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May 27, 2015

The Perfect Wedding Shoe for You

{ 5 factors to consider when shoe shopping }

Authored by: Angela Kerry

Until you’ve been there yourself, you would never guess that finding the perfect wedding shoe could be just as hard as finding the perfect dress. But it is! Most of the time anyway.

A great pair of shoes (that you can comfortably walk in) can make you feel sexy, confident and empowered. But if you’re like me, I’ve bought shoes that were too small, thinking that I could stretch them out,  or boots that I *had* to have, but the heel was maybe two inches too high for me. Trust me when I tell you my husband was not impressed having to practically carry me as I latched onto his arm, barely able to walk, both times I wore them.

Why are we are willing to torture ourselves, or specifically our feet, for the love of shoes?!

It’s because shoes say a lot about our style and personality.  They can make us feel great when we wish our outfit could be better, when we’re having a bad hair-day, or if we’re feeling self-conscious about our bodies. The perfect shoe can do all these things and more…

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…but for your wedding day, make sure you think it through.

With all the items you need to think about for your big day, nobody really spends time coming up with a strategy on how to manage your bridal-tootsies, but you should! It’s going to be a very long day, and it would be unfortunate if all you can think about is how much your feet hurt and when will finally be OK to take off your shoes.

It’s a pretty popular practice for a bride to wear high heels for the ceremony and photos, but then change into her hidden pair of flats or flip-flops for the dance floor. Recently, I heard about a bride who changed her shoes 5 times throughout the course of the wedding day! Cheers to her! What a great way to justify your shoe fetish, especially if you can wear them again.

So, with your perfect pedicure in mind, here are 5 things to think about when considering the perfect wedding shoe for you.


1. Comfort is key

Just how long will your wedding day be? From the time you’re up and dressed, until you collapse on the dance floor, you will have a pair of shoes on your feet. If these shoes hurt your feet, you won’t be able to focus fully on anything else. If you’re not used to wearing heels, you might not want to start now. There is an art to walking naturally in a heel, so if you’re a beginner, give yourself time to perfect it. Comfort is key for an enjoyable day and night, so consider opting for a shorter wedge, or kitten heel. If you do opt for that sky high stiletto, plan to change into flats, strappy sandals, or go barefoot when it’s time to hit the dance floor.

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2. Vertically challenged

Consider how tall your fiance is. If you’re almost the same height as him, you may want a shorter heel so you’re not towering over him (unless he likes you in heels of course). On the other hand, maybe he’s a foot taller than you and you want to gain some height with a heel. If you want to build up some height, while maintaining comfort and stability, go for sturdy wedges. If height is the opposite of what you need then wear a flat from beginning to end. Your feet will love you for it.

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3. Practicality

We all know that fashion isn’t always practical, but keep in mind where your wedding ceremony will be held. You may love wearing heels, but those signature sky-high stilettos you normally wear might not make sense for your day. A backyard garden wedding, or the trek down a cobblestone walkway to an outdoor alter, could result in a wobbly and awkward walk, or worse – a sprained ankle. If you’ve actually forgotten how to walk in flats, consider a wider wedge heel for outdoor venues. For beach weddings where a stiletto heel will just sink in the sand, shop for strappy sandals. My personal favorite are the new barefoot sandals – I love them – and what a great bridesmaid gift too!

Barefoot Sandals

 

4. The style of your dress

Not every type of shoe will suit every type of dress. Consider the proportions of your dress in relation to your height, as well as considering the silhouette of the gown. For example,

- If you’ve choosen a sheath dress, you can often see the toes of the shoes when you’re standing still, and always when you walk, so you want a shoe that is not too bulky, but rather delicate and perhaps strappy, so that the foot isn’t the focal point at first glance.

- If you’re wearing a ballgown or more of a full skirt, be creative with your shoes, choose a pop of colour or a fun print!

- If your dress is a tea length or a high/low cut dress, your shoes will be a prominent part of the overall look. They will be a focal point of your entire outfit. Have fun with it. Shoes can be an art piece.

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Some brides like to choose a shoe that suits their theme if they have one - for example,  cowboy boots or a pair of converse. But if a traditional ivory wedding shoe is what you love, there are some unbelievably gorgeous options out there, beyond the basic dyable satin pumps.

Important note: style is subjective. If you see beauty in it, if you love it, wear it…and rock it!


