At The Brides’ Project, we know the wedding industry can be intimidating to consumers: with so many vendors, styles, and price points, where on earth do you begin to sift through them all?
How about right here! We’re a volunteer-run organization and a good place to start because we only give our opinion if you ask, and nobody paid us for it. We don’t buy our inventory, it is donated, so we see a LOT of dresses. And it goes without saying, we see and hear about a lot of vendors, too. Many brides who shop with us find their other wedding vendors through us, and/or give us feedback about their vendors.
We’d like to make wedding planning easier for you by referring vendors who we’ve worked with and share in our mission of social enterprise by supporting cancer agencies. If you decide to use any of these services, let them know that The Brides’ Project sent you!
Donations in lieu
One GREAT option is to offer a donation in lieu of a small gift that is often eaten, thrown away or forgotten (no offense meant, but that’s what happens with most bonbonieres!). A great way to say “Thank You” is to join someone like The Breast Cancer Foundation, The Canadian Cancer Society or the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation with their programmes! Both have great opportunities to offer donations to make your wedding day a lasting difference in the life of others.
In this section of the website, we look for vendors who exemplify quality, reasonable pricing, reliability and are nice too… Here are just a few of the cake folks who I have heard wonderful things about:
Bobbette & Belle
Allyson and Sarah are located really close to The Brides’ Project with their shop at 1121 Queen St. E.
Don’t wait until you need a wedding cake to pop into their glorious shop! You don’t need any excuse to drop by for a cappuccino and a couple of their delicious maracons!
They do cakes as well of course… and each one is truly a work of art. It’s fun perusing the Bobbette & Belle website to check out some of the new designs and funky cakes they’ve made!
The Marmalade Cake Company
Anastasia Malloy (Toronto, GTA)
Helen Shroyer (Belleville, Kingston area)
- Floral and Decorations
Inoong Jun is committed to providing our clients with spectacular wedding flowers with their budget, and is an absolute GEM! You can see some of his work at the following links:Inoong has personally mentioned that our clients will get not only the best design, but the best prices in the GTA. We love the commitment to quality, customer satisfaction and competitive pricing Mention that you found his shop through The Brides’ Project and 10% of your purchase will be donated to cancer charities. Just chat with Inoong about your donation options… he’s happy to make this contribution, and we hope that you will include this great spot when you’re shopping around for wedding flowers.
Bernard Thibault Floral Artistry
Bernard donates a portion of all funds that are derived through referrals from The Brides’ Project in keeping with our socially-conscious mission and to help brides achieve that wedding that really DOES last a lifetime! His work is beautiful, cost-conscious, and he is a delight to work with. He does both natural and synthetic flowers, so take your pick! He does great work, is just up the street so you can pop in and say ‘hi’ for a consultation! We are offering free wedding consultation, a free throw bouquet for the bride and a free, day and night, boutonnieres for the groom for all wedding booked with us. Call us for a consultation at 416-465-4311.
Kimmie is just amazing when it comes to being creative with floral designs. She truly listens to clients, and not only meets, but exceeds their dreams. She such a warm and loving woman, and everyone who has worked with her has had nothing but beautiful things to say about the experience.Working out of her home means that she doesn’t have the overhead many vendors have. Her prices are very reasonable and fair, and her service and attention to to detail are outstanding. You may e-mail Kim here.
- Gown Alterations & Cleaning
Grace Wedding Gown Specialists
Grace and her team in Scarborough are absolutely phenomenal. Grace is extremely knowledgeable about the cleaning needs of wedding gowns, and recently came to TBP to take a look at what we have on the rack. She assured me that there is NOTHING on the rack that won’t come perfectly clean using the techniques available. She will also tackle silk, and took a gown we had with candle wax dripped on the skirt, and rendered it perfectly SPOTLESS! Cleaning prices vary from about $70-$150 depending on the complexity of the gown, and as I’m sure you all know, that is EXTREMELY reasonable. TBP clients are also offered a further $10 discount from these amazing prices!!! WOOT!
Grace is located at 3678 St. Clair Ave E, and you can reach her at 416-261-2204 if you have any questions at all about your gown cleaning needs. You can also visit their website by clicking here.
