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.

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

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.

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

Fall 2015: Wedding Fashion Trends at a Glance

Planning your 2016 wedding? Below are our favorite new trends in wedding fashion. New styles are starting to arrive, full collection in-store by late August. 

1. Our newest in Bridal fashions will feature more streamlined skirts accented with subtle beading and lace detail. Softer fabrics make for a more romantic look while sleeve treatments frame a feminine figure.

2. Gold and Champagne are going to be options more widely accepted moving forward. The 2016 bride wants more to select from than just white or ivory.

3. Chiffon is still a strong fabric for maids, but other textures are coming around. We will feature styles made of soft tulle, satin and even jersey fabrics. 2016 is all about individual style, alternative bridesmaid fabrication helps capture the individuality of the girls.

4. Menswear is all about the fit and color. David Tutera is has created a new line of tuxedos that  feature a slim shawl lapel. These slim fitting designs are available in 3 unique colors- Black, Light Ivory and Platinum. The lighter two are fabricated in a soft linen.

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Your Engaged: Shopping tips for Wedding Fashion

Your engaged! Congratulations, you are about to begin a great lifetime experience: Planning your wedding. You must have a crazy mix of emotions going on right now, not to worry though- just take a deep breath and relax.  This is going to be a blast! With the exception of your fantastic fiancée one of the most important factors of your wedding planning experience will be the fashion. Ever since you were a little girl, you have been picturing exactly what you want to wear, your color scheme, and who your maid of honor will be, Right? For some: Absolutely! For others: Not so much.  Don’t worry though,   below are some guidelines to use in shopping for your wedding fashion:

“The One”

This is one of the first purchases you should make in your wedding planning; it sets the tone for the whole event. With a minimum of 9 months before and never being too soon, start getting ideas! Although buying an in-store gown is always an option, order times can and will take up to 16 weeks.

Get Inspired:

Look in magazines,  on websites, and at bridal fashion shows to start getting ideas of how you want to look and feel on your big day. Soft and Romantic? Preppy chic? Modern and Sexy? Gowns, just like the brides who wear them, have their own unique personalities.

Time to go Shopping!

Weather you walk in or make an appointment, make sure you are prepared. Bring with you the following:

1. A strapless bra, nude panties or shape wear, and heels.

2. 2-3 trusty people from your family or wedding party to give you opinions and to share in the experience.

3. An idea of your budget, you do not want to fall in love with “the one” if it is out of your price point.

4. An open mind. Trust your consultant, she know what she is doing. Different materials, styles, and shapes look so different on a bride than on a hanger. She knows the inventory and might have just the right thing in mind for you.

Your Glam Squad:

Once you have purchased your wedding gown, it’s time to shop for your girls! Bridesmaid delivery time can take up to 14 weeks.  Your girls will need to be sized and have their deposits in place before an order will be placed

A few Pointers:

1. Your consultant may have just the perfect complimenting style in mind for you. Ask their opinion, this is what they do.

2. If you have a larger bridal party, it might be best to bring 2-3 girls for starters. Pick out a couple styles to have everyone look at. Within a large bridal party, it is sometimes hard to get everyone to agree on 1 style. Everyone has different opinions on fashion and it might simplify the process.

3. A-line, styles with higher waist lines, and ruching are most flattering on all body styles. Everyone will enjoy your special day even more if they are looking their best.

The Gents:
Tuxedo and suit styles can be selected at any point up to 2 months before the wedding. At this point it is ideal to have all the sizing information and the final order placed. Many times, the groom will have a free rental = Bonus!

A few pointers:

1. Tuxedo vest and tie selections are easily matched with your bridesmaid swatch make sure you have yours with you.

2. Sizing takes only a couple minutes to do; gentleman can email sizes if they are from out of town. This happens to be the case in many weddings.

3. A two button jacket is by far the most flattering on many body types. Same as the ladies, if everyone is looking their best, they will enjoy your special day even more. Your consultant should be able to help determine the best rental selections for your wedding party to ensure the best fit all around.