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Keeping your Wedding Memories Alive

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After your wedding, when life has returned to normal, no one will really remember your wedding quite the way that you do. You’ve spent months and months planning your wedding and when it is over, you may feel a bit disappointed to let the excitement die.

There are many ways that you can make sure that you and your new spouse remember your special day well into the future. Some of the best ideas are listed below. Warning, most require planning before the wedding takes place.

Celebration Cake

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One of the most common traditions regarding remembering a wedding is eating a piece of the wedding cake on the first anniversary. This means that you will need to protect a piece of the cake for an entire year. While this may seem impossible, it can be done.

First, wrap the cake in plastic wrap and then in aluminum foil. This will provide it with an additional layer of protection so that the taste of the cake is preserved. Foil alone can make the cake taste strange, so this is an important step. You should also keep the cake in the back of your freezer because this is where the temperature stays the most constant.

Protect your Bouquet

You can also use your bouquet as a decorative item. If you used fresh flowers, there are many different ways that you can preserve it. To protect the bouquet itself, hang it upside down in a dark place for about two weeks. You can also remove the petals and put them in a bowl to dry. This will allow you to make potpourri from the bouquet, just make sure that you put the bowl in a dark place.

Fresh flowers and petals can also be pressed between the pages of a book to dry. This will allow them to dry flat so that you can add them to your wedding book. It usually takes a couple of weeks for this process to be completed as well.

Storing your Wedding Gown

If you have chosen to purchase your wedding gown, you should act quickly in order to preserve it. You should first take the gown to the dry cleaner immediately following your wedding; within one month.

When selecting the proper way to store your gown, make sure that you choose a box that is acid free and that you protect your gown with acid free tissue paper. If the box has a window, it should be made from acetate, rather than plastic because it is also acid free.

Make sure that your tiara or any accessories made with glue, metal and rubber are stored separately because they have the power to damage the dress and cause brown spots to appear. Storing the dress properly after it has been packaged is also important. You should always store your dress lying flat, in an area that maintains a constant temperature. It is also good to check on the dress every year so that you can make sure that it remains undamaged.

Final Tips

There are many ways that you can preserve your wedding day memories. One fun option is called Petal Wishes. This fun display item gives wedding guests the opportunity to write a special message to the bride and groom on their wedding day. It can then be displayed on the wall or on a shelf as a decorative item.

Remembering your wedding is a great way to connect with your spouse and to celebrate your union. By applying some of these ideas, you will be able to remember your special day for many years to come and will always look back on it with fondness.

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This wedding shop offers multiple locations that can help make your wedding memorable. Brides can shop in comfort while they find everything to plan their wedding and remember it. When you are planning your wedding, Best for Bride is there for you from beginning to the end.

 

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Fun Wedding Reception Ideas

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One of the best parts of a wedding is getting the opportunity to share your celebration with your family and friends, many of which probably help keep your love alive with your new spouse through the experiences that you shared with them before you were married. This celebration typically takes place in the form of a reception where your guests are able to share a special moment with you in order to offer their congratulations and celebrate with you properly.

Many couples choose to make the reception a formal event that is filled with fancy foods, desserts and wines. Most often there is a dance floor that can allow the happy couple to continue to be swept up in their fantasy while they listen to special people make heartfelt speeches on their behalf.

While this is a fun and exciting way to celebrate your special union, there are also some whimsical and perhaps funny ways that you can celebrate with your guests as well. If you are looking for a more laid back approach when it comes to your wedding reception or are simply looking for a way to make the time you spend with your guests more fun, the following ideas are a great way to accomplish this.

Remember the Good Times

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Chances are your guests were a huge part of your life when you were going through the dating process with your new spouse and you probably have quite a few memories that you have developed with them.

One great idea that can help make your guests feel as though they are truly a part of your special day is to include pictures of them with you as a part of your reception décor. This will be a great item to add as the guests make their way to the reception area and find their seats.

Party Games – They aren’t just for birthdays

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When we think of party games, we typically think of a kid’s birthday or a baby shower. However, there are some creative ideas that you can incorporate into your wedding reception as well.

Instead of allowing guests to wait in boredom for you to make an appearance, give them something to do instead. One cute idea is to provide each person at the table a puzzle piece to a puzzle that must be solved before they can find what is on the menu for the evening. This small game will give them just enough time to enjoy themselves while you are preparing to make your big entrance.

