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November 24, 2014

Wedding Dress Shopping: 101

 10 steps to being a super-awesome

wedding dress shopper

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By: Angela Kerry of  Gown And Glory Consignment Bridal Boutique

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It might be your decor, wedding colours, venue, timeline, the influence of others or just the pure joy and love that you experience when you spin around and stare in the mirror; there’s no way to know why, where, or when you will feel compelled to finally choose the gown that you’ll wear down the aisle on your wedding day.

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For some brides shopping for their wedding gown becomes a favourite part of the planning process, while for others, it’s a daunting task that they either keep putting off or can’t wait to be done with.

So why do some brides hate dress shopping?

Maybe it’s that they aren’t huge fans of shopping all together.

Or maybe they don’t have the kind of passion for fashion they feel is needed to pick out a gown thats flawless and flattering.

Maybe they’re overwhelmed at the selection, the prices, the accessories, the alterations.

Maybe it’s all of the above?

Wedding dress shopping can be stressful even for the most style-savvy bride, and your shopping experience will vary depending on expectations, preparedness and open-mindedness to the process. Here’s a few expert tips to get you started (or keep you going!)

 

1. Do some research

You don’t need to spend hours pouring over Pinterest or hundreds of dollars on wedding magazines to get a sense of what you like (and don’t like) in Wedding-Gown-Land. A few quick screen grabs of silhouettes and textures can go a long way when consulting with a bridal fashion expert.

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2. Have a vision

Are you going classic, timeless, Grace Kelly inspired for your big day?

Or do you see yourself as more of an eco-chic, barnyard bride?

When setting out to buy your gown, your wedding plans will set the stage for the type of dress you should be wearing.

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3. Set a budget

I know. I know. *groan* – nobody wants to set a budget when it comes to a wedding gown. But please believe me when I say that having a sense of (more or less) how much you want to spend on bridal wear really will help us zero in on the perfect dress for you. Sure, my fashion-forward approach and eye for all-things-flattering can pair you with the dress of your dreams…. but if it breaks the bank you’re going to be really disappointed, and totally disheartened with the process. Just be honest with what you want to spend and I promise I’ll find something that fits (both your body and your budget) perfectly.

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4. Be in the mood to shop

It might sound simple, and perhaps even silly… but, trust me, hopping from shop to shop trying on wedding gowns can get incredibly tiring – both emotionally and physically!

Early morning appointment? Nobody wants to roll out of bed, feeling groggy and battling bedhead, then dash off to try on dresses. The same applies if you’ve just come off the worst day at work, unable to shake the negativity from your boss and clients. I assure you, regardless of how sparkly these dresses are, none of them will shine to you if you’re just not that into it.

Book your appointments at a time of day when you feel your best: some brides prefer early weekend mornings while others look forward to shopping for frocks in the evening, after work. (I work around your schedule – so feel free to get particular!)

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5. Be open-minded

So you’ve done your due diligence.

You’ve scoured the pages of all the bridal magazines and think you know exactly what you’re looking for – amazing! Bring in those magazine pages or Pinterest tabs and we’ll use them as a starting point… but keep in mind that what you love on that Maggie Sottero size-2 may not translate to your body the exact same way.

Wedding dress designers often use teeny-tiny models and the photos they’re in are styled beyond reality.

To find a dress you love, you’re going to have to not only try on your favourite styles, but also a few others as well. I help brides learn what suits their personal proportions, statue, personality, comfort and confidence levels.

If I had a nickel for every time a bride left my boutique with a dress totally different than what she came in imagining…

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6. Be realistic

Don’t shop for your wedding gown under the assumption that you will lose weight to fit into it.

Most dresses have up to an inch of fabric in their seams to let out, or you can easily take a zipper out of the back of a dress and add a corset to give flexibility in size – but it’s extremely risky to choose a wedding gown based on losing weight.

Even the most regimented diet or exercise routine won’t guarantee weight loss at exactly the spots you need to lose, and circumstances leading up to your wedding can alter your life, stress levels, and eating habits in ways you can’t prepare for.

Instead of worrying about your size, let’s put that time and energy into finding a gown that makes you feel gorgeous the instant you put it on!

