Wedding Planning Tips With Tash – Saying Yes To The Dress

Hey loves, Sorry for the lack of posts, I was busy prepping for our wedding and getting married! I can’t believe I’m a married woman!!! Ahhhhh! It’s been two and a half weeks and I’m still excited and in awe that I married my best friend. I couldn’t have asked for a better day. Don’t worry I’ll be doing a blog post of our wedding once I receive our photos. Alright back to business.

Today’s post is about dress shopping.

Berta Bridal Dress

Start Early

Shopping for my dress was a stressful and overwhelming experience. I went in knowing what I wanted, but once I tried on the dress it wasn’t flattering at all, so I had to start all over. I’m a very picky shopper and with the setback it didn’t give me enough time to shop for my gown.  There was definitely a time crunch. I didn’t know wedding gowns are to be ordered six to nine months in advance to allow for delivery and alterations. I finally found my dress in October and I was getting married in June, talk about cutting it close!! Everything worked out in my favour, my dress arrived in March and I didn’t need any alteration.

Set a Budget

Set a budget and stick to it! Make sure the budget you set includes taxes and alterations. For the budget conscious bride like myself $1200-$1500 is a good price range.

Do NOT try on dresses out of your budget

I made this mistake and fell in love with a dress. The only reason I tried it on was to please my bridesmaid. I really didn’t like the dress so I thought no big deal. Boy, was I wrong! That dress made me do some quick calculations in my head trying to figure out how to make it work, in the end I stayed strong and said NO (it was never going to work, it was way over budget). Learn from my mistake and don’t do it, even if you think it is the ugliest dress on earth once it’s over your budget STAY AWAY from it.

Keep an Open mind

I am in love with the Berta Bridal collection specifically the gown shown above. However, I cannot afford to spend $8,000.00 on a gown, so I found a solution. Get something similar that’s affordable.

  Mori Lee

I was set on getting that beautiful Mori Lee gown but once I tried it on, it did not flatter by body. I was crushed and left feeling blindsided, I didn’t know what I wanted anymore. Luckily the consultant helped me figure out which silhouette worked best for my shape (very important step in finding the right dress). The dress that I absolutely fell in love with, the dress that made me forget all about the over budget dress, was something I didn’t envision for myself. Biggest lesson learned from this shopping experience is to keep an opened mind and don’t discriminate. The dress that looks so-so on the hanger could be the one,  you have to try it on because it could look Ah-mazing on your body.

Check out other Bridal Stores

I found THE dress!!

Mori Lee gowns are to-die-for

It was slightly over budget but it was definitely doable. I had a few appointments scheduled for that week so I went to the appointments looking for that specific Mori Lee dress (try to schedule appointments during the week it’s less busy).  I found my dress at Bella’s Brides and the best part was they were having a promotion $200.00 off their bridal gowns!! I got my gown and came in under budget. It pays to shop around.

I had a great experience at Bella’s Brides. Nadi was very friendly and honest. She was very helpful and made great suggestions.

Ladies in the end choose the dress that feels right for you it’s your day! Also when shopping I recommend checking out sample sales and bringing one to two people with you who have your best interest at heart. You don’t want too many cooks in the kitchen.

Here are some of the rejected dresses…they are all really pretty.


Can you guess which one is the over budget dress?

Tash ♥ xo

 

 

 

Wedding Planning Tips with Tash – Style, Colour & Decor

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Hey loves, I’m back with another wedding post. Today I’ll be talking about theme, style, colour and décor, the fun stuff…. well for me anyway.

Planning the theme or style of your wedding gives you the opportunity to express your personality and style as a couple. Your theme doesn’t have to be complicated it could be something as simple as “chic elegance”. It’s very important to be authentic and make decisions that reflects you as a couple.

Things to consider when planning

  • What inspires you as a couple?
  • What are your favourite colours?
  • How do you both want your wedding to feel and look?
  • What are your styles? (look at your home décor, clothing and accessories)
  • Your venue will also have an influence on the style and decor.

A great way to get started is by creating a secret pinterest board for ideas. Pin things you like and when your pinning gets out of control, step away and come back with fresh eyes and start narrowing it down to the important key elements.

When it comes to colour there are no rules!!! You don’t need to have a specific colour palette. If you want an all white wedding then go for it. If you want to mix and match things up that’s great too, Just make sure everything complements one another

Remember don’t get too caught up in the details, these are just materialistic things. Keep calm and plan on!

Tash ♥ xo

Wedding Planning Tips with Tash – Getting Started

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I know it’s April but it’s never too late to say HAPPY New Year! I’ve been sooo busy planning my wedding I have neglected my blog😦 sorry.

I seriously can’t believe how quickly time flies, my wedding is in three months!!!! Aahhhhh! I’m starting a new wedding segment on the blog today  “Wedding Planning Tips with Tash” I’ll be sharing all the details of my upcoming wedding, along with some helpful tips. If you’re engaged I hope you find this segment helpful.

OK, so you just got engaged and don’t know where to start. Here are some decisions you should make to get the ball rolling.

Bridal Party

Choose your bridal party. That was the first thing we did and probably the easiest. You want your closest friends standing by your side on the big day.

Guest List

Decide on whether you want a small and intimate wedding or a big wedding. A huge amount of your other decisions and cost will be based on how many people will be attending your wedding. Because we both have a large family, we set a maximum number of guests that we could not go over. That number includes family, friends, significant others, and friends of both sets of parents. This process was hard, but we did it and didn’t go over our set number……well not yet.

Set a budget

Once you’ve figured out the guest list, sit down and set an overall budget that includes items that will contribute to your wedding day. Such as ceremony & reception venue, flowers, centerpieces, food, photographer, videographer, DJ, wedding stationary, gifts, wedding attire, officiant, hair/makeup, rings, favours and more.

Find a venue and pick a date

Time to find the venue of your dreams. Here are a few things to consider.

  • Do you want a venue that has everything on site or a venue that is bare.
  • Will the Ceremony and reception be held at two separate places
  • Are you flexible with the date/season. Weddings tend to be cheaper during the winter months and mid-week.

Finding the perfect venue can be tiring and time-consuming. There are a lot of wedding venues in Toronto so do your research. Once you find a venue be sure to read and understand your contract before signing. You don’t want any surprises.

Happy Planning

Tash ♥ xo