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Dressing for Prom? Don’t Forget Your Undergarments!

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It’s prom season! And that means many girls are shopping for their perfect prom dress. And while much of the excitement is directed at various prom  dresses, shoes and accessories, there’s just one thing that tends to get left off that list: the undergarments. It’s understandable; after all, shopping for something that no one is going to see might seem a little less interesting than shopping for the rest of your outfit, but nothing will ruin a beautiful dress faster than VPLs (visible panty lines). So here are a few things you might want to add to your prom dress shopping list to ensure the most gorgeous look possible:

1.) Cut. We’re going to go out on a limb here and say that no prom dress looks good with exposed bra straps, and if you find one that does look good with exposed bra straps, good for you. Hold onto it because it’s probably the only one in existence.

If you’re going to wear a strapless prom dress you’re going to need a strapless bra. The same with racerback dresses, low cut dresses and even backless dresses: you’ll need a bra that matches your dress shape to avoid it being seen. Underwear needs the correct cut as well, otherwise you’ll end up showcasing it to the world. Go for either full coverage or a thong for best results. And as far as those people that say to go without a bra…

2.) Support. The entire point of wearing a bra is for support. If you happen to be one of those lucky girls that stays perfectly perky and in place without the help of a lady garment, than this section of the article might not be for you. But for the other 95% of us, you’ll need something that keeps the girls in place, and one of the key elements to making sure you have the proper support is…

3.) Fit. A poorly fitting undergarment will not only look awful, but it won’t be able to do its job either. Too big and you won’t have the support you need, too small and you’ll have an array of extra lumps and bumps.

4.) Color. The color of your undergarments might not matter as much if you’re wearing a brightly colored gown or even a light colored one made with heavier fabric, but if you’re wearing a dress made of thinner, more flowing fabric the color might be seen through it. Don’t make the mistake of choosing why or black, as it will still be seen; your best bet is to choose something that most matches the color of your skin.

5.) Comfort. If you are going to have the night of your life you absolutely need to be comfortable. Make sure you choose undergarments that are made of breathable fabric (meaning you can dance the night away without drowning in sweat) and aren’t going to be pinching or scratching you in any areas. Plus, remember, no one looks cute while picking a wedgie…no one.

 

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Getting Along with the In-Laws

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In-laws and your wedding. As it turns out, you aren’t just marrying one person, you’re marrying their entire family. That means their overbearing mother is now your overbearing mother-in-law, their over dramatic sister is now your over dramatic sister-in-law and their no-social-skills, creepy uncle is now your no-social-skills creepy uncle-in-law. So naturally, you’d like to be on everyone’s good side. Here are a few lessons to take with you after your wedding to keep things smoothed over with your new side of the family:

1.) Lay some ground rules. Take it from me, I have lived directly next door to in-laws at one time. When we first moved in she was stopping by all the time, and since I worked from home at that time, that meant my day was full of distractions. She’s stop by to drop something off, to say hello to the puppies, to ask my boyfriend a question. All innocent, of course, but still fairly intrusive. So before we both had a mental breakdown we laid a few ground rules; text us first before you come over, try not to come over before noon (I work mostly nights), and remember, we can’t miss you if you’re always here. Problem solved and we get along better than ever.

2.) Make sure family knows that decisions are made together. This way, one family can’t look at you or your spouse as the bad guy. Explain any large decisions from the perspective of both of you, and use the word ‘we’ as often as possible. “We both feel we’d rather stay in tonight” or “We’re waiting to have kids” make it clear that both of you are in agreement about the decision you have reached.

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3.) No choosing sides. When you agreed to spend the rest of your lives together, you agreed to stand up for each other through thick and thin. That means if you have a problem with your husband’s mother, he should take care of it and vice versa. You are responsible for each other’s happiness, and if that means an unpleasant conversation with a family member or two, so be it.

4.) “What happens in this house…” Before you ever get into a fight (yes, at some point in the next 30 years you will fight about something), discuss what will and won’t be shared with family. That way, the first time you run off to vent to your sister you won’t end up overstepping any boundaries. You know you both will need to talk to someone else for certain issues, but you both deserve an unwavering and agreed upon level of privacy.

