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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Selling Your Wedding Gown… Online!

If you’re not the sentimental type, there are several online outlets that will gladly take your once-worn, pre-loved wedding gown off your hands. Selling a wedding dress after the wedding is a growing trend. If you will be selling your wedding dress, here are a few ideas.

In addition to eBay and Craigslist, consider sites that specialize in preowned wedding gowns – Tradesy, Nearly Newlywed (They make it super fuss-free to sell your wedding dress), Sell My Wedding Dress, Encore Bridal, Once Wed, Pre-Owed Wedding Dresses, RecycledBride.com and Still White.

SELLWeddingGownOnlineIn a recent listing, a bride asked $495 for a once-worn $6,000 Vera Wang gown. Policies covering listings and commissions vary – check the sites, and watch for promotions.

The best time to list a wedding dress is February or March… the slowest time for sales is Thanksgiving to New Year’s. List dresses while they are still in style – ones more than three years old are hard to sell, although vintage dresses can be popular.

In the listing, include designer, size, original price, details of style and information on extras, such as beads and pearls. If the gown has been worn, it is not “New without tags,” it is “used.” The description is crucial.

Take lots of photos showing the whole dress and all of its detailing. Make sure your gown is photographed from all angles, including the train, the back, the bodice, the side, and with the train up if the gown is already bustled.

Let your bridesmaids know that if they want to sell there dresses, you are okay with that.

Best Sellers: Plus size, short, lace, white and ivory gowns. If it applies, make sure to use these keywords in the headline and body of the listing.

Or… you could go out in style and “Trash the Dress!” What a terrific photo-opt!

BONUS Articles: “What Am I Going to Do With My Wedding Dress?”
7 Places Besides eBay To Resell Your Wedding Dress
Tips for Selling A Bridal Gown Online

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Copyright © 2015 – Larry James. This information is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website and Wedding Blog. Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: Cell: 480-205-3694. You will find more than 475 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Check Larry’s availability.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Tips for Wedding Dress Shopping

You’ve decided on your wedding style, but now you’re having trouble finding the perfect gown. Follow these basic shopping tips to make sure the most important dress you’ll ever wear reflects your personal style.

Expect minor alterations. Even the most expensive designer wedding gowns might need a few adjustments. If you buy your gown well in advance, you may need to alter the dress again a couple of weeks prior to the wedding.

WEDdressshoppingAlways hang your wedding gown by loops inside the gown that are connected to sturdy side seams. NEVER hang your gown by fragile shoulder seams that can stretch or sag.

Always choose a specialist who will personally process your bridal gown. Never leave your gown with someone who sends your bridal gown away to be cleaned. Choose the right white for your skin tone, no matter what style you pick.

Think about wearing fun footwear. Getting married in the middle of July? Consider sporting flip-flops under your gown. If you’re all cowgirl, try a pair of boots. Bring shoes with the same height as your wedding shoes are going to be on your special day.

Remember to ask to inspect your wedding gown personally before it is put into the container, which should be a completely acid-free museum quality archival wedding chest lined with fabric or acid-free tissue.

Never store your wedding gown in plastic bags or vacuum-sealed, plastic wrapped containers because plastic emits fumes that can yellow your bridal gown and trap moisture that mildews your wedding gown.

If you are selling your gown, opt for a muslin bag. Museums use muslin for textile conservation and preservation because it provides a stable and non-acidic environment against contaminants.

Always ask what precautions the specialist takes to protect delicate trims and decorations on your wedding gown and how the cleaner guards against latent stains on your wedding gown.

Never store your bridal gown in the attic or basement where there are extreme changes in temperature or humidity.

Do not shop after you’ve purchased your wedding dress. Instead enjoy the rest of your wedding planning.

Wear the right undergarments when shopping. Don’t go bridal gown shopping without wearing the right undergarments. You need to wear the same or similar garments that you’ll be wearing for the wedding. Some gowns won’t fit the same way without the right undergarments. If you need some help, ask your bridal consultant about the right undergarments for the dresses you are considering. A full service bridal shop should be able to offer options for trying on with your gown as well.