5. Reusability

This is the practical side of me talking. If you’re not going for a more traditional wedding shoe, why not get a pair of shoes that you can’t wait to wear again, especially if you’re budgeting to spend a small fortune on them. It’s very difficult to incorporate those white satin dyable pumps into your everyday wardrobe, as they do look distinctively bridal (this is the same reason it’s unlikely you’ll wear a satin or taffeta bridesmaid dress again). However, if you’re a shoe girl, it’s just too sad to buy a pair of shoes that you know you can only wear once. Whether you’re buying for comfort or style, thinking about wearing them after your wedding will give you more bang for your buck. A shoe with colour, pattern, or unique details can create a signature wedding look that is all your own.

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Happy Shoe Shopping!

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May 22, 2015

Previously-Loved Wedding Sale | Toronto

{ pretty DIY Wedding Stuff for sale }

This past weekend, Genna and Dan said “I Do” at the gorgeous Royal Canadian Yacht Club on Toronto island.

What’s better than an absolutely flawless, picture-perfect, fairytale wedding day? Sharing the love afterwards!

Genna is putting her wedding day goodies up for grabs….

Frocks

Justin Alexander Signature Collection 9735 Wedding Gown

Justin Alexander Signature Collection 9735 Wedding Gown

Bridal size 8 (fits street size 6: Bust 35″, Waist 27″, Hips 39″)

Would be good for a bride up to about 5’7″, depending on your footwear selection and hemming.

This stunner is made of raw silk and has at boat/bateau neck line, intricate beading across the chest and down the back. . . it’s a show-stopper ladies! A real old Hollywood glamour appearance (and looks incredible in the sunlight!)

Purchased at Crème Couture Bridal in Guelph — Worn for four hours (ceremony and photos only), currently being professionally cleaned at Creed’s Toronto and will be available to try on the week of June 1st – like new! Asking  $2,500.

Mori Lee 31013 White Chiffon Cocktail Dress

Mori Lee 31013 White Chiffon Cocktail Dress

Bridal size 10 (fits street size 6: Bust 35″, Waist 27″, Hips 38″)

Purchased from PromGirl.com – Worn for four hours at the reception and out being professionally cleaned at Creed’s. This pretty dress will be available to try on the week of June 1, like new! Asking $250.

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Jimmy Choo “Maria d’Ordsay” glitter jeweled pumps/shoes

Size 37 (fits like ladies’ size 7)

Included: original box, individual bags for each shoe, extra narrow SoulMates caps to prevent sinking in grass.

Purchased at Holt Renfrew – minor/superficial wedding day wear on bottoms (pictured). Asking $750

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Jimmy Choo Maria dOrdsay glitter jeweled pumps

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Intricate Handmade Art Deco Bridal Belt for 28″ waist

Purchased at Crème Couture Bridal in Guelph and worn for four hours at reception. Asking $250

Intricate Handmade Art Deco Bridal Belt


Simple, elegant, short jeweled veil - purchased at Crème Couture Bridal in Guelph and worn for photos and ceremony (2 hours). Asking $200

Buy Bridal Veil Online Toronto

This gorgeous Swarovski Barron Bracelet  was purchased at the Swarovski store - it’s in perfect condition! Asking $150.

Buy Used Swarovski Online Toronto Bridal Bracelet

So we all know that girls change their minds…. this pretty little bridal bracelet can also be used as a hair accessory …. purchased at Bitter Sweet, and never worn. Asking $50.

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Hair/Face cage veil was purchased at David’s Bridaland never worn. Asking $20.

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Props

The wedding altar was made up of an 8′ x 8′ x 8′ gazebo structure with customized IKEA sheers) (greenery not included). Asking $100

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Check out this gorgeous custom-made a gold sequin photobooth backdrop (10′ tall and 15′ wide).

From Genna: “This is my bridesmaid and I.. she’s the one in green (and I’m rocking the Morilee dress!)”

Asking $250 for the backdrop.

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Reads

This Bride did her wedding-planning homework, and you should too! She’s selling ‘Wedding Etiquette’ by Peggy Post and The DIY Bride Crafty Countdown by Khris Cochran, for $5 each.

Bridal Books Wedding Planning Buy Online

Details

This bride didn’t end up wearing these SoulMates, but they’re really brilliant to have. These are standard size, purchased at Crème Couture Bridal in Guelph. Asking $10.

SoulMates Bridal Shoe Buy Online

These handmade, wooden script table numbers (#1-14 available) were absolute gems on the guest tables. Made by Better Off Wed, purchased previously-loved. Asking $200. 

Gold Script Laser Cut Table Numbers Wedding Decor

Kitchen papers, including gold chevron table runner and gold confetti place mats – along with circular floral waxed paper. These two used these to stylize otherwise lacklustre areas of the wedding like receiving table linens, white guest table linens, bar area, cocktail hour cruiser tables, and ceremony table! They were a huge hit! Asking $50.