5.) Pick your battles. Sometimes, it’s just not worth the trouble, and it’s better to just agree to disagree. There are going to be situations where compromise is just not an option. These situations are often politically or religiously affiliated, so know when you’re walking on shaky ground and watch yourself accordingly. If your grandma has a problem with the two of you living together, unmarried, you don’t have to hide it from her, just avoid bringing it up and rubbing her face in it every time you see her.

 

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Planning a Wedding with Pinterest

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Ah, Pinterest and Your Wedding!

If you don’t know what Pinterest is I’m afraid we can no longer be friends. Wait, I’m sorry that probably seemed a little harsh and unnecessary (even though legions of Pinterest fans would think otherwise). Pinterest (currently the fastest growing social media site) lets you “pin” interesting or inspirational images to a virtual theme board. So instead of tearing out pages of magazines or writing down inspirational quotes on napkins, you can pin it to your online board instead. It’s pure genius, and incredibly addicting. However, when it comes to planning your wedding, it’s a godsend.

If you use it effectively, that is.

Define ‘effectively,’ you say? But of course!

1.) Start early. You don’t have to be engaged, or even have a significant other, to start planning your dream wedding. Just think of all the work you’ll have out of the way when the day to start planning finally comes! And just in case you’re worried that this might come off a little sad, Pinterest now has the option to create three private boards. That means you can pin away to your heart’s content without anyone knowing. Plus, there’s even a Wedding category specifically for those looking to plan their upcoming nuptials.

2.) Use separate boards for separate categories. Pinterest allows you to create plenty of boards, so use them for different aspects of your wedding: one for dresses, one for floral arrangements and maybe one for food. This also works great for your gift registry; if you’re registered at a store that has their items listed online, you can pin these items straight from your registry to your Pinterest board. Then by sharing your board with your guests, they can click the item and it will lead them directly to where they can purchase it online. So convenient!

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This will also come in handy when it comes time to meet with a vendor. Think of having a board full of photo ideas for your photographer or a board full for floral arrangement ideas for your florist. Instead of trying to explain the mood and feel of your wedding, you can show them your Pinterest board, and a clearly defined concept will work wonders in getting your point across. This will keep everything from getting too jumbled up in the beginning. And speaking of ‘the beginning’…

3.) Start broad, and then narrow it down. In the beginning, you’ll want to pin anything that strikes a chord with you. Can’t decide between a beautiful arrangement of lilies or a delicate and whimsical collection of daisies? Pin them both! Pin it all, as a matter of fact. But as the big day gets closer and closer (and you start to gain input from your significant other), start whittling down the boards.

4.) Welcome the help. Allow a few trusted friends or family access to pin to your board. That way, if they see something that would perfectly fit into your wedding scheme, they can pin it to your board for you. And if you aren’t a fan of their pin? No worries, just delete it. Or, you can even create a board specifically for your bridesmaids and friends and family to post on. Either way, the options are endless!

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Wedding Cliches to Keep

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In general, whenever you think of something that has been labeled as “cliché,” you’d probably do well to avoid it. And wedding clichés, as we all know, are some of the worst. I’m sure we can all think of a few times we’ve been sitting at a wedding thinking to ourselves, “I am definitely leaving (fill in the blank) out of my wedding.) However, as much as you may despise a few of these, you might want to leave them in, and we’ll tell you why.

1.) The Conga Line. Ugh. Take it from me, I can’t stand the Conga Line. I hate the feeling of putting my hands on a stranger’s shoulders or hips and having another stranger put their hands on mine. I hate how long it lasts. I hate everything about it. But I do it every time. I don’t know why, but I get up, I join the line and like everyone else I end up on the dance floor just as the DJ fades into a song I really do like and I end up dancing for at least 40 minutes. Sure the Conga Line is lame and embarrassing, but the whole point is to get people out of their chairs and on the dance floor, and (unfortunately for me) it works.