BONUS Article: 11 Must-Read Gown Shopping Tips
Wedding Dress Shopping Tips From a Bridal Salon Owner
10 Mistakes Brides Make When Dress Shopping
Shopping for Your Wedding Dress

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Shopping for Your Wedding Dress

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Shopping for a wedding dress is slightly more complex than you might think. We’ll walk you through it.

You’ve done the research. You’re an expert on wedding dress styles and wedding gown designers. Now the time has finally arrived: It’s wedding dress shopping day! But before you begin, make a plan…

WEDDressShopping• Decide where to shop

Independently owned full-service bridal shops ~ These stores offer a full range of services for the bride and the wedding party, with designers and prices ranging from moderate to high end. While off the rack is possible, these stores typically special-order wedding gowns for brides and attendants, so you should be prepared to wait a few months for your gown to arrive. You will mostly likely be able to purchase all of your bridal accessories, such as shoes, veils, undergarments, and jewelry, and an in-store seamstress will consult with you on custom alterations.

Couture bridal shops ~ Couture bridal shops represent a subsection of independently owned full-service bridal shops. Offering the same range of services, they carry exclusive designer labels at higher-end prices. These bridal boutiques are usually found in major cities.

Department stores ~ Department stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, and JCPenney offer wedding gowns, while others such as Lord & Taylor and Hecht’s only offer bridesmaids’ dresses. These gowns are usually bought off the rack; however, your wedding dress may be specially ordered from another store if your size is not in stock. Most of these stores offer in-house alterations.

Discount bridal outlets ~ Discount bridal outlets offer a mix of discontinued national brands and privately labeled merchandise at reduced prices. While you will not find the same level of service found at privately owned bridal shops, you may be able to find the designer wedding dress of your dreams at an affordable price. Dresses are bought off the rack, so you may take the gown home the day your purchase it. Since these stores typically do not offer on-site alterations, make sure you can find a trusted seamstress.

Nationwide bridal chain stores ~ Bridal chain stores manufacture, import, and sell their own private label wedding gowns. While the style selection is more limited than in other types of stores, the prices are usually lower. Be prepared for a lower level of service and little sales assistance, but the ability to buy off the rack at a reasonable price can be a good option for short engagements.

WEDDressShopping2Custom gown designers ~ For a one-of-a-kind wedding gown, you can collaborate with a custom gown designer to specially create a wedding dress just for you. You can find such gown designers in most major cities. Be sure to select a designer whose vision you appreciate and trust.

• What to expect once you’re there…

Make an appointment… and, if possible, try to shop during a weekday. You will receive more attentive service if your sales associate can dedicate his/her time especially for you.

Bring Undergarments ~ Consider bringing the lingerie that you will wear at the wedding. This will help you determine exactly how the wedding dress will look and feel on the big day.

Bring Trusted Companions ~ Bring someone with you whose opinion you respect and trust, but avoid bringing an entire brigade of “experts.” Too many opinions will distract you.

WEDDressShopping3Communicate with Your Consultant ~ Many bridal boutiques will not simply allow you to browse through the selection of wedding dresses; rather, they will bring gowns to you one at a time. A sales associate will sit down with you to discuss your style and will bring you dresses that reflect your vision. That said, allow them to bring you many styles. While you may have an idea of what you want, you never know what looks best on your body style until you try it.

Don’t Overanalyze the Fit ~ Most likely, you will not try on dresses in your actual size. Stores typically carry sample sizes (8–10), and the sales associate will pin it to your body. Once you decide on a gown you will have to be fitted up to three times before your wedding dress fits perfectly. If the store has an in-house seamstress, ask for an alterations estimate. Also, wedding dresses tend to run small, so be prepared to order a size that is larger than you normally wear.

