The National Bridal Show review

Toronto’s National Bridal show, held at the Direct Energy Centre, is much smaller in scale than some of the other shows on the January show circuit. As per the common wedding show format, most vendors did offer some type of show deal. My advice is to do your research on all the vendors before you go, so you can book with confidence at the show and take advantage of these deals. Being the net-savvy bride that I am, I just can’t imagine not doing some research before booking a vendor!

I did find some real gems at the show, and we were able to get a great deal on tuxedo rentals from Tip Top tailors ($30 off each rental). Moores was also promoting a tux deal, but when we got to the store with our show slip in hand, we were told there were no such deal. In any case, check out these highlights.

custom wedding invitation

TearDrop's custom illustration invitation has a unique whimiscal feel

TearDrop invite

A sample TearDrop invitation

eco-chic wedding decor

Here's an eco-chic decoration idea, a tree made out of pencil shavings. From TearDrop's booth.

Pulp and Pearl wedding invitation

Boxed invitation from Pulp and Pearl. They had lots of interesting variations with feathers, lace, and jewelled clasps.

Winter Wedding decor

Black and white winter wedding decor from To Suit Your Fancy.

Table setting from To Suit Your Fancy.

wedding decor idea

More unusual inspirations for wedding decor outside the show, at the Direct Energy building.

TearDrop Weddings

Pulp and Pearl invitations

To Suit Your Fancy

Pretty In Pink Wedding Inspirations

Pink will always be a popular wedding colour, and truthfully, one of my favourites. It can be soft and sophisticated at the same time, just check out these inspiration shots.

A simple but stylish centerpiece, showcased at the Carlu venue booth.

Tall orchid centerpiece.

Tall centerpiece, this setting was done for a real wedding at Jamie Kennedy at The Gardiner.


I love the bead draping details. Rose centerpieces.

A mix of pinks and reds, from Angelique's Wedding and Events.

A beautiful silver and pink accent wedding cake, from Cakes by Konstadin.

Bright pinks and ochid details makes this a perfect destination wedding cake. From Bobbette & Belle.

pink blossom wedding cake

Tone-on-tone pink wedding cake, From Roxycakes.

2 birds wedding cake

This 2-birds wedding cake uses the pink and brown combination with a dash of red. From Bobbette & Belle.

pink wedding invite

Pink wedding invitation from Love The Card. The grapefruit motif was used for a Florida wedding.

Blue, Teal, Green, and everything in between wedding inspirations

If the scene at The Wedding Show was any indication, greens and blues are definitely on trend, especially colours like the Tiffany blue.

Here are my favourite show highlights for these colours, for decor, cakes, and more.

blue table decor

More of Barbara Kua's calligraphy work in a beautiful blue table setting

blue wedding table

Also from Barbara Kua's calligraphy.

crystal tree

I also loved the crystal tree from Barbara Kua's Calligraphy show booth.

Sweet table

Gorgeous tiffany blue truffles from Truffle.

blue green wedding cake

More from Truffle

Macaron tree for your sweet table

Love this idea, a treat-filled tree for your sweet table. From Truffle.

blue green favour box

Favour/take-away box, from Truffle.

teal blue wedding cake

A cute teal blue cake, from Bobbette & Belle.

Green and gold ribbon cake

A whimsical green and white wedding cake with gold accents. From the Caketress.

Typography-as-design lime green invite from Love The Card. >

Typography-as-design from Love The Card.

green florals

Florals and fruits decorations from The Drake Hotel.

For more teal and blue wedding inspirations, check out one of our most popular Real Wedding features.

DIY Invites from Staples. Who Knew?

Over the weekend, we discovered these chic wedding invitation templates at Staples from Gartner. Who knew?

Photo: wedding invitations from Staples

Pink and blue DIY wedding invite templates

Chic floral print DIY wedding invites

$43.93 for a set of 50, from Staples

Wedding Invites, Menu Cards, etc.

$15.99 (right)& $12.99 (left) for a set of 20. Also available in red and brown, plus silver and black.

Damask DIY wedding invite

$43.93 for a pack of 30

Not to say these are your only options! Micheals also has a fantastic selection of chic DIY invitations you can print right on your home printer as well, including invites from the BRIDES collection of BRIDES magazine.