Make an Entrance

When it comes time to steal the show and present yourselves to your guests at the reception, don’t be afraid to go big. This can be a huge icebreaker and you will have fun adding this fun element to your wedding planning.

Some cute ideas might be, riding in on a scooter or some other vehicle, dancing through the doorway, having a band or your musical selection announce your entrance or, something braver, like swinging on a rope.

Surprise your Bride/Groom

Nothing captures the moment better than presenting your new bride or groom with something that can help them remember the day even better. Don’t be afraid to be creative. Some people have written songs for their new spouse and others have read a poem aloud to them.

Whatever your own special talents are, don’t be afraid to show them off for your guests and for the person that you love the most.

Your wedding reception can be an exciting time to celebrate your new life with your friends and family. Whether you are looking for a serious time or something a bit more amusing, there are some great ideas out there that can help you remember your day even better and to make your guests enjoy themselves as well.

Best for Bride

Best for Bride is an all-inclusive bridal shop with four locations in the Ontario area. They offer a wide range of items to help plan your wedding reception as well as many connections for all your wedding planning needs.

 

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The Perfect Christmas Gifts for Brides-to-be

Christmas is coming – if you’re considering a few fun gifts you’d like Santa to bring to you, you’re not alone. While no one wants to seem greedy or too acquisitive during the holidays, it’s only natural to want presents that bring happiness and please the senses.

For brides-to-be, certain gift ideas can actually help to make wedding planning (and related stress!) easier to handle. If you’re going to be walking down the aisle in the coming months, consider asking Santa for goodies that will help you to prepare for (and enjoy) your upcoming nuptials!

If you’re not celebrating Christmas, you may still want to check out these fun gift ideas – all are viable gift options for any special occasion during the lead-up to  your own wedding day!

Cutting Machines for Paper Crafts –

Are you interested in making your own place cards, menus, and other cardboard wedding favours? If you are, a cutting machine, such as a Cricut die cast machine, will give you incredible creative “powers”. These laser-cut, die cast cutting machines allow brides-to-be to create incredible layered and artistic effects.

A series of different cartridges are available for different purposes – some fun choices for weddings might include hearts, doves, bells, wedding cakes, or initials. If you’re “crafty”, a cutting machine will undoubtedly thrill you, as it will give you results that are straight out of Martha Stewart Living.

Different types and models of cutting machines are available – from budget to super deluxe. If you’d rather leave wedding invitations and wedding planning to the experts, you might prefer our next suggestion…

Aromatherapy – We’ve all seen Bridezillas in action…these self-obsessed, stressed-out stereotypes are never ladylike, calm, or composed. To avoid the diva label as you plan your wedding, stay as cool as a cucumber with soothing aromatherapy that balances the mind, body and spirit.

Essential oil burners from the Body Shop are one great Christmas gift idea that will give you months of pleasure before you marry. Certain essential oils used in aromatherapy have different effects on the system – for example, lemon or orange energizes and stimulates. To calm your system, opt for lavender (this scent helps you to fall asleep, or just to chill out) or vanilla.

Experimenting with aromatherapy is great fun, and it’s also a wonderful way to manage stress as you prepare to walk down the aisle in your white wedding dress

Home Fitness Equipment

If, like many women, you often feel too tired to drag yourself to the gym before or after work, you may be a prime candidate for  home fitness equipment. If you’d rather break a sweat in the comfort and privacy of your own home, and you have the self-discipline to use treadmills, Exercycles, elliptical machines, and other equipment faithfully, you may find that in-house exercise machines have a life-changing effect on your mind and body.

Just 30 minutes of cardio exercise each day will streamline your shape (an hour is even better), and it will also help you to cope with stress. With regular hard exercise, problems are processed more easily – you just don’t “sweat” the small stuff. Do yourself a favour this Christmas – ask Santa to bring you a nice recumbent Exercycle that you can ride while you watch Food TV…by your wedding day, you’ll be in excellent shape, both mentally and physically.

The main advantage of home fitness equipment is the way it saves you the hassle of driving to the gym, parking, packing and unpacking a gym bag, waiting for free machines, showering in a communal setting, etc. However, to get the benefits, you must work out at home several times per week.

