for the bride to be: nadine
We have had SO many brides ask us where to buy the "details" they see in our pictures. Details truly make your day 1000x prettier, so we're happy to help source items that will fit your day! So here are some options for details and ways to make your wedding visually EPIC.
Invitations are very important for your photographs.
Please ensure you have a delicate and artistic invitation for us to photograph the morning of your wedding. You have the option to send out "plain" or simple invitations to the masses, but you can perhaps contact some of these artists for a smaller sample of invites (perhaps to send to close family members).
Our favourite kinds of invitations to photograph: soft palette, beautifully clean, many pieces, with delicate, ornate detailing.
I've curated a list of the best invites on Etsy for you!
2.calligraphers & custom
You can write Mikaelee at Flourish Artistic Design, she does affordable, beautiful work...
Ask her advice on anything and let her know we sent you!
wHAT SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN AN INVITATION suite?
An invitation suite typically has:
an envelope, rsvp card, return mini envelope, a wax seal +
perhaps name cards, a map. or illustration connecting to your theme or venue.
WHERE TO BUY MORNING OUTFITS:
ROBES & PJ's
I would highly recommend intentionally wearing a cute "getting ready" outfit as we'll be taking lots of pictures in the morning!
Much better than a t-shirt or regular pj's! Rompers, wraps, and robes are perfect! Here are some recommendations:
- Lace Romper from Show Me Your Mumu
- Bohemian Romper
- Mute Colours Romper
- Pale Blue Romper
- Pink Silk Kimono
- Dusty Rose Romper
- Pretty Plum Sugar Robes & Rompers
- Etsy Blush Robe
OUR ABSOLUTE FAVOURITES - ALL FROM BHLDN:
- Botanic Garden Robe
- Candlelight Robe
- Midsummer Night Robe
- Jolie Robe
- Violetta Robe
- Chantilly Lingerie Set
(we love shooting some delicate bridal portraits
....& they make a great surprise for your hubby later!)
GIFTS + DETAILS TO PURCHASE...
Where to PICK UP GREAT wedding details:
We have had SO many brides ask us where to buy the items and details they see in our pictures.... so we made a master list to kick off your shopping!
GROOM's items or gift ideas:
- Mens Vintage watches:
- Pocket watches (great for photos, like this!):
- Bridal Hanger:
- Vow Journals:
- Keepsakes & Stylish Additions:
- Ring Box:
- Coup Glasses for Champagne Tower
- Or just go to Goodwill or thrift shops - they are often 20 cents! Buy cheap champagne and you've created a gorgeous memory!
- Perfume bottle:
- You can also hunt for these at thrift/goodwills
- Confetti & sparklers: (they are from Toronto & so cheap!)
- You can also hunt for these at thrift/goodwills
- Name plates, Table Numbers & Place card Holders:
- Flowers for Photo Styling
- Contact your lovely florist to pack 2-4 large extra blooms that match your wedding for styling in your photos
- Ribbon: *essential* (for our morning styling and photographing your details + perhaps your bouquet)
See more ideas on what to buy HERE
If you need more suggestions, let me know! Thank you for taking it seriously and knowing the details are worthwhile -
it's literally ALL in the details when it comes to our photos! The more textures, items, trays...the better!
If you guys would enjoy a trip to vintage or thrift shops - sometimes there are cheap brass trays, decanters and coup glasses!
updos, loose waves, and even chic ponies...
Some visuals side by side can sometimes help sway your decision making - let me know if you need more help or an extra opinion for photographs! Whatever you do... not TOO much hairspray!! Helmet hair isn't as romantic as soft waves, haha!
A BIT OF A BANG...
PETALS, SPARKLERS & CONFETTI
YES! My favourite category! It can be difficult to know where to find these things - let us help you source!
So effective, and so HAPPY! Guests LOVE having finding something to toss on their ceremony chairs. It's a fun surprise and makes for epic photos! All it takes is a simple instruction from the Officiant before you walk down the aisle! "Get those petals ready..."
WHERE TO BUY:
#1 FRESH PETALS
Ask your florist to provide a bucket of petals;
Even more affordable if you only give them to the aisle seats!
(or ) #2 DRIED PETALS ONLINE
You can now buy freeze dried petals here! The best! You don't have to bother your florist, you can get them early, and they "toss" the best as they have more weight to them than a real or paper petal!
ECO-FRIENDLY CONFETTI toss:
The best kind of send-off as you walk back down the aisle as husband + wife!!
WHERE TO BUY ECOFETTI
ECOFETTI - Online
No venue can complain about this confetti as it's biodegrades! It's also water-soluble, non-toxic, non-staining, and biodegradable and washes away within a day!
handheld CONFETTI 'CANnONS'
For dances and the party! These are actually just little tube "poppers"! We had a cannons at our very own wedding and it was incredible! It brought the dance to a whole new level + energy!
We bought THREE - we set two off when the dance got started and one later in the evening to space them out!
*WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS.
WHERE TO BUY 'CANNONS'
Do not ask the permission of your venue (how scandalous!) - they will surely say not to - however they always vacuum the dancefloor NO MATTER WHAT. Our own venue loved having them and wanted to use the photos afterwards; despite their no confetti policy. You will not get kicked out.
SUCH a fun way to round out the night! These never get old. Choose to either involve only your wedding party, or all of your guests!
WHERE TO BUY SPARKLERS
ROCKET FIREWORKS in Toronto
Make sure to get long-lasting ones! The Dollar Store versions fizzle out within 5-15 seconds, not enough time to light everyone's sparkler a have them all lit at once!
THE BEST BRIDESMAID DRESSES
Soft palettes, unique cuts, floor length, dusty colours
- Lulu's has tons of variety and affordable options
- Missguided is a great option with affordable prices
- Aidan Mattox is an awesome brand! You can find his gowns and lots more at Nordstrom.
- Jenny Yoo of course is always wonderful
- Show Me Your Mumu has gorgeous and very flattering, flowy styles
I would highly recommend different textures for your girls - try beading, or soft print on some girls + simple, soft colours on others! Long sleeve and off-the-shoulder are also an amazing addition. This is so much better to photograph!
COMBINE STYLES but in the same palette. Yes, yes, yes. Here are examples of mixed styles of Bridesmaids Dresses in the same "palette" - our favourite! Check out our suggested style & colour combinations over on Pinterest here:
Still hunting for dresses for your girls?
Check out Richelle's specific dress suggestions here:
STUCK ON SOMETHING?NEED A LITTLE MORE HELP?
CHECK OUT OUR TIPS PAGE OR EMAIL ME, GIRL!
SO HAPPY TO HELP!
I have more suggestions and websites if you'd like them!!