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February 28, 2015

#Indie88Wedding | Jessie + Jim | Toronto Wedding Giveaway

{ #JessieAndJim + their #Indie88Wedding }

by: Brenda Hanks

Once upon a time, in a land far away, there was a beautiful princess and a handsome radio station…



That’s not how it started at all.

It started with a random afternoon lunch date.

Just a regular, run-of-the-mill, patio lunch date in Liberty Village; in attendance was the crew from Indie88 FM in Toronto and Mary from WeddingGirl.ca. And during this regular, run-of-the-mill lunch date, something magical happened… for it was then that the idea for the most epic wedding giveaway ever, was born.

*Cue dramatic music*

Back in January, our friends over at Indie88 announced a contest that promised to change two lives forever.

After some teasing, the details came pouring out and the entries came pouring in.

Within just two weeks we’d received 88 submission videos (coincidence?)

Can you imagine how hard it was narrowing it down to just two finalists? Luckily we only had to get it down to two, and that’s when the power of social media took over, Toronto voted for the winner, and vote they did – about 16,000 times!  The votes were in. The tallies were counted. The decision was final.

A few of us here at WG were lucky enough to be in the Indie studios when the announcement was made.

Emotions went wild when The Morning Show with Brian, Matt, and Candice,  congratulated Jessie and Jim on their victory! (Click here to listen to the exact moment they found out!) – how’s that for reality radio?!

Finding Out

And this is when the real fun started.

Our lucky couple found out at 8:10AM on Friday that they would be getting married on Valentine’s Day.

The next day.

About 30 hours later to be exact.

Luckily for them, we had it all planned out.

All that was left for us to do was get these two lovebirds a marriage license, finalize dress alterations, pick out the rings and jewelry, and get the groom fitted for his suit.


And the shoes.

And pick a hairstyle.

… and invite the wedding guests!

Good thing we’re experts.


With so much to do and such little time to do it, A-Celebrity Limousine swooped in with an amazing 10 passenger limo to chauffeur the WG team, photographers, and our winning couple around town.

In the lap of luxury, Jessie and Jim traveled from the Indie88 studios directly to City Hall to get the paperwork that would make everything the next day the real deal. No falsie-weddings here!



Once the legal business was in check, our next stop was a visit with the gorgeous urban studio of Susan Dicks on Richmond. It was here that our beautiful bride was fitted in the top two gowns she’d picked out at LoversLand bridal boutique.

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After a quick stop at Starbucks, we all loaded back into the limo to take a ride out to Queen St West, to pick some rings from the amazing Made You Look jewellery studio.


Sure, the stop here was for Jessie and Jim to pick out their wedding rings, but let’s face it… we’re girls… and girls love sparkly things! Each of us took turns trying on (and gushing over!) the stunning one-of-a-kind finds that this boutique is packed with We even think our very own Laura may have fallen in love with a wedding band!! (Yay, Laura!)

Once the blingy details were finalized, we were on the road again.


It’s hard to believe after accomplishing all of these tasks it wasn’t even lunchtime! Definitely the makings of a pro team of planners (and a stellar team of supporting cast).

One last stop to make: getting the groom handsome as hell. Thank you to the fab crew over at J Crew in Yorkville – for treating our groom like a king and helping him pick out his threads for the big day.

And now all there was to do was wait…

… but only until Check-In time at One King West - where our Nearlyweds had luxurious accommodations provided for the weekend.


After a long and restful night’s sleep (or not?!), our Bride-To-Be woke up ready for her wedding day prep.

First on the agenda:  a perfect indie-hairstyle by Sacha of All Glam Affair and wedding day makeup by Caryl Baker Visage – Yorkville.

In no time at all, Jessie was transformed from her lazy morning PJ style to being aisle (and runway) ready; complete with her custom-designed headpiece from the oh-so-talented Blair Nadeau Millinery.


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Photographers from Purestorm Studios arrived in the prep suite and Mark and Emily began with all the behind-the-scenes snaps before heading down to the One King West lobby for our couple’s First Look.

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Shortly after noon, it was time to get these two gorgeous people married!

Our friends over at LuxeDrive sent over a Rolls Royce Ghost to deliver the couple to the venue in style…

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Despite the short notice of these nuptials, there was no shortage of guests arriving at The Richmond; which had been transformed from a contemporary gallery space to a gorgeous and intimate wedding space by J Company Designs and our WG style team.

