Say ‘I do’ with wedding ideas from Etsy

Looking to make your special day truly one of a kind? Etsy has everything you need to tie the knot in style. From personalized favours and sparking decor, to custom flower crowns and lace-embellished gowns; support your local artists while making your wedding absolutely magical.


The dress
Walk down the aisle in the perfect dress handcrafted by Vancouver-based Pure Magnolia Couture, made from sustainable materials such as organic cotton, reconstituted silk and recycled vintage lace. Boho brides will fall in love with the delicate details of AnyaDionne’s romantic gowns, straight from the designer’s studio in Calgary. Every princess deserves her crown, like the headpieces from  L’Amei in Surrey, B.C., adorned with dainty floral blooms and interlaced with braided vines.

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Your bridesmaids 
Flower girl, maid of honour or bridesmaid: whomever you choose, make them an offer they can’t refuse and pop the question with a pretty card from Edmonton’s hello love. Seal the deal with selects from Davie & Chiyo (Vancouver), taking cues from the delicacy of French lingerie for their ladylike handbags, complete with a personalized message inside. Looking to outfit an ensemble of bridesmaids, each with their own distinct tastes? Aya Bridal (Richmond Hill, ON) will create custom chiffon dresses to match every measurement.

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Finishing touches
Make your own PomTree (Ottawa) paper poofs to enchant any space, and add a touch of balloon embellishments from Lampshade Bash (Vancouver) for the fairytale finish. Or get all the glam of old Hollywood with glitzy tablecloths and table runners from Sparkle Pony, hand-sequined from Montreal. Leave your guests with a memento that lasts a lifetime, and let them plant their own personalized garden of daisies, marigolds and poppies with seed bombs fromThe Big Rock Paper Company (Okotoks, AB).

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Why Choose France as your Wedding Destination? – Guest Post

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Research tells us that 1 in 5 couples (18%) are now getting married abroad and since 2005 the number of ceremonies has risen to an impressive 27% for weddings overseas.

For sheer romance there is no other country that can offer a more idyllic wedding setting than La belle France

France offers a huge variety of choice when it comes to selecting a wedding venue and can cater for all types of wedding themes.


From the shimmering turquoise Riviera coast line, with palm trees gently swaying in the breeze to the classic countryside where you and your guests will enjoy stunning views of rolling vineyards, sunflowers and fields of lavender with the heady scent of orange blossom in the air. And of course we cannot leave out the mountainous landscape of the Pyrenees and the breath taking snow covered French Alps.


Many brides to be dream of a fairy tale wedding,  in a luxurious chateau with fine French wine and gastronomic delights.  Well that dream can become a reality and for a price that is affordable.

The average cost of a wedding cost in Canada is $31,685, whilst the French average is 8,000 euros ($11600), offering you not only better value for your money but with current exchange rate is stretching your wedding dollar further.

You can even combine your wedding with your honeymoon and make plans for a great French adventure.


Couples are looking to marry abroad for many reasons, with lower costs being an important factor but also the desire to do something different, seek out better weather and to avoid an overblown wedding with too many guests.

It also creates a special long weekend or mini-break that you can share with your loved ones. Many couples have guests from elsewhere that come and reunite in an idyllic setting in which they can all embrace amazing memories which will last forever.

Emma Willett

Research from Mintel

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The Natural Beauty of Pure Magnolia’s 2015 Wedding Gowns


Pure Magnolia’s 2015 wedding dresses are stitched with love. It’s a love that embraces the diversity of body types and the beauty of the natural environment.

“The diversity in fabrics and styles helps make it easy for any bride to find their favorite. From sweet bohemian to classic mermaid there is an option for everyone,” says designer Patty Nayel.

Handmade in Vancouver, the Pure Magnolia 2015 dress collection is focused on the trend towards slim silhouettes. To embrace every bride from size 0-26, those silhouettes are matched with sweet heart, boatneck, and illusion necklines and styles that are strapless or have spaghetti straps, cap sleeves, and bra-friendly straps.

“Our real brides like to look fashionable but it’s more important for them to look naturally beautiful,” says Patty.

Their natural beauty is expressed in the style and the fabrics chosen. Most dresses are lined in 100% organic cotton so no matter if the bride is getting married on a beach, in a church, or in the snow, she’ll be comfortable. The beauty of those surroundings also impacts Pure Magnolia’s design sensibility.

“This season we saw an increase in the price of silk because it was particularly stormy in the areas where silk yarn is produced. The bad weather has actually created a world wide silk shortage,” explains Patty. “It reinforces that climate change affects us all. So while our brides are marrying the loves of the lives, we need to share that love with the environment too.”

Pure Magnolia gowns are available in 0-14 with select styles available up to size 26. Prices range from $650-$2450 and the collection is available at the Pure Magnolia Showroom (Vancouver, BC), the White Peony (Victoria, BC), NWL Regina (Regina, SK), Luxe Bridal Boutique (Ottawa, ON), Wed Altered (Cleveland, OH), and online at Ruby + Chic, the Green Bride Guide, and Pure Magnolia Couture on Etsy.

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Emma’s Top Five Details for a Vintage Wedding Theme – Guest Post

If you’re a bride who loves vintage décor and classic, timeless wedding elements, a vintage wedding may be the perfect choice for you.  Hi, I’m Emma from Emmaline Bride and in my new book The Inspired Wedding, I share my favorite ideas for planning this style from start to finish.  Today I’m going to highlight five details for vintage wedding themes, beginning with the invitation.

Vintage Inspired Invitations

Before you start shopping for your invitations, be sure to pick a central theme you’ll use throughout your décor.  This can be a particular decade, favorite era, or vintage aesthetic.  While a Polaroid may not be obsolete, it does make an exceptional  vintage-style save the date or invitation idea your guests will get excited about.

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The Attire

Vintage wedding dresses are available in many different styles to accommodate any era you select.  However, when you’re shopping for a dress, don’t feel limited to an authentic vintage dress to incorporate this theme.  Instead, add period lace or elegant beadwork to your modern dress with a sash; add lace sleeves; or wear a birdcage veil.

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One important focal point at your wedding reception is the centerpiece.  Creating vintage-style centerpieces that are beautiful and elegant is easy when you use the right components.  For instance, gather an old teacup and fill with flowers; place a glass vase with a flower bouquet nearby, a stack of vintage books and use Scrabble tiles to spell out a custom phrase or table number.

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When it comes to wedding favors, functional ones are best.  One of my favorite ideas is a coffee mug with an initial on it.  Whether handmade or bought-in-store, a coffee mug with one’s personalized monogram is one they’ll be sure to use for their favorite hot beverage of choice.  A favorite of mine is the signature Anthropologie coffee mug, as shown here.  The bride and groom attached a favor tag with twine to incorporate their vintage hot air balloon theme.

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When selecting flowers for your wedding, find out what’s in season during your wedding and what colors of blooms are available.  For a nod to your mother or grandmother’s wedding, incorporate a flower she carried down the aisle that will also reinforce your theme.  Some popular choices that elicit nostalgia include cabbage roses, heirloom roses, carnations, peonies, ranunculus, and delphiniums, just to name a few. For a bouquet that won’t fade, go handmade!  For this theme, a vintage brooch bouquet is the most fitting choice.

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To find out more about planning a vintage-themed wedding, read my new book The Inspired Wedding in bookstore now.  You can buy it here.