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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.

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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?

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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?

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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.

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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!

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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

Find Leah on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest

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November 10, 2014

#WGxGentsExpo – Toronto Nov. 14 -16 2014

{ Be there }

The Gentlemen’s Expo is this weekend in Toronto – are you going?

Is your gentleman going?

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Contests, incredible guest speakers, and awesome vendors are a few reasons to check it out (Here are 10 more if anyone still needs convincing!).

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Get ready Toronto, this weekend all gentlemen {and gentlemen in training} will get to see, sample and peruse some of the best brands out there!!

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Team Weddinggirl is pumped to be checking out the event – with the ever-gallant AlphaGroom at our side! Stay tuned to the blog to hear all about the gentlemanly awesomeness we find.

Want to join us?

We have a pair to weekend passes to give away!

1. Connect with me (Linda) and AlphaGroom on the social media channel of your choice (Facebook, Twitter,  or Instagram).

2. Post a picture of something “Gentlemanly” (bonus points for inventive/funny entries!) with the following tags: #WGxGentsExpo #AlphaGroom

3. Winner will be contacted Thursday morning!

And remember guys….

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Connect with The Gentlemen’s Expo Team over on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram for all the updates!

Good luck!

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November 6, 2014

the Bridal Gown Marketplace @ WeddingGirl.ca

 { dresses, dresses, dresses … }

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Getting married?

We’re pretty sure this new thing we’re doing just made picking out your perfect wedding gown infinitely more awesome than it was before.

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Remember a few weeks ago when we introduced you to the entirely amazing Angela Kerry of Gown and Glory Bridal Consignment Boutique?

Not only are all of us at WeddingGirl SO very excited to have Angela on board for our WG Real-World Bridal LookBook photoshoots, we’re also beside ourselves with excitement to launch her entire bridal wear line on the WeddingGirl.ca website!

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Introducing…

{ the Bridal Gown Marketplace @ WG }

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In collaboration with the oh-so-fabulous Gown and Glory Boutique in Toronto, we’re bringing wedding gown shopping (on a budget) to the comfort of your home, office, smart device; pretty much anywhere you can peruse all of these gorgeous frocks online!

Over the next few days, we’ll be unveiling Gown And Glory’s entire bridal wear collection in our Previously Loved Shop.

There, you’ll find photos, descriptions, and the can’t-be-beat pricing that Angela is offering brides in the Toronto and Southern Ontario area. More importantly than ‘just buying a dress online’, you’re warmly welcomed to visit Angela at her beautiful boutique to try on the styles you love and get her professional, expert style consulting every step of the way.

So whether it’s satin, lace, tulle, or taffeta that you’re after…. and even if you have absolutely no idea what it is you want to wear down the aisle, we’ve found a way to bring wedding gown shopping to you!

Important Note:

We’ve categorized all of these fabulous frocks by how they fit, approximately, based on real-world street sizing. So many brides, when they start shopping for their perfect dress, don’t realize that wedding gown sizing is all over the map! Often, label sizes are 1-2 sizes larger than regular clothing. While you’re browsing, make sure to note the differences we’ve listed and look for your regular size.

More importantly, every dress fits every body type differently depending on fabric, cut, structure, and ultimately every unique bride’s body shape, type, and proportions. Some brides will find themselves fitting within two size categories, so make sure to try on what you love before making the final call! (don’t worry, Angela will be there to help – and we’re perfectly positive you’ll love her as much as we do).

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Visit Gown And Glory to visit your favourite wedding gown,

or to consign the one you already have.

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Happy Dress’ing!

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November 5, 2014

What to wear for your Engagement Session

How to put to together The Perfect Outfit

Authored by: Leah Sandhu

Engagement photography is a fairly new concept, but I’m so glad that someone decided to start marking this joyous occasion with a photo session!

E-sessions are a fun time for you to play around with your outfits, but hunting for that perfect outfit can be tricky, which is why I am here!

