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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.

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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 Facebook Page, and follow her on Twitter, and Instagram as well!

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{ Blog Love: Photo Credits }

Taylor Jackson Photography / Serena Swan Photography

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January 20, 2015

One King West Open House | #ShadesOfWhite 2015

#ShadesofWhite Open house: Jan. 18, 2015

The WeddingGirl.ca team was so excited to be a part of planning and hosting the annual open house at One King West Hotel & Residence in Toronto this weekend.

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With our expertise and knowledge of the wedding industry, our team was able to bring some new and exciting ideas to the table. We partnered with Gown and Glory consignment boutique, and hosted Toronto’s first ever Wedding Gown pop-up shop! It was a hit with our brides, and some even walked away with their wedding gown!

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There was a Henna room for brides & their guests to experience a little bit of the South Asian culture. The colours were stunning and the team over at South Asian Wedding Boutique spent so much time perfecting every detail! Also a big shout-out to our wonderful henna artist, Deepali of Henna Kreations! She does amazing work!

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The Fifteen Hundred bridal suite was dolled up with fancy florals by Fraiche flower studio, bridal jewellry by AE Bumble, delicious smelling soaps and other toiletries from the Sweet Pea Soap company. We had some of the beauty experts from Visage Yorkville glamming up the brides and giving some wedding day beauty tips.

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If you’ve ever been to One King West, then you’ll know that one of the coolest elements of their lobby is the staircase into the original bank vault. One of our team members put together a Groom’s Lounge, decked out with specialty pieces like wooden pocket squares from Baffi collection, Aristocrats handmade bow ‘n ties, and playing tables from Wildcard Experience.

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Each room had a special touch from the talented designers at J. Company designs. Their team worked tirelessly to make sure each item was in place and the guests were absolutely ‘wowed’ by their work! We are so thankful to have a team like this to execute the BIG ideas always have! Chairs were provided by our friends over at Detailz Chair Couture.

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Were you there?

What was your favourite part?

We’re so grateful for the help of these fabulous people:

Sarah TypesBB BlancThe Wedding Opera wedding blogPure Storm Studios, Emily Christine Photography, Dan Osadtsuk Photography Co.Serena Swan PhotographyToronto Popcorn company, Lemon Lily and Le Dolci for entertaining our guests, capturing the day, and providing everyone with incredible swag bag treats.

{Photography by Dan Osadtsuk Photography, the WG team, and vendors}

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January 15, 2015

Kristen + Siya | an Enchanted Boho Gypsy Wedding

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Kristen and Siya’s bohemian forest wedding is truly a dream come true. Shot entirely barefoot by Sara Monika Photography, this fairytale wedding day overflowed with free-spirited, loving friends and family, nature on every side, unique decor, heartwarming speeches, energetic dancing, and an undeniable special connection between best friends-turned-partners for life.

One of the bridesmaids describes Kristen and Siya’s love as something more intense than soulmates. It could be felt in the energy around them. Between them: pure love and acceptance of one another. No judgement.

The wedding was held at the couple’s family’s property in Ganaraska Forest. They are authors of the Fiction/Adventure series: Rise of the Prince and also operate an Inspirational Center: DASHTA Moments.  They work with individuals and small groups to guide them in their pursuit of an authentic life.  Their peaceful and calm environment is an ideal setting for people to discover who they really are, through self-inquiry and awareness of the world around them. 

The beautiful decor was the result of love and craftiness from friends and family; not only was the final result so unique and beautiful, but also incredibly meaningful to the bride and groom.

Moments before the ceremony began, the guests had a peaceful silent moment to take in the energy and the sounds of the nature – to be reminded of being present for the ceremony. Rather than chatter among the crowd or distracting cell phone chimes, all that echoed on the breeze were chirping birds and the soft bubbling of the creek flowing nearby. The natural silence transitioned into serene, ecletic music as Siya walked down the aisle to take his place and await his bride. 

The couple requested that the ceremony be unplugged: no pictures, no phone. The result? A more-present crowd, and a bride walking down the aisle without straining through a sea of iPhone paparazzi. 

