Say YES to your Vendors

With planning the perfect wedding comes certain expectations. It’s YOUR DAY after all! You get 1 wedding and you need a team of pros to pull it all off. The big question, how to pick the right team to work with?!

1. Follow your gut. You checked out their social media, their website and maybe even their client testimonials. Did you get {warm fuzzies} or {cold pricklies} ? Even a business that has the best reputation might not be the best choice if you don’t “hit it off” Communication is key- you have to work with someone you vibe with.


2. Are they in the budget? Even if you find the perfect {Dress, photographer, honeymoon destination} Can you make it work from a financial aspect? You may need to move other things around. Nothing is worse than 2 years of credit card debt.

3. Is your date available? If not, can you set an alternate? All the stars must align for your {DREAM TEAM} to come together

4. Do they offer a discount? Some vendors offer a discount on their products or services if you book during a show, pay in full or purchase more than one service. It never hurts to ask.


5. Stay within {budget}. No one likes that word. Wouldn’t it be nice if “money tree” was an item you could put on your registry? It’s not. Find out what you can afford and stick to it. You will be happy when you can have that new couch {table, mini-vacation, etc}. It will be so much better than that extra {FILL IN THE BLANK}

Market Recap: Top Trends for 2017

As you know we recently went to {Market} in Atlanta. Floor by floor we went through the marketplace to search for the best of the best! We are so happy with our purchases!

First things first. These pretties won’t be in-store until at least the end of the year.

It’s all in the details. The modern bride wants something different , something unique. The 2017 lines promise that.

Color . Not everything is bright white. Soft shades of ivory and champagne are the mainstay.

Bridesmaids are starting to show colors. Dull blues and dark deep wine shades are replacing the neutral pallate that we have seen so often.

That back. No longer is is about the bodice or necklace- check out the backs on these.

Keeping the budget in-check. So many budget friendly options. We are thrilled to offer gowns starting under 1k this season!

Shipments will start to arrive in-stores later this year. Stay tuned on social media for updates and sneak-peeks!

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


Stunning illusion backs


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


2 Piece looks


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.