2.) The slideshow. Yes, it’s been done a million times, but as long as you do it right you should have nothing to worry about. So many times there are just pictures of the bride and groom, and who wants to stare at a bunch of pictures of the two of you for 15 minutes? Not fun. However, since you’re surrounded by all of your friends and family, choose to include pictures that include them as well. Choose the picture of your dad helping you learn to walk, of your fiancé and his college buddies at their senior football game and of you and your sister at prom. By choosing the right pictures you’ve now included everyone at your wedding into the slideshow, and now it actually means something to everyone.

3.) The overplayed first dance song. Countless wedding sites will tell you not to play At Last by Etta James, Unforgettable by Nat King Cole or You Are So Beautiful by Joe Cocker, but who cares. If you have a special meaning to that song, dance to that song at your wedding! Not only will your song never go out of style (those songs are classics for a reason), but you’ll also be guaranteed a dance to it at many other weddings, and what’s wrong with being constantly reminded of your love for one another?

4.) Thumbprint trees. Thumbprint trees are those little things by the guestbook you often see. The guest presses their thumb into a specific color of ink and then presses it on the “tree” somewhere creating their own “leaf.” Then they sign their name next to their thumbprint. The couple usually frames it later. So why do it: because it makes a beautiful piece of art of all the people that came to your wedding. Does it really matter if it’s cliché?

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Wedding Thank-You Card Etiquette

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The final touch of your Wedding, the Thank You cards. Your guests have returned home and started back up with their daily lives, no doubt still glowing from their mini-vacation of attending your tastefully fun wedding. But one thing is still missing; the thank-you card.

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Thank-you cards are your way of tying everything together from your Wedding, so they are actually a lot more important than you think. Here are a few ways of ensuring your final touches are some of your best ones:

1.) Do it the old-fashioned way. That means handwriting them and sending them through snail mail. Yes, this may the digital age, but a handwritten card will be infinitely more appreciated than a typed card or an e-card. Honestly, sending all your guests generic e-cards as thank-you cards is just plain lazy.

2.) Be personal. Writing a simple, “Thanks for coming!” on every card and calling it a day won’t mean a whole lot to your guests because that card could have literally been sent to anyone. It doesn’t show that you appreciate that they came, it shows that you’re just too busy (and possibly self-centered) to show appreciation for a guest that probably took time off work and spend a few hundred dollars (if not more) to make it to your wedding. So say something that would prove that the card was meant for only them. Something like, “We’re so glad that you and Uncle Tim could make it to our wedding. We loved the handmade quilt you gave us and we can’t wait to snuggle up in it once the weather cools down. Give (insert name of pet) a hug for us and enjoy all that sunshine or us down in Florida!” Or at least something to that affect.

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3.) Send them within a couple weeks of the wedding. This may seem like a time crunch, but it really isn’t; you can find the time to write them out. If you’re on your way to your honeymoon use those extra couple hours during your layover in Dallas to get started on them as well as during the plane ride. If you’re delaying your honeymoon for a bit, pick a day and focus all your energy on getting your thank-you cards done. After all, you did just get married; which means all that time you were spending planning your wedding is now free. You have time.

4.) Keep them readable. That means write legible and write in an ink that shows up. It’s completely understandable for your handwriting to start to slack once you’re on your 74th thank-you card, but if you need to take a break and come back when you can slow down a little bit. And please, please write in a color that’s visible. I once received a thank-you card written on light blue paper in white ink. Sure, it paid tribute to their baby blue and white wedding colors, but the thing was ridiculous to try and read. I made it through, but I’m fairly young with decent vision. I can’t imagine being in my 60’s with bifocals trying to make out what it said.

 

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Inexpensive Wedding Decoration Ideas

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Between the many, many vendors that take part in your wedding (the DJ, the photographer, the caterer, the florist, etc.), it’s a wonder you have any money left over for basic decorations at all. Plus, the more money you save on your overall decorations the more money you have for more important things, like your wedding dress and the honeymoon! So just for you, we’ve gathered a few ways to save some money on your collective decorations.