Right before they exchanged rings, a ‘ring warming’ took place. Each of the bridal party members held the rings and projected good wishes and positive energy onto them. A beautiful touch.

Near the end of the night, a traditional Thai custom: couples and families received a ‘wish lantern’ – infused with their dreams and set off into the night sky. An unforgettable sigh. 

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Newlywed, Kristen,  is an amazingly talented travel v-logger as well as an actress. Visit her blog at Hopscotch The Globe.

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Photography by Sara Monika

@SaraMonikaPhoto

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January 14, 2015

Kristin & Warren | Muskoka Wedding

 { a True North love }

Today’s Indie-inspired blog feature comes to us from beautiful cottage country, Muskoka, in northern Ontario.  From the picturesque natural backdrops to the beautiful little group of gorgeous flower girls, every detail of this wedding will make your northern-loving heart pitter-patter.

The question is, though… would you be brave enough to get into a canoe on your wedding day??

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Photography Credit: The Dan Osadtsuk Photography Co.

Venue: Severn Lodge

Wedding Planner: Kristin Bloch

Floral / Decor: Berries & Blooms
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January 13, 2015

Emily Christine Photography | Grand Bend Wedding

{ Boho-Beach meets Garden-Gypsy DIY wedding }

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Not only is this bride absolutely stunning, her wedding is the stuff that boho-gypsy dreams are made of: a private beachfront on Lake Huron, backyard cottage party, and to top it off – an entirely DIY design!

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Photography: Emily Christine Photography

Venue: Private Residence in Oakwood Park, Grand Bend | Lake Huron

Decor: DIY

Florals: DIY

Wedding Gown: H&M

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Oliver & Bonacini acquires The Carlu | Toronto Wedding News

Filed under: Bridal Blog,Real WG Weddings,Vendors,Venues,WG Media,WGx — WeddingGirl @ 2:49 pm

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One of Canada’s highest-profile restaurant and events company will assume operation of one of Toronto’s downtown historic event spaces.

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Earlier today, Oliver and Bonacini (O&B) announced the expansion of its events portfolio to include the iconic and grand-scale Toronto venue, The Carlu.

Originally opened in 1930 as “Eaton’s Seventh Floor,” The Carlu was designed by French architect Jacques Carlu. In 2003, the space at 44 Yonge Street in College Park was reopened as “The Carlu” event venue after an extensive renovation led by Jeffry Roick and Mark Robert. Now recognized as one of Toronto’s best examples of Art Moderne architecture, The Carlu has been designated as a National Historic Site of Canada, and has played host to royalty on several occasions, as the preferred space for high profile social fetes, conventions and corporate celebrations.

Managing director at The Carlu said,

“The Carlu has long been considered the gem of Toronto’s event scene, with a sterling reputation as one of Canada’s premier event destinations. With O&B’s extensive portfolio of venues, and their consistency and excellence of cuisine and service, The Carlu was a natural fit. We are confident that they can lead the venue to even greater heights,”

In recent years, O&B’s growth in the event sector has included the historic Arcadian event complex at Hudson’s Bay Queen St., Toronto; Malaparte at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto; the Toronto Region Board of Trade; Windermere House, Muskoka; Westin Trillium House, Collingwood; and most recently, Trump Toronto. O&B is also actively working on newly constructed event spaces in Calgary and Montreal that will be introduced over the next 18 months. A key goal of the company is to develop an extensive “one-stop” portfolio of top-level event spaces to accommodate every client need, from social and wedding requirements, to full-service corporate conferences and events.

Andrew Oliver, president of Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants quotes:

“We’re very excited to be managing this magnificent venue and couldn’t be happier to be bringing our passion for food and service to The Carlu’s distinctive setting of elegance and grandeur.  We have great respect for what’s been accomplished at The Carlu. Working with The Carlu events team, we look forward to continuing the legacy of excellence that has been upheld throughout the years.”

