Monday, January 5, 2009

Unique Weddings

In the latest issue of Brides Magazine, we loved the article on Unique Weddings. Every bride comes in with a vision of their perfect dream wedding. Yet, there are simple little things even the most prepared bride might not think of. Listed below are some ideas to make your special day unique and even more memorable.

1. Create a wedding program: It is a cinch to customize-all you need is a rubber stamp of your monogram to embellish a note card. Place a separate sheet inside with the program details inside and tie on embroidery thread.

2. Give a custom flourish to all your printed material with your own logo, maybe with an image that's meaningful to you and your spouse, like a hobby or place.

3. Surprise guests with a special handwritten note in each place card. If you have a large guest list, try a lipstick-smooch mark and a "Glad you're here today!"

4. New twist on guest books. Traditional guest books often ended up stashed in a closet, instead choose a coffee-table book covering a subject you love and that you will want to display at home. Guests can write on the photos or in the margins.

5. A decorative brooch turns a simple bridal gown into a look that is all yours. At Solutions Bridal we have gorgeous Mikaella and BelAire brooches.

6. Colorful Crinoline. We loved the idea of one of our recent brides who had the unique idea to have pink crinoline under her wedding gown. A little history on crinoline: it was originally a stiff fabric with a weft of horse hair and a warp of cotton or linen thread.
From Brides Magazine February/March 2009.

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Top 10 Advice on finding the DRESS!

  • Number One Rule: Be open minded! What you think reminds you of your grandmother's dress on the hanger, may in fact be the dress of your dreams.
  • Bring someone that knows your style better than their own. I'm sure the groom doesn't want to see you in something that your bestfriend would wear on her wedding day
  • DON'T PURCHASE YOUR DRESS ONLINE! You miss out on the whole experience.
  • Don't worry what the groom will think. If he loves you, he will love what you pick.
  • Have fun! Remember that you have been dreaming of this day since you were five. Don't let the decision put a cloud over your head
  • If you hate the little bow on the dress, ask the consultant if you can order it Chances are you can. Keep in mind (contrary to what the magazines always say) there might be a charge for it. It won't lower the cost of the dress.
  • Price vs. Love: If you love the dress, GO FOR IT! Don't settle for less on what your wearing for your big day. You can always take some of the budget from the centerpieces and so on. No one will know and we won't tell.
  • Research designers online and make a scrap book of styles that you like. Do keep in mind, that it may all change when you start trying on.
  • Save the group shopping for the mall. This should be a personal experience that you should only share with one or two.
  • When you find it, you find it. Don't second guess yourself or you will pick your second favorite.