1.) Choose a venue that’s naturally beautiful. Think about somewhere like a beach or a countryside with a gorgeous view. In these cases, you hardly need any decorations at all! Besides, even with the best thought out ideas, there’s really no competing with the sight of a breathtaking sunset over the ocean or an altar placed in the middle of a gorgeous garden. Or, if you’d rather have your wedding indoors, consider a beautiful church with stained glass windows. All of that natural beauty is sure to take your guests’ breath away all with very little extra cost or effort by you.

2.) Recycle decorations. Your bridesmaid bouquets don’t just have to be seen while you’re walking down the aisle; use them as centerpieces as well. You can also take whatever decorations you used at the ceremony (to surround the altar, perhaps?) and move them to the sweetheart table or place them around the cake. Plus, let’s not forget about your friends; if you have friends that have recently gotten married, they could be looking to get rid of some of their items too, and just because your theme is different doesn’t mean their stuff won’t work for your wedding. Think of clear vases and tea candles.

3.) Concentrate the decorations. Chances are, there are only going to be a few important places where your decorations will be noticed. All around the altar and up and down the aisle, for example will allow your decorations to be the center of attention and seen in the majority of your pictures.

4.) Ask your venue for decorations. If your venue has performed weddings in the past, they may already have leftover decorations in storage. Things like white tablecloths or tableware can be used for any occasion, and they might let you use them for a small fee that would be a fraction of the cost you would pay if you went to a rental company.


5.) Go Do-It-Yourself.
Part of the reason decorations are often so expensive is the convenience factor; people don’t think they have the time to fold all the origami swans or to handwrite all the place settings in calligraphy, but the truth is, you do have the time. Do these small tasks while watching television at night, or just choose one day a week and sit down for a couple hours doing nothing but wedding tasks. You can get a lot more done than you think.

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Questions to Ask Your Wedding Caterer

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Wedding food tends to fall into two very distinct categories: the unbelievably delicious and the forgettable. Now, with all the money you are probably going to spend on feeding all these people, isn’t it safe to say that you don’t want your food to be thought of as “forgettable?” Otherwise, what’s the point in even feeding them at all? So before you put your money down on a caterer and leave the rest to them, you’re going to have to do a little research. To ensure the best quality of food at your wedding, here are some questions you must ask:

1.) Do they have all the proper licenses, certifications and references? Maybe you’ve chosen to handle an up-and-coming florist or DJ, but taking a risk when it comes to food is a horrible, horrible idea. Having forgettable food is one thing, but having it be remembered for the line it created at the restrooms is quite another. You’ll want to make sure everything is prepared, transported and maintained at the correct temperatures, and having the right license is step one in ensuring that, and having plenty of references will also ease your mind when it comes to service and safety.

2.) What does the price cover? Once you know the price range you’re looking at, you’ll want to know exactly what that price covers. Some caterers simply bring the food, serve it, clean up and leave, while others act more like banquet managers, cueing the band when dinner is about to be served and notifying the bride and groom when it is time to cut the cake.

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You should also check to see if the cake or alcohol is covered. You may not even need to hire a bartender if that part’s covered in the caterer’s fees. Make sure you know precisely what you’re getting for the price.

3.) Who is your main contact? Just as with any vendor, you need to have the person you need to call with problems on speed dial, and this person needs to know that you consider them your primary contact when it comes to the food. Weddings are incredibly hectic, and an experienced vendor knows that the closer the date creeps up the more frantic many brides become. Of course an experienced vendor will also know how to calm you fears instead of ignoring your many panicky phone calls.

4.) Do they offer a tasting, and can they make adjustments to their food? This is your wedding, so you absolutely need to know every detail about every detail in your wedding, which means not only tasting the food that will be served, but being able to make adjustments as necessary. Perhaps you have a peanut allergy, or you have an aversion to spicy food. A good caterer will always be able to make a few adjustments to their dishes. Of course too many adjustments will change the taste, so you need to discuss these things with your caterer.

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Avoiding Wedding Planning Procrastination

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So you’ve gotten engaged and you’ve set a wedding date, how exciting! Chances are you’ve probably thrown yourself head-on into any wedding related details: the dress, the food, the venue…there’s just so much to do! But for many brides, the process can quickly turn from exciting to overwhelming, and that’s where wedding planning procrastination sets in.

