We create platforms for wedding specialists to showcase their products and services while offering prospective brides, grooms and their friends a multitude of business choices, ideas and alternatives for planning their wedding. This is where you make the connections that make things happen.
With over 35 years of history, Bridal Fantasy’s trade shows are the leading bridal shows in Western Canada. Brides are sure to find everything they need at the Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta, shows, which feature a professionally choreographed fashion show and an eclectic mix of exhibitors. These events offer brides a multitude of choices in their wedding planning process including fashion, flowers, photography, favours, cake, catering, entertainment, reception sites and much, much more.
Along with the enthusiasm to plan your wedding comes planning the honeymoon! This is your first big adventure of your married life with your spouse, so you want it to be special and memorable. Even for the most spontaneous couple, a little planning can go a long way toward preventing a honeymoon disaster! The honeymoon should be planned right alongside the wedding. This can help with both booking reservations and with budgeting for the trip. Many couples make the mistake of not preparing for these things, and then find themselves in a second rate hotel or strapped for cash at a pivotal moment. Making sure there is ample time to prepare and ample money in reserve can make or break a honeymoon. Budgeting doesn’t mean throwing money away, however. Couples can use perks like frequent flyer miles to buffer their honeymoon spending. Tech savvy couples have made funding pages for family and friends to donate to as a wedding gift, especially if the gift registry is small. Hotels and other attractions will often give discounts to newlywed couples, so make sure you mention often that this is a honeymoon trip. Another thing may couples forget about when planning the honeymoon is the time of year. This can affect a lot of things - the weather, the availability of hotels and other reservations, and the cost. Traveling off-season can help reduce the cost, but should be balanced with tolerance for heat or cold. However, peak season can ensure everything is booked, so if you really have your heart set on a specific destination at a popular tourist location, be ready to book your reservation well in advance. So whether you plan a detailed itinerary or just book your hotels and use them as a base to explore on the fly, planning ahead is always a good idea. Planning for the wedding is stressful, and the event itself is a whirlwind of emotions and celebration. The honeymoon is time out for you and your spouse to enjoy each other and celebrate your wedding intimately before going out into the world as a married team. The following infographic has some really great tips that can help your honeymoon be the best it can be! Author: Shannon Lochwood
Because of marketing and social advertising sometimes the brides might get a little wrapped up in all the great things they are able to spoil themselves with, or to receive as a gift. But remember—the men deserve a little love as well! It’s only fitting as he is the one who got down on one knee. I feel like the men should get a little spoiled from their woman. Now not everyone gets their significant other an engagement gift BUT I think it’s time we do a little something extra for him as a thanks for putting up with your amazing self, and wanting to do it for the rest of his life. Here are the engagement ideas from the bride to the groom. If he says he doesn’t like to get pampered—he’s lying. And once he’s gone he will never be the same. Buy your man a gift certificate to the spa for when he done work during the week so he can spend the evening getting a massage, facial, and mani/pedi (the can be for guys too). He works just as hard as you and deserves some down time. If you want you can even make it a couple’s package and spend some quiet quality time together. Every man deserves a mini vacation. Plan a weekend get away somewhere just the two of you! Camping in the mountains (or resort in the mountains), or a town you've never been too! Put some thought into this and think about what he would like to do or where to go. You could even plan a staycation in your own home and take him to his favorite places in your own city. I've known lots of couples to go get a really nice suite at a fancy hotel and just spend the night sipping on wine in the Jacuzzi. Never forget how important quality time with the love of your life is. You’re man might not spend hours doing his hair and makeup like you sometimes do, but he does groom himself. Book him an appointment at the salon to get his hair cut and a hot shave. He might get hung up at work and not be able to clean himself up the way you or he likes all the time, but this is one way you can show him that you think it’s important to put him first before going to get your own highlights done. Something so simple means the world to him. Now their are always going to be things you can buy, places you can take him but nothing beats a clean house, home cooked meal, and a movie of his choosing. Throw his favorite snack in the mix and you have a happy fiancé. At the end of the day he just wants to know that you care about him. He wants the effort. The most nervous day of his life was probably getting down on one knee in front of a whole bunch of people or maybe alone somewhere with candles lit. He wants you to know he wants to be with you for the rest of your life, that he’s your best friend, that he loves you more than anything. Return the gesture with something big or small. Either way just let him know you care.
