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June 24, 2014

How to Plan Your Own Wedding Bar :: DIY Wedding Alcohol Planner

{ DIY Wedding Planning }

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Brides are getting smarter.

Budgets are getting tighter.

Many of the weddings we’re planning are opting to skip out on the all-inclusive one-size-fits-bride venues and couples are dancing the night away in what we refer to DIY Venues.

These often-hidden-gem spaces  are reception locations that charge couples a flat rental fee for use of their space (sometimes unreasonably affordable – other times.. not so much), and the Bride and Groom are then responsible for bringing in their own rentals, decor, catering, alcohol, etc.

While DIY venues are (mostly always) the more cost-effective wedding option, they are, undoubtedly, much trickier to plan.

DIY venues usually require you to consider bringing in your own tables, chairs, flatware, stemware, tableware, to make your own catering arrangements, and most importantly, to plan your own bar.

It seems ironic to us as wedding planners that the elements of your big day meant to save you the most money tend to be trickiest to plan!

No worries, though. We’ve got you covered.

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Note: Every wedding is different.

Depending on the type of guests you invite (older vs. younger, drinkers vs. not), some weddings will boast a much heavier alcohol consumption than others.

Details of your particular big will also play a role in alcohol consumption: time of day, length of cocktail hour and dinner, availability of shots and varieties of liquor / mix on your bar rail.

We’re basing these particular nuggets of wedding-planning knowledge on the average event.

So, as we were….

 

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Between our own (extensive) experience at the weddings we’ve planned, and with the expert advice of a few trusted industry insiders….here’s what you need to know:

1) The average wedding guest will consume one alcoholic drink per hour throughout the wedding

So. 5 to 7 drinks per person for the night, plus two glasses of wine at dinner.

Got it.

 

2) More specifically put, the average wedding guest will usually drink 2 drinks during cocktails, 2 drinks during dinner, 2 drinks while they’re dancing, and 2 drinks in the last couple hours of the night (this includes shots).

Therefore, if you’re looking to tighten the reigns on alcohol consumption we usually suggest limiting the availability of shots, slowing the bar toward the end of the night, and serving exclusively signature beverages during cocktail hour.

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3) Liquor is the most widely consumed alcohol at the average wedding (particularly in the form of shots).

Wine comes in second (and is typically the drink of choice during dinner).

Beer comes last.

 

4) Red wine is FAR more popular than white wine (usually at a service ratio of 2:1)

If you’re offering wine to your guests during dinner, ask your servers to come around with a “First Pour” rather than opening a bottle of red and a bottle of white on each table. This allows guests to choose their preferred wine at the onset of the meal and servers can be instructed to provide bottles to tables if explicitly requested.

Oh – and it looks classier too!

As has been the case with nearly every wedding we’ve coordinated, more often than not we see whole bottles of white wine go entirely to waste.

Shame.

 

5) If Premium and Import beers are offered, they are usually consumed at a substantially higher rate than any Domestic labels.

Plan accordingly.

 

6) The most popular liquors consumed at a wedding, in order of popularity, are: Vodka, Gin, Rye, Tequila, Rum, Scotch, Amaretto, and Apple + Raspberry Sours.

 

7) The most popular mixes, in order of popularity, are: Club Soda, Tonic, Cranberry juice, Coca Cola, and Clamato juice.

 

8) Signature drinks are surprisingly unpopular.

Yes, they look super cute with their colour-coordination and themed straws with personalized flags… but guests will drink signature cocktails only because they’re offered (usually in the proximity of white-gloved servers passing around shiny silver trays).

Once the bar opens and guests can order what they want, the hefty majority stay lightyears away from colourful and fruity drinks.

Skip the drink flags.

 

 

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But so long as we’re on the topic of the oh-so-popular signature cocktails… there are ways to plan these so they don’t suck!

As wedding planners – we actually love the personality and creativity that goes into signature drinks…- don’t let us discourage you from the idea entirely – just make sure to choose a drink that tastes good (and isn’t just mixed to be electric yellow so that it matches your 70′s wedding theme).

