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December 17, 2014

Glitter, sans gaud.

{ untacky bridal bling :: brooch bouquets  }

Or, “A WG-take on what could be considered either a modern or timeless approach to bling’ing up your wedding day.”

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Are you dreaming of adding a touch of sparkle to your wedding day look, but don’t want to bedazzle it to the nines?

I’ve collected some beautiful, bejeweled inspiration in the form of dazzling brooch bouquets… and paired them with tips on how to incorporate sparkly gems without looking like a 1980′s denim pencil case.

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Brooch bouquets can be elegant and understated or show-stopping statements.

They can ‘bling’ up your day or be a timeless way of honouring the memory of a loved one. Incorporate jewels into your existing floral arrangement, or go all-brooch for full-on-glam…. and, I mean, who doesn’t love glam?

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These elegant pieces are one-of-a-kind, unique wedding day enhancements that will hold up longer than your wedding dress (and can definitely be used by your daughter in a few decades!)

Take the emotional significance of your design one step further and call up your gal-pals…. see who has brooches they’d be willing to lend (or donate) to your project (Something Borrowed, ladies?!). Keep in mind that aunts, grandmothers, godmothers, etc. would be tickled pink at this request as well. Otherwise, there are thrift stores, antique stores, and flea markets to scour. Can you think of a better way to spend the afternoon with your Maid of Honour or wedding planner?!

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Fraiche Floral Studio Toronto brooch silk corsage

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Here’s a gorgeous, vintage-inspired brooch and fabric bouquet in WG-action… carried by a stunning past-bride….

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…. and since we know that brooches don’t always come cheap, consider half-brooch and half-blooms the way another one of our beauties did!

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Still not convinced that brooch-bling is for you? Learn more about floral trends and traditions here.

In love with what you see? Check out these vintage fabric gems as well!

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What do you think?

Would you ever carry a brooch bouquet for your special day?

* or if you did, tag @WeddingGirlca in an image for feature!

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Carly is a Bridal Lifestyle Blogger and designer-of-all-things-gorgeous at WeddingGirl.ca

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December 8, 2014

The Top 10 Reasons to Consign Your Wedding Gown

{ Say Yes to Consigning Your Dress }

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Congratulations – you did it! You had the picture-perfect celebration and couldn’t be happier with how perfectly everything turned out.

Now you’re busy living Happily Ever After, yet, sometimes, you can’t help but stare, dreamy-eyed at your gown … that gorgeous thing hanging in your closet that, once upon a time, made you feel like a million bucks.

Or perhaps you’ve just surprised your husband, donned those frocks one last time for your first year anniversary and revelled all over again in that feeling of being crazy in love (with both the dress and the man!)

But now it’s time to get on with post-wedded reality.

Some newlyweds may have the real estate in their matrimonial abode to display their stunner on a mannequin and stare at it lovingly… but for most of us, let’s face it, storage is the only solution. Somehow.

But…. seriously…. what a shame to pack up all that lace and tulle - never to be seen again! It’s far too gorgeous to be locked away… it should be showcased.

Scratch that…

It should be shared.

These days, gone away are the superstitious hoaxes about wearing a previously-loved gown on your wedding day. More and more brides are turning to consignment as an option to not only recoup some wedding day dollars, but to play their role in paying-it-forward and outfitting a budget-savvy bride in the same love and beauty they felt themselves.

{ Top 10 Reasons To Say Yes To Consigning Your Dress }

1. Storage

Reality check: most of us just don’t have the room to store a wedding dress.

Whether we’re tight on storage in a condo or have small closets in a starter home, packing away a ballgown eats up precious property for linens, towels, and … well…. shoes!

And, if we’re being honest: Out of sight = out of mind. If your dress is tucked neatly away, you won’t be thinking about it (regardless of how much you fantasize about doing dishes in it one day).

Don’t waste space in your closet and don’t spend even more money on preserving the dress in those tacky preservation boxes that don’t fit under your bed regardless of how hard you push. That dress will ultimately end up in your basement only to be found a decade later when you move. At that point, please don’t consider consigning. Regardless of how beautiful the dress was once upon a time, it’ll be outdated and nearly impossible to sell.

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2. Sentiment

You’ve married the man, not the dress.

