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Wedding Tip: Writing Wedding Day Notes

Posted by on Aug 3, 2016 in Blog

Planning a wedding can make a person awfully sentimental. You think a lot about your relationship with your fiancé and you also end up thinking a lot about your other relationships. You think about the people who have been important in your life. You think about your maid of honor and why she’s your maid of honor. You think about the people on your guest list and why you want them there. You think about your childhood and your dreams and your future with your person.   With all this sweet sentimentality swirling around it’s best to have an appropriate outlet for it. You can get weepy at your bachelorette party after a few drinks and gush about how wonderful everyone is, or you can opt for something a little more tangible if not as cringingly memorable.   Enter the handwritten notecard. Getting married really gives you an opportunity to let the people in your life know just how important they are to you. You’re probably planning on writing really nice thank-you notes to your bridesmaids or to your aunts who helped with your shower, but who are some other people who might deserve a note?     I was browsing greeting cards the other day and came across a set of cards that were labeled “To My Mother on My Wedding Day” and “To My Father on My Wedding Day.” I was immediately struck by two thoughts: one, what a great idea, and two, why didn’t I do that? Which is why I am telling all of you about it. I wrote my parents a nice thank-you note, sure, but those two card ideas offer a lot more meaning.   Of course it might not be a mother or father that you feel compelled to write to, but the point is, you should pick those important people in your life and take the time to say a few words. You should also write a note to your very-soon-to-be-spouse. They make for really wonderful keepsakes and you should never underestimate the value of something written in a person’s own hand. There’s nothing like.   Weddings also inevitably make you...

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Special Style Event Going on Now!

Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 in Blog

Today I get a chance to share news about a really wonderful style event that is going on now through Sunday at Betsy Robinson’s Bridal. The event features two of our most popular designers, Watters and Essense of Australia and it will be giving special focus to a variety of shapes and sizes.   Bridal gowns run notoriously small when compared to what most of us are used to wearing and to compound the problem, most designers send very small sample sizes out to bridal salons. This can make finding the perfect gown more stressful than it needs to be. And that’s why I am so excited about the next few days. We will have a really good selection of gowns in anything from a size four to a size twenty-four with additional sizes available. We will have some of the newest trendiest gowns from these top designers in sizes that will make every bride feel beautiful and confident. Lace, tulle, fitted, a-line, separates, beaded, you name it. We have had these gowns since last weekend, but we are holding on to them a little bit longer just for all of you. Over the past few days it has been wonderful to see so many different brides have so many different options to try on.   We are always eager to be able to accommodate more and more brides and this weekend’s style event is a great way to do that. Both Watters and Essense of Australia have been driving forces behind increasing the range of sample sizes available in stores and they are as committed as we are to finding the perfect fit for every bride. I hope you will join us in the coming days to participate in this great style event that we hope will become a growing trend.  ...

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Three Things to do After You Get Engaged

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Blog

  Ok, so you’ve just answered a pretty important question and you are excited for the many months of planning and celebrating that await you. There is going to be a lot of both, but before you dive into all the festivities considering concentrating on a few important first steps that will make everything else easier.   Pick a Date I know it’s really tempting to immediately head for inspiration and ideas online and in magazines, but try to peel yourself away from pretty gowns and pick a date first. Your date influences so many other decisions including, to a degree, the dress you’ll wear. The date influences where you can logically have your wedding and who will be able to attend. The time of year and date can help you with your flowers and your colors and your bridesmaids dresses. Even if you can’t pick an exact date, if you can narrow it down to a month and a year then you’re almost there.     Prioritize Before you even talk budget, it’s good to talk priorities. You probably can’t do everything you want to for your wedding, but what are the absolute musts? Are they the same for both of you? This will help you when you create your budget because you’ll already know the areas that need more money and the areas that need less. These priorities will also help you when it comes to the tone and theme of your wedding. Maybe for you the most important thing is making sure the food is amazing, and so you’ll dig deep on the catering. Or maybe the most important thing is that you get a chance to talk to every single guest at the reception in which case maybe you want to focus on a smaller gathering. Whatever your priorities are, pick them and stick to them.     Pick Your Bridal Party You don’t have to send out monogrammed wine bottles to all your bridesmaids the day after you get engaged, but it’s still a good idea to pick them. For one thing you need to know how the numbers work out. Is the bridal...

