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May 15, 2013

UBER :: Toronto Black Car Service :: WG Promo Code

{ so this is why we love UBER! }

(and why we think you should too)

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“Uber is everyone’s private driver”.

First introduced to Uber when Courtney and I were invited to the UNIUN industry open house last month, I started out completely unfamiliar with the service and totally skeptical of signing up for a smartphone app with a credit card number. It wasn’t until a super-helpful Uber rep, Lucas, took the time to tell us more about who they are and what they do that I opted to set my uncertainties aside and live on the edge….

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… and my first thought after the black car dropped us off that evening? Where has this service been all of my life?!

{ all about UBER }

Uber is an on demand car service application for smartphones. It’s so easy to download the free Uber app for iPhone/Android - search, select, download.

Once you’ve signed up your account (yes, it’s totally safe to give them your credit card!) – just pick the vehicle you’d like, press a button, and a car with your own private driver arrives to your location in minutes. Cars range from Lincoln Town Cars to Cadillac Escalades, with traditional taxi cabs available as well.

And remember that credit card I was so uncertain with sharing? Well – it’s brilliant! It means I can just hop out of the car once we’ve gotten to where we’re going and I don’t have to worry about whether anyone has cash on hand, change for a tip, etc. No more pit stops at gas station ATM’s when you unexpectedly find out your cab doesn’t take plastic in the middle of your ride (I speak from experience!)

Within a few minutes of getting out of the car, UBER emails you a detailed receipt (and by detailed, I mean VERY detailed!) – date, time, distance traveled, average speed, map, driver’s name, car type. Perfect for record-keeping.

UBER’s black car service is priced at approximately 30% more than the average cab and gratuity is always included (so $13 vs. $10? – totally worth it). It’s also found in 25 + markets worldwide, from Toronto to San Francisco, New York to London. You can rely on the service anywhere, without worrying about how you’re going to get from A to B. LOVE IT!

Since signing up for UBER that night at UNIUN I’ve used the service multiple times on my own and never cease to be amazing at its promptness, efficiency, and totally high-end feel. I mean, really – who doesn’t want to live a life of having their own private black car to shuttle them around??

{ UBER on your wedding day }

Since learning about the UBER service I’ve shared the details with all our Toronto WG-couples. Get in touch with us to have the UBER team set up personalized promo codes on behalf of WG for your wedding party, family, and guests. This entitles all of them to their first ride free as well. It’s an amazing alternative to that pricey late-night sedan you considered booking through your limousine service (and ensures everyone gets home safely, despite all the shots they did at the bar!)

{ a ride on US }

When I love something this much, I want everyone else to love it too. I chatted with the folks over at UBER and they were awesome enough to set up a specialized promo code for new UBER users.

Download the app and use the code WeddingGirl to get your first free black car ride (in Toronto, up to $30). The code is active now and expires on December 31st 2013 – so even if you’re not from the Toronto area but you know you’ll be going downtown at some point this year, stash the details and take a ride on us!

Happy UBER-ing!

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May 13, 2013

Bottle Green :: sparkling cocktail hour wedding drinks

{ Bottle Green Sparkling Drinks }

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Last week we met with a bride and groom who are planning a beautiful August wedding in a vineyard in Niagara On The Lake. As we sat with their venue coordinator and confirmed details about the flow of the day, menu notes and bar details, we found ourselves brainstorming a fairly commonplace element of outdoor wedding ceremonies: the refreshment station.

Over the years we’ve urged brides planning outdoor wedding ceremonies to have cold drinks available to guests as they arrive or leave the ceremony to ensure everyone is satisfied and comfortable despite sunshine and warm temperatures.

We’ve seen everything from simple DIY cucumber water and lemonade stands to elaborate white-gloved champagne service.

DIY Cocktail Hour Refreshment Stand Wedding Ceremony

If you’re looking to quench your guests’ thirst in a chic, stylish, and budget-savvy way, you need to try Bottle Green!

If you’re not familiar, make sure to check out their wide range of creative and original flavours, including delicate cordials, pressés and tonic waters! Even their presentation is a feast for wedding guests’ eyes.

Bottlegreen DIY Cocktail Hour Wedding Ceremony Reception Refreshments

These tasty treats are not only perfect for a sunny afternoon ceremony refreshment stand or cocktail hour, but also a great non-alcoholic alternative to champagnes and pricey sparking wines at your reception.

 

{ how to DIY }

Fill a themed container with ice and let your sparkling drinks chill before guests arrive. Whether you’re using stainless steel buckets or an old canoe, your refreshment stand can be styled to make as much a WOW-factor impression as the yummy drinks you’re serving!

If you’re getting married at an inclusive venue that’s willing to have servers pass refreshments to your guests, inquire about bringing in your own drinks or having the catering staff order these little lovelies directly.

