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Learn More About our Engagement Story Contest

Engagement Contest
Engagement Contest

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As you prepare for your own wedding day, why not get inspired by reading some touching and romantic engagement stories? At Best for Bride, we adore our brides-to-be (and grooms-to-be!), and we offer them a very special way to win big through our special Engagement Story Contests.

We run these contests regularly, and we get so many charming and unforgettable entries! Of course, it’s very hard to choose the best, so we’ve created a fair system that allows our fans and followers to vote on their favorite engagement stories.

Right now, these stories are posted HERE, so do take a moment to enjoy them… and then cast your vote!

Why Not Enter our Engagement Story Contest Today?

Currently, Stephanie and Mark are in the lead…will they continue on to victory in our Engagement Story Contest?

In addition, you are invited to post your own entry, because our Season 5 contest is still ongoing! Our engagement story web page has full rules (these are not complicated), so check them out to find out exactly what you need to do.

Basically, a written story and photo of the two of you will be all that you need to take part in this fun contest. Of course, we offer wonderful incentives, including a big Grand Prize and special discounts, to encourage plenty of participation from lots of special couples…

Our lucky winning couple will receive  a $1000 (one thousand dollar) gift certificate that may be used to purchase a wedding gown and bridesmaid dresses.

However, non-winners are also winners at Best for Bride, because we award these contest participants a 15% discount on the cost of their fashionable wedding dresses and bridesmaid gowns.

William and Jennifer are contenders for our big Grand Prize…

If you’ve already bought a wedding gown from our online bridal store, or any Best for Bride boutiques, and you’re lucky enough to be declared the winner of our Engagement Story Contest, you’ll get a refund on your purchase that adds up to one thousand dollars.

As you can see, there’s really no downside to participating in this fun contest, and the stories that we’ve posted on our contest page are incredibly sweet, funny, romantic and inspiring.

In fact, some of these proposal stories could be straight out of a blockbuster Hollywood romantic comedy.

Will Diana and Drew win a thousand-dollar gift certificate for a wedding gown and bridesmaid dresses?

Designed to be entertaining as well as rewarding, we love our Engagement Story tradition, which gets more popular every single year, and we hope to receive your own entry very soon.

Get the VIP Treatment that You Deserve at Best for Bride

Alfred Angelo bridal dressYou’re a beautiful person, and you deserve to be treated like a princess as you plan your own wedding. At Best for Bride, we understand the pressures and multiple concerns that come into play while planning a big, medium, or intimate wedding, and we know exactly how to take the pressure off.

When you work with our team of wedding specialists, you’ll find the perfect bridal dress for your body type and your wedding-day dreams. To give every bride a range of flattering choices, we offer plus size wedding dresses, petite wedding dresses, and a range of other designs, such as cheap bridesmaid dresses and mother of the bride dresses that won’t bust your wedding day budget.

In addition, we are proud to offer a full complement of wedding planning services, by providing our lovely brides-to-be with the very best in wedding cakes, wedding invitations and wedding favours. Contact out caring team today to get the royal treatment that you deserve.

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Womanly Wedding Gowns For Mature Brides-to-be

Recently, 55-year old Shannon Tweed finally wed her long-time love, Gene Simmons (of the rock band, Kiss). The wedding, which was televised on Shannon and Gene’s popular reality TV show, Family Jewels, featured a lavish night-time ceremony, which was attended by a host of glittering celebs.

 At her wedding, Shannon (shown above) chose to highlight her more mature beauty with a feminine, off-the-shoulder wedding dress – one that still showed plenty of discreet cleavage!

Brides-to-be come in all shapes and sizes, and they also come in all ages.

If you’re a little older than the typical blushing bride, you may want a more womanly wedding gown that shows off your curves – without letting it all hang out. Finding an appropriate bridal dress that still makes you feel romantic and special will be easier once you know what to look for.

In general, white wedding dresses for more mature brides-to-be will feature lots of supportive design elements, and they may offer a little more coverage than wedding gowns designed mostly for younger women.

However, as Shannon Tweed proved, you need not sacrifice glamor or the “wow factor” to get the grown-up look you really want!