Trust Your Instincts ~ Go with your gut! If you need to be convinced that a wedding dress looks good on you, it’s probably not “the one.”

Alterations & Accessories ~ When determining the cost of your wedding dress, remember to factor in the cost for alterations, the veil (which can run up to $1,000) and other accessories, such as shoes, headpiece, etc. If there is a specific feature you want changed, you can usually request it. Keep in mind that any design changes will increase the cost of the wedding gown. Your dress usually takes a few months to be made, so make sure you leave enough time for said alterations.

Don’t Rush ~ Sleep on it. Most stores have a no-return policy, so you want to be sure before making your final decision.

Wedding Dress Deposits ~ Once you have found “the dress” and made your final decision, be prepared to at least pay a 50% deposit.

BONUS Articles: Things To Know Before You Shop For Wedding Dresses Online
10 Mistakes Brides Make When Dress Shopping
“What Am I Going to Do With My Wedding Dress?”
So, What About Wedding Gown Sizes?

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Top 10 Wedding Day Do’s from a Famous Bridal Designer!

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1. Comfort is Key: You must love your wedding day look, and feeling comfortable when you walk down the aisle is incredibly important. If you feel comfortable, you’ll radiate confidence, making you the most beautiful blushing bride around!

2. Showcase Your Wedding Style: Determine the style, vibe and theme of your wedding and take into account the wedding venue, season and time of day. Your wedding dress (the volume, silhouette, proportions, detailing, etc.) should mesh with the other elements of your wedding. While choosing a gown that flatters your figure is major, remember that the dress is not only about how it looks on your body. It should help tell the story of your wedding day!

WeddingDayDos3. Think Head-to-Toe: Make sure you see the whole look- the dress, headpiece or veil, bouquet and wedding shoes- prior to saying I Do. I’d even go so far as to include the bridal makeup in the equation. Don’t focus all of your energy and attention on the dress, and make sure your bridal accessories aren’t an afterthought.

4. Understated Bouquet: If you’re crazy about your dress, go easy on the bridal bouquet. Bouquets that are too big, loud, or statement-making will detract from your gown, so less is more when it comes to your bouquet.

5. Long and Short of It: Hem lengths are key! Make sure your gown is long enough to cover your shoes, but short enough so that it floats above in the front. A dress that’s too long in front is treacherous, and a bride tripping down the aisle is even worse. You shouldn’t have to lift the dress in order to float down the white aisle.

6. Bridal Beauty- Be Yourself: Think about your makeup and don’t go too wild. Your wedding is not the time to try out different makeup looks for the first time. Stick to what you know! Personally, I’m not crazy about strong red lipstick with a white wedding dress. But in general, you’ll want to avoid anything that makes you look caked or disguised, and the same goes for your wedding hair. Don’t let your stylist get too elaborate with your hairstyle or accessories. It’s all about editing!

7. Traditional Wedding Heels: I prefer a wedding shoe on the quieter side, style aside. A shoe with a tapered toe box is a lovely choice. I’m not into blinged-out wedding heels since they detract attention from the dress. If you and your fiancé are the same height, a little kitten heel is nice, and if your man is tall, platform heels are perfect.

8. Black, White & Color Wedding Photos: It’s just as important to have black-and-white wedding photography done as it is to have color. I adore black and white photos because they’re chic and timeless.

9. Step Into Your Dress! No matter what silhouette, neckline or level of volume, step into your wedding dress and DO NOT pull it on over your head. I once had a bride get red lipstick on the front of her dress when she pulled it on over her head. During the wedding reception, maintain a safe distance from anyone with colorful cocktails or makeup.

10. Enjoy the Moment: Once the ceremony has ended, don’t rush down the aisle! Savor the moment. Remember that wedding guests spend most of the time looking at your back during the service. You put so much labor and love into the wedding planning so take your time when walking back down the aisle. Let them see (and die over!) your gorgeous dress and the blushing bride!

