‘Tis the season of love.
Or, at least, of weddings.
By now, you’ve probably been invited to a few of them, and may even be stressing about the whole ordeal.
Not to worry; here are 7 Toronto spots to hit before attending the next wedding.
Hit up Garrison Bespoke, the city’s go-to for custom tailoring and suits for both the office and special occasions. Not only will they tailor your suit for the wedding guest looking to step up his fashion game, when it comes to groomsmen gifts, Garrison has a selection of unique pocket squares that can be personalized with the groomsmen’s initials embroidered. They can also create a custom label of Garrison for the groom, which can also include the date. Did we mention that the company dresses the cast of Suits? Also check out our feature on Garrison Weddings located at King Edward Hotel which opened last year.
If you’re a downtown dwelling female with a wedding to hit, a trip north of Bloor Poor Little Rich Girl is definitely worth the journey. The uptown boutique is filled with well-curated dresses for every type of event or wedding – from a casual backyard celebration to an over-the-top soiree fit for Will and Kate. Don’t let the name fool you – the store carries dresses of all price points. There’s also an assortment of wedding-worthy jewellery to complete your look.
The Ten Spot Beauty Bars
When it comes to getting wedding-ready – much like the wedding itself – it’s all about the details. Meaning, your nails matter. Though it may be a little pricier than your local hole-in-the-wall nail salon for a mani/pedi or wax job, a visit to The Ten Spot is worth it. Described as “the ultimate upscale anti-spa experience,” the company is constantly rated the best beauty spot in Toronto. No matter where you live, you’ll find a Ten Spot location – there are 10 locations across the city. Key word: reliability.
Mankind Grooming Studio for Men
Just because you’re not the groom doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be well ‘groomed’ at a wedding. If there are ever any pictures that are going to stand the test of time (and see the light of day outside the confines of a computer screen), it’s going to be wedding pictures. Your unruly beard may look cool on Instagram now, but likely won’t look so great in wedding albums years from now. That’s why you should hit Mankind Grooming for everything from a haircut, beard trim, or a hot lather shave, to a man-friendly manicure or wax job – all in a lounge-like environment that could rival an ultimate ‘man cave.’
Consonant Skin Care
You don’t have to be the bride to glow at a wedding. If you want to look your best, brightest, and youngest for the big day (you’ll probably see people you haven’t seen in years, after all), hit Consonant Skincare’s flagship location for one of The Freeze Clinic’s signature Cold Laser Facials. Unlike a regular facial, the treatment involves a customized, double-duty cold laser with the newest multi-beam technology to repair damage caused from the sun, acne, scars, and the loss of collagen. You’ll notice the difference immediately – trust us.
Rent, Frock, and Repeat
If you gave your heart set on some designer duds for your next wedding, but can’t afford to break the bank on Bloor Street, you can always rent one at Rent, Frock, and Repeat. The rental boutique has a whole new selection of spring and summer dresses just in time for wedding season – whether you’re a guest, or a bridesmaid working within a colour scheme. If you’re time-strapped and have left it to the last minute, the company will even deliver your red carpet-worthy dress to you. As an added bonus, you don’t have to worry about dry cleaning if things get a little sloppy with the red wine on the dance floor.
Her Majesty’s Pleasure
If you’ve yet to check out King West spot Her Majesty’s Pleasure, the best time to do so may be before your next wedding. Equal parts café, juice-bar, retail boutique, lounge bar, blow-dry bar, and spa, it’s basically all you need in one (very pretty) location. Her Majesty’s pleasure offers blowouts, facials, manicures and pedicures, coffee, desserts, fresh-squeezed juices, and cocktails – everything you need to get wedding ready. Packages for bridal showers are also offered (though we imagine they’re booking up as we speak).
There you have it – you can now feel better about sending off that wedding invitation RSVP.
Feature photo courtesy of Garrison Bespoke