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Wedding Checklist in Hindsight

A few months ago New York Weddings magazine conducted a survey of one hundred brides to look into what loved, what they screwed up, and what they regret. It is interesting to note that 21% of brides wished they had spent more on their photographer, but another 12% regret spending so much. Even though the number by themselves do not tell us the whole story, we thought this info-graphic revealed some interesting truth-bombs.

Download the full version here!

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Love In The Capital

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Trends in wedding photography and style come and go and change with each season, but love is the constant variable.

Third Floor York was fortunate to sit down with Alan Viau of WeddingChaplain.ca and his beautiful wife, Maureen to discuss the trends we saw in the wedding industry this year. The result was a well organized e-book available for all and is a wonderful source for couples about to start (or in the process of starting) their wedding day planning.

In Alan’s words, it is “a glorious pictorial exploration of what makes up Ottawa’s style in weddings”.

Big thanks to Liz Bradley for her wonderful graphic design skills for this publication.

To receive your complimentary publication, please click HERE

2013 Wedding Trends

2013 Bridal Gown Trends:

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Illusion Necklines

One of the hottest trends for bridal gowns in 2013 will be the illusion neckline. This silhouette has the feel of a strapless gown, but provides a bit more coverage for the bride; it will also help your dress stay in place while you dance the night away!

Sleeves

In a post-Kate Middleton wedding world, it’s unlikely that sleeves will be disappearing from the bridal shops any time soon. The wonderful thing about these new long sleeves is how cleverly designed they are. Most of the fabrics used are transparent so they don’t look or feel heavy and the brilliant touches of embellishment add a whole new twist of formality and design to your wedding-day look.

Tulle

Goodbye lace, hello tulle! Tulle has undergone a transformation this season showcasing new narrow shapes covered in layers of tulle or fully-fashioned in tulle.Three dimensional textured ruffles, swirls, free-form flowers and shredded layers appeared in tulle. Simple light tulle layers flowed over gowns and appeared as capes for big dramatic moments. We love tulle for its sheer beauty, its delicacy and for its mystery as it covers and uncovers all at once.

Bare Backs

Time to toss those brassieres out the window ladies! Designers took a backwards plunge this season with the most naked, open, draped, cutout backs we’ve ever seen in a single season. Whatever clever and sexy way designers manage to bare your back, just make sure it’s ready for all that exposure. Tone your back muscles with yoga and weights. And remember, if you’re going backless on the big day, lose the bra several hours prior to be sure no phantom straps ruin the view.

2013 Theme and Decor Trends:

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There is a strong movement towards sophistication and black-tie formality with bridal themes and decor. Although 2013 weddings promise to be ultra-elegant they won’t be too stuffy and serious. Look for the return of chandeliers, gold charger places, and lots of crystal; not to forget candles, candles, candles.

Softer and more neutral colour pallets will take a strong hold in 2013. Think: taupe, ivory, blush with pops of grey, black, and metallics to compliment.

Floral trends will also be on the softer and fuller side of the garden. Gone are the days of single-stemmed wild flowers in bud vases and forget the over-the-top, mile high centerpieces. They have all been replaced with long and low garland-styled arrangements down the center of full length reception tables, heavy with ‘English Garden’ inspired opulence featuring soft, lush, and romantic peonies, hydrangeas, and garden roses.

Formality and sophistication will be most evident in the return of more formal invitations and wedding stationery. Watch for a heavy push into the use of letterpress, foil stamping, calligraphy, and laser cut invitations. Each option adds a very fun pop without being too glitzy and over the top.

2013 Food and Sweet Trends:

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Gone are the days of the mini-simple-foods (ie: mini burgers, fries, and pogos) and food stations, 2013 is going to be all about returning to dining formaly with a major trend back to sophisticated plated dinners. Designer cocktail and artisanal drink stations are going to be a great addition to your 2013 wedding; think infused champagne cocktails and liquor bars.

Those with a sweet tooth, take heart. Signature dessert and sweets tables are here to stay, with a slight twist. Informal cupcakes will be replaced with handcrafted mini cakes and petit fours: meringues, French macarons, fudge, tarts, and pastries.

Wedding cakes will remain oh-so-stylish in 2013, featuring clean and modern designs with tall and slender single and double tiers. Most will include one amazing pop colour and embellishment such as a bow, monogram or over-sized flower.

We continue to feel very excited by the old-world formality, glamour, and sophisticated trends in 2013 and look forward to working with clients interested in featuring black-tie inspiration to their wedding.

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