Say YES to the dress: Tip for shopping success

You said YES to the groom, now it’s time to say YES to the dress!

The appointment is made, your Pinterest board is complete and you are ready to shop.

There are certain items you should have with you at your appointment that will make your experience easier and more pleasant. 

  1. A nude strapless bra
  2. Nude heels or your wedding shoes if you already have them
  3. Simple Jewelry (if any at all)

There are also some things you can do that will help you visualize better.

  1. Have your hair somewhat “done”  – your consultant will put at least one accessory item in your hair. A bridal appointment is not complete without at least trying on one veil.
  2. Wear neutral or very minimal makeup. You want the focus to really be on the dress.
  3. Eat light before, you don’t want to be starving while making such an important decision.
  4. Bring one or two important people with you. An entire entourage will make the decision process harder.

Your Bridal Appointment: Tips for Success

Your bridal appointment experience will be one of the most memorable parts of your planning adventure. Follow our top tips to ensure your success. 

  1. Bring  one or two people. Not too many more. A big entourage may seem like a good idea at the time, however, too many opinions can make for a heartbreaking experience. All wedding gowns are gorgeous, it’s about finding the one that makes YOU feel the best.
  2. Avoid excess alcohol and salt the day before You want to be able to experience how you will look and feel in your dress. If your a little puffy, sleepy or have a headache it’s a little more challenging to see the big picture. Style your hair extra pretty and wear a little heavier makeup.
  3. Wear nude undergarments and leave the bright colored socks at home. Nothing takes away from that breathtaking moment than a pair of neon socks adorned with cats.
  4. Prepare to find “the one”. You never know when it will happen. For some it’s the 1st dress, for some it’s the 12th. You might get that butterfly feeling, all teary eyed and just know. You might find your dress through process of elimination. The experience is different for every bride. Rest assured though, it will happen.
  5. Have an idea of what you are looking for. Make sure your stylist knows about your wedding, the colors, the location and has an idea of how you want to feel on your big day. If she isn’t asking these questions, she should be.

Bridal Fantasy Show is Tomorrow! Prepare with our top tips

Bridal Fantasy Show is tomorrow 10.25.15 and A Grand Bridal Event is next Sunday 11.1.15. We can hardly contain our excitement! Are you ready to plan?

Below are our top tips on making your experience at the show the best it can be:

  • Get there early, have a plan for the day. You know there will be booths to see and vendors to talk to. Many of the vendors have show incentives, be ready to take advantage of them. It might be a FREE VEIL to wear at the show for making an appointment to come and look at bridal gowns and maids dresses. (hint, hint)
  • Bring labels. Some booths will have door prizes. To save ink (and your hand) simply bring pre-printed labels with your information already on them.
  • Have a special wedding email address! You love getting emails about planning but have a hard time staying on task at work when all you see is planning and wedding related emails. This is a good way to keep work and planning separate.
  • Wear comfortable shoes. Show days are meant for walking around, leave your cute heels at home for the bachlorette party night.
  • Eat before you come. The day gets long and cupcake samples are awesome but not so filling. A hungry bride will surely not have as much fun.
  • Stay the whole time! To be eligible for the grand prize package give-a-way, you must be present to win. It’s quite the experience to watch.
  • Bring your entourage! The more the merrier. Not only is it a super fun way to spend time with your besties, but it’s fun to share the experience with the ladies you are closest to.

Say YES to the dress: Tip for shopping success

You said YES to the groom, now it’s time to say YES to the dress!

The appointment is made, your Pinterest board is complete and you are ready to shop.

There are certain items you should have with you at your appointment that will make your experience easier and more pleasant. 

  1. A nude strapless bra
  2. Nude heels or your wedding shoes if you already have them
  3. Simple Jewelry (if any at all)

There are also some things you can do that will help you visualize better.

  1. Have your hair somewhat “done”  – your consultant will put at least one accessory item in your hair. A bridal appointment is not complete without at least trying on one veil.
  2. Wear neutral or very minimal makeup. You want the focus to really be on the dress.
  3. Eat light before, you don’t want to be starving while making such an important decision.
  4. Bring one or two important people with you. An entire entourage will make the decision process harder.