VeraWangCopyright 2014 by Vera Wang. Vera Ellen Wang is an American fashion designer based in New York City and former figure skater. She is known for her wide range of haute couture bridesmaid gowns and wedding gown collections, as well as for her clientele of elite lady figure skaters, designing dresses for competitions and exhibitions. Visit her (NOTE: At the office? Turn down the volumn!) Website!

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Friday, June 7, 2013

So, What About Wedding Gown Sizes?

Filed under: Wedding Dress,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 7:30 am

My friends in the Bridal Shop business tell me the wedding dress sizes vary a lot. “If you think you’re a size 6, you’re at least an 8 and probably a 10,” says Jeff Moore, senior vice president of merchandising and product development at retailer David’s Bridal.

The order is based on the woman’s largest measurement: bust, hips or waist. If her hips and waist are an 8 but her bust a 10, she gets the 10; if her bust and waist are 12 but her hips 14, she gets the 14. Why? In alterations, it’s much harder to make a gown bigger than it is to make it smaller. Just like “street” clothes, same-size wedding gowns come in different proportions and measurements.

Here are 3 tips from Allure Bridals:

1. Measure your bust – Lift your arms, and wrap the measuring tape around the fullest part of your bust. Where the measuring tape overlaps is the measurement that you should use.

2. Measure your natural waist – Wrap the measuring tape around your natural waist, which is approximately 2 inches above your belly button.

3. Measure your hips – Measure at the fullest part of your bottom and thighs. See our size charts below. You may not line up with one size so choose a size with your largest measurement.

The bride’s dress size is just a number, however, it’s not the number she’s used to. We say all that to say this: Make sure that you choose your dress size carefully. You would be wise to consult one of the professionals at your favorite Bridal Dress Shop.

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

“What Am I Going to Do With My Wedding Dress?”

You probably spent hours, days, weeks or months looking through magazines and at bridal shops for that perfect wedding dress. You most likely spent hundreds of dollars to purchase it and have it altered only to wear in one time at your wedding. After the wedding, brides have an important decision to make and that is what to do with the dress. What do you do with the used wedding dress?

TrashTheDressIf you’re like most brides, it’s carefully preserved, in a box, taking up loads of valuable storage space somewhere in your house. Or maybe it’s just hanging in your closet, still taking up equally as much storage space.

Why leave your gorgeous wedding dress to languish in the closet, only for your daughter to eventually decide it’s not really her style? Your daughter may want to have it altered into something more modern or may simply wants to wrap her bouquet in some of the lacey fabric.

Here are a few ways you can repurpose your wedding dress:

Since there’s a pretty good chance you will never wear it again you could trash your dress for the sake of some really awesome photos. Think water, mud, paint! The options are endless. Hire a photographer and with your husband come up with some wild and crazy ideas to “Trash the Dress!” You could save it and trash it on your first anniversary. “Trash the Dress,” also known as “Rock the Frock,” or “Drown the Gown,” is a style of wedding photography that contrasts elegant clothing with an environment in which it is totally out of place. This unexpected trend has emerged in recent years and it happens after your wedding day… obviously.

HillaryAnnePhotographyYou could sell it to recoup a little of your investment. If this is your plan, you have two options — direct sale or consignment. Consignment is when you bring your dress to a store, and they sell the dress for you. When the dress sells, the store will send you the proceeds, less their consignment fee.

You could donate it to a charity. Make it available to someone less fortunate by donating it to Goodwill or the Salvation Army. It would be a blessing for someone on a limited budget to be able to wear a great dress. The Brides Project resells your used wedding dress and gives the proceeds to cancer research. Brides Across America gives your gown to a military bride in need. Remember that donating your dress generally comes with a tax write-off as well.

If you have the heart to do this – it involves scissors – cut your gown into fabric squares and turn it into a beautiful heirloom wall or bed quilt. Leftover pieces can be used as “matting” for your favorite wedding photos and scrapbook projects. You can turn your veil into sachets for your drawers, baskets and closets.

