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Best Wedding Photographers in Toronto and GTA 2020

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Wedding photography is a beautiful art and everyone has their own unique style and preference. We are here to help you find talented and qualified best wedding photographers in Toronto and GTA. Since every single one of these photographers has their own style and niche, we decided to order them in alphabetical order. These are the Top Wedding Photographers in Toronto and GTA nominated by Best for Bride. Enjoy exploring and admiring their beautiful works of art!

Aimee Rae Photography

Aimee Seguin is a lifestyle photographer with over 5 years of wedding, family, newborn and branding experience. 

In January of 2020 Aimee took the leap and started her own business, Aimee Rae Photography. Over the years she has learned from many different photographers. Aimee Rae Photography is considered to be a little bit more moody and on the romantic side. Capturing the little moments is always the number one goal. Unplanned smiles, kisses, tears and reactions are what Aimee lives for. Clients always comment on her professionalism as well as how relaxed, enjoyable and entertaining the photography sessions are.   

Instagram: www.instagram.com/aimeeraephotography/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/aimeeraephotography/

Ali K Photography

Welcome to Ali K Photography, where your story inspires my passion. I strive to deliver an impeccable narrative collection of emotion, tradition, experience and excellence through your photographic visuals. My composition of diverse expertise and artistic vision will indisputably deliver a unique experience where your organic story will be preserved for you forever.

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As an Avid fan of art in general, which includes music, cinema & dance, my work derives inspiration via several channels. My style comprises of a fine balance between contemporary, bright, vibrant imagery with suggestions of drama & edginess. My images are timeless, romantic & profusely display a creative lighting skill-set combined with fashionista inspired, believable posing.

When it comes to your in-depth event coverage, I transition into my paparazzi mode and strive to stay photojournalistic & candid. Your wedding images will essentially be a story, showcasing & immortalizing priceless moments which you & your family will cherish forever. I’m a constant learner, frequently push boundaries, step out of my comfort zone and hence my style is constantly evolving.

Website: www.alikphotography.ca/
Instagram: www.instagram.com/alikphotographyca/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/alikphotography/

Aniket Sananse Weddings

Our vision is to capture those beautiful once in a lifetime moments, those candids which you feel everyday but can never reminiscence again!  

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I left Pharmacy School and started photography in 2007. It’s the curiosity of how a tiny object can make wonderful memories to last life long. It took me a while to learn all the basics and techniques involved, but after 2 years of vigorous pursuing it…I can say we were able to make memories.  Our vision is to capture those beautiful once in a lifetime moments, those candids which you feel everyday but can never reminiscence again!!  

Website: www.aniketsananse.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aniketsananseweddings/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aniket.sananse.fotos

Blair Atkins Photography

Blair Atkins Photography.  An affordable, cost effective, service oriented Wedding Photography service.

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With the ten years plus of toting around professional high end digital cameras and over priced lenses, Blair Atkins Photography found a balance.  A balance that had been work out favourably to both the satisfaction of Toronto’s Brides and Grooms but as well to the personal satisfaction of myself, Blair Atkins, the Company owner of Blair Atkins Photography.

Have we worked in your Cultural background before?  Can we review your past work and/or Customer reviews?  You sure can. I’ve always been one to trumpet crystal clear transparency.  In the ten years plus we’ve probably worked in every conceivable Culture in the multilingual backdrop that Toronto offers.  In respect to our past Customer work and reviews? It’s all front and center on our website at BlairAtkinsPhotography.com.

Website: www.blairatkinsphotography.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/blairatkinsphotography/?hl=en
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TorontosWeddingPhotographer/
Pinterest:  www.pinterest.ca/atkins4919/

Christina Stirpe Photography

We are right for each other if you want me to capture your day as it’s happening, and not capture it to look like a production.

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I am proud to have the ability to preserve your wedding exactly how it was, because that way, when you look at your photos you will feel the emotions so vividly, it’s like you are back in that moment again. 

Through my 9 years of documenting weddings I have realized I am not the perfect photographer for everyone; however, I am the perfect photographer for some, and those are the couples I am meant to capture. I love when people feel comfortable to be themselves with me, and I love when they allow their weird sides to show. I am all about photographing weddings as unique as the couple who are getting married.I am artistic & raw, and I am ready for you to see your wedding through my eyes.

Website: https://christinastirpe.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christinastirpephotography/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/christina.stirpe.photography/

DA Photography

DA Photography by Dragi Andovski is the choice for brides who know what they want.

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A positive force, focusing on service and experience for your special day. Best known for capturing a clean, modern look to traditional photos.

My desire to freeze a memory in time, and capture a moment of your life that can be treasured forever, be it a wedding, special event or portrait, is something that has been a driving passion of mine for over 20 years. With so many options and cost effective services available, it can be hard to justify deviating from your local grocery store special photographic package and looking at an established professional photographer. I liken it to buying a car and being okay with the base model or deciding to make a statement, and invest in the luxurious extras that an upgraded vehicle provide. Photography is a fine balance of art, passion and versatility, all attributes that have helped me become one of the biggest names in the photographic Industry in Toronto and the GTA.

Dare to stand out from the crowd, and if you can trust me with the people most precious in your life and the ability to capture their personality in print form, I can promise you that the investments of memories will be one of the best investments you ever make.

My passion and biggest asset is taking the time to make every client comfortable and relaxed before I even pick up the camera. The result? Photos of you that actually look like you at your best! I can prove to you how much you can enjoy having your picture taken. Lifestyle photography is about the experience that happens to be served up along side of some great photos.

Specialties:
Family Photography for families that like to move around and enjoy their photo time, Wedding Photography for couples looking for a mixture of photojournalistic, contemporary and traditional images and Professional Corporate headshots that are far from cheesy and stiff.

Website: www.daphotostudio.com/
Blog: www.daphotostudio.com/blog/
Instagram:www.instagram.com/daphotostudio/
Facebook:www.facebook.com/DAPhotographyPage
Pinterest: www.pinterest.ca/daphotostudio/

Dan Berger Photography

At Dan Berger Photography, we want you to be a part of our journey and evolution

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We treat you like family—without all the unnecessary drama! We prioritize your needs and work diligently to execute your vision, curating images that can last a lifetime. With our detailed consultation session, we ask all of the right questions so that the energy you desire for your shoot will translate in your images. We want your experience at Dan Berger Photography to surpass your expectations. That is why we create our own box and step outside of it to optimize our photography potential. We make certain that, from the moment we interact with you to the time you are in receipt of your final images, you are satisfied with our service. Our level of dedication is unmatched and that, paired with our unique eye for design and editing, helps us to stand out among our competitors.

Website : www.DanBergerPhotography.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/danbergerphotography/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/DanBergerPhotography

Danielle Meredith Photography

Hi! I’m Dani. I live in a small town north of Toronto but I spend a lot of time shooting in Toronto and around the world.

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When it comes to weddings I am all about the moments and the super fun stuff. We don’t have to spend an hour getting perfectly posed shots – I want to get to the nitty gritty of your day where all the action and love are. Your day is filled with your people who love you. I want to catch those tears, laughter and crazy dance moves with all the people who matter most to you. In fact, I will likely be dancing with you and your guests because when I hear that beat I cannot stop. What I am trying to say is I honestly hope your day isn’t perfect because we’d all get bored. I hope your day is full of moments that you will remember forever and when you look back on the photos I hope your heart is as full then as on the day of your wedding. So let’s get perfectly messy and wild. Let’s laugh, smile, and dance all day.

