Before you set out, be aware of the following unspoken bridal etiquette:
Most salons don't allow you to browse through the racks -- they'll assign you a dressing room, ask you what you're looking for, and bring gowns to you.
Cameras are basically off limits. (Salons need to guard against brides taking a picture of the gown, and then getting a dressmaker to copy it.)
Saleswomen will likely want to dress you. Let them. Wedding gowns are often heavy, complicated, or fragile, and salespeople will know how to get you into and out of them.
No matter how much pressure you feel to put money down on the first gown you love, don't. Unless your wedding is in a few weeks, waiting a few days won't matter.
Expect strict (or nonexistent) cancellation and refund policies. These gowns are custom-made, so once they've cut the fabric, you own it!
Sometimes the best moments at a wedding are when the kids let loose and get the party started. Whether they are making their grand entrance down the aisle or stirring it up on the dance floor, kids have a way of making sure everyone has a little bit more fun. These are some adorable shots, not just because they make you smile, but because this is what weddings are all about – bringing together all the ones you love for a long day and night of pure fun.
Article courtesy of Dinner4two
Although I am not a bride-to-be or a former bride, I am a to-be-bridesmaid! With countless friends who are preparing to walk down that aisle within the next 24 months, I get the pleasure of being a bridesmaid and #MOH!
While shopping for the bridesmaid dresses isn’t as important as picking out your perfect gown, it should be just as fun. Make sure you pick a style that not only represents your party but also you and your day!
So for all you brides-to-be, check out some of my all time favorite bridesmaid dresses – for every type of wedding:
Photo and article courtesy of Dinner4two
With the Fourth of July weekend a few weeks ago, we can only imagine that quite a few of you headed out of town – or staying in town – for a wedding on that weekend. Are we right?! We knew it!
While there is no “proper wedding ediquette” for deciding whether or not to have your wedding on a holiday weekend, we want to hear what you think about this controversal topic. Check out our list of Pros and Cons for a Holiday Weekend Wedding and then give us your feedback! And don’t forget to hashtag #WednesdayWeddingsWithD4Two
Article courtesy of Storybook Weddings & Events
One of the most special days of your life is the day of your bridal shower. How lovely that someone thinks enough of you to gather the special women (and sometimes men, too) together to shower you not just with presents but with love and well wishes!
Bridal showers have evolved over the year. What used to be just a sheet cake and bowl of nuts has often turned into a complete luncheon, fresh flowers on every table, sometimes even favors for guests.
More than ever, the hostess of your bridal shower deserves a special Thank You Note. Because of all the aspects of the shower that you should mention, it will probably be more like a letter. Don’t try to squeeze it onto a note card. Select nice stationery and compose a lovely message.
Article and photos courtesy of Exquisite Weddings Magazine
Planning on inviting children, but not sure what to do after that? Rachel Welland of Bliss Events shares her ideas for keeping the kiddos entertained in various areas and at three price points.
IF THE KIDS CELEBRATE IN… The reception room, at their own table
Low Price Point: Kids only! Rent a fun linen and set the table with arts and crafts, coloring books, and other projects, along with a pre-dinner snack. Don’t forget engaging details like cute straws, an unusual centerpiece, and other visual stimulation.
Mid Price Point: Entertainment company Circus Mafia performs upscale and precise airbrush face-painting. It’s the next level of face-painting! $150/hour or $400/night, circusmafia.com
High Price Point: Hire a cirque performer to wow the crowd during or after dinner. Il Circo has both ground and aerial acts such as Hula-Hoop Contortion, Master Balancing Artist, and Aerial Fabric Acrobat. Starts at $3,500, imagination entertainment.com
Planning a wedding is can be full of different stresses. Right from the beginning the bride and groom are pulled in many different directions. Where to have the wedding, who to invite and, even more stressing, who not to invite can be the most difficult decision of all. Decisions can be difficult and feelings can be hurt. On top of all of this is the cost: how much will we need to spend to have the wedding that we want? Where do we cut back? Where can we cut back? More and more today’s couples are paying for their own wedding. The cost of a wedding is just something a great deal of bride’s parents can no longer pay for. Even if they want to! The cost of housing alone puts an added strain on paying for a wedding. Many couples today even buy their house before they get married with the goal of having a wedding ceremony later that may never happen.
Don't leave Mom out
By Isabel Rubinas
During the father-daughter dance, I saw my mom standing off to the side. I grabbed her and my brothers and we had a "family" dance instead. It was so sweet. My husband's family thought it was such a great idea, they did it too.
By Carolyn Kabes
I had the bridesmaids pick out the dress they were going to wear. I chose the color (chocolate brown) and I let them choose the style. I really liked the dress they chose, it flattered everyone.
I also let them choose their own shoes, jewelry and hair style. I wanted their personalities to come out, so all I asked was for the dress to be the same, everything else, they were on their own. It made for no complaints!
Take Advantage of Virtual Tours
By Courtney Smith
With hundreds of ceremony and reception locations in San Diego alone, it's impossible to see all of them in a reasonable amount of time. With a little help from technology, many locations now offer Online Virtual Tours so that brides can preview the style and size of a location without actually being there. Make sure to take advantage of this technology as you're planning your wedding.
Get the right shoes
By Lisa Tesitor
I actually bought some slippers that said bride and groom on them for the reception but thought they were silly. But, an hour into the reception, after walking around and saying hello, my feet were killing me.
I realized my dress would have hidden the slippers and I would have spent more time with friends and family if I had more comfortable shoes.
Article used by permission from San Diego Style Weddings.
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