up to your family and friends and save a fair amount of money.

What could you miss by being frugal?

Wedding photographers come with all sorts of price tags and provide a very wide variety of services. So, if you are trying to stay within a particular budget, what you need to decide is what exactly do you expect out of your wedding photographs? Which means that you first have to figure out what is actually possible or, rather, available, to start with..

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Weddings on a Budget: Save vs Spend

Posted At : April 23, 2010 12:51 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 14,278
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Bride on a budget, using calculator

If you are planning your wedding on a budget, there are a few key elements to your planning that you must pay attention to in order to achieve your goal without comprising your wedding's success. Knowing where to save and where to spend is important in pulling off an inexpensive wedding that everyone will enjoy.

Where you Can Save

Here are three basic parts of the wedding planning that can definitely be done for less, without compromising quality and your guests' experience.

  • Invitations

    With so many DIY options and inexpensive templates to choose from, doing your invitations while keeping your budget in check is super easy. As long as they meet the basic criteria of telling everyone when and where the wedding is, you're good to go.

    Tip: invitation kits are easy, affordable and lots of fun to work with. Get the gang together and have a creative night playing with the invites!

    Envelopes for DIY wedding invitations

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Online Wedding Shopping 101: Buying from US websites

Posted At : March 15, 2010 5:53 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 9,636
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Thanks to the Internet, you can now shop-the-world for your wedding and most notably for Canadians, all sorts of US-based websites, with their much lower pricing. But, in practice, shipping costs, customs, duties, taxes and other fees can quickly become a frustrating adventure and many a Canadian bride have found it more economical to abandon their order, rather than pay some significant and totally unexpected charges.

Shopping for wedding favours and supplies on the internet

Wedding e-Stores for Canadian Brides

Here is a list of the top-20 ranked online wedding stores in bride.ca's Invitations and Favours & Supplies directory categories. Luckily, most of them are in Canada! Still, those 4-5 U.S. stores carry enough products to easily double your choices.. so, what do you need to know?

Store InvitesFavoursSupplies Country$$Shipping
DreamGroup Boutique (Wedding Star) noyesyes CanadaCAD(details)
Print Canada Store noyesyes CanadaCAD(details)
Bridalicious! (Kate Aspen) noyesno U.S.USDUPS (details)
Nuptial Celebrations: SHOP CAD yesyesyes CanadaCAD(details)
Finally the Bride yesyesyes Canada + U.S.CAD(UPS) (details)
In Casa Gifts & Favours noyesyes CanadaCAD(details)
Gorgeous Moments noyesyes CanadaCAD(details)
Creative Expressions (Wedding Star) noyesyes CanadaCAD(details)
The Uncommon Bride yesyesno CanadaCAD(details)
Nuptial Celebrations (Carlson Craft) yesnono U.S.CADUPS (details)
Paper Garden: DIY Supplies yesnono CanadaCAD(details)
Prelude to a Kiss (Wedding Star) noyesyes CanadaCAD(details)
Wedding Style - Wedding Favours noyesyes CanadaCAD(details)
Celebration Invitations yesnono CanadaCAD(details)
Nuptial Celebrations: SHOP USD yesyesyes U.S.USDUPS (details)
MDC Designs (DIY) yesnono CanadaCAD(details)
A Beautiful Day nonoyes CanadaCAD(details)
InspirAsian Creations noyesyes CanadaCAD(details)
Nuptial Celebrations (McPhersons) yesnono CanadaCAD(details)
The Thank You Company yesyesyes CanadaCAD(details)
Nuptial Celebrations (Stylart) yesnono U.S.USD(details)

(*) Careful: these are not your only options for invitations or favours, just the most popular e-commerce outlets. For your full range of options, including local specialists, spend some time in the directory.

Linda MooreWe have turned to our "resident expert", our good friend Linda from Nuptial Celebrations, to try and make some sense of this labyrinth of charges and learn what to look for before ordering, to ensure you are trully getting a deal.

Linda operates her own Canadian wedding web-store, in addition to another three "private label" websites by US-based wedding companies: Carlson Craft (often referred to as "Cceasy"), Stylart and McPhersons, as well as operating a website where customers can order with drop shipment directly from United States vendors (referred-to as Nuptial Celebrations: Shop USD). So no one understand this stuff better than her!

Shipping, Duties & other Charges, Demystified

Rule #1:

Before even browsing a website, first check out their About Us, shipping policy and return policy pages. This will help you determine where the company is located and decide whether it makes sense to even bother considering these items.
(*) If you can't find a physical address and/or phone number for contact purposes, leave the site. It can have all the web-security in the world, but that will not help you when there is a problem after you place your order.

So, your favourite item is on a U.S. website..

(Obviously, if you're on a Canadian website -that passed rule #1!- there is nothing much to discuss.. no duties or levies or customs or brokers.. what you see is what you get. But the interesting things happen after you "cross the border"!)

Carlson Craft Kate Aspen wedding favours Mc Pherson's wedding invites

..or, a third-party U.S. website, under a Canadian label

..which is very often a source of confusion. See, many Canadian owned and operated companies are actually marketing a third-party "affiliate" website, which itself is operating out of the US. Most of the time, you can readily see this in the website's web address, in your browser. Something like www.somecompanyname.cceasy.com. So (in this case) this is really the Carlson Craft website, marketed locally by some Canadian company.

HINT: The About Us page should clearly identify the Canadian "host" of the website, while the company that actually powers the website should be shown on the bottom of the home page (with their name and the copyright sign ©).

