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Bridesmaids Colours: Fall 2010 / Winter 2011

Posted At : July 28, 2010 5:47 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 26,752
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bride + red wedding shoes

photo: tulle.co.nz

Go Bold or Go Home!

As was true for most of 2010, bold rich hues will continue to dominate weddings in the fall and winter months of this year. Purples, browns, reds, blues, oranges, hot pinks and slate will be the season's hottest colours.

But, this is only part of the story... getting the right shade is the tricky part because it is the particular hues that will make your colour choice pop or flop on the big day. For example:

  1. Purple: purple is hot and will continue to be for the rest of 2010 but not just any purple will do. The shade to look for is actually violet.

    Alfred Angelo bridesmaids dress style #7093

    Alfred Angelo | Bridesmaids Style 7093

  2. Brown: brown is always a wedding favourite but the traditional chocolate tone is being replaced with this season's "it" hue, mocha.

    Alfred Angelo bridesmaids dress style #7014

    Alfred Angelo | Bridesmaids Style 7017
    (notice how the "yellow green" accents make the mocha pop!)

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Beautiful Bride! Kristina, in the Rockies

Posted At : May 7, 2010 2:03 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 7,787
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Beautiful Canadian Bride: Kristina, in the Rockie Mountains (Kyla Mae Wedding Photography, Calgary, Alberta)

Bride: Kristina RD
Location: Banff
Photography: Kyla May of K.Mae Photography, Calgary
Gown: Kyla Mae! (read below)
Hairstyle: Kyla Mae! (read below)
Makeup: Kyla Mae! (read below)

A Post-Wedding, post-Trash-the-Dress, photo shoot

There is a very very interesting story behind this beautiful photograph. We are going to let the shooter, Kyla Mae, tell us how this came to be, exactly:

Kristina originally did her wedding photos with another photographer, a long time ago. But they were not quite happy with the pics, so we did a second, post-wedding, trash-the-dress fun shoot that was more their style (her and her hubby are both construction workers; so we did the non-traditional pics at a construction site!) Since we had pieces of the (trashed!) dress still remaining, we decided to follow up with yet another photo-shoot!

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Weddings on a Budget: Save vs Spend

Posted At : April 23, 2010 12:51 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 14,531
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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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Mother of the Bride Dresses 101: A First Guide

Posted At : January 28, 2010 6:43 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 56,574
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Mother and Bride (from Wedding Guide Australia)

For the mother of the bride, her daughter's wedding day is full of emotion, pride, and duty and she'll want to dress in a manner that will honour the day without imposing on the bride's look. Here is a quick study guide on how a bride and her mother can go about choosing a dress for the second most important woman at the wedding: MOM.

Some Thoughts on Colour

Cameron Blake mother of the bride dress 110602

Cameron Blake dress from Lockhart's Weddings & Special Occasions (New Brunswick)

A silvery blue hue is perfect for a mom. It works well with a multitude of colours from neutrals to blues to pinks and browns.

Montage #28908 mother of the bride dress

Montage #28908 from Bells & Bows Bridal Centre in Lethbridge, AB

Sage is a beautiful muted green tone that is understated and elegant. It works well with browns, bright greens, neutrals, silvers, rust, burnt orange, deep maroon.

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New! Canadian Bridal Buy & Sell

Posted At : December 4, 2009 12:58 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 10,101
Articles on these Topics: Wedding on a Budget,Do It Yourself (DIY)
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All the Wedding Classifieds from Across Canada

Some good news for every enterprising bride out there. By popular demand, we have added a new section to bride.ca. Check it out: Wedding classifieds / bridal buy & sell (not sure exactly what to call it yet :-)

All the wedding classifieds in Canada

No more jumping from site to site, looking for stuff..

What we have managed to do is to build a system that collects all the "wedding" and "bridal" classified ads from the major websites (Craigslist, eBay, Kijiji and Buy&Sell) and conveniently present them as one complete list, organised by your city.

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Hot Bridesmaid Colours for a Cool Winter 2010 Wedding!

