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

 

Miss. B. Perfect-Affairs: Etiquette Expert

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 a sticky planning situation? Write in or comment below. 

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Miss. B-

Help!? My future “Mr” and me are having quite the disagreement.  It is our first holiday season as an engaged couple. We want to celebrate with everyone, but there is so little time. I feel like what we do this year will set the expectations for the future. How do we decide what to do without hurting feelings? Both of our families have traditions neither of us want to miss out on….

Miss.Can’t-be-everywhere

Miss.Can’t-be-everywhere-

First of all, congratulations on your engagement! The most wonderful time of the year can also be the most stressful time of the year. Take a couple deep breaths and relax.

Your families know it’s it’s just not possible for you to be in the same place at the same time. Knowing your about to be married, they surely expect they will need to accommodate. Sit down and talk it out. Find out what is important to each side and then make your plans, as a couple.

It works different for every situation. Maybe you will alternate years with each side of the family. What about celebrating on a different day? The possibilities are endless.

The most important thing is that you and your soon-to-be-hubby are on the same page. You are going to be married, you are going to be family. As long as you are in agreement, everyone else will understand.

 

Miss B,

I know I will be “ringing” in the New Year. My boyfriend has the ring and will be proposing sometime over this upcoming holiday season. (eeeekkk!!) Venues book up fast in our area… Is it inappropriate to start my planning? 

Sincerely,

likes-to-plan-ahead

Dear, likes-to-plan-ahead

How exciting for you! The most special time in your adult life is about to unfold, planning your big day.

Although it’s never to early to dream and wish- if you aren’t “official” it might be too early to plan. Your boyfriend is surely planning a sweet and thoughtful proposal. Jumping the gun on venues will lead to other planning.

Let things happen in time. It will make everything more special.

If your dream venue is meant to be, it will be open on your date. If it’s booked for next year, you will surely be able to secure your dream date for the following.

What is the rush on planning the big day when you have forever?

Best,

Miss B.

So much to do! Upcoming October Events

The month of October is going by so quickly! Every day seems to be a little more like Fall and less like Summer. As sad as we are to see our warm, gorgeous comfortable weather leave us- we are pumped for all our upcoming events. 

Bridal Fantasy Show 10.12.14

This Sunday visit us at the Ramada in Fargo, ND. We will be there handing our presents and showing you all our new goodies.

Sample ideas and get your planning into high gear at the areas Premier Bridal Show.

Don’t miss our style show at 1:30 and visit our booth for a chance to win $100 CASH.

Advance tickets are still available online and in-store.

Our store will be closed this day as we will have our goodies at the show for you.

Pin up on the Plains 10.17.14

One week from Friday experience the ultimate ladies night! We have been a part of this event since the beginning and are so excited to see it grow each year. Although our advanced tickets are already gone, there is still a few available for purchase online.

Visit us to see some of our newest social occasion dresses.

Grab the girls, get dressed up and get ready for a super fun night!

Birthday Sale – All Month Long

If you didn’t already know, were 5! It might be our birthday, but you get the gifts!

All month long we are celebrating with cake, sales and CASH! Stay tuned onto Facebook and visit us at our events for details.

We are so grateful for everyone who has allowed us to help with their perfect formal attire! Our sincerest “Thank You” – Cheers to many more!

Mossy Bride by Affairs: A Trunk Show 10.25.14-10.26.14

Yes you heard right, Mossy Bride- as in Mossy Oak. We truly want to help every bride with her perfect wedding attire. We are the exclusive dealer of authentic Mossy Oak camo wedding gowns, maids and prom.

See the full collection during our trunk show. Appointments encouraged. Sales and specials do apply.

 

Halloween Hoot + Trick or Treating 10.25.14 and 10.31.14

In celebration of Halloween, we will be participating some fun festivities for the little ones! Come see us for a special “candy walk” on the 25th. All mall businesses will have a game or activity for the little ones, make sure to wear your costumes.

If you miss out on the Halloween Hoot- come by on the 31st for candy. We will be here until 7pm (or until we run out)

Call the Washington Square Mall office for details 218.847.1679

 

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.

 

Anniversary Gifts: Traditional v. Modern

Wedding season is upon us, this also means we are in the midst of anniversary season. Maybe you got married recently or you have a friend or family member that is celebrating. What kind of gift do you get that special couple or your better half?

No matter if you are traditional or modern, check out the below ideas before your start your shopping.

 

Year 1 – The first milestone anniversary! 

Traditional: Paper

Modern: Clock

Year 2- Still so much fun!

Traditional: Cotton

Modern: China

Year 3- The romance and newness might have faded, but 3 is a lucky number!

Traditional: Leather

Modern: Crystal/Glass

Year 4- Almost half a decade!

Traditional: Fruit/Flowers

Modern: Appliances

Year 5- Next year, you will have to use two hands!

Traditional:Wood

Modern:Silverware

Year 10- Second major milestone, a decade of memories!

Traditional: Tin/Aluminium

Modern:  Diamond Jewelry

Year 15- Onto three hands.. 

