Lily's Bridal and Prom Boutique

Blog

Top Reasons for a Maryland Winter Wedding

Posted on

While summer and spring are officially wedding season, winter isn’t exactly devoid of weddings.  Winter is the season most of us envision ourselves snuggled in a warm cocoon of fuzziness and hot chocolate. Christmas and New Years Day have selfishly kept the enjoyment of winter all to themselves. Besides those two holidays, winter has a reputation for being a time of counting down the days until the snow melts. How ever winter can actually be an excellent time to have a wedding.

Just imagine walking down the aisle in your beautiful white dress as the sky is filled with crystal-like snowflakes that are gently falling all around. Who wouldn’t want to get married in the winter? There are some great benefits for getting married in the winter.

Choice of venues and vendors will be practically unlimited. Many of the top venues in Maryland will book a wedding date 12-24 months in advance. I know several wedding planners in the area that have mentioned that brides will book their date at their preferred venue on the day of their future wedding, TWO YEARS in advance. In the winter months, many venues are slow and are hungry for your business. When that’s the case, you will be much better taken care of on your wedding day.

You can have comfort foods at your wedding. Winter weddings allow you to be creative with the winter wedding menu. Even at the most elegant of affairs, you can mix in a few comfort foods such as macaroni and cheese, lasagna, and hearty soups. You can also add fun winter beverages to your menu such as eggnog, apple cider, and hot chocolate.

Your wedding colors will pop. What’s one of the first rules of interior decorating? Designers often suggest bringing in a white to allow something for the colors to play off of. Well, winter is the perfect clean slate. Whatever colors you choose have virtually nothing to compete with. White is a perfect setting to carry out exactly what you want your final day to look like.

You will be the center of your photographs. Winter white provides a perfect backdrop for photographs. All the colors of your wedding will stand out in your photos. The stillness of a winter day perfectly captures the intense emotion of each moment, the warmth of your embrace providing a striking contrast with the brisk air that surrounds you. Additionally, snow reflects light, meaning even at sunset you will be cast with a soft, difficult to duplicate glow that looks utterly stunning when printed in black and white.

You can be good to your skin. For many brides, a summer wedding means having that perfectly bronzed skin, which can require a lot of work. But in the winter all you need is a healthy glow. To look overly tanned would be out of place, so work with your natural skin tones. Relax with a good body scrub, a slightly tinted lotion and a good night’s sleep. You will look as radiant as ever.

You won’t have to worry about the heat. Many brides and grooms struggle through the summer heat and even pass out due to the heat and stress of the wedding. A winter wedding at least eliminates the heat aspect. For a bride who feels a bit insecure about wearing revealing clothes, the winter season will give her an excuse to cover up a bit more.

Winter weddings are more intimate. Many people wish to have a small, intimate wedding, but it doesn’t always turns out that way. Before they know it, their guest list is in excess of 300. Having a winter wedding may help to keep the guest list down due to winter travel. But for those that want more of their family to attend their wedding a winter wedding may be the best option. A Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, or winter break wedding will make it possible for more people to attend your wedding as they will have time off already and not have to miss work and lose money, or miss important school obligations. For a busy bride or groom, planning a winter holiday wedding is also convenient.

Your honeymoon will be cheaper. If winter wedding destinations are cheaper, it goes to reason that honeymoon locations will also be cheaper. During the off season, you should be able to find great honeymoon packages for vacation places that still have decent weather for the time of year.

All in all, winter weddings are definitely the way to go. You have so many more options to choose from at a lower cost. Not to mention, you will have a ready made gorgeous backdrop for your wedding. Take a chance and experience incredible romance and have a winter wedding!

 

Fall Wedding Ideas from our Lily’s Brides

Posted on

 

Fall is a very popular time for weddings in Maryland. In fact, at Lily’s Bridal we see more fall weddings than any other time of the year. Lily’s Bridal recently spoke to several of our brides that are getting married in the coming fall months to see what special touches they are adding to their fall weddings. We wanted to share some of their great ideas to help you plan for your fall wedding.

