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September 3, 2015

Real WG Wedding :: Navy Hall, Niagara On The Lake

{ Emily + Kevin }

When we first met Emily and Kevin it was clear that their love for one another was genuine, strong, and free-spirited. These two lovebirds share just about every passion in life – bicycling, travel, education, and a relaxed urban lifestyle in one of Toronto’s loveliest pockets.

We planned this wedding together from start-t0-finish keeping a few tidbits at the forefront of our priority list. This wedding needed to be authentic, affordable, and absolutely unforgettable. Judging from how gorgeous the photos came out, I’d say we succeeded! It was actually almost impossible to narrow these photos from PureStorm Studios down to just the most beautiful highlights of the day. God, we love a first look! And an atypical wedding dress! AND a wild, ferny, bridal bouquet!…. okay, enough gushing…. take a peek for yourself. (prepare to swoon!)

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Navy Hall Niagara On The Lake Riverview Wedding Ceremony

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… and they lived happily ever after <3

{ Blog Love :: Officiant: White Orchid Weddings | Venue: Navy Hall | Photography: PureStorm Studios, with Dan Osadtsuk | Catering: Touch of India + Highland Chef, David Glover | Floral Design: Fraîche Floral Studio | Decor: Simply Beautiful Decor | Accommodations: Prince of Wales + Harbour House | Design + Planning + Coordination: WeddingGirl.ca  }

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August 27, 2015

Real WG Wedding :: Audrey + Jonathan :: Whistle Bear Golf Club

{ #McBash2015 }

This past May, we had the opportunity to plan Audrey and Jonathan’s wedding at the stunning Whistle Bear Golf Club. Audrey and Jonathan are one of those couples that are just meant to be together. Their love of travel, their silliness, and their overall adventurous spirits, made this one incredible day. From the bold red designer florals to their Star Wars themed wedding cake, this wedding is one to remember.

Here’s how the day unfolded:

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Dancing

Whistle Bear

Smile

Couple

Roses

Tablescape

Dance

A+J

Starwars

Cake

Gazebo

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Venue: Whistle Bear Golf Club | Photography: Lucas + Tay | Hair + Makeup: Pro Makeup by Natasha | Florals: Fraiche Floral Design Studio | Sweets + Treats: Too Nice To Slice | Entertainment: Nth Degree Entertainment Group | Linen Rentals: Jodi Leigh Designs | Planned + Coordinated by Lisa and Mary of WeddingGirl.ca

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August 4, 2015

Real WG Wedding :: Genevieve + Daniel :: Royal Canadian Yacht Club

{ #GennaNDanSayIDo }

This summer we had the pleasure of planning Genna and Dan’s wedding at the beautiful Royal Canadian Yacht Club. It was a gorgeous affair full of earthy greens, sailboats, and stunning sunsets. Genna and Dan share a once-in-a-lifetime love full of adventure, romance, and the kind of honest-to-goodness partnership that all of us wish for. These lovebirds filled their day with personalized touches and DIY elements to reflect their hopes, their dreams, and their love story.

Here’s how their wedding story was written…

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Venue: Royal Canadian Yacht Club | Officiant: Drew Goursky, All Seasons Weddings | Photography: Katie Thompson Photography | Cinematography: PureStorm Studios | Hair + Makeup: All Glam Affair | Florals: Brittany Fantham, Bee Designs | Sweets + Treats: Twisted Chef | Reception Band: Running Red Lights | Planned + Coordinated by WeddingGirl.ca

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9 Alternative Wedding Destinations for Adventurous Couples

{ passports + promises }

Dreaming of an unforgettable wedding day? What about turning your celebration into a vacation? But gone are the days of far flung white beaches being the only destination wedding option for jetsetting lovebirds. From the beautiful to the bizarre – there are so many unique and creative spots around the globe to tie the knot!

Underwater Trang Ceremony :: Thailand

Attention all mermaid brides…. once a year, during their annual Trang Festival, couples can wed beneath the waves in drop-dead-gorgeous Thailand! Between the street parades and ancient Thai ceremonies, you can translate “I Do” into bubbles with an underwater wedding ceremony. Skip the sandy beach and opt for this submerged celebration.