If you’re emotionally tied to your gown because it represents such an important day of your life, just ask a 10-year-married-mother-of-three how often she dreams about her dress. As life goes on, new milestones will undoubtedly become the focus of your life, leaving the sentimental value of your wedding dress, the garment itself, entirely worn away.

Sell your dress as soon as possible so that it is still a sought-after design. Not only will the likelihood of selling be higher, you’ll assuredly sell it for more.

Yes, you might be sad that you’ll never hold that amazing piece of clothing again, but one day you’ll be sitting in a rocking chair staring at the canvas print of your wedding day above the mantle while holding a sleeping newborn…. and just think of how happy your heart will be knowing you weren’t the only one who shared that sentiment!

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3. Practicality

Tell me I’m wrong up and down… but I’m probably not: you won’t ever wear your wedding dress again.

Unless you buy tickets for some fabulous Do-It-All-Over wedding gala or your dress is designed to be altered or dyed, you won’t ever wear your wedding dress again.

The earth-friendly and economical alternative is to turn your wedding gown into a cocktail dress, keep it, and get more wear out of it. But, let’s be serious, most newlyweds won’t…. and even if they did, where would they possibly wear it?

If you have hopes of holding on to your dress for your yet-to-be born daughter to wear down the aisle, the cold, hard truth is that fewer than 1 percent of brides will choose to wear their mother’s dress (did you?). It’s nothing personal; there are many different reasons for 20+ year old gowns not to make a second appearance… but the fact is, it probably won’t.  Besides, wouldn’t you much prefer the experience of shopping for a gown your little girl loves anyways?

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4. Eco-Love

We all love the planet.

We also all owe it to the planet to be concerned about the carbon footprints we’re leaving behind… even on our wedding day.

Recycle your dress.

Tell me… where do 10-year-old, discarded, wedding gowns go to die? Landfills.

Even if you purchased your dress brand-new, reselling it shows environmental responsibility by offering the next bride a choice to decrease the negative impact her big day will leave on the planet.

Eco-warm-fuzzies all around, right?!

 Kate Ignatowski Wedding Eco Bride Photography

 

5. Self-Sale Fail

The internet is bursting at the seams with online forums and bridal resale sites that you can use to liquidate your wedding day inventory… but therein lies the issue.

Did YOU buy your dress online?

No?

Because you were skeptical?

Precisely.

And most brides are.

Not only that, but maybe you’ve listed your pre-owned gown, maybe you have gotten inquiries and feedback, but now you need to juggle incoming inquiries, multiple schedules, and random strangers showing up at your house (or promising to show up and instead leaving you hanging without explanation). Remember that those who do show up will likely do so with an entourage of their four or five favourite people… who will sit in your home…. while she tries on your dress….. in your bedroom.

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For posterity’s sake, look up the Calgary Kijiji wedding dress scam too.

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6. Buyer’s Remorse

Maybe your wedding gown didn’t make it down the aisle at all? Maybe, while you were planning your own dream day, you decided to spare no expense and go without compromise and then…. you regretted it.

For some brides, high-end designer labels matter more than their credit card limit. Maybe you went shopping, fell in mad-love with a gorgeous gown that you couldn’t picture yourself living without… but then you got home and realized that there’s just absolutely, positively, without-question, no way to make it work.

For others, it’s not about the pricetag so much as it’s about the indecision. Maybe you went shopping, fell in mad-love with TWO gorgeous gowns that you couldn’t make a decision between…. and then you got home and realized that there’s just absolutely, positively, without-question, no reason on the planet to have two wedding dresses.

Yup.

It happens.

Think Lindsay Lohan on 2 Broke Girls.

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And then there’s the newlywed wives who look back on the extravagance of their big day, love every minute of it, but feel overwhelmed with the debt and bills left over. Sometimes smarter spending choices could have been made beforehand… but at least this way, there’s an opportunity for some salvation!

 

7. Plot Twist

Picture this: you started out planning a luxurious ballroom gala …. the chandeliers, the chiavari chairs, the ….. family’s opinionated shenanigans.

Change of plans.

You decide to leave the stress of chandeliers and chiavaris behind and tie the knot on a beach instead. Will that over-the-top, extravagant ballgown fare well in the sand? Sure, it’s suited for a queen… but it may not suit an easy, breezy day of romping barefoot in the waves. Not to mention, it’ll be a nightmare to travel with.

Brian Dorsey Studios Beach Destination Wedding Photography

 

8. Mind Change { re: Dress }

So, your wedding plans have stayed the same …. but ….

