Yay for Bridal Show Season

Weddings are {Forever} but planning comes FIRST!

Your entourage + cocktails + being able to plan your entire wedding in one place = THE BEST SUNDAY EVER!

Show season is underway and we are so excited to see everyone at the upcoming shows! No Matter  if  you are planning your wedding in the lakes, Fargo-Moorhead, or Grand Forks area- we have an event for you!

10.9 – ” I do”

10.16 – “A Grand Bridal Event” – tickets for sale in-stores

10.23- “Bridal Fantasy” – tickets for sales in-stores

(Click on links for more information)

Plans made. Check.

Time to prep.

Shows usually start at 12. Pre-registration is key. Not only will you save money on your tickets prices, you won’t have to wait in line. {Smart}

Typically, the show will be hosted in a hotel that serves brunch {hellos mimosas} Sunday FUNDAY.

Bring labels. Booths will have door prizes and who wants to write {and re-write} contact information over and over again.

Dress cute! When you win the {Grand Prize} you want to look your best!

Bring your checkbook. { or credit card} Most vendors offer a show special or discount for booking on the spot. You wouldn’t want to miss out!

Oh and in case you are wondering, we are giving away {PRIZES} including (2) grand prize certificates at two of the above shows! Don’t miss out on your chance for a {FREE DRESS}!!

See you soon!

It’s time for Market!

We are so excited!

 

This coming Tuesday we are headed to {Atlanta} for VOW!  We get to preview all that is new and upcoming in fashion trends for 2017.

Even though we cannot say for sure until we sit through the runway shows, below is what we are expecting to see.

 

More sparkle/less lace

Fabrics with more texture to them

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Stunning illusion backs

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Bridesmaids with sparkle, uniqueness in styles that flatter all body types

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2 Piece looks

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What do you want to see? We buy with YOU {THE BRIDE} in mind! Brides come in all shapes and sizes and we want to have something for everyone.

 

Stay tuned to our social media for a play by play {and photos!!}

 

The end of the road

We are mid-season. Chances are your wedding might have already taken place or is going to very soon. For many, there comes a point of sheer exhaustion. What started out as a labor of love (literally) has now become just plain labor. DIY now stands for “Done involving yourself”.

Your maids hate their dresses. Your RSVP’s are coming in at a slow pace. You can’t decide on your first song- and no one shares your stress. Sure, your fiance cares that you are upset- but nothing they do seems to help. You want your mommy… but you are still spatting over the cake flavor. What’s a bride to do?

Stop. Just stop.

Stressed out

All of these things. The things that seem like the worlds biggest problems will soon be gone. Funny as it sounds, awful as it sounds- Try to embrace these issues. They are your stresses today and your memories tomorrow. There will come a time, that you will sit back and reflect on these times and simply laugh. You will think “I can’t believe I was so upset over centerpieces”. Sure, it is not a laughing matter today, but one day it will be.

If something is causing you so much stress, delegate. Chances are, you have people asking what they can do to help you- let them help you.

Yes, this is your wedding. Yes, you want everything to be perfect.

Sometimes, it’s not perfect. Life happens. Remember the end is in sight. You will have a wedding day. It will be the best day of your life. At the end of that day, you will be part of something much bigger. Bigger than RSVP’s, first dances, crabby maids or anything else. You will gain a family member- and become something much bigger.

As you sit reading this, you might be stressed to the max. Over it. Done with planning and ready for life after the wedding. That time will come soon enough. For now, silly as it seems- enjoy this time. It will come and go quicker than you could imagine.

Modern Wedding Etiquette: Help with Sticky Situations

With planning comes certain etiquette standards that must be upheld. Yes, we live in modern times. No, this doesn’t give you (or your guests) a free pass to be rude. We have answers to some  sticky etiquette questions that you (or someone you know) might encounter this season.

Do I really need to mail “Save the Date” cards? 

No, not usually. Save the Date cards are appropriate and intended for those couples who might be planning around a holiday weekend, have very busy friends and family, or who are planning an extended engagement. Think of them as a pre-invitation. They are sent out with the simple purpose of letting someone know they will be receiving an invitation to your big day.

Do I really need to buy shower gifts for every shower? How about the bachelorette party?

If you are invited to the party, bring a gift- especially if you are in the wedding. With that being said, it doesn’t need to be elaborate or super expensive each time. Maybe the couple registered for drinking glasses- bring one set to each affair. Does that bride (or groom) bake? Buy different baking dishes so at the end of the showers, they have a full set. There are so many creative ways to be polite.

