Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Stella & Dot Giveaway !!

We promised you an exciting Stella & Dot giveaway so here it is. Our representative Naomi Legault is putting this stunning Sofia Pearl Bib Necklace up for grabs, valued at $131.
This necklace has been featured on brides in runway shows and Naomi told us the brides went bananas for it- we believe it !

How can it be yours? Simply sign up for our newsletter at: and you'll be entered into the contest- it's that simple. Are you already one of our wonderful subscribers?- don't worry, you have already been entered into the contest ! Our newsletter is sent every month and includes fabulous wedding tips, local vendor recommendations, a 'website of the month' feature and fun wedding facts.

Oh, and don't worry if you are not getting married, this necklace looks amazing with a crisp blouse and sharp pencil skirt at the office. Either way, you're going to look fabulous- the only question is where will you be looking fabulous.
Contest closes Wednesday May 12 2010. We will be choosing an email address/entrant at random and notifying that person via email.

Good luck !

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Accessorize with style

One of the most overlooked details about your wedding attire is your jewelry. Hair clips (once the veil comes off), earrings, a necklace (if the neckline of the dress warrants it), are often forgotten in the midst of choosing your dress, designing your hairstyle and shoe shopping. Most brides end up wearing the same pearls they wear to the office or the jewelry becomes your 'something borrowed'. Don't get us wrong, we are inspired with brides borrowing their mom's pearls she wore at her wedding or honouring Grandma's memory by wearing her vintage diamond earrings. But if you have nothing planned, consider buying something from a fabulous website we discovered.

Stella & Dot is a fairly new jewelry company based out of San Fransisco and has (thankfully) spread to Ottawa. Despite it being a new player in the industry their products have already been featured in prominent magazines such as Oprah, In Style, People, Lucky and more. Not to mention seen on a multitude of celebrities. The available jewelry looks so luxurious but can be yours from between $30 to $400. Affordable luxury- is there anything sweeter to the ears of a bride-to-be ?

The items are purchased by a company representative either online or at 'trunk shows' (think Tupperware parties minus the Tupperware).

Our contact at the company is Naomi Legault and she is extremely helpful and knows her stuff. The items can only be purchased through Naomi and can not be found in retail stores. She recently told us the the company is coming out with new items for the Spring. Specifically on April 26, we'll be introduced to the little girls' line which would be perfect for your adorable flower girl(s). Soon to come as well, a 'charms' collection that you can mix and match and personalize making them unique gifts of appreciation for your maids.

Now that you know a bit more about Stella & Dot, we're excited to announce that we will be teaming up with Naomi for an exciting giveaway!! We don't want to reveal too much now so check back here soon for all the details. We will say that we're pretty upset we are not eligible for the draw because the piece that is up for grabs is gorgeous !

Check out all the available goodies here

or contact her at 613-858-5347. Items can be purchased directly through Naomi's website or by phone. If you can't narrow down an item and think your friends would love some of the stuff too, you could contact Naomi to request hosting a 'trunk show' so all your friends can see this chic jewelry up close. Just don't forget the mimosas !

Monday, April 12, 2010

Sabila and Brian's Literary Themed Wedding

As promised here are the FABULOUS pictures of Sabila and Brian's gorgeous wedding. Notice the stack of books on each table, the bride works in publishing and provided each guest with their own novel as a wedding favour!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Future of Wedding Registries

With time comes changing trends. This is never more evident than in the wedding industry. Colours, textures and food tastes change annually, other wedding-related aspects change too, just more slowly.

Take for example wedding registries. They have been very useful to both the bride and groom (they get what they want) and their guests (they avoid visiting 5 malls to find the perfect gift) for years. But in this day and age, couples are getting married later in life (the average Canadian bride is 29.5 years old when she is engaged according to Wedding Bells magazine) and most likely living together with their partner before getting married (Wedding Bells magazine states that 75% of couples are living together before they are married). Therefore the engaged couple's home is fully furnished from couches down to gravy bowls. So what does today's bride and groom do regarding registering? Registering will most likely cause the couple to select items they don't really need. However, not registering will cause Aunt Edna to buy the couple a salad bowl shaped as a giant lettuce leaf because she thinks giving gift cards or money as a wedding gift is tacky.

Enter Hanna the owner of Wedding Republic, an Ottawa-based company that is revolutionizing the way engaged couples today are registering.

We met with Hanna recently and she explained in detail what her company does for both wedding guests and engaged couples and we just had to share the news with our blog readers.

In short, Wedding Republic is a web-based wedding registry for engaged couples who want to select wedding gifts that reflect who they truly are, with their gifts located all over the city/province/country. It's basically a cash fund; the couple lists gifts they would like to receive and the wedding guests contribute cash towards the gift. This allows the couple to get what they really want no matter where the gift is located and it gives the guests the opportunity to see what they are contributing to in the couples' new life together instead of just writing a cheque and placing it in a wedding card.

The funnest part for everyone involved is that nothing is off limits; from a winery tour during the honeymoon to solar panels for an energy efficient home to a handmade pottery bowl available only at a tucked away niche store that is owned by a husband and wife team.

We think the best part is that Wedding Republic finally caught onto the idea of 'group gifting'. When the couple registers for something a little pricier, a few guests get together and all chip in to buy the gift. But that is only possible if you organize it as a group beforehand. Wedding Republic has created the 'Puzzle Piece' feature which allows any guest to contribute a 'piece' towards the puzzle (the gift) without having to plan anything in advance or even having to know each other. The couple can have Uncle Ed, their coworkers and their BFF all contributing towards a new car or or their big screen TV.

Personalizing your wedding has never been more hot than it right now, so why not carry that over into your wedding registry as well and get the gifts you really want? Wedding guests will appreciate it too since there they can buy the gifts from the comfort of their own home, avoid collecting money for group gifts and avoid bringing the gift or a large amount of cash to the wedding reception.

After the wedding, couples can write thank you cards to their guests while their Roomba vacuums their floors (purchased through Wedding Republic) as they enjoy a chicken sandwich made with tasty Baconnaise (purchased through Wedding Republic) as the hubby heads off to the golf club to enjoy his new membership (purchased through Wedding Republic).

Visit Wedding Republic's website for more details:

and view a sample registry here:

Keep up the great work Hanna !

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter Inspiration

Happy Easter !

This blog post was inspired by all things Easter.... pastels, soft fabrics and fresh Spring flowers. If you are not getting married over an Easter weekend, you can use these ideas for future Spring bridal showers, engagement parties or wedding-related brunches.

We also threw in a photo of a beautiful garden wedding ceremony in honour of this amazing sunshine over the Easter weekend. Get out and enjoy it !

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