I've been working with Vancouver magazine for years now, and while I love writing about city mysteries, editing restaurant reviews and diving into the issues, our occasional coverage of Vancouver-based weddings has made for some of my favourite stories.

Even before my own wedding in 2017, I loved reading about locals falling in love and celebrating. The institution of marriage may not be for everyone, but I think we can all agree: there's nothing wrong with a good party, right?

From money-is-no-object affairs to joyous, barefoot, backyard celebrations to intimate elopements in the wilderness, there's no wrong way to do a wedding, and infinite resources here in our fair city to make any style of soiree special.

All of which is to say: I'm thrilled to announce that Real Weddings is now officially part of the Vancouver magazine brand. If anyone here knows any reason why these two publications should not be wed, speak now, or forever hold your peace. None? Good. Because we're already in the thick of planning our inaugural mash-up issue—coming this January to newsstands and doorsteps—and I've said "I do" to editing all things wedding. (Endless thanks to former editor Janine Verreault for passing on her wisdom and resources for this transition: I'll have big shoes to fill!) 

stacey mclachlan real weddings editorPhoto by Andy Fang, shot on location at Livingspace

Maybe I'm biased, but I can't help but think that the two magazines do make for a pretty perfect marriage. VanMag has been covering all things Vancouver for the past 50-plus years—from the buzzy new restaurants to hot-button civic issues—so it makes sense to bring Real Weddings' locally focused wedding content into the fold now, too. You'll find inspiring wedding advice from real-life B.C. couples, trend reports and local shopping guides in the pages, along with beautiful photos from our favourite wedding photographers.

With so much great content coming in from talented local vendors and happy newlyweds excited to share their tips and tricks, there just aren't enough pages to contain it all, so with along with this change to print publication, I'm also excited to announce we're doubling down on our online coverage of all things wedding right here on RealWeddings.ca. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, or come back to the site on the reg for on-going coverage and endless inspiration for planning an unforgettable wedding right here in B.C. 

If you've got a wedding that would be a good fit for Real Weddings, I'd love to hear from you! Head on over to our Submit Your Wedding Page and share away. Or, if you're a B.C.-based wedding planner or photographer with an inspiring styled shoot, I want to see it—here's where you can submit that. Any other questions or queries or news about West Coast weddings to share? Catch me at smclachlan@canadawide.com

Happy planning!

Stacey McLachlan
Editor, Real Weddings