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.

 

 

Say YES to these shower themes!

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It’s inevitable, you are going to have a bridal shower. Traditionally, you will get a corsage or flower pinned to your dress. Then, a series of somewhat embarrassing games will be played. Next, you will be served cake and punch -followed by coffee. Last, you will be showered with gifts. Some brides get 2, 3 or even more showers.

Although we are truly grateful for these celebrations- sometimes a break from tradition is needed. 

A bridal shower can be thrown by family, friends or even co-workers- really anyone who wants to celebrate your getting married.

Your shower does not have to play out like the above, you are a modern bride. You can help in the planning of and the events that take place at your party.

Below are some awesome new ideas we have seen and heard of from our brides:

A grown up tea party! Gather at your local coffee shop and have a real high tea. Serve hot and iced tea with an assortment of fine pastry items and finger food. Don’t forget the sugar cubes and milk. Spice it up by wearing cute dresses and hats.

Get a little sassy with a lingerie inspired shower. This one might be better attended by friends or co-workers. Make sure the hostess knows your panty and bra size. Marriage lasts forever, you can never have enough sassy clothes.

Love to bake? How about everyone bring their favorite sweets recipe along with a baking dish or serving piece. Each guest can share about their “sweet” gift and a memorable bonding experience will be had.

Maybe cooking is your thing- use the same concept as above.

Wine and Chocolate? Beer and Bacon? – Although we prefer the former, this is your party! The menu should fit your tastes.

Showers are a fun time to spend with loved ones- the themes you can use are endless. It’s okay to break away from tradition.

 

 

Asking for gifts is tacky, isn’t it?

Aside

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. 

 

 

Healthy You: Cookie Season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, the holidays. Family and friends are almost always accompanied by cookies, treats and other “Pinterest” recipes. Although they taste good at the time, these seemingly  unavoidable foods will stay with us long past the holidays if we are not careful.

The struggle is real.

We may or may not be quite the cookie connoisseurs ourselves and have figured out these little tips to help us through this tough time.

1.Friends Share

So the treat platter has 6 different selections to choose from, how will you ever decide? The answer is easy: Pick them all. Get enough to SHARE. That’s right, put all the selections on one plate and bring them back to your table. Try each one out without committing to the entire portion.
2.Stay active
Cookies+ Sit= More to cuddle
Cookies+ Go to the gym= Same amount to cuddle and the joy of cookies
Think of it this way, you can easily burn 100 or so calories doing the following. Running 1 mile, 10 minutes of elliptical work, 1 hour of yoga, or 30 minutes of weight lifting. Commit to being active a few times a week and you are paving the way for success.

3.Search for Healthy

Another way to avoid carrying those treats into 2016 is to simply make them healthier. Instead of searching “Holiday Cookies” on Pinterest, try “Healthy Holiday Cookies” – the possibilities are endless. Who knew flaxseed vegan dough balls could look so pretty?
 4.Just avoid it
Just kidding!
 If you read that and considered it, we are amazed. To us, this is not possible. You are stronger than we are.
At the end of the day, we are human and we have a sweet tooth. Cookies and other holiday treats are a part of life and we choose to embrace it. Enjoy this holiday season! It only comes once a year.

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.

Your perfect attire: a shopping timeline

The race is on! For Summer planning that is. 

If you are reading this post, you are most likely getting ready to be married.

Weddings are no doubt one of the most exciting, stressful and wonderful times during your life you will ever experience.

From your perfect wedding gown to the bow ties and pocket squares, here is a breakdown of time lines for the best possible shopping experience.

9-12 Months before “I do”

Go gown shopping, say “YES” to your perfect dress – get it on order

If the perfect accessory items are available, go for it

6-9 Months before “I do”

Gather your entourage and hit the salon- the bridal salon. It’s time to order your maids, moms and flower girl dresses

Start to look at menswear, it’s never too early to book

3-6 before “I do” 

If you are buying off the rack, time to find your perfect gown. If it needs cleaning, send it away now.

Make sure your maids are absolutely on order

If you don’t have all your accessory items, purchase them now

If you haven’t already, make sure the menswear is booked or on order

2-3 Months before “I do”

Schedule that first alterations appointment

Make sure your menswear is absolutely on order

1 Month before “I do”

Have your final fitting and make sure your wedding day look is complete

Use our attire timelines as a guide to make your perfect wedding day look complete.

Happy Planning!

