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Monday, July 22, 2019

5 Things to Expect When Shopping For a Wedding Dress

So this is it, it’s the day that we’ve all been waiting for. The day that is going to change your life forever.

That’s right, it’s the day that you are going to shop for your wedding dress. On second thought, that’s not right.

It’s probably going to take more than one day. Well maybe not if you’ve got the right team on your side and if you are

persistent. But for most of us, deciding on the first day of the search just doesn’t happen. 

But anyway let’s not get off track. As I’m sure you know by now, you should never get off track when planning your wedding.

Shopping for your dress is so exciting, but it can also be very stressful, especially if you don’t know what to expect.

Lucky for you though, I’m here to make sure that you don’t go in unprepared. Here are five things that you should expect when

shopping for a wedding dress.

1.    There Are Potential Discounts

Let’s start off with something positive shall we? Because trust me, there is some negative stuff below. But this is a good thing,

and it’s something that a lot of brides are unaware of. Many of them actually decide on a dress without ever even thinking

about discounts.

It’s understandable really, because why would anything to do with your wedding be good for your bank account, right?

Well here’s one way: Trunk Shows. These are events that will show off a specific designer’s collection of bridal gowns.

They’ll all be gowns that you can buy in various salons, but if you buy them on the day of the Trunk Show you could get

up to a 15% discount. That’s a pretty sizable chunk right there. The issue of course is that you have to be available on

the day of the show.

And as well as that, there’s no guarantee that you will actually like any of the dresses in the collection. But it is a good

way to cut down the costs. Another possibility is a sort of package deal offered by certain salons.

If you buy not only your dress, but also the bridesmaids dresses in the same place,  you could get a discount on the

whole bundle. There might be another one if you buy a dress for the mother of the bride. 

Since all of these dresses need to be bought anyway, you might as well try to coordinate them to the same place and

avoid spending too much.

2.    There Will be Paperwork

Once you’ve decided on the dress that’s right for you, you’re almost certainly going to have to sign a contract. This is

probably going to include a deposit too and you are going to have to commit right then and there to alterations and


Nobody likes contractual obligations, but it’s entirely understandable why you would be expected to do this. After all,

the dress is going to have to be changed and fixed up to make sure that it suits your specific requirements.

That’s a waste of a lot of work if you end up deciding that you don’t actually want that particular dress. So prepare to

be sure, don’t sign that contract unless you are 100% decided on the dress that you want to walk down the aisle in.

And also, actually read the thing. Make sure that all of the details that should be in there are in there. This is everything

from colour to measurements to fittings because you don’t want to sign for things that aren’t actually what you need.

You want to make sure too that you’re not agreeing to extra costs which you haven’t already discussed with the salon and the


3.    Your Underwear Matters

Maybe you haven’t thought of this already, but on the big day, you have to either wear a strapless bra or perhaps one with clear

straps. I’m afraid this isn’t really up for debate and it’s what you should be wearing while you’re shopping.

The type of bra that you’re wearing can alter the way the torso of the dress looks if it’s not a perfect fit for you or if it’s got a different

shape or different underwire. And it can actually make the dress a little bit uncomfortable to wear all day.

Get yourself measured for your underwear too and do that before you go dress shopping. If possible wear the same bra while you’re

shopping that you plan on wearing on the day, even though it might feel like you’re getting ahead of yourself. 

Getting measured this way will ensure that there are no surprises in how the dress looks and feels when the wedding rolls around.

This is a little thing that makes a big difference.

4.    The Sizes Can be Terrifying

You’re not going to see your normal number on a wedding dress. The sizes on them are pretty alarming. If you go looking for a wedding

dress in the same size as your normal dresses, it’s not going to fit you, it will be way too small.

So if you end up wearing a size 14 wedding dress, even though you would normally be wearing a size 8 when you are out and about,

don’t let it bug you. It’s not just you, every woman your size has to do the same.

God knows why this is. Maybe it’s one last, spiteful attempt by the universe to make women feel bad about themselves before the happiest

day of their life. Regardless, it doesn’t matter. It’s just the way bridal gowns are sized. 

So don’t get worked up over it. And be aware of it too so that you don’t waste a whole lot of time looking at dresses that are actually way too small for you.