Website: www.daniellemeredithphotography.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/daniellemeredithphoto
Facebook: www.facebook.com/daniellemeredithphotography

Dianne Velthove Imagery

When I started photographing weddings, I knew that I wanted to make sure that my clients
viewed their photography experience as the last thing they had worry about.

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All my clients have taken advantage of the biggest booking gift I offer – their engagement
session. During this session, both bride and groom realize that they rock in front of the camera,
and I learn all about their relationship, what makes them laugh, and which poses bring out their
best features. One of the main reasons that my clients book me is my FULL DAY WEDDING COVERAGE.
Yes, my husband (who works every single wedding with me) and I arrive an hour after the bridal
party members have arrived at their respective getting ready locations and photograph till about
an hour after dinner. This takes a huge decision off their plates, and that just means less stress for
the whole family and bridal party.

The relationship I have built with my couples at this point is
more akin to a friendship than to a business relationship. This means that I pour everything I can
into getting them a gallery they love, especially because it reminds them of their amazing
wedding day, and it includes everything they’ve dreamed of.

My hope is that any #DVIcouple will confidently be able to enjoy the day they marry each
other. And that this will in turn fill their photography experience with uplifting moments
that confirm the knowledge that the bride is the most beautiful woman in the eyes of her
new husband.

Website : www.diannevelthove.ca/
Blog : www.diannevelthove.ca/blog/
Instagram : www.instagram.com/diannevelthove_imagery/
Facebook : www.facebook.com/diannevelthoveimagery/

Diego and Liza Photography

Diego and I are not your cookie-cutter photographers.

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We never stop shooting to ensure we capture all the candid moments and raw emotions, and we always strive to deliver you the WOW factor in every moment we capture. We love to play with lights and shadows, reflections, and different angles. We deliver you all the moments you expect, plus many more that you don’t. Diego and I love challenges and a bit of competition, so the morning after each wedding, the first thing Diego and I do is sift through the thousands of images we’ve captured to see who got the winning shot.

Many people ask us how we ended up shooting weddings, and the answer is simple, we really love weddings! So much work goes into planning the perfect wedding day, so many hours are spent making sure everything comes together, so much heart and soul. We know exactly how difficult it can be to plan a wedding, so we want to make your experience with us is as memorable, fun, and stress-free as possible.

We like to think that we are more than just photographers. We are your coaches and lighting experts. We are your best man and maid of honour. We are someone you can relate to and your peace of mind. We are invisible when needed, and visible when you need us. We are there to have fun with you, celebrate with you, and bring out the best in you. We are there to make sure your wedding day is the most memorable day of your life, so when you look back at your wedding photos, 5, 10, 20 years from now, you are not only seeing how you looked on your wedding day, but you are reliving every single moment of your wedding day as if it were just yesterday.

Website www.diegoandliza.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/diegoandliza/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/diegoandliza/

Everlasting Moments

Everlasting Moments is an award-winning, wedding photography and videography studio servicing thousands of brides in Toronto and internationally. 

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With over 30 years of experience and a reputation of excellence in the wedding industry, we specialize in capturing every moment of your special day and work with you to transform every celebration into an everlasting memory. We are extremely passionate and inspired about what we do and take every detail into consideration to deliver the quality that you deserve. Our Creative Director, Paunch Kalia, alongside our team of photographers, videographers, consultants, designers and editors are committed to exceeding your expectation and customizing your experience to be everything that you want and more.

Website: https://everlastingmoments.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/everlastingmoments/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/everlastingmoments.photoandvideo/

Gillian Foster Photography

Hi! I’m Gillian, a Toronto wedding and lifestyle photographer. I have a BA in Studio Art, with a background in fine art and film photography. I take a documentary approach to capture bright, artistic and candid photos.

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After developing my first photograph, I discovered my love for photography in the darkroom at the University of Guelph. My first three years as a photographer were entirely film based. I loved the hands-on aspect of processing and printing my own images. Every correction and adjustment made was done entirely in the darkroom. Film photography introduced me to the importance of colour and light – my main sources of inspiration.

Since completing my BA Studio Art I’ve continued to shoot digitally, focusing on wedding and lifestyle photography. My work has been featured on the Huffington post, Love Inc Magazine and exhibited as part of Contact Photography Festival, Queen West art crawl and Culture days.
With 10 years experience capturing weddings and families,  I love to tell stories that are filled with emotion, silly quirks and full of personality. I put my heart, energy and creative drive into my work. I believe photo sessions are best spent doing something you love in meaningful places, or discovering new ones. As a photographer, I want to capture photographs filled with love, honesty and lasting memories.

Website: www.gillianfoster.ca
Instagram: www.instagram.com/gillianfosterphotography
Facebook: www.facebook.com/gillianfosterphotography

Hugh Whitaker Photography

Hugh Whitaker is a wedding photographer predominantly working in the GTA. He also shoots weddings internationally.

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Hugh has been shooting weddings full time for 8 years. During this time he has won various different awards including the highly coveted Rangefinder Magazine’s 30 Rising Stars and Junebug’s Best of the Best. Hugh has spoken at wedding photography conferences both in Canada and internationally, and has mentored and taught over 100 other wedding photographers. Hugh has always been a very active member of the wedding photography community. This year he is proud to be one of the judges for the British Columbia Professional Wedding Awards.

Hugh shoots with a fine art documentary approach, focusing on the moments and emotions that make up a wedding day. He believes that there are so many wonderful gestures, looks and smiles that make us who we are. He’s forever aiming to capture this in his images in a thoughtful, creative way. He loves showing the smaller, less significant parts of weddings; proud parents watching their kids, grandparents lovingly hugging their grandchildren. His work is cinematic and monochromatic, using carefully considered compositions and lighting to tell his stories. His distinct style of imagery has developed from a 25 year background in photography and a fascination with art and human connection.

Website: www.hughwhitaker.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/hughwhitakerphotography/

Katia Taylor Photography

My style of wedding photography is a blend of fine art and photojournalism. This allows me to capture genuine and organic moments without being obtrusive. This is how I work to make each image more than just a document, but a piece of art.

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I pay close attention to elements of light, colour, composition, and emotion so that I can tell the story of the wedding day creatively and uniquely. While allowing moments to flow naturally, some images are lightly posed to create beautiful portraits. I take cues from my couples as to how much direction they need and how to maximize their comfort level to get photos they’ll love. Above all, I want to make the whole experience fun and memorable. A wedding day is about celebrating your love. The photographs we create on a wedding day can forever bring people back to that moment, that day, and will be shared for generations to come.

To me, photographing weddings is such a privilege. From a young age, I had a knack for photography and was lucky enough to be able to pursue it as a career. I feel so honoured to have a creatively rewarding job that I am passionate about. Every story is so unique. I love to hear about how each couple met and the journey that took them from their first glance to saying ‘I Do’! I get the opportunity to capture the raw emotions, from anticipation and excitement to passion and pure joy. This is what inspires me to create the best images possible.