I’m just delighted to welcome such a lovely person, and such an incredible service to what we offer here at The Brides’ Project! Welcome on board Grace!!!
We have 2 wonderful resources for you. We can’t say enough wonderful things about these talented and extremely experienced seamstresses/dressmakers:
Pom is located in Markham, and you can give her a ring at 905-479-4566 for an appointment and further directions! She’s also a superb Thai cook… so book your cooking lesson at the same time 😉 You can also reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pearl is located in Scarborough, and you can get more info on her website:
NOTE: These are suggestions based on people we have worked with and had great experiences with. We are in no way responsible for the work done or fees charged by any service provider. Do your due diligence and make sure that fees are discussed and ask any/all questions about the expected outcome prior to the commencement of work.
- Hair & Makeup
Alyssa Caron, owner of Bridezilla Beauty, along with her talented & diverse team of professional beauty experts, provide mobile bridal makeup & hair services throughout Toronto and the GTA. The artists from Bridezilla Beauty make you & your bridal parties lives easier by bringing their services to you; one less thing you need to worry about on your wedding day. – ‘Beauty At Your Doorstep’.
Send an email to email@example.com with any questions you may have.
Julia is a professional makeup artist with over six years of industry experience. She trained at the School of Professional Makeup in Toronto, but soon moved to the UK. During her time in London, she was fortunate enough to work with the likes of chart-toppers McFly, TV personality Alex Zane and sketch comics Idiots of Ants. Now back in Toronto, Julia looks forward to experiencing and enhancing the makeup scene in this great city.Throughout her years of experience, Julia has had the pleasure of working with many brides, bringing out their individual beauty and making them feel confident and look radiant on their special day. She prides herself on creating relationships with brides so that their true personality shines through on their wedding day.Here’s Julia hard at work and the finished look of one lovely bride… I love how natural she looks! (photos courtesy of Boyfriend/Girlfriend Photography):
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or give her a call at
Julia has committed to donating 10% of the income from referrals to charity. She can provide you more details!
Julie is a free-lance makeup artist and beauty consultant. She offers a wide variety of services to help brides with their different needs and budgets. In addition to wedding makeup services, Julie also provides skincare consultations to help brides prepare for their big day and radiate beautiful healthy skin from inside-out. Julie has worked with many brides, bringing out their individual beauty and making them feel confident and look radiant on their special day.
In addition to donating to the Mary Kay Ash Charitable foundation which supports women escaping form domestic abuse and the Look Good Feel Better Program (supports women recovering from cancer), Julie has committed to donating 10% of the income from The Bride’s Project referrals to cancer charities.
For more details or to arrange a consultation, contact Julie at: email@example.com or 647-393-9830.
- Music & DJs
By Request DJ Services
For those of you who have attended any of my events, you’ll be familiar with their fabulous interactive style… one that is sure to please any bride and groom, and keep your dancefloor packed until the wee hours. Blake has a fabulous understanding of weddings, and how each one differs as much as the two individuals joining their lives together. As such, Blake and his crew gear each event specifically to your needs and desires from the moment you arrive to the last song of the evening!
I’ve also seen them perform at several weddings, and have heard nothing but rave reviews. Give them a call today!
String Quartet (or Duo/Trio)
I met the lovely Jennifer Moersch at a wedding in January 2008, and I was sure I’d conducted a wedding where she was providing the music before… and have since enjoyed their music-making several times.
Jennifer and her colleagues make up the Feu Noire String Quartet, and their music is fantastic!
For more information on pricing and availability, drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Okay, so you’ve got the venue, you’ve picked your flowers, you’ve got the dress and accessories…
… you’ve gone for tastings of hors d’oevres, cakes and everything in-between to the point of wondering if the dress will fit…
… you’ve got a limo that looks like a bus on wheels complete with flashing neon signs and champagne on tap…
… you’ve detailed every possible combination of family members in terms of ‘must-have’ pics for your photographer, and had too much wine while doing so and have requested strange poses that are physically impossible… (reminding you of TWISTER)
OH, and you’ve got the man/woman to marry as well! Mustn’t forget that …
But something is missing. Egads… got the list, checked it twice… checked again…
Okay, okay… I’ll look for divine inspiration… and this should give you a clue!