“Ooooohhh, I promised I wouldn’t go into any more dress shops …. Ooooohhh, okay, just this one.” …. and then we all know what happens next.

We’re women.

It’s our biologically-given prerogative to change our minds as often as we please; choosing a wedding gown is no exception. Unfortunately there isn’t a bridal boutique in the world that will take back a gown after a down-payment has been paid.

Maybe you made an impulsive decision based on emotion… and that’s totally okay… but if you realize you won’t feel your very best on the day that literally all eyes will be on you, you need to continue searching for the stunner you’ll feel stunning in.

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9. Mind Change { re: Guy }

Sometimes even the best laid plans and dreams don’t always work out exactly as you expected.

Maybe your wedding didn’t happen – you may have purchased your gown and then decided that married life wasn’t right for you as a couple. Or perhaps you’ve gone separate ways from your fiancé but there are no hard feelings toward your dress. Remember, it was just an outfit you bought to enhance the beauty of a special day …. the satin itself didn’t do anything wrong.

For all you skeptical Soon-To-Be Brides … the tulle, lace, and loveliness of a dress that didn’t make it down the aisle isn’t stitched with bad karma. Truth be told, most of those dresses never even left the bridal boutique.  And if a fellow female had the courage to call off a wedding and/or life that was poorly fitted to her, consider her gown to be infused with the bravery and courage to follow her heart – and know that everything happens for the best possible outcome!

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10. Selfless Love

Maybe you didn’t change your plans.

Maybe you didn’t change the guy.

Maybe you aren’t struggling with storage, sentiment, or savings ….

But maybe you just want to be selfless.

Simply put, consign because you want someone else to experience the joy and beauty that you did.

Not only do you adore your gown too much to leave her bagged up in a stuffy closet, but you know the difference you can make in a bride-to-be’s big day when you hand her a budget-savvy alternative to a dreamy designer dress.

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Regardless of the ways in which your gown was bought, loved, worn, or not … the option to consign allows you to make back some of your wedding dollars that can now be put toward a weekend away or a mortgage payment. Assuming your dress is in good condition, expect to earn back about 25% of your original purchase price when you consign… on top of all the warm-fuzzies you’ll get for doing a good thing.

You had the dress.

You had the day.

You’ve got the guy.

You’re ready for life.

Sell the dress, buy some bubbles, toast to the future.

It’s time to pay that lace forward, Ladies.

Previously-loved dress superstitions are about as lame as disallowing a bride with a baby to wear white. Welcome to the new millennium, you gorgeous bridal beasts!

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Gown And Glory is a consignment bridal boutique in Toronto, Canada.

To consign your gown, contact Angela@GownAndGlory.ca

(out-of-town inquiries also welcome!)

Gown and Glory Toronto Wedding Used Dress Store

 

 

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How to infuse your wedding with colour

We, the WeddingGirls, love colour. Better yet, we love weddings with colour!

As beautiful as it is, we’ve seen a lot of Blush and Gold weddings. So, how do you infuse your wedding with colour in a way that’s classy, but still totally fun? We’re here to show you how!

Let’s start with Pantone’s colour of the year – Marsala (Pantone #18-1438 for those who want to get technical). It’s dramatic, romantic, and this eye catching colour is perfect for weddings. We can’t wait to get creative with some fall weddings this year using this beautiful earthy red tone.

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It seems like the team over at the Fraîche Floral Studio was one step ahead of Pantone when they designed this gorgeous shades-of-red bouquet for our latest WeddingGirl LookBook photoshoot.

Pantone Marsala Bridal Bouquet Red Fraiche Floral Toronto

But bouquets aren’t the only way to colour your wedding day anymore!

 

 {Add in some Unexpected Colour}

Wearing coloured shoes is a fun way to add some colour to your bridal look.

Dare to be bold and go bright and brave with a pop of colour under your dress: and bonus design points if the look of your stems matches the look of your overall day! We love the unique shade of green this bride chose for her wedding day.

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{ It’s all in the details }

If you’re afraid to be bold in a big way, add your pop of colour in the smaller details of your wedding. Choose a colourful ribbon for bouts and bouquets, or weave some colour into your bridal jewellery and accessories.

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{ Break The Rules }

If your favourite colour is green, then just ditch the white all together and rock green!