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7. Pick your posse

Decide in advance who you will be bringing with you to your gown appointments. Pick the 1 or 2 people in your life whose opinions you trust most and limit your entourage. All too often, depending on how decisive or strong-minded they are on their own, brides can quickly become overwhelmed and confused by handfuls of differing opinions being tossed at them from the sidelines. Sadly, I’ve seen all too many brides be talked out of the dress they loved most.

Or, why not start out by shopping on your own first? Get an idea of what you like and once you’ve built up your own opinions and style preferences, then introduce your final favourites to your mom, your aunt, your Maid of Honour. Make sure your nearest and dearest understand that you’ve narrowed down the dress selections on your own in advance, but that you want their final vote of approval before making the leap.

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8. Be decisive

I would advise against shopping for a wedding dress unless you’re actively out to make a decision.

Sure, trying on gorgeous gowns is every bride-to-be’s right-of-passage into the world of wedded bliss – and don’t get me wrong, some brides do find their dress when (and where) they least expect it – but don’t deliberately book appointments “just to see what’s out there” if you’re not planning on making a decision in the near future (or better yet, if you’re not even engaged).

Yup. Sometimes you might find yourself out running errands, be drawn into a bridal boutique, follow your intuition, and walk out with the dress… but not every bride can always be so lucky.

Shopping before you’re ready to make a decision ends up being a waste of time for both bride and boutique. Our selection of styles changes frequently – what you may fall madly in love with now likely won’t be around six months down the road. Of course, if there’s a gown you just have to have, and you’re willing to put down a deposit, then shop away! But if you’re ‘just trying on dresses for fun’ or ‘just to get a feel for it’ you’re going to end up overwhelmed and frustrated when you can’t remember, six months down the road, what you tried on what one day.. at that one shop…. where was that, again?

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9. Don’t rush

Being decisive is different from being hasty when it comes to picking the gown of your dreams.

Every bridal boutique offers a different experience and brides often tell me about the spectrum of quality in customer service they encounter along their dress-shopping-journey.

Be prepared to be pressured.

My biggest piece of advice here – if you’re feeling panicked, leave! Don’t fall for sales tactics that scare you….

“You’re running out of time!”

“This style might not be available in a few months.”

“But we’re only having a taxes-included sale today!”

Buying a gown is overwhelming on a good day. What happens if you love two dresses equally?

And let’s face it, it’s not a cheap decision to make.

For the love of all that is right in the world…. just sleep on it. A day or two won’t make any difference (and don’t be afraid to negotiate the taxes-in sale a day later… the worst they can say is no).

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 10. Don’t cheat on the one you love

When you’ve found ‘the one’… stop looking!

Just like men.

There will always be beautiful dresses out there, and the rack your dress came off of will be filled with beautiful new designs from the next season’s styles in just a few short months. Unless you’re absolutely distraught at the choice you made, trust yourself on why you chose the dress you did. So long as you’re wearing that gorgeous gown with confidence, you’ll radiate with unforgettable bridal beauty.

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A note from the WG wed-iquette team:

As wedding planners, we’ve helped hundreds of brides choose the dress of their dreams. An important note when shopping for your gown? Don’t forget to respect the boutiques you’ve made appointments with. As with any in-person meeting, make sure to call if you’re running late or cancel your appointment if something else comes up (believe me, we understand that things happen!). Many bridal shops like Gown And Glory operate by-appointment-only to give every bride the one-on-one attention she deserves. And from what we know, none of them bite if you need to cancel.

Happy Dress’ing!

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mINK Creative | Taylor Jackson |  Fresh Canadian Content |  Silverlight Photography | Rick Denham |  Foster Visuals |  Captivate Bridal

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Would you say ‘yes’ to a $199 (wedding) dress?

{ brides, just beware … }

The headline reads, “Liquidator hopes for a bridal wave with wedding gown clearance sale”; a picture of a smiling guy with a wedding dress draped around his neck, stationed in front of racks upon racks of wedding gowns.

The woman standing behind him doesn’t look quite as excited as he does.

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Yup. It sounds pretty alluring, alright…

Every wedding dress is only $199 – because longstanding Windsor Bridal went out of business and Jonathan Ordon just wants to see them sold.

But Jonathan Ordon isn’t a bridal fashion expert.

Neither is his retail manager.

He’s a liquidator… a business owner…. who wants to see 7,000 wedding gowns sold in just 60 days.

One of our fashion insiders visited the Bridal “wearhouse” a few days ago and gave us the inside scoop.

“1999 called… they want their dresses back.”