Most of the signature drink rave reviews we hear involve refreshing, subtle blends like champagne spritzers and light sangrias (think bubbles + white cranberry juice adorned with a berry or two at the bottom of the glass).

Kir seems to be popular too – black current liqueur topped up with white wine (a touch heavier than sparkling + juice – a more popular option for Fall and Winter affairs).

Some of our couples are opting for a choice of drinks: Moosehead for him, Apple Pie Martinis for her.

A handful of skillful (and passionate!) bartenders are even willing to take a couples’ favourite flavours and custom-design a concoction from scratch – so get creative!

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Of course, cocktail hour drinks that suit the style and theme of your wedding are always classic (assuming they’re tasty too!).

Chilly autumn weddings are complemented nicely with hot apple cider and rum, while sunshine-y summer wedding guests appreciate ice-cold sparkling numbers and flavour infused waters (even if they’re non-alcoholic!).

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Cocktails that come with a custom-story are always a big hit too…

“The Bride celebrated her acceptance to medical school with one too many margaritas!”

or

“The Groom’s been known to get messy with martinis!”

 

{ a few tips }

Regardless of whether you’re planning an open bar all-day-long, or signature cocktails followed by dinner wine and dancing – alcohol is meant to enhance your celebration, not overshadow it.

Guests are encouraged to have a great time but over-indulging often leads to embarrassing moments and constraining conflicts that nobody (your coordinators included!) should have to deal with.

Take your guest demographic into consideration when selecting your alcohol line-up.

Make sure to overstock (liquor in Ontario can always be returned to the LCBO with a receipt!).

Keep all of your proofs of purchase (event alcohol must be purchased with a valid Special Occasions Permit – which must be clearly displayed behind the bar before the first drink is poured).

 

{ extra help }

We know that planning a DIY wedding can be stressful and overwhelming, but if envisioned properly and executed seamlessly, it can help save you thousands of dollars!

Our WeddingGirl team offers Reception-Planning consultations for DIY Brides to help ensure that no dishes go overlooked, no water jugs un-ordered, and that alcohol service goes off without a hitch.

Make sure to Get In Touch with any questions you might have!

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Much love,

the WG team <3

 

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June 22, 2014

Two Girls. Two Dresses. One Love. | #LoveIsLove

{ When Briar met Amanda… }

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:: the First Meet

Briar and Amanda met in 2009 through a mutual friend. Their connection was instantaneous and the rest is history!

:: the Big Question

Amanda proposed to Briar one evening in February of 2012. She surprised her with a card saying they were going on an adventure back in time, and re-created some of their favourite memories all around their home. Each memory ‘station’ had an envelope that lead to the next. 
“We initially met over a game of pool so the first visit down memory lane was over a game of ‘table top pool’ and beer. From there we continued on to have a drink inside our tent in the living room, play some NHL hockey on the Xbox, enjoyed some beer and wings and played a great game of 20 questions (at this point we clearly had all the answers!).”
Briar thought the end of the evening was over when Amanda gave her the last envelope and proposed to her with a ring pop!
“To this day she lies to me and says she was surprised when the real ring came later!”

:: the Planning

“That’s when the real fun began…the planning!!” – the Newlyweds tell us.
They chose a date that was 18 months after the proposal.
“We wanted ample time to get ourselves organized and create some fun DYI projects”.

Before their engagement, Amanda and Briar would spend hours hiking in Balls Falls Conversation Area, so it didn’t take the two girls long to decide they wanted to get married in its gorgeous, quaint chapel and have a rustic barn wedding reception.

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“We carefully and lovingly selected each and every one of our wedding vendors by hand”.

 Judith Twells officiated the girls’ ceremony - “and she was absolutely amazing! It was intimate, personal, and loving.”

“Our photographer, Joel Hannigan was an absolute no-brainer.”

In her own words, Amanda had been creeping Joel’s work for many months before she proposed – “and knew I would do anything to have him capture our wedding! It certainly paid off! Huge shout out to Joel and his second shooter Eva Derrick.”

