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Prom Blowout Sale

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It is that time of year, time to clear out our Prom Dresses. Select prom dresses are 40% to 60% off. Dresses that were normally $499 are now $299. What a great savings! Sale will continue to the end of May.

Lily’s Bridal has the largest selection of exclusive prom dresses in Maryland. We carry designers found no where else in Maryland. What does that mean to you? We can guarantee that no one else will show up at your prom in the same prom dress as you, when you purchase one of our exclusive prom dresses.  Other shops can not guarantee no one will show up in your dress because they do not offer exclusive dresses and all their dresses can be purchased online. So why take the chance of being in the same dress.

Shop for your homecoming dress or next year’s prom dress. At these prices you can’t go wrong. Hurry in before they are all gone. Sizes 0 to 30 available.

Wedding Day Fitness Tips

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Ask any bride about her goals for the big day, and one of them will most likely be to get in shape. And why wouldn’t she? This is the day when she is the center of attention, the day when her friends and family will all gather to celebrate her new marriage, and a day of photographs that will be seen for the rest of her life; it’s only natural that a bride would want to look her best.

But with all the stress of planning a wedding, finding time to eat right and make it to the gym is a bit of a laughing matter. No fear though, for there are a few proven ways to looking your absolute best on you wedding day.

1.) Set realistic, healthy, accomplishable goals. Yes, believe it or not, I can hear you now thinking to yourself, “Screw realistic, I’ve got to drop 30 pounds and I don’t care how I do it!” Stop it. It does matter how you do it, and if it’s not a healthy method it’s not worth doing. Now I know that at 5’4” I’m never going to be one of the lanky models I see strutting down the Victoria’s Secret runway every November, so it would be futile to aim for that standard. Instead, think about what you can realistically do (you might want to consult a doctor to make sure it is realistic), and then move on to step two.

2.) Plan ahead. Planning is always key when considering a fitness regimen. Setting goals for yourself can only get you so far, now you need to know how to reach them.

Start by writing things down, and then creating steps to reach these goals (this is where your doctor can come in handy). Creating a workout schedule will help keep you on track. Personally, I find I work out faster if I have a checklist I need to take care of rather than just showing up at the gym and “winging it.”

This will also help with nutrition. Plan out your meals ahead of time and think of ways to stave off those unhealthy snacks. You always eat late at night? Go to bed earlier. You always end up starving around 3:00 in the afternoon and then eating junk food? Bring some healthy snacks to work.

3.) Keep a journal. Don’t stop writing out things just in the planning phase, make sure to write down everything you do. Keep a food journal of food you eat and keep a workout journal of exercises you do. It’s pretty tough to say to yourself “I can’t run more than one mile” when the day before you just ran five. Writing things down will keep you honest and help you stick to the plan.

4.) Keep things in perspective. The truth is, you are probably being harder on yourself than you need to be. Your fiancé did not fall in love with the perfect, flawless, fit version of yourself that you are envisioning walking down the aisle, they fell in love with the person you are right now. The caring, talented, and hilariously funny person they are going to spend the rest of their life with. So good luck in your fitness goals, but remember; it’s your wedding day! Live it up!

Tips for the Perfect Wedding Speech

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For many people, just thinking about having to give a speech at a wedding can be a nauseating experience. What if I make a fool of myself? What if no one thinks I’m funny? Calm down. Chances are it’s not going to be quite the disaster you’re thinking it up to be in your head. In reality, the wedding speech really isn’t all that difficult as long as you keep a few things in mind:

1.) Don’t procrastinate. Leaving your speech-writing tasks until the last minute is only going to add to the pressure of giving the speech in the first place. Set aside a time months before the wedding and write down a rough draft of the speech, then come back to it every couple weeks to make any adjustments. Sound a little ridiculous? Maybe, but already knowing exactly what you’re going to say is a huge part of settling your unsteady nerves.

2.) Keep it short. No one wants to sit through a 40 minute speech, no matter how beautiful or moving you may think it is. People are hungry, they want to dance, and there is most likely going to be children there that are going to be using all their “good behavior” capabilities to try and sit still through the first three minutes. Don’t torture people. Try to keep the speech around five minutes long and you shouldn’t get any eye-rolls or “move it along” gestures from audience members. Get up, give the speech, and let the wedding move on.

