“I do” in Style

Many engagements take place between Christmas and Valentine’s Day, which creates a planning frenzy for brides and grooms in the spring. Don’t tear your hair out before tearing out this page of Look Local to help your planning remain trendily on track. From choosing the perfect dress to a few ideas even the groom will love, you’ll find that both Oakville and Burlington have a lot to offer to help plan the perfect day.

The Dress
Aside from choosing the groom, of course, the dress is the most important part of your wedding day. For a modern bridal twist, try a dress with jeweled details. Sparkle is back, and we’re seeing jewel-encrusted sleeves and jeweled bodices. Another great design is the cascading peplum, which pulls in at the waist and gives your shape curve appeal. Traditional brides will love the Kate Middleton-inspired long sleeve or the keyhole back detail. When choosing long sleeves, look for something in lace, which adds a more feminine touch. Another choice is the illusion neckline, which allows you to show a little skin but remain tastefully covered for a church ceremony.


The Colours
Gone is silver and gold – that’s best left for the holidays. 2013 brides are adding colour to everything. Green, blue, purple and red are this year’s wedding hues. How do you introduce a bold hit of colour into your wedding? You can offset the white of any wedding quite simply by adding colourful shoes, flowers, groomsmen’s ties, cakes, jewellery and the table linens. With that said, you don’t want your wedding looking like a three-ring-circus. Remember that colour is only intended to accent the traditional whites and ivory wedding hues.

Gifts for the Couple
Typically, guests of weddings print the wedding registry and roam the store isles looking for their predetermined gifts. Try something different. Consider a travel voucher, a gift certificate for a couple’s cooking class, a camera for their honeymoon or even a spa day. Another option, for couples that already live together, would be a meaningful charitable donation.

Looking for a location to tie the knot? Why not try beautiful Paletta Mansion or Compass in Bronte Harbour (pictured below).



 Article by Erin Montgomery

Local Shopping Guide

Promises & Lace
390 Brant Street, Burlington

Sweet Seraphine Wedding & Design
10 Lakeshore Rd. West, Oakville

Blazer for Men
300 North Service Rd. West, Oakville

M for Men
340 Lakeshore Rd, E., Oakville


While guys are often less involved in planning the wedding they can still inject their own style into the ceremony, from footwear to food trucks.

Wedding Trends Grooms will Love

Sock hop: a wedding isn’t the place for a crazy tie, but flashy socks are okay! Wear argyle, dots, stripes or something meaningful (and don’t forget to take a photo of the group’s groovy hosiery).pink-groomsmen-socks

Nix formal footwear: getting married in the spring or summer begs for shoes aside from the traditional black dress shoe (even if you aren’t saying your “I dos” on the beach). Try a pair of classic canvas shoes or simply go for somethig other than black.

Suspended animation: try a bow tie and suspenders instead of a formal tux to achieve the 1920s Flapper style.

Lure of local: source Halton for wines, craft beers or produce for the reception. Ask the winery to help pair wines with the meal, create a special craft brew or ask a farm for a batch of cider or special cut of meat.

Pin it: take a cue from Pinterest when it comes to creating a Great Gatsby-inspired outfit for the big day.

Pop Rocks: add the bride’s chosen accent colour into your wedding day wardrobe with a vibrant boutonniere, socks or belt.

Truck Stop: food trucks are trendy and they serve fantastic food. Have a laid-back gastronomic atmosphere in the park – or parking lot. Offer grilled cheese, hot dogs, French fries or ice cream to entertain (and feed) guests between the ceremony and reception.


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