It’s your day, and the most important thing is for you and your fiancé to be happy about it. If wearing your favourite colour will leave you beaming on your wedding day, then that’s exactly what you should do!

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There are so many beautiful, and unique colour palettes out there – yet brides are afraid to touch them for their wedding designs.

We speak on behalf of all wedding planners, “break the rules”. We’re begging you to take a tiny step outside the ‘traditional’ box with us. Trust our suggestions to colour outside the lines, and go entirely show-stopping for your big day. We promise, you won’t regret throwing caution to the wind and daring to be bold!

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Need additional inspiration to be colourful? Then you should Meet This Girl! { Tiffany Pratt }

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Leah Sandhu is a Fusion Wedding Expert and Bridal Lifestyle Blogger at WeddingGirl.ca.

To get Leah’s creative input and meticulous attention to detail for your own celebration, make sure to Get In Touch!

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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!

Red Indie Christmas Wedding Styled Shoot

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.

Indie Red White Wedding Christmas Theme Love

#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!

Indie Red Christmas Wedding Love Design

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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December 1, 2014

Current Project: #WGLookbook

A sneak peek of our latest shoot…

Even though wedding season is “over”, our schedules are filling up faster than ever with exciting projects and planning with our next season of couples. One of the projects our team has been working on is the WGLookBook! We are gathering local vendors and every day women, to pull off some seriously stunning bridal looks.

If you missed out last time, you can check out a behind-the-scenes look from our first photoshoot here.

Our recent shoot took place at the AGH – Design Annex store, and around the city of Hamilton.

Here’s a sneak peek at what we were up to;

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Of course none of this would have been made possible without the incredible vendors who joined us! Thank you from the WeddingGirl team!

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Gown & Glory

Revival Bridal Boutique

Solee shoes

Hattitude Jewelry

Fraiche floral studio

Emily Christine Photography

Julia Park Photography

JCompany Designs

Helix Candles

Savvy Sendables

Creation of Beauty

Salon Lily

Our beautiful models, Sarah & Katie

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Leah Sandhu is a Fusion Wedding Expert and Bridal Lifestyle Blogger at WeddingGirl.ca.

To have Leah’s creative input and meticulous attention to detail for your celebration, make sure to Get In Touch! Have a question? Email me leah@weddinggirl.ca

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November 30, 2014

Eyebrow Art: 101

 { oh, so Eyebrows … }

By: Mary Smirle, for #VisageYorkville

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Classic Beauty Women Faces

The Mona Lisa and Whoopi Goldberg have one very specific beauty feature in common.

What is it that links La Giaconda and Oda Mae Brown?

Their eyebrows.

Or, more specifically, the lack there-of.

And you know, those ladies work it well—it’s rather their signature look!

Those missing brows, however, are crucial to the look of some of our most iconic Hollywood beauties:

Elizabeth Taylor, all violet eyes and diva-arched brows.

Audrey Hepburn’s dark straight set, slightly jarring on her petite pixie face, but still so very right.

And think of earlier trendsetters, like Clara Bow (the original ‘It’ Girl) and Greta Garbo (the ‘Vamp’), both with the darkly penciled, super skinny arches so beloved by early 20th century actresses and late 20th century drag queens!

Heck, one of our most enduring beauty brands found its roots in eyebrows: in 1915, some dude watched his sister carefully fill in her lashes and brows with coal soot mixed with Vaseline. This guy, T.L. Williams, then came to the rescue of with Lash-Brow-Ine (rolls off the tongue, eh?), which was later renamed to give credit where credit was due: Maybelline.

Vintage Maybelline Lash Brow Ine Poster

Either way, then, brows are essential.

They really are art!

And let’s face it (pun intended); there aren’t very many of us who would choose to go without them.

They frame our face, drawing focus to our eyes and making them look bigger, and just generally add a certain polish to our looks.

And perhaps most importantly, they’re one of our most recognizable features. It’s possible your closest friends and family wouldn’t recognize your photo if you removed the brows, according to studies from MIT, CSU-Fullerton, and other universities. Crazy, right??

In other words, eyebrows are a key feature in what makes you look like YOU.

Don’t believe me? Google “celebrities without eyebrows”.

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URRRRGH!

It’s shocking how disturbing Anne Hathaway looks!

And do you recognize the star on the right? You should…she’s already been mentioned in this post.

Yup. That’s Liz, without the brows. Different woman entirely, no?

