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Myth & Truth of Saying, “Yes” To Your Wedding Dress

Before you start your wedding dress shopping process it’s important to differentiate between reality and reality TV. TV shows and movies add dramatic moments surrounding saying, “yes” to your wedding dress for entertainment. At best, they give you an outline of the wedding dress shopping process, at worst, they put so much pressure on you, brides, to have a specific reaction, or emotional moment that it sabotages your experience. We are here to help you have a successful dress shopping process by differentiating fact from myth.

Myth #1- “If you do not cry, it’s not your dress.”

Truth: There is so much thought and pieces that go into a dress shopping appointment. Most brides are so shocked they found their gown they do not cry at all. Even brides who are “criers” are often so confident with the wedding dress they fall in love with they react calmly. Other brides who are usually very stoic, cry like they never have before. It’s an experience we only do once in a lifetime. You don’t know how you’re going to react until you experience it. Don’t put pressure on yourself to react a certain way because a TV show says it’s a must.

Myth #2 “You can’t try on a veil until the last dress of the day.”

Truth: We do not wear bridal veils with a wedding dress every day. If you do not try on multiple styles of veils you won’t know what options exist.  Veils can also change the feel and look of a wedding dress, so it is important to try them on with your favorites. TV shows like to make putting on a veil a magic moment. Sometimes it helps you realize you are truly, finally a bride, but it is important to envision yourself as a bride in multiple different styles to determine which is your favorite.

Myth #3 “You have to bring all your favorite people with you to go dress shopping.”

Truth: Only bring people with you who you know, for a fact, will support your wedding dress vision and style. It seems fun to bring all your friends and family, but it quickly turns into negative chaos with too many opinions. No two people have the same exact style preferences, body types, or wedding day visions. It is important to only bring people with you who will put your wants and needs over their own. There are so many wedding planning related events you can share with your friends and family together. Keep dress shopping only with your closest family members or confidants.

Myth #4 “There is only one wedding dress that is ‘your dress’.”

Truth: Dress shopping is fun because wedding dresses are made to make us all look beautiful. You truly can fall in love with multiple dresses from multiple different stores. The most important thing is to keep in mind your budget, time frame, wedding day vision, and comfort. Then, choose the wedding dress that checks the most boxes. You can go dress shopping forever, but if you don’t narrow down your bridal shop options, style, or price point you will never get a gown in time for your wedding day. The most bridal shops you should go to is three shops with different designers. That is more than enough options to find a wedding dress perfect for you. Extra Pro-tip: Don’t go to more than one shop in a day!

Myth #5 “You will not be able to sit in a mermaid dress.”

Truth: No dress silhouette should restrict your movement if it is fitted correctly. Bridal sizing runs very small, do not pay attention to the number of size in which you measure. The goal is for the wedding dress to fit. The last thing you want to do is order a smaller size because the number sounds better and have your wedding dress come in way too small. Trust the consultant with the size they recommend with your measurements, even if the number is much bigger than your normal size. When the gown comes in the consultant recommended size, a good seamstress will ensure you can sit, squat, stand, dance, and move so you can dance the night away on your wedding day.

We hope helping you learn myth from truth will help you have a great wedding dress shopping experience. Always remember every bride, wedding, dress, and shop is different. Find the combination of those things that work for you and enjoy planning your wedding!

For the Love of Pink

For the Love of Pink is our theme this week. Welcome to Spring brides! This amazing shade is timeless and romantic and there are a hundred ways to use it. Even if pink isn’t your favorite color it can still add that touch of softness or femininity. Of course, you don’t want a venue that looks like Pepto Bismal threw up in but pink has it’s uses.

One way you can use the color is for flowers naturally. There are varieties of pink flowers available no matter the season! Whether on your cake, in your bouquet, your bridesmaid’s bouquets or as table decor.

A second way to use pink is for your bridesmaids! Hopefully your girls love this color and to give them some choice maybe you can let them decide what shade of pink they like best. You can have them choose from a deep pink to a blushing light pink. You can also let them pick what shape/style dress. They can be all the same length such as tea length or floor. But, you can allow them to pick straps or scalloped top, etc.