The official transition of The Carlu management to O&B will take place on March 2, 2015.

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Don’t worry, Brides:

All existing catering and venue contracts at the venue will remain in place and be honoured, with clients continuing to work directly with their Carlu event specialist to coordinate all logistics.

Effective immediately, clients will also have the opportunity to book O&B as their caterer for all future events.

For more information please visit:

Website: OliverBonacini.com

Twitter: @OliverBonacini

Facebook: OliverBonaciniRestaurants

Instagram: @OliverBonacini

{About O+B }

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Oliver & Bonacini (O&B) is recognized as one of Canada’s leading fine dining restaurant, events and catering companies, operating 12 unique and innovative restaurants in Ontario. Operations include à la carte dining, quick service dining, catering and special events. Restaurants include AmericaAuberge du Pommier, Bannock, Biff’s Bistro, Canoe, Canteen, Jump, Luma, and Oliver & Bonacini Café Grill (Toronto, North York, Blue Mountain, Oakville).

Operations are supported by an in-house bakery and chocolate/confections shop, O&B Artisan. The company’s private dining and events division, Oliver & Bonacini Events and Catering, manages a number of large-scale event facilities, including Arcadian, Toronto Region Board of Trade, Malaparte at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Windermere House on Lake Rosseau in Muskoka, and the Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto (in collaboration with INK Entertainment).

In 2011, Oliver & Bonacini partnered with Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC), completing their first project in spring 2012 at Hudson’s Bay Queen Street store, Toronto. They are currently in development with a second grand-scale project slated to open in late 2014 at Hudson’s Bay Calgary Downtown.

In 2013, O&B was named a preferred catering provider to the Royal Ontario Museum, Design Exchange, The Round House at Steam Whistle Brewing and all INK Entertainment event venues, in addition to launching its own direct-to-venue catering service, O&B Caters. Oliver & Bonacini credits its success to the development of a strong company culture, where excellence of food quality and service are valued above all else.

{ About The Carlu }

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The Carlu is an historic event space in Toronto. Known for many years as the “Eaton’s Seventh Floor”, The Carlu is one of Toronto’s best examples of Art Moderne architecture. In 1930, the Eaton’s department store chain opened “Eaton’s College Street”, an imposing Art Deco store at the intersection of Yonge Street and College Street. The matriarch of the Eaton family, Lady Flora McCrea Eaton, retained the noted French architect Jacques Carlu to design the seventh floor of the edifice. Between 1931–1965, the venue was home to the Eaton Operatic Society, and played host to major performers of the day, including Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, and Frank Sinatra.

In 2003, the seventh floor was reopened after an extensive restoration. The raked floors were removed from the auditorium to return the space’s original movable seating. Other modifications had to be made to the auditorium so that modern acoustical equipment could be used. Even the original Lalique fountain, which had long been believed lost, was restored to its place at the centre of the Round Room. The venue’s new name was chosen to honour the architect that had originally designed the space. Since its re-opening, The Carlu has hosted numerous high-profile events, including concerts,
galas, weddings and fashion shows.

 

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January 11, 2015

#WeddingGownPopUpShopTO :: Toronto’s first-ever!

{ Bridal Pop-Up Shop, January 18th }

 

The countdown is officially on for Toronto’s first ever wedding gown pop-up shop at the luxurious One King West Hotel!

Gown and Glory Consignment Boutique is setting up racks upon racks of amazing designer dresses available (first-come-first-serve) for amazing discount prices! These new, sample, and previously-loved gowns are reduced by up to 80% off their retail prices!

There will be dresses for every size and ever budget, ranging from sizes 2 to 24 – and available to touch, feel, and try on. All of these glittery gems have been carefully curated by fashion expert Angela Kerry – all current designers, and all available to go home with their new Bride this weekend!

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NEW Callista, style 4190, Size 20. Retails $1425 – event pricing $825

Gown and Glory’s inventory includes popular designers such as Maggie Sottero, Allure, Alfred Angelo, Sophia Tolli, Pronovias, Casablanca, Enzoani, Essence of Australia, Paloma Blanca, Alfred Sung, and Mori Lee – to name a few.