Kelly and Stacy from Ooh La La Designs created the Brides’ beautiful floral arrangements.

“We had a lot of small details that represented us both, right down to the hockey jersey table numbers and Briar’s running shoes. We wanted to make it unique with our own personal creations. We literally made everything that was there (table numbers, banners, chalk boards, centre pieces, etc.). The day of the wedding, Amanda’s Aunt Leslie took all of the DYI items and decorated the barn from floor to ceiling (incl. lights, lanterns, tulle, etc.). She executed our vision perfectly!”

Bridal Gowns + Bridesmaid dresses: David’s Bridal, Canada

Catering: Kent Heritage Farms

Food Truck: Thunderin’ Thelma | Caplansky’s Deli

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All of us here at WeddingGirl.ca believe that #LoveIsLove and that #LoveIsNeverWrong.

To feature your #SameLove wedding on our blog, or to feature your Community-Friendly wedding business, please make sure to Get In Touch!

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May 19, 2014

Casino Resort I Do’s | Fallsview Casino Wedding

{ Casino Wedding Celebrations }

If your love story tells the tale of fate and excitement, have you considered a wedding celebration that reflects the same?? Located just one hour north of high-profile Niagara Falls, our planning team over here at WG has been getting more and more inquiries about casino resort weddings.

The Do’s and Dont’s of a Casino Wedding

Don’t listen to anything Hollywood tells you; anything you’ve ever seen go wrong with a casino wedding had more to do with silver screen scriptwriters than leaving your nuptials to chance.

Casinos are becoming increasingly glamorous, fun, stylish venues for elegant ceremonies, great photos, and rocking receptions. Here’s a How-To guide to making sure your casino resort wedding goes off without a hitch.

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:: Don’t get drunk to get hitched

Think Ross and Rachel, the guys from The Hangover, and even Britney Spears (the first time around) – the perils of a not-so-sober decision to get married in Vegas are endless… but that’s not exclusively what casino weddings are about.

Like any big life decisions (and legal contracts, for that matter!) getting married requires time and planning. Happily Ever After isn’t about necking too many mojitos and scuttling off to the chapel with the first croupier you lay eyes on.

:: Do your research

While Las Vegas has an abundance of wedding chapel options from the good, the bad, to the downright ugly, rest assured that our more local Ontario casino options will help to create a classy, tactful, enjoyable planning experience.

You’re engaged and lucky enough to be madly in love and getting married: make sure to leave no planning stone unturned! Take the time to pay a visit to your ceremony chapel and give some thought to reception spaces, guests’ accommodations and local amenities. Not every casino will have everything you need conveniently located outside its doors (especially if you DO opt for Vegas and find yourself out in the middle of the desert!)

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:: Don’t do a tacky theme

Unless everyone that you know and love knows (and loves) that you’re seriously hooked on Texas Hold’Em, if you’re opting for a casino wedding, skip the Vegas wedding theme. Yes, with bright lights, excited patrons and entertainment everywhere, it can be tempting to try and theme your wedding. Take it from a wedding planning expert, themes (while sometimes executed beautifully) can often turn disastrous, fast.

Regardless of wherever you choose to say “I Do”, keep your wedding style tasteful. Choose your favourite colours and textures without regard for the madness and chaos of the gaming floor. Please keep the tacky 3-D dice and fake dollar coins to a minimum.

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:: Do set a budget (for yourselves AND your guests!)

A wedding day is about celebrating being lucky in love, not about everybody else’s changes to win big. When planning a casino wedding, talk to your friends and family about enjoying the festivities without breaking the bank at the Blackjack tables. Politely suggest a set amount of gambling money – it can be easy to get carried away.

The same budget boundaries apply to planning your nuptials as well: set aside funds for a trip to the slots, but keep in mind that weddings are pricey affairs and nobody wants to overshadow their celebration with concerns about paying the bill at the end of the night.

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:: Don’t set geographic limits

Sure, Vegas is notoriously the obvious choice for a casino wedding, but the world is brimming with amazing casino resort options – and new ones are cropping up every day! If you don’t want to renew your passport, the luxurious Fallsview Casino is a perfect option.