The idea that older women can’t be sexy and stylish is an outdated concept – after all, beauties in their forties, fifties and sixties (Helen Mirren being a shining example) are in better shape than ever before, and they deserve wedding dresses that do justice to their confidence, wisdom, and regal bearing…

Here are some ideal choices for more mature brides-to-be:

An Elegant Neckline and Tons of Drama…

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The pretty and elegant neckline on this show-stopping gown is quite similar to Shannon Tweed’s own wedding design. The womanly draped bodice of this spectacular frock is the perfect complement to a mature figure. Below the waist, at mid-thigh level, a profusion of airy ruffles offer all of the fairytale magic you secretly crave.

As you can see, this white wedding dress offers the best of both worlds to more mature brides-to-be. For an appealing silhouette, wear supportive undergarments, such as a long-line shaper that adds sleekness to the waist, hips and thighs – this piece will hold you in place and streamline your figure.

Spanx make lots of great body-wear for special occasions. Of course, you can always choose a few spicier articles of lingerie to change into on your wedding night.

For this look, hair should be whatever you’re comfortable with – Shannon Tweed wore her blond tresses in loose, romantic curls, and she opted for a long veil. Anything goes on your wedding day – just choose a look that makes you feel most comfortable with yourself.

Makeup should be understated and feminine – rosy mauve or soft berry lips will always flatter mature women.  Dark lipstick makes the lips look thinner – however, for some women, this look still works best.

In general, look at your everyday makeup and stay pretty close to what you normally wear. By now, you’ve learned what is right for your features and coloring. However, you should always avoid glittery or shiny makeup that is filled with shimmer – this type of makeup settles in fine lines and exaggerates their appearance.

Pure Old Hollywood Glamour…

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Lush, satiny softness and a deep-V neckline will offer more mature brides-to-be a little taste of classic Old Hollywood glamour. The screen sirens of yesteryear knew how to work it, whether they were young or old. These screen sirens, such as Joan Crawford and Lauren Bacall, balanced dramatic penciled brows, strong lips, and elegantly powdered faces with luxurious full-length evening dresses that hugged their curves without being too tight.

The lovely bridal dress shown above is a traditional choice for any mature bride-to-be – it’s beautiful, sweeping hemline will make all your movements into pure poetry…

A professional blowout, followed by a few large hot rollers , can give you soft, groomed waves that recall Hollywood’s Golden Age – this look is probably better without a veil. Be sure to wear a classic lip color, such as plum-brown, reddish-brown, or dark pinkish-brown. A little brown in a lip color adds elegance – it tones things down for a refined look.

Best For Bride is Here to Help

Whether you’re looking for cheap wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses in Barrie, or Bridal shops in Mississauga, Best for Bride is here to help. Our team of caring wedding specialists know how to help you make your wedding dreams come true.

Our expertise is at your fingertips when you need to find fashionable wedding dresses, bridal jewelry, and more. We have everything you need…from exquisite bridal gowns and veils to wedding invitations. We even offer a convenient online bridal store that makes it so easy to find your dream dress – right from the comfort of your own home!

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Mermaid-Inspired Beauty For Your Wedding Day

A mermaid-style, or fishtail wedding gown fits closely all along the torso and legs (to the knee or just above), and then erupts into a frothy profusion of lace, tulle, or taffeta that brings to mind a mermaid’s shimmering tail.

These sorts of gowns are carefully designed to highlight the lovely curves of a woman’s body, and they are often the perfect complement to an hourglass silhouette.

Dramatic and romantic, mermaid-inspired wedding looks are a perfect choice for women who enjoy a touch of fantasy and magic…the best mermaid-style gowns will tend to feature embellishments and appliqués that show off the lines of these perfect wedding dresses.

Hair and Makeup Tips

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Certain makeup and hairstyles will naturally suit a fishtail wedding dress…which direction to go in should depend on how simple or ornate your fishtail gown is. For example, if the dress is sparkly or embroidered (as the gown shown above is), a more formal up-do or half-up/half-down style will work well. Makeup should be dramatic, with strong eyes and lips, or a softer palette that still has lots of shimmer and shine.

For simpler mermaid-inspired evening dresses and wedding gowns, long-rippling waves or loose, unstructured braids will look lovely. Simple bridal dresses will benefit from simple makeup with a delicate rosy or berry hue.

Consider the painting at the top of this blog post as the ideal template for a simple mermaid gown’s hair and makeup…you may want to add a laurel of flowers or a beautiful sheer veil to your natural-looking tresses…keep the look delicate and feminine for the best effect…

Here are some exciting mermaid-style wedding dresses you’ll love!

