8 Ideas for a Valentine’s Day Wedding Proposal

Valentine's Day red roses next to an open heart shaped box of chocolatesValentine’s Day is a very popular day for wedding proposals.  After all, it is the day of love, so it makes sense that a man would want to pop the question on such a romantic day. A wedding proposal is probably the most nerve-wracking experience for men and coming up with the perfect night can be stressful.  Here are a few ideas for a special date night where you can pop the question:

  • Romantic dinner: You can always go the traditional route and propose after a very romantic dinner at a favourite restaurant, or one that your bride-to-be has always wanted to try but hasn’t had a chance yet.  There are a lot of romantic restaurants you could go to for Valentine’s Day for your wedding proposal.  Here are a few you can try: Alo Restaurant, Colette Grand Café, Blu Ristorante, or Terra Restaurant (if you’re north of the city) to name a few. Don’t forget to make a reservation, especially on Valentine’s Day!
  • Personal Chef: Food, food, and more food.  They always say that people show their love through food. What better way to spend an evening than with a professional chef cooking for you in the comfort of your own home?  Gourmet food, wine and the love of your life by your side, it’s hard to imagine anything better.
  • Chocolate workshop: Chocolate is a girl’s best friend. I haven’t met a person yet who doesn’t like chocolate, so why not incorporate it into a special evening with your girl?  You can attend a chocolate making workshop together and surprise her with a box of chocolate and some bling. Odile Chocolat offers an hour and a half session where you can taste chocolate, have some bubbly and learn how to roll your own champagne-infused chocolate truffles.  Or, you can try a special Valentine’s Day chocolate tasting session at Soma Chocolate in the distillery district.
  • Sleigh ride: Romance will be swirling in the air with a beautiful sleigh ride in the great outdoors. It’s a perfect way to cuddle up to your loved one with a nice blanket and enjoy the breathtaking scenery.  The horses are of course my favourite.  You can pull over somewhere special and pop the big question and maybe have some hot chocolate to warm up!
  • Dinner for two, cooked by you! There’s nothing more romantic than a man cooking for his sweetheart. Hopefully, this isn’t the first time you’ve cooked a meal before, but even if it is, I have faith in you.  A candlelight dinner, cooking your girlfriend’s favourite meal is sure to melt any heart!
  • Niagara-on-the-lake: Wine and dine in the charming Niagara-on-the-Lake region, one of my favourite destinations year-round. There are so many great wine/food tasting options that you could attend. It’s a great way to learn about the winemaking process and get some ideas about wine and food pairings. Tours can range from $15-$175, depending on what you’re looking for from the tour.
  • Ice skating: If you live in Canada, ice skating is a winter sport that you’re very familiar with, and hopefully love.  There are several places you could go for ice skating, but if you want to do something a bit different and romantic, you can take your sweetheart to the ice skating trail through the Muskoka forest at Arrowhead Provincial Park for your wedding proposal. The trail is lit up at night with tiki torches, making it even more beautiful. You can also try Light the Night at Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery. It’s a 1.2 km Cranberry Ice trail, lit up with hundreds of tiki torches.  Don’t worry about skates if you don’t have any, they have rentals onsite. Make it a weekend trip and enjoy the great outdoors!
  • A Special Place: Last, but not least, you can always take your girl someplace unique to you both. It could be the place where you first met, or where you went on your first date, or someplace that means something to both of you.

Whatever you decide for your wedding proposal, it will be perfect!

Stretch limo, classic or luxury coach – what will you choose for your wedding?

The last thing you want to think about is driving on your wedding day. You’ll have plenty of other details and things to keep your mind occupied. Luckily, the transportation options these days are plentiful. Gone are the days where stretch limo sedans are the main transportation for brides on their special day. Here are a few options you can consider:

White stretch limo with driver standing next to the door

Traditional Stretch Limo: If you’re looking for more of a classical look/feel at your wedding, you can always opt for the traditional stretch limo. Depending on the size and model of the limo, you can fit between 6 (for a smaller limo) to 15 people or more for a stretch limo. These limos are a bit more difficult for brides to get in and out of, depending on the dress, as you’re not able to stand upright inside the vehicle.

White hummer limo adorned with flowersHummer Stretch Limo: The hummer stretch limo offers all the advantages of a traditional stretch limo, but is more spacious and very luxurious. Whether it’s leather interior or high end fabric, the seating will provide ultimate comfort for you and your guests. These vehicles also have great lighting and sound systems, bars and some even have tv screens. With the hummer stretch, the bride and groom and other guests don’t have to worry about bending down to get into the vehicle – this one you can stand up in! Check out AAA Yorkdale Limousine, they have plenty of options!