THE OFFICIANT! Someone to legally marry you on the big day in the event that you’re not having a church/synagogue/mosque wedding.
<sniff, sniff> Why do couples forget about us and how we can make your day! After all, these guests are coming for a reason… the marriage … not just the food and the open bar!
Your ceremony does not have to be boring, formal, long or remind you of Charlie Brown’s teacher droning on and on… quite the opposite. Your ceremony should be a great reflection of you two as a couple, and the values you share. It can easily set the mood for the day, whether light and celebratory or more serious. It’s up to you. So is the content, aside from a few legal requirements.
Helen Sweet is a licensed officiant who has performed oodles of marriage ceremonies of every kind – including same sex, inter-faith, secular, Bhuddist, etc. She’d be happy to talk to you about your ceremony, and how to make it unique and memorable. She’s done ceremonies that vary from 30 second “cover the legal requirements” to audience interactive comedies, and is quite happy to come and make your day different and unique.
The important thing is that she cares about making this part of your day as enjoyable as possible, and the best reflection of the future you envision together. Her approach is highly consultative, and she will guide you with the content and procedure. Most importantly… she makes you feel comfortable during your ceremony, and understands it can be a very stressful and emotional part of your wedding day.
(photography courtesy of Azure Blue)
Helen does weddings primarily in the downtown core (e.g. Distillery, Berkeley, etc) and other accessible spots via TTC. However, if she’s not available, she’s happy to refer you to colleagues who can help! Drop Helen a line here, and include your date, time, and ceremony location!
(Small print… officiant may be a tasteful red-head without notice).
Rosetta Li Photography
Modern, unique, artistic, real weddings.Rosetta is a professional photographer here in the GTA. I’ve worked with Rosetta on several occasions, and regard her in the highest professional esteem. Not only does she deliver on her promises… on time, and with high quality results, but her work is art.One of the things I love about Rosetta is her work ethic… ‘good’ is not good enough. She is detail-oriented and always goes above and beyond to make sure that your memories of “the big day” are perfectly captured.
I absolutely love referring David Morris for bridal photography! He keeps it simple… in pricing structure and everything else. There are no surprises, no hidden costs… just great photos. You can even just get them on CD/DVD and make your own choices about printing/sharing with family and friends.David also works with Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep – and organization that helps grieving parents by providing lasting memories of the baby they have lost. It’s an invaluable service, and a volunteer position that means a lot to David.David’s also fantastic at FUN SHOTS!!! See our post on his “enjoy-the-dress” shoots here
Grayson is fabulous! Not only personable, he’s one of the most interesting people I’ve met, who has tried his hand at many things, succeeded, learned and is never afraid of a challenge! We sat down one day and he showed me his parents’ wedding photo album. It was amazing, and the moment I touched it I smiled. That album is great inspiration for him, because the photos elicited an emotional response… and isn’t that what you want to FEEL, not just SEE in years to come?
Jessica Bossé Photography
Jessica recently photographed the wedding for one of our Brides’ Project clients who not only found her dress here, but found me to officiate as well! That gives me a great opportunity to meet other vendors in the industry, and I would have to say that Jessica is an absolute delight! Due to recent losses, she approached me about teaming up in the fight against cancer, and would like to donate $250 from every wedding booked by our clientele to the Canadian Cancer Society. Woot! Now that’s fighting cancer one photo at a time 😉
Yankee Lady Yacht Charters
This is an amazing one-stop-shop option for your wedding day! An incredible cruise on a luxury yacht in the harbour. You’ll find that the minute the boat leaves the dock, you’ll feel relaxed and at ease with the incredible crew at Yankee Lady.Yankee Lady Yacht Charters provides two beautiful yachts for wedding ceremonies and receptions in the Toronto Harbour. Having hosted weddings for over 26 years, Yankee Lady is a venue that provides personalized, professional and friendly service to each and every client. We’re here to make you feel special on your very special day! Available April through November.