I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography Studies from Ryerson University in 2001 and began my professional photography company in 2003. With 17 years of experience, I have photographed hundreds of weddings with a focus in the GTA, but have also shot in Montreal, Ottawa, Kingston, New York, Jamaica, and the United Kingdom.My work has been published in magazines and blogs including Junebug Weddings, Martha Stewart Weddings, The Wedding Co., Bride and Tonic, Wedding Bells, and Champagne Sweets.

KS Studios

KS Studios is a team of Toronto, GTA, York Region, and Simcoe Region photographers and videographers specializing in weddings, events, and lifestyle photography and video.

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KS Studios offers affordable photography and affordable videography services to all areas including, Toronto, Toronto GTA, York Region, Simcoe Region, Durham Region and Malton Region. With over 10 years of experience, KS Studios will provide you with the best customer service and the most flexible photography and videography services in the industry!

At KS Studio we are not just a team of qualified professionals, but we are also a team of portrait photographers, wedding photographers, and videographers who believe that it is not only about taking a simple photograph or video but also about the artist’s ability to connect with his or her subject in order to get the best possible capture that will express and depict the exact feeling and idea you are looking for. We believe that by bringing our talents together with your concept, magic can happen. Whether you’re looking to have your wedding day memories captured for a lifetime, to encapsulate those very first moments of your newborn, or to make your dream of a creative fashion shoot come true, let us capture your vision!

Website: www.ksstudios.ca
Instagram: www.instagram.com/ks_studios/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ksstudiosphoto/
Twitter: www.twitter.com/ksstudios_

Liat Aharoni Photography

Love isn’t one note: there’s so much more depth besides happiness and margaritas on the beach.

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It’s just as much about the compromises and the in-betweens. Just like love itself, weddings have SO MUCH going on and that’s what I find so compelling about photographing them. There are a wide range of stories and emotions happening all at once.

Six years into photographing weddings and my documentary approach remains the same: I’m at your wedding striving to document it ALLLLL: your drunk aunt Martha dancing like Elaine from Seinfeld, the tears streaming down your grandfather’s face, your friends smoking joints out back, all of the hand squeezes and you and your lover swept with emotion throughout the entire day.

I’ve been shooting weddings around the world of lovers from all walks of life, which has led me to believe that there’s no such thing as one right way of getting married. I’m here to document your day no matter how you celebrate – whether that’s an intimate outdoor wedding, a swanky night in the city or a barefoot Burning-man inspired elopement. I believe in capturing human behaviour, emotions and dynamics more than anything, because preserving moments that are comprised of people you love are what builds your legacy in a substantial and impactful way.

 Celebrate in ways that are meaningful to you both and know that I’m here in your corner ready to cheer you on, make your photography experience amazing and your photos friggen magical!

Website : www.liataharoni.com
Instagram : www.instagram.com/liat.a
Facebook: www.facebook.com/liataharoniphotography

Little Blue Lemon Photography

Welcome to Little Blue Lemon, a Toronto wedding photography and video studio.

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We are absolutely in-love with everything weddings.  The emotion, the laughter, the tears and the joy. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to be around a loving and happy bunch of people celebrating and enjoying one another. When we shoot, we strive to blend in – to become “photo ninjas”. It sounds funny, but we really do want to be forgotten. The less we are noticed, the more we are able to capture those authentic and real candid moments. So how do we do this, you ask? We tell jokes, we laugh, we make our couples and families feel relaxed. Being photographed all day is not the norm for most people, so the more relaxed you feel, the more comfortable you feel, and so, the more you forget that we are holding cameras! 

​Don’t get us wrong, all of us at Little Blue Lemon Photo & Cinema are comfortable stepping in when needed and have no problem directing if asked. Some couples want posing directions and others want us to capture the essence of their day. We create based on what our couples want and our goal is to capture your wedding day in the way you feel is best. After all, your wedding is about you and we are there to capture it all. Little Blue Lemon is home to some of the best wedding photographers in Toronto. Most of us are local photographers but we service all of Toronto, the GTA, Ontario, Kelowna, BC and Canada! Don’t be shy, get in touch – we’d love to chat!

Website: https://www.littlebluelemon.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/littlebluelemon/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LittleBlueLemonPhoto/

Lucas T Photography

Photography is something that I knew from growing up in Toronto was my calling.

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When I shoot weddings, I like to think that I don’t just photograph a bride or groom – I photograph the feeling and moment in all it’s trueness. This gives an honest approach to each and every wedding in a real and genuine way. If you are looking for a photographer who keeps things comfortable, natural, and fun, you have come to the right place. Every ceremony and reception is another chance to capture authenticity.   

Before I ventured out full time into photography I had worked as a media producer for TELUS which is one of the big telco’s in Canada. After some much needed soul searching I had discovered the corporate life wasn’t for me and soon found myself going ahead on this amazing visual journey. Storytelling was where it’s at and that is something I really strive to do with my wedding photography.  I have been around the world shooting everything from monkey’s in ancient asian rainforests to rivers of ice in Iceland.  I like to bring everything I have learned on my travels and experience in commercial photography to my wedding clients so they have not only an experienced technical director but also a friend they can feel comfortable with.

Website : www.lucastphotography.com/
Instagram : www.instagram.com/lucastphotography/
Facebook : www.facebook.com/lucastphotography/
Twitter : www.twitter.com/PhotoLucas
Pinterest : www.pinterest.ca/lucastphotography/

Luminous Weddings

We capture your ENERGY & EMOTION in an effortlessly iconic way!

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At Luminous Weddings, we truly care about our couples. We take the time to get to know you and help you feel completely at ease, so you can focus on being present and enjoying every moment, knowing WE’VE GOT YOU!

We don’t stage photos, we help set the stage for authentic moments to unfold. Whether you’re getting ready in the morning or dancing your heart out, you’ll look beautiful and end up with photos that tell the story of your day in a seamless and gorgeous way.

Website : luminousweddings.ca 
Instagram: www.instagram.com/luminous_weddings/

Magic Vision Photography

You – the couple – are the most important people for us at MAGIC VISION Photography.

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MAGIC VISION photography is a photo, video and quality print Toronto based company who has an absolute commitment to excellence in serving our customers’ needs and solutions. With over 15 years of photo and video experience.
MAGIC VISION photography specializes in capture and print your special moments as well as your published business solutions. We work together with you in order to bring together perfection in our shooting and results.

Website: www.magicvision.ca
Facebook: facebook.com/magicvision/
Instagram: instagram.com/magicvisionphotography
Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/jimenezmauricio/
Twitter: twitter.com/majicor
Whatsapp: wa.me/16476885814
Testimonials: magicvision.ca/testimonials/

Melissa Jane Photography

There is something truly wonderful about capturing life’s precious moments.

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I started Melissa Jane Photography in 2014 and since then I have had the pleasure of working with so many amazing couples. In this crazy world we live in, I get a chance to spend a few hours with a couple and their family on their wedding day. My clients welcome me into their homes and lives to take photos that will capture that moment forever. It is hard to not feel connected to each and every couple I work with.