Any discerning bride can tell you that wedding gowns aren’t created equal. Styles, silhouettes, shapes, and shades change with every wedding season – and just because it’s $199 and doesn’t look offensive on a hanger doesn’t mean that it’s the dress for you.

“But it’s so cheap! I’ll just get a seamstress to alter it into what I love!” – one bride explained why she felt comfortable buying a dress she wasn’t entirely in love with.

For her sake, we really hope she has a runway-worthy seamstress in her back pocket.

“Wedding gowns are designed to be altered slightly – a tucked hem, a cinched waist, cups added into the bust – but they’re not designed for heavy re-creation!” we were told. “Especially with the intricate beading and lacework on dresses – it really would take a top-of-the-line expert to revive a dated gown into something style-worthy today. And it wouldn’t be cheap.”

Angela from Gown and Glory Consignment Boutique in Toronto has already been getting the phone calls.

“Brides walked away from sales like these with 2-3 dresses, hoping that when they get home, they’ll love at least one of them. That’s when the buyer’s remorse sets in and they’re desperate to have me consign their hasty choices. I feel awful, but I just can’t.”

In only a few short days since the liquidation opened its doors, Angela has had to turn a number of consigning brides away.

“Gown and Glory has a strict policy to only sell fashion-forward, high-quality bridal wear.”

Nothing in Angela’s shop is older than three years, and she has a keen eye for what will sell versus what will sit on her racks, untouched. Despite wanting to help regretful brides, Angela is forced to turn all dated and mishandled gowns away.

“It doesn’t matter how cheap they were… nobody wants to wear them next year.”

And that’s just it.

Do you really want to spend just $200 on a dress you don’t love, strictly because it was $200? Sure, you’ve probably had dinners more expensive than that… but brides today are more empowered and more discerning with every meticulous detail of their wedding day – does leaving the single-most important fashion piece you’ll ever buy up to chance make sense?

Ultimately, it’s not for us to decide. We haven’t been to the warehouse, we can’t speak to the quality of the gowns or even the quality of experience offered to brides… but what we can speak to is this….

If something seems too good to be true….. don’t say yes to the dress.

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To read the full article at The Toronto Star, click here.

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November 17, 2014

#MeetThisGirl :: Caryl Baker Visage, Yorkville

{ this is Kyla }

Authored by: Mary Smirle, one of Kyla’s favourite people.

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Yorkville.

Let’s be honest.

If you know Toronto—whether you live there or just read about it—you know about Yorkville.

TIFF.

Celebrities.

Stores that would turn away Julia Roberts even AFTER the makeover, no matter what a big mistake it might be.  Huge, in fact.

Yup. That’s Yorkville.

And right there, the neighbourhood lynchpin: the gorgeous, tempting money pit that is Holt Renfrew.

Oh, hello there, Holt’s.

What’s that?

Can I buy a nail polish for $35 RIGHT NOW so I look like I belong?

Why yes.

Yes, I can.

Can I do it without the inevitable Renfrew Regret that comes after I leave the luxe glamour of the store?

Well. There’s the rub.

Enter Kyla Garritano.

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Kyla knows her Holt.

She knows her luxury.

She knows quality when she sees it.

She lives by Andy Warhol’s quip, “I’ve never met a person I couldn’t call a beauty.”

And Kyla’s bringing her own fabulous sense of style to a new location inside the Holt Renfrew Centre in lovely Yorkville.

Kyla is now the proud owner of Toronto’s newest Caryl Baker Visage boutique, a brand known as “The Face Experts”.

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She’s so incredibly excited to combine her own vision of a beautify boutique spa (known to her friends as the Kylab) with the established expertise of one of Canada’s most well-known, but still affordable industry authorities.

Kyla might not initially seem like a determined, driven businesswoman.

She’s a vivacious blonde who can talk a mile-a-minute when she’s on a role—her enthusiasm and love of her work is positively palpable when she really gets going.

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But it would be a bad idea to dismiss her because of this exuberance and her youthful appearance; she’s used to being underestimated, and, she admits, revels at times in pulling the drop cloth off the mannequin, revealing the oceans of brains behind her tsunami of words.

Part of the reason she speaks so quickly is simply because she has so much knowledge to share.  With a background in finance and IT, her management success in both the for-profit and the charitable sectors spans 16 years, a remarkable length for a woman of her age.

