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February 23, 2015

Why Do You Charge So Much?

{Why Investing in a professional Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist is worth it}

Authored by: Sacha Parawan

Back in December one of our own WeddingGirls, Laura, wrote a fantastic blog about the trials of hiring a discount wedding planner and why it’s not a great idea. However happy it may make your budget to book vendors at bottom-of-the-barrel prices, you get what you pay for (and we want to make sure its great!).

Let’s face it – you invest a lot of money (and time!) in planning your big day. You have planned for everything from the pre-wedding events,  décor, photography, your wedding planner, flowers, centerpieces, wedding favors, and of course that once-in-a-lifetime wedding dress.  Nobody knows better than us here at WeddingGirl.ca the real cost of a wedding. We know when and where to pinch your pennies (and when and where you should consider splurging) to help you create your perfect day, on your perfect budget.

So after all that hard work, why cheap out when booking your makeup artist and hair stylist?


As a freelance makeup artist and hair stylist with All Glam Affair (oh, and wedding planner with WeddingGirl.ca), I can tell you one of the questions I get asked a lot is “why do you charge so much?“. This sentence is sometimes chased by “my sister’s friend said she would do my makeup for free, and I can probably copy a hairstyle off of youtube…“. Although this may sound like a great idea, it probably isn’t. The last thing anyone wants is extra wedding day stress caused by hair and makeup struggles. Every bride wants to look and feel her best – and she should! You only get one shot a this afterall!

So here are my top 5 reasons why you should budget for a professional makeup artist and hair stylist on your big day:

1. A professional will often travel to you, arrive on time,  and  be ready to cater to your specific needs. Prepping in comfortable atmosphere will allow you to relax and enjoy this pampering moment even more (and you can sleep in a bit longer rather than travel to the salon!).

2. You’ll have access to high-quality products. Professional makeup artists and hairstylist have kits that are worth well over $2,000 in order to cater to every skin type and skin tone. You are not just paying for their skills but also the quality of products used on your skin.

The last thing you want to happen on your wedding day is to have your makeup fade away half-way through the ceremony, have your foundation rub off on your Grooms’ black tuxedo, or even worse – have black mascara running down your face from your happy tears at the alter because someone didn’t think to use waterproof mascara.

3. When you hire a professional you have their ultimate commitment, and a signed contract. The risk of hiring someone without a contract means that they can cancel at any time, including the day of the wedding with no recourse (or backup plan).

4. Professionals are passionate about what they do and take great pride in their work. They will bring an assistant for larger groups,  additional resources if needed such as a high chair and makeup lights, and will often go the extra mile for clients such as getting things like hair extensions, hair fillers, or even the shade of lipstick used in the trial run for them to keep on their wedding day.

5. Professionals know the various tips and techniques that will help enhance your look. They will know the specific colours that will highlight your beautiful eyes or can cover up that small blemish that you’ve been staring at for days.


When you hire a professional makeup artist and hairstylist, you’re not just getting your makeup done with loose curls. Their fees include their skills and experience, professional training, their extensive kit of clean and quality products (because nobody wants someone’s old used mascara), and their calm and relaxing manor which will get your day started off right!

Until next time fabulous beauties!


Sacha Parawan is a Bridal Lifestyle Blogger and Wedding Planner. Connect with her at sacha@weddinggirl.ca

You can find her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram as well!

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Photography Credit: Pure Storm Studios

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February 17, 2015

Vendor Love

{South Asian Wedding Boutique}

Written by: Sacha Parawan

If you attended the Shades of White Open House at One King West last month, you would have seen the gorgeous work by South Asian Wedding Boutique in our Henna room.

View More: http://emilychristinephotography.pass.us/shades-of-white-1

We searched high and low for the perfect vendor that would be able to pull off the glamorous design that we had been envisioning. When we stumbled upon South Asian Wedding Boutique, we instantly fell in love with their work! We were so excited when Arooj said yes to coordinating our Henna room decor with us! From the very first email, she gathered our ideas and concepts and was diligent in asking all of the right questions.

When the WeddingGirl team walked in on the morning of the open house, everyone was astounded with what this team had delivered! The décor team has transformed this room into the most stunning Henna room any girl could have asked for!