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Everest :: Nepal

Though not for the faint-hearted, a little bit of preparation and planning can go a long way with this full-on expedition into the next chapter of your lives together! Say your vows, literally, on top of the world…. and so long as you stick to Everest Base Camp, oxygen masks won’t be required.

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English countryside, :: United Kingdom

Fancy a quintessential English countryside as a timeless backdrop for your vows?  Consider the rural romance inherent in farm wedding venues and hop over to the UK for the rustic, converted-barnyard wedding of your dreams. How much more romantic does it get than a first kiss in the candlelight surrounded by rolling green hills?

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Scott Island :: Antarctica

Looking for something remote, isolated, and entirely once-in-a-lifetime? Head to the one continent that hardly anyone on the planet has been to. Accessible only by helicopter, Scott Island is one of the most remote places on the planet – so privacy for your big day is guaranteed! Just watch out for frostbite.

Scott Island Antarctica Wedding

Burning Man Festival :: U.S.A.

Possibly the most iconic festival in the world, there is surely no better place for two free-spirited lovebirds to commit to one another than at Burning Man. The landscape is surreal. The atmosphere is electric. These memories will, undoubtedly, last a lifetime. Weddings here are not uncommon and are surprisingly easy to organize!

Burning Man Festival Wedding Jonathan Clark Photography

The Grand Canyon :: U.S.A.

There’s nowhere else on the planet more imposing or more photographed than the perfect red-rock background of the Grand Canyon. I mean, really, would any other setting off-set a white wedding dress more majestically? All couples have to do is choose their favourite elevated viewpoint, obtain a permit, and curate a guest list based on who they think would be brave enough to traverse this rugged interior.

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In Space (no joke)

Is is, in fact, possible, to get married about a Virgin Galactic flight that leaves the Earth’s atmosphere; budget-permitting, of course! Imagine exchanging your I Do’s in zero-gravity. The experience would be, quite literally, out of this world. As would your budget need to be… presumably.

Virgin Galactic Outer Space Wedding

Ice Palaces :: Lapland

I mean, it might not be outer space, but the snow can be just as stunning a backdrop as a starry-night sky… so why not consider an ice palace or igloo hotel for the ultimate unique venue for a picture-perfect white wedding? Think fur coats, snow-coated landscapes, and celebrations in an entirely unforgettable style of luxury.

Ice Hotel Church Palace Lapland Wedding

Ayers Rock, Australia

You can’t beat the imposing beauty of the Australian outback. There’s no between place on the planet to experience it than iconic Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, in central Oz. Particularly potent at sunset or sunrise, here’s the perfect location for incredible photos and an ideal adventurous wedding destination. You’re not afraid of kangaroos, are you?

Uluru Ayers Rock Australian Destination Wedding

Whatever your dream wedding destination – wherever your wanderlusting hearts carry you, there’s a venue somewhere on the planet that’s sitting, waiting, to witness you professing your love. Grab your main squeeze, your passport, and go find it!

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Photog credits: HelloTravel.com | PrivateExpeditions.com | Silk Wedding Films | Jonathan Clark | Mark Haughwout | Ben Adams Photography 

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July 27, 2015

DIY Wedding Decor Tutorial :: Vintage Vanity How-To Guide

{ #WGxCalgary }

By: Krystal

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DIY Vintage Door Wedding Decor How To Tutorial

Since making the trek back to Alberta I have found myself enthralled with all-things-DIY! My mom, also known as my inspiration, has really been showing me a whole new world of creativity.

I wanted to share something with all of you – we’ve been working steadily on this project together! If you follow my story you’ll be seeing this piece in the very near future. For now, I’m just going to give you the tips and tricks I used to create a vanity out of an old door. Amazing, right? This gem would look incredible at just about any shabby-chic, rustic, vintage-inspired wedding. *swoon*

Alright, let’s get started!