If you find yourself leaning more toward celebrating with a bit of wanderlust in your veins, check out some other gorgeous casino venues including Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, Ibiza Gran Hotel in Spain, and the stunning Hotel De Paris which features the Casino de Monte-Carlo, a setting some may remember from the first James Bond novel, Casino Royale.

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:: Do have fun

Casino weddings bring a whole new element of entertainment to the wedding celebration table. They give you and your friends and family the chance to get a tiny bit crazy, a little bit competitive, and have a whole lot of fun in a light-hearted, yet still opulent and elegant, environment. Make the most of your once-in-a-lifetime festivities: play wisely, drink champagne, and know that you’ve already beat the odds with your once-in-a-lifetime love.

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For more details on planning a casino resort wedding, make sure to Get In Touch.

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May 17, 2014

Crazy Hotels | Wanderlust Weddings by WG

{ Crazy Hotels }

Be Surprised.

Stay Inspired.

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What better mottos are there for everything to do with life, love, and the Universe? There’s no denying that just about everything to do with Crazy Hotels totally made us fall head-over-WG-heels for them.

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Founded in 2012, Crazy Hotels is a worldwide collection of extraordinary, amazing and unique hotels providing unforgettable travel experiences – the kind of hotels you’ve always imagined but never knew existed.

Follow them on Twitter for a continuous dose of travel pictures and befriend them on Facebook to fall in love with places you’ve never seen.

Some of our favourites:

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{ Wanderlust Weddings by WG }

If you’ve been bitten by the travel bug like we have and want to celebrate your love abroad, make sure to Get In Touch with our team of destination and travel wedding planners over at Wanderlust by WG.

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{ Photography Credit :: in order of appearance }

Marianne Hope, Picturely Spoken - The Netherlands

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May 13, 2014

A Castle Wedding Venue fit for a Fairytale Princess Bride

{ Ripley Castle, England }

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Fascinating.

Memorable.

Entertaining.

What more could a bride wish than for her wedding to fascinate and entertain her guests, while leaving an unforgettable impression of their once-in-a-lifetime love?

Beautiful.

Historic.

Postcard-picture-perfect.

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The stunning Ripley Castle and Gardens are a fairytale wedding setting-come-true, located just three miles from Harrogate in North Yorkshire, England. On the edge of the stunning Yorkshire Dales National Park, this historic space is open year-round to host joyous festivities and makes for a beautiful backdrop to any celebration.

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Few venues in all of the United Kingdom can rival Ripley Castle’s  years of experience, professionalism and ability to turn bridal visions into wedding day realities.

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For more details on celebrating your storybook love abroad, or to connect with a destination wedding planner from our Wanderlust By WG team, make sure to Get In Touch!

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May 8, 2014

The Original Wedding Soirée | 2014

{ the Grand Carnival }

A few weeks ago we helped to unveil Toronto’s finest Original Wedding Soirée at The Warehouse Event Venue — putting on a wedding show of epic proportions: the first intimate and interactive wedding showcase in Ontario.

This curated + themed experience promised to delight and inspire every bride, guest and industry visionary, so of course we had to send our team of WeddingGirls to experience the festivities!

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A Sunday afternoon with the WeddingGirls at The Original Wedding Soirée?

Uh, yes please!! It was a great experience, and our team had tons to say.

First off, the Soirée was meticulously planned, beautifully executed and well attended. We have nothing but all the respect in the world for the planning team behind this event! It was a gorgeous showcase of high-quality vendors, delicious eats, and unique entertainment – row after row of lovely things for the WeddingGirls to share with their followers.

We especially enjoyed meeting some incredible businesses owners with an awesome passion for what they do; it was brilliant chance for brides and industry professionals in the Toronto area to meet, greet, and network.