You can get a hold of the lovely folks over at BottleGreen here!

{ just a hint of sparkle }

The other day two cases of Bottle Green’s Pomegranate & Elderflower sparkling showed up on our doorstep. With its soft blush hue and just the perfect amount of sparkle, this spring water based drink has a touch of exotic flavour with just a hint of carbonation. It’s the perfect afternoon wedding champagne alternative!

BottleGreen Pomegranate and Elderflower

 

 

{ how to WIN }

And since we have an extra case of delicious drinks to give away, all you need to do is follow us on Twitter for details! We’ll be giving one lucky bride this sparkling treat later this week! (must be available for pickup in the Greater Toronto Area).

 

Good luck!

 

 

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April 16, 2013

{WG Media} :: Persona :: trendy bridal jewelry

{ Persona :: stylish bling for the modern bride }

(and for all her bridesmaids too!)

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We just got back from a super-swanky media event at the gorgeous Windsor Arms Hotel in Yorkville. Invited by the lovely Jennifer and Astrid of PersonaWorld, we had the opportunity to learn more about Persona jewelry, styled by a group of Toronto-based designers that draw inspiration from fashion runways and use only the finest materials from around the globe.

Persona is a collection of chic and unique jewellery comprising of interchangeable beads and charms that can be worn on bracelets, earrings and necklaces – and we even got to take a bit of sparkle home with us!

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Thanks to the girls at Persona we indulged in some delightful afternoon tea treats, and even had our fortunes told by a Tea Leaf Reader!

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These uniquely designed and personalized pieces are the perfect way to showcase your story with your wedding day frocks, or express your gratitude and sentiment towards bridesmaids and special women in your family.

We’re looking forward to showcasing more of Persona’s beautiful designs and collaborating on a WG giveaway soon!

Stay tuned!

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April 11, 2013

Colin Cowie : Wedding Chic : autographed copy giveaway

{ a Colin Cowie giveaway }

Mary Bratko Courtney Tredwell Colin Cowie Giveaway

Once upon a time, Mary and Courtney met Colin Cowie. He was introducing his new destination wedding designs exclusive to Hard Rock All-Inclusive resorts, and told Courtney that she looks like Taylor Swift.

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Romantic White Carnation Centerpiece Colin Cowie Toronto

Colin gave the WeddingGirls two copies of his style guide, Wedding Chic. They’ve kept one book to inspire their oh-so-gorgeous wedding designs, but asked Colin to sign the other in the hopes of spreading the design-love.

Colin Cowie Wedding Chic book

We are so excited to see Colin’s cutting-edge trends shine through the wedding industry in 2013 that The Flower Shop @ WG is giving away an autographed copy of his inspiration guide to the trendiest lover of all-things-chic that we can find.

Whether you’re getting married or just love to lavish yourself in all-things-beautiful, Colin’s oh-so-luxe designs are sure to set ablaze the most opulent stylist’s imagination.

Autographed Wedding Chic Colin Cowie Giveaway

Want to win? just show us your style! Head over to the Flower Shop @ WG page on Facebook and post a photo on our wall of something that shows us how trendy you are! It can be a photo of you sporting a killer outfit or hair-do, a pic of a chic room you’ve styled, or a snapshot of the unique engagement ring you’re showing off.

Know of a super-trendy bride-to-be? You can enter the contest on her behalf! (just be sure to ask for permission first).

We’ll have our friends vote on their favourite, and ask your friends to do the same! The popular favourite will be selected on April 18th and his/her autographed copy of Wedding Chic will finally meet its new trendsetter.

Good luck!

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March 21, 2013

An eco-chic giveaway

{ Calling all DIY-inspired Eco+Rustic brides }

…. or any of you super-stylish Modernistas who would love to add some earthy flair to your next dinner party!

Wooden Slab Charger Plates Toronto

Image Copyright: mINK Creative Photographic Studios

The Flower Shop @ WG is giving away a set of wooden chargers as seen on the set of eTalk during our segment this week. All the details on how to enter are up on our Facebook Page.

If you missed our segment on Etalk Canada, check it out to get some rustic DIY inspiration, Blake Lively + Ryan Reynolds’-style!

To see more photos of our Rustc-inspired styled set, take a peek here… and for behind-the-scenes photos of the filming, click here!

 

Good luck!

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March 6, 2013

a Soirée giveaway | the Original Wedding Soirée Toronto

{ Attention Brides! }

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Last week we posted about the upcoming Original Wedding Soirée, and today we’re excited to announce a fabulous WG giveaway!

Unlike typical wedding shows, this high tea affair is hand-crafted of vignettes and installations designed specifically for elite and modern brides.
The event will be held on March 17th from 10am-5pm and we will be announcing the winner in one week, right here on the WG blog.