Gold Chevron PolkaDot Wedding Decor Paper Toronto


Picture frames and signage, including 3 x 8×10 frames with stands, 14 x 5×7 frames, one round embellished frame, and one guestbook sign – purchased previously loved. Asking $100 for all. 

Gold Wedding Decor Vintage Frames Buy Used Toronto

Set of 10 champagne flutes, purchased at Dollarama. Asking $5

Wedding Day Champagne Flutes Buy Online Toronto

Handmade woodland creature photobooth masks – asking $10

DIY Wedding Photobooth masks woodland creatures props

Glass candy jar filled with gold dinosaurs !? (because why not?) – asking $15

Gold Dinosaur Wedding Favours

Stuff you can have for free if you buy other stuff:

• Will You Be My Bridesmaid? greeting cards — Unused 
• Printing ideas (menu, program, etc)
• “Leave a note for the Bride and Groom” purchased at Anthropologie, unopened
• Stack of Kate Spade “Confidentially Speaking” note cards — Unused
• Wicker gift baskets 
• Handmade paper envelopes
• Handmade ‘Thank You’ bunting banner
• One billion gold sparkles

DIY Wedding Buy Online Toronto Stationery Design

DIY Wedding Decor Buy Used Toronto

See something you love? Send a note to info@WeddingGirl.ca to be connected with our bride!

~ xo

(+ to see the video of their big day and all this gorgeous stuff in action, check out this blog here!)

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May 19, 2015

#HamiltonWeddingGownPopUpShop | May 24

{ Gown & Glory is coming to you, Hamilton! }

The countdown is on for what is expected to be a Wedding Gown Pop-up Shop like no other.

Gown and Glory Consignment Boutique is officially coming to Hamilton (and our very own Hamilton WeddingGirl, Lisa Hardie, couldn’t be happier!).

Join us on Sunday May 24, from 12:00 – 4:30 pm at the Art Gallery of Hamilton (123 King St. W.). Click here to view the map.

Racks upon racks of amazing designer dresses will be available, first-come-first-serve, and will include brand new and sample gowns, as well as previously-loved gowns, reduced by up to 80% off their original retail prices! 

There will be dresses for every size and budget, including sizes 2 to 22, available to touch, feel, and of course to try on. All of these glittery gems have been carefully curated by fashion expert Angela Kerry – to ensure they are all created by current designers, and all perfect and available to go home with their new Bride this weekend!

Attend the event and enter for a chance to win an additional $200 off your dress!

Admission is complimentary! 

You can RSVP directly via our Facebook event HERE.

And if you’re curious to know what you might find, here are some real-world Gown and Glory Brides, as well as some of the gowns that were used as part of our WGLookBook.

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Marcie Costello Photography | Dan Osadtsuk Photography | Serena Swan Photography | Emily Christine Photography

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We’re giving away a #RibfestWedding :: 06.27.15

Filed under: Bridal Blog — WeddingGirl @ 4:37 pm

{ Save The Date, Toronto! }

Ribfest is having a wedding, and YOU’RE invited!

#RibfestWedding Save The Date Toronto Designs By Liselle Stationery

All of us here at WeddingGirl.ca know that falling in love is the beginning of everything…. so why not #KickOffSummer with one lucky couple tying the knot at their very own #RibfestWedding?!

We’ve teamed up with Rotary Etobicoke to give away a first-of-its-kind wedding celebration: a little bit country, a little bit chic, and a whole lot of tasty!

On June 27th, 2015 (Ribfest Toronto’s Opening Day!) Toronto will watch as one couple says “I Do” among pigs and plaid… but this won’t be your typical Ribfest experience. The wedding planning pros at WeddingGirl.ca have beautifully styled a celebration for the books, complete with all the elements of shabby-chic and country-rustic to set any Bride’s heart ablaze!

#RibfestWedding Design Styled Shoot

Toronto’s lifestyle photographer, PureStorm Studios, will be capturing our winning couples’ big day by photo and cinema, leaving our Newlyweds with all their gorgeous moments caught on film.

(Oh, and did we mention that Toronto’s Centennial Park boasts some pretty stellar sunsets?!)

#RibfestWedding Photography June 27 2015

The Fraîche Floral studio is hand-crafting the kind of once-in-a-lifetime-beautiful blooms that any bride would swoon for…. soft, lush, fluffy, and oh-so-crazy-romantic.

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#RibfestWedding Fraiche Floral Studio Hanging Decor

#RibfestWedding BBQ Backyard Cookout Style Shoot WeddingGirl.ca

The creative designer behind Designs By Liselle will be custom-creating enviable wedding day stationery… from personalized programs to elegant escort cards and everything in between!