Antique white car with flowers by the windshield

Vintage/Antique Cars: This option has also become quite popular for bride and grooms. If you want the old Hollywood look, classic cars like the Bentley or Rolls Royce are great options – AB Limousine has some models you can peruse. These vehicles are generally used by the bride and groom for pictures as it’s not as spacious as some of the other options. Just remember, these are old cars and make for a less smoother, comfortable ride.

black luxury sedan limousine in front of large windowsLuxury Sedan Limousine: This offers a comfortable ride to the bride and groom on their wedding day. It’s a modern limo feel with a luxury sedan and seats between 2 to 4 passengers, depending on which vehicle you choose. If you have a larger wedding party, you may need to think about how the wedding party will arrive at the church and the reception hall.


White luxury coach on a highway

Luxury Coach: One of the more expensive options for a wedding, but it’s a good one if you’re looking for transportation that can hold your whole wedding party and out-of-towners. Depending on the size and model, these coaches can hold up to 28-60 people and have luxurious interiors. Many of them have TVs, stand-up bars, bathrooms and surround sound stereos. L.A Limousine has several different options you can choose from. Smaller coaches are also available, such as a Mercedes coach if you just need transportation for fewer people and still want a comfortable ride.

white golf cart with white and blue flowers at an outdoor wedding

Golf Cart: A unique option to consider if you’re planning on getting married on a beautiful beach. It can be used to bring the bride to her wedding destination or several golf carts can be used to bring all the bridesmaids to the wedding.


White horse drawn carriage with gold embellishments for a weddingHorse Drawn Carriage: A Cinderella-esque option, fit for a fairy tale wedding. A stunning horse drawn carriage would add a romantic element to your wedding, if you are saying “I do” in the summer months. Consider timing to get to the church, if you’re planning on taking the horse drawn carriage to the church – it’s sure to be a slower trip to your final destination.

bride in a sweetheart dress in a canoe boat

Boat: For some outdoor destination weddings by the water, brides might also want to come to the wedding in a boat, whether it is a motor boat or a canoe. It’s a beautiful option and definitely more unconventional. Disembarking the boat will be the most difficult part – make sure you’re careful getting into and out of the boat. The last thing you want is to fall into the water! You may think this is a rare occurrence, but but it does happen with all the excitement.

Which mode of transportation would you choose?

Bridal Gown Cleaning and Preservation – Should You or Shouldn’t You?

Bridal gown cleaning - two bridal gows displayed and one in a preservation packageA bridal gown is an iconic part of your wedding day.  After all, you’ve spent years envisioning what your wedding day will be like and what you’ll be wearing the day you say “I do.” So what happens to your wedding gown after the big day? That’s when bridal gown cleaning and preservation comes into play.

Why preserve your wedding dress after your wedding? You would think that after your nuptials, you could just put your dress in a box or in a garment bag and hang it in your closet for a keepsake.  But, if you’re planning on keeping your luxury bridal gown in good shape for the future – whether it just be for a memento or to pass it down to your own daughter one day, you’ll need to make sure that you take the right precautions to preserve your dress.

Wedding dresses can take quite a beating on a wedding day – stains, odour, possible tears in the dress are all very likely. After all, a bride is in her wedding dress for hours on her special day, so cleaning and preserving the dress will be very important.  Here are some things to consider:

  • Make sure you take your dress to the wedding dress cleaners soon after your wedding, ideally the day after the big day. The longer a stain stays in your dress, the harder it is to get it out. Wedding dress cleaners also have the ability to see invisible stains (such as white wine) that you can’t see with the naked eye. These stains will start to damage your fabric over time, if it’s not cleaned properly.
  • Do not take your wedding dress to a regular dry cleaner. Wedding dresses are specialized garments and not all dry cleaners will know how to deal with the proper cleaning of these dresses. Depending on the fabric and the details on the dress, wedding gown cleaners/preservation companies will have more knowledge on the proper techniques to use to clean your garment.
  • Make sure you go to a reputable wedding gown preservation company for your bridal gown cleaning. After spending all that time and money finding the perfect dress, you don’t want your dress to be ruined. If you’re looking for great service and knowledgeable staff, check out Parkers Dry Cleaners. They’ve been in business for over 100 years and have expert staff that specializes in wedding dress preservation.  They can even dry clean your wedding dress before the wedding, if needed.
  • Once you get your bridal gown cleaning done and prepped for preservation, keep it in a safe place!

Luxury bridal fabric – what do you need to know?