A final way we love using pink is the accents! Colored lights, invitations, place cards or curly script on banners is all fun. You can have the floor lighting or DJ lighting turn up the pink lights. They can glitter and glow all over the reception venue to make it a romantic, sparkling room. We love pink napkins too! You can emboss and personalize them with your initials or even the bridal parties.

Any way you use pink it’s a great color with many shades to make your day spectacular!

Bride On A Budget

Bride On A Budget

Bride or not, finding chic outfit choices at amazing prices is ALWAYS an appealing headline. Here are our picks for great resources when it comes to summer dressing for the Guest and Bride that will make you and your wedding budget very, very happy for years ( or seasons) to come.

 

Bride On A Budget

Photo Credit: Old Navy

Old Navy: If you are a big blog reader, you know that pairing affordable items from Old Navy with your closet staples is a no-brainer especially for summer. And when they rolled out their summer dress collection full of crisp whites perfect for pre-wedding events, we just about fell over. Whether you are packing maxi dresses for your Honeymoon or simple white minis, they have you covered. Plus, their online summer sales are no joke. Most days of the week you can checkout with a code for 35% off your entire order!

Bride On A Budget

Photo Credit: The Loft

Loft: Best known for their smart wear-to-work pieces, Loft is upping their game for incredibly priced summer wear. Thanks in part to their partnership with the ultra chi line, Lou& Grey, their fun skirts, jumpsuits, and crazy chic beachwear will take your from rehearsal to sipping cocktails oceanside for your Honeymoon.

 

Bride On A Budget

Photo Credit: Chicwish

Chicwish: A newbie, but a goodie. Chicwish has also become a major name in blogger favorites. Mostly because of their CRAZY good prices and trendy pieces. Full midi skirts in fun florals, and bright prints for wedding guests, they have pretty much every aspect covered. For lace detail that would cost you hundreds at Neiman Marcus, Chicwish lets you explore trends that are within budget and gives you options for all of your upcoming events. Join their email list and get 25% off your order too!

Here Comes The Bride

Vendor Spotlight – Here Comes The Bride

Vendor Spotlight – Here Comes the Bride

 

Here Comes The Bride

Photo Credit: Yelp

Brides often shop at an array of stores for the perfect wedding dress but look no further! Here Comes the Bride in Addison, IL offers amazing designer dresses without the huge price tag. This small bridal boutique has relied on word of mouth to serve the Chicagoland area for over two decades. They have designers such as (but not limited to, as stated on their website), Mori Lee, Angelina Faccenda, Kenneth Winston and Ella Rosa.

They might not look like the high fashion, couture store you’re dreaming of, but trust us, this boutique has more than enough to offer you. The customer service is raved about on Yelp and Wedding Wire.On their Facebook page, check out the bridesmaid dress Lady Gaga wore.

Here Comes The Bride

Photo Credit: Essence Designs

She’s featured wearing their new line of Sorella Vita dresses in dusty lavender! They offer great advice for brides and have a variety of dresses to fit any body type. You can garnish your dress with add ons or have it altered at the store.

Check out Here Comes the Bride website and Facebook page.

 

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Having A “Stress-Free” Wedding

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Weddings are some of the special events that require careful planning. And when you speak of planning, you cannot avoid being stressed sometimes because of unavoidable delays and conflicting ideas. A bride like you should not be stressed out in the preparation process of your wedding. Everything must be in order so that you can leave all the anxiety behind and look forward on the good things to come. So to avoid feeling the negative energy on your wedding planning, here are some helpful tips you need to follow:

1. Don’t let your emotions get the best of you – Being irate at some point of the preparation is unavoidable. This usually happens when both of your ideas don’t meet or you just simply you woke up on the wrong side of the bed. And while being temperamental adds a little bit of spice on the your planning, it’s not recommended to linger on these negative emotions as it always bear negative results. Learn to do breathing techniques at the hype of the feeling and deal with things in a constructive manner.

2. Don’t be a perfectionist – It’s a fact that most of us long to celebrate a dream wedding wearing a very lovely gown and get married at our dream location, but this is not always the case. Learn to let go if there are some minor setbacks on the design of the wedding dresses or if your dream location is not available at the time of your wedding. Just accept the fact that nothing is perfect and the only way you can deal with it is to make it better.