For your chance to win 2 tickets to the 2013 Original Wedding Soirée | High Tea affair (a $70 value), all you need to do is LIKE US on Facebook and share our contest post.

If you’d like to attend this stylish High Tea Affair and don’t want to leave your luck to chance, make sure to sure the WG Promo Code and purchase your tickets online! Details can be found here.

Good luck!

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February 27, 2013

The Original Wedding Soirée :: a High Tea affair

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{ a High Tea Affair }

The 2013 Original Wedding Soirée is an exclusive showcase of wedding installations from the top purveyors in the industry of “I Do”.

Unlike typical wedding shows, this High Tea Affair (set at the lavish Intercontinental Yorkville Toronto Hotel) is hand-crafted of vignettes and installations designed specifically for elite and modern brides.

The afternoon features the Fabulous Bridal Beauty Bar and High Tea Seating where brides can peruse Inspirational Vignettes and interact with Live Mood Boards as a welcome alternative to traditional exhibitor ‘booths’.

“We are not providing a flea market / bridal fair for brides and grooms, but rather a unique, intimate, and highly sophisticated experience for the discerning bride”.

Experience a day of true bridal decadence.

 

{ the Details }

High Tea is scheduled for Sunday, March 17th 2013 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Intercontinental Yorkville Toronto Hotel.

High Tea admission ticket – $35.00

This includes

* Signature Cocktail upon your arrival
* High Tea Seating with: Assorted Teas, Scones with Preserves & Devon Cream, Finger Sandwiches, and  Berries with Whipped Cream
* Entrance to the Bridal Beauty Bar with Pamper + Makeup Stations
* Entrance to DIY Workshops
* A non-traditional runway show while sitting for High Tea
* Original + Innovative Wedding Installations

* Tickets are only available in advance and online
* Tickets are not available for purchase  at the door on the day of the event. 

 To purchase your tickets, click here and be sure to enter promotional code WG2013 for a 15% discount.

For details on how you can win Two Complimentary Passes to the 2013 Original Wedding Soirée High Tea Affair, LIKE the WeddingGirl.ca page on Facebook and stay tuned for giveaway updates. A lucky winner will be chosen on Sunday, March 10th and announced on our blog. Good luck!

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The Original Wedding Soiree Pear Studios Toronto

Vintage Bride Tara West Photography

Vintage Wedding Fascinator Tara West Photography

Original Wedding Soiree Toronto Bridal Show Pear Photography

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Vintage Wedding Bride Tara West Photography Toronto

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{ Photog Love }

Photography Credit: Tara West Photography & Pear Studios

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February 13, 2013

Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day!

Filed under: Bridal Blog,Fab Finds & Giveaways — WeddingGirl @ 11:10 am

 

{ Sharing a bit of Valentine’s Love }

We recently launched the Flower Shop @ WG and are sharing some holiday love!

There’s a beautiful ‘shades-of-pink’ bouquet being delivered to one lucky Valentine in the Greater Toronto Area tomorrow.

Just LIKE us on Facebook and leave a post on our wall telling us who deserves this sweet little surprise.

Example: “My fiance, Melissa!” or “My best friend Carrie”.

We’ll be choosing one lucky winner and messaging you to find out where we can find them to deliver a little V-Day Surprise to let them know they’re on your mind ♥

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Good luck!

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February 12, 2013

Random WG Love :: Custom Bridal Headpiece :: Blair Nadeau Millinery

{ #RandomWGLove }

Blair Nadeau Millinery Toronto

Last year we featured the beautiful Blair Nadeau on our blog and shared her 2012 collection with our readers. This year, not only were we excited to feature the Blair Nadeau 2013 style book on the WG blog, we have real-life experience working with the amazing Blair herself! A few months ago she outfitted one of our WG brides with two unique headpiece designs for her couture summer wedding.

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Not only is Blair insanely talented to work with, she’s also incredibly generous. To help introduce her 2013 Look Book to WeddingGirl.ca readers, Blair has offered one lucky bride a $75.00 credit toward a custom-designed bridal veil or fascinator. All you need to do to enter is follow us on Twitter and watch for the #RandomWGLove post that will go up in the next few days. We’ll be picking a winner on Friday morning!

Good luck!

 

{ Vendor Love }

Blair Nadeau’s photo courtesy of Tara West Photography

WG Bride photography courtesy of Fisher Fotographic 

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January 5, 2013

Wedding Decor For Sale :: Toronto :: New, Used + Previously Loved

{ New + Previously Loved }

With a fresh new year upon us and a roster of fabulous weddings ahead in 2013, it’s time for us to shed some winter decor weight and pass along these new and previously-loved decor items to their next wedding homes!