So, if brows are SO important, why are so many of us muddling along without paying overmuch attention to them? Especially those of us about to walk down the most important aisle of our lives!

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Well, we all know about the crazy Kardashian contouring method, but do we realize how much we can change our overall appearance with a simple brow revamp?

Kim Kardashian Wedding Makeup Eyebrow Contouring

Slowly, this idea—that brows are important, and should have equal attention paid to them, is taking hold.

Brow bars are popping up all over, like their spiritual cousins: the nail bar and the blow dry bar.

Even more conveniently, spas and salons, like Kyla Garritano’s at Caryl Baker Visage in Yorkville, are offering quick grooming options for unruly, or just mishandled, brow ridges.

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If you’ve never really considered your brows, it might seem a waste to go to a professional, right?

Tweezers, an ice cube, and an eyeliner pencil is all you need, right? Especially with all of those YouTube tutorials out there, right?

Not right.

Ask any eyebrow DIYer who instantly regrets her poor decision.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of advice and rules supplied to braving your brows.

Want sassy brows? Go angular!

Or, I mean…. don’t…  because angular brows actually makes your face wider/longer/angrier.

Think thick brows are sexy?

Me too!

Unless they make your eyes look old/droopy/close-set.

Arched brows are always iconic and always seductive, you say?

That’s until you wind up looking like a Disney villain.

(Aside: Seriously, have you ever looked at how Disney animates their villains? The whole lot of them are tweezer-happy, even the non-humans! Nice shape there, Scar.)

Disney is totally eyebrowist. And they’re giving Bow and Garbo a run for their money in drag queen mentorship.

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In the build up to a major event, especially events commemorated with lots (and lots!) of photos, you need to look like the best you.

And you also don’t want a look that will seem dated down the road when you’re showing off the album.

I say this from experience; in my graduation photos I’m in Simples and one of those classic 90s “tattoo” chokers that looks like I was protecting myself from hitting the other wine bottles.

You can practically smell the CK1 coming off the page.


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I mean, who hasn’t had a disastrous bang-trimming episode where you think,

“Oh, I can do this; I’ll just take a few millimeters—oops. OK, it’s still okay; I can fix it if I just bring this side level—oh, dear….”

And it quickly becomes a shame spiral that ends with a desperate trip to either the salon or the drug store to buy a bunch of hair clips and a headband.

And if you wouldn’t mess with your hair before your wedding day, why would you mess with your face?

Closeup of a young beautiful woman.

To be completely heretical…your eyebrows are more important to your look than your hair.

Brows are serious business…. and science proved it (see above re: MIT)!

There are some great products out there designed to keeping your brows looking sweet, but before you dive in, why not have someone who’s been specifically trained to make the most of your facial features show you what to do first?

Seriously, just go chat with a pro.

Price-wise, it’s one of the more affordable indulgences.

Get them to do your brows, and to walk you through the day-to-day upkeep.

Let them suggest the best product for you, and the right colour (did you know that if you’re going for a natural look your brows often shouldn’t match your hair exactly?)

Find a good salon that offers grooming and tinting.

Ideally, they’ll also have the products you might want to use, too, so you can duplicate the look they’ve created.

The super-awesome folk over at #VisageYorkville have a super-sexy suite of brow services: waxing, grooming, tinting (the website is quite proud of their eyebrow options; they’ve waxed over 1,000,000 brows!) —and also a wide variety of products for upkeep, from a tri-tone brow powder compact for a brow style that might need a little extra oomph to make your eyes punch, to a simple brow finishing gel for those lucky devils who really just need a bit of product to keep their arches perfectly neat and tidy (and if you’re one of those people, colour me jealous!).

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At the end of the day, it’s all about the style that makes the most of your natural gorgeousness, and makes you feel like You-to-the-Nth-Degree.

And that’s exactly what you’re looking for, right?

That timeless You shining out of your keepsake photos.

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And for day-to-day looks, feel free to play: one of our favourite beauty bloggers, Phyrra over at Phrrya.net, uses all sorts of colours and shades to do her brows; from fuchsia to black to teal, depending on her current eye shadow or hair colour. And on her, it works so well that I didn’t notice the different colours, because as a whole, her face was and is in perfect harmony. That, my friends, is a sign of a pretty awesome eyebrow!