Traditional: Crystal

Modern: Watches

Year 20- Two complete decades of memories together!

Traditional: China

Modern: Platinum

Year 25- A quarter of a century as a couple!

Traditional: Silver

Modern: Silver

Year 50- Half a century of memories and special times!

Traditional: Gold

Modern: Gold

Miss. B. Perfect-Affairs: The Etiquette Expert

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 a sticky planning situation? Write in or comment below. 

Miss. B-

We are planning a late Summer wedding. The ceremony and reception will all be held outdoors at my family’s lake cabin.  This has been a dream of mine for a long time. All has gone well with the planning, but I’m starting to get nervous. The weather this year has been so sketchy and we don’t have room to move everyone indoors. I am set on having the wedding at our cabin. Help!?  

– Forever a lake girl

Forever a lake girl,

Sounds like you need a plan B. Although it is hard to realize, you might have to move your wedding to another venue. There are basically two options for you. (A) Select an alternate back up venue (B) Figure out some sort of shelter at your lake cabin.

Have you called around to inquire about having an alternate venue? Maybe a near by church would allow you have the ceremony there. Many smaller towns have community centers or even event centers for rent. You could potentially put a soft hold on a nearby location. If you really are nervous, consider moving the event altogether. Having your wedding at a hotel or conference center ensures the perfect temperature.

Another option you have is to rent a tent or some other portable shelter. Surely a rental company will be able to accommodate something for you. Although this might cost a little more that originally planned for, it might just save your wedding. You and your guests would not enjoy the day if you were soaking wet.

Whatever you decide, make sure to let your guests know far enough in advance. Word of mouth, Facebook and your wedding website are all appropriate ways to communicate your weather backup plan.

Wishing for sunny days,

Miss. B.

Miss B,

My MOL to be is driving me crazy! She has purchased and returned 10 dresses already. I feel as though she is focusing too much on what she will be wearing. I have had enough. Everything she has shown me has been great, I don’t understand why she can’t decide. It’s getting to the point where I just don’t know what to do anymore. How can I help her select a dress and just be done with it already. 

Sincerely,

not-a-stylist

Dear, not-a-stylist

Your frustration is totally understandable. Rest assured though, you are not alone. It is not uncommon for a “Mother of” to have a hard time finding a dress. It should never get to the point where it is causing stress on the bride though. It sounds like you are being supportive of her and helping in the best way you can. You need to continue to support her and just let someone else do the helping.

Planning can be stressful and sometimes people find a channel to focus on or “fuss over”, it sounds like your to be MOL is being this way over her dress. Most likely, it’s not the dress that is the center of this problem. Wedding’s are emotional and she likely just needs to work through it.

Continue to be there for her and once she does select “the one” make sure to support her decision and tell her how beautiful she looks. Your day will be here soon and all weddings carry little planning hiccups along the way.

 

All will be well soon,

Miss B.

 

Miss. B. Perfect-Affairs: The Etiquette Expert

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 a sticky planning situation? Write in or comment below. 

Miss. B-

Our August 23rd wedding is quickly approaching. Although we don’t really have a “theme”, the feel is kind of rustic and vintage. Besides finalizing the little things and actually sending out the invites, all we have left to do is favors. Do we have to have favors? We feel like it’s an unnecessary expense that people throw out anyway. What are your thoughts? What are some ideas that our guests might actually use (that won’t break the bank)

– Un-Favored 

Dear, Un-Favored

First of all, congrats on your super planning. It’s nice you have so much done and you can enjoy our long awaited summer.

Favors are simply a little way of saying “Thank You” to your guests for attending your wedding. They serve as a little reminder of the celebration. Yes, they are necessary. No, they don’t need to break the bank.

Using the feel of your wedding, there are so many different options. Consider some seed packets with a cute note or maybe even a small plant. Another option might be a can koozie. This is something your guests would likely use at your party and at many others. Something new and trending is popcorn or candy bars. Buy in bulk and let guests fill a little take home bag.

All of the above are cost friendly and usable options. Remember, favors are simply a little token for your guests. They are both a “Thank You” and a little way for them to remember your celebration. There is never a good reason you should not provide favors.

Best of luck planning,

Miss. B.

Miss B,

My October wedding is quickly approaching. We have all the attire figured out except the men. We were originally thinking of going without jackets- just shirt, vest, tie, and nice black pants. Now, we have some concerns about everyone matching and if that look is formal enough? Our wedding is in a church and we are having our reception at a local event center.

Sincerely,

Tux-or-Not

Dear, Tux-or-not

I completely understand your concern. You are not alone in this predicament. The “vested look” is an ever growing trend these past few years. When appropriate, it looks great. Key word: appropriate.

A simple way to determine what to do is to take a look at the rest of your attire. What does your dress look like? How about the bridesmaids dresses? You said your wedding was in a church and you were having a reception at an event center. My suggestion would be to “honor your dress”.

Unless you are having an outdoor ceremony, getting married in a barn or on a beach- A jacket is usually a must. You put so much time and energy into planning and looking perfect, make sure your groom follows “suit”. (A little pun intended)

Best,

Miss B.