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How to Pick Your Bridesmaid Gowns

Posted by on Jul 13, 2016 in Blog

  Maybe it’s because they will outnumber you or maybe it’s because of the overwhelming emphasis on creating a particular look, or maybe, like so many problems in life, it’s all Pinterest’s fault. However you slice it, picking bridesmaid dresses can be really tough. There are literally millions of options and it’s easy to feel like it’s impossible to choose, but there are a few tips that might help you navigate the path to perfection.   Pick a Fabric This is the easiest place to start and once you can accomplish this choice it will simplify other choices. For many people that might mean familiarizing yourself with fabrics. Lace is great, but it doesn’t always come in a wide range of colors. Chiffon is nice for summer because it’s light and flowy. Satin is heavier, but it also has a little natural stretch to it and often captures metallic tones better.   Don’t Rely on Magazines or the Internet Oh, but it’s so hard with all this boundless inspiration. How can you turn away from it? Because actually going and seeing the gowns in person, on people, all together, is much more helpful and much less overwhelming. Also, the internet is great, but it often portrays looks that are either impossible to find, hard for everyone to afford, or not realistic for you know, real actual people.   Classic Over Trendy Look people, so many of our mothers and aunts tried to be trendy and we’ve all seen the results; big puffy sleeved peach gowns with yards of taffeta. There of course is no guarantee that what you pick will weather the storm of time and trend well, but you can minimalize the effect. The best advice is to limit yourself to one trend rather than trying to capture all of them. For example, those peach taffeta puffy-sleeved gowns might be easier to stomach if they didn’t have the sleeves.   Give Direction Even if you decide to have a more free-flowing bridal party in which your girls can choose their own gown, please, please give them direction. They really want to be told what to get because they...

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Donna Morgan Bridesmaids Trunk Show

Posted by on Jul 6, 2016 in Blog

On any given weekend, it’s a pretty fair bet that we will be having a trunk show. In fact, throughout the year we are fortunate enough to host dozens of trunk shows and showcase the very latest in bridal. It is not often, however, that we get to host a bridesmaid trunk show, so we are pretty excited about this coming weekend. And you should be, too.   Donna Morgan is one of the top bridesmaid’s lines in the country, and it’s pretty easy to see why. The styles are trendy, ethereal, and easy to mix and match in accordance with a given theme. My favorite thing about them is that they respond to consumer tastes fast, like trending on Twitter and available in stores fast. A few years ago when mint suddenly became the “it” color, they were on it, and they were way ahead of the curve. In an industry that takes months to manufacture dresses, being on top of trends is extremely helpful and extremely important.     Their latest trend triumph is the sequin gown. The desire for this evening gown twist on bridesmaid dresses is not dying down and Donna Morgan is capitalizing by adding their own perspective. They mix sequins and tulle and they also arrange sequins in patterns giving the gowns more dimension.       Their color palette tends to be more limited, especially in the sequins, but I love the soft tones, and I love mixing them together. I’ve also found that sometimes having a narrower color palette just makes it easier to make decisions. It’s a lot easier to choose a shade of blush, if you only have one shade to begin with, right?   So if you haven’t found the prefect gowns for your bridesmaids yet, or if you know a bride who has been on the hunt, then definitely stop by this weekend to see these new gowns. You won’t be disappointed and PS, there’s a discount! New and on Sale? Yes please. Check Out More Gowns Here.  ...

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How to Save Your Bridal Party Money

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in Blog

We all know that weddings are expensive all the way around, for everyone, but we generally concentrate on how expensive weddings are for the couple getting married. It’s true, if you’re planning the shindig yourself it’s easy to spend a lot of money, but you aren’t the only ones who have to pony up so to speak. These days, between destination bachelorette parties and showers and engagement parties, your wedding party ends up with a hefty bill for your nuptials.     That’s not to say they aren’t happy to spend the money. By accepting the invitation to be in your bridal party they are also happily accepting the expense that goes along with it. But just because they are happy to spend money on travel and hotels and parties and drinks and gifts, doesn’t mean you can’t try to make it easier on them.   You can’t control certain expenses like airfare and hotels for those in your party who are out-of-town, but here are a few ways you can lessen the load for them.   Don’t Worry About the Shoes Everyone thinks you should be concerned about what shoes your bridesmaids wear, but the truth is, it doesn’t matter. They don’t need matching shoes. Pick a color and ask everyone to wear something close to that. Even if the gowns are short, as long as the shoes are similar no one will notice. If you pick a fairly common color, then odds are everyone will already own a pair and that’s one less expense.   Do it All in One Weekend As tempting as it may be to spread out the festivities, you will save your bridal party a lot of expense and trouble if you plan all the extra activities for one weekend.   Don’t Insist on Professional Hair and Make-Up If you want to gift these services to your bridesmaids, then by all means do, but if not, there’s no reason to make them mandatory. They will all look beautiful regardless.   Their Presence is Their Present Right? Of course they may still want to give you gifts because they love you, but let it...

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