Posted At : October 6, 2009 4:28 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 46,591
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"Purple is by far the number one colour in fashion this season. It's both refined and elegant with a hint of frivolity and excitement."..

Purple bridesmaids dresses

from TheBudgetFashionista.com

Winter Season's Hottest Colours for your Bridesmaids

It's time we faced facts and dealt with the reality of summer being officially over. With that in mind, let's look forward to late fall 2009 and winter of 2010 and discuss this season's hottest colours for your bridesmaids.

Suzy Chin cocktail dress

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Straight off the runway and fresh from New York's fashion week, the verdict is in: Purple wins!.
Purple is by far the number one colour in fashion this season. It's both refined and elegant with a hint of frivolity and excitement. It tops fall 2009's top-ten list of colours.

But, what else do the world's fashion gurus have planned for us this year?

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What''s the Deal on Wedding Gown Rentals?

Posted At : March 9, 2009 5:04 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 44,705
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"many brides are now asking themselves why the groom gets to rent his tux while the bride shells out the big bucks for her dress"..

The decision to rent a wedding dress has become a popular option for many brides around the globe, particularly in places such as Europe and China. In Canada and North America in general, the decision to purchase a wedding gown for keeps has been a long-held tradition; but times are changing, and wedding retailers are also changing to meet the needs of the modern bride.

Why Rent a Wedding Dress?

The first and most obvious reason to rent a wedding gown rather than purchase one is the cost-savings. With the average bridal gown in Canada retailing at $1,000 (not including accessories such as a veil, headpiece, crinoline, shoes, etc.) many brides are now asking themselves why the groom gets to rent his tux while the bride shells out the big bucks for her dress. Renting a wedding gown may also be a more practical decision if the bride and groom are foregoing a ceremony in favour of something more simple, or just don't have the room to preserve and store a gown only worn on one day.

What Should I Expect?

Although many boutiques that offer wedding gown rentals will advertise the rental fee of their wedding accessories, most do not quote the rental price for individual wedding dresses on their website. They will typically encourage the bride to check out their selections online and email them for a quote which includes the style number of the dress and the bride's dress size. Some boutiques also require the bride to rent a gown in order to also take advantage of their accessory rental options.

To save you the research time, I've profiled three wedding boutiques in Canada that offer wedding gown and accessory rentals.

La Belle Mariée, Montreal

La Belle Mariée

3965 St. Martin Blvd W.
Laval, Quebec H7T 1B7
Tel: (450) 686-7688
Fax: (450) 686-7688
E-mail: info@labellemariee.ca

Mon-Wed 10:00-17:00
Thurs-Fri 10:00-20:00
Sat 10:00-17:00

Montreal's La Belle Mariée carries a fantastic selection of wedding gowns, including plus-sized gowns for the full-figured bride. La Belle Mariée's cost for wedding gown rentals ranges from $250-$650. For a quote on renting a gown such as the one featured in the photo above (a1772), contact them with your size and the style number of the gown.

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How to Sell Your Wedding Dress

Posted At : February 9, 2009 10:56 AM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 40,256
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There are lots of reasons why a bride might want to sell her gown after the wedding - to save on storage space and dry-cleaning/'sealing' costs or to make a little extra cash, for example!

If you're not overly-sentimental about keeping your wedding dress as a memento (after all, there are so many smaller, more easily stored wedding day souvenirs), the following tips can help you maximize your return and save time on the sale of your wedding dress.

Selling your Wedding Dress Online

Kijiji, eBay, Craigslist, Facebook, etc.

Online classifieds and auction websites are emerging as the leading way to "sale by owner". They are extremely popular and effective. Try visiting our bridal buy & sell page: you will find thousands of new items being sold daily! Whether you plan on selling your dress online or in your local newspaper's classifieds, the description, photos, and pricing of your dress are all crucial to ensuring a good sale.

Include all of the gown's specs in your description. Include details such as the style number, designer, colour, and complete measurements ( waist, hips, bust, length). Also disclose any minor damages, such as rips, stains, etc.