Best for Bride Is Here to Help

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There’s more to planning a wedding than staying fit and de-stressed beforehand – although both of those things help enormously. Most brides-to-be need expert guidance as they search for the prettiest wedding dresses, wedding bands, bridal rings, and wedding invitations. Luckily, our team of experienced and compassionate experts is here to help you every step of the way.

Our bricks-and-mortar bridal boutiques are located in Ontario, Canada, and they are the perfect place to find wedding dresses Toronto and bridesmaid dresses in Mississauga. For brides-to-be in other provinces (or countries!), we offer a convenient online bridal store that allows you to shop from the comfort and privacy of your own home.

Contact our team today, and begin this important journey with some professional backup and advice. Happy Holidays from Best for Bride!

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Hot Bridal Trends For This Spring And Summer

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Fashion is about change…every year, new styles and details trickle down from the runways of Paris and New York, influencing and inspiring today’s most talented bridal designers. If you’re looking for cutting-edge style that is truly of the moment, you’ll love this guide to the hottest wedding gown trends for this spring and summer. When you choose a trendy design, you’ll capture the spirit of the times on your wedding day…

Most women can’t afford Paris couture…however, savvy bridal designers know how to use elements of high-fashion to add visual interest and charm to more affordable wedding dresses. You can enjoy these unique design features, fabrics, and embellishment,  while still staying on budget.

Accessories can also give you the couture effect…your bridal rings, veil, tiara, and wedding shoes will all contribute to the perfect, of-the-moment ensemble. Here are some trends to watch for as you browse our wedding boutique and decide exactly what will work with your body type, coloring, and personal style:

Strapless

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The strapless white wedding dress offers a classic silhouette to spring and summer brides-to-be. A tight bodice should be complemented by a frothy, voluminous skirt and lots of gorgeous embellishments, including crystals, silk flowers, and appliqués. With such a dramatic style, accessories should be minimal, but high-impact. Floral headpieces, choker necklaces, and sheer, lightweight veils offer the perfect balance to a princess-style, strapless wedding gown…

Mermaid

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If you’re proud of your curves and you want to make the most of them on your wedding day, consider a striking fishtail bridal gown. These sorts of dresses follow the lines of the body, hugging your curves until mid-thigh, when they become more frothy and full.

A high-fashion mermaid wedding dress will offer a little more sexiness and pizazz than a typical princess-style bridal gown. This type of design can also features pretty details such as pleating, ruffles, and filmy overlays made of thin silk or tulle. If you’re interested in wearing a fishtail gown, consider skipping a traditional veil – the lines of your dress will stand out more if your hairstyle is simple and natural. A fashionable pendant (chokers are the hottest trend for 2011) may be all you need to accessorize your runway-inspired mermaid gown!

Lace

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Lace offers romance and pure femininity…classic and lovely, lacy, fashionable wedding dresses are truly one of the hottest styles for this spring and summer. Bridal week fashion shows featured lots of stunning gowns in creamy off-white, pearl, pale rose-beige, and snow-white.

Many of the dresses shown this year have vintage elements, inspired by classic brides, such as the Duchess of Windsor (Wallis Simpson) and Grace Kelly. Look for a combination of delicate lacework, stiff taffeta, and satin or silk. This spring, gowns were elegant – never flashy or revealing…which makes them perfect choices for a more formal wedding.

To get the runway look, accessorize your lace bridal dress with a Great Gatsby-style cloche hat or dramatic veil – and then heighten this refined effect with elbow-length, white satin gloves.

Consider Your Own Body Type When Studying High-Fashion Trends

Every woman is different…no single trend will suit everyone. To choose the best trend for your body type, coloring, and personal style, consider the silhouettes you wear for special occasions. When you dress up, do you opt for a cinched waist, and a fuller skirt that bypasses the hips and thighs? Or do you prefer body-conscious styles that hug your curves and streamline your figure?

Knowing your preferred cut is the key to choosing the right trend for you. When you understand your body and its relationship to fabric, shape, and shimmer, you will be able to add the right trendy elements to your wedding outfit. Have fun with it, and you’ll get a runway effect that dazzles your friends and family…and your handsome groom-to-be!

If you’re a beautiful Canadian bride-to-be, browse the best bridal shops in Toronto for high-style choices that are designed to flatter and inspire!