You will need:

1. vintage door

2. painter’s tape

3. electric sander

4. sandpaper (60 and 100)

5. chisel

6. jigsaw cutter

7. small desk

8. chalk paint (colour of your choice!)

9. cream chalk paint (I used American Paint Company – Limoges)

10. brown chalk paint (American Paint Company – Leather Books)

11. small shelf

12. clear wax (I used Van Gogh Furniture Paintology)

13. brown wax (Van Gogh Furniture Paintology)

14. cloths

15. paint brushes

16. wood glue

17. gorilla glue

18. butter knife

19. wax brush

20. decorative hooks

21. window / glass cleaner

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Off we go!

To start this journey, I have two words for you:

GARAGE SALES.

Seriously.

You would be amazed as to what you can find! It’s like treasure hunting.

I found both my vintage door and desk for an amazing price at a garage sale.

All of the tools I’ve listed here can also be found at any hardware store. Or ask a dad or an uncle. They likely have them too (and most are more than willing to help you use them!)

DIY Wedding Decor Vintage Door Equipment How To

The paint we used was made by American Paint Company – Leather Boots and Limoges. They have SO many other great colours though…. look!

DIY Vintage Door Wedding Decor Tutorial Krystal Robertson

Oh. And two more words:

Time.

Patience.

But I promise that if you put nothing but love into it, it’ll turn out beautifully! That, and it’s a pretty great bonding project to create with a family m ember, or even your main squeeze!

Now… here’s how I made it happen, step by step:

1. Finding your perfect piece.

Get creative and when you see something you love, try and envision what you could do with it! Make sure to take a “Before” photo…it’s so great to look back on all your hard work and progress.

2. Scrape. Scrape. Scrape.

Once you have your piece in a position that’s easiest for you to work with, take out your chisel or simple butter knife and go over the whole door to remove any large excess wood pieces prior to sanding. Make sure to do this first as wood will likely be flaky and dry due to its age.

3. Sand. Sand. Sand.

Get out that electric sander (or sandpaper, if you don’t want to purchase an electric one) – and it’s time to smooth out the wood. In case you didn’t know, sand paper comes in different grades – I used a 60 and a 100.

The original colour of my door was mint green, and because I didn’t want any of that residual colour to show through in my final product, I removed it entirely. If you happen to like the original colour of your piece, keep some of it in place! You’ll end up distressing it later, which will allow for that colour to show through.

Be prepared – sanding is tedious. If you’re not using an electric sander, this step will be time consuming – but it’s very important! You want your piece to be perfectly smooth, especially when you get to the painting part. Believe me, your future-self will thank you for being patient here.

4. Clean up

This is easy – grab a vacuum and clean up all excess wood.

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5. Fine-tune

Take your desk and measure it accordingly so that all four legs connect with the ground properly. This step will vary depending on your piece because of the different types of desks and how much alteration each individual one may require. I had to use a jigsaw cutter to remove excess wood in order to achieve the perfect fit I was looking for. You might get lucky and not have to!

6. Double-check

Take a moment to re-check that your cuts are even, that your pieces sit and will fit properly.

7. Attach

Here’s where you attach your door to your desk. This step will vary depending on how your desk will fit against the panels on your door and how much of your desk will actually attach. I used a power drill to screw the pack piece of the desk to the door itself.

8. Yay!

You’re not done yet, but this is the basis of how your finished product will look! Celebrate! (but not for too long – there’s still more work to be done).

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9. Tape

Grab your painter’s tape and tape off the inside of your door’s window. This saves having to scrape / wash accidental paint streaks down the road.

10. Paint

This is the fun part! Get out your paints! I used a cream colour.

11. More paint

I did one full coat of Limoges as my base. The reason for this? I wanted it to be the shade that peeked through after distressing the top colour. You’ll see.

12. Judgment call

I chose to stick to just one coat so that during the distressing process, some of the original wood would come through as well. It’s always such a nice touch to keep a bit of that original, vintage beauty! This step is entirely up to you.

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13. Get Artsy

I wanted my vanity to be a piece in a colour not readily available. I chose to mix Limoges with Leather Boots and ended up with this really gorgeous blush-type colour. LOVE!