If you’d like to pick up anything you see here, just send us a note.

(And if you’re looking for a larger quantity than what we have listed, make sure to ask – we might be able to get our wedding planning paws on some extras)

Happy shopping!

 

Swirl Glass Votive Holders:

Wedding Decor Sale Vintage Swirl Votive Holder Toronto

 

These pretty little votive holders add a touch of vintage elegance to any wedding table (or can be strung with ribbon / wire and hung for added flare!) Their opening is 2.5″ wide and they stand 2.5″ tall.

Quantity:  116

Price: $1 each

 

Assorted Mercury Glass Bud Vases:

Wedding Decor Sale Mercury Glass Bud Vases Toronto

 

Romantic + vintage at it’s finest, these beautiful mercury glass bud vases are all-the-wedding-trend right now. Scatter them on a receiving table or across the edge of a head table, mix in some candlelight and you have an easy DIY touch of class. The range from 4.5″ to 7.5″ tall, with varied opening diameters.

Quantity: 8

Price: $3 each

 

Square Crystal Votive Holders:

Wedding Decor Sale Crystal Square Votive Holders

 

Add a bit of sparkle with these crystal candle holders. Large square holders are 6″ tall with a 4×4″ opening. Small square holders are 4″ tall with a 3×3″ opening.

Quantity: 2 large and 2 small

Price: Large, $10 each | Small, $5 each

 

Round Crystal Votive Holders:

Wedding Decor Sale Crystal Round Votive Holders

 

Large, round crystal candle holders are 6″ tall with a 4.5″ diameter. Small round crystal candle holders are 4″ tall with a 3″ diameter.

Quantity: 2 large and 2 small

Price: Large, $10 each | Small, $5 each

 

Round Crystal Votive Holders:

Wedding Decor Sale Round Crystal Pillar Candle Holders

 

These contemporary crystal candle holders stand 3.5″ tall and are 4″ in diameter. They’re perfect for wider candles or larger oil lamps to add a sparkling glow to any decor setup!

Quantity: 3

Price: $10 each

 

Flower Pot Votive Holders:

Wedding Decor Sale Flower Pot Votive Holders

 

Surround your centerpieces with romantic candlelight from within these sleek, rustic-inspired flower pot votive holders. Finish them with burlap, satin ribbon, or lace to accentuate your design! They’re 3″ tall and 2.5″ wide.

Quantity: 47

Price: $1 each

Inspiration:

 

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Crystal Vase Toppers:

Wedding Decor Sale Crystal Vase Toppers Toronto

Perfect for an vase with a 3″ opening, these crystal vase toppers take sparkle to new heights!

Quantity: 12

Price: $5 each

 Inspiration:
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Silver Sparkle Branches:

 

Quantity: 40

Price: $2 per branch

 

Cylinder Vases:

Toronto Wholesale Vases Wedding Decor

These classic cylinder vases are made of a thick, durable glass and stand 16″ tall with a 5″ diameter.

Quantity: 11

Price: $10 per vase

 

Reversible Trumpet Vases:

Toronto Wholesale Wedding Decor Glass Reversible Trumpet Vase

 

These contemporary reversible trumpet vases are 24″ tall and 6″ in diameter at their opening.

Quantity: 6

Price: $10 each

 

Ivory Pearls:

Used Wedding Decor Sale Toronto Vintage Ivory Pearls

 

Multi-sized pearls add the most gorgeous elegance to the base of floating candle holders and scattered in the bottom of tall vases – just take a peek at the inspiration below!

Quantity: Approximately 10 cups

Price: $30

Inspiration:

Used Toronto Wedding Decor Ivory Pearls

 

Silver Sparkle Branches:

Toronto wholesale wedding decor silver sparkle branches

These mitsumata branches are approximately 42″ tall and each branch has between two and three smaller branches at the top. They are covered in a coarse silver glitter for maximum centerpiece sparkle.

Quantity: 40 branches

Price: $50

 

Mini Square Vases:

Toronto Wholesale Wedding Decor Square Vases

These cute little vases are perfect for mini bloom arrangements or floating candles.

Quantity: 12

Price: $2 each

 

Assorted Cylinder Vases:

Over the past season we have collected a plethora of miscellaneous cylinder vases – all sizes and various quantities available. If you’re in need of some for a dynamic tablescape design, send us a list of what you’re looking for and we’ll check to see what we have!

Wholesale Toronto Wedding Vases

 

 

 

These items will be kept until mid-February. If you’d like to purchase any of these items and/or would like to inquire about the availability of larger quantities or various dimensions, please don’t hesitate to give us a shout!

If you’re a past WG-bride and recognize any of these items, please make arrangements for sale and/or pick-up as soon as possible. Otherwise, happy DIY’ing!

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