Here are a few creative suggestions:

• Save it to wear at a Halloween or costume party. Go as a runaway bride, or a Bridezilla.
• Use your wedding dress to make a skirt for a baby bassinet. Perhaps “your” baby.
• Use it as a beautiful skirt under your Christmas tree.
• Make a covered photo album from it.
• Have a tailor cut your dress into cute boudior pillows.
• Make a ring pillow for the ring bearer for your daughter’s wedding.
ringpillow• Donated it to the costume department of a local school or college theater group.
• Make a hankie with lace attached as a keepsake or to use as a “something old” for your daughter’s wedding.
• Make a pillow for your bed, using the fabric from the dress, and embroider your wedding date, bride’s name, groom’s name, and any other pertinent information.
• Use the silk to cover the matting inside a picture frame.
• Create a “something old” hankie with lace attached for your daughter to carry.
• The satin from the dress might make a nice cushion or as the lining of a jewelry box.
• Create a shadow box, using a piece of the dress, a photo, the jewelry, your garter, and any other important things that you want to cherish and pass on to your children.
• Hang it on a tailor’s dummy in your guest room, as an exhibit.
• How about sachets for the dresser drawers or to hang on closet hangers?
• If you’d like to wear your wedding dress again, you can easily alter the dress by raising the hem and dyeing it another color.

No matter what you decide to do with your wedding dress, the wedding photos and memories will last a lifetime. If you decide to keep your wedding dress, there are some precautions you need to take to make sure it is well preserved. Read the bonus article below.

Photo Credit: Top left, Hillary Anne Photography

BONUS Article: How to Preserve and Store Your Wedding Gown
101 Ways to Use a Used Wedding Dress

Copyright © 2013 – Larry James. Larry James is an award winning, non-denominational wedding officiant and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or Cell: 480-205-3694. Pre-maritial relationship coaching is available and not required. You will find more than 475 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Something NEW about weddings is posted every 4th day on this Wedding BLOG. Check Larry’s availability.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Tradition Behind the Bride’s Train

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train2The length of your wedding dress train is a tradition that dates back to the Middle Ages. Back then, brides’ trains were a sign of her position in society. The longer the train, the more prominence she held with the ruling family. That’s why Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge sported a much longer train.

Wedding dress trains are the portion of the gown’s skirt that extends behind the dress, trailing along the ground behind the wearer. The train is not a necessary part of your dress. The formality of your wedding should influence your decision to have a train more than any other factor. Typically, a gown’s train length varies, based on how formal your wedding is, and may also vary based on the silhouette of the dress. Typically, wedding dresses with long trains are categorized as being formal wedding dresses, whereas wedding dresses with short trains, or no train at all, are categorized as informal wedding dresses.

An important attribute of a wedding dress is the train – or not, depending upon the bride’s personal preference. It is only one more fancy formal fashion detail you can choose to wear or not. The train helps to further differentiate your wedding gown from the bridesmaids’ dresses. Trains make a dramatic accent to your dress, especially when you can take portraits with it swirled around you on the floor. Most brides don’t know that there are actually many kinds of trains. Here is an example of four. There are many more.

TrainThroughout much of the twentieth century, many brides chose to forego the bridal train, choosing gowns that reflected current fashion trends. Today, however, brides are free to wear whatever dress suits them on their special day.

Part of the Maid or Matron of Honor’s responsibility is to bustle the Bride’s train before the reception. A bustle is the best method for this, because it leaves the bride’s hands free for greeting people and dancing at the reception. Bustling a dress originated the 1800’s, when ladies wore heavy gowns that needed to be supported off the floor. The bustle is held up by a series of hooks and eyes that are discreetly hidden in the folds of the material.

