What to Wear for Engagement Photos

Congratulations you are getting married!  After shouting it from the rooftop and sending out a quick picture of your engagement ring, one of the big ways to let everyone know that you are engaged is an Engagement Photo shoot! what-to-wear-for-engagement-photos

What should you wear for your engagement photo shoot?  It depends on your location, weather (time of the year), and personality.  There is no one size fits all outfit!  Continue reading

Bride’s Guide to Save Money on Bridesmaid Dress

Brides, here are a few tips to help your Bridesmaid(s) save money on her outfit:Bride's Guide Save Money on Bridesmaids Dress

    • Avoid dresses that require expensive alterations.  Long dresses almost always need a hem, multiple layers and large skirts cost more to hem than single layer sheath or column dresses.
    • Go Short!  Short dresses tend to be less expensive, require fewer alterations, and more likely that the Bridesmaid may be able to re-purpose or wear it again!

  • Pick a color and hem length and let your Bridesmaid pick a unique flattering dress.

  • Mismatched Dresses!  Pick a hem length and color scheme and avoid the matching dresses.  Similar hem length (above the knee, at knee, below the knee) creates a uniform look for Bridesmaids dresses.

      • Separates – Select a couple different skirts and tops for each of your Bridesmaids to choose from in your selected color(s).  Each Bridesmaid can choose the skirt and top combination that looks best on their body type, for usually less than a dress!

    • When buying your Wedding Dress, ask if they offer a discount for your Bridesmaid to purchase from the same store.
    • Check out overstock and used options from sites like Wedding-Recycle.com (Great option for one Bridesmaid, or mismatched dresses)

  • Consider Dress Rental from sites like Rent the Runway
  • Let the Bridesmaid wear shoes she already owns.  Common colors like black, neutral (nude), silver, or white may already be hiding in your Bridesmaid’s closet.

5 Top Tips for Bridesmaid Dress Shopping

Your going to be a Bridesmaid!  Here are 5 Top Tips For Bridesmaid Dress Shopping.

5 Top Tips For Bridesmaid Dress Shopping.

1. Have an honest discussion with the Bride about budget before dress shopping.  Pull her aside quietly, when she is not freaking out, to discuss financial expectations before you agree to be a bridesmaid.  You may be able to gently suggest less expensive options for dress and shoes, if necessary. This conversation will help you both plan and reduce the chance of hurt feelings later on.

2. Bring a few different style bras with you.  There are different levels of padding, coverage, and adjustable straps or strapless bras.  Switching to a different bra may save you money on dress alterations (especially if you are between sizes on a strapless dress). Bring at least 2 different bras for your fitting.  I like the convertible strap bras for strapless, halter, one shoulder, or cris cross back dresses.

Leave your sports bra at home.  It flattens your chest and you may order or buy the wrong size dress because of uni-boob!

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Designer Couture Wedding Gown Shopping Experience – What to Expect

What to Expect Designer Couture Wedding Gown Shopping ExperienceWedding gowns can be expensive.  Add a well-known designer’s name or label as Couture, and these wedding gowns reach a whole new level of expensive.  I had no idea what to expect with these high-end Wedding Gowns.  I tried on dresses that cost more than my first THREE cars, combined!  Sure, I felt pretty.  Anyone would feel pretty in those gowns.  I just could not justify the price!  What was I really getting for a 5-digit price tag?  I went to a few more “affordable” designer studios to try on dresses (some styles under $10,000 – what a bargain). Continue reading

Why are Bridal Shops so Expensive? And What Can I do About it?

A friend was recently Wedding Dress shopping with her Sister, and has asked me, “Why are bridal shops so expensive”?

I owned and operated a Special Occasion/Bridal store for almost 5 years, and while I am no expert, I do have real life experience to offer.

So, why are bridal shops so expensive?  And, what can you do about it?Bridal Shops Expensive-

The boring answer is that Bridal stores have significantly higher overhead than regular retail stores.  There are fewer items sold, and much more expense to the store for every dress sold than your regular shopping experience.

What are you really paying for?

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