  • Our Lily’s Brides are choosing deep reds, golds, rusts, and purples for their fall wedding colors.
  • Perfect gift idea for your bridesmaids/matron/maid and or moms would be a shrug or pashimna to help keep them warm with the cool fall air.
  • Centerpieces are seasonal vegetables and seasonal flowers. Such as eggplants, cabbages, pumpkins, gourds, apples, mums, marigolds, and petunias.
  • Favors for your guests could be caramel apples, maple syrup, apple cider mix, candied pecans, individual tarts, and fall scented soaps or candles.
  • Instead of a tiered traditional wedding cake let your guests eat pies from the season. Serve Pecan, Apple, Blackberry, Pumpkin, Grape, and Cranberry pies. Don’t forget the ice cream and fresh whipped cream.
  • Cocktails that help warm you and your guests up from the chilled air. Think spiced apple cider, irish coffee, caramel appletini, and fall inspired mojitos.
  • Warm up your guests with a bonfire if your venue allows it. Make your own Smores for dessert and tell wonderful stories of the bride and groom.

All wonderful suggestions shared from our Lily’s Brides for their fall weddings. Thank you to all of our fall brides for sharing their planning with us.

 

Making Your Wedding Day Perfect!

Posted on

Your wedding day is the one-day in the world when you want everything to go perfect. You have spent months planning your big day and you want it all to go right. The help everything run smoothly, avoid confusion, prevent panic and be absolutely thrilled throughout your day, take some time to think through this wedding checklist (based on the time you will get married) and enlist the help you will need to make it all possible. Now you can stop worrying, start scheduling, get organized and be ready to enjoy your big day!

  • Wake up and EAT breakfast. Be sure to have a healthy, high-energy breakfast such as cereal, yogurt, fruit, and a bagel with cream cheese to get instant energy. Don’t skip meals. You will need your energy throughout the day and eating well will help you avoid the jitters and nervousness.
  • Check a weather report to confirm what the day likely has in store. Have a back-up plan if any adjustments need to be made. These plans should be established and discussed with the vendors helping you put your wedding in advance.
  • Get some light exercise – it will help you relieve stress and perk up your energy. Strenuous exercise should be minimized or eliminated from your daily routine.
  • Shower and begin getting ready. Enjoy a relaxing soak in the tub if you prefer. When dressing, put your undergarments on under a robe if a stylist is coming to you or wear a button down shirt if you are traveling to a salon (you can easily take off the button down shirt off when your stylist is finished without messing up your hair and makeup). Wear a shirt that is the same color as your dress so you can be sure to get the color scheme for your makeup right.
  • If you are changing at a hotel, ceremony site or reception site, be sure to bring your pre-packed beauty and emergency bag, favorite CDS to listen to and any other necessary items you will need. If you have forgotten anything, now is the time to have one of your bridesmaids run a quick errand. Have your mother or maid of honor in charge of making sure your dress; veil, and other accessories arrive safely.
  • Make sure that your maid of honor or other bridesmaid have their assignments to follow up with each of the vendors for transportation needs, flowers, food, cake, and any other day-of arrangements that you have previously made. Have a contact list with vendor’s phone numbers on it and have them help you coordinate the day of have a wedding planner for the day.
  • Have your bridesmaids arrive at the wedding site location with their dresses and accessories.
  • If the stylists and artists you contracted with do hair and makeup then your maid of honor should have her makeup and hair done first. Spend time with each of your bridesmaids as they take turns getting ready. This is your time to laugh, share stories, visit, pack for your honeymoon, or anything else that you and your bridesmaids have worked out in advance.
  • Enjoy a light snack or lunch.
  • Have your hair and makeup done. Be sure to give the stylist your complete attention. Now is not the time to eat, chat on your cell phone or be involved in distracting conversations with friends or family. Enjoy this time to get ready. Relax. Your makeup and hair will soon be flawless.
  • Have the photographer take pictures of you and your bridesmaids getting ready, looking into the mirror and other candid shots of you interacting with your mother, maid of honor, bridesmaids and other members of the wedding party.
  • Visit the ladies room one last time before getting dressed. Let your attendants help you get into your wedding gown, shoes, jewelry and gloves. Delight in how gorgeous you look and feel. Of course if you don’t, your attendants will alel be there to pour out praise and fuss over you. Enjoy the moment.
  • If you haven’t already done so, sign your marriage license. Your maid of honor can sign as your witness.
  • Enjoy the ceremony together as you exchange vows and make promises to each other.
  • Let the party begin! Again, enlist the help of your bridesmaids or wedding coordinator to make the reception flow smoothly and enjoy your perfect day!

Why an Appointment at a Bridal Shop is an Absolute Necessity to Have the Best Experience.

