Monday, September 28, 2009

Inspiration Board: Carnival Chic

For today's inspiration board I was inspired by an AMAZING engagement session that I stumbled on over on OVEREXPOSED. I love the idea of doing adding elements of an old fashioned carnival into your wedding decor. It could be done with subtle touches like the fun printed bowtie in the top right, or you could go all out and rent carnival rides just for your special day! The Anne Barge wedding dress on the right is so fabulous and fun. It just came in to the Gainesville store for our trunk show that will be running until Monday, October 5th. I think that I may have a new fave!
(Clockwise from top left)
Photo: Overexposed/SOTA
Placecards: The Knot
Bowtie: Snippet and Ink
Wedding Gown: Anne Barge
Invitations: The Knot
Bridesmaid Dress: Watters

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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.