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Tips For Writing Your Own Vows

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Blog

  If you have made the decision to write your own wedding vows then you are quite romantic and just a good bit brave. Getting up in front of all those people and repeating the vows correctly is nerve-wracking enough, and it’s harder still when they aren’t just generic words, but something you created. If you’re like me you want vows that are personal yet born in the tradition of all vows. You want to move your guests to happy tears, and you want your spouse to be moved, too. These are hard things to accomplish; love is a very complex thing to express, but you are surely up to the task. If and when you get stumped, take a look at these helpful tips.   Write Them Together Yes, it sounds really nice to write the vows in secret and be surprised by the touching and romantic promises as they are read to you for the very first time in front of all your friends and family. Yes, that is very romantic, but it’s also a lot of pressure. And why should vows be a surprise? Shouldn’t you be promising the same things to one another? So if you’re having trouble writing vows separately, sit down together and make one set that you each repeat. Talking them through together might also help you focus on the marriage part of the wedding instead of simply on the fun celebration part.   Make Promises As guests asked to come to your wedding and watch you pledge the rest of your life to one person we know you love each other. We get it. Your whole entire wedding is a proclamation of, and a testament to, your love, but your vows should be vows and not a toast. They are not the forum to talk about what you love about each other, or when you knew you loved each other, or what you have been through to get to that moment; your vows are about the future. Your vows are what are you going to do for one another when things are happy and easy and when things are not happy...

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Look Who’s Here

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Blog

    This Watters gown has been in our store for Trunk Shows, but it is finally here to stay as a stock piece. It is a show-stopping gown for sure with its plunging illusion neckline and its low button-covered back. The long lace sleeves help to balance these daring elements and the fit and flare silhouette gives the look a statuesque effect. Yes, the gown is simply statuesque. Simply stunning.   The neckline is probably what people notice about this gown first, but I really think the sleeves are what make it worth giving a second glance. Even as more bridal designers incorporate sleeves into their collections there is still a stigma that sleeves, especially lace sleeves, are old-fashioned. But here Watters shows you with ease and grace that sleeves can be sexy, that sleeves can add to the overall sleekness of the gown and that sleeves can reveal just as much as they may cover.      ...

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Happy Mother’s Day

Posted by on May 8, 2015 in Blog

Whenever I post a blog here I can rely on the familiar chirp chirp of my cell phone a short while later announcing a message from my number one fan. It is from my avid reader who pours over the details of the newest bridal gowns and trends. She marvels at the creations and the craftsmanship. She is not a bride-to-be. She isn’t buying a gown or planning a wedding.     She is of course my mother, and each message she sends me is full of embarrassing and lavish praise for me. I don’t deserve it, but I do enjoy it and little by little I have found that I write for her. When you put something out there on the internet you never really know who reads it. You never really know who benefits from it or learns from it or enjoys it, but I know I can count on my mother’s encouragement and support.   And so as Mother’s Day approaches it seems appropriate to acknowledge this support in all its unconditional and mystifying glory. My mother seems to think I should be writing for the New York Times or the President of the United States. You’re allowed to laugh if you like, but these are the kinds of things mothers say. I guess that’s because mothers have a tendency to think their children are the best. But that works both ways, and I imagine most children think they have the best mother in the whole wide world.   Which means Happy Mother’s Day to all the best mothers in the whole wide world. Mine first and then yours : )  ...

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Wedding Season

Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Blog

The weather the last few days could not have been more beautiful in Baltimore. It seems we have finally turned that tricky corner between pseudo spring and actual spring, which means it’s time to take off our sweaters and scarves and break out the capris pants and sandals. It also means it is time to get excited about all the upcoming spring and summer weddings. Yes, wedding season is upon us. Your own calendars are probably marked up with a few or a few dozen weddings to attend.   Wedding season can wear on a person; it’s true. It can dip into your bank account and it can take away precious weekend time, but here are the things I am looking forward to most as spring and summer weddings approach.   Personal Style Weddings are getting less and less cookie cutter and I am so excited to see all the ways that this season of couples make the day their own. I am excited to see how couples mix and match tradition. I am excited to see hand painted signs and handmade programs and grooms who aren’t in tuxes. I’m excited to see how couples will take a ballroom and make it feel unique and intimate and truly their own.   Bridesmaid Dresses Hand-in-hand with an increased emphasis on personal expression at weddings is an upped game in bridesmaid dresses. I am actually excited to see what the maids will be wearing. I’m excited to see what theme their gowns will be built around. I’m excited to see if they will match each other or if they will be completely different.   The Dancing I used to feel extremely awkward whenever I made my way to the dance floor at a wedding, but I have since realized it’s the best part. Whether you have great moves or no moves, this wedding season, don’t sit on the sidelines. Get in there and get down.   Refreshing Drinks Mint juleps. Mojitos. Sangria. Or classic homemade lemonade. All of these things make attending weddings fun and fancy. It’s especially great when the couple creates their own signature drink. It helps to save...

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Charm City

Posted by on Apr 30, 2015 in Blog

It’s no secret that Baltimore could use a little love this week because there are serious things going on in Charm City. This is not the forum to discuss the serious issues that need to be discussed because this is a bridal blog. But it is the perfect place to show the beauty of a city that is often misunderstood. This is the perfect place to show off all the wonderful reasons to have a wedding here, to visit here, and to live here. Because there are a million of them and they are all charming. The Walters. The BMA. Cap’n Crunch French Toast at Blue Moon Cafe. Mount Vernon Square. The George Washington Monument. The George Peabody Library. Camden Yards. The Orioles. The Ravens. The Raven. Druid Hill Park. Patterson Park. The Running Festival. Natty Boh. Mr. Boh. The Book Festival. The Enoch Pratt Library. The Inner Harbor. The Aquarium. Fells Point. Crabs. Old Bay. Charles Street. The Creative Alliance. Anything on the menu from Miss Shirley’s. Hon Fest. Artscape. And the list goes on.  ...

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