Bridal train sets world record in Romania. A Bucharest fashion house has set a Guinness World Record for the longest bridal train in history, beating the previous record held by a Dutch designer. It took ten seamstresses 100 days to create the nearly two-mile-long ivory train, which billowed high above a main boulevard in Romania’s capital on Tuesday as the bridal dress was displayed from a hot-air balloon. The creation was worn by 17-year-old model Ema Dumitrescu to promote this year’s Wedding Fair in Bucharest. In 2009, a Chinese bride famously got married in a 1.4 mile-long wedding dress that took more than 200 guests over three hours to unroll. The previous record for the world’s longest train stood at 2,488 metres.

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BONUS Articles: Wedding Trains, Guide to Style, Type, and Length
How to Pin a Wedding Dress Train

Copyright © 2012 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s “romantic” Wedding Website. Larry James is an award winning, non-denominational wedding officiant and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or Cell: 480-205-3694. Pre-maritial relationship coaching is available and not required. You will find more than 470 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Something NEW about weddings is posted every 4th day on this Wedding BLOG. Check Larry’s availability.

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Must the Bride Wear White?

Filed under: Non-Traditional Ideas,Wedding Dress,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 7:00 am

White is no longer just for virginal, first-time brides, nor do brides have to wear it at all. “Really, a bride may wear any color she desires on her wedding day,” says Washington, D.C.-based wedding planner and etiquette expert Claudia Lutman. “Before Queen Victoria, who is solely credited as establishing the tradition of the white bridal gown, brides wore their best dresses, despite the color.”

After Queen Victoria’s choice to wear a white wedding dress etiquette books then began to turn the practice into a “tradition” and the white gown soon became a popular symbol of status that also carried “a connotation of innocence and sexual purity.”

polka-dotweddingdress1One way for a bride to stand out from the many other brides-to-be out there and make a statement about her personal style is to choose a colored dress.

Recently, manufacturers are making a lot of stylish wedding dresses with color, in addition to the white dresses they already have in the marketplace. Sure, we know that this is not traditional, but modern brides are getting brave, breaking tradition and wearing what they want to wear. If you want your wedding to be different (memorable) and daring why not wear a wedding dress with color?

Dresses of color also offer many outstanding options for women who want a stunning wedding style. The best gown is one she feels most comfortable wearing, and for many brides, that’s not a stark white dress. Subtle hints of color on a wedding dress have been popular accents for years, and might include choices such as:

• Sashes or bows of color
• Colored hems or necklines
• Colored embroidery
• Contrasting inset panels
• Colored beading

Other accessories such as wedding shoes, gloves, a purse, or a handkerchief. Consider using a complementary shade, or one of a lighter or darker hue, for your accessories. While these delicate details can add a tinge of color to a dress, full colored gowns are also becoming more popular for modern, trendy brides.

Once last thought on breaking tradition: While white is typically “reserved for the bride,” according to nationally recognized etiquette expert Diane Gottsman, other experts see the tides changing on this rule. “As long as guests do not upstage the bride or appear to be in competition with her, a winter white or summer cream dress is now considered okay,” says Claudia Lutman. As Emily Post Etiquette advised New York Times readers in March, what matters most is making sure you’re not “unintentionally calling attention” or “causing offense to the bride.”

What color wedding dress would you wear, if white weren’t an option?

NOTE: Pink Wedding Gown photo courtesy of The Wedding Planning Institute, a division of Lovegevity, Inc.
Ombre (means “shaded” in French or graduated in tone) Bridal Gowns. (Photo left: Wedding dress by Lela Rose via Sunpost Weekly)
Polka-dot wedding dress photo by Bayly & Moore.

Bonus Articles: Colored Wedding Dresses
Your Gown: Choosing the Right White
Wedding Etiquette: 10 Rules You Can Break
Wedding Dress Shopping and Your Entourage

Copyright © 2012 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s “romantic” Wedding Website. Larry James is an award winning, non-denominational wedding officiant and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or Cell: 480-205-3694. Pre-maritial relationship coaching is available and not required. You will find more than 470 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Something NEW about weddings is posted every 4th day on this Wedding BLOG. Check Larry’s availability.

