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How to Have a Surprise Wedding


Typically, there is quite a bit of planning that goes into a wedding and it can take months to get it just right. It can also be quite stressful, especially when couples are dealing with issues with their family. However, one way to avoid these many stresses is to plan a surprise wedding instead. If this is something that you would like to tackle, here are a few tips to get you started.

Be Secretive

One of the most important things that you can focus on is making sure that you avoid telling as many people about the surprise wedding as possible. While it may be a good idea to fill your parents in on the secret, it is best if you try to keep everyone else out of the loop. You should also make sure that vendors are aware that you are planning a surprise wedding so that someone is not accidentally provided information that can spill the beans.

Getting People to the Event


This is probably the hardest part of having a surprise wedding. You will still need to send out invitations, but will need to disguise the true reason for the gathering. You may also need to discuss with your fiancé what to do if an important guest informs you that they will not be attending. You may need to let them in on the secret if you cannot convince them otherwise.

When it comes to decorating, you will need to set up so that it is not as obvious that you are having a wedding. Instead of traditional seating, you may find it helpful to sit up picnic tables with an aisle in between instead. You can also consider simply using flowers on the tables that are in season so that you do not give away the idea that you are decorating for a wedding.

Think about the downsides

Keep in mind that there are some downsides to having a surprise wedding. For example, it is less likely that you will receive as many wedding gifts as you would with a traditional wedding. You will also miss out on the events that you would attend, like a bachelorette party or bridal shower before your wedding. These are some things that you should think about carefully before planning a surprise wedding.


A surprise wedding can be something fun and exciting for everyone involved. Not only will it help cut down on some of the drama that goes along with some wedding planning, but you may be able to cut down on costs as well. However, this is something that should be thought through carefully before you decide to go this route. Because of the nature of this type of wedding, you may find that you miss out on some of the other joys of having a traditional wedding.

If you are planning a surprise wedding, there is no other place better to get you started than Best for Bride. They will help you plan a wedding that will have her saying ‘yes’ in a heartbeat.

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Finding the Best Wedding Day Hair

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Every portion of your wedding is equally important. However, one of the ones that brides tend to focus a great deal of time on is their hair and how it will look on the big day. There are so many styles to choose from and you will be looking for an option that looks fabulous with your dress and in the many pictures that you will be taking.

There are many things that you can do to make sure that you are satisfied with the way your hair appears on your wedding day. Below are some of the simplest paths to take.

Review the Different Styles

Because there are many different hair styles to choose from, it is best to review your options and compare them to the specific time of day that your wedding is taking place. Certain hairstyles work best for winter weddings held at night and others are best for outdoor summer weddings.

You may also want to consider whether you are wearing a veil or other accessories in your hair as well as the type of wedding you are having. For most formal weddings, brides tend to stick with up-do’s while informal brides opt for long flowing or loose styles.

Make an Appointment

You will need to make an appointment with your salon a minimum of eight weeks before your wedding. It is also a good idea to check back periodically to make sure that your appointment is still on the schedule.

It is also likely that you will have to find a special hairstylist to complete your wedding day look. While your regular hairstylist may be a fantastic option, don’t be surprised if they do not specialize in wedding styles.

Complete a Run Through

Many brides choose to go through a practice session with their stylist to make sure that the hairstyle is the one that they had in mind and so that the stylist will have the opportunity to see how much time the style will take and to master creating it before your big day.

You can also determine if the style is comfortable and if it will stay place as it needs to. Just remember that an excess of pins can be uncomfortable and the more intricate that the design is, the more likely that you will have issues with it falling down throughout the ceremony.

Extra Tips

On your wedding day, make sure that you wear a button up shirt to have your hair fixed. This will help eliminate the issue that you will be faced when you are ready to dress for the wedding. You should also step into your gown rather than pulling it over your head so that you don’t damage your makeup or hair.

It is possible that your stylist will tell you to arrive with your hair dirty for the styling. This is a common request because there are many hair types that will hold together better if there is natural oil in the hair. This also helps to avoid fly-aways and other issues that are typically seen with clean hair.


Selecting the hairstyle that you will wear for your wedding can be an exciting thing to do. However, it is important that you plan is it wisely so that you do not have any issues with it on your wedding day. You will be able to avoid many of the issues that usually go along with your hair if you stick with the tips that are listed above.