#RibfestWedding Designs By Liselle Stationery Collage

Our wedding day’s sugar artist, Cakeity Cakes, will be taking great care to ensure no one forgets that even though #MarriageIsMessy, in the end, love really is oh-so-sweet.

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#RibfestWedding BBQ Backyard Cookout

And grub for our guests? From the Ribbers, of course!

Clearly, nothing goes with a wedding gown like BBQ does…

#RibfestWedding BBQ Sauce Rib Hot

#RibfestWedding BBQ Cookout Toronto

#RibfestWedding Toronto Save The Date

#RibfestWedding Tulle Ribs Corn On The Cob Country cookout

So, fasten your BBQ bibs, Toronto… it’s time for a good, ol’ fashioned cookout! AND wedding.

We’re looking for Toronto’s sauciest couple to tie the knot with us on June 27th. All we need is for these two to be crazy-in-love, to know that #MarriageIsMessy, and to be willing to share this unforgettable Ribfest weekend with not only their favourite VIPs, but the rest of the city too!

We’ll provide the pigs… so you just grab your plaid and head over to www.RibfestWedding.com for details on how to enter.

Good Luck!

 

#RibfestWedding Designs By Liselle Stationery

#RibfestWedding Designs By Liselle Burlap Lace Stationery

#RibfestWedding Pigs and Plaid

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Photography: PureStorm Studios | Floral Design: Fraîche Floral Studio | Stationery: Designs By Liselle | Cake: Cakeity Cakes | Bridal Gown: Gown And Glory Boutique

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May 12, 2015

WGxNepal :: please pray for Nepal <3

Filed under: Bridal Blog — WeddingGirl @ 8:55 am

Written by: Mary

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God, somebody just please make that country stop shaking.

This morning my heart is broken, again, for Nepal.

And yes, this is a wedding blog…. yes, we write about pretty dresses and beautiful blooms and all the creative ways to let wedding guests know which table they’re sitting at…. but as a high-profile online outlet, we also have a responsibility….

… a responsibility to be human.

This morning, please think of Nepal.

Your prayers themselves won’t give aid to these beautiful faces… but they will change you…. and collectively, the thoughts of all of us around the globe, can change the world.

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Any time you embark upon any adventure in life, you take a risk.

Whether you’re saying “Yes” to a proposal, “I Do” on a wedding day, or trekking through the Himalayas, you’re taking a risk.

Not too long ago, I took a risk of my own…. a random, unexpected visit to one of the poorest and most beautiful countries on the globe: Nepal.

This morning my heart bleeds, as it did two weeks ago, to hear that this teeny tiny country has been rattled by yet another massive earthquake.

Landing in Kathmandu is like landing in a painting….  and flying into Lukla (labeled the world’s most dangerous airport) is like landing on a mountain island – with no way in, or out, but plane.

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Lukla LUA Nepal

Nepal isn’t just mountains, rivers, and treacherously steep climbs…. it’s gentle faces, beautiful babies, and the kind of kindness that most of us have long forgotten about sharing with one another in the west.

Nepal reminds you of simplicity.

Nepal reminds you to be humble.

Nepal checks your ego at the door when you’re traversing 53 trail kilometers across three vertical kilometers, in hypoxic mountain air.

Nepal changes you.

Nepal changed me.

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Beautiful Nepal

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But praying for Nepal isn’t just for the mountains and the temples and the homes of its impoverished population…

Praying for Nepal is for the faces:

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Think of these beautiful people… because dresses, centerpieces, and escort cards, all mean absolutely nothing, if we don’t take the time to remember to be human.

(and more importantly, to take a moment today to be grateful)

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After my trek to and through the Himalayas, I wrote a book:

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Between now and the end of May, ALL proceeds from The WG Story will go directly to Earthquake Relief in Nepal via the Red Cross.

Click Here to Buy.

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May 2, 2015

Derry + Daniel :: Rosewater, Toronto

{ #DnDsayIDo }

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It’s note often that, in follow up to a Bride and Groom’s big day, we, as their wedding planners, ask for a copy of the couples’ parents’ speech. Well, this was an exception.. and we trust that when you read what we’ve shared below, you’ll understand why.

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For those of you who don’t know me I’m Frank and I am Daniel’s father.
I’d like to welcome you all, family, and friends, to today‘s festivities.
 
As parents approach a child’s wedding day it’s customary to reflect upon certain signposts in a child’s life that flesh out who they are. To say that your mom and I are proud of the person you are is an understatement. Your heart is bigger than this room. 

