We’re Moving! {DOWNTOWN}

We are thrilled to announce that our Grand Forks store is moving {DOWNTOWN}

Our new address will be 425 North 4th Street – a few blocks North of Kittsona and across the street from Central High School!

We will be open for pick-ups only from July 24th-26th to complete the process. Please message us on Facebook messenger for the quickest reply.

You are going to LOVE the new space!

 

Asking for gifts is tacky, isn’t it?

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You might think a gift registry is old school. Maybe you think it’s tacky. You don’t want to seem greedy “asking” for gifts.

Well guess what?!

People are going to buy you a gift for your wedding anyway. It may as well be something you would like and can use.

With that being said, you don’t have to go overboard. A gift registry can be as simple or as crazy as you want.

I was married at 27 and had been living on my own for a while. My husband was in the same boat (29) We had many of the common household items already. We used our Target gift registry as a way to upgrade and update some of the items we already were using. Once we received gift items, we were able to “donate” our starter items to younger siblings.

Maybe this is your circumstance, maybe not.

If you are new and just starting out, think of the little things. You and your future spouse might need a lot as you get settle into married life. Register for items such as towels, measuring cups and even serving spoons. All these things add up and when you are just getting started.

A traditional gift registry might not be your thing, that is okay. Contact your local travel agent and have them set up a “honeymoon registry” for you. This way, you can go on your dream honeymoon or do extra excursions while there if you already have one planned.

Tech savvy? Amazon has a gift registry as well. You don’t even need to leave your home- and neither do your guests. This is very convenient for those who might be traveling from afar (or celebrating from afar). Nothing beats 2 day prime shipping.

If you truly don’t need or want anything for your wedding, there are registry options for you too. Ask guests to donate to your favorite (or their favorite) charity in lieu of wedding gifts. There is a worthy cause out there that could use your support, trust me.

Now that we have established why you should register and gone over some options- consider these etiquette suggestions.

  • DO NOT – I repeat do not put your registry information on your wedding invites. This is tacky. Your registry information goes two places. (1) your wedding website (2) your shower invites. People will find out your registry information.
  • Register for different items at different price points. You want your guests to have options that fit the budget. Registering for only high end items is not the way to go.
  • Check on your registry often. If the selection for people to pick from is dwindling- add more items. This is really important in the two weeks leading up to a shower or your wedding day.
  • After every shower, after every party and after every gift is opened- Send a “Thank You”. A handwritten message is the way to go. There is nothing sweeter than a personalized “Thank You” expressing gratitude for a gift received. You might not dig the squirrel feeder your cousin gave you- but they thought it was neat. They thought you would like it. That is what matters.

Even though a gift registry might seem like a thing of the past, it’s not. There is a reason why they exist and most importantly- why you should have one.

You get married one time, embrace the motions. Just get registered.

 

 

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.

 

 

Your Bridal Appointment: What to expect

Yay for you!

Engagement…Check!

Bridal Show…Check!

Venue…Check!

Dress… In progress!

We have been helping brides for over 7 years now! {Yay} We truly have the best job. If you are reading this, chances are you have just met us at a bridal show and are coming to visit one of our stores to find your perfect wedding gown. {You are going to be a GORGEOUS AFFAIRS BRIDE}

You scheduled your appointment and are anxiously awaiting the day. What comes next?

Here is what we suggest to have the best experience possible.

1. Bring heels. Spanx. And Lipstick! You need to be wearing most of the things you will be wearing on your wedding day. It will give you the best possible idea of what your final look will be. Lipstick just makes every girl feel pretty!

2. Have an idea. Of likes of dislikes of budget. You are searching for {THE ONE} help us help you! Let us know all the details of what exactly you are wanting for your perfect dress. We surely have it!

3. Bring a few. Not everyone, but someone- A few {LOVING} people that are close to you will pave the way to success. Too many people = too many opinions. All ladies have their own sense of style and it might not be what your sense of style is. Too many opinions may end the appointment with hurt feelings {0r trying to please all} instead of a YES!

 

4. Stay hydrated and eat before. Han-grey is not a good feeling. Water is welcome {and champagne is water in our opinion}.

