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May 19, 2015

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!

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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!

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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?!)

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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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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!

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

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

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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!

 

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#RibfestWedding Pigs and Plaid

{ vendor love }

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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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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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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{ Blog Love }

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

Filed under: Bridal Blog — Tags: , , — WeddingGirl @ 1:37 pm

{ 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.

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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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April 9, 2015

Feeling Humbled

{ The Hamilton Spectator’s Readers’ Choice Awards }

A few weeks ago I woke up to a friend’s Facebook message congratulating me on being nominated for the Hamilton Spectator’s Readers’ Choice Awards.

I was a bit taken aback because it was so unexpected, but I was oh so excited.

I felt, and still feel, completely humbled.

I’ve personally only been in the wedding industry for about a year and a half, but now that I’ve been truly following my passion, I really can’t picture myself in any other industry.

Working with my couples is always such a pleasure, not only because I think they’re all awesome, but because each couple is so different and unique that I can’t help but love make their wedding dreams come true.

So thank you for your nomination. 100 times over, thank you!

And if you haven’t had a chance to vote yet, you can do so (everyday if you’re up for it), up until July 31, 2015.

Simply click HERE and vote for Lisa Hardie.

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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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April 3, 2015

Getting Married, Round II :: #RealWGBrideBlog

Filed under: #RealWGBrideBlog,Bridal Blog,Getting Engaged,Love — WeddingGirl @ 11:40 am

{ this is what I know … }

by: Amy Liza, Bride-To-Be.

Never BEen Kissed

At the end of the film “Never Been Kissed”, an adorable and highly under-appreciated rom-com starring Drew Barrymore, Drew’s character is writing a piece for her newspaper. Her voice is heard saying, in all of its wistfulness: “Someone once told me that to write well you have to write what you know. This is what I know.”

I could quote Mark Twain, the originator of that saying, but Drew Barrymore is my spirit animal, so here we are.

And this is what I know: I’m a divorcée and I’m getting married for the 2nd time.

Typing the word “divorcée” makes most people cringe.

It’s a label.

It screams FAIL WHALE.

It screams “I wear dark sunglasses, chain smoke, carry a small dog in my Chanel purse, and I may or may not have gotten the house in the Hamptons as part of my settlement.”

But I digress.

Anyway, it’s generally a word that brings judgment and turned up noses.

I was also once a wedding planner.

I became WPIC certified post-divorce.

Those fun facts about me mean I know some things. Not all of the things, but some of the things. So I want to share what I know, as someone about to get remarried, and as someone who has been exposed to the weddings of many different couples. Oh, and as someone who is so excited and scared at the same time, just like any other bride-to-be.

When you say “YES!” to a proposal, or someone says yes to yours, it’s the promise of forever (and the awesome wedding to come) that lights everyone up with excitement. You carefully craft your announcement photo for Instagram or Facebook, with fancy filters and clever hashtags like #helikeditsoheputaringonit or #doesthisringmakemelookengaged.

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Suddenly, rainbows are everywhere you go!

Unicorns weep with joy at your news!

It’s a ring on THAT finger, a message to the world that someone wants to be with you, and you with them, until you’re old and crusty and you sit on a porch together yelling at the youth of tomorrow to get the hell off of your lawn.

If that made you dance with glee and toss glitter into the air, please sit down.

It’s time for real talk.

*brushes glitter off laptop*

Not for one second do I want to take away from the bliss that is a wedding.

The excitement of planning your big day is undeniable: A wedding is truly a beautiful and wonderful event.

But it’s an EVENT.

A point in time.

One day of your life.

One single day where you wear a beautiful gown (that I really hope doesn’t cost more than your wedding because THAT IS CRAZY TALK.)

I’m putting a lot of emphasis on it being a one day thing, because marriage is an entirely different kettle of fish. It is not an event. It is not one day. It is a lifetime of commitment to one person. It is good days and bad days. It is really loving that person even though they leave the peanut butter knife on the edge of the sink, or their socks on the kitchen counter. It is a commitment to making things work even if sometimes things are scary, difficult and/or frustrating.

Your relationship, your marriage, is like a garden and you need to tend to it. There will be no flowers, no fancy Kale, nor any heirloom tomatoes unless you take care of your garden every day.

Rain or shine.

You cannot be asleep at the switch, and expect your kale to be bountiful, your tomatoes to be juicy, or your marriage to be successful.