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So whether it means embracing your inner Cara Delevigne, or going whimsical like Phyrra, or heck, even rocking a full Maleficent, just remember that if your eyes are the windows to your soul, then the eyebrows? They’re the curtains. Even Vogue agrees.

Bridal Makeup Magazine Vogue

 

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November 29, 2014

Toronto Fashion Design Internship 2015

{ dreams into plans }

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Have you got a serious passion for fashion?

Is your academic or professional experience drenched in design?

Are you an expert with a needle and thread and looking to get your hands on some real-world opportunities to showcase your talent?

The WeddingGirl.ca team, in association with Gown And Glory bridal boutique, is searching high and low for someone who dreams in all-things-white – perhaps even with hopes of showcasing designs and pieces in a brick-and-mortar wedding boutique.

If you can dream, design, and create bridal accessories for in-store sale: boleors, capelets, veils, headpieces, statement jewelry – then we want to meet you!

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As we design a “little white dress” showcase series, while we search for unique and extraordinary ways to alter wedding gowns to revive their design, we’re hoping to find fresh, dynamic creatives who want to join us!

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 If you have exceptional bridal relations skills, are outgoing, likeable, confident and creative…

If you’re a stellar time manager, are resourceful, can source materials and make smart bridalwear spending choices…

If you’re reliable, budget-savvy, and able to help play real-world dress-up with gorgeous girls in love…

…. then you should definitely drop us a note!

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November 24, 2014

Wedding Dress Shopping: 101

 10 steps to being a super-awesome

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By: Angela Kerry of  Gown And Glory Consignment Bridal Boutique

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It might be your decor, wedding colours, venue, timeline, the influence of others or just the pure joy and love that you experience when you spin around and stare in the mirror; there’s no way to know why, where, or when you will feel compelled to finally choose the gown that you’ll wear down the aisle on your wedding day.

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For some brides shopping for their wedding gown becomes a favourite part of the planning process, while for others, it’s a daunting task that they either keep putting off or can’t wait to be done with.

So why do some brides hate dress shopping?

Maybe it’s that they aren’t huge fans of shopping all together.

Or maybe they don’t have the kind of passion for fashion they feel is needed to pick out a gown thats flawless and flattering.

Maybe they’re overwhelmed at the selection, the prices, the accessories, the alterations.

Maybe it’s all of the above?

Wedding dress shopping can be stressful even for the most style-savvy bride, and your shopping experience will vary depending on expectations, preparedness and open-mindedness to the process. Here’s a few expert tips to get you started (or keep you going!)

 

1. Do some research

You don’t need to spend hours pouring over Pinterest or hundreds of dollars on wedding magazines to get a sense of what you like (and don’t like) in Wedding-Gown-Land. A few quick screen grabs of silhouettes and textures can go a long way when consulting with a bridal fashion expert.

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2. Have a vision

Are you going classic, timeless, Grace Kelly inspired for your big day?

Or do you see yourself as more of an eco-chic, barnyard bride?

When setting out to buy your gown, your wedding plans will set the stage for the type of dress you should be wearing.

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3. Set a budget

I know. I know. *groan* – nobody wants to set a budget when it comes to a wedding gown. But please believe me when I say that having a sense of (more or less) how much you want to spend on bridal wear really will help us zero in on the perfect dress for you. Sure, my fashion-forward approach and eye for all-things-flattering can pair you with the dress of your dreams…. but if it breaks the bank you’re going to be really disappointed, and totally disheartened with the process. Just be honest with what you want to spend and I promise I’ll find something that fits (both your body and your budget) perfectly.

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4. Be in the mood to shop

It might sound simple, and perhaps even silly… but, trust me, hopping from shop to shop trying on wedding gowns can get incredibly tiring – both emotionally and physically!

Early morning appointment? Nobody wants to roll out of bed, feeling groggy and battling bedhead, then dash off to try on dresses. The same applies if you’ve just come off the worst day at work, unable to shake the negativity from your boss and clients. I assure you, regardless of how sparkly these dresses are, none of them will shine to you if you’re just not that into it.

Book your appointments at a time of day when you feel your best: some brides prefer early weekend mornings while others look forward to shopping for frocks in the evening, after work. (I work around your schedule – so feel free to get particular!)

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5. Be open-minded

So you’ve done your due diligence.