That, and, well… she’s fabulous.

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Before opening the Kylab, Kyla was the Director of Finance and Administration for an educational non-profit organization that spanned Ontario and had reserves in the seven-digits. When her not-for-profit closed its doors in 2013 after its parent org decided to shift its focus, she decided it was time to pursue one of her two passions: beauty.

(The other is food; if you want to really reach Kyla’s heart, compliment her eyelashes and then ask her where to find the best sashimi. Or salumi. Or cupcakes.)

She’s parlaying this management experience into her new salon:

“Treat someone well,” she notes, “and they’ll treat you better.”

Kyla loves the hands-on role she’s taking, relishing the title of General Manager as much as Owner.

She’s not interested in selling snake oil; for her, it’s about figuring out what works with each client’s natural beauty.  It’s about the ingredients, about what each actually does to help keep the skin healthy and happy, and how to enhance the face.

“After all, if a product doesn’t benefit you, doesn’t suit you, well, there’s no value in selling it to you. You won’t be happy and you won’t want to come back.”

The new spa at #VisageYorkville plans to offer services for bridal parties and other significant life events (I have high hopes she’ll have a special service designed for my most favourite of the Prom Looks, the Sparkle Prom). Kyla hopes, however, to also bring in a clientele interested in making the most of their natural beauty in a way that’s suitable for the corporate world.

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And that’s what it comes down to, in the end.

She just wants to make people happy.

She wants women to leave her salon after their facials and treatments floating on air, knowing they look great, and maybe more importantly, knowing how to do it themselves in-between times.  For those days when there’s that important meeting or dinner with the potential in-laws.  Those days when you might not be able to justify a professional make-up application—that’s the knowledge, the information Kyla wants to share with her clients.

You know the style she means when you talk to her: that elusive “polished but not overdone, neat but certainly not like I tried TOO hard…” style that we are expected to be able to knock off in less than 10 minutes in the mornings while blow-drying our hair and brushing our teeth, while maybe wrangling a child or small puppy with one foot.

And she thinks a lot of what would make that possible is having that little bit of extra confidence that comes from being just a little pampered and treated well.

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After all, to turn back to Andy, “Beauty really has to do with the way a person carries it off.”

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As we anxiously await the Grand Opening (slotted for December 12, 2014) follow Kyla and the #VisageYorkville spa on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

And you actually probably should… the giveaways this team has set for their big reveal are pretty exciting!

When you visit, be sure to let all of us know what little touch of glamour the #VisageYorkville team brought into your day for a chance to be featured.

Now, go and get gorgeous!

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The WeddingGirl.ca Meet This Girl blogs showcase inspiring and powerful women who change brides’ lives.

Be sure to visit our other #MeetThisGirl features:

Angela Kerry

Tiffany Pratt

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November 15, 2014

The Making of a LookBook

Behind-the-scenes of the 2015 #WGLookBook

If you’ve been following along with our social media, you’ll have noticed some buzz about our upcoming LookBook which we will be launching in March. (So exciting!!!)

We had our first shoot October 26, which wouldn’t have been possible without our amazing vendors!

Gown & Glory

Lush Brush

Country Lane Floral Design

Country Lane Vintage Rentals

Serena Swan Photography

Inviting Elegance Stationery

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And our beautiful model Stephanie

Here’s a behind-the-scenes-look at a day on the set of a photoshoot. (You can also check it out on our Facebook page.)

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I hope you enjoyed this little sneak peak!

Can’t wait to share the photos from Serena Swan Photography.

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Leah Sandhu is a Fusion Wedding Expert and Bridal Lifestyle Blogger at WeddingGirl.ca.

To have Leah’s creative input and meticulous attention to detail for your celebration, make sure to Get In Touch! Have a question? Email me leah@weddinggirl.ca

Find Leah on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest

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November 10, 2014

#WGxGentsExpo – Toronto Nov. 14 -16 2014

{ Be there }

The Gentlemen’s Expo is this weekend in Toronto – are you going?

Is your gentleman going?

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Contests, incredible guest speakers, and awesome vendors are a few reasons to check it out (Here are 10 more if anyone still needs convincing!).

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Get ready Toronto, this weekend all gentlemen {and gentlemen in training} will get to see, sample and peruse some of the best brands out there!!