3.) Keep it appropriate. Humor is always a great way of putting people at ease, but if it’s not appropriate it could just end up making everyone feel awkward. If you’ve got a story you want to share run it by the bride and groom beforehand, but if there’s any chance of giving Grandma Ethel a heart attack, leave it for some other time.

4.) Be kind. Someone is, as a matter of fact, getting married, and that means the entire mood of the speech really needs to be congratulatory. This isn’t a time to get carried away with embarrassing stories, it’s a time to let the newlyweds know that you are happy for them and you wish them a fantastic future together.

5.) Practice, practice, practice. Just as anything else that makes you nervous, practice! Practice giving your speech in front of the mirror, making sure to pause at the right spots and gesture to the right people. Within just a couple run-throughs, you’re bound to feel more relaxed. Now practice raising your glass….

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5 Essential Tips for Perfect Wedding Day Hair

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1.) Plan! Since it is necessary to buy your dress a few months in advance, it’s also necessary to plan the other aspects of your look in advance too; namely your hair, makeup and accessories. Since all of these components are meant to work together, not a single one of them can be shoved back to the last minute. So book an appointment with your salon as soon as you have a few ideas floating around.

2.) Choose your hairstyle with your veil or headpiece in mind. Even though it may seem like common sense, may brides get so caught up in the planning that they choose a hairstyle and a headpiece separately, and then the two don’t work well together when they do a test drive closer to the big day. If you fall in love with a headpiece or a veil, or are thinking of wearing flowers or feathers in your hair, bring everything along to the salon when trying out potential wedding day hairstyles, and if there’s a hairstyle you’re already set on, keep it in mind when choosing your hair accessories.

3.) Practice. After you settle on a hairstyle, you shouldn’t become strangers with your hairstylist. It’s important that they practice the look on your hair at least twice before the big day. This also gives you a time frame for how long it takes to create this specific style and what time you should be showing up at the salon.

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4.) No surprises! That means don’t go coloring your hair the day before your wedding unless your hairstylist is fully aware of it. From your first appointment right up until your wedding day, they should be involved in every decision you make with your hair. You never know, that “little trim” you got could add time to creating a specific hairstyle you had your heart set on. Keep your hairstylist in the loop.

5.) Be honest. If you don’t like something, speak up! If you think your hairdo makes you look like a wet poodle and you don’t say anything, you’re just going to be bitter about it long into your 80’s when you’re looking at wedding photos with your great-grandkids. It’s your wedding, you should always have the final say. Bringing pictures and magazine cutouts to your appointment should help clear up any confusion.

Having said that though, it’s also important to trust your hairstylist. They’re the professional, and they probably have very good ideas when it comes to what might perfectly compliment your wedding dress. And don’t complain during. It’s the final product you care about, not how they get there.

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3 Keys to Walking Gracefully in Your Gown

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If there’s one thing many brides tend to have nightmares over (and tend to completely overlook), it’s a fear of not being able to gracefully navigate in their wedding dress. And while many people may chalk it up to nerves, the fact is that it’s a very realistic fear. You’re going to be wearing an article of clothing you’ve never worn before, along with shoes you’ve probably never worn before, and you may also be walking on a surfaces you’ve never walked on before (a linen walkway covered in rose petals, for example).

Never fear though, all you need is a little bit of preparation to make sure you’re as graceful as ever in your gown. So in order to calm your fears, here are few tips to help you move gracefully and confidently on your wedding day.

1.) Choose the right dress in the first place. Knowing what you’re going to be doing in the dress is very important. If you’re planning on spending most of the night on the dance floor, you’re going to need a dress that will be able to move with you in fabric that will be able to breath. Anyone would have trouble dancing in a 50 lb ballgown. You’ll want to choose a dress that will be appropriate for the tasks it needs to fulfill and make sure it’s hemmed properly.

2.) Break in your shoes. Shoes are shoes, and regardless if they’re a gorgeous pair of wedding shoes or your favorite pair of hiking boots, they need to be broken in a bit before they’re comfortable. Wear your shoes around the house on a day when you’re doing chores, like vacuuming or doing dishes. Personally, when breaking in a new pair of heels I like to wear them while watching television. It helps more than you think.