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They included pillows, draping, a sitting area, and not to mention a fabulous mandap fit for a princess. Can you imagine having your henna or haldi done under this beauty?!

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The style was very traditional yet had bit of a Moroccan feel to it as well. They incorporated traditional Indian décor, a chandelier and mirror under the mandap which created an intimate feel. The value of what this team provided to us was just over $1700!

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They are truly talented and delivered even beyond what we had visioned, and provided us with excellent customer service. The WeddingGirl team wants to send a HUGE thank you to the South Asian Wedding Boutique team, and is excited to work with them again in the future.

Were you at the Shades of White Open House at One King West?

Did you get to check out this fabulous henna room?

Also, a big thank you to Emily Christine Photography for all of these beautiful photos, and capturing this room perfectly!


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February 13, 2015

Tom & Lisa’s Toronto Wedding | Hamstra Photography

{ Distillery District Wedding: Tappo Wine Bar }

Some couples just have it, you know? And, when you combine that kind of love with a bride wearing a champange coloured dress, you know you have to share their wedding with the world!

Tom and Lisa’s wedding was held on a gorgeous October evening at Tappo Wine Bar in Toronto’s hip Distillery District. The perfect location for these lovebirds to tie the knot!

From the Photographers:

When we sat down with Lisa and Tom to discuss the plans for their wedding day, we asked Lisa if there was anything special that tied their wedding day together – we quickly determined it was champagne! From her champagne coloured dress, to the champagne diamonds in her wedding bands; even the ceremony was closed with a champagne toast. It was such a fitting theme for this effortless love-struck couple. Everything about their day was an honest celebration of hope and love found. We were so thrilled to be part of Tom and Lisa’s special day – cheers!

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Thank you Sarah for sharing this beautiful wedding with us! You captured it perfectly!

Check out Hamstra Photography for more of their beautiful work!

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February 12, 2015

#SocialMedia: More than just a number’s game!

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart…!”

Laura Arbelaez Social Media Stylist Lifestyle Bridal Blogger Canada Instagram Toronto

Authored By: Laura Arbelaez

Did you know that most introverts excel at social media? It’s the perfect way for those who are (dare I say) “Socially Awkward” to express themselves and experience the world like never before. I can say with all certainty that Social Media is my #passion, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Watching my social media accounts grow over the past year has been an emotional rollercoaster! The key to being successful in social media is staying relevant to your audience, which means constantly updating status’, photos, and responding to comments.

Did you know that for a fair price you can buy Instagram followers? Sadly, it’s true.

As a Social Media Stylist I am well aware of the importance of BIG numbers. Over the last couple of days I have been contemplating the pros and cons of this matter. You must understand that buying followers is an illusion. There is no real value in them. At the end of the day, you are not spreading your message, knowledge and experiences with people that are genuinely interested in what you are sharing.

When you take the time to engage with your audience, the outcome is extraordinary… I have met fantastic wedding vendors and remarkable human beings online. The following are just a few of what I consider to be Social Media #SuccessStories.

After months of following Lemon Lily Tea and The Toronto Popcorn Company on all things Social Media, I finally had the marvelous opportunity to work with them on one of our latest projects; The #ShadesOfWhite Wedding Lounge and Open House at One King West. Meeting the creative and brilliant minds behind these companies, hearing their awe inspiring stories and trying first hand their unbelievably amazing products was an incredible experience!

The Toronto Popcorn Company Bridal Lifestyle Bloggers

I have no doubt we will be seeing a lot more of the Toronto Popcorn Company and Lemon Lily Tea around here! Don’t forget, #ShopLocal!


Toronto Wedding Photographer Dan Osadtsuk Photography Bridal Lifestyle Weddings

Another one of the talented and coolest business owner I had the pleasure of meeting through Social Media is Dan from Dan Osadtsuk Photography. Let me just start by saying that wedding photographers have my utmost admiration! They gracefully capture moments that we can keep forever. You may remember Dan from one of our recent real Indie wedding features this year! We also had the opportunity to collaborate with him on the #WGLookBook project!

Finally, a social media success story will always be connecting with Toronto brides. Have you been following along with our #WGxIndie88 Win a Wedding Contest?