More Gorgeous Fishtail Designs…

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Sweeping and glamorous, fishtail wedding dresses in Toronto guarantee that you will make a splash as you walk down the aisle. This gown looks lovely in motion, lending grace and delicacy to your movements…

These sorts of gowns are very fitted, and they require a certain confidence level; however, you’ll be pleased to know that this style looks fabulous on curvier bodies, as well as traditional and balanced hourglass figures.

Lush feminine curves will shine when they are encased in silk, satin or lace that shows them off to perfection. Only the leanest builds will probably not be flattered by this style, unless there is significant bustier fitting in the bodice to create the right proportions.

Lean Canadian brides will be perfect candidates for traditional strapless princess-style wedding dresses Mississauga that flatter their small waistlines and pretty arms…

Magical Beauty…

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Beautiful embellishments add tons of visual impact to the gorgeous mermaid-style gown shown above. This stunning design really captures the magical appeal of this type of fairy-tale wedding dress look.

Accessories can be minimal, as the lines of the dress really require little adornment. However, some metallic, strappy sandals or delicate satin pumps are a must. Drop earrings, beautiful gemstone necklaces and Feri jewellry will all add more ethereal beauty to the look – consider pearls, emeralds or aquamarines for a truly ocean-inspired effect!

Dreams Come True at Best For Bride

At Best For Bride, our wedding store is filled with everything you need to realize your wedding dreams…from custom wedding invitations to cheap bridesmaid dresses, to the stunning white wedding dress you’ve always wanted. We offer stores in Barrie, Mississauga, and Toronto, as well as our convenient online bridal boutique, which allows women to make their fantasies a reality…right from the comfort of their own homes!

Dreams come true at Best For Bride…our team of caring wedding specialists are there to give you the guidance, expertise and support that you deserve before your special day…

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5 Ways to Customise Your Wedding Invitations

Personalisation is a big trend right now in the wedding world – particularly where invitations are concerned. Brides want their wedding invitations to scream individuality. This can be difficult to come by when many cards come pre-printed or in limited designs even when custom ordering them. There are some great, easy ways to personalise your wedding invitations, though, no matter whether you order custom designs or pick up a box of invitations at a retail store.

Sending a Message in a Bottle
For a unique wedding invitation, try sending your information in bottles. You can get small bottles for just a little money at crafts stores and create beautiful invitations with them. Simply write your information on pieces of paper that will fit into the bottle when rolled up, add a little sand or some faux pearls inside the bottle, replace the cork, and ship in a box that will cushion is properly. This can be done for the same cost as custom invitations – often even less.

Digital Age Needlework
Embroidery is a nice detail that can be worked into wedding invitations. You don’t have to take the days upon days it would cost you to do this by hand, though. Look for heavy, cardstock-like paper and use a modern sewing machine that has an embroidery function. If you want to go all out and embroider all of the information on the card, the sky is the limit. If you need to save some time, simply print up the rest of the information on the card and embroider only the names of the couple marrying at the top and perhaps a nice, clean border. This is perfect for a wedding with a traditional or old-fashioned theme.

Let Out Your Inner Artist
Draw something, if you happen to have a bit of artistic talent. Whether you want to make your own invitations from scratch or have them pre-printed, drawing a little something on each one is a great way to put your own touch on them. It doesn’t have to be something complicated, fancy, or time-consuming. Just quickly sketch something in the corner or on the back of the invites for your guests to find when they open it up. This can be anything from a caricature of the recipient to something that you love or that goes along with your wedding theme.

Giving Your Guests a Little Surprise
If you have ordered plain invitations through a printing company, you don’t have to forego personalisation. One wonderful way to personalise pre-printed invitations is by using glitter and confetti. No, not the sand-like flakes that stick to everything and hang around your house for months. Shaped glitter and confetti can be found in hundreds of varieties now. You can choose something that is generically wedding-related, such as silver wedding bells or tiny brides and grooms, or confetti that is related to your wedding’s theme, whether your theme is anything from tropical or Wizard of Oz. Whatever you do, don’t glue it, though. Simply sprinkle a bit in the envelope with the invitation so that its recipient receives a cute surprise.

Samantha is a creative designer and part time printing assistant specialising in printing Sydney and surrounding areas. One of their specialties is custom wedding invitations, with some great designs available for your special day.