Archive for the 'Groom' Category

Black Tie Affair

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

So I spent a good part of my monday off looking for a shirt and tie. We needed to find a tie and square that match Martina's dress for the shower. A proper bow tie for the wedding and shirt to go with them. We walked all over down town visiting various shirt and tie places throughout the path. The shower tie and square weren't too bad. Basically a matter of matching colour and funk level. Thanks to the good people at Harry Rosen's the neck accouterments were easy. The shirt, thats another story.

Most of the problem has been finding a shirt because I have a very  specific look in mind. I want the Gaius f-ing Baltar shirt. I want a shirt with a collar that will stand properly when unbuttoned. But I need the shirt to be french cuffed and holed for shirt studs. That makes it quite a bit trickier. I found lots of shirts for shirt studs, and I found lots of shirts with the right collar, but never together. Many of the companies make the shirt I want, just nobody carries it. I tried Harry's, I tried Holt, I tried a half dozen tie shirt places in the PATH. Nadda.

Finally I went home (specifically to Sandra and Christians) and searched the web for custom shirt makers in Toronto. I have an appointment with one this week.  A good shirt costs anywhere from $160-190. A designer shirt $250-500. So instead of ordering the shirt I want in, hoping it lays how I want, and getting it altered to fit better. I can get a bespoke shirt for around $250. They'll make it to measure and it'll be half the price of the Armani Shirt I looked at. And it'll be perfect. No more wasting time.

As I said above I got myself a proper bow tie. I figure I'm a grown man, I can tie my own bow tie. Everyone I've talked to about using a proper tie has said how hard it is to tie. Well I tried tying it and here is attempt number two. 

Bow Tie… Sorted

I don't know what the fuss is about, but that was my second attempt. Sure its not perfect, but I still have over two months to figure it.

Okay maybe I'm being too picky about things like shirts and ties and suits and shoes and rings and wedding stuff in general. But the wedding is actually a chance for me to be picky (I prefer the term specific). Anyone who knows me, knows I'm pretty easy going. Sure I can be picky, but I never argue the point. If I can't get the thing I want with minimal to moderate effort, I let it slide. I don't care THAT much. But with the wedding its my chance to do things my way. No half assed attempts. If I'm doing this once, I'm doing it right, the way I've always thought it should be done.Deal with it. 

Places and Pastors

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

Well we spent this weekend scouting locations for our photos. We hit the RBG rock garden, Whitehern and the Steam Museum. The museum was the coolest but they won't let do any commercial photography inside. "Screw them," I say. Whitehern it is. Less walking, more architecture and closer. We also found ourselves a minister to marry us… Tom from All Life's Milestones. So whatever else happens we'll be able to get married (as long as I don't forget the license)  Below are some pictures from our scouting trip.

 SM 6SM 5SM 4SM 3SM 2Martina in the pump room @ the Steam MuseumRBG 4RBG 3RBG 2RBG 1Martin on Front Steps of Whitehern

 [EDIT] looks like Whitehern is booked so the search continues. 

“Have fun storming the castle!”

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

Some days I feel like we're planning our own castle onslaught. We have a million questions like: How do I find the Count? Once I do, how do I find you again? Once I find you again, how do I escape? The suppliers just roll their eyes and think "stop pestering me I've been mostly dead all day."

The Date is Set

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

Posts have been sparse lately because nothing has been planned. We were waiting to do our tasting before we signed for the venue. That finally taken care of, we have a date. How does May 23, 2009 sound to everyone? If you're busy that day tough, but what kind of person has plans set that far in advance anyway (Unless you're the kind of person who has to hit the first day of trout season).For those of you curious as to the location, it'll be at  The Art Gallery of Hamilton.

Venue Excitement

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

I think we found our venue! We're crunching the numbers and putting together our questions right now. The space is great and the prices are good. Hopefully the provided caterer doesn't suck, though looking at their website I don't think its the case. Stay tuned for all the exciting developments! (yes I'm actually getting excited)

Wine Country

Saturday, October 27th, 2007

We went out towards the Niagara area to look at places today. Thats right people… Wine Country! The prices don't seem to be that much cheaper than Toronto, but you do seem to get more for the money. I'm finding some nice french menus but they're a little heavy on the cheese. Though everywhere we've gone has seemed pretty flexible in menu building, but I doubt I can make a final decision on a venue without first trying the food. Luckily most of the venues have had restaurants attached so we can always make reservations and try the food. I'm going to have to google map these places and check the traveling distances for guests. If its going to be "out of town" I'd like to keep it at a distance where people will want to stay overnight to cut down on the DUI potential. Most people seem good these days but people do get a little carried away at times. Plus not having to worry about getting home after a party is always nice.

Looking for Venues

Friday, October 12th, 2007

We've started looking for venues. Calling places, making appointments, sorting lists. We're looking anywhere form Toronto to Niagara Falls. Its a pretty wide area. though there is pressure (mild) to have it closer to Hamilton, but I'm apprehensive. All the in house caterers around there are Italian and I've never had great Italian at a wedding, and as most of you know I'm all about the food. I want French.

She Said Yes

Saturday, October 6th, 2007

Yes, She said Yes!