WeddingGirl.ca and Indie88 are giving away a wedding to one lucky couple this Valentine’s Day! The finalists are down to #SamanthaandJonathan and #JessieandJim and we can’t wait to hear who the winning couple will be tomorrow at 8:10 am. You have until midnight TODAY to cast your vote! This is the power that social media can have.

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These people, these companies have touched my life in one way or the other. Creating an online community is what social media is all about. It’s a lot more than just a number’s game!!

The question remains, do you think buying followers worth it? Find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and let me know!

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Serena Swan Photography / Pure Storm Studios

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February 11, 2015

This One is Personal

{ Turning a negative into a positive }

Authored by: Lisa Hardie

Let me be up front and honest; this post isn’t about weddings.

It’s not about sparkly unicorns, lavish parties, or cupcakes.

Instead, I’d like for you to get to know me a little bit better.

I am the fun-loving Hamiltonian who has a serious thing for cupcakes; but I am also a wife, mom, sister, aunt, friend, and now…

… a full-blown entrepreneur.

And that right there scares the shit out me. (Sorry Mary, I know I said I’d never say that again but it’s still true!).

The truth is, up until a couple of months ago, I’ve been a full-blown corporate woman for almost nine years. Nine. Almost a full decade. I started working in the world of HR right after I finished college and spent the past nine years working for the same company. Talk about loyalty.

I guess it wasn’t mutual because I was laid off as a result of restructuring. Not fun.

When One Door Closes

I have to admit; it was really unexpected (though I guess those situations always are). I was shocked, saddened, and I really didn’t know what to do. I cried. I called my sister. I called my husband (and made him come home from work). We went for breakfast and then that afternoon I went for a manicure and pedicure. I deserved it after all.

Not a completely bad day considering how it started.

My point though? I’m 100% going to turn this into something positive.

Yes it’s a pretty crappy feeling when you lose your job, but I also see it as a clean slate. An opportunity to do something I truly love and was meant to do.

This was my sign – I am no longer meant for the corporate world.

I am meant to set my own schedule; be my own GirlBoss. I am meant to live out my dream.

I can now spend some time volunteering at my son’s school; I can keep up with my daily activities and chores without trying to be super mom; I can prepare healthy meals at home; I can spend more time with my family; and I can spend more time focusing my efforts on doing what I love, which is planning weddings (and everything else that comes with being a WeddingGirl).

Leap of Faith

Just because one door closes it doesn’t mean another one will automatically open. First, make sure the first door stays shut and then work as hard as you can to pick the right door. Don’t just take on the first thing that comes at you as you might end up with some regrets.

As it turns out for me, WeddingGirl has been my right door all along.

Deep down I knew it, it was just hard to make the official transition and I am happy I now have that opportunity.

It’s true that sometimes life throws you unexpected punches. Things go wrong in life, situations change, people change. But the question then becomes, how can I make it better?

You make it better by changing your outlook on the situation. Ask yourself how you can turn the negative into a positive. Picture the change as a clean slate that can be painted anyway you want it.

And own it.

Make it happen.

Be happy because you have the right to be. And trust me, you do.

Oh, and try not to let anyone dictate when you can take your vacation.

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Lisa Hardie is a Hamilton-based Bridal Lifestyle Blogger and Wedding Planner. Connect with her at lisa@weddinggirl.ca

Like Lisa’s page on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram as well!

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February 5, 2015

My New Journey …. | #WGx by Sacha Parawan

{ … and why I joined WeddingGirl.ca }

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As a formal self-introduction to the WGx team I just want to say how happy I am to be here!

I met Mary in early January 2014. From the moment I heard her speak at her first session at the University of Toronto, I knew I was in the right place. There were so many women at that session who wanted to hear what she had to say.


It wasn’t just the cupcakes, champagne and treats that made my night. What inspired me most about Mary was how confident she was when she spoke. She demonstrated an obvious passion for what she does and I could tell she was enthusiastic about helping others.



I made sure to introduce myself to Mary before I left and I thanked her for holding this event. Although I did not keep in touch with Mary I still followed her journey on social media. That’s how I found out about another session she held in November 2014 – which I decided to attend. After meeting with her a second time around I just felt that this is someone I’d love to work with and get to know better.