Each guest’s place setting was adorned with amazing stationary from Paper and Poste and tea leaf wedding favours from our friends at Lemon Lily.


And then the magic continued….

Just like any other wedding day:

Guests seated.

Groom in place.

The beautiful bride emerged from her elegant Rolls and glided effortlessly down the aisle with a proud papa at her side.

Jessie and Dad

Waiting for her at the end of the aisle was Indie88′s own Raina to officiate!


The couple exchanged super-cute, personalized vows and after a killer first kiss, these two were ready to eat, drink, and party like rockstars!

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That’s when the party started.

Step 1:

Open up the bar.

Double Trouble Brewing sent over some of their finest beers for their guests enjoyment, while Dillon’s served up some tasty gin.

Step 2:

Feed the masses!

If you have never been lucky enough to indulge in Cookery Catering eats, add them to your next event’s menu – FOR SURE!

Our indie-inspired fun, casual, and creative menu was flying out of the kitchen and guests were gushing.

Step 3:

Open up the video booth!

TalkBox Events set up their photobooth to capture Truths and Dares revealed and acted out by Jessie and Jim, alongside their friends and family.

The guests especially loved seeing their Same Day Edit played during dessert!

Step 4:


What’s a wedding without dancing??

Indie88 served up the First Dance for our newest husband and wife and kept the music coming while wedding guests got their groove on.

Step 5:

Let them eat cake!

To our friends at Le Dolci, we thank you. Love, all of the world’s tummies and tastebuds.  <3


And then you’d think that was it, right? That the night ended like any other wedding and that al the guests went home?


Not at this indie wedding.

Instead of packing it in, we packed them all up… and sent the entire wedding reception to see STARS!

A wedding reception party ensued at the Danforth Music Hall.

Jealous yet?

Don’t worry….. us too.



Here’s the video that PureStorm Studios unexpectedly created:


{ ALL of the Thank You’s }

Like any epic wedding celebration, there are so many people working together behind-the-scenes to make it gorgeous, flawless, and unforgettable.

To all of the vendors who helped us make this Indie Wedding happen: from the bottom of our WeddingGirl hearts…

Thank you.

Thank you.

Thank you.

Thank you to all the couples who entered –  we wish we could have married you all!

… and a special thank you to Toronto!

Without your votes we would probably still be trying to pick a winner.

Indie Sponsors


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February 17, 2015

Vendor Love

{South Asian Wedding Boutique}

Written by: Sacha Parawan

If you attended the Shades of White Open House at One King West last month, you would have seen the gorgeous work by South Asian Wedding Boutique in our Henna room.

View More: http://emilychristinephotography.pass.us/shades-of-white-1

We searched high and low for the perfect vendor that would be able to pull off the glamorous design that we had been envisioning. When we stumbled upon South Asian Wedding Boutique, we instantly fell in love with their work! We were so excited when Arooj said yes to coordinating our Henna room decor with us! From the very first email, she gathered our ideas and concepts and was diligent in asking all of the right questions.

When the WeddingGirl team walked in on the morning of the open house, everyone was astounded with what this team had delivered! The décor team has transformed this room into the most stunning Henna room any girl could have asked for!

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They included pillows, draping, a sitting area, and not to mention a fabulous mandap fit for a princess. Can you imagine having your henna or haldi done under this beauty?!

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The style was very traditional yet had bit of a Moroccan feel to it as well. They incorporated traditional Indian décor, a chandelier and mirror under the mandap which created an intimate feel. The value of what this team provided to us was just over $1700!

View More: http://emilychristinephotography.pass.us/shades-of-white-1

They are truly talented and delivered even beyond what we had visioned, and provided us with excellent customer service. The WeddingGirl team wants to send a HUGE thank you to the South Asian Wedding Boutique team, and is excited to work with them again in the future.

Were you at the Shades of White Open House at One King West?

Did you get to check out this fabulous henna room?

Also, a big thank you to Emily Christine Photography for all of these beautiful photos, and capturing this room perfectly!


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February 13, 2015

Tom & Lisa’s Toronto Wedding | Hamstra Photography

{ Distillery District Wedding: Tappo Wine Bar }

Some couples just have it, you know? And, when you combine that kind of love with a bride wearing a champange coloured dress, you know you have to share their wedding with the world!