Today, Daniel, you have tied the knot with Derry: a beautiful, charming, intelligent and athletic partner. 
One day a few summers ago my wife, Judy, and I were having dinner on the patio at the Biermarkt on the Esplanade (great mussels by the way) when Matt Francis, Daniel’s best man, walked by. As part of our conversation Matt asked me if we had met Derry yet, whom Daniel had only been dating for a few weeks. I replied that we had and that we thought she was da bomb and that if Daniel screwed up this relationship he was a fool.
Well Daniel’s mom and I didn’t raise no fools.

Now I’m going to briefly address the newly wedded couple:

Daniel and Derry harken to your wedding vows. I am a big fan of said vows.
To get the job of marriage done, you must reflect, talk, and listen, both to what is said aloud and to what isn‘t, which is where the real truth so often hides.
You have to compromise – a wise word, that, as well as a practical art.
Now I’m not a fortune teller so I can’t tell you what awaits you in the years ahead, but marriage can, should, and must evolve. Don’t be alarmed and don’t resent it.
Be patient and kind, unflaggingly.
In the long run, it’s the unasked for kindnesses in troubled times that matter more than the extravagant gestures. Express gratitude, especially for the work that tends to be taken for granted.
Identify problems that arise, remembering that anger is flammable.
When you’ve behaved like an asshole, either of the two of you, remember that a sincere apology never diminishes the apologizer.
Wrong turns teach us the right way.
My greatest wish for the two of you is that through the years your love for each other will so deepen and grow, that years from now you will look back on this day, your wedding day, as the day you loved each other the least.
And lastly, an old African saying:
If you want to go quickly, go alone.
If you want go far, go together.

I toast you and love you both.”
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This, was Derry and Daniel’s fairytale day….

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Officiant: Ann Forfar | Venue: Rosewater Room | Photography: Matt Trimble | Cinema: Robert Collins | Floral Design: Fraîche Floral Studio | Hair + Makeup: Niki Khalaj + Mona Kavazi | Accommodations: Omni – King Edward Hotel | Photobooth: Never Forget Photo | Cake + Cupcakes: Prairie Girl Bakery | Planning + Coordination: WeddingGirl.ca

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May 1, 2015

WGxPlannercademy™ :: welcome to the next level.

Filed under: WG Media,WGx — WeddingGirl @ 2:56 pm

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Name doesn’t ring a bell?

Well, that might be because we’re brand-spankin’-new! Not to planning weddings or being experts at events – but to taking everything you thought you knew about what it means to be ‘Wedding Planning Certified’ and turning it entirely on its head.

The girl who dreamed up the WeddingGirl brand decided to take it one step further. Rather than just sharing tips with Brides on spending, saving, and splurging on their wedding day, this wedding planner began to take a long, hard look at what being a successful Wedding Planner is all about.

Key word: Successful.

It’s easier than ever these days to call yourself a ‘wedding planner’; you buy a domain name, you create a blog, you sign up an Instagram account – and BAM! You’re a planner.

But…. are you making money?

Remember, the only thing that differentiates a business from a hobby is income.

Is what you’re doing helping you create the kind of life you love?

“A dreamer is someone who jumps of the cliff and builds wings on the way down.”

Courage.

Confidence.

Support.

Sure, there’s tons of other wedding-planning-certification courses out there that claim to be the best-of-the-best in all-things-learning-how-to-pin-on-a-boutonniere …. but after you’ve Instagram’d a selfie with you and your shiny new Wedding Planning Certificate…. what happens then?

Aristotle once said, “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”

We call ourselves Plannercademy™ for short – so as not to take ourselves too seriously – and we believe in educating the heart (just ask the unicorn).

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All it takes is a quick tour of our @Plannercademy Instagram feed to see that we’re nothing like most ‘schools’.

Sure, we believe in teaching you the basics of wedding etiquette, event aesthetic, and vendor research – but more importantly, we aspire to inspire you to understand yourself in ways you’ve never even realized you didn’t before.

“The open environment promoted asking questions”

“It made me feel like I could actually learn it, and do it.”

“It made me feel excited to take the next step.”

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We ask questions.

Hard ones.

We challenge you.

Frequently.

We believe in putting students on the spot and teaching them how to feel uncomfortable – first in a warm, welcoming, relaxed learning environment – so that one day, they’re ready to face the real trials and tribulations of the event industry ‘out there’.

Still feeling hesitant? There’s nothing that a quick trip to our Essie Nail Polish Bar can’t solve!

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Learn to design.

Learn to plan.