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Team Weddinggirl is pumped to be checking out the event – with the ever-gallant AlphaGroom at our side! Stay tuned to the blog to hear all about the gentlemanly awesomeness we find.

Want to join us?

We have a pair to weekend passes to give away!

1. Connect with me (Linda) and AlphaGroom on the social media channel of your choice (Facebook, Twitter,  or Instagram).

2. Post a picture of something “Gentlemanly” (bonus points for inventive/funny entries!) with the following tags: #WGxGentsExpo #AlphaGroom

3. Winner will be contacted Thursday morning!

And remember guys….

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Connect with The Gentlemen’s Expo Team over on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram for all the updates!

Good luck!

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November 6, 2014

the Bridal Gown Marketplace @ WeddingGirl.ca

 { dresses, dresses, dresses … }

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Getting married?

We’re pretty sure this new thing we’re doing just made picking out your perfect wedding gown infinitely more awesome than it was before.

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Remember a few weeks ago when we introduced you to the entirely amazing Angela Kerry of Gown and Glory Bridal Consignment Boutique?

Not only are all of us at WeddingGirl SO very excited to have Angela on board for our WG Real-World Bridal LookBook photoshoots, we’re also beside ourselves with excitement to launch her entire bridal wear line on the WeddingGirl.ca website!

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Introducing…

{ the Bridal Gown Marketplace @ WG }

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In collaboration with the oh-so-fabulous Gown and Glory Boutique in Toronto, we’re bringing wedding gown shopping (on a budget) to the comfort of your home, office, smart device; pretty much anywhere you can peruse all of these gorgeous frocks online!

Over the next few days, we’ll be unveiling Gown And Glory’s entire bridal wear collection in our Previously Loved Shop.

There, you’ll find photos, descriptions, and the can’t-be-beat pricing that Angela is offering brides in the Toronto and Southern Ontario area. More importantly than ‘just buying a dress online’, you’re warmly welcomed to visit Angela at her beautiful boutique to try on the styles you love and get her professional, expert style consulting every step of the way.

So whether it’s satin, lace, tulle, or taffeta that you’re after…. and even if you have absolutely no idea what it is you want to wear down the aisle, we’ve found a way to bring wedding gown shopping to you!

Important Note:

We’ve categorized all of these fabulous frocks by how they fit, approximately, based on real-world street sizing. So many brides, when they start shopping for their perfect dress, don’t realize that wedding gown sizing is all over the map! Often, label sizes are 1-2 sizes larger than regular clothing. While you’re browsing, make sure to note the differences we’ve listed and look for your regular size.

More importantly, every dress fits every body type differently depending on fabric, cut, structure, and ultimately every unique bride’s body shape, type, and proportions. Some brides will find themselves fitting within two size categories, so make sure to try on what you love before making the final call! (don’t worry, Angela will be there to help – and we’re perfectly positive you’ll love her as much as we do).

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Visit Gown And Glory to visit your favourite wedding gown,

or to consign the one you already have.

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Happy Dress’ing!

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November 5, 2014

What to wear for your Engagement Session

How to put to together The Perfect Outfit

Authored by: Leah Sandhu

Engagement photography is a fairly new concept, but I’m so glad that someone decided to start marking this joyous occasion with a photo session!

E-sessions are a fun time for you to play around with your outfits, but hunting for that perfect outfit can be tricky, which is why I am here!

Makeup

First let’s start with makeup. You can choose to have professional makeup done, or keep it simple and just add a fresh lip colour with each look. The important thing is to look and feel like yourself.

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{Wedding Sparrow}

Be Yourself

Wear something that shows your personality and that you are comfortable in. Wearing something too tight, or too low, if you aren’t used it will make you look and feel uncomortable.

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{Wedding Chicks}

Wear solid colours

Solid colours photograph best, but don’t wear red close to your face. Take a cue from this stylish guy and wear red shoes & suspenders instead!

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{Magnolia Rouge}

Match without being matchy

Plan your outfits together so that the colours don’t clash, but don’t wear ‘matching’ outfits. Things should go, but not necessarily match.

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{A Paper Proposal}

Dress for the weather

If you are cold, it will show in your pictures! Bring an extra sweater or blanket to throw on if necessary, and have an umbrella handy in case the storm clouds roll in half way through your shoot.

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{Simple Registry}

{Style Me Pretty}

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Congratulations on your engagement, I hope these tips help you as you plan for your e-session!