Tom and Lisa’s wedding was held on a gorgeous October evening at Tappo Wine Bar in Toronto’s hip Distillery District. The perfect location for these lovebirds to tie the knot!

From the Photographers:

When we sat down with Lisa and Tom to discuss the plans for their wedding day, we asked Lisa if there was anything special that tied their wedding day together – we quickly determined it was champagne! From her champagne coloured dress, to the champagne diamonds in her wedding bands; even the ceremony was closed with a champagne toast. It was such a fitting theme for this effortless love-struck couple. Everything about their day was an honest celebration of hope and love found. We were so thrilled to be part of Tom and Lisa’s special day – cheers!

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Thank you Sarah for sharing this beautiful wedding with us! You captured it perfectly!

Check out Hamstra Photography for more of their beautiful work!

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January 20, 2015

One King West Open House | #ShadesOfWhite 2015

#ShadesofWhite Open house: Jan. 18, 2015

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


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

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

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


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

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


Were you there?

What was your favourite part?

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

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

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

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December 22, 2014

Finding your wedding dress style

 Wedding Dress Alternatives

Since we are searching for the perfect “Indie” couple, I have been looking for creative and ‘out-of-the-box’ dresses that could suit our soon-to-be-bride. Wedding dresses are taking on a whole new twist and I’m excited to see where designers are taking things for 2015.

We saw the perfect example of a non-traditional wedding dress when celebrity bride, Solange Knowles, appeared in a caped wedding dress! Now that’s what I call thinking outside the box!

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Of course we can’t forget about the always posh and always trendy, Olivia Palermo. She kick started the “separates” trend that we are now seeing pop up EVERYWHERE!

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Another wedding dress style that I am in love with – short dresses. They can be just as beautiful and wedding-worthy as a cathedral train-ed wedding gown.

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A lace romper?! So stunning!


Coloured dresses have become a trend over the past few years that I am loving! One of the things I love about being a wedding planner in Toronto is the opportunity to plan with brides of different cultural backgrounds. It’s a chance to try new style’s and think beyond the traditional white dress. We have a 2015 bride that is wearing a blush dress, and I cannot wait to see how beautiful she is going to look on her wedding day!

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What do you think? Would you wear a wedding dress alternative, or stick with a more traditional style wedding gown?

[Blog Love: Photo credits]

WhoWhatWear | E-Online news | The Reformation | BHLDN | Alfred and Demma Photography | Belathee Photography 


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 15, 2014

Wed-iquette: Wedding Rehearsal Dinner

{Q + A: Planning your Rehearsal Dinner}

Now that you’ve decided who you want to invite to the wedding ceremony and reception, it’s time to start planning your rehearsal dinner guest list!

Outside of actually rehearsing your ceremony details, rehearsals are a time for your closest friends and family to get to know one another before your big day. The rehearsal dinner (usually slotted for after the rehearsal itself) can be as elaborate or as simple as you’d like; just don’t end up planning a whole second wedding!

Some questions to ask yourself when planning your rehearsal dinner:


Q: Who will be paying for the dinner?


Traditionally, the bride’s parents pay for the wedding, and the groom’s parents pay for the rehearsal. However, our generation of nearlyweds today are opting to pay for most things themselves, so those “traditional” rules don’t necessarily apply.

Speak with your parents and make a mutual agreement on what each of you will be contributing to the wedding.



Q: Who do you invite to the rehearsal dinner?


Close family and friends, and those who are participating in your wedding day should be invited to the rehearsal dinner. It is courteous to allow the members of your wedding party to bring a guest, as well you must  invite your officient and their spouse (note: they often won’t attend).

If you are having a flower girl or ring bearer, their respective parents and family should be invited as well.



Q: Should out-of-town guests be invited?


If you are having out-of-town guests arrive prior to the wedding day, your rehearsal dinner is the perfect opportunity to spend some extra time together. Your wedding day will go by so quickly, so the night before will allow you some quality time to spend with those guests who have made an extra effort to celebrate with you.

Another option for catching up with your out-of-towners is to host a breakfast or brunch the morning after the wedding. This can usually be booked at the hotel where most of your out-of-town guests are staying (they’ll appreciate the convenience!).