Makeup

First let’s start with makeup. You can choose to have professional makeup done, or keep it simple and just add a fresh lip colour with each look. The important thing is to look and feel like yourself.

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{Wedding Sparrow}

Be Yourself

Wear something that shows your personality and that you are comfortable in. Wearing something too tight, or too low, if you aren’t used it will make you look and feel uncomortable.

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{Wedding Chicks}

Wear solid colours

Solid colours photograph best, but don’t wear red close to your face. Take a cue from this stylish guy and wear red shoes & suspenders instead!

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{Magnolia Rouge}

Match without being matchy

Plan your outfits together so that the colours don’t clash, but don’t wear ‘matching’ outfits. Things should go, but not necessarily match.

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{A Paper Proposal}

Dress for the weather

If you are cold, it will show in your pictures! Bring an extra sweater or blanket to throw on if necessary, and have an umbrella handy in case the storm clouds roll in half way through your shoot.

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{Simple Registry}

{Style Me Pretty}

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Congratulations on your engagement, I hope these tips help you as you plan for your e-session!

For more tips and inspiration, follow along on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. I’d love to connect with you!

leah

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 her: leah@weddinggirl.ca

 

 

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October 28, 2014

Gown and Glory | Toronto Bridal Consignment Boutique

{ bridal style on a budget }

We know better than most that magic happens when we dare to dream.

Angela Kerry, a wife, mother and fashion lover, is the creative mind behind Toronto’s leading consignment bridal fashion boutique, Gown and Glory.

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Angela’s story is passionate and colourful – dotted with trials, tribulations, dreams, aspirations.. inspiring us with her ‘never-give-up’ attitude!

Choosing to be a stay-at-home mom, Angela wants to play an integral role in the lives of her little ones. She also has a business baby to attend to. She balances a busy family alongside building a company that brides in the Greater Toronto Area need to know about.

“Focused on building the business for two years, my husband and I juggled and adapted. I don’t know if I’d call it fate, or simply just taking the leap and going for an opportunity that presented itself – one that seemed like it was meant to be.”

Angela Kerry Gown Glory Bridal Fashion Stylist Toronto

Angela had never worked in the wedding industry before, but she strongly believed that if you have the core skills to provide absolutely exceptional customer service, you can learn the details of any industry.

“There was certainly a learning curve to understanding what women-in-love wish for: silhouettes, fabrics, bridal lingo…”

It didn’t take long for her to figure it out and feel completely confident in providing brides the expertise and devotion they look for in a wedding vendor.

Above all else, Angela continues to provide an unparalelled customer experience – Her intimate studio allow every bride that crosses the threshold to feel as if she’s the only one.

 

{ the Consignment Stigma }

The stigma around consignment wedding gowns is about as ‘cool’ these days as black and white damask.

Once upon a time, wearing a previously-worn wedding gown was scoffed at…. but then again, once upon a time, wearing white on your wedding day meant something entirely different too!

Wedding planning reality check:  times are changing.

Gone are the days of ‘bad luck’ in wearing a previously-loved gown.

There’s no magic hex on wedding dresses that have been loved, worn, dry-cleaned, and returned to their original state of immaculate gorgeousness.

Oh…. and did we mention that most of the gowns at Gown And Glory have never been worn at all? Brides are constantly changing their minds, and that translates to some serious savings for all you budget-conscious wives-in-training out there.

The way we see it? Every bride needs to know about this hidden gem: a unique shop that offers racks upon racks of alternatives for the budget-savvy, eco-conscious, educated and discerning bride anxious to make careful and meaningful choices when it comes to planning her big day.

“It’s an unconventional and intimate place to find your dream wedding gown at a price that you can really feel good about.”

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{ the Experience }

Angela says it best…

“Once a bride starts the dedicated process of searching for her gown, she’ll quickly learn that finding the perfect dress is not only about its style or price tag - it’s about the experience!”

Each bride at Gown And Glory is guaranteed to have an experience like no other boutique they’ve visited: completely private, un-intimidating, informative, and stress-free. Brides are invited to come on their own or with their favourite people – all of which are made to feel at home, at ease, and pampered in this unpretentious and inviting atmosphere.