Problem is though, procrastinating when planning your wedding can lead to a disaster. Here’s how to keep things moving forward: ‘

1.) Set up a budget. Before anything can be done you need to have an idea of what you can and can’t spend. There’s no point in going dress shopping if you have no idea of your price range, and there’s no way to make a guest list without knowing how many people you can afford to invite. Sit down and set a budget for yourselves.

2.) Prioritize. There are some aspects of a wedding that need to be taken care of as soon as possible. Some venues, for example, are booked years in advance and many vendors are also booked months ahead of time. Your dress will also need some time. Once you’ve found the dress you need plenty of time for alterations and numerous fittings.

3.) Make time for wedding related tasks. Treat your daily wedding tasks like business meetings: block off a section of time and then show up for it. Just telling yourself you’ll “get around to it” is setting yourself up for failure because you’ll be constantly pushing back important wedding tasks.

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4.) Make lists. When it comes to getting things done, this is a personal favorite of mine. Lists not only organize everything into a convenient location, but it also lets you visually see what you have to do and the progress you’ve made. I even add a few things on my daily list that I’ve already done, so I have a few things to cross off. Without even knowing it you start to feel a little more productive.

5.) Enlist help. There are a probably more people than you think that want to help you plan your wedding, so let them! By letting them take care of the smaller tasks, you have more time to work on more important things. So delegate a few smaller things (making appointments, picking up paperwork, stuffing envelopes) and step back to focus on the bigger picture.

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6.) Calm down. Part of the reason people tend to procrastinate when planning their weddings is the stress of the occasion. After all, planning a surprise birthday party or a baby shower was never this stressful. So take a step back from the gravity of it all and plan one aspect as a time just like you would with any other party. Once you have the food and the caterers all worked out, move on to something else. Just keep moving forward and everything will slowly start to fall into place.

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Tips for Having Live Music at Your Wedding

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Even though wedding DJ’s have become all the rage in recent years, some people still swear by the sound and mood of a live band. After all, bands and DJ’s are often quite different in their style; bands tend to fit the couple interested in seeing an actual performance at their wedding while DJ’s are often reserved for people interested in having a vast array of musical genres to choose from. So if you’re planning on having a band at your wedding, here are a few things to keep in mind:

1.) Know the difference between set list and musical style. Set list refers to the songs the band is able to play; musical style refers to how those songs are going to be played. A heavy metal band might have your first dance song on their set list, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be screaming their way through it.

2.) Make sure everyone is comfortable. Singing and playing musical instruments is a lot more taxing than you may think, so it’s important that the band has the right environment to do their job to the best of their abilities; that means giving them adequate shelter from the elements (don’t make them perform in 90 degree, direct sunlight) and have plenty of water and snacks to keep them energized throughout the night.

3.) Hire professionals. We know we’ve said it in previous articles (and we’ll keep saying it so long as it drives the point home), you have to hire professionals. That means professionals caterers, photographers and musicians. Playing a wedding is hard work and you don’t want someone tiring out halfway through the night. In addition, it takes more than good music to get people up and dancing, and a professional musician not only knows this but also knows how to make it happen.

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4.) Keep them in the loop. If you’re planning on having live music during your ceremony, the band needs to be aware of any changes you might be putting in place, such as the subtraction of a bridesmaid or groomsmen or a change in the length of the aisle (maybe you have to take a different route to the alter, resulting in a longer walk and an adjustment in the music). Professionals will be able to adjust to these changes without any challenge since they’ve probably already done it before at previous weddings.

5.) Ask about overtime. Many receptions go a little longer than planned, provided the music keeps coming. Since many bands perform 2-3 gigs a day during wedding season, they might have another appointment scheduled after your wedding. Talk to them ahead of time to find out if they’re free for a little longer past their scheduled time and how much it would cost for they to stay and pay extra. That way you’ll be ready to pay extra if the reception is still going strong around quitting time.

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