I had procrastinated on my wedding planning journey for quite some time and I was just at the point where I needed to start and get my life to where I wanted it to be. I decided to take a leap of faith and met with Mary a third time. This again reassured me that I am doing the right thing for myself. I’ve always felt positive vibes when around her and from what I can tell, she’s a great leader.

In my #NowOrNever moment, I decided to join the WeddingGirl.ca team. I have to say, having met everyone on this team, I am so very proud to be a part of everything that is going right now. This brand is doing BIG things … and fast! But that’s not the reason I joined. I joined because these women on the #WGx team are so supportive to each other and are always there for each other. There’s nothing like working with an actual TEAM who is supportive of one another.

I have no idea where my journey will lead me but what I do know is amazing things are happening and its right around the corner. I can’t wait for you all to see what this remarkable team of WeddingGirl’s has in store for 2015.

Believe me when I say you will be amazed.



Sacha WeddingGirl


As one of our newest WeddingGirl members, Sacha was recently featured in a #MeetThisGirl blog.

Find and follow Sacha’s journey on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!


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Photog Credits: Emily Christine | Jeff Ridout

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February 3, 2015

The Bold Truth: Venue vs. Wedding Coordinators

Filed under: Bridal Blog,Vendors,Venues — Tags: , , , — Lisa Hardie @ 1:35 pm

{ the low-down on what it really takes to plan a wedding }

Authored by: Lisa Hardie

We throw around the term ‘Wedding Planner’ a lot around here; after all, it’s what we do.

But what’s becoming apparent these days in Wedding-Planning-Land is that what we do is largely misunderstood by the very audience we do it for.

Most brides think wedding planners are a lavish luxury, available exclusively to those with jetplane-sized budgets. They may understand that there are lots of reasons to hire a wedding planner, but they also seem to think that just because their venue coordinator boasts a wedding-planning certification they’re home free. Truth is, these roles are extremely different.

Here’s why.

Venue Coordinators

Venue Coordinators work for…. that’s right, the venue. – NOT you. Please don’t confuse this!

Venue Coordinators are the liaison between you and their in-house operations team.

Venue Coordinators will always do what’s in the best interest of the venue.

Don’t get us wrong – we love our Venue Coordinators. These talented folk end up being our right-hand in executing seriously stunning weddings…. but ultimately, Venue wedding planners have one main role: to enact their contracted services…  and these are items exclusively associated with the venue.

Once your dinner’s been served these guys often head home for the night (unless explicitly otherwise stated in your contract). This leaves you with minimal support for the remainder of the night – a banquet manager or head server who’s busy making sure food and beverage are taken care of. Sure, your late night buffet will come out more-or-less on time (well, except for that one wedding of ours when the venue just forgot to order Late Night all together)… but you’re on your own for everything else: an Advil, blister band-aids, and figuring out which limo your overnight bag ended up in.

Another thing to keep in mind when working with a venue coordinator is that depending on the space you’ve booked, they might be floating between more than one wedding on your special day. How’s that for things potentially going awry?

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Wedding Planners

As wedding planners, our role is to mitigate risk.

We don’t only play a role in the pretty parts of designing your big day or the serious parts of negotiating it…. most importantly, we’re your right hand on the day-of…. while you’re busy being in love, we’re busy making sure everything stays on point and on time.

Not to pat ourselves on the back or anything, but we play a pretty big role when it comes to anticipating and resolving things that spin things sideways. The moment you hire a wedding planner, we become your real-world problem solvers, schedule-planners, event designers, a built-in relationship and family therapist, dress-picking girlfriend and partner-in-wedding-planning crime.

We don’t work for a venue.

We work for you.

Planning a wedding is pretty stressful. We promise, that stress will exist regardless of how much we plan, negotiate and problem-solve… but we make sure you’re not dealing with it along.

Remember that one time Laura wrote a post about being a seasoned wedding planner? No? You should read it, here.

Spare your sister.

And don’t expect your Venue Coordinator to be your Wedding Planning Fairy Godmother!

