How to Announce Your Engagement

Karen Cleveland | Posted 08.24.2015 | Canada Living
Karen Cleveland

Congratulations on your engagement! You found your match -- that's the hardest part. The rest is just blissful happily ever after, right? Well, sort of. Engagements tend to bring an onslaught of unsolicited advice.

Financial Tips to Help Couples Live Happily Ever After

Pramod Udiaver | Posted 07.23.2015 | Canada Living
Pramod Udiaver

For many couples weddings are the first time they must make a decision together about large sums of cash, and they may not be sure with how to approach their finances.

Why Calling Me a Brown Girl Isn't Racist

Reeha Korpal | Posted 07.14.2015 | Canada Living
Reeha Korpal

Here is the thing -- "brown" is not a derogatory term. It is not a word rooted in oppression, exclusion, bigotry, or hatred of any kind at the social or institutional level. The term is value neutral. It holds no malice, or intent to harm. It is not a powerful reminder of disenfranchisement and racial divisions such as the term"n*****." As wonderful as it is that people want to step up to the plate to help create inclusion and openness, I just wish it was with some context. Instead, get up off your feet when you hear some of the following slurs that are offensive and have been historically directed towards brown people.

10 Savvy Wedding Spending Tips to Keep Your Budget in Check

Sandra Hanna | Posted 07.06.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Hanna

According to a recent survey by coupon site revealed Canadians spend an average total of $776 on gifts for wedding related events such as showers, engagement parties and the actual ceremony. And that's just one wedding! To keep your wedding budget in check, I've pulled together my top ten savvy spending tips.

Getting Married at 25 Is the Best Decision I've Ever Made

Charlotte Ottaway | Posted 05.26.2015 | Canada Living
Charlotte Ottaway

My husband is my greatest fan in life. He is constantly encouraging me to chase my dreams, pushing me to face my weaknesses. He inspires me; he balances me. He supports me in everything I do. When you have someone standing beside you, ready to nudge you forward and catch you when you fall, it feels like anything is possible. I'm 27 now, and I still have a lot to learn about married life. But I already know the choice to wed my husband was the greatest decision I've made so far. Being a wife has changed my life in ways I hadn't ever considered.

21 Swoon-Worthy Love Quotes For Your Wedding

The Huffington Post Canada | Terri Coles | Posted 04.22.2015 | Canada Living

It’s April, which means that we’re about to start a new season. Not summer: wedding season. More than a third of Canadian engagements occur bet...

Sticky Situation: Asking Bridal Shower Guests for Cash Is a Definite Don't

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 06.17.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

My son and his future wife, live together in a small apartment. They are hoping to soon purchase a house. When we discussed the shower, she told me that she is thinking of a money shower. This seems very tacky to me. I am mortified. What should I do?

A Wedding Crashers Roadmap to Banquet Halls in The 'Burbs

Yelp Canada | Posted 06.05.2015 | Canada Living
Yelp Canada

The warm rays of summer are almost upon us and we have something very serious to discuss with you:It's wedding season! But whether you're planning one, attending one, or maybe even crashing one, here's an ironclad roadmap of some of the most noteworthy venues along your 400 series wedding travels.

Sticky Situation: Who Pays for a Modern Wedding?

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 04.27.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Dear Julie, My niece is getting married in a civil ceremony, in May. Since this Valentine's Day announcement, the family climate is extremely explosive with regards to the payment of her wedding. According to wedding etiquette guidelines, do her parents have to pay? Please enlighten us

Six Steps to Finding Your Perfect Wedding Planner

Jessica Lisi | Posted 03.08.2015 | Canada Living
Jessica Lisi

You've told your family, your friends; you've shown off that beautiful ring that sits on your left hand, a symbol of eternal love. Nothing could make you happier. Now what? It's time to plan the wedding and you are considering hiring a wedding planner to keep you on track, but how do you pick the one that is right for you, your wedding, and your vision?

DIY Ideas That Will Add a Touch of Luxury to Your Wedding

Jessica Lisi | Posted 02.05.2015 | Canada Style
Jessica Lisi

Luxury doesn't mean a wedding should be void of any personal touches in favour of a grandiose theme or setting. And DIY doesn't have to mean a crafter's dream, it can mean small personal touches in your plans for the big day. Here are five ways to expand your thoughts on DIY while adding a touch of luxury to your wedding with personal flare.

Sticky Wedding Situation: Mother of the Bride Dilemma

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

My ex-husband and I are divorced. It is not amicable. We just co-exist. We are both remarried. My daughter wants us to both walk her down the aisle. I agree, and so does my ex. I went to my current husband. He threw a tantrum and stated that "everyone" will think that my ex and I are still married."