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For Sale: New Allure Couture Gown (50% off) + accessories

Posted At : March 11, 2010 1:33 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 9,847
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God bless Craig and his "list", the Internet is becoming one huge for-sale-by-owner wedding marketplace! We help when we can. If you haven't been there yet, our wedding classifieds section collects all the wedding ads in Canada, from Craigslist, Kijiji, eBay etc, into one searchable page. Today, we 're trying something easier yet, bringing the seller directly to you.

Perfect for a Beach/Destination Wedding?

Kyla, in Winnipeg, asked if we can help her sell her still new Allure Dress, plus some great beach-wedding accessories. Check it out:

Allure Couture Bridal Gown: Diamond White, Size 12

Allure bridal gown for sale

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Vancouver Sample Sale at Bisou Bridal

Posted At : March 8, 2010 7:22 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 9,260
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One-Day: Sunday March 14th, 10-6

Wedding dress & bridal gown sample sale: Vancouver, Bisou Bridal

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DIY Wedding Flower Trend: The Paper Flowers Idea..

Posted At : February 5, 2010 2:22 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 55,019
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Bride with Paper Flower wedding decor

photo: brides.com

Got.. Paper?

paper hydrangeas, for your wedding flowers

idea: the Paper Jewels blog

For the past six months or so, we have been hearing lots about a new trend in wedding flowers - paper. Yes, in a bid to be both economical and crafty, many brides are embracing the paper flower trend full heartedly. Paper flowers have lots of advantages over their natural counterparts, for example:

  1. they are long lasting with no possibility of wilting
  2. they are affordable
  3. they are available in any colour you could possibly imagine
  4. they allow you to use your favourite bloom regardless of season
  5. they are suitable for both casual and formal weddings

A "do-it-yourselfer's" dream, paper flower bouquets are easy to make by simply following the directions in a paper flower kit or by downloading a template. Creating your own paper floral will take you anywhere from 10 minutes per bouquet (if you are a true domestic diva) to one hour plus (if you are like most DIY first timers).

DIY crepe-papaer poinsettias, for your wedding

DIY crepe-paper poinsettias, from Martha Stweart

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Uncommon Bride: More DIY Wedding Invitation Kits

Posted At : January 26, 2010 12:30 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 19,578
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Today, we take yet another look at DIY stationery, this time the comprehensive, flexible and fun selection by the Uncommon Bride. Invitations, save-the-date cards and thank-you notes, all of which can be done in an easy and affordable manner from the comfort of your home.

DIY Invitation Kit: Ava

The DIY Wedding Invitation Kit "Ava"
(from the Uncommon Bride)

DIY Invites, with just a little help

For couples who don't want to start from scratch to make their wedding invitations, Do-it-Yourself Kits are a great solution.
  • Each kit comes with the all the necessary elements to create an unforgettable invitation,
  • including invitation pockets and pre-made labels (if applicable),
  • as well as envelopes and cardstock for printing
  • ,
  • a CD with both MS Word and MS PowerPoint templates,
  • instructions and a completed sample to follow.

DIY Invitation Kit: Maggie

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More DIY Wedding Centrepiece Ideas

Posted At : January 21, 2010 5:05 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 132,624
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Sometimes, turning your wedding planning visions into reality doesn't accommodate your pocketbook, especially in such economically trying times. Thankfully, being frugal and budget oriented does not mean taking away from the special details that will make your wedding unforgettable. Too, DIY is not always budget-driven creativity is important and getting-it-exactly-right as well.

Either way, do-it-yourself weddings are "in" and with so many couples embracing the DIY movement, we 're always busy helping you along the way with as many easy, affordable and practical ideas as we can collect. Today, more "do-it-yourself" centrepiece ideas that will impress even your most discerning of guests.

1. Glasses

Rent some large Martini glasses (or other glass vases) and fill them with either clear or coloured gel balls; add a small LED light or candle. Or, skip the candle and add flowers or seasonal fruit. There is a great discussion (with more examples) about this idea, on Jenberg's Pink Wedding blog.

Fruit-filled martini glass vase, as a DIY wedding centrepiece idea

bead-filled, candled-topped martini glasses, as a DIY wedding centerpiece idea

source: eHow.com

Or simpler yet: find some large water goblets and place them upside down on your table with a flower inside each one, plus a small candle on the top:

Great DIY wedding centrepiece idea: upside-down glass with a flower inside and a candle on top

source: "Easy Party Ideas" from Every Day with Rachel Ray

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Green, DIY Invitation Options, from MDC Designs

Posted At : January 11, 2010 6:10 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 22,107
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The do-it-yourself invitation options available in the Canadian market are becoming more sophisticated and flexible by the day. You can hardly tell them from "normal", custom invites any longer. Check out some of the few folder and cardstock options available everywhere from MDC Designs' web store..

DIY meet Eco-Chic

DIY wedding invitation folders, in mullberry stock

DIY and eco-chic collide with these pocket folder wedding invitations by MDC Designs. The mulberry folders are made from sustainable cardstock and come with recycled PCW paper. You get to select your own colour and closure style, from satin ribbon to your own personalized seals. Currently (Jan 2010), pricing for mulberry pocket kits begin at $30.75 and include 10 pocket folders, 10 reply envelopes, 10 invitation envelopes, 11 invitation panels and 6 RSVP panels.

Star-shaped DIY wedding invitation folders

Skip the envelope with this invitation that mails itself. Love the star folder shape! A very affordable affordable option too.. (source: MDC Designs)

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