When it comes to your wedding day, it’s a wedding planner that steers you in the directions you should go. We help you pick vendors and help you make smart spending choices and answer your dozens and dozens of emails about how many cupcakes you should order. We’re also the ones that need to assure you no one will care about whether you use the 60lb or 90lb cardstock for your place cards. Oh, and we’re the ones that teach you what place cards are and how they’re different from escort cards. It’s basically our job to take your wedding planning dreams and turn them into wedding day realities.

No big deal.

Except, for… it’s totally a big deal!

By the time you wake up on Wedding Day Morning, we’ve already carefully curated your design elements and worked alongside your vendors to make it come to life. We’ve meticulously planned your entire day-of itinerary – not just from the moment you arrive at the venue! We’ve ensured you’ve scheduled breakfast, reminded your wedding party not to have any staining sauces on your lunch sandwiches, and we’ve packed stain remover just in case someone forgets.

We’re the ones that text your Maid Of Honour to make sure you pack your flats for when your killer stilettos start to pinch your toes (we all know they will).

We’re the ones that remind your Best Man to grab the rings before they head out to the ceremony.

We’re the ones that bribe your Flower Girl with gummy bears to stop crying and walk down the aisle.

We keep your family on time and set out the 200+ burlap-wrapped mason jars to create a tablescape more sunning than anything you planned for.

Oh.. and we were the ones that told you a month ago that we definitely don’t need more than 200… so you could tell your mum to tell her friends to stop making them.

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So, does it make sense now?

It’s not that we don’t like Venue Coordinators, quite frankly, we love them. They’re the behind-the-scenes, unsung heroes of your reception – the ones running back into the kitchen to get a vegan option together for your friend from 2nd Year who decided a week before your big day that she’s swearing off meat forever. Together with your Venue Coordinator we make judgment calls on service times when you uncle’s speech runs way past the time you gave him to speak and we decide together what the best course of action will be for gently cutting off that rowdy date your cousin brought.

Basically, together with your Venue Coordinator, we’re the team behind Team You – we make things happen on your behalf and when things go wrong we do our best to make sure you never find out.

Seems like a pretty solid investment to us.


Lisa Hardie is a Hamilton-based Bridal Lifestyle Blogger and Wedding Planner. Connect with her at lisa@weddinggirl.ca

Like Lisa’s Facebook Page, and follow her on Twitter, and Instagram as well!

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Taylor Jackson Photography / Serena Swan Photography

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Early morning musings of a pretty passionate WeddingGirl…

Filed under: Bridal Blog — WeddingGirl @ 11:59 am

Look up the word PASSION in the dictionary and you’ll find a definition somewhere along these lines:

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This morning, as I sit on the 2nd floor of Jimmy’s on Gerrard, sipping an americano misto and slowly picking at my blueberry bran muffin… with remnants of henna on my wrist leftover from our Open House at One King West last week….  I’m completely overcome with passion.


I can’t decide what’s more responsible for my uncontrollable heart rate and spinning head – the two shots of espresso in my drink or the fact that I know, to my very core, that I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing in my life. The shortness of breath, the beating heart, the spinning mind and the sheer sense of elation that’s come seemingly out of nowhere – maybe it’s caffeine. Maybe it’s passion.

You can’t fake passion.

You can’t pretend to be excited about something when you’re not.

You can’t force yourself to stay up all hours of the night, answer thousands of emails a week, work harder than you’ve ever worked before on anything that doesn’t get you high. The only way we’ll ever fight against all odds for something is if that very thing that makes us crazy is the same thing that gets us high. For some it’s a business. For some it’s a baby. For some, it’s love.

That’s passion.


Last night we began reviewing submissions for the Indie88 Wedding Contest. Not sure what all the #Indie88Wedding excitement is about? Well, we’re about to change two lives….


What makes this even more surreal? How very real it became when I saw the faces, stories, and heard the voices attached to these submissions. I’m asked often what’s made me passionate about planning weddings all these years. These days, I realize my passion rests more in embracing the love that couples have for one another than they do for oversized centerpieces and laser-cut escort cards.

The couples applying for the Indie88 wedding giveaway have a different sort of love. They’re not identifying with planning a wedding – they want to get married. That’s passion. These stories have left my eyes welled up with tears, my heart racing, and my skin covered in goosebumps from head to toe. That’s passion.

“And I get to be a part of this.”

I get to be a part of something bigger than myself.