3.) Get accustomed to your undergarments. Undergarments are not everyday wear, so it’s perfectly reasonable for them to feel awkward when you put them on. However, this is a day when everyone is going to be watching you at all times (most likely with a camera in hand), so this may not be the day to wear something you’re going to be “adjusting” every 10 minutes. Make sure to wear particularly awkward undergarments (a corset and Spanx, for example) around the house a few times before your wedding night. This will not only help you get a feel for them, but will also allow you to discover anything that needs to be fixed or adjusted (like a particular area that keeps getting pinched).

3 Places to Hire a Professional

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Weddings. Are. Expensive. We all know this. So it’s perfectly natural to try to cut as many corners as possible. Thoughts like, “I bet those party favors wouldn’t be all that tough to make at home,” or, “Would anyone really notice if the flowers were fake?” are probably running rampant through your head right now.

However, cutting corners can be a dangerous game. Here are just a few examples of when you simply have to just buckle down and dish out the dough.

1.) The band or DJ. No, just because your cousin owns an iPod and knows how to work it does not mean he is even remotely qualified to determine which blend of original music and cliché wedding songs is going to be best combination for your wedding reception. Does he know how to get people up on the dance floor? Does he know how to make “The Chicken Song” someone everyone wants to participate in rather than someone everyone groans over? Does he have the censored version of your favorite Drake song so you don’t have to worry about offending your grandmother should it come on a little earlier than expected? The answer to all these questions is no. And even if you answered ‘yes’ to one of them, it doesn’t count. Hire a professional entertainer.

 

2.) Hair and makeup personnel. This one isn’t necessary all the time (you’re getting married on the beach with your hair in loose waves and a single witness), but for the most part you need to hire a professional. There are so many things to stress about on your wedding day, that your hair and makeup often come last unless you have a set appointment. I can’t count the number of weddings I’ve been to where there have been delays because the bride was in the back “touching up.” You know why she was constantly “touching up?” Because her hair went flat because she didn’t know how to do it in the humidity, or because she’s sweating and the makeup she usually uses is coming off. A professional hair stylist can create a hairstyle that won’t be going anywhere, and a true makeup artist will be able to give you a look that will last the whole night through.

3.) The photographer. There seems to be an epidemic in this country right now with people who claim to be photographers and people who actually are photographers. Your sister-in-law who just got a new camera is not a professional photographer. Does she understand how to use lighting? Where to stand to get the best shots without being in the way? What about how to properly edit photos, how take naturally flattering pictures or which angles set you a part…the fact is, it looks easy but it’s not. These are going to be memories you’ll want to remember for the rest of your life, make sure you get them done right. Otherwise, the moments you think are being capture could turn out to look like this:

 

Save Money on your BAR

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The Bar cost at a wedding reception can be very expensive. Lily’s Bridal has done some research for you to help save you money on The Bar and still have an amazing party.

1. Specialty cocktails will help stretch the pricey liquor. You can serve more martinis than vodka and cranberry.

2. You do need to have a champagne toast. It can be water or whatever else your guests are drinking.

3. Just have a beer and wine bar.

4. Serve beer cocktails. They are very tasty and less expensive.

5. BYOB – you can stock up on items at sales. Then bring them to your reception.

6. Use all purpose glassware. Having separate glasses for every type of drink can be costly if you are renting.

7.  Before refilling or tossing away beverages ask first, so you are not wasting refills or someone’s drink.

8. Instead of wine – server Sangria.

With these 8 simple tips you can cut your Bar bill down and still have an amazing reception.  CHEERS!

Searching for the Perfect Wedding Shoes

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10 Tips From Lily’s Bridal To Help Pick Out The Best Wedding Shoes

The wrong wedding shoes can have a huge impact on your Wedding Day so to avoid suffering for beauty make sure you pick the best and most comfortable wedding shoes.

The easiest way to make sure you get it right the first time is have your own bridal shoe checklist.

To get you stepping out in style and comfort here are 10 tips from Lily’s Bridal to help you pick the best wedding shoes!

1. Be prepared for your wedding shoe shopping adventure with stockings, fabric samples, wedding jewellery and list of shops to explore.