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Wedding Dress Shopping and Your Entourage

Filed under: Wedding Dress,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 7:00 am
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Mrs. Hancock, President and Founder & Amy Bacon, Wedding Division Head, Guest Authors

Shopping for that special dress is such an exciting time! Of course, if your friends were Drama and Turtle (from HBO’s show Entourage), you’d be in and out of there in a jiffy; however we know the truth of the matter. Here are a few tips that will assist you and your Bridal Shop owner have a fantastic shopping experience:

1. For the very best service, please make an appointment! Call your Dress Shop owner, make an appointment and ask if it’s alright if you bring 7 people with you. Space may be at a premium; with perhaps a lack of seating. We’d prefer to see you bring only 1 to 3 others and have that small entourage be comfortable. Comfort is key when shopping. If you can go in the middle of the week or during the day or evening, the chances are you may have the place mostly to yourselves. Worst day of the week: Saturday.

wedding-dress-shopping2. Dress Shop owners prefer that very small children remain at home. Crying children disrupts others and as dresses and other items in the store are fragile and sometimes expensive, children running about worry Shop owners; this many times add a level of frustration and pulls focus. It’s all about you, not your Maid of Honor’s 4-year old. Please remember to be respectful of the other Brides and their friends in the shop.

3. Do your research. Think on your venue. The flowers you like, formal or cocktail; your body type, color palette, etc. These are all important things to consider before shopping. If you can pull magazine photos to share with the dress shop specialist, it will help them assist you! You may not want a formal dress if you’re having a Sunday Brunch wedding, for example.

4. Consider bringing only your most trusted advisors. Your dress is your dress and it’s your opinion that truly matters. However, should you feel bringing 7 people is what you need, then please ask that your young ladies be positive and supportive. We want you to find the perfect gown and other people’s opinions are just that.

5. Fuel up! Be sure to eat the day of, so that you have the energy to get through the event. Driving all over the Valley will be tough when you’re hungry; keep the “crankies” at bay. Drink plenty of water. Consider having a dutch-lunch, breakfast or hosted brunch prior to your outing and make it a lovely and memorable event. Consider bringing bottled water and snacks; granola bars, a bag of veggies, or unsalted almonds are perfect! Don’t drink alcohol for 48-hours before shopping and lower your salt intake to avoid swelling.

6. Dress for the occasion! Multiple layers cause changing issues. Consider a sun dress and bring a couple of different styles of brassieres and shoes; maybe a pair or two of earrings.

7. Most Brides want to lose some weight prior to their wedding day; that’s fine. Please don’t spend time judging yourself and your weight. Need to lose 10 pounds, not a problem! It’s about the dress. Don’t go to that ‘poor me’ place. Have FUN!

8. If you’re an older bride or are on your 3rd or 4th marriage. . . consider something other than white (at least for a minute). Mix it up! Try Silver or Gold, tea length and stand out as a woman of a certain age.

9. You’re always welcome to return if need be. You don’t have to pick a gown that day. Mull; consider and make the best possible choice for the time of day, time of year, inside or outside ceremony and, your figure.

Copyright © 2011 – Mrs. Hancock & Amy Bacon. Reprinted with permission. Amy Bacon is the Wedding Division Head for Mrs. Hancock’s Inc., and has over 8 years of experience planning and coordinating weddings. Amy is consistently recognized for her excellent work ethic and dedication. Her strong communication and interpersonal skills easily wins her client’s confidence. Amy is diplomatic in difficult and stressful situations and is a resourceful problem solver; analyzing situations rapidly, making decisions and meeting demanding objectives. Visit their Website and Blog or call 602-762-1174.

Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 460 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Something NEW about weddings is posted every 4th day on this Wedding BLOG. Check Larry’s availability.

Subscribe to Larry’s FREE monthly “LoveNotes for Lovers” eZINE. Contact: CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. – CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com

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