I have the distinct privilege of changing lives (not just the two lives of our couple but the lives of everyone nearest and dearest to their hearts).

That’s passion.

And in between the incredible question responses and the heart-gripping video entries, I was carrying on a conversation with a friend of mine currently displaced 15,000 km away in Malaysia. His first journey alone. His first travel to Southeast Asia. His first time experiencing the life-changing transformations that happen, entirely without intent, when you remove yourself from a world you’ve always known and inject yourself into the biggest culture shock of your life.

That’s passion.

In hearing about his latest discoveries about the world and about himself, in listening to his tales of adventure to date and in seeing the snaps he sent along of this world otherwise unknown, my passion for my work within the WG brand was multiplied to the exponent of the passion burning inside of me to keep making things happen; things bigger than myself, bigger than the couples I plan for, bigger than the team I work with.

I found myself saying to him….

“Passion isn’t a choice. Passion is what happens when you successfully align outward actions with your inner purpose.” – and then, so surprised by how real this felt coming out of my fingers, I turned it into a quote…. so that I could read and re-read it over and over to remind myself of its truth.


I mean.. how can you willingly hurl yourself into a terrifying abyss unless you’re passionate about the idea of something you’ll find inside? It’s entirely counter-intuitive. It’s highly contradictory to the basic human instinct to survive. It’s…. ‘crazy’? But then again, ‘crazy’ is how I feel about people having babies… but just because it’s not right for me doesn’t mean that it can’t be precisely what someone else aspires toward, dreams for, wants.

Passion is subjective.

Our Indie88 couples are chosen to be passionate about a mutual life together.

Nick in Malaysia is passionate about changing his life.

And me? …

That’s when, in sitting back on this moderately uncomfortable bench and leaning away from the stylishly urban hipster harvest table I’m working on, I realize -

I’m swimming in passion; from every side, from every angle, against all the obstacles and odds and difficulties that come with what I do, I continue to be passionate about all of it.

Even though I may not have any of the answers.

Even though I may not have any idea of where I’m headed, why I’m headed there, or who I’m headed there with.

Even though I may be terrified every single moment of the day….

But I’ve always professed being passionate about leaning into the discomfort – and I am.

In a couple of days, the WeddingGirl brand will be celebrating her 6th birthday. It’s crazy how time has flown. This adventure has created and re-created me a half-dozen times over. As a self-admitted addict to growth and change, I’m finding passion in the creation and re-creation of who I am, of the events I plan, of the team I work with, and of the people I inspire to transform themselves.

It’s about doing that thing which you think you cannot do. It’s about never giving up on the thing you can’t go a day without thinking about. It’s about doing what scares you, and then showing others how they can do the same.

That’s passion.

Those whose submissions I’m reviewing for the Indie88 contest.

My friend Nick in a secluded mountain village in Malaysia.

The beautiful caterpillars-turned-butterflies of the WeddingGirl-multiplied team.

And the chameleon-girl inside of me who gets excited about shedding her skin and changing her colours with every failure, every lesson, every criticism.

That’s passion.

And, how lucky am I to be the lightning rod that attracts and disperses it?

Because that’s what life is about….

In the (paraphrased) words of Stars…. You need to hold on when you get (passion) and let go when you give it.

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Oh… and did I mention that Stars retweeted me the other day?!? Pretty passionate about that moment too. Yay!

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February 2, 2015

#MeetThisGirl | Sacha Parawan

{ Meet Our Newest WeddingGirl }

Yesterday we introduced you to one of our Interns, Bayley…. and today, we’d love for you to meet our newest WeddingGirl – Sacha!


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When we first met Sacha last year it was obvious that behind these beautiful brown eyes there lay a restless passion just waiting to be set ablaze! This aspiring wedding planner is already stitched of a successful entrepreneurial thread – she’s the creative stylist behind All Glam Affair, one of our go-to wedding day hair and makeup designers! Deciding that she dreamed of more than just bridal beauty, Sacha decided to come on board with our team and turn her dreams into plans.

Today marks one month that Sacha has been a part of the WeddingGirl.ca group of planners, and here’s what she had to say about the time she’s spent with us so far:

“I can’t believe it’s been a month already! It has been a great experience so far and when I reflect back I am proud of my accomplishments this month. Time this month… I don’t even know where it went! Things have been overwhelming but in such a good way.