2. The size of the heel is crucial to the success of your big day. If you are use to low or no heels keep that as your heel height guide. High heels are killers for feet that aren’t use to them. You want to walk down the aisle gracefully and be about to dance and socialise for hours so pick the heel height you can easily manage.

3. Before your buy any shoes have a good walk around the shop in them with stockings on to see how they feel – do they pinch, fall off your heel, rub any spots that could cause blisters? You might need to order in a different size or simple try a different style.

4. Traditionally wedding shoes are either silk or satin and covered in the same fabric as the wedding gown. Now the times have changed and you have a lot more choice. Your wedding shoes can be in beautiful colours like soft pinks, blues or greens, they can even be Doc Martins if that’s your thing!

5. The general rule for the texture of shoes is shiny silk is for shiny fabrics and crepe shoes are for matte dresses, simple shoes for fancy dresses and fancy shoes for simple dresses.

6. Consider the style of the shoes – open toes shoes need painted toenails showing, not the ends of stockings. If you’re wearing stockings the shoes need to have covered toes.

7. Wear your shoes at home and to your dance classes so you can move gracefully and comfortably in them. You want to know how they wear so you know if you need to put bandaids when getting ready on the day. You want to be able to walk on wooden floors, carpets, tiles and gravel so be practiced in walking on the different surfaces in your shoes so you look as wonderful as you want.

8. Prepare the soles of the shoes beforehand by lightly scuffing with sandpaper so they have more texture for grip. Self-adhesive sole pads are also available.

9. Have spare bandaids or blister pads handy on the day to look after any unexpected surprises.

10. Take your wedding shoes to your final wedding dress fitting so the gown’s hem can be made the perfect length. This little detail makes a huge difference.

With these top 10 tips your mission for finding the perfect Wedding Shoes should be less stressful. Enjoy the day shopping for those wedding shoes!

10 Questions to Ask a Hair/Make Up Artist

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Are you planning on using a Stylist to do your hair and make up for your wedding day? Before you sign your contract with the stylist we suggest you have the following questions answered.

1. How long have you been doing hair and makeup for weddings?
2. Is there a fee for a trial?
3. What does your fee include?
4. How many brides and bridal parties will you book on the same day?
5. Do you have a back up plan just in case you are not able to make it on my wedding day?
6. What type of products will you be using on my hair and face?
7. Do you have references I can contact?
8. Do you have a portfolio I can review?
9. Will you provide me with a schedule for the day? What time to arrive? When will the process start, etc?
10. Will I sign a contract?

We strongly suggest you have these questions answered and once you feel 100% confident in your Hair/Make Up Artist then book the date and sign the contract.

Prom Phenomenon

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The must attend Prom Event of 2012 is at Lily’s Bridal. No other prom shop in Maryland will have an event like this at their shop! Come shop our prom shop and find your exclusive prom dress at Lily’s Bridal. Lily’s Bridal has designed their own line of prom dresses, Lily Mae. Lily Mae prom dresses are a must see. If you are looking for something trendy, fun, couture, sophisticated, or sweet, Lily Mae prom dresses has you covered. Prom dress sizes from 0 to 30 and prices from $249 to $799.

What is the Prom Phenomenon? First it is FREE to everyone who attends. No appointments are required but we will work on a first come basis. You will work directly with our Prom Stylists to find your perfect prom dress. Once you find your prom dress you will spin our prize wheel. Every spin is a winner. You can win $20 to $40 off your prom dress, $$$ off of jewelry, or a FREE breathable bag.

At the event you can have your pictures taken with your friends in the Photobooth, visit with our Hair/Make up Artist to discuss your special night, and visit with our florist to see what is new with corsages. While dancing and singing along to your favorite songs from the DJ.

Did we mention DOOR PRIZES! All prom shoppers that register with Lily’s Bridal automatically are entered in to our door prize drawings.  We are having an extra special drawing on 03/31/2012 for 3 Coach bags. All registered prom shoppers are entered automatically BUT when you purchase your prom dress from Lily’s Bridal you will receive additional entries depending on your prom dress purchase price.

We are so excited to have this extra special event at Lily’s Bridal. We can’t wait to see everyone and help you find your perfect prom dress.