Monday, July 13, 2009

Setting the Tone

You've set the date for your wedding. Wow, a load off of your back. Now it's time to

Now... how do you go about doing that?

We often tell our clients how important the wedding gown is when it comes to setting the tone for their big day. However, the tone involves so much more than choosing a color scheme. It embraces everything you want you and your guests to feel during your wedding and it effects everything from the stationery/invitations you choose to the wedding photography.

Here's an example of what I mean by setting the tone.

Claire comes into Solutions Bridal and finds her dream gown. Yay! We pop champagne and celebrate with her. Her dress is a gorgeous Alina Valenta gown.


Later she is picking out invitations with her mom. The flower and lace details in the dress inspire them to lean more toward romantic, vintage-inpired designs. This is the invitation they chose:


Next, Claire and her fiance begin interviewing several photographers in town. They want the perfect style to reflect their wedding day. The photographers all ask her what her dress looks like to get a feel for her style. After reviewing several portfolios, they fall in love with this vintage look, and it perfectly reflects Claire's dress!


When Claire meets with her florist and event planner, she finalizes her color scheme and discusses options for details that reflect the romantic, vintage look she's had in her mind since she decided on that gorgeous Alvina Valenta gown.


And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how finding your wedding gown can help SET THE TONE for your entire wedding day!

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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.