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We arrived at The Warehouse Event Venue, walked through lavishly-draped curtains, onto a red carpet reception. At once  we were surrounded by spectacles engaging every sense: refreshing tequila and grape cocktails,  a life-sized wedding dress dessert stand {complete with gorgeous bride inside doling out delicious cupcakes}, aerial acrobatic performances, sweet serenading by talented vocal group Cadence, ice cream made in front of our eyes with dry ice, a string ensemble providing ambiance while entertainers {think stilts, ballerinas and acrobats} roamed throughout… the list went on. This really wasn’t a show to miss!

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Our very own Carmelina especially loved the gourmet snow cones. Just imagine your summer wedding guests cooling off with inventive, all-natural flavoured apple cider or lemon lavender essence!  Carm appreciated the incredible variety of vendors, and how well they all designed their booths to contribute to show’s theme and ambiance.

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Our in-house travel expert, Miss Vanessa, praised the show for having something for everyone – even the munchkins! A team from MelonHead were offering haircuts and stylish do’s for the little ones. Favourite show moment? watching four WeddingGirls turn to mush as a 2-year-old, sporting a tiny blue mohawk passed by – it was the cutest!

Vanessa also especially loved our photobooth fun. We had a blast posing with the goofy props and were warmly welcomed to snap multiple pictures and selfies. Oh, did we ever!

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Our photo strip will always remind us of Soirée fun – so if you have a silly, photogenic guest list we highly suggest you consider having one of these interactive entertainment stations at your wedding reception!

Linda even managed to sneak a shot of Lisa’s mini make-up session. These ladies were having a great time, giving visitors touch-ups and chatting up other vendors. They embodied the elegant, friendly vibe of the show – a total delight!

Our resident Marketing Maven, Bianca, loved the custom invitation options at the Vibrance Designs booth. There was so much talent to take in and endless options to include personal details at every turn.

We ventured outside with our Social Media Rockstar, Miss Laura, to check out the options for lunch. WG Lifestyle Writer, Linda, is a huge foodie and especially loved the inclusion of food trucks. A wedding she attended last summer brought in a late night poutine truck, it was fantastic!  Kudos to the Soirée for helping support the urban food truck movement.

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The Original Wedding Soiree earn a sparkling 5 stars from every one of the WeddingGirl’s in attendance. WG Planner Lisa raved that it was one of the best shows she’s ever attended; the variety and quality are what stood out to us and rocketed the Soirée to the top of our list for shows not miss next year!

We’re all looking forward to seeing what this fabulous team does in the future, and extend many thanks on behalf of all the WeddingGirls for inviting us.

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If you’re planning a fabulous event and want to get it noticed, contact media@weddinggirl.ca for event promotion options with weddinggirl.ca and the #WGx team.

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April 10, 2014

Radisson Blu, St. Martin | #WANDERLUSTxWG

{ Radisson Blu, St. Martin }

#WANDERLUSTxWG was recently on location in beautiful St. Martin.. and Sint Maarten! -a small island in the south Caribbean shared by France and The Netherlands. Borders are marked by flags and wandering herds of goats: things are fairly laid back there.

For four days our wandering WeddingGirl, Linda, found herself at the island’s most luxurious resort, surrounded by lush green mountains and endless blue skies. Add the odd iguana and colourful local culture around every hair-pin turn, and you have this island in a nutshell.

Nestled on the beautiful north shore, a winding road in over steep hills really gives the sense you’ve discovered a secret paradise when approaching the Radisson Blu.

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Driving under huge palm tree arches and seeing smiling faces everywhere certainly sets the tone for a relaxing vacation. The resort exhibited truly exceptional hospitality and customer service from the moment Arthur at the front desk greeted us with a friendly ‘Bonjour!’ and drink (never underestimate the power of rum punch on a tired traveller!) to being delivered to our suite by golf cart.. they didn’t want us lifting a finger and did everything to ensure we were settled in and comfortable.

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The resort has everything you need, but to experience more of the island our WeddingGirl rented a cute little car to explore some of the roads less-traveled.  She found beautiful empty beaches and charming churches in vibrant neighbourhoods. There are activities to entertain all kinds of adventurers: skydiving, paintball, guided snorkelling or dive tours, environmental reserves to explore. She found dozens of fun things for couples and families to enjoy.

