Three Royal Weddings; The Dresses of a Princess and Two Duchesses

For those of you who know me, you know I am the friend who gets up to watch a Royal wedding live, even if it falls at five o’clock in the morning. There is something magical about having a glimpse into a fairy tale made real. It is fascinating to see the pageantry unfold for each unique couple while honoring tradition and individual taste with each bespoke detail. Most recently, I woke up early to watch the broadcast of Princess Eugenie marry Jack Brookbank at St George’s Chapel. Equally as wonderful as the pageantry of these events are the dresses and Princess Eugenie’s choice was no...

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Considering an Outdoor Wedding? Consider This

Wedding Season is back in full swing and it has me working with some amazing couples. Most recently, I have been working on a mini-destination wedding in the mountains and it has reminded me of all of the things one must consider when planning an outdoor wedding. Some considerations are more obvious than others, like the weather. Prepare for the worst and hope for the best. You and your guests want to be comfortable and that means shelter from wind and rain , shade from the sun, and warmth in the cold. A beach, forest or park doesn't always come with natural seating for guests. If you are...

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To Insure or Not to Insure

In the Fall, I attended Bridal Fantasy with my friend Caroline de Vries from McLean & Shaw. McLean & Shaw offers a unique insurance product that covers most wedding disasters - Wedding Guard™. The hope with insurance is that you won’t have to use it, however, in the event that you end up with a wedding disaster it’s something you will wish that you had. I’ve been in the wedding industry long enough to know that things can go awry even on the best-planned day. You can listen to my interview on CBC radio on the topic of wedding disasters : http://www.cbc.ca/listen/shows/alberta-at-noon/...

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A Look Ahead

With 2017 behind us, there is so much to look forward to in 2018! This year, I am looking forward to not only be booking appointments as a wedding stylist and hairstylist but also as a personal stylist. In upcoming months, I'll be sharing a lot more about personal style. For now, here is a brief look ahead at weddings, hair and style in 2018. Weddings For weddings in 2018, we will see more blending of formal and informal. For example, brides may find themselves in traditional attire but in a unique, less formal location. Here is some past advice I gave on blending trendy with traditional . In...

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Rain On Your Wedding Day

When it comes to your wedding you can control a lot of things but you can’t control the weather. When planning outdoor weddings with my clients, I always have a contingency plan for poor weather. The backup plan is as much for the couple being wed as it is for the comfort of their guests. Select a wedding venue and photographer that knows what to do. Most venues have tents or back up plans in place for almost any scenario and most wedding photographers have shot in the rain. If chances of rain are high based on season or the forecast, have your bridal party covered with matching umbrellas and...

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Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget - How to Cut Costs on Your Wedding

It would be fun to live in a world where to every couple, money is no object and the sky is the limit when it comes to their wedding budget. Unfortunately that is not reality but it doesn’t mean that couples can’t have the wedding of their dreams. With more and more couples paying for their own wedding and wanting to enter marital bliss without significant debt, here are a few ways to save on your big day without losing sight of your dream wedding. Refer back to my post on budget . Once you have an idea of who is paying for what and how much you have to work with, you can better plan. Give...

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Trendy or Traditional?

Are you a trendy or a traditional bride? Although the question is straightforward, the answer is not. To make matters more complicated, “Granny Chic” is very trendy right now. “Granny Chic” or “Nana Chic,” as I like to call it, is all of the old fashioned elements that your grandmother will approve of that are popping up in wedding fashion and décor. Think of ladies luncheons, high tea, china patterns, doilies, lace and pearls. Now, there is nothing wrong with any of the traditional and you can see pieces of all of these things have been carried through bridal fashion over decades. Often,...

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The Journey to Fabulous Wedding Hair

This may go against what another stylist might tell you, but when it comes to wedding hair, I don’t believe in doing a trial run. That’s not to say we don’t need to meet and discuss your plans, in fact the sooner we meet post-engagement, the better. Fabulous hair is a journey. Your wedding day is no ordinary day, so it’s okay to want an extraordinary hairstyle. The best updos require a solid foundation. In the time before your wedding, you will want to build that foundation by coming in for regular maintenance, even if you are trying to grow out your hair, you need a microtrim to keep the...

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Not All Dresses Go To Heaven

You’ve spent years dreaming about your wedding dress, hours searching for the perfect gown, and months saving up for it. Now that your wedding day is over, what do you do with your beautiful dress? This is a question that I cannot answer for you but I will tell you about your options and how I feel about them, like anything, it’s your wedding and your dress and the most important thing is that you do what makes you happy. It is currently very trendy to “Trash the Dress,” for those of you that don’t know, that isn’t stuffing it in a big green bag and placing it out on the curb. Trashing your...

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These are a Few of my Favourite Things

During a very busy wedding season as a freelance wedding consultant, I am constantly making lists to keep organized and on schedule. Today, I thought I'd put together a fun list that tells you a little bit more about me. As Julie Andrews once sang, "These are a few of my favourite things…" The KitchenAid stand mixer. If you are putting together your bridal registry and you don’t have one of these, add it. The KitchenAid stand mixer can be used for so many things and it now comes in a huge range of colours, made to look beautiful on the kitchen counter. From Pavlova to home-made pasta there is...

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