Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Selecting Your Bridal Gown

Buying your
Wedding Gown
should be
the most fun
of all your
wedding planning.
Here are some tips for
making it a memorable and
pleasant experience to look
back on.

• Go to a store where you feel comfortable.
If you don't feel like you are being treated well,
or are unhappy with the selection, go elsewhere.
Don't try on any dresses if you wouldn't buy one
This is your time to feel like a Queen!

• Don't go shopping if you aren't feeling well.
If you are bloated,
sunburned, or in any way feel ugly or uncomfortable,
you won't feel as beautiful as you should.

• Take someone with you, but not a small army, and
never any children. They get bored instantly, and will
make you crazy, since they really shouldn't touch
anything in the store.

• Minimize or don’t wear any make-up, it will get on the
gowns you try on. Also, remove jewelry since the satins
and silks used for Bridal dresses are very delicate, and
will snag or damage easily. Once you purchase your
gown, remember these things for fittings as well.

• Bridal Gown sizes run small. Don't think about the size,
but the fit. Order the size you are now, don't expect to
lose a lot of weight. If you do lose weight, you can always
have the gown taken in.

• Expect to have alterations done. Your dress should fit
perfectly and very few women are a perfect size, and
5'9" tall. Buying separates can minimizes this problem.
Remember, you can’t have alterations done until you
have the shoes, slip (if you are wearing a full skirt)
and bra you will be wearing with your dress.

• Try on different styles. Be open to possibilities.
You may discover that the perfect gown is different from
what you had imagined.

• Try to be realistic. You may have been dreaming of your
gown since you were a little girl. Your dress should be
fantastic and make you feel beautiful, but don't have
unrealistic expectations.

• Start early! Most gowns take several weeks to arrive,
and some manufacturers can take months. Also consider buying
a gown off-the-rack. These are usually discounted and can be
cleaned and altered to fit.

• When figuring your dress in your budget, don't forget
accessories and alterations.

• Buy your gown first, then match it when purchasing your
headpiece, or veil and accessories.

• Accentuate your best features and camoflauge flaws.
Choose a dress that you are comfortable in, because you will
be wearing it for a several hours. Keep that in mind with your
shoes too - break them in beforehand.
It is hard to have fun when your feet hurt!

• You don't have to buy the first dress you find that you like.
Visit several shops and be sure before you place your order
since your deposit is non-refundable.
Most Bridal shops will require half down as a deposit.

• Have fun trying on several dresses before making your choice,
but don't look forever. You can’t move on to other decisions
such as bridemaids’ and flowergirl dresses until you select
your gown. Besides, if you look too long, you will start to get
confused by too many choices.

• Your gown sets the mood for your wedding, whether it will
be formal, semi formal, traditional, etc. Your gown should reflect
the style and formality you intend to have for your wedding.

• Once you are sure you have found the perfect gown, buy it!
Bargain hunting is usually frustrating and futile.
Avoid buying from the internet, since you can't see what you are
getting, and have no retail location where you can try the dress on
or come back to with any problems.


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Choosing Your Wedding Photographer

Choose your professional
Wedding photographer
carefully, because this
is the person who will
record the special moments
and events of one of the
most exciting days of your life.
In order to be well informed
about their service and to
look at comparable costs,
here are points to discuss
with each photographer that
you interview:

• Price is not the most important item!
Look for quality and creativity.

• Confirm the name of the photographer
who will be assigned to you. Ask to see
samples of his/her work, and decide if
the quality and style of this person is
suitable and appealing to you.

• Do you prefer candid or posed shots?
Communicate your preferences to the photographer.

• Will formal photographs be taken before or
after the ceremony? Does the photographer agree
with your decision?

• How long will the photographer stay at the reception?

• Ask for references; call several.

• Find out exactly what is included in the price quoted.
Get a detailed breakdown in writing.

• Who will own the proofs and negatives?
How long will they be kept on file?

• What are the costs for extra photos?
Does the price include a finished album?

• Is there a charge for cancellation?
What is the payment schedule?

Your photographer can be a source of general
wedding information and helpful ideas.

Be sure to choose someone that you are personally
comfortable with so that you will enjoy working
together to capture the memories of this day for you
to treasure forever.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Irish Weddings

Ireland is a
gem, blessed
with an abundance
of details and
Majestic mountains
sweep down to the sea.
Miles of stone walls
line fields filled with
black-faced sheep.
Tall, flowering hedges
shade narrow, winding roads.
Ancient castles and mystical
abbeys dominate pastoral vistas.
And, pastel-hued cottages dot
river valleys strewn with wild

What a magical place to begin a romance
or married life together!

The Irish custom of the Groom presenting
his Bride with a coin is said to date back
to the time when the Groom paid luck money
to the family of the Bride, in order to bring
happiness and blessings upon them. After the
exchange of wedding rings, the coin would be
presented to the Bride as a symbol of worldly
goods. There is a contemporary custom where
the Bride and Groom exchange coins, and it is
said that, if the coins clink as they are
exchanged, the couple will be blessed with
After the wedding, the gift is often preserved
as a family heirloom, and is passed from mother
to eldest son on his wedding day.


Monday, March 7, 2011

Wedding Shows this Weekend

There are three really great Bridal Shows this weekend.

It will be hard for Brides to decide which ones to attend!

We will be at all three, so hopefully we will see you

at one or two of them!

March 12 & 13 - L.A. Convention Center, Los Angeles

Festival Of Brides
The Upscale Bridal Show
Uniqfor Pre-Regisstered Brides & Grooms!
ue & Creative Ideas
Couture Bridal Fashions

March 13 - Sheraton Hotel, Cerritos

Bridal Showplace
Bringing Brides & Wedding Professionals together
for 16 years and more than100 Bridal Shows!

March 13 - Entertainer Yacht, Newport Beach

OC Premier Weddings
Bridal Spectacular Aboard Newport Beach
Luxury Yacht the "Entertainer"
FREE admission for Pre-Registered Brides & Grooms
1:00 - 4:00

Enjoy the weekend!