8 Wedding Inspiration Blogs That Every Bride Should Know About
As a bride-to-be I’m always looking for wedding inspiration, whether it’s décor, catering ideas, bridesmaid dresses, or colours for floral arrangements. Being a blogger I am fairly familiar with most of the popular wedding blogs out there, so for today’s post I thought I would share some of my all-time favourites.
Style Me Pretty (Canada)
If you are engaged I am sure you have heard of Abbey Larson’s Style Me Pretty – the Queen of all wedding blogs – but maybe you haven’t heard that they now have a Canada section on their site. After selling her successful wedding invitation company she decided to start the blog as a way to challenge herself creatively and stay connected in the wedding industry. SMP was a huge success and now posts real weddings, engagement sessions and other inspiration from across the globe. Style me pretty recently released a beautiful hard cover book, which I bought about three days after getting engaged, as it’s a must-have. In the wedding world it is a huge accomplishment to have your work published on the site (I have heard that they receive up to 400 submissions a day!) and many of our vendors have been featured.
100 Layer Cake
After SMP, 100 Layer Cake is probably where I get most of my inspiration. A creative collaboration between designers Jillian Clark, Amanda Dawbarn, and Kristina Meltzer. They have fantastic real wedding and engagement sessions, as well as a TON of styled shoots and a Market Place, where you can buy and sell everything from dresses and shoes, to decor.
Wedding Obsession (Canada)
Wedding Obsession is one of the best Canadian wedding blogs. I love that author Melissa focuses on Western weddings, whereas many Canadian blogs focus almost exclusively on the east – we have beautiful weddings over here too you know! Wedding Obsession was the first non-vendor created blogs posting wedding inspiration and real weddings in Alberta and is one of a handful of professional blogs dedicated to Canadian weddings.
Green Wedding Shoes
I was SO excited when I stumbled upon this little beauty, full of floral crowns, nature scenes and the most beautiful bohemian gowns. They featured the cutest watercolour inspiration shoot this morning. If you love that beautifully relaxed, bohemian-inspired, natural feel then this is your site.
In my opinion, Once Wed is the best site for wedding DIYs, from lace ballet flats to lavender elderflower jelly and makeup and hair tutorials. Their DIYs help to cut costs as well as giving you fun projects to keep you busy during the cold fall afternoons.
Created Lovely (Canada)
Created lovely is an Okanagan-based blog run by wedding planner Nicole Jelinksi (who just celebrated her own marriage this weekend!). When I visited Nicole’s site I was pleasantly surprised. Half of my private wedding board on Pinterest was from a pink and gold inspiration shoot that I had seen on Style Me Pretty. I usually just fly through the weddings on SMP, pinning everything I love and don’t really think much of it. I basically based my wedding decor on this shoot (love the glitter!) and then found out that not only was it from somewhere close to home, it was from the same city that I was getting married in and styled by the same wedding planner I just hired! Meant to be??
Calgary Bride (Canada)
Calgary Bride’s blog is fantastic because it is locally based – which means when you see something that you love it was probably created right here in our beautiful city. It’s fun to look at a California-based blog, but it’s not always practical. Even if you are getting married outside of the city, it’s an invaluable tool. Remember that Calgary photographers and planners are used to traveling to places like the Okanagan and Vancouver Island, my photographer is based out of Calgary, but has shot a number of weddings in Kelowna. The vendors featured on CalgaryBride.ca and this website are actually available resources for you to use.
I love Ruffled because, where I feel that SMP caters more to the high-budget bride, Ruffled posts inspiration in, as they say, “a myriad of styles and budgets.” Amanda, the editor and founder, started the blog as a way to share her ideas for vintage and handmade weddings and now it has grown so large that it has become her full-time job – and what better job could a girl ask for?