Toronto seems have wedding fever these days. New start-ups and initiatives seem to be popping up constantly in the city’s wedding industry and, luckily for brides-to-be, they’re pretty cool. Four have caught my eye recently, three of which are brand spankin’ new and one that’s feel-good and has been around for awhile now. Take a peek and let me know which you’ll be using in the comments!
The Hailo Toronto Wedding Package
So: you’re having a wedding, you want people to have fun but you also want people to be safe. Oh, and you probably also need a ride home at the end of the night depending on your transportation package. What’s a bride to do?
Until the end of September (22), Hailo in Toronto is offering up a wedding package to help the bride & groom and their family & friends arrive home safely and in style. This free service helps you to create your own Hailo code to share with guests and you’ll get $60 in free ride credits with HailoBlack (yes, a swanky black car) for you and your partner.
Here’s what’s included in each Hailo Wedding Package:
- $60 in free ride credits for the newlyweds with HailoBlack service
- $20 free ride credits for reception guests new to Hailo (good for first HailoBlack or HailoTaxi ride)
- $10 free ride credits for reception guests already on Hailo (limited to 10 guests)
- $2.50 ‘Wedding Gift’ for each HailoTaxi or HailoBlack ride taken by guests in the 7 days following the wedding
On top of all that, they’ll also design and deliver cute custom cards like the ones above that you can distribute! I really hope this service is available when I need it next June and that the service will extend out to Vaughan – what a great idea!
Better Ever After
Italians don’t generally register (since cash is the customary gift), but there have been a few times recently that I’ve seriously gotten the itch. The first happened when I first laid eyes on the new 7th floor of the Hudson’s Bay flagship store on Queen – a.k.a. Registry Heaven. The second was when an email about Better Ever After landed in my inbox.
Better Ever After is an alternative wedding registry that allows couples to register for experiences instead of things. This is especially awesome for couples who already live together and probably don’t need more stuff but is equally awesome for any newlywed. After the stress of planning a wedding, who wouldn’t want to have a bunch of experiential dates planned, paid for and ready to go?
In case you need more convincing, the experiences currently up on the site include Couples’ Wine Counseling, sailing lessons, dance lessons, a cheese of the month club (!) and an Old Toronto beer lovers’ tour. Check out the rest of the experiences here and let me know which you’d register for in the comments!
Luxe Shopping Experiences
I’ve shared Toronto’s Luxe Shopping Experiences here before, but it’s worth another mention…especially because it’s thanks to my Luxe Shopping Experience that I found my wedding dress! To take the stress out of what can be overwhelming experiences, Luxe Shopping Experiences crafts unique and luxurious shopping adventures for brides and regular gals alike. For me, this meant morning tea at the Holts Cafe and a triple whammy of bridal appointments (Ines De Santo, White Toronto, Sarah Houston) capped off by a hair & makeup consult, all in a chauffeured limo. In addition to all of this, I was accompanied by a personal stylist which was incredibly useful – she was an impartial third party who only had my best fashion interests in mind.
Luxe Shopping Experiences has options for everything from finding your wedding dress to bridesmaid dresses & accessories to mother of the bride outfits, all paired with fun, luxe additions like creating a signature cocktail, lunch at a Toronto hotspot or even spa treatments. They’re a completely stress-free way to approach shopping for one of the biggest days of your life with the added bonus of being incredibly fun as well. I wish I could re-live my day again and again!
Bonus: The Brides Project
Whether you’re looking for your perfect dress or wondering what to do with your gorgeous but never-to-be-worn-again gown after your big day, The Brides Project is a wonderful initiative to be a part of. It’s a reality that no matter how much you love your dress there’s a good chance that your future daughter or granddaughter will not. Instead of letting your gown collect dust in your closet, you can donate it to The Brides Project which will re-sell your gown at about 50% off its original price with all proceeds going to cancer charities. You can also attach a note to your dress for its future bride telling them about your wedding and the dress’s history, which feels gorgeously sentimental to a sap like me.
If you’re on the hunt for your perfect dress, this is a fantastic option as well! You’d be getting a dress with a story plus a fantastic deal and the feel-good of your payment going to charity instead of a boutique’s coffers.