14. Paint some more + then distress!

Add two coats of your specific colour and allow a few hours for it to dry completely. In the photo demonstrated, I used the electric sander to achieve the distressed look I was going for.

15. Fine-Tune

I used my 60 and 100 grade sandpapers to distress the fine details. Distressing gives your piece the antique look we’re all crushing on so hard these days. Yes, it’s a ton of work for making something look old and worn.. but the end result is oh-so-worth-it!

16. Wax On

Get out your wax brush and clear wax. This is the step where your paint gets sealed and a slight glossy shine is added. Make sure to only apply the wax in small patches at a time – it dries quickly!

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17. Wax. Wax. Wax.

Excess wax can be wiped off with a cloth.  Rub the wax in delicately so that it blends into crevices and cracks. Keep in mind that the wax really does dry quickly, so do this in small pieces.

18. (dark) Wax On.

Once your whole piece has been finished with clear wax (and you’ve removed all excess with a cloth), it’s time for the dark wax. Take your brush and, again, only work in small pieces as the wax dries quickly. Use circular motions and press the brush hard into the wood so all cracks are filled.

19. Two-toned

This photo demonstrates how dark the wax is in comparison to my paint colour, but don’t worry – it goes on dark and then can easily be wiped off to achieve the look you’re going for!

20. The choice is yours

You decide how light or dark you want your finished product to be by deciding how much of the wax you leave on or wipe away.

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21. Step by step…

This piece is the shelf that will be attached to the middle of the door. The painting and distressing was done before it was attached – making it infinitely easier to work with!

22. Hooking Up

I found these super-cute hooks at Real Deals Home Decor in Lethbridge. Love! Position and measure them accordingly at the top or wherever you prefer to position them.

23. Attach + Secure

Once you’ve positioned the hooks where you’d like them to be, use your power drill and screws to firmly attach and secure.

24. Finishing Touches

We’ve painted our hooks with the main colour, and once attached to the door we waxed them with clear and dark wax and then lightly distressed them too. At this point we’ve also attached the ornate shelf to the middle of the door – fairly simple as we had attachments that easily screwed in.

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25. Almost done!

Remove your painter’s tape. Such an easy and rewarding step.

26. Spot shine

Grab your glass cleaner and wipe down your window, removing any blotches or stains left behind by all your hard work.

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There you have it!

You can prop this beauty up at the entrance to your wedding ceremony, use it as a Guestbook signing table, arrange photos of family weddings or In Loving Memory frames, and then bring it home after the big day to display your wedding pics, fresh flowers, or even makeup or jewelry!

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Make sure to tag me in your own vintage furniture projects…. #WGxCalgary or @Krystal.WeddingGirl on Instagram and I’ll make sure to get them up on our blog as well.

Hugs and Kisses -

~ xo, Krystal

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Krystal is a Wedding Planner and Bridal Lifestyle Blogger in the Calgary area.

Connect with her directly on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or by email: Krystal@WeddingGirl.ca

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July 25, 2015

Bridal Beauty :: Be Warned! | by Glam Beauty by Sacha

Filed under: Beauty,Bridal Blog,Media,Photography,Real WG Weddings,Vendors — WeddingGirl @ 1:40 pm

{ Beauty Trial Tips | be cautious of carelessness! }

We’ve planned nearly 200 weddings, but once in a while even we end up stumped with a wedding planning situation we’ve never seen before! What do you do when, after a her make-up trial, your bride-to-be ends up with puffy, infected, blotchy red eyes and an Emergency Room diagnosed infection / allergic reaction?? I mean, thank goodness it wasn’t her wedding day!

We reached out to Toronto-based make-up and bridal beauty pro, Sacha Parawan, owner and stylist at Glam Beauty to get her expert opinion:

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Sacha:

“In situations like this, it’s clear that something very unprofessional took place. This is why I always tell my brides to do a trial before the big day! Make-up and hair trials are an opportunity to see how the artist works.”

