Fashion-able: Wedding trends for 2012

Founder of The Wedding Co. Show and editor of The Wedding Co. Magazine, Catherine Lash swung by the fourth floor to discuss wedding trends for 2012.

This year, brides are incorporating a splash of colour. Gowns are still prominently white but brides are adding a beautiful sash, a vibrant pair of shoes, or a stunning necklace with a soft-coloured gem.


Photo by: Michelle Yee.
Necklace from Rue Pigalle.

Veils: Brides are no longer hiding behind a long flowing veil. They are wearing just a hint of a veil covering only part of their face or embellishing their hair with feathers and flowers.
Photo: Michelle Yee.

Cakes and sweets: The cake no longer stands on its own. It is now the centerpiece of the sweet table, full of gourmet candy and comfort food.

Photo by: Rebecca Wood
Sweet table by: Cake Opera Co.
Wedding planner: Melissa Andre

Handcrafted: Handcrafted doesn’t have to mean made-by-the-couple. (Although, we love it when they add their own personal touch.) Couples are seeking professionals who design details for weddings that have a handcrafted look and feel to them. 

The Communal Table: Long gone are the round tables with tall centerpieces. Couples are seating their guests at long communal tables with stunning low riding flowers running down the centre so they can see the person across from them and engage in great conversation, just as a communal table should.


Wedding Etiquette: Perhaps a less-considered trend, but one that The Wedding Co. strongly believes in. Couples have to remember to be gracious to all their guests, from the invited to the unexpected. So if you are not having a formal receiving line, a welcome and a thank-you to each guest is the sign of a good host.

Stop by the Wedding Co. Show taking place at The Carlu (444 Yonge St. at College Street.)

Friday, January 13 – 5 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, January 14 – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, January 15 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A $20-ticket includes a copy of the premiere issue of The Wedding Co. Magazine and access to the show for all three days. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online.

Yum yum: Wedding cakes and desserts

Some of us have been planning our weddings since the day we could say “Vera Wang”. And, with a few brides-to-be on the fourth floor, wedding talk has been amped up a notch (or seven).
Once he’s put a ring on it, many important decisions must be made. While choosing between calla lily bouquets and rose arrangements will prove difficult for many brides-to-be, not all decisions must be so. 

We chatted with Catherine Lash, the brains behind the boutique Wedding Show (January 14 to 16 at the Carlu!), about must-have sweets at 2011 nuptials. In her expert opinion, “it’s not just about the cake anymore.”

“The centerpiece of the wedding has become the stylized sweet table. Think macarons, meringue, biscotti and gourmet candy. But, the cake is still the star of the show.”
 
She pointed us in the direction of two amazing dessert and cake makers. Forget Say Yes to the Dress and say “I do” to these one-of-a-kind wedding desserts from Cake Opera Co. and Bobette & Belle.  

Straight from the kitchen of this chic bakery, cake girl geniuses Alexandria Pellegrino and Jessica Smith whip up the best crazy-original couture desserts. 

From the simple to the outrageous and everything in between, Cake Opera Co. has the macaron towers, designer cupcakes, handmade marshmallows and quirky cakes for any fabulous occasion.

Done up in non-traditional shades of grey and muted pink, influenced by current fashion, 2011 wedding cakes are all vintage-inspired glam. Decidedly posh and playfully textured, Cake Opera Co.’s confections come in a variety of flavours, from lemon blueberry to banana with salted caramel ganache. 

For a whimsical touch, top your cake with Lacroix-inspired gems and flowers, Gothic pirate ships, floating butterflies, Victorian-styled figurines or even feathered birds.

While they set up (bake) shop in midtown Toronto about a month ago, the Cake Opera Co. already has a following of Hollywood starlets that only continues to grow. For their much-anticipated wedding, Nicole Richie and Joel Madden offered guests a taste of the company’s red velvet cake. Decorated with look-alike figures dressed in her Marchesa dress and bearing his tattoos, the white, black, turquoise and 24-karat gold-trimmed cake has the gossip mags buzzing.    

Nicole Richie and Joel Madden’s gorgeous cake. 
With desserts inspired by Chanel and Elie Saab, Holt Renfrew can barely keep Bobette and Belle’s oh-so pretty and delicious macarons in stock. That’s because when it comes to dessert, Bobette and Belle is always one fashionable step ahead.
The owners of the sweet shop, Sarah Bell and Allyson Meredith Bobbitt, bake fancy cakes that are nothing short of spectacular. They also offer soon-to-be brides a non-traditional dessert route to wedded bliss. 

Wow guests with sweet tables filled with macaron towers in Gianduja (chocolate flavoured with hazelnut paste), salted caramel, passion fruit and pistachio flavours. 

Customize yours in small or large sizes, and choose from trendy 2011 purples, lush pinks and metallic colours to match your event. 

For the ultimate in up-and-coming trendy treats, skip cupcakes in favour of whoopie pies. The chic version of an Oreo, whoopie pies are the new “it” dessert of choice. Fun and tasty, guests won’t be able to get enough of them. 

Hungry yet? 

PS: For more inspiration on choosing your wedding cake, check out this Wedding Bells article