I am dedicated to each and every couple I work with and I love my job. I always go the extra mile to ensure that each couple I work with feels confident and relaxed knowing I will capture all of the special moments of their day.

Website : www.melissajanephotography.ca/
Instagram : www.instagram.com/melissajanephotography1/
Facebook : www.facebook.com/MelissaJanePhotographyHamilton1

Photographed by Beatrice

Photographed by Beatrice is a GTA based event and wedding photographer who specializes in capturing every moment of someone’s special day in a photojournalistic style.

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Beatrice is flexible and happy to work with any requirements that a client desires. Whatever their needs may be, she will capture them in a creative manner. Her wedding packages also include a complimentary engagement photo shoot. This way she gets to work with her clients before the big day, which is very important in making them feel comfortable. Beatrice also meets and communicates with her clients to get a clear idea of what their vision is. Moreover, photographic style is key in capturing the big day in the perfect way. Another key feature of Beatrice’s wedding packages it that she does not limit the number of final edited images she gives to her clients. She doesn’t believe in withholding her art from people who appreciate it and have chosen her for the special moments in their life. Additionally, her turn around for images is a shorter time than most other photographers. And at the end of the day, it’s not only the quality of the images that matter, but also the overall experience she provides to her clients. Ultimately, Beatrice is a creative and passionate artist who not only photographs people’s special days and events, but also teaches this craft to others. She chooses to photograph because she loves the art, not because her livelihood depends on it. She is happy to work with new individuals and she always feels honoured when someone invites her to capture the highlights of their lives.

Website : www.photographedbybeatrice.com/
Instagram : www.instagram.com/photographedbybeatrice/
Facebook : www.facebook.com/photographedbybeatrice

Plum Rose Photography

Any description of Plum Rose is also a description of me: Stephanie. I am a Mother, I am a Wife, and I am a fine art wedding and portrait photographer based in the Durham Region. The images you see from me ARE me; my style is a personal representation – a glimpse into my journey of discovering what love means to me and how I experience it.

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I need the light, the warmth, the softness and delicate highlights; I need beauty to make me happy. When I reflect on where I am at and what I do as my “job”, I always have a newfound appreciation of how incredibly lucky I am to be capturing families’ genuine joy – candid laughter and smiles, new life being welcomed into the world, a bride dancing with her father, the romance and emotion between a bride and groom – all these things serve as a reset: a slight pause in a moment when people are just present to one another and I get a reminder on what it is that truly matters in life.

This is personal to me: you’re going to see my boys and my husband, very likely one of Nigel, Rosie or Sprinkles (yes he is a boy), and you might even catch a curse word if I go Live! You will see me, authentic and vulnerable. I don’t feel like I should expect my clients to feel comfortable if I can’t even let my guard down!

I love my family and I know you do too. My job is to help you convey that in an image that you can hold on to for the rest of your lives. I look forward to meeting you!

Website: www.plumrosephotography.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/plum_rose_photography/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/plumrosephotography/

Raph Nogal Photography

Raph Nogal is a wedding photographer based in Toronto with over 11 years of experience.

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Raph’s work can be best described as a fusion between artistic & dramatic editorial and candid & organic photojournalism. His approach to a wedding day comes from a personal place and it’s all about the experience and how Brides & Grooms feel in front of the camera; sometimes it’s the moments-between-moments and sometimes it’s the badass hero shot on top of a hill. Making sure clients look their best is very important, but never sacrificing organic moments to make sure the authenticity remains true. It’s always a fine balance between those two scenarios that makes the wedding day so spacial.
Raph always loves playing with light. He takes what is commonly done in commercial photography with lighting and applies it to a wedding day on a smaller scale. Light shapes and creates dimension, and expresses moods. No matter if its in the middle of a bright sunny day or nighttime, Raph’s lighting expertise will ensure your wedding images look epic. 

Raph is an ambassador for several photo industry companies, including Profoto, MagMod, VisionArt, and several others and an educational ambassador for SLR Lounge. You can catch Raph around the city, country and internationally presenting at photography conferences and trade-shows and conducting workshops teaching other photographers

Website: www.raphnogal.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/raphnogal
Facebook: www.facebook.com/raphnogalphotography

Shotlife Studio

Shotlife Studio is a team of three – Lusine, Jacob, and Martin – who wholeheartedly devoted themselves to the art of photography and cinematography that has beauty, depth, and story.

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Having captured over a hundred weddings, we love to evoke feelings and inspire hearts through our work. With gracious planning, art direction, and our years of experience, we offer an editorial approach to capture a curated yet authentic perspective of fleeting moments.

We are all having an amazing time pursuing our creative potential in the field of luxury weddings in Toronto, and along the way have worked with extraordinarily lovely people, built trusting relationships in the industry, and been featured in leading publications such as Wedluxe, Elegant Wedding, Wedding Chicks, Vineyard Brides and others. We are also honored to win the Consumer Choice Award, thanks to the love and support of our clients. Our passion is always driving us to seek the next experience in photography and film, and we can’t wait to make more exceptional stories with you!

Website : www.shotlifestudio.com/
Instagram : www.instagram.com/shotlifestudio/
Facebook : www.facebook.com/shotlifestudio
Youtube : www.youtube.com/channel/UCYcoSpSDMxUhSloTwr8Ky7g

WeDo Photography

Wedding photography is about people, we focus on capturing real people in real situations.

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WeDo Photography provides photography services in the Greater Toronto Area. We are also happy to join you on any destination. Utilizing our 20 years of experience shooting weddings we are with you every step of the way to guarantee all your special moments are captured.

Our photographs are a blend of candid, lifestyle and timeless classic traditional poses. We are Toronto most versatile photographers, having shot hundreds of ethnic weddings including Indian, African, Muslim, Caribbean, Middle eastern, Jewish just to name a few. All of our packages include a classic, romantic elegant story book album filled with lots of  joy.

Website : www.wedo.ca
Instagram : www.instagram.com/wedo.photography/

YouByMia Photography

Hey! I’m Mia, a lifestyle and wedding photographer based in the GTA. I love candid, real moments showcasing you and your family authentically. 

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It’s amazing that I’m able to be a part of your day, get a peek at your life, be welcomed into your home and get to know you and your loved ones. It’s not just about taking photos or getting the perfect shot. It’s about life and celebrating the big and little things that make this world so beautiful. I love capturing those real moments and documenting life as it is. Natural light, genuine smiles and honest moments are my inspiration. I live for capturing real emotions and pure laughs, the silliness and beauty that life is full of. I love telling your story and filling your walls with the big and little moments of your life. 
It’s all about you, as you are, comfortable and relaxed. My goal is to help you loosen up, have fun and show the real you through my photos. 

Website: www.youbymia.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/youbymia 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/youbymia

Here are a couple of questions to ask yourself before you hire a wedding photographer:

How long should I hire a wedding photographer for?
Every wedding photographer offers packages that consist of a certain amount of hours. These packages can range from 6 hours to as long as 12 hours. It is important to also consider your budget and how big your wedding is. You should talk to your wedding photographer to see

How long before your wedding should you hire a photographer?
You should hire a wedding photographer 8-12 months before your special day. This is important because you need to know the different packages your photographer offers to see which would fit your budget and wedding best. As well as, you want to discuss what kind of style and feeling that you want your wedding photos to portray.

