Monday, May 11, 2009

The Last Daughter is Married

On Saturday, Becca's mother dropped off her wedding gown to get preserved. It was one of those bitter sweet moments. Over four years ago when I started working for Solutions Bridal, I met the Warners as they were finishing up their first daughter's wedding. Last year, when the second daughter, Becca, got engaged I helped her find her wedding gown. She picked one of my favorites, an Alvina Valenta with a rouged waist and mermaid shape adorn with French Alencon lace. She also purchased her bridesmaid and MOB dress with us. It was fun helping her create the whole wedding look and seeing the results as her photographer shared the images on her blog. Her wedding was in April 2009. When her mother dropped off the gown for preservation it was a little sad. I told her to make sure to adopt a third daughter so I could help her with the wedding. She laughed and gave me a good hug goodbye.

Becca's wedding is a great example of using a bridesmaid dresses as a base color and popping with fresh flowers. She selected a soft pewter color that would contrast with the natural greenery outside as well as green and white bouqets. Very classy and timeless.

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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.