Best for Bride

Best for Bride is a one stop shop for all of your wedding day accessory needs. They specialize in everything from wedding veils to tiaras to fun accessories to go with your favorite gown. You will find everything that you need for your wedding when you stop by one of their locations.

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Dazzling Embroidered Bridal Gowns for Your Wedding Day

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Your wedding day is your time to shine, so why not choose a frothy, delicate and lacy bridal dress that really fulfills your romantic dreams? At Best for Bride, we offer brides-to-be a stunning collection of ultra-feminine designs that evoke a sense of magical fairytale beauty.

Our designer wedding dresses are crafted from the finest fabrics, and they are carefully tailored to highlight everything that is beautiful about you. Whether you long for a strapless princess gown with layers of filmy, embroidered tulle, or a sleeker silhouette that features a stunning array of high-fashion embellishments, you’ll have all of the options that you need to make exactly the right choice for your tastes and budget.

Our wedding gowns are available at a range of price points, and they will dazzle your friends and family as you walk down the aisle.

If you’re looking for a dress that will enchant your groom-to-be, you’ll love our new collection of feminine and flattering designs…

Pure Luxury for an Affordable Price…

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The best modern wedding designs offer a sense of sumptuous luxury, without costing the earth. If you’re searching for a romantic dress, but need to consider your overall wedding budget, you’ll adore these reasonably-priced bridal dresses. While budgeting is always a factor for most brides-to-be, it is important to indulge your dreams and fantasies when you buy this type of gown.

After all, this is probably the most special frock you’ll ever wear; a white wedding dress is a symbolic garment that illustrates the purity and beauty of true love. So, consider your wedding budget, but do treat yourself to a stunning gown that makes you feel the way you really want to feel as you walk down the aisle.

Don’t settle for something that doesn’t measure up to your dreams; many brides have gone this route in order to economize, and they have regretted it later on. You should always have a strong emotional connection to your dream dress…and you should always buy a gown that makes you feel beautiful, confident, and overjoyed…

The fitted stunner shown above provides incredible drama and high-fashion elegance, while also offering a delicate, feminine air…it’s an ideal dream dress for any romantic bride-to-be…

Beauty Tips for Ultra-Feminine Gowns

When you’re planning a romantic hair and makeup look for these feminine frocks, go for flushed cheeks, soft, pinky-brown lip color (try the new Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in 08), and light eye makeup. Base should be sheer and semi-matte for an appealing, dewy affect. Cut shine with blotting papers to avoid powder overload on the big day.

Highlight Your Femininity With Sheer Straps and Other Delicate Design Details

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Are you looking for something a little different, that has some exciting – yet unusual – style elements? If you are, a gown, such as the striking Alfred Sung bridal dress shown above, may meet (and exceed) your high standards. Lavish panels of sheer  lace and shining satin are embellished with delicate embroidery that will make you look as pretty as a picture.

Designed to show off glowing skin, a smooth, swan-like throat, and subtle decolletage, this type of wedding dress is classic and traditional. It’s the little details that make this dazzling, lustrous gown so unforgettable…embroidery adds richness and sparkle that is sure to give you a little extra magic and radiance on your wedding day.

Shop Online (or From Your Smart Phone) for Premium Convenience…

Make every second of your wedding planning phase count by choosing our convenient online Best for Bride wedding boutique.

We offer busy brides-to-be access to an exciting range of exquisite plus size wedding dresses, wedding shoes, cheap bridesmaid dresses, mother of the bride dresses, and so much more…

We even offer wedding cakes and wedding invitations; everything that we sell is available to our brides via our online bridal store, so you may shop with confidence from your own home computer or smartphone. We deliver almost anywhere, and our professional wedding representatives offer online service that is second to none.

For brides in Canada, we offer wedding dresses in Toronto at our fully-stocked, bricks-and-mortar outlet; we also offer wedding dresses Mississauga and a bridal store in Barrie. If you have a question about ordering a dream dress online or planning your wedding with the help of our Best for Bride team, please call or email us today.

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How to Look Beautiful in Wedding Photographs

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Your wedding day is your day to shine…and your wedding photographs should capture your radiance, joy and beauty to perfection. However, now and then, women find themselves disappointed with their wedding pictures, which just don’t seem to flatter as they should. Often, “bad” wedding pictures are the result of improper makeup techniques, the wrong angles, and non-professional photography.