I am trying to be more active on the team and I want to contribute more. I’m searching to create the proper balance between all that’s going on. I aim to be more active soon and even start writing my blogs!

I have to say I think you and the girls are really amazing. I love that everyone is so open to ideas. No one is shot down for anything and everyone is caring to each other. It’s so important to have a shoulder to lean on. With the WGx team, luckily there are so many shoulders! Everyone is super friendly and takes challenges, feedback, and successes like a trooper. Everyone wants to improve their skills in one way or another.

What’s taken me by surprise… WG isn’t just about weddings anymore. To see how much has happened with this company in such little time really amazes me. And it just goes to show that hard work pays off! What’s made me really happy is to know is that I am surrounded by such positive personalities not just on Tuesday/Wednesday nights when we meet but I feel like you and these girls are like a little family.”

And she’s not wrong. To paraphrase Charles Bukowski: This team is mad and we’re magic – there’s no lie in our fire. But judging from how seamlessly this lovely lady has fit into our group so far, we don’t foresee it being a big adjustment. Just ask her how gorgeous that Chairman’s Office ended up being at the One King West Open House she helped us plan!

- and thanks to Emily Christine Photography for snapping this pretty pic of our gorgeous faces – Sacha and Leah.

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February 1, 2015

#MeetThisGirl | Bayley Sarrasin

{ Meet Our Intern }

Meet Bayley. She’s our intern. And this is her first-ever blog.


Bayley Sarrasin WeddingGirl.ca Toronto Wedding Planner Intern 5

Today I begin my journey as a member of the @WeddingGirlca team and if I can be honest, I am petrified. Who wants to listen to an intern blabbing about planning dream weddings anyways?

As I think about it I start to realize that anyone who has never planned a wedding might just be waiting to hear my voice on the topic….  and boy do I have a lot I want to say.

So, here goes…

If you have never planned a wedding, or any event for that matter, who better to turn to than someone with actual real-world experience in that field who just so happens to be a member of one of the biggest and best-known wedding planning brands in the wedding planning industry?

In recent years engaged couples have turned to countless social media sites to assist in the planning of their wedding. What they likely fail to realize is that a computer screen with pictures can only take you so far and help you so much. So you think you’re saving money by not hiring a wedding planner? Truth is, the amount of stress you are able to avoid, and the amount of time away from your job researching and contacting vendors, and the amount you’ll overpay for un-negotiated contracts – will take a much larger toll on both your budget and your sanity.

Within our first few meetings with the WG team I knew this entire team was crazy successful for a reason. We are all so passionate about weddings and about making dreams come true (brides’ dreams, and our own!). We want our couples to realize that our first priority has nothing to do with the dollars they pay us…. it’s about doing what we’re awesome at to make some serious wedding plans come to life (on a budget).

During the execution of the first event of my WeddingGirl life I had a pretty quick, extremely eye-opening introduction to this event planning world. I always thought event planners looked at pretty pictures and dreamed up visually-appealing floral arrangements and decor. Let me tell you… I was mistaken.

After 10 hours of hauling decor and flowers, creating table displays and arrangements, I lay myself down for what I hoped would be a good night’s sleep only to realize ‘…Wait. I’m an event planner!’ This meant our team would be running on no more than 5 hours of sleep the next day… and we had to get through it together.

As exhausted as my body was, I didn’t manage to sleep a wink.

My mind was spinning with everything I had learned that day, everything I could never have known (by reading a wedding planning book) happened behind the scenes of an event. Nothing I’d ever read on social media could ever have prepared me for this. Regardless of the team’s exhaustion, we woke up bright and early (6 a.m.!) for the big day and made the most of it. We were there to impress and a lack of sleep wasn’t about to  get in the way of that! Oh. And the event was amazing.

I may be starting this journey as an intern, but I am determined to complete my formal training and continue my lifelong learning successfully as a WeddingGirl.


…. and we have no doubt that she will!

Thanks for choosing us, Bayley.

We’re so lucky to have you <3

You can find and follow Bayley’s internship journey with the WeddingGirl team on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Go find her and say hello.

WGx 2015

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