How do I choose a photographer that’s right for me?
All photographers are unique in their own way and have their style and specialty. It is crucial to research and see the photographers pieces to make sure that they resonate with what you want. You also make sure that you are able to easily communicate with your photographer to be able to get the best results.

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20 Bridesmaid Gift Ideas That Will Go Straight to Her Heart

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Your Big Day is approaching rapidly – and while you’ve already decided on the venue, picked your menu and set your eyes on that dreamy gown, your To-Do List is nowhere near done. From curating the perfect playlist to deciding on the centerpieces, the next few months are certainly looking packed. Next, we’re helping you tackle the challenge of shopping for bridesmaid gifts – and we’ve compiled a list of thoughtful & sweet little presents that will go straight to your besties’ hearts. 

Symbolic Jewelry

Shimmery, sparkly bling makes the best gift for your bridesmaids – and you simply can’t go wrong when sticking to these next gorgeous picks – from the gems of the sea to crystals and gold-dipped lace. 

Pink Pearl Earrings

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What works better with a plethora of pastel-hued dresses than a pair of classic pearl earrings? Dainty and discreet, Freshwater pearls make the best bridesmaid accessories – and the best part of it all is that they come in pastel overtones, from peach to pink. Gift your bridesmaids a pair of these 7mm Freshwater Pearl Studs, ideal for lacey, flowy gowns in soft and feminine shades. 

Tip: V-neck bridesmaid dresses call for dainty and discreet pendant necklaces, so opt for an elegant matching pearl set featuring a necklace and earrings – the ideal gift for your maid of honor. 

The Tie The Knot Bracelet

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When in doubt, opt for the classics… with a twist! If you’re on the lookout for a gift that is symbolic, memorable and unique, stick with what works and offer your bestie an elegant Tie the Knot bracelet. 

Tip: Avoid the predictable and forgo the sturdy bangle-type bracelet in favor of something on-trend for 2020: a dainty chain tie the knot bracelet with a fixed bow pendant. 

The Precious Dipped Lace Heart Necklace

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When handmade and unique are on your list, this next creation ticks all the right boxes. Opt for a one-of-a-kind jewelry piece – one that merges romantic vibes with vintage appeal. This stunner is crafted from vintage lace, dipped in copper and bright 24K gold – a true piece of wearable art.

Tip: Romance-infused jewelry pieces make the best bridesmaid presents, as they are perfect for the love-centered occasion, symbolic and meaningful, with a touch of whimsical appeal. 

The Gold Initial Necklace

You can’t miss the mark when you’re merging bling with a personalized touch. A dainty necklace in shimmery gold makes an adorable gift for your friends – and it’s the type of jewelry piece they can wear on your Big Day, as well as every day post your memorable nuptials. Ideal for layering, this personalized day-to-night piece is a more modern alternative to the classic pearl jewelry and perfectly suitable for a casual-boho wedding theme. 

Tip: Wear the gold initial necklace layered with other dainty gold chains and pendants at different lengths for a chic and modern take on bridesmaid jewelry. 

The Handmade Raw Stone Earrings

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This Etsy bestseller is popular for a reason: crystals, geodes, and rocks in pretty pastel hues are more than just perfectly shimmery – the natural gemstones channel positive energy and bring the widest range of benefits to the wearer. Crafted from natural raw Druzy Quartz gemstones, these lavender and lilac-hued creations make the best accessory for bridesmaid dresses in purple tones.

Tip: For a truly memorable and perfectly curated gift, pair these quartz earrings with a handmade Will You Be My Bridesmaid card in matching pastel tones with gold accents. 

Practical Presents

Sentimental and romance-infused gifts might be lovely, but you’re on the market for items that your bridesmaids can use day after day. If functionality is what you’re after, these next picks make excellent alternatives that merge great design with practicality. 

The Blush Dip-Dyed Canvas Tote

If you’ve got functionality on your mind, then forgo the sweet and symbolic gifts in favor of an everyday tote. It doesn’t hurt that this adorable dip-dyed canvas bag comes in the prettiest shade of blush, aka the number one choice for bridesmaid dresses. 

Tip: Gift the gift of goodies and fill this canvas tote with anything and everything from their favorite make-up products to gourmet candy, mini travel beauty products, and pastel-colored nail polish. 

The Marina Monogrammed Coasters

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Whether you go all out and send a surprise gift box accompanied by the mandatory Will You Be My Bridesmaid card or you are hunting for something dainty and symbolic, there’s no chance of going wrong when choosing customized gifts. Personalized with her initials and crafted from mother-of-pearl and abalone shell within white marble, these coasters are on top of our list. 

Tip: If you’re looking for a more complex gift, offer her these coasters together with a bottle of her favorite drink.

The Personalized Square Acrylic Tray

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A joyful occasion like yours calls for pre-celebration festivities. And celebrating in style has never looked cuter than with this monogrammed acrylic tray in a geo marble print, perfect for you and your bestie’s favorite drinks. 

Tip: Accompany your gift with the ideal celebratory treat that will look perfect displayed in a bowl on your bridesmaid’s new tray: a flavorful delight from our section below!

The Corkcicle Rose Gold Water Bottle

When functionality trumps all, an innovative water bottle in a chic design is all you need to make your bridesmaid remember you – with every single zip. It doesn’t hurt that this sleek bottle comes in a perfectly appropriate color: metallic rose!

Tip: Make this glossy water bottle a part of a themed gift basket, curated by you. Possible themes: Fitness Fanatic or Wellness Diva.

The Personalized Ring Dish

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When your besties are fans of bling and you’re hunting for unique, personalized gifts, it doesn’t get better than this: a ring dish (or dainty necklace/bracelet, earring dish) with your friend’s name in lustrous gold. Handmade, unique and elegant, this sweet gift ticks all the boxes: it’s personalized, thoughtful and functional to boot. 

Tip: Take the extra step and add a pair of pearl or crystal geode earrings to go with your gift. 

Flavors & Fragrances

When you’re forgoing the bling and ditching the functionality, it’s settled: fragrances and flavors are your go-to! From gummies to perfume and from bath bombs to calming salts, these next gifts are all about indulging the senses. 

The Bridesmaid BOXFox Pack

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When one sense won’t cut it, aim higher with the Bridesmaid BOXFox pack, designed to cater to all her needs: from helping her achieve brighter skin to satisfying her sweet tooth. The gift pack includes Sugarfina’s Sparkling Rose Bears, a Pearl Face Mask, a Bridesmaid Minimergency Kit, and a handwritten card – the ideal combo for a pampering session before the big festivities. 

Tip: When delicacies and flavors are your goals, another great bridesmaid idea is opting for a candy or chocolate subscription – the kind of gift that keeps on giving. 

The Rose Sea Soak Bath Salts

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A spa session before the Big Day starts with the Rose Sea Soak Bath Salts – a calming, relaxing salt that’s designed to take away all the stress. Revitalizing and luxurious, the soak is made with six salt varieties and infused with scents of rose and ylang.

Tip: Take her favorite scents into account when shopping for products designed to give her an unforgettable spa-like experience. 

