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mint3introGlitterpops Flavour of the week: Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Glitterpops Owner, Elizabeth Hansen, offers couples her fun, handcrafted GlitterPops (review) - think chic, glammed up lollipops - to engaged couples who want to add something to their wedding day that both looks and tastes sweet.

With customization options ranging from colour, flavor and shape to size and even a personalized candy image in the middle, GlitterPops feed your wedding guests, your sweet tooth and your DIY addiction at the same time.



SomethingBorrowed-FloralTips-FW13intro{expert tip} Tips & Trends for Beautiful Blooms

An expert tip from Lindsay Hinde of Something Borrowed Wedding & Party Rentals in London

From the Fall/Winter 2013 issue of The Wedding Ring ONTARIO Magazine

From the hottest trends to the most popular floral arrangements for your bouquests, Lindsay Hinde of Something Borrowed Wedding & Party Rentals in London shares some of her favourite options for your wedding day florals...


AliciaRileyDP-FW13intro{design palette} Mint, Peach, Gold & Emerald

PHOTOGRAPHY: Alicia Riley Photography (review)

With inspiration from the colour 'Emerald Green' and a mutual love of all things vintage, photographer Alicia Riley and decorator Rebecca Wilson, teamed up with other Southwestern Ontario wedding experts to create one fabulous design shoot. Says Rebecca, "Since this is the colour of the year, we wanted to use it as one of the accent colours, and then soften it with mint green, gold and touches of peachy pinks. It's soft and pretty yet elegant and romantic!"


DufferinHallblog-intro{Weddings on a budget} London's Dufferin Hall offers pricing to love for local couples on a tight budget

Couples looking for a venue on a budget this wedding season will want to add Dufferin Hall (review) to their list of must-sees. A wedding at Dufferin Hall won't break the bank and their pricing is a big draw with couples. To give you an idea, the Dufferin Hall team says the average bride spends about $5,000 on their Dufferin Hall wedding. Any bride who has done her homework knows that this is a great price! It also allows you to truly dive into décor with just a part of the money spent on the rest of your wedding.


becknige1-3 2{Reality Wedding Story} A secret garden wedding filled with love | Rebecca & Nigel

Photography: Stephanie Gascho Photography | Story by The Wedding Ring

Rebecca, a wedding planner and decorator, knew she wanted a simple yet elegant wedding that was all about family and filled with lots of love. Rebecca planned a secret garden style wedding filled with fabulous décor like vintage keys, bird themed details and chose a palette of greys and yellows.


introPricing your gown: The four factors that go into the cost of your dress

With so many choices and price points for wedding gowns, brides are often left wondering why weddings dresses cost what they do. So who better to ask than Erin Bouchard, owner of Once Upon A Time Weddings in Strathroy, to help us break down the factors that go into pricing a dress. “Not all wedding dresses are created equal,” says Erin, “Simply put, there are four reasons why dresses cost what they do.”




TWR-ONTARIO-SEP2013-ltclondonclubintro{ Reality Wedding Story } Romantic, high style Old Hollywood DIY wedding

Photography: LTC Photography (♥) (

Sarah and Nick McCallum first met while working at a video store and so it was only fitting that they would choose an old Hollywood theme for their wedding day. With art deco as their inspiration, and a design palette of gold, black, cream and silver, Sarah and Nick’s wedding was all about glitz, glamour and romance. “We still get compliments on the romance of our day and how people had so much fun.”


Haliburton Wedding Story Brent Foster Photography{ Reality Wedding Story } A cottage wedding weekend in Haliburton

Photography: Brent Foster Photography 

Since Jessica Valentini and Shawn Takacs are both avid outdoor enthusiasts, a weekend wedding in the Haliburton Highlands was the ideal location for their fall, country-themed wedding. Based on a palette of dark purples, deep reds and rusty orange, the couple used tons of natural wood, burlap and plaids throughout their décor to show off their rustic, outdoorsy style.


TWR-ONTARIO-SEP2013-hrmelmhurst-introsm{ Reality Wedding Story } A grand locale, vintage dècor &  fun, fond memories

Photography: HRM Photography (♥) (

"We wanted to be married in a place that felt right to us, where the ceremony, reception and photos could all be in one location, so we didn’t have to run around from place to place. We wanted to relax and enjoy every minute of the day. We chose the Elm Hurst Inn because it fit all the criteria...and the food is amazing! And, as a bonus it was located midway between Windsor and Toronto, where most of our guests were coming from. Ironically, we had stayed at the Elm Hurst two years prior, and while checking out the grounds, we decided it was an ideal place to be married..."