You’ve scoured the pages of all the bridal magazines and think you know exactly what you’re looking for – amazing! Bring in those magazine pages or Pinterest tabs and we’ll use them as a starting point… but keep in mind that what you love on that Maggie Sottero size-2 may not translate to your body the exact same way.

Wedding dress designers often use teeny-tiny models and the photos they’re in are styled beyond reality.

To find a dress you love, you’re going to have to not only try on your favourite styles, but also a few others as well. I help brides learn what suits their personal proportions, statue, personality, comfort and confidence levels.

If I had a nickel for every time a bride left my boutique with a dress totally different than what she came in imagining…

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6. Be realistic

Don’t shop for your wedding gown under the assumption that you will lose weight to fit into it.

Most dresses have up to an inch of fabric in their seams to let out, or you can easily take a zipper out of the back of a dress and add a corset to give flexibility in size – but it’s extremely risky to choose a wedding gown based on losing weight.

Even the most regimented diet or exercise routine won’t guarantee weight loss at exactly the spots you need to lose, and circumstances leading up to your wedding can alter your life, stress levels, and eating habits in ways you can’t prepare for.

Instead of worrying about your size, let’s put that time and energy into finding a gown that makes you feel gorgeous the instant you put it on!

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7. Pick your posse

Decide in advance who you will be bringing with you to your gown appointments. Pick the 1 or 2 people in your life whose opinions you trust most and limit your entourage. All too often, depending on how decisive or strong-minded they are on their own, brides can quickly become overwhelmed and confused by handfuls of differing opinions being tossed at them from the sidelines. Sadly, I’ve seen all too many brides be talked out of the dress they loved most.

Or, why not start out by shopping on your own first? Get an idea of what you like and once you’ve built up your own opinions and style preferences, then introduce your final favourites to your mom, your aunt, your Maid of Honour. Make sure your nearest and dearest understand that you’ve narrowed down the dress selections on your own in advance, but that you want their final vote of approval before making the leap.

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8. Be decisive

I would advise against shopping for a wedding dress unless you’re actively out to make a decision.

Sure, trying on gorgeous gowns is every bride-to-be’s right-of-passage into the world of wedded bliss – and don’t get me wrong, some brides do find their dress when (and where) they least expect it – but don’t deliberately book appointments “just to see what’s out there” if you’re not planning on making a decision in the near future (or better yet, if you’re not even engaged).

Yup. Sometimes you might find yourself out running errands, be drawn into a bridal boutique, follow your intuition, and walk out with the dress… but not every bride can always be so lucky.

Shopping before you’re ready to make a decision ends up being a waste of time for both bride and boutique. Our selection of styles changes frequently – what you may fall madly in love with now likely won’t be around six months down the road. Of course, if there’s a gown you just have to have, and you’re willing to put down a deposit, then shop away! But if you’re ‘just trying on dresses for fun’ or ‘just to get a feel for it’ you’re going to end up overwhelmed and frustrated when you can’t remember, six months down the road, what you tried on what one day.. at that one shop…. where was that, again?

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9. Don’t rush

Being decisive is different from being hasty when it comes to picking the gown of your dreams.

Every bridal boutique offers a different experience and brides often tell me about the spectrum of quality in customer service they encounter along their dress-shopping-journey.

Be prepared to be pressured.

My biggest piece of advice here – if you’re feeling panicked, leave! Don’t fall for sales tactics that scare you….

“You’re running out of time!”

“This style might not be available in a few months.”

“But we’re only having a taxes-included sale today!”

Buying a gown is overwhelming on a good day. What happens if you love two dresses equally?

And let’s face it, it’s not a cheap decision to make.

For the love of all that is right in the world…. just sleep on it. A day or two won’t make any difference (and don’t be afraid to negotiate the taxes-in sale a day later… the worst they can say is no).

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 10. Don’t cheat on the one you love

When you’ve found ‘the one’… stop looking!

Just like men.

There will always be beautiful dresses out there, and the rack your dress came off of will be filled with beautiful new designs from the next season’s styles in just a few short months. Unless you’re absolutely distraught at the choice you made, trust yourself on why you chose the dress you did. So long as you’re wearing that gorgeous gown with confidence, you’ll radiate with unforgettable bridal beauty.