The Will You Be My Bridesmaid Candy Bento Box

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There’s no sweeter way to pop the question than with the popular Will You Be My Bridesmaid gift set by Sugarfina. Gourmet candy features pink diamonds, champagne bears and champagne bubbles, perfect for the approaching festive occasion.

Tip: When picking out the perfect sweet gift, go for a celebratory theme and warm shades – think festive flavors, diamonds, roses and pops of red. 

The Mixed Bath Bombs Gift Set

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It’s not called ‘the gift of relaxation’ for no reason. This Amazon bestseller comes with six different all-natural bath bombs, each designed for a different purpose. From Relaxing Detox to Bedtime ritual, she’s all set to feel and look her best for your Big Day.

Tip: Bridesmaid’s duties can make your friend a tad overwhelmed and stressed, so gifts that are designed to bring on the relaxation and calmness are always welcomed. 

The Good Intentions Sampler Kit

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For a perfume fanatic, this sampler set feels like Christmas Day. The Pinrose Good Intentions Sampler Kit comes with eight bestselling fragrances, including flirty floral fragrances, nectarine blends, fruity delight, coconut blends, and romantic peonies mixes. Delight all her senses and make picking out her next favorite fragrance a breeze!

Tip: Committing to one single perfume she might or might not enjoy can be a hit or miss, so sample packs like Pinrose’s make excellent choices, especially when you’re purchasing the same present for all your bridesmaids. 

Pretty in Pink 

When you’re doing some last-minute shopping for your bridesmaids and your inspiration is lacking, stick to the safest choice: anything and everything pink. Pretty in pink products are everywhere – from scented candles to beauty and skincare items to décor and accessories – and due to their lovely hue, they are instantly festive, feminine and suitable for the big occasion. 

The Pink Roses Macaron Candle Trio

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An aromatherapy session starts with the right kind of candle – or, alternatively, with chic in a pink essential oil diffuser, as we’ll see below. These beauties from Volupsa are definitely a treat. Including rose petal ice-cream fragrances, the trio comes in geometric 3D cube patterns in gorgeous pink hues, from lilac pink to blush rose.

Tip: Stick with the sweet theme and pair this little gift pack with a pack of real macaroons or gourmet cookies in pink for a memorable present that will go straight to her heart. 

The Serene House Ranger Essential Oil Diffuser

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Convert her home into a fancy spa in just one go with one single product. Serene vibes in a second with this pastel pink essential oil diffuser, designed to fulfill a double purpose: chic decor and a relaxing aromatherapy session from the comfort of her own home. 

Tip: Get her started on the right foot on her aromatherapy adventure and add to this gift a selection of natural essential oils, including the popular lavender, rose, citrine, and eucalyptus.

The Diamante Heart Hair Slides

When you’re shopping for your besties and sticking to a limited budget, opt for something pink, sparkly and love-infused. Our pick: these lovely heart-shaped hairpins, perfectly suitable for a bridesmaid dress in matching tones. 

Tip: Hair clips make excellent alternatives when other types of jewelry are over your budget. Simply opt for high-quality pieces, items she can wear both at and after the wedding and put extra thought into the packaging and card. 

The Slip Silk Pillowcase

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Why settle for cotton when you can have silk – on the go. Treat your besties with this ultra-luxurious slip silk pillowcase in the prettiest shade of pink, beautifully packaged in a matching box. Plus, the slip promises to protect the hair as well as the skin, making sure they retain moisture throughout the night.

Tip: The slip silk pillowcase makes a luxe gift for an avid traveling enthusiast or a career-focused gal that’s always on the go. 

The Rose Quartz Heart Facial Gua Sha

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When beauty items that are uber-trendy come in the prettiest designs, on top of being delightfully pink, you know you’ve hit the jackpot. This rose quartz heart facial gua sha is everything you want in a skincare product – effective against fine lines and wrinkles and the perfect remedy for loss of firmness and elasticity. Plus, it’s the kind of beauty product you’ll want to leave out instead of pushing it at the back of the closet.

Tip: Quartz and especially rose quartz have been trending for a few years now – and they show no signs of slowing down. Hop on the craze and treat your besties with the rock of the moment.  

And there you have it – our top 20 bridesmaid gift ideas that will go straight to her heart. From the bling and the jewels to her favorite scents and treats, you’ve got lots of options when it comes to showing your gratitude and appreciation. Have fun shopping and enjoy your Big Day! You can choose your bridesmaid dresses here.

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The complete month-by-month wedding planning timeline

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Only a handful of brides have the unbelievable ability for successful short-term wedding planning. However, if you are like most women, you may take a year or more to sort out all aspects of wedding planning.

So, there is no exact timeline to plan a perfect wedding.

Nonetheless, you need a plan! Even if you are an easy-going bride who somehow gets things done in the nick of time.

If you have already planned a wedding, you will need some direction and guidance on what needs to be done.

Don’t you agree?

So, here is a practical wedding planning timeline and month-by-month checklist of all the different tasks that it involves. Use it as such or as a reference to create your own personalized wedding plan and you simply cannot go wrong.

Note: This wedding planning timeline is created for the “average” engagement period, which is a whole year. However, you can adjust it to divide and conquer all the relevant, tasks even if your engagement is longer or shorter.

When you have 12 months left

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Freshly engaged and still reeling from the thrill of the beautiful proposal? Indulge yourself in the ecstasy of this milestone chapter in your life, for it happens just once.

Have a party, take a holiday; all you need to celebrate! Then, get down to business!

Start your wedding planning process with the following tasks.

Prepare the Wedding Budget

Weddings are expensive affairs, and this is the right time to discuss finances with your fiancé.

Calculate the maximum amount you can afford to spend. Then, divide the funds into different expenses. Some of the important factors to consider at this point are:

  • Who pays for the wedding? Are your families/other generous relatives contributing? If so, how much will they be paying?
  • What are your priorities—venue, décor, entertainment, food, honeymoon?
  • What tools will you use to jot down and track expenses? Do you prefer the pen and paper route, spreadsheets or a budget planning app?

This useful budget planning tool will help you create an estimate and break it down into different aspects.

Plan the guest list

It is never too early to sort out your guest list as the number of guests will determine important aspects like the choice of venue and food. So, you must have at least a rough idea of how many guests will be attending the wedding.

If your parents are contributing, it is only fair that they also get to invite some guests. Compile the lists from your partner, parents and yourself to get a total headcount. If there are more people than you can afford, this is the time to negotiate and arrive at a reasonable number.

To hire a wedding planner or not

Do you think you are better off entrusting your wedding planning or at least certain aspects of it to a wedding planner? If so, this is the right time to find an event planner.

Hiring a wedding planner is expensive. However, it may be the best option if you cannot dedicate time for wedding planning.

So, weigh your options and if you decide to hire someone, do it right away.

Fix the date, plan the theme and book your venue

Good venues get booked fast. So, don’t delay in making your booking.  

You can either choose a theme and tour venues that match the vibe or pick the venue first and then think of a suitable theme.

Don’t worry about the specifics at this stage of wedding planning. Instead, focus on finding a venue that will accommodate your guest list and falls within budget.

11 months left

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You still have plenty of time left. Tackle the following tasks during this month.