Posted on

Most bridal shops in Maryland require an appointment to try on wedding gowns. If you are like many brides, you may wonder why this is required from bridal shops in Maryland, since most places you shop today do not required an appointment of any kind. At Lily’s Bridal we require an appointment and I want to share with you why our Maryland Bridal Shop will actually make the search for your wedding gown easier and less stressful.

As one of the top bridal shops in Maryland we serve thousands of brides each year in their quest to find the perfect wedding gown. With such a large demand and limited space with our dressing rooms, we request that you schedule an appointment so you won’t have to wait and more importantly you have the complete and undivided attention of our bridal fashion consultants. We know that you are extremely busy with planning your upcoming wedding. We also recognize that because of the sheer number of brides who want to have the experience of shopping at one of the top bridal shops in Maryland and our limited staff, we must schedule appointments. This allows us to cater to your every request and help you have an unforgettable experience in the search for you dress. Your wedding day isn’t just any day, it’s one of the most important days of your life, and you will love how we treat you when you schedule an appointment at our store. Brides who have experienced the magic of one of our appointments are raving fans of the fun and excitement that they have not found at any other Maryland bridal shop.

Shopping for a wedding gown is different than any other clothing you’ve ever purchased and having an appointment ensures that you will receive the best service and the complete and full attention of our experienced and highly trained bridal fashion consultants. Each of our bridal fashion consultants have seen gowns on many women in various shapes and sizes and will be able to recommend a dress that will look great on your body. If you come with an open mind and listen to her recommendations, you may even be surprised at the fit of some shapes or styles you may have never considered wearing. All you have to do is take the time to schedule an appointment.

Once you book your appointment at Lily’s Bridal you will receive an online questionnaire that will help you and your bridal fashion consultant find your wedding dress. Your appointment will be 90 minutes in length and at the appointment you learn about the different silhouettes and cuts of gowns and lots of other helpful information. You will see gowns found at no other Maryland bridal shop. Our gowns are exclusive to Lily’s Bridal so no other Maryland bridal shop will carry our gowns.

Lily’s Bridal looks forward to working with you to find your dream dress!

Everyone at Lily’s Bridal wants you to know that we are here to help you. Take the time to schedule an appointment and give us an opportunity to educate you about the best choices available for your wedding day.

How Do I Shop for My Bridal Gown?

Posted on

How do I shop for my Bridal Gown?

You are engaged and now it is time to shop for your bridal gown. What are the key things you should know when shopping for your bridal gown?

What is the best day to shop?
The busiest time at a bridal boutique is Saturday and Sunday. If you want to have less of a crowd go during the week.

How do I decide what bridal shop to go to?
Ask your friends where they went shopping for their bridal gown. Research online all the bridal boutiques in your area and decide which ones you want to shop and find your bridal gown. Call the boutiques to see if they require appointments and what their price ranges are for their bridal gowns.

When should I order my Bridal Gown?
Brides magazine recommends that you purchase your gown at least 9 months to 1 year before your wedding date. Why such a large time frame? Your dress needs to be made from the designer. Most designers do not have hanging inventory and when your dress is ordered that is when it starts the manufacturing process. You will also need to allow time for alterations and any issues that may come up. Time is your friend when ordering your bridal gown. This is a big decision and it will set the tone/theme for your wedding. Once this item is checked off your list, you can move on to all the other fashion decisions of your wedding. If you are planning on purchasing off the rack then we suggest 4 to 6 months before your wedding date. As the other fashions for the wedding party need to be ordered as well and they can take up to 4 months to arrive.

What should I bring with me to my appointment?
Photos of dress styles you would like to try. Any items that you have already decided to wear such as shoes, undergarments, veil, jewelry, etc.

Who should I bring with me to my appointment?
Be extremely careful with whom you bring to your appointment. Too many people will make your decision extremely difficult and very frustrating for you. They also need to understand your style and your budget. They need to be supportive and want to be there for YOU. The key is to bring the key people that you need to help make your decision.

What should I tell my Bridal Fashion Consultant?
Be 100% honest with your Bridal Fashion Consultant. Tell her the styles you are interested in, any concerns/requirements of the gown, how you feel about the dresses you are trying on or have tried on, and your bridal gown budget. Falling in love with a dress that is way beyond your budget will just take up too much time at your appointment and then you will compare every other dress to the dress that is out of your budget. Holding back or lying to your Bridal Fashion Consultant will only prevent her from doing her job and finding your bridal gown.

Should I only try on dresses I like?
Try on gowns that you pick out and gowns that your Bridal Fashion Consultant may suggest. Be open-minded, a dress looks so much different on someone than hanging on the hanger.