It’s inexpensive and your guests will love the extra quality time they have with you.

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Q: How far in advance do you send out an invite for the rehearsal dinner?


Give your guests as least 3-6 weeks notice for your date and time of the rehearsal dinner.


I hope you have found these tips helpful. If you have any questions for one of our wedding planners, send me an email at Leah@weddinggirl.ca


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Brides.com | Anouschka Rokebrand Photography | Jessica Burke photography | Minted


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 9, 2014

Choosing your wedding date…

{ … and why it doesn’t actually matter }

Authored by: Brenda Hanks


This past summer I had the pleasure of being a guest at four weddings.

Of these four weddings, only one of them took place on a Saturday.

While Saturdays have been the day of choice for what is often the biggest party of your life, it’s becoming more and more acceptable to think outside the box when it comes to your wedding date. 


So, as mentioned above, one wedding I went to was on a Saturday. Two fell on a Friday, and the final wedding, an intimate mid-day affair, took place on a Thursday.

When I looked up those dates in the calendar my first thought was about how many vacation days I was going to be spending on attending these nuptial affairs. Regardless, I diligently booked my vacation days to attend my friends’ special days, and I’m happy I did. We never did end up asking our friends why they chose to be wed on non-standard dates, but in retrospect, good on them!

I’m sure you’ve been there before: your friend’s wedding date is finally here. You spend a few hours getting dressed and prettied up for the big day, you go to the ceremony, the reception, and then stumble home late that night (or sometimes – if it’s an especially good party - the next day). Sunday is then spent recovering and suddently, *BAM!* – it’s Monday morning and you’re back in the office. The entire weekend sped by and now you’ve got to wait another 5 days before you get a of couple days off to yourself.

Now, having never been to a Friday wedding before, I hadn’t realized how great it was to go to a wedding, celebrate as usual, and then still get an entire weekend to do whatever I wanted. Looking back, these Friday weddings were no different than a Saturday date, except for the guests had to use some vacation time to attend.

The Thursday wedding, however, was totally different. With an 11AM ceremony, followed by an amazing lunch in a beautiful winery setting, the Newlyweds celebrated with only 20 of their closest friends and family. No big party, no dancing, but it still definitely felt like a wedding; maybe even more special than usual!

That particular event was over by 3PM and we ended up crossing the border for some post-wedding shopping (hey, we were already almost there anyway!).

{ Planning Outside The Box }

As 2014 comes to a close, I’d like to offer the following tidbits of advice to you when it comes to choosing an “outside-the-box” wedding date:

1. Don’t be afraid to book a weekday

Your guests will take the time to come, AND you’ve still given them an entire weekend to enjoy at their own discretion. Everyone wins.

And did you know that all of the swankiest Manhattan events are happening mid-week these days? Yup. Posh, couture couples are being wed in candlelit ceremonies in the evening, followed immediately by cocktails, dinner, some light dancing, and late night limos are taking them straight to the airport en route to Bora Bora for some post-wedded bliss.

Sounds pretty blissful, doesn’t it?

2) If you’re considering a Friday wedding, try a late afternoon ceremony.

In most cases your guests can get away with a half day of vacation, which makes it an easier sell. Say “I Do” no earlier than 4:30 or 5PM.

3) Consider a non-dinner reception

This is especially fun for smaller guest lists, and is often a very budget friendly option.

A few years ago the WG team planned a 9AM ceremony at a butterfly conservatory followed by a beautiful brunch onsite. Guests indulged in table-side build-your-own omelette bars and the Newlyweds jetted off at noon for their honeymoon in China!

4) Think of the space!

The most highly sought-after venues that get booked up for years on Saturdays are often not only available but will also offer discounts to tie the knot during the week! And don’t forget that lower guest counts mean substantial wedding budget savings.

5) It’s YOUR day

This is your party.

This is your wedding.

So you OWN that Tuesday, or Wednesday, or whatever day you choose! No matter the day of the week, you and your guests will be celebrating like it’s a Saturday…. and I guarantee that a year down the road, you’ll barely even remember it wasn’t.


Brenda is a Bridal Lifestyle Blogger at WeddingGirl.ca

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December 8, 2014

Tips for making your wedding day pop!

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.



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.

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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.


{ 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.


{ 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!