Choose your wedding party members

Don’t wait longer to choose your Maid of Honor, bridesmaids, best man, and groomsmen. Then pop the question to them and finalize your wedding party list.

Look for inspiration

You can now start planning the smaller details of your wedding. Turn to Pinterest, magazines and any other sources that can help you with this task. Prioritize the following tasks during this month:

  • Fixing the colors in your wedding theme
  • Narrowing down your décor and food choices

Work on your wedding website

A wedding website is a brilliant resource that will help you compile and share all relevant information about the wedding, with your guests.

You can inform them about the venue address, wedding day timeline, wedding registry information and even photos using such a portal.

Check out this post on A Practical Wedding website for the essential etiquette rules that you should stick to when designing a website.

Plan your entertainment, food, and décor

The following questions will help you with wedding vendor selection:

  • Do you want a band or DJ for the reception? And are there any specific artists you wish to hire?
  • What type of décor would you prefer? More importantly, think of the floral details you want it will soon be time to choose a florist.
  • What type of food should be served at your wedding? Do you prefer a full four-course meal a buffet? Accordingly, find caterers who can deliver to your expectations.
  • What type of photography do you like most? Read up on the different types of wedding photography styles and choose your favorite. Then look for photographers who specialize in your chosen style, contact them for their prices and move on to the next stage.

Start thinking about your wedding dress

Dress shopping is one of the best parts of wedding planning. However, wedding dress orders typically take six to nine months to be delivered. So, you will have to start shopping for your wedding dress shortly. Make the task easy by preparing for it.

Read up on wedding dress trends and familiarize yourself with wedding dress lingo. There is a ton of information online. So, use the resources at your disposal to become familiar with all that you should know about wedding dress shopping.

Also, use this time to shortlist boutiques that carry gowns in the price range you can afford. You can contact them right away and fix your bridal dress appointment in the coming month.

10 months left

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By now, you should have booked or at least finalized the venue, decided on the type of entertainment, food, and décor you want and have a headcount for guests. Let us now move on to the remaining tasks.

Hire the wedding officiant, caterer, photographer, and other important vendors

Your officiant, photographer, DJ/band and caterer are crucial to creating great memories of your special day. So, it is important that you are comfortable and strike a good rapport with your chosen vendors.

Since good vendors tend to get booked quickly, make your choices quickly. Book a tasting session with the caterer if necessary. Similarly, ask for previous performance records from your DJ and band. You can also consider getting engagement photographs taken, to assess how good your photographer is.

Do your research, make your final decision and put down the deposit. You can then cross this task off your wedding list.

Work on your wedding invitation and send out save-the-date cards

Wedding invitations come in a stunning variety of styles. You can also have custom wedding invitations, but these involve a lot of time and effort. Decide on your preferences and start looking for suitable choices.

If your wedding is during peak season or it is a destination wedding, you can send out save-the-date cards right now or in a month, so your guests have enough time to make plans.  

9 months left

Wedding dress shopping
Wedding dress shopping

Your wedding is approaching, and it is now time to start planning the bigger (even game-changing) aspects of your wedding day. Let’s find out what they are

Go shopping for your wedding dress

Start your wedding shopping now and you will have ample time to complete the entire process. Not only should you be able to explore your options in different stores but you can also save on rush fees.

If you place your order at least 6 to 9 months before the wedding, you can conveniently schedule alterations and accessories selection. So, book your appointment and get on with it already.

Visit this post for all that you need to prepare well for the task.

Set up your gift registry

Your guests will begin thinking about gifts as soon as they receive your invitation. So, it will be helpful if your gift registry is set up by then.

To decide what should go on your registry, discuss with your partner about your personal preferences, hobbies and how you expect your lifestyle after marriage to be. Accordingly, plan your wedding registry and register yourself at your chosen retailers.

Also, add your registry information to your wedding website. This is a smart way to pass on the information to your wedding guests.

8 months left

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You are nearing the half-way mark and you should ideally have tackled most of the time-sensitive tasks by now. Nonetheless, there’s a lot of work left to do.

Book rooms for out-of-town guests

Your guests will appreciate it if you can help them plan their stay if they are coming from far. Hotel rooms tend to be full during peak season. So, book your rooms well in advance.

Since your guests will be paying their own bills, it is a good idea to look for hotels in different price ranges. Share the details with them and block the rooms as soon as they confirm.

Contact rental companies

If you must need tables, chairs, music systems, lighting or anything else at the venue, this is the time to take quotes from rental companies and book their services.

Time to look for bridal party outfits

Now that you have placed the order for your own wedding dress, move on to outfits for the rest of your wedding party. Consult your bridesmaids or go with your instincts to choose the color, style, and other details.

Do your research on the places where the dresses are available at reasonable prices. Then book an appointment to explore your options.

Once you shortlist the dresses, you should take your bridesmaids along to see how they look in these dresses. You can then go ahead with placing the order.

Plan your honeymoon

Before you know it, you will too busy to plan your honeymoon. So, plan your honeymoon budget without delay and select a suitable location. Book your accommodation and travel, so that is out of the way.

7 months left

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Florist

Here are the tasks to tackle this month.

Book the rehearsal dinner venue

Now is the time to plan the rehearsal dinner. Consult your fiancé to find a convenient venue for the wedding. Also, decide whether you want it to be a casual-style dinner or a formal setting.

Meet your wedding officiant

Some couples prefer to hire a professional officiant to oversee the wedding ceremony. Others keep it casual by asking a family member or friend to do it.

Either way, you should meet with them prior to the wedding and map out the ceremony. Also, check whether all the legal documentation is sorted out.

Arrange transportation

Plan and arrange transportation to and from the venue. Contact cab operators to hire a limo, vintage car or any other form of transportation. This is also the time to look for mini-van rentals, individual cab services or bigger vehicles if you plan to arrange transportation for your guests.

Meet your florist

By now, you should have a good idea of how your wedding décor will be. You should also be aware of the individual bouquets you will need for yourself and the bridesmaids. Share this information with your florist and ensure you are both in agreement regarding the plans.

6 months to go

Wedding rings
Wedding rings

You are the half-way mark and with very little time left. There is no time to lose!

Order your wedding rings

Shop for wedding rings with your partner this month. Remember that you will be wearing these rings all your life. So, make your decision wisely.

If you would like to have them engraved or custom-made, you still have plenty of time. Also, opt for durable and reliable choices that are not high-maintenance.

Shop for your groom’s suit

Remind your fiancé to go shopping for his wedding day outfit. Whether he is renting or buying, he will need time to go around and find the best options.

5 months to go

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Wedding Invitation

With just a few more months till D-day, it is time to get on with the more important aspects.

Collect and start addressing invitations

You will have to send out your wedding invitations next month. However, they will all have to be addressed before posting. This is a time-consuming task. Get on with it while you still have time to breathe. Simultaneously create an RSVP list, as it will help you to mark your guest replies later.

Time for premarital counseling

If you are getting married in a religious setting and premarital counseling is necessary, schedule it for this month. Even if it isn’t compulsory, attending a pre-marital session is often helpful. So, give it some serious thought.

4 months left

Wedding cake
Wedding cake

We are nearly there and there’s still so much to do.