WG:

“What should a Bride, heading to her trial, know in advance?”

Sacha:

“Trials are the time to ask questions. Inquire about proper, safe, sanitary techniques. Watch how the artist deposits and transfers makeup – this is a big indicator of whether they are, in fact, employing sanitary practices.”

We were told that Sacha (and all her artists) work with a sanitized spatula to deposit creams and colours.

Sacha:

“Make sure your artist has tons of brushes. These should be washed after every client and not just cleaned in between.”

Artists at All Glam Affair spray brushes with alcohol after every wash and keep those brushes separate from all other brushes and makeup in their kit.

WG:

“Should bridal beauty artists be certified?”

Sacha:

“There are many artists out there who are self-taught, and many others (like myself) who are certified. Some of us advertise our certifications and others choose not to. It’s important to me that my clients know I’m trained in the work I provide.”

Sacha’s final words of advice to any bride shopping for a mobile bridal beauty artist for her big day?

“Shop around. Opt for a certified, professionally trained artist. Do a trial!”

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Check out how gorgeous Sacha made these recent WeddingGirl beauties!

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Photography Credit: Katie Thompson Photography | PureStorm Studios

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Book Sacha for your Toronto + surrounding area wedding day hair and makeup by visiting GlamBeauty-BySacha.com

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July 20, 2015

#WhenWeddingGirlsWed :: our very own Laura said “I Do!”


{ #WhenWeddingGirlsWed :: Laura + Ben }

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It’s one thing to know weddings inside-out-and-backwards, to plan them daily, attend them weekly, and pour over hundreds of details for other brides, but it’s totally different when it’s one of your own who’s donning the pretty white dress!

The beautiful Laura joined our WeddingGirl family in early 2014. Since that time, we’ve watched this beautiful butterfly grow and transform in ways we never thought we’d see from her. She began as a shy, meek, timid little mouse whose passionate thoughts poured through in emails but whose in-person presence was too small to notice. When I first sat, one-on-one with Laura, I saw nothing but the jetplane-sized potential she harnessed inside… and I vowed to help her see it for herself. Well, mission accomplished.

Not only has this brave GirlBoss left the rat race to create a life she loves, she’s developed one of the strongest social media voices I’ve ever heard! Even in person, Laura now confidently asks questions, challenges beliefs, and makes things happen. Oh, and then there was that one time Carly and I showed up to Starbucks for a meeting and Miss Laura surprised us with luscious long locks of Little-Mermaid-Red hair!

We couldn’t love our pretty Ariel more than we do…. so imagine how special it was when we got to celebrate her very own Big Day together. The scene of the crime? Elegantly understated Alice Fazooli’s in Richmond Hill – one of the couples’ favourite restaurants. This was a private affair for immediate family to witness Laura and Ben’s lawful vows, in preparation for their romantic destination wedding in Cuba next month!

Sometimes, Laura smiles so big it takes over her entire face…. well, on the day she tied the knot with her main squeeze, her smile was even more magical than that.

#WhenWeddingGirlsWed

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Venue: Alice Fazooli’s, Richmond Hill

Officiant: White Orchid Weddings

Photography: PureStorm Studios

Design + Decor: Fraîche Floral Studio

Sweet Treats: Macarons & Mint

 

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July 17, 2015

WeddingGirl.ca + Opening Night Flowers @ One King West Hotel

Filed under: Bridal Blog — WeddingGirl @ 9:36 am

{ Pinks + Greens }

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Oh my goodness, it’s so amazing the spontaneous-combustion of creativity that happens when you multiply unique ideas by passionate spirits in the wedding industry! It’s no secret that One King West hotel, in the heart of Toronto’s elegant finance district, is a venue space near and dear to our WeddingGirl heart. Well, when we met the uber-talented Nick from Opening Night Flowers at Plannercademy™ earlier this year, there was no denying that we had to make magic happen together.

Yesterday, we did.

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Nicholas is a floral visionary. There’s no two ways about it… this man sees things others don’t see and creates things unlike anything that’s ever existed before. He truly is a designer.