 

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Here’s a sneak peek at just a few of the amazing gowns priced under $800.

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Watters, Emerson, Size 6. Retails $1850 – event pricing $725

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Allure 2606, Size 14. Retails for $1600 – event pricing $725

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Mori Lee, 153, Size 4. Retails for $1450 – event pricing $650

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NEW Allure, 8862, Size 12. Retails for $1180 – event pricing $675

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NEW Mia Solano, M1225, Size 8. Retails for $1100 – event pricing $700

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Here’s a look at just a few of the gorgeous gowns priced at $500 or less.

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NEW Vera Wang White, VW351044. Size 12. Retails for $728 – event pricing $425

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Sophia Tolli, Y1902. Size 14. Retails for $1200 – event pricing $475

Gown and Glory’s dresses are all unique, from various designers and from collections within the past three years, giving you many styles to choose from. The Pop-Up-Shop will be showcasing bridal fashion’s hottest trends: from lace, tulle skirts, cap sleeves and much more!

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NEW Martina Liana, style 441. Size 10. Retails for $2400 – event pricing $1550

There are some HUGE deals to be had, and you may be lucky enough to go home with one of these amazing pieces!

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NEW Pronovias, Idilio by Manuel Mota, size 8. retails for $5000 – event pricing: ONLY $1200!

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Enzoani, Finley, Size 10. retails for $3200 – event pricing: ONLY $825!

The entire inventory will be updated the week before the event on www.gownandglory.ca, categorized by size. Check out what’s in stock before you stop by the pop-up shop and make notes of some of your favourites.

Amazing gowns.

Amazing prices.

All at an amazing venue! – how can you go wrong?

Join us on Sunday, January 18th, 11am -4pm in the King Gallery

1 King Street West, Toronto

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If a more intimate one-on-one shopping experience is what you prefer, private appointments are available at Gown and Glory Consignment Boutique.
Contact Angela, angela@gownandglory.ca, 416-573-4240 to book a time that works for you.

*HST is applicable on all listed prices.

Cash or Credit Card will be accepted on site.

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RSVP for the Pop-Up Shop by visiting EventBrite to secure your fitting time!

#WeddingGownPopUpShopTO

 

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December 10, 2014

Vendor Love | Glam Gorgeous Salon

Filed under: Author: Linda Keeping,Bridal Blog,Health & Beauty,Love,Vendors,WG{=} — WeddingGirl @ 11:07 am

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Can we all agree on the power of a truly stellar hair cut?

I mean, who doesn’t feel like an A-Lister when a professional makes up their face? Even just a simple trim can revive and refresh your whole look {and outlook} on any given day.

Last week I found myself in just that position – In need of a trim, and a mood boost!

Enter: Jamie, founder of Glam Gorgeous Salon.

Vibrant, kind, and full of positive energy, Jamie’s private holistic salon is fun and inviting, with touches of glam everywhere! Imagine elegant strings of pearls draped over crystal light fixtures.. on sexy pink damask-patterned walls… Not to mention the totally chic white christmas tree, dressed with jewel-tone ornaments, beads and feathers! It’s official: this salon has some serious style.

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If you’re near Niagara, and in the market for a new hair guru – your search is over!

I’ve seen his work before many times, {he’s made some of my close friends and family VERY happy}, but now, having visited the salon myself, I can confidently recommend him to anyone and everyone – Jamie is a total professional, who’s intuitive and considers the lifestyle and personality of his clients when choosing a cut or make-up look.

His salon is also the set and studio for his fabulous youtube channel! His videos are informative and engaging – his bright personality beaming throughout. My favourite thing on the salon’s website though, is the main page Mantra. It was JUST what I needed to read on the day I found it – there are no coincidences!

You should all go read it out loud to yourself. Check it out here.

Seriously.. I mean it..

Go right now, then come back – I’ll wait.