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Top 10 Across Ontario  

Top 5% Most Reviewed Across Ontario

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Top 5 Across Toronto 

Top 5 Across Kitchener-Waterloo

Top 5 Across London

Top 5 Across Guelph

Top 5 Across Cambridge

#1 Across Hamilton


Read more: The Ring's Brides' Choice 2013 - Winners Announced!


Latest reviews on wedding experts in the London area

Brides choose Entertainment By Design for their standout service, personalized extras and DJ's that go above and beyond, for a one of a kind wedding day
This isn't your average DJ company. From specialized DJ's (and we mean specialized...think Portuguese and Big Band specialists) to incredibly cool services like a Kissing Wheel or gorgeous up-lighting (to name a few), you'll be hard pressed to find anything like this dynamic London-based DJ and Event Services company for your wedding day.
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Spirits Intrigued Photography captures true love stories with a thoughtful, unique and relaxed approach
Spirits Intrigued Photography captures connections between couples, bringing back those incredible feelings of love and happiness from their wedding day...
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Custom Cuisine Event Catering remains a London favourite for fresh, local food and customized menus that leave a lasting impression after your wedding day
At The Ring, we are almost always in the midst of interviewing past brides, grooms and wedding vendors for their feedback on local wedding professionals. So, we know first-hand how much brides adore the incredible Bellamere Winery (link to site). But, we were absolutely blown away by the response we got about their catering division, Custom Cuisine. With responses like “beyond delicious,” “an incredible dinner experience,” and, “one of the best meals I’ve ever had,” we knew we had to share this talented team with brides in The Ring. Whether you’re planning a small backyard gathering or a large formal affair, Custom Cuisine offers a variety of menus that will satisfy any culinary taste and budget- the possibilities really are endless. Couple that with fresh, local ingredients and menu options that often leave guests raving for months after the big day, and it’s no surprise that Custom Cuisine is a top choice for London area brides and beyond...
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Picturesque views, fresh, local food and service that goes above and beyond make Forest City National Golf Club an ideal setting for London area brides
Imagine an elegant reception nestled on 275 acres along the shore of Fanshawe Lake or, an intimate ceremony with gorgeous, panoramic views of their 18 hole golf course. Forest City National offers options for every wedding style, size and budget.
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Spencer's at the Waterfront offers a modern venue with stunning, one of a kind views of Lake Ontario
Spencer's at the Waterfront features the Observatory, which can accommodate up to 130 people for seated receptions or 175 for cocktail receptions. Designed by well-known Toronto architects Baird, Sampson and Neuert (think Nathan Phillips Square and the Spadina Gardens), the Observatory features a nautical inspired theme on Burlington’s waterfront...
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An all in one wedding destination set against natural waterfalls and historic architecture make Ancaster Mill a timeless venue choice for Southwestern Ontario brides
The venue offers everything from an intimate space for up to thirty-two guests to a large space for up to 200 guests, complete with your very own outdoor patio...
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Brides choose alterations at Ellen & Company for their impeccable service, years of experience and an incredible eye for detail
When we interviewed past brides about Ellen Shute, owner of Ellen & Company in St.Mary's, an alterations house specializing in bridal and formal wear alterations, we couldn't believe the response. From feedback like, "I was so impressed, I now have her alter all of my dresses" to, "Ellen is the ONLY person I trust with my alterations," it was quickly clear that this fashion-loving alterations specialist plays a crucial role in many happy wedding days. For clients, it's Ellen's exceptional attention to detail, years of experience and a deep passion (and great eye) for making sure you look fabulous that keeps them coming back long after the honeymoon...
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Cambridge Mill provides brides with a stunning location and fabulous view of the Grand River
If you’re looking for a unique, romantic location to host your Cambridge wedding, you’re going to want to check out the newly opening venue, Cambridge Mill. This location which is set to open in the spring (April, 2011) is family-run by life-long restaurateurs, the Ciancone family, and has been drafted specifically to be fabulous for weddings and special events. Since they’re already taking bookings for the 2011 wedding season…
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Guaranteeing great dance music is big business for this huge music fan
You want your reception dance to be both romantic and fun. To get that balance, you need a disc jockey with experience. At a rate of three to six weddings per week, it's no mystery that Music Central Entertainment knows how to DJ a wedding with the professionalism and confidence brides look for. Owner, Rob Aitken, personally DJs events for his company fifty out of fifty-two weeks a year, which allows him to keep in tune with what services couples are looking for. Music Central is also fully-staffed with an additional five DJs - all trained, equipped and ready to provide music that'll keep your guests dancing all night long!
read more has a selection of favours, gifts and décor online and at their Ingersoll location
Wedding favours come in all shapes and sizes but when you're the bride, you want to say thank you to your guests with items that will be appreciated, remembered and that ring true to the style of your day. From tree seedlings to personalized golf balls to funky little purse hooks, offers a selection of items and ideas for wedding and shower favours, bridal party gifts, invitations and themed bridal collections.
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Devine Wedding Design owes popularity to selection, service and incredible prices
Having the wedding you've always dreamed of is something that Wendy Bennewies, Owner of Devine Wedding Design, believes every couple deserves. So, whether you're planning a small, intimate wedding or a large, grand affair, Wendy has made it her mission to turn your wedding dreams into a reality. Devine Wedding Design carries everything from backdrops, ceiling drapery and centrepieces to the smaller details such as envelope containers, linens and chair covers that fit into a long list of colour schemes, styles and themes.
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Ingersoll gown shop staffed with expertise, wide selection and clientele from as far away as Toronto
We sat down with Pauline Chambers and Susan Keburis, Owners of Sew Stylish Wedding Works, surrounded by an incredible selection of gowns of all styles and sizes. Minutes into our interview, we understood why brides from as far away as Toronto are drawn to these two warm and knowledgeable women. Sew Stylish is found minutes away from London in the heart of Ingersoll, and is known for offering something more than just another retail gown shop.
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128 AmandaIan HRM{ Reality Wedding Story } High style, New Orleans jazz and DIY touches come together at Berkeley Field House wedding | Amanda and Ian