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Local grocery stores are well stocked and prices are reasonable for vacationers who like to really get involved and make some of their own meals.

Fun Island Fact: Alcohol is inexpensive and available everywhere! Imagine the reduced cost of THAT wedding reception bar bill?

The Radisson Blu resort itself was stacked with wedding resources:

Imagine your guests dining in a bright & beautiful indoor ballroom with sliding doors to let the tropical evening breeze blow through..

Imagine your wedding party having full access to spa & fitness facilities, a stunning private beach and beautiful hot tub & pool.

Imagine evenings leading up to your special day spent relaxing at one of the many beach-front bars at the resort or in one of the dozens of the private sitting areas on the property.

Imagine every wedding need being taken care of by the charming and helpful resort staff..

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The warm temperatures of the island were mirrored in every interaction with the local people. It was a delight to be somewhere they embrace the tourist culture with open and friendly arms.

Interested in getting married on St. Martin or Sint Maarten? Check out this document our team found with all the requirements for curious couples who want to tie the knot on the island.

Better yet, reach us at wanderlust@weddinggirl.ca to talk about YOUR dream destination wedding

xoxo

Elle the Wandering WeddingGirl

{Wanderlust by WG}

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Linda is a Lifestyle Writer for WeddingGirl.ca and WANDERLUSTxWG.

For trip reviews and content advisory, reach her directly at Linda@WeddingGirl.ca

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April 2, 2014

WGxSundayBrunch | Intercontinental Yorkville

{ Intercontinental Hotel, Yorkville }

The lovely ladies of WGx received a cordial invite to visit Heidi at the beautiful Intercontinental Hotel in Toronto’s posh Yorkville neighbourhood.

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Laura, Bianca, Vanessa, Lisa and Mary gathered beneath a stunning crystal chandelier on Sunday morning and met the lovely Heidi before heading to their elegant Signatures Restaurant for breakfast.

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What more lovely start to the day than champagne and freshly squeezed orange juice?

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Over mimosas, Heidi chatted with our group about what she believes sets the Intercontinental Yorkville apart from other wedding venues in the city.

“It all starts with the service.” she explained. “From a bride’s experience with Front Desk, Concierge and our event catering staff, we al understand the importance of listening to brides and understanding what they like, what they don’t like. This, then, gives us an idea of exactly how we can make their wedding day dreams come true.”

From 2000 square foot ballrooms drenched in natural light to smaller, more intimate function spaces for bachelorette parties and rehearsal dinners, this hotel space really does offer everything needed to make wedding plans seamless, elegant, and memorable. And the food was to-die-for! {Tweet. Eat. Repeat!}

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After brunch we perused Proof, the hotel’s swanky vodka bar (and an oh-so-chic space to host a trendy event as well!)

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{ words from the WeddingGirls }

From Vanessa:

Over Italian coffee I asked Heidi how she got into the field and about her own wedding; I loved hearing the details! Our table was facing the courtyard, where many couples have their wedding ceremony, and while I took a bite of my perfect Applewood Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict we saw a bride come out into the courtyard for her first look!  We got up so fast, ran to the window and melted;  a perfect way to round out a lovely morning of all-things-wedding.

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My favourite part of the tour? definitely viewing the bridal suite. It was big enough to have the bride and groom get ready separately but still nearby. We also got to peek in to the Royal Suite, and wow! It was comfortable, and had a gorgeous fireplace! Intercontinental’s wedding venue is perfect for weddings of many different sizes and I can’t wait to feature it to my couples and travel partners! Thank you, Heidi, for showing us what your beautiful venue has to offer.

 

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From Lisa:
Our brunch and tour at the Intercontinental Hotel in Yorkville was so lovely. The food was great and we actually got to see a live wedding day moment between a Bride and Groom during their ‘First Look’. It really ended up being something special. This hotel offers great spaces and guest rooms for all kinds of celebrations, and the service was fantastic. I was especially happy to see that they had a Keurig in each room since I myself am a big Keurig fan. Definitely bonus points there!
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From Laura:

Being invited for Brunch at the luxurious Intercontinental Hotel in Yorkville was a pleasure. After enjoying an excellent and delicious meal at the award winning Signatures Restaurant, we had the opportunity to see the elegant Event Spaces, the Penthouse Lap Pool, the enchanting SkyLounge, The Exclusive Royal Suite and so much more. Special thanks to Heidi, for personally giving us a tour of such a fantastic space.