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Feeling warm and fuzzy inside? I believe loving yourself is a huge part of achieving sustained happiness. Not to get to deep here.. but really, when one feels good about the way they look, that good feeling seeps way further than skin deep. A little outward pampering can do wonders when feeling a little down, or amid struggles with low self-esteem.

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 “Love is love, we celebrate all love.”

The Salon’s Wedding Page does something special with this simple sentence. It suggests an inclusive and safe environment for all brides and grooms-to-be. Over here at WeddingGirl.ca we couldn’t agree with this more, and LOVE Glam Gorgeous even harder for it.  In fact, we have an entire division {WG =} that functions around this very principle.  Love IS love… and Love is never wrong.  Same-sex marriages and alternative unions don’t always receive the same care and attention as the traditional Mr. + Mrs. when preparing for “I Do’s”. We never want to hear that type of story EVER again. So we always aim to network with inclusive vendors who welcome every kind of couple.

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If you are looking for a warm welcome, serious skill and just the right amount of sass –make an appointment at Glam Gorgeous Salon, then follow their brilliant advice:

Be Celebrated • Be Beautiful • Be Magnificent.

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Linda is a Bridal Lifestyle Blogger, Creative Content Strategist and lover-of-all-things-beautiful at WeddingGirl.ca

For media requests, product or service reviews, contact her directly –  Linda@WeddingGirl.ca

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December 5, 2014

#WGxIndieLove :: Indie Xmas-inspired wedding trends

{ Indie Christmas = Love (!!) }

Did you hear about our super-secret wedding giveaway with Indie88??

Well, now that December has started, and in honour of this week’s exciting announcement (which obviously has us all feeling oh-so-Indie around here!) I thought I’d keep with our #WGxIndie88 theme, and showcase some gorgeous love-party ideas.

How can you not love this ballgown-with-cardigan pairing?! Definitely a trend we’re hoping to see more of in the new year. And how about that Groom’s non-white shirt alternative? So stylish!

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A good wedding planner knows that ‘themes’ can get out of hand pretty quickly. With the perfect designer touch of a little here and a little there, (and with the guided finesse of an amazing planner) your wedding guests will be happily “Wow’d” and your photos will be nothing short of stunning.

Another trend we see emerging for 2015; Mis-matched designs!

Start to think outside the box for your wedding day attire, be confident about bold patterns seamlessly woven into your big day, and start pairing your Vera Wang with oversized costume jewels.

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#IndieLove is about doing things differently. I’m hoping to see more of these knee-length stunners next year, accented with a killer heel in a bold hue that sets off the entire look of your day.

And, while we’ve watched headpiece trends go from oversized veils and tiaras to delicate jewels and hats, why not start pulling some of that colour you love into your head art as well?? Be brave, beautiful Indie-Bride!

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Don’t forget that your bridal bouquet is the ultimate wedding day accessory. Whether you’re going for opulent and over-the-top, or elegant and understated, the blooms you’ll carry will be the icing on your gorgeous wedding-look-cupcake.

But keep in mind that your ‘blooms’ needn’t be blooms at all! Check out this Indie-Christmas-inspired bouquet alternative: artificial berries, teeny tiny glittered pinecones, and a muslin rose arrangement rivals any pricey florist’s design.

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Wishing you all lots of love under the mistletoe this holiday season….

- from all of us at WeddingGirl.ca <3

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{ photog blog love }

Haley Sheffield |  Brittany Dow + Stacey Bishop |  Sara Gray | Christina Watkins | Arina B.

 

 

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December 2, 2014

WGxGentsExpo :: Toronto Gentlemen’s Expo, 2014

{ #WGxGentsExpo }

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November is Gentlemen’s month (possibly started by the Movember movement, which we emphatically support), and for the second year now, The Gentlemen’s Expo has spread the good word to eager Torontonians.

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Our very own AlphaGroom shared the expo with us, and we’re SO glad he did, because not only did we get to check out this awesome weekend, but now we get to share it with all of you!

This event is a Must-Do for your 2015 calendar. Ladies, we promise, your Men will love it!