How To Tell Your Stories In a Meaningful and Memorable Way

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 07.06.2014 | Canada Living
Sacha DeVoretz

This may sound a bit structured, but it will help family and friends who don't see you that often to understand the event and how your special occasion unfolded. If you are combining written content with photos or a video. Try to keep the number of words to seven hundred (or less). This seems to be the magic number before people start to drift off when reading online.

WATCH: Surprise! Let's Get Married

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Karley and Ian weren't married. But when Karley found out that she had cancer, she started to ask herself: "What am I waiting for?" So she organize...

Brides Pay It Forward

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 10.24.2013 | Canada British Columbia

When downtown New Westminster was gutted by a huge fire, Marisa Wiens sprang into action. After learning that Golden Brides bridal shop was one of ...

Sticky Situation: If I Donate to a Wedding, Do I Need to Give a Gift?

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Our daughter just told us that she is getting married this holiday season. The reception will be in a chic downtown Toronto hotel. It will be a very intimate civil wedding with about 30 guests. They have informed me that they will be requesting a $150 donation per adult. I am told that this is the new modern way of getting married...

Sticky Situation: Does My Dad Have to Give Me Away at My Wedding?

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 12.02.2013 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

I'm 30 years old and getting married for the first time this holiday season. I've supported myself since I was 18 years old and have lived with my fiancé for the past three years. Traditionally fathers walk their daughters down the aisle, but my father and I aren't close. I also feel too old and independent for the ritual. Should I just swallow my pride to save wedding stress?

Stop Wedding Battles Before They Start

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 10.12.2013 | Canada Living
Jennifer Pellegrini

A wedding is not a Kickstarter campaign. Guests are invited to share your special moment, not to help you fund your future purchases or to pay off an over-priced wedding. It's wrong to judge a gift-giver for the gift given. Remember: you asked them to come to the wedding you planned.

Have Wedding Gifts (and Expectations) Gotten Out of Hand?

Karen Cleveland | Posted 09.17.2013 | Canada Living
Karen Cleveland

The subject of wedding gifts, from the lead up events, to the expectations on guests, to the cost of all the rigmarole, is a loaded one. To set the record straight, it's nice to bring a gift to a wedding, it's a norm some might say, but couples are never to expect or demand a gift. That reeks of entitlement.

How to Make Your Wedding Speech Utterly Forgettable

Gayle Kertzman | Posted 08.05.2013 | Canada Living
Gayle Kertzman

Speeches are an inevitable part of any wedding, and as a wedding planner I can tell you that the best ones are the ones that are quickly forgotten. If, years later, the most memorable part of the wedding is your speech, it means it was terrible. Unless you're a professional comedian. Which most of you are not.

I Called Off My Wedding and I'm Happier Than Ever

The Purple Fig | Posted 07.16.2013 | Canada Living
The Purple Fig

My boyfriend proposed, and suddenly I was a fiancée. All the pressure for a legit BIG FAT Italian wedding was all on me. How could I disappoint? Planning my family's wedding, turned into a full-time job, signed, sealed and almost delivered in a mere eight months. I had lost sight of what I was doing, and who I was doing it for. In fact, at month six of Wedding Boot Camp, I wasn't even sure I wanted to marry my boyfriend.

Accessories for the Mother of the Bride: The Finishing Touch

Terrie Tibbetts Martin | Posted 05.01.2013 | Canada Style
Terrie Tibbetts Martin

One of the biggest mistakes mothers make is in breathing a sigh of relief once they have decided upon their dress, and completely forgetting about the accessories. Accessories are to a mother's dress what a frame is to a painting. It completes the picture and draws the eye in.

Wedding Planning Startup Prevents Bridezillas

John F. Gray | Posted 04.17.2013 | Canada British Columbia
John F. Gray

While women are really excited to be engaged, they're generally not very excited to plan the wedding. Early in Angel Pui's career as a wedding dress designer she got an intimate look at how overwhelming, stressful and confusing the planning process is for many prospective brides.

Dressing the Mother of the Bride for a Destination Wedding

Terrie Tibbetts Martin | Posted 04.03.2013 | Canada Style
Terrie Tibbetts Martin

As weddings become less traditional and more personalized, some couples are opting for destination weddings; which brings about the inevitable question: "As a mother, what should I wear?" A destination wedding can be the best of both worlds; a vacation and a wedding all rolled into one!

How to Be the Perfect Wedding Guest

Whitney Pizale | Posted 03.24.2013 | Canada Living
Whitney Pizale

Being a professional wedding planner, I often get questions from friends and family regarding proper guest wedding etiquette. Here are some of the top guest-related questions I am asked (with answers!) along with tips for being a great guest.