And then, we took that floral visionary and put him into a space as inspiring as One King West hotel.

One King West is a historic gem of a venue. Its unique spaces range from the lavish Grand Banking Hall seating 200+ to more intimate rooms for quaint parties for 50 or less. You can even host an elegant dinner gathering in the historic bank’s vault!

Yesterday, though, we chose to transform its more modern spaces: Fourteen and Fifteen Hundred – both meeting and luxury suite spaces that provide a backdrop for your nuptial celebration that few couples can boast.

Let’s throw into the mix one of the most uniquely talented wedding photographers to break into the industry lately, and we had on our hands one super-gorgeous afternoon!

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Photography Credit: PureStorm Studios

Floral Design: Opening Night Flowers

Chiavari Chairs: Detailz Chair Couture

Style Shoot Inspiration: WeddingGirl.ca

Venue: One King West Hotel

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July 13, 2015

Bridal Gown Shopping :: Expectation Management

Filed under: Bridal Blog,Fashion — WeddingGirl @ 12:27 pm

{ Reality vs. Made for TV wedding dress shopping  }

Say Yes To The Dress via Buzzfeed

Authored by: Angela Kerry

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“Sooo…are you saying yes to the dress?” says a bride’s best friend, as I smile and nod as though I haven’t heard the question a million times before.

It’s a phrase I hear 9 out of 10 times when a bride is on the verge of choosing the one. It’s one of those brilliant, iconic phrases that sticks like glue and nearly every single bridal entourage uses it. Even other businesses in the wedding industry have claimed it for themselves. This one’s not going away anytime soon, folks.

Say Yes To The Dress TV show

I can’t say I watch Say Yes To The Dress religiously, but I’ve seen enough episodes to know the basic premise. Sure, there are some episodes with back stories that pull at your heart strings, and then there’s the other episodes where you wonder if people actually behave that way in their real-life… I mean, are brides actually this entitled? arrogant? Are friends and family actually this inconsiderate and abrupt?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trashing the show. I do think its fun to watch and get your bridal fashion fix. It’s a pretty solid research source for brides-to-be to learn the lingo, see the silhouettes, and get a sense of what styles are available before they start shopping themselves…. but….

Please, for the love of all that is right in saying yes to your dress - take that show with a grain of salt!

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Producers create drama.

Brides are cast to be quirky.

I mean… how else would a show about girls trying on overpriced dresses survive otherwise?

So, my dear Brides-To-Be… with that in mind, here are some facts:

1. Yup… you often have to go through many No’s before you say Yes.

2. Definitely, the dress you were certain was made-for-you in a bridal mag may do absolutely nothing for you when you try it on (do not buy sight-unseen!)

3. No, not all beautiful bridal boutiques carry exclusively outrageous price tags.

4. Nope. Not all bridal stores allow you to peruse the racks on your own.

5. And no, there won’t always be scrutinizing pressure to buy from salespeople.

Basically, what you see on the screen isn’t at all how real-world dress shopping will go.

Here are some of the things you may run into, though:

Tears of Joy

If everything else tells you that you’ve found your dress, and you’re bursting at the seams with excitement – it’s okay if you don’t cry! It’s also okay if your mum doesn’t cry and your group of girls is entirely dry-eyed. Waterworks make for good TV. That’s all.

 

Love at First Sight

A wedding dress doesn’t fit or feel anything like our street clothing.

You know how hard it is to find a perfect pair of jeans? It’s rare for a bride to choose her gown on the spot. Rash decisions make for good ratings… they’re certainly not expected when making one of the biggest fashion decisions of your life.

 

Less is More

I’ve said it before … less is more. Choose 1-2 trusted folks to shop with, and leave the rest of your posse at home. Having a couch lined with eight of your most opinionated besties makes for great television controversy, but I promise – they only make the experience harder on you. Pick the gown you love, then host a “viewing party” in the comfort of your own living room…. and all the bottles of bubbly you want!

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Size Does Matter

It can be difficult to commit to a dress if you can’t see how it’s suppose to fit on your own body.