5.    There May Be Some Extra Costs

We started this discussion with the good news, discounts. So let’s end it with the bad news. All of those extra expenses that you may have to deal with.

Now all of this stuff should be in the contract and you need to make sure

that it is before you sign. There are some obvious things like the cost of alterations, the cost of any extra fittings that you might need and your deposit.

This could be different depending on the salon. The place you’re buying

from could have their own pricing policies.

And sometimes they’re not necessarily that reasonable. Do some research and see what you can find out about all of the salons you plan on shopping at.

If their pricing policies aren’t on their website, check things like yelp or

any bride-focused sites and blogs that cover your area.

And if you think it’s all looking like it will cost too much, well then why not buy some materials, an adjustable dress form and make your own!

I’m mostly joking here of course . . . But hey, if you do have any dressmaking experience

this is always an option. It’d definitely be cheaper!

At the end of the day, I guess the most important thing to do is enjoy yourself. As stressful and as exhausting as it is, you’re shopping for you wedding

dress and that’s so exciting. Plus, you’re only going to do it once. I hope.

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Wedding Favor Ideas

You are planning a wedding and one of the tasks at hand is deciding if you want to invest in giving your guests wedding favors.  A wedding favor is a nice keepsake from the day or it can be edible as the possibilities are endless. It is nice if it’s something that your guests can actually use instead of a trinket that they leave behind or throw in the trash when they get home. You want to look for favors that are unique enough to be remembered, but to overall blend in with your tables.

Sometimes you get great wedding favors, sometimes you get a favor that perfectly matches the new couple but it’s not something you will ever use and it ends up in the bottom of the junk drawer.  The purpose of wedding favors іѕ tο thank уουr guests fοr coming tο уουr wedding. So why not try to make them memorable?

Wedding favors are a great way to make your guests feel welcome and appreciated. However, it's easy for this to get costly when you have a high guest count at your wedding. However, wedding favors don't necessarily have to break your bank. Here are a few ideas for fun and inexpensive wedding favors.

Some items you could consider that usually range in the $1 to $2 range are: silk fan with personalized label, Lemonade Mix,  Personalized Bottle Opener, Personalized Koozie, Personalized Water Bottles,  Personalized Sun Screen, seed packets, candles, soaps, sleep masks, custom M&M’s, book marks, coasters, shot glasses, mini champagne or wine bottles.

Check out these websites for inexpensive wedding favors.

You can never go wrong with a dessert, either. A wedding-decorated cookie or brownie is always a sweet (literally), way to thank your guests, This tasty, yet inexpensive gift is one of the best tricks in the book. Including a card or note as well is a great way to personalize the gesture, and make sure that your guests feel appreciated! 

Decorated fortune cookies are unexpected but can be dipped in chocolate to match your color scheme. They are also unbelievably cute and can really give your guests a sense of your creative side. You can also have a customized message made for each of the fortunes. It is something little your guest can enjoy when they get home after celebrating the night away with you or the next day with their coffee.

I hope these unique wedding favors give you some inspiration while planning your dream day!

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

6 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Wedding Flowers

Weddings are incredibly complex to plan and it can take several months from start to finish. This is because there are hundreds
of small intricacies and details that can completely change the mood of your wedding, and it’s understandable that you want
everything to be perfect.

So in this article, we’re going to talk about just one very specific element; flowers. 

Make sure you have a budget

Flowers are expensive, especially if you’re buying a large number of them for a wedding. Always set a budget and stick to it!

Speak to your wedding planner

Your wedding planner will likely have experience with wedding flowers so make sure you communicate your ideas with them as early as possible.

Hire a reputable florist

Your wedding planner may have connections with florists that specialize in weddings.

Follow a theme

Never stray too far from a designated theme to help make your wedding decor consistent. Otherwise, you could risk creating a gaudy and strange
wedding theme.

Look for inspiration

Sites like Pinterest and wedding magazines are great places to look for inspiration. Gather all of the images that inspire you and share them with
your wedding planner or florist.

Choose flowers based on the season

If you want some instant inspiration then try and think of flowers that sit the season that your wedding will take place in.

Below, we’ve included an infographic that shows some beautiful summer wedding flowers that you can pick for your special day.

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