3. Learn to deal with difficult people – You will be dealing with a lot of people during your wedding planning and some of these individuals have that ‘attitude’. Your bridesmaids, in-laws, and even your wedding coordinator might be one of these difficult personalities that you need to coordinate with from time to time. Find some ways to deal with them in a more harmonious way so that all of the details in your planning will not be ruined.

4. Think positive – Always believe in the power of positive thinking. Do not overwhelm yourself with scenarios that might spoil your wedding day. Avoid wedding jitters by looking forward the memorable things that you can do at the wedding. Maintain a positive aura and this will flow entirely on the ceremony.

5. Just have fun – This is your day! Leave all your worries behind and celebrate this one of a kind moment. Weddings can only be experienced once in a lifetime (at least for some), so make the best out of it and remember this day with a smile.

New Wedding Dresses for the Bride on a Budget

New Wedding Dresses for the Bride on a Budget

dressNew Wedding Dresses for the Bride on a Budget. The average cost of a wedding dress is over $1,000, but most brides don’t want to spend that much to have the dress of their dreams. Whether you are on a budget or you simply don’t see the point in shelling out hundreds of dollars on a dress you will only wear once, you now have a new option – you can buy a dress online from Target!

Target now offers a line of beautiful and affordably priced wedding dresses. Just because the price tags are cheap (some are as low as $99), doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. The designs are based on gorgeous designer gowns.

Check out the Target dresses recently featured on Good Morning America and visit Target.com to purchase a gown.

Something BLUE for your Wedding by SimplyBridal

Something BLUE for your Wedding by SimplyBridal

Something BLUE for your Wedding by SimplyBridal. “Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”.  This is our very last infographic in the SOMETHING series, and we couldn’t be more proud of it! Our designer, Crystal, really put some glitz and glam into it. Selecting your “blue” item is probably the easiest of the four, with endless opportunities. The item could be anything, as long it’s got blue in it.  If your looking to put some color into your wardrobe, add a blue sash, or had your bridesmaids wear blue dresses. Ask your grooms party to chose blue boutonnieres. There are a million more ways that you can incorporate blue; we’ve just organized the most popular ideas into one infographic! Read more at SimplyBridal.

Something BLUE for your Wedding by SimplyBridal

SimplyBridal – 5 Iconic But Unusual Wedding Dresses

SimplyBridal does it again with 5 iconic but unusual wedding dresses.

The American singer-songwriter, lead vocalist, and worldwide fashion icon Gwen Stefani made headlines with the Galliano wedding gown in 2002. What about John Lennon’s bride, Yoko Ono, who stepped out in a big floppy hat? SimplyBridal has compiled the most iconic and unusual wedding outfits from the last century. Do any of these fit your style?
5 Iconic Wedding Dresses

Valentines Day Around the World

Valentine’s Day Around the World

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner; February 14th is generally the day where men shell out on average $130 on candy, cards, jewelry, flowers and dates. But by this time, the couples in Wales had already celebrated St. Dwynwen’s Day. In addition, the Chinese Valentine’s Day isn’t until the 7th day of the 7th month of the lunar calendar!

One of our favorite vendors, ‘SimplyBridal‘, has put together a list of Valentine’s Day Around the World.

Valentine's Day Around the World

SimplyBridal

SimplyBridalSimplyBridal is an online retailer started in July 2011, simplifying the entire bridal process by putting the best wedding products and services directly into the hands of users worldwide. This mission is accomplished by offering a selection of quality bridal products; providing an excellent, worry-free purchase experience; providing the best set of bridal resources and content; and offering beautiful, superior-quality wedding dresses that won’t break the budget.

Offering over 400 wedding gown styles, 180 bridesmaids dress styles in 28 colors, close to 100 wedding veils, and a new line of bridal jewelry. Each dress is made to order from the finest fabrics without the monumental cost and corporate red tape. SimplyBridal offers a 30-day risk free return policy on their products.

SimplyBridal has professional bridal consultants at the showroom as well as over the phone with years of experience to assist brides in choosing the dress of their dreams. The in house design team consists of graduates from Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles.

Simply Bridal is offering a 15% discount (shipping not included).
Here is the discount code: SBL86MD.
It expires 02/28/2013 and is valid for 10 uses.

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