Clamping a petite bride into a dress to fit, or adding extensions to a dress to hold a bride in can change the shape of the dress entirely (so don’t be surprised if that dress comes in and it’s not at all what you remember).

If you’re a Size 8, try on Size 10-12 gowns (though label sizing does change based on designer). Shop at boutiques that carry a broad range of sizes and let’s keep the discouragement to a minimum, shall we?

 

Stand Your Ground

So while we’d like to think that the attitude and harsh honesty we see on TV is, well, made for TV… the truth is, sometimes even your nearest and dearest can be downright rude. While every group’s dynamic is different, remember that these folks are your sounding board, not your decision makers. Make this clear before you shop together.

 

And a Message to the Bridal Party…

To the older sister who thinks she knows what’s best for her baby sister;

To the fashionista-friend turned self-assured stylist;

To the bored bridesmaid who said ‘Yes’ to being a part of the wedding party but has 65 things she’d rather be doing;

And to the mother who thinks her opinion should be the final choice….

I encourage you to certainly give your opinions – but please save them until after your bride has expressed her thoughts.

Help the bride talk through her options if she’s having a hard time making a choice.

Please keep her best interest at heart before you unabashedly share your mind.

She respects your opinion… don’t forget to respect hers. (Remember, it’s okay if the dress she loves isn’t your favourite!)

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Whether THE dress was found at the end of a lengthy hunt, or by sheer happenstance on a rainy Wednesday afternoon… it’s time to celebrate! I don’t have any bells for you to ring in my boutique, but I promise, the moment will be just as celebrated as they are when televised to millions of homes. We’ll just be a bit more cautious to keep your international image entirely flawless!

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Angela is the owner of Gown And Glory Consignment Bridal Boutique in Mississauga.

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Visit the WeddingGirl.ca Marketplace for a listing of bridal gowns available in her shop, and visit her website to book your appointment: www.GownAndGlory.ca

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June 28, 2015

#RibfestWedding | sneak-peek preview by Peter Dusek Photography

{ Once Upon a Toronto Ribfest … }

Sooo, Ribfest had a wedding…. and everything started with this guy.

Meet Hugh Williams – a man who sits on about a half-dozen different boards and is one of the key masterminds of Rotary Etobicoke . Hugh heard about the Indie88 Win-A-Wedding contest that all of us at WeddingGirl.ca brought to life, and he thought…. “Hey, why don’t we give away a wedding at Ribfest?” …. so, we did.

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Rotary Etobicoke, as we came to learn in the past few months, is about community. This group is about charity, support, service-above-self, and about making an impact, a difference. The Toronto Ribfest isn’t just about BBQ sauce and pork-on-a-bun… it, too, is about making waves in the community and leaving a positive mark on so many more people than just hungry meat-lovers in annual attendance.

 And this year, Ribfest wanted to kick off summer with a sweet occasion, a wedding.

The contest was planned and a photoshoot was styled. We put a call out to Toronto looking for a saucy couple that knows #MarriageIsMessy. The entries poured in, but one stood out above all others.

Cue: Pamela and Francis.

With less than two weeks before their Big Day, there was a lot to do before these two said “I Do.” A whirlwind of last-minute everythings brought us to June 27th…. Wedding Day. (also known as torrential downpour day). Some gusty winds and sloshy grounds weren’t going to stop us…. these lovebirds spoke their vows, exchanged their rings, and celebrated Happily Ever After among family and friends (and pretty much every media crew in the city!)

Here’s  how the day unfolded courtesy of Rotary Etobicoke volunteer photographer, Peter Dusek.

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This #RibfestWedding giveaway would not have been possible without the generous love, support, and contributions made by:

Rotary Etobicoke

Toronto Ribfest

WeddingGirl.ca

Kettle Creek Weddings | Wayne Wright

Purestorm Studios

Boutique Linen Rentals

Cakeity Cakes

Designs By Liselle

Fraîche Floral Studio

Sheraton Toronto Airport

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{ Blog Love } Photography Credits: Peter Dusek Photography

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