Go shopping

You need to buy more than just your wedding dress. There are accessories, make-up and undergarments to shop for. You also need outfits for your rehearsal dinner, bachelorette party and honeymoon. Finally, you should get gifts for your bridesmaids. Don’t wait for the last minute.

Create a shopping list and schedule shopping trips for all that you need to buy.

Order your wedding cake

The wedding cake is a very important aspect of the wedding. And you have so many options to choose from these days. Selecting the wedding cake can be a demanding task since you not only have to choose the right flavors but also pick the design for it.

Get recommendations from friends and family and find a professional wedding cake. Remember that you will have to find time for cake-tasting sessions. It sounds like fun, doesn’t it?

You will also have to attend a meeting or two with the caterer to discuss your design expectations and sign-off on the chosen design.  

Sort out the groomsmen’s outfits

This is also the right time to start looking for groomsmen outfits. If they will be renting their tuxes, they should make the booking now.

Plan the guests’ favors

You want to tie the wedding favors to the theme of the wedding and find those that fit your budget. Explore your options and start negotiating with vendors to find the best choices for your budget. Then place your order.

Some brides prefer DIY wedding favors. If you plan to take this route, remember that it will take time. Dedicate reasonable blocks of time in your calendar to the task, so you don’t end up overworking yourself at the last minute.

3 months

Wedding food

You are nearly there. So, let’s pick up the pace.

Finalize the menu

Now that you are so close to the wedding, you can inform your caterer of your final menu choices. You may also like to look at the seasonal ware to decide the best menu options.

Write your vows

If you will be writing your vows, it is high time to start thinking of it. Here is some help to come up with memorable and impactful vows. Once you complete it, you can also practice them. This will help you fine-tune it till it is perfect for when you must say it aloud.

Check on your vendors

By now, you should have everything in place for the wedding. You should have hired entertainment, photographer, caterer, florist, transportation, and cake. Confirm your bookings and make sure that there is no confusion regarding the date and schedule with each of them.

Send out invitations

Mail invitations at least six to eight weeks before the wedding. Also, set the RSVP date a month before the wedding. This will leave you enough time to plan the seating arrangement and also to accommodate for any last-minute changes to the guest list.

Create your schedule for the remaining days

You will have your wedding dress fittings, bachelorette party and meetings with vendors in the coming months. Avoid getting overwhelmed with all the activity by setting up a timeline for yourself where each activity is properly spaced out.

2 months to go

Wedding party

We are counting down now. Few more tasks to go!

Send out rehearsal dinner invites

It is just a few guests at the rehearsal dinner. Nevertheless, you want to get it right as it is a practice for the actual reception. Invite all concerned parties to the event and inform them of how formal it is.

Have your hair and makeup trial

Organize your hair and makeup trial with your chosen hairdresser and make-up artist. It is highly likely that your wedding dress fitting will also be this month if you booked it early. So, plan your hair and makeup sessions in such a way that it coincides with your dress fitting appointment. That way, you can see how the overall look comes together.

Start your wedding dress fittings

You should ideally have your first wedding dress fitting this month and the next one in the coming month. This will leave you plenty of time to get your dress ready in time for the wedding. Confirm your appointment slot and contact the seamstress to schedule your fitting.

Get your papers in order

Six weeks is a good time to apply for your wedding license. If you are getting married abroad, check for legal requirements and ensure the paperwork is taken care of.

Check with your wedding party on their dresses

Your bridesmaids should receive their dresses this month and schedule alterations.

Entrust the task of following up on the progress to your MOH or handle it yourself. Just make sure that nobody is left out and that there are no confusions later.

Finalize your wedding day songs or playlist with your DJ or band

Review the playlist with your DJ or band. If you have any last-minute ideas or changes to make, you can check with them right away.

They should still have enough time to accommodate changes if it isn’t anything major.

Just a month to go

Wedding planning
Wedding planning

In the last few weeks leading up to the wedding, you should be equipped to handle just the final closing details of the wedding tasks. Let us look at what they are.

Plan your seating chart

You should have the complete guest list by the first week of this month. Now that you know who all will be attending, set up the seating chart.

Arrange vendor payments

Whether you will be paying your vendors after the wedding or just before it, make sure that the funds are ready so you can settle the amount as and when necessary. Also, track the expenses to make sure that they are all accounted for and there is no confusion later.

When making payments in cash, entrust the task to a trusted aide who will handle the payment, so you can concentrate on being the bride.

Sort out your accessories

Don’t wait till the day before your wedding to finalize and arrange all your jewelry, accessories and make-up essentials. Put aside a dedicated bag or space in your room where you can neatly arrange them as and when time permits.

This way you will have everything set out when it is finally time to get ready on the wedding day.

Get your emergency wedding day kit ready

Find out all about what your emergency kit should contain in this post. Whether you decide to buy it readymade or collect all the materials yourself, have everything in place at least a week before the wedding.

Attend the final dress fitting and collect your dress

Your wedding dress should be perfect and ready to wear in the week leading up to your wedding. Take your bridesmaid with you to the final fitting, so the consultant can brief her on how to bustle the dress, in case it is required.

Once you collect the dress from the salon, place it in a safe, low-traffic area of your house where it isn’t prone to moisture, insects or stains.

Confirm all arrangements

Cross-check that everything is progressing as per plan with your vendors, wedding party and photographer. Confirm all arrangements and entrust responsibilities to designated wedding party members.

Run the day-of plan with the main crew at your wedding, so they are all aware of when and where to be and what to do.  Also, hand out wedding bands and other items to the responsible members of the wedding party and give them instructions about their responsibilities in this regard.

Pack your honeymoon bag

Since you will most likely be heading off on your honeymoon immediately after the wedding, keep your honeymoon bag ready and packed to go. This should be one of the final tasks to handle, but it is important nonetheless.

Put someone in charge of getting the gown to the cleaners

Your honeymoon cannot wait. However, cleaning your wedding gown cannot wait either.

Assign the task of taking the gown to the cleaners to a trusted bridesmaid, so it doesn’t have to wait till you are back from your honeymoon. Book your cleaning in advance, so the drycleaners have your slot ready. For more details, visit this post.

Make a checklist

It is a good idea to create a checklist for the wedding eve and wedding day and distribute copies to your MOH and best man. Assign relevant tasks to your wedding crew and brief them on their responsibilities.

Make sure that you have very few tasks to handle by yourself, so you can be fully involved in the wedding day activities and enjoy every moment to the fullest.

Break in your shoes and prep for your wedding day

Avoid the discomfort of wearing new shoes by breaking in your shoes during the last few days before the wedding. Also, book yourself a manicure, pedicure and facial to relax, de-stress and look great. This is also the time to touch up your hair color, trim your hair and do all your last-minute beauty prep.

To wrap up…

Follow this schedule when planning your wedding and you will not overlook any aspect. Finally, if things get too hectic or don’t go as per plan, take it easy, sit back and reassess the situation. You will mostly find an alternative solution that works out just as well.

Keep in mind that your wedding day will be over before you know it and it will be a pity if you were too busy to enjoy it.

For help with most aspects of your wedding, including the all-important decision of wedding dress selection, visit us at Best for Bride. We will help you celebrate this milestone lifetime event in the perfect dress of your dreams. Contact us today to book your appointment.