Don't forget to mention the train's length along with its style name. Not all of your prospective buyers will know how long a sweep, chapel, cathedral, or royal train is, so be sure to include the measurements of your train along with its style. A sweep train is typically 1-2 feet long; a chapel train, 3-5 feet; a cathedral train, 6-8 feet; and a royal train is usually 8 feet or longer.

Use positive adjectives in your description. Instead of "old" or "used", try "vintage" or "gently-worn." If your gown has covered shoulders, sleeves, or a high neckline and low hemline, don't be afraid to use the word "modest" in your description - some brides are specifically looking for this descriptive as certain churches have modesty requirements on the type of gown worn in the church for a wedding ceremony.

Take more than one photo. Feature at least two full-length photos of the gown, including a back and front view. If you already have these types of shots available from your wedding photos, feel free to use them (and crop your face out of the picture if you're nervous about the e-xposure). Whatever you do, don't photograph the dress laying on the floor - at least photograph it on a hanger if not a body or bust/mannequin.

Use the gown's wholesale cost as the starting price. The wholesale price is typically half of what you paid if you purchased the dress through a retailer. If you purchased the gown second-hand and don't know the original price or how old the gown is, keep the pricing at no more than $300.

Selling your Dress on Consignment

You might make less money if you sell your dress to a consignment shop, but you can also save yourself time and hassle by going the consignment route - particularly if you're not sales-savvy!

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Bridal Gowns That Won't Break the Bank

Posted At : October 30, 2008 12:31 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 23,032
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Affordable Bridal Fashion in Canada

If you're a bride in Canada and you want to own your gown without spending half the wedding budget on it, then you're not alone. Even in sunnier economic times, most brides tend to aim for a reasonable price on their wedding dress, so that the fashion statement they make on their Big Day doesn't have to be: "Sorry we could only afford crackers and water for you guys - but isn't this dress fierce?!"

Do these look like "budget" bridal gowns to you?

The good news for the bride on a budget is that you don't have to sacrifice style in order to avoid breaking the bank. Whether you call them inexpensive, a great bargain, or cheap, the following stylish selections prove that wedding gowns can be as fashionable as they are affordable!

Dispelling the "cheap bridal gown = boring bridal gown" Myth

Even though, generally speaking, inexpensive bridal gown designs will tend to stick to a simpler style, every once in a while you stumble upon an extremely detailed and ornately elegant option, such as the gorgeous wedding dress above, which we found on sale for $800, at Toronto's Felichia Bridal Gowns.

Market Survey: Gown Styles to suit every Bride

A halter-style neckline can be the ultimate in sophistication when it follows a sleek silhouette such as the one on this wedding dress, "Style Jolie", available for only $299.00US at online bridal store Paradise Style.

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Green your Wedding with your Dress

Posted At : September 22, 2008 2:23 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 5,580
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Being green has become an important factor in the Canadian lifestyle and successfully so.

If you've made a commitment to turn your wedding green, perhaps the most difficult part will be the choices and selections available for your wedding gown. You certainly would not be interested in wearing a recycled paper bag!

Reuse and Rentals Saves Money and is Environmentally Friendly

However, you could take in consideration and re-use a gown passed down from a family member. A few nips and tucks in the design can revamp the gown to become uniquely yours.

Rental of a nearly new gown is a perfect money saver and a smart idea in doing your part to be socially conscience and maintaining a green wedding.

The Story with New Bridal Gowns

If you do have your heart set on a brand new gown, it is good to know that many designers in Canada are being confronted on environmental issues of their dresses that are made in non-friendly non-eco fabrics.

You can inspire a change by the impact of your choice. Have your dress made from organic raw materials that are grown without pesticides.

Fabrics such as lush taffeta made from corn, gossamer silk blended with hemp or even bamboo are beginning to make a serious impression in the wedding dress industry in Canada. These fabrics are becoming more available and many couture designers are integrating them into their looks on the runway.

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