For more tips and inspiration, follow along on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. I’d love to connect with you!

leah

Leah Sandhu is a Fusion Wedding Expert and Bridal Lifestyle Blogger at WeddingGirl.ca.

To have Leah’s creative input and meticulous attention to detail for your celebration, make sure to Get In Touch!

Have a question? Email her: leah@weddinggirl.ca

 

 

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October 29, 2014

the sad, sad day when WeddingGirl disappeared….

Filed under: Bridal Blog — WeddingGirl @ 1:53 pm

by: Mary

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…. on Facebook, anyway.

And, well… okay…. maybe “over” is a touch dramatic…. but it’s still sad.

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I started this business almost six years ago. It was around that time that I created the WeddingGirl Dot Ca profile on Facebook. It was in the prehistoric days of social media when Twitter made no sense to anyone, Instagram was nothing more than a glimmer in Kevin Systrom’s eye, and Facebook “Pages” hadn’t been invented yet. It was back in the days when social networking was still about social networking, not social-network-monetizing.

Those were the days.

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Over the years, the friends on WeddingGirl’s profile grew…. originally from the closest friends and family who knew about my endeavours to then my local support system, a broader audience of brides, wedding vendors, aspiring wedding vendors, aspiring event planners, and most recently just a handful of a few thousand of WG’s nearest and dearest who would interact with that profile they way I would wish for them to interact with me: as a person, not as a brand.

This morning I received a notification on my phone that I needed to log into Facebook from my web browser.

Upon attempting to do that, I was told that I needed to convert my profile to a page.

…. But I already have a WG page?

I wondered if I would lose my friends, my wall, my newsfeed, my photos, my notes – pretty much everything that’s been my WG life since 2010.

The answer turned out to be ‘yes’.

My friends have turned into “likes’.

There’s no more wall to track the random rompings of this doe-eyed, black haired wedding planner and her army of WeddingGirls.

No more newsfeed to keep my finger on the pulse of the world’s happenings (yes, I’ve learned of most recent celebrity deaths and global news events through Facebook. No, I’m not necessarily proud of this!).

Photos – gone.

Notes – gone.

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Every year WG’s friends would get notifications that it was her birthday (the anniversary of the date I registered the domain name) and the profile would get flooded with “birthday” love… so much so that I had our graphic designer create this gorgeous little design.

Happy Birthday WeddingGirl

And Xmas WeddingGirl.

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And Movember WeddingGirl.

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Ugh…..

WeddingGirl died today.

And I’m so sad about it.

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Fact of the matter is, though… when you’re a business owner, there’s no such thing as setbacks.

Everything that happens is for the best possible outcome, even though you may not see it right away.

It would seem that the Universe had a different path for WG and I – be it through alternative social media outlets, through this blog, through the WG team (whose profiles are still beautifully in tact, from what I gather!).

Business owners adapt. Entrepreneurs get creative. Dreamers don’t treat anything as debilitating.

Well, except for … like… reruns of Saved By The Bell. Those are pretty immobilizing.

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What makes me most sad, though, is the loss of the equally humbling and exhilarating thread that ensued on the WG Facebook profile yesterday when I casually mentioned that we need more wedding planners…. so many excited aspiring planners and dreamers and believers-in-all-things-in-love.

If you’re reading this, aspiring-wedding-planners, I STILL MEANT IT!!!

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THAT blog will have to come next… once I get past the reeling disgust of my once warm, inviting, and personalized Facebook wall now being replaced with an ugly, austere advertising dashboard (no joke).

To everyone that I still ENTIRELY believe to be a real human being behind a social media account (just as I am) — you will ALWAYS be my friend! even if the powers that be at the Facebooks inside that you’re just a “like” now…..

I will always love you!

you were all i could think about today

And if there’s a prize for most awesome collection of pink-themed sad photos anywhere on the interwebs, methinks I’ve definitely earned it.

Thanks, Pinterest.

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Sidenote: with all of these shenanigans on Facebook, come say hello on Twitter and Instagram:

@WeddingGirlca

 

I promise there will be plenty more love, glitter, and unicorns there soon!

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October 28, 2014

Gown and Glory | Toronto Bridal Consignment Boutique

{ bridal style on a budget }

We know better than most that magic happens when we dare to dream.

Angela Kerry, a wife, mother and fashion lover, is the creative mind behind Toronto’s leading consignment bridal fashion boutique, Gown and Glory.