Check out their website for more pictures and information. Or call/email Jill at email@example.com 416-868-0000 for an information package or to book an appointment to tour the ships.
Rev Pamela offers a beautiful and affordable alternative to a City Hall Wedding Ceremony. You can be legally married in a Civil Ceremony at a large and private Victorian Estate. The garden weddings are perfect for pictures! You can have a relaxed and meaningful Marriage Ceremony by an Ordained Minister. Rev Pamela has a warm and joyful spirit to help celebrate your stress-free wedding ceremony. For a similar fee to City Hall and sometimes less! Your location or within our lovely Victorian Estate Home. Rev Pamela also offers outdoor ceremonies surrounded by beautiful perennial flower gardens. Located in Bradford ~ just north of Newmarket. Civil, Spiritual, Nondenominational, NonReligious & Traditional ceremonies. You are only limited by your imagination! Just want to get married? Small Weddings are our specialty! Special Arrangements for Destination Weddings. Visit our website for the photo album and question/answer page. Convenient to York Region, South Simcoe and the GTA.
For more information or to reserve a date for your ceremony call: 905-775-4375
Vintage Hotels offers a variety of venue options for gorgeous wedding celebrations in Niagara-on-the-Lake. From a rustic Tuscan-inspired venue to the regal ballrooms of a 150 year-old luxury hotel, you will find your fairy-tale ending begins with a visit to the Vintage Hotels in our picturesque town.
Discover reception spaces that combine the sparkle of chandeliers with exceptional versatility. Whether you plan to host a large wedding or an intimate affair, you will fall in love with the gourmet menus, award-winning service, and stunning aesthetics that define each and every wedding at the Vintage properties. Say your summer vows in an outdoor rose garden or celebrate in a winter wonderland complete with a romantic carriage ride. Your choices are endless when you choose Vintage Hotels.
Create an incredible experience for your guests in a town that caters to every age group. Spend your honeymoon relaxing by the outdoor pool or exploring wine country. Don’t settle for anything less than spectacular. Know that you can rely on the Vintage staff’s dedication to excellence and the exquisite. Get custom menu items from their award-winning hotel restaurants that will wow every guest. Decorate the hotels’ lavish ballrooms with custom bouquets made onsite by a professional florist. Transform your wedding dreams into a romantic reality with wedding planners who are passionate about perfection. Plan the wedding day that you will cherish for the rest of your life in a venue that will pay the perfect ode to your unique love story.
- Wedding Coordinators
We recently had the lovely experience of working with Iris and Nancy of iN events… they showed their tireless energy by staffing an entire weekend at the National Bridal Show. It’s an incredibly important event for us, and we couldn’t have left it in better hands. Don’t hesitate to drop these lovely ladies a line about how to make YOUR event as effortless as they made the wedding show for us
At iN events, we are passionate about “transforming your unique visions into precious moments “. As Wedding and social events planners, we take care to understand you and the specific requirements of your event. Therefore, we are committed to:Providing you with a complementary initial consultationwhere we listen to your event needs and get to know you.
- Involve you every step along the way, but discretely take care of any obstacles without you ever having to worry about it.
- Respond quickly and efficiently to your inquiries.
- Give you honest feedback and opinion for you to consider.
- Never accept any vendor referral bonus or surcharge vendor fees.
Our secondary mission is to make a positive contribution to the community by supporting not-for-profit organizations. Not only is the Brides’ Project so unique in what they do, Helen and her team of volunteers are also all truly and honestly passionate in their mission to “fighting cancer one dress at a time”. As such, we are proud to support their cause and donate 10% of our proceeds from all events to Helen and her team.
Envision Weddings and Events
Envision Weddings and Events is a full-service event planning and coordination company that specializes in personalized, unique wedding design. We offer full and partial planning/coordination packages, along with floral, linen rentals and invitation design. We believe in developing relationships with our clients, providing a service that is tailored to their needs and unique tastes. We provide a great setting for creative minds to interact and create something that is truly yours.We have recently teamed with the Bride’s Project in the fight against cancer – as a result, if you mention the Bride’s Project upon booking, we will donate a portion of the contract back to the organization.
For more information on our services, please contact Kimberly at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website.