Who gets invited to the rehearsal supper? 

The entire wedding party, their dates or spouses and children. Also, the officiant and your parents. Don’t forget to extend the invite to out-of-town guests who have taken time from work and traveled to celebrate with you.

Do I need a gift opening?

The gift opening is a tradition that does not need to be maintained. Although it is fun for some to see what the new couple has received for gifts- for most, they would rather sleep in or hit the road home. Many couples now do this in the privacy of their own home. If you do host one, plan to feed the people who come.

Do kids have to be invited? 

This is a sticky situation. Think about the people you are inviting. Do many of your friends have small children? Does your family have a lot of little ones?

Do you want them to come?

If your crowd is mostly adults or are big party people, you might be safe keeping it adults only. If your group has kids, you might be offending the people you are closest to. Do what you want to, but expect some just won’t come.

 

 

When are you having a baby?

“So, when are you having a baby?”

How many times have you been asked this question?

If you are planning a wedding, recently married or engaged-the chances are pretty likely.

Eager friends and family members just can’t wait!

Maybe you have plans to start (or expand) your family right after the ceremony. Then again, maybe you just don’t know.  Below are our favorite answers to the popular question.

  • We already have one and she/he is perfect! (This works with a fur baby just the same)
  • Although it’s been fun trying, we aren’t really sure just yet.
  • What a great question… I wish we knew the answer!
  • At least 9 months from now.
  • Well I just married one, not sure if I want more yet.
  • As soon as we get through our student loans, we don’t want to pay for tuition and diapers at the same time.
  • We aren’t sure, what about you?
  • We might start trying in _____  years/months
  • For now, we are just going to enjoy being married. No one knows what the future holds.

Happy 4th! Holiday Weekend Reset

At least it’s a short work week this week (fist pump)

If you are human, chances are you may have overindulged a little bit this weekend. We did! Around here, a food baby is the sure sign of a good time. Darn you Pinterest.

Let’s de-bloat and get back on track! Feeling in control is the best.  Some of our favorite ways to get back on track and into the swing of things are below.

Plan it out. Got meetings? Need to get that cardio in? Write it down and schedule a time to do it. If you write it down, you are more likely to do it.

Drink water. Lots of it. Water cleans your system out and refreshes your body from the inside out. Flush out those toxins and refresh yourself. Don’t like it plain? Try adding cucumber or lemon to it.

 

 

 

Eat colorful! Fruits and veggies are pretty and are more filling that aunt Libby’s potato salad.

Sleep. Nothing will refresh your body more than to get a good nights rest. If you took an extended weekend camping or at the lake- spending some quality time in your bed will do wonders.

Tuesday is this weeks Monday- You got this!

 

Say YES to these shower themes!

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It’s inevitable, you are going to have a bridal shower. Traditionally, you will get a corsage or flower pinned to your dress. Then, a series of somewhat embarrassing games will be played. Next, you will be served cake and punch -followed by coffee. Last, you will be showered with gifts. Some brides get 2, 3 or even more showers.

Although we are truly grateful for these celebrations- sometimes a break from tradition is needed. 

A bridal shower can be thrown by family, friends or even co-workers- really anyone who wants to celebrate your getting married.

Your shower does not have to play out like the above, you are a modern bride. You can help in the planning of and the events that take place at your party.

Below are some awesome new ideas we have seen and heard of from our brides:

A grown up tea party! Gather at your local coffee shop and have a real high tea. Serve hot and iced tea with an assortment of fine pastry items and finger food. Don’t forget the sugar cubes and milk. Spice it up by wearing cute dresses and hats.

Get a little sassy with a lingerie inspired shower. This one might be better attended by friends or co-workers. Make sure the hostess knows your panty and bra size. Marriage lasts forever, you can never have enough sassy clothes.

Love to bake? How about everyone bring their favorite sweets recipe along with a baking dish or serving piece. Each guest can share about their “sweet” gift and a memorable bonding experience will be had.

Maybe cooking is your thing- use the same concept as above.

Wine and Chocolate? Beer and Bacon? – Although we prefer the former, this is your party! The menu should fit your tastes.

Showers are a fun time to spend with loved ones- the themes you can use are endless. It’s okay to break away from tradition.