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.

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. Go to the store or grab your laptop – and get registered. 

 

 

Miss.B.Perfect-Affair: Is it too soon?

Miss. B. Perfect-Affair is our resident wedding expert. Each month, she answers all your etiquette questions. Planning a wedding would be impossible without ruffling a few feathers. Have a question for her? Comment to the post below and she will surely answer. 

Dear Miss. B. Perfect-Affair,

I am engaged and planning a June 18th wedding next Summer. I know there is a suggested time frame of 6 months for ordering dresses and such…. With that being said, I feel like that is much too close to the wedding. I’m a planner. I already have started shopping and how found some dresses I want. Is it too soon to order? 

Is-it-too-soon

Dear Is-it-too-soon,

It is never too soon to order. Most bridal fashion is timeless and styles don’t vary too much from one season to the next. In fact, the sooner you can cross dresses off your long list, the better. Your bridal attire is one of the first items you should shop for. The styling of your gowns really help shape the look of the entire day. So, the answer is simple; no. Order away.

Best wishes and good luck,

Miss. B. Perfect-Affair

Bridesmaids

Dear Miss. B. Perfect-Affair,

My fiance refuses to wear a jacket at our wedding. I understand he wants to keep a relaxed look and is all concerned about cost. My wedding is in a church and I have an understated, but stunning ballgown. I don’t feel his casual attire matches my wedding day vision.

Sincerely,

might-as-well-wear-jeans

Might-as-well-wear-jeans,

You poor girl. He has some good reasons for wanting to nix the coat on his attire, however, he may be a little misinformed. First of all, the menswear in your wedding should compliment the ladies. In a church setting with a gorgeous ballgown, a jacket should be worn- at least for the ceremony. Most churches have air conditioning and most modern ceremonies take less than 30 minutes.

As for cost, most of the time the groom is given his rental for free. Also, just removing the jacket from the rental package usually doesn’t remove much of the cost. Many times, the discounts and special sales for rentals are only valid on full suits or tuxedos.

I would advise you to chat with him about all the options and see your local bridal or formal wear store.

Good luck with everything,

Miss.B. Perfect-Affair

Are you ready for Bridal Fantasy Show? Tips and tricks for success!

In just over a month, it will be showtime! Bridal Fantasy Show that is! One lucky couple will win a dream wedding package valued at over $20,000. 

Ever been to a show before? It can get a little crazy! Follow these simple tips and tricks to ensure the best possible experience.

1. Register in advance– Not only will you save some money, you will save time and hassle. Tickets are $8 in advance and $12 day of show. Simply visit bridalfantasyshow.com or visit a participating vendor and purchase from them. Tickets are available at the door too, just give yourself a little extra time.

2. Bring labels- So many of the vendors offer an in-booth drawing or prize. Bringing a label with your information will save you time and hassle.

3. Come ready to book- Many vendors have specials and discounts they offer on the show day. To secure your date, you might need a deposit.

4. Dress for success- Comfortable clothing and shoes are a must. The show lasts for 4 hours, you want to be comfortable.

5. Go with friends and family- Make a day of it! Having other opinions is always helpful and you are sure to make some fun memories.

For more information, visit bridalfantasyshow.com.

What: The Area’s Premiere Bridal Show: Bridal Fantasy Show

Where: The Ramada Plaza Suites – Fargo, ND

When: Sunday, October 25th from 12-4

Why: Because your getting married!

 

 

 

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.

De-stress with Yoga

We know wedding planning is stressful. If soaking in the tub and wine aren’t doing the trick, try some yoga.

Yoga is a one of the oldest and best stress relievers for your body.

It’s not only good for stress relief, it’s also a low impact form of exercise that is good for your mind too.

Below our some of our favorite poses:

Child’s Pose

Like a child, this pose puts you in a fetal position. It relaxes every part of your body – releasing tension especially in the lower back.

child pose

Mountain Pose

This balance pose helps to work on concentration. It brings your attention to the present. Thinking of the past can be depressing, thinking of the future can make you anxious. Being and living in the present is the way to go.

Tree pose

Downward Dog

Similar to child’s pose, downward dog releases tension over your entire body.

Down Dog

Corpse Pose

Just like the name sounds, you simply lay on your back with arms at your sides. Focus on deep breathing as you release stress through your fingertips.

Corpse Pose

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