On top of everything else this wonderful Hotel has to offer, I always love a space with spectacular views, and the Intercontinental has them! What would you say to striking views of the Royal Ontario Museum? How about a marvellous view of the Toronto Skyline? 

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From Bianca:
It was such a lovely morning having brunch with Heidi and the WGx team. Once we finished eating, Heidi gave us a tour of the hotel and showed us all the different room options available to couples. The ballrooms are intimate and give the guests a feeling of having utmost importance to the happy couple. My favourite room was, by far, the Royal Suite.  It has an amazing view of the Royal Ontario Museum and is a perfect spot for pre-wedding photos. I enjoyed our time at the Intercontinental and it was a pleasure meeting Heidi! Thank you!

 

From Mary:

Over the past five years, WG has been involved with the Intercontinental in Yorkville a number of times, from brides booking suites to attending lavish wedding shows. It was such a pleasure to meet with Heidi in person and have her show us around their beautiful function space, gush about all-things-wedding over a delicious brunch, and connect about all the exciting things this upcoming wedding season has in store for us! The most important element of any set of wedding plans are the faces that stand behind them… and this group is definitely one that’s eager to write some Happily Ever After’s together soon!

#WGx at Intercontinental Yorkville Toronto

Stay Tuned for more #WGxSundayBrunch posts featuring our favourite hotspots around the city and around the globe!

To have the #WGx team visit your venue (or favourite spot!) and be featured in the WGxSundayBrunch series, make sure to Get In Touch!

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March 12, 2014

Luxe Shopping Experience | Toronto | #WGx

{ all things luxe }

A couple of weeks ago, the lovely Jamie-Lee Braunack, Director of Luxe Shopping Experiences, warmly welcomed Bianca, Carm and Laura from WeddingGirl.ca out of the cold and into their media launch at the Four Seasons in Yorkville.

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As the three girls made their way up to the third floor, they could not help but stare at the sophisticated and grand interior design of the hotel, perfect for a luxe special event.

The doors of the Jasper Room opened and the girls were greeted with smiling faces and beautiful bling. There were five retailers from the Yorkville area in attendance, ready to show off what they had to offer brides and grooms on their big day. The vendor’s enthusiasm, passion, and level of excellence exuded from each booth and the girls were instantly drawn in.

Their first stop was to White Toronto. They gazed upon gorgeous wedding gowns any fashionista would be proud to wear and exquisite, custom bridal accessories.  Andrea Anastasiou, owner of White Toronto and Montreal, could not contain her excitement as she explained to the girls about her designer label dresses, one-of-a-kind jewellery, and stunning shoes.

Luxe Shopping Experience Toronto WeddingGirl.ca Media

Luxe Shopping Experience WeddingGirl.ca Media

Myra Kastner and Sandi Wilder from Knar Jewellery were sensational. Listening to the history of the company and getting to know more about diamonds was fascinating. The Hearts on Fire was the star of that evening, boasting a cut above the rest in the diamond world. Their magnificent custom pieces caused the girls to dream big and the sparkle of the diamonds were reflected in their wide eyes!

#WGx Media Luxe Shopping Experience Event

Luxe Shopping Experience Toronto WGx evening

Luxe Sthopping Experience Toronto

Meeting the talented and distinguished celebrity makeup artist and skin care specialist Victoria Radford was unbelievable. Carm jumped right onto her chair and was instantly transformed as Victoria instructed on the proper use of the eyebrow brushes and pencils.

The girls immediately noticed the enthusiasm she had for beauty and they were impressed with how willing she was to share her knowledge and educate others. Victoria currently runs her own makeup school in Toronto and has an incredible energy about her.