Say YES to your undergarments!

For the most part, the garments you wear underneath your wedding gown are anything but sexy. Save your scandalous lingerie for the honeymoon ladies. We have broken down the basics below.

Spanx- aka a girl’s best friend

They go all the way up to where your under-wire would be and all the way down to just above your knee. Not only do these provide some much needed shaping for your midsection, they are can aid in chaffing prevention. If you invest in the real deal (not the ones sold at Target) they will also not roll down or cut into your legs.

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Bra Cups

These are essential. Who wants to deal with straps or a bra band that won’t stay put? These are simply a molded bra without the straps or band. Your seamstress or alterations person will just sew them right into your gown. Most bridal gowns have enough structure and support within them, these just provide a little shaping.

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Hoop Skirt or Crinoline

Either of these items will serve two purposes. First of all, they add a little extra volume to the skirt of your gown. Secondly, they help keep your skirt off your legs.

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Garter 

Although this lovely little accessory item is seemingly intended for use under your dress, there is no real need to actually wear it. If you are auctioning, selling or otherwise interacting with this garment: do not wear it all day. It will get sweaty.

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Other odds and ends

Just because your dress is backless or charmuese doesn’t mean there isn’t undergarments for you. Where there is will, there is a way. Here are some of the newest products available.

A Prom Gown for Every Princess: Operation Glass Slipper

A Prom Gown for Every Princess: Operation Glass Slipper

Not every family has the means to purchase a new prom dress for their prom go-er.

Every girl should feel like a princess on her perfect prom day! That is why we donate dresses to Operation Glass Slipper.

Operation Glass Slipper is a MN based non-profit group who wants nothing more than to make sure all girls are able to go to prom. Since 2006 they have been helping girls who otherwise might not be able to, get into a beautiful prom dress. They do this free of charge.

This past month, we were able to donate 40 dresses to their cause. Girls in MN and WI will be able to select their perfect prom gown.

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Want to donate?

Know someone who could benefit from Operation Glass Slipper? 

Contact their website here

Planning a wedding: by THIS Summer

First of all, Congrats!

Maybe you just got your ring or maybe you just started the planning process. Who says you need a whole year or more to plan your perfect wedding? Follow our tips for planning a wedding in less than 6 months.

1. First things first: Venue and Reception Site

Besides your beloved groom-to-be these are two things you absolutely need to host a wedding celebration.  Call around and check availability. Keep an open mind, a Friday night celebration or even Sunday wedding might get you your dream venue. Other days of sometimes are less expensive.  Your reception venue will either cater in-house or have a list ready for you to select from. Keep it simple.

2. Next comes the dress!

You don’t need weeks of endless shopping to find your perfect gown. As most designers require 6-9 months for delivery, you will most likely be shopping for a gown off the rack. Some stores carry expedited shipping dresses as well. Both options will give you more than enough to chose from. An off the rack gown sometimes will save you money. Your perfect accessories will surely be available at the boutique you find your dress at. Make sure to shop full service so an alterations person will be available.

3. Don’t forget the bridal party

Nearly all bridesmaids designers offer “rush” shipping on their dresses. For a small fee, they will put your order ahead of others to ensure a faster delivery. You still have all the selection you would even if your wedding was a year away. Make sure your besties understand the importance of getting their sizes and deposits in ASAP.

No matter if you are renting tuxes or purchasing suits: menswear only requires about 6 weeks. Just get in touch with the men in your party and make sure they know what sizes are needed and where to go. Out of town gentleman may phone in sizes for convenience.

4. The last of the major elements

You have your venue, your perfect dress and the attendants outfits ready to go. Now it’s time to focus on the rest. Contact entertainment, a florist, a photographer and shop for invites. Secure your deposits and set up meetings to figure out details later. Get those invites mailed at least 6-8 weeks before you say “I do”.

5. Decorations and the details

So much time can be spent on the small stuff. After your major plans are made, you can focus on the little details. Don’t stress over the small stuff- you don’t need everything from your Pinterest board. At the end of the day, you will be married: Mission Accomplished