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

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Pantone | Troy Grover Photographers | Wedding Chicks | Berrett Photography | Caught the Light Photography | Love My Dress



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 6, 2014

Wedding Budget Tip: Gutting your Guest List

{ managing your numbers, without hurting feelings }

… because, contrary to popular belief, your Dad’s cousin-twice-removed does not need to watch you say “I do.”

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The ring.

The question.

The tears.

The ring-shot-selfie on Instagram.

And then….

“Who’s coming?”

One of the very first questions (aside from the big one) at the onset of planning your wedding is who to invite. And, surprisingly, it’s usually much harder to answer than you’d think!

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These are just a few of the questions you’ll ask yourself, or other people will ask you. And it can be pretty stressful, trying to decipher between who you should or shouldn’t invite, especially when others around you will likely chime in with their own opinions.

It’s important to remember that the bulk of your wedding budget will go toward your reception, so one way to manage your budget is to effectively manage your guest list.

Yup, a daunting task, for sure, but with more and more couples paying for their own wedding, or having both families helping out with the bill, your guest list and size will undoubtedly affect everyone involved.

Did you know that wedding etiquette dictates that if your parents are paying for a certain percentage of the wedding, they’re entitled to curate a certain percentage of the guest list?

Some of the easiest ways to set guest counts? Base it on maximum capacity for your venue (if your reception space only seats 80, you can NOT invite 81 hoping that someone will say no!), or you can base you numbers on budget – a solid place to start.

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{ follow these steps }

Get started on creating your initial guest list by making four separate lists. They’ll eventually come together to become your overall list – but this approach makes the process far less overwhelming.

1. Must be invited

This list will include immediate family members, friends and close relatives.


2. Want to invite

Here’s where you put your co-workers, childhood friends, etc.


3. Parents’ of the Bride’s list


4. Parents’ of the Groom’s list


- and ask both sets of parents to use the same #1 and #2′s in their own lists – Must’s and Want’s.

If the combined lists garner too many people then begin to trim the parents ‘wants’ (after all it is your wedding, not theirs).

If the number is still too large after that, then you begin to trim your own ‘wants’. Many couples start with casual colleagues, then distant relatives, then your Starbucks barista that you accidentally invited that one night while waiting for your skinny latté.

The bottom line:

There is usually no way to include absolutely everyone on your wedding guestlist unless you increase either your budget or your venue capacity (oftentimes either and/or both are just not realistic). Don’t forget that weddings aren’t an expression of IOU’s. Just because someone, somewhere, invited you to their wedding years ago (and you haven’t spoken since) doesn’t mean you are obligated to invite them to yours (and make sure your parents know this as well).

Don’t be sorry for not wanting to invite someone to your wedding!

This is the single most elaborate party you will likely throw in your lifetime….

You’re allowed to be choosy about who gets to come!


And o you have your final list together, ensure you obtain everyone’s full name, address and phone number (get the list owners to provide this to you in a timely manner). You’ll want this information on hand when it comes time to mail the invitations (usually sent two to three months before your wedding date). Phone numbers will come in extra handy when it’s time to follow-up with those who haven’t responded for the RSVP date (and, we speak from experience when we say that a surprisingly large number of guests won’t RSVP on time!).


Don’t forget…

Getting engaged, while exciting and emotional, also brings with it a substantial amount of unfamiliarity and stress. If you think a buffer might be helpful between you and your parents to keep your guestcount in check, have everyone sit down together with your wedding planner to talk about the Do’s and Don’ts of who gets invited. Oftentimes parents respond well to the reasons we give for why the paperboy’s second aunt probably doesn’t need to attend. Not only that, once your guestlist is in check, we’ll be helping to field questions from family about itinerary, big-day directions for your wedding party, and keeping all of the MC’s joke-etiquette questions from flooding your Inbox.

Remember, it all starts with falling in love…. everything else… well, that’s just knowing who to ask for help!


Lisa Hardie is a Hamilton-based Bridal Lifestyle Blogger and Wedding Planner at WeddingGirl.ca. If you have any questions or are thinking about hiring a Wedding Planner, make sure to email her at lisa@weddinggirl.ca.

You can also be friends with Lisa on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter, and Instagram as well!

Lisa Hardie WeddingGirl.ca Hamilton


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Redfield Photography | Countdown Events | MarthaStewartWeddings.com

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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


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.)











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.

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