Side note: it was definitely not just an expo for men! Us lasses had a pretty fabulous time too.

There were so many things there I wanted to get for my own gentleman, and the WG team was totally excited to check out the huge collection of curated-cool that was #GentsExpo 2014!

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Among endless rows of awesome vendors we met and learned about products and services we’d never heard of before, took part in engaging demos and watched some pretty impressive shows. From street magicians famous for their success on America’s Got Talent to the most satirical and entertaining sex therapists – it would take multiple posts to talk about everything we saw.

Here’s a brief highlight reel of some of our favourites:

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2UNDR

Did you know the majority of people who purchase men’s underwear are female?

I didn’t, until speaking with Dan at 2Undr.

I had actually recently bought my own Gent some underwear that boasted a system of cloth panels to provide extra comfiness. Then Dan informed me that 2Undr was far better technology (shocking) and was pretty confident my man would find them far superior. He put his brand to the test and sent me home with a pair. They were met with a pretty awesome positive review all-around, and I’m personally highly recommending these bad boys for the gentleman on your Christmas list this year!

Be sure to tell the lads at 2UNDR that the WeddingGirls sent you. They’ll make your experience extra sweet.

 

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Uncle Smoke & Hank Daddy’s BBQ

I love BBQ.

I’m entirely unashamed to admit my fierce love affair with BBQ.

I am deeply in love with smoked meat, tangy, spicy sauces, in overtly large proportions.

I mostly can’t even write these sentences without craving something off the grill right now. It doesn’t matter that it’s morning!

Uncle Smoke offered Expo goers a crazy delicious smoked rib, fried potato bites, and a mini-culinary experience that was flavourful, filling and oh-so-tasty!

Hank Daddy’s BBQ even brought the WeddingGirl LBD Squad up on stage to enjoy some tasty smoked brisket!

I’m definitely already looking forward to chowing down on this Grillmaster’s fare sooner rather than later. Dinner, anyone?

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Urban Tactical Indoor Shooting Centre

Can’t you just imagine all the WeddingGirls suited up at the shooting range?! It makes me think of this moment in the Spice Girls movie.. and, let’s face it…. it was pretty great.

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Seriously though, Urban Tactical is a pretty fun idea for a wedding party group activity – girls and guys alike! What better way to release all that pre-wedding stress on the targets, just …. with proper safety equipment.

 

Elite Driver’s Club 

We just had to stop and pose for a pic with the sweet ride they had showcased – I’d love to drive one for the day!

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Always Bearded

There’s nothing finer than a well-groomed beard. A man who knows how to take care of his facial hair gets A++’s from Team WG! Check out these guys’ great array of beard care products. They make pretty great Christmas gifts for your gent who’s choosing to keep his ‘Mo or is participating in ‘Decembeard’. Yes, apparently that’s a thing!

 

Wildcard Entertainment

We see these guys often at industry events and no matter where they are, they’re always creating a stellar time around them! Whether you’re renting blackjack or roulette tables, setting up interactive photobooth displays or bringing promotional models on board to add an extra touch of flair to your party, Wildcard has it on lock.

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Tequila Tromba

This beauty helped me fall back in love with tequila. (I can’t be the only one who’s needed to take an extended break from Mr. Tequila) In the past it’s proven to be hazardous to my health… and dance skills, and pride. Mixed or straight, this smooth blend of flavours was seriously top-shelf. I’m definitely hitting up the LCBO for this one!

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Carnivor

A truly delicious red wine experience from a wine maker I already enjoy (any other fans of Apothic Red out there?) We found this gem paired with Pingue prosciutto from Niagara Food Specialties and Carnivore Club.

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We had a chance to meet some pretty wicked dudes.

For the team who organized the Gentlemen’s Expo 2014  and to all of the dedicated vendors who made it such a great weekend to experience, a HUGE thank-you from Team WeddingGirl for supporting up-and-coming businesses in the GTA…. and making the men we love a better version than their already awesome selves.

 

See you Gents next year!

 

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