1. FAMILY DINNER

Served Catering, family meal wedding

Sharing a communal, family-style meal will bring your guests together. As they pass platters and look beyond their own plates, it’s the perfect way to join two families. For a touch of formality, chef Trevor Gostlin of Served Catering suggests opting for French service, in which attendants present and serve the food. servedcatering.com

 

2. THE MAN-GAGEMENT RING

Mangagement rings

Along with the increasing number of same-sex marriages in British Columbia, men’s engagement rings (or man-gagement rings) are gaining popularity among grooms-to-be. When shopping, Dane Stevens—president of Cavalier Gastown—suggests opting for a clean, traditional exterior but personalizing the interior with an inscription or embedded jewels. cavaliergastown.com

 

3. THE OTHER ROCKS

Leah Alexandra, gemstone jewelry

Your bridal jewellery is an opportunity to wear something beautiful and add to your collection, so don’t just stick to traditional crystal. Gemstones like citrine, moonstone and labradorite can elevate your look, whether it’s avant-garde or romantic. These gemstones range from dramatic, geode-like statement pieces to sparkling druzy charms to highly polished gems. Still looking for your “something blue”? Dreamy aqua chalcedony drop pendants could be for you. leahalexandra.com

 

4. LIVE ART

The Collective You

Something artistic can add an element of fun at a wedding. The Collective You (pictured) photographs guests and prints the results on-site for a gallery right at your reception. Ted Couling’s portraits make a great icebreaker while guests mingle. Impressions Live Art paints the festivities before your eyes for a unique keepsake. thecollectiveyou.com; tenbc.com; impressionsliveart.com 
Photo courtesy of The Collective You

 

5. BIG HEARTS

Wedding Registry Charities

If you prefer to share the wealth on your journey to wedded bliss, consider registering with a charity instead of asking for gifts. Charitable gift registry sites allow you and your guests to donate towards meaningful issues, like education for girls, or specific programs, like St. Paul’s Foundation. plancanada.ca/giftsofhope/registry

 

6. COZY UP

Pacific Rim, intimate wedding

Couples are forgoing large weddings in favour of more intimate gatherings that imbue a sense of community. With an emphasis on small but lavish, venues like The Chairman’s Suite at the Fairmont Pacific Rim (maximum of 40 seated, 60 standing) provide the ideal combination of spectacular aesthetics in a cozier size. fairmont.com/pacific-rim-vancouver
Photo courtesy of Jonetsu Photography

 

7. NAILED IT

Onyx Aesthetics, wedding nails

Fabulous fingernails are always a strong trend among bridal parties. Owner of Onyx Aesthetic Studio, Linda Ly, creates beautiful wedding nails ranging from glitter gradation to elegant ombrés to geometric cutouts. Bring your whole bridal party along for a pre-wedding spa date.  onyxaestheticsstudio.ca
Photo courtesy of Mike O'Hanley

 

8. BRAIDED

wedding hair, braids

Whether you’re looking for an up-do, something side swept or romantic curls, Harjit Gill, associate designer at Lure Salon, says the top bridal hairstyle trend right now is the braid. “It’s the perfect hair accessory.” Whether it’s done close to the head or used to create volume, braids provide texture and structure while looking classically beautiful. luresalon.ca

 

9. RAISING EYEBROWS

wedding brows

Similar to tattooing, microblading (or micro-embroidery) for eyebrows delivers realistic results that last up to 18 months. Using tiny, sterile needles, microblading recreates each individual hair in ink. Brides should start the process at least two months before their wedding in case they require touch-ups. studiosashiko.com

 

10. FLOWER POWER

Paper flower wall, Mur de Fleurs

If you’re seeking a statement backdrop for your big-day photos, consider a floral installation. A wall of flowers is a delightful replacement for the traditional photo booth. Are all those blooms not in your budget? A paper flower wall will equally delight guests and has the added benefit of never wilting on a long day of festivities. instagram.com/murdefleurs
Photo courtesy of Erin Sousa