 

5. Be optimistic. Your stylist knows the dresses and might suggest something you might not think is worth trying on. The ugliest dress on the rack is the prettiest dress on the bride {YES, sometimes it really is- TRUST US}

 

We are so exited to help with your perfect wedding attire and can’t want to meet you.

Your a bridesmaid! Now what?

Your a bridesmaid! How exciting!

Maybe you have done this before, maybe it’s your first time. Below are some of our favorite bridesmaid duties. Read on to find out some of what you can expect while being a part of your friend or sisters special day.

You will buy a dress and wear it. It might not be your favorite color or style but your going to put it on and accessorize with a smile. You should also expect to purchase shoes, hair and makeup, plus other accessory items. In some cases, the bride might help out- but don’t expect that she does.

Your presence at wedding related activities are a must. Bridal shower, bachlorette party and the whole day of the wedding of course. Gifts should be given for all wedding related events. Chipping in time and resources to cover costs is also key. Many times, the maid (or matron) of honor will organize things. Strapped on cash? Sometimes your time and energy is so appreciated.

The bride will also need your support and your help from time to time. Weddings are a lifetime milestone and you are in her inner circle. Make sure you are being a good friend or sister. You might be a shoulder to cry on or simply an errand runner. No matter the situation, help out.

We want YOU to MODEL!

We need your help!

Bridal Fantasy is looking for TWENTY beautiful 2018-2019 brides (5’7 or taller) to model in our October show! If you think you’ve got what it takes, we’d love to have you as part of our event! You do NOT need modeling experience – we will train you! And there are some goodies in it for you too!

What you get:

  • Get free admission to the Bridal Fantasy Show
  • Eligible to win the Grand Prize
  • Get your hair and makeup styled for the fashion show
  • From Affairs by Brittany – A $250.00 store certificate to be used on the purchase of your perfect wedding gown or bridesmaid dresses.
  • From AquaBlue – A 1/2 Aqua Massage ($35.00 dollar value).
  • From Fantasies in Frosting – A cake serving set.
  • From Blue Barn Event Floral – A floral crown.
  • From Harmon Entertainment – A 5 week group dance lesson ($100.00 value).
  • From Travel Travel – A honeymoon consultation plus $100.00 off your destination wedding package OR $50.00 off your honeymoon.
  • From Black Tie Photobooth – $100.00 off the Premium Package (4 hour rental) for your wedding reception.
  • From Wedding Elegance – Jewelry and store certificate ($250.00 value).
  • From Artco Products – A $25.00 gift certificate.
  • AND receive the most empowering experience of your life as a runway model!

We welcome all ages over 18 to apply – you MUST be 5’7 (flat foot) as we will only be using showroom dresses in the show and these are not altered for shorter heights. We are looking for 20 women to cast for this show. It will be the experience of a lifetime!

 

You Must Be Able To:

  • Be available for callbacks on June 22nd from 6-10pm.
  • Commit to modeling practice on August 13th in Fargo, ND.
  • Commit to all day availability on October 22nd starting potentially at 7am (the date of the event), until 5pm.
  • Walk in heels and gowns on a runway stage in front of an audience potential of 800 women.
  • Be available for a private fitting (date to be set with each model).
  • Be legally able to sign a model release and liability form.

 

To Apply:

  • CLICK THIS LINK TO DOWNLOAD MODEL APPLICATION
  • Print application and clearly fill out making sure all details are legible.
  • Please include with your application the following: One RECENT good quality 8X10 full body print and one 8X10 head shot print. Please make sure to submit an actual photograph and not a paper print out. Photos should not be blurry, and full body shot should not crop the body. Photos do not need to be professional images. Please do not submit more than one of each photo request or your application will be discarded.
  • Submit application and both photos flat in a large envelope and mail to: Bridal Fantasy, 417 Main Avenue – Suite 200, Fargo, ND 58103.
  • Must be postmarked by June 7th, 2017. No exceptions — please do not ask to submit outside the deadline timeframe.
  • Please visit Bridal Fantasy Show to learn more about this event. Direct any questions to affairsbybrittany@hotmail.com