By knowing what to avoid, you’ll have more control over the final product. Whether you’re using a professional wedding photographer (this is recommended) or relying on friends and family to commemorate your special day, you will increase your chances of perfect wedding photographs by following these helpful guidelines…

Know Your Best Angles

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Every woman, whether she is voluptuous and Rubenesque or delicate and waifish, will have certain angles that are naturally flattering to her unique natural beauty. To find out your best angles, go through old pictures and select the shots you love and hate – then, look for the angles that do – and don’t – work for you. If you get great shots when your body is turned a certain way, or your head is tilted slightly upwards or downwards, use these poses when your wedding photographer is taking pictures.

Models and actresses always know their best angles – to get more ideas about successful angles and poses, look at red carpet photos from events like the Oscars or Golden Globes – you’ll notice that female celebs often pose carefully (one hip thrust outward, one leg forward) to ensure that their pics are ultra-flattering. Don’t be afraid to practice posing in your white wedding dress – have a friend take some preliminary snaps to test great angles. It may feel silly, but remember – at your wedding, you are the star of the show, and all eyes will be upon you. It’s perfectly ok to practice posing and whatnot as you prepare for your wedding day!

Professional Makeup Tips for Better Wedding Photos

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Experienced makeup artists know all of the tricks of the trade, and they always understand how makeup needs to be applied for the camera. Today, many makeup artists rely on high-def makeup powders and bases to get their client’s complexions looking flawless for glamour photography.

While you may not need these pricey HD cosmetics, you will need to consider the way your makeup “reacts” with the camera’s lens. Basically, the photographer’s lights will drain you, and his or her camera flashes will wash you out – to counteract these influences, use stronger makeup that you would for everyday, or even for a night of clubbing.

You need a good-quality base foundation, lots of powder to create a smooth matte effect, and good definition of eyebrows, eyes, cheekbones, jawline, and lips. While “contour” makeup is definitely out of date, makeup designed for the camera will refine the features in a subtle way. For example, many makeup artists use a darker shade of foundation under the chin to create the illusion of a leaner jawline.

For your wedding photos, you really need a full face of makeup – it’s actually the only way to get a “Hollywood” look – that’s why Hollywood actors and actresses are consistently powdered down by makeup crews between shots. If you hate wearing makeup, consider a light application for your ceremony and reception – then, book a private sitting with your groom (and wedding party, if you like) for some proper glamour photos. At this photo shoot, get your makeup done professionally for the best effect. This way, you can avoid wearing a lot of paint on your big day, and still have a set of great wedding pics that’s you’ll always treasure.

Pale skin needs contrast – ivory complexions will look best with reddish-brown, magenta, or plum lips and cheeks. Golden complexions are warmer, and they don’t need as much contrast – they will be flattered by soft coral pinks, bronzes, and baby pinks. Again, look at celebrity makeup – what works for porcelain skinned actresses, such as January Jones and Evan Rachel Wood, will not work for gorgeous olive or dark-skinned ladies, such as J-lo and Jennifer Hudson.

Hiring a makeup artist who will instinctively know the best makeup shades, finishes and techniques for you may be a worthwhile investment. If you’d rather do your own makeup, invest in some high-quality cosmetics that are known to be popular with professional makeup artists and film crews – MAC, Smashbox, Laura Mercier and Bobbi Brown all produce high-end products that actually get results. If you can’t afford such expensive cosmetics, use cheaper drugstore versions, such as Cover Girl or Revlon – you may need to apply more of these products as they are often less pigmented.

Best for Bride is Here to Help

When it comes to planning a wedding, you need capable helpers who offer years of experience and skill…after all, your special day should be one of the happiest days of your life, and the buildup to your wedding should not be stressful or difficult. While choosing the right wedding makeup is important, it’s just one facet of creating the ideal wedding look; to make it all come together at your nuptials, you also need perfect wedding dresses, cheap bridesmaid dresses, and help with wedding invitations, wedding flowers, and more…

Our team of caring specialists are there to help you put together all of the pieces of the puzzle. When you work with Best for Bride, you’ll be treated kindly, respectfully, and fairly. Your happiness as a bride is important to us, and so is the general success of your wedding. Put yourself in our capable hands – let us show you the right plus-size wedding dresses, wedding decor ideas, and wedding cakes. Then, you’ll be ready to relax and enjoy this special time in your life.

Happy Holidays From Best for Bride!