Photography by HRM Photography (website) (review) | Story by The Wedding Ring

Bride & Groom: Amanda Filipe and Ian Locke

Engaged: February 20, 2011

Married: July 21, 2012 at 4:30pm    

How they met: Through friends at a Stag and Doe

Ceremony & Reception Location: Berkeley Field House (review)

Budget: "Around $25,000 with the bulk of cost going towards the venue and catering."

Favourite planning element: "Checking out New Orleans style jazz bands around Toronto to choose one for our reception."  

Biggest Challenge: Settling on the venue. "We looked at several venues in Toronto that would allow for an outdoor wedding and there were some really awesome options. In the end, we sat down and made a pros and cons list to make the final decision."

Guest count: 100

Amanda and Ian chose the beautiful Berkeley Field House in Toronto for their summer wedding day. The couple said "I do" in front of their closest family and friends and added many personal touches, for a wedding day that truly reflected their style as a couple.


HRM Photography Boudoir Sessions LondonThe Truth about Boudoir Photography

A Q&A with professional photographer, Heather MacEachern, of HRM Photography

Boudoir Photography Sessions have been a hot topic in recent years. In fact, the last time HRM Photography offered a boudoir shoot in The Ring's Online Auction, it started a pretty heated bidding war. So, in an effort to find out the truth about boudoir photo sessions, we interviewed uber-popular photographer, Heather MacEachern of HRM Photography, to ask;

What are they really like? Who's brave enough to sign up? What's the real story behind the curtain here?

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TWR-ONTARIO-JAN2013-HRM-DesignPalette150w{ design palette } Rich with Culture

{From The Wedding Ring Magazine ONTARIO Spring/Summer 2013 issue}

Photography by HRM Photography () ( (review on HRM)

Stephanie and Kanna wanted their wedding to reflect their families’ distinct heritage. Stephanie explains, “We were inspired by the different cultural heritages of our respective families. We wanted to incorporate elements which reflected those aspects while maintaining a unique and simple ceremony.” “We incorporated several traditional elements from Dutch Catholic and Indian Hindu ceremonies and combined...


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