Should I buy a dress on my first visit?
Absolutely! Only you will know when it is the right dress. At your appointment you will try on several gowns and when you find the dress you will know it. You have so many other tasks to complete with planning your wedding,  get this big one checked off the list and move on to the next one. Once you purchase your gown stop looking at bridal gowns keep moving forward with planning your wedding.

What could I risk by not buying the dress I love on my appointment?
By leaving an appointment with a dress you love, but not purchasing it, you risk a few things. The dress may be sold off the rack and you will not have the opportunity to show your mother later or to try it on again. So you will be ordering from memory. Another risk is that a gown may be discontinued by a designer and unable to be reordered. In that case the only dress available will be the one in the store and if it isn’t in the color and size you need you miss the opportunity to have the dress you fell in love with. It’s best to be ready by bringing your mom or whomever you want with you so if you find that perfect dress you won’t have to leave it behind. Why take the risk?

Shopping for your bridal gown should be fun, exciting, and something you tell all your friends about. Enjoy this time with your family and friends.

Perfect Bridal Bling

Posted on

You have found your bridal gown so now it is time to accessorize. What jewelry will you wear? No matter how beautiful your necklace is, if it is not suited for your bridal gown’s neckline it may not look right. When you accessorize your bridal gown your eye should go from top to bottom without one thing standing out visually.

Lily’s Bridal has some tips on finding your bridal jewelry.

1.     Set a budget for your jewelry. What do you want to spend on your jewelry? By knowing your budget you will know whether to look for costume pieces, gemstones, sterling silver, plated jewelry, gold, or platinum. You can find costume pieces that have swarovski crystals and are rhodium plated. The crystals will sparkle like diamonds and the plated jewelry will shine like real gold. You will be the only one that knows the truth about your jewelry.

2.     Know what will compliment the embellishments and color of your bridal gown. Silver details look best with silver jewelry, gold with gold, etc. If your gown has no silver or gold embellishments, then the color of the bridal gown will dictate your jewelry choice.

* White Bridal Gowns – Pearl or Platinum jewelry. Gold may clash with the bright white color. * Diamond White Gowns – Gold, Silver, Pearl, and or Rose tone jewelry.                               * Ivory Gowns – to highlight the creamy color of your dress it is best to go with gold.

3.     Sweetheart or Strapless neckline – A simple choker, pendant, drop, or princess. Don’t crowd the neckline.

4.     V-Neckline – a pendant/charm this gives your eye a focal point.

5.     Halter Neckline – keep it simple and have the necklace fall just below the throat. You do not want to look to cluttered around your neck.

6.     One Shoulder – opt out on the necklace as it could clash with the neckline. Go for earrings.

7.     The key is to choose jewelry that you feel comfortable in and would normally wear. If you are not comfortable in your jewelry it will show in your face.

Attending a Bridal Show?

Posted on

10 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Bridal Show Experience.

Thinking about attending a bridal show? If so, you will be in the presence of many wedding vendors and it can be overwhelming. So how can you make the best of your time there and be on your way to planning your dream wedding? Follow a few of our tips below and they will help you reduce that overwhelming feeling when you attend a bridal show.

1. Don’t go right when the event begins. If possible, come a little later on. The booths will most likely be less crowded and you’ll be able to get more individualized attention.

2. Don’t bring children or come with a large group of people. Remember, this is YOUR day. If you spend your limited amount of time trying to look after kids or tracking down members of your group you will not get the most out of what the show has to offer.

3. Bring Address labels. Many vendors have contests or special offers going on that require some basic information about you. Unless you want to spend half your time writing it down, you might want to consider printing these out beforehand! We recommend including your name, address, e-mail address, and wedding date.

4. Be prepared. Come with specific questions in mind. You could be talking to you future DJ, Photographer, and or Caterer! The more you learn about the vendors, the better. And being prepared with questions can only help you achieve this.

5. Find out what vendors will be attending in advance. This will help you make the most out of your time. Think about it… 50 vendors, 5 minutes per booth…that’s already over 4 hours of your time! Researching in advance allows you come up with your best plan of attack to really find the venders who matter most to you.

6. Bring your calendar to schedule appointments with vendors or to book them on the spot.

7. Bring the following items: Notebook, pen, checkbook, credit card, and a large tote bag. You will be getting a lot of handouts from vendors. Make sure to sort through these handouts right away. If you wait until the next day you may forget which ones you are really interested in. Consider writing your notes on each different brochure you collect. This way it will be easier for you to remember a face to the name when you make follow-up calls.