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A note from the WG wed-iquette team:

As wedding planners, we’ve helped hundreds of brides choose the dress of their dreams. An important note when shopping for your gown? Don’t forget to respect the boutiques you’ve made appointments with. As with any in-person meeting, make sure to call if you’re running late or cancel your appointment if something else comes up (believe me, we understand that things happen!). Many bridal shops like Gown And Glory operate by-appointment-only to give every bride the one-on-one attention she deserves. And from what we know, none of them bite if you need to cancel.

Happy Dress’ing!

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Would you say ‘yes’ to a $199 (wedding) dress?

{ brides, just beware … }

The headline reads, “Liquidator hopes for a bridal wave with wedding gown clearance sale”; a picture of a smiling guy with a wedding dress draped around his neck, stationed in front of racks upon racks of wedding gowns.

The woman standing behind him doesn’t look quite as excited as he does.

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Yup. It sounds pretty alluring, alright…

Every wedding dress is only $199 – because longstanding Windsor Bridal went out of business and Jonathan Ordon just wants to see them sold.

But Jonathan Ordon isn’t a bridal fashion expert.

Neither is his retail manager.

He’s a liquidator… a business owner…. who wants to see 7,000 wedding gowns sold in just 60 days.

One of our fashion insiders visited the Bridal “wearhouse” a few days ago and gave us the inside scoop.

“1999 called… they want their dresses back.”

Any discerning bride can tell you that wedding gowns aren’t created equal. Styles, silhouettes, shapes, and shades change with every wedding season – and just because it’s $199 and doesn’t look offensive on a hanger doesn’t mean that it’s the dress for you.

“But it’s so cheap! I’ll just get a seamstress to alter it into what I love!” – one bride explained why she felt comfortable buying a dress she wasn’t entirely in love with.

For her sake, we really hope she has a runway-worthy seamstress in her back pocket.

“Wedding gowns are designed to be altered slightly – a tucked hem, a cinched waist, cups added into the bust – but they’re not designed for heavy re-creation!” we were told. “Especially with the intricate beading and lacework on dresses – it really would take a top-of-the-line expert to revive a dated gown into something style-worthy today. And it wouldn’t be cheap.”

Angela from Gown and Glory Consignment Boutique in Toronto has already been getting the phone calls.

“Brides walked away from sales like these with 2-3 dresses, hoping that when they get home, they’ll love at least one of them. That’s when the buyer’s remorse sets in and they’re desperate to have me consign their hasty choices. I feel awful, but I just can’t.”

In only a few short days since the liquidation opened its doors, Angela has had to turn a number of consigning brides away.

“Gown and Glory has a strict policy to only sell fashion-forward, high-quality bridal wear.”

Nothing in Angela’s shop is older than three years, and she has a keen eye for what will sell versus what will sit on her racks, untouched. Despite wanting to help regretful brides, Angela is forced to turn all dated and mishandled gowns away.

“It doesn’t matter how cheap they were… nobody wants to wear them next year.”

And that’s just it.

Do you really want to spend just $200 on a dress you don’t love, strictly because it was $200? Sure, you’ve probably had dinners more expensive than that… but brides today are more empowered and more discerning with every meticulous detail of their wedding day – does leaving the single-most important fashion piece you’ll ever buy up to chance make sense?

Ultimately, it’s not for us to decide. We haven’t been to the warehouse, we can’t speak to the quality of the gowns or even the quality of experience offered to brides… but what we can speak to is this….

If something seems too good to be true….. don’t say yes to the dress.

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To read the full article at The Toronto Star, click here.

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November 15, 2014

The Making of a LookBook

Behind-the-scenes of the 2015 #WGLookBook

If you’ve been following along with our social media, you’ll have noticed some buzz about our upcoming LookBook which we will be launching in March. (So exciting!!!)

We had our first shoot October 26, which wouldn’t have been possible without our amazing vendors!

Gown & Glory

Lush Brush

Country Lane Floral Design

Country Lane Vintage Rentals

Serena Swan Photography

Inviting Elegance Stationery

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And our beautiful model Stephanie

Here’s a behind-the-scenes-look at a day on the set of a photoshoot. (You can also check it out on our Facebook page.)

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I hope you enjoyed this little sneak peak!

Can’t wait to share the photos from Serena Swan Photography.

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Leah Sandhu is a Fusion Wedding Expert and Bridal Lifestyle Blogger at WeddingGirl.ca.

To have Leah’s creative input and meticulous attention to detail for your celebration, make sure to Get In Touch! Have a question? Email me leah@weddinggirl.ca

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