Learn to be the driving force behind unforgettable events, with killer style – the kind that makes everyone around you swoon.

But beyond those… learn to brand yourself.

Learn to sell yourself.

Learn to keep getting up and getting back in the ring after you’ve lost the first round.

Our Babes of Directors are true-blue, real-world, Girl-Bosses. We’re living proof that you can earn a solid income while creating a life you love, doing what you’re most passionate about in the world. We’re here to teach you everything that YouTube can’t.

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We teach with champagne in our hands and fascinators in our hair.

We wear offensively sparkly outfits; you know, the ones that you see at Winners sometimes and think, “God… where would I ever wear that?”

Those.

And we laugh…. a lot.

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All of us know that the life of a wedding planner isn’t about dull textbooks and boring banquet halls…. so why should your certification course be?!

We’re busting out the bubbles, mixing up mimosas, and eating cake for breakfast…  because those are the things that make life worthwhile!

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The Plannercademy™ team is made up of real-world women who have accomplished real-world success.

We also bring in real-world role models, motivators, and those fabulous folks who’ve inspired us along the way – to share their stories with our budding entrepreneurs.

If nothing else in this entire world, we believe in community rather than competition…. and we can’t wait to watch you turn your dreams into plans.

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Find additional information and register for our next Toronto Beginner Wedding Planning Certification workshop at www.Plannercademy.com

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With love…

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Our inaugural Canadian Wedding Planning Academy workshop was sponsored by:

The Richmond

Aisle Planner

Purestorm Studios

Divine Furniture Rental

Opening Night Flowers

Gown + Glory Bridal Boutique

Your Shop Girl

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Canadian Wedding Planning Academy Sponsors

Care to share your wedding- related success story with our next group of aspiring dreamers? We’d love to see you featured among our weekend session sponsors! And if you don’t get stagefright, maybe you can come up and share a few words from our Success-Story panel?

Send us a note: info@Plannercademy.com

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April 23, 2015

#WGxCalgary | Meet This Girl

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{ Meet Krystal Robertson }

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Ask this blonde-haired, blue-eyed beauty how she stumbled upon the WeddingGirl.ca brand, and there will be stories of an afternoon in the dog park involved! Seems that Krystal and WG Founder, Mary, had more in common than just their furry sidekicks the day they met at Stanley Park in downtown Toronto.

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{ in her own words }

So, here I am, introducing myself for my dream job.

As I sit here and write this I’m smiling from ear to ear!

My name is Krystal, and I’ve been dubbed “the new WeddingGirl”.

First and foremost, I’d like to mention how blessed I feel to have the opportunity to share my creative vision.

I love everything vintage, lace and floral-inspired.

I’m a big scrapbooker and DIY enthusiast along with being an animal lover, vegetarian, and a little known secret; I’ve seen every Sex and The City episode at least five times.

My dog Darwin is my fuzzy little best friend and travel is one of my biggest passions; I’ve been everywhere from Australia to Southeast Asia. Travelling really helped me gain the confidence I needed to be independent and made me realize how truly fortunate I am for all I have in my life.

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As for this new endeavour with the WG team… the emotions I currently have range from pure excitement to total nerves.  It tugs at my heartstrings to have people believe in me in a way that I never dreamt possible and all of this really has come up at the perfect time in my life. I’m a firm believer that people come in and out of your life at the exact moment that you need them to, whether to teach lessons, cure heartaches, or to form long-lasting relationships.

All of the above are happening for me at this very moment.

Toronto has been my home for the past five years but it’s time to get back to my country roots.

Alberta here I come!

Let’s do this!

Expanding the WeddingGirl team out to Calgary!

Buckle up ladies!

#WGxCalgary

 

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Krystal’s adventures in wedding planning can be found by

friending her over on Facebook

and following her on Twitter and Instagram!

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April 14, 2015

How To Shop For Your Wedding-Gown-Body-Shape…

 { Get to know your wedding gown body type }

Authored by: Angela Kerry

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So, you’ve fallen in love with a specific wedding dress that you saw on a Size Zero model posed in an awkwardly uncomfortable angle. You know the one –  hands on hips, awkwardly hunched over, legs crossed like she has to pee. Sure, her eyes are a little sunken in and her cheeks are a bit bony… but, god! that dress is incredible!

Weird model pose aside, you love the gown she’s rocking and you’re totally certain it’s the one for you.

… until you try it on.

That’s when the love stops.

So now you’re disappointed, left to start again from pages of those teeny tiny models… and you’re struggling to figure out where your bridal plans went so horribly wrong.

The truth is, my love… it’s not you… it’s them.

For real.