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Angela’s story is passionate and colourful – dotted with trials, tribulations, dreams, aspirations.. inspiring us with her ‘never-give-up’ attitude!

Choosing to be a stay-at-home mom, Angela wants to play an integral role in the lives of her little ones. She also has a business baby to attend to. She balances a busy family alongside building a company that brides in the Greater Toronto Area need to know about.

“Focused on building the business for two years, my husband and I juggled and adapted. I don’t know if I’d call it fate, or simply just taking the leap and going for an opportunity that presented itself – one that seemed like it was meant to be.”

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Angela had never worked in the wedding industry before, but she strongly believed that if you have the core skills to provide absolutely exceptional customer service, you can learn the details of any industry.

“There was certainly a learning curve to understanding what women-in-love wish for: silhouettes, fabrics, bridal lingo…”

It didn’t take long for her to figure it out and feel completely confident in providing brides the expertise and devotion they look for in a wedding vendor.

Above all else, Angela continues to provide an unparalelled customer experience – Her intimate studio allow every bride that crosses the threshold to feel as if she’s the only one.

 

{ the Consignment Stigma }

The stigma around consignment wedding gowns is about as ‘cool’ these days as black and white damask.

Once upon a time, wearing a previously-worn wedding gown was scoffed at…. but then again, once upon a time, wearing white on your wedding day meant something entirely different too!

Wedding planning reality check:  times are changing.

Gone are the days of ‘bad luck’ in wearing a previously-loved gown.

There’s no magic hex on wedding dresses that have been loved, worn, dry-cleaned, and returned to their original state of immaculate gorgeousness.

Oh…. and did we mention that most of the gowns at Gown And Glory have never been worn at all? Brides are constantly changing their minds, and that translates to some serious savings for all you budget-conscious wives-in-training out there.

The way we see it? Every bride needs to know about this hidden gem: a unique shop that offers racks upon racks of alternatives for the budget-savvy, eco-conscious, educated and discerning bride anxious to make careful and meaningful choices when it comes to planning her big day.

“It’s an unconventional and intimate place to find your dream wedding gown at a price that you can really feel good about.”

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{ the Experience }

Angela says it best…

“Once a bride starts the dedicated process of searching for her gown, she’ll quickly learn that finding the perfect dress is not only about its style or price tag - it’s about the experience!”

Each bride at Gown And Glory is guaranteed to have an experience like no other boutique they’ve visited: completely private, un-intimidating, informative, and stress-free. Brides are invited to come on their own or with their favourite people – all of which are made to feel at home, at ease, and pampered in this unpretentious and inviting atmosphere.

All the celebrities these days are doing the private-shopping, luxe boutique thing — and brides can be doing it too!

The Gown and Glory Boutique closes its doors to any other bride for up to two hours of private shopping. The one-on-one personalized service is something larger bridal shops often struggle to deliver, and it’s something Angela knows is ineffective when making such a big decision.

“There is no pretension, no judgement and definitely no pressure to purchase or to conform.”

The gowns in Angela’s shop are curated from a broad range of designers, from up to three years of designer collections. Brides will have the opportunity to see and try on many dresses not available in stores and might even stumble upon the one they’ve been searching for for years!

A bridal treasure, indeed!

“We feature new and once-loved gowns from many well-known designers: Maggie Sottero, Pronovias, Melissa Sweet, Alfred Sung, Allure, Mori Lee, Paloma Blanca…. They’re all within three years of production, so brides can be assured that the styles are current.”

No puffy sleeves here, Ladies!

The boutique also carries a selection of jewellery, hair accessories and veils.

If this wasn’t enough of a bridal dream-come-true, Angela also offers style demonstrations as an independent stylist for Henkaa convertible bridesmaid dresses; one dress that can be worn in an endless array of ways; perfect for a diverse bridal party!

 

{ the Bride }

What we love most about Gown and Glory? The diverse spectrum of brides that benefit from this experience.

The Budget-Savvy Bride:

Brides looking for dresses under $1000. Those on a budget. Brides getting married later in life, living with their partner, buying a house, paying for their own wedding. These brides are more money-conscious than their splurging counterparts.

The Eco-Conscious Bride:

These brides want to make meaningful choices when it comes to planning their big day – decisions that positively impact society, decrease their wedding’s carbon footprint. The power of many single acts of green-love make a huge difference when multiplied by the exponent of one another!

