Monday, May 4, 2009

Stylist Being Shabby

Recognize any familiar faces? Posing in the photo is the full Gainesville Solutions Bridal Staff including the owner, Newell Fox. Hopefully, there won't be any consequences for posting this picture of him. shhh....

Every year we have a party just to celebrate having fantastic clients and industry friends. This year, we wanted to make sure the party was a time remembered. We decided a theme was going to be the best way to do it! A couple of years ago I had a bride throw a party were all of her friends wore their bridal gowns and bridesmaids. They wanted one more reason to wear the dress again.With this idea in mind, as a team we came up with the Something Shabby idea. Based off the old "Something blue, something OLD" saying. Our clients are always concerned if they will be able to wear their bridesmaid dresses again. This party gave them a reason to. The party was a huge success and we hope to make it into an annual celebration. And of course we look forward to seeing our boss in a full green seersucker suit again.

Thanks to the following vendors for adding their special touches to the evening:

Celebrations Catering: for splendid appetizers that always expand our palate

Unique Designs: for your creative minds, inspiration, and couture invitations

Solutions Entertainment: for making it into a true party

Party Time Rentals: for transforming our salon into a lounge for the evening

PhotoBooth: for making into an even more humorous night

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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.