8. Don’t go on an empty stomach. There may be cake samples available, possibly an appetizer or two, but overall most bridal shows will not have food or drinks available.

9. Wear comfortable shoes. The last thing you want to be is uncomfortable, so grab your favorite pair or flats or comfy boots and you’ll be good to go!

10. Proceed with caution if you are going to make any deposits. Be sure to read all of their terms and conditions so you know what you signed yourself up for. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

BONUS TIP: HAVE FUN! Bridal shows may seem overwhelming at first, but don’t let all the people and the noise get to you! Just gather some information, sign-up for the free contests, and enjoy the fashions brought to the show. It’s all about you, don’t forget that

Veils

Posted on

A veil says – I am the Bride. What veil works best for your style of dress?

Blusher – A Blusher veil is worn over your face as you walk down the aisle. Keeping with tradition, your Dad or the person giving you away will flip it back once you reach the groom and before giving you away at the altar. The Bridal Gown style for a blusher veil would be a sheath style or very full ball gown.

Cathedral – A cathedral veil is the longest of all veils. It will cascade behind you at least 10 feet from your headpiece. The Bridal Gown style for a cathedral veil would be a fitted dress with a shorter train or very full ball gown.

Birdcage – A birdcage veil covers some of the face. It is a retro look that has made a major comeback in bridal accessories. The birdcage veil often has flowers or feathers on the comb or is attached to a little pillbox hat. The Bridal Gown style for the birdcage veil would a dress with a retro vibe and or slinky.

Flyaway – The flyaway veil is short and has multiple layers. The Bridal Gown style for the flyaway veil would be anything from one shoulder fitted to a full ball gown.

Mantilla – The mantilla veil is a Spanish style veil that has an ornate lace on the edge of the veil. The mantilla can be short or long and it sits very flat on the top of the head. The Bridal Gown style for the mantilla is something simple that will not compete with the veils beautiful lace edging.

Waterfall/Fountain – The waterfall/fountain veil has edges that ripple and are embellished with crystals, pearls, ribbon, and or edging. The veil angles around the face and gets longer as it flows down your back. The Bridal Gown style for the waterfall/fountain veil would be anything structured, fitted bodice, and strapless.

Veils come in a variety of sizes, colors, edgings, and layers. Take your time finding your perfect veil. Try on several styles with your dress. Just as your dress speaks to you, so will your veil.

Lily’s Bridal has a large inventory of veils to try on and to purchase. From birdcage veils to cathedral veils. All colors and edges.

Buying Trip

Posted on

WOW WOW WOW. We had an amazing time looking for the best dresses for our Lily’s Brides. We purchased over 60 gowns for the store.

So what did we find? We found an exclusive bridesmaids line that is modern, trendy and best of all you don’t look like a “bridesmaid.” Dresses you can actually wear to any event. Check out the pictures on our Facebook page. Let us know what you think!

Bridal Gowns – we reviewed so many shows but found the best still to be our exclusive bridal line, Robin Jillian. She knocked them out of the park this season. From fitted to ball gowns. AMAZING.

Accessories – More feathers, flower head pieces, headbands, tiaras, and veils. SPARKLE SPARKLE.

We can’t forget the beaded belts that add that something special to your dress. Beaded colored sashes to add to your bridal gown or bridesmaid gown too.

We now have to wait patiently for everything to arrive. Bridal gowns won’t be here until mid January but everything else will be here over the next two months.

We invite you to come see our new merchandise in the next few months.

Heading to Market

Posted on

We are so excited to head out to Dallas to buy new bridal gowns for the Spring 2011 season. We review 1000 of dresses just to find the perfect dresses for Lily’s Bridal.

How do we pick the dresses for the store? First, we see ALL dresses on models. We never order from a picture or from hanging on a rack. We like to see how the dress fits and drapes the body. Second, is the construction of the gown. We only bring in dresses that have proper construction so you do not need to have additional undergarments for support. Third, what options do you have with colors and fabrics? We take all this into consideration before we write an order. We do this with EVERY vendor. It is 3 days packed full of Fashion. It is a ton of fun.

What else do we do at the buying market? We network with other stores across the US and the world. We talk business and before we know it, it is time to get to the airport and head home. We are excited and tired when we come back. We do this three to four times a year. All to bring the best dresses to our customers.