2-3 Months before “I do”

Last minute gift ideas for the bride-to-be + Holiday Hours

Can you believe Christmas is next week already? In just one week the big guy will be coming down the chimney!

We are so excited!

Hopefully you have all your gift shopping done, but for those of you who aren’t done yet- here are our top last minute gift picks for the bride in your life:

1. “Bride” gear

From T-shirts to dressing robes. The bride in your life is sure to love any of these items.

2. Mr. and Mrs. coffee mugs

What would be better than sipping cocoa out of matching mugs?

3. Her something “blue”

This can be as special as some fine jewelry or as sassy some blue panties to wear on the big day!

4. An engraved photo frame

Sometimes photo frames can be a bit generic, however, one engraved with her special day will surely be loved for years to come.

5. Something from her gift registry

You know she will just love it! She did pick it out, after all.

 

Christmas Eve and Day Closed 

New Years Eve 10-4

New Years Day Closed

 

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 6 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 6 months.  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.

Thank you and Congrats + Closed for Bridal Fantasy

Isn’t it the perfect day for a Fall wedding? We are so excited for our couple this weekend! Fall can be tricky. Sometimes though, the stars align and the result provides jaw-dropping scenes for that perfect outdoor photo (and/or ceremony) 

 

To all our couples the past few weeks, Thank you! We are so happy and grateful to have played a special part in your wedding day. When you come through the mall next time, we LOVE to see your photos!

Kara + Chris

Holly + Scott

Kaci + Joe

Sam + Dusty

Bride Rachael 

Bride Roberta

Bride Emily

Cheers to lifetime of love and happiness! We all wish you nothing but the best in your new MARRIED life together ❤

Also, as you know we are going to be at Bridal Fantasy Show tomorrow. The store will be CLOSED. We will reopen at 10am Monday morning. If you are looking to return your rentals from this weekend, you can bring them back Tuesday instead.

If you will be at the show, stop by and say “Hi” we would love to see you. Also, don’t miss our style show at 1:30 pm. Find out the details of our Birthday Sale and Celebration!

Did we ever mention that we are giving away $100 CASH tomorrow night? Stop by our booth or visit our Facebook Page for details. ANYONE can win- bride or not 😉

Have a great night everyone!

Miss. B. Perfect-Affairs: Five shades of grey and Maybe Baby?

Miss. B. Perfect-Affairs is our resident wedding etiquette expert. It’s nearly impossible to make it through planning without some feathers being ruffled….Have a question about anything planning related? Write in or comment below. 

Miss. B-

We set our date for May of next year. I want a really eclectic look to my wedding party. What are some ways to accomplish this without my five bridesmaids looking tacky or too casual for the occasion? I was thinking about just letting them go out and pick dresses. We are using a light grey color pallate. What re your thoughts? 

Thank you in advance for your help,

-5-Shades-of-Grey

Dear 5-Shades-

Kudos to you for stepping outside the box with your bridal fashion. Done correctly, your 5 maids will complete your vision. There are a few things to consider though.

First of all, the theory of letting them go select a dress on their own time is nice. However, in reality-  even 5 pretty grey dresses singly may look terrible as part of a group. They also may not fit your vision and taste preferences. You can still have happy maids even if you help with their dress selections. Why not set up an appointment with your girls at the local bridal shop? You can see, touch and feel the samples. Not only will you have a fun girls day, but you can see how everything will look together.

Another thing to consider is fabric. A mix of chiffon, lace and even some silk inspired fabrics would blend nicely together. Using multiple fabrics will add the texture and dimension to your bridal party that is the foundation of your eclectic vision.

Make sure to actually see the colors before ordering. Even if the shop doesn’t have a full sample to see, they should have a swatch. This way you can ensure that your colors will flow together nicely. Grey’s are a complicated color in terms of variance. You still want a cohesive look to your group.

I’m confident that your eclectic wedding vision will come full circle for you.

Best of luck planning,

Miss. B.

Miss B, I have a dilemma! My maid of honor (who was recently married) is “trying”. I love her very much, but is her maybe baby bump going to cramp my style? What are some ideas and options? Although I couldn’t imagine not having her there, should she step down?

Sincerely,

No-Maybe-Baby

Dear No-Maybe-Baby,

Embrace the bump! Rest assured, baby or not – your maid of honor will be able to look just as gorgeous as the rest of your bridesmaids.

There are so many cute maternity bridesmaids right now. Most designers have an option or two that come in maternity sizing. Many of them are the same exact dress, just cut for baby.

Best,

Miss B.