The step you’re missing in your bridal gown dreams is figuring out which design of dress actually flatters your body shape!

Sure, that perfect dress looks great on the seriously underfed model…. but, if you’re anything like me, and you enjoy chocolate cake for dessert once in a while – I’d rather that dress not fit me anyway!

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It’s not that your body isn’t perfect for the dress….. it’s actually the exact other way around.

Don’t you worry your pretty little bridal head – I promise you that there is an amazing dress out there for you… and it’s not anything like needles in haystacks – you just need to know your tastes, know your shape, and flatter your assets (wherever they may be).

 

{ Wedding Gown, meet Body Shape … }

Experts say there are anywhere from 6 to 12 body-type categories in the world.

They say that every person fits into one of those categories.

A quick search of Google images will result in so many versions and namings of body types that it’s no surprise that us girls get confused! Do yourself a favour and check out ShopYourShape.com. These body shape guides are totally self-explanatory and super realistic:

 

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Keep in mind that body type charts and guidelines are generalizations.  They only take into account ratios between shoulders or chest, waist, and hips – without accounting for height and overall size of each individual person.

Are you short or long-waisted?

Is your torso longer than your legs or vice-versa?

Do you have a large or small bust-line?

So many factors come together to influence how a wedding gown looks and sits on women’s bodies.

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As a tried, tested, and true wedding dress-connoisseur, I don’t tell brides to avoid shopping for specific silhouettes based on body type…. ever.

My advice is always to try on everything that catches your eye. I pinky-swear, you won’t know how it looks until you try it on!

Sure, we know that certain silhouettes flatter some body-types more than others, but don’t stick yourself into one silhouette category because of what body-type guidelines tell you.

 

{ Dresses aren’t created equal }

So, one strapless gown was way too revealing for you…. but that doesn’t mean that all of them will be!

One waistline might dig into your side and picker at your hip bone, yet the next one we pull of the rack could fit your waist-to-hip proportions just right.

It’s kind of like playing Little Red Riding Hood with wedding gowns.

While the straps on one dress might make you look bulky and broad, others might give you the right amount of delicate detailing to take your shoulders to a gorgeous feminine shape. While some trumpet-style gowns are tight around the thighs, the very next one might have a higher flare – making it totally comfy to dance around in!

 

{ Dress Dictionary }

Here’s a quick intro to wedding dress lingo that you should probably peruse:

A-line

- easy to wear and flatters almost every body-type

- fitted bodice, defining the waistline, and gradually flares out right around the mid-hipline.

A modified A-line is a bit more fitted around the hip and bum, with a slimmer skirt. A modified A-line may be too tight around the hips of a Pear body-type, and may accentuate the midsection of an Oval/Diamond body-type. However, those brides could simply go up in size and alter the top to fit if they find a dress they love.


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Ballgown

- the classic princess look – cinched at the waist with a large bell-like skirt.

Ballgowns vary in their bodice styling, with fit options including the natural waistline, basque waistline (just at top of hipline), or dropped waistline (mid-hipline).

I wouldn’t say that any one body type should avoid a ballgown, however, if you are on the shorter side, short-waisted, and full figured, sometimes a ballgown with a natural waistline can make you look stocky.

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Trumpet

- Surprise, surprise.. this gown is shaped like.. well, a trumpet!

- fitted from the bust-line through to the thigh

- trumpet-shaped skirt starts to gradually flare out around the mid-thigh area.

Oval/Diamond body-types often avoid this shape as it can define their mid-section. Pear body-types can certainly wear this silhouette, particularly when they love to flaunt their hip and thigh assets, but if they have a much smaller upper body, they will have to get a dress in a size that fits their largest parts and alter the rest of the dress to fit.

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Mermaid

- a mermaid is not a trumpet

- while quite similar, the fitted part of the skirt of a mermaid is tight right down to the knee then flares out into a trumpet skirt.

A true mermaid is much harder to walk in because you have less material and space to move your legs. Because this silhouette is so fitted, it accentuates your curves, and for some women it can tend to make them look more hippy than they are. Pear and Oval/Diamond body-types generally try to avoid this silhouette.

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Fit-And-Flare

- often similar to the trumpet silhouette

- defined by a fitted bodice with a dropped waistline ending at the top of thigh, below the bum, or to the mid-thigh. The skirt often flares out from a defined line rather than a gradual continuation into the skirt.

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Sheath

-  often referred to as a column dress

- usually has little to no structure built into the dress.

The fabric on a sheath gown is often cut on the bias, and drapes over the body for a close fit. The sheath silhouette typically hugs every curve, so it can be a trickier style to pull off for those who are more self-conscious about their body. Because it lacks in the structure that often helps to define the waistline, this silhouette can often create a boxy look.