Makeup can be a girl’s best friend or, their worst enemy if you’re not exactly sure what you’re doing. Not all women have time to go to the make-up counter at Sephora to go through everything to keep that makeup looking extra radiant on your wedding day. Not to mention the struggle of making sure it looks 10/10 for hours on end until all the pictures and dancing is over. Nevertheless I am here to help! As a slight makeup guru I have put much thought into what a bride must have when getting their wedding makeup done by a professional or if you’re choosing to do it yourself! No need to thank me but here are some products to save your look on your special day!
Moisturizer is your best friend!—A successful makeup day starts with a well-nourished clean canvas. Some people steer away from moisturizers as they worry about break outs or creating too much oil on the skin as you are still yet to apply any sort of foundation. Not to fear ladies this is a moisturizer perfect for all sorts of skin types that will not clog any pores, or irritate your sensitive skin. This is a moisturizer that I myself live by for the fact that it is cruelty free and free of any Parabens, Sulfates, and Phthalates. First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer is cost effective moisturizer that you can purchase from Sephora for only $30.00 and you will not regret it! I would apply this right after you have thoroughly cleansed your face. It will leave your skin feeling soft and firm. Happy skin makes for an even clean canvas when applying any other makeup products on your skin.
Prime Time!—There are so many primers out there that are not good for the skin. Pore filling primers are the ones to stay away from unless you are willing to spend 5 minutes scrubbing your face every night to remove the filler from your pores. I find that any matte primers leave my skin feeling dry after a few hours and don’t hold on to my foundation the way it should. I’ve gone through a bunch of different primers just so you wouldn’t have to and I’ve found the golden ticket! Smashbox’s Photo Finish Primer Water is a lovely smelling primer that you lightly spray on your face after you moisturize. You can believe that your makeup will look fresh and radiant all day. Tip: After you’ve had all your makeup applied just do a couple quick sprays to set any powder or foundation. Then you can put your highlighter on and it will actually stick on the skin better than if you were just putting it over foundation. I much prefer this over any sort of setting spray.
Foundation Classification—is key! Just because it works good on your favorite Instagram star does not mean it will work as good for you. When thinking about what foundation to use you need to think about a couple things. 1. What is your skin type? 2. Are you looking for light, medium, or full coverage? 3. Is your skin dry, oily, sensitive? They’re the most important things to think about when choosing the right foundation for you! I’ve provided two examples of foundation for people with dry, oily, and sensitive skin. For someone who has dry skin I would not use something with a matte finish because it will dry your skin even more, which will leave your skin feeling a tad irritated at the end of the day. I am going to recommend using tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen. And why I’m suggesting this because despite what you think about BB creams this actually is very pigmented and super buildable. This is personally my favorite because some days I want my freckles to show and some days I don’t. When I use this I just have to apply a second layer and they are all covered. This supplies you with the moisture and protection your dry skin would need on day that you want to look 10/10 for. For sensitive skin I would also throw this in the mix instead as well! All tarte products are cruelty free and free of any Parabens, Sulfates, and Phthalates. Usually when switching foundation I give a week of room before any important date to see how my skin reacts with it. With this BB cream I didn’t break out at all and I’ve been using it ever since. Last but not least we are left with the handful of ladies that have oily skin, and although I don’t have it myself I know how to treat your skin if you do. For this I would suggest NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation because this lovely formula dries nice and matte. Don’t fret since it’s lightweight because this is also a very pigmented and buildable foundation. TIP: For stubborn dry skin add a drop of coconut oil in your foundation to make it extra smooth. This also helps repair your skin throughout the day!
Get Ready, Get SET, & Go! – On a day like your wedding day the last thing you want is for all that hard work of making your skin look like Kim Kardashians just to have it all bead off and basically evaporate before you have the chance to say “I do.” Another issue you may have is that your setting powder likes to create a tint darker than your skin as the day goes on. This means the powder is a little oxidizing; kind of how copper goes green on your skin. To avoid all of these things, grab yourself tarte’s Smooth Operator™ Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder from Sephora. Whether you are looking for a light setting finish or a bake under your eyes after concealer this is going to give you that extra security that your skin needs.
And that’s a wrap for anything that you might need to consider getting for the FACE. Next time will be all about the eyes, lips, and obviously the highlight. You day is supposed to be the day you feel the most beautiful. It’s a moment that will be cherished forever in videos and pictures so have fun with it!
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