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.

City Living: New Bridal Boutique

A wedding dress is quite possibly the most important garment a woman will slip over her shoulders, or so we’re told. Whether or not you agree, your gown needs to encapsulate your distinctive style, fit your body type and make you look radiant on your big day. Plus, you want to look timeless and classic, yet fashionable. 
A tall order for a single dress, which has caused many a girl to run around town, measurements and printed out photos in hand, stressed about all the choices. Luckily, we turn to the experts when shopping for “the one” and are excited about the newest bridal shop in town: MRS Bridal Boutique.
This chic-yet-friendly little spot opens in Yorkville today (164 Davenport Rd) and has everything that a Toronto bride needs to make her dress shopping experience fantastic.
Owners, best friends and newlyweds Michelle Gunn and Kelly Power also offer a wide range of price points and provide a one-stop-shop where brides can purchase unique accessories including jewellery, veils and underpinnings. We love this kind of efficiency.

Michelle and Kelly, the brains & the beauty behind MRS.
The first floor is open to the public, letting you wander in whenever you feel like ogling the beautiful accessories, veils and lacy things. The second floor is by appointment only and features a carefully curated selection of gowns from the likes of Delphine Manivet, Caroline Devillo, Elizabeth Fillmore and Junko Yoshioka. There are two dressing rooms including one that takes up the entire third floor, so you can try on wedding dresses with your mom and besties with room to spare.

 Lovely, unique Delphine Manivet gown.
For more info about store hours, special trunk shows and lots of other goodies, check out their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter. They’re also booking appointments as we speak!
Pssst: we hear that the grand opening party in the third week of September will also feature a fab trunk show with three NYC based designers. See you there!