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So here’s to you, pretty girl:

  • If you are shorter in the neckline – avoid heavy straps or illusion necklines! Opt for sweetheart or deep V-necks instead.
  • If you have a longer neckline – a strapless dress that starts at your bust-line often sits quite low, appearing as though it needs to be pulled up. Opt for V-neck with straps, halter, or off-the-shoulder styles instead.
  • If you have a rectangular or athletic boyish body-type, a fitted trumpet style will really define your waist and give you the illusion of an hourglass figure – that va-va-voom you never knew you had!
  • Stuck in a boxy dress? Adding a sash to any dress will instantly define your waistline!
  • If you have a pear or inverted-triangle body-type (larger on the top or bottom) and you love to flaunt your curves, don’t feel like you need to hide them. Simply look for a dress that fits your largest parts, then alter the rest of the dress to fit everywhere else.
  • If you’re trying to camouflage a fuller tummy, avoid dresses that tighten up under the belly button and around the hip, bum and thighs. Choose a dress that has a gradual flare from your widest part.
  • Short? Sometimes the fit & flare and dropped waist styles can appear to cut you in half. Although they may elongate your bodice, they may make your legs look short. When you’re looking at a dress on you, don’t forget to step off the pedestal to see how your actual height affects how the proportion of the design looks.
  • Well endowed? If you have a larger bust-line you don’t have to wear straps to hold everything up. Straps can often make you look bustier if you have a shorter neckline, especially if the straps are too substantial. If you are going for a strapless fit, make sure that the top of your dress comes up and over the top of your bust – tou don’t want the top of the strapless to sit too low (leaving your dress looking too small, giving you bust overflow, and potentially resulting in a clothing malfunction that nobody wants on their wedding day!)
  • Some dresses are better suited for taller girls. If you’re shopping consignment and fall in love with a mermaid gown that was worn by a 6′ bride while you’re used to rocking a solid 5’5, the proportions of that gown won’t fit you properly. Don’t be disappointed – at least you know what you love and are that much closer to finding it!
  • If you’re ordering a dress new, most dresses can be ordered in 3 different lengths – i.e. petite fitting around a height of 5′-5’2″, regular 5’7″ and tall 5’11”. For even taller girls, extra length can be ordered as well.

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Stressed about finding your perfect dress? Contact Angela@GownAndGlory.ca for some love and support along the way. Schedule an appointment at Gown And Glory Bridal Boutique to get to know your body shape and learn how to shop-for-your-shape in a private, intimate, bridal boutique atmosphere.

www.GownAndGlory.ca

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April 10, 2015

#WGLookBook 2015 :: Real Women. Real Looks. Really Pretty.

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Our highly-anticipated WeddingGirl.ca LookBook is finally complete!

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Inspiration for this project? Simply…. being real.

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Those expert-designed wedding scenes that adorn the pages of bridal mags and planning blogs are eye-candy at its finest, but they’re becoming so wildly inaccurate to the logistics of wedding day realities; and, let’s face it, most wedding day budgets. Oh, and, seriously, could those bridal models get any skinnier?! All of that stops here. 

We’re flying in the face of the typical industry trend: stunning styled shoots reserved for six-figure budgets.

We’re going against the grain and using real women, with real bodies, to showcase really gorgeous gowns.

We’re inspired by every colour of the rainbow to create celebrations that are a true reflection of your love story.

The #WGLookBook isn’t just about real women, real dresses, and realistic decor concepts. These pages are bound with dreams. Look closely and you’ll see the fibers of dozens of passionate individuals intricately woven together to create something amazing: aspiring planners, interns, volunteers, and creative spirits with a common goal – to make everything around them beautiful. 

The oh-so-fabulous Tiffany Pratt introduces the importance of colour, Angela Kerry of Gown & Glory Boutique dissolves the stigma around consignment, and our very own Lisa Hardie shares the realities of turning inspirational dreams into wedding day plans.

Red.

Orange.

Yellow.

Green.

Blue.

Purple.

We’ve taken every colour of the spectrum and beautifully crafted inspiration pages from designer to DIY, opulent to understated – to inspire brides everywhere, on every budget, to dream.

Dream big.

Dream in colour.

Dream on whatever your budget.

Let these pages of colour inspire you. See things from new angles and look at your wedding day plans from a different perspective. See styles in urban galleries, on rustic farms, from Haute Couture Glam to City Hall Chic.

Real women.

Real looks.

Really pretty designs.

To view the LookBook in fullscreen mode, click here.

 

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