That one day of your life, your wedding, will not fix the things that are already malfunctioning in your relationship.

If you’re arguing all the time, a wedding won’t fix that.  If you’re insecure in your relationship, getting married won’t make it better.  If you’re not sure you want to get married, but he/she asked you, and your families are on you for grandkids so you may as well…a wedding won’t make you suddenly want to be married. I could say it a million different ways but I have a word limit (I think), so I’ll leave it at this: Your wedding isn’t a solution. It’s a celebration.

I’ll wait while you write that down somewhere.

There are many reasons why my marriage didn’t succeed, but mainly it fell apart because we had no foundation. I think I knew we’d fail before he even proposed, but I was so desperate to make things right in my world after my Mom died.

On my wedding day, I received an early card from a family friend, Carol. I read it before I walked down the aisle. That card is the one single thing I kept from my first marriage. Carol was an older woman, very close to my Mom. She was married with three grown sons who themselves were married with kids. She was a brassy New Jersey Italian, an off-Broadway actress, a recovering alcoholic. She was the most authentic woman I’d ever met, and I loved being around her for that reason.

Her card sits in a box of memories, and I kept it because it was so honest.

It terrified me.

Instead of the usual platitudes one gets in a wedding card, she had written the following:

“…the truth is, nobody knows what’s going to happen. And even after you’ve done it for an indeterminable amount of time…you still have no idea how it works. You just keep trying and you create a relationship with lots of emotions, lots of comfort, and sometimes discomfort. Lots of work and play. Good times and not so good times. You’ll do this all together, and you still won’t know. Here’s the secret: It is what it is.” 

Wait a minute.

Who says that to a bride on their wedding day?!

I really wish more people were this honest.

Carol is now in assisted living in California with Alzheimer’s and I WISH I could call her and thank her.

She doesn’t remember me anymore.

I am sharing her wisdom with you, because she said what all engaged couples need to hear: Being happily married is a lot of hard, albeit beautiful, important work. I learned some best practices for a successful marriage from the one that failed. I still take Carol’s words to heart. I stay true to myself as much as I can. The mister and I are set up for success with a solid relationship, and our foundation is strong. We’ve had some pretty rough moments, and I can safely say we’ve earned this wedding, and this marriage. We work very hard to maintain what we’ve built, and though we’re giggly and silly about this wedding planning, we’re not glossy-eyed and bathed in glitter, thinking that a wedding is the overall destination.

I’m so very excited to marry my penguin.

And if that reference escapes you, set some time aside to watch “Never Been Kissed” this week. I mean, I’ve mentioned it twice here, so just go watch it please and thanks.

Yes, it’s on Netflix.

You’re welcome.

…. and ALL of this is to say that being married to the one you love is one of life’s greatest joys.

The most important gift you can give to each other is honesty and authenticity.

Don’t race to get married because you have a timeline to follow, or you’re being pressured by your friends and family.  Like a house, you need to lay the foundation first. Build it to last forever. And once it has proven it can withstand storms and other nonsense, go ahead and plan yourself one awesome wedding.

With glitter.

~ xo,

Amy

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To share your own pre-wedding-day thoughts with fellow Brides-To-Be, submit your #RealWGBrideBlog writing for considering to info@WeddingGirl.ca

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April 1, 2015

The hottest new wedding trend you haven’t heard of…

Filed under: Author: Brenda Hanks,Bridal Blog,Entertainment,Wedding Fun — WeddingGirl @ 11:18 am

{ Brides and Cats }

Authored By: Brenda Hanks

As any avid WeddingGirl reader would know, we love to keep up to date with the hot new trends in the wedding world. Recently a hot new trend has started taking North America by storm…

Cats!

 

Why carry a beautiful bouquet when you can stroll down the aisle carrying a cuddly cat? This trend also brings a really soft touch to your wedding photos.

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Talk about spicing up the boring old bouquet toss! Your girls will never know what hit them!

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Still looking for a way to incorporate your kitty? What about a furry ring bearer or flower girl?

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Or consider adding a cat to your dress for a personal touch?

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Cats are showing up everywhere – check out this sweet invitation suite we found!

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Trend or foe?

Does this post have you purring for more?

Would you kitty-up your wedding day?

Happy April Fools day!

{ photog love }

These totally inspiring cat-snaps are courtesy of: Ivan Malafeyev, BridesThrowingCats.com, ORBrideMag.com, DailyMail.co.uk, WeddingInvitations-UK.co.uk.

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