Lace Luxury fabric for bridal gownsYour wedding dress is an important part of your special day.  It’s not just the style and the silhouette that you’ll need to think about, it’s the fabric too – will you want luxury fabric or a cheaper fabric for your bridal gown?.  Wedding dress styles tend to vary based on the fabric that is used – some are better to create a structured look, and others are better for lighter, flowier looks. Here’s what to expect with some of the key luxury fabrics out there:

Satin:  This luxury fabric is characterized by its smooth finish and generally lustrous surface with a dull back. Satin is the most durable of wedding dress fabrics and very versatile, making it a great option for more structured designs. The fabric comes in a large variety of weights and different kinds of blends (i.e. silk, polyester or blend).  Fabrics that are made from natural fibers are more breathable but are also much more expensive and wrinkle more easily, which is why blends and synthetics have emerged. The thickness of the fabric lends itself well to cooler weather weddings.

Mikado: Luxurious type of blended silk that is generally heavier than 100% silk, which provides great structure to gowns. This luxury fabric is soft to the touch and will keep you cool and fresh.

Lace: Most often used as a decorative detail or an overlay on a gown, lace is an open luxury fabric that is created in a specific pattern through the use of spaces and solids.  It varies in style (ie. Chantilly, Venise, Guipure) and is prone to snags, as is the case with Tulle.

Charmeuse: A light, slinky fabric with a beautiful glossy sheen that feels like satin to the touch. It’s generally made of silk but can also be made of synthetic fibers.

Organza: Much like chiffon, this fabric is crisp, lightweight and sheer, but with a stiffer texture (like tulle). This fabric tends to be flowy and delicate and can also be prone to snags. It is traditionally made from silk and used often to layer a gown. Because it is lightweight, it’s great for weddings in warmer weather.

Tulle: A light, sheer fabric that looks like netting. It’s an extremely delicate fabric that can be snagged easily.  It is generally used for wedding dress skirts and can be made in silk, rayon or nylon.

Chiffon: A very sheer, transparent fabric that is very lightweight. Due to the transparency of the fabric, it tends to be used to layer over skirts. It’s usually made of silk or synthetic fibers. It’s a very delicate fabric that can snag or fray easily.

Brocade: Traditionally for fall and winter seasons, this luxury fabric is jacquard-woven and includes raised designs. This fabric is now also being used in the summer season.  

These are just a few of the common luxury fabrics out there – there are several other ones that you may find when you’re searching for your perfect wedding dress.  Happy shopping!

Those bridal shoes were made for dancing!

Bridal shoesI admit it, I’m a shoeaholic. So, the thought of bridal shoe shopping doesn’t make me cringe. There are so many different options available when it comes to finding the right shoes for your special day. Do you want sandals, slingbacks, pumps or flats? What kind of material are you looking for? What colour and style should you buy? So many decisions to make! Here are a few things to think about when you’re looking for that perfect shoe:

  • Consider the location of your wedding. If you’re getting married on the beach, a pump or strappy sandal is most likely not the best option for you. Look into flats, wedges or strappy flat sandals so that you don’t sink into the sand when you say, “I do.” And if you’re getting married in the winter, then you’ll want to avoid open-toed shoes.
  • Think about the style of your dress. If your dress is more on the shorter side, then you may want the style of the shoe to make more of an impact vs. a plain pump. For styles where your feet are visible, consider glamming it up! For longer dresses, you’ll want to make sure that any embellishments or crystals on your shoes won’t catch on your wedding dress and ruin your fabric.
  • Comfort is key! Your wedding day will be a long one, so make sure that you choose shoes that are comfortable for you. If you’re not used to wearing 4-inch heels, your wedding day is not the best day to test them out. Remember, wearing heels for long periods of time leads to swollen feet. You can always wear blingy runners or take a back-up with you to switch into when your feet start to hurt (flats or some trusty flip-flops).
  • Choose the material that best fits with what you need. Leather shoes are a good option if you’re looking for something durable that can be worn to other occasions. Leather shoes will also stretch slightly to fit the mold of your feet. A little tip… if your leather shoes are too tight, you can loosen them slightly if you put a damp cloth in the front of your shoe (damp, NOT wet!!!). This will provide a little “give” on your special day. Alternatively, if you’re not a fan of leather and you’re looking to match or add a splash of colour, satin is a good option. It can easily be dyed to match the colour you want.
  • Timing is everything. Brides tend to forget that shoes are an important part of dress fittings. Make sure you have your shoes prior to your fittings so that the dress can be altered to the appropriate height.
  • Break your shoes in before-hand. Make sure you wear your shoes prior to the wedding day. Breaking your shoes ahead of time will also give you an idea of pain points so that you can find solutions before the big day.
  • Choose the style you like. Comfort is important, but you don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort. There are so many different styles and colours that you can choose from (gold, silver, nude, etc.). Pick something you love. Shoes are accessories that you can wear well beyond your wedding day.
  • Don’t forget the budget: There are different price points for different kinds of shoes.  Make sure you shop around to find the right shoe that fits within your budget.

Most of all, have fun shopping!

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Couture wedding gowns – is it worth the price tag?

Couture or not couture, that is the question when it comes to luxury wedding gowns.

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