All the celebrities these days are doing the private-shopping, luxe boutique thing — and brides can be doing it too!

The Gown and Glory Boutique closes its doors to any other bride for up to two hours of private shopping. The one-on-one personalized service is something larger bridal shops often struggle to deliver, and it’s something Angela knows is ineffective when making such a big decision.

“There is no pretension, no judgement and definitely no pressure to purchase or to conform.”

The gowns in Angela’s shop are curated from a broad range of designers, from up to three years of designer collections. Brides will have the opportunity to see and try on many dresses not available in stores and might even stumble upon the one they’ve been searching for for years!

A bridal treasure, indeed!

“We feature new and once-loved gowns from many well-known designers: Maggie Sottero, Pronovias, Melissa Sweet, Alfred Sung, Allure, Mori Lee, Paloma Blanca…. They’re all within three years of production, so brides can be assured that the styles are current.”

No puffy sleeves here, Ladies!

The boutique also carries a selection of jewellery, hair accessories and veils.

If this wasn’t enough of a bridal dream-come-true, Angela also offers style demonstrations as an independent stylist for Henkaa convertible bridesmaid dresses; one dress that can be worn in an endless array of ways; perfect for a diverse bridal party!

 

{ the Bride }

What we love most about Gown and Glory? The diverse spectrum of brides that benefit from this experience.

The Budget-Savvy Bride:

Brides looking for dresses under $1000. Those on a budget. Brides getting married later in life, living with their partner, buying a house, paying for their own wedding. These brides are more money-conscious than their splurging counterparts.

The Eco-Conscious Bride:

These brides want to make meaningful choices when it comes to planning their big day – decisions that positively impact society, decrease their wedding’s carbon footprint. The power of many single acts of green-love make a huge difference when multiplied by the exponent of one another!

The Second-Time Bride:

This bride did the elaborate storybook fairytale wedding the first time around and realizes that this time it’s a dress she’ll wear for one day – a day that goes by so fast – and she wants to be more sensible in how her money is spent.

The Last-Minute Bride:

Sometimes brides don’t have all the time in the world (or, 6-10 months!) to order a wedding gown. Buying off the rack is the more time-efficient option when planning a quaint cottage wedding, a destination elopement, or simply preferring a planning timeline that doesn’t prolong the wait for the big day. After all, when you meet the person who you want to spend forever with – you want forever to being as quickly as possible!

The Petite Bride:

Imagine how difficult it is for petite brides (i.e. size zero to four) to narrow down the style of many dresses because so many sample gowns these days come in sizes ten to twelve! It’s important to see, clearly, how a dress will actually fit – and the Gown And Glory Boutique carries every range of sizes available for trying on to your heart’s content!

The Larger Bride:

Just as super petite girls will struggle to find dresses to try on that fit their frame, those brides who need larger-than-sample sizes often feel discouraged and humiliated when dress shops carry limiting samples. Angela stocks dresses up to size 20.

The Sensible Bride:

A wedding gown is the single most elaborate, most expensive, piece of clothing most women will ever buy, ever wear (for only one day – even a few hours for some!). These brides want to make smart choices with how their budgets are spent – elaborate price tags don’t interest them.

The Consigning Bride:

And once “I Do” is all said and done…. Gown and Glory provides past-brides, or brides that have changed their mind, the opportunity to recover some of their costs – all while helping brides-to-be save upfront on theirs!

Gown and Glory is for smart women looking for ways to save the money they’ve worked hard to earn.

All of us at WG believe previously-loved, pre-owned, consigned are all practical and viable options that caters to sensible budgets without compromising fashion and style.

I mean, who doesn’t want to save up to 75% off retail pricing?? We know we do.

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Searching for your perfect dress?

Visit the Gown And Glory Boutique website and

get in touch to set up your personal shopping experience!

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Angela was featured in a WeddingGirl.ca “Meet This Girl” post.

Click here to read her story.

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