The Second-Time Bride:

This bride did the elaborate storybook fairytale wedding the first time around and realizes that this time it’s a dress she’ll wear for one day – a day that goes by so fast – and she wants to be more sensible in how her money is spent.

The Last-Minute Bride:

Sometimes brides don’t have all the time in the world (or, 6-10 months!) to order a wedding gown. Buying off the rack is the more time-efficient option when planning a quaint cottage wedding, a destination elopement, or simply preferring a planning timeline that doesn’t prolong the wait for the big day. After all, when you meet the person who you want to spend forever with – you want forever to being as quickly as possible!

The Petite Bride:

Imagine how difficult it is for petite brides (i.e. size zero to four) to narrow down the style of many dresses because so many sample gowns these days come in sizes ten to twelve! It’s important to see, clearly, how a dress will actually fit – and the Gown And Glory Boutique carries every range of sizes available for trying on to your heart’s content!

The Larger Bride:

Just as super petite girls will struggle to find dresses to try on that fit their frame, those brides who need larger-than-sample sizes often feel discouraged and humiliated when dress shops carry limiting samples. Angela stocks dresses up to size 20.

The Sensible Bride:

A wedding gown is the single most elaborate, most expensive, piece of clothing most women will ever buy, ever wear (for only one day – even a few hours for some!). These brides want to make smart choices with how their budgets are spent – elaborate price tags don’t interest them.

The Consigning Bride:

And once “I Do” is all said and done…. Gown and Glory provides past-brides, or brides that have changed their mind, the opportunity to recover some of their costs – all while helping brides-to-be save upfront on theirs!

Gown and Glory is for smart women looking for ways to save the money they’ve worked hard to earn.

All of us at WG believe previously-loved, pre-owned, consigned are all practical and viable options that caters to sensible budgets without compromising fashion and style.

I mean, who doesn’t want to save up to 75% off retail pricing?? We know we do.

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Searching for your perfect dress?

Visit the Gown And Glory Boutique website and

get in touch to set up your personal shopping experience!

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Angela was featured in a WeddingGirl.ca “Meet This Girl” post.

Click here to read her story.

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Vendor Love | Dan Osadtsuk Photography

{ because, Dan Osadtsuk … }

 

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We put out a call for super-awesome photographers.

Dan replied.

Hey Wedding Girl(s),

(he knew there was ‘a bunch of us now’).

He continued….

I’ve attached some of my favourite images as of late! To be perfectly honest, it’s hard to pick. I kind of have a crush on a lot of my clients. Often times, I just luck out and find these really genuine clients on the other (better) side of the divorce rate statistic! I don’t believe I’m the greatest photographer out there, but I feel very lucky to do what I do for a living. It’s an absolute joy to be so intimately intertwined with my couples on their wedding days, when they are at their very best, and I’m sure you can all attest to that.

(he’s not wrong).


I don’t write about myself very often haha. I am a pierced, tattoo’d individual (not too heavily) and I love folks of all creeds and cultures. In the past I’ve shot mostly Central and South Indian weddings, and am now moving more towards smaller, more intimate events. Big budgets are the least of my concern, as money is just not a motivator for me. As long as I’m fed, clothed, and sheltered, I’m a pretty happy camper :) My passion in wedding photography, is the connection of the couple. It’s pretty spectacular watching two people who are absolutely crazy for one another, sort of like watching a really great movie; Everything just unfolds in front of you, and it’s quite pleasant.

*swoon*

We liked him already. And then went to his website….

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As wedding planners, wedding bloggers, and girls who live life all-things-in-love, we see a lot of wedding photographs. (a lot!)

When I, as a planner-blogger-bridal-life-stylist, log onto a photographer’s website and see an elderly couple, a same-sex couple, a tattoo’d and pierced unconventional couple… I immediately know I’ve found a gem in the industry.

Dan Osadtsuk has earned himself every ounce of kudos that this particular WeddingGirl has to offer. Good for you, Sir.

Good for you for believing that love is love.

Good for you for seeing the beauty in love of all shapes, sizes, colours, ages, style.

Good for you.

Seriously.

I didn’t even need to go any further into Dan’s website to know that he’s super talented and unbelievably passionate about his work…. but, I suppose these images really do say it all. This man’s got talent.

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