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4 Tips for Wedding Dress Shopping

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Let’s be honest; back in the day when our grandmothers got married, shopping for a wedding dress was a very simple experience. If you didn’t have one that was being handed down to your or personally made for you by another family member, you simply went to the one dress shop in town, picked out your favorite and moved on to other aspects of wedding planning.

But this isn’t your grandma’s wedding, and this isn’t the 1950’s.

It’s the 21st century, which means the ways to shop for a wedding dress are not endless. You now have unlimited options when it comes to fit, color, cut, material and everything else, not to mention the little fact that a dress halfway across the world is no longer off limits, and with a little bump in shipping and handling you can have that custom-made dress from Italy shipped right to your doorstep. So you would think the process would be even better than it used to be, right?

Not quite. As it turns out, all these options are sending brides a bit over the deep end, so to prevent you from running off the same cliff of wedding dress anxiety as the rest of them, we’ve gathered a bit of advice on how to shop for your wedding dress in our current day and age.

1.) Know what you want. Now we don’t mean you need to know the exact cut, fabric, color and every other detail of your dress, but you should know the general logistics of it. Are you looking for something that’s a bit whimsical and earthy or something more classic and traditional? Short or long? Knowing your venue, price range and other wedding factors will help you narrow things down to a general idea of what you’re looking for.

2.) Trust your store associate. If you’ve entered a boutique with sales associates that really know what they’re doing (research to find a boutique with a stellar reputation in this department), trust them. They know which cuts work well on which bodies, and even though you might think a mermaid cut will only make you look fat, let them show you otherwise. You may be limiting your search and not even know it.

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3.) Bring pictures. Don’t worry if the dress in the picture is $40,000 over your price range, the picture will help give the sales associate an idea of what you’re looking for. These bridal consultants see brides like you all the time that probably have a picture in their minds but can’t quite think of how to describe it in fashion-forward terms, and as good as they are at being able to turn your blabbering made-up words (“flowy-ish”) into concrete examples of exactly what you’re looking for, a picture sure would speed the process along.

4.) Stand your ground. You try on a dress and it’s perfect: you’re twirling in front of the store mirror, imagining yourself walking down the aisle to your future spouse and you see his/her face light up when they see you. Honey, you’ve found the perfect dress. If your mother-in-law thinks “it’s a bit over the top”, your sister thinks it’s horrid and your Maid of Honor just shrugs, who cares. They aren’t the ones getting married, you are, and you’re the one going to be wearing this amazing dress you’ve already fallen in love with.


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5 Ways to Keep Your Wedding From Sucking

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As much fun as weddings appear to be, we almost always run into one or two over the years that many of us wish we had just stayed home for. We could’ve used the money we spent traveling and taking off of work on a better gift for the happy couple…or something like that. The fact is, just because two people are in love does not ensure that the day will be a pleasurable experience for all. Here are a few ways to make sure your big day is awesome rather than lame:

1.) Make sure people are comfortable. Sure, sitting in the sun for a 10 minute ceremony isn’t going to kill anyone, but they aren’t sitting there for the ceremony. They’ve probably been sitting their closer to 30 or 40 minutes by the time you actually start heading down the aisle. In addition, cramming all your loved ones in a tiny venue won’t go unnoticed. If you want to invite 250 people, be prepared to dish out the money for a venue that can handle 250 people.

2.) Get them involved. There is a difference between coming to a show and coming to an experience. If your guests are under the impression that this is about you, they will sit back and let you do your thing. If you make it about sharing this day with you, they will gladly join in the festivities. So keep the “watching” portions quick: the ceremony, the cake cutting, the toasts, and really focus on the shared parts, like mingling during food and drinks and dancing at the reception.

3.) Make it personal, not impressive. Just because you have extravagant decorations does not mean people are going to remember your big day. You know where else I’ve seen huge, gorgeous flower arrangements? In Vegas. Unless your flower arrangements have a personal connection to you and your new spouse, they go in the memory bank under “huge flowers”. Right next to the ones I’ve seen in Vegas. So have your initials in their somewhere, or do a combination of both of your favorite flowers. Then it gets filed under “unique wedding flowers”, and you’re definitely in the lead in that category.

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4.) Stick around! People come to your wedding to see you! I’ve been to a wedding where the bride and groom literally stuck around long enough to have a piece of their own cake and then left to go to their honeymoon while their guests were still being served dinner. The DJ started in with the music but everyone just stared at each other. What would you do if you were invited to a house party and the host was on her way out as soon as you got there? Awkward.

5.) Thank them afterward! It’s a lot of work to take time off work, ride in a car/bus/plane for 6 hours and pay for a hotel room along with it, so don’t let them leave empty handed! Give them thanks during your speech at the beginning of the night, thank them when to speak to them one-on-one during dinner, thank they on their way out with a small bag of goodies and write them a handwritten note as soon as you possibly can. They need to know how much you appreciated the fact that they made the trip.


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July Wedding? Here’s How to Beat the Heat

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A wedding in July? No matter where you are in the country, July is usually one of the hottest months of the year. It’s no wonder that many brides begin second guessing their decision to get married in July.

However, not all is lost. Just because it’s hot doesn’t mean your wedding day can’t be amazing! We’ve gathered some surefire ways to help you remain calm and cool and your July wedding.

1.) Stay hydrated. Nothing makes you feel hotter than you already are than being thirsty. Even in 100 degree heat, a cold glass of lemonade can work wonders. So be sure you and your guests have cold drinks available at every turn. Hand out mini bottles of water as favors and have pitchers of ice water at every table. Alcohol dehydrates, so it’s essential that everyone have access to a cold, hydrating beverage at all times.

2.) Have shade. Many outdoor wedding venues, as gorgeous as they are, are very lacking in the shade department. Brides often ask how much it costs to set up a tent or indoor facility in case it rains, but many of them forget to ask about the possibility of adding shade for their big day. Some venues charge the same as a shade tent for a regular tent, while others have more affordable price if you’re just looking for a quick fabric solution.

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3.) Give plenty of props. Little umbrellas and hand fans are adorable on their own, but they become quite handy at a warm, outdoor wedding. A small hand fan can really take the edge off when there’s nothing to be done about the outdoor temperature.

4.) Use it to your advantage. If it’s excruciatingly hot outside, have something your guests will associate with the heat in a good way, like an ice cream truck or a snow cone machine. Instead of talking about how unbearable your wedding is, they’ll be talking about how fun it was to eat snow cones at the reception. And instead of other wedding day props that some guests hardly ever use, you can rest assured everyone will be participating in the ice cream bar.

5.) Keep the air moving. A breeze in any circumstances will help make the heat more bearable, especially if it’s a cool breeze. Having your ceremony close to the ocean, for example, will ensure it’s at least a few degrees cooler than everywhere else that day. Have overhead fans running and set up additional fans along the edges of the ceremony and reception site.

6.) Move the party indoors. It might seem like common sense, and it is. Having a tent in case of rain is a smart move in the first place, so it’s not too much of a stretch to have it booked anyway. A large room shielded from the sun with some fans and a space cooler will help everyone have an enjoyable time, not matter how much the sun is beating down outside.

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