Feb. 16, 2010, 7 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Bride-to-Be: Choosing A Wedding Date

TAGS: WEDDING PLANNING, WEDDING DATE, WEDDING EXPERTS, BRIDE TO BE

As a kid, my countdown to Christmas always relied on an advent calendar. I guess you can call me a chocoholic, but I can’t think of a better way to start the day!

On December 23, 2008 my advent calendar had a little more than chocolate inside. Before heading out of town to spend the holidays with family, my now fiancé proposed to me by replacing a chocolate in the advent calendar with a ring. Needless to say, I was ecstatic!

After saying yes (obviously) the only other question I had was...What happened to that chocolate?

Wedding Calendar
Photo courtesy of Christina Gapic Photography


March 9, 2010, 7 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Bride-To-Be: Finding Budget Conscious Flowers Without Compromising Quality

TAGS: WEDDING PLANNING, WEDDING DATE, WEDDING EXPERTS, BRIDE TO BE

When deciding on flowers for my wedding, I started with a simple online search. I knew that I wanted calla lilies as the focal point for the arrangements, so I searched for photos of bouquets to use as a source of inspiration.


The colours for my wedding are white and sage green, so I planned to have a calla bouquet with green accents and simple, single callas for my bridesmaids.


I also took photos of floral arrangements at weddings that I had recently attended. I lucked out and happened to be a guest at a wedding that had calla lily bouquets with a green colour scheme! At this wedding I borrowed the bride’s and bridesmaids’ bouquets, shameless I know, but I was able to get some great shots!


Wedding Calendar

March 2, 2010, 7 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Bride-To-Be: Finding the Perfect Decorator

TAGS: WEDDING PLANNING, WEDDING DECORATIONS, WEDDING EXPERTS, BRIDE TO BE

Last week I wrote about finding a venue and how the venue I selected didn’t quite measure up to the glamorous space I had pictured for my wedding day. However, I knew that we could make the hall we chose look perfect with the help of a decorator.


A professional decorator would help us to enhance the space and create the atmosphere I had envisioned. The decorator we met with had recently started her company. Initially, I was hesitant to work with someone who did not have a lot of experience and who was new to the industry, but her rates were very competitive compared to the larger local companies we could have worked with.


Plus, she came highly recommended by a friend. Word-of-mouth referrals have proven to be an excellent resource for me in all areas of my wedding planning!



Wedding Calendar
Photo courtesy of Margaret Bielecki

Feb. 23, 2010, 7 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Bride-to-Be: Making the Most of a Venue in a Small Town

TAGS: WEDDING PLANNING, WEDDING DATE, WEDDING EXPERTS, BRIDE TO BE

Once my fiancé and I set a date, I was on the search for a venue. My fiancé and I chose my hometown for our wedding since it was most convenient for all of our guests and it meant a lot to me to be married in my childhood church.


Since our wedding is taking place in a small town, the venue options are quite limited – making the search for a venue a lot easier!


There are about three venue options in my home town including the hall I chose, a hotel, and a golf course. I ruled out the golf course quickly since it is outside of the city and we wanted to make our wedding location convenient for as many of our guests as possible.


Wedding Calendar
Photo courtesy of Southgate Centre

March 16, 2010, 8 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Bride-To-Be: Searching for my Holy Grail Wedding Dress

TAGS: WEDDING PLANNING, WEDDING EXPERTS, BRIDE TO BE, WEDDING DRESS

Everything was falling into place with our decorator and florist, so I decided it was time for my shopping. My search for the perfect dress started out casually in my hometown.

The Wedding Dress Search: Part 1

I thought I knew exactly what I wanted, a simple dress with shoulder straps and no pick-up. I began by trying on only this style of gown and I disliked all of them. To me these dresses felt like any formal dress, not the way I imaged my wedding gown would feel.



Wedding Dress with corset-style bodice