Victoria Radford Luxe Shopping Experience Toronto

Luxe Shopping Experience Toronto WGx

 

Treccani Milano, a luxury brand specializing in custom and ready to wear pieces, was the next stop for the girls. All their pieces are handmade in Italy from only the finest leather and materials. They design and create men’s and ladies shoes, handbags, golf bags, boots and dress shirts.

Luxe Shopping Experience Toronto WGx media event

Luxe Shopping Experience Toronto #WGx Media

The last stop of the evening was Gotstyle Grooms. They are a full service shop for men. They offer an excellent selection of suits, tuxedoes and accessories. An on site tailor is there for any alteration needs and a Barbershop that offers both haircuts and hot shaves.

 

Luxe Shopping Experience #WGx team media

It was a delightful night, filled with delicious hors d’oeuvres, wine, awesome stuff, and incredible vendors! They really do bring the royal treatment and the three girls look forward to their next luxe shopping experience!

Bianca, Carm, and Laura are Bridal Lifestyle Bloggers with WeddingGirl.ca. For media inquiries, or to have WG team presence at your next industry launch, make sure to Get In Touch!

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March 10, 2014

Palais Royale | WeddingGirlx | Promo Photo Shoot

{ a #WGx Production }

We all woke up before the sun, packed bags full of all-things-beautiful, and made our way downtown.

We shared jewelry.

We did each others’ hair.

We spent the morning drowning in coffee, Portuguese custard tarts, and make-up.

We rocked little black dresses with killer stilettos and oversized balloons in frigid temperatures.

We laughed.

All day, we laughed.

The #WGx team planned this photoshoot to celebrate the incredible things that happen when your wildest dreams become a reality.

The gorgeous Palais Royale invited us in to their elegant ballroom, which we proceeded to deck out in couture furniture rentals from JCompany Designs and beautiful blooms from Fraîche Floral Atelier.

Stills of the day were captured by the oh-so-talented Miss Serena Swan and behind-the-scenes cinema was documented by Barking Mad Media, and the reason everyone looked absolutely flawless? Makeup stylings by the incredible Sabina of A Brush Of Sass.

And finally… a GIGANTIC Thank-You from every single one of us on set goes out to the amazing Rob of Palais Royale. Our day would not have been half of what it turned out to be without his kindness, thoughtfulness and assistance every step of the way. Rob – thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Here’s just a teeny tiny sliver of still frames of how our day went down:

Serena Swan Photography WGx Promo 2014

Lisa Hardie WGx Promo Photo Shoot

Sabina Babayan A Brush Of Sass Toronto Makeup Artist

Sparkly Stilettos Serena Swan Photography

Palais Royale Ballroom Serena Swan Photography Toronto

Serena Swan Bridecast Barking Mad Media WeddingGirl.ca Toronto

Serena Swan Bridecast Barking Mad Media Toronto

Barking Mad Media Jeff Ridout Toronto

Toronto Budget Wedding Flowers Fraiche Studio WeddingGirl.ca

Fraiche Floral Atelier Toronto Wedding Flowers

Fraiche Floral Studio Toronto Budget Wedding Flowers

 Little Black Dresses Photoshoot Serena Swan Photography Toronto

Pretty In Pink Dress Photoshoot Serena Swan Photography

 Palais Royale Toronto Corporate Photoshoot Serena Swan

WeddingGirl.ca Wedding Planner Toronto

WeddingGirl.ca Team Promo Shoot Palais Royale Toronto

 WeddingGirl.ca Team Serena Swan Photography

Serena Swan Toronto Wedding Photographer

WGx Palais Royale Toronto Pretty In Pink photoshoot

WGx Palais Royale Photoshoot Toronto

WeddingGirl.ca Team Palais Royale Toronto

WGx Palais Royal Photoshoot

WGx Palais Royal Photoshoot Pretty in Pink

To see the rest of our #WGx Promo Shoot, as well as some outtakes and behind-the-scenes photos, make friends with WeddingGirl Dot Ca on Facebook and check out the entire album!